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This is BBC World News Today. Maracana this


Throughout the day, the Olympic torch has been


making its way through the city to the Maracana stadium.


We'll be getting a taste of how the atmosphere is building at one


of the many fan zones in Rio where thousands are gathering


And here in London, I'm Tom Donkin, here are our other headlines:


Months of scandals take their toll on South Africa's governing ANC -


they've suffered their worst ever poll results.


And we speak to the survivor who became the face of the Brussels


As well as the excitement around what the Olympic


we are live at the art stadium. It is less than three hours to the


official start of the games. The Opening Ceremony is set to begin in


the stadium behind me and as you can see, a lot busier now than it was an


hour ago. Fans, spectators, ticket holders, they are waking -- making


their way through and flanked, of course, by heavy security. It is a


huge police operation here. There are browned about 85,000 police and


army that has been deployed on the streets. There are around about 80


5000. All the bags of the checked, all the tickets are being checked.


It is only authorised access here at the stadium. You do get a sense of


the anticipation and the excitement building. The atmosphere is very


regulated, a little bit dampened down at the moment and I wonder


whether that will change as we approached the Opening Ceremony in


the hours to come. This Olympics has been marred in the build-up by an


number of issues. Zika virus, the pollution of the waterways, the


Russian athletes, you may render God we got the decision from the IOC


yesterday, clearing the way for at least 271 Russian athletes to take


part in these games. Added to that, the issues of security and


transportation and whether or not this city is ready to play host the


impact games -- to the Olympic Games.


The two books are expensive for us but the games have brought good


things for the city and for us to live here. His daughter Stephanie


who is an umpire in the track and field events can barely contain her


enthusiasm. I'm with excited. I can't wait for it to start and be


part of it. After a marathon journey around this vast culturally diverse


three, the Olympic Torch visited some of Rio's most famous landmarks.


There has probably never been a more stunning backdrop for an Olympic


Games. This is the first time the games have taken place in South


America. A proud moment for the continent and for many Brazilians.


Public support for the games has sometimes felt patchy with many


areas having little investment. The question is, who are these Olympics


for. There has been plenty of infuse yes, some protest and a lot of


security. 85,000 troops have been deployed in the streets and there


have been rumours of more demonstrations outside tonight's


ceremony. Health, health, shouts one protester. Amid real anger that the


billions have been spent staging the Olympics when Rio has arguably more


pressing priorities. This is a city undoubtedly transformed by the


games. Some new infrastructure and urban regeneration. There have been


missed opportunities in a city with high levels of inequality, the MPEG


-- the Olympic Games not providing so much impetus for change as had


been promised. Looking over my shoulder here, it is


all about security here and the checks that are being carried out


for the thousands of people. 80,000, we're expecting to be in total in


that stadium including athletes, officials, 45 heads of state and


spectators as well. Let's discuss the security issues in detail. We


have with us a security expert. Welcome. It is all about security.


We knew that would always be the case. Yes, this is the most games


with security in history. You've got thousands of municipal guards,


thousands of private security, it is really about protecting the pics


from a major terrorist attack or major crime. Brazilians have never


seen anything like this before. Nor have they seen terrorism, which is


of course what the global headlines have been about. They have seen big


events come and go and what they are concerned about is that when all of


this comes to an end, what will be left for the city and the state?


What is your assessment of what you think will be left? You have been


looking at this in detail. At the moment, you get a sense of


excitement. The locals are pretty excited about staging this event but


does that show perhaps don't worry run deeper? There has been a lot of


apprehension in the lead up and with event finally happening tonight,


most people are relieved that we got here. You've got the Rio that a lot


of the foreigners will be seeing and you've got the other Rio with the


poor and impoverished population live. For them, they are not X here


in thing this big surge in security the way that foreigners are. They


are getting less security than you might expect because all the police


have been moved to the big Olympic venues. The big concern when it


comes to an end is well innovative police practices continue? Will


people -- police continued to protect the poorer people? We are


looking at pictures of the heavy security here which has been


epitomised by the army that are in the street here. We are getting


reports that 85,000 police and army have been deployed. The largest


military operation in prison in history. Some may find that presence


reassuring, others may say intimidating, but it is a necessity,


do you think? There is an expression here in Brazil, for the English to


see. And a lot of the police presence is about calming the


international presence. For sure, there is a risk, it is read below.


The real concern now is organised crime, violet homicide, robbery, not


necessarily in the streets but outside in the low income areas.


