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small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> the tip of from the former al-qaeda member the fall will be cargo explosives and plot. now new restrictions. bloodbath at a baghdad church. 52 died. security forces called the operation a success. how bad could things get for the president in the midterm vote? welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- china began as the mammoth task of counting every one of its citizens for the first time in a decade. ♪ and the new generation of french
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rock bands at breaking a cultural taboo by singing in english. hello to you. britain is the latest country to impose tighter security restrictions on flights from yemen. any air cargo from yemen or somalia will be banned. germany has suspended all flights to or from yemen. it it has now been determined the packages were a viable bombs. we have this report. >> the rep precautions have reported a possible bomb plot. germany has suspended passenger and cargo flights from yemen.
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germany was one of the areas -- >> there is at a suspension. the german aviation industry has been instructed to refuse all direct and indirect flights from yemen. >> in britain, where one of the two devices were discovered, cobra and met to discuss the security measures relating to the uk, later announced in parliament by the home secretary. >> from midnight tonight, we will extend the suspension of air freight to this country, not just from yemen, but also from somalia. this is a precautionary measure and will be reviewed in the coming weeks. it is based on possible contacts between al-qaeda in yemen and terrorist groups and in somalia as well as concern over airport
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security in mogadishu. >> the home secretary also said passengers would be suspended from carrying toner cartridges in their hand luggage and they could not carry it in their cargo of mines supplied by an approved shipper. this man is the leading suspect in the bomb plot, 28 years old, an alleged al-qaeda bomb maker, and thought to be hiding in yemen. the americans say that he was using a device and his attempt to bring it down a detroit-bound plane last december. the explosives left yemen by different routes. one was on a cargo plane that brought it first to germany and then to britain. the second package began its journey on passenger flights to dubai.
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the whole issue of this group -- of screen baggage and cargo is under debate. >> we have had these ludicrous measures for years. we are confiscating women's lipsticks and daughters -- bottles of water. it has no effect on security whatsoever. >> whenever measures are taken, the events of the last four days will have one certain consequence -- new urgency to contain the threat posed by al- qaeda and in the arabian peninsula. bbc news. >> it is confirmed that the bomb at the uk east midlands airport was only picked up because of information from a former al- qaeda member in saudi arabia. officials say that saudi intelligence is emerging as a key element in the struggle with
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al-qaeda. >> the informant, jabr al-faifi, confirmed today as the man who tipped off saudi intelligence about the bomb plot out of yemen. he should know. he has spent the last few years with these men, al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula. he is familiar with their plans. he was held in guantanamo bay. the u.s. eventually had to hand him over to saudi authorities to send him to a rehabilitation center. they released him. he promptly joined al-qaeda in yemen. he was added to this list of the 85 most wanted fugitives. two weeks ago, he handed himself then, apparently offering information in exchange for a pardon. >> fighting al-qaeda and in the
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arabian peninsula is a complex battle. many members have not returned from iraq, and from guantanamo bay. their geographic base is shared and in yemen. they are concentrated in the wild, mountainous desert where they are hard to find. information is shared between saudi and yemen. but not always. today it emerged that yemen had been left out of the loop. >> this information had come through yemen earlier ron. -- earlier on. >> they have been fighting a robust counter-terrorism campaign for seven years. most of the success has been based on hard, painstaking, intelligence gathering. >> saudis are absolutely key in
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fighting al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they have done a great job of suppressing al-qaeda an arab country. they probably have more information than anyone does about what al-qaeda is doing in yemen today. they are critical. >> yemen, too, is it critical. the cia is seen operating unmanned drones. but this is a corrupt, poor country and there is little love for the yemeni government. frank gardner, bbc news. >> more of the main news for year. more briefly, the u.k. and france will sign new defense trees on it tuesday. the two countries are not likely to serve alongside each other and the same brigade. we're being told the level of cooperation plan is unprecedented. japan is protesting a visit by
