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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. everyone was hoping for an exciting world cup and today did not disappoint, but perhaps not for the reasons you would have predicted. banned luis suarez for four months providing an opponent earlier this week. then the u.s. lost to germany but still advanced to the next round of the tournament. more on that match in just a moment. first this report on the penalty handed down to suarez. >> suarez let the training as normal this morning, but tonight his world cup is over, his career in the balance. images, his bike the italianulder of this week, the third such incident in a highly controversial career. handedy fee for -- fifa
suarez the longest span in world cup history. >> the eyes of millions of a peep -- millions of people are on the field. >> the consequences are dire for suarez. he will miss 13 games for liverpool due to a former dan on all football activities. he was banned for 10 matches last year, and now his club has a decision to make. >> i think they've got to draw a line under this and say one more indiscretion and it's all over. >> today there was dismay. >> it is harsh on liverpool.
i think you should have got suspended from international, not club. >> maybe not nine games, but maybe two or three would be right. but alone is exactly how suarez may feel. of becoming a football outcast. >> so suarez heading back to uruguay. greg, thanks very much for joining me. what do you reckon, is it fair or not? had to come down very hard. this is the longest suspension they have headed out -- handed out in the world cup. the four-month ban from all soccer activities is a big one in this case. it's going to last into the fall.
knew they had to come down very hard on him. >> do you think liverpool will have to take some kind of punitive action? >> i'm not convinced that's necessarily the case that's going to happen. situation for liverpool, a big global brand that has made a decision about what sort of players, what sort of people they want to be associated with. his history so far with liverpool has been so checkered, you have to imagine they are taking a very hard look at this. >> i want to ask you about the action on the pitch today. america has recent to celebrate today. they're still advancing to the next round thanks to portugal who defeated ghana. all across the country people took extended lunch hours and had conveniently scheduled doctors appointment in order to catch up on the action.
>> never let it again be said that america doesn't love football. previous world cups have produced one night stands and short-lived affairs. the stars of a marriage made in heaven. this was the crowd in chicago, illinois, normally a powerhouse of basketball and gridiron. , proofs was kansas city of the games heartland appeal. the buildup started hours before the americanh networks muscling in on her tournament typically shown mainly on spanish-speaking tv. hollywood also joined the world cup party.
and so did president obama. watched the game aboard air force one at 30,000 feet erie americans on the international space station were beamed in from an even higher altitude. back down on terra firma, it isn't just about love of country, there is a growing love of the game. for the generations that grew up playing soccer, they have now come of age. soccer excited because has never really been that big in america but it is getting bigger. >> soccer is actually building up your. people are watching games, going to stadiums. acknowledgedg and natural sport here.
>> 25 million people watched america's previous match, and that is a record. >> is not just americans who have become more passionate about football. the viewing figures are staggering. ander than the nba finals bigger even than the baseball world series. team usa ended up on the losing side today. was unquestionably the winter. >> greg is still with us. i'm going to push back on all the football fever in america a little bit. when world cup rolls around, we all talk about how this is the moment america is finally going to understand football or soccer , and then it all dies.
>> ultimately it is more of a boost because soccer has been growing here for the last 25 years. you can go all the way back to when the u.s. qualified in 1990 and first hosted the world cup in 1994. it has been a slow, steady progress. there is a subculture here. if you look at the success of major league soccer across the country, there is expansion. growth and yous get a little bit of boost around the world cup. one the most telling things about it is of the 11 starters on the u.s. team, seven of them played in major league soccer. you look at that sort of statistic and that's just one of , as well as the markers we saw about tv ratings. >> that is different from other national teams during the season. to what extent is it a
reflection of the fact that america is becoming more latin? greg some of that is in extent of it. there is a global nature now to everything. there is so much soccer available to watch. more than you can in england. it is the culture of the community, especially in major league soccer and for the u.s. national team. they have taken the best part of it and combined it into this incredible atmosphere and experience. the culture is sort of opening eyes to people. it is about being supportive and having fun. all the reports i hear from people down in brazil is that people want to hang out with the american fans because they are out there having so much fun. >> why aren't you in brazil?
be down therearly having fun with the american fans. >> i am going down for the quarterfinals. >> we will be holding our breath for you and crossing our fingers. nouriaq he prime minister al-maliki has welcomed the syrian airstrike earlier this week on a border area between the two countries. insurgentsslamist who have taken over much of northern and western iraq. he also said he had signed contracts to buy russian fighter aircraft to help defeat those isys fighters. this report from the iraqi capital. but the bloody aftermath of a powerful explosion in a town close to the border with syria which is under the control of islamist militants.
