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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation. pursuing solutions for america's neglected eds. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you, thank you. woman: and now, "bbc world news". correspondent: this is "bbc
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world news america." president biden warns the u.s. economy is in trouble, but promises swift action. >> i believe the american people are looking to their government for help, to do their j, to not let them down, so i will act fast. correspondent: russia expels diplomats after protests. ♪ and, christopher plummer has died. ♪
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welcome. president biden says the economy is in trouble as americans are experiencing unemployment and permanent job losses. he appealed to congress to act urgently to pass his release package. >> i see enormous pain, folks out of wk, hungry, staring at the ceiling wondering what will i do tomorrow? folks trying to keep their jobs and take care of their children, a lot of folks reaching the breaking point. suicides are up. mental health needs are increasing. violence against women and children are increasing. a lot of folks are losing hope.
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i believe a lot of people are looking to the government for help, to do their job, to not let them down, so i will act, act fast. correspondent: in the u.s., the house of repsentatives approved a release bill. there is a political angle to this story. i want to start in washington. president biden is specific the $1400 checks will not change. he has been meeting with republicans. what is it signaling? correspondent: he feels like he has the political wind at his back. the democrats won two senate
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seats in georgia promising does checks -- those checks, so he does not want to waste time trying to get republican support that is not there. he wants to act quickly. he looks at 2009, and the democrats waited too long and paid a political price. anchor: vice president harris cast the vote that broke the tie. this was only the first time she has done it, but is that a sign of things to come? correspondent: it is. she can't get too far away from washington, d.c. she had to show up at 5:00 a.m. to cast that tie-breaking vote.
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she has to be ready to go down to breaking these boats. whenever -- votes. whenever they don't have something that has republican support, they will need her. anchor: it was something, right? it went on for 15 hours. president biden had to give up the $15 minimum wage. the democrats extending some political capital, what are they giving up? correspondent: that is a concern. there was an op-ed column from larry summers circulating, and he argued in it that the stimulus was too big, and would not have money to advance priorities like the environment and infrastructure. it goes back to 2009. the democrats feel they went too
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small. they feel they need something big now to get the american economy a going, because if they don't, it doesn't matter, because the american public will blame him. using reconciliation comes with a price, because you can only use it a limited number of times. they won't be able to use it for environmental policy and things like that, so there are sacrifices they will have to pay. anchor: thank you. let's deal with the economic side of this. the u.s. reported lackluster job numbers. the unemployment rate fell, but only 49 thousand jobs were gained in january. -- 49,000 jobs were gained in january. let's go to our correspondent in new york.
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the size of the package is becoming consted. larry summers has this op-ed, where he claims it is too big. what is going on here? correspondent: that was something of a flamethrower of an article that sent chills through the biden camp. they have responded forcefully to it. this idea of valor amount, there -- dollar amount, there is fear it could crowd out other initiatives down the line, for example, infrastructure. the other concern was inflation, but given rates are so low, economists, including janet yellen, are saying this is the time to go big, that we should
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be running up deficits when interest rates are low, a messe echoed by not just the biden camp, but jerome powell at the federal reserve meeting last week talked about the pain being felt by those unemployed and trying to get back in the workforce. the cost of that to the economy is significant and he says that is a bigger worry than inflationary concerns. anchor: absolutely. we will leave it there. a lot of people waiting to know when they will get that stimulus. alexey navalny was in court today, days after being jailed for 2.5 years in a fraud case, accused of slandering a veteran who appeared in the video.
