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hello. our top stories. suicide bombers attack a shia mosque in peshawar in the northwest of pakistan killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens. baher mohamed, the last of the three al jazeera journalists held in prison in egypt for more than a year, he has been released. 11 people killed in eastern ukraine in the run-up to the latest cease-fire. the eu threatens russia with more sanctions if it fails to avert the truth. and medical researchers link
the use of hormone replacement therapy to ovarian cancer but how much of a risk is it? we're going to be finding out. at least 19 people have been killed in pakistan and more than 40 were wounded in a powerful bombing at a shia mosque in the northern city of peshawar. now, police say a group of armed men scared worshippers with gunfire during friday prayers before three explosions went off. we can get more details now from our correspondent joining us from the pakistani capital, islamabad. what more can you tell us, kim? >> reporter: we've been speaking to a police chief in the area, who's told us more details about how the attack unfolded. apparently, three or four
rather, four suicide bombers, men with explosive vests, climbed the walls of the mosque went into the building stormed the building during friday prayers, three of them blew themselves up. the fourth one was apparently brought down by the worshippers. now, the explosions of course caused panic inside the mosque as you mentioned, 19 people at least, were killed. several more injured. the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. there were really scenes of chaos and panic. we saw on local television one man wielding a pistol carrying his child out of the mosque. now, it's important to remember that this is a shia mosque and this is not the first time that there's been violence against shias in pakistan. this is a very large minority here but they've come under attack many times before. the last time was just two weeks ago in the south of the country,
in the town of shekharpoor. another attack there killed at least 61 people. >> has there been any response yet from the government kim? >> reporter: no immediate response from the government itself, but of course we've been hearing from local authorities. the police saying the country is at war against militants, against terrorists. we've had a sort of claim of responsibility from the pakistani taliban already. they've apparently put out a tape. we're still trying to lay eyes on it of the footage. they've put out a tape showing the suicide bombers explaining the mission that they were about to undertake. and of course the police here in the area of peshawar the very restive province in northwest pakistan believe that this is a retaliation for the operations that the army is undertaking in the northwest against militants in the area on the border with afghanistan.
>> kim gatos, reporting for us from islamabad, thank you very much. mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed have left egypt after being freed on bail. you may remember they spent more than a year behind bars. a court ordered their release, pending a retrial that will take place later this month. mohamed fahmy had to pay bail and has to check in with the police station every day. our correspondent in cairo, sally nabil, has been telling me about the reaction to this release. >> reporter: it is a sense of relief, a sense of happiness, whether among the defendant's families the lawyers, or even among human rights activists and journalists here in europe the two journalists were released this morning from a police station. they didn't give any statement to the press. however, i had spoken to their families yesterday in court, and the sense i got is that they now, they are getting ready for a break, a breath of freedom. they are going to spend some
time together. a picture of baher mohamed's family has been posted on twitter this morning with the word, "reunion" below the picture. baher mohamed's younger son was born while he was in prison. now it is his first chance to hold his baby away from security guards. the whole family of baher mohamed or mohamed fahmy, they are now ready for just having some time together. they had hoped for a breath of freedom and happiness, even for a couple of days. both journalists have to show up in the courtroom on the 23rd of february for a new session of the retrial. i've spoken to the lawyers and they said that yesterday's ruling was a good sign that brings a lot of hope and optimism. it's a step in the right direction. they believe that this might be the first step towards their acquittal at the very end of the legal process. but they don't know how long the new trial will take. however, the court of sesation
which reversed the original verdict, said that there was no solid evidence to support the charges leveled against these journalists. they were accused of aiding the banned muslim brotherhood group, but there is no evidence to support these serious charges against them. there's been further fighting in ukraine in spite of the new cease-fire deal that is due to come into force at the end of saturday. shelling in lieu hanks. these pictures are said to be of heavy shelling last night in lieu hanks, although they have been broadcast on ukrainian television they cannot be independently verified. separatists there say three people were killed. ukraine's army say eight of its soldiers have been killed and 34 wounded in the past 24 hours, and that was in fighting around
the town of debaltseve. around the rebel-held city of donetsk, let's hear more from james reynolds. >> reporter: here in donetsk, we continue to hear the sounds of war, the sounds of explosions in the distance of artillery fire. we've also seen footage posted online from the rebel-held city of luhansk, which shows heavy fighting at night. and the ukrainian army has said that in the last 24 hours, it has lost a number of its own service men. in other words, in the run-up to this cease-fire this planned cease-fire the conflict does continue. and now all sides are looking at the practicalities, at the details of implementing that agreement, including withdrawing heavy armor from both sides to create a buffer zone and looking very, very closely at that demarcation line. ukraine's president, petrov poroshenko, says said his military commanders will meet russian military commanders to
