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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here, in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days,
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cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm rajini vaidyanathan. tensions run high at the united nations after the bombing of an aid convoy in sya. it is a war of words between the u.s. and russia. secretary kerry: the trucks and bash the authorities maintain that he was armed and posed a threat. and our election train trip continues. tonight, the stop is montana, the natural beauty and a debate over climate change.
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rajini: welcome to our viewers. today the united nations says it is preparing to restart aid delivery to syria. it was suspended after an attack on a convoy in aleppo on monday in which 20 people died. a day later, 4 medics were killed responding to a bombing raid. it has led to high tensions between russia and the u.s., with themerican secretary of state warning that the world faces a moment of truth in syria. from new york, here is the bbc's james robbins. james: monday night's attack on the aid convoy was a shocking part of the violent end to the syrian cease-fire. american-led accusations that a russian airstrike was responsible for this, and russian denials of any involvement, threatened to rail the process.
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at the united nations, the security council met to see any process can be saved. passions were running extraordinarily high, but the russian foreign minister said that nobody should jump to conclusions. >> many said it could have been a rocket or artillery shelling. that is what the initial reports were. helicopters or warplanes were mentioned. i think we need to refrain from emotional reactions and make comments immediately, public comments, but first, to investigate and be very professional. james: that appeal to avoid feelings and russian denials were simply too much for the americans. secretary kerry: i listen to my colleague from russia and i sort of felt a little bit in a parallel universe here. james: then john kerry let r in a sustained assault on
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russian motives and credibility. he dismissed moscow's account, including one suggestion that it might have been a simple fire on the ground. secretary kerry: the trucks and the food and the medicine just spontaneously combusted? anybody here believe that? i mean, this is not a joke. james: so what do we know about the attack on the aid convoy? it took place on monday night. the convoy was in a town, intending to head onto rebel-held areas in aleppo province. russia has admitted tracking the convoy with a drone. they say their footage shows it was accompanied by an armed rebel vehicle. later that evening, the convoy was hit. those on the scene insist it was struck from the air. helicopters dropped 4 barrel bombs then russian jets bombed us. there were more than 20 bonds -- bombs and lots of strafing. james: united states says there were russian planes in the sky above the convoy at the precise moment it was hit. russia strongly denies involvement. it says there were no craters at
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the scene and suggests that somehow the cargo caught fire. the destruction of the convoy and the killing of aid workers has sparked the worst crisis so far in international efforts to end syria's agony. james robbins, bbc news, at the united nations. rajini: for more on the obama administration's response to the situation in syria, the bbc spoke earlier today with deputy secretary of state. the cease-fire is in real trouble in syria and mr. kerry said the only way can maintain an ability is -- credibility is if the syrians ground air force. why do you think that will happen when the detailed agreement hasn't worked? >> the agreement is hanging by a thread, because of the egregious attack on the humanitari convoy that was clearly intentional, a convoy that had been agreed to and planned. the question before us now is
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whether russia has the intent and the capacity to make good on its commitments under the agreement that we have reached, after a lot of hard work. if it does, this would be a tremendous benefit, by renewing the sensation -- by renewing the cessation of hostilities and stopping indiscriminate bombing innocent civilians. there is a lot at stake ultimately it is up to russia to decide. the deal is this -- if this doesn't work, if russia doesn't make good on these commitments, then this civil war is going to get worse, and russia is going to be left holding the bag, and propping up assad, under siege, more and more weaponry coming in, more people being killed, and russia alienating itself. that is not a good place to be. that is up to russia. reporter: all of this is depending on russia, you say, and the americans are working closely with russia to make this work. at the same time, you are accusing russia, or saying they are accountable for this strike on the convoy. how long can you keep that up? at a certain point, if that is
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what you believe, the u.s. would be complicit or in danger of being complicit with those actions. >> the best way, the best chance we have in stopping the carnage in syria, is through this agreement. the challenge is this -- these things end -- civil wars end one of three ways. one side wins, that will not happen anytime soon. as soon as one side gets the advantage, the patrons of the other side start putting in more weaponry. the parties become exhausted. that is not likely to happen anytime soon. on average that takes 10 years. we are in year six. or outside powers come together and work on a settlement. that is where we are, that is the way forward. we have a lot take. russia has even more at stake, because they will be left, they will be responsible for syria. bbc's: speaking to the barbara plett usher. syria is not the only
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international crisis. in iraq, the army is pushing towards mosul in an attempt to reclaim it from the so-called islamic state. the iraqi advantage from the south, and peshmerga forces moving in the east. we have been sent this report. reporter: on the front line, and intense moment for kurdish #of forces. the enemy is on the move. in the territory controlled by the so-called islamic state. they think it could be carrying explosives. the moving target gets away. that i.s.der tells me are a kilometer ahead. "they have tried to attack us 30 or 40 times," says the general.
