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♪ jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. in a surprise visit, syria's president has showed up in moscow to be with vladimir putin. rush'ss just weeks after launched -- after russia's launched an air campaign in syria, criticized for targeting groups other than the islamic state. >> vladimir putin enjoys pulling political surprises. he has done it again. visit to al-assad's moscow was kept secret until the syrian leader had come and gone. it is believed to be the first time president al-assad has gone
abroad since the start of the syrian conflict in 2011. the leader of the kremlin said thank you for coming. "thank president said you, russia, for helping. " is what he iser saying thank you for. three weeks of russian airstrikes have made it possible for the syrian army to launch an offensive. russia maintains that they are bombing terrorists. the west accuses russia of targeting opponents of president assad. this was a brief encounter. his visit was over almost before it begin. the message from the grill into the west was clear. russia is a key player in the middle east. to thean be no solution syrian conflict without russia's help. president assad probably did not sad t-shirtspport as
with images of russian airstrikes. most russians support the bombing campaign, that is partly because of the way it is being reported. ♪ >> this is the war in syria. a russian lens. these remarkable russian tv images appear to show the syrian army trying to retake a district in damascus. and roll.rally, rock it makes what is happening in syria look like a hollywood blockbuster rather than a real war. it is easier to support a war that doesn't seem real. a tv war far from pressure's borders. abc news, moscow. -- bbc news, moscow. jane: i spoke with the former state department official that bridge, massachusetts.
ambassador burns, thank you for joining me. this was obviously a high-profile meeting. ambassador burns: he convened this meeting in moscow. president assad had not traveled since 2011. president clinton had 2 messages. he would back president assad, and would work with others to prop up the syrian government and extend its area of influence around damascus and on the mediterranean coast, all the way to aleppo. trying to make sure that he survives and expands his power. then putin said that he would be open to political negotiations, not for a transition, but a broader-based government dominated by president of. president putin is the leading
dynamic figure outside of syria in terms of his impact on syria. jane: we are does this leave the u.s.? this flies in the face of everything the administration has been calling for. ambassador burns: it does. from an objective point of view, it leaves the united states in a difficult position. there is no question the intensification of the russian bombing campaign, the fact that the hezbollah and iran has coalesced support on the ground, the syrian government will see refugees.lties, more the civil war will intensify instead of diminished. that is a shame and crime, because the syrian people -- 12 million homeless out of 24 million. it poses a challenge to american credibility and leadership in this part of the world. the soviets have not been a force in syria since the early
1970's. suddenly they are outpacing the united states. obama administration, and i respect how difficult this is, many difficult options the president has -- he has been clear about what we won't do, but not what we will do. veryis making turkey nervous. they're not sure where the united states is headed. jane: does this mean he will have to work with russia? does it mean the u.s. will have to accept that perhaps president of solid is there to stay in the short term at least? ambassador burns: i think the united states would like to see the defeat of isis, a transition government to a more representative government, and the civil war to end. that may take years. if that is the case, we will have to work with russia on new negotiations, and they may begin as early as friday when john kerry sits down with the russian ineign minister and others
europe, and that is to create a political movement toward the negotiation that would effectively talk about how the war might end. that, the united states coalition, including turkey and the arab states, will have to do a better more vigorous job of striking the islamic state on the air and supporting the syrian kurds on the ground. with theean that united states, with their doing militarily, will be operating in a way in cross purposes with what the russians are doing. jane: thank you very much for joining me. ambassador burns: thank you very much. the conflict in syria has contributed to a migrant crisis, which shows no signs of slowing, even as winter approaches. the number of people arriving on the greek island of lesbians has reached 7000 a day. total ofexpects the
october to exceed 200,000. a risk fores authorities. relocating and registering the migrants is facing collapse. >> if you thought the crisis was easing, look again. as one young man from syria abandons a boat his engines fail to reach a last effort safety, europe, and dry land. last two days, we have seen an endless stream of dinghies. thesands are pouring onto shores of this poor, greek island. exhausted, hungry, and relieved. the world's attention may have but the pressure has not. landedds of people have
in the last few days. there seems to be a sudden rush of people, partly because the weather is changing and the seas will rise. the opportunity to reach dry land in europe is starting to close. not the, it is reception they expected. people need documents to let them leave the island. as their numbers well, many are queuing for days. syrian, but there are iraqis and afghans who say they are also refugees. the demand is overwhelming as greece and the u.n. struggle to cope. astonishingly, this fight was over a bottle of water. without enough food, shelter, or help, this is tipping out of control. >> from the moment they arrive, even higher than september. we saw 160,000 people then.
