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[applause] > and now, "bbc wld jane: this is "bbc world news america." porting from washington, i am jane o'brien. trade tensions between the u.s. and china rock the markets. the dow drops 470 points ahead of key talks.t. freedom at l after more than 500 days in jail, two reuters journalists in myanmar are reunited with their loved ones. and the its newest prince william tells harry, welcome to the club. prince william: i'm very pleased to welcome my brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.
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jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around thebe g the markets took a beating today on renewed fears that the u.s. and china may be headed towards full-blown trade war. the ripples started sunday when president trump tweeted a threat to raise tariffs on chinese goods. that would added pressure on -- that put added pressure on talks due to start in washington tomorrow with high-level officials with beijing.op today the dow d 470 points on the uncertainty. a brief time ago i spoke to sudeep reddy of poli thank you for joining me. we are used to volatilit how serious is this? sude: this looks like it cou become serious. it is not yet serious. dropping aercentage point or two in the stock market used to not be a big dea but the stock market is so high right now, investors have done
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very well in recent years, that when you drop a couple of percentage points, the numbers looked pretty big. what is a little unusual is that we have seen a relatively good economy over the last couple of years and especially in recenths moand we saw it over the -- we thought over the last four months that we had gotten out of a very serious period of volatilityied to the federal reserve raising interest rates and other tensions. when this moment comes up and investors start to get worried, they wonder if this is the time o walk away. you are startinge that. they are going to take the time with it. tne: is this all because trade talks and donald trump's threat of tariffs, or is there something else going on? sudeep: a couple of things have rbeenning at the same time. one is the general feeling that the economy has done well and we are about to go into a milestone of having the longest u.s. expansion on record.
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that isto really importane at that point. when investors see things going a little too well and people see things on the upswing, they start to wonder if they have gotten a little too good. you see a lot of ipo's in the stock market. you see some frothy valuations for tech companies. those are telltale signs that maybe things have gotten a little out of control. in in trade tensions, and the president throwing uncertainty in theix and you have investors waking up a little. jane: t what markets want? what do investors need to see? sudeep: investors want to seeab ity. they want to see that the economy is not going to face a shock. that is the most likely cause of recession, a shock. it is not necessarily an economic expansion dying of old age. it is something in the world that shakes the confidence of businesses and consumers and makes them pull back.
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in the case of a trade fight, eslating trade tensions between the two largest economies in the world can get pretty ugly, particularly when it is this fierce and they feel like they have to save face and defend their honor and their economies at the same time. that is partly wt is at stake here, where investors are wondering whether this will be entirely rational action driving this or whether the politics have gotten too heated. y,obviouith the underlying economy that is pretty solid right now, politicians feel like they have a little bit more ggle room in the united statesla totough with an economyna like chat might have a little less wiggle room. thjane: sudeep reddyk you for joining me. sudeep: thanks, jane. two reuters journalists jailed in myanmar for 500 days have been set free. wa lone and kyaw soe oo had been investigating the murders of roengya muslims when they w
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detained and sentenced to several years in jail. reuters maintained they never committed any crime, and today's release came as part of a presidential amnesty that saw thsands of prisoners go free. our correspondent nick beake was there when the journalists were freed. nick: they have endured 500 days in prison for posing a massacre. now, freedom. the outside world hailed them heroes, but myanmar jailed them as traitors. the treatment of wa lone and kyaw soe oo gained global media journalists in prison for doing their job. just a word in english, please? >> i'm really happy now. i want to thank you for everyone who helped us inside in thear prison and alsnd the world, people wishing to release us. i want to say thank you very much. i'm really happysee my family and my colleagues. i can't wait to gomy newsroom now.
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nick: this was the story they were covering, the roh crisis. their investigation forced myanmar's army to admit they murdered 10 rohingya men in the westn state of rakhine. but the journalists were jailed as enemies of the state. this has been a traumatic time for the friends and family of the two reporters, but it has lling effect on fellow journalists in myanmar, and it also hasbi raised questions about the direction that aung san suu kyi is taking the country. the nobel peace prize winner's government has been accused of targeting other journalists as well as democracy activists. until now, all internationalre pressure to lease the reuters pair has been resisted. mister, just a word for the bbc? why have youecided to free wa lone and kyaw soe oo? we got no explanation his government minister. es this an admission that e twcommitted no crime? this british advisor to aung san suu kyi is being credited for
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securing the pardon. he believes it could mark a turning point in myanmar's relations with theest. >> what i've learned from all of this is dialogue works. we are to help, we need to engage with the international community, the myanmar government, to bring peace and prosperity. nick: tonight the journalists who inadvertently became global icons of press freedom finally embracednce again the roles they had been denied, husbands and fathers. nick beake, bbc news. jane: let's have a look at the day's other news. mikesecretary of state pompeo has visited baghdad on an unannounced trip. iraqi government sources said he met iraq's prime minister an
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. yet canceled a visit to germany hours before he was due to meet chancellor merkel becaus wof whe called pressing issues. german authorities have find it -- fined porsche nearly $6,000 over the diesel emissions tandal. prosecutors saidt the company had been negligent 2009 -- negligent from 2009 by failing to ensure that nitrogen oxide emissions did noh -- breach regulations. porsche said it would not appeal the penalty. georgia has become the sixth u.s. state to ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. it is the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, although woman and not be aware she is pregnant. civil rights groups says it counters long-standing supreme colt president and they wil mount a legal challenge. old whenwas 10 years he came across a gunren his s' bedroom in fort lauderdale, florida. his curiosity got the better of him, and tragedy struck.
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yes and i was shot and -- he accidentally shot and killed his younger sister. that was decades ago, but these types of unintentional shootings remain all too common in the n u.s. 4.6 millds live in households with access to loaded guns. three out of four know where the firearms are kept. here is his story. >>he last image i have is sister dyingn my lap. i shot her. it is definite an image i will never get out of my head even 30 years later. i still remembert l like it was yesterday. >> june 5, 1989. choking.ter is >> she is choking? >> she is dead. >> she's dead? >> yes, please get my mom and dad. oh, my god! the night before the accident, there was a robbery in the area.
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my dad h got the gun out and loaded it. >> it was my father-in-law's, mother-in-law's gun. they gave it to my husband to get rid of. the dogs were going crazy. >> after talking to police officers in the area -- >> he put the gun in the door and went back to bed. >> the next day got home. >> always came home five minutes before me. >>as iooking for my video games. >> for whatever reason he looked at our drawer. >> instead of the video games, i found my dad's gun. lded out, and figured like any other toy gun, i would play with it. >> because he is lefhanded, he swung the gun towards the window. >> my sister got freaked out and was running out of the room. >> ran between him -- >> just as the gun went off. >> perfect shot. by the time i got home, police were everywher it happened so quickly. accidents happen quickly. >> i remember wanting to go to a
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school to get back to normal in some evy. it was morybody else trying to deal with what i had just dealt with. >> people were sympath first. there was a o spotligus for sure. it wasn't really people caring abt it, it was more they wanted us to pick a side. i d a nobody to be angry a i had a 10-year-old little boy. there was an accident. some people asked, did you do it -- did he do it on purpose? no. you see all the pictuths of them to, they always had their arms around each other. he protected her. that was the hardest part, people voicing their opinions about stuff they didn't know about.
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>> once i got into my teen years, it was rough. i had all this guilt. i got very self-destructive, stealing whenever i could. once drugs got into the picturew i just rh that. just using way too much. once i fnd out i was going to mbe a father, that openedeyes that i had to be not only responsible for myself, but i was responsible for another life now. after i t out of rehab and started my road to recovery, the beach i found was a very serene place. i would go there early enough where there was no peoe there. i had the pleasure of watching so many sunrises and seeing the beautiful sky. definitely connected me to her. g>> there is alwang to be curiosity with kids and guns
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, so to have them in the home in the first place is pushing their curiosity button. it happened in a millisecond, and it changes your life forever. years, stillter 30 a heartbreaking story. you are watching "bbc world news america." come on tonight's program, going head-to-head. the white house digs in as democrats inongress threaten legal action. prettyh m anyone who is anyone in the world of showbiz, sport, 10 fashion, was at the fundraising gala at the metropolitan. this year's theme was camp,atnd among the ndees were cardi b and lady gaga. nadaawfik reports. nada: the met gala always delivers over the top looks.
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this year's theme, celebration of the cap athletic, inspired some of the most extravagant -- camp aesthetic they do, inspirmo some of the extravagant styles yet. lady gaga stole the spotlight early on. she took her te unveiling a tal of 4 different outfits. a thesh steps gave theatrical performance was ae lady gaga was rst to arrive. she is the cochair of this year's gala and does seem was arguably made for her. she set the bar high. some understood camp better than others. katy perry we a chandelier. >> camp is the art of digging extra. i love that e term is getting respect again because people have used it for a very long time as overjoyed of, and so it is nice to be reclaiming the wonder of it. nada: others got a crashoue
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in preparation. >> honestly, i didn't know what it meant. i thought it meant walking shorts and a t-shirt. when they broke it down for me, i went, ok. nada: a black and metallic zigzag suit took hours to make. >> i just love diamonds. say that diamonds are a woman's best friend. it can be anyone's best friend. nada: this year's playful theme made for a lighthearted red carpet. camp means anything goes, and the bigger the better. jane: now to the latest twist in washington's muttle over the ler report. today the white house instructed former counsel don mcgahn that he should not comply with a subpoena by the house judiciary committee because the documents they want fall under executive ivilege. for more i spoke to ron ristie, former adviser to
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george w. bush. these are equal branches of government. who is going to have to give?ev ron: gooing to you, jane. ultimately congress will have to cede to the executive branch here. what the democrats in congress are looking for is the full unredacted rort from the special counsel. we have federal rules of criminal procedure that say you cannot release grand jury testimony. that is at attorney general barr has been saying to the democrats, we can't because it is illegal under the law for the united states to give you this testimony, so we are not going to do it. ultimately this will the courts. if they cannot find a way to get through this impasse, the executive branch will win. jane: this is not just about the mueller report. this is about william barr, the attorney general, his behavior, the release of donald trump's tax returns. where does this end?t doesn' the congress have
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oversight over things like this? ron: congress has a legitimate oversight role. i worked on capitol hill for nearly nine years and we would frequently subpoena documents from the opposing party and the administration if they would not give us legitimate information. if you look at the treasury department, they're looking for all ofonald trump's tax records. you know, the irs actually s those tax records, so the notion that cgress should be subpoenaing the treasury irsrtment for something the has, many laers feel that is not a legitimate oversight role and they are just fishing. ofe, couemocrats see it differently. jane: they do, and nancy pelosi says that donald trump's g democratss goadin into impeaching him for obstruction. does she have a point, and isra that a ron: well, she has a point inn the sense thatr constitution, what constitutes a high crime and misdemeanor is a particarly political question. if donald trump is being seen by
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the democrats as being belligerent, you could make the argument that he is goading the democrats into impeaching him because they believe he is acng in such a way that it constites a high crime and misdemeanor. but the white house recognizes it is not a legal barrier, it is a political one, and it will go back and forth until the november election ner. jane: the polls keep telling us ic are fedmerican pu up with all of this and they want to move on. who is going to suffer mt politically if it does drag on? ron: i think it is pox on both their houses. the house of representatives elected a lot of members in conservative and m districts that could swing back to the gop. and of course, if donald trump does not clean up his act in the white house, he could alienate a lot of independent voters which propelled in the first place. it is too early to say who is winning and who is losing, butct the american eate wants them to get to work and stop fighting and focus on the issues they were elected to do. jane: ron christie, thank you
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for joining me. ron: pasure. jane: from the u.s. to south go to theere voters polls in the country's six mocratic election since nelson mandela became the first black president in 1994. the party he that is under pressure because of corruption. keane reports from the campaign trail. gal: south africa's tourist playground is ale politil band e pay manla ifighting l t struggle in the midst of a presidentiaection. this man, president cyril ramaphosa, is promising to clear out endemic corruption in the anc. day,p thede prent's a tourism conference, and the national anthe of a people longing for moral revolution. ramaphosa humorously reminding them whose legacy is claiming.
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ramaphosa: i thought i should wear a mandiba shirt, and they said no, wear suits and look presidential. fergal: from oppose it is in a hurry -- ramaphosa is in a hurry to undo a system of corruption. workers protest over anc misrule. across south africa, there is theory of what was stolen. billions havbeen lost in bribes paid two top officials. atlue tenders, profits from state enterprises, handed to cronies of the former president jacob zuma. l this with unemployment running atni 27% and and dee disillusionment in a slum where they wait for jobs and proper homes. runs ar of three
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roadside stall. long he you here? >> 20 years no feal: 20 years? >> yeah. fergal: 20 years you have lived here? will you ever get out of here? >> [laughter] fergal: a longtime anc activist here quit in disgust over the growing corruption. >> the worst thing about corruption is when you see the conditions getti more worse. we blame the overnment because they are supposed to be responsible. fergal: the anc cth still rally crowd, anis expected to win, but has lost the support of more radical alternatives. when president ramaphosa arrive i put to him the question i heard from numerous south africans.
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can you save this country from corruption? pres. ramaphosa: thencill win the election. and we will proceed with the renewal. purge: for renewal, and prosecutions. look who's leading the welcoming ramaphosa's mr. challenge. the mayor denies numerous allegations of corption agains her. this official was forced to deny he ordered the killing of a party comrade. popularity. losing he has promised to defeat corruption. [indiscernible] winning the election f y be the leas battles. fergal keane, bbc news.
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jane: members of the royal family have welcomed the arrivab y sussex, their first public appearance since his birth. at the same time, congratulations continue to flood in. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell rep nicholas: the message from far and wide, congratulations. relayed at windsor case to the duqueen, accompanied by th of edinburgh at an official lunch. at a dinner in berlin, the prince of wales, speaking in german, saide was pleased to be there as the grandfather of a new grandson. from the duke and duchess of cambridge -- prince william: i am pleased to welcome my brother to the sleepr ation party that is parenting. no, i wish him all the best. i hope that the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a new form and
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the joys that come with that. nicholas: outside windsor castle, the stalwarts who love these events were entertaining tourists and the media. all that was missing was a sight of the sussexes and their son. that will have to wait. harry and meghan remain determined that thisone tevent over which they wao have control. that is the determination to -- that termination to control the message has yielded several, well, oddities. it appears that baby sussex was not born at home as everyone was d to believe, but at thi exclusive private hospital in central london. whether that was harry and meghan's plan all along is unclear. but the baby's place of birth has to be recorded on its bih certificate. now what the sussexes may feel they need is a lullaby. this is the kingdom choir which sang at their wedding, singing ixw as britain welcomes an anglo american baby of race as the latest member of its royal family. nicholas witchell, bbc news.
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