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this is "bbc america" and now live from london, "bbc news." our top stories this hour. the search for survivors goes on after a plane crashes in taiwan. footage has emerged of the moment the aircraft came down. at least 16 people have died. father of the squloer dan yan pilot burned alive by the islamic state calls for vengeance vengeance vengeance. >> translator: the country should avenge the blood. i demand none of the criminals should be spared. seven people die after a crowded commuter train hits a car north of new york city.
and greece's prime minister meets more european leaders and explains how he plans to slash his country's death. a warm welcome to the program. at least 16 people have been killed after a plane crashed into a river in taiwan. the plane was carrying more than 50 people. this is the scene right now in taipei. rescuers are working to release the people still captured inside. the fuselage is laying on its side, which is hampering the rescue effort. while many passengers on board were tourists from mainland china. >> reporter: these are the last terrifying seconds of the
flight, slowed down the footage shows how the plane narrowly misses a block of flats. one of its wings hits a car as it disappears from views. these photographs capture the same last moments the aircraft out of control and almost at 90 degrees as is plunges towards the river. parts of the plane were left scattered on the bridge. the fuselage half submerged in the water below. this part of the keylong river is shallow and that has probably saved lives. rescuers were able to get to the rescue by boat and pull the survivors, among them a small child, to safety. local media reported that the plane had just taken off when it lost contact with air traffic control. the twin-engine turboprop was on its way from taipei to the island of kinmen just off the chinese coast. it's not known what caused this accident. the plane belongs to the airline
transasia and is the second of the company's aircraft to be involved in a crash in the past year. bbc news. let's go to a former pilot, head of safety at british airways. thank you very much, indeed for joining us. i realize, of course it is speculation at this stage, but given how much we've seen, those pictures captured by someone traveling along the road what might have gone wrong here? was it a loss of power after takeoff? >> well i think that these pictures are actually quite horrifying. i feel very sorry for those involved in it all. but the degree of bank and flight trajectory must be catastrophic failure of some sort either in the engine itself or with turbo-prop airplanes there's always the problem when a propeller gets
out of control. either way they were in a very difficult situation. >> there were reports a mayday was issued. this is from air traffic control. mayday, mayday flame out. what does flame out mean? >> it means it's stopped rotating no more combustion going on inside the chamber. one of the big problems of turbo-prop airplanes is that if you do lose an engine, you have to be quick on the propeller otherwise you're in a worse position you'll be in than if you had a pure jet engine because a propeller in that situation could provide a lot of drag and therefore go against the one good engine on the airplane. >> looking at those pictures, as you say, very distressing, indeed. clearly a large loss of life. it did strike me that amazing anybody managed to survive.
>> they seem to be very lucky when planes land on rivers. captain sullenberger managed to save everybody who landed on the hudson river. >> and in this case, there have been a number of survivors. we're still waiting to find out if they can rescue those trapped on board. what happens with the investigation? first of all these sort of planes, do they have as we call them black boxes? things they can take out and see what happens? >> oh, yes. these are quite sophisticated modern airplanes. there's over 1200 of them in service. they will have recording sets on board. and there will also be cockpit voice recorders. >> thank you for joining us here
on "bbc news." thanks for your knowledge and experience. now, jordan has executed two convicted militants just hours after a video emerged showing the brutal killing of jordanian air force pilot moaz al kasasbeh. with the pilot's father saying they deserve to be wiped out. >> translator: these are criminals. there is no comparison between them and moaz. moaz's blood is more precious than sajida al rishawi or karboli or millions like them. the blood of the arab is the country of the nation. and we should revenge the blood of moaz. i demand no criminals should be spared. i demand the vengeance should be more severe than just executing
