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>> Welcome to capitol hill we start here in the united states
where the democratic party is hailing a new era after taking control
of congress after 12 years. A woman ploe see is the new speaker of
the house of re79 tifs. Our correspondent matt friday reports from
>> The montano mental the soaring rhetoric washington rises to
>> Inside congress sums things are different. After 12 years in
the wilderness the democrats are back in power. Hollywood is back in
the visitors tony bennett on the left.
>> On the floor below a veritable kindergartner
>> Oh, yes the glamourous grammy happens to be the show of this
show. Pelosi now two heart beats from the presidency. Born to money,
married to more than of this san francisco democrat wasted no time
in challenging the man in the white house.
>> It is the responsibility of the president to articulate a new
plan for iraq that makes a clear to the iraqis that they must defend
their own streets and their own security.
>> A plan that makes promotes stability in the region and a plan
that allows us to responsibly redeploy our troops.
>> From the margins her republican predecessor looked on glumly.
So the power is re-arranged. Democrats are moving in their boxes and
trays overflowing for the thirst of power for highly ambitious
agenda. Tackle climate change. Ask tough questions on iraq. No
wonder the president reached out to them for how long.
>> We've been entrusted with public office in a momentous time in
our nation's history. Together we have important things to do. It's
time to set aside politics and focus on the future
>> On capitol hill we theater cull. Theatrical. 4 palestinians
have been killed in about 20 wounds in israelis raid on the west
bank town of ramala. Triggering clashes with palestinian militants.
Israel that four palestinians were detained. All prime minister
ohmert held talks with the egyptian president. Israelis troops and
gunman exchanged in the centre of ramala thursday in what the
israelis defense force a routine arrest activity.
>> But the scale and timing of the operation appear anything but
routine. While attacks in gaza has been a regular occurrence.
Incursions are rarely seen here. The raid also coincide with
israelis prime minister ohmert's visit to egypt for talk with the
president on restarting the middle east peace process.
>> The operation today was aimed at catching a terrorist that
killed israelis and during the action shots were fired on the
israelis soldiers. If innocent people were hurt that was not our
intention. We call an all countries in the region to work harder to
>> Calling to palestinians sources israelis forces entered ramala
open air vegetable market to arrest people. When they are troops
became trapped the army sent in reenforcements. All bulldozers were
used to clear cars off the streets. Gun ships were also involved. A
number of palestinians during the raid and many more injured have
been taken to hospital. The israelis say four wanted men are now
under arrest. Michael voss, bbc news
>> Let's cross over to our washington studio. European union
policy chief. He held talks with the american secretary of state
rice. Thank you so much for joining us on a day. When you've been
holding talks with rice. We've had violence between israelis and
palestinians. It doesn't look like there's much optimism for moving
towards on the peace process.
>> Well I think that regardless what has happened today which is
lamented. I think that without using optimism with a capital o I
think there is progress being made. The fact that they're going to
continue meeting and the fact that probably some of the kind of
political process may start. Today they said that president ohmert
has received prime minister ohmert. I think dynamic is probably be
in motion. Now when we have to do is first maintain with all of the
efforts this is cease-fire, and do the utmost not to commit mistakes
>> One of keys for it seems both here in washington and in
captains in europe is that there's a need to support abbas. That's
what you are corn ring for. This raid in west bank it undermines
>> I said in the very beginning that lament that taking place.
It's not admitted. What we need now is fear that was created between
the prime minister and the president of the palestinian. Not
maintain a climate, theoretically but put in practice. There are
commitment that are taken in that meeting of lifting some of the
points number of important points, and acting in a more efficient
manner on the accents and the muse lum for the people of the
palestinians which have two signs which the palestinians have been
asking for a long time. This is only the beginning. If that is the
end there would be be anything. This is the beginning. What has to
follow is the beginning of the political process teen the
palestinians and israelis.
