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reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. ♪ jane: tributes paid and lives remembered. queen elizabeth joins the leaders of britain and the u.s. to mark 75 years since d-day. queen elizabeth: it is with yumility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire coun -- indeed, the whole free world -- that i say to you all, thank you. jane: talking tariffs as a monday deadline looms. top u.s. officials meet a delegation from mexico to discuss trade d immigration. in sudan, the violence intensifies. oppositi forces say more than 100 people have died. the ruling military co cag foannvtiti. unciis jane: welcome to our viers on
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pbs in america and around the globe. queen elizabeth led ine tributes ortsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the d-day landings. she gave thankswh to thos stormed the beaches of northern france and helped liberate europe from the nazis. president trump altr paid ute, as did prime minister theresa may. but it was the veteranser themselves whothe center of attention. ♪ reporter: pomp and pageantry were on full display in portsmouth to mark 75 years since one of t most audacious military invasions in history. thme of those who fought were also here, grands or great-grandfathers now, relatin their partmission of supreme daring and bravery. >> we will fight on thaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds. >> ver 30,000 men --
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reporter: they watched thehe retelling oftory, the largest assault by sea, land, and aiin history. >> you are about to embark upon a great crusade to which we have striven these many months. reporter: when british and commonwealth troops along a wirican allies crossed in the dark to the shores of normandy to begin the ofberation erman-occupied france. >> the free men of the wod are marching together to victory. reporter: it was an act of international cooperation that led to the allied victory against the nazis in europe. among the world leaders in attendance was president trump, on the final day of his state visit. he reathe words of his wartime predecessor franklin d. tyosevelt. pres. trump: "almiod, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, an our civilization, and to set
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free a suffering humanity." ♪ alreporter: it wasn't solemnity. there was a foot-tapping boogie-woogie, part of a celebration of the cultures of the countries that fou t and ♪on. [applause] reporter: but the focus of the day was the veterans, men like john jenkins, portsmouthor resident andr platoon sergeant., he is now d brought everyone including the queen to their feet. >> i was terrifi. i think everyone was. you don't showtht, but it is e. i look back on it as a big part of my life that changed me. reporter: and europe is vastly changed, too. withll the german chan
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angela merkel looking on, part of the face of the modern-day peacetime continent. she tched her british counterpart, theresa may, and one of her last engagements as leader of her party, reid a letter from captain to his wife days before being killed in normandy. prime min. may: "third of june, 1944. my darling, this is a difficult letter for me to write.ou asnow, something may happen at any moment. i cannot tell when you will receive this. please give my fondest love to my anne and my jamie. god bless and keep you all safe for me." >> ♪ we'll meet again don't know where, don''t know when reporter: as theartime anthemag
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"we'll meen" resounded across the arena, was left to the queen to bring the ceremony to a close. queen elizabeth: it is wh humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country ol indeed, the free world -- that i say to you all, thank you. reporter: for the veterans, a chance later to meet the queen and president trump. members of the public who watched outside the arena gave it a warm approval. >> i thought it was amazing. goi thought it was a reall turnout in portsmouth and a good quality service. : what did this mean to you? >> very proud, very proud. reporter: this was their day, a moving tribute to the men who fought with such courage and the fallen comrades who fought at such cost.
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jane: for more on the day's events, i spoke earlier with the bbc's christian fraser, who is al in portsmouth. so many moving moments today, christian. why does this hold so much significance today? christian: very moving day. i think it holds significance because we still have that annnection with the past in the shape of the vetwe have seen and heard today. they are a little older, a little slower, but the focus for the day falls on them rather than the leaders who are feted onccasions like this. there are humbling, humbling stories weave heard today, mennd make itabout the horrors and the terrors thethexperienced on beach in normandy. and also about all the support behind the operation, not just the sacrifice on the beaches. it was the intelligence, it was the ingenuity of people backn hereitain who were
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building the mulberry harbors and the pipelines and the tanks and aircraft that would go across and all the intelligence from mainland france and the work that the resistance was doing. the whole package, really, tells you what an enormous effort it was, jane. it is right that we remember iti ant that we look back on the past to show how it really pus. jane: it is also donald trump's last day of his official sta.k visit to the. how would you sum it up? christian: i don't think it has really taken us anywhere new in terms of brexit. if state visits are supposed to push things on when it comes to trade and the relationship i general, we are pretty much where we were on monday morning. but it's interesting, i spoke t iain duncan smith today, conservave mp who is very mu in favor of brexit, and he was with donald trump yesterday, and he said he cannot remember since ronaldeagan an american president who has such a deep affection for the unit
