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This is BBC World News Today. The scandal surrounding Rupert


Murdoch's newspapers intensifies, New evidence suggests the personal


details of senior royals were sold to the News Of The World by a Royal


Protection officer. The big prize though gets kicked


into the long grass. Rupert Murdoch's bid for BSkyB is referred


to the regulators, delaying any decision for months. I am now going


to refer this to the Competition Commission with immediate effect,


and will be writing to them this afternoon.


The UN calls the drought in East Africa the World's worst


humanitarian crisis. But why is this refugee camp sitting empty in


Kenya? The party's over - so what's the


morning after like for the world's newest nation? In an exclusive


interview with the BBC, Sudan's President says there could still be


war with the South over oil-rich Abyei.


More than 600 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia are


re-buried on the 16th anniversary Welcome to the programme. The


scandal surrounding the murder of British newspapers took another


turn today with evidence a News Of The World reporter tried to buy


highly confidential telephone numbers of the royal family from a


royal protection officer. Another title, the Sunday Times, is alleged


to have targeted personal information of the former Prime


Minister, Gordon Brown, when he was Chancellor. He also fears medical


records relating to their son that has cystic fibrosis may also have


been obtained. The head of state, the royal family,


her and their security is the duty of the police in the Royal


Protection Branch. The integrity of those officers must surely be


beyond doubt, but this morning, we learned that news of the world's e-


mails uncovered by News International in 2007, but kept


secret, contained evidence that they were paying a royal protection


officers for private information about the royal family. It later


emerged in the Guardian that the telephones of Prince Charles and


the Duchess of Cornwall may have been hacked. In one of these e-


mails, Clive Goodman, the former royal editor, was requesting cash


from Andy Coulson, the editor, to buy a confidential directory called


The Green Book of the royal family's landline telephone numbers


and all of the mobile numbers of the household staff. Now implies


that a police officer had stolen the directory and wanted �1,000 for


it. These latest disclosures about systematic wrong doing at the News


Of The World could not have come for a worse time for the owner,


News Corporation. They are trying to buy all of one of the most


important media businesses in the UK, British Sky Broadcasting.


Rupert Murdoch is creditors as the founder of BSkyB, his News


Corporation owns just 39 % of it, and the reason he wants 100 % is


because BSkyB is a growing business generating huge amounts of cash.


Profits this year are expected to be close to �1 billion, whereas


revenue from his famous newspapers, those left out to the closure, they


are under pressure. For the past year, he has argued that his


takeover should be allowed to go through without a lengthy


investigation by the Commission. He gave undertakings to protect the


independence of Sky News to have secured the agreement of Jeremy


Hunt for the deal. This afternoon, he withdrew those undertakings,


asking for the deal to go to the Competition Commission. The delay


in the takeover is better for him than the alternative of abandoning


it altogether. As a result of the announcement from News Corporation


this afternoon, I will refer this to the Competition Commission with


immediate effect. I would be writing to them this afternoon.


Rupert Murdoch, of this week has been an eternity in business, and


along to late in the BSkyB bid is now for him, perhaps the best he


can hope for. -- a long delay. Two other papers allegedly targeted


so Gordon Brown. Documents and telephone recordings suggest


illegal attempts were made by the Sunday Times to find out about his


private financial and property details when he was the Chancellor.


This contains flash photography. The allegations relate to the


period before Gordon Brown became the Prime Minister, when he was


Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Guardian of the finances of the


nation. In 1992, he bought a flat in this block in Westminster, and


the Sunday Times, pages later, ran a story that it was purchased very


reduced price. Now, the BBC has received a tape of a phone call


which appears to show how the The man interested in the flat was


Barry be a dull, and man adept at getting information for newspapers.


He was working for the Sunday Times, it is claimed. In the year 2,000,


somebody called an Abbey National Centre in Bradford six times


pretended to be Gordon Brown. He obtained financial details. There


is no suggestion of any failings of the building society. Letters


obtained by the BBC show somebody was masquerading as cent. A letter


was sent to the Sunday Times setting out concerns, but they


could not prove that the newspaper was involved. All of this goes


beyond the original phone hacking allegations to another of the dark


arts of journalism, so-called Bull again. A newspaper pays somebody to


bring up a medical centre Rory bank and get the person that answers the


phone to be about private information. This requires a steady


nerve and a degree of acting ability. Obtaining personal


information about another person from a company that controls that


information, that has that information, that is quite clearly


a criminal offence. What is unclear is the extent to which a journalist


can say, I have a defence, because I am doing this, getting this


information in the public interest. One of the most disturbing


interests for the Brown family was surrounding their son, year in the


arms of Gordon Brown in 2006. A newspaper article revealed he had


cystic fibrosis. The family are worried that the information was


obtained from his medical records. They were told that the details of


Gordon Brown were in the notebook of the investigator, Glenn Mulcare.


