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your plans, your goals, your dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. reports of a tape of donald trump speaking to his lawyer toring the election campaign about a payment ilence a former playboy modelses more questions. 17 people are killed as their toist boat sinks during a storm in missouri. investigators are trying to piece gether what went wrong. and he was the youngest pilot at the battle of britain. tonight we look back at the life and highflying heroics of geoffrey wellum.
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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. reports of a secret recording between donald trump and his then-personal lawyer are raisi fresh questions about the president's involvement inal keeping quieged affairs in the run-up to the presidential election.ti "the new york mes" says atat michael cohen secretly recorded a conven with mr. trump two months before americans cast their ballots. the pair discussed payments to silence a former playboy model whicin the end were never made. the fbi seized the recording during a raid on cohen's office earlier this year. the woman at the center of the story is karen mcdougal, who says she began a nearly year-long affair with mr. trump in 2006, something he flatly denies. it follows months of controversy over payments mr. cohen to porn
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, also in theaniels waning months of the campaign. here to help us through all this is a former u.s. assistant attorney. thanks for joining me. how damaging is this to donald trump? >> the recording itself probably doesn't have tatmendous implns. politically it suggests that the president as well as hope hicks, his former communications inrector emma were not accurately for tg his lack of knowledge. but the other piece is does michael cohen have addition tapes that could implicate the president and things beyond campaign finance violations? jane: it has been suggested that they wereiscussing a reimbursement to "the national enquirer," which had bought the rights to karen mcdougal's story. is that different from a direct payment to karen mcdougal? kim: federal campaign laws are interested in whether the campaign receipts something of
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value. the effect of loanna from "the onal enquirer" is a value to the campaign, damage control controlling potentially negative information related to the caidate. it would fall within election laws. jane: you mentioned there may be more tips. how dangerous could michael cohen, the man who knows all caps secrets -- knows donald trump's secrets be? kim: he holds the keys to the kingdom, not just because of the hush money toomen, negotiating the dealn o trump tower in moscow leadimp up to the cagn, mentioned in the infamous steele dossier on having traveled with alleged medications with the campaig he denies th also a deal with ukraine and russiao resolve their international dispute.
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he has information that would be problemati if it got into the hands of prosecutors. jane: how usual is it for a lawyer to record a client's kim: that is tremendously unusual. my understanding is that under new york law, it is not illegal, but it suggests that mr. cohen was concerned that later these conversations could be problematic and he would want to have some kind of documentation to demonstrate what happened in that moment. that isom nothing that originally occurs certainly not withoutes disclos the client. jane: what would be the penalty for violatg campaign-finance law? kim: two ways -- civil penalty, financial, and criminal penalties for making a false statement or failing to make a statement and that would have to be prosecuted by the justice department. jane: thanks so much for joining me. kim: my pleasure. jane: the white house announcement that president putin has been invited to the
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white house in the fall is continuing to cause waves. today the secretary of state says he is happy the two leaders are meeting again. but that is not the view shared by the president's critics. the bbc's gary o' this repor gary: one week on and still we don't know what these men agreed to behind closed doors in their two-hour-long meeting with only translators present. but after the joint public appearance, and donald trump seeming to side with russia ovel his own inence services, he's faced a whirlwind of craricism, being forced to c up and clarify support for his own side. pres. trump: getting along with president putin, getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. with tt being said, if that doesn't work out, i would be the worst enemy he has ever had. the worst he has ever had. >> we have some breaking news -- the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. gary: and now this, even catching the manho runs the
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entirety of u.s. intelligence off-balance. mr. coats: ok. [laughter] mr. coats: that's going to be special. [laughter] gary: on the face of it, the invite to president putin is baffling. y risk another potential humiliation on home soil weeks before key congressional ections? the answer is around seven out uc 10 republican voters believe the summit was ass, and getting them out to vote in the november polls will rucial. at the u.n. today, the sectary of state was backing his president. sec. pompeo: i'm glad that they are continuing to meet, and if the washington, it is all to the good. gary: not all republicans are happy, and as for opponents, they see the whole approach as a betrayal. mr. kerry: i found it shocking. i found it to be one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an american predent that anyone has ever witnessed.
