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a:la welcomeew to our s on public television in america and around the globe. in california, they are fighting round-the-clock to contain the deadliest wildfires in the history of the state. ateast 44 people have died but with around 100 still missing, the number is expected 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. dad: this is the inferno fa by one mother and son as they escaped the deadliest wildfire in california history. >> we were out of that by 10:37 a.m., th thousands of people behind me. dave: how did it feel to know you were safe? >> relieving, guilty, terrified for the people behind me. i knew there was a lot of elderly in the cmunity that probably wouldn't make it out.
fidave days on, this is what is left of their home. the harrowing process of trying to find and identify bodies hera begun. s searms think it could take -- search take many weeks.could what will also take time is fully understanding whaan happened herwhy this fire was able to get so out of control. 500 miles south of where we are, fires are continuing to flare, like this one near lake sherwood. fire oicials say gusty winds could kickstart more flames. -- thengerous fire danger is far from over. if you are being held back, it is because the lives of your family and neighbors are still potentially : danger. daere are rare glimmers of good news. some of those ordered to evacuate in the south have been able to return to their home there is no such prospect for the people of what was once paradise. dave lee, bbc news in northernli rnia. laura: those deadly winds are
still fanning the flames tonight. the battle between cnn and the white house has intensified. the media company isuing the ntump administration for suspending the crels of one of its journalists. the network says jim acosta's constitutional rights were violated when his permanent white house pass was revoked. this comes amid talk of more staff shakeup in the west wing. a brief time ago i discussed all jeff mason from reuters, who was head of the white house correspondents association. w ch of an escalation is this? you sit there in the white house press room and you knom acosta and youf were head the white house correspondents association. how fraught our relations? jeff: it is definitely an escalation. the relationship between the twe sides ha rather fraught since president trump came into office, and before he came into office. when he was a candidate he d p not always lple from the press cover his campaign -- his rallies. he did not give credentials to all the journalistsho wanted
them. since coming into the white house, that has not been an issue. what has been an iue has been his rhetoric. his rhetoric calling the press the enemy of the people, using the term "fa news" to describe any types of stories or articles he doesn't like. but he has not remlied credential this. doing that to jim acosta after the press conference lt week is definitely a big step up in that tension between the press and the white house.ur is this unprecedented in modern history? jeff: as far as i know. i have covered two white housesh the obame house and the trump white house, and i've spoken to colleagues who have been there longer than the 1ee years i havethere. this is not something any of us can recall happening aecently. laurif there was not enough drama going on, we are learning that first lady melania tiump has called for the o of a member of the national security staff. something else also without precedent? jeff: also pretty much unprecedented.
we were thinking just back at the white house, talking to some of my colleagues about this. maybe nancy reagan having encoaged her husband to fire the chief of staff at the time would be comparable. but the fact that the first lady's office came out today and said that it is the position of the office of the first lady that she should no longer haveno the r of working at the white house, that was such a strong statement and clearly amr sign tha trump was unhappy with this individual. laura: mrs. trump just had a very high-profile trip to africa. you were on that trip. jeff i was. laura: anythinto do with that? jeff: apparently it was related to the trip. tee first lady was disappo with the resources allocated to her for that trip and is putting the blame on this deputy national security advisor. laura: meanwhile, a lot of tstk about othef shakeups after the midterms. the president apparently about itto fire his homeland sec too, hisnd maybe, chief of staff. what are you hearing?
