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and it looks like he's craving italian. there are lots of fiat cars to choose from, like the four-door 500l... which is surprisingly big. [godzilla choking] check out the whole fiat family at fiatusa.com/godzilla bbc world news with me david eades. our top stories. thailand has a new prime minister and declares he is running the country. former yingluck shinawatra is among those that have complied to the summon. children could help form the
malaria vaccine. we meet the military preparing to fight pro-russian separatists. we look at what's happening in business with a russian reminder. >> absolutely right. president vladimir putin's moment to shine as he hosts the st. petersburg economic forum, he wants to tell the world that russia is open for business particularly with foreign investors. many top leaders are choosing to stay away. it's midday here in london. 7:00 a.m. washington, 6:00 p.m. bangkok where thailand's army is tightening the grip on the
country. the coup leader claims he's leading the country. the primer minister young luck shinawatra has complied with the army demand. officials are told they're banned from leaving the country. richard has more. >> reporter: on this, the second day of the coup, thailand's political leaders were summoned to a military building in the center of bangkok. amongst them, the former prime minister yingluck shinawatra. the army ordered them to attend a meeting here or face arrest and said they can't leave the country. >> from the army's point of view they want to prevent the establishment of any form of opposition overseas or internally. they are going to crack down on political activists.
>> reporter: in another key step to assert control, troops this morning took down the protest camps of pro and antigovernment groups c group who have been demonstrating on the streets months causing political deadlock. the military clearly hoping to prevent opposition to the coup developing even though the takeover has been condemned by thailand's most important allies. >> secretary of state had says there's no justification for this coup. he has called to the immediate restoration of civilian authority. i might add secretary kerry has called for review of u.s. assistance and engagement with tie listen the military. > > schools are closed and national and international
broadcasters have been taken off the air here. >> translator: at first i was surprised. i realized military protection makes me safe. >> translator: i don't feel anything. i expected it to happen any way. it was a matter ofñi when. >> the army generals who ceased power say their goal is to implement political reform. it's a high risk strategy which could easily backfire. >> that was richard. the curfew kept a lot of people at bay. if we go to bangkok now, jonah fisher is at a protest now. >> reporter: this is the most significant demonstration we've seen since the coup was announced 24 hours ago here. i'm in the center of bangkok area of a shopping district.
this is a small demonstration by maybe several hundred that have gathered here. if we walk this way around the back, in the last hour the group has grown in size. you can see -- that's the sky train, metro system here in gang dock. they put banners there. just by doing this and gathering here, that is illegal at the moment here in thailand. it is not permissible to have gatherings of more than five people. people coming here are running the risks of being arrested or taken away by the army. a short while ago -- the chants you can hear they're calling elections, elections. a short while ago the army did come here with military personnel. they were chased away by demonstrators very angry and
very much in their face. to be quite frank, the military didn't know what to do. they didn't know whether they should be ;ñhor confr standing back. in the end, the military has taken adj step back. we go down here on the road. come with me. just down the road here, you may not be able to see it but 50 meters down the road there are about 100 soldiers who have gathered. they are watching from a distance at the moment trying to work out how they should respond to this. clearly it's something which the military government doesn't want to see. they've gone out of their way to arrest as many people in the senior protest movements as they can. now the soldiers are probably calling back to superiors and asking how to deal with this protest. >> jonah, obviously very
energetic, the protestors. it's a small gathering i suppose. is it to see how this scene is implicated across the area? >> reporter: it's difficult to say. there are a report of small demonstrations, groups of 20 or 30 people. nothing like vast demonstrations of 100,000 we're used to seeing here in thailand. it is small, but this is a message military doesn't want to get out. there are people continuing to resist and be defiant in what the military is hoping to do in terms of a complete take over of clearing out the protest movement, arresting their leadership and also exercising censorship over the broadcast media and most the leaders as well. >> thanks very much indeed there.
just a position between traffic doing its normal thing and a very energetic protest of the side of the road there. jonah fisher in bangkok. in just the last half hour t russian president vladimir putin has been speaking. he says the crisis in ukraine is evolved into what he is calling a full scale civil war. he was answering the question from a participant of the economic forum in st. petersburg when mr. putin blamed squarely the u.s. and eu for backing the overthrow of the former ukrainian president victorian cove. he said trust needed to be restore restored. >> translator: have emerged due to lack of trust.
