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This is BBC World News Today. The United States says Nigeria's


president has welcomed an offer of expert American help to recover the


hundreds of abducted schoolgirls. Eight more girls have been taken


from a village in north-east Nigeria. The US has offered to send


a team to help find them. A day before South Africa's election


what are the challenges for the biggest party, the ANC?


I have been talking to the elders of Nelson Mandela's children who


defends the ANC against its critics who say it's not done enough to help


the poor. Also coming up: It may look


harmonious, but we give you the inside story on the epic power


struggles under way in China. The veneer of harmony is paper-thin. The


fight to take down him is bitter. And, what if humans were just a few


inches tall? An American teenager uses some photography tricks to


bring to life a world of tiny people.


Hello and welcome. The Islamist militants, Boko Haram,


have kidnapped eight more girls from a village in northern Nigeria - an


attack carried out as international outrage grows about the group's


declared plans to sell several hundred schoolgirls into slavery.


This latest kidnapping happened on Sunday night in the village of


Warabe, in Borno state. The girls taken were between 12 and


15-years-old. It follows the abduction of more than 200


schoolgirls by Boko Haram three weeks ago. They were taken from a


school in the town of Chibok - that's an hour's flight away from


the capital Abuja. It's thought they are being held by members of the


Islamist group in their stronghold in the Sambisa Forest. But Boko


Haram has threatened to sell them into slavery and, as you can see,


their stronghold in the forest is close to the border with Chad and


Cameroon - showing how easy it could be for the girls to disappear. We'll


talk to the UN about this, but first the BBC's Tomi Oladipo has the


latest on our developing story. They promised to keep protesting


until the schoolgirls were found. And true to their word, today saw


another march on the streets of Abuja. They are demanding the


government do more to find the girls who were snatched from their school


in north-east Nigeria three weeks' ago. Now, fresh reports have emerged


of another abduction in Borno state. Police and residents of Warabe


village say gunmen arrived in trucks taking with them eight girls.


Nigerians are growing impatient with their government and its failure to


prevent such attacks despite having a state of emergency in the


north-east. The Finance Minister has defended the government's efforts.


For the past three weeks, the government has been following up


every lead using aerial surveys, using all the things at its


disposal. The problem was that we never communicated it well. Despite


the government's insistence that it is winning the war against the


Islamists, this year has been the bloodiest since the conflict began.


The horror stories are becoming all too common and people are wondering


how much longer this will go on for. Those concerns are being reflected


in the international community. The UK has joined the US to offer


support. We are offering practical help. What has happened here that


the actions of Boko Haram in using girls as the spoils of war, the


spoils of terrorism, is disgusting, it is immoral, it should show


everybody across the world that they should not give any support to such


a vile organisation. The whereabouts of the schoolgirls remain unknown.


Their captors say they will sell them, an agonising thought the


girls' grieving families would never have imagined.


You heard William Hague there. The United States and the United Kingdom


have both offered the Nigerian government help in finding the


abducted schoolgirls - and in the last hour the US State Department


has confirmed that Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, has


welcomed the assistance. President Jonathan welcomes Secretary Kerry's


offer to send a team to Nigeria, to discuss how the United States can


best support Nigeria in its response. In addition, our embassy


is prepared to form a co-ordination cell, and this is what they


discussed on the call, that could provide expertise on intelligence,


investigations and hostage negotiations, help facilitate


information sharing. It would include US military personnel, law


enforcement officials as well as officials with expertise in other


areas that may be helpful to the Nigerian government in its response.


