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lause] >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am ja o'brien. a backing for the brexit agreemen the british cabinet approves the prime minister's plans after five hours of debate. prime min. may: i firmly believe with my head and my heart that this is a decision in the best interest of our ngtire united dom. jane: at least 50 people are dead and hundreds more missing in the california fires whh have left a trail of devastation. >> this was my bedroom, this was her bedroom. back there is the kitchen. it is scorched earth. it is gone.
and deja vu in florida. two decades after a recount decided the presidency, another race is under scrutiny. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. britain is one step closer to leaving the european union tonight following a crucial cabinet meeting. the british prime minister says she has the support of her ministers for a draft agreement paving the way for brexit. theresa may says her cabinet agreed it was in the nation's best interest to move forward with the deal. she will make a statement to parliament tomorrow. let's hear some of her statement. prime min. may: i firmlyhe belie that draft withdrawal agreement was the best that could be negotiated and ca was for the binet to decide whether to move on. the choices were difficult,
particularly in relations with northern ireland. n but the collective decis cabinet was that the government should agree to the draft withdrawal agreement and the outlying political declaration. this is a decisive step which enables uso move on and finalize the deal in the days ahead. jane: just a short time ago i spoke to the b's christian fraser outside parliament to assess today's development. i asked him what the most significant advance was. christian: just the very fact that theresa may has it in her hand, and she sa it is the best deal she could have got given the parameters she was working in, and in return forfr tionless trade into europe, there had to be some concessions . the one word you will not have heard in that speech is that she had the unanimous bicking of the t, because we are hearing tonight that there were 10 or 11 ministers who have deep, deep reservations about what they were hearing.
there wasn't a vote in cabinet, but certainly there are grave concerns not only about what is in the document, but whether it can pass the house of commons, because there is an l lot stacking up against the prime minister. the dup, which she depends on, decratic unionist party of northern ireland, they hav already walked. we heard from the labor party and the lib dems, they will not back it. we have heard from remainders and brexiteers in the conservative party that they are not going to act it -- back it. it is not known whether the senior ministers will walk away. --ng back to the proposal you th she put on the table some months ago. it took david davis, the brexit secretary, before i finally sign he couldn't stick with it and he walked. will other ministers do that? we will watch closely tomorrow. there is also, jane, this whiff of dissent. we hear rumors that there are letters being put in by
conservative mp's and perhapth vote no-confidence in the prime minister. jane: neither she nor this still are out of the woods yet. etat happens if she cannot it through parliament? christian: well, the people who want a people's vote, a second referendum, say it is not her deal or no deal, there is another option. t tonight when michel barnier was asked about that, he said the u.k. parliament would have to take the consequences if they vote against it. what we d't know -- there was a lot of noise at the moment -- is whether over the next three or four weeks, because the vote willot come until the middle of december -- people pore through itnd consider their options. the chaos might be the other side. and when they have their toes over the ee of the cliff, do they step back or do they jump? the prime minister is betting that when faced with the alternative, they will get behind her. that right now looks like a very big gamble. christian, do you think she can survive any possible
vote of no-confidence or further resignations? christian: she has made it clear, and she has talked about this before, because brexiteers have threatened a vote of no-confidence, and she said thas if thereuch a virtuous -- such aote, she would stand for the leadership of the party again and continued even if she won that by one. the conservative party has to k itself this -- does it really want to put in front of the british people the prospect of more chaos by rejecting the deng at the same time as get rid of the prime minister? that ian awfully big thing to take on, and perhaps the british people wouldn't forgive them in future yea at the ballot box. there is a lot of head scratching in the conservative party tonight, both on the remain side and among the brexiteers. jane: tense daysad a that was christian fraser speaking to me from westminster in london short ile ago. the eu'sne chief brexitiator
has responded to developments in westminster. michel barnier said decisive progress had been made, and he outlined his some of the key points of the withdrawal deal. nier: the united kingd will leave the european union as the united kingdom wished and leave all the institutions on the 29th of march, 2019. but for 21 months from the 30th oferarch to the 30th of dece 2020, we have agreed to preserve the current situation with respect the internal markets, with respect to the customs union, and with respect to the european policies d the rights and obligations that go along with that. ne: michel barnier there. the bbc's ros atkins is in brussels and he joined us a short time ago.
