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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> i am laura trevelyan and this is bbc world news america. the january 6 committee hears about president trump to get states to overturn the 2020 election results, and the impact on election workers. one describes how she was wrongly accused by mr. trump of voter fraud and how to cope with death threats and online abuse. >> the president of the united states is supposed to represent every american. [crying] >> not target one. but he targeted me. laura: after the floods, the struggle to reach millions of people affected the rising waters in banadesh and northeast india. and we report on how to has legalized the use of marijuana,
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sparking a craze for all kinds of cannabis creations. >> 1, 2, 3, 4 ♪ laura: how being a dj can help with mental health, courtesy of star, fat boy slim. ♪ laura: welcome to "world news america" on pbs around the globe. mr. trump had a direct and personal role in pressuring state officials to overturn the 2020 elections, that's what the committee investigating the terry six attack on the u.s. is fourth hearing focused on the pressure campaign by president trump and his alliesp they tried to challenge or overturn results in the key states of georgia and arizonap here is the testimony of arizona's speaker. mr. trump and his team tried to
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get them to recertify joe biden'smi sort of the constitution to uphold, and that i also swore the constitution and the laws of the state of arizona and this is totally foreign and idea to me and i would never do anything of such magnitude without deep consultation with qualified attorns. and i said, i have gotome good attorneys and ever given their names. but you are asking me to do something against my oath and i will not break my oath. laura: the committee ao heard about threats and harassment of georgia's state election workers. they were wrongly accused by mr. trump and his lawyer of committing voter fraud. here is what ruby friedman said in her testimony. >> you know how it feels to have the president of the united states to target you?
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[voice breaks] the president of the united states is supposed to represent every american. not target one. but he targeted me, lady ruby, a small business owner, a mother, a proud american citizen who stood up to help fulton county run an election in the middle of the pandemic. laura: that speak to our north american correspondent who is on capitol hilt for us. what have we learned about the details of this scheme a president trump and his team to pressure state electors to put forward for connectors -- to put forward fake ectors? reporter: we heard about this pressure on people who were effectively the gatekeepers of american democracy, to overturn the election results of 2020.
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the committee is trying to show that this was part of a larger plot to either get the state officials toss out balance or get state electors to send fake ballots to congress to be counted. we know how that did not work. that is because these officials all push back against that and we heard through their testimony and with full cults with donald trump that they had that they refused to cave in to him. he just heard that from ruby friedman who gave evidence, two very ordinary americans were just doing their jobs as election workers or workers, how they became the target of rudy giuliani, donald trump's lawyer, when they were wrongly and disturbingly accused of dumping fake ballots from president biden. it has all been completely debunked. we hadn't heard from them either . they spelt out how exactly the impact it has had on them and how we both didn't feel safe.
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laura: and what is the next hearing that the committee will focus on? reporter: the committee is going to focus more on the pressure that state officials put on donald tru to try and turn the election his way, to try to throughout the legitimate result by president biden. what really stood out for me in today's hearing was that the three officials that we heard from our republicans, and they didn't cave into donald trump, as we heard there in the clip, they swore and all too true the american and state constitutions. the committee is trying to show that the threat hasn't gone away. this time, these individuals did stand up to donald trump and his aides. but there are lots of election deniers now running for office across america. in the future if those sorts of people get into power, will they
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be able to stand up to someone like donald trump? the committee is trying to show th the events that happened on january 6, but also looking forward. they say that democracy is still under threat. laura: thank you. let's speak to the former official at the white house advisor to former vice president pence. thanks for being with us. can republicans really say that this committee is a partisan witchhunt, when one of the star witnesses today was rusty bowers, a conservative republican from arizona, and a man of faith who said he would not break the law for donald trump? guest: for starters, this is a bipartisan committee, liz cheney and adam kinzinger lifelong republicans but i don't have anyone in the republican party can say that with a straight face, given that most of these first-hand testimonies are republicans themselves,
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including the people serving in the white house, people serving donald trump's circle directly, and people serving across the country. such as the brad raffenspergers of the world and gabriel sterling and rusty bowers. i don't know how you can see that this is a witchhunt when it is republicans coming forward to tell the truth about the extent of the lie and of the illegal actions that were being taken by the trump administration and his team. laura: and we have got lots of theories, we just don't have the evidence, that is what we heard today that the president's former lawyer rudy giuliani apparently said. that is pretty damning, isn't it? guest: it is clear, they were told that the election were secure and fair and they had lost. all of this is very
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damning to trump, giuliani, especially to john eastman and the crimes they committed and wanted others to commit for them. and it is these individuals saying that i am taking that responsibility to honor my mama to the constitution and i will not reply. laura: do you think these hearings will give the ability to make parents, who you work for, to stand up to donald trump and run against him for the nomination of the republican party in 2024? guest: mike pence did his additional duty on january 6, under intense pressure and very challenging circumstances. it certainly put his own life in danger and the lives of his family. what does that mean going
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forward? i don't see the maga crowd coming around to mike pence. he is a traitor to the i don't see a victory for him in the future when trump still looms large in the republican party and is still trying to run. if he does run, i tnk he has a good chance of getting that nomination. laura: olivia troye, despite everything we have heard, thank you so much for joining us. the ukrainian authorities have confirmed that russian forces have captured a key front-line village in the eastern region of luhansk. after weeks of intensive fighting in the area, the loss of this particular region gives russia a further foothold in the granting battle for the nearby twin cities for sievierodonetsk and lysychansk's. the governor of donetsk says artillery barrag have caused catastrophic destruction to the cities.
