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america. >> this is bbc world news america, reporting from washington. the story of harm -- civilians talk of the chilling atrocities committed by the syrian government. >> we crossed the checkpoint but two of my brothers were detained. they took one with them and killed him. >> standing firm against iran's nuclear ambitions, the israeli prime minister visits the white house. vladimir wins his presidential victory, but this causes thousands to protest, not a party. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs
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and america. john mccain has called for ai strikes against syrian forces to defends af safe havens. civilians have accused the army of committing atrocities when entering the city last week. our correspondent, paul wood, sent us this report from the outskirts. >> on a road out of homs, part of the exodus. they endured weeks under mombardment, then -- bombbardment, then fled, panicked, as troops arrived. >> we and our children have to
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flee our homes under cover of darkness. >> people are terrified of what government ofrces will do -- forces will do now. this group walked three days to avoid soliders. whoever is taken at a checkpoint will be killed, he says. "they took our husbands at the checkpoint," she cries. shares the same fears, their husbands are not coming back. for now, they are on their own with nothing. >> it is absolutely freezing. they have no heat or
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electricity. and they wonder what has happened to their father. >> this family says they witnessed a massacre. troops took 36 men and boys from one district and killed them all, they say. >> my son's throat was cut. he was 12. >> they butchered four people. the soliders were using knives and killing people like this. the victim's hands were tied up. >> we managed to cross the checkpoint. two of my brothers were detained. i saved one. they took one with them and killed him. >> my father's life isn't worth
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more than the young people we've lost. >> can such horror stories be true? these men defected from an elite army unit last week. they said civilians were targeted, civilian,s killed s, killed. we were told to shoot at anything that moves. civilian or military, you shoot. >> an order was given, "this is the price of freedom you were fighting for." people were killed for no reason whatsoever. >> the people say they are victims of a crime. the outside world will want proof.
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they are scattered, the uprising, crushed. there is international outrage, but no agreement about how to bring this to an end. bbc news, outside homs. >> chilling aftermath of the uprising in homs. as the white house decided what to do with syria, there was a meeting between barack obama and benjamin netanyahu. our north american editor reports. >> the israeli prime minister heads to the white house. he may be headed for war.
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there was a deliberate display of agreement. obama said there was a window of opportunity to negotiate with iran. >> when i say all options are on the table, i mean it. we both prefer to resolve this diplomatically. we understand the costs of any military action and i want to ensure the american and israeli people wer are are in consultation. >> he wanted the president to say that israel had the right to act. >> we have to defend ourself against any threat. when it comes to our security, we cna make our -- can make our
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own decisions. >> the last meeting was awkward and embarassing, as netanyahu talked of israeli's history. the big divide is over the red lines, what will not be tolerated. obama says they may not obtain a nuclear weapopn. israel thinks if they have enriched uranium, they will be unstoppable, and it may happen this year. the top brass is against another war in a volatile region, and do not want another iraq and afgphanistan.-- afghanistan. >> the last thing he wants is another war in a volatile
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region in an election year. robert joneined by malley from the international crisis group. the aim here was to prevent them from taking nuclear actions against iran. >> one goal was to stop the attacks on obama that he is being too soft, and he wants to buy himself time and convince israel to understand that this would not be a wise course of action. he gave a very effective speech yesterday that sent a clear message. sanctions have not really been felt yet, and he also did reiterate very strongly his support for israel. >> last year, netanyahu famous
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lis: obama in a very low point in relations. we know that there is some tension between the two of them. >> we know that we will have an election in the near future. between the lines, one to clearly say that one side, the americans said, did not attack right now and give them a chance. they have the right to defend themselves as they choose to. the prime minister thank him, for the right to defend himself. the first part is not attacking now, this may have been lost on the prime minister. >> tell me more about these red lines, how much are they on the same page in terms of what iraq -- iran can do or not do? >> your correspondent just explain this -- there is a zone
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of immunity for israel, at which point they will start the nuclear program -- and no. 2 does not really except this. obama probably had the better of the last two days. prime minister netanyahu got obama to say, we won't contain iran, and we will not accept an iran with nuclear weapons. if sanctions fail and diplomacy fails, the u.s. may be led to war and netanyahu won the public relations battle, saying there is one issue more important, and it is iran. this is what will dominate the discourse. making sure the u.s. is on the
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side of nuclear action, making sure all else is secondary. >> thank you for coming in. the supreme court of iran has overturned the death sentence given to a national accused of spying for the cia. the family saiays charges are farbricated and call for his release. the former prime minister of iceland is accused of severely undermining the economy during the economic crisis of 2007. prince harry is having an official visit to the carribean. he went on to watch a celebration parade for young people.
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tonight, dozens of protesters were arrested for protesting vladimir putin's reelection. the election has been called "unfair," and the state department of the u.s. has for an investigation into potential fraud. >> that are the majority in moscow, those who voted against vladimir putin. not all of russia is with them. perhaps they can persuade their camp -- the country to build a more fair country. >> we are here to make our government think a little bit. >> do you think the protest is having any effect?
