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dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. ew>> and now, "bbc world ns." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. comedian bill cosby is convicted of sexual assault. -- sexually assaulting aoman he once mentored. the former television faces 10 years in accusers celebrated outside court. >> bill cosby, three words foru guilty, guilty, guilty! laura: historic talks are aboutc to take between north and south korea. how this sets the stage for president trump's anticipated meeting with kim jong-un. erd crossing divides in canada. the one community people from all walks of life live side-by-side. could this be a model for others
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to fol welcome to our viewers on public television here in amloica and around the. the comedian bill cosby, once a lovable figure on american tv, has been convicted of sexual assault. andrea constand told the court how cosby drugged her at his home in 2004 and assaulted her.o she of dozens of women who haveed accosby of molesting them over a period of panning 50 years. cosby's lawyers clhe encounters were consensual aleem maqbool reports. aleem: he was an icon, one of the most watched men on television. he came to court today to find, confident he would walk free. he was wrong outside the courtroom, moments after bill cosby was convicted,
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some of those who accused him of sexual assault found it hard to contain their emotion. and their relief that he will now go to prison for his crimes. >> i thank the jury, i think the prosecution. when i lookeat the jury, there was one young black man on the jury who son, and i know they disappointment he felt looking at a beloved blackni male, i icther figure, and being able to render a guilty ve i thank him. aleem: one woman looks up to bill cosby when she herself appeared on s show, and in his heyday, bill cosby was not just an african-american hero, but a man referred to as america's dad. rsbut there were always ru that he used his position to abuse women.
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finally, in the last three years, around 60 came forward to say he assaulted them. but on one incident, involving andrea constand, happened recently enough for the case to go to trial. the first time it went to court, the jury could not agree on a verdict. this time in a retrial, there was unanimous decism.n to convict what changed this time around? the judge allowed more women to testify, illustrating a pattern of bill cosby drugging and assaulting women. and of course, this trial took place with the me tooovement as a backdrop. b we are so happy that finally we can say women aieved, and not only on #metoo, but in a recourt of law where they under oath, where they testified truthfully, where they were attacked, where they were smeared, where they were denigrated aleem: this fallce star now a lengthy jail term, but it is clear he is not preparedqu to gtly.
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>> we are very disappointed by thverdict. we don't think mr. cosby is guilty of anything. and the fight is not over. aleem but just the conviction of a huge, previously untouchable celebrity is a huge moment for women and those fighting for justice for women sexually assaulted. agoa: i spoke or short time to the bbc's nada tawfik pennsylvania. what is the atmosphere outside the courtroom in the wake of the verdict? nada: i have to say, laura, a set of bill cosby's ac have been here every day and they are still here, just overjoyed, in tears. they told me that they thought this was uhinkable as recently as just before the verdict, they doubted it was even possible. but they are just overjoyed
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itbecause, as one puthis makes them feel like women are finally being seen as worthy and being believed as much as men. certainly, we have looked in the past at how the culture has changed in the last year in how victims have gone from being doubted to believed. this w a key test in how the justice system would see it. laura: how much difference did the me too movement make to the backdrop othis trial? nada: well, i think it did make a big differencelaura. you had five additional women certainly, we have looked in the were allowed to speak, and the judge decided that they would help the jury see that there was a pattern of bill c's behavior of drugging and sexually assaulting women. thesepo women powerfully, gave evidence and said that they were there to seekosustice. bill's lawyers aggressively tried to attack them, calling one promiscuous,
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another after the spotlight, another money.tist after his but the jury in the end chose to believe andrea constand, the chief accuser, and the five other women. i think it can't be understated how in the past it has been so historically difficult to try sexual-assault, and certainly the prosecutors said that was a big difference this time around. laura: how much of a fall fromfo grace is thibill cosby himself? nada: i think people who grew up watching bl cosby, as i have, those who continue to watch him on television with the reruns of "the cosby show," are still a bit shocked by this. for years there have been allegations against him, but americans couldn't reconcile that with his wholesome, lovable imag laura: nada tawfik, thank you. today president trump gave her defiaeeling and interview on fox news. he called in just minutes after