The President has directed that we and the Secretary and the State


Department do everything we can to help the Nigerian government find


and free these young women. The President Secretary Kerry had their


regular meeting this afternoon and this will certainly be a prominent


topic of discussion. Joining me via webcam from Geneva is


Rupert Colville. Welcome to World News Today. Your reaction to what we


have been hearing from the US State Department, they are eager to get


this team sent to Nigeria as soon as possible? Well, it is good that


people are rallying around Nigeria now. The true horror of the


activities of Boko Haram are spreading wide across the world and


people realise something needs to be done. And these poor girls, you


know, more than 200, no-one knows the exact figure, but several weeks


now they have been - since they have been abducted. You have been warning


that the leaders of Boko Haram should be aware that they are


committing crimes against humanity, they may have to pay for this in the


years to come? Yes, absolutely. In international law, there is a pro hi


bigs -- prohibition against sexual slavery. Under certain


circumstances, these abductions could constitute crimes against


humanity. We have been talking a lot about what the Nigerian government


is doing, or failing to do in trying to get these girls back. What about


the role of the local governments, the state governments? Well, I think


that's been an issue because the - Nigeria is a federal state. The


local states have a lot of power and a lot of operational abilities. And


I think it is extremely important that the state authorities and the


federal authorities co-operate fully and quite often, they are not from


the same political party. So, that has been a concern raised in the


case of Borno state. Has the UN been reaching out to neighbouring


countries, to Chad and Cameroon, now we are hearing these rumours that


some of the girls may have been taken over those borders? Yes, that


was an issue the High Commissioner of the human rights - that was an


issue she raised with the Nigerian government. There needed to be a


regional approach to dealing with Boko Haram because they do seem to


be flowing back and forwards across borders, getting safe havens in


neighbouring countries and coming back. So, some kind of regional


co-operation is essential and we offered to do what we could to help


neighbouring countries come on board with Nigeria to combat this.


Briefly, that is quite a challenge, isn't it? These borders are very


porous? Yes, one would hope that everyone will be revolted by what's


happened to these girls and even corrupt people should be a bit moved


to do something about this. Boko Haram are really going totally


beyond the pail. So, it is really something that anyone should be able


to rally behind. Thank you very much.


South Africans are getting ready to vote in the country's general


elections on Wednesday, the fifth poll since the end of apartheid. An


easy win is expected for the ruling African National Congress Party -


but there's been a lot of criticism over its aggressive campaigning,


with allegations that the ANC blocked opposition ads on South


Africa's public broadcaster. It's 20 years since South Africa's first


democratic election which saw the ANC, led by Nelson Mandela, came to


power. Though the party is expected to win again, a series of political


scandals, and a stagnating economy, means it may emerge weaker. At the


moment, the ANC holds 264 of 400 seats in the National Assembly. The


main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has 67. The


third largest party is the Congress of the People. But there's a new


player that's widely expected to make significant gains - the


Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema following his


expulsion from the ANC. Let's talk to World News Today's Zeinab Badawi,


who's following the campaign in Johannesburg. Zeinab, over to you.


