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america. the bbc obtains video recordings in which princess latifah of dubai claims she is being held against her will and is concerned for her own sake. >> i am a hostage. th dilemma has been converted into a jail. the windows have been boarded up. katty: military authorities in myanmar fe a second charge against the deposed civilian reader as mass denstrations continued throughout the country . across america, covid places are declining. many experts believe the reality is a lot more comple. if you have dreamed into blasting into space. the european space agency is calling out for new recrus.
do you have what itakes? welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. the bbc has obtained secret recordings made by the daughter of the ruler of dubai, in which she accuses her father of holding her in solitary on. he claims she is safe. it is known that the princess tried to leae dubai in 2018, but was captured i troops and was to return. last year, the high court in london found he ordered an orchestrated the abduction. our correspondent has the story. reporter: daughter of one of the most powerful men in the middle east. the ruler of dubai. here she is skydiving.
it looks like the perfect life, but it is not when she wanted anymore. she says she is a princess held captive. she filmethis video in 2018, as she was about to flee. >> i am feeling positive about the future. waking up in the morning, thinking i can do whatever i want. i can go it -- wherever i want. reporter: with the help of her friend, they managed to leave and board a yacht. the plan was to seek political asylum in the united states. but eight days later, as they were about to reach india, the pursuit for freedom was shattered. >> we started hearing noises from the upper deck, which sounded like gunshots. basically, the boat was taken over by indian special forces. oh my god, they are here.
she continues screaming, kicking, trying to get away. that is the last time i saw my friend. reporter: she was taken off the boat i force in international waters. she disappeared. nothing has been heard from her since, until now >> i am repeating. i want to get asylum. reporter: panorama has obtained these videos. in them, she details where she is being held, a villa in central dubai. >> im a hostage. this has been converted into a jail. i caot open any windows. i have been by myself in solitary confinement, no access to medical help. no trial, no charge, nothing. reporter: she has sketched what she can see. the villa is being guarded by 30
police on rotation. panorama has independently verified the details of where and how she is being imprisoned. >> >> nobody should be subjected to that. reporter: the process only be allowed to step out for this. >> she said this is such a nice lunch, want to remember it. will you all come into the living room to take a picture? reporter: these photos released by the government will be crucial in proving that the princess was alive. >> there is something about the cruelty of parading her into this set up, this arranged lunch, with photographers clicking away, trying to capture a smile they can never find.
reporter: no one has heard her side of the story until now. >> it was all a set up. they tricked me. i got introduced, she never said she was a former u.n. head of human rights. if i knew that, of course, i would have said everything. reporter: at the time, mary claims the princess was in the long care of her family. but for the first time, she tells us what really happened that day. >> i was misled by my good friend, because she was misled. she began to explain that latifah had quite a serious bipolar problem, and they were saying to me, in a way that was very convincing, we don't want latifah to go through any further trauma. i did not know how to address somebody who was bipolar about their trauma, and i really did not actually want to talk to her and increase the trauma.
reporter: for three years, light has continued as normal. >> speaking with her majesty the queen. reporter: but he has been responsible for the imprisonment and abuse of his own daughter. until this day, he maintains that the princess's return to dubai was a rescue mission. >> i do not want to be a hostage. i want to be free. reporter: a few months ago, her secret phone went silent. these messages would be the last we would hear from her. >> we have taken the decision to release some of this evidence. we have not taken this decision lightly. i feel that she would want us to fight for her, and not give up. >> everyday i am worried about my safety. don't really know if i am going to survive the situation.
