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designed our modern approach to banking around you -- your plans, your goa, your dreams your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world newsa. americ" reporting from washington, i'm jane o'brien. the u.s. economy accelerates amid warnings it might not last, but president trump takes credit for putting america first. pres. trump: once again we are the economic envy of the entire world. ne: coming home at last -- north korea returns what it says are the remains of servicemen killed in the korean war. and a spectacular nighttime show. a blood moon rises in e longest lunar eclipse this century.
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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. gethe u.s. economy has sin 4%e second quarter, toppin growth for the first time in years. president trump says the boost was the result of his trade deals, and says the figures were will geven higher. it is also a distraction from his mounting legal problems and criticism over russia. but while the numbers have been welcomed, some economists say the acceleration is unsustnable. our north america editor jon sopel starts our coverage. shone on donald trump as theasd in the warm glow of these economic figures. this is what he promised the american people, 18 months into his presidency, he can say this is what he deliver. pres. trump: these numbers are ryvery sustainable. this isn't a one-time shot. i happen to think we will do extraordinarily well in the next quarter.
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i think it is going to be outstanding. i won't go too strong because it is not quite as good you will not let me forget it. jon: the economy is powering ahead, but these figures don't take into account the trade gar launched ast mexico, china, european union, and the retaliation against u.s. products a hough donald trump says the economy is strong, the effects of the tariffs have yet to break through. >> i think therenuill be a lower er in the next quarter's data. we had such a temporary surge in net exports and that is not going to happen. jon: the othereason why these figures are such a welcome tonic is they allow the president to try to shift the conversation away from russia, the subject ictook another murky twist last night. the white house believes people will be more interested in their wages and livelihood and the state of the economy that inet r there was collusion
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between donald trump and the russians over the last electiono michael n, his longtime lawyer and personal baggage carrier, has let it be knownre that he is pd to testify that donald trump was lying when he said he knew nothing about the meeting at trumper before the election with the kremlin-linked official promising to dish dirt on hillary clinton, a potentially explosive claim. donald tmp's current lawyer was sent out to do a number on the next lawyer -- ex-lawyer. mr. giuliani: there is nobody who hasn't warned me that when his back is against the wall, he will lie like crazy. jon:s this dy giuliani months earlier. mr. giuliani: the man is an honest lawyer. jon: president trump this morning said, "i did not know about the meeting with don jr. in manyike someone isst
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ies to get out of an unrelated jam." pres. trump: thank you very much from everybody. >> are you going to go to moscow? jon: there were no shouted questions on the economy. they were all russia, the issue thaton't go away. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. jane: a short time ago i spoke with heather long of "the washington post." what is behind the growth? heather: there are two key things behind the 4.1% growth in the second quarter the first is a good thing, that american consumers are still spending. they are opening up their wallets, using some savings from the tax cut to buy things. that is good news for th economy. e other thing is the magic bean, and that is a bunch of countries overseas bought a lotb of u.s. ns and agricultural products in the second quarter because theyem wanted to buy efore the tariffs went into effect. that boost helped get us over 4%
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in the second quarter, but it is not going to last. jane: does that mean that the tariffs could undermine the growth we are seeing? heather: so what happened is kind of funny -- in the second quarter it boosted growth because it pushed the foreign inpanies to get purchases ahead of july 1. but you are right, heading into the third quarter and fourth quarter, president trump says th 4% growth will be sustainable. most economists say that is not going to happen, and we may see big reduction in growth in theer laalf of the year, asco anies abroad stop buying. jane: what is the biggest threat to the economy right now?at r: the biggest threat to the economy right nossis that busi are not going to open their wallets and spend. the whole purpose of the massive tax cut that president trump o nnected -- enacted at the end of last year wascourage
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companie and build more factories and pay workers more. at the moment we are seeing a little bit of that, but we've s t seen the big pickup that president trump ne order to power the economy in the months to come. jane: at impact might that have on consumer confidence, which is also etty high right now? heather: confidence is through the roof, particularly among business leaders and also among consumers, especially republicans and independents. we are seeg strong hiring, which is helping to propel the optimism. but the trade war looms over all even though we haven't seen much detraction in the growth yethe fromrade war, if it continues to hang over thede business l and consumers, ng are likely to see that start to hurt growth gorward. jane: of course we are in an election year. could any of this happen before
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america goes to the polls? heather: it is a very good point that youake. the third quarter gdp comes out october 22. -- october 26. that is a mere 11 days before lls.icans go to the we're going to have a real-time back-check on whether president trump is right on the 4.1% growth -- can it be sustained another quweter? ill find out before americansne vote. we certainly are. heather long, thanks very much indeed for joining me. north korea has returned whato are believed the remains of 55 american soldiers who died asring the korean war. the repatriation promise made by kim jong-un to president trump at the meeting in singapore last month. it comes on the 66th anniversary -- 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. laura bicker reports. laura: finally these foreign -- fallen soiers are making their way home. it has been over 65 years since they were kill fighting a war that many feared had been forgotten.
