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woman: this is "bbc worldews america." the freeman foundation; by judy and peteblum-kovle, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs; and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ >> this is bbc world news
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america. rtreg from washington, i meditate feick. democrats seek grand jury information. but they are sti split on ere to go next. chairman nadler if our committee : is going to recommend arties of impeachment to the house, we must make the strongest possible case both to our colleagues and to the american public. anchor: pro-democracy demonsators stage a sit in in hong kong. and is the vigorous videogame in e-sports. now the fortnite world cup is underway with a whopping $3 million up for grabs for those watching on pbs and arou the globe, welcome to "world news america." it has been quite a week in u.s. politics.
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before the house of representatives packed off fre the summer democrats were , keen to tell the american public where they stand on investigating president trump. following the long-awaed testimony of robert mueller the , chair of the judiciary n committee, jerler, said he would go to court to obtain grand jury information. chairman nadler: we are onercising our full articl authority. we are continuing our investigation of the president's malfeasances, anwe will do -- we will consider what we have to consider, including whether we will recommend articles of impeachment to the house. anchor: but the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi made it ot, clear she isn board yet with impeachment. she reiterated that again today. speaker pelosi: we will proceed when we have what we need to proceed and not one day sooner. everyone h the liberty and the luxury to espouse their position
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and to criticizeng me for tr to go down the path in the most determined, positive way. again, their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage. anchor: a short time ago, this is what the president had to say about the democrats. president trump: all they want to do is impede. they want to investigate. they want i watched bob mueller. they have nothing. no collusion, no obstruction. they have nothing. it's a disgrace.mo anchor: fo, i am joined by ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush, and jane newton small, a contributor to "time." wijane do you agre the , democrats' slow and steady approach, or do they risk the window to impeachment closing as the election draws near?ol >>ics is a huge part of this, especially looking at pelosi, as she looks at her
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members who are not just advocating for impeachment, but those who are up for reelection. they are worried about their seats. s the majority of americ not support impeachment. you have the potential of overreaching, but potentially resly harming your own memb who are very vulnerable at home if americans remain against impeachment, as they are right now. anchor: ron, what do you think that republicans are making of this? >> good evening to you. i think republicans are enjoying this. impeachment is a political question. when you talk about what it means to be a high crime or misdemeanor is aesolitical on. democrats are trying to make this a legal issue, but there are a lot of very vulnerable democrats who do not want impeachment to take place. republicans are hoping they will get a political windfall if they elect to do so. anchor: but when mueller testified, it was with the help of a republican congressman, he
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pointeout that trump could face obstruction charges when he leaves office. he's not off the hook. >> he could, but the statute of limitations on this is five years, so if he is reelected and has a second term, he would not be a leyal jeopardy. ould have to find a u.s. attorney who would bring charges and based on what we saw in the mueller report, i do not think they would do s anchor: jane, do you think that democrats should focus on other issues before the election? jane: i think the democrats want to focus on other issues aside from the 95 members voo are in of impeachment. they are very happy to be talking about all of the other problems donald trump has before acm rather than impeachment because that couldire against them if they do go down that road because it is so l and very,oliti very controversial. anchor: there was a fox news poll out that shows that presidt trump loses to joe
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biden by 10 points in a 2020 matchup. the president went as far as slamming fox news for this poll. he is not having along victory run. ron: if i were h i would keep my powder dry. you're talking about an election that is more than a year away.al you'reng about a national poll. it really matters when you get into the key battleground states. if you look at what the president did in wisconsin, pennsylvania michigan. , looking at, freaking out about y national poll this far ahead, i think he has enetter put in play elsewhere. anchor: do you thinkjoe biden is the person president trump should worry about? >> i think president trump would enjoy running against what he calls "sleepy joe biden." such a contrast. joe biden who is very serious, , but also very boring. he is trying to elevate folks like alexandria ocasio-cortez,
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this very controversial member of congress because she is muche un to run against. she is like "the desperate housewives." that is what he loves. he loves the circus, the showmanship. that's not what he gets out of joe biden. ansor: it is putting democr on the defensive a bit, nancy pelosi turning up with alexandria ocasio-cort, saying , look, we are united. we a a on the same page. ron: the optics were stunning. but nancy pelosiooked like she wanted to be anywhere else than standing with this -- what i would call polarizing figure. alexandria ocasio-cortez, as she is affectionately known, does command a lot respect on the internet and by progressives, and she will be a force to be reckoned with, and there are a lot of people, president trump
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included who would love to have the election against her. unfortunately he wl have to run against a more conventional democrat. anchor: we will hear from the democratic candidates next week in a debate. what are y for?ng to be looking what are the key issues? ron: impeachment. i think a lot of the democratic candidates have not talked about impeachment. they have been very careful tois avoid ssue.at if the mods press them i , think it will be interesting what the democrats on the stage will say the house should do moving forward. jane: also looking for flair. an alexandria ocasio-cortez moment. all of the candidates have played it so safe. they have been entirely iaid, veline messaging. the person who breaks out of the field is the one who does something outrageous and becomes g at punching bag for donald trump, but in do elevates themselves the way that alexandria ocasio-cortez has none. ron: i would look at one of ce lower tididates to distinguish themselves, to punch
