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range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now bbc world news. >> more misery for murdoch senior executives. some are forced to quit after the phone hacking scandal. dozens of protesters have been killed and anti-garment -- anti- government to demonstrations. welcome to bbc world news, broadcasting on pbs in america and around the globe. despite millions being raised for the east african drought, charities say that more is needed. the largest ever marijuana plantation found in mexico goes up in smoke.
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>> hello and welcome rupert murdoch has made a personal apology to the family of a murdered british school girl whose telephone was allegedly attacked by one of his newspapers. in the course of friday, two of the murdoch senior executives resigned and its to the scandal. >> it was the day that the chief executive of away from the company she had served half of her life, the day when her employer and her friend walked into a london hotel to say sorry for the family who fear they are victims of his papers wrongdoing. rebecca brooks is the high profile casualties so far. now she has decided to step
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away. in her statement, she said, as you can imagine, recent times have been tough. i now need to concentrate on correcting the distortions and facing allegations of corruption. >> i am pleased that rebekah brooks has finally set the responsibility for what happened on her watch as editor of "news of the world," the hacking of the phones. i called for her resignation 10 days ago. this is not about one individual. it is about the culture of an organization. >> the man chosen to replace her his already at his desk. writing to all news international staff, and james murdock thanked mr. brooks for 22 years of service, adding, she has been one of the outstanding editors of her generation and she can be proud of many accomplishments as an executive.
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we support her arrest she takes steps to clear her name. that is not a view echoed in the house of lords as one of the most vocal critics referred to her stated desire to remain on the bridge. >> she now says she likes to be on the bridge. i would not like her on the bridge the way she was going. that is why she has gone, thank god. >> this afternoon, rupert murdoch acted to underline the apology by his former executive. he met with the family who lost their daughter and who are most of the alleged targets of his papers from hacking. -- target of his paper's phone hacking. >> i want a totally private meeting.
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i was appalled to find out what had happened. and i apologize and have nothing further to say. >> the solicitor spoke for the family. >> he was humble to give us a full and sincere apology to the family. we told him that the teller family -- the dowler family told him that his papers should lead the way in policy for decency in the field and not what had gone on before. >> tomorrow, rupert murdoch's signature will appear on an apology and every u.k. newspaper. he says "news of the world" failed when it came to itself. rebecca barcs may have left the bridge, but her role in this -- rebecca brooks may have left the
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bridge, but her role in this story will make sure she remains in the headlines. >> the fallout from the scandal continues on both sides of the atlantic. it has been announced that the chief executive of the moroccan down jones has also stepped down. >> when it came to his right hand man, they worked together for 50 years. the reason that led to him in this whole saga is that he was the chairman of news international. he appeared before parliament on two different occasions and he did say both times that this was confined to one reporter, although, it has been littered been alleged that people knew that the hacking went beyond just one reporter. however, mr. hinton, in his resignation, insists that if
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-- ifs had wrongdoing tha others knew that wrongdoing went further, i was not aware. there will appear to be a clearing of the decks before the at parliamentar next week. the family remains in full control of the company. >> in other news, security forces in syria have shot dead at least 32 professors across the country. hundreds of thousands of people staged some of the biggest protests so far against the rule assad.sident hassaof 40 civilians have died since the upper using began in march. >> another protest in csyria and is in teargas and panic.
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they came to show the latest unrest in syrian cities after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets. opposition groups say that scores of activists were killed when security forces reportedly opened fire on demonstrators following friday parish. -- persrayers. damascus saw some of the biggest protests since the uprising began in march. it was a similar story in the south and demonstrations were even held in neighboring lebanon. this is on the backdrop of the interesting noises from the government. and national dialogue was held this week where critics were invited to attend.
