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>> and it is an art show like no other. photographers are using a hashtag to show atlanta in a new light. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. one week after the typhoon devastated the philippines, the eight is finally starting to arrive. the uss george washington has got to the area and it will triple the number of helicopters available to move supplies. there are still places which have quite literally been cut off by the storm. the firstm is guiuan, town hit from the storm. andrew harding sent us this report. >> this is where it all started. the very first encounter between storm and land.
not much of a contest. which makes this the first ed,lage to be a raced -- eras and murray are among the first mothers to lose a child. she has come here before to visit the parents with -- the beach with her parents. >> he was so full of life. >> when the typhoon came in, his grandfather tried to save him. >> my father was hit by the water. and then my baby. drowned. survivors are, still waiting for aid. this may have been the first place to get hit but it seems to be among the very last to get any help. that is because this is a remote corner of the philippines and the storm essentially cut it off
from the outside world. a few miles away, the town of guiuan is no better shape. still hard to believe wind alone did all of this. see the man in charge here, the 33-year-old mayor, sheen. the military have been trying to stop looters. battling his own injury, the mayor is running on empty. i have to be ok because i'm the mayor of the town. i need to be strong. >> what do you need most? >> food. food and private shelters for the people. >> easy to see why. school was supposed to be a sanctuary. instead 12 died here.
nearby, this 19-year-old, eflie, shows me where she and her family were trapped. >> i would keep calling them. my mom and my dad. only my brother saved me. my dad, i can still see him. he was close. he was bleeding. doctor, andnts, a an accountant died beneath the rubble. elfie and her brother were able to bury them today in a cemetery. the children, like the town, left pondering what future they
have. to be like my mother. >> the doctor? >> a great mother. >> suddenly, a welcome sight overhead. two military aircraft, the crowd rushes to an old airstrip. they have tohem, give us food. >> how does it make you feel seeing the planes? >> it gives you hope. quite sure enough, the americans land. on a runway they built airing an earlier operation. world war ii. no supplies on board, but a team and promises that assistance will finally arrive tomorrow. with oneors leave
woman trying to get through. she has seven children in another town and is desperate to contact them. no room today. you can sense the frustration building. town, the need for food and water is growing. this place was cut off for so long it is not surprising thre ings are desperate. there is still a state of emergency. what is really striking is how quickly the community has come together again and started to get things done. insurance not have but they have phenomenal resilience. brother elfie and her are going to stay with relatives inland. shatterede sense that
to beill recover, slowly, sure, from the storm of a lifetime. people who have lost so much trying to help each other. for the latest, one of the other places it was hard hit, i spoke a rupert wingfield-hayes short time ago. we have been hearing about the difficulty of assistance getting to some of the areas. what are you starting to see? have started to see a dramatic change in the last one in four hours. for the last seven days, there has been nothing coming in to help people. very little assistance and very little sign of the government on the ground. on thursday the american marines withed in force helicopters, aircraft, they have arrived and have taken control of the airport and that is going to be the base for bringing in
material and food and setting up a big operation. that is going to kick in today. we have seen things coming every couple of hours. when every few minutes yesterday. ground, we have seen an increase in the presence of , inphilippine government sneering teams going out on the road, clearing the road. police teams on the streets gathering bodies, putting them in bags, registering the dead and taking them away. so which really has been a huge change in the last 24 hours. people are finally getting a sense help is on the way and things are changing. >> rupert, do you get the impression the aid has arrived in the nick of time? clean water, food, the kinds of things you have been reporting on. did it get there in time? in many ways it still has not
got here. although the operation is in full swing, if you go into the villages behind me, people have nothing. it will take another three days maybe to set up the distribution centers where people will be able to get food and water and hopefully some kind of shelter and other material as well. so we're still not there yet. it has taken a long time. even the united nations and the u.s. military at the airport said this is taking far too long. they should have happened quicker. at least it is happening now. on the is the latest casualty figures? they seem to have varied a lot. it has varied a lot. i think the reason is people were guessing the number of officially collected bodies over the last week. it has been very few. we have seen all week people
