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the numbers are dwindling. jane: welcome to our viewers on public television and america and around the globe. it has been two years since flight mh17 was shot down over eastern ukraine killing all 298 on board. the missiledence launcher came from russia. moscow denies the claim and has disputed charges that the missile was hired by russian-backed rebels. richard westcott reports. richard: caught in the crossfire of someone else's war. in busy skies that were meant to be safe. nearly 300 people were on flight in age 17. 8 of them were children. it was brought down by russian built buk missile. both sides have them.
criminal investigators say they are closing in on those responsible. >> on the 17th of july, flight mh17 was shot down by a buk missile shot from farmland. it was returned to the russian federation afterwards. suggest this recreation the missile launcher crossed over the russian border on the morning that mh17 was shot down. this is a mobile phone shot at 9:22 a.m. it crossed, crossed the line. is the russian border. there is -- the wine is the russian border. there is no attempt to hide the launcher. lots of people took some and put social media. the final destination was a farmer's field near a town controlled by russian-backed separatists.
firing left these scorched marks. locals took pictures of the smoke trail. it was then filmed going back to russia. crucially, one of the missiles is missing. president putin's tops boats on reiterated -- top spokesman reiterated that russia had nothing to do with it. >> we have been ruling out that any russian weapons were shipped to ukraine. any russian army members, any russian troops inside ukraine. we are still ruling out that possibility. they were on board heading for dream vacation in bali. >> it is a big step towards the truth. we are not there yet. as far as we want to know why.tly names and especially why. richard: investigators are down
to 100 suspects on who fired the missile. even if they name names, there is no certainty that whoever did this will face a court of law. has delivered a stunning blow to president obama, overwriting his veto on legislation allowing victims of the 9/11 attack to sue the saudi government. the white house described the override as the most embarrassing action in years. the first time it has happened or in president obama's 2 terms in office. barbara plett usher is here with the latest. what has he been saying? barbara: he has been saying this is a national security threat. that it was a mistake for congress to make this decision. that if we eliminate the notion of sovereign immunity, that foreign governments are immune from lawsuit, it sets a dangerous precedent because our
men and women in uniform could also be held in court. also, related to the election is a hard said "this decision. congress took the easy decision instead. if you are perceived as voting against 9/11 families and an election-year it is hard for people to take, though he s ays they would have been the right thing to do. democrats have turned against president obama, as well as republicans. barbara: there is a lot of sympathy for the victims of 9/11 , and it is difficult to say no, you cannot have your day in court. the push was from a new york senator. that is a big factor. jane: what chance do they have? the latest report says there was no evidence the saudi government was involved. there is no evidence that the saudi government as an institution or that dowdy officials were involved here
that is what the 9/11 commission found. there is various speculation that lower level government operatives were involved. there will be evidence presented for that. also, the financing. at the time of the 9/11 attacks, certain islamic charities were funding the terrorists. the saudi's have cleaned that, but at the time that was a factor. whether there will be a conviction is another thing. as a lawmaker said, they should be given their day in court. jane: how damaging could this be to saudi-u.s. relations? barbara: it could be difficult. the saudis are very angry and have been lobbying against it strongly. the formern peres president of israel and recipient of the noble peace prize has died at the age of 93. he was a defining figure of the israeli state and played a
central role in forging a political deal with the palestinians in the 1990's. he had him in hospital after suffering a stroke. we report from jerusalem. reporter: israel lost the grandfather of the nation, born before the state and one of its great defenders. shimon peres was a key figure in the region and on the world stage, where he was celebrated as a peacemaker. minister,rime benjamin netanyahu, among the leaders paying tribute. on devoted his life to our nation and the pursuit of peace. he set his gaze on the future. he did so much to protect our people. he worked until his last days for peace and a better future for all. reporter: this reaction from secretary kerry. >> he dedicated his life to the cause of an israel that would be
safe, secure, democratic, and free. the homeland of the jewish people. was born shimon peres in poland in 1923 and came to the holy land as a child when it was still under british rule. he worked alongside the israeli founding father, negotiating deals that helped the nation become a formidable military power. peres was a driving force behind program, and ar supporter of israeli settlements on occupied palestinian land. at the israeli parliament, flags are flying at half last. for the last of the generation that built the state. shimon peres was elected to parliament in 1959. for decades, he shaped israeli life. he held virtually every major post. during his long years in politics, his political views changed.
