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woman: this "bbc world news america." is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing sol for america's neglected needs; and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. ank you. janethis is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am
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'brien. ♪ jane: tributes paid and lives remembered. queen elizabeth joins the leaders ofnd britain a the u.s. to mark 75 years since d-day. queen elizabeth: it is with humility and pleasure, on behalt of thee country -- indeed, the whole ee world -- that i say to you all, thank you. jane: talking tariffs as a monday deadline oms. top u.s. officials meet a delegation from mexico to uss trade and immigratio cein sudan, the violen intensifies. opposition forces say more than 100 people have died. itthe ruling my council is calling for an investigation. jane: welcome to our viewers on
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america and around th globe. queen elizabeth led the tributes in portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the d-day landings. she gave thanks to those who stormed the beaches of northern france and helped liberate europe from the nazis. president trump also paid tribute, as did prime minister theresa may. but it was the veterans themselves who were the center of attention. ♪ reporter: pomp and pageantry were on full display in portsmouth to mark 75 years sincsone of the most audaciou military invasions in histy. some of those who fought were also here, grandfathers or great-grandfathers now, relating their part in a mission of supreme daring and bravery. >> we will fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds. >> over 30,000 men -- reporter: they watched thete
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reing of the story, the largest sault by sea, land, and air in history. >> you are about to embark upon hagreat crusade to which w striven these many months. reporter: when british and commonwealth troops along with american allies crossed in the dark to the shores of normandy to begin the liberation of german-occupied france. >> the free men of the world are marching together to victory. reporter: it was an act co internationaeration that led to the allied victory against the nazis in europe. siong the world leaders in attendance was pnt trump, on the final day of his state visit. he read the words of his wartime predecessor franklin d. pres. "almighty god, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our ligion, and our civilization, and to set
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free a suffering humanity." ♪as reporter: it 't all solemnity. there was a foot-tapping boogie-woogie, part of an celebrat the cultures of the countries that fought and won. ♪ [applause] reporter: but the focuhe day was the veterans, men like john jenkins, portsmouth resident and former platoon sergeant. he is now 99, and brought everyone incding the queen to their feet. >> i was terrified. i think everyone was. you don't show it, but it is there. i look back on it as a big part of my life thachanged me. reporter: and europe is vastly changed, too. with the german chancellor angela merkel looking on, part of the face of the modern-day
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isacetime continent. she watched her br counterpart, theresa may, and one of herubastc engagements as leader of her party, reiead a letter from captain to his wife days before being killed in normandy. prime min. may: "third of june, 1944. my darling, this is ttdifficult for me to write. as you know, something may happen at any moment. i cannot tell when you will receive this. please give myondest love to my anne and my jamie. god bless and keep you all safe for me."♪ >> e'll meet again don't know when ♪don't know repoer: as the wartime anth' "wll meet again" resounded across the arena, was left to
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the queen to bring the ceremony to a close. queen elizabh: it is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country -- indeed, the whole free world -- that iy 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. a i thought it was amazing. i thought it waseally good turnou in portsmouth and a good quality service. reporter: what did this mean to you? >> very proud, very proud. reporter: this was their day, a movingribute to the men who fought with such courage and the fallen comrades who fought at such cos
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jane: for more on the day's events, i spoke earlier with the bbc's christian fraser, who is also 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 connection with the paof in the shaphe veterans we have seen and heard today. they are a little older, a little swer, but the focus for the day falls on them rather than the leaders who are feted on occasions like this. there are humbling, humbling stories we have heard today, men who did not come back, who sent final letterhome, men who did make itor, about the hoand errors they experienced the beach in normandy. and also about all the support behind the operation, not just the sacrifice on the beaches. it was thentelligence, it was the ingenuity of people back here in britain who were building the mulberry harbor
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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, tls you what an enormous effort it was, jane. it is right that we and right that we look back on the past to show how it really pus. jane: it ialso donald trump's last day of his official state visit to the . uld you sum it up? christian: i don't think it has really taken us re new in terms of brexit. if state visits are pposed to push things on when it comes t trade and the relationship in general, we are much where we were on monday morning. but it's interesting, i spoke to iain duncan smith today, conservative mp who is very much in favor of brexit, and he was with donald trump yesterda he said he cannot remember since ronald reagan an americao n president s such a deep affection for the united kingdom.
