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>> and he sings, he tweets. is there anything this astronaut can not do? cris gets ready to return to earth. we look back on his amazing journey. >> welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. winston n commufrpbl churchill used the term special bond. speaking at a press conference, president obama and prime minister cameron fielded tricky questions on the issue of domestic politics, but on the issue of syria they showed a united front.
>> this was a warm-up meeting before the gate -- the g-8 gathering the british prime minister will host in june. >> they hope to kick offer negotiations towards an e.u.- u.s.a. trade pact. syria's history says david cameron is being written in the blood of its people. a transitional government is required that can win the consent of everyone. >> but there will be no political progress unless the opposition is able to withstand the onslaught and put pressure on assad so he knows there is no military victory. so we will also increase our efforts to support and to shape the moderate opposition. britain is pushing for more flexibility in the e.u. arms embargo, and we will double non-lethal support to the syrian opposition in the coming year. >> cameron's tone was sharper than president obama, but
wasn't much between the two men and not much new to say. they may have been at different news conferences. president obama was pressed on the controversy surrounding the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he said there was nothing new to the allegations. >> we dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus. what happened was tragic. it was carried out by extremists inside of libya. we are out there trying to hunt down the folks who carried this out, and we are trying to make sure we fix the system so that it doesn't happen again. >> prime minister david ram con has his own domestic difficulties, facing down a party split over europe and britt -- britain's place in it. i want to see britain's relationship with the use to change and improve.
us quo is leaving, and i don't think that is what the british public wants or deserves. >> the two men will meet again at the g-8 in june. >> for more, i spoke a short time ago with our north american editor who was at that press conference. watching that press conference, mark, it seemed like it was two the ate press conferences, british press corps interested in their local things. >> it was like two press corps divided by a common purpose. their common purpose they wanted to embarrass or put under close scrutiny their own leaders. obama on benghazi and the business of the american tax authorities targeting the conservative tea party. he said that would be bad if that happened. and cameron on europe. there is a lot going on at home about the relationship between the u.k. and the e.u. obama came to his defens right,
that britain was stronger in he european union. he said if something is broken, to try and fix it. >> maybe that is why he went to the white house. when it came to foreign owe fares it was hard to see what news they were planning to make. on syria there didn't seem to be much new. >> i think cameron was in the united states for the meeting and the meeting with prince hairy and this was tagged on. on syria they really didn't say much. cameron sounded more enthusiastic about getting rid of assad and the russian peace talks, but they pretty much said the same thing, which is the u.k., the u.s. and russia all wanted a stable syria free of extremism. there really isn't any sign of them pushing in one direction, but there is no real sign of any change or progress.
>> do we have any clearer indication of what it is that barack obama wants to do, is planning to do, might be pushed to do and when on the syria mark? >> i think the very clear indication is he didn't want to do anything at all. the difference in tone is i don't think obama really is a liberal interventionist in the way that cameron is. so they are talking about possibly giving the rebels more -- it is not weaponry. it is things like armored cars and night goggles. but we have been hearing this for weeks and weeks. they are hoping there would be some way it comes to an end on its own. i think obama is extremely reluctant to do anything or for the u.s. to be in the lead. i think whatever america does behind the scenes, he will have to have the arab countries and europe in the lead. >> and no obvious sign that it is going to happen any time
soon out of today's press conference. thank you very much. >> in pakistan, early results from saturday's general election suggests nawaz sharif has won a remarkable third term in power. and the pakistan muslim league is set to win a ma majority. but there are attacks by the taliban. mr. sharif says he will assist in the nato withdrawal there next year. here is our report from islamabad. >> a glimpse into the private world of nawaz sharif. peacocks strutting around his manicured estate. stuffed animals keeping watch on the lawn. and big game in the hallway of the leader who took the lion's share of this weekend's vote. >> we were invited in for a chat with pakistan's new leader . but professional cameras and
microphones were kept out. the former two-time prime minister, ousted twice, has returned preaching consensus. he reached out to india, pakistan's old enemy, saying the mistrust between the nuclear neighbors must be tackled. he told the bbc that he would help western troops demart from afghanistan. >> american troops will be withdrawn, and be in 2014 we will extend full support. we will see that everything goes well and smoothly. >> pursued by questions, he invited us to lunch and ended the grilling. he didn't want to be drawn on some issues like fighting mill -- militants. >> he has now spoken here at his home. his message to the west and parties in pakistan, let's work together. he is now forming his government. he has a resounding mandate, but he knows the honey moon