i will be imprisoned by whole life and will never see the sun again. katty: joining me now for more on the diplomatic fallout, the applications, is the bbc's correspondent. thanks so much for joining us. as we heard in that report, do you think anything changes as a result of these videos? reporter: you might think that might happen. you might hope that might happen, some might. i think the expectation is actually, not a great deal will change. at the moment there is no evidence of that. the reason i say that is not only the fact that the story is a cute story, it is a global story, the top of the airwaves. yet, there has been sort of deafening diplomatic silence from governments, the british government, other governments, united nations, nobody has weighed in to say this evidence
changes things, and should demand changes of the relationship with that uae. that simply has not happened. i think it reflects certainly here in the day, -- the u.k., the depth of dependence that exists between the two countries. katty: does it put any pressure on theovernment in the u.k. to say or do something? reporter: there will be some pressure to do it, but i think it will probably, at the moment, just hope they can ride it out. i say that simply because if you remember last year, there was a ruling in the british high court where a judge said in terms, that the ruler of dubai had not only intimidated his wife but also adopted and forcibly returned not only princess latifah, but also another princess. and yet also not been open or honest with the court. those re the words of the judge on the record, and it did
not make any diplomatic impact whatsoever. the question i ask is, will today's evidence increase that? there might not be any change. katty: i spoke earlier today to tina we saw on the film. i asked her specifically who she thought might put pressure on the rulers in dubai. she mentions joe biden and mary robinson from the united nations. do you see the u.n. picking this up? reporter: it is possible. but remember, that uae is closely connected to the united states. it is hugely important at the moment as an intelligence resource for western democracies, hoping to bring change to iran. there are arm sales relations,
economic relations, the relationship between the ua and -- the uae and the u.k. is worth billions of pounds. the u.n. is probably the area. katty: thank you very much for joining us from london. military authorities in myanmar have charged the opposition leader with a second offense. she has already been accused of possessing illegal walkie-talkies. hley has said to have violated the country's natural disaster law. protests have continued across myanmar, but a military spokesman said that she was being confined for her own safety. our southeast asia correspondent has this for. -- this report. reporter: when you have lost the monks inyanmar, you are in trouble. they led the last big uprising against military rule. now some are joining the
protests against the coup. it is the diversity and inventiveness of this civil disobedience movement, which has stumped myanmar's new military rulers. this impromptu painting shows a young woman was shot in the head by police last week. the involvement of so many professional groups is also challenging the authorities. these are engineers. refusing to cooperate with the new regime. here, people joined railway workers to ensure that the trains don't run on time under military rule. public services are beginning to crumble under the strain. thanks are running out of cash -- banks are running out of cash. putting troops on the streets is no answer to this kind of protest. so, two weeks after seizing power, the military offered their own version of events to journalists today, accusing
protesters of the violence and intimidation, and insisting their power grab was not in fact a coup. but this was also the day that generals the civilian leader on trial. after that, any battle for hearts and mds was already lost. even for the nameless and mainly younger organizers of this movement, she is still the popularly elected leader of the country. katty: demonstrations. looks like seems we have seen before. when it comes to the battle against covid-19, we will take any good news we can get. even though the number of infections in the u.s. is still extremely high, we can take some comfort that the figures have been falling. the seven day rolling average for new actions -- since it
didn't january. hospitalizations are at their lowest level since mid-november. nearly 55 million vaccines have been administered so far. but, medical experts say those vaccinations may not be the driving boards behind the improved numbers. remember, when we say improved numbers we are talking about actual people who have lives and loved ones. i joined by dr. jeremy. the numbers are coming down. it is still down, much worse in america than many other countries. what is behind the recent fall? >> i think that the fall is great news, and it is a possibility that there are several factors. i think one of them cod be simply the fact that we expected a rise over the holidays, we had a peak around 15 days after christmas day, since then it has been falling steadily.
those congregations of families during the holidays have been on urgently -- we slowly saw decreases. vaccination could also be a part of it, but as you mentioned only out 15% of the population has received an injection. it is a little too soon to say that is the driving, although it could be contributing. katty: is it possible that america is getting to some form of herd immunity, just because so many people have been infected now? >> that's a great question. the terminology should be used carefully. what i think is absolutely the case, if there are now 27 million people who have had this infection at least, but it is probably double or triple that because of all of the miss infections we do not know about. plus 40 59 people have been vaccinated. there are possibly 100 million or more americans walking around with some degree of antibodies against coronavirus.