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the eu top diplomat raised the case and a visit to moscow today , but it only increased diplomatic tensions. correspondent: it is becoming a familiar sight, president putin's nemesis on trial. alex a nalny had already been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. slander is the charge now. he insists it is political persecution. across town, the eu foreign policy chief was calling for his release. it did not go down well. the ministry made comments th expelled three eu diplomats
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at rallies in support of alexander navalny. the eu condemned the move. there is talk in the west that measures that would target vladimir putin's inner circle. the kremlin has long taken the view that sanctions will never hurt them. meanwhile, alexey navalny's supporters have decided to pause their protest into the spring. for the last two weeks, thousands have been detained. with police cells full, hundreds have been locked in this deportation center. like dimitri and sergei, who we managed to contact. sergei is a journalist. he was not at the protest, but
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retreated -- re-tweeted a post and was jailed for 25 days. authorities see journalists as part of the protesmovement now. he says we are coming under pressure. outside the makeshift jail, people have been queuing for hours, to deliver food parcels to their loved ones. >> i use to vote for putin, says julia, whose husband was arrested. i will never again. correspondent: the russian authorities can crackdown on dissent, but what they can't do is force people to stay loyal to the kremlin. anchor: this is an issue that a lot of people are talking about. you know how much of an interest there is. the black lives matter movement shook the world, calling for an
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end to systemic racial inequality that begin as an outpouring, recently nominated for a nobel peace prize for its efforts. the organization has faced\from conservatives -- backlash from conservatives. our guess is with us no we have the impeachment of donald tru next week, stemming from the insurrection. what is your reaction? >> my reaction has been that this unfortunately has been brewing for many many years, and in the months leading up to this
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moment. it is important to know we did not get here overnight, and we know the rhetoric donald trump continued to share using his platform, the office of the presidency, was in fact backed up with actions. he emboldened his followe to go to the streets, the halls of justice, to the capitol to engage in what we are calling treasonous activities. we know it is alarming, scary, and that staff members faced real, serious threats, and you could imagine that would happen on a national stage and global stage, you can imagine what is happening to everyday people who are faced with vigilante violence and so on. i think it is time that we pay attention, that we take these threats seriously, and we stay
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vigilant and watch what unfolds in the coming days. anchor: it has been a change. former president trump cold black lives matter a symbol of hate, but president biden is more aware of the racial injustice issues in this country. there is a female black vice president in the country for the first time in a diverse cabinet on the so what will be the work of this administration? >> we see these diversion conversations about black lives matter, but a majority of people understand we are a robust and necessary human rights movement. they know the fact that unarmed black people could be shot and killed in the streets with impunity time and time again, it is appalling, and it is quite we
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saw the massive protests last year when we sell millions take to the streets in the middle of a pandemic, take to the streets not only in the u.s., but in countries around the world, and we saw wt is now being helded as the largest social movement in history, really capturing the imagination of the people. what we need to do now is harness the goodwill, the popular energy, and make sure the goodwill and analysis we have is enshrined in law and policies that affirm black lives. anchor: i have only 20 seconds left, but you have been nominated for a nob peace prize. you say the fight is a global problem. >> it is.
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916 people have been nominated, and only 16 have been black, so it is a testament we have been nominated. it is a testament to the international community that they have acknowledged our movement and want to celebrate the movement, and hopefully we win. anchor: good luck. thank you so much. in other news, johnson & johnson has asked u.s. regulators to give emergency authorization to its covid-19 vaccine. it says it could deliver 100 million doses by the end of june. the lawyeror aung san suu kyi confirms she is under house arrest after a military coup. he is seeng her unconditional release because she has not broken the law. he says he has not been able to see her in hopes for the best, but is prepared for the worst.
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parties are considering whether to support mario draghi's new government. he was asked to put together a new administration after the previous one collapsed when a small party withdrew from his coalition. it is focused on with her -- on whether mario draghi will secure the backing of the five-star movement. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, the plight of the roma people, left to fend for themselves during the pandemic. ♪ german prosecutors have charged a 95-year-old woman in aiding and abetting a nazi concentration camp in poland at the time as secretary. correspondent: this woman worked
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as the postal secretary to the camp commander in this concentration camp. she has given witness in the 1950's and 1960's in germany, where she explained she took notes, took phone calls, and handled all correspondence. back then, she was a witness. the legal situation changed in germany was a former camp guard was charged with not directly being involved in murders, but having aided and abetted murders, changing the legal system. that meant anyone who performed any function within the concentration camps could be charged that is what happened to this woman. -- charged. that is what happened to this woman. ♪ anchor: roma communities are already some of the most
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marginalized in europe, living in settlements, facing widespread discrimination. the pandemic has left him cut off from society. they are struggling to find work and have received no help from the government. we spent time in one settlement. correspondent: segregated and shunned, surrounded by squalor, now devastated by the pandemic. >> when we talk about our problems, other people think we are over exaggerating, but no, we really live in the jungle. correspondent: misha is taking us into the settlement where he has lived all his life. it is severely overcrowded. warding off the virus is nearly impossible. >> people cannot keep themselves safe.
