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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> a prominent pakistani politician, dr. imran farooq, has been stabbed to death outside his home in britain. pope benedict arrives in london, his first official state visit by a pope since the 16th cent rifment his message, keep the feat. he urges catholics in scotland to stay true to their christian roots. the sarkozy lashes out after critics condemn the expulsion of roama people from the country. >> hello and welcome to "bbc
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news." we are broadcasting to our viewers in the united kingdom and around the world. politician frs a leading party in the pakistani city of karaci says one of their leaders, imran farooq was killed in london. s he is believed to be attacked in northwest london. british police have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim, but said a 50-year-old victim has died after suffering multiple knife wounds. >> a major police investigation has begun. at its heart, the violent and so far unexplained death of this man, dr. imran farooq, a leading member of a movement and one of pakistan's most controversial political parties. in the pakistani city, there was shock and grief at the loss
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of one of the party's stars. hussein declared a 10-day mourning period. but dr. farooq had enemies as well as friends here. he left in 1992 after authorities accused him of murder and kidnapped. he claimed the charges were false and politically motivated. after several years on the run, he arrived in london and claimed political asylum. british police have said nothing about who may have killed him. just that he suffered head injuries and stab wounds. as investigators try to piece together his final moments, many in pakistan will be watching closely. "bbc news." >> our correspondent, who is in pakistan, says dr. farooq has always denied the charges he faced in pakistan. >> dr. farooq is a wanted man in pakistan. he has been charged in at least 60 cases involving kidnapping and murder of political
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opponents. he has always denied these charges, which have been claimed against other senior leaders. they said they were politically motivated. they were all registered in the 1990's when they were in a state of war against the pakistan security forces. between 1992 and 1998, violence claimed many lives in fighting between mitt tenant and security forces. dr. farooq was said to have played a pivotal role during that period. >> has there been any reaction from the m.q.m. party based there in party? >> there is a lot of anger and grief. i spoke to the leaders about an hour ago, and they said that 10 days of mourning has now been announced across pakistan and in general around the world, 10
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days of mourning for dr. imran farooq. there have been some incidents of violence. some cars have been set on fire, and there are reports that firing is taking place in some places in the city, but these are minor incidents in the context of what has happened. it is still not clear why mr. farooq was killed, but if any links are traced back to pakistan, to would have grave consequences for pakistan's currently political leadership. >> pope benedict has arrived in london at the end of the first day of his state visit to the u.k., but it is not without controversy. the pope has been forced to acknowledge failings about priests and issued warnings about what he called aggressive secularism in britain.
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first, nicholas notes the mixed state protocol with religious fervor. >> the pope spoke about the sex abuse scandal. talking to reporters aboard the plane, he said the catholic church hadn't dealt with the problem decisively enough. these revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness, he said. this is a time of pen tense. the first priority is taking care of the victims. and that is probably all the pope will say about the matter. scandals aren't part of the public script of papal visits. benedict the 16th isn't a showman like his predecessor, so there was no neeling to kiss the rebound. the queen was waiting to greet him. two holders of ancient offices of the same generation, sharing the same christian faith, yet
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separated by 500 years of separation of church. she talked about being free to worship. >> in recent times you have said that religions can never become vehicles of hatred, that never invoking the name of god can violence be justified. >> he warned about aggressive secularism now. >> the united kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. may it always maintain its traditional values and cultural values set against secularism and tolerance. >> in places the crowd still 10 to 12 deep. they watched as the pope went down. a special papal thing draped over his shoulders. >> it is hard to judge the
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public side of the welcome. it is sin serious. the numbers were a little hesitant to begin with, but the crowds have appeared, and they now line the mile length of the street. >> finally in edinborough he met the public. he spoke about the importance of god in the modern world. "bbc news." >> this is the moment that rewarded their patient, good-humored day-long way. the leader of a billion catholics worldwide here in the heartland, the fortress of the psychotic catholic identity. many in the church here had anxious items about this moment, that it would somehow feel low-key, anti-climactic. it did not seem so in this crowd. the pope, who is said to have to lack a popular touch, found
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a moment of intimacy. their church has been under attack, but they have kept the faith. this is a papal si that wants the readvantagization of the west. a turning back of the secularizing team, a pope season as aposing gay marriage and stem cell research. he he called for religious belief to take its place in public discourse and for christian values to shape public policy. >> they new seem to exclude religious beliefs from public cause, and to privatize it. yet, it is leading us to look upon it. >> only the advantagization of
