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January 25, 2007
Headline News of January 25, 2007
Street sweepers remove debris from the roads in Beirut
Lebanon appeals for financial aid as it seeks to rebuild after last year's conflict between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

Two men accused of the rape and murder of 19 women and children in a Delhi suburb are beaten up outside court.
The US military unveils a "revolutionary" heat-ray gun to repel enemies or disperse hostile crowds.
January 25, 2007
Headline News on January 25, 2007
A US marine fires a machine gun from a helicopter over Anbar province, Iraq
A US Senate panel rejects President Bush's Iraq plan, a day after he asks Congress to give it "a chance".

Israel's PM calls on President Moshe Katsav to resign over rape allegations but the president says he is innocent.
The US and France pledge $1.4bn in aid and loans ahead of a major summit in Paris to help rebuild Lebanon.
January 23, 2007
Headline News on January 23, 2007
President Bush making speech in front of US flag
The US president will warn that failure in Iraq would be "grievous" in his State of the Union address in a few hours.

Israeli President Moshe Katsav is to be charged with rape and abuse of power, the justice ministry announces.
Lebanese opposition parties say they have called off the strike which paralysed much of the country on Tuesday.
January 22, 2007
Headline News on January 22, 2007
Smoke billows over scene of Baghdad bombing
Seventy-five people are killed and 160 injured in a double bombing at a market in Baghdad, police say.

A major effort to reverse the dramatic decline in global tuna stocks gets under way in Japan.
Serbia's nationalist Radical Party has a clear lead in the country's general election, early results suggest.
January 20, 2007
Headline News on January 20, 2007
Computer-generated image of a weather satellite [photo credit: EUMETSAT® 2007]
Washington asks China to explain its intentions after Beijing reportedly carried out an arms test in space.

N Korea and the US call recent talks positive, as Washington's envoy prepares for more nuclear negotiations.
A Cambodian girl who disappeared aged eight is found after living in the jungle for 19 years, her father says.
January 19, 2007
Headline News of January 19, 2007
Smoke rises over western Baghdad
US and Iraqi troops backed by aircraft clash with Sunni fighters in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

US air strikes in Somalia are aimed at al-Qaeda leaders and based on credible intelligence, the Pentagon says.
Apple unveils its long-awaited iPhone, pledging to revolutionise the mobile phone market.
January 18, 2007
Headline News of January 18, 2007
Senators Biden (left), Hagel and Levin (right) announce their resolution
Three top US senators agree on a resolution to oppose President Bush's plan to increase Iraq troop numbers.

Israeli opposition figures call on the PM to quit after the country's military chief resigns over the Lebanon conflict.
Bolivia's central government refuses to accept a parallel government set up by protesters in Cochabamba.
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>> Funds to rebuild a war-devastated country. Cooperation on nuclear power. Russia will help india build new nuclear plants. Hugo chavez says cuba's castro is stronger and he has a letter to prove it. Welcome to bbc world. I'm martine denniS. Also on this program: Unwanted christmas gifts leave to a rise in profits for the online auction site ebay.

>> After years of civil conflict and last year's Israeli attacks on hezbollah, Lebanon is now one of the world's most endebted nations. Already today at a donor conference, saudi arabia has pledged $1 million. Another 30 western and middle eastern countries are being challenged to translate their support into financial stance.

>> This will contribute to building the confidence needed to encourage the private sector, investment for growth, productivity and job creation. While rebuilding Lebanon's economy is essential to its future, economic recovery alone cannot ensure stability. The international community has a great role to play in restoring peace and security to our country.

>> The conflict last year between Israel and Hezbollah left much of southern Lebanon shattered while Israeli bombing of Hezbollah buildings in Beirut devastated entire neighborhoods. The rebuilding has begun, but without massive help from outside, Lebanon, already struggling with the legacy of 15 years of civil war, will find it hard. The strikes on Tuesday organized by the political opposition underline the fragility of the country's stability. At least three people were killed while 100 others were injured in a demonstration which rapidly turned into street violence. It's hoped this conference will help raise up $9 billion in loans and grants. Mr. Siniora hopes foreign donors will help put his country back on track, but it appears he will have to do without any help from political opponents at home.

