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>> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is "bbc world news america." israel and hamas agree to a new cease-fire. with violence today on both sides of the border, will it really stop the fighting? the death toll from ebola rises above 880 in west africa. another american has to fly back to the u.s. it was 100 years ago today that germany invaded belgium and britain declared war. heads of state come together to remember a major milestone in the great war.
welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. tonight, israel and hamas have agreed to a 72 hour cease-fire starting tuesday. egypt put forward the proposal. joint talks with palestinian negotiations in cairo. there were firings on both side of the border. we begin our report at hospital in gaza city. you may find some images disturbing. >> he is three years old and already scarred by war. shrapnel punctured his abdomen. he is stable but too shocked to even cry. he was among the casualties to arrive at the hospital on the day of an israeli cease-fire. >> this is a war against children and families. they should go and fight
soldiers, not the children. what did they do this for? i don't think he did anything. >> survivors told us israeli missiles hit their homes and attack that came without warning. four members of one family were killed, two of them children. casualties are still arriving at the hospital. it is chaotic. there is not room to put all the people arriving. about two dozen have been brought in so far. they say this attack happened after the humanitarian cease-fire was supposed to have begun. this is a five-year-old. his house came down on top of them as he and his family were baking bread. his grandmother said we will stand firm and have more children despite the israelis.
some took advantage of the cease-fire which held in most areas to salvage what they could from homes in this frontline area next to the israeli border where there was heavy fighting. >> this was my house. this is where i built my dreams, my memories, everything. >> he has brought us back to the ruins of the house where he lived with his wife, two children, and extended family. >> there was a kitchen here. >> he says he will bring his infant son and daughter accurate to live in a tent, but he will teach them about the israelis. >> they have to learn how to live with those people. they have to know they are our enemy. >> that is what you will be
telling your children? >> they destroyed the house. how can we live together? there is no way. >> his losses include his family's farmland and plastics factory and his precious library. he let's check off, and agatha christie. this man of books is left with sadness and hate. >> before the news of the latest cease-fire agreement, the prime minister bowed to continue the gaza campaign until security returned to his country. israeli military says it has destroyed all of the borders dug by hamas to infiltrate israel. james reynolds has this report. >> these pictures obtained by an israeli news channel show the digger attack in jerusalem. the driver, the palestinian
tries to overturn an israeli bus. earlier, he ran over and killed a man. police officers try to get him. we won't show you what happened next. the police fire at him and kill him. afterwards, a crowd gathers. many are students at a religious school across the road from arab east jerusalem. >> i think we should be able to live in peace with our arab neighbors. we should stop the radicals from escalating. >> benjamin netanyahu has to persuade the israeli people his policies work, that he can keep them safe, and that by continuing to strike gaza he will prevent further attacks in israel, including here in jerusalem.
this family are taking refuge from the conflict in the hills of central israel. they have left their home on the border with gaza. >> how does it end? >> does it? that is a difficult question. i don't believe it is going to end in the next few years. i think it will be from one round to another until we reach an agreement. >> we don't have no -- like a [indiscernible] i don't want that my children and grandson will be soldiers. >> the prime minister visiting injured soldiers in hospital cannot tell his country when the war will end. benjamin netanyahu has one declared aim, a lengthy period of quite.
it is a deliberately vague goal and comes without a deadline. >> other news from around the world, a ferry carrying 200 passengers capsized in bangladesh. about 100 have been rescued so far. two bodies have been pulled from the water. the boat saying south of the capital. many of the passengers were coming back to the city after celebrating. thousands of people are fleeing a border town in eastern lebanon on the third day of fighting between troops and militants. fire broke out after soldiers detained a member of the radical group. james brady has died. he survived his devastating headwind during an assassination attempt on president ronald reagan in 1981. he was left with serious injuries and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
he launched a personal crusade for gun control. a federal law requiring a background check on people buying handguns bears his name. he was 73. in nigeria a doctor who treated a patient with ebola virus has contracted the disease. this is the second confirmed case after his patient died 10 days ago. the world health organization says the death toll from the outbreak in west africa is now 887. the world bank has announced up to $200 million in emergency funding to help contain the virus. we have this report. >> a second american doctor is back home for treatment after contracting the killer virus. u.s. officials say the arrival of the patients poses no threat to the public. >> there are screenings in place before they board flights where
the flights originate, but also after the individuals arrived in the united states, they are screened again. >> there are fears about the fire is being carried to other countries. italy says despite the problem of illegal migrants from africa, ebola does not pose a major threat. hundreds more in west africa are not able to get away to receive specialized treatment. people come from around the world to this nigerian church seeking spiritual healing. after the health crisis, not even the faithful are taking chances. >> i'm scared because i live here. people from outside countries come in. >> the world health organization says it needs $100 million to fund emergency action. the u.s. is sending 50 public health experts to the region to help tackle the outbreak. at the u.s.-africa leaders summit in washington, ebola is on the agenda.
