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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> 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, cooling trade winds, and the
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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'm laura trevelyan. president trump retweets videos from a far right british group. the prime minister's office says he should not have done it, but the white house is standing by the message. >> again, if the video is real, the threat is real, and that is what the president is talking about. laura: a quorum in the haight as become a crime scene after bosnian croat war criminal ingested poison and died soon after.
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and nbc's matt lauer is the sacked after being accused of harassment. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. there's an outcry on both sides of the atlantic tonight after president trump used his twitter account to share anti-muslim videos posted by a far right activist in the u.k. downing street said the president was wrong to do this, saying the group remotes hateful narratives, but the white house insists mr. trump was talking about the need for national security. nick: britain first is a far right anti-muslim group with a small river ship that often engages in publicity stunts to try to raise its profile. early this morning, it received a huge propaganda gift from donald trump, the america first
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president. on his twitter feed, he retweeted three inflammatory videos from the group's deputy leader, the first claiming it correctly to show a man on crutches -- the first claiming muslimctly to show a beating a man on crutches. for her, these presidential retweets are manna from heaven. god bless you, trump, she tweeted. god bless america. from the family of murdered in p joe cox, there has been a despairing response. she was killed by a right-wing extremists, who shouted britain first. >> britain first is a well-known hate group. it drives haight against muslims, and donald trump is the president of our nearest ally, and the fact that he did not check first or even think about the content of those tweets before doing it i think suggests
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his judgment is hugely lacking. >> merry christmas, said the president as he ignored questions about his tweeting, but downing street has spoken out, saying it was wrong for the president to have done this. it added that its invitation to make a state visit to great britain next year still stands. as for the president's spokeswoman, she was unapologetic. >> the threat is real. the threat needs to be addressed . the threat has to be talked about and that is what the president is doing in bringing that up. >> previous u.s. administrations have liked to think of themselves as beacons of democratic values, but that has not been a high priority for the trump white house. many people around the world and sickened to see the president of the united states appearing to validate tweets from a far right group. 10 months into this unorthodox and provocative presidency, donald trump still has the capacity to shock.
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laura: for more on the fallout, i spoke of free time ago with our north america reporter. britain, a key ally, says the president is wrong to do this. a british lawmaker says the president is normalizing hatred. is there any sign at all the white house is concerned about this backlash? >> no, and they are saying they will not talk about the process of donald trump deciding to retweet this, how he found out about it, but they are defending it. it fits a pattern we have seen, with donald trump pointing toward migration issues or issues of extremism in europe, doing saying they are things wrong, holding them up as a warning to americans, saying this is why americans have to support donald trump's immigration policies, border policies. this is about a domestic political audience. >> to your point, the president campaigned and won calling for a muslim then, so presumably, his
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calculation is there is no political cost at all in the united states. >> right. you have heard some criticism. a republican in arizona have scalded highly inappropriate, but he has been an off critic -- and often critic of donald trump. the anti-defamation league said it was shameful and dangerous. on the other side, david group, former leader of white supremacist group the ku klux klan, said this wasn't showing the american people things the media would not show. if most americans probably do not know what britain first is, there is a certain segment of the american population, white nationalists groups, that look to these organizations in europe as kindred spirits, and now they see donald trump effectively supporting them or at least showing that he is watching them as well. laura: this is a president that loves to be provocative, loves to be in control of this incendiary twitter account.
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it is really just a pattern of what they call the unorthodox presidency. >> donald trump has used his twitter feed in a new presidential way as he describes it, and he has retweeted things that have been controversial in the past. things tied to anti-semitic groups, and he also retweeted things during the presidential campaign of hillary clinton on a field of dollar bills with a star of david and most corrupt presidential candidate ever. there was a lot of controversy over that. so much for you that analysis. a prominent figure from the bosnian civil war has taken his own life after being convicted of crimes against humanity. a shocking scene at the international criminal tribunal in the hague. wasrank what he said poisoned moments after judges upheld his conviction. about bowen testified
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what he saw when reporting the conflict. and hisdan praljak codefendants were being told their appeals against their long sentences had failed when praljak stood one last time to insist he was innocent. >> slobodan praljak is no war criminal. i am rejecting the court ruling. >> he drank from a vile. >> i have taken poison. stunned.urt was >> don't take away the glass that he used when he drank something. >> emergency services arrived. died later in hospital. in two thousand seven, i was a prosecution witness in the trial and his codefendants in the hague. he cross-examined me, outraged that he was being prosecuted for, as he saw it, doing his duty. i testified because in 1993, in the depths of the bosnian war, i
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had seen what they had done in moscow in the south of the country. the 400 year old ottoman bridge then under fire from praljak's forces, a symbol of the old boss and he is that they wanted to dismantle. the construction of the old bridge was just one item on a long list of war crimes. in 1993, bosnian soldiers who were besieged along with thousands of civilians were fighting back against bosnian croat forces led by slobodan praljak. he was convicted of the murder .f civilians with his wife and neighbors, i tried to help this man, but he was already dead. civilians were dying because praljak and his codefendants were trying to establish an
