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>> world news tonight is next. >> and i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel, michael finney, all of us here tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from hungary. the exodus -- moment of crisis. the worst refugee crisis in europe since the second world war. tonight, the breaking development. the white house now says it is preparing to accept thousands of syrian refugees in the u.s. here in europe, the wall being built to halt the exodus. but can they really stop the refugees risking their lives to escape war? the raging debate. our team along the entire route tonight, as we also go back to find the little syrian girl who moved so many of you at home to act, one year ago this week. also tonight, the possible highway sniper taking aim at new targets. new incidents under investigation. the narrow escape. new images of that british airways plane on fire. passengers scrambling down the chutes. and, the police apology. former tennis star james blake,
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slammed to the ground, handcuffed, mistaken for a suspect. good evening. tonight from hungary. where we come to you from outside an overflowing refugee camp. you can see the tents behind me. inside them, syrian refugees escaping war. europe's biggest refugee emergency since world war ii. some leaders saying europe has an historic duty to help right now. here in hungary, we saw the workers putting razor wire on the fence growing along their border. the battle lines are drawn over what to do. we flew a drone above the tracks, part of the dangerous route. just before so many step into the european union. and the perilous path hundreds of thousands are now taking. boats to greece, then by foot and train. two different routes. trying to get to germany and austria. and tonight, new action from the white house. america will now take in
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thousands of refugees. opinions already deeply divided. and we explain why so many refugees are just now making the dangerous journey. a route not everyone survives. overnight, we were right there. where out of the darkness the faces emerged, shivering. some covered in blankets. all of them, families discovering the opening in the fence where the railroad tracks enter hungary from serbia. hundreds of thousands are trying to get to europe to escape war in syria, terror in libya and elsewhere. the exhausted faces, pouring through the break in the fence. but hungary does not want them. adding to their fence along the border. you can see the workers are out here, just above us, putting the razor wire on the top of the fence. the 110-mile divide. they're trying to stop the refugees at the border. but they can't block the railroad tracks, where today we found countless families. the young mechanical engineer,
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joseph, and his wife, mesa, an economist. they escaped damascus with their little girl and baby boy. just 8 months old. you made it. the journey as been a long one. from the beginning, how long? >> one month. >> reporter: one month, you've been journeying for one month. >> yes. >> reporter: they began the journey like so many, in a boat across the mediterranean overflowing with people. >> we try to make the children be safe. >> reporter: that's why you made the journey. as we walked along the tracks with them, they did not know they were in hungary until we told them. even under the steady rain, joy on their faces. showing me how they survived, what little food they had left in their drenched backpack. this is for your survival. we're standing on the border between hungary and serbia. and if you look behind me, you can see the white posts. they represent true victory for the refugees. and you can see the sheer number making their way down the tracks. by some estimates, 300 an hour.
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the exodus creating scenes like this one here in hungary, in budapest. the train station. the little girl lifted into the train window. one train halted at a hungarian village to move people to refugee camps. families screaming, "no camps." >> no camps! no camps! >> reporter: and tonight, the first pictures from inside one of those camps. workers tossing food at the families. the camp is overflowing. we returned to that train station and the line as far as we could see. middle class families and their tickets north. hoping they'll get on, many hoping they'll get to germany and austria. parents holding their children tight. across europe, the divisive question. what to do with the hundreds of thousands of refugees, with the world now watching? jolted by that image from turkey. the 3-year-old boy from syria. his body carried away from the beach. he and his brother slipping from
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their father's arms when their small rubber boat capsized. for so many families that is where the harrowing journey begins. escaping war in the middle east through turkey, paying to board rickety boats to greece, then those two routes to austria and germany. families told me today they paid more than $1,200 per person to board those boats. knowing they and their children might not survive. our dan harris was there, as another boat arrived this week on the greek island of lesbos. >> this is just an incredible scene. these people, families, have just risked their lives, everything they own, everyone they love, to cross this narrow strait here to arrive in greece. >> reporter: the numbers, staggering. more than 350,000, some estimate up to 500,000, have fled war, terror, and poverty entering europe this year. more than 2,300 have died at sea. and so many asking, why the exodus now?
