Transcript in the news of
January 31, 2007
>> British police arrest eight people in a counter-terror operation. Was it a
kidnap plot? Sydney's climate crisis: A doomsday scenario for the Australian
city. A field deal. India wins the multibillion dollar sale. This is bbc world.
Also in this programme, tension between Palestinian factions spreads to the west
bank. And the wrong partners. Hollywood pulls the plug on a deal with claymation
>> Terrorists may have been planning to kidnap someone in Britain. That's the
word from British security sources following the arrest of eight people in a
series of raids across the English city of Birmingham.
The arrests were part of an operation by the midlands counter-terrorism unit,
and a number of areas have been sealed off. They still are sealed off.
Detectives say the arrests follow an investigation which lasted about six
months. The majority of the people detained are thought to be British. Well,
with me now in the studio is bbc security correspondent Gordon Carrera. Thanks
for joining us. Perhaps you can explain what it is that we understand the police
believe may be going on.
>> Intelligence have been coming in to the security services for a number of
weeks maybe months, regarding something which they feared could be a kidnapping
attempt. They've made clear there wasn't a bombing attempt. It wasn't an attempt
to create mass casualty. The concern was -- and that concern is yet to be backed
up by the evidence, that's what they're looking for through the raids -- the
group may have been trying to kidnap a particular individual, a particular
person and then possibly even film that kidnap and possibly more.
Le aluguc indeed moving to t
>> Is there something cle they have that ultimate goal? Kidnapping is one
thing. It could be a lot more grisly than that.
>> That's what we're waiting to find out really. It was quite clear talking
and some intelligence made them feel this could be imminent. They felt they had
to conduct these raids and arrests. The question is will they find that hard ede
from the srcmputers, anywhere else, that backs up the sense of what the plan
exactly was, who they were targeting and how imminent it was. That's what we may
find later today after we get more evidence and more information from the police
regarding the searches and questions. We've seen arrests like this large-scale
publicity drive with it which has come to nought in tany
>> Absolutely. Example was a r year in which a
c advice in a house. Man was shot accidentally in the and no one was charged.
There's a lot of work to explain what's going on to the community. These are
very high-profile a lot of public attention and whether there i anyehind the
intelligence, the information that led to this action.
>> O I think we're some more from the police for now.
Go indeed we'll bring you the latest comes e on
bbcrl moving on forent. Climate change make life in Australia's biggest city
reached by Australia's own scientists. D
fires will rage around the outskirts, permanent drought batte res.
Oomsday scenario but one confront. The commonwealth scientific industrial
reseaisation says residents must cut waterption by 50% over 50 years.
Temperatures five degrees above the predicted sea le could 20 centimeters Heat related death will soar to 1,300 every year.
>>H its beautiful beaches and spectacular harbour
side location, Sydney hasarde af the world's most desirelas live. The report
commissioned by the new south Wales government paints an armg almost
Surges threatening the coastline to a 75% rise in t heat-related deaths
amongst the elderl 2070 l Sydney would be completely transformed if climate
change goes it would comeemhe harsh, dry and inheitions of remote inland towns.
Kiushfires which een ravaging the state of Victoria
are already a staple of hey'll become much more frequent, doubling in .
Severeugs meor common, bleaching the landscape, devmer incomes. Presently on
average two y in the future they come nine years in ten.
>> I guess largely drought, semidrout fairly t part of life out has been wms
any how in more recentrs, the last 20 years I suppose. By 2070 rainfall could
fall by 40%, erbg an already chronic water crisis. The scin warn that Sydney
will become unsustainable byminless resid th consumption by 50% he new sthes
government has ladies and gentlemenned the -- new south Wales government has
labeled threomsday report and called for drastic action. Pretty grisly pictures
there already, but keoas to what it's like at the moment in Sydney. If you have
any pictures giving an indication perhaps as t climate change already t effect
there, well, we'd be vy keen the see them ee you can send them e-mail your picks
ipia it remains conf t the African union will start to deploy peacekeeping
troops in Somalia within three weeks. That ces the at the African union summit
to secure the full number of soldiers for the pnn
stageization force. Looking for 8,000 troops. Only half that number wastually
ple the international dion to cas is ais that is the view of com of
members of parliament. In the report they y is simply pushing Hamas closer to
Iran. This comesa fragile ceasefire between hamas and htn Gaza moves io its
second day Venezuela's national assemblyer today whether extend president's
Chavez's powers to make laws by decree. He is alre m by presidential decree in
ten areas, inomy and defense. This second bill would enable him to do more of
the same, also now, youT. You may at but the pompidou
once described as an oil refineryaris, is 30 years old now. The f capital's huge
a house with its famous coloured wrapping of service pipes on the outside
aused quite a lot controversy when it was built originally. If you want
to s I today, you it's close the pub for a day of celebration.
