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the reliefge for operation is in or mess. and the big apple comes out the big winner in having the tallest skyscraper in the u.s.. yes, there is a competition for these things and new york beat chicago. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and elsewhere around the globe. it is day six after typhoon -- after typhoon haiyan and the people of the philippines are increasingly in urgent need of basic supplies and food and clean water. the death toll is unclear, but the president says about 2000 have died. that is far below other estimates. seems tourvivors, aid be arriving in a trickle at best, and it is nothing like enough.
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this report contains distressing images. the last thing people in the philippines now need is more water. but today it rained and rained and rained. places when the rain comes down, people go inside. here, there is no inside. they huddled under whatever , althoughey can find some seem blissfully unaware of what destruction is around them. we see hundreds, maybe thousands of people patiently waiting. many have been here since before dawn in the hope of a few kilos of rice. >> what are you doing here? you are waiting for rides? >> are you hungry? >> yes.
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have any food? >> no, no. >> no food. the biggest issue out here is people lost all of their food. all of their rice was damaged in the storm. it is now the fifth -- six days since the storm. running out. there is a sense that aid is not getting in here. the airport says planes are coming in, but we don't see anything here. drivere head on, our suddenly breaks down. >> [crying] >> overcome by the strain of the last few days. the people here are stretched to the breaking point. airport, a transport plane arrives. a finally here
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to arrive. but no, the plane is empty. it is here to evacuate u.s. citizens. anyone who can is now getting out. and you can understand why. just a few hundred meters away, aid all lies beside the dead body of a child. lies beside the dead body of a child. >> we are just a few hundred meters away from the airport terminal and around me here, i , 10 bodies2, 7, 8, 9 on the side of the street. nothing has been done about it. back, thetime we head patience is gone. the crowd we saw waiting earlier for rice are now looting. tonight is the fifth since the typhoon struck.
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here are feeling increasingly abandoned and alone. bbc news in tacloban, central philippines. >> it is hard to get aid into the affected area, in part storme the form -- the destroyed so much infrastructure, but also because the weather today did not help either. get there by helicopter, but got turned back by the storm. here's what he saw. >> the disaster zone is about 45 minutes flight, but the captain warned as he might have to dodge a few storms on the way. so far, much of the aid effort is concentrated on the big towns. >> [indiscernible] >> from 300 feet above ground, you can see about how many villages have been affected. helicopter mercy missions would be ideal, but there's a problem.
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a ate helicopter pilot had experience. the people rushed toward the helicopter and grabbed everything they could. theas dangerous both for helicopter crew and the people. i guess you cannot really blame them. the people are really desperate and they need help. >> around this area, the roads have been cleared, but of her -- othercture infrastructure has been destroyed. much of one province is given over to agriculture, mostly coconut, sugarcane, and rice. you can see mile upon mile of crops have been destroyed. the rural province here has lost a whole season. lies on the other
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side of a ridge of mountains. passes as theal weather was closing in. no choice but to turn back. >> [indiscernible] >> filipinos are a resilient people. this is not the first storm they have had to weather and it will not be the last. if nothing else, they have their fate to cling to. ith to cling to. >> victims of the typhoon have become increasingly angry at the lack of assistance the filipino government has given. but the government has pledged not one person will be left behind where they are, but many have heard nothing at all from the authorities. on aorrespondent went journey to the far north of the island and here is what he found. the road north is littered with the remains of what the
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storm left hind -- behind. checks --ed to mass matchsticks. trees flattened. every village has a terrifying story of the night the storm hit. >> where's your house? >> there. >> this is your house? >> yeah, yeah. >> she was inside with her husband and three children when the roof blew off. and this is the roof here. it has come straight off. >> they had to battle the win to reach the safety of a neighbor's home. the rain is still falling. we saw just two small crews working on the power lines, a desperate task force so few people. -- four so few people. all along the road, children have been sent out to ask for help, but it has been slow in coming. these people managed to collect a few secs of right -- rice
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together and drove where they found people in need. it did not take long. the line was up the road. >> the further you go north, [indiscernible] >> and she was right. the wind for this roof off in one piece. so much damage and for days on my help has not as right -- and four days on, help has not arrived. >> please, if we could have helped. people are dying. we need the help. just send some kindhearted people. >> on the north of the island, they were hit hardest. some were lucky and just needed to patch holes. others will have to start from scratch. we made our way to the area where the majority of the damage has been done. pretty much i'd -- every house has either been slammed or the roof has been taken off.
