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welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and also around the globe. takingan government is action to reestablish control in the east of the country. government forces moved into the threehere they destroyed track points being held by pro-russian rebels and killed five people. the operation has prompted a strong reaction from president cutin and russian troops have been ordered to carry out new military exercises along the border. >> the ukrainian government troops just outside of the rebel stronghold. was part of what kiev calls its anti-terrorism operation against the armed militia that has been taken government buildings, police stations, and even whole towns in eastern
ukraine. it lasted about an hour before the cleaning forces retreated. a few hours later, we watched as the armed rebels stormed back onto the barricades. they told us that one young man had died. the details are unclear but it appears to have been an attack by the ukrainian army from the north on the checkpoint held by pro-russian protesters. defense minister immediately said he was restarting military exercises. bombers took off and heavy armor rolled near the ukrainian border, president putin warned that the decision would have consequences. >> if they've started to use the army against its own population today, is without any doubt a very serious crime against the
people. >> in fact, much of ukrainian army operations have been without violence and is an attempt to show they have some control in the east. a situation where both sides are running checkpoints on the same road. this is a government checkpoint but a few miles down the road there is one run by the protesters and a few miles up the road there is another one run by the protesters. with many government buildings still held by armed rebels despite last week's agreement with u.s. president was firmly blaming russia. >> we have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in geneva. >> slowly, the tragically the death toll rises. this was the funeral of a local pro politician whose body was found in a river. it apparently been tortured and left to drown.
>> the human cost there of the tension between ukraine and russia. for more situation i spoke with a former state department official. listening to president cutin. it doesn't sound like he intends to stick to the geneva agreement. >> if he did, they would have taken action to try to persuade the separatists to step down, to leave the bullies they were end. i don't think so. it is not as though russia hasn't used force against people in its own country. it doesn't sound -- >> with this tomato running out midday on saturday, are you expecting russian troops to move into the eastern ukraine? once i think the russians want to make sure that the ukrainians
thet try to disarm separatists again. theynk the likelihood that could move and at least piecemeal into eastern ukraine is greater than it has been since the beginning of any time in this crisis. >> what do you think that president putin's game plan. >> is to ensure publicly that there are no elections in ukraine next month which are scheduled for may. if there are elections, ukraine will remain weak. he thell move -- neither nato will move in to this. >> the speculation has been over the last couple months about what is going on in the minds of vladimir putin. what is the one for russia at the moment? was he wants to restore russia's influence in the post soviet space. his interpretation is that none
of these countries will move further west. that is the minimum. i think he wants to increase russian influence. >> you write that really america and russia or whether they have tried to reset this relationship , theer many times it is two countries, but repute an differents has very opinions about what this has aside. >> russia's view of the world is fundamentally different from that of the u.s.. i think it is not accept the proposition. we have fundamentally different understandings of what a productive relationship would be.
>> is there a way that they can work on the areas of interest it might have in common? >> i think they're still working iran. syria, post 2014 afghanistan. there are a number of global issues on which we have to work together. >> israel will never find a peace treaty with the palestinian government that supports thomas. the two palestinian sanctions have set aside their differences to form a unity government. >> for the last nine months, the u.s. secretary of state has been making one more push to try to settle the palestinian israeli conflict. it wasn't open ended. next monday was supposed to be the deadline.
after some weeks, it has been clear that after 20 years of on often gauche asians, yet another round of talks was failing. in his opposite the militants tree -- at the ministry, i asked the prime minister netanyahu what his alternative was. >> it depends on president abbas, the palestinian leader. he made a decision. instead of choosing to stand with israel, he made a pact with hamas. he can have peace with israel or a pact with hamas. >> you continue to take their land, a say you're not serious about the peace process. decades upon decades upon decades of the palestinians and some others who recognize the jewish state. what happened yesterday was a tremendous reversal the peace.
