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light to restart the concrete mixers. palestinians say that it would make talks a waste of time. >> these activities should stop immediately. >> welcome to "gmt." also in the program, a warning for hugo chavez, the opposition coalition makes gains in the parliamentary elections. fresh hope for the trapped miners in chile. we will have more live from the mine. midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, lunch time in jerusalem. where the sound of a concrete mixer could derail peace talks
between israelis and palestinians. mahmoud abbas said of the resumption of building would make talks a waste of time. prime minister netanyahu has refused to put a more -- extend the moratorium on building. >> preparing the ground for new homes in the community in the west bank. israel's moratorium had lasted 10 months and was a crucial element in bringing the palestinians back into negotiations with israelis. all eyes will be on what happens on the ground. shortly before the restrictions on construction ended, inside of
the west bank they had ground for a day care center for children. settlers vowed that work would begin on 2000 homes across the west bank. there are around 300,000 settlers from the living there, as well as pro-settler coalition parties. the latest events are a direct challenge to the palestinian leader, who threatened to walk away if the moratorium was not extended. palestinians extended the message to the arab league. >> serious negotiations and settlement activity that should stop immediately. this is the only way to
continue fruitful talks. >> the israeli government is urging the palestinians to stay in the talks. >> ultimately, only through direct and serious negotiation can we help to build a better future for israel and palestine. >> if it's -- if construction is the beginning and in earnest, there may be breathing space, but the question is for how long. >> let's get the view from washington. i am joined by the chief foreign policy reporter for politico. there have been some public statements from washington, plenty of private meaning coming to nothing. >> these pictures are not the ones that washington was hoping to see despite intense negotiations going on through the morning. americans have not been able to
get israel to agree to a formula where they would buy -- where they would possibly negotiate a settlement. not continuing in exchange for some kind of land swap. in fact, officials said almost nothing. hillary clinton called netanyahu twice and had ongoing with tony blair, negotiators meeting with palestinians in new york. >> all of the pressure is on the palestinians to swallow the threats of not resuming the talks. >> the formula whereby he will go to the arab league next week, october 4. it seems that he is giving another week for negotiations to continue. indicating that there might be a possibility that he would stay on the talks. i would imagine that privately
americans are telling him not to lose the war over this battle. i think that there is considerable pressure possibly growing on the israeli leaders, who were not able to get the settlers to shut down with the call yesterday. >> what could the negotiations be about? are you suggesting some kind of compromise position? >> one thing that he mentioned in a dinner last night, there are a certain number of blocks that many israelis have a consensus opinion might be part of the future israeli state. it benjamin netanyahu would agree to a one to one spot, it might be something of interest to the palestinians.
remember, last year the palestinians were not that enthusiastic about it. as far as i can tell, they have not gotten benjamin netanyahu to agree to that. >> rather than suggesting that american power is quite weak, saying listen, tony blair have a go at the quartet, because we have failed. >> american officials have been under radio silence all weekend, hoping to have an agreement worked out. i will point out that benjamin netanyahu is very conscious of the political difficulties in washington, but she could see it in the united nations last week, he spent a full quarter of his address to the united nations talking about least these. should obama be facing gridlock next year, he could very well be spending most of his time on
this conflict. obama, for no political benefits for himself, is determined to try to see this through, something that both parties are keeping in consideration. >> thank-you. let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines from around the world. hugo chavez has retained power where electoral officials say that the opposition party has won more than one-third of the peace. our correspondent explains what the results will mean. >> there are 97 pro-ago shot as deputies in the new assembly, meaning that there will be over 55 opposition deputies. a enough for a key reform.
large infrastructure projects, sweeping new laws, all with an opposition-based agenda and a large block in the national assembly, making life a lot more complicated for hugo chavez, who over the past five years has enjoyed complete support from the national assembly. >> rescue could be getting closer for the chilean miners who have been trapped underground for 53 days. the parts needed to get them out have arrived. medical specialists have continued to work to make sure they stay mentally and physically hit. we have an expert giving us insight into how they're coping. >> they are surviving as a group. not as a bunch of individuals. the psychological management from the surface takes that into
account. we are dealing with them as a group and we understand that the secret of their well-being is treating them as a group and not as different individuals. >> speaking to my colleague, timothy wilcox, he joins us live from the mine had. tim, obviously rejoicing, we have seen the pictures, but the fact of the matter is that there is sort of a long ways to go. >> absolutely right. no one is getting any precise readings on when this could be brought to the surface, although we are hearing that it could be sooner than the beginning of november. the man that you were just listening to their, he was saying within a month. we could be looking at the
middle of next month. drilling, as seen behind me, moving in from the oil industry, continuing all live long, yesterday reaching 78 meters with a capacity for drilling a very wide bore very quickly, but it keeps on breaking down. they had the pullout and start again. just behind us is drilling as well that is growing quite fast, but they feel that it might be the one. the men underground are receiving their food, it is breakfast time. a piece of granite that has been poured out, this is how they are getting their food, light, power, everything delivered to them 700 meters beneath the surface. >> it is clear that they have
the support of the nation and that some of the relatives are there? >> some of these people have been here since the accident. i was speaking to one man yesterday whose sons are trapped underneath. camping in this tent, basic conditions ever since that moment. there have been moments of absolute despair where they thought these men were lost and dead, this borehole came through and they discover that the men were alive. since then these families following this rescue operation were praying for the moment that they came out alive. some of them have children. if you look down their -- down there they just put up at school crossing sign.
