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D this is BBC World News Today, with me Kirsty Lang. On the


defensive, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is forced to condemn one of


his own papers for despicable behaviour, as it emerged the


victims of the London bombings also had their phones hacked. It is a


violation, isn't it? I still don't know what I think about it, other


than I'm really angry, really angry. A host of major companies are now


pulling advertise from the newspaper. We'll be talking to one


of them. The first woman to head the IMF, Christine Lagarde, says


she's the first -- the right person to improve the organisation's image.


No chance of survive - the UN says children fleeing the drought in


Somalia are dying as they reach a Kenyan refugee camp. We look at the


controversial works of painter Cy Twombly, who passed away after six


Hello. Welcome, he's the most powerful media mogul in the world


wTV stations, newspapers and film stations across the world. Rupert


Murdoch has found himself under fire for the actions of one small


element of his newspaper. Today he condemned the actions of his own


paper he said what News of the World had done hacking phones and


paying police officers were information was deplorable and


unacceptable. It follows statements follow the families of victims of


the London bombings may have been targeted by the paper. Yes, there


was worse to come. Joining the list of those warned their phones may


have been hacked on behalf of the News of the World, the families of


the loved ones blown apart on 7/7. My mind went back to 2005 and the


real emotionalor moil and state we were in and somebody waslyening to


-- the emotional or moil and state we were in and somebody was


listening into it. Also on the list the parents of


Holly and Jessica. And Milly Dowler, whose parents were given false hope


she was still alive when her voice messages were deleted after her


phone was allegedly hacked by a private investigator. Last night,


the Prime Minister returned from Afghanistan to learn of the brewing


storm. This morning, he worked out his answer for the question he knew


would be coming. Given the gravity of what has occurred, will the


Prime Minister support the calls for a full independent public


inquiry to take place as soon as practicable and into the culture


and practises of British newspapers? Let me be very clear,


yes, we do need to have an inquiry, possibly inquiries into what has


happened. Let us be clear, we are no longer talking here about


politicians and celebrities. We are talking about murder victims,


potentially terrorist victims having their phones hacked into it


is disgusting. What happened in the news room at the News of the World


is being investigated by 50 police officers. Now there are to be


inquiries into why the police took so long to take this seriously and


the much wider question of what is wrong with the British media?


Rupert Murdoch's competitors have complained about him for years. No


politician with the prospect of power dared to do it.


After all, he didn't just control of the News of the World, but the


Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times. Today felt like a day when all that


might be about to change. At the helm of Rupert Murdoch's empire is


Rebekah Brooks, editor of the News of the World, at the time of the


alleged hacking of Milly Dowler and the murder victims of Soham.


There were suggests she was away at the time. Her successor as editor


of the News of the World was Andy Coulson, who went on to be David


Cameron's Director of Communications. Last night, News


International said e-mails it had given to the police allegedly


showed he sanctioned tens of thousands of pounds of payments to


police officers. At Question Time, the Labour leader called on the


Prime Minister to join him in calling for Brooks to quit. David


Cameron refused. Next, he was asked about hi former right-hand man.


the public is to have confidence in him, he's got to accept that he


made a catastrophic error of judgment by bringing Andy


Coulson.... Into the heart of his Downing Street machine. I take full


responsibility for everyone I employ, for everyone I appoint. I


take responsibility for everything my Government does. What this


Government is doing is making sure that the fact the public and I felt


so appalled by what has happened, murder victims, terrorist vibg


ticks who have had their phones hacked is quite disgraceful. It is


important there is a full police investigation, with all the powers


they need. This all began with the imprisonment four years ago of the


News of the World's world editor, imprisononed too this man, Glenn


Mulcaire. I made a statement yesterday. Due


to legal constraints, unfortunately at this stage I can make no more


comment at the moment. It is his notes and private phone numbers


which have fuelled this saga. That and the mounting anger of MPs who


allege the police simply did not want to investigation what he'd


done. I think a lot of lies have been told to a lot of people. When


police officers tell lies, or at least half-truths to ministers of


the Crown and then Parliament ends up being misled, I think that is a


major constitutional issue for us to face. Tonight, Rupert Murdoch


issued a statement describing what had happened as "deplorable and


Murdoch's enemies have long claimed hofr is in power, he is the real --


who ever is in power, he is the real puppet master. No-one knows


how this extraordinary drama will end.