they not only refused to recognize the jewish state, they embraced the very people who call for the outright destruction of the jewish state. his mind.changes >> the decision to make the unity agreement with hamas seven years after the bloody split was that he didn't expect to get what he wanted from israel. there is no guarantee that this will work. that israelelieve really wants peace. >> this is with its it accountable loss. netanyahu is disingenuous. he is not committed to peace.
park the long fight between postings and israelis, this was a pretty go in jerusalem and is been overshadowed by the tumble elsewhere in the middle east. all of the issues that have made this place for volatile -- so volatile, yet the negotiations remain. what looks like another failure matters. to jeremy a short time ago in jerusalem. i asked him despite america's assurances that these negotiations are not over, they really are, aren't they? >> well, if both sides stick to what they have been saying. as well as mr. netanyahu lain down his point of view, posting sources said that if they were talking again they would have their own set of the conditions including a cessation of all settlement activity including in east jerusalem. if both sides stick to that, i
don't see where this goes. the unity agreement collapses as all of the other previous attempts at unity between them have collapsed, then i guess that sorts out mr. netanyahu's problem. the secretary of state has a lot of prestige into this and clearly for him, nine months after he started, and just a few days before was supposed to be the deadline. they're not quite ready to declare this. >> his spokeswoman said that , whatare many mechanisms are the other mechanisms? >> there are all kinds of toxic go on different types of levels. when i was in the office, they have a prime minister suite.
secretary of state on scary -- secretary of state 's envoy leaving. it is clear he was quite concerned by what was going on there. the americans have been scrambling in the last 24, 36 hours to try to find out exactly to try to contain the damage and make sure that nothing is said that would end the process. the senior israeli negotiator has been much more conciliatory. netanyahu, whose very explicit interview him he is a prime minister and his leader of the government. school whichkorean in laste 250 people week's ferry disaster has reopened for classes.
school arethe high initially focusing on helping students cope with the terrible loss and trauma. who survived the disaster have not returned to class however. today, a security guard opened bule at a hospital in ka killing three americans and wounding another. turned the gun on himself. it mainly specializes -- the hospital mainly focuses on helping women and children. i spoke with a senior fellow at the new america foundation. >> we expected that there would be an uptick in violence around the time of the elections. the elections are now over and we are still seeing the violence. will this just continue? >> it seems to be something that will continue.
this has the largest premature ward. i think a lot of people were seen this as an isolated incident that took place. there has been a consistent uptake. >> there has been a consistency of foreigners. >> to one woman and the other woman that was injured. >> that is something that could be around during the election campaign, with so many things happening and security concerns. in the last election, there was a certain level of violence. has remained pretty consistent. >> when something like this happens, they are treating women and children. what is the reaction of afghans living in the capital? >> just listening to what people
have to say as well is talking to people and they're very vibrant social media. people have been posting personal stories that they have had about their experience at this hospital. the fact that they cease to something like 37 -- that they see something like 37,000 patients. there is quite a lot of shock. people were saying that it was an isolated incident of a rogue individual. >> isolated incident of a rogue individual but there have been various rogue individuals within the afghan security forces. there have been cases in the military and in the police forces where they have turned against the civilians.
>> there are strong cultural norms that sometimes even a of what might seem to be something dishonorable or something that has been mistreated as a security on the south side. those sort of things. >> you think this has nothing to do with taliban, extremism, and the other extremism in the country? >> incidences like this, they have always been some sort of group. somebody might have said something or they might have felt slighted. there have been incidences like this that have happened in the past. something like this in particular might be something that points that way. >> thank you very much. "bbc world news america," still to come -- the pomp and circumstance were mixed with just a little bit of play on president obama's trip to tokyo.
