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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> welcome to news day on the bbc. the headlines this naming the victims. regional authorities start to identify those killed in friday's attacks, as anders behring breivik bry's lawyers say he appears insane. the u.s. debt crisis sparks a war of words in washington, with the default deadline just a week away. >> pack stan and india prepare for their first significant talks since the mumbai attacks. good night, my angel, amy winehouse's father bids an emotional farewell at the singer's funeral in london. it's 9:00 a.m. here in sing pour. and 2:00 a.m. broadcasting to pbs around the world and in london, this is "news day."
>> hello, and welcome. the norwegian lawyer's who's representing anders behring breivik says the self-confessed killer is probably insane. he bleaches he was fighting a war to defend the western world. they started to publish some of the names of breivik's 76 victims. from the capital, oslo, james robbins has the latest on the investigation into friday's attacks. >> the official naming of norway's dead is underway. a shocking reminder that most victims were children all very young adults. among them, a 20-year-old model and talented dancer. the youngest killed in the massacre is believed to be just 14. amongst those tipped as future stars of the labour party was a 21-year-old male and described as one of the country's most promising youth politicians. among those missing after trying
to swim away was another talented speaker who addressed the labour party conference in april and a 45-year-old woman who had run the summer island camp for years. this is their self-confessed killer, anders breivik. today the lawyer defending him described him as insane. >> this whole says indicates that's insane. >> if you asked him if he's insane, what would he say? >> he's in a war and the rest of the world, especially the western world, don't understand his point of view. that in 60 years time we all will understand him. >> he called breivik very cold and was asked if he showed any remorse. >> he says that he is sorry that he had to do this, but it was necessary to start the revolution in the western world. >> an exchange of text messages between a teenaged girl who was hiding behind a rock on the island and her mother has been
released by the family. the police are here, she says. but her mother warns, the person shooting is said to be in police uniform. be careful. what happens to you now? the girl replies, "we do not know." can you talk now, asks her mother? no, he's still shooting, replies the girl. she did survive the massacre. and this is part, just part, of norway's response to all that. the spreading sea of flowers outside oslo cathedral. norwegians say they're determined to prove the killer wrong in every way, wrong for what he did, of course, but also wrong if he really believed that massacre would destroy norway or start some sort of revolution. breivik claims he has accomplices, that there's a second terror cell. but the head of norway's domestic intelligence service told the bbc she was unconvinced. >> i can tell you on a general basis that so far we don't have
any evidence of another cell either in norway or in britain. >> for now, norway's focus is on the dead and those still missing. each evening the police will release more names as the terrible process of identifying all who have been lost goes on. james robbins, bbc news, oslo. >> norway's justice minister has praised the security services for their response to breivik's attacks. there were questions about whether the police were quick enough to get to the island where the killer went on the rampage. europe has been to the island and spoke to some of the rescuers. >> across from the island, where so many died, there are people still waiting with young people still missing. what is emerging here is the story of those rescued and questions about the police response. the heart of this rescue is a campsite in their small boats.
they launch their boat to help people swimming from the island, where a man dressed as a policeman was hunting their friends down. >> the first thing was that they don't trust us. they shout from the water, "can i trust you?" and we have to make some comfort to them to say, yes, you can trust me. >> the gunman rode on to the island for over an hour. many of the young people were using their mobiles to call for help. >> someone has to call the police. and then some other girl said, you don't need to. we have, but they don't believe us. >> the injured were driven to a nearby town. that's where the police were, waiting for assault units to arrive from oslo. the police roadblock terrified those rescued. >> it was a police woman there with a black suit and gun and all the seven people in my car was screaming in shock. they shouted of me, don't stop, don't stop, drive, drive, because that's how the guy was dressed.
