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see every day, an exhibition of north korean art is on display in london, in an ray emery not known for welcoming visitors. >> welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. all day americans have been going to the polls, casting their ballots for who they want to represent them in the u.s. congress. the answer means a lot for which party controls the leaders of power. while president obama himself is not on this ballot, his name is all over this election. west virginia is one of the key states where republicans hope to win a senate seat, and the bbc has gone there to see what is driving the campaign. >> west virginia, america's mountain state.
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for more than a century, the valley railroad has been used to ferry passengers and freight . >> for many on board the poet ma eagle tourist train, these elections are a verdict on president obama even though he is not on the ticket. >> as an individual he's a nice person. however, he is inept in making decisions. he has taken this country from the preeminence of power and respect, and believe that we are down at the bottom. >> polls suggest the vast majority of americans feel the country is on the wrong track. more than half blame president obama and his democratic party. >> he does err on the side of caution. there has definitely been criticism about waiting with islamic state. i hope we did step in soon enough. >> if the republicans take the
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whole thing over, they will go their way and i don't think they will come to consensus. it seems that is what is going wrong with our country now. we are not agreeing. >> what happens here could change the country's political landscape. roirge looks to dark west virginia looks to elect its first republican senate in to years. the feeling here is that these elections may not make much of a difference unless the politicians in washington can put aside their differences and work together, something they have not managed in recent years. >> but the outcome in these elections will set the scene for president obama's final two years in office and shape his leg e.a. sports. "bbc news," in west virginia. >> another two states to watch tonight are kentucky and iowa. we start with louisville,
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kentucky. he is at the headquarters of republican senator of mitch mcconnell, not only hoping to win the seat and the title of majority leader. mitch mcconnell is a senior leader in the republican party. why is this close at all? >> he has had a tough year, no doubt about it. you remember in the republican primaries he faced a stiff challenge from the tea party. he is facing a challenge now from a young man. she is the secretary of state in kentucky. she comes from quite a well-known political family in kentucky, and she has fought a pretty strong campaign, although the polls recently are suggesting that mcconnell will win a sixth term in the senate. what he has tried to dough is what candidates have tried to do across the country, to nationalize the selection. if you don't like the president, then return a republican senate.
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the strategy has worked so effectively here that they won't even admit to voting for barack obama in the 2008 or 2012 election. she has run from the president and placed him in this kind of political quarantine. >> nick, what does it mean then? president obama has two more years in office. what does it mean for the rest of his presidency? >> well, if the republicans do win the senate, they get to control the agenda. mitch mcconnell has been boasting that they will own the budget. they could cut funding for things like the environmental protection agency. they may try and trim obama care. they get to chair the key committees, show they can launch investigations. programs we will see some subpoenas. hillary clinton might be world series about that because the republicans may want to investigate what happeneded in benghazi and libya and her role in that. does barack obama become a lame
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duck? i think that phrase is said too much. it is worth knowing that ronald reagan got hammered in his second term. but he gave a famous speech when he said tear down this berlin wall. it gets tougher for barack obama. -- et's go live now for the now from iowa. is the situation there in iowa as what nick is talking about? not really about the democrats and republicans but president obama? >> yes. we have been hanging around the polling station. it was down there by the flags. we have been speaking to people leaving and they have said either they have been voting because of the way they feel barack obama has either
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governored well or badly this country. but a lot of it is also about character and personal politics. that has been a bit part of the senate race here. this is one of those key battles. the republicans just need six more seats and they control the senate. this could be one of them. it has come down to both candidates staying look, i am one of you here in rural yay -- in rural iowa. there have been a lot of tense battles between these two candidates in the lead-up to the election. a lot of those people coming out of polling station have not said it is about the economy, health or some other policy issue. they have said it is either about president obama or the values that each of these candidates have tried to portray. >> you have spent the last few weeks traveling around the country. explain one thing to me. this sense of disgruntlement. everybody looks at america and
