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millions of refugees. howard judge has cleared -- how a judge has cleared the latest renault model. president obama has warned north korea to stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons or risk further isolation. president obama, who is in south korea, attended a veterans day ceremony for american troops in seoul, nortkorea. both the united states and china are facing criticism over actions that they have weakened their currencies. and joining me from seoul, is the bbc's john. the currency is likely to top the agenda for the g-20 meeting.
>> it is the issue that is making all of the headlines here. there is no doubt about that. it is really the issue that calls into question whether the summit can move beyond the broad, aspirational, expressions of economic harmony and get down to the nitty gritty of reaching meaningful agreement that moves beyond self-interest. and i think we have begun to see already some pretty harsh criticisms at, for example, of washington's move in recent days, its second round of quantitative easing, printing dollars. concern from developing markets that there will only did it -- destabilize their position. it pushes cheap money towards asia. i think it is going to be the big talking. of this summit meeting. and i think many observers question whether real meaningful agreement can be reached because the issues are so difficult. issue -- rny
president obama's comments on north korea. >> addressing american troops stationed here in seoul. these are comments we have heard before from washington, warning north korea that it risked further isolation unless it uses a different path. if nothing else, it is a reminder of the tense backdrop to this summit meeting. six months or so ago, north korea was accused of torpedoing a south korean war ship with a loss of 46 lives. south korea is doing everything they can to ensure tight security, putting its military on a heightened state of alert for the summit. >> south korea, i imagine, keen to highlight the need of developing countries and to help these countries out of poverty. >> that's right. development is a big theme for
the g-20 summit. it mirror's south korea's experience. do not forget. south korea is a country that emerged rapidly from the ruins of war to build itself up into one of the world's major economies. it has the honor of hosting the summit. it said it wants to use the opportunity to act as a bridge between the developed and developing world. develop an issue is a big part of the discussion here over the next couple days -- the development issue. >> thank you very much for joining me. anger over austerity measures has reached the streets of london. clashes broke out as tens of thousands of students and lecturers protested against plans to increase tuition fees to up to 9,000 pounds per year. some of the demonstrations thefverged where conservative party has its
headquarters. -- the police commissioner admitted that they failed to anticipate the violence appeared our correspondent was there -- our correspondent was there. >> the doorstep of the conservative party headquarters. just one week after the government announced its plans for the future of university. the millbank building was on the route of today's march and it was besieged. at the front, a small group of protesters was intent on fighting the police, but behind them, but her -- a crowd of thousands was refusing to move. this standoff has been going on for some time. they are on different floors. fire extinguishers are on different levels. at one point, this door was smashed down, while hundreds
of protesters searched for other entrances. what got as far as the inner office 3 the rest occupied the lobby -- one got as far as the inner office. >> we are not going to put up with hot universities are being treated -- how universities are being treated. >> it started as a lunchtime march, speeches, students are doing rather than rampaging. the union's president is furious at at the scenes that unfolded. >> 50,000 students came to protest peacefully, but they are in jeopardy of being undermined by the violent actions of a minority. >> london's major added his voice. >> this city has a tradition of allowing people to protest peacefully. what is so disappointing is that a tiny minority abused their rights to peaceful protests, in case an act of criminality and
violence that endanger people's lives, and i hope that people will be caught and prosecuted. >> most of those watching what was going on today did not condone it, but did regarded as an understandable reaction to the government's proposals. >> a lot of people are very angry about this. >> you have the budget cuts, and now you have the right. >> tonight, scotland yard admitted that it mistakenly assessed the risk of violence as low. only 200 officers available. >> it is an embarrassment for them. we need to do something about that. i just do think that we cannot accept that. i think we also have to ask ourselves some questions. this level of violence, we need to ask ourselves all, why was the unexpected? >> there were arrests this evening as the crowd thinned oxide 3utside.
bbc news, westminster. >> an explosive device found on a cargo plane was tied to detonators on the east coast of the united states. the bomb was discovered in a printer cartridge. british police said -- the white house said the findings showed the serious nature of the attempted attack. the united nations says palestinians in gaza have seen no change in their circumstances since israel announced in june it was easing its economic blockade. the head of the un mission in gauze that said the territory has no functioning economy and accused the israelis of ignoring them. a fire forced an emergency landing in taxes.
