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america." reportinfrom washington, i am nada tawfik. tpresidentmp as ken starr to his high-profile defense team, the prosecutor whose work led to bill clinton's impeachment. canchants of "death to america"s iran's supreme leadelidefends the ry over the acdental shooting of a plane. plusinvoicbeyond theea hines--a .icbeyond the headlines nada: for those watchinndon pbs and arhe globe, welcome to "world news america." president trump's impeachment triawill probably get underway on--properly get underway on tuday, butou will not have wait until then to witness the drama.
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mr. trump's defense team will include the prosecutor from bill clinton's impeachment, ken starr. d alan dershowitz, who represented o.j. simpson in the trial of the century, will be joining the ranks. aleem maqbool looks at the key hirings ahead of next week's blockbuster trial. aleem: it is what we have come to expect from donald trump, the hiney revealed members o legal team are made-for-tv. it was ken starr's investigatiot an finding tt bill relationship with an intern that led to the then-president's impeachment. >> fox news cnews contributor, ken, how you doing? aleem: more recently he has been on mr. trump's network of
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choice. mr.z dershow represented o.j. simpson, mikictyson, and cod sex offender jeffrey epstein. he has also been vocally opposed to the impeachment of president trum both are likely to bring showmanship to the historic events of the coming weeks. nada: for more on the hirings i spoke with a reporter for "the washington post." they are clearly being chosen because of their tv expeence. what does this signal about the white house strategy for this trial? >> that is exactly right. this is a president who cares about the tv lineup that he has from his legal team. these are people we regular appearances on fox news, which is really in the president's eyes the most important thing to him, that ese people can robustly defend him on televation. eing said, the president
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had ati limited array of s available for people who actually wanted to join his defense team -- for example, i had spoken to joe lieberman this teek after a source said the president had flhis name from and lieberman said he declined to participate in the impeachment trial because he did not think he had a construive role to play. the president did not necessaril have all too many allies he could have chosen who want to appear during his impeachment trial for him on his behalf. nada: still, do you think it was a wise move? ere is all the baggage that cos with ken starr. his investigati when they say they want more documents and witnesses. could this backfire for the president? jacqueline: it is certainly an interesting choice. it is too ely to say if this is going to backfireat. he end of the day it is going to be difficult to move 20 republican senators away from
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the president and vote to convict him of being guilty on these two articles of impeachment. g at being said, some of these lawyers are goin present relatively shortre pntations during the impeachment trial. there are -- i think we are going to see the majority of the defense coming from his main wyers, people who are currently practicing law in th white house and our experieed ligators. nada looking ahead to the trial,th we sa house here ins -- house hearings were very partisanvery toxic. the senate has different rules, and you haveupreme court justice john roberts presiding over it. how will the senate trial look different? cqueline: yeah, so there is a lot of hypothesizing that just the pageantry and the process and procedures of the trial are going to make it much more serious than from what we saw during t house investigation
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hearings, where there was a lot of theatrics and sort ofic these dram soliloquies delivered by has members thatere at the end of the day directly aimed at the preside. this process, the senate impeachment trial come is a six- day-a-week affair. senato cannot have their phones in the room. they have to be in u silener threat of prisonment, although there is never been a senator imprisoned for speaking went you should not have been speaking. they will be on saturdays g listen argument. nada: turning to iran, where the country's supreme leader has called for nationaunity while celogic another fittack on the united states and european nations. idleading prayers for the first time in nearly a decade, ayatollah ali khamenei defded the country's armed forces after it admitted shooting down a
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passenger ple by mistake. iranian authorities initially denied responsibility. he said the aidentas tragic, but that iran's enemies used it to overshadow the assassination of the country's most senior general, qasem soleimani. quentin somerville reports. quentin: it is 8 years since ayatollah ali khamenei led friday prayers. his simple message is not changed much. ayatollah khamei: evil u.s. government keeps repeatinghat "we snd beside iranian people." you are lying. evenf you stand beside are many people come is just so you cahestabwith your poison dagger's. quentin: "death to america, death to england," chanted the crowd. thousands were bussed in and given banners to a. it is meant to protect strengt o at a time wickedness-for
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iraq-- wkn for iran. qasem soleimani's assassination by the united states h. wounded iran the accidental shooting down over ukrainian passenger plane with iranians on board brought more tuble. angry crowds defaced the dead general's posters. in neighboring ira iran and america continue their battle for influence. when iraand america flight, often it is iraq who bleeds. here in baghdad and across the trco there is a rebel against the government and iranian influence. tehran has spent decades building of enormous power here. that powers fang unprecedented pressure. they have been on these streets e october and caused the prime minister to resign and the parliament to agree a new electoral law.
