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This is BBC World News Today with me Chris Rogers.
A mystery over the death of one of President Putin's top aides
Mikhail Lesin's family says his death last year was a heart
attack - but US officials now say he was killed by a blow to the head.
The IAAF says five countries are in "critical care"
over their drug testing systems with just months to go before
Five years on - Japan remembers the devastating earthquake
and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
Having his support adds total credence to what I am trying to do.
From throwing insults to hugs all round. We'll look back at the
relationship between Ben Carson and Donald Trump.
Russia has demanded information from the United States
about the death of a former key ally of President Putin,
in a hotel in Washington last November.
Lesin also suffered injuries to the neck,
torso, arms and legs and there's reports he may have been assaulted
before returning to his hotel.He was a former press minister and key
media advisor to President Putin, nicknamed 'the bulldozer'
for his crack down on media freedoms in Russia.
Let's get more from our Washington correspondent. You have been
speaking to the Russian embassy there as well. Yes, I have. I spoke
to them in the last few hours and the told me we first knew of these
injuries was yesterday when results of the autopsy were made public. The
expressed an amount of frustration. That they had not had more
communication from the American authorities. They say they are
looking for more details and more communication from them. When I
asked about whether this was a violent end, that was far fetched
they said. It was difficult to see when you read the details of the
autopsy what other detail you can reach. They were blows to the head,
neck, arms and legs. The medical examiner was saying it was the blow
to the head which actually caused his death. What they do not know at
this stage is what the call the manner of death. The law because but
not the manner. What the mean by that is how it happened, where it
was done and the is speculation at the moment that you may have
sustained the injury is outside of the Hotel and come back to the
hotel. None of that has been confirmed by the police. Do we know
why it has taken so long for the autopsy report to be released? It
was an extraordinary amount of time. He was found dead on the 6th of
November and normally the guidelines say the medical examination to
complete 90% of autopsy within 90 days. They are over that mark.
Clearly from these reports there were physical signs of damage to
Mikhail Lesin body. I spoke to the medical examiner or sportsmen and
asked him what took so long -- spokesman. He said every case is
different. They had no explanation for that. Thank you for that update.
The International Association of Athletics Federations,
the IAAF, says its needs more time to investigate Russia's anti-doping
progress before this year's Olympic Games in Rio.
But it says the country will not yet be reinstated
Our sports correspondent reports now.
The ruling council received an update charged with assessing
whether Russia really is clearing up its act after widespread state
sponsored doping was revealed last year. The council unanimously agrees
that the authorities in Russia need to undertake more work to satisfy
the reinstatement conditions. They should not be reinstated to
membership to IAAF at this stage. A final decision will be made in May.
The IAAF officials warned there was still significant work to be done by
Russia if the art be readmitted to international competition.
The world doping agencies say they have been 90 positive tests. The
agency did not provide details of who tested profs positive. Seven of
the cases come from Russia, including Sharapova.
Russia and China have issued a joint call for North Korea to resume
international talks over its nuclear weapons programme.
After talks in Moscow, Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese
counterpart also want North Korea to abide by a UN resolution banning
The Arab League has declared the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah
The move comes a week after Arab Gulf states did the same.
Tensions between Saudi Arabia in particular and Hezbollah have
intensified recently as the Saudis have clashed more openly
The United Nations says South Sudan's army has
allowed its soldiers to rape women as payment for their services
during fighting against rebel forces.
Investigators found that 1,300 women were raped last year in the oil-rich
It's the latest damning report by the UN on the world's
Amnesty international said 60 men and boys were suffocated in a
shipping container by Government forces.
The aftermath of more than two years of bloody crashes in the world's
A new United Nations report now says the Government is responsible
for much of the atrocities, which would
amount to war crimes and crimes against you manage to.
The revelations include killing of civilians,
They are orchestrating the violence against their own civilians. You are
either loyalist or you are not. If you are not then you are in peril of
harassment, rape, abduction or death. Amnesty International has
accused Government forces of suffocating men and boys last year.
The Government has denied the allegations of targeting civilians
but says it is investigating. As the parties continue to stall in
agreeing a deal, the people will continue to suffer.
Five years ago today, an earthquake and the tsunami it
people lost their lives, and the nuclear power plant
Today commemorative events have been taking place, including a ceremony
in Tokyo at the exact hour the earthquake struck.
Our correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.
Who can forget these pictures? And the sounds of buildings being
crushed, of the terror of those watching, their homes being
swallowed by the waters. Hurry, hurry, a man shouts. For many there
was no time to escape. Today in the ravaged city the science sounded
again. -- sirens. These people are looking for the spot their house
used to stand on. When the sirens sounded that day, their father
rushed to help evacuating people near the coast. He never came back.
