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this is bbc news: i'm mike embley. the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. 93 of republican national convention sees the price but resident speak along with eliane conway who expressed her gratitude for empowering women full of a teenager is charged with murder over the shooting death of two people during u nrest death of two people during unrest in wisconsin. they had someone on unrest in wisconsin. they had someone on the other side who has come in from outside, apparently, because he wanted to ta ke apparently, because he wanted to take to the streets. we do not know his motives and we do not know his motives and we do not know his motives and we do not know why he shot these people. president trump says he won't stand for looting and violence and pledges to send in the national guard. leave or face death — as hurricane laura approaches, people living in the us coastal regions of texas and louisiana, are given a stark warning.
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hello. day three of the republican national convention is under way and vice president mike henze is due to speak shortly. along with the outgoing advisor to the president, kellyanne conway. shortly we are due, we have heard already from the second lady, karen pants and we will hear from lara trump lady, karen pants and we will hearfrom lara trump and lady, karen pants and we will hear from lara trump and then from the vice president mike pence. our correspondent is in washington, dc. a big picture so farfor women voters. washington, dc. a big picture so far for women voters. a theme that started last night with the peach from the first lady, milani trump who laid out
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the case for her husband in very touching terms, at times, referring to him constantly as donald, would you do not often hear, talking about how he supported her and so many other women throughout their lives together and in his administration. remembering that this is a woman who has been publicly humiliated by the allegations of her husband's multiple infidelities and has had to face some sordid revelations. the message from her seemed to be that if she, as the first lady and the wife of donald trump could move past this and see beyond the less savoury this and see beyond the less savoury aspect of his character, then so could women who were perhaps wavering about their continued support in the last four years. tonight we have heard from kellyanne conway, more in the professional role. she is a vetera n professional role. she is a veteran of the administration
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and has survived it without being fired, without being subjected to any public ridicule that he has so often inflicted on other senior members of his cabinet and his advisors. she is stepping down but that is for personal reasons and she also described a man who was incredibly supportive and encouraged her ambition. a very clear pitch being made to women who may on the fence at this point, having listened and experienced the last four years of donald trump and his sometimes convoluted relationship with women. we will be back to the convention ina will be back to the convention in a moment for lara trump who is married to eric. part of this picture seems to be to the suburbs and the voters there at the demographics of the suburbs have changed quite a lot, haven't they? the problem with talking about the suburbs and women in general is that these are not monolithic voting
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blocks. there is variation between the two. the suburbs have become increasingly democratic over the last several years as democratic over the last several years as younger several years as younger people, more democratic... mother to luke and carolina and the daughter—in—law of our 45th president donaldj tromp. tonight i come to you simply as an american. my life began like many in our country, i grew up in north carolina and my pa rents were in north carolina and my parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and i had everything we needed not everything we needed not everything we needed not everything we wanted. my pa rents everything we wanted. my parents raised me to believe that in america i could achieve anything with hard work and determination. that the opportunities available to me we re opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition, that i should dream big and i did. those very dreams i had heard the adage
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ifi dreams i had heard the adage if i can make it there i can make it anywhere and i intended to dojust make it anywhere and i intended to do just that. never in i million years did i think i would be on this stage tonight andi would be on this stage tonight and i certainly never thought that i would end up with the last name trump. my seventh grade english teacher used to tell us to believe none of what you hear and half of what you read and only what you are there to witness firsthand. the meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until i met my husband and the trump family. any preconceived notion i had of this family disappeared immediately. they we re disappeared immediately. they were warm and caring. they were ha rd were warm and caring. they were hard workers and they were down—to—earth. they reminded me of my own family. they made me feel like i was home. walking the halls of the trump organization i saw the same family environment. i also saw the countless executives who thrive there year after year. gender did not matter. what mattered was the ability to get thejob done. i learned this
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directly when in 2016 my father—in—law asked me to help him win my cherished home state north carolina. though i had no political experience he believed in me. he knew i was capable, even if i did not. so it did not surprise me when president donald trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration. secretary of the united nations, secretary of the air force, the first female cia director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and cou ntless a m bassadors fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to namea countless ambassadors just to name a few. under president trump ‘s leadership women's unemployment hit the lowest levels since world war ii did it 4.3 levels since world war ii did it 11.3 million newjobs have been created for women in 2019 alone women took over 70% of all newjobs. female small business ownership remains at
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an all—time high and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since president trump took office. he did not do these things to gain a vote or check a box. he did them because they are the right things to do. 100 years ago today the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every american woman. and since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in america. from amelia erhardt to rosa pa rks* in america. from amelia erhardt to rosa parks* women shaped our history and has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. i often think back to my 24—year—old self, driving alone in my car from north carolina to new york city and i think about what i tell myself now as i head towards the most critical election in modern history. this is not just election in modern history. this is notjust a choice between republican and democrat or left and right. this is an election that will decide if we
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keep america america or if we head down an uncharted and frightening path towards socialism. abraham lincoln once famously said that america will never be destroyed from the outside if we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves. while those words were spoken 150 yea rs those words were spoken 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism and tyranny? the choice is ours. i know the promise of america because i have lived it. not just as a member of the trump family but as a woman who knows what it is like to work in blue—collarjobs and to serve customers for tips and to aspire to rise. when i look at my son and my daughter i wonder
