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January 2, 2007
Headline News on January 2, 2007
Saddam Hussein in court (file picture)
Iraq launches an inquiry into unofficial mobile phone footage showing Saddam Hussein's execution.

Ethiopian troops will stay on in Somalia to ensure stability after the defeat of Islamist militias, but splits emerge.
Indonesia's transport minister denies reports the wreckage of a plane carrying 102 people has been found on Sulawesi.
January 1, 2007
Headline News of January 1, 2007
Somali government soldier
Somali Islamists flee their last major stronghold as Ethiopian-backed government troops claim the port of Kismayo.

Bulgaria and Romania celebrate their entry into the European Union, 17 years after the fall of Communism.
Saddam Hussein watered weeds and saved bread for birds during his captivity, a US army nurse says.
December 30, 2006
Headline News on December 30, 2006
Saddam Hussein
Final arrangements are being made for the execution of Saddam Hussein, which now appears imminent.

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamad Ghedi enters Mogadishu, a day after Islamist fighters fled the city.
South Korea's defence ministry says the North has become a "serious threat", in the wake of its nuclear test.


December 29, 2006
Headline News on December 29, 2006
Somali government soldiers on their truck in Bur Haqaba
Somali government troops march into parts of Mogadishu, hours after Islamist forces flee the city.

US food authorities say food from cloned animals is safe to eat, paving the way for its eventual sale in shops.
Several hundred fans sing one of James Brown's signature tunes as his coffin arrives at Harlem's Apollo theatre.
December 28, 2006
Headline News on December 28, 2006
Saddam Hussein
Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein says his execution will be a "sacrifice" for Iraq, in a letter written from prison.

A state funeral is announced for former US President Gerald Ford, with services starting in California on Friday.
The US says it plans to list polar bears as a threatened species because of declining Arctic ice levels.
December 27, 2006
Headline News on December 27, 2006
Firefighter tackling the blaze in Lagos, Nigeria
At least 260 people die in an oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria's commercial capital, Nigeria's Red Cross says.

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.1 hits off Taiwan, followed by a powerful aftershock.
Thousands in Bali, Indonesia, take part in a tsunami drill as the region marks the second anniversary of the disaster.


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>> Hello. Welcome to bbc world. The headlines: Iraq's government launches an investigation into mobile phone footage of saddam hussein's execution. The somali government says ethiopian troops will stay until stability is restored. A plane crash in indonesia kills at least 90, reports of 12 survivors are unconfirmed.

>> And in business, the london stock exchange sees a record number of companies going public.

>> There's more fallout from iraq on the execution of saddam hussein. The office of the prime minister, nouri al maliki, has now launched an enquiry into who secretly filmed saddam's hanging on a mobile phone and then distributed the footage. A video showing saddam exchange taunts with those watching spread on the internet within hours of his death. Let's get more on this by going to baghdad and the bbc's correspondent there clive myrie. Clive, the enquiry is into the two and a half minutes of grisly video footage oF... Just before saddam's execution.

>> That's right, yes. Frankly, an investigation was inevitable following the release of this unofficial video. And frankly it's caused untold damage here to relation between sunni and shia right across the country because it's clear from the video that saddam hussein's executioners were members of the shia faith here in iraq. They taunted him. They abused him in his final moments and they shouted out the name of the radical shia cleric moqtada al-sadr. They chanted his name. There are reports now that once he was pronounced dead that these people danced around the body. This is a dreadful, dreadful mess that the al maliki government is in now because of this, and this investigation has to be called to find out exactly how that footage got out.

>> But the investigation will surround a very small, select group, hand-picked people, most of whom are indeed shiites and chosen specifically by the prime minister's office. Frankly, mar teerng we don't know that. There are some reports that there were as many as 20 people in what that chamber when saddam hussein went to the gallows. Clearly from the footage you can see there are four guards with hoods on their heads actually holding him and walking him to the gallows. Then there are clearly people around him, as well. So it's not entirely clear at this stage whether those people were inside... Who were inside the chamber were actually sanctioned by the prime minister's office to be there, but you're right, it could well be it was a senior official who had the right to be in the chamber who actually took that video footage, in which case that person could be in deep trouble.