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kingdom. he did leave that impression on people ithe u.k. but at the same time, i've read comment pieces in the american press and some of that is reflected in the u.k. press about the things he says, the way he stumbles around some of the things that really matte ir. tonight in ireland talking about the border and in some way comparing it to the bordere between ited states and mexico. yesterday he was talking about the nhs and did not seem tors fully unnd that. and of course, he weighed into the leadership contest in the uk, even though he said he did not like to take an interest in other people's politics. there were parts of the donald trump we got used to that were on display here over the course of the last three days. i think generally the british side will be pleased that it went off so well and that he enjoyed he oly was good-humored throughout. let's face it, with donald trump, because he is so predictable, it could have been an awful lot worse. jane: but the special
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relationship is still intact. christian fraser, ank you for joining me. back here in the u.s., many americans including the efdemocratic white house hs have been watching president trump's performance closely. stacey abrams s not yet decided whether she will run for the democratic nomination afterc losing a tightfor governor in georgia last year. she has been speaking ith the bbc's katty kay and christian for their program "beyond 100 days." katty: were you one of the coupleozen democrats who are running to unseat donald trump, would you be concerned that the images of him with the queen and gm playing the part of be atthe man abroad perhaps burnish his reputation at home and make it harder to win the white house for the democrats? ms. abrams: i would if he had not incited a feud with the yor of london before he landed and began a very solemn an
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celebratory day with an unnecessary feud with an actor. i think we as amicans are very clear on the multi-fdoeted nature old trump and what he will be held to is whether he performed the service of president for all americans. udicated, he a will not prevail. christian:ince we are talking about the race in 2020, we should ask you, are you still contemplating nning? ms. abrams: i am indeed. again, i'm not in a hurry toma a decision, not because i don't believe it is not an simportant one, but my fo right now is making sure that no matter who the democratic nominee is, that we have a fair fight and we have an electoral system that meets the ideaam of ica. right now voter suppression rampant in our nation, and i want to make certain that g are doe work necessary to guarantee that whomever the nominee is, that they have a fair fight in the 2020 election.
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christian: some of thepinion pieces i have read today in the american press about the state visit are not particul glowing about donald trump. but if you were to run, or if you were to advise one of the other democratic candates, would you say focusing on donald trump would be a mistake? because it seems to me that you have got to ofr more than at. ms. abrams: i completely agree. i believe you don't run against a candidate, you run for amweica. eed a leader with vision, one who understands our international relationships and responsibilities, but who also recognizes the need to protect our people at home. that means protecting us through engaging guaranteed health care, access to economic opportunity t protecti people who live here, but also showing the world that we are still a part of an international order that helped create one of the greatest expansions of the economy and freedom in the world's history. katty: your state, georgia, has been the focus of attention for
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enacting some very tough antiabortion laws. y what wou do if you are running as a democrat to reverse those laws -- assuming, because you have spoken about this in the past, that that is something you would like to see happen. ms. abrams been a number of democratic candidates who have been clear about this. we need pass unequivocal federal legislation that guarantees the right to choice t united states, that does not delegate that power to the states, so that we know that if e a woman who lives in georgia or north carolina or new york, you enjoy the same feedoms. this is one of tdamental freedoms in america, the right to privacy, the right to choice, and it should not be left to the vagaries of who wins the election on a state level or who decides to use it as apa politil . forced pregnancy is not consonant with who we are as americans and with our values. i believe we need feral legislation and we need that immediately so that there is a settled determination in our
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cohetry that every woman has right to control her body. jane: stacey abrams talking to the bbc earlier. vice president mike pence hash been meeting wp mexican officials at the white house today in an effort to reach a deal on immigration. present trump and threatened to impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming from mexico starting monday unless steps are taken to limit the flow of people crossing the border illegally. mexican senator and member of the visiting delegation joined me earlier. do you think you can reach a deal before monday? >> it is extremely difficult to predict that. for a number of reasons. in principle we could have some kindf agreement within one o two hours. but on the other hand, i think it is in the style of th admistration sometimes to postpone measures that have been announced before.
