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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days,
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cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. the u.s. attorney general will sit out investigations into russia's interference in the elections. after pressure builds to explain things with moscow ambassador. atty. gen. sessions: i never had meetings with russian operatives or russian intermediaries about the trump campaign. laura: the crackdown before the congress -- why petitioners of china's leadership are gathering and having trouble being heard. and lessons for life after camelot.
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jackie kennedy's correspondence with the suitor explain why she married another man instead. >> you are like my brother and mentor. and the only original spirit i know. laura: welcome to "world news america." welcome to our views on public television in america and also around the globe. the u.s. attorney general has agreed to remain on the sidelines when it comes to investigations in russian meddling in last year's election. that is after revelations that jeff sessions met with moscow's ambassador to the u.s. during the campaign and didn't tell congress about it. it is the latest person now --
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personnel twist in the early days of the trump administration, with a rush of being a common theme. north america editor jon sopel has more. jon: marine one touching down on the navy's newest aircraft carrier, the president feeling the full downdraft of the latest setback to buffet his administration. his attorney general, jeff sessions, facing charges that he lied under oath during his confirmation hearings over his contacts with the russians. but the president is standing by him. >> do you still have confidence in the attorney general? president trump: total. >> were you aware that he spoke to the russian ambassador? president trump: i wasn't aware at all. jon: what has emerged is that senator sessions met in july and september. he denied any contact with the russians. sen. >> if there is any evidence that russians --with
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sessions: i have been called a fair get at a time or two, and i am unable to comment on it. we had the attorney general accused of perjuring himself because of his contact and the white house is absolutely insistent, there is nothing untoward, nothing to see, and the crowd to move on, but the west and keep piling up. senior democrats are commanding his resignation and appointment of a special prosecutor. the fact that he lied under oath to the american people, is grounds for him to resign. it's grounds for him to resign. it he has proved that he has that he is unqualified and unfit. >> republicans are not growing
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that far, but the majority have said you can't have him investigating if he is involved. read,ed on what we have we think the attorney general should further clarify and we think he is going to need to recuse himself. conference jeff sessions insisted he did nothing wrong. : i have nowions decided to recuse myself of any matter relating in any way to campaign for resident of the united states. ♪ got bless the usa. ♪ this is the reception the president received today aboard the aircraft carrier. the rest of the american public is more concerned about what they are doing about security and the jobs than they are about
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bruhaha.t group -- does this move by the does it haderal, off questions or invite more questions? of thoseect both things are true. if you're a democrat, it invites more questions, and if you are a republican, you know what he has done what we have asked them to do. he needs toans say withdraw, he cannot oversee an investigation into links with russia when he is an act or in the drama. he has taken the decision that he is going to recuse himself. i don't think he answers satisfactorily the question which is why weren't you more straightforward when you are asked the question of the
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committee hearing. what he said was, i am answering a question about what you nearly asked me, which is did i have meetings as a trump's arrogant. no i didn't. i met him as a senator as a member of the armed services committee. that wasn't the smartest answer to give. iraq -- i met him a couple of times, that would've been the end of it. the hope here the white house is that this may be a myself inflicted wounds, but they may have stopped the bleeding. thank you. from u.s. politics to france, emmanuel macron has unveiled his manifesto. he is running on a centrist platform, has been criticized as being to blake -- too bag on his policies.
