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and major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news america." the captain of the ferry that sunk is under arrest. disaster strikes on mount everest. 12 nepalese guides are killed by an avalanche making it the deadliest day ever on the mountain. have neverr" as you heard of before. the famous drummer giving the
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film a new beat. welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. hopes are fading that any more survivors will be pulled from the ferry which sunk off the south korean coast with hundreds of school children on board. rescued teams are taking bodies captainship and now the has been arrested. prosecutors say he is a big did -- a suspected of leaving the bridge and abandoning the vessel. babe build help and they can end it. for anxious families it is an agonizing wait. free bodies.was a boy who boarded on tuesday for a schoolteacher. today he came ashore again still wearing the sweatpants he left
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home in. i am lost 300 others are still waiting to be found. when the shipd went down. getrs have now managed to inside. even for theork navy but there is no shortage of volunteers. >> this rescue is based on the assumption that people are still alive. believe there must be survivors. that is why we came here. >> hope is a powerful belief. officials are preparing families for the worst. dna tests are offered to anyone who wants one. but not everyone is ready. and now news of another death. foundhool vice principal dead on a mountain nearby.
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along with a suicide note according to a local news agency. like everyone here the vice principal knew these children, not just one or two but all of them. they were his people and on this trip he was in charge. was one of hisw pupils. he is still missing. >> he must have felt really guilty for losing his students like that. but how can we compare him to the captain who abandoned his ship, leaving the children? was rescuedee early. local television showed him mingling with passengers while the ferry sank. e has now been arrested. but did he cause this? early reports say the ship may have been steered by a junior crewmen. it might have taken an unofficial route and perhaps made a dangerously sharp turn as -- thegated the tightly
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tiny islands. families wait to find out what happened to their loved ones. some of them now have an answer. more clinging to the hope that their relative will be found alive. >> i hope that is fading paint -- a hope that is fading painfully fast for families. thevalanche swept down mountain early on friday killing at least 12 nepalese guides. the accident occurred as they went to six ropes. for more and how dangerous climbing can be i spoke with the author of "eric summit." can you fill us in as far as we know what happened in this together accident? are still coming
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in. what we know right now is there was a fairly large avalanche that occurred somewhere above base camp, between base camp and camp one. as many as 25 climbers were buried. as high as 16 climbers, all of them sherpas have been killed. i wonder if accidents like this are not going to become more inevitable. in 1990, 72 people reached the summit. in 2013 that number shot up to 658. almost 10 times as many people. our too many people trying to everest?e top of >> everest definitely has an overcrowding problem. there is a small window. all the climbers descend during this window and there has been a bottleneck. an issue.nitely
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a lot of people are trying to figure out what to do about it. >> you have got some way up mount everest. what is it like when you're sitting at base camp, are there queues of people waiting to climb? >> there are. i was on the north side in 2007. the situation is different on the south side. there are more climbers over there. get the moreu narrow and difficult the route. there are large queues of climbers that stack up trying to get through the route safely and quickly. >> in this situation it was the sherpas who were killed. the guide to are trying to put the ropes and. are they the ones who are most vulnerable with this over crowding population problem? >> absolutely they are. by a considerable margin. we have some comparative analysis. shippers are the most likely to get killed on the mountain, far
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more likely than western climbers and paying clients. >> why is that? bone and theback workforce up there and they are the ones who are exposed to the most danger and risk. to give you more detail. when they are sitting around and going up to stock the camps they will be passing through these dangerous sections of the route. as many as 12 times. western climbers might do it three or four times at most. they are in the age or zone more times than the westerners are. >> thank you remarks with more on this awful accident on mount everest. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. sign of the .ttention in eastern ukraine no improvement despite the agreement that was signed. armed pro-russian separatist are not backing down and sell -- say
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they will not release the buildings they have occupied until the government and kiev steps down. pro-russian fighters this morning in the stronghold. yesterday's agreement their fortress town should be returning to normal but there was no sign of that today. despite yesterday's deal, these barricades have an air of permanence. the men guarding them say they will not be leaving these buildings are giving up their weapons until the far right protesters in kiev do the same. only 10 miles away, government forps still loyal to keo training at the airfield in an attempt to reduce the tension over the what used to weekend. they're not leaving their base. at the headquarters of the antigovernment uprising, the
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chairman of the self-declared republic told me he did not intend to give up his buildings until they kiev government leave parliament. >> all illegally occupied buildings should be barricaded. those theysigns is brought to power. the mpower -- in the parliament, concessions were being made. promising the right to use the russian language and amnesty. >> if those who have illegally stolen weapons and sees buildings lay down their arms and leave the buildings they should be given amnesty. the problem is these protesters who detest the new kiev government and favor closer ties with moscow did not have a
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representative at the geneva talks. it is easy for them to come with their own interpretation of the agreements. it is not clear that russia is prepared to intervene. tense situation. in syria today, state television reported 14 people work killed in a car bomb attack in the city of palms. they left the mosque after friday prayers. the ongoing civil war has made for anxious times. more on the cloud that hangs over this high holiday. for christians the start of holy week is a time to hold fast to ritual. this is a joyous occasion in the saddest of times.
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after years of crisis, we hold the olive branch high. waving a symbol of peace. there is no escaping reminders of the war. the peace delegation takes up the front pews of the church. they have come from countries as ran, and australia. >> the only way forward for fearednd the islands is dialogue and negotiation.