So what impact will the phone hacking scandal have on News


Corporation? Well a growing number of big companies, Ford Mitsubishi


have decided not to publish adverts in the News of the World this


weekend. This report contains some flash


photography. Vauxhall, Ford, Mitsubishi and other big companies


with big brands, they've said they don't want to advertise in the News


of the World this weekend because they don't want to be associated


with the shocking revelations about how the newspaper obtained stories.


For News International, owner of the News of the World, a


reputational crisis looks like it could become a financial problem.


This is a crisis for News of the World. Advertisers at this moment


deciding whether to appear in News of the World this Sunday. I don't


think all will pull out. If it's not effectively dealt with this


weekend, I think it could grow. Surely this is a small problem for


Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, which owns News


International. The global revenues of his media empire are more than


�20 billion. The worry for him is contagion from what he described as


the deplorable alleged wrong doing of the News of the World, to other


big ambitions, including his planned takeover of British Sky


Broadcasting. The public will not accept the idea that with this


scandal engulfing the News of the World and News International that


the Government should, in the coming days, in the coming days, be


making a decision outside of the normal processes for them to take


control of one of the biggest media organises in the country.


Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation wants to buy the 61% of British Sky


Broadcasting it doesn't already own. My sources tell me that BskyB's


board took the view that they would have to pay �9.6 billion for these


shares. Following today's confirmation by Ofcom, the media


regulator, it has a duty to be satisfied that the holder of a


broadcast license is fit and proper, there is a risk that the takeover


could be blocked or unscrambled. So, B Sky B's directors may insist that


Newscorp pay more to compensate for the risk that the deal may never


have. Which provides an incentive for Mr Murdoch and News Corporation


to delay the takeover, pending greater clarity on whether they


will be seen by the regulator as suitable owners of Sky, in the


light of whatever shocking disclosures are made about how the


News of the World obtained its stories.


Well, that was our business editor. I am joined now by the Mitsubishi


spokesperson here in the UK. He's the general manager of


communications. Mr Wertheim. What led you to take this decision? We


know that News of the World has been involved in scandals for years.


The phone hacking allegations have been around for some time. Why now?


We felt that sometimes you just know in life when a line has been


crossed. Yesterday evening we felt that the behaviour that was


continuing to emerge about News of the World's practises was none less


than despicable and that line had been crossed. We felt we had to do


something about it which was in our control. Did you consider pulling


advertising from all of News International or just News of the


World? Because our actions are based around the News of the


World's actions then we have localised it to that organisation.


We recognise that other enterprises are separate entities. For now the


News of the World is the only person being affected by that.


painful will this be for News of the World - what sort of money are


we talking about? In terms of the vast spend,ours may be a small


amount. We will see how far it goes. There are other organisations which


are pulling out advertising spend. Is moral revulsion really the


reason you are pulling adds, or is it because you feel consumers may


boycott Mitsubishi if it was seen to be advertising in the News of


the World? Absolutely not. Last night when we made the decision we


felt personally they had gone across the line. We actually stated


our intentions on Twitter and Facebook yesterday evening. As a


result of the Facebook post, one of our fans suggested that we take the


advertising spend that we would have given to News of the World and


actually give that to a charity. We have taken to be a great idea. That


is what we're doing as well. That was not done as a PR spin. We did


it because we thought it was a fantastic idea from one of our


followers. We put our money where our mouth is. Thank you very much.


Let's look now at other news. Libyan rebels have taken control of


the village of Gualish, 100kms south-west of Tripoli. It is a


crucial step towards the larger garrison town of Garyan, which


controls the main road towards the capital. The rebels say they have


captured several pro-Government soldiers as well. To get more,


let's talk to our correspondent live from the Western Desert. Mark,


is this a significant advance by the rebels? I think it's a


potentially significant development rather than a major advance. The


village of Gualish is important to the rebels. It is along the way


they would like to go to a major garrison town and controls one of


the main north-south roads through Libya and leads to Tripoli. They've


been trying to take this village for several days now. It is now


confirmed they have advanced into it and taken part of it. It is a


big sprawling village. It spreads over several bits of mountain. They


have not taken all of it. They have advanced. They are claiming it is a


victory. It is more of a potentially -- it is more of a


development rather than a victory. Thank you very much. The South


Korean city of Pyeongchang has been chosen to host the Olympic Games of


2018. It was selected in the first round of voting ahead of Munich in


Germany and Annecy in France. The winter games have been held in Asia


twice before, both times in Japan. New rules at reducing the price cap


between using a mobile home at -- mobile phone at home and abroad


have been proposed. They want to cut roaming charges and text


messages sent or data downloaded when travelling in Europe. New


lower price caps could come into force in stages.