prisoners. i demand islamic state should be wiped out. this is a murderous and despicable group condemned by the whole world. >> joining me on the line is the jordanian minister of political and parliamentary affairs. many thanks for joining us here on bbc world news. was the execution of the two militants in the early hours of this morning, was that an appropriate response, do you think, to what happened to the jordanian pilot? >> hello. as you know these two criminals had been condemned years ago. jordan for about ten years, we suspended the execution, but the last one month agreed again to execute the ones condemned
for -- in jordanian courts. the last two weeks we tried to get back our pilot from the daesh group but the way they killed him makes us just execute execute. >> but, minister they weren't members of islamic state. they were members of al qaeda in iraq. given the king and the government promised an earth-shattering response, i think, were the words to this what action might jordan take against islamic state? >> well they asked the daesh group, they asked us to spare rishawi and give the executed
japanese -- the one they executed. they didn't talk about somebody else. the government asked us several times to give us proof our pilot was alive. >> how much pressure as a government do you feel under given that people in jordan clearly do want to see revenge taken for what happened to the air force pilot? >> jordanian communities are united now. all of them they are asking to get our pilot's lives back. and jordan used to get citizens' rights. we are not terrorists. we just apply the rule of arab state, a rule of law, and these two terrorists who have been condemned in a court. people there asking revenge on this their right, the way they
killed our pilot, it's not a human way. and people have an anger and they keep asking revenge for that. and the military headquarters declare his blood will not go for nothing. >> thank you for joining us. that was jordanian minister for political and parliamentary affairs. some breaking news just coming in in the past few minutes. more than 15 people have been killed when a hospital in ukraine was shelled, according to the russian news agency interfax quoting emergency ministry of the donotsk were killed. more details when we get them. it is time for the business
news. aaron is here. hello. >> the greece charm offensive continues all over europe and high-level discussions taking place. hello, james. hi there. greece started negotiations with the imf, international monetary fund over its plans. its plans to swap existing government greek development for gross linked bonds. i'll explain that in a minute. now, the proposal was first muted earlier in the week and would basically mean that the greek government would only pay back its debt when the economy grows. well as a matter of fact you can see varoufakis will head to berlin for high-stakes meeting with these high levels.
how about this, in spite of a record level of recalls, general motors continues to do well. 2014 was a blockbuster year for u.s. car sales. most experts expect this to be reflected in gm's latest numbers, which are due out later on today. here's the question is gm and the american car industry as healthy as their numbers suggest because reports show that a lot of the growth has been driven by car loans or auto loans. but now there are concerns mounting that some of those loans are going to people that may not be able to afford them. remember that? subprime mortgage loans, that's what got us into trouble as the crisis unfolded. much more. follow me on twitter, i'll tweet you back. you can get me @bbcaaron. now, officials in the united states say seven people have been killed and a dozen injured after a commuter train hit a vehicle at a railway crossing.
it happened in val hallhalla this new york state. we have this report. >> reporter: this mangled mess is all that's left of the front carriage of the train. it caught fire after the crash and it's taken time to get the blaze under control. the emergency services are still trying to work out exactly how this happened. what they do know is that the metro north train left grand central station at rush hour with at least 750 people on board. 45 minutes later, it slammed into a jeep cherokee that was blocking the tracks at a crossing in valhalla. they say the barrier from the crossing fell on top of the jeep. the driver got out to see what had happened and then got back in and tried to drive away. but the jeep wouldn't move off the tracks and she was killed in the collision. new york governor andrew cuomo
said it's a shocking scene. >> this is a truly ugly and brutal sight. the track daisht-- the third rail of the track came off from the explosion and went right through the car, so it is truly a devastatingly, ugly situation to see. >> reporter: after the jeep and first carriage of the train burst into flames, hundreds of paejs ran to the rear to escape. witnesses at the scene praised firefighters who they said were quick to arrive and had evacuated the majority of the commuters within ten minutes. most are said to be a bit shaken up. they're being taken care of at local businesses until buses arrive to take them to their destination. metro north is the nation's second busiest railroad and carries some 280,000 people a day in new york and connecticut. bbc news.
