Transcript in the news of September 6, 2007 (With some misspelled words)
>> Thanks for joining us. Flamboyant, a true artist, no tenor will ever come
close, some of the tributes which have poured in from around the world for
Luciano Pavarotti, one of the world's best-loved opera singers. He's died at the
age of 71 after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than a year. His singing
career lasted more than five decades. In that time he brought in new audiences
with his performances of the three tenors and his performance of necessary Sunni
dorma for the world cup.
>> There may have been three tenors, there was only one Luciano
>> He was born in northern Italy, the son of a baker and a keen footballer as
a youth. He made his professional debut at the local opera house in 1961. In his
prime in the 1970s, he enraptured audiences with the beauty, the clarity and the
delicacy of his voice, as well as it's sheer power. He couldn't act, but who
cared when he could sing like this. His enthusiasms were typically Italian --
food, football and his family, including his wife and three daughters. But there
with more offstage dalliances, as well. Eventually he left his wife age,
scandalizing many. A divorce settlement revealed he owed £3 million in unpaid
taxes. By then he was a super and celebrity friends gathered each year in modena
for a c retired, critics said his voice was past his best. Audiences didn't
care. In his last performance at new York's metropolitan opera, they gave him an
11-minute ovation. His fame, fuelled by a personal as overwhelming as his
frame,ho when in 1990 he sang "nessu "nessum dorma" in Italy at the world cup,
he went from opera star to superstar.
>> They that hits you every time, doesn't it? We'll have more on
the man later in the program. I hope you'll stay with us for that. Let's
catch up on some other stories now. At least 14 people have been killed in an
American air attack in Baghdad. Police said at least nine were wound in the
attack which, as you can see, caused considerable damage, left several houses
destroyed. This is in the mansour district of Baghdad. Residents said they heard
explosions around 3:00 am. That went on for something close to an hour. German
security officials are searching for ten men they believe provided support for a
foiled plot to attack U.S.. Installations in the country. Three men were taken
into custody on Wednesday. They're accused of planning a massive bombing
campaign. The military government in Fiji has reimposed the state of emergency
three months after the previous one was lifted. The military leader frank
bainimarama. Said the measured had been in place because people were trying to
destabilise the country. President bush said talks with chinese counterpart hu
jintao were honest and friendlY. The two men met in australia on the sidelines
of the asia pacific summit in sydneY. Among a range of issues, the two men
talked about climate change and increasing trade ties. Mr. Bush says he's also
raised concerns about religious freedom
china and recent recalls of dozens of chinese-made products. Hu jintao earlier
told a news conference his country was ready to make steps to take -- take steps
to make sure his country meets standards. Nick bryant is in sydney.
>> He mounted a robust defence that came in response from a question from a
chinese reporter. I think that's significant. And his comments seemed to be very
well prepared. He did seem to want to use this platform. He cited evidence that
suggested 99% of food exports from china were up to international standards. If
they. Were in mesh, the european union and japan. He says they've done a lot to
tighten up the regulatory and legal framework governing chinese companies. He
said if they fell short of them, they would be accountable to chinese law. He
also indicated that china would be prepared to cooperate with the international
community to try and raise its standards.
>> Well, another man on the way to that summit is the russian president,
vladimir putin. En route he stopped off in jakarta where he has signed quite a
deal. He's lending the indonesians $1 billion to buy russian arms to build
helicopters, tanks and submarines. Our correspondent in jakarta saw that
agreement being signeD.
>> It's really the centrepiece of this visit by the russian president, and as
you say, some quite key equipment, attack hpsers, passenger helicopters,
amphibious tanks, subpa rwandas all going -- submarines all going to be coming
indonesia's way. It feeds it very badly. Indonesia's own arsenal has been
crumbleling, partly because of sanctions but the united states and other western
countries over the actions of indonesia in east timor, but also because it
hasn't had the funds to buy equipment. Russian equipment is cheaper than that
made in america, but they're also getting a big loan to do it.
>> Of course, in terms of political, strategic terms, it is the russians
moving in on that market.
>> Absolutely, yes. Politically i think very important for both sides here.
The influence of the west in indonesia has really grown in the last few years.
Western companies are already very ensconced in lucrative areas like mining and
energy here in indonesia. They're also politically very close as well at the
moment, partly because of the counter-terrorism cooperation we've seen between
knee that and western countries following attacks. So it's a willingness on both
sides to counter some of that influence from elwhere.
>> We'll fly you right back around to the other side of the world. Jamie, the
european central bank has been intervening?