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>> firstly, i hope so. >> they came out on the street three times in december and three times in february. they came out again because the elections were still unfair. >> this video shows a man accused of taking people to different polling stations devote several times. >> the outcome of elections should be uncertain. this is not the case in russia. the issue is that there was no real competition. >> it was a protest rally that was given television coverage and a prime location beneath the walls of the kremlin, reminding people who runs russia. >> if today or tomorrow, they would go down the street with the same saying, it would sound
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out of tune. >> the man who was the former prime minister says the country must change. >> that is what a middle-class is demanding respect by the authorities, implementing a constitutional rights -- the constitutional rights of people for this election. >> we are the power, anti- corruption activists remind the crowds -- but many here know that in their fight for true democracy, they face a formidable foe. bbc news, moscow. >> with more on where the opposition goes, i am joined by matthew from the endowment for international peace. they were out on the streets and did not accept the results. can they change anything now? >> there is no way it ends here.
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we knew that going in. there would be claims of fraud and protests. what a lot of them are after is not the removal of putin, it is the change in their relationship with the state and political power. >> the presidential elections gave them a reason to motivate people into the streets of moscow. what hapenpens when the rallying point is gone? >> it is in putin's court. he holds more cards now. no matter how you look at the allegations of fraud, he probably had the act -- the absolute majority. even if it was not 64%, it is hard to pull off 10% with double-digit fraud.
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he probably has the majority. he may see this as a popular mandate, justifying his regime for the last decade. and the perspective of what he will do with the protesters. what he has done over the last 24 hours, giving them the safety valves, cracking down selectively, arresting others -- it will be touch and go for the next few months. >> if he won the majority and the selection, as they said in daniels report, if they keep saying russia without putin, the guy is still popular. what is the change with politics? >> they recognize there is a fringe protest movement that
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does not accept him. the blk of those standing -- bulk of those behind the people, they won't come out if he can offer them something superficial. medvedev may start out as prime minister, may bring out a new one. prokhorov was brought in at this level. he will throw bones to the protestors. if the police crack down on these protests, the russian soul will cry out and 10's of thousands will come out again. >> you are watching bbc world news america. china's leaders meet in
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beijing to counter corruption but many do not believe them. thousands of people in south korea have been forced out of their homes. the state of new south wales has been the most affected. in victoria, this has reached levels not usually accorded until later this month. we have more on how they're trying to cope with this wild weather. >> one of the communities caught up in the flooding, they have engorged rivers, creeks and streams, with no options but to get out. they are all the rising investigations. 4005 of the people had to leave their homes, and rivers are at
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capacity. >> the water is moving faster than the 2010 flood. the main peak will be here tonight or tomorrow. we expect more flooding. >> two men were swept away in the vehicles they hoped would take them to safety. 212 inches of rain fell in a single 24-hour period. in victoria, the same situation. homes, offices, and camp sites cannot keep back the water. >> southeast australia has one of its wettest sesasons on record.
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duncan kennedy, in sydney. >> after years of economic growth, china's premier says they may be facing more challengegs and possible corruption. comments came in his state of the union, and reflects current anger in washington. >> at the heart of the comments state, pressures are mounting. economic growth is likely to slip below 8%. this is a level not seen since 1990. the simmering, popular discontent may rise, to tackle
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inequality and corruption. >> we will tackle the problem of criminals not been prosecuted. we will work harder to be a clean government and fight corruption, with these issues that people are resentful about. >> he is not just resentful, he is incensed. the local communist party is trying to seize his farmland. a gang of men assaulted his father and beat his brother. >> my father was inside the car, and they smashed it and broke his bones. my brothers spine was fractured. >> china has 100 cities the same size. the brand new local government
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is right opposite -- as this land is earmarked for a business district. he began filming the campaign of intimidation. few of these instances are ever recorded. he went to ask the police why the man who organized the attack are not facing serious charges. and why the communist party boss was detained briefly and released. he says he knows the party boss paid a local gang to thousand pounds to assault the family. >> i am going to go to beijing to find someone higher up, because here they refuse to solve our problems. >> shortly after we filmed this, he was warned by the police not to leave.
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>> he never made it here to beijing to present his case. china's leaders say that the corruption threatens their hold on power. if there is some much money to be made, how can a one-party state police itself? >> speaking of money, this is at the heart of a mystery that is gripping germany right now. an anonymous donor is giving away cash, so far 200,000 euros have been left to unsuspecting recipients. but it is where the cash is left that is causing speculation. we have news on this broke a philanthropist -- rogue philanthropist. >> the choir of a hospice for the terminally ill. a nurse discovered an envelope with 10,000 euros outside the
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front door. >> money for a good cause -- churches, something like that. it is a romantic interpretation. >> the money was found under a doormat. why was it left where it may not be found? >> there is a story of a robin hood, redistributing money from crimes to the poor. they could have put the money in the letterbox. >> a cutting ins usually included with the money, referring to the good cause. the best good news story the papers had. >> it is a secret, and is
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hidden. >> the pastor found an envelope with 10,000 euros behind hymn books. is there more than one? >> someone begins and others think, good idea. i will do this the same way. >> do you think they are crazy? >> good men. >> not crazy, just warm and generous. stephen evans, bbc news. >> when we find the donor, will will let you know. you can get updates on all our stories. thank you for watching. we will see you back here tomorrow.
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