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This is World News Today. As racist murderers Gary Dobson and David
Norris are sentenced for their part in the killing of black teenager
Stephen Lawrence, what now for the other suspects still evading
justice? The other people involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence
should not rest easily in their beds.
A winning start for Mitt Romney in the Republican race for the
presidency, but the one-time darling of the Tea Party who came
last pulls out. Tribal violence in South Sudan mean
it's more than 150 people are dirt and tens of thousands flee for
their lives. -- Andy and 50 people are dead.
Also, the new reality for Chinese reality TV. Satellite entertainment
is slashed by two-thirds, tune in force more socialism and less froth.
And it is many more than two by two. Counting the animals, birds and
Hello, and welcome. There were shouts of two down, three to go
outside the Old Bailey today as a judge sentenced to of Stephen
Lawrence's killers to life sentences for their part in his
murder. It was, the judge said, and evil crime motivated by racial
hatred. Moments after sending them down, Mr Justice Treacy urged
Scotland Yard to hunt down the remaining members of the gang
involved in Stephen's London -- murder. The Commissioner warned
that other people involved should not rest easily in their beds.
Stephen Lawrence's name has never been forgotten. Today, finally, a
penalty was handed down for taking his life. David Norris and Gary
Dobson are detained at her Majesty's pleasure. They will not
be released until the late 20 twenties at the earliest. Stephen's
mother reached the end of this trial satisfied by what justice had
delivered, to a point. sentences that happened, it may be
quite a low. But at the same time, the judge's hands were tied. And
for that, as much as he can do, I was very grateful. The court was
packed. The convicted men said nothing when the sentences were
handed down, though afterwards, there was a shout from a supporter
in the public gallery. Shame on all of you. The judge, Mr Justice
He told the two men they may not have held the knife, but they did
The pair were juveniles when they murdered Stephen, and when police
put them under surveillance. Under law, they received lower sentences
to reflect their ages at the time. But several years were added to the
totals because of the racist nature of the crime. And the public
reaction to it. The judge also said he hoped the conviction of David
Norris, he -- here being interviewed by police, and Dobson,
would not result in the case file being closed. Stephen's father said
he hoped the pair would co-operate with police. These people have been
found out. They have realised that now. It is now going to go and lay
down in their beds, and think that they were not the only ones
responsible for the death of my son. And they are going to give up the
other people. The other people involved in the murder of Stephen
Lawrence should not rest easily in their beds. We are still
investigating this case. I would like to take this opportunity, if
anyone has any more information or evidence, even after all this time,
please tell us and we will do the rest. Nine people remain of
interest to police. They include Luke Knight, Neil a court and his
brother Jamie. They have never been convicted of violence despite a
series of allegations. In 1993, David Norris and Neil were said to
have attacked the use. Norris were acquitted and Neil was never
charged. This is Darren Giles. In 1994, he intervened in a nightclub
row that Jamie was having with his friend. Jamie stabbed Darren Giles
in the heart. My heart stopped for about 12 minutes. There was no
oxygen getting to my brain. I do not remember a thing and I was dead
for cold minutes. But Jamie, who has refused to we speak to the BBC,
was acquitted. The jury decided he had acted in self-defence. These
investments -- these incidents do not provide evidence that any of
the three men killed Stephen Lawrence. They denied that and
police have no information to act on currently. The Lawrences left
court this afternoon to begin their return to normal life, but they
expect to meet detectives again next week.
We can speak to the opposition justice secretary Sadiq Khan. If I
can start for the sentencing. The judges' hands were tied, but what
you say to people who think that the sentences seem unduly light?
sat through the evidence over 50 days, he is well aware of the
sentencing guidelines and options open to him. It is not for me to
second guess why the judge reached his conclusion. I think a life
sentence, which is what both men received, with a minimum tariff of
15 years before they can even go to the Parole Board, is one that I
think all basically mean a very long sentence. The words from the
judge, Mr Justice Treacy, urging police to hunt down the others in
the gang. Also very strong words from make police commissioner, but
how realistic is this 18 years on? I have been involved in the
campaign and no Doreen Lawrence pretty well. Over the last 19 years,
there have been periods of huge pessimism and some optimism. Even
when the previous government changed the law to allow the
prosecute -- possibility of a second prosecution, prospects were
bleak. The advances in science, and the fact that the new team after
the Cold Case Review worked so hard, made it possible for two men to be
found guilty. I am optimistic. Science is moving very fast. And we
had the lead -- words of Neville Lawrence, the father, pleading with
the two men found guilty today to search their conscience and come
forward because they know what really happened. You had the
commission of the Met Police say in, there are other people who must
know what happened on that night. Papery they will think very
carefully and come forward and give evidence to the police which will
lead to further convictions. Dobson and Norris were at -- were
to agree to co-operate, how difficult would it be to bring a
prosecution given that they are convicted lyres and murderers?
