>> Thanks for joining us. Flamboyant, a true artist, no
tenor will ever come close, some of the tributes which have
poured in from around the world for Luciano Pavarotti, one of
the world's best-loved opera singers. He's died at the age of 71
after fighting pancreatic cancer for more than a year. His
singing career lasted more than five decades. In that time he
brought in new audiences with his performances of the three
tenors and his performance of necessary Sunni dorma for the
>> There may have been three tenors, there was only one
>> He was born in northern Italy, the son of a baker and a
keen footballer as a youth. He made his professional debut at
the local opera house in 1961. In his prime in the 1970s, he
enraptured audiences with the beauty, the clarity and the
delicacy of his voice, as well as it's sheer power. He couldn't
act, but who cared when he could sing like this. His enthusiasms
were typically Italian -- food, football and his family,
including his wife and three daughters. But there with more
offstage dalliances, as well. Eventually he left his wife age,
scandalizing many. A divorce settlement revealed he owed £3
million in unpaid taxes. By then he was a super and celebrity
friends gathered each year in modena for a c retired, critics
said his voice was past his best. Audiences didn't care. In his
last performance at new York's metropolitan opera, they gave him
an 11-minute ovation. His fame, fuelled by a personal as
overwhelming as his frame,ho when in 1990 he sang "nessu "nessum
dorma" in Italy at the world cup, he went from opera star to
>> They that hits you every time, doesn't it? We'll have more
on Pavarotti the man later in the program. I hope you'll stay
with us for that. Let's catch up on some other stories now. At
least 14 people have been killed in an American air attack in
Baghdad. Police said at least nine were wound in the attack
which, as you can see, caused considerable damage, left several
houses destroyed. This is in the mansour district of Baghdad.
Residents said they heard explosions around 3:00 am. That went
on for something close to an hour. German security officials are
searching for ten men they believe provided support for a foiled
plot to attack U.S.. Installations in the country. Three men
were taken into custody on Wednesday. They're accused of
planning a massive bombing campaign. The military government in
Fiji has reimposed the state of emergency three months after the
previous one was lifted. The military leader frank bainimarama.
Said the measured had been in place because people were trying
to destabilise the country. President bush said talks with
chinese counterpart hu jintao were honest and friendlY. The two
men met in australia on the sidelines of the asia pacific summit
in sydneY. Among a range of issues, the two men talked about
climate change and increasing trade ties. Mr. Bush says he's
also raised concerns about religious freedom
china and recent recalls of dozens of chinese-made products. Hu
jintao earlier told a news conference his country was ready to
make steps to take -- take steps to make sure his country meets
standards. Nick bryant is in sydney.
>> He mounted a robust defence that came in response from a
question from a chinese reporter. I think that's significant.
And his comments seemed to be very well prepared. He did seem to
want to use this platform. He cited evidence that suggested 99%
of food exports from china were up to international standards.
If they. Were in mesh, the european union and japan. He says
they've done a lot to tighten up the regulatory and legal
framework governing chinese companies. He said if they fell
short of them, they would be accountable to chinese law. He also
indicated that china would be prepared to cooperate with the
international community to try and raise its standards.
>> Well, another man on the way to that summit is the russian
president, vladimir putin. En route he stopped off in jakarta
where he has signed quite a deal. He's lending the indonesians
$1 billion to buy russian arms to build helicopters, tanks and
submarines. Our correspondent in jakarta saw that agreement
>> It's really the centrepiece of this visit by the russian
president, and as you say, some quite key equipment, attack
hpsers, passenger helicopters, amphibious tanks, subpa rwandas
all going -- submarines all going to be coming indonesia's way.
It feeds it very badly. Indonesia's own arsenal has been
crumbleling, partly because of sanctions but the united states
and other western countries over the actions of indonesia in
east timor, but also because it hasn't had the funds to buy
equipment. Russian equipment is cheaper than that made in
america, but they're also getting a big loan to do it.
>> Of course, in terms of political, strategic terms, it is
the russians moving in on that market.
>> Absolutely, yes. Politically i think very important for
both sides here. The influence of the west in indonesia has
really grown in the last few years. Western companies are
already very ensconced in lucrative areas like mining and energy
here in indonesia. They're also politically very close as well
at the moment, partly because of the counter-terrorism
cooperation we've seen between knee that and western countries
following attacks. So it's a willingness on both sides to
counter some of that influence from elwhere.
>> We'll fly you right back around to the other side of the
world. Jamie, the european central bank has been intervening?
