Skip to main content

tv   BBC World News America  PBS  March 27, 2019 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT

5:30 pm
>> this is "bbc wors america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, rsuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> wow, that is unbelievable. ♪ >> i'm flying! ♪ >> stay curious. ♪
5:31 pm
[applause] s.>> and now, "bbc world n" jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. >> order. theoting period has now finished. lock the doors! e a series mp's v of measures in the hope of finding some agreement on brexit. erthe prime minist says she will resign if they back her deal, but they have hit a huge roadblock. in the u.s., lawmake grill flight regulators on the safety of boeing 737 max planes. and a measles outbreak sparks drastic action in the state of new york. one county is banning all unvaccinated children public pla
5:32 pm
jane: welcome to "world news america." tonight there is more high drama in the u.k. as members of parliament took control of the ho government.s from the an 11th-hourto efforind a way forward on brexit. prime ministere, theresa may was trying to drum up support for her deal,s which ready been defeated twice. if it passes on the third try, she says she will resign and let somebody else take on the next phase of negotiations. but a is a major the democratic unionist party, whose support s needs from say they still won't back her. as we mentioned, it was the ieime minister's announcement she would leave eathan expected if her deal goes through that grabbed a great deal of the attention today. here is the reaction from some
5:33 pm
lawmakers who were in the room. and steamy in there. quite a lot of emotion. quietk it was m with respectpe by 30le in the room. >> i'm slightly irritated and ably even more irritated the price of supporting what i think is a good deal and inging this to a conclusion is based on personality rather than around principle. i think that is unforgivable. jane: thankfully, we are joined by amanda sloat, senior fellow at the brookings institution. let's start with theresa may's offer to resign rather bizarrely if she succeeds in getting her brexit deal through. it looks as if that is not going to happen. amanda: right, many things haven been contingenhis deal getting past with her offer to m.sign just being one of t theresa may need to 75 mp's to back her deal to me given the numbers that had not voted
5:34 pm
the last two. this is a plan to get more support from within her own party. there is a hard-core number that arnever going to vote her deal. we have seen some of thoseth who leleave campaign, such as boris johnson, say that they will support her deal. the problem is that the democratic unionist party is not going to support her on this, d so there is also a number of conservative mp's that will hide behind the d and not support her deal. jane: does this mean she will still bring her deal for a vote on friday, or is there now no point? amanda: she also has a larger problem, which is that the speaker reiterated this afternoon that he is not geang to let thecome forward unless there had been significant changes to it you nt -- beyond what was brought for a vote the second time. there is speculation about whether she separates the withdrawal agreement from a political declaration. she had a discussion about that apparently with labour leader
5:35 pm
jeremy. he said he was not prepared to do that. she has two problems -- one, with a she cananring the vote, second, if she does, she likely doesppot have the t to pass it. jane: mp's have been votinmeon a series oures. what are those measures and why? amanda: on monday the house of commons legislated to take over the parliamenta process and to set the agenda on wednesday. this is the first time people have been saying in living memory in over 100 years that this has happened. what is happening today is quite extraordinary in british parliantary politics. rather than going into the voting lobbies to take a position either aye or nay, members are being given a pihae of paper tt has a series of options. they are allowed to vote on as manys optionsey like, and then those are going to be tallied up.. they are getting a chance to vote on the range of alternative scenarios. do they want the u.k. to stay in the eu custo union? do they want to stay in the
5:36 pm
single market? they want the customs union and the single market? do ty want a second referendum? do they want to r aoke article have no deal? it is likely there will be an overwhelming majority on one of them, but we will see what the range of options is that they support. the bigger problem is th theresa may said that if the options members like are not in line with heconservative party, she is not going to supporthaanyway, and she has been stressing that these are simply advisory anden parl's opinion. jane: is this all a monumental waste of time, then, especially when the clock is ticking down to aprilbe 12, which looks t the next date for brexit? amanda: absolutely. if you look at the press reporting today, journalists are suggesting that there is a senst of joy in londt mp's are finally getting to express their chews, but that is being m by a sense of growing nervousness in brussels that no
5:37 pm
