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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox


The Headlines Airline security is under the spotlight again -


a hi-jacked Egyptian plane is diverted to Cyprus.


The hijacker went through Egyptian security -


but was wearing a fake suicide belt on the flight.


Passengers were released unharmed - security officials rule out


Donld Trump's Presidential campaign hits trouble as his campaign manager


More than 200 people are detained in Pakistan as the hunt for those


behind the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore intensifies.


And a corking future for British winemakers.


How climate change could actually be helping the UK's vineyards.


Hello and welcome to World News Today.


Desperate, tense moments for the passengers and crew


on a highjacked EgyptAir flight turned to relief today.


When the man who'd apparently boarded the flight with a suicide


explosives vest disembarked the plane and gave himself


The plane was originally scheduled to travel from Alexandria to Cairo


but was diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus, where it's


The man released most passengers when the plane landed.


One of the remaining hostages - who appears to be a crew member -


managed to make a daring escape as you can see here.


The suicide belt turned out to be a fake, with Cypriot officials


saying the man is psychologically unstable, with no political motive.


Our Correspondent, Yolande Knell reports Larnaca Airport.


A cockpit window became the emergency exit as the Egyptair


The hijacker then emerged wearing what


was found to be a fake suicide belt, and he surrendered to the Cypriot


On board the plane, the man, an Egyptian named Seif Eldin


Mustafa, alarmed staff when he threatened to blow up.


The flight, carrying over 60 people, including


Britain and other Europeans, was forced to divert from Cairo


Many passengers were released, but a handful were held


TRANSLATION: We got on board the plane, and were surprised


that the crew took away all of our passports.


After awhile, we realised the altitude was getting higher.


At first the crew told us there was a


Only later, we knew it was being hijacked.


As the plane remains on the tarmac, this unusual incident


And inevitably, questions are being asked about


After a deadly attack last year, Egypt was criticised


But this all appears to have been caused by a passenger who only


Grainy footage has been released that apparently shows the hijacker


undergoing security checks at Alexandria airport,


and Egypt's Prime Minister gave assurances


TRANSLATION: We conduct strict and very accurate measures


I hope that all will go well with the continuous


follow-up work, and development with the new equipment we have.


Security experts say there are some scenarios


it will always be hard to prepare for.


It reminds us to look at aviation security more holistically.


There are vulnerabilities within the system -


it is not a total security environment.


This evening, an aircraft flew in, expecting to take travellers


While no-one was harmed in today's hostage situation,


it could still have a negative effect on the country's tourism,


We hope to get the latest from our correspondence at Cairo airport when


the plane lands with the passengers on board.


Well, joining me now in the studio is Mark Harris,


from Crisis Response Service at Olive Group, an expert


And in our Southampton Studio, Eric Moody, a former BA pilot.


