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>> extraordinary pictures, are they not yeah cap -- are they not gecko -- are they not? how desperate was this whole scene gecko >> absolutely. the president of kenya reflected that last night in talking about the immense loss of life in this in other senses for this country today a great deal of activity with many civilian officials joining the security forces inside and around, about 300 meters behind us here. of course, that forensic work is now getting underway, with many bodies still inside to be retrieved. with any i have a prominent kenyan lawyer and former thisical candidate for
particular constituency. not only that, you barrel -- very narrowly escaped with your life ring the 1998 bombing of the u.s. embassy. what does that make you think of compared to this gecko >> i was horrified and surprised that the terrorists could actually get into the building. to my mind, the fact that they not only offailure kenyan security intelligence, but much more also the israeli intelligence, because that building belongs to israelis. it is their investment. it is also a failure of american and british intelligence. they are always listening in, listening to conversations. >> the president has made up his mind as well, saying that this is part of what he sees as an
international war against terror is him, calling for more international partnership. how did you respond to what he was saying last night when he claimed this was a victory over terrorism? >> very much so. the way that the kenyans responded, i know from my own experience that kenyans are the first responders. they come in, they assist. we expect a very good response from our brothers. >> how hard will it be for this country to recover? it is not just people with individual trauma, but the country itself, his reputation as a safe destination and, in your own experience? >> the 1982 bombing, we were the
first victims about cato, before /11./11 -- before 9 the forces have learned, you have seen them be very efficient once they got inside. the real problem was the initial entry of the terrorists into the building. otherwise they worked within international parameters, worked efficiently to get the job done. we should be proud. >> thank you very much, indeed. this is a country reflecting in any way -- every way, politically and in the security, now after the end of this siege, but it is also a country in morning. >> thank you very much indeed for that. scene of a now, the major earthquake that has killed at least 250 people, striking a very remote and poor district.
entire villages of mud brick houses flatted. extraordinary also, the earthquake was so strong it seems to have created a new island off the coast. houses didand brick not stand a chance. the powerful earthquake measured 7.7 on the richter scale, shattering homes, killing hundreds. those who managed to escape had to spend the night in the open. hospitals kept patients outside because of a fear of aftershocks. getting a picture of the extent of devastation, this is a remote desert area and communications are down. poor --far away of the as the port city of karachi, they felt the impact. >> i was working on my computer in the office.
table and computer started shaking. i thought i was feeling dizzy, but i soon found out it was the tremors. i immediately left and came down to safety. >> the epicenter was in the largest and least populated province of pakistan. the area is prone to earthquakes, but this one was exceptionally strong. so powerful that the forces created a brand-new island hundreds of kilometers away. it is thought to be the product of a mud volcano, a rare but not unknown phenomenon. it is likely to disappear over time. land, the armies brought in hundreds of troops to deliver aid. the insurgency could make the rescue operation harder. officials are looking for more medicine and more food.
these hospitals cannot cope with some of the severe injuries. and this is just the beginning of the disaster. can speak to our pakistan correspondent, who is monitoring things for us. first of all, just give us a sense of the sheer scale of the earthquake. was pretty much felt everywhere, it seems. thehe aftershocks from earthquake were felt as far as dubai and the indian capital, delhi. just saw the tall high- rise buildings with people running out in panic. it has been 24 hours since this powerful earthquakes truck and we are beginning to get a picture of the scale of the disaster. officials are now saying that about 300,000 people have been affected.
250 have been found dead. more than 500 wounded. the pakistani army has a strong presence in that region, with who have beens battling an insurgency for a long time there. we have spoken to doctors on the ground who are saying they need more help. getting ise we are that it is desperately difficult to get to these areas. >> it is. he cause it is a remote area, this is one of the most impoverished provinces in pakistan. they barely have roads, there are hardly any electricity, no cell phone connections. of the alleged abuses by pakistani security forces, extremist groups have been active there, it is not entirely
safe to travel there. the authorities are hoping to open a safe route, but some local journalists have taken the risk, driving to very dodgy areas to get there. >> we have some pictures also of this extraordinary island that seems to have been created off the coast. another indication of the scale of the earthquake? >> yes. it has emerged quite far from the epicenter. scientists can better explain what the phenomena is, but it is not unheard of. islands like these have appear before and they tend to vanish after a few days because of strong sea currents. but yes, these pictures started coming out late last night.
looking at the disaster and the problems it is causing for people, this is an interesting sidebar. >> bizarre, is it not? thank you very much very much, indeed. thank you for being with us here . still to come, our chief is this correspondent is here. >> i will be here to explain why matters toecision the economies of these countries. welcome news for some in the u.s., it could prove disastrous for others. stay with us. ♪ >> hello. each week we bring you the best of the broadcast here on bbc world news. we meet o graham makers and, crucially, we hear from viewers around the world.
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for producing weapons. he stressed that his country wants to talk to the united states instead of communicating to sanctions. president obama said that while recent changes have led the way for what he called meaningful agreement, words need to follow concrete action. ,e can speak to mark now spokesman for the israeli government, to get an israeli perspective on that. thank you for joining us. first of all, can i just ask for werereview of his remarks? you encouraged by then the e >> i would like to tell you that i was, but unfortunately i was not . we heard the irani and prime minister unfortunately use a lot of language that was both cynical and hypocritical. he said he is a friend of human rights and freedom? his government supports the assad regime and its brutal crackdown in syria.
