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January 22, 2007
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Smoke billows over scene of Baghdad bombing
Seventy-five people are killed and 160 injured in a double bombing at a market in Baghdad, police say.

 
A major effort to reverse the dramatic decline in global tuna stocks gets under way in Japan.
Serbia's nationalist Radical Party has a clear lead in the country's general election, early results suggest.
January 20, 2007
Headline News on January 20, 2007
 
Computer-generated image of a weather satellite [photo credit: EUMETSAT® 2007]
Washington asks China to explain its intentions after Beijing reportedly carried out an arms test in space.

 
N Korea and the US call recent talks positive, as Washington's envoy prepares for more nuclear negotiations.
A Cambodian girl who disappeared aged eight is found after living in the jungle for 19 years, her father says.
January 19, 2007
Headline News of January 19, 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.
January 18, 2007
Headline News of January 18, 2007
 
Senators Biden (left), Hagel and Levin (right) announce their resolution
Three top US senators agree on a resolution to oppose President Bush's plan to increase Iraq troop numbers.

 
Israeli opposition figures call on the PM to quit after the country's military chief resigns over the Lebanon conflict.
Bolivia's central government refuses to accept a parallel government set up by protesters in Cochabamba.
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.
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>> Serbia's hard-line nationalists claim election victory, but they're unlikely to form a new government. The E.U.'s foreign policy chief says he's still hoping for a pro-European administration. This is bbc world. I'm Lucy Hawkings in Belgrade.

>> Also on this programme, an investigation in Belfast. Was there collusion in northern ireland? America's top companies urge british to get serious about climate change.

>> Hello and welcome to Belgrade. These election results are serbia and they've produced no clear winneR. It's true that the ultra nationis of alarm throughse meet blicy pro-E.U. Government here in Belgrade. Let me take you through the results as we have them at the moment. With preliminary figures in, the radical nationalists have over 28% of t thclember, vojvse and is currently being held in the hagu a n gontough.Thred 22.9% of the vote, but it could be the outgoing prime minister, vojislav kostunica, who may ultimately be the kingin smimi of serbia won 17% of the vote, and he could be crucial when italition government.E. Nt chris morris.

>> Victory for the radicals, government for the democrats. One headline to describe the outcome of serbia's first election since the breakup last year of its union with montenegro. Pro-european parties led by the democrats seem to be in pole position to form a government.

>> ( Translated ): I hope the democrats will stay in power, that they'll form a coalition and that it will work.

>> ( Translated ): I expect a small crisis. There could be problems, but i hope they sort it out.

>> There certainly could be weeks of political ahead, but serbia's president, the leader of the democratic party, appears confident about the outcome.

>> The democratic parties, the pro-european parties are making a huge majority now of parliament, and this is really possible. We have a small majority. We have a strong decision. We're sharing values and our goals. We're going to achieve this.

>> But let's not forget who was celebrating last night, supporters of the radical party which won nearly 30% of the vote. Serbia's flirtation with nationalism isn't oveR. That's food for thought for european union leaders meeting in brussels today.

>> We hope very much that there will be a formation of a government that will be in line with pro-european forces.

>> Isn't this a failure of the E.U. Policies?

>> No, no, the majority of the vote has been to the parties that support pro-european objectives.

>> But still some tricky decisions ahead. An announcement from the U.N. In the next few days will probably suggest conditional independence for the Albanian majority province of Kosovo, and in Serbia that's a big nationalist issue, which provokes strong feelings. Chris Morris, bbc news.

>> There's lots of uncertainty here in Belgrade today. No one really wants to see weeks or months of lengthy negotiations. People here are also concerned about a possible political vacuum so they're looking for solutions.

>> Thank you very much for joining us from Belgrade, and we'll have more from lucy later in the programme. For now let's turn to the other top stories of the hour. News coming in from iraq, two bombs have exploded in central Baghdad. It's believe a near simultaneous explosion struck a predominantly shia area shortly after middaY. Joining us from Baghdad is andrew north. Any more details, andrew, on these attacks?

>> Well, the casualty figures have been rising almost every few minutes. We've been getting new details in from police and hospital officials. At least 60 people now killed, 11 injured.

-- 110 injured. From these very powerful blasts. From what we understand, those behind it tried to make sure there were a maximum number of people around before they detonated these two park car bombs. We heard them very clearly from our bureau in Baghdad. If you look on the skyline there, you'll see two large plumes of smoke. There's still some smoke in the air from where the bombs went all. Almost certainly this kind of attack was carried out by sunni insurgents. It appears to be following an upsurge in the number of these kinds of attacks to be an attempt by insurgent groups to, if you like, exploit a window of opportunity before the new american and iraqi plan gets going in force. They're particularly going after shia communities, trying to increase the sectarian tension here. It's not just bombingS. We're getting reports of a lot more mortar attacks around the city, a lot more gun battles going on, as well. There is a real sense at the moment that the violence is on an upsurge.