>> Clive myrie there, our correspondent in baghdad. The prime minister of the transitional government in somalia, ali mohamed ghedi, has said the ethiopian troops who have led the fight against islamist militiamen will stay in somalia until the situation there becomes stable. He's also given thousands of supporters of the ousted union of the clockic courts militia three days to hand over their weapons. Dominic hughes has this reporT.

>> North of the somali capital mogadishu, the cinema is open once again. For six months it was banned by the somali islamic courts council which controlled the town. The popular narcotic stimulant kat is also on sale again. After a dramatically quick campaign, the islamists' rule is over. Ethiopian-backed forces now control jawa as they do the rest of somalia. Now crowds are turning out the support a pro government rally. The new provincial order says never support those who are terrorists. With the islamist forces in retreat, what will take their place? A power vacuum in the early 1990s allowed the rise of warlord militias, and the government has called for international peacekeepers and launched a gun amnesty. The ethiopians are warning their troops must be withdrawn as soon as possible, maybe within weeks. And there is the threat, too, that the islamists defeated in war may launch an iraqi-style insurgency. Dominic hughs, bbc newS.

>> Rescue workers inin indonesia have reached the wreckage of a domestic airline that crashed in the mountains of sulawesi on Monday. The head of the search and rescue team as well as the airline said 90 bodies have been found and 12 people survived. The reports of survivors are not confirmed.

>> They found iT. Tucked into a remote corner of sulawesi's mountain forest, the passenger plane that's been missing since Monday. But getting to it is another matter. Bad weather has stopped helicopters going in, so the rescue effort is having to use the mountain roads. A long and difficult triP. The search has been given a new urgency by reports from a nearby village that several passengers survived, but the wait for information is a long and frustrating one, for none more so than the families of those on board. Gathered at airports around java and in northern sulawesI, they've been waiting for news, but there's little to go on.

>> ( Translated ): There is still no information about my family. My relative was coming from surabaya to manado to celebrate the new year.

>> Many have complained that airline officials aren't sharing the latest reports and that they're having to follow every twist and turn on the television news. More than 100 people were on board the flighT. Early reports from the crash site suggest most have died. Adam air has promised to lay on special flights to take relatives to the area tickets have been handed out but the planes have been delayed by several hours. No one knows yet what caused the crash, but questions are already being asked about weather conditions and also about safety checks on board. Lucy williamson, bbc news, jakarta.

>> Let's go live now lucy and get an update on the situation. Lucy, why is there still so much uncertainty as to the possibility of their being 12 survivors?

>> I think really because communications with the rescue teams in the field have been almost non-existent. It's been several hours since anyone here in jakarta or from what we understand the local head of operations in sulawesi has had contact with them. It's a very remote area where this plane came down, mountainous, forests, communications with the area are very difficult. Many people simply believe now that we'll have to wait and see what the rescue team comes out with before we make any assumptions.

>> This tragedy comes just days after another tragedy affecting indonesia, that of a ferry which sank in the java sea on Friday.

>> That's right. The situation for people there is getting worse and worse. The weather conditions that have hampered the rescue effort so far continue to deteriorate. People have been stuck out in the sea clinging to life rafts with life jackets oN. This is the fourth day dave been there now. Helicopters have dropped food and water to try and keep them alive, but unless boats can get to them soon, there is a real danger they're many people out there will die.

>> Lucy, thank you. The sri lankan air force says it's bombed a tamil tiger naval base in the northwest of the country a spokesman for the rebels says 15 civilians were killed when a government attacked a fishing village in the mana village. The tigers say at least 25 others were wounded in the raid. The united states is to observe a day of mourning today for the former president gerald ford who died last week. George bush and his wife laura paid their respects to mr. Ford. His body is lying in state in washington. Thousands of americans have been filing past his flag-draped coffin.