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our team along the route for weeks. families telling us that their hope was finally lost. trapped in refugee camps on syria's borders, realizing it's getting worse. they say they now have a route to follow. many have heard from family. sending maps, tips on social media, facebook. tips to avoid danger. and they say, there is a sense of safety in numbers. they now know they're not the first ones. like that couple we met today. we went back to find them further up the route at a makeshift tent camp. everything is covered in mud here. we'll see if we can find that young family. hey. how are you? you have food? you have food. >> food, yes. >> reporter: we find them eating dinner. just handed their first hot meal in a month. and even as we stand here in a field of mud and rain, you're happy. >> yes, yes. >> finally, a warm meal after a month on their journey. and when you see the danger,
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hundreds of thousands of faces, you wonder how can parents risk it all? they say syria is far worse. far more dangerous. terry moran has been with the newest wave of refugees. set to make their way. terry? >> reporter: there are more than a million syrian refugees in lebanon. today, we came to the camps where so many of them live. and we found out why so many are now leaving. we drive an hour outside beirut down back roads and out amid fields of beans, we find the camps. how are you? for so many children, this is the only home they have ever known. people here build their homes out of whatever they can find, just pieces of wooden boxes and crates. you see tarps, some of them provided by the united nations, a screen here, even cardboard boxes. we pay a visit to abu ali. he's lived here for four years. and what did you think when you
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left? that you would go back soon? "we thought all this crisis would last four or five months, and we'd go home," he says. but here, his wife picks beans for about $7 a day. "i would die 10,000 deaths for my children," she says. abu ali, father of six, is now prepared to take his family on that dangerous journey to europe in a few days. "i must get out of here," he says. "any way. even the sea, even if it means death." by one estimate, 3,000 syrians are leaving lebanon every day, almost as if all at once they've decided there's no going home again. only the hope of a better future, especially for the children. david? >> terry, thank you. and by the way, germany has taken in more than any other country. bracing for 800,000 asylum seekers this year. and tonight, the white house
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saying we will take in 10,000 syrian refugees this year. and martha raddatz joins me. until now, just 1,500 refugees? after four years of war? >> yes. one of the reasons is the extensive vetting process can take up to two years. and there's concern from members of congress that isis will send operatives into america via what one member has called a jihadi pipeline. the white house insisted today that the most robust security process will be used. but hard to see how they can get 10,000 vetted in the next year. >> martha, thank you. and one more image. it was one year ago, the little girl, boarding that truck instead of a school bus. the story that moved so many of you at home to act. she was working six, seven hours a day.
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and we go back to find her tonight. she has a message for you, that's later. and in other news, a tense night for drivers in phoenix. fear rising over a possible serial shooter. at least 11 shootings in 12 days along an eight-mile stretch of highway. another one just today. the windshield, shattered. a cross still hanging from the rear view mirror. and ordinary citizens joining the search. kayna whitworth is there. >> reporter: tonight, at least one more confirmed shooting along this phoenix highway. a bullet hole discovered in the side of this truck. >> this is a dangerous stretch of highway without the shootings. >> reporter: we rode along with trooper craig martin on patrol. we are on i-10, heading up and down this eight-mile stretch where many of these shootings are being reported. 19 traffic cams monitoring the highway round the clock. problem is, those images are not recorded. a ballistics expert telling us studying the trajectory of the bullets is key. >> is it coming from ahead, broadside, or overtaking the car? >> reporter: calls flooding
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emergency lines all hours of the day. police asking the public to remain vigilant. but urging armed volunteers to stay away. a former fbi agent telling us, any type of shooting where you aggressively attack the public is a power grab for the shooter. and david, everyone is at risk. >> thank you. and stunning images of the british airways passenger jet. as investigators scramble to find out why this airplane burst into flames moments before takeoff. smoke visible from a window there. passengers fleeing the burning plane. the emergency chutes right there. and matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: tonight, the national transportation safety board reporting part of the boeing 777's engine was disintegrating from the inside. in this video, you hear a bang. the plane shakes, then that curtain of smoke. the ntsb saying the engine case suffering "multiple breaches."
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internal parts shooting outward like shrapnel. >> it's hard to express how rare this is. this is almost a never event. >> reporter: inside, terrified passengers watch the fire intensify. one of the pilots with the mayday call. >> mayday. mayday. >> reporter: what seemed a chaotic exodus inside looked orderly from outside the plane. >> is everybody okay? >> reporter: those emergency slides popping open and all 170 passengers and crew streaming out. g.e., which built that engine, calls its product wildly reliable. the ntsb is going to dismantle that engine. it needs to know urgently whether this was a maintenance failure or a factory defect. david? >> matt, thank you. we have new images from japan this evening. deadly floods north of tokyo. homes under water. 20 inches of rain in just 24 hours. at least one dead, 12 missing tonight. families huddled on rooftops. 100,000 evacuated. and the fukushima power plant, damaged in the 2011 earthquake,
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in the flood zone tonight. back in the u.s., the race for 2016 heating up. donald trump under fire for controversial comments about two republican rivals, including the only republican woman in the race. did he make a derogatory comment about her looks? here's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump on defense after attacking carly fiorina. telling "rolling stone" -- "look at that face! would anyone vote for that? can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" this morning on "the view," trump insisting he wasn't referring to fiorina's looks. >> i'm talking about her persona. she failed miserably at hewlett packard and ran for the senate and lost in a landslide and now she's running for president. >> why don't you talk about her brain instead of her face? >> reporter: jeb bush calling trump's remarks "demeaning." >> maybe, just maybe, i'm getting under his skin a little bit because i am climbing in the polls. >> reporter: trump also tangling with his closest competition in
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the polls, dr. ben carson, after carson was asked how he's different from the billionaire. >> i've realized where my success has come from, and i don't in any way deny my faith in god. >> reporter: this morning, trump firing back. >> i don't think he's a great religious figure. i saw him yesterday quoting on humility and it looked like he had just memorized it two minutes before he made the quote. >> reporter: dr. carson told me today he's been a christian his whole life, and will turn the other cheek when it comes to trump. >> i'm not going to get into the mud and start slinging dirt. that's not the kind of person i am. >> reporter: tom llamas, abc news, houston. >> tom, thanks. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. police now apologizing for a case of mistaken identity. the former tennis star slammed to the ground because he looked like a suspect. you'll hear from him tonight. and new york's top cop saying he's sorry. and the food recall across 30 states now.