won't last long. >> and behind his extraordinary comeback, there are concerns about an allegedly cozy relationship with militant groups. a leading expert told us he has courted them but won't be ruled by them. >> in the past he has reached out to them. he has depended on them for votes, even in this election. but i think he is not going to allow himself to be held hostage to them. he has a much bigger agenda than protecting militants or trying to help them. >> at the top of that agenda, resuscitating the economy. many here are pippening their hopes on the billionaire bussman. there was a record turn-out in the election, a vote of confidence in him and in pakistani democracy. "bbc news", pakistan. >> those elections and how nawaz sharif leads pakistan, watched closely here in washington as well. here is a look at other news
from around the world. burma's news says the leader is planning to make an official visit to the united states. it will be the first time a bumgarner east head of state has been on an official trip since 1966. relations with america have greatly improved since he began his program of political and economic reforms two years ago. >> a car bomb has gone off outside a hospital in benghazi. as many as nine people have been killed, including children. there have been a number of attacks on the security forces and on western interests there over the last few months. >> four of the biggest western retailers have signed a pact to improve factory conditions in bangladesh. this comes as the search for a ies in the rubble of
collapsed clothing factory comes to an end. it killed more than 1,100 people. they want them to restrict trade unions there. >> we have reported on quite a few new dangerous viruses, and today there is yet another that doctors warn could cause a global epidemic. it has killed 15 people in saudi arabia. case have been reported in germany, britain and france. it appears the virus can spread from person to person. our science reporter has more. >> this is the new corona virus that is causing concern around the world. it is extremely rare but deadly. scientists believe it can spread through quiros personal contact. in france, two men are being treated in intensive care. a 50-year-old man contracted the virus after sharing another hospital room with an an infected patient. >> of most concern, however is
the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact, this novel corona virus can transmit from person to person. >> so far there have been 34 confirmed cases of the virus since it emerged last year. of these, more than half the patients have died. most of the infections have occurred in saudi arabian a number of nearby countries. moved virus has since into europe. it causes a high fever, breasting difficulties and can eventually lead to or began failure. experts are racing to find the source of the virus and to learn more about how it spreads. in its current form it is not contagious enough to start a pandemic. but with its high fatality rate, it is a threat health officials are taking seriously. "bbc news." >> for more on the threat of this virus, we spoke to dr.
william shatner, chair of the department of preventive medicine at vanderbilt university. >> the doctor who discovered this virus said at some stage he is pretty certain this is going to cause an epidemic. do you agree? >> my fingers are crossed that that will not happen. at the moment this virus is not capable of sustained transmission from person to person, and i certainly hope it doesn't pick up that genetic component that permits it to do that. otherwise we will have sars-2 with widespread infection, infection within hospitals and a lot of very sick and dying people. >> and how significant is it that this virus is able to spread from person to person. unlike bird flu which can only go from animals to people. >> it makes an enormous difference, because if you can have sustained transmission from person to person, then it
can to people around you readily. and if you get sick in the hospital, it can be spread to health care works as happened with sars. >> how critical does this one seem to be if you contract it? >> if you get it, you are admitteded to the hospital in intensive care units, units, and there are people who have died. if you get it, it is a very serious infection. >> we have spoken about this before. in the last -- and last week a new strain of bird flu. am i imagining things, or does it seem like there are a bunch of these viruses around at the moment? >> oh, no, there are a bump of them around, and they keep coming one after another, and sometimes in groups. we call them emerging infections, and it has everything to do with the dynamic genetic manipulations that go on in the viral world all the time periodically
producing viruses that are capable of making us ill. >> so it is not a coincidence? there is actually some kind of a link between them? >> i don't think so much there is a link between them. it is a coincidence that two of them have occurred that we are keep our eyes on very carefully because they both have ep kenyon martinic potential. i think that is a coincidence. but the fact that new viruses occur, that is something that happens with unfortunate regularity. >> what can we do to protect ourselves against them and against this one in particular? >> the important thing is the global public health community is on the alert both in saudi arabian southeast asia. the investigators have done their investigation thoroughly and informed their public health community. every infectious diseases physician in the world from
people from southeast asia if they get sick with pneumonia, would put them into isolation, get specimens and send them to reference laboratories here in the united states to the c.d.c. for further investigation. >> thank you very much for explaining it again to me. >> thank you. >> you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, the balancing act in beijing. as the country trying to keep its economy on track, the battle is finding the right fit. >> now to a medical issue which divides opinion around the globe. should patients have the right to die. that issue of suicide are in a court. two british men are asking the law be changed so they won't