taking out dead by themselves, burying them in unmarked graves. none of the bodies have been accounted for. the changes that we have been percussion on teams, policeman, gathering these bodies and putting them in bags but also taking photographs, registering names. we are hopefully now going to see some kind of official tally. give some hope that we will find out the really accurate figure in the end. it is too early today to tell what that is going to be. >> rupert has been there for us all week in tacloban. thank you very much. ther news now from around world, three people are reported killed after a gas pipeline exploded in western poland. 10 people were injured including children in a fire which also destroyed a dozen homes. around 100 people had to be
evacuated from the area. the mayor of toronto went before the cameras again today. this time he denied allegations he had sexually propositioned a female staff member. he says he is planning to take legal action against colleagues who spoke to police about his behavior. he is refusing to step aside after admitting to smoking cracked cocaine. been forcedama has to order changes to his health care law. six weeks after a disastrous rollout of his reform plan, he spent one hour expressing frustration and regret for the website that does not work, in roman numbers that are too low, and millions of people being kicked off insurance plans they like. david willis has the story. quite as it turned out, almost as difficult as getting the legislation to reform america's health care system
signed into law 3.5 years ago, the process of implementing it. with the affordable care act coming in effect in a few weeks, the president was forced to make changes after it emerged some people who have health insurance actually stood to lose it under his plan. very frustrated but i am also somebody, if i fumbled the ball, i'm going to wait to get the next play and then i'm going to run as hard as i can. it is complicated, it is hard but i make no apologies for us taking this on. somebody had to do it. >> the bulk of the problems come down to this, a website that has been creaking and crashing and which saw fewer than 27,000 people sign up for coverage in its first month.
something congressional hearings into the debacle. >> we're here to be examined -- to examine the failure of technology. not because it was innovative, not because this was a moonshot. to crunching used code in the spotlight. >> the website is getting better each week. itse work to improve functionality and stability. we have a lot of work to do but are making progress. the ears of the republicans, who proposed bills -- who have opposed the bill since the start. >> the only way way to protect the american people is to scrap this a lot. there is no way to fix this. >> fixing it is essential to president obama's credibility. with his approval office at it's lowest, the problems surrounding the implementation of the affordable care act are costing the president the trust of the american people. getting the health care initiative right could have a
determining effect on how he'll presidency -- on how his presidency is viewed. the president is also under fire for his plans to negotiate with iran. members of congress are skeptical and they would like to increase sanctions on to run -- tehran. john kerry is meeting with lawmakers and today obama just the issue at his press reefing with this message. serious, there is no need for us to add new sanctions on top of the effective.hat are the position, i spoke to president obama's deputy advisor ben rhodes from the white house earlier. ben rhodes, the president says if we want to get something from iran, we have to give something.
what is the guarantee they will keep their promise and give something back? >> first of all, what we are looking at is a step toward an agreement that has to halt the progress of the iranian nuclear program. and then we negotiate a conference -- comprehensive settlement. we have discussed giving a degree of relief to the iranians . however, that would be reversible. if they do not meet their commitments, we could turn off that relief. it is also important that during the time of this negotiation, we would enforce existing sanctions. that pressure would remain. >> why the rush? the israelis are saying iran is one and a half years from the capacity to build the weapon. i negotiate now? >> this is the important point because we are -- we do not think we can get to a comprehensive resolution on the front end of the negotiation. it is going to take time.
we have said six months to negotiate that resolution. however, we said why not get a first step agreement to halt the progress during the course of the negotiations? so you could have negotiating a resolution over time and the iranians continue to move forward with their program in a way that advances the iranian nuclear capability, or you put the brakes on that capability during the negotiation. roll it back and then see if you can achieve a settlement. we think make sense to try to put it on why we have the discussion. >> i appreciate you are only giving great little in terms of relief, but aren't you at risk of putting a lot of faith in one person who has only been in office a couple of months? and he may not be able to deliver. >> that is true. we have to test the president and his ability to follow through. there will be some amendments.