There are investigating the allegations.


Let's speak to Paul Connew, a former deputy editor of the News Of


The World, he is an editor of the Sunday Mirror and has worked on the


Daily Mirror as well. He is now a media consultant. Picking up on


what Gordon Brown alleges, is this an acceptable journalistic tool?


depends how it's done and for what story. I would not totally say that


blogging was out of order. -- blagging. I do not know enough


about the allegation of the Sunday Times to comment on this case, but


it has now thrust a flagship broadsheet, another murder title,


into the flames. It so, in certain circumstances, it is acceptable,


even though it is illegal? One of the finest journalists in the UK,


in the public interest, if we look at the MPs expenditure scandal, and


some people went to jail, that was the result of the Daily Telegraph


buying stolen information, stolen documents from a whistleblower.


Initially, MPs were saying, this is outrageous, let's find out and


prosecute the whistleblower. But the media as well, they were


threatened for receiving the documents. There was an outcry from


the public, so bad died away. was a legitimate story in the


public interest. What about finding out about medical records of a very


sick young child? That would be completely out of order, on


acceptable, and obviously criminal, and I would not seek to defend that


at all. How high up with the provenance of this information go


in terms of the editorial control? When you were editor, which you


want to know how you got that information? Yes, absolutely. What


is baffling to me and most other editors and ex-editor is, is how


the editor allegedly did not know, that applies to Andy Coulson and


Rebecca Brooks. Rebecca Brooks is somebody you worked with. Starting


out, so I cannot judge. How would you explain that Rebecca Brooks is


still in this position and has this incredible loyalty as far as Rupert


Murdoch is concerned? A number of things there, Rupert Murdoch can be


ruthless, but also amazingly loyal. He obviously believes her denials.


He also believes that she is the victim of information withheld from


her and on a number of levels, at conspiracy by a junior executives


and possibly she was not put into the loop, possibly, of internal


investigation reports. These reports that she may not have seen.


This is one line being spun out of Wapping, rightly or wrongly. He is


very fond of virtue, and for that reason, he is standing by her. She


is probably the only person between James Murdoch being the front


person for the ongoing investigation. She could be there


to take the flak. A possibly. Thank you. Some of the other news:


The defence minister and head of the Army in Cyprus have both


resigned after a huge explosions at a munitions dump killed 12 people.


The report say be Commander of the Navy was among those killed. The


blast near Limassol was blamed on a bush fire. It contained explosives


confiscated from a ship. Supporters of the Syrian President,


Bashar Al-Assad, has attracted the French embassy in Damascus. -- has


attacked. They demanded compensation for the damage. At the


French embassy, guards fired into the year when staff for wounded in


a similar attack. Victoria Beckham has given birth to


a girl that she and her husband David have named Harper Seven. She


is the fourth child for the family, Harper Seven was delivered at the


Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday. The couple's


three sons are delighted to have a sister.


The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has described the


drought in East Africa as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.


Antonio Guterres today urged Kenya to open a new refugee camp


completed last year but not used. Today, 350,000 people are refugees


in the Dadaab camp. Still they come, weary and hungry.


More than 1,000 people turned up at the Dadaab refugee camp every day,


some having walked for weeks. This story is tragic but depressingly


familiar. The jet in Somalia drove this for many year when her husband


was too sick to travel. -- the drought in Somalia. He said, save


yourself, save our children, to not stay here to die. Some in the


village were already dead. Too many refugees are now converging on this


camp, built to also 90,000 people, almost 400,000 people call it home.


-- bid to has 90,000 people. Another refugee camp sits empty.


The UN was allowed to build this last year. There is enough water


here for 80,000 people, but the Nairobi government at fearing that


refugees may not want to come home and they stopped construction and


close the place down. Meanwhile at the Dadaab camp, sleeping mats,


pots and pans are being collected. When this woman will see her


husband again, nobody knows. Six months as the Arabs bring


exploded across North Africa and the Middle East, the chopping of


the Tunisian President, Ben Ali, started a string of uprising. Now,


people are asking if they have the changes they wanted. The BBC has


been gauging the mood in Cairo's Tahrir Square.


Yes, Tahrir Square is once again alive with the sound of protests.