The new head of the international mon fri fund, -- the International


Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has said that the economy was


turning around. In an interview with our correspondent she


discussed our plans and the future of the eurozone.


Christine Lagarde, you are here, the first woman managing director.


What will you change around here? Second day. The first week. Only


the second day. I will try to engage as many people as possible.


What I know about the fund, as a shareholder, as a member, as a


client, which I was for the past six years or so, there are multiple


talents. Extremely smart individuals. A lot of expertise. A


lot of background on difficulties and ways to recover, or ways not to


recover. And my first priority will be to engage people. Just to go to


the big challenge - the eurozone, I think no serious observer looking


at the situation in the eurozone, not just Greece, but other


countries, thinks that you can get out of this ultimately without a


very big reduction in the value of the sovereign debt, particularly of


Greece, but probably other countries. That will be paid for by


either the private investors holding that debt or by European


Governments. Do you think that your former colleagues, the European


leaders, have understood that, that there has to be a reduction in the


It is a matter for everyone, not just me or the IMF. Including


investors? The private sector, international institutions, they


will be asked to participate and contribute. It will have to be


cohesive and not at hoc as sometimes has been the case.


Interesting you say that. You do not think that a solution has been


reached? You think there will need to be a comprehensive solution?


is an ongoing process. For example, they is a programme on the way,


before the review is scheduled for this coming Friday at the board


meeting. We will see whether there has been appropriate delivery of


the undertakings by Greece and we will decide or not to release the


5th. It is an ongoing process. lot of concerns about Portugal and


the downgrading based on the assumption that there will be a


second MLA -- IMF European bailout. Are you confident there will not be


one? I'm very confident on the fact that the Portuguese programme,


which is a very strong one, is supported by all political forces


in Portugal. The fact that the political party in government


reached out to the opposition and the opposition was prepared to join


and embark in the negotiations and in the partnership that was put


together a, I think is a very significant strength. If Portugal


delivers on the commitments it has made, it will restore its position.


I'm convinced of it. Christine Lagarde talking to our


Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders. Well, in Ms Lagarde in-


tray at IMF will be Portugal's growing debt problem. Today the


European Union has criticised a major credit ratings agency over


its decision to downgrade. Portugal's government debt to junk


status. The agency Moody's said Lisbon was unlikely to meet its


debt reduction targets and would need a second bailout.


An appeal will be launched on Friday by the UK-based Disasters


Emergency Committee to raise money to help the millions of people


affected by a severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Parts of Somalia,


Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have been officially declared a crisis


zone. More than 300,000 people in desperate need of food and water


are now staying at the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya. -- 300


people. It's the largest camp of its kind in the world, and our


correspondent, Ben Brown sent this report from there.


Among the refugees at this camp, there are hundreds of lost children


and orphans. Some got separated from their families on the loch --


long walk from Somalia. Others like this boy and his sister no longer


have any parents: Their father died in Somalia's civil war and last


month, their mother was killed as well. TRANSLATION: It is better


here because in Somalia, there was a war. We had no relatives there so


we fled here. We now have a foster mother to look after us. In the


camp's Hospital, these children have parents and precious little


else. Drought and war mean that their bodies have been horribly


weakened by malnutrition. By the time they reached this clinic, it


can be too late. The doctors in his clinic are


working frantically to save as many lives as they can, but too often


they have to register the names of their patients here in this, the


clinic's death book. Inside, the names of the children who have died


recently are registered by date. On some days, two or even three


children here have lost their fight for life. The causes of their death


of registered as a variety of illnesses, but the report is always


the same thing: Chronic malnutrition.


This baby is one year old and is so frail that it is causing doctors


serious concern. TRANSLATION: We need food, water, medicine, shelter


and everything else that human beings need. We are never going


back to Somalia. Hospital staff told me they are under resourced


and overstretched and they need the world to help. They Donkey drawn


cart is the makeshift ambulance to bring in fresh casualties to this


clinic. It is not only children, but the elderly who of and it --


one report to malnutrition. This crowd, -- this drought is killing


young and old alike. Ben Brown at a refugee camp in


Kenya. The American artist Cy Twombley was


known for his huge highly coloured, scribbled canvases. It was


announced last night that he had died in Rome aged 83. Twombly


studied in New York in the late 40s and early 50s when abstract


expressionism was at its height. He was part of a group of young


artists that included Jasper Johns. Twombley moved to Italy in 1957 and


remained there for the rest of his life. This report from Anna


Holligan. He was a modernist master,


challenging traditions with his swivels. Cy Twombley worked in


abstract using oils, pencils and crayons to create these repetitive


lines. Blurring the separation between drawing and painting. But


all this did not happen by chance. In 1954, he was conscripted into


the US Army where he trained as a trichologist. During this time, he


started to explore the techniques of free association and spontaneity.


