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a knowing that those peopl laying there and they are here because of covid, it is heartbreaking. laura: an earthquake off of the aegean coast strikes hundreds are dead. how one neighborhood in britain isri bursting with tering, spooky decorations.♪ laura: if you are watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "erc world news a." the sheer volume of ear voting taking place across the united states is staggering. 80 mil early.e already voted
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60% of the total votes cast in 2016 with four days still to go. texas isin shatt turnout records. more than 9 million people have democrats are sending joe biden'running mate kamala harris there today hoping to pull off a surprise win in the yearbook and state. polls suggest that president trump has the edge. arizona is a battldround state ook like a tossup. joe biden is hoping to flip the state. we've been hearing from the native american population hi hard by covid-19 it's only different ways. -- in so many different ways. >> in our culture,ans a navajo native american, it is something that we ar not supposed to even do, to deal
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with death. reporter: but dealing with death is his calling. in the worst corner of the worst couny for covid-19. >> as covid patients, we normally do not get involved. reporter: an undertaker, he prepares bodies for burial in the navajo lands of northern arizona. living in the largest of the native american territories, the navajo have witnessed more deaths than any 50 states of the union. >> there was a point, where i went into our storage units, i saw all of the bodies laying there. i did not do them, so it was a hard time fome.
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knowing that those people are laying there and they are here because of covid. it was heartbreaking. report: navajo nation p is one of trest parts of america. mask mandates and curfews were introduced early in the pandemic.ru the had already taken hold. with few health care facilities, many were left at the mercy of covid. this is tent city in phoenix. thousands homeless, and some losing their jobs dueano the pandemd now losing their lives. >> this pandemic is instant death. reporter: james wright is 62. >> they have a big ass middle -- medical center either. when you have-1 covid9, and they cann help you, it is death. reporter: social distancing is
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tough in tent city. it is tough, here is well at this rally. but why? in this deeply polarized country, wearing or not wearing a face covering has become a political statement. this is chris and his family. hi>>s pandemic is still out there. reporter: the do not worry you being with all those people >> no.yesterday? it did not bother me one bit. reporter do you think it is un- american toorce someone to ar our mask? >> i do. it is un-american to make anyonm weaskf there is no reason if the person is not sick. >> it is part of our culture to take care of people. it is always the natives wearing masks. a lot of non-natives are not.
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we as a people are diligent >> so this is the start of covid. you open this area here. reporter: an navajo nation, they have had to build a new t cemety e on the dead. the presidential above all is a referendum on donald trump's handling of the pandemic. lever wins, must gui this country out of the darkness. clive myrie, bbc news in navajo laura: thebc's anthony ivanka has been following the president to the rallies he joins us from the washington white house now. coronavirus is on the rise, 9 amillioections especially in the battleground states. how does the president deal with this as he tries to get a second term in the white house?
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reporter: he says that it could be much worse, that 2 million people could have died. also, he says that we are rounding a corner, that things are getting bett because of what he is doing. then he sometimes downplays the severity of it. he says you will get it, and you will get better. at a florida rally yesterday, he saysd that he got it t better. he says if i got it, then you can get it d get better. he obviously knows that this is an issue, and he is trying to address it. he throwing out a variety of strategies of how to handle it. laura: meanwhile, early voting has been off the charts, especially, anthony, in your home state of texas. at it?driving t reporter: the firsthing is that people are voting early because of the pandemic. the do not want to be and crowded pollg places on election day.
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through the roof.nthusiasm we do not know if that is for joe biden or for donald trump in texas. iill s that 25% of the new voters 25% of those who have voted so far our n voters. that is a remarkable number compared to 2016. laura: this weekend, we have seen both mpaigns prlly bumping into each other in the midwest. what is that all about? anthony: i think that they see this as the real bateground. the democrats and joe biden see that asheath of least resistance to victory. if they can reform that blue wall that we talked about in 16. michigan, pennsylvania, it will get the electoral majority even if they win the hillary clinton ates. trouble is hapganing there because he needs those states. -- trump is campaigning there
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again because he needs those states. laura: joe biden is bringing out barack obama this weekend. is that supposedly his secret weapon? anthony: i suppose it could be. barack obama is still immensely popular by the biden camp. he is trying to appeal to young male black voters. brock obama is making his pitch directly to them and trying to get them to turn out in numbers larger than hillary clinton,th particularly ie key midwest battleground states. laura: briefly, what senate races this weekend? what dont you redo where the candidates are going? guest:at the s races are in a lot of key battleground stes. that takes lanes why biden went to georgia and is going to iowa.