what has been the reaction there? laura, it has been fascinating to be here all day because the majority of the day, all the main figures in the european union were saying absolutely nothing. not going to comment until we have heard how the u.k. cabinet meeting has gone. but as soon as theresa may sat down in downing street and said that the cinet as back to the proposals for the withdrawal agreement wi the eu kicked into gear. very quickly we got a tweet from jean-claude juncker saying that he felt this was hhly satisfactory, the progress he wants to see. we were told michel barnier, the eu's chief negoti a press conference, and sure enough, a few minutes later he d. what was striking, laura, was the shift in the tone we heard from michel barnier. he used words like "this deal has credibility," he said he wam feelintious as the eu goes into negotiations with the u.k.e on the futurtionship. really what the press conference was wathe european union
coming behind theresa may and coming behind this agreement and saying we are happy with what we have got and we will try and suort the u.k. government getting this over the line. but, andt is a big but, everyone in brussels is well aware that there is only so much the european uon can do to influence u.k. politics, and to some degree this is out of their hands. they are going to watch the political drammi in weter in the coming days in the hope that theresa may can stick to the deal they have made provisionally. jane: ros, thanks for that. ros atkins in brussels. now to california, where the death toll from the wildfires ravaging the state continue to rise. at least 50 people are known to , and it may take weeks put out the blazes. for many, it is the painful return to homes which have been completely destroyed. dan johnson is in california wi this report. n: a week ago, this was the center of a vibrant town.
now it is drained of color and devoid of life. and it is people like bill who gave thislace its character. this is the first time y have seen your house, bill. >> first time. 's not a lot left. >>s thi the porch, this is the living room, this is my habedroom, twas her actors the kitchen. -- that was the kitchen. the kitchen. it is scorched earth. it is clear. dan: how are you dea?ng with this how do you deal with it? >> man. dan: bill managed to save some pets as he faced the flames driving to safety. he picked up a neighbor and head right into the firestor he was the last person from his street to make it out of paradise alive.
>> yes, people, it is blowing. it is hot. dan: what happens next? what do you do? >> rebuild, restart, start lif ain. i'm alive. i've got the clothes on my back. i' got my family. i've got a lot of people. dan: can paradise be rebuilt? >> it can be rebuilt. we get to start anew. 95% gone, pretty much a slate board. start over again. idese are the people who 't make it out. dan: but it is impossible to grasp the scale of loss, not just iividual lives and homes, but the shared experiences of a community -- where they prayed, where they spped, where they settled to retire. all of it smothered,uined, dead. dan johnson, bbc news, paradise. jane: for more on the intensit
of these fires, i spoke a brief time ago with a climate scientist at the university of michigan. why are these fires appearing to get worse?l, >> wou know, the big dog in all of this is climate change. umperatures are going up, and as temperatures the the atmosphere demands more moisture. it can hold more moisture. as any gardener knows, on those hotter days, plants will wilt if they don't get water more. rains are not fallg as they used to. we have these hotter conditions -- hotter temperatures and drier conditions. a lot of times we say it is the hot flash ought. either way, it is making the forests extremely flammable. jane:reou saying that this could very well get worse? jonathan: yeah, that is an important part of the climate change field of science. like going t the doctor says we understand what the cause is, you have a better idea of what is coming xt.