That's a shame. No, it's not.
>> You didn't like it.
>> I love it.
>> I'mut thaT. Tol us
>> I like old buildings. Ink greeks and the romknew
whay were so do the I. India's set to become tworld's fifth biggest producer of
steal. Di between brazil and rival, the news was agreed night and it's paying
more than $12lion, more than it origal are. The deal is causing a lot excitement I l
lobals been a aggresalf o the er it's a huge company in India. It's a houlE.
And commerceister has already said now this is a two-way street where
attracting foreign investors, als aggressively going out there and inveg
companies. That's exactly what this company ia's
biggest acquisition to date.
>> Is there a growing confidence in India now tts taken ity on the
rl economic perspective? W, tarter today said
that India is the next tiger o move after china, and
hi a similar balance of that growing clout. A great
deal of excitement. Really somhi
weren't really sure whether wo successful at the
auction, and it now has emerged ty have done tha is ai
it's a huge company here i i it has investms hotels, British companies all know
of it because of its investments in tetley tea over six years ago. It also
produced iia f indiusar, thehad been, criticsai would be
lout been one of i successful for the tarter car group.
>>Nd corus causing a lot of excitement.
Vote on Wednesday to crack down and payment card compa competition. Half
billion shoppers across the European union are getting a raw deal from their
banks and credit
c the finding in a new rep geng calls for lower charges on credit car
transactions. So-called interchange fees are charged
der time a transaction is handled somewhere along the payment chain. Brussels
wants to cut preferablely to zero. I think t mel, thank you very much.
>> I'm another O. Thanks very much. Bbc w still to come: Ecuador's
islogetic for parliament. I was saying Ecuador's president has expressed deep
regret after hundreds of his supporters meament, fngt to suspend a constitutional r
a spokesman said the president condemned all political violence st.Ave thisor
>> This is rafae correa's fir major clth competi took over ae of
earlier this month. Thousands of his supporters gathered outside the capital, as
the cror and some fought their way di authorities decided to evacuate the
politicians. E protesters then clashed with lice,nes
and the police responded with tear gas torowd. The
grsidering whether to allow a referendum onular assemblne of president correa's
major promises during his election campaign. It would be made up of regionalioiv
could make laws bypassing congress move that according to opinion polls
70% support. ( Translated ): We've ded to participate in all the
demonstrations to support the national constitutional asse. We've come to the
congress to tell the congressmen that they should resp will of the people.
>>Pnt correa us congssg the peopleuador andy ing in intereshe buses elitE.
His party didn't put up any candidates in the last election and as a result he
doesn't haveingle representativ law-making body. Many in the congress say
president ce moves are unco and that he's copying similar radicalres being
mpmented in Venezuela and bol. The new president isng futaange in Ecuador
and o ou t battle. Bbc news, buenos aries. You're watching bbc the main niewd
news for you: Ish security forces say eight arrests inir linked to aerrorist
kidnapping plot. Well, let's get more now on those terror the bbc's been
following the or we've put togeport.
>> Paperrered over and guarded, one of a strin addresses in
birmingham linked to what's ded major anti-terrorist investigation.
Ehicles were being removed from the scene,
treets cordoned tooing on.
>> Tot of problem the enough intelligeo o this... such a large operation.
E still need to find out beforean make any further comment on exactly wha
t operation is about.
>> It b 4:00 a.m.. Eight people were reare now being held under an-ts for
allegedly commissi instigating f teme midpolice said a number of addresses have
ecured and sealed off and are currently being searched by
ofrom westm pondunter-terrorism units. It adds
tlst operation poses sci thre a precautionary measure we will
enhanced pe as the ocations. This may have been a
plot unlike any tho far. A security source has told
the bbc it allegedly involved a new approach, not a
leading to mass casualties, but perhaps an attempt an
di. The home office is describing this as a major nationwide
opion. Officials have told e arrests follow a six-month investigation
involving mI5. The yests are a reminder of what they
describe io of the terrorist threat. Benghan, bbc newS.
>> Okay. Well, our reporter iroad birmingham, other of the scenes being
investigated by det anthony, we've had more details out the nurfloT. Have
eny there as to what they've heard?
