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small business toss major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> violence in algeria has angered over food prices and high unemployment. >> victims of friendly fire. one israeli soldier is killed and four others injuries just outside the gaza border. new york's latest food scare spreads as tests on animal feed shows levels of a cancer-causing chemical. >> hello, "bbc news" broadcasting to viewers in america and around the globe. what price freedom? two sisters are released from prison in the u.s. after one agrees to donate a kidney to the other. and the world. they expect the 2022 tournament to be staged in january.
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>> in a fresh outbreak of rioting in algeria, crowds of young protestors have attacked government buildings and fought bats battles with police. a rise in food prices and high levels of unemployment is blamed for the unrest. here is our report. >> violence on the streets of algiers as chronic levels of unemployment and now a sudden hike in food prices have whipped out anger. jobless teenagers and young men have had running battles with police in the capital after shops put up the prices of staple food stuffs such as milk, sugar and flour. they say it is too much to bear. >> we have had enough of this government, we have been suffering for 10 years, and in
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10 years' time it will be the same. the last time there was serious unrest over the cost of food was in 2007 and 2008. there was rioting in haiti in which four people were killed and where the prime minister was forced from office. angry crowds took to the streets in egypt as well, and half a dozen other countries. the u.n. food and agriculture organization charts the price of food. in 2008 it climbed because of a number of factors because of rice in oil. >> the cost is rising again, and the u.n. says the signs are worrying. the cost of food now worldwide has climbed to even higher levels than three years ago. in south america the main inflation driver has been population increase. food producers are churning out the goods, but there are more mouths to feed every year. a u.n. sporksman in mexico said
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the population in the country is growing. unemployment, he says, is climbing. and if you add an increase in food prices, the omen is not good. as in 2008, there are now a number of additional factors putting inflationary appreciation into the system. low agricultural yields, natural disasters like flooding and global warming. "bbc news." >> the israeli army says it accidentally killed one of its own men and wounded four others in an exchange of fire with palestinian militants. the army saysing it still investigating, but officials say a weapon malfunctioned while attempting to fire. it follows weeks of increased tension along the border. john donaldson reports. >> israeli soldiers being airlifted to hospital. one dead and four injured. the army says it is still
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investigating exactly what happened but now says the casualties came as a result of friendly fire. the army says its forces had been attempting to fire on palestinian militants just inside the gaza border. instead, they fired upon themselves, possibly when a weapon malfunctioned. in recent weeks there has been increased tension in the area. with a rise in rocket fire from palestinian militants and with israeli carrying out regular air strikes. this incident will do nothing to reduce that tension. it is relatively rare for israeli soldiers to be killed or injured on the gaza border. but in the past year, the united nations says over 70 palestinians have been killed by israeli action in gaza. in the same period, one farm worker in israel has been killed by rockets fired by palestinian militants. "bbc news."
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>> and the israeli army has expressed its regret for killing an elderly palestinian man by miss tiki. the father of nine was shot in his bed in an operation that went wrong. an explosion in the south has killed 17 people and wounded many others. our reporter from kabul sends this report. >> the target of friday's attack appears to be a border police commander, who was killed. according to officials, the suicide bomber struck a bath house in a town near the pakistani border about 110 kilometers east of kandahar. the blast ripped through the building, killing 16 men preparing for prayers.