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culture could cull back the dictatorship. >> as the shadows lengthened, among the crowd, the baby he kissed, the mother of -- among the thousands of migrants. >> i cried. i was very happy. this is my daughter. i brought her in. she is mine. >> before today, there was some nervousness in the church about whether this day would succeed, a pessimism even. not now. "bbc news" at bellahouston park. >> france is on heightened security alert. during a visit to the eiffel tower, the french interior minister pointed to bomb alerts that led to the evacuation of the to your itself and the
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kidnapping of five french nationals in nigeria -- nig emp r in wes africa. >> in the united states, a man shot and wounded a doctor, shot his mother and then killed himself in baltimore. a spokesman said the doctor is undergoing surgery and is expected to survive. 19 members of a drug cartel have been killed in a clash with security forces in north eastern mexico. mexican police said they were attacked by gunmen near the u.s. border. at least one soldier was injured. the american secretary of state hillary clinton has ended three days of calks with israeli and palestinian leaders. she said progress was being made, but there was no sign of a resolution to building jewish settlements. >> they are serious about this effort. they are committed. and they have begun to grapple with the hard but necessary questions. i am convinced that this is the
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time, and these are the leaders who can achieve the result we all seek, two states for two people living in peace and security. >> the verbal gloves came off at an e.u. summit in brussels as president sarkozy and another rowed over french deportation of migrants. drawing deportation of roma to the sort of deportations that occurred during the second world war. >> for two weeks they have been dismantling camps and expelling them from france. the european unis threatening legal as. it has already led to a major row between police and the european commission. today it overshadowed a summit
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in brussels. over lunch, sarkozy was involved in an argument. he shouted he was defending the honor of france. his anger was directed at a comment by a european commissioner that the expulsions reminded her of actions taken during world war ii. >> everyone here was deeply shocked, especially given our wartime history. these words were deeply wounding and insulting to my fellow countrymen. >> president sarkozy said camps would continue to be dismantled, but weren't just one ethnic group. the french say that other countries like italy, sweden and denmark have removed roma without a similar outcry. from europe's top official today, an expression of regret at language used, but no
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backing down. >> we had a certain kind of rhetoric. but now it is time to leave that behind and concentrate on the real problem. >> so what now? well, the row isn't over, and the e.u. will consider taking legal action against france, and president sarkozy will continue with the expulsions. but it was agreed today that the plight of the estimated 10 million roma will be discussed at a future summit, and all sides agree that the problem has to be dealt with on a european-wide basis. "bbc news," brussels. >> you are watching "bbc news." still ahead, he continues his trip along the river with an exclusive report. >> now, as an area thought to have huge depolts of oil and
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gas, and russia and canada both say it is thirst. here is our report. >> global climate change is transforming the arctic. the polarized caps shrinking as temperatures rise. already, energy companies are moving in, sensing a massive opportunity as the area opens up for commercial exploitation. it is thought the arctic region may contain vast reserves of oil and gas, and that is leading to growing competition between the countries which surround it. today, the foreign ministers of russia and canada discussed their competing claims to take control of a large part of the arctic, including the north pole. their claims will eventually be judged by international experts. >> both russia and canada respect the united nations as well as the u.n. convention on the law of the southeast, and
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we will submit our data on the ridge, and we are confident that our case will prevail, backed by scientific evidence. >> but the russians are already concerned that nato military forces could be sent to the arctic to protect western interests. >> we don't see, frankly speaking, any benefit that nato might bring to the arctic. the arctic countries have confirmed that all the problems that exist or may emerge in the area could be resolved through political means and international law. >> the question of whether the arctic will become an area of international cooperation or conflict will be discussed at a major conference in the russian capital next week. "bbc news", moscow. >> you're watching "bbc news." our headlines so far. a prominent pakistani
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politician, dr. imran farooq, leader of the m.q.m. party has been stabbed to death outside his home in britain. the pope has arrived in london on the first state visit by a pope since the 16th century. his message was for contrast licks to stay true to their christian roots. >> a blast killed nine people on a bus in turkey. they have carried out a number of roadside bomb attacks. >> the blast on a lonely road in the southeastern corner of turkey reduced the mini bus to a lump of mangled metal. the army has a strong presence in this province and was quickly on the scene to help evacuate the casualties and to start investigating. but so were local villagers.
