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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven: the government launches an inquiry into leaked emails from the uk it's obviously very disappointing that this correspondence has come into the open but it's also important to say it's the job of ambassadors to give frank and personal opinions about what's happening in the countries that they serve. exit polls suggest greece has elected a new centre right government, ousting the leftist syriza party, in a snap election. jubilation for the united states who have won the women's world cup with a 2—0 victory against the netherlands in france. skirmishes have broken out
between demonstrators and police in hong kong, after another large—scale protest against china's increasing control over the territory. the jodrell bank observatory in cheshire, which has been at the forefront of astronomical research, is declared a unesco world heritage site. the foreign office has begun an investigation, into who leaked emails from britain's ambassador to washington, which described the trump administration as being "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional. " in the memos, obtained by the mail on sunday, sir kim darroch,
says despite his shortcomings, president trump shouldn't be written off. here's our washington correspondent, nick bryant. "inept, insecure, incompetent. " in secret cables obtained by the mail on sunday, britain's top diplomat in washington, sir kim darroch, used the most undiplomatic of language to describe the chaos of the trump white house and the personality flaws of the president himself. he spoke of donald trump radiating insecurity and delivered a withering assessment of an administration that was uniquely dysfunctional. in one of the messages sir kim wrote, "we don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal, less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction—riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept. " on his recent state visit to britain, donald trump had been dazzled by the queen, he wrote, but, sir kim predicted, this is still the land of america first. on the escalation of tensions
with iran, he said it was unlikely that us policy was going to become more coherent anytime soon, and that mr trump did not want to reverse his campaign promise to avoid us involvement in foreign conflict. the leaks have reverberated through westminster. it's obviously very disappointing this correspondence has come out into the open but it's also important to say it is the job of ambassadors to give frank personal opinions about what is happening the countries they serve, and those are just that — personal opinions. it's not the opinions of the british government. in a statement the foreign office said it would not have any long—term impact. "our team in washington have strong relations with the white house and no doubt these will withstand such mischievous behaviour." i don't think it will affect the special relationship. there's too much important work that we do together on a daily basis to be derailed by this type of leak. it's an irritant, no doubt.
on the question of donald trump's re—election hopes, sir kim said a second term could not be ruled out. trump may emerge from the flames battered but intact, he said, like schwarzenegger in the final scenes of the terminator. with a brexit deadline looming, downing street has been especially sensitive about preserving and protecting the special relationship. the leak of these secret cables doesn't help. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. well, we heard a little of whatjeremy hunt said in nick bryant's report — but let's hear more now of the foreign secretary's reaction to that diplomatic leak. it's a very important part of what the do, to send frank opinions of what's going on in their country. in that sense our ambassador was doing hisjob. it's also important that sense our ambassador was doing his job. it's also important to say this was a personal view, it is not the view of the government and it is
not my view and we continue to think under president trump the us administration is not just under president trump the us administration is notjust highly effective but the best friend of britain on the international stage. the headline words were inept and dysfunctional cot that will anger president trump, will it not? it is thejob president trump, will it not? it is the job of ambassadors to give frank and personal opinions about what's going on in the countries they operate and our ambassador was doing hisjob. those are personal views, they are not the views of the government and they are not my views and we continue to think under president trump the administration is not just highly president trump the administration is notjust highly effective but the best possible friend of the united kingdom on the international stage. david willis is in washington. jeremy hunt trying to smooth ruffled feathers but how is this going to go down in the white house? that's a very good question and we
don't know the answer. he tweeted about prescription drug prices, he tweeted about the man who likes to call sleepyjoe tweeted about the man who likes to call sleepy joe biden but tweeted about the man who likes to call sleepyjoe biden but on the whole affair he said nothing so far, at least. the key to this is what is going to beat donald trump's reaction. this must be excruciating for the people in the british embassy building. they must be on tender wanting to get some —— they must be on tenterhooks. and what it could mean for a bilateral trade deal between the uk and the united states. lots of unanswered questions at the moment but you can bet your bottom dollar at some stage donald trump will have something to say. we know he is a president who does not take well to personal criticism. it is going to be very difficult to
try to smooth over this. i think it is. particularly when you have a statement from the foreign and commonwealth office which basically stands the story and that the daily mail up and goes on to say this might not necessarily represent the views of cabinet ministers or the views of cabinet ministers or the british government. that will not go very far to smooth ruffled feathers amongst the trump administration. the question, who lea ked administration. the question, who leaked this? the foreign office is looking into that and has launched an enquiry. there is some suggestion this could be the work of people or person who feels sir kim darroch the ambassador here, is not sufficiently pro brexit and this might be a way of clearing the way. he is due to stand down at the end of the year a nyway stand down at the end of the year anyway but speculation but we have to wait and see. as someone who talks to diplomats in
washington, were you surprised at the strength of the language that kim darroch used ? very much so. it's undiplomatic the classic language, at best. it covers quite a large area, —— undiplomatic diplomatic language. it covers the time from donald trump taking office in 2017 up until last month. it is comprehensive and very damning, very u nfortu nate comprehensive and very damning, very unfortunate language when you have words used like inept, insecure, incompetent. it will not go down very well with anybody, i don't think, let alone donald trump. thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are parliamentaryjournalist tony grew and entertainment journalist and broadcaster caroline
frost. greece's leftist prime minister, alexis tsipras, has conceded victory to the centre right opposition, following a snap election. mr tsipras has called the new democracy leader, kyriakos mitsotakis, to congratulate him. vote counting is underway, but greek interior ministry projections suggest 39.8% support for the new democracy party, with mr tsipras's populist left—wing syriza party trailing on 31.5%. mark lowen reports from athens. it looks like a changing of the guard in greece. exit polls predicting a huge victory for the centre—right new democracy. if confirmed, its leader kyriakos mitsotakis would have an outright majority, crushing the governing syriza party and ousting alexis tsipras. the rhetoric has been relentlessly anti—european and misleading in many ways. so i'm very happy.
