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and it looks like he's craving italian. ♪ [ male announcer ] the four-door fiat 500l. it's a lot bigger than you think. [ godzilla choking ] check out the whole fiat family at hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm tim willcox. russia celebrates victory day. president putin flies into crimea part he annexed in march. after a show of military might in red square, will he be seen as an act of provocation in crimea? the international community pledges more help in finding the schoolgirls abducted from boko haram. battles between police and
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protestors in thailand. demonstrators try to force their way into the compound. a match made in heaven, but now it's all over. >> absolutely. they were said to create the world's biggest advertising agency is. after months of trying they failed to tie the knot. we're asking if these two failed, what are chances the american pfizer will get its hands on britain's astrazeneca? hello. it is midday here in london, 5:00 a.m. washington, 3:00 p.m. in crimea where president putin has arrived after attending russia's annual victory day parade in red square. it marks the day triumph in 1945 ending the patriotic war that caused 27 million russian lives.
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earlier he took the absolute in moscow as 11,000 troops marched by as well as a marine unit flying a flag. this report by our worldmdmdy the russian leader didn't mention these directly but his message seemed to have a modern
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says resonance. >> it is a day of national triumph, of people's pride, a day of sorrow and eternal memory. it's a holiday when an all conquering force of patriotism triumphs. when all feel acutely what it means to be loyal to the mother land and how important it is to defend its interests. >> there was a marine university from the russian black sea fleet flying the crimean flag in the parade. it's mr. putin's flexing of muscle in the crisis that's left the rest of the world wondering what the final fallout will be in the standoff. from here mr. putin headed for crimea where there's a planned parade in sebastopol. this victory day in donetsk at
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the heart of the pro russian revolt in eastern ukraine. a moment of calm perhaps and for the dwindling number of veterans. tensions of modern politics in this troubled region remain unresolved. they're marking the day in the capital country kiev with the flags of ukraine on display. these people seems united in history if not over the country's future. bbc news. >> let's go to sebastopol now and speak to daniel who joining us on the phone. daniel, what reception did he get? is he attending the parade now? >> reporter: the victory parade was this morning. it was a fairly normal affair. normal number of troops. significant difference they were wearing their medal won for the return of crimea to russia.
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crowd was much bigger. people were cheering. everyone disappeared to have lunch. suddenly the main square of sebastopol was cleared. the security guards appeared in armed vehicles. the hiss totoric state leading became a corded off area. we heard president putin landed but he hasn't stepped off. there are thousands of people here waiting for him. this is not so much commemoration in sebastopol, the people say it's a day of celebration. >> there will be some in crimea who won't be celebrating. has there been a sign of them? >> reporter: no. we spoke to them yesterday. clearly for them this is a very difficult time. things have gone in the last few çswmó
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russia. they do feel they're a people under occupation. they've felt that much of their history. of course here in sebastopol today, the most russian of the crimean city, most military of the cities, those people have come out of their houses. they are all people here celebrating. it's all the russian naval tops in front of me at the gates. there are lots of those. we saw them back in february and march in crimea. this time they're wearing insignia and new medals earned for the return of crimea to russia. yes, of course, there are many people in crimea who are uncomfortable about what happened. they're not evident here today. >> there was a time a few years ago ukrainian soldiers and russian soldiers would march together in victory day parades
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in sebastopol. was the parade itself smaller there as a result of the ukrainian faction not been seen? >> reporter: it was hard to say if it was smaller. there was not a single ukrainian flag in evidence. i saw one when i yesterday outside parliament. there are very few remaining signs. this was a ukrainian city. couple of buildings still painted blue and yellow. the sign that overlooks the main bay here, crimean navy has been painted out. you can probably hear the helicopter coming over at the moment. this may be one that was seen bringing putin in. heavily armored helicopter. that's probably a security check before his arrival. we're not exactly sure when he's
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due. this was an unannounced visit. looks like he'll be here in the next half hour or so. >> thank you very much indeed. let's go to correspondents in moscow and david stern in kiev. just starting with you, did you get the impression there was a deeper, stronger, patriotic further they are year given what has happened in crimea? the last few months? >> well certainly you have this feeling. when you switch on the tv, go out in the street. you see people talking about exactly that. they consider this day as a day of celebration. the central moscow is locked out for the public transport in general. people are are walking about. there's been a marathon. there's been bicycle rides on the main streets. people are really celebrating. there's lots of patriotic flags. the russian flags, moscow flag
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and also crimean flag i've seen today. >> david, much more low key commemoration in kiev today. how will president putin's arrival in crimea be seen in kiev? >> well that's exactly what people are asking now tim. since he's just arrived we haven't had the official reaction from the ukrainian government. we anticipate one soon. it will be fairly negative although how negative remains to be seen. obviously this is not something that will contribute or will deescalate the tensions between ukraine and russia. perhaps won't be taken as negatively as it could be. it remains to be seen what's going to happen in the eastern part of the country the rest of the day. it has been fairly quiet in other areas. we're receiving reports of heavy fighting in the town southeast of the country in the donetsk region. here in kiev, it has been as you said a fairly subdued affair.
