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crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at >> and now, bbc "world news." katty: this is bbc "world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. donald trump attacks the intelligence community and the press, but gets more bad news. his pick for labor secretary is pulling out. also mr. trump's comments on a two-state solution may have surprised the israeli prime minister and changed policy. the upstarts of silicon valley, uber and airbnb changed our , economy and made enemies along the way.
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katty: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. donald trump began the day with a full throated twitter attack on the media and his intelligence agencies. the subject of his anger was a report that his team had frequent contacts with russian intelligence during the election campaign. the prime minister of israel was at the white house trying to make the middle east, not russia, the center of attention. our north america editor jon sopel has more. jon: these are not the best of times. not yet four weeks in his travel ban has been blocked, his national security adviser is fired, and questions about links with russia are piling up. when the president is angry he vents on twitter. he let rip this morning. "this russia connection nonsense is an attempt to cover up the steps made in hillary clinton's losing campaign. the real scandal is that classified information is
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illegally given out by intelligence like candy. very un-american. the fake news media is going crazy with conspiracy theories and blind hatred." >> the president of the united states of the united states and the prime minister of israel. jon: at his news conference with the israeli prime minister, no mention of concerns about links with russia, and he would never guess it was the president who forced general flynn's resignation. pres. trump: general flynn is a wonderful man who has been treated unfairly by the media, as i call it the fake media in many cases. it is a sad thing that he was treated so badly. in addition, from intelligence, papers are being leaked. it is criminal action, a criminal act. jon: on capitol hill there is one central concern among senior republicans and democrats, the
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administration's links to the russian government. >> the base issue is getting to the bottom of what the russian interference was, and what the relationship was with associates of the trump effort. that is the elephant in the room that has to be dealt with. the american people and we need to understand. it needs to be dealt with quickly. jon: on january 15, the vice president went on television to deny that russian sanctions were discussed in the phone calls. on january 26, the acting attorney general tells the white house they were. that is when the president was informed. on february 9, when the story was about to break, rise -- vice president mike pence was told. he was deliberately kept in the dark for two weeks. listen to the president last friday. pres. trump: i haven't seen it.
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what report is that? jon: this was his spokesman seeking to explain the discrepancy. >> you asked if you were aware of "the washington post" story. he had not seen that the time. of course he was involved. he was aware of the situation after he was informed in january. jon: is hard to avoid the conclusion this administration is reeling. take donald trump's controversial travel ban. he announced at the end of last week there would be a new executive order on monday or tuesday to replace it. it is now wednesday, there is nothing. work is not being done because of the turmoil. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. katty: there are at least two 4 different investigations into russia's actions right now. some republicans say it would need a mistake to launch another probe now. i have been speaking to a democrat who thinks the
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opposite. he is congressman joaquin castro. you are on the house intelligence committee, i would imagine you are busy at the moment. representative castro: we are very busy. katty: there are several investigations into the trump's team interactions with russia. does america need another one? rep. castro: you are right. there are investigations in both chambers to get to the bottom of what happened in the 2016 elections. russia's role in that. more information continues to come out. we have not been briefed on all of this information. i cannot necessarily confirm it. what has come out is disturbing, particularly allegations of trump advisors actively talking to russian intelligence agents during the campaign. most of all, because i have said
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this, we need the answer to one question, whether any americans conspired with the russians that our 2016to elections. if americans cooperated, they must be persecuted to the full extent of the law, no matter how far up the trail it does. katty: the chairman of the committee you sit on said he will not investigate michael flynn and his phone calls with the russian ambassador, but he will investigate the leaks from the fbi to journalists that led to the breaking of the story. what you make of that? rep. castro: the biggest question we have to answer is whether anyone, general flynn or anyone else, was working with the russians. i understand the fbi and intelligence agencies want to make sure people are not leaking classified information. that is a legitimate concern. the nation, most of all is , concerned with nefarious relationships between the russians and any americans. katty: he worked closely with
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intelligent services. the president in a press conference said earlier these leaks are a problem. he tweeted about it this morning. it is unprecedented for an administration to have this much leaking going on. why du think the intelligence services are leaking so much news about what is happening in the administration? rep. castro: i cannot say definitively who is doing the leaking. i will say that we have not seen a president with a more hostile relationship with the intelligence services of the united states than we see with donald trump. katty: who do you think is in charge of national security at the white house at the moment? rep. castro: they have a national security adviser that is the acting national security adviser. katty: who is really in charge? rep. castro: donald trump. the president is always the commander-in-chief and in charge of decisions with respect to national security. katty: there does not seem to be