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they say the islands around here are even worse. there are still so many remote places around the typhoons disaster where people are desperately waiting for help. >> for the latest from the philippines, i spoke to rupert in tacloban just a few moments ago. rupert, what we are hearing reports that aid is getting to the region, but you are not seeing it being distributed around town yet, are you? we are not. and we are not even seeing much sign of it arriving at tacloban airport. we had a marine aircraft coming in yesterday, but they were coming to evacuate u.s. citizens . the philippine military has been bringing in soldiers to try to secure the area here. we have not really seen any
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substantial aid coming into the airport yet, and certainly nothing being distributed on the ground yet. we are now in today six since the storm and people are still having to essentially fend for themselves. >> i imagine that with every day, the conditions there deteriorate. how desperate are people for food and clean water? >> it is getting worse every day, as you say. it rained again heavily overnight. most people are living out in the open. the roofs are drawn from all of the buildings. people are putting up makeshift shelters to get out of the rain to sleep that night. but there are hundreds of thousands of people exposed to the elements. there is a lot of water around. deepaw streets nearly knee- in blackwater yesterday. there are many who are injured from the typhoon on friday,
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their feet, their legs, head injuries, and then they are living in these hot, wet, humid conditions. it is a recipe for the suppressant -- the spread of disease. >> we do see in your report that there are cars moving around the city. whetherrious to know there is still gas or electricity at all. >> there is no electricity here at all. all of the power grid has been destroyed. people are moving around, as you say. there are a lot of traffic jams as people try to move around to find their relatives. is of the things that hurting the most is there is no telecommunications or mobile phone system. they have to go to see their relatives to see that they are ok. but fuel supplies are starting to run down. the petrol stations are closed. we saw one open yesterday and maybe 1000 people lining up to
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try to get a liter of fuel. the situation is going to get worse and worse. >> you are watching bbc world news america. takes --come, new york six its claim of the tallest building in the u.s. we will tell you why it took and it -- a panel to make that call. fora's leaders are calling a comprehensive deepening of economic reform. it comes at the conclusion of one of the most important communist party meetings to take place for some time. the things they decided was that the market must take more control of the economy. ofe is more of what came out these high-level talks. >> for the last four days, china's leaders held a secret meeting at the staging a hotel. -- they wererging
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discussing the second largest world economy. reforms are urgently required. this was a display of common his party unity. no dissenting voices were on show. the countries hugely powerful sake on companies faces more competition. and there are also calls for more transparency in the financial sector and the tax system. the party talked of the need for farmers to have property rights. when disputes remain the biggest source of social unrest here. but pushing for any reforms will mean taking on powerful vested interests. sayings inhe oldest chinese is the upper levels have a policy in the lower levels have a counter policy. there are many ways you can excepto be complying,
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something else is spending money taking from local social security and putting into real estate. the time frame for implementing these policies remains vague. it could be months, if not years before we understand the importance of this meeting. >> for children and their school bus driver were buried today in syria after two mortars struck the old city of damascus on monday. the shell hit a school and a school bus in a mainly christian area. there are now a growing number of attacks in what had been a relatively safe central damascus. is chief correspondent reporting from the capitol.
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there are disturbing images in the report. >> a mother's grief fills the sounds in damascus. her son died on the spot when a mortar landed. i don't recognize him, she wails. his face is gone. he has no eyes. and in this more, for children, including eight-year-old -- this eight euros. angel, he a pure says, in fourth grade. both sides accuse the other of taking lives.
