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♪ [applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news erica." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. the human cost of trying to cross america's southern border. eight-year-old felipe died soon after reaching the u.s. his hometown in guatemala still mourng. singer r. kelly breaks hisbu silence over sse in a dramatic interview he claims he is not guilty. r. kelly: qu playing. quit playing. i didn't do this stuff. this is not me. i'm fighting for my [bleep]ing life. y'all killing me with is [bleep]
ura: plus, justin trudea fighting a corruption scandal. is the shine coming off the canadian prime minister? welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and around the globe. the trump administration has been under fire for its treatment of migrant families t tryicross into the u.s. from mexico for months. the separation of parents from children caused uproar. today the homeland security secretary was before congress, calls g for america's bord be secured in the face of what she called a humanitarian catastrophe. sec. nielsen: we face a crisis,a a real, seriou sustained crisis at our borders. we have tens of thousands of illegal alie arriving at our doorstep every month. our capacity is already strained, but these will overwhelm the system entirely.
this is not a manufactured crisis. this is truly an emergency. laura: secretary nielsen wasal asked about the investigation into two migrant children who died last year in s. custody after crossing the border. she said it is ongoing. one of the children who died was -feight-year-oldne pe gomez alonzo, who was traveling with his f the bbc has been to his village in guatemala to find out what is making families journey to the u.s. ♪ reporter: a wake for a young boy. eight-year-old felipe gomez alonzo dreamed of life in the u.s., but died after crossing the border. although he died in december, some of these boys have only just found out.
before he left, she told his sister that their dad was taking him to thd u.s. so he coudy. she said once he had enough money he would come back for her. reporter: pedro was felipe's teacr. ldren left the school at the end of last year. their parents thought they could get them a betu.r life in the reporter: the secondary school was built by a charity, but
there is no money toit going. children herstop studying when they turn 13. guatemala has some of the worst poverty and malnutrition rates in the region, especially in rural and indigenousreas like this one. felipe's family have gone back to the village, and his body is resting with his relatives. although his death was a tragedy for this community, it does not stop people from wanting toif leave, evet means risking their lives. m eporter: felipe's ys sometimes they cannot afford to buy firewood for cooking, so they don't eat. in the future, felipe would have been expected as the oldest son to send money home for electricity and running water.
reporter: a as lothe reward of life in the u.s. outweighs the risk of getting there, guatemalans will keep choosing to leave their homes. laura:he the human cost of crisis at our southern border. today president trump said he would be very disappointed if north korea were rebuilding missile test fmmilities. his ts come after new ittellite images were taken two days after talks president trump and kim jong-un broke down in vietnam. this is a picture of the launching station, being used launching satellites and testing engines for ballistic missiles. there is an underground ra transit poin and in the middle of the screen you can see what is described as a partially rebuilt processing shed. on the top left is the launching support tower. a brief time ago i spoke with the senior policy director for the center for arms control. what do you make of north korea
starting apparently to rebuild facilities at this launching station at this point? >> these open source images are cause for concern, and we should be wondering about what north korea is trying to do here, butl it is too early to tell. the first step is not panic, and the second step is to resume nsistent diplomatic negotiations to reduce the nuclear threat posed by north korea. that is why we have been doing ndis whole process to begin with, the regionallobal threat that these nuclear missile programs pose. laura: but after the apparent breakdn of that summit, is it possible that north korea is thinking about resuming missile testing? it has been paused for the diplomacy. alexandra: this has been a pattern in theast, that talks il and north korea goes back into a testing cycle. but i hope they see at this point -- i don't think the administration is going respond very well to that, nor will the international community.k i they are comfortable with the weapons and missile systems they have at this point
and thate of the reasons they came to the table in the first place. hopefully they are committed to further negotiations. laura: but it is quite provocative. as you say, these are open source images and they know that the trump administration is going to see what they are doing. alexandra: this is a common north kore move, to test where the u.s. is and how much they can get away with in the process. also to remind the americans that they do have a capable and credible nuclear system at this point. it again is a reminder of why we should be doing with them with seasoned diplomats and technical experts. laura: kim jong-un warned on new year's day that if the u.s. did not lift sanctions, he would try to seek a new way. what could that be now that we know that the u.s. won't lift sanctions until the north koreans do something significant denuclearization? alexandra: the same reason there
is no military solution for the u.s., there is no solution for kim jong-un that does not involve him taking steps to reduce the threat of these missile and nuclear weapons programs. if he wants to have north korea rejoin the internatio community in any form or fashion, he is going to need to come to the table, too. quiteraly, i wouldn't risk drawing the ire of some of the hawks in the trump administration that may be interested in pursuing a different option. laura: what do we know about how far north korea got in his aim to build a missile that could reach the u.s.? exandra: there is reasonable intelligence out there, both in open source and among what government officials said, reason to believe that the north reans do pose a threat to the united states with long-range missile capabilities. it is not something that anyone in the u.s. government wants to test out. at this point we see that we have to gelua diplomatic on to the problem. laura: alexandra bell, thank you for joining us.