face prosecution. >> after two decades of paralysis and pain, paul lamb has made the difficult journey to london and to the court of appeal to ask it to give him the right to have a doctor end his life. >> i don't want to be in a bed when i think wow, i am not going to get out of this bed. >> his paralysis is so severe he has just minimal movement in one hand, that he couldn't take the final steps to end his own life. he would need a doctor to kill him. and that would amount to murder. >> what you would be asking the court to do is to sanction these steps in advance after the court has heard all of the evidence in his case. >> in court today the lord chief justice lord judge said that he and his fellow judges were acutely aware of the desperate situation of lamb and another man who is challenging
prosecution policy on assisted suicide find themselves in. but he said we can't does this as a matter of personal sympathy. we have to decide it according to the law. previously the high court had said that only parliament could changed law. this week a private members bill will be put before it to assist the dying in the termly ill who has less six months to live. that won't help paul. he doesn't have a terminal illness. his fate lies with three judgings. "bbc news." >> when the american economy is growing at the snail's pace of 2.5%, china's growth rate of 7.8% seems massive. but by the standards of that asian country, it is actually pretty small. what's more, there are new
signs that the nature of the chinese economy is changing in beijing. alarm our correspondent linda yu reports on the shifts and what they body for the future. >> if you want to make it to the top and stay there, it's all about finding your balance. that is true whether it is a dancing line in hong kong or the economy. china is slowing,. can it find new ways to grow without crashing? hong kong used to rely on factories, too. 15 years ago this street would have been full of puddlers. as the economy has developed, they shifted to the services sector. for most of the people serving on this street are mainland chinese. >> when i first came here in 2005, it wasn't like this, she tells me. since 2010 there are lots of mainlanders because they have
lots of money. these mainland chinese are heading home. these consumers are who the chinese government is counting on to make a crucial shift in the economy away from factories and towards services. shops, education and insurance. for the first time ever this year, the service sector is a bigger part of the economy than manufacturing. >> it is not that chinese factories are going out of business. industry is still growing. it is just that services are growing more quickly. but, it is still raising worries. >> we want to look into a sustainable long-term growth. should that consumption be seen as a goal of the growth, but i would never recommend any society, any country, to treat consumption as a driver of growth alone. >> hong kong may have not gone
too far relying on shoppers. championship has been watching. still, one of hong kong's most prominent businessmen warns china has no other option. >> we are talking about 100 million, 200 million, and perhaps 300 million of being able to spend that money on their own goods, which of course would strengthen the economy in a very balanced way, rather than having to rely on outward investment. it is not a question of whether he will succeed or not. it has to be the way forward. >> if china takes the easier point, it could lose its balance. it may not karl ravech, but could slow considerably, the last thing that anyone wants to see. linda yu, "bbc news," hong kong. >> we all want china to keep
growing. for five months now commander chris hatfield has been living on the international space station. now it is time to come back down to earth. that is a loss to his twitter followers who have been treated to a steady stream of images from space. here is the story. ♪ ground control to major tom. >> commander chris hatfield, astronaut, scientist, and now the star of the first pop video made in space. ♪ lock your soyuz hatch and put your helmet on ♪ >> his cover of the david bowie hit is his farewell to the space station. he is due to finish his space odyssey tonight and return to earth. but hs already well to
many people because of the pictures he has tweeted from more than 200 miles above us. >> if i have a couple of minutes, i grab my camera and race over to the windows and try to get a picture of what part of the earth is underneath. ♪ >> and quite a few of the key pictures have been of the u.k. this is what london looks like from out in space. the english channel, and the port of denorfia. further west, the zinc tiff shape of the i'll of white. then this. and what about the lake district with snow on the summits. and when those picturing have been tweeted from way up there in space, there has been a huge response from people living down here in the u.k. we managed to get a question to commander hatfield in one of his link-ups wie earth. >> we have a question from the
b burch c. >> they see their town, region or the isle of white or the north earn regions and southern scotland. they have a perspective that maybe didn't exist for them in the regular two-dimensional way we see things. today d bowie has said this was the most poignant version of the song ever created. and it was recorded in the right place. >> great pictures. great editing. good for him. before we go, we wanted to show you these scenes of an amazing parade in manchester england. the streets were awash with red as tens of thousands of manchester united fans turned out to celebrate their 20th title and to see their famous manager, alex ferguson son one more time before he retires. he won his final home game
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