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jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in the u.s. and around t world. french police say they shot dead the gunman who killed three people during an attack near the famous christmas market in strasbourg. cherif chekatt became one of the men in europe. our correspondent invi brussels, lee, has the latest. navin: the snes i strasbourg tonight ended with the death of 29-year-old cherif chekatt. the elite anti-terrorism unit ended the operation monts ago. eyewitnesses say they heard gunfire as the police and military teams moved in. >> when i left mcdonald's, i need to go home, and i see the blocked rd and i hear shots
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and itas very strange. vin: 29-year-old cherif chekatt was born in strasbourg from an algerian family. authorities say he was a known criminal, convicted 27 times for pettyra crime, bucalized in prison, and when released last year was placed on a security threat lt of individuals monitored for possible extremism. it was here in the christmas market in strasbourg where the attack was carried out. they say cherif chekatt was carrying a pistol and a knife, shooting and stabbing people in the streets as others run for their lives. chekatt is said to have been confronted by soldiers in the markets. he escaped by taxi, o tering the drtake him to the neudorf area. there was a second exchange of gunfire with police, though he escaped and has not been seen since. special forces carriedut an early rate in neudorf this ternoon, saying they fou nothing, and told reporters they
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were sure he wasn't there. three people were killed in the attack. e 12 morre injured. tonight the city is notably quiet for the people living here speak of their fear in the last few days and shareth relie it appears to have come to an end. jane:r a little earlspoke to gavin, who is in strasbourg. thatmore can you tell us go -- what more can you tell us? gavin: we have confirmation that the strasbourg market attacker, cherif chekatt, is dead in the last couple of hours here. this is the neudorf district of strasbourg, 15 minutes drive from the christmas market. this is the last place where cherif chekatt was seen on tuesday night. you have police and anti-errror officers also special forces. just to rewind a few hou, what we know from the french interior minister is that it was here around this area that three
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officers reported seeing a man acting suspiciously. before that, according to ench tv reports, there was a woman who saw the same man in the streets who appear to have and injum. he was shot in the aue by soldiersay night after the christmas market attack before he escaped. the officers approached him. called to him. he shot at the according to the interior minister. they shot back and killed him. insidehe forensic teams are checking that the body is that of cherif chekatt. a lot of people talk of hearing three shots of gunfire. there was a controlled explosion a short while ago that we heard as well. helicopters hovering above as well. a lot of people talk about being scared that people they know are still behind the cordon.
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but i think the overall feeling now is sheer relief 48 hours since the christmas market eeattacks, the suspect has killed. from that was gavin lee strasbourg. the u.s. and has voted against the saudi-led war in yemen, defying president trump and underscoring lawmakers' anger over the murder of jamal khashoggi. senators also released a joint istatement holding the sa crown prince responsible for the killing. for more i spoke with barbara plhit-usher. doesresolution mean that the u.s. is sending any involvement in the war in yemen? barbara: no, it doesn't, jane, because it wou have to go through law. but it is quite significant because it is the first time that congress as ever voted to withdraw u.s. forces from a foreign conflict on the gund,
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that the president doesn't have the authority to put them there, that should be congress' si de. it just underscores how angry the senators are about theum enormous cost of this war in yemen and how angry they are at the saudis as well who are leading this campaign. it is a real rebuke to trump administration policie jane: what does this mean about the long-term relationship a between the u. saudi arabia? barbara: it is a strong message at a majority of senators just think the status quo is unacceptable. they believe the relationship is costrategic, but not at an, because in addition to their anger over yemen, they were outrag over the killing of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi, especially because the cia concluded that was probably ordered at the very highest levels by crown prince mohammed bin salma and yet the trump administration has stood staunchly behind the prince, it has not publicly censored him, and senators feel that is a message that values don't matter, that this is a blank check to the prince to do whatever he wants. ey have voted on this other resolution in which they themselves said to the prince that they believe he did it,
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that he ordered the killing. jane: barbaralett-usher, thank you for joining me. ahead of the u.s. vote, warringn partieemen agree to a cease-fire in the port city of hodeida to take effect on friday. it is a lifeline for nearly two irds of the country who are suffering the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. the pause in fighting has raised hopes that the u.n.-sponsored deal could lead to a wider peace reement. t porter: these are the faces of the world's humanitarian crisis. in this makeshift camp in u for joining me. ahead of the u.s. vote, warring parties in yemen agree to a cease-fire in the port city of hodeida to take effect on friday. it is a lifeline for nearly two thirds of the country who are suffering the worst humanitarian htisis in the world. the pause in figg has raised hopes that the u.n.-sponsored deal could lead to a wider peace agreement. reporter: these are the faces of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. in this makeshift camp in certhern yemen, civilians have escaped the violbut not its consequences. without any money, this is what she will feed her family today, a handful of leaves.
