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Sep 13, 2014 5:30pm EDT
signature segment, china struggles to provide for its rapidly growing middle class. >> they're feeling very vulnerable at this point. they know that they can't feed themselves anymore. >> sreenivasan: next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support is provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios in lincoln center in new york, hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: good evening. thanks for joining us. secretary of state john kerry traveled today to cairo to try to enlist egypt's support in what the white house describes as america's war against the islamic state, also known as isil. egypt is the most populous country in the arab world. >> it will be our goal in every meeting that we have on the international basis, together, working to degrade and ultimately to defeat isil.
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Nov 30, 2013 5:30pm PST
. >> escalating tensions between china and japan and the united states. >> if there are fighter jets in the air and dogging each other, could be a mistake. that's what u.s. and japan are particularly concerned about. >> next on "pbs newshour weekend." >>> "pbs newshour weekend" is made possible by luis b. and luise coleman, judy and josh westin, joyce v. hale, the wallet family, in memory of miriam and ira d. wallet, the cheryl and phillip milstein family, bernard and irene schwartz. corporate funding is provided by mutual of america, designing customized, individual, and group retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support is provided by -- and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tish wnet studios in lincoln center in new york, hari sreenivasan. >>> the website health.gov was taken down for repairs and will be down again for what is described as routine maintenance 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. eastern time tomorrow. administration officials hope the will be able to se
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Mar 15, 2014 5:30pm PDT
south china sea from kuala lumpur to beijing has shifted out over the indian ocean. odding to the confusion over the plane's whereabouts, the prime minister's comment that the missing plane flew for another seven hours after contact with it was lost. he said the plane's last communication with satellites placed the plane in one of two corridors. the first stretching from northern thailand to the border of kazakhstan, and the second from indonesia to the southern indian ocean. in beijing today, a foreign ministry official said he's annoyed by the pace of the investigation by the malaysian authorities. >> translator: we urge malaysia to expand the search area, increase the intensity of the search. >> almost two-thirds of the people aboard the missing jetliner were chinese citizens. for more about how the chinese are reacting to the continually unfolding story, we're joined better orville shell at the asian society. how is this story playing out in china? >> well, i think since chinese were so prepondrant, china feels they have a very substantial interest in knowing what happened. it
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Feb 16, 2014 5:30pm PST
borders. the reality it ranks right up there with every single item. >> united states and china agreed to cooperate more closely to fight climate change. the two countries are the largest emiteres of greenhouse gases. while in indonesia, kerry also visited the largest mosque in southeast asia with the capacity of 130,000. indonesia is the world's most populous country. >>> accusing north korea of crimes against humanity and recommend that the case be turned over to the international criminal court in the hague, executions, rapes and forced abortions. experts believe north korean prison camps in isolated parts of that country hold as many as 120,000 prisoners, many of them political prisoners. china is like ly to block any move to bring the case to the international criminal court. in egypt today, a fatal attack on a bus carrying south korean tourists. at least three people were killed and 20 injured shortly before the bus was to have crossed into israel from the peninsula. this footage captures the moment the blast occurred. there have been increasing violence since the ouster o
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Aug 27, 2016 5:30pm PDT
million people from the impoverished former republic are believed to work in russia. competing with china for influence in resource-rich africa, japanese prime minister shinzo abe said today that japan will invest $30 billion over the next three years to nurture the continent's economic growth and infrastructure. abe told a summit of african leaders in nairobi, kenya, the money will upgrade electricity generation and transportation systems, and invest in health care and education. by comparison, china pledged $60 billion at a similar african summit last year and has far outspent japan and the u.s. on the continent. in north carolina, transgender- rights activists are calling yesterday's ruling by a federal judge a victory. u.s. district judge thomas schroeder blocked enforcement of a provision of the state's h.b.-2 law, which requires people to use bathrooms in schools and public buildings that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. instead, schroder ruled, two transgender students and an employee at the university of north carolina must be allowed to use bathrooms matching
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Nov 23, 2013 5:30pm PST
idea, what was your reaction? >> my reaction, yes, yes, yes, i want to play. >> difficulties for china. >> they know the government is watching and if they don't like it, there will be some price to pay. >> next on pbs "news hour weekend." pbs news hour weekend is made possible by, judy and josh west ton, joyce b. hail, the wallack family in memory of wallack, bernard and i ryan schwartz, the city foundation, corporate funding is provided by mutual of america designing customized individual and group retire the products, that's why we're you're retirement company. additional support is provided by, and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you, thank you. from, tish lincoln studios, harhari sreeivas sreeivasan. >>> in search of a deal to curve iran's nucleeuclear programs. today's talks continued late into the night with no agreement reported. margaret warner will join us from geneva with much more in a few minutes. >>> in aftghanistan he will stik to the plan to finalize a security talk after elections there next april. t