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break the ice, with breath freshening cooling crystals. ice breakers. you're with "bbc world news." our head lipdzlines so far. a passenger plane crashed in taiwan. pictures emerged of the moment the aircraft came down. at least 19 people have died. the father of the jordanian pilot burned alive by islamic state has called for vengeance. he said the militants had to be wiped out. now, there's been another extraordinary twist of the story of the murder prosecutor in argentina. they found an arrest warrant for
fernandez de kirchner in his home. alberto nisman was found with a gunshot wound to his head. let's talk to our reporter in buenos aries. tell us about this draft warrant. when did it date back to. >> it was found about three weeks ago. he found his report to the judge the week before he was found dead. we have to remember that this draft -- these judgments were not introduced in the court but what we know so far is that he was definitely considering asking for the arrest of the president of argentina but also of some other high-ranking officials, like the foreign ministers. we don't know why he decided not to keep on with this petition.
why he didn't ask for the president's arrest. it would have been a political scandal of unprecedented situation, but what we do know is that the government is denying any kind of involvement. we have to remember that the prosecutor was accusing the president and other officials of trying to cover up the worst attack in the country's history in 1994. >> he was just considering this arrest. he didn't do it. it seems it's the emergence of the warrant causing as many problems for the government because it appeared in a newspaper, didn't it? the government denied it and it's taken them a while to admit it actually existed. what's going on? >> that's true. to add more done fusion to a
situation that was already confusing because this draft appeared on sunday in one of the most popular newspapers and then the government the day after that denied any kind of involvement involvement, claiming those articles were just rubbish. then yesterday when the prosecutor in charge of the investigation of mr. nisman said that she actually knew of this paper, actually part of her investigation and that's when the government had to retract and now say that they don't believe the government had anything to do with mr. nisman's death. we don't know if he was killed murdered, or government or any other branch have anything to do
with his death. most don't believe that they will ever know anything about his death. there's a belief this will be impunity in argentina. >> thank you for joining us live from buenos aires. the end of 2014 pledges for ebola outbreak reached at least $2.89 billion, but so far little over $1 billion has reached the effected countries. according to a report published by the british medical journal this week. emily buchanan has this report. >> reporter: ebola ravaged so many communities. but at last the worst seems to be over. it was the first time a public health emergency became a humanitarian one. and the international community wasn't prepared. the appeals for funds were made too late. the world's health organization faced blistering criticism over
its response. then the problem wasn't the generosity of donors but the slow pace of dispersing the money. at the end of last year nearly $3 billion had been pledged. but only just over $1 billion had been actually paid out. a new report in the british medical journal says the delays may have contributed to the spread of the virus and made it more expensive to control, which could be activated meetly in a future crisis. emily buchanan bbc news. russian economy is facing its first recession since 2009. what about 16 million russians live in poverty and more billionaires, among the 30 richest people in the world. as part of bbc's "richest people in the world" we traveled to
yaroslavl to find out why those in the provinces are feeling much more hit. >> reporter: we go to a village 250 kilometers away from the capital. by rush han standards, not far, but in terms of living standards, a world away. children here have been getting free school but since authorities cut social spending this year most parents have to find the money themselves. one meal costs less than $1. what they could otherwise spend on meat. she raises two kids alone. >> translator: the government is perfectly happy to help the people of ukraine, but when we ordinary russians are our most desperate, it's expensive. >> reporter: this is a traditional region. for centuries sustained by industry. for the past seven years the economy has been stable. oil prices have been high and
people have benefitted. but now the economy is in deep trouble and the uncertainty fills the air. looking around this part of the town you can't tell if it's being hit by the economic crisis, but if you crash below the surface you get a completely different story. two-thirds of this lady's pension goes on household bills and medicine. every day she covers several kilometers on foot, hunting for the cheapest produce. >> translator: oh look this butter here is a little cheaper than the one over there. i spent my whole time looking for the best bargain. every ruble count when money's tight. >> reporter: this power plant outside the city is a leading producer and exporter of diesel generators in russia.