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>> there is no peace now, just delete violence. a mortar round struck a christian school a few hundred meters from the church. 60 children and teachers were injured. a nine-year-old waits for surgery. she tells me it is broken and burning. you are brave girl, i say. >> we are brave but what does it were all the children injured. a lot of blood in the courtyard teachers would enter. >> they were playing in the schoolyard in the christian quarter of the old city when the mortar landed area dozens now strike damascus everyday believed to be fired by risk will -- by rebels. the syrian army pounds their position on the edges of the city. dailyacks take place on a basis. some are targeted, some like this are indiscriminate.
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for them to pain over their individual losses is deepening. this week st. paul's church was full of sorrow for dutch jesuit priest murdered in the city of homs. a towering figure who inspired syrians of all faiths by his courage and commitment to this country. and another leading jesuit was kidnapped last year. in bishops are also captivity. tothey had that possibility get out of syria and to be elsewhere. on the other hand some people
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who made the decision to stay. >> for christians, holy week marks the death and resurrection of jesus. they also pray for the revival of their country and their place within it. >> such an incredibly sad time for all and the christians facing the easter holiday. how far will technology take us? americans have had their say. we will bring you the results. it was another day down under for the duke and duchess of cambridge to spend good friday in sydney. australia's off at man-made beach where they were met by waves and sand and
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hundreds of onlookers. they did have some more private yeomans fizzling children's families at a local hostas -- hospice. >> the beaches where australians tend to head on public holidays and it was on manly beach that they were found, watching young people training to be lifeguards. barefoot is not an option if you are a duchess. handicapped shoes or too much. anyone hoping that after their ceiling and cricket that this sporty couple would join in in some way were to be disappointed. the beach, to see, training lifeguards. they have had an australian good friday. however there was serious work to do. the couple visited one of two
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hospices for children and australia. away from the cameras they were deeply moved i the stories they heard. from catherine is speech expressing gratitude for their reception and australia. like to take would this opportunity to thank --ryone for walking me welcoming us. to be here has been very special and we will always remember it. >> there will be memories for them on this visit they cannot be doubted. and some unforgettable moments for the many who they're meeting. >> let's talk about the future. do you expect to have a flying car sometime in the next 50
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years? how about owning a computer that composes music on a par with mozart? those are questions that were asked in a new survey about what americans predict for future technologies. >> doesn't it feel like anything is possible these days? the folks of the pew research center wanted to find out what americans thought. a majority think that new technology will make the future better. grown in a lab? a human organ. most think that will happen in the next 50 years. , picasso.out computers will be able to create art on par with humans. even with big expectations, americans still think all this has limits.
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need to teleport something? how about hoping that vacation home on mars? or back on earth, maybe control the weather? most do not think any of this will happen. conceivable technology raises concerns. six in 10 said they were not keen on altering the dna of future babies, letting robots care for grandma, or allowing drones to fly through u.s. airspace. home, 53% of americans do not like the idea of wearing devices that constantly show them info about what is around them. the survey found three themes around tort -- top choices. like is travel improvement flying cars or personal spaceships, health improvements -- andving longer, but
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time travel. >> for more on the future, i am joined by dan ackerman at cnet. most surprising find? think that0% to 40% within 50 years we will be colonizing other planets and teleporting. that sounds like wishful thinking. >> that is just crazy. no way that will happen. >> in a couple hundred years, we can talk about those. difference inny gender and attitudes toward technology? >> the survey reflect a lot of what i have seen. generally positive attitude. they're able to see how this impacts them.
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can see the benefit from it. is an undercurrent of apprehension. >> men and women feel the same? comeshink a lot of that from people thinking about google glasses and people worried about being spied on and you see that in the news all the time. people feel the positive stuff is balanced out by the keeping -- the creeping big brotheris ness that does not go away. >> do older field -- people feel if -- feel more at present -- apprehensive? >> the positive feeling about technology, 60% or so cut across different age groups, different demographic groups and that says something about how people have
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access to technology in different stages of life in different ages and groups. it is not just young people. >> i have been pretty amazed by all the stats we have had on the number of older people and people over 65 who are using e-mail and check in twitter. what are the things that evil are most nervous about, when people look at the future, what is the thing that stands out and they say i do not feel comfortable with that. >> based on the survey the things that people are uncomfortable with is the dark sci-fi sort of things like designer a bezoar growing meat in test tubes. people will not have to worry about that in the immediate future. it is a bellwether for people -- things people are concerned about. hacking and personal privacy. survey -- in in a a server somewhere that you do
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not have access to. >> thank you. a great survey and very interesting. thank you. now for modern twist on an old classic. in 1925 the silent epic "ben hur" was the most expensive of its era. theart copeland composed soundtrack. he was the drummer for the rock group the police. in aam a guy who played rock band and i wrote an orchestral piece. i wrote this humongous piece in support of this even bigger humongous film. a black and white silent film made in 1925. i get to be very loud because it is silent.
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i went down to istanbul to get the exotic elements, the weird horn playing and a one stringed violin. it is deep in the ethnicity of the region. i was worn in the united states. my folks moved to cairo. out to havem turns been important. because just technically, mechanically, it is strangely parallel to west indian music. the reggae drop the. -- drop beat. ♪ drummers are sensitive because we're not sure that we are
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musicians. insist that we are. i come from a background, my father was in jazz and my mother was into classical. i was raised on stravinsky and buddy rich. i am a rock and roller. i am a guy who grew up with e, a, and b chords. sweat inssion break a my pieces. i want 90 guys to burn down the building. i know they can do that. >> "ben hur" as you have never heard it. you can find out much more on our website.
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