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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. karimov ruled uzbekistan with a rod of iron. state television confirmed his death on friday, ending days of speculation over his condition. under karimov, all opposition and independent media were banned. and yes, uzbekistan became an ally of the united states and britain in the war in neighboring afghanistan. steve rosenberg reports from moscow. steve: he was the archetypal dictator -- all-powerful, brutal. islam karimov ruled uzbekistan with an iron fist for 27 years. he put his own daughter under house arrest. but tonight, state television ended nearly a week of rumors about his health. "our dear president has died," said the announcer. "a great man, a man of peace."
his critics would dispute that. karimov created a police state, one of the most repressive in the world. he imprisoned thousands of opponents in the cotton fields of uzbekistan relied heavily on forced labor. in 2005, president karimov ordered his army to crush antigovernment protest. it is believed hundreds of civilians were killed. karimov blamed the violence on islamic extremists. a former british ambassador to uzbekistan believes the west was guilty of staying silent. >> undoubtedly the west turned a blind eye to the human rights abuses in uzbekistan. initially this was because of afghanistan and the fact that the americans and germans had airbases in uzbekistan operating
into afghanistan. but the strategic position of uzbekistan has led to the west being shamefully neglectful of the human rights record in uzbekistan and at times lying about it. steve: president karimov continued to be courted by the west and the east. russia competing with china and america for influence in central asia. the reason that moscow and beijing and the west will be watching very closely what happens next in uzbekistan isn't only to do with the geopolitical rivalry. it is about security. if there is a power struggle over who succeeds president karimov, the fears that islamist militants in the region will exploit that to destabilize the whole of central asia. but karimov's critics say he used the fight against radical
islam as an excuse to crush all opposition. and yet in uzbekistan tonight, there is said to be a deep sense of shock. after a quarter of a century in power, many uzbeks know no other leader. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. laura: a short time ago i spoke with the director of the russia and eurasia program at the center for strategic and international studies joins me -- here in washington. what does it say about president karimov that his death was so mysterious? turkey announced it first and finally state television. >> this isn't unusual. this notion of what i call the trojan dictator or you don't know if they are alive or dead for a while and people try to figure out if they have all the plans in place. we have seen that happen in other places. what i thought was striking was they did announce he was very ill over the weekend. i think presumably before he was dead. i think that shows they didn't think they had a plan in place and they were not going to keep
his illness quiet. and it was serious enough that she probably would not participate in the anniversary celebration. laura: who succeeds him? not his daughter, under house arrest. >> he has another daughter who has been sending facebook messages of how heartbroken the family is and so forth. she is a very unlikely successor as well. we are looking at the prime minister, probably the most likely. in terms of the uzbek laws, the head of the senate is supposed to be the caretaker while they sort this out. laura: but whoever it is, they are inheriting this country that is precarious in our region full of extremism. are they going to carry on with karimov's way with repression? >> i don't know that they are in a region full of extremism. they are in a region that is worried about extreme is him. and i also don't know that the country is particularly
unstable. karimov ruled with an iron fist, we know that. he was a dictator, human rights abuses as far as the eye can see. but there wasn't any real opposition as a result of that. the notion of what form unrest would take, it is not very clear. the report we just heard indicated there are rumblings of islamist opposition but it is clear the government is trying to play it up for its own reasons. so i don't know. it could all be very calm at least for a while. laura: do you think russia and the u.s. will want to be the stronger power and have the year of the -- ear of the uzbek s? 1990's, whene uzbekistan became independent, they wanted a relationship with the united states and united states wasn't interested. in 2001 after the 9/11 attack there was a better reason to have a relationship with uzbekistan, but the uzbeks did not get what they wanted out of that. they wanted the u.s. as a counterweight to russia. and they didn't get that.
