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katty: welcome to "world news america." 120 bodies have washed up on the shores of libya. a stark reminder that the european migrant crisis is still just that. a crisis. more than 3000 migrants have died this year in the mediterranean. now italian authorities are investigating whether so-called islamic state is involved in organizing and profiting from the passage of people risking everything to reach europe. chris buckler reports from on board a rescue ship. chris: each day the mediterranean appears, tempting those who see it as a crossing to europe. but even if they are able to ignore the risks and reality of what that means, others cannot. search and rescue teams have
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become a fixture on this ocean. shortly after sunrise, the latest overloaded boat drifts into view, 20 nautical miles off the coast. it is so full that people are hanging off the sides, but there's no sign of the smugglers who have made this a business. >> we have approximately 25 females -- one pregnant woman. >> how far along are you? chris: all 138 people in this boat were in line for being rescued. they have no supplies nor any obvious way of reaching europe. this group are from gambia, nigeria, sudan, and elsewhere in africa. some of them have been stuck in libya for months. >> i was afraid, i was really afraid.
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in libya, i was put in prison with my children. i had to pay money to get out. i put my life on the line. on thechildren's life line to come here. in this land my children can go to school, we can live in peace. what else is there? chris: there is joy here. these people have found a safe passage. but over the last fortnight, a dozen bodies a day have been washing up on the beaches of libya. near the site of this rescue another boat floating in the , water, possessions on the site and no sign of what happened to those who were once in it. the international organization for migration says already this year internationally more than 4000 refugees and migrants have died. it is thought around three quarters of them here in the mediterranean.
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medecins sans frontieres, which operates this rescue ship, is now refusing money from european governments, saying their policies are not helping refugees. >> seeing how europe actually is treating the people, we hear numerous times about people getting tortured, girls getting mass-raped, people being sold into slavery. you see people back home basically talking about we are bringing terrorists to europe. there have been attacks linked to refugees, but are you worried that the government, the authorities in europe are if anything going to become tougher and how they deal with this problem? >> they absolutely are. i'm terrified they will be tougher, because people are suffering. they are suffering a lot. chris: some are looking to europe as a place where they can simply build a better life.
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europe is obviously a place where a lot of people are going to at the moment. do you think it has room for everyone? >> i believe everybody is all the same. chris: but the medical staff say it is clear to them that many who have come through libya have suffered. >> we see some very harrowing tales. people who have been forcibly as well -- forcibly impression -- imprisoned as well and they carry many injuries from that. chris: whatever they are leaving behind, rescue is a moment of relief. a time to savor, because this journey is only the start. europe will bring its own challenges. chris buckler, bbc news on the mediterranean sea.
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katty: the desperate plight of migrants trying to get to europe. 300 passengers and crew had a very lucky escape this morning when their plane crash landed at dubai airport and burst into flames. the emirates boeing 777 was arriving from india when the accident happened. everyone survived but a firefighter tackling the flames was killed. here is our transport correspondent, richard westcott. richard: what must it have felt like to be on board this? normal landing plunged into chaos as the aircraft skids along on its belly. credibly, one passenger -- incredibly, one passenger films the estate. -- the escape. some people start getting there luggage down. the plane might have stopped but these people aren't safe. realizing the danger, one of the cabin crew shouts to get passengers out.
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indiscernible] richard: on the ground, another terrifying sight, fire. not long after, this happened. 300 people escape to this wreck. at the terminal, they say it came without warning. >> it was a big noise. the smoke was coming inside. we escape from the emergency exit. >> all of the children and women were shouting. richard: a firefighter was killed putting out the blaze. the chairman of emirates says everybody seemed fine as the aircraft approached dubai. >> i think it was very much
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clear to land at that moment. almost at landing time. richard: yet the plane didn't seem to have its wheels down when it hit the ground. we don't know if that was a mechanical problem, a mistake by the pilots, or both. still, it is hard to believe all the passengers walked away from this alive. richard westcott, bbc news. katty: unbelievably lucky passengers. we have never been so united. that was the message of donald trump. many would think that the republican party seems anything but unified. yesterday he said he was not ready to endorse paul ryan. today, mike pence did that. for more, i spoke with kevin sheridan, the communications director for paul ryan during his vice presidential run.