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>> [speaking in foreign language] correspondent: roma communities have long been discriminated against, but the pandemic has cut them off from society. at one point, e people here were blamed for the virus. without formal contracts, they are struling to access government support. surviving is now a slog. the bulgarian government is working with communities to identify and support those in need, providing them with food parcels and additional teaching, but the help is hard to come b, and as the rain pours, problems mount. >> [speaking in foreign lauage] correspondent: it must be tough getting through pandemic without
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water? >> it is awful. >> the state is not considering us like citizens. the state is like a mother for us. she should think about us. she should help us win we are in need -- when we are in need. it is not happening. correspondent: it was hard to see how life could be harder, but now it feels totally abandoned. bbc news, bulgaria. anchor: the canadian actor christopher plummer, known for his role in the oscar-winning musical the sound of music, has died in connecticut at 91. his manager said he touched all our hearts through his humanity and art. we look back on his life. [laughter] >> ♪ these are a few of my
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favorite things ♪ correspondent: christopher plummer, the noble captain von trap, his heart melted by music and maria. >> hello? >> fraulein, bedtime is to be strictly observed. >> you did, sir. >> ♪ edelweiss, edelweiss every morning you greet me ♪ correspondent: the singing may have been dubbed, but christopher plummer brought depth and dignity in opposition to the nazis. while it made him an icon, he struggled with the sentimentality, and family call did the sound of mucus. >> yes, we all did.
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when you have to do something sentimental, in order to avoid being sentimental, you have to joke about it and see the funny side of it. correspondent: key thought of being a concert pianist, but was drawn to this stage. his henry the fifth drew comparisons with laurence olivier. >> followed her spirit, and upon discharge, craig god for cry god for england and st. george. correspondent: that theatricality worked in big-screen epics, like the fall of the roman empire. >> what the master intends and what he does is quite knights and black bishop. correspondent: terrified napoleon would outfoxed him. >> i do not intend to run around like a wet hen. correspondent: has rudyard
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kipling, he proved he could play complex characters. >> don't you know me? >> no, i don't know you. in his 80's -- correspondent: in his 80's, he picked up oscar is a man coming out. >> andy, where did you get these? correspondent: and became the oldest nominee plain jumbo getty. >> everything has a price. the great struggle in life is coming to grips with what that price is. >> ♪ edelweiss edelweiss ♪ correspondent: christopher plummer, a huge presence on stage and screen, famous for the one part he hated, but master of so many others. ♪ anchor: what a great loss. he was an absolute master and lover of musicals. may he rest in peace.
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before we go, some businesses are reaching new heits when offering a socially-distanced experience. the attle great wheel has organized a four course dinner on its gondolas for $150, including cocktails, salad, salmon, and dessert. it is not the first meal offered on affairs wheel. one in budapest offered a similar offer last year. they hope it will help them get through this challenging time. i guess that is the highlight of the show. keeping the business afloat. [laughter] thank you for watching. i will see you next time. ♪ narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: feeling the pain. the economy faces an uneven recovery as daily coronavirus deaths top 5,000 for the first time, and congress begins to move closer to passing a relief package. then, six months later. a worsening pandemic complicates beirut's long recovery from the massive explosion that devastated the city. >> the explosion was yet another blow in a year that had already seen the currency lose 80% of its value and food prices and now, just as the city was starting to get back on its feet, it's been floored by a devastating wave of covid-19. >> woodruff: and, it's friday. david brooks and jonathan capehart consider the


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