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but that is not enough. for many, neither iran nor amica are welcome. >> i sent a message to u.s. and iran -- we wish iraqis ruled by neither east nor west. want iraq to be ruled by aqis. quenti changing was coming to iraq, but the killing of qasem soleimani on iraqi soil means it may come sooner. ewithugh trouble on their patience with america and iran. quentin somerville, bbc news, baghdad. nada: the fbi has arrested three suspected members of a neo-na hate group who planted to travel to a pro-gun rally in virginia on mday. one was a canadian army reservist was fired in august over tieso t hate groups and has been suspected missing since. it comes as virainia governor hortham declared a state of emergency in the city of richmond ahead of the rally. speaking to our
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porter covering--a reporter covering eremism for vice news. thank you so much for joining us. based on your reporting about this neo-nazi terror network called the base, how large is and how much of threat does it close to public safy? >>ow we t is one of these international committee creasing lincoln national far right popped up in th last few years. it is hard to know how many members they have, but they ascribe to a very violent ideology. tit is clear th ones who were arrested this week have been on the fbi's radar for some time hit nada: those three, why were they specifically targeting virginia? you playeplanned to go to the ry on monday. are you concerned it could be a repeat of the violence we saw in charlottesville? >> they had discussed according to the court documents that they seem to have been discussing
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going to virginia. they were found with a huge ammunition an improvised weapons. this had been sort of the that abole had been worrie the last few wks. what started as a run-of-the-mill r pro-ghts rally hasurned into something a bit more sinister in the past few weeks, with more extremist way to talk aboutheir own as a ideology and what they describe as a coming boogalooic, is the word they used to referred to a civil war. it is not clear how many more extreme i factions plan on attending. whats clear is the army militias who will be there-- armed militias who will be there, and mary were in chttesville a couple years ago. it is clear that the governor does not want aha repeat t violence and the city doesn't want it, either.
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nada: why do you think these extremist groups are becoling more edened? tess: that is the million-dollar question. certainly after charlottesville, the movement becama lot more diffuse, whereas there are some this kind of public discussionut of pay anymore-- of hate anymore and try to go mainst there are others who became more isolated, more angry, more volatile. those are the groups like the base or other groups who are sing a very big set to t public. --threat to the public. nada: we have seen the fbi will and security be criticized for not confronting these groups fast eugh. what are some of the challenges they face? tess:th i think one obiggest challenges is the fact that there is no domestic terrorism law. to be designated as a terrorist
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niortion, mainly you have to be a foreign group. these groups are increasingly international, and there has been sompressure from some members of congress to start designating some of these far-right networks as terrori groups so that they -- that will give the fbi more tools to go after tm before they have commitd an attack. at the moment, as it stands, they are left having to get g tm charges, drug charges, to before they can d anything. nada: thank you so much for your insight. tess: thank you for having m nada. da: moving on, the colombian rnment says it is going restart aerial spraying coca leaves in order to ruce the amount of cocaine made in the country. most of theis world's cocain produced in colombia and recor amounts of the drug are being made, part of the reason cocaine
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is w country.lable in this our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan traveled to colombia to find out what is behind the surge in production. michael: in the middle of the andes, ibd for sdiers from the cocaine trade, the farmers. you?ld are michael: every two months, they harvest their crop of coca leaves. they add a fridayig n of toxins-- add aty varf toxins. the whole process creates this valuable paste that the narg s are willin kill for. colombia's indigenous groups are under attack, murdereto rid
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communities of terminal gangs -- criminal gangs. one of over 50 member of people killed last year, assassinated in front of hisif michael: colombia is producing moreef cocaine than ever be. aeace deal ended the world's longest-running civil war, but the agreement allowed narcotrafficke to exte control of the cocaine trade. one smoker told me how easy it is to export the drug.
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michael: thegg sr often hides the drug amid the vast consignments h of bananas th oversees. he says he sends at least six tonsf caine to europe annually. how many of those shipments would you expect to reach europe? michael: the producers and consumers of cocaine rely on each other, but rarely meet. iron ridge for the cocars far to speak to lewis--iran arrange for the coca fmers to speak to wis. never take cocaine yourselves? >> you feel auzz, a rush, uplifted?
