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your plans, your goals, yourdr ms. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial., >> and"bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, ibrm jane o'n. calling it off -- president ittrump cancels his summit north korea's leader, saying the whole thing is a missed opportunity. prestrump: i believe this is tremendous setback for north korea, a indeed, a setback for the world. jane: harvey weinstein is reportedly set to hand himself in to police. the disgraced hollywood gul faces numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. and when is a tree more than a tree? when it is art. the italian artiso has made mother nature his muse.
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jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in the u.s. and around the world. the buildup was a feat of diplomatic showmanship. the cancellation abrupt but not entirely unexpected. donald trump called off his june meeting with kim jong-un in a letter, citing open hostility coming from pyongyang as the reason for pulling the plug. he did hold out the possibility of rescheduling. the bbc's north america editorso jopel has more. >> this is cnn breaking news -- injon: for once, breg news really was worth the flashes. s,e historic singapore summit had hit the buffs many doubters predicted. donald trump's extraordinary effort to kim jong-un the expression of it. he wrote, "sly, based on the
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tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, i feel it is inappropriate at this time to have this long-planned meeting." his letterpoke about the power of the u.s. nuclear arsenal, and that the meeting was kim's idea, not his. at the white house, a somber to say.t trump had th pres. trump: based on the recent statement of north korea, i have decided to terminate the plannem in singapore on june 12. while many things can happen, and a great opportunity liesll ahead potent i believe that this is a tremendous setback for north korea, and indeed, a setback for the world. whopefully, positive thinl be taking place with respect to the future of north korea. but if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before.
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jon: the legwork for it was being done by the esident's secretary of state, mike pompeo. there were gasps around the world when it emerged that he had traveled to pyongyang in total secrecy to meet the north korean leader.da mr. pompeo was giving evidence to the senate foreign relations committee, and sought to explain what had changed the president's mind. sec. pompeo: over the past many doys, we have endeavored t what chairman kim and i agreed was to put preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit, and we received no response to our inquiries from them. jon: the release of the ncpresident's letter ced unerringly with the north koreans playing host to a group of western journalists invited to witne the destruction of a nuclear test site. but there s fury in washington when pyongyang put out a statement last nig describing the vice president as ignorant and stupid, and there seemed to
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be a threat -- "we can also make the u.s. taste an appalling tragedy." at the heart of this is the demand for the denuclearization of the korean peninsula, a phisse that sounds simple bu open to vastly different interpretations.e this might hen an historic t mmit in seeing these two leaders sit downe table together. but as time went on, it became increasingly clear that's all it would be. great expectations had been replaced by a cold dose of reality. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. jane: for more on these developments, spoke of britain earlier -- i spoke a bit earlier bce klingner, former division chief now at the heritage foundation. where do we go from here? are we back to "little rocket man" and who has the biggest nuclear button, or is there ace chor diplomacy? bruce: the wording of the letter
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and the subsequent statement seemed to leave it open for a summit. it had phrases -- if you want to get back together -- don 't thik totally close the door. if northorea comes with a non-apology apology, as they do , we could get back to discussions and perhaps ations or even a summit. but really, the ball is in north korea's court now. if they go back to the usual provocations -- missile tests, nuclear tests io then the teis going to rise. jane: do you think north korean miscalculated with the recent statements? bruce: very much s have been a great deal o optimism, particularly in south korea. i think a bit of irrational ceexubern south korea. but things seemed to be moving along and north korea generated a lot of goodwill, aot of improved perceptions of kim jong-un. then with the statements --we ther three last week and then some more this week -- they really miscalculaded. the trumnistration was not going to have any part of it,oo and really thein washington is there is no patience with those kinds of tactics anymore.
