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what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> at the u.s. steps up efforts to find those behind a leak of military secrets. presidents karzai say it puts afghan formants in danger. >> we consider that concern -- we consider that extremely irresponsible. >> the british prime minister and his trip to india defending his comments about pakistan's record on tackling terrorism. we report from the heart of the terrorist threat -- a town plagued by suicide bombings. >> people tell us is important that we should not say -- should not stay in any one place for about 20 minutes for our own safety. it has become one of the most dangerous places in pakistan. >> welcome to "bbc world news"
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broadcast on pbs in america and also around the globe. coming up later for you -- a french woman admits killing eight of her newborn babies, trying to hide the births from her husband. and the new starlet of indian cinema with a famous father talks about turning jane austen and to a bollywood blockbuster. >> in the first afghan government reaction to the wikileaks investigation, he said at the week's show the enemy is and pakistan. in one of his strongest evidence against pakistan, he has appealed for action against
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those training terrorists and its borders. he says leak that afghan informants in danger. >> u.s. forces depend daily on information from afghan civilians as they try to defeat the taliban in afghanistan. some might give information openly. some more secretly espy's. but none expected their names to be published on the internet where the dossier expose this week includes names, addresses, and fathers names, in direct contradiction to claims by wikileaks publishers saying they withheld documents that might risk lives. the afghan government hadn't caught -- had been cautious until now about commenting on the avalanche of material. the president was shocked by the way names of informants had been left in. >> i wonder if you think it was irresponsible that afghan names of apparent -- of a parent informants against their fellow
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countrymen were put into the document without being blacked out. >> this is indeed extremely irresponsible and shocking. whether those individuals acted legitimately or illegitimately in providing information to native forces, there are lives and those lives will be in danger now. therefore, we consider that extremely irresponsible and something to not overlook. >> the afghan president said the u.s. should take more direct action against taliban bases in pakistan. drone attacks against individual al qaeda leaders have been carried out for years. but in taking a far tougher line than he had recently, president karzai asked why u.s. forces were not attacking more well- known sanctuaries in pakistan. u.s. troops who are facing their
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worst summer for casualties since the war began hardly need reminding of the continuing threat they face in afghanistan. the latest death was a petty officer jarod newlove, a second body of two soldiers found missing since friday. biting this complex war, the troops would rather keep their intelligence sources secret and not published on the internet. this enormous leak of documents is an unwelcome distraction for a government-run to put into place in deprogram agreed to at the conference last week. but they are a reminder of the sheer scale at the u.s. intelligence efforts in afghanistan. >> the american defense secretary has called in the fbi to identify who leaked to the classified documents. robert gates describes the leaks as potentially dangerous for u.s. troops, their allies and partners in afghanistan. >> the battlefield consequences
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of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies, and our afghan partners. it may well damage relationships and reputations in that key part of the world. intelligence sources and methods as well as military tactics, techniques, and procedures will become known to our adversaries. >> robert gates there. let's get more on this. how is this looking from there? >> i think there was a slight hardening of the tone from here today, certainly in the first 48 hours after the wikileaks documents became known. the white house reaction was to try to play it down and say in very big picture terms that these documents have not told us anything new. what we saw today is the rock anchor that the pentagon and secretary gates and from the chairman of the joint chiefs of
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staff -- he said wikileaks might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an afghan family. that goes to this point that has emerged in the past 24 hours that wikileaks documents left names available of afghan formants to the united states. the fear is that some of those people might be the victims of retribution by the taliban and other afghans who might have been predisposed to helping americans clearly will not now, fearful for their lives. >> it's fair to say that some are finding a perhaps surprising or a bit disturbing that the reaction of this administration seems to be how these documents released and who did it rather than what they reveal. >> reaction number-one was to shoot the messenger, wikileaks, and attack a policy as irresponsibility. but there is an addressing of concerns as well. admiral mullen just came back
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from a visit to pakistan and he was asked about the suggestion that pakistan had links to the taliban. accepting that he and secretary gates -- the u.s. have always said elements of the pakistani intelligence service had links to militant and the united states considered that unacceptable. but what they are focusing on is the investigation. the fbi has been called in and secretary gates asked specifically will wikileaks be investigated itself. the defense secretary says it will go wherever it needs to. >> thank you for that. ending his trip to india, the prime minister has defended his comments about pakistan's record on tackling terrorism. david cameron has been accused of damaging relations with the country. on the final day of his visit to