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May 9, 2015 5:30pm PDT
china is in red square as russia displays its military might. what the new russia-china alliance means for the united states. teachers in austin struggle to keep up with soaring real estate prices. and in our signature segment: warren buffett invests in a plan to try to reverse decades of poverty in cities across america. next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support is provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> from klru, austin, texas hari sreenivasan. >> good evening thanks for joining us, we begin tonight with some good news, >> sreenivasan: good evening. thanks for joining us. we begin tonight with good news. word from the world health organization that liberia is now officially free of ebola. the report touched off celebratory dancing today in the capital city of monrovia. liberia ha
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Jul 11, 2015 5:30pm PDT
in greece's future. a stock market crash in china. to puerto rico's severe debt problem: examining three critical financial crises. and, harper lee takes the literary world by storm again. a look at "to kill a mockingbird," and the surprises contained in "go set a watchman." >> i asked her "did you ever think you would see this published?" and she said, "don't be silly, of course i did." >> sreenivasan: next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support is provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios in lincoln center in new york, hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: good evening and thanks for joining us. we're following three serious, but separate economic crises tonight. we start in greece, where parliament held a late night session to put together a series of budget
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Jan 10, 2016 5:30pm PST
"race matters" conversation with pedro noguera online at pbs.org/newshour when china's stock market plunged 10% last week, it had ripple effects around the world. in the u.s., the dow jones industrial average dropped more than 1,000 points, losing 6% of its value. china still has the world's second largest economy, but its currency has been devalued, and it appears to be experiencing a real estate bubble. the signs of a financial crisis are in some ways reminiscent of the conditions in the u.s. eight years ago. yesterday, i spoke with marilyn geewax, the senior business editor for national public radio, to discuss china's economic woes and their effect on the u.s. >> sreenivasan: there's a conversation judy woodruff had with tom per easy about a strong jobs report number and really a series of long, strong jobs reports numbers. so we have some reasons to be optimistic about the u.s. economy. but then here was the last week where our stock market responded so closely to china. >> right, that's really the question that everyone is trying to figure out. is the u.s. economy, the real ec
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May 30, 2015 5:30pm PDT
yet on china's expansion into the south china sea. defense secretary ash carter called for an immediate and lasting halt, to stop china from building and occupying artificial islands in the highly-contested region. this follows news that u.s. surveillance imagery reportedly shows china positioning weapons on one of the islands. vietnam and the philippines claim they have mineral rights there. but secretary carter says china has already reclaimed more than 2,000 acres. carter is calling for a diplomatic approach, saying:" there's no military solution" to the land dispute. the pentagon is launching a high-level investigation into an anthrax mix-up. the department of defense says it accidentally shipped live anthrax to -loratories in 11 states and two foreign countries, possibly south korea and australia. the c.d.c. says the samples were supposed to have been killed, but contained live spores instead. officials say there's no known risk to the general public and an extremely low risk to lab workers. more than 20 military personnel are being monitored for anthrax exposure. pakista
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Dec 3, 2016 5:30pm PST
"; president-elect trump reaches out to world leaders and disrupts diplomatic protocol with china and other nations; and in our signature segment, how restored diplomatic relations have boosted trade between the united states and cuba, slowly. next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. judy and josh weston. the cheryl and philip milstein family. the john and helen glessner family trust-- supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. sue and edgar wachenheim, iii. barbara hope zuckerberg. corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support has been provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios at lincoln center in new york, alison stewart. >> stewart: good evening, and thanks for joining us. emergency responders in oakland, california, spent the day searching the site o
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Nov 9, 2014 5:30pm EST
to get underway in beijing. and earlier today, the president left for china. while there, he will be meeting for the first time in 18 months with chinese president xi jinping. it's president obama's first visit to china since 2009. what is the state of china's relationships with world powers including the united states, japan and russia? for more about all this, we are joined now from san francisco by orville schell. he is the director of the center on u.s.-china relations at the asia society. >> this is a region that's responsible for what 40% of the world's population, more than 50% of the trade that's coming out into the world now right? >> indeed and i think this apec meeting is a very big moment for a tremendous number rather contentious issues. one that have had a relatively sol ysalutary conclusion, it los like, abe may meet with xi jinping and they've worked out an agreement which actually sort of returns it to the status quo, which is that they will agree to disagree and not let these islands sort of bedevil their larger relationship which is very good. it is somewhat of a m
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Jan 18, 2014 5:30pm PST
