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tragedy. laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. over the past two years we have had a lot of higprofile departures from the trump administration, but today there was a shock resignation. u.n. ambassador nikki haley's exit did not come via tweet. instead, she got the oval office treatment. haley heaped praise on the president, and return he sai the door is always open. she said she is not eyeing a presidential bid in 2020. nick bryant starts our coverage. innick: through the revodoor of the trump administration, another shock departure -- u.n. amssador nikki haley, ig far the mostprofile woman in the cabinet.
pres. trump: she has done an incredible job. she is a fantastic person. nick: they both stress this is an amicable separati, donald trump leveraging her for what for him is high praise, saying she brought glamour to the role. pres. trump: i think it is a more glamorous position than it was two years ago. i nder why. it is. she has made it a glamorous position. nick: this was far from bglamorou it showed her eye for a television moment, urbrandishing pi of the security council of children killed in a chemical weapons attack in syria. many people think she is a futu president. but this highflying republican ruled out challenging donald trump.i amb. haley: no not running for 2020. i can promise you what i will be doing is campaigning for this one. i look forward to supporting the president in the next election. nick: it has been a dizzying 24 hours the white house.ngs at the new sueme court justice, brett kavanaugh, in prime time in what felt like the season finale of a reality tv show. the president confirming he is
- with a the parties partisan blast of the democrats. pres. trump: on behalf of our nation, i want to apologize to brett and the entire kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and ffering you have been forced to endure. those who step forward to serveo outry deserve a fair andev dignifieuation, not a campaign of political andti personal destr based on lies and deception. and with that, i must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent. thank you. nick: a normally solemn ceremony became a republican victory rally. the party leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell, given a standing ovation. with a vital congressional elections less than a month away, the politics of the brett kavanaugh nomination battle are by no means clear-cut. the republicans claim they are eing evidence of a brett bounce that will help them
retain control of the u.s. senate. the democrats claim there will be a backlash from female voters that will help them regain control of the house ofs. representati hed both are probably right. as if to emphasize politicization of the moment, the white house released what looks like a campaign video. but will this triumphalism hurt donald trump? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. laura: a brief time ago i spoke with bill richardson, who served as umb. asador to the u.n. in the clinton administration. adamba richardson, how much of a loss is this to the trump administration, nikki haley resigning?ch mr. dson: this is a loss because the president has had some good luck lately with hist supreme cominee, enployment numbers.
then all of a suhis major surprise. she was a major player in the foreign policy team,or her to resign abruptly like this with so many foreign policy issues at the u.n. pending, it a surprise and a setbac laura: how much of an impact did nikki halemake at the united nations on north korea? mr. richards: well, she made an impact there, because the toughest sanctions ever placed on north kor came during her tenures a u.n. ambassador. the sanctions a covered oil, north korean, worke coal. sanctions which russia and china did not veto. probably her sst mark was in those very tough north korea sanctions. laura: nikki haley was also a consistent voice on russia whern the presis often inconsistent. how much will that be missed? mr. richardson: well, that will be missed, because she was pretty candid,n.he was outspo
i suspect what might have happened is she was a star early in the administration with secretary of state and a national security adviser that the president eventually fired. shhad more visibility. now with pompeo and bolton being strong players close to the president, she had a reduced voice. maybe she thought this was the time to leave. laura: did she managto be critical of the united nations, which went down well with the president, while protecting u.s. for the bod mr. richardson: well, no, the u.n. has received a lot less money from the trumpra adminion. they have cut funding for unesco, the u.n. refugee agency, the palestinian entity, the human rights council. s , it has not been good years for the united sta the u.n. she defended u.s. policy, but i don't think with a majority of
. the 195 members of the ue united states and nikki haley were terribly popular. laura: what qualities should the president looking for in his next u.n. ambassador? . richardson: well, first, somebody who has access to the president. that is paramount. secondly, a politician with stature, knowledge of foreign policy.in i this is a job that is cabinet-level. it cannot just be someone who is perceived as not a player. i think those credentials are what are needed. knowledge, somebody that can get along with other nations' ambassadors, and somebody with stature, political, that is close to the president. laura: ambassador richardson, thank you for joining us. mr. richardson: thank you. laura: it has now been a week since jonalist jamal khashoggi was last seen entering the saudi consulate in istanbul.