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india, he held talks with the prime minister of india. >> the chaos of old dehli seems far away from the old india david cameron wants to draw close. but the prime minister says foreign countries -- says trips to foreign countries are not always orderly. he came on this trip promising to take jobs, but he left having struck a new british town for talking about affairs abroad. he observed the usual public niceties and old diplomatic traditions. but his plane word on the situation in gaza and pakistan, are they evidence of a different approach or missteps of a new prime minister? >> i think it's important to speak frankly about the problems as you see them. i think it's the right thing to do. >> some people have raised eyebrows at how blood year net
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-- and how blood your language has been. is this the diplomacy? >> in life and politics, it's better to say which they did try to be realistic, practical and hardheaded. that's what i think british foreign policy should be about. >> but the journey was meant to be about creating jobs in britain. while some deals have been sealed, it has taken a different direction, leaving some wondering if honesty is the best foreign policy. >> one of the busiest airports in moscow -- russians board and a passenger jet described -- disguised as medics to detain the man who tried to take over the plane. all passengers and crew were released unharmed. citigroup must pay $75 million to settle civil charges that misled investors about its potential losses from subprime
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mortgages in 2007. the bank had said the exposure was $13 billion or less. the sec said it exceeded $50 billion. a set of false teeth borne by the winston churchill were sold at auction for nearly $24,000. the final bid was four times higher than expected. we reported this last night -- debentures were designed to preserve his particular way of speaking. a woman in northern france is under investigation for the murder of eight newborn babies. the 45-year-old was arrested in a small village where the bodies were discovered. the husband was arrested on suspicion of hiding the bodies, but he has been released without charge. >> she was known within the village as the doting grandmother, iker assistant married to a local councilor. but behind her public persona, she was hiding the most macabre
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secret. on saturday at a house for these to live, new owners discovered skeletal remains of two newborn babies in their garden. it led police here to their current home less than 1 mile away. inside, they showed -- she showed restored six more babies, each wrapped in a sealed plastic bag. she told prosecutors she concealed all eight present -- all eight pregnancies from her husband and suffocated each of the babies at birth. >> autopsy results showed no sign of violence on the children's bodies. the mother has admitted to deliberately smothering the children at home. >> people here are understandably shocked that suddenly their tiny villages is linked to one of the worst cases of infanticide in french history. she was an active member of the community, some people knew her. how could she hide all of this from the people she worked with,
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the people she cared for, even from her own family? >> it was an ordinary family, simple people, i know the man and i'm very shocked. he is a good person, generous, nice. >> police believe she smothered the first of these eight children as far back as 1989. the last was in 2006. she is usually overweight, neighbors, which might explain how she was able to hide the pregnancies. her husband has been released. she will remain in custody. tonight, facing eight charges of murder and a lifetime in prison. >> as many as 130 people have been killed in a river boat accident in the democratic republic of congo. it happened on a tributary of
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the condo in one of the western provinces. the cause is not clear but it is reported that the bill was overloaded and the river was unusually low. the labor minister of france has been released after questioning by police investigating allegations of illegal donations to the party of the president. he was quizzed for eight hours about his relationship with a donor, one of france's richest women. he denied any wrongdoing. thousands of barrels filled with chemicals have washed into a river in northeastern china. state media said that happened when two factories were flooded. authorities are trying to fish the barrel out of the water and reassured people living nearby that the chemicals have not contaminated drinking water. stay with us if you can on "bbc world news." as russia experiences its hottest day ever, dangerous fires criticism -- create a
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serious health threat. people are biased to stay indoors. -- people are advised to stay indoors. lawyers for the victims of the gulf of mexico oil spill have opened a first-aid what can only be a massive civil trial. the venue will be in one of the hardest-hit states, not the oil headquarters in texas. seven judges must decide how these piles of lawsuits misspeak dealt with. the decision could take several weeks. >> for the fisherman, shrimpers, and property owners, life has not been the same since the oil spill in the gulf of mexico. to recover their losses, more than 300 lawsuits have been filed against bp in at least 12 states. the plaintiffs want the case -- and plaintiffs' wants the case to be held in new orleans, but bp preferred to houston. >> houston is a little bit more
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friendly for sure. bp has quite large operations there. i think more importantly, houston is not new orleans. houston is not louisiana are mississippi or alabama, where the damage has occurred. >> a law professor says the judges in idaho have other options. >> in a case like this, it is politically charged. where one side wants new orleans and one side wants texas, one possibility is the panel could decide multi district litigation will take place in new orleans but could appoint a judge from outside of louisiana. >> four weeks, people have looked at the images from up -- images of oil flowing from the bottom of the ocean. the choice of a judge may it affect how many billions of dollars bp may ultimately have to pay in damages. what ever location is finally picked, one thing is certain --
