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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 >> and now, "bbc world news." tim: this is "bbc world news america" reporting from washington, i am tim willcox. of allzuela, the mother protests turns violent as thousands protest against their president. lost at sea where in the world , is the uss carl vinson? she was headed in the opposite direction of north korea. these refugee children in greece, peace and playtime are welcome relief.
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tim: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the world. they are calling it the mother of all protests in venezuela. it is not without bloodshed. tens of thousands took to the street. the demonstrators arrived in the thousands for what they call the mother of all protests. they called for new elections and the release of opposition politicians. andopposition blame maduro for the crisis. many say the country is on the verge of collapse. >> i think we will reach victory with this protest. this is the day we have been
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waiting for, longing for. caracas, security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators. has accused the opposition of plotting a coup. >> we came here to support our commandant da maduro. seenter: venezuela has weeks of clashes. this protest would be the the extra years with pressure on the president to negotiate with the opposition and find a way to ease the crisis in the oil-rich nation. the the president of inter-american dialogue policy center, i spoke to him a little while ago.
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is there anyway of getting through this crisis? >> it is very difficult. people have been predicting that are numbered from a long time. he holds on because he has power. the country has the largest oil reserves in the world. many officials are involved in the drug trade and criminality. the armed forces are in the government, the opposition has been divided. so, they hold onto power. is in prison? >> one is in prison, one is banned. hard,vernment is using tough tactics in order to cling to power and get control. spoke aboutlerson it today in his press conference, but what about the
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countries around venezuela? >> beginning to wake up to the reality. it has been slow and disappointing. they hoped that this would work itself out. these situations get worse. venezuela has deteriorated. onee are awful scenarios can contemplate. countries are beginning to step up, especially mexico, peru, argentina, brazil, and columbia. the pressure is on the maduro government. by: maduro was hand-picked hugo chavez before he died. how bad are things? situation is dire. every account at that one reads, every person one talks to describes really dramatic, terrible situations. people are struggling to get through the days. many are going hungry.
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they are picking out garbage to eat. they are going without meals. a lot of people are trying to leave. they're going to columbia on one side or brazil on the other side . there is a sense of desperation, which is greater than before. army werermy, if the to switch, that would be the end? would be the the regime could not sustain itself without the army. the army has divisions, but senior officials are closing ranks. many have vested interests. they make a lot of money from oil, the drug trade, and criminal activity. 333 meters long and weighing 100,000 tons, you would think the aircraft carrier would be easy to spot.
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the trump administration originally said it was dispatching an armada to the korean peninsula as a warning to pyongyang. now we learn that the group was steaming off for exercises in the opposite direction. all this while the american vice president was in the region on a different aircraft carrier, as rupert wingfield-hayes reports. rupert: the site of the u.s. vice president on board a nuclear powered aircraft carrier is a very rare event. even more so when it is sitting in japan. was this an elaborate piece of theater or a sign america is really preparing for action against north korea? vice president pence: we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective american response. [applause] vice president pence: the united states of america will always seek peace, but under president trump, the shield stands guard
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and the sword stands ready. rupert: if president trump is planning some sort of military action against north korea, there is no sign of it here. this is the uss ronald reagan, the flagship of the seventh fleet. it won't be ready to leave this port in japan for another month. meantime, the other carrier battle group president trump is sending to the korean peninsula has been seen in the indian ocean. the carl vinson's saga began on april 8 when the u.s. commander ordered the aircraft carrier to the singapore and sale north to waters near korea. three days later, president trump confirmed he was sending an armada -- very powerful, he said. but instead, for a whole week the carl vinson and its escorts sailed in the opposite direction into the indian ocean. the u.s. navy now says the carrier battle group is finally heading to korea.
