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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. venezuela's president nicolas maduro appears on tv, as protests enter a third day. fe u.s. sate fails to end american support the saudi-led war in yemen. we speako senator bernie sanders, who sponsored the legislation. the u.s. attorney general is accused of breaking the law. democrats say he should resign over his handling of the mueller report. rep. pelosi: the attorney general of the united states of america was not telling the truth to the congress of the united states. jane: and setting an ambitious
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target on climate change. scientists in the u.k.nk thi britain can help lead the way. jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. the mood on the streets of venezuela remains tense for a third day as protesters continue denstrations against president nicolas maduro. yes so far survived efforts to overthrow his government, and today made a televised appearance with his generals, whose support is crucial for his continued control. do wounded, and on wednesday one woman was killed. nick bryant starts our coverage from caracas. nick: a gun they marched on the streets of caracas -- again they marched on the streets of caracas, but the demonstrators were smaller in number today, in protest. a lull
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aay from the fury, numbne quietude of grief. her daughter was killed in yesterday's demonstrations. 27-year-old mother of two campaigning for a better future for her children. her family says she was struck in the back of the head by a bullet, a live round. "i feel indignant," she says. "i don't have the weiving in hell." this is the area where she was killed, outside the military airbase in the center of caracas. it has been the focus of antigovernment protests. it was early evening. she joined the demrstration afte work. she was stood away from this antoy frontline. y the same highway was clogged with traffic, normalcy after days of disruption. often the death of a protester can have a galvanizing effect, the anger bringing more protesters onto the streets. but that hasn't happened here today in caracas, and if there was a moment of peril for
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president maduro, it seems to have passed. so a mood of triumphalism from the president this morning as hr sed troops at a fortress in the capital. this sea of green fatigues further proof that now at least he commands the loyalty of the military, his guarantor of power. nick bryant, bbc news, caracas. jane: a short time ago i spoke with our correspondeus barbara pletr, who is also in caracas. has the oppition overplayed its hands? barbara: it is beginning to look like that, jane. you are hearing in nick's package what venezuelans woke up to this morning, these tv images he mainident maduro at military base in caracas, expounding on the theme of the loyalty within the army. he was surrounded by top military commanders including
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the defense minister, who the americans had said was innv cosation with the opposition in order to oust mr. maduro. ll, there he was beside the president expressing his they think ung, "did they could buylike mercenaries? this is an indignity." oppositi leader lopez is hiding out and the court has put out an award for his arrest. anhe was set free to join guaido on tuesday when they called for a rebellion in the army, but that has not happened and have not heard from mr. guaido publicly. jane: barbara, what do people there make of the u.s. monday when they said that military intervention is a ssibility? barbara: a number of different views. on one hand that kind of tough eeetoric has been happening for a while and theyothing is taking place with u.s. intervention.
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so they say how serious is the u.s.? some people we spoke to say there needs to be military intervention, that the military has too much of a grasp oned power, we utside help. reat is not the view of everyone here, but there ome who said that. in terms of the administration itself, there has never been a sense in washington that this is a priority. officials always told us their priority is to america isolation -- is diplomatic isolation and tougher sanction it is always raised as an option but it is not clear if the option is mo than a rhetorical threat or whether they would be willing to act on it. jane: barbara plett usher in caracas, thank you very much indeed. here in the u.s., the senate has failed to override president trump's veto of a bill aimed at ending america's support of the saudi-lewar in yemen. lawmakers crossed party lines offer a rare rebuke of mr. trump's policies, but he used only the second veto of his presidency to block the bill. senator bernie sanders sponsored
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the legislation, and i spoke to. him earl senator, thank you for joining me. what are the consequences for continued u.s. support for the saudi-d war in yemen? sen. sanders: jane, they are unspeakable and horrific. according to reputable sources, some 85,000 children have already di in that war. the u.n.s estimating that if the war continues by ehe of the year, another 200,000 people will die, most of them children. and there is real fear that it will be a major famine in the country which would cost millions of lives. we are looking at the worst humanitarian disaster on the face of the earth, and what the people of yemen need are not more bombs, they need help in rebuilding their econd they need humanitarian aid. jane: how do you do that without republican support in the
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thnate? sen. sanders: welle are other ways we can address this issue. for people who may not be familiar with how congress works, the truth is that our constituti, if obeyed, does not allow the president to get u.s. troops involved in wars like the war in yemen. jane: but they are not involved directly in the war, though, are they? that is part of the problem here. sen. sanders: well, yes, the argument is that they are. ey may not be shooting guns, but they helping to refuel planes and provide intelligence. under the definition of the war powers act, which we used for the first time in 45 years, the zeuse and senate said stop that war, it is unautho it is unconstitutional. unfortunately, trumpd it and we don't have the votes to override it. but i think we ogve made real ss in reasserting congressional responsibility for
