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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. we start tonight with an extraordinary story in ukraine, where a russian journalist reportedly murdered yesterday wn public showed up at a news conference today very much alive. as you can imagine, there were a lot of gasps. arkady babchenko, a critic of the russian government, was said to have been shot dead at his home, but according to ukraine's security chief, his death had showed up at a news conference been staged to expose russian agents operating in ukraine. the bbc's jonah fisher reports. jonah: this was the scene last night outside arkady babchenko's apartment. ukraine police had announced the russian journalist had been assassinated. a fearless and outspoken critic of vladimir putin, mr. babchenko 's death seemed another chilling
example of how the kremlin targets its opponents wherever they live. >> date is calculated. deliberate international terrorist crime. atah: this morning we were the apartment. somewhere around here, as he went into his apartment, he was shot in the back several times. there was a strange lack of police, but at that point, we had a no inkling of what had really taken place. neither did most ukrainian politicians, who are quick to point the finger of blame towards the east. it marked another dark moment in the awful relationship between the russia and ukraine, a steady stream of anti-kremlin figures have been assassinated on kiev's streets. but arkady babchenko, incredibly, is not one of them. 19 hours after he was declared forward was brought
very much alive to gasps at a press conference. channeles at his tv responded as you might expect come in amazement. it turns out that mr. babchenko had been a willing participant in a security service sting, apparently to catch a russian-linked man who really was trying to kill him. would like to apologize for what all of you had to experience, for what you had to get through. i have buried friends and colleagues many times, and i know the sickening feeling. i'm sorry you had to experience it. but there was no other way. went tos mr. babchenko meet ukraine's president, the debate as to what had happened began in earnest. for many, the ends justify the
many lies. >> i was the only one who knew about this at the presidential administration and i was sure there was no other way to do it. you have done very well. jonah: others are wondering about the lasting impact on ukraine's credibility. it claims to be on the front ofe against russia's war this information. now it has been responsible for perhaps the greatest of all fakes. jordan fisher, bbc news -- jonah fisher, bbc news, ukraine. jane: a brief time ago, jonah joined me with the latest. now that everyone has had a bit of time to get over the shock of mr. babchenko's amazing recovery, what is the latest reaction? jonah: i think it is an evolving reaction, to be quite frank with you. yes, everyone in the initial moment when he was presented at the press conference was delighted.
it was a shock. we saw pictures from his television channel of his fellow journalists jumping around. and in a way you would expect that, if you thought you r colleague had been assassinated and killed and you suddenly saw him alive. there is now more considered refection about the tactics of the ukrainian authorities and what the lasting impact might be . you have to remember that ukraine has for a long time complained that it has been on the receiving end of russian fake news and disinformation, and it has been trying strenuously to counteract and defend itself against that disinformation. today what has happened is effectively ukraine and the ukrainian authorities have concocted probably the greatest fake of all time. it took in all of us. they provided pretty clear statements about what happened. and there is a danger, i think, that they will have damaged their credibility for the future and people will always be looking back at this and think
about how they lied to everyone, because they put a lie out there for 24 hours that this man had been killed when he had been at not. there will be considerable implications for how we look at ukrainian statements in the future. jane: jonah fisher, thank you very much for joining us. ok, well, that is the view from , but what are they saying in moscow about this bizarre tale? steve rosenberg has the reaction from there. statement, the russian foreign ministry said it was very pleased that a citizen of russia was alive, but they called the staged murder was an anti-russian provocation. ukraine had deceived the entire international community. the russian paper that gave arkady babchenko's first reported job said that the journalists could not have given the kremlin a bigger present if you wanted to. what does that mean?