>> Mr. Solano you're in washington on historic day we have the
democrats taking power here on capitol hill. Relations between
europe and america on foreign policy issues haven't been easy over
the last few years. Do you expect them to improve
>> Well the relations between the european union and united
states have been good. We had a problem that we maintained with
these the policy vaes avau iraq. But the rest of issues we try to
cooperate as much as possible and we have in somalia and many other
places. It's true that the in congress like the beginning of a new
page. Now, as you know that the democratic country like the united
states in division of power is an reality. It's continued to have
powers and congress has the responsibilities but it division. Let's
see how it works. But in any continue utmost to cooperate. We have
very difficult problems we're fees you facing but we hope to work
>> First let's go to mike in london. Extraordinary allegations on
iran's role in iraq.
>> This is curious, and curious. Ever since that islamic
revolution over 32 the shaw in iran. They key strategic to knut lies
their arab rivals in iraq. They told the bbc. Iranian actively
the very top levels of the iraqi government. Key to this the
recent of the iranian agents senior ones in baghdad and all raising
the question has president bush policy helped created of the evil he
>> Reports are saying that president bush is expected to nominate
as the U.S. Ambassador to the united nations. He is currently the
ambassador to iraq. He's served as ambassador to afghanistan. Among
that the country's bloodless cuoe. The army remains in sign. There
is no sign of new alecss. He endorses the coue. He's by thethe.
Weather experts in britain that world is experience the warmest year
on record. Think see the temperatures will ted by many factors
including solar effects consequence asian of green gas gases and the
weather system el nino.
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>> This is bbc world. I'm kathy kay in washington will no escape
from somalia. They seal their borders to refugees and al qaeda
suspects leaving by sea. Bra skill itself end sending the army into
rio de janeiro to tackle soaring gang crime.
>> Welcome produce london. I'm alistair yates. In search of a
better life. A special report from senegal on life in africa. Kebia
kenya has closed its border in somalia for security reservations.
Meanwhile U.S. Naval vessels have been deployed off the coast of
somalia to try to block the escape of islamist militants.
>> Our military has a task force baseded out of the horn of
africa. One of their missions is to ensure that individuals involved
in terrorist activities can't transit through that area.
>> State department spokesman sean mccormack and michael voss
reports on the efforts to bring calm back to somalia.
>> For the moment, the fighting is over and the streets of
mogadishu are bustling with people, hoping this is not the call
before another storm. Their rule involved strict law. This included
banning the wide anything use which can be seen openly on sale
around the capital.
>> We are not interested with politics of those defeated or those
in powered today. Ethiopians and somalis, as long is they don't
interfere in this trade.
>> Another sign of changing tiles. Police in uniform trying to
keep law and order. This is something that hasn't been seen in
mogadishu for decades. For the moment though, the police are not
venturing much outside their barracks. The capital remains awash
with weapons. Calls for civilians to hand them in have had little
>> The biggest problem is carrying guns. We haven't started our
work but god willing we will soon.
>> And diplomats were brought together Wednesday, talk of an
international peacekeeping mission, possibly involving the
african union. This will be take especially up in a wider meeting in
the capital nairobi.
>> There is a situation which is dramatic in the sense and a
chance to have reconciliation brought forward. There is no evidence
that the government has harmed any civilian. We do not think that
there is any justification for anybody saying they have to run away
from the government.
>> Reports of slachlislamists militants fighting along the kenyan
border. The crisis appears far from over. Michael voss, bbc news.
>> Military police have been called into rio de janeiro in brazil
where gang violence has killed 19 people in the past week. The local
governor has asked for special security forces to help crackdown on
the fighting. Tim hirsch joins us from san paolo. What triggered
this outburst of violence.
>> That is being debated.
>> It was either a response to the clamp down of the prison
regime, the gang leaders who are in prison or the reaction to the
use of unofficial militia using former former either acting police
or fire brigade personnel going up to the fivellas and acting as air
private protection racket where they demand payments from the
residents. For whatever reason, this particularly wave of attacks
has caused huge consternation and it happened to coincide with the
reelection or naug of president lula's second term and the arrival
of a newly elected governor of rio de janeiro.
>> It doesn't seem that the underlying reasons have been resolved
at all. Two elements to the steps being taken now, one is simply a
matter of ordering the very large number of federal armed forces who
are, some any case based in rio out of the barracks to stop police
erts on the street and the other is bringing in special forces to
patrol the borders to try to crack down and whether that is more
than a demonstration, this is being taky seriously and whether it
will have a real impact on the leadup to the carnival next month the
we'll have to wait and see. You have the latest on the hanging of
saddam hussein, alistair.