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they see the stock market booming, unemployment coming down. by many measures, america is doing better than most countries coming out of the 2008 financial crash, and yet people are just not feeling it. is that why this election is so tight for the democrats? >> on one hand, yes. the economy is one of those interesting ones where in pocket, things are still very bad. we spent some time in detroit where things are incredibly bad. but it is not bad enough nationally to use the -- to use as the big stick. there was all this talk about obama care. we did find people in texas complaining about obama care, and we found other people who felt this key policy of president obama had benefited them. again, it is not seen as the big thing either to bash the diems with but not successful enough for the democrats to use
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as something to c.e.o. about. that is not to say there aren't many other struggles going on, struggles with race and equality, struggles with policy in places like mississippi. so there are some big problems, and the key thing that a lot of people, that sense of disgruntlement, that washington is not dealing with the problems with the gridlock going on. it is all about playing politics, not about solving their problems. there was this common feeling of disgruntlement about the fact they feel that washington and the politicians are very distant from the things they are going on. >> alongside john sopel, i will be covering all the developments throughout the night. we will be starting our coverage at midnight. a quick playbook a lot other news from around the world. ukraine's president has orlandoed army reinforcements to key eastern and southern
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cities. petro poroshenko has asked parliament to scrap a law that gives special state us to regions. he move comes after rebels held elections and stwore in new leaders. >> police in mexico have arrested the fugitive mayor of the city where 43 students were killed. he has been on the run since the students went missing in september. india's supreme court has over-turned a ban on female makeup artists in the film industry. they have barred women for 60 yards, arguing that men needed the job. but the judges say the gender discrimination was unconstitutional and that it should be lifted. for every adult who dice of
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ebola in west africa, there is often a child left without a parent. had,000 children have been orphaned in this outbreak and in some placeses there aren't people to care for them. in some areas there aren't facilities to care for the dying, so they are left by the side of the road. our reporter has visited the district east of freetown. you may find some of the content in this report difficult to watch. >> an empty road, empty houses. we are driving into the new stronghold of the virus. and to one village at its heart. here a cluster of children on one side of the road. we soon discover why. on the other side, everyone is ither dead or dying.
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>> her head is turning, so she has a fever presumably. do you think it is ebola? >> it is. >> we are having to be very careful where we walk. there are dead bodies all-around here that were cleared up recently. still in the middle of this village we have ebola victims. there are two or three here, these women and a baby daughter, and another man down the road. they are all blowned to have the virus. they have all been left here presumably to die. next door, momosese is struggling with no protective ear to care for his sick wife. >> he is asking the wife, if it doesn't kill you, what will happen to you? the lady said she is going to die. >> i am sorry. there is nothing we can do to help you. ut i am sure help will come.
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.> he pleads again for help across the tarmac, the children wait. they think this side is safer. but some of them look feverish. where are their parents? >> could you ask the children to raise their hands if they have been orphans? >> i have been calling, calling, calling, attending meetings of w.s.p. and w.h.o., and i haven't got any help yet. >> not at all? >> nothing at all. i feel very angry about that because my people are dying. >> he is 14. >> when my father became ill, they took him away.
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i don't even know if he is dead now. so many have gone. we came to this side to avoid catching the virus. >> but there is no proper quarantine system here. local officials have taken a handful of the more feverish children a mile up the road. she is 6. >> are you feeling ok? >> the head is aching. i'm sorry. >> and so he returns to the others. if some of them don't have ebola yet, they are now living beside people who definitely do. we push on deeper into countryside to a place that might hold the key to ontaining the virus.
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not a grave, but part of a makeshift clinic. the locals here are building it without outside help to isolate and treat suspected cases. >> they are waiting for their opening. >> do you think this will be the solution? >> it could be one of the solutions, yes. >> they don't have enough hospital beds for patients. this sort of local initiative is crucial. watching the builders is a boy who knows ebola better than anyone. >> when he tells the men to be careful about catching it, a 10-year-old is speaking from personal experience. he has just recovered, unlike his family. >> you saw lots of people dying. in your family? >> yes. >> your mother?
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>> yes. >> father? >> yes. >> brothers and sisters? >> yes. >> they all died? >> yes. >> so it is just you left? and yet his spirit seems nbroken. >> i want to be a president or a minister. >> but then more bad news. the men in white suits are back on his street. another neighbor has just died, a father of nine. they take his body and bury it with the others behind the family home. >> you can see they are getting angry because somebody has got too close to the burial team. they have to come back to a safe distance.
