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>> and now "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world as america" reporting from washington. a plan to blow a plane headed for america is thwarted. terrorists are still plodding and security is still fragile. marching to their own slowly, the chances of forming a government in greece are getting slimmer. >> i don't have the money to pay for my bills, i don't have the money to pay for my children. find a solution. >> will look back at the life of the author of "where the wild things are.
>> welcome to viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a bomb still one of the greatest terror threats, and experts are examining a device meant for that purpose. it was discovered by covert cia operations in yemen, and if underlines the need for continued vigilance. >> a plan to blow up planes bound for america. a plot washington says was foiled an then was hatched by this man. this is the bomb he made in 2009 and gave to a young nigerian. pack into underwear, and it failed to go off. if it had, this shows the potential damage. the latest version is thought to
have had an improved detonator. the u.s. is examining it at the laboratory. it now has possession of the device, but what about person that was going to use it? little has been said because he might have been working for the cia and handed the bomb over. this would explain a careful language that some american officials are using. >> there are very sensitive operational aspects of this we are continuing to pursue, so that means that we were able to get this device, we are trying to make sure that we protect, again, the equities involved. >> in 2009, he concealed bomb nearly killed a saudi prince. headed forr, a bomb was
detroit. other bombs were hidden inside of printer cartridges. what worries officials is that it is almost impossible to detect. there is no metal, just powder in liquid. new body scanners might not spot it. where does this threat come from? based in yemen and seen here training in the desert is a group led experts say pose a real threat. >> they have some of the most sophisticated and advanced capabilities of any affiliate's anywhere in the world. >> in this case, the u.s. claims to have courted its plans. >> for more on the outstanding threat, i spoke with a u.s.
state department spokesperson. thank you for coming in, what more do you know about how this plot was foiled? >> is the story of the past dozen years, the expanded international cooperation. it was the tip of overseas to allow the united states -- good news is that working with various countries including yemen, the government of like the predecessor is lmuch more forward. it recognizes that al qaeda is a threat to itself. the international cooperation here means that we are getting better at thwarting these plots. but groups are still trying to.
>> doesn't underline that what we will have to do is rely on intelligence? >> the information is possible and the conduct of another operation that came across. it is unclear how close to the inner circle -- it is one of the most difficult aspect because a group like al qaeda the fought together in afghanistan, it is tricky. nonetheless, because we have been able to take out so many operatives, they don't have the bench they have had before. they might be able to insert that.
>> the ability to operate as a coherent structure. we see there is johann strong in afghanistan. >> where he was referring to was the circles, they probably don't have the ability to conduct the attack like at 9/11. although that there was an ambivalent view, potentially in nigeria, it is much more limited, but the affiliate's are much more legal. >> if at first one doesn't succeed, perhaps everyone else
should give it a go forming a government. the return of the political left to try to cobble together a governing coalition fails to produce a clear result. there is no obvious plan for fixing the economy. >> another long day of uncertainty ending, they headed home to go with no government is still clear this election has delivered a resounding missions -- message. >> not to pay the debts at all? >> this man might be taking greece in that direction. it was asked by the president to form a coalition government. he probably won't manage, but
his challenge to the european union is clear. >> of the people have voted to care of the bailout. our national debt, we should hold off paying it back. >> it is unclear if the brussels or berlin is putting in a direct pressure on the politicians. and yet, it is hard to see how any government could be on any other basis. they will do nothing to calm the nerves in the euro zone. >> in paris, the man many pinned their hopes on commemorate have fallen in the world were to decide -- the side his defeated rival. >> more growth. that won't help athens meeting
the immediate terms of its bailout. some suggest that there is the risk and greece could want out euro.eu >> however, you have to remember the big picture. the big picture is that the great majority of the people and to the majority of the political followers and parties are very firmly pro-european. >> that might be another, but in greece, the power ships slowly. matthew prize, bbc news, athens. >> for more of the volatile situation in greece, i spoke with someone. it seems a case of if you can succeed, try again.
>> what a huge problem it is. the unemployment is at record levels. there is no government and the moment and no chance of an effective government being formed in the last few days. the leader of the anti bailout leftist coalition is trying to form of government as we speak. they want to tear up the bailout and tear of the measures that go with it. the possibility of this government is looking very thin
indeed. attempt will have to the third party. the next installment of the international loan will be held up. >> european markets falling, greek markets falling, the world economy looking nervous at where you are in athens. does he agree -- does the greek care about what is happening in the world? >> is easy to walk through the capital and not realize that they have been plunged into it. of instability. the restaurants and cafes are still open. there is also a lot of this
metal underneath that of that era of it. they have hit out against the austerity and against the bailout. germany and the european commission have said that there is no renegotiation, the country has to stick to its position. canneries' reconsider the belau and the austerity and stay in the euro? >> m arark, in athens. time for you to hit the bars, too. >> headquarters of the prime minister in tripoli have come under attack of the thought to be former rebels demanding that baby paid. to of its men were killed and there had been gunfire inside the building.
