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your plans, your goals, your dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. n >> andow, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. reports of a tape ofald trump speaking to his lawyer during the election cagn about a payment to silence a former playboy model raises more qutions. 17 people are killed as their tourist boat sinks during a storm inissouri. investigators are trying to piece together what went wrong. and he was the youngest pilot at the battle of britain. tonight we look back at the life and highflyingeroics 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 raisinb fresh questiont the president's involvement in keeping quiet alleged affairs in the run-up to the presidential election. "the new york times" says that mhael cohen secretly recorded a conversation with mr. trump two months before tsamericans cast their bal the pair discussed payments to silence a former playboy model which in the end were never made. the fbi ized the recording during a raid on cohen's office earlier this year. the woman the center of the story is karen mcdougal, who says she began a nearly yearong affair with mr. trum in 2006, something hey fla denies. it follows months of controversy
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s over payme. cohen to pornto stary daniels, also in the 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 tremendous implications. politically it suggests that the president as well as hope hicks, his former communications director emma were not accurately for training his lack of knowledge. but the other piece is does michael cohen have additional tapes that could implicate the presid campaign finance violations? jane: it has been suggested that they were discussing a reimbursement to "the national enquirer," which hadt 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
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campaign receipts something of value. the effect of a loan from "the national enquirer" is a value to the cam controlling potentially negative information related to the candidate. 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? m: he holds the keys to the ot just because of the hush money to women, negotiating the deal on trump tower in moscow leading up to the campaign, mentioned in the infamous steele dossier on having traveledmeith alleged dications with the campaign. he denies that. also a deal with ukraine and russia to resolve their international dispute.
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he has information that would be problematic if it got introthe hands ofcutors. jane: how usual is it for a lawyer to record a client's conversation? 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 behe problematic anould want to have some kind of documentation to demonstrate what happened in atthat moment. s not something that originally occurs certainly not without disclosures. the client. jane:en what would be thety for violating campaign-finance law? kim: two ways -- civilnc penalt, fil, and criminal penalties for making a false stement or failing to make a statement and that would have to be prosecuted by the justice department. jane: thanks so muc.for joining kim: my pleasure. esne: the white house announcement that ent 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 e view shared by the president's critics. thbbc's gary o'donoghue has this report. gary: one week on and stilwe don't know what these men agreed to behind closed doors in their t.o-hour-long meeting with only translators pres but after the joint public appearance, and donald trump seeming to side with russia over his own intelligence services, he's faced a whirlwind of criticism, being forced to clear up and clarify suppo his own side. pres. trump: getting along with president putin, getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i would be the worst enemy he has ever had. the rst he has ever had. >> we have some breaking news -- the white use has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. gary: and now this, even
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catching the man who runs the entirety of u.s. intlaligence off-e. mr. coats: ok. [laughter] mr. coats: that's going to be special. [laughter] gary: on the face of it, the invite to president putin isng baff why risk another potential humiliation on home soil weeksey beforeongressional elections? the answer is around seven out of 10 republican voters believe o e summit was a success, and getting them outte in the november polls will be crucial. athe u.n. today, the secretary of state was backing his president. sec. pompeo: i'm glad that they are continuing to meet, and if the meeting takes place in washington, it is all to the good. gary: not all republicans arer happy, and as ponents, 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 president that anyone has ever witnessed.
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it wasn't just that it was a kind of surrender, it is that it dangerous. the president stood there and did not defend our country. gary: while the politicians get stuck e comedians cannot resist it either. >> second meeting? second meeting, because the first one went so well. it is like the exciting sequel cong out this summer, "titanic 2: here we go again." gary: after a turbulent week, it 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 said enforcement of sanctions was necessary, and when it comes to denuclearization, the message is clear. sec. pompeo: chairman kim made a promise, told not only presiden trt president moon that he was prepared to denuclearize.
