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This as a BBC World News today. At least 268 dead and the death toll
likely to arise. A frantic search for survivors after the earthquake
in eastern Turkey. More than 1,000 are injured and many others remain
unaccounted for. Their great concern is that many people who
survived the earthquake may not have survived the freezing
temperatures last night. A free and fair democratic vote -
international observers hail the success of the Tunisian election.
A backbench rebellion for David Cameron, who insists that the UK as
that a heart of the European Union. When your neighbour's house is on
fire your first impulse should be to help them put out the flames.
And a poignant story of a maternity hospital next up. The two young
girls swapped at birth. Now the best of friends, although with the
divided loyalties. And the Adventures of Tintin are
taken to another dimension. But just what has Hollywood done to the
Good evening. Turkey, sadly, is a country which is no stranger to
earthquakes. And the 7.2 earthquake which hit the city of Van on Sunday
has left at least 268 dead. Rescues are struggling to reach victims. --
rescuers. Our correspondent has this report. Hammering, cloying,
cutting. Pulling frantically at the ruins of reinforced apartment
At the centre of the rescue effort is a 29 year-old man trapped
beneath the rubble and pinned between a car and a wall. He has
been there for over 24 hours. Amongst those attempting to get him
out are his brothers. They form a human chain and pass source hands
full of rubble away from their injured brother. -- sauce pans. We
have all been here since yesterday. We slept in the car overnight.
This young girl is also one of the collapsed flats. Her uncle told me
she was out playing at the time of the earthquake and nobody has heard
from her since. My sister's husband is dead. We by
Reda Hanna and then just got back here and there are hoping that the
code will come out. -- we buried him and are hoping the kid will
come out. This toddler war is pulled out alive.
CCTV footage shows the moment that the earthquake struck. A full scale
aid operation is underway. Encampments have been set up for
the homeless. But with the rescues, including that of the 29 year-old,
going on into a second night, many people are choosing to sleep
outside in order to be close to trapped relatives. He our
correspondent joins us now. You are in the city of Ercis. Give us an
update. I can tell you that the 29 year-old man we were talking about
has been freed. Just within the last hour. We watched as he was
taken out of the pile of or rubble and handed down through it to the
rows of the volunteers. His mother was weeping openly. A son everybody
thought was a lost 24 hours ago, brought back to life almost.
Some of the area is mountainous rural territory. That must be
making it harder for the rescuers. The rescue effort has been focused
on the city of Van and here at the Ercis. We do not know about the
outlying villages but there has clearly been damage to village
houses. But the death toll may be law in those villages because
people live in a single houses rather than multi-storey apartment
blocks. -- may be lower. The real issue is the cold temperatures. It
could be Sub Zero tonight. Better late, bitterly cold. Snow believed
to be on its way. So far the authorities are saying
they can cope. Is that the situation as you can see it?
In all honesty it looks like they are on top of it. Clearly aid is
being delivered. We saw it on huge lorries. Food parcels, water. The
aid situation is not critical at the moment. As far as the
earthquake Turkey has faced in the past go, this is relatively minor.
They are quite proud that they are handling this themselves at the
moment. If there will be -- if there were to be some big changes
they might request international Thank you very much. Daniel
Reporting there from the town of Van, near where the earthquake hit
in the town of Van. -- reporting The National Transitional Council
in Libya have removed Colonel Gadaffi's body from public display
and his writer. The senior US diplomat to Syria has
been withdrawn amidst fears for his safety. Opposition figures are
still calling for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. Syria
has withdrawn its ambassador from Washington.
Flooding in Thailand could last another six weeks. More residence
in and around Bangkok have been told to head for higher ground.
More than 350 have died across the country so far.
Wikileaks say that they are suspending publishing operations
because of financial problems. The move follows what the group calls a
financial blockade from US companies after it published
hundreds of thousands of secret American government files and
diplomatic cables. Tunisia is once again leading the
way in the revolutions which sparked in the Arab world this year.
Voting is underway for an assembly to appoint an interim president and
a draft a fresh constitution. Authorities say that 90% of
registered voters took part in the poll. There were more than 100
party's standing. It is the first free election to emerge from this
year's Arab uprisings. The Islamist party, Ennahda, is expected to make
the strongest showing. I am joined now by a professor of politics from
Tunis University. It looks more like a festival than an election.
Tell us about the mood surrounding these first free elections.
It is a celebration of the revolution. Three elections for the
first time. Yesterday, whilst a voting, the massive participation
of people, there, the voters, they were all in a kind mood. It went
smoothly and peacefully. I was there as was every Tunisian. We
were celebrating, despite it being ahead of the outcome of the results.
But in terms of happiness, the feeling of achievement, it was
definitely something for our democracy. As individuals. So, yes,
it is true to say that we were celebrating democracy yesterday.
Only 50% of those eligible to vote registered to vote - does that hint
at scepticism in regards to what politicians can deliver?
