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your plans, your goals, your dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. tributes continue to pour in for senator john mccain, but at the white house the flag have gone up and tn down again, sending a mixed message. president trump says he has made a deal with mexico to overhaul nafta. now he just needs to get canada and the u.s. congress on board. plus, the new controversy for the catholicrahurch. popeis will not respond to claims that he ignored abuse allegations.
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our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. tribut are still pouring in from around the world to john mccain. the u.s. senator lost his fight with brain cancer on sy, andever since, his legacy service has been remembered and celebrated. but there has also been contt versy. presidump refused to comment on senator mccain's legacy until late today. nick bryant reports. nick:ashington without john mccain is a lesser place. he h wasan landmark, an american hero who is broken body personify the land of the brave. flags at the u.s. capitol in hono at half-mast of his service and sacrifice. but at the white house there w no such active ongoing remembrance earlier on today. in a tweet over the weekend, donald trump pages deepest
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sympathies and respect to the mccain family, but had no kind words for the man himself. >> do you have any thoughts at all of our john mccain? nick: the presidential silence continued today. >> do you believe john mccain was a hero? nick: with the american legion strongly urging the commander-in-chief to honor this war hero and former prisoner of war, there was a presidential chat e of you is rd. we just got this statement from the president --ou "despit differences on policy and politics, i respect john mccain's service to our country and in his honor have signed a proclamation to the united states at half-staff until the day of his interment." it still doesn't call him a hero. tonight the stars and stripes were lowered again at the white house in that rare thing,mb presidential cwn. it symbolizes the broader debate as to who best embodies the
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values of modern america, donald trump or john mccain. nick bryant, bbc nws, washington. laura: earlier today rickav, who was john mccain's cpaign manager, read out a letter from the late senator with this message. >> do not despair of our present difficulties. we believe always in the promise and greatness of america, because nothing is inevitabl here. americans never quitsu, we never ender come we never hide from history. we make history. farewell, fellow americans. god bless you and god bless america. laura: rick davis there. for more on senator mccain's life and legacy, i'm joined by a u.s. diplomat who served as the second of director of the mccain institute. how will you personay remember jo mccain? >> john mccain was someone who always stood up for the right thing to matter how hard it was,
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no matter what he faced in doing so, he was quick to judgment and he knew the right judgment and he just went after it. laura: what did the tributes coming in from around the world tell us about how he was feared? k-- viewed? think that is extraordinary. i travel a lot around the world, and people feel as if john mccain meant something to.hem personal they had some kind of personal story about hfe what he did ed them in their country. he was very fond of georgia, supported their independence and freedom. they had a candlelight vigil in the main square overnight when he passed on to live gotten so many messages from people in the baic states, ukraine, nato headquarters, really all over, people weighing in with how much mnt to them. laura: he was such an eloquent spokesman for american leadership in the global order. did his own life embody that?
