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from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at >> and now, "bbc world news." rajini: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm rajini vaidyanathan. elections in alabama are normally certain for republicans, but will roy moore, a man accused of molesting a child, win the senate race? an attempted terror attack at new york's main bus terminal. the suspect in custody after an explosion that injured 4 people. >> take it apart and learn how it works. rajini: and a fantasy romance leads to nominations for this year's golden globes. we will show you what to look out for on the big night.
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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. the deep red state of alabama hasn't had the competitive race like this in years. tomorrow morning, voters will choose between a former judge accused of sexual misconduct and molesting a child 40 years ago and a former lawyer who is pro-choice and once prosecuted members of the ku klux klan. polls suggest that republican roy moore may win the senate seat, but he is being shunned by members of his own party, including alabama's top senator , richard shelby. senator shelby: i want to reiterate again, i didn't vote for roy moore, i wouldn't vote for roy moore. i think the republican party can do better. rajini: but president trump doesn't agree, releasing a
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phone call on behalf of mr. moore's campaign. president trump: roy moore is the guy we need to pass our make america great again agenda. roy is a conservative who will help me steer this country back on track after 8 years of the obama disaster. get out and vote for roy moore. is our republican senate, and it is needed. we need roy to help us with a republican senate. we will win, and we will make america great again. rajini: for more on this, i was joined a short time ago by the white house correspondent for "the hill." looking like a close race, as we said just then, this is normally safe republican territory. where do you see things right now? >> very difficult to predict the outcome because we don't know how turnout is going to go. you played the clip of senator shelby encouraging republican voters to write in another name other than roy moore. clearly this is a heavily conservative, republican state.
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president trump won by almost 30 points. so that gives some indication of where things stand overall. rajini: where do you think democratic candidate doug jones is in terms of his strategy of trying to win this seat from the republicans? niall: doug jones has to do a couple things at the same time. firstly, he has to maximize the african-american turnout. the democratic vote in alabama's heavily comprised of african-americans. but he also has to appeal to more moderate voters, independent voters, people who are in the most centrist side of the republican party, because otherwise the numbers just aren't there for a democratic win. rajini: i have been down there to alabama and spoke to voters were not bothered by the accusations against roy moore, of course accusations that he denies. how much do you think that is an issue down in alabama? niall: i think it is an issue. it is one that roy moore has tried to insulate himself from, suggesting that it is a liberal media conspiracy against him.
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but i do think it is an issue for the more chamber of commerce-type republicans who might be worried about the damage to the image of the state of alabama if a man facing these allegations becomes their senator. rajini: where does this leave the republican party if roy moore wins and if he loses? niall: great question, rajini. many republicans see this as a lose-lose situation. obviously, they don't want a democrat elected. that would reduce an already thin majority. but they think that if roy moore is elected, that is a millstone that democrats could hang around the necks of their party nationwide, not just because of the allegations, but because he has a number of other controversial views. rajini: president trump endorsed roy moore. how does that change the game? niall: president trump is very popular in alabama. that robocall will be encouragement to his voters to get out. i'm not sure it has a negative effect, because people who
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dislike trump would vote for the democrat anyway. rajini: if you had to put your money on this race, who would you be betting on? niall: i would be betting on roy moore, but i would not put my life savings on it. rajini: indeed, a close race. thanks for joining us. three women who claimed they were sexually harassed by donald trump have called on congress to investigate allegations of his misconduct. the white house has repeatedly rejected the allegations, which first came to light during last year's presidential race. mr. trump's accusers are demanding accountability for the president's actions. i have been speaking to one of the women. these three women are accusing the most powerful man in the world of the sexual misconduct. they first spoke out last year, but in the wake of the harvey weinstein scandal, they are now calling on congress to investigate president trump. >> in an objective setting without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations never to return.
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yet here we are with that man as president. rajini: jessica leeds, who was at today's news conference, says she was assaulted by mr. trump decades ago while she was sitting next to him on a flight. >> the next thing i know, trump is over me like a wet blanket. he is kissing and fondling and everything. the next thing i realized was he was putting his hand up my skirt. i grabbed my purse and went to the back of the airplane. mr. trump: when you are a star, they let you do it. you can do anything. rajini: it was after the release wheres kate -- this tape trump was heard bragging about groping women that dozens came forward with allegations of misconduct. mr. trump: all i can say is it is totally fake news, it is fake, made up stuff, and it is disgraceful what happens, but that happens in the world of politics. rajini: but the women say they are telling the truth.