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one by one, 55 caskets wrapped in the united nations flag are carefully carried into a cargo plane. but until the remains are tested, it is unclear how manyn have bturned. still, today will be seen as progress by a u.s. president who made it a priority during his summit with the north korean leader. t donald truk the chance to publicly thank him. pres. trump: i want to thank chairman kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise he made to me, and i'm sure he will continue to fulfill that omise. laura: but the fundamental problem remains -- north korea still has nuclear material and nuclear missiles. in pyongyang, kim jong-un was exalted by war veterans as he marked the anniversary of the armistice that ended the korean war, somethingescribed here as a day of victory.
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in seoul, the repatriation raised hopes among veterans that peace will one day come to the peninsula. 15 countries fought alongside the u.s. in the conflict, including0, almost 100 british troops. brigadier general was one of them. >> it was painful to lose guys. i think all veterans knew that it was a worthwhile thing to have done. laura: he welcomes the repatriation of fallen comrades. >> i do hope some british guys -- there were a significant number of infantry who we on patrol who were not found. laura: the handover of remains could promptorth korea to ask for concessions from the united
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states, but he could breathe new life into a peace process that alstled until the leaders met for the summit. jane: i was joined a brief time ago by bruce klingner of the heritage foundation. north korea has sent back remains before, so is this a bi? de bruce: it is a big deal in that any day that america gets fallen soldiers back is a good day. onleca puts great priority bringing fservicemen and women home for a belated homecoming with. families.d remains have been repatriated in the past, up until 2005 when then-secretary of defense rumsfeld canceled his missions to go to the country to get the remains back because of concerns about the safety of americans in north korea. janedoes it get us closer to the issue of denuclearization? bruce: no, it doesn't. it is a confidence building
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measure. as secretary of defense mattis said today, is unrelated to negotiations. it is a welcome development. just as the closing of the entrarces to the nucest site and the dismantlement of an engine test site is welcome. but they areto really unrelate achieving actualcl derization of north korea that is required to do under you and resolutions. not hearingwe much about that? bruce: because they hae clear that they have a different definition than the u.s. the u.s. sees it as unilateral north korea has made it very clear over the years that they see it as global arms control, and as a member of the nuclear club, they will go down to zero when other members like the united states go down to zero. jane: mike pompeo, secretary of state, has said that he will not let the negotiations drag on. what should happen next, and more tthe point,hen?
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bruce: he had a mission to north korea to try to put meat on the bones of t singapore mmunique. he claimed progress, but north korea strongly criticized it and very categorically rejected the u.s. objectives. they said that the u.s. must first prove they don't have a hostile policy towards pyongyang. they want benefits before any kind of denuclearization. jane: so then what is a realistie:timetable? brecretary pompeo and president trump have fallen off the position that this has to be a very expeditious denuclearization. they have now said there is no time limit, rush. cthink they have come to realize that theld be lengthy negotiations. the trump administration thinks there is a chance for
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success or northor's playing the usual tactics to get benefits, the longer they drag it out, the less international support there will be for sanctions. jane:pe what do they o gain in return for repatriating these remains?y bruce: ty that we have done what we need to do. you now need to reciprocate. psey are pushing back on denuclearization snd say that now the u.s. needs to do sanctions removal, guarantee of regime security. they now say it is up to the u.e. to do a reciprocal gest jane: bre klingner, thank you for joining me. let's have aook at the day's other news. a group of political parties in pakistan say they have rejected the results of the election, alleging widesprearigging. results declared so far show the r cricket star imran khan has emerged as the
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largest in parliament. pakistan's election commission has dismissed allegations ofrr tion. greece's prime minister, halexis tsipras, satakes full political responsibility for the bushfires that have killed 80 people around athens. the government faced calls from opsition to apologize for failing to respond quickly enough. would act quickly to tackle unlicensed residential building development. two people have been killed while trying to contpan a rapidly ing wildfire in northern california. thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as the carr fire continues to rage. another firefightewas killed earlier this week while battling a separate blaze near yosemite national park. the directors of u.s. television network cbs say they will examine allegations of sexual misconduct against chairman leslie moonves.
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the allegations were published by "the new yorr" magazine and so to go back decades. the board said it would promptly review the allegations and take appropriate actions. moonves is one of america's highest-paid besiness execut you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonoght's less traveled. what it is like to be young and republic in trumps america. in syriaving the war and being driven frortheir homes, both refugees will take the stage at the while albert hall r -- at tal albert hall on sunday. reporter: it is a long way from the rubble of war to this. tough butn
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extraordinary jouiley for these en. this girl is 14. several of her family members were killed in syria, and her story is not unique. also 14. mohammed is he still dreams of home. ♪ reporter: for the first time, the voices of child refugees are being heard at one of the country's most prestigious appellant -- a poem they have written themselves. what do you want people to take away from the poem? >> that it is a very nice country that people would like to live in all their lif but because of the war, everything is gone now.
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reporter: neither spoke english when they arrived. it was hard settling in. >> some look at me like, go away, go back to your home. >> i remember iraq. .> i rememberyria is went i was small i think, i stage in front of a these people. silverman turned red -- nde silver moon turned red for a staggering one hour and 43 minutes.
