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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> i'm laura in washington and this is bbc world news america. themen f.b.i.'s search of donald trump's home is met with republican anger as democrats say wait and see. senior republicans condemn this unprecedented search of donald trump's millar -- mar-a-lago house. what wer finishes -- f.b.i. agents looking for? in kenya, the vote for prosecute president. caroms at risk as the water returns out. >> i shouldn't actually be able to be standing here. this is the middle of the loire river but you can see how baron it's become. >> serena williams is planning
to retire from tennis after the u.s. open, having dominate it would women's game for almost a quarter of a century. ♪ >> welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. the f.b.i.'s search of former president trump's home. senior reference have condemned the f.b.i.'s unprecedented move as an abuse of power and are threatening to investigate the department of justice if they win november's midterm elections. trump said it was a railed and his safe had been opened. >> breaking overnight, the f.b.i. executes a search warrant after the mar-a-lago. >> the f.b.i. executed a search
warrant -- >> there was an occasion from the hyperbole of the u.s. headline writers matches the moment. an escalation in the investigation swirling around donald trump and almost immediately his supporters began circling around his property in florida. >> he will win again. >> anytime it's another unjust made-up thing like the impeachment home -- hoaxings. >> in a statement, the former president spoke of his home being under siege, railedded and occupied by the f.b.i., describing it as prosecute oral misconduct. the we have anyization of the justice system in an attempt to stop him running for president again. the search is thought to relate to the u.s. national archives and the possibility that donald trump, already forced to return official documents he kept after leaving office may have more. there's been no public comment
from the f.b.i. the white house says it had no prior knowledge. the search will have needed a warrant from a judge and while this is u.s. justice taking itself course, there's no doubting the sensitivity. both the legal implications, those some lawyers say even charges would be unlikely to barly from office but mostly the political impolyp occasions. his supporters and family have been quick to amplify the message of prosecution. >> all they want to do is get donald trump. for one reason. because they don't want him to run and win again in 2024. >> and within hours of the f.b.i. search, this video was released. >> but soon we will-greatness again. >> trump has made no official announcement but he now looks like a man who's openly campaigning for although presidential bid in all but name. the irony is, some observers suggest the more serious the legal and parliamentary
investigations become, the more likely he is to run. "bbc news," washington. >> joining us for more on this is former federal prosecutor joe more republicana and as someone who knows about this, just how high a bar would the f.b.i. have to clear to get a search warrant to look at former president trump's home? >> laura, the high escobar. i mean, legally speaking, it's no different than getting a search warrant for any of our homes, right? you go to the magistrate, you show probably probable cause and if the judge blesses it, you go forward and seven -- serve your warrant. with you to do it on a former president, much less one who possibly has a political future coming up, that would go to the highest levels of the f.b.i. and the justice department so you have to bet that director ray and attney general merrick garland both signed off on moving forward before in happened
>> there's a lot we don't know but if this investigation is about materials that president trump took from the white house to mar-a-lago, it can't just be personal letters and souvenirs the f.b.i. is looking for, can it? >> no, no, it's classified documents. presidents, when they're sitting in office, have the power to declasp certain kinds of documents but you have to do it right. if you take it with you without going through the declassification process, you're not -- no different than anyone else who has basically taken classified information, whether from the military or f.b.i. or other government property and holding it in a personal resident dense. people might not think this is a big deal, but the reality is it's a crime. you need a criminal predicate in order to get a search warrant. it doesn't mean there are going to be charges. but the fact they obtained a search warrant that was blessed
by a federal imagine straight means there's so much criminal principled cat the f.b.i. is acting on. >> the trump supporters is saying this is being used as a political well by this president against his former and possibly future opponent. do you think the attorney general is going to have to address this to try to get rid of the political furor? >> it depends on who's psychology -- controlling congress. if it's democrats, he'll get a friendly all of a sudden. if it's republicans, he'll get a very hostile all of a sudden but merrick garland is a smart man and he must have known h explosive this would be so i have to believe that he gave in tremendous thought and analysis and was very sure about his case before signing off on an action like this, which is unprecedented in u.s. history.
>> and because it's unprecedented, joe, as a lawyer, how do you feel about the department of justice and the rule of law being caught in the cross hairs like this at this very polarized moment in american politics? >> it bothers me. i've search is -- served in the military. i've worked for the f.b.i. and the justice department and i have tremendous respect for all of them so whenever i feel like they are squeezed in between and charged with being partisan, being political, picking sides, it hurts and you hope it's not true. i maintain my respect for these institutions. i believe that those kinds of things don't happen and that men and women act with honor in these institutions and they tole the law and the rule of law is pair mount. we cannot pick and choose. cases should follow the evidence. i believe these institutions are acting properly. i have to home that's the case
and i take it personally when people attack it as father-in-law because they might not like the way an investigation is going or who the target is of that investigation. >> thank you so much for joining us with that ants tonight. >> thanks, laura, always a pleasure. >> across europe, record temperatures, drought conditions are having a severe effect on the production of food. france is facing its worst drought on record. we have a report from the loire valley. >> the loire valley is called the garden of france but this garden is with iting -- wilting, melting by a fourth heat wait. the worst drought in france every recorded. this man's crops are stunted. his potato yield down by a half. amidst weeks with no rain.