go through details and to begin looking at implementation. the cease-fire is due to start at the end of saturday but few here in donetsk and perhaps few on the other side in government-held territory expect a complete or sudden end to war. >> that's james reynolds there. now to news after surges of illegal migrants trying to enter the european union. most of the focus in the news has been on human tragedy. migrants from the middle east trying unsuccessfully to cross the borders by boat. in the past week hungarian police have arrested 8,000 people who have crossed the border into europe from serbia. now, they're mainly ethnic albanians that are have neighboringneighbor ing kosovo who are making that journey. lucy williamson brings us more. >> reporter: welcome to europe's
latest border bypass. hungry sleepy southern frontier, now an underground highway into the heart of europe. over the past few weeks, a thousand illegal migrants a day have been crossing this eu border with serbia most of them from kosovo. their journey marked by a trail of clothes and burnt out fires. along with the socks and the sim cards abandoned here by the border are these serbian travel documents, issued to people from kosovo. this one is for a 22-year-old man and this one is for a 1-month-old baby. driving up with the local border patrol it didn't take long to find some. hiding in a field, five men from kosovo. how many others have come this way before them i asked? >> thousands. a thousand people, from my village, 200, 300.
>> reporter: extra police have been drafted into the area but hungary can't routinely detain asylum seekers under eu law, so once asylum seekers are filed, they are free to slip across the border into their final destination. >> new efforts to tighten security at airports see ridiculous when you see how open the border is here. if a syrian or an iraqi wanted to carry out a terrorist attack he wouldn't fly to western europe, he would walk across this border next to my village and no one would stop him. >> reporter: across the border in serbia, the units are cracking down. but hundreds each day are still getting through. in a clearing on the hungarian side we found these new arrivals from mali syria, and afghanistan. among them 3-year-old amir. he'd fallen sick and hadn't
eaten for days. after seven months on the road this brief wait for a doctor the hardest part of all. for police it's all part of a well-oiled routine, as the lottery of this poorest border delivers a new life for amer and a new problem for europe. lucy williamson bbc news on the hungarian border. let's turn our attention now to babies being born every second, it's reported four or five babies are being born around the world right now. but the cost of bringing a child into the world, it can vary enormously just depending on where that baby is born. our colleague marisa oy recently gave birth in singapore and we asked her to sum up her experience for us. >> 1.9 kilograms. >> reporter: like every expectant parent, ultrasouth
sound sounds are a highlight in being pregnant. a chance to meet our daughter. but after every hospital with visit, the joy is overshadowed by the reality of just how much the whole experience is costing. in singapore, that's been about $200 and the actual birth will cost $6,000 to $7,000. so how does it compare to the rest of the world. in the u.s. the average is more than four times at $30,000. if you have a cesarean section, you'll need another $20,000. but in countries like the uk canada brazil or south africa you can give birth for free at a public hospital. >> you're basically paying fee for service or ala cart. and everything that you get, you pay for and your insurance company pays for first, and then you typically pay 20 or 30% of the bill.
so if you get an epidural in childbirth, you're going to pay for it and those bills rack up. >> and well before going into labor, wherever you live preparing for a new baby is not cheap. from the cot to the clothes, they all add up. sarah is a money saving expert and a mother of four in london. >> a lot of places a lot of them are paid and they could be endorsed by a particular brand that is trying to sell you something, everyone's trying to sell you something all the time. and there are sites all over the world where you can borrow something for a week to try it. >> reporter: but temptation is everywhere. and baby products are going high-tech, including these monitors. >> this is actually detects breathing from the baby. it will send an alarm to the parents if there is irregular breathing or there's no breathing or movement for 20
seconds. >> but it comes with a price tag of almost $400 u.s. hello! and if you need child care that's an additional burden. compared to countries like the uk, a nursery or even a live-in help is more affordable in singapore. but this facility would still cost us $1,500 a month. after nine months of getting ready, we're finally going home with our daughter. and it is the beginning of a very expensive journey. >> our congratulations to marik and all new parents. stay with us on bbc news. still to come cuba's burning desire for change. we'll join a student rally. you want an advanced degree, but sometimes work can get in the way. now capella university offers flexpath, a revolutionary new program that allows you
. bbc world news. suicide bombers have targeted a shia mosque during friday prayers in northern pakistan killing at least 19 people and injuring 50, also baher mohamed, the last after three al jazeera journalist ss and aaron is here with all your business news. we're talking economic number ss. certainly helped that growth. germany grew by a robust 0.7 of a percent. well above forecast.
