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From Tripoli, Orla Guerin sent us this report.
In Abu Salim district, just the embers of battle remain today.
Yesterday, there was fierce fighting on the streets. By morning,
Colonel Gaddafi's troops had not away. -- melted away. We find rebel
units searching in other areas, moving on foot, warning residents
to stay inside for their own safety. They exercised the past. --
exorcised. We're trying to do the check-up for this area, to clean it
from the Gaddafi enemy. He how many troops do you think there might be?
Up to 100, I think. Maybe there are a lot, but I do not know. They
hated green flag of the Gaddafi year-old was torched wherever it
was found. -- your eye. We are looking for Gaddafi. Another rebel
unit and another target. This was And they have just been making
their way through the building. They have been told by local people
that there are some good that the forces inside. They are trying to
make sure this area is secure. They found documents and files. That's
there was no hiding place for at the men of their regime here.
Prisoners of the regime have freed themselves this week. This former
prisoner came back today. He was arrested for praying too much, he
says, and spent a decade in jail. At that time there was only one
window here, he told us. We got very little air and slapped back
together. One of the regime's worst atrocities happened here in 1996
when an estimated 1200 prisoners were killed. Now the door to the
past is wide open. Many other medical staff have freed the city.
The lack of medicine and other suppliers has also meant them many
seriously injured people had been left to die. Our correspondent has
been to look at the situation at the main hospital in Tripoli. This
is one of the most distressing sight I have ever seen. In and
around his hospital their hundreds of dead bodies. Men, women and
children are just lying on trolleys everywhere. We don't know who they
were, fighters, civilians or mercenaries. What we do know is
that when bodies and injured people are brought here, there were no
hospital staff left to treat them because of the fighting going on in
buildings around here. People were left to die and they slowly did die.
There are hundreds of bodies lying everywhere. It is a very
distressing sight. Many people here are blaming Colonel Gadaffi for
this, but to was responsible is impossible to say. These are local
people are you trying to clean up the mess. The residents of Tripoli
are trying to get back to normal but they are obviously facing many
difficulties. Slowly, slowly life here is getting
back to normal. But there is a water shortage. Someone has brought
in this tanker to help alleviate the shortages. Do you live here?
Yes, I do. You have no water? Nothing. He closed it. The big
monkey, Gadaffi. Her many days without water? Four days.
brought the water? He heard that Tripoli had no water, so he felt
this and product round to help people. Was the water deliberately
cut off? Before this problem, no one cut its, and now when they
removed its themselves from Tripoli,, they cut everything.
he has not gone yet its? We need him to go. We don't like him any
more. Finished with him. Goodbye. Even though Colonel Gadaffi's here
is all but over, he still has his ability to impose his ideas on the
people of Tripoli who are trying to move on to something different.
We sold their how difficult it is for suppliers to get through. Were
people just waiting for the next government to come in? This is a
city in waiting, and country in waiting. While they wait, they are
still waiting about the conditions of life. People are starting to
talk about if there could be electricity shortages as well
because these key services are still held by a loyalists to
Colonel Gadaffi. Also, the fighting is not over. Some of the heaviest
fighting has been taking place just south of Tripoli. There is the
constant sound of gunfire. Some of it is in celebration, but there is
also incoming fire, exchanges of gunfire and a lot of guns on the
street held by rebels, the supporters of Colonel Gadaffi, so
until this situation stabilises it will remain on edge. When you talk
to people, you can see their broad smiles that his regime is over, but
he still hangs on, both in the audio messages we hear answered the
way he is controlling people's lives by cutting off the water.
With most of Tripoli under rebel control, their next, and possibly
last, big challenge is to capture the town of Sirte, Colonel
Gaddafi's birthplace, which is still run by regime loyalists.
British Air Force Tornadoes pounded targets there overnight. The
Ministry of Defence says it hit a command and control bunker and
nearly 30 armed vehicles. Our correspondent Paul Wood reports
from Ras Lanuf on the coastal road to Sirte. The rebels have been
steadily fighting away at this road. The evidence is everywhere. As in
all wars, there is a lot of destruction of public property, and
private. One resident of this down returns to find his home looted.
Gadaffi Fawcett used it for three months. A unfortunately, they had
lifted the house. They took what they could take. Where are the
clothes of my children? Nothing. They even took my children's toys.
A in his few, it is a small price to pray for freedom. He remembers
when secret police and took away and neighbour. They did not see him
for 14 years. I was afraid it's that at any time the same thing
could happen to me. They would take me without any reason. That is why
do rebels are fighting. They are pushing on to Sirte, Gadaffi's home
town, helped by NATO air strikes there today. He provoked us for 42
years. He kept promising as every six months that the system would
change. We always thought, we will give him a chance and he will do
better. But nothing. What is the new Libya that you would like to
see? Even better than England! Freedom. And for it to be safe.