african countries are achieving economic growth, but the challenges are still evident. there are fears the virus is claiming lives faster than the efforts to bring it under control. >> one u.s. patient is repairing to leave liberia for treatment in america. one has already been transported to atlanta. for more on his condition and the outbreak in west africa, i spoke with an infectious disease specialist at vanderbilt university. thank you for joining us. if we could start with the case of dr. kent brantly, he is the american who is now back here. what do we know about his condition? >> so far, we are optimistic. we have not heard anything grave. we saw he was able to walk from the ambulance into the hospital without a ventilator. we are guardedly optimistic he
is doing well and improving. >> what can you tell us about this serum he has apparently been treated with? some kind of experiment for treatment. >> apparently, this is a serum with antibodies to the ebola virus. the antibodies, we hope, will curb the spread of the virus and permit him to recover. >> is that just available in america or could it be used in west africa? >> it is not a licensed therapy. we know very little about the details at the moment. we don't know how much is available. i am sure it is being given under special fda guidelines for experiment to use in extraordinary circumstances. >> how much of a risk is there of ebola spreading in the u.s.? >> there is no risk, really no risk. people taking care of him are using precautions.
this virus is not readily spread. it is not like influenza. you have to have close prolonged contact with body fluids to acquire the infection. i think there is no chance it is going to be embedded into the united states. >> it is a different story in west africa. what can the authorities do to stop the disease? >> rigorous about health -- public health work, case isolation, and treatment quarantine and surveillance of the contacts all done rigorously can get our arms around this epidemic and begin to contain it. >> to you think the number of cases we are seeing in west africa is the tip of the iceberg question mark what is your analysis -- iceberg? what is your analysis?
>> we are concerned not every case is coming to public health attention because there are rumors and concerns and versions to dealing with the medical western presence. we will have to see. as more people from the who and cdc get there, we hope we can contain the outbreak. >> thank you for joining us. >> ebola is overshadowing the first ever u.s.-africa summit which started today in washington. african leaders are in town for the event hosted by president obama. officials say the united states will announce a list $1 billion in business deals and increase funding for peacekeeping operations and aid programs. the u.s. lags behind china when it comes to investment on the continent. we have this report from nairobi. >> this is a car plant in
nairobi. most of the workers are kenyon. it is not a kenyon business. it is the american business general motors. the director tells me this this has been good grilling threefold in the last 10 years. >> you can set up an operation here. our financial institutions are solid if you are looking for banking support and services, you can find all the products you would find in developed economies. >> even as general motors was hit by recent crisis, this plant in africa continue to make profits. africa has challenges like instability and insecurity. despite of challenges, the general manager -- the general motors plant continues to make profit. in kenya, they have grown by 40% over the last few years.
even the newer smaller entrants into the canyon market are also doing well. in three years, the company has grown from three pioneers to 45. >> 95% of the world's businesses are still run on cash. we said how do we get more businesses in emerging markets to move away from cash. the first place we looked was kenya because of the massive adoption of mobile money systems. >> china remains kenya's top investor. investments from the united states increased around the time the al-shabaab attacks started. those attacks have not scared away americans who have made kenya their base. >> you will be saying i wish i had gone in in 2014 or 2015. if you wait until all those
things settle down, you will pay more. you will have to work harder. now is the time to come. >> for both established businesses and newcomers these american brands are growing fast here. the competition from china and europe is high. in the end enthusiasm is a win for the continent. bbc news nairobi. >> money is the name of the game at the summit in washington this week. you are watching "bbc world news america." the search for survivors in southern china. rescue workers go through the villages devastated by the powerful earthquake. in the u.s., extreme weather is affecting residents all over california. one of the worst droughts in the state's history in the north
with flash flooding in the south. >> it has already been a long summer for firefighters in california suffering its worst route in decades. high temperatures and dry tender revived the fuel. lightning provides ignition. 14 separate fires have started in the last few days. the two words in northern california are burning out of control. the governor has declared a state of emergency. communities have been evacuated. tens of thousands of acres have been burned. >> a wall of smoke coming this way fast. incredibly fast. >> the whole time we have lived here, that has always been a fear. to have the reality is a big shop. >> when much-needed rain arrived, it brings another kind of danger.
