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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america."rt reg from washington, i am jane o'brien.ch a last-dffort on brexit. hderesa may says mps only need to vote on the wwal one of -- part of her plan. they can decide britain's relationship with europe later. as president trump hits the campaign trail, the fight over the mueller report findings intensify. republicans are calling for the resignation of a top democrat. and imagine experiencing no pain. due to a rare mutation, one woman has never felt it. scientists say we cod all benefi
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jane: welcome to "world news america." as another deadline approaches, still no consensus on brexit. there will be more votes on friday, but in an efrt to get part of her deal through, prime minister theresa may will ask mps to vote only on the divorce itself, the so-calledrawal agreement. at does not include the political declaration which defines the future relationship wi the eu. yes, it is complicated, but luckily we have political editor laura kuenssberg to break it down for us. laura: they won't just be talked into it. still too many quarrels about what to do. >> real minority here. laura: ministers want to move forward theresa may's compromise with the eu to end all the noise. >> politicians of all politicala partie a duty to put the national interest first so that
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we can put this controversy r hind us and move on to a brighter future e british people. reura: but conversations a over for now with the allies they need. the dup won't back the deal. together with the core of brexiteers, they are still holding out. >> one thing i would like to see this for us to go back to the eu again, keep the arm of friendship open,ay that there still time for an exchange of letters providing a legally binding exit from the backstop. laura: there is a trickle of brexiteers who will back thesa may's deal now that she's promised to leave, and they arel urgingagues to join them. >> guys and girls, it is up to you. laura: if only it were that simple for theresa may. tomorrow she will have another go at getting this place behind her deal. put it is not a third attempt at getting the whole package through, which has already failed twice.
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you might want to call tomorrow th,day of meaningful vote 2 because mps will only be asked to voton the divorce deal with the european union. they won't be asked to give another judgment on the whole package which includes the plan for the long-term. number 10 says it is the last chance to be sure of avoiding a long delay of brexit.bu splitting up the controversial two parts might not avoid defeat. >> decouple them. they should besking the labour rty to be voting on brexit without a political declaration inat tells what the future relationship is to look like. that can't be right. the two documents absolutely have to go together. laura: even with tories, number 10's latest might not work. >> the deaon the table -- laura: even those who didn't back brexit can't agree. >> whave been in the eu for years. we would he that the settlement we decide on with -- what the last us -- would
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last us another 50 years. it should not be one we are held to vote for gunpoint. i can see that there will be no majority for any of the options. ly get people to pport different options. they take us to a different place. >> a second referendum -- >> that is not the poi. the point is we cannot support that-- dea >> a second referendum does not settle all the different choices and trade-offs that need to be made. saying that my answer to thele prof complexity is to pass a binary choice back to theoe people't settle that one bit. laura: how is your party going to sort this out? you have been having this argument for nearly thhie years. >> i the solution to this hoes in looking beyond parties to parliament as a. >> we need a process that reached across the other side of the house of commons and worked with thether tribes and factions and other parties. laura: there are so many doubts about the pre minister's deal getting through, whether in two time.s or at the sam behind closed doors, mps from all parties are hunting for
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solutions. >> i will not be voting for this half-deal, and it is anoth outrage by the prime minister trying to circumvent parliament. attempting to bash us all over and i don't again, think it will work. that is why i'm working closely with colleagues across parties to find solutions, because we o need a w of the crisis. laura: but number 10 is still trying to find an escape out of the dark hole they are in. tomorrow they will ask parliament to allow them to take another step. laura kuenssberg come a bbc news, westminster. jane: brexit even has president trump's attention. just a brief time ago he had th to say about theresa ma and the whole brexit process. pres. trump: she's a very nice lady, sh i hope she does well. i hope the brexit movement -- everything happening there goes very well. theresa may is a very good woman, and i will tell you what, she is strong, she is tough, she is in there fighting. jane: president trump made thoso ents on his way to michigan,
