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This is BBC World News Today with me Geeta Gur-murthy.
The headlines: Wreckage is found floating in the Mediterranean
in the search for the missing EgyptAir plane.
By air and sea the search for answers continues and there's
despair for relatives of those missing.
He is married and has a boy and a girl.
The boy is one and a half and the girl is
He was the backbone of our family and he was loved by everyone.
The Latin American strain of the Zika virus has been confirmed
in Africa for the first time, on the Cape Verde islands.
Why are there three times more psychiatric patients in prison
We have a special report from one jail in Chicago.
We have people who are sick, not criminals. They artistic. It is no
different if we had diabetes. A convicted murderer pleads guilty
to trespass after scaling the walls The authorities in Greece and Egypt
searching for the missing EgyptAir flight say that human remains,
passenger belongings and wreckage have been found floating
in the Mediterranean. Flight MS804 went missing
in the early hours of yesterday morning, en route from Paris
to Cairo with 66 passengers It was just entering Egyptian air
space when it was last heard from. Debris from the plane has
been found in the area, about 290 kilometres
from the Egyptian coast. A huge international search is now
underway, and focused on finding A possible oil slick
within the search area has also been Our correspondent in Egypt
is Quentin Somerville. In the village they
pray and they mourn. Three men from separate families
from this village died in After Friday prayers,
Mohammed told me about his friend. She was four years
old. He tells me it would be easier
if the families were able to bury One man is refusing to believe
that his son has passed. This was to be her
first visit to Egypt. Most of the family are just too
heartbroken His uncle agreed to
tell us of their loss. TRANSLATION: What can
we as for now that we have lost He is gone and his daughter
has gone with him. This village is a long
way from Paris. They lost three young
men here and a child. They were enormously proud
that they had gone out into the world
to earn a living. There is some comfort today that
Egypt has discovered some of the debris and belongings
from the flight. There is a hope that eventually
the bodies of the sons That came one step closer
to happening today. Egypt's navy and air force
was out searching again. Greece's defence minister
announced the discovery. TRANSLATION: We have been briefed
by the Egyptian joint rescue
coordination centre about the discovery of a body
part, two seats and luggage at the scene
of the search, slightly to the south
of where the plane signal was lost. More details are being learned
about those who were on board. Richard Osman from Wales had a child
who was only a few weeks old and
a two-year-old daughter. His brother Alister spoke
to the BBC. He said this could be
an act of terrorism. Can they not see the results
of their actions? Do they not see what is left over,
what is left at the end That is left at the end of the day,
a family deprived of We are now putting faces to names
of others lost in the crash. They were mostly
from France and Egypt. The pilot of the aircraft
was Mohammed Shakir. His cousin spoke of
his professionalism. 2000 hours in the same
aircraft, I believe this All his colleagues
say he is one of the In Egypt's towns and villages,
there will be no peace until their And then they can fully
turn their thoughts to what caused the plane to fall
from a clear blue sky. With me is David Mearns. He is a
deep sea recovery form. Thank you for joining us. From what you know
now publicly, is it possible to see what has brought this plane down? Is
it possible to see if it was an accident or attack? No, that is not
possible. People like me, our skills is to go out and find the wreckage
and then recover it for investigators to answer those
questions. You have been involved in those such as yourself. Correct. How
likely is that they find the black boxes? I think there is a high
likelihood they will be able to do that. The first wreckage has now
been found and it will allow them to narrow the crash site where it
impacted on the sea bed. Then the next underwater phase will begin,
searching with acoustic devices to listen to the underwater location
devices that are attached to the black boxes. That will be the focus
of any recovery efforts. That tells you the most amount of information
in the shortest period of fine Flight MS804 time. There is an oil
slick in this area, does that indicate anything specific? Yes, you
can sample that oil and get some of the oil up and determine whether it
is from a ship or whether it is aircraft oil. If it is aircraft oil
and it is coming up from a point source on the sea bed, that is a
really good way to localise the wreckage on the sea bed. From what
we are seeing of how much wreckage there is, are you surprised by how
little or how much there is? What happens to it, does it think? No, it
is not all think. When a plane explodes in the side to the max guy
or if it hits the surface intact, it does fragment and a lot of the
objects float. The structure of the plane is such that it allows very
large objects to actually float. As of this time, with only a couple of
pieces of wreckage found, it is surprisingly at but we have only
just got into the wreckage and there is a chance that they will find more
tomorrow. As the determine the drifts, this is 24 hours or more
after the plane has crashed, in that time it is possible that the
wreckage could have drifted 15 or 20 miles. Lots of information obviously
still needed. Thank you for joining us. We can speak now to our
correspondent in Cairo. We have seen the incredibly distressing scenes
from there with families talking now of learning their loved ones were on
board this plane. How much information as the Government able
to give to those families? Well, it is a day of mourning and grief here.
