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>> more anti-government protests in egypt as the authorities cracked down on the opposition. the -- prime minister reshuffles his government. concern over the health of nelson mandela, he remains in the hospital undergoing tests. welcome to "a bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america. a u.s. consular official is charged with double murder and fears of an anti-american backlash. international condemnation over the murder of a sovereign rights activist in uganda.
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there were reports in each of of a crackdown by the authorities on that members of the muslim brotherhood, a banned opposition group. many of their followers were expected to join anti- government protests on friday. some people said there internet connection was cut completely while others only have problems with social networking sites such as twittered and facebook which are being used to organize protests. >> in a small town in the desert, young man joined the process. one is shot. and his friends could do nothing to save him, he died later. flying into cairo tonight, the nobel peace prize winner and
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would-be candidate for egyptian president. he said he would join the demonstrations. on the streets of central cairo this evening, four arrests and more violence after a tense and fairly quiet day. the security people are telling the president that they can handle any trouble on the streets but the demonstrators and the authorities are conscience of what happened in tunisia where st. demonstrations toppled the regime. the overthrow of the president after 23 years in power energized arabs who want more political freedom. the big question was, who was next? on tuesday, demonstrations started in egypt consciously
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imitating tunisia. they want an end to 30 years of president mubarak's rule. egypt is the most populous arab country and what happens here ie been demonstrations against the president. all three countries have or had long-serving rulers all regarded by the west as reliable and even vital allies. also young populations frustrated by corruption, and lack of freedom, and blaming an entrenched elite. >> this is a story during his and which is reflected in every aspect of society. >> corruption, all of that. -- this is a authoritarianism which is reflected in every aspect of society. >> what happens in egypt happens
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everywhere. this is very important for egypt but not everyone. >> the lesson is the concessions of the week and would only encourage more protests. cracks are appearing across the region. it might not be possible to fix them. >> the tunisian prime minister has reshuffled his cabinet cutting more ministers who served under the ousted president. his defense, interior, and foreign ministers have been replaced. >> the joyous faces of the protesters proclaiming what they see as their victory outside of the prime minister's office. moments before, the prime
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minister announced the departure of 12 ministers previously loyal to the discredited ministration. -- administration. >> the aim is to prepare the country in his transition toward democracy and to allow us to have democracies that are fully free and were the results reflect the will of the people. >> while the protesters celebrate, there are those who say that this is not enough. they can only draw a line under the previous government. whether or not he does go, the popular uprising has encouraged people to speak out, something they could not have done as freely under the previous government. one writer was jailed for opposing the government and there was much greater freedoms from this one.
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>> we want a general amnesty and the release of all political prisoners. that would really be a strong gesture. >> at least one union has expressed its support for the changes in the government. the prime minister will be hoping that his actions now will allow him to stay in office until free elections can be held. >> nelson mandela at spending a second night in the hospital for what is described as a routine test. earlier, doctors said that the former president was in good spirits and not in danger. privately, friends and family have said he has become increasingly frail. >> they have been streaming into the hospital all day long here. friends, grandchildren, his ex-
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wife. an anxious russia or a friendly gathering. it is hard to tell. the health of the frail 92-year- old is on everyone's mind. >> we thank god for you and you have seen it all. we say god's will be done. >> the south african president attending a conference in switzerland is urging the public not to be carried away by rumors and speculation. >> he has been brought to the hospital for a checkup. they worked more frequent than when he is a healthy young man. this was one of the check ups. >> there is a hunger for concrete news about mr. mandela. we have heard nothing official
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since wednesday. nelson mandela has been in the hospital for more than 24 hours. that in itself might not be cause for alarm but this is longer than previous checkups. people are becoming a little bit more anxious here as the hours go by. >> i feel that the family, they will know what is really wrong with him. >> -- he is a wonderful statement. everyone loves him. >> this morning, children send their best wishes to a man whose life is already a legend. >> he has done the best for us.