place. while sending rockets to outer space might bring to mind nasa or russia or china, the indian space program has been building and launching satellites since the 1970s. but india's most current endeavor is much more ambitious. i reported on the indian mission to mars. >> liftoff. >> in early november, india launched a 320 ton rocket on a mission to mars. if all goes accordin to plan, the indian spacecraft will travel 485 million miles over more than ten months and go into the orbit around mars in seventh. the u.s., former soviet union and the european space agency are the only ones who have accomplished this feat. >> it is a challenge at best. >> dr. radhakrishnan is the director at the indian space research organization. he was looking on when the mars craft in hindi launched. the probe will be studying the atmosphere of mars and looking for traces of methane which could be a sign of previous life. >> not a lot is known about mars, but there are several issues that are yet to be understood. and understood precisely. >> the mission to mars is a source of immense national pride
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May 13, 2017 5:30pm PDT
colonial ruler, france, as well as the united states and now china. in tonight's signature segment, special correspondent martin seemungal reports on how djibouti came to roll out a welcome mat to the world. >> reporter: djibouti is one of the hottest, driest, places on earth. vast areas are semi-arid desert. there are no natural resources. the official unemployment rate is 50%. life for many is difficult. but djibouti does have one very valuable asset: its location, where the red sea meets the gulf of aden-- a crossroads to the suez canal, the persian gulf, the indian ocean and the east african coast-- strategic for countries from all over the world that have military outposts here. entering djibouti's oldest port, you get the first glimpse of the country's main industry. that enormous ship and a dockside full of containers has been the blueprint for its economy since gaining independence from france in 1977. this port was built by the french decades ago. it has served djibouti well, establishing this tiny nation as a player in the shipping world. but it simply isn't big enough to
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Sep 4, 2016 5:30pm PDT
meet in china for the first day of the g-20 summit. pope francis bestows the catholic church's highest honor-- sainthood-- on mother teresa. and, the resurgence of beekeeping in america's cities. next on "pbs newshour weekend." >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: bernard and irene schwartz. judy and josh weston. the cheryl and philip milstein family. the john and helen glessner family trust. supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. sue and edgar wachenheim, iii. barbara hope zuckerberg. corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support has been provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting, and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios at lincoln center in new york, hari sreenivasan. this is pbs newshour weekend. good evening and thanks for joining us. president obama and leaders of the world's leading economic powers, have wound up the first day of the
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Dec 21, 2013 5:30pm PST
countries are also evacuating their personnel. china said today, it had what it called strong concerns about japan's decision to boost military spending. earlier this week, japan announced a 2.6% increase over five years. japan is using the money for early warning planes, aircraft that carry troops and beach assault vehicles. japan says it's only responding to a chinese military build-up. the two countries are involved in a dispute over islands in the east china sea that both claim. >>> in pakistan, a medic has died after the latest attack on a polio vaccine center. according to the "associated press," pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the polio virus is still endemic. islamic militants claim the vaccination programs are a cover for western spy operations. >>> back in this country, police in southern colorado say they foiled another possible school shooting. authorities in the town of trinidad arrested two students, one 15, the other 16. they said the pair planned to carry out the attack after winter break. the 15-year-old reportedly had been bullied and is sai
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Oct 12, 2013 5:30pm PDT
uighurs have fled that country. >> they were fleeing persecution in various forms in china. >> reporter: dixon is a lawyer representing several of the uighurs in palau. >> they would walk across the border into courakyrgyzstan andd hear about these uighurs. >> reporter: it was all before 9/11? >> before 9/11. >> reporter: once in afghanistan, some of the uighurs lived in areas that were under control of the taliban. and then in october of 2011 when the u.s. invaded that country in retaliation for 9/11, u.s. ground forces captured thousands of taliban and al qaeda fighters in the very area where the uighurs lived. several dozen uighurs were also taken into custody, held as suspected terrorists. the u.s. government later claimed some had been undergoing military training. >> the men were picked up in the fog of war. they were rounded up and sold to the united states for money, for bounties, for $5,000 apiece. >> reporter: was it appropriate to capture them? and i think the answer to that is it was certainly appropriate to capture them. >> reporter: benjamin wittes is a fellow at the brook
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Jan 31, 2015 5:30pm PST
to behead another japanese captive; what's behind china's crackdown on internet access; and in our signature segment, it may be one of a kind in america-- a city that produces enough renewable energy to cover all its energy needs. >> it's not a lot windier here, or a lot sunnier here. it was just a bunch of decisions made over ten years or more. >> sreenivasan: next on pbs newshour weekend. >> pbs newshour weekend is made possible by: corporate funding is provided by mutual of america-- designing customized individual and group retirement products. that's why we are your retirement company. additional support is provided by: and by the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios in lincoln center in new york hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: good evening. thanks for joining us. after days of negotiations for a prisoner exchange apparently broke down, isis today reportedly executed a japanese journalist it had been holding hostage in syria. just last weekend, isis also beheaded another jap
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Jan 15, 2017 5:30pm PST
