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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> i am nada tn washington and this is "bbc world news america." the u.s. and russia hold frank talks in geneva. russia insisted will not invade ukraine. the u.s. warns of consequent as if it does. in afghanistan, two prominent activists are missing after purchasing for women's rights. a report from kabul. an struck by the saudi led coalition on a prison in yemen has killed dozens of people. ♪ nada: and tributes are paid to the u.s. rockstar meat load, who died -- loaf, who died at the age of 74.
welcome to "world news america" on pbs and around the globe. we have no plans to invade. that was the message from the russian foreign minister today afr his meeting with the u.s. secretary of state on ukraine. secretary blinken said their discussions in geneva had been frank and substantive, but he also warned of massive consequences if moscow were to attack. russia currently has 100 thousand troops along its border with ukraine, leading to great concerns for the international community. one of president bodmer putin's strongest demand -- vladimir putin's strongest demands is that ukraine will not become part of the nato military alliance. over the years, the alliance has expanded eastward, incorporating new nations. many of those countries were formerly parts of the soviet union and under russia's sphere of influence.
our diplomatic correspondent james is in geneva where they keyed up a medic talks were taking place. he sent us this report. james: more russian forces on the move. surface-to-air missiles and the country's far east due to join moscow's military exercises in the ukraine. in strategic locations close to the border, but western powers fear may be preparation for war. for now, the diplomacy continues too. america's and russia's top diplomats met in geneva but first could not agree how to greet one another. on question on everyone's minds. mr. lavrov seemed to suggest it was up to the united states and later dismissed talk of invasion, hysterical rhetoric designed to provoke. >> what does russia want most?
an unstable, depended ukraine, or a new sphere of influence in eastern europe? >> we are not trying to get a sphere of influence. but what nato is doing shows it considers ukraine to be a part of its sphere of influence. james: to the west, ukraine is an independent sovereign nation. that means it has a right to self-determination, free from russian control. if it wants to join nato, any other international alliance, that is for it to decide. russia's view is different. it sees the former soviet country as historically within its sphere of influence. also, strategically important. crimea was annexed in part to protect russia's access to the black sea. as for nato membership, that would be seen as a threat to russia's security. that is why president putin
wants nato to rule out ukraine ever becoming a member and withdraw its forces from eastern europe. americus secretary of state rejected these as nonstarter's but once again sought to deter any military action. >> we have been clear. if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, that is an invasion. it would be met with swift, severe, and a united response from the united states and our partners and allies. james: there was no breakthrough at the talks here today, no deal to rede the threat of war, but there was agreement for missy to continue. the u.s. -- for diplomacy to continue. the u.s. would put forth ideas next week and both sides will meet. these are turbulent times. but for now, russia appears willing to continue talking and western diplomats hope that might mean not fighting. bbc news, geneva. nada: turning out to afghanistan
, there are growing concerns for women who have been protesting the erosion of their rights under the taliban. at least two demonstrators were reported abducted in late-night raids. other women who took part in that same protest have said they are in hiding. the taliban denies it is behind the abductions. our correspondent quentin sommerville sent us the report from kabul -- this report from kabul. quentin: in body and spirit, afghan women are under attack from the taliban. here fighting for the righto work much education, they are pepper sprayed -- work, for education, they are pepper sprayed by taliban fighters. women have value, they shout. it takes raw courage to stand up to armed men. please help, the taliban have come to my house. my sisters are home, please one
of the protesters daysater. we do not want you here now, she screams. she has been missing for two days now. we went to her home to try to find her. neighbors say women were taken away from here by armed men. >> footprint, a boot print on the door. three women were taken away and still have not returned. friends and family say they have not heard from them either. other women protesters wer targeted that night. another is missing. still, the taliban denies it took them. >> if we had detained them, they would say we have detained them. and they will go to the court and defend themselves. this is something legal. but if they are not detained and making such big scenes and shooting films to seek asylum abroad.
quentin: but her friends tell a different story. >> i told her as soon as possible, leave your home, take this seriously. you are in danger. when i got home, a friend, also a protester, i don't want to mention her name, she was crying that she had been arrested by the taliban and she had released a video on social media. quentin: since the fall of the last government, afghan women say increasingly their -- they cannot go out and visit friends and family and those that raise their voice in protest are facing increasing intimidation from the taliban. over the last 20 years, afghan women have cast off cultural and family prejudice to live freely. it is decades of progress the taliban men want to rip ay. quentin sommerville, bbc news. nada: the authorities in western ghana have begun an
investigatiointo a blast that killed at least 13 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. it happened when a motorcycle collided with a truck that was carrying explosives to a goldmine. the bbc's thomas is at the side of the explosion and has more. >> this is where the huge explosion occurred. as you can see behind me, rescue efforts are still underway. the explosion ripped through this small town, causing significant damage. officials estimate that over 500 homes have been affected. the injured are currently receiving treatment atarious hospitals in this area. the accident occurred when a vehicle carrying explosive to a mining site collided with a motorcycle. eyewitnesses have told the bbc that the drug state minor injuries -- that the driver sustained minor injuries. safety precautions about
handling issues in their country. the president described the incident as sad and tragic. the government has also promised support and to rebuild the community. bbc news, in southern ghana. nada: let's take a look at some other news now. the constitutional court in france has given conditional approval for the government's new covid-19 vaccine past. it would require people age 16 and above to show proof of vaccination to enter public places like restaurants or cinemas. but the pas wills not be needed to attend political meetings. it comes as france is reporting record cases with half a million new infections confirmed in a single day earlier this week. two of the's energy of the world --two of the world's because energy conglomerates are pulling out of myanmar. both firms have been operating in the cntry for three decades.
