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>> and now "bbc world news." "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm laura trevelyan. the u.s. secretary of state meet the saudi leadership amid speculation the royal familyur may say the list jamal khashoggi was accidentally killed. just three weeks a into the mid term election and the designate race in tennesseis one to watch. democrats are closing in, but republicans saying not s fast. >> i love donald trump. i think america is back on a run right now. laura: plus, your chicken nuggets could soon come from a lab. we'll show you how scientists may be changing our menu for good.
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♪ laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around thee globe. u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo is in saudi arabia tonight offer meeting with the king androwned prince to voice concern over the fate of journalist jamalhashoggi. a. khashoggi entered the saudi consular two wee and has not been seen since. his suspected killingas sparked international outrage. james robbins has the latest. reporter: the aival of an american secretary of state to see the saudi king isn't usualblo uncomfortae. donald trump sent mike pompeo to get information about jamal khashoggi's disappearance. t the crucial encounter was b salman. d prince
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president trump reported the crowned prince totally denying anything tprt took place, ising a complete investigation. >> i thank you for holding. reporter: but could the truth be covered up behind diplomatic immunity? the united nations insists it must not be. >> under international law, both the fourth disappearance and an extra judicial killing are very serious crimes, and immunity should not be used to impede investigations into what happened and who is responsible. reporter: 's now two weeks since jamal khashoggi disappeared into saudi arabia's consular in inns tan bull. turkish police have finally been able to search it. the detailed evidence is yet bo be publish the allies are threatening punishment without wanting to destroy valuaree lations. saudi arabia is a major market for armed sales from the united states and britain. 61% of all saudi weapons purchases comes from the united
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states, and some 23% from the united kingdom. their joint sales comp dwarf the figure for all other suppliers. what else makes saudi arabia a key paner? well, its position as the world's bi key.oil exporter is sitting on almost a fifth of global reserves. and western powers stress saudi arabia is crucial of the source of intelligence and as an ally in the fight against tremist violence, particularly from so-called islamic state. both theresa may and jeremy hunt insist saudi arabia haslp keep people on the streets of britain safe. >> for more than a half centy, both thenited states and the u.k. have turned to saudi arabia because it's a lot e sier to do things with saudi arabia on your san when saudi arabia is against you. reharter: here saudi arabia s one the most palatial embassies in london.
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britain is increasingly on the defensive about their closeness. first, because osaudi actions in yemen. and now the disappearance of jamal khashoggi has mea somehow projecting outrage while at the same time protecting the fundamental relationship. ere's no doubting widespread public anger against saudi arabia and other states accused of contempt for international rules. that means governments andpl democraciege to protect those rules are under growing pressure, too.st laura: and in ement just released by secretary pompeo, he said he had dict and candid conversations in saudi arabia and that the saudi leadership strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in that consular in istanbul. a brief time ago i spoke with ichele dunn,irector of the international endowment for
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peace. do you think the administration is content to take the at their word? michele: well, i would note that secretary of state pompeo was in riyadh today and saw him smile with the crowned prince. there are reports he will have with him before going o tomorrow to turkey. so i have to say the way i would read it at thit is that there's going to be some attempt to establish that there is some saudi government responsibility for this killing igt that it does not go as as the crowned prince. the question is, is that credible? laura: well, indeed. there are key u.s. senators, like lindsey graham, who have saidha mohammed bin salman ises rec how much pressure does that put on the trump administration? michele: the trump administration will be under pressure because theors have already triggered the global magnitsky act. there was a former letter sent
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so president trump from 22 senators that requires trump to make a report to congress within 120 days about what happened here and hether there was a gross human rights violation by a foreign official and also whether trump plans to impose any sanctions. now, the congress can't actually force the president to impose sanctions, but he has to make a report and say whether or not he will. if he chooses not to and the congress is angry about that and we're hearing -- you know, we're hearing lots of indications from both sides of the aisle that they are angry about a lot of things related to saudi arabia. this is onlyhe most recent one. they would try to take it in some other way like blocking armed sales. or other things like that. laura: the president sai the doesn't walose these u.s. armed sales to saudi arabia. could he come under significant pressure, do you think, from congress over that?
