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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. chicago prosecutors dropped the iearges against actor juss smollett. he claims vindication, while city pice are outraged. jussie: i would not be my mother's son if i were capabl of one drop of what i was accused of. >> do i think justice was served? no. laura: confusion in the house of commons as lawmakers prepared to vote on wednesday on a way bforward onxit. plus, forget the pharaohs -- a new exhibit looks at t of egypt and how female leaders ruled the kingdom.
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welcome to "world news america." in a dramatic legal u-turn, all the charges against letor jussie sm have been dropped. he had been accud of staging a hate crime against himself. to the anger of chicago's mayor and police chi, prosecutors say they are dropping the charges because they don't see the tv star as a threat to public safety. a warning, this report has flashing images of the start. jussie smollett was a red carpet regular, a tv actor who is now at the center of a real-life drama with a surreal script. back in january, mr. smollett ictim of a was the racist and homophobic attack in chicago. when the police investiged, they found that the two men who supposedly attacked the actor claimed they had been paid by him to stage the incident as a to get publicd
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increase his tv salary. the star was indicted for filing a false report to the police. today came shock news that prosecutors decided to drop all the charges against jussie h smollett, citi volunteer work and his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city. the actor claims he has been nothing but honest throughout. jussie: i have been truthful and consistent since day one. i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i he been accused of. laura: chigo's police chief, clearly stunned by the decision, had this reaction. >> do i think justice was served? no. what do i think justice is? this city is still owed an apology. laura: chicago's mayor fumed that jussie smollett's celebrity clearly played a part in the decision to drop charges against him. mayor emanuel: this was without a doubt a whitewash of justicend and a clear message that if you are in the position of d fluence and power, you get treated one way her people
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will be treated another way. there is no accountability within the system. laura: as for jussie smollett's acting career after all this, show, 20thof his tv century fox, said they were gratified to see the charges against him dismissed. for more on the case and another court proceeding causing ripples in washington, i'm joined by jonathan turley, a law professor at george washingtony universit and bbc legal analyst. how stunning of and about-turn is this? notion,: to give you a i got five times more calls from chicago on this than i did the trump decion by the special counsel. i am from chicago. people are irate. this whole town was turned upside down. people were mortified that something like this could happen on the streets of chicago. when the case became so t abundantly clehat it was a
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hoax -- they had an actual photograph of these two individuals, these co-conspirators buying this material -- it was just breathtaking that thesehaes would be tossed out, that he would get a $10,000 fine, and they even sealed the ce. justice is celebrity not what people think it is. in most cases celebrities get harsher justice because of the fear that favoritism.iew it as th is a case of true celebrity justice. laura: visit also the fact that it was about race and alleged homophobia and supposedly dragging in people shouting pro-trump slogans? did it make it too hot to handle for prosecutors? itathan: well, in the end unify the city against this individual -- you used us, you played us, and you played us on something that is an open wound for the united states of america. there's a lot ofnger there that came out with thie. cas
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what is reallyhi astonis is that he came out and said "i'm innocent." there wasn't even an agreement that he would have to accept his respassibility. it that added insult that tipped the scales for many in chicago. laura: prosecutors in chicago say in their defense that their priority is fighting violent crime and that smollett was not a threat to public safety. what do you make of that? jonathan: i really think that is nuts. you don't sit have a justice system to protect public safety. there is also an element of accountability. if that was the case, half the peopleommitting white-collar crime could say i am not a danger to publicafy, i just ripped off the bank. this is a crime against the en those of us who are from chicago are deeply proud of that city, and it hurt a great deal to see our city for traded this way. --ourate trait is right
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city portrayed this way. laura: turning to another than theno sooner justice department released a summary of the mueller report -- although you say people are more interested in the smart case -- get the trying to affordable car act revoked. jonathan: is remarkable. the trump administration was working on knocking out parts of this law. it did this turnabout today and set it has all got to go bause these provisions are so central to the act. the supreme court said that one of these provisions is the g someth- thumping the act.f they said that since the supreme court said that, the body will die with this provision. this is auge political risk for the trump administration. it is stepping on the president's lines -- thfi is not
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the t time that when the president has a really good day -- you have the special counsel's report, michael avenatti, one of his great critics, being arrested. you would think he would sit back and watch tv. instead this drops and sucks the oxygen out of the room. laura: t president says he will deliver on health care, but will the court consider that the trump administration t tri get congress to repeal obamacare but they didn't? jonathan: well, it will, but the biggest issue for the court is what is being argued byum the administration. when obamacare was saved on the individual mandate, the chief justiceaid we can't tear this out because the act will die. the individual mandate was struck down. basically the trump administration is calling into account what he said. how this will play out is unclear, but what is clear is that republicans will not just have the death of public health
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care. wiey want to come forward and rescue the natio their own health care plan. that could set up some very weird and damaging politics. laura: as if we didn't have enough of that already. jonathan turley, thank you for joining us. let's turn to brexit, where rrto lawmakers will hold a whole series of votes as they try to find a o consensthe way forward for brexit. the government has until april di12 to propose erent way for the eu if it cannot get the current brexit deal through parliament. so far mps have voted against mrs. may's brexit plan twice. her leadership has been questioned by mps. from westminster, here is the bbc's deputy political editor john pienaar. wn itsparliament has s power. we know who is in control, and the answer is no one. tmps are getting ready tok and vote their way through their ideas for brexit, but then what. cabinet supporters of mrs. may's brexit deal aren't giving up. >> i continue to support the prime ministe's deal.
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john: brexiteer ministers especially insist that mps taking control won't work. >> it is a negotiation between anourselves and the europe union, and it may be entirely undeliverable. thank you. john: but the cabinet is split. there is amber rudd.is she backing mrs. may's deal, but wants freedom for tories to vote how they choose. others on the left are demanding the same. some junior ministers are saying privately they will rebel and resign if they have today mrs. may kept them all guessing. one who quit the government and voted to give mp's a choice on brexit pns stood by his decision. >> i think brexit should happen in the right way, which is leaving but leaving on good terms with the best possible opportunity of a good future at the eu. john: what will behe choices when mp's fill this chamber tomorrow? there is the pm's deal, voted
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twice defeated already. or what closer to eu rules then may's. a fresh referendum is another option. and a. brexit with no de mp's insist they will never support that, t is still seems ssible. >> all these prosals will be put forwardthe speaker will lect them. it will be handed it to mp's and be asked to indicate yh or no to eace of them, and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they: upport. johnill, the battle over mrs. may's deal goes on. some reb but not enough.way, the chances of the prime minister getting her brexit plan approved by parliament at the third time of king looks slim. talk to any tory mp or minister, and her own chances of surviving after this crisis whether plan goes through or not look even smaller. shortage of contenders for her job. could boris johnson fall in behind mrs. may's deal? he could, but if he is, he isng
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not sa another potential candidate is reluctantly backing her plan. >> it is not a good deal, but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. that is what i said a week ago, and now you are seeing it. you are seeing proposals put up which are all worse than her proposal. john: do you think with your help, theresa may alght get this ver the line? >> s has got to get the dup her side, and i have some sympathy with them because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the united kingdom. i think she has a decent chance. john: today the democratic unionists were sounding tough as ever. >> is there any chance of us changing of mice -- changing our minds on this? tunlesshere are significant , -- to to reveal itself the deal itself, no. john: in brussels, the eu's chief negotiator spoke today for many. >> all eyes on the british parliament.
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john: unusually for any comment on brexit, no one is disagreeing with that tonight. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. laur in other news, purdue pharma, the drugmaker owned by lie sackler family, has agreed to pay back $270 m to the state of oklahoma to settle a lawsuit. several states accuse the firm of contributing to the country's opioid crisis by playing down the risk of addiction of its painkier oxycontin. the company denies the charges. the head of the algerian army has called for the president to be removed from office. in the last month th country has seen a series of massive protests against the 82-year-old'sed contiule. nasa has been forced to call off its first all-female spacewalk because it does not have enough space suits that fit properly. anne mcclain and christina kochn had due to install new batteries at the international space station on friday. nasa says only one of r e smalacesuits is ready for use. kurdish authorities in northern syria are calling for an international tribunal to try members of the islamic state
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group. last week forces retook the last piece of territory from i.s., bringing an end to the alf-declared caliphate. officials say thre struggling to cope ndth the thousaof men and women captured. the bbc's aleem maqbool has been given rare access to one of the camps in northern syria, where many of those captured have been held. aleem: what should be done with the captured men and women of the islamic state group? it is one of the most urgent ncsues now that the last eve has been won back from i.s. hundreds of men and women who joined the group from 40 countries are in this camp in northern syria. they include ilhan from the netherlands, who admitneto having joii.s. but has no idea where she will face trial. >> you are asking the government to take us back. alm: if you did go back to holland, what do you think would happen? >> io to prison.
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my children i hope with my .i aleem: you could accept that? >> yeah. because i know i made a mistake. eem: well, you understand there are people around the world who will be watching this -- >> yes. there.ave her with few countries taking back i.s.-groomed nationals, dealing with them has been left to theed ill-equiurdish administration.t this isn' prison. it is, as you can see, a camp in a war zone. the longer it goes on, the more there is a risk that something could go wrong. there could be insta in the region again. unless a plan is put in place soon, this is a ticking time bomb. syria hash region of already suffered living under i. and losing so many live fighting i.s. and with countes like britain
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revoking the nationality of those who joined the group, it has gone down badly. it has created a huge problem. "unfortunately, the international community has disappoint us," he says. "we cannot hold and try these people alone. if the world doesn't help us, there will be a problem again. the islamic state group will be a danger to all of us." after the final offensive to wipe the so-called islamic state from theap mwe saw trucks that were carting away, we were told, hundreds of i.s. families. miliating end for the amilitants, beminder that children have been caught up in this all, too. the administration here is urging countries to at least don someto rehabilitate these young foreign victims, to stop the ideology with which they were born reemerging in the future.