boeing said it was the most serious incident since it began test runs last year. investors are worried about the risk of a further delay. a number of people killed by the cholera epidemic in haiti has risen to more than640, with aid agencies desperately trying to slow the spread of the disease in the capital. authorities say that only one that there could be officially put down to cholera so far. crystalline meyer is with the world health organization. i asked him how far the epidemic is spreading. >> it is very quick. hers.erson to five oterh we add those -- at the moment, about 1000 a day. >> and what is being done to stem the epidemic? >> one of the most critical
parts right note is to actually break the infection line. cholera is a waterborne disease and is spread through the rivers. the rivers are used for everything from washing and bathing, to cooking and def acating. so this is a major source of infection. the sanitary situation was bad before the earthquake and a hurricane. this is not a new situation, but it has got more. >> who is the most vulnerable to this? >> the weak ones, the younger, the older ones, ones with underlying conditions. cholera is where you get serious diarrhea and that means your body dehydrates. you may spend long prevent someone who is already sick. if you're serious symptoms, in four to six hours, you may be
dead. >> we are reporting in haiti. how likely is this to spread to the neighboring dominican republic? >> the problem of of cholera is that we have about 80% of the people not showing symptoms. while this is good, because people get immunized and will not have any symptoms and will not feel sick, they carry the bacteria and they will travel with it for weeks and months sometimes and can infect the environment. so it is actually very difficult to get somebody. closing the border would not be affected. >> courts have -- courts and beijing have detailed a man for organizing protests. the industrial chemical killed six children in 2008. he was accused of inciting
public disorder after her child became sick . >> the family emerged from court devastated. to them, he was fighting for justice. >> it's too unfair. they have sentenced us for two years and six months. the penalty is too heavy. they have extended this sentence and he has already been detained for a year. also they want? there is no one to take care of our children. >> daddy returned home for the little boys. it was on behalf of him and thousands of other children at the father protested and set up a self-help group. but he was arrested a year ago, accused of inciting social disorder. >> even though they maintain that he is guilty, what must -- why must they hand out such a heavy penalty? we have plenty of cases like this. they get six-a months. even the longest sentence is not more than a year. >> this is one of the children that became sick from drinking
tainted milk. he had to have kidney stones removed. the poisoning emerged when it was discovered baby powder had been booked up with melanie and to fool inspectors. the authorities arrested the culprits, but were unsettled by the spontaneous public anger and media publicity. >> you are watching "bbc world news". still to come, mixing music and politics. how politicians around the world have found a election campaigns set to a speed can be a risky business. -- set to a beat can be a risky business. gm has posted a $2 billion profit for its july-september quarter. the first quarter and a rope when its figures were positive. earnings were listed by strong sales across the globe, though its european division reported
losses. >> big is back. vehicles like the chevy pickup truck are driving sales at america's top carmaker. general motors is now in profit. it's been a speedy recovery for general motors. just over a year ago, the carmaker filed the biggest ever corporate bankruptcy in u.s. history. the total cost to taxpayers was $60 billion. as part of the bailout, the company cut jobs and debt. those efforts are working. in fact, it is now the most profitable among detroit's 83. it makes more than $3,000 for every car it sells. that compares to just $2,700 for ford. and less than $600 for chrysler. investors are taking another look. next week, gm plans to raise $13
billion in exit government ownership. taxpayers will not be repaid right away occurred >> the taxpayers need to realize that the gains that are going to be made off of the bailout of general motors are not going to be in the short term. there will be long term. the long term, meaning that people still have jobs. they will still be building cars in the united states and that people are still going to be contributing in a meaningful way to the economy. >> stong sales of new models means that they are expected to make money this year for the first time since 2004. it's relisting in a step closer to full independence next week. >> "bbc world news" or watching -- president obama has warned north korea to stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons. anger in london over austerity
measures. at least 30 people have been arrested. beens political system has in limbo since elections in march failed to produce a clear winner. the parliament has not met for a months, but now it seems the deadlock has been broken. after days of negotiations. mp's will need to choose a speaker. the income be -- the prime minister is expected to keep his job. he has gained the support of the sunni coalition. meanwhile, a series of attacks on christian neighborhoods in baghdad have killed at least five people and a militant group has warned that it considers all christians and the country to be legitimate targets. five secretaries with large christian populations were hit 10 days ago. more than 50 people died after they were taken hostage at the catholic cathedral. >> just one of a dozen places in
