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hello, you're watching "gmt." our top stories -- 19 people killed when a plane crashes into a river in the middle of taipei. this is the moment when the transasia airplane lurches between buildings and crashed. miraculously 15 people survived the crash. 20 are still unaccounted for. we'll take you live to taiwan for an update. a hospital in a residential area is hit by a shell in the rebel-held city of donetsk in
eastern ukraine. we understand at least three people have been killed but many more are wounded. jordan's king abdullah arrives back home after the horrific killing of a pilot by islamic state with calls for revenge echoing through the streets. what are the king's options now? aaron is here and greece's european charm offense has hit its first major block. >> it's time for tough new talks with greece. greece's finance minister met with the hard boss of the central bank. tomorrow stakes are higher with meetings in berlin. we'll find out what greece nowments and whether or not europe will agree. it's 12 noon here in london, 7 a.m. in washington and 8 p.m. in taiwan where at least
19 people have been killed when a plane crashed into a river. the transasia airways commercial flight was carrying more than 50 people. they were mostly chinese tourists. the plane had taken off from taipei and headed to kinmen islands, just off the chinese city xiamen and came down on the keelung river. this is the dramatic point where the plane clipped a bridge and crashed. it's the second fatal accident to happen to the airline in seven months. look at these pictures. can you see just how close the plane came to crashing into several buildings or even crashing into that bridge as well. let's take you to the scene now. it's on a small delay here but this is what is happening right now. rescuers working to free people trapped inside that fuselage. as you can see, it's lying on its side. it's almost completely submerged. what we've seen in the past few minutes or so as rescue workers just laying down a pontoon so
they can get a bit closer to that fuselage. a massive rescue operation under way there still in taipei. local resident ken lives in taipei saw the plane just before it hit the bridge and he told us what he saw. >> i saw a plane and it dropped -- dropped down very quickly. we are in the meeting -- our meeting room and we just saw the plane near our office. it was very -- trying to avoid crash on the building. so, they are trying to control the plane. >> let's bring you up to date with what is happening in taipei. we can take you to our correspondent cindy sui who is down there on the river. what's happening at the moment, cindy? we have pictures coming in on a delay. seems as if they have built a
pontoon out to the fuselage. >> reporter: yes. what they're trying to do right now is -- they were actually trying to use a huge crane to lift the wreckage where most of the passengers who are trapped are inside. but they could not find a big enough crane. what we just heard from authorities is that the soldiers, the military will be building -- are planning to build a bridge over the river to -- so that they could drive a truck with a huge crane onto the bridge to lift this part of the aircraft out of the water. there is still about 20 people trapped inside the aircraft at this point. they managed to bring out 38 people. 15 of them -- i'm sorry, 23 of them had already died by the time they were taken to hospital. another 15 people have been injured. but, there are still 20 people stuck inside. one of the rescuers told me that there's very little chance that they would be found alive, but
they are still going to work throughout the night, 24 hours, to try to get everyone out. and right now, it looks like the soldiers will be preparing to build a bridge over the river. >> cindy, it seems incredible as well miraculous really that people have actually survived this crash. have any of them spoken yet? >> reporter: one of the families, we heard from one of the survivors, a father mother and a 2-year-old son and the father managed to save not only his wife but also his son. the father and mother suffered some fractures but the son, we are hearing, a 2-year-old boy, who inhaled a lot of water and is in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. that's one of the survivors we heard from. many of the other survivors has suffered serious injury. we have not heard that much from them. what we do know is most of the passengers, there were 53
passengers on board and five crew members. most of them around 31 of them from mainland china, they were tourists, including two groups of tourists and some independent travelers. and we heard one of the tour guides on one of the tours was due to get married on sunday. now, we are hearing that the passenger -- i'm sorry, the family members, the relatives of the passengers from china, are due to arrive in taiwan tomorrow, thursday to try to find out what's happening to the rescue operation, to their loved ones. >> cindy, thanks for updating us. it brings the tragedy home when you start to hear those personal details of those on board. let's bring in now a former air accident investigator, now works as aviation expert. we're in a remarkable position, i guess, with this particular accident because we have such dramatic and close footage of what seems to have happened.
