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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washing am laura trevelyan. the human cost of trying to crors america's southernr. eight-year-old felipe died soon after reaching the u.s. his hometown n guatemala still mourning. singer r. kelly breaks his silence over sex abuse allegations. in a dramatic interview he heclaimss not guilty. r. kelly: quit 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 this [bleep] laura: plus, justin trudeau 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 foits treatment of migrant families trying to cross into the u.s. from mexico for months. the separation of parents from children caused uproar. today the homeland security secretary was before congress, calling for america's borders to be secured in the face of what she called a humanitarian catastrophe. sec. nielsen: we face a crisis, a real, serious, and sustained crisis at our borders. we have tens of thousands of illegal aliens 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 was also asked about the investigatn into two migrant children who died last year in u.s. custody after crossing the border. she said it is ongoing. one of the children who died was --eight-year-oldne felipe gomez alonzo, who was traveling with his father. 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 young boy. eight- alonzo dreamedu.f life in the , but died after crossing the border. although he died in december, some of these boys hay just found out.
reporter: before he left, she told his sister that their dad was taking him to the u.s. so he could studhe she said onchad enough money he would come back for her. reporter: pedro was felipe's teacher. 12 children left the school at the end of last year. their parents thought they could get them a better life in the u.s. t reporte secondary school was built by a charity, but there is no money to keep it
going. children here stop studying when oey turn 13. guatemala has sothe worst poverty and malnutrition rates in the region, especially in rural and indigenous areas like this one. felipe's family have gone back toshe village, and his body resting with his relatives. althou his death was a tragedy for this communy, it does not stop people from wanting to leave, even if it means risking their lives. noeporter: felipe's mom says sometimes they cafford to buy firewood for cooking, so they don't eat. in the future, felipe would have beected as the oldest son to send money home for electricity and running water.
reporter: as long as the reward of life in the u.s. outweighs the risk of getting there, guatemalans will keep choosing to leave their homes. laura: the human cost of the crisis at our southern border. today president trump said he would be very sappointed if north korea were rebuilding missile test facilities. his comments come after new satellite images were taketwo days after talks with president trump and kim jong-un broke down in vietnam. this is a picture of the launching station, being used launching satellites and testing enginesor ballistic missiles. there is an underground rail transit point, 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 spokeor with the seolicy 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, but it is still toearly to tell. the first step is not to panic, and the second step is to resume constent diplomatic negotiations to reduce the nuclear threat posed by north korea. that is why we have been doing this whole process to begin with, the regional and global threat that these nuclear missile programs pose. laura: but after the apparent breakdown of that summit, is it possible that north korea is thinking about resuming missile testing? it has been paused for the diplomacy. alexandra: ts has been a pattern in the past, that talks fail 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 to respond very well to tor will the international community. i think they a comfortable with the weapons and missile systems they have at this point he reasonss one of
they came to the table in the first place. hopefully they are committed to further negotiations. laura: but it is quite provocative. as y source images and they know that the trump administration is going to see what they are doing.ex dra: this is a common north korean move, to test where the u.s. is and how much they can get away with in the process. t also to remi americans anat they do have a capabl credible nuclear system at this point. whit again is a reminder owe should be doing with them with seasoned diplomats and technical experts. laura: kim jong-un warned onew 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