>> either the vegetables will die of thirst or they won't develop enough in this crucial period of growth the sun is evaporating whatever we have left. if it doesn't rain within two months, it will be disaster. >> amidst a global food crisis from the war in ukraine, another breadbasket, france, is showing warring science. its corn production is forecast to drop by 18% with therought. wheat and animal feed also falling. our planet is not weathering the storm. >> the ukraine war has shown how countries must become more independent with their food production. with the conflict and now climate change, there are new reactions audiour world. >> i shouldn't abl be able to be standing here. this is the middle of the loire
river but you can see how barren it'secome. locals say that that the water has never been so low at this time of the year. a rich and vital resource for this region is depleting. it's a worry for residence and -- residents and holiday makers. their place in the sun under new water restrictions. >> even though we enjoy the garden, it's a shame not being able to look at the plants. >> you just use water a bit sparingly. if you don't need it. you don't use it. >> i'm concerned about the environment. it's the future. the children, the grandchildren. >> on the field of france, the water plants stand idle. helpless as our climate warms and our earth bakes. >> south korea, though, has seen its he's rainfall in 80 years with roads in the capital of seoul submerged.
at least eight have died, including three living in a basement apartment. our correspondent reports from seoul. >> flood water cascades down into the heart of seoul. filling the city from the underground up. the rain is releftless. the flooding sudden. streetsmerge -- submerged thin cars, and buss. this morning, people struggled to make sense of the destruction that scattered the city as if part of a film set but this is the scene of real tragedy. living underground behind these tiny windows were two sisters and one of their 13-year-old daughters. as water submerged their home, they were trapped and downed. these apartments were made famous by the oscar winning film parasites. the lead family tried desperately to funnel water out of their home during a
torrential downpour. today's outcome is far worse. he's lived above the family for 10 years. by the time he arrived home last night, their home was covered. >> i feel devastated about this tragedy. if i had come home elier, perhaps i could have saved them. i have a lot of regrets. >> earlier the country's president visited the apartme. it flooded so fast, the residents tell him, in just 10 minutes. the fact that south korea's president visited this apartment this morning sho how significant these deaths are. they're a reminder that away from the glitzy and up-market neighborhoods nearby, there are still hundreds of crane who are living in these basement apartments that are not safe. heavy rains are common during the summer here but this year they've lasted longer than usually.
a consequence of climate change. with more on the way, seoul and itself people are vulnerable. >> to south africa where the gang rape of eight women a fortnight ago as caused nationwide outrage. the women were part of a group filming a music video. near a disused mine by johannesburg when they were attacked and raped by doesens of men. police have detained more than 130 men but no rape charges have been brought so far. this report does contain some distressing details. >> all of us are crying. we were praying, it was so scary. >> we all thought we were going to die. >> held hostage and viciously attacked, these three women were part of a group of eight that were gang raped fire an abandoned meanwhile while filming a music video.
the crime sent shock waves across -- across south africa. >> as the music video was wrapping up, armed midwestern, some with ak-47's emerged from the burks and below the surface. they robbed all the male crew members and then took turns raping the women. >> what followed was horrific and prolonged sexual assault. >> i was giving up. i had no power over what was happening. there was no way i could escape or get help. i was sure i would die. >> one of the girls was singled out because of her build. >> they told me that i was too skinny for them so they put me in a hol and poured sand on me. >> they frieded to bury her alive but they were rushing and didn't cover her properly and she was able to get out. >> despite the arrest of 130 suspects, awful believe blahed to be undocumented african
migrants. angry locals are demanding a tougher campdown by police. they blame organized group of illegal miners for being behind a spalt of violent crimes, including the rapes. in this township, those thought to be illegal miners were stripped and beaten. their homes were also torched. [gunfire] >> the suspects remain in police could. for now they're only facing charges of entering south africa illegally and possessing unlicensed firearms. rape charges will only be added if their d.n.a. links them to the crime. >> we just want justice for all the girls that went through this. >> we want our bodies to be secured. we don't want to ve to be scared just to go outside. >> south africa's remain statistics are amongst the -- amongst the highest in the world but the conviction rate is low. august is women's month her
it's meant to be a time for celebration but the reality is that many women here live in fear. "bbc news," johannesburg. >> in kenya, the polls have closed and the counting has gun in the election to be the country's next president. 22 million registered voters facedded a choice between william ruto, the current vice president and raila odinga, making his fifth bid to lead the nation. for more, i spoke to our correspondent richard in nh rokey. what has been theig issue when it comes to choosing the next president? >> generally theseelection are happening on the backdrop of economic discontent, runaway cost of living. issues to do with the country public debt, issues to do with corruption. those are issues that were really top of the mind of
kenyans so basically, does the person who's offered the candidateship for the presidency have what it takes to improve their living conditions was a major point to the run-up to the elections. >> sit looking like a close race? >> it does because if you look at opinion polls that were conducted in the run-up to the election, the very -- they're very, very tight. the thing is that whoever winches the presidency will just do that with a very narrow who have been observing thets trends over the last couple of months. so it's a very tight race compared to previous election we've had in kevinia. >> and is this the first time in kenya that all the candidates have sai they will accept the outcome even if i'm goes against their own interests?
