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>> There is no strategy. This is a ping pong
game with american lives. These American women we put in iraq in
baghdad, in are not not, but bee better be damn sure we know
what we're doing all of us before we put 22,000 more americans
into the grinder.
>> The pilot seems more isolated now than he did before the
state of the union address.
>> They voted against the president plan to send more troops
to Iraq. It is a Monrovia binding resolution. The troops are on
their way but you the sends az strock signal to the k3450e6 that
he is isolate not just to the democrats but republicans were
very vociferous. Even though nine republicans voted in the
president's favour, when you speak to these people, they're
really very negative about this plan.
>> What are they proposing as an
>> Not much really. That's the point. It's like a rabbit
stuck in the headlights. Everybody is going along with it for
now even though they're complaining about it. And stating they
don't agree with it. But to try to cut off the funding would be
suicide. The point is that there is very little confidence that
this will work and even the administration itself is not saying
what it was saying a few months ak we're going to stay there
until the bitter end. Privately they're saying let's give this
one last try and if by spring it is obvious the so-called surge
has not worked, we've got to work on plan b and plan b, kathy,
can only be one thing and that with is withdrawal.
>> Meanwhile, an offensive by iraqi forces in baghdad has
ruraled in the death of at least 13 insurgents. There are signs
of public disagreement between america and britain. Tony blair's
plan to start a withdrawal of british troops from basra later
this year has been question by the american ambassador of iraq.
This is not ramadi but this is baghdad. The start of the push to
bring in the troops.
>> We are committed to the increase of the force, the British
are not committed to the increasing of the force.
>> Would you like the British to stay in the numbers they are
>> Wye would like the British to stay. That would be our
preference. The longer we stay together here, the better.
>> The American surge is under way with more be be 21,000
extra troops. Their commander, President
Bush, says America must
not fail in Iraq. The new strategy will mean a city wide
crackdown working with Iraqi forces to try to stop sectarian
blood letting. The surge is happening just as the U.K.
is talking about scaling back its 7200
scale contingent in the south and was confident that sometime
this spring, Basra could be turned over to Iraqi control. Can
could mean the withdrawal of combat troops,
as many as half.
>> The americans are the mefrnts
americans are feeling the heat in Baghdad even before they're
>> Hey, everything all right?
>> Are you good?
>> I'm good, sir.
>> This was a U.S. Patrol when it was hit by a roadside bomb.
Hidden inside was two dead bodies. The only thing that saved
them was the latest armour on their hump vee humvees. As the
U.S. Gears up for the new battle will for baghdad, there are
signs that two allies may no longer be standing shoulder to
shoulder. Andrew north, bbc news, baghdad.
>> I'll be back later on the in the programme and we'll have
a rare interview with oscar nominee dame judi dench. First to
london. Lindsay reported on the charges of rape against the
israeli president and there is pressure for him to step down.
>> Pressure has moved up after the prime minister ehud olmert
called on him to tender his resignation. He denied the charges
against him and called on the israeli people not to believe them
and is taking a leave of absence but will not resign unless
>> I'm not prepare to lower my head and my honour. I will
fight until the end of my soul even if i will to carry out a war
to profferve my innocence. I will fight to clear my name that
>> There is now a growing call of voices asking him to step
down calling for his tenure to end.
>> Under these circumstances, there is no question in my
heart that the president cannot continue and fulfill his and he
would have to leave the residence of the president of israel.
This is a sad day for the state of israel. John kerry will not
contest for the white house in the next election. He announced
his plans on the senate floor. He said there isn't enough time
for him to mount another presidential campaign. And the
country's president has agreed to a key demand from the trades
union to name a new prime minister. The president said to have
made cop session with talks with union leaders to end the
general strike that turned violent on monday when 30 people were
killed in clashes between security forces and protestours. The
protestours accused the aging president of mismanaging the
committee. April auction of greek traders has started in london.
Greece has said that buyers could face legal action if they find
the treasures were exported illegally. International life has
been returning to normal in the country after the crippling
general strike by the opposition parties on tuesday and saw
violent crashes in beirut between protestors and government
supporters. Police say three people were killed. Matthew price
has the details.
>> Reporter: In lebanon today alongside the grief there is
fear. Fear that the violence that fell across this land on
tuesday will return. This is a country that is well aware of how
fragile things have become. With some of the worst internal
violence looeshebanon has seen, more than 100 were injured. The
opposition party lead by hezbollah called a strike against the
general government. They fought on the street the. Today the
lebanese army was on the street trying to show that it did keep
control but looesh is increasingly divided and many here are
convinced it cannot do that. Any violence in lebanon is bad but
this week could not have come at a worse time for the
government. The prime minister is in paris aimed at raising
money to help rebuild looesh following last summer's war with
israel. What happens to success day in the centre of beirut, a
reminder that the reason behind the violence have not gone away.
The opposition has been protesting outside prime minister's
office for almost two months. While this continues, looesh
struggles on. -- Lebanon struggles on.
>> Still to come, a report on a rare sighting on a shark that
first swam the ocean
80 million years ago.