Eric, if I could start with you. The worst nightmare for any pilot. The


pilot from Egyptair has been praised for the calm way he responded to


this. What are you trying to do and have you ever been through it? No, I


have not been through it. I have some friends who have been through


it. I lived through the whole time of flights, through the late 1960s


and 1970s when hijacking was rife and it sounds very much like the


flight heading to Cuba with Cuban refugees on board, but the training,


what can you do? I think they did the right thing. You give in, but


not easily. You have to do what he wants, the hijacker, you have to


listen to him. Is there a code that you press in to some sort of


computer to alert authorities that you have been hijacked? Well, there


are means by which you can't declare an emergency on an aeroplane without


speaking, yes. Kate. Mark, as far as you're concerned as a negotiator,


what are the key first steps? The first thing to do is to try to calm


the situation down. It is going to be very tense, obviously, within the


aircraft, so their crew or cabin crew and things will have received


training and guidance on how to minimise the tension, which sounds


very difficult to do, and it is difficult to do, but it is one of


those things you've got to try and do. When lines of the negation are


opened, and if the person, the hijacker or hijackers, are speaking


a different line which, presumably you are going to have to go through


an intermediate, a translator, for that, and make sure that translator


is going to be able to impart that want to establish in terms of


negotiation? Certainly, very much so, and that is why, when you have


those situations, we hear that and Egyptian individual, most likely on


the ground, so I don't know what the line which was between them, but it


may well have been a second language, so again, that can be a


may well have been a second and making sure people understand


what the overall objective and making sure people understand


is the safety of life and reducing the risk and the threats


when you lost all engines. What did you say to the passengers? I just


wanted to get you say to the passengers? I just


attention of the world's press. I said good evening. This is the


attention of the world's press. I being hijacked, your prime


attention of the world's press. I and to the airline, and so would


make an announcement like that as captain? Well, you don't want to


upset the hijacker, that is the big thing. You want to do... You have


got to thing. You want to do... You have


can do, you will do and if you ask you to fly further than the fuel you


have got, you can't do that. You you to fly further than the fuel you


have to be persuasive, but you don't give in submitted late. You give in


to his demands within reason. You are trying to survive and keep the


aircraft and, more importantly, the passengers and the crew say. Just on


that question of giving in, when do you offer concessions or do you not


offer concessions? Is it you were told just to keep the dialogue


going? I think it depends very much of the objectives are of the


hijackers themselves in a big red becomes a terrorist situation then


it is very much in the hands of the Government and the authorities on


the ground, so depending on what the hijackers objectives are, as the


negotiator, you ain't is to keep the talking going on so you can


establish what they are and then there are other people who are then


looking at potentially what minor concessions might be made in order


to secure the lives of the passengers and crew. Just briefly, I


know you have been involved in several of the situations. Do you


know when the authorities decide to go in and take the plane by force or


are you kept away from that decision? Well, I think, as a


commercial response to crisis management consultant, it is most


likely we would not be but our client probably would be told at the


last moment that that is going to happen. All rights. Thank you both


very much for joining me on the programme.


In the latest twist in an already extraordinary campaign,


it's emerged that Republican Presidential candidate


Donald Trump's campaign manager has been charged with battery.


Corey Lewandowski was charged with intentionally grabbing


and bruising a reporter at a campaign event on March 8th.


Florida police have released these images which they say show


The Trump campaign have said that Mr Lewandowski is innocent


Our correspondent Barbara Plett Usher is in Washington.


What has the reaction been in Washington to this? Well, the


reaction from crucially Mr Trump's campaign opponents, his rivals for


the presidential nomination, has been to say that this is typical of


Donald Trump's style, that it reflects the culture of his


campaign, it reflects the character of the candidate, saw his opponents


have jumped onto this incident to push their advantage if they can


indeed do so. If I could speak about Mr Trump's reaction, this is


somebody for him, the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski is


someone who is very important to him. He has a very small team around


him and Mr Lewandowski was his right-hand man. Both of them had


initially said nothing had happened, that Mr Lewandowski said he had not


even touch the reporter and now the video is out that he did in fact


show some grabbing of and pulling her backwards, but Mr Trump has come


out and said, look, the video is not showing anything. He said look at


the tapes, nothing there. He said it should not really be defined as


assault, but nevertheless Mr Lewandowski has been charged and he


will have to deal with the fact that he has to appear in court to defend


himself. You have covered and we all have covered big campaigns, but that


is one of the rough and tumble things. I have seen people pushed to


the ground. Are some people treating this as a sort of storm in a teacup?


Well, if you look at the pictures, what you see is Mr Lewandowski


grabbing the reporter and pulling her back as she is trying to


question Mr Trump and you are right, in the nature of political rough and


tumble, it doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but


according to the law in Florida, a simple battery is defined as


touching or striking somebody intentionally against their will and


the reporter has said she was bruised will stop she has in fact


shown the bruise on her Twitter page and there is a case to be made. How


serious it is, I think it is going to add to the narrative at the very


least that Mr Trump is running a campaign that is raucous, is rowdy,


is sometimes visibly confrontational, something for which


he has been criticised, but something he will continue to


defend. All right. And he very much. -- thank you very much.


Afghan officials have told the BBC an American jet has crashed


The M16 reportedly went down near Bagram airfield.