what are your thoughts on what could have caused this? >> yes, the footage is going to be very useful to the aviation safety council in taiwan and their investigation. it will supplement the data recorder and cockpit recorder. as the airplane enters the frame, can you see it's quite nose high and descending at quite a rate. so that tends to indicate a stall at this point in time. and then as the airplane moves across the right in the video, you see it roll very rapidly to the left-hand side. that roll appears to be faster than any pilot input would be able to generate, so that tends to indicate that the airplane stalled with power being applied to the right hand wing and the left hand wing has dropped. so, that starts to look as if the left hand engine may have failed. there are unconfirmed reports that that was announced by the pilot earlier on in the flight. >> david, we have a left high
hand engine possibly stalling but don't these aircrafts have two engines? why didn't the other one kick in? >> the recovery from single-engine failure is to put the other engine in full power. it may include banking the wing a little bit because it will want to use rudder. this airplane should have been capable of climbing with one engine shut down properly. so, they'll be looking very much if it was engine failure, as to how much power the second engine was developing, how the first engine was switched off. whether that was what they call feathering the engine. it appears to be running at this point in time. so normally you would expect the propeller to stop turning. so, they'll be looking at whether that was secured properly. then, obviously, the impact itself. >> david, local television stations in taiwan are reported that the crew shouted, mayday
mayday, engine, flame out, in those final seconds. does that support the theory you're telling us now? >> yes, that means they lost power to one of the engines. however, the airplane -- it's a very new airplane. it's only a year old. not that that changes the certification requirements but it should have been capable of climbing with the amount of people it had on board. so they'll be looking very much as to what happened. if you don't shut down the engine properly you can generate a lot of drag. so, you would expect the propeller to stop but be turned so that it doesn't generate much drag. now, if it was left running, that can cause you control problems. so certainly the investigators will be looking at that element. >> david, thanks much for your input and your expertise. thanks for joining us. any developments from taiwan we'll bring those to you. to another developing story. reports coming to us in the past hour or so and we've now
received pictures as well from eastern ukraine, that a hospital in donetsk has been hit by an artillery shell. the number of people harmed is still unconfirmed but we do have a correspondent from bbc russian service who is on the ground at the moment. she's gone to the hospital. she's confirmed to us that at least three people have been killed and many other people have been injured. these are the pictures we've just received in from donetsk. all of this coming amid an upsurge of violence between government forces and pro-russian rebels who control donetsk. it's been so fierce, the fighting in donetsk recently. rebel forces making significant gains right across the region. what we've seen in donetsk is the airport has been taken recently and civilians are being targeted more and more. not just in donetsk. civilian death toll rising to over 5,000 in this region at the moment. just in the past few minutes, the eu foreign affairs head has
called for an immediate truce in the east of ukraine to allow civilians to escape this fighting between the government troops and russian-backed rebels. she calls it a spiral of ever increasing violence and has called for a peaceful end to the conflict. so, those are the pictures we just received in from donetsk, confirming at least three people killed when a shell hit a hospital. this was in a residential area in donetsk. we'll bring you more here on "gmt" as soon as we get it. stay with us here on "bbc world news." still to come, we'll take you live to new york where a crowded commuter train has hit a car. seven people were killed. many more injured.
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it follows the islamist killing of captured pilot moaz al kaseasbeh, whom they burnt alive. it appeared to have began before dawn with hanging of two al qaeda-linked prisoners, including the failed suicide bomber i.s. tried to swap for the prisoner. >> reporter: a day after the video showing captured pilot moaz al kaseasbeh being burnt alive in a cage, jordan is seething with anger and shock. if anybody here had any sympathy for the islamic militants, their voices have been stilled for the moment. demonstrators in amman wants the government to take drastic revenge. which they promised to do. sajida al rishawi was the first
to pay the price, on death row for ten years for her attempt to suicide bomb luxury hotels. she and another convicted al qaeda member were executed at dawn, their bodies taken away by convoy after they were hanged. but that clearly not enough to satisfy public opinion or the grieving family. the murdered pilot came from a big tribe in the south of the country. his father receiving condolences, wants much more. >> translator: i demand the revenge should be bigger than just hanging these prisoners. there is no comparison. my son's blood is worth a million times more. it's the blood of a nation. i demand that this criminal organization should be wiped out. >> reporter: the jordanian military is also sifting for revenge. the choreographed horror of the video was clearly aimed to deter jordanians and others from fighting alongside the u.s.-led
coalition. it may yet have that effect but for the moment the trend is toward national unity and a resolute response. that puts king abdullah center stage. a staunch ally of america, he cut short a visit of washington to come back and command jordan's reply. he'll find himself under pressure to come up with something spectacular. at the murdered pilot's home in the south and throughout the country, prayers were being said for his soul. they'll also be praying that if jordan does plunge deeper into the fray nobody else will suffer the same fate has moaz al kaseasbeh. jim muir bbc news amman. let's go to amman and speak to political analyst joining us from there. doctor, thank you for joining us. king abdullah home in the past few hours. the country promising an earth-shattering response. so much anger, so much grief on the streets. what are the king's options now?