one in ten members of its workforce has been fired. the head of the company said he had no choice. but job cuts are not his only challenge. >> the main problem for our company and for big russian companies, government companies, is financial function and the price of the money, like now it will be about $20 and compared to foreign companies, for european companies, the greatest percent in europe is 2%, 3%. >> reporter: russians seem to be more familiar with hardship than the easy life. with the ruble still falling, the people of russia have another chance to test their strength in the face of adversity. bbc news russia. more on our breaking news this hour. more than 15 people have been
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our top stories -- rescue and search for survivors after a plane crashes in taiwan. footage emerged of the moment the aircraft came down. at least 19 people have been killed. the father of the jordanian pilot burned alive by islamic state calls for vengeance. >> translator: the blood of moaz is the blood of the nation. i demand that none of the criminals should be spared. reports from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk says hospital has been hit by artillery shell. the electricity crisis
facing south africa. supplies have been rationed for the first time since 2008. welcome to the program. good to have you with us. at least 19 people have been killed after a plane crashed into a river in taiwan. the plane was carrying more than 50 people. this is the scene now on the keelung river. rescuers are working to free the remaining people trapped inside. as you may be able to see the fuselage is lying on its side which is making the rescue operation difficult. it is evening time as well in taipei. many passengers were tourists traveling back to mainland china. we have this report. >> reporter: these are the last terrifying seconds of the flight
slowed down the footage shows how the plane narrowly misses a block of flats. one of its wings hits a car as it disappears from view. these photographs capture the same last moments, the aircraft out of control and almost at 90 degrees as it plunges towards the river. parts of the plane were left scattered on the bridge. the fuselage half submerged in the water below. this part of the keelung river is shallow and that has probably saved lives. rescuers were quickly able to get to the wreckage by boat and pull the survivors, among them a small child, to safety. local media reported that the plane had just taken off when it lost contact with air traffic control. the twin-engine turboprop was on its way from taipei to the island of kinmen which lies just off the chinese coast. it's not known what caused this accident. the plane belongs to the airline
transasia and is the second of the company's aircraft to be involved in a crash in the past year. bbc news. >> earlier i spoke to aviation expert chris yates who gave me his interpretation of what might have happened. >> i suspect the aircraft was banking quite so steeply because of the fact that just off shot appeared to be a block of flats which the aircraft was quite obviously trying to avoid. given that he had such low altitude at the time. so that is what i suspect. of course, he wouldn't then on necessity have the ability to correct the altitude of the aircraft before hitting the water. so, that being the case, he wouldn't have been able to do
for example, a hudson type attempt to bring the aircraft down flat on the water. >> right. so, he might have been banking, as you say, to avoid that apartment building. why would he have been having problems with altitude? just couldn't get enough power after takeoff, is that it? >> yeah it's probably going to come down to precisely that. a lack of power on takeoff. of course takeoff and landing are the trickiest of flight. always have been always will be. and the fact of the matter is if you don't have enough power at that takeoff point, then you are going to be in a whole heap of trouble. that seems as face value to be the case at the moment. >> what are you able to tell us
about the plane involved and, indeed, the airline, because they did have a crash in the middle of last year, i think, didn't they? >> yeah. and, in fact there have been 15 crashes of the atr-72 over the number of years that it's been flying. three involving this airline. three from 2002. so it's not an uncommon occurrence that these sort of things happen. >> aviation expert chris yates there. now, jordan has executed two convicted jihadists in response to the killing of its air force pilot moaz al kaseasbeh. a video appeared to show the pilot being burned alive. one killed was sajida al rishawi, a failed suicide bomber who was held on death row. militants demanded she be freed
as part of a prisoner swap for a pilot. she was involved in a 2005 bombing. a senior al qaeda operative was also hanged. jordan vowed an earth-shattering response to the video. the king of jordan said kaseasbeh was a hero and he died for his beliefs and homeland nation. the father of the jordanian pilot has been speaking out saying his son's death needed to be further avenged and he demanded drastic action against the militants. >> translator: these are criminals. there is no comparison between them and moaz. moaz's blood is more precious than that of sajida al rishawi or ziyad karboli and millions others like them. the blood of moaz is the blood of the nation and the country should avenge the blood of moaz. i demand that none of the criminals should be spared. i demand that the vengeance should be more severe than just executing prisoners.