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kurt:. it d his whole life was dedicated to causes greater than self-interest. that cause for him was service - to his countrylitary service, public service as a senator w. serving the ideals of the nation both domestically and internationally. he was holding america up as standardbearer for the values we are founded on. laura: how important was he has a staunch defender of the values of nato? kurt: absolutely. is the first and foremo collective defense command he is all about security. was all about curity. but nato is also about european democracies band together to protect themselves and createwhere you n have freedom, democracy, prosperity. that is whwe have nato. that is why we want security. laura:fr i kno interviewing john mccain myself that he could be mischievous and very funny. was that part of his
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seffectiveness a leader? kurt:ma h him seem human to people. it made people realize that he is one of us, he is having fun, we can relate to him. someone who is truly a larger-than-life figure making a future impact on the world -- huge impact on the world. laura: and the fair will statement he said "americans make history." he could have been talking about himself. kurt: he wasn't talking about himself. in the farewell statement he is not really talking abo himself, he is talking about the country, how much it meant to him, and up to that ideal.ive laura: will we see his like again? isther whole new generation of military veterans running. kurt: i'm optimistic. he is one-of-a-kind, we will not see someone like him. wiwhat w see is a generation of people, including in the senate, who aspire to those ideals and values. just to take an h example, got to these various
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international conferences and delegations around the world. he has groomed hair group of terrific senators -- dan alaska, joni lesser ernst from iowa, many more. laura: thank you for joining us. today the white house announced that the u.s. and mexico have agreed to overhaul nafta. is the president talking about the first step. pres. trump: i like to call this a guilty united states-mexico trade agreement. i think nafta has bad connotations for the united states because it was a ripoff, horrible deal for our cotry. i think it has a lot of bad connotations to a lot of people. you and i will agree to the. na we will see whether or not we decided to put up canada or do a separate deal with canada, if
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they want to make the deal. laura: for more i spoke a brief time ago with e director of the atlantic council's latin america center. is this as an incredible deal as the president says? >> it is to be determined what is in the deal. oere are a number of different provisions work. clearly this new deal wit t mexico relatthe auto rules of origin, using more north american steel. it does do things like weaken the chapter 19 provision of nafta. but it keeps the investor dispute mechanism, although it r akens that as well. one of the keys e u.s. and mexico is the deal announced today does not include the sunset clause, the infamous sunset clause that the tmp administration wanted, which was to terminate the agreementt f it wasn'sentially working well every five years. laura: meanwhile, canadian
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negotiators are on tay to washington. is it a deal if they don't sign up? jason: well, the u.s. and mexico now have their deal. president pena nieto made it very clear this morning that he wants canada to be part of this deal as well. it would be in u.s. interest to have canada part of the deal. candidate is the number one export destination for u.s. products. 35 u.s. states count canada as the number one foreign market. it would make a lot of sense for the united states to have canada as part of this deal. but the mexican foreign minister said they already have their own deal with canada. rough tpp. laura: ok, what what about the u.s. congress? what will they think abo j a deal that t with mexico? cason: the u.s. congress -- first of all, yoot count on the deal making it through the congress right now. congress -- it will have to get through the congress
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midterm elections. it is still to be determined what exactly is the result of the midterm elections. u.s. congress has been supportive of a trilateral deal. and if certain provisions are weakened -- it is going to be very difficult to get business groups on board, as wl as some of the higher wages in place as part of the u.s.-mexico accord might win additional suppor from u.s. laions, but you still cannot count on domestic -- laura: no, indeed, but is it quite a turnaround ino u.s.-mexlations? president trump on the phone with the mexican president today. jason: yeah, the mexican president offered to have tequila president trump. i think it is an incredibly portant point. this is -- yes, it is an economic deal, it's about the commercial vitality of u.s.-mexico, and should be about
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p.the trilateral relations but nafta fundamentally underpins u.s.-mexico cooperation on a number of fronts, not just economic. laura: thank you for joining us. jason: great, thanks for having me. court in other news, a myanmar has postponed its ruling on whether to journalists from the reuters news agency violated the state secrets law while rohingya on the crisis. the verdict will be delivered th are accused of violating a law while investigating violence against rohingyas. the russian opposition lear has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for breaking public protest losthis year. " accused authorities -- in court he accused authorities of detaining him for taking part in another protest. went -- rights investigators say military
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leaders in myanmar should be investigated for genocide, war crimes, ancrimes against almanity, and referred to the international crimourt. the inquiry found reports of rder, rape, and torture against the rohingya. hundreds have been forced to flee to bangladesh. a warning, there are distressing accounts and flash photography. reporter: for a year in thisnd ineak ape, the rohingya have been sufferg, bereaved, uprooted, lost. giving harrowing accounts of ths brutality ay they suffered maat the hands of the myan military. today we met rashid. he saythey murdered 12 of his relatives. >> they made the men stand and the women d children squat on the ground. then they opened fire and killed the men. then they took the women inside
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the house and set it on fi. reporter: he is convinced it was genocide, and so while he welcomes today's call for the top generals to be tried for the crime, he thinks it is all too late for so many. >> if justice is done, then people who are living will see it. but what about those who were slaughtered? my mother, my brother, my nephew, my uncles. can they bring them they can't do it. reporter: this is the village in mar from which rashid fl the killing, rape, and arson here is said to be a coordinated campaign by the army. >> it is not only about justice for victims, but it is also deterring future activity. if we were to allow this to go without any kind of sanction, every army in the world will think they can do this. repo detailed and blistering
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criticism yet of the actions of myanmar's military last year, actions which formed hundreds of -- forced hundreds of thousands of rohingya people to flee across the border to these camps where they are still trapped. the is also strong critici of myanmar's civilian government -- in particular, its nobel peace prize-winning leader aung sasuu kyi. she is accused of failing to use her moral authority to prevent the violence, and by ignoring the plight of the rohingya, her government made it easier for the crimes to be carried out. there has been no reaction from her, her government, for the or the generals. the army has always claimed it was only clearing oumilitants, a claim wholly rejected by the u.n. bringing the commander-in-chief his comrades to court will not be easy.
