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crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> and now, "bbc world news america." katty: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. omran is a five-year-old from syria -- this image of his shellshocked face has gone viral, but will it do anything to change the situation in his war-torn country? american swimmers are in hot water after brazilian authorities say their account of being robbed at the olympics in rio is not true. and donald trump isn't making life easy for the republicans running for election. we examine the trump effect in one congressional race.
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viewers onome to our public television in america and around the globe. his name is omran, and just five years old, his bloodied and dazed image has given a face to the war in syria. today the u.n. special envoy to the country angrily condemned all parties in the conflict. russia now says it will back a cease-fire in aleppo to allow aid in, but only for two days. the bbc's chief international correspondent lyse doucet has this report. lyse: another airstrike on a home in east aleppo. russian or syrian warplanes attacked this rebel held area almost every day now. this time, a little boy is rescued from the rubble. emergency teams rush him to an ambulance. then for a moment he sits in silence, in shock, on his own.
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we are told his name is omran. when you are only five years old, it is hard to grasp what is has woken you up in the middle of the night. this film provided by activist witheppo striking a chord the world grown weary of syria's plight. aleppo, syria's second city, has been at war since he was born. now it is the focus of intense fighting. a cease-fire for to allow aid to reach millions trapped by violence. a u.n. envoy known for his ncve has had enough. >> not one single convoy has reached any of the humanitarian besieged areas.
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within hours, russia's offer 48-hour truce in aleppo. , >> for the americans, they, too, should be saying yes to a humanitarian pause for aleppo for 48 hours. then i think omran's image would help at least to stop the carnage for the time being in aleppo. lyse: omran was treated last night by this doctor who tells us he has seen much worse. >> we need to tell the world about these thousands of stories , maybe more worse than that of omran. lyse: this is what omran's neighborhood looks like now. his friends recount in detail what happened last night. "i was close by," this little boy says. "i saw a flash.
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he was scared. we saw body parts, people being pulled out." later he vows, "we are staying in aleppo, we're not going to leave." today omran's plight symbolizes the suffering of syria. he has focused many minds for the moment. what syria needs is an end to a terribly tangled war is still -- and that is still nowhere insight. katty: lyse doucet reporting. we have all seen the images, we cannot say we didn't know. i spoke a short time ago with a u.s. state department spokesman. the russians say they are prepared to agree to a 48-hour cease-fire in aleppo. it looks as if it is russia calling the shots in syria. is that the case? >> i don't think i would characterize it that way at all, katty. let me talk about the cease-fire. we have seen the reports that they would welcome, and look, we would welcome even temporary
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cease-fire so the violence could be reduced. you have seen the video and imagery today of that young little syrian boy, victim of aleppo, stunned and bleeding and dirty. we need this violence to stop. even a temporary cease-fire would be welcome. but what we have got to do is get moving on a nationwide cessation of hostilities that could be enforceable. that is what secretary kerry has worked so hard with foreign minister lavrov to do. we have our teams talking and negotiating on a set of proposals to reach that and but we are not there yet. what we really need to see our concrete steps by the russians to move in that direction. katty: meanwhile, the only outside country that is doing anything in syria in concrete terms does seem to be the russians, launching strikes from iran and saying they will agree to a cease-fire in aleppo. i mean, there seems to be an absence of western powers with any clout in syria at the moment. >> i don't see it that way. the united states has been a leader of the support group from the very inception and inside the u.n. the secretary has
