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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. an outrageous act led by an obscure anti-islamic preacher has produced a terrible result. what may prove to be the deadliest-ever attack on u.s. personnel in afghanistan. earlier this month, terry jones presided as the koran burned at his church in florida. the act when nearly unnoticed year, but the video of the then surfaced on the internet, provoking angry reaction. the protests began peacefully. they did not in that way. we have more on the deadly outbreak of violence. >> after friday prayers, the protests began in many afghan cities. hundreds of korans had been
destroyed, not just one. "death to america digest date shouts. -- "death to america," bait shop. -- they shout. the outer wall was breached. the u.n. staff inside were hunted down. two were beheaded, it is claimed. afghans blamed the u.n. guard. witnesses said the u.n. did not fire first. >> this was an outrageous and cowardly attack against the u.n. staff which cannot be justified under any circumstances. >> some say the taliban was behind all this, and this was to
be one of the first places to transfer afghan security control. still, the police could not protect the u.n. there today. this is always been thought of as one of the safest places in afghanistan. it is perhaps less about the insurgency and more about how the issue of the koran burning has inflamed passions in this deeply conservative, a deeply religious country. kabul. >> authorities say they have arrested the mastermind of the attack. i discussed this earlier with our north america editor, mark mardell. i will confess it, this is totally passed me by. this went unnoticed here. >> i think it passed everybody by, and i think that is part of the point. the american media, british media did not speak -- pick up
on this. the last time it was in the news, it was connected to the run-up to the anniversary of 9/11 and the fuss about the building of the islamic community center on the sites -- very near 9/11. that had vast media attention on it. it ended with the koran not being burned, partly because american authorities were so worried about it. robert gates lead with jerry jones, said he was putting american lives at risk. >> we are not showing the video. it is very inflammatory. we see no reason to show it. you have to ask the question -- why on earth? what were they thinking? they should have known. >> i think they think it proves their point. indeed, terry jones issued a statement, saying is on is a religion of violence. i have heard interviews with him and the man who actually did
burn its, and they are saying they want to prove that islam does react in this way. it is about putting the koran on trial. their argument with the koran is not just about the violence, but simply because it says jesus is not the son of god and that is a fundamental objection to it. i think they revel in the publicity. >> mark, it has been picked up in other countries as well? >> yes, there have been demonstrations. they have not, as far as i know, turned violent. it was picked up in pakistan by the media in their country. you can see it on youtube. that is how it went round the world. >> what is the reaction today? >> president obama has issued a carefully-worded statement. he condemns it in the strongest possible terms. he sent his condolences to the
relatives. and he stresses the importance of calm and urges all parties to reject violence and resolve differences peacefully. he does not mention the koran burning as such. he does not go down that path. i have not seen anything from the american government where they specifically talk about that. they obviously want this to die down and not be noticed. but it is out there now. >> it is out there indeed. mark mardell reporting there for us. in ivory coast, there are fierce gun battles and the main cities. the international committee for the red cross says at least 800 were killed on tuesday. since last november's disputed presidential elections, the incumbent president laurent gbagbo has refused to allow the internationally-recognized winner alassane ouattara to take power. now the political standoff has become a deadly military one.