a security hawk became a champion of peace. was one of the architects of the first peace deal with the palestinians. it promised so much. >> what we are doing today is more than signing an agreement. it is a revolution. blip, today a commitment. reporter: he shared a nobel prize with yasser arafat. he is described as a partner for peace live the palestinian president. others were more critical. >> everyone remembers him as the man who lost the opportunity for real peace i deceiving the palestinians with the agreement and starting hostilities.
reporter: they say he wanted peace for the next generation and kept working for it until his last days. he insisted there was no alternative. without him, that view maybe may be heard less often. 'ane: for more on shimon peres life and legacy i spoke with a former palestinian prime minister who was in boston. thank you for joining me. tributes are obviously pouring in from all over the world. what is your greatest memory of the man? what do you think his legacy is? , it've seen the world perceives him as a giant in the israeli landscape. inplayed a crucial role
shaping the extensional safety net for israel in the form of the plan that culminated in the nuclear reactor in dimona. he had courage, conviction, and inner strength when the time came to be the greatest fighter for peaceful arrangements. he made israel strong enough to be able to come to the root of our problems and try to put the conflict behind us. ofortunately, because circumstances he could not do it at this time. he faced a lot of turmoil and was defeated in the elections. he never gave up. he never gave up on this idea that at the end of the day israel has to become part of this region and find a way to settle our conflict with the palestinians. thatd a great vision
motivated him. he was the man who took me to , after decades i spent in uniform, and molded me. , he alwayse way remained with a teenager's curiosity. jane: we will talk about the future in a minute. what are the events that he was always associated with? the oslo peace accord. of thethink that era great statesman reaching a deal over handshakes has died with him? >> i don't think so. i think the events might be more complicated. probably, it would not be a one-stroke end to it.
it might have to go through interim agreements, probably butain unilateral steps, the vision for two states, two nations, is the only one that will protect the long-term survivability. people, 5 million palestinians and 8 million become onet will state. clear in this long sitght in this push. jane: the future of israel and palestine, do you think looking at the middle east today that are mesut was justified? optimism was justified? for years, turning it into
the islamic winter, nationstates are collapsing all around. results of official .orld war i collapsing a dictator. libya, any other place, the interruption of all of the ages old conflicts are coming back to life. it might take time. but, israel is there. for joining me and sharing your memories of shimon peres. thank you. >> thank you. jane: a quick look at other news. two children and a teacher were injured by a teenager with a gun at a primary school in south carolina. the suspect has been taken into custody. he is reported to have fatally shot his father before the
incident at the school. the rest were evacuated to a nearby church and are safe. an entire state in australia left without electricity following powerful storms. he'll force wind and more than 21,000 lightning strikes were reported in 12 hours as the state ofnt swept the south australia. one point 6 million people are left without power. the canadian firm that pioneered withmart phone market blackberry will stop making them. the design and production would be outsourced to an indonesian company. it will focus on software development p once the market leader, blackberry has struggled to keep pace with apple and samsung. still to come on tonight's program, chile has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world. will the first e-mail president be able to assure in changes?
tofemale president be able usher in changes? fever spread by mosquitoes. three point 5000 cases have been reported in delhi so far. there is no cure. it has led to panic in the indian capital. is battling an outbreak of chikungunya. in neighborhood after neighborhood, a fumigation operation is on to tackle the mosquito-foreign virus. chikungunya is spread by mosquitoes that breed easily in freshwater. the monsoon has been particularly heavy in delhi, one reason why it has spread so rapidly. hospitals are overflowing as they try to cope with an onslaught of patients complaining of high fever and severe joint pain.
