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reporting from washington, i am all flights are canceled at hong kong's international airport after thousands of protesters stage a sit-in. beijing ups the rhetoric, saying some of the demonstrations owed signs of terrorism. as questions continue to swirl about the death of jefeiey ep the u.s. attorney general vows the casewi ll go forward. atty. gen. barr: any co-conspirators should not rest easy. the victims deserve justice and they will get it. nada: the democrats descendeweon iowa this ekend. we will see what the winning messages and food were a.the fair nada: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america." one of the world's busiest airports, hong kong internationa was closed today, with all flights canceled.d
it happeter thousands of antigovernment protesters joined a sit-in. there have been 10 consecutivest weeks of demtions sparked by a proposed law that would have made it easier for suspects to be sent to mainland china for trial. beijing has called some of theri protests ter and has vowed to respond to violent crime with an iron fist. from the scene, jonathan head reports. jonathan: as the last flights came in, the passengers were greeted with a chorus of appeals from young hong kongers pleading for support. they feared the police were about to storm the airport. its sudden closure left travelers he will third -- people there -- left travelers and stuck. therine morgan and her daughter, helen, were due to fly back to britain, but their flight was cceled.
>> flew from taipei this morning and it was fine until we got to warrivals, and it mass protests. >> i have a level results on thursday, so i'm hopg i get back for them. jonathan: more people poured into the termil to protest police brutaenty over the d. this incident in particula where cornered, region, and shot at -- beaten, and shot at w,h pepper gu has shocked hong kong. conference, local journalists held up pictures of the images, demanding betteran swers from the city's police chief's. this is now a beleaguered force, detested by many hongon kgers over its handling of the unrest. would china intervened to enforce them?
that would be a dramatic and dangerous step. the language from beijing, though, has hdened, describing the protests as terrorism. the airport closure will doubtless be depicted by china as yet more unacceptable damage to hong kong's economy. rumors have been swirling that the police will try to clear the protesters still here. it is hard for the moment to understand how they are going to do that. there are lots of strandele passengers seping at the airport. sachin the -- certainly they believe the operation as possible, and they are deciding what to about it, whether they resist. suddenly, they were gone. a violent confrontation had been avoided. the airport could t prepa reopen. but the protesters say they will be back. hong kg's season of strife h not yet run its
course. jonathan head, bbc news, h kong airport. nada: for more my spoke with zhaoyin feng from the bbc's chinese service. this is the strongest statement we have seen it from theei authorities inng. what is the significance of that? zhaoyin: indeed, the protest has been going on for 10 weeks now, and beijing's condemnation has up and up. at first, information about the protests was censored mainland china. beijing called pros mobs, criminals, separatists, and we just saw that they started to say that the protest have shown signs of terrorism. it is a clear sign that beijinga s to send a very strong warning to protesterthat the situation in hong kong has comew to a stare they decide to back down. this was triggered by a weend of escalated violence on both sides. the police have fired nonlethal bullets at close range to protesters, and on the other
hand, although protesters are still protesng in a peaceful way, some radical protesters have started to adopt to a new tactic. they threw petrol bombs into police stations, and thalikely triggered beijing's new rhetorics. nada: how likely is it that china would respond by intervening with the military?n: zhaon the past days, state-owned media in china has ramped up rhetoric that there are police on the border of hong kong in shen shen bordering the e inland city assembly, looking like they nding a very strong signal to hong kong. let's don't forg that the pra, the chinese army, has garrisons in honkong and shenzhen as well. while most of the time they stay in their own garrisons, and the basic law requires tnot to interfere in internal affairs. l however,egally speaking, there
are possible scenarios that the pra can help the hong kong government, the hong kong police on the street. for example, the hong kong government can request t pra for assistance to maintain public order, and the basic law allows beijing to declare states of emergency if there is a case of any harmful actions on the natial security and unity. nada: briefly, we have 15 seconds, but businesses are concerned about the economic impact how bad is it? zhaoyin: we just saw that the airport were shut down for the whole day on monday, and hong kong airport is the easiest airport in asia. that is a small part of the damage to this economy right now. nada: thank you so much. ilaoyin: thank you nada: there are numerous questions surrounding the apparent suicide of jeffrey epstein early saturday morning.y an autas been completed,
but officials say more information is needed before the results are released. meanwhile, there are two investigations underway into the disgraced financier's death ins ison cell in new york where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. the incident has sparked wild conspiracy thetiies and accus that the correctional facility was extremely understaffed. today the attorney generalia wibarr said he was outraged. atty. gen. barr: i was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly, angry to learn of the mcc's failure to adequately secure this prisoner. we will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be countability. t let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who is complicit with epstein. any co-conspirators should not rest easy.
