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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, bc world news". >> this is bbc ws america. day five of the fighting and israel identifies its attack as palestinian militants continue firing rockets at rael. the u.n. is warning of an increase in migrants dying as they try to reach europe by c. -- by sea. india's prime minister warns that coronavirus is spreading throughout the countryside. an investigation reveals how charities are being prevented from delivering aid. and the museums and washington,
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d.c. are open and after a year of lockdown, the crowds can't wait to get in. ♪ welcome to world news america on pbs and around the glo. the israeli prime minister has warned that israel's biggest defense against hamas in years -- defensive against hamas in years is not over yet. rockets were fired by militants in gaza towards israel for a fifth day. at least 122 people have been killed and nine have died in israel. our middle east editor now reports. >> it is ugly and angry on the streets and towns shared by jews and arabs in israel. they have the same id papers and not much else in common. police broke down the door of
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this family. they deny accusations their sons were attacking jews. the police said their officers behaved correctly. the father, the imam of a mosque, and his two sons arrested for attacking police officers. the woman who filmed this said they are scared not of jews but of racist police. a local rabbi visited, she said, to apologize. in gaza, a building housing the hamas bank was hit. families went back to check what was left after an israeli operation to destroy a tunnel complex. this home is gone. he said there was no warning with the explosions began. both of his father's feet were
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blown off, his and must and i. 2 million people -- his aunt lost an eye. foreign land on the west bank, more palestinians were killed. in the occupied territories and in israel, events this week have exposed once again the mutual hatred and fear that are the essence of this conflict. jews in jerusalem fired live bullets at palestinians who israeli reports say through stone and fireworks. this is where attempt to of it palestinians from their homes -- attempts to evict palestinians from their homes helped escalate the war. in jordan, security forces kept protesters back fr the frontier. paleinians make up half of the jordanian population, mostly refugees from past wars, not written -- not permitted to
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return to israel. history never dies this conflict, people do. laura: jeremy joins us now from jerusalem. it is day five of the fighting. is either side close to achieving its objective? jeremy: well, israel says it is not, that it needs to teach hamas more of a lesson. the advisor to the prime minister was saying earlier on today to the bbc that hamas needs to know that it will suffer greatly and that there is no point in it trying to attack israel. hamas themselves have, i think, in their heads, made some important points. they are saying to palestinians that they are there to defenders, that they are -- their true defenders, and right
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across the west bank and gaza and within israel, where there is an unexpected front line this sectarian trouble between israeli citizens, the 20% who are arabs, and 80% who are jews, individuals from both sides have been clashing and it has gotten very violent tonight in a lot of towns in northern israel with a lot of trouble on the streets. laura: what about the diplomatic efforts to try to get a cease-fire? any sign of the united states envoy? there is an egyptian delegation, isn't there? and also the united nations? jeremy: that stuff is going on behind the scenes and i'm sure they are talking, they are trying to make things happen. the pattern has been, in the years of clashes and wars
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between hamas and israel, since hamas took over in gaza in 2007, the pattern has been that they end with a cease-fire, which is achieved through mediation. but for that to happen, both sides need to come away with something. one thing that we have been hearing, it could be that hamas is saying that it needs some kind of acknowledgment of things that it has achieved to help palestinians. if there is some kind of statement, they will never get that from the israelis. in other words, i think this is an important time for diplomacy because if it does not work, the only way is down. laura: briefly, if that -- even if there is a cease-fire, what about the streetfighting? what has that revealed?
