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♪ >> this is bbc "world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by -- the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation -- giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation -- pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, metlife premier client group and , sony pictures classics -- now presenting "the lady in the van." if man in your drive? >> just until you short yourself out. >> an educated woman living like
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this? >> merry christmas. >> shut the door, i am a busy woman. >> looking lovely today, sweetheart. opense lady in the van" january 15. >> and now, bbc "world news america." katty: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. a terror threat closes all schools in the los angeles area. tens of thousands of students are affected in a state already on average. secretary kerry makes a visit to moscow and says that the and 90 did states has found common ground with russia on isis. chinese poachers plundering the south china sea. the lucrative practice destroying ocean life. >> the scene underneath there is
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unbelievable. they are literally destroying the reef with the boat. it is just like a desert. it is being turned into a desert. ♪ katty: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. a security scare close down the entire school district of los angeles today. nearly 700,000 students were affected after an e-mail threat was made to a number of l.a. schools. this is less than two weeks after the shooting in san bernardino. new york officials got the same threat, and decided that it was a hoax. takee buses that children to school in america's second largest school district
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-- and america's second-largest city were idle today. >> we need the cooperation of the whole of los angeles. we need families and neighbors to work together with our schools and our employees to make sure that our kids are safe. >> and e-mail sent to officials warning of attacks on several explosivesnvolving and assault rifles led to the cancellation of classes for close to a million students -- leaving parents and pupils confused. orthey have not called gotten in contact with me. i'm concerned about his whereabouts. >> those the first time i have ever had to go home. >> didn't make you nervous? >> not really. >> less than a fortnight after -- afternd husband-and-wife team killed 14
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people in san bernardino, they said that that attack and the nature of the threat contributed to their decision. in neighboring san bernardino, i think what has happened in the nation, i think what happened internationally,, as superintendent, will not take the chance with the life of a student. >> it has emerged that officials in new york received a similar threat, but swiftly dismissed it as a threat. when asked if they overreact to the new york police commissioner said this. >> if it is the same information that they had that i am working .ith, i think, yes it is what they want. whether it is a prankster or a terrorist. instill fear and disrupt the normal routine. >> officials branded the .riticism irresponsible an operation to search every
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school without a 700 square mile radius is underway. officials are yet to come across anything suspicious. katty: the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry, and his russian counterpart have announced a meeting at the united nations on friday to find a political transition in syria. secretary kerry also met with president putin during his trip to moscow and said there was enough common ground to move forward with a peace process. secretary kerry spoke about the recent russian airstrikes which targeted groups that were not isis. >> i reaffirmed that the united states stands ready to work with , provideddefeat daesh moscow directs its fire on the real threat, which is daesh. and made it clear about our concern that some of the russian
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strikes have hit the moderate opposition rather than focusing on daesh. i'm pleased to say that president clinton took that under advisement. katty: john kerry speaking in moscow. for more on u.s.-russian relations i spoke with andrew who is now at the carnegie endowment for national peace. who is in the driving seat? russia or america when it comes to these negotiations? andrew: they are trying to work together. john kerry is trying to organize a multidimensional process. there are efforts underway with the russians and the saudi to organize the syrian opposition which will go to these talks. there is an area in jordan where people are coming up with a list of -- with groups they can work with. the russians do not want to see
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syria blow up. they do not want to see the threat of islamic terrorism spread into their country. we already have the bombing on the sinai peninsula a month and a half ago. the russians, is this all about the western effort to push out the assad regime, or is it isiding disaster am a which it collapsing, refugee flows, and more terrorism. hasy: what happens to assad been a stumbling block. what did they agree to today? . we don't know. we know that john kerry said it is not all about assad must go. katty: the russians have gained something. . the russian military operation .as created a barrier the opposition has not been able to amount a full-scale military comparability that would push out a solid. if they wanted to work
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together, how do you wait the mights of something that be called something like success on the win on friday? andrew: this is the beginning of a long process. point, john kerry is working the best he can diplomatically. that only works when you have some threat that you will change on the ground military. -- militarily. john kerry does not have that. the u.s. has been reluctant to get involved militarily. katty: he tried this with the peace process. americans will not step in as the russians have, that leaves their hand weekend in the negotiation process. have comee russians out dramatically with their military interventions. they are stepping up certain targeted operations against isis
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. we will see how much of an impact that has. and theoreign policy security in the united states are issues that will come up at tonight's republican presidential debate. the front runner donald trump is expected to defend his proposal on a temporary ban of muslims entering the country. that has angered many local muslims in las vegas, where the debate is being held. james cook reports. into the is a step unknown. she is one of 30,000 muslims who call sin city home according to society.a islamic the life year for a woman wearing a hijab under a winter hat is not always easy. >> people don't want to sit next to me. people whisper things like, does she have a bomb? will she harm us? i'm very worried.
