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laura: welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. police in brussels, an explosion at the city's main train station is being treated as a terrorist incident. officials in regulated the area. they have neutralized a suspect. they have not confirm the suspect's identity. i started by asking what unfolded. reporter: this incident started two hours ago at the city's central train station, a stone's throw from a picture postcard image that people have of the city. a man was seen at that train station carrying a rucksack. reports say he may have been wearing some kind of explosive vest. he tried to set off an explosion. images are on social media of they flame on the station concourse. that caused panic. people fled. at that time, this man was
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of the by an armed unit belgian military who were patrolling the station, because there are lots of armed police and soldiers at the center of brussels these days because of terrorist attacks of the last few years. what sources are telling us now, telling the public, is that this man has been neutralized. we don't know if that means he has been detained and injured, or shot and killed. the message from security forces here in belgium is that the situation is under control. laura: what is the mood in brussels tonight. as you were mentioning, the city has been on high alert because of the recent attacks earlier on the airport and the metro. reporter: the mood before this event happened was, as you would expect, in a big bustling tourist city on a really hot summer's evening. the streets were backed with eating, drinking outside, enjoying the evening. the situation now feels quite different.
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the sound of sirens in the air, helicopters overhead. on my way to the studio this evening at the metro station, it was closed with armed police and soldiers he would not normally be they're telling people the metro was closed. the sad fact is people in brussels have gotten used to seeing people with guns on the street protecting them after an attack last year at the airport and metro station not far from here. of course, i'm speaking to you from the eu quarter where many institutions of the european union are based. all of them have military vehicles and military guarding them 24 hours a day. from the european parliament to the european commission, even individual country's embassies. laura: in brussels speaking to me a little earlier. turning to american politics, a single congressional seat in georgia has republicans and democrats chewing their fingernails. the race is too close to call after voters went to the polls.
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it is a contest that is a test for the presidency of donald trump. and the democrats hope, a revival. nick bryant reports from georgia. [applause] nick: a feverish atmosphere at the democratic headquarters. for 40 years, this congressional district has been republican red they're.hoping to pull off the next ordinary of sweat upset. nobody had ago, heard of the party's candidate, 30-year-old jon ossoff. the victory would turn him from longshot into big shot. >> we are going to outwork, out hustle, out fight, out knock, out cold come out when tomorrow. -- out win tomorrow. karen handel is the republican candidate. this special election is being cast as a referendum on donald trump.
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that has fired up some of the supporters. the trunk factor is thought to dampen republican enthusiasm -- the trump factor is not to dampen republican enthusiasm. as president trump helped you out? umpteenthce, for the time, the only people that asked that question is the media. i know how desperately you wanted to be about the president. it is not. it is about the people who live in the sixth district, who is best suited to represent them. that is me. nick: the suburban congressional district on the outskirts of atlanta is not natural trump country. the lace curtains coldes goes of the make america great again. they never want to donald trump's populism. he took this district by a single point.
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a year earlier mitt romney had wanted by 23. many voters have been exacerbated by the manner in which donald trump has conducted his on other docs presidency. we talked to prominent local politicians. behave more him to presidentially. republicans would like it if you give up his twitter account and started to do competent dress briefings, the way that we are used to. >> it is fair to say that people wish he would say little less on twitter. nick: the trump effect has turned this into the most expensive congressional campaign in u.s. history. democrats would unnerve republicans ahead of the midyear election. it would also provide the clearest sign yet that donald trump's base is shrinking. laura: i was joined a short time ago from the ossoff
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headquarters. the polls are suggesting this is a statistical dead heat. you are there with the ossoff camp. what is the mood? nick: they are certainly hopeful. they believe they have the energy on their side. they have the kind of enthusiasm on their side. they have had a great grass-roots mobilization, which in recent times, we have associated with the right in american politics them perhaps the left. certainly at the congressional level. they do believe that they have this kind of momentum. this enthusiasm. the weather may have helped as well. we talked about the trump effect, but there may have been a torrential rain effectiveness part of the land it has been torrential rain for most of the day. if you are an enthusiastic voter, a rain is not what a put you off. if you are a waiver on the republican side, you are not sure if you're going to vote or not, perhaps that was a factor. it is going to be tight.
