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>> hello and welcome to newsday on the bbc. >> i am in london. the headlines. europe's agenda to growth. francois hollande bus to work with germany to resolve the eu's economic crisis. greece has disputes over the international bailout. there are fears of a euro exit. >> a war that left 100,000 dead. the commanders stand trial for genocide. four years after the beijing olympics, we assess whether the games left a lasting legacy. it is 11 in the morning in singapore. >> it is four o'clock in the morning in london. broadcasting to viewers around the world. welcome to newsday.
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just hours after taking office, the french president, francois hollande, has held talks with the chancellor merkel in berlin. the campaign on a pledge to renegotiate the austerity pact. he told the conference that europe should consider all possible measures. our europe editor has the story. [drums] >> at the palace, preparations for a transfer of power. elsewhere in paris, an unmarked car pulls out, surrounded by photographers. inside, 57-year-old francois hollande, a socialist leader, on his way to be inaugurated president of france. we did for him, the of towbin president, nicolas sarkozy, who
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never a imagined he would be beaten by a candidate who had never held a government office. in a corridor, president sarkozy and his wife held a short conversation with francois hollande and his partner. then, after five years in power, president sarkozy it leaves the palace for the last time. [applause] so power passes. within minutes, in a simple ceremony, francois hollande was sworn in. in his speech, he promised a dignified presidency and wasted no time in sending a signal to berlin about his agenda for growth. >> i will propose to allow partners a pact that will tide the reduction of our public debt to the simulation of our -- stimulation of our economy.
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>> later, in rain, a drenched president drove in an open car. he had already set out growth, stimulating europe's economy. he headed for berlin for a crucial meeting with chancellor merkel. his plane was hit by lightning and he was forced to return to paris. much later than planned, the new president arrived. the welcome was cordial but a little tense. after all, chancellor merkel backed sarkozy in the election. president hollande was greeted with military honors. as the two leaders negotiated the red carpet, they appeared nervous with each other, before beginning discussions on what the french president means about making growth his priority.
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at a joint press conference, welcomedor merkel the new leader and joked about the lightning strike. >> even though the lightning hit, maybe this can be a good omen for our cooperation. >> president hollande and vowed to put everything on the table to boost growth. >> when it comes to growth, it is certainly right. so far, it has not been properly explained. i am happy that the topic of growth is back at the heart about talks. we must work together. >> with greece heading for new elections, both leaders expressed a wish for greece to stay in the eurozone. >> i want to reiterate, we want greece to stay in the euro. we know that the majority of the people in greece see it that way. promises made have to be kept.
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>> both leaders also hinted extra measures to help greece. the franco-german relationship is key to managing the crisis. the challenge for president hollande and chancellor merkel is to reassure people they can work together. tonight, they made a start. bbc news, berlin. >> greece is set to go to the polls again after days of talks failed to produce agreement on a new government. a final round of talks on tuesday morning broke up without a deal. elections earlier this month, a majority of voters backed party is opposed to austerity plans. the greek president will appoint a caretaker government on wednesday. a professor from the stern school of business at new york university says he believes those will think differently
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about their future. >> there will be elections in a month. parties and to preserve here, they are going to make a difference. if greece leaves the euro, it will bring poverty to greece. greek incomes will fall to the level of the 1960's or 1950's. it is going to be devastating. >> some disagree and believe a second election will produce the same result as the first. >> if you are a greek voter, you do not have a proper agenda. it is a generous way of describing some of these left- wing parties. you have gotten yourself a concession. why would you vote for a new democracy, a party that led a but that's and miss -- that lied about debt and mismanaged?
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>> in other news, one person has been killed in an attack at a nightclub. gunmen fired two grenades. so far, no group has claimed responsibility. we report. >> it was this nightclub that was the target of the attack. police say gunmen tried to force their way into the club. they were prevented by security. according to the kenya red cross, they shot a female guard in the chest. she later died in the hospital. they also threw grenades, injuring five people. >> from the evidence we have gathered, it appears there were three explosions. all of them are near this road.