the united nations. china and iran are pushing back on foreign policy trial balloons floated by mr. trump. china's foreign ministry opposes trump reconsidering the nearly 40-year old u.s. "one china" policy-- recognizing the mainland china communist government in beijing but not the democratically elected government on the island of taiwan. the chinese foreign ministry said in a statement: "there is only one china in the world, taiwan is an inalienable region of china, and the government of the people's republic of china is the only legitimate government representing china." iran said today it will not renegotiate the nuclear disarmament deal with world powers implemented last year, and criticized by mr. trump. iran's deputy foreign minister said at a news conference in tehran today, quote: "if he rips it up, we will burn it." while a presidential term is four years, what the president accomplishes in his first 100 days in office has become the measure-- fairly or unfairly-- of a successful start. the reason dates back to the 1930s, and it's become both an opportunity and a burden,
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Sep 22, 2013 5:30pm PDT
china matters. next on "pbs newshour weekend." from the tissue studios, this is "pbs newshour weekend." >> the federal government will shut down 8 days from now unless congress passes a new budget. today neither party was giving an inch, instead leaving democrats and republicans to use the sunday morning talk shows to attack one another. nancy pelosi ridiculed congress friday for funding the affordable care act. >> i called them legislative arsonists. they're there to burn down all that it is that make our country great and the anti-government idealology that is making a mess of what goes on in government now. >> senate cruz said the president and government should be responsible, not the gop. he called on republicans to line up in support of the house bill to eliminate the president's funding for the health care plan. if they do, he proposed a different way to keep the government running. >> i think the house should hold its ground and begin passing smaller resolutions, one department at a time. it should start with focused on the military, fund the military, send it over and
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May 22, 2016 5:30pm PDT
neighboring china. the president is expected to pressure vietnam to improve its record on human rights, and tout his proposed 12-nation trans- pacific partnership trade deal. vietnam now exports more manufactured goods to the u.s. than any other southeast asian nation, and trade between the two nations has reached $45 billion a year. obama is the third president in a row to visit vietnam, and he'll go to japan next. for more on president obama's asia trip, david nakumara joins me by skype. everyone wants something from the visit. what does the u.s. want from vietnam and what does vietnam want from the u.s.? >> i think you will see president obama spend his two days here in hanoi touting the warming of relations. this is happening on the economic side with new trade deal that in in play here between countries and also on the security side and the main driving reason is not just the warming relations between the two countries but the specter of china and its influence in the region. president obama talked about shifting u.s. policy away from the middle east and away from europe to
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Apr 6, 2014 5:30pm PDT
response. hagel compared china's recent actions over disputed islands in the east china sea to russia's recent annexation of crimea. >> you cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations by force, coercion and intimidation. whether it is in small islands in the pacific or large nations in europe. >>> to the to the middle east, benjamin netanyahu responded to reports the palestinian authority will seek international recognition rather than waiting for a u.s. brokered peace deal with israel. >> translator: the palestinians have much to lose by taking unilateral steps. they had only achieve a state through a direct negotiation, not by empty declaration or unilateral measures. unilateral steps on their part will be answered by unilateral steps from our side. we are willing to continue with the talks, but not at any cost. >> the palestinians say they set their new course after israel refused to comply with an agreement to release additional palestinian prisoners. >>> a court in pakistan has imposed a death sentence against a pa
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Nov 24, 2013 5:30pm PST
administration wants the deal done before the end of this year. >> china's airspace over discuted islands in the east china sea is totally unacceptable. the action could destabilize the region. china said all non-commercial aircraft entering the area must get approval from china first. chinese fighter planes flew over it today. it scrambled fighter jets yesterday over the east china sea under terms of the treat e the united states is committed to intervening in defense of japan if there is an attack on a japanese-administered territory. >> in a national referendum in switzerland today, voters reject and initiative designed to reduce salary inequality. the proposal would r capped the highest paid exec testifies the lowest paid workers at 12 to 1. the plan would have made it more difficult for them to recruit. swiss voters approved another plan that empower shareholders of publicly traded companies to sign off on executive compensation and that would ban signing bonuses and parachutes and novartis announced a package of $80 million. >> a safety warning out of boeing. the ge engines on the 787
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Apr 12, 2015 5:30pm PDT
/newshour. china's official growth rate is one of those statistics that people around the world pay close attention to. after all, it's the second largest economy in the world. but some question the numbers. and bloomberg reporter ken hoffman, who just returned from china, says he has plenty of anecdotal evidence that the economy there is in greater trouble than can be seen by the numbers. he joins us now. so you focus on metals mining. when you went through the countryside, what did you see? >> so the new government came in about four years ago. about two years ago they had a meeting called the third plenum where they decide the country's future over the next ten years. what people were tell me is this is a completely different china. they are really going to change everything about what china does. and this was the first time i witnessed that change which is instead of you know, china consumes about half of the world's metal and mining cement, i think it's every 12 days they consume an entire year's worth of u.s. cement demandment now you are seeing the country saying enough is enough.