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the major celebrations have been for the most part just brief. no political demonstrations. it's a day of tension here as many places in the country now. >> thank you both very much. let's get more on this diplomatic correspondent along side me now. the victory day parade is celebration, commemoration of russian military might and stamina in the war against the nazis. what do you think is going through putin's mind at the moment given he's arrived in crimea also trying to deescalate what's happened in ukraine? >> i think the celebration plays well for him. we remember may 9th how russia's might saved.
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everyone that believes in what he's doing in crimea will say it's a parallel with today where russian military might stands up showing you're strong is keeping russians, some ukrainian citizens, russian speaker, safe from what? moscow. government in kiev says it's linked linked to extremists. a simple narrative in his speech. he didn't need to mention ukraine. he said we see a what it means to be true to the mother land and how important to stand up for its interests. the crowds who will thank him for saving them and bringing them back to russia. there's extra resonance in crimea because it was russian before it was handed to ukraine. it will reinforce that. this is a reinforcing timely
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holiday for him. you're right, there has been a suggestion from moscow of compromise. the head of the european watchdog bureau was in moscow this week talking about a road map to deescalate. we have comments from president putin. they were caveat. maybe it would be a good idea to delay referendums this weekend, it's unstable. but also we want to go ahead with nationwide dialogue. the foreign ministry is still talking compromise. now seems president putin wants to place himself as a peacemaker. >> thank you very much indeed. the search for the more than 200 missing schoolgirls in nigeria has been given a boost as a specialist american teem begins work on the investigation. secretary of state john kerry says the team will do everything they can to help. the girls were abducted last month. intelligence analysts and military personnel will try to
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find out what happened to the teens since they were kidnapped at gunpoint during the end of the year exams. let's go to editor of bbc housing services joining us live from abuja. some reports today suggesting boko haram might be wanting to trade these schoolgirls for prisoners held by nigerian hohe authorities. can you confirm any of that? >> these reports are not confirmed. an activist thinks looking at video released by the leader of bo boko haram that he's indicating he may negotiate with the more than 200 girls they abducted. this is not certain. remember the nigerian government has been trying to get a contact that can enter into negotiation with the militants.
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it has failed. the committee finished work and submitted reports to the president and said that it was unable to get any contact with the leadership of that group. it's really very hard. the leader of the group has made it clear previously that he's not going to enter any negotiation with the government. >> what about the international help in the hunt for the girls. is there sign of that on the ground yet? >> yesterday we had a helicopter ported in the capital in north eastern nigeria to indicate some foreign help nigeria was offered is already on the ground. it is just heard the uk team has arrived too. yesterday was here. i think the help is coming from
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international community is now i think here. i think it's going to help the military here in nigeria with their surveillance here in the search for the missing over 200 girls. >> thank you very much indeed. people all over the world are taking part in a social media campaign to highlight the story of those abducted girls. go to our facebook page, news to see those using the hashtag bring back our girls. if you want to share a photograph, you can send it directly to the facebook page in the comments section or in a separate message. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. still to come. with more than 90% of the vote counted, south africa ruling anc party looks set for a clear cut win. good from the bad?"
