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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> the man who worked as osama bin laden's bodyguards was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a military tribunal. the u.n., it an appeal for aid for pakistan flood victims. some fishermen in the gulf of mexico receive compensation over the b.p. oil spill. other are charged with trying to default the system. and a jellyfish invasion. hundreds of swimmers are stung on spanish beaches. hello, and welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to review is in the u.k. and around the world.
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he admitted helping osama bin laden escape and beating u.s. forces in the torborg mountains of afghanistan, but he said it -- in the tora bora area of afghanistan. ibrahim al-qosi has been sentenced to prison by a military tribunal at guantanamo bay. i asked what he had admitted to in court. >> he admitted at his trial last month that he had, in the legal parlance, provided material support to kottaras, and in effect, what he admitted is he had worked inside the osama bin laden compound, running a kitchen, while knowing that al qaeda was a terrorist group -- provided material support to terrorists. there is a sentencing hearing.
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they have claimed he was insulting the intelligence of the military tribunal by saying meal kitchen person. he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. however, it has also emerged that there was a plea-bargain between prosecutors and al-qosi, and in all certainty, he will serve less time, but it may be some weeks before the true is seen.wrot there was some criticism from the military judge at this hearing, who criticized the pentagon and the government for not resolving the issue of how
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sentences are served. u.s. military guidelines say if a guantanamo bay person is convicted, he should be kept. he was kept in a communal part of guantanamo bay, so that is still to be resolved. >> another detainee to be convicted. >> yes, it opened in 2002 as part of the war on terror. it became a symbol after the attacks in afghanistan after the wake of 9/11. he is the first convicted guantanamo bay detainees under barack obama. there is another case taking place this week of a different man, who was, in fact, and juvenile when he, allegedly, killed a u.s. soldier in afghanistan -- a juvenile when he allegedly killed a u.s. soldier. >> the united nations says many
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more in pakistan will died in remote -- will die in the floods. they're trying to help provide clean water, food, shelter, and medical care. we have the latest. >> every day, more of the newly homeless pack up and go pm there is a trail of destroying villages along the entire length of pakistan -- pack up and go. there is a trail of destroyed villages. the crisis began two weeks ago, when monsoon rains caused flooding in the northwest of the country. as the torrential rains continued, water spread along the indus river, and sindh and punjab have been affected.
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the numbers are staggering. the united nations estimates 6 million need aid immediately. one part of the country has been flooded. the waters have laid waste to demand and crops. a season of hunger is coming -- ways to land -- the waters have laid waste to land and crops. a season of hunger is coming. >> to the best of our abilities, we are doing whatever we can. >> too little, too late? >> the international community has to do a lot more, and our own community has to do a lot more for the people. >> the handouts here are coming
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from an islamic charity, accused militants, votbanned and some think this could be a recruiting tool. nowak incomes looking for help is turned away. .-- no one who comes looking for help is turned away. operations like this one are around the country. one more worry for a nation on its knees. an already unstable country is now looking far more vulnerable. bbc news, northwest pakistan. >> human rights watch has accused a resistance army of abducting hundreds of people in central africa.
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they say about 700 people have been taken from their homes from the central african republic and the north republic of congo. they say children are forced into a chill -- kill other children and that girls were forcibly raped. abkhazia, weapons in and georgia called it a danger, not only to tbilisi but also to nato. the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, some claims may have been fraudulent. 22 fell of the more licenses
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have been issued since this bill -- 22,000 more licenses have been issued since the spill. >> if you want to prove you are fishing, it does not take much. >> " what kind of license you need. -- this is the kind of license you need. this is all you need to do to get a fishing license is be a licensed resident of louisiana. >> he fears it is also too easy for fraudster irs. but they said they had been deckhands, but i had never seen these in -- >> they said they had been deckhands, but i had never seen them in my life.
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>> since the oil spill, there have been 2200 more commercial fishing licenses sold than in the same period last year, and some believe some of those may have been used for fraudulent purposes. >> b.p. was paychecks to anybody with a license, so that might have spurred a lot of it, checks and balances on whether those people were really commercial fishermen. >> in the past week, the louisiana wildlife and fisheries department has begun making arrests for fraud. this man is one of three they have charged of falsifying documents. this is one of 14 b.p. claim centers in louisiana. this is where people come in to submit documentation. b.p. wants to make sure it is genuine fishermen and not fraud
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sters that are getting help. .>> it is the verification -- is the verification that we are going to go through. you're going to have to pay in the end. >> b.p. says it is investigating several hundred cases of possible fraud. and fisherman like this captain hope that culprits are caught, so he and others can get the compensation they deserve. bbc news, louisiana. >> at least seven people have been wounded, two seriously injured at a bus stop in a city center during rush hour. the latest explosion came just hours after the election of the president of that country.
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some claim he was aided by widespread oppression and violence. international observers have also voiced concern. our correspondent has just returned from rwanda. >> 93% for the president, but there are questions about just a democratic this election was, bearing in mind that the of the three candidates were largely seen as al guys -- allies of the president, and others were not allowed to run. some were barred because they are facing very serious charges. others were not able to take part because their political parties did not get registered. they say they were blocked by the authorities. now, it has to be said that the president has a lot of support in and around because of what he had done since the 1994 genocide. the country has been stable. the economy has grown steadily, and is seen as a pretty good
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place. some countries are pouring their money in there because the corruption is low, and they feel that when they put the money in, it gets things done. on the flip side, the human rights situation has been a great cause of concern in recent months. there have been a number of killings and strange events leading up to the poll. the government says it was not involved in any of those events, but others say it was part of the campaign. there are other questions about a really how free the people of rwanda were to vote whichever way they wanted to -- about really how free the people were. it goes down to the village level, and people are closely watched, and if you do not turn out and vote and vote for the president, many analysts say you are really not doing yourself any favors. the fact we had 97.5% turnout is something that is causing some people to raise some eyebrows.