I lost my father. So many lives were lost in our town. Each one is
important. I think it is our duty officer -- as survivors to show the
world. She is finding it hard. Even with classmates who have also lost
parents. If we talk about it. I feel down. I avoid talking about it. I
sometimes want to know what my friends went to but I do not ask.
When the tsunami swept into your nearly 2000 people were killed in
this one small town, that is nearly 10% of the population. The trauma
has been immense. The Government's first duty is to protect people and
it is not surprising that this has been the response. Massive new walls
like this will stretch for 250 miles along this coast. The whole
landscape is being re-engineered to make it safe from the sea. But after
five years, many are waiting for a plot of land with growing
frustration. I sometimes think we would be much better off if we left
here after the tsunami and started a new life somewhere else. We have
waited so long to rebuild our lives. In what was once their front garden,
they have found a little settling. They decide to dig it up to plant in
their new house. It is a small sign of new life amongst so much
devastation. The US government has
intensified its attack on Apple - for refusing to help investigators
open the iPhone of the gunman who helped shoot 14 people
dead in San Bernadino, In a legal filing released
on Thursday, the government made the point that Apple has previously
helped with Chinese government demands for iPhone data -
the implication being that the tech giant cooperated there,
because China is such a huge In its brief, the US Department
of Justice said "As well as providing data from nearly 4,000
iPhones to Chinese authorities, Apple appears to have made special
accommodations in China: for example, moving Chinese user
data to Chinese government servers, and installing a different WiFi
protocol for Chinese iPhones". Apple's lawyer Bruce Sewell called
the DoJ's brief a "cheap shot.. Speculation based on no
substance at all". He said the brief "reads
like an indictment... Intended to smear the other side
with false accusations Let's speak to our correspondent. He
is an expert on Tech companies in China. I don't know if you can
answer this, but is this possible? Could Apple could have done this? Is
the technology there to help the Chinese authorities? The reality of
what is required in China protect companies like Apple, is much more
nuanced than the making it out to be. Yes the environment is very...
Providing data, source code for review is very different from back
door access and these have been inflated for political purposes.
Just explain, back door access is what the American Government is
asking for. Whats why is that different? Just to give you an
example, to be a tech company in China, it is very common for
companies to undergo data review. Having data reviewed by the Chinese
Government is different from providing encrypted data. There is
really a fine line. Apple is concerned that if they are forced to
do this then the technology is there that can be used by countries in
China who will not be responsible with the technology needed to get
back door access. I think it is a technology concerned but it is also
about political pressure and right now we are in an environment in
China where they are exerting greater control over foreign
networks, data information transmission and saw the concern is
that they will take a much more hard line approach to implementing these
kinds of regulations if the precedent is set here in the United
States. We could be think that our data could be checked by
governments. What we are learning here that it is really difficult.
Your data really is quite private. Absolutely. I think for companies
like Apple, providing encrypted access as a precondition for market
entry in China would be a very high wall. Something we have to remember
is that the Chinese Government does not really want to alienate foreign
tech companies at this moment. There is a massive economic restructuring.
The need for an companies and know-how. They do not want to push
companies like Apple to far at this time. Fascinating. Thank you for
joining us. The former candidate in the race
for the Republican presidential nomination, Ben Carson,
has pledged his support Mr Carson, who is a retired
neurosurgeon, becomes the second former rival to back the billionaire
businessman in the race Mr Carson made the announcement
at a joint news conference with Mr Trump in Florida,
ahead of the state's primary But were these two always
on such good terms? Let's take a look back over
the makings of what could be Today is something very, very
special because Doctor Ben Carson He went after his
mother with a hammer. He hit a friend of
his in the face with He took a knife and he went
after a friend and he lunged. Everybody loves him and truly,
truly admires what he has I don't want a person that's got
a pathological disease. His life has been
an incredible life. I just want to tell
you that having his support it adds credence to
what I'm trying to do. If you are pathological,
there is no cure. If you are a child molester,
a sick puppy, a child There is only one cure and we do not
want to talk about that. Some people said, why
would you get a hand I have come to know Donald Trump
over the last few years. He is actually a very intelligent
man who cares deeply What do you have to say
about Donald Trump? Here is what I would
say now that he has completed his attacks,
why don't we press on and deal He said terrible things about you,
how can you support him? That was political stuff and,
you know, that happens Politics of personal destruction,
that is what people are tired of. I am hopeful that at some point
we reach the level of maturity that we can deal with the issues
that are facing us right now. We are moving on because it is not
about me, it is not about Mr Trump, How stupid are the people
to believe this crap? Tattoos are now commonplace in many
parts of the world -- but in Cuba they've been frowned
upon for many years. Now attitudes are changing
and while there are still few places to get "inked" the BBC's Will Grant
has visited the only tattoo For some time this person has wanted
an elephant on her torso. The colourful design is the logo of the
fashion magazine she writes for and has a sentimental value. She now
realises that she underestimated how much it would heart. She is the
latest in the wave of Cubans who are getting tattooed is. It just used to
be for prostitutes and sailors, it is very popular now. Karen has her
daughter name on her arm and a religious symbol on the other. This
man did his two sure his family's long-standing connection with
Russia. Tattoos are about changing attitudes on the communist island.