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up, if you will, at a, harris, at an elizabeth warren to try to , draw a distinction with a perceived front runner anchor: b thank yh as always for joining us. rongo to see you. anchor: nowo hong kong. the international airport became the site of massive protest what started as demonstrations against the controversial extradition bill, which has since and cal withdrawn, expanded and many were there to protest thetilow re of police to attacks last weekend. reporter: this is the scene confronting those who arrive at the airport, the arrivals hall pied by airline staff, especially those from industry unions. the bagge handlers able to
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supportem the mt, but also to criticize the violence last weekend. we see signs that are condemning gangs.ad groups of armed men were assaulti people. that's why some are accusing police of colluding with the triad, gan least some officers. there is to be a non-authorized march returning to the same location. you can imagine triads and rio s
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police -- there is fear that we could see another escalation in the violence and hong kong. anchor: sten mcdonald reporting from hong kong international airport. a short time ago, president trump announced that the united states and water mullah have signed -- guatemala have signed a so-called safe third country agreements. barbara at usher joined me to discuss it. did we get here? >> this is part of the -- ofr. trump's strategy to reduce the number of migrants coming across the southern border. rthey want them to apply asylum in the first country they entered, the safe third country agreement. guatemala is one of those countries and its president did agree to sign on, but a
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cohilicated because it' court said, no, this is not a good idea. it blocked the agreement. es said lawmakers must approve it. ent trump threatened punishment, tariffs, travel ban, you name it, and today, the guatemalan government has indeed signed the agreement, although wit's not clear how l go into effect because of the court injunction. anchor: given these complexities, do we knt is stated in the agreement? >> the agreement would require migrants who enter guatemala as a first country to register for protection there. for asylum there. this would primarily affect migrants from honduras and el salvador. if they had not doneo and they go to the united states, they will be sent back touatemala. what the administration says is this is a humane measure because they will not have to take thesk journey up to the u.s. border with smugglers and traffickers and so on. but people who work with refugees say this announcement is really alarwhng. anchor did they say about whether guatemala is in fact a safe third coury?
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>> they say it is not a safe third country. there's a lot of political thstability. in recent monthslargest number of migrants coming to the u.s. have been from guatemala. so some of the comments from people who work with refugees say this is beyond unrealistic. they say iis a grotesque olation of u.s. law, international law, and common decency. anchor: barbara, thank you. we know you will stay on top of that for us. a quick look now at oth news making headlines. the chairman of the u.s. joint chiefs of staff has expressed optimism of doubt efforts to bring the long-running conflict in afghanistan general joseph dunford says that they are engaging in a fairly robust dialogue with the tiban interlock. they have refused to negotiate directly with the government into a lot and are continuing to attack during the negotiations. freak weather conditions in the
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the tour de france. a massive storm forced riders to shelter in a tunnel. now, for decades, the united states and the u.k. have eoyed a special relationship. that was put under strain when e british ambassador to washington was forced to resign after leaked diplomatic cables showed he did not think too highly of the u.s. president. but after the elecjoon of boris son, all may be forgiven. thenrump boasted that the new prime minister was "britain's trump. and the two talked today. >> the members of the pacific war counsel. reporter: the special relationship has often turns on personal relationsetween the leaders of washington and westminster. churchill and roosevelt formed a close wartime alliance.
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and thatcher were like ideological newlyweds. bush and blair from different sides of the political street, but nonetheless partners in iraq. the chemistry seems good between this billionaire populist and this populist. they met in new york, the citye whth were born. in donald trump, boris johnson has a transatlantic fan. soothing words from the white house. president trump: i think we will ve a great relationship. i predict he will be a great primer minister. he they have needed him for a long time. reporter: the special relationship has always been cyclical, but the recent line has been downward. barack obama and gordon brown were not especially close. he became barbecue buddies with david cameron, he regarded angela merkel as the key european leader. donald trump's relationship with theresa may started with gentle tap on the hand, but
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ended with kicks in the tooth. ever since churchill first coined the phrase, the special relationship has met for more to the british than the american' and that'especially true now as the u.k. tries to exit the european union, becoming more diplomatically isolated. it desperately needs a tradeit deal with the states. that may explain the early offer of a state visit to london. but this america firstsi pnt prides himself on his negotiating skills. >> a mature, responsible, wise american president would look at britain, engulfed in this fundamental crisis, and give britain a helping hand. i rry this unscrupulous, mercurial, unpredictable president could try to take advantage of britain. that would not honor the special relationship. reporter: the man that donald trumpe oggested should be the ambassador to the u.s., nigel farage, claims he is a more faithful friend.