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police in thailand have fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators in bangkok as they tried to force their way into a government building. thousands of protestors have been on the streets to demand the resignation of the entire cabinet two day tafs the court investigator forced out the prime minister yingluck and her ministers. >> reporter: it's almost as if nothing has changed in the past six months. the conservative royalist movement trying to bring down the government is back on the streets. in fact they really never went away. a hard core is camped here at the prime minister office the whole time. they were joined by ordinary support hers in this symbolic show of strength. the prime minister has gone but not her government or her
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election winning party. they want the political system cleansed before they'll accept an election. >> we just want to reform our country. we have to have democracy before we go to election. >> reporter: this isn't a lot different from what the movement has been doing past six months. it hasn't got them much closer to goals of pushing out the government. they're still hoping the court wills do that. if not then, eventually the military. >> as they have so many times before, they gathered to listen to the movement's leader. there was a weary familiarity to his speech. we must sleep here, he said. apparently forgetting they've been here for months with little to show for it. there is still many who believe in this movement keeping the
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monarchy and sacred spot at the top and keeping the family out of power. >> at the moment i don't care what's happeni ining as long as government is out and we can start to reform thailand and get order of corruptions out of thailand. at least starting. that would be great. >> reporter: how long this goes on is anyone's guess. the prospects of a non violent resolution are fading. bbc news bangkok. the african national congress has won a victory in south africa's general election with a lower majority than before. the anc has 62% of the vote followed by democratic alliance with 22%. it's been 20 years since the country's first democratic
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elections. while corruption and employment remain issues, it's not affected the group. now over to my correspondent. >> thanks indeed. it feels like the day after the night before. we kind of had an idea of how the elections were going. anc victorious of course. it has seen a drop of four percentage points in the support from the last elections. the key thing is, they have seen a double digit drop in one of the anc key strong holds, the province which incorporates johannesburg and pretoria. that hasn't been declared. that's been a wake-up call for anc. they're going to have to try to heed the message from this key anc strong hold that people are not happy with how they're going.
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i brought with me the communications director of the anc. so, 62, 63% is what you'll end up with in the end. you're pleased but also must be disappointed you've seen a dropping support? >> we're pleased with the results and pleased with what we see. 20 years down the line of democracy we understand there will be challenges here and there. otherwise we're very happy with what we see. where we have not done well, very few of that, we hear what people are saying. we'll have to do something about that. it's a wake up call where we have lost. we are conscious of the fact we have to do something drastic to make sure we maintain our majority at all times. >> so we're waiting to hear how the johannesburg hasn't declared yet. last time you got 64-65%.
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that's a huge drop. what is it about the people in johannesburg they don't like about the anc, do you think? what's the message? >> 20 years i can't say down the line of democracy. people see what anc is capable of doing. also they see our mistakes. they say to us, watch ourkts don't do mistakes. if you mark promises, keep promises. we hear the people of south africa and think we will do the best in the future. >> what are you going to do? you've got massive rates of unemployment here in this country. youths face a jobless future. what can you expect with the mandate of five years in government. you're going to have to deliver. >> we have a plan as we said both in manifesto and express in the development plan which is 30-year-old plan we have. of course we're going to focus on five years. jobs, jobs, jobs. that's what people are looking for. education, health.
