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and the music is legendary, the artwork is museum quality. how pink floyd's covers and props are found in display in london. ♪ welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. it is the story that refuses to die. today it became even more compensated as president trump took to the airwaves with his version of events at odds with , what has been coming out of the white house in the past few comey's fateat mr. was sealed. >> this presidential handshake not an act of friendship, but the beginning of an end for the fbi director.
pres. trump: he is a showboat, he is a grandstander. this was the directly from the president. pres. trump: i was going to fire comey, my decision. >> you had made the decision already? pres. trump: i was going to fire comey. >> yesterday, the white house claims that james comey had no support in the fbi. >> the rank and file had lost confidence in their director. director says acting today sitting in for his boss at the senate intelligence committee. "i hold james comey in the highest regard, he has considerable abilities and integrity. i can tell you also that director comey enjoyed broad support within the fbi and still does to this day." >> the heart of this row, of
course lies in the alleged trumpion between the campaign and russia. president trump says he is in the clear. pres. trump: i said, if it is possible, would you let me know if i am under investigation. he said, you are not under investigation. >> but the investigation into others continues. brief time ago i discussed the fallout with ron christie, former advisor to george. are you still confused? >> still confused, absolutely. it has been an extraordinary 48 hours. you have the fbi director investigating claims of collusion with the russian government let go by the , president of the united states. under normal circumstances when an demonstration comes in, you're one to let go of some people and bring in new people. this far into the year, it looks like it could be personal, like it could be malice, and it could be political. tim: how do you explain the shifting narrative?
>> it is fascinating. the white house comes out and says this is something the president has been thinking about. he did not take the advice of the deputy attorney general. and then you have the president coming out saying i have been thinking about this since they won. one of the most important things you can do is stay consistent on message and what the optics are of what you're trying to put out. the white house has been very confused about that point. tim: you have three different versions mike pence yesterday, , donald trump today, sarah huckabee-sanders. is anybody getting together and saying this is what the story is? >> at our meetings we talk about the optics for the day, the week are it seemsmonth . to me that they are not having those are stations, which leads to this dysfunction. tim: have we gotten to the truth now? >> no. i think the truth is evolving. i think the truth is certainly
the president wanted to fire james comey, and if that is the case then why did it attorney , general of the united states detail why them around declined in fbi, and why we needed a change? it is either one or the other. tim: what about protocol, it didn't seem that donald trump think it was strange at all as to asking if he was under investigation. >> as a lawyer i can tell you you are not supposed to ask a client or individual under investigation that very west in. certainly, the president should not be asking the head of the fbi that question, tim. tim: sarah huckabee-sanders said that it was acceptable, so is it a gray area? >> i think it is invalid for the president to ask, but entirely improper for the director to answer that question. tim: what happens next. it is all of this. we have the russian foreign minister and the russian ambassador, a man of huge
interest, just somehow getting into the white house with a photographer that didn't seem to have clearance. this didn't help either. >> it doesn't help either. the protocol for the chair to the president's right is supposed to be for the vice president, work for a visiting head of eight. the foreign minister is not a head of state, and from the sources i have heard from the white house, this was a direct request from putin that his foreign minister come into the oval office and be able to meet with the president. it is extraordinary. tim: the next fbi director, how difficult is that want to be? >> those confirmation hearings are going to be incredibly difficult to overcome. you are going to have democrats accused the white house of collusion, you're going to have republicans accused the white house of not knowing how to manage department in general and fbi in particular. tim: at today's hearing, senator warner of virginia warns that germany's upcoming elections could be the target of cyber
attacks. germany holds regional elections this weekend. anglela merkel's conservatives are hoping to retake the country's most popular state this weekend. our correspondent is reporting. >> not a vote cast yet, but there is something of the victory march in angela merkel's step. since herally years party one here. here. polls suggest it might be about to change here. >> so important, angela merkel -- [indiscernible] >> take back the state and she has a very slim chance of taking the country -- >> first she must persuade this town, this country. >> i think she will be chancellor again. she is very self-assured, reliable, and calm. and because she is a woman, i like that.