These were developed by the Surrealists involved in drawing in


the dark. Gradually, a technique emerged and the work now, so unique


it hardly needs to be signed. Born in the USA, Italy was his adopted


homeland. His work was inspired by the landscapes of Europe. Today, it


is on show all over the world. The Twitter tributes reflect his


continued global relevance. A massive loss for the collective


This one reflects the opinion of many, calling Cy Twombley the


Joining me now is the Guardian's Art Critic, Jonathan Jones.


What made Cy Twombley a great artist? He brought painted into


life and kept it alive at a time when people thought it was dying or


dead. Not only painting, but a kind of grand historical conception of


painting that goes back to Rubens. His choice to move from America to


Rome was clearly a choice to live in a world of the Old Masters and


the classical tradition. His work is saturated in references to that.


But it is not just a cold classicism, and it is certainly not


an academic style, he is extremely earthy and fleshy. Some of his


pictures, he was the first graffiti artist. His idea of graffiti is an


obscenity a lot of the time. They are obscene doodles combined with a


quotation, some from the classical orders forced off a lot of people


will look at the picture we are looking at now and say, that is a


bunch of squiggles that anyone could do. That does not seem part


of the greats. That is what is so fantastic about him. He really did


carry the great Jewish and forward, but at the same time, you could


never call him Conservative. -- the great tradition forward. I read


something online about him just being a doodle a great artist. He


came out of the American abstract tradition. In some ways, he was the


Jackson Pollock of his time. He made American art famous in the


1950s. He came directly after that tradition. He was the heir to


Pollock and he had -- they were both very great artists. You have


to look at his command of colour. Anyone who says he is splashing it


about, he is a great colourist. What about the use of writing and


text, which is presumably another reason why be talking -- about him


as a graffiti artist? It was an extremely important element in


complex ways. One way, he was a very private man and a real


intellectual. You could tell he obviously deeply loved poetry. The


quiet -- the quotations he put in his paintings are not just dry


things. They are usually about love and death. The important thing


about him, the recent that he loved language and poetry was that he


wanted to be an abstract artist, but he also wanted to be about the


human things that matter. Such things like love, death and history.


I'm afraid that is all we have time for, thank you very much.


A drawing by Picasso, thought to be worth �100,000, has been stolen


from an art gallery in San Francisco. Police are looking for a


man who walked into the Weinstein Gallery, took the pencil drawing


"Tete de Femme" - Head of a Woman - off the wall, and then disappeared


in a taxi. A reminder of our main news. The


British Prime Minister has backed opposition calls for an independent


inquiry into the phone hacking scandal that's engulfing Rupert


Murdoch's British media group, News International. One of its papers,


The News of the World, is accused of paying to hack into mobile phone


messages - such as those of a missing schoolgirl who was later


found murdered, and those of relatives of the victims of the


2005 bombings in London. Well, that's all from the programme.


Next the weather. But for now from me Zeinab Badawi and the rest of


Hello. There's more wet and blustery weather sweeping north an


east across much of the UK overnight. Tomorrow it is back to


the mixture of sunshine, but also some beefy, hefty showers around.


Low pressure sitting across the United Kingdom for Wednesday. That


is why we have all the showers swirling around that area of low


pressure. For many areas the showers will move through on the


breeze. For Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland, very close to


the centre of that low pressure, there's barely a breath of wind.


The rain will stick around. This is the picture at 4pm in the afternoon.


There are showers dotted around across much of England and Wales.


As is ever the case with showers it is not a constant rain. There are


gaps between the showers. Inbetween you get to see occasional sunshine.


17-18 Celsius is the temperature across much of the UK.


Catch a shower, it could be thundery. There could be some hail.


They will tend to move on. For Northern Ireland and south-west


Scotland, here they send to stick around. There is a risk here of


getting caught in a heavy, torrential downpour. It is no hurry


to move on somewhere else. Perhaps not so many showers the further


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