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theyt realize te fate of the senate is as much on the line as the presidency. laura:nthony's orca, thank you so much. looking at how the outcome of the u.s. election will affect world.nsf people around the tonight we will return toaf west ca focus on nigeria. a recent poll shows th nigeria ranks fourth in how trump has trthp administration has immigration rules.r a planned change to visas could changeorlans nigerians to study, even if their studies are planned for longer.r fo more, we are joined by a west african correspondent who is in lagos. why is there this apparent support for the president in
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nigeria? how do you explain that? corresndent: his conservatism plays well with conservative africans. the business acumen that he clms to have brought in the office is a big issue for nigerians. siss is big here and people are always trying to set up inbusiness, maint, and make it grow. the fact that donald trump has gone into the white house, claimed to make a deal and make that deal happen. it is played out well. for exec, the peace tre hies the been broken that the previous admissions have not, that is impressive to nigerians. the other thing that might be of interest to nigerians right now init particular is to do the in sarsrotests that have dealt a wi call and demand to the end of police brutality. they have been asking for better jvernance, and the trump administration ht
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sanctioned over the last couple of months some politicians that mike potato -- that have been complained as being rich. nigerians are looking that the trump administration is iooking to santhose who have power. laura: how muc interest is there in joe biden and his running mate kamala harris, making history as the first black woman to beir the black vice president candidate? correspondent: if joe biden wins, this could really change for how americans treat nigeria. kamala harris is not being talked about probably as much as you wou expect, if she makes such a histocal claim in the ite house. across the 54 countries of this continent, there are a number of
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women that hold quite powerful posi in office, heads of state and so forth. kamala harris is of interest for being a black woman candidate. however, i think most people are waiting to see who is ing to win this race. will be friends, or will it be foe? laura: is the u.s. still somewhere that nigerians want to study and work, despite these tough visans regulatnder the trump administration? correspondent: indeed, it is still the pinnacle of the place of the place that people want to get to toave a better education and a better standard of life. in most cases, they want to learn skills and bring them ck to nigeria in order to flourish over here. america is still that number one place culturally, financially educationally, for nigerians to try to get to. with these new vsat restrictions, and might be
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m harder and harder for t get to america. i heard stories of people visiting local doctors to see if they could with update potiontor a better nbc interloser to people will try anything to get to america, the golden land. whethethat happens it is all up to the next administration. laura: fascinating. thank you so much. a major earthquake has struck off the coast of turkey, north of the island of samos. the quake was felt from athe to istanbul. reporter: amateur the awful power of the quake. this multistorie building disintegrated into dust.
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on the streets of izmir, ther was a and panic -- there was fear and panic. >> i saw people crying, change to reach out to their loved ones. everyone was shocked. it was a very chaotic moment. poer: about 20 budings were taught -- about 20 ngs were brought down an newer ones stayed standing billa after tharthquake that was here in 1909. they claimed about 70,000 wives. in 1999, 70,000 wives. people were searching .esperately for neighbors and loved ones and there were extraordinary moments. wreckage.oman emerges from the
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initlly she comes walking out in her bare feet. then, she is helped the rest of the way. more than 70 people have been rescued, lucky to be alive. for some, emotional reunions. turkey sits on active fault lines, so there is always fear here of the next big one. this was big enough to be felt in his temple and the greek capital athens. danger came from the agn which -- from the aegean and the impact was felth in turkey and e greek islands. twnations normally deeply ntvided our sharing this mo bbc news, istanbul.