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afterwards you feel terrible. michael: the farmer's advice turned to lewis off coe. many more are turning to the drug, creating problems for colombia and the u.k. michael buchanan, bbc news, colombia. nada:lo let' at some other news. the life of democratic presidential hopeful andrew yang says she was sexually assaulted by her gynecologist ce was pregnant with their first child. evelyn yang accuse robert hayden of assaulting her at his new york practice in 2012. she isne of 32 women suing him and the university working practice. she denies the allegati will ukraine'ste prime minis staking in his job despite a the president being published online for the he offered to step down, apparently
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questiong president zelensky's grasp on economics. the president said he wanted to give the prime minister a second chance. tech giant apple may be forced to abandon itws lightning connector cable as eu legislators panh for tech cos to operate on one universal chargingystem. apple argues the proposed regulation would stifle innovation and be disruptive to consumers. european regulators will vote on the cab on a yet to be determined date. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to comon tonight's program -- >> ah! nada: the moment three brothers from scotland ran for the first time after rowing for 35 days across the atlantic and breaking cords. nada: those keen on british history will remember edward
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viii. he abdicated the throne to marry american usa wallis simpson. a coin with his fe on it has been the first to sell for mor than one lane pounds. it apparently conveys the former king'sanity come as hereas willing to with long-held tradition. the new owner, private collector, described the chance to buy it ason -in-a-lifetime opportunity. reporter: this is what a million pounds will get you, an edward viii sovereign 22 millimeters, fiction e unusual and very -- ely unusual and very rar and precious. i'm not allowed to touch it. only experts like matt here are allowed to handle it. there are only six of them, and thet rarity makes precious, but also there is something very unusual -- the head of the monarch is facing the wrong way,
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according to get mentioned. >> edward viii is quite a vain character, and theayemonic faces should alternate by rei gn. edward viii is the first were broken cturies-old tradition purely because of vany. carry the heavy burden ofible to responsibility and to discharge my duties as king.
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nada: three brothers from edinburgh cap set-- have set a series of world records after rowing across the landing ocea . in just five da they are the fastest and youngest trio to row across the atlantic and the first team siblings to cross any ocean. our scotlandreorrespondent rts. reporter: a record-breaking row and a show of sibling courage. in fac at tes conditions were awful. seasicknesse dedration, and exhaustion in their epic row across the atlantic. beg brothers, was, they said to him a help, not a hindrance when times g rough. pretty sorte aches and
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pains. porter: the end inside for the treo brothers from with not just one record on the horizon,e. but thre >> whoa! >> it has been utterly incredible and so surreal. you are in your own bubble. hearing other people's voices when youis get off the fin line, bizarre. reporter: the maclean broth ns said they o rowing experience before training for the 3000-mile adventure. they have raised thousands for charity in what one called the defining h experience life. nada: we have one more story to bring you tonight. at the middle east instituten hereshington, d.c., a new exhibition features nine contemporary artists from iraq, syria, and turkey. their work focuses on the
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kurdish experience across decades of peecution across mountains and borders. the bbc went for a look. >> when i started conducting research for thisgexhibition and ing in touch with artists, i realized that a lot of themwire in dialogu one another. whether they were back in iraq or in europe the idea for the exhibition, kurdish artists and dialogue,f came from this idea engagement with one another, but also talking about their history, the problemse c current circumstances. so these artists have hyph enat identity. they are iraqi-kurdish, syrian-kurdish, iranian-kurdish. this notion ofit two ides --
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link with thick identities from intellecal identities, really play out in their work. "domino effect" contains a subjt that can be read as government officials, carrying briefcases and guns with silencers. it speaks about contemporary politics. participating in exhibition with a work entitled "the state we in. it is an ongoing series to talk about sites where clashes occurred between the turkish gornmentnd kurds. he has gone into this site and extracted material it is an incredible juxtaposition of something beautiful with items that are bullet-ridden.troy it just so happened that the events iac syria took after had started planning this exhibition. i think is very timely,
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because it helps to shed light on how syrianio dec have serious implitions on minorities such as the kurdish people. hist oppressed.y have been they haven't practically erased from certa parts of iraq in turkey. suit speaks to an and a problem that needs to be solved. uedials imperative to developing an understanding of other people, and i think that a rt is a way of creating a dialogue. my hope is that a lot of people come a see this exhibition eayeah, i would like to think that somebody from the white house would see this exhibitn. nada: well, that from all of us here. and nada tawfik. --i am nada tawfik announcer: funding for is presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
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