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♪ nada: this is -- laura: this is bbc america. we report from a town riddled by conflict. president biden says he is hope for and we ask if the vaccination effort is at last outrunning the coronavirus. plus, in yemen fighting intensifies. we speak to the u.s. special envoy to the country about pns for a cease-fire. ♪ laura: welcome to weldon -- world news america. we start in africa where the bbc has learned of gruesome
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beheadings in mozambique. agencies are calling it an urgent in forgotten humanitarian crisis -- and forgotten humanitarian crisis. the bbc -- our africa correspondent has this report from mozambique. >> below us northern mozambique is now a place of terror. we are flying into parma, a small town under siege. in town, we find traumatized families. these children have just fled their village on foot, seeking refuge here. their uncle beheaded with six others. >> we have nothing left now.
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the men who attacked our village told us, "we kill as we please." >> here is al-shabab, a homegrown insurgency now linked to the atlantic state group. a savage scorched earth offensive. no wonder people in parma are close to panic, food supplies running low. he situation here is grim. we can see the frustration and desperation amongst local people . there is little food, and what there is is incredibly expensive. >> i've been three days without eating nothing. but i don't get nothing.
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>> as we fly out of parma, a glimpse of the multimillion work -- dollar work of a -- the money rarely seems to reach the community. instead, poverty and now nflict. we head now to a makeshift camp for displaced families. over the last year al-shabaab has forced over a half-million people to run for their lives. you get a real sense here of the scale of the conflict and how quickly it is accelerating. this camp alone had 60,000 people and it's three months ago, today it has doubled -- people in it three months ago.
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today it has doubled in size. they took my 14-year-old rand daughter. i can only guess what has happened to her. -- grand daughter. i can only guess what has happened to her. mozambique forces have hired private security forces to help, but both have been accused of human rights abuses. the exodus of civilians continues, many fleeing by boat on the coast. the smiles hide her trauma. during their escape her 22-year-old daughter was torn from her arms by an al-shabaab militant.
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i watched them take her, she says, then they set fire to our village. andrew harding, bbc news, northern mozambique. laura: trauma and mozambique -- in mozambique. here in the united states, president biden says he is putting the country on the war footing for the virus. biden wants to speed up the timeline for making americans eligible for the vaccine. pres. biden: tonight i am announcing all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults 18 and over eligible to be vaccinated no later than may 1. all adult americans will be eligible to get a vaccine no later than may 1.
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laura: her to join us now is dr. a sheesh -- here to join us now is dr. asheesh. do you think the vaccination effort is outrunning the virus? >> the virus will be with us for a long time,ut i think by july 4, the pandemic will be starting to come to an end. expect things to get better in the weeks ahead. if we keep going on this, we may hit some bumps in the road, i don't think we are completely done, but by july 4, things should be better. laura: now the president says we have vaccinated almost 65% of the over 60 fives -- over 65's.
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>> there is been this idea that if you don't die, it is not a big deal, but there are a lot of people who have gotten sick and are suffering long-term consequences. there's 50 or 60,000 americans getting infected every day, i think it remains a public health emergency. laura: we learn from israel that the pfizer vaccine is 94 percent effective against asymptomatic transmission of the virus. this is huge, isn't it? >> it is huge. that number is higher than i was expecting. all of us -- a couple of weeks ago i would have said 70
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percent-80% -- wherever it falls, these vaccines are terrific. once a lot of citizens are vaccinated, there are a lot of measures we can relax. laura: biden says he wants most k-8 kids to be back in school by the end of april. can we get our children back in school when the cdc guidance still says they need to be six feet apart. should it be three feet if teachers have been vaccinated? >> i think this is a distraction. there are important things like wearing a mask and ventilation. there is very little evidence on three feet verse six feet. once teachers and staff are vaccinated, i cannot imagine we should continue focusing on that one rule that has very little scientific basis.
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i do believe in getting the kids back in school safely. laura: it was wonderful for could speak for parents. but if you look again at july 4, is there a date that we all throw away our mass and celebrate too soon? >> that has always been a danger in this pandemic. we have to recognize that people are tired of the lives we have all led for the last year. if we communicate what essay being outside, certainly age life worth barbecue around backstage people would be very safe. we have to pay attention to the higher risk things, indoor gatherings. if we continue to pay attention to that, i think we can get a lot of our lives back without causing much harm. laura: thank you so much for joining us. now to the war in yemen, which the united nations calls worlds
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worst humanitarian crisis. the biden administration has withdrawn support for off for rations -- for operations led by the saudi coalition. joing us now is the use of -- is the u.s. special envoy for yemen. you have said the plan for a cease-fire in yemen is sound, but the rebels have appeared to rejected it saying there is nothing in it and they are stepping up a tax on saudi targets in the area. do you really think they will accept the cease-fire plan? >> i had a lot of hope tha because this is fair plan and reasonable one, that they would eventually agree to this. one thing we are looking for, which was a result of my trip
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over the last two weeks is a song -- is the strong support regional partners are giving. there's a strong sense of the region that the conflict has gone on for far too long. that is something to and people would agree to as well. -- something the yemen people would agree to as well. what we are looking at is a plan that would move through a number of sequences fairly quickly, leading to a cease-fire. which, ultimately, is the way to get through the humanitarian system -- situation as well. laura: it is, indeed. yet, the u.s. stop providing military assistance to the saudi
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led coalition. is it possible the u.s. has lost some leverage here? >> i don't think so. i think the fact that the president of the united states has personally thrown his way and commitment behind our efforts is something that has generated a lot of interest and stirred a lot of renewed commitment to yemen. what i describe in our hopes for a good response to this proposal is very positive. it is a very challenging situation on the ground. the plan would get at both of these elements almost simultaneously, and that is why hope that all the parties who have a vested interest in peace will rally around. laura: d seeing around trying to use the aggression against saudi arabia as a bargaining chip when
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and how the u.s. returns to the nuclear iran deal? >> if iran wants to show a more positive face to the region, yemen would be a good place for them to do it. you don't have any expectations for them to do that, but this is a good moment for them to show they can support a peace effort. in stockholm in 2018, i was there and part of that momentary breakthrough we had at that time. we know they have e potential to support an effort, and that is what we would really like to see here. laura: what is the u.s. doing trying to get aid to the millions in yemen who a on the brink of starvation? >> we are one of the largest
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donors in yemen. the every apt our commitment of $91 million -- we have re-upped our commitment of $91 million. we do our best to negotiate the many obstacles to get aid throughout yemen. there are obstacles for local parties, and a covid situation on top of all of this. i think this points to the urgency of gting supplies out. if we are going to be calling on other donors to do more than they have. laura: thank you so much for joining us. tomorrow marks one year since breonna taylor was killed in her home by police officers. the police shot miss taylor eight times and no criminal charges have ever been brought
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for her death. her death became part of the wider black lives movement. there he in louisville joins us now. what is the mood on the eve of this somber anniversary? >> holding its breath, the whole city waiting for what is planned to be a rally tomorrow. the plan will be here -- the family will be here. this is been the center of the case since news of her death came to light. there's only been one officer charged in that case, not for her death, but for wanton endangerment. the bullets went into the homes of neighbors. the mother of rihanna feels she
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has not received justice. the officers who killed her daughter committed a crime and should be charged. the state of kentucky feels the shots were justified because her boyfriend first fired at them believing they were intruders. laura: separately, the family of george floyd settled with the city of minneapolis for $27 million. what is the reaction there? >> they settled last september with the city of louisville and today george floyd's family settles for $27 million. which is today the highest pretrial case in history -- settlement case in history. the stories are interconnected because in the pandemic they were both taken away, and while
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everything else shut down, they did not shutdown explicit bias and use of excessive force. tomorrow, when activts try to shinettention on this issue or push for some sort accountability for police, it will be coming up again and again with people gathering here. laura: thank you so much. and other news, new york's governor andrew cuomo will not bow to cancel culture and resign on the allegations of misconduct. today members of the democratic congress in new york join the congress -- chorus calling for the resignation. the king was admitted to hospital in -- due to complications rising from
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diabetes. he ruled the province under the traditional leadership clause since -- clause since 1968. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, america's brought -- black panther party was one the most influential orgizations in the 1960's. we hear from the author of a new graphic novel about the gup and its precedents today. laura: the clash between the u.s. and china is more likely than before, and the countries must work together. what i wanted to ask you is how concerned you are with the direction china is take politically. >> we cannot judge the domestic pressures which leads china to make the decisions it's make -- it makes.
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it has led to tensions with major powers, and i don't think that is within china's interest. in the last 5-7 years, american business attitudes have shifted and want a more open environment and one where they get a bigger bite of the check. laura: do you think the u.s. needs to accept that it is no longer one -- no longer number one? >> i think the u.s. is still number one, but number two is not far behind. laura: we're just talking about the settlement that george floyd's family has reached with the city of minneapolis and how the killing of mr. floyd sparked black lives matter protests in the u.s. and around the globe. now i speak to the author of a
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-- about the black panther movement that's just the past wrote -- the pleasant -- the present. speaking about the book in the parallels. >> when i wentnto writing this book, one of the things i felt was important was i wanted readers to understand what it was like in america for black people. things like the murder of emmett till, the bombing of the 16th street baptist church, these were things that people were seeing lungs every day. this was part of the black experience -- seeing on the news every day. this was part of the black experience. they'd walk around with shotguns and tried to keep police
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brutality from happening. they policed the police. when the black panther party first formed, they had this platform divided into two sections. what we want and what we believe. they wanted to end police brutality, they wanted better pay and to end poverty. they started medical services and grew into this multifaceted organization, all which was dedicated to serving the poor black community. unfortunately, there are remembered for carrying guns and scaring people when there is so much more to their story. >> there is a way in which black people standing up and asking for or demanding their rights be respected has been met with fear, especially when we ask as strongly as the others have
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done. >> the general impression most people have about the black panther party is distorted. a lot of that is because the fbi launched a counterintelligence program. in the false stories the fbi would spread would get picked up as -- picked up in mass media and reported as truthful. a rift begin to -- began to delop between members of the party and that rift was caused by the misinformation the fbi was bombarding them with. that is part of what this book is about, getting to the truth beyond the myths. >> i felt a lot of emotions as i work on this project, particularly the killings of fred hampson and bobby hutton.
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we want to relay their brutality, but not be gratuitous or disrespectful. it is a matter of finding balance. >> in some ways working on this book was very heartbreaking because i was seeing parallels between what happened 50 years ago and what is happening today. i remember watching as cities started erupting in protest and violence in thinking nothing has changed. >> the black panthers -- meeting readers of various points of knowledge. >> this book had to be about the story of people and what they did, what they sacrificed, the victories data had -- the trees
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they had -- the victories they had. laura: how the past forms the present. if you have been missing social activities like olan, this next clip might be up your alley. take a look at this drone soaring through a mini annapolis bowling alley. it was built -- filmed in a single take. hollywood directors comprise the short film is a remarkable cinematic achievement. the project was -- the object of the project was to document businesses around minnesota that are being threatened by the pandemic. thank you 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: getting the vaccine. the biden administration teams up with key global allies to challenge china's vaccine diplomacy dominance. then, work shift. black americans and women still face discrimination in skilled trades, despite an increasingly diverse workforce. >> it's hard to get a point of entry. historically, women and minorities have been systematically kept out of these higher-paying skilled jobs. and when you do get in, there's no place for advancement. >> woodruff: and, it's friday. david brooks and jonathan capehart consider the historic vi

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