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an "apprentice" contestant says mr. trump forcibly kissed her. she wants to sue him for defamation after he called her a liar. if the judge decides the case should go ahead, the lawyer could call the president to testify. >> no man is above the law, including the president of the united states. rajini: in the past week alone, three members of congress have been forced to resign over accusations of sexual misconduct. in the current climate, many are asking why the same pressure has not been applied to the gates of the white house. but many voters simply are not concerned. donald trump won last year's election in spite of the allegations, which he denies. but for these women, it does matter, because donald trump is president of the united states. >> left me feeling very gross, very dirty. rajini: they want to raise the profile of the allegations and hope in some way that he will be held accountable. it was a surprise visit from vladimir putin, flying to syria
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to congratulate his troops on, as he put it, rooting out international terrorists. he went on to announce that a significant part of the russian military would be withdrawing from the country, but waiting to surprise him was saving -- syrian president bashar al-assad. the two hugged upon meeting. steve rosenberg takes up the story. steve: for more than two years, his troops have been at war in syria. today, vladimir putin made a surprise visit to the russian airbase here. his message, mission accomplished. here to see him and thank him was president assad. it is russia's military operation which has kept the syrian leader in power. and then it was on to the soldiers. president putin told the troops their motherland was proud of them. he expressed russia's gratitude for what they had achieved in syria.
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addressing the troops, president putin said that the russian and syrian armies had routed the most fearsome group of international terrorists. he announced the withdrawal of a large part of russia's military contingent. the soldiers, he said, could return home victorious. the russian campaign in syria was controversial. western governments claimed that russian airstrikes were targeting the moderate syrian opposition. moscow ignored the criticism. today, president putin said his troops have performed brilliantly, and that the operation in the air and at sea had shown the growing power of russia's military. russia believes its military campaign in syria has been a success, not only in terms of defeating isis and keeping the key ally president assad in power, but also, russians believe that the campaign have raised the country's profile in the middle east and increased russia's influence on the international stage. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow.
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rajini: in other news from around the world, israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he expects eu leaders will follow president trump's example and recognizing jerusalem as the country's capital. the eu foreign policy chief insists the bloc will not change its position. philippine president rodrigo duterte case pushing for an acrosson of martial law the south of the country. he says it is the only way to oftain an ongoing rebellion so-called islamic state supporters in the region. the move is expected to be approved later this week. on public cinemas in saudi arabia will be lifted next year. the minister of culture and information says new violations are looking at ways to license cinemas. it is part of a drive by crown prince solman to re-energize the country's economy. police in a new york say an
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explosion at manhattan's busiest bus station this morning was an attempted terror attack. the suspect was injured along with three others. the 27-year-old man thought to originally have been from bangladesh was arrested. north america correspondent nick bryant reports from new york. nick: 7:20 in the morning, the height of rush hour, and security camera footage of an underpass at new york's busiest bus terminal. this low-tech bomb was detonated deliberately in the hope of killing monday morning commuters. the failed suicide bomber had strapped the device to his body with velcro. but he was the only person seriously injured. coming at such a busy time in such a congested place, the intent appears to have been to cause mass casualties. the port authority bus terminal serves 65 million passengers a year. only three other people were treated for minor injuries. what the authorities are calling a terror attack. it could have been so much worse. >> thank god the perpetrator did
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not achieve his ultimate goals. thank god our first responders were there so quickly to address the situation. nick: this is the suspect, akayed ullah, an immigrant from bangladesh who arrived here in 2011. he would never have made it into the country, claimed the white house, under president trump's proposed immigration restrictions. sarah sanders: we must protect our borders and ensure individuals coming to our country will not harm our people and must move to a merit-based system of immigration. nick: back in new york, a quick round of instagrams, and the city moved on. two hours after the attack, new york city has pretty much returned to normal. there is a road closure here, but the subways are open and people are going about their business. the attack failed to cause death and it failed to cause much disruption. the authorities believe the failed bomber acted alone. question they have not yet