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a packed court room is guaranteed. >> the latest headlines -- the strongest statements yet against past the -- as pakistan, the president of afghan has appealed -- afghanistan has appealed her -- the british prime minister has ended his trip to india defending his comments about pakistan's record on tackling terrorism. pakistan insists it has been playing its part to resist terrorism both on the border of afghanistan and its own soil. our world affairs editor has been to one town that is played by suicide bombers. >> pakistan does not just have one group of taliban to deal with. it has two separate ones -- a home grown version and an afghan version, both operating on its territory. the army has clampdown hard on
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the pakistani taliban which has carried out a fierce bombing campaign in cities like this. now the crackdown is succeeding, though the city is still dangerous. it's only about five years ago that i used to wander around here on my own without any great problems. now, people locally tell us that it's important we should stay in any one place for more than about 20 minutes for our own safety. a taliban suicide bomber heads for the press club. the instant he blows itself but is caught on closed circuit television. the area has provided plenty of volunteers to support the afghan taliban. this village -- this man is the would be bomber who left his car packed with explosives in times
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square a few months ago but was later arrested. locals make a link with afghanistan clear. >> for as long as the nato forces remain in afghanistan, there will be people like him. what happens in afghanistan has a direct effect on people's thinking here. >> both of the afghan and pakistani taliban make great use of the vast, and control tribal areas along the border. the british gave them almost completely -- gave them almost complete autonomy. this is where al qaeda also operates. osama bin laden may be here somewhere. in a mansion which has scarcely changed since the days of the raj, the governor of the provinces starting to take over the trouble areas where various extremist groups operate. >> one of the major ingredients of success has been the fact that over the past two years,
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the local people in the province who were favorably inclined toward these outfits have turned against them. >> but at the very moment when pakistan is successfully cracking down on its own taliban group, it stands accused of helping the afghan taliban. >> the taliban were able to show their strength and the pakistani parties started looking at the taliban as one of the future options for them to support in afghanistan. >> in other words, pakistan thinks the taliban are winning. at a taliban -- a taliban- controlled afghanistan might be your family to pakistan and the present government there is. >> of the american senator connected to the lockerbie bombing says he may send
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investigators to britain to investigate whether bp has argued for one man's release to seal an oil deal. those hearings have been postponed because key u.k. witnesses have refused to travel to take part. >> in addition to making a request for them to come to the hearings, we will be sending individuals and taking those who may be up travel abroad to great britain to interview the individuals and ask questions and get a thorough understanding of how they came to their decisions. >> i think it is a balanced and transparent thing -- offer -- we're after the troops -- where after the truth and what everyone to cooperate. >> today has been the hottest day ever recorded in moscow. the temperature reached almost 30 degrees celsius -- 100 degrees fahrenheit. the record-breaking heat wave
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began one month ago and has sparked fires across the country. >> the russian countryside is burning. the fields and forests are a tinderbox after weeks of scorching sun. local people in some areas are helpless as the flames engulfed their homes. for weeks, emergency services have been trying to control the fires, but the situation has been getting worse as the wave continues. >> new fires were breaking out. they were having to send the airplanes everyday's to stop them. >> with the countryside continuing to burn, even the russian capital, moscow, has been wrapped in a thick blanket of smoke. the choking smog and -- is an
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everyday feature for the 10 million people living here. >> one of the big worries about all of this smog is the impact it's going to have on people's health. apparently there is already so polluted with such a high concentration of carbon monoxide that i stand here for a few hours and read again cut its the equivalent of smoking 40 cigarettes. has the smog thickens, the only thing anyone here can do is pray for the heat wave to end. >> a modern bollywood adaptation of "anna" hits the screen. it stars his own daughter who is a new starlet in indian cinema.
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>> its a romantic comedy. >> i think because victorian society, the rules and regulations, it is still prevalent in our country and i think it's prevalent all over the world. having the right address, the right car, wearing the right clothes, having enough money. it is prevalent everywhere and you can relate to it because those are situations you can never get rid of. there is always a divide and i
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think her novels explore that. ♪ >> there is a lot of similarity in exactly what she said. the class divide, who is wearing what and of that kind of stuff. people are assessed with matchmaking. parties, weddings, parents are assessed with who -- but the bank balance is of the person he or she is going to get married to. ♪ >> what is your goal? where the hope this goes from here? >> i don't think about it too much. i love working, i love my job. it doesn't matter what movie i do or what language it then as
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long as it is something i can sink my teeth into, a role i can work at and do something with. it doesn't matter if it's in cantonese, spanish, english or in the -- or hindi. it doesn't matter what language its end, does want to be part of the medium of film. ♪ ♪ >> a quick reminder of our main story -- top officials in the u.s. had ministrations have expressed outrage at the leaking of the 90,000 classified military documents on the war in afghanistan. the afghan president has said much the same and the defense secretary is visibly angry -- he told a news conference was a massive breach of security that could endanger u.s. troops, allies and after an informant whose name is it seems or after
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