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>> this is bbc "world news america." >> 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 hong kong tourism board. >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spot? i'll show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll. it is the perfect, stunning backdrop for making romantic moments utterly unforgettable.
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i've lived in this city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it time and again. >> and now, bbc "world news america." >> this is bbc "world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. everyone escaped from the tian plane that was hijacked and diverted to cyprus. a man got on board wearing a fake suicide vest. >> it is not a total security environment. katty: after five years of civil war there is not much left of the syrian city of aleppo. for this family, it is a search for any shred of normality. key roleen played a
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flying for america during the second world war. buried't they be alongside heroes at arlington national cemetery? ♪ katty: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. in a world of political insecurity, the trauma that played out on the tarmac of a cyprus airport was personal. a man hijacked a passenger airplane in egypt claiming he had explosives strapped to his waist. everyone got out unharmed and the man surrendered. it seemed that he wanted to talk to his ex-wife. thisspondent: egyptair and 181 should have been a short domestic flight. secret security forces instead dealt with a hijacker
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threatening to blow himself up. this picture appears to show him wearing a suicide belt. the explosives turned out to be fake. early on, most people were relieved, leaving the airplane in an orderly fashion. on board the airplane and was surprised that the crew took away our passports. after a while we realized the altitude was getting higher. at first the crew said there was a problem with the airplane. only later we knew it was being hijacked. >> eventually, even those trapped in the cockpit escaped. andhijacker emerged surrendered to authorities. he has been named. his motive is thought to have been personal. as the airplane remains on the tarmac, inevitably questions are being asked about security.
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after a deadly attack last year, egypt was criticized for its airport controls. this appears to have been caused by a passenger who only pretended to have a weapon. the is believed to show hijacker undergoing routine checks at alexandria airport. his bag, which contained the components to the fakes suicide belts, went through an x-ray machine. some scenarios will always be hard to plan for. to look atds us aviation security holistically. there are phone or abilities. it is not a total security environment. abilities.e one or it is not a total security .nvironment -- vulnerabilities it is not a total security environment. correspondent: once again a egyptian prime minister is giving assurances his country is safe. -- we conduct
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strict and accurate measures on our seaports and airports. i hope all will go well with continuous follow-up work and developments with new equipment. correspondent: tonight, this aircraft flew in to take travelers back to egypt. while no one was harmed in the hostage situation, it could have a negative effect on the tourism industry, making holidaymakers jerry. -- jittery. katty: there are aspects of this story which are almost comical. we should not forget someone was able to hijack an airplane. how seriously do you take it? to be taken has seriously. you are placing an airliner in jeopardy whether or not a potential hijacker is armed as they say they are or not. katty: before we get onto what
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this tells us about egyptian security, how did the crew behaved in the circumstances? >> i think the crew behaved in an exemplary fashion. they did everything they had to do. longlight crew proceeded a protocol and safely deliver the airliner into cyprus. cabin crew attempted to maintain control of the situation. to seemingly comply with the hijackers demands. diffuse him to the fact he was not as excitable as initially reported. katty: five months after russian up afterwas blown taking off from an egyptian airport we could this breach of security. it was not a real suicide belt, but it suggests that egyptian security at airports is not what it should the. -- should be.
