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>> this is "bbc world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and fox searchlight. >> it is about what tiggers eat. >> critics are calling "goodbye christopher robin" every bit as magical as winnie the pooh's adventures. it is emotional, heartwarming, and bursting with nostalgia.
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discover the poignant tale behind literature's best loved bear. >> find something to be happy about. >> "goodbye christopher robin." rated pg. in select theaters friday. >> and now "bbc world news." this is bbc world news america. i'm laura trevelyan. a stinging criticism of donald trump from one of the top republicans in the senate. bob corker says the president risks putting the u.s. into the path of world war iii. republicans in the senate. hollywood royalty's peak set harvey weinstein and the lack of sexual harassment claims that sees the producer sacked from his own company. he coined the term nudging to help people exercise better self-control. american economist richard thaler wins the nobel prize for economics. ♪
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laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. donald trump is treating the presidency like a reality show and his actions could set the nation on the path to world war iii. so says the powerful republican bob corker, senate of the -- chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and formerly campaign for mr. trump. trump claimed he didn't have the guts to seek reelection and corker called the white house and adult day care center. anthony zurcher. this is a top republican, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee saying this about the president of the united states. what is the most damning accusation that bob corker is making here.
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anthony: i think the tweet earlier in the day about the adult day care center got the biggest headlines but if you look at the new york times interview coming says donald trump lies in his tweets regularly and everyone knows it. everyone in congress knows what they are dealing with, that he is a big distraction. he is the one giving voice to it. concern is that bob corker is saying what a lot of people feel. he does not have to run for your reelection last year so he feels a little liberated. what about the political implications for the president right now as he is relying on bob corker or not? anthony: this is a very narrow margin in the senate. we have 52 republican senators. you can only afford to lose two and still pass any piece of legislation as we saw with health care. bob corker or not? that wentthree and down in flames. if donald trump is taking a fight with bob corker and bob corker is not backing down, that down in flames. could be a concern.
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donald trump has picked fights with mitch mcconnell, john mccain, but this is the first time somebody has been giving it as good as he has gotten. laura: the white house revived that with the nfl. would happen to the vice president being drawn in? anthony: the vice president flew to his hometown indianapolis, indiana, showed up to a football game and stood for the national anthem and walked out because some members of the san francisco 49ers that were protesting for years knelt. there has been criticism that this is a long way and a lot of money to spend to make a statement. donald trump tweeted out his praise of mike pence saying he asked him to do this. and and some nfl players are upset but i think donald trump supporters, this is another example of mike pence and donald trump on the same playbook of standing up for patriotism and the american flag. laura: let's turn now to the fate of the dreamers. young people were brought here illegally as children, they got legal status under president obama. the white house has laid out the
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price of keeping them here. what is that political price? anthony: the price is building the wall. changing the way illegal immigrants come in to this country. 10,000 more border security agents. the laundry list of everything that donald trump campaigned on, immigration hardliners have been pushing, and the opposite of what democrats in congress thought they had as an agreement with donald trump. they said they would reauthorize daca legislatively, they would not talk about the wall. maybe some beefed up security. a lot of democrats right now, chuck schumer and nancy pelosi, shaking their heads saying the hardliner is back in control and we cannot count on donald trump. anchor: democrats are the minority party here. what can they do to help the dreamers? anthony: the funny thing was what was donald trump doing -- negotiating with democrats. if the republicans want to do something, they have the votes. there are some members of the republican party that will never be in favor of daca, the
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legislation. they are going to have to reach across with some of the democrats. the problem is can you create a coalition that will support all of this because things like wall funding is a nonstarter for democrats. they will not be in favor of that at all. finding a compromise will be a challenge especially now with the opening bid for republicans. laura: thank you for joining us. that twitter spat between the president and senator bob corker, katty kay and christian fraser to the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirable michael mullen to their program. katty: i want to bring up what bob corker said in the new york times about the president as whatand he talked about the president said was reckless to the point it could lead to world war iii. would you agree with bob corker? guest: i am not sure it could lead to world war iii.