You cannot see it now, it is getting dark, but there are banners


and slogans and placards everywhere. That is because in Egypt, people


are talking about their revolution being at a crossroads. The


revolution is being betrayed, people says. What is happening here,


happened after the momentous events in Tunisia. That is where one man,


Mohammad Bouazizi, a fruit salad, set himself alight. This sparked a


fire right across the region. The Tunisian people have said that the


revolution, the uprising would probably have happens...


Apologies, we seem to have lost George. I think we can go to a


report from Tunisia, because he was talking about the revolution


starting in Tunisia, and the BBC's Middle-East editor has been there


This man's radio show lampoons Tunisia's leaders. Political jokes


would have put him in prison before the revolution. Now Tunisians are


allowed to laugh at him. He does all the voices in a satirical


phone-in. His Colonel Gaddafi is a regular caller. Tunisia's former


president Ben Ali, who fled in January, argues with the colonel


about who is most popular. They love me off. After the show, what


seems as Tunisians were lucky. TRANSLATION: Ben Ali was a coward.


He just ran away. We lit the fuse for the other revolutions.


Tunisia's is the most complete of all the Arab revolutions, but it is


still disappointing some of the people who fought for it. In


January, Tunisia showed the rest of the Arab world that it was possible


to remove a leader despite a police state and despite his powerful


Western friends. Since then, Tunisia has also shown that getting


rid of a dictator does not solve all of a country's problems. The


years of corruption and mismanagement leave a difficult


legacy. The country is unstable enough for the army still to guard


government buildings in Tunis, and elections in October will not on


their own fix the biggest problem, unemployment. Mohammed, whose deft


started the uprising, killed himself after years without a


proper job. This is where he died, about three hours' drive from Tunis.


The people here are proud that they started the revolution after word


spread that he had set fire to himself. He did it after these


government inspectors confiscated the food he was selling without a


licence. This woman spent 110 days in prison, she says unjustly, after


Mohammed became the people's hero. These officials were symbols of a


repressive regime, but even they agree that a revolution was waiting


to happen. TRANSLATION: He was just the first


spark. It was like a full glass of water,


and he was the drop that made it overflow. This town is full of men


killing time. Still frustrated and angry that they cannot earn money


for their families. TRANSLATION: I am in the cafe all


day. I want a job. The problem, I'm


afraid, is that our dreams will not come true. The old Arab world could


not satisfy the people. They have shown that they will not be ignored


any more. So how long will their patience last if the new world does


not deliver? As I was saying before our


technical difficulties, the people here in Tahrir Square are beginning


to feel that their revolution is losing its way. You cannot read the


banners, but they are basically saying that they want to see more


of the perpetrators of the violence that happened during the protests


brought to trial. They want to see tangible signs of change. To


discuss that with me I have a spokesperson from the Human Rights


Watch group in Egypt. Looking at these banners, one gets the


impression that the Egyptian revolution is losing its way.