we will bring you the highlights. thes exactly a year since collapse of an eight story building in bangladesh which housed several loving factories. to mark the day, thousands protested in the streets of the capital. 1100 people died and thousands more were injured when the structure came down. as our world affairs correspondent reports, many families have not received any compensation's an international agreement on factory safety is still to be implemented. disaster ofa staggering proportions. more than 1100 dead, thousands wounded, and a chorus of demands that this should never be allowed to happen again. -- this woman barely survive and lost to like. i am borrowing money from different places to survive. i husband is taking care of me and he has no time to go to work.
who will look after me and do the household work if he goes to work? for my fulliting compensation. >> compensation is coming but slowly. multinational companies have only closed the third of the 25 million pounds needed for a trust fund. the disaster has led to an international agreement signed by retailers, setting safety standards for some 4000 factories. only about a quarter have -- have so far been inspected. >> the full scale of the lack of standards is now a norm. we have changed the rules of the supply chain game. >> the process is fraught with problems. european and american retailers agree on standards but differ on issues of liability and how the scheme should be financed. 80% ofustry accounts for the country's exports. a striking statistic which hasn't changed despite what happened on the outskirts a year ago.
>> president obama has promised to defend japan's territorial interests against any possible chinese aggression. speaking during a visit to tokyo, he said a group of disputed islands in the south china sea are protected under the defense treaty with japan. china is not so happy. >> president obama was welcomed to the imperial palace in tokyo. filled with all of the pomp and ceremony would expect. the most potent ally and friend.
astain thinks of itself having a very special relationship with the u.s.. something deeper and stronger. issident obama's visit reaffirming that friendship, but reassuring japan that the special relationship is not weakening in face of a rising china. the prime minister wanted most from president obama is a clear commitment that america will defend all of japan's territory. that includes a tiny group of islands in the east china sea. china says it belongs to it. that our reiterate treaty commands are absolute. article five covers all territories under japan's thenistration including islands. >> he had a message for the prime minister. it is time to tone down the rhetoric.
revoking china. >> in our discussions, i emphasized with the prime minister the importance of resolving this issue peacefully, not escalating the situation, keeping the rhetoric low, not taking provocative actions. presidentternoon, the got to play football with japan's most famous robot. japanese technologies can allow foreign guests. american is getting rather tired of buying japan's high-tech products. much of the markets are still closed. tonight at a lavish state banquet, president obama spoke warmly of his first visit to japan as a small boy. he made it clear the special relationship between these two countries is secure. it also likes to see little bit more american beef being served as state banquets like this and
in tokyo's restaurant. >> now to the story of the harlem hell fighters, one of the longest-serving and most decorated american military units in the first world war. this all-black group earned its nickname for courageous acts on the battlefield. when they returned home in 1919, there heroes welcome was marred by racism. there is a new graphic novel that tells the story. >> the first world war, they were one of the most decorated units. the harlem hell fighters serve more time in combat than any other american unit of any color. had they been a white unit, they would have been permanently enshrined in america's cultural heritage. my book is called the harlem hell fighters. werearlem hell fighters
essentially an all-black regiment which was led by a mix of white and black officers. initially, this unit of new york national guard's, they were called the black rattlers. themselves in combat out of sheer terror. the germans call them the harlem hell fighters. train in sent to spartanburg south carolina, two weeks after a terrific race right in houston, texas. . were taunted and beaten specifically ordered not to fight back. for a unit of young men who joined up to fight and train to kill, their restraint and their discipline was nothing short of her. the harlem hell fighters were some of the first american
troops of any cover to see combat on the western front of france. they endured artillery, machine .uns home to cheering crowds of over a million new yorkers of every color that lined the streets. they also came home to the red summer of 1990 and, some of the worst racial violence that the u.s. has ever seen. i think is important that these buried histories be uncovered. fact that these soldiers suffered such humiliation and such severed ties by their own government and still managed to come home as some of the most decorated heroes of the war speaks to the human spirit and the universality of courage.
>> remembering some very brave man. i am katty kay. 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 to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers use their expertise in global finance to guide you through the business strategies and opportunities of global commerce.
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