however, wiping the smile off our faces french and italian economic activity continues to languish languish. domestic demand, spending on the ground helped germany out of its mid-year lull and allowed it to achieve full-year growth of 1.6%. france, you couldn't keep pace and kept growing by just zero a pinch, 0.1 of a% meaning the euro zone's second largest economy for the whole year of last year, it grew just a pinch under half of 1%. italy fared even worse. yes, italy's economy stagnated, 0 to zilch by the end of next year. that mark, the 14th consecutive quarter without any growth whatsoever. so we're going to have more on those numbers throughout the rest of the day. hey, take a look at this. a prolonged labor crisis at the west coast sea port in the u.s., it means that the critical gateways for international trade have become more like a parking lot for these massive cargo
ships that hold a vast selection of consumer goods from asia and then they return to asia with u.s. goods on them. dock workers in the port operators are in a deadlock of paying conditions that are costing the u.s. economy, costing the u.s. economy $2.5 billion every single day. the operators say the workers are on a go-slow and there's a backlog. the union says cost cutting is to blame for slower operations. we've got the reaction from the one of the ports affected. lots going on. all the business coming up on "gmt." we're talking about president obama, talking at stanford university, on a cybersecurity conference there. also talking about love in the office air. follow me on twitter tweet me i'll tweet you back @bbcaaron. we've got the dos and don'ts of office relationships. do you want to share? >> i will too, then. i will be here and i will be watching you aaron. thank you very much. let's turn our attention to
hormone replacement therapy and many women who undergo it, there is now apparently an increased risk for some of those of getting ovarian cancer. according to a study in the british medical journal, the analysis is by the university of oxford and it says one extra case for every thousand women that are receiving the treatment. let's speak now with katherine harrah, the acting chief executive at ovarian concert action. and i would be so interested to hear your reaction to this report this morning. >> good morning and thank you. at ovariance cancer action, we welcome this report opinion anything that helps to paint a clearer picture in the risk of ovarian cancer, it's useful for women to have better information about some of the risks entailed. >> and there can be sometimes tlm too much information. i mean, very difficult for a woman who is trying to decide what to do. one case were for every thousand
women taking hrt, how do you advise people to come to you for advice on this? >> we've known for some time that there has been an association between an increased risk of breast cancer and hrt, and this new report does suggest that there is an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer as well, as you point out, it's a 1 in a thousand risk. and what you would recommend, is that women discuss their options with their health care providers. there is one group of women for whom this report would be of particular interest. and they're women is what is called a barakagene mutation and if you have this your risk of cancer increases from 1 in 54, which is standard in the population, to 1 in 2. if you know that you're already at a high risk owing to this
family-inherited the trait as was made very famous by angelina jolie recently, then we would recommend that you pay particular interest and discuss your options with your health care provider before taking our hrt over a prolonged period. >> it's really become a case-by-case basis it sounds like, what you are recommending miss taylor. >> that's right. and we would always say that each woman is individual and the best advice that you can take is to discuss all your options with your gp or health care provider. what i would say is whether you're taking hrt or not is to be symptom aware. ovarian cancer can be a disease that's quite hard to detect, because the symptoms can be confused with other things, for example, irritable bowl syndrome, so we would always recommend to women to keep a symptom diary. you can download that from our website, which is www.ovarian.org.uk and the key is persistence. and what you should be looking
for is persistent bloating, feeling persistent tummy pain, feeling very full after meals or even if you've eaten a small amount and needing to pee more often. so if you're concerned, keep a log of your symptoms and talk promptly to your gp. because if ovarian cancer is treated promptly, your chance of survival is much greater. >> that is katherine taylor, the acting chief executive at ovarian cancer action, really the back behind that headline. now to cuba. normalizing relations has been a long time but those who will probably benefit the most, the younger generation in cuba, are said to be disengaged in politics. the leaders are in their 70s and 80s. will grant in havana brings us this report from a major student rally. >> reporter: every year on the anniversary of his death, cuba students light a flame to the country's founding father, an
independence hero who embodied the rebelliousness of cuban youth. known as the march of the torches, this was the first big government event since historic talks with the united states in january. the young marchers said they welcomed the steps towards a thaw. it's important, because the north american people form part of cuban history, and we share a single american identity says this students. there were many reasons why cuba has decided to renew ties with washington now. some say it's mainly economic, but others see social factors, such as age playing a role. leading the march were senior members of the poll it bureau. unsome of the men governing cuba are in their mid-80s. he believes cuba's youth has become disengaged with politics. >> they need to change many things. they need to explain better where we going so the people can have some consensus about it.
