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♪ announcer: national f presentation "bbc world news" kickses to ble by your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> welcome to "bbc news," broadcastingno viewers north america and around the globe. donald trump celebrates the strongest u.s. economic growth in fr years despite warnings it might not last. the president takes credit for putting america first. president trump: we are the economic envy of the world. when i meet the leaders of countries the first thing they say invaryis mr. president, nice to meet you. congratulations on your economy.
>> a spectacular night sky show for millions as a blood moon rises in the longest lunar eclipse this century. the cbs television network investigates allations of sexual misconduct against its top executive, and thousands of iraqis take to the streets to protest against corruption, poor services and unemployment. ♪ >> hello, welcome to the program. presiden trump has described economic growth in the u.s. as historict after i rose at an annualized rate of more tha 4% between april and june. the growth was grifpble driven by strong consumer a spendin a surge in exports as firms
rushed to beat new trailed tariffs. the white hoe hopes the strong economy by verments extenayon from alleged involvement in theio 2016 ele with russia. >> the sun shone and donald trump beamed, basking in the warm glow of these latest economic figures. this is what he promised the american people and now 18 months or so into his presidency, he could say this is what he delivered. president trump: these numbers are very, very sustainable. this isn't a one-time shot. i happen to think we're going to do extraordinary name well in our next report. i won't go too strong because if it's not quite as good. you'll not let me forget et. reporter: the economy is powering ahead but these figures don't take account of the trade wars and the retaliation taken
against u.s. fruskets and the effects of the tariffs are yet to feed through. >> i think there probay will be a lower number in the next quarterf ta because there will be some giveback. we had a temporary surge in ex-pockets and that's people buying stuhe of the tariffs going up. reporter: this allows the president to try t shift the conversation away from russia, a subject which took another murky twist last night. the white houseie bs that people will be much more interested in their wages, livelihood and the state of economy than whether there was collusion between t donaldrump and the russians over the next election. michael cen, his longtime lawyer has let it be know --n kn that he's prepared to testify thatonald trump was lying whenid he sa he knew nothing about aee mng at trump tower before the election with a
promised russian official promising to dump dirt on llary clinton. donald trump's currents lawyer lawyer on to do a the ex-lawyer. >> there's knock i know that hasn't warned me that if his back is up against the wall, he'll like -- lie like crazy. >> but this is wrudey giuliani a couple of months earlier. >> t hanneman is an honest earlier. >> and donald trump saying i did not know of a meeting with donald trump jr. unds like someone trying to get ou of an unrelated -- all the questions were about russia, not theconomy. the issue that won't go away. >> millions around the world have been gazing sky wards to catch the longest lunar eclipse this century.
those lucky enough not to be disappointed by cloud cover could see the phenomenon known as a blood moon. at least part of the moon was visible from europe, the northeast, most of asia and south america. victoria gill reports. reporter: passing through the shadow of our own planet.st in the dar skies, stargazers took ithe moon during the longest lunar eclipse of the century. our national satellite spent one hour and 4 minutes cast spectacularlyly recommend. >> moon is passing right through the earth's shadow. and the onl light from the sun that can reach it is the light that's been filtered through the earth's atmosphere and that's why itul goes this beaut dusky red color. >> at the sa time, mars will be as close as it's possible to be around the ear on its own
journey around the sun. this recent picture, captured by the hubbell telescope, shows the detail of a dust storm on the red planet. they'll see a mn in the sam sky as a brighter, redder mars and there won't be a longer lunar eclipse than -- new mexico 2023. >> dr. ian griffin is a british astronomer and director of a museum. he's been viewing the blood moon from the observe story in the south island of new zealand. how wast for you? >> it was absolutely similar -- spectacular frome here and beautiful backdrop. here in new zealand, the eclipse took place as the moon was setting and the sun was rising. so the moo was setting, going red against the spectacular southern and it was one of the best sights i've seen in a
life-time of stargazing and the fact there was no oer light around, it was a fantastic sight to see. >> dr. griffin i think we have some of the pictures you took and have kindly sent to us. it looks absolutely amazing. do you think you h one of the best views in the world there is this >> we didn't see the as a whole eclipse because we saw the moon septembering as ent into totally but we got the sun rising at th tsame time. moon went red, it dipped into the sky and the clouds started turning this wonderful pastel color. a group of us were going my sh, in is absolutely stunning and it was one of the best things i-seen in a very long time. very exciting. >> victoria gill just had a go at explaining it for us. why does it look like it's red? >> well, if you're an astronaut standing on the moon, what youched see is all of the
sunrises and sun 70's of the earth at the same time because that's the only light that's passing tnowards youhe noon because the earth is passing between the sun and the moon, cutting off the light. so if you can't be an astronaut on the moon, i right field one of the best things to do is be here in new zealand watching a lunar eclipse like this. >> doctor, i gather mars getting close as well so you have more treats this store. >> that's right, we're also here observing mars with the big tescopes. we've been taking pictures every night and getting some stunning pictures. we're very excited. mars is close as it's been since 2003. >> dr. griffin, i think we'll leave it there but a fantastic view behind you and some fantastic views in your picture. we appreciate your time. dr. eastern griffin in new zealand. let's look at more stories making the news.