tiu.s., there is no so for kim jong-un that does not involve him taking steps to reduce the threat of these missile and nuclearaweapons pr. if he wants to have north korea rejoin the international community in any form or fashion, he is going to need tol come to the too. quite franklyi wouldn't risk drawing the ire of some of the hawks in the trumpni adration that may be interested in pursuing a different option. laura: indeed. what do we know about how far north korea got in his aim to build a missile that could reach the u.s.? alexandra: there is reasonable intelligence out there, both in open source and among what government officials said, reason to believe that the north koreans do pose a threat to the united states with loncarange missilbilities. it is not something that anyone in the u.s. government wants to test out. at this point we see that we have to get a diplomatic solution 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 with three key markets -- mexico, the eu, and china -- which record levels in 2018. the venezuelan government is expelling the german ambassador for what it says iinterference in venezuela's internal affairs. he has been given 48 hours to leave the country. he was one of the foreign diplomats who went to the airport in caracas to greet opposition leader juan guaido. meng wanzhou, the choff financial cer of the chinese tech firm huawei, has made herrs t appearance in a canadian court. the u.s. wan to extradite her here to face charges. she's accused of misleading american banks to violate sanctions against iran. the case has anger beijing, which says she is innocent and calls her arrest politically motivated. angry interview,
singer r. kelly has denied multiple chargul of sexual as it is his first broadcast interview since being indicted last month. chago prosecutors charged kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. three of the four alleged vie.ims were minors at the t our north america correspondent nick bryanreports. r. kelly: ♪ i believe i can fly ♪ nick: r. kelly is one of the best-selling musicians of al time. but last month in chicago he was charged th aggravated sexual abuse against four alleged victims, three of whom were underage girls. r. kelly: i'm a man, i make mistakes, but i am not a devil and by no means am i am monster. nick: today he went on american television to claim that the melegations were baseless. r. kelly: is this on me? that's stupid! use your common sense! forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. hate me if you want if you want to, but user common sense. how stupid would it be for me
t with my crazy past and 've hoen through -- i think i need to be a monster and girls against they will and chain them up in my basement! gayle: have you had sex with anyone underage? r. kelly: no. gayle: never? : r. kel. 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 emotions.r. elly: i didn't do this stuff! i'm fighting for my [bleep]ing life! y'all killing me with this [bleep]! gayle: robert. r. kelly: y'all trying to kill me! you killing me, man! i hope this camera kee going. this is not true. nick: r. kelly has pleaded
not guilty to all the charges,y but will the j believe his protestations of innocence? bck bryant, bbc news, new york. laura:ef time ago i spoke with elahe izadi of "the washington post." r elahkelly furiously denies these allegations that he 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 said but the manner inhich he said it -- cryin the explosiaw behavior youn the interview. he has had bizarre interviews before, but this is the first time he has spoken out since these allegations have caused this renewed intert in him and his behavior and definitely since he was charged. laura: r. key is claiming that these allegations are baseless, but it is not the first time he has faced charges. elahe: that's right, he faced trial in 2008 and he isac
itted of all 14 counts in a child pornography case. that case involved a videotape. the alleged victim and her parents refused to testify and a dozen other witnesses did testify and identify the girl, but r. kelly was acquitted on all counts that time. since then he has belowed by rumors of inappropriate behavior, having sex with minors, and more recently 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 the of alllling singe time. how is the music industry reacting to these allegations against him? elahe: you know, for years the music industry has tned a blind eye to these allegations. my colleague geoff edgers has documented that thoroughly. it was only recently when thee sonyw 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 like lady gaga and chance t rapper say that ey regretted working with him. we have seen them only recently ncome out, and his music logger on spotify playlists. a lot of people in the music industry have distanced themselves from him.im laura: it is aof reckoning for powerful men accused of sexual abuse. is the me o 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 when the lifetime series 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 jackson causing people tot reviese artists and their image and the music and whether they want to continue listening to them.