there are no pictures of him leaving, and n the turkish president has challenged saudi authorities to produce evidence that he is safe. mr. khashoggi left his country last year, fearing retribution for his criticism of saudi policy. expressed many of his opinions in "the washington post." a brief time ago i spoke to his editorah there, karen at are you any closer to knowing the fate of jamal khashoggi? unfortunately, when it comes to any definitive evidence, no, we are not any closer to knowing what happened to him for sure. laura: now, we do know that turkey's foreign ministry said it wants to inspect the saudi consulat yin istanbul. think that could yield anything, or is it rather late after a week? karen: it is rher late, in my personal opinion, after a week -- especially mohammad bin salman, the crown prince, said
that reuters could search e consulate. of course, if he was not there, that does not mean nothing malicious happened to him. with that said, the hope is that the turkish officials have been the ones to leak information, o they say theve information to which they claim khashoggi was murdered at the consulate. they have not produced publicly any evidence. really it is conflicting stories. , of course. tonight they had -- still deny they had jamal. they maintain that he left the consulate through anher entrance both sides still have yet to really provide any conclusive evidence of their claims. laura: you were jamal's editor.
why was his crit arabia so powerful and so feared within the kingdom? karen: jamal was close to the saudi family for a long time. he was an advisor to princes. some would describe him as very. much a loyal he knew a lot about how the royal family and the government, how the authorities worked. that said, he was alwawn during his career as pushing undaries. he wrote in "the washington post" out how he pushed anyway he could to promote women's ability to drive. as far as hiwork at the "post," he never wanted to be labeled. dissident.as he said, "i just want to write,
want to be free." he wrote about the need for debate and dialogue and opening up this space for any sort of democracy in the region, inra ge i think that that is what might have been infuriating to the authorities. i know for a fact he told me that they told him, "why are you writing for the 'post'? you can write, fine, but why 'the washington post'?" definitely rankled feathers -- laura: why did he so aoy young crown prince mohammad bin salman? karen: in his writings, even in our discussions, what really frightened jamal was the people who were being imprisoned and disappeared in saudi arabia were people who were not even that harsh of critics. he would say that there were people who supported the crown prince in his reforms, and that the absolute lack of power to
any sort of dissent whatsoever is new. jamal would say this is new. saudi arabia was not like this. it was harsh, t not like this under the crown prince. he compared mbs, mohammad bin salman, to putin even. --was outspoken about how sothe lack of space for an of criticism. that had to have gotten back to the authorities. ura: karen attiah, thank you so much for joining us. karen: thank you so much for having me. laura: hurricane michael is speeding towards the florida panhandle at -- and 120,000 people in his path were told to evacuate today. it is currently a category 3ir storm ng in the gulf of mexico and it is due to make landfall tomorrow in the late afternoon. it is wide and moving quickly,s leaving resideth hours to get out of the storm's way.
here is more on what we can expect. hurricane michael seen from space -- a monstrous storm which is still strengthening, barreling towards the northeastern gulf coast of flora. the fa ly are heeding the warnings, taking no chances and ending the beach vacation in panama city early. >> three kids. if it was just tul adults, we have rode it out. got to be safe, since they are lath us. a:heoads are crowded with people fleeing the coastline, and already gas is in short supply. the authorities warned that as well list dangerous winds and 12 inches of rain, hurricane michael could bring record storm surge. gov. scott: 8 to 12 feet of stm surge is deadly. i cannot stress enough how dangerous this storm will be. we have seen this with tsunamis, three feet and that is deadly. 8 to 12 feet is absolutely deadly. laura: there are states of emergency in alabama and parts of georgia and florida as the region prepares for hurricane michael making landf
tomorrow. heavy rain is forecast for the carolinas as the storm crawls up the east coast. the president says his administration is ready. pres. trump: we are all ready. hopefully we will get lucky, but maybe that won'happen. but we are prepared. laura: despite the warnings, not everyone is leaving town. >> our house is hurricane-safe. we have a generator, plenty of water.ur laa: already the storm has claimed 13 lives in central s america and the effeve been felt in cuba. forecasters say it is the most serious threat to florida's northern gulf coast in more than a decade, and the time to leave is now. that is a powerful category three hurricane bearing down on tonightida panhandle
details are emerging about the second suspect in the poisoning of sergei skripal and s daughter. according to the investigative website bellingcat, the alleged attacker's real name is alexander mishkin, a doctor who worked for theussian military intelligence service. he was even decorated by president putin himself. though mishkin lives in moscow, he is originally from the northeast, as steve rosenberg reports. steve: there are some places in russia so remote that they nnot be reached by car, because there are no roads. but we're lucky. the train will pass through the village we are trying to get to. population 1000. only in winter when the ground freezes can you drive here. he has emerged that one of salisbury suspects was born and raised here. his true identity has now been revealed.
