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I'm David Eades, and from here at the BBC Newsroom,

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we send our correspondants to bring you the best stories

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In this week's programme, the other side of the American dream.

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As Donald Trump sets out his vision for the next four years,

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Ian Pannell assesses the challenges that lie ahead.

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If you want to know what poverty in America looks

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President Trump says he is going to fix it.

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He's going to deal with what he calls the carnage

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in America, of crime, of drugs, of gangs,

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Quentin Somerville tells the tale of the Syrian baby

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who lost her parents and had nearly every limb broken in

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And also her reunion with the British doctor who saved her.

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David Shukman reports on plans for two passengers to join the first

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manned flight to deep space for more than 40 years.

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It's going to give two rich people the thrill of a lifetime.

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Basically it's really an adventure thrill ride that

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President Trump used his first speech to Congress to declare

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what he called a new chapter of American greatness.

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In a surprisingly measured tone, he asked legislators to pass

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a $1 trillion package to build new infrastructure and he missed

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massive tax relief for the middle class.

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But what about his pledge at his inauguration to help the poor

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and repair what he called the carnage in America, crime,

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Well, Ian Pannell has been to Baltimore, where a quarter

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of the population lives in poverty, and many no longer see America

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A citizen of the wealthiest country in the world has ever known.

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They have no home of their own, and every morning, they come

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to the Manor House Charity, where the poor of Baltimore

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meet for a little food, warmth and compassion.

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What is your message to President Trump?

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Instead of critiquing is, come and help us.

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Baltimore was even more violent than Chicago last year,

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For some of its residents, this is a city where selling your

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body or selling drugs is the only job available.

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If you want to know what poverty in America looks like.

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Incredibly, this entire block is pretty much made up

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Incredibly, some people are living in between here.

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Under President Obama, poverty grew in America,

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and President Trump says he is going to fix it.

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He's going to deal with what he calls the carnage

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in America, of crime, of drugs, of violence

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And there are few places better to do that than Baltimore.

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And this is where it resides, on a bleak row of abandoned homes.

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This is the end of the line for Americans gripped by poverty.

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Here, we met the last family living on the block.

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Three generations of the Stewart family are crammed in here.

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Unpaid bills are piling up, not surprisingly they just have

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They've been evicted before, forced to live in one of Baltimore's

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It hurts, it hurts that they have to stay wrapped up in blankets

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They don't want to get out of bed because there's no

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They get bullied in school because of it.

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For so many people, this is no longer a land of opportunity.

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And the children who clamour for charity hand-outs

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It will be perhaps the biggest challenge for the new president.

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The Syrian conflict of course is full of terrible tales

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of horror and suffering, but one story stands out

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as a symbol of just how brutal and unfair war could be.

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In the New Year, five-year-old Maram lost both her parents and nearly

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every limb in her body was broken when her house was bombed in Aleppo.

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The British surgeon who operated on her watched her leave

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for asylum in Turkey, not knowing if she would survive.

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Well, seven months on, Doctor David Nott has returned

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As Quentin Somerville reports, this is a harrowing story

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So much of Aleppo's pain is anonymous.

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But Maram's suffering was unforgettable.

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An air strike killed her parents and left her gravely ill.

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Inside Syria, Doctor David Knott worked to save her leg.

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From here, and only five months old, she was evacuated

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But after months of searching, the BBC tracked her down

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The final surgery was nearly too much.

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Her wounds are healing, but there will be work

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to reconstruct her bones and repair damaged nerves.

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It's said children can't remember pain.

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Few though have as much to forget as Maram.

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When I saw Maram today, it was very emotional.

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As a doctor, you try and stay fairly unemotional when you're dealing

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I suppose having got children as well now,

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and how much you love that child, you know, a tiny piece of my heart

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That's what I have been thinking about everyday since leaving.

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How ready are we to fly to the moon and back for a holiday?

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Well, the prospect of space tourism has moved a little closer this week,

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after an American aerospace company SpaceX has said it has room for two

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This would be the first manned flight to deep space

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in more than 40 years, although it would involve

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-- would not involve a lunar landing.

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It's going to cost you $100 million a seat.

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Our science editor, David Shukman has been to find out more.

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Bold and often boastful, this young company knows how

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This is an animation, but already, two tourists have been promised

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seats on it to fly around the moon as early as next year.

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Not since the last Apollo mission, back in 1972, have any humans flown

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The tourists will not be landing on it, but if this trip happens then

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they will get amazing views, and space scientists

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We are really now entering the era where space

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Maybe not for another 10, 15, 20 years, for ordinary

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It will be the playground of the rich.

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When I met him he spilled out a startling vision

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I think we are really entering a new era of space travel

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There is a history of SpaceX promises running late

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Ten days ago, it landed a huge rocket, significant

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because reusing spacecraft will make launches cheaper.

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Last year, one of its rocket blew up, but SpaceX quickly got

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back to its key business of launching satellites.

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This week, its Dragon capsule delivered cargo

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A trip to the moon is obviously harder, and critics say it

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Well, it's going to give two rich people a thrill of a lifetime.

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It's not anything to do with science or exploration.

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It's repeating missions that have been done 40 plus years before,

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so it's basically an adventure, a thrill ride that

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Well, tourists visiting the International Space Station have

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We don't know who the two passengers are, but if they get there,

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they may pave the way for others to follow.

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That's your lot from Reporters this week.

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