and then you're going to have a much more united country that way. also the younger people are going to bust up. >> reporter: fidel castro recently reappeared in photos alongside a student leader a message, perhaps that the cuban revolution will continue for years to come. but there are those in the government who fear that unless change happens as soon as, they will lose future generations of young cubans, not just geographically to the united states, but also in the battle for their hearts and minds. >> reporter: the waters ahead for the u.s. and cuba are still rough, with several key questions to be resolved. many young people are waiting to see what the thaw will bring before decideing where their futures lie. but government reporters say the age gap in cuban politics has been exaggerated. >> so that report coming from cuba and will grant. now, ever wondered what a president gets up to when nobody's looking?
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this is "bbc world news." our top stories. a shia mosque in peshawar in northwest pakistan is attacked by suicide bombers. at least 19 people are killed. baher mohamed, the last of the three al jazeera journalists, who has been in prison in egypt for more than a year, has been released. fighting continues in eastern ukraine, in the run-up to the latest cease-fire. the eu threatens russia with more sanctions if it fails to observe the truce. and racing to get ready in rio. will the next olympic city be up
for the challenge of hosting the game? welcome to the program. at least 19 people have been killed in pakistan and more than 40 were wounded in a suicide attack. that was on a shia mosque in the northern city of peshawar. police say a group of armed men sprayed worshippers with gun fire during friday prayers before three explosions went off. our correspondent, kim ghattas, updated us just a short while ago from islamabad. >> we've been speaking to a police chief in the area, who's told us for more details about how the attack unfolded apparently four suicide bombers men with explosive vests climbed the walls of the mosque, went into the building stormed the building during friday
prayers. three of them blew themselves up. the fourth one was apparently brought down by the worshippers. now, the explosions of course, caused panic inside the mosque, as you mentioned. 19 people at least were killed. several more injured. the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals. there were really scenes of chaos and panic. we saw on television, local television, one man wielding a pistol carrying his child out of the mosque. now, it's important to remember that this is a shia mosque and this is not the first time that there's been violence against shias in pakistan. this is a very large minority here, but it's come under attack many times before. the last time was just two weeks ago in the south of the country in the town of shiekharpoor. another attack there killed at least 61 people. >> has there been any response
from the government yet kim? >> reporter: no immediate response from the government itself, but of course we've been hearing from local authorities. the police saying the country is at war against militants, against terrorists. we've had a sort of claim of responsibility from the pakistani taliban already. they've apparently put out a tape, we're still trying to lay eyes on it on the footage. they've put out a tape, showing the suicide bombers explaining the mission that they were about to undertake. and of course, the police here, in the area of peshawar the very restive province in northwest pakistan, believe that this is retaliation for the operations that the army is undertaking here in the northwest, against militants in the area, on the border with afghanistan. >> kim ghattas there. we'll bring you more details as we get them. there's been further fighting in ukraine. that's in spite of a new cease-fire deal that is due to come into force at the end of saturday. artillery fire that's being heard in the rebel-held city of
donetsk and shelling reported in the rebel-held town of luhansk. these pictures are said to be of that heavy shelling taking place in lieu hanks last night. although they have they have been broadcast on ukrainian television they cannot be independentlily verified. separatists said three people were killed. ukraine's arm says eight of its soldiers were killed and 34 were wounded in the past 24 hours in fighting that was taking place around the town of debaltseve. from the rebel-held city of donetsk, let's hear from james reynolds. >> reporter: the cease-fire has yet to begin and here in donetsk, we continue to hear the sounds of war. the sounds of explosions in the distance of artillery fire. we've also seen footage posted online from the rebel-held city of luhansk which shows heavy fighting at night. and the ukrainian army has said in the last 24 hours, it has lost a number of its own service
men. in other words, in the run-up to this cease-fire this planned cease-fire the conflict does continue. and we know that all sides are now looking at the practicalities, at the details of implementing that agreement, including withdrawing heavy armor from both sides to create a buffer zone and looking very, very closely at that demarcation line. ukraine's president, petrov poroshenko, has said that his military commanders will meet russian military commanders to go through details and to begin looking at implementation. the cease-fire is due to start at the end of saturday but few here in donetsk and perhaps few on the other side in government-held territory expect a complete or sudden end to war. >> so james reynolds there. i also got a short while ago to speak to bbc's philippa thomas, who is following the talks in brussels. and i asked her what the reaction to these talks have been in the eu summit.
