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insight and expertise in a range of industries. what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> u.s. court ruling, a judge struck down parts of arizona as tough new emigration law just hours before it was due to come into court. britain's prime minister, david cameron, has a warning for neighboring pakistan. >> we cannot tolerate, in any sense, the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror. >> please find the bodies of eight newborn babies in the northern part of france. the parents are arrested. rescue workers tried to free 30,000 people trapped in northeast china. we will get the latest from our correspondent in beijing.
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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. it is a controversial law that has aroused passion and anger on both sides of the debate. now a federal judge in the united states has blocked parts of the tough new emigration bill passed by the state of arizona and due to come into force on thursday. legislators in arizona approve the measure in able in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. latino groups fear it would lead to discrimination. >> outside the arizona governor's office, they have been protesting for two months, ever since the state passed america strictest immigration law. now on the eve of its enforcement, a judge has halted its most divisive measures. the new law would have seen
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arizona conduct more immigration checks and would have made a crime not to carry proper immigration documents. those elements are now on hold, and the ruling seen as a victory for critics, who said the law was racist. in a state where one-third are hispanic, many feared they would be unfairly targeted. >> it is a great relief. latino people felt there were obviously being discriminated because the way the law was written, it was written exactly for latinos. rounds again, speaks spanish, i was worried a lot. only illegal immigrants should worry, say the supporters, among them the local fire brand share of, who is now vowing to continue his tough policing. >> any police officer that arrests anybody for any charge, any charge, will come into our jail, we will investigate that person to see they are here illegally, and if they are here illegally, we are going to put a hold on them. >> share of joe is not a lone
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voice. most americans support emerald's progress if they are here illegally, they should be treated -- if we go to another country and do not have the proper documentation, they ship us back. why should we be any different from any other country? >> we have to stop it somehow, our readers are going to have more 9/11. it is ridiculous. look at europe, look at britain. they have the same problem, and they have more terror attacks the we do. to me, it is about the safety of the country. >> that state is home to 400,000 illegal immigrants, and authorities want to make life so hard for them that they leave. the effects are already being felt. in phoenix, this woman told me tell businesses near hers have closed in two months because the
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documented -- undocumented workers have fled. she did not want to be identified, but says she is afraid of arizonas tough stand and may go home. >> the whole system has been demonizing immigrants. >> at the courthouse, the protests continue. the new law has only temporarily halted an ongoing flashpoint for america's immigration debate. >> news of the quarterly will come as a relief to many people. many families in mexico rely on money sent back from relatives in the united states. we have been to one region in central mexico where tensions have been running high. >> it seems bound to become a ghost town. an estimated 60 percent of the town's original population have migrated from this rule area to
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the united states, mainly to arizona. most of them are there illegally. just a few, the ones who have papers, can come to visit their relatives and then reenter the united states. every year, they drive down from mesa, ariz. at to visit what they call their home town. >> we are lucky because there are others who are not able to come back, people who are scared of what is happening and fearful because they do not know what the future holds. >> despite the slow pace of this town, any news from arizona troubles them, and the new migration lot is creating deep anxiety around here. this religious ceremony was mainly dedicated to the hundreds of people who were born in this town and now are leaving arizona. there are deep concerns in this town about the fate of the relatives and friends who live north of the border, but also about the impact of what the new
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scenario could have on towns like this one. in a town where unemployment is at least 30%, the remittances sent by migrants and arizona are a key force driving the economy. in addition to helping relatives, some migrants send funds to help develop the town's infrastructure. this man tells me that this area in the town's only school was built with money sent from arizona. in the dimly lit room where she and her seven year-old stepdaughter live, she shows me pictures of her wedding date two years ago. just weeks after that happy day, she says, her husband crossed the border illegally and has since lived and worked in arizona. today, she is preparing a gift