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but opposition groups have treated these moves with skepticism. the protesters calling for change will only deepen their distrust of the government and further their resolve to force mr. assad from office. >> western and arab foreign ministers have agreed to recognize the libyan rebel national council as the governing body. the announcement came in a meeting in istanbul. they are committed to removing colonel gaddafi. it means that several billion dollars in libyan state assets frozen by foreign durrance can now begin to be released to the rebels. -- by foreign banks can now begin to be released to the rebels. there is demand that police officers suspected of killing activists during the uprising be
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put on trial and then assailant president hugo chavez says -- venezuelan president hugo chavez says he will be returning. he has spent less than two weeks back in venezuela after an absence of almost a month. >> in the less than two weeks that he has been back in venezuela, it has been back to business for president hugo job as. on friday, he greeted -- human javahugo chavez. he still needs further treatment for cancer that was discovered by doctors in cuba last month. [speaking spanish] >> i shall not continue the path to that long and difficult return. for that, as continue fulfilling the strict plan designed by life doctors to
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in what i call the path back to on this. >> he will return back to havana to receive chemotherapy. he gave no indication for how long his treatment would take. opposition supporters have already criticized him for choosing to receive treatment outside of venezuelas own health service. he stay away from caracas for almost a month while he underwent surgery in cuba. but president chavez credits fidel castro for first recognizing that he was ill. less than two weeks ago, president hugo chavez was making a triumphant return to venezuela. now they are waiting hand good buy again and wonder if he will be back to take the stand in -- now they're wondering if he will be back to take a stand in
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elections. >> the president stressed for americans -- >> congress has the credit-card and now we have the obligation to pay our bills. if we do not, it will have a whole set of adverse consequences. we could end up with a situation, for example, where interest rates rise forebody throughout the country. effectively, a tax increase on everybody appeared >> president obama had called on the and it is states to plan a council meeting between president obama and the dali lama. they say that it would be harmful to u.s.-china relations. china accuses the dolly llama of trying to win tibetan independence. lama of trying toali
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into bentowin tibetan independe. >> journalists have taken part in a 24-hour strike in the dispute over compulsory redundancies. the walkout finished at midnight. other services broadcast normally. the bbc says it is disappointed by the action. >> what do we want? save our jobs. when we wanted to? now. >> the national union of journalists describe the strike as solid. >> nobody wants to lose a day's pay. but management's attitude means that they have no option appeared >> @ television center in west london, they were
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dumping a news programs. but services andrea, television, and website were affected. some -- but services on radio, television, and website were affected. some celebrity guests refused to cross the picket line. they say that no one should be forced to leave if they do not want to. practical. says that is not apologize force for -- the bbc said and to our audience for any disruption in services. ofi adams, directiodirector operations, said that they cannot commit to such a policy. they call the bbc's and stubborn and provocative with a the bbc
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license fee frozen, plans are drawn up for big cuts across the organization. that means more job losses and possibly more strikes. >> you are watching bbc news. in a firestorm of controversy over the u.k. telephone hacking scandal, two executives have resigned. at least 32 protesters have been killed during demonstrations against assad. in the global economy, it has been announced that there will be a summit next week in brussels to discuss how to handle the debt crisis and had to provide first aid for greece. eight european banks failed stress tests.
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>> the financial health of europe's banks has come under the spotlight once again get 90 of the biggest banks across the continent have been tested to see how they will cope with the constraint of another recession and financial meltdown. the stress tests, at a difficult time for european markets. investors are alalready on high alert. stress tests were seen as too soft, especially when two irish banks collapsed after being given a clean bill of health. the european banking authority has since beefed up the tests to see how the banks would cope with the following from the sharp fall in the value of investments across europe, including share, debt, and property markets. another recession in europe. and a big drop in the value of government debt. crucially, the tests did not concern the impact of a
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sovereign default. even though investors largely expect agrees to default on its debt. the test needs to show how much money they have to withstand any losses. >> they still did not fully reflect what the market is saying today about the worst case for greek that, possibly as telling that. they are better -- possibly italian debt. they are better. >> five banks -- eight banks have failed. they will now be working with the government's over the weekend with plans to strengthen their balance sheets. all of for your u.k. banks were given a clean bill of health. -- all four u.k. banks were given a clean bill of health. they will give their verdict on monday morning when europe's markets open for business.