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another uncle says his last goodbye. nephew., stand up, my this is for you, serious, he he says.yria, then they bring out the white coffins one by one. the nasa took her last trip to the armenian church. -- vanessa took her last trip to the armenian church. celebrate her life in arab tradition. ,his boy mourns his friend supported by his mother. >> [crying]
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as grief grows, so does anger on both sides of this conflict with both sides blaming the other. as this war drags on, it becomes ever more difficult to bring syrians together again. vanessa's coffin lies next to that of this six-year-old. there is some comfort in these rituals, but now nowhere feel safe. >> the senseless killing and the endless grief in syria. among this man's well-known clients, bill clinton, and others. he started teaching 50 years ago and has spent -- and since then
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countless students have crossed his path. he is writing a new book. i spoke to him about his life. there were others before, but the case i remember you becoming famous for was the o.j. simpson trial. to what extent did that change your professional life? >> o.j. simpson called me because i had previously won another case grouping that he didn't -- inject her with insulin, proving science. that case did change the public's view of me. it made me much less popular. people hated me for defending somebody they all believed was guilty. i had to go around espousing what i thought was the excepted principal, that better 10 guilty go free than one innocent be wrongly confined.
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lawyer, isous trial a more satisfying to defend people who the public thinks are guilty? mike tyson is another example. >> no, i would much prefer to defend people that the public thinks are guilty. i -- i am like a brain surgeon, i want the hardest cases. if this is -- if they think they did it, then to turn around, that is the challenge. i don't turn down a case based on what i think is the innocence or guilt of the defendant. many of my clients have been guilty, because most people charged with crimes in america are guilty will stop and thank god for that. >> you right in the book that you don't like the idea that you but youlebrity lawyer, appear on television a lot and
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have done a lot to raise your profile. are you being a little disingenuous? >> i don't like celebrities, celebrities like me. to be their me lawyer. i find many of them boring and difficult to deal with. i would much prefer to represent scare people. i go on television for three or four reasons. one, my case requires that i go and turn public opinion around. abouttimes, i care deeply an issue like the first amendment. and finally, if i write a book, i want people to read it to muscle i want them to know that i have written a book. -- i want people to read it, so i wanted to know that i have written a book. >> what do you make of someone like edward snowden? >> i make a sharp distinction between someone like snowden and even daniel ellsberg, the people who improperly or even illegally took the material that they were supposed to and obligated to keep secret. and in the case of "the new york
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times" and julian assange who theished material, or guardian who published snowden, i think the first amendment protects the publishers, but not the people. it may be civil disobedience, but they have broken the law. >> would you defend them? >> i would, provided he came back to america and paste the move -- the music. i would not defend him while he is running away. are twoork and chicago of america's greatest cities with culture and heritage, but unfortunately only one of them can have the tallest building in the country. today, an international panel of architects gave that title to new york's one world trade center. it lost out by a needle.
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the architecture, the city that invented the skyscraper. the pride and joy of chicago has been this tower. for the past decade, america's tallest living. but some disappointing news today. >> america's tallest building, when it completes next year, will be one world trade center. a design change earlier this year, a debate grew over whether the tall structure on or was part of the building -- was a spire or an antenna. it was, indeed, a spire. >> the key word is permanent. never to be attitude or taken away. to or taken away. >> its height was designed to mark america's independence,
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1776 feet. gettings never about one billion being against another. we understand -- pitting one building against another. we understand the importance of the trade center. chicago, we know that we will remain one of the most iconic structures in the world, and in fact, the highest spot you can stand in north america in a building. >> they did not seem to care. >> it doesn't matter to me that this isn't the world's tallest building. it's just semantics. it is an important piece of our country and that is what is important, i think. high, and it is so i've never been in a high, high building before, this is my first time here. >> you can see it across four different states.
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>> i'm not sure i would do what she just did. reporting from chicago. that brings the program to a close. for updates on the philippines, it is on our network. thanks for watching. i will see you tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, union bank,
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