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but today feels like a significant step forware towards justr the rohingya people. bbc news on the myanmar-bangladesh border. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program -- >> send all these people back to mexico! what the hell are they doi here? laura: it is primary day in arizona tomorrow, and tensions over immigration are spilling into the streets. policeorking on a notorious unsolved murder say the prime suspect has been arrested in spain. the victim was just 11 years old when he vanished from his tent at a summer camp in august 1998. his body was discovered in a nearby forest the next a. two decades on, 55-year-old man has been detaine in spain. he was identified after police
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launched a huge operation to gather me than 40,000 dna samples from people who were living near to the scene of e the bbc has more from the netherlands. 54 --er: the rest of the the arrest of owe 55 earl fo a police appeal a streak where the shared for the first time the scoutmaster wanted in connectionthe death of this 11-year-old schoolboy. he was reportedly recognized by a dutchourist in spain. he was arrested there monday afteoon. jos brech was identified as a suspect after what was the largest everar dnasting operation in a dutch history. he did not come forward to volunteer hi dna, but his relatives did. from that, the investigators dna ableo pinpoint his
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from items from his home and create a match with that found stappen's clothing that he was murdered. asthishas captivated and horrified the dutch public for two decades. the challenge for prosecutors imw is to ensure that the suspect gets a fair trial. he is cuently in spanish custody awaiting extradition to the netherlands to beuestioned on suspicion of nicky ve rstappen's murder. laura: pope francis has to comment on a claim that he ignored sexual abuse allegations. the charges come from a former vatican envoy to the unitedai states, who he told the pope of allegations against u.s. cardinal theodore mccarrick in 2013. but trying to unrmine the
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-- but some accuse the archbishop of trying to undermine the public because of sedivisions in the church . i'm joined by the dean of catholic university's school of theology. how explosive is this claim against the pope that he knew of the use allegations against the cardinal? is a newn y this territory we ared trying to understand how one of the can makeosest aides this claim and level it. ofhink that the point about i'm not going to respond to tles time i wil the journalists do their job come is such an important point, because it shows tt he is trying to open up the church and really let people s this reality and how the sense of ere are we going go, how can we see this. laura: what doflou make of the
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ht that the claim is coming from a conservative critic -- the fact that the claim is coming from a conservative critic of the pope himself? rev. morozowich: wellerthere are dices in the church and people who take this or that tack. the archbishop is trying hard to be truthful to what he believes. laura: is it possibd that this cotally undermined the pope as his critic wants and that he is calling for him to resign? rev. morozowich: 's always challenges that the pope has to address them and part of the challenge of being the var of christ is to bring unity. there are differences of ooninin whethehe right or the left , and trying to bring about a sense of new transparency. one of the things that people pointed out is that it runs the risk of keeping our eye off the abuse victims. that is what we really need to do in the church. that is what we ne to focus on, because these people have not been getting the respect,
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the treatment, and the curing love that they deserve from within and without. point isn't that the in ireland trying to apologize to those victims of abuse and suddenly comes this allegation that he is part of the cover-up. rev. morozowich: those are all ldpart of what needs to un and is francis we need to do our job, we need to let urnalists do their job, and a step in the right direction, i thi, for transparency. laura: but the church is reeling from all of these allegations from chile to ireland to australia? mw can the pope move on f this now that he is accused of being complicit? rev. morozowich: we have to be very careful in how we understand the cover-up,ndow we undershat was known and what wasn't known. all out, wee this need to be clear that anyone who
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covereup his responsible. but when we look at all of these things, the really horrendous thing, i like to go back to the really themselves -- w need to focus on them. laura: mark morozowich, thank you so much for joining us. rev. morozowich: my pleasure. laura: as the state of arizona mccain,he loss of john they are getting ready for our getting ready for a primary election tomorrow. senator jeff flake decided not to seek reelection. that set off a heate to release him. all the candidates are rnishing their conservative credentials and loyalty to president trump. thorbbc's james cook rep. james: arizona and the triumph of trump. >> send all these people back to mexico! what the hell are they doing here? james: politics here is personal. >> the people united will never be divided!