just look. where did the ukrainian crisis emerge from? it emerged because president yanukovych was signing the association agreement with the european union. what followed? the coup de'eta supported by our american and european partners. what goes next? chaos. now the full scale civil war which we are seeing. in the post soviet space and world you have to be very careful. you have to take the fundamental basis of states existence with very great care. if we don't do that, then chaos emerges. >> get a sense of the audience.
that was the former german chancellor in the audience. since those remarks, mr. putin has been speaking about political and economic matters across the board. he said ukraine is abusing the position as a gas transit country as well. that continuing rile over gas sl issues with ukraine is continuing. r all these comments coming a day after 14 ukrainian soldiers were killed. that's the worst loss of life from the ukrainian army so far in this crisis. the latest violence coming days before the presidential election in the country. the clashes continue in the east. the situation in the west is more stable. it's fair to say that much. we are near ukraine's polish border. >> this is next to ukraine's border with the european union.
it feels that way. the city's polish and australian past is reflected in the architecture. in the love of the good life. the violence in donetsk, 1,000 kilometers to the east, almost like in another country. but the fighting is never far from people's minds. combat training in an abandoned building outside the city. these locals have organized themselves in order to learn the basics of warfare and self-defense. it sounds like a game of cops and robbers. they say their purpose is very serious. >> translator: we want people to be ready when they're drafted into the military. we want them to understand th can help to keep the country united. >> for many here, the main issues are to end the fighting
in the east and bring ukraineuv closer to europe. >> reporter: some people of western ukraine supported the the revolution. now many of them say that it's not important who wins the election but that there's stability. the country is now united. >> for some, this is already an island of refuge and peace he fled his home with his family after russia's annexation. his wife was pregnant. they wanted their third child to be born ukrainian. he says now they have no intention of returning. he and his family live where children from an orphanage are. they were vak waevacuated for s.
as ukraine prepares to go to polls sunday, the vote is about not just the country's stability but their future. bbc news. >> security has been tightened in china's north eastern region after an attack thursday that left 31 dead. two vehicles drove into crowds of shoppers followed by several explosions. now the same region has seen a number of similar incidents in recent months blamed on muslim extremist from the weeger population. we have the latest update. >> reporter: a few shops are open. this one is selling bread. despite the signs of normality there can be no doubt about the brutality of what happened here. at the time of the attack, this street was closed with traders
sitting out on the road at the stores when the attackers drove through deliberately running people over throwing explosives, an action clearly designed to kill the maximum number of people and send a chilling message to authorities in beijing that the violence connected to this tension is growing more sophisticate. >> translator: my wife's elbow, chest, legs were injured although she'll be okay. the cart ran over her. five minutes later there was an explosion. first, i thought the noise was a military drill. then i saw all the cars stopped in the road. i'm not afraid though. our government is strong. >> reporter: security in this area has been tightened as you expect as a result of the attack. from authorities in beijing, there has also come the promise heard before of further security
measures. a tight inning of the security crack down here in the area. critics worry that signals the possibilities of a further escalation. further restrictions placed on the religious rights of the weeger minority fooling the pool of resentment and grievance. china says to show violence in that way is double standards. the west too is a victim of terrorism that has roots across borders. do stay with us here on "gmt." still to come on bbc world news. is it a bird? is it a plane? what is it? guess again. we bring you the flying robot inspireed by the animal kingdom.
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could malaria become a disease of the past? just how many times have you heard that? scientists in the u.s. say they really are a step closer to developing an effective vaccine. it comes particularly from children. malaria is ripe there. researchers found a group of children that seemed naturally resistant to the disease. their antibodies could be used in the vaccine. half the world's population, 3.4 billion people are at risk for malaria. there are 200 million reported cases every year. that leads to 600,000 deaths, 90% of which are in africa. their prevention matters and treatment to reduce the number of deaths by 42% since 2000. that's progress indeed.