this is a victory for pro—european political forces. this country doesn't need celebrations for a party that wins an election. this country needs jobs. this country needs investments. four years ago, new democracy was seen as the corrupt old guard here, swept from power by the leftist populism of alexis tsipras. but as he broke promises to end austerity, greece, it seems, has swung back to the political mainstream, punishing those who vowed to stand up to europe but failed. alexis tsipras supporters expected the worst. he lost many after his humiliating u—turn in 2015 when he pledged to rip up the bailout and budget cuts but instead accepted a third rescue programme in return for more austerity confirming the brussels —— becoming the brussels establishment he had fought against.
the worst peacetime recession of any country shrank greece as's economy by a quarter. half a million people left the country and unemployment hit 28%. as alexis tsipras defied the eu, he threatened to reject greece from the euro and sink the banks. he was forced back. as greece voted for the sixth time in a decade, new democracy presented itself as change. the crisis has cost many greeks their livelihoods, and now another prime minister, his career. this tired nation now looks to its post—bailout, post—tsipras future. growth is returning, and tourists too. it seems greece has turned a corner and left its populist era behind. and we'll get the very latest from mark lowen in athens a little later in this bulletin. the united states have won the 2019 women's world cup. the team, who were the holders and favourites to retain their title, beat the netherlands in the final in lyon, 2—0. it's the fourth time america's women have lifted the world cup.
shoots, scores. the us took the lead with a penalty from their star striker megan rapinoe — her sixth goal of the tournament — a feat which landed her fifa's golden boot award. tries on here for the usa. and keeps going. and scores! and surely they will cop his heading back to the united states of america! —— and surely the world cup. let's speak to seth bennett who's in lyon. let's speak to katie gornall who's in lyon. tell us more. a couple of spectacular goals there. it was an exciting game and there was a feeling coming into this because the usa where such firm
favourites that the netherlands, even though they are the european champions, might be overwhelmed but they managed to do something no team managed yet in the tournament and stop the usa scoring inside the first 12 minutes. that shows you how dominant they've been so far in france. the netherlands held firm and their goalkeeper had an excellent game and but for her it could have been four orfive. there was relentless pressure on the netherlands' goal. megan rapinoe again at the centre of things, she's been the star of the tournament on and off the pitch. certainly the most quotable player at the tournament. she rounded off a fantastic tournament that penalty and also winning the golden boots and also winning the golden boots and golden ball for the player of the tournament. the positive things for the us, thethey‘ve won a record fourth title but also have emerging stars. the player who scored the
second goal is a star of the future. that's the difficult thing for other teams, there was the sense that the gap could be closing between the rest and the usa and although it is a little bit, the usa are still so dominantand no a little bit, the usa are still so dominant and no one has knocked them off their perch yet. the world cup ended as many predicted it would cot with the usa on top of the podium. we are seeing some of the scenes, a big contingent of american fans and this tournament seems to have generated huge amounts of interest and excitement worldwide. definitely. it has been unprecedented, in terms of its global interest, we seem tv audiences are broken around the world, in the uk a record peak audience for england versus the usa of 11.7 million. records have been broken, there is huge interest.
