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>> "bbc world news" is presented by kcet, los angeles. funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, the newman's own foundation and john d. & catherine t. macarthur foundation. >> this is world news today, deadly violence in china's far west. the wors clashes in a decade after 140 people are dead after the muslim regions face the controversy. >> we are confident after we
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build of the discussions in russia. >> obama first the talking to reset relations with russia. those to fly home on the ground with the clash of supporters. bootlegging iranian style, we report the smugglers bringing whiskey to tahran's elite. and the winner of the grand slam of all times. it's 7 a.m. in washington mid-day here in london, urumqi
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is reeling with clashing of forces. not clear what sparked the violence, but chinese television is showing cars set on fire and turning on the military. the violence started on sunday, in the capital of western xinjiang providence. we have our report. >> hundreds of those protest the march in xinjiang on sunday, with the clash of forces of han chinese and you -- uighurs. after a curfew, officials say it's under control.
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there are forces to attack the chinese party and government. they severely undermine the unification of groups with chaos as a disaster. >> the western area of china has been a problem for years, wanting to break away from china. with the claim it was problem in a toy factory that caused the violence. >> joining me is chris hall, i imagine it's difficult to get information but is there anything more to tell us? >> the big question is who are these at least 140 people who lost their lives in the
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violence, who they were? were they rioters or demonstrators killed by the authorities as they tried to put it down. how many of them were ordinary chinese people perhaps targeted by the rioters. or other people just caught up in the violence. it's difficult at this stage to get an accurate picture. we have two very different pictures. the authorities saying it was orchestrated by the uighurs party. it's difficult to say which of the two stories are more accurate. and only when we get a sense of who the people are that lost their lives that we will understand a bit more. >> all right, chris. get a round-up of more stories.
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a suicide bomber has detonated a car bomb in southern afghanistan. this happened at an air field and came among thousands. activists of roman editors to raise awareness of poor countrys and what they say is g-8 easy lifestyle. and the report that hunger may be the human tragedy of this century. there is defeat admitted by the oppositional revolutionary party will be the biggest force, the campaign dominated
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by a collapsing economy. reports saying that drinking a couple of cup was coffee may help reduce alzheimer. it could scarcely be more dramatic, a plane carrying the president zelaya after blocking of landing. zelaya had to clash killing two people on the ground. mr. zelaya is looking to return to honduras. >> high above the airport, the plane carrying manuel zelaya circles the capital.
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hundreds waiting for the vehicle of the return to honduras of the ousted president. he was forced to land elsewhere. >> i wanted to land. if the pilots would land, i want to face the military. i have no problem. the pilots were right and not able to lad on that run away. >> waiting on his return, there were soldiers with tear gas, and report of warning shots fired. it's been a week since the crisis began, when the honduran president was thrown out of the country still dressed in his
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pajamas. his critics feared he was trying to stay in power longer and removed him. but manuel zelaya plans to go home in an atmosphere of brotherhood. but the government said that his plane could not land in honduras. if he plans to return home, zelaya will be arrested. there is pressure on the internal government, but it insists it won't be swayed by outside influence. >> the cold war may be over, but the moscow summit may still
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feel chilly for president obama. with the intention to warm relations, it was the entire obama family that landed hours ago. we have a report from mike sergeant. >> the obama family wanted to bring warmth to moscow. in recent years links between these two countries have had huge strain. obama wants to reach out and officials say his deal to cut nuclear weapons is on the cards. >> i am skeptical we will have a deal in short time period. because in my view and reading, the goals of u.s. and russia are totally different. this treaty is not highest priority in american policy.