>> Yes. The two banks meet to decide on interest rates. Fears persisting
about a global credit crerch. The e.C.B. Has offered to lend extra money to
banks to try to bring down the cost of credit. On wednesday the bank of england
for the first time did the samE. Back in august the E.C.B. Clearly signalled the
cost of borrowing would rise in september, but this month of wild swings in the
central bank pumping extra money into the banking system has all changed the
picture. A korean court has extended a jail sentence for the boss of hyundai
motorS. A court upheld his fraud conviction but spared him three years in prison
and ordered him to undertake community service. He's allowed to continue running
the company. We talked to bbc's john sudworth and asked why the judge came to
>> It seems a remarkable state of affairs. You have to remember the portion
of hyundai to the korean economy. It's responsible for about 7% of south korean
exports. In his judgment today, the high court judge said hing a needs over this
decision, and he had been asking the man on the street for his opinion while
trying to formulate the judgment. He said he spoke to taxi drivers and
restaurateurs before coming to the decision.
>> That's iT. We'll have more business for you in 20 minutes' timE.
>> Jamie, look forward to thaT. Thanks very much indeeD. Stay with us here on
bbc world. Plenty more still to come, including... he looks the part and has
even played the parT. Hollywood actor fred thompson wants to be the next
president for the republicans. A rare double hurricane has lashed coastal
central america as this year's atlantic storm season continues to prove deadly.
38 people have been killeD. Around 100 are still missing in nicaragua after
hurricane phoenix hit. Thousands of people have been affected, especially on the
boarder with honduras. The second hurricane hit mexico before being downgraded
to a tropical storm.
>> They knew it was coming but there was little they could do. Hurricane
hurrican felix arrived in nicaragua and destroyed thousands of flimsy homes on
the central american country's low-lying cribien coast -- cribien coast --
caribbean coast. This two weeks after hurricane dean devastated the regioN. With
scores still missing the death toll could rise considerably. Some like this
fisherman had little warning.
>> We were on a boat. We had tide the sales and when the hurricane hit us,
the sails snapped and twisted around. Our boat turned oveR. There were five more
on board. The other four died and i was the only survivoR.
>> As the injured of all ages fill the emergency centres, at least five
countries in central america were on alert for floods, but felix finally
dissipated. As much as 64 sent metres and 25 inches of rain was predicted in
some remote areas. Eight hours after felix hit land, the eye of another
hurricane struck mexico, the first time two atlantic and pacific hurricanes have
rea same day. It's te it's hit mexico in two dayS. It's now been downgraded to a
tropical storm, but itll punch. It was a race against time to secure homes and
possessions before night and the winds returned once more. Russell trot, bbc
>> This is bbc world. The main news for you: The world famous tenor
Luciano Pavarotti has died. He was 71 and he'd been ill for some time with pancreatic
cancer. President bush has met his chinese counterpart hu jintao in the
australian city of sydneY. Let's get some more now on the death of Luciano
Pavarotti because the soprano susanna clark study opera with Pavarotti's teacher
and met the singer several times. She's if middlesborough in northern ung and
join us now. Can I ask you first of all, what do you feel the world has lost in
the passing of Luciano Pavarotti?
>> Well, you had a person who could link opera with the masses. That was
unusual. Opera had gone through a period of being very elitist and only for a
certain audience. All of a sudden you had somebody there who loved football
himself but found that link between football and opera and was able to get to
the man and woman on the street, people who would never ever think of listening
to opera really loved to hear nessun dorma.
>> And for the oaficionados, he had something special and oodles of charisma
to go with it.
>> He was famous in the opera world before he became world famous for the
link with football. Really in the opera world he was very much appreciated
because he had the power of voice. He had an amazing technique, but he could
also sing very, very quietly the top notes, which is actually more difficult
than singing powerfully. So he could get that delicacy and beauty of voice out.
And he could really affect the whole of the audience, and almost get to every
single person in the audience and get that passion of opera across to them.
>> Is it going to be for you in your career one of your regrets that he was
perhaps half a generation ahead of you?
>> Exactly. I met him, i studied with his teacher, but i was very young at
that point in timE. I hadn'T... i eventually went on the sing at la scala,
milan, places like that, but it was too early to sing with Pavarotti. He
preferred to sing with established singers. The one thing I appreciate is that
he didn't embrace the dumbing down in the business, and he sang with people like
las if frani in modena. They were together, two of the greatest singers singing
together. He kept to those standards. I think that's why he's now a global name
and he will be remember erpd as a legend in the opera field because he kept to
those standards, very high standardS.
>> Okay, susanna, thanks very much indeed for joining us in our tribute to
>> Thank you.
>> He's best known as district attorney branch in a tv series called "law &
order," but now hollywood actor fred thompson is aiming for his biggest role to
date certainly, president of the united states. He's a onetime republican
senator from tennessee, and he's declared his intention to run in 2008. This is
widely anticipated. The announcement came in typical style, during an appearance
on nbc tv's "the tonight show with jay lenO."
>> He kept his audience waiting for monthS. In the end it was done in true
show business style.
>> I'm running for president of the united states.
>> All right. There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Liked and respected
from tv's "law & order" and a "diehard" movie, fred thompson also moves he's got
the substance to star in white house 2008.
>> There are grave issues affecting the safety and security of the american
people and our economic well-beinG. I'm going to do my level best in this
campaign to address these problems.
