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production. viewers on public television in america and also a around the globe. tonight, egypt remains a country in crisis after the moslem brotherhood rejected plans for new elections to be held next year. the group said new proposals put forward by the caretaker president are unlawful. this comes just a day after dozens are killed in clashes with the army. the burials are now under way. from cairo, we begin our coverage. >> draped in the egyptian flag, these coffins are empty, but they have huge significance for the egyptian president. who commemorate the men were killed in yesterday's attacks. they said this was not a pro-
islam rally, but the protests for democracy and against army control. >> i cast my vote. interim government has proposed this plan. the constitution will be written and put to a referendum in four months. early elections would follow in 2014. only when a new parliament is convened would there be a presidential election. >> there is no support of this plan among mohammed morsi supporters in this crowd. their view is the military should be having no part in egyptian politics or egypt and democracy. >> the muslim brotherhood will not talked to -- talked to
president anzor or his associates. talk to the interim president or his associates. >> he is an illegitimate president. >> after days of wrangling, he has picked a prime minister. he is pressing on with his government. tonight, the political parties who oppose mohammed morsi sent a message. early elections in which you will take part. the offer is on the table. the country is in a total state of chaos and on the verge of civil war. >> in alexandria, another funeral procession, this time for two policeman killed in yesterday's attack. these events make it all the more difficult for protesters and for politicians to reach a compromise that egypt so desperately needs. bbc news, cairo. >> tonight company reports that
the new prime minister will accept a post in the government. for more, i spoke to the bbc's chief international correspondent at a very noisy rally of mohammed morsi supporters. how is the general bj how has the general pose a road map to roadw has the general's map to elections been received? >> not well at all as you can see by the crowd behind me. these are mainly supporters of the muslim brotherhood. they want their ousted president, mohammed morsi, to be reinstated. until that happens and until he is released from detention, they say they will have nothing to with any political process. to a protester
who said there has been no discussion at all. for these people, this is where politics is taking place now, the politics of the streets. of course, it is a time of piety as well because the muslim holy month has begun, which means a month of both prayer and politics. >> the new interim prime minister is a former finance minister. what is that designed to signal, do you think? >> at least someone has been chosen. it is someone who is a respected former finance minister, an economist. he was deputy prime minister for a while during the transition government after the fall of hosni mubarak. he has also worked for the united nations. he is seen as very capable.
also, muhammed elbaradei has atn accepted as last -- last. he will be vice president of foreign affairs. we are already hearing criticism that the new prime minister is planning to keep on some of the former ministers that have been especially criticized, like the minister of the interior, the minister of electricity. these are major problems that egypt is facing. the new prime minister has said he was going to choose, not a technocratic team, but a diplomatic team. if they can start tackling the crippling problems egypt is facing, a lot of citizens will thank them for that. >> in lebanon today, more than 50 people were wounded after a car bomb exploded on a busy street in debris. the area is a stronghold of hezbollah -- in beirut.
the air hold -- area is a stronghold of hezbollah. will this further in flame existing tensions? we report.n, >> the blast was heard across much of beirut. the bomb was placed in a supermarket car park that was busy. people were shopping for the start of the holy month of ramadan. there were injuries as the windows were shattered. the area is controlled by shiite hezbollah. it is reportedly taking blame attack. many assume it is payback. >> we're not afraid of this message, believe me, says this man. we are not afraid of bombs, but an attack on the first day of ramadan is a shameful act.
this looks worrying like the battle days in beirut. of course, what they are trying to do is create sectarian warfare between sunnis and shiites says the lebanese interior minister. i can assure you that neither steny nor shiites will be dragged into it. that may be a forlorn hope as fighting intensifies inside syria. syrian government is pressing an offensive. rebel defenses in parts of the city are close to collapse. there are claims that hezbollah fighters are involved in this assault too. in another town, the free syrian army has promised to hit back. rebel fighters did say they would not attack civilian areas. they have denied involvement in
the beirut car bomb. the area that exploded was also hit by rockets just over a month ago. at have builtng up the area is. it could have been far, far worse. if the next car bomb happens, you will see sectarian tensions being ramped up and then you have concerns about the syrian civil war being transferred over the border into lebanon. >> for more on today's violence, i spoke to the washington bureau chief. ?hat is this explosion today was a retaliation against hezbollah for their role inside syria? >> this is the consensus inside lebanon. a number of people say this is an indication of the spillover of the conflict inside syria.