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for him. packed with his favorite mexican suites, to be sent with her neighbor. with the remittances sent every month, they are slowly building the house they dream of living in, but all that is now in jeopardy. >> with this new law, we don't know but will happen. he was deported once before, so i am worried he could be imprisoned for a long time. >> thousands of miles away from arizona, the worry in this mexican town is that turbulent times are just beginning. >> britain's prime minister, david cameron, has been accused of damaging the prospects of peace in south asia after he
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warned pakistan against promoting the export of -- the prime minister was speaking in india where he had been on a trade mission. important visitors to in the normally stay away during the monsoon, but the british prime minister decided this was the moment. on indian soil, he had these frank words for its new neighbor, pakistan. >> we cannot tolerate in any since the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able in any way to promote the export of terror, whether to india or whether to afghanistan or anywhere else in the world. >> his chat later with young i.t. exports was in no doubt less contentious, but he did not shy away from his comments,
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saying he was not attacking the government, but urging them to do more. >> the prime minister wants to get a clear message across. i think he is absolutely right to do that. we work closely with pakistan in fighting terrorism and what to do that in the future. we work closely with india. we expect all countries to do as we do, to fight terrorism wherever it occurs, and at every opportunity. >> the prime minister might have preferred to dwell on a 700 million pounds deal finalized today. [applause] british firms will help india build 57 new jets. does pakistan have reason to feel defensive in response to his message? a comes just after the leaking of u.s. documents that accused pakistan intelligence services of secretly helping the insurgents in afghanistan. >> there are many ruffled feathers in islam a bad period
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for the prime minister of britain to make a statement in india while on an official visit seems to suggest partiality. texted days comments are the first time david cameron has indulged in plain talking on foreign soil. yesterday's description of gaza as a prison camp was a break, and while he is here in india, he is establishing his own reputation as well. it's clear pakistan will be on the table in talks between the prime minister and his indian counterpart tomorrow. on this final leg of state chairman's latest foreign travel, he showed he is not shy of trying to set the agenda. >> a french couple are due to appear in court on thursday after police found the bodies of eight newborn babies buried in a village in northern france. they are said to be the parents of the children. forensic scientist and dogs are continuing to search two separate sites where the bodies
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were unearthed. >> viller-au-tetre in shock and mourning. neighbors say they were called out after the new owners of the house found human remains in their garden. they turned out to be the tiny bones of children. a search and other property. altogether, the bodies of a newborn babies have been found, reportedly wrapped in plastic bags. >> it is terrible, terrible. having kids myself, i don't understand. i cannot understand how anyone can do that. i am shocked. it is awful. the couple, thought to be the children's parents, are being held in custody. residents said they had no clue that anything was wrong. >> we knew the family. we would see them passed by. we knew them well. what's more, we would see them
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at the town council meetings. what has happened now is just rumors. we don't know anything more. >> as the people of this small village come to grips with the news, police said they could still find more bodies. >> alarm is growing within the united nations. the west african country has been described as a catastrophe. the world food program has doubled aid operations to feed millions. the problem of food shortages has grown dramatically since the last targets, just a year ago. the greek government has used an emergency measure of order to put a truck drivers back to work after a strike. they were ordered to return to the job or face arrest.
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authorities say such a move was justified and no one has the right to paralyze the country. still ahead, rickshaws, ruins, and rehabilitation. can former prisoners pedal their way back into normal society? there has been a national day of mourning in pakistan, following the country's workers -- worst ever air disaster. all one header be to people on board the aircraft died -- 152 people died. >> rescuers worked frantically on the downside for hours. the aircraft flying in smoldering pieces, only minutes from the airport. passengers would have been preparing to land. but in poor visibility and driving rain, the plane smashed into the hills. the tough terrain made it hard for emergency workers to access
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the crash site. they were later helped by the army after trekking there on foot. all those on board the aircraft are now known to have died. over the last hour, one ambulance after another has been arriving here at the main hospital in islamabad. many relatives have been waiting for loved ones to arrive. they have moved here in the hope that they can at least have bodies to identify. but most will not even get that. such was the force of the collision in the hills, most of the evidence is arrive only with body parts -- most of the ambulances arrive only with body parts. it was the most distressing scene. families dealing with the realization of what has been so suddenly taken away.