>> President bush and the first lady joined thousands of ordinary americans who lined up to honour the life of Gerald ford. This the first time george bush had the opportunity to join the public mourning since returning from his ranch in crawford, texas. Gerald ford, who was 93, died on boxing day. Other senior figures including president bush's father have also been paying their respects. The flag-draped coffin of the 38th president has been lying in state in the capitol building since saturday. Gerald ford was unexpectedly thrust into the oval office after richard nixon was forced to resign in the wake of the watergate bugging scandal. He served for just two years before losing the election in 1976 to jimmy carter. President bush, who will today lead the tributes at a funeral service at the national cathedral, has said ford came along when america needed him most. The service marks day of mourning with federal buildings closed and flags flying at half-mast. Later today president ford's remains been flown to grand rapids michigan for a private burial service. It will be the final resting place for a president credited with healing a nation and restoring public trust after the watergate scandal. Jonathan beale, bbc news, washington.

>> Coming up on this programme, gold, millions of dollars worth within these chilean mountain ranges. But how much will a new mind cost the environment? The brazilian president, luiz inacio lula da silva has been sworn in for a second and final term in office the left-wing leader secured reelection by an overwhelming popular vote despite 18 months of continuous corruption scandals.

>> On his way to start his second term in office, the former union leader who rose to lead latin america's biggest country. The well-wishers who braved the rain in the capital were far smaller in number than the euphoric crowds who descended on the city four years ago, but president lula is clearly relishing this momenT. Lula won last october's election despite a series of corruption scandals. In the end his survival was probably ensured by the fact that brazil's millions of poor voters, the world from which he himself had come, kept faith with him, fact he acknowledged in his inauguration speech.

>> ( Translated ): Today I can look into the eyes of each and every brazilian and say that i have kept and will continue to keep my promise of caring first for those who most need it, to govern for all is my path, but defending the interests of the poorest is what guides us in this journey.

>> After the inauguration ceremony at the congress, lula appeared back at the presidential palace wearing the ceremonial sash of offers. It was here that he paid tribute to the ordinary people of brazil for standing by him when he felt the country's elite and the media tried to destroy him. President lula has set himself two key challenges for his second term, mar impressive economic performance and an end to the corruption which has dogged his first administratioN. If he fails in either, the brazilian public may not be so forgiving next time. Bbc news, sao paulo.

>> Now, alan's got news of a very rare development, one in which london tops new yorK.

>> Not official yet, but very close, absolutely, martine. Thafntle the london stock exchange has seen a record number of companies listing in 2006. They raised a total of $5 billion, more than ever in the history of the stock exchange -- $5 billion. That means london could beat the new york stock exchange for the first time eveR. Regulations are less strict in london than in the united states. Earlier we spoke to our reporter at the london stock exchange.

>> Having raids around about $55 billion for companies that are listed here in the united kingdom or indeed in the other 25 countries around that t world that have their companies... have a listing here at the london stock exchange. The new york stock exchange by contrast only ran about $35 billion. So some 40% more money has been raised for L.S.E. Companies than its transatlantic rival

>> Moving on now, russian gas exports to europe seem to be running as normal after gazprom and belarus managed to strike a last-minute deal back on sunday. According to the polish government, there have been no disruptions. Poland and germany receive gas from russia through the pipeline belarus had threatened to block as the conflict over those gas prices escalated. South korea warns that over 100,000 people may lose their jobs because of free trade agreements. The government says many local firms will have to trim their workforce to compete with cheaper foreign imports, however, seoul stresses that free trade pact lots force local exporters to be more competitive. South Korea is set to resume negotiations with the U.S. It also plans to enter talks with japan and china. That's it with the business news.