laura: r. kelly blames social media for his downfall. but in part, have thes accusatiainst 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 wwatched shows and very much talked about on social media, and it prompted prosecutors in chicago to hold a press conference asking for this -- possibl witnesses or victims to come forward and the prosecutor there said her office s fromundated with ca 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 against someo without some evidence, without witnesses or victims coming ford -- for and saying something wrong happened. laura: elahe izadi, thank you for joining us. elahe: thank you. laura: you are watching "bbc
world news america." still to come on tonight's , coping with an ebola outbreak is hard enough, but in the democratic republic of congo, the problems are compounded by conflict. we will have the second of our special reports. brexit is never far from the news agenda, as you know, and we have less than a month to go until britain is due to leave the eu. jenny hill has visited the german city of cologne and the uaacarnival season. brexit is a source a of sati some sorrow among those she spoke to. ♪ jenny festivities, celebration. marching through europe's capils, insisted beat of brexit. >> we would li it better if
britain stated the eu fo. >> it is sad, but i think we have had enough time. d it shot 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 protect 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 2018 and work.pe everything will at even -- will work at the end of the d pretty good. jenny: in the midst of rvelry, a lament for britain. >> europe was a postwar peace
project to bring former enemies together. it would be really sad if that began to crumble. jenny: resigned to britain's departure, unsure of how or en. but this, after all, is carnival ytseason. ng can happen. jenny hill, bbcne news, colog. laura: now to canada, where justin trudeau's government has been rocked by a corruption scandal that is tarnished the premier's image. cato senionet ministers have resigned. today a former aide to the prime minister said no pressure of any primeas placed by the minister despite claims to the contrary. nada tawfik isn ottawa with a ory. nada: justin trudeau is not usually one to shy away from the prime min. trudeau: pleasure to
see you tonight. da: but the prime minister's star power is giving as he fights the bigcrst political is of his career. it stems from allegations by former attorney general dy wilson-raybould, who said she faced political pressure by the prime minister'fice to abandon prosecution of a bequébased engineering firm. >> i experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many in the government. nada: she accuses the prime minister of being more concerned about votes than principles. today trudeau's close confidant and aide who resigned in the wake of the scandalold mps nothing happened beyond from operations of government. >> i know it from long personal experience with the pr minister, if something improper had been happening, and the impropriet to him, the prime minister would have p a stop to it, even if the impropriety were his own.de nada: justin t 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 ist a bishallow, 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 onl the for the next election, i think it's still the best option. eda: polls show the scandal is hurting trudeau, berts believe there is still time to turn things around before voters head to the polls in october. >> somebody has to step in and say to them, if you urant to sae government, act as if you are not perfect, you have crossed the linenaand maybe caans will forgive you and move on. nada: justin trudeau promised to bring abt a new era of transparent and honest government. this scandal will make it hard to overcome the attacks that he is just another politician. nada tawfik, bbc news, ottawa.
laura: the ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo is the mostfi complex yet years after the virus gained global attention, killing thousands of people in west africa. the outbreak in the drc is ongoing. an armed conflict is making the response difficult. more than 500 people have died and 800 have been infected with ebola since august. in the second of a series of special reports, the bbc's senior africa correspondent anne soy looks at how insecurity is hampering efforts to bring the outbreak under control. anne: the morning after an atonck, a sight all too comm in this region. nine 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 attackers in 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, and 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: frequent attacks have left them unable to trust anyone. peacekeepers 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 intervention when they werere under ast night. theyow say you must leave dozens of armed groups in the east of the democratic republic in congo have operated with impunity for decades, helped by difficult terrain and a weak central government. the world's largest u.n. peacekeeping mission is based here. they are planning an operation in response to the attacks on the village. things are so bad here they are the only u.n. mission with power to attack. >> we are the ones mandated to go out there and conduct offensive operations with the government forces, or we can o that unilaterally. anne: it means workers cannot access some areas without armed
escort. we joined one how to reach team as they prepared to leave. >> wn we get to an area, if the population gets violent, i will send a message to him. you will just go to your vehicles. anne: health teams have been attacked along this road before. this mission was canceled the previous day because of security. but wheneverhey come, they tried to reach as many people as possible. y delays mean ebola will continue to spread and claim more lives. anne soy, bbc news. laura: please join us tomorrow when our series from the democratic republic of congo concludes with a look at e perimental drugs which are being used for ry first time to help contain the ebola outbreak the. remember, you can find much more of all the day's news on our website.
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