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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 owto charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and
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divorce from brad pitt, breaking the celebrity romance to an end. katty: welcome to "world news america." there are intense efforts taking place at the united nations tonight to salvage what is left of the cease-fire in syria. aid convoys have been suspended after yesterday's attack of 31 trucks near aleppo. the red cross said 20 people were killed, but the u.s., russia, and syria have insisted they are not responsible. james robbins reports from the u.n. in new york. james: aid for syria's most desperate, attacked and destroyed. aid workers and truck drivers killed. if the cease-fire wasn't already dead, it is hard to see it surviving this.
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moscow and damascus deny any involvement, hinting that the fires eriously started as opposition forces launched attacks elsewhere. last night someone deliberately targeted a vital u.n. supplies to 78,000 people. >> this is full, full, full of blankets from the refugee agency. james: the united nations is outraged, ordering the suspension of all convs to protect aid workers. it is sickening, it is disgusting, and if it is proved to be delivered, it would amount to be a war crime. our hearts go out to those who selflessly tried to get aid to people in aleppo. james: now russia's defense ministry has released drone footage it says showthe aid convoy.
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moscow said it had a mortar on a pickup truck and there's no evidence of any airstrik this quite separate attack on eastern aleppo was further evidence that the cease-fire is finished. the victims in this rebel life -- rebel-held area bear witness to that. syrian forces declared the cease-fire ove resuming compartment. -- bombardment. all sides have breached the cease-fire, and russians stress the accidental u.s. bombing of syrian troops over the weekend played its part, too. seen from the perspective of the united nations in new york, dedicated to peace, any cease-fire must stop all of war. president assad and his russian backers still believe they can retake the entire country. still, the united states hopes to salvage something, but watch
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john kerry and the u.n. syrian envoy and notice the cold distance between them and russian foreign minister survey lavrov. -- sergelavrov. the u.n. secretary-general was unusually blunt, accusing the final speech to accuse the syrian government of the greatest war crimes of a very dirty war. secretary ban: it cannot get any worse. the bar of depravity sinks lower. many groups have killed many innocents, but none more so than the government of syria. james: the destruction of the aid convoy, the killing of aid workers, whoever was responsible, symbolizes a war in syria which looks for now looks unstoppable. james robbins, bbc news at the united nations in new york. katty: for more on what the attack means for syrians, i spoke with gail smith, the
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administrator for the u.s. agent the of international development . she joins me from the u.n.. gayle smith, are you sure this attack on the aid convoy? the russians are denying it. was clear thisit was at attack on the convoy, and a serious one. katty: they are saying the convoy caught fire. that sounds implausible to you? gayle: i was not there. there are facts to be gathered, but i find it unlikely that a convoy spontaneously combusted. this is part of a vital lifeline for the men, women, and children of syria. this is a very serious incident. an attack,s were would this constitute a war crime? would you agree? gayle: i will not comment at
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this point. i will say that part of the team at the united states that is leading as robust of an effort that we can to provide humanitarian assistance with the united nations. this is one of the egregious events that we have seen in a war that has been littered with n violations. katty: would all parties have then informed? you could not have mistaken this for something else? .ayle: i do not think we do not have all of the information, but i do not think they cou have mistaken it. its partners have been careful to run humanitarian toration to do the maximum protect their people and the personnel we are trying to assist. is the impact on the people destined to receive the convoy of assistance?
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gayle: it is negative. people across syria were in desperate need of assistance. many of them have been displaced more than once. nutritional levels are going .own, food prices are going up every day people do not receive assistance, their situations worse. it has a direct and negative impact on the men, women, and children of syria. katty: the united nations has suspended convoys because of the attack, does that in the people in aleppo province, who have not had aid for months, will not be getting the food, medicine, blankets, and vaccines they were supposed to get from the convoy? gayle: as a matter of appropriate management of the operation and protection of its own people, the united nations needs to look at what is happening and what it needs to
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do to ensure the protections. there are a lot of people in the secretaryions system, kerry others, working hard to make sure we can get up andarian efforts running as soon as possible as safely as possible. katty: thank you for joining me from the u.n.. theorld leaders discuss refugee crisis, many countries are struggling with how many to admit. canada has taken 30,000 syrian refugees, many sponsored a different groups that have pooled their money to help out. reporter: after nine months in alphabet.y know their and a lot more about being canadian. syrians, this of
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family is sponsored by individuals like claudia. respond toogether to syria's refugee crisis. >> what other question words to use? lyse: her husband, and our -- an art dealer come helps three generations of a family with english and helps them settle in. >> the best way to integrate newcomers into the country, to get them connected with the city and all the things that are available, and to create that warm arrival that sets the tone for the rest of their lives in canada. lyse: the past in syria is hard to escape. grandmother's kitchen smells like home and brings back memories. >> thank god we are here. i feel happy. it makes me sad to remember
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family still suffering in syria and lebanon. lyse: food helps build new memories. a picnic in the park. and a warm welcome for more of the family's canadian sponsors. their group raised enough money to support the abdullahs for a year. everyone at this gathering is doing something similar. you do hear critical voices, but for now, the public mood is largely positive. it is so striking just how different the mood is here than much of europe, but then, much of our candidate is -- much about canada is different. every syrian family here was vetted and welcomed by canadian families.
