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>> and now, bbc world news. >> it's the missing day. canceling the whole of friday as it switches time zones. >> new man and same old policies. north carolina -- income -- north korea says it will have no change when it comes to south korea. i'm david eades. also coming up how the spaniard new leader will handle the economy. and what has changed since the fall of gaddafi.
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hello. you go to bed on a thursday. you wake up on a saturday morning. sounds like a heavy night, doesn't it? well, it's just happening in the islands of is a moet et and another. they have decide todd miss out on an entire day. all sounds a bit surreal, but it's all in the name of hard-nosed business sense as is a moet et wants to improve ties with australia and new zealand. their top trading partners. watching, duncan kennedy, duncan, an extraordinary decision. >> yes. in may it's taken all this time to plan this but in the moments, is a moet et, instead of being 21 hours behind it is now three hours in front.
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all because, as you said, they want to turn their attention to the other part of the world and instead of facing america, where they don't do much trade, they are facing new zealand and australia. the problem was because of the huge time difference, they were husing business days. for example, when is a moet ets were at work on friday, everyone else was already out of work on saturday. so is a moet etens were losing business. so the prime minister has now changed things. >> it's not something we are used to. how do they mark or celebrate a missing day? >> well, how do you celebrate a missing day? what they have been doing tonight carrying out a series of prayers and hims and at this moment they are sounding off
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church bells and sirens usually used to signal tsunamis, they have used it to signal where they have moved forward 24 hours from thursday to saturday. anybody who had a birthday on friday, well, they lost out. the prime minister said it will align it with the region with which it does most of their business. >> duncan, extraordinary story. thank you very much indeed. north korea will have to shift in policy since the death of their leader. the north korean national defense commission says it will stick to the path of kim jong-il and still refuses to engage in new leaders and politicians around the world are described as foolish and
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the south korean government is called a puppet. there are now the implications of north korea's leadership change. she was the first female leader, porsche simpson has now made the comeback winning the general election, winning by a wide margin over the labour party led by an drufmente tapping into a vote of disillusionness. our nick davis has this to report. >> andrew turned out earl you to vote. his finger dipped in dye to symbolize his vote. the snap vote was seen by the
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jamaican labour party as a way to bring their voters to the polls. he became the country's ever prime minister. that was gamble he hoached would have paid off. >> well, when i did my assessment as seen by people now which is toughness in thought or by sampling and by pandering, and onboard others. we are ahead. >> it was quite clear that the turnout was low yet both parties knew they needed to towards country's financial situation. a high level of debt and unemployment. it was far from the coal pistols of that. and the constituencies took many. one appealed to the working
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class and mobilized their vote. her job now as prime minister elect so make good on her promises of the campaign. he is now the sortest-serving prime prifmente his leadership of the j.o.p. is in question as a loss to the poles. >> other stories for you. attack planes carried out an attack east of gaza. the military says it was targeting militants that were preparing to fire rockets into israel. one of its members said it was also killed in an israeli air raid. the united states signed a deal to plane fighter jets. part of an arms package
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covering 06 years and they say it comes at a time when the united states is countering intelligence. there has been scenes where m.p.'s have been unable to vote on an anti-corruption bill. many left parliament and restored in the upper business. it's not clear now what will happen to that legislation. in syria more protests are planned after friday prayers. activists say it's an amendment to show the visiting arab lead monitors the extend of the full anger of the government. the army will stop all the a"he said/she said" -- >> as the arab league monitors continue their tour of sy
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bierria, do not add up. they show an area where dissent has grown over the course of a year and where athletic wills opened fire. in duh may, a suburb of damascus, four people were said to be killed as troops just as the monitors were arriving. the monitors did little but ang ter protesters. this man told them the electricity had been cut off in areas that are now in the firing line of syrian army tanks. others appear to have lost faith in the monetary electrician altogether. >> it doesn't really reflect on the protesters down the street.
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we see them and believe that they definitely are getting along with the regime. there's something going on which we cannot explain. >> families continue to bury their loved ones. syrian foreign ministry has been told their represent and human rights records are in real doubt and it's believed their propensity to violence is only renewed. >> you're not going to shock or stun us with this news but nonetheless we have to hear it. >> we conducted a poll among the top leading european u.k. economists who typically influence vast euro zone will
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slip back into ea recession in 2012. the last reading we had for the euro zone grew by 2%. the 27 european members grew by 0.3% but these economists believe that's all heading downhill. that's no surprise. whest interesting are the numbers that cac depass, and i will say one/ -- 1/5 will be left. 30%-40% believe we could see a breakup of those particular opportunities. >> you know a few months ago we
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never had these numbers where people would come out and say yes, we believe the euro zone will break up. >> i don't know whether to -- whether the spanish primary primary wants to hear this. >> well, he's been in the chair for basically a month and is addressing the cabinet now and may finally hear how he is going to tackle the region's third biggest gap. he faces two challenges. he has to face his bathers and then those who needs to recruitment. unemployment rate of some 23%. so he has a task and a half although the silence we have had from him is anything -- they have actually dropped considerably.
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more on the world business report in just over 15 minutes time. >> thank you a lot. the libyan uprising brought an end to the 42-year end of muammar gaddafi and his life which began in the eastern city of benghazi. tripoli was eventually overtaken as well. people there often come pained of being nationalism and some report feeling exclusion in the new libya. >> a fish -- for break nas benghazi. libya's revolution was born in this city. two years after the end of the war, the talk is politics. still. but they are not happy. fisherman anwar tells me the new government has done nothing.
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he even says it still feels like gaddafi's regime. others here are more rough beat, and can this bring patience? but benghazi, a how the from the dollar feeling neglected by him. >> we are unhappy because basically it's being marginalized. now the banks or politicals or all the political issues, "f"-ing with that and tripoli has nothing to do again. >> this is what's now called freedom square in benghazi. it's where libya's revolution really started with the fist demonstration back in february. people in this city believe they were spark that lit the fire.
