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wide web is sold for more than $5 million. welcome to "bbc world news america" on pbs and around the globe. china's communist party is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the president xi foreign powers -- is warning other powers. they are alleged human rights abuses. our china correspondent has the story. reporter: the were front and cef its celebrations. the total control, the omnipotent leader, the
unquestioning loyalty. overlooking tiananmen square, the general secretary spoke of how the party saved china from a history of humiliation and of the power it now wields. >> the chinese people will never be bullied, oppressed, or enslaved. any royal who dares -- anyone who dares go against us will have their heads cracked and bloodied. reporter: there are no references to the fact that on this spot in 1989, the party clung to power by shooting dead hundreds of unarmed protesters. nor any mention of the violence and chaos of chairman rule.
while the focus is on the economic success and china's big leap in living staards, critics fear xinjiang's internment camps and the crackdown on dissent in hong kong reveal once again the true nature of one-party rule. this former party insider was expelled last year for voicing concerns about the direction the party was taking. she is now ineffective exile in the u.s. -- in effective exile in the u.s. >> and china, 100 years old also means a person has lived long and it is time to think death. the palming us party should be seeking redemption, not celebrating. reporter: the theory used to be that as china got richer, it would get freer. but this celration of rigid, authoritarian control represents
the total rejection of that notion. with the triumphant feeling causing concern including here in democratic taiwan, with xi jinping making clear the parties mission to control the territory it still sees as its own. convinced that it's democracy, not authoritarianism that is in decline, china intends to party on. john sudworth, bbc news, taipei. laura: the former u.s. president donald trump's company and its finance chief are facing criminal charges accused of running a 15 year scheme to avoid paying taxes. the trump organization cfo allen weisselberg turned himself in this morning in manhattan. the trump organization says he is being used as a pawn in a scorched-earth attempt to harm the final -- former president. he pled not guilty as did the trump organization.
jon sopel is outside trump tower in new york and joins us. are these charges likely a test of how loyal allen weisselberg will be to donald trump? reporter: yes, they certainly will be. it is also being seen as whether this is a question of justice or whether iis a question of politics. if you listen to the district attorney, he makes it clear this is following the facts and following the law and that a grand jury has approved what happened. listen to the trump organization and you get a different story. it's a long statement. "after years of investigating, millions of documents and millions of dollars of taxpayer money, the manhattan das office decided to charge select trump entities with providing a car and apartment. make no mistake, this is not about the law, this is all about politics." donald trump will have been furious at the way he saw his
chief financial officer treated today. the powerful moneyman of donald trump's business empire today led him to court in handcuffs surrounded by police, a heavy-handed and deliberate show of force by the new york authorities. the charge by the district attorney cy vance, hoping to flip mr. weisel berg. but the trump cfo is having none of it. the statement from the trump organization spat defiance over the treatment of allen weisselberg. he's now being used by the manhattan district attorney as a pawn in a scorched-earth attempt to harm the former president. this is injustice, this is politics. after a short hearing, he left court chard with fraud, charged with giving perks to trump executives and family members that were never declared. on the face of it, these charges might seem, after a three year investigation, relatively minor. keeping payments off the books. but the district attorney is
making clear to allen weisselberg that this is the start of a process, not the end of it. trump lawyers after the hearing were trying to sound upbeat. >> the company is very very optimistic, and we are certainly hopeful there will not be a significant effect. reporter: what donald trump desperately needs now is to remain tough because weisel berg is under pressure from new york authorities to tell him everything -- them everything he knows. this isn't over, nowhere near. jon sopel, bbc news, new yor laura: a new legal saga for the trump organization. it has been three months since militants linked to the so-called islamic state attacked the town of palma in northern mozambique, targeting white foreign workers. thousands of locals were also caught up in the attack. no one knows how many were killed and the government has been accused of failing to protect its people.
catherine biro hanger has been to northern nose and beak -- mozambique. reporter: this was the mo spectacular attack. much of palma is now a ghost town. terms of thousands of residents were forced to flee. this included this woman and her 19-year-old granddaughter who was heavily pregnant. >> i saw so much. everyone who was with me died. i saw them being killed. my children, my brothers, my grandchildren. reporter: but as the attack unfolded, much of the world's attention was focused here on the hotel, popular with white foreign workers. dozens of mozambiqueans also sheltered here but we are told they would be last to be rescued. >> they said, we have to be the first ones to leave and also to
get -- reporter: many of the foreign workers were contracted to work on a massive gas plant operated by the french energy gnt total. they join thousands who fled the area by boat. at sea, she went into labor. >> the ladies on the boat were saying, you must push hard, otheise you will kill the baby. i was doing it hard, but i could not breathe. reporter: luckily, she and her baby survived. help never came. they made a dash to safety in a convoy of cars, but insurgents ambushed them. at least one british national and a south african were killed. there were no reports on how many mozambiqueans died here. >> my family had already given up on me.