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they have not seen the kind of attacks here that have created such fear across europe. when you look at this coming have to ask with this engagement, could it be adopted somewhere else? -- enly in this crowd, a family i know from syria. it has been more than two years. their lives were so desperate then. we are living as if we are haan told me.ath, this child lived in fear. she told me in her dreams she
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my future. i have food here. i like canada so much. lyse: there is a problem with the canadian policy now. they raised money to sponsor a family they hope will live here. how long has this been ready? >> for several months. reporter: it is not clear when they will get to canada. the government promised to bring in 25,000 syrians. it has done that and now is slowing the pace of arrivals. the government would move faster. it is such a unique thing in canada to form a private group to sponsor a family. effect, it isreat worth it. canada's prime minister
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still wins of laws, but justin trudeau describes refugees as new canadians. s awe know difference source of strength. that is something we have to demonstrate. better jobs and outcomes for the entire country. did they sponsor refugees and they are not coming? >> there is more to do. >> i can write from one to 100. lyse: they feel they belong here. this vast country has long made space. like other places it is asking how many more will it make room for? how long will this warm welcome last? doucet, bbc news, toronto. katty: lucky families who found
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a home in canada and so many more thousands of syrian families waiting for a home like that. former brazilian president lula da silva will face trial for money laundering. he is accused of accepting over $1 million in bribes connected to petrobras. his wife and other associates have also been charged. the father of the man being held on suspicion of planting bombs in new york and new jersey over the weekend told the f ei two years ago that his son was a terrorist, but retracted that claim. nick bryant brings us the latest from new york. ahmed khan rahami was placed on the watchlist as early as tuesday 14 by his father. confirmed that
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he told the authorities two years ago about his son. he described his son as a terrorist who had contact with bad people overseas, but recanted saying that his son was hanging out with gangs and acting like a dog. -- like a thug. checked thethe fbi databases and found nothing to link rahami with terror groups or evidence of radicalization. the neighbor above the shop that was also the home of the rahami family sounded an alarm saying he heard the father calling his son a terrorist. rahami also made multiple visits to afghanistan and had a year-long stay in pakistan and people say his behavior became very different as a result. friends and customers noted a change in his wardrobe. rather than the usual t-shirts, he started wearing more traditional muslim clothes, and he became a lot more devout
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about his faith. he would go to the back of the shop to pray. rahami was carrying a notebook when he was arrested after the ootout with police. it was drenched in blood and had a bullet through it. investigators revealed that it contained references to jihadist ideology and mentions a son of -- mentions a somma bin laden and the boston marathon bombers. the fbi will be keen to find out if you make contact with foreign terror groups during trips overseas, and did he receive training in how to make bombs? nick bryant, bbc news, new york. katty: a lot of questions. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on the program, our election train trip continues with a stop in a fargo, north dakota, where abortion rights is an issue that people cannot agree on. china is now able to generate more electricity from wind
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turbines than it can use. the international energy agency says china's turbine installation is double that of the u.s. there are concerns the country's sh for clean energy is being undermined by the investment in coal. reporter: 2 turbines an hour. china's unparalleled commitment to clean energy is part of the battle against air pollution and climate change. china installed more than 30,000 megawatts of wind energ in 2015. a change in subsidies reduced that, but turbines are popping up at the rate of more than one every hour. it gives chinese leaders the the paris to ratify climate change agreement alongside president obama. china is climate villain as well
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as hero. it is building so many coal-fired power plants there's too much energy and wind turbines are being turned off. >> the good news is china is installing record amounts of wind energy. the bad news is this happened at the same time as record coal additions were added. coalter: many of china's plants stand idle for long periods. they often get priority on the electricity grid. china's windmills are being turned off. even though their energy is free. state 80 a reports china plans no more expansion of coal power until 2018. experts say cannot come a moment too soon. bbc news.