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what sort of country will i be leaving for them, for our future generations? in recent months we have seen a week spineless politicians seek control of our great american cities through violent mobs, defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical democrat party. joe biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighbourhoods and schools, to restore our american way of life. we cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. president trump is the law and order president. from our borders to our backyards. president trump will keep america safe. president trump will keep america prosperous. president trump will keep america america. if you are watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on november three, i implore you. tune out
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the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. i was not born a trump. i am from the south. i was raised a carolina girl. i went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. my seventh grade english teacher was right. what i learned about our president is different than what you may have heard. i learned that he is a good man. that he loves his family to that he did not need this job. that no—one on earth works harderfor that no—one on earth works harder for the that no—one on earth works harderfor the american that no—one on earth works harder for the american people, that he is willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. he isa and the country that he loves. he is a person of conviction. he is a person of conviction. he is a person of conviction. he isa he is a person of conviction. he is a fighter and will never stop fighting for america. he will uphold our values. he will preserve ourfamilies will uphold our values. he will preserve our families and he will build upon the great american edict that our union will never be perfect until
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opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. ronald reagan said it best. the dreams of people may differ but everybody wants their dreams to come true. and america, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. it is up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach, for our children and generations beyond. to my father—in—law, thank you for believing in me. thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for america. may god bless and protect the gulf states in the path of the hurricane, may god bless our troops and may god continue to bless this incredible country. that was lara trump speaking to the republican national convention. she is married to eric trump and shortly we will hear from other members of the convention. breaking news from
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new zealand, a court there has sentence the white supremacist who shot dead muslim worshippers to life in prison without parole. that is the first time that sentence has been passed in new zealand. the judge said that brenton tarrant, 29, judge said that brenton tarra nt, 29, was judge said that brenton tarrant, 29, was devoid of empathy for his victims and many of those victims relatives confronted him in court. the judge said that tarrant was neither contrite nor ashamed. we will bring you more on that as soon as we hear we will bring you more on that as soon as we hear from our correspondent. returning out to washington, dc and jane o'brien. jane, just hearing there from lara trump, and soon we will be back to hear from clarence henderson and then the vice president and as you have said all week it is very much a trump show. six members of the trump show. six members of the trumpfamily trump show. six members of the trump family speaking to the convention. president trump has a lwa ys convention. president trump has always thought that he is his best cheerleader and spokesperson but he also puts
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tremendous store through loyalty a nd tremendous store through loyalty and the people he feels closest to and that give him the most loyalty are his family. that is why we have seen family. that is why we have seen if uncle trump being put into a position of special advisor —— ivanka. her husband as advisor —— ivanka. her husband as the special envoy to the middle east and the two sons, donaldjr and middle east and the two sons, donald jr and eric also trusted advisors although not in an official capacity. lara trump, who we have just heard from there, talking about the political opportunities in terms of managing his campaign and being, again, a trusted lou tennant, part of that in a family circle. very much the hallmark of the donald trump presidency. you vote for donald trump, the family comes with him. and that, he sees that as his strength, other people call it nepotism and have questioned
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the wisdom of putting people who have had no political experience in a position that he so often does. have we had any sense of what mike pence is likely to be saying? at least which voters he is intending to appeal to? he which voters he is intending to appealto? he started which voters he is intending to appeal to? he started off, which voters he is intending to appealto? he started off, he is the only live speech tonight, all the others have been pre— taped. so there is room for him to make changes and we understand that he is likely to talk about the situation in wisconsin right now but, broadly, he will touch on the presidents‘s economic record and positioning him as the president of law and order, reiterating what we have just heard from lara trump a few minutes ago. so i think the themes are going to be the economy, law and order but, of course, as economy, law and order but, of course, as has been the central theme of this, a dystopian
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world under the presidency of joe biden. and quickly we will return to the convention to the clarence henderson speaking. i know from personal experience, walking into woolworths department store on fair woolworths department store on fa i r west woolworths department store on fair west second, 1960, i knew it was unlike any day i had experienced before. my friends had been denied service the day before because of the colour of their skin. we knew it wasn't right. but when we went back the next day, i didn't know whether i was going to come out ina whether i was going to come out in a vertical or prone position in handcuffs or on a stretcher. or even in handcuffs or on a stretcher. oreven ina in handcuffs or on a stretcher. or even in a body bag. by sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice, we knew it was necessary , injustice, we knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. we face down
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the kkk, we were cursed at and we re the kkk, we were cursed at and were called all kinds of names. they threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested. but it was worth it. our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. and in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer towards true equality for all. that's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. america isn't perfect. we are always improving. but the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from, it's where you're going. i was born in what some would call it the wrong side of the tracks. i don't even have a birth certificate. i never attended an integrated school, and i'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, at each pcu. i'm a military veteran and civil