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the russian president meet yet medvedyev -- dmitry medvedev. officials in tokyo at have described it as "regrettable. -- "regrettable." former british prime minister margaret thatcher has been discharged from hospital. she picked up and inflexion after -- an infection after a bout of flu. doctors have given her the all clear. the government in iraq says they had no choice but to use force. 52 died when police stormed the catholic church where worshipers were being held by a gunman. iraqi officials have declared the operation a success, despite the casualties. we have this from baghdad. >> the church service was turned into a violent nightmare. the gunmen, some wearing suicide
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vests, -- suicide stormed the church. they also set off a car bomb near by, causing further casualties and damage. >> they ran into the church after firing shots in the street. we were praying inside. they rounded is up in the hall and started to beat us. 15 were killed inside the hall. others were killed in the streets. >> despite the tales of carnage, officials say the operation to free the hostages was a success. >> it was impossible to wait. the terrorists were planning to kill a large number of our brothers, christians at nasa. the operation was successfully carried out. >> as far as the local people and survivors are concerned, success is hardly the word. they are angry and critical of
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the authorities, but for allowing it to happen and the way it was handled. >> we are shocked every day and scared. so many people have been sent to hospital due to such violent acts. >> since 2003, numbers have dropped from about a million to 700,000 because of immigration. but this latest outbreak, it is feared that will speed up the human hemorrhage. bbc news, baghdad. >> on tuesday, millions of americans will vote in elections for the house of representatives, the upper house the senate, and 37 governors. the obama administration is under fire while bt party movement has galvanized and split the republicans. we have this from washington. >> halloween in tacoma park,
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southern maryland. this little suburb solve many elated when two years ago barack obama took the one white house and democrats held both houses of congress. now they are getting ready to elect a new congress. how did they feel? >> we have lost momentum. the climate legislation did not enter. obviously the economic situation is bad. >> it feels like we do not have the same kind of power we had two years ago. >> it is rough now, and it is going to be ok. >> a president obama look-alike can still attract cheers. mr. obama has made huge reforms that mean a change for american life, and yet even some of his own supporters seem to doubt him. >> i think he has not fought hard enough for stuff. >> for democrats, these
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elections are a very scary prospect. some are talking about not even bothering to vote. that name been ill for the democrats and their ability to hold onto control. >> ♪ take back america >> on the right of america, the picture is different. passionate, sometimes extreme come but the tea party movement has led the charge against president obama. it here they are in ohio, a crucial state. can the republicans ride this wave of populist energy to retake control of congress? polls suggest it is more than possible. >> it the republicans take over, they are going to look at investigating things they did not like about the obama administration.
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they will also be looking at 2012, the presidential election year. they do not have a candidate yet. it will be about setting him up for things. >> just maybe the democrats will lose the senate, too. president obama and his party now we see how much of a horror show it will be. bbc news, washington. >> stay with us, if you can on "bbc world news." we profile brazil's new leader, dilma rousseff. ♪ >> the musical properties are quite unique. there is nothing like it, i do not think it, in the whole world. >> the music has such an intimate atmosphere. a real connection.
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>> the vienna philharmonic has not forgotten the music is a communication platform, and we are looking to connect with the audience the whole time. it helps us to do that because it is such a friendly atmosphere. >> when you walk into that hole, there are all those beautiful flowers. it is alive changing experience. it is an extraordinary ensemble. >> is it still and man's world. one young the british activist believes in equality is just an illusion in the west. >> sandra day is the host -- the
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wild of san tropei. >> winning is still paramount. audio changed. still bbcish. >> give you the latest headlines this hour. officials have confirmed that information on bombs on planes on friday came from an al-qaeda member.
