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>> london reelects boris johnston as its mayor. a day protest against the egyptian military regime. balloon gas injures 150 people in armenia. hello, welcome to "bbc news" brought us into our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. -- broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a farewell to a beastie boy, adam yauch and dies at the age of 47. after 8 tightly fought election, the conservatives forced johnson has been elected as the mayor
of johnson. he won after he failed to gain more than 50% in the first round. he beat labor costs can livingston by 62,000 votes. inhe beat labour's ken livingston by 62,000 votes. he said he would continue to fight for a good deal for londoners. >> in 84 days, london will welcome the world and the world will see a city that is going through a near victorian surge of investment in public transport. the jubilee line is going 3 miles an hour faster on average that was four years ago, while the murder rate is down 25% over the past four years. where the olympic and the pair lived at a news have been completed on time and under budget. -- and the paralympic venues
have been completed on time and under budget. they will find a city hall administration that is getting on with this work of government and getting the resources and directing scarce resources to what matters for londoners. >> the defeated candidate announced that this would be his last election campaign. >> 41 years ago, almost to the day, i won my first election on a manifesto promising to build good counsel housing and to introduce a free bus passes for pensioners. now, i have lived long enough to get one myself. i did not think i would at the time. since then, i have won 11 more elections and lost three.
but the one that i must regret losing is this. this is the defeat i must regret because these are the worst times for 80 years and londoners needed a mayor to help them get through this very difficult time by cutting fares come up by cutting energy prices, and putting people back to work. >> the executive editor of the u.k.'s total politics magazine and we discussed how boris johnson but the trend of conservative losses. >> like many mayors across the world, this is a personality contest. johnson is an individual that uses personality. -- oozes personality. he is not seen as a conservative by most people, he is seen as boris johnson.
forward david cameron, he is looking at the country as a whole and he as seen huge losses. over 400 council seats lost. 801 by the labor party, who are the main opposition party at the moment. -- 800 won by the labour. why isn't david cameron happy? boris johnson is seen as someone who might take on david cameron for the crown, to be the leader of the conservative party and perhaps even the prime minister of the country. a scary thought for some but tonight, it does not seem that outrageous. >> let's start with boris johnson's popularity and what it might mean for david cameron. how likely is it that in the future, this man might lead the conservative party, or would he
attempt to do that? >> it is a lot more likely. at some point, david cameron, right now as a prime minister, as a leader of the conservative party, but at some point, he will no longer be the leader. he will no longer be the prime minister. he will either be voted out of office or he will be ousted by his ministers. all political careers end in failure. what will the conservative party decided to do? they don't want to go to the dark days, we're thinking 1997 when tony blair came to power. those stark years for the conservatives afterwards and they did very badly. they want to turn to someone who is a proven winner and boris johnson, despite all of that, he is someone who can win and win in a very big way that does not rely on the party brand. that is the important part. >> the executive editor of
"total politics" magazine. in egypt, an overnight curfew is in force after a day of clashes at the defense ministry in cairo. the protesters started attacking the building. hundreds of people were injured, scores of arrests have been made. >> it all started as demonstrators moved into dangerous territory, launching an attack on the defense ministry. they must have known that they risked provoking fury from the military. as the protesters tried to break through a protective ring of barbed wire, soldiers responded with force. the army brought in water cannon and then teargas. the clashes went on for several hours. at times, the response was brutal. the demonstrators here had gathered to protest against the disqualification of a hard line
islam as candidate for president. these egyptians had a range of grievances. they were united in their hatred of the military rulers. eventually, the army brought in reinforcements, cleared the area, and deployed armored vehicles. a general appeared on television to announce a nighttime curfew in the area. >> we call on all citizens to fully adhere to this or the armed forces will confront with the termination those who try to violate this. >> tonight, there is an uneasy calm but no one expects things to remain quiet in the days running up to the presidential election. there are regular demonstrations and an increasing number of violent clashes, a country almost in gridlock. this is not a great atmosphere as we approach presidential elections. what most egyptians would like is simply a return to normality. >> almost 150 people have been
injured after clusters of gas- filled balloons exploded in the armenian capital. this happened during an election rally by the governing republican party. more than 100 were treated in hospital for burns. >> it was supposed to be a peaceful rally in support of the president's party, complete with their own balloons >> the credit with the slogan "let's believe in change." as the supporters released the balloons into the air, there was a huge explosion. the crowd scattered. some people pause clothing on fire. men and women running for their lives. 's clothingple tos on fire. you can still hear the president to rally continued. the injured get a visit in hospital from the man they turned out to sea.
