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laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. if you expected a quite august in the u.s. presidential campaign, think again. president obama declared donald trump unfit to be president. donald trump blasted the obama-clinton team saying the nation has been humiliated abroad by them. jon sopel has been following it all. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen. the nextlcome president of the united states, mr. donald j. trump. jon: the music is "all right now" the things have been very far from that after his damaging war with the parents of a
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veteran killed in a rock and decorated for bravery. today he got a gallantry medal of his own, given by veteran injured in conflict. >> i always wanted to get the purple heart. this was much easier. jon: as the new york times documents the day, on five occasions he managed to be avoid the draft for the vietnam war. richard hanna from new york said that he is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country. the latest of three with her on many issues, i will -- while i disagree with her on many issues, i will vote for mrs. clinton. the republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. i said so last week. he keeps proving it. the fact that he does not appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues.
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in europe and the middle east, in asia, it means that he is woefully unprepared. president has intervened. the french president. french may be the language of diplomacy, but there is nothing nuanced about the intervention of francois hollande. he said donald's comments made etch.ant to wr . since the convention, there has been a slew of hope. while they had the usual housewarming, they point in the same direction. his support has gone down and hillary clinton has gone up. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. if that wasn't enough, mr. trump said in an interview today that he was not ready to
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endorse paul ryan or senator john mccain in their reelection bids. here with it all is north american reporter anthony zurcher. why would he lash out at a time of peril for himself? anthony: he may be getting revenge on paul ryan when he went back-and-forth during the primary. donald trump cannot help himself . he feels he has to point out that paul ryan was soft when it came to supporting donald trump. laura: we heard jon sopel saying that the polls are moving toward hillary clinton. what are the latest polls saying? anthony: she got a bump out of the convention. people who watch the republican convention came out with a negative view of the convention. they were less likely to support donald trump after seeing his doom and gloom acceptance
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speech. laura: settling down and becoming about policy? majory: we've had three donald trump stories and 24 hours. he already said that the rigged inight be november. i do not think that we are done. laura: hundreds of mourners filled a church in rouen for the funeral of a priest killed by islamic extremists. the murder of father jacques out by 2 carried teenagers loyal to the islamic state. they call for people to live together and work for peace. james reynolds reports. ites: the city of* came to -- the city of rouen came to its gothic cathedral to bury the priest killed and his alter. the body of 85-year-old father jacques hamel was inside. "no one deserves to die like he did. we knew the father so well. it hurts us so badly."
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more than 1500 mourners heard of tributes paid by the priest's family. "i love you, uncle," said his niece jessica. "i will miss you." the archbishop spoke directly to the assailants and their supporters. >> you who are tormented by diabolical violence pray that god frees you from the clutches of the demon. we pray for you. james: the mourners at the cathedral will have many questions. could be french authorities have done more to stop the two attackers from getting to the priest in his church? and more broadly, what can this country do to prevent further attacks? for some here, the answer is obvious. >> the government must check the mosques.
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it must allow people who try to fight in syria to be free. james: decades ago, jacques hamel also led his own country to go to war. he did military service in algeria, where the family of one of his killers has its roots. this man's family is also from algeria and he came here to share the city's grief. >> we have to be with our french citizen neighbors. we have to be with them. and with christians, especially christians, that believe in the same god as us. james: france is a secular state, but this afternoon, the older rituals of the catholic church had their place. in the 15th century, joan of arc was burned at the stake. this city knows how to grieve for those who died for their faith. james reynolds, bbc news.
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tora: from on the efforts stop those from pledging allegiance to the islamic state i spoke with a former fbi special agent who is now with the foreign policy research institute. he joins us from boston. father hamel was killed by two teenagers who tried to go to syria. what seems to you to be the lesson for intelligence agencies here? >> well, the concern has always been on foreign fighters returning from syria, but as we have slowed down those foreign fighters going through turkey into syria we have a new problem, which is bottling up those extremists who want to join the fight with the islamic state. at the same time we see them increasingly using crafted applications. ed applications. in this case, telegrams have been very popular. they use these to communicate with supporters at a distance,
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which gives isis, the islamic state, a real advantage and one that is very difficult for law enforcement to track. laura: also, so many people are becoming radicalized online as well as using these encrypted systems. is there an effective way to combat online radicalization? >> the tough part of online and encrypted applications is that you cannot track everything in the conversation. you may see them log in or you know they use it but you don't know who they are communicating with. what is interesting about this case is that it appears the two attackers only met each other 4 days before the attack occurred. it makes you wonder if they were connected by an actual islamic state coordinator. this is a new wrinkle for law enforcement and intelligence community and speaks to the advantages the terrorists have. laura: also, is law enforcement finding it hard to adjust to the random nature of these i.s.-inspired attacks rather than the 9/11 coordinated attacks?