Very little information provided by the Government apart from what they
said that they have found some wreckage and some parts of bodies of
the victims. There isn't much detail that are providing for the families
here. Earlier today I spent some time in the hotel with the families
were meeting with officials from Egypt air and they were in a very
distressed situation. They are in a moment of sadness. I managed is big
to one of them and he told me about his lost brother and this is what he
said. I have lost my brother. He is married and has a boy and a girl.
The boy is one and a half and the girl is three. He was the backbone
of our family and he was loved by everyone. We have asked the
advertisement more information. We need to find the bodies so that they
can come back to us. We need to know what is going on. We need to know
what is going on. They want to have the bodies of their loved ones and
give them a proper burial. Today we have seen that there were some
symbolic funerals with empty Coughlin 's, but for the families
who have lost their loved ones, they want the real bodies they want to
give them a proper farewell. -- empty coffins.
Now a look at some of the days other news:
To Syria - and Russia has proposed proposed carrying out joint
airstrikes with the US-led coalition in the country.
Moscow said the strikes could start as early as May the twenty-fifth
and target the Islamist Nusra Front and other rebel groups who were not
Fifa's ethics committee says the former head of German football,
Wolfgang Niersbach, should be banned from the sport for two years.
It's over a allegations a bribe was used to secure votes
Mr Niersbach resigned as president of the German FA last year,
India's highest ever temperature has been recorded
in the state of Rajasthan, where it reached 51 degrees Celsius
in the city of Phlodi on Thursday - beating a 60 record.
The heatwave has already claimed dozens of lives,
with no real reprieve expected until the monsoon
The World Health Organization has announced that the strain
of the Zika virus circulating in Cape Verde is the same as the one
behind the thousands of cases in the Americas.
Meanwhile, the US authorities have revealed that 157 pregnant women
in America have tested positive for infection with the Zika virus.
The Zika virus has been blamed for neurological disorders and birth
This is the first time the Centers for Disease Control has released
Let's get more on this with our global health
First of all, on the US figures that have come out. All those who are
pregnant, will be definitely infect their children will the children
have problems? There is no definitely about anything involving
this at the moment. There is still much that is unknown. We do not know
what proportion of mothers who are infected with Zika will go on to
have babies who are brain-damaged. The Centre for disease control
released figures today and said to us that altogether there were almost
300 mothers expecting who have been infected with Zika. 157 are from
mainland US and the others from Puerto Rico. If you are than a dozen
who have gone on to have a miscarriage or give birth to a
brain-damaged baby, but clearly this is a very worrying development. The
numbers have changed slightly how they have been counting these cases.
It has jumped quite a lot in the last week, that is more about how
they have been counting the cases rather than a jump in cases. It is a
real concern for these mothers. President Obama is pushing for more
funding. Yes, he is. He added for billion has been signed off. There
is still a major gap. About $600 million has been allocated before
today, but that money has been taken from other projects including
fighting Ebola. The way President Obama phrased it was taking from
Paul and giving to Peter. He is urging Congress to sign off the rest
of this money because it is origin. He spoke in the last hour or two and
this is what he said. To the extent that we want
to be able to feel safe and secure and families
who are of child-bearing years want to be able to feel
as if they have confidence that when they travel and when they
want to start a family, To the extent that is something
we think is important. This is a pretty modest investment
to get those assurances. President Obama they are. We have
heard that the threat of this virus spreading to Africa and other parts
of Asia, how big is that and how is it happening? It is a real concern.
The world health organisation has said that parts of southern Europe
should expect cases in the coming months as well. They could effect
anywhere where there is the mosquito. This is the same mosquito
that spreads other diseases. These are coming into play much more now,
especially in Europe as it gets warmer. Anywhere that has these
mosquitoes are at risk of having Zika cases. The world health
organisation is telling countries in Africa that they need to prepare and
start telling people, especially pregnant women, about the risks of
Zika. You need to inform them of how to stay safe and crucially they
neared to be investment in vaccines and there needs to be research.
Protecting yourself from a mosquito bite is important. How does it
actually spread though? Humans are the intermediaries's yes, the
mosquito is the vector that infects humans. If somebody in Brazil
travels to Cape Verde and they have been infected with Zika. They may
not show symptoms but they go where the mosquito lives and that mosquito
bites that person, picks up Zika and then infects others. Other
mosquitoes that bite people who have been bitten, can also pick up Zika.
It is complicated but you can see how easy it is to spread, especially
with how much travel there is. That is very alarming. Thank you very
much indeed. Over the last few days we have been bringing you first-hand
experience of life in prison. On Thursday we were at Wandsworth
prison in London. The problems there are mirrored in many jails around
the world. In America there are three as many psychiatric patient in
prison than hospital. Our correspondent was given special
permission to film inside the prison and speak to the prisoners. This is
what checking into America's largest health institution looks like. It is
not the official role but when 30% of people being shuttled around from
cell to cell and locked away in this jail is not to have psychiatric
problems, that is what it has become.