. twos rush the u.s of spreading disinformation and fake news. now russia can claim it is the victim of a fake news story and use that to question the credibility of a whole string of accusations leveled at moscow. that has already started. russian tv likened the resurrection of arkady babchenko to the recovery of the skripals after the salisbury poisoning. the clear message, it is all fake news. jane: steve rosenberg in moscow. i'm sure we have not heard the last of this story. a top north korean official is withw york for meetings the secretary of state mike pompeo. the arrival of kim yong chol on u.s. soil marks a major step in putting the summit between kim jong-un and president trump tack
back on track. today the white house said it expected the historic meeting to the arrival of kim yong chol on2 in singapore. nick bryant has the latest. nick: this is the week in the american calendar when the nation honors its fallen soldiers. among them those killed in the , korean war. that conflict has never officially ended. the threat from north korea has intensified, not gone away. this memorial in washington reminds us of the horrors of war and the decades of failed diplomacy. in new york tonight, the latest diplomatic maneuver, the arrival on american soil of the most senior north korean official to visit this country in 20 years. a mission to salvage the singapore summit. kim yong chol is the korean leaders right-hand man. at the recent summit with the south koreans, sitting just yards from ivanka trump at the closing ceremony at the winter olympics. he has received a guarded welcome from the white house. sarah sanders: the conversation is going to be focused on denuclearization of the peninsula. that is what the ongoing conversations taking place now will be centered on, as well as the summit that will take place
in singapore. we will continue as long as that is part of the discussion. we will continue to shoot for june 12. nick: this on-again, off-again diplomacy has been hard to keep track of. last thursday in what read like a breakup letter, donald trump canceled the summit, citing north korea's tremendous anger and hostility. but the north korean response was conciliatory clearly mollified the president -- "solid response to my letter. thank you." tonight secretary of state mike pompeo will renew acquaintances with kim yong chol, who recently saw in pyongyang. it is their third meeting in two months. the main stumbling block is what precisely is meant by the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. the two sides have very different definitions.
and the latest cia assessment is pessimistic, that north korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons, but rather, it is considering a number of goodwill gestures, such as opening up a western hamburger franchise in pyongyang. that is not the kind of deal that donald trump is looking for, not even close. the fear about a singapore summit is that it could be all sizzle and no steak. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. jane: for more on secretary pompeo's meetings in new york, i spoke a short time ago with the bbc's state department correspondent barbara plett-usher, who is outside the hotel where kim yong chol is staying. this all seems to be moving suddenly very, very quickly. how significant is it that he is actually there? barbara: it is very significant -- you have this powerful north korean official, some say the second-most powerful in north
korea, at this hotel in midtown manhattan. that is extraordinary given the relations between the two countries. plus, he has been sanctioned by the americans for his role in the nuclear weapons program. those sanctions had to be waived for him to come here. and he is key to whapp afterwards because he himself is a veteran nuclear negotiator and he has been the site -- beside kim jong-un every step of the way to the run up with where we are now with the current state of diplomacy. if you want to know what kim jong-un thinks when he talked vaguely of denuclearization, what he would be willing and not going to put on the table, then kim yong chol is your man. the fact that he is preparing to have dinner with the secretary of state in under two hours shows how much the leaders on both sides really want this summit to happen. jane: of course you mentioned the secretary of state, another key person in this whole process. is mike pompeo going to be the one who can actually make the summit happen?
barbara: well, he certainly has been out front in the preparations, and he paid his own extraordinary visit, as you know, to pyongyang twice, one as cia director and then as the secretary of state. he does know the principles, he does know kim yong chol, or has at least met him, and he has the trust of the president. it is on his shoulders to get an arrangement to figure out how serious the north koreans are to come to an agreement on what the summit might produce, which would make it possible for it to go ahead. if it does go ahead, he would be in charge of the negotiations that follow, and that is a big thing because he would not want them to fail. he would want them to be a success in terms of getting a comprehensive deal. he has an investment in this, and he is out front now with kim yong chol in this meeting that could decide the fate of the summit. jane: barbara plett-usher, thank you very much for joining me. a day after the abc sitcom
"roseanne" was canceled, the fallout is continuing. overnight, the show's star roseanne barr blamed the sleeping pill ambien for her racist tweet against obama aide valerie jarrett, and then donald trump tweeted this -- jane: the white house press secretary said this was not in support of roseanne, but pointing out media bias. for more on the highlights of the press briefing, i spoke a brief time ago with north america reporter anthony zurcher. anthony, why is the president getting involved in this? anthony: that's a good question, because yesterday sarah huckabee sanders told reporters that he was extremely focused on other things like north korea and he was not going to weigh in on it. i think he just couldn't resist and wanted to make the story about him and his perceived disrespect that the media is treating him with.
sarah huckabee sanders went on during the press conference to air grievances and list the things that abc should have apologized to donald trump for. this is a tactic that trump and the white house do regularly. they deflect onto the media and change the story about the media and make it them and not donald trump. jane: he has gone after his poor old attorney general, jeff sessions, again, saying he would never had appointed him if he had known he was going to recuse himself from the russia investigation. why the latest assault? anthony: you have to look at what the trigger is. the trigger was a "new york times" story that said trump pressure jeff sessions even after he recused himself to effectively unrecuse himself. he considers that of a trail. he thinks that jeff sessions had a responsibility to oversee this as an ally, oversee the russia probe. jeff sessions was one of the supporters of donald trump from first the beginning and was one of the first nominees to the cabinet, and here he is washing
his hands, and donald trump does not take kindly to that. jane: i want to ask you about an emotional moment at the white house press briefing. let's take a look at sarah sanders being questioned about school shootings. >> can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent this senseless tragedies? sarah sanders: i think that as a kid, and certainly as a parent, there is nothing that could be more terrifying for a kid to go to school and not feel safe. so i'm sorry that you feel that way. this administration takes it seriously. jane: anthony, members of the hardened white house press corps have never made sarah sanders cry. who was that boy? anthony: it was an emotional moment. that was a 13-year-old from marin county, california, a "time magazine for kids" reporter there to cover white house anthony: it was an emotional moment. fitness day. i don't know if sarah huckabee sanders was expecting him to ask
about school shootings, but it was a powerful moment. the response from sanders was there is going to be a commission meeting this week. the reality is that the white house has not taken too many affirmative steps to address school shootings. they are trying to ban bump stocks and they want to bring more guns into schools and security officers. i don't know if that was enough. jane: anthony zurcher, thanks for joining me. we have some news just in -- disgraced film producer harvey weinstein has been indicted by a grand jury in new york. according to a statement released by the manhattan district attorney, he has been indicted for rate in the first in therd degree -- rape first and third degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, paying a much to manhattan's most underappreciated residents. the pigeons like you have never seen them before.
officials in belgium have said a man who shot dead three people yesterdayy of liege had murdered a fourth person the night before. they were colleagues, both police officers, both murdered in cold blood. on the left, single mother believes to an 13-year-old two and's -- who leaves 13-year-old daughters as orphans. on the right, recently married with a sign. new footage taken the attack yesterday. filming. is the woman moments after shooting the police woman and a young man in a car. he is brandishing a gun. as soon as she realizes, the woman retreats. a few minutes later she is filming again. armed police have arrived. you can see them advancing cautiously up the street. the attacker is hiding in a school. he runs out.
this morning, belgian prosecutors gave more details. the fact police were targeted means they are treating this as terrorism. >> it is qualified as terrorist murder and attended terrorist murder. specializing in terrorism was put in charge of the official investigations with ordered an autopsy of the bodies of the three victims as well as a talks illogical examination -- toxicological examination of the perpetrator. reporter: it seems terrorist fact thatbased on the the perpetrator shouted several " and "allahu akbar information that he was radicalized while in prison. in the city of liege, people have begun to sign a book of condolences for the the question for investigators is whether the killer planned this is an act of terror, and should he have been stopped from being released from prison before carrying out his
murders. jane: after 10 days of strikes by truckers, life is returning to normal in brazil. drivers have been told to get back to work after a strike which was sparked by demands to cut petrol prices. south america correspondent katy watson reports. katy: day 10 began like any other -- lines of trucks on motorways in protest. while some drivers drifted back to work after the weekend, others were determined they were not going anywhere. barbers sympathetic to their cause came to them instead. what started as a widespread strike over fuel prices morphed into a broader protest about politics. these posters along the motorway calling for military intervention -- this in a country that lived through dictatorship for two decades. >> we are fighting for a fairer
country. it is a call for help. we are calling for military intervention to bring order to this country. we are fed up with being robbed. katy: brazil is heavily reliant on road transport, and that truckers know it. patience is running out. army helicopters circling. truckers were told that if they didn't move on, the riot police would move in. a threat that made some drivers nervous. >> pie feel a bit lost now. -- i feel a bit lost now. i have been here a week and i am tired. i am scared of it ending in violence. katy: in the end, the lines broke down peacefully. after 10 long days, the drivers felt time had run out. with police escorting tankers to petrol stations, supplies are returning, and queues across cities are building.
some people waiting as much as five hours to fill up. life is returning to normal, but how long? >> people are just tired of everything -- tired of the recession, tired of corruption. and people wait, wait, and nothing has been done. katy: the past 10 days have paralyzed brazil. this is a country trying to recover from economic crisis, now hit with billions of dollars of losses because of the strike. >> there a lot of unhappiness among brazilians -- a fear of the present and uncertainty about the future of the country. it is a weak government incapable of taking responsibility for the political process in brazil. the government is going to have even more difficulty ruling in the coming months. katy: the strike may be over, but the anger is not, and the ahead of presidential elections in october, that is not expected to subside.
katy watson, bbc news, sao paulo. jane: not everyone associates , butork city with wildlife the skies of manhattan are just as likely to be filled with pigeons as skyscrapers. one photographer has given this maligned bird the spotlight. the bbc caught up with him to talk about his new book, "new york pidgeon," and heaabou his appreciation for a creature most of us take for granted. >> from the first day i photographed them, they sucked me in. they are so rich, so beautiful. there was so much to learn about them. it just became like an obsessive project for 10 years. i wanted this book to be a calling card for pigeons, that they could walk around with this book and say, hey, look at us, we are quite beautiful. about 10 years ago i just wanted
to sort of explore the subject, and i was amazed by the coloration and iridescence of the feathers, the diversity of pigeons. there is no more diverse species of bird than a pigeon. when i set about designing the book and thinking about the book, i thought it was great to have my beautiful portrait, but i felt it was important to touch on a lot of the things, how pigeons are ingrained with humans and different people from different walks of life like pigeons. it is not just old ladies in the park. there is older people, opera singers, and people who have 35 pigeons in their house, immaculate homes. i think pigeons get a bad rap. they really don't carry disease. there actually quite clean. they bathe whenever they have the opportunity. they will even bathe theelves
in the snow. they get snowflakes under their feathers to clean themselves when there is no water around. the downfall of pigeons is so many people think they are helping them by feeding them bread, or feeding them crummy food leftovers. it is not good for any bird to eat bread. it has no nutritional value, and you get sickly birds. they have a low immune system. if pigeons were fed better food, they would be healthier, and if they were fed a little bit less, you would not have so many pigeons. that is part of the problem. i am not a habitual pigeon feeder. but in the really cold months, i will. not too much, just a little. moderation. i think by putting them in a studio against the black backdrop and lighting them as dramatic as possible, it makes people see them in a different dimension that they probably don't see when they walk down the street. my hope is that once they see those pictures, they will stop and look at a pigeon on the street with new eyes.
jane: he is certainly making me think twice about them. you can find all the day's news on our website. i am jane o'brien. thanks very much for watching "bbc world news america." >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way to 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, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and purepoint financial. >> how do we shape our tomorrow? it starts with a vision. we see its ideal form in our mind, and then we begin to chisel. we strip away everything that stands in the way to reveal new possibilities.
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