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January 17, 2007
Headline News on January 17, 2007
Scene of blast outside Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad
Two bombs at a Baghdad university kill 70 people, as President Bush defends his decision to send more US troops.

 
Israel's military chief Dan Halutz resigns amid ongoing inquiries into the conflict with Hezbollah, the army says.
As winter snow becomes less reliable, environmentalists say high-altitude ski slopes will threaten fragile habitat.
January 16, 2007
Headline News on January 16, 2007
 
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti (l) and Awad Hamad al-Bandar
Iraqi officials show a video of the hanging of two of Saddam Hussein's aides, during which one was decapitated.

 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Saudi Arabia to rally support for US plans for Iraq.
A Russian policeman searches a suspected immigrant Targeting migrants
Russian police step up checks to enforce new migrant quotas
January 13, 2007
Headline News on January 13, 2007
Isabel Peron
Spanish police arrest Argentine ex-President Isabel Peron over the disappearance of a leftist activist in 1976.

 
The US secretary of state backs President Bush's plans for Iraq as she leaves on week-long Middle East visit.
Protestors hold portraits of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi Double veto for Burma resolution
China and Russia veto a draft UN resolution by the US calling for an end to human rights abuses in Burma.
January 12, 2007
Headline News on January 12, 2007
 
Condoleezza Rice at Senate committee hearing
The US secretary of state says the Iraqi PM is living "on borrowed time", but she trusts him to deliver security.

 
Bangladesh's president resigns as interim leader and declares a state of emergency as disputed polls are put back.
David Beckham will leave Real Madrid and join Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
January 11, 2007
Headline News on January 11, 2007
 
President Bush
US President George W Bush commits more than 20,000 extra troops to Iraq, as part of a broad new strategy.

 
Leftist Daniel Ortega is inaugurated as president of Nicaragua after a 17-year absence from power.
Cisco Systems is suing Apple for trademark infringement, for using the iPhone name for its new handheld device.
January 10, 2007
Headline News of January 10, 2007
 
Smoke rises over western Baghdad
US and Iraqi troops backed by aircraft clash with Sunni fighters in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

 
US air strikes in Somalia are aimed at al-Qaeda leaders and based on credible intelligence, the Pentagon says.
Apple unveils its long-awaited iPhone, pledging to revolutionise the mobile phone market.
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Ex UN oil-for-food chief charged
Benon Sevan
Benon Sevan headed the oil-for-food programme from 1997
The former head of the UN oil-for-food programme for Iraq, Benon Sevan, has been charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud by the US.

Mr Sevan allegedly accepted $160,000 (81,500) from Baghdad to illegally influence the $64bn programme.

In a statement issued via his lawyer, Mr Sevan said the charges were trivial and without basis. If convicted he could face up to 50 years in prison.

The 69-year-old Cypriot is charged along with another man, Ephraim Nadler.

Mr Nadler, 79, a brother-in-law of former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, is accused of channelling kickbacks between the Iraqi government and Mr Sevan.

Mr Sevan [is being used] as a scapegoat and a distraction from the United States' own massive failures and mismanagement in Iraq
 
A statement issued by Mr Sevan's lawyer

If found guilty, he could also face a lengthy jail sentence.

Mr Sevan countered the allegations on Tuesday, saying he had accounted for every penny as he successfully ran the largest humanitarian programme in UN history, helping to save "tens of thousands of innocent people from death by disease and starvation".

"The United States attorney's office has decided to use Mr Sevan as a scapegoat and a distraction from the United States' own massive failures and mismanagement in Iraq," a statement read.

Mr Sevan, who worked for the UN for four decades, resigned in August 2005, after independent investigators accused him of receiving money in return for helping a company obtain lucrative oil contracts.

At the time he criticised former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for "sacrificing" him as he faced an inquiry into the scandal-ridden programme.

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US attorney Michael Garcia said that the US had lodged warrants for the arrest of both men and would seek their extradition to the US for prosecution.

The oil-for-food programme, set up in 1996, was intended to allow Iraq to sell its oil in return for humanitarian relief, so it would not breach sanctions imposed after the first Iraq war.

It was formally ended in 2003 after the US-led invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

The BBC's UN correspondent, Laura Trevelyan, says the corruption allegations that engulfed the programme have made it the biggest financial scandal in the organisation's history.

A spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the body "reiterates the commitment to have the United Nations uphold the highest ethical standards".