jeff: that one has been reported for some time that chief kelly would step down, and it never ends up happenin i would caution all of us to wait and see. but yes, there are reports andwe re reporting as well that that is something the president is mulling. secretary nielsen, who leads the department of homeland security, is someone who is very close to chief kelly, so it is possible one of them went, the other would go as well. the president has apparently expressed frustration on how she is dealing with his -line immigration policies. eslaura: the president lik to grouse, and then sometimes people just hang around and twist in the wind and't get fired. jeff: sometimes they do. at 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 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
began today in new york. lhe was tder of an infamous cartel in mexico and was extradited to the u.s. to face charges of trafficking drugs. but there was a bit of a delay when a female juror withdrew from the case. the bbc's nick bryant reports. nick: rarely has a new yorkee courthouseso many layers of security, but rarely has a new yorkrial seen a defendant likeoaquín guzmán. the dr lord known as el chapo was extradited to america to two years ago and charged with overseeing the largest drug trafficking organization in the world, the feared sinaloa before capture following hrtel. this raid by mexican special forces, el chapoad been one of the world's most wanted men, and also one of the world's richest. he had achieve local notoriety for twice escaping from prison, g once a lmile-long tunnel that ended in the shower of his cell. his cartel is alleged to have imported tons of cocaine and
heroin and other drugs into the united states, generating bi.ions of dollars in reven his 17-count indictments also includes murder conspiracy and money laundering over a 25-year period. what is expected to be a ctfour-month trial has att enormous interest, but also the appearance of his former beauty queen wife. thjudge has ruled that he cannot hug her in court. the judge also started the trial with an unexcted announcement. before the prosecution could make the opening statement, the judge said there was a problem with the jury. 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 could have a breakdown and excused her from jury service. for court appearances inan brooklyn, guas had to be driven in convoy from prison in manhattan, briefly shutting down
the brooklyn bridge. such is the flight risk of a two-time escapee, and such as the fear a rival cartel might try to kill him. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. laura: president trump is known for his rather lengthy tweetstorms, and today his was french president emmanuel macron. he blasted europe for not paying againstnto nato, argu the french tariffs 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 has soured, i spoke brief time ago with a visiting fellow at the brookings institution. is this the end of the bromance? >> well, it is a turning point of the bromance, clearly. from the get-go there was a good connection, personal connection between the two presidents, and there was a llingness on the rt of france for working
pragmatically with the americans with the trump administration, maybe contrary to other european cotries. but there are so many topics that oppose the two leaders that they are cching up on that fact. laura: wasn'emmanuel macron calling for a new european army that set off president trump's ire this time? celia: this couldn't have come as a surprise, given that it i long-term rhetoric on the part the french of strengthening european autonomous capabilitiee fonse. emmanuel macron has repeatedse that fact veral times. what we have noticed over the summer is that there is a aowing tension between the trump administrati the french government on what the yeuropean strategic auton really means. what is the degree of autonomy thats acceptable for americans? what is theconomy that -- autonomy that the french and
other europeans are g? laura: how is it going down in france? president trump tweeting that the french were learning german until the americans me along. celia: well, that was not very classy, especially on the day of the third anniversary of the paris terrorist attacks of november 13. the french didn't appreciate that ironic mockery of the past. but i think that is just trump's method. he goes on with a tweet and he creates a narrative and the conversation. but behind it there is a bigger piure. the reaction from the elysees has been quite dismissive. they said they had a productive bilateral meeting on saturday, so they are not worried. but the reality ishat i think even on global issues or oreopean issues there is and more disagreement between the two countries. laura: president trump has a habit of going for the weak
spot, and he knows president macron has low approval ratingso 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 trump against emmanuel macron will not have a negative effect on emmanuel macron, pretty sure about that. actually, a lot of europeans and french p macron's approach onf multilateralism, approach on european defenseetc. i just think that president trump has the habit of findi, the weak spo you said, and just pointing it out in anus l rebuke of his good friend emmanuel macron. laura: thank you so much for that analysis. in other news, the supreme cours in sri lanpended the president's decision to dissolve parliament.
the order came after protests by primeters of the sacked minister and other political parties. la week he dissolved parliament and called a general election for the fifth of january. china has reinstated a ban on 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 consequences.astating tigers and rhinos are endangered species. ilamazon says l 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 seattle and share $5 billion worth of investment and 50,000 new jobs. a lion cub has been found in a lamborghiniy police in paris after officers discovered the driver taking pictures with the animal. ase man reportedly said it just cat, but was later
arrested. has beemataken to an ashelter. israeli forces 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 paltinian militants towards southern israel, while israeli warplanes have carried out more than 100 bombings on targets in gaz our middle east correspondent reports from gaza city. reporter: a warning shot is fired. iten an israeli warplane h the studios of a tv station run by hamas. people flee in panic. the building had been evacuated. israel said its waves of airstrik were in response to this, more than 400 rockets and mortars fired by militants in gaza into southern israel.
some were shotown, others hit homes. the flareup started onunday. 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 ast seven paleians died.un at their fals, anger, before the rocket barrage from gaza stepped up. nsirens blared in souther israel. one man, a palestinian, died when a building was hit in an residents were told they had 15 whseconds to find shelter the alarms sounded. >> we couldn't sleep. there was a lot of alarms in the ddle of the night. we had to run to the shelters, and we did not have enough time to do it. when y get to the shelter, there is so much bombing and so scary you can't even leave the house.
