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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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After nearly a fortnight's searching, a signal

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But will the recorder eventually reveal the truth behind the loss

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The mystery of the 40 dead tiger cubs found in a freezer

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at a controversial Thai Buddhist temple accused of involvement

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One of the UK's most prolific paedophiles admits to more than 70

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charges of child sexual abuse in South East Asia.

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And a new high-speed rail-link across Europe.

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At more than 55 kilometres, the world's longest and deepest rail

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We start with the Egyptair flight, which went missing

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French investigators say they have detected signals from one

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of the black box flight recorders from the Airbus A320,

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and now face the challenge of retrieving it before it stops

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The airliner left Paris in the evening for Cairo

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It vanished from radar screens north of the Egyptian coast

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Debris has since been recovered 290km north of Alexandria.

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The Greek Defence Minister said the plane's last movements included

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a 90 degree turn to the left, followed by a 360 degree turn

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to the right - a claim the Egyptian authorities have disputed.

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The plane is believed to lie at a possible depth of 3,000 metres

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A specialist vessel carrying robots, able to dive to this depth,

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They'll be searching underwater for the black box.

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It could either be the device holding technical data or the one

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Until the black box is recovered, any chance of discovering exactly

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what happened to the plane remains slim.

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Our correspondent in Cairo, Orla Guerin, has

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For the country, it's been a great tragedy.

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There has been a real sense of loss across this country,

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keenly felt by families in many different areas.

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There have been many poignant stories about the Egyptians

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who were on that plane, why they were taking the flight.

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For example, one woman who had been receiving cancer treatment in Paris

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who had actually managed to beat the disease and who was on her way

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home with her husband to her three small children, who were waiting

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Both she and her husband were among the victims.

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Initially, in the very early stages after the crash, the authorities

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here said that a terrorist attack was more likely

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Since then, officials have appeared to back away a bit from that line.

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They are saying that all theories are still being investigated.

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All possibilities are being considered.

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We actually know what this point is that there are indications

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of smoke and of a possible fire on board.

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We don't know what started that experts stressing that

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while the black boxes should provide some answers, they may have two rule

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things out like, for example, a bomb or an attempt

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They may not provide all of the answers that

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We can get more now from aviation expert David Learmount,

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who's a consulting editor at Flight Global.

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She was stressing the point that maybe not all the data from this

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light box will be there. But what sort of things will be here? --

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light box. -- will we here? If there's an explosion, even if it

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blows the aeroplane apart, you will hear the beginning of it. There will

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a pulse of sound or pressure and then everything goes dead. I don't

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think we've got enough information at this point, which is why we so

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desperately need the recorders, to know what happens. We don't know

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whether there was a fire started by sabotage or whether it was a

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straightforward electrical faults caused by maintenance, and oversight

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of maintenance, or design. It's been discovered now within a

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fortnight. The race is on to retrieve it from the sea bed, a long

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way down. Is there a risk that this data recorder might have nothing on

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it? The very same risk, but we've got

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some pretty good information which suggests there is a good chance

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it'll be working because the same team, the French investigation team,

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back in 2009 started searching for thousand metres down in the South

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Atlantic for the Air France aircraft that went missing. It took them two

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years to find both the flight recorders and they both worked

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completely. So, not only does this prove two things. First, they are

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extremely good at finding these things. Secondly, they are quite

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likely to tell us a lot. Do the electronics need to be dried

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out, or is it in a watertight Capshaw which means once you've

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retrieved it you can get that information?

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-- capsule. It depends how much damage was done,

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impact with is not much more gentle than impacting the surface of the

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Earth. High-speed water is very, very hard. But they shouldn't need

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drying out. If they do need trying out, they cancel be made to work.

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It's quite remarkable what agencies like the EEA can find out.

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Thus far, we have only found this more body parts and luggage, but not

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the main fuselage of this aircraft. Would that be intact?

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Well, we don't know. This is the thing, it's amazing how little we

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know. I have a suspicion that more is known by the Egyptian authorities

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than there are inclined to release at the moment. They haven't released

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anything, for example, about the spread of the wreckage on the

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surface. If the aircraft breaks up in the sky because of sabotage, the

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wreckage is spread very widely and it's a good early indicator. But

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they haven't said anything about how the wreckage that they have found

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has been spread. I think they know more than they're saying.

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Thank you for joining us. The University of California's Los

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Angeles campus is on lockdown, Police are searching

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university buildings, We don't know whether those victims

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have been shot dead or injured. It is a large campus just outside Los

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Angeles. Joining me now with more on this

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story is our correspondent What is the latest information?

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We first heard reports about one hour ago that there have been a

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shooting at his university campus just to the west of the city of Los

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Angeles. At this stage, we don't know a great deal of concrete

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information. There were reports that two people had been injured although

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I spoke to the LAPD about 20 minutes ago and they said they could not

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confirm those reports. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're not

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true. A spokesman at the scene may have been talking to local media.

