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"b >> and nowbc world news." " laura: this c world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. chicago prosecutors dropped the charges against actor jussie smollett he claims vindication, while city police are outraged. jussie: i would not be my mother's son if i were capable of one drop of what ias accused of. >> do i think justice was served? no. laura: confusion in the house of s as lawmakers prepared vote on wednesday on a way forward on brexit. plus, forget the pharaohs -- a new exhibit looks at the queens of egypt and how female leaders ruled the kingdom.
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welcome to "world news america." in a drama the charges against actor jussie smollett have been dropped. head been accused of staging a hate crime against himself. er of chicago's mayo and police chief, prosecutors say they are dropping the charges because they don't see the tv star a threat to public safety. a warning, this report has flashing images of the start. jussie smollett was a red carpet is nowr, a tv actor wh at the center of a real-life drama with a surreal script. back in january, mr. smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in chicago.en wh the police investigated, they found that the two men who supposedly attacked the actor claimed they had been paid by him to stage the incident as a to get publicity and increase his tv salary.
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the star was indicted for filing a false port to the police. today came shock news that prosecutors decided e drop all tharges against jussie smollett, citing his volunteer rk and his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city. the actor claims he has been nothing but honesthroughout. jussie: i have been truthful and consistent since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capablef one drop of what i have been accused of. laura: chicago's police chief, clearly stunned by the decision, had this reaction. >> do i think justice was served? no. what do i think justice is? this city is still owed an apology.ur chicago's mayor fumed that jussie smollett's celebrity clearly played a part in the decision to drop charges against him. mayor emanuel: this was without a doubt a whitewash of justice pod sends a clear message that if you are in thtion of influence and pow, you get treated one way and other people will be treated another way.
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there is no accountability within the system. laura: as for jussie smollett's acting carr after all this, show, 20thof his tv century fox, said they were gratified to see the charges against him dismissed. mofo on the case and another courtg proceed causing ripples in washington, i'm joined by jonathan turley, a law professor at geoe washington university and bbc legal analyst. how stunning of and about-turn ishis? notion,: to give you a i got five times more calls from chicago on this than i did the trump decision by the special counsel. i am from chicago. people are irate. this whole town was turned upside down. people were mortified keat something his could happen on the streets of chicago. when the case became so abundantly clear that it was a ax -- they had an actual ph individuals, theseo
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co-conspirators buying this material -- it was just breathtaking that these charges would be tossed out, that he fine, anda $10,000 they even sealed the case. justice is celebrity not what people think it is. in most harsher justice because of the fear that people will view it as favoritism. this is a case of true celebrity justice. laura: visit also we fact that about race and alleged homophobia and supposedly dragging ipeople shouting pro-trump slogans? did it make it too hot to hand for prosecutors? itathan: well, in the end unify the city against this individual -- you used u you played us, and you played us on somethg that is an open wound for the united states of america. there's a lot of anger there that came out with this case. what is really astonishing is
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that he came out and said "i'm innocent." there wasn't even an agreement that he would have to accept his responsibility. it washat added insult that tipped the scales for many in chicago. laura: prosecutors in chicago say in their defense that their priority is crghting violent e and that smollett was not a threat to public safety. what do you make of that? jonathan: i really think th is nuts. you don't sit have aoustice system protect public safety. there is also an element of if that was the case, half the peop committing white-collar crime could say i am not a danger to public safety, i just ripped off the bank. this is a crime against the entire city of chicago. e those of us who om chicago are deeply proud of that h city, and t a great deal to see our city for traded this way. --ourate tit is right city portrayed this way. laura: turng to another
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than theno sooner justice department released a summary of the mueller report -- although you say people are more interested in the smart case -- get the trying to affordable care act revoked. jonathan: is remarkable. the trump administration was working onnoing out parts of this law. it did this turnabout today and set it has all got to because these provisions are so central to the act. urthe supreme said that one of these provisions is the something h-- thumping heart of the act. they said that since the supreme court said that, the body will die with this provision. this ia huge political risk for the trump administration. it is stepping on the president's lines -- this is not the first time that when the president has a really good day
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-- you have the special counsel's report, michael avenatti, one of his great critics, being arrested. you would think he would sit back andstatch tv. ead this drops and sucks the oxygen out of the room. laura: the president says he will deliver on health care, but will the court consider that the trump administration tried to get congress to repeal obaman're but they 't? jonathan: well, it will, but the biggest issue for the court is what is being argued the trump administration. when obamacare was svied on the inal mandate, the chief justic said we can't tear this out because the act wildie. the individual mandate was struck down. basically t trump administration is calling into account what he said. how this will play out is unclear, but what is clear is that republicans will not ju o have the deapublic health care. they want to come forward and
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rescue the nation with their own health care plan. that could set up some very weird damaging politics. laura: as if we didn't have enough of that already. jonathan turley, thank you for joining us. let' turn to brexit, where tomorrow lawmakers will hold a whole series of votes as they try to find a consensus on the way forward for brexit. the government has until april 12 to propose a different way for the eu if it cannot get the hcurrent brexit deal thro parliament. so far mps have voted against mrs. may's brexit plan twice. her leadership has been questioned by mps. from wesinster, here is the bbc's deputy political editor john pienaar. john: parliament has shown its power. we know who is in control, and the answer is no one. mps are getting ready to talk and vote their way through their ideas for exit, but then what. cabinet supporrs of mrs. may's brexit deal aren't giving up. rt theontinue to sup prime minister's deal. john: brexiteer ministers especially insist that
