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reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. defending his deal. president trump says the border agreement with mexicis new and effective and was not already in the rks. chaos in manhattan as helicopter crashes on top of a building, killing the pilot. there are questions about whether the chopper ha clearance to fly. ♪ laura: plus, "hadestown" wins the prize for best musical at this year's tony awards. broadway is the biggest winner overall as ticket sales boom. laura:elcome to our viewers on pbs here in america and around the globe. p the trministration is defending the president's deal with mexico over migration. the border agreement meant the u.s. held off imposing tariffs on mexico. the president has be tweeting
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vigorously, taking issue with t reports saying that a the agreement was already in train. the u.s. secretary of state called the deal diplomacy at its finest and a significant win for the american people. here is mike pompeo speaking earlier. sec. pompeo: i am seeing some reporting sing that these countless hours were nothing and amounted to a waste of time. i can tell you that the team here at the state department believes full-throatedly that fthis is an important set agreements, important set understandings, one we will contue to work on because we will be measured by the outcomes we deliver with respect to stemming the flow of illegal immigration into our country. laura: our state department correspondent barbara pletusher was at the briefin and should joins me now. you followed the negotiations between the u.s. and mexico very closely. is this a brand-new agreement? barbara:, lau it is based on promises that the mexicans made to u.s. officials and negotiations before, deploying
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the newly formed national guard to stop migrants andeople smugglers and to expand an agreement or arrangement whereby migrants who apply for asylum in the united states can be returned to mexico and wait there while applications are being processed. a lot of it was in the works, but mr. pompeo was insistent that the aeement was new and different in terms of thitscale and cont and the timeframe in which the mexicans would act. , the president is saying there is more to the deal that has not been revealed yet. what is mexico saying about that? rba: mexico is saying there -- the measures announced are the measures agreed, there are not any other elements. but t said that if they don't work, if they don't produce migration enough -- reduce migration enough, they will go back to the drawing table and further action will be discussed. perhaps that is what mr. trump is referring to, further action would involve the u.s. demand
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for mexico to be a safe third country so that migrants when they enter mexico could apply for asylum there rather than in the united states. this is something that mexico very much does not want. aithe foreign ministerto the americans, let's try the other things to see if theyork and if they don't, we will go back to the negotiating table. laura:ow long is the president giving mexico to curbti mig before he returns to tariffs? barbara: well, they want to see results quite quickly. the agreement was about 90 days. the secretary of state said we will know before then, perhaps in a month, perhaps in 45ays, and we will be monitoring it daily. t think this is somethin anyone expects workable way because mr. trump has made ion the center point for real electiois and mexico is part of that. the foreign minister said that immigration is mr. trump's top issue.
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laura: barbara-u pleer, thank you. now to the chaosn i midtown manhattan after a helicopter crash on top of a high-rise building. the new york fire department released this phot.of the wrecka officials say the pilot died at the scene and there is no indication this was an act of terrorism. the bbc's nick bryant joined me earlier om new york. at seems to have happened? nick: just before 2:00 this afternoon, this helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a 50-story building in midtown manhattan that is close to time. squa this is a cityscape that is crowded with skyscrapers. these are streets that are alys crowded with tourists but on this occasion, there wast no debris ell onto the people below, and as the new york fire department has confirmed, there was just one fatality, and that is presumed to be the pilot.er was a fire when the helicopter came down. the firefighters raced up this 50tory tower to put it out
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while e building was being evacuated. mayor deblasio said thank god nobody was hurt either in the tower or down below. he also stressed that in a city that is still traumatized of the attacks eptember 11, there was no indication of terrorism, and there was no indication of an ongoing threat to new york city. worth pointing out, laura, the weather here is atrocious today. the picture behind me, livect e, does not give justice -- do t justithe awful foggy conditions and driving rain that is outside. laura: are tre questions about why this helicopter had clearance fly, given the terrible weather conditions you describe?s nick: this area where there are already tight restrictions in place.on new york hasa lot over the last two years to cut down on the kind of congestion you get from tourist helicopters. they have reduced them by half.