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jeremy: these clashes, the sectarian clashes within israel, i think, i potentially much more serious for the israe governme and israeli people then what is happening around gaza. that is a terrible thing, what is going on, it is brutal, people are terrorized on both sides, and traumatized as well, with the sectarian issue is something that is new at this kind of pitch and it is something that may not go away and that, i think, is going to turn into a big problem for israeli governments. laura: thank you. the united nations is warning of a sharp rise in the number of people dying as they try to reach europe by sea. more migrants are attempting the journey. both crossing into italy from the middle east. the most dangerous route is from northwest africa to the canary
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islands. our europe correspondent and video journalist have this exclusive report on a dramatic rescue. reporter: stranded in the middle of the atlantic, a helpless migrant boat. the spanish military helicopters overhead have never spotted anything like this year. they realize -- this here. they realize there are many bodies. >> this was a mass grave in the middle of the water. or really, in the middle of nowhere. i believe their hopes have vanished into the ocean. reporter: but incredibly, there are survivors, including a 17-year-old girl here in the red jacket. it is now a race to save them. it is the end of apl and they had been drifting for three weeks. >> there were men who could no
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longer stand up and he screamed, please, i need to drink water. can someone please give me water? we used a shoe to give them some seawater. reporter: a teenager from ivory coast thought europe would offer a brighter future. she saw 56 people died in front of her. >> after two days, we had no bar water, no food. -- no more water, no food. at the beginning, when somebody died, we would say a prayer. by the end, there was no prayer. we did not have the strength to throw anymore bodies in the water. reporter: with summer on the horizon, thousands of young men from north and west are trying to get to europe, some fleeing war, others the economic hell
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the life is death them. it is a crisis that was masked momentarily by covid but never solved. aisha has been welcomed with open arms and now a reunion. corporate has brought his family to meet her. >> [speaking non-english language] reporter: for many others on her boat, there was no new beginning . it was the end. she was one of only three survivors. this was the greatest loss-of-life in any single known attempt to reach the canary islands. the 24 bodies that were recovered will now be laid to rest here. for the others lost at sea, there is no such dignity in death.
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she never thought she would be able to speak to her family again but made a good recovery during her 10 days in hospital. she hopes to stay in europe, study and work here, and send money back to her parents. he and his team at all for the next mission, knowing that the might of the atlantic ocean is not enough to stop those prepared to risk death if there is the slightest chance of a better life. laura: now to india, where the prime minister has warned that coronavirus is tearing through the countryside. he is urging villages to be cautious. the bbc understands that a law brought in by the indian government is preventing some charities from giving crucial supplies to those who need them. reporter: the hoarder continues to unfold in india -- horror
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continues to unfold in india. story after story of losing loved ones. now those trying to help are saying they are paralyzed by government legislation. >> [indiscernible] >> it has to do with the foreign contributions regulation act, which was amended at the height of the first wave of coronavirus last year. the rules meet ngos and charities must register before they can function. any funding coming from abroad must be put into specific branches of state bank of india in new delhi, as notified by the government. ngos can no longer distribute foreign contributions to other charities. subcontracti is forbidden. we have spoken to several ngos who said they are preventing key
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supplies from getting to those who need them the most. >> our capacity to really prevent deaths and also to do what we have to do and fight covid has been severel compromised because of this legislation. >> are you saying that it is potentially causing deaths? >> the damage, definitely, a lot of it. reporter: the government is suspicious of foreign funded activity. in the past, he has accused charities of halting economic development. his critics accused him of implementing legislation to silence those speaking out against him. the indian government says it is about greater transparency and stopping the misuse of foreign funds. >> long and malicious interpretations. >> some of these are big names. >> the point is we have laws in
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this country. if you [indiscernible] that india is some small banana republic, i'm sorry, we can't help it, we are a sarin country. -- we are a sovereign country. reporter: some ngos are worried about more deaths because of what they call unnecessary bureaucracy and restrictions. laura: the head of the world health organization says the second year of the coronavirus pandemic is on track to be more deadly than the first the who is urging countries not to vaccinate kids like we are doing in america but instead to give doses to the poorer nations instead. >> i understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now, i urge them to
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reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to covax. reporter: the head of the world health organization there with a plea to wealthy nations. in other news, lebanon is losing as much as a quarter of its already diminished electricity supply. a turkish utility company which provides power is cutting supplies because lebanon has not paid its debt. the power company says it has not been paid for 18 months. lebanon is facing an economic crisis and struggling with a mountain of debt. the united states has expressed concern about increasing ethnic and political polarization across ethiopia. washington says the atrocities being perpetrated and the scale of the emergency are unacceptable. the u.s. special envoy who was just in the hall of africa has told the president to withdraw his troops. if you'll opn and other forces have been accused of human rights abuses in the region.
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you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, the story of a transgender teenager who has been documenting his journey into young adulthood. there has been turmoil in the cryptocurrency markets after tesla boss elon musk said his firm would no longer accept bitcoin as a form of payment, citing environmental concerns. more now on this story for us. >> you have a ceo who clearly believes in some form of cryptocurrency, has not made up his mind which form, and is moving marcus wildly, moving the prices of some of these individual products. it is not illegal according to market rules, but obviously, it is leading to these price swings.
