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the freeman foundatiby. udy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from new york city tonight, i'm laur trevelyan. president trump sendi federal agents to chicago to fight violent crime, expanding s controversial intervention in local law enforcement. pres. trp:um my first duty as president is to protect e american people, and toda' im taking action to fulfill that obligation. laura: as the u.s. reports moreo
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than 1000 conavirus deaths in one day, president trump warns the pandemic will get worse before it gets better. tensions between the world's biggest powers escal as the u.s. orders china close its consulate -- china to close its consulate in houston. ♪ for all of you watching on pbs and around the globe, welco to "world news america." president trump is sending federal agents to chicago and other u.s. cities to fight what he says is violent crime the president is acting against the wishes olocal leaders, who say he is provoking a constitutional crisis. here is how the president and the attorney general explained the move. pres.ump: there's been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments.
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we have no choice but to get involved. a.g. barr: we have initiated this program to step up the o activiour taskforces, our anti-crime taskforces in the hard-hit cities, by committing more federal agents. laura: joining us now for more is barbara. the president is saying this move is aboufighting violent ime. is it any different to what the trump administration has done in portland, when they deployed -- federalts agents there? >> in portland, the mission was to protect feral buildin and the agents were dealing with protesters. in this case, they will be dealing with the fight against violent crime. eythe attoeneral made the point that there was a strong precedent for this. he said the laws allow fence to go after gang activity -- allow feds to go after gg activity. he said there are existing
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taskforces in ple for this purpose and the new agents would be reinforcing that and it would be classic anti-crime activity, which would be coordinated by officials who are already on the ground. in portland, one of the big criticisms was that these federal agentsame in, against the objections of local leaders, and they did not coordinate and they were seen as making a bad situation worse. laura:la one former ho security secretary says the department shouldn't be used as the president's personal militia.bu is t backlasding not just on the left, but also on the right? >> i think the backlash is mostly on the left, from democratic mayors and governors, stateno gov, and congresspeople who are saying the president is acting in an overwriting local objections and -- by overriding local objections. there may be some uneasiness on
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the right as well, especially from security officials, who wod not want to see any sort of law enforcement become politicized. that sort objection from the pentagon when are president c protesters away from the fnt of the white house and then marched over to hold a bible in front of a church for a photo op. you had military officials falling overs themsel to distance themselves from that kind of activity. there may be something similar in this. laura: law has become the president's reelection cry -- law and become the president'son reelec- law & oer hashe becomeresident's reelection cry. >> president trump himself hasco istently said liberal democratic mayors are losing control of their cities.ls hepresented this new surge in federal agents in political terms. he blamed the rise in violence on these protests against police brutality.
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he said these protesters had helped to weaken the police because they were calling for a shift in resources away from police forces and that democratic politicians had joined the crusade, is what he calledru it, thede to vilify the police. he presented himself as somebody who would protect police, strengthen them, and make every effort to strengthen law & orde when it cameolent crime. frankly, that sounded like the langua of an election campaign. laura: thank you. california has overtaken new york as thetate with the most recorded coronavirus cases. 21 u.s. states are reporting increasing death rates. ipresident trumps warning the coronavirus outbreak is likely to get worse before it gets better, and he is now asking everyone to wear face coverings. >> after months of lockdown, it is perhaps not surprising they are partying like it is 2019. in florida, nighttime curfews
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have had to be reintroduced because coronavirus is ripping through the state. st week, there were more new cases in this one state per day than there wer in the whole of the european union, and thehe th system is buckling. it's the same story in texas. in the past couple of weeks, hospitals have been overwheged by the risumber of new cases and it's taking a toll on those on the front line. >> we are trying our best to keep everybody healthy and alive. when it's out of our hands, it's out of our control, we sometimes feel helpless. >> how do you deal with that? >> we cry. we talk to each other. we embrace each other and try to be the best that we can. >>u. has cases in th have soared, so donald trump's poll ratings have slumped. he isli belatedly eng the
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virtues of mask wearing and last night gave a sombert briefing abe state of play. pres. trump:il it probably get worse before it gets better, something i don't like saying. that's the way itus. look over the world, it's all over the world. >> much of the rest of the world would argue with this assessment. let's look at daily new cases in germany, italy, and the u.k., and come to those to the u.s. -- and compare those to the u.s. what they have in common isll three countries were well below a recommended benchmark of fewer than four dailnew cases per 100,000 residents. the u.s. wasn't even close to that benchmark when the first states let tir lockdown expire on april 30, nor by may 15, when half of americans lived in states which had eased restrictio. by may 31,te 47 s
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representing 90% of the population, had lifted lockdowns. one area where the president has claimed huge success is over testing, but testing is only effective if iatised by contact tracing. many americans are waiti so long for their results, it makes contact tracing virtually impossible.ef the bg from donald trump last night was unprecedented. for 31/2 years, he has been able to define his own reality, shape facts to serve his ownor narrative, butavirus has made that impossible. donald trump last night had to admit that things were going wrong and that this was going to be a long haul. jon sopel, bbews -- bbc news. laura: i'm joined now by dr. leana wen, former health commissioner of baltimore. the daily death toll in the u.s. from coronavirus is above 1000fi for tht time in weeks.