>> when the police swath teams arrived, they used a local police boat but it was too small, quickly took on water and broke down. so they had to turn to private boats like this in order to make it across to the island where the gunman was. this was the boat eventually used by the s.w.a.t. teams. they captured the gunman after just two minutes. it was a press helicopter that took this picture of breivik on the island. but the police helicopter was way to the south and the police teams traveled by road. but today the police have defended the speed of their response. >> i don't think this could have gone faster. i can't see how that could be possible within this distance and under these conditions. so we will always try to be better, but i can't see how we could have done this faster. >> the local community is reluctant to criticize the police response.
but it is the people of a small campsite who were the rescuers of shivering and injured young people. >> i have seen things that nobody should have to see. >> the overriding problem was that gunman had calculated that by setting off an explosion in oslo, he would draw the police there while he had time to massacre young people at a summer camp. bbc news, norway. >> let's get some of the day's other news. the clock is ticking in the united states. >> that's right, it is indeed ticking. there's less than a week to go before a crucial decision to raise the $14 trillion ceiling of u.s. debt. for a week now president barack obama and the treasury secretary, timothy geithner, have stressed that the u.s. treasury will run out of room to borrow funds next tuesday and they've warned of dire consequences if congress does not raise the debt ceiling in
time. but republicans want the government to make crucial spending cuts first before approving such a plan. the news have been having a negative effect on the market, driving down the u.s. dollar against its asian counterpart, while gold continues near record highs as investors seek safe haven. let's look at the asian markets, because they are trading lower at the moment. the ones that are currently open. of course, they are reversing tuesday's gains. in the u.s. we saw the markets lower. debt concerns made investors very wary there, in spite of another round of healthy earns. the dollar hitting a record low against the swiss franc. it continues near a four-month low against the japanese yen. another safe haven, gold, continues to trade near record highs. let's get more on the u.s. debt story. joining me now from washington is our correspondent there, steve kingston. steve, it's been 24 hours since president obama addressed the nation on this very topic. has anything changed then, or has the war of words continued?
>> the war of words has continued but there's been a development. the republicans, who control the lower house of the u.s. congress, have put off by at least 24 hours a vote on their proposed way out of all of this. they had hoped for a vote in the lower house of congress on wednesday. now the republican leadership is saying that that will happen probably on thursday. and the reason for the delay is something of a known goal on the republican's side. the proposal they put forward was to temporarily lift the debt ceiling to get america out of the immediate problem. in return for, they said, $1 trillion in cuts to government spending over the next 10 years. $1.2 trillion was the figures the republicans came out with. slightly embarrassing for them, the independent congressional budget office has tonight come out and said that their accounting was wrong, that in fact it added up to something more like $840 billion. so significantly lower amount
than the republican leadership had said. their own rank and file were already unhappy, some of them, with the figure that was being proposed. their arithmetic has been shown to be wanting. so they've gone back to look at their figures again. they put off the vote for 24 hours. these aren't necessarily decisive either way in terms of how it works out, but it's certainly embarrassing for republicans. >> right. as you say, they've delayed the vote, but the suggestions that president obama will veto any kind of vote from them, does that suggest things are still fairly intractable? >> yes. so what you've got is this republican plan going through the house of representatives, it would seem tonight, rather mired down. but then you have the democrats who control the senate putting forward a slightly different plan that would be preferable for president obama, because it would put off any further debate about the debt ceiling until after next november's presidential election. but it's far from clear whether the democrats have the support they would need from their own
side, and they certainly wouldn't, for the time being, appear to have the ability to get the same proposal through the lower house of congress. so it is rather intractable. the whost is urging all parties to come to a solution. the markets are getting a little jittery about all of this. although the overall sense of analysts and investors for now is a given that they've still got almost a week. common sense may prevail and there's likely to be some sort of agreement. >> let's hope it does. in other news, north korea's foreign minister has arrived in new york for bilateral talks with u.s. officials. the two sides are expected to discuss talks about the nuclear program. he told reporters he was optimistic about a reconciliation with the u.s. france has called on the lebanese authorities to do everything they can to bring to justice those behind an attack on the united nations
peacekeepers. six french soldiers were injured while traveling in a vehicle hit by a roadside bomb near a southern port city. at least 17 people have been killed and four injured in a prison riot in a mexican city. authorities say a group of prisoners attacked a rival drug gang on monday night. it took security forces several hours to regain control. the city borders the united states and is one of the world's most violent cities. >> the pakistan's new foreign minister has arrived in the indian capital, del lee, for talks with her counterpart. it's the first talks since relations were frozen after the mumbai attacks in 2008. as our reporter reports, chances of a major breakthrough appear slim. >> these are the first talks of this for a year and substantial talks after the 2008 mumbai
attacks in which more than 160 people were killed and which, of course, were blamed on pakistan-based militant groups. pakistan will be represented at these talks by newly appointed foreign minister, all of 34, and the first woman to hold this post. there were preliminary discussions setting the stage for the main round. they made all the right noises, saying they're entering the talks in a positive state of mind. but talks between india and pakistan can be tricky. for india, the main issue is terror. they want more action against pakistan-based militant groups, especially those responsible for the 2008 attacks. and though very quick to respond after the capture and killing of osama bin laden on pakistani soil, pointing out that they believe pakistan could be seen as a staging grounds for militants operating across south asia. for pakistan, the main issue always has been and will be cashmere, the himalayan region which both sides lay claim to.