british mocry has bn plunged into crisis by the spread of fake news with voters being systematically m i lated by campaigns -- which rely on hate and misinformation. they've criticized the behavior big tech companies such as facebook and google ask called for new laws to make them responsible for content on their sights. greek's frrm says he assumes full ppoitical ribility for the bush fires which kid more than 80 aroundths. the government has faced calls from the opposition to apologize toailing to respond quickly enough to the disaster. but the prime minister said the au qorities would actckly to tackle unlicensed residential developments. austria's chancellor is understood to have backed an ymed put forward by the briti prime minister for european
union leaders to hold formal talks about brexit at a u.s. in september. theresa may has been speaking to the ech prime minister as she seeks support for her plans. james robbins sent this report. a warning, it contains repeated flashing photography. >> arriving for a night at the operndat the of yet another bruising brexit week. theresa may is finally starting her hole bay -- holidays with mozart's "the magic flute" in the city of his birth. she's the guest of austria's prime minister. she tried to urge him t urge a soer brexit from the entire e.u. side. both demrictly said very little publicly. >> hope we can find a way that the brexit relation continue
this austria, the relations remain strong. >> thesh people chose to leave ask we will deliver. reporter: so could austria prove be a british ally? th is a country both highly conservative and euro skeptics. hostile to outsiders from outside the effort u. but not to freedom of movement inside it. the foreign minister told me brexit has pusheher country deeper into european unity. >> the uncertain has in a different way shamed austrian public opinion that interesting -- shaped as tureen public iopinion thatnteresting enough, people he become a little bit more pro-e.u. than they used to be. >> but theresa may didn't get r.ch comfort from the czech prime minister eit the overwhelming problem for
theresa may is this -- some of the e.u. leaders may behe sympc but when britain says you must blink first, they tend to stand solidly t ether you.ay no, after so for mrs. may, tonight's mozart, a serious fairy tale, offers on escape and her holiday in italy does start tomorrow but it's only an interval before the hardest gar begin -- bargaining britain has eve faced. >> for protests in iraq as demonstrators rally against wild spread corruption a social inequality. on friday, thousands tuesday to -- took to the o streetsf basra and other cities across the country calling f political change. reporter: for three weeks now, gry protests has -- have rocked basra. the southern city is home to
iraq's main oilub but few living here reap the rewards. people lack basic amenities like clean water and eckctricity. are hard to come by. these pcards reele i want my rights, i want my country. this time around the unrest has been more wild spread. protesters are demanding reform to the quoteo system instilled of iraq u.s. invasion in 2003. >> the government are making the same promises time and time again. they tell you they could not fulfillemands watch the quotea system. each party wants something for it. the frrm cannot even heat the st smalmount. >> the protests come at a sensitive time. differenttiolitical fs are currently frying to form a coalition government as the allegations of fraud and iraq's
topas cleric echoed the cause of protesters to establish a new government. >> the current government must work hard to implempletdemoonleds reduce their suffering and misery. secondly, the next government must be formed on a sound base. >> the theory is without sweeping changes to the political system as it stands. the corruption will continue and the wealth general arraignmented by the oil-rich kiffin wilre in this the hands of the few rather than the many. >> stay with here on bbc news. still to come -- >> eating -- for breakfast. >> from syria to the royal albert hall her in london. the chilly refugees turning their speernings into poetry.
>> the u.s. space ngencya has ordered an investigation at confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. >> the last foot patrol, once an everyday part of the soldiers' lot, drudgery and dange no more after almost four decades. >> not doing any harm to anyone. i don't see why these people should wander in ask say you're doing smog wrong. >> six rare white lion cubs are on the prowl at worst scheyer a parknd have met with a roar of approval from visitors. >> yeah, they're cute.