it would be part of a first step. to meetn, he would have a broader set of commitments. test thel be able to iranian government in this negotiation. if they do not meet their obligation, we can turn off that continued we will also to enforce those sanctions and we have also sent to congress, even as we do not want to see new sanctions right now, if talks break down, we would move to additional sanctions. there is a lot of pressure we can bring to bear on the government if the president does not follow through on his indications of moving in a different direction. >> is there an argument for keeping existing sanctions even as congress has suggested upping the sanctions and really bringing iran to a position where they are so weakened, further than they are now, they
are more likely to negotiate? why not just carry on with the sanctions and weakened the iranians and then tell them what you want? >> first of all, it is important that we will continue to enforce the architecture of the sanctions even during this time. in other words, over the next six months, what the iranians would lose in revenue from the would faranctions exceed any relief they get. they would continue to face that pressure. arehe same time, sanctions not an end. they are a means to an end. that is trying to change the calculus of the regime with respect to its nuclear program. we see indications the government is engaging in negotiations in a way they have not. these are much more serious discussions. we feel a responsibility to test that proposition because a diplomatic resolution is a goal that we seek to bring about a
diplomatic resolution. >> ben rhodes, thank you very much for joining me. you are watching "bbc world news america and." rebranding a photograph. turning to social media to boost its image. they are the highest level talks in decades between russia and egypt and they could end up signing a multibillion-dollar arms deal. it comes after the u.s. can't egyptian defense and. -- cut egyptian defense aid. >> this is the highest level meeting between these countries in years. egypt hosting their russian counterparts. moscow's closest allies in starting in the 1950s. during that time, a signed
agreements on several issues like the peaceful use of atomic energy and cultural and economic cooperation. 1972, the new government in cairo terminated the relationship. egypt realigned its policy, moving closer to the united states, which has become the north african nation's backup. but last month, and america throws a huge chunk of its annual military aid to egypt following the overthrow of mohamed morsi. cairo has been looking elsewhere for support. the fact rush's minister is part of this delegation has set off speculation of an arm still in the making. >> bilateral ties are old. in particular in military areas. this was discussed by the defense ministers yesterday. >> some ordinary egyptians applaud the meeting and see it as long overdue.
about theseic relations and about getting our help from different countries. >> efforts to revisit its relationship with moscow is the clearest sign yet egypt is actively looking for new friends. >> these days instagram is a global gathering but when atlanta photographers did not like the way their city was being portrayed, they took it into their own hands and created a new hashtag -- we love atl. and decided to give the submissions to a real-life gallery, working out of a converted bread truck. the proceeds will go to the food bank. here is a look at some of the ideas. ♪
>> we came up with the hashtag because it is a proclamation and we knew that when people used it, it is like they are submitting this photo because they love the city. raiders --e key curators all met using social media. we met don instagram. a testament what can happen when you meet outside of social media. >> we realized that the gallery can be a little stuffy. we came up with a mission statement that was we want to take the celebration of the streets of atlanta to the streets of atlanta. sitting in a 1991 bread
truck that has been converted into a mobile photography gallery. this month alone, we have averaged 1000 submissions to the hashtag every week. to 28 thousande submissions. >> i have been tagging my photos. them in the show. it is not just instagram. it is also interacting with the city and other people. >> we take turns going through the hashtag. we all have different aesthetic so it creates a more well- rounded gallery show. we just go through. and we spend a lot of time on it. it tends to do what i do at the public. >> one of my favorite things is picking out the photos. this is one of my favorite ones. this is a classic view of atlanta. it is the jackson street bridge. >> we display the photos and we
donate all of the money to the food bank. it is about taking that love and recycling it back to the community. >> one of the most impressive things about the photo we arelay, 80% of the photos taken by people that would not consider themselves to be amateur photographers. a are citizens of atlanta. people forget photographs are one-of-a-kind objects. you can hold something in your hand and you know it is put in 3d, people respond to a differently. on a screen you can go away and it disappears. clerics there is a lot of talent in atlanta. and you can do it where you are. program to ahe close. you can carry on watching "bbc
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> that's on me. i mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law. >> ifill: in an extended news conference, a contrite president offers a temporary fix to those losing their health insurance and confronts other issues dogging his second term. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. also ahead this thursday, the grim recovery efforts continue in devastated parts of the philippines, but the picture is still one of loss and despair. >> ifill: we have the first tv interview with the new head of the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. b. todd jones talks about the challenge of reigning in gun