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confusion about the team surrounding him? rep. castro: there is confusion. i think, quite frankly, he has appointed people that unfortunately based on their lack of expertise are in over their heads. the other problem is aside from the cabinet appointments, some are still in the senate, but those that do not have to go through confirmation processes, they have not hired the staff they need to fully staff. even the nsc and the intelligence part of the white house operations. i do not know why they are dragging their feet. when you talk about national security or making decisions, the president has the final say, but it is a team effort. you need a full team out on the field. katty: thank you for joining us. in over their heads. it is a phrase you are starting to hear increasingly in
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washington, that the administration needs to get itself that on track. adding to the uncertainty this , afternoon the nominee for labor secretary withdrew his nomination. rcher joined me a short time ago. anthony: he was opposed by the democratic labor forces because he was against raising the minimum wage. he made comments about automation that were questionable. he employed undocumented workers and did not pay taxes on them. his ex-wife had gone on over -- on oprah anonymously alleging spousal abuse. there were a ton of things that in any normal circumstance would make it difficult for him to be confirmed. republicans in the senate were lee.ting to f 12 or more were on the fence, 4 definite no's. that would be enough to sink a nomination. katty: he also said he liked the
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sight of a beautiful woman in a bikini eating a burger. anthony: he is the head of hardee's and carl's jr. they are known for very racy adverts with women in bikinis eating burgers. he did not have a constituency that was fully supporting his nomination. katty: how much of a problem is this for the president? not just the labor secretary pulling out, but the lack of a team bench, as joaquin castro was saying? anthony: they have not gotten people who had been there before because not a lot of people were willing to sign up with donald trump. he seemed to like a long shot. his personality was such he may be difficult to work with. his policies were not mainstream republican policies. you have people making rookie mistakes. we are seeing a lot of rookie mistakes in this administration. they're falling into traps that past presidencies have.
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have not learned from what past presidents have done and have not done. katty: it is only a month in. it almost feels like it is a year and. in.ear i suddenly feel a lot older. at one point in the press conference mr. trump suggested a two-state solution may not be the only way to secure peace between the israelis and palestinians. jeremy bowen has the story. jeremy: when mr. and mrs. netanyahu arrived, there seemed to be real warmth. the israeli prime minister hope so. he had a sour relationship with president obama and wants this to be a new start. before he was elected, mr. trump seemed ready to give israel a blank check on the palestinians.
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netanyahu built thousands of settlements in defiance of international law of mr. trump's inauguration. now in the white house, the his tune.has changed he sees himself as america's greatest dealmaker, and seems to believe he could make the deal between israel and the palestinians that evaded the last 4 american presidents. that he says is give and take. pres. trump: i would like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. we will work something out, but i would like to see a deal be made. i think a deal will be made. as with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises, you know that, right? jeremy: in a middle east that is often chaotic, mr. netanyahu sees opportunities. pm netanyahu: for the first time in my lifetime and in the life of my country, air of countries -- arab countries in the region
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do not see israel as an enemy, but as an ally. jeremy: that is because israel and the arab states in the gulf have a common enemy. it is iran that is seen as a threat by the governments of israel and the u.s. other arab countries are suspicious of the iranians, prompting talk of a broader regional deal. among these are smaller nations such as bahrain and the united arab emirates. among them is iran's main rival, saudi arabia. israel settled 600,000 jews on occupied land the palestinians want for their state. antipathy for iran would be enough to persuade big arab countries, even if they could to , force palestinians to take a deal that would be acceptable to the israeli right. right-wingers do not like the
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call for stopping expanding settlements. they prefer backing away from a two-state solution and a dependent palestine alongside israel. many on the ground believe the likeliest outcome is known -- is no solution at all. jeremy bowen, bbc news. it seems mr. trump announced a change in american policy, but will that lead to a change on the ground? the european union's border agency said the number of migrants in illegally entering the eu decreased 76% last year. they save a main reason is the deal between the eu and turkey on returning migrants and stricter controls in the western balkans. an iraqi official says a suicide bomber in a car killed 14 people in baghdad. dozens were wounded. it went off in a densely populated area of mainly shia muslims.
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the world health organization's declared in and to a yellow fever outbreak in the democratic republic of the congo and then go left which killed almost 4 -- killed almostt 400 people. the congolese authorities made their announcement on thursday. more than 30 million people were vaccinated in emergency campaigns in the countries. southern new zealand declared an emergency in christ church because of all fires. hundreds have left their homes as the fires have destroyed several homes. residents have been told to be ready to evacuate. tens of thousands of homes remain without electricity. you are watching bbc "world news america." inll to come come the latest a murder mystery involving north korea's ruling family. why the speculation over who was involved is only growing.