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jane: and yet the noreans made the gesture of apparently blowing up their missile test sitebu bruce: rightthey canceled the inter-korean meeting, stood up u.s. officials wato meet in singapore for the summit , made a number of insulting comments about u.s. officials and even south korean officials. most importantly, they had really publicly ticulated that they would reject not only the u.s. but what the u.n. was requiring, this comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement. jane: do you think anything has been gained by setting up this whole process and getting it ass faoth sides seem to have? bruce: the u.s. would see it is once again we have tried diplomacy and north korea pdermined it. when people in tt said the u.s. should try to reach out to them, diplomats will tell you not only from this adsnistration but the previ one that they have tried repeatedly to reach out to north korea and it was always pyongyanthat rejected the entreaties.
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jane: where do we go from here? what should the u.s. be doing particularly when it comes to china? bruce: what should do is maintain the maximum pressure policy, which actually is not maximum. there are a number of things we are pulling our punches on, do -- to not only enforce u.n. sanctions but u.s. law. sesitation to go after chi financial entities helping north korea and misusing the financial system. jane: bruce klingner, thanks for joining me. harvey weinstein is expected to surrender to new york city police as early as friday to face sexual assault charges. that is according to multiple u.s. media reports more than 70 women have accused the former hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct, including rape. he has denied any nonconsensual activity. i spoke a short time ago to the bbc's nick bryant in new york for the latest. what more can you tell us? nick: early tomorrow morning we harvey weinstein
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to hand himself into police at a police station, nypd police station in lower manhaisan, close toome in tribeca, the area of lower manhattan that used to be his power base. it was the headquarters of t weinstein company. it was really his personal fiefdom. after being processed by the police, we expect him to be taken to the criminal courthous here ilower manhattan, where charges will be laid.wo more than 100 men have accused harvey weinstein of sexual misconduct. we understand that the chargesea relate to at one accuser, who claims that harvey weinstein sexually assaulted her when she was an aspiring actrs back in 2004. as you know, harvey weinstein has faced a number of civil suits. his company, the weinstein company, has had to file for bankruptcy. his reputation is in tatters. but this would be the first time he has faced criminal charges. jane: just a reminder, this is a scandal that really sparked the
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me too movement, a has led to allegations against prominent men. how has the culture changed in the u.s. as a result of all this, do you think?, nick: ohi think it has been one of the most extraordinary in h, pivotal moments e seen in modern-day american history. as you say, it sparked this me too vement, completely alter how hollywood thinks of itself and how it acts. y as you say, it has not od to the disgrace of harvey weinstein. other women have accused other powerful figures in the selm industry oal misconduct as well. it really has been a pivotal moment. and it is extraordinary to s in lower manhattan, because this is where harvey weinstein ercised so much of his power. you would see him in the restaurantsib around a, the boutique hotels in tribeca.
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he just seemed to be so powerful and so untouchable. morning, if the reports are right, we have been led to believe they are -- torr see him dering himself to the nypd will be another extraordinary moment in this extraordinary story.an jane: nick bjoining us from new york, thank you very much. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other news. a french couple has been convicted in london of murdering their living nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in the back garden. the court heard the couple hadhe he 21-year-old prisoner for months before killing her at their home in september. they will be sentenced next month.so shares i of asia's biggest
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seven people are missing and hundreds of others forced tos leave their hoter a powerful cyclone hit a yemeni island chain. it struck on wednesday night and caused severe floodi damage to houses. omen has to cleared a staf emergency. russia's foreign nistry has dismissed the findings of a dutch-led team of investigators that said that russian armed forces were involved in the mh17 arr disaster. all 298 people on were killed monday malaysia airlines -- when the malaysia airlines passenger jet was shot down over war-torn eastern ukraine four years ago. reporter: images mostly sourced from social media provide a catalog of evidence. >> it can clearly be seen, the huge vehicle attracts t of attention. reporter: it was the summer of ng14. the boei77 passenger jet was shot out of the sky. the russian-made surface-to-air missile was driven across the russian border to ukraine and fired from a field that was under the control of russian-backed separatists at the time. the investigators highlighted seven markers on the launcher thatllowed them to create a fingerprint that identified the exact vehicle involved.