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"we have nothing else to eat," "no aid agencies have come here." her husband told us they have lost everything in the fighting. their children are hungry. but the blockade and fighting around the port has crippled the entire country, with millions fang famine. but today in sweden, a glimmer of hope. e warring parties shake hands
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after agreeing to a u.n. proposal that could bring the battle to an end. >> we have reached an agseement. we wila mutual realignment of forces and the establishment of a government-wide cease-fire. this will facilitate the humanitarian access to the civilian population.po reer: back in yemen, news of the deal was greeted with celebration by the houthi rebels. but after months of intense fighting in hodeida and many broken cease-fires, the question is wheth this time the warring parties really will put down their weapons. but with from the u.k. and its allies, along with the united nations playing a leading role, there is more optimism, optimism and hope
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that the people of yemen are desperate for. jane: psident trump lashed out at his former lawyer at day after a court sentenced michael arhen to three years in jail. in a series of-morning tweets and again in an interview with fox news, mr. trump said he never instructed mr. cohen to break the law, and he counted on him to know what was legal and what wasn't. pres. trump: let me tell you, i never directed him to do anything wrong. whatever he did and he did on his own. he is a lawyer. a lawyer who represents a client is supposed to do the right thing. that is why you my them a lot ey, etc., etc. i never directed him to do anything incorrect or wrong. jane: mr. cohen pleaded guilty in august to a series of financial imes and also admitted to lying to congress
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over a proposed real estate deal in russia. for more on this, i spoke earlier with the president of the constitutional accountability center. how strong is the president's t defense that he didn'll michael cohen to do anything? elizabeth: it is not very strong at all, and if we look at the prosecutor's memo t to justify the sentence for michael cohen, they talkbout how it was this repeated ttern, almost a culture accepted of lies and criminality between cohen and trump world and simply because the president might not have said "i want you to violate campaign-finance laws by paying off these two women so they don't make m bad on
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president trump as the sitting president, by some accounts, cannot be indicted. elizabeth: certainly that is an open question and something we might have to decide in the courts wther it is constitutional or not. there is the final constitutional backstop of impeachment.
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everyone agrees that we should wait to see what the mueller investigation leads to but if there is this clear, undeniable evidence of criminal wrongdoing, and what we have seen thus far, personal corruption, greed, power seeking coming from trump world andia potey led by donald trump and his family himself, it is going to be hard to avoid the question. jane: separately, a russian woman, maria butina, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to helping russia interfere with u.s. halitics. how significant is elizabeth: it is very significant. we have the first russia citizen who has been convicted ofhe conspiracy to influence 2016 election to help donald trump against his then-rival hillary clinton. what we are looking at over all in all of these investigations ts athe russian atte potential collusion with the trump campaign to influence an american democratic election.
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this is a huge deal, and she is talking with the prosecutors she is going to continue to cooperate, as, frankly, is michael cohen. he continues to give information about the core russia-related investigation, and the issue isb collusiot the election. jane: thanks very much for joining me. from ame u.k., and today after surviving a no-confidence vote by members of her own party, british prime minster theresa may is back brussels seeking improvements on her brexit plan. the european union says the deal cannot be renegotiated even though it is unlikely to get passed by the british parliament in its current form. mrs. may remains optimistic that pre can persuade them to make changes. e min. may: my focus now is ensuring that i can get those assurances we need tthis deal over the line because i genuinely believe it is in the best interest of both sides, the u.k. and the eu,o get the deal
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over the line. i recognize the strength of concerns in the house of commons, and that is what i will be putting too my colleagues today. i don't expect an immediate kleakthrough, but i hope we can start work as quas possible on the assurances that are nessary. jane: those meetings will continue into friday with 27 leaders gathered in brussels and they changes theresa may is seeking to the deal. two israeli soldiers have b tn killed andwo others sears the injured in the -- seriously injured in the occupied west bank. israeli military said a palestinian man opened fire on troops at a bus stop. earlier, israel's security forcesd saiey killed three palestinians accused of carrying ceout rent attacks in jerusalem and the west bank. nasa'sil juno mission has uned thes stunning new of giant polar storms on the planet jupiter. the issues were downloaded and
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processed using information gathered by juno, which orbits the planet every 53 days. scntists hope they will help them understand how the biggest planet in the solar was formed. you are watching "bbc world news america." prill to come on tonight's ram, spaceri t takes a giant leap towards reality. we will hear from richard branson about his latest virgin galactic flight. jane: china has confirmed it is canadians from a former diplomat and a businessman from on suspicion of endangering national security. the two men have been held since monday. of theows the arrest chief executive of a leadi telecom firm huawei. reporter: china warned of the
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consequences if the executive from huawei was not released. now there are two being held by state security and facing heavy penalties including prison. businessman. for -- michaelpavor was picked upn china. he organizes trips to north korea and helped basketball star denn rodman visit there. the chinese governme confirmed he is being held and investigated for alledly harming china's state security. he was detained the same day as the international crisis group analyst michael kovrig, who is being investigated for the same reason, but held in beijing. china's foreign ministry spokesman was not directly linking the fate of these men to the release of the ughter of huawei's founder, but he wasn't
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ruling it out either. nzhou's casemegn wa is bad practice from canada and we demand her immediate release. the case of the two canadians is by china's national security authorities in accordance with the la reporter: huawei's chief financial officer has been released on bail, wearing a gps tracker to aghid her flifrom canada. she is awaiting extradition oceedings to the united states, where she is accused of audulently covering up business deals with iran to avoid american- jane: virgin galactic has successfully rocketed into space and back for the first time. the company's spaceship reached a height of 82 kilometers, or 50 s which is considered th edge of space.
