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>> this is bbc "world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> 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." laura: this is bbc "world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. the u.s. attorney general comes out swinging, calling allegations that he colluded with moscow lies. >> i've never met with, or had any conversation, with any russians or any foreign officials concerning any interference with any campaign correlation. britain's prime minister works to form a minority government. there are concerns over the .allout
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they gaming industry descending on los angeles. we bring you to e3 with technology pushing the boundaries of our imagination. . laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. it was another high-stakes hearing on capitol hill. this time it was the u.s. attorney general. aff sessions denounced detestable lie that he colluded with the russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. this is one week after james comey gave evidence before the same committee. nick bryant starts our coverage. nick: capitol hill. on days like this, america's most elegantly designed the letter. the latest installment of the russian salt go tripping washington -- russian saga
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gripping washington and destabilizing the trump .hite house attorney general jeff sessions, a former drug campaign adviser, now the head of the justice department. he came out counterpunching, fierce in his denial that he held meetings with the russian officials to disguise russian interfering in the election. of anyuggest i was aware collusion with the russian government to hurt this country, which i have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie. nick: the attorney general recused himself from the russian investigation, but was adamant that should not be misconstrued. myself fort recuse
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defending my honor against false allegations. senatorsocratic complained he refused to discuss conversations with president trump. >> i believe the american people have had it with stonewalling. >> i am not stonewalling. i am following the policies of the department of justice. nick: tempers flared. >> mr. comey said there were matters with the recusal that were problematic and he couldn't talk about them. what are they? >> why don't you tell me? there are none, i can tell you that with certainty. nick: the most angry words in washington did not come from donald trump. he left town in a genial mood, but cannot escape the russian cloud that hangs over his presidency. donald trump has made no secret of his annoyance with jeff sessions or recusing himself
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from the russian investigation. perhaps he would have been delighted. mostw on capitol hill the passionate rebuttal of the allegations of russian collusion. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. laura: i discussed this hearing with a republican congressman from virginia. jeff sessions said he couldn't discuss his private conversations with the president . he said he wasn't stonewalling, but isn't it frustrating for voters who just want clarity? be a little. everyone might understand if you talk to your boss at the office, some of that is in confidence. as far as official matters, i don't know if across the pond you are familiar with "seinfeld" but this is a show about nothing . no one has yet been able to show which statute has been
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violated. they is a lot of hot air, are searching for a gun. the russians tweak us, we tweak them every day. that is not in dispute. the relationship between the trump campaign and that collusion with the russians, there is zero. it is a show about nothing. sessions said he doesn't remember if he had an encounter with the russian ambassador last year. given that he forgot 2 previous meetings with the russian ambassador, is that a satisfactory answer? >> yes. if you go back to the meetings, one he was a senator. they had 16 ambassadors. ofmeet with thousands people. i can't remember the names of my best friends on a given day. the second was a political environment with ambassadors all over the place.
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he says hi to these guys, then two years later you have the president saying we have footage of you meeting with this russian . we think you did something bad with this russian. in this country you are innocent until proven guilty. a great defender of civil liberties and a democrat that voted for hillary said there is no statute that has been violated. laura: i know that is your point, but a friend of the president says mr. trump is thinking whether to fire the investigatingl possible collusion between the trump campaign manager russia. what is your advice? >> that his commentary from a friend. there is no news. there is no move that has been made. i doubt anything happens on that front. laura: do you think it would be a good idea for the president of fire the special counsel? an economist.