the worsening situation inside the country meant it could no longer make a positive contribution to myanmar. one of brazil's greatest singers has died at the age of 91 in rio de janeiro. she had a recording career spanning 60 years and had hits. she began singing to support her family after her son died at the age of 13. throughout her career, she was music to campaign against racism and other forms of discrimination. we return now to our top story, the talks between america's secretary of state and his russian counterpart over ukraine. thgh the discussions have finished, there are still questions about whether they will have any actual impact on avoiding a potential conflict. for more, i am joined now by the seat's bar britain -- by the bbc's barbara and steve rosenberg. the u.s. and nato have rejected
russia's fundamental security demands. so what proposals are on the table now? >> proposals that would address russia's security demands, which america feels it can engage with. so relating to things like missile deployments and military exercises, transparency, communications, risk reduction, that sort of thing. these fall far short of what the russians have demanded, but the americans are planning to include them in a detailed written response to all of russia's requests. this is something russia has insisted on, a written response. so that is happening. stick to permit officials told us they believe there is only one decision-maker in moscow and that is president putin. perhaps it would help for him to see things black and white. but at any rate, what it means is that this diplomatic engagement is continuing for now. nada: russia urgently made those demands in december, calling them an all-encompassing approach. do you think they are willing to engage on just a few of those
coerns? > i think will have to wait and see. no sign at the moment really. the russians said they were satisfied with the talks in geneva. it gave them an opportunity to repeat their concerns and their demands. as barbara said, no sign so far that america and nato will meet the key demands. in other words, agree to no more nato enlargement eastwards and the ukraine can never become a member of nato, but it is clear the diplomats are still talking, and that is a good thing. they are not just talking. they are also agreeing on certain things. it emerged later that russia and america at least talks today had agreed to speed up resolution of a diplomatic dispute between the two countries of embassies and visas, which have been going on
for some time now. so to get that sorted out has to be a good sign i think because if the two sides reach an agreement on some things, then you would think war is not just around the corner. but of course, no sign of agreement on the main issue, and russia is waiting for america's written response to its demands. nada: so, barbara, no sign that war is around the corner, but looking at what it looks like on the ground, it does seem as though both sides are preparing for a potential of war, right? >> certainly from the side of the united states, they say they can do both, deterrence and diplomacy, at the same time. that does include giving defensive military aid to the ukrainians at the rate of about $650 million worth over the past year, which is more than in any
other year that they have given to ukraine before. and the white house has now confirmed they plan to deliver five helicopters. they have also authorized three allies in the baltic states to give the ukrainians u.s.-made weapons in their stockpiles, and that includes anti-armor missiles. i think the point is with this arming oukraine is to say to russia that if there is an invasion, which of course russia continues to deny is the plan, ifhere is one, it is not going to be a walkover. it will be costly. there will be significant resistance, perhaps a prolonged insurgency. nada: given what barbara just said, in your assessment, is president putin trying to pile on the pressure here to get what he wants, or would he take the risk of an incursion in ukraine? > well, this is the key question, isn't it? what is going to president putin's mind? what is he thinking?
what is he planning? what is his endgame here? experience shows it is very difficult to figure out what he is thinking. it is like doing a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing, half of the pieces in the kremlin. it is difficult put together a complete picture. is all of this saber rattling designed to simply be a negotiatintactic to bring the americans to the table and to squeeze various concessions about security guarantees out of them? or is it the precursor to military action? and you speak to different people and you get different opinions. some people believe president putin believes he is also kind of mission, a historic mission to bring ukraine back into russia's orbit, to reestablish a sphere of influence for moscow in this part of the world. basically, to push the west backwards. and to rewrite the results of the cold war.