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>> it reflects that the security at the port city was not what it should of been. the bomb was successfully placed on the russian airliner and we lost the aircraft and all hands. it is self-evident that security is not as effective as it needs to be. in this particular case, however, the individual did not have any weapons. based on the security screening and the videotape, it seems that they did an adequate or exemplary job of screening this passenger. they: the fact that managed to have what looked like a suicide belt with wires -- isn't that concerning? >> it is very concerning. how did that get through? he was frisked. it seems that the screener spent time examining his midsection. why that occurred -- we need to understand better why
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interviewing the screener, reviewing the protocols, and making changes as need be. youy: anthony roman, thank for joining me. donald trump is standing by his campaign manager after florida police charged him with simple battery. of intentionally grabbing a journalist and bruising her arm at a trump rally this month. he says that he is innocent. trump has given one of the most spectacular press conferences. what did he have to say? it was a news conference conducted on his private jet white leatherest
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armchairs you have ever seen in your life around him at the board table. he is saying it is a gross miscarriage of justice. this woman changed her story when pictures were revealed. that corey lewandowski had done nothing wrong. this woman was questioning him. she should not have been. it was not the right time to ask questions. she was pulled away by mr. corey lewandowski. he has been charged with simple battery. this comes against the backdrop where you have accusations that the language donald trump uses is violent. that you have seen violence at his rallies. you have ted cruz talking about a culture of abuse within the trump camp. donald trump tweeting that if you look at the pictures there is nothing there. more formally, the trump
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campaign said he will enter a plea of not guilty, and looks forward to his day in court. all of which brings us to the question, will this do the trump campaign harm? nothing else has, why should this? katty: if nothing else, mr. trump and dominates the news cycle once again. the syrian army's recent successes will accelerate a t in thel acceleran country according to bashar al-assad. ian pannell has been covering this conflict from the beginning and has this report. you may find some of the images disturbing. night in cold winters 2012 we crossed into syria. we saw a popular uprising that would eventually turn into war. a movement built on the
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cause for democracy and dignity. fueled by decades of fear and brutal oppression. assad regime responded with an iron fist. p is for protesters were killed. the bloodshed had begun. those who called her changes took up arms. weapons were smuggled in as the new rebel force emerged. by the summer of 2012, the revolution had become the civil war. we saw street battles rage as the death toll rose. fire and under pressure, the regime unleashed ever greater firepower.
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civilians in syria pleaded for foreign help for years. terrible crimes against humanity have been committed. there have also been heroes. those who have risked everything to help others. above all, the medics of syria. we met the doctor and a frontline hospital in aleppo. the surgeon who had been tortured by the regime was doing his job.
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it did not stop him. he was working around the clock to help the influx of casualties. the hospital became home to his family. witnessed the horrors of this war. this is where their childhood came. now say from the war, living in well.y, they are far from the sounds and screams of aleppo hot them in their dreams. the children talk of severed limbs and death. >> does it feel like you are just surviving rather than living? >> it is important for me now
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,hat the children must learn .ust educate, and must leave far from bombing. far from syria. they need to live normal lives. like many refugees, he might be here, but his heart isn't. left of his home today. aleppo i've years after the revolution began. syria's largest city and whole districts abandoned. perhaps the cease-fire will hold, but no one will forget what has happened, and many will not forgive. ian pannell, bbc news. katty: you are watching bbc "world news america."
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the legal feud between the fbi and apple over accessing an iphone is over for now. the issues. more then 200 people have been detained in the pakistan current the armynce after chief ordered a counterterrorism offensive across the region two days after a suicide bomber killed more than 70 people in lahore. it is being led by paramilitary troops. ammunition has been recovered in the raids. correspondent: this park was haded full of people who come out to celebrate easter and spend the day with their families. now, it feels like a ghost town. everywhere around me are signs of the carnage that took place. blood.ains of holes of abandoned shoes, broken glass.
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course, the destroyed food stands where parents would have bought snacks for their children . this, of course, is the site of a massacre. areas of the park cap then cordoned off. around the park, people have come with flowers and messages of solidarity. whereere are the rides children were playing when the suicide bomber decimated explosives, causing one of the worst attacks lahore has seen. pakistan is in shock and mo authorities the have vowed to go after the militants. the army is taking the lead on security operations. they have announced hundreds of arrests and raids not only here, but across pakistan. fear is whether soft targets like this one could be hit again.
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if the security forces are able to prevent that from happening. pakistanis will be watching anxiously to see if the military and political leadership can keep security under control. ♪ katty: the legal standoff between the fbi and apple has ended for now. the fbi wanted the technology giant to unblock a phone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. apple resisted. it was about to go to court. they withdrew saying that they could access the data anyway. attack that left 14 people dead and sparked a conflict between the u.s. government and america's wealthiest technology business. the fbi wanted to know if the san bernardino killers had collaborated with others and
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demanded apple help them crack password of sayed farook. now the fbi says someone else helped them get access to the phone and the court case has been dropped. >> it is over for them right now. the broader issue is not over. the government and law enforcement will want access to phones and tech companies will back. -- will fight back. >> apple said creating a back door would set a dangerous precedent. thistatement went on that case should never have been brought. the fbi wanted apple to write software to stop the iphone from deleting its data if too many failed attempts were made to crack the passcode. someone else helped get past the phone. apple does not know how that was done. they cannot be sure that
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hundreds of millions of iphone customers are safe from a similar attack. claims iti newspaper was a tel aviv firm which helped the fbi. it has already developed software to crack the code to older iphones. the company refused to comment. apple upgrades its software when it discovers holes in its defenses. one security expert said this time it is working in the dark. in an ironic position where the fbi know about a letter ability -- a vulnerability in the iphone that apple doesn't known. they have not been cooperating. if apple doesn't know about this problem and what the fix needs to be, they cannot fix it for their customers. >> as they try to make the customers more secure, apple is in an arms race with hackers probing their defenses.