commonly associated with the virus. there are patients being brought to hospitals in delhi complaining of symptoms of chikungunya. services are so overworked that the hospitals will longer have room inside, so they are spilling onto the streets. waiting in the hot sun for a doctor to attend to them. this is the scene at one of andy's premier hospitals. hospital hashe attended to 4000 people complaining of symptoms of chikungunya. delhi's size and for public health standards make it vulnerable to disease. dealtent years, delhi has with dengue fever, now it is chikungunya. if the zikaars that virus injured the city, it would be extremely hard to contain.
abc news, delhi. -- bbc news, delhi. there are only six countries in the world where abortion is completely illegal. where a woman can be prosecuted or having a termination, no matter the circumstances. chile is one of them. the nation's first female president is trying to change that i proposing a bill allowing the procedure in limited cases. she is facing stiff opposition. reporter: chile is a sophisticated nation where old attitudes in door. abortion is completely banned, forcing some women into terrible dilemmas. there are private clinic's and black market drugs, but not for the poor.
campaign groups say a diy abortion is the only option. i spoke to two women who found they were both carrying fetuses with no possibility of survival. either was allowed an abortion life was atandrea's risk. both had to carry their babies for months and give birth to them without any hope they would live. zombie.t like a i had to get up every day without wanting to live. it was torture. from my part, i felt powerless. having to leave this process. i suffered unnecessarily, not just me, but my family as well. reporter: president michelle
bachelet is on a mission to change things. her bill to allow abortion in some cases has gone further than others, and has the majority of public support. i told her what happened. >> i think it is awful. i have had friends that have gone through that process. usually, it emotionally destroys a person. some people might be able to live with it. are a lot, but there of people that are destroyed of motion only afterwards and their lives are changed forever. we believe they should have the ability. reporter: change is slow. bill ist bachelet's limited allowing for bush and his three circumstances: if a woman's life is in danger, if the pregnancy is the result of rape, or if the baby has no chance of survival.
none of this goes down well with the church, which fears that bill could usher in abortion on demand. many of its flock agree. gloria is one. she was raped as a child by a cousin and was pregnant at 12. the family arranged for termination which she says she has never recovered from. i had a case, if choice, i would have had my daughter. it was not my choice. abortions cost you for life coming before and after. it scars you negatively for life. nothing good comes out of abortion. nothing. nothing. reporter: her church is part of the organized campaign against the government's abortion bill. gloria tried to take her own life several times, and the church is a haven.
a typical service is as much rock 'n roll as religion. the message on abortion is clear. michelle bachelet wants to change the law in this male-dominated society. >> women are seen as citizens of second-class and not full citizens. reporter: she faces political and social challenges, but chile could be on the cusp of giving women the choices their mothers were denied. bbc news, santiago. jane: both sides of the abortion debate in chile. flight like no other. a british conservationist on the first leg of the 7000 kilometer or any taking her from the russian arctic to britain. sacha dench is using a pair of
motor to follow the migratory route of a certain swan. our moscow correspondent reports. reporter: she has been dubbed the human swan. strapped to a pair motor, sacha traveling 4000 miles from the arctic to england, following the winter migration path of the bewick swan. is she has just gone to the next grueling stage of the trip, soaring into the forests of northern russia. this is who it is for. smallestk is the uk's swan and it is sliding towards extension -- extinction.
sacha went to the breeding grounds in the arctic tundra to investigate. >> i've never been where there is few people. down, andp, looking see no sign of human activity. reporter: it was so remote that when the motor failed reindeer breeders came to the rescue. the sight of her is causing a stir. helping sacha spread the word ck is a protected species. she admits that her husband shot a swan. i told him he was mad. she admits that they cooked and ate the bird anyway. sacha hopes that her flight might change that and help to preserve the bewick so on for generations. bbc news, northern russia. jane: i don't know.
i think there has to be an easier way of doing scientific research. brings today's show to a close. you can find more on our website, or you can go to twitter. we are @bbcamericaus. thank you for watching. >> 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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