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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.
After nearly a fortnight's searching, a signal
But will the recorder eventually reveal the truth behind the loss
The mystery of the 40 dead tiger cubs found in a freezer
at a controversial Thai Buddhist temple accused of involvement
One of the UK's most prolific paedophiles admits to more than 70
charges of child sexual abuse in South East Asia.
And a new high-speed rail-link across Europe.
At more than 55 kilometres, the world's longest and deepest rail
We start with the Egyptair flight, which went missing
French investigators say they have detected signals from one
of the black box flight recorders from the Airbus A320,
and now face the challenge of retrieving it before it stops
The airliner left Paris in the evening for Cairo
It vanished from radar screens north of the Egyptian coast
Debris has since been recovered 290km north of Alexandria.
The Greek Defence Minister said the plane's last movements included
a 90 degree turn to the left, followed by a 360 degree turn
to the right - a claim the Egyptian authorities have disputed.
The plane is believed to lie at a possible depth of 3,000 metres
A specialist vessel carrying robots, able to dive to this depth,
They'll be searching underwater for the black box.
It could either be the device holding technical data or the one
Until the black box is recovered, any chance of discovering exactly
what happened to the plane remains slim.
Our correspondent in Cairo, Orla Guerin, has
For the country, it's been a great tragedy.
There has been a real sense of loss across this country,
keenly felt by families in many different areas.
There have been many poignant stories about the Egyptians
who were on that plane, why they were taking the flight.
For example, one woman who had been receiving cancer treatment in Paris
who had actually managed to beat the disease and who was on her way
home with her husband to her three small children, who were waiting
Both she and her husband were among the victims.
Initially, in the very early stages after the crash, the authorities
here said that a terrorist attack was more likely
Since then, officials have appeared to back away a bit from that line.
They are saying that all theories are still being investigated.
All possibilities are being considered.
We actually know what this point is that there are indications
of smoke and of a possible fire on board.
We don't know what started that experts stressing that
while the black boxes should provide some answers, they may have two rule
things out like, for example, a bomb or an attempt
They may not provide all of the answers that
We can get more now from aviation expert David Learmount,
who's a consulting editor at Flight Global.
She was stressing the point that maybe not all the data from this
light box will be there. But what sort of things will be here? --
light box. -- will we here? If there's an explosion, even if it
blows the aeroplane apart, you will hear the beginning of it. There will
a pulse of sound or pressure and then everything goes dead. I don't
think we've got enough information at this point, which is why we so
desperately need the recorders, to know what happens. We don't know
whether there was a fire started by sabotage or whether it was a
straightforward electrical faults caused by maintenance, and oversight
of maintenance, or design. It's been discovered now within a
fortnight. The race is on to retrieve it from the sea bed, a long
way down. Is there a risk that this data recorder might have nothing on
it? The very same risk, but we've got
some pretty good information which suggests there is a good chance
it'll be working because the same team, the French investigation team,
back in 2009 started searching for thousand metres down in the South
Atlantic for the Air France aircraft that went missing. It took them two
years to find both the flight recorders and they both worked
completely. So, not only does this prove two things. First, they are
extremely good at finding these things. Secondly, they are quite
likely to tell us a lot. Do the electronics need to be dried
out, or is it in a watertight Capshaw which means once you've
retrieved it you can get that information?
-- capsule. It depends how much damage was done,
impact with is not much more gentle than impacting the surface of the
Earth. High-speed water is very, very hard. But they shouldn't need
drying out. If they do need trying out, they cancel be made to work.
It's quite remarkable what agencies like the EEA can find out.
Thus far, we have only found this more body parts and luggage, but not
the main fuselage of this aircraft. Would that be intact?
Well, we don't know. This is the thing, it's amazing how little we
know. I have a suspicion that more is known by the Egyptian authorities
than there are inclined to release at the moment. They haven't released
anything, for example, about the spread of the wreckage on the
surface. If the aircraft breaks up in the sky because of sabotage, the
wreckage is spread very widely and it's a good early indicator. But
they haven't said anything about how the wreckage that they have found
has been spread. I think they know more than they're saying.
Thank you for joining us. The University of California's Los
Angeles campus is on lockdown, Police are searching
university buildings, We don't know whether those victims
have been shot dead or injured. It is a large campus just outside Los
Angeles. Joining me now with more on this
story is our correspondent What is the latest information?
We first heard reports about one hour ago that there have been a
shooting at his university campus just to the west of the city of Los
Angeles. At this stage, we don't know a great deal of concrete
information. There were reports that two people had been injured although
I spoke to the LAPD about 20 minutes ago and they said they could not
confirm those reports. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're not
true. A spokesman at the scene may have been talking to local media.