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but with the power now back in tripoli, how many believe the new government has already left them behind. at a reconciliation conference in tripoli, it's clear libya's movers and shakers are now in the capital. the council once based in benghazi has relocated. the government is here, too. but when we caught up with the new prime minister, he was keen to play down benghazi's fact -- we need to have our own flafere. but with the libyan -- [inaudible] but you will see a et better libya. i guarantee that. >> in much of libya life does seem remarkably normal for a country at war just a few months ago. r but elections next year will be a test of how inclusive the
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new bibya says be. >> thank you for watching "bbc world news." the sprinter racing to be ready for the london olympics. now secret government files just released here in britain show the former prime minister margaret thatcher and they are then home secretary considered arming the police to deal with riots that swept were amopping the worst seen in britain in the last 60-some years. >> april, 1981. ferocious rioting broke out in south london. unemployment was high. the economy was deep in recession. without effective protection, many officers were wounded and
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struggled to take control of the streets. then the police show marget thatcher was -- margaret thatcher was warned more was to come. what started in liverpool in july spread to other cities and continued tire days. this shows how quickly is due cart to reconstruct at the time was exactly what crowded their minds. not least the flickering moment when they chose to arm the theaters then changed their minds. >> every new year here at the national archives, secret government papers from 30 years ago are released. i've been looking at them over
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the past year and this is never did -- overshadowed are the events. this year, like 1981, will be scarred by the riots. "bbc news." >> you're watching "bbc world news." with me, david eades. the headlines this hour. in a bid to improve trade ties with australia and new zealand, is a moet et has moved time zones crossing the international date line skipping out friday entirely. north korea's new lineup warns foolish politicians around the world, there will be no change in its policys with the sfreem new leader. now london olympics getting closer, aren't they? seven months ago before the
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games an athlete's hopes can indeed fade with lack of performance. resting on the sprinter marilyn diamond. her injury battles are not yet over. >> mayorland -- marilyn diamond's road to the olympics has not been easy. injury and lonelyness and despair. the 20-year-old runner spent much of 2011 at a training camp, organized by the i.o.c. but injured with a pulled hamstring and home sick, marilyn found her preparations for london ground to a halt at the indian ocean. >> it did make me very unhappy. i would really get depressed and mostly want to be at my own and not around the other athletes. >> did it feel your chances at
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competing in london were slipping away? >> yes. >> back home in the anybodyya, marilyn is feeling the frustration only stalled athletes seem to know. she's not running as fast as she used to or needs to, to qualify. >> six. >> she's also feeling the burn of punishing bio kinetic sessions designed to help speed her recovery. marilyn remains her certainly since the country's only-ever olympic medalist won four in the london and may and may end up being a game too soon for marilyn. >> it may be putting too much pressure on her. six months to make sure she gets it altogether and we know sprinting it will be difficult,
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otherwise she will peak and it will be difficult not to peak during the games in london. these rests they are a colorful affair. for marilyn, it's also a constant in the middle of uncertainty. >> sporting confidence comes from lots of different sources. 1078 people talk about heart. some about mental hard necessary. but being here, it's clear her sporting strength in a big way comes from this church. >> and she'll need plenty of strength in 2012. marilyn is running out of road. the date of the london olympics is changing for no one. matthew, "bbc news", anybodyya. >> and good luck to her. we're going back to our main
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news. the jump in time zones by the pacific islanders. joining me on the line is the country's prime minister. thank you for joining us this morning. what does it feel like to lose a day of your life? >> you mean you mean, i can hardly hear you. hello? >> yes. prime minister, can you hear me now? >> yes. i can hear you now. >> excellent. i just wonder what it feels like lose a day of your life? >> well, it feels very great. especially, we have just finished our formal signal that signals the changing of our time zone. attempted by a lot of our different -- and we've all feel very happy. >> and you've done this for
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business reasons, haven't you? >> have you been able to give us sort of the benefit of changing time zones? well, semis for this would be term. the immediate need would be to replace our industry with the confusion in a different time zones. particularly the over different times in schedules. and more particularly, the attacks that we now have what defines days of continues contact with our business contact and australia now that we have the same time zone. >> i mentioned it must have caused major mayhem for computer systems and electronics across the country,
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hasn't it? >> yes. you are quite right. we have been alerted by our telephone provider that there will be a brief suspension of communication while they go about changing the computer technology to fit in with the time zone. we are -- >> do you see this as a moment of great celebration? what have you been up to? >> oh, yes. right now we have morning tea and coffee. to celebrate for the great number of people that -- and are giving applause to the occasion. >> now of course you're prime minister so, perhaps you would
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say it's inevitably a case of everyone's behind this. but was there much opposition to changing the date and losing a day? >> well, there's really been no opposition. i think it's common sense that everyone knows that it would be for the benefit of our people in general. >> and i suppose now that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, isn't it? do you expect to see a rise in the economic fortunes of some? of is a moet et? >> yes. the benefit would be immediate. especially with our people traveling to new zealand. to attend to their family commitments. it will not mean to rush now. those to attempt to travel to their requirements. >> i suspect you're going to
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have more celebrations in a few hours' time. >> we certainly look forward to it. >> thank you very much indeed for joining us here on "bbc world news." it's a funny old world is what they say, isn't it? and i think this is helping to prove it on this occasion. if you want more details on any of the stories you've seen during the course of the bulletin, you know where to go. where we are covering all those stories in-depth including the time zones where they lose a friday but gain economic benefits, stepping into line with new zealand and australia. key trading countries. mohr background on the website. you can also have your say on the site on bbc@david eades is
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