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the scope and scale is agreed to. the north koreans understand what that means. there is no mistake of what the scope of the denuclearization looks maat do we nee see? we need to see chakim do what he promised the world he would do. not very fancy, but it is the truth. jane: a brief time ago i spoke about this with our state derartment correspondent bar plett-usher. prrbara, the administration keeps saying tharess is being made, but what is it? barbara: well, there has been some movement on one issue, returning the remains of some u.s. soldiers killed during the korean war that never came home. some remains probably will be ple ofed in the next c weeks, sort of a goodwill gesture. on denuclearization, no concrete progress we have seen. r know that mr. pompeo went to north korea earlis month and wanted to set up the building blocks, timeline, declaration of assets, that sort of thing. no indication that he got those,
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and when he left, the north koreans blasted him with a harsh statement that he made gangster like demds for unilateral denuclearizaon. the speculation is that diplacy has been set back or stalled. he pushed back and said "i was the one there, everything else is speculation." he sounded a bit frustrated in that cli jane: a month on from the summit en singapore, what is relationship with north korea now? barbara: well, with whom? with president trump or with tht in a harsh statement, the north koreans were very respectful of president trump. they would bhappy with his approach, more publicity and a vague agreement. now you have mr. pompeo trying to fill in the details of the agreement and it exposes all the differences in how the issue is approached. the statement, the north koreans presented their view in a way -- presented the agreement as the beginning of talks, not a promise to unilaterally disarm. sort othe stage by stage simultaneous process.
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and so thewere angry that they didn't get rewarded for dismantling the nuclear test site. they were angry that they have not been able to talk about parts of the agreement that interested them, only denuclearization. it is difficult. eomr. poas said as much -- it has always been difficult, it still is, it wnel take time. talking about summits, what is mr. pompeo so keen for the dialogue between mr. putin and mr. trump to continue? b barbaradly, it is good, he says, for two nuclear powers to keep talking. there are issues. nuclear -- they need to extend the nuclear arms reduction treaty with north korea. north korea -- they need ncssia's support for ons, not nearly as much as chinese. syria -- the russians are the military power there and the thericans want to work wit to resolve the conflict. mr. pompeo said they talked about turning refugees to syria. the moscow press said there had been a joint 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 c
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confusion and concern. jane: barbara plett-usher, thank s very much for joining me. 17 people have 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 been involved in a string of fatal accident investigators are on the scene. the bbc's james cooreports. this duck boat made it back to the shore. the passengers not wearing life jackets, apparently unaware of quite how much idanger they were in. >> oh my god. >> oh my god. >> it's going under. james: further out, a second duck boat was in bigger trouble. unable to cope with the blast from a severe thunderstorm. >> they have lost sight of it. >> i need a rope. james: of the 31 onboard, justve
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14 survi brought ashore in shock. w among the deadas a one-year-old baby. >> call the emts, please. james: the missoi governor's office told the bbc that nine of the 17 dead were from one family, and two other members survived. >> been a very trying night. please keep all of ouramily's -- families involved and the first responder rsonnel in your prayers. n -- theow the quest weather warning had been issued, so why were the boaton the water, and were the passengers wearing personal flotation devices, or pfd's? >> it happened so quick. i guess everybody should have had a pfd, i don't know. they were up over our heads. you don't think that stuff like that is going to happen, and man, it happened. james: based on the amphibious landing craft of the second
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world war, duck boats are popular with tourist the safety record is under scrutiny. worldwide, more than 40 people have died in accidts involving them in the past 20 years. this is just the latest in a long line of tragedies. james cook, bbc news. terrible tragedy in missouri. a look at the day's other news. the israeli army has launched a number ofomrdments on what it describes as military targets across the gaza strip in the sponsor what it says w gunfire aimed at israeli troops. for palestinians reportedly were killed, as palestinians he another friday protests in gaza beside the israeli border. the personal data of a quarter of the population of singapore, 1.5 million people come has been stolen by hackers, according to officials. they say the attack on a government health database was deliberate and well planned, adding that it appeared to target the health informatn 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 discharged from hospital. 45-year-old charlie rowley is thought to have found the substance in 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 forar e rowley, poisoned by a nerve agent, but now well enough to leapital. the hospital said he had been decontaminated to ensure that novichok could no longer affect him or anyone else. >> i am pleased to confirm that earlier today, charlie rowley was discharged from hospital. ncharlie has been through appalling experience most of us could never imagine. today is a welcome milestone in his revery, and all of us here at salisbury hospital wish him well as he continues to get better. 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 and a friend. >> she was a really nice, friendly person. she always looked out for people.lp she would n any way she could. it is a shame to see her go. she was a really caring person, like the mother of everyone. duncan: they came into contact with the novichok at charlie's home in amesbury. the source of the liquid was a small glass bottle. police have released pictures of the park where it is possible charlie or dawn picked up the bottle. the operion 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 wolice officer, it is 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: orld news america."bc 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 so controversial. 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 populatioeihave lived asbors. is creepinglatter in pillar by keller. a new elevated railway line is being built 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 elrsystem and isdy pushing animals away. >> they tell us that the numbers of the national park are crashing. reporter: the activists filed and won a legal challenge to stop the project in his tracks. >> they should do environmental studies, they should engage the public. we are telling them that i want train, it is a good thing, but they are doing it badly. reporter: the pillars are built high and a wide with t of noise reduction. those behind the project say there is no need to sound alarm bells. >> we entered the national park in febary of this year. it was three months ago when
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they give the orders. we are in compliancwith the law. what sustainable mitigation measures are you taking to ensure that the infrastructure isustainable? reporter: what makes the railwayreporter: such an important project is not just the thousands of passengers travel daily, but the tons of cargo that travel between the port and the major points further inlet. this is part of kenya's plan to become the 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 for prime minister is former cricketer imran khan. but the buildup to the election has been overshadowed by claims that the powerful military is trying to propel him by cracking down on political rivals and press freedom.