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ethnically uniform state for bosnian croats, which the court decided was a joint criminal enterprise. there were crimes included the persecution of civilians. mainly muslims, they wanted to .ill or expel at night, i saw civilians under fire being forced into east moscow. these pictures were evidence in the trial. i had many first-hand accounts of murder, rape, and ethnic .leansing after the war, the old bridge all ofuilt, but bosnia-herzegovina is still divided on ethnic lines. at least the war victims have had some justice, thanks to the international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia. it's worked to convict the worst war criminals europe has seen since the nazis should not be overshadowed by the suicide of
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slobodan praljak. laura: a bizarre and troubling and their the hague. in other news now from around the world, members of the united nations security council have gathered in new york for an emergency session to discuss north korea's launching of an intercontinental domestic missile. the test has already been described as a clear violation of security council resolutions. the astra state of victoria has legalized assisted dying or euthanasia. the regional parliament voted to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a legal drug to end their lives. it was opposed by the us trillion association and the federal government. apple says it issued an update to the operating system running its mac computers to fix a serious security problem. the flaw made it possible to acess a computer without password and change its setting. apple apologized to mac users for releasing the flawed software. u.s. media was rocked by another high profile firing today as nbc
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news announced the dismissal of matt lauer, the star host of their flagship morning show today. the chairman of nbc news said they received a detailed complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior and had reason to believe it was not an isolated incident. just last week, cbs news terminated their morning show anchor, charlie rose, over sexual harassment allegations. coanchor savannah guthrie wrote the news on air today. >> moments ago, nbc news chairman sent the following note to our organization. dear colleagues, monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by matt lauer. represented after serious review a clear violation of company standards. as a result, we have decided to terminate his employment. while it is the first complain about his behavior in the over 20 years he has been at nbc news, we were also presented to -- presented with reason to
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believe this may not have been an isolated incident. our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protective and to ensure that actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences no matter who the offender. we are deeply saddened by this turn of events. laura: our north american correspondent joins me now for more on this story. for 20 years, matt lauer had been the star host of the today show. now just like charlie rose a week ago, he's gone, fired. can you give us an idea just how much of a bombshell this is? >> it certainly has sent shockwaves through the media industry. matt lauer, you could describe him as the sort of opera of american tv, the male version. not a huge name -- not just a huge name when it comes to being on the morning show, but also olympic coverage, starring in films, being a big presence in the media, and also a very bankable one, thought to be the highest-paid person in news in
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america, so this really is big news because of his stature. neta: you talked about his worth. isn't that very pertinent when it comes to this discussion after not only was he the most powerful man on the program, but he was also worth the most, and could that have been a factor in why these allegations took so long to surface? a combinationis of a lot of things. not just matt lauer, but charlie rose from cbs as well. stars, and with that comes power. in many ways, what we see is before, women did not feel they could come forward because they were big stars who almost had a cloak of protection around them. story,e matt lauer vanity fair has been investigating allegations against him for two months, and they published their story after he was fired by nbc news, so in a way, nbc precluded that.
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the vanity fair article says three women have come forward. >> yet, the news networks have been quick to act, haven't they? perhaps in contrast to what has happened in washington where it has all been rather dragged out. do they get some credit for being quick to move? >> there are certainly some people saying look how the media industry is reacting compared with politics, but someone was put peoplepeople who in politics are the voters, so even when people are talking about the allegations a year ago, of course, allegations president trump denied, the , hegations against him still won an election, but you mentioned money earlier. >> a very well-known name here the states, garrison keillor, is the latest to be accused of sexual misconduct. what can you tell us about that? >> that's right. he was fired by minnesota public radio earlier today.
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he has been on the show for several decades. he confirmed in a statement that he had been fired. he said the story is a bit more complicated than the radio station says, but he then send an email where he described an incident where he put his hands on a woman's bare back. he said he apologized after she recoiled and did not hear anything about it until he heard from a lawyer. laura: thank you very much for joining us. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, we will meet and and who knows how to make both republicans and democrats laugh. for years, and magic on the challenge as speechwriter for president obama. the funny guy is coming up. flights have resumed from the international airport in bali after three days of disruption. after 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the area close to the volcano and thousands of tourists stranded.
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it has been a difficult time for the local people there. one organization helping provide services for evacuees and their families told us this -- veryr organization is grassroots. we do have a lot of international support, a lot of local businesses and concerned citizens in indonesia help to support us. the government has a huge job on its hands, and they are doing the best they can from my perspective as someone who has worked in many disaster zones. what i saw happening was an with the localrt people and the heads of villages and heads of the women's association, and the government authorities. i have hear someone i would like you to meet. he is two months old. he is wearing a mask. he will not wear this all the time.