in the last day we have had an average of 7000. 10,000 people on a small island with 80,000 inhabitants -- >> it is overwhelming. >> it is overwhelming for everyone. >> overwhelming, yes. and undignified. he is sick. -- she is sick. her medicine was lost at sea. she is outside a registration center with her grandson, begging to be allowed inside. they have also been waiting for days to get their papers. they are tired, exhausted, and angry. he criticizes the u.n., he says f -- it is as if they
do not exist. they're full of empty words. this crisis seems to grow as the authorities look close to losing control. out in aight breaks queue to get registered. are pulled back. they are replaced by volunteers, unable to deal with the crowd. what hope for those who seek refuge? news, lesbos.bc jane: a look at some of the other news. on the second day of president xi jinping's visit, a multibillion-dollar deal has been announced to build the u.k.'s first nuclear power station in a generation. china will hold one third of the stake in the southwest of england. they say the two sides discussed the global oversupply of steel, and reached an agreement on cyber spying.
hundreds of students clashed with police in south africa as they tried to storm the parliament in cape town. they fired rubber bullets and flash grenades. many universities have been closed after days of protests. offer was the rejected to cap the increases. benjamin netanyahu is facing criticism after suggesting that a palestinian leader persuaded hitler to carry out the holocaust. it showed that benjamin netanyahu hated palestinian so much he was willing to involve hitler, according to one. for months in the united states, the biggest guessing game has been whether vice president joe biden will jump into the presidential race. today he made it official,
saying the window has closed on a possible run. appearing with president obama at his side, biden vowed that although he is not running he will not stay silent. for more i spoke with anthony's irca. -- anthony zarqa. extraordinary stuff. he sounded disappointed it is clearly a job he wanted. why not? anthony: he ran out of time. his family went through a grieving process after the death of his son. now, when they were finally through it and feeling better and able to commit to a campaign there was not time. there was not time to raise money, build campaign infrastructure, and there were deadlines on getting on ballots. jane: hillary clinton is the democratic front-runner. what impact will this have on her campaign?
anthony: she must be breathing a deep sigh of relief. it has been a good couple of weeks for her. she had a good campaign performance last week. now the potential rival will not enter the race. he would've challenged her for the establishment race. she is in a good position for getting the democratic nomination. jane: what is going on with the speaker of the house? anthony: it is a thankless job, especially for a republican. they have to do with the democrats and members of their own party, who consider the leadership to be undermining the negotiations. that they are giving too much to barack obama. it has been a challenge. they thought they had someone to replace john baer, paul ryan the former vice president nominee. he said he will take it, but has a list of demands. he wants to spend more time with his family. he wants the entire republican behind to be
him, and they want him not to try to kick him out of office if he does something they don't like. jane: he wants a lot. any chance he will get it? anthony: probably not. there are people that are saying the requirement that he does not get voted out of office is a deal killer. it will be tough for him to pull through. john boehner has to stay in the job until they find a successor. anthony: he thought he was out the door, but they keep pulling him back in. jane: thank you, for joining us. you're watching "bbc world news america." we report from libya where 2 men being held in jail have been named as new suspects in a bombing. the cease-fire appears to be holding in eastern ukraine, but the war has written much of the infrastructure and rebel held areas. there's little chance of an
agreement between russia and ukraine over the future status of the territory. people are suffering. >> bespeaks of a hospital apart door,he sign above the but none of the windows in the building has glass. they have been blown out by the fighting. some of them are charged. this hospital was the only one until it closed. they have set up a temporary health clinic in the village church around the corner. it speaks to how the infrastructure in eastern ukraine has been crippled by the conflict. we see all kinds of people here. people with heart problems, lung problems. it is now winter and the buildings don't have heating. half the patients who come for surgery our children. we have not gotten any water. we can't wash our hands. we don't have anywhere to examine the patients.