>> well, the more people use such big terms and threaten to do this and that they put the king in a corner. i think jordanians should start avoiding the use of big terms like avenging revenging, you know these tribal terms do not help in policy. jordanians should protect the interest of jordan protecting its citizens putting an end to the atrocities of daesh, et cetera. these would help the king to think politically and not in a tribal sense. >> do you think, though, we could see the government's position hardening now, that we could actually see it escalate its involvement in the campaign against islamic state? >> i think the government knows,
since the beginning, that kaseasbeh would always be killed, so i'm sure they have their own plan of action step by step. but now people are asking for revenge, avenge. government is not able to come up with practical, applicable response to this crime. and it will take more time for the king now to try and find a way whereby he could group jordanians together on a national basis and take policies that would lead to a reasonable and possible response against daesh. big words cannot be implemented because jordan is not in a position to take unilateral military action against such a group like that. >> how deep with the divisions, though right now in terms of what should happen next? because given emotions are so
high has that also led to a sense of unity and solidarity? >> this will not last for long if we continue to address the issue on a tribal basis. i think what the government can do now is to adopt more vigilant policies against possible support of daesh, against infiltration of supporters of daesh from jordan to syria or to iraq. taking all these actions requires sober thinking and require government cooperation with its allies which i think will be forthcoming, provided that jordanians are -- the government is able to control the emotions of the jordanjordanians. >> thank you for joining us from amman. we have plenty more for on you that battle with islamic state on our website as well
lots of comments and analysis there for you, too, from contributors and from our own people who are on the ground. bbc.com/news. just go there for more details. let's take you to the united states now. seven people have been killed. more than 12 others injured after a commuter train hit a vehicle at a railway crossing in new york city. the accident happened in valhalla, some 32 kilometers north of new york. journalist with abc news in new york city, we can take you to her now. she is at the scene. lana, what happened? >> reporter: hello lucy. yes, it happened here just over my shoulder. can you see that train is still burnt out. a tremendous number of casualties. six people in the train died along with the driver and 12 people injured. it is the worst accident in the history of the metro north railroad. >> what happened lana the driver stopped, did she, and then got out of her car?
>> reporter: that's exactly right. they're still piecing together exactly what happened. what we know is this -- she stopped -- eyewitnesss say she got out of her car. the gate had come down upon it. she walked around the back of her car, got back in it and then pulled forward. that, unfortunately, put her on a collision course with the train. upon impact her car burst into flames and the electrified third rail of the train itself pierced through that first car of the train, lighting it on fire. one paramedic on scene said it was the worst -- it was the worst tragedy he had ever encountered. >> we have terrible pictures of the train and what happened as well lana. what sort of stories have you been hearing from other people who were on the train who survived? >> reporter: just terrible stories, people they had seen. an old man who walked out, stumbling out of that first car, his face bloodied and such horrible things coming from the very front of the car. however, in the back of the
train, they didn't even know anything was happening. they thought it was a regular stop. that's how different it was from the front of the train to the back of the train. >> lana thanks forup dating us from valhalla outside of new york on that crash that killed seven people. on wednesday the democrat republic of congo will play ivory coast, for a place in sunday's final. captain and goalkeeper has caught the imagination of his fans because he's got a rather unusual celebration. >> reporter: you may wonder what on earth they're doing. well these congo fans are paying homage to their hero the national captain. the goalkeeper has a celebration that is unique in world football. >> translator: it's me. it's my way of celebrating. this dance i do this or this. and i said to myself i want
something that's particular for me. >> reporter: he says the idea came from an exercise he developed 20 years ago to improve his abdominal strength and the kidi walk came to fame when they were in the finals of the fifa cup. >> translator: when i play in a foreign country, they want to see the celebration. >> reporter: the 39-year-old brings out the celebration after every big win but if his coach attempted to follow suit if congo beat ivory coast to reach their first nations cup final in over 40 years. >> translator: no i leave it to the specialist, kidiaba. >> reporter: a wise idea. so, what do i do? >> you sit here. >> reporter: yep.