reporter: he is relieved toe alive, but stuck in the capital without a job, he says he would still go back to palma so he can provide for his family. more than 700,000 people have been displaced by the islamist insurgency in northern mozambique. there are very few places that are still considered safe. as the insurgents spread their grip across the region, this will no longer be an isolated crisis, but one that affects the rest of mozambique and its ighbors. the government has agreed to accept troops from its allies in southern africa who are worried that jihadism could take ho in the region. catherine be our hunger -- catherine byaruhanga. bbc news. laura: the mayor of the town in
british columbia says a whole town is on fire and he told the population of around 250 people to evacuate. there was a temperature of more than 121 degrees fahrenheit tuesday, 49.6 degrees celsius. dozens have died in the heatwave that affected canadians and americans in the pacific northwest. to miami now, and president biden has been meeting families and rescue workers in surfside where thepartment building collapsed a week ago. 18 people have been confirmed dead with more than 140 still missing. rescue work has been paused amid concerns about the safety of the bit of the building still standing. sophie long reports from surfside. reporter: president biden thinking the rescue workers searching for survivors day and night. he also met local leaders and explain that the operation has had to be halted due to fears
the rest of the building could also fall. >> a lot of pain and anxiety and suffering, and even the need for psychological help. reporter: it is the last thing the families he came to console will have wanted to hear. >> when saw the video, my heart was ripped from my chest because that's the moment i saw my mom and my grandmother dies. it's very difficult and that's all i see now when i close my eyes. reporter: now pabltries to hold onto memories of happier times. in the days that have passed when the building his mother and grandmother lived to have crashed to the ground, rescue teams have worked around-the-clock, painstakingly removing rubble and searching for survivors. it is a dangerous and demanding task, but physically and emotionally. >> we are human beings. we are dealing with human beings , but still, the thought that
under all this concrete, all of this steel, there is a person, may be a little boy that is buried. it is very difficult to understand. reporter: the families of those still unaccounted for have been to visit the site and some have told me seeing the homes they used to visit reduced to rubble with their own eyes is helping them now to start to prepare for the worst. all of them have one question -- how long? how long can someone possibly survive in their? -- there? it's a question no one can answer, but being able to see what it takes to reach those trapped in the concrete before the hope fades completely. >> they were able to understand there was no longer a specific apartment. there isis there is no spaces. these crews are working 24 hours a day on top of the pile doing
everything they can to dig deeper into the rubble to find anyone that could possib be there. reporter: as the rescue operation continues, people are demanding answers their loved ones will never hear. >> my mom would have been shouting at the top of her lungs from the rooftop, speaking to anyone who would listen, to make sure those responsible for this are brought to justice and reform happens so this never ppens to any other family because no one should have to go through this. this wasn't an earthquake, it was not a terrorist attack. this was a building. people went to sleep and then they died. reporter: sophie long, bbc news surfside, miami. laura:laura: president biden has spent almost three hours meeting with those families today. other news now, a u.s. judge has turned down britney spears' request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship. the popstar's lawyer asked a
court in l.a. to end jamie spears' control of her estate. she said she was afraid of her father and wanted him removed as her only conservator. that several he's held since 2008 she is. being invited to testify in front of congress about the arrangement. the tour de france has dropped a lawsuit against a spectator suspected of causing a crash by waving a sign in the path of the riders saturday. it was one of the tour worst ever crashes. the woman was arrested, but now the tour de france has withdrawn the case. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program. it is a somber national day for canada. some cities scale back celebrations as yet more unmarked graves of indigenous children are found at another former boarding school
four of the world's biggest social media companies vowing to do more to tackle online abuse. thisomes after a group of high-profile women urged theto make their platform safer for women who are experiencing online hate. >> 38% of women, almost one in four women and 51 countries, perienced harassment. this is not just criticism of your work. the threshold is quite high. the commitment that came from facebook, google, twitter and tiktok is that this is an issue they take seriously, they will be solidifying the existing measures, they are committed in the u.n. generation equality forum, because this is happening at the generation forum which aims to have a five-year plan for gender parity around the
world. this announcement has come at a time when we are talking about women's rights issues. laura: today, canada marks its national day, but celebrations have beeovershadowed by the discovery of another unmarked grave of indigenous children at a former boarding school run by the catholic church.it's the third time in a month a mass burial site like this has been found. starting in the 1950's, indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools in an effort to assimilate them into canadian society. courtney bambrick has more. reporter: a century old church in alberta destroyed. it is one of several catholic churches that have been targeted over the past month after hundreds of unmarked graves were found at residential schools previously run by the catholic church. the first minister of alberta