Details at this stage are sketchy and what may have caused the crash


We will keep you updated with developments here on BBC News.


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


America is ordering the families of US


diplomats and military personnel to leave posts in southern Turkey


The State Department and Pentagon said dependents of American


Consulate in Adana and the nearby Incirlik air base must leave.


The move comes amid heightened security concerns throughout Turkey


and was accompanied by an updated travel warning advising US


citizens of an increased threat of terrorist attacks.


Fresh from recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra,


Syrian government troops are reported to have advanced


towards another key town held by the Islamic State group


A Human Rights group says government forces -


backed by intense Russian air strikes - seized a series


Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling


to save a satellite, and more than a quarter of a billion


dollars of investment, tumbling out of control in space.


Hitomi was launched last month and designed to study energetic


space objects such as supermassive black holes, neutron stars,


But now time is now running out to save the mission.


Scientists in Australia are warning that a large number of corals


in the Great Barrier Reef could die within the next few months,


because it's suffering from some of its worst ever damage.


The damage is being caused by bleaching, which happens


when warmer water causes the corals to get weaker.


More than 200 people have been detained in Pakistan in the hunt


for those behind the Easter Sunday bombing that killed at least 70


Weapons and ammunition have also been seized in raids


A breakaway group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed


Our correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports from the scene


Celebrating Easter Sunday in the park.


This young boy was caught up in carnage.


Now it feels like a ghost town. Everywhere around me are signs of


the carnage that took place here. There are remains of pools of blood,


abandoned shoes, broken glass everywhere and of course these


destroyed food stands, where parents would have come to buy snacks for


their children. This, of course, now is a site of the massacre saw areas


of the park have now been cordoned off and around the park, people have


come with flowers and messages of solidarity. Over here are the rides


where children were playing when the suicide bomber came in and detonated


explosives, causing one of the worst attacks Lahore has ever seen.


Pakistan is in shock and in morning while the authorities and Government


has vowed to go after the militants. The army, however, are taking the


lead on security operations. They have announced hundreds of arrests


and a number of raids not just here in Lahore but also across areas in


Pakistan. Now, the real concern and fear here, people is whether soft


targets like this one could be hit again and if whether the security


forces are able to prevent that from happening. Pakistanis will now be


watching anxiously to see whether the political and the military


leadership can keep security under control.


It will take months to reopen Brussels Zaventem airport fully,


its CEO has warned, as staff return to the site a week


after it was targeted by Islamist bombers.


The airport will open at 20% capacity on Wednesday.


Enhanced security measures are being introduced and further


screening of baggage will take place before passengers reach


35 people were killed and 96 more are still in hospital


after bombs targeted the airport and a metro train.


Meanwhile, the mayor of Brussels was in Paris on Tuesday to meet


Speaking to reporters in French and English, he was asked


about the response to the attacks in Brussels which left 35 dead.


analysis to be done about the investigation


and the manner in which things unfolded.


Otherwise, these attacks wouldn't have happened.


Do you now feel that this Belgian-Franco


terrorist network, that you have broken the back of it?


I hope it and we hope it all, yes, certainly.


The situation in Brussels is still going on.


There are still a lot of investigations now in Brussels,


so it is maybe too early to say it is finished,


but there is good work together between the French police


Let's catch up with some of the days other main stories.


The World Health Organisation says that the Ebola outbreak


in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency.


The announcement was made by the organisation's chief


Margaret Chan, raising confidence that the remaining isolated cases


This officially ends the emergency first declared in August 2014.


Thailand has revealed a draft of its proposed new constitution.


Military generals have promised stability after a decade


But critics say that the charter is undemocratic and gives too much


power to the military, who staged a coup two years ago.


The Oscar-winning American actress, Patty Duke, has died


Ms Duke won an Academy Award in 1963 at the age of 16,


for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.


She later became known for her roles in a number of television films.


There are new questions about safety in boxing after Saturday's British


Nick Blackwell is still in a medically induced coma


in hospital after losing to Chris Eubank Junior.