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the democrats hope they have the energy. the republicans hope they have the numbers. this is, this should be, a republican stronghold. i think i am right in saying the closest the seat has been in the last five or six elections has .een 23% usually, they went with a very lopsided majority. it will be a squeaker tonight. laura: what will it mean for democrats, briefly, if they all ofwin having spent this money and all of this enthusiasm you are talking about? sending a message to washington to unnerve the republican leadership. perhaps it has an impact on the repeal and replacement of obamacare. and it is not win close, they will get comfort for that and they will see an eye on suburban seats in places like philadelphia, miami, orange county, california. they think they have a chance of them at next year's
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congressional midterms. laura: thank you for joining us. in other news from around the world, the u.s.-led coalition drone overn armed southern syria close to where american-backed forces are operating. the pro-syrian regime drone had hostile intent. russia is accusing the coalition with complacency with terrorism over the incident. it follows the downing of a syrian government were playing on sunday. officials in somalia say 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting local government offices in mogadishu. islamic militant group auch about says they were behind the attack. european court of human rights has ruled that a russian law banning the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and encourages homophobia. it was brought by three russian gay-rights activists. under the law documented in
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2013, businesses, schools, and individuals can be fined if they are considered to be promoting homosexual behavior among minors. the u.s. state department says north korea is directly responsible for the death of american student otto warmbier. they want pyongyang to free three other americans held there. otto warmbier died yesterday after returning home last week in a coma. he had been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. president trump spoke about his gaze at the white house today. that should never, ever be allowed to happen. and frankly, if you were brought home sooner, i think the result would have been a lot different. he should have been brought home that same day. the result would have been a lot different. what happened to otto is a disgrace. former u.s. ambassador to the united nations bill richardson and he spoke a short time ago with my colleagues
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katty kay and christian fraser on the bbc's 100 days plus program. katty: governor richardson, thank you for joining us. there are questions about his captivity. you helped get him out of north korea. was in a,ou know he and what happened to him? i found out when the news was reported to the state department. i was in north korea 20 times in the past year. i sent in a delegation to try to get him out in exchange for humanitarian assistance. i learned a year later after he was an eight,. this was a crime of humanity. -- i learned a year later after coma. in a this was a crime of humanity. the botulism excuse, the sleeping pill -- he might have
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been tortured. he might have been abused. this is wrong and there should be some kind of punishment to the north koreans. katty: i imagine it would make any negotiation with the north koreans more difficult. it is an indication that you didn't know, and no one else knew, how little we know about what is happening in north korea, how limited our intelligence is. kim jong-un is governing without any input. it could be those who normally deal with these issues was sidelined. the security forces did not want to tell him of the problem. that may have happened. or maybe he knew and they felt the best thing to do would hope that he came out of the coma and things would be ok. the fact they failed to disclose, they failed to give proper medical treatment, that possibly he was tortured right after his trial, that he has is ain a coma for a year
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major violation under the geneva convention of the treatment of prisoners. there should be some payment for that. they should pay for that. you make is, how do them pay? it is such a closed-end repressive regime. christian: i know that you stand a lot of time talking to the family. we watched his father last week speaking briefly about it. he was critical of the obama administration for not thaticizing otto was there and was experiencing. shouldn't we be keeping up the press, publicizing they are being held? >> this is the major consideration for any future policy to north korea. that's get those three americans out, and a canadian. there is a canadian, too. let's not forget the canadian. we should also make every effort to get the north koreans to disclose what happened. i worked with the obama
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administration on this for the last year. they were concerned. they supported my trip when i sent my delegation. they knew what we were doing through private efforts. .ot necessarily the government the obama administration, susan rice in particular, at the white house, was deeply involved here the north koreans were waiting for the new administration to in.they did not want to deal with a lame-duck administration that was leaving. i think that that slowed things down. k -- when they found out he had been in a coma, they demanded to go to north korea to bring him out in an airplane. that was the right course of action. laura: bill richardson speaking to katty kay and christian fraser. you are watching bbc "world news america." how independent is hong kong? we look at the relationship with beijing nearly two decades after the handover back to china.
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u.k.-based barclays bank including the former chief executive, have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. of dollars billions in emergency funding during the global financial crisis in two thousand eight. there is an agreement can barclays and investors in qatar. reporter: trash with criminal conduct, barclays and 4 members of the bank's top brass, including the former chief executive and head of barclays middle east. this is the first time they have faced criminal proceedings during the conduct for the financial crisis. rather u.k. government was using taxpayer's money to rescue lloyds, barclays came to qatar for emergency cash. in 2000 eight, barclays raised
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12 million pounds from middle eastern investors, including qatar holding, the state aid investment fund. it was a sweetener. 332 million pounds was paid to qatar for advisory services. payments that were not disclosed her not only that, but barclays lent 2 billion pounds to qatar holding to buy shares in barclays. lending others money by your shares is illegal. if it is proven that crimes were committed here, they won't claim who the victims were. to taxpayers did not have shell out, shareholders and barclays did better than rdf or lloyds. others will say that rules are rules. changeis approach helped culture throughout banking of not following rules. fraud convictions can carry sentences of up to 10 years. these are only charges. roger jenkins and another defendant have both said that
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they will defend themselves vigorously. company, said it was considering his position. bbc news. laura: next week mark steyn 220 years since hong kong was returned to chinese control -- next week marks 20 years since honking was returned to chinese control after a century of british rule. hong kong was meant to be largely autonomous from the rest of china. many are now asking how independent hong kong really is. sitting down with the territory's incoming chief executive to learn more. reporter: 20 years since hong kong returned to china. its leaders are often accused of being beijing puppets. their chosen not by the public book by a committee with 177
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votes. how can you represent all the people of hong kong with that number? >> it is not a question of the number. i know that action is important. to say that i am just a puppet, i won this election because of beijing forces is a failure to acknowledge what i have done in hong kong over the last 36 years. governance style i will be engaging the community, especially the young people. reporter: three years ago, young people need their own effort to engage with a massive democracy protest. it brought the heart of hong kong to a standstill for months. nothing. some say the only way to get democracy is independence from china. beijing sees such calls as a threat to national security.