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answered, was he inspired by the group calling itself islamic state? nick bryant, bbc news, new york. rajini: one of the most destructive wildfires in california's history is heading towards the city of santa barbara. firefighters are battling six fires across the state come with the largest having scorched an area of 230,000 acres. governor jerry brown has described the situation as the new normal, predicting that fires like this would happen every year. the bbc's north america correspondent james cook reports . james: this fire is a monster. it has burned an area bigger than new york city and paris combined. more than 6000 firefighters are battling it, but still the blaze rages in the hills above the pacific ocean. these helicopter pilots are working hard, trying to slow down the northward advance of this huge fire. but still it is marching on,
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down from the ridge top, and the concern is that it might affect homes here, and it could burn all the way down to santa barbara on the pacific ocean. california feels like a state under siege by the climate. rising temperatures, years of drought, longer and more devastating wildfire seasons. the governor says in his warming -- in this warming world, it is no surprise. governor brown: this could be something that happens every year, every few years. it happens to some degree. it is just more intense, more widespread, and we are about a ready to have firefighting christmas. this is very odd and unusual, but it is the way the world is. james: they are carrying on the best they can. inside the greenhouse, they have had to install fans to blow ash off the leaves. 150 people work here. many are worried about their homes and the local economy. >> the whole community is going to suffer. yesterday all the restaurants
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were closed, and normally everything is bustling on a sunday evening. it will be tough for everybody. james: it has been a distressing week for animals, too. dozens of horses have died in the fires. this video shows race horses fleeing the flames after they were set loose in san diego county. there is some good news -- the worst winds seemed to have died down, giving firefighters of an -- a better chance to battle the blaze. it is a daunting task. this may become the largest wildfire in the history of the state. james cook, bbc news, santa barbara county in california. rajini: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, a breakthrough bringing hope to patients with huntington's disease. the biggest advance in 50 years. a weekend of heavy snow,
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plunging temperatures, and strong winds are continuing to cause commuter troubles throughout europe. in austria, winds of up to 160 kilometers an hour brought down trees and power poles. slippery ice caused problems on railways and roads in britain and italy, too. about a quarter of the flights at heathrow airport were canceled come with other european airports facing similar problems. reporter: across northern europe, heavy snow and severe temperatures grounded hundreds of flights also germany's busiest airport, frankfurt, is one of the worst affected. despite efforts to clear the runways and deice aircraft, 330 flights were canceled, spanning hundreds of passengers. from the air, it looks magical. netherlands, blanketed by a thick layer of snow.
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but it also meant problems on the railways. some services were suspended. there was mores, destruction and delay. this motorist described driving conditions is exhausting. even in switzerland, a country used to at least know in the mountains, -- to heavy snow in the mountains, it was bumper-to-bumper. strong winds were the problem in spain and france, knocking out power to some homes. that did not stop these servers from venturing out, though. and it made for perfect skiing conditions in northern italy. thousands of the skiers hit the slopes and with more snow than usual for this time of year. broadcasters have warned that temperatures across europe are set to plummet, dropping below -10 in parts of the countryside. winter wonderland for some, travel chaos for others.
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rajini: huntington's is one of the most devastating brain diseases, leaving patients in permanent decline and affecting their ability to move and think. for the first time, the defect that causes it has been corrected in patients, raising hopes that it could be stopped. james gallagher has more. james: the allen family has been blighted by huntington's. they have seen their mother, stephanie, die from it. life, every of her time we went to visit her, she held us and said, "i want to die." james: the disease claimed their uncle and grandmother, too. >> when you have something that is degenerative, you know that every day the last day was better than the next one.
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james: frank, his sister sandy, and also their brother peter's brains will slowly degenerate from huntington's, too. but now they have hope. the treatment is called gene silencing. every cell in the body contains genes which hold instructions for running the body. huntington's disease is the result of a corrupted gene that leads to the creation of a toxic protein which destroys the brain. a messenger carries the blueprints from the corrupted gene. this treatment sticks to the messenger, disabling it, and lowering the production of a toxic protein. >> and this will feel a little chilly. are you ready? james: 46 patients have the experimental drug injected into the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. the trial showed that the therapy was safe and effective. it was led by scientists at university college-london who say the results are of groundbreaking importance.