several towns close to the border have fallen. there is talk about hezbollah being involved in the fighting right now. the political force in lebanon has alienated the syrian population. what you have now is a deepening sectarian polarization. it is not an exaggeration to talk about a sectarian cancer body politice from syria to lebanon. >> what has happened to the old centers of political power? >> if you talk about cairo, baghdad -- cairo was the center of enlightenment, literature, music and culture. now we have three major arab
countries where their future is uncertain, they're going through a great deal of tumult. they may break up and go their own way. syria is witnessing one of the bloodiest civil wars in the region in a long time. nobody knows anything about the future of syria. how of -- nobody knows egypt will unfold. lebanon is tiny, small, politically brittle and divided and in the center of this nostrum. mal storm.c >> what kind of pressure is that putting in lebanon? >> the country literally could snap. political system,
weak political institutions, armed militias, armed groups. the syrian crisis could really drag lebanon into another round of fighting. >> do you see any end to this syrian conflict? >> not anyti soon. i did not think bashar al-assad could survive more than a year. obviously, he has shown more resilient than many people thought. his friends are committed to him winning the war. friends of his opposition are pushing him to go to negotiations, but they are not certain of their victory. >> thank you for joining us. in other news coming 18 months after the cruise line of the cosa concordia ran aground, the ship captain has gone on trial. he is charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and
abandoning ship. 42 people died after the ship ran aground. more mystery over the american i.t. worker wanted in the u.s. for leaking top level secrets. a prominent russian lawmaker snowden had edward excepted bolivia's offer of asylum, then deleted the retweet. documents show that spain's illicitnister received payments during the 1990's. been recalled has to give evidence after a recording emerged of inventing his anger about police investigations into phone hacking and payments to officials. officials in canada said tonight
that a criminal investigation has been opened into the derailment of a runaway train carrying crude oil. the accident in a small quebec town killed at least 15 people, and nearly 40 others are still missing. earlier today, the firm in charge of the train and firefighters called to handle the blaze on board pointed fingers at each other. town a a sleepy lakeside short distance from the american border, this area has now been reduced to rubble. a runaway train containing pressurized containers of crude oil came barreling down the hillside, and once it reached year, jumped the rails and exploded. the first photos of the town center, released today, show a scene of absolute devastation. he and his wife were among those whose home was destroyed by the
explosion. >> we have five neighbors for sure that are dead. >> 5 neighbors? >> 5 neighbors. >> with fires still burning, there are parts of the town that investigators are still unable to get to. the key question, of course, is what went wrong? puzzling is the fact that a small fire broke out on the train prior to a shift change. firefighters dealt with that blaze, but just a short while later, the train was barreling down hill, destined for this small town. one suggestion is that by shutting off the locomotive in order to deal with the fire, fire fighters might have unwittingly shut off its brakes the carriage is to roll. officials are struggling to identify the bodies. that many ofeeling
the dead will never be traced. trains managede to decouple? >> that is part of the investigation. >> officials are asking for the families of those missing to provide homes or razors, anything that will provide a sample of their dna. this town is bracing itself for more bad news in the days ahead. >> such devastation. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, the global bustmy hits the economic on the road to recovery. we will tell you why a key outlook just got a bit bleaker. three women who were kidnapped and held captive in a house in cleveland, ohio, for a decade have spoken for the first time. they say they are getting on
with their lives. >> three young women, missing for a decade and presumed to be dead, until this. >> do you need police, fire or ambulance? >> i have been kidnapped. i have been missing for 10 years. i am here. i am free now. >> the three women had been tied up been brutalized for years. in the immediate aftermath of their release, all three sought privacy. reunited with her and alongside her was a 6-year-old daughter, born in captivity. >> i want everyone to know how happy i am to be humming with my family, my friends. it has been absolutely unbelievable. i am stronger today and i value my privacy immensely. i ask for everyone to continue to respect my privacy and give me time to get back to normal
life. >> dean dejesus was just 14 when she was affected. little -- she said today. >> i was confused. thank you for your support. >> michelle knight says the man who adopted them raped her and forced her to miss carried. >> i may have been through and back, but i'm strong enough to walk through with a smile on my face. >> given their ordeal, their positive attitude is extraordinary. >> thank you for all of your prayers. i am looking forward to my brand new life. thank you. we hope the global economy might be turning a corner, today came a warning
from the international monetary fund that there could be storm clouds ahead. the imf is forecasting a growth this year and next could be slower than anticipated. i spoke a brief time ago with the imf's chief economist. what made the forecast lower global economic growth? news frominor bad most of the world. for now, we have revised the forecast 20 two%. the main use is in the emerging -- 22%. the main news is in the emerging market countries, the big ones. they're all slowing down at the same time. you think maybe exports to advanced countries, given the advanced countries are not doing great, would explain some, and it does, but not all. >> china, for example, what is
going on there? >> just from an accounting point of view, investment was less than expected, consumption was less than expected. so just a slowdown. it looks as if there is a slowdown, and the important thing is that it looks like a decline not only in actual output but in potential output. again, the explanations seem to be different across countries. in china, the level of investment is far beyond sustainable. just the opposite is true in brazil. very low investment is affecting demand and affecting growth. they do have something in common, which is that these countries are growing very fast and cannot sustain the speed. >> here in the u.s., the federal
reserve is talking about unwinding its stimulus program. what affect do you think that will have on the world? change the interest rate. if they remove the money they have put into circulation, that would be an issue, but they are not going to do it that way. it will only happen if the economy grows stronger. the u.s. economy is doing well and the fed is tightening a bit. for the rest of the world, that is good news. a strong u.s. market, interest rates probably eventually higher o some investorsu will want to come back to the u.s.. >> what about europe? austerity still seems to be the buzzword, but should it be? >> we have learned, and the europeans have learned, that you
can go too fast. each country has slowed down. debt, but youduce cannot do it too fast. you need to find the right mix and keep credibility. you can say, i will do next year, a great. but you have to do that. there is still uncertainty about banks. the result is that there are very high rates, still, in many countries. i think that is where the world has to go. >> thank you for joining us. >> speaking of uncertain futures, today the head of the bolshoi was sacked after months of infighting. is saved forrama the stage, but since an acid attack on the artistic director theaccusations by dancers,
real drama has taken place behind the scenes. >> it is one out of the most ,amous theaters in the world but it is the drama behind scenes that has taken people's breath away. an attack on the artistic director has left him virtually blind. a dancer has been charged with organizing it. , in fightingions and scandals have tarnished the bolshoi's renovations. a massive renovation was widely criticized for cost overruns and delays. he was involved with one of his denounced his leadership style before being forced out. the controversial director is
now also departing. >> obviously, the theater needs to be renewed. this is not a spontaneous reaction. renew andcontract to reform our cultural institution. >> as for the man himself, he offered only thanks to his friends and colleagues, and to the bolshoi. but while he shook the hand of the new man faces a mammoth task, to restore a the reputation and smooth running of this theater and to try to ensure that it is back in the headlines for what happens on stage, not off it. >> for more twists and turns even than swan lake. that brings today's broadcast to a close. continue watching bbc news for
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