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tonight, president trump and his radical departure. the major speech to the muslim world and a major shift in tone. >> i stand before you to deliver a message of friendship. >> backing off the tough talk from the campaign trail. >> i think islam hates us. >> our team coverage from saudi arabia tonight. ready to testify. former fbi director james comey set to tell his side of the story in front of congress. and the republican senators breaking with the president on his claim that it's all a witch hunt. advancing threat. north korea firing off a new missile despite international warnings. are leader kim jong-un's weapons getting better? firefighter trapped. the gas station in flames collapsing on a fireman. all caught on camera. the race to save him.
the sea lion grabbing this girl right off the dock. and the lightning-fast response that may have made all the difference. good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with president trump's speech to the muslim world, rallying leaders from 50 muslim countries against terror. but no mention of the phrase, radical islamic terrorism. the move, marking a reset of the harsher tones of the presidential campaign. president trump helping the saudis launch a new global center as well. jonathan karl, traveling with the president and starting us off tonight. >> reporter:
the muslim world. here in the birthplace of islam, the man who had portrayed muslims as the problem, offering a message of unity against terrorism. >> terrorists do not worship god. they worship death. this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or civilizations. this is a battle between b barbaric criminals and decent people. this is a battle between good and evil. >> reporter: in the audience, the leaders of more than 50 muslim countries. a remarkable moment for the man who just a year ago said -- >> i think islam hates us. there's something, something there, there's a tremendous hatred there. >> r
candidate who had proposed a total and complete shutdown of muslims from entering the u.s. but today -- >> i stand before you as a representative of the american people to deliver a message of friendship and hope and love. >> reporter: but he did issue a challenge. >> a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. drive them out. drive them out of your places of worsh worship, drive them out of your communities, of your holy land. and drive them out of this earth. >> reporter: the president's call to action notably left out a signature phrase, which he had long ago insisted was crucially im
>> reporter: trump had hammered both barack obama and hillary clinton for failing to say it. now, he portrayed the enemy of a godless enemy of all religions, including islam. >> barbarrism will deliver you no glory. piety to evil will bring you no digni dignity. >> john, the administration is touting the speech as a step in the right direction, and hoping to build on that momentum for the next leg of the trip? >> reporter: they're not predicting an outbreak of peace, but they do believe this will give momentum to restarting peace talks. the arab nations that were here see two main enemies. iran and
neither of which are israel, and those are the same enemies israel sees. so, the administration hopes they will see more progress than in the past. >> jonathan, thank you. the events in the mideast unfolding against the drum beat of controversy at home. especially the upcoming testimony of james comey, who president trump fired. looking into a possible connection between the russians and the trump campaign. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, as james comey prepares to testify publicly, a new glimpse inside that meeting between the president and the russian foreign minister. president trump's inner circle acknowledging that the subject of the fbi director's firing came up. >> the firing had been in the news. but i didn't know in advance that the president was gonna raise it. >> reporter: that controversial meeting taking place just one day after james comey was fired. "i just fired the head of the fbi.
trump boasted according to an official summary of the meeting read to "the new york times" by an american official. "i faced great pressure because of russia. that's taken off." speaking today from saudi arabia, secretary of state rex tillerson, who was also in the room that day, pushed back against that account. >> that's not my, my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. and i think what the president was trying to convey to the russians is, look, i'm not going to be distracted by this, all these issues that are here at home, they, that affect us domestically. >> reporter: president trump has acknowledged the russia investigation was on his mind when he fired the man in charge of it, and has called the investigation into possible collusion with campaign associates a "witch hunt." >> well, i wouldn't use the term witch-hunt. >> there's also a lot that we don't know yet. and i want to underscore how good it is for america that bob mueller has this position. >> reporter: the house oversight
speak to james comey tomorrow. >> thank you. as the president tries to build bridges in the middle east, north korea is launching a new missile. here's bob woodruff. >> reporter: north korea acting in defiance of international warnings. today's test an apparent attempt to make their launches faster and harder to detect. the medium range missile travelling 310 miles before plunging into the sea between north korea and japan. a shorter distance than last week's long range rocket that came within just 70 miles of russia. >> we can expect a greater frequency of testing of these missiles as they try to make them operational. >> reporter: this was the eighth missile test since president trump took office and came just hours before his address on terror in riyadh. north korea's leader kim jung-un has made no secret of his nuclear ambitions. just this week holding a lavish parade honoring the creators of his latest weapons. >> at some point they're going to
will be able to reach the continental united states. >> reporter: now the white house acknowledged the test. and the south korean president held an emergency meeting in response to the latest provocation. tom? >> bob, thank you. now to the extraordinary images coming in here at home. firefighters tackling a potentially deadly blaze when part of the building collapsed, trapping a firefighter. here's adrienne bankert. >> oh, my god, oh, my god! >> reporter: it happened in one heart stopping moment. this convenience store, engulfed in flames. the front of the building collapses, crushing a firefighter at this michigan gas station. >> there's a fireman down! get him out. get him out. get him out. >> reporter: cameras rolling as flames rage around him. burning dangerously close to gas pumps. >> 10-4, we've got this building pretty much fully involved.