his party and his coalition party are likely to keep a majority of seats in parliament on the vote on sunday meaning no or little changed to the country's politics. what is more, the economy is at a standstill. some areas have barely changed since the soviet times. the country's borders with neighboring azerbaijani and turkey are closed. its infrastructure is in a bad state. they are growing used to political turbulence. four years ago, after presidential polls brought the president to power, police and protesters clashed on the streets following demands for a recount. 10 people were killed in the clashes. the authorities say that force was necessary to restore order, though the opposition has always cried foul. now, in the same central square where the clashes took place, there are more questions to answer. how and why at what looked like
in this and balloons catch fire causing so much mayhem and so many injuries. >> at least 23 people have been killed in gruesome circumstances in the mexican city of nuevo la redo. nine bodies were found hanging from a bridge. then, 14 corpses were found in a vehicle. their heads were found in iceboxes. prosecutors in france are investigating claims that dominique strauss-kahn took part in a gang rape in washington. a belgian woman said that she was forced to take part in a six party attended by him. through his lawyers, and dominique strauss-kahn has denied any involvement and says he is part of a public lynching campaign. conrad black has been released from prison. he was serving a three-year sentence for defrauding
shareholders and obstructing justice. he is now returned to canada where he was born. china and the u.s. appear close to resolving one of the worst diplomatic fights in recent years. china has said that the black activist chen guangcheng -- blind activist chen guangcheng can apply to study abroad. he has been offered a fellowship from new york university. this report does contain flash photography. >> this is the way china deals with dissent, silencing its. police clamping down. right outside of the hospital where chen guangcheng is being held. the instant his thought she was brought to the hospital by america -- he was brought to the hospital by american diplomats. this caused a crisis between
america and china. he is one of the most famous activists, detained for seven years, been savagely, exposing human rights abuses. -- beaten savagely, exposing human rights abuses. last night, he made a desperate call to u.s. congressmen. he appealed for help. he said that china had broken their promise to guarantee his freedom and safety, and he wanted to go to america. the u.s. deputy ambassador was prevented from seeing mr. chen. the mobile phones he had for him were left on the doorstep. the way was barred by plane closed -- by plain-clothed thug. china announced that he could, like any citizen, go abroad.
across town, hillary clinton was meeting china's leaders to find a way to work together with a rise in superpower. they can deal together on conflicts in north korea and iran. there is news that a u.s. university has offered mr. chen a lot fellowship. >> progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants. we will be staying in touch with him. >> tonight, as hillary clinton wraps up her meeting with the chinese leaders and prepares to leave this country, there is no resolution to the crisis over chen guangcheng. the dilemma goes on. there is an opportunity to end it, but will time to let him go? -- will china let him go? >> this is "bbc news," still ahead -- campaign comes to an end in france.
will it be nicolas sarkozy or socialist candidate francois hollande? german doctors call to the ukraine to examine yulia tymoshenko have said that she can remain for treatment. she claims to have been beaten while in prison and is currently in hundred strike at the protest of her conviction. a french court has sentenced a nuclear physicist for his role in plotting terrorism with al qaeda's north african wing. the trial convicted him of criminal association with a view to plotted terrorist attacks. 100 pelicans have been removed from the northern coast of peru. of around 1200 pelicans and 900 dolphins are reported to have died along the coast line. an investigation will be carried out by their oceanographic
agency. these are the headlines, by a narrow margin, london has reelected boris johnson as mayor. egyptian security forces have dispersed thousands of protesters after a day of clashes near the ministry in cairo in which one soldier was killed and hundreds of people injured. more on the london mayoral election now in which the conservative forced johnson secured a narrow victory. the outcome of the decisive second preference votes announced. >> johnson received a 82,880, added to his total preference, this gives him a total of 1,054,811.