reporter: israel says it hit sites in 150 milita gaza. seven palestinians were killed. buildings were reduced to rubble, including one where this doctor also lived. he says he lost everything. >> the neighbors asked me tole e the building. just hardly i could leave. and i joined the people, the crowd away from the building. the building, as you see, s tally destroyed. reporter: there en an intensive effort by egypt and 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-fi appeared to emerge, but internal political pressures main for
both sides. more conflict may be on the horizon. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, a key moment in the brexit negotiations. as the prime minister calls in her cabinet, the world awaits the results. how can you tell the dnce between fake and real news when you are online? as internet users across the world continues to grow, so does the spread of this information. 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 headlines,to get the social media is king.
youtube, facebook, and whatsapp are the most popular isocial-media platforkenya. at least 3 million people in the country usedh.outube every faonbook has more than 8 mil thes, while whatsapp is most popular with 12 million users. this is the platform most widely used to share stories. at my old primary school, i have 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 ke. we are going to play a game. i will show you a series of stories. yat i want you to do is ask if you believe it is fake, put card. red ok?
how many think this is false? >> i think it is fal. actually, the story might be true, but the picture is fake. you are right. 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 hard part of selling it. britain's prime minister theres lled her ministers to downing street tonight to read the proposal ahead of a cabinet meeting tomorrow. the bbc's political editor laura kuenssberg has the details.
>> do you think a deal has been 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 lo theast, the plans, compromises, will go before the cabinet tomorrow. number 10 mit struggle to get their wish to agree to the so-called withdrawal agreement before autumn is out. desperate to broker a pact at home and abroad by the end of the month. if cabinets sign up, theres the rest of the eu to confirm. the german leader today still expressing regret that brexit ia ening at all.ri "greatin is soon to leave," angela merkel said. "this is a deep wound." but after a summit with the eu,f .he governmentes the heavy toil of parliament a few dozen tories and all the opposition parties are poised to
vote against theresa may's plan, almost whatever it is, and ther's just no way that s brexiteers will ever come on 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 havingo accept rules and regulations from brussels over which we have no say ourselves. it is utterly unacceptable to anybody who believes inac demo laura k.: remember, the primeas ministero majority of her own here, and there's no iign that labwilling to come to her aid. >> givenhe shambolic nature of the negotiations, obviously, we will wait to see the details, but we have made it clear on a number of occasions that we -- if it doesn't meet that test, we won't be voting for it. laura k.: night, ministers have a chance to read through the hundreds of pages of legal
text that will shape our country for years to come. if -- and it is a big if -- the cabinet and then parliament can actually agree. laura: laura kuenssberg there on the brexit deal, is indeed a deal it is. speaking of political turmoil, there is plenty in florida as well. they are recounting the votes in last week's senate and governor's races ahead of thedl thursday de. perhaps the only thing outnum the balance is the number of lawyers on the scene. rajini vaidyanathan is in florida and gave us this update. rajini: recounts are well underway in 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. once those piles are sorted, they will move over to the machines you can see further in the background wch are operated by men and women, as
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 the screen, the computer they are looking at, we get the tally e candidate. that is going on around the clock. there is a deadline that is being set, so these folks have t to be counted rsday. ha have been told, at least here in broward county,they are doing well so far. at the moment they are still counting early ballots. we're told they counted more than 200,000 of 299,000 ballots. theyope to be completed by t end of the day when it comes to the early ballots. of course, this is a contentious issue, the issue of the recounts. you have everyone on the republican side fr president trump to the two main candidates here -- you have got rick scott, the senate candidate, and ron
desantis, the republican candidate for governor, all saying they have won those races, and donald trump has been tweeting that extra votes haveen nvented out of nowhere. he is calling into question thee entire p. but democrats are asking thaton the process benued because the margins for the candidate for senate, bill nelson, democratic senator, and candidate for governor andrew gillum margin of less than half a percent, which automatically triggers a recount. but if there is a rgin of error after the machine recount isof 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 keep a very close watch on those tallies as they come in.li the de for completing the recount is thursday. you can find much more on all
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captioning sponsed by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour night, the 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 avtentially troubled students. >> we figured weto be very public 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 >>hind anything. oodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.