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i'm james with bbc world news. our top stories. clashes erupt in pakistan as a huge government protest heads towards islamabad. gunshots were fired at this convoy. maliki steps down as prime minister and there will be a report near the syrian border. the outbreak is vastly underestimated. extraordinary measures are needed to contain ebola. inspectors gain access to
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the controversial aid convoy waiting at the border. let's start with breaking news. clashes have are broken out in the pakistani city after shots were fired at the vehicle of the pakistani opposition leader. his spokeswoman says his vehicle was hit, but he wasn't injured. he was on his way to islamabad with a group of supporters to try and put pressure on zarif to resign. we can speak to or correspondent in islamabad. there was clearly an attack, but do we have confirmation shots were fired? >> we know stones were thrown,
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shoes were thrown by the mob. it was orchestrated by the government. the government is denying it. yes khan's party said shots were fired at his bullet proof container carrying him. there's no evidence yet that was the case. police have denied it. we have to be cautious. there's a view out there in the interest of the party to present it. that may or may not be true. at the moment, we can't confirm this. do we have a sense of how orchestrated this attack was? >> from the television footage running on private tv channels in pakistan, it looks pretty organized. this convoy left the city yesterday. it's making slow progress
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towards islamabad. today as it was passing the city, it came under attack fairly suddenly. the hispanic ran for cover and started retaliating. the government says it wasn't ordered from the top. these may have been govern party at the local level that tried to take it in their own hands. police were there but did nothing to prevent the clash. >> he's going to continue to the capital. what's the security arrangement when he and the opposition party arrive? >> security in islamabad last few days. they've put huge shipping containers to block roads. thousands of police and troops have been deployed. people have been arriving from all over pakistan in the
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capital. he is determined to get here later today. >> thanks very much. now the white house has praised maliki's decision to stand down. now his successor can begin to form the unity government. many have fled to iraqi kurdistan having made the long journey from mount sinjar. many others are trying to reach safety. we have the challenge facing iraq's new prime minister. >> there's a political set piece from iraq's politicians which was a hugely political development. as iraqi prime minister maliki was blamed for alienating sunnis and create deep divisions in iraq. he's stand ago side for the new one to enable iraq to stand up
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to islamic state which is taking control of the country. the new prime minister faces a huge humanitarian crisis. it's said fewer are stranded on mount sinjar than first thought. many are displaced. >> we broke the the siege of sinjar. we escahelped many. >> it's estimated 1.2 million iraqis have fled their homes. tens of thousands are in kurdistan. the only thing between them and fighters are from the islamic state are kurdish soldiers. they've appealed for help from the west. the uk government says it will look favorably on requests from the kurds to supply weapons. that would mark the uk's
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involvement in this developing cris crisis. later today, the u.n. is expected to pass a resolution to recruiting or funding for the islamic state. foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in brussels to discuss the joint response. eu states don't want to join the u.s. in carrying out strikes, they are aware strikes are needed. >> our correspond hent paul wood is at a refugee camp on the syria, iraqi border. he's returned and tells me what i saw. >> reporter: i stood on top and he pointed out the positions. he said the towns below, especially sinjar, are almost completely empty except for those people deliberately kept behind. i met many families that said family members have been arrested, taken to a prison there, including women and
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children. it wasn't clear what was the motivation if it's true. what was the reason for keeping people back? we heard again and again stories from men who said they had been detained from islamic fighters. a gun put to their head, and they were told convert or die. it's thought many are kept behind to force them to convert to islam under pain of death. >> local authorities are crying out for help. what kind of aid is there on the ground where you are? we were there yesterday. a woman told me it was her job simply to look at the dead and dying, people that collapsed from exhaustion, people that collapsed in heat and because of lack of water. people were dying because of
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extreme circumstances they were in. we found a small camp made from tents dropped from the british royal air force. they also dropped water containers. if you pour dirty water in the filter, clean water would come out. there was a move by the u.n., u.s. and britain to start evacuation of the mountain. that's happened all by itself. people were dying from the heat up there. there's a couple thousand people left. they're in camps like this now. dispersing throughout northern iraq and syria to an uncertain future. people are talking here in terms of genocide. they're begging for humanitarian intervention and military intervention as well. to answer your original question, they believe they have no chance of returning home unless there's military intervention by outside powers. the world health organization says the scale of the ebola outbreak has been
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underestimated and extraordinary measures are needed to contain the virus. when it comes to official death toll, it's reached 1069. the outbreak began in february in guinea where there's been 377 reported deaths. it spread to liberia where there are 355 deaths. in sierra leone 334 have died. in nigeria a third died wednesday. it's expected to stay for some time. staff have seen numbers of deaths vastly underestimated. dysfunctional health systems, shortage of doctors and rampart fear are among the area as. the crisis is called a national emergency to prevent the spread of the virus.