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those are the priority areas. we will not look at bad and ugly and deal with that and strengthen where we manage to done better. >> there's been a crisis of corruption and you'll have to clean up your act. >> we are going to clean up our act. the fact those institutions need to be strengthened and must function at all times. it shows we are committed to showing we have a clean government. we want to step up insuring we have a clean government. >> you accept you have a bad image at the moment? >> we don't have a bad image as far as we're concerned. we have challenges. we accept that. we don't have bad image. if we had bad image we wouldn't have the number of votes as a
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african nation of congress. >> are we going to see zuma president next five years or encouraged to step down after a couple years? >> not from the point of view. he's the face of our campaign, our president, one who's going to be inago rated. that's where we're going now. >> there you have it. victory for anc but also a wake-up call for people of johannesburg. 98% of the results are in. the final result for the anc will be between region 62 to 63%. that's the picture from the pretoria results center. back to you. >> thanks very much. we'll take a closer look at what election results mean for south africa's economic policies. that's coming up in busy nns a few moments time with aaron. meanwhile lawyers for the parra athlete oscar pistorius
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welcome to "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm tim willcox. coming up this half hour, the first face to face meeting for months between south sudan's president and opposition leader. little optimism for peace on the ground. and it's the cause of high drama in soap operas across the globe. a study suggests family feuds can shorten your life. also on the program, aaron is looking at the economics of south africa's election. >> absolutely. despite corruption allegations, president jacob zuma anc party
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win ace landslide fifth national election. we're asking is this election economic victory for south africa's people? hello. peace talks between the president of south sudan and rebel leader expected to start in the ethiopiaen capital. a peace deal was signed in january but failed to bring an end to violence. south sudan became the world's newest state after succeeded from sudan in 2011. well today 's discussions are expected to center on ending the fighting and power sharing. the one day meeting is the first time the two men have come face to face since fighting broke out in december. >> united nations accused both
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sides of sexual slavery, gang rape. conflict left thousands dead and more than 1 million displaced. we'll have more in a minute. now this report about civilians fighting. >> it's tough living underthe shadow of a brutal a civil war. they've seen and survived many horrors and come to u.n. camps because at least here's they're safe. i met rebecca who's 20 years old, wife of a dinke roerks pro government soldier pregnant with his child. she was captured by rebels. she told me she was beaten with the butt of a gun, grabbed by two soldiers and then raped. why did they rape you? it was because she was dinker.
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because her president killed theirs. they wanted the baby to die. they failed. it's a story repeat add cross the country, gang rapes incited by local radio hate speech, abducted women kept as soldier sexual slaves. atrocities by both alike. >> let's go to emmanuel who joins us where talks have taken place. have the two met? is there optimism at all about the break through emmanuel? >> these two men have arrived. that's the big step in this political crisis. they have yet to meet. we understand there will be a meeting of the prime minister. the two teams have been having meetings. there's optimism while here they
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can take the first step in ending the nearly five months of conflict in south sudan that's led to death of thousands and displacement of millions. on the top agenda will be get an agreement to a cease fire. they did a agree to hostilities in general that has though the held. fighting has been ongoing in south sudan. there's reason of concern this could bring the country to bring of a civil war. >> what do you think was the catalyst for talks? what persuaded both men to get together? >> one thing is the international pressure. the international community has been concerned about the united nations report which came out just yesterday saying that both sides have committed atrocities.
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there's brutal killings there. how the camp where thousands have taken refuge has attacked men. they are pressed for the president to come here. they say it all boils down to political dispute that has conspired quickly to ethnic targeted killings. they say this does not stop it could bring the country to war. >> thank you very much indeed. >> let's speak to peter from bbc africa. the humanitarian situation in south sudan is dire isn't it? 5 million people are in need of food aid? >> indeed. that's one of the reasons you can sigh tee men agreeing to co together. because of repercussions of this conflict as you just said. i truly believe that's one of the reasons that has pushed them
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to see the need to come together. because of the dire situation that is on the ground. >> what realistic prospects are there for power sharing or transitional government? these men used to work together. is there ground at all for them to meet now and work together politically? >> whatever will bring them together i'm pretty sure is only pressure. since the conflict began four months ago, they've never met face to face even worse. today is the first time the president is appearing for the first time. whatever that will make them agree to come together and possibly form a agreement will come from pressure. >> how is that going to resolve the tribal conflict between them? so much blood has been spilt in
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the battles between those tribes. how will you find reconciliation there? >> it will be difficult. it will not be the job to bring to amend conflict. it will take a while for two communities to seize completely. the conflict will remain. i will not be surprised at the end of the argument they go to try and resolve, a plan for peace without fighting. >> thank you very much indeed. you can get the latest on those face to face talks since fighting broke out in south sudan in december. a little background and analysis on the conflicts, now to get the latest on -- merger news. >> huge merger tim that's no longer a huge merger. let me explain.