andrew harding sent this report from ivory coast. >> the whole city is like this now, a blizzard of bullets. residents are scrambling for shelter. millions fled. the rest are trapped. the battle for ivory coast reaches its climax. the u.n. had troops here, but their job is not to stop the fighting. besides, things seem to be going the way the international community wants. the man who lost last year's presidential election outgunned, perhaps even corner, his generals deserting him. one witness described the scene. >> the president cannot resist all of them. [unintelligible] some of them have already surrendered. >> four months, the world has
told laurent gbagbo to step down. now, all he is proposing is a ceasefire. >> laurent gbagbo will not resign. he will not give up against this coalition of foreign fighters who had invaded ivory coast. he will fight. >> this was a french colony, the paris of west africa. today, france is treading lightly, its troops only helping to rescue foreigners, like these caught up in the violence. elsewhere, a different mood. these are supporters of alassane ouattara, who won november's election, and swept through most of the country with dizzying speed. >> speaking on his own television channel, alassane ouattara says he has called for months for a peaceful transition
of power. his rival has only responded with pilots. >> so, now it comes to this. an urban showdown. the violent best case for african democracy. andrew harding, bbc news, ivory coast. >> in libya, the man who is said to be an in charge of rebel forces that has made a brief visit to those on the frontline. this comes during a week when rebels have been pushed back by pro-government forces. one nato air strike killed a group of civilians and children. we had this report. >> are rebel fighter washed away. apparently he shot himself. a casualty of libyas chaotic freedom struggle. we joined rebels on the road to both brega, a town they are
trying to take back. [horn honks] a hero's welcome for a rare visitor -- the general who is supposed to be in charge. the former interior minister and head of special forces who switched sides. leadership has been missing here. so have trained soldiers. today, we saw all lot more of both. men like this, expelled from colonel gaddafi's government years ago. he says, "we will never give up. this is very important to us all. it will give us up pushed." the rebels -- [unintelligible] this has lifted morale after
difficult days of defeat. they are outnumbered by as many as 21 and outgunned. >> overhead, made no -- nato jets. the air strikes have been crucial. so far, there have been hundreds of sorties, but now there are claims that seven civilians were killed by an air strike on wednesday. a doctor at this hospital told the bbc a convoy was destroyed, but and ammunition lorry exploded, killing villagers, including three sisters. still he says, local people want more airstrikes. >> they have told me -- maybe hundreds and hundreds have been killed and maybe thousands will be injured by these convoys. >> we cannot confirm the dr.'s
account. nato says it is checking the claim, but there is no evidence to substantiate it. back on the battlefield, a pause for friday prayers today. a rebel leader offers a cease- fire if colonel gaddafi pulls back his troops and leaves the country. but there is no sign he is listening. orla guerin, bbc news. >> as the fighting rages on, there has inevitably been and human cost. nowhere is that more visible than in the country's hospitals. christian fraser has been to hospitals in benghazi. you may find some of the images disturbing. >> under deep sedation in ending gauzy hospital, -- and at benghazi hospital, 19 years old, a student, won a five brothers blown up by a rocket that exploded near his home he has
lost both his legs. he is fighting to break. and two of his brothers are dead. the other two are in the adjacent ward. ali has a multiple facture of the right leg. and the other has lost his arm. >> we do not want gaddafi anymore. we are ready to sacrifice anything. >> but this is the true cost of rebellion. bodies twisted and torn like blunt instruments of war. the doctor did not want to be identified. the regime, they say, has spies in benghazi. he told me one of the missing is one doctor who is a father of four and director of the emergency ward. he left the hospital march 18 to look for the wounded.
this is the hospital in which the doctor was traveling. highly visible and clearly marked. and yet it is riddled with bullets. inside, bloodstains, and judging by the explosive nature of these rounds, it is hard to imagine anyone inside could have survived. the in get eyewitnesses said the driver -- and yet i witnesses said the driver was seen it tied up by the vehicle on it the edge of the road. >> a paramedic who travel behind said the doctor was hit and in the shoulder. >> we have not told the family what happened. there is still no information to get them. one round hit the tire. the other is still lodged in his abdomen. >> among the other names of the missing, a cardiologist and in europe certain. -- and a neurosurgeon. everyone is a legitimate target,
be it fighter, a civilian, or doctor. christian fraser, bbc news, benghazi. >> in other the bones throughout the region, popular revolts -- in other developments throughout the region, popular rebels throughout the arab world. an uprising and syria during a demonstration in damascus. at least three reported killed, while hundreds fled during the so-called day of protests. today's violence brings the death toll to more than 60 since the protests began a few weeks ago. in yemen, hundreds of thousands that the square in the capitol and marched throughout the city demanding president saleh step down. the demonstrations are thought to be the largest in more than a month of protests. many mosques and in the capitol were shut down. >> and news from other parts of the world and said not -- and is
from other parts of the world now. an intensive search resumes in japan. united states is helping with the operation, the largest deployment of japan's forces since the second world war. ireland's credit worthiness has been downgraded by standard and poor's. an investigation revealed that the country would need another bailout. it did say a further downgrade of irish credit was unlikely. not to the american economy where president obama said there were signs of real strength after unemployment figures dropped again. now at 8.8%, the figure has gone down a full percentage point in just four months. but at last, what americans have wanted to hear. >> we do have good news. >> the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in
