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News on Video (In the News of January
>> 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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