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jane: so you are hoping that president trump won't go through with this threat? >> certainly we hope so, for the consequences both for the mexican economy and for the whole of the bilateral relations between the countries. as you know, it is one of the deepest and largest .relationships in the wor i often call it not a special relationship, but the unavoidable relationship. everything would be tdermined se tariffs are applied. it would have an enormous consuences, if i may say so, for some american regions, for some american industries. jane: what will mexico do if the tariffs are imposed?: sen. vasconcel there are several things mexico could do. first of all, we could go back to the rules of the world -- how do you say it in english -- a
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commercial organization, the omc. we can stick to what is in the present nafta treaty. or, and i hope we don't reachou that stage, we answer with our own measures towards the american economy, of course. jane: if a deal is reached during this meeting, donald trump, of course, is not in these negotiations. how confident are you that he mewill uphold whatever agr may be reached? sen. vasconcelos: i would like to predict tha given the idiosyncratic, let's say -- jane: can you trust him? sen. vasconcelos i would rather say that he has a very idiosyncratic style of governing, and therefore there is always an elemeed of untability. but i would imagine that secretary of state of the united
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states and the vice presidentha precise instructions from president trump, so that whatever they propose or whater they simply cannot ta will be respecd. jane: senator, thank you very much indeed for joining me. sen. vasconcelos: not at all. thank you so much. jane: in other news from around the world, the man who led a militaryoup in thailand has been elected as the country's first civilian prime minister in five years. the retired general was chosen in a vote by members of both houses of parliament. the opposition say the vote was rigged an injured hiker was taken for a dizzying ride in phoenix, arizona, when the basket of the rescue helicopter ben spinning wildly as she was airlifted. the 74-year-old womawas transported to a trauma center for aluation and was said to be in a stable condition. you are watching "bbc world newr
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a." still to come on tonight's program, taking to the skies once again. d-day verans re-create the parachute jump a took -- they took into northern france. press rights groups have criticiz office is of australian broadcasting corporation. officers arrived at the city offices on wednesday with search warrantsamg to reporters and the news director related to articles published about alleged his conduct i australianha forcs in astan. the mercer has more.hil mercer phil: fedel police officers have spent the day coming through documents relating to an abc series called "the afghan files." it was based on secret defense toce papers that were leak reporter
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they detail claims of unlawful killings of unarmed men and children by australian special forces in afghanistan. the abc said it was exposing their deadly secrets and the warrior culture within the ranks. today's police raid is part of investigation into the alleged publishing of classified information. the raids bring australia's most powerful and influential organizations. the federal police says it has suspicions that a crime has been committed. the abc insist its story onaf troops ianistan was in the national interest. >>rao have a w executed on the headquarters of the national public broadcast, i cannot stated enough, is really serious, and we take it very, very seriously. it feels uncomfortable because -- this is a personal, -- it is not the australia i know. phil:ec it is the sond time in
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two days that australian police haveargeted the media. on tuesday, they raided the home of a newspaper journalist who reported on alleged government plans to spy on its own citizens. senior australian government t ministers sayhe raid on the abc was not politically motivated, and that the police were acting -- jane: in sudan, opposition activists say dozens of bodies have been orildver fth -- pulle riid an ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. more than 100 people have been reportedly killed. residents in the capital have told the bbc they are living in fear as members of the rapid support forces, formerly known as the janjaweed, roam the streets. reporter: on most days, there is gridlock in khartoum. now it isery quiet.
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apart from the rapid support rerces, who are everywhere. they accused of committing a massacre against protesters. their alleged victims lie in hospitals like this one, many with similar stories to tell. >> f a sharpm close range. the -- they shocked me from close range, the rsf at a distance from where you are for me right now. >> the bullet entered here and tiey carried out an operaon and they took it out from here. reporter: and the violence has not stopped there. doctors, nurses, and even patients are apparently still being targeted. many doctorsre too scared to come to work. some medical students have stepped in to volunteer.
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hospitals across khartoum for dealing with anju influx of d patients, most of them shot. another disturbing news that some of the victims could have been thrown into the riv nile. this i the site of the sit-in where the worst of the killing took place. the sudan doctors committee says dozens of bodies were pulled out of the river nile after the heprotests were crushed by militia. the commander said it was not hisut men who carriedhe violence, but vowed to crack down on any demonstrations. >> we ll not allow chaos and we will not go back on our convictions. there is no way back.
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reporter: there were demonstrations after eid prayers. opposition groups have rejected further talks and say they will oppose the country'ser rul until they get justice for those killed as they called for civilian rule. jane: let's return to o t top story no commemorations to mark the d-day landings. the world remembers wha happened on the beaches of normandy, others are taking to the skies. 75 years after the invasion, two veterans who parachuted to northern france have done it again, as our correspondent lucy williamson reports. lucy: just after midnight 75 years ago tonight, a dark consolation appeared in the night sky public normandy. -- above normandy. thousands of allied troops dropped quietly into nazi-occupied france. among them was a 20-year-old
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signaler with the sixth airborne division. told to complete his mission whatever the cost. >> i had a conviction that the most evil thing was happening in the world. would have been caught up with it. it was a case of national survival lucy: today he parachuted into france again at the age of 95 to mark thery d-day anniver at the lding site, crowds watched for him among the displays. this type harry made the jump with a member of the parachute regiment, t landing nenemy gunfire, but two of laws an -- applause and a hug from his daughter. members he jumped with 75 years ago brought tears to his eyes. what would be you message to them>> today?
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that their sacrifice was though tragic. like me, they were willing to die for what they knew to be necessary. lucy: paris, harry told one interviewer, learn to keepoi when other people stop. 75 years after he first dropped into france, he has proved that again today. jane: lucy williamson reporting there on so many expert mary omstories n extraordinary generation. tomorrow we continue our d-day coverage from normandy. plea join us then and do check out our website. am jane o'brien. watching -- thanks for watching "bbc world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, how controversy and ceremony continue to define president trump's trip to the united kingdom. then, one day before the milestone anniversary, remembering the vasion that shaped the modern world with those who stormed the beaches. plus, the heartland under water. as the central u.s. recoversoo from historic ng, farmers dependent on dry soil for planting face a crop crisis. >> if you walk across mud, just lay to think about running a tractor or aer across it and see how far you get. itu just, you can't touch there's nothing you can do with it. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


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