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before i leave for school, i always worry is this the last time i will go home? peopleit hurts that would believe things that politicians are saying about muslims. than anyone else she blames this politician. donald trump. he was in vegas last night for an election rally. donald trump: you have the radical islamic extremists pouring in. we have to be careful. such rhetoric goes down badly at this mosque. students are taught that islam is a religion of peace, in line with american values. >> what donald trump has done is .ive approval to be racist to practice bigotry. to think that it is ok to discriminate. it has changed for us since his coming.
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james: do you wonder well that will end -- where that will end? only 50 years away from intense civil rights struggles. 50 or 60 years. we can go back to that. >> islands in the name of religion is not unique to any faith. james: muslims in vegas have settled into a familiar routine. calling for leaders of other religions to condemn the murder of 14 people in san bernardino. detested. muslims have been victimized from 9/11 until now. >> we are as sad, if not more so, than any american. it is like feeling sad and being accused at the same time. james: the united states' --ationship will
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relationship with islam will be at the forefront. muslims will be watching with a particular personal interest. james cook, bbc news, las vegas. katty: for more i spoke with a ,emocratic pollster, peter hart research. hart what is donald trump going to say about it tonight? triple andill quadruple down. he will be as tough as he can. he will try to draw the line, because the republican electorate are drawn to that argument. if you look at america as a whole, our thoughts have not changed. muslims are welcome. we have that same feeling about being an immigrant nation. the republicans are on the other side.
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katty: have you seen polling shift in the last couple of weeks? peter: it has shifted in terms of the republicans. in terms of the country, we can measure this for the last several years. it is only shifted little. it has not had a change in any way. katty: what are you looking for? peter: more important than anything else will be donald trump. who will take him on? who will try to take the sword out of the rock? katty: the other candidates have been relied to do so. -- have been reluctant to do so. do you think tonight will be different? peter: everyone tries to be k.g., rather than taking him on. chris christie is the person who should take him directly on. whoever takes him on and knocks him back will become a hero to a certain extent. i think we will find ted cruz playing acute.
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texas senator who is right now close to the front runner. tedy: what do you think cruz has to do tonight to persuade republican voters that he is more appealing than donald trump? peter: what he will try to do is try to consolidate his race. that will be the conservative ht. he will play the traditional issues. if he takes a swipe, it will be small not large. my guess is that he will be ducking anything donald trump throws at him. the most interesting person to watch will be marco rubio. the senator from florida will be looking for that little opening or he can take on cruz. katty: how important is this debate? peter: medium. we will say it is the most important until the next one. each of the candidates needs to
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be able to establish themselves. what donald trump is looking to do is to consolidate what he hallows. he is had a tremendous period in his muslim rhetoric, but it comes back a round to does he have the right temperament and leadership that the american public will be looking for? katty: thank you for coming in. a look at other news. saudi arabia has been giving more details about a new military alliance of 34 mainly muslim countries to fight terrorism. their foreign minister called the alliance unprecedented in its nature and scope, saying it would share intelligence and deploy troops is necessary. hundreds of shepherds and farmers have stormed the parliament in bucharest. they're demanding the repeal of a law they say cartels grazing rights and the use of dogs. they say it changes the way that
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shepherds have worked for centuries. the government says it is aimed at protect wildlife. is no evidencere that a train carrying looted nazi gold has been found. the mining expert says there might be a tunnel, but no trains . a polish government official in august said that he was 99% sure that what has been dubbed the gold train had been discovered. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, plundering and underwater treasure. in the south china sea, chinese poachers are ripping up a reef. after nine months of heavy fighting in yemen, a cease-fire between the coalition and hutu rebels has come to force. the peace talks in switzerland -- the fight has been devastating for yemen.