Nobody to be afraid of anything. You can do or say anything.
rebels are a mixture of people who have never really held a gun before.
They are a pretty idealistic bunch and certainly talk the language of
democracy. The question is, what will happen if a new government
disappoint their expectations. There are a lot of guns in Libya
today. There is still unfinished military business here. After that,
and you struggle, one to see if Libya can be the democracy that
these men are fighting 4. With me now from Brussels is the
Director of Operations with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Stephan
Goetghebuer. We have seen some appalling pictures from the
hospitals in Tripoli. What are you shearing? Pretty much the same
situation. In the hospitals that we did manage to visit, although there
were other hospitals that we could not because it is still not safe,
but in the hospitals we did get to there is no staff, no medical
equipment, no electricity. There are still hundreds of wounded that
are waiting for basic care. It is not only do when did, but also the
normal emergencies did you would finds in a city the size of Milan.
There is obviously still a power vacuum. What are the implications
there for the she met them - - humanitarian needs that you're
describing? Over the last week we have been able to Nicosia access to
the hospitals with both sides, with the loyalists and the rebels. It is
free for us to move around, the only constraint is their security.
We can go to areas that are controlled by the loyalists and so
areas controlled by the rebels. The difficulty is security. Is it
difficult to assess the situation because many people must be afraid
to leave their homes? Indeed. Your reporter described what we have
seen, dead bodies, when did people. But this is just the tip of the
iceberg. There are a lot of people in need of help care that can move
because they have no fuel to move around so, and there is no security
for them. It is not safe enough for them to go to the hospital's.
you very much for joining us. A suicide car bomb in the Nigerian
capital, Abuja, has exploded at the United Nations building. A local
hospital said 60 people had been brought in, many in critical
condition, and 18 people have already been confirmed dead. The
radical Islamist group Boko Haram said it carried out the attack. The
BBC's Mark Doyle reports. The attack took place mid-morning
when the building would have been full of diplomats and office
workers. Some 400 people worked there for International Development
and two humanitarian agencies. Eyewitnesses spoke of a car being
driven to security barriers and exploding near the reception area
of the building. This man was one of the first that the scene. The
whole area was damaged. The first floor was in flames. All the glass
came down. Quite a few number of vehicles and the compound were
destroyed as well. Rescue workers and armed police officers took the
dead and injured to nearby hospitals. This is a purpose-built
capital, well organised compared with some of Nigeria's conurbations,
so help was at hand. The deputy foreign minister talked about the
shock that many Nigerians will field. It is an attack on the
international community. An attack on the world's. It is really sad.
It is not acceptable to the Nigerian nation. This is the first
time an international target like the United Nations has been
With the now is the Nigerian novelist Mohammed Omar. What is
your assessment of the motivations your assessment of the motivations
behind this? It is not yet Clare whether they did it. Boko Haram
claimed responsibility, but this is too shocking. This is the first
time we have had such a huge car bomb in Nigeria. Lots of people are
thinking that there might be outside influence. Al-Qaeda at?
is a bit opaque, the relationship that Boko Haram has with other
groups. We know, it has been published in newspapers, that some
members have been to Sudan and Somalia, and North Africa, but
nothing has been known to. There is no concrete relationship
established. Which gives the Government a headache if to --
headache. The President had been planning to negotiate with the
group and that has now gone by the by. That is probably one of the
reasons why they carried out the explosion. In order to get
attention so that they can put themselves back on the agenda.
There was talk that the President would talk to them. But as it
happens, it was forgotten or put aside. And here we are. As you say,
it is a big escalation, because there have been suicide bombings
and attacks, but the attack on the police headquarters, nothing. This
is a step up. This is worrying. The group started in 2003. Normally,
they engage in low-level activities. And then in 2009, we had the
uprising, and after that, their leader was killed. We have never
had a huge thing like this. It is worrying in the sense that this
could set a trend for bigger things. Looking back at the motive, is it
something about the UN's activities in education? There is some
speculation that this is a move against Western education.
People indicate that Boko Haram means that Western education is
sinful. It is not that. The UN has never been a priority in Nigeria.
It is not a target for Nigerians. The level of education provided by
the UN in Nigeria is very minimal. If Boko Haram actually wants to hit
those who are encouraging Western education, there are other targets.
I think there is a different agenda here. Much more for us to find out.
Mohammed Bouma, thank you for coming in.
At the head of the US Federal Reserve says the bank will not be
pumping in more money to stimulate the economy. In a much anticipated
speech to international central bankers, Ben Bernanke said the
Government needs to take steps to reduce long-term unemployment. His
speech follows news that the US economy almost stalled in the first
six months of this year. The Japanese Prime Minister Naoto
Kan has announced his resignation after 15 months in office, cleared
away for politicians to pick the country's 6th new leader in five
years. He has been criticised over his response to the earthquake,
tsunami and nuclear disaster. Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon,
has declared three days of mourning after more than 50 people died in
an arson attack on a casino in the northern city of Monterrey. Armed
men drench the building with fuel before setting it alight.