visited the church and relayed this video. >> we cannot accept, under any circumstances, hateful acts of violence targeting faith communities in this province. reporter: for 165 years until the 1990's, more than 150,000 indigenous children are forced into residential schools like this under canada's assimilation policies. use was rife and thousands of children died of disease, neglect, and other causes. the latest discovery is the third such find at a former school site in a month and prime minister trudeau big knowledged some canadians might not feel like celebrating the country's national day. >> on the eve of canada day, the horrific discoveries of hundreds of children at the sites of former residential schools in british columbia and saskatchewan have forced us to reflect on the historic and ongoing injustices indigenous people have faced. reporter: a delegation of
indigenous canadians including former residential school students have been invited to the vatican in december to meet with pope francis, but prime minister trudeau, himself a catholic, says any papal apology should take place on canadian soil. courtney bambrick, bbc news. laura: for more, i spoke to a member of the canadian house of commons. thank you for joining us. with the discovery of yet another unmarked grave of indigenous children taken from their families, is canada being forced to confront its past? >> i think that canada is coming more to realize that there's a lot of history that is dark, that has been made very unaware that is now coming to light and i think canadians are coming to a realization and awareness of why things are the way they are for indigenous peoples, and this isomething that has been in the making for a number of years
through the federal institution. laura: these children were taken from their families, sent to boarding school, in the name of assimilating them into canadian society, and now we are finding graves. who should be held accountable for what happened? >> the federal institution definitely has played their part , has done little to nothing to fulfill any justice, and we've seen in particular the justice department, they have records that they keep saying catholic churches have, which of course we know the catholic church does as well. but the justice department, the canadian justice department themselves have similar cuments as well laura:. canada's prime minister says canadians are ashamed and horrified by this policy of separating children and sending them to residential homes. what do you want to see prime minister trudeau actually doing?
>> those kinds of things continue to happen. the majority of children taken into the foster care system are indigenous. we see horrific numbers of poverty and lack of basic human rights. we see indigenous communities still struggle unnecessarily to just live. justin trudeau has power to be able to provide affordable living, safe and adequate homes, and clean drinking water and refuses to do so. so what i'm hoping to do is call on the public, call on canada, call on the rest of the world to help northerners to amplify our voices and amplify indigenous voices and call for what is right. laura: are there wider lessons to be learned from the rest of the world from canada's treatment of its indigenous people? >> so the ironic thing is that the rest of the world did take lessons from canada.
there were individuals who came over from france to study the residential schools to duplicate that in their prisons. it is ironic that question gets phrased like that because we are seeing duplicates of so many things and we are seeing colonization playing over and over again for indigenous peoples and that inequality as a result. laura: thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. laura: non-fungible tokens or nft's are all the rage at the moment. internet works of art is one way as describing them. . they are a certificate of ownership. now the original source code for the world wide web is auction for more than $5 million, the source code and not the web itself sold as an nft. reporter: it doesn't look all that impressive. a collection of words and symbols that would seem pretty meaningless to most people. but these are no ordinary words
and symbols. it did in fact change everything. this is the source code f the world wide web. in effect, the basic rules of how the modern intert works. devised by the british scientists at tim berners-lee, it has been sold as a unique form of data. >> the owner of this work will fundamentally be buying something that is authenticated and equally as uniquely their own and or no ship will be recorded in the block chain as well -- ownership will be recorded in the block chain as well. reporter: he broke the original source code in 1989, revolutionizing the way computers and people interacted with each other, crating a system that was patent free, royalty free and designed to be collaborative. >> i wanted something which was both a way of tracking information and a form of communication. one of the goals was i could use
it to collaborate with people i worked with. reporter: some have criticized nonfungible tokens as get-rich-quick schemes that are bad for the environment, but at least one bidder who spent more than $5 million says this one is worth every penny. tim alban, bbc news. laura: before we go, a lifelong ambitiono fly into space is finally being realized. and 82-year-old will become the oldest astronaut ever to lift off. she's going into orbit later this month with amazon founder jeff bezos. this trip is 60 years overdue. . she was one of the first female astronauts trained in the early 1960's, but then the program was canceled. now, wally has been invited to join the tech billionaire mr. bezos on the first flight by his blue origin company at the earth's atmosphere.
it just goes to show you, never stop dreaming. i'm laura trevelyan, thanks bbc world news america. have a great night. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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