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the number taking off from the busy heliport in new york city in lower manhattan. there are also very tight restrictions around midtown manhattan. why? it is where trump tower is. ever since he became president, there have been tighter flight restrictions around that airspace. but i think there is this concern about why this helicopter was in the sky in the first place. it took off from the heliport in these terrible conditions. there were no news helicopters esbeaming imrom the crash because it was too bad visibility to go up in the air. there will be questions raised about why was that helicopter in the air. laura: nick bryant, thank you. a court in northern india has convicted six men for their involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl. three face life in prison while the others williv serve months each. they pleaded not guilty in the case that triggered widespread anger across india, as rajini vaidyanathan now reports. rajini: judgment day and a crime
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that challenged indic's consence. amid heavy security, the man -- men accused of a brutal and barbaric attack finally learn their fate. a retired government official , sanjhi ram, the mastermind. it was at this hindu temple in the town in north india that any -- an eight-year-old muslim girl was held captive in january last year. she was drugged, tortured, and gang-raped repeatedly before being killed. investigators say the group of hindu men planned the crime to drive her family from the area r good. they belonged to a nomadic muslim tribal community. when i met the girl's parents a few months ago, they told me they still live in fear. and this is why. in the aftermath of the murder, dozens marched.
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hard to believe, but they came out to support the accused. among those joining the protests, two politicians from ruling hindu nationalist bjp party. they were later forced to resign. this case represented a watershed moment here in india. in a country where hundreds of crimes against children are reported every day, this one sent shockwaves not just because of its brutality, buuse it exposed the deep religious divide in this secular nation. atrt ca judge sentenced the main perpetrators to life in prison, deciding against the death penalty. c this country, only one in 4 rape cases ends inviction. >> we fought this for alof india. lawyers fromll religions worked on this. finally, truth has prevailed. rajini: this unmarked grave, the little girl's final resting place. her family say they are relieved
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they got justice even if they can't ing her back. ewrajini vaidyanathan, bbc delhi. ura: to sudan now, where opposition forces say they will use the symbol this obedience to pressure the military government to make way for civilian leadership. over the weekend, 4 more people were killed after security forces fired live munition on pro-democracy activists. our africa ehator fergal keane more. fergal: he must've seen like a good idea to somebody,how journalists the government side of the story. as we approached our idthe support forces and militias that is terrorizing civilians, they are known here as thewethey were camped outside
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clinic we were being taken to. we were shown ransacked offices, the work oprotesters from our minders claimed. the militia followed us and were camera shy. officials pleaded with them so that we could fill. -- film. this is supposed to be a propaganda trip, the government showing the inequities of the other side. what farce, because as we are going on the tour, the rapid support forces are interfering. it gives you an indiretion of the al story here. that, we would discover, was very different from the official version. >> this is the hpital where damage was caused by the revolutionaries. they completely destroyed the equipment, medicine. fergal: do you really believe >>that? it was definitely attacked and destroyed. we cannot confirm who did it.