>> Aaron, thank you very much indeed. Let's catch up with the main headlines on bbc world. Iraq's government launches an investigation into mobile phone footage of saddam hussein's execution. The somali government says ethiopian troops will stay until stability is restoreD. It's one of the biggest and most expensive industrial ventures in the world, a vast gold mine that will be carved into the mountains of south america. The mine, which straddles the border between chile and argentina, will cost almost $2 billion to build. At today's prices, the gold produced will be worth almost $12 billion. Whilst the mine will bring jobs and prosperity to the region, there's concern about the risk of environmental damage. We have a report.

>> High in the andes lies a mountain of hidden gold. Pasqalama in chile contains so much of the precious metal, it will take 20 years to extract. Soon it will look like this, a mountain stripped bear as has happened at this site just over the boarder in argentina for the canadian company barrick, the lure of gold is great, butwhat cost? While pasqalama is set deep within the andes, at least 70 kilometres from the nearest civilisation, the waters that flow down from the area are crucial to the local community because they supply these valleys and lowlands, enage crops to be grown in this desert landscape. Some farmers fear the mine will contaminate the water, ruining their livelihood. One of them is mario mount. He grows offcodoes watered bay river in the glaciers of the mountain.

>> ( Translated ): Barrick are attacking our rivers, our glaciers and our ancestral water rights. That's why i think i should go on fighting theM.

>> While those opposed to the mine think it will ruin their lives, others support the project because it will provide better-paid jobs, and that's partly why the chilean government backs the scheme. Of course, any project like this is going to bring changes, the minister told me, but if we don't do it, what's the alternative? There are jobs in agriculture but often only seasonal. I really think that pasqualama is sustainable. Chile will receive tax and royalties but insists there will be vigorous controls. For their part, barrick claim their modern mining methods are fail-safe, including the leeching process which uses cyanide.

>> We have made commitments to the community, public commitments that we will look after the quantity and the quality of the water. There are measures to safeguard the environment. It is going to be one of the safest if not the safest mining operation with all of the technology that we have that we will build to protect the environment.

>> Gold from pasqualama will begin to flow in 2009, demand fuelled partly by our desire for the precious met yasm while the area will benefit from investment, when the mine's exhausted and barrick have gone, what will the legacy of pasqualama be? Louisa ball deany, bbc news, chile.

>> Ukraine's capital is experiencing a phenomenal property boom. Kiev is now thought to be the most expensive city in eastern europe in which to buy a homE. In the last two months alone prices have gone up by between 10% and 25%.

>> New apartment blocks are springing up across the capital. Much of this building has already been sold, but it won't be ready for months. Inside perspective buyers are being shown around. Most flats are sold like this, as unfinished concrete shells. Galina, who owns a chain of shops, is interested in investing in this three-bed property costing $1 million. Prices in the capital have gone up by more than 200% in the last few years. Demand for apartments in kiev is outstripping supply. Many ukrainians don't trust banks and would rather put their money into bricks and mortar. Last year more than 100,000 new flats were built. The problem is many of them have been bought as investments, then left unfinished and empty. This estate agent, the most expensive flat can cost up to $10 million. This is very much a city on the up. Everywhere you look in the capital, you can see signs of the property boom. But ukraine is one of the poorest countries in europe, and many people are being priced out of the market. 30-year-old tanya still lives with her mum. The cheapest one-bedroom flat in kiev costs around $100,000. Tanya says buying her own home is impossible.

>> It's made he feel hopeless and helpless, and no matter how hard you try and take into account that I make pretty good money, still i can't afford it. It just makes me angry and it makes me feel there is no place for me there is no place for young professionals in this city.

>> As darkness falls, billing work continues on this $4.5 million penthouse. Many believe the raze denial property -- residential property market is overheating and there are fears that soon the bubble may burst.