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we have a correspondent there to see how the city is coping with the outbreak. >> dealing with a health crisis in a popular city like this is a huge challenge for authorities. ebola is deadly and contagious virus. there are fears it could spread from busy hubs like this. that red brick building is a hospital where the first victim was diagnosed and died. authorities have since introduced measures to prevent the virus from spreading. >> we have some of our officers screening, reviewing the forms already completed. we have some of them doing observation, walking through passengers. also digital equipment to read the temperature. temperature maybe indicate ebola virus. >> the government is educating
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the public as it tries to contain the virus and keep it from spreading. one of nigeria's favorite delicacies is this spicy meat. this place would normally be be teaming with customers. the government is warning public to watch what they touch and eat. much of this is beef. they're concerned it might have come in contact with meat that was contaminated with the virus. the lack of customers could mean the government's message is getting through to some. nigerians are changing habits as the fear of the virus keeps them alert. >> previously i didn't use to walk with gloves and use sanitizer. i come in contact with people everyday. >> the main concern is the deadly virus could spread easy skp ly and lead to this populated
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city. >> we've heard the athletes from the the ebola infected areas will not be able to compete saturday in china. the ukrainian military says russian armored personnel carriers have crossed the boarder and moving in the direction of city of luhansk. ukrainian border yards have begun the inspection of convoy trucks carrying aid. russian military presence is increasing. let's speak to our correspondent daniel s daniel in moscow. there's reports of military vehicles crossing into ukraine. is this the first time it's seen by western journalist?
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>> i think it is. journalist like myself have seen many, many russian vehicles milling around near the border. we've spent time in eastern ukraine and seen many, many similar vehicles in the hands of armed pro russian fighters in eastern ukraine. the first time last night two british journalist were on the border, not particularly looking for this movement, and suddenly a group of armored personnel carriers drove across the border. what's less clear is whether those are in the hands of the russian army or pro russian fighters that brought them across from the russian side of the border. either way, they certainly were able to easily cross the border. nobody in russia tried to stop them. we have another development with ukrainian authorities coming the other way into russia to have a look at these lorries which have been the humanitarian aid on board. there appears to be a deal of
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negotiations going on? >> i think there is a deal. ukrainian border guards have come across the border. i don't think they've started investigating the trucks yet. there were reports they started. the bbc team on the ground haven't seen them at the convoy. they're making it quite clear today, a senior member in kiev today says a deal between russians and ukrainians that trucks should be able to enter ukrainian territory. they'll go to a base established in the region near the city. from there the aid will be taken from the hands of red cross and distributed by them. russian trucks will cross back to russia. no other accompany vehicles will be allowed to come with the trucks other than trucks and drivers themselves. that's the deal. the problem is how long it will take to put that in place. he suggested a week or longer to put that in place. the critical thing in all this
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is safety of the red cross officials and lorries drivers. that's investigated at the moment. >> thanks very much. the widow of robyn williams has revealed he was in the early stages of parkisans's disease at the time of his death. the hollywood actor and comedian killed himself at his home monday. he was 63. in a statement, his widow said williams was struggling with depression, anxiety and early stages of the disease. she said he wasn't ready to share his diagnosis publicly. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come, new york police are cracking down on the cute and cuddly characters in time square. now the performers are fighting back. it brad. you loved brad. and then you totaled him. you two had been through everything together. two boyfriends. three jobs. you're like "nothing can replace brad!"
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the pakistani situation leader khan heads towards the capital islamabad. the white house praised the decision by the iraqi prime minister nouri maliki to stand a side in favor of his nominated replacement. it's that time again. aaron is here with business news. >> we could get a robot to do this obviously. never could get a robot to do my job. let's start with argentina. there's no end in sight in the problems. second debt default in something like over a did decade. group of international banks we're talking about. jp morgan chase, citibank group. they had better been nearing a deal to buy a chunk of this debt. those hopes are fading that a deal will be done.