if that is the case, yes, the chances of conflict still exist. but again, we don't know. nobody knows what is going through the head of the kremlin leader. nada: we know that you both will keep across that for us. thank you both so much. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, a musician, actor, and a cultural icon. we remember meat loaf, who has died at the age of 74. ♪ nada: during this pandemic, two companies that have done rather well our netflix and pellets on -- peleton. but overnight, netflix value fell by 0 billion and peleton saw its share price fall. >> these two companies saw a
huge surge in demand for their services during the pandemic with people stuck at home, but that is changing. netflix had about 222 million subscribers around the world last year. but going forward, they see a slowdown in therowth of the numbers of subscribers. its share price went down 20% immediately after the news was released. as for the fitness company peleton, it is kind of a similar story. as gyms have reopened and people have started working outside of their homes, they have seen a drop in demand. they are considering layoffs but have denied rumors that they plan to halt production. clearly a rocky pothead for these two. nada: we turn now to yemen, where aid agencies say at least 70 people have been killed after an airstrike by the saudi led
coalition at a detention center in the north of the country. it has been almost seven years since the saudi coalition backed by the u.s. and u.k. intervened in yemen's civil war, but houthi rebels control most of the country. our international correspondent reports, and a warning that some viewers may find it upsetting. >> another dawn in yemen, more destruction revealed in the cold light of day. visitors will held -- were held here by rebels, including african migrants just try to transit through yemen. some were among the dead. in the province, the houthi heartland, they dug for the survivors with their bare han. the death toll is still climbing. the saudi led coalition, which is backed by britain, says it
will investigate fully. after a night of devastating strikes, the u.n. secretary general criticized both the houthis, who carried out an attack on monday, and the coalition. >> any bombardment that targets civilians or that is not careful enough to protect civilians is of course also unacceptable. what we need is to stop this vicious circle in which things get escalated one after another. >> but on the ground, war has the momentum. this was a port city. the houthis the coalition hit a communication center, knocking out the internet across yemen. incredibly, this man was brought out alive. at the hospital, the desperate attempt to revive a child.
and a heartrendi loss. aid agencies say three children were killed playing football as the airstrikes rained down. the houthi sparked the latest escalation with this deadly cross-border attack on the united arab emirates, a partner in the coalition. in the yemeni capital today, they staged a show of strength. here is the reality that confronts the coalition. after ven years of airstrikes, it has failed to dislodge the houthis from these streets. but now, once again, it is bringing nights of terror and death to yemeni civilians. nada: civilians paying the
highest price there in yemen. a bit of news now out of belarus. the united states has charged 4 government officials from belarus with what they have called aircraft piracy. the charges were imposed after a passenger aircraft was diverted in order to arrest a journalist from belarus. the incident took place last may when an airplane traveling from greece to lithuania was forced to divert in minsk. now, tributes have been pouring in for the u.s. rockstar meat loaf who has died at the age of 74. in a career spanning six decades, he was known for his operatic voice and theatrical stage presence. he became a household name in 1977 with his album bat out of ll. even today, it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. our correondent david has been taking a look back at meat loaf 's music and his life. he sent us this repor ♪ >> meat loaf, bat out of hell, a
sweat drenched rock 'n' roll album that turned the band into one of the biggest selling rock stars in the world. there have been many. among them, cher, bonnie tyler, and from "i would do anything for love," lorraine crosby. >> ♪ i would do anything for the ♪ >> we just gelled. gelled perfectly. obviously, that is why the song went the way it did. you just knew. you knew it was going to be great. i'm sorry. you just knew instinctively about it was going to be huge. >> ♪ i would do anything for
love but i won't do that ♪ >> born in dallas, his mother was a teacher and singer, his father a policeman. his childhood was tough. >> he was an alcoholic. and he had always beat me up as a kid. he threw me through a plateglass window, a door. >>'s escape was acting and musicals -- his escape was acting andusicals. he was in "hair" and "rocky horror picture show." bat out of hell was a project he was working on for years. the fans especially in britain loved it. ♪ >> this famous performance was where it all took off. but it's huge success and the pressures it brought almost killed him. that was then followed by lawsuits.
he claimed years went by without him making a dime out of it. nothing whatever top bat out of hell. a glorious, over-the-top, emotional battering ram, a rock 'n' roll masterpiece. ♪ nada: remembering meat loaf, who hasied at the age of 74. before we go tonight, we have this story of a rather creative rescue effort. in england this week, animal rescuers dangled a sausage from a drone to try to help bring a lost pet back to safety. millie is a three-year-old jack russell, and she had been missing for two days before being spotted in a dangerous area of mud flats. so the rescuers sent in the snacks. it worked for a while. but millie eventually caugh and ate the sausage and ran away again. two days later, she was found -- found her way out and is now safe with her owner. i am nada tawfik.
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judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight. no breakthroughs -- the u.s. and russia remain in a heated standoff over ukraine after a meeting between the american secretary of state and his russian counterpart. then. cruel winter -- taliban rule, a historic drought and bitter cold exacerbate afghanistan's widespread food scarcity. >> the taliban say we have peace, but what good is peace when our children are sick, and i have debt collectors at my door? judy: and it's friday. david brooks and jonathan capehart take stock of the president's first year in office and the failed push for voting rights in the senate. all that and more on tonight's "pbs newshour."