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our paris correspondent lucy williamson reports. the stage may not be as glitzy as the oscars, but emmanuel macron knows how to play the star. nevermind that critics described his campaign as blah-blah land, all talk, no real policies. today this 39-year-old first-time candidate came armed with plenty of them. he has promised big tax cuts, spending cuts, and the sale of government stakes in some companies. but he has also promised 50 billion euros of investment and help for those on low income. mr. macron's supporters are largely young urban professionals. one journalist asked why does a former investment banker deserve the working-class vote. mr. macron: i was born in a provincial town and a family that had nothing to do with journalists or bankers. i climbed the ranks. it is with a lot of private i
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-- a lot of pride, that i say i'm the candidate of the working and the middle classes, and frankly, when i compare my project with marine le pen's, she wants to withdraw from the eurozone and destroyed 30% of people's savings. lucy: expanding his vote to blue-collar workers is key for mr. macron. here in leon he has won over the socialist mayor, for the support of the city factory workers is proving much more difficult. >> if it is between macron and marine le pen, i will vote for macron, but it will be a vote of necessity, not the one i really want. >> i think he will better try to get closer to people in general. by "people" i include older people, more conservative people, and workers. lucy: polls suggest marine le pen has the support of almost half the blue-collar vote in france, and is gaining among
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farmers and some public servants, too. but she is also battling claims that she misused eu money to pay policy staff. emmanuel macron's strategy lies in holding together two different political tides and with the centerleft and the center-right. critics say the glue in that formula has been mr. macron's personality and his deliberately vague ideas. this program tries to offer something to both sides. but will it be enough to keep them faithful and get them out to vote? with his center-right rival francois fillon under investigation for embezzlement, the presidency could come down to a choice between mr. macron and marine le pen, between globalization and protectionism, the new political divide. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris.
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palmyra, same as the agent ruins has changed hands several times during the conflict. they managed to retake the city -- december.unding sweden has announced it will inntroduce military -- response to global security challenges including the threat from russia. sweden suspended the policies seven years ago. but military action in the alt. area has increased. to all on wall street today traders welcomed the first of trading for snapshot. shares of the photo sharing from came sprinting out of the gate. dave lee joins us with more from san francisco. snapshot closed with more than $30 a share. why are investors so desperate to get a piece of the action?
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dave: well, i think they say it is a potential huge network along the lines of facebook. the moment snapchat is not close to making any money but the potential for it to be a money making machine is in the air. there are 150 million users of snapchat and many of them use the app more than 10 times a day so there is a lot of engagement , which is one of the things that investors look for. crucially, the majority of the people on the platform are teenagers and twentysomethings, and that is a lucrative audience for advertisers. that is where the money is going to come from targeting those people. in order to achieve the profitability investors demand, it has to grow a lot from here, and that is something that company such as twitter have struggled to do. laura: i know i make my kids sleep with their phones as outside their bedrooms.
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crowdf that cloud -- that moves on to the next big thing? with that disappoint investors? dave: possibly, and that is the challenge that snapchat has now, to keep relevant and remain the cool app. you may remember when facebook was growing, it quickly became a place where parents were on there, grandparents, and when that happened younger people left facebook because it wasn't a cool place to be anymore. that fate could happen to snapchat as well. and what would be a concern to snap, and they have expressed this publicly, is increased competition. facebook owns instagram, similar photo sharing app, and they have quite simply been copying some of snapchat's most popular features and arrested of a migration of people from snapchat to instagram. if that continues, that is very bad news for snap because their main selling point has been taken away from them. they are hoping to retain those users and keep the sense of being a cool place to be while fighting the onslaught from facebook, which a few years ago
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for $3o buy snapchat billion and it looks like snapchat make the right decision not to sell at that point. laura: this weekend china will open its annual parliamentary session. the average person is anything but welcome. in the weeks leading up to the congress, there is a movement to stop the most marginalized members of society from reaching beijing. our correspondent john sudworth , has experienced firsthand the heavy-handed tactics the authorities use. >> give us the camera. john: our interview is not going as planned. we are stopped from meeting the family we have come to see. this young woman and her sister claim that their father was beaten to death by a police man in a land dispute. they are among the many thousands of chinese people who travel regularly to beijing seeking justice, known as petitioners.
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the petitioners hope to use china's annual parliamentary gathering to make their voice, but here's the reality. china's communist party doesn't want the pageantry spoiled by -- by this country's dispossessed and marginalized. the thugs force us out and smash our cameras. before the start of the national people's congress this weekend, a major security operation is underway. while local officials work to stop petitioners reaching beijing, at the petitions office, where in theory their complaints and grievances can be lodged, hundreds of plainclothes security guards now lie in wait to catch people and send them home. we need two women who show us their petitions. one claiming that her
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well-connected company boss stole money from her. the other trying to overturn an alleged miscarriage of justice. we come here during the grant us -- during the congress because , there is a chance for us to meet operate officials," this woman says, "but instead we are treated as troublemakers and threatened." the interview is abruptly stopped come although for now at -- the womengh, are free to leave. few petitioners ever succeed in getting justice. along with the persecution, and make their faith in the system all the more remarkable. we are just a few blocks away from the people's congress, but the reality here is very different indeed. for those who need political representation the most, this is a system marked by suspicion surveillance, and control.
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john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. laura: how china cracks down on the dispossessed. you're watching bbc world news america. spending cuts could impact women worldwide. a north command man being held by malaysia is to be released on friday. country'sy puppy -- attorney general -- died on the 13th of february after he was poisoned with vx nerve agent. why couldn't he have fallen afoul of his brother and fell afterwards. he felt most threatened by his own family. the most important and most
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powerful was his uncle. at a time he came to power, he was the most powerful man in north korea with a network of how lies the country and throughout the region. nephew,hem was his own who was ambassador here in malaysia. the ambassador in malaysia, he was able to keep -- keep in touch. 2002, began the biggest purge with his uncle, who was arrested and executed by a firing squad. over the next month, his whole family was rounded up a looting .is nephew your he of course was executed also. that left him isolated and alone without support. him 2012 to 2013, he
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came seven times. year, 1.5 years, only one time i saw him. i was waiting for him, but you never,. -- he never came. it's suffering for money. laura: an international conference in brussels has familymoney to fund planning groups. their goal was to offset effects of a band by that trump administration on funding for organizations that provide abortion services. now, how that band could affect women there. she has come here to get an
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abortion. it's not illegal in nepal, but there is social stigma and so she doesn't want to show her face. women like her, a proper facility like this one run by a charity is a refuge. -- this mangoing to lost a loved one to an unsafe abortion. miles away from the village, he agrees to meet up. died aftersister giving medicine to end pregnancy. >> she went to someone who looked like a nurse who gave her medicine and told her she would be fine and a couple of days. that evening she started bleeding heavily. we tried to rush her to a hospital, but she bled to left -- to death on the way. of pregnancies in
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nepal are unintended, which means safe abortions are crucial. nos organizations will longer be able to get aid money from america if they continue to perform abortions. the u.s. government doesn't directly fund abortion services in any country. nepal, the funds go to family planning activities. but typically large charities offer both and now they stand to u.s. aid money, which could leave a big hole in their finances. >> president trump's order goes one step further, organizations won't even be allowed to tell one in -- women that abortion is in option. says they simply can't agree to those terms. and so, the family planning
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services could be severely impacted. >> if we lose that funding, then women can't access they will need abortion services at some point in their life. women will 80,000 seek abortions due to this. half of those, through no fault of their own, not having choice, will go to an unsafe provider. that is meant to be antiabortion, but they won't end in countries like this one. they could become more unsafe. the far-reaching affect the policy decided here in washington. now, the legacy of the kennedy family is one of labor and tragedy. letters are ups
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for auction. the proposal was from and british ambassador, no less. our correspondent has been studying the letters. lastar david, like your letter was such a -- of loneliness. i would do anything to take that anguish from you. >> david is the man here in the middle, britain's ambassador in washington. to himson who is writing is the woman he wants to marry, jacqueline kennedy. this was the love story, for the last 30 years -- a few weeks ago, the luck with -- about what you narrowly asked me -- did i as a trump surrogate have
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>> he was a friend. the story of this couple shook the world. these letters revealed the he lost his, how own way, romance blossomed, but his heart was broken when jackie left in for aristotle onassis. he writes about their plans for marriage, i possible secret hasiage, all that he says become irrelevant trash. he says "i weep when i look at it. why do such agonizing things have to happen? " him, andites back to says, no, it's not that bad
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really, i will always love you, and we will always have something bestial together. -- something special together. we don't know if that placated him. >> these letters are a fascinating glimpse into the world of the white house, the kennedys, and a romance bound by grief. many lies, and deaths, and hopes, and pains, will be forever down to buy them. bound by them. we like to show you pictures that have commuters mbs. secretaryterior reports to his first day of work on horseback. he is an avid outdoorsman from montana. horses name, by the way, is
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tonto. you can find much more on our website. for all of us here, thanks for watching, and please tune in tomorrow. funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends
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can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com.
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