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is this campaign imploding? kevin: in some ways. katty: seriously. extension from last year from donald trump when he said outrageous things, then he gets backed into a corner, and lights another fire to distract from the last distraction. when met with the challenge of the last distraction that he found himself in with a gold star family, criticizing him him and then him criticizing the mother of a dead soldier which was unconscionable in a lot of people's minds, and receiving all the criticism he got from that, he went on a 24-hour binge of distractions, not endorsing paul ryan to criticizing john mccain for his not caring about vets to five other things that created other storms. we have a very confused party right now, it will limit within the party. katty: as a republican strategist yourself, somebody who worked for paul ryan, how
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does it feel at the moment to be in your party in your position? >> well, there is great frustration in the party. this is a candidate we are facing that could be be in this -- that could be beaten this year. the democrats have put up hillary clinton, one of the most beatable presidential candidates any of us have ever seen. she has two thirds of the american people who don't think she is honest or trustworthy. she has real systemic challenges. it is a change election and it is hard to get elected after eight years of barack obama. but we have got donald trump. he is just as on trusted and my untrusndressed and -- as not be fit for office in many people's minds. katty: would you like donald trump to step down as candidate for the republican party? >> what i would like would be a candidate who could have gone up against hillary clinton. we did not get that. what the republican primary voters gave us was donald trump, a total outsider could we are probably stuck with that unless donald trump wants to get out -- katty: reports of some people in the party that it is possible donald trump himself if he feels
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he cannot win may decide not to run in all in november. do you think that is wishful thinking? kevin: there is also the theory that donald trump my not want to be president. unless that happens and he makes the decision that he just wants to get out and blame the system for it, blames washington insiders for it because he does not want to go down in defeat, i don't think there's any other way to get him out. katty: would you vote for donald trump in november? kevin: i'm not planning to vote for donald trump in november. katty: does that mean you will vote for hillary clinton? kevin: i would never vote for hillary clinton. katty: does that mean you will sit on your hands at home? kevin: i might write somebody in. that is the current plan. katty: some people have decided they cannot vote for donald trump or hillary clinton. they're turning to a third-party candidate. support for such an alternative is attracting 10% of voters in american national polls. more on the others in this
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presidential race and what their impact could be. reporter: with all this talk of trump and clinton, you might not of heard of these two. but they are also running for u.s. president and in this already unpredictable race could make an impact. with about 225 million voters in the u.s., it is impossible to expect everyone to fit neatly into one of the two major parties. this year more than ever, many voters are crying out for an alternative. >> almost impossible for a third-party candidate to win but they can siphon off votes from the major party candidates enough to tip the balance in one or another state and that might be all it takes. reporter: there are the republicans who won't vote for donald trump and the bernie sanders supporters who say they won't be backing hillary clinton. libertarian party candidate gary johnson and green party candidate jill stein have picked up in the polls. >> right now is when you would expect to see them do the best. a lot of people are saying they
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would vote for a third-party candidate, the people who, as they are reminded of the stakes the election and why they usually vote the way they do, will come home and vote for the party's candidate. reporter: remember the 2000 election between george bush and al gore, the one that made its way to the court? there was a third-party candidate then, ralph nader. democrats blame him for taking support away from them. and then there was 1992, where ross perot was the third man standing against george bush, sr. and bill clinton. in that case, republicans blamed -- in that race republicans blamed perot from taking support from them. this election could come down to whether dissolution voters go for a third-party candidate or stick to one of the major two, or decide to stay home. katty: security forces in columbia carried out an
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operation to destroy 100 cocaine laboratories in the jungle. the five-day operation was part of a strategy to target producers and traffickers of cocaine, rather than the farmers . it is estimated the laboratories could produce 100 tons of cocaine every year. 22 people are missing after highway bridge connecting mumbai with a beach resort state in west india collapsed. we report from the scene of the collapse. correspondent: raging floodwaters tore down a huge section of the bridge on the main road. say that 2 buses or on the bridge when it crashed into the floodwaters early on wednesday morning. they believe a number of cars were also swept into the torrent and believe the death toll could exceed 30. divers have not found any trace of the missing people or their
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vehicles. the water is so strong it could've carried the wreckage for miles. they are not expecting to find any survivors. cannot trace those buses. they have not reached their destination. 22 people were in the buses. is theondent: this latest tragedy and a particularly strong monsoon season in south asia. 8.5 million people have been affected. more than 200 killed as floods have hit large parts of india, bangladesh, and of all. .- and nepal it is part of a pattern of increasingly brutal weather. india recorded its highest ever temperature, more than 50 degrees centigrade. it was the climax of two years of drought, leaving 300 million people pacing water shortages in india alone.