but their positions become more complex following the arrest last week of an activist in washington, who was accused of being on the payroll of pakistan's spy agency. >> you're watching "newsday" on the bbc live. still to come on the program with, the london olympics exactly a year away, we look at how beijing has benefited from the game's legacy. >> and amy winehouse's father leads the tributes to his angel daughter, as family and friends attend the singer's funeral. >> e7bs of thousands of people have been -- 2e7bs of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes after a tropical storm. at least nine people have thought to have died and many more are missing. >> shelter from the storm. she's safe now, rescued from the floods that have hit the philippines. but there are many more.
villages and towns underwater. half a million people here have been affected. these are the worst floods in this region for years. once these were streets. but look at them now. getting through this to safety is a difficult journey. these people never had much. now they just have what they can carry with them. the governments launched a major rescue operation. these boats are the only way to reach those stranded by the floodwaters. she's safe. so is he. but what about the others? we had nowhere to run to, says nancy, so we just stayed here on the street. we're stranded, alex says. we weren't allowed to go down the road because the water level was too high. the storm hasn't passed yet.
more rain, more misery, over the coming days. many here already live in poverty. now nature has left them with nothing. bbc news. >> king muhammed has declared three days of national mourning for the 78 people killed when a military plane crashed in the south of the country. the american army blamed the accident on poor weather, as the hurricane lease aircraft tried to land just north of the disputed western sahara territory. the king's ordered that prayers of remembrance be held on friday in all mosques. >> this is "newsday" on the bbc. at this hour, norwegian authorities have started to name the victims of friday's attacks. anders behring breivik bry's lawyer has said that he's probably insane. >> the u.s. debt crisis has
sparked a war of words in washington. with a default deadline just a week away. >> a london will mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the olympic games today. the city has a lot to live up to. the last olympics in beijing were praised for spectacular ceremonies, magnificent fireworks displays and fierce sporting competition. when london bid to host the games, special attention was given to the legacy it would leave for the city. so three years on from the beijing games did, the olympics leave a lasting legacy? from beijing, martin has more. >> we're here at the bird's nest stadium, a symbol of what was a hugely successful olympic games. according to some estimates, beijing spent $14 billion on hosting the event. that's far more than london is spending. we're just going to go inside now and speak to a top shines official about the preparations which the city took in order to
host what is a massive event. so, mr. chang, a year ahead of the olympics here in beijing, where were you at? [speaking chinese] >> at that time we had a one-year countdown ceremony in tiananmen square. it's a crucial time. the clock, of course, is ticking. the key issue is making sure that every deadline is met. >> do you have any tips or advice for london? >> we worked to make sure that the olympics complimented beijing's economic development. for example, when we built the new infrastructure for the olympics, it many proved everybody's standard of living. >> just ahead of the olympics, beijing went on a building
binge. but it wasn't just sports venues, it was subway lines, an airport terminal, roads and railways. it was all designed to keep a city on the move and an olympic games running like clockwork. three years after the event was held, what's the legacy? i'm with one of china's best-known sports commentators. what did the games mean to china? >> it was a door-opening event at that time. the first real time that modern china had opened its doors to the world and showed her what it was about. >> how's the legacy here different from what's expected to be the legacy in london? >> i would say beijing's legacy might be the last mega olympics in history. at london -- in beijing at that time, that was more about national competence. >> ever since the end of the