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i have a lot of time with chairman corker, i know him pretty well. he is a thoughtful guy. i think he is expressing a concern that it could lead to a miscalculation and that we are so tightly wound on some of these issues -- north korea for example -- there's not a lot of maneuver space. we could be misinterpreted. our president could be misinterpreted by the leader of north korea. there could be misse miscalculations that could then get out of control. that is what i think corporate is singing. there is not enough maneuver. anchor: we know about the checks and balances that surrounds the white house when it comes to journalism and congress. talk to me about the military process. how strong are the checks and balances that might prevent inadvertent actions? guest: the military has signed up to carry out the direction of the president. katty: and is built for speed. guest: duly-elected president through our democratic process.
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so there is not any immediate checks and balances, per se. that does not mean that military leaders secretary , mattis will not push back hard on internal discussions. if the president make the decision to carry out a strike, they will carry that strike out. christian: would you put this president in charge of one in your nuclear submarine? guest: he actually is in charge of all of our nuclear submarines. that is just a fact. i think we have to more than judge whether i would have done that or not. the american people did that. i support that. the question is obviously how does he execute that responsibility? the american people did that.chf talk about the iran deal. c. mark gabriel, the german foreign minister, said our big concern with regards to north korea that it would be very unlikely they would agree to any
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diplomacy if the united states walks away from the iran deal. guest: i think a very important part of this discussion is, to knock on effect north korea, which was not taken into consideration when we made the deal. a total of seven countries involved. breaking faith with them when -- i think will send a really bad signal as well. i in no way support iran from their support of terrorism, their missile testing, but what gets lost often is this was a deal about nuclear weapons, the most dangerous weapons on earth. i was supportive of it. we should be as hard on iran as possible. unless there is evidence in terms of them breaking the deal on their side, i think we need to stick with it. laura: that was admiral michael mullen a little earlier. in other news now from around one person is dead
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after wildfires in california's wine country. firefighters attacking more than 14 wildfires. it is because of hot weather and sunday.ind on it is now covering an area larger for 60,000 acres. russian agent spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements to spread misinformation during the election. the ads were carried by youtube and gmail to google products. the oscar-winning hollywood producer harvey weinstein has been sacked by his company following allegations he sexually harassed women for decades. mr. weinstein has apologized although his lawyer reject many of the allegations. meryl streep called his alleged behavior disgraceful and there has been criticism of hollywood's reluctance to
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respond to the claim. nick reports. he is the behind the camera figure who has become one of the movie industry's most prominent red carpet stars. harvey weinstein, now cast by some as a sexual predator. the alleged billing in aesop -- villain in a saga of his own making. he is the producer behind a string of hits. pulp fiction, turning films into box office sensations. the king's speech brought oscar-winning success. now he is being fired from the company he cofounded great the weinstein company describes new information about his misconduct. ashley judd was one of the first actresses to speak out. the new york times reported he reached settlements with at least eight women who claim he sexually harassed them. >> i think the question stands who protected harvey weinstein? who protected the women? did they feel they would speak
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up? did they feel anyone would believe them> ? nick: the plot is like a throwback to the battle days of hollywood. a movie mogul allegedly preying on aspiring young actresses. the industry has been slow to publicly condemn a figure of enormous influence, one with the power to break as well as make careers. harvey weinstein is a prominent democrat with friends in high places such as hillary clinton. today, the first lady of hollywood, meryl streep, the friend who once referred to him as god, spoke out about the claims. "the disgraceful news about harvey weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed. the intrepid women who rose their voices are heroes." judi dench, who won an oscar in the weinstein movie shakespeare in love, says the allegations
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were horrifying. last week, he apologized for behavior that in the past caused a lot of pain but also claimed many of the accusations were false. this is a storyline that even he cannot control. there is growing pressure on the leaders of catalonia to abandon their plans to declare the region independent from spain. the n president is due to address of the parliament tomorrow and is likely to be a major milestone in the political crisis. a formal declaration of independence is intimate. tonight, there is no sight of any compromise. reporter reports from barcelona. reporter: barcelona is world-famous as a haven for