disappointing moments when we saw large amounts of empty seats, but in terms of the atmosphere this evening, we saw the huge atmosphere from the usa fans who always travel in their tens of thousands and make any occasion seem like a home game. and the netherlands, smaller in number but no less vocal. the challenge for football and fifa and the domestic game is to try and keep this interest in the spotlight and generate more fans going to league games, for example. that's the big test now. but there will be a huge amount of positivity coming from this world cup which has been unprecedented in the level of media interest and global tv interest. many thanks. lucy buckland is a striker
for guildford saints football club. u nfortu nately i unfortunately i missed the game tonight but i've seen the match reports and for the cabbage of the england team throughout the tournament. its delete —— it's been a fantastic tournament. what does this turn it mean for players like yourself, for smaller clu bs players like yourself, for smaller clubs like yours? it means a lot. across the board, we've all been following the coverage and it's fantastic to see and be able to go down to your local places and discuss with family members and your team—mates that women are playing football and it's getting coverage and we've seen the commentators having the opportunities. it spurs you on. the hope is clearly it will inspire more women to get into football and
pursue the sport. are the facilities there for those like yourself who really wa nt there for those like yourself who really want to get stuck into the sport? u nfortu nately, sport? unfortunately, in my area, to have those opportunities locally, but, unlike in the main‘s football, there's not opportunity to progress 01’ there's not opportunity to progress orfor it to there's not opportunity to progress or for it to be advertised for women, two girls to got through foundations, childhood clubs like chelsea or fulham or liverpool, places like that, it's difficult, you need the opportunity to start from primary school, secondary school. you need the local support, you need to hear about the teams and i think you need to hear about the teams and ithinkfunding you need to hear about the teams and i think funding is a massive fundamental thing that needs to be looked at. you would like to see more money put in court more opportunities for younger players? definitely. you look at the world
cup. you win i think it was 13 million, something like 7.5% off what the men won at the world cup. yeah, it seems like a lot of money but that's at the highest level, the ultimate level so if you think of localfunding, crop ultimate level so if you think of local funding, crop funding, ultimate level so if you think of localfunding, crop funding, you need the coaches, the team, the staff, the grounds to play on, the equipment. it definitely needs a bit more and women in sport are doing lots or pushing and it's time for them to be heard. women finally playing in soccer aid and that is progress. we need more coverage. we need more opportunity. you've seen from the world cup we are good enough, ellen white was scoring a fantastic goal for england at the world cup, kirby and chelsea who has
done phenomenally well. it's a shame for young women and girls not to get the opportunity when you see how they can perform on the field. thank you for that and best of luck with your sport and the opportunities ahead. let's return to greece, because its leftist prime minister, alexis tsipras, has conceded victory to the centre right opposition, following a snap election. mr tsipras has called the new democracy leader, kyriakos mitsotakis, to congratulate him. our correspondent mark lowen is in athens for us. in the end, a decisive result tonight? thumping victory for new democracy. the centre—right party that was swept from power in 2015, at that stage very much seen as part of greece's corrupt old guard. it has refreshed itself, reinvigorate itself with a new leader, kyriakos mitsotakis who presented himself as
the serious poster bailout figure greece needs to be the prime minister to lead the country. and give the country hope again —— post bailout figure. a crisis that led to the economy shrinking by one quarter, 500,000 people leaving greece at its height, unemployment hitting 20%, its now 19% but there are still a large uphill struggle for the new prime minister. it seems he's managed to get an outright majority, the first absolute majority, the first absolute majority, allowing him to govern without a caution parting —— without a coalition partner for without a caution parting —— without a coalition partnerfor several yea rs. alex a coalition partnerfor several years. alex —— alexa cipro has called him to concede. he will have to lick his wounds and regroup. it seems greece has left that populist,
leftist air are behind and returned to the mainstream. alexa c press clearly paying the price for not delivering on his promises. what sort of changes can we now expect from the new leader? he has promised more forceful privatisation programme, also promised tax cuts if greece's economy can cope, and secure promised tax cuts if greece's economy can cope, and secure jobs. that's what lots of people tell you. i was based here for three years and remember people telling me there was this complete insecurity of work, people getting one or two month contract. they want stable employment and that's what kyriakos mitsotakis has focused on. he has a huge uphill struggle, growth is sluggish, still only 2%. greece still is not off, it is off life support but still in the
recuperation room, let's say, of economic hospital. it has quite a long way to go. kyriakos mitsotakis is part of the european mainstream, his party is part of the main european centre—right group so he will get support from leaders in germany and elsewhere and his presenting himself as the man to not overpromise but lead greece steadily a financial crisis and give people hope again. —— lead greece steadily out of financial crisis. the foreign office has told iran it must "immediately stop" all activities that breach the nuclear deal agreed with world leaders in 2015. earlier, tehran confirmed it would break a limit set on uranium enrichment — and keep reducing its commitments every 60 days, unless european countries did more to relieve the impact of american sanctions. the german government has also said it is "extremely concerned" by the developments. alice porter reports.