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taking control won't work. eg>> it is a niation between ourselves and the european union, and it may be entirely undeliverable. thank you. john: but the cabinet is split.b there is a rudd. she is backing mrs. may's deal, but wants freedom for tories toh vote how they se. others on the left are demanding the same. some junior ministers are saying prately they will rebel an resign if they have to. today mr may kept them all guessing. one who quithe government and voted to give 's a choice on brexit plans stood by his decision. >> i think brexit should happen in the right w, which is leaving but leaving on good terms with the best possible opportunity of a good future at the eu. john: what will be the choices when mp's fill this chamber tomorrow? there is the pm's deal, voted twice defeated already. or what closer to
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mrs. may's.hen a fresh referendum is another option. and a brexit with no deal. 's insist they will nev support that, but is still seems possible. >> all these proposals will be put forward, the speaker will select them. it will be handed to mp's and be asked to indicate yes or no to each one of them, and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they support. john: still, the battle over mrs. may's deal goes on. some rebels have backed away, but not enough. the chances of the prime minister getting her brexit plan approved by parliament at the third time of asking looks slim. talk to any tory mp or minister, and her own chances of survivinf r this crisis whether her plan goes through or not look even smaller. no shortage of contenders for her job. could boris johnson fall in behind mrs. may's deal?if he could, bue is, he is cat saying.
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another potentiaidate is reluctantly backing her plan. >> it is not a good deal, but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. that is what i said a week ago, and now you are seeing it. you are seeing proposals put ups which are all than her proposal. john help, theresa may might get this deal over the line? >> she has got to get the dup on her side, and i have some sympathy with them because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the united kingdom. i think she has a decent chance. john: today the democratic unionists were soundin ever. as usis there any chance of changing of mice -- changing our minds on this? unless there are significant , -- to to revea itself the deal itself, no. u'john: in brussels, th's chief negotiator spoke today for ny. t >> all eyes british parliament. john: unusually for any comment on brexit, no one is disagreeing with that tonight.
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john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. laura: in other news, purdue pharma, the drugmaker owned by the sackler family, has agreed to pay back $270 million to the state of oklahoma toettle a lawsuit. several states accuse the firm of contributing to the country's opioid crisis by playing down the risk of addiction ofts painkiller oxycontin. the company denies the charges. the head of the algerian army has called for the president to be removed fro office . in the last month that country hasse seen a es of massive protests against the 82-year-old's continued rule. nasa has been forced to call off its first all-female spacewalk because it does not have enough space suits that fit properly. anne mcclain and christina koch had been due to install new batteries at the international spacstation on friday. nasa says only one of the smaller spacesuits is ready for use. kurdish authorities in northern syria are calling for an international tribunal to try members of the islamic state group.
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last week forces retook the last s.piece of territory from bringing an end to the self-declared caliphate. officials say they are struggling to cope with the thousands of men and women captured. the bbc's aleem maqbool has been f given rare access to onee camps in northern syria, where many of those captured have been he. aleem: what should be done with the captured men and women of the ismic state group? it is one of the most urgent issues now that the last enclave has been wonack from i.s. hundreds of men and women who joined the group from 40 countries are in this camp in northern syria. they include ilhan from the netherlands, who admits to having joined i.s. but has no idea where she will face trial. >> you are asking theovernment to take us back. aleem:yo idid go back to holland, what do you think would happen? >> i go to prison. remy chii hope with my family.
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aleem: you could accept that? >> yeah. because i know i made a mistake. aleem: well, you understande there ople around the world who will be watching this -- >> yes. aleem: leave her there. with few countries taking back i.s.-groomed nationals, dealingn with them has eft to the ill-equipped kurdish administration. this isn't a prison. it is, as you can see, a camp in a war zone. the longer it goes on,ore there is a risk that something could go wrong. there could be instability in the region again. unless a plan is put in place soon, th is a ticking time bomb. syria hash region of already suffered living under i.s. and losing so many lives fighting.s. and with countries like britain revoking the nationality of those who ined the group, it
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has gone down badly. it has created a huge problem. "unfortunately, the international community has disappointed us," he says. "we cannot hold and try these people alone. if the world doesn't help us, there will be a probm again. the islamic state group will be a danger to all of us." after the final offensive to wipe the so-called islamic state from the map, we saw that were carting away, we were told, hundreds of i.s. families. humiliating end for the militants, but a reminder that h childre been caught up in this all, too. the administration here is urging countries to at least do something to rehabilitate thesei young foreigims, to stop the ideology with which they were born reemerging in the future. aleem maqbool, bbc news,
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northeastern syria. laura: the uncertain fate of the i.s. families in syria there. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, trolling practices in west africa. laura: israel has carried out more if it's on targets in the gaza strip in response to lestinian rocket fire. the israeli army said ituc s dozens of hamas targets. palestinian groups said it fired rockets into israel. reporter: a sleepless night in gaza, with dozens of israeli buildines pounding said to belong to hamas. meanwhile, garages of
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palestinian rockets were fired n atrby israeli towns. tlocals desperateing cover as the iron dome defense system was put to use. frantic internationale efforts derway t. >> will continue to work with egypt and all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation and encourage restraint. further escalation is likely to make a bad situation worse, in particular forivilians in and ose to gaza. reporter: this morning and gaza, people surveying the distraction with israeli drones humming overhead. this is where the office of the hamas leader was hit. israel, this man began cleaning up his home hit by a rocket. people are now taking advantage of the calm to do some
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pish, but schools here are shut and some offices as well. it is this a pin israeli villages close by, a in gaza, to -- it is the same in israeli villages c too.y, and in gaza, more israeli tanks rolling in. extra soldiers are being deployed in the south. oisrael wants show it is keeping its military options open. this is meant as a show of force. laura: now to a massive problem affecting miions of people. fishes of lies in the waters off west africa are in danger it had been one of the richest fishing grounds in t world, and some 10 million people depend on fishing for their livelihood. experts say what is driving the decline is the fishing practices of fleets from russia, the eu, and china. our correspondent paul adams reports from sierra leone.