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>> his last birthday party. the former president, liberation hero, and political prisoner is rarely seen in public anymore. he is iconic figure. tonight, not a vigil but an uneasy wait for hard news. >> a dispute over a game of billiards has sparked a clash in nigeria which left three people dead and dozens of buildings on fire. the trouble broke out in central nigeria. police said that five mosques and 50 homes were set on fire. a man has been arrested for keeping his wife and the seller for 8 years what he lived in the same house with his girlfriend. police found the woman lying naked in the basement. her husband told officers he had locked her up because she was
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mentally ill and aggressive. authorities in chile are launching a first domestication into the death of the socialist president, salvador allende. the aim is to see if he was killed or committed suicide. police in pakistan have charged an as yet unnamed american consular official with double murder. he shot and killed two motorcycle riders in the eastern city of lahore. the american official believed that he was going to be robbed. the official said it will try hard to make sure there's no anti-american backlash. >> local television was fast on the scene of the shootings. their footage showed the car with bullet holes across the front windshield. a crowd surrounded the vehicle
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and kept the american at the scene until police arrived. a local officer at thames -- explains the attempted carjacking made by the motorcycle driver. >> two robbers pointed their guns at him. awarding to reports we have received so far, he fired and that killed one of them on the crossing. we have learned that the other one has since died. >> police recovered weapons from the bodies of the two men. in a tragic development, a third passer-by was run over and killed by a second car from the u.s. consulate rushing to the scene after being alerted to the incident. two americans in that vehicle also face charges. in washington, the u.s. state department spokesperson told reporters that the man was a u.s. citizen working for the conflict but did not confirm whether he had diplomatic status or whether the official
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was authorized to carry a firearm. he promised that america would work hard to ensure the tragedy did not damage relations. with dozens on the streets of law or blocking roads and protests, there will be concerned in washington that the incident could add to the anti american sentiment in pakistan. -- with dozens on the streets blocking roads in protests. the diplomat, why was he not provided with armed protection? >> this is "a bbc news. the letters that offer a new take on the j.d. salinger. was he really such a great riklis? -- recluse? the british police are investigating fresh claims of phone hacking.
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attempts were made to access phone messages last week of a minister. >> they were once the famous faces that helped to sell the news of the world. now they want to know if their phones and personal lives were packed -- hacked. one might have been as targeted from last year. this court document shows a phone company that has been ordered to identify anyone accessing her voice mail account. an extensive investigation has been carried out and no evidence found to support the allegations. now at the center of the affair, the police investigation has reopened. metropolitan police officers said a decision had been taken because of new evidence from a news of the world inquiry.
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>> they might have targeted several thousand people by launching into their voice mail. police insist they could only bring charges in a handful of cases. one reason is that they were working and the legal guidelines, they could only prosecute when messages had been intercepted by the packers. and other words, read before the person to whom they were intended. they are under pressure to root out any illegality at the news of the world. this is not over yet. > this is "a bbc news." more anti-government protests are planned in egypt as the
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government cracks down on the muslim brotherhood. the tunisian prime minister has reshuffled his cabinet. let's get more on those protests in egypt. earlier, i spoke to our correspondent in washington. the latest demonstrations had put the u.s. in an awkward diplomatic position. >> this was really the tension between the short-term and long- term interests as many people in washington see it. in the short term, washington has an interest in egypt being a bulwark of stability and peace in the middle east and helping with efforts to stop the spread of islamic terror. also pushing for peace between israelis and palestinians. that is the short time the short-term way that washington would see things. -- that is a short-term way that washington would see this. the administration is pushing
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democracy in the world in the hole but particularly the middle east. this kind of philosophy was part of his receiving of the nobel peace prize. the tension between the two things and mixed signals coming out of washington over the past couple of days. >> what do you make over the a arrival of -- his arrival could change the nature of the protests. would the west be inclined to support him? >> that question has been put it to white house officials. he refused to be drawn on individual personalities. certainly one of the fear is -- questions that is being asked is and who or what is this opposition? are we talking about a democratic movement? are we talking about a pro- islamist faction waiting in this action. or does -- represents some kind