i demand that islamic state should be wiped out. this is a murderous and despicable group that is condemned by the whole world. >> i spoke to our security correspondent frank gardner and he said it's not surprising the jordanian government acted to swiftly in response to the murder of one of its pilots. >> the government and monarchy were in a difficult place because they have been played by fools, here jordan thought they were negotiating. they didn't realize their pilot had been dead for weeks when they were negotiating in good faith. they looked weak. they felt they had to do something. and executing these people who were already on death row, the judgment had already been passed on them some time ago but they were just -- you know, they were serving out their sentences in jail. i don't think that will bother isis one bit. they will call them martyrs. anyway the woman, sajida al rishawi, was never part of their organization. she belonged to the forerunner al qaeda in iraq from you
know, ten years ago. the question now is whether all of this tit for tat and the horrific nature of the pilot's murder s this going to strengthen or weaken the coalition. i think the pendulum has probably swung some way from where it was this time yesterday. 24 hours ago you had a growing ground swell of opinion in jordan, some of which is still there, saying this is not our war. the father said it himself. this isn't jordan's war. we shouldn't be taking part in this. these are our fellow sunni muslims. we shouldn't be bomb organize attacking them. but people saw in that video what isis is capable of doing in such graphic, gratuitous detail the horror of deliberating burning a man in a cage. it's medieval and barbaric. isis and its supporters say it's just vengeance for you bombing us. so there is this tit for tat vengeance going on like a
vendetta killing. if i kill your brother you don't necessarily have to come after me. you have to hurt somebody from my people. it's this tit for tat thing which is a dangerous sort of sequence to get into in the middle east. breaking news in the past 20 minutes or so. reports from the rebel-held city of donetsk in eastern ukraine say a shell hit a hospital. these are the latest pictures we've received from the scene. the rebel authorities say at least four people have been killed and many others have been wounded. pro-russian separatists in the region are locked in a fierce battle and have been for the past few days, with ukrainian government troops. more details when they come into us. greece's new government has taken its case to the leaders of the european commissioner and european central bank as it tries to renegotiate the terms
of a bailout. prime minister alexis tsipras has been warmly welcomed by jean-claude juncker in brussels. jamie is in brussels for us. it was a warm welcome, they were sort of arm in arm. >> it was a vigorous handshake but difficult talks between the to. we've heard mr. tsipras has come out of those, talked to jean-claude juncker, talked to the leader of the eu member states and head of european parliament. those just finished he got in his car and i saw him drive off. before he drove off what he said was he thought things were positive, they would be able to find a common mutual acceptable viable solution. one that he said respected the rules of the european union.