After the Olympics, we have elections at the governor level, at


city level, and nobody really knows whether there will be sufficient


resources to maximise security into 2017. Thank you so much for joining


us. Enjoy the Opening Ceremony. Here, all about heavy security as


these ticket holders make their way through to the stadium. There was a


part of Rio which is already celebrating with a bit of Samba and


who better than to show us it than in one of the biggest fan zones in


downtown Rio is Peter Kochi. I'm in the old fort area of Rio.


Just before I described the place to you, I was here two years ago during


the World Cup and it is unrecognisable. There was a lot of


traffic flowing through here at that time but they have cut all that out,


it is for pedestrians to come and enjoy themselves and that is what


they are hoping to do here tonight. It is a huge square in the old port


area. A huge screen has been mounted here today. You can hear music from


thousands of fans milling here today, hoping to catch the Opening


Ceremony on one of the big screens here at Square. We have heard today


that the Opening Ceremony will probably not be the most expensive


in the history of Olympics but it will be the coolest one because who


puts up a better party than the Brazilians? And that cool vibe is


already resonating here at the square today. People playing


football, roller skaters, people running their bicycles, couples


trying to soak in the atmosphere just as we are. They are just hoping


that all the problems in the lead up to these games will just melt away


once the Opening Ceremony starts at his the kind of atmosphere that they


are trying to build here in Rio today.


Indeed. Peter, you get the best gigs, because you were at the World


Cup and now you are here again. Thank you very much. More from Peter


and the team in the fan zone as we build up to the Opening Ceremony


just a few hours away. 11,000 athletes, they will be taking centre


stage here. A lot of the spotlight will be on who is carrying the flag


is and what they are going to be wearing.


Let's take a look at some of the outfits causing a stir.


South Korea's outfits have gone down fairly well.


They have been infused with insect repellent designed


Here's Team China in a colour combination which critics have


The official Olympic outfit for Georgia prompted thousands


of Georgians to sign a petition calling for


But possibly the most controversial was the Iranian outfit.


However, such was the public backlash that they've had


It's still unclear just what exactly they'll be wearing tonight.


Last but not least, the home team outfit. As you would expect, those


traditional Brazilian colours. We will be assessing who is wearing


what and if they are wearing it well. Look out for Team GB's outfit,


designed by Stella McCartney. We will take you to all the news in the


build-up to the Opening Ceremony. Two hours away. Back to you in the


studio. You can follow bad beta. And you can get all of the action of the


website. Let's take a look at what else


is making news around the world. The East African regional body


I-GAD says the government in South Sudan has agreed to allow


in an international protection force to try and salvage


the country's peace deal. There's no clear timeline yet


for the deployment of Lawyers for the US-based Turkish


cleric, Fethullah Gulen say they fear that there could be


an attempt on his life. The Turkish government has blamed


Mr Gulen for masterminding the recent failed coup there,


an accusation he denies. The government has submitted


evidence to the US in preparation At least 13 people have been killed


when suspected militants opened fire at a market place in the Indian


town of Kokrajhar. Police have blamed the attack


on an insurgent group called the National Democratic


Front of Bodoland. They say they have killed one


militant. The death toll from the Bastille Day


lorry attack in Nice has risen to 85, after a 56-year-old man


seriously injured in The death was confirmed on Twitter


by President of the French Riviera He offered condolences to the family


of the latest victim. In South Africa, the governing


African National Congress has just recorded its worst ever electoral


performance in local elections. The ANC has admitted defeat


in the key battleground of Nelson Mandela Bay which includes


the city of Port Elizabeth. Nomsa Maseko has this


report from Johannesburg. The governing ANC has been handed it


first major election setback since 1994. This is the first time the


party of Nelson Mandela won less than 60%, an embarrassment and a


major psychological blow, even though it still commands huge


support and rewired. Other issues have affected them but broadly, the


ANC has done well against all odds. But infighting, court cases and a


host of corruption scandals, some involving the president, are widely


seen as the reason for the ANC weakening support. What I would say


to the ANC is the need to learn from the opposition, they need to take


the citizens of South Africa very seriously. The municipal election


results show that the ANC power and influence is slowly declining. The


party is coming to the realisation that it can no longer take it for


granted that the country's black majority will follow it blindly. The


official opposition and ceded the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay, an area


with rich history of anti-apartheid struggle. We are very happy with the


results so far. 95% counted and we are still waiting for results. But


indications are that it looks like we will do very well in both those


disabilities. But none of the parties have one and out my


honourable gentleman Jarecki in fiercely contested cities including


Johannesburg and Pretoria. Essentially, the people of South


Africa gave us keys to the classroom on an historic lesson in humility.