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in the kharkiv region, officials say 15 civilians have been killed in three separate locations by russian shelling. floods in bangladesh and india have killed around 70 people and forced hundreds of others to leave their homes. it is making it difficult for rescuers to save those trapped. our correspondent reports. reporter: when the rain relents, rescuers work with the means they have two get people out. in small groups and clusters, hundreds of thousands are still waiting to get to safety. in these brutal and remote areas of assam, it is not a fast-moving operation, but without it, some would simply not ma it. across the border in bangladesh, the situation is even worse. this is the gate of a school that was turned into a shelter.
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if it rains anymore, it will no longer serve as a refuge. inside, people who have managed to save themselves but lost everything they had. our home was swept away in the floods. all of her belongings have gone too, this woman says. anger against the administration is growing. our home was flooded and have come here for shelter, but we haven't received any relief materials yet. we without food, she says. unrelenting rainfall for more than a week caused the flooding. world this is a common occurrence in these low-lying areas during monsoon season, bangladeshi officials say it is the worst they have seen in more than a century. today the prime minister surveyed the scale of the disaster. she insists her government is doing all it can. supplies have reached some
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areas. food packets, water, and medicines. but the threat of re rain remains. and in both countries, most people who have been affected had very little even before the floods lives. laura: terrible decisions were made during the police response to that ss shooting at the school in uvalde, that is what a leading texas law enforcement officer saturday. 19 young children and two teachers were killed by a gunman one month ago. a hearing into the tragedy today. texas's director of public safety accused a police commander of putting the lives of officers over those of children. >> there is compelling evidence that the law enforcement
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response to the attack at robb elementary was an abject failure. after everything we have learned over the past two decades since the coding massacre. laura: let's speak now with our correspondent who is with me. that is incredibly dam nng. why is the police officer who was there just minutes after the mass shooting, ways he accused of putting the lives of officers above the lives of children? guest: the committee heard today that there were a series of mistakes and missed opportunities by police to stop the shooter. we heard the gunman entered the school through an unmarked door. he also heard that three minutes after the shooting began, there were actually enough armed officers wearing body armor who could have stopped him, but still, no attempt made to enter the classroom door by police more than one hour. laura: this must be so upsetting for the parents who have lost their children that day, some of
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whom were on the scene, trying to get to the school. . to hear the law enforcement response described as an abject failure. guest: definitely, this is a community that is still in contents agony and grief over this tragedy. remember the reports coming of children frantically calling 911 in the classroom, kids smearing themselves in their classmates' blood to protect themselves. these parents are still looking for answers as to why it took 77 minutes for police officers to act that day, and many of them are calling for resignations. laura: thank you so much for that update. a former senior member of the u.n. is calling for an external power to investigate allegations of sexual abuse, fraud, and high-level corruption at the u.n.. it comes after several former members of staff told stories of cover ups of harassment and
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bullng when they have complained. some even lost their jobs after speaking out. reporter: the u.n. says it aims to promote peace, dignity, and equality on a healthy pnet. but now several allegations have been me about the organization, including that it former senior member of staff sexually harassed two women. martina worked as a senior advisor to you and aides -- two the u.n. aids. she was attending an event. it former u.n. secretary assistant general was also there. >> we were going down the same elevator. he attacks me in the elevator. he comes after me all of a sudden. i said, let me go, but he was being very consistent in holding my arm. i had to lock myself behind the door to be able to stay in the
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elevator because i was afraid. reporter: in 2018, he retired from the u.n. he said he has never harassed or started anyone. the u.n. says allegations of harassment against mr. lorez were investigated, but at this time the u.n. is not in position to comment on the veracity of these claims. the u.n. has protected legaldiplomatic -- from internal laws anywhere. alleged corruption, fraud and management turning a blind eye when confronted with problems, is some of what whistleblowers have told the bbc about. now, a woman who used to be in charge of tackling sexual harassment at the u.n. says there needs to be an investigation. >> a group of people external to the united nations, who don't have an investment in their job and so on, can sit and put
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together a lot of the things that have been said, a lot about how the u.n. works and so on, pull that together as an investigation. reporter: in response to these allegations, the u.n. said the secretary-general has consistently emphasized a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment. and that he and the united st nation's administration is committed to precting whistleblowers against retaliatio he said he remains open to any external review of its eorts to combat misconduct of any kind. all of this has raised questions about whether the u.n. should be allowed to handle complaints internally, something which it currently does. laura: the u.n. has announced a ban on all imported goods made
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by the forced labor of uighur muslims in the northern chinese evidence of xinjiang. this follows a bill signed into law by president biden in december, in an effort to eliminate goods produced under forced labor. china has been accused of committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against the uighur muslim population. thailand changed its harsh laws on illegal drugs. thousands of foreigners were locked up on drug offenses. now the government has legalized the use of marijuana and released hundreds of prisoners. over southeast asian correspondent reports. reporter: that cannabis craze is sweeping thailand. this is the country's health minister, the architect of what is now one of the most liberal marijuana regimes anywhere in the world. [cheers and applause] being cheered by enthusiastic locals who hope that this green gold will bring them the wealth.