can i just say, this is harder than it looks. doing the kidi walk. bbc news. >> he's having a go there, good for him as they build up to the final of the africa cup of nations there. let's return to taipei pictures we're getting in on a bit of a delay on rescue efforts there. people are on the scene of this incredible plane crash we have seen. it was so dramatic. many people have been killed of course but there are passengers who were trapped inside the plane that crashed into the river. 50 people were on board. 19 people have been confirmed dead so far. but 20 are still missing. what you can see there, rescuers have built a pontoon out to the craft. they're trying to get inside the
fuselage there. it's lying on its side, as you can see. it's almost completely submerged. the river there in the middle of taipei is quite shallow. we're getting more details of what might have happened as well. reports that mayday mayday was called out just before the plane crashed and it was a possible burnout of one of the engines. other developing story this hour as well, a hospital in donetsk in eastern ukraine has been hit by an artillery shell. we're getting different numbers coming to us but we do have a correspondent on the scene. she's gone down to the hospital in the rebel-controlled city of donetsk and told us that three people at least have been killed. it's important to note that this is a residential area of donetsk. it's been the scene of some incredible fighting between ukrainian government forces and russian-backed rebels there. the shells hit the hospital and we're hearing there are many people injured and at least three people killed. bring you more details on that story as we get it.
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hawkings. the prosecutor, the president and the arrest warrant -- another twist in argentina's investigation into the mysterious death of alberto nisman. and the winners and losers in today's russia. we report on some who are feeling the recession hard and others who are turning the crisis to their advantage. also in the program, aaron is back telling us why cheaper oil isn't making our jet-setting holidays any cheaper. >> lucy you'll remember a few years ago when oil prices shot up many airlines started adding a fuel surcharge to our tickets.
hang on. oil prices have fallen by around 50% and yet those fuel surcharges still remain. yes, we'll find out why many airlines around the world have not passed along all those savings. welcome back to "gmt." the argentine prosecutor alberto nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for president cristina fernandez de kirchner. the draft warrant is said to have been found in a rubbish bin as his apartment complex in bun necessary aires. mr. nisman was found dead last month with a single bullet wound to the head. he had been investigating the bombing of a jewish center in 1994, which killed 85 people. bbc rory davis has just been in argentina and returned home.
an arrest warrant against a sitting president, surely this does not look good for president fernandez. >> no i mean these were draft arrest warrants for the president cristina fernandez de kirchner and hector timerman. although it doesn't prove anybody from the government or any government supporters were involved in the death of alberto nisman, it does show he could have been a significant threat to her had any such warrants been admitted acted upon. it also shows as well the government has handled the case extraordinarily badly. only the weekend when the existence of these draft warrants was first moved to the argentine press, senior government minister ripped up a newspaper which was carrying the reports and the government's now been forced into a climb-down, admitting that these draft arrest warrants did exist. they were found in a bin at
mr. nisman's flat by investigators. they didn't form part of mr. nisman's report his final report into the bombing of a jewish cultural center in 1994 but their existence is damaging to the argentine government, which as i say, has really failed to respond in any sort of controlling way to this case. >> how much pressure is there from the public and from people in argentina to find out the truth as to what actually happened to mr. nisman? >> well there's going to be a big march planned in buenos aires tonight. nisman's accusation was the central government, including president fernandez de kirchner was involved in back room dealings with the bombing. the government denied those allegations and rejected many of the tenets of mr. nisman's
report. the day after he was due to testify in congress he was found dead at his flat the day before. and all of this is thrown up the who done it scenario in argentina. the problem s argentines don't really trust their government or institutions to get to the bottom of the case. neither the 1994 bombing themselves nor the death of alberto nisman. there's a lot of mistrust in argentina, of the secret service and the government itself. >> thanks for joining us with that update from right eyeo. the greek prime minister and finance minister meeting lots of people. >> charm offensive and falling on sort of sympathetic ears. i think that's changing. it's time for tough talks now. thanks very much. hello there. yes, the new greek prime minister alex tsipras met the president jean-claude juncker while yanis varoufakis had talks