We will be opening it to put the ANC in it so they may learn once and for


all never again to think that they are indispensable. They must learn


to respect the people's power, to respect the people's mandate. These


municipal elections have proven that South Africa's political landscape


is maturing into a competitive multiparty democracy.


Still to come, this woman became the face of the Brussels track. She has


spoken to the BBC for the first time.


The latest headlines: The Olympic torch has arrived


The opening ceremony is now just hours away.


Months of scandals take their toll on South Africa's governing ANC.


They've suffered their worst ever poll results.


China has sentenced another human rights activist after a week


The woman who became the face of the attack on Brussels in March


has given a special interview to the BBC.


35 people died and more than 300 others were injured in blasts


at the city's airport and a metro station.


Nidhi Chaphekar, was featured in one of the most shared images


and she told the BBC in Mumbai that her children saw their mother's


The first time that I saw the picture, my eyes were struck by my


face. It showed how helpless I was at that particular time, how


frightened I looked, the agony, the pain. I spoke to Mike kids because I


was worried, I have a son who was 14 years old. Seeing his mum who was


half covered in clothes, my daughter, she is ten, my mother is


being exposed to the world. I said, are you ashamed? They said, we were


looking at your strength. Even in this condition, you are still


wanting to be alive. It was a blast like a ball of fire


it hit a sound. On form -- full volume. Next, I found myself way


away as if someone had kicked me from that place and I was on the


ground. Those cries of grief of people, those who were asking, where


is my child? I'm calling for my child. I'm asking for help. People


were crying because of pain. We have to live, we have to go on, life has


to move. If you can do something better for someone, I think you have


gained something. Everybody has to think that is it.


That was the story of Nidhi Chaphekar, whose image


in the aftermath of the terror attack on Brussels last


year was shared and seen around the world.


China has sentenced another human rights activist after a week


of trials that have caused a great deal of concern around the world.


Go Hong Gwor, who was given a three-year suspended sentence,


was one of those caught up in a large-scale crackdown last


Our correspondent John Sudworth has been in Tianjin this week.


The authorities have been at pains to insist the trials are open and


transparent. And, yet, I'm some distance away from the court because


any attempt to film in the vicinity is very quickly squashed with both


family members of those involved and journalists being kept well at bay.


Foreign media is told instead it must cover these court cases from


this media reception centre, complete with the big screen showing


photographs from inside the court and a transcript of the proceedings


though there is no way of verifying the accuracy of any of it. The


ultimate irony is that having been stopped from filming outside the


courts, being put on a bus and brought here, the government has


been publishing photographs of inside this media reception centre.


The message, the foreign media art being given every assistance and


welcome. Being involved in human rights in China has never been an


easy path to tread. What is different this time isn't just the


scale, with 300 people detained last year, nor within the fact that


amongst the 20 remained in custody ever since, there are some prominent


lawyers. What is interesting about what is happening here and for many


people deeply troubling is that the prosecutions are being linked to an


increasingly fervent national narrative, neatly summed up by this


video. It has been posted on the website of china's National


prosecution service. Chinese human rights lawyers are at the centre of


an international conspiracy, the video argues, that aims, through the


motion of democracy and freedom, to bring the kind of chaos and


instability in China that we can see elsewhere in the world. Now that the


trials for this week have finished, the security is gone and we are once


again free to film outside the court, the purpose to all this seems


very clear, to send a very chilling message to anyone who dares to


challenge the authority of the Communist Party, even if it's --


even in its own party run courts. Let's return to the greater show on


earth. For the first time, athletes from Kosovo will compete under the


MPEG flag. He was a judo athlete who will be competing at the games. --


under the Olympic flag. My name is Marina. I do judo in the


under 52 kilograms. It is going to be very scarce -- very special...


One judo player story. I want to bring you some live pictures from


Rio de Janeiro. These are some protesters who are attempting to


block the journey of the flames as it wakes six way to the stadium.


These Olympic Games haven't been without controversy. A lot of people


argue that the money spent on these games should have been spent on


infrastructure and to lessen the massive poverty gap within Rio and


around the country. Good night.


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