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"we have defeated them here, and we will defeat them in mosul, god willing." we drive over rough terrain on the front line, which stretches for 1000 kilometers. iding shotgun is a soldier that has been here for 18 months . s uniform separates him from the rest. he is a former british soldier turned volunteer sniper, who says he has no hesitation pulling the trger on i.s.. >> they are nothing. it is like putting your foot on an ant. it is nothing. personally,r you what drew you here to risk your life? you came here from scotland. these are not your countrymen. this is not your war. >> people say this is not the west's war, you have your head stuck in the sand.
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they have the caliphate here. the next step would be europe. this would be nothing compared to what we would see. the fact of the matter is that the peshmerga have started pushing them back and have held the line. landedr: this mortar soon after we arrived. i.s. were responding to our presence said the kurds. their horizon stretches beyond defeating the insurgents. the peshmerga have been expanding their territory, and plan to keep their gains. they want independence for their autonomous region. for now, the focus is on freeing most of. -- mosul. this i.s. defector claims the extremists have done again for a long fight. we're not revealing his identity , because he has relatives living under i.s. control.
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>> there are many i.s. fighters in mosul. they have explosives. they are trying to convert them to fight among them so when the army comes they will use it against them. they have complete control of the city. feet belowunkers six the city. they have enough food to last for five years. at the front line, a distance glimpse of mosul, the captive city where i.s.laimed its caliphate. the u.s. is warning if the militants make a last stand there, they want most of --mosul to die with them. northern iraq. rajini: police in charlotte, north carolina are saying the police gave a black man old for warnings to drop a handgun before they killed him.
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the death sparked protests overnight where dozens were injured. gary o'donoghue reports from charlotte. gary: another u.s. city, another confrontation betweee community and the police over the death of a black man. overnight, police cars were attacked and 16 officers were injured when protesters vented their anger. a walmart store was targeted and at one point interstate 85 had to be closed as the standoff continued. after repeated calls for crowds to disperse from of police decided to deploy tear gas and stun grenades. the violence followed the shooting death on tuesday of keith lamont scott, a 43-year-old father of seven. police mistook him for a suspect they were trying to arrest. the family says he was unarmed and reading a book in his car waiting for his son to get off the school bus. >> they jumped out they uck they say hands up, he got a gun! pow pow pow pow! that's it!
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he had no gun! people are calling my phone saying "your brother had a g he had no gun. gary: shortly after the incident, his daughter streamed these images on social media. >> the police shot my father four times for being black. gary: charlotte police say he had a gun as he emerged from his car and they gave multiple , warnings to drop it. they say that a weapon was recovered from the scene and they did not find any book. the officer who fired the fatal shots is on administrative leave, standard procedure in such cases. >> it is time to change the narrative because i can tell you , from the facts that the story is a little bit different as to how it has been portrayed so far , especially through social media. gary: charlotte's mayor appealed for calm after the night of violence the city experienced. >>are calling for peace come -- we are calling for peace. we are calling for calm, we are
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calling for dialogue. gary: here at the police department they are expecting more protests later tonight and are drafting in extra help. there is pressure on authorities to release body cam video of the incident. accounts of what happened still differ widely. bbc news, charlotte, north carolina. rajini: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, the human toll of the conflict in yemen. the country on the brink of famine with children suffering from severe malnutrition. all 193 members of the united nations signed a landmark agreement promising to tackle drug-resistant infections. the declaration recognizes anti-microbial resistance is the biggest threat to global threat caused by the overuse of antibiotics. here is fergus walsh.
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fergus: antibiotics are the miracle medicine that we all have relied on at some point. but their overuse means they are, one by one, losing their ability to fight infections. at least 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant baerial, viral, or parasitic infections such as hiv am a tv , or malaria. the uk has been at the forefront of the came -- of the campaign to get global action on superbugs. it'd acknowledge that is the superbugs was health threats to women giving birth, newborns, those undergoing surgery, or cancer treatment. thatbiologists have warned
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antibiotics are losing their potency. urgent action is overdue. to u.n. has committed encourage innovation in developing new antibiotics. improved diagnostics so that drugs are given only when needed . and to educate the health staff and the public on how to prevent the spread of infections. there are no specific targets for the governments, i'm a cynical, or cultural sectors. the key is to convert good intentions into actions. argus walsh, bbc news. -- fergus walsh, bbc news. yemen hase war in pushed one of the poorest countries in the middle east to the brink of famine. last year the government of yemen was overthrown by rebel forces. they began carrying out the
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bombing campaign in yemen to try to remove the rebels. thbbc arabic service reports the impact on civilians has been harsh. her report contains distressing images right from the start. reporter: it is the children that suffer most. seeever you go, you can that human cost of the war. seven-month-old -- this seven-month-old is severely weak and malnourished. she is one of hundreds in this area alone. her mother tells me she won't stop crying. "it breaks my heart," she says. the only thing she can offer her child is water. she is so malnourished herself, she is unable to breast-feed.