>> Yes. The two banks meet to decide on interest rates. Fears
persisting about a global credit crerch. The e.C.B. Has offered
to lend extra money to banks to try to bring down the cost of
credit. On wednesday the bank of england for the first time did
the samE. Back in august the E.C.B. Clearly signalled the cost
of borrowing would rise in september, but this month of wild
swings in the central bank pumping extra money into the banking
system has all changed the picture. A korean court has extended
a jail sentence for the boss of hyundai motorS. A court upheld
his fraud conviction but spared him three years in prison and
ordered him to undertake community service. He's allowed to
continue running the company. We talked to bbc's john sudworth
and asked why the judge came to this decision.
>> It seems a remarkable state of affairs. You have to
remember the portion of hyundai to the korean economy. It's
responsible for about 7% of south korean exports. In his
judgment today, the high court judge said hing a needs over this
decision, and he had been asking the man on the street for his
opinion while trying to formulate the judgment. He said he spoke
to taxi drivers and restaurateurs before coming to the decision.
>> That's iT. We'll have more business for you in 20 minutes'
>> Jamie, look forward to thaT. Thanks very much indeeD. Stay
with us here on bbc world. Plenty more still to come,
including... he looks the part and has even played the parT.
Hollywood actor fred thompson wants to be the next president for
the republicans. A rare double hurricane has lashed coastal
central america as this year's atlantic storm season continues
to prove deadly. 38 people have been killeD. Around 100 are
still missing in nicaragua after hurricane phoenix hit.
Thousands of people have been affected, especially on the
boarder with honduras. The second hurricane hit mexico before
being downgraded to a tropical storm.
>> They knew it was coming but there was little they could
do. Hurricane hurrican felix arrived in nicaragua and destroyed
thousands of flimsy homes on the central american country's
low-lying cribien coast -- cribien coast -- caribbean coast.
This two weeks after hurricane dean devastated the regioN. With
scores still missing the death toll could rise considerably.
Some like this fisherman had little warning.
>> We were on a boat. We had tide the sales and when the
hurricane hit us, the sails snapped and twisted around. Our boat
turned oveR. There were five more on board. The other four died
and i was the only survivoR.
>> As the injured of all ages fill the emergency centres, at
least five countries in central america were on alert for
floods, but felix finally dissipated. As much as 64 sent metres
and 25 inches of rain was predicted in some remote areas. Eight
hours after felix hit land, the eye of another hurricane struck
mexico, the first time two atlantic and pacific hurricanes have
rea same day. It's te it's hit mexico in two dayS. It's now been
downgraded to a tropical storm, but itll punch. It was a race
against time to secure homes and possessions before night and
the winds returned once more. Russell trot, bbc news.
>> This is bbc world. The main news for you: The world famous
tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died. He was 71 and he'd been ill
for some time with pancreatic cancer. President bush has met his
chinese counterpart hu jintao in the australian city of sydneY.
Let's get some more now on the death of Luciano Pavarotti
because the soprano susanna clark study opera with Pavarotti's
teacher and met the singer several times. She's if
middlesborough in northern ung and join us now. Can I ask you
first of all, what do you feel the world has lost in the passing
of Luciano Pavarotti?
>> Well, you had a person who could link opera with the
masses. That was unusual. Opera had gone through a period of
being very elitist and only for a certain audience. All of a
sudden you had somebody there who loved football himself but
found that link between football and opera and was able to get
to the man and woman on the street, people who would never ever
think of listening to opera really loved to hear nessun dorma.
>> And for the oaficionados, he had something special and
oodles of charisma to go with it.
>> He was famous in the opera world before he became world
famous for the link with football. Really in the opera world he
was very much appreciated because he had the power of voice. He
had an amazing technique, but he could also sing very, very
quietly the top notes, which is actually more difficult than
singing powerfully. So he could get that delicacy and beauty of
voice out. And he could really affect the whole of the audience,
and almost get to every single person in the audience and get
that passion of opera across to them.
>> Is it going to be for you in your career one of your
regrets that he was perhaps half a generation ahead of you?
>> Exactly. I met him, i studied with his teacher, but i was
very young at that point in timE. I hadn'T... i eventually went
on the sing at la scala, milan, places like that, but it was too
early to sing with Pavarotti. He preferred to sing with
established singers. The one thing I appreciate is that he
didn't embrace the dumbing down in the business, and he sang
with people like las if frani in modena. They were together, two
of the greatest singers singing together. He kept to those
standards. I think that's why he's now a global name and he will
be remember erpd as a legend in the opera field because he kept
to those standards, very high standardS.
>> Okay, susanna, thanks very much indeed for joining us in
our tribute to Pavarotti.
>> Thank you.
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