we want to recorrect the framework, not smash the
framework were his words. so some positive signs but no details. >> are we at all then beginning to see an outline of a deal given the two sides, particularly i'm thinking of greece -- germany, rather, on the other side seem to be so far apart? >> well there's room for overlap, you might say, but the key things might start to happen sort of from now on depending on what messages have been sent and received here in brussels in paris this afternoon. mr. tsipras is on his way there now. and in germany tomorrow. those will be key meetings as well as what's the outcome of what's happening in frankfurt, the european central bank the greek finance minister is there. in terms of how it might work, still a big difference. yes, greece is talking about restructuring, changing the way the whole deal works so that its debt become tied
to the economic growth rate in greece. a repayment of those, the
interest rates tied to the rate of economic growth. that doesn't seem to be going down very well in germany. where there have been common -- never, ever loans, never be repaid back again. maybe some compromise for things on the budget surplus that greece is required to have. to lower that so that effectively freeing money for the new government to spend. there is room there, but still big, big differences. >> yes, lots of difficult negotiations ahead. i'm sure. damian grammaticas live in brussels. stay with us here on "bbc world news." still to come -- a woman from pakistan accused of blasphemy speaks out. you pay your auto insurance premium every month on the dot. you're like the poster child for paying on time. and then one day
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search for survivors is continuing after a passenger plane crashed in taiwan. pictures emerged of the moment the aircraft came down. at least 19 people have been killed. reports from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk say a hospital has been hit by artillery shell. details are still coming in but many people have been injured. south africa is facing an electricity crisis. they have been rationing supplies for the first time since 2008 in order to ease the pressure on the national grid. there's also been an increase in unplanned outages. we have reports notice from johannesburg. >> reporter: sowita now famous for bungee jumping. the coal-fired plant supplied electricity to most of johannesburg until 1998. the towers used to generate 300 mega watts of energy before being decommissioned. it was deemed unnecessary to
keep life here but now south africa is facing a power crisis. the scomm has been forced to implement forced blackouts for the first time since 2008. it's struggling to meet the demand. the rolling blackouts that are affecting many parts of the country have been largely attributed to deteriorating and underserviced power plants. but the delays and the completion of newly built power stations is also putting pressure on the grid. 35 companies consume about 45% of all the electricity supply in south africa. these include gold and mines and steel sections. so, there's simply not enough electricity to supply both households and large industry. >> yes, we certainly are in trouble. and you can see the immediate trouble from the part of 2014 which has come back with a vengeance in the second half of
2015. and it's certainly not a short-term problem. i think the problems are going to be with us for several years to come. >> reporter: small-scale factories like this johannes berg bakery have been seriously affected by the outages. they have been forced to buy generators to see they can keep their doors open but that's eating into their profit. >> if the situation gets any worse and we ask for longer periods of time, we can operate as long as our backup generators are able to continually supply power. but it's going to get to a point where if it exceeds that, we're going to have to stop manufacturing or we're going to have to limit our manufacturing down to a certain amount of hours and we don't even want to think about the loss on productivity. and the loss of stuff. we. >> reporter: it's a worrying situation for africa's second largest economy.
the government has been urged to look into solar energy as an alternative, or a black cloud will continue to linger over south africa for a long time to come. bbc news johannes berg. a hospital in eastern ukrainian city of donetsk has been hit by an artillery shell. reports vary on the number of people harmed in the attack. but russian news agency interfax says more than 15 people may have lost their lives. let's talk to david stern, our correspondent in the ukrainian capital kiev. david, i guess this is another sign that civilians are paying a heavy price for the fighting going on in ukraine. >> reporter: that's exactly right. we've seen a number of instances just in the last days of civilians coming under fire being shelled, high civilian casualties. if you remember the figure yesterday was 16 in total throughout the region. and we're receiving various
reports. the story just breaking now about the hospital in donetsk. a bbc reporter on the ground reports three people killed. apparently there's aye crater in front of the hospital. so not clear. this could -- this toll could rise but it seems clear this has been a particularly difficult situation. this is another case of civilian casualties. obviously, this is going to cause -- this is going to cause concern in the international community. we've already heard from human rights groups accusing both sides of shelling civilian areas. >> yes. and talking about international reaction. in the past few minutes the european union's foreign policy chief has called for a truce to at least alleviate some of the difficulties facing civilians, i think, that rail junction in particular. on our eyes open to that sort of temporary truce? >> well exactly.