Thank you very much. Well, it is four hours now until any kind of


political campaigning has to come to an end because at 7.00am South


Africans will go to the polls and polling stations are open until


9.00pm. This is the most hotly contested election in the


post-apartheid era. There was a record number of parties standing,


not just the ones you outlined there. There are 20 parties in this


election. That reflects the discontent that there is in the


country with the ruling ANC, which is accused of failing to deliver for


all its citizens after 20 years in power, people point to the lack of


electricity, of course not enough jobs, unofficial rate is something


like 25% unemployed. So, all in all, lots of criticisms being levelled at


the ANC. Has it lost its mojo? I have been talking to the eldest of


Nelson Mandela's children at her home. I put it to her, I said to


her, "Does the ANC deserve to win?" It deserves to win the election. It


is a party that fought hard for us to be where we are today. And I


think with all the problems that we have, within the ANC, I still think


it deserves to be the party that wins tomorrow. With all the problems


within the ANC - what are you talking about? Well, it's an open


secret that there are frictions, conflicts within the party. You


know, in the last elections, there was a breakaway group... You are


talking about a group of ANC members who are unhappy about the removal of


Mbeki? Yes. It is public knowledge that a senior member... The former


Defence Minister of the ANC? Yes. Made a call that people should not


vote, or spoil their votes or whatever, which I think is


irresponsible. I think however you want to look at it, it is a party


that we still look very fondly. It has a history. Our parents paid with


their lives. We as their children suffered a lot. I think that it is a


party that has done quite a lot despite the challenges. We still


have a lot of challenges. No-one will dispute this is the party of


liberation. There are those who will say that is not enough anymore. 20


years since your father became t first democratically elected


President of South Africa. You need to reinvent yourselves? The ANC has


tried. If you look at 20 years, where we are today, I think South


Africa has a good story to tell. The way that we live today is better


than what we lived - how we lived before. There is a lot of things


that have changed. There's a lot of access for black people today. Yes,


you can talk about the violence that we experience in South Africa, which


is what people mostly called, but violence exists in many parts of the


world. Progress has been made, nobody will dispute that. The


government says three million new housing units have been built since


they came to power, 300 new schools have replaced the mud ones. I put it


to you that still, for example, the University of Cape Town last year in


March, published a study which said that 12 million South Africans go to


bed hungry every night, many of them children. Is that progress? Well, we


can say... That is not saying much. That is progress from a very low


base? But freedom in this country, we come from a very low base. We


quickly forget where we come from in South Africa. Many more people did


not have jobs. They couldn't live in the suburbs. They couldn't live in


towns, just because... It doesn't mean they were out of poverty, they


were still in poverty. We come from a violent... You still don't have


jobs, official figures say 25% of the population is without work. Yes,


but you can't expect miracles overnight.


So, you get an idea there, although she is not an official spokesperson


for the ANC, that that is how the ANC does defend its position and say


you Captain expect us to fix huge problems -- say you can't expect us


to fix huge problems overnight. In these elections, you need to look at


turnout. In the 2009 elections, it was 77% - relatively high. Are


people going to heed that vote "no" campaign and not vote as a way of


registering their protest? And, secondly, 66% is what the ANC got in


the last elections and in all the elections since the end of apartheid


it has polled more than 60%. If it goes below that, if it wins, people


will start asking questions all over the country within the ANC, even


right at the top of their leadership, are we doing it right?


What are we going to do now that basically the electorate may have


given us a bloody nose if we go below that 60%? We will be watching


and waiting to see what does happen in these elections, so that is it


for the moment from me. Back to you in the studio. Thank you very much.


Now a look at some of the day's other news: The


former Egyptian army chief, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has said the


Muslim Brotherhood will no longer exist if he becomes president. Mr


Sisi said that when he ousted the former Islamist president Mohamed


Morsi in July last year, he had no political aspirations, but he had


changed his mind because of threats from both inside and outside Egypt.


The world's largest drinks-maker, Coca-Cola, says it will remove a


controversial ingredient from some of its products by the end of this


year. The move follows an American teenager's success in getting more


than 200,000 signatures for an online petition, questioning the use


of the chemical BVO - or Brominated Vegetable Oil - in the sports drink


Powerade and some types of Fanta. Coca-Cola says all its ingredients


meet regulatory requirements. A German collector who was found to


have a vast collection of artworks including some looted by the Nazis


has died at his home in Germany. Cornelius Gurlitt, who was 81, had


just been released from hospital after major heart surgery. It


emerged last year that he'd been keeping more than 1,000 paintings


including works by Monet, Matisse and Chagall, at his flat in an


ordinary apartment block in Munich. The BBC Trust Chairman is to stand


down with immediate effect on health grounds. That is following major


heart surgery. The former Conservative Minister and the last


governor of Hong Kong before its handover has been at the head of the


BBC Trust since 2011. Berlin's push for new peace talks


was rebuffed by Russia, which said they would be pointless without the


involvement of Ukraine's rebels. Speaking at a press conference with


Japan's Prime Minister, NATO's Secretary General said the crisis


was the biggest the organisation had faced in decades. Today we are


facing the gravest crisis to European security since the end of


the Cold War. But this is not just about Ukraine, this crisis has


serious implications for the security and stability of the area


as a whole. But while attention is focussed on


Eastern Ukraine, there is unease in Kiev too, as the capital prepares


for Victory Day - a holiday marking the defeat of Nazi Germany by the


Soviet Union. The BBC's David Stern reports.


This is a highway on the outskirts of Kiev leading to the east of


Ukraine, where there is heavy fighting going on. As you can see,


this is a checkpoint. There are nine of these all around the city and


there are other checkpoints further on down the road. This one is being


manned jointly by two groups. The police, as you can see, but there


are also members of the self-defence units, the regular people who have


been camping out in the centre of Kiev and they have formed their own


protection groups and their own civilian police units. Now, they are


looking at cars, that I are stopping not every car, mostly trucks and


buses and larger vehicles and they are looking for weapons, explosives.


They say they are worried about people trying to bring things in for


provocations. Especially on the eve of the May 9th Victory Day. There


will be big crowds. This is a major holiday. They are very worried, they


say, about provocations and possible clashes on that day.