Transcript of BBC News on Video (In the News of January 17, 2007)

Controversy over two hangsings in iraq. Saddam's half-brother and a former judge were both executed. Who did in joomp suits the footage was shown in journalist and revealed one of the men was decapitated during the hanging the iraq government that was an accident. Andrew north was one of the western journalists to see the video. He reports from baghdad.

>> Saddam's half-brother when had he was sentenced late last year. Iraq authorities were hoping this things would go right avoiding a fiasco around the former dictator's hanging. There's been controversy. As he fell he was decapitated by the rope. Officials called in journalists to try to explain.

>> The rope did not break. Let ma make that very clear. It was intil intact. If you saw the images the rope was swinging upwards kind of towards the screen, and just the body was separated from the head.

>> They then showed as graphic of the actual execution. Calling on iraqis not to cheer in response.

>> It was unusual kind of news conference. Iraqi officials searched. End though watches and sunglasses were taken away in case they contained some record device. And then they showed the moment that saddam hussein's half-brother was handing

>> The iraqi government was hoping this was not what they would be remembered for. It gruesome in one of them died. Andrew north bbc world news, baghdad.

>> The united states is to bring israel's prime minister and the palestinian president for talks about an eventual palestinian state. News was broken by the united states secretary of state condoleezza rice in egypt. The talks will peace plan backed by the U.S. And known the road map still offers a chance of lasting peace in the middle east.

>> America's chief diplomat said she'd come to the region without a plan or proposal. When she met egypt's president and foreign minister on monday that's exactly what they discussed a new proposal to bring israeli and palestinian leaders together for a three way summit in the coming weeks

>> I will soon meet with prime minister ohmert and with president abbas to have discussions about the broad issues on the horizon so that we can work on the road map to try accelerate the road map and move to the establishment of a palestinian state.

>> Americans have been under pressure from all sides to try to bring the two sides together. With many insisting that the troubles of this region stem from israeli palestinian conflict.

>> American's also looking for support for its new plan for iraq. The arab world may be critical that the washington hanlted iraq it's also fears what failure will mean for the region.

>> Supportive of that plan because we are hopeful that that plan would lead to insure stability, the unity and co-he gos of the iraqi government. We are hopeful that the plan would lead towards the dis dismantlement to whatever terrorist organizations swell the military militias that are tormenting the iraqi scene.

>> Now the deplop see moves to the gulf where it wants further backing. And it's real change not words of support that will make a difference on the ground. I'll be back on the programme in particular looking at the russia which is cracking on immigrants. First let's go to mike in london and mike there's the beginning of the trial of alleged terror suspects in london today

>> They plotted for months their bomb factory. On the explosives and hairdressing chemicals. Those are some of allegations against 6 men who have got on trial in london. The prosecution they were extreme aye muslim to bomb the british capitol. All six deny the charges.

>> 21st of july, 2005 was a day of chaos, fear and confusion in london. It was just two weeks after the carnage of seven/seven bombing and yet it seems that capitol was under attack. Today six men went on trialtrial. They are all accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions in the alleged failed attacks that day.

>> With the courts surrounded by armed officers, my gel sweeney opened the case for the prosecution. He told the jury this case is concerned with an extreme missed muslim plot. He said the men prepared the attack a tour block in north london the prosecution believes on the 9th floor the men set up a bomb factory now sealed and padlocked. The main explosive was made of chau patty flour and hair bleach. It was packed in plastic tubs and placed in ruck sacks. He showed videos of prosecution tests to see if the explosive would have work. It detonated every time. The men brought over 400 litres of hydrogen peroxide starting months before the 7/7 attacks. This is no copycat operation. Night before the bombings five of the men met in west london. Inside this flat they allegedly recorded a suicide video only a script has been found. Next morning four of them set off to enter the underground system. Each carried a rucksack with a bomb.

>> Prosecution says detonated his device. But there was no explosion and he left the train at the next station.

>> When ramsey mohammed set off his device he turned a rucksack towards a mother with a child in a push chair. There was no main explosion. My gel sweeney that hydrogen peroxide was the wrong consequencetation in four devices. Faltier of they bombs owed nothing to the intentions of these defendants 6789 it was the goodfer chun of the travelling public that they were spared. The men fled. In a series of dramatic raids all six men were caught. All the defendant deny all the charges.