olympics, the water cube has proved a huge success story. but with the water ban, it was always going to prove a draw. the olympics in london are going to be very different from the ones held here in beijing. but people here hope that one thing remains the same, and that's at the end of the olympics china has won the most gold medals. >> we can now speak to melissa wu in sydney, an australian diver hoping for olympic gold at london 2012. she and her diving partner, alex, have just won silver at the world championships taking place in shanghai. it was for the platform category. china came first. congratulations on your win. as an athlete, can you tell us, what does it mean to you that the olympic games are a year away? how much time are you going to spend training and preparing for it? >> well, after the world champs
that we just had in shanghai, i have a little bit of a break now and then will build up preparation for next year, for the rest of the year. so it's a pretty sort of tough training time to get ready for next year, yes. but i didn't actually have that much longer left. it's come around so quickly. it feels like yesterday that i was in beijing and now i've only got sort of one more training block before the competition starts next year. >> and i should say, you just won the 10-meter ng synchronized platform category. how do you feel about the chances that you have in the olympics? >> i think that particularly because this will be my second olympics, i'll already have the experience of already being in the olympics. so i know that i'm sort of up there with a chance to do well
and i've got a lot of experience behind me. so going into the event i will just be trying to perform the best that i can, and hopefully if i'm able to do that, then the results should take care of itself. >> now, you attended the beijing games. does it matter as an athlete where the games are held? >> i don't think it does. although i think that if you are fortunate enough to have the games at home, then that would be a very special experience for those strong athletes who compete in sydney. but other than that, i think it doesn't really matter. it's just having a big crowd and a really great atmosphere of people who just support good talent and good performances. >> and melissa, at what point in your time of diving did you realize that you may be good enough for the olympic-level competition?
did you ever feel like you wanted to quit? >> well, it was always my dream to go to the olympic games. and i sort of came up pretty quickly. and it wasn't until i sort of surprisingly qualified for the games in 2006 that i realized that i would probably have a chance to go to the olympics in 2008. and, yeah, i just worked really hard and just ended up making the team. and that was a great experience. it's something you can't describe unless you're there. and since then i've been working really hard. i've gone through some tough times. i had a not-so-great year for performances the year after, in 2009. but since then i've built back up and i feel like my preparation is on track for next year. >> all right. best of luck to you, then. olympic hopeful there, melissa wu. now, to kasha. you have news of a sad day for
music fans around the world. >> a very sad day, because family and close friends have attended amy winehouse's funeral in north london. the mourners included music from a tv celebrity, kelly osbourne. in his eulogy mitch winehouse described his daughter as an angel. >> after all the dramas of her life, it's ended with a quiet family funeral in north london. her father, mitch, a hug and a kiss, from her brother alex, her mother, janice. but a glimpse of the invitation and the mass ranks of photographers lining the walls of the crematorium were a reminder that this was the funeral of amy winehouse. a jewish girl of north london who had grown to become a hugely successful singer and songwriter. but she was famous for both her talent and her troubled life. amongst the mourners, her manager, ray, and her friend,
kelly osbourne. today they weren't remembering the pop star the world knew, they were remembering a daughter, a friend, the producer, mark brunson, said he lost his soul mate, someone who was like a sister to him. he and other mourners had listened to her father, mitch. he spoke about how happy his daughter had become. her headstrong youth and how she had in recent months conquered her drug addiction. he said even her drinking was coming out of control. it ended with the words, "good night, my angel, sleep tight. mommy and daddy love you ever so much." bbc news. >> you're watching "newsday" from the bbc news. that is all from us in london and in singapore. get more of the news on our websites, so have a look at that. captioned by the national captioning institute