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welcome to our viewers on public television. an operation by anti-terrorist police have left two dead. the federal prosecutor says the suspects were on the verge of committing a major terrorist attack. they opened fire on security forces. he said there was no evidence of a direct link to attacks in paris and that the raid was part of an investigation into extremists returning from syria. chris morris reports for us. >> just before 6:00 in the evening and a small belgian town -- in small belgian town, the shots and flames at the windows. look inside the building and you can see a police officer opening fire.
they say they had intelligence of an eminent attack. the suspect has recently returned from fighting and they fired back. local people could hardly believe what happened. >> i saw a police car and heard explosions followed by gunshots. at first, i thought it was firecrackers. >> a huge security operation in action. though were 10 simultaneous raids across the country. it all happened very quickly. >> the group was about to commit terror attacks in belgium and the search warrants were served as suspects a be the open fire. the opened fire several minutes
before being neutralized. >> a dramatic and unexpected night. the authority has always been worried by the number of jihadists in iraq and syria. tonight, they acted against it before it was too late. >> prosecutors believe they were planning terrorist attacks on a grand scale. security has been tightened across the country. the intelligence teams get to work and look for clues about what could happen next. more tonight in brussels. again, targeting the jihadists. and, more questions about how to deal with the growing threat. >> i got the latest a short time ago. what can you tell us about this? >> it was certainly unexpected.
apparently, they were members of the special forces and the difference between here and some in brussels is that the suspects fired back. the police say they came out shooting and were quickly neutralized. the firefight went on for a minute or so. we have forensic teams and you can see it has been cordoned off and they will be searching for the targets and look for any clues they can find. at the moment, i think the raids are still ongoing and the authorities have stressed that all of the investigations have begun before the attacks in france last week. it may be that the it authorities say the attacks in france could prompt the suspects
here to excel or their plans. they suggest they want no direct connection. >> this will heighten tension, evening there was a connection with what happened in france. >> absolutely. the belgian authorities have been concerned for a long time and gone off to places like syria and returned home. it was the highest number of potential suspects in europe. we have a big antiterrorism trial that we will get verdicts for. the french authorities have been highlighting the need for much better court nation. the events of this evening -- this is a small town you the german border. the events of the evening
highlight the need for a flow of intelligence to be much more effective to be cutting out events like this happening. >> thank you. >> a dramatic day of raids. militants have been stepping up attacks. new satellite images provided by amnesty international show widespread destruction and thousands of them are destroyed. the nigerian government disputes the reports that people have been killed in recent days and say the figure is close to 250. >> they haven't called the other islamic state. they are gaining ground. after they seized, they turned
on the government for failing to find them. the grip on large parts of northern nigeria means that evidence of the recent tragedy is hard to contain. they attacked to remote towns. >> it comes from an infrared camera. the trees and vegetation show up red. the trees are almost all gone and most buildings come to the ground. the town a mile away with 600 buildings razed to the ground. we do not know how many people were murdered. >> we are out and seeing it
coming into the town. they were way overpowered. if he had left his life savings the whole was -- it seemed to him to be a total massacre. >> goodluck jonathan visited the region for the first time in many months. powerful voices are urging him to do more. >> the support of international partners should do whatever it can. it is not easy. it can be done. >> there is an election and pressure for action has been growing. james robbins, bbc news.
>> for more of the attacks a short time ago, i spoke to amnesty international. >> amnesty released satellite images of the destruction. how much more do we know? >> it is higher than the government response. it would be hard to see people going back until they felt self or -- felt safer. there is a problem in the nigerian government response. the people are at risk and are being killed. it is not seem to be a real effective plan of action. qwest we saw the president goodluck jonathan, making a surprise visit. the government is still saying that something went 150 people in the report had quoted
witnesses -- in the report. we" in witnesses who said it was more. >> it is difficult to get numbers until you can get into the facility. the satellite images highlight that there is 7000 structures or homes destroyed. that suggests a large number of people having bed forced to leave and there are about 5000 people who went to chad. and then, this reports from people who survived. they talked about bodies everywhere. so, there is clearly a massive slaughter and certainly a war crime. until we see effective action these will repeat incidents. >> there were reports over the
weekend and this week of them sending young girls into marketplaces. we cannot verify this. what are you making of the reports? >> until we confirm the girl who was the bomber in the attack, it would be hard to confirm this is a young girl who was turned. the past five years have always targeted women and girls and they have almost been a primary target. government has not responded in that way that would suggest that women and girls are less important. that is not the case and should not be. >> thank you for coming in. >> 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes.