terms of climate change it's getting hotter and drier. even in the situations where itt is notng drier on average, we will see more drought. men those droughts occur, they will be longer ae severe. therefore much worse for the wildfire. jane: what can be done in the short term to lessen the risk right now? jonathan: there is more to it many of these forests wouldn't be a problem if people didn't live in them or adjacent to them. it iimportant for us to try and warn people when they are livingn or adjacent to forests to take the necessary precautions. furthermore, a lot of these forests naturally have burned, and so one of the things we can do is manage the forest more aggressively to remove the finer fuels that make these fires get so large and out of contro jane: there doesn't seem much
political appetite to tackle climate change. is there anything you see that might change that, very brieflyr jonathan: thlem with climate change is that it is not really personal until it is ngrsonal. wildfires are makit personal to a lot of people who live out west, including myself my family. we have been in situations where we have had fires nearby coming at us. we als those are affecting a lot of people. rising seas are affecting a lot of people. as we go forwa, more and more people are being affected, and we are paying a cost. hrough paying a cost insurance, we are paying a cost through government having to spend money for disaster relief. so at some point we will reach a tipping point, and there will be demands for action. jane: thank you very much for joining me. jonathan: my pleasure. jane: a look at some of the day's other news.el isr's defense minister has resigned over the cabinet's decision to accept a cease-fire
ending two days of fighting wita palestinmilitants in gaza. avigdor lieberman denounced the move as a surrender to terror, h and said right-wing party would leave the rulingch coalition, whi could lead to an early election. the head of the world food program has warned that yemen i facing what co the world's worst humanitarian disaster in 100 years. ie world food program is urging all sides to prote facilities so that people can be kept alive. , drama intching -- oh the west wing continue today after the first n dy made it kne would like the deputy national security advisor to be fired. ta comes amid more talk of and hanging over it all is the mueller investigation. a brief time ago i discussed it all with a.b. stoddard of real clear politics.
thanks for joining me. a.b.: tnks for having me. mrs. trump doesn't normally create a stir in public, so is it fair to assume that by doing so now, somethin ry bad must be happening in the white house? a.b.: well, she has indicated in interviews that she has a line to her husband and she does voice her opinions on personnel matters. i think that this is a woman who has decided in this job, even though she is a private person that she is going to cut her own path and writer her own pages in the history books. i think she is not afraid, time and again, to contradict her husband and assert herself. this is about asserting herself in terms of influence with her husband's advisors, but also her stepdaughter ivanka trump and her husband, jared kushner, who are very influential decision-making in the
president. melania is not to be underestimated. she is private but fearless. jane: what do you think is prompting the broadeeup we are expecting involving john kelly, the chief of staff?se a.b.ral things are happening at the white house. t not only are people interested in leaving on their own, they have been there two years, or the president has soured on some people and wants. to replace t there is also a fear that some jobs won't be replaced with quality personnel because they fear the investigations from the house of representatives, now controlled by democrats, that wil be costly, requiring le representation. there is definitely different reasons at play here. jane: how much do you think the possibility of the special counsel'report, robert mueller's report on his russia probe, is adding to the tensions? a.b.: it certainlys. the president is meeting with his legal team now to fite-tune the wrresponses to the special counsel. the special counsel is clong in on roger stone, an associate
of the president who was involved tially at least in the campaign, maybe significantly. there is a sense that there might be some exposure for the eaesident's son don, jr., and that the muellerwould wait to act until after the midterm elections, a week away, and that is ratcheting up tensiall of these decisions. as i said, people don't want to come in to replace these peoplef who are leavinring they will be embroiled in legal battles that will cost them personally. but i don't think the special counsel is ready to conclude his investigation. i think it is going to spill that will 2019, an exacerbate tensions and decisionsrsonnel and governing decisions and everything else. jane: thanjo very much for ing me. a.b.: thank you. jane: you are watching "bbc world news america." ristill to come,e charles celebrates his 70th birthday with new family photos to mark
the occasion. jane: a pearl and diamond pendant owned by marie antoinette before her beheading has resulted auction for 36 million dollars, easily sioshing expect. otheby's said it was a record for the jewel. it had not been seen for centuries. we for a:e f queen. marie antoinette loved, and ceremony and she loved h diamonds and pearls. too much, perhaps, for her frenchd -- restivge citizens. these jewels have not been seen in public for centuries from dden away after being smuggled out of france at the height of
the revolution. now the pearls that once graced marie antoinette's neck are up for auction. >> they are beautiful jewels that should do well, and because the design is perfect the highest-valued item they are very special time intended whi belonged to marie antoinette. $1 million estimate. reporter: some of the pieces are le costly but have huge historic value. a ring with marie antoinette's initia and a lock of her hair. foprobably made her doctor, one of the few members -- her daughter, one of the few members of french world you escape the guillotine. the jewels have stayed in the family ever since, but now, over 200 years later, m antoinette's prized diamonds and mearls will go under the h sold to the highest bidder. hard to imagine what france's last queen would have thought of that.