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engaged personally and consistently on syria. the united states leads the coalition against daesh, isil, if you will, inside syria. we are in the lead on diplomatic efforts to come to a political solution. katty: where are the diplomatic efforts leading at the moment? they don't seem to be going anywhere. >> well, that is what i am talking about. we have teams talking about teams,u.s.-russian trying to agree on a set of proposals and technical agreement that will allow the cessation of hostilities to be more enforceable. that is what has to happen first before the political talks between the regime and the opposition can resume. you talked about no external powers being involved aside from the united states and our active leadership on this. i want to point out the u.n., the special envoy who has is that it is his goal to resume the political talks by the end of august, but you cannot do that if people are still being bombed. you cannot do that if we
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continue to see images like what we saw today of the boy. katty: and he was so frustrated that he stormed out of the meeting after eight minutes because he couldn't get anything. you are a dad. you saw the picture of the boy, but whole world has seen it right now. he is only one of thousands suffering in aleppo. aren't you frustrated by the slow pace of action in syria, on a personal level? if not as a representative of your countries diplomacy? >> on both levels, as a representative of my country and as a father, on a personal level, absolutely we are frustrated. the secretary has talked openly about his frustration with the situation on the ground. this war has been going on five years and that little boy we are talking about is about five years old which means every day he has been alive he has known nothing but civil war and strife and conflict and hardship. that is just unacceptable. we are working on 2 fronts in syria, one against daesh and isil and diplomatically and politically to find the process
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there in syria that would lead to a government without bashar al-assad, one that can be responsive to the children and every syrian citizen. so, yes, the situation on the ground is extremely frustrating and that is why secretary has been so energetic and involved. he had a conversation with foreign minister lavrov in just the last hours and i suspect he will continue to stay very active and engaged in the days ahead. katty: let's hope the negotiations bear fruit a bit quicker than they have in the past. thanks very much for joining me. in california, they are continuing to tackle a massive land,re by air and by dousing it with water in hopes to stop the flames. the fire is less than 5% contained and thousands of homes in communities east of los angeles are under threat. reporter: midday in southern california, and the blue cut fire continues to rage out of control. ground is drive from
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five years of drought, it is baking hot, and the strong breeze is fanning the flames. conditions for firefighters could hardly be worse. >> what a big deal that is. reporter: there was some good news today. the main route between los angeles and las vegas is open again. it looks more like a journey across the surface of the moon. fires like this one are burning all up and down this mountain range, and firefighters are struggling to keep up. of course, it is one thing allowing them to burn in lands like this. the real concern is for life and property. town high in the san gabriel mountains, these are nervous moments. residents have been ordered to leave, but some are staying put. >> you see a lot of fire coming down the hill, and that worries me. we would like to see air support do something up there.
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you can hear equipment moving around but i hope they can get it before it gets too close. reporter: some houses and businesses have burned but there is no detail on how many hundreds of homes in the high desert are without power. this is far from the only wildfire causing problems in california. across the state, nearly 10,000 firefighters are tackling nine big blazes. it is an uphill battle. cook, bbc news, southern california. katty: authorities are urging people to get out and get out soon. there has been a series of attacks on turkish security forces in the east of the country. a car bomb tore through a police station, killing three people and injuring more than 200. hours later, at least three soldiers and a local security guard were killed in an attack on a military convoy. officials blamed pkk militantss. the online taxi service uber confirms it will start carrying passengers in self driving cars within the next two weeks.
