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turkey, hundreds are still missing. a moderate islamic party claims victory in the first election since the arab spring began. >> the united states pulls its ambassador out of syria amid concerns about his safety. the michael jackson manslaughter trial continues. the trial of dr. conrad murray and the defense begins. >> it is 2:00 in the morning here in london, broadcasting on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. hello, and welcome. rescue teams in turkey are continuing to search for survivors after the earthquake that hit the east of the country on sunday. at least 270 people have been killed, and it is feared the
death toll may rise. the quake measured 7.2 and struck close to the border with iran. one said it was the worst hit, with almost 1000 buildings destroyed. from there, our reporter sent this. >> hammering, cutting, the concrete apartment blocks. the people were desperately helping the official rescue teams to look for the hundreds or missing. at the center of this rescue effort is a man who is trapped down there beneath the rubble, pinned beneath a car and a wall. he has been there during freezing cold nights, and among those trying to get him out our his brothers. they have formed a human chain, pulling rubble away from their injured brother, slowly making space for him to be brought up. with exhaustion setting in, his mother waited patiently nearby.
>> [speaking foreign language] >> no food has been passed any of his brothers' lips. a girl is also somewhere under the collapse. her uncle said she had been out playing at the time of the earthquake, and no one has heard from her since. >> my sister's husband. we are burying him. the funeral. we are hoping the kid will come out, hopefully, no matter how seriously injured, but alive. >> overnight in the regional capital, a small boy had been found alive. his rescuers were pleading with him to be patient while they were to to get him out. and in another area, this kibler was successfully pulled out alive by emergency workers.
this shows the moments of the powerful earthquake striking. the shaking stopped this couple in their tracks. and late tonight, the man his brothers had never given up was lifted out of the rubble. he was cold, dusty, and with several broken bones. it could have been his tomb. he was carried past his mother before being led to an ambulance. he is out alive. >> to get the latest on the rescue efforts, i enjoyed on the line now with someone from the turkish society. hello to you. first of all, freezing temperatures again overnight for rescue workers and those they are trying to reach. is there still much hope of finding any more survivors? >> yes.
the rescue teams are still in the field, and they are being supported with nutrition, and they are helping the victims of the disaster. so far, we have transferred like 12,000 family tents, which means we have sheltered 50,000 persons were now, and we are still going with our activities, and we're in coordination with the government's rescue teams. of course, the weather conditions are a challenge for us now. it is minus one degree at the moment in the field. all of the rescue teams are still working. some have been rescued. so we still have a hope, and we are continuing the work. >> did you just say 50,000 people are now in temporary
shelters? >> no, not yet, but we have transferred 12,000 shelters, 12,000 family tents, which means 50,000 people will be sheltered tomorrow. the teams are still sending them up. >> ok, i see. and also, can you just respond to some of the accusations that have been made to the bbc that there just is not enough shelter, food is not getting around, there are still many families having to sleep in cars or find shelter where they can? >> that is right. of course, we are trying to give priority to the people who have lost their homes. of course, after the after shock, everybody wants to stay in the tents. even if their houses are not destroyed, because they do not have faith in their houses, which means a huge number of
shelter requirements, but we are trying our best, and more than 150 persons are setting up the tents now, and, of course, the victims of the disaster are assisting us. they are trying to do their best right now on the field. >> of course, it must be difficult. many thanks for your time for that update. to tunisian now, and the party has claimed victory in the country's first democratic elections. official rebels are due later, on tuesday, and the assembly will draft a new constitution. our reporter is in the capital. >> on the strength of provisional results, victory in the tunisian elections.
