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July 31, 2007
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TV screen showing Shim Sung-Min at a railway station in Seoul - 31/07/07
A second South Korean hostage has been killed by the Taleban in central Afghanistan, Seoul confirms.

 
Judges at a UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia call in their first suspect for questioning.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe calls a US resolution urging Tokyo to apologise over the use of sex slaves "regrettable".

 
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Transcript in the news of July 31, 2007 (With some misspelled words)  

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>> Relatives of the South Korean hostages being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan have appealed to the US for the rescue of he remaining 21 Christian charity workers. It comes after Afghanistan police have discovered the second body. The group have asked for the release of eight Taliban fighters in return for the release of the hostages, the second to be killed in less than a week. He reed been shot a number of of them women, the stakes have been raised by the Taliban. This insurgent video released in the last 24 hours is said to show some of those kidnapped almost two weeks ago. it's thought by bandits as they travelled along a dangerous stretch of road. A Taliban spokesman announced the latest killing. After days of negotiation and talks with the government, the Kabul administration and the Korean government didn't listen to our repeated demands and didn't give us any answers. Our mujahideen killed one of male hostages at 6:30 this evening. He was killed near arizo in ghazni. His body is there. 46AF32F5.JPGThere is the possibility of risk to lives of theemf the Korean government do not meet our demands.

>> The news quickly reached south Korea. For the families of hose who came to Afghanistan to carry out aid work and ended up with human bargaining.

up asmaeicr shocked the country which has a small number of troops in Afghanistan.

>> ( Translated ): I have mixed feelings. I feel very sad by the fact that our people who went abroad to help were killed and my government is incompetent.

>> ( Translated ): I hope our government will solve the problems promptly so will there be no more victims. I thiner

bhe leader of the group, their pastor, arrived back home in south Korea on

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pressure is now on the negotiating teams to try and bring about the safe release of the remaining 21 hostages.E ill or president hamid karzai is prepared to bow to the demands of the Taliban. Alastair leithead, bbc news, Kabul.  A lot of pressure on the government there now.

>> Flooding has forced millions to leave their homes in southeastern asia, bangladesh and nepal. Many people are now seeking refuge on rooftops. Storm, land slides and monsoon flooding have left hundreds dead this month alone inch cambodia, former kmher rouge prison chief has become the first suspect to be handed over to a U.N.-Backed genocide trial. The man ran the former prison f-21 if phnom penh in the 1970s and that's where thousands of suspected enemies of the communist regime were tortured before being taken on to the killing fieldS. Officials say he's among five ex-kmher rouge leaders being investigated. 5,000 people in the grand canary region of spain have had to leave their homes because of a forest fire spreading rapidly across the island and has been doing since friday. Authorities say it was started deliberately by a forest ranger. About 10,000 hectares of woodland have already been charred. Emergency services are battling a big fire on the island of tenerife, too. And that began on monday. U.S. Secretary of state condoleezza rice and the defence 46AF3398.JPGsecretary robert gates are meeting jept's president, hosni mubarak plus foreign ministers from jordan and the gulf states in sharm el-sheikh in egypt. The talks mark the start of a tour of the middle east aimed at trying to unite america's arab allies and israel against iran, syria and the militant groups hamas and hezbollah tO. Achieve all this, the u.S. Is going to spend tense of billions of dollars rearm its allies in the region.

>> Air force one delivered the U.S. Secretary of state and defence secretary to the dead sea resort to begin their first joint tour of the middle easT. As condoleezza rice found her place at the table, the other delegates prepared for a day of discussing the security situation in iraq, looking perhaps for reassurance from the U.S. That they are committed to maintaining a large troop presence there. This rare double dose of u.S. Diplomacy comes a day after the bush administration announced a huge $20 billion arms package, the largest ever for this troubled region.

>> The united states is committed to the security of our friends and allies and we're going to make sure they have what they need to be able to defend themselves against these threats.

>> The U.S. Insists the money is to strengthen moderate arab governments and counter more extreme regimes like iraN. President ahmadinejad remains a challenge to america. He insists on pursuing a nuclear programme and is regularly accused of funding shia insurgency in iraQ. Critics say that arm iran's neighbours is not the best plaN.

>> The problem of strengthening everybody around iran is that it assumes iran won't have a destabilising response. There certainly are some people within iran who would say, see, this is why we need a nuclear deterrent because the U.S. Is arming all of our enemies. 46AF3405.JPG

>> Saudi arabia is one such beneficiary of the U.S. Deal, something of a concern to president bush's opponents.