>> she promised too much and invited too many people without thinking. and too many of the wrong people came into the country. between angelads merkel and victory. martin schultz has arrived on the scene and gave the political party a boost in the polls, but even here, this so-called -- schultz affect is wearing off. >> his approval ratings will only stabilize once he says very clearly what he wants to do. in the eyes of the voters, that hasn't happened yet. we need a clear program, clear policies which it matter to the electorate. >> and that includes a powerful lobby. >> germany's next chancellor will need the support of the --
>> we need to cut bureaucracy. we need a modern education system, support for businesses in the digital future, and the better infrastructure in this region. >> angela merkel may seem reluctant to take the battle on here, make no mistake, this woman wants german voters to dance to her tune. in venezuela, thousands of people marched in the capital in response to people killed in wednesday's violence. nearly 40 people have died during a month of unrest. there have also been pro-government demonstrations as well. our correspondent, vladimir hernandez sent this report. [shouting] these events and -- are
happening almost every day. these people are asking for fresh elections against president nicolass maduro. the inflation rate is estimated to be over 700% and the economy is crashing. >> i'm angry because of the , this man says. i want to recover the country where i grew up, this woman says. and this young student says she doesn't want more people dying in the protest. they have been trying to reach the presidential palace for weeks to demand a new election. this is what protesters them up -- get every time they come out into the street. the government said that these
protests have not been authorized and accused of trying to topple nicolass maduro. in this protest, dozens of people -- and many more were arrested. t went to one of the poores areas to meet a demonstrator who lost a kidney over a week ago after he was shot at close range. it is a steep walk to the slum where he lives. >> we need to keep fighting, but we need to find an alternative, because they are killing us. guns against rocks. >> i left jorge in an extremely uncertain situation. he is struggling to make ends meet as he cannot work as he is recovering. he is also now one more venezuelan suffering the shortage of medicine. lack of food and medicine are two of the main ingredients
fueling the current unrest in the country. tim: you are watching "bbc world news america." and other stories, the chief of of the iraqi army says his troops are close to finishing most operation to capture -- from islamic militants. the troops launched back to take back the city in october. this general told the bbc the operation was now coming to an end. the party founded 13 months ago by the french president elect, has unveiled its candidates for next month's parliamentary elections. half are women. now remained republic on the move, still need to find 150 more candidates from 19,000 applicants.
it has been five days since more than 80 girls were released by boko haram three years after they were kidnapped at gunpoint from their school in northern nigeria. they have yet to be reunited with their families. many are still in government custody. our correspondent has been to nigeria and he sent this report. >> the girls are now young women and getting used to being free d from their boko haram captives -- captors. they spent three years in the forest, and are now overwhelmed by their surroundings and all of the attention. this man is the family's representative. we met him in northeast nigeria. he was headed back to -- have thethe girls and job of identifying all of them. among the 82 released was his daughter. >> when i first saw her, she jumped from the grass for me.
i started dancing. show the families his pictures and prepare for their big reunion. the girls told him life was hard in the boko haram. sometimes there was no food. >> there were some of them -- that according to them it was not forceful as to when you decide when to marry. >> what do you think about the fighters who kidnapped all of the girls? >> i will forgive them. i forgive them. >> it is a joyful trip but also , one mixed with sadness. more than 100 girls are still missing. it is not just the 276 girls and of their families who have an affected. here in northeast nigeria, many other girls have been kidnapped by boko haram.
and there is a real stigma for anyone who has lived with boko haram. >> it is a lot to take in and they don't know what is going to happen to them. >> she is a psychologist who thinks the scale of the problem is huge. >> we are rebuilding hospitals, schools, homes but really we need to rebuild people. people,on't rebuild this conflict will be with us for the next couple of decades. >> these of the girls rescued last year, they have been kept in the security services for more than six months. they seem healthy. some people want them home, others believe they are better off in the capital. >> the parents agreed we did not -- anybody that your child must be here. no way. tough forrenchingly families waiting for news. we showed this family, they were looking for their sarah.