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james: one group is protesting about deportation. other is urging government agency ice to remove even more immigrants. d ocracy requires a sense of compromise, then thed states is in trouble. >> they th open border and everybody should come and go freely. no, we are a sovereign nation, and a nation without borders isn't a nation. james: what is your view n policies in this state and the u.s. generall [indiscernible] james: in what way? >> there should be no borders, there should be no walls. >> broadcasting from the southern border james: immigration amplified donald trump's appeal and still animates his audience. >> we have so many listeners in north america, central america james: this border patrol agent's radio show lavishes praise on the president. >> we have defended the president for so long.
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we have sken well about the president. we have agreed with the president's policies. jas: but read between the lines, and all is not well with those policies, like the key campaign pledge of stopping illegal immigration. >> when president trump took office, the numbers declined. that was our window to change some things and enforce things a little bit more thoroughly. it wasn't done, and honestly, a lot of the agencies see it because of the leadership here was the same leadership under the last president. >> i didn't say you can't come in. >> a just said inot welcome. >> you are not welcome. >> ok, let's james: toualk on immigration is typified by this controversial former sheriff now running for the senate. r is a hard sell in a state where the hispanelation is more than 30% and rising. >> i think a lot of people don't like our president, including some republicans. i hate to use this word, but i'm going to do it -- i feel there
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is a hatred towards president, towards his policies, which are very good for this country. >> 26 years in uniform. she has taken the fight to the enemy and the establishment. james: the favorite to win the republican primary is martha mcsally, a former fighter pilot. she was one of those republicans did criticize mr. trump, but not anymore. pres. trump: she's the real deal, she is tough. >> like our president, i'm tired of pc politicians and their bs excuses. memes: the republican candidates in arizona have o the same conclusion, reluctantly or with enthusiasm -- they cannot win the nomination without cozying up to the president, and yet doing so may damage the chances with the wider electorate. sometimes it is painful being the party of trump. james cook, bbc ws, tucson.
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laura: the rough and tumble of arizona politics there. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching "bbc world news america." >> ith the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designun to work aroyour lifestyle, so you can swipe your way through the news of the day and stayh up-to-date witthe latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglted needs, and purepoint financial. >> how do we spe our tomorrow? it starts with a vision. we see its ideal form in our mind, and then we begito chisel. we strip away everything that stands in the way to reve possibilities.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc yang: good evening. i'm john yang. judy woodruff is away. on the "newshour" tonight, a former top vatican diplomat accusepope francis of covering up sex abuse allegations and calls on himo resign. why the pope's defenders say the claim is all politics. then, one year after hundreds of thousands of rohingya fledheir homes in myanmar, the u.n. calls for top military commanders tere to be tried for genocide. and the legacy of john mccain. he served in the u.s. senate for tire than three decades and earned a rare repu for "straight talk" and reachingss ache aisle. >> whatever our differences, we are fellow americans. and please believe me when i say no association has ever meant more to me than that.


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