different parts of baghdad where bombs went off early in the morning, all of them targeting christian neighborhoods or houses. one man was killed here and four others wounded. the target was this house, where there was a christian family who has not fled. their muslim neighbors are as angry as the christians are frightened. >> i blame the government and its failed security plans. there was's time, security. that is what we want. >> these bombings carried a clear message -- that the militants can carry out these string of attacks in different parts of town against targets of their own choosing. it is a blow not just to the christian but also to the iraqi government and to the man who is trying to keep his job as prime minister. >> the attacks came less than a day after the prime minister visited the catholic cathedral where the christian worshipers were killed by suicide bombers
could took them hostage two sundays ago. the prime minister told the questions they should not flee the country. but many christians have left, and more would like to go, but the christians we talked to after the latest bombings all said they plan to stay. >> it is not just the christians who are being hit. we are all being targeted, everybody everywhere. one day it is a church. another it is a mosque. >> i am not thinking of leaving. i was born here and this is my home. but lots of people have left. >> these were not massive bombs. it was more a demonstration that the militants can carry out a coordinated attacks all over town whatever the government says or does. the christians are caught in the middle, as others have been before. with political tensions rising, the rockies are asking, what's next -- iraqis are asking,
what's next? >> as more than 2 million people began making their way to the holy city of mecca for the program it, that task of preparing for the event is in its final stages. crowd control is a major issue, along with illness and injury among the millions of pilgrims. >> from every corner of the earth, millions of people descend upon mecca for a journey of a lifetime. but with the different nationalities and ethnicities all in one place comes the threat of disease and injury. this has always been a major issue. with so many people gathered in a limited space, infections spread easily. last year's world wide swine flu scare was not -- was an unprecedented threat to one of the most anticipated events on the muslim calendar. this year, the haj season is off to a smooth start and the health ministry is better
prepared. these ambulances are prepared to be deployed at various locations where the pilgrims gathered to perform rituals. >> as regarding the injuries resulting from epidemics or birds, or whatever casualties and injuries that can take place in the field, we are fully prepared to deal with. we have a qualified team. and a qualified team operating in the hospital. >> lester, swine flu was the main concern and a threat of an outbreak loomed. this year, extra precautionary measures have been put in place to make sure that emergencies are dealt with and to prevent disease from spreading across crowd. this year, authorities feel they are better prepared. the real test is when the season begins and when it programs start coming through the doors -- the pilgrims start coming to
the doors. >> the french car maker has a defeated a legal challenge for its plan to call as late as a modelt the zoe. it was two young girls named zoe renault that fought it. >> it is sales pattern as smooth as is paperwork, it claims that the electric powered zoe is the future. batteries are said to produce no emissions. its name, however, has cost more of a stink. 6000 people have signed this on- line petition arguing simply zoe is not a car. this question has added poignancy for the man who is asking it -- cedric renault has no connection to the car giant and neither does his daughter. >> i am worried that she will
face all kinds of jokes about her air bags. i am not the only one in this situation. i worry for future parents. there will not be able to call their daughter zoe. it is our recalled cars logan. >> on wednesday, these arguments were aired in the lofty surroundings of the paris court house. renault had challenged the car company's choice of name. their lawyer argued unsuccessfully that their daughters were suffered if the car's name was not changed. >> renault pleaded that zoe was a common now. this defense was accepted by the judge, which is a surprise. we will appeal that decision. >> renault says that the case will not take the gloss of its new model.
it will be called zoe. >> after two decades in power, the ugandan president probably needed to update his image, but even he could not have expected it to become a sensation. we take a look at the hits and misses on the political rap sheet. >> in the midterm elections, it was attacked eds. for uganda, re-election rap. which is proving popular. the political verse is being played on radio stations and in discos. ♪ you say green alvin green
♪ green in thelvin recent u.s. midterms, but how many online hits in south carolina was never going to win power. and then there is karl rove. for the man who helped george w. bush to two terms are writing numerous speeches, it did not look like a natural rap. ♪ see him hanging in the cove. what is your name? karl rove. >> this man created a rap. does he think that this could be as successful strategy for politicians? >> clinton played the saxophone. classical music is fine as well. rock music feels ok. rock dinosaurs.
the idea of mike huckabee being a rock band does not feel weird but rap, it is almost like they are stealing young people's music. >> so rapping is a no but rocking can win votes. and with politicians like mike huckabee around, it can be part of the political terror and iun. rappers can try to become a politicians. imagine why cliff marshawn -- wycleff jean's speech. ♪ favorite to win reelection in february, not that his music video will win any awards. >> the global financial system
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