Just to exercise some caution, we have heard reports that two people
may be "Down". We don't know whether that means they have been killed or
injured. What we do know is that the police are swarming around this
building. There has been a major response to this report of an active
shooter at the scene and authorities have responded very quickly. The
campus is in lockdown and people have been told to get to safety and
lock the door, do the usual things that people are told to do in
situations like this. At the moment, we have relatively little concrete
information on whether there is one shooter or more than one shooter.
Or, indeed, whether people have been injured.
There is always that campus alert system. We have heard a game that
police are telling everyone on campus to lock themselves inside
their rooms. -- heard the game. We believe this happened outside and
engineering campus. It is a big campus, tens of thousands of
students. There are 43,000 students studying
at the moment. It's a major international campus, a lots of
overseas students come to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. This is
happening close to the engineering building, we are told. But there are
many different disciplines. There is a large Medical School at UCLA. It
is a very densely populated area. It is somewhere between the city of Los
Angeles and Santa Monica which is on the coast. If you had West out of
Los Angeles, this is in the city of westward on the way to the coast. It
is a relatively small campus in that it is a concentrated area, lots of
winding roads around the campus to get to the various buildings. It is
really the major part of Westwood, the city revolves around the
university in this part of town. You can only imagine the chaos of the
police attention is causing today. Thank you very much.
Authorities in Thailand have discovered 40 dead tiger cubs
in a freezer during a raid on a temple accused of alleged
The temple is in Kanchanaburi province, to the west of Bangkok.
Known in English as "Tiger Temple", it had been suspected
Animal activists have long campaigned for its closure.
The gruesome discovery came during the ongoing operation
to remove more than 130 live tigers from the site.
A warning - the following report contains images which may
It was a raid to remove live tigers from a suspected animal trafficking
operation in Thailand's Kanchanabury province.
The last thing authorities expected was this shocking discovery.
Lined up, one by one, the 40 dead tiger cubs.
Some are believed to be just one or two days old.
They were found in a freezer at Tiger Temple on Wednesday.
TRANSLATION: We were told there are some remains of tiger
cubs in the freezer, so be asked to see them.
We found 40 dead cubs, horns, antlers
Tiger Temple has long been a tourist destination, making millions of
But 2001, authorities have been locked in a battle with those
who run the temple after allegations of wildlife trafficking
There's a question and a debate to have about how animals should be
kept in captivity and how they should be kept around tourists
But if this is being used as a facade for an illegal
trafficking business then that's very troubling.
The monks behind Tiger Temple have denied any wrongdoing.
A statement on their Facebook page says...
What is clear is that this once popular tourist attraction
faces a long road ahead, starting with the removal of the
remaining live tigers before authorities consider potential
It's the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel under the Swiss Alps,
and today it officially opened after almost two decades
Officials say the 35-mile Gotthard tunnel, a high-speed
link between northern and southern Europe,
will revolutionise freight transport, taking a million lorries
Today is the culmination of 20 years of hard graft.
The Swiss have been digging, blasting out enough rock to build
six Egyptian pyramids, all to provide a high speed rail link
through what are sometimes called Europe's biggest
through what are sometimes called Europe's biggest trade
Whether it's Italian olive oil going north,
or Scottish whisky going south, Europe's goods have got to get
In the middle ages, they were dragged up here by mule
Even today, much of Europe's freight relies on 19th-century railway
Until now, over 1 million heavy lorries a year have been
valleys with traffic, putting the fragile alpine
We have on biodiversity, every year, a loss of flora and fauna.
It's all a part of our policy that we have to protect not only
the atmosphere but also the Alpine region.
During test runs, trains have reached speeds of over 150 mph.
It will be hugely important to Europe's economy.
Hundreds of freight trains a day are expected to use it.
But it came with a hefty price tag for Switzerland.
At the Swiss believe if the new tunnel protects
the alpine environment, it will all have been worth it.
With me is Martin Knights, managing director of an international
You were there when the tunnel part was complete. The actual tunnelling
was done under 20 years? The hole in the ground was finished
in 2010. They spent the last six years kitting it out with railway
lines and safety equipment. It took just over ten years in a tunnelling
construction using four tunnel boring machines.
And that is pretty fast? Some of the rates of progress were
up to about 55 metres in one day. Generally, we are talking about 20
metres a day. That is 40 minutes a day if you are going in off the
directions. -- 40 metres a day. Excavating all the Rock, where does
that go? What the machine does is it churns
up the rock and then takes it to the back of the machine by conveyor out
onto a railway system which goes out into the open. There is lots of cut
and fill in order to form a high-speed railway anywhere. All
that is generally needed for recycling on the job.