deal is a possibility. we have been seeing the ribbon commission repeat its readiness for a no-deal brexit and the final publication of contingency planning and a lot of nervou where this is heading. jane: presumably the eu could br asked for a lo extension if british mps cannot sort this out. anw likely is that? me what seems the most likely is that we have a longer extension and a general election in the u.k. ere has already been discussions within the eu about the possibility of a longer extension, but they have made clear that that is contingent on thean u.k. holding the euro parliament elections, which is something that theresa may has not wanted too, and there will be a certain spectacle to a country that voted to leave the euroan country three years after that holding elections to send representatives to the very body that she wants to leave. there is also questions about who is it that gets elected. do you have extremists in both political parties and
5:38 pm
nervousness in brussels about whether these representatives good complicated things in terms of budget and political reforms that the eu wants to do in the next legislative session? jane feels like we are one step forward and two steps back whenever ialk to you. amanda: one day this will be resolved. jane:, amanda, do do stay with us. hopefully we will come back to youe later in ogram. the state of new york is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles and a decade and one community is taking action. rockland county is banning children who have not beensc vaccinated frools and shopping malls. nada tawfik has the latest. nada: baby richard is three days old, far too young to get the mmr vaccine. that makes his parents nervous. ghe infant is one of those at risk of contract measles come as rockland county deals with the largest outbreak in decad. >> is happening at the same time? i will leave him home at
5:39 pm
best all the time. nada: officials have taken the unprecedented step of banning children and teenagers who are not immunized from public spaces in a determined effort end outbreak that has affected 153 people. >> my hopee is that peoll pay attention and understand the severity of the situation and get their children immunized. nada: the wave of infection's six months ago when a child returned from israel with the virus. it mainly affected those from the ultra-orthodox jewis tevaccinationer tend to be lower. >> just scary what can happen it kids are not vaccinated and roaming in public places and what can happen to other people. nada: in response to many rabbis urged parents to get their childrenmmunized. pulled kids without the vaccines from schools. some presidents us -- some residents ar still adamantly against vaccines and have
5:40 pm
refused to cooperate with all officials. >> it seems draconian, and i n't know how they would enforce it. nada: a disease that was eradicated two decades ago and the united statesth is again atening public health. vaccination rates are down in partially because of fears spread by the circwh anti-vax movh says vaccines are not twhen despite ovming scientific evidence that they are. they had been outbreaks from texas to california to washington state. 333 cases haveof been reported this year. that is almo as many as the whole of 2018. is outbreak has raised important questions about personal freedoms vs. the public good. ba richard's parents say they will take all the precautions they can. they wish others would do the same. nada tawfik, bbc news. jane: today the u.s. transportation secretary boeing did no require safety features on the
5:41 pm
top-selling 737 max. the scrutiny comes after two deadly crashes. day top officials from t federal aviation admission were before congress answering questions about oversight. i spoke to our business correspondent samir hussein i this is to be a lot of concern that u.s. regulators we the last two ground the 737 max. is this scrutiny too late? samira: it is certain that they were in fact the last regulator to ground the 737 maxlanes. it is an important exercise usbewhat lawmakers really want to understand is the process that the faa went through inrder to make that decision because they were last. there has been a lot of concern with regards to this rolling debacle just how this boeing debacle just how -- with regards to this boeing debacle how inosely the regulators were
5:42 pm
working with thstry. there is an appearance amongst the public that all of these entities that were meant to work as oversight are actually working in tandem. arthat is part of what the trying to get at in this hearing. jane: how is all of this affecting boeing? samira: it has had a very damaging rutational impact on the company. it should be said that they are very close to releasing aix for the 737 max plane. y the compid that they are going to deliver it to the regulators, to the faa, for it to be approved. this is where it is going to become complicated, because the a may take a few weeks to approve it. of blanket acceptance that was usually taken by regulators around the world,hey would take the word of the faa. that may now come into scrutiny given what has happened in the past month. jane: has this spooked investors at all? samira: certainly over the last few weeks we have seen his share price of boeing have pretty
5:43 pm
dramatic falls. onhe announcement of the news that there is a fix that is almost ready to go, we saw that investors have regained a little bit of confidence. in terms of the business aspect, frankly, boeing is a real big player in the plane-making business, and are not many other companies that could compete with the absolute size of bf ing in termsing a competitor. that said, we are seeing that boeing has been losing some customers to airbus. jane: some hussein, thanks for joining me. today president trump told russia it has to get out of venezuela. he made his comments in the oval office sitting alongside the wife of venezuelan opposition leader juan guaido. at the same time, his secretary of state mike pompeo was testifying on capitol hill talking about a post-president maduro future and what the price tag would be.
