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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbc. our headlines -- [explosion] a fifth day of fighting. isreal intensifies its attack on gaza, continuing rocket assaults on israel. a warning from the who that year two of the covid pandemic is on track toe far deadlier than the first. congressional republicans replace liz cheney as the third ranking party leader. >> we are fighting on behalf of hard-working americans. i want to thank president trump for his support. he's a critical part of our republican team.
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>> and prince harry speaks out again, saying his childhood was one of pain and suffering, likening world life to being any zoo. -- in a zoo. ♪ hello, a warm welcome if you're watching in pbs, and the u.s., or around the world. do stay with us for the latest analysis and news from here and across the globe. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu has warned israel's biggest offensive against hamas in gaza that shanta gaza in years is not over yet -- against hamas and gaza in years is not over yet. rockets fired toward israel for a for today. at least 122 people in gaza have been killed.
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nine people have died in israel since the fighting began on monday. let's go to jerusalem, to our middle east editor. jeremy. reporter: it is ugly and angry on the streets and towns shared by jews and arabs in israel. they have the same hatred and not much else in common. police broke down the door of a family. they deny accusations their sons are attacking jews. the police say their office is behaved correctly. [screaming] the father and the sons were arrested for attacking police officers. the woman who filmed this said they are scared not of jews, but of racist police. a local rabbi visited to apologize. [baby crying]
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in gaza, a building housing the hamas bank was hit. families we'll be right back to check what was -- families went back to check what was left. his home is gone. he said there was no warning when the explosions began. both his father's feet were blown off, his aunt lost an -- an eye. around 2 million people live in gaza. half our children. -- around half are children. it was a day of protest, and more palestinians were killed. in occupied territories and israel, they have exposed again the mutual hatred and fear that is the essence of this conflict. jews in jerusalem fired live bullets at fallis tinian -- at palestinians, who threw stones
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and fireworks. attempts to evict palestinians from their homes helped stop the escalation. security forces kept protesters back from the frontier. palestinians make up more than half the jordanian population. mostly refugees from past wars, not permitted to return by israel. history never dies in this conflict. people do. bbc news, jerusalem. >> we spoke to jeremy about his take on the situation and whether an escalation was likely. reporter: the israeli operation overnight will certainly an escalation. there are question marks about what capacity hamas has left to se missiles into israel. no one really knows what the stockpile is.
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they have used a lot. the way that they bypass, when they can comedy israeli antimissile system is by sending a whole lot at once. if there was a moment for diplomacy, and today are as tempting to start a process up, it is now because from here, the only way is down without it. in a sense, the issues have been building up for a lot of years. israelis, who are arabs, of palestinian origin, have always felt like sector citizens. there's a lot of incipient anger because of that. at the same time, there's the right wing, far-right extreme nationalism and the jewish community. -- in the jewish committee. it's been something that's been pushed more into the public eye and mainstream, and respectable for some people, because of the way that the prime minister, mr.
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netanyahu, has been more than flirting with them for their support. >> jeremy come our middle east editor. the u.s. envoy has arrived in israel for talks on de-escalation. the assistant secretary touched down at the airport earlier. the biden administration on friday reiterated it was working toward de-escalation of the israeli-palestinian conflict and a lasting peace in gaza. martin, the u.s. special envoy for middle east peace during the 2014 gaza war, he served as abbasid under george w. bush to israel -- ambassador to israel under george w. bush. you know more than most what they will be facing. do you think the biden administration has been caught a little on the back foot when it comes to this latest escalation
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in this ongoing conflict? >> i do think that they were surprised at the way things got out of hand in jerusalem. but then i think everybody was. the confluence of events there took everybody by surprise. it's commonly known that the biden administration weighed in with prime minister netanyahu and stopped the march into the old city, stopped the evictions, and essentially got police to back off, the israeli police to back off. but it was too little, too late. now with heavy armor on the ground, they are in position together with the egyptians, the half flown in to see whether it's possible now to get a cease fire in place. i have the sense that hamas may be ready for that.
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i don't see thathe israelis have objectives they can achieve beyond what they have already done that really make a lot of sense. to go in on the ground, gaza's a very complicated thing for prime minister netanyahu. it's going to lead to more casualties on the palestinian side and a lot more criticism of israel. it is linked to israeli military casualties. he'looking at a fifth election. i don't think he's going to want to go and the election in that situation. both sides have achieved their limited objectives. now, it's possible -- possible, i should emphasize, to get them back down and agree to a cease-fire. >> are we talking about the usual scenario we have with this, that this will be managed, the escalated -- de-escalated, but the ultimate resolution is not achievable? >> that is the tragedy of the
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israeli-palestinian conflict. it's not as if there hasn't been many efforts under the last 35 years, to try to resolve the conflict i have been involved in some of those efforts myself. but they all come up short in terms of ending the conflict. what has worked in the past, the reason why you have the palestinians in control, normally controlling 90% of the palestinians in the west bank, the palestinian authority, is because of the incremental approach. i don't think it may be possible to get back to that kind of incremental approach. where you don't raise expectations that the conflict is going to be ended. that is not a bridge way too far. -- now a bridge way too far. >> thank you for sharing your
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personal experiences. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. >> let's bring you up-to-date with some of the news of the moment, lebanon is losing as much as a quarter of its already diminished a lecture city supply, as a utility company which provides power through shipboard generators is cutting supply because of nonpayment and debt. car power ship says it has not beenaid for 18 months by lebanon, which is in a deep economic crisis and struggling with a mountain of debt. the united states has expressed deep concern about increasing ethnic and political allure is asian across ethiopia. the atrocities being perpetrated and the scale of the humanitarian emergency are on acceptable -- are unacceptable. the u.s. envoy that came from the horn of africa told the president to immediately withdraw his troops from there.
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the bbc's religionist martin bashir is stepping down following heart surgery last year. the 58-year-old journalist is best known for his high-profile interviews with michael jackson and princess diana. he's come under scrutiny of allegations that bank statements have been used to secure interviews with the princess, with an internal inquiry into the claim. within the last few hours, house republicans in the u.s. have chosen a successor to liz cheney, the daughter of a former vice president, who is unceremoniously dubbed as party chair earlier this week. elise stefanik from new york was appointed, who has consistently backed the false claim by donald trump supporters that the 2020 election was stolen. our washingt correspondent every donahue explained more about why she was elected. reporter: it is the choice of
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the leadership. she had the backing of rather key members of that leadership team. she did face a challenge from a much more conservative candidate. the freedom caucus. which is the real grouping of republican people in congress. that didn't succeed. the are any of her appointment -- the irony of her appointment is she was considered pretty much a liberal in the past. she comes from a district in the north of new york that voted twice for president obama, then twice for donald trump. she is in that kind of footing territory. but in recent times, she's been vocal about her opposition to the impeachment trials of donald trump and she's endorsed his claims about the election, including voting against the ratification of pennsylvania's declarations in congress before the attacks on january 6. in that sense, she's very much loyal to the whole trump
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project. >> head of the world health organization has urged rich countries to reconsider plans to vaccinate children, and instead donate jabs to the covax scheme for poorer countries. he also warned the second year of the coronavirus pandemic is said to be far ddlier than the first. he was speaking at a press conference in geneva. >> i understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents. but right now, i urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to covax. because in low and lower middle income countries, vaccine supply has not beennough to even immunize health care workers. covid-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives. we are on track for the second
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year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first. saving lives and livelihoods with a combination of public health measures and vaccination, not one or the other, is the only way out of the pandemic. >> the head of the who. let's pick up on what he said with martin l. good to see you this evening. whenhe doctor says the second year of the pandemic is likely to be deadlier than the first, given what we've experienced, just help us understand what he means. this will be very worrying for so many people listening to his words. >> if you look at what's been happening in india, you can see why he is saying it. we are seeing the same thing happening in nepal and other neighboring countries in asia. there's still a lot of potential for spread in africa that we
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haven't seen yet. clearly, there's a real risk there. as long as this virus circulates, it will continue to mutate. that is the real worry. unless we can get levels down everywhere, and that means getting everyone vaccinated. it's not just a vaccination, but a combination of the vaccination and the public health measures, like he said, then we can be more optimistic, but we are still far away from the. >> we understand the concept there's coronavirus somewhere, then it is everywhere. the priority then is to do what for the international community? >> the priority is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, while keeping it under contrith the continuation of public house measures, which we can do. like mass wearing of course. >> when it comes to the countries doing externally well and getting citizens vaccinated, what should they be doing with their doses of vaccines? should they be giving them to covax?