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what does that say to you about the severity of this obreak? dr. wen: it means that in the time you and i are speaking today at lst two americans are going to die covid-19 -- die from covid-19. it is so tragic we are in this position, because we've seen other countries not just flatten the curve, but they have crushed the curve. the u.s. could've done that. weould have prevented the suffering and death we are seeing now. although all is not lost. i's not inevitable. there is still a chance for us to do the right thingstarting with the national strategy for testing and contact tracing. lives.d to focus on saving but it doesn't seem like there is a national strategy on contact tracing. it is all down to the states, isn't it? he is wearing masks the closest we are going -- is wearing masks the closest we are going to have to a national mandated? even though it is not . wen: we don'even have a
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universal mandate to wear masks in the u.s. we could reduce the rate of transmission by up to five times, save 34,000 lives over the next several months, if 95% of people wear masks. but we need a lot more at this point. the level of infection has surged so much across the south, the west, d in many states. we need to be doing a lot more than wearing a mas contact tracing alone. we don't have enough test. we don't have enough tests or tr acers. need to do some form of stay-at-home orders once again. laura: there's a lot of resistance to that. in the absence of more stay-at-home orders, do you see the virus continuing spread? dr. wen: unfortunately, that's the nature of this virus. i hope it were different, but we know this is a contagious virus that spreads from person to person.
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the only thing keeping it in check was people staying apart from one another. maybe we need some type of modified stay--home order. maybe people should be outdoors rather than indoors. maybe indoor bas and restaurad nightclubs that are these super spread to types of places should be shut dow certainly, states that are overwhelming tir hospital and u capacity need to be looking at far more than piecemeal solutions. otherwise, it's going to be too little too late. ura: you mentioned hospitalizations.e rate across america is just below the peak in apr do you think our hospitals will be able to cope? are they better prepared than they were? dr. wen: i do think that they are better prepared. we have leard more about this virus. we have better treatments that are available. we know we have better products
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and -- better pls tore workers protect health care workers and other patients. we stillave a shortage of ppe, masks, gowns, and other that's something we need the federal government to step in d prevent more tragedy, because it was a national disgrace last time that we ran out of ppe to protect our ont-line workers. we cannot let that happen again. being with us.na w, thanks for the u.s. hasrdered china to close its consulate in houston in the latest escalation ofon diplomatic ten the state department says this will protect intellectual property a private information. u.s. media in houston have been sharing footage of chinese consular staff apparently burning documents in the courtyard. police and firefighters were called, but they were not allowed into the building. mois now on story. >>ou the first signs of e came last night, when there was smoke, literally smoke coming
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out of the chinese consulate in houston, a employees were seen burning what appeared to be documents in open containers in the courtyard of the consulate. the local police and the scene, but they did notto enter the building, over which china has sovereignty. the two countries later confirmed that u.s. has ordered china to close its consulate in houston within 72 hours. if you look at the official statement issued by the u.s. and a mismatch.would notice there is the u.s. said this move was taken in order to protect american intellectual property and american private information. e now the closur the consulate has been huge news in china and anti-american sentiment has been on the rise. beijing will have to react toat and do it in a way that does not further escalate tension.
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expected closure of an american consulate in china. laura: doctors in pakistan say they face intimidation and threats from patients as they tried to contain the sead of coronavirus -- as they try to coain the spread of coronavirus. fear of being stigd.mptoms for we got access to the intensive care unit of the main covid hospital in islamabad. >> doctors here say they are not just having to fight the virus, but ans information war well. coronavirus is real and that they should trust them. people are saying it's a hoax. it's an effort to control the population. doctors are here, acting as agents.
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a gallup poll found ione in five pakistanis believe the virus has been deliberately spread by foreign powers. thelma thought the virus was nothing to worry about -- until she caught it. people must take it seriously, she tells us. critics say the government failed to combat nspiracy theories with a clear heal message. doctors here say the families are desperate to release -- to loclaim the bodies of theid ones, who can't be released due to health protocol t y were threatening to murder us.