>> Well, i think g they're emused in area. This
particular part of stratford road is v aetail centre, loads of shops up aly busy
doinrwn thing.Sount t people i've spoken so farowp behind me. We know it'sam the
first thing most people sawisorning were the police heite area seale o and the
shutters N. So they are still trying to find out what's going on. Now, as far as
thned, well, we're t get r ement of some kind fmest midlasolice ar 11:30 today
and a press conference a0eround the city t rock area, a more residential area,
we have a similar sizeable police pre h e a much involved in a containme
exercise. Offs shop for the antI-terrorism officers to do their job. A few
minutes up the r anial premisesas sead police vans, some equipped wh cctv
camased there, though officersn inside and do appear to be removing items from
that shop. He the city we know that a number of
vehicles have been removed, as well. So as i say, as
you've heard, as b
midsterrorism u mi5, a west police. Dozens of o told, involved in those raids
this involved the arrests of eig
>> OkaY. Anthony, for n,s very much indeed. An uneasy p gazA.Nts from t
fought andas fs haun releasing hosta,his days of fierceng that has 6eople dead
and many mnd. E has been tension on the west bank with the bitter rivals
involved in a whole spate of shootings.Hris morri nablus.
>> How to divide the political spoils in nabluS. These aref days in the
palestinian territories. The f has been on thellut on the west bank, too,
there's and mutual in aeousef the al-aqsa martyrs' brigade, affiliated to fatah.
They're want massings because they're wanted by righ the this room is
>> We respect the truce, but if hamas launches attacks, they have to know we
can strike back on their people here. Allsas' security
force the death force. They never implementments here's oneperationt by the al
aqsartyr's in nablus, the of an official onnday, ed live on cam tra. Was
eventually releaseD. Street office he sayss things."T with fought is -- the
troublehah isne day they had everything and then nothing. Mas was chosen by
people in an election but we still wanttional unity." It never rains but it
pours. The polit is as grim aweer. The struggl fatah and hamas is far from over.
In the sho tout power, money, who is rll conthere is aer-term conflict about
kind of palestine this should be, the secular vision of fatah and the iamion
of hamas really aren't that compatible, all of which m independent observers
>> It's very difficult because there is soh, h so many gunmen roaming around.
Tions, thty of hatred and a mentality of cancelling
>>Nian political leaders are stil src an illusive unity government.
Could be the rulee bc news, nabluS.
>> Stay with b world
becausel to come in this me, the wrong Hollywood pulls
the p a deal with claymation creators den are to investigate whether the
operator of a nuclep broke
responding maio o reactors at the had to sas now the Swedish nuclear power wa
says managers at the plant acted too slowlY. Gation intety at this nuclear power
plant has come to some g conclusions. Details of the
secret report y Swedish nuclear power in speck now been
revealed. It finds there h b long-standing weakening of the security culture
the the crimson unpin a numeral including f dropped equipment. But most
alarming is the accusation that manner failed to shut down a reactor quickly
failure. That has now been passed to Swedish prosecutors who will have to
decide if they bro nuclear safety the incident has shocked Swedish
>> ( Translated ): Of course. Th i totally unacceptable. Imagine somethis
could happen. Is could hash
>> Theo a number of sweden'ss being closed for safety inspections. Of the
thort and have already put in place new safety
measures, but in a country that of its electricity from nuclear power,
the incident has adds fears. Dominic hughes, bbc news.
>>News for you. Bestselling author sydne shdo 89.He extraordinary career over
eight decades. He started off winning awards for his broadway play, Hollywood
film scripts. Then he turned his hand to writing novs age of his second book,
"the other side midnight," toppetscord 52 weeks. We've been saying, either love
it thep whichasescribed as an oil refinery right in the middle of paris, 30
years old, the French capital's art house with its famous coloured wrappinpipes
on the outside
controversy when it in 1977. It's closed to the public just for th said
private celebration. That's because specialsthesident, jacquesac, and e
minister,lepin. Ng in for that. The Hollywood studioams animation is ending its
partnership wie creators of wallace and gromiT. Speculation over the future of
fivee in since dreamworks is on its latest film, " from los angeles, here's
dave wi>> It was this film, "chk run," whi the partnership between
ardman and dreamworks. A huge hit at the box office, it marked the coming
of age of what was known as claymation, a form of animation involving characters
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>>O marked t a distinctly British style f humour.
>> Buying wholesa orican slang for so many years, we t di give culture.
>> Among the characters theyre wallace and gromit.
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>> The naive invhe smart-but-silent dog won ardmanamworks an oscar two years
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>> Yet for all the awards and critical acclaim, the partnership didn't fare
so well financially. "Flushed away," the second of five
fil made under a formal arrangement between the two studios, cost dreamworks
thann to make and took just? million at the box
office. A little over a year agan's storage wehouse caught fire, destroying or
years of tops and it wasn't longt that reports of creative dnces he bristol-based
company andam circulate. Drocus is on computer-ged an mated films rather thannd
tw simply havembitions. Ardman plans to annou alternative production and
distribution dealsly one, what could ppy story. More
details for you onhe si bs we have on our stories, including the tsts possibnni
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