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he did leave that impression on people in the u.k. buhe same time, i've read comment pieces in the american press and some of thre is ected in the u.k. press about the things he says, the way he stumbles around some of the things that really matter. tonight he is in ireland talking about the border and in so way comparing it to the border between the united states and mexico. yesterday he was talking about the nhs and did not seem to fully understand 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. the were parts of the dona trump we got used to that were on display here over the course of the last three days. i think generally the british si will be pleased that it went off so well and that he enjoyed it. he obviously was good-humored throughout. let's face it, with donald trump, because he predictable, it could have been an awful lot worse. jane: but the special
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relationship is still intact. christian fraser, thank you for joining here in the u.s., many americans including the democratic white house hopefuls ncve been watching president trump's perforclosely. stacey abrams has not yet decided whetr she will run for the democratic nomination after losing a tight race for governoa in geoast year. she has been speaking ith theka bbc's kattand christian for their program "beyond 100 days." katty: were you one of the couple dozen democrats who are running to unseat donald trump, would you be concerned that the images of him with the queen and rthim playing the f being the statesman 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 mayor of london before he landed and began a very solemn and
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celebratory day with an unnecessary feud with an actor. i thinwe as americans are very clear on tna multi-faceted re of donald trump and what he will be held to is whether he performed the service of president for all americans. when that is adjudicated, he will not prevail. christian: since we are talking about the race in 2020, we should ask you, are you still contplating running? ms. abrams: i am indeed. again, i'm not in a hurry to make a decision, not because i don't believe it is not anut important one,y focus right now is making sure that no hatter who the democratic nominee is, that w a fair fight and we have an electoral system that meets the ideals of america. right now voter suppression is rampant in our nation, and i want to make cer doing the work necessary to guarantee that whomever the nominee is, that they have a fair fight in the 2020 election. christian: se of the opinion
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pieces i have read today in the american press about the statepa visit are noicularly glowing about donald trump. but if you were to run, or if you were to advise one of the other democratic candidates, would you say focusing on donald trump would be a mistake? because it seems to me that you ot to offer more than that. ms. abrams: i completely agree. i believe you don't run against a candidate, you run for america. we need a leader with vision, one who understands our international relationships andi responsies, but who also recognizes the need to protect our people at home. thateans protecting us through engaging guaranteed health care, access to economic oprortunity, ecting the 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. what would you do if you are running as a democrat to revers those lawssuming, because you have spoken about this in the past, that that is something you would like to see happen. ms. abrams: i believe there have been a number of democratic candidates who have been clearis about we need to pass unequivocal federal legislation that guarantees the right to choice we the united states, that does not delegate that to the states, so that we know that if you are a woman who lives in georgia or north carolina or new york, you enjoy the same freedoms. this is one of the fundamental 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 a political pawn. forced pregnancy is not w consonant wi we are as americans and with our values. i believe we need federal legislation and we need that immediately so that there is a settled determination in our country that every woman has the
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right to control her body. jane: stay abrams talking to the bbc earlier. vice president mike pence has been meeting with top mexican officials at the white house y to an effort to reach a deal on immigration. president trump and threatened to impose a 5% tariff on all gos coming from mexico starting monday unless steps are taken to limit the flow of people crossing the border illegally. mexican senator a 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 kind of agreement within one or two hours. but on the other hand, i think it is in the style of this administration 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 s for the consequences both for the mexican economy and for the wholof the bilateral relatio between the countries. as you know, it is one of the deepest and largest relationships in the world. i often call it not a specialla onship, but the unavoidable relationship. everything would be undermined if these tariffs are applied. it would have an enormous consequences, if i may say so, for some american regions, for some american industes. ne: what will mexico do if the tariffs are imposed? sen. vasconcelos: there are several things mexico could do. eirst of all, we could go back to the rules of world -- how do you say it in english -- a coercial organization, the
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omc. we can sticko what is in the present nafta treaty. or, and i hope we don't reach that stage, we could answer with our own measures towards the amican 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 th he will uphold whatever agreement may be reached? sen. vasconcelos: i would like to predict idiosyncratic, let's say -- jane: can you trust him? sen.asconcelos: i would rather say that he has a very idiosyncratic style of governing, and therefore there is alw unpredictability. but i would imagine that secretary of state of the united states and the vice prt
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have precise instructions from president trump, so that catever they propose or whatever they simpnot take wi be respected. jane: senator, thank you very much indeed r joining me. sen. vasconcelos: not at all. thank you so much. other news from around the world, thman who led a military coup in thailand has rien elected as the country's first civilian pme minister in five years.e tired 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 helopter began spinning wildly as she was airlifted. the 74-yeaold woman was transported to a trauma center for evaluation and was said to be in a stable condition. you are watching "bbc world news america."