compelling criterion is to be there has to be fresh evidence. The
conviction is fresh but you also have two eyewitnesses who will gain
nothing for themselves by giving his evidence to the police. The
Police will certainly look into that. Also, we know today the
Metropolitan police have revealed there are other blind of inquiry
they are pursuing. We know that there are 11 people of interest to
the police. Two of them have been found guilty. I am an optimist.
What is important is the words of the judge today. He looked at the
investigating officer in the eye and ask him to make sure that the
Met Police keep open all lines of inquiry and do not close this case.
And I think the family and the British public deserve nothing less.
Given all of the mistakes and errors made by the police, is this
a moment of atonement for the police today? I think so, that is
well put. The Met Police and other institutions, the CPS and the
complaints authority, made queued - - made huge errors and were
culpable from 1993 onwards. The weight that they have been behaving
recently was exemplary. This was a good example of how the British
justice system should work, rather than what we saw in the 1990s.
She was, at one point, the darling of the American right and a
favourite for the Republican nomination for the race for the
White House. Today, after coming last in the Iowa caucuses, Michele
Bachmann pulled out. It was won by a whisker by Mitt Romney. And just
before we came on air, John McCain gave his backing to Mitt Romney.
Get used to this base. A year from now, he could be the most powerful
person on earth. Mitt Romney won here in a photo finish when he took
to the stage for the final boat, they were still being counted.
is a campaign night where America wins. We will change the White
House and get America back on track. Mitt Romney remains the best funded,
the best organised candidate in this race. The favourite. But this
result makes it clear that the more Conservative Republicans are
looking for an alternative. Game on. And that alternative is called Rick
Santorum, who came between -- with eight votes of Mitt Romney with the
support of evangelical Christians. For giving me his grace every day,
for loving me, warts and all, I offer a public thanks to God.
the race moves on, who are the names to watch? There is Mitt
Romney, a businessman who governed Massachusetts with former Senator
Rick Santorum a close sent it -- second. 76 year-old Ron Paul would
slash government spending and end foreign walls. Newt Gingrich, a
former heavyweight in Congress, is hanging on in four. These contests
are charmingly simple. Grassroots democracy in the world's only
superpower. The people of Iowa were voting on values and who could beat
Barack Obama. I am supporting Mitt Romney because I think he has got
the best part -- chance to win the general election. I am supporting
Rick Santorum because of his Conservative stance on gay marriage,
he is pro-life. He does not support gay marriage. For some candidates,
like 6th place Michele Bachmann, I'll let -- Iowa was the last dance.
She dropped out today. Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a
clear voice. So I had decided to stand aside. And I believe we
should rally around the person that our country, our party and our
people select to be that standard bearer. But others have already
knew -- moved on to New Hampshire, which votes next Tuesday. And there,
just a short time ago, Mitt Romney won the coveted endorsement of John
McCain, the Republican defeated by Barack Obama four years ago. This
nomination is not a done deal, but Mitt Romney is the man to beat.
The rent is warning that tens of thousands of people who half -- at
the UN is warning that tens of thousands of people who were
fleeing for their lives in South Sudan after ethnic buyers there are
in dire need of emergency aid. The violence erupted when 6000 members
of the Lou Nuer tried marched on the town of Pibor, which is the
home of the rival Murle people, who are blamed for cattle raiding.