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customers in the u.s. city of pittsburgh will be able to summon the self driving car using the uber app on their smart phone. uber has been testing the technology and they say the autonomous cars will have a human backup driver. china and myanmar have signed deals to build a strategic bridge near the border and into hospitals in the southeast asian country. aung san suu kyi, who holds several government posts including foreign minister, met the chinese premier in beijing. chinese state media says it sees her decision to visit china before the u.s. as a move that shows her pragmatism. now to the increasingly confusing story of what happened to 4 american swimmers who claim they were robbed at gunpoint in rio. brazilian authorities now say the athletes vandalize the gas station and the original accounts were false. dan rowan has more. greatestof the swimmers in history, ryan lochte in rio, butr medal
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the american is also embroiled in controversy could lochte and three teammates, gunnar bentz, jack conger, and jimmy fagan, were out celebrating successful games. later they claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint on the way home, but today, cctv footage emerged of the 4 at a petrol station, and police say the story was concocted to cover up a dispute over a damaged toilet. the swimmers seen here prevented from leaving by security guard. what this exact moment, the police say is that there was no robbery the way the athletes reported. in theory they could be charged with giving false testimony and vandalism. >> when were you guys robbed? reporter: the plot thickened. 2 of the swimmers were prevented from flying home, held up at rio airport and taken in for questioning. >> sometimes you make actions
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you regret. lochte is one of the best swimmers of all times. they had fun, they made a mistake, it is part of life, life goes on. dan: 85,000 military and police personnel have been deployed to make the games safe. after a series of security scares and with just three days to go, the authorities will now be hoping there are no more incidents. dan rowan, bbc news, rio. katty: for the latest on the controversy and the latest sporting action we go to chris mitchell in rio. chris, i would love to get your take on how this is playing in rio. it has been all over american cable television today. chris: well, i'm not surprised. , it wasn't long ago he had his own tv show in the united states. second to michael phelps with the best swimmer he has had with his 12 medals. one of the best swimmers in the world. in rio it is playing out as an
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image problem when it comes to violent crime, violent street crime. there are those who are very unhappy and want to see the full force of the law used against these swimmers, which can if you read the letter of the law, could mean six-month incarceration for these swimmers, six months in prison. now come that isn't going to happen as far as i can tell. there isn't the appetite for that. you could sense from dan rowan that the people in charge of the olympics want this brushed under the carpet and dealt with as soon as possible. but it is mightily embarrassing. the united states olympic committee has questions to ask -- what did they know and when did they know it? storyacked ryan lochte's in which of course has been rubbished by the police. there are those here who would like to see them punished, and it is worth noting that the judge is dealing with this case does still have the passports of 2 of those swimmers.
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they are not going anywhere, and the case is still being investigated. it is a damning indictment on what you could say and what the u.s. olympic committee and swimmers would say, they were on a night out and they got it wrong like young men often do. katty: right, which could all be very funny except, as you suggested, it casts a bad spotlight on the brazilian which is why they are furious. let's move on to athletics. bolt runsul -- usain again. how are his chances looking? chris: [laughter] you have to look at the odds, katty. if you took $25 from your trousers or pants and put it on usain bolt to win tonight, you would get 26 back. he is a favorite to win. he has been doing this since he started winning at the world juniors when he was 15 years old. it is his event more than the 100 meters is. anybody who can get close -- the
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guy he went with in the semifinals, they crossed the line laughing together. i think andre degrasse was laughing because he thought, wow, i managed to keep up with usain bolt. won't be like that tonight. hasn't been running this race this year because he has been dealing with his hamstring injury. but we know he hasn't got a problem with that because we saw it in the 100 meters and we saw him in the 200 meters of the anniversary games in london. if anyone beats him tonight, it will be a huge computer sporting shock -- huge, huge sporting shock. katty: and i will give you $25. chris mitchell, thanks very much as ever from rio. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, welcome to tracktown usa. where hometown, heroes are giving people a lot to cheer about during these olympic games. india'sone of
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best-known faces, star of numerous documentaries and one of the worlds most photographed animals. the bengal tiger who had her face on the postage stamp has died of natural causes in the northern state. she had as many as 11 cups and by all accounts was ferocious and him as for getting into fights. became one of the most famous tigers in the world. her face dominated document is, film, and even postage stamps get her name, machli, means fish because of the markings on her face, but she was also known as the lady of the lake and the queen, look for her grace, power, and sheer majesty. she was spotted here almost 20 years ago. she was young tigress then, but an ambitious one. she rolls over onto her back before fighting off her own mother.
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to take control of a prized piece of territory. she soon proved an excellent mother herself. cubs in all, some public by the biggest and most powerful mail around. ound.le ar she guarded them fiercely, shielding them from predators and other male tigers. this was one of her most extraordinary battles, with an adult talk about more than 40 meters long. they were competing for the prey among the waterline and she proved herself the stronger of the two. in her final days she was clearly failing. her she had gone. -- her teeth had gone. she no longer have the strength to defend her territory to many expressed dismay at the news of her death. one said simply "there will not never be another tiger like you."