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what the constitution mandates should be doing. jane: so where do you go from here? sen. sanders: we are going to use every legislative tool we have, and that is amendments on the floor of the senat in the key pieces of legislation that are relevant. we are going to rally theer an people, and we are succeeding. i think more and more peoplend undersow horrific the situation is in yemen, and thata the uniteds should not be led around by a despotic, anti-democratic regime led by mohammad bin salman. the idea that they are directing our military policy is beyond comprehension. we need to rethink our entire relationship with that murderous regi. jane: senar, while i have you, i would like to ask you about
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the democratic presidential campaign. it is a very diverse field. you are, with respect, the oldest candidate. you are also a white man. are you really the face -- sen. sanders: are you suggesting that i am a white man? [laughter] sen. sanders: are you suggesting that i am a white man?od oh, my jane: it has not escaped my notice.fa are you th of the democratic party in 2020? sen. sanders: well, look, i think the democratic party believes and is the party of diversity. we are making enormous progress in bringing young people, people of color, women, people from the gay community, into elected positions all over the country, and that is a major step forward. but i think at the end of the day, what thamerican people will do is take a look at a candidate, whether that candidate is male or female, black, white, young, or old, and
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say, all right, what does this candidate stand for, what is his record, what is he fighting for? i think that manys people in t country will say that bernie sanders has been fighting for working families for a long time. the ideas he brought forth four years ago, which seemed radical and extreme at the time, are now kind of mainstream ideas in the t mocratic party. i think we have a support and i think that support is going to grow and i'm quite confident we can not only win the democratic nomination but defeat the most dangerous president in modern history. jane speaker of the house nancy pelosi accused attornegeneral william barr of lying to congress. should democrats proceed with impeachment agait the attorney general? sen. sanders: well, i don't -- look, the truth is that you have a president of the u who lies all the time. shouldn't be shocking that we
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have an attorney general who lies to is something that the house will make their own determination about. what you have which is equally frightening is an administration that is trying to stonewall the house of representatives, not bring people forward who should be testifying, not providing the information the american people are entitled to have. i think the house will do what it will do, and they should be as tough as they can be. ,ne: senator bernie sande thank you very much indeed for joining me. sen.anders: thank you. jane: as we mentioned in the intervie house speaker nancy pelosi has accused the attorney general of lying to congress in his handling of the mueller adport. this is what sheo say. rep. pelosi: it wasn't about technicalitiesit wasn't about who wrote the letter, how he characterized the letter. inthat iresting, but what is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the united states of america was not
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telling the truth to the congress of the united states. that is a crime. jane: the department of justice says the speaker's comments are reckless, irresponsible, a false. for more i'm joined by ron christie, rmer adviser to president george w. bush. whatever you trnnk of the at general, what is all this doing to the credibility of the mueller report itself? ron: i don't think it undermines the credibility of the mueller report. it would be one thing if we had never seen it. it was important for this report to come out basically intact. the american people got to see and hear for themselves the impressions being made by cipolis, but they got to read the report. the notion that somehow the ey general of the united states is covering up or was covering for the president is laughable on its face. do goif the democrats down the road of impeachment, what would set do?
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ron: it would roil and already divisive political lana.cape in amer you have republicans and democrats on each side of a warming line from each accusing the other of being a liar and ng the other of playing politics. what the american people want us toocus on is energy, education, the kitchen counter issues. what would impeachment do? make it difficult for anything to get accomplished in the coress. jane: the vast majority of americansma hav up their minds about the president regardless of this report. how can republicans move this?rom ron: republicans need to do the same thing that democrats do, which is to put forward a positive agenda and work with the other side and get president trump to sign legislatio republicans seem a little bit ant, particularly in the senate, where a third of them will be up for reelection next year, to come to close to the president. they are keepinganheir distance, the longer they keep their
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distance, the more frustrated mr. trump is going to be and say why aren't republicans working with me? jane: we are due to hear from mr. mueller himself. he is set to give testimony on may 15. atre you expecting him to say? ron:t i exp will go through a lengthy process -- remember, the mueller report is volumes. umin the first volhe lays out the case of collusion, or the lack thereof -- properly the term isth conspiracy. second volume gets into 10 specific instances where he thinks the president of the united states may have obstructed justice. the la you that a prosecutor only comes out and says i'm going to indict you or not. it is not their job to exonerate. the second volume is what the democrats will hold onto and say, see, the president obstructed, but republicans will say no collusion, no conspiracy. jane: that is the headline the
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president has been going with assault and. ron christie, thank you. -- going on with this whole time. ron christie thank you. let's look at the days of the news. the u.s. military has announced a macrease in sexual assault despite use of efforts to address the problem. figures show 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact in 2018t up a q from when the survey was last conducted in 2016. acting secretary patrick p shanahan says ns to criminalize sexual harassment in the military. thousands of people are being evacuated from villag on india's eastern coastline ahead of a cyclone. the cyclone is heading towards in state with wind speeds excess of 120 miles an hour, and it is expected to make landfall on friday. officials have shut down operations atwo major ports from the east coast. health authorities fm the caribbean island of seen this yet have quarantined -- st. lucia ha ship after a case of measles was diagnosed.