the victims deserve justice, and they will get it. nada: a brief ti ago i spoke to wendy murphy, a professor at new england law who specializes in cases involving sexual violence. thanks for joining us. the attorney general has promised justice for the victims. how does that happen now? wendy: i think it happens ra sedifferent ways. there are three legal matters still pending, whether directly or indirectly, will offer some foms of justice that the vic can feel good about, primarily the fact that the victims will have a chance to file their own lawsuits even though jeffrey epstein is dead. they can sue his estate. there is lot of money there, so we will see lots of lawsuits and without having him participate and a chance to take his deposition and so forth, the victims will see justice in thea form of compon. they will also see justice in
new criminal prosecuti even though the federal criminal charges in new york will have to be dismissed against jeffrey stein because you cannot prosecute a dead man, one of the charges was a conspiracy charge. that means there is already probable cause to believe that jeffrey epstein's sex trafficking of girls was done with the help of others. at least one person and perhaps several others. we have already heard from federal investigators that those conspiracy charges will continue to be investigated, and who knows? but i suspect we will probablydi see new ments against other people, and jeffrey epstein will be a kind of unindicted co-conspirator, eaunindicted because he is nada: wendy, the metropolitan correctional center in manhattan is viewed as one of the most secure in the nation. how unusual was it for this to happen there wendy: jeffrey epstein's suicide, at least as it has been described at this point, ivery unusual because we're talking
about not just any old prison, but a federal prison and a federal prison with a lot of resoces, primarily resources aimed at protecting the prisoners fromhemselves and from each other. it is just hard to believe that in a facility like that, a person would have an opportunity to commit suicide, especially by hanging. this is not a run-of-the-mill prisoner, so he should have been uson special watch just behe is a high-profile prisoner. nada: the victims will not be able to see him in a court of law facing justice. you have represeed so many victims of sexual abuse. how difficult is that for a victim to wait for justice and in some cases never receive justice? wendy: the delay is probably the thing that causes the most harm to victims, second to and sometimes even more so than the
underlying abuse. that may be hard for people to believe, but it really is the secrecy and the lack of accountability that eats at the core of the victims ands s acerbaeir suffering. i want to say thishopeful observation -- the fact that the victims won't be able to look him in the eye in a court of lad and say "y this to me" is a weakness in terms of their quest for justice, but being heard is even more important, and they will be heard. there will be no more secrecy, no more silence. they will have their day in court, because they can still sue his estate. it is really important to emphasize the fact that being heard for victims, being rertected, especially in a c of law, that is 90% of the goal here, in my opinion and in my experience. the fact that jeffrey epstein is dead does not take too much away