this is for the children that are now being educated there and will continue to be soaked until the family is brought out alive. >> you can look for more on the minors on our bbc.com web site. -- more about the miners on our website, bbc.com. we have a special section, just go to bbc.com/chilemines. nato forces in afghanistan said they have killed more than 50 people in a helicopter attack. in a rare mission that their forces and heard pakistani aerospace, the helicopters were pursuing militants after they attacked a security post near the border. the correspondent in kabul as
more details. >> we did receive a short statement here in afghanistan, which gave some of the details, if not all of those details. we understand that there is an afghan patrol base close to the border to the east of the country. they were attacked by insurgents on friday. two apache helicopters, we think it is probably an american crew that they responded with, fire on friday, crossing over into pakistani air space on saturday. they say that there helicopters were attacked by small arms fire on the ground. they say that there were no civilians injured. obviously this is a difficult
and remote area. my take time for the full story to remark -- to merge. a very unusual operation. in the time i have been here, i can only think of one weather has been a physical crossing of the border, and as you say, unmanned aerial drones are common. >> you are watching "gmt." still become, europe prepares for protests over the government spending cuts across the continent. here in britain the opposition labour party -- opposition labour party conference is address by the man expected to be their new leader, 48 hours after losing out to the younger brother.
here is our political correspondent, naomi griffin. >> likened it to shakespeare, two brothers pitted against each other, a lesser and more experienced man emerging victorious. finding himself thrust into the limelight as the new leader of the opposition. not everyone thinks it is a good move. and he has to reassure his critics that he will not let things lurch to the left. >> all of these characterization's are tiresome and rubbish, frankly. >> as he gets to grips with his new job, his older brother, david, has missed out on achieving a lifetime ambition. will they be able to get over
his disappointment and serve with his younger brother? or will he simply want to quit british politics altogether? it does not sound like the brothers have even spoken much since the result was announced. >> are you confident? >> i think if he will make his own decisions. >> nevertheless, david may prefer to hunt for a job on the international stage. trying to live in the shadows of his younger brother. bbc news, manchester. >> this is "gmt." the headlines, peace talks in
jeopardy after israel refuses to extend the freeze on settlement building in the west bank. hugo chavez, maintaining control of the parliament, the opposition makes gains. more news on the u.s. and china? >> absolutes -- absolutely, a bit of kitcat going on at the moment. imported -- extra tariffs on goods imported, china said their policy of export with congressional committees vote in favor of the bill on friday with the house voting later this week. >> china, the business is doing well. the low value of the chinese currency has been hurt.
>> it will be beneficial to us to get the opportunity to export more. >> here he is wary of sanctions that lawmakers are considering. economists in the u.s. said that the mindy is undervalued by 25% to 40%, favoring china in a world trade. a view that is shared by the president of america's biggest trade union group. >> they said that they would live by and play by the same rules. but everyone knows that they manipulate their currency, giving them a 45% advantage. >> china is a huge market for these products. big firms like caterpillar and microsoft are against imposing penalties.
the chinese premier before u.s. audience last week, saying that there was no need to worry about u.s. china trade imbalance. >> one week away from the fierce battle, fought under the sluggish economy and lack of job creation. hardly surprising that the complex relationship with china came full, looking increasingly likely that china will be hit with trade sanctions. >> closer to home, long island is putting finishing touches in for the anglo-irish bank. coming up, how much more capital will be in jeopardy? 23 billion euros, they are concerned about their ability to pay for such a deal.
brian gehant told the bbc that his nation cannot afford to bail them out. >> both figures will be published later this week and i cannot comment at the state, but clearly we're bringing it into the public debate to bring certainty and closure to downsizing the institution over time, the up front cast would not be encouraged immediately, rather over time there would be downsizing the institution. >> talk of a stimulus package in japan, reports suggest a boost to the flagging economy as the latest numbers for exports slowed down for a sixth consecutive month in august, hit by the strong yen, cooling local the men -- local demand. all as a response to encourage u.s. economic data, the dollar recovered after plummeting for five months, reminding ourselves
that we had good news for business spending on friday. that said, i can tell you that goal hit another high, $1,300 per troy ounce. a safe haven suggesting that people's confidence in the market is not fully there just yet. >> europe is getting ready for a week of protests as the government plans, from spain to romania, millions are struggling with unemployment. jonathan charles is weighing what is at stake. >> george, thank you very much. at the home of the european central bank, that is the organization that runs the single currency and sets the single interest rate for europe. a time when the hero is under great pressure.
elsewhere in spain, greece, many of the countries are struggling. i have been down to a frankfurt music shop where the people do follow what is happening, to find out what the people there really think about what is going on with the hero. -- euro. ♪ >> i think that the road is a stable currency right now. despite the crisis, it is a stable currency. i was a big fan of the deutsche mark. after the euro, it was brought
on the continent, but the problem is that these prices have just, well, increased. >> germany has the biggest single economy, what happened here is for the rest of the continent's. >> working at this time of year, the german government stepped in to announce money for buying new cars, so there was not so much a decrease in the economy.
>> the last couple of years we were quite careful in purchasing goods and stuff, we never knew what would happen. we took it easy. people still like music, not so easy for people to spend money but i realize that people tend to purchase the cheaper products. ♪ >> if you want an example of just how well germany is doing, i can tell you that unemployment there is lower than it was before the recession. jobs are being created. people are grateful for that. of course, that is the good news, the bad news is on
wednesday there will be strikes and protests across europe as countries like spain and greece have to put down their budget deficit. we will be reporting on the general strike and following of fans from around the continent and european traditions that put forward proposals to get themselves out of the difficulty they have been in. >> jonathan, thank you very much. that is it for this edition of "gmt." peace talks in the middle east on a knife's edge after israel refused to freeze settlement building in the west bank. that is just about it from us for this edition, goodbye and say it -- they well. -- stay well. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold, get the top stories from around the globe and click to play video reports. go to bbc.com/news to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online.
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