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india created history by sending 104 satellites into space on a single rocket. the previous record was held by russia, who launched 37. many say it is a sign that india is emerging as a major player in the space market. liftoff, creating history. a moment of triumph for india's space ambitions. the launch off the southern india coast, scientists anxiously monitored the flight. all 104 satellites separated and .ere placed in orbit most satellites are american. the observers were here to witness the launch. of 100 fourh satellites in a single mission will showcase technology to launch at low cost and as a
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reliable partner. a budget india's is program. the cost of launches are 60% to comparablehan missions. there are plenty of successes. they sent an unmanned probe to mars, the first country to attempt.n its maiden the commercial space market is also becoming crowded, especially in asia. historically the americans and russians fought for space supremacy. these days it is india and china. the chinese are working on their own space station. india is considering a mission to venus. it is still only 1/5 of what china spends. it is a modest investment. one that india hopes will bring rich returns. bbc news, delhi.
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katty: the mystery surrounding the death of the north korean leader's half-brother is getting more mysterious. malaysian authorities have refused to comply. kim jong nam was at the kuala airport when he was poisoned. there one person in custody. reporter: is this one of the female assassins that carried out an attack at kuala lumpur airport? these cctv images have been released in malaysia. a vietnamese woman has been detained. they want to find out what happened to this man. kim jong-nam is the older half-brother of north korean leader kim jong-un. he is believed to have been killed in a poisoning attack. kim jong-nam is known to have
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visited malaysia often a details of his alleged assassination are murky. between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning on monday, the man believed to be kim jong-nam was attacked in this crowded, busy airport. police say he was accosted by at least one woman who covered his face with a cloth filled with some kind of burning chemical. after that is thought to of walked to that information counter for help and was taken to a medical clinic one floor down. one man who some believe may have wanted kim jong-nam dead is the north korean leader. kim jong-un took part in a rally to mark what would have been his father's 75th birthday. experts say he is in a purge campaign to get rid of any his grip on not even his close uncle, who
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was branded a traitor and executed in 2013. >> in the small world of pyeonyang, maybe it does help to have him dead. it is a telling reflection on you areme that in 2017 still executing possible rival members of the royal family. it is a habit that england got out of after the tutors. reporter: south korea insists that kim jong-nam was murdered on the orders of the north korean regime. >> the government is judging that the murdered person is kim jong-nam. since this case is still being investigated we should wait until the malaysian government makes an announcement. reporter: the focus will move to a hospital in the malaysian capital where a postmortem is being performed on the body of the man believed to be kim jong-nam.
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north korea has asked for the body to be returned. a request malaysia refused. bbc news, kuala lumpur. katty: it is one of the most strange and chilling stories at the moment. their business models have changed the way we get around and where we stay. uber andng about airbnb. brad stone has written about how they got started in his latest book, "the upstarts. " of 2009.ack to january : everyone dismissed these companies, even those that created them. creators. it was just a way to get around san francisco in style.
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they hired another guy to run it. it was later that they got into the field of ride-sharing, allowing anyone to drive their car, that this thing blew up and when the company attracted its first cease-and-desist. travis a brawler in the world of , business, thought this would be a huge opportunity. he took the reins. katty: airbnb? brad: they were 2 design school students pitching the idea. for a year they labored in obscurity. they had an investor walkout of a meeting because they thought "who would want to do this?" eventually, it started to catch on. people have extra space, it is a way to make extra money. they went to the accommodate her start of school a year after they launched, and that was their big break. katty: the story of these two companies has been how fast their rise has been, and how
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fast people have adapted to the idea of sharing things. brad: it is one presidential passed.ration has it is amazing. there is a wave on the cover for a reason. they are propelled by smart phones, wireless access, that people's identities are established via facebook. we are doing things that our parents told us never to do, getting into strangers' cars, walk into strangers' homes. they are not strangers. we know who they are, we see their transaction history. katty: you talked about the mall for the entire duration -- for the inauguration for president obama, let's go to president trump. what is the business and political atmosphere like for the next generation? brad: these companies had their political battles early. they were city and state battles.
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now we have an administration and political environment where everything is changing. this is interesting. san francisco companies, the people's republic of san francisco, it is a charged political atmosphere. we saw uber having to get off of trump's business council. these companies, thir core constituencies, drivers, hosts are more likely to lean left. , all of the technology companies have to tread carefully. right now there is not a lot of popular support for things like the immigration executive order. katty: thank you for coming in. it is hard to remember the days and airbnb. how did we manage? when they first came out i remember thinking these will never work. i will never call someone on my phone and get into their car.
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i do it all the time. you can get more of the news on our website. you can reach us on twitter. i am @kattykaybbc. thank you for watching. do tune in tomorrow. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, president trump's pick for labor secretary, andrew puzder, withdraws from consideration, as a number of senate republicans join democrats in opposition. then: >> papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. it's criminal action, criminal acts. >> woodruff: the president slams intelligence leaks amid new reports that his aides were in repeated contact with russia during the campaign. also ahead, in another dramatic shift: with israeli prime minister netanyahu by his side, mr. trump opens the door to dropping u.s. support for a two-state solution in the middle east. >> woodruff: plus, scientists


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