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it wasn't just that itas a kind of surrender, it is that it is dangerous. the president stood there and did not defend our country. gary: while the politicians get stuck in, the comedians cannot resist it either. >> second meeting? second meeting, because thewe first on so well. it is like the exciting sequel coming out this summer, "titanic 2: here we go again." gary: after a turbulent week, it is off to his golf club for the president, with the political and diplomatic establishment reeling from uncertainty. gary o'donoghue, bbc news, washington. jane: while we heard the u.s. secretary of state address the issue of russia, north korea was on the agenda at the united nations today. mr. pompeo saienforcement of sanctions was necessary, and when it comes to denuclearization, the mess clear. sec. pompeo: chairman kim made a promise, told not only president trump but president moon that he was prepared to denuclearize.
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the scope and scale is agreed to. the north koreans understandt what thameans. there is no mistake of what the scope of the denuclearization looks like. what do we need to see? w need to see chairman kim do what he promised tld he would do. not very fancy, but it is the truth. jane: a brief time ago i spoke about this with our state department correspondent barbara plett-usher. barbara, the administration keeps saying that progress is being made, but what is it? barbara: well, there has been some movent on one issue, returning the remains of some u.s. soldiers lled during the korean war that never came home. some remains probably will be returned in the next couple of illks, sort of a goo gesture. on denuclearization, no concrete progress we have seen. we know that mr. pompeo went to north korea earlier this month and wanted to set up the building blocks, timeline, declaration of assets, that sort ng. no indication that he got those,
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and when he left, the north koreans blasted him with a harsh statement thmade gangster like demands for unilateral denuclearization. the speculations that diplomacy has been set back or stalled. he pusd back and said "i was the one there, everything else is speculati b." he sounded frustrated in that clip. jane: a month on from the summit in singapore, what is the relationship with rth korea no barbara: well,h w whom? with president trump or with the rest? in a harsh stement, the north koreans were very respectful of president trump. they would be happy with hisoa ap, more publicity and a vague agreement. now you have mr. pompeo trying to fill in the details of the agreement and it effoses all the ences in how the issue is approached. in the statement, the north koreans presented their view in a way -- presented the agreement as the beginning of talks, not a promise to unilaterallrm. sort of the stage by stage siltaneous process. and so they were angry that they
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didn't get rewarded for dismantling the nuclear test site. they were angry that they have not been able talk about parts of the agreement that interested them, only denuclearization. it is dficult. mr. pompeo has said as much -- it has always been difficult, it still is, it will take time. mpne: talking about summits, what is mr. so keen for the dialogue between mr. putin and mr. trump to continue? barbara: broadly, it is good, he says, for two nuclear powers to keep talking. there are issues. nuclear -- they need to extend ree nuclear arms reduction treaty with north north korea -- they need russia's support for sanctions, not nearlys much as chinese. syria -- the russians are the military power there and the americans want to work with them to resolve the conflict. mr. pompeo said they talked about returning refugees to syri the moscow press said there had been a jnt repatriation agreement, which is something mr. pompeo did not confirm. this gets to the issue of the talks being important, but if they are private, they create
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confusion and concern. jane: barbara plett-usher, thank s ve much for joining me. ha17 peopl died, nine from the same family, after a tourist boat sank in a missouri lake during a fierce storm. it is one of the most deadly such incidents in years, but the so-called duck boats have beenn involvedstring of fatal accidents. .vestigators are on the s the bbc's james cook reports. this duck boat made it back to the shore. the passengers not wearing life jackets, apparently unaware of quite how much in danger they were in. >>h my god. >> oh my >> it's gog under. james: further out, a second duck boat was bigger trouble. unable to cope with the blast from a severe thunderstorm. >> they have lost sight of it. >> i need a rope. ojames: of the 31nboard, just 14 survived, brought ashore in
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shock. among the dead was a b one-year-oaby. >> call the emts, please. james: the missouri govcenor's ofold the bbc that nine of the 17 dead were frd one family, o other members survived. >> been a veryrying night. please keep all of our family's -- families involved and the first responder personnel in your prayers. james: now the question -- the weather warning d been issued, so why were the boats on the water, and were the passengers wearing personal flotation devices, or pfd's? en>> it ha so quick. i guess everybody should have had a pfd, i don't know. w the up over our heads. you don't think that stuff like that is going to happen, andpp man, it ed. james: based on the amphibious landing craft of the second world war, duck boats are