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we cannot confirm that it was attacked. fergal: a witnessntho did not wa to be identified told us it was the militia who attacked. rg: we crossed, this time a hospital visit designed to shour life retning to normal. thithe last two days, hospital was closed because of insecurity in the area. now sk people crowded income winning for help, but too little available. without intending to, like so much of this propaganda journey, the government has giv us insight into the anger which feels the protest movement. in this case, the state of the health services. the family of a 45 through a --
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45-year-old art mourning. he died in what they say was a diabet coma. his younger brother shot. the family struggled to find medical help, in a country first beyond consulate -- pushed beyond consolation. fergal keane, bbc news, khartoum. laura: in other news, nearly 100 people he been killed in attack on a central village in mali.pe the massacre hd where the dogon ethnic group lives. officials say 95 bodies have been found so fbu, many of them ed. u.s. baseball star david ortiz is in hospital after he was shot in the back at a nightclub in the dominican republic on sunday. oxthe boston red say the three-time world series winner is now rovering after surgery. . ortiz retired from baseball in 2016. e video-game world is dissenting on los angeles for the start of the annual e3
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convention which kicks off tomorrow. it is a chance for companies to showel up the latestses and hardware. with many gameakers moving to dney services, some wonder whether the traditional conso le's days are numbered. reporter: get ready. there is a battle brewing at this year's e3 game show, and it is not the games themselves but how they will be pltued in the fure. wears a game csoles used to be center stage, now all the talk is that we will be streaming video games instead. microsoft kicked things off announcing its newetreaming servalled xcloud, which es online in october. i'm streaming again using xc loud right now. normally a mobile phone would not be powerfulto enouglay a game like this one. it is actually on a console
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inside a server 400 miles away. microsoft announcement comes after google caused a stir signaling it wanted to get into gaming. google says its new game-streaming service could signal the end of the physical console. but while streaming tv and movies is irly commonplace, the questions are being asked about streaming games and r it would be reliable over connections. >> people are streaming 4k netflix and youtube videos. are you going toave the speed to match the performance? reporter: otherop game devers believe that although the quality could be lowerks, modern netwan handle it. what is the future of gaming? some people arsaying that the console is dead. is that true? >> the industry has noise of customers who look at the console experience is something
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that is vital. we are not here to take that away or tell somebody that the choices they made are wrong. reporter:re playersedging their bets, and it is clear that game-streaming may well be the futu. it is not game over for the physical console just yet. bbc news, los angeles. laura: the future of gaming there. you are watching "bbc world news america." still come on tonight's program, the rides were free and so were the opinions. how reporter frank langfitt drove a taxi in china to find out wh people really thought. activists in hong kong say they are planning or protests on wednesday to coincide with the next date of the hugely controversial extradition bill which would allow suspects to be sent for trial to mainland china. the bbc's stephen mcdonell has more on this story for us.
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stephen: the hong kong government has remained defiant even in the face of enormous opposition. exactly how many people joined the demonstration has been a point of debate, but it was certainly in the hundreds of thousands. protesters clogged the city streets opposing a move to enable extradition to mainnd china to face trial.e thhong kong chief executive says there haseen a lack of communication, but that she won't delay the process. >> i want to say to every citizen in hong kong who has expressed a view on amendments, whether you are agreeing or not agreeing with us , whether you are supporting the work we are doing or objectik to the w are doing, i want to tnk every one of you. stephen: she says those protesting don't understand that fugitives are currently hiding
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in the city with no fe of justice across the border. lawyers, judges, academics, and some in the business commumnty have condeed the bill. even with amendmentsimiting extradition to serious crimes only, people from many walks of life are joining the protest. >> hong kong has restriction clause when it comes to fuertive offe that is to say we do not send , defendants to china for trial because there is a lack of fair trial. our concern is no maow guilty one person is, this person has to be tried fairly. right now we do not see that in the chinese legal system thereny isair trial. stephen: visitors to the city could face extradition to the chinese mainland if they pass through in the fure. a:laab drivers around the world chat to their customers. so whenr reporank langfitt
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wanted to learn more about life in china, of course he started driving a taxi. he ge passengers are free ride in exchangeor composition. his new book "the shanghai free taxico" ts the stories behind the wheel. he joined me earlier. did you find it earlieet people to talk to you when you were driving them around? frank: much, much easier. foreign correspondents look for people. what i decided to do, because i had been a cap driver before, ve people come to me and what was interesting was i was so unusual, being an american taxi driver, that they would start interviewing me, and a -- it changed the whole relationship between the reporter and the subject. laura:ow did chinese authorities react to your exploits?an it's interesting, they knew what i was up to. they have people spy and reporters come in is the nature of the regime tre. i heard secondhand that there was at least one agent who was supposed to be watching me who
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listened to the stories and liked the stories. he related to the characters. i guess they decided they did dt want to bother me and allowed me to keng stories. laura: a theme in your book is the cult of personality of president xi. what did you find out about that? frank: couple things were interesting. when i got to china in 2011 the corruption was terrible and president xi cracked down on it and people appreciated that d they were supportive. but after they change the term limits of the constitutions of president president xi could stay on perhaps until some of my characters were very frightened about it and they would not answer the questions i asked. laura: what did they tell you about china's economic room and the trade-off of not having the same freedoms that we have in the west? frank: a lot of people accept that up to a point, and it's scinating, almost all of my passengers had much better lives than their pents and i would ask them, sometimere are you from, what was your life nd many saidild, they grew up in mud-brick huts.