few doubt that the results due out on tuesday evening will do anything but confirmed that they have the majority for the new constitutional assembly and to be the one to name an interim prime minister. >> the parties have been consistently for democracy. at the forefront of this is the party. >> that does not mean that the secularists indonesia are happy about it. some held a very small demonstration outside the independent electoral commission. a handful claim there have been voting irregularities, but they have given them a clean bill of health. >> the process took place normally. people were very emotional. and i think that would result,
the final results may be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. there is already a winner. democracy has won. >> secularists do not believe they will keep their word to respect the rights of the two nations who worship as they would like. they see it as a new hard line to rise to senior levels. there will be more elections later this year. bbc news. >> there has been further deterioration in relations between the u.s. and syria. >> absolutely. the u.s. ambassador to syria has left over concerns for his safety. the state department blamed the syrian authority for a campaign of incitement against robert ford. last month, he was pelted by tomatoes and eggs by protesters
calling for the overthrow of president façade. he has now been called back to washington. our correspondent adam brooks, i asked him what this means. >> it certainly makes a political statement. it is important to say that the u.s. does not say that it has recalled him. the americans have not used them. they just said he has left syria for his personal safety. the implication is that he could go back at any point, but it is a political statement. washington is saying that the syrians, they believe, no longer have the ability to protect america's most senior diplomat in that country, so they are pulling them out, so it is a statement that shows that the u.s. is really losing faith in the government of president façade. >> and what about the paula of
ambassador ford? >> they call it reciprocity. we have been told that the syrian ambassador has left washington. that means that neither ambassador is in the other's capital, and that means there is a significant lowering of the strength and importance of the channels of communication between washington and damascus, so this is quite important. >> adam brooks in washington. moving now to the developments in libya, reports are emerging that more than 50 pro gadaffi fighters may have been massacred in the city where gaddafi was captured last week, sirte. many people who were forced from their homes are returning in hopes they can rebuild their lives. our correspondent reports. you may find some of the images in this report distressing. >> there was heavy fighting, loss of life, and once and
destruction throughout this libyan conflict, but nothing compared to what has happened in sirte, with the forces took their revenge, collective punishment for the crimes of gaddafi. a grotesque example of this is that city today. in the bodies of 53 supporters of gaddafi discovered shot with their hands tied. the aftermath of the dictator's death continues to fascinate. the interim authorities have finally stopped the increasingly macabre viewing of his body in the refrigerator in ms. crofton. -- in misrata. there was plenty of food for a long stay, even an exercise bicycle, but during the intense vacation, it had to move from home to home and from cellar to cellar.
there is a family that we went with to the home they had to abandon two weeks ago. no chance of moving back in here. therefore-year-old granddaughter is also missing, not seen in the panic and confusion for days. it is a hope that she is alive somewhere with her father. >> i do not know how to feel, says the grandfather. i have been building and living in this house for 30 years. we have nowhere to go. it certainly feels too early here for talk of reconciliation. this talent that the colonel gaddafi spent billions on will not enjoy such favoritism in the new libya. indeed, some people say it should not been rebuilt at all,
that it should remain a memorial to the gadaffi victims, consumed by the sands of the desert. bbc news, sirte. >> you are watching the bbc, live from singapore and london. and still to come, the case of dr. conrad murray, the man accused of causing the death of michael jackson. >> and thousands turned out to join and greet queen elizabeth. the british prime minister david cameron has suffered his biggest parliamentary rebellion since taking office. whether this should be a referendum on the european union. the 79 conservative mp's acted. >> 111 yes to the right.
those narrow, 483. >> david cameron has now had a taste of europe, which his conservative predecessors also faced. the euro zone crisis has emboldened many of his own to call for a referendum on the britain membership in the european union. the prime minister had tried to plead with them, saying he himself wanted to repatriate power from brussels to britain, but triggering this at this time in the crisis would not make sense. >> when your neighbor's house is on fire, your first impulse should be to help them put out the flames, not to stop the flames from reaching your own house. this is not the time -- this is not the time to argue about this. >> many of his own were prepared to defy his wishes, voting in favor of a referendum. >> the vote is no.
the tentacles of the european union intrude into more and more areas of our national lives. understandably, they are saddened and disillusioned by the political elite the always seem to find a reason to stop them from having their say. >> this sizable rebellion is a sign that skepticism is something that david cameron had not bargained on causing them problems. bbc news, westminster. >> on the bbc, i am in singapore. >> and i am in london. these are the headlines. rescue teams and turkey are continuing to search for survivors after the strong earthquake that hit the east of the country on sunday. >> a moderate party has claimed
a victory in the first democratic elections in tunisia. millions of people in the thai capital of bangkok are waiting to see how far and how fast the floodwaters are likely to move over the coming days. more districts in the northern suburbs have been put on alert, as the authorities struggle to manage the flow. we speak life to the governor of bangkok with the latest details. thank you so much for joining us. good morning to you. first, coming in you give us an update -- can you give us an update on the flood and the capitol? governor, are you there? governor? all right, we are experiencing some difficult problems with our conversation with the governor of bangkok. we will try to have him a little
bit later, but first, let's move on to other news, and one person has been killed, several others injured during a grenade attack in the capital nairobi. a grenade was thrown into a nairobi bar injuring 13 people previously. >> this was the second grenade attack on the streets in nairobi in less than one day. just after an explosion in a bar at the center of the capital, another explosion at a bus stop. the authorities are still trying to determine exactly what took place. >> we are aware of the explosion that was on the street. >> about 10 other people were
injured or taken to hospitals. >> the injured were being treated. questions are being asked as to who is behind these attacks. the thinker of suspicion has fallen on a group, looking to push back insurgents from borders, but local police say it is too -- said whether the al qaeda backed group is involved. the attack on the bar could have been some kind of local dispute. nonetheless, with the warning from the group that the flames of war was over into kenya, these attacks will cause great concern among many nyberg residents. bbc news. >> the trial of michael jackson's personal physician, dr. conrad murray, has entered its second stage in los angeles.
lawyers defending dr. conrad marie have called their witnesses. they will have to counter weeks of negative testimony from witnesses that say that dr. konrad nouri acted with gross negligence and night the singer died. we are joined now from los angeles. tell us, what happened in court with the defense presenting their first witnesses? >> yes, they managed to present one-third of their witnesses in just the first day, and they were beginning to build up some kind of threat of argument, but it was not clear what that threat of argument will be. they have quite a challenge on their hands. the prosecution has spent four weeks and 33 witnesses, many of whom discredited dr. murray, saying he acted with gross negligence, that he was in that as a doctor, and in some cases, that he caused michael jackson's
death by not acting appropriately when the singer stopped breathing. he was not in the room and was not monitoring him, despite him taking a drug that was a very powerful anesthetic. people are interested to see what the defense will use as their main argument to counter this. >> so how long is it likely to take for the defense to present their case, that dr. murray is not guilty? >> well, we are hearing it could be at just a matter of a few days. the key witness is thought to be a doctor, an expert in this drug propofol, this anesthetic drug, which is said to be on the stand to counter some of the evidence given by his colleagues by the prosecution. although, we will take it day by day. there is a suggestion that it could wrap up quite quickly. if they go into the details of what this drug does, that could
take some days. and then, there is time for the closing arguments and the jury to assess all the information received during the trial and then to give their verdict. it is uncertain what will be next. >> a reporter in los angeles, thank you so much for the update. in other news, the united states and north korea have completed a first day of talks in geneva with the aim of restarting talks about the nuclear program. the talks broke down in 2009, and later, north korea tested a weapon, leading to tensions. we have a report now from geneva. >> interest in these talks is huge. after all, the stakes are high. north korea has already tested the two nuclear weapons, some believe preparing to test a third. both in the u.s. and north korea
say they want to renew formal negotiations on ending the program in p'yongyang, but they disagree on how. north korea has suggested that the start again without preconditions, but the united states wants a strong statement about them disarming. that is why these talks are being described modestly as an exploratory. nevertheless, the first few hours seemed to be at least friendly. >> the delegations met this morning starting at 10:00 for about two hours. there was a coffee break. there were some useful presentation. >> in fact, the two sides talking at all is regarded as an improvement from the dark days of 2009 when a deal to disarm north korea broke down. just one month later, p'yongyang tested its second nuclear weapon and then launched
artillery shells along its border. recently, there has been some of the diplomatic fallout. the foreign ministers met in july for the first time in three years. meanwhile, china, a key player in any formal agreement has just said its vice premier to p'yongyang in a bid to encourage north korea to negotiate. the geneva talks continue on tuesday. bbc news, geneva. >> and you have more news on the tour queen elizabeth of australia. >> yes, tens of thousands of people greeted the queen as she visited brisbane, a city that was hit by floods. the river burst its banks in january, leaving 30,000 homes under water. we have a report. >> it was a gesture of solidarity for a city as river had risen against it.
-- for a city whose river had risen against it. last january, the river had become a small and torrent, which swamped large sections of the city. it was described as in the city's darkest hour. today in bright sunshine, the queen saw a city restored, after floods which had been the worst for a generation. we are right in the heart of the city now, and just to give you an idea of how it was, the waters that were above the level where the spectators now are standing. hard to imagine on a day such as this howard was in january, but there were plenty to share their stories. the queen had heard from those who have lost their jobs -- lost their homes, and the queen praised them. >> i have seen the ingenuity and determination of the people of brisbane. >> it was not the words that
matter the most. it was the fact that she wanted to come. >> it means a lot. it really does. as a person who has taken the time to come and see people who really, really suffered. >> it is wonderful for her to have bothered to do that, and that she made a request to come to queensland. >> when she brings is an unmatched presence. supported as ever by her husband. children presented flowers. they are as attached as ever, it seems. bbc news. >> that is all for us in london and singapore. goodbye. york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. union bank. and shell.
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