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back on board the ronald reagan, vice president pence hinted its departure may also be accelerated. vice president pence: godspeed uss reagan's imminent deployment. rupert: figuring out what is in store for north korea isn't easy, perhaps deliberately so. bbc news, japan. at the white house, the press secretary said there was no confusion over the handling of the uss carl vinson. mr. spicer: we said it was heading there, and it was, it is heading there. reporter: [indiscernible] mr. spicer: if that is the impression, there should have been clarification from people seeking it. a release was put out talking about its ultimate destination, and that is where it ended up. tim: i spoke earlier to barbara
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plett usher at the state department. sean spicer says no confusion but it has been a pretty confused affair. barbara: i think it is very confusing. here's the announcement from pacific command about the deployment of the call vincent to korean waters, although it did not give a timeline, and then you have the secretary of defense downplaying the move, saying it was not to escalate tensions with north korea, or implied it wasn't, and then the president said it was, and then by the end of the week you have the white house saying it was a significant deterrence signal ahead of a possible nuclear test by the north koreans. and then we saw that the carl vinson was thousands of miles away because it had to do these joint exercises with the australians which have never , been canceled, and it was never any chance you could have gotten to the region before next week anyway. it is not clear why the navy and pentagon didn't correct the
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false emotion when the white house was running with it. it must be unsettling for allies that there is this disconnect between the president and his military. tim: she is now on her way, as you say. secretary of state rex tillerson has been speaking today on iran in particular. the worst deal ever negotiated according to president trump. what we learned about the deal? barbara: we learned it is going to be reviewed and he has not indicated whether mr. trump would follow through on suggestions he would pull out of it, but mr. tillerson released excoriating criticisms of iran, that it was the number one sponsor of terrorism and hostile to israel, supporting proxies that undermined u.s. interests carrying at missile , tests that violate security council resolutions, and so on. these are things that concern the obama administration, but the obama administration decided not to force these issues because it wanted to give the nuclear deal a chance. mr. tillerson said the nuclear deal was working and the iranians were keeping their part of the bargain, but he said it was too narrow and had to be considered with all of these other factors and that would lead to context for the review
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. whether they care of the deal, they will take a much tougher line. they say that unchecked, iran could take the path of north korea, even. tim: thank you, very much. you are watching bbc "world news america." the american tv percent to her bill o'reilly is being dropped from fox news over sexual harassment claims. he was photographed shaking hands with pope francis at the vatican on wednesday. 50 sponsors have withdrawn advertising from "the o'reilly factor." british parliament voted in favor of holding a general election on june 8, three years ahead of schedule. prime minister theresa may said the election is needed to strengthen her hand on britain's exit from the european union. a special election in georgia ended with no clear winner.
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emma kratz, republicans, and even the president are claiming andemocrats, republicans, even the president are claiming victory. the state hasn't voted democrat since 1979. the election was called to fill .he seat of tom price it is seen as an early barometer on the president and -- president's administration. i've been speaking with a former advisor to george w. bush. this morning, president trump, as is his usual want of tweeting about this, "despite major fake mediaey, support, and 11 republican candidates, big r wind with a runoff in georgia. help." be of
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it was a very close thing? they are claiming a moral victory, but are we reading too much into this one state? the democrats are very excited about this. if you look at the money we are talking about, the democrat got $8.3 million. when you break that down, 95% came from outside of georgia. karen handel, the republican who prevailed, 90% was raised within georgia. there are those who are trying a referenduminto against donald trump. theyemocrats will be happy were competitive. with a republican plus eight index, they look good. tim: that money will be pouring in in vast sums? >> i suspect the democrats will spend more than $10 million.