5:44 pm
sec. pompeo: i've seen estimates between $6 billion12 and billion. it is making sure that cuban and ssians are out and maduro and his cronies are gone and we begin to i rebuild democra the world will have to provide economic t assistance to gm through this transition period. joining me is our sta department correspondenthearbara plett- that sounded like a bit of a reality check. how committed is the u.s. to the longaul in venezuela? barbara: it is committed to the project, but it is not going to pay for everything. there was the request for $500 million to support transition to democracy in venezuela. when it comes to reconstruction, mr. pompeo said the u.s. will be part of that but he's expecting and m underwrote coalition countries -- anti-maduro coalition cotries to step up, and that is if maduro goes. if heys s there will be more
5:45 pm
chaos in the region because of the flood of refugees. jane: what about mr. trump telling the russian military to get out of can he do that, or is that just words? barbara: there is not much they can do. in theory there is military action, all options are on the table, but they always say that. no one is seriously talking abt military action against maduro, let alone the russians. mr. pomp said he met three times with the russians to tell them they were undermining democracy in venezuela, but in the same breath he said what would you expect. that is not going well. looks like they are diing in. they've invested billiodu in the oil ry and they don't want to let that go. jane:erbriefly, this hearing was also about other foreign-policy issues. how concerned are lawmakers about budget cuts? barbara: very concerned. for the third year in a row the administration ha proposed steep cuts to
5:46 pm
diplomacy. congress is not going to implement that, and the leaders oth parties said that wi not happen. jane: here in the u.s lawmakers are trying to put a new focus on the trafficking of young children for sex. what happens when the person selling you is your father? that was the case for katie, who became a victim at just 11 years old. after years of abuse, she is sharing her story and telling her she finally escaped. >> i was raised in a very chaoticome, and my dad was severely abusive. meeight years old he raped for the first ti. he groom to me into what he wanted to use me for later. he sold me for sex for the first time. i have a younger sister. she was not treated this way at all. my dad threatened to me that if i ever told anyone, he would hurt her. was in school.
5:47 pm
i would go to the doctor. i would go hang out with friends. i would go to a skating rink in town on the weekends. no one had any idea. you learn to just live with it. my dad most of the time would take me to house. sotimes it was overnight, and we would tell my mom that i was ding the night somewhere my dad literally dropped me off wherever he was takiy me and takelothes and leave. when the d buyer we with me, he would bring my clothes back. doctors offices, medical offices, businesses, just that there and then me i've been in an attorney's office. when i was aeenager, church fices. i have been sold in warouses where there were a lot of other girls and a lot of buyers toerim and where was a woman that was managing and pretty much auctioning us l. the way my dad raised me and
5:48 pm
ild up to this committee kind of twisted everything. super manipulative. maybe feel like it was norl. i remembert one point thinking about my friends -- like, i wonder who does that to them at home. i havewas 28 years old a phone, but i can use a computer i found an organization i could get help from, and they literally came and took me out of my mom's e, got me out of there. i was taken out of state, andti another organi got involved and took me to a steakhouse. -- a safe house. it anybody being trafficked, is the hardest decision you will ever m situation, but it is so worth it. you have to tell somebody. it is hard to heal, but the sooner you start the process the better. and the more chance you have a living an amazing life. jane: powerful words indeed.
5:49 pm
katie sharing her story of abuse. she works as an advocate in an organization that helps those who are victims of sex trafficking. let's have a look at some of the days of the news. health officials in mozambique say five cases of cholera have been confirmed following a cyclone that has killed 750 people. they say laboratory tests confirmed the outbreak, and it was likely that the disease with spread. china says it will prosecute the forer head of interval c ignorimunist party directives. yet been stripped of all his positions. he was the first chinese person to hea arrest by beijing leicester. details are emerging of a mysterious attack on north korea's embassy in madrid last month.