>> welcome back. th is "bbc news." our main story this hour -- donald trump celebrates the strongest u.s. economic growth in four years despite warnings it might not last. show spectacular night sky for millions as a blood moon rises in theongest lunar eclipse this century. the directors of cbs, one of the big u.s. television networks, say they will investigate claims of sexual misconduct against the chairman and chief executive les moonves. the allegation were published by the new york eshe magazine. shares in cbs fell more than % on lays of the claims against mr. moonves. let's get more from our correspondent in whington,
chris butler. mr. moonves is not necessarily a household name but he's incredibly powerful inen entertai >> yeah, and les moonves has been with cbs for almost a quarter of a century and during that time he's been responsible for a series of big entertainment hits and actually he's really made his mark on the network. of the n as being one most important executives in u.s. television. it cannot really be understated just how important he has been to cbs itself. yet these are seriousga alons that have come from the new yorker magazine. the piece is written by ronan farrow. he was involved in the harvey weinstein expose and he's now written of these allegations against les moonves. he says he' spoken to six women who have described various encounters with mr. moonves. in which they say they were forced to kiss him, there w forced touching in ore cases and
in many cases they had their crease derailed or threatened to be m derailed by moonves. now, he has denied these legations. nonetheless they're being taken seriously by cbs. a news statement released making clear an nchingt is ongoing in that statement hey -- they say all allegations of personal misconduct are or taken seriously. the independent droshes of cbs have committed to investigating claims that violate the company's clear policy this is that regard. upon the conclusion of that investigation, have involves renal reernltsly reported allegation that is go back several decades, the board will promptly rufrl the findings and take appropriate action. it should be said that this investigation was actually started a long ti a among concerns about the culture at cbs. at the end of last year they fired one of their top presenters,harlie rose of
allegations of inappropriate aghavior. n at that time he denied that inappropriate commaver but he was removed from his most and he apology ised for anybody that thought he had acted inappropriately around them. >> of course the me too mement has focused heavily on the i entertainmenustry but cbs is not the only television network in the united states have received these allegations >> yeah. ironically, though, les moonves himself was a big supporter of the many too movement. he iasolved in addressing these concerns and very muchth leadin charges there. he now finds himself facing these allegations. he has reelsed a statement that was given to kee new y and it is very clear but again he also makes some apologies if people have been ccerned about his past.
he said i recognize there were moments decades ago where i m have made some women uncomfortable by making vavements. those were mistakes and i regret them but i also represented a abided by the prep that no means no and i've never used my position to hinder anyone'sre . but they're also being qutioned in this article about how they handled previous allegations of harassment, of sexualisconduct in the workplace and it seems that this lengthy article is going to have to lead to a real widening of that inv ptigation takince by cbs. >> chris butler in washington, th in pakistan, members of the former ruling party say they won't boycott the new parliament. despite renting the results that show khan's party winning. the united states has expressed s concerns about flaws in the election, including what it
calls constraints on freedom of expression and associa during the campaign. we have a reporter in islamabad. he told us more about th disputes and what the opposition parties plan to do now. reporter: it's not quite clear what's going to happen. certainly, imram's party will be the biggest party in the next parliament. they'll form alliances either with small parties or with other ifpblet candidates joining them, which we're hearing they're already in the process of doing at the moment. a lot depends on what the opposition parties do. particularly the plm party, which has beenn power for the past five years. they have rejected the vote yet simultaneously this morning, we heard the son of ther lea as saying they would sit in
opposition benches and be contesting this through legal and political means, on assumes. at the moment, the prl party is in a meeting with a number of other parti discussing the way forward because they all have been claiming that this vote is rigged. th e.u. election observer, bservation mission, came forward with some interesting statements earlier they were quite critical, not necessarily about what took place on the election day itself but about the campaign and the build-up there. one of the stasmse -- statements they said they had been told there was a systemic campaign to undermine the ruling party at the time. and that chismse with one of the complaints the plm has long made, saying the pakistani military has been trying to dominate the election campaign d ensure that the p.l.m. aret
brought into power and they've said those claims are just to try to cover up fr th decriesing popularity. he has said he'silling to look into any alleged incidents of vote rigging >> after surviving the brutal war in syria, a group of child refugees and class mapets will take to the stage in london on sunday. reporter: it's a long way from the rubble of war to this. >> welcome tthe royal albert hall. >> oh, what do youhink? b what do you think? >> it'sn a tough but extraordinary journey for these children. this is sajita, 14. severaler of family members were killed in syria and her story not unique. >> muhammad is also 14. he escaped to lebanon before
coming here and still dreams of home. for the first time, the voices of child refugees are being heard here at one of the country's most prestigious w venuh a poem they've written themselves. >> it makes me feel i'm this syria. eating breakfast with my family. >> wtt do you w people to take away from the poem? >> syria is a very nce country. that people would like to live in all their lives but because of the war, things -- everything is gone now. >> eitr muhammad norit s spoke english when they arrived. it was hard settlingn. >> some children were telling me like go away, go back to your home. don't want you here. >> i remember iraq. i remember syria. >> i'm so -- and then i said
when i was small i did think i'm going to bn stage like -- in front of all these people. >> vy excited for sunday and i hope the audience will enjoy. >>nd finally, earlier we were talking about that blood moon weclipse. if yen't lucky enough to get sight of it, don't worry, we have all the best pictures, which we'll leave you with now. thank you very much for watchin "bbc news." bye for now. ♪ >>
. tonight on kqed newsroom, as horrifyingbbing on b.a.r.t. left a teenager dead. we'll talk to b.a.r.t.'s police chief about safety on the region ap transit former cia director joins us to discuss russia, tensions with iran, and other national security concerns. plus the week's top political developments including the latest deadline to unify families separated at the border. hello and welcome to kqed newsroom. we begin with security on the bay area's rapid transit system b.a.r.t. john lee cowell has been charged with murder in last sunday'st stabbing of 18 mia wilson and the attempted murder of her older sister.t police are sl investigating the motive behind the attack