This is Pibor in South Sudan, remote, undeveloped and home for
crisis. United Nations troops and south Sudanese closes -- soldiers
of protecting a ghost town. Last week, the Murle people who lead
here fled on mass fearing an attack by a rival tribe. A few families
have trickled back but tens of thousands are living out in the
bush. With no one to protect them from an army of men baying for
their blood. These are the Lou Nuer. Around 6000 people have been
attacking the Murle, torching villages and shooting in the people
they find. Rewind to August, and the roles were reversed. Then the
victims were the Lou Nuer. 600 people were killed and dozens of
children abducted. The Vice President of South Sudan tried to
intervene to stop the deadly cycle of revenge attacks. TRANSLATION:
When you talk about someone else's mistake, do not commit the same
attack. You cannot say you were going to revenge or destroy an
entire community. But his advice was not heeded. The Lou Nuer were
too angry to put down their guns. And this is why they are all
fighting, up to steal each other's cattle. These animals are like the
bank. It is how people steal -- have their world, and large numbers
of cattle are needed to pay dowries or manage -- marriage. During some
raids, tens of thousands of cattle are taken. All this violence is
coming in a country which is just six months old. There was euphoria
in South Sudan when it broke away from the north after years of civil
war. But the two new nations could not decide whether Border delay or
how to divide up the money from oil fields, so it was a many -- messy
divorce. The government of South Sudan needs to work hard to prevent
a return to civil war, and also needs to build bridges between
rival ethnic groups. Only then will they have the chance of keeping
We can speak now on the phone to Melinda Young from Save the
Children, who's in South Sudan. You have people on the ground in
Pibor, what is the situation there? We do not have people on the ground
in Pibor. One of our staff members flew him today for a reconnaissance
mission adequate assessment and then flew out. -- add a quick
assessment. People have gone out to the bush of. She saw villages that
had been burnt to the ground. We have still got thousands of people
hiding out in the bush and we are not sure of the casualty numbers
yet, numbers injured and killed. The bill of children that have been
separated from their families. Presumably no help is being allowed
through because of the situation regarding security? Exactly. It is
one of the problems, groups with guns moving through the landscape
postop just physically getting there is hard enough, but
delivering the aid is quite difficult. Thank you.
Now a look at some of the days other news.
Unions in Nigeria have called for a national strike and mass protests
against the removal of a government fuel subsidy. The decision to scrap
the subsidy has already caused clashes between police and
protesters. The federal government says it can make better use of the
money elsewhere. Doctors say surgery on Argentina's
president Cristina Fernandez to remove a cancerous thyroid gland
has been successful. Ms Fernandez flew by helicopter to the hospital
north of the capital where hundreds of supporters held a vigil for her.
Vice President Amado Boudou was put in charge shortly before the
operation. Germany's president, Christian
Wulff, has vowed not to resign despite causing a national scandal
when it emerged he warned a newspaper editor against publishing
a story on a loan he received from the wife of a wealthy businessman.
Germany's president, Christian Wulff, has vowed not to resign
despite causing a national scandal when it emerged he warned a
newspaper editor against publishing a story on a loan he received from
the wife of a wealthy businessman. The Syrian government has told the
US to stop meddling in Arab League affairs after the US said it was
past time for the UN Security council to act as torture and
murder continues in the country. Reports from activists tell of grim
conditions on the ground. The injured often too scared to go into
government hospitals so they are smuggled into Lebanon for treatment.
Our correspondent Paul Wood has been meeting those that have made
it to Tripoli in northern Lebanon in the last couple of days.
The win did from Syria are flowing into Lebanon. -- of the wounded.
They are smuggled across the border. This man was shot by a government
so I per they said. Pet twice, his chances of survival a fifty-fifty.
-- government sniper. For those who make-up, there is treatment in
Lebanese hospitals. No one shows there face, not even a six-year-old
boy. That could mean an knock-on the door for relatives back home.
His family say he was shot as they tried to escape the latest fighting.
This man was also shot at a demonstration. He tells me he does
not believe government promises to the Arab League to allow peaceful
protest. Recent pictures from the city of Homs show that people are
still being killed in their streets. I was hit in the leg, I am told,
people tried to help. One is to drop -- once stood up and was shot
in their head and died instantly. Another was dragged away and hit.
Syrian rebels are smuggling people out for treatment because they say
protesters have been murdered in hospital. One former nurse told us
he witnessed four patients being killed. They shouted, come to see
this spy and they beat him. They stabbed him to death with needles.
The people doing this were doctors and of nurses. The chances of a
peaceful end to this are dwindling. We met a soldier injured in one of
these fire fights. He told me he had witnessed summary executions of
soldiers refusing to should protesters. Some of us shot in the
air, he told me, but one of us just refused to should at all. He laid
his gun on the ground. A security officer killed him there and then.
We cannot independently verified such allegations, but big go a long
way to explaining why the Syrian army has not already split. If that
happened, everything would change. But for the time being, there
remains a bloody stalemate on the streets between government and
protesters. How would you feel if your
favourite soap, talent show or reality dating TV programme was
ordered off air by the government? Well, that's what has happened in
China where the state has ordered satellite broadcasters to cut the
amount of low taste entertainment by two thirds. Instead they'll be
showing programmes which promote traditional, socialist values.