>> Ebay's fourth quarter profit rose ahead of analysts
expectations even with pay pal online payment service. Empty bay
users and ebay's payment system pay pal is doing good despite
competition from google's rival system. And a fast food
restaurant is opening 800 chains this year. Nearly half of all
of them will be in asia mainly china and japan. And after his
state of the union husband-the-heley peted his call to balance
the badge by 2012. -- Because the market, ahead of the ebay
result, a rally for the dow and the nasdaq on the back of the
lower oil prices. In europe, a rebound there in share prices.
>> This is bbc world news let's get a quick look at the
headlines here. A U.S. Senate panel
rejects President Bush's
plan a day after he asks congress to give it a chance. Yhud
Olmert calls on Israel's
President to end his tenure after
allegations rape the and leaders in Britain have joined the
roman catholic church in urging the government for turning away
gay couples at adoption agencies.
>> Source are gathering for what could be a fight between
church and state. In their letter, archbishops said the rights
of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation however well
meaning. And preferring to the possible closure of catholic
adoption agencies, they said it is vitally important that the
interests of vulnerable children are not relegated to a
political interest the.
>> When you overlegislate and you intervene too much in
people's private lives, you are going to end up with a statute
used to cure all ills and it cannot and the danger
thereforeingstherefore is to spin a legal spider's web in which
nobody can escape. It represents a wholesale rejection of what
we see as a creeping tendency to treat faith as a subject as a
taboo subject. In short they're saying christians have rights,
too. The traditionalist christians are going to court to
challenge the law. He is claiming the right as a christian not
to place children with gay adoptive children.
>> I think the children have their lives in a mesnier.
>> The former minister angela eagle will join other labour
M.P.Sto give tony blair a different message.
>> If there is a question of discrimination on sexual
orientation, it has to be complete. You can't have people,
however sincere saying 4e ought to be allowed to...
>> Tony blair praised catholic adoption agencies, a sign that
he at least would like a compromise. .
>> Its being described as a living fossil. Marine biologists
have been studying the remains of a rarely seen frill shark that
normally lives at depths of 600 metres.
>> In a marine park just off the coast of japan, a monster
from the deep, at least 2459s what this shark looked like. A
peculiar mix of giant eel and shark and that lives at depths of
600 metres. They turn up in the nets of deep sea crawlers. This
one didn't survive its journey to the surface probably swept up
by an unusual as many current. The smees is itself is a
survivor. It's ancestors were around millions of years ak.
>> Years ago.
>> We found fossils 80 million years old. Marine biologists
are making the most of this chance discovery.
>> It really does look like something from the ancient world.
Still to come on this programme, in spite of oscar, the british
actress actress judi dench tells us about the film she hope will
win her a second little gold men.
>> Belgian police have arrested a sky diver after a woman
fell 13,000 feet to her death. Her parachute has been tampered
with and she died after neither chutes would open.
>> Experienced jumper, she was part of a group over an
airfield. She and three other parachuteers held hands and formed
a star formation. After they broke up to open their parachutes
both her main and subfailed. Police arrested a woman in the
group after finding out her husband had been having an affair
with the woman.
>> Also the motive. We have concluded that we have enough
proof of guilt to arrest her.
>> Police now suspect that her pier chute was sabotaged by
the woman who also took part in the same jump as did her
boyfriend. Both would have seen the the mother of two fall to
her death. She denies her charges and will appear in court later
>> Noisethousands of people in central peru have been made
homeless by major flooding. 16 people have died in the heavy
rain and mud slides. Tens thousands have been affected by heavy
rainfall. The army and aid organizations have been struggling to
provide food and other necessities to those who have lost their
homes. It's estimated up to 4,000 people are now without their
homes after the therains in peru.
>> She is one of britain's best loved actresses. James bond's
boss M. Jam judi dench has taken on a tougher job playing a
character that itself mine and not a itself bit mad. In a rare
interview she spoke about a role that has earned her an oscar
>> First day of a new term.
>> In "notes on a scandal." Judy temperature plays a sinister
school marm whose desire for the new schoolteacher is a recipe
for disaster. She is less happy about the national treasure tag
she seems stuck with.
>> What they said about this film is suddenly I'm playing a
baddy. I played the baddy when i played lady macbeth.
>> She's the one I've waited for.
>> This year's oscarses have thrown the spotlight on older
stars. Walking the red carpet does engender some anxiety.
>> I look at everybody there and by finding a miracle that i
can walk in one day and i do all my face and somebody will say
gosh, you're looking well.
>> I'm' not going to report you. I'm going to help you.
>> Dame judy has relisheded this role. She is at the top of
her game in theatre and in film.
>> Two very nice people, they moved away... you managed very
well with your comb. I've had this comb for years72 years.
>> The world's oldest person, has died at his home on the
northern coast of puerto rico. Relatives said the 115-year-old
died of natural causes. He was born in puerto rico when it was
still a spanish colony. Nefr married and had no children. A
quick reminder of our main story. American politicians have
rebuked president bush of his iraq policy just hours after he
asked for their help and condemned mr. Bush's plans to pour more
troops into the war. This is bbc news. Thanks for joining us. <
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