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still to come on tonight's program, taking to the skies once again. d-day veterans re-create the parachute jump a tk -- they took into northern france. press rights groups have criticized a police rathe office is of australian broadcasting corporation. officers arrived at the city offices on wednesday with search warrants naming to reporters and the news director related to articles published abo alleged his conduct i australian forces in afghanistan. theercer has -- phil mercer has more. erphil: federal police off have spent the day coming through documents relating to an abc series called "the afghan files." it was based on secret defense force papers th were leaked to porters. they detail claims of unlawful killings ofch unarmed men and
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ildren 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 an investigation into the alleged puishing of classified information. the raids bring together two of 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 on troops in afghanistan was in the national interest. >> to have a warrant 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: it is the second time in two days that australian police
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have targeted the media. on tuesday,hey raided the home of a newspaper journalist who itported on alleged government plans to spy on own citizensse nior australnin government ers say the raid on the abc was not politilly motivated, and that the police we acting -- jane: in sudan, opposition activists say dozens of bodies have been old from the nile river -- pulled from the nile river amid an ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. more than 100 peoplebeen 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, ro the streets. reporter: o gridlock in khartoum. now it is eerily quiet.
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apart from the rapid support forces, who are everywhere. they are accused of committing a massacre against protesters. their alleged victims lie in hospitals like this one, many with similar stories to tell. >> a sharpie from 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 a o they carried an operation 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 doctors are too scared to come to work. some medical students have stepped in toolunteer.
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hospitals across khartoum for dealing with an influx of injured patients, most of them shot. another disturbing news that some of the victims could have been thrown into the river nile. this is the site of the sit-in where the worst of t killing took place. the sudanmi doctors cttee says d oens of bodies were pul of the river nile after the protests were crushed by the militia. the commander said it was not hisho menarried out the violence, but vowed to crack down on any demonstrations. >> we will not allow chaos and we will not go back on our convictions. there is no way back. reporter: there were
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demonstrations after eid prayers. opposition groups have rejected further talks and say will oppose the country's rulers until they get justice for those killed as they called for civilian rule. jane: let's return to our top story now, the commemorations to mark the d-day landis. as the world remembers what happened on the beaches of normandy, others are taking to 75e skies. years after the invasion, two veterans who parachuted into northern france have done i again, as ou correspondent lucy williamson reports. lucy: just after midnight 75 edars ago tonight, a dark consolation appen the night sky public normandy. -- above normandy. ndthouof 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 mison whatever t cost. >> i had a conviction that the most evil thing was happening in the world. we would have been caught up with it. it was a case of national survival. lucy: today he parachuted france again at the age of 95 to mark the d-day anniversary. at the landing site, crowds watched for him among the displays. this type harry made the jump with a member of the parachute regiment, landing not to enemy guawire, but two of ls an -- applause and a hug f.m his daught members he jumped with 75 years ago brought tears to his eyes. what would be you message to them today? >> that their sacrifice was
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worthwhile,tr thougic. like me, they were willing to die for what ty knew to be necessary. lucy: paris, harry told one interviewer, learn to keep going when other people stop. 75 years after heed first dro into france, he has proved that again today. jane: lucy williamson reporting there on so many expert mary stories from annextraordinary tion. tomorrow we continue our d-day coverage from normandy. please join us then and do check out our website. iei am jane o' watching -- thanks for w watchig "bld news america." announcer: funding foris prn is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter bl pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs;
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captioningnsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm ghdy woodruff. on the newshour to how controversy and ceremony continue to define presideo trump's tripe united kingdom. then, one day before the milestone anniversary, remembering the invasion that thshaped the modern world those who stormed the beaches. plus, the heartland under water. as the central u.s. recovers from historic flooding, farmers dependent on dry soil for anting face a crop crisis. to if you walk across mud, just trhink about running a tractor or a planter across it and see how far you get. you just, you can't touch it. there's nothing you can do with it. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs newshour.


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