>> I do. A united states military in iraq said it would have
handled the execution of saddam hussein differently had it been
involved. Comments from the american january came as there were
signs of april official delegation. It has challenged the
president's credibility and. Jop simpson is in baghdad and this
report cop tans some graphic images.
>> The whole thing has been a complete unmitigated disaster for
the iraqi government but only because these pictures leaked out.
Three or four years ago before the camera phone, we would have had
only the official version. And assuming control of him but he was
still dignified towards us and we had nothing to do with any of the
procedures or control mechanism produces 459 poit forth forth.
>> The prime minister who signed the death warrant last friday
said things came close to breaking. He won't seek another term in
power and he would like to give up soon he only took the job because
he thought it was in the national interest. The whole business has
failed to do anything any good and all because the pictures were
leaked. We are told tonight a security guard has been arrested but
it is thought two senior government officials have mobile phones at
the execution but why either would want to do damage to their own
side isn't clooer. Maybe no one knew how bad it would look. The
ba'athists are naming a predecessor. The spokesman for him said
saturday's attack was unexpected and called for an explanation.
>> Still to come, how plastic electronics could slash the price
of microchips and make a whole new world possible. Let's get the
business news now from new york. The boss of home depot reports
bought off for $hub million. After top fs executive stepped down. A
payoff of $210 million. He was oufrted this Wednesday after six
years as the boss of home depot, the world eats biggest home
improvement. He was under fire from investors investors. The the
company's payoff policy is under investigation. As succeeded by
frank blake. The pay yourt has reignited the row over executive pay.
>> When compensation is not conformed in a rational way,
investors are saying enough is enough. Pee want to see some type of
reform in place to restrain and contain this excess.
>> And disastrous year for america's big car makers. Jep motors
fell a heft pshtd 9% and ford was down 13% and daimlerchrysler fell
by 1%. Meanwhile president bush has stressed his aim balancing the
U.S. Budget in the coming months. The markets were up quite sharply.
Fresh details of prisoners being abused at the american detention
facility in guantanamo bay in cuba. New documents released by the
F.B.I. Reveal more two dozen incidents of mistreatment had happened
with detainees chained to the floor by their hands and feet and
reports of detainees kept away for days with strobe lighting and
music. Your documents force the release of information about the
>> They provide fresh details of the systematic abuse that
>> There was of course a huge debate in the united states and in
congress last year. Have you any indication of the timing of these
allegations whether they predate the debate or whether they're still
happening, the allegations of abuse in ? .
>> The documents were generated in mid-2004 after the abu ghraib
scandal broke but the documents date back to 2002 and 2003 prior to
the abu ghraib scandal breaking.
>> You don't have any indication of whether the kind of abuse
that the F.B.I. Is reporting on now is still happening at the
>> Nothing was done to the abuse that the F.B.I. Agents saw and
in fact turned a blind eye to what was going on in guantanamo bay.
And there were accounts given about prisoner abuse but the F.B.I.
Chose thought to investigate or interview agents who observed
defense department policies in practice. So the documents call into
question why nothing was done about abusive interrogation practices
that were being employed by the defense department and they only
underscore the need for an independent investigation into who was
ultimately accountable for the widespread abuse of prisoners, not
just in guantanamo bay but also in iraq and afghanistan.
>> Of course it was during this period that president bush said
repeatedly that america does not torture, and that it treats its
prisoners humanely. This evidence from the F.B.I. Appear to refute
>> Slurtly. It does refute the claims and i would add that the
significance of this, these documents is that they are accounts
government agents which cannot be discounted or dismissed and must
be taken sear yugsly. There is aurgent need for, not just these
abuse but across guantanamo bay, iraq and afghanistan. I would also
like to add that these document provide further confirmation of the
involvement of secretary rumsfeld and major-general jeffrey miller,
who are mentioned in the documents as authorizinging coercive
techniques the why has there not been anything done to hold these
people accountable in why has there not been an independent inquiry?