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>> the government has not blamed any group for carrying out the attack. there has not been any claim of responsibility. recent attacks have been blamed on a somali military group. it is supposed -- opposed to kenya pose a military presence in somalia. >> i heard a blast followed by smoke and fire. i wanted to run away. i could not tell whether it came from a car or a person. i saw a metal object rolling. >> the government is predicting that seems like this will cause the tourism industry to suffer. bbc news. >> and then finally goes on trial. we have more detailed -- one man finally goes on trial. you can give us more details. >> for over 16 years the military leader was one of the world's most wanted men.
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he now faces 11 charges, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. one year since he was tracked down and arrested. we have this special report. >> the most the tories massacre of the war. serb forces overran the town in 1995 and murdered 8000 muslim men and boys. the commander was there in person. he reassured the population's no harm would come to them. it is the massacre the world knows about. in the mountains across bosnia, the killing had already been going on for more than three years. nearby, it started in may, 1992. muslim men were murdered and dropped into the river.
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this woman is a protected witness. we cannot show her face. serb forces locked into this house and set fire to it. she was one of six that cut out alive. >> i remember how many people were here, how many were burned alive. the fire burned my arm. i jumped out to this window. >> the question is, is the general personally culpable? there is no doubt that at the heart of the war there was a campaign of terror against civilians. it was pursued town by town. it was state-sponsored. this is the result. the question is to determine what role, if any, the general
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played in all of that. among many, there is a parallel meredith. in the war launched in their memories, the massacres did not happen. he is a folk hero. >> i am a massar -- i am sorry he is there. it is a mistake. he is an honorable general. we hope he will defend himself. >> it will not go away. last weekend, this family buried a 19-year-old son who disappeared in 1992. his remains on the nl recovered from a mass grave. on behalf of the dead, the living cry out for justice. the passing of time does not diminish it. bbc news, eastern bosnia. >> indonesian special forces
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have found a voice and data recorder from a russian passenger debt that slammed into a volcano. the black box could help explain the cause of the crash of the jet which had been on a short demonstration flight. it was found near the wreckage at the bottom of a ravine. for more, we are joined from jakarta. now that the flight recorder has been found, what are investigators saying? how soon will they be able to release the contents? >> in a nationally televised press conference about an hour ago, indonesian official said that the contents of the black box will be revealed within the next three weeks, between two weeks to three weeks. indonesian's had been firm about the fact that they are leading
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the investigation. they say the russians are assisting them. the black box will stay in indonesia. there was speculation it may ussia.ts way to ra they have said they will lead the investigation. there is a russian team assisting. indonesia will be the one to analyze the contents of the black box and reveal the details. >> what are investigators saying? any particular details they would want to hear from the pilots or copilots minutes before the crash took place? >> i think the big mystery centers on why the pilot was allowed to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet. officials have told us that the pilot requested a dissent from
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10,000 feet to 6,000 feet just before contact was lost. initially, officials did not want to confirm whether or not air-traffic control did indeed give the pilot the permission to descend. it was in a very mountainous region. the plan ended up slamming into the side of the volcano. what officials have told us is that there is no way it would have been possible for the pilot to start making that dissent without permission. that will be key, the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control. that will be the key thing they are looking for. >> in jakarta, thank you so much. you are watching news day on the bbc, live from singapore and london. still to come, welcome to the white house. president obama plays host to
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david beck and and the l.a. -- beckham and the l.a. galaxy. >> the police service of northern ireland said it kept body parts in more than 60 cases of suspicious deaths between 1960 and 2005. families are concerned that they are only now being informed. two police forces kept body parts and tissue samples of 89 suspicious death cases without notifying relatives. the man who ran a brothel has been sentenced to 15 years in jail. he is 44. he was found guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual offenses against underage girls. he hunted and stock those from troubled ben of backgrounds --