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thoughtisu. to be owned and operated by the church of scientology. laand the king of thaind has married his long-term hartner, givi the title of queen. the first for the deputy commander of the bodyguard unit since 2014. the coronation will take place this weekend in bangkok. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, setting up a grand ambition and reaching that far off goal. y's moonshot resonat today. the united nions is warning that schools, healthit facs, and residential areas in ldbel-health nor-- rebel-h
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north west and's been h by the worst bombing campaign in months. it was found shelling overnight around shelling overnight around idlib province will reporter: syrian government helicopter gunships have been dropping barrel bombs. drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel are the cause of indiscriminate destruction. artillery fire and motion airstrikes add -- russian airstrikesdd to the bombardment. home to around 3 million licis, many of whom fled to escape fighting in other parts of the country, the province is the last major stronghold for rebelsgo fighting the rnment of bashar al-assad. hundreds of local resident and had to flee, packing their possessions into cars and pickup
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trucks as they seek temporary refuge. concern for their safety is growing, as the demilitarized buffer zone set up lastl ear to forest all-out government offensive continues to fray. an estimated 30,000 or so rebel idlib are dug in across with the jihadist groumo controlling st of the region. the united stes as urged russia to abide by its stop ments an escalation in idlib. turkey, which has supported the rebels, has been negotiating with moscow to halt the airstrikes, but with little success. says the area is on the edge of astumanitarian rophe. jane: 50 years ago, neil
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armstrong took his first steps the moon, meeting the challee set by president john f. kennedy at the height of the cold war between america and the soviet union. historian uglas brinkley has written about those times in his new book, "american moonshot." he spoke to my colleague katty kay. katty: how important was the moon landing for kennedy just in terms of science but the narrative of what it meant to the world about american standing? las: it meant everything. it became the heart and soul of what he called the new frontier viet union put sputnik upct in oober of 1957, the first satellite. wathen on kennedy'h in early 1961, they put yuri gagarin in , the first human cn space, sovimonaut. jack kennedy got pumped up about wanting to beat russia astronaut --eport
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report astronaut alan shepard in a mission up and down, 15ne minutes, and k saw the ratings. everybody on tv was watching alan shepard. he was like a charles lindbergh-esque figure. that very month, may 25, 1961, kennedy went to a joint session of congress and made a moon timelin g it a t need to of the decade we would bring an astronaut -- the end of the decade we would bring an astronaut back alive. all this money got pumped in to go on ollo program. katty: a president who understands ratings and television and image sounds familiar. m but he must hae a very good pitch to the americanat people to get mount of money. it is a huge sum of money. -- it was huge sum of money. douglas: good point. he was a master salesperson for space. during his presidential debates in 1960 with richard nixon, at one flashpoint kennedy said, "if you are elected president i see a soviet flag on the moon. if i am elected, it will be an american flag." he could find money from democratic constituents on
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capitol hill, but republicans, all he had to do is say, oh, you want russia to beat us. at, mr.didn't say president." spotd the cold war sweet to push this through. s also, radar ming into the mainstream, and texas instruments created the microcomputer chip in 1958 forst trans, so the technology kind of happened on the sameen time john f.dy was president. katty: he built it up as such an important symbol of american prowess in this battle between the soviet union and the united states in the cold war. was he right? what happened after e moon landing? douglas: i think he was right in the regard that for that money we got a lot of spin off technology, things like gps, cat an m.r.i. in the medical world, anti-icing devices for cars and airplanes. the spinoffy technols
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amazing. also, a lot of the billionsnt of nto the southern united dollars states in places likeex houston,, huntsville, alabama, hampton, virginia, meaning it had an infrastructure component, building tech corr states.und the united but once we went to the moon, the space race became less interesting. nixon as president canceled the last couple of apollo missions. in 1975 we had a joint docking in space between the soviet union and the united states. the space race was clearly over. katty: times have anged. douglasnk by, thanks very much for coming in. douglas: thank you. jane: when it comes to climate change, it can be tough to determinern which dire g to listen to and what they mean. the latest from experts in the uk's say they want the nation to cutmissions to zero by 2050
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y they do and other countries follow suit, they obal temperatures may be stopped from rising beyond dangerous levels. here is an environment analyst. >> when britai sparked the industrial revolution we didn't know that burning coal, oil, and gas would produce emissionshat would overheat the climate. now a clean industrial revolution isnderway, and advisers sayha tt by 2050, the uk's should add noor heating gases. this target with lots of renewable energy is called zero. >>g we are send incredibly strong signal to other countries world, especially developed countries, that they need to do the same thing. >> it means industry will have to curb in missions much more quickly. power plants like this one in yorkshire wi lead the way. farming, cows are heeding the climate. we need to eat less red meat
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entrance on farmland to forest, the report says. housing must be nancy wrote mission- net-zero emissions, too. look at this. the insulation on it is absolutely massive. existing homes will also need to be made much warmer. time, flying shipping should be included in the targets, the committeeays. protesters will sayn'he report d't go far enough. others will think it goes too far. the committee insists their targets are realistic and essential to protect the climate. the proem always is putting those ambitions into reality. remember, you can find that story and more on all the day's news on our website.
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