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the ransom demand for their release is expected any day now. >> this is the business edition of "bbc world news." the prosecution of the war crimes tribunal in the hague has gone forward with the case against the bosnian serb leader radovan karadzic. he was found the leader of an ethnic cleansing campaign. of bomb attack killed eight american soldiers in afghanistan. we continue in our series about maternal help around the world today. when it comes to giving birth, northeast m afghanistan is the most dangerous place in the world. in 2006, one province had the worst rate of women dying during job birth.
but the grim statistics have not changed much with it more international aid. >> the hustle and bustle of afghanistan, such as it is. life here is simple, harsh, conservative. but in notet yourself be deceived. under this is the first maternal doctor for the area. there are already worried husband's waiting outside -- has been spreading outside. the doctor works at the best place this province has to offer. we join her on morning rounds but she checked some women in her care. many have trouble a long way to
get here. -- many have traveled a long way to get here. >> walking 12 days. >> people will look for 12 days? >> yes, yes. 12 days. >> and so many o the mothers look so young. >> your name? >> [unintelligible] >> how old is she? 25 years old. if she really 25? she does not look 25. 15, maybe. >> women are 12. >> 12? >> they get married at 11 and 12. >> some women cannot wait for another mother to leave. every that is full. this is a huge improvement over what was here 17 years ago when
the doctors started. >> [unintelligible] >> most of these women suffer from heavy bleeding. the real problem is the lots that they live. giving birth so young and so often takes its toll on women's health. she is in her early 40 links. -- 40's. she is seen five of her children died. she has a weak heart. atthis moment, her condition is fraud job. >> to hear one woman is dying, you what to help all of afghanistan. it is impossible. i want to help the woman. >> no wonder leading husbands are anxious. in this conservative culture,
this is as close as they get to the delivery room. there are more happy endings now than there were before. it is a start. the world would have to change -- the story of women giving birth. bbc news. >> business news now. oil giant bp has reported third quarter profits well ahead of expectations. it may be nearly 5 billion -- it made it nearly $5 billion of profits. the drop in oil and gas prices are currently at a seven-year low. but bp's results were lifted after making cost cuts. >> it was supposed to be a
difficult quarter for the world's biggest oil companies. crude is down roughly 40% from this time last year. gas prices have been an issue, too. unlike oil, they are having no recovery. most difficult of all, the refining business. with no demand, profit margins have been slim. so it comes as no surprise that bp's profit has fallen. but shot -- what shocked the market was it has fallen less fat than anticipated. >> 40% of the average -- really that is down to stellar production. 7%. that is this quarter. obviously, they had a fairly benign season thus far. even with that stripped, it has been a robust after. >> the company's numbers are
good, but cost cutting is also operating ahead of schedule. they have taken out $4 billion of costs from the business the news was taken so well by the market, bp shares to a 16- month high. bp assets the bar for everyone else. -- sets the bar for everyone else. they have blown the numbers out of the water. bbc news. >> the german car giant announced profits that have plunged 44% compared to last year. net income at the end of september was $84 million. sales of the mercedes-benz division have improved of the last three months. the biggest metal producer and has reported a drop in third quarter profits.
net income fell $192 million at the end of september. sales fell 160%. u.s. consumer confidence fell sharply and unexpectedly in october. fears about future job prospects increasingly preyed on americans. separately, house prices rose by more than expected in august. and if you are female, it seems nordic countries have taught the survey really starting equal relations between men and women. the survey cited howuccessful countries are and boosting equality in areas such as jobs and physical rights.
a 150-million-year-old fossil has been unearthed in southwest florida. -- southwest england. it is the world's biggest fossil, rivaling recent discoveries made in the arctic and mexico. we have more on the find. >> it might look like a pile of old rocks, but put these segments together, and you have the fossilized skull of a colossal monster. researchers still need to chisel away at the rock. the skull is 8 feet long. the estimate the total could have been as much as 50 feet. >> this is like christmas and easter and everything rolled into one. you can actually see, yes, this was an enormous animal. this is probably the biggest creditor that ever lived. >> it has been contained in
these rocks for 150 million years. this whole area used to be covered by a tropical sea. as a result, is considered to be a real ideological treasure trove. >> you can find it on the beach, where the sea is washing away on the mind. you can see fossils have barely changed in millions of years. >> a collector can long monday after up storm and found a big chunk of the funds. did he spend the next four or five years coming back every single time after a storm or a brain. as a result, he came up with this incredible fossil. >> experts think the body may still be in eclipse, buried deep in rock. it could be another 100 years before the rest of this giant makes its appearance. bbc news. >> our top story, once agai-- the prosecution at the w crimes tribunal in the hague has
opened its case against the former bosnian serb leader radovan karadzic, despite his boycotting of the proceedings. he was branded the leader of an ethnic cleansing campaign. he was not in court because he says he needs more time to prepare his defense. you're watching "bbc world news." >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies from
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