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this time it is the u.s. government that is ahead in that race. katty: a short time ago i spoke with the editor of cnet. ok, the government is not saying who did it or how. what is your speculation? >> there are a lot of theories that have given rise to dark humor in the tech community where we joked that it is shocking that apple is being more forthcoming than the government. a company may have physically opened the phone and gotten access to the information. figured out a way to make a clone so you could use up your chances of guessing the password and restore the clone copy. hence you get unlimited bites of the apple. this mean that apple and customers suspect the government can hack into any phone it once?
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>> this was an older fund with an older version of the operating system. the workaround may not work on newer phones. the next time the government could have a serious problem. they say this is a newer found. more robust encryption. now, we really do need your help, apple. katty: security versus privacy, how did apple come out of this particular encounter with the fbi? >> a lot of people in the government who are on the personal vivus seat side, the digital rights side, came out in favor of apple versus the government. a lot of the presidential candidates came out on the government side. before court the fbi withdrew their application. it is impossible to say what will happen next. we know there will be a future request. it is impossible that there won't be. katty: apple could say we stood up for our customers and refused to give the fbi would they were
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asking for. >> it is a case of people finding new ways into devices. whether it is the government, hackers, or hobbyists here and you can never say that a system is totally uncrackable or any .ncryption is completely secure we will continue to have a back and forth. katty: doesn't make a difference to apple consumers? if you are bound to by an iphone or upgrade, do you think there will be consumers who will say to themselves, apple being in tussle with the fbi, i will buy a samsung instead. >> for the average consumer this is a the 10,000 foot level chariot most people do not care about encrypted data. they are more likely to be hacked through social hacking, being tricked to giving
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away a password. nationallington cemetery is where presidents, military personnel, and national heroes are varied. the fight is underway to have the women air force pilots added to the list. one of them died last april. her granddaughter is pushing for them to gain the recognition many believe that they deserve. >> alayna is a trailblazer for women. she always had a flag flying on her house. college, shein saw an advertisement to learn how to fly. she had aar started, unique opportunity to fly for the women air force service pilots. inrandmother wanted to be arlington cemetery after she
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passed away. she thought it was important for the group of the wasps to have representation. after world war ii they were pretty much forgotten for over 30 years. sometime in june my mom received a phone call explaining the application had been denied. did not grant7 them benefits to be in arlington. , along with my sisters and cousin, to start a petition on people started contacting us and following the story. foundentative nick scally our story and said she was going to introduce legislation to amend the law. the pentagon is opening all positions to women in the military that they are qualified for, they are closing the doors to the pioneers that made that
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happen. that is a cruel hypocrisy and contradiction. arlington is special because we know that is where the men and women who served our country by. the wasps were critical to the war effort. at the same time they inspired a group of women to be pilots. i think it is respect for the job that they did, and it is an equal participation. passed thee bill house, we have to wait for the senate to pass the bill. i think that my grandmother would be very proud of what we have done. not necessarily for her, but for the wasps as a whole. to be recognized and to see their contributions were meaningful and they should be honored at arlington national cemetery. katty: in the year 2016, it is
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past time that the women who flew for america are recognized just as the men were. i am katty kay for bbc "world news america." thank you for watching. tune in tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at >> 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 hong kong tourism board. >> want to know hong kong's most romantic spot? i'll show you. i love heading to repulse bay for an evening stroll.
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it is the perfect, stunning backdrop for making romantic moments utterly unforgettable. i've lived in this city for years, but hong kong still makes me fall in love with it time and again. >> bbc "world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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