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tourists, a hotbed for political instability. the storm around catalan independence has taken visitors a bit by surprise. >> there are a lot of people yelling, crying out. >> the people we have seen seem very friendly, happy. >> trying to be independent. reporter: the streets of barcelona have echoed with political slogans this week. demonstrations for and against catalan independence, following a referendum on breaking away from spain which was marred by police aggression, not recognized by spanish courts and resulted in a majority for independence. the tension of the last few days, including arguments over who did or did not vote in the referendum, comes to a head here tomorrow in a special session of the catalan parliament called by the catalan president. what will he say? it is impossible to overstate
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how closely watched his words will be, not just here, but across spain and the european union because ultimately this comes down to european unity. will there be that declaration of unilateral catalan of unilateral catalan independence here or not? no one knows, and if they do, they are not telling. >> the referendum law is very clear about declaring independence if the majority is in favor. it is not for me to speak for the president. there are only 24 hours left to weight and then we will know. reporter: how do you feel tonight, i asked, as a citizen? >> i feel like a lot of catalans, a mix of emotions. i am worried but also full of hope. one thing is for sure -- nothing will ever be of the same again after the referendum of october 1.
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reporter: as the clock counts down to the president's parliamentary declaration, political pressure is being ramped up to stop the push for independence at home by the spanish government. and abroad with france declaring it will not recognize the independent catalonia. tonight for many is a time for reflection. the calm before a possible storm. tomorrow, catalans in favor of independence plan to surround the parliament and attempt to bend the catalan president to their will. laura: so much at stake tomorrow. you are watching bbc world is america. still to come, 50 years after che guevara, his son is taking tourists on a trip that may
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surprise you. tonight, we go along for the ride. more than six weeks after violence in myanmar, more than half a million muslims fled the country, many making their way to bangladesh. at least 12 people died when their boat capsized as they were making that journey. up to 100 people on board, many children. rescuers are still searching for survivors. united nations refugee agency says people are taking huge risks to flee the violence. from akhbarcomes hussein and it may contain images you may find disturbing. reporter: finally, they met their tragic end. bangladesh police and border security found the dead bodies when they were washed to the shore. the boat was carrying up to 60
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passengers. the overcrowded boat capsized because of strong wind with high waves. muslims had to wait 10 days at the shore before journeying to bangladesh. a 30-year-old is the only survivor of his family. >> we were seven. my three kids, wife, father-in-law, my mother and me. all my family members died. we all had difficulties for food. they killed people and burned all the villages houses. we came here to save our lives. reporter: after the boat capsized, many people still missing. dead bodies in buried in the local graveyard. thousands of muslims fled from myanmar and took shelter in bangladesh by crossing the border. at least 20 boats
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capsized, killing around at leas capsized, killing around 150. ♪ since his death in 1967, guevara was an icon of the cuban revolution, capturing imaginations of a generation. he was famed for his socialist ideals, but one of his children is keeping his name alive through a different approach. he runs a private business on the island, offering motorbike trips to tourists. will went along for the ride. will: son of latin america's best-known revolutionary icon, ernesto, has inherited much from his father. his strong features, his name and his passion for motorbikes.
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unlike che, ernesto has taken a very different path in life. tourism. he runs a motorbike tourism company whose only link to che is in the name. after the famous motorcycle diaries. >> this is a private company using foreign capital working alongside some state-run cuban companies. it has been happening for years now, for centuries, in fact. will: he gave us rare access to join him on a city tour of havana. business is brisk. cuba receiving record numbers of visitors last year, his company has proven a popular way to see the island. >> americans my age have never been able to come to cuba and now we can. i don't know how long that will last. i thought i had to jump through this window while i could. >> when obama opened up cuba, she said we should really go soon. >> before it changes.
