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laura: welcome to our viewers on ablic television in ameri around the globe. in california, they are fighting round-the-clock to contain the deadliest wildfires in the history of the state. at least 44 people have died, but with around 100 stillmi ing, the number is expected to rise. others are returning to homes that have been destroyed, with the worst damage around the town of paradise. the bbc's dave lee reports. dave: this is the inferno faced soby one mother and as they escaped the deadliest wildfire th california history. >> we were out of by 10:37 a.m., with thousands of people behind me. wve: how did it feel to k you were safe? >> relieving, guilty, terrified for e people behind me. i knew there was a lot of elderly in the community that probably wouldn't make it out. dave: five days on, this is what
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is left of their home. the harrowing process of trying to find and identify bodies here has begun. search seems think it coultake -- search teams think it could take many wes. what will also take time is fully understanding what happened here and why this fire was able to get so out of control.h 500 miles so where we are, akres are continuing to flare, like this one neare sherwood. fire officials say gusty winds could kickstart more flames. -- theveerous fire danger is far from if you are being held back, it is because the lives of your familynd neighbors are still potentially in danger. dave: there are rare glimms of good news. some of those ordered to evacuate in the south have been able to return to their homes. there is no such prospect for the people of what was once paradise. dave lee, bbc news in northern california. laura: those deadly winds are
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still fanning the flames tonight. enthe battle betnn and the white house has intensified. the media company is suing the trump administration for suspending the credentials ofrn one of its jists. the network says jim acosta's constitutional rights were violated when his permanent white hou pass was revoked. this comes amid talk of more staff shakeup in the west wing. a brief time ago i ded all jeff mason from reuters, who was head of the wh association.espondents how much of an escalation is this? you sit there in the white house press room and you know jim acosta and you were head of t white house correspondents association. how fraught ourio rel? jeff: it is definitely an escalation. the lationship between the t sides has been rather fraught since president trump came into office, and before he came into office. when he was a candidate he did not always let people from thes prver his campaign -- his rallies. he did n give credentials to antedhe journalists who
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them. since coming into the white house, that has not been an issue. what has been an issue has been his rhetoric. his rhetoric calling the press nge enemy of the people, u the term "fake news" to describe any types of stories or articles he doesn't like. but he has not removed credentials like this. doing that to jim acosta after the press conference last week is definitely a big step up in that tension between the press and the white house. laura: is this unprece hnted in modetory? jeff: as far as i know. have covered two white houses, the obama white house and the trump white house, and i've spoken to colleagues who have been there longer than the 10 years i have been there. ofthis is not something ans can recall happening recently. laura: as if there was notma enough doing on, we are learning that first lady melania trump has called for the ousting of a member of the national security staff. something else also without precedent? jeff: also pretty much unecedented. we were inking just back at
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the white house, talking to some of my collgues about this. maybe nancy reagan having encouraged her husband to fire the chief of sff at the time would be comparable. but the fact that the first e out today and said that it is the position of the office of the firs that she should no longer have the honor of working at th white house, that was such a strong statement and clearly a sign that mrs. trump was unhappi this individual. laura: mrs. trump just had a very high-profile trip to africa. you were on that trip. jeff: i was. laura: anything to do with that? jeff: apparently it was related to the trip. the first lady was disappointed with the resources allocated to der for that trip and is putting the blame on thity national security advisor. laura: meanwhile, a lot of talk about other staff shakeups after the president apparently about to fire his homeland security too, his and maybe, chief of staff. what are you hearing?