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.leem maqbool, bbc news, northeastern syria laura: the unctain fate of the i.s. families syria there. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, trolling aactices in weica. laura: israel has carried out more if it's on targets in the ga strip in response to palestinian rocket fire. the israeli army said it struck dozens ohamas targets. palestinian groups said it fired rockets into israel. reporter: a sleepless night in gaza, with dozens of israeli airstrikes pounding buildings said to belong to. ham
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meanwhile,es garf palestinian rockets were fired at nearby israeli towns. locals desperately taking cover as the iron dome defense system was put to use. tefrantic ational efforts are underway t. >> will continue to work with egypt and all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation and encourage restraint. further escalation is likely to make a bad situation worse, in particular for civilians in and close to gaza. reporter: this morning and gaza, people surveying the distraction with israeli drones humming overhead. this is where the office of the hamas leader was hit. israel, this man began cleaning up his home hit by a rocket. people are now taking advantag
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of the calm to do some shopping, but schools here are shut and some offices as well. it is this a pin israeli villages close by, and in gaza, to -- itth isame in israeli villages close by, and in gaza, too. more israelian rolling in. extra soldiers are being oyde in the south. israel wants to show it is keeping its military options open . this is meant as a show of force. laura: now to a massive problem affecting millions of people. fishes of lies in the waters off west africa are in danger of collapse. it had been one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, opand some 10 million depend on fishing for their livelihood. experts say what is driving the decline is the fishing practices of fleets from russia, the eu, and chinen our correspondpaul adams
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reports from sierra leone. paul: he has been fishing since dawn, and he does not have a whole lot to show for it. >> we are happy for this because it is small catch. paul: good fish are gone, he says, all captured by foreign trawlers. what would you like the government to do? >> we le the government to take these away, because to stop fishing in this country. paul: sierra leone depends heavily on the sea for food and jobs. it is one of the poorest countries in the world. civil war tore it apart in the 1990's. then came ebola. but underwater, sierra leone is facing a different kind of crisis. >> when the ecosystem is disturbed, when it is destroyed, it is almost impossible to restore it again. even if he stopped -- ev if you stopped fishing for decades,
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it takes a very long time to recover. paul: we join sierra leone's only patrol boat. we are in the dark because there are people in freetown who will tell the trawlers that of a marine vessel is on the way. satellite ta shows foreign trawlers are already scattering far out to sea. we follow, eventually boarding a chinese boat. that is when two boats fis side-by-side using a single huge net. it is efficient, but distracted but destructive and illegal in sierra leone. the evidence is strong. the government inspector seems to agree. but will it make any difference? >> you think you have done your best, anthen when you get a shore someone will tell you something different.
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especially the fishing companies -- "why you only doing this?" paul: over the course of three days, we see signs of indiscriminate metds. stocks aree's fi in grave danger. it is not hard to see wh back in freetown, the government says it is trying to get a gri on a system riddled with corruption and loopholes. >> we will get to the bottom of this. that is a promise to myself and to sierra leone. we will get to the bottom of this. paul: the two chinese vessels we boarded were tested. they were cleared, but lost the licenses anyway on grounds of or sanitation. e government has banned all industrial fishing for the month of april. it is an unprecedented move. but these are still small steps. it will take much more to rescue this precious resource. paul adams, bbc news, sierra leone.
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laura: n, the pyramids and the pharaohs of ancient egypt have been a source of fascination and wonder. but how about the royal won? new exhibit in washington is turning a spotlight to thef queens oypt and how they ruled. the bbc's jane o'brien went to cast her regal gaze. jane: one of the most lavish tombs ever discovered in ancient egypt. this 3-d re-creation shows how beloved she must have been. more than 3000 years later, it is probably as good asll get to seeing what it is like. >> this sarcophagus is portant because it is the only thing that remains. jane: de from pink granite, the sarcophagus was discovered in 1904 along with what may be the queen's knees. >> these k ad of a mystery
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we are trying to solve. it belonged to a woman who died around age 40. seems to be heard but we cannot said it is her. jane: tracing the story inypt's queens can be tough. although many ruleheir own right, they still lived in a man's world, and their history was often manipulated or even erased. the tales told in stunning hieroglyphics cannot be trusted because they are ao symbols of authoritarian rule. >> it is a very strange thinin a patriarchal society to allow a woman to step to the highest rung of the ladder a lead her people. we know very little. wenow the perfected image. jane: there are many queens of egypt. this exhibition looks at six, spanning 1400 years of ancienthi ory. it is hard to know how they lived, but there is plenty to show how they died and how their
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members were perhaps nobody personifies this more than the fabled beauty nefertiti. do you think she actually looks like that? >> we have no idea what sh l actually looe, and her mummy has not been identified, and even if it had been, how are you going to go from one to the other and say here is the skeletal face and line it with this as actual reality. this is what she wanted to present to her people. it is what her husband wanted to present her as. jane: this exhibition also includes t last queen of egypt, cleopatra. her life,oo, has been rewritten and manipulated over the centuries. but thanks to this exhibition, she and the other queensmerge from their tombs as real women and not ju the stuff of gend.ne ja o'brien, bbc news, washington. laura: the trailblazing queens of egypt, cleopatra and nefertiti. you might say they were early feminists. remember, you can find much more of all the day's news on our
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