The Swiss had a referendum on this, didn't they?
They voted 84% in favour in 1994 because there was so much freight
traffic going through Switzerland on lorries. It was going between
Germany and Scandinavia perhaps. They voted for environmental reasons
and safety reasons in order to have something which was safer and
quicker. Switzerland is not a member of the
EU. It is not part of the trading agreement. Is this part of a
pan-European network? It is. There are two other tunnel is
now being planned between cheering and Leon -- Turin and Lyon. They are
now creating eastern and western Europe links. All to facilitate
trade. A bit like a modern-day silk Road.
Are there other projects internationally? Doesn't China want
some kind of tunnel would tie one? Absolutely. That is 150 kilometres.
It is stretching it, but the technology is there. The Norwegians
are also thinking about it. The technology has grown and the funding
is there. Everyone is behind these large tunnels.
Briefly, it's only for trains? Yes, trains only.
A 30-year-old man, believed to be one of the UK's
worst child abusers, is being sentenced
Richard Huckle has admitted 71 offences that he committed
His victims were aged between six months and 12 years old.
Richard Huckle sought out children in the poorest
But it's also the way he got close to this girl,
He took videos of me naked, and I told him I wanted
I didn't realise what he was doing because I was only three years old.
I don't want him to come back to Malaysia.
He targeted the vulnerable, getting to know them.
Staying in the slums for days on end.
Huckle was often at this woman's home.
But she says when her granddaughter was just 12,
To charities and orphanages where he helped out and targeted children.
That day he brought one of his victims.
But all too often it was a prelude to rape and abuse.
Tens of thousands of images and videos.
He then posted them in secret forums on the so-called "dark web".
Huckle also wrote a self-help guide for other would-be abusers,
It's not often that you get intimate access inside a police sting...
He was finally identified by police in Australia.
In one of the biggest ever investigations into sex offenders
Paul Griffiths is a former British detectives, now
How great a danger did he posed to children?
If he hadn't been arrested, if he hadn't have been
taken out of circulation, he would still be offending
He certainly struck me as the kind of person who would make
If he have the opportunity to offend against a child,
Huckle's victims are left traumatised.
Abused by a man who said he'd come to help them.
He used his face to seek them out and then betray them.
And update on the shooting at UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Police are
now confirming two victims at that shooting. The shooter is still at
large, according to police. SWAT teams are flooding the campus which
has tens of thousands of students just to the west of Los Angeles
itself. There are some reports suggesting this happened outside the
engineering building at the campus. The campus alert system has been
activated with police telling everyone to lock themselves inside
their rooms. One report describes the shooter as a white male around
six foot tall wearing a black jacket and black trousers. A lots of police
activity, as you can see. The campus is in lockdown. Police confirmed two
death in that shooting incident which still appears to be going on.
A young woman teacher who was set on fire by a group of men
The hospital where Maria Sadaqat died says 85% of her body
was burnt and she died of multiple organ failure.
Her aunt said she was attacked for refusing a man's
TRANSLATION: The girl was very intelligent.
The man's family sent in the proposal, but he was already
The goal's father rejected the proposal.
The man's family got angry and did this.
The BBC Urdu's reporter, Iram Abbasi, was at
when Maria's body was handed to her family.
The autopsy was conducted here in a local hospital,
40 kilometres away from the capital city of Islamabad.
There is a lot of anger and panic among the family and villagers.
Half of the villages or family members were gathered outside
the hospital when the autopsy was taking place.
Now that the procedure is done, the family is taking Maria's dead
When I spoke to his father, he told me that the incident
He alleges that a group of five men barged into their house,
locked Maria in the room and beat her up after she refused
According to him, after torching Maria, they took her to a ditch
and doused her in kerosene oil and set her on fire.
According to police, a case has been registered
The investigation is still undergoing.
French investigators have confirmed that one of their naval
vessels has detected signals from one of two flight recorders
belonging to the EgyptAir plane, which crashed last month
They say the signals had been picked up from the seabed
The Airbus 320, with 66 people on board,
came down two weeks ago during a flight from Paris to Cairo.
It vanished from Greek and Egyptian radar screens,
apparently without having sent a distress call.
Now, she's one of the most recognisable faces of the last
century and would have celebrated her 90th
A Hollywood actress and one of the most famous pin-up
Have you guessed who I'm talking about yet?
Marilyn Munro, who would have been 90.