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>> the woman elected over the weekend debate brazil's first female president has promised to make gender equality a priority. she will continue the work of her hugely popular predecessor and mentor. we have this from san paulo. >> brazilians went to work with the news that they had their first woman president, dilma rousseff. eight years ago, no one could have imagined her as president of brazil, not even dilma herself. born in 1947, she is the daughter of a wealthy bulgarian
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immigrant and a schoolteacher. she was a schoolgirl when brazil fell under a military dictatorship in 1974 and later became a key and neat marxist resistance to the dictatorship, for which she was arrested and tortured. her name is still engraved in the present. in 2005, after a corruption scandal brought down a key government figures, she was made chief of staff. in 2010, it she lost her campaign for the presidency as a workers party candidate. but few doubted her chances of success, despite a lackluster campaign. last night, as the results came
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in, brazilians took to the streets with high hopes for the future. >> i really hope dilma can continue his work. he is the best president of brazil has ever had. >> i hope she will be reelected in four years' time. >> she thanked the nation with emotion. >> it is an immense joy to be here today. it was the most important mission of my life. >> in her acceptance speech, she said her first priority would be to lift 20 million brazilians out of poverty. she promised to continue the policies that had brought on economic growth. >> she succeeds the most popular presidents brazil has ever known.
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it will not be an easy act to follow. bbc news. >> the world's most heavily populated country, china, has launched its sixth national census. authorities wanted to find out for sure just how many migrant workers and children this vast nation contains. we have this from beijing. >> china, 1 billion people, all on the move. this is a country traveling fast. it happens right in front of your eyes. every week, a new tower. everything changes. of the next 10 days, 6 million census workers will make a call at every door in an inland. there are some questions they
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will not ask, including people's income and religion, sensitive issues that the communist party will say it -- turned a blind eye to. it's the first time china will count its massive army of migrant labor, trying to chart for the move to. there are perhaps 200 million of them. >> i am it happy. without it, the police cause problems for us. >> and the next 20 years another 300 million chinese are expected to to migrate from the country to the city. ed this will give us the first time a snapshot of a nation in transition, urbanizing it seriously. it will also give us an idea of the pressure of china trying to
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contain its vast population. he and his little brother to not officially exist, born in defiance of the one child policy. he has no legal status. he is being registered now. it used to be that having an extra child there is at $30,000 fine. during the senses, there is a discount. -- census, there is a discount. >> our son will one day grow up and help build china's future. i do not see why i should pay now. >> keeping pace with china's changes is the unique past. counting over 1 billion people will help manage some of the
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complexity and massive challenges, too. bbc news, beijing. >> a new generation of french rock bands are breaking a cultural taboo by singing unapologetically in english. they have already won a grammy. dozens are moving away from the french tradition of cultural and linguistic protection. we have this from paris. up ♪what is >> the group hey, hey, my, my, a group that takes their name from a song by neil young. the group is french, but the lyrics, you will note, is english. up until a few years ago, it was unheard of for french bands to sing in anything other than french.
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increasing -- increasingly, musically and culturally this is quite a taboo. suddenly, rock bands no longer have a complex about having to sing in french. they have been vague and american rock culture and fight in which the most natural form of expression. -- and find english the most natural form of expression. >> you can of course -- you cannot do it in french. it is impossible. >> the breakthrough has not been straightforward. france's cultural protection laws mean that radio stations can only play a fraction of non- french music. and most choose to play real british or american dance. >> french singing bands are
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actually > english-singing as because they are trying to make the language sounded good in french. so, yes, there is an effort to be made to actually make french a decent pot language. >> but for the members of an iraqa annorak, singing in english is simply the definition of changing times. >> i am not feeling bad. i am just feeling ok with myself. i think in france, we take much more time, much more than other countries, to just figure that the english language is good. it is not evil, you know? >> link which has always been a
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vital part of french culture. -- english has always been of vital part of french culture. whether you like it or not, it is significant. they are joining the globalized world. bbc news, paris. >> finally, how about this one? this is a hole in a residential area in germany. big hole, small town. much of the area was evacuated. it is a staggering 40 meters by 15 and 20 meters deep. remarkably, when you look at it, no one was hurt. local people will have issues getting their cars back. you can find much more on that and all the international news anytime you want it online at you can catch up with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmikeembley. and you can see what we are
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working on on our facebook page of course. quickly, british officials are saying the crucial tip of and in the bomb plot on friday came from a former guantanamo bay it detainee. thank you for being with us. >> hello and welcome. top stories from around the globe and click to play video reports. go to to experience the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank.
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