>> that's what they've been saying, yeah. it's only that whenever we have the outcome and if one party does feel they're aggrieved. that's when they're actually able to dispute the result or as a last result they would go to the courts. so yeah, that's something that has happened previously. >> and richard, tell us about the different direction that the leading candidates are offering kenyans as they try to get their vote. >> it's very interesting because most of them have really positioned themselves and their pollses -- policies around the economy. one writer -- raila odinga, his approach has been around social welfare and he's closest challenger, william ruto's focus has been about social interrupt neuroship. so basically providing and
facile at a timing ordinary people running a business. so focusing on the ordinary people, both of the candidates but their forecast is slightly different despite the fact that it focuses more on economic empowerment. and whooshing the strategic direction of kenya and whether it has closer relations with the china or with the just. -- u.s. has that come into play much, foreign policy? >> yeah, that's really a big such the last two presidents we've had in the country really pursued a different foreign policy. the predecessor to the current incumbent who had the look east policy. reengaining and initiatin with china. focused on economic partnerships, infrastructure, development and president kenyata followed the same suit but it was a tough balancing
act. >> richard, thank you so much. serena williams is retiring from touchdown. the sport she's dominated for almost 25 years. the 23-time grand champ -- slam champion said she didn't like the word retirement but would be evolving away from tennis after the u.s. open. she won her latest match at the toronto open on monday. afterwards she was asked about her motivation to carry on playing. >> i guess there's just a light at the end of the tunnel. [laughter] >> what is that like? >> i don't know, i'm getting closer to the lying. so -- [laughter] yeah, so that's like -- lately, that's been it for me. can't wait to get to that light. >> i know y're joking but -- >> i'm not joking. >> explain to me what the light is to up. what it represents.
>> freedom. yeah. i love playing, though. it's like amazing but, you know, it's like -- i can't do this forever. >> joining us now for more on the career and legacy of serena williams is the tennis anast and reporter nick mcvell. thanks for being with us. i know that serena hasn't quad margaret court's record of 24 grand slam titles you -- titles but isn't she the greatest player of all time? >> i think it's absolutely safe to say that she's got 23wta titles in her career. oftentimes in the last couple of years since coming back from giving birth three years ago to her daughter pitcha, there was f discussion about that 24 look at her success and what see
to elevate women' tennis to where it is today. that paints the fullest picture. it's not about the numbers. what serena did very an entire sport and i think for women's sports overall too. >> and how have serena and serene nice coached by tir father richard in this extraordinary story, how much they transferred -- transformed the women's game? >> they took the baton. you look at chris evert, martina martina navratilova and the legacy of women's tennis, they took it to the next level. you look at the power they have off of both wings and also, you look at 2022. they've both been on tour for nearly three decade. that's not something we've seen. we've seen it now more in pro sports. the longevity i think is really big. not only inspiring a generation
but inspiring a second generation. coco goff -- gauff talking about how inspiring the williams sisters has been have been to the power of insurance -- tennis but also inspiring these young women they can do anything on the court and off the court too. >> what do you think that serena penciled this edtorial in vogue magazine, not to the people that cover tennis. >> i think that's the serena style. she's a cultural icon. she's a one-name individual, in the states, obviously but around the world. i just spoke to fans in toronto and it didn't need a qualifier. it didn't need a serena williams or do you know who this player is? she's just serena. she's had a long-standing rhythm at vogue. shirk really speak from her heart. she talks about mother hood, the
challenges with olympia, the pressure she faced on the irrelevant co. that gives her the space and also allows for the celebrations here in front at another wta1000 and at the u.s. open in new york. >> and finally, could serena win the u.s. open? could she get that 24th title? >> i am never one to doubt serena williams. it is going to be a steep, steep climb. yes, it's going to be a tough one but yes, she can win the u.s. open. >> nick, i really hope she can do it. thank you so much for joining us there from toronto. siena williams, the giant of the women's game. she is moving on from tennis after the u.s. open having dominated the sport for 25 years. she has inspired a whole generation of new players and i should say of amateur players like myself and i cannot wait to see her play at the u.s. open.
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♪ judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on "the newshour" tonight... the fbi at mar-a-lago -- agents search the south florida home of former president trump in what appears to be part of an investigation into whether he took classified documents from the white house. then... one-on-one -- we discuss the democrats' major climate and health care legislation, and whether it will deliver on its promises, withenate majority leader chuck schumer. an.. outreach in africa -- secretary of state antony blken visits multiple african nations in an effort to counteract chinese and russian influence. >> my worry is that this strategy will just reproduce those same old dynamics rather than bring about genuine rtnership between the u.s. and