that is the punishment he received for criticizing the government and he is due to get the second round of public flogging. the wife compares the punishment to -- >> the website was about speaking out. now, he has been silenced. the blogger is accused of insulting islam. his family believes this is the 31 being flawed -- the 31-year-old being flogged. more of the same for the next weeks. his liberal website covered religion, politics, free speech, marked clerics, and praise secularism. his wife and children are calling on governments across
the world to demand his release. >> he is a peaceful and respectable man in everything he says and writes. there's nothing to prove he has insulted religion or attacks the government. why should he take such penalties but he does not deserve? >> she points to the irony that officials joined world leaders in marching for free speech in paris last week. >> saudi arabia took part of the rally -- in the rally. i cannot find the words to describe how i feel. how could it not be considered an act of terror. >> a commissioner of the human rights appealed to the king and those who know the kingdom say it will be hard to stop. >> it is barbaric. it is part of saudi arabia and
there are many punishments we have given up. that is the legal system that enjoys popular support. >> david cameron says the government does not support this. supporters want britain to do more and do not want the government to put trade before human rights. >> we want to make it clear that it is unacceptable. i want to make the clear face to face protests outside the embassy. she will be that she will be -- he will be flogged tomorrow and again and again. >> david cameron arrived with
the global economy on top of the items in the agenda. if you have been following the coverage of the ebola crisis, you will see pictures of health workers dressed head to tell and protected suits. the gowns, masks, and gloves are vital. it takes time to put it all on. the global health correspondent has been finding out. >> he suggested i try some on for myself. >> basically -- >> ok. obviously, i am not going in. i'm going to sit in this for 10-15 minutes to get a sense of what it is like.
it took 5-10 minutes to get in and i am on a sweating buckets. to be in here for an hour at a time is quite difficult to imagine. ok. we had a walk around. >> 15 minutes. >> i feel out of breath. i am drenched inside of here. i feel quite tired. we have not done very much. if you are claustrophobic, you could not do this. the instinct is to rip this off. you cannot do this. we are nowhere near the red zone. if we had, we would go through disinfecting. 10 more minutes of standing in this. >> then, you have to take this.
>> look at this. ♪ >> the british prime minister is in washington today with the economy on the agenda. it is a topic that the minister and obama addressed when he met the image -- international monetary fund. it is not enough. headwinds facing the global economy. >> it is not a chair to deep-seated weaknesses. too many countries are way down. the financial crisis, high debt and unemployment. >> switzerland shocked global
markets by abandoning the currency ceiling and it sends the swiss franc skyrocketing. i spoke to the chief economic advisor for alliancez. >> let's start with a move that took markets by surprise. >> it was a huge move. it is not often you see a 40% move in a currency and a 10% move in the stock market in mature economies. a shock to the world. this is indicative of two things. people expect more and they are positioning themselves ahead of the. it is becoming tricky -- ahead of that. it is becoming tricky to navigate. it also speaks to central banks no longer delivering stability
and it gets harder for central banks to repress market volatility. therefore, markets get more volatile and you get more concerns about the health of the global economy. >> that is what christine lagarde was pointing to. we keep hearing that the american economy is doing well and the mood is good. are americans too quick to start celebrating the recovery? >> they should be celebrating the jobs created last year and the unemployment rate down. the budget deficit is below 3% and there is a prospect of growth. there is a lot to celebrate. they are not an island. it does matter what happens in the rest of the world and the market volatility underpins the gross strategy. they should celebrate what happened and be very careful to
make sure they do not get to railed by what is happening in the rest of the world. >> david cameron and barack obama wrote in op-ed in the times of london that talked about promoting growth. are they doing the right thing? >> they are trying. we have over light on central banks and central banks cannot deliver what we need. better growth and a balance of demand and removing excessive indebtedness. we need more. in the case of the united states, obama's hands are tied by congress and it is difficult to get anything done in capitol hill. >> it gets here and david cameron is here because he expects reelection and how are his economic outlooks heading into the election?
>> christine lagarde said that the u.s. and u.k. are exceptions to the otherwise worrisome global economic outlook. so, i can see why cameron would like to associate himself with the united states. it stresses that the countries are decoupling in a divergent world. the united kingdom is more exposed to what happened in europe than the u.s. and it is important that it keeps pressing forward and it is about structural reforms to be lamented in the united kingdom. >> thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> it is known as the biggest night and we found out who is and is not up for the oscars. grand budapest hotel has a nomination. the bbc points out that it is a bumpy year for the brits. the imitation game and the
theory of everything are in the awards. >> who are you? >> the new lobby boy. >> never heard of you. who hired you? >> mr. mo. >> quirky american comedies lead the way with nine nominations. wes anderson's grand budapest hotel and bird man. >> can i talk to you? >> competing are two british films. the imitation game and benedict cumberbatch gets an oscar nod. >> a digital computer. >> a digital computer?
>> the theory of everything starring jones. they were shortlisted and delighted with the news. >> and manager said he was standing there with a calf any -- cacaphony of voices. >> both are based on true stories. as have been four of the last five winners of the particular academy award. there seems to be a trend around recognizing nonfiction storytellers. it plays into the hands of british act or's an old theaters like this. >> i came because i had this whole speech. >> they learn that acting is not about being a star. it is about embodying a character. >> british actors have the
ability to transform and they are starting from inside and working out the layering, putting on a character. i think american training encourages you to build a character towards yourself. >> who are you? >> pike was an actor to receive a nomination. meryl streep was on the shortlist for the 19th time. she will be up against patricia arquette. she is dominated for boyhood. many feel it will win best picture. >> i loved boyhood and grand budapest hotel. i will be rooting for the brits. that brings the show to the close. you can get everything about the breaking raid and the suspects
that have been killed on our website. stay with us on bbc world news america. thank you for watching. we'll see tomorrow. >> makes sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of the presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. the newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation. and, mufg. >> it is a global truth that we can do more when we work together. at mufg, the banking
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