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>> yes, the islamic state hasn't changed the model we previously assumed in terms of allocator. -- has changed the model we previously assumed in terms of al qaeda. what the islamic state has done his sake pick a target you know well, pick a target you have access to. because they do that, many of the indicators we used to look for, such as reconnaissance for rehearsals they don't need to do , those because they know these locations well and are very familiar in these communities, and the communities are not really picking up on any of the signals that the attack might occur. laura: do you expect to see more of these random attacks like the one in orlando here in the united states? >> absolutely. i think success breeds success for the islamic state, so when you see a successful attack, like what we saw with the bastille day parade a couple weeks ago, that inspires those individuals on the fringes to push into an attack. they see the celebration in islamic state circles around such an attack and they feel empowered to do that.
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as long as we have this string of what i call cascading terrorism, successful attacks that lead to other successful attacks, that trend will continue much like a contagion as it sweeps through these supporters that are based all around western europe and north america. laura: thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you. in syria eyewitness accounts suggest toxic chlorine gas may have been dropped near where a russian transport helicopter was shot down yesterday. dozens of people treating women and children are believed to be affected, but no fatalities. it is not clear who was responsible. it has been two years cents the islamic state group launched an attack on mount sinjar. thousands of members of the is zidi community ya
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were under attack. many of the men were killed and women sold into sexual slavery. our security correspondent went to meet them. correspondent: on the run, dehydrated, and terrified. hundreds of yazidi families fled for their lives when islamic state fighters attacked their villages near mount sinjar. many escaped, including those rescued by helicopter. 2 years on, the women and girls captured are still in a living hell. yazidi girls?" asks the islamic fighter. they are discussing a modern-day slave market for girls some as young as 9. investigators are working to
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those responsible. among the boxes of documents in the european capital that we have been asked not to name our evidence that more crimes investigators say ways to the culpability of senior islamic state commanders for the abduction and slavery of hundreds of yazidi women in northern iraq. >> we have women that remain enslaved. correspondent: he is heading the investigation. they research war crimes by i.s. funded by germany and canada. >> there was an unwritten policy that this was permissible. for us is to establish the criminal responsibility, not of daesh as a whole, but individual leaders within daesh. correspondent: tracing for daesh 's leadership involvement in sexual slavery identified 40
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slave owners and other figures. -- abubakart al-bagdadi and others like this school teacher are believed to be involved. they take these women and they see them as a value to them. correspondent: this investigator asked to remain anonymous. i asked how optimistic he was these men would face justice. make sure thes to failures of the past are not repeated. they'll years of the past was that no evidence was elected during the conflict. first and foremost we need to do the job of evidence collected while we can. correspondent: justice for the yazidis might be years away. there is as yet no court set up to try the tormentors, and some
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have already died. but the investigators are adamant. sooner or later, they say, those who ordered the ongoing atrocity will be held to account. tracking down the man who enslaved and humiliated the yazidi women. you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, concerns grow about the spread of the zika virus in florida. we speak to the country's leading health expert on precautions to take. first, a series of trials in china. more than 300 lawyers were rounded up last year in a crackdown by the government. our china correspondent sent this report from the northern city. with the police surrounding the court, we were
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not allowed to film. the closed roads are the first sign that the first in a series of cases was getting underway. min is a veteran human rights campaigner and one of 20 activists and lawyers detained since the crackdown last year. his suppose it confession has already been aired on state tv. today, he was the first of the group to be convicted on a charge of subversion. lawyer and is a another one of those detained. many relatives have heard nothing for over a year. only after my husband was arrested that i realized i was pregnant. i have not let me see him since. he may not know he has a new
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baby. correspondent: so many outside observers, including foreign governments, say there is only one conclusion to be drawn from what is happening in the court. china is engaged in an effort to submit up oppression and one -- and cement one party role. he faced a maximum of life an prison but was given a three-year suspended sentence. if that relatively new nc is shown in subsequent trials, it might be a sign that china is paying heed to the international condemnation. ♪ laura: a travel warning has been issued by health officials in the u.s. advising pregnant women to avoid a part of miami where mosquitoes are currently transmitting zika directly to humans.