>> reporter: a great deal of relief that the deals were signed in minsk, imagine if they hadn't been. but beyond that, there is wareness about whether this cease-fire will take hold. the 28 european union leaders as they leave brussels today, they're watching and listening to reports like what we just heard from james, about renewed shelling and about the determination of the rebels on the ground not to give ground from any territory they've gained. there are fears of further bloodshed in the next two days. now, before he left the european council building last night, i spoke to one of the, one of europe's leaders about what has been said about angela merkel and francois hollande, as they came back from the peace talks in minsk. i heard a little bit more from syria's prime minister. >> well, we hear that negotiations were not easy, but of course, we do hope this is a step forward. everybody's very cautious, to be
optimistic, because we have seen peace agreements before and unfortunately, those didn't work out. i really do hope that this time, we will see actions also, because agreement is very important, but the implementation is much much more important. >> and what isif the cease-fire can't be made to work on the ground? where does the eu go then? where do you think it should go? >> i wouldn't want to speculate on that. i really do hope that this works out. the worrying thing, of course, is that we still have about two days to go until the cease-fire and what i'm personally afraid of is that there probably will be escalation from russian side during that two days. so i do note that these two days can be survived. otherwise, we can hear tremendous numbers of casualties. and that will be very, very
disappointing, of course. >> i suppose one of the issues is that the rebels, the separatists don't want to stop, they've been doing very well militarily, have been taking ground in recent weeks and may try to push that ground even further. >> we have been seeing russian support for the so-called separatists has been increasing and this has been giving them the opportunity to go further. and of course, there is a clear linkage between their action now and where they want to go before the cease-fire takes place. as we spoke here today, battles were ongoing in debaltseve, and this is not the best surrounding for talking about peace. this is really troublesome and worrying for us. >> reporter: now i've also been talking about to the prime minister of latvia, and she told me the first thing she wanted to say was to pay tribute to angela
merkel the german chancellor, because she really has been the key peacemaker not least in managing to get the russian presidents putin and ukrainian president poroshenko sitting down together, just think about what angela merkel has done over the last few days, in the last seven days, she's been in kiev, moscow munich, washington, back to minsk for those 17 hours of negotiations, and back to brussels here to brief her fellow european leaders. i would say that this week angela merkel is the answer to that famous political question from washington from henry kissinger, who said, if i want to call europe who do i call? >> philippa thomas there. and indeed many have been speculating on exactly how many hours' sleep has angela merkel got this week. let's turn our attention to boko haram. it has carried out its first deadly attack in chad. officials say fighters came across chad by motorboat during the night and attacked a village. residents say the militants killed several people before
being pushed back by chadian troops. let's have a chat now with our west african correspondent joining us in senegal. what more can you tell us about this, thomas? >> reporter: well, a bit more details are coming in. it seems that the boko haram fighters arrived at 3:00 in the morning, so it was an overnight raid. they arrived on the boat according to the chadian army and opened fire on the village. remember, this is where we reported from just a few weeks ago, when we were gathering testimonies from the many refugees who had fled the violence from just across the border in the towns ofthere. the village was attacked overnight. the chadian army says they were able to fight them off and push them back across the border
they are still in pursuit of those fighters and they managed to kill two of them injure another five and on their side one chadian soldier was reported killed according to the chadian army, and another four injured. the chadian army also says that only one civilian casualty was counted. the district chief was killed by a stray bullet they say, during the attack. >> put this in regional context for us, thomas. because we've been hearing about, you know, an inter-regional force, trying to combat boko haram the militant group. but this first attack perhaps this changes things. >> this is the first attack on chad's territory but boko haram has been attacking neighboring cameroon for nearly a year now. it's been launching attacks on niger in neighboring niger.