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6000 people are thought to of been killed. the u.n. estimates that 8 million people -- that 8000 people -- but people are in need of food aid. >> there is no one. nine months of fighting between forces loyal to yemen's government and houthi rebels supported by iran have driven millions from their homes. thousands have been killed. even the very young are in the hiring range. yemen civilians cannot wait much longer for peace. the situation is nothing short of catastrophic. you have 125 people injured every day. this has been ongoing for more than eight months. the civilian population is suffering. your of airstrikes, heavy
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fighting, and restrictions on the movement of conservatives. medicines are in short supply and hospitals have been attacked. the u.n. hopes closed-door talks will lead to a permanent cease-fire and a deal to end the conflict. earlier talks have ended in failure. that if noear agreement is reached this time, you men could slide into chaos -- leaving it multiple to extremist groups like al qaeda or the islamic state. bbc news. ♪ tomorrow, pakistan will mark the one-year anniversary of one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent memory. killed, 132were
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were children with the taliban stormed the military school in peshawar. there are claims the survivors have not been given enough support. massacre that shocked pakistan and prompted the army to intensify its war on terror. it was the day that he lost his mother. she was a teacher at the army public school. he was wounded in the attack, and says that the memory haunts him. >> i saw the terrorist. i was too scared. >> what was it like? >> it was a horrible thing. they had a long beard. had long boots. he was going to the front.
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i mostly wanted to be at home. >> we have been given access to come back to the school. a year ago students ran through this corridor to escape the taliban militants. the is what used to be school's auditorium, where the taliban gunmen came in and closed shooting pupils at range. it is when a normal school day turned into a massacre. it has then refurbished. half is a library and have is a sports hall. the building has changed, but the memories are vivid for students and teachers. theauthorities say that survivors and grieving families have received financial support, medical and psychological care. she is a teacher at the school.
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she lost her son. she says despite the government's claims, many that emily's have been left to suffer on their own. -- that many families have been left to suffer on their own. >> we are not in need of financial support. they should be kept in mind, we are not beggars. -- only financial support the only kind of support we are in need of is not to forget. >> she is been back for the last year, but says that the school feels like a graveyard. >> i'm missing my boy a lot. missing my kids a lot. but in frontome, of the class. .n the staff room my best friends are not there with me. ♪ >> despite the show of normality
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, for many, the battle with the trauma of that day continues. --peshawar.e shower commander of the united states' pacific fleet has warned about an arms race in the south sea. aging has angered its neighbors artificial islands near the spratly islands. the u.s. government and others insist that they are illegal. the philippine authorities are accusing china of allowing poachers to plunder the reefs. rupert wingfield-hayes has the report. rupert: this tiny speck of way and is a philippine military outpost. the philippine military power barely extends beyond the island's reef.
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less than a mile away on another reef, these boats are chinese poachers. we have come here to investigate reports that under the protection of the chinese navy, poachers are plundering the reefs. with the chinese takeover of the south china sea, has come with the local filipino fishermen are calling environmental leaders. -- environmental looters. people like these who are stripping the reef of its coral and precious giant clams. the anchor their boats to the reef and read their engines -- their engines. i asked ms. man what they are doing. what are you looking for, i asked? ,> we are looking for sea clams he said. rupert: it is unclear what they are doing.
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it is time to get in the water. soon as we do, the extent of the devastation is revealed. a couple of years ago, before the poachers, this was a thriving system. it is being torn to shreds by the poachers. is unbelievable. they are literally destroying the reef, wholesale, with these boats. it is like a desert. it has been turned into a desert. now, the poachers are in the water too, retrieving their prize. this is it. a huge giant clam, perhaps 100 years old. they gather them on a pile in the seafloor ready to be hoisted onto the boats.
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on the international market, shows like these -- shells like these can sell between $1000 and $2000 a pair. the chinese characters on the stern of the mothership show that they come from tanmen, a port on the hainan island. the crew shows no fear of us filming. i know that no one will stop them. we get a clamse, of the reef from above. the long yellow plumas fresh destruction. the on-demand is what should the that is nowne reef turned into bearing sand. rupert wingfield-hayes, bbc news , the south china sea. katty: extraordinary video from under the water.
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that brings today's program to a close. you can find more on our website . if you would like to reach me or the team you can reach me on twitter. i am @kattykatbbc. we'll see you back here tomorrow. >> 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 from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation -- pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, metlife premire clients group, and sony pictures classics -- now presenting "the lady in the van." >> put the van in your drive? >> just until you sort yourself out. >> an educated woman living like this?
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>> merry christmas! >> shut the door. i'm a busy woman. >> would you mind pushing me up the street? >> you are looking especially lovely today, sweetheart. >> i'm a sick woman. i'm dying, possibly. >> the lady in the van. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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