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not too much more to do. this is where the super pacs and outside groups will pour resources into one small district. what this says is the democrats want to make this a referendum on president trump. republicans want to say "this is a republican district, nothing to see here." tim: this is a ruby red seat. sincen't been democratic 1979. ron: this is a springboard for republican stars. you have newt gingrich, former speaker of the house, senator saxby chambliss, current health and human services secretary tom price. you had 11 republicans running for this seat, saying i want to be a star, i want to represent my home state of georgia, but i also have broader political ambitions. that is why you had so many republicans and is and why democrat's were able to do so well with 17 candidates in the field. tim: can it be seen as an
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indicator for midterms, or are we too far ahead of that? ron: too far ahead of that. president trump needs to get a legislative accomplishment to say we have done something, but democrats are wise to say if this president can't do anything let's swing the house and senate , back to the democrats. short-term not too much of a , big deal, but there is so much more to go. tim: you are watching bbc "world news america." national pride and populism making the french fall out of love with the european union? burton's prince harry says he was amazed over the response said he spoke out for the first time about his difficulties dealing with his mother's death. his brother has also opened up, saying the shock of losing his
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mother is still with him 20 years later. both brothers are taking part in a mental health campaign. this report is by peter hunt. harry and melissa getting the london marathon reparations underway. focusing on mental health. attractedry has praise for his honesty when he spoke of the english and anxiety he suffered for years after his mother's death. was only rightt to share my experiences, to encourage others to come forward and smash the stigma, make it easier for them to talk about their own experiences. i was doing my bit. peter: was it liberating or scary? >> when you have heard so many stories from so many other people, and you can relate, it is only right you talk about your own experiences.
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past: opening up about the is a brotherly trait. prince william provided insight into the trauma of his bereavement. feele william: i still about my mother, i still have shock 20 years later. can't last that long, but it does. you never get over such an unbelievably big moment in your life. it never leaves. you just learn to deal with it. ther: kerry believes campaign is at a tipping point. he hopes the u.k. will lead the way in the world removing the taboo surrounding mental health. tim: france's presidential election is in the final days of campaigning.
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told a rally he was the only candidate cable -- capable of showing security. marine le pen is pledging to hold a referendum on france's membership in the european union and slash immigration. france has 2 faces. the independent nation, its imperial past still visible. and the france that has led the drive to close european unity. 2 rival ideas of what france should be. love to see ad french europe. that was the plan in a way in the 1950's and 1960's. contradiction in french politics and minds about
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love for one's country and love for europe. it is a contradiction, but it makes us. reporter: that contradiction has never been sharper. marine le pen has brought french nationalism in from the cold and the memory of france's collaboration with wartime nazi germany. she has united with euro skepticism. that euro skepticism is drawing among the young. this group holds a different political views, left and right, but they reject what they see as a rigid, pro-european orthodoxy. ,> france has a long history which has fought for its independence and ability to fight for me. ofannot understand the will people to surrender independence unelectedeignty to e
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bodies. >> our generation doesn't remember the war, the conflict between nations. >> the framework for politics and democracy is the nation states. >> we are in europe where there is rising insecurity. there is no growth. there is high unemployment. we have to get rid of the eu, which is doing harm to the people. reporter: the revolt has been brewing for years. a generation ago, the french nearly derailed the european train. they voted to accept the euro by majority for tiny so profound a change. postwar europe's founding has guided for 70
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years. the france that once a return to national sovereignty and clear borders is getting stronger in its challenge to his legacy. in the end every generation has to hand it streams down to the care of prosperity. it is up to those who come afterwards to decide to nurture, amend, or discard those dreams. france has always been in 2 minds about how far it wants to be absorbed in a broader european identity. that is the heart of this election campaign. first day of school is usually an exciting time for children. for thousands of refugees in greece it is a chance to resume their education following the ordeal of escaping a war-torn homeland. some disapprove of bringing these children into greek schools.
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>> what is this? when you don't know the language. some complain, but as time passes things have gotten better, and children learn more words in greek, so it is easier for us. it means a lot for the children, some in greek school. they are happy, and they finally
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have a routine in their life. the greek children are very happy. because it is something different. they want to learn their names and have a magic way to communicate thousands of words by playing.
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>> we are teachers. here in the school we have to give education, to educate the .hildren whether they come from syria or greek ones. we are teachers and we educate our children. nothing more. tim: good luck. before we go, another example of what happens when politics meet sport. donald trump welcomed the new england patriots to the white house, most of them. 7 players chose to swerve the
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ceremony on the front lawn. some cited political conflicts, others family. see you tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at >> 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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