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jeff: that one has been reported for some time that chief kelly would step down, and it never ends up happening. i would caution all of us to wait and see. but yes, there are reports and we are reporting as well that that is something the president is mulling. secretary nielsen, who leads the department of homeland security, someone who is very close to chief kelly, so it is possible that if one of them went, the other would as well. the president has apparentlyes exprd frustration on how she is dealing with his hard-lineio immigratpolicies. laura: the president likes to grouse, and then sometimes people just hang around and twist in the wind and don't get fired. jeff: sometimes they do. that is why the only person who really knows -- this is not -- who really knows what is going to happen at the white house, certainly with regard to staffing, is the president himself. laura: jeff mason, thank you for joining us. jeff: my pleasure. laura: the long-awaited trial of the drug lord known as el chapo
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began today in new york. he was the leader of an infamous cartel in mexico and was extradited to the ges. to face chof trafficking drugs. but there was a bit of a delay when a female juror withdrew from the case. s.e bbc's nick bryant repo nick: rarely has a new york courthouse seen so many layers of security, but rarely has a new york trial seen a defendant like joaquín guzmán. the drug lord known as el chapo was extradited to america to two years ago and charged with overseeing the largest drug trafficking ganization in the world, the feared sinaloa cartel. anfore his capture following this raid by mex special forces, el chapo had been one of the worln's most wanted men, a also one of the world's richest. he had achve local notoriety for twice escaping from prison, once a long a mile-long tunnel that ended in the shower of his cell. rtel is alleged to have imported tons of cocaine and heroin and other drugs int
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united states, generating billions of dollars in revenue.i 17-count indictments also includes murder conspiracy and money laundering over a 25-year period. what is expected to be a four-month trial has attracted enormous intest, but also the appearance of his former beauty queen wife. the judge has ruled that he cannot hug her in co thjudge also started the trial with an unexpected announcement. beforehe prosecution could make the opening statement, the judge said there was a problem with the jur a female juror had sent him a handwritten letter outlining her anxieties about serving, and also the medical issues she had since finding out she had been selected. the judge feared she cou a breakdown and excused her from jury service. for court appearances in brooklyn, guzman has had to be driven in convoy from prison in manhattan, briefly shutting down the brooklyn bridge.
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such is the flight risk of a two-time escapee, d such as the fear a rival cartel might try to kill him. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. laura: preside trump is known r his rather lengthy tweetstorms, and today his was french president emmanuel macron. he blasted europe for not paying enough into nato, argued against the french tiffs placed on american wine, and defended nationalism, ending with "make france great again." this letting off steam comes days after the u.s. president returned from paris. for more on how the relationship hasd sou, i spoke brief time ago with a visiting fellow at the brookings institution. enis this thof the bromance? >> a well, it urning point of the bromance, clearly. e from the get-go ths a good connection, personal connection between the two presidents, and there was a willingness on the part of france fortiorking pragmally with the americans
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with the trump administration, t maybe contraother european countries. but there are so many topics that oppose the two leaders that they are catching up on that fact. laura: wasn't emmanuel macron calling for a new european army that set off president trump's ire this time? celia: this codn't have come as a surprise, given that it is long-term rhetoric on the part of the french of strengthening european autonomous capabilities for defense. emmanuel macron has repeated that fact several times.wh we have noticed over theer summs that there is a growing tension between the trump administration and the french government on what the european strategic autonomy really means. what is the degree of autonomy that is acceptable for americans? what is the economy that -- autonomy that the french and other europeans are seeking?