>> We saw more raids carried out by the iraqi security forces working with the americans, andrew. When do we expect there to be an escalation in line with the new american strategy worked out with the iraqis?

>> Well, that's right. There was never going to be an exact date when things start. But the americans have said over the weekend they have got their first brigade of reinforcements in from around 3,000 troops. They're not expecting for them to be fully deployable until the beginning of next month, so they're still bedding down, if you like. Some operations are going on, extra operations. It's very difficult to know whether that is definitely linked to the plan, but it will be some time before all the american reinforcements are in, and also critically the extra iraqi reinforcements. And that's why there is this sense that possibly some of the insurgent groups on the sunni side particularly appear to be trying to get in there early before all these extra forces are on the grounD.

>> Andrew north, thank you for that update. Police in kenya say a senior leader of somalia's islamic courts union has handed himself over to the kenyan authorities. Sheikh ahmad was the leader of the executive council that controlled much of somalia until it was driven out this month. The kenyan government is believed to be negotiating with the united states over what should happen to the sheikH. With more money and troops, the taliban could be defeated within the yeaR. David richards told a british newspaper his forces should and can win in afghanistan but he wasn't convinced that nato nation end that more military might was need. Officials in pakistan say at least three pakistani soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing in north waziristaN. A number of soldiers are believed to have been injured in today's attack. Air strikes were carried out in nearby south waziristaN. The organisations responsible for managing the world's tuna fish are looking at japan to see how they can boost numbers. Stocks have fallen to alarming numbers and conservationists say bluefin tuna have been critical because of illegal and unregulated fishing. A pig farmer accused of being canada's worst serial killer goes on trial on monday in a case a judge has warned will be as bad as a horror movie. Robert pixton is charged with killing 26 women over two decadeS. He'll be the first to be tried for six of the deaths and has plead not guilty to each. Jim cook reports from vancouver.

>> Massive investigation into crimes which defy imagination. Prosecutors believe this pig farm was a killing field for the man they say is the worst serial murderer in canada's history. The police moved in back in 2002, supported by dozens of anthropologists and archaeologists. Over the ensuing months and years, time and time again the material gathered here has tested positive for human remains. Today the farm's owner, robert william pickton, will go on trial, standing accused of killing women over a period of two decades. The excavation work here has produced a mountain of D.N.A. Evidence, so much that the judge is concerned that any jury could be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of it all. For that reason he's decided to split this case into at least two trials and his first one would deal with the murders of just six of the alleged 26 victims. Most of the murdered women were prostitutes or drug addicts, many of them from native canadian communities. All of them, it seems, living on the mar margins of society, women like ser rena abbottsway, mona wilson, lang joesbury, brenda wolf, georgina papin and marni fraY. Some of their families say the police were slow and unresponsive to the disappearance of so many young women, but for the authorities here, today's trial is the result of an unprecedented investigation. Only with the opening prosecution remarks will this country learn the details of the case they built against a man who insists he's innocenT. Jeremy cook, bbc news, vancouver.

>> In northern ireland, a long-awaited report has been published which confirms police intelligence officers shielded protestant outlaws involved in at least ten killings from prosecution. A three-year investigation concluded that former officers in the secret special branch paid informants in the outlawed ulster volunteer force who were permitted to pursue killings, bombings and drug dealing. Joining us now from belfast is the bbc's chris butler. Chris, just tell us how important this whole investigation is.

>> Well, there's a potentially hugely damaging for the police. This investigation, as you say, was carried out by the northern ireland police ombudsman. It started with one murder, but it's been expand much beyond .That it takes into account a 12-year period when this ulster paramilitary group were effectively allowed to carry out killings with impunitY. This report is going to say that senior police officers effectively protected them from prosecution and stopped other officers from investigating their activities. This crime relates to drugs to, murder and to a series of other events. Now, of course, what's important here is that these people are relating to a number of different prosecutions. However, the police officers themselves could well not be prosecuted as a result of this. The police ombudsman is going to say that effectively evidence has been destroyed, it's missing or lost, and she believes that was a deliberate strategy by those police officers to ensure they evaded prosecution. However, today, the families are calling for those murder investigations to be reopened, and we believe there are ten murders that the police ombudsman has looked. A

>> Chris, thank you very much for that update from belfast. Well, it seems british airways is taking moves to reassure its passengers. Tanya beckett is here with more.