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to become the head of affairs department pulled out. mr. trump said the allegations against ronny jackson were unfounded and went on to criticize everyone from hemes comey toffairs department pulled out. press. here he was talking ab russian collusion. president trump: you look at the top of the fbi, it is a disgrace , and our justice department, which i try to stay away from but at some point i won't come out justice department should be looking at that kind of stuff, o not the nonsencollusion with russia! there is no collusion with me p. and russia, and everyone knows it. laura: for more on the president's intervie i spoke a brief time ago with democratic congressman joaquin castro, wh ts on the intelligence coman castro, the president iste thrng today to intervene in the justice department itself. do you fear he might carry out his threat and shut down the mueller investigation? rep. castro: yeah, the president
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should leave the justice department alone and allow attorney general sesand allow bob mueller, let them do their work and let the investigations go forward, and rae president should conce on the other business of the country. laura: the fact is there is a bipartisan bill in the senate to try and protect the special counsel, but it may not get a vote on the floor. you don't have any protections in congress, do you, for robert mueller? rep. castro: that's right, right now bob mueller is not protected, his investigation is not protected. the senate should move forward a bill that protects bob mueller, leaves him in place, send it to the house so that we can support it and it can become law. laura: you say that the white of thes like the lo flies, and today the nominee for veterans affairs had to withdraw because of multiple allegations against him. i do you feel li is congress is doing the vetting of cabinet nominees and not the white house? idp. castro: yeah, unfortunately for some of the prt's nominees, they have clearly not been vetted before they were
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nominated. once you are nominated, there is a lot of stuff that comes oute because ckground investigation is so intense and so thorough. either the white house needs to do a better job of vetting, or some of these nominees need to think twice abt accepting and nominationf ey know they have this stuff in their background. laura: what are the implications the country of this current vetting process? rep. castro: right now it means veterans affairs goes without a cabinet secretary for even longer. this is a critical agency that oversees care to our veterans. so it is a big deal for so many veterans in this country. laura: turning to foreignsi affairs, pnt macron said kster meeting with president trump that he the will pull out of the iran nuclear b deause of domestic political considerations. can you see ything at all that would change the president's mind on iran? rep. castro: it would be a mistake for the president of the united states to pull out of the
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iran deal. ou terms of him not pullin perhaps he doesn't do it because he tends to flip-flop on his positions every once in a while, so maybe he doesn't go through with it. but it would be a mistake. would mean that iran would be in a stronger position to develop a nuclear weapon that n they were even before the deal was signed. most of all, we ought to remain in the agreement because it has ensured that iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. it is also clear that france and n they were even bthe deal was signed. other members of the alliance who entered the deal with iran are not going to back out of the deal. it is going to puteshe united stn an isolated and strange position. also, it would be dangerous recause it sends the wrong signal to north and kim jong-un. if kim jong-un is looking at the united states' behand sees after a year and a half or two years, the president of the other members of the alliance united states is reaback out of an agreement that was made with the leader of another
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country regarding nuclear weapons, why in the world would the north korean dictator entera into any kind eement with the united states, seeing that kind of track record? laura:a angrkel is at the white house tomorrow. can she change the president's nd? rep. castro: at this point you can try anybody to change his mind. sswhoever is sucl would be great. i hope angela merkel has a productive and good meetidg with the prt. i hope she will make the case for staying in the iran deal, and perhaps she will prevail upon him. foura: congressman joaquin castro, thank yojoining us. rep. castro: thank you. other news, the white house has confirmed that president trump will travel to the u.k. on july 13. he will hold talks with prime minister theresa may. hiearlier planned visit to britain was canceled in january. russia says witnesses from eastern guto were at the prohibition for chemical weapons. bo countries claim the testimony supports their case that there was no chemical weapons attack in the area earlier this month.