just over the last few days we saw two attacks in neighboring -- in the border towns of niger. and remember, chad has been deploying troops to the south of its territory in northern cameroon, but also in neighboring niger. and chad is now facing the sort of lead of this regional defensive against the nigerian insurgency, which is clearly not just a nigerian problem anymore. it is attacking on different fronts, not only in nigeria, but in three other neighboring countries, cameroon chad, and niger, as i just said. so this is more and more looking like a regional war, but with only one more territory to be attacked across borders, it was chad, and now it's suffered its first attack. it is definitely an original war. what the country's army will be able to do against it, we have yet to see how they'll be managing to cobble together that
regional force that they've been talking about. >> thomas ressy, thank you. to egypt baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy have left prison in egypt after being freed on bail. a court ordered their release pending a retrial later this month. mohamed fahmy, he also had to post $33,000 bail and check in at a police station every day. our correspondent in cairo sally nabil, told me more about reaction to their release. >> it is a sense of relief a sense of happiness, whether among the defendant's families, the lawyers, or even among human rights activists and journalists here in egypt the two journalists were released this morning from a police station. they didn't give any statements to the press. however, i have spoken to the families yesterday in court and the sense i got is that they now, they are getting ready for a break, a breath of freedom.
they are going to spend some time together. a picture of baher mohamed's family has been posted on picture this morning with the words "reunion" below the picture. baher mohamed's youngest son was born while he was in prison. now it is his first chance to hold his baby apart, away from security guards. the whole family of baher mohamed or mohamed fahmy, they are now ready for just having some time together. they will pose for a breath of freedom, pose for happiness just for a couple of days. both journalists have to show up in the courtroom on the 2rd3rd of february nor a new session of the retrial. i've spoken to the lawyers and they said that yesterday's ruling was a good sign that brings a lot of hope and optimism. it's a step in the right direction. they believe that this might be the first step towards their acquittal, at the very end of the legal process but they still don't know how long the
new trial will take. however, the court which reversed the original verdict, it's said that there were no solid evidence to support the charges leveled against these journalists. they were accused of setting false news of aiding the banned muslim brotherhood group, but there is no evidence to support these serious charges leveled against them. >> sally nabil there. stay with us. still to come, is anybody out there? space scientists want the world's permission to try and contact intelligent alien life. if you're running a business legalzoom has your back. over the last 10 years we've helped one million business owners get started. visit legalzoom today for the legal help you need to start and run your business. legalzoom. legal help is here.
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the three journalists held in prison in egypt for more than a year has been freed on bail. his colleague mohamed fahmy, was released earlier. in myanmar 47 soldier have been killed and 73 injured in three days of fighting against a small rebel army. state-controlled news agency, the global new light of myanmar, are reporting that the soldiers were killed in clashes with rebels from a group and also that air strikes have been used in response. this is the heaviest outbreak of fighting in myanmar in at least two years. here's our report from jenna fisher. >> reporter: the ethnic group and their armed wing is a remnant of the burmese communist party, which disintegrated in 1989. for a long time, they have administered or had a large degree of autonomy over a stretch of land on the northeastern burmese border with china. now, what appears to have triggered this latest bout of fighting is the return of one of
the leaders from five years of exile in china. he was forced out in 2009 by the burmese and he's now returned talking about restoringe inging respect and restoring real autonomy to the people. and that has seen several attacks on government positions. the information which we've been given about the fighting comes largely from the burmese government side, in one of the burmese burmese-owned or largely owned newspapers today it reported 47 casualties from the burmese army. it's likely that that is an underestimation of the situation. in one of the military newspapers today, it talks about a situation in which they have grenades rocket launchers, even some anti-aircraft equipment. so certainly they are well-equipped. and this is a pretty significant uptick in the fighting in the last couple of years, we've not heard of any incident in the many border conflicts here in
myanmar, which comes even close to the number of casualties being reported now. >> jenna fisher reporting. friends and families have been paying tribute to steve strange. the musician who helped shape the new replantuew romantic era of the 1980s. he died of a heart attack in egypt on thursday night. now our report. >> it's the song for which he'll be best remembered, "painted gray," was their breakthrough hit. ♪ >> the man boor steven john harrington, better known as steve strange, was a big influence on the big romantic movement of the 1980s. his music, inspired in 1976. the blitz party helped launch the career of boy george and