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Just to exercise some caution, we have heard reports that two people

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may be "Down". We don't know whether that means they have been killed or

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injured. What we do know is that the police are swarming around this

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building. There has been a major response to this report of an active

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shooter at the scene and authorities have responded very quickly. The

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campus is in lockdown and people have been told to get to safety and

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lock the door, do the usual things that people are told to do in

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situations like this. At the moment, we have relatively little concrete

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information on whether there is one shooter or more than one shooter.

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Or, indeed, whether people have been injured.

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There is always that campus alert system. We have heard a game that

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police are telling everyone on campus to lock themselves inside

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their rooms. -- heard the game. We believe this happened outside and

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engineering campus. It is a big campus, tens of thousands of

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students. There are 43,000 students studying

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at the moment. It's a major international campus, a lots of

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overseas students come to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. This is

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happening close to the engineering building, we are told. But there are

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many different disciplines. There is a large Medical School at UCLA. It

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is a very densely populated area. It is somewhere between the city of Los

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Angeles and Santa Monica which is on the coast. If you had West out of

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Los Angeles, this is in the city of westward on the way to the coast. It

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is a relatively small campus in that it is a concentrated area, lots of

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winding roads around the campus to get to the various buildings. It is

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really the major part of Westwood, the city revolves around the

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university in this part of town. You can only imagine the chaos of the

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police attention is causing today. Thank you very much.

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Authorities in Thailand have discovered 40 dead tiger cubs

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in a freezer during a raid on a temple accused of alleged

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The temple is in Kanchanaburi province, to the west of Bangkok.

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Known in English as "Tiger Temple", it had been suspected

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Animal activists have long campaigned for its closure.

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The gruesome discovery came during the ongoing operation

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to remove more than 130 live tigers from the site.

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A warning - the following report contains images which may

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It was a raid to remove live tigers from a suspected animal trafficking

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operation in Thailand's Kanchanabury province.

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The last thing authorities expected was this shocking discovery.

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Lined up, one by one, the 40 dead tiger cubs.

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Some are believed to be just one or two days old.

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They were found in a freezer at Tiger Temple on Wednesday.

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TRANSLATION: We were told there are some remains of tiger

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cubs in the freezer, so be asked to see them.

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We found 40 dead cubs, horns, antlers

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Tiger Temple has long been a tourist destination, making millions of

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But 2001, authorities have been locked in a battle with those

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who run the temple after allegations of wildlife trafficking

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There's a question and a debate to have about how animals should be

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kept in captivity and how they should be kept around tourists

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But if this is being used as a facade for an illegal

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trafficking business then that's very troubling.

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The monks behind Tiger Temple have denied any wrongdoing.

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A statement on their Facebook page says...

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What is clear is that this once popular tourist attraction

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faces a long road ahead, starting with the removal of the

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remaining live tigers before authorities consider potential

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It's the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel under the Swiss Alps,

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and today it officially opened after almost two decades

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Officials say the 35-mile Gotthard tunnel, a high-speed

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link between northern and southern Europe,

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will revolutionise freight transport, taking a million lorries

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Today is the culmination of 20 years of hard graft.

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The Swiss have been digging, blasting out enough rock to build

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six Egyptian pyramids, all to provide a high speed rail link

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through what are sometimes called Europe's biggest

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through what are sometimes called Europe's biggest trade

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Whether it's Italian olive oil going north,

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or Scottish whisky going south, Europe's goods have got to get

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In the middle ages, they were dragged up here by mule

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Even today, much of Europe's freight relies on 19th-century railway

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Until now, over 1 million heavy lorries a year have been

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valleys with traffic, putting the fragile alpine

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We have on biodiversity, every year, a loss of flora and fauna.

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It's all a part of our policy that we have to protect not only

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the atmosphere but also the Alpine region.

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During test runs, trains have reached speeds of over 150 mph.

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It will be hugely important to Europe's economy.

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Hundreds of freight trains a day are expected to use it.

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But it came with a hefty price tag for Switzerland.

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At the Swiss believe if the new tunnel protects

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the alpine environment, it will all have been worth it.

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With me is Martin Knights, managing director of an international

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You were there when the tunnel part was complete. The actual tunnelling

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was done under 20 years? The hole in the ground was finished

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in 2010. They spent the last six years kitting it out with railway

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lines and safety equipment. It took just over ten years in a tunnelling

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construction using four tunnel boring machines.

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And that is pretty fast? Some of the rates of progress were

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up to about 55 metres in one day. Generally, we are talking about 20

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metres a day. That is 40 minutes a day if you are going in off the

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directions. -- 40 metres a day. Excavating all the Rock, where does

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that go? What the machine does is it churns

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up the rock and then takes it to the back of the machine by conveyor out

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onto a railway system which goes out into the open. There is lots of cut

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and fill in order to form a high-speed railway anywhere. All

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that is generally needed for recycling on the job.