5:50 pm
the self pr groups said they were behind the stilln which computers sensitive intelligence. they turned over all evidence to the fbi a claim denied by u.s. authorities. let's return to our lead story, the brexit negotiations. parliament h its say tonight in some nonbinding votes. amanda sloat of the brookings institution is back for the results. they agreed on anything? amanda: they have not. they were given a balance sheet with 8 options on them. they were able to vote yes or no as to whether they agreed with or close the options, and they could vote on as many as they wanted. a couple things have become clear. mp'ssu still don'ort leaving with no deal. one of the options was just leaving with node deal that was ated 400-160, which suggests
5:51 pm
there wer160 people who were prepared to leave with no deal. the se to take no deal off the table very directly by revoking article 50 if it was a week before the deadline that lldks like you w leave with no deal. evenhough they don't want, no deal that was defeated by a vote . even if they have an opportunity to say we want to stop noea they didn't take that. there ispl a cof different options that would have slightly different economic arrangements with the eu -- state and the customs union, staying in the singles market. all of those were defeated. the fourth option was to have a confirmatory referendum on eresa may's deal. those defeated93-184. jane now we have gotten all of that out of the wayadnd they haveheir say. what happens next? amanda: a fewinutes ago, the mp that brought for the motion
5:52 pm
r these confirmatory votes suggested that mp's do this agn on monday, which raises the question of what will be different on monday than what is happening now. we will see with the rest of the parliamentary debate continuing -- he is arguing that we knew we would not get majority support for any of these deals. but it is difficult to see among these options if youw them down which one is going to get majori support. one option is to eliminate some of the optns that have the ast amount of support and have a second round of votesma on the ing options. it is still unclear what is w nds to cnge mp's mi between d monday that would increase support for any of these options. theresa may, of course, has ruled out a second referendum and revoking article 50. as i mentioned earlier, there is questions about whether or not the speaker is goingo allow her vote to go forward. we could end upeeing another
5:53 pm
series of votes, but it remains very urllear how the mentary map changes to solidify aund the majority pport for any one of these options. jane: meanwhile, the clock is ticking to april 12. amanda: absolutely. jane: amand sloat, as ever, aanks very much indeed. let's ta break from brexit. small groupber, a of koalas was brought from australia to the u.k. it was part of the efforts to protect the species, but after one of the animals died, the project came under criticism. the bbc's laura foster has the story. laura: they spend up to 22 hours a day sleeping, and the rest of the time they are eating. if you thought the southern kuala would be a chilled-out animal, you would be wrong. they are very delicate and get stressed easily. the safari park has kept them hidden from theub plic the last
5:54 pm
six months to give them time to adjust to their new home. >> we make sure that everything is working well. about 18 different species. rotating around to not keep them on one thing at one time. alera:fo females and one arrived in the autumn after being packednto crates surrounded by their favorite food. though not in danger, they are considered to be vulnerable, and can only be found in one area of australia. the concern is that one bad case disease could wipe out the whole population. unfortunately, within weeks of arriving, one of the females became sick with one of the diseases she had been flown thousands of miles to get away from. the percocet it had no choice but to put her -- the park said it had no choice but to put her down. >> i fail to see how this tiny number of animals is going to develop conservation of the species. we need to look at this for what
5:55 pm
it is, a commercialin facility ng the animal to exhibit two paying visitors. seen they have already death of one individual animal. laura: the park says researchers are already learning from the desk and and they deny that the koalas are there solely to make money. >> we put the money into research and conservation for koalas. "conservation" is a term thrn all over t place, but research is the key. kualase t southern the only ones of their kind in all of europe and are expected to be big for the park when it opens english on friday. hopefully in a few months time there will be more of them. laura foster, bbc news fo. jane: the fate of koas. you can find all e bases on a
5:56 pm
website, to see what we're working on it any time, check us out on twitter. i'm jane o'brien. thank you for watching "bbc world news america." >> with the c news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up-to-date with the late headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solution' for america'neglected needs. >> what are you doing? >> possibilities. your day is filled with them. >> tv, play "downton abbey." >> and pbs helps everyone discov theirs.
5:57 pm
anytime, anywhere. pbs. we are with you folife. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles. t
5:58 pm
5:59 pm
6:00 pm
caning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: gjud evening, i'm woodruff. on the newshour tonight, moreee than two after the deadly 737 crash, questions remain about pilot training and boeing's relationship with the f.a.a. then, brexit on the brink-- pre minister theresa may agrees to step down if parliament passes her deal to leave europe. plus, an unorthodox idea to fight climate change, and cool the warming planet, but could it work? >> geoengineering seemed like a bit of a crazy ide but there was a taboo and i uink taboos are unhealthy and my view is we shouerstand it better to see just how crazy it really is. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on