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victoria gill has this report. victoria: passing through the shadowan of our own . stargazers took in a view of the largest -- longes lunar clips of the century. for one hour and 43 minutes, it was spectacularly red. >> right in the center of the earth's shadow emmittee last longest. the only light from the sun that can reach it is filtered through the earth's atmohere. victoria: at the same time, our solar system neighbor mars will be as close at greatest possible -- as it is possible to be to the of, improving our view of it. u.k. is covered by
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utclout, b if pockets of sky click on the -- clear, the eclipse could be visible until midnight. time tt the weather has grant us a glimpse of this celestial show. victoria gill, bbc news. jane: earlier i was joined by chief astronomer at the franklin institute in philadelphia. thank you very much inde for joining me. what is so special about this? >> thanks for having me. well, what is ecial about this is that we have this phenomenon that is very easy for many people to see across the plat, and it is always exciting when you can see something like this happen. everyone is always interested in seeing the moon change color, primarily because every time we see the moon it is the typal
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white color. but in these instances the moon can change its color from a very light tan color to a deep dark -- brick red color.it always eg and easy to see. jane: we are seeing live pictures because it is still going on.re but not everyone else gets to see it but we are not. when do we getne? derrick: yes, we did not luck out on this one this t around. the next one comes on january 20, 2019, everyone across the western hemisphere will be able toee it. of course it is happening at a decent te, january. as long as the sky is clear, everyone will be able to see a total lunar eclipse. earn: do we actually anything from this or is it just very pretty? derrick: while it is very pretty, there is still scientific information we can glean from this.
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we can understand the shape of e earth. that is the way it was firsted prlooking at lunar eclipses and understanding thehe shape ofarth from that. we can do things like calculate orbital motion speeds and things of that sort and understand whee various things are in sky. we can look at another source of astronomical events to occur, things of that sort can be gleanefrom lunar eclipses. along with their beauty. jane: i also understand that mars is gointo be closer than it normally is for the first time in 15 years. why is that signicant? that is: the reason wh significant is partially because of the fact that everyone can more easily identify the mars. it will happen to be in the sa part of the sky as the lunar eclipse is occurring.
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ppmars' closeach to us happens every two years and it giveseo us a chance fore who toant to identify and ey see it because it will appear a tiny bit larger and brighter itan normal. if we think abou scientifically, the close approach that mars offers us an raportunity to launch spac towards mars when they are in close proximity to each other. this cuts down on the amount of fuel that has to be used to get payload out to mars, and so it is an advantage r someone who wants to send something out to mars. ne: and mr. trump says he wants to go to the moon as well. thanks for joining me. derrick: thanks for having me, jane. jane: very spectacular. looking for to do next year. life isn't easy as a teenager, and here in the united statesti consers have the additional problem of struggling to go public with their views. we went to a meeting of
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conservative high-schoolas students tthem about their politics. >> i love america. it is amazing here. i love being conservative. >> there a lot of stereotypes about what the conservative movement is about. >> it's pretty difficult being a young conservative in the u.s. right no >> being a you conservative is a little difficult. ly on is tough, especi college campuses. >> feels like a much better place to be conservative than it was a few years ago. >> it is a little bit difficult. o i havetch what i say and when i say it. .nd to whom i say it >> it is pretty amazing. >> i have alwayseally been concerned with being pro-life. that is one of my main moral values.
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>> definitely gun rights. i see the left coming after it biand it scares me a littl >> political unre t is one of st divisive issues going on because it is left against right. >> i am pro-life and it is one of the big issues for me. >> another thing for me is national security. >> i am in florida and you used to be able touy rifle and shotgun and 18, and they just took it away from me. >> donald trump himself is divisive in a way and not really the best leader for the conservative movement. >> president trump is someone o who is so, sr america -- make america great again, keep america great again. >> i think it is fantastic. we have a great leader in the white house now. d>> having a president ths what he promises is really rare. >> i want him to do well. i really want him to do well. >> i don't think he has done a
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deat job uniting the country, but i think he he a fairly ok job moving the country forward. pa'otic is the most person ive seen. >> he is the american dream. jane: on that note, have a great weekend. >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your w to the news of the day and stay up-to-date with ths latest headliyou can trust. lected appow from stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs,an purepoint financial. >> how do we shape our tomorrow? it starts with a vision. we see its ideal form in our w mind, and thenbegin to chisel. twe strip away everythinghat stands in the way to reveal new possibilities.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good ev i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: >> we've accomplished an economic turnaround of historic. proportion >> woodruff: president trump touts strong economic growth in the u.s., and credits his administration's policies on taxes and trade. then, a potential black eye at cbs. allegations of sexualcl misconduct, ining by its c.e.o. les moonves. and, it's friday. mark shields and david brooks are here to take on another full week of news. plus, hip-hop on display. curating decades of local culture, and the musical impact of oakland's hip-hop scene.f >> for those who are part of the first generation of hip-hop artists, i don't think any of us ever imagiit

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