professor andy waters is in our studios, a malaria expert with 30 years of research experience and here with me, another researcher. thank you very much. let's get the perspective if you can on this particular study andy. can you explain a little bit what it is that's so special about these children? there must be other people around the world to claim resistance or immunity to malaria? >> yes, there are. what is special is the early able at which they seem to develop some sort of resistance to malaria. in general resistance is result of experience of being infected by the parra site. children below four or five years of age are at risk. if they survive the exposure to different episodes of the
infection, they generate an immune response that is then generally likely problem protective for them the rest of their lives provided they continue to be exposed to the parra site. you need to continue to be exposed to maintain resistance. >> i don't know how many times we talk about the major break through here or there. that's the way this is talked up at the moment. what would give you a sense of confidence there's something very special found here? >> first of all it is very promising. i'm convinced having seen the work this morning. what they've found is a protein component of the malaria parra site which is essential for the parra site to survive. it doesn't change around the world in the sense that this one
identification of it should work against any form oféwl:& we're talking about which causes wh-'gl,o1rñevò humans. so any parasite around the world if this vaccine were to work it could work against any parasite. that's in itself promising. >> i'll hold you there. your from tanzania. >> it's normal. it's not something you really worry about. when people here say i've got flu. you feel symptoms, go to physician and tell them i need something to suit you. life is as usual. >> it's interesting that's the
attitude because it's so prevalent yet so destructive. >> especially rural areas. antimalarias are quite expensive n. urban areas people can afford. the best way to go with it is once you feel the symptoms you should take the medication as soon as possible. even if you do take it as soon as possible you feel the symptoms. headaches, fever, loss of appetite. you might be in bed two to four days. you do have suffering for a while. >> you work here, from tanzania. do you find it odd the way we talk about malaria as this monster killer we've got to kind a cure for. you're saying everyone gets it. i remember being in sudan and one of the locals wouldn't turn up for work. they said he's pulling the malaria trick. >> i am surprised.
i remember three years ago one of my colleagues' son was sick. they told me they took him to the hospital in uk. they confined him in a special room. i was like why? because he has malaria. it's not contagious. you don't have to be confined. yes, it does kill and so many children do die. there are ways to deal with it. >> right. essentially we're running out of time. andy, i want to ask you quickly, do you think in the course of the next decade or two there will be a way of eradicating malaria? >> i wouldn't like to say yes. i hope the answer is yes. i wouldn't like to. i can't say that affirmatively. i've worked in it 30 years. i cloned candidate genes that ought to be part of a malaria vaccine cocktail. it's still being tested now. >> andy, we'll stop there.
thank you very much indeed. >> thank you. here at the bbc, we already use machines to film things like sweeping aerial shots for example. scientist ts are developing the next i robot inspired by nature. the bio inspired zones could be used from military surveillance to search and rescue. here's our science reporter. >> reporter: they may not look like birds, but they're behaving in a bird way. these are equipped with a computer. they can make collective decisions about where to go. the drones are flocking. it's bio robotics, a field going to the next level. this robot here doesn't look
like anything i've seen in nature, but when it comes to taking robots like this and turning them into something to use in our everyday lives makes a huge role to play in inspiring design. >> the census on this quad copter for example based on insects eyes enables the robots to see. this one's arms are based on prey. it can swoop and grab objects mid flight. these will be crucial navigate environments or retrieve and deliver goods. >> aerial photography being a simple one. also pollution in forests, observing wild life, rescue operations after tsunamis. there's a huge field. >> scientists are working closely with regulators to make sure these multitasking robots
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you have a look at commodities of a different kind? >> absolutely david. a prehistoric kind. the problem is with prices rocketing, many precious artifacts are ending up in private hands rather than museums where scientists and public can enjoy them. hello. egyptians are preparing to head to the polls on monday and tuesday of next week. it's been less than a year since the first democratically elected president morsi was ousted from power. two candidates are running for the country's top job. many believe the result say foregone conclusion. the key question, will egypt's next leader be able to ignite the country? we have that report.
>> reporter: it looks like a victory dance for egypt's next pharaoh. though the voting hasn't started, his adoring fans can afford to be confident. the former army chief who removed the elected president morsi appears set to replace him. another leader from the ranks of the military. >> supporters here of sisi, many see him as a savsavior and lead egypt needs. many believe he's the only one who can bring stability after years of turmoil. >> he's a hero says this man. he protected us during the dark days of morsi and his supporters. they were devils from hell. >> but there was no sign of his
hero on the stage. sisi hasn't made a public appearance during the election campaign apparently for security reasons. a sharp contrast to his only rival sabahi who knows how to work a room. the opposition came in 2012. he's been campaigning hard calling for democracy and social justice. he's expected to lag well behind sisi in spite of cheering here. away from the campaign trail, many of the rural poor are more worried about survival than politi politics. more than a quarter of egyptians live below the poverty line. here in the province they have a long list of problems for egypt's next president. at the local carpenter, they
were working during our visit. power cuts call for a stand still a few hours a day. locals shared their frustration about shortages of petro and gas and problems with sewage. they told me they hadn't had running water four days. they were tired of broken promises. >> you see no point in voting for anyone? no, he said. it won't make any difference. there's no hope for anyone here. >> a few hours later, in the city, a nighttime protest against sisi. islamist march making a four finger salute. it has banned muslim brother hood. in recent months, more than a thousand protestors have been killed on the streets. the brother hood and others
expect the repression to get worst under presidency say. bbc news. >> joining me now from our bureau is associate fellow at royal united services institute. thanks very much indeed for joining us. given general el sisi's position in any case, does this election really mean very much? >> that's a question many are asking in egypt. many are sure sisi will win by a questionable margin. the question is now about turnout not so much who will win. we don't know what his policies will be. we know about the policies of his opponent. detailed information about the policies of sisi are yet to be
actually announced despite quite a few interviews he's had with different members of the press. va. we're allñr waiting to see how much of this is actually going to change from the current period. i wonder if you'd be particularly surprised if there was change in direction, for example with regard to muslim brother hood at moment. do you think there might be a reduction or end to extraordinary mass sentences in egypt. death sentences happened out. >> it remains to be seen. keeping in mind judiciary has been acting on its own in the last few months. it's moving in the direction many in the state are comfortable with in terms of the broad theme on war on terror and so forth. the decisions taken by the court you refer to have not been met with complete agreement with other institutions within the
state. even though they haven't really come out and condemned them. the public prosecutor came out last week or the week before saying he was going to appeal those sentences. it remains to be seen whether or not that overall environment is going to change. one suspects not, but we'll wait to see. >> ultimately i expect the challenge he's going to face is an economy issue as well. somehow egypt's economy has to be turned around again. do you think this is the man and he has a where with all to bring in economic strategy to do that? >> again, i hate to be so uncertain about this. frankly the details of the program that sisi has are not forth coming. nobody really knows what he has in mind. the challenges he mentioned around security and the economy are quite daunting, quite challenging. they would require a comprehensive package to address
them. we assume that anybody coming in would be after ware of that and would know they'd have to deal with them quickly actually given the summer is almost upon us during the summer months. it's likely to get worse in the economy in terms of cut, confidence, investment and forth. we frankly don't know. part of that uncertainty is causing people to be concerned. who's he going to bring into his cabinet? going to be responsible for critical arenas? >> egyptians are on a wait and see. you're on wait and see. we're on wait and see. thanks very much. >> thank you. let's move on to a situation in the hague. the former congolese militia leader germane katanga is sentenced to prison for war crimes. he was convicted of involvement in an attack on a village in the
democratic republic of congo. 200 civilians were hacked limb for limb. he's is second to be sentenced by the court. let's get more on the economic forum which putin has been speaking at in the last few minutes. is this the focus? >> it's vladimir putin's moment in the limelight. he's been addressing global business leaders in the international economic forum. it's russia's version. these are live pictures we're looking at now. vladimir putin is speaking right now at that forum. of course it's an opportunity to promote russia to the rest of the world as a place to do business, invest in. tensions with the west over ukraine and resulting eu and u.s. sanctions against moscow
have meant around 30 of the world's top bosses have stay add w -- stayed away this year. russia will set up a fund for domestic production. he says russia must diversify exports away from energy. he said the government would provide the funds and long term funding at low rates. nigel is in st. petersburg for the forum. >> america asked business chiefs to stay away. some did. others said they needed to be here to set the risks for this $3 trillion economy. >> there are a lot of companies around which didn't send ceos but sent other members of the board or other senior staff. they're all present. that's the kind of political statement not to send the most important people. >> no one doubts russia is heading to recession.
not everyone was gloomy. >> it's not the worst economy in the world. hopefully we'll see more small and medium businesses growing. >> it raises the risk. >> for seasoned advisors like this senior banker, many worry the estimate $200 billion that was taken out of russia. >> there are members of the american chamber that have large investment plans and continuing with them. it's not an absolute one way or the other. there are flows coming in and going out. flows going out are a little bigger than the flows coming in. >> until now, the message is russia is open to global business. for delegates it's not about boycotts or sanctions. it's about how safe are the billions of they've invested in this economy. so they'll be scanning every word that president putin has to
say today very carefully. now mammoths, ice age giants opens today at the natural history museum in london. the star attraction is this mum my specimen discovered. now the museums are warning the the rise of private collectors are putting museums out of the bidding. this week, an artist guilded the mammoth skeleton titled gone but not forgotten was sold for $15 million to a billionaire. last year, a dinosaur nicknamed mystery thought to be one of six complete specimens around the world was sold at auction for
650,000 to an undisclosed institution. in 2012, a bone was bought for $1 million in new york. i spoke to one expert who explained what was pushing.ój u prices and why that was a problem. >> there's a market for huge dinosau dinosaurs. we're talking about tax determider my. you can get it for 100,000 or less. also buying fossils in illegal trade. if the person has the permit to sell them. z4'x0d,2r+w);h[y[q[t?p)÷óñi dealers.
they're pushing the market saying this is the oldest, most complete. they'reç inflating the price. that's turning beyond many museum's budget. when a piece goes into private hands, there's a real issue scientists will never get to see it. science only works by being repeatable. you need more access to it and be in an institution. >> this means love in russian. >> he's sweet whatever he's called. thank you for that. got more breaking news from president vladimir putin. he's in st. petersburg. he's still talking. it's a very political discussion he's having. in the last couple of moments he said russia's big concern is that ukraine will join nato.
that is the explanation for russia's intention what is going on at the border there. ukraine will join nato. it's part of this tension between the east. not just about eu getting close per b-- closer but also nato membership. and still to come, we talk about the world cup coming up in brazil. will it be ready? ♪ find yourself. in an accomodation... where you get to do... whatever it is that you love to do! booking.com booking.yeah!
leaders are summoned to a meeting a day after the coup. germane katanga is sentenced to prison 12 years for war crimes. now the world cup in brazil is less than three weeks away. one of the big concerns has been over the state of the new stadium. a lot of them are not ready by the deadline set by the governing body. the secretary general has been in brazil to inspect the stadiums. he spoke to the bbc. just over two weeks to go, the group has been on a last minute inspection tour of the country including here at the national stadium in brazil. a 70,000 seater to hold seven games to a new world cup itself. the real story has been one of stadium delays and inf
infrastructure completed on time. the secretary general has been telling the bbc they came close to excluding one venue of the tournament. >> we were close at the time to say guys, you'll never make it. it will never work. when i went yesterday, i was amazed. not only the stadium is amazing beautiful stadium. if you are sitting wherever you are in the stadium, you have beautiful view on the game. also all is ready for what we need and even beyond. >> he also admitted the mistakes with the financing and organizing of the world cup from which fifa had to learn. the secretary general said it would be ready for the opening day of the tournament. it had to be ready. there's no other choice. he dismissed concerns and allegations about issues like
corruption and overspens here at the stadium that costed $900 million to build. according to him, every penny and pound fifa has spent has been accounted for. the overall aim was to insure visiting fans from europe, england, africa, americas enjoy their experience. that's the primary concern. >> let's not get carried away with the world cup. we have the european champions league to deal with. the final kicks off saturday night. we can't tell you the winner but we can tell you celebrations will be going off in madrid. here's tom. >> reporter: it's the first time in football history two teams in the same city meet in the final of a european competition. both madrid face off in this
season's champion's league. in the homeh !ml ground in the of the city, madrid won the spanish league title last week for the first time in two decades. lsráop prize. contrast a couldn't be bigger. four miles in the north, fans hope to earn the win. if they do, the club will take the 10th european cup. for some in the city, football is a love-hate relationship. she supports athletico, her boyfriend rael. >> they go to the games, sit down quietly, eat snacks, do this a bit. they don't cheer much. they're boring.
>> madrid had all the been a club with a great history. once the game is over, they'll celebrate at the city hall. if we traveled 500 meters south down the famous avenue, we reach the place where athletico madrid fans hope to celebrate late into the night. if they can overcome wealthy rivals around madrid in this unique final of the champions league. now it's a playground for the rich and famous. it's been nicknamed the sister of beverly hills.
cannes is hosting the 66th international film festival. what's it like to rub shoulders with the stars? who better to ask than the head of the hotel the past 40 years. he's been sharing memories of hollywood royalty with us. >> this part of the majestic everyone gathers around here and follows throughout where the limousine will pick them up and direct them. >> i was born in cannes. i'm a local. i pass by in front of the house where i was born every morning on my way to work. my two sons are both chere.
i have the time to realize those people are basic people, very kind. it's less frequent now. stars now today when they come, they come for working purposes. >> to the film festival come the brains and beauty of the cannes festival. >> my first festival was 1965 which is centuries ago. of course it was kind of a -- not a family affair but something like that. just little bit of the market. not many medias because in those days it was not the same. the main missions to satisfy
needs of our clients vary from simple things to newspaper in the morning like flying across the world or getting a ticket to the next world cup final in brazil. your knowledge of people will help you tremendously. >> the latest report is that the morale of troops is quite outstanding. now want to remind you of breaking news that has come out in the last hour on "gmt" all evolving around russia's president vladimir putin. this is still in discussion at the international economic forum. he said he will respect the will of the people in the outcome of
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