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Aug 5, 2017 5:30pm PDT
, maritime security in the south china sea, and a number of other issues." so i suspect they're going to deal with this quietly but very directly in the conversation. >> sreenivasan: let's talk a little bit about that. the south china sea issue, for example. at times president duterte has distanced himself from the united states and really said he doesn't need the type of security arrangement that we have now. >> he has. you know, it's been a challenge, i think, in the south china sea trying to figure out how to calibrate the relationship with the philippines over the last year. at times, president duterte has seemed like he, obviously, wants to take a much more conciliatory approach towards china. most recently he's discussed things like joint exploration again, in some of the areas like reid bank. but he faces domestic challenges at home facing a-- you have seen parts of the philippine congress, as well as parts of the philippine government, including the ministry of defense really saying they're not okay with that approach. and he's had to walk that back at times. so he's trying to
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Feb 12, 2017 5:30pm PST
call on china to keep north korea in line. economically-- 90% of imports and exports go through china, and i think we have to tell the chinese that they have to put the wood to north korea in a much more serious way than they've done so far. so, first, how significant was this test, this provocation? >> i don't view this one test as a major change in north korea's capabilities. this is part of a series of tests that north korea's been pursuing for many years. what they're seeking to do is develop a reliable range of missile delivery systems that can can deliver nuclear weapons all over the region, and eventually to the united states. that takes a lot of tests. so i don't think this one test is a major elevation of their capability. but it's another step in the wrong direction. >> sreenivasan: what's the world to do here? i mean, i just retweeted a note from the nato secretary-general. he says: besides strong condemnation what can the world do? >> well, the good news is we have lots of options. the bad news is they're all really poor options. we can either squeeze and pressure no
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Jul 1, 2017 5:30pm PDT
nuclear weapon in 2006, is currently the focus of non-proliferation pressure by the u.s., china, and other world powers. the u.s. first tested nuclear weapons 72 years ago, in july 1945. the government conducted more than 900 such tests in the nevada desert throughout the cold war. not only were mushroom clouds visible from the las vegas strip, they became an unlikely tourist attraction. newshour weekend's ivette feliciano has this report on a book telling the history of this era in an unconventional way. >> reporter: in 1951, the u.s. government started testing atomic bombs in nevada's mojave desert, measuring the effects of these weapons for military applications and on civilian life. university of nevada-las vegas professor andy kirk has studied the era. >> did they really build fake towns out in the desert and then blow the whole place up with atomic bombs? and the answer is yes, in fact, they did do that. >> reporter: they were called" doom towns." and, as seen in this 1955 public information film, the federal civil defense administration built houses, stocked them with food, an
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Dec 18, 2016 5:30pm PST
border guard and fled across the border into china-- the route most defectors use to escape. >> ( translated ): we are people who lived in absence of freedom. we know how precious it is. i want to give all these people their freedom, and the opportunity to live as humans. these are my friends, my family, and my fellow north koreans. >> reporter: today, he's the director of a non-profit called the north korea strategy center, based in seoul, south korea's capital. formed in 2007, his group pays chinese smugglers to send usb drives filled with prohibited, outside media into north korea. he says, even though north koreans lack internet connections, they can watch smuggled movies and tv shows on their computers or on chinese video players with usb ports, like these, called "notels." >> ( translated ): we send various content from stories on human rights, general information on south korea, to images depicting the average american. >> reporter: or a fictional version of the average american: tv shows like "the mentalist" and "desperate housewives." kang says scenes like this one
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Sep 16, 2017 5:30pm PDT
threat and china's assertiveness in the south china sea underscore how japan still relies on the u.s. military for protection, just as it has since the end of world war ii. earlier this month, defense secretary jim mattis said the u.s. will work with japan to enhance its missile defenses, and the u.s. commitment to defend japan remains "ironclad." in tonight's signature segment, newshour weekend special correspondent amy guttman reports from the japanese island of okinawa on how u.s. bases there are a cause of concern to many residents. >> and then, on april 1 at 0530 in the morning... >> reporter: u.s. marine mark waycaster leads tours of the 1945 battle of okinawa every week. >> ...we dropped 4,500 tons of ordnance on that beach. >> reporter: okinawa was the bloodiest battle in the pacific during world war ii. 14,000 americans were killed, as were 150,000 japanese military and civilians. and u.s. troops never left. ( gunfire ) the american soldiers have been the cornerstone of the post- world war ii pact to protect a demilitarized japan. u.s. troops deployed from okinawa to fight t