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argentina branded the hedge funds and international mafia. more on that from the president of the central bank of argentina coming up on "gmt." in just over an hour's time. of course we're keeping a cross on this. as the death toll of ebola mounts across africa, the fear of the virus is having an impact on the many affected countries. local markets are empty, afratrs are prevented from moving around. it looks set to spend more in the coming weeks to comb s ts t virus. in guinea it's killed 377. the agency warned a serious outbreak in africa's most popular city could cause severe
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disruption to the oil and gas industry. they will evacuate and operations will be shut down. panama canal opened 100 years ago. more than a million ships have passed through the 50 mile canal which today handles 5% of the world's maritime afraid. what does the next century hold for the water way in the small central american country that runs it? we'll have more on that from "gmt." here you go. do you want the markets? it's not going to move. i can see the markets, you can't. european markets are in the green. still a lot of go political tensions on the markets. there we go. slightly higher there in europe and as i i said, go political
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concerns keeping the markets tempered. it's august, summertime. lots going on. tweet me on twitter @bbc aaron. more business on "gmt" in over an hour's time. see you later. >> thanks very much indeed. pope francis is on the second day of a five day visit to south korea. it's the first visit to the country for 25 years. he's held a mass at the world cup stadium with 50,000 people there. we are in seoul with the latest. >> this is his first big public day here. yesterday was a ceremonial arrival. i can tell you from pictures coming in, he just arrived at a big meeting of asian youth congress where thousands of young asians from all over the place -- i've seen flags from indonesia, south korea, philippines, thailand. young people have come from all
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over asia to take part in this congress. the po pope pe is meeting them . he looks like a happy man, like he's enjoying himself today. shaking hands, having photographs taken. i saw one person go up and shake his hand and try to get him to take a photograph together with him a few minutes ago. this is the sort of thing pope francis repeated to really enjoy, meeting young people, close interaction with ordinary people. earlier in the day he had an enormous open air mass with around 50,000 people in the football stadium in the city. there he met with the family as of the ferry sinking disaster that happened back in april where 300 drowned. many of them were young school children. he talked about that tragedy and the pain he felt and how he hoped it would bring the korean people together.
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he had a long address in italian and english when he talked about the problems of modern society, problems of inequality. he really -- i think as again pope francis is known to do. he criticized the worship of materialism and despair that can hide in areas like south korea. it was an appeal not to be drawn to a materialistic society. for catholics to use their faith to find hope in a modern society. >> now activists groups say ten people have been injured when chinese police opened fire on protestors in the chinese province. in the prefecture. they say the protest was a village leader with local authorities. armed police are said to have used tear gas and open fire. in the united states a large
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crowd gathered this ferguson, missouri protesting the killing of the black teenager michael brown by a local white police officer. the demonstrators carried slogans. the highway patrol was to take over control. if you visited time square in new york recently, you may have witnessed the unlikely site of spider man being stopped by police. it's a crack down after a string of arrests for people dressed as characters harass tourists for tip temperatures. the men behind the masks are fighting back. >> well these characters argue it will cost you. >> thought tipping was required. i don't want to be addressed for a tip. >> tourists are told tipping is
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i'm james with bbc world news. our top stories. clashes erupt in pakistan as a huge antigovernment protest heads towards the capital of islamabad. the opposition leader imran khan says gunshots were fired at his convoy. nouri maliki steps down as prime minister. we'll report on the humanitarian crisis from near the syrian border. a staff warning on ebola from the world health organization. the outbreak is vastly underestimated and extraordinary measures are needed to contain it.
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ukrainian inspectors gain access to the controversial russian aid convoy waiting at the border. clashes have broken out in t pakistani city after shotting were reportedly fired at the opposition leader imran khan. his spokesman says his vehicle was hit, but he was not injured. he was on his way to the capital of islamabad with a group of supporters to put pressure on the prime minister nawaz sharif to resign. we're seeing the images of those clashes. bbc is in islamabad. >> reporter: what we know is that yes, stones were thrown at
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the convoy. shoes were thrown by a mob. the party of khan saying it was orchestrated by the government. the government is denying it. yes, imran khan's party said shots were fired at his bullet proof container carrying him in this antigovernment protest. there's no evidence yet that was indeed the case. the police have denied it. we have to be a little cautious. there's a view out there it would be the interest of the party to present an assassination attempt. that may or may not be true. we can't confirm at the memo. >> do we have a sense of how orchestrated the attack was? >> from the television footage on channels in pakistan, it looks pretty organized. this convoy -- we've been reporting it left the city yesterday. it's been making slow progress towards islamabad.