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it has taken a minute or two before they zipped that body bag and the body is already in the ground. the emphasis is on speed here, trying to make sure the contamination doesn't spread. amara heads home. as a survivor, he is now immune to ebola. on one side, his neighbor's widow. across the street, a new suspected case. at some point the virus will be contained, but much too slowly and at an overwhelming price. andrew harding, "bbc news," sarah lone. >> a zprat country and too many orphans. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, libya's political crisis has led to an unmonitored coastline, making it a favorite path for
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migrants. >> the british banker who was accused of murdering two indonesia women in hong kong should be given the death penalty. he said he wanted justice, helping with financial help to care for his daughter's 5-year-old son and for her body to be returned. the former banker was arrested on saturday and appeared in court after police found the vehicles in his apartment. richard has all the details for us, and the latest. >> educated at private school am cambridge university now faces life in prison in hong kong if found guilty of murdering the women whose bodies were found at his apartment. at the family home of one of the victims there, is shock at what has happened to their daughter. >> her father calls for the
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murderer to be sentenced to death, saying his daughter's body had been mutilated and packed inside a suitcase. the family has been looking after the 5-year-old son and had expected her to return home to indonesia last weekend. but instead, back in hong kong, the police were moving into the luxury apartment block where he lived, to take away the bodies of her and another indonesia woman. her remains are not left for days on the balcony in a suitcase, did he composing in the -- de-composing in the heat. she is believed to be a sex worker. her family says all they knew was she worked in a hong kong restaurant. s for the killer, he is now in custody but has not entered a plea in response to the charges of murder.
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"bbc news." >> over recent weeks we have reported often on the sometimes fatal journey that migrants are making to try to get to europe. now coast gartner officials have told the bbc they have given up trying to stop them. libya's shores are now wide open for anyone who wants to make the crossing to italy. here is our report from tripoli. > my grants attempting the journey in the hopes of reaching europe. these pictures were taken by the coast guard in may, a time when they still actively surveyed a 150-kilometer stretch along libya's coast. they claim these patrols stopped at least 7,000 illegal migrants from making this journey every year.
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>> these patrol botas aren't used much these days, and even when they do venture on patrol, their capacities are limited. they are cannot sail further than eight kilometers from the shore. >> this is just a fraction of libya's vast mediterranean shoreline that needs to be monitored, but it hasn't been monitored in the tripoli area for three months. the coast guard tells me they don't have enough logical support to do their job. they say the europeans are only training them. >> libya is seen as the easyos departure point for migration to europe. thousands of paid traffickers take them on the risky journey to europe. many perish at sea. >> when we see a boat in goods condition, we don't arrest them anymore. we have no health insurance. we are exposed to gunfire from
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smugglers. so on what grounds do we risk our lives for the benefit of europe? >> it is men like these who end up trying to make the crossing. most spend months working and living in dire conditions just to make enough money to pay for the journey. migrants say they are poorly treated in libya. he believes that in europe, life will be better. you live like an animal. that is why i want to go to europe. >> these mipe grants know the danger that waits for them at sea. some have seen the bodies washed up on beaches. there are stilt those -- still those who are willing to risk it all. their lives are more at risk as the coast guard turns their backs and allows the botas to sell sail.
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>> now to an art exhibition that is extraordinary for the location it is being held. for the first time in history, the north korean ray emery in london has opened its doors to the public for an exhibition. the paints are all by north korean artists. >> lovingly painted and instantly recognizable. this the tower of london, deluged in poppies and visited. this, a busy street scene. insight into british life but by a north korean hand, and that is not all. this extraordinary exhibition is being held inside the north korean ray emery in london, been done.ever >> when people come through the door, they will leave preconceptions, prejudices and
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politics at the door and engage in this unique opportunity to see for themselves the art and meet the artists. >> the artists themselves also paint a very different perspective of their country. one view internationally as one of the most reoppressive in the world. >> i'm very happy the british people have given me this kind of freedom. but even when i am in korea, i get exactly the same freedom that british have given me. artist in north korea are allowed to draw any paints they want to because they give total freedom to artists. >> it is undoubtedly an attempt to create a better understanding between the two nations and forge a friendship which can break down barriers. "bbc news." >> i think that is a very odd
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exhibition in every way. that brings today's show to a close. join us on "bbc world news" for live coverage of the u.s. elections. i am cathy kay. thank you for up wagner. see you back here tomorrow. >> thank you for watching. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the , mon good for over 30 years kovler foundation, and union ank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers use their expertise in global finance to guide you through the business strategies and opportunities of
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: election day 2014, the polls are still open with more races going down to the wire than any election in a decade. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill, control of the u.s. senate hangs in the balance. republicans need to pick up six seats to retake the majority. >> woodruff: 36 states will elect governors. a third of them considered toss- ups, more incumbent governors are at risk of losing this year than any time in half a century. >> ifill: stay with us all night on-air and online for analysis and the latest results. plus, a special report at 11:00


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