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michele: there have been pressure.al there wast a motion that passed the senate to block au armed sales to arabia because of yemen, because of the killings of many, many civilians in the saudi and emrati campaign in yemen. so that was already a ssibility. no look, there's going to be an attempt to somehow salvage the u.s. relationship with saudi arabia but a lot of it hinges on the question of this crown prince, this very reckless crowned prince and whether if he continues to be in charge of the kingdom and in charge of the relationship, i think there will look of tension ahead. laura: he's very closeisn't he, to this white house? you d't see the white house ditching him, do you, the crowned prince? michele: i don't think it's up to the white house to decide. this is a decision for people inside saudi arabia. there's a lot of tension inside the royal familiar hely over steps that he's taken. now, whether that will result in anyce
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changes in sion plans in saudi arabia i don't know. laura: michele, thank you so much for joining us. michele: you're welcome. laura: well, earlier today, my colleague, katty kay, spoke to veteran journalist bob thodward abou khashoggi case and who he thought in the white house is driving the response. bob: i don't know who is driving. clearly the president isn't -- is involved in this. the idea that he started talking about rogue elements before now,s the official whine, it seems, from saudi arabia, look, they forgot to go to the intelligence in the c.i.a. les about saudi arabia. 've been covering saudi arabia to one extent or another for decades. this is the thing they do. they're ruthleur. there's noise here. the question is, is the administration going to
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atolerate it or cover it we seem to be on the cover-up roadight now. laura: boboodward speaking to the bbc earlier. and beyond that case, as we heard, saudi arabia is facing pressure over its bombing campaign inem. after the first time, the bbc can report from the scene where dozens were killed by an air strike two months ago. ey said civilians were never targeted. and our international correspondent has spoken to survivors of the attack. and sent this report from northern yemen, which you may find it distressing. rerter: they call it the children's garden, a cemetery full of school boys killed side by side. here the youngourn the youn
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the empty graves for cldren whose remains still cannot be identified. nearby, the wreckage of their bus targeted in an air strike by the saudi-led coalition. there are indications it was a u.s.made bomb, but human rights campaiers have told us there is no way the u.k. can be suresn its weaponry being used in this conflict in attacks that killed civilians. this was the scene of the attack. it's in the houthi heartland edfrom where rockets are ft saudi arabia. the coalition said the bus was a letimate military target, carrying houthi fighters. it later apologized for what it called collateral damage. for mohammed, that meant his
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10-year-old son, who was on the bus. he had to identify him by his teeth. reporter: many of the bodiesed were mogether, he told us. some people said, this is my son. others said, no, this is mine. i had evidence so i got my boy's body and put him in his grave. pengle gathered around waiti patiently to be heard. up until now they haven't had a chance to tell their story to the world. they're dending justice for their dead but don't expect to et it. 13-year-oldohmed ibrahim survived the utattackany of his friends did not. there's no beauty in life
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he said, no future. it's destroyed.ro it's ad 8:30 in the morning. this is the time the air strike took place,nd this is the exact spot in this busy area on a main street full of shops. even if the bus had been full of fighters, t risk to innocent life must surely have been clear, and there are estions about whether or not this was a war crime. this video may be evence. it was filmed by a boy called osama shortly before the attack. he and his classmates shouting ith joy on a rare day out. his father found it after the air strike which killed both osama and his younger brother, ali.
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he told me this is osa estimony from the grave. with his death, he's proven to the world that the saudis lied, he sd. when they claimed these kids were fighters. his footage shows the reality he coalition denied. at the school,s the empty cha tell their own story. the devoted headmaster, abdula, ab is haunted by the bsence of so many. when i meet the parents, he says, i tell them, you have lost one child, but i have lost 42. everyone in that bus was like a son to me.
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down the corridor, a group of puils who survived the attack, some wounds visible, others are not. these are school boys who learned too much about how adults wage war. >> [reading names] reporter: the headmaster hopes the world will remember the names of the viims. >> [reading names] reporter: he takes the register, not of the living, but of the dead. >> [reading names] reporter: bbc news, yemen. laura: a teacher mourns his unbearable loss. paulllen has died at cancer
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at the age of5. made his fortune alongside his school friend billes gat after they founded the tech giant in 1975. mr. gats said personal gates said uld -- personal computing would not have existed without paulen. audi has been fined more than $900 investigation by german prosecutors into the diesel engine scandal. they say they accept the fine and admits its responsibility. but warns this year's nancial performance will be affected as a result. you're watching "bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program --chould your next ken dinner be grown in a lab? one company's banking on it. but can yoreally call it meat? laura: spoken in public for the first time since they announce they're expect tg a baby start of the tour of australia,
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prince harry thanked people for their warm welcome and said he couldn't think of a better place to reveal the news. there is flash photography in is report from hal about the royal couple.ma >> thehave only just told the world, but already the first baby gift started to arrive. a kangao and tiny sheep skin boats could give the royal nursery an australian theme. the dukend duchess will have to get used to talking plicly about their upcoming arrival. >> thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many aussies from all walks of life and we -- we also generally couldn'tnk thi of a better place to announce the upcoming baby. [laughter] >> be it arl boy or so thank you very, very much. reporter: australia is not mplete without the koala
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protocol. they have posed for in the past. now his wife's turn. the bear seemed rather unimpressed. theatest polls suggest the majority of australians now want their country to be a republic. most don't wanthe head of state to be 10,000 miles away. but today's vit has proven there is still a celebrity appeal to the young royals. which brings out people to the streets. normally t crowds are inside the opera house. today, some outside hoping for a selfie and sight of a royal bump. coming.kept that nursery may soon be full as australia showed itsci tement for the parents to be. tr
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laura: donalp won the state of tennessee by 25 points in the presidential election. so why has the senate race in th ruby red state become so hotly contested? the mid term elections are in just three weeks' time, and big moy as well as big names are weighing in. it's become one of the highest profile ces inad our nation. went to nashville to find out more and a warning there is lash photographer.>> ♪ >> at the new hope missionary baptist church in nashville, voting is a safe issue. african-americans ldn't turn ouarge numbers for the presidential election andthhey don't like e result. so the black clergy has mobilized. >> if we stand together, if we pray together, if we vote together -- reporter: the pastor believes if african-americans in
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tennessee vote as a block they can tip the scales in the senate race and send a democrat to washington. >> a new spirihas awakened and we just happy to see this energy and we have to taol it to the p. reporter: it's extraordinary the democrats think they have a chance in this ruby red state. the republican candidate, marsha blackburn, has a reputation as a firebrand.e' shtied herself closely to president trump. >> look, i am not running against president trump. i am running for a senate seat to run in tennessee. reporter: the popular former governor talks about his personal brand as a politician who gets things done rather than his party. >> ♪ reporter: that pitch is aimed squarely at disaffected republicans. but in our outside of nashville, the party is pretty important. >> ♪ reporter: this is lewisville's annual fair. it's trump country. still, there is some impatience with partisan shouting matches in washington.