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so far 14 people have been , diagnosed with the virus and that number is expected to rise. for more on what people should do to protect themselves, i spoke a brief time ago with dr. tom frieden, director of the centers for disease control and prevention. now that mosquitoes are infecting people with zika in this part of miami, what kind of drastic action are you taking to stop this spreading further? neighborhood.ocal remember that zika only spreads by going from a person to a mosquito to another person. it is not get into the mosquito population. therefore, in an environment where there is air conditioning and screens, we don't expect to see the kind of explosive spread that we have seen in parts of latin america, the caribbean, including puerto rico. in miami we are concerned about , this particular community and we have advised pregnant women not to travel to this particular neighborhood, and pregnant women who must live or work there to
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do everything possible to minimize the possibility of mosquito bites. our concern is to limit it there and see if we can stop it before it continues to spread for a long time. lauren: you say you are not concerned about an explosive situation like the one we have seen in latin america. but how are you going to prevent that, given that florida is a hugely popular tourist destination and people don't know they have the symptoms and could travel all over america with it potentially? dr. frieden: remember in this country we have had thousands of travel-associated cases, and they have not resulted in large numbers of locally acquired cases. here we have 12 cases associated with one particular 500-square-foot area where there was a worksite and also homes. in that area we are concerned about stopping it from spreading because the challenge with zika is controlling this mosquito. it is a very difficult mosquito to control, unless it is controlled, there's the possibility that the outbreak
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could smolder for some time. lauren: you say that mosquito is difficult to control. do you worry that it could be resistant to all the efforts to eradicate it? dr. frieden: insecticide resistance may be the reason we have not seen mosquito counts down as much as we good life. -- as much as we would like testing take some time so we will not know for a week or maybe three or four whether the mosquito is resistant to the insecticides used to there. if they are, that is an easier fix than the other alternatives, getting rid of all of the standing water and eliminating mosquitoes from everywhere, indoors and outdoors. lauren: congress has gone on vacation without giving additional money to fight zika. how does that undermine your effort? dr. frieden: this is no way to fight an epidemic. i will say that in both houses of congress there are proposals to have the infectious disease rapid response funds of the next time we have an emergency we don't have to go to congress and would have money available to
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respond more robustly to protect americans and the world from the next infectious disease threat. laura: for pregnant women who may be worried that their unborn babies are contracting the zika virus, is there anything that can be done to help those babies if indeed they have? dr. frieden: well, first, for women who are pregnant and living in areas where the mosquitoes may be, where insecticide and apply multiple times a day and if possible wear long sleeves and long pants and to the greatest extent possible stay indoors. for women who have the option of not traveling to a place with zika, that is what we recommend. laura: thank you very much for joining us. dr. frieden: thank you. days to goave 30 until the opening ceremonies. all eyes are on rio for the start of the summer olympics. the greatest in
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the game series, that is when a game. in 1948 changed the a 30-year-old mother of two that demolished records and precedent -- and prejudices. correspondent: postwar wembley and the unveiling of the honor since the first berlin games -- since the olympics is the berlin games. in 1940piad took here eight, the first game in 12 years. it was a relief that it happened at all. it was the first time that a female athlete emerged as arguably the greatest olympian of the game. lankers-koen, fanny. standingst seem to be
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still. she finishes in 12 seconds flat. correspondent: in the late 1940's her dominance was as complete as any athletes. that translated into old medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 80 meters, and the relay gold. >> it was frowned on for women to do sports at all, let alone a woman that was 30 years old with two small children setting the world alight. thewas beyond her time in 40's. >> there she is. easy-going. correspondent: and modest according to many. she may have one or high jump in the long jump, but was only allowed to compete in three individual events. nickname ofake, her the flying housewife is a deep drive to succeed. >> she was a single-minded determined lady.
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nothing interested her more than winning competitions. she was one hell of an athlete and one hell of a character. correspondent: i returned to holland is the stuff of legend. no hiding the esteem to which she was held by a war weary population. ofough 1948 alone, the place fanny blanker-koen in the olympic pantheon was sealed. katty: on the amazing feats of fanny blanker-koen. we will bring you full coverage newse and on bbc world with a games kickoff on friday and all of the sporting events. that brings this podcast to a close but you can find the latest on our website. to reach me and the rest of the
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team go to twitter. . am @lauratrevelyan i would love to hear from you. thank you for watching. please 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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