There is only one place to get it done properly. This tattooed pilot
recently celebrated its anniversary of the only licensed tattooed shop.
Most artists work from their homes and many have been shut down by the
health authorities. This man is the top body artist. He says the shops
sterilisation processes are of a professional standard. We have all
the eyes on us. We need to be like Kit. We need to be healthy and good
quality. We need to take care. It is not just Cubans getting inked, many
two arrests looking for a moment to all of their trip are now seeking
out the artists. Running a tad too high alert in the country that are
still under a trade embargo is a challenge. It is hard here because
we do not have any tools, supplies and we need to fly out of the island
to buy things. We do not charge to much. We will never be rich here. We
are not rich. The elephant is finally finished. On reflection, she
says it was worth the agony. More and more young Cubans are rolling up
their sleeve to receive body art. Whether or not it is part of a
culture explosion or a desire to express themselves more freely, the
chances are it is here to stay. We've marking a rather special
anniversary here on BBC World News. 25 ago to the day,
we first went on air, The world has changed a lot
since then, and so have we. Here's some of the stories we've
covered in that time - Good evening. This is the world
Service news. The Gorbachev the row has now come to an end. Now is the
time for self Africans to celebrate democracy. You are watching BBC
world. The press Association have reported that Diana Princess of
Wales has died. Mr Clinton's extramarital affairs have been the
subject... I did not have sexual relations with that woman. As we
came on air a plane appears to have crashed into... Engaged in what is
rapidly becoming the battle... Tidal waves left a trail of destruction.
This was a resounding win for Barack Obama. Change has come to America.
To watch the fool interview with the president make sure you go to the
BBC website. Meltdown Monday began with markets tumbling in Asia. He
returns a free man. The people here are proud they started the
revolution. What an incredible night for London and because of the UK.
World News begins broadcasting from its new studios in central London.
Welcome to the worldnewsroom. Welcome to the BBC face big news
stream from Lebanon on. Most people are standing in front of their
spontaneous memorial to the victims. This is the capital city, it is
astonishing. Are there any questions, this is BBC pop up. We
turn your story ideas into short beautiful films. Some amazing
memories there. Here at the BBC we keep in dating. On Saturday the
grant click premiered a new programme. It is thought to be a
world first and the rapid development of virtual reality
technology. This is the world's largest machine as it has never been
seen before in 360 degrees. It it is spectacular in its size and in the
special viewers are transported deep underground to experience it for
themselves. If you are wearing a virtual reality headset, you can
feel you are really there and surrounded. Without the high end
kit, you still can get the virtual reality experience. As you move your
smartphone around the movement changes. You can slot it into one of
these cheap and cheerful headsets for a more immersive experience. You
can use your mouse to drag it around on the web page. Like the BBC, many
broadcasters are now experimenting with 360 cameras, which shipped in
all directions at once. 2016 is the year of virtual reality. It has
taken this long to get the technology ready. It might make you
feel sick before but now the teleport me to a different reality,
the jungle, the space and everywhere in between. The big tech companies
are getting in on the game. Adverts for virtual reality are already on
our screens and Sony are releasing its virtual reality headset. Virtual
reality games will be the first market but Facebook boss recently
outlined his virtual reality vision as one where we work, interact and
form relationships with people we have never physically met. It's a
fascinating experience for early adopters, but there are still the
few barriers to overcome before virtual reality convinces audiences
to do things like this. The devices are not quite there yet nor is the
content. The experience is not as compelling as it has to be in order
to get their attention. This is certainly a new and challenging way
to tell compelling stories, although if you are blessed with a
spectacular location, it certainly helps.
But for now from and the rest of the team, goodbye.
Hello there. The week at head is upon us. It is looking pretty good
for most of the