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broadcast around the world. coming up later, a change of strategy. the dali lama says that freedom for tibet is a chinese problem. >> there will be a change in food, both how much and what we eat. ♪ there are concerns for the safety of hundreds of people in taiwan. a typhoon has triggered a deadly mudslides. it is reported that one village has been buried. some areas have seen the worst weather in half a century. there is concern that the death toll could grow hugely. at least 13 have died in japan. up to 1 million people have been evacuated along the east coast of china. taiwan is the worst affected. we have a report from our
correspondent on the scene in just a moment. first, another correspondent has this. >> in taiwan, they are still searching. scores of people went missing when the typhoon swept across the island. many were simply washed away. the storm dumped 2.5 meters of rain. it was a record. they have not seen floods like this and have a century. hundreds are thought to be trapped in remote villages. their homes and farmland have been damaged. in some cases, they have been destroyed. this man says he has seen dead bodies sliding down the side of the mountain into the river below. china has also been battered. the eastern province has been soaked for more than a day now. the authorities say that hundreds of villages have flooded.
the storm damage has affected millions of chinese. some of the hundreds of thousands who have been k=n6wevacuated have been taken o safety. the decision to move them looks like it has helped to keep the number of casualties on the mainland low. the waves were up to 9 meters high as they hit the coast. heavy downpours are forecast to cause problems across six provinces for hours to come. in japan, there was another deadly storm. this one caused landslides and widespread flooding in the west of the country. nearly 50,000 people have been removed from their homes. this storm has also claimed lives. the search for survivors goes on. >> our journalist is in rural taiwan, just 40 kilometers from the area worst affected by the typhoon. authorities in the nearby town.
for hundreds trapped by the mudslide. >> authorities say the landslide occurred sunday night or early monday morning. most of the villages were sleeping. -- most of the villagers were sleeping. the mud crashed in so suddenly that you had the chance to escape. about 150 have been rescued. elderly toand children are believed to make up most of the victims. rescues are complicated by the washed away roads. there's also unstable debris ground in the village. that makes helicopter landings impossible. the national disaster relief center in taipei said that 150 villagers have been found alive. they had been given crackers and water to survive on. helicopters are unable to bring out the people. authorities say they fear this
glimmer of hope could be followed by bad news. that could happen as the situation in the village becomes more clear. >> that was our reporter on the scene. the u.s. geological survey is reporting a large earthquake in the indian ocean measuring 7.6. a tsunami watch has been issued for surrounding countries. the quake hit north of the indian islands. is being monitored for any signs of a possible tsunami. they do not know if there is actually a tsunami. >> a strong earthquake has shaken tokyo and surrounding areas. the first reading suggests a magnitude of 6.6. there's no report of casualties at this point. just when millions of iraqis were hoping and beginning to believe that the country was becoming more stable, a series
of coordinated bomb attacks have killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 200. the attacks were in baghdad and mosul. the bbc has this report. >> it happened before dawn. most of the people in the village were still asleep. those who was up saw this. their houses were reduced to ruins. relatives and neighbors were dead. the survivors looked for anything that they could find amid the rubble in their tiny village near mosul. the meantime, two more car bombs exploded in baghdad. the iraqi government planes al qaeda for the well-planned and coordinated blasts. >> the enemy is still lurking. there are still many of those who oppose the successes we have made so far. >> this is the testimony to the
government's success. the allies are starting to resemble -- their lives are starting to resemble normality. they can enjoy tea or a beauty treatment. the men sit chatting and drinking tea. all of these things are signs that things are much more relaxed here. but life in iraq is still very far from what most people would call normal. the people here are well aware that the piece is relative and fried job, especially now that the americans -- the people here are well aware that the piece is relative and fragile, especially now that the american troops have pulled back. the government insists that its troops are well up to the task. to show that baghdad is now safe, but they've even begun dismantling the blast walls across the city. it is a decision that many here question.
since the americans have withdrawn, the bomb blasts seem to have intensified. iraqis now have more control over their future than ever before. their hopes are still tempered by the violence. bbc news in baghdad. >> the government of pakistan says it intends to provide conclusive proof that the leader of the pakistan taliban is dead. pakistan and american officials insist that they are certain he was killed in the u.s. missile strike. a man claiming to be one of his aides says the taliban chief and another senior leader also reported killed a still life. :%uq just 10 days before nationwide elections in afghanistan, taliban militants have attacked the provincial government in police headquarters in the east of the country. the assault with guns and rockets killed by police and injured 26. it is being called the summit of the three amigos.