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hounded and stalked those from troubled backgrounds. recruitment of new employees is to prepare for the period following the olympics. >> this is newsday on the bbc. >> i am in london. good to have you with us. the headlines, france's new president has felt to work with germany to boost growth. >> greece looks at 45 selections. -- set for fresh selection. fears of a euro exit. a police a shortage. it makes the job of tackling crime difficult. to fill some of the positions across the country, the authorities are holding a three- day test to recruit more offices
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and a simplified the process. towbin in me now from kumbaya -- joining me now from mumbai. why is there a shortage of policemen in india? >> there are a number of reasons for the shortage of policeman. the leaders, when they got independence, they had a bias against police. the police were very bad during the british. . they had not a very good impression about the police. subsequently, they have held that the police force is not a terrible thing. the third thing is they woke up. terrorism and organized gangs and terrorist activities, up until 1993 when there were
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explosions in mumbai, they woke up. now, efforts are being made to recruit more and more policeman. they have said that there's to be -- there should be 200 policemen for every one of the dozen -- 100,000. >> the show did a policeman in india. how can crime be tackled without enough law enforcers? >> there have to be more policemen. the population is nearly 125 million. there is no escape. there is another factor to the whole thing. that is, if you have stringent
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laws, very complete investigations, and a quick, speedy trial, i think they can contain control. it is not visibility of the laws that is important. it is the punishment that is important. crime can be controlled to a great extent. >> we will have to leave it there. the former director general of police. thank you for your insight. just over two months until london host the olympic games. four years ago it was beijing's turn. while there was little doubt the games but the country on the map, they claim there have been far fewer signs of legacy when it comes to human rights. we look at what difference the games made to the chinese. ♪
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>> a sporting legacy from a different age. tai chi has been practiced for centuries. a time when the country was less worried about its place in the world. the beijing games were supposed to mark a turning point in history. a carefully choreographed display to announce modern china's on arrival on the global stage. the former gymnast was the man to ask -- asked to provide the thrilling climax. i asked him why the games were so important?
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these days, the stadium is more prized for its architecture than for its sporting credentials. it hottest concert and exhibition matches. it is mostly a tourist attraction. a shrine to beijing's moment in the spotlight. inside the water keeps, these children are among the privileged few benin to swim in the lip polls. the aquatics center has been more 6 -- learning to swim in the olympic pool. the aquatics center has been more successful. away from the iconic venues, there is clear evidence of the legacy failure, like some other stadiums, the beach volleyball arena is barely used. was designed as a lasting symbol of china's
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emergence as a global superpower. china also promised the games would transform the lives of ordinary people. four years on, there are serious doubts about whether anything has changed at all. some would even argue that on human rights, china has gone backwards. the artist and designer is one of the communist government's most vocal critics. his view, it is damaged. >> the olympics will be remembered as a city being forgone. if you ask people about the olympics, people cannot say anything press out about it. >> officials will tell you a different story -- proud about it. >> officials will tell you a different story. he says the olympics have had a
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lasting impact. >> chinese people are still deeply proud of the way beijing used the games. london will not be able to match that. they will be judged on whether it can deliver more -- something more enduring. bbc news in beijing. let's take a look at this. it is a jewel that has been -- >> take a look at this. it is a jewel that has been coveted for years. it has been sold for nearly $10 million. the gem went for twice its estimate to an anonymous buyer.
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it originated in india. it was owned by french, dutch, and english monarchs. president obama has welcomed the l.a. galaxy football team to the white house to celebrate the winning of the major leagues to been to a soccer -- the major league soccer championship in the u.s.. among those attending was david beckham. >> america's champion chip footballers traded due to force its -- boots for suits. barack obama took aim at the biggest star. >> we also have a young up and comers, david beckham. i give him a hard time. i said, half of his teammates could be his kids. we are getting old. although, you are holding up
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better than me. >> the 37-year-old smiled. the president was not done yet. >> he is tough. it is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also had his own line of underwear. [laughter] >> this is what tickled the president. brand beckham undies. back on the pitch, he remains major league soccer's highest- paid star, having earned $6.5 million last year. little wonder he could afford to take a joke. bbc news, washington. >> lucky david beckham. we will see you again soon. thank you for being with us.
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