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>> hello and welcom >> hello and welcome. >> and now bbc world news. more floods of pakistan, 8 million people need help with the deaths of cholera continuing to rise. hundreds of people in the country, as part of the cut down on the camps. with a storm of protests for freedom. >> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcasting to u.k. and around
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the world. seven years and five months after the u.s. lead the brigade in iraq. leaving the country, the striking board for ending combat operations. as we speak to our washington correspondent, explaining the pentagon comments. >> the last troops may be leaving iraq, but the operation is not over yet. and won't be over until the end of the month, where it's scheduled to end. we are getting some conflicting reports from the people at iraq, with the convey and saying that the last troops crossing the boarder into kuwait. and the pentagon saying that 50,000 troops will remain in iraq indefinitely, but focusing
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on a civilian role than a military role. >> all of this talk is stirring a good deal of light on the future of iraq, isn't it jane, including that suicide bombing that killed 60 people on tuesday. and al-qaeda more active, because they know of these u.s. troops are withdrawing. what is washington feeling about that? >> the state department is on air, saying that work in iraq is not over. and the u.s. is very keen to protect the billion investment over the course of 7.5 years. and to see a significant return on the 4,500 lives lost. and what they are saying, that the american presence there will be far more supported one but
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responsibility of iraq rests firmly with the iraqi government. but the spokesman said that clearly there is a lot of violence in iraq. but not as at the peak of the war. and there are rivalries that still need to be handled. but will american presence will be focused far more on civilian support. >> yes, washington putting a good deal in the hands of the iraqi government. but that's an unstable government and going through negotiations to form that stable government. and that no doubt is going to heighten fears for the future of iraq. especially if given when all the troops pull out. >> this is clearly why 50,000 troops are scheduled to remain behind, even after the combat operation, or operation iraqi freedom is officially over.
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we have no timetable for their withdrawal. they will be armed. they won't be allowed to use their weapons unless for self-defense or at the request of the iraqi government. and state that terrorism operations will continue. american and iraqi forces working in partnership to capture terrorists. >> bbc's jane o'brien. the crisis in pakistan, fresh flood waters are continuing to surge south from the indus river. united nations saying that the number of people in need of urgent help is 8 million. with concerns that the money is not going to the right people on the ground there. >> coming to show solidarity and to get a glimpse of
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destruction. the united nations secretary was here to hear survivors tell their story. and spent a moment with some of the youngest victims. he insists donations to pakistan won't go astray. >> we can have absolute confidence, those who donate so generously, will have confidence that the money will get where it's needed. >> this is what happens when aide didn't come. young lives put at risk. survivors of the flood expected to have cholera from the dirty water. there are new arrivals every few minutes. the emergency room in this hospital is overcrowded.
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and the staff is overwhelmed. >> we have no vacancy. we no time to fix, we have no time. >> patients are crammed in where they can fit. they don't wait for lab tests here, if it looks like cholera, they assume it is. dela >> the wards are filling up so fast that the hospitals are running out of beds. all of these patients are treated for cholera. it's been seen as 10 times cases than last year. this is what international health experts have been fearing. watching over his seven-year-old son, cholera has robbed him of his oldest boy, he died two days
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ago. >> he was sweeter than sugar. he was a very happy boy. he loved playing with the children. his loss is unbearable. >> all of this suffering for the want of clean water. united nations is begging for help now, before more young lives are threatened. >> and you will find much more coverage on our website, it includes special reports and video and eyewitness accounts. and find features of the region illustrating how big of an area affected by the monsoon rains. there will not be programs unless the threats are dropped. stating that the u.s. is not
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acting honestly, despite the talks. not allowing negotiations with other parts. a nelson mandela charity says that one person has resigned because of the diamonds presents by naomi campbell. jeremy ractiffe says he is sorry for keeping the diamonds. regional officials naming local mal malicia. a month long ban has begun on bloody, violent and grotesque images. the move is to protect the
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children from such images. but some say this is an attack on the freedom of the press. we explain what lead the courts to take this action. >> at the end of last week, a daily newspaper printed very powerful pictures of the inside of the main morgue in karachi, and it showed bullet, riddled bodies of young men. clearly that weekend's violence in the shanty towns. these pictures were taken in december, but it created a huge movement with the government to take the step to push for this court ruling.
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to ban all papers from printing what is called grotesque and bloody images. >> is there a good deal of public support of this ban? or much made of these accusations? >> it gets to the society of right of the crime and the right of the press to report in venezuela. and they will use this until the next month's elections. in terms of what the people think, some are buying "nationale" for support but some say that it went too far. but it has evoked debate on the
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crime issue that mr. chavez is accused of not doing enough to tackle in his 12 years. >> france will begin next week on thursday, part of a crack down on the camps. some of the children will be put on planes by the end of the december. those who leave voluntarily will be given 300 euros and despite the problems in rome and france, most don't want to go. >> this came after the travelers attacked the police station. they were angry that the police had shot one who drove a car past the point. they accused the gypsies of the problem. >> would it not be terrifying if france bowed down to those
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threats that we won't come to your country. they are on the wrong side of the law. >> but they are argued. >> some 700 roma have been detained since the announcement last month. some say they don't want to go back to romania. >> in romania, they don't pay, there are no food or clothes or nothing. >> some travelers with a recommendation in a sports gymnasium. but far from ideal. >> we people provide for the government to provide roma for better conditions. >> they are claiming for the
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rights, and that most french supporters support the government's move. and the operations will be expelled the roma from france. >> stay with us, still ahead the link of the aztec children found for excavations for a new subway in mexico city. here two 11-year-old boys are given a supervision order for attempting to rape a girl of eight. the boys were 10 at the time, and their case brings about new debate of the age of responsibility and the treatment of children by the courts. >> this afternoon, while other youngsters their age were enjoying a school holiday. they were sentenced for a serious sex crime. the boys sat with their mothers
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and the judges removed their wigs and gowns to make the court more child-friendly. the children were 10 when they committed the crime. but some experts are questioning the whole process. the boys were told, i do not accept what happened with the game. i do accept that you don't know how serious what you were doing. the court is to ensure that do not do anything like it again. their victim had undergone a police interview, clutching a teddy beer. and they vindicated this case. the girl then eight, said that the boys had pulled down her underwear and took her to a field and attempted to rape her.