In China, an epic power struggle is under way, but you wouldn't know it


from the official media. The former security chief has disappeared, a


victim of the Orwellian security apparatus he once controlled. He was


once on the standing committee of the Communist Party politburo, but


his name has not been mentioned in the media for seven months. Now,


China is waiting to see whether the president has the strength to


confine such a powerful enemy behind bars. Our China Editor Carrie Gracie


reports on the fight and its implications.


This family home is giving no secrets away to scandal hunters.


Zhou Yongkang is still missing. Presumed victim of the Orwellian


security system that he once controlled. National media no longer


speak his name. But here in this village, he is still the favourite


son. And no-one believes the story is about corruption.


Their house is no better than the one next door, he says, there is no


sign of luxury. These neighbours say it is all


politics, a power struggle at the top of the Communist Party. This


group point me towards the family graveyard and press me for the


latest rumour on where Zhou Yongkang is being held.


When he last came here a year ago, all the local dignitaries turned out


to pay tribute. But not anymore. Chinese politics is a cruel game and


even a couple of months ago when his brother died - you can see his name


here in black - there were no key members of the family even at the


funeral because they were all in detention. So, is it time to write


Zhou Yongkang's political obituary? The farmer's son whose life journey


got comfortable as he accelerated through party ranks, joining the


limousine class, running an oil company, then a province of 80


million and crowning his career with control of China's internal


security. The veneer of harmony in the


official press here is paper-thin. The fight to take down Zhou Yongkang


is bitter. China's a political cycle which offers a new President no


electoral mandate, so he uses corruption charges against an enemy


to get his own people and policies into place.


Strategists play this ancient game to improve their real-life tactics.


The President has seized 300 of his enemy's pieces but the former


security chief knows all his secrets and has tacit support from others


who have made it rich in high office.


TRANSLATION: They are all watching his next move. If he can bring Zhou


down, they will have to obey him. If he is bluffing, they won't need to


fear him. He will be a paper tiger. Fighting tigers - the President's


own description of his anti-corruption campaign, to show


the other tigers who's boss, to bend the government to his will on policy


and to reassure the public that he is punishing the party's "fat cats."


But cornered predators are dangerous so China waits uneasy for proof that


this President has tamed his tiger. A home-schooled American teenager


who likes to imagine the world from the angle of what he calls "little


folk" has found his photo-editing project becoming an online


sensation. Zev Hoover conceptualises, photographs and


edits his visions before posting them online - and the 15-year-old


who admits he's sometimes lonely has received a massive response.


My name is Zev Hoover. I take pictures of miniature people and


they have sort of exploded online recently. I wanted to improve my


Photoshop skills so I started the "little folk" project which started


as a way of getting better at Photoshop. After about a year of


doing little folk pictures, they got picked up by some design blogs and


then it sort of exploded. Nature is very important in my work and


definitely inspires a lot of it and I think a lot of that comes from


living where we do. My sister is very often the


character in the pictures. Yeah, that's fine. Let me see what


sort of background you'll be on. I find my inspiration a lot of the


time just in the scenes that I photograph, so just thinking about


how fun it would be, how different that would be to experience if you


were, like, one-and-a-half or two inches tall because the world would


be really an entirely different place.


I certainly put a lot of myself into the characters because they almost


always are doing some hobby I'm interested in, or somehow related to


something I happen to be doing at the time. One of my most popular


photographs is of me piloting a paper airplane.


I think it's a popular picture because people like imagining. I


make them for my own pleasure because I love making them but, at


the same time, the comments and feedback certainly really encourages


you to keep going because just knowing that people are passionate


about it is incredible that someone else would care about my little


project. But the internet has made the world


a lot smaller, so anyone who is interested in this type of thing can


now go on and just find my work that easily, whereas without the


internet, it would be almost impossible, I would just be a kid


taking pictures somewhere and no-one would know about it, maybe forever


Don't Good evening. Most places managed to


miss the showers today, but some northern parts of the UK will have


fairly wet day tomorrow. In general terms, it will be another day of


bright spells and showers. Some showers keep going overnight. In


fact, some longer spells of rain is tied in with these weather fronts as


they run across from west to east. Showers possible almost anywhere, a


few clearer spells in between. As we go on through Wednesday, the rain


setting in for


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