the leaders of canada, the united states, and mexico are meeting in guadalajara. the host is in their worst recession since the 1930's. the economy has dominated the discussions. they say is crucial that they work together. that may not be easily done. >> it is a get together of some close friends, that is the image that these 31 north americans want to give. they have spent less than 24 hours together. for much of the time, at least one of the participants seemed to have his mind on what your matters. the issues that confront them would not appear to be of the type that can be resolved overnight and a day in guadalajara. the drug war in mexico is largely financed by american consumers. it is escalating. 850 have been killed in the last month. the swine flu seems to be returning to his birthplace mexico recently noted a dramatic
jump in cases. tourism here is almost nonexistent. the end result is a mexican economy in free fall. two years ago, this manufacturer would be sending out two trucks each week to consumers in the united states. these days, it struggles to fill just one. like many other mexican companies, is a family-owned enterprise. he inherited the business from his father and turned it into a $12 million per year concern. then came 2008. >> last year was terrible. it was very difficult. there were no exports. there was no money. >> back on the sealed streets of guadalajara, no specific solutions were offered regarding ongoing trade disputes. instead, there was reassurance. >> so much of our common
prosperity and jobs depend on trade that flows across the borders. there is billions of dollars worth of trade each day. we need to reject protectionism. we are among each other's largest trading partners. as we work together towards lasting prosperity, we need to expand that. >> the coming months will be a test of the vaunted friendship between these men. what difference do when things get tough? do they stay together or drift apart? -- what difference do when things get tough? do they stay together or depart? hillary clinton is in the congo. she says that more should be done to stop the abuse of women and the use of rape as a weapon of war. she reacted forcefully when a student asked about her husband's view on a foreign- policy issue. she said that her husband was not the secretary of state.
representatives from almost 200 countries were in the german city of bonn trying to negotiate a new treaty on climate change. the treaty is not due to be completed until the conference in copenhagen in december. climate change is one reason that the food production of the world needs to double by 2015. that is according to the united nations food and agriculture agency. there could be more hunker in poor countries and an end to cheaper food in the more wealthy world. >> in rich world, getting food for the family table has been easy. we will not be able to take this for granted as they become harder to get. scientists are predicting that very soon, there are likely to be shortages that would drive up prices. some fans will not be available at all. what are the problems that will hit food production? there will be more extreme
weather because of the climate change. there is a growing world population that is set to top 8 billion in 20 years. there will be more droughts and less water for the crops. >> we will have to double with the production. it needs to be more nutritious. we will need more meat as the developing countries become wealthier and take on the same sort of guy is that we have in the west. >> unless action is soon taken, it could affect our everyday meals. instead of starting the day was cereal and milk, it will be to cereal. it will be just. at lunchtime. fish for supper will be out. you will be left with mushy peas. the government says that we should waste less food and purchase sustainable produce. we will need to research new ways of growing food more efficiently.
these are traditional english strawberries. it usually takes this amount of water to produce one strawberry. researchers have managed to reduce that by more than 3/4. it has not reduced the yield. the strawberries are higher in vitamin c and apparently, the taste nicer. scientists believe it will be possible to keep food on our tables if governments invest now to research into finding new ways to grow food more efficiently. it is good to have you with us on "bbc world news." still to come, when the police commit the crimes. there is an official report on police corruption in russia. a former children's care giver is on trial for a series of indecent assaults. he is 78. he denies the 21 charges.
from jersey off the northwest coast of france, we have this report. >> he was 40 years old when he started to work as a house parent. among the 21 charges he faces, 19 are of indecent assault involving five teenage girls. the court heard that in the early 1970's, this was home to children it got into trouble or whose families could not cope with them. the prosecuting counsel told the jury that he was there to take the place of the children's natural parents. he said that he had abused the position. mr. baker continued and said that the case was about a man who acted as a sexual bully who took advantage of his authority to touch girls' in a sexual manner. one former resident who is now 53 said that he had indecently assaulted her on a daily basis.
she said that he would laugh at off, but no one took it as a joke. the defence council suggested to the witness that she did not complain at the time because it did not happen. she said that she did not complain because it happened to everyone. she thought it was normal. a second alleged victim broke down and she gave evidence of indecent assault and also of being raped on several occasions by the headmaster of a home. when asked why she told no one at a time, she replied that she was 14 and that no one would have listened. the case is expected to last 10 days. meanwhile, the investigation continues. the decisions on whether there will be further arrests are expected in the next few weeks. here are the latest headlines. there are concerns for the safety of hundreds of people in taiwan.
a typhoon has triggered a deadly mudslides. >> at least 40 people have been killed in some of the deadliest attacks in a rock in months. he spent most of his life campaigning for autonomy for tibet. he has told the bbc that there is an urgency to settle the issue. in an exclusive interview, the spiritual leader says the number generation tends to favor more radical action. for the first time, he is also called tibetan autonomy the chinese domestic problem. that statement could breathe new life into the deadlocked talks in beijing. >> i understand that there have been eight or nine rounds of talks with the beijing government since 2002. but the dialogue seems to now be in deadlock. what are the sticking points? >> i think basically, it is
suspicion and distrust. they always look at it from one angle, how to keep their power and control. they do not care about the environment, education, religious freedom, all of these things. we are seeking mutual benefit through mutual solutions. we say they do not care about our basic rights. there is mistrust. >> have you noticed that a cctv screened documentary, "one year into that." -- "one year in tibet." do you take that as a positive signal? we have the human language.
that should send a message rather than just some signal here. secondly, the chinese government should consider it it a domestic problem. >> but you are political as well. you see the younger generation of tibetans. they may not be that patient. they may not take the midway approach. >> yes, there are growing signs of frustration among tibetans outside and inside. there is reason for worry. the younger generation feel
that the situation is very bad for them. however, as long as the dallas, remains, -- as long as the dalai lama remains, they must listen. it is their job to protect and serve the public. what happens when the police. the law and the government fails to bring the problem under control? that question is being asked with growing urgency in russia. we have this special report from moscow. >> it is late april in a supermarket in southern moscow. the police chief has just walked in with a gun. he is about to start shooting. this woman manages a miraculous escape. as the staff we for their lives, three lie dead. six others are seriously wounded. he was one of them.
he was shot twice in the back and stomach. he is still recovering. he still has a bullet fragments lodged near his heart. >> my view of the police has changed forever. now i cannot see a policeman without feeling scared. it is not just me. many people in this neighborhood will never trust the police again. >> a five minute drive away in the same area of moscow, i have come to meet him. >> she tried to cross here. >> two weeks after the supermarket shooting, his pregnant wife was run over and killed at this spot by an off- duty policeman. he was speeding on the wrong side of the road and did not even stop. >> those people who work in the police or other departments, they understand that they will
not be charged. bacon drive is they want. they can do is they want. -- they can drive as they want. they can do as they want. >> a few days ago, this moscow newspaper published a list of 32 crimes that it alleges that the police have committed here in the last two weeks alone. when we approached the interior ministry for comment, this is what they told us off the record. >> the situation is worse than the newspapers are reporting. police officers are not paid properly. we can only recruit the lowest caliber people. they do not understand the law or human-rights. some even consort with criminal gangs. >> as every motorist nose here, police corruption is endemic. pulling over motorists for traffic violations is a lucrative industry. this amateur video shows the kind of transactions that result. that is a 1000 ruble note, about
$30. it is little wonder that the russian police are seen by many here as part of the problem rather than part of the solution. we go to a story that has largely disappeared from the news thanks to the peace process. it was 40 years ago that there was conflict in ireland. it happened in the area of londonderry. those who took part have been speaking to our correspondent. >> the summer of 1969 in belfast. eight people were killed in one week in august. it was so bad that the army had to be called in. >> we have found some more bombs. they are behind the roadblock. >> it started with catholics clashing with police in londonderry. it ended with hundreds of families being burned out of their homes in belfast.
it was mainly catholics who were attacked by protestants. but there were sectarian attacks on both sides. catholics believed they were being treated as second-class citizens in ireland. protestants were afraid that they were facing an armed revolt. the result was mayhem. >> i went out the back door of my church last night and saw my sunday school making petrol bombs on the back steps of the church. ucb effect upon people, the scars, wounds, their lives are wrecked. their minds are warped and twisted for life. >> 40 years on, he recalls how some of the teenagers he tried to turn away from violence ended up in jail. >> i remember two of them saying to me that they wished to god
that they had listened to me. they said that they thought i might actually get medals because they were fighting for god and ulster. instead, they got life imprisonment. >> in the wake of the violence of august 1969, the modern ira was formed. belfast was more divided than ever. >> on the other side of the street. >> he was 20 at the time. he is now 60. he well remembers being a young belfast catholic who was willing to fight. >> i could say it that it was not for me. i left. thankfully, i did. on the first night, they moved in.
>> 40 years later, the burned houses of all been rebuilt. the troubles are over. the peace process is solid. in this part of belfast, protestants and catholics still cannot live together. that is why there is this huge wall to keep them apart. in northern ireland, the wound of sectarianism is slow to heal. bbc news in belfast. you can find more on that and all of the international news anytime on bbc.com/news that you for being with us. -- thank you for being with us. >> funding for this presentation was made possible by -- the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, the newman's own foundation,the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, and union bank.
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