jane: the clock is ticking in florida, where recounts are underway for a bitterly con'ted senate and governor' races. fasounliar? 18 years ago florida was under the spotlight for its hanging chads during the presidential race between george w. bush and al gore. you could be forgiven for thinking here we go again.ai rajini vdyanathan reports. t rajinihe end, it comes down to these -- cold, hard votes.d here in browd 66 other counties, millions of ballots are being tallied again. 18 years ago, a recount here
delivered george w. bush the presidency. the sc is just as intense today. >> who can go in and see what they are doing right now? rajini: outside, a group of republicans are protesting. linda, a trump supporter, says she is suspiciouof the way the recount is being conducted. >> we don't know what has been thrown away, what has been tampered with. we don't know. that is my whole issue. even if whoever wins, if they hiwin, i it is fraudulent. rajini: if you win? then i know it was right. grrajini: a smaller p of democrats are here. members of the recount in 2000 are enough to make somehudder. >> it is li déjà vu. it is upsetting. we need to have elections where they count every vote. they are the ones trying to steal the vote, not the democrats. it is the republicans. they have got it upside down. rajini: the republican candidates for senate and
governor, rick scott and ron desantis, were claiming victory. but his final votes trickled in, the margins over opponents bill nelson and andrew gillum became small enough to trigger recounts. inthe year 2000, recounts broward county helped set the scene for one of the most contentious election results in history. orge w. bush beat al gore in florida by 537 votes. a tv anchor covered that recount and is back for this one. >> why is it happening again?sk we areg ourselves the same question, why is it happening again.fa i have morh we will have a better vote tally because we have gone more electronic and i think we have advanced from the time of that election 18 years ago that we want to forget. oujini: teams are working the clock to recount votes in these florida races. they have a deadline of thursday to make sure they get through
them all. once that done, if there was a margin of error of less than a quarter percent, they have to do the count all over again this time it will be by hand. whatever the outcome, it is likely the results will be contested in court. votes matter in every election but in florida, they matter even more vaidyanathan reporting on the grueling ocess underway in florid with all the stress over brexit today, there was cause for celebrion in the u.k., as as prince charles marked his 70th birthday. the party was held in buckingham palace hosted by the queen, and pictures of his family were releasedo mark the occasion. royal correspondent nicholas witchell has the details. nicholas: what is a birthday without a bloon, even when you have reached a grand eight like 70? who can resist a quick peek?
and the photographs, royal family of the future. charles and camilla with his sons and their wives, and charles' three grandchildren -- george on his grandfather's knee, charlotte sitting bese camilla. after 66 years as heir to the throne, ch the next to, laying the queen's wreath at the scimitar while she watched from a balcony, preparing to become head of the commonwealth. he has recognized the need to state publicly that when he is king come he will discontinue campaigning. prince charles: i'm not that stupid. i recognize it is a separate excise being sovereign. wifelas charles and his attended a birthday dinner at buckingham palace. the qun paid him a warm tribute, describing him as a dedicated heir to theo throne stood comparison with any in
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'moo judyuff. on the newshour tonight, fearing the worst-- with wildfires still raging across california, a grim search for the dead begins and concerns grow for those still missing. then, congress returns to washington following the midterms. publicans elect their leadership as nancy pelosi meets with new democrats to ask for their support. and, we take a look at the effects of hurricane maria on the zika outbreak in puerto ric and whether orm swept away the virus. >> there was no zika testing since september 2017, since the hurricane. so we have no way of anowing if we still having transmission or not. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonightbs