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>> stay curious. ♪ [applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. a last-ditch effort on brexit. theresa may says mps only need to vote on the withdrawal one of -- part of her plan. hhey can decide britain's relationship wit 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. animagine experiencing no pain. due to a rare mutation, one woman has never felt it. scientists say we could all benefit.
ja: welcome to "world news america." as another deadline approaches, still consensus on brexit. there will be more votes on friday, but in an effort to get part of her al through, prime minister theresa may will ask mps toote only on the divorce itself, the so-called withdrawal agreement. that does not include the political declaration which defines the fure relationship with the eu. yes, it is complicated, but luckily we have political editor laura kuenssberg to break it down for us. talked they won't just b into it. still too many quarrels about what to do. >> real minority here.in laura:ters want to move forward theresa may's compromise with the eu to end all the noise. >> politicians of all political
parties have a duty to put the national interest first so that we can put this controversy bend us and move on to a brighter future for the british people. laura: but conversations are over for now wh the allies they need. the dup won't back the deal. together with the core of brexiteers, they are 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, say that there is still time for an exchange of letters providing a legally binding exit from the backstop. laura: there is a trickle ofee brexitrs who will back theresa may's deal now that she's promised to leave, and they are urging colleagues to join them. >> guys and girls, ip 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 is not a third attempt getting the whole package through, which has already failed twice.
you might want to call tomorrow the day of meaningful vote 2.5, because mps will only be asked to vote on the divorce deal with the european union. they won't be asked to give another judgment on the wh package which includes the plan for the long-term.mb 10 says it is the last chance to be sure of avoiding a long delay of brexit. but splitting up the controversial noo parts might avoid defeat. >> decouple them. they should be asking the labour party to be voting on brexit without a political declaration that tells what the future relationship is going to look liket that can' right. the two documents absolutely have to go together. laura: even with tories, number 10's test might not work. >> the deal on the table -- laura: even those who didn't back brexit can't agree. >> we have been in the eu for 45 years. we would hope that the settlement we decide on with -- what the last us -- would
last us another 50 years. d not be one we are held to vote for at gunpoint. i can see that there will be no majority f you can't easily get people to support different options.th take us to a different place. >> a second referendum -- >> that is not the point. the point is we cannot support that deal -- >> a second referendum does not settle all the different choices and trade-offs that need to be de.my saying thanswer to the problem of complexity is to pass a binary choice back to the people doesn't settle that one bit. laura: how is your party going to sort this out? you have been having this argument for nearly three years. >> i think the solution to this li in looking beyond parti to parliament as a whole. >> we need a process that reached acro the other side of mons and worked with the other tribes and factions and other parties. oubts: there are so many about the prime minister's deal getting through, whether in tw
lves or at the same time. behind closed doors, mps from all parties are hunting for solutions. >> i will not be voting for thid hal, and it is another outrage by the prime minister trying to circumvent parliament. attempting to bash us all over the head yet again, and i don't think it will work. that is why i'm working closely ecth colleagues across parties to find solutions,se we need a way out of the crisis. laura: but number 10 is still trying to find an escape out of the dark hole they a tomorrow they will ask parliament to allow them to take another step. laura kuenssberg come a bbc haws, westminster. jane: brexit evepresident trump's attention. just a briefime ago he had this to say about theresa may and the whole brexit process. pres. trump: she's a very nice lady, she is a friend of mine. 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, shi there fighting. jane: president trump made those
comments on his way to michigand where he will full throated rally tonight. it is the first since the mueller report's finding of no collusion. the white house has been pushing everything from health care to border security. but he is not letting the mueller report or those who pressed it go quite yet. he tweeted this morning, "congressman adam schiff should be forced to resign from congress." a short time ago i spoke with h america reporter anthony zurcher. is going after adam schiff really the best way to capitalize on the mueller report's finding of no collusion? anthony: seems like the victoryg lap is turnto spiking the football in the face of their opponents. whether that is in their best interests, probably not. the american plic has their minds made up on this, and taunting the critics andse attempting to hem 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 ofr reporters and lists who criticize them or trumped up the mueller investigation and will release this list and these tweets whenever journalists criticize them. it is an enemies list and more about vindication than moving the debatearorward. janewe expecting more of the same tonight in michigan? anthony: i would not be surprised. you never knowh wnald 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,he whthey like it or not, and that will decide how this plays out. it is a collaborative process when he gets in front of the crowds. jane: why has the administration in this week when they should be capitalizing on victory decided to oe again go after amacare, the affordable care act? anthony: they are talking about how this could be a reset for the presidency, that this could helpim decide what the agend is going forward, and use the political capital he got out of