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how is it going down in france? president trump tweeting that the french were learning german until the americans came along. celia: well, tclt was not very sy, especially on the day of the third anniversary of the paris terrorist attacks of november 13. the french didn't appr that ironic mockery of the past. but i think that is just trump's method.s he g with a tweet and heiv creates a narrand the conversation. but behind it there is a bigger picture. the reaction from the elysees has been quite dismi they said they had a productive bilateral meeting on saturday, so they are not worried. but the reality is that i think even on global issues or european issues there is more and more disagreement between the two countries. laura: presint trump has a habit of going for the weak spot, and he knows hresident
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macr low approval ratings. does this hurt or help president macron domestically, being attacked by trump, who is not very popular in france? celia: he is not popular at all. president trump's approval rating in france is very low, 9%. attacks from president trumpel against emmaacron will not have a negative effect on emmanuel macron, pretty sure about that. actually, a lot of europeans and french people are supportive of macron'approach on multilateralism, approach on european defense, etc. i just think that president trump has the habit of finding the weak spots, as you said, and just pointing it o in an unusual rebuke of his good friend emmanuel macron. laura: thank you so much for that analysis. in other news, the supreme court in sri lanka suspended the president's decision to dissolve parliament.r the orme after protests by
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primeters of theacked minister and other political parties. last week he dissolved parliament and called a general election for the fifth of january. ochina has reinstated a b these of tiger bones and rhino horns only weeks after lifting it. the move follows protests from environmental groups who say the loosening of restrictions after 25 years would have devastating consequences. tigers and rhinos are endangered species. amazon says it will split its new headquarters between a location in new york city and one near the u.s. pentagon in arlington. it will operate in tandem with the base in seattle5 and share billion worth of investment and 50,000 new jobs.on a ub has been found in a lamborghini by police inaf paris r officers discovered the driver taking pictures with the animal. the man reportedly said it was just cat, but was later
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arrested. has been taken to an animal shelter. israeli forc and palestinians in gaza have been exchanging fire in the worst violence between the two sides in four years. israel's military says hundreds of rockets and mortars have been fired by palestinian militants towards southern israel, while israeli warplanes haveed out more than 100 bombings on targets in gaza. our middle east correspond reports from gaza city. reporter: a warning shot is fired. then an israeli warplane hits the studios of a tv station run by hamas. people flee in the buildingeen evacuated. israel said its waves of airstrikes were in response to this, more than 400 rockets and mortars fired by militants in gaza into southern israel.
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some were shot down, others hit home the flareup started on sunday. israeli special forces operating inside gaza were spotted by palestinian militants for a fierce exchange of fire. -- before a fierce exchange of fire. an israeli officer and seven palestinians died. at their funerals, anger, befora the rocket bar from gaza stepped up. sirens blared in southern israel. one man, a palestinian, died when a building was hit in an israeli town. residents were told they had 15 seconds to find shelter when the alms sounded. >> we couldn't sleep. there was a lot of alarms in the heddle of the night. we had to run tohelters, and we did not have enough time to do it. when you get to the shelter, there is so much bombing and so scarheyou can't even leave house. reporter: israel says it hit
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more than 150 militant sites in gaza. seven paleinians were killed. buildings were reduced to rubble, includg one where this doctor also lived. he says he lost everything. >> the neighbors asked me to leave the building. just hardly i could leave. and i joined the people, the crowd away from the building. the building, as you see, totally destroyed. reporter: there has been an anintensive effort by egyp the u.n. to broker a longer-term truce between israel and hamas. but after the worst escalation between the two sides in four years, the chances of providing -- reviving that are looking increasingly remote. tonight a tentative cease-fire appeared to emerge, but internal political pressures remain for both sides.
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more conflict may be on the horizon. ura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, a key moment in the egbrexit niations. as the prime minister calls in her cabinet, the world awaits the results. how can you tell the difference beeen fake and real news when you are online? as int world continues to grow, so does the spread of this iormation. as part of the bbc's "beyond fake news" season, we have been speaking to students in nairobi. turn it toeople catch up on what is happening in nairobi and beyond. even though people still get newspapers to get headlines, social media is king.
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youtube, facebook, and whatsapp are the most popular social-media platforms in kenya. at least 3 million people in the cotry used youtube every month. facebook has more than 8 million thes, while whatsapp isst opular with 12 million users. this is the platform most widely used to share stories. at mold primary school, i ha been talking to students to find out how social media has changed the way they view the world around us and what is new and what is fake. we are going to play a game. i will show you a series of stories. what i want you to do is ask you if you bieve it is fake, put up the red card. ok?