from the fact that they will one nada: wendy murphy, thank you very much. wendy: you're welcome. nada: heavy security remains in place in indian-administered kashmir. ordinarily theain city would be lively and full of celebration for the muslim festival. instead, many have taken to the streets to protestat lockdown as been in place for more than a week ever since the indian government announced it was revoking the tertory's autonomy. india says it is trying to ease restrictions in the kashmir valley and that most mosques arp for prayers. yogita lamaye sent this report. yogita: after they said eir eid prayers, hundreds took to the streets. there were protesting the indian government's decision to removea mir's special status. two days later, a rally in the er, a rally inr the same area had turned
violent. today it remain peaceful. the rest of the city wore an uneasy calm. security forces were out irefull th. there were checkpoints are -- on virtually every road. weg mosques were closed. people were alloto pray in smaller numbers, but not everywhere. this elderly man argued with a policeman to let him through. behind a makeshift fence, a ueowd gathered, just across the road from the mohey go to. "they are not allowing us to go to the mosque and offer prayers," this man said. "we don't know what the problem is. even though we have come in peace, we are not being allowedg ahead," another one told me. few ventured out to meet retives and friends. this woman was one of them. she took a chunk of meat to her brother's home, an eid traditio >> we don' eid.eel like today is we are in sorrow, we are in mourning.av whatthese people done to
us? yogita: on a festive day like eid, this street wo've been bustling with people coming out to buy sweets and clothes and jewelry. today, the shutters are down, the markets are empty. t for mon a week now, this region has been in a lockdown, and there are no clear answers about how long it could go on for. >> the restriction imposed there has been a restriction imposed in certain sensitive places, and we, depending the local situation, have given some relaxation. yogita: outside his region, india's people overwhelmingly support the government's actions. here, the anger is simmering. and a government worried that the situation could spiral out of control is taking no chances. yogita lamaye,bc news. nada: you are watching "bbc world news america."
still to come on tonigh's hts out in zimbabwe. power cuts are taking a devastating toll on businesses there. nada: we can introduce you to a malaysian known as thiceman. his lifestyle has taken him to thercc wilderness but poses a bit more i problem at ho tropical kuala lumpur. >> it is important to stay in control. len to accept the cold. i feel so refreshed and energetic. i am known as the asian iceman. when i was in the aric wilderness, the connection with nature is irreplaceable.
because we live in a tropical country we don't have the cold we need. i ordered the ice from the iceman. in tot we have 120 kilo of ice inside, and the temperature of the water will go down to about zero, maybe negative whaone. first 23 seconds would be the most difficult. if i want to run out, jumped out , it is very likely that you feel the sharpness, th staffing sstabbing into yon. heisley spent -- upusually spend o 20 minutes in the eyespot. your mind will gain a certain
clarity and strength in a way you have never experienced before. mental strength, mental control. this is real. nada: worsening power shortages in zimbae are turning day into night for many businesses.rk it has forced o happen well after dark when lights flicker on for a few hours. isthe power cuts persist, feared that the economy could grind to a halt. companies are already shedding staff. from harare, this report. reporter: the towering power lines are of little use, as darkness approaches zimbabwe's capital. ornce may, the country has been experiencing the power outages in three years.