this intsome sort of new process or legislative priority. the thing is, donald trump campaigned on repealing obamacare like he campaigned on building the wall. he made these promises and he likes to be seen as a man who actually does things he promises -- moving the embassy to jerusalem, for instance. s so he wa get obamacare repealed. whether or not it is a goodti pol idea for him -- republicans ran on it in 2018 and lost -- he wants to be a guy -- donald trump sees this is a promise and he wants to be a guy whmakes promises and keeps them. jane: as you say, not all republics are pleased with that. new allegations against purdue pharma and its owners, the saler 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 from the company. a brief time ago i spoke with the bbc's nick bryant. next y has new york decided t bring these charges now? nick: there are some 2000 cases that have been taken against new york already launched the case itself. but this one amends its existing lawsuit against the company and the family. what it has done has echoed many of the lawsuits of the state, local, and city level saying that purdue pharma conducted an aggressive bidng strategy that misleadingly downplayed how addictive the painkiller oxycontin actually was. what differentiates this lawsuit from so many others is that it actually goes after the sackler family itself. it names 8 individual members of the sackler family.wh it says and what it alleges is that purdue pharma paid imoney, sometimo offshore
accounts, in a way to protect the assets of the family. they squirreled this money away while all these lawsuits were playing out in order to protect their assets. they are saying that is fraudulent. the attorney general of new york said that as the sackler family gr h richer, new yorkers'lth grew poorer. laura: what has been the -- jane: what has been the response from the sackler family not only to this case but all the others you mentioned? nick: tre has been an aggressive response. the state of oklahoma, $270 million paid by the company itself in an out-of-court settlement. e sackler family itself contributed $75 million for a drug treatment center in lahoma. they said they made the payment, it was not an admission of culpability. but they issued a strong
statement in response to this legal action taken by the new york state aorney general and they have said this, "expanding this baseless lawsuit to include former directors of purdue pharma is a misguided attempt to place blame where it does not belong for a complexc health crisis." they have vowed to fight this action. jane: nick bryant in new york, thanks for joining us. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other ws. at least 19e peoe now known to have died following a fire at a high rise office block in the bangladeshi capital. 70more than thers have been injuredst and dozens are ill missing. hoit is not cleaw the blaze began, and the casualties are expected to increase. thousandse of passengers h been left stranded after the icelandic airline wowad airsoft g and canceled all of its flights. the carrier, which had been in funding talks with investors, operates out of multiple european and american cities. it asks ssengers to check available flights with other airlines.
moscow has aused president boorishness on a global sce after he told russia t get out of venezuela. the tensions between moscow and washington mirror the stalemate between president maduro and opposition leader juan guaido as food shortages and power outages affect millis of venezuelan people. are bbc's state department correspondent ba 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 ofba ar al-assad in syria and are doing the same in nicolas maduro. how are you going to stop them from outwitting you this time? nimr. abrams: we have options paper of the various things that can be done in u.s.-russian relations that the secretary will be making his choices about how tond. barbara: sanctions? you have sanctioned russia to the teeth. mr. abrams: a lot of things are on the list.
so the russians will pay a price for this. the russians have done this at a moment when you might say everything is collapsing in venezuela. i'm talking about the blackouts in partilar. venezuelans are looking at this, oking at people are it, and they know the regime cannot survive because the russians flew in two planes. barbara: venezuelans on the street a longer. this will last i want to ask you, how does maduro know that "all options on the table" isn't bluster? he seems pretty convinced that he can wait you out on this. mr. abrams: i think you are right that he is convinced of that. i member manuel noriega thought the same thing. he ended up in an american federal prison. my adve to people in venezuela
who think that "all options" is a joke or symbolic and doesn't mean anything, d't test the esident on it. barbara: there is a stalemate -- mr. abrams: you know, we have no ily to predict timing on these things. there are lotsle of st regimes that nobody predicted would be gone the next day.i n't accept the notion that this is an endless stalemate an we w your year from now. barbara: how do you measure progress on something like this? mr. abrams: you can't measure it until maduro goes. i accept the notion that it will not look like a successntil 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 alt. mr. abrams: it ist inconceivable. barbara: mr. abrams, do you find it difficult to walk into the room acting an honest broker when you have this controversial history in the region? mr. abrams: the united states is not trying to be an honest
broker here. the united states has a position, which is that this is a vicious dictatorship tha destroying venezuela. barbara: but in your past you supported dictatorships and authoritarian governments. does that not compromise your ability -- mr. abrams: i think you have not read the history of this.at e did in the reagan administration, what i did, was to try to help greatest tide ofm turning fritary dictatorship to democracy that we have ever seen in latin america. it is a record of supporting demoacy and the expansion of democracy of which we are very proud. jane: elliott abrams talking to barbara plett-usher. you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come up tonight er them, two weeks a christchurch attacks, we speak to the former head of homeland security about where she sees the biggest threat.
is two weeks since cyclone idai credit devastating path through southern africa. ein mozambique, it imated 2 million people have been affected by the resulting floods. the u.n. says idai wiped out aof years wortrops in the region. reporter: cyclone idai crashed into the coastline two weeks ago. the city, the countryside, and lives held upside down. once classroom, this school has become an open air shoulder for over 2000 people. many areetting help, but not all. news of the arrival of a few bags of donated close. >> these women need everything. there is no clothes.
there is no food. we need everything. reporter: some have gone back to patch together their lives in their homes. this man lost nearly everythingt storm. >> the hardest part now is finding material to rebuild my house and money to buy food to feed my family. the wind and the water took it all. reporter: the storm has passed h but the dangn't. beyond the food and bricks and mortar, people here need emergency health care, as the threat of disease hovers. so far, only a handful of cholera cases have been confirmed. a thousand more have been treated for diarrhea, a telltale sign of the waterborne disease. an epidemic threatens. the storm water from cyclo idai may be starting to recede,
but the effects linger on. jane: two weeks ago the world was shocked by the deadly atck carried out on two mosques in christchurch, new zealand. but for security officials, 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 departmentse of homelanrity, and for four years, janet napolitanoy. headed the age now she has a new book asking how safe are we. i spoke to her earlier. just two weeks ago we have the awful attack in christchurch, new zealand, on muslims. just how big is the global threat from extreme right-wing terrorisemand white suists, and have we underestimated it? ms. napolita: i think it is a growing threat, and to some degree we have underestimated it.
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 divertedh to an ane group. that is a good move, and probably a little late, but a good move in the right direction. yne: you say in your book that one of the qualiti need to do the job as homeland security secretary is a dark imagination. where does your imagination lead you at night: ms. napolitaen i was secretary, i used to do what-ifs in my mind. what if there were an attack not on one shopping mall, t several shopping malls all at the same time? what if there were actually a
pandemic affecting the united states, and indeed, the world? how would we mobilize our health care resourcesongovernment re, and so forth? it really required you to do what-ifs in your mind. jane: but whicone do you think the biggest threat now? ms. napolitano: i actually think the biggest threat to the globe i global warming and climate change and all tacts it has. it has impacts in terms of extreme weather events. in the united states we have seen morhurricanes, more tornadoes,ore wildfires out west that have caused a lot of death and destction. but also when you think about the globe, it affects global migration patterns. we have global migration really from south to north. you have areas of the world that are subjected to extreme drought that has killed localri lture, local markets, killed jobs. now you have more jobless and hopeless young men who are ripe
for recruitment for terrorist organizations. those are all the impacts that i warming plancausing. jane: what about the cyber threat? you talk about that in your book. it seems that america wa somewhat blindsided by russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. how difficult is it to defend against that? ms. napolitano: well, it is going to take a greater unity of effort and more leadership than we currentlyave. u.s. elections are controlled by local elected officials, county reporters --rs repor secretaries of state. they all need to be brought together. there need to be national standards in terms of the actuah ery of the election. so that we have confidence in the integrity of the vote. w and thneed to really do a better job of educating the h population abo to critically review the material
they find on social media, because the russians were hacking and planning misleading -- planting misleading and destructive stories on social media, all digned to disadvantage hillary clinton an advantage president trump. we need greater confidence and control, as it were, to make sure that doesn't ha 2020.th jane: janet napolitano, thank you very much for joining me.na mslitano: thank you. jane: imagine a world in which you feel no pain. that is what life is like for a 71-year-old who lives in the u.k. e is one of two people in the world known to havmua rare genetition which means she feels virtually no pain and never feels anxious or afraid. she didn't realize she was different until doctors were dastonished she did not n painkillers following a serious opershion. fergus was more. fergus: she has had teeth
knocked out, broken her arm, suffered serious burns, and felt nothing. t sense pain.esn' and put my arm on something know it is bur fng myselfsh burning -- burning when i smell thesh burning. normal reaction is you could result or burn yourself and once and maybe twice and you avoid that because your brain don't do that. my brain doesn't say don't do that. fergus: as for giving birth 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.d fergus: is is jo with her husband and doctor eating superhot chilis.. a breeze for h scientists at university college london have analyzedna and
found she has twos.ene mutation one shuts down the pain pathway from the brain. >> what we hope is to exploit the mechanism to manipulate pain thresholds for those in chronic pain. there is a vast problem ofix or 7% of the population have ongoing excruciating pain. we really do need new therapies. >>e have our pinprick -- fergus: the team showed me some of the instruments they tested on jo. no matter how hard the needle was pushed, it didn't hurt her.p >> i cannot steing happy. i do forget things. fergus: jo's gene mutation also boosts her mood, and she is never anxious. but it also affects her memory, and she often loses things. however, it is her inability to feelain which may ultimately help others. fergus walsh, bbc news. jane: extraordinary stuff.
there is also research that indicates that men and women feel pain differently. ther 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 lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up-to-date with the latestad helines 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 solutions for america's neglected needs. >> what are you doing? >> possilities. your day ifilled with them. >> tv, play "downt abbey."
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