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what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> against a backdrop of violence in syria, international leaders discuss future peace talks and one of the consequences. alternative to a negotiated settlement is continued if not increased killing. >> u.s. drone strikes big night fresh controversy. it is bound to be a topic when the pakistani prime minister meets with president obama tomorrow. two of these creatures
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that have washed ashore. wyatt has people going into overdrive. -- why it has people going into overdrive. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. far provedria has so elusive. today, a fresh attempt was made in london. a group of western and arab nations that call themselves .riends of syria held talks the push is to get groups to agree to negotiations in geneva next month. a split opposition is making things even more difficult. >> a suicide bomb at a government checkpoint in syria. rebel groups linked to al qaeda have been blamed.
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and how difficult it will be to stop the bloodshed. against the backdrop, international leaders met to talk about peace talks. they agree that only a political settlement can in the war -- and the war. the only way to solve this is through a political transition in syria. signal ton to send a resolve unity. >> the groups are fighting to topple president assad. extremistslamist groups not interested in peace talks and others won't talk unless assad steps down first.
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president assad continues to insist he is not going anywhere. points relating to me personally, i don't see why i should not run in the next election. n inspectors are continuing their work to rid syria of chemical weapons. the syrian government is cooperating. caused by conventional weapons are going unpunished. more than 100,000 have died over the last two and a half years of fighting. their ultimate objective was to and civilian suffering. >> the greatest of victims, the most, the syrian people themselves being driven from their homes and killed in the most wanton violence and are having an increasingly profound impact on surrounding countries. one concrete outcome of
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today's meeting is to help the refugees. >> i spoke a brief time ago, a senior fellow for the washington inch -- institute for middle east policy. how tough will it be to get meaningful peace talks when the rebels are so fractured? >> it will be very difficult. the communiqué today talked the syrian national coalition, but they don't represent all the different properties. why are they backing the national coalition if they don't represent the rebels? it does represent a number of
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different parties that are in touch with this. they all agree on something, it is a different matter. >> what did you make of the communiqué? >> i thought it was very detailed. talking about the transitional governing body. as part of that transition, i can't see president assad with the russians. about the they say chances if president assad were to go? >> the only thing that will settle this is a political agreement. the transition being to transit power. it can't be something fake. if it israel, we have a chance of assembling this years from now. whens he been strengthened
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you look at the chemical stockpile? the use of chemical weapons and the accord to deal with them. >> how damaging is saudi arabia's anger with the u.s. over the fact it is still going on? the opposition and reining in the extremists, saudi arabia appears to be very angry with washington. >> they are a player in all of this. has intervened to back up the syrian regime. >> thank you for joining us.
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exodus from syria, we reported on the perilous journey across the mediterranean to europe. migrants see it as a safe haven. we see one traveling overland. matthew price follow their journey through europe. >> they came in on the overnight train from italy scared, vulnerable, and alone. an educated family. the farther -- the father is an architect. now one bag contains everything they own. theirsked us not to film phases for fear of reprisals for their family back in syria. >> i want a better life and
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stability for my children. i want them to go to school and lived just like other kids. i see the children are living in fear. they asked me, where is our house mom? they asked me about her bed. she wants to sleep in her bed and i don't know what to say to her. >> we first met them in the in italy where the mother describes the boat journey as a suicide trip. we almost died, she says. six days later, she was in vienna showing me photos of the house in libya where the smugglers kept them, or the dangerous boat trip from africa to europe. italian officials flew them to another refugee center where there, they were
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free to go. >> we were given the choice to stay in italy or leave. we were taken to the train station. others helped us booked the tickets and we took the train. >> they headed to the refugee center outside vienna. they knew to register only in the country where they wanted to stay. case, they were granted asylum. >> the dangers families face. the newspaper has released more details about allegations for the national security agency in france. not only did the nsa monitor millions of phone calls in the
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country, but they were focused on french diplomats. the french embassy in washington and the french delegation were among the targets. the student that killed a teacher in nevada and wounded two classmates before shooting himself on monday was 12 years old. the authorities decided to release the boy's age but not his name out of consideration for his family. but they could face charges, according to police. he brought the semiautomatic weapon used in the shooting from home. bracing themselves and south wales for what could be the worst day of fires so far. dangerously hot and windy conditions in the forecast for wednesday. 200 homes destroyed so far in the west of sydney. unmanned drones has sparked
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great controversy and none more so than in pakistan where the u.s. says it is a key tool for targeting taliban and out qaeda members. cia drone strikes are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which could amount to war crimes. the allegations come on the eve where the topic is bound to come up. fellow onth a senior the council for foreign relations who joins us from chicago. atyou were a fly on the wall the meeting tomorrow, how tense do you think it would be on the topic of drones? issue where the sides don't see eye to eye and where the prime minister has said publicly that he wants the u.s. to stop using drones. the white house has said very
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have beenat drones i the only game in town when it comes to tackling difficult problems with international terrorists. they are not on the same page. it doesn't mean the conversation will be testy, but they will approach from different positions. do you see a compromise between the positions? there might be room for a narrow compromise but it will be painful for both sides. it is possible they could agree to narrow the target list significantly, and even to share that list with pakistani authorities. they would need to essentially condoned the use of u.s. drones inside of pakistan if that is what the u.s. is willing to put on the table.