his government, of course, is buying terrorism in two dozen countries. >> they did also say that nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction have no place in their defense doctrine and goes against their ethical provisions. that is pretty clear, is it not? >> the same statement was made by ahmadinejad, and he said it with a smile. all the facts point to the fact that the irani and's are being mendacious when they make that statement. >> what was your view, your response, to what president presidentto say e >> obama said, very importantly, that any iranian words have to be backed up by actions, actions
that have to be transparent and verifiable. we would support that, of course. >> are you happy to see a potential for real diplomatic driving towards the targets you would like to see? >> it is obviously impossible to reach a real diplomatic solution in which the military nuclear program would be dismantled, if there was we would support that, but we are concerned that behind the smokescreen of false promises, like we saw in north korea a few years ago, that under the cover of that kind of will be the irani and's making nuclear weapons and that is what we are concerned about. >> the problem is that iran has said all along they want a
stable nuclear program. they have said that their program has military elements of grave concern. why would you build underground fortified bunkers? why would you build intercontintal listed missiles ? we are talking about the second largest producer of energy in the middle east. i do not think anyone this serious. >> thank you so much for joining us here in the studio. thank you for being here. we have the israeli perspective
loud and clear in our ears, what about the irani and perspective -- iranian perspective? >> expectations were high. one iranian said it was a remakes of fiery speeches from ahmadinejad and the flowery ones of the former reformist president. you can see that he is trying to appeal to two constituencies at home and abroad. >> a good point. >> it lasts five percent. from what they heard from their president, they did not get a
handshake. presumably these sanctions will be very slow, moving in tiny steps. they both recognize it and know it, but i think there was an expectation that if you want to end these hostilities, one side will have to take a very bold move. a handshake, however simple it that one first move, but at the same time the irani and's were encouraged -- iranian's were encouraged by the overthrow of the elected coup engineered by the u.s. and the u.k.. there were also references there. >> some cause for encouragement,
at least, we will leave it there. thank you very much, indeed. attempting to smuggle cocaine out of peru. the women were caught with drugs said to be worth $2.4 million in august. they previously said that they were forced into carrying them. >> why are you pleading guilty? >> handcuffs and tired, knowing that a guilty plea was the best chance they had of avoiding a long prison sentence. we have new pictures that show just two months ago the friends appeared to be nothing more than regular tourists. crumbled when they were detainment at the international airport with 11 kilograms of pew or cocaine hidden in their luggage.
than 140 drug mules have been stopped at the airport. many more get through, risking everything for a few thousand pounds. >> despite the high profile arrest, every day more and more people are being detained at the airport carrying drugs. here today there were several foreigners and nigerian nationals who have been arrested on suspicion of carrying these drugs. >> peru insists it is in the middle of a war against drugs. >> where were you taking the bags? >> i was going to school. homeu needed to make it go ? know you are in prison? >> yes. >> the critics say that these are just small fries.
>> they will find more people in the streets to carry. because of the economic crisis in europe, we find more and more young people there. can expect a sentence tonight of six or seven years, the families hoping that as much as half of that could be spent in a british jail. ago the u.s.eek federal reserve announced plans to continue their extraordinary stimulus efforts with the purchase of $85 million in bonds every month. american home prices rose higher than they have been in the last seven years, good news because they may be slowing down or tapering, but it could prove to be disastrous for other major
global economies. here to linda is explain all, are you not? >> i will have a go. economic stimulus could mean a return to normal for the economy , but it could have serious implications for five large emerging economies in particular. atse other currencies most risk when tapering finally begins. the brazilian royale, the turkish lira, the indian rupee. the broadest measure of the trade gap would mean that rely on external financing. so, they have the money flowing endo their borders when the looms. worries began for each of these economies back in may, when the
talk of tapering first started, when investors pulled out their money. in each of these countries they needed more to prop up their currencies. this was helped by the fed not turning off the cash last week, but boosting the markets quickly . foreign investors are worried about the political risk. unlike prior crises where the money left quickly, they did not stop for cash this time. they cannot invest money into the economy forever. it may be next month, december, perhaps january when chairman bernanke leaves office. the big question is, has this been enough time for the rest of the world to prepare their economy for the inevitable? >> thank you for that. and thank you for watching "gmt."
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welcome to "newsline." here are some of the stories we are following this hour. u.s. president barack obama has drawn up the road map for america's role in the middle east and relations with iran. fishermen have returned to the waters off northeastern japan to see if what they're catching is safe to eat. we'll show you a japanese satellite positioning system which may open door to human-free technologies. the leaders of two longstanding rivals have signaled change might be under way. u.s. president barack obama and iranian president hassan rowhani both addressed world leaders at the united nations general assembly. they suggested they're ready to explore a new era of diplomacy. obama said he does not believe
their difficult history can be overcome overnight but he said he's encouraged rouhani was elected with a mandate to pursue a more moderate course, but he said conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions. >> we're not seeking regime change and respect the right of iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy. instead we insist that the iranian government meet its responsibilities under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and u.n. security council resolutions. the roadblocks may prove to be too great but i firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested. >> rouhani took office last month and made his first address at the general assembly. he said iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. he said weapons of mass destruction have no place in iran's security and defense.
and he said he does not want more tensions with the u.s. >> translator: i listened carefully to the statement made by president obama today at the general assembly. commiserate with the political will of the leadership in the united states, and hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interests of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences. >> rouhani said relations with the u.s. should be governed by equality, future mutual respect and principles of international law. u.s. and iran have not had diplomatic relations since the iranian revolution for more than 30 years but rouhani suggested he wants to change iran's world.
>> reporter: iran's 1979 revolution was founded on anti-americanism. but new president hassan rouhani is seen more moderate than his predecessor mahmoud ahmadinejad. rouhani and his minister have been sending out message on twitter and facebook, though they're basically banned in iran. one of the message was a greeting for the jewish new year. then came rouhani's "washington post" op-ped. rouhani declared he is committed to constructive interaction with the world. he appears to be ready to negotiate and urged his counterparts to engage. in the run-up to the general assembly, the iranians seem to be trying to use as many channel