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at least 20 others were injured. the bath house was packed with people getting ready for friday prayers. most of the dead and wounded are believed to be civilians. the taliban says it carried out the attack. the town is situated some 70 miles east of kandahar and has long been a taliban stronghold. afghanistan's security institutions have been targeted in recent weeks in a wave of attacks on the country's army and police, who will eventually take over security responsibilities from international forces. today's suicide attack has been condemned by the afghan president karzai. "bbc news," kabul. >> hundreds of afghans have
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demonstrated outside the iranian embassy in kabul in protest of the blocking by iran of thousands of fuel trucks. since the ban started two weeks ago, domestic fuel prices have soared by as much as 70%. the government have abducted two french nationals. they were driven away in a car. they are working to secure the release of five french hostages from september. prosecutors in germany are investigating a maker of animal feed following the contamination of eggs with a chemical to cause cancers. 5,000 german farms have been banned from selling their products. health officials say there is little threat to pickup health. here is our report. >> as the food crisis spreads,
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consumers get worried. at this market in berlin, the signs say there is nothing to worry about. the eggs are not contaminated with dioxin. but they say they are feeling the effects. this trader says he is probably only making a third of his usual profits. he feels sorry for farmers who have to slaughter their chickens, but it has to be done. this shopper says we don't buy any eggs right now. we were always careful, but now we and many others are afraid. this plant in northern germany makes food for animals, but also industrial products. the two became mixed. the german authorities say that the dioxin levels here were 77s -- times higher than allowed. but the information never
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reached the public. in germany the authorities are trying to get to grips with a crisis that spreads. >> he says it is incomprehensible for consumers and to me as well that industrial production processes are running parallel to the highly sensitive productions of animal feed and food stuffs. but the information changes by the day as new facts emerge. what started as a german difficulty is now spreading. south korea and solo evacuate ya banned the sale of some animal products imported from germany. authorities in britain and the netherlands are investigating whether food containing german eggs is safe to eat. "bbc news," berlin. >> north korea has repeated its proposal for unconditional talks with south korea. it comes days after south korea
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dismissed calls. tensions escalated after an artillery barrage on an island near the disputed border killed four. as southern sudan prepares to vote on a referendum on independence, they have talked about the region. the ballot is part of a deal that ended sudan's 20-year civil war. it was a brutal conflict that cost two million lives. yet there are now fierce that this weekend's vote, far from solidifying peace, could spark a new round of fighting. here is our report. >> waking up with the cattle. now with peace in southern sudan, people can lovingly tend to their pressured animals. it's a ritual that goes back generations. but for most of the post
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colonial rule here, this land was ravaged by war. his wife was killed during the fighting. >> he tells me his herd was decimated and after years of suffering, he can't wait for south sudan's independence. two million people were killed during the decades of civil war . discovery of oil in sudan raised the stakes and fueled the conflict, which left the people in the south amongst the poorest on the planet. the guns finally fell slept with a peace deal signed six years ago. today in the main southern town juba, all roads lead to the split with the north. thousands of southern sudanese have been heading down the river nile on barges after
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spending years of exile in the north. they have pack up all their belongings and headed here to start new lives in what they hope will soon be a new nation. a temporary home for a family that has just spent three weeks on the river. the children have never seen southern sudan. their mother left the north because she feared if south sudan is he seeded, she would be labeled as a foreigner and lose her rights. she said living back in the south won't be easy, but preferring to be home and a peace, she is ready to start tilling the land if necessary. a song with a message from a singer with a grudge. her father and brother were killed in the war. she now uses her voice to push for an end to united sudan. >> i will not accepteded united
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sudan. again, i will go to the border and fight from there to keep them away from coming into our country. >> opinion is so one-sided, this vote will be unriggable. this extraordinary struggle for independence is almost over. then comes the daunting task of building a country almost from scratch. will ross, "bbc news," southern sudan. >> and stay with us. still ahead, mumbai's night of a thousand stars, rolling out the red carpet for the start of bolywood's awards season. >> the president of france has said christian minorities in the middle east are becoming victims of what he calls religious cleansing. from pairs, christian reports.
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>> the aftermath of the new year's day bombing in alexandria. 21 people died, the latest in a string of deadly attacks on christian churches in the middle east. no one has yet claimed responsibility. last month a website published a list of chumps that were to be targeted, including the one that was bombed. today in a speech to french religious leaders, sarkozy condemned the attacks in the strongest possible terms. >> we cannot accept and then facilitate what looks more and more like -- and i am using a strong word -- a particularly perverse plan of religious cleansing in the middle east. in iraq, as well as in egypt, the middle eastern christians are in their own home land, and for the most part, it has been
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their home land for 2,000 years. with the arch bishop and the foreign minister, he will be applying more pressure on the governments of egypt and iraq. the speech reassures the coptic community here, totaling around four million. for the most part, relations between them in egypt have been amicable, but the is that the extremists and outspoken comments will create deeper conditions than currently exist. "bbc news," paris. >> and you are with "bbc news." these are the headlines this hour. protestors in algeria has clashed with riot police as unrest continues about rising food prices and unemployment.