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katty: donald trump is back on the campaign trail today after shaking up his campaign team yesterday. he is in the battleground state of north carolina, one of many where recent polls show him trailing hillary clinton. his struggles have raised questions about what is known here as down-ticket races, the local contests that are so vital for winning control of congress. we go to virginia's 10th district outside washington with this report. >> my name is olivia. i'm calling with the democratic party of virginia -- reporter: the summer task for these volunteers, do whatever you can to unseat republicans. >> she is running for congress against representative barbara comstock. reporter: they are phone banking for the candidate, democrat luann bennett. but history is against them. the republicans have held a virginia's 10th district since 1980. this time there is one factor they think could help beat
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the cit sitting congresswoman. >> barbara comstock hopes you won't notice but she and donald trump are closer than you think. reporter: donald trump is a polarizing candidate and the strategy here is to win over republicans and independents who don't buy into his vision. >> donald trump is not popular in the 10th district. in the republican primaries he came in third. our republican community is a pro-business, moderate, more establishment republican base. so he does not play well, and i think that could have an impact on the race. reporter: barbara comstock is hoping to repeat her victory of 2014. back then even donald trump donated to her campaign. but earlier this year she gave the money to charity and has yet to endorse him, even though they are on the same party ticket. how many of you are supporting donald trump? that's all of you. these local republicans mind that their congressional candidate doesn't.
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>> the relationship between barbara comstock and donald trump personally, what have you, is quite frankly, immaterial. >> he is a great candidate and we need every republican to be elected. i've always supported the ticket of the down and i expect that barbara will as well. >> barbara is doing what a lot of the voters are doing, supporting the principles but still making up their minds. reporter: the party faithful might be backing donald trump here, but the very fact that the republican congressional candidate has refused so far to publicly endorse him is a sign of how much work he has still got to do here. >> he is a controversial figure and i'm not sure he represents the values of the party. >> i have voted republican for many, many years. this is the first time in a long time i've thought seriously about not voting republican. reporter: the latest polls put hillary clinton ahead in virginia.
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if donald trump wants the white house, he needs to win here, whether or not the congressional candidate are behind him. katty: donald trump is not making life easy for a lot of republicans hoping to get reelected. returning to the games in rio, where one athlete who wants the gold tonight is american ashton eaton, the defending champion in the decathlon. rio, he has ties to the state of oregon, where running is very popular. we went to the place where many got their start. appropriately named tracktown usa. >> i think it is possible that the state of oregon did more this year to touch worldwide olympians in their preparations for the olympic games than perhaps any other region in the world.
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>> our history and tradition and excellence of our track and field program comes out in rio by the fact that we have 18 former track and field athletes competing. that is something we are quite proud of and it gives us a lot to cheer for. >> like so many things in the sport of track and field it starts with a world-class track and field coach, set world records that won ncaa titles for the university of oregon. he was a coach in the 1972 u.s. olympic team and in the running world he is best known for bringing jogging to the united states. he happened to create a little thing with a waffle iron that ended up turning into a major shoe company with nike, with the cofounder phil knight. >> to be in a place where people take pride, this is the thing. there is no other environment in the country for track and field.
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the athletes talk about it as if it's magic, they feed off the energy. i think for a lot of runners it is like a pilgrimage. they want to make it out here. they want to get to a place where people appreciate the the sport at the same level they do. >> anytime you are running you see a bunch of other people, which is really motivating. i'm more motivated to run when other people are, too. >> i think because of the history of running at the university of oregon, the climate and the trail, it is supportive of running and in a town where it is normal to show up anywhere in your running clothes. katty: tracktown usa, where olympians, it seems, are born. we wish all of them the best election night. that brings this program to a close. you can find all the news on our website including the olympics
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island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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