ken livingstone received 102,355. this gives them a total of 992,002 high as 73 -- 992,000. >> here is the assessment of the victory. >> if we have learned one thing tonight, boris johnson certainly seems to have whatever that magic potion is that turned an ordinary politician into a winner. against the national polls, it would have said he had no chance whatsoever. for some reason, the ultimate that he can bring to politics, the personality, has delivered the conservatives and boris johnson city hall for another four years. >> campaign has come to an end
in france as nicolas sarkozy and his socialist rival francois hollande prepare for the vote on sunday. the socialists are looking for their first presidential victory in a quarter of a century. we're following developments from paris. >> at the beginning of last year, francois hollande brought his closest supporters for a focus group. he invited 500 people, only 300 turned up. he was never the expected candidate, that was always dominique strauss-kahn. suddenly, francois hollande was catapulted into the race. here we are, it is decision time. a 50-50 chance for these men to be the president. they have been traveling the country trying to get those precious few votes. at the end of the day, it is up to the 40 million voters to make the decision. turnout is very good in france,
more than 80% turn out for the first round. compare that with 71% for the last german election, 66 in the uk. you can see that the french feel very passionate about their politics. what might they make of the debate? it is a rough day on saturday. they will look back at what was said during the campaign. "le monde" has its verdict. you can see the two men at the end of a bruising encounter. i want to bring your attention to this editorial. it says that the poison charms of nostalgia put to the idea that throughout the campaign, the candidates had been looking backwards, focusing on immigration, unemployment, the loss of the french way of life, but nothing on where france fits in the world. twos onup to these candidates to decide what will be. >> the socialist party held a
flamboyant rally in athens before sunday postelection. this is an election which will replace the caretaker government. >> and so, the election campaign has come to an end in the center of athens. the socialist party, its final rally this evening. the leader tried to rally his troops, saying that greece should go forth to battle. he says to raise the greek flag hiked into the big question is whether the socialist party has much fight and it left. it has been in power during a time of punishing austerity measures and they look like they will be punished by the voters who have seen this party as tainted by corruption. this party and the other mainstream party is likely to lose an enormous rounds. they are riding on a wave of
social discontent. what we're likely to see is a fragmentation of the votes, a proliferation of new parties in parliament. that could make it hard for any party to form a strong government, especially one ready to take the difficult the deficit-reducing measures that the country needs. 150,000 public service jobs will be done by 2014. that would be very difficult for a shaky coalition. some analysts say that they might even not get to the year's end. this is the epicenter of the global financial crisis. this could spell more trouble for the eurozone. in truth, no one knows how the election will go. this is the country that gave the world of democracy and now they are predicting the most unpredictable test for many decades. >> japan is about to switch off
nuclear power for the first time in four decades. before last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami, japan was drawing 1/3 of its electricity from nuclear plants. local authorities refuse to let the last working reactor restart. it will be going off line. as london the press to host the olympic games, another large scales occurred exercises take place on bill river thames. -- take place on at the river thames. the largest battleship will be going up the river towns to take part in the security measures. >> the navy's largest warship was never designed for this. only last year, it was launching attacks over libya. today, they were trying to navigate the narrow passages of the thames. there was no room for mistakes.
it just managing to squeeze through the barrier. the crew has been rehearsing how to deal with any potential attack. this is the start of a major military exercise for the olympics. from her deck, helicopters will deal with any threats from the air while maris -- what police and marines will scan the river. this is not a reminder that the olympics is a major sporting a event, this is also a major operation. this is not just confined to hear. up in the skies above london, there will be navy, army, and r. a. f. helicopters, some armed with snipers, along with the jets. they are all poised to deal with any potential threats. >> it is the plans to deploy missiles close to this a new and in this case, directly on top of a block of flats that will cause the greatest controversy.
prompting the question, is all of this military hardware necessary? >> this is all part of a security, isn't it? >> this is a big advertisement for the bad guys, i guess. >> as the games fast approached, the security will only get tighter. today, the olympic stadium held is very first competition and a reminder of what is supposed to be about. >> i don't think that anyone should be alarmed. they know there are the men and equipment here ready to protect them if any threat should arise. >> this summer, this warship will be a familiar london site. as a welcome deterrent or and on wanted eyesore -- unwanted eye sore. >> adam yauch who co-founded the beastie boys group has died
at the age of 47. we look back at his career. you've got to fight for your right to party ♪ >> it was quite a debut, 1986 and a whole new type of music introduced to the mainstream of america -- hip hop, as performed by three white jewish boys from the york. adam yauch was the original beastie boy. together with mike diamond and adam horowitz, a day with his many albums. >> this has influenced across the space of 30 years. they have changed the lives of
listeners and several different generations. it meant a lot to hit pop, rock and roll, and i doubt they can go on without adam yauch. >> adam yauch did not just confined himself to music. he campaigned against thai nepos occupation of tibet and produce films. -- he campaigned against china's occupation of tibet. >> he missed the band's induction into the rock-and-roll hall of fame. hope was running out. he revolutionized pop music in america and influenced a generation of performers and fans alike. >> adam yauch, who has died at the age of 47. thank you very much indeed for your company. news at bbc.com/news.
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