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if i say something wrong, i'm sorry. >> reporter: police say blake looked like this man. seen in a picture on tmz sports. but to make matters worse, he, too, was an innocent person. wrongly identified. >> if you see those two photos together, the similarities are remarkable. >> reporter: but the tennis star not backing down. >> this happens too often. in most cases, not to someone like me. >> reporter: and investigators reviewing surveillance footage. and the officer, his gun and badge removed. placed on administrative leave. >> thank you. when we come back here, the bright lights streaking over the nation's capital. what was it? also, the food recall across dozens of states. and then, the discovery in a tiny cave. could it change what we know about human evolution, the human species? coming up.
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more than 300 sick across 30 states. the cucumbers, imported from mexico, now being recalled. we have much more on our website for you. and a tantalizing new find about our human ancestors. national geographic taking cameras into a south african cave, at some points only seven inches wide. researchers discovering a never-before-seen humanlike species. retrieving more than 1,500 bones belonging to 15 individuals. believing they may have looked like this. the discovery possibly changing our view of evolution. stay tuned on that one. look at this -- the view from the washington monument. cameras capturing a bright light. nasa confirming it's a meteor. also seen over pennsylvania, virginia, north carolina, maryland and ohio. what a sight. when we come back, what so many of you did one year ago, helping so many school children. and you'll see why when we come back. children. we'll be back.
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finally tonight here, it was one year ago this week, we were reporting from the syrian border. and there was one little girl so many of you at home reacted to. so one year later, we went back to find her, and she gave us a new reason to smile. we'll never forget that trip one year ago. 6:00 a.m. and the school day replaced with something much different for a 10-year-old named hadijah. no school bus waiting. instead, a truck, with children soon spilling over. we board the truck with them. we're headed to the fields. she points out the way. this way? >> this way. >> reporter: this way. the children, their tiny hands holding on, once from middle-class families in syria. but now, they are the ones who support their families. you're going to work on the patatas.
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patatas? >> patatas. >> reporter: yes. they only hire children because they know they can pay them less than their parents. the little boys are likely making more than the little girls? >> yes. in some cases, yes. they say that the boys are stronger than the girls. >> reporter: but they certainly do the same amount of work in the fields. and even at the end of that long day in the field, we notice the skip in their step. around this corner, a tiny building. and we could hear their voices. right there in the makeshift school, hadijah. after our report, viewers raising more than $50,000 for the u.s. fund for unicef to help buy supplies and keep classes going. and tonight, a thank you. a smile from the girl who started it all. now 12, still in that camp. tonight, unicef is trying to enroll 200,000 of these children into public schools now. moving beyond those makeshift classrooms. and look at hadijah smile. looking at our report on her one year ago. and she told us she holds on to that hope. saying, "i want to go back to syria, so that i don't have to
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work anymore. and so that i can go back to my school." for now, hand-in-hand with her brother. in the camp they call home. great to see that smile. and there are still ways you can help. unicef tells us that $15 can stock an entire classroom. pencils, notebooks, and supplies. all of the informations on our website, we'll have much more tonight on "nightline." i'm david muir reporting from hungary. from all of us, have a good evening. good night. preparing for a wet winter in the middle of a drought. and follow up on the beating death of a south bay inmate. the new steps being taken to ensure it won't happen again. four homes damaged in a roaring overnight drug-related
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fire, tonight, we look into what was going on in the van parked outside. a timely report on the skin damage that can occur in the kind of weather we're having now, long after the sun goes down. take a look. do you remember this? this is the kind of storm damage that occurred during last big el nino to hit the bay area. might happen this year. good evening. i'm dan ashley. it's ironic we're talking about the disastrous flooding in the middle of the drought. >> experts are telling us el nino is an unusually strong one, but not a drought buster. >> first, wayne freedman is live in novato to show you how people are preparing for both drought and a wet winter. wayne? >> reporter: good evening, dan. this is almost a matter of pick your predicament. if generating big rains, we're
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going to have mudslides and pain and suffering if that. if we don't get the rain, the drought will be worse. here is a community, petaluma area, that is dealing with both possibilities. this is a neighborhood with pride of ownership, a sense of community, and a wet history. >> the problem is that it's a creek overflowing. there is no place for the water to go. >> reporter: terry betterson is the manager of the leisure lake] park. in 1982 the place flooded and water has been problematic ever since, even in a drought. >> we're worried about getting stranded in here. we're below sea level. >> reporter: if we had crystal falls, it could be less of a necessity.


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