flash floods and mudslides in the mountains outside los angeles cut off towns and swept away vehicles. >> heavy downpours caused the roadways to be completely blocked by heavy debris basically splitting the town in half. >> firefighters broke into this car to make sure no one was trapped. one person died after the water caught people by surprise. a huge cleanup operation is now underway to reopen the road. firefighters are still battling to control the fires in northern california. two problems, one cause. drought. the state is expecting worse to come. bbc news, los angeles. >> in china, rescuers have found survivors who were caught in the rubble after a strong earthquake
killed approximately 400 people. thousands of soldiers have been deployed to the remote area in the southwest of china to assist in the rescue effort. rainstorms are expected to make it more difficult over the coming days. we have this report. >> this morning help finally arrived at the epicenter of the earthquake. poor visibility and bad weather for 24 hours had stopped military helicopters from landing. once airborne, the extent of the destruction was clearly visible in this remote mountainous region. surveillance camera footage showed the moment it struck at 4:30 in the afternoon on sunday, a time when many people would have been at home. those who could rushed to the safety of the outdoors. on the first tremor, everything
shook seven or eight times, this man said. our house collapsed almost as soon as we got out. thousands of rescue workers soldiers, and medical staff have been drafted in, the progress on the ground is being hampered by disrupted communications and blocked roads. offers of help have come from washington and the united nations. although it is access that is the problem. at this stage, china appears to have all the manpower it needs. authorities are sending large quantities of tents bedding and medical supplies. compared to the 2008 earthquake which claimed the most 70,000 lives, this disaster is smaller in scale. although relative comparisons are meaningless to the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones and the thousands made homeless. the chinese premier has flown in to personally oversee the rescue
operations. from the air china's vulnerability is clear with older buildings line collapsed between the newer buildings left standing. china's southwest is one of its most earthquake prone regions but also one of its poorest. it is that combination that leads to such large loss of life. bbc news, shanghai. >> is evening landmarks across britain have been turning lights out. it was 100 years ago britain and its empire entered the first world war. it was inspired by the words of the foreign secretary who described lights going out across europe at the outbreak of war. a single light and is intended for a shared moment of reflection to represent a symbol of hope in the darkness. earlier, world leaders gathered in belgium to mark 100 years since germany invaded the country during the great war.
we have this report on the events. >> ♪ >> it was a summer's day much like today, said the minister at the cathedral, when the world changed. it was 100 years ago today, they britain went to war. -- the day britain went to war. from every continent, worldly it is came -- world leaders came to remember and pay respects. >> ♪ >> most of the fighting and casualties occurred on the battlefields of europe. >> ♪ >> belgium was the first point of impact, invaded by german forces on this day 100 years ago.
this city was stoutly defended by belgium forces in august 1914. from the city came many of europe's present day leaders among them germany's head of state. he was thankful for the invitation, he said, and there was contrition for germany's unjustifiable invasion of belgium, as he put it, and for the conduct of german troops. >> president hollande spoke about present day wars and what he called a murderous conflict in gaza. prince william said ukraine showed instability continued to stalk europe but he said something better was possible. >> the fact that germany and austria are here and other nations, then enemies, are here bears testimony to the power of reconciliation. >> balloons were released as a symbol of european peace.
in glasgow the prince of wales laid a wreath in tribute to all of those from britain and the commonwealth who gave their lives in the great war. in the south coast port from which hundreds of thousands of soldiers embarked for the western front, prince harry opened a memorial arch in their remembrance. it is the solemn commemoration of a catastrophic moment represented at the tower of london by nearly 100 ceramic poppies to signify the bloodshed and sacrifice of war. >> remembering a day which led to so much carnage. that brings today's show to a close. you can find much more on the news at our website. you can reach me and most of the bbc team at twitter. thanks for watching. be back here tomorrow.
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