more than half a dozen first responders, frantic. adrenaline pumping, lifting the metal frame, desperately trying to pull him out. some with their bare hands. another dousing flame with a fire hose. >> my last caller was a passerby and advised it looks like that there's still people in the building. >> reporter: witnesses calling for help. shocked by what's unfolding in front of them. just 2 1/2 minutes later -- applause as the man is pulled out. amazingly seen up and walking around. >> he's standing. so, okay. thank god. >> reporter: that firefighter pulled from the flames was treated for second degree burns and bruising. a second firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. both already released from the hospital. that department thankful tonight. >> thank you. now to the
threat. flooding possible. rob marciano with more. >> reporter: drenching rain triggering floods from alabama to indiana this weekend. >> in my 39 years, i've never seen it this bad. >> reporter: in salem, indiana, rushing flood water carrying this massive structure downstream, slamming into this bridge. other large containers piled up against the bridge. that road now closed. houses submerged. businesses under water. this stranded car being pulled to higher ground. >> that's supposed to be a parking lot. >> reporter: just north in clinton county, a tornado tearing the side off this building. this, just one of three reported twisters in the area late saturday. and flash flooding washing out highways in birmingham, alabama, stranding this woman and her three children in their car. firefighters carrying them to safety. >> once you enter the water, it's too late to turn around and you're inundated before you know
>> we want to stay on top of the flood threat tonight. hey, rob. >> hey, tom. this system has two parts to it, rains in the north. and that will push to the east coast, a rainy monday. and in the south, several rounds of rain coming through at least tuesday. flood watches through tuesday as well. and 2 to 3, maybe even 5 inches of rainfall, so some flooding threat at least through the middle of the week. >> thanks. and now to notre dame university, members of the graduating class walking off as vice president pence began his remarks. pl
of president trump and vice president pence. ivanka trump, stepping in for her father in riyadh. for more, here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: two days in saudi arabia, and president trump never once publicly mentioned human rights. and women's rights? just a passing mention in his speech on extremism. >> it means standing together against the murder of innocent muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of jews, and the slaughter of christians. >> reporter: aides say he did address human rights behind the scenes. but publicly, his message was clear. >> we are not here to lecture. we are not here to tell other people how
>> reporter: ivanka trump did meet with saudi women leaders, telling them their country's progress is encouraging. but there's still a lot of work to be done. and the first lady visited an all-women business center where she was asked about work/life balance. her response, "you need to balance and find the time." one of the basic rights that women in saudi arabia still don't have, they're not legally allowed to drive. most women rely on a driver or even uber. on the streets of riyadh, women and men living in segregated worlds. and even though the president didn't publicly address it, it did come up. this photo of a sea of men at a technology conference he attended, raising eyebrows online. a saudi official fired back with a photo of his own. saying, "the center does have women, here on the second floor." and during the president's visit, country star toby keith held a free concert. american flags lined the stage.
women not allowed. there is one law that did recently change here. women couldn't go to work or school or even a hospital to get basic services without the permission of a male relative. that is no longer the case. but they still, tom, cannot travel abroad without the permission of a man in their family. >> cecilia vega, thank you. and we'll have much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. including the new device you wear to stop shark attacks. the technology behind it. plus, the deadly times square rampage. the suspected driver speaking out. and a sea lion pops out of the water and drags a girl in. we'll show you what happens next. stay with us. got it. rumor confirmed. they're playing.
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with the warmer weather upon us, we're already seeing swimmers and surfers attacked by sharks. a new device is out, but not everyone is convinced it works. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, shark warnings on both coasts, putting beachgoers on alert and looking to new technology to stay safe. >> you're paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. >> reporter: that alarming scene this month in orange county, california. and in florida, at least five attacks already this season. >> my best friend was attacked by one. >> reporter: looking for a solution, lifelong surfer nathan garrison partnered with scientists to create sharkbanz. >> it's designed to be there to give you some defense, instead of just relying on luck. >> reporter: in this video, sharks immediately attack a dummy leg filled with bait. once the device is attached, sharks quickly swim away. >> the predatory shark species have the most powerful electrical senses.
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finally tonight, a frightening a video of a sea lion dragging a little girl into the water, and her heroic rescue. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the video. a sea lion grabs a little girl, pulling her into the water. her rescue in a matter of seconds. the little girl, shaken but alive. moments before, the animal was wooing the crowd. some of the visitors feeding it. at one point, it lunges up. the little girl laughs. but moments later, the sea lion lungedag
her in. >> i've never seen anything like that. everyone was gasping, screaming, oh, my god, it was crazy. >> reporter: authorities, grateful no one was hurt. but say it serves as a warning, do not feed wild animals. the video, going viral. luckily, everyone here walking away. eva pilgrim, abc news. >> we thank eva for that story, and we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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fix: 30,reaking now i a new addition to the murder investigation after a university student was stabbed and killed, allegedly by the university of maryland student in college park. . >> this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people. anchor: a direct call from president trump for muslim nations to take the lead in fighting terrorism. 30,ow, abc 7 news at 6:00 on your side. kimberly: good evening, i am kimberly suiters. a student stabbed to death. the suspect, a university of maryland student. to nameght, police plan the victim in