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they found military branded items near the blast site that made them believe it was the security forces and not the insurgents who had planted the roadside bomb. this area is a p.k.k. stronghold. mistrust of the authorities is ripe here. like so many other attacks, in this war, the truth behind this one may never be revealed. it has added to a very long list of victims, more than 40,000 dead and still no end in sight. the government said it is still seeking a way to end the fighting, but a year after ending the kurdish initiative, it has little to show for it. >> the rwandan president has described as absurd the accusation that troops have committed genocide. the reports leaked to the media
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say they may have been involved in the killing of thousands of ref juice in the 1990's. speaking to the bbc during a visit to london, the president explained why he was so outraged by the report. >> the whole conception of making this report was total fraud. they were looking for a genocide that took place. the whole idea of the thinking that there was genocide in the congo is vlade. -- flawed. second, the whole process of the investigation, and how this report came together, if you read the report corrected, it even speaks to its own wickedness in how it was conducted. and then the people behind it, these are people who have a
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hatred for rwanda or have association with groups involved in the whole history of this mess in the region is very well known. >> the number of people living in poverty in america has escalated sharply to 43 million. that is another awkward headline for the obama administration already under heavy fire by critics its handling of the economy. >> she has been out of work since she lost her job a at a nursing home. with no paycheck coming in, she relies on food stamps to feed her children. in the land of plenty, she like more and more americans are learning how to do without. >> have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have been short of things, where you have needed things that you just can't afford? >> yes, every day basically.
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i call my mom. she lives in texas. i call my friends, and they help me out. if it wasn't for my friend, i wouldn't have a lot of stuff. >> from houses left uncared for to empty store fronts, the symptoms of poverty are everywhere here. and with recession, times have only gotten harder. >> we were just checking in to see how you were doing. >> the non-profit group loving is in the business of helping the poor. they bring together churches to meet the basic needs of those in their community. and the demand for their services has never been greater. >> how long have you worked with the poor? >> oh, 30 years. >> and how does this particular moment in time compare to what i have seen over the last 30 years? >> this is the worst that i've seen. the resources don't come close
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to matching the need, and we have to be more creative, and we have to be more committed, especially as the church. >> behind the trappings of wealth and success in this hudson river community and beyond, a growing number of americans are being left behind. "bbc news", new york. >> britain's prime minister, david cameron, has insisted his government is committeded to renewing the country's fight against terrorists. he says it is important to get value for money, but some conservative lawmakers say they are unhappy with the delay. mexico's state-run oil company has evacuated workers from its -- from drilling rigs and suspended production because hurricane karl is on the way. the hurricane center say winds
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could reach 110 miles an hour before it hits land on friday. a think tang predicts that ghana will become the first african country to half poverty by 2016. the overseas institute in london say half of the people were poor, and that has fallen to just over a quarter. the japanese cabinet has resigned before a reshuffle by the prime minister. kan is seeking to boost public sost. he is going to retain the finance minister and appoint a new economic minister. >> the united nations is launching a new appeal for victims of pakistan's devastating floods. 21 million people have been affected across the country, and many are without adequate
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shelter and complies. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon said there is a high risk of decease disease. >> we are concerned about the outbreak of diseases like cholera. we have already several cases of cholera. if we do not provide humanitarian assistance, sanitation and safe drinking water, many people will be affected by this disease, and we have to prevent this. therefore, we have no time to lose. we are fighting against the time. before winter season comes, we have to provide decent shelters to many people. >> ban ki-moon. meanwhile, recovery has been slow and painful across the country. all this week, the bbc's reporter has been traveling along the indus river. this report comes from one of the areas hardest hit.
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>> the families that used to live here did have homes, livelihoods and a community. but it was all swept away. this is a sad indication of just how desperate people are here. every time we see a car in the area, they are hoping we were here to help. weeks after the disaster struck here, most are still dependent on hand-outs and have no means of helping themselves. >> at least someone got something. the government has been here. that is why i can honestly tell you that nobody has died here of starvation. >> but it is not all going as smooth as the man says. there is not enough aid here. this distribution soon descends to chaos.
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frustrated flood victims, tired of waiting for food, take matters into their own hands, with dozens jumping on to the aid truck. the situation becomes more and more dangerous and the decision is made to get the vehicle away from the reths of the crowd. in an extraordinary scene, the truck is driven down the highway filled with people still trying to cling on to their new rations. some manage to get off some distance away, but the incident has already illustrated the pitiful polite of so many across this nation. "bbc news", pakistan. >> finally, a parity in colombia has been detained by police since a drug company used it as a luck out. it was trained to screech run, run during drug rains so the
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