>> For the united states to be rewarding such a country with a $20 billion arms sale of the most sophisticated weapons we have is ludicrous. Congress will not stand for iT.

>> The U.S. Knows how vital it is to ensure iraq's government has support from its neighbourS. It's also crucial the u.S. Is seen to be doing something to continue the recovery of this damaged regioN.

>> Tanya's here now to tell us why ryanair surprised the citY.

>> They certainly did. The shares in europe's largest low-cost carrier has jumped in early trade on tuesday after the company surprised the markets with rather strong financial results. Profits were up by one-fifth, but ryanair is saying in order to beat the full-year profit goal, it will cut capacity at assistant stead airport this -- assistant -- stanstead airport this winter. An agent from j.L.S. Consulting can explain why the news caught the market on the backfoot. 46AF344D.JPG

>> This is at the top end of the range. It's in line with the traffic. There was some feeling the rate of growth of profit would be reduced because they've been putting in place a lot of price cuts, which is unusual. Dave had difficult market conditions and they've had to cut prices in order to get more people on the arab.

>> The word is we may yet feel that pain on the profit front. Day two of his trip to china, and henry paulson is meeting with the vice premier and the head of the central bank, urging them to strengthen china's currency and do more to balance trade with the united states. In washington, D.C., There is enormous frustration over the slow progress being made in reducing america's trade deficit with china. And the trade deficit, of course, often being seen as some of the weaker influences on the U.S. Economy in this great talk about that economy slowing down, not least because it's been racing ahead now for about six years. Maybe it's time that it did. 46AF348A.JPG

>> IndeeD. Thanks so much, tonya. When the british government sent troops the northern ireland back in 1969, there was little idea it would become the longest continuous campaign in the army's history. The troops were sent in to restore order during sectarian riots in northern ireland. Later today they will be withdrawing, marking an historic step in the province's peace process. All in all 300,000 people have taken part in operation banner as it's called over the years. And at the height of the troubles in 1972, there were 27,000 military staff involveD. In total, 3,600 people lost their lives during the campaigN. 763 of those were british soldiers. But from wednesday morning, there will be just 5,000 troops left in a regular garrisoN. They will be available for deployment elsewhere around the world. So a historic day indeeD. Joining us now in belfast is sinn fein's martin meehan. Thank you so much for joining ugh from belfast. It's an historic day. How do you view this? 46AF34DA.JPG

>> Well, my recollection of the british army movement to the ardoin area in belfast in 1969, we had hundreds of people who lost their homes. We had several people shot deaD. And we had quite a number of people wounded. The british soldiers moved in on the 15th of august tonight common road in the ardoin area. We then came down as they had their guns and bayonets pointed towards the residents of ardoiN. The smoke was still coming out of the houses that were burned by loyalist. The people were absolutely terrifieD. Give than the soldiers moved in, a number of people were happy and congratulated the soldiers on moving iN. They seemed to be of the opinion that the soldiers were there to help. My opinion was resentment that the bayonets and guns were pointed at the people who had suffered grievously. As a republican, my objective was to break the connection with england. I seen british soldiers as the root of all evil at that stage in 1969. 46AF3524.JPG

>> And today with the british army moving out, operation banner coming to an end 38 years after it started, how did you describe your emotions, relief?

>> Well, when i think of the british army here, i think of intermenT. I was one of the last internees to be released. I escaped from prison once also. I remember the british army from interment. Thousands of people here were interred. I remember torture chambers where the british army were found guilty in the european court of human rights of torture and inhuman treatment. I remember the shoot-to-kill. I remember collusion. I remember british agents. I remember all that. Now, there was two stages of the equation. There was dise tans to all that from the russia republican armY. In saying that I am probably hopeful and grateful that british soldiers are withdrawing from operations. I as a republican resent the british in this country. And i think politics works and making sure we can achieve our objective that all our people died for. We can achieve the objective in northern ireland in a peaceful, democratic way.

>> Thank you for joining us and sharing your feelings today. This is bbc world. Here's what's coming up in the programme: A day in the life of this man, ban ki-moon, the U.N.'S new chief. Our correspondent has exclusive access. An 11-year-old girl from ecuador has been freed from a belgian detention centre where she was being held as an illegal immigrant. A judge ruled that she should be released just two hours before she was due to be deported from the country. Her case caused outrage. It even attracted the support of the belgian-born wife of ecuador's president.

>> Angelina, 11 years old and behind bars, outside the detention centre where the ecuadoran girl and her mother were being held protesters had gathered. The family came to belgium in 2003, illegal migrants seeking a better life. After four years here, her supporters say this is now her home, and among those supporters, the belgian-been wife of the ecuadoran president who visited the mother and daughter in detention.