>> Still to come on this programme, millions of muslim pilgrims return to jeddah as the hajj draws to a close in saudi arabia. In germany, the new year has brought a windfall for new mothers. Those who gave birth after midnight are eligible for benefits worth up to two-thirds of a parent's salarY. The new benefits, payable regardless of income, is aimed at combatting a falling birthratE. The new scheme will make families significantly better off and has led some pregnant women to try to hang on until the start of 2007.

>> Few years day in germany, traditionally a time for a bit of naked swimming, but this january 1, there was a new way of celebrating, giving birth once the clock had struck midnight because that marked the start of a generous government aid programme for new mothers. Families with babies born in the first few minutes of 2007 were up to e25,000 better off than those who arrived a few moments earlier. And that was incentive enough for some mothers to hold oN.

>> I would have pushed earlier, but I did my best to hold back, she said, and it worked. I can tell you, the last half hour seemed to last two years. In the run-up to new year, there were reports of pregnant women trying anything to put off giving birth, from standing on their heads to taking homeopathic medicines, but health experts said if the baby was ready, it couldn't be delayed. Jan arrived two hours before midnight his family would have got more than e10,000 if he had been a little later, but his mother wasn't complaining. He was due on the 27th and he came on the 31st she said. We never tried the drag it out artificially. The most important thing is that he's healthy. The new benefit is aimed at reversing germany's falling birthrate amid fears the population could shrink from around 80 million to 70 million in the next 40 years, but the impact on the rest of the nation will be the last thing on the minds of these new parents as they get used to their bundles of joy. Richard forest, bbc news.

>> As millions of people enjoyed new year's celebrations with friends and families, 14 people in germany saw in 2007 trapped inside a lift in a shopping mall in Munich. It took engineers nearly three hours to free the revellers from the three-meter square space in which they were forced to stand. The security service was unable to get the lift going again because its hydraulics had collapsed under the weight of the passengers inside. Millions of muslims are returning to jeddah as the hajj draws to a close in saudi arabia. The pilgrimage passed without major incident as new safety and security measures were introduced. Thousands of saudi police were deployed for the final stoning of the devil rite at the bridge in mina. At the last hajj at least 345 pilgrims died in a crush during the stone-throwing rituaL. And our correspondent in mecca is razia iqbal.

>> Here in mecca as the pilgrims make their final stage of the hajj, walking towards the grab grab -- grand mosque and making the five circles around the black structure in the middle of the mosque, we're reaching the end of this year's pilgrimage. The saudi authorities are probably very pleased with themselves this year in that they have managed to run this pilgrimage without any major accidents, any major mislaps, which is really quite an achievement. We're talking about upwards of 2.5 million, 3 million people here maybe in one spot, all aiming to do exactly the same thing, and this is also very, very important for the saudis because they need to show the rest of the world that they can run thiS. They are the custodians of the most holy places in islam, and they need to be able to show the world they can run this effectively without incidents happening every year. They've certainly managed to do that this year, mainly because they've implemented security measures inside the jamarat area where the pilgrims throw stones at pillars representative of the devil. There people are walking in one direction only and also making sure there aren't huge numbers of people camping by the pillars. That's created a situation where there's been a free flow of human traffic really, and that's what they've been aiming to do. That's not to say there hasn't been some jostling, some pushing and shovelling, and also there has been a number of people who have died of natural causes. We are talking about a huge number of people. It is a dizzying sight to see millions of people all gatherrering together, communing with god. It is possibly one of the highlights of every muslim to come here, one of the things they all have to try and do once in their lifetime. So in that context, incredibly strong spiritual experience for all of them, but alongside all of that, the saudi authorities have the headache of actually looking after them, and this year I think they're probably smiling today, feeling very pleased with themselves that they've managed to do it pretty much without any major incident.

>> Razia iqbal there in america camp now, there's lots more details about all the stories in the news on the web site, bbcnews.Com. You'll get the very latest on the controversy which is surrounding the possibility of there being 12 survivors from that plane crash in indonesia. So bbcnews.Com. That's where you'll get the very latest on that plane that went down, and as i say, the there is possibly 12 survivors. <

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