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it seems fishy to me we have a special counsel when no one can name a statute that has been violated. it is because the democrats and the press have been so aggressive on this they finally said, "let's get it over with and have a special counsel and show there is nothing there." now to british politics. theresa may and the northern island democratic unionist party could be closer to forming a minority government. the talks have done well. former conservative prime minister has voiced concerns about what it could mean for the peace process in northern ireland. they are all here with a new mps parliament returning to its business. dragged by elected, tradition. the government in charge, not
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quite. mr. speaker elect, on behalf of the house may i congratulate you on your reelection. at least someone got a landslide. [laughter] able to: theresa may laugh about losing seats, but there is no deal in place yet that will prop her up. may: to build a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous future for everyone in every part of our united kingdom. reporter: the labor leader is the tory'sn throwing campaign back at them. >> democracy is wonderful and can show us unexpected results. [laughter] i am sure we all look forward ueen'scoming the cleaq
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speech as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated. reporter: the hope with a deal with the northern ireland themists kept waiting. be enjoying to their doorstep moment. talks, willing in principle. will they sign on the dotted line? time passed, more time passed. back door to a leave. after two hours, it is the prime minister first to emerge with no sign of the dup. i'm told the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed, but there is no sign of a final deal. they are not wearing their influence likely to do you can't blame this party with their new though their even
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involvement in government is worrisome to some. think there has been a lot of commentary about the issues we are talking about, and it won't surprise anyone we are talking about matters that pertain to the nation. to the stability, the u.k. ,overnment, brexit counterterrorism, and more for northern ireland in respect to economic matters. reporter: relying on a northern irish party is a danger according to one tory pm, risking northern irish peace by appearing to take one side. .> i am wary of the the danger is however much any one government tries they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locks into a parliamentary deal at westminster with one of the northern ireland parties.
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taking a rare trip to parliament today. arrangement, people are concerned and worried what it may mean and what promises will begin then. tonight, theresa may is in paris trying to get back to business. hard to keep her papers in order, let alone her party. what options does she have? prime minister may: would we are doing in relation to the productive talks we are holding is to ensure that it is possible with their support to give the stability to the u.k. government that i think is necessary at this time. reporter: no deal would be a risk everywhere. theresa may has few good choices. up, perhaps her only
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helpful advice. laura: inching towards the deal in british politics. the u.s. says north korea released an american student who was imprisoned after stealing a propaganda banner. he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last year. his parents say he was in a coma and medically evacuated. the former governor of rio de sentenced to 14 years in jail for corruption and money laundering. he is accused of ciphering millions of dollars during his 8 years in office when he oversaw the infrastructure for the olympics. ar has stopped producing helium. it is the second biggest producer with a quarter of the world supply. the head of the uber ride steering company said he would leave ofndefinite absence. it came ahead of the publication company's policies.
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demonstrations in the venezuelan capital of caracas have continued as the country's economic crisis continues. an unprecedented number of people are facing hunger. oil prices has deepened the distress. half the children are showing signs of malnutrition. the international media it is rarely given permission to enter, but our correspondent has been there. his report contains images you may find distressing. , itrter: this is angeles she is a years old and weighs barely three stone, 60% of what she should. rich nationil unable to feed its own people.
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reporter: this is a problem the government is trying to keep out of sight. the media cannot get into hospitals, but at this private clinic doctors are desperate to show how bad things are. these pictures are hard to watch. they were given to me by medics and despair treating children like these since the turn of the year. patients are often in and out of hospital. in a country struggling for food, chances of survival aren't high.
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reporter: in big cities, desperate people are chasing the lottery to find food. people in this area, where there ,re restaurants and bakeries essay never before have they seen so many people chasing rubbish trucks to get something to eat. reporter: the lack of food is hitting mothers and children to take a really hard. -- particularly hard. outside of the capital, food is even harder to come by. those affected are like jermaine. at 11 he is half the average weight for his age.
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reporter: since i met jermaine, he has been rushed into the hospital twice after getting help from a local ngo. will help reach them next time? news,ir hernandez, bbc caracas. laura: desperate scenes from venezuela. you are watching bbc "world news america." still to come, president trump pushing for health care reform. we speak to the architect of the plan he is trying to scrap. in a major diplomatic
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victory for china panama has broken off decades of relations with taiwan and established ties with beijing. not can be it would with beijing in what it called the diplomatic money game. this is the biggest blow to taiwan, losing one of its few and most important allies, panama, to mainland china. in a ceremony, panama established ties to china severing more than 100 years of diplomatic relations with taiwan. taiwan received no prior notification. its government found out only through the media. >> the government of the republic of china expresses regret. decided to break off diplomatic ties with the republic of panama today, stopping bilateral cooperation and assistance, withdrawing
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embassy and technical staff. reporter: after losing panama, taiwan has 20 diplomatic allies. the taiwanese president visited after to strengthen ties taking office a year ago. unlike her predecessor she refused to accept the one china policy. beijing takes that to mean the mainland and the island are part of one country. coreing with taiwan is a part of china's national identity and goals. taking away panama from taiwan is part of a series of efforts it growsup pressure as increasingly distressful. china's move may strengthen opposition against reunification. losing taiwan is a greater fear for beijing. bbc news, taipei.