>> Reports of the impending death of the cuban leader fidel castro have been greatly exaggerated, so says the venezuelan president, hugo chavez. To prove his point, he held up a letter for television cameras. President chavez shows what he called the firm stroke of mr. Castro's signature saying, "this is for those who say he's dying." The condition of mR. Castro has been the subject of much speculation. The newly appointed defense minister of ecuador has been killed in a helicopter crash. The clights involved two -- the collision involved two military helicopters taking part in a nighttime exercise near an air base on the pacific coast. The minister's 17-year-old daughter and five army officers were also killed. The united states military has given a demonstration of a new heat ray weapon designed to disperse enemies or hostile crowds. It sends out an invisible high energy beam that produces a sudden burning sensati. It makes people think their clothes are about toatch cire, but officials say it's actallyu harmless. The russian president, vladimir putin, has sealed a deal to construct four new nuclear reactors in india. Mr. Putin arrived in india to be met by manmohan singh and immediately entered talks. During his two-day trip, the russian president is holding meetings which are expected to yield deals worth multibillions of dollars. Let's go live now to delhi and the bbc's correspondent. Quickly they got on with business, and big busness i seemS.

>> Yes, huge business, martine. This is business with big implications, too. This memorandum of understanding that they have signed for four new nuclear reactors, russia is already building two, but this is four new ones in southern india, and it is hugely significant because india has long been trying to get access to nuclear technologY. It's been denied it because it's never signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Last year that all cngha, and it wa theunited states, it was washington that offered iia a deal on nuclear technology and is pushing through the process to get india access to that for civilian nucle reactors, but the first deal india has signed appears to be with mcoos president putin has stolen a march, if you like, on washington with this dal fer four reacort it is contingent, I have to say, though, on the process, on the approvals india will get from what's called the nuclear suppliers group. That's the international body, 45 countries that supply nuclear materialS. They have to agree to transfer those materials to india because it's still not signed the relevant treaties.

>> Damian, does this signal a new phase in russian-indian relations given the kind of complex relationship they've had in the past.

>> I think what it signifies really is both these two nations wanting to try and, if you like, reconstruct their relationshiP. They had a strong one in the past in the cold war dayS. That all fell apart when the soviet union broke up. Both since have been preoccupied with reconstructing their economies. Now both feel i think that they are growing fast, that the tide of history is sort of flowing their way, and that they are coming together because they have mutual interests as here in the energy spherE. India, though, also is reaching out elsewhere to the united states, and that may be part of this. President putin looking to move in, try and secure deals with india before washington doeS.

>> Okay damian, thanks very much for that. The authorities in georgia say dave arrested a russian man who was trying to sell a small amount of weapons-grade uranium. They say the man was detainedin the capital, tbilisi, last summer in an undercover operation involving american intelligence agentS. He was carrying 100 grams of highly enriched uranium which he said was a sample of auc larger amount that he was prepared to selL. Tanya's here now. She's got news of ebay on the up and up it seems.

>> So it would seeM. People using it for more and more purposeS. Shares of the online awtion site ebay are up sharply in response to the U.S. Internet firm saying its profits are up by a quarter. 2006 clearly went out with a bit of a bang, and the company's predicting that 2007 will be an even stronger yeaR. Consumers are turning to the site to get hold of hot products such as newly released playstations. Demand is growing in all three main markets -- the u.S., The U.K. And germany. Ebay shares jumped over 10% on that news of financial results. Meanwhile china is warning against its stock market rising too fast and a surge in inflation. The words of caution come as the country announced on thursday its economy is growing at its fastest rate since 1995. China is the world's fourth largest economy and it expanded by over 10% last year, a pace that many say too fast to be stable. After this it face increasing competition from other countries within the region. So can the good times last? Quentin summerville says china's economic success can't be put down to its ability to produce low-cost goods.

