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♪ ndpplause] >> aow, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. cyclone idai brings disaster in dss wake. the u.n. says hundf thousands could be affected by the unfolding emergency. >> we have heard harrowing stories. some rescuers told me of homes id bodies being washed aw the rivers. laura:ot swapping ll jerseys and much more besides -- president trump and brazil's leader have plenty they agree on.- plus jane: this is alfie. a great way to visit a museum for the dogs.
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a collection where canines reign supreme. laura: welcome to "world news america." the u.n. says cyclone idai is the worsweather disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, and the emergency is getting bigger by the hour. in mambique, which was hardest hit, the president is warning that the death toll could to 1000. a 30-mile stretch of land is riverwater after the burst its banks. the storm made landfall with one winds over 100 miles an hour. m ed inland, carrying the floodwaters to malawi in zimbabwe. edporter: the cyclone carvut a whole new landscape. rivers and waterfalls now flow where generations lived. communities separated and in need of help.
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the weak, the old, women with children on the backs trekked for hours in the mud to get to safety. this makeshift center has only the basics -- fow , shelter, a dicines for the injured. we have heard harrowing stories. some rescuers told me of homes and bodies being washeaway in the rivers below, watch the way to -- washed away to mozambique, gone, never to comback again. the trauma of the last two days is written on most faces here. many homes collapsed as people slipped. this woman managed to escape, and her job as a survivor is to bury the dead. >> most of the bodies were badly decomposed. we were not able to move them, anwe had to bury them in pairs because we didn't have enough coffins. yesterday we buried 70 people. reporter: others are making
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their way back through the treacherous roads to search for love ones. this man's uncle and wife have been missing for days. help fromgoing to get other people. reporter: many more peopl remain huddled in schools and basic clinics waiting for help. >> my mother, my father, my two young sisters, one of whom just had a child, they are all dead. >> my house is destroyed in the floods, and i was buried underneath. my daughter was with me in bed and waed away from me. reporter: pictures are starting to emergfrom neighboring mozambique. a rescue team released this video of neighborsumping in floodwater and swimming to rescue sanded family. experts say water in the coastal city has no way to drain
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as the death toll continues to rise in both countries, zimbwe is struggling to keep twtries are now united in mourning. laura: as the floodwaters continue to rise, nelson mandela's widow is appealing for aid. she was the education minister a for mozambiq she is a member of the elders, a group of global leaders. she spoke exclusively to the bbc and was askewhat the situation is like on the ground. >> the situation is much worse than whawe have seen in 2000. communications a. totally brok there is not yet a thorough information of people, how many people are stranded in villages, how many people are dying, how
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many people need assistance. it is very, very dire. the needs are simply of everything, from food, medicine, clothes. reporter: what do you want the international community to do? graca: i called the deputy secretary-general of the u.n. this morni, and i asked the united nations tsend a specialized team. we need to know the maitude, the depth, the extension, the complexity of this trage which we don't have. second, it is the countries -- it isri three cou which are involved. it is not only mozambique, it is zimbabwe and malawi.d we nited nations to look
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at the three countries and they have to make a common appeal, joint appeal. reporter: as far as you are concerned, is the mozambique government equipped to deal with such a disaster? ms. machel: no, the magnitude and the complexity of this t crisis is not hands of one single government. we need support om the international community. i know the government is doing its best. as we speak, the president ngis meehe cabinet to have a much clearer assessment of the situation. reporter: you know we have been through the wars and we covered the 2000 floods, and now we are here in 2019. how does that make you feel as a mother, grandmother?