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should they be going to those communities that perhaps don't have as much? >> first of all, we need to remember with the new variants circulating, we have a number of about three, that means a proportion of the population who have to be immunized to suppress transition needs to be very high. perhaps 85%. in western countries, we are not largely vaccinating children, making funny percent of the population. we are not going to get to that. -- making 20% of the population. we just need an awful lot more vaccine. there are all sorts of issues around that. paying for it, production, above all other things. there are issues around intellectual property. not just for the vaccines themselves, but the production capacity. we need to think carefully and clearly about how we can strengthen health systems to make sure the vaccines can distribute it. if we look back at what happened withiv many years ago, there
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was a lot of focus on making sure that the drugs were affordable. and they could actually be obtained in the country. we overlooked the need for the strengthening of the health systems to make sure people could get them. there are a lot of things that we need to take account of here. we also need to take account of some countries reports' where the prime minister got vaccinated. even there it was clearly a lot of vaccine hesitancy. things like that need to be overcome. no single measure, no single magic bullet and solve all this. we need to do a lot of things altogether. >> i know it is difficult to put it like that, but when it comes to the variations of the coronavirus we are seeing, the one found in india, for example, how quickly are these modifications -- these variations taking place? >> the vaccines we have at the moment are relatively much easier to change, particularly
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the messenger rna ones. the pfizer biontech and moder. then there are major issues in terms of the cold chain for transporting them, the many fracturing capacity. -- manufacturing capacity. it is more difficult to get them disturbing to. -- to get them distributed. >> absolutely fascinating to speak with you. thank you for your expertise. do stay with us here on bbc news. more still to come, including how to land on your feet. the cat that leapt from the fifth floor of a burning building in chicago, tn just casually walked off. ♪ >> the pope was shot. the pope will live. that is th essence, from this afternoon, as one put it, the
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terrorism has come to the right again -- to the vatican. >> he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. >> he never looked like a woman, just sentenced to six years in jail. there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. >> the chinese government has called for an effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake. the worst to the country for 30 years. >> triumph over gary c. the first time a machine has defeated a reigng world champion in hs mesh -- in hs match. -- in a chess match. [cheering] ♪ >> welcome. you are watching bbc world news.
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as israeli strikes against targets in gaza, prime minister benjamin netanyahu warns the effects are n yet over. the who has warned the second year of covid is on track to be far deadlier than the first. in an illustration of the dangers set out by the who, india's prime minister has warned coronavirus is tearing through the countryside. but laws brought in by the indian government are hammeng the battle against covid because they prevent some teams from disturbing donations of vital oxygen equipment. we have reports. reporter: the horror continues to unfold in india. as coronavirus batters every corner of the country. story after story of losing loved ones. now, those trying to help are saying they are paralyzed by government legislation. >> the game is to make sure
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you are part of it or shut the operation. reporter: it is to do what the foreign contributions regulation act, amended at the height of the first wave of coronavirus last year. the rules mean ngos and charities must register under that before they can function. they must be put into specific branches of state bank of india new delhi. as notified by the government, they can no longer distribute foreign contributions to other charities. we have spoken to several ngos. they say preventing key supplies from getting to those who need them the most. >> the capacity to prevent that, to do what we have to do and fight covid, has been severely come from eyes, becaus of this
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-- compromised because of this legislation -- severely compromised because of this legislation. >> you say it is severely calling debt? >> yes, damage, definitely. reporter: the government is suspicious of foreign funded activity. in the past, he is accused mainstream charities of halting economic development. his critics accused him of implementing legislation to silence those speaking out against him. but the indian government says it is about greater transparency and stopping the misuse of foreign funds. >> this is very wrong and militias interpretation -- these are very wronand militias interpretations. -- ma -- malicious interptation we make our own laws. are a sovereign country. reporter: after the crisis
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deepens, some ngos are worried about even more deaths, because of what they call unnecessary reaucracy and restrictions. >> prince harry has spoken puicly again about his life as a member of the world family, saying -- royal family, saying he wants to break the cycle of pain and suffering he experienced while growing up to spare his own children. our correspondent has more. reporter: they did their best to walk in step for the duke's funeral. put this family has been shaken and hurt by recent comments by harry and his wife. now there are more. harry's reflections from his california home on the theme of parenting and the pain and suffering handed down to him. >> there's no blame. i don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody. but certainly when it comes to parenting, if i've experienced some form of pain or
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suffering, because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or parents had suffered, i'm going to make sure i break that cycle and i don't pass it on, basically. there's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. we as parents should be doing the most we can to try to say, that happened to me, i'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you. reporter: however, we will dirt -- however bewildered, harry's family is not showing it. prince charles was in south wales. >> do you agree with prince harry about the suffering and pain in the family? reporter: nice try, but to no avail. it's the questions implicit in harry's latest musings that will travel the family. -- trouble the family. he got away from royal lie for the sake of his mental health. what they didn't expect is for him to go public on such private matters. here he is on his father's upbringing. >> this is where he went to school, this is what happened. i know this bit about his life,
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connected to his parents. that means that he's treated me the way that he was treated. >> exactly. >> which means, how can i change that for my own kids? here i am. reporter: harry says he feels more free in his new life in california. his family may wonder how many more reflections he and his wife will feel obliged to share. >> black cats have long been associated as good and bad luck charms. well, a black cat in chicago really tested it's like when it came within a whisker of death. this was the scene in chicago, where fifighters tackled a blaze at a fifth floor apartment. a black cat appears at a window and jumps for it. there it goes. he makes a safe landing on all four legs. i'm going to show you that again. if you can bear to look. there it goes. it narrowly misses a wall. then it bounces on a patch of grass and just walks away.
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the chicago fire department reported no one was injured in the apartment. for the cat, it made the perfect escape. thanks for watching. bye bye. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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