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perhaps the plane should never have flown in such bad weather. perhaps it was pilot error. hours after the crash, people need to know how to commercial flight on one of the busiest routes in the country could possibly have ended up like this. >> you are watching bbc news. a federal judge in the united states has blocked parts of the tough new emigration bill passed by the state of arizona and due to come into force on thursday. pakistan's high commissioner in britain has accused prime minister david cameron of damaging the prospects of reaching peace because of his warning against polluting the export of terrorism -- promoting the export of terrorism. french police have found the bodies of a newborn babies buried in the north part of the country. flooding in northeastern china has granted 30,000 people in one
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count and lost barrels of explosive chemicals into a river. china is suffering its worst floods in a decade. heavy rains and landslides have claimed at least 800 lives, and more are forecast. joining me from beijing is michael. and as if things cannot get bad enough, we have this chemical spill and the rescue operation on going. >> we are not sure at the moment of how many people have been stranded in this northeastern chinese province. a few moments ago we spoke to the flood rescue team and they said that they could not really contact the people who were stranded. they are not exactly sure how many people are stranded, or even where they are stranded. we have seen the main town -- whether they are dispersed across rural areas of the county. there have been reports saying
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the flood waters have risen to about 3 meters, and 80 people were trapped in a town railway station, that kind of thing. it is still a confused situation there. also, the chemical spill that you mentioned, that is 3000 containers of chemicals which spilled into the river up in the northeast of china, after flood waters inundated a factory. some of the buckets of chemicals have been retrieved and some have not. a very worrying situation for the northeast of china there. >> day after day of heavy rain is putting an enormous strain on the country's flood defenses. >> it has. this latest incident is in the northeast of china, but most of the rain has taken place in the south of china. as you mentioned, the flood defenses have been put to the test. viewers will probably remember that in china and they built
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this massive project costing billions of dollars. one of the main aims of this dam was to prevent flooding just like this or mitigate against its worst effects. yesterday, the dam had to contain a surge of water coming down the river. it was coming into the reservoir behind the dam walls and releasing it further downstream. it was coming in faster than they could release it. engineers say they are happy with how the three gorges dam has performed until now. even though there has been some flooding in hundreds of people have died, they say it would have been even worse if the dam had not been there. >> thank you very much. the french government is introducing a series of new measures to try to control gypsy
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communities in the country and to expel those living in france illegally. the announcement came at the end of an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss riots in in a rural community in central france last week. >> living on of fringes of french society and waiting to find out their fate. to these families, is home, for now, at least. after riding last week in central france involving travelers, an emergency cabinet meeting was convened at the interior ministry, announcing have the camps used illegally by usedroamer communities would be dismantled next week. >> we will proceed to the almost immediate deportation of the roamers, either to bulgaria or romania. >> there are around four hundred
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thousand traveling people living in france. they say they are unfairly associated with an influx of eastern european illegal immigrants. >> there are between half a million and 1 million travelers whose rights are denied. i hope they will take this into account to fight racism and do away with this. >> some human lives organizations accused the president of stigmatizing minority groups. he says he is making a distinction between offenders and those who just want to live in peace. >> it has been a tradition in spain for centuries, but for the first time, bullfighting has been banned in part of the spanish mainland. the northeast region of catalonia has voted for it in there.
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petition's call the barbaric. >> it has been a part of spanish culture for centuries, a ritual in which a matador and his team used cakes, lances to subdue and then killed a bull. to critics, this is torture. bullfighting has been banned in catalonia. this was the reaction as the law was passed in parliament. shouts of joy from those supporting the ban, and unconcealed tears for the losers. animal rights groups gathered outside parliament for the vote. their message, it is a barbaric blood sport that has no place in 21st century spain. >> bullfighting is not set in stone in any culture in the world, let alone in catalonia.
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any society should aspire to become a better society. >> many believe this is about more than protecting animals, though. and tim by nationalist b.g.e. an attempt by nationalist to abort their difference from other rest of spain are rejecting one of its best known traditions. bullfighting has been losing support for many years. this of reed is the only one still open in this region. matadors know the only have one season left to fight. >> buoyed by their success here, these activists have vowed to expand their campaign, but they know there will fast -- they know they will face tough opposition. >> brazilian tv host who was
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accused of ordering killings to boost his ratings has died while awaiting trial. he was being treated hospital. the cause of his death has not been confirmed. his tv program often featured exclusive footage of crime scenes. police accused him of ordering killings and then alerting his tv crew so they would be first at the scene of the crime. in the u.s., while fires have forced over 2000 people to lose their homes. firefighters say they have partially surrounded the braveb. recently, it has become a year- round phenomenon. getting prisoners back into society after they have served their sentences can be difficult. this week, and the project has started in rome, where a group of ex-con have become rickshaw drivers. more than a dozen, some of whom
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have been convicted of serious crimes, have started working in two areas of this city. >> agency, modern problem, traffic and lots of it, adding to congestion and pollution. this might be one of the answers. rickshaws, where the drivers, the difference. they are all current or former convicts. stefano is just coming to the end of a seven-year jail sentence for robbery. now with the rickshaw project, he is being offered a new start in life. >> is a great initiative. i have only got 11 months to serve on my sentence. i am in for various crimes like hooliganism and robbery. even the possibility of joining the scheme because of my good behavior in jail. i am very lucky, because it will
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help me when i get out. past prisoners have all been trained on how to use the bike and how to handle the public. rehabilitation in a rickshaw is the idea of a local council. it is for prisoners who have either done their time or are about to be released. the idea was certainly applaud it. >> there are a lot of things to see in rome, and they are quite spread out around the city. it is a very good way to get from one site to another. >> the prisoners have been carefully chosen by the authorities, who said they posed no safety problem to anyone. back in the saddle again, after falling off life's legal path. now free wheeling their way to freedom. duncan kennedy, bbc news in rome. >> thanks for watching.
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