>> Absolutely. If you booked flights the word is you can move the dates if you need tO. The airline is warning of massive disruptions to customers if cabin crew go on strike as threatened. Talks between b.A. And one of its main trade unions broke down on sunday. The airline is facing a walkout by cabin true between the 29th and the 31st of january. This could be the first of three strikes. A group of america's largest companies will today press president george bush to take action on climate change. The united states' climate action partnership includes industrial giants such as g.E., Alcoa and caterpillar. A year ago the president declared that the united states was addicted to oil, but the U.S. Along with china and india, have refused to sign up to the kyoto protocol on cutting emissions. The initiative from corporate comes ahead of the president's annual address to the nation which is on tuesday. And airbus says it is finally fixed the electrical problems that have plagued the a-380 superjumbo and put it two years behind schedule. It's now on track to deliver the giant jet to its first customer, singapore airlines, if october. And the world's biggest drugs company is expected to announce today it will cut 10% of its workforce. America's pfizer is facing expiry on some of its patents that is causing a drop in sales. And we'll update you on the B.A. Story on the bbc world business report in about a quarter of an hour.

>> Tanya, thank you. Stay with us on bbc world. Still to come in our programme, more reaction from results in the serbian elections where serbian nationalists have claimed victory. Talks in syria between the two main palestinian parties have ended without agreement on forming a unity government. President mahmoud abbas has been meeting an exiled hamas leader. Both sides are optimistic and talks will continue.

>> Better late than never. The palestinian president finally met with the leader of hamas after talks were delayed on saturday. They were trying to reach a deal over the creation of a government of national unity. So far there's been little success. Both men came out to brief reporters, admitting a deal was some way off, but they were as one on some issueS. "We agreed between us that the spilling of palestinian blood is forbidden," said mahmoud abbas, at -- "and we have to make every effort to avoid internal conflict,." "There are still some points of disagreement, but we will reach a deal and form a national unity government." The problem goes like this: Hamas won parliamentary elections lasty, but israel and the U.S. Won't talk to them because they won't renounce violence and recognise israel's right to exist. Hamas is only offering a long-term truce. Both sides say the talks will continue. A deal may still be reached.

>> One of france's most respected public figures, abbe pierre, has died in paris at the age of 94. He dedicated most of his life to campaigning for homeless, the poor, the refugeeS. He founded the charity emmaus shortly after the second world war when he took part in the resistance against nazi occupation. He was a man on the progressive fringes of the roman catholic church supporting gay adoption and admitting to having sex with a womb despite his chastity vows. This is bbc world. The main news this hour, brussels still hopes for the formation of a pro-european government in serbia by hardline nationalists claiming victory. More than 60 are dead after a bombing in Baghdad's central square.

>> Welcome back to Belgrade. While kosovo was not a big election issue here, the future of kosovo does loom large over this region. Everyone waiting to hear what the U.N. Special envoy's recommendations will be for the future of kosovo. We're expecting those any day noW. Lest get a sense of how these elections were viewed in kosovo. We can go live to pristina now and talk to our correspondent therE. Alex, any reaction to these election results?

>> The lack of reaction is really quite striking. We contacted the president's office to see what he would say. The answer came back that he would not give an interview. He regarded the serbian election as the internal matters of a foreign country, that means that kosovo's albanian majority already regards itself separate from serbia. Similar reactions in the papers. One paper had the headline, "serbia votes for the past." Others aren't featuring the story at all.

>> Alex, what are people in kosovo expecting from the united nations?

>> They're expecting a decision and fast, and there will be mounting impatience. Two months ago there were demonstrations outside the U.N. Headquarters here by a movement calling itself "self-determination." That represents a minority at the moment, but that sentiment could grow. There could be increasing support for some kind of more outspoken action. Kosovo's albanian majority wants this decision without any further delay after the delay that was already announced for the serbian elections. Now they say it's time for the recommendations to be made public.

>> Alex, thanks for the update from pristina. Let's get some more analysis now of the crucial election results. I'm joined by a balkans expert here in Belgrade. Tim, the radicals did very well in terms of the popular vote, but the democratic bloc has doubled their votE. How difficult is it going to be now to form some kind of government?

>> It's going to be extremely difficult because Mr.. Kostunica, the current prime minister, will demand that in a future coalition government with mr. Tadic, president tadic's democratic party, that he remains prime minister, but the democratic party, Mr.. Tadic did better, so he's going to demand that his man is prime minister. So there's going to be weeks of tough negotiations.

>> We just spoke to our correspondent in pristina about the rising frustration with the lack of a decision from the united nations. That decision comes out in the next few days about the future of kosovo. How could that influence negotiations here?