think people are in the Square today because they do not have


faith in the way the military has been handling the transition. They


do not have faith that the justice system will punish those police


officers. Animal Bira, police officers enjoyed impunity from


torture and abuse. They feel they have to come back to the square to


make the justice system work properly. They do not understand


why police officers have not been suspended, those who should have


been on trial. And that have been a lot of incidents of families of


victims of the revolution being pressured into withdrawing


complaints. If someone from the military tribunal were here,


presumably they would say that these tribunals are speeding up


justice in this country? All the trials for the killings that took


place have been held in civilian courts. But the military has been


using military courts to try thousands of civilians, more than


9000. And those convictions are unsound under international law,


because they do not meet basic standards. That is the longer term


challenge in Egypt. Protesters want things to happen properly. They


want trials to be fair. We have also seen cases of protesters being


arrested and tried before military tribunals. You speak about the rule


of law and you look at it from the point of view of an organisation


like Human Rights Watch. But I have spoken to ordinary Egyptians who


have been glad that somebody who indulged in burglary and rape cases


have been put away quickly through these military tribunals. In Egypt


at the moment, we have a general sense of insecurity because of


rising crime. And the military itself has been very clever at


managing its PR strategy around military tribunals, saying this is


the only guarantee of security. But he regular systems are not


functioning. Low-level crimes can be tried before regular courts, and


will not leave us with the problem of thousands of people being


arbitrarily did paint -- detained. If you are that critical, can you


trust the military to organise a free and fair election, which is


supposed to happen in September? think people are out in the Espace


Pacific Quay because they do not trust the military. The military


does not consult. To what extent the military will listen to the


demands of various political parties out there and not just


specific sections, we will see. But they have insisted that they will


stick to elections. From our perspective, we are worried that


the environment for elections is not one which will allow free and


fair elections, because there are still laws which restrict freedom


of assembly and freedom of expression, and that is not the


environment we need. You get an impression from what heather was


saying is that things are so different from the carnival


atmosphere some five months ago. The truth is that the protesters


who got rid of Hosni Mubarak all those months ago are now beginning


to to realise that toppling him was perhaps the easy part, and that


building a new Egypt is the real challenge and one that this country


is struggling with. It was a weekend of celebration for the


people of South Sudan, the world's newest nation. Tens of thousands


watched the raising of their new country's flag at an independence


ceremony in the capital, Juba, where their President, Salva Kiir,


signed the constitution and took his oath of office. Now the


challenge is to maintain stability, both in the south and in the


northern Republic of Sudan. After decades of civil war which ended


with the peace agreement in 2005, there still remains disagreement


over the oil-rich area of Abyei. Speaking exclusively to Zeinab


Badawi in his first interview since the break-up of Sudan, President


Omar al-Bashir said his country wants a peaceful resolution to the


disputed border region. But he did not rule out the use of force if


South Sudan were to take up arms to keep Abyei.


TRANSLATION: When we achieve peace, it was based on the last battle in


which we decimated southern troops. We were fighting peace and we


divided Sudan for peace and we are keen on preserving peace. We should


never fight unless compelled to do so. But if Abyei were to stay with


the south, it is a simple question. Do you foresee any possibility that


north and south Sudan could take up arms against each other over this


issue of Abyei? TRANSLATION: There is a protocol on


Abyei that governs if there is a peaceful solution.


But in the past, we were forced to fight when they tried to impose a


new reality. Thousands of mourners have flocked


to the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica so to mark the 16th


anniversary of the massacre there. Around 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and


boys were killed in Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb troops overran an


enclave guarded by Dutch UN soldiers. Burials took place today


for the remains of another 613 victims unearthed from mass graves.


16 years on, the pain is just as raw. A mother overwhelmed by


anguish at finding the remains of her son. Two pelvic bones -- bones


and a fragment of his jaw was all that could be recovered. At 29


years old, he was one of those killed at Srebrenica in 1995. Today,


just another green coffin lowered into the ground. Over 600 were


buried on this anniversary, identified through DNA analysis.


Statistics, perhaps, but for those grieving, sons, fathers, husbands.


It was the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War.


Thousands of Bosnian Muslims had crowded into the UN safe haven of


Srebrenica as the war raged on. But the lightly armed Dutch troops were


easily overrun by Bosnian Serb soldiers. The men and boys were led


off to be slaughtered, around 8000 of them within the space of five


days. It is the only part of the Balkan wars to be labelled genocide.


The Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was filmed reassuring Muslim


children that all would be fine. It was his troops who carried out the


killing. General Mladic was indicted for genocide in 1995, but


evaded justice until this year. In May he was arrested in Serbia and


now awaits trial at the UN tribunal in the Hague. But at his initial


appearance, he was defiant. The charges were obnoxious, he said,


claiming he had only defended his people. 16 years on, Bosnia remains


deeply divided between its main ethnic groups. The Muslim member of


the country's apartheid presidency spoke of the commotion.


TRANSLATION: Shrubbery so is the deepest wound on the body of the


tortured Bosnian people. Of the winds may heal in time, but


Srebrenica so will never heal. It is a dark stain on the face of the


international community. That stain will never fade. As the digging


goes on, the names of victims were read out. Their families gathered,


yelling for closure. This is a nation still struggling to recover


from a conflict that tore it apart. Each side lost thousands, but so


Bonita remains undoubtedly the most potent and agonising symbol of


Bosnia's devastating war. A reminder of our main news.


There have been further allegations about the behaviour of journalists


working for Rupert Murdoch's News International company. The BBC has


learnt that a police protection officer was bribed to get private


contact details of the British royal family.


Through the night, it will be mostly dry, with clear spells. But


for tomorrow, those showers will make a return. Scattered, but we


could see heavier downpours at times. We also need to watch the


developing feature across the Bay of Biscay. It is pushing northwards,


developing into an area of low pressure. It could threaten the


south-east corner on Tuesday. We will see more cloud in the sky


tomorrow. South-west England, the showers here could be heavy and


thundery. In north-east England, fewer showers, with a good deal of


sunshine. Some doubt about the exact extent of this cloud and rain,


but it is certainly bringing some showers in the afternoon across


south-east England. We are looking at heavy and banned -- under it


downpours through south-west England. In South Wales, some


showers will be developed to be quite torrential during the


afternoon. But for Northern Ireland, the showers are light and scattered,


with sunny spells in between. Across Scotland, a scattering of


light showers through many central areas and northern Scotland should


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