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one of the patients said,en clearly threatg all of us, i will break the legs of one of >> threats like this are pushing some doctors to breaking point. >> m one woman accused of killing her mother who died of covid. i was so disappointed and hurt that i thought i shouljust quit. our job is thankless. i can't save people. i became a doctor to help people , but i can't do it. >> doctors are warning that upcoming religious festivals, thwhersands are expected to gather in mosques, will put more pressure on ththstruggling heystem. laura: in other news now from around the world, china has evacuated thousands of residents
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in hubei province after some of the heaviest rainfall in decades triggered a landslide. it created a link that threatens to submerge several villages -- a lake that threatens to submerge several villages. the editor of one of hungary's last independent news sites has been sacked. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come otonight's program -- why animal rights campaigners in south korea want to save the country's moon bears,ey saying houldn't be killed to produce medicine. after aarathon summit, eu leaders struck a deal on a 750 billion euro coronavirusun recovery now there's another hurdle. the package must pass the european parliament, and some througin its current form.et
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spain would benefit greatly from the fund, and its foreign minister tells the bbc the deal really is a good one, despite the objections from others. >> this is the game of democracy, the european parliament is a democratic institution. european union is a democracy. what we need to do now is work with the european parliament or groups in the parliament need to like leaders did over the, just weekend. is democracy at play? i hope that what pevails is importance of agreeing to an important packag quickly that can provide a response to the millions of europeans that are waiting for this recovery fund to be put in place. ♪ laura: the u.s. and the u.k. have agreed to end a legal
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loophole that allows the family of u.s. diplomats to claim immunity from criminal prosecution. this comes after anne sacoolased was invon a car crash that killed teenager harry dunn last august. she was allowed to return to the u.s. and now can't be extradited to britain. here is our correspondent. >> harry dunn was 19 yrs old, on his motorbike, when he was hit and killed by a woman apparently dving on the wrong side of the road last august. it happened close to the american british air base in northamptonshire. the driver was anne sacoolas, wife of an american officialst to the intelligence base. northampton shire police wanted to arrest and charge her with causing death by dangerous driving. the united states said they couldn't, citing diplomaticd immunity, anne sacoolas went home. today, the foreign secretary said the anomaly had been changed by agreement with the u.s.
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even though it's not retrospective, harry's mother >> we're really pleased that they haveo worked t pass, make sure the loophole has been plugged. sadly, it doesn't bring harry back, but it will make sure that another family won't suffer the injustice th we are so far ffering. >> harry's mother has even been to the white house as part of a campaign to get anne sacoolas back from the u.s. to face trial. the united states has faced - refuse an extradition reques' and still won'budge. >> i understand the heart ache for them. i understand the agony and anguish and the fact that the process they are going through to get justice for harry adds further pain and frustration we are on their side. we feel there is a denial of justice being done here. >> the united states has relied
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on a massive loophole in the secret and botched agreement covering the airbase. it meant many u.s. officials y,gave up diplomatic immunut their families, including anne sacoolas, remains protected. >> one of the points we always made it to both governments is it is absolutely -- it is guabsolute nonsense to what they are trying to argue. she should have her own separate , independent bubble of immunity, when we all know the immunity of dependents deres from the immunity of the diplomat himselfr herself. >> despite all the campaigning by harry's family, today's announment doesn't mean anne sacoolas will face trial. but harry's mother says they o will fig and she thinks harry would be proud of them. >> harry, i don'tou think have expected anything less of us. i really hope we've done him proud with today's outcome, but we'vetill got a long way to go. he wouldn't have exp lted
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anythis. laura: animal rights campaigners are asking south korea's president to help save hundreds of caged moon bears, caps on farms across the country, waiting to be slghtered -- kept on farms across the country, waiting to be slaughted for the bile. laura bicker reports. >> distressed, she rocks from side to side. kshe has notwn life beyond these rusty bars. over 120 moon bears are kept in filthy cages, some missing limbs and fur, all just waiting to die. >> i started the farm to sell bear bile. back then, get used to sell so well --- then, it used to sell so well. >> this distressing footage
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shows a bear being killed for its bile. it's illegal in south korea as long as the bear is over 10 korea as long as ar is south over 10 years old. these bears are fed leftover donuts from the krispy kreme fact >> this farm has the mosnybears out ofarm in south korea, so we anticipated it would be in poor condition, but it's a lot worse than what we expected. >> campaigners are phing the government to provide a sanctuary for over 400 of korea's forgotten moon bears and ose down these farms. >> we need to stop this farming culture, especially in this time of coronavirus, when it's important to put distance between wildlife and humans.
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the smell ofhe bear dung upthat's piled underneath these cages is really overwhelming. we are told sometimes these bears ll fight one another, injure one another, and often they are just left to die. moon bears are not meant to be in cages together. they are solitary anima this is what a happy moon bear looks like. this is a twoear-old in the mountains in the national park. bear bile was once so sought after that these bears were captur extinction. to near dozens have now been reintroduced to the wild, including this mother and her cubs, spotted on hidden cameras. it's not possible to dre-w the over 400 caged bears in this country, but campaigners are
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trying to make some of them more comfortable, in the hope that one day they wileehave more frm. bbc news. laura: time to save the moon bears. i'm laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america." take care and inve a good evg. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... language spespalists teaching ish, french and more. raymond james. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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cnewshour produns, llcby >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: in the wrong direction. authorities attempt a course correction in their pandemic response, as covid-to's daily deat tops 1,000 in the u.s. for the first time since may. then, rising tensions. the u.s. orders a chinese consulate in houston closed, alleging theft of data and intellectual property. plus, the hunt for a vaccine. as medical developers race against the clock, questions delivery of an eventual prevention. and, america addicted. the pandemic causes a dramatic

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