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britain has dismissed the closed-door session as a stunt. a has sent back -- a space probe has sent back images of a martian crater covered in ice. it was taken as it flew over the northern hemisphere of mars over 400 kilometers over the surface of an ice-filled crater. in 2020, the mission plans to send a rover to detect signs of life on the red planet. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, as north and south korea prepare to sit down with each other, we hear from a top u.s. diplomaexon what we can ct. -- one ofth africa's south africa's f tale athletes could be stopped from competing in the track of it after the world athletic body announced new rules for fema athletes with high levels of
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fresh female athletes with high levels of testosterone. reporter: the eminent figure in women's middle-distance running, the commonwealth and olympic golden irl, whose strong physique has raised questions over her gender and whether she has an unfair advantage. it is a controversy which the world of athletics has been grappling with ever since she emerged as a global champion in 2009. rules to limit the amount natural testosterone in female inhletes, which were suspended 2015, has beennt rroduced, but this time with a focusven specific ents like the 800 5000 meters. those who produce elevated levels will be given the option of taking medication, enabling them to compete. dethe alternatives inclu switching disciplines or racing against men. she has responded with a few cryptic comments on cial typically defiant, she tweeted,
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reasonably in the direction of "i'm 90% sure you don't like me, but i'm 100% sure i don't care." meanwh party in south africa has accused sports authorities of targeting her and infringing her human rights. the new law is already proving divisive. >> i think it is a good thing because it puts all the athletes in the same level. >> m she wically declared female, so why did she have to take anything to lower her past. --herst after a levels testosterone levels? reporter: t iaaf acknowledges nsists it wants create a level playing field. laura: tonight k jong-un will
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cross into south korean territory, making him the first north korean leader to make the cash to do so since the -- first north korean leader to do so since the end of the korean war. he will cross the deo rcation lineet moon jae in for an historic summit. the significance of the meeting goes beyond talks of disarmament. the bbc's laura bicker has been to one south korean island to n reporte importance of this moment. the fishermen living on a forgotten frontlinei across tbody of water a few miles away is the north korean mainland. in between is a scar of division. this man farms seaweed on the northern limit line rating the countries. >> thedraw lines on this ocean
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and tell us not to go over. it is like being in a prison without bars. laura b.: the hazards of fishing in these waters have less to do with the weather and more to do with the climate. even with things good between north and south korea,here is a bit of tension. 8 years ago, this region bort the brun north korean aggression. they fired 170 shells at nearby a nearby island. four people were killed. the harbor may look tranquil, p but militasonnel outnumber civilians here. fishermen can't go out at night and risk abduction into north korean waters. dozens have never returned. this man is one of only a w who made it back after being dragged by a strong tide. >> i was lucky because the very
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first inter-korean summit was happening in pyongyang at the time. the north korean soldiers were worried about the image of me here. they told me to hurry and go back before anyone heard about it. laura b.: he believes he has thing to fear from the north koreans. he was born there. it remains his homeland. >> if good times, and unification happens, i will go right away back to my home. of course i want to go, because its my hometown. laura b.: the fishermen fly the flag of a unified korea. they hope their plea will be heard by the leaders of both countries as they prep meet. >> we have been worried about bombs and missiles flying over us, and another war starting. all that could be gone all at once. my heart wilbe at peace and our lives will be at peace. laura b.: for many, thindream of sharthese waters has been held for 65 years. this is the best chance at peace in decades, and they can only place their hope in those who
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will negotiate their future. laura bicker, bbc news. laura: the point person for the trump administration on north s been mike pompeo, and today he was confirmed as u.s. secretary of state. shortly afterwards, the white ituse released these photos of mr. pompeo meetingkim jong-un in north korea over easter weekend. for more on the diplom developments, my colleague fochristian fraser spoke ter billambassador to t u.n. richardson a short time ago. christian: governor richardson, the two koreas meet tomorrow. what can we expect from the e eting? mr. richardson: thll be a lot of pageantry, a lot of preparation in terms of scripted response to a lot of the issues. but i think it is important. it is not the main event. the main event is president trump and kim jong-un. the preliminary, an important preliminary that will
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tell us something about north korea's intentions oncl derization and inspections. christian: donald trump gave ano interviefox & friends" this morning. some interesting detail -- first new mike pompeo, the secretary of state, wa pyongyang and met with kim jong-un for an hour, and also aythat he is looking for aor the meeting, probably in geneva. what does that tell you? mr. richardson: well, first, that he met kim jong-un importt, because usually when you get to north korea, as i have, you never know who you are meeting with. but he met with the top leader who is conductneg the nuclear tiations. it looks like the logistics of the meeting, whether it is in geneva, when it is going to happen, a lot of the preparation a good sign that the top leader is behind it. that is welcome news. christian: when he spoke at as prnference on tuesday, donald trump said that for him, denuclearization was exactlytt that, g rid of the nukes, of an analystink
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this program who thinks kim is going to do that. mr. richardson: i don't think so. i believe that the finis definin of denuclearizdeion for both is different. for the united states it is dismantling his weapons. he is not going to do that. he may freeze them. and then he ll probably haggle a lot on inspections and verification. that is where we shouldn't let him off the hook. but maybe long-term denuclearization he is ready to do, but if that is thease he is going to ask for a lot in return. if we thought the marshall plan was very costly after wod war ii, wait until you hear what the north koreans ask for. christian: do you think, in thef wordonald trump, kim jong-un is truly an open and honorable man? mr. richardson: well, you know, he goes from one extreme to the other. this is what is dangerous -- whatever the president is feeling as he is tweeting, that is not how you conduct foreign policy.