laura: you have been to uzbekistan. give an idea of the lack of freedom for people there. >> look, i go to uzbekistan as a researcher and scholar. i'm somewhat limited in who i can meet with because people who are comfortable talking to me know they're not going to get into trouble. it is academics who are going to stay in line, government officials, folks from various embassies. cabdrivers will talk to you. it is not as if people won't talk to you at all. but you won't see uzbek scholars publishing anything critical of the government or talking that way. laura: thank you for joining us. here in the u.s., the first hurricane to hit florida in more than a decade has left one person dead and hundreds of thousands without power. hermine made landfall in the early hours of friday morning. before being downgraded to a tropical storm. in the town of cedar key, the waters rose 10 feet, three
evers, the highest level recorded there. reporter: the worst of the winds and waves hit in the early hours of the morning. in this part of the gulf coast, the tide was the highest since records began. hurricane hermine may not have been the most powerful this state has ever seen, but she packed a punch. towns beaten and battered for hours. this historic village of cedar key bore the brunt of hermine's wrath. vanessa edmonds has lived through dozens of hurricanes. she was prepared for the worst. there is a lot of clearing up to be done, but her home and business is intact. >> it was really bad here. worst i can remember. i have lived here all my life so far. and it's bad. reporter: work is underway to restore power and clean water to
this part of florida. tens of thousands of homes lost supplies. but there is an added risk. this state also has the zika water canstanding help the mosquitoes breed. >> it is incredibly important than everyone does their part to combat the zika virus by jumping dumping standing water, no matter how small. reporter: the tropical storm is barreling its way up the east coast from georgia, the carolinas, threatening further flooding. in some places, hurricane hermine has left in her wake a trail of utter devastation. but the warnings were in place, and days of preparations had been made. and the people of this know this storm could have been a lot worse. laura: and the east coast of the united states is bracing for
coastal flooding as hermine makes its way up for labor day weekend. a large explosion in the southern philippines has killed at least 12 people and injured a dozen more. it took place in a busy night market in the hometown of the president, rodrigo duterte. pictures from the scene appear to show a street littered with broken glass and overturned chairs. the cause of the explosion hasn't been identified. the g20ays host to and with alleekend the powerful leaders on its home turf, the host nation hopes to present itself as a formidable leader on the world stage. as our china editor carrie gracie reports, there is growing mistrust between host and guests . the cast as well rehearsed. summitlieve the g20
marks another move in the advanced towards a chinese century. >> we people are really happy and proud and we hope that through this g20 summit, our country becomes richer and stronger and people's lives will be happy forever. reporter: but 2 million locals are following instructions and leaving town to make way for 20 world leaders and their entourage. host city is under security lockdown. shops, schools, offices closed. and factory chimneys for hundreds of miles, to ensure what they call here g20 blue. but behind the lavish welcome, all is not well. the inaccurate façade conceals growing mistrust between china and its g20 guests. its neighbors in asia fear territorial ambitions.
the europeans complain about not getting a level playing field in business. and the united states increasingly sees china as a dangerous rival. mistrust is mutual. 700 miles away, this is hong kong, the frontline in what beijing calls its war against western values. it tells its people the west is plotting to bring china down. in hong kong, it is now targeting the free speech left behind by the british. this case is now famous. he sold books which angered beijing. for that he was detained in mainland china for months. his forced confession was a warning to others. china sent him back to hong kong to spy on his customers. but instead, he went public and now lives under police protection. he says the g20 should talk less
about business and more about values. speakse countries should up for hong kong because we have -- don't have the power. when world leaders visit china they should talk more about human rights. they have a moral responsibility to do so. reporter: china has warned its guests to avoid politics, and in these troubled times, rights are low on the summit agenda. but the war on western values hangs over this gathering, undermining china's ambitions for global leadership. carrie gracie, bbc news. laura: hillary clinton will surely want to represent the u.s. at the g20 next year but must win an election at home. guideg two just-released
documents, the democratic nominee to not recall every briefing she received on handling government records when secretary of state, due to a concussion she suffered in 2012. i spoke to nick bryant about the documents and the e-mail issue writ large. this is a summary of the fbi's 3.5-hour interview with hillary clinton. what struck you as the highlights? >> for the candidate who all along has stressed competence and attention to details, this fbi summary makes it very clear why they decided that her and her colleagues have been extremely careless in the handling of classified information. she never received any training to receive classified information. she didn't think that when aides sent the e-mails with (c) in parentheses, it might mean classified. she thought it was an alphabetical bullet point. she said she relied on the judgment of colleagues and sending classified information. the problem there is that even