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laura: terror there in turkey and the greek islands. in france, the countries interim minister says that more attacks are likely. this follows the fatal stabbing of three people and a knife attack at a church in nice. emaial has been set up, with candles for the victims. it is the second such violence into weeks in france. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, faces from the front line. armenian soldiers face an uncertain future as a conflict with azerbaijan grinds on. ♪ laura: taiwa legalized same-sex
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marriages last year. now the first have taken pl this is a major step forward for the lgbt, as taiwan has primarily maintained the pandemic. reporter: over the last decade, taiwan hassiecome an incrly liberal democracy. the defense ministry called same section marriages and open and progressive move. >> i mad the decision to get married here in the hope that more gay couples in the mility could have the courage to come out, knowing that our country's military is open-minded. we are all equal in the namef love. reporter:he are still some restrictions on gay marriage in taiwan. tthis movemen in military is a big step for the lgbt q+ community. a:la our media azure by john
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have been at war -- armenia a archer bars on have been at war for quite some time. we are hearing how the families rnve been part. here is a report from and it may contn scenes that you might find distressing. >> [speaking foreign language] reporter: the blessing on the t. these arminian soldiers are the latest to fight in a conflict. they prayethat they can see their families again, that the battle will not drag on through winter. [speaking foreign language] chporter: young men, facing the horror of the tres for the first time.
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it is hard to know how many have died here. it says that 5000 people have now been killed. like those before them, the soldiers must face the agony of burying friends. in this fight, funerals shed misery. [speaking foreign language >>hree cease fire's agreed, three cease-fires broken. her husband is missing. her family is desperate to know to hims happened
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>> [speaking forgn language] the fight has touched every family here. >> her brothers,is [indcernible] [speaking foreign language] reporter: as fighting innsifies, the armenian population fear is that history is repeating itself. >>speaking foreign languag
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reporter: another generation has been drawn into the battle. anothe generation of armenians and azerbaijanis left to face the trouble of war. laura: the engli there for bo families on the side of the -- the anguish for both sides of the conflict. with halloween tomorrow, we have been advised nottso hand out swomorrow. in the u.k., families are determined to make the evening special. reporter: love it or loathe it, halloween is very nearly upon us. >> i really like the suites and the decorations. reporter: a spooky trail has been set up around the city. households can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of six.
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>> i love halloween and i do is -- do a display every single year. i want a safeway for people to see houses that are still decorated and spread cheer during this time. rerter: so far, 250 families have signed . >> we want it to look special. repoer: just around the corner, we meet the ce family. >> with the year that everyone has had, it is been rubbish for them. ever has been canceled. holidays, events. halloween i s cannot stop.they reporter: a few streets ahay, the pirate taken over. it may not surprise you thatnt this took six of planning. >> this is my christmas. e we llloween so much. the house is decorated
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year-round for the next howling. t -- for the nexlloween. reporter: with people coming up with creative ways to keep people safe, captain hook has designed this socially distanced to for the suites to shoot down. -- for the sweets to shoot down. laura: brilliant. you saw tsesweets shootin down, and there is one that has been a favorite for ick-or-treaters for more than a century. it is national candy corn date here in the united states. candy corn has been around since the 1880's. back then, they were called chicken feed. there was a need for rebranding as america moved from a rural to urbaety. candy corn is mostly made from
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honey, sugar, and cornstarch. they are more popular than ever. more than 30 million pounds are oduced each year. 9 billion pieces of candy corn keeping you busy. happy halloween. i am laura narrator: funding fois presentation of this program is provided by... chlanguage specialists teaing spanish, 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. ank you.
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captiong sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: the final sprint. the candidates make their closing pitches to voters in enters its final weekend.ampaign then, battleground arizona. how much difference hispanic voters could make in a state that has become increasingly competitive. >> this could be the election where evyone understands you can no longer win an election without winning the latino vote. >> woodruff: and, it's friday. mark shields and david brooks weigh the changing supreme court and share what they're looking for on election night. all that and more, on tonight's pbs newshour.

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