two years as employers continue to create jobs. the man in charge of counting the jobless into the employment situation may have turned a corner. >> for more than two months, we've had pretty steady job earth. it has been around 140,000 a month. the last two months, the it looks like we may have been getting an acceleration in job growth, which would be a good sign. >> the u.s. economy is growing faster than other countries like, say, the united kingdom. but much of that growth is still lower paying jobs and part-time work. it is not working for many americans. carolyn is an assistant at a hair salon. it is a far cry from her old job as a deejay and music director at any york radio station. -- at a new york radio station. she lost her job in 2008. she decided to retrain as a hair
dresser, but the transition has not been easy. >> there are days that you sit there anything, i used to manage a staff of 20. i used to produce radio shows. and you sit there and you know there is some more you could be doing. >> jane canston works with executives to find them their next job. she is struck by the changes. >> i think people used to switch jobs army for more money. now people switch dots or take a job for even less money. that is a dramatic difference. >> carolyn considers herself lucky. she has a job and she does not have that. but she works just as hard as she did before the financial crisis for less than half the money. bbc news, new york. >> difficult times. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come -- feeling the wedding jitters with four weeks
ago. prince william shares what is worrying him the most about the big debt. not to our week-long -- now to our week-long series on the american dream. we've shown you how millions of americans have come to the united states and in pursuit of a better life. of course, america is not limited to just the u.s. and neither is dreaming. tonight, we travel south to brazil, where the american dream is thriving in a very unique way. >> braves like this are often found in the southern united states, -- graves like this are often found in the southern united states, but this is one of the only places you will find them in the southern hemisphere. only a few meters away from sao paulo shows the evidence of the emigration of more than 100
families from the americans out after the u.s. civil war. some of the dreams they brought with them from north america persist. >> it helps us to understand how important it is for the future, to work for better things and your life. >> in 1866, they came to brazil led by colonel william norris. the towns were born. industry flourished. over the last few years, it has survived serious chinese competition, providing high- quality special fabrics for industrial applications. one of the biggest plants still
belongs to a traditional brazilian family. >> my great grandparents came from the united states with a dream come and they built a windmill. later, they built this factory which has been here for 40 years. we are keeping the dream alive. >> the textile industry started here by the immigrants in the 19th century did the basis for the growth of this area, which is now back -- which is nowadays money mess developed regions of brazil. -- which is now is one of the most developed regions of brazil. >> this 29-year-old engineer works hard toward his vision of the american dream. he plans to get married later this year, so, sometimes after leaving his job, he goes to check the plot of land he bought
in any development to build a house and family. >> an established michaels. i studied. i worked hard. -- i established my goals. that is thanks to my own efforts. >> the south american and north american dream denouncing be very different after route. bbc news, american brazil. >> our american dream series. every gramm is at least a bit nervous, right? -- every groom is at least a bit nervous, right? if you're going to do watched by millions, that can produce a world-class case of the jitters. when prince william was asked what made him nervous, he replied, "the whole thing progress made his concession after showing his grandmother the clean around his air force station. >> when even the queen cannot
manage an elegant arrival, you know the weather must be bad. unsurprisingly, prince william was tasked with showing his grandparents are around for some of the visit. this is the aircraft keep flies. the it was a chance for prince william to show off to his grandparents and give them insight into this work. it is a job that makes them feel immensely proud. it has also given him a relatively normal life by rail standards. -- royal standard. >> [unintelligible] >> here he is just flight lt. wales, no real names, no royal protocol. >> my knees started yelling. it is quite an intimidating prospect.
there's a lot to be done in the last four weeks. >> it is always quite an issue with the media. it is the military operation. i am quite proud of that one. >> royal status holds little sway over the raf colleagues. the teasing has begun. >> we always thrown the kate and andl's tea towel embroidered pillow. it is all light-hearted banter. and he loves it as well. >> there has to be reorganization. despite the mockery, prince william has worked as he works with to westminster abbey, and it all planned to be there. bbc news. >> and the complete coverage of
the buildup to the real weapon -- make sure to go to our website. among many features you'll find -- an interactive map that demonstrates the route they will take on the big day. it is all aspects bbc.com/royalwedding. weekend with a hopeful image from japan -- week and with a hopeful image from japan. rescued, a dog, scampering over the roof of a destroyed house. it had apparently been there ever since the tsunami hit 21 days ago. a crewman was lowered to the wreckage to pick up the dog which was taken until a coastguard vehicle. he was apparently in good health and rewarded his rescuer by licking his hands and face. from all of us, thank you for watching. see you on monday.
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