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today as it was passing the city, it came under attack fairly suddenly. the hispanic ran for cover and then started retaliating. the government is saying it wasn't ordered from the top. these may have been governing party workers at the local level who have tried to take matters in their own hands. the police were there. eyewitnesses are saying they did nothing to prevent the clash. >> imran khan made it clear he's going to continue to the caple at that -- capital. what's the security there when he and the other opposition party arrive? >> for past few days they've put huge shipping containers to block roads, thousands of police and troops have been deployed. people are arriving from all over pakistan in the capital. imran khan is determined he will
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get there later today. >> the white house has praised nouri maliki's decision to stand down as iraq's prime minister. the new successor can begin the task of forming the unity government. thousands of yazidis have fled to kurdistan having made the long journey from mount sinjar. many others are trying to reach safety. keith doyle has more on the challenge facing iraq's new prime minister. >> reporter: political set piece from iraq's politician temperatures was in fact a hugely significant political development. as iraqi prime minister nouri maliki was blamed for alienating sunnis and creating deep divisions in iraq, he's standing a side for the more inclusive seen as an important step in enabling iraq to stand up to islamic state which is taking control of the country.
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the new prime minister must deal with a huge security and humanitarian crisis. although the u.s. says there are fewer refugees stranded on mount sinjar than first thought, many others are displaced. >> we broke the siege of mount sinjar, helped vulnerable people reach safety and escapeed save many innocent lives. because of these efforts, we do not expect an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain. >> it's estimated 1.2 million iraqis have fled their homes. tenses of thousands are in kurdistan. the only thing between them and fighters from the islamic state are kurdish soldiers. they appealed for help from the west. the uk government says it will look faif favorably. later today the u.n. is expected
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to pass a resolution to recruit funding for islamic state. eu foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in brussels to discuss the joint response. eu do not want to join the u.s. in carrying out military strikes, but they are aware urgent action is needed. >> our correspondent paul wood is on the syrian, iraqi border. he's returned from mount sinjar and told me what he saw. >> reporter: i stood on the top of mount sinjar with the kurdish commander. he was pointing out the islamic state positions. he said the towns below, 85% yazidis are almost completely empty except for those deliberately kept behind for the islamic state. many said people are arrest add, taken to a prison there. money wasn't asked. it wasn't clear the motivation.
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what was the motivation be by fighters for keeping people back. again and again we heard stories of men who had been detained by fighters. a gun was put to their head. they were told convert or die. they believe it's part of the effort of the islam state to force people to convert to islam or take death. >> what aid is there on the ground where you are? >> reporter: well, we were up on mount sinjar yesterday in absolutely terrible conditions. people come down this one road which the kurdish forces are able to open pushing back isis fighters. a woman fighter told me it was her job to look after the dead and dying, people that collapsed from exhaustion, heat and lack of water. people were dying on that road because of extreme
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circumstances. we found a small camp made from tents dropped from the british air force. they dropped water containers. if you jumped dirty water in the filter, clean water would come out. a big move by u.n., u.s. and britain to start an evacuation of the mountain. that's happened by itself. people were dying from the heat up there. there's perhaps a couple thousand are left. they're in camps like this now. they have an uncertain future. people are talking genocide. that's the word they're using. they're begging for humanitarian intervention and military intervention as well. they believe to answer your original question, they have no chance whatsoever of returning home unless there's the military intervention by outside powers. >> the world health organization says the scale of the ebola outbreak is vastly underestimated and extraordinary measures are needed to contain
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the virus. the official death toll reached 1,069. in guinea 377 deaths. liberia 355 deaths. in sierra leone 334 have died. in nigeria a third died wednesday. who said the outbreak was expected to continue for some time and said the staff have seen evidence the numbers of reported deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak in settings characterized by extreme poverty, addition functional health systems, shortage of doctors and rampart fear. nigeria reported three deaths. good luck johnson has declared an emergency to prevent the spread of the virus. >> reporter: dealing with a
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health crisis in a popular city like this is a huge challenge for authorities. ebola is a deadly and contagious virus. there are fears it could spread from busy hubs like this especially since that red brick building is a hospital where the first victim was diagnosed and then died. the authorities have since introduced stringent measures to prevent the virus from spreading. >> we have officers who are screening reviewing the forms already completed on board. we have some of them doing the observation, walking through passengers. also digital infrared thermometer to read temperature. anyone with temperature may be indicating ebola virus. >> the government is educating the public as it tries to contain the virus and keep it from spreading. one of nigeria's favorite
