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world needs a broader mix of energies. that's why we're supplying cleaner-burning natural gas to generate electricity. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol, a biofuel made from renewable sugar cane. >> a minute, mom! >> let's broaden the world's energy mix. let's go. >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. in shooting down of a military airplane in damascus. >> so it is my privilege to proclaim the 2012 republican national convention in session and called to order.
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>> as the republican convention kicks off, all eyes are on tropical storm isaac, as president obama declares a state of emergency in louisiana, and we will take you beneath the sidewalks of new york city to show you this hard at work. >> it will be around forever, 100 years. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the globe. a brutal crime, that is how the u.n. secretary general is saying president assad massacred hundreds of people on sunday, and this condemnation, as they say they shot down a helicopter as it attacked another damascus
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suburb. there is concern the helicopter crashed near a mosque, but there were no more details. a report from lebanon. >> a dramatic development in the battle for damascus. a military here -- aircraft burst into flames and fell from the skies. they had claimed to have shot it down. state television acknowledged only that it had crashed. it was a huge morale boost in this sun even more. the footage appears to show smoldering wreckage. there is no sign of the pilot. fighting has raged in the capital for more than one week, with the army trying to deal with rebels in the outlying suburbs. this is fire with random shouting. to the north, the city of aleppo is the other main battleground.
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these images appeared to show using small weapons. activists claimed he hit an approach and armored vehicle. today, the french president tried to give them a political boost. >> france asks the opposition to form an operational government that can become a representational government of the new syria. >> mr. hollande promised that france would recognize such a government, but that prospect is a long way off. bbc news, the bridge. >> in an interview today, the new egyptian president called for the president assad allies to help to get him out of power.
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he says it is time for him to disappear from the scene. now, in afghanistan, a rush of violence with several attacks across the country. in the most brutal, 17 afghans were beheaded in the volatile helmand province, and there are new questions about the country's ability to secure itself, and and another setback, and afghan soldier shot dead some in afghanistan today in the latest green on blue attack. with more on both of these incidents, i am joined by a senior political analyst at the rand corporation. much fornk you very joining me. let's start with the 17 afghans who were beheaded, apparently because they were partying, and
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there were women president -- women present. >> well, the taliban leader has been trying to form a taliban that is more palatable to the afghan population. in practice, what we have seen is 80% according to estimates that the casualties are caused by the taliban, so what we are still seeing is a brittle, were present taliban, not the one i think nato and the afghan government hopes it exist >> -- hopes it exists. >> what about the future? >> i do not see any indication the taliban is interested in settling. if you look at the time horizon, they believe that they are
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withdrawing. why do this now if you can live and fight another day? >> is there a possibility that talks can resume? we have been hearing about all parties involved in the government. what are the conditions needed for this to happen? >> where you look at other places, you need a stalemate and one that looks like it will stay as a stalemate for a sustainable period of time. intelligence reports indicate that the situation is probably something like a stalemate right now, but with the withdrawal of nato forces, from the taliban perspective, it is losing its most significant enemy, so i think that more than 50% of the insurgencies and with them winning on the battlefield. i think the taliban is likely to conclude that that is the best case right now. >> these attacks on nato troops,
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why is that happening? >> it is true. they have increased. this happens because of infiltration by insurgents, based on cooperation as they have army forces and flip them, or they in personage. they put on uniforms and kill. the big concerns are the top two. they are infiltrated more, or they are better cater to coopt individuals within. and that is a deep-seated concern. i think that means, what are the vetting process is, how well the ministry is able to improve those. >> and very briefly, yes or no, is there an argument to be made for staying longer?
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>> i think the argument for staying in longer deals with the threats to the homelands. do we see terrorist attacks there. >> thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you. >> and in more news related to afghanistan, six u.s. army soldiers and three marines have escaped problems. the incident became public earlier this year. they burned up to 100 korans, an act that triggered riots and strained relations. they say they were disciplined. now, to tropical storm isaac, is currently churning over the gulf of mexico. it is an expected to turn into a
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category two hurricane. it has already battered parts of cuba and haiti, leaving at least nine people dead, and now, all eyes are on the gulf coast, where seven years ago, katrina ripped a path of destruction. at the republican national convention in tampa, fla., our steve kingston joins us with the latest. >> yes, welcome. the republican convention. proceedings are being put back for 24 hours. i think the problem they will have is that all eyes in america will continue to be on isaac. as you said, president obama has declared a state of emergency in louisiana.
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the storm is now bearing down on the u.s. gulfcoast. this is the satellite image of isaac, now over the gulf of mexico. by the time it makes landfall, it is expected to be at hurricane strength. already, isaac has pounded the florida keys, causing power cuts. they are now bracing for a possible impact of unlikely storm surge. four gulf coast states have declared a state of emergency, and many have been told to leave their homes. >> this storm like every other storm is non-partisan. they are working hard to protect our families and our property. >> the coming storm has forced the evacuation of some refineries. this accounts for one-quarter of the production.