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>> this is bbc news. still ahead, the our world gets in a pickle. vegetables. .-- the art world gets in a pickle. zimbabwe is issuing diamonds. international buyers. we have this report. >> zimbabwe is legally back in the diamond business. it is under the watchful eye of some forces, and the organization seeks to avoid international trade in what is known as "blood diamonds."
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it is here that in 2008, the police and the military, acting on behalf of top government officials, it used helicopters and police dogs to hunt down illegal miners -- officials, used helicopters and police dogs to hunt down illegal miners. some were forced to mind the gems -- mine the gems. the people in power know just how bad the economy needs the money. >> from the sale of these diamonds. >> you cannot blame high
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expectations when expectations say it can produce more than $1 billion of diamonds per year. economy was's shattered under economic collapse -- the zimbabwe economy was shattered an economic collapse previously. >> you are watching bbc news. these are the headlines. a cook for osama bin laden has been sentenced. there was a plea agreement with prosecutors. the united nations has emergency aid for pakistan, following a devastating floods. 14 million people have been affected, and many people in the gulf of mexico have received compensation, while others have been charged with trying to defraud the system. now, there is more grim news.
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on wednesday, the dollar hit a 15-year low against the yen, with investors giving a collective thumbs down to the u.s. central bank. the u.s. trade gap widening to almost $50 billion in june. there are also problems in asia, with japanese exporters suffering as the yen's source -- as the yen soars. the growth of china is slowing. inflation will be higher than expected next year, growth lower. that was the sobering message from the bank of england today. the governor, mervyn king, says these were headwinds slowing recovery. >> the u.k. economy is facing a major re-balancing towards net
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exports. achieving that while confronting those headwinds is likely to mean a choppy recovery. >> the governor has a tricky balancing act. he does not want growth to stall. he is also worried inflation will stay too high. with world commodity prices accelerating, the cost of making these cakes has gone up, and it will have to be passed on to customers. >> we are very reluctant to move the prices. however, we know prices are increasing on the ingredients, so it is very likely we will have to increase the prices. >> consumer price inflation. the bank of england's natural inclination will be to raise interest rates, but that will have a serious impact on other parts of the economy.
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hear, for example, note -- here, for example, they feel they only come out of recession and the all of the help that they can get. -- and need all of the help they can get. this company is cautiously optimistic. there is a long way to go before anything is back to normal. memories of the recession have not faded. laying off staff was a traumatic decision. >> it just really was an awful thing to have to do. >> so tough challenges for the bank. it has had to go on the defensive over criticism that inflation keeps passing the target. vat increases and other things
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have been blamed. >> it has been above the target for much of the time. that does not mean that we have taken the eye off of inflation nor gone soft on inflation. we have not. >> with high inflation and uncertain growth, the bank is being pulled in different directions. for now, it is sticking to its course and hoping that things will be good. bbc news. >> a number of people confirmed dead due to mudslides in china's gansu province. joining me now from beijing is our correspondent. as the death toll continues to rise, the rescue operation is winding down. >> it is a real dilemma for the
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rescue workers in the town of z houqu. the more rain comes down, the more unstable the mud becomes. they can clear a raid the debris and continued to surge, but they're obviously -- they can continue to clear away the debris and to search. there was one man who was found that had been trapped underneath the mud. the relatives of those people who are missing, they want the search into -- operations to continue. but when they look at the bigger picture, it makes more sense to step up efforts to clear away. >> indeed. we are looking at pictures of the terrible aftermath of the mudslide. there is more rain and possibly more mudslides. >> yes.
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if this rain continues, and it has been raining there for about 24 hours, you have a risk becoming unstable. there is a risk of further mudslides. some of the water has built uppe. they are trying to relieve the pressure, but there is more concerned about that. if there is a lot more rain, that could wash some of the bodies downstream and spread disease. that is another focused. >> and he mentioned the disease. among the survivors -- and you mentioned the disease. among the survivors, they have
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to house them. >> and that is difficult because there is not a lot of available land. they have a huge amount of tents that have been shipped to the area. the problem is, where do you put them up? the first 100 were put in playgrounds of two middle schools, but there are concerns. they will have to find areas of temporary housing before the winter. that is not going to be a very easy job to do. >> ok, like in beijing, thank you very much. jellyfish plaguing holidaymakers off of the coast of spain. hundreds have been stung. we have this report. >> the spanish northern coast. they are jellyfish hunters.
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these are the portuguese man of warmen o -- portuguese men of war. strong currents have washed them towards the shore. they are fighting a losing battle. >> we have never seen as many jellyfish as this year. >> the popular tourist destination in. on these beaches, at least 700 people were stung. here, they are tiny and almost invisible, but their stings are painful. >> i was stung by a jellyfish. >> they use kaz to cover the affected area -- gauze.
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>> we have this next report on art. >> the sculptor has put the cucumber on a pedestal. the vegetables have been cast in acrylic and given place in the museum. the artist says he identifies with these salty snacks. two classics of austrian cuisine. appleple strudela -- n applan
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strudel or a pickle. >> that is the main reason why i used it. who wants to be a strudel? >> it is fine to laugh. >> i went to see and feel them. >> it is a funny installation. >> what does he think of the rest of us? bbc news. >> insight into the fascinating
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