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the doctor took me village to village, and each time we saw the same thing. yemen has been desperately poor, but the war has made things worse. with frequent airstrikes, it is too dangerous for people to leave this area. they rely upon people and the little aid they can deliver. today, she is here to visit another child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. this child is 18 months old but weighs as much as a six-month-old baby. he has been malnourished all his life, so he cannot even walk or talk. lactintolerant, he cannot digest normal milk. before the war, the milk he needs was widely available, but his condition now is life-threatening.
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it is not just the villages who are struggling. this war has cost 600 hospitals -- h caused 600 hospitals to close down and lack of supplies have pushed this central hospital to the brink. children are the most affected by malnutrition. hunger has left 1.5 million children starving. this is a four-year-old. his grandfather brought him here with fever and diarrhea. malnutrition has meant his immune system isn't able to fight a simple infection. severe shortage of medicine means the antibiotics he needs isn't available either. >> the antibiotics we need do -- the antibiotics we have will not fight what he is suffering from.
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all we can do is provide the supplies that we have. reporter: the hospital is overwhelmed with children, but in some cases, malnutrition has turned into outright starvation. this child is eight years old. once able to play and talk with his brothers and sisters, his mother says that although he is alive, it is as though he is no longer here. >> i never imagined i would ever see a child like this in yemen. this boy is starving. it scares me that it may be the beginning of a famine. reporter: according to u.n. figures, there are now 370,000 children with the same level of malnutrition. this four-year-old's grandfather tells us his condition has taken a turn for the worse.
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>> he had fever and diarrhea, and because they didn't have his medicine, he passed away. reporter: back in the village, some good news. after six days of phone calls and negotiations, they managed to import his life-saving milk. >> you have made me so happy and filled my home with happiness. i hope i can do the same for you. reporter: poverty has always affected yemen, but now there is a risk of losing an entire generation.
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rajini: heartbreaking glimpse into the suffering in yemen. in other news from around the world, 19,000 students have been evacuated from schools in the canadian province of prince edward island after the police received a bomb threat. they were warned that a device would be exploded at an unspecified school. they searched 60 schools and did not find a bomb. the mayor of rome refused to enrse the campaign to host the 2024 olympic games. the mayor said it would be irresponsible with the city under huge debt. piece from thest bbc team traveling across the northern united states. historic train line
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and covering elections in minnesota and north dakota. tonight they are in montana's glacier national park. it is one of the most spectacular settings in the entire country. this landscape is under the most serious thre it has ever faced. we start this leg of our journey east in whatto the , has been at the heart of a massive oil boom that hit its peak three years ago when it totally changed the little town. >> there were a number of companies and a lot of my friends who shutting the business down, on the border of bankruptcy, really. over the last decade they made more money than they made in the past 30 years running their businesses. people who made the money were able to put the money back into the community. a have a new high school and new rec center, which my kids
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play at three times a week. it is amazing. reporter: in a town where oil brought such bridges, it is -- brought such riches it is , frustration with the government gets in the way of business on the grounds of environmental concerns. >> when we get the outside influence on the federal aspect, it is the stroke of a pen, pipeline shutdown. stroke of a pen, all of a sudden you have to worry about the clean water acts that don't apply to you at all and you can't influence. it is tough to see that happen , because you are left with a helpless feeling and can't do anything about it. we traveled by rail seven miles west and left behind the oil trains and the landscape changed dramatically. we are approaching the spectacular natural terrain of glacier national park. the beauty is breathtaking, but it is harder to find a glacier than it once was. this is what the edge of a glacier looks like and the position it used to be in is exactly what the climate change
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debate boils down to. if we came here in what did this 1911, look like? >> we would be under the ice. some glaciers have ceased to be, -- become glaciers. they no longer have any moving ice and they are permanent snowfields or stagnant ice. reporter: could you see in the near few decades where glacier national park may not have any glaciers? >> it is possible. i believe mankind is contributing to the warming. the climate has always warmed and cooled naturally. now, why now is different is the rate of warning -- ratof warming is so much faster. reporter: disappearing glaciers is having an impact on the water supplies, forest, and wildlife. as with many issues in america, climate change has been politicized, and fact can often give away to emotion.
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bbc news, glacier national park, montana. rajini: you can join us tomorrow when the election train ride continues. i'm all of us here, thank you fojoining us. stay with us tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here, in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> ifill: good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff.ll >> ifill: on the newshour tonight, protests erupt in charlotte, north carolina as the city attempts to get to the bottom of how a black man waso killed by police. >> woodruff: also ahead this wednesday, we sit down with libertarian candidate gary johnson on what it means to his campaign to be left off thebe first debate stage. >> ifill: plus, a deep dive inti donald trump's overseas businesses, and how those entanglements could affect hisen foreign policy. >> woodruff: and, a look at the historical gems inside the new national museum of african american history and culture sitting in the country's front yard. >> i hope this museum will continue to evolve, continue to change, because it really has to

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