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>> 15 million pounds have been raised for victims of the worst drought in east africa for six decades but the disaster emergency committee says it is not enough to help the estimated 10 million people who are fighting famine and disease. our correspondent has been traveling through the worst affected area in kenya. >> this is northeastern kenya, one of the poorest parts of the country. the landscape is parched. the lives of these people are affected by drought. in one hospital, we found three -- this three-month old. she weighs barely more than a bag of sugar, less than half the weight of a healthy newborn child care in malnourished mother was week.
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my daughter is alive now, she told me. but i have to worry about when i have to take for home. in the bed opposite, another mother is consumed by malnutrition. she gave birth just before we arrived at the hospital. she is breathing. her son was buried an hour ago. she clings to life. she is a source of pride and worry for her father. later, he took us to his village and explained how the drought has taken lives. all of our animals are dead. there is no grazing pasture, he says, because there is no rain. so we have nothing. a short walk away, passing animal carcasses baking in the sun. this is so typical in committees in rural northeastern kenya who relied on livestock for everyone, formal, for food.
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-- for milk, for food. it is completely empty. dusty roads around here twister way land that has not seen rain for close to three years. we found an outreach clinic. >> he is severely milner's, yes. >> but with the rock -- he is severely malnourished, yes. >> but with a bit of sustenance, he can be better. >> we can help these communities rebuild their lives and restock their animals. harvesting water is equally important. >> help came too late for this
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baby, dead at 20 days old. but it is not too late to save others if the world acts now. >> a 300-acre marijuana plantation in a remote area of mexico has been turned to the ground. it was found 360 kilometers from a notorious for the town. >> 320 tons of marijuana, the size of four football fields. it was found by soldiers when patrolling an area of baja california, about two hundred 80 kilometers south of the border with the united states. the plans were hit in by tomato and chile plans. the area is easily covered by bush's. authorities think that more than
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100 people had been working on the plantation for months. [speaking to]- >> -- [speaking spanish] >> we have found plantations before, but never won this size. >> authorities when the sinaloa cacartel. many firms have been destroyed since president calderon declared war in 2006. this was worth to under $60 million in the black market. the government said this is an example of success in a world of drugs that has led to 40,000 people killed.
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>> cleaqueen elizabeth has paid tribute. >> they saw the darkest days of the second world war when britain's survival was in the balance. out in the atlantic, the convoy brought essential supplies, the food without which the population would stop, the munitions without which the war werwould collapse. there were sunk by german ships. nazi germany was in danger of winning. britain desperately needed a break through to survive. it happen here in secluded countryside 40 miles north of london. this is quiet and rather overlooked now, but, 70 years ago, these prefabricated huts were part of one of britain's most secret and model assumptions. it was here that britain broke
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the codes of the german military. the most brilliant mathematician, crosscourt experts, and linguists were brought together to tackle the intercepted messages of this, the supposedly impenetrable german cipher machine called enigma. the british built this, called colossus. this is a replica of it. it is generally considered to be the world's first computer. with its coats, which had taken codebreakers six days to crack by hand, it could now be crack in a matter of hours. >> we would have lost a war. it is that important. >> 70 years after the codebreakers work in total secrecy, their work, which shortened the war by perhaps two years, received the recognition and gratitude of the nation. >> a retired couple from scotland has emerged as the winners of the record-breaking
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euro millions jackpot. they say it felt like a dream when they realized they had won. [applause] >> they say they are just a normal family, not flashy and not celebrity. a retired tv cameramen and foreigners are now one of which britain's wealth is couples. they were still rechecking the numbers when dawn broke. >> we could see the sun come out. it was just magical. we saw the kids were sleeping. it was absolutely -- we opened a bottle of wine. >> here come the results now. >> with morning came the confirmation that they had won the largest ever jackpot.
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the wind can uphold them to 140th london's richest. they would have preferred not to go public. but they did not think they could keep their massive winds secret and wanted to enjoy it. >> we are not scared of it. it will be so much fun. >> they are determined to do something good with the windfall. there's talk of foreign travel and may be a new car. >> i think we will not be immediately swapping cars. you have a reliable car, was the point? >> i will be swapping the car. [laughter] >> one of the first things they intend to buy is a ticket for the next draw. >> congratulations to them both. you can get much more on our website.
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