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>> i think hong kong is an inseparable part of the people's republic of china. reporter: you think so, what about other hong kong citizens if they disagree? anif they disagree in expression of being personal opinion, then everyone could have a view. whether they are expressing a view constitutes an offense. they will go by what the law says. reporter: what is the answer? >> they'll have to look at what the law says. reporter: can you promised the people of hong kong that never in your tenure will anyone go to jail for calling for khatami, self-determination, or independence? people ofromise the hong kong that we will abide by the rule of law. reporter: that is a no. you cannot make the promise. >> how can you promise when you do not know the actual situation, the actual legislation in hong kong, and to give the thought of perpetual
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situation -- i don't see that as very -- as a very fair question for us. reporter: china's influence in hong kong is growing. last year, there was public outrage over the suspected abduction of publishers whose books are critical of chinese leaders. they were held on the mainland and forced to make televised confessions. even after their return to hong kong, most have stayed silent about what happened. force hong kong police has been working on this case and trying to collect evidence. unfortunately, without the cooperation of the people involved, it is not possible. reporter: do you think it is possible those hong kong citizens are afraid to speak up about what happened to them? do think that is a possibility? >> i don't know. i don't know. reporter: how many hong kong citizens need to does appear before you draw conclusions about what might be happening to them? youeed to disappear before
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draw conclusions about what might be happening to them? >> that is not a fair question. if they are worried about interference with hong kong affairs of the witch should come at that time may the chief executives have to reflect those sentiments and speak up on behalf of the people. reporter: imagine you might have a conversation with president xi that goes "please make sure no security services on the mainland operate undercover on hong kong soil." will you have that conversation? >> i will have conversations with president xi, hopefully on the first of july. laura: china exerts more control over hong kong. world refugee day is highlighting the plight of more than 65 million people that have been forced from their homes. or than half of them are under the age of 18. take mari malek who came to the u.s. as a child refugee. lauren in south sudan, her family fled the civil war --
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born in south sudan, her family fled the civil war and settled in new jersey. the bbc caught up with her. , southe i come from sudan, we are very strong and resilient. we have been going to war for over four decades, and we are still sticking through it, still surviving, still living, still making things. that is my blood. we lived in the projects. i was an awkward child. tall, black, where did you come from, who is she? i could not express myself
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because i did not know how to speak english. become a model, it doesn't mean you get a contract and then you become rich and famous, and everything is awesome. no, no, no. hard work. i am probably one of the only few black women in the industry. i wish i could help all of them. but, i can't. heart to seemy children, you know, suffering like this.
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everything that i am doing am dj in,if i modeling, acting, i'm doing it for a purpose and connecting it back to the story of where i come from. that is why i do this, to inspire refugee kids, to inspire anyone who is facing difficulty to think that they cannot get out of it, yes you can. you can do it. resilient, never give up on myself, that is how i made it this far. , model and malek humanitarian. before we go, a reminder of our top stories. in brussels, an explosion at the city's main train station is being treated as a terrorist incident. officials evacuated the area. military forces say they neutralized a lone suspect. they have not confirmed that person's identity. it is the latest in a series of
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such terror incidents to hit a major european city. you can find more on that story and more on our website here to see what we are working on anytime, do check out our facebook page. i am laura trevelyan. thank you for watching world news america. >> make sense of international news at >> 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
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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 >> 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: a looming deadline to pass a health care bill. republicans scramble to rally votes, but many senators on both sides of the aisle say they, and the public, are being kept in the dark. then, a tragic homecoming. american otto warmbier dies after being flown, in a coma, out of north korea. what it means for u.s. relations with the asian country, and for the three americans still being held there. plus, young people and social media. one school district wades into the tricky task of monitoring online activity, without infringing on students' privacy. >> it is very important to draw the line between punishing an


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