If you are talking about those who are not registered on the last I
think it really was a matter of choice. -- registered on the list.
Yesterday, for instance, there were hundreds of people who had not
taken part in the voting but still, it was a matter of personal choice.
It was not down to the process itself.
Reports that the moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, perhaps has as much
as 30% of the vote. Does that suggest Tunisian democracy will
have an Islamist tinge? Everyone expected an Islamist party
would take the lead in the elections. That can be explained by
the fact that we have experienced a different model of government here
in Tunisia. It was, maybe for the people here, time to choose the
Islamists. To give them a chance to govern the country. But now the
chance is to know whether Ennahda or those -- to know whether Ennahda
will play by the rules of the democratic game. This is the main
concern of the people here in Tunisia. Mainly the secular and
modern parties. Ennahda will have no choice but to
enter into a coalition with secular parties, will it not?
The thing about coalition is that we need a basis to govern the
country. So this is a twofold question. This constituent assembly
was called to the elaborate on a constitution, to draft a
constitution. So if we make a constitution on the basis of common
programmes then on an objective basis this would be a good thing.
Even a hoped-for outcome. If it is to govern the country, which is the
other aspect of the problem, then we have to respect the role of
majorities and minorities. The majority will rule and the me now
or the Tate will play its role as a minority and an opponent. -- the
The spectre of Europe has haunted the Conservatives for years and led
to end fighting and an undermining of the ability of Conservative
prime ministers to govern. Europe is again proving a challenge to
David Cameron's leadership as he faces a possible revolt of 70 MPs
on the topic of A E U referendum. - - and he you referendum. As he
addressed the House of Commons he said that the timing for such a
vote was wrong given the current economic crisis.
When your neighbour's house is on fire your first impulse should be
to put out the flames, if only to stop the flames reaching the your
own house. This is not the time for arguments about walking away - not
for their sake, for hours. And crucially, by raising the prospect
of a referendum we may miss the real opportunity to further our
national interest. Fundamental questions are being asked about the
future of the Euro zone and the shape of the EU itself.
Opportunities to advance hour national interest are clearly
apparent. We should make the most of this and not pursue a
parliamentary process for a We are joined by a big two. What
was the point of this debate? It is just symbolism, isn't it, by the
Euro-sceptics? It puts into the blood scream -- blood screened the
fact that the public must be consulted this time. We have an
unsatisfactory relationship with the European Union that pretty much
everybody wants to change. There is now an opportunity to do that.
do you know everybody wants to change? I am in business. I am not
an MP any more but the people that I meet wanted change our
relationship. We are not self governing any more. The crucial
element is to ask people what they want. In a democracy, that is what
it is all about. The concept of a referendum must be right. But would
you like to see a proper one? would. I do not want and in or out
a referendum, because we should always have a relationship with
Europe but it should be based on trade, Corporation adopting into
things we want. You don't think the operations -- opt-outs that Britain
has at the moment are enough? You want to go back to the old Free
Trade? Three trade plus. A don't you think the eurozone crisis has
made Euro-sceptics out of a lot of people, and that people like you
might feel a bit more comfortable in that kind of a union where
everyone is a bit more sceptic? least we stayed out of the euro.
But this is all the more reason to listen to some dissident voices on
the backbenches, who have maybe got valid views on what we want out of
Europe. There is an element of public consent, which we have not
got. People have not been asked and that is wrong. What about David
Cameron's response to this? it could have been a harmless
backbench debate, people say. has got the talent and
determination to do it but he needs behind him a public that wants to
make the change. Therefore I think that he should not be scared of the
very idea of having a referendum. This is only advisory. This vote is
not going to call a referendum. The timing and wording of that
referendum would still be chosen by the government. But instead of that,
he is making rebels out of people who are only speaking for the
majority of the country. I think that is a mistake for the
Conservative Party. They ought to be grasping this opportunity. It is
going to torment British politics for ever unless we resolve it and
here is an opportunity. Now for a poignant story about two
young girls and their families. Police in Russia investigating a
maternity hospital after it emerged that two babies had been mixed up
at birth 12 years ago. From the town of Kopeisk, 80 rather details.
Family photos normally bring back happy memories, but for Yulia
Belyaeva the past has turned into a nightmare. She has discovered that
her 12-year-old daughter Irina, the girl she thought she had given
birth to, is not a child. TRANSLATION: My ex-husband refused
to pay maintenance. I took him to court to prove that he was Irina's
father. The DNA test results were a total surprise. It not only did my
ex-husband have no biological been to Irina, but neither do I. Police
believe that 12 years ago, there was a terrible mix-up at the local
maternity hospital, where two babies were given the wrong name
tags and the wrong parents. TRANSLATION: At first, I thought it
was a joke but then I could not stop crying. My whole world had
turned upside down. If Yulia Belyaeva had been given the wrong
baby, then where was her real daughter? She was desperate to find
out, so she went to the police and they began their search for her
biological child. Within weeks, they had found her, living just a
few miles away, in this house. Anya had been brought up a devout Muslim.