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>> it took us a while to get it together but we are here now and i enjoy it. will: despite his name, ernesto insists he is very much his own man. >> it has never been a big deal to me to have the surname guevara. i have never used my surname for anything. the upbringing my mother gave me would never allow me to act like that. will: as the son of a famous marxist whose image adorns every cornerwill: as the son ofs marxist whose, he knows he has his critics, especially in miami who accuse them of double standards of running a capitalist venture on a communist island. criticism is not something that bothers him. >> i'm the coordinator because i like doing this, because it was my idea to start doing tourism by motorbike. nothing more.
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it has nothing to do whether it is socialist or capitalist. will: in the 50th anniversary of his father's death, ernesto admits sometimes his surname has been a difficult cross to bear. certainly, the global fascination with che is unlikely to slow down. still, he is happy to simply focus on what interests him most -- seeing cuba by motorbike. will grant, bbc news. laura: now we see and hear a lot about president trump's wife melania, but it is his former wife ivana making headlines. she has promoting her book raising trump. here's a little of what she has been saying. >> he asked me about should i tweet, should i not tweet? >> what have you told him? >> i said i think you should tweet. i was offered to be american ambassador to the czech republic. he said if you want it, i will give it to you. i like my freedom.
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why would i go and say bye-bye to miami in the winter and bye-bye to spring and fall in new york? i have a perfect life. laura: ivana trump did not stop. she went on to jokingly call itself the first lady and claims to have a direct number to the white house which she doesn't use to avoid making melania jealous. a spokeswoman for melania called the comments unfortunate attention seeking from an ex, . to the american economist richard thaler who won this year's nobel prize for economics. he looked at how people make bad choices. his theory may help people exercise better self-control. he will spend his money as rationally as possible. selena has a good
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hand. economist and i usually asked to be in hollywood blockbusters. here he is with selena gobemez, explaining why the crisis and why property prices will go up forever. mr. thaler wants to help us. let's take his theory called nudge. the government wants us to eat more healthily. how should we go about that? how should we go about that? we get paid lots of money on films warning us about obesity. thaler says that might not work. much better -- just put healthy food on higher shelves. he says that could help much more. nudge could help in other ways. gym membership, sending a text reminding people that their friends are still going. mr. thaler told me his model allowed us all to make mistakes.
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we are not always rational decision-makers. >> economics is simply the addition of human beings into economic models. we misbehave, we eat too much, exercise too little. we smoke. reporter: his ideas have been a major influence on government thinking. the official nudge unit in westminster. >> financial behavior, getting people back to work. economies and consumers behavior is all influenced by economists and the top of the pile is richard thaler so he deserves it. reporter: are you a rational human being, how would you spend the 850,000 pound prize money? >> well, whenever i'm going to buy anything that is particularly fun, i'm going to say it came from the nobel prize money. thateconomists would think
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that is stupid, but i think that will give me a lot of pleasure. reporter: that is enough of an economic good for most people. laura: i'm laura trevelyan. thanks for watching. >> with the bbc news app, our videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up to date with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and fox searchlight. >> it is about what tiggers eat. >> critics are calling "goodbye christopher robin" every bit as
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magical as winnie the pooh's adventures. it is emotional, heartwarming, and bursting with nostalgia. discover the poignant tale behind literature's best loved bear. >> find something to be happy about. >> "goodbye christopher robin." rated pg. in select theaters, friday. >> "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 deal, perhaps, derailed-- the white house hands congress hardline immigration demands, including funding the border wall, in exchange for protecting so-called "dreamers." then, the downfall of a movie mogul. harvey weinstein is fired from his own company after damning reports of sexual misconduct allegations spanning decades. and, curbing opioid prescriptions for chronic pain. we continue our 'america addicted' series with a look at how doctors are trying alternative methods for daily sufferers. >> pain is very subjective. and i can't sit here and tell you you're not in pain. my job is to help alleviate that pain.

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