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delicacies is this spicy roast meat. this place would normally be teaming with customers. the government warns public to watch what they touch and eat. there's concerns it might have come in contact with meat c contaminated with the virus. the lack of people may mean the message of the government is getting through. the fear of the ebola virus keeps them alert. >> previously i didn't use to walk with gloves and use sanitizer rarely. every since i've had to do that. i come in contact with all kinds of people everyday. >> reporter: the main concern here is that such a deadly virus if not contained could spread easily and lead to a crisis in this city. bbc news. >> we've recently heard athletes
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from the ebola affected region of africa will not compete in combat sports and aquatic sports in china saturday. the ukrainian military says russian armored personnel carriers have crossed the boarder a boarder and moving in the direction of luhansk. the convoy of 200 russian trucks carrying aid to eastern ukraine is being inspected. it's parked south of the city where russian military presence is increasing. the ukrainian media are reporting arrangements are made for lorries to enter the country through the crossing point. >> reporter: this morning, the russian aid convoy remains parked in this field 20 miles from the border with ukraine. no change there. what has changed is the attitude to the media because yesterday when these lorries came here, we
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were allowed to get close to them. we were able to chat to convoy drivers. they were happy to talk to us. they showed us the contents of some of the vehicles. today it's different. we're told we're not allowed to go close to the lorries. we can only film from the other side of the road. from what we've seen, there's a heightened military presence around this camp. we've seen soldiers marching there, seen military helicopters flying in and out this morning. a short while ago, around 12 military vehicles passed down this road in the direction of the border. i can't confirm that's where they're heading. there's a heightened military presence. the big question now is, what will the convoy do next. an australian couple is barred for leaving thailand with an infant under tougher procedures with surrogate children. that follows the case of baby
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gammy who was allegely abandoned by his australian biological parents. now all children need a court order authorizing them to leave thailand. the same sex couple in this case were barred from leaving the country thursday because they didn't have sufficient paperwork to prove they were the legal guardians of the child. that's according to the thai immigration official. a british business man suspected for the murder of his wife is fit to stand trial. annie was shot dead in november 2010 on their honeymoon. he has always denied any involvement in her death. the trial will start on the sixth of october. stay with us here on bbc world news. still to come. in his first independence day speech, india's prime minister modi has spoken of shame in the
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this is bbc world news. i'm james. the latest headlines. clashes have broken out in pakistan as the opposition leader imran khan continues his antigovernment march towards the capit capital. he says his convoy was fired on during the clashes. the white house has praised the decision by iraqi prime minister nouri maliki to stand a side in nomination of his replacement. now the prime minister of india modi says they have been shamed by the recent rapes in the country. he made an hour long speech to mark independence day speaking of the need to end violence
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based on gender, cast and religion. he asked parents to hold their sons to account. today when we hear about since den de -- about incidents of rape, our head hangs in shame. i ask every parent when your daughter turns 10 years of age, ask her where she's going, when she will be back home, ask her to inform you when she reaches destination safely. a daughter is asked countless questions. do parents ever dare to question their son? >> i asked our correspondent in delhi how the speech has been received. >> reporter: it's gone down very well. the whole speech can whi-- spee
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which lasted an hour. he had something to say about politics, social issues and almost everything. he seemed to suggest that he has a complete command on what's happening in india. he has something nice to say about everybody. as we heard in the video, he's talking about the parents taking care of not just daughters but also their sons. reigning sons who are not on the right path. he felt very ashamed of the recent rape cases. by in large it's gone well with all state of society. people also say these are all nice words. he needs to put these words to practice. >> let's get more on the situation in iraq. the crisis there is discussed by european union foreign ministers meeting in brussels. we can join our correspondent
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matthew price there. what's on the agenda matthew? >> reporter: well specifically what exactly europe can do collectively or unilaterally. the emphasis is on second yu unilateral unilaterally. what it is going to do about it is the question. you have a number following the french sayings they would be happy to provide arms to kurdish fighters in iraq to help them in their defense of their territory. most notably british foreign secretary just arrived and said that britain was open to suggestion if the kurdish forces were to ask for arms. britain would be open to consider that request. germans now appear to shift stance slightly. their foreign secretary is heading to iraq for the weekend.