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i don't think necessarily those characterizations are accurate either way. when kim jong-un has become an -- what kim jong-un has done is be,me an international pari rabble-rouser, and he is now trying to be a statesman. he is doing quite well. i think he has been underestimated. diplomacwith south korea, diplomacy with china, the meaning in chi. now donald trump. he has an agenda. he knows what he wants to do. the danger is that my president, donald trump, won't be prepared, won't be ready, will raise expectations too high. but i think him meeting with kim jong-un -- i give credit to the president for doing that. that is the right step right now because things on the korean peninsula couldn't be worse. christian: governor richardson,a good to have you on the program. thank you for giving us your thoughts. mr. richardson: thank you. laura: this week an attack onin pedestrianoronto killed 10 people. the crime shocked the country while underlining the diversean nature of canaociety. at the heart of that image is a
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housing project, which the bbc's lyse doucet has gone to visit in toronto's regent park. lyse: imagining a different future. this arts studio is one of many spaces in regent park designed to bring people together. >> he wasn't happy with the way it looked earlier. se: a retired businessman briefly moved in. >> 10 years ago i woul imagine living here. this was a very dangerous area. but now whenou i look , it is so changed. the amount of activity here isg go keep me very busy for the next 10, 20 years.bu lyse: old ildings torn down, new ones going up. it may sound like, gentrificatit here, nobody is being pushed out by people who can pay more to live here. the work of rebuilding this community isn't over, but already people from more than 10ocountries have come here ask what makes this work. does it have something to do with the cracter of this
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community, or is this a model that could work elsewhere? the model builds on a partnership -- theoronto housing association and a private developer. it is possible to do good and make money? >> absolutely. we do that every day. lyse: he takes me on a tour. so here you have people from different backgrounds livingdi hereerent incomes, all together in the same street? >> all together in the same street.s lyse: thiscial housing? >> this is market housing. social housing is down the street. lyse: i got it wrong. >> it's a eat success. lyse: a shout-out to canada's leader. this yoga class a snapshot of a diverse society. half the peoplrowho live in o were born in another country. but success isn't just about living side-by-side.
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>> the design might enable citizens of regent park, the people who live there, but it it the regent park individuals to take the power of the design and make it vibrant. lyse: this woman raised three children in regent park when it nes a different place. now she tries to c people across the financial divide. >> when did you movehat do yohedo, what can you give to community, how do you give back to the community? so yeah, it living here. lyse: the generation growing up here confronts the same challenges as kids anywhere. but when there is a greater sense you are on the same side, there may be a greater shoat success. lyse doucet, bbc news, regent park, toronto.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> yng: good evening, i'm joh yang. judy woodruf nis away. on tewshour tonight, bill ofsby is found guilty on all three chargeexual assault nnd lashes out in court with obscenity. then, president trump, on cable tv, downplays his relationship with lawyer michael cohe hours later, prosecutors use what hsaid in court to get a look at the cohen documents seized by federal agents. plus, making sense of the rise in crypto currenci e: paul solmanlores if there is a bitcoin bubble. >> we have no idea what to do with it. i wouldn't have any idea on how to exchange it or what it's worth. >> yang: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


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