duran duran. after news of his death his fans and friends took to social media to pay tribute. among them duran duran front man, simon la bond who described him as the leading edge of new romantic. god bless him. musician billy idol wrote of the sadness of the news of his friend's passing. nicknamed the peacock prince his fashion was as iconic as his music. but strange became addicted to heroin, later saying it was the worst mistake of his life and health problems followed. according to his record label, he suffered a heart attack on thursday and died in his sleep at a hospital in egypt. he was 55 years old. >> that report on steve strange. let's turn our attention to the olympics now. perennial fear in the olympic world is will the host city be ready in time. we've heard it so many times,
right? remember athens in 2004? well rio's moment, that's just 1 18 months away, and the preparations have been riddled with delays controversies and also not a little anxiety within the international olympic committee. so just how far off the pace is rio? or are they perhaps getting their act together? let's hear more from the bpc's julia penerro, who is at the olympic park building site. >> reporter: this is rio's 2016 olympic park i'm in the middle of what will be a special bus corridor to drive fans in for the games next year. for now, a huge construction site, like so many others we're seeing all over the city. this may seem like the year in between for rio, after the world cup, before the olympic games, but it is a crucial year for the city, with big deadlines to be matched practically every month. so here in the olympic park, the venues are taking shape, and they're going to start being delivered from august and september. but it really feels like the
olympics are drawing now. the rio 2016 committee has just launched this ticket program so fans can already register online and they will be able to apply for the tickets they want from march. there are however still controversies related to some of the olympic projects. for instance the golf course that's being built here in the western stone of rio is still being disputed by some public prosecutors because it's in the middle of a nature reserve. and this same bus corridor will have to go through some residential areas and some families will be evicted. and that's causing some controversy as well. rio residents will have to have lots of patience this year with massive traffic jams, road closures changes that all this construction work is causing to the city. but rio's mayor says that everything is going according to plan and that the work is on schedule for the games this august of 2016. well, would you agree to this? space scientists, they are
asking for consent from the public to make an active effort to contact intelligent alien life on other worlds. there are concerns, though, that sending radio signals to the planets most likely to harbor life would then broadcast our presence and possibly put earth and earthlings at risk. from california here's the bbc's thomas ghosh. >> reporter: on top of a mountain in northern california there are dishes that are listening out to signals from an alien world. we know that many of the stars have planets capable of supporting life. maybe even intelligent life. >> these are typical of what we get out of the antenna. >> seti otherwise known as a search for exterrestrial intelligence institute is on a mission to find them, and now they want to take their search a step further. >> some of us here at the institute are interested in what's called active seti. not just listening, but let's broadcast something.
maybe to some nearby stars, because then there's at least some chance if you'll wake anybody up you'll get a response. >> reporter: one of the world's largest scientific meetings is taking place in the building wnd behind me. and it's here that the seti team is seeking the support of the scientific community and the public's consent in order to proceed with their plan. >> how do we say something is intelligible to another civilization? >> reporter: and whether it's a short hello or the entire history of the human race they also need to decide what they're going to send to e.t. for decades humanity has speculated about the prospect of making contact with alien civilizations. would they invade our planet or would they become our friends. critics of the plan fear the worst. >> in thinking about what might happen if we met extra terrestrials, we have to ask, are there analogs and parallels? and the parallels on earth of an advanced technological
civilization meeting a less technological advanced one there are thousands of such story, and they all involve pain, especially for the less advanced one. >> reporter: many scientists are convinced that intelligent life does exist elsewhere in our galaxy. the question is, whether they should actively try and make contact with them. and what might happen if we heard something back. >> well, let's take a look at what perhaps the president gets up to when nobody's looking. >> thanks, obama. >> president obama, he's given us a bit of an insight into his personal habits on this new online video, pulling faces in the mirror, using a selfie stick, and shooting imaginary baskets. well, the president has been poking fun at himself, but to make a serious point, sunday's the deadline for enrolling in
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