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widespread abuse. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in and around the globe. coming up, the haves and the have nots were in you donda to find out how the aid project has changed the lives of a lucky few. >> i would love to have my own [unintelligible] but it goes way beyond my voice. >> the british woman who woke up and found she has a french accent. with >> the violence was fuelled by a tv a reporter with the koran being desecrated, but the demonstrations that killed 18
people in kashmir have anger at the indian government. thousands of people took to the streets chanting anti-indian slogans. >> more funerals and more killings. on the most violent day of a violent summer in kashmir. once again, thousands of people took to the streets in defiance of strict curfews chanting anti- india slogans. more than 70 people had been shot dead by the police in the last three months during similar protests. this time there was a twist, these demonstrators gathered to denounce reports that copies of the koran was burned in the u.s.
in delhi, the u.s. condemned the violence and anyone in america who insulted the koran. >> i strongly condemn that such acts as disrespectful and unrepresentative of american values. the deliberate destruction of any holy book is a horrible act. >> but kashmir is an indian challenge. the prime minister with military commanders is deeply distressed by the latest violence. but this government seems powerless to stop it. kashmir has been divided between india and pakistan for more than six decades. it remains a dangerous tension in south asia and a rallying cry for asian militants.
mylan unrest has implications for stability and india and pakistan and further appeals in afghanistan. >> the man behind the controversial plans for muslim community center near ground zero has said extremists of any faith must not be allowed to hijack this course. the imam says it's vital to have a platform where the voice of moderate muslims can be amplified. many americans are opposed to the center. >> in recent weeks the imam has tried to keep a low profile. this morning the man who hopes to build an islamic community center decided to speak out. >> the battle we must wage together today is not between muslims and non-muslims, it is
between moderates of all faiths against the extremists. >> this is worthy imam plans to build his community center, several blocks away from ground zero. he suggested he is exploring all options to resolve the controversy, but insisted he had the right to keep going with his plans. >> in recent days some have asked, is there a need for an islamic community center in lower manhattan? is it worth this firestorm? the answer is a categorical yes. >> his words come two days after america marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. the obama administration may be hoping the argument about the
community center goes away. in the end, the final decision will be made by the imam himself. >> the belgian catholic church has promised to help victims of a sexual abuse scandal by listening to them and cooperating with police and setting up a center for reconciliation and healing. there has been abused in every belgium diocese over decades and 13 victims have killed themselves. >> this man was belgium's longest serving bishop. he had abused his nephew for years and betrayed trust of his position. almost 500 witnesses have been interviewed by the special commission. there are stories of rape dating back 40 years. the abuse was widespread in
almost every boarding school with the victims as young as two. 13 later committed suicide and six others tried. many felt ignored. he was abused at his school by two different priests and his brother by a third. >> one priest invited him to his room. he started touching me and started to open my trousers. he got extremely excited and i didn't understand what was going on per -- what was going on. >> critics say the church has yet to deal with cases already uncovered. no one has yet been prosecuted. >> probably the church did seek to avoid the problem in the past. maybe that was their culture. now we denounce it.
>> it is too late for many of the victims. some priests have died and the statute of limitations means many will never face a court. church tot want the start new investigations into the crimes of its own institution, especially since the pope is deciding on what is happening. the pope is not the head of a democratic state. >> this is an exercise in damage limitations. the abuse stretch as far wider than outlined. the archbishop has reiterated his plea that the guilty priests should come forward, which believes -- which shows they believe others are hanging dark secrets. >> tony blair is now a special middle east envoy and says he is confident a deal can be reached
with israel and the palestinians. if the chance is lost now it could disappear for a decade. this week's talks are important to build trust. >> the challenge is very obvious, we have to get over the issue to deal with the moratorium on settlement building. there are numerous difficult decisions. the one thing that came out of washington and that is still there is a fixed determination. if we can get this process moving to get a solution. the feeling that was there that the other was not serious, the real game is that that feeling of cynicism has been reduced. >> as both leaders persuade that we have a small window of opportunity to achieve peace, and if this doesn't happen now
we will be lost for another 10 years. we will return with more settlements on the ground and increased radicalization. >> that is a fair summary. both of them have this sense is. their feeling is that you could wait several more years and come back to the same issues. >> tony blair speaking to us. africa has seen substantial economic growth, but if it is not trickling down to the poorest in 10 african countries and experiment is clustering -- turning clusters of villages. >> it is a scene you would find across much of world youth donda -- rural uganda.
life has changed in recent times for she and her husband. their income is no logger so dependent on this crap. thanks to the millennium of village project, they have more cows and goats. they now live in a brick home next door. >> we did not have enough food before. we did not have money and now we have money. >> making a difference to entire communities is what this project claims to do by targeting a specific area. school feeding programs are a key example, a way of getting poor children to go to school and stay there. critics suggest there is the risk that is the largest of four islands of success in a sea of failure.