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Jun 4, 2016 5:30pm PDT
called on china to join what he dubbed a" principled security network," but he also criticized china for building up its military reach on islands in the south china sea. >> as a result, china's actions in the south china sea are isolating it, at a time when the entire region is coming together and networking. unfortunately, if these actions continue, china could end up erecting a great wall of self- isolation. >> sreenivasan: a top chinese official said any attempts to isolate china would fail, and the u.s. should scale back its" provocative" military exercises and patrols. pope francis is taking action to hold bishops more accountable for punishing pedophile priests. today, the pope issued a decree that bishops who mishandle sex abuse complaints by catholic parishioners could be removed from their posts. in proclaiming the new policy, the pope abandoned an idea of a vatican tribunal to handle instances of cover-up or negligence, which he had proposed only last year. the head of "snap," the main group for u.s. victims of priest sex abuse, says he's "highly skeptical" the decree will
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Dec 11, 2016 5:30pm PST
"one china" policy when asked about his controversial phone call with taiwan's president. >> i fully understand the "one china" policy but i don't know why we have to be bound by a "one china" policy unless we make a deal with china. >> stewart: on tuesday the federal reserve board begins a two-day meeting, its last for 2016, and it is widely anticipated that fed chair janet yellen will announce an interest rate increase. also at play is the transition from the obama administration to the trump administration and what that might mean for monetary policy moving forward. joining me from washington dc for some insight is binyamin appelbaum of the new york times. >> the fed has signaled it plans to raise interest rates. why? >> they're ready to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a year because they think the economy is doing better. we've had slow but steady growth for quite some time now. a lot of people have found jobs, the ung employment rate unemployment rate is down to 4.6% and the fed thinks the economy is ready to habl slightly higher interest rates. >> fed chairman
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Jun 14, 2014 5:30pm PDT
the south, that goes to china. china is about to become, by far, the largest buyer of iraqi oil. as china has become one of the largest energy consumers in the world because of the growing economy. so this is, this is going to have a major effect, not just on china's consumption of oil, but the price of oil globally, because that's how the market works in petroleum. >> and oil from the north, does it go to a different area? >> the oil from the north tends to go toward europe and turkey. but right now there's a dispute between this kurdistan regional government and baghdad. the kurds want to sell their own oil independently without having to channel the profits and the oil itself through the iraqi market in baghdad. they've been trying to smuggle oil out of kurdistan and bring it to the global market to bring to europe and other places. that's a dispute that was really reaching a very difficult moment right up until the moment when these attacks by islamist militants really sent the iraqi military running and really emboldened the kurds. and there's been accusation from baghdad, of c
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Dec 17, 2016 5:30pm PST
trump calls china's confiscation of an american underwater drone in the south china sea two days ago" unpresidented." he said on twitter today: "china steals united states navy research drone in international waters, rips it out of water and takes it to china." later, china said it will return the drone its navy seized 50 miles northwest of the philippines' subic bay, where the u.s. once had a military base. the pentagon says the return results from "direct engagemen"" with beijing. the u.s. says the drone was conducting research into the salinity, temperature and clarity of the sea. china opposes the surveys. it's been building runways and installing military equipment on islands there. filipino president rodrigo duterte is threatening to terminate an agreement that allows u.s. troops to conduct military exercises in the philippines. this was in response to the deferral of an american aid pact due to concerns over duterte's extrajudicial killings of several thousand drug suspects. duterte also told reporters today his country did not need the aid and that china might provide it inst
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Jan 25, 2014 5:30pm PST