>> I'm not quite sure if it's going to influence negotiations here. It's possible that mr. Kostunica may put some demands for the forming of a coalition government, but I'm not quite sure that that's the main issue here. The main problem will be for kosovo, though, if the negotiations mean that no government here is really prepared to engage over the u.N. Proposal, which is expected in the beginning of february, therefore building in more delay. So that's going to be the problem, not so much in forming a government here.

>> The E.U. Has been demanding for a while they want to see ratko mladic at the war crimes tribunal in the hague. Will a democratic government be able to deliver mladic to the hague?

>> It's difficult. The two main parties have democratic in their name, the democratic party of mr. Kostunica. They haven't delivered. The democratic party of mr. Tadic, if he had been in control, i suspect he would have done, but the fact is it's going to be a coalition government, so I suspect more of the samE. Probably not.

>> Tim, thank you very much for that analysis. The issue of general mladic a hot one here. Some people continue to see him as a war herO. Others don't want serbia's eventual membership or contact with the european union to be held up all over the fate of one man. So that is definitely going to be a topic facing any new government here. Back to london.

>> Thank you. And stay with us here on bbc world. Still to come in our programme, the poison plot thickens. The bbc uncovers new evidence about the murder of alexander litvinenko. In australia, firefighters are battling to contain a serious bushfire north of sydneY. The fire broke out and forced the closure of a highway and threatened residential homes. Rain and winds in victoria eased bushfires which have been burning for two months. Such is the downpour in some area that residents now face danger of flash floods. The bbc's phil mercer has this report.

>> This time it's sydney's turn to face the bushfire menace. These outbreaks in a national park near the city's northern fringes have caused plenty of headaches. A major highway was closed as the flames advanceD. Water bombing helicopters were called in while on the ground hundreds of volunteer firefighters toiled awaY. The authorities have said they are gradually winning this battle, but nature is a powerful enemy. Many communities are facing a very nervous wait to see which way these unpredictable wildfires might head next. A sudden change in the direction of the winds can bring relief or disaster. It's during the hours of darkness that southern australia's bushfire emergency seems far more threatening. As the land burns out of control, the night sky's an ominous shade of orangE. Further south in victoria, wet weather has come to the aid of exhausted and overstretched fire crews. Some of these bushfires have been burning for more than 50 days. Several homes have been destroyed. Thousands of hectares of forest and farm slans gone the same way, reduced to ash by unstoppable walls of flame. Many fires are caused by lightning strikes, but the depressing reality is that a large number are started deliberately. Australia has asked for international help. About 100 american firefighters are expected to arrive shortly. Their task is to help contain outbreaks in one of the world's most fire-prone regions. Phil mercer, bbc news, Sydney.

>> The fatal poisoning of the former russian spy alexander litvinenko still remains a mystery. But recent reports reveal he was likely to have been the target of multiple poisoning attempts before his death. After the critic of the kremlin died last november from ingesting polonium-210, a series of locations, planes and people were found to have been contaminated with the rare poison. The bbc's "panorama" programme has been following the plutonium trail.

>> Two months on since he was buried, the mystery of who killed alexander litvinenko remains. He was poisoned with the radioactive element plutonium. This woman -- poloniuM. This woman believes she knows who was behind her husband's murder.

>> I can say putin is behind everything that happens in russia.

>> The kremlin doesn't agree.

>> If she says that russia has killed alexander, she's a liar in this worD.

>> A "panorama" investigate has put the spotlight on two russian businessmen, andrei lugovI and another man. They deny the murder. The polonium trail makes them prime suspects. May made several trips to london in autumn. Almost everywhere they went is now radioactive. Germany is contaminated, too, where koptin visited. The pine bar in may fair, litvinenko met the two.

>> He had a cup of tea and didn't finish at all. He later said he wasn't very good.

>> He fell they'll night. No one's been arrested, but the polonium trail has made lugovi and coptune prime suspects. Why might the crim lynn want them dead? He wrote a book claiming bombs that killed hundreds in moscow in '99 were planted by putin's maintain secret police. Six other russian, M.P.S and journalists who investigated this story have died in mysterious circumstances.

>> I was ready to go home, and he just told me, marina, i love you so much.

>> The question is, was alexander litvinenko victim number seven? John sweeney, bbc news.

>> You can get lots more detail about all the news stories in our programme by logging on to our web site. We've had just some breaking news there that the prime minister... there's been an official reaction from the prime minister in britain on that collusion report in northern ireland saying this is a deeply disturbing report about events which were totally wrong and should never have happeneD. More on that story and all the other stories on our web site, as well, bbcnews.Com. <

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