She thought her father was Naimat Iskanderov. When the police told
him about the mistake at the maternity hospital, he did not want
to believe it. TRANSLATION: The detective showed me a photo of the
other girl, Irina it, the one they said was my real daughter. When I
saw her face, it was like seeing myself. The two families are
getting to know each other, but after a lifetime apart it is not
easy. TRANSLATION: I try to show at Anya motherly love but she does not
accept it. When your own daughter treats you like a stranger, that is
so painful. The girls say they do not want to swap parents and are
just happy to have found each other. TRANSLATION: We were a bit shy at
first, but we are now the best of friends. They were born 15 minutes
apart. Now the truth about what happened in hospital has brought
them together. What an amazing story.
He made Jaws, Close Encounters, Indiana Jones and Schindler's List
to name but a few but now Steven Spielberg says his latest film, The
Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, is one of his most
challenging. He is describing his first fully animated movie has a 28
EDL labour of love. He has been speaking exclusively to the BBC are
all about it. -- 28 a year. A world famous comic-book hero,
visualised by a world-famous director. Filled with typical
Spielberg flourishes and elaborate set-pieces. Before he lost
consciousness, he tried to tell me something. He has stretched on
technology further than before. As a result, he regards this as the
biggest challenge he has faced in his 40 year Korea. Never have I
just made a purely animated movie until now. Three years of active
animation, and so not being a part of that universe until now I found
difficult. I was able to make two movies while they were animating
Tintin. The he has used technology using sensors to capture actors'
movements. That is used as a guide to recreate the character's
performance on screen, enabling him to make a film he has wanted to
make for nearly 30 years. I was waiting for technology to come
along that would better equip the style of my adaptation to the style
of Herge's illustrations. It was as -- important to me to be as close
to the original as possible. stories inspire huge infection and
the reviews so far have been mixed, some applauding Spielberg's
adaptation, but others are thinking it does not do justice to the
original. He if they had gone for live action, it might have worked.
Of the problem by using performance capture is that the actors feel
eyrie and weightless and it detracts from the slapstick that is
important to be tumour. Spielberg practically invented the computer-
enhanced Blockbuster with Jurassic Park's computer at enhance to
dinosaurs. Audiences will us decide whether this is a similar success.
What do Belton's make of Tintin's Hollywood treatment? Let's get the
view of one at least. We are joined by a bee film critic and Tintin fan
Hugues Dayez. Tintin is a very famous Belgian export - are you
happy with the fact he is getting the Hollywood treatment? We were
very nervous and very curious, because it is a long story and a
long adventure. But happily eat, when we saw the movie, the film
critics and this Saturday the first fans since, there was a great joy
in Brussels. We feel that there is much loved behind this story and we
feel that Steven Spielberg tries really to understand this all of
this Belgian myth -- the soul. You explained in the images I saw that
the technique is the key. The performance capture is a good
mixture between realism and poetry. In the world of Herge, it is that a
mixture - this hybrid world between realist backgrounds and fantasy
characters. This technique allows one to put on screen the world and
the salt of Jose. -- of Herge. there a sense that one of the
world's most successful comic book characters should have stayed as
just that? I think the big challenge of the movie is not the
European audience. In Europe, France and Belgium, I think it will
be a huge hit. The great question mark is about the state. In the
States, Tintin is completely unknown. What will be the success
of the movie at the box-office? Large audiences don't know it
Tintin and this retro world. We will discover that at Christmas
because at Christmas, the movie will be released in the United
States. I think that in the United States, they will put their name of
Spielberg and the name of the producer, Peter Jackson, first,
before Tintin. Clearly, you like the film - one Belgian who does.
Thank you for talking to us. A reminder of our main used: Turkey's
government says more than 260 people were killed by the
earthquake that hit the east of the country on Sunday.
Rescue work is continuing as emergency services try to reach
victims trapped under collapsed buildings.
That's it. Next, the weather. We have seen some very heavy
rainfall today across western areas of the UK. Some places have seen up
to 50 mm of rain macro and we still have an amber warning out four per
there are persistent rain. -- for further persistent rain. On Tuesday,
a very different looking day. A wet start through eastern areas of
England but much drier further west. In parts of Norfolk, Lincolnshire
and Yorkshire, things turn dry and bright after eight wet start.
South-westerly winds not as strong as today allowing temperatures up
to 16 degrees. The south-westerly winds will continue to bring the
risk of a few showers through the afternoon. Scattered showers and
then sunshine returns behind. Across much of Wales, a few showers
around but the positive is that it is a much drier day for Tuesday.
Much drier across Northern Ireland, too, but with the risk of further
showers. For Scotland, central and southern areas fairly cloudy. The
north-east windy with that rain and it will be fairly persistent,