Victims must victimshank you very much for joining us there from new
york. You're watching bbc world. A quick look at the headlines here.
No escape from somalia as kenya seals its borders and soaring gang
crime in rio de janeiro et could slash the price of goods and lead
to intelligent products products. It's thanks to british inventours
who have skushd $100 million to make plastic components instead of
the usual silicon silicon. .
>> Sill cop chip beats at the hearts of our strong lives but may
now be under threat. From a small lab in cambridge could be shaking
the next industrial evolution. Every electronic book you can bend:
Instead of sill cop, they're plastic.
>> This is a flexible display that can hold and upyou had S.
>> Plastic electronics are cheaper and lighter be be thill zone
and they may take over. Everybody is excited to change the world. In
ten to 20 years times, every col poen interest that you have could
be creating even opportunities thought first plastic delays: Then
take medicine, for example, the labels on the bottles telling you
when to take it or on food pamging where the price is ajusted by
remote control. Beyond that, massplastic sensors woven into your
hair and 20 or 20 years al gore they can even if it inside contook
the lenses and beam the internet straight to you. Silicon
transformed our world but plastic could take it further. We could
have cushions where-- we could have sofas where the cushions
cushions. The curtains, for example, could gloi certain colours when
somebody you know is approaching.
>> Too weird to be true? Probably not .
>> Still to come on this programme. In search of a better life. A
special report on senegal, the flight from africa to spain.
>> Tuesday we reported on the american talk show host oprah
winfrey who has opened a school in south africa for poor but
talenteded girls. The school will be known as the oprah winfrey
leadership academy for girls close to joe hapsburg and met the $40
billion cost of the school out of her own pocket. Oprah winfrey has
been talking to bbc and tells us why she feels strongly.
>> Bad leadership is not just part of what is happening here
indemic to south africa or the after cap continent but we hear a lot
about it. The the-the-frpts r, is because of nine lack of all
government particularly in regards for schools and schooling or
poorbury i know that the best way to make a change, not just in a
person or personality but the best way to affect change long-termings
to exthoughts exposure and nurture them to understand their own
>> When you look forward to what these girls may achieve in 20 or
30 years, what do you hope for, that they could bblg leaders of
their own country.
>> I know that will happen. Some of them will go into politics,
some into sigh epps, some into the arts. Somebody will be doctors
and laurts. In all fields of leadership I'm looking for the
opportunity to change the paradigm not only the but influence the
way they think and feel. But ultimately to change a culture to what
women can do.
>> In the year huge numbers of people,00 polish of them move
between countries for nick kwlk in the latest series, a nation on
the move, worry' following the quest of migrants setting out in
search of a better life. .
>> Senegal is a country 459 lives by the
sea a sea that has provided work and food. Now they're looking
for a better life. This is a poor place here, less than a pound a
day. He is prepared to risk everything for work in europe.
>> It is very bad condition. A lot of
poverty. Everybody who knows of somebody who has tried to get to
spain. Everybody thinks it is a chance worth taking. This is how it
happens. We tracked down a boat about to leave.
>> They're getting inside the boat.
>> This has never been will filmed before. Using night vision
cameraed, they paid criminal gangs they equivocal ept are and then
the gang saw, another disguised as fishing boats. But this is not
fishing. Aopen ser you only get to know about these place by knowing
the right contacts by knowing the right gangs but under cover of
darkness in the head of imagine ten days at at the in this the
waters of the coupanary islands. One in two don't make it but if
they do make it, the gamble might work.
>> In recent months, if not, they'll get a flight to the spanish
mainland here, arriving outside a camp in madrid, the latest group
to survive the sea and make it to spain. Spain says this is europe's
problem, the flow of people like this man who is running away from
>> Do you have any money or possessions? What do you have.
>> That is the problem. I had hoped to stay here.
>> We have nothing else.
>> From here they're simply released. No legal right to stay but
no practice way making them leave. Some find work but for many this
is the their economy, selling illegal C.D.Es in the street. This is
not the dream. They're still on the run.
>> Now that was rich reporting there this is bbc world news. I'm
kathy kay in washington.
>> From london, I'm alistair yates. Thanks for beingus. <
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