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>> for the first time, we have the potential, we have the hope of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent huntington's disease completely. james: this is the experimental therapy. it is exciting, but it is not a cure. it requires far more research and following patients for years to come. this is a brain dying from huntington's. doctors are starting longer trials to see whether targeting the protein can change the course of the disease for families like the allens. >> if it works and it stops it getting any worse, that will be fantastic. personally, i never thought it would happen, that that would happen. it is all about can we stop it? other people, our children. james: this research also holds promise for other illnesses. similar toxic proteins are found in brain diseases, including dementia and parkinson's. >> i really think this is
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potentially the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for the last 50 years. we have similar situations in at least some cases of the other diseases, and if the overall mechanism is essentially the same, we should be able to use the same general approach. james: the allens have made a promise to the children that treatment will be ready in time for them. research over the next 4 years will see if gene silencing can fulfill the promise. james gallagher, bbc news. rajini: if you are a fan of the film like i am, you will be excited to know that the 2018 golden globe nominations are out. "the shape of water," a romantic fantasy about the cold war, leads the pack with seven nominations. other films that could win big are steven spielberg's "the post" and "three billboards." both have 6 nominations. for more, i was joined a short time ago by the former film editor for "time out new york."
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"the shape of water" seems to be leading the pack, but is that likely to take home the most awards? >> possibly eventually, but for the golden globes it is hard to say. what is great about the golden globes is they are a real wild card. they make the otherwise somewhat exhausting award campaign season really fun. the night itself is a blast, because there is not as much pressure as there would be at the oscars. it comes earlier in the season rather than later. anything can happen. i think "the shape of water," if it comes out the big winner, it could be a real contender for the oscars in a way that people i don't think quite imagined. rajini: this of course often gives a nod ahead to the oscars. any other clues about what might be a favorite in the oscar nominations? >> sure, i think there are a couple of films like "the post," "dunkirk," that people were expecting would make it into the
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final circle, and they have done such as expected. there are certain movies like "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri," which some is a fantastic film, and that is done quite well. it has been shepherded very well by fox searchlight. frances mcdormand gives an amazing performance, sam rockwell gives an amazing performance. there is quality on a lot of different levels. the real surprise here and the one people are looking to see what happens are movies like "get out," which came out in march, i think, debuted at a screening, midnight screening in sundance in january, and this is a movie that no one thought would be an award contender, but it stayed in the cultural conversation for 11 months now. i think people are curious to see what happens at the globes. rajini: diversity has been an issue at award ceremonies the last few years. looking at the nominations, it does not appear to be a single female director nominated. >> that's correct, and all white men in the categories for best
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director. yeah, it is still a boys club, unfortunately. it will take a lot of work to change that, and people who felt were snubbed this year were people like dee rhees who did "mudbound" and patty jenkins, who did "wonder woman." a person people were rooting for was greta gerwig, who did "lady bird," which got nominations for laurie metcalf and saoirse ronan , who gave amazing performances as the mother-daughter combo. a lot to look forward to with the golden globes. thanks for coming on the show. >> thanks for having me. rajini: before we go, the united states could soon be sending humans back to the moon and beyond. president trump is scheduled to sign a directive instructing nasa to start a space mission to the moon and eventually to mars.
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the last time the u.s. sent astronauts to the moon was 1972 on apollo 17. you can find much more on that story and all the rest of the day's news on our website. if you want to see what we're working on, check out our facebook page. i am rajini vaidyanathan. thanks for watching "world news america." >> 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 island with warm, sunny days,
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: a pipe bomb explodes in a busy new york subway area, injuring four people, including a suspect now in custody. then, wildfires rage out of control in southern california, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres in what is now the fifth largest fire in the state's history. and, we report from alabama ahead of tomorrow's special senate election, amid a national debate over allegations of sexual misconduct. all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour. >> major funding for the pbs


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