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activist. and you know what else? i'm a republican. and i support donald trump stop if that sounds strange, you don't know your history. it was the republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. it was the republican party that passed the 14th amendment giving black men citizenship. was the republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving black men the right to vote. freedom of thought is a powerful thing. american voters all over the country, the media is trying to convince to conform to the same democratic talking points. you know what that will get you? the same old results. joe biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, aren't black. what i say, if you devote vote for biden, you don't know history. —— if you don't know history. —— if you do vote for biden. donald trump isn't a politician. is a
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leader. politicians are a dime a dozen, leaders are priceless. the record finding trump gave each pcus are priceless as well, so are the record number ofjobs he dreaded for the black community —— created for the black community as well as tax incentives. and criminal justice reform, when 91% of the inmates released our black stop these achievements demonstrate donald trump truly cares about black lives. he policies show his heart. he has done more for black america in four years thanjoe black america in four years than joe biden has black america in four years thanjoe biden has done in 50. donald trump is offering real and and lasting change and an opportunity to rise. a country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s, a place where people are
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judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the colour of their skin. this is the america i was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the america donald trump is fighting for today. that's alljoin in this fight for re—electing president trump on november three, thank you. the activist clarence henderson making the claim donald trump has done more for black voters blown joe has done more for black voters blownjoe biden has done more for black voters blown joe biden has has done more for black voters blownjoe biden has done in 50. let's speak to our norht america correspondent, then around, still in washington, dc. we have mr trump say himself he has done more for black americans than any president with the possible exception of abraham lincoln. you have been making the point that no group of voters is a monolith, of course, but surely pitching this administration to any black boater at the moment isa any black boater at the moment is a tough sell? —— voter? any black boater at the moment is a tough sell? -- voter? it is. which is why there has been
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so is. which is why there has been so much emphasis on black advocates of president trump. we have heard from a number of african—americans of speaking on behalf of president trump, i mean on behalf of president trump, i m ea n clearly on behalf of president trump, i mean clearly this is an effort to try and weigh black voters. and it is a repetition of the argument that under the democrats, what improvements have actually been made? whereas, the record of donald trump is record black unemployment, sorry, employment among black people has gone down, record black employment. this is all part of the coatta ils of this is all part of the coattails of a thriving economy before the pandemic hit. it's also part of the economic is making. but the effort to try and sway black voters is probably an 11th hour one because up until now donald trump hasn't seen that interested in broadening his base. clearly he feels at the
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moment he needs to do something to stop the drain of african—americans and women who are depleting his support for the next election. and as we have been saying, jan, the whole convention seems to be based on the idea of the pandemic being a thing of the past, under control, and the economy is a past, under control, and the economy is a success. past, under control, and the economy is a success. neither of which frankly is true? -- jane. if you look at the numbers, of course not. the economy is tanking because of the pandemic, and that in a circular argument is why the trump administration is trying to downplay the pandemic at times, because they want to focus on the economy. and if you can get the pandemic under control, the economy will go up. but there is a broader issue, i think, up. but there is a broader issue, ithink, at up. but there is a broader issue, i think, at play here, and that is very many of his supporters that i have spoken to, while saying yes, the pandemic is serious, it is not serious enough to warrant closing down the economy. so thatis
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closing down the economy. so that is an area where he could well pick up some boats and some support. all right, jane, we will be back to you and the convention for mike pence just a little later. a teenager has been charged with murder after a second night of protests in the city of kenosha, wisconsin. jacob blake, the man who was shot, is now paralysed from the waist down. joe biden said the video made him sick. all this comes after the killing of george floyd three months ago in minneapolis, which sparked protests around the world. tensions on the street here have increased dramatically. at times, it's barely believable that these are scenes playing out in a small city in america's midwest. and there's a new dimension to the chaos. as well as the confrontation between protesters and security forces, the fireworks and the tear gas, there are now
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armed vigilantes claiming they're protecting property from getting damaged. gunfire oh, he shot him! gunfire mobile phone footage appears to catch the moment someone with a rifle... he shot him, man. ..fires on protesters. he laid him out, he died. it later zooms in on someone lying motionless on the ground as others run to help. another distressing video appears to show a similar incident. again, a protester is gunned down. two people were killed and a third, seen here, was injured by gunshots. let's go! someone who appeared to be armed was later seen walking with his hands up towards police. straight ahead, come on, straight ahead. a 17—year—old has now been charged with first—degree murder. get out of the road! but many here, including
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local officials, defend the vigilantes. for those who want to protect their livelihood, that is their right. it's something that every american is guaranteed. even if it could lead to the loss of life? obviously, i don't. .. any responsible gun owner, i think, myself included, i own firearms as well, none of us have the goal of taking a life. it's a reflection of the starkly polarised way in which different americans are viewing what's going on here. some see young people tired of police killings making their voice heard. others just see wanton destruction. protesting, peacefully protesting, yes, fine, go for it, peacefully protest. but don't burn down buildings, don't break windows and don't mess up other people's stuff. looting? burning? unfortunately, it's part of it. how do you compare brick and mortar to life? but this did all start when 29—year—old jacob blake
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was shot in the back several times by police in front of his children. his family confirmed he's been paralysed from the waist down. they shot my son... ..seven times. seven times. like he didn't matter. but my son matters. ifjacob knew what was going on, as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased. a mother's hopes of calm and of healing have as yet been farfrom realised, and there's no telling where this goes and how dangerous things get now. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in kenosha, wisconsin.