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a serial number on the missile casing showed it was a 9m38 series made in moscow. >> we think it is from the 51st antimissile brigade. it is a special part of themy russian ho is normally doing work to defend the air. one of their vehicles has been used on this 17th of july. reporter: ansuspect would be put on trial in thtenetherlands russia blocked efforts for an international tribunal. the dutch legal system allows people to be tried in absentia, and that means that even if the country in which the suspects
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are currently residing refused e radite them, the trial could still go ahead in their absence. prosecutors confirmed they have identified a few dozen persons of interest, but have refused to name names to avoid jeopardizing any future prosecution. but they need more wes. >> we urgently appeal to everyone anywhere in the world, do you recognize the handwriting of the number, or do you know someone who can tell us what the numbers mean? reporter: they specifically appeal to staff of the 53rd brigade of the russian federationtheir family and iends, to get in touch. russia has always denied any teinvolvement in the disthat cut short 298 lives. jane: italy's new populist
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government has european neighbors on edge. the new prime minister is a 53-year-old law professor who has never been involved in politics before. he will lead to the coalition government of the five-star movement and members of the hard reright. what ais chances ofuc scess? james reynolds reports. professor giuseppe conte begins the first alday of his politicareer. the law professor who was never help office before mr. together cabinet. he stressed his credentials for the job. conte: i'd ready to defe interests of italians in europe and internationally. i want to be the lawyer who will defend the italian people. won't but giuseppe conte
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even be the most powerful member of his own administration. the two party leaders who suggested him as prime minister can expect to take their own seats in his cabinet. the five-sr movement leader may choose a ministry which allows him to implement his main campaign promise, an allowance for italy's jobseekers. and the leaf party's leader -- and the league party's leader wants to take charge of a new, tougher migration policy. he is likely to be his own bossn the full goverlineup may be rea james reynolds, bbc news, rome. jane: you arerlatching "bbc news america." still to come on tonight's program, protest and patriotism. how the controversy over kneeling during the national anthem has dided football players and owners and even involved the president.
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27 people have died and nearly 60 cases of ebola has been identified in the democratic republic of congo but as international organizations scramble to stop the outbreak in its tracks, the african nation is hoping natural advantages and decades of experience will prevent the virus from spreading. bush meat is delicacy her animalss feared that hunted for food caused the deadly ebola virus. that is not gointo stop these congolese eating it. meat,"n avid fan of bush she says. "i've never become ill eating it. i've eaten it ever since i was young and i can't get enough of it." >> if you don't eat your meat, please send it to me. i will need it. reporter: the researcherho
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identified ebola in 1976 has sinceith every outbreak he says bushmeat might cause the first infection,ut the bigger risk is the person-to-person transmission. in growing population living congested places brings new challenges. experienced in with outbreaks of ebola, but there is a real wry that if it gets here in the capital, kinshasa, it would be more difficult to control. already a city along the river is dealing with the outbreak. this port city is on high alert. there are better ways now to tackle ebola. patients are being isolated and treated in these centers. health workers are getting vaccinated. there is hope that these reouaks can be brought under rol.
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, bbc newskinshasa. jane: hours before he canceled his plans summit with north korea's leader, president trump had other matters on his mfod -- footballinstance. in an interview with fox news, he said he supported the national football league's decision to fine teamsey kneel during the national anthem. instead, they will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the song. mr. trump directly challenged ese patriotism of those who wish to take part in pr pres. trump: i think that is good. i don't think people should be staying in locker rooms, but i think it is good. u have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. maybe you shouldn't country. you have to stand proudly for the national anthem. the nfl owners did the right thing if that is what they have done. jane: for more on this, i'm was joined a short time ago from new york by the deputy sports
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editor for "the new york times." is donald trump right? should players stand for the national anthem? mean, freedom of speech is an important value in this country and it has always been sort of understood that ilpeople don't necess sacrifice all of their rights to free speech when they play a sport. that is not to say that people haven't been punished for having -- making demonstrations during the playing ofhe national anthem. we saw that in 1968 in mexico city. but generally, people have looked at the situation as athletes don't sacrificed the rights to free speech when they take the field of competition. jane: has this decision masolved ther? matt: well, it doesn't resolve the matter at all. the players are furious about it.be they don'eve they should
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have to sacrifice their right to free speech. i think the question is, is the speech really free if secluded in aunderground windowless locker room and no one can see what you are doing or saying? jane: this type of protest does have historical significance, doesn't it? matt: it certainly does for the nfl players. they were making loud statements about issues like socialin stice and police brutality. i think that is one of the important misconceptions. people thought the players weres prng the national anthem. they had no problem with thent nationalm. it was a moment when they felta they could makatement about how especially african americans and other minorities, were being tated by the police and also in terms of their victimhood from economic inuality. jane: this is something that, as
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you said, divided the nfl and divided fa and the owners. w damaging has it been for the sport itself, and what can they do to come back from this? matt: it has been fairly damaging. it is one of the rsons why nfl television ratings have been down significantly the last two seasons. the research from the network broadcasters has shown and borne that out. they say they have done lots of polls that have shown that there arle that have abided by boycotts that have popped up, w peop have boycotted the league because they saw the players in what they viewed as disrespecting the flag and were frustrated that the league was not tang action. in addition, there were people who were boycotting the league because colin kaepernick, the o rmer quarterback for the san francisco 49ers arted all this by kneeling during the national anthem two years ago, he still doesn't have a job and has essentially beenlackballed
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by the league, or at least he has filed a grvance claiming he has been blackballed by the league. there are people boyuetting the leor that reason as well. jane: thank you very much indeed for joining me. matt: thanks for having me. jane: a tree is a spectacular eation, perfect sculpture -- those are the words of a renowned italian artist who has spent 50 years creatingf sculpturesees. now his work is on show in the natural setting of the yorkshire sculpture park in the u.k. he has been talking about his tzssion for trees to our arts editor will gomp is not aviews go, this bad one. this is the green and pleasant land of the yorkshire sculpture park where mother nature provides the gallery for modern art. this is a place where even the trees look like sculptures.
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--hang ohis one is a sculpture, by a world-renowned italian artist. tell me about theerock in the >> it is related to the growing idea of growing of the tree, attracted by light, and the rock is relatedo the idea of gravity force. will: he is like the david attenborough of art. ng spends his life observi nature to make wtsk that highliur awareness of its beauty and power. the tree, he says, is the perfect sculpture, because it balances the weight of life as all living things must do with poetic fluidy. ,> between the two worlds underground and above. in this point, there is a anch, and i cut the branch and i put clay and i did the print on my hand.
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will: it is in a way a comment on the tree of life. >> yeah, if you want, it is [laughter] sculptor, ia better sculptur nature or you? >> i don't know, but i am happy it is close to the realness. will: i suppose you come along and judge for yourself. will gompertz, bbc news. jane: tree-mendous. 'don'groan. moving on. the white house gift shop had technical difficulties earlier today. social media was abuzz with talk that people were trying to buy the trump-kim commemorative coin . of course, the newly mind item is irrelevant now that mr. trump has called the summit off. coin also refers to kim jong-un as north korea's supreme
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leader, a title that doesn't actually exist. you can find more on all the day's news on our webse -- no coins, though. i'm jane o'brien. thanks for watching "bbc world news america." >> with the bbc r vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way to the news of the day and stay -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, kovler foundation, pursuinglu ons for america's neglected needs,po od put financial. >> how do we sha tomorrow? it starts with a vision. we see its ideal form in our mind, and then we begin to chisel. ha strip away everything t stands in the way to reveal new possibilities. at purepoint financial, we have designed our modern approach to banking around you --
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc ru >> wo: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight... >> this is a tremendous setback for north korea and indeed a setback for the world >> woodruff: ...president trump calls off the historic summit with north korea, accusing the regofimpen hostility. then, top u.s. lawmakers are briefed following president trump's claims that the f.b.i. planted a spy in his campaign. and the release of an n.b.a. player's arrest video fuels the debate over excessive force by pol e towards african americans. all that and more otonight's pbs newshour.

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