Today the winner's father - the former world champion


Chris Eubank - has questioned the decision to allow the fight


Our Sports Correspondent Richard Conway has more.


Saturday's contest for the British middleweight title ended in defeat


for Nick Blackwell during the 10th round, but by then, a huge swelling


Doctors later revealed he had suffered a small bleed on his brain.


Today, his opponent, Chris Eubank Junior,


together with his father, Chris Senior, the former


When I am watching him after the fight and he is lying


on the ground with an oxygen mask, that is when worry sets in.


Wow, I didn't realise this was going to happen, you know?


And I went over there, are you going to be all right,


Eubank Senior reportedly banged on the canvas during the fight,


He then stepped into the ring to warn his son that his opponent


was hurt, questioning why the bout was continuing.


One, he's getting hurt, two, why isn't the referee


Even inspiring, I always tell Junior to stay away from the heads. His


punching ability is dangerous. It was Eubank Senior's 1981 world


title contest against Michael Watson After a brutal exchange of punches,


Watson spent 40 days in a coma, and had six brain operations,


leaving him partially paralysed. The memory of that


night still resonates. The surgeon who operated


on Michael Watson 25 years ago believes more effort should now be


devoted to minimising harm You will never get rid of it,


like you could never get rid of injury in all sport,


but the only way of bringing that down is to stop fights earlier,


and I think this has raised Nick Blackwell remains in hospital


in a medically induced coma, but it's believed there are no


plans to operate on him. Over the weekend, his


family thanked the public They, together with the world


of boxing, are hopeful he can 2015 was a corker of a year


for British vineyards, with record sales at home


and around the globe. But could British producers been


doing even more to boost sales Go into your local


restaurant for dinner, and you may order a Spanish red


or a French white to go But how about a glass


from much closer to home, grown here in the


English countryside? These vines may not look


like much at the moment, but the team here in Kent


are going to be monitoring them closely over the next


few months, in time for harvest, when


they are going to be This is what the vineyard looked


like in full bloom last summer. And it is becoming more and more


likely you will see scenes like this as millions


of pounds is being invested into English and Welsh


wine, with more and more vineyards It even has the interest


of the champagne house Tattinger, But can it really compete with those


well-established brands? Similar to champagne -


it uses the same three great grapes of champagne, Pinot Meunier,


Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, we age it, so it has


the same soil that is And it is one of those things that


from our point of view just And it seems many agree,


as English wine production has doubled in the past five years,


with sales reaching a record ?150 million in 2015, which is thought


to be down to a number of factors. We're learning more


about the vineyards, and the places, the right places


to plant the right vines. There's more expertise,


because of more available. And there's a growing eagerness


from consumers to engage with wine and food producers,


which all comes together and works. Now, the Government is setting


new targets to increase wine exports tenfold, from 250,000


bottles to 2.5 million by 2020. It plans to offer support,


resources, and help wine producers identify more suitable land


for sparkling wine production. Let's return now to our main story


of the hijacked Egyptair plane which was due to land in Alexandria but


the passengers have been taken off and put on another plane and are due


to arrive at Carrie wrote -- Cairo airport shortly. When I lead you to


touch down, Sally? We are still waiting here in Cairo airport for


the passengers to arrive. We have the family members here. There is a


sense of belief among these family members. They are happy that ones


are coming back safely after the moments of anxiety and extreme


tension they experienced in the morning. A lot of media people are


around as well. We are also expecting the Prime Minister to


arrive, where he will receive the passengers. So far, what we


understand is that the hijacker is still detained in Cyprus. According


to sources of the Egyptian Ministry of the interior, he has a permanent


record that includes robberies and fraud but we do not know when he is


expected to be deported back to Cairo. Just briefly, Sally, any


questions about airport security? Definitely. The fact that a person


was able to hijack a plane that easily in one of the Egyptian


airports raises lots of concerns about how accurate and vigorous


there are security checks are. All right. Thank you very much indeed.


But for now from me, Tim Wilcox, and the rest of the team,


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