residents of a region in western china with a large muslim population. authorities say at least 12 people in the province were killed after a series of bombings and an exchange of gunfire. the area is home to most of china's 10 million ethnic uighurs, most of whom practice islam and have repeatedly been at odds with the nonmuslim population there. the death count has risen following a fire in a retirement home in canada. authorities now say 32 senior citizens are presumed dead following a the blaze in the province of quebec. the search for more bodies is continuing in frigid conditions. many of the residents were more than 85 years old and used walkers and wheelchairs. >>> in this country another shooting incident. three were killed and four injured after a gunman opened fire at a mall in columbia, maryland, 30 miles north of the nation's capital. the gunman reportedly shot himself dead after killing two others. >>> the family of an ohio inmate whose execution lasted longer than expected has filed a lawsuit saying dennis mcguire writhed in pain during the 26 minutes it took df he d
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Dec 20, 2014 5:30pm EST
american missionary, peter hahn. the incident occurred yesterday near china's border with north korea. reuters today quoted sources as saying hundreds of christian missionaries have been forced out of china since august. the united states has freed four more detainees from the military detention center at guantanamo bay, cuba. the four, all from afghanistan, were returned home after being released late yesterday at the request of the new afghan president, ashraf ghani. the u.s. has freed 23 prisoners from guantanamo this year. 132 remain imprisoned there. new hostilities between israel and hamas. a rocket fired from gaza landed in israel yesterday, and israel responded by bombing what it called a "terror site" in gaza. it was the first israeli air strike in gaza since a truce went into effect in august. back in this country, the national labor relations board has filed formal complaints against mcdonald's and some of its franchise owners. the government alleges they fired or intimidated employees for taking part in union organizing and in protests demanding higher wages. the complaint
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Oct 11, 2014 5:30pm EDT
china and the yuan and the united states is looking comparative more hail and healthy so it will be struggling economies in europe and that is a currency that is uniting more than a dozen economies, so it is really important for these guys to deal, be able to hold their own against the dollar, but not become so strong that they crowd out their own exporters. >> finally, all, oil prices going lower is usually good a news for consumers here but also this concern about what china does in terms of buying or not buying much oil. >> that's right. china is the 15-ton element elephant in the room, you remember ten, 12 years ago, people would worry oil would break 20, $30 a barrel and china sends and buys this stuff voraciously and talking about worries of triple-digit oil so when you get weakness out bg china and brazil, people are worried about russia, people are worried about the kind of a secondary emerging economies and obviously europe which drinks a ton of oil, then suddenly the price will fall and we have new things that play here in the united states, north dakota is suddenly produc
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Dec 5, 2015 5:30pm PST
states and china, have both agreed to limit their global warming emissions, and in fact to reduce their emissions at some point. that was always the big sticking point, the big problem in these negotiations before. so that has unlocked the negotiations. the rest of the world said, well, the two biggest emitters are going to do this, then we're game to talk, and i think there's a lot of political momentum behind an agreement. it's just the question of whether they can sort out these details >> sreenivasan: what are the most difficult sticking points? >> there's a question of whether the countries should be limiting global warming to less than two degrees since the start of the industrial age or less than 1.5 degrees celsius since the start of the industrial age. a lot of developing countries, particularly countries that are most vulnerable to climate change, say that if we get to two degrees of warming, large swaths of our territories will be unin habitable. some nations will be completely un inhabitable and have to move. them there's the issue of finance. money is going to make th
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Nov 7, 2015 5:30pm PST
leaders of china and taiwan have met for the first time in 66 years. china's xi jinping and taiwan's ma ying-jeou attended a historic summit today at a hotel in singapore. the leaders shook hands for more than a minute before heading into private talks for an hour. the largely symbolic meeting ended with no new agreements signed. since the end of the chinese civil war in 1949, communist party-ruled china has regarded taiwan as a breakaway province and wants the island politically reunited with the mainland, and president xi said nothing to back away from that view. president ma, of self-ruled, democratic taiwan, said both countries "should respect each other's values and way of life." president ma also voiced concerns about missiles that china still has pointed at taiwan. the world health organization says the west african nation of sierra leone is ebola free because it's been 42 days, the equivalent of two virus incubation periods, with no new cases. thousands gathered to celebrate the end of an outbreak that killed nearly 4,000 people in sierra leone in the past two years. neighbor
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May 31, 2014 5:30pm PDT