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>> this shows how far both sides have come. but still a long way to go. from the nuclear weapon clash, last year it was badly damaged as russia sent troops into georgia. but under obama they have been suffering their line, one benefit could be felt in afghanistan. allowing nato to move supplies across russian territory. president obama medvedev once in london. >> the current stock piles of the two measure up. the u.s. has 2,200 strategic
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long-range weapons and also short range. russia has 4,480 weapons, and has a total inventory of 13,000. richard, president obama is used to fanfare where he goes, but i guess that russia hasn't given him that treatment. >> yes, it's low key than going to the middle east. but it's the number one news story on russia tv. but not the extended coverage he would normally have or the
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crowds on the street. it was straight from the airport to moscow and the tomb of the unknown soldier and then to talks with medvedev. >> i guess relations could not get worse, with george bush talks could not have gone lower. >> clearly there was a low with the last president, and this summit is to rebuild relations. and the fact that it is happening and have seen between obama and medvedev being expressed. and they can pull something out and the possibility of some clear statement of intent on this further nuclear deal to,
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cut the arsenals of both countries on both sides. that's the litmus test to see if they can move ahead and get this relationship on a more positive footing, after three to five years when the relationship was in serious decline. >> thank you, and if you are in front of your computer later, we will stream that conference between president obama and medvedev on our website. let's catch up, aaron is here, g.m. selling off of assets? >> absolutely, a major hurdle for general motors, on sunday we saw a judge approve the sell of good assets. and that's the process of the
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bankruptcy to split the good from the bad. to sell the assets to a new company under control of the u.s. government. that's the major hurdle of seeing g.m. come out of this bankruptcy protection. >> and in this economy? >> yeah, big step for india as well. we saw the release of their budget, they want to return the country's growth g.d. p. figure to 9%, by 2012. and the figures of u.k. and u.s. would give their right arm for their growth figures. but have to see for india and needs those growth rates. a big spend increase of 34% in expenditure. and expending on infrastructure
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projects and a lot of money into the farm and rural poor to help that area of the country. >> all of that still to come. this is world news today. coming up an illegal and dangerous trade. the bootleggers that risk their lives to smuggle whiskey into iran. and the grand slam title of wimbledon. first in the great depression you saw the rise and fall of the berlin wall. and the famous cartoon selling reporter is selling books by the millions. >> the character of the aga gets the royal seal of approval. of the cartoonist widow is with
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the famous project at the heart of the project. titen first appeared in a belgium paper in the 20's. the reporter with his dog found a wider audience. along with his friends of good and bad, he's captured a new generation of readers ever since. >> i think he was the father of all european comic strips. and he's still a person in belgium history. and some people think that he actually lived. >> 80 years after his creation, titan is still big business. translated in hundreds of languages, he sells 2 million
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books a year. >> steven spielberg with an "s". >> he's not come knocking on the image by chance. he's had up's and down's with racism in the 30's and more recently sexism. but he's weathered those storms and could have bigger international success. >> this is world news today from bbc world news. president obama is in russia for talks with medvedev for reducing nuclear arsenals. in china 140 are dead and
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hundreds more injured in the xinjiang region. so what do we know about the uighurs and the complaints of the chinese authorities. the home region that is described by china as a region of tibet. 8 million uighurs live in china, that's half of the population, 2.3 live in the capital. mostly chinese who the uighurs complain of setting there for their control. they complain of persecution by the chinese government. joining me is the former director of the chinese studies. thank you very much for being with me. how serious are these clashes,
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obviously news still coming in. >> as you say news is still coming in and difficult to evaluate how serious. but at the moment they seem unprecedented. there has never been violence on this scale in the regional capital of xinjiang. there has been violence in places on the northwest borders, but nothing like this in urumqi. >> we are looking at clashes as we speak. there is tibet to the south, is it accurate to describe this as another tibet? >> i think it's as serious as
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that. we are aware of that cause of the prominence of dalla lama and making that known. the situation of xinjiang is a parallel of influx of hans chinese and the muslim population that are not related to the han. they speak a turkey language, their closest relatives are in central ashia. -- and they feel they are second-class citizens and they feel their ability to practice their religion is underthreat. and this has a great deal of factual basis. >> so much for the demographics and ethnicity. what else is at stake, what is
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there in xinjiang that makes it important for china? >> it's on the borders and strategically important for china, and they want to control those borders. and xinjiang has oil and natural gas, and natural gas has been taken over the last years in a huge pipeline. that supplies shanghai and in it didn't receive that energy there are economic reasons. >> we have to stop there, michael, thank you for your time. if you would like to find more about the unrest in china, have a look at our website, bbcworld
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/news. there is more about chinese and go to meanwhile there are clerics of elections in iran, those groups that approved the election no longer had credibility. bbc correspondents saying that there is more split at the top of the establishment. alcohol has been banned in iran since the revolution. anyone convicted of consuming could receive three times their execution. but that doesn't stop the bootlegging. we are here to witness the illegal and dangerous trade.
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>> iraqi close to the border, a remote and impoverished region. and major route for smuggler bringing alcohol into iran. these are iranian kurds that have made the journey into iraq to pick up their next assignment. this is the duty free region, every kinds of alcohol being stocked here and shipped to the mountains smuggled into iran. >> the majority of iraqi kurds are muslim, but here there is no restriction of selling or consuming alcohol. >> french wine. >> since the revolution three decades ago, alcohol has been banned in iran. anyone cut drinking more than three times could face the death penalty. >> i have been shot and the
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islamic republic has caught and jailed me. >> the illegal source of alcohol is the main income. here this young one is 15. and has been smuggling for years. >> i lost my father and have made money for the family. >> these men wait to cross the border, sometimes the iranian border guards can be persuaded to cross with heavy bribes. but often shoot them. >> the iranian fire is on us, sometimes we run away. if they catch us, they execute
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us. >> in the past century many have come and gone on both sides of the border. but little change of the people in this region. >> with the latest sports news. tennis. >> yeah, what a match. the world of tennis has been lining up to pay tribute to the goat. because roger federer's winning for the sixth time. in terms of the games played, it was the longest ever of the finals. and federer winning the fifth set, 16 games to 14. just a few hours after the finals, his friend, tiger woods
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won in maryland. kim finished in third place, tiger's challenger was mahan. there was a birdie at the 16th that helped tiger finish one stroke ahead. the million dollar prize will go to tiger woods' own charitable foundation. >> thank you. the main news, china seeing some of the worse violence in times. "bbc world news" is presented by kcet, los angeles.
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