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thanks very much. a deal to create the world's biggest advertising company is gone. it's collapsed. omni come had agreed on a $35 million merger. they agreed last july. increasing tensions has led to talks breaking down. it's not the first time big mergers have bit the duchlts let's take a look. in 2008 plummeting sales and debt worth billions of brought general motors and chrysler to the table. general motors disclosed the $4.2 billion quarterly loss and said it was in danger of running out of jo the take over by the software giant yahoo was fiercely bought by the board of directors. the $43.5 billion deal would
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have helped microsoft steal shares from google. finally the value of facebook brought a merger with twitter worth $500 million to its knees. probably fair comment given that twitter is valued at $18 billion. now on top of that we see the pharmaceuticals, big drug battl going on. astrazeneca and pfizer battling out a fight that would get ugly if that turns hostile. what other deal breakers for business tieups? let's find out. richard joining us. great to have you with us as always. let's start with omni come. the word used no one factor why this fell apart. brief briefly, what went wrongs? >> in this particular case, we're talking two massive companies. one of the things they were
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forced with in different countries was a complex tax structure starting to get even more complicated. by all reports there are also disagreements about who would be the new ceo and cfo, two financial officers. obviously both sides were buying for that. and the deal was starting to drag. obviously both companies losing compliants to wpp, uk company. they said we're going to have too many hurdles, going to take too long. it's hurting both our businesses, so we're going to a call it a day. >> interesting stuff. if we look at other big mergers floating around the world. we have to talk about america's pfizer wants britain's astrazeneca. that deal too rages on a huge monumental hurdle ranging from political to worries over big job losses isn't there? >> yes. not to mention the price.
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astrazeneca basically saying the current bid totally undervalues the country. they're not prepared to recommend it to their shareholders. you're absolutely right. these can be other reasons that mergers don't go through when there becomes political interference. whether that happens in the uk remains to be seen. other european countries and indeed the states. governments can get involved. if the merger or acquisition of the two companies basically create a monopoly that brings other regulations. >> just briefly, on the flip side to that, when it comes to big global companies coming together, together. >> there's been talks that might not come through. having said that, there have equally been questions of
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companies where there's some overlap which can be removed but also specialty in some areas that the other company doesn't have so when you put the two together you create a global force. >> richard great as always. appreciate your time. thanks. i've got other corporate news. interesting, apple close to paying $3.2 billion for beats electronics. this is according to reports of course. the maker of trendy headphones which runs a prescription service founded by rapper dr. dre. it would be apple's biggest takeover. some analysts question the price tag. others say this move to reinvigorate apple's image may be money very well spent. we're going to keep a cross on that deal. if it happens we'll bring it to you. how about this? south africa's ruling party has
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won the fifth straight national election with a significant majority defying predictions it would lose significant support after the corruption scandals against the president zuma. the anc has the majority needed to push through economic policies 62%. critics question where the anc is radical enough. let's look at issues. unemployment in south africa, currently 24%. growth in the country slowed to 1.9% last year. now in south africa, classified as a fragile five company fallen behind nigerian in terms of economic size. labor strikes continue to hurt the economy. in fact costing companies more than a billion in recent months. politicians say the solution
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could be national liize the companies. what could be on the pipeline? great to have you. it's a horrible economic report card. >> that's true. it's had quite a few problems. it hasn't been helped by china's slow down either. >> obviously despite 24% unemployment, slowing growth, industrial action, voters still want anc and president zuma back in. will they stick the same track or is this a chance to change the economic policies? >> there's a lot of talk for the elections about what could happen once votes were counted. there's some speculation the freedom fighters gained large vote share might drag the anc to the left as well. we've seen the anc maintain enough of a vote share it can
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press ahead with the agenda. they'll wed to this national development panel. that's currently opposed to nationalizati nationalization. >> you're an expert of these areas. is that a good track to stick to? if not what's needed? what do they need to spurt growth in that country? >> there's a lot of things to like. one of them is big focus on infrastructure investment. they have a lot of problems with blackouts and load sharing of electricity. it's hard to get support at the moment. that's going to help the export front. plus we've got emphasis on education and training which will help with the shortage of skills in the labor markets. that's all good. whether it's enough is another question. south africa has a very high dependence on quality exports.