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katty: this week a bbc team is traveling across the northern united states listening to concerns ahead of the presidential election. the route is following the path traveled by a train known as the empire builder. last night they were in minneapolis. tonight they report from fargo, north dakota, where abortion rights is igniting passions on -- ignites passions and sometimes violence. reporter: we are here in fargo to talk about what continues to be an incredibly contentious topic, one where it doesn't just matter who is in the white house, but who they then choose to serve on the supreme court, and making the laws on abortion. outsiderotesters gather the only abortioclinic in the state of north dakota. >> this is a civil rights issue of our day, because it has to do with the death of innocent human persons that is legal here in our country.
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>> all of the other liberties that we have in life, all of the other things, mean nothing to a dead person, do they? reporter: each time one of the patients turned up, the antiabortion protesters followed and intimidated them and make comments along the way. >> it is hard because when they get here their minds are pretty much made up so it is a last-ditch effort. if we can offer them a kind word or smile or offer to pray for them. reporter: those in the blue vests are volunteers who come out to protect patients from harassment. the surgeries come at risk of closure from local politicians. that threat has been averted for now. but when the political risk to abortion clinics recedes locally and nationally, protesters resort to other measures. >> the protest activity has stepped up in the past two years since obama became president. there has been more intimidation, harassment and
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-- at clinics. the violence level has amped up. reporter: some advocates for a woman's right to choose whether they have an abortion say that the level of provisions and the number of clinics now are greatly inadequate. >> north dakota has one clinic, and we are located on the far eastern border of north dakota. we also serve the tri-state area -- north dota, parts of south dakota, and northwestern minnesota. reporter: those distances are already stopping some from coming here, but it doesn't mean they are not havinabortions. >> if a person doesn't want to give birth, they are not going to. there is ways. google it. i mean there is obvious, like what they did at nine -- in the 1980's with coat hangers and pens and stuff. reporter: do you know people who have had them that way? >> yeah. reporter: given the differences between the candidates, abortion
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is one of those topics where the choice america makes in november could have a profound impact. bbc news, fargo, north dakota. out moreu can find about that train trip across the northern united states on our website. tomorrow he will be in montana as they try to reach one of the of glaciers.mbers they are the hollywood couple so famous they had even been shortened to one name, brangelina. but today came the news that angelina jolie has filed for divorce brad pitt. they have been together for 12 years but have only been great since 2014. james cook has more. james: in a town full of goldman couples angelina jolie and brad , pitt shone the brightest of them all, the demising the -- at the demising the hollywood dream. -- her lawyer said the decision was made that help of the family and he has released the same in saying he is very saddened.
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the divorce papers reveal that angelina wants custody of their 6 children, three of whom were adopted internationally. >> we don't know if he will seek to have joint physical custody of the children or sole custody. we don't know if there will be a custody battle or he will just agree. james: maybe life is imitating art. last year, the 2 played a couple whose relationship was on the rocks. >> i think it is around the of marriage that you go through hard times and you have to -- it embrace those hard times. that is part of the marriage. pulling through makes the bond. james: they were together for more than a decade and married for 2 years. both are activists but often trod different paths. angelina became an outspoken voice for the downtrodden, campaigning to help refugees and promoting breast cancer awareness after undergoing a double the second. -- double
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masectomy.v in a town obsessed with celebrity, this is big news. millions of people are discussing this divorce. why the fascination? >> i just find angelina very, very gorgeous, and brad pitt as well. they make great couple. i'm sure they have their own reasons why they are doing this. >> people look at them and think they have everything, you know what i mean? what could possibly, how could they possibly have a problem? they've got looks, money, love, everythi. >> they are just normal people, they are just like us, they go to their own struggles. people should be more concerned about their own lives. james: in hollywood, the rumors swirl as rumors do. claims of an affair, substance abuse, fights about the children. but only 2 people really know why brangelina are no more. james cook, bbc news, los
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angeles. katty: you have to think about the children. you can find out all of the news on our website. i am katty kay. from all of us, thank you for watching. do 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 aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm sunny days, cooling tradewinds, 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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