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this dramatic weather is pushing the region's often crumbling infrastructure to its limit. a crowd has gathered to see the shattered bridge and watch the rescue operation. experts warn that it will take vast investments to avoid tragedies like this if the pattern of extreme weather continues. today, it is still raining. bbc news, western india. katty: o-matic pictures. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on this program, the debate over welcoming refugees reaches montana. go there to see that divide. north korea has conducted a ballistic missile test of the eastern coast prompting international condemnation. japan says one landed inside of its waters. steve evans reports from seoul. and theouth korea
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united states decided to deploy missile-mitchell -- anti- shield against north korea, something north korea deemed a provocative decision. two weeks ago, north korea loosed 2 missiles into the ocean to the east of the peninsula. it has repeated that today. one of the missiles fired fizzled out quickly. the second one seems to have reached japanese waters. that is, according to prime minister abe, is very provocative. >> this poses a serious threat to japan's security and is an unforgivable act of violence. it is a clear violation of the human revolution and we want a firm protest against north korea. we will work with the u.s. and south korea and will stand firm and handling this.
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aree: the missile launches overseen by kim jong un himself. there are pictures published of him looking on proudly. north korean tv has put published a mocked up video on washington, the american capital in flames. they does not seem to be any new technology involved. they do not seem to be advancing in their spoken ambition to have a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the west coast of the united states. it is about sending a signal. ♪ at the top of tonight's broadcast we showed to the plight of migrants making incredible sacrifices in search of a better life in europe. in the united states come the
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issue of accepting refugees has sparked debate. like in montana where the issue played out in a public forum this week. the bbc went to missoula to hear the arguments on both sides. >> i literally saw a picture of the dead child, and could not sit on my butt anymore. on our radar. what if we could help refugees in missoula? what if we could bring them here? >> if you want to bring the refugees, give them again -- you must a guarantee they will not harm our community. >> the system in place, i can speak for it, because i went through it. most of us are moms. that brings a new element when you look at a photo like that. you knew right off the bat that refugees resettled by nine
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agencies. at that point, we started figuring out who they were and making phone calls. are 95% caucasian. i think it is a culture shock when you see something outside of that form. i don't know that it is a safe place to bring refugees. >> a letter drafted by commissioners opposing the resettlement of refugees to neighboring counties attracted a massive crowd to hamilton. >> held a meeting. we had the whole gamut stand up and say no, we don't want the impact of refugees in our community.
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>> it's not going to be easy, it's not going to be all rosy. i was living in monroeville, liberia, west africa. because of the civil war, please -- because of the civil war, we fled our country. we have had our struggles with people telling us to get out of here. we have had that kind of struggle. but i have to tell you, the people of this state are warm people. very warm. because they took me in as their own. >> there is a place for refugees in the united states. if you are trying to force them into a community, kind of like what is being done here, the syrian refugees from the muslim refugees are going to be a tough fit here.
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katty: debating refugees in montana. we are days from the opening ceremonies in rio de janeiro, many olympians intended to give the games they're all. a few will go as far as to say i will win or i will die. that was the dramatic promise of a young italian runner in 1908 who ran the marathon in search of victory and fortune. david eades has this story. david: it is not the most conventional diet but in 1908, a 22-year-old trained himself on italian pastries. he was a pastry chef. he launched himself into the marathon at the london olympic games and became not just the most italian -- the most famous italian of his time, but arguably the first global olympic superstar. his name, dorando pietri.
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london 1908 was the 10th olympics. british and american rivalries were fierce and unpleasant, where team gb swept in some sports like tennis and cargo -- and tug-of-war. the americans felt they were kings at the track. in the era where runners to ok anything from beer and wine to strychnine for enhancement, the young italian champion looked to upstage his more fancied rivals. one by one the other runners were collapsing. pietri was not the favorite. the favorites were americans. into the stadium came floppety floppety this exhausted looking man, and from the photographs he looks about 90. he had baggy shorts, ran the wrong way around the track. the officials had to usher him in the right direction, and he kept collapsing and then standing up. the last 10 yards, the official
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doctor and the race official actually pick him up. david: the americans objected as their man came in second. pietri was disqualified, he lost the gold, but he won the sympathy of princess alexandra who witnessed his valiant efforts and decided to show her own appreciation. >> she presented him with this huge cup. there wasn't time to engrave it so she had handwritten a note saying what a brave and wonderful fellow he was. poor old johnny hayes, his team put him on a kitchen table and ran him around the stadium as a lap of honor, and nobody noticed. david: two years of celebrity followed, with races against hayes, which he won, and prizes galore, even a coffee shop of his own. he never made another olympics, but his place in olympic history is unique. katty: remembering dorando
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pietri. david eades reporting on another olympic great. it is all on our website, check it out. i am katty kay. from all of us at bbc "world news america," thank you for watching. we will see you back here tomorrow. ♪ >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends
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