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he's pressing for humanitarian aid approach from the european union. on the issue of whether arms should be supplied, up until now rgs germans have spoken about supplying equipment such as body armor and alike. there's suggestion in his language he may be prepared to go further than that. certainly it appears the initial if not reluctance than slowness in european countries coming to some sort of decision about what they wish to do in terms of intervention in iraq. that is changing now. there does seem to be a gathering head of steam in terms of countries in europe deciding now is the time to do something to arrest the advance as i say of islamic state forces. matthew price in brussels. thanks very much. now pope francis is on the second day of i a five day visit to south korea. the first papal visit in 25
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years. he's held a mass at the world cup stadium with 50,000 people there. we are in seoul with the latest. >> reporter: yesterday was a ceremonial arrival and meeting with politicians, the sort of thing pope francis is not famed to enjoy very much. i can tell you pictures from the secenter of the country, he's arrived at the asian youth conference. thousands of asians from all over the place. i've seen flags from indonesia, south korea, philippines, thailand. people have come from all over to take part in this. the pope is in the middle meeting them all. he looks like a happy man, like he's enjoying himself today shake hands, having photographs taken. i saw one person go up and shake his hand and try to get him to take a photograph together with him a few minutes ago.
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this is the sort of thing pope francis is repeated to enjoy, meeting young people, close interaction with people. earlier he had an enormous open mass in a football stadium with 50,000 in daejeon. he met with families of the sewol disaster, the ferry sinking that happened back in april where 300 people were drowned. many of them were young school children. he talked about that tragedy and pain he felt and how he hoped it would bring korean people together. he had a very long address in italian and english when he really talked about the problems in modern society, problems of inequality. he really -- i think as again pope francis is known to do. he criticized the worship of materialism and despair that can hide in affluences like south
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korea. it was an appeal not to be drawn to a materialistic society but catholics to use their faith to find hope in a modern society. seems like you can rent anything, even family members. a term suggesting adopt a grand parent is here. we report from berlin. >> she takes a cycle ride with her grandparents, well sort of. they're actually her adopted grandparents, part of a scheme to link families with older couples that want grandchildren. if you look at other older people, they're sitting this front of the television. i have this lively relationship. it gives me something to do. she's drawing a picture and draws three hearts. my name is on one of them. that really touches me.
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>> 80-year-old paul and his wife have been raising her since she was three. they've taught her to swim like any other loving grandparents. >> every monday charlotte meets me after school and we go swimming. we go home and have some food. after i can go home or stay the night with charlotte and paul. >> older people are getting involved in the scheme driven by a desire to have children involved in their lives. >> a growing number of retired people, this scheme allows them to remain active to contribute and feel valued even as well as provide essential support to young families they help. >> there have been problems. relationships have broken down. two pedophiles got past the check-in procedures over the 25 year history.
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the project remains popular with positive feedback. >> a lot of grandparents feel before. it gives them something to do, helps them with health and helps them to better understand young people. >> back at the park, her mother has joined paul and charlotte. their help raising her daughter, she says, has been invaluable. >> i wanted to have a couple, an older couple for her. this is normal i think to have parents and have some grandparents. my parents are far away from berlin. >> these one time strangers provide young and old with much needed friendship and support. the widow of robyn williams reveals he was in the early stages of parkison's disease at the time of his death. the hollywood actor and comedian
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killed himself at his home friday. he was 63. in a statement, susan schneider said williams was suffering from depression, anxiety and early stages of the disease. she said he wasn't ready to share his diagnosis publicly. that's all from me for today. thanks for watching. good-bye.
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