everyone is forced to make a plan in order to eat, and rising smoke is a constant feature. at worst, the outages stretch fo18 hours a day. ity streets, a candlelit silhouettes are visible, but the's nothing romantic about this crisis. the simplest tasks are challenging. >> the cell phone is no longer for communication. he torchlight so that our children can do their homework, so they see what they are writing.to even when comeooking, electricity is a stranger to us. we never thought it would come to this. given how things are now, i'm not sure things will come right. reporter: the blackouts could
not have come at a worse time, when zbabwe is facing some of -- facing so much. experts believe the power cuts have cost of this economy 200 million u.s. dollars, dashing any prospects of an economic vival this year. we came across this factory, the country's largest cooking-l producer. machines have been silent for days, and over a million dollaro lost since tages began. for now, workers are cleaning machines, just waiting. >> well, if this continues for long, we will have to make plans to shut down and retrench people, which will have an impact on the economagain. we have invested as foreign investors, and we willave to wait for the right time when the power is back again. reporter: thnational power utility faces a myriad of problems. consumers owe over 100 million
u.s. dollars. despite a rent three fold increase in prices, tariffs are among the lowest in the region and subsidized by the state. >> the anger and frustration is unrstandable.er that and frustration must translate into a realization that it must be a viable entity, and our tariff, whilst we are improved, istill well below cost reflectivity. reporter: the power utility bes n paying off a long-standing debt to south africa, paving the way for more imports and easing the burden. but it is a short-term solution. in the meantime, families wait, wondering when the power challenges will end. bbc news, harare.da now, turninitback to the states, there are certain political rites of passage for anyone with eyes on thwhite house. the iowa state fair is one of
them. this weekend democratic presidential hopefuls flocked there en masse. amidst the carnival rides and a cow sculpted entirely out of butter, they laid out policies on topics from gun control to health care, and of course they tried out the famous food. anthony zurcher was the and he join me a short time ago. who got the most excitement from voters and made their pitc anthony: at the ate fair, elizabeth warren had the best turnout. that pretty much follows the way she has been received in iowa everince she first came ther in january.e shs a big organization, she spent a lot of money, and she has en slowly building up mo and more organization. cory booker was well received. bernie sanders, a lot of people like him joe biden had a fairly decent crowd, but joe biden's support doesn't turn out the same way. nada: he also had a few gaffes. is that going to again bng up questions about whether he will take on donald trump, whether he
is too gaffe-prone? caanthony: joe biden'aign so far been restrained. they have not put him out a lot. this was a stretch that started really well on thursday with a speech attking donald trump. by later that evening, he started having some of these gaffes, one about poor kids being as smart as white kids -- he meant to say wealthy kids. he slipped up talking about parkland and the shootings. biden gaffes prett consistently. this is part of biden. the problem is the perception that he is 76 years old and maybe age is starting to show. a lot of it is viewed in that framework as well. if he stumbles and he does not seem sharp, that could undermine the selling point of his campaign. nada: when you were speaking to people there, what were the issues they were most concerned about? anthony: gun control was a huge issue beca the shootings in el paso and dayton, and there was a forum put up by everytown,
michael bloomberg's gun group. 16 of the candidates came spoke. it was interesting, because the democrats argued about health care, anher big issue at the debate in detroit. but here they were on the same page with gun control. they want background checks, they witt to do away assault weapons, they want to do away with high-capacity magazines. they feel like after democrats have been beaten down on this issue, they finally have theic pun their side and might be able to get something done. nada: we focus a lot on president trump?hat about erat did you get about voter support for him he carried the state in the last election. anthony: he did carry the stat y and wh get out of des moines and the college towns there is a lot of support for him. it was interesting, i waswa ing by the republican state party desk and thereas a woman respectfully giving the method -- the man a piece of her mind, saying that she voted for donald trump before but the foreign
policy and the rhetori turned her off. nada: you have to tell us, what was your favorite food? anthony: i had fried pork, but the most interesting thing was a hot dog in a wholeickle on braided and deep-fried a on a corn dog. nada: i will not comment on how that sounds. [laughter] nada: thank you so much, anthony. before we go, you have to see this. kangaroos are not normally assoated with freezing conditions, but as wild weather lashes eastern australia, they have a chance to hop on the snow. this shows a large mob of kangaroosmi bouncing 300 s inland from sydney. ancy winter blast is sweeping s acre region, catching the most seasoned locals by surprise. i am nada tawfik. announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the frfoundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening. i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the "newshour" tonight, protestors in hong kong bring one of the world's busiest airports to a standstill, as fears grow over a chi military crackdown. then, new threats of extinction as the trump administration changes the rules of the endangered species actun and on the gat the iowa state fair, where butter sculptures and 2020 presidential hopefuls vie for voters' attention. >> i agree with what biden has toay, but i also agree wit warren and with sanders has to say, so i'm right w m kind of conflicted.. >> nawaz: all that and more on tonight's "pbs newshour."