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ms. machel: haven't i seen enough? do i need this again? do i have no right to feel the exhaustion i have to accept, it is there, but i have no right. that is why i am making this appeal. i am in a position, in a form, where i can speak the world. machel on the devastation wrought by the cyclone, appealing for humanitarian aid. donald trump hosted brazil's president at the white house today, and it was a meeting of the minds. the two heaped praise on each other and were united in their dislike of socialism and what they call fake news. with the crisis in venezuelasa the presiden all options were on the table including military trump: been there a long time, him and his predecessor. at some point i imagine things will change. but we have not reallyto done te
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h sanctions yet. we can do the tough sanctions, and all options are open. we have not done the toughest of sanctions, as you know. w have done i would say right down the middle, bcan go a lot tougher if we need to do that. but it is a very sad thing. awe're not looking fthing other than taking care of a lot of people starving and dying in the streets. what ihappening there is a disgrace. laura: our north america correspondent nick bryant was at today's presser and joins us now. quite the budding bromance. nick: it really was come in the sunshine of the rose garden of the white house. not only blossomed, it came into full flower. it is almost like we had a trump and wase later at ite house -- trumpet impersonator at the white house. bolsonaro revels in being trump of the tropics. he was french relic rising death v-- ventri -- at one point he called the
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news the fake news. it is this budding bromance as both leaders lavished praise on each other. laura: what is bolsonaro one from president trump? he told fox news that most immigrants don't have good intentions. nick: the relationship between brazil and america in recent s yeve not been that good because you had a string of leftist governments ina brasi rough not been -- who have not been favorably disposed towards north america. bodonald trump this southern hemisphere country becoming part nato -- the north atlantic taty organization. he wants to be parof the organization for trade and donald trump seems to endorse that. he talked about the possibility of locating a military base in brazil. laura: there has been a dramatic
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inrvention in the brexit debate by none other than the president's son, donald, jr. in "thepiece telegraph," prominent british newspaper, saying that "democracy is all but dead." how will this go down? nick: [laughter] it really is a bombshell. he says that taken the advice of his father. donald trump told theresa may that she should sue the european union. the language of this editorial is really strong. "it appears that democracy in the u.k. is all but dead." saysit is an example," he come "about how the establishment tries to subvert the will of the people when given a chance." he suggests that "some prbrexit politicians suggest
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that may result is trying to sabotage brexit." laura: she says that what is happening in brussels is "a lastgasp attempt t by your leads to cling on to what is theirs." nick: he said there were flip sides of the same coin andths saying thae some sort of deep state trying to separate brexit in the same way that there is a deep state in washington trying to destabilize his father's presidency. coeur toith a cri de ity stand up, people of the united states and kingdom, against the global elite. laura: is this designed to put back on in brexiteers? o,ck: i'm not sure what it is trying too be honest. [laughter] nick: extraordinary intervention by the son of the sitting president for the interesting to see how it reverberates through west minster. laura: nickou bryant, thank
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for joining us. , prosecutors in the netherlands say they have not yet found any link between the main suspect in monday shooting in utrecht and the t victims on tram. two people died and others were injundd. a letter f in the getaway car suggested terrorism was a motive a corruption allegation over the tokyo -- french prosecutors are investigating a million-euro bribe paid a to secure the tokyo bid. the man said he would step down from his position to prove his innocence. firefighters are tackling a hu fire at a texas chemical plant. has been burning in houston sincely eonday. the city fire chief says he expects the blaze will continue for another 48 hours. no injuries have been reported, and the plant owner says air quality readings are well below. hazardous leve
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coin new zealand, thtry's prime minister has vowed to never say the name of the gunman accused of friday's mass shooting. the attack killed 50 people and left others wounded. speaking in parliament, jacinda ardern said the names victims should be remembered instead. hywel griffith is in christchurch with family and frdnds remembering their lo ones. hywel: bereft of a son, a brother, a friend, his family want to celebrate his life. wiesses saw the 35-year-old confront the christchurch gunman moments before beinghot. born in upper darby to a family from-- iraorn in abu dhabito family from iraq, they say he died a new zealander and the hcountry should hon. >> that is what he did in the mosque. he sacrificed his life. he is a giver. he gave his soul. >> he immediately stand up and m ied to jump and grab the gun
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from him, telling hat you are doing here, get out, get out." he is a hero. hywel: at parliament, the day started with reflection and anger against the 28-year-old australian man accused of bringi bloodshed to bringing. ardern: -- bloodshed to christchurc he soughtin. ardern: he many things from his acts of terror, but one was notoriety. that is why you will never hearm me mention his he is a terrorist. he is a criminal. he is an extremist. but he will, when i speak, be nameless. hywel: some hate described the or attack as new zealand's lost innocence. the reality is more complicatedn just likother country, there are racial tensions here, and politicians who rail against immigration. prior to the attacks in 2017, new zealand's deputy prime minister described immigrants as
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"not people we need," g them for low wages and a housing shortage. according to some, there is an undertow of racism here which has allowed extremism to fester. >> since i have been here for 10 ars, i have faced soft racism, getting called the n-word. you don't know it unless you are a person of color. hywel: since the attack, the family say they have experienced nothing but love and support. they hope the unity last beyond the first difficult days. >> when we see the people, when we see the community is together. >> it's amazing feeling. i love it. thank you, new zealand. i love you, new zealand. hywel: like many of the victims, hussein's body wiluried in
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a group funeral, laid to rest alongside those he tried to protect. hywel iffith, bbc news, christchurch. laura: a time of grieving and reflection in new zealand. you're watching "bbc world news america." stl to come on tonight's program, they blasted their way into history 50 years ago. we look at the apollo 11 mission and what it took to walk on the moon. hamas authorities have been making arrests as they have cracked down on days of protest. stactivists are rising agahe rising cost of living and high rates of unemployment among young people. dozens of journalis, human rights workers, and the group's political opponents have been detained. hamaser: dragged away by security forces, this man one of dozens arrested.