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but it is becoming more oppressive and there is much more censorship and people are rtable about com the trade-offs right now. laura: what was the downside to oue chinese economic dream heard about on your rides? frank: one thing that was fascinating was a woman who listened to my stories on npr contacted me. she was in michigan, and we went hunting for her sister in yunnan adovince. her sistereen a prostitute. it was one of the situations where if you went back during the communist days, everyone's lives were the same, but underpi lism, you would have people who would succeed but other people were not as competitive and they would get into crime or prostition and end up in very bad shape. that is what we can't hunting for this woman who disappeared for -- what we found hunting for this woman who disappeared. laura: how about attitudes to america and towards yourseco? frank: verlicated. i think a lot of them -- they like the ideals of america, and i had one character who is a lawyer who had studied the american constitution and would say to me, "you americans should ybe so proud r constitution and founding fathers," but many felt that in american foreign
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policy that america was trying to keep china down, particularly inhe south china sea and t development of islands they would call america bullies. very mixed, complex, nuanced opinions about the united states. laura: frank langfitt, thank you for joining us. broadway celebrated the top shows last night with the annual tony awards. the mythic show "hadestown" ok home best musical, while "the ferryman," transferred froit n, won best play. it has been a record-breaking year for the theater district, as tom brook reports f.m new yo >> today we are only selling tickets for this eveni what is listed on the board on either side. tom: broadway theater isly definiringing in the crowds. ♪ revolving around two greek mywoological couples, which the best musical tony award, is one of several new productions to pow up the box office.
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from "to kill a mockingbird," and adaptation of harpe' lees classic novel, to "tootsie," inspired by the 1982 movie, to "ain't too proud," the sheer diversity of bboadway is a big office draw. >> today we have something for everyone. re having an historical increase in attendance on broadway. this sean we saw almost 15 million theatergoers attend a broadway show, as compared to 11 million just 10 years ago. tom: "the ferryman," a british import, award.best play tony it is an epic drama involving a former ira man i1981 during the troubles. anmbitious three-hour play set in a farmhouse that includes a live goose and rabbit in its cast. other plays making impact included the almost one-woman c show "what tstitution means to me."
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it iserumination on the u.s. constitution and the expern nces of womenr family. >> when i was 15 years old, i would travel around the country giving speeches about the constitution. tom: there is a sense that the theatergoers are being lured by plays relevant to the world today. >> allf the plays, many of the musicals, too, are very much in with what is going on in our country and our world, ng veryhink they are as ons. estiimpoquant tom: one key rea's booming is tourism. it is estimated toists nstitute 63% of broadway audiences, and the number ofur toists coming to new york is breaking records. perhaps more than anything elsee entertainment still has currency. >> the more that we as people live on our phones and tablets and screens, the more we see a -- seek a collective experience.
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we are searching for an experience which is now and present and amongst people. tom: while the overall numbers for broadway are very good, investors in individual shows should proceed with caution. 70% of new commercial productions fail financially, proving that broadway, despite its current good fortunes, still remains a risky business. tom brook, bbc news, new york. laura: i can tell you that "the ferryman" is indeed brilliant. go see it now. i am laura trevelyan. thank you so much 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, rs sioorers ecne
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