that is not herd immunity, but it is fewer in people to encounter. if someone spreads the virus to five people, it is possible to of those people have antibodies. that is not herd immunity but it is some kind of protection as a result of a combination of vaccines and infection. katty: i hate to be the person who introduces the bot -- but, i did interview an immunologist who told me he was scared by data he had seen surrounding the new variants, specifically their ability to get around the power of the vaccinations. are we in a race now between vaccinations and the new variants? >> absolutely. one, this idea of escape. that already some variants can spread among vaccinated people, although i think it is too soon
to say what the effect of in terms of causing severe disease. what i wry about, because we don't still have everybody with antibodies, more people become infected and that is opportunity for further mutations. it could be that that's right now we are vaccinated on .7 million ericans per day. we could actually get everyone there firs jab than 70 or 80 days in terms of the people who do not already have some degree of antibodies. we need to get to 250 million americans. we can get there and then these mutations can stop happening. or if it is too slow we could be in for months and months of further death and despair. it is truly a race against these mutants. katty: we need more of those vaccinations everyday. thanks so much for joining us. a quick look at other news. north korean hackers are reported to have tried to break into the computer systems of
pfizer. according to south korea's spy agency, the hackers were looking for information on the vaccine. russ korea has been under self-imposed isolation since january of last year. kim jong-un has denied that the country has had any coronavirus cases at all. a court in bangladesh has sentenced five people to death and one to life imprisonment for killing a blogger six years ago. the person based in the u.s. was attacked with machetes. the murder was among a string of attacks blamed on islamist militants. you're are watching bbc world news america. a rerd-setting deep-freeze is taking hold across parts of the united states, we will hear from our reporter in san antonio about the situation down there. ♪ katty: scotland's first minister
has confirmed some school pupils will be allowed to return to restrooms. -- classrooms. our scotland editor has more on the ory. reporter: she one specifically, this should not be treated as a return to normality. people should not be going back to their workplaces. it is extremely unlikely that any other students will be returning to school before the 15th of march at the very earliest. next week, we will get a framework from the scottish government about how to ex lockdown, and that is very unlikely to contain any hard and fast dates. that it will describe conditions that have to be met. in the meantime, we have been warned not to book any easter holidays. by the time the summer comes around, vacation's might be possible. she will continue to take the same kind of tentative cautious
approach that she took in the first lockdown. ♪ katty: the wild winter weather that has been hammering the southern united states is just shocking. once in a generation and it is deadly. at least 11 people have lost their lives after freezing and snow. more than 150 million americans are now under winter storm warnings, and officials have declared a state of emergency in texas. reporter: the winter weather in texas started out as fun. >> carbon out. freezingy reporter: katty: reporter: to zero fahrenheit. that is -17 celsius. power supplies have failed, leaving over 4 million people without electricity. this man's house froze up,
forcing him to drive 30 miles to houston to find a hotel for him and his family. >> if you have a newborn, trto find a hotel. we called several hotels. reporter: many have been left to fend for themselves. rolling blackouts have been put in some areas of the state to keep power for hospitals, police, and fire stations. texas is not used to the fury of a cold winter. i have been seeing people put food outside, charging their phones in their vehicles, and even spinning the night in their cars just to stay warm. the state is the biggestnergy producer. so many families are telling me that texas did not prepare i advance for the freezing temperatures that we are seeing now. local officials say, they are doing their best to get back on track, especially during this pandemic. >> to harris county public health department building must power. at that location, we had 8430
met vaccines -- moderna vaccine's. we got to work to avoid losing those vaccines. reporter: there have been hundreds of road crashes in texas and other states. the national weather service says this abnormal weather has come through from the arctic. it says nearly 73% of the united eights is covered in snow right now, and the cold snap ll stay for another week. katty: is crazy. for the first time in over a decade, the your state agency is ready to astronauts. what does it take to go to space?
reporter: if you have ever dreamed of a career in space exploration, now can be your chance now can be your chance. it was 1991 before the first european woman flew in space. now, the european space agency says it plans to at least one person with a disability. the ultimate aim is to adapt the spacecraft in order to enable astronauts with disabilities to be part of the crew. people with lower limit deficiency. circumstances that would have made them ineligible in the past. >> they are being quite particular about the kinds of disabilities they are looking at, but this is a great step in the right direction. you have a person with a disability want to chase this dream, wants to be an astronaut, i think hang onto that dream. reporter: the space agency is
working with the international paralympic committee. >> you could have been included. just purely based on the fact that they have a physical difference. now, actually giving people the opportunity, hopefully there might be somebody out there. that is super exciting. reporter: every recruit will have to go through vigorous mental and physical operation, something the last british astronaut to be recruited understands as well. >> theraining you do as an astronaut is so diverse, but it is an incredible journey. this is a new era of space at ration we are about to embark on. we are involved in the artemis program. a stepping stone to mars. this selection process could potentially be picking the first europeans whstep foot on mars. reporter: if you like to chase her own dream of interplanetary
travel, the online application opens in march. katty: you know what i am going to say. like down here does not look so great at the moment. before we go, covid may be keeping us at home but butterflies know no boundaries. millions of butterflies have migrated to mexico after a 2000 mile journey from canada, right across the united states. if you look closely, they almost look like leaves on those trees. butterfly sanctuaries in the western parts of the country our world heritage sites, and phytic -- usually a touristyraction. if you are not going to go to space, have a go to mexico. narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freen foundation.
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