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beaten.een badly these pictures come through socialia, as journalists have beenpp stoed from doing their job. protests began last week. nothing hase been seen l this since hamas took control of gaza over a decade o. they can afford to get married, ey have everything," this woman says,and our children ve nothing, not even a piece of bread." high taxes are pushing up prices in gaza, whichonas a broken y. since the hamas takeover, israel and egypt imposed a bckade. 70% of young people are unemployed. activistscrackdown, share their grievances nttolive.sing #wewa
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a"we ha right to build our dreams andir aspations," says the student. hamas blames its political rival fatah for stoking the flames of dissent, which is denied. widely seen as a terrorist group, has ruled this tiny territory with an iron fist. theirlals may not voice criticism openly, recent days show cracks in the authority laura: 50 years ago, the world watched as neil armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. he described tt historic moment as one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind. the ollo 11 mission landed o 1969,nar surface in july
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a major victory for america in the space race. i spokeva to james do, author of "shoot for the moon." was it the cold war and the space race between the americans t and the russians td to neil armstrong taking those steps on the moon? james: absolutely. if it wasn't for the cold war, if it wasn't for sputnik orbiting the earth before the united states satellite was ready, the space race would have never happened. laura: you reveal inour book that it took thousands of people to put those men on the moon. how many? james: approximately 40000 people were involved in this huge endeavor, from the subcontractors, contractors, universities, laboratories, al over the country. laura: how was it that n armstrong got to be the man chosen to take the first historic steps? james:wa well, he commander of the mission, and in the previous missions, those were the
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two-man spacecraft missians. the cor always stayed in the spacecraft and the second man did the spacewalk. t in this cay decided the tmmander should be the first man to step out surface of the moon. they had a choice to make between armstrong and buzz aldrin. they decided this lindbergh-like charactehad to be neil armstrong, who was modest and unassuming. laura: how did buzz aldrin feel about the decision? james: buzz wasn't happy about it because early plans dictated that the lunar mode pilot, which he was,e would be th first. he wasn't happy about that, and he lobbied behind the scenes ulabout why he sbe the first t man moon, until that was curtailed by his immediate boss. laura: what is it about this story of the extraordinary journey of apollo that still
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us 50s anfascinates years later? james: well, wdid that in about seven or eight years from president kennedy's challenge to the united states to send a man to the moon before t60 end of the's. they got it done in 8 years. they might've gotten it done earlier if it had not been for the horrific accent of apollo 1 burning on the launchpad. me people have said that god reached into the 21st century and grabbed a decade of e future and thrust it into the 1960's, and i think there's something to that. since the last man on apollo 17 walked on the moon, we have not been o above low earit or anywhere near the moon in 48 years. laura: james donovan, thank you so much for joining us. james: it's a pleasure, thank you. attention, all you dog lovers out there. there is a new museum in
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manhattan dedicated to four-leed friends. the american kennel club has created this dog haven with all things canine, including a fossil of a doggie ancestor. puppies aren't really allowed, but it did not stop jane o'brien from sneaking in with alfie, my family dog. jane: the museum of the dog is what it says on the label, and a have broughtpecial guest to see it. this is alfie. rgthis is the lat collection of canine-related paintings s d object the world, courtesy of the american kennel club. allen is the curator. his job is to bridge the gap between art lovers and dog lovers, using art to tell the history of the dog. >> it is part of the english culture of portraiture, memorializing your ancestors. started with people wit horses and then moved to dogs in the victorian area.
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jane: it was queen victoria who started the craze for dog portraits, and british women in particular were highly influential as breeders and painters. >> this is from one of the female artists in britain. jane: a favoritef the world -- royal family painted this portrait of caesar, mourning the atof his owner, king edward vii. >> after the king has passed away, she has placed caesaon the armchair of edward vii, and the armchair itself fades into the background. jane: libs a memory. >>utely. jane: this is also a hall ofh fame wittworks doubling as historic documents. many breeds did not come into existence until the 19s. this chart shows the 193 dsofficially recognized br unfortunately, alfie, being a labroodle, is not on this chart because he is a designer dog, not a pedigree. but don't tell him.
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painters often idealizeogs in the same way human portrait rspain idealize patrons. the aesthetic quality of some of e works here is the same and then there's that old saying that dogs look like their owners, or is it the other way around? this ised fun -- what breo i look like? i look into the camera. it takes my photograph. it does its magic. and ta-da. i am a cavalier king charles spaniel, affectionate, gentle, and graceful. clearly there is something in this collection for everyone. what do you think of that? unless, of course, you are a cat. jane o'brien and alfie, bbc news, new yo. laura: i can reportt t alfie was beyond thrilled to see himself with the jane on the
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