with the central bank. they say negotiations have started with the imf. and the greek stock market has responded positively that the new greek government has backed off asking for debt to rewritten. varoufakis wants to exchange 300 billion euro debt for bonds, bonds repaid only if greece's economy grows. however, it does now seem that that greek charm offensive may be coming to a bit of a halt because the financial times is reporting today that the european central bank is resisting an attempt by greece to secure 10 billion euros of short-term funding. greece wants the money so that they can have basically more time, more time to breathe, more time to negotiate more favorable terms on their massive debts
with the so-called troika the international lenders, the european commissioner, the imf and european central banks. after he meets with the big boss draghi he told us how it went. >> i had the opportunity to present to him our government's government's -- i'm waving the termination is can't be business as usual in greece both in terms of the reforms we need in order to end the malignancies and also in terms of a program that has been leading to or fueling that deflationary crisis in the nation thus causing a major humanitarian crisis. >> greece's finance minister. let's get more senior fellow at
european think tank from brussels. can we start with this it's your job, it's a tough one, can you explain to viewers around the world, what are these gross linked bontdz, what are they and how would they work? >> i have to say that at the moment it's very unclear what kind of gdp indexing the finance minister has in mind but certainly he has in mind something which would pay more to offshore creditors if gdp grows faster than expected. but if it grows slow offshore creditors would get less than expected. >> that's the tricky part. they say we'll only pay you back when we start growing but you could have growth of 0.1% growth at 2.5%, and how long, how long will europe have the patience? >> yeah. i mean in my view indexing to
gdp is a nice issue for greece but not a real tool to ease the debt burden of the country. >> let's talk about money, you know, many want to know how greece is going to keep the lights on because this new greek government says hang o we don't want any more bailout money. don't give us this next chunk, or tranche, as they call it but we want a loan and ecb says no. but i'm wondering, who do they want to borrow it from? how would that work? >> i have to say, i have no problem for greece getting additional 10 billion euro shortened treasury bills. greek bank could be persuaded to purchase them. but i agree that greece needs a built more time to be able to negotiate the european partners. and i think the ecb should not be the institution which basically stops greece from doing that. >> can you sort of sum this up? where are we at?
we keep talking about all of this week we've had this european -- greece has been on this charm offensive. i'm wondering, has some of that worked? we seem not to be so much talking about a greek exit of the eurozone so have we got to a point where europe thinks, we're not going to write the debt off but we have to do something? >> in my view europe indeed, has to do something. and the reason is that greek output collapsed by 25%, one-quarter is lost. unemployment is very high. indeed, there is social hardship. so i think europe will have to and i think they also will but they will be very careful. european partners feel greece did not make major concessions because people in ireland and portugal will say, we want some. >> we appreciate your time and your input. thank you for your time.
you know when oil prices shot up a few years ago, you know what happened many airlines sort of looked at the costs and said we're going to start adding a fuel surcharge to passenger tickets. however, despite the fact you know oil prices have now fallen off a cliff, dropped significantly from their peak. many of those surcharges they still linger. they remain. the cost of oil -- or fuel to be more precise s a huge factor for the airline industry. fuel represents 30% of all expenses for airlines. although keeping the charges in place will mean perhaps a little bit better profit so many of the airlines will also leave many cash-strapped consumers well out of pocket. have a listen to this. >> the first reason you're not going to see full surcharges disappear imminently is hedging. that is the practice airlines use to reduce volatility. they lock into a particular price and that is great when oil is increasing globally but when it's falling it leaves you
exposed. biggest budget carrier in europe, paying $93 a barrel. twice the going rate. european airlines are suffering because their currencies weakened against the dollar in which ail prices are set. ieg, the company which owns british airways and ibi everyibiera of spain, so passengering keep paying up. >> will we see benefits down the pipeline, do you think? >> eventually, once those hedging positions have unwound, once they're paying much less for their fuel. but don't expect, even if globally all of the fuel surcharges ended tomorrow that fares would fall by a commensurate amount. any time any airline is going to extract the most it possibly can. demand is strong at the moment so if the surcharges go the base fare will simply rise to compensate.
>> there you go. what do you think of that? lots going on. follow me on twitter, i'll tweet you back you can get me me @bbcaaron. lower oil prices don't necessarily mean cheaper air tickets at the moment. stay with us on "bbc world news." still to come, as aaron has been mentioning, russia suffering from low oil prices and sanctions. some people there are finding a way to make money from the crisis. our report on the winners and losers from russia's economic slump. ♪♪ the adventures you've been imagining. the heroes you've been admiring. the worlds you've been dreaming of. ♪ the thrills you've been craving. the moments you've been missing. the vacation you've been looking for is here. come and take it. universal orlando resort. experience it all with the wizarding world of harry potter vacation package. visit universalorlando.com
20 are still missing. a hospital in the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk has been shelled. it's thought three people have been killed and many more injured. let's take you back now to taipei and that rescue operation that is under way right now. these pictures coming to us just with a short delay but you can see rescue workers have committed to working through the night there to try and lift the fuselage of this aircraft out of the water. they built that pontoon, you can see on the side of your picture there, out into the river, in the middle of taipei. you can see it now being lifted on a crane out of the water. we know that the river there is very shallow and that rescue workers have been saying that they wanted to try and lift the fuselage out. what we're not sure of though is whether there are bodies still inside. but at least 20 people are still missing.
let's take you to russia. a country of economic contrast. nearly 16 million people there live in poverty. it's also home to some of the richest people in the world. now the country is facing a recession and that's thanks in part to falling oil proiss and economic sanctions. the downturn is affecting people in different ways and it's not all bad. for the bbc's richer world series, we've been taking a look at winners and losers of russia's recent economic troubles. in a moment you'll here from oleg in russia but we're going to this report. >> reporter: a village 250 kilometers from the capital. but russian standards, not far but by living standards, a world away. children here have been getting free school but since authorities cut social spending this year most parents have to find the money themselves.
this year, most parents have to find the money themselves. one meal costs less than $1. what they could otherwise spend on meat. she raises two kids alone. >> translator: the government is perfectly happy to help the people of ukraine, but when we ordinary russians are our most desperate, it's expensive. >> reporter: this is a traditional region. for centuries sustained by industry. for the past seven years the economy has been stable. oil prices have been high and people have benefitted. but now the economy is in deep trouble and the uncertainty fills the air. looking around this part of the town, you can't tell if it's being hit by the economic crisis, but if you scratch below the surface, you get a completely different story. two-thirds of this lady's
pension goes on household bills and medicine. every day she covers several kilometers on foot, hunting for the cheapest produce. >> translator: oh, look, this butter here is a little cheaper than the one over there. i spent my whole time looking for the best bargain. every ruble count when money's tight. >> reporter: this power plant outside the city is a leading producer and exporter of diesel generators in russia. one in ten members of its workforce has been fired. the head of the company said he had no choice. but job cuts are not his only challenge. >> the main problem for our company and for big russian companies, government companies, is financial function and the
price of the money, if it was 10 before, now it will be about 20. and for foreign companies, the european companies, the greatest percent in europe is 2%, 3%. >> reporter: russians seem to be more familiar with hardship than the easy life. with the ruble still falling, the people of russia have another chance to test their strength in the face of adversity. bbc news, russia. ♪ >> reporter: moscow's most glamorous department store is not short of customers or their money. the ruble may have crashed and negative growth remains a threat, but all the wealth amassed in oil boom years will not disappear overnight. and for some, the crisis brings new opportunities. until now, russia never had cattle. whatever meat there was came
from milk cattle. the number one pork production now breeds cattle as well. there are 7,000 cattle on this farm. the company that owns it has another 37. hundreds of millions have been invested in this meat plant, the largest in europe. and the countersanctions imposed by moscow have shut the door on competition from the u.s. and australia. just in time for these prime cuts to roll off the production line and into shops. and the recent launch of the ruble against world currencies is an advantage. the meat is becoming much more competitive abroad. the man in charge admits a single digit slump is likely but wants to use this time to explore outside markets. europe, china, japan. >> translator: after eight years of investing, our whole business is up and running. and i'm sure the government will
continue supplying with credit we need the ruble to stay cheap, so the sanctions have been useful. they've allowed the government to realize people like us can sell food abroad. >> reporter: for russia's rich there's still plenty of money for comfort. this moscow mansion is on the market for $19 million. its owner doesn't want to be shown but his agent says even for the richest customers, the economic slowdown is being felt. >> difficult at the high end part of the market. oil businessmen, they are not in the mood for shopping. >> reporter: the customers you see, are they nervous? >> no. they get used to it. it's just not the right time to buy. >> reporter: the skies over moscow are clear, for now. there's no talk of the waters of
business freezing up entirely. a time for caution, yes. the economy needs careful steering. but it's also an opportunity for those who know how to navigate the world of russian money. bbc news, moscow. making the world more awesome -- that's the aim of the kid president and millions are watching him on youtube. 11-year-old robby novak makes videos along with his brother-in-law brad. they use wit and inspirational thinking. making his story even more remarkable he suffers from a genetic disease. it doesn't slow him down though. he even has a new book out. we caught up with him in henderson, tennessee. ♪ >> everybody just chill out! calm down calm down.
i'm the kid president. i'm robby. the world needs to stop being boring. yes, you. everybody can be boring. >> robby i and i have always made stuff together as a family. and kid president grew out of this project we were wanting to do to help position kids as leaders. >> i think you should try to sit behind the desk. >> a lot of people think we shoot from a studio or there's a team of script writers or there's this big machine behind it when it's really just from our house here in tennessee. >> is that good? >> yeah. >> it's just robby and myself playing around having fun. and then it's me trying to teach stuff to him and then him reflecting that back to the world. >> say hi robby. tell them what you've been up to. welcome them back because they haven't seen you for a few weeks. >> hi, everybody. i was playing basketball the whole time, this whole week.
>> robby has oi his bones break. usually his bones won't break if he's doing something active. it can just happen getting out of bed or doing something like that. >> my sister is like me. she has over 80 broken bones. i have only over 70. i don't stop like when i'm broken and i'm in the hospital. i still keep going. like i'm still smiling and i want people to still be happy even when they're hurting. >> he battled through so much and that's not what defines him instead, it's this joy that just comes out of him. so i always have been like, well if he can find a reason to dance, then i can, too. >> tell me what's in this book. >> rock stars. >> we had conversations, like what up like just random stuff. >> a lot of the pieces in the book are written over -- we
would go to lunch together and just have conversations. and then i would transcribe those. so a lot of that is in the book. there's little cartoons of us and you see the back and forth. >> you got lemonade and drink it and then you dance. >> he wasn't elected. he just decided one day, i want to do something good. for me every video is a way to say to kids all over the world, it's okay to be awesome. like, you just go out there, do something amazing. like i know you have something amazing in you to share with the world. >> tomorrow will be better because it's awesome. you're going to make the day. >> thank you to robby and brad for bringing us a story today that made us all smile new quick reminder of our top story on "gmt." 23 people have been killed in taiwan after a passenger plane clipped an elevated roadway and crashed into a river. these are delayed pictures we're getting, just a few seconds old though. as we can see, rescuers on raft
trying to free survivors trapped in the aircraft. thankts for being with us on "gmt." >> stay with us. in a few minutes we'll have more on the passenger jet that crashed in taiwan. speaking to a former airline pilot about checks and safety measures taken at the point of takeoff and what he thinks may have gone wrong.
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data: commander, away team reporting in. lt. worf standing by. this is riker. go ahead, lieutenant. worf: the archaeologists have identified the markings in these caverns. this planet was apparently once home to a race known as the koinonians. what do we know about them, data? the koinonians were an intelligent culture which became embroiled in a war that lasted for several generations. our best evidence indicates they destroyed themselves. worf: we have completed our survey of the third tunnel and will proceed into the ceremonial chamber. affirmative. enterprise out. destroyed themselves
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