. >>> defense secretary hagel warns the united states will not look the other way over china's territorial claims. >>> and the minds of killers. next on pbs "news hour weekend." >> pbs "news hour weekend" is made possible by -- lewis b. and louise hirschfeld-coleman, judy and josh weston, joyce b. hail, the wallach family, in memory of miriam and ira d. wallach, the cheryl and philip milstein family, bernard and irene schwartz, rosalind p. walter. corporate funding is provided by mutual of america. designing customized, individual, and group retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. additional support is provided by -- and by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. from the tisch wnet studios at lincoln center in new york. >> good evening. thanks for joining us. the only american prisoner being held in afghanistan was released earlier today in exchange for five prisoners held in cuba. 28-year-old bowe bergdahl was captured in 2009, he was turned over to u.s. special forces near the
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Mar 5, 2017 5:30pm PST
mosul in 2014 and declared their caliphate there. china is forecasting slower economic growth for itself, the world's second largest economy. in a speech at the opening of china's national legislature today, the chinese premier predicted a growth rate of 6.5%, down from 6.7% last year. by comparison, the american economy grew by less than 2% last year. he said china would reduce surplus steel production that is straining trade relations with the u.s. and europe. china is also planning to increase its military spending this year by 7%. this week marks the anniversary of the death of harriet tubman, the 19th century abolitionist who made history freeing american slaves through the underground railroad. in january, her home in upstate new york officially became a national park, which is now open to the public. in tonight's signature segment, newshour weekend's megan thompson takes us there for a closer look at tubman and her legacy. >> if you step onto these grounds, you know that you're in a hallowed place. >> reporter: this property on the edge of auburn, a small city in central ne
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Dec 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
involving the united states and china, the latest sign of tension between the two countries. a senior u.s. defense official said to do a chinese ship had taken what he called particularly aggressive action by cutting across the bow of an american missile-carrying cruiser. the december 5th incident reportedly occurred in international waters in the south chooin nah sea. the american vessel had been monitoring the maiden voyage of a new chinese aircraft carrier. all this as the u.s. and ipts allies, japan and south korea have resisted china's effort to impose an air defense zone in the east china sea. china is reporting a major advance in its space program. chinese state media broadcast pictures of flied controllers celebrating the successful lunar landing of a scientific probe. it took 12 days to make the 240,000 msh mile journey. this is an animation depicting the spacecraft's 12-minute decurrent onto a relatively flat part of the moon. >>> iran is also stepping up its space program. iran state tv today broadcast pictures of a rocket blasting off carrying a monkey into space. iran says th
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Apr 5, 2015 5:30pm PDT
talks from western europe played in the negotiations, and also the roles played by russia and china. and another question: what will the tentative deal mean for all of them? for more, we are joined now by gary sick. he served the national security council staff under presidents ford, carter and reagan. he was the principal white house aide for iran during the iranian revolution and the hostage crisis and is the author of two books on u.s.-iran relations, he now teaches international affairs at columbia university. it is still constructed as a conversation between the united states and iran. and today the new cycle is primarily about fact sheets and what are the differencesment but there were other parties at the table. and they were integral to this happening. >> it's a funny thing because, well the reason the u.s. is so important is the u.s. had vetoed deals in the past. so without us it was never going to happen. but at the same time united states as the sort of lead negotiators had really a four-part negotiation to go on. one with i ran one with the -- heads of the security counc
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Jul 5, 2015 5:30pm PDT
the p-5 plus 1 countries, russia, the u.s. france, the u.k., china plus germany, are hoping to make a deal by july 7. the u.s. wants to keep iran from building a nuclear weapon, and give u.n. weapons inspectors access to military sites. the main sticking point is iran's demand that economic sanctions be lifted before it makes changes to its nuclear program. secretary kerry cautioned today that the talks could still go either way. >> if we don't get a deal, if we don't have a deal, if there's absolute intransigence , if there's an unwillingness to move on the things that are important, president obama has always said we'll be prepared to walk away. >> sreenivasan: in the middle east, u.s.-led coalition aircraft carried out at least 16 air strikes against isis within syria so far. some focused specifically on the city of raqqa. a pro-isis website reported 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, including two young boys. the u.s. military says the assault destroyed isis transit routes, to stop fighters from moving weapons and troops through syria and into iraq. raqqa has been the de
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