Philip Dodd is director of Made in China, which promotes Chinese
culture abroad and European culture in China. He's also a former
director of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Is this all about control, is it about end circling Chinese culture
or is it a about the emancipation of people? We need to see it as
defensive. There is a major change in leadership coming. There is
increasing inequality and inflation. The Chinese government wants
harmony. You cannot be harmonious if you have dating shows, talent
shows. It does not responded to the Chinese government's idea of
Chinese culture which will be there glue tying all these desperate
Chinese people together. But will not people miss them? I don't think
this is going to work. On street corners in China, you can buy DVDs.
The Chinese Government cannot really control what the people want.
When it comes to the glue, there has to be political consent as well.
Is that the Chinese government concerned about the wave of
demonstrations around the World? The West has Abu of Chinese society
is calm, but it is full of revolt. Over the next year or so, those are
revolves are going to go more and more. There is not the political
consent that the Chinese government wants. Will it was a resolve those
problems? No. There was an attack on the Westernisation at of Chinese
values. Is there any element of Western values they are allowed to
encourage? The truth is, you can buy a copies of any Western show on
its streets in China. This is more noise-than substance. Two-thirds is
quite a cut. Is there any attempt to clamp down on social media sides
as well? I think there is, but the Chinese live in a push and pull
culture. They will one day, lose the next. The Chinese Government
know they will not win this battle in the long run. Thank you for
coming in to talk to us. If the animals went in two by two,
the keepers at London Zoo would be in for an easy day. Unfortunately,
their annual stock take is not quite that simple. Thousands of
animals live at the zoo and they all have to be counted up every
year. Not too difficult for the big ones but very tricky if you think
about the insects and the small fry. Here's Graham Satchell on a big day
for the zoo. They are counting all the animals at London Zoo.
Welcome to the steamy, humid world of the giant Galapagos tortoise.
These animals are rather easy to count. Ready, Grant? 1, 2, 3.
The llamas are even helping out. Other animals are a little more
tricky. Butterflies. Frigate beetles. Stick insects. He's in
there somewhere. Adrian Walls is totting up the penguins. Come on,
guys. It is not an easy job to count them. With 60 plus penguins,
black-and-white, they all look similar. It is important to know
exactly what we have got so we can input all of the information into
databases, run stock programmes, and make sure we have all the
genetic side of the penguins mapped out in order that, in the future,
we can release vibrant, genetic, good stock back into the wild.
head count at zoos across the world has been going on for decades.
These pictures of London Zoo are from 1940. Accurate global
databases allow zoos to track breeding programmes and effectively
swap and share animals. Some of the animals, like these jellyfish, are
so beautiful, so mesmerising, the last thing you want to do is count
them. But they will be counted along with the rest.
A reminder of our main news. Prison sentences have been handed down to
two white men for the racist murder of the black teenager Stephen
Lawrence, in 1993, a crime which the judge said had scarred the
nation. Gary Dobson was given a minimum sentence of 15 years, and
David Norris 14 years. Stephen Lawrence's father said he hoped the
two men would now turn in the other members of the gang who stabbed his
son. Stephen Lawrence's mother said the sentences were low, but she
realised the judge's hands were tied because the men were juveniles
at the time of the murder. The UN is warning that tens of
thousands of people who are fleeing for their lives in South Sudan
following ethnic violence are in dire need of emergency aid. The
conflict erupted last week when around 6,000 armed members of the
Lau Nuer tribe marched on the remote town of Pibor to the north
east of the capital Juba. Pibor is home to the rival Murelay people
home to the rival Murelay people who are blamed for cattle raiding.
Well, that's all from the programme. Next the weather. But for now from
me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
Good evening. We have had some very wet and windy weather around today.
Tonight, the weather system will shift southwards. Tomorrow's
forecast stays a fairly windy but some sunshine as well. Here is the
weather front moving towards of the Continent. Isobars close together
and the wind direction north- westerly. That will mean that
scattered showers drifting their way so the eastwards on the breeze.
Strongest end up north eastern areas. Some of the showers clipping
the Suffolk coast. And on the heavy side. Through the day, southern
counties seeing more sunshine. The wind will ease off in the western
areas of the country. Again, a better chance of seeing some
sunshine. A brighter day in Northern Ireland, again windy. The
showers in Scotland can fall as snow for some time. But again a