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the israeli army has accidentally killed one of its own men and wounded four others in a so-called friendly fire incident close to the gaza border. here in britain, a former labor politician has become the first member of parliament to be jailed over the expenses scandal. a court in london heard that he claimed public money for renting his own home. allen little was in court. >> his defense counsel said he was now a broken man, humiliated, remorseful, ruined. his inexpectable stupidity had made him the author of his own public downfall. but the judge says his conduct had been dishonest and his part has played a part in public confidence. he had submitted false claims
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for expenses over 13 years. he claimed money for rental of a london flat he owned. 5,000 pounds for rent of a constituency home, owned by his mother. and nearly 2,000 pounds he claimed but was denied for i.t. services for a constituent who had neither sought nor received payment. they said he was a man of good character. they asked for a noncustodyial sentence. many m.p.'s had written the court expressing his integrity. >> david is one of the hardest working people you can imagine. he is loved and respected because he was so passionate about education, the environment and worked so hard at it. if you would have asked any of us to put people on the list of
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people who might get in trouble for expenses, david would never be on that list. >> the scandal endures. >> he is going to fiddle the figures. he should be as liable as anybody else. >> he has abused his position of trust. he should go to prison. >> i think they should be accountable, and i am delighted he got 18 months. >> the judge said his offenses carried wider and more important consequences than other breach of trust cases. the judge said m.p.'s occupied a powerful and important place in society. the public, he said, were entitle -- entitled to feel they be honest. it has shaken public confidence. it had angered the public. it was necessary that serious
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consequences would follow when offenses of this kind were discovered. he said that is the only way that the public's faith in the system could be restored and maintained. it hurt the careers of several m.p.'s. two other former m.p.'s also face criminal charges and have pleaded not guilty. david is the first to be jailed over the can dal, but he is not the first former m.p. to go to prison. >> he will find, as i found, that planet prison is a very difficult, and uncomfortable place. at the beginning, it seems an extraordinary strange place. the noise levels are disorpting. >> he could not have dreamt his election to parliament would lead to this. but tonight he must face the
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lonely rigor of life behind bars. allen little, "bbc news." >> sisters have been freed from jail in the united states on condition that one of them donates a kidney to the other. they were serving life sentence for their part in an armed robbery. ian mckenzie reports. >> we are free! >> freedom for the scott sisters after 16 years behind bars. their unusual deal to secure early release was accepteded by mississippi's governor. >> she brought through the kitchen do you remember and said jamie, you are free. all the inmates were beating on the door and said you did it. you're free! >> both women received life sentence for their part in a 1994 armed robbery.
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while in jail, jamie developeded a kidney condition. her dialysis was costing the prison service $200,000 a year. she offered her sister a kidney. whether i was released because i had to give her a kidney, i was going to give it to her anyway if i had to give it to her in prison. didn't nobody have to release me. when her kidney first failed, i would have give it to her without a shadow of a doubt. i love my sister. >> campaigners argue that the scott sisters' original sisters were too harsh. their release is proving equally controversial, with some transplant groups questioning whether the deal is legal. the question is what will happen to gladys if she doesn't
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donate her kidney. the two have yet to be tested to see if they are compatible. >> it is looking increasingly likely that the football world cup in 2022 will take place in the winter. the fifa president said he is expecting a january tournament because of the blister summer heat in the host country, quatar. >> it is still heart at this time of year. it is nothing like the heat of june and july when the mercury can hit 50 degrees. and with him saying now he expects the change, one of the eliting men behind the successful bid said he is happy to stage the cup whenever. >> we can have it in june and july, and we are well equipped to handle the heat at that time. if they have another opinion,
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we shouldn't reject it. but i don't think that quatar will be part of that decision today. >> despite all the question marks about the heat here in the summer, fifa were convinced by their vision to transform a country built in the desert. but any decision now to move the world cup will leave a nasty taste to rival bidders who missed out and lead to major disruption to the rest of football. most buying european clubs like this one who are here taking advantage of the facility, have a winter break. english clubs are not so lucky and are likely to resist anything that impacts on the premier league calendar. >> this is something elsewhere you see fifa suspiciously making it while they go along, or policy on the move. the bid teams who lost out on
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the bid will certainly feel agreenberged. >> tonight the skyline was lit up for the start of the asian cup, a dress rehearsal for the biggest football tournament of all. after today's events, it is increasingly likely, they will be celebrating football's first winter cup. >> now to the glitz and the glamour in india's entertainment captain, mumbai, as bollied wood's season awards. red carpet glamour as they arrived for the 17th annual star screen awards in mumbai. these awards are coveted by behindy actors because they are judged by an industry panel, not just on popularity. after more than 80 films, this
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one finally took a best actor award. this one received the top female honor for the second year running, this time for playing a sexually aggressive widow. katrina was humble after walking away with the popular choice actress award. >> there must be reasons why different films are nominated. we take it all in a good spirit, in a good humor and not take it so seriously. >> he was rewarded by his millions of fans as the most popular actor. all attention now turns to their oscars. "bbc news." >> and that wraps up this bulletin of "bbc world news." thanks for being with us.
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