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sir richard spoke to the b's katty kay and christian fraser earlier about the launch. richard: iwas just magnificent to see it go into space today. it's the first time i think that anyce sip has been into space from american soil since 2011, and the first time that a commercial spaceship company has put people into space. a day to celebrate. katty: sir richard, tell us whae the pass will see. what will they be able to see? richard: i talked to astronauts, and they were looking at mexico in one direction, canada in another direction, and they came with big, big eyes, and just said it was utterly awesome. i am really looking foto go up myself sometime next year toxperience it.
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obviously, we hope in time to enable thousands of people watching this ogram to go up. initially, as u say, it is not going to be cheap. we have invested a lot of money into this program. the initial people will help us get that money back. and then in time as we build more and more spaceships will be able to bring the price down. hopefully a lot of people watching this program one day itll become astronauts. christian: how eg. explain to our viewers how it works. if i understand it properly, the rocket bit of the spacecraft up to a certain de and that is the point fired.e rocket is richard: so the spaceship, which is rowht behind me, don't if you can see it, is attached to a mothership, giant airplane we filled. it itaken to 40,000 feet. the spaceship is dropped from
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the mothership. it goes to 3000 miles an hour in seven to eight secon, straight up. we had of this happening here today. d then when it is in space, it suddenly is not moving anymore. people unbuckle their seats andt they fround and look out of these big windows in the speship. after they've checked out mexico and checked out canaey then can buckle back in and come back to the earth's atsphere at 2500 miles an hour, and then the spaceship becomes a glider and lens on its -- and lands on its wheels. jane: i wonder if you can use virgin whilst to get discounted
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tickets. miles to get discounted tickets. many of us experienced bullying and for it nearly ended her one career, t the acclaimed anist was able to overcome the trauma and explains to the bbc how she found joy in playing again. ♪ >> it real did almost my love for performing, my love for playing piano and learning music. i had a very tough teacher growing up, but she always believed in me. when i ented college, i had a really terrible experience with one of my professors where i was bullied and it affected me greatly. i used to have so much enjoy but then became this paralyzing experience.
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it was degrading and humiliatinn anto be a dating -- and intimidating andpu very mative. ree anxiety and depression i had on performing afteing this practicing." of it talks about figuring out what our intentns are and also scovering what the intentions are of the audience. instead of remembering the joy and generosity i felt in wanting to share this beautiful muc that i love, i was thinking more about how awful i am if it doesn't go the way it is supposed to go. the thing that help bring back my love for performing is trusting and believing in people again. i feel lucky, and that is why ip share myiences so openly because a lot of people have etne through this.
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it is tough to qhe negative voices and be critical. i grew to love music in a deep way an emotional way and intellectual way. it is like i entered another dimension. it is like an out of by experience with a great performance. i feel just elevated, another veplane, like i ecome one with the music, and the audience gives an energy, and i'm feeling -- feeding off the energy. [applause] jane: wonderful.
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captioniponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, a starting point-- how a partial cease-fire in yemen help end a brutal war, as the u.s. senate takes a symbolic vote coemning saudi arabia. then, outgoing democratic senators claire mccaskill and heidi heitkamp reflect on their elections, their time in congress and what their rty needs to do next. plus, the last ship in therr mediteean helping migrants ceases operations due to political pressure by european governments, leaving many stranded. >> the aquarius has saved about 30,000 lives over the last three years. people that without th

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