We watched as this man was processed into the jail,
He was charged with criminal trespass, sleeping on someone else's
42-year-old Robert is homeless and he has schizophrenia.
We saw as he shuffled off into what is a tough world.
In parts of the jail, up to 400 inmates are kept
in a single room, where they eat, sleep and live all together.
Many, of course, have committed far worse crimes than Robert.
Those we spoke to complained of the conditions they lived in,
but didn't want to be recorded for fear,
But the number of those among the prison population with mental
health problems appears to be ever-increasing.
It is now thought there are more than three times the number
of psychiatric patients incarcerated in America than are in hospitals.
He's been locked up because he stole groceries
Being incarcerated is no way to live.
Not only is it being kept from your freedom,
but being surrounded with the people that are here,
The mentality of the individuals that you're locked up with.
It can really get hard, it can be dangerous.
There are some areas of the jail that do have the look
Those running this facility have at least recognised that mental
health provision needs to be a huge part of what they do.
The new warden of the jail is even a psychologist.
But what they can't change is a system which means so many
people who should be treated in the community end up
No different than if they had diabetes, but they
Well, guess what, States throughout the country,
throughout the United States, have decimated the mental health
So where do these people end up then?
And it's been going on now for decades.
There does seem to be recognition that too many people
in America are going to jail, particularly those with
That can only be resolved with fundamental changes
in the justice system here and improved mental health
But both those things feel a long way off.
The Turkish parliament has approved a controversial
law that will strip MPs of their immunity from prosecution.
Dozens of them from various parties could now find themselves in court.
Pro-Kurdish politicians say the government's designed law
in an effort to drive them and other opposition representatives out
Well, one of the MPs who took part in the vote earlier today
Ertugrul Kurkcu is the Honorary President of the HDP Party.
Many thanks for joining us. Why are you opposed to this change proposed
by the President? Actually, there is no need for the deputies to be tried
in this way. There was an ordinary way that the majority party could
decide who would go to the court after the discussion in the
parliament. The commission and the assembly and make a decision for
every individual after their defence. Now all the rights for
defence and the individuality of the debate has been removed and there is
a total lifting of the desert for certain people. In other departments
of Justice Ministry will be anonymously lifted. The Government
says that nobody, even members of Parliament cat should be immune from
prosecution. -- should be immune from prosecution. The immunity means
community from prosecution. There is no valid reason now. You think this
is another blow to democracy in Turkey, as other critics have said.
As that's right? Yes, of course. This is what the majority does to
their minority. The majority party who holds the majority of the seats
and the parliament tries to oust the minority out of the Parliament.
There is nothing to do with democracy here. Secondly, all those
charges directed against the deputies are simply addressing it to
the people outside of the Parliament. They are going to be
tried but not for any deed. We are just showing some pictures and you
can probably hear the sound of the disruption in the last few days. Can
I just ask you, any sense, Turkey wants to get to membership of the
European Union. That is going to be these free travel potentially for
people from Turkey into Europe, do you think that is a good idea now as
the Government increases these moves? Do you think there is a
security threat in Turkey from people coming to Europe? Actually,
everybody should be free to travel everywhere in the world. If Turkey
is now discussing with Europe that Turkey is going to get views as
because Turkey is a democratic country and Turkey is going to meet
the European Union demands, we can see the first demand, the freedom of
speech and the freedom of political freedom, are being narrowed every
day and Turkey is not meeting one of the major conditions. Of course,
every Turkish person should go anywhere in the world if they want.
If the Turkish person except the condition is right, with broader
rights, there is no broader rights here. Therefore, this is a failure
of innocence. Thank you very much for joining us.
Here in London, a convicted murderer has pleaded guilty to trespassing
Dennis Hennesey, who's 41, scaled a perimeter wall
and was found by officers after an alarm was activated
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in residence at the time.
Our royal correspondent Peter Hunt says this isn't the first breach
of security there's been at the palace.
I am sure viewers around the world remember the story of Michael Fagan
who came here and got over the walls, he went up a drain pipe and
got into the Queen's bedroom. It was the first time anyone has been in
there since Queen Victoria. He was only removed when he asked for a
cigarette and she got a footman who helped the man until the police
came. That was the dark days of royal security. On this incident,
the police are feeling more confident. The insist this man was
detained in the gardens and did not get into the palace. Peter at their
outside Buckingham Palace. Search teams in the Mediterranean
Sea say they've found human remains and wreckage from the missing
EgyptAir plane. The European Space Agency says one
of its satellites has detected a potential oil slick
where the flight disappeared. There is much more online. Thank you