in other news from around the world, the u.s. trade deficit with the rest of the world increased last year to the highest in a decade. in a blow to president trump, the imbalance wiet three key mas -- mexico, the eu, and china -- which record levels in 2018. the venezuelan government is expelling the german ambast dor for whatys is interference in venezuela's internal affairs. he has been given 48 hours to leave the country. he was one of the foreig diplomats who went to the airport in caracas to greet opposition leader juanido.ou meng wanzhthe chief financial officer of the chinese htech firm huawei, has maer first appearance in a canadian court. ths. wants to extradite her here to face charges. sh's accused of mislead american banks to violate sanctions against iran. the case has angered beijing, which says she is innocent and calls her arrest politically motivated. angry interview,
singer r. kelly has denied multiple charges of sexual assault. it is his first brw dcast intervnce being indicted last month. chicago prosecutors charged kelly with 10 counts omi aggravated cl sexual abuse. three of the four alleged victims were minors at the time. our north america correspondentb nickryant reports. kelly: f ♪ i believe i canly ♪ nick: r. kelly is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. but last month inarhicago he was ged with aggravated sexual abuse against four alleged vict s, three of whom were underage girls. r. kelly: i'm a man, i make mistakes and by no means am i am monster. nick: today he went on american television to claim that the allegations were bas r. kelly: is this camera on me? that's stupid! us your common sense! forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. hate me if you want to, love me if you want to, but user common
sense. how stupid would it be for me with my crazy past and what i've been through -- i think i need to be a monster and hold girls against they will and chain them up in my basement! gayle: have you ned sex with annderage? r. kelly: no. gayle: nev? r. kelly: no. gayle: it is so hard to believe that based on -- this is the first time he has spoken out, and he struggled to contain his emotis. r. kelly: i didn't do this stuff! i'm fighting for my [bleep]ing life! y'all killing me with this [bleep]! gayle: robert. y'all trying to kil me! you killing me, man! mei hope this keeps going. this is not true. nick: r. kelly has pleaded
not guilty to all the charges, but will the jury btaieve his protons of innocence? nick bryant, bbc news, new york. laura: a brief time ago i spoke with elahe izadi of "the washington post." elahe, r. kelly furiously denies these allegations that sexually abused girls. what impact is that angry, emotional interview having? elahe: well, it is raising a lot of eyebrows and bringing attention to r. kelly, not just for what he id but the manner in which he said it -- crying, thesiveg,xp behavior you saw in the interview. he has had bizarre interviews before, but this is the firstha time hspoken out since these allegations have caused this renewed interest in him and his behavior and definitely since he was charged. laura: r. kelly is claiming that these allegations are baseless, but it is nothe first time he has faced charges' elahe: that'right, he faced
trial in 2008 and he is acquitted of all 14 counts in a chd pornography case. that case involved a videotape. the leged victim and her parents refused to testify and a dozen other witnesses did testif but r. kelly was acquitted on all counts that time. since then he has been followed by rumors of inappropr behavior, having sex with minors, and moreecently of holding captive a group of of-age women in his house and their parents saying he essentially brainwashed them. laura: r. kelly is one of theng best-selingers of all time. how is the music industry sacting to these allegati against him? elahe: you know, for years the h music indust turned a blind eye to these allegations. my colleague geoff edgers has documented that thoroughly. it was only recently when the sonyge grew so loud that
and rca parted ways with r. kelly, and that was only in the past few weeks and months that you had artists likeanady gaga and the rapper say that they regretted working with him. we have seen them only recently come out, and his music is no ts.ger on spotify playl a lot of people in the music industry have distanced themselves from him. laura: it is a time of reckoning for powerful men accused ofse al abuse.he ise too movement upending the music industry and r. kelly, too? elahe: it is important to note that these are occurring in the context of me too. it is only until recently w sn the lifetiies laid on display these allegations and it really had an impact. we are seeing musicians like r. kelly and more recently a documentary about michael jackn causing people to revisit these artists and their image and the music and whether they want continue listening
to them. laura: r. kelly blames social media for his downfall. but in part, have the accusations against him gain wider currency because of that democratization of information? elahe: really the lifetime docuseries that had these allegations -- there was not necessarily new information being reported in that docuseries, but it was one of lifetime's most widely watched shows and very much talked about on social media, and it prompted prosecutors in chicago to hold a press conference asking for this -- possible witnesses or victims to come forwarand the prosecutor there said her offict was inundated calls from people asking for her to do something. i do think that there is this increased pressure being put out there but you cannot bring criminal charges againeone without some evidence, without witnesses or victims coming for -- forward and saying something wrong happened. laura: elahe izadi, thank you for joining us. elahe: thank you.
laura: you are watching "bbc world ws america." still to come on tonight's , coping with an ebola outbreak is hard enoug but in the democratic republic of congo, the problems are ounded by conflict. we will have the second of our special reports. brexit is never far from t news agenda, as you know, and we have less than a month to go ueuntil britain iso leave the eu. jenny hill has visited the german city of cologne and the annual carnival season. brexit is a source of satire and some sorrow among those she spoke to. ♪ jenny festivities, lebration. marching through euro's capitals, insisted beat of exit.