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tennessee is an interesting test of whether a political moderatel has appin this hyper polarized climate. it's crucial because a democratic win here is key to helping the party take control of the senate. and that's a deal-breaker for many. >> i love donald trump. i think america is back on a run right now. ldthink we're being respected atl over the wor. reporter: phil, who you think of him? >> a nice guy. i ain't voting for him. reporter: but he's somebody that might get things done? t he will only get done w his party wants him to get done. >> with the extreme conservatives and liberals, a mog rate is a really nice th to have. reporter: but you don't know if you'll vote for the moderate? >> i'm not sure right now. reporter: but you might? >> i might. reporter: and is that one of the main reasons why? >> yes. reporter: theta singeylor swift surprised y fans throwing her megastar
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power behind tennessee's democrats in a social media post to her 112 million followers. a surge of millennialser regi to vote but that doesn't seem to have changed many minds in downtown nashvill >> red next in tennessee. republican. maga. >> it won't change your vote? >> no. >> this is a picture of me right now at a donald trump convention in myrtle beach and i still love taylor swift because she has great music and she's a great person. but i don't think she should try to tell you who you should vote for. reporter: the republican marsha blackburn has pull ahead in the polls but so much will depend on who actually shows up to vote. barbara, bbc news, nashville, tennessee. laura: well, what would you say chicken dinne came from a lab? that's what scientists in calirnia are working on using the cells of animals instead of
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killing them. they sayhe technology could help end hunger without destroying the planet. but wouldou eat it? well, the bbc's james cook had a go. reporter: is this the future of food? here in silicon valley, scientists have taken cells plucked from the feathers of a chicken and they're using them to grow meat in this high-tech laboratory which means the chicken i am about to eat is weirdly stl alive. >> so there we have it. our just chicken nuggets, with a little bit of chipotle ranch dipping sauce. >> dip it the sauce. take a bite. >> it's really tasty. t tes like chicken. >> it is chicken. yeah. >> the taste is similar. the physicality, the feel of it in y different. slightly >> right. there are ways we can work on
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getting it together. there is, like i said, finding thrgs in the animal kingdom 3-d printing scaffolding so there is a lot of different ways we can do it. reporter: thisicirm says its n will be on a restaurant menu by the end of the year probably somewhere in asia. >> this is a transitional way from raising and confining animals the way we do. the reality is ll99% ofhe meat we eat comes from places that if we looked inside we wouldn't be that proud of. p meduction is just as responsible for carbon emissions and climate change as all the cars we have on the street today. reporter: will anyone actually want to eat it? o traveled to cattle country to ask diners inrk, missouri. would you eat meat gn a laboratory? >> i would prefer not to, no, if i knew about it. meat ought to be grown on a farm, out in the fields and stuff.
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[cows mooing] reporter: missouri has banned the word meat from labs. >> a le, breathing animal, so we can't oppose the science and the growth they had in that area but also i think it needs to be labeled accordingly.rt re: should it be called meat? >> i don't think so. something produced in a lab, while it's protein, yes, from a transparency standpoint for t consumers y know what they're purchasing and what they're feeding their family, we think it needs to be called something different. reporter: whatever it's called, th america's largest meat procesr now investing in lab-grown meat, we might see a new agricultural revolution. james cook, bbc news, in the ozarks of missouri. laura: meat of the future but just how appealing iit really? remember, you can find much more on all of the day's news at our. websi plus to see what we're working on anytime, do make sure to check us out on twitter. i would absolutely love to hear
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