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he was born with us. his parents are balinese and are very concerned about how he will do in this village, which in 1963 had anywhere from 10 to 40 on anyters of ash fall given day. it was not one event in 1963. it went on and on for many months, up to a year where some days, there would be pumice rock falling. other days, the river would be full of lahar. right now, we have this little guy, and his parents are concerned. they sealed a room in their home so everyone in their family, which is at this .3 generations, all of them can get away from the ash. laura: job security matters to all of us, but could advances in
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technology put millions of people out of work? the answer, unfortunately, is yes according to the mckinsey global institute. their new report estimates 800 million workers could be replaced by machines by 2030. most vulnerable are positions involving predictable and repetitive tasks. spoke to my colleagues a representative from mckinsey a short time ago on the program beyond 100 days. >> 800 million people could be out of work by 2030. does that do to our society? >> thank you for having me. i think the thing to keep in mind is that we have had job asses due to technology for very long time in different sectors -- agriculture, manufacturing, and so forth, and in addition to the jobs that could be lost, we will also create and have jobs grow, and i think the balance of it is that in fact we will come out ok. at least, that is what our
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scenarios suggest -- >> but not everybody is going to come out ok, right? >> well, we will come out ok in the sense that we will have enough work for everybody. the big question is how we handle the transitions between the occupations that will decline of the ones that will grow, and those transitions in our minds are the biggest require because it will changing occupations. it will require learning new skills, and it will require transitioning to new sectors and new activities, and that is the big question. what we take comfort from is the fact that there will be enough work for everybody. >> that will be in the long term. in the short term, this transition you speak about, do you think it is linked to this rise in populism we have seen in political terms on both sides of the atlantic? i think the rise in populism is interesting. in our minds, it largely in an economic sense has been attributed to the stagnation we have seen in incomes and wages.
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it's quite striking if you look at what happened on that front in the last decade. in most advanced economies, especially the united states, the u.k., france, and a few others where income stagnated for a huge proportion of working households. >> have fascinated by this. i remember in the french election, the socialist candidate proposed a policy of taxing robots. every robot that was manufactured would carry a tax, and that would pay for people who lost their jobs, and he was sort of laughed out of court for that, but maybe that is the solution. governments will need money to pay for people who are out of work. >> it is an interesting example you give, but i think there is something substantive behind it. income ofk at the most advanced economies, the share of the national income that goes to wages has been declining at the expense of
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capital. if we are going to have the economic output come from a combination of work done by people and capital investments and equipment and technology and so forth, i think it is an interesting question to ask how we reflect that in our economic systems. i'm not sure i would go as far as taxing robots, but it does raise an important question. >> does that mean there will be a robot sitting in the seat in a few years time, maybe i can go to the beach early. is that going to be the way? are we going to restructure the way we all work? >> in many ways, we have done that already. if you look at the history over few hundred years, we are working less -- >> really? >> oh, yes. for a few individuals like yourself, hours have gone up, but if you look at the entire workforce, we are working fewer hours. i know there's been a lot of anxiety about will there be enough work. we think there will be.
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>> washington, d.c., is a city full of speechwriters, but only a select few can say they have written for the president. david late as part of that club. he helped craft president obama's words for nearly five years. while he covered a range of issues, his specialty was comedy. he is out with a new memoir and explained to us what it was like turning the commander-in-chief into a comedian in chief. >> i remember the first day i walked through the gates of the they arese, thinking, actually going to let me in? i was a speechwriter for president obama from 2011 to 2016, and i am now the author of it.ok about i came to washington with what in washington, d.c., passes for a comedy background. i had done some improv comedy in college, so it was nice to have a niche. in 2012, i became more or less
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by default the token in-house funny person for the white house . >> good evening, everybody. welcome to the white house correspondents and are, the night when washington celebrates itself. >> when these jokes beaches came up, i got to punch above my weight class a little bit and take responsibility on a speech that otherwise i might not have gotten if it were more serious. >> my name is a barack obama. my mother was born in kansas. my father was born in kenya. i was born, of course, in hawaii. i can remember with each of those jokes what internally i was feeling with the president read them because you sort of feel like you live or die in that moment. if he liked to joke, he would add a little something. he might add a little wave or b d li . >> i know republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to
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minorities. and, look, call lee self-centered, but i can think of one minority they could start with. hello? the obama administration, humor was a chance for us to tell a little truth about washington that we would not have gotten to tell otherwise. the most important thing that a politician can do when they tell jokes is to be self-deprecating, especially in a democracy, to recognize that they are extraordinarily powerful, but also, they are a human being. they make mistakes and have faults. >> some people say i'm arrogant and aloof, condescending. some people are so dumb. themnder i don't meet with . >> you hear the thing that started as a thought in your head become the president's words, and i was just a magical transformation. it still boggles my mind thinking about it or writing
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about it. >> remember, you can find much more on all the days news at our website. i'm laura trevelyan. thanks so much for watching. ♪ >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up to date with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> 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
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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. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: president trump vows new sanctions on north korea after the communist nation launches its most powerful ballistic missile yet, capable of reaching washington, d.c. then, hatred coming directly from the white house. the president himself shares inflammatory anti-muslim videos first posted by a leader of britain's far-right. and, the other side of the opioid story-- how a doctor who has seen first-hand the devastating consequences of addiction, also believes in the benefits of pain relief. >> what's happening now is, physicians are responding by saying, "i am writing for fewer opioids.

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