she is still missing with over 100 others, but with so many free, there is new hope that they soon will be released. tim: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program the environmental and realities of climate change. looking for the answer of where the trump administration stands. -- researchers in britain say antiviral treatments have improved so much that hiv patients can expect to live nearly as long as the general population .the trump -- scientists look at people with the virus, and found that they
may live into their mid-70's. our correspondent reports. >> a deadly disease and there is no known cure. in the 1980's, governments warned of the dangers behind aids. and warned us not to i of ignorance. jonathan learned he was hiv positive in 1982, he didn't expect to be alive all these years later. now 67, he is enjoying a happy and healthy retirement. >> i never thought i would be a pensioner. it is amazing. i have been very, very fortunate. hivedicine which stops reproducing has helped jonathan and many others. the drugs became widely available in the u.k. two
decades ago. researchers say a 20-year-old hiv in has contracted the past six years should live in almost normal expectancy. the charity says this research is great news. there are still people unaware who have hiv, and they are missing out on treatment that will help them stay healthy into old age. jane draper, bbc news. ♪ prime ministers from nations with territories and the arctic circle have signed an agreement accepting the need to attack climate change. councils in the eight member
states -- it doesn't commit the u.s. to implementing the paris deal on reducing emissions. our correspondent reports from alaska. >> the frozen north is melting. alaska andgtime and winter ice is beginning to break up. the ledgers save the thoughts -- thaws are coming earlier. summers are longer, and the ice is thinner. here, climate change is not a theory. >> the ice was thicker. when i was younger it was up to eight feet thick. >> since he was born, this man has been gazing out at the ocean. now he works at the tribes trying to maintain traditions in a new world. >> we are witnessing the disappearance of the ice.
in many forms, permafrost river , ice, ocean ice. >> it appears to be accelerating. lts, the more sun is reflected, the more the earth warms. as delegates from around the arctic gather here for the summit, their conversations have been dominated by one topic. what does president trump think about climate change? what is america's policy? at the meeting began, there were from rex-- clues tillerson. >> we are appreciative of interview having a point of view, and we are taking the time
to address your concerns here it are not going to rush to make a decision. we are going to work to make the right decision for the united states. >> there is particular concern that the u.s. may be ready to withdraw from the landmark paris agreement to reduce carbon emissions. >> if the u.s. does withdrawal, it will set the policy backed by a decade or two with regards to responding to climate change. the warming we have seen in the 100 years is50 to greater than we have seen in the last 2000 years. >> is human activity contributing to climate change? >> yes, it is. >> climate change is happening now. were primarily directed at the u.s. now, it is finland's turn. >> the arctic space is the main imetus of greenhouse gases.
there is no doubt about it, climate change is real. we have the science. we know it. council members now say they accept the urgency of attacking global warming by reducing carbon emissions. james cook, bbc news, fairbanks in alaska. there was the music, but when it comes to pink floyd, many people remember the artwork as well as the songs. now, those images have their own exhibition in london. our correspondent caught up with the remaining bandmembers to ask where this distinctive style has come from. >> london, may 1967. queen elizabeth hall, the classical music venue hosted what was to become a landmark in rock 'n roll history.
their surround sound, the psychedelia, the summer of love had arrived and was being featured on the bbc. >> they are pink floyd, they have an audience. people who have an audience ought to be heard. perhaps it is my fault that i don't appreciate it. ♪ >> 50 years on this exhibition tell the story of how pink floyd helped turn rock music into a visual spectacle by retreating from the spotlight. >> it was a gradual slide into spirit. it workedund that better to utilize special effects and video, and strange lighting devices, and so on to augment the music. ♪ >> it was an era of massive experimentation. there was a whole generation of designers and architects creating things that they
thought no one would ever built -- build. then came pink floyd. ♪ >> the stage designs, the giant inflatable pig, the album covers, all vital visuals for band that liked to say no. >> i do remember when we went on the road, there was a big resistance to publicity and 2 -- i think we were a bit snotty. ways a recordny of an era now past. counting the -- cost of rock success. tim: fabulous stuff.
that is it rub me, tim willcox, and our team in washington. see you tomorrow. from me, tim willcox, and our team in washington. see you tomorrow. >> make sense of international .com/international news. >> this is "bbc world news." 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
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight... >> i was going to fire comey. my decision. >> woodruff: ...conflicting statements from the white house add to confusion following the abrupt firing of the director of the f.b.i., james comey. then, a closer look at the man behind the memo arguing for comey's removal. what we know about the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, and how he could steer the russia investigation going forward. and, making sense of gender roles on the job: why many men still avoid work, like nursing or teaching, traditionally dominated by women. >> there are a lot of guys who feel either because their friends or their comty