there was a bleak assessment high international envoy. the violence remains at unacceptable levels. the comments came after a closed-door session held with the security council. >> the monitoring operation is in full swing. it might be their toughest mission yet. they are meant to be recurring a cease-fire that doesn't exist. the assessment is that violence continues the unacceptable level as this amateur footage appears to show. the strait -- have the stakes are extraordinarily high. >> it is the only remaining
chance to stabilize the economy. i'm not telling you any secret when i tell you that there is a profound concern that the country could her mother was fall into civil war. allow that to happen. >> the violence seemed to be shifting rather than stopping. there has also been a rise in guerrilla attacks. they said they have made some difference and will make a lot more by the time a full 300 a arrived at the end of the month. they will hold their fire for the sake of the country's
suffering people. >> you are watching bbc world news america. going the distance. where is the worst place in the world to be a mother? the organization and "save the children" compared countries around the world. it found that niger came in at the bottom, replacing afghanistan for the first time in many years. >> at the epicenter developing across the region. malnutrition is chronic.
the children call it a vicious cycle of mothers that give birth to under way and the vulnerable children. 1 and 16 women die in pregnancy. skilled health personnel are only a third of all births. the pretend countries at the bottom of the index. >> it makes me sad not to be able to feed my children because my duty as a mother. they don't have enough food to feed their children. >> contraceptive use in the female education is among the highest in the world.
afghanistan has moved up to one position partly because they invested in more frontline health workers. telling mothers to breast feed it might save more than a million babies a year. >> pressure is mounting to reroute a controversial separation in order to move away from an ancient palestinian village with a unique agricultural system. the barrier saves lives, they say, and it is only determined by security situations. >> water, water everywhere. in a region where the availability of water is a major
political concern, but the palestinian authority has it in abundance. >> it was in roman times, and we are still using it right now. >> 7 natural springs have given her life to its fields. fruit end vegetables are renowned for their freshness and quality. they boast one of the last living examples plants have not yet been finalized, but it would get to the 35%.
they save those will be lost forever. >> alive doesn't have any sense. because we don't have resources, we have just of the land. >> had barrier is being doha. cut off on the other side of a concrete wall. some anthropologist what to give a protected status. >> you can appreciate the integrity of these lands. >> it will destroy a traditional
way of life. >> is extremely old, but still in use. >> much of it relies on the green line. it is based purely on security considerations and the potential damage to the area would be memorized. >> about to let amazing story of perseverance after beginning the london marathon, a woman paralyzed from the chest and out has crossed the finish line. she lost the use of her legs after a worse riding accident, but thanks to abiotic suit, she completed the entire course.
>> she was all smiles today as he stepped over the finishing line of the london marathon. despite being paralyzed, she became the first person to halt the root using the first bionics suit. it has been an incredible journey. >> the pavement, the hills, getting sore and tired, having to keep going. you know you're close to the finish line, so you keep marching forward. >> accident in 2007 her broker back and back changing her life for ever. to raise money to buy the suit before starting in marathon. she had walked less than 1 mile in it.
she set off with 36,000 other competitors. she had walked 2 miles by the end of day one. she had reached the canary wharf. >> had so many fans, what has that meant to you? >> recover what else, i wouldn't be doing this. >> about 300 yards, and despite that, organizers say they can't give her a battle because according to their rules, she had to fish on the day. >> runners that completed a course in donated their medals to her. she raised more than 80,000
pounds into custody suit to its limits. the best prize of all was a kiss from her daughter. >> amazing. kids are really interesting people. it could explain why his but, "where the wild things are close " what admiration drug world. he died at the age of 83 and revolutionized and children's votes. -- the buckbooks. >> that very night, in max's room, a forest grew. >> maurice sendak's book is ten sentences long, but it is a children's classic. something the president will turn to.
>> they roared their terrible horrors. >> a book about fears and anger. he was in berlin n.y. and a cloud of sadness. the relatives lost in the holocaust and illness. a permanent sense of anxiety. >> talking about a certain moment in childhood. >> he worked at a toy shop, but his love was drawing in he created children that were at times jealous, badly behaved, and real. >> he brings with him very powerful experiences. the of the migrant at that of the desolate child.
we did not know you could do that until we saw he had been there. >> he was devoted to work. but this gave jewish artist always felt something of an outsider, a man that did not write his children -- did not write children's books, but told the truth about being a child. >> a quick update on our top story before we go, officials have confirmed that the would-be bombers tried to work -- that was actually working for the cia all along. from all of us here at world as america, thank you for watching.
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