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when tesla said they would stop accepting cryptocurrencies to b■uya car fromthem, that boosted the price of tesla, which has holdings, saw an increase in their value of cryptocurrency holdings, but after his comments this week, you saw a 17% fall in price and that means tesla's own holdings of bitcoin fell 17%. laura: a high school student in texas came out as transgender. over the past year, he has been documenting his journey into young adulthood and sharing the formative moments with us and with the rest of the world. here is a look at his story. >> as a kid, i wore a lot of boyish clothes. i do not enjoy wearing skirts, dresses, all that. maybe that was early symptoms of my dysphoria.
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gender dysphoria is the discomfort and distress in individuals with gender identity is different from what they were assigned at birth. i did not even find out what lgbtq even meant until my middle school years when i had access to the internet from my phone. no adults ever taught me about it or told me anything about it. >> bisexual, transgender, queer. >> repelled by the notion of homosexuality. ♪ >> the step towards city hall. >> every day, it gets better. >> my dysphoria started to manifest around the start of freshman year, i would say. it is a really uncomfortable feeling, it is like playing at
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the back of my neck and it won't go away. ♪ at the time, my hair was about this to this long. it was really long. it was heavy and actually causing the pains. so i was like, i want to get my haircut. i would use that reasoning almost as a cover-up excuse for, deep down, why i actually wanted my haircut. over time, the feeling got stronger and i started realizing, i think there is something different here at play. basically, i got it all chopped off. when we were in the car, i admittedly started bawling. i'm so happy. i wanted this for so long. when i finally realized why i felt like that, it was like a lightbulb explosion, like, oh my
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god, it got me so excited. it was probably the big changing moment to make me realize, no, i'm probably jan's gender. -- transgender. the night before my birthday, i kind of was awake the entire time. ♪ i remember walking into school and thinking, oh my god, i'm an adult now. i'm a legal adult, it is my birthday, i am 18. then i got a text from my friend and she was like, can you come up to the choir room real quick? she does not get upset much so i thought it was a serious problem. i was greeted with the entire room filled with a bunch of people yelling -- >> surprise!
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♪ happy birthday to you ♪ >> she spun me around after they stopped singing happy birthday and she said, since you are a legal adult now, we kind of raised enough money for you to change your name. as you can see in the video, i completely broke down. and started crying. looking back on it makes me so extremely happy, honestly. the video went viral. >> and he has so many people who love and support him, it was not diffult to get the money raised for him rather than having him have that burden
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himself. laura: to hear the rest of his story, you can go to our website at america's world-famous museums are starting to open up as covid declines. next we, the new york art galleries can open. in washington, d.c., the national museum of african-american history and national portrait gallery open their doors for the first time in over a year. reporter: america's capital has felt deserted this past year. it is time to spruce up as the city slowly rolls back to normal life. check out a monument or go all in and visit a museum again. the national museum of african-american history and culture even got a guest from the white house. >> we are opening up. reporter: dr. jill biden. >> how are you all? reporter: the natural --
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national portrait gallery has also opened but they are fully booked for the next two weeks. >> the green spaces are great, especially since they are a little more empty, it is great to see everything more clear. reporter: one of the new additions is a temporary display of former president trump. the official post presidential portrait has not been commissioned but the gallery isn't in talks with trump and his team. >> even though this one is temporary, let's see how they portray him after such a controversial president. reporter: museums are happy to have guests wandering the halls again. it brought into audiences, especially internationally, but there is nothing like actually being here. >> we are a museum about people, i people, for people. obviously, we are missing the people and we are excited for them to ce back to complete the portrait gallery experience. reporter: there are still
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capacity limits but this is another step forward, as america balances the urgency to reopen the nation with some hesitatio to keep everyone healthy. >> the museum had to shut down again after official reopening last year because covid cases increased. this time, more americans are vaccinated and cases are down so the doors must stay open. laura: before we go, black cats have a mixed reputation has both good and bad luck charms. a black cat in chicago has been testing its luck, coming within a whisker of death. firefighters tackle an apartment blaze and a black cat appears at a window and without warning, makes a jump for it. it makes a perfect landing and wanders off. let's see that again in slow motion. look at that. the perfect escape. well done, kitty. only eight more lives to go. if only the rest of us could be that lucky.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: ( explosion ) the conflict continues. israel bombards gaza with artillery, and palestinian militants respond with rocket fire, as the clashes spill over into the streets. then, face time. we explore questions around the new c.d.c. mask guidelines, and how to navigate this shift. plus, the fight to vote. texas is poised to become the latest state to severely restrict access to the ballot box, on a party line vote. >> if the republican intent for voter integrity and cohesion


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