her closest aides did not realize she had a private server. they did not know whether they were sending it to a government address or private address. of course, it was a private address. and then you have this interesting revelation that during the interview she cannot recall certain briefings. she was about to depart the state department and they were giving her advice on how to deal with government records. she couldn't recall them because she had this concussion. that might reinforce some of the conspiracy theories about her health and the doubts expressed about her health. laura: donald trump undoubtedly will make hay with that. he himself has doubled down this week on the hard-line immigration position and will now pivot and reach out to black voters with a script. nick: [laughter] "the new york times" has got the script. which is very interesting. he will be in detroit over the weekend, appearing alongside ben carson, former rival in the gop primary campaign. he will make his appearance at a church in detroit. and his aides ahead of the
appearance have given him suggested script lines. donald trump is famously off-the-cuff and freewheeling but they are trying to rein him in at the moment and suggest certain things he should say about race. they even preempted the question "do you believe in god," what he should say that to that. whether the outreach will work, i was with african-american voters in sylvania this week and when i said what do you think , about his outreach and they burst out laughing. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come jupiter gets ready for its close-up. nasa releases spectacular images of the largest planet in our solar system. the stanford university student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has been released from jail after serving only three months of a six-month sentence could the case of brock turner sparked
international outrage after his victim's account of the attack went viral online to the case has raised questions about how cases of sexual assault are handled. reporter: brock turner left the santa clara jail at 6:00 a.m. and three months after being sentenced for sexual assault. judge aaron persky gave less than the minimum sentence, saying the impact on turner's life was sufficient punishment. the case was given worldwide attention when the victim discussed online at the impact on her life. it was shared by millions on social media. for many it represents the wider .ssue around race and culture the protests held hours after turner's release called for a recall of judge persky. >> he is an elected official but not up for reelection until 2022
. we have a system in our constitution that allows us to have a petition and if 80,000 or so citizens of santa clara county signed a petition, then we could trigger an early election in 2017. reporter: recalling a judge over a single case is extremely rare but not unprecedented. >> if you ask me, the reality of recalling a judge based on one decision before the brock turner case, i would say it is very, very unlikely but but the firestorm over this decision and the sentencing of brock turner and the public involvement in this case certainly, judge persky will have to fight for his life. reporter: turner is no one three years probation and will remain on the sex offenders registry for life. laura: nasa has released a stunning new images of jupiter taken by it to juneau the
pictures show swirling clouds on the planet and both its poles. scientists say the mission will give us a greater understanding of the largest planet in our solar system. science correspondent rebecca morelle reports. rebecca: jupiter as never seen before. for the first time, it's south pole is revealed, covered in swirling storms, many even bigger than the earth. in the north, the thick atmosphere is far bluer than scientists imagine. they will find out why. view, at theared top you can see the northern sound, it was aptured by nasa's juneau spacecraft. >> the reaction was amazing. look at these images coming from
jupiter, over the polls for the first time. it is just jaw-dropping could you see these images from over the polls, looking down on the polls. jupiter for the first time ever . mission blasted off in 2011, the start of a 3 billion-kilometer voyage through the solar system. it released its destination in july, grab into orbit by the gravitational pull. the fifth planet from the sun is located past mercury, venus, the earth, and mars. made of the gas, it is vast and more than 1000 earths would fit behind it. this mission will last for 20 o twos paid it takes june 0 weeks to orbit jupiter. it means for the first time we can study jupiter's features,
including the great red spot in a norm is storm that has been raging for centuries. and because jupiter has hardly changed for billions of years, this mission could tell us about the origin of the solar system. this mission is the latest to inspire a new generation at the leicester national space center, and a nasa is now inviting people to head to the website to get involved. >> early november, visitors can go on to the website and vote for targets on jupiter they want the image. by popular demand, we will see certain areas of jupiter never photographed before. the first batch of images to be sent back to earth and many more will follow. the details will be poured over by scientists. they say jupiter is like nothing they have ever seen before. rebecca morelle, bbc news. laura: absolutely gorgeous, isn't it? a peek at jupiter there.
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