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is an extradition turnaround for a country that still has some of the toughest punishments for drug use. >> we want to destigmatize these products from being narcotic. people when they have access to cannabis industry, they will not go to the dark side, they will only focus on how to make a better living. reporter: already, cannabis is being offered in a mind-blowing variety of forms. the official view is that this should all be for medical or therapeutic purposes, that is what theovernment is promoting to tourists. they want people coming to thailand to get well, not high. in practice, the, the new law makes any part of the marijuana plant, however potent, legal. >>. >> i am happy. legal. now that i concur it legally, we
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no longer have to hide -- now that i can grow it legally, we no longer have to hide. reporter: perhaps talent most famous product, it's cooking has been caught up in the craze. it is actuly an old tradition here of putting very one-act a few recipes, including the dishes in front of me here that theovernment would like to tap into as it pursues its goal of turning thailand into a marijuana hub. . but can it do that without an explosion in recreational use, something the government doe't want to happen? >> so, what happens in here now? >> we are mostly focusing on cbd strains flower strains. today such a big win for all stoners in thailand. reporter: she is also the daughter of a powerful local politician who is backing
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cannabis cultivation in this poor, rural region of thailand, and plans to help local farms with her know how. she is not convinced that the government's focus on medical use is realistic. >> we all know from studying how the market is that recreational is where the money is that. so i think this is a good step towards that if we are thinking of this as an actual economic crop. reporter: even at the government says it is strictly for medical purposes, not recreational? >> i hope that they will see the potential economics of itp. hopelly that. will aid with the legalization of the recreational use. reporter: this really feels like a new age r thailand. just a month ago, possessing this much marijuana might have got you 15 years in jail. today, anyone can cash in on the weed bonanza. and with just a few restrictions, enjoy consuming it, too.
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laura: a big shift there in thailand. the famous dj from britain, fat boy slim, is staging a concert with the difference for young people in southern england part of a, project to help those with severe mental-health problems. the dj has been honest about his own mental health and the role that music can play in helping to recover. ♪ >> 1, 2, 3, 4 ♪ reporter: he's music -- it is music aimed at helping a mental health. norman kirk, better known as first boy slim is, teaching first-timers about the difference music a can make. >> music has helped me tremendously during my own mental-health journey. as a dj i am trying to help people escape.
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sometimes it is good to escape your life or your stress for a couple of hours. at times in my life when things had been falng apart, i find that i am doing it to myself as much as everybody, i need those two hours were i just lose myself to music and dance and flashi lights. it is a very powerful therapy. ♪ reporter: everyone here is recovering from severe mental health problems and has spent a lot of time in hospitals. >> i am a drummer from brighton. i am 26, and i am from eastbourne and i love to sing. i have been in dark places pre-and post-covid there is a lot of stigma attached to mental health. i have been in psychiatric hospitals in parts of my life but i don't think it is something to be ashamed of anymore. i was already there when he came over. >> how are you doing? >> he got me on the reverb and
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changing the pitch. doing something like this, it just proves that i can step out of my everyday routine, even though before i even got to the actually do this? panxiety just overtook me. reporter: organizers hope that other mental health services in the u.k. can find funding for more music workshops like this. what about the chance to work with one of the world's best djs? >> it is just incredible. it has now pushed way to go and get myself a dj deck. ♪ laura: finally, if you are watching us in the northern hemisphere, today is the summer solstice. is the longest day of the year. here in the u.s., it is also the official first day of summer. these are pictures of stonehenge in southwest england. for the first time in two years, people celebrity there and watch the sunrise.
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judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, the january 6th investigation: state officials testify about how former president trump pressured them to overturn the results of the 2020 election. then, questions abound -- as new details emerge about the uvalde school massacre, the texas department of public safety castigates local law enforcement for its slow response, saying it put the lives of police officers over children and teachers. and, reflections of the past -- women describe life before roe v. wade and the uncertainties th could face again if the landmark supreme court decision legalizing aboion is overturned.

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