>> Supporters say he has the credentials. He's known as a social conservative
and pro u.S. Troops in iraq. And, of course, american politics loves show
business. Ronald reagan was president. Arnold schwarzenegger is governor of
california. The question now is: Would americans elect another actor to the
highest office in the land?
>> Fred thompson? How old is he?
>> I'm an avid fan of "law & order." She watches every episode. I'm sure she
would vote for him.
>> I don't think actors should be in politics.
>> I heard ronald reagan was an actor, too. He was considered a good
>> Other republicans like rudy giuliani and mitt romney must be beaten first
for thompson to be his party's chosen candidate. Then next year the final
showdown with the democrats, maybe former first lady hillary clinton or illinois
senator barack obama. Can a hollywood good guy go all the way?
>> Thompson can't mistake box office success for ballot box success? At the
end of the day it's going to be the strength of his message that's going to get
people to vote for him.
>> Thompson's played the president on screen, but this stage is for real and
there's none bigger. Bbc news, washingtoN.
>> Here in britain, parents are being warned that giving their children a
diet containing artificial food additives could make them hyperactive. A study
for the U.K. Food standards agency found that children became less attentive and
more impulsive. Food manufacturers claim additives have been tested and are
>> Sweet cakes and fizzy drink, a child's dream, all contain artificial
additives and there have been increasing concerns about their effect on
children's behaviour. 13 year old archie hancock tries to avoid such thing. He
has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or A.D.H.D., And his mom is
convinced artificial additives make it worse.
>> I have to be very, very careful about the fact that he's already
hyperactive, and i don't want additives in my children's food and I'll do
anything to avoid them.
>> Now research from the food standards agency confirms that certain
cocktails of preservatives and colour rants can increase levels of iep activity
-- hyperactivity in children with A.D.H.D. And also affect children not
suffering from this disordeR. It warns they -- it may affect their school work.
>> It may put a child at increased risk for certain other difficulties at a
>> New advice is warning parents of hyperactive children to avoid the
additives in the study.
>> Stay with us here on bbc world if you can because still to come in the
programme, we're going to have more reaction still to the death at the age of 71
of this man, Luciano Pavarotti. Now, an unknown british actress is being tipped
for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes. It's the golden lion at venicE. She
was on the verge of quitting act when ken loach cast her as the lead in his new
>> A girl on the verge of giving up her acting dream now standing on the red
carpet in venice.
>> I've got an agent. They said, oh, by the way, ken loach wants the meet you
for an audition.
>> Have you heard about recruitment agency?
>> No, i haven'T.
>> You will. Do we are the next big thing.
>> There are no happy endings in "it's a free world." Kirsten plays angie, a
young woman who sees a chance to make a quick profit by running an employment
agency for immigrants in the u.K. During the film she realises s the potential
to exploit their vulnerability.
>> I don't agree with that.
>> That's exactly the kind of reaction director ken loach wants to provoke,
always redder to film the harsher realities of british life. He used immigrant
workers as extras if his film.
>> They all told similar stories to have to pay money to even
register for work. Somere being brought over and dumped out of vans in the
middle of nowhere and then the van disapp ney.>>T your and so do i! He most
successful british film a venice, even though it har.K. In a
life. Critics are especially taken that it's filmed from the perspective of a
young western woman who is willing to exploit. Should she win, it guarantees her
acting careeR. Emma jones, bbc news, the venice film festivaL.
>> We're going to give you some of your views about Luciano Pavarotti, the
legacy, if you like. A lot of e-mails coming into our web site, bbcnews.Com.
Here are some of them. Edmund in malaysia writes, "Pavarotti is the voice that
opened me up to the world of opera and class cag music. My work is not violent
anymore thanks to him. With his passing, let us all thank the man who brought
appreciation of opera to millions of people like myself." From lagos in nigeria,
"this is a great loss for classical opera. I adored the man and prayed i could
sing like him. Watching him and listening to him gave me immense joy and
courage. I still wish i could sing like him. May his soul rest in peace." And
from singapore, "i was privileged to see him perform. It took my beth away.
will inspire the angels now." Anita, thanks. Thank you all for those. You can
share your memories of Luciano Pavarotti or your viewings about him on our web
site, bbcnews.Com/haveyoursay. I hope you will do thaT. Of course, Pavarotti was
very close to his father, fernandO. He was a baker in modena but very much a
gifted amateur tenor, as well. He was the one who instilled in Pavarotti his
love for music. Here are father and son singing "panis angelicas" in modena
cathedral in 1978.
[Singing "panis angelicas"]
>> Luciano Pavarotti who has died at the age of 71. A reminder about the
circle of life, if you likE. Japan's imperial family is marking the first
birthday of the princE. The prince is the first male heir to be born into the
royal family in over 40 years under japan's male-only succession law. The little
prince will be third in line to the throne behind the crowned prince and his
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