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paul: he has been fishing since dawn, and he does not have a whole t to show for it. >> we are happy for this because it is small catch. paul: good fish are gone, he says, all captured by foreign trawlers. what would you like the government to do? >> we like the government to takehese away, because to stop fishing in this country. paul: sierra leone depends heavily on the sea for food d jobs. it is one of the poorest countries in the world. civil war tore it apart in the 1990's. then came ebola. but underwater, sierra leone is facing a different kind of crisis. >>hen the ecosystem is disturbed, when it is destroyed, it is almost impossible to restorit again. even if he stopped -- even if you stopped fishing for decades, it takes a very long time to reoiver. paul: wesierra leone's
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only patrol boat. we aren the dark because there are people in freetown who will tell the trawlers at of a marine vessel is on the way. satellite data shows foreign trawlers are already scattering far out to sea. we follow, eventually boardi. a chinese bo that is when two boats fishing side-by-side using a single huge ne it is efficient, but distracted -- but destructive and illegal in sierra leone. the evidence is strong. the government inspector seems to agree. but will it make any difference? >> you think you havdone your best, and then when you get a shore someone will tell you somethindifferent. especially the fishing companies
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-- "why u only doing this?" paul: over the course of three days, we see signs of indiscriminate methods. sierra leone's fish stocks are in grave danger. it is not hard to see why. back in freetown, the governmeni saysis trying to get a grip on a system riddled with corrtion and loopholes. >> we will get to the bottom of this. that is a promise to myself and to sierra leone. we will geto the bottom of this. paul: the two chinese vessels we boarded were tested. theyeere cleared, but lost th licens anyway on grounds of poor sanitation. the government has banned all heindustrial fishing for tonth of april. it is an unpredented move. but these are still small steps. it will take much more to rescue this precious resource. dapaul ams, bbc news, sierra leone. laura: now, the pyramids and the
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t egypt haveanci been a source of fascination and buwonder. how about the royal women? a new exhibit in washington is turning a spotlight to the queens of egypt and how they ruled. the bbc's jane o'brien went to cast her regal gaze. jane: one of the most lavish tombs ever discovered in ancient egypt. e is 3-d re-creation shows how beloved she must hen. more than 3000 years later, it is probably as good as we will get to seeing what it is like. >> this sarcophagus is important because it is the only thing that remains. jane: made from pink granite, the sarcophagus was discovered in 1904 along with what may be the queen's knees. >> these are kind of a mystery olwe are trying to.
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it belonged to a woman who died around age 40. seems to be heasa but we cannot it is her. jane: tracing the story of egypt's queens can be tough. although many ruled in their own right, they still lived in a ten's world, and their history was often manipuor even erased. the tales told in stunning hierogly because they are also symbols of authoritarian rule. >> it is a very strange thing in a patriarchal society to allow woman to step to the highest f runge ladder and lead her people. vewe kno little. we know the perfected image. jane: there are many queens of egypt. this exhibition looks at six,ng span400 years of ancient history. it is hard to know how they lived, but there is plenty to shir how they died and how t members were perfected. hirhaps nobody personifies more than the fabled beauty
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nefertiti. do you think she actually looks like that? e have no idea what she actually looks like, and her mummy has not been identified, and even if it had been, how are you going to go from one to t other and say here is the skeletal face and line it up with this as actual reality. this is what she wanted to present to her people. it is what her hband wanted to esent her as. jane: this exhibition also includes the last queen of egypt, cleopatra. her life, too, has been rewritten and manipulated over the centuries. but thanks to this exhibition, she and the other queens emerge from theirom tombs as real and not just the stuff of legend. jane o'brien, bbc news,. washingt laura: the trailblazing queens of egypt, cleopatra and nefertiti. you might say they were early feminis. remember, you can find much more of all the day's news on our website to including the latest on the brexit negotiations.
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