last week, iran began showing its defiance against the 2015 nuclear deal — an agreement designed to contain iran's development of nuclear technology. the regime breached the terms by going over the stockpile limits set for low enriched uranium. now events have gone one step further. at a news conference in tehran, senior officials said they would soon exceed the level of uranium enrichment set out in the deal. translation: in a few hours' time, technical work will conclude and the process of proliferation above 3.67% will start. we expect that tomorrow morning, when the iaea take samples, we will have gone beyond 3.67%. iran says there is still opportunity for talks, but european leaders may not be so hopeful. during an hour—long call with the iranian leader, the french president expressed strong concern about the consequences of abandoning the deal. so how did we get to this position?
just over a year ago, donald trump upended the agreement and the us imposed tough economic sanctions on iran, severely damaging its economy. i am announcing today that the united states will withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. in a few moments, i will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating us nuclear sanctions on the iranian regime. european leaders are struggling to postpone the moment when they have to declare the nuclear deal dead. but if iran continues to breach its terms, angering the us, they may have no alternative. alice porter, bbc news. thousands of anti—government protesters have again taken to the streets of hong kong. they're protesting against a proposed controversial law change which would allow the extradition of citizens to the chinese mainland. demonstrators walked through a popular tourist area of hong kong to a train station
which links the former british colony to the chinese mainland. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, says labour should come out and support a second referendum, and he'd campaign to remain in the european union. mr mcdonnell is pressing the leader jeremy corbyn to "get on" with making the decision to support another public vote. it's believed labour lost support to both the liberal democrats and the brexit party in the recent european elections, because of confusion over its position on brexit. they've been comrades for years, but nowjohn mcdonnell says it's time forjeremy corbyn to quickly and decisively commit labour to another referendum and then campaignfor remain. we need to express a view now, which is clearly... as i've said, i will vote remain and i want to campaign for remain. whatjeremy is rightfully
doing, and this is one of the differences between us, ijust say let's get on with it but jeremy is much wiser, actually, saying, let's talk to people and bring them together down and build consensus and i go for it. echoing several other shadow cabinet members, john mcdonnell said labour had to clarify its position on brexit in time for a possible september election. so is all this aggravation causing civil war at the top of the party? oh, no. it is myth, it's rubbish and... you haven't been frozen out a bit? not at all. jeremy and i go back a0 years. we are the closest friends. but while much of the labour membership wants another referendum, there is also strong resistance. last month 26 labour mps in leave backing seats wrote a letter to jeremy corbyn saying another public vote would be toxic and urged him to back a brexit deal instead. with pressure growing onjeremy corbyn to clearly back another referendum, tomorrow trade union leaders are expected to meet
to discuss their stand on the issue. but it's not only brexit causing turmoil within the labour party, and this week the party's handling of anti—semitism allegations will again be under scrutiny. a panorama investigation will air on wednesday. the bbc has not released details of the programme, but on twitter the labour deputy tom watson said newspaper reports saying that ex—party staffers had beem warned not to break confidentiality agreements was futile and stupid. it is a very partial view from a few members of staff that have a political axe to grind. the bbc said labour was criticising a programme it hasn't seen and that the party has been given the opportunity to respond to the allegations in it. the divisions caused by labour's response to anti—semitism seem unlikely to heal soon. ben wright, bbc news. jodrell bank observatory in cheshire
has been awarded unesco world heritage status. it's home to the lovell telescope which has probing into the depths of space since 1957. the organisation says it embodies the value unesco places on the universality of science, and its ability to build international collaboration and foster peace. let's hear more from paco colomer, the director ofjive. which stands for the joint institute ofa which stands for the joint institute of a very long baseline interferometry european infrastructure consortium. thank you for joining infrastructure consortium. thank you forjoining us. i think you better explain what that title means. this is an international corporation of whichjodrell this is an international corporation of which jodrell bank observatory was a founding member. it involves up was a founding member. it involves up to 22 radio telescopes that are
around the globe and we work together to synthesise the instrument needed to observe the universe with the highest detail. the participation ofjodrell bank observatory which is an icon, not only because of the unesco heritage but also a state of the art facility nowadays, it is the core of the array in the uk which is part of the infrastructure worldwide called the european network. what we do atjive is the central organisation for this network of telescopes providing very nice results of the cosmic objects with very high resolution. what does this declaration of unesco status, what difference will it make? asi make? as i said, the fact thatjodrell
bank orany as i said, the fact thatjodrell bank or any scientific institution but this one in particular is recognised makes a lot of difference. everybody in the uk who knows what jodrell bank is, the no what the lovell telescope is but now there is possibility to get more insight into what operational research infrastructure is doing. this is not something of the past, this is not something that only looks nice in pictures, it's a beautiful telescope, by the way, but it is especially, a state of the art observatory, prime partner in collaborations around the world and, most importantly, a very nice link between the uk and the rest of europe. it has been going for decades, as you say. what's the most important aspect of what you are hoping to do now and in the years ahead?
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