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popular with tourists, but the safety rord is under scrutiny. worldwide, more than 40 people have died in accidents involving them in the past 20 ye this is just the latest in a long line of tragedies. james ok, bbc news. terrible tragedy in missouri. a look at the day's other news. the israeli army has launched a number of bombardments on what it describes as military targets across the gaza stripe in sponsor what it says was gunfire aimed at israeli troops. for palestinianswe reportedl killed, as palestinians held another friday protests in gaza beside the israeli border. the personal data of a quarter of the populatio1.of singapore, million people come has been stolen by hackers, according t officials. they say the attack on a government health database was deliberate and well planned, adding that it appeared to target the health information of the city states promised her.
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-- the city state's prime minister. a british man who became seriously ill after coming into contact with novichok last month has been dischalged from hosp 45-year-old charlie rowley is thought to have found the substance perfume bottle. his partner dawn sturgess died in hospital earlier this month from exposure. duncan kennedy reports. duncan: it has been a life-changing three weeks for charlie rowley, poisoned by a nerve agent, but now well enough to leave hospital. the hospital said he had been decontaminated to ensure that novichok could no longer affect him or anyone else. >> i am pleased to ciefirm that eatoday, charlie rowley was discharged from hospital. charlie has been through ang appallperience most of us could never imagine. todais a welcome milestone i his recovery, and all of us here at salisbury hospital wish him well as he continues to t duncan: nearly two weeks ago, dawn sturgess, charlie rowley's partner, died from a dose of
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novichok. today at a park, a few of those who knew her gathered to remember her as a mother a a friend. ea>> she was ay nice, friendly person. t she always looked r people. she would help in any way she could. it is a shame to see her go. she was a really caring person, like the mother of everyone. ctncan: they came into con with the novichok at charlie's home in amesbury. the source othe liquid was a small glass bottle. police have released pictures of the park where it is possible charli bottle. picked up the the operation comes as reports suggest that officers are close to identifying suspects in the case. four months after yulia and sergei skripal were contaminated with novichok, along with the police officer, it is now charlie rowley able to leave
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hospital to carry on his recovery alongside a huge, complicated police investigation. duncan kennedy, bbc news, salisbury. jane: you are watching "bbc orld news america." still to come on tonight's program, who will become the next prime minister of pakistan? we will look at why next week's election is proving s controversia the construction of kenya's first high-speed railway network should be good news. but as the bbc reports, the route is causing problems. reporter: it is the only national park within a capital city anywhere in the world. for decades from wildlife and the nearby human population have lived as neighbors. but now the latter is creeping in pillar by kelle a new elevated railway line is being ilt on these piers that
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have sprung up in the park. this intrusion into the wildlife reserve has angered conservationist. they said that the project is not good for the ecosystem and is already pushing animals away. >> they tell us that the numbers of the national park are crashing. reporter: the activists filed and won a legal challenge tct stop the pron his tracks. >> they should do environmenhel studies, tshould engage the public. we are telling themhat i want in, it is athe t good thing, but they are doing it badly. reporter: the pillars are built high a wide with the aim of noise reduction. those behind the project say there is no need to sound alarm bells. >> we entered the national parkn february of this year. it was three months ago when
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they give the orders. we are in compliance with the law. what sustainable mitigation measures are you taking to ensure that the infrastructure is sustainable? reporter: what makes the railwayreporter: such an important project is not just the thousands ofasngers who travel daily, but the tons of cargo that travel between the portnd the major points further inlet. this is part of kenya's plan to region's main transport hub. jane: next week more than 100 million pakistanis will head to the polls to choose their next leader. among those running ime minister is former cricketer imran khan. but the buildup to the election lahas been overshadowed bys that the powerful military is trying to propel him by cracking downn political rivals and press freedom.