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in tampa, it has also left its mark at the republican convention. they are feeling the storm system here. bear in mind, we are only in the outer reaches of isaac, some 400 kilometers from the center of the storm. it is eventually going to take place there in the waterfront downtown area of tampa. openingonvention's gavel sounded this afternoon, and the proceedings immediately adjourned. they will begin on tuesday, one day later than scheduled. but the tension may well be elsewhere. seven years ago, katrina. now, once again, the city is in the hurricane warnings none. and we just had the latest bulletin from the national weather service. they say that isaac is about 108
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kilometers per hour. the storm system could become a hurricane as early as tonight. >> steve, this was supposed to be mitt romney's moment of triumph, the point where he was officially the nominee for the republican national candidate, and now, all eyes are on the weather. it is certainly a challenge. >> at one time, he was one point ahead of barack obama. and now, he is dealing with something completely unpredictable. the town may be modulated down a little bit, not too much fanfare if there really is going to be a hurricane hitting just off the coast, so it is a challenge of the mitt romney message in terms of how he deals with it. do not forget, it is a huge
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challenge, too, for barack obama. there was the devastation on the city of new orleans and on the reputation of george w. bush, as his administration was seen to have responded slowly and incompetently. barack obama will want to look competent and presidential with all of this happening just over two months before going before the electorate. >> what about the convention still. >> they are asking what he stands for after so many policy
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flips, and there is a suggestion that americans do not really like mitt romney. there will be a speech thursday night. >> steve kingston in florida. in other news, a leap -- media in latin america are reporting that there is an agreement to begin peace talks with the farc, and there was an agreement in havana to begin talks in october. they had said they wanted to start peace negotiations. riots have broken out in mombasa after a clerk was shot dead. he was suspected of being a key recruiter for canyons fighting in somalia. it is unknown who shot him, but he is on a list for financing and militant islamic group of al-shabaab. and 34 people at a mining complex were shot dead by police
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earlier this month. a breakaway mining union has reportedly threatened workers as they returned to work after a morning period -- a mourning period for killed comrades. >> mine workers opted to stay away after their colleagues were killed by police during protests. there was the intimidation of some workers. the vast majority of people we have spoken to are holding the line until their pay demands are met. meanwhile, supporters of more than 250 mineworkers were arrested during the protest.
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>> this is just a couple a hundred meters from here. this is very much a symbol of wider discontent around south africa. it is just 13% of the work force having turned up. the talks have been continuing behind closed doors. as the miners contemplate another day without any pay, there is a real sense of disappointment here, a disappointment that the ruling party, which 18 years ago promised to improve the lives of all south africans, has somehow become disconnected. karen allen, bbc news, at the south african mine. >> and in sardinia, dozens of miners have barricaded themselves to prevent it from being shut down. they say they have taken with them hundreds of kilometers --
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hundreds of kilograms of materials. you are watching "bbc world news america." coming up, and arctic ocean without any ice. we are telling you why soon, that could be it a reality. and some saw the value plummet after a u.s. jury decided that the south korean giant samsung copied from apple. we have all of the details. >> it was, said analysts, the biggest day in up to four years. south korean traders are only now seeing the impact of friday's ruling in california, a resounding verdict in favor of the main samsung rival, apple. >> i think it will take awhile for the stock price to absorb the information. however, a lot of the investors
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i have talked to over the past couple of weeks talked about this. >> a jury ruled that samsung had infringed half a dozen patents held by apple, largely due to appearance and design. there was a case that said that apple had breached its patents in return. samsung was ordered to pay $1 billion in damages, nothing that will cripple the giant company, which allegedly made several billions of dollars last quarter alone. this could mean samsung products will be pulled from american shelves. with the u.s. such a key battleground in the lucrative smartphone market, that would be a major blow. >> i want to take a picture. >> and it is possible that
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tousle could now take on their most recent samsung mobile offering, the galaxy s3. they are already seeking to overturn the ruling. it is not only on the market for red this can have an impact. bbc news. >> more ice has melted in the and arctic since record-keeping began more than 30 years ago. the cause is believed to be greenhouse gases, but it could also be a controversial opportunity for oil and gas exploration. here is our correspondent. >> every bit of ice that melts
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allows the sun to heat to the dark ocean beneath it. this fluctuates from year to year. this year, the ice will be the smallest yet. >> in recent years, we have seen the shrinkage. this is getting smaller and smaller. >> in a recent paper, it says that 30% of it is due to a natural cycle happening every 65 to 80 years.
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this affects our cars, our homes, and our factories. some believe that this is only a matter of time. some facts and things like shipping. they hope to exploit the arctic mineral sources, too, and there is frozen ground crumbling. much more important, the ocean currents we rely on could be disrupted. this could be released. this could affect the world even more.
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bbc news. >> for those who thrive on sunshine but cannot stand cramped places, they are busy connecting places underground. for years, his firm has been among the ranks of those toiling beneath new york city. recently, he spoke about his work and took us into the house. >> you are a good worker. you like to work in comfortable conditions, and these are all going to lead to a substation underneath the central station.
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no man on the totem pole. you will come to the house where we are now, and we will hope that someone does not show up today. and you are going to go and work the hardest that you can, because you are going to prove it yourself. it is called a gang. there is a foreman. they are at the bottom.
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we make jokes, and there are all sorts of jokes. from the amount of footage we get per day. guess what? we are going to do that. there have been some close calls. but, do you know what? it comes with the job. they hook up every 250 feet. this is bad, it needs to be evacuated. anything that they build is going to be around forever. riding on this train with my children and grandchildren. >> you would not get me down
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there for love nor money. he is talking about that. that brings today's show to a close. a reminder that you can find constant updates on our website. for all of us here at world news america, thank you for watching, and see you back here tomorrow. >> funding of this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, union bank, and shell. >> at shell, we believe the world needs a broader mix of energies. that's why we're supplying cleaner-burning natural gas to generate electricity. and it's also why, with our
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partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol, a biofuel made from renewable sugar cane. >> a minute, mom! >> let's broaden the world's energy mix. let's go. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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