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mr. khan's chief opponent, former prime minister nawaz sharif, was detained by authorities last wk. neaving his brother to run his place. reporter: they have come to see the man they hope will be the p neme minister. cricketer turned populist politician imran khan tells the crowd heill create a edrruption-free pakistan. but he has been foo deny allegations the elections are being fixed in favor of his party. mr. khan: what you're seeing is all the status quo parties saying that the election is not going to bfree and fair. the reason is all the opinion polls show pti surging up. they are already seeing the writing on the reason why they are going to lose is because of the track record. reporter: pakistan has been directly ruled by the military
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rather than politicians for arly half its existence. the country has now had 10 years of civilian rule, one of theod longest pein its history. but there is 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 sharifivimran khan's main r, was sentend to 10 years in jail earlier this month by an anticorruption 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 bei punished now because he clashe with the army when in ed sharif as he flew back to pakistan last he was dning 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 khan's party. this amounts to a massive poll rigging. report: minutes later, he was arrested. both khan and the military dismiss his claims. but many pakistani journalists say the military is not allowing them to air sharif's side of the story. soundbitehave expressing anger and frustration, those soundbites often do not make it to the i have notanything like this in my journalistic career. reporter: even under military dictatorship? >> even under military dictatorship. reporter: nawaz sharif's party is being led by his brother in his absence. they still have sizable support. buwhoever wins the electio many fear more instability
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awaits. jane: the battle of britain w a pivotal moment in world war ii when the u.k. stood alone against hitler's seemingly unstoppable military power. sadly, the youngest pilot the battle has died at the age of 96. geoffrey wellum joined when he was only 17, and just a yearwa lateengaged in a ferocious dog fight. >> tge british met the challen by throwing in everything they had. >> a fortnight after leaving school, i walked through the oogates of my elementary sto learn to fly. the 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
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veteran. day after day, he and his young iends scrambled to meet german attacks. >> you are absolutely -- that was a difficult time. once you are strapped into your airplane and airborne, then it was up to you. flyingn airplane, taming the beast, making it do what you want to do, great satisfaction. reporter: in later life, geoffrey's experiences we dramatized in the film "first light. for much of the battle, british aircraftere heavily outnumbered. dogfights were chaotic and often short. a spitfire only carried enough ammunition for aew minutes of combat. >> i can remember the controller coming on 150-plus, and my goodness, it looks it, too.we ent into it head on, like a dance on a summer evening.rt re: the losses were
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unrelenting. when i spoke to him earlier this year, he said survivors had a to shut out tir emotions. >> you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game, it was a dangerous war. if you lost a particularly close friend, yes, there was a little bit -- but let's go out to the local pub. you accepted it, you had to. reporter: geoffrey wellum eventually suffered an emotional and physical breacdown and left ve service in 1943. his memoirs ensure we never forget that short period in our history. >> we were young fighter pilots doing a job, defending our country against the king'sen ies. jane: geoffrey wellum a, who has dithe age of 96. a reminder of the extraordinary bravery of that entire generation. you can find more of s l the
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