it called for an immediate truce but that so far doesn't seem to be happening. it continues to be a center of fighting. again, the civilian population there coming under heavy fire. people are in cellars without water and electricity and casualties there as well. it should be said in general the peace process appears -- at the moment appears to be stalled if not dead in the water at least for the moment. we had peace talks over the weekend. these collapsed. so far nobody is talking about getting together. however both sides say they're open to a cease-fire but the talks have not resumed yesterday. >> david stern, thank you with an update on breaking news. a hospital in donetsk, eastern ukraine, hit by an artillery shell. another extraordinary twist in the story of a murdered prosecutor in argentina. they say they found a draft arrest warrant for president
fernandez de kirchner in their home. ail ler toe nisman was found with a gunshot to his head, date before he was due to testify to congress. >> no one knows why nisman was killed but we know he created enemies in the government because he was about to testify in congress on his report into that 1994 bombing in which 85 people were killed. he directly accused the president cristina fernandez de kirchner. she denied that but she also tried to stop him testifying by either her allies or anyone connected to her being connected to his death. it's emerged over the weekend that investigators at the scene of the prosecutor's death found these draft arrest warrants for both the president and her foreign minister hector timerman. yesterday again the government denied the existence of these
arrest warrants but they emerged in argentina and slightly battered after being found in a bin. the government has not accepted or they do exist. it's very embarrassing for cristina fernandez de kirchner after returning from a high-profile trip to china. this doesn't mean she's responsible for the death of nisman. this may be an attempt to get to her. the sad thing is no arg tines expect their government to get to the bottom of the case just like in the bombings of 1992 and 1994 remain unresolved. now, a poor pakistani christian woman was stened to death after being convicted on blasphemy charges five years ago. she's always denied those charges and her lawyers submitted an appeal to the supreme court. but blasphemy is so sensitive in pakistan that many think her case will never be heard. in a rare interview our
pakistani correspondent spoke to asia bibi. >> reporter: remembering happy are days before their mother was sentenced to hang. asia bibi a christian farm worker, has been on death row for almost five years. her crime -- blasphemy. they agreed to speak to us but asked not to show their faces. >> translator: we get death threats. we can't stay in one place for very long. we live in hiding. it's very hard especially for the children. it's not a normal life to be constantly living in fear. >> reporter: asia's struggles began when she was picking berries in her village. she had an argument with a group of muslim women when she went to get water from the well. they said the water was unclean because a christian woman had
touched it. days later, the women claimed she insulted the prophet muhammad and she was pursued by a mob. her 14-year-old daughter remembers the day. >> translator: they went to the fields and beat her and tore her clothes. they beat her in front of us. we were crying begging them to let her to go and stop hitting her. >> reporter: when all of this was happening, did you understand that your mother was accused of blasphemy? >> translator: i couldn't understand what it was all about and why it was happening. later, people told me it was about blasphemy. i tried to forget the way she was beaten and tortured that day. >> reporter: asia bibi's case sparked debate across pakistan about reforming the blasphemy law but it's often a dangerous subject. two politicians who spoke out against the law were killed. even the lawyers and judges who
handle these cases are often targeted and attacked. this woman has worked on blasphemy cases for more than 20 years and says she's been threatened regularly. >> religious intolerance is something people are taking advantage of. and the courts continue to be scared because you can accuse someone of blasphemy, then you attract a crowd, you threaten the people, the judges the lawyers, the people and you spew anger. >> reporter: asia's story has provoked international concern, but split opinion here in pakistan. soon after her conviction protesters took to the streets to call for her hanging. some have threatened to kill her if she ever got out. her daughters visit her from time to time. seeing her in jail is never easy. we saw her last december. we asked the warden to open the
cell so we could hug her, but he didn't. my mother hugged and kissed us from behind the barsz. she cried deep inside, in her heart. >> reporter: but even behind bars asia's family says she's not safe. despite the fear her children hope that one day they can embrace their mother again. shaimaa khalil bbc news punjab. now, disgraced professional cyclist lance armstrong has been charged with allegingly crashing into two parked cars in aspen with his girlfriend initially telling authorities she was driving. armstrong was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and driving in too snowy conditions. he was stripped of his seven tour de france victories and banned for racing for life in 2012 by anti-doping agency after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. let's recap our top story this hour. at least 19 people have been
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