in this unverified amateur video , the cameramen set a syrian warp lane had bombed the town. -- a syrian warplane. >> there was no coordination with a mask is involved, but we welcome this action. we welcome any syrian strike against the isys militants because this route targets both iraq and syria. >> people certainly feel extremely vulnerable to the threat now posed by the islamist militants. forces urgently need help in the battle against them. for weeks the iraq is have been begging the united states to carry out airstrikes targeting the militants, but so far the americans, like britain, have been refusing to get involved in
any direct military action. it now seems other countries are stepping in. weif we had had air cover, could have prevented what has happened in this country. haveday i can tell you, we secondhand jet fighters from russia that will arrive in iraq in two or three days time. >> despite these developments, the focus in the meetings here in baghdad today was assuring the new iraqi government is formed as quickly as possible. >> in order to succeed within a rack or in commanding international support in fighting terrorism, it is sunni,ry to have shia, kurds, working together in government. >> but for these new army recruits going to fight the militants, air cover will be and it is serious and
russia which are now helping out. >> for more on these efforts to fredericks, we have half who served as an advisor to iraq. i started asking about resident obama's request to congress for $500 million to eight syrian rebels and how significant that might be. is potentially quite significant. of course congress still has to appropriate the money and then the administration would need to implement whatever plans it has in consultation with the congress and with regional partners to actually make this happen. but it's a potential watershed. for the first time, the administration is being very explicit about the need to help these rebels protect syrian civilians and secure the areas
where they are present. envoy for syria at the beginning of this conflict. don't you wish this had happened in? timere, i think the first the president was really presented with an option that would incorporate something like this would have been back in the july-august 2012 timeframe. and yes, i think it would have been better had it been done then, but perhaps better late than never. >> what more can the united states do that could be effective to bring about a regional political solution? >> i think that is a tall order at this point, a regional solution. the united states is very much
concentrated on iraq at the moment. advisers, special forces are arriving. presumably they are in the business of coordinating intelligence information with their iraq he hosts, and developing potential targets on the ground. beyond that, there is obviously a very important political dimension in iraq and that revolves around the prime minister. i'm not goingsaid to form an emergency government, so somebody is going to have to put pressure on him. >> i suspect the united states is applying a degree of pressure, although secretary of state kerry has been very careful to say that the iraq he political ross says on to produce the requisite result. cleary -- clearly nouri al-maliki is not part of the solution. >> is there any way tehran could be persuaded to put pressure on the leaky as well?
their ownnians have interest here and they have a decision to make whether to double down on maliki and of iraq'she depths sectarian crisis, or to suggest to him it is time for him to step aside. but this is their decision. they have interests as well. >> thanks erin much for coming in. the world health organization has said drastic action is now need to find the outbreak of the virus in guinea and sierra leone. within 600 cases have been reported, making it the biggest ebola epidemic we have seen so far. you are watching bbc world news america. four months after malaysian airliner went missing, the area they are searching is shifting once again.
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>> australian officials announced another shift in the search for the missing malaysian airliner today. they said the underwater area will be moved even further south in the indian ocean and that the plane was probably flying on autopilot when it crashed. it has been nearly four months since it vanished with 239 people on board. but it's the biggest search operation in history. covering millions of square kilometers and using the latest military technology. hypersensitive microphones to fish for sound. sonar submarines to scan for wreckage. for months on, nothing. investigators thought they had pings from the plane's
black boxes, but it was a false alarm. there is a new underwater search area, still huge, the size of norway. >> this is the best available and most likely place where the aircraft is resting. the search will still be painstaking. be fortunate could and find it in the first hour or the first day, but it could take another 12 months. >> experts are working on the thinnest of clues. basic satellite pings that were never meant for finding airplanes, and educated guesswork on how quickly the airline was flying and how high. there's also one key assumption. just look at where they think the airliner flew. there were no turns, no deviations. hours ther more flight was being flown not by pilot but by computer.
>> it is highly unlikely that the aircraft was on autopilot, otherwise it could not have followed the path that has been identified through the satellite photos. >> that could mean everyone aboard was unconscious, but it's just an assumption. even if it is true, it doesn't rule out an accident or a deliberate act. are mapping the sea bad before they begin a proper underwater search in august. >> so much time, effort, and money in the hunt and it is still a total mystery. years after america's civil war, a series of theatrical productions have been commissioned to mark the conflict and the enormous toll it took on this country. as the u.s. debates a fresh round of military intervention in iraq, a production at washington's arena stage looks at the parallel between the civil war and this last decade
of conflict. >> it is a dance project combining storytelling, movement, and theater to explore the nature of conflict. on the american civil war, 150 years ago and closely parallels the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. >> we use the past to sort of help us find our way. >> the director of healing moore's. she sees dance as a way to connect with an american audience. >> there is a huge hunger in our country for there to be some means of people connecting. that is one thing i love about art. the art becomes not just the concert hall but the town hall. as paulf the performers
burley. he lost his leg eight years ago in a car crash while serving in bahrain. last year he took bronze in the world championships. xo don't really consider myself a dancer. if i were upar is there and the leg would go flying off in a roundhouse kick to the audience. i don't think it's going to happen. i think it will be just fine. >> in this duet, his dance partner plays the part of his dead comrade. >> it's kind of just a meditation on the recovery process. just the resiliency and kind of bouncing back from this sort of thing and getting back to finding a new sense of normalcy. >> according to the show's
narrator, the production makes no judgment about the politics or morale at the of war. morality of war. >> he just says this is part of who we are. when it seems like a good idea and it seems simple and seems like were going to only be there for three months, think again. >> with conflict threatening much of the middle east, history will on defend america's role in the region. now it is the turn of dance to help america come to terms with war. >> dance and veterans working together. that brings the show to a close. you can find much more of the day's news on our website. you
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