>> Three people have been killed dozens injured in a collision between a merchant ship and hide foil in the strait of massena. It happened 6 in the evening local time when many commuters were returning home from jobs on the mainland. Nepal he's country's parliament for the first time. In the last year peace deal the rebel agreed to end their 10 year campaign against the government. The transitional government in somalia has order the closure of the broadcast in the capitol. Here in bris un it's been announced that inquest into the death of diana of princess will not be heard by a jury. The judge will sit alone for the high profile case

>> Still to come on this programme. Cross channel relations to a new level. How britain and france want to discuss the prospect of merging.

>> Let's get all the business news from new york now.

>> Bankers gearup for another year of mergers and acquisitions, and the markets are closed for martin luther king day. 2006 was a record year former jury. This year is shaping to be end bigger. That's the fine of survey of eventual turer capitol lists and that big takeovers and mergers of the financial of acg 90% think that the rate are 2006 will continue or eastbounding increase in 2007. The biggest potential threat to the current boom in and ma and identified as rising interest rates. Now the sectors were big deals will expected to be healthcare and life sciences. Both behind this survey expect the actions to move to europe this year

>> We think that 2007 will be a record year. We think we'll reach 4$4 trillion in transaction. What's most sikh sight european perspective. Where 2006 was the year of the big deal where there were 55 transactions valued at $10 billion or larger, we think that the 2007 will be the year of the european deal.

>> And video anyhow, any where, anytime. And U.S. Has agreed to norway tv for $1.2 billion. Hamburg is in worldly der in video streaminging systems. Merger would create a world multimedia group. Now the markets were closed here in U.S. And martin lieuuther king day. And the corporate earning season opens in earnest. European marks closed up.

>> Mohammed helped thousands of couples desperate to have children. Now one of britain top doctors is the focus of a major investigation. He's accused of carrying out unnecessary treatment. Following up investigation by bbc world news.

>> Undercover journalist katie morgan arriving at this fertility clinic. She's 26 with no fertility problems but pretend she's been trying to have a baby this year. But katie is quickly told that the possibility of ivf.

>> And this is the man behind the clinic. Mohammed taranisi the richest doctor in britain. He's helped thousands of women of having children. Critics have accused of him treating women unnecessarily.

>> In a condition like this shouldn't be mention

>> He asked a panel of experts to watch secret film is at the colin youing and katie is offered a treatment which is not been properly clinically tested it left the panel shocked.

>> These people are absolutely ready to be exploited, and that's what we're seeing this morning, and it is very difficult to watch.

>> But and he claims that treatment works and says every patient signs a consent form

>> I believe that it works in our set-up. It has given a lot of patients babies and I'm sure they would be watching and listening look at the children running around them and they know what I mean. A year ago one of his two clinics was refused a license by the fertility watch dog. Despite that it's claimed he had continued to treat patients there. This is why his accused of breaking the law.

>> Information has been given to us that treatment has been carried out at that centre in the period when it has not had a license.

>> And that is a matter which is a very serious one indeed. Providing treatment in a centre unlicenseded centre that doesn't have a license is potentially a criminal act.

>> Tonight the fertility watch gauing sent inspection teams accompanied by police into the two london clinic. The aim to gather information on whether they've been operating within the law.

>> Are russian police raid a moow mke the ing eopl who're wking he illly.

>>Nder n lawew tha ctld be anyone who not ian. Traders loo tyt be from the cena ar singled out for docume checightest irregularity and they're mared off for questioning. Immiatfials welme the new laws.

>> The number of foreigners at e markets has definitely gone down and more and more people are appling for residence permits.

>> After months of speculation bonnie are have finally got. This is a romance that hindi film industry by delighted crowds. Hottest couples on sunday astrologers believe that the wedding shouldhan

>> A mass irrelevant portrait a fresco on a roof of a church has been completed. The masterpiece was fran sis oh in the 18th century it looks now as it did then. More than 30 sor go saw. Day in day out for five restore urs have been bringinging a magnificent work of art to leif. Francisco daue goya painted in fresco more than 227 years ago it portrays the virgin mary surrounded by saints. Over time it's deteriorated water damage left it in very poor condition. A real challenge end for 21st century experts.

>> Quick reminder of our main story. Controversy has broken out of the execution of two saddam's key allies. The noose accidentally decap stated one of men as saddam's half-brother. The other man was hanged was with a former head of the revolution their court. Those sentenced to death for their part in kiings of 140 shias. This is bbc world news and I'm kathy kay in washington. And'm mike embly in london. More details on bbcnews.Com. <

* While this transcript can be a help for listening and quotation, one may need to be aware of that there appear minor spelling mistakes on this transcript occasionally.  For example, some initial letters need to be changed into capitals.



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