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the boys both now 11 are due to move into secondary education with their names on a sexual list. the mother said she would mount a challenge all the way to europe. now a team will get together to decide what supervision these boys should be under for the next three years. >> and you are watching "bbc world news," a reminder of our headlines. the last iraqi combat brigade is pulling out of iraq. agencies in pakistan are reporting a 10-fold increase in deaths from cholera. france will begin removing roma
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gypsies on thursday. >> the ruling in congress to crack down on media, and journalists could be sent to jail on publishing information that the state decides should be kept secret. our report from . >> this is a freedom place for journalists to work, but that freedom is under threat. with proposed measures from the government to keep journalists in line and a new law. today a u.s. ambassador added has comments. >> tone down the rhetoric, because these are serious issues and they need to be debated.
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and in the end, make sure that freedom of the press along with south africa is in line. >> there are claims that have put this on the back foot. >> i believe that the acl has a crisis, they have huge idelogical disputes. >> back in the days of the parte, with crews arrested and cameramen accused. but still the story gets out, and many want to turn back the clock, but many say it's about holding journalists to account. >> this moment does not give
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them extensions that are available to the press, is an apology by the offending newspaper, and a retraction. >> the proposed clamp down that has the support of the president, is to make assault on the media, this television station reporting now, in the future could not make it to air. because the content is considered secret. while newspapers produce provocative stories, the pressure is on the alc, not to push it through. south africa's remaining openness is on the line. >> in south africa schools have been closed and many hospitals banned as more than one million public sector workers were called out on strike because of pay. unions were seeking 8.4%, with
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police likely to join in. >> striking in south africa is a well rehearsed ritual. patients at this hospital were left without care as health workers picketed outside. over one million employees were called out on strike. >> and for that reason, that's why i went out for strike. >> schools very worse hit. pupils were locked out of classrooms after the teachers rejected the government's offer of a 7% wage increase. >> this is why we did strike, because of public service below (inaudible) and this is the reason why we are making the truth now. >> for parents though, it's a time of worry. the teachers say their strike is
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indefinite. while graduating students are supposed to be taking their final exams next week. >> as a parent, for me now, it's unacceptable for the teachers to go on a strike. and i would like the government to meet their demands so the children could go to school. >> the south africa government says they don't have the money to pay for, and are pushing ahead for their 7% offer. it's an unwelcomed conflict to the people that have been the leaders supporters. >> a man is found in monterey, days after he was abducted.
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edelmiro cavazos was targeted for trying to clean up the police force. with one serving 15 years for a movement in peru, but the appeals revoked this ruling. a former libyan dictator has been forced into being arrested after complaints from the public. president obama has no regrets about the right of muslims to build a mosque at the former site at the location in new york. he is criticized that a certain that includes a mosque should
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not be built so close to the 9/11 site. bodies were found buried in clay pots, and found foundations of homes, some could be 500 million years old. >> this statute was found for the route of a subway line. and found remains of children's bodies, like these. >> well, there are some 200 pieces, and some whiskical, as for the big pieces, they are the pots that contain the children's bodies. >> remains of the infants were found in clay pots. aztecs believe that and children
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die, the pots resemble a woman's womb. >> this is indication that people lived in this area. this will help us learn about the population. >> by coincidence the subway route links towns of ancient times. it's a route of reminder of the city's past. >> number nine, mandarin streets ringle. for those this is hallowed ground, ringo star lived there, and to keep it from being demolished, the bulldozers are about to move in. >> many buses, taxis and coaches. sounds from germany, italy and
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canada, all here to see the birthplace of a beatle, soon to be demolished. >> i can't believe this is about to be knocked down. you should preserve this. >> ringo began his journey here. with john, paul, the beatles took on the world. >> as a kid, they were all avenues. it's really strained but it's really a narrow, little road that has all changed now. >> what hasn't changed is john lennon's and paul mccartney's liverpool homes. but it's said that the birthplace of ringo star is not the same. some don't know how long he lived here, what they need is
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regeneration. >> it's falling to pieces and we can't keep buildings alive because of some expectation. >> one beatle fan compares this place to shakespeare. >> for 400 years of time, people will still come to liverpool because of the connection to the beatles. >> some believe that ringo should stay home. >> next march there will be one less stop on the beatles' tour. >> i have an update for you, seven years after u.s. invasion of iraq. a spokesperson is said to say, that the last combat brigade is leaving the country. in pakistan there is new flood
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