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how mank this is false? >> i think it is false. reporter: might be true, but the picture is fake. you are ght. those who put up the red cards, well done. laura: two and a half years after britain voted to leave the eu, officials in london and brussels finalized a draft brexit agreement. now comes the ha part of selling it. britain's prime minister theresa may called her ministerseto downing stonight to read the proposal ahead of a cabinet meeting bbc's political editor laura kuenssberg has the details. >> do you think a deal has been
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reached you can sign up to? laura k.: agreement is finally in number 10's grasp. the document has been the source of dispute for so long. theast, the plans compromises, will go before the cabinet tomorrow. number 10 might struggle to get their wish to aglee to the so-cwithdrawal agreement before autumn is out. desperate to broker a pact at home and abroad by the end of the month. if cabinets sign up, there is the rest of the eu to confirm. the german leader today still expressing regret that brexit is happening at all. "great britain is soon to leave," angela merkel said. "this is a deep wound."bu after a summit with the eu, the government faces the heavy toil of a few dozees and all the opposition parties are poised to ite against theresa may's plan,
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almost whatever and there's just no way that some brexiteers will everon board. >> for the first time in a thousand years, this parliament will not have a say over the laws that govern this country. it is a quite incredible state of affairs. it will mean we are having to accept rules and regulations from brussels overhich we have no say ourselves. ptable toerly unac anybody who believes in democracy. laura k.: remember, the prime minister has no majority of her own here, and there's no sign that labor is willing to come t. her >> given the shambolic nature of the negotiations, obviously, we will wait to see the details, tht we have made it clear on a number of occasiat we vo if it doesn't meet that test, we won't beng for it. laura k.: tonight, ministers have a chance to read through the hundreds of pages of legal text that will shape our country for years to come.
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if -- and it is a big if -- the cabinet and then parliament can actually agree. laura: laura kuenssberg there on the brexitea is indeed a deal it is. speaking of political turmoil, there is plenty in florida a well. they are recounting the votes in last week's senate and governor's races ahead of the thursday deadline.rh s the only thing outnumbering those processing thef balance is the number lawyers on the scene. rajini vaidyanathan is in orida and gave us this update. rajini: recounts are well underway in all of florida's 67 counties, and we are here in broward county. we can show you what it actually looks like. here we have got people sorting the ballot papers. they are counting them into piles. oncehose piles are sorted, they will move over to the machines you can see further in the background which are opered by men and women, as
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you can see. some of them are wearing gloves. they are feeding the piles of a votes into the machines. the votes are being recounted, and on then, scrhe computer they are looking at, we get the tally for the candidate. that is going on aroe clock. there is a deadline that isin beset, so these folks have to be counted by we hav told, at least here in broward county, that they are doing well so far. at the moment they are still counting early ballots. t we'd they counted more than 200,000 of 299,000 ballots. they hope to be completed by the end of the day when es to the early ballots. ofusourse, this is a content issue, the issue of the recounts. you have everyone on the republican side from president trump tohe two main candidates here -- you have got rick scott, the senate candite, and ron desantis, the republican
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, alldate for govern saying they have won those races, and donald trump has been tweeting that extra votes have been invented out of nowhere. is calling into question the entire process. but democrats are asking that the process be continued because the margins for the candidate for senate, bill nelson, democratic senator, and candidate for goveor andrew gillum, lost the races with a margin of less than half a percent, which automatically triggers a recount. but if there is a margin of error after the machine recount is done of less than .25%, then they have to do another recount. except this time that will be done by hand. laura: rajini vaidyanathan there in florida. of course we will keery close watch on those tallies as they come in. the deadline forth completin recount is thursday. you can find much more on all
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. ton the newshour tonight, deadliest fire in california history, with more than 200 people still missing. miles o'brien explores what fuels these destructive blazes. then, a democrat is declared the winner in arizona's senate race, the georgia governor's race remains too close to call and recounts continue in florida. plus, with teen suicide on the rise, we go inside a school that's taking a proactive approach to counseling potentially troubled students. >> we figured we have to be very publ about this. we have to be up-front about it. we have to talk about mental wellness, we have to talk about suicide. we can't hide behind ag. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


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