>> It's a large part of china's success. There are plenty of other country in the world that have lower wages than china such as bangladesh and vietnam. China has that special mix of factors which make it so attractive to foreign investmen and to foreign companies. That's the low wages, but great infrastructure, too, excelntle roads, ports and airports, and also china has a very lax and very, very weakppach to environmentalolution. So factories here can pretty much pollute at will, and those goods then don't have to include any kind of extra environmental costs, which they would face if they were produced in the west.

>> Quentin summerville there. And europe's largest engineering company faces the wrath its shareholders at its annual generaleeng today. The company revealed a 16% drop in profits on thursday after it had to pay a fine to the european commission which is alleging that semens engaged in price fixing. Investors are furious I want t know what went wrong at t company's mobile phone business. Lyoursbefore the meeting they said they wreeaying millions of dollars for a u.S. Software marker. Why is everything an acronym these days?

>> It hasn't been completely stalled by what's been happening. On the, yeah thank you vyucer ined. Stay with us here at bbc world because coming up it's a year since hamas won the pestinian elections, but what price are palestinns piaing? In germany federal posecutors have applied for the release of a former red army faction member. She spent 24 years in jail and is now pleading to be allowed out on probation. She was sentenced to life in 1958 for her involvement in a series of kidnappings, robberies and bombings.

>> For the widow of hans martin schlier, murdered by the red army faction, the news that her husband's killer could soon be released is a terrible shock. She says there can be no forgiveness and the family is still demanding a public apology. Transtransin most --

>> ( Translated ): In most things in life it is important toet a gesture. I do n ueranhyot the application was made without such a token. It makes me s.Ad

>> Sheas a member o t red army faction. They launched a campan ofig terror in the mornhout has been i prison frn th last 24 years. In 1985 she was convicted of nine murders, including that of hans martin schlier, the headof the german federatN. She's now asked the cot to beur allowed out on ption.Ro it's a highly controversial move. Some politicians argue she should be kept behind bars while others claim she d

>> (( Tranated ):He ss thsl red army faction has been dissolved and she's declared she'll never use vlece again.

>> A final decision on mornhout's case is expected next montH. In the meantime t date is bound to dana moore, b news, berlin.

>> News just coming in from th taiwanese capital. There's been an earthquakE. Buildings have been shaking. This is according to reports on taiwan ease television which reported the tremor immediately. No indication so far as to whether other parts of the island were hit, but earthquakes frequently occur in taiwaN. Most of them are quite minor and don't cause a lot of damage, but another earthquake in the taiwanese capital of taipei today. Buildings have been rocking in e city, and we don't know just yet as to whether ist' extended to other ar of e islanD. That's the lest ewsoome from taiwan. Let's catch up with the main news again here at bbc world. Wanted: $9 billion to rebuild Lebanon after the war with Israel. A conference is taking place in pariS. Billions of dollars in arms and energy deals at stake as esident putin visits india. It's been a troubled year since theacional fighing between hamas and fatah as well as the ongoing conflict with Israel. The vote appeared to be as much about the rejection of the dominant fatah party as a vote for hamas, but the formation of the hamas-led government ledo the freezingf international ai which has had a devastating effect on the palestinian pep. Since then unemployment has risen and many public-sector workers like teachers and doctors have remained unpaid for many months now. Hamas and fatah have isssed setting up a national unity government to try to alleviate the aid freeze and political impasse. Well, civilians often find themselves caught up between the internal fighting between hamas and fawrt -- fatah supporterS.

>> I've been invited into what was the home of a woman called morna salha. She was 21 years old. She'd recently become a mother. Picture there of her little boy, aged about six monthS. One afternoon a few weeks ago she'd been doing some washing for the family, and she was bringing it out here to her balcony to hang it up to dry in the sun when at that moment unfortunately down on that crossroads down there a gunfight broke out between hamas and fatah lysz is amen -- militiamen morna was hit in the head by a stray bullet. She died almost instantly. She was a completely innocent victim of the political violence that plagues gazA. It's a conflict that's driven bay long rivalry, deep personal differences and bitter political divisions over how best to confront Israel and its occupation of the palestinian territories. There have been ambushes and assassinations as senior figures have been targeted in the two parties. Now gaza for the last few weeks has been quite calm, but everybody worries that there could be more trouble to comE. Now, the vast majority of ordinary palestinians hate all this. They desperately want to be able to just get on with their lives, to do business or the get an education or to raise their children without having to worry that the street that they live on might suddenly be turned into a battlefield.

>> Nearly 2,500 politicians and business leaders are gathering this week in the swiss i ask resort of davos. The bbc was also there.

>> Let's pick up on the issue of hamas one year on and raise the questions being raised particularly about american leverage now in the region after condoleezza rice's visit last week with the president of the council on foreign relations and the former director of planning in the bush state department. What kind of leverage does the U.S. Have at the moment?

>> Not an awful lot in part because of the situation in the region. You a very weak Israeli government that's never recovered from the Lebanon crisis and a divide palestinian leadership between hamas and essentially the fatah peoplE. As a result, we don't have in place essentially partners that the united states can work with. All this limits what the united states can do.

>> What's the diplomatic read out here a week on from the rice visit? Did she achieve anything? Did she show there really is no leverage for the U.S. At the moment?

>> That's too strong. What i think you saw is signs that the united states government is prepared to invest more in the palestinian problem, and what leverage or influence we have is not traditionally what you might call negotiations. The situation simply isn't ripe for that. Quite possibly, though, and it's really the administration hasn't decided whether they are prepared to begin discussing some of these basic issues, essentially where are we headed, what might final status look like, what might be the contours of a palestinian state.

>> The bush administration have been disengaged for some considerable time now. How much have they lost their leverage, lost the initiative?

>> They've lost a lot and the situation has worseneD.

>> Could they have changed it?

>> Of coursE. The united states is still the single most important outside player, and what the united states says in particular can shape debates. That's the real question now. If the united states introduces some ideas about where this ought to head, how will that ricochet around the palestinian world. If the united states talking very generally about what we think a palestinian state ought to look like, how will hamas look like that? How will hamas justify a refusal to negotiate if there's clearly a diplomatic process worth engaging.

>> What kind of respect do you think there is for a u.S. Administration particularly with a democratic controlled congress?

>> I think respect amongst the palestinians in the region is quite low. The united states has lost prestige because of the perceived non-engagement on the palestinian issue, because of its position on Lebanon where it was seen as active and above all because of iraq.

>> On hamas, will there be any movement in washington on at least accepting hamas now as the power in the palestinian territories given that three weeks ago there was this statement from damascus suggesting that they now accept the existence of Israel?

>> Not at all. The administration still clearly is leaning towards strengthening mazen mad. For hamas to be an acceptable partner from the american point of view, that will have to change not simply what they say but more important what they do on the grounD. So hamas is essentially going to have to jump through some hoops before this administration will be prepared to deal with theM.

>> Thanks for joining uS. There are a lot of leading figures in the middle east here as well as what's happening in paris, including the president of the palestinian territories and also king abdullah of jordan. Back to you.

>> Now, if you've got any burning questions that you would like nick gowing to put to those politicians and business leaders who are there meeting in davos, why don't you send them to uS. Our web site is bbc news dot com forward slash have your say. We'll pass those questions on the nick, and nick can pose some of those questions to world leaders of business and publics in davos. It's been described as shocking and sickening. A young man held in an egyptian jail is raped and tortured by the policE. It's a case that's exposed what human rights groups describe as an epidemic of tortured in egypt. Our middle east correspondent ian pannell has been investigating. This report does carry disturbing images.

>> A shocking video of abuse. Recorded on a mobile phone by the egyptian police. The video is authentic, just one of a number of clips to appear on the interneT. It's exposed a dark secret that egyptians have long known -- abuse and torture have been problems for years, but the government has done little to stop iT. Egypt's police are a powerful and sometimes menacing presence, even filming out on the streets quickly attracts their attention. But a new video has just come to light that has shocked many in egypt. A young bus driver called amend al kabir was brought to this police station, an ordinary man whose crime was to intervene in an argument involving the police. He was beaten and whipped, and what happened next is horrifying. Amend was sexually assaulted with a stick, an attack filmed by the police themselves and sent to his friends as a warning. We stopped the video here because the rest is simply too graphic to shoW. But now he wants the tape to be shown to let the world see how he was treated. And despite the publicity surrounding his case, amad was sent to prison for three months for resisting arresT.

>> ( Translated ): They threaten med not to say anythinG. They even offered me money to keep quiet, but i refused. What i want is my dignity. I want my rights.

>> This isn't the first time the interior ministry has been under this kind of scrutinY. They were unavailable for comment but have issued a statement. The egyptian government has been thrown off balance by these allegations. Even sew they've been swift to respond and two of the officers involved in the latest revelations have now been charged. Even so, the egyptian government insists that these are just isolated incidents and not part of a wider phenomenon. Britain says it's raised concerns about these cases, but until recently it was trying to sign an agreement to guarantee that people it sends back to egypt won't be abused. For human rights groups, these guarantees mean nothing.

>> I think it's fair to say there's a torture epidemic in egyptian detention facilities. As the case demonstrates, it's not only political prisoners who are tortured. It's also people arrested on petty crimeS.

>> Egypt has undergone many changes in recent years, but it's still ruled by one man and one party, and it's coercion, not persuasion, that dominates many people's lives. Ian pannell, bbc news, cairo.

>> Stay with us here at bbc world because coming up we've got foreign architects. Are they using china as a testing ground for outrageous designs that wouldn't be built anywhere else? She's just five years old, already, though, she's got a contract on her heaD. Agata is a colombian dog that's proving so unpopular with drug smugglers they want her killed. Local police have had to step up her security.

>> She's had a priorities -- price on her head since 2004. She has around the clock protection and has a guard monitoring her food. Meet agata. For a five years old she's made a lot of enemies. She's one of colombia's best sniffer dogS.

>> ( Translated ): The security measures for her have been stepped up becauseead w intelligence that drug traffickers were going to try to kill her.

>> Agata works at the airport in the at dison border town of leticia. She's one of almost 700 dogs employed by the police. Her C.V. Is impressivE. In just over three years the golden labrador has helped the authorities seize 300 kilos of cocaine and 20 kilos of heroin. Every day she searches five cargo planes and one passenger aircraft. Sniffer dogs are a key part of colombia's counter-narcotics program. The country is the world's largest cocaine produceR. But agata is, of course, unaware of the contract on her head, taken out by those tired of having their goods confiscated. Most sniffer dogs work for seven years, but police say this one can look forward to a special early ref tierment.

>> British airways says it's cancelling all flights outs of heathrow during next week's two-day strike by cabin staff. All domestic and european flights to and from gatwick, as well, will be cancelled. Talks aimed at averting the walkout on tuesday and Wednesday broke down without agreement in the early hours of this morning. China is ciewmg more concrete and -- consuming more concrete and steel than any other nation on earth. An impressive boom is transforming the capital, beijing, but the extravagant creations of some foreign architects has in some cases shocked the chinese. From beijing, quentin summerville reports.

>> Amid the bricks and the timber of the imperial city it's as if an alien presence has landed. The newnal theater has upset china. <

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