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laura: today, president trump huddled with republican senators at the white house to focus on health care reform. weeks after the legislation, it has yet to move in the senate. the president highlighted rising premiums as a failure of obamacare and labeled it as a disaster. emanuel was an advisor and is the author of a new book, "prescription for the future." >> i characterized it as cruel. any bill that throws 23 million people off of insurance is not a good bill. are 50 years old and older, it will raise their premiums. this bill has zero cost control. it is not a good bill.
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what we hear from republicans and people across the country that the cost of health care that they pay as individuals has risen so much under the bill from president obama it is untenable. let me make three points. affordability is a problem in the united states. we spent 27% more than the next highest country, luxembourg. issue.is a big the second thing is health care costs have stabilized under the affordable care act. people aren't feeling that because health care costs continue to rise. the third point is this bill by republicans has literally nothing to do with controlling health care costs. not a single word about controlling health care costs. they are not addressing the affordability problem they're
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talking about. i agree we have an affordability problem. the best thing we can do any exchanges is get certainty. one reason premiums are going up a lot is there is uncertainty about how we will treat that market. katty: i thought it was france that had the most expensive after america, it is luxembourg. i think a lot of our viewers around the world look at america's health care system and can't figure out why america finds this so difficult. a lot of european healt countries, people are satisfied with their health care. is it a cultural issue in the united states, and antipathy toward government involvement in health care? ezekiel: a large part of the problem is how we pay doctors, hospitals, and providers. we pay them heavily on fee for
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service, they get paid more for doing more. whether that is more appropriate or more efficiently delivered. .e have no cap on it that is a fundamental problem. we don't regulate drug prices, even though we give drug companies monopolistic pricing power. one reason i am optimistic about the american health care system is we are changing how we are paying doctors and hospitals, moving to provide capitation, a per person, or they are responsible for the total cost and quality of care. that will change the mindset tremendously of how doctors and hospitals approach health care. katty: needs to happen soon. thank you for coming in. laura: where watching the u.s. senate for health care reform. the gaming industry's biggest event of the year.
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thousands have gathered in los angeles to try out the latest titles and technology. looks at the industry that is now worth billions. >> now, everyone, please enjoy the ride. it looks and sounds like a hollywood premiere, but this is the launch of spiderman, the latest game for the sony playstation. it was unveiled at e3, the biggest gaming event on the calendar. it is a more powerful version of lastlaystation launched year. we also saw several new virtual reality titles. sony's rival microsoft announced the xbox 1x a more powerful version of the current console. it improves the visuals, but not much else and comes in at 449
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pounds, twice the existing model. givings about customers choice. there is a certain kind that once the best in anything. how many of those do you have? >> putting the choice in the hands of the customer is important. we have performance and value. dave: these events cater to hard-core fans. for more casual gamers, these expensive upgrades may not be worth it. >> it is not necessary or you won't lose out on any games, because the games worked on the lower end and higher and. -- higher end. it won't do anything more than before, but it is nice to know you are gaming in the best way possible. dave: we will see if the new games live up to the hype. whatel what has grown into has grown into a 70 billion pound industry. laura: exciting new games and
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l.a. you can find more on today's news on our website. to see what we working on check out our facebook page. i am laura trevelyan. thank you for watching "world news america" and to end tomorrow -- tune in tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> 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
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can all find their escape on the 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 >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: >> the suggestion that i participated in any collusion, or that i was aware of any collusion with the russian government to hurt this country, which i have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie. >> woodruff: jeff sessions in the hot seat. the attorney general testifies in front of the senate over allegations of collusion with russia and defends his decision to recommend the firing of then- f.b.i. director james comey. then, north korea releases university of virginia student otto warmbier, who is in a coma, more than a year after he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

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