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with china's demand dropping off, it will be more questionable. >> good things and obstacles. we'll keep a cross on that. we'll take talk to you later. joining us there. follow me on twitter. i'll tweet you back. get me @bbc aaron. that's it for business. have a good weekend by the way. i'm off. >> that's the business news with aaron of course. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come, this week's eurovision contest finals in copenhagen. i knew what to do with. what i needed was information i could trust on how to take care of me and my baby. luckily, unitedhealthcare has a simple program that helps moms stay on track with their doctors and get the right care and guidance-before and after the baby is born.
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i'm tim willcox. our top stories this hour. president putin is in crimea for the first visit since it was annexed by russia. in ukraine, troops have clashed with pro russian activists in the city of mariupol. secretary of state john kerry says an american specialist team is in nigeria to help trace more than 200 school girls abducted by boko haram. now we all argue with our partners, friends, family from time to time. it leaves us feeling pretty miserable. would you think twice about getting angry if you discovered arg angry freely increases the age of death. arguing increased a man or woman's mortality risk two to tree times.
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those men were particularly vulnerable to the demands generated by wives or girlfriends. with me is the psychologist. we can be worried to death. we all feel miserable. what is it physically doing to us? >> we if we have an argument, it increases stress levels, which has levels implemented in cardiovascular disease. it could be many things. it does something physically to us. if we have an argument, your heart rate is going to be increased. it's going to have a toll. if this is a constant thing -- we all have arguments all the time. if it's a constant thing and anxiety between a couple within a family, just the thought of within that environment is enough for people's heart rate to increase. >> does it lead you to drink
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more and if you smoke, smoke more? >> yes. people will self-medicate more. smoke more, drink more, eat more. i've got a book out at the moment helping people with emotional issues. they will self medicate. which ever cause they use, they'll self-medicate because they're stressed. stress comes from the relationship. >> why are men more prone to this? or are they? >> i think men are maybe more prone to this because if we think back, go back to infancy, usually principle caregivers are our mothers. if there's association between a significant female in your life being crossed with you, angry with you, anything at all, i think if we've got a history of that in our part, it instantly comes out. it may not be the same for
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everybody. of course it's not the same. they had a good family upbringing so it doesn't matter. it's interesting about the unemployed men being highest significant risk. of course social factors are the things, good social support -- >> yeah, that could be another factor for men. perhaps their social network can -- >> no, no. i think it's often the case that men have fewer but better friends if you like them. women i think will unload on virtual strangers sometimes. >> men do as well sometimes. we'll have to leave it there. thank you for coming in. >> you're welcome. building up to being one of the most talked about contests in years including a transvestite upsetting the the investigation. thousands take part in the contest. with them, thousands of fans
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travel. we report from copenhagen. >> welcome to copenhagen, host of this contests. organizers had a year to get ready. now their hard work comes together. the eurovision starts right here. there was a national competition to see which city would host the contest this year. copenhagen won partly because it was the only place with the largest international airport. 37 countries and entourages are expected to fly in in the coming days. the airport is expecting 10,000 extra passengers3g ahead of the big night. this is the eurovision fan mall. it lasts two weeks with press conferences, rehearsals and semifinals. during that tierges there needs to be something for people to do, the host city of copenhagen is putting on 180 free events
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for people to enjoy from concerts to art performances. >> we're a people city. we want to engage people. so we like when copenhagen is hosting events. it's not just invited but for everybody. >> the most important thing for any contest of course is the venue. this year it's somewhere very special indeed. the location, a disused shipyard converted into a perfect built venue for the show. on the night itself, over 100 million are expected to tune in worldwide. they're also going to be producing over seven hours of live television. so the venue has to be big enough to house 10,000 or so fans and spectators. to give you an idea, over 550 have been working day and night
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to make this happen. have ambition, have courage, and lots energy to do all this. we have been working on this for a year. it's our baby now. we're looking so much forward to showing it to the world. >> and all that's left is to make sure the stage is spotless for the big night. bbc news copenhagen. let's take you back to today's main headline, the president putin has in the last hour or so arrived in sebastopol in crimea. this is the port here home to the black sea fleet. they've held the victory day pa commemorating victory over the nazi in the second world war. president putin in crimea now. actually there's a statement showing that russia comes to the aid of its ethnic citizens wherever they are. he is expected to speak soon. let's show you pictures though
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