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of democratic opposition. people will be watching very closely on friday as these protest take place. if you look at the rhetoric, on wednesday, many people here thought that the white house was leaning slightly to the protesters. you had hillary clinton to has said that this is an important opportunity for the government in egypt to implement change. barack obama was making his comments. he was actually coming closer to offering some personal backing. he has been very helpful to the u.s. on a range of issues. that is something that the president's spokesperson said about president mubarak 24 hours earlier. they are watching, waiting, and wondering what will come next. >> do you think that washington fears that the current state in the region is on the verge of
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collapse? >> they have been careful here not to portray this as a wider movement and a wave of democracy or uprising. if you are talking about yemen, that is very different from lebanon, which is different from tunisia, which is different from egypt. and they do not want to portray this as a sudden falling apart of the region. >> there has been international condemnation of the leading gay rights activist in uganda who was attacked in his home on wednesday. president obama said that he was deeply saddened by the death of david kato who he said showed courage by speaking out. >> david kato was murdered in his home, bludgeoned by a
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hammer. police say it was a robbery. in uganda, the gay scene is vibrant but hidden. homosexuality is illegal. david kato was on the front line campaigning for gay-rights. he made enemies. >> i have been hit and many occasions. my arm is not broken yet. >> one newspaper called for the death penalty of homosexuals. they printed photos and the names of people who they said were gay. david kato suit the newspaper for invasion of privacy. from the pulpit, evangelical preachers targeted the gay community. >> the standard is to marry a woman and the two shall become one. therefore, if you have other such as a man with another man,
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you are going against the standard. jesus laid at the standard. >> you have the churches preaching a very particular standard and reaching an audience of thousands. the climate is quite conducive, this is an ec political message to make if you want to score cheap points. >> whatever the outcome of the investigation, many will still connect the murder to david kato's work campaigning for equal rights. >> the latest from j.d. salinger. the celebrated author cultivated a reputation as being publicity -- shy and he might not have been as reclusive as he liked to make out. when he died last year, he had not been interviewed for 30 years or published in the works since 1965. letters to a british friend
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offer a different picture. >> they say that his -- they say that reputations are hard won and easily lost. this is meant as a warning against complacency. not so for j.d. salinger fans to welcome a look at his life. he became famous for "the catcher in the rye." the media responded to him as portraying him as a recluse and a widow. the american author wrote to his friend and it revealed a warm and open man. he did theater and coach tours. they have been given to the university by his friend's
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daughter. she thinks that his letters show stylistic traits with his published works. >> he has a casual and chatty style. the letters are very much like that. they're very casual and chatty. this is like a conversation. he realized at the end of the letter, they are all quite short, that he hit the nail on the head and he could be quite poignant. >> the j.d. salinger a state was unenthusiastic about the letter is being revealed. our reluctance the author probably would have shared. >> he would probably hate the idea that these letters are here. the justification is that so are charles dickens letters, tolstoy's letters, you can learn something about the man who created the things that you love. >> this is unlikely to be the last time that j.d. salinger is
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in the news. there is talk of further correspondence and unpublished manuscript. a year after his death, the author famous for being shy cannot escape the public eye. >> drug smugglers and mexico have been caught on video using an old invention, a catapult, as a new way to smuggle drugs. it is the middle of the night on the border and these men are unaware that they're being sold by u.s. national guard patrol. they are attempting to launch packages of marijuana across the border sense using at catapult. the contraption was reportedly found near -- arizona. they have seized nearly 16 kilograms of the drugs but the smugglers escaped we have heard of giving up a second chance at one -- they seized nearly 16
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kilograms of drugs and the smugglers escaped. we have all heard of giving of a second chance. a couple divorced decades ago. now they are married again. >> when they got married in 1941, they thought it was forever. after the war, they broke up and divorced. 57 years after they split, they are well and truly back together. they got married to each other for the second time. >> we sat in his chair and said, we have an idea. i said, what's the idea. he said, let's get married. and that was it. i said, that would be lovely.
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>> he is an old romantic at heart. i don't think that he can get any -- >> i said, come on, let's get married. >> said they did just that. supported by the same young lady who was there bridesmaid 70 years ago. >> it has been quite a shock and delightful that they have gone together again. >> when they divorced in 1954 after 13 years together, the oscar-winning actress audrey hepburn. -- postwar food rationing ended in july of that year. roger bannister ran at the first recorded four minute mile. for the second time in their long lives they are having their
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honeymoon as a happy couple. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold. go to >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vt., and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation and at union bank. >> union bank has put its
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