The start of the Italian Serie A football season has been postponed
because of a players' strike. The League has failed to reach
agreement with the players' union about a new deal for footballers
Rights. Their boarding up launch parts of
America's eastern seaboard this evening has hurricane Irene moves
in. -- as Hurricane Irene moves in, due to make landfall on Virginia
and North cut line at on Saturday. New York has ordered a mandatory
evacuation of 250,000 residents in low-lying areas. -- North Carolina.
All visitors be advised, there is a mandatory evacuation. Along the
tourist beaches of North Carolina, nobody is staying to see Hurricane
Irene arrive. You are advised to leave the area immediately. Tens of
thousands are headed for higher ground. And ply wood suppliers are
at a -- ply wood supplies are at a premium. All we can do is offer the
best. Take what you can and hope it does not disappear. This is what
they're trying to avoid. Hurricane Irene said the palm trees dancing
and flatten neighbourhoods as a barrel to cross the Bahamas. --
flattened neighbourhoods as it barrels across the Bahamas. These
pictures taken from a plane flying into the eye of the storm show a
malevolent weather system 700 miles wide. The American government is
preparing for the possibility of a major disaster. If you're in the
projected path of the hurricane, you have to take precautions now.
Do not wait. Do not delay. We all hope for the best, but we have to
be prepared for the worst. More than 50 million people live in the
path of the hurricane, among them the residents of New York,
America's most populous city. People living in low-lying areas
have already been advised to evacuate. The mayor is considering
shutting down the entire subway system to avoid the risk of
flooding. What we have to do is assume the worst and prepare for
that and hope for the best. Hurricane Irene's exact course,
strength and time of arrival remain difficult to be predicted with
prescription -- precision because this is La large and slow-moving
hurricane. People are stocking up on supplies in many areas. -- A
large. Forecasters are warming -- are warning that Hurricane Irene
could bring flooded ages -- flooding and power outages all the
way to Cape Cod. His career has spanned five decades
and he has released more than 70 albums. Now Glen Campbell, known
for hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, is preparing to come to the UK for a
farewell tour. The singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
nine months ago and has been very open about his medical condition.
We went to meet him at his home in California. # Just knowing that
your door is always open and your path is free to walk.
Good evening, I am Glen Campbell. Glen Campbell in his prime. A
career spanning five decades and scores of albums to his name.
Like a Rhinestone Cowboy... today, the Rhinestone Cowboy is
slowing down. He is planning to go 1-1 last time. # I am lineman for
the county. You will do all the hits, but Glen Campbell has
Alzheimer's disease and performing the songs poses a new challenge. --
he will do all the hits. I think it is the best song. # I am a lineman
for the county, and out what? Drive them in rows. Looking at the Sun
from another wrote. I hear you ringing through the wires. That is
just, what a great song. Glen Campbell and his wife have been
married for almost 30 years. She helps her husband filling the gaps
when he is struggling. -- Phil in the gaps when he short term memory
fails. I have not been marred with this thing at all. I have accepted
it. What is it called? Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's. I have not felt any
different. What is Alzheimer's? That means you forget things? Well,
you do that. I know, it worries me! In the studio, that memory seems to
disappear. # Just knowing that your door is always open and your path
is free to walk. He fluffs the online and has the lyrics on a
screen just in case, but Glen Campbell, with a band featuring his
children, still hits all the notes. We try not to worry about tomorrow.
We just want to enjoy each day as it comes. Gosh, yeah, one day at a
time. That is an old song. # One day at a time, sweet Jesus. That is
the oldest country him I believe that I have ever recorded. This is
Glen Campbell, living with Alzheimer's. It is also the start
of his long goodbye. # Is still on the line... God is going to hand me
my full pot of beans, I know that. It does not bother me. I am here. #
Glen Campbell, still making great music and finishing our programme.
Next, the weather. For now, from me We have had some heavy rain around
today. There is a warning through the next few hours for some more
heavy rain to affect western Scotland. Tomorrow, it looks dry
and brighter for many. Still, some showers to dodge courtesy of this
area of low pressure. Tomorrow, it will move north and the wind
direction will come in north- westerly. Pretty breezy. The one
good thing from that, the shares should move through swiftly. For
Saturday, hit and miss for the Leeds Festival with fleeting
showers. Further south, further heavy showers, so not great news
for Reading festival goers. With the breeze, if you catch a shower,
it should move on pretty quickly. Dryer for South West England after
the torrential thunderstorms of today. The showers will ease off
across Wales. Perhaps a few more showers for Northern Ireland
tomorrow. In between the showers, the promise of brightness. Across
Scotland, still uncertainty as to the exact location of the weather
front from today. But it is likely to affect the north-east of