>> ( Translated ): It's terrible to see a girl of 11 years old locked uP. She's been there since the beginning of her summer veigh caismtion I was ashamed to be belgiaN.

>> On monday the deportation group held another demonstration, this time at brussels airport. In the belgian court, last-minute attempt was being made to get the pair freE. As the minutes ticked by, the families' lawyers became increasingly tense. Finally with less than two hours to go, news came through. The court had reached a decision.

>> We finally won. She's a victim of article 3 of human rights. Now the belgian state is obliged to free her. 46AF35F9.JPG

>> The protesters gathered here to stop this deportation, this does seem to be some kind of vick terrorism it's still unclear exactly what's going to happen to angelica and her mother, but this does seem to be a kind of reprieve. The future for the family is still unclear. Dominic hughes, bbc news, brussels.

>> Time for the headlines here on bbc world. Relatives of the 21 south Korean hostages being held by the taliban in Afghanistan have appealed to the U.S. For help in securing their release. And two top u.S. Officials are in the middle east with a multibillion dollar arms deal for its ally in the region. One of bollywood's most controversial film stars has been sentenced to six years in prison for illegally possessing weapons from those behind one of india's deadliest attacK. Sanjay dutt was convicted last september. He was cleared of more serious charges relate to the 1993 mumbai bombings. We report from mumbai. 46AF363F.JPG

>> Bollywood's bad boy sanjay dutt in his latest role as a good-hearted gangster. In this film he uses gandhI's principles of non-violence to fix society's ills and win the heart of his girL. The movie has won him the support of legions of fans. If movie-mad india, film stars aren't just icons on screen, they're heroes off screen, too. In film-crazy india, movie stars are revered as demi god and are believed to be beyond reproam. For millions of young indians, these are the only role models they'll have herE. Bollywood actor sanjay dutt's involvement in the mumbai 1993 bombing case, however minor, has at media attention here and it's one of the main reasons that this trial is one of the most closely watched in india's legal history. Over 250 people were killed in the series of 12 blasts that ripped through the indianianial capital. Many hundreds more were injured. The blasts are believed to have been carried out by members of mumbai's underworld. It's taken almost 14 years for the case to be resolved because of the sensitive nature of the trial. 46AF368F.JPG

>> The judiciary has really gone into debt because it is always better not to put somebody behind bars, but it's important to find out and to resolve and to put in right place behind the bar the culprits.

>> But the real culprits are still considered to be at large. The 1993 bombings are the deadliest attacks to hit india to date. For mumbai's citizens, it's a day they'll never forgeT. Bbc news, mumbai.

>> Now, the u.N. Secretary-general ban ki-moon is called upon to mediate in all the world's trouble spots. What's it like being the world's chief diplomat? Bbc's U.N. Correspondent laura trevelyan has had exclusive access to mR. Ban.

>> It's morning in midtown manhattan, and the united nations secretary general, ban ki-moon, is walking to worK.

>> Beautiful day.

>> His job has been called the most impossible one on earth. Expectations are high, achievements hard to measure. This is mr. Ban's approacH.

>> I'm committed to work for peace, security and protection of human rightS. The world is full of problems. There are so many people who are suffering from basic needs of our life, and committed to help them.

>> It was a very pleasant morning.

>> MR. Ban's briefed on what's happened in the world overnight. Aides tell hem the bulgarian nurses accused by libya of infected children with h.I.V. Have been released. Two days later mr. Ban is heading west to the birthplace of the united nations, san francisco. The motorcade whisks mR. Ban to an emotional reunion. The student from south Korea, a country recovering from the second world war. 45 years later, a hug for his hostesS. 46AF3712.JPG

>> I am very much grateful to mrs. Harrison who was my american mother. She showered me with all love and kindnesS.

>> In the eve ption a chance to outline -- in the evening, a chance to outline his vision to 1,300 people. He defends his low-key style.

>> This humility, modesty should not be misunderstood as a lack of commitment. When it comes to this, i have made very decisive decisions.

>> California set tough targets for emissions. Ban ki-moon wants the rest of the world to do the same. He's come here far high-profile helper. Mr. Ban invites governor schwarzenegger to invite world leaders to do the same in a discussion on climate change.

>> We're a leading state in this issue, and we need to do the same thing all over the world.

>> Mr. Ban's philosophy is to be middle of the road. His aides say that's bringing progress from climate change to darfur. The years ahead will show whether the public is with him. Laura trevelyan, bbc news, san francisco.

>> Different look at ban ki-moon.

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