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let's go to atlanta. justin miller represented rayshard brooks and the family of george floyd. what did you think when you heard what happened? you know, i want to be optimistic and think the chances are high but ijust don't know at this time. i just hope people continue watching in the world continues seeing what is going on here. it is a very, serious thing and it's coming to a head now. so on one hand, i am sad because this is my country and i see what's going on and the world is now seeing what's going on. but it's been a while, simmering for a while and it's time for things to come to a head. it's no time ago, really, but there was a timejust after george
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floyd's death when it seemed so many people are talking to us about a moment. the time it felt real change was possible. does it feel that way at all to you? you know, i think real change is still possible. but people on both sides of the aisle here are going to have to take responsibility for what's going on, and this is republicans and democrats. it's notjust one group that's going to be able to fix this. it's going to take boat. and that's the thing i don't see happening. i think the change is possible. we just have to continue working. i guess many people are concerned about social justice, racial injustice, they will understand the anger on the streets. perhaps the urge to smash things up. but for many people of because it is just but for many people of because it isjust a but for many people of because it is just a lack of law and order and the president and republicans are pitching it very ha rd republicans are pitching it very hard for the election in november. it is a very difficult sell, your cause, at the moment. it is very difficult for some people. it's not difficult for me. i understand why it is difficult
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for some people, because it's breaking up the status quo. if you are not a person who has to deal with this, or this hasn't been a part of your life. it's difficult for you to see it and have empathy for the people who are dealing with it. but for me, it's not and for the people i know, it's not, and the for the families i've seen, who have to deal with the fallout from this, it's definitely not something that's hard to see or empathise with. when you talk to your clients, to the families of the people who have been killed, what avenues do you see for trying to make a change? you know, i tell them that voting in this country is huge and voting now is bigger than ever. and i tell them that we need to make sure the people who are in office, and i'm not talking about republicans or democrats, just the people who are in office representing us and making these laws and the people have to look at these incidents, and really, you know, figure something out that's going to help
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everybody, need to be people who understand the plight of african—americans in this country, and those who are not the majority in this country. if we get more of those people in. and i feel like they can be democrats and republicans, in this group of people, america will be a better place. justin miller speaking to me just now. leave or face death — as hurricane laura approaches, people living in the us coastal regions of texas and louisiana, are given a stark warning. it has been described as an survivable. people from south—east texas to south—west louisiana are boarding up their houses and hoping they survive whatever‘s coming their way. thousands of residents scrambling to evacuate in a race against time before laura makes landfall. once it gets past a category 2 with the surge issues, there's no way i'm going to take that chance. you know, we'll just
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grab ourdogs and ourfamily and go. the national hurricane center now using the strongest terms possible in its warnings. it predicts an "extremely dangerous" category 4 hurricane, "unsurvivable" storm surge, large and destructive waves and water levels 10—15 feet above ground level. the storm surge could go as far as 30 miles inland from the coast. this region hasn't seen a hurricane this dangerous since rita in 2005. laura's shaping up to look a lot like rita did 15 years ago in terms of its forecasted intensity and the forecasted spot where it will make landfall in south—west louisiana. and again, we don't say that to scare anybody, but that point of reference sometimes helps in order to make sure people understand the seriousness of the situation. boston! is that you? galveston beach in texas among areas getting cleared out. it is beautiful most times of the year, but hurricane

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