>> i think we have done our job. we have done our job in the sharing these [unintelligible] government is promising to get more money. i will be disappointed if these good lessons are not duplicated. >> this has much more to do with trade and investment than with eight. the very poorest often miss out -- with trade and investment than with aid. the villages have sprung up as a new way to force the pace across africa. the pressure is on to demonstrate the wider benefits in uganda. it has been tough for this family to make a living since their father died. >> we don't have good schools.
we don't have enough medical care to allow our families to go on living. we have [unintelligible] >> even if such hurdles are overcome, the help of the millennium village -- we cannot imagine when aid of any kind will not be needed. >> stay with us on "bbc world news." promoting your culture thai style. senators find a unique way to get the young to take an interest in their national sport. the u.s. and european union have welcome the reference in -- referendum voting turkey to be changed. other aspects of the changes are arousing other concerns.
is turkey a different country after passing these reforms? not really. the constitution is a little more european, but these were incremental improvements. the turkish prime minister had good reason to be pleased with the results. >> september 12 will go down in history as a turning point in turkish democracy. you will always be remembered for this. this date, september 12 which was [unintelligible] has turned onto a bright page. >> the constitution puts the military more firmly under civilian supervision. the army has staged four coups in the past few years. it allows policies of discrimination to encourage gender equality.
it also strengthens the prime minister's hands and he is a divisive figure because of his abrasive leadership style and deep islamic faith. his plans to restructure the judiciary giving his governments greater say over judges has alarmed secular turks. the heated campaign gave little opportunity to inform the public about the amendment. most people probably voted according to party loyalties. a no vote shows mistrust of the government remains high. this is still a divided country. >> the latest headlines, at least 18 people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and police in kashmir. the catholic church in belgium
promise to help victims of sexual abuse. many want more action against abusers. more than a month after the worst flooding in pakistan, the impact is becoming clear. the a economy has taken a hammering. authorities are saying hundreds of thousands are still cut off and many homeless. much of the flooding was along the indus river. we will get the picture first hand. >> throughout this first day's journey we have seen so much destruction as we traveled south. bridge after bridge has been destroyed. some large concrete structures -- all of them of vital when it comes to getting help to people. there are tens of thousands of people stuck on the wrong side
of the valley. there are people [inaudible] they have been commissioned by the british government to build some bridges. how long will it take to build bridges so that trucks can get across so people can get building materials and fuel? >> i would say people rely on bridges. they form a way for people to go to work and get on with their lives. 10 bridges are already on their way. they are expected mid october. we have started designing the bridges and construction will start next week. i am confident we should have our first two bridges ready for all kinds of traffic before the
end of the year. >> [unintelligible] it is a long time away if you are waiting for aid. does the destruction this time compare to that time? >> in terms of infrastructure, there is no match. this is much more in terms of bridges damaged. there are over 300 bridges that have been washed away. at least 150 or reinforced concrete structures, so there is no comparison. 10 bridges coming now and 50 coming later. this is a small contribution. >> this will take years to rebuild a lot of that infrastructure. we will be leading the swath
valley soon. over the next 24 hours we will hear more about how the militants had affected those who have suffered from flood damage. >> just a word on a developing story, and iranian diplomat granted asylum in norway told us several more staff are prepared to resign over the government's post-election crackdown. we spoke to mohammed after two officials announced their resignations. he has flown to oslo. earlier on monday he told reporters he is applying for political asylum. he resigned last week. at least 13 people are confirmed dead in a plane crash in venezuela. it came down outside a steel
mill. there were around 50 on board. survivors are treated in the hospital. the taliban threaten to cut off people's fingers if they try to vote on saturday. there is also a concern about corruption and fraud that overwhelmed last year's elections. in many parts of the country people are at risk so polling centers are closed. our correspondent has been in an area under taliban control. >> this is what it takes to report on the election. we are flying to one province. the only safe route is out here. we come to be a candidate for parliament. insurgents say they will kill anyone taking part in the elections.
you need a small band of armed men to campaign. >> in it is like anarchy. >> this is who they are protecting. >> they taliban can come out and they can roam around. they can threaten people's lives, so many government officials are on that side of the road. >> this is like the land that time forgot. as wild as it is dangerous, pours farmers struggle to make a living. there is no police presence here. the only real authority is the taliban. despite changers -- despite dangerous he is coming here to meet the tribal elder.
he can guarantee the support of the entire village only if people feel safe to vote. >> there cannot be elections without security. there is real fear here. if we try to vote the taliban will cut off our ears. >> this is now a life or death issue. more than a dozen campaign workers have been killed. people who came here have taken a risk. this man knows if the taliban finds him here is life will be over. this is who they are afraid of, the taliban. large numbers rome with impunity. these exclusive pictures showed the insurgents in training. they are well-armed and ruthlessly effective. the credibility of the government is at stake.
powerful forces are aligned against them. half >> cuba announced the biggest shift in the private sector since the revolution. massive numbers of state employees will be laid off. half a million jobs will go by march 80 totaled redundancies could exceed 1 million. the president says he wants to tackle a deep crisis in the socialist economy. it sounds like something from a situation comedy, but it is no joke. imagine waking up one morning speaking with a foreign accent. there are only 60 reported cases around the world. one woman is dealing with these bizarre symptoms. >> in january something extraordinary happened to this woman. after a serious migraine attack
she woke up with what sounds like a french accent. >> do you speak french? >> people say to me i sound eastern european or russian. >> to get an idea of how she used to speak she showed me a dvd from a few years ago. >> i would like to welcome you today [inaudible] >> foreign accent syndrome is an extremely rare disorder. parts of the brain that controls speech are damaged usually by a stroke. the issue is a speech impediment that the listener interprets as a foreign accent. this professor is one of the few experts. he says there is no known cure and a fax can be devastating. >> a lot of people speak of loss
of their former accent, that they have lost a bit of their cells. part of their personality has died. >> the impact has been significant. she has lost her job, or confidence, of her identity. >> are you still the same person? >> no. i think i will [unintelligible] at the end of the day maybe somebody can find me. >> you are lost? >> i strive very hard to do what i do, but i strive hard to find me again. >> you think how to promote cultural heritage and you might think a concert or an exhibition.
two senior senators in thailand had other ideas. in a bid to support kick boxing, senators to change real punches in a bid to encourage more young people to preserve this art. at the end of two rounds the referee pronounced both men winners. both of them are former professional boxers. for much more on that and international news, go to bbc.com. thanks very much for watching. >> funding was made possible by the john d. macarthur foundation and union bank and siemens.
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