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>> you compare the relationship between the u.s. and pakistan to one with no exit. how can that be improved? >> the history of the relationship between the u.s. and pakistan has been one of torture. where both sides keep coming back to the table. they each have vulnerabilities and interests where some degree of cooperation is necessary. the prime ministerial visit to repair the ruptured relationship , pakistan's leaders are coming around to recognizing that working with the u.s. is in the interest of their country and also for the white house. very crucial, right?
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>> ever since 9/11. i think the war in afghanistan would have got a different way if the relationship with pakistan had been a better one and on the same page with groups like the afghan taliban and. it was important as well. as we look ahead, we see what is being called the endgame for the afghan war. efforts to have peace talks with the afghan taliban and. they will be on the issues -- they will be the issues on the table when the two meet tomorrow. >> you watching bbc world news america. once a promising dancer, now in the dark. out anccused of carrying
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acid attack on the ballet. a bit of as creating pr storm in china. locals ofaccused the major markets. they have blind faith in starbucks and other western brands. >> in china, starbucks is often a place to see. you have to pay for comfort in these coffee shops. dollars, that is much too expensive. the conclusion, starbucks is profiting unfairly from the chinese customers.
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in places like the u.k. and not the first time cctv has placed a foreign corporation under the the controversy has generated 40 million on china's version of twitter. the overwhelming response is annoyance and anger with cctv for sending so much time and energy. he could be dealing with much more serious issues affecting chinese people like the shocking air pollution. next time, focus on the increasingly common need. cuba has announced it is going to scrap the dual currency.
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they have been paid in currency and found an increasing number of goods and services. it is all going to change. >> one of the principles of the ballet went on trial in moscow stance accused of mounting an attack on the artistic director, which he denies. our correspondent is in court today. this is the district court in moscow. there are lots of journalists here queuing up for security and a big interest. that is because of who will be in the dark. here they come. organizingccused of and carrying out the acid attack on the artistic director of the
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bolshoi ballet. dancerhe group is a star , someone who has played roles like ivan the terrible and a big role in swan lake, accused of being the mastermind of this attack. throwing acid in the director's face. man who f being the lung the acid into his face. and the man that drove the getaway car. the kind of stage they are normally associated with, which is why it is an embarrassment of one of the world's most famous ballet troops. the hearing has been adjourned because two of the lawyers did not turn up.
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also not here, the victim of the crime. nine months since the artistic director was attacked outside he has had many operations to restore his sight and he is continuing with medical treatment. now for a rather more upbeat story. queen elizabeth opened the national theatre in london. peter o'toole was on the stage, starring in hamlet. half a century and 800 productions later, the queen returns as part of the anniversary celebrations. >> the clean backstage at the royal national theatre. shakespeare's hamlet, peter o'toole as the danish prince.
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>> immensely exciting. it was a wonderful adventure to have that company. >> the founding director like tom stoppard and samuel beckert. it seems that we should have a central place where almost anything can be done. >> becoming a more astute commercial population. >> his home in london, what
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affect does it have on the nation? >> i went to find out and speak to the nation. >> it is the tyranny of the system, a tyranny at work. >> i think it could collaborate -- the national theatre understanding is also regional as well as central. killed their dog with a fork. criticized as becoming too dominant. setss say that it
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standards, produces shows, and is even envied around the world. the national theatre, how many times has it put on shakespeare plays? you may have never heard of this giant fish but not one, but two were found off the coast of southern california. if there are 18 foot bodies weren't scary enough, according to a myth, sightings are linked to impending earthquakes. we have gone to have a closer look. it inspired the ancient mariner legend of the sea serpent and other myths. marine biologists rarely get their hands on her recently deceased one. >> scientists are interested because it is a rare event. 71% of the earth's surface is the ocean and there.
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-- and there is a lot of mystery out there. >> a group of schoolchildren found the latest one. orr at is an or fish -- fish. i was amazed. few daysr was found a earlier on an island off the coast. a rear video clip taken hundreds of meters down. they drift vertically, grazing on protein. this is where we archive very large specimens. >> only a handful have been found in california and are stored here. number of myths have been talked about for decades. one recent one i merged -- em erged, they are correlated to
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predictors of earthquake events. there is no scientific evidence that is true. to have accurate ways to predict earthquakes, but for my money, i bet on a geologist more than the fish. being carefully sampled, studied, and tested for disease and radiation. both appeared healthy. disorientatedably and drifted to the shallows. is incredibly rare and they are out looking for a third. whatever that might mean to the harbingers of doom that think when they come ashore, and earthquake is on the way. it looks like the jabberwocky
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: two major human rights groups reported today dozens of civilians have been killed by u.s. drone strikes abroad, contradicting obama administration claims such deaths are rare. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. also ahead this tuesday, the latest jobs numbers, delayed weeks by the shutdown, paint a lackluster employment picture. there's just no evidence that we're going recover the way we were before the wall street implosion and ensuing recession. >> ifill: plus, a traditional ally puts the u.s. on notice, as saudi arabia criticizes the obama administration for fang

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