>> this territory is not part of russia, although the authorities are backed by moscow. it has been cast off from the rest of ukraine. a lot of the people feel forgotten. a shell landed on my house. all the windows are blown out. my grandmother and father are both disabled. my mother left us. i have to support the family. life is hard. jane: people in eastern ukraine speaking to our correspondent there. you can see tom's report here it all of the background and analysis you need on the crisis and the rest of the news on the bbc website. take a look at us at bbc.com /news. ♪ jane: from the self-proclaimed government in the libyan capital
tripoli have indicated they will cooperate with new investigations into the bombing. 2 men who are in jail have been named as new suspects. john simpson has visited the prison where there being held. exist ofy few pictures feared -- is much he was sentenced to death for various crimes. the scottish and american beernment think they could behind the lockerbie bombing. this is where he and the other accused are being held. in tripoli. on can see the guard posts the roof. inrif is a powerful figure political life. he would not let us see the prisoners. this is the complex with their bill -- where they are being
held. he is not told them they were wanted by the scottish and u.s. governments. suppose those governments try to send investigators to question the 2 men. we will cooperate according to the protocol and agreement which exists between our countries, he says. agreements no longer apply. tripoli international airport is now a junkyard, destroyed by civil war. the international community does not recognize the tripoli government. it prefers the rival one in eastern libya. happened at the airport is a little like what is happening in libya. peace,psing economy, no and a lack of involvement by the outside world. yesterday was the deadline that the u.n. had set for the 2 rival government in libya to get together here he they?
of course they didn't. >> we consider ourselves to be the legal government says the justice minister. thery to cooperate with international community, but it does not want to deal with us. ago this week, colonel gadhafi died. people still turn out to celebrate. is a shattered country. scotland and the u.s. may have to choose between dealing with the government they don't recognize or waiting for peace to come. .hat could be a long wait john simpson, bbc news, tripoli. jane: by now you do not have to be a fan of "back to the future" to know this was the day michael j fox traveled to 30 years ago in the film series. social media has been counting down, and here is the moment the delorean took flight. marty, you have to come back
with me. "back to the future. at 4:29 p.m. on wednesday, october 21, 2015. ♪ jane: hover boards and other advances have not materialized, but filmmakers did get a lot right. how willrs from now, technology change our lives again? i went to the m.i.t. media lab in cambridge, massachusetts to find the answers. look into the crystal ball, and what might you see? flying furniture, robots that ways offeelings, or new communicating with each other and the world around us.
at m.i.t. media lab, all things are possible. it is music in a bottle. my reinvention is machine learning artificial intelligence that kenexa directly to my brain in a noninvasive way so i don't have to remember anything, calculate anything, and whenever i need to know anything it is there. but when i want to pursue a passion, and interest, it is always there as a supporting partner. jane: that is wonderful. phone,odbye to your cell laptop, and anything that keeps you connected, and try this instead. the professor thinks radical us to moveallow seamlessly between real and digital worlds. this is where the virtual and physical worlds meet. when i put my hands over the sensors they detect my physical presence.
they become virtual hands in that box where i can move these bricks and manipulate the red ball. i could just as easily be controlling objects thousands of miles away, in london, delhi, or beijing. tories --he board their 26 -- there are 26 laboratories. they are all working to make things better. >> have bionics. >> he lost his legs through frostbite. the technology that allows him to climb mountains again could help anybody perform better. firstently we were the research group in the world to build a wearable exoskeleton that actually augments walking for a person with normal physiology. jane: what about growing new body parts? when humans eventually go to mars a mic to be wearing an attractive set of organs,
including a fully functioning digestive system on the outside. like justngly believe like there was a digital revolution, the next revolution will be a biological one, where people can change the biological world around them or their own bodies in some fundamental new ways. jane: for those of us not planning galactic travel, this outfit created from bean bacteria control sweat. the gills open and close accordingly. the research team is working with a research company to make sports gear. if you look forward to the future or regard it with trepidation, the teams at m.i.t. media lab are bringing it closer to reality. that puts today's show firmly in the past. you can find more on all of the present news on our website.
to reach me and most of the bbc team, go to twitter. newsus.at @bbc thank you for watching, tune in tomorrow. ♪ >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by -- the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation -- giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation -- pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and sony pictures classics -- now presenting "truth." >> ladies and gentlemen dan , rather. [applause] >> what's our next move? >> i might have something for the election. >> the president may have gone awol? >> he never even showed up. >> parts of this file, they've tossed in the wastebasket. >> do you have these documents? >> tonight, we have new
information. >> these blogs are saying the memos can be recreated. >> they're going to start an investigation. >> this is bad. >> you've got to make your case. you have to fight. >> this isn't a trial. this is a hunt. >> they do not get to smack us just for asking the question! >> "truth." rated r. now playing in select cities. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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