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mr. khan' former prime minister nawaz sharif, was detained by authorities last week. leaving his brother to run in his place. reporter: they have come to see the man they hope will be the next prime minister. edcricketer tuopulist politician imran khan tells the crowd he will create a corruption-free pakistan. ect he has been forced to deny allegations the ons are being fixed in favor of his party. mr. khan: what you're seeing is althe status quo parties saying that the election is not going to be free and fair. the reas is all the opinion polls show pti surging up. they are already seeing the writing on the wall. e ason why they are going to lose is because of the track record. reporter: pakistan has been directly ruled by the mili rather than politicians for
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nearly half its existence. the country has now had 10 years of civilian rule, one of the longest periods in its history. but th growing concern that behind the scenes, the pakistani military is still pulling the strings and is trying to manipulate the results of this election. former prime minister nawaz sharif, imran khan's main rival, was sentenced to 10 years in jail earlier this month by an anticorrupon court. he couldn't prove where the money came from to buy a central london flat. many believe he was once corrupt, but is only being punished now because he clashed with the army when in power. i joined sharif as he flew backo pakistan last week. he was damning about the buildup to the elections. mr. sharif: our party workers are being arrested by thousands.
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the loyalties of our party men are forcibly changed and asked to leave our party and join mr. imran kh's party. pothis amounts to a massiv rigging. reporter: minutes later, he was arrested. both khan and e military dismiss his claims. but many pakistani journalists t allowinglitary is them to air sharif's side of the story. >> if you have soundbites expressing anger a frustration, those soundbites often do not make it to the screen. i have not seen anything like th. in my journalistic care reporter: even under military dictatorship? >> even undeormilitary ifctship. reporter: nawaz sh's party is being led by his brother in his absence. they still have sizablort. but whoever wins the election, many fear more instability awts.
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jane: the battle of britain was a pivotal moment in world war ii when the u.k. stood alone against hitler's seemingly military power. sadly, the youngest pilot in the battle has died at the age of 96. geoffrey wellum joined when he wasd only 17, st a year later was engaged in a ferocious dog fight. >> the british met the challenge by throwing in everything they had. >> a f schooli walked through the gates of my elementary school to learn to fly. e chap said to me, "go fly, but don't you dare break it. reporter: it was the start of of true partnership. after just a few months training, geoffrey wellum was in the cockpit of his first spitfire. by the summer of 1940, he was a veteran.
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y ter day, he and his young friends scrambled to meet german attacks. >> you are absolutely -- that was a difficult time.ce ou are strapped into your airplane and airborne, then it was up to you. flying an airplane, taming the saast, making it do what you want to do, great tisfaction. reporter: in later lif geoffrey's experiences wereth dramatized ie film "first light." for hch of the battle, britis aircraft were heavily outnbered. dogfight were chaotic and often short. a spitfire only carried enough ammunition for a few minutes of combat. >> i can remember throller coming on 150-plus, and my goodness, it looks it, t. we went into it head on, like a dance on a summer evening. reporter: the losses wereun lenting.
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when i spoke to him earlier this year, he said survivors had a tohut out their emotions. >> you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game, it was a dangerous war. if you lost a particularly close tliend, yes, there was a l bit -- but let's go out to the local pub. you accepted it, you had to. rerter: geoffrey wellum eventuallyuffered an emotional and physical breakdown and left active service in 1943. his memoirs ensu we never forget that short period in our history. >> we were young fighter pilots doing a job, defending our country against the king's enemies. jane: geoffrey wellum, who has died at the age of 96. a reminder of the extraordinary bravery of that enti generation. you can find more of all the day's news on our website, and
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