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mr. frosh: it's a reset buison. i think remarkable we have disappointed for trump again and again and he is in distinctively pro-british. he wants to have a b relationship. reporter: but boris johnson win over democratic house speaker, nancy pelosi, who has warned a new congress will not ratify the trade deal if you exit jeopardy -- if you exit jeardizes the good friday agreement. she visited the irish border to hammer home that point. donald trump seems that boris johnson once said that he betrayed stupefyingcr ignorance aboue in london. but can the new prime minister repair a special relationship at the risk of becoming servile? bbc news, washington. chor: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program -- ♪ ch: first at e bbc proms.
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a woman wielding the baton for opening night. anchor: two premier league football srs who late for arsenal are being hailed for their efforts off the pitch after they foiled an attempt carjacking and london completely unharmed. one chased off the knife wielding attackers. here is simon jones with the report. simon: taking on would be attackers. cker approaches from the back. ofis armed with some sort metal object. it's a brief, but terrifying ordeal. but it doesn't end there. police say they were called to this area just before 5:00 yesterday afternoon.
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what the footage does not show is that he gets back into the 4 x 4 and the footballers pro ped. they asued by the men on motorbikes. they have called ahead to a turkish restauranthe t know, saying that they are in trouble and they need help. the staff come out and chase the motorcyclist away. witnesses say the would be proper attempts to smash the window. it'sot clear if they were targeted because of their vehicle or who they are. >> we need to understand what is happened. and then, when we see the motorbike, only after, we realize it is serious. simon: and the players are very lucky? >> yes. them and all of us. i thi we are lucky.
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reporter: the players are due to be back on the pitch on sunday. mosin jones, bbc news, north london. anchor: the bbc proms is the biggest festival of classical music in the world and tonight, there was an historic debut. for the first time a woman conducted theio prest concert. she first made her name as a violinist, but now she is the one holding the baton. we caught up with her during. rehearsa >> i am honored to be conducting the firsnight of the bbc oms. the fact that i the first woman, honestly, it's pretty shocking to me.
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's great it finally happens and there will be many more after me. ♪ >> i think in music, it really honestly does not matter what sex you are. you could the rum anywhere and look like anything. as long as you are prepared and know what you oe musically and are able to convince everyone of th. i think the days when people felt there's a certain sound that comes from a man -- i think that's pretty ridiculous and i neink those days are long i have tons of role models. does not matter to me at all that none of them are women. as a violinist, i never played under woman, not ever, not oe. music is not tennis.
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it's just not. nissed to want to be a t player. it's just very different. it's not sports. in sports,ou have the separation of the sexes because there is a clear physical disadvantage. ♪ >> music has absolutely nothing to do with that because music, first of all,lang an with extremells delicate, tiny muscles in the body and is not a question of brute force. it's a question of mental focus, concentration, education, and conditioning. i don't know -- i think in the music industr' we dot have those issues, i hope. thankfully.ywood. ♪ anchor: from classical music to
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e-sports. if you are like me, you may have a loved one or a child who spends a bit too much playing video games. but what if their obsession could pay off in a big way? computer gaming tournament is taking place at the arthur ashe stadium in new york. fortnite is arguably the world's most popular game and there will be more than 100 finalists from around out.ation battling it reporter: it is the biggest gathering ever for the biggest game ever. the inaugural fortnild cup, down to less than 200 finalists. now is time for the cream of the crop to battle it out. some of the favorites are british, including kyle jackson, known online as mongrel. >> you have to do a lot of consecutive playing every day.
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you don't just get here by chance. reporter: another contender, benji from middlesex. he and his teammates have qualified individually and as a duo. they are guaranteed 100,000 dollars each before a single shot is fired. >> i think it will be different on a stage. i have never been on a huge stage like that. i ha only played in my bedroom. but right now i'm really confidbet. reporter: i and his parents that big on the sport. his mom and manager decided to meschool him so he could concentrate on rtnite. >> we knew that he would be competg with guys who practice 10, 12 hours a day, so i wanted to give him the best opportunity. reporter: tens of thousands of fans are expected and poteially millions more online. it's a big moment for fortnite, as they can finally say they are
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a big player in e-sports. the global market will exceed the billion dollar market. thomas a of the finalists are boys under the age of 16. that includes 13-year-old ewok, who has made waves as the first major streamer w is deaf. fortnite's rise has not been without controversy. prince harry once called for it to be banned because it is too addictive. for these players, it has changed their lives, and with the prizes on offer here, some are dreaming of even bigger things. anchor: with prize money like that, i may need to rethink my husband's time playing. not sure he could be those 14 and 15-year-olds though. thanks for wching "world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation b is made possib.. 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: "securing the vo." a u.s. senate report outlines russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, a reviews threats that remain for 2020. then, reviing the immigration agenda. illegal immigrant round-ups, harrowing conditions in migrant detention facilities and attempts to change u.s. asylum policy. plus, democracy at risk. courts and other polish institutions increasingly under threat from the nation's politicians. >> independent judiciary is one of the grounds of the democracy. if the courts are not independent and the judges are

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