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where he will hold a fulled throally tonight. it is the first since the mueller report's finding of no collusion. the white house has been pushing everything from health care tour border sy. but he is not letting the mueller reporpror those who essed it gouite yet. he tweeted this morning, "congressman adam schiff should be forced to resign from congress." a short time ago i spoke with the bbc's north america reporter anthony zurcr. is going after adam schiff really the best way to capitalize on the mueller ing of nofi collusion? thony: seems like the victory lap is turning into spiking the football in the face of their opponents. whether that is in their bestre ins, probably not. the american public has their minds made up on this, and taunting the critics and attempting to expose them for what they see as the baseless attacks on the president is probably not going to change anyone's mind and could be a distraction. i hear they're making a list of
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reporters and journalists who criticize them or trumped up the mueller investigation and will release this list anthese tweets whenever journalists criticize them. it is an enemies lisviand more abouication than moving the debate forward. jane: are we expecting more of the same tonight in michigan? anthony: i would not be surprise you never know with donald trump when he gets in front of his crowd. oftentimes he is testing out his new strategies and he may be seeing how the crowd reacts when he is hammering on this issue, whether they like it or not, and that wille decw this plays out. it is a collaborative process when he gets in front of the crowds. ne: why has the administration in this week when they should be capitali to once again go after obamacare, the affordable care act? anthony: they are talking about atw this could be a reset for the presidency, his could help him decide what the agenda is going forward, and use the political capital he got out of this into some sort of new process or legislative priority.
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the thing is, donald trump campaigned on repealing obamacare like he campaigned oal building the he made these promises and he likes to be en as a man who actually does things he promises -- moving the embassy to jerusalem, for itance. so he wants to get obamacare repealed. whether or not it is a good political idea for him -- republicans ran on it in 2018 and lost -- he wants to be a guy -- donald trump sees this is a promises and he wa be a guy who makes promises and keeps them. jane: as you say, not all republicans are pleased with that. new allegations agamast purdue phnd its owners, the sackler family. the charges come days after the company and the sacklers agreed to pay $270 million to the state of oklahoma after it accused them of contributing to the opioid crisis. purdue, which makes the painkiller oxycontin, denies wrongdoing. the new york suit alleges that family members transferred funds
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from the company. a brief time ago i spoke with the bbc's nick bryant. next why has new york decided to bring these charges now? nick: there are some 2000 casesh the been taken against purdue pharma. new york already launched the case itself. but this one amends its existini lawsuit t the company and the family. h what it has do echoed many of the lawsuits of the state, local, and city level saying that purdue pharma conducted an aggressive bidding strategy that misleadingly downplayed how addictive the painkiller oxyconn actually was. what differentiates this lawsuit from so many oers is that it actually goes after the sackler family itself. it names 8 individual members of the sackler family. what it says and what it alleges is that purdue pharma paid money, sometimes into offshore accounts, in a way to protect
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the assets of the family. they squirreled this money awayl all these lawsuits were playing out in order to protecte their . they are saying that is fraudulent. the attorney general of new york said that as the sackler family grew richer, new yorkers' health grew poorer. laura: what has beenhe -- jane: what has been the response from the sackler family not only to this case but all the others you menoned? nick: there has been an aggressive response. the state of oklahoma, $270 million paid by the company itself in an outf-court settlement. the sackler family itself contributed $75 million for a drug treatment center in oklahoma. they said they made the payment, it was not an admission lp ility. but they issued a strong statement in response to thisti legal taken by the new york state attorney general andt
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they have sas, "expanding this baseless lawsuit to include former directors of purdue s a misguided attempt to place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis." they have vowed to fight this action. jane: nick bryant in new york, thanksor joining us. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other news. ng least 19 people are now known to have died follo fire at a high rise office block in the bangladeshi capital. more than 70 others have been injured and dozens are still miing. it is not clear how the blaze began, and the casualties are expectedo increase. sathous of passengers have been left stranded after the icelandic airline wow airsoft trading and canceled all of its flights. the carrier, which had been in fundin talks with investors, operates out of multiple european and american cities. it asks passengers to check available flights with other airlines. moscow has accused president boorishness on a global
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laale after he told russia to get out of venez the tensions between moscow and washington mirror the stalemate between president maduro and opposition leader juan guaido as food shortagesnd power outages affect millions of venezuelan people. the bbc's state department correspondent barbara plett-usher has spoken to elliott abrams, who serves as the trump administration special representative for venezuela. barbara: the russians undermined u.s. attempts to get rid of ia and areassad in s doing the same in nicolas maduro. how are you going to stop them from outwitting you this time? mr. abrams: we have a nice options paper of the various things that can be done in u.s.-russian relations that thei secretar be making his choices about how to respond. barbara: sanctions?io you have sand russia to the teeth. mr. abrams: a lot of things are on the lt. so the russians will pay a price
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for this. the russians have done this at a moment when you might say everything is collapsing in venelkela. i'm g about the blackouts in particular. venezuelans are looking at this, military people are looking at it, and they know the regime cannot survi because the russians flew rb two planes. a: venezuelans on the street are saying this will last longer. i want to ask you, how does maduro know that "all options on the table" isn't bluster? he seems pretty convthat he can wait you out on this. mr. abrams: i think you are right that he is convinced of that. i remember manuel noriega thought the same thing. he ended up in an american federal prison. my advice to people in venezuela
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who think that "all options" is a'ke or symbolic and doesnt mean anything, don't test the president on it. barbara: there is a stalemate -- mr. abrams: you knowwe have no ability to predict timing on these things. there are lots of stable regimes that nobody edicted would be ne the next day. i don't accept the notion that this is an endless stalemate and we will be your year from now. barbara: how do you measure progress on something like thi mr. abrams: you can't measure it until maduro goes. i accept the notion that it will not look like a success until it is a success, but that is the way it is. barbara: you said you do not expect to be here a year from now, but you can't rule that out. mr. abrams: it is almost inconceivable. rbara: mr. abrams, do you find it difficult to walk into the room acting as an honest broker whal you have this controver history in the region? mr. abms: the united states is not trying to be an honest broker here.
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the united states has a position, ich is that this is a vicious dictatorship that is destroying venezuela. barbara: but in your past you supported dictatorips and authoritarian governments. does that not compromise your ability -- mr. abrams: i think you have not read the history of this. what we did in the reaga administration, what i did, was to try to help greatest ti of turning from military dictatorship to democracy that we have ever seen in latin america. it is a record of supporting democracy and the expansion of democracy of which wvery proud. jane: elliott abrams talking to barbara plett-usher. you're watching "bbc world news america." still come up tonight program, two weeks after the christchurch attacks, we speak to the former head of homeland security about where she sees the biggest threat.
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it is two weeks since cyclone idaidi cdevastating path through southern africa. in mozambique, it is estimated 2 million people have been affected by the resulting floods. the u.n. says idai wiped out a years worth of crops in there on. reporter: cyclone idai crashed into the coastline two weeks ago. the city, the countryside, andid lives held udown. once a classroom, this school has become an open air shoulder for over 2000 people. many are getting help, but not all. news of the arrival of a few bags of donated close. >> these women need everything. there is nclothes. there is no food.
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we need everything. reporter: some have gone back to patch together their lives in their homes. this man lost nearly everything in the storm. >> the hardest part now is tefinding al to rebuild my house and money to buy food to feed my family. the wind and the water took ital reporter: the storm has passed but the danger hasn't. beyond the food and bricks and, mortople here need emergency health care, as the threat of disease hovers. so far, only a handful of ch confirmed.have been a thousand more have been oreated for diarrhea, a telltale sign of the waterb disease. an epidemic threatens. the storm water from cyclone idai maye starting to recede, but the effects linger o
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jane: two wes ago the world was shocked by the deadly attack carried out on two mosques in christchurch, new zealand. but for securityffials, it was another stark reminder of the threats we face and where resources should be devoted. here in the u.s., that job mainly falls to the department of homeland security, and for four years, janet napolitano headed the agency. now she has a new book asking how safe are we. i spoke to her earlier. just two weeks ago we have theck awful atn christchurch, o new zealand,n muslims.th just how big iglobal threat from extreme right-wing terrorism and white supremacists, and have we underestimated it? ms. napolitano: i think it is a growing threat, and to some degree we have underestimated it.
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i think the horrible attacks in new zealand maybe raised it in the public's consciousness. facebook announced it is removing all white nationalist postings from its website. when people put the words into search for that kind of material, they will be diverted to an anti-hate group.th is a good move, and probably a little late, but a good move in the right direction. jane: you say in your book that one of the qualities you need to do the job as homeland securitya agcretary ark imagination. where does your ation lead you at night? ms. napolitano: when i was secretary, i used to do what-ifs iny mind. what if ere were an attack not on one shopping mall, but several shoppi malls all at the same time? what if there werectually a pandemic affecting the united
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states, and indeed, the world? how would we mobilize our health care resources, government response, and so forth? it really required you to dowh -ifs in your mind. jane: but which one do you think is the biggest threat now? ms. napolitano: i actually think the biggest threat to the globe is global warming and climate change and all the impacts it has.n it has impactsrms of extreme weather events. in the united stateshave seen more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more wildfires out west that have caused a lot of death and destruction. but also when you think about the globe, it affects global migration patterns. we have glal migration really from south to north. you have areas othe world that are subjected to extreme drought that has killed local ts,iculture, local mar killed jobs. now you have more jobless and hopeless young men who are ripe for recruitment for terrorist organizations.
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those are all thea impacts tha warming planet is causing. jane: what about the cyber threat? you talk about that in your book. it seems that america was 16mewhat blindsided by russian meddling in the ampaign. how difficult is it to defend against that? ms. napolitano: well, it is going to take a greater unity of teffort and more leadershn we currently have. u.s. elections are controlled by locaelected officials, count reporters -- reporters, secretaries of state. they all need to be brought together. there need to be nationa standards in terms of the actual machinery of the election. so that we have confidence in the integrity of the vote. and then we need to really do a better job of educating the population about how to critically review the materiald they f social media,
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because the russians werean hacking and ng misleading -- planting misleading and destructivstories on social media, all designed to disadvantage hillary clinton an advantage president trump. we need greater confidence and control, ait were, to make sure that doesn't happen with 2020. jane: janet napotano, thank you very much for joining me. ms. napolitano: thank yo jane: imagine a world in which you feel no pain. at is what life is like for a o 71-year-old ves in the e isne ooplen the known to have a rare genetic mutation which meanshe feels virtually no pain and never feels anxious or afraid.t she didn'alize she was different until doctors were astonished she did not need painkillers following a serious operation. fergus walsh has more. fergus: she has had teeth knocked out, broken her arm,
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suffered serious burns, and fe nothing. jo cameron doesn't sense pain. and put my arm on something know it is burning myself flesh burning -- burning when i smell flesh burning. the normal reaction is you could result or burn yourself and once and maybe twice and you oid that because your brain says don't do that. my brain doesn't say don't do that. fergus: as for givinh to her two children, again, painless. >> what is the case i don't feel pain? i felt things. i felt my body stretching, peculiar feeling, but no pain. fergus: and this is jo with her husband and doctor eating superhot chilis. a breeze for her. scientists at university college london have analyzed the dna and found she has two gene
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mutations.he one shuts downain pathway from the brain. >> what we hope is to exploit the mechanism to manipulate pain niresholds for those in ch pain. theris a vast problem of six or 7% of the population have ongoing exweuciating pain. eally do need new therapies. >> we have our pinprick -- fergus: the team showed me some of the instrumen they tested on jo. eedletter how hard the was pushed, it didn't hurt her. >> i cannot stop being happy.i forget things. fergus: jo's gene mutation b alsosts her mood, and she is never anxious. s t it also affects her memory, and she often lothings. however, it is her inability to feel pain which may ultimately help others. fergus walsh, bbc news. jane: extraordinary stuff. there is also research that
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indicates that men and women feel pain differently. either way, the response is still "ouch." you can find all the news on our website. i'm jane o'brien. thank you for watching "bbc world news america >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your liftyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the daand stay up-to-date with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible byfr thman foundation, a and ju peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solutions inr america's neglected needs. >> what are you do >> possibilities. your day is filled with them. >> tv, play "downton abbey." >> a pbs helps everyone discover theirs.
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