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The Swiss had a referendum on this, didn't they?

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They voted 84% in favour in 1994 because there was so much freight

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traffic going through Switzerland on lorries. It was going between

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Germany and Scandinavia perhaps. They voted for environmental reasons

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and safety reasons in order to have something which was safer and

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quicker. Switzerland is not a member of the

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EU. It is not part of the trading agreement. Is this part of a

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pan-European network? It is. There are two other tunnel is

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now being planned between cheering and Leon -- Turin and Lyon. They are

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now creating eastern and western Europe links. All to facilitate

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trade. A bit like a modern-day silk Road.

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Are there other projects internationally? Doesn't China want

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some kind of tunnel would tie one? Absolutely. That is 150 kilometres.

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It is stretching it, but the technology is there. The Norwegians

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are also thinking about it. The technology has grown and the funding

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is there. Everyone is behind these large tunnels.

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Briefly, it's only for trains? Yes, trains only.

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A 30-year-old man, believed to be one of the UK's

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worst child abusers, is being sentenced

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Richard Huckle has admitted 71 offences that he committed

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His victims were aged between six months and 12 years old.

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Richard Huckle sought out children in the poorest

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But it's also the way he got close to this girl,

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He took videos of me naked, and I told him I wanted

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I didn't realise what he was doing because I was only three years old.

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I don't want him to come back to Malaysia.

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He targeted the vulnerable, getting to know them.

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Staying in the slums for days on end.

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Huckle was often at this woman's home.

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But she says when her granddaughter was just 12,

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To charities and orphanages where he helped out and targeted children.

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That day he brought one of his victims.

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But all too often it was a prelude to rape and abuse.

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Tens of thousands of images and videos.

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He then posted them in secret forums on the so-called "dark web".

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Huckle also wrote a self-help guide for other would-be abusers,

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It's not often that you get intimate access inside a police sting...

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He was finally identified by police in Australia.

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In one of the biggest ever investigations into sex offenders

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Paul Griffiths is a former British detectives, now

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How great a danger did he posed to children?

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If he hadn't been arrested, if he hadn't have been

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taken out of circulation, he would still be offending

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He certainly struck me as the kind of person who would make

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If he have the opportunity to offend against a child,

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Huckle's victims are left traumatised.

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Abused by a man who said he'd come to help them.

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He used his face to seek them out and then betray them.

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And update on the shooting at UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Police are

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now confirming two victims at that shooting. The shooter is still at

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large, according to police. SWAT teams are flooding the campus which

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has tens of thousands of students just to the west of Los Angeles

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itself. There are some reports suggesting this happened outside the

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engineering building at the campus. The campus alert system has been

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activated with police telling everyone to lock themselves inside

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their rooms. One report describes the shooter as a white male around

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six foot tall wearing a black jacket and black trousers. A lots of police

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activity, as you can see. The campus is in lockdown. Police confirmed two

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death in that shooting incident which still appears to be going on.

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A young woman teacher who was set on fire by a group of men

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The hospital where Maria Sadaqat died says 85% of her body

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was burnt and she died of multiple organ failure.

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Her aunt said she was attacked for refusing a man's

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TRANSLATION: The girl was very intelligent.

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The man's family sent in the proposal, but he was already

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The goal's father rejected the proposal.

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The man's family got angry and did this.

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The BBC Urdu's reporter, Iram Abbasi, was at

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when Maria's body was handed to her family.

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The autopsy was conducted here in a local hospital,

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40 kilometres away from the capital city of Islamabad.

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There is a lot of anger and panic among the family and villagers.

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Half of the villages or family members were gathered outside

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the hospital when the autopsy was taking place.

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Now that the procedure is done, the family is taking Maria's dead

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When I spoke to his father, he told me that the incident

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He alleges that a group of five men barged into their house,

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locked Maria in the room and beat her up after she refused

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According to him, after torching Maria, they took her to a ditch

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and doused her in kerosene oil and set her on fire.

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According to police, a case has been registered

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The investigation is still undergoing.

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French investigators have confirmed that one of their naval

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vessels has detected signals from one of two flight recorders

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belonging to the EgyptAir plane, which crashed last month

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They say the signals had been picked up from the seabed

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The Airbus 320, with 66 people on board,

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came down two weeks ago during a flight from Paris to Cairo.

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It vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens,

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apparently without having sent a distress call.

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Now, she's one of the most recognisable faces of the last

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century and would have celebrated her 90th

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A Hollywood actress and one of the most famous pin-up

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Have you guessed who I'm talking about yet?

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Marilyn Munro, who would have been 90.

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