>> wwould like it better if .ritain stated the eu fo >> it is sad, but i think weti have had enoug. it should not be decided in the last few weeks. jenny: even in jest, an act of self harm. what is gone is gone, it says. the prospect of hard brexit looms. businesses trying to themselves, but already trade with britain has fallen. >> these are by far the worst figures i've seen in my responsibility as president of the chamber of commerce. these bad figures are the result in 28 and in 2018 we had all work.pe everything will at even -will work at the end of the day pretty good. jenny:ds in the mit of revelry, a lament for britain.
>> europe was a postwar peace project to bring former enemies together. it would be really sad if that began je crumble. nny:esigned to britain's departure, unsure of how or when. but this, after all, is carnival season. anything can happen. jenny hill, bbc news, cologne. laura: now tjucanada, where in trudeau's government has been rocked by a corruption scandal that is tarnished the premier's image. to senior cabinet ministers have resigned. today a former aide to the prime minister said no pressure of ad primeas pla the minister despite claims to the contrary. nada tawfik is in ottawa with a story. nada: justin trudeau is not usually one to shy away from the
prime min. trudeau: pleasure to see you tonight. nada: bs the prime minister' star power is giving as he fights the biggest political crisis of his career. it stems from allegations byy former attorneneral jody wilson-raybould, who said she fathd political pressure by prime minister's office to abandon prosecution of a québec-based engineering firm. >> i experienc a consistent and sustained effort by many in the government. nada: she accuses the prime miedster of being more conce about votes than principles. today trudeau's close confidant and aide who resigned in the wake of thendal told mps nothing happened beyond from operations of government. >> i know it from long personal experience with the prime , minist something improper had been happening, and the impropriety had been made known to him, the prime minister would have put a stop to it, even if the impropriety were his own. nada: justin trudeau thought he could contain this crisis, but he misjudged how badly the scandal would undermine the very
brand he crafted for himself the question now is if he can be -- rehabilitate his image ahead of upcoming elections. >> i think certain things are coming to roost. i think justin trudeau is a bit shallow, and it is proving itself through all of this. >> i think he is an idiot. >> he made big mistakes. but with the options we have on the table for the next election, i think it's still the best option. nada: polls show the scandal is hurting trudeau, but experts believe there is still time to turn things around before voters head to the polls in october. >> somebody has to step in and y to them, if you want to save your a government, as if you d e not perfect, you have crossee line, and maybe canadians will forgive you and move on. nada: justin trudeau promised tn g about a new era of transparent and honest government. this scandal will make it hard o torcome the attacks that he is just another politician.aw nadak, bbc news, ottawa.
laura: the ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo is the most complex yet, five years after the virus gained global attention,illing thousands of people in west africa. the outbreak in the drc is ongoing. an armed conflict is making the responseifficult. more than 500 people have died and 800 have been infected with ebola since august. b the second of a series of special reports, t's senior africa correspondent anne soy looks at how insecurity is hampering efforts to bring the outbreak under control. anne: the morning after an attack, a sight all too common in this region.ni people were killed in this village overnight. we are told some children were kidnapped. this family lost a breadwinner.
>> left a little child. over there, a mother died with her four children. her husband is in the military. she engaged the attackerin a gunfight, but there was no backup. when her bullets ran out, they killed her. anne: by the time we arrived, health workers had already taken the bodies away every death now has to be investigated, d all parties -- all bodies tested for ebola. it is meant to keep the community safe. but in this village, it only infuriated the mourners. >> we don't understand what this ebola is. anne: freq them unable to trust anyone.pe peacekeers or ebola teams all are viewed with suspicion. things can escalate quickly. "how do we know you are not one of the accomplices," they asked me.
very hostile now, the community is not happy. they say that their people have already died, they say there was no intvention when they were under fire last night. they say you must leave now. dozens of armed groups in the east of the democratic republic in congo have operated with impunity forhe decadesed by difficult terrain and a weak central government. the world's largest u.n. peacekeeping mission irebased they are planning an operation in response to the attacks onll the e.re things a so bad here they are the only u.n. mission with power to attack.o >> we are the s mandated to go out there and conduct r fensive operations with the government forces, can do that unilaterally. anne: it means workers cannot
accessome areas without armed escort. we joined one how to reach team as they prepared to leave. >> when we get to an area, if the population gets violent, i will send a message to him. you will just go to your anne: health teams have been attacked along this road before. usis mission was canceled the previous day becaof security.t buenever they come, they tried to reach as many people as possible. any delays mean ebola will continue to spread and claim more lives. anne soy, bbc news. laura: please join us tomorrow when our series fr r the democratublic of congo concludes with a look at arexperimental drugs whic being used for the very first time to help contain the ebola outbreakhere. remember, you can find much more of all the day's news on our website.
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