he is not business alexander petrov, as he claimed, but gru officer alexander mishkin. "yes, that is alex mishkin," a man in the village confirmed to as i showed him the suspect.rd acg to the investigative website bellingcat, alexander mishkin was born in 1979. he went on to train as a doctor at the military medical academy ec st. petersburg, where, it is believed, he wasited to the gru. in 2014, he was given the hero of russia award by vla putin. the british authorities do not dispute these claims. so now the two men moscow says were salisbury tourists have been unmasked russian agents . the other officer was identified last month. britain says they tried killse
ei and yulia skripal with novichok nerve agent. they survived, but dawn sturgess died when she came into contact with novichok hidden in a perfume bottle.s thisworld away from salisbury, which is 2500 miles to the west. people here are shocked that someone from this village has been accused of deploying a chemical nerve agent o streets of britain. in loyga, not only do they not believe it, some here think that russia should strike back. "i would've dropped a bomb on those british," he tells me, "so they would alllow away and stop bothering russia." russia may feel increasingly isolated, but it is in no mood to change. ura: steve rosenberg reporting there. you areor watching "bbc news america."
still to come on tonight's an amazing story of survival. one girl talks to the bbc about her full face transplant and the dream she has for her life now. laura: after one of the hottest summers on record, the british wine industry is reaping the rewards in what promises to be their best ever grape harvest. there has been a steadyncase in wine production in the u.k. the last few years. reporter: on the o bacthe river dart, it is a vintage ar. today alone they picked 600 grapes on the estate, four times more than normal. they hardly stopped them at killing as many boxes as she can ast -- filling as many boxes as she candan the last few
of the season. >> i'm not a very fast picker, eie er. some of ys do 30, 40 crates. reporter: duncan is the head winemaker on the estate. >> try one of these. reporter: really sweet. >> incredible sweetness treby. reporter: he says it is a record year for red grapes,y which t normally struggle to grow here. the grapesld picked today fill 6000 bottles of wine. it is a similar sort and other vineyards. the winere this,in stry was flourishing. 6 million bottles were produced here in 2017. it wl be increased by 30% over the last couple of years, and that is set to continue,n ith 1.7 millnew vines due to be
planted this year. but it is not just about quantity u.k. producers will also have to ine of quality come at a good price them if they compete around the world. what if next year's weatheit isn't que so perfect? laura: since the dawn of transplant surgery, medicalnc schas taken incredible leaps forward. it has changed katie stubblefield's life. she is the youngest person in the u.s. to undergo a full face. transpla the surgery was necessary after she shot herself. following a marathon operationas last year, she powerful story to tell with the support of her family. this film does contain some upsetting and very graphic imag. >> kas always been a deep
that sheive and so grateful that she didn't have to walk around the rest of her life without a face. reporter: katie, do you still think about and longhe things you wanted when you were 18, like to meet someone and fall in love? i can see you smiling now. [laughter] >> of course this is not thei storuld have written for her, but i feel like there is a reason. there is a lot to learn. there is a lot in this whole. story with kat
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to ale united nations nikki h announces her resignation, e rking the latest high ranking official to leave ump enministration. bracing for "michael." at least three states declare emergencies as a fast moving hurricane barrels toward the gulf coast. and, as brett kavanaugh's tenure on the supreme court begins, we take a look at how the confirmation battle is playing on the ground in a key senate race in north dakota. it is this state that is poised to be the biggest determinant this fall in whether democrats have a chance of taking control of the u.s. senate. all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour