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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president trump lashes out at one of his top medical advisers, but insists the pandemic is receeding. at least 29 people are killed in a is raid on an afghan prison, more than 300 inmates escape. not once but twice, the tanzanian miner, who's become a millionaire, after unearthing two of the largest gemstones ever found. we meet one of britain's greatist scientists, he unlocked the mysteries of the ozone layer, as he's just turned one 101.
hello, and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. president trump has again claimed the coronavirus outbreak in the united states is receding. the us, with 4% of the world's population, has suffered nearly 23% of total global deaths from the virus. mr trump has also criticised one of his own top medical advisers, dr deborah birx, who said the disease was now widespread across the us and a greater threat than when the outbreak first began. our correspondent peter bowes is in los angeles. peter, what has been the reaction to the president's latest claims? well, this is another example of the
president apparently disagreeing with one of the medical advisors that has been very close to him throughout this pandemic, doctor deborah birx, describing as pathetic an interview that she gave over the weekend in which she talked in very serious terms about a new phase of the pandemic in the united states, help people in rural areas werejust the united states, help people in rural areas were just as at risk from the virus as those in the big urban areas, the big cities like new york which, of course, at one stage was the epicentre of the outbreak, and it seems as if the president wasn't very pleased with the way that dr birx expressed herself, he was asked about this and he said that they did agree with each other and that he respected her, and again it's a case of president from criticising on the one hand but then praising on the other. perhaps leaving people confused, i think that is the
ta ke confused, i think that is the take away from this. a lot of people say they want better direction from the federal government over all, the president seemed to be very optimistic about how america was faring with the coronavirus. we are beginning to see evidence of significant progress nationwide, the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6% from the week before and the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7% to 8% over that same period of time, an encouraging sign, very encouraging, have to add that virus is receding. and when it comes to the election itself in november, the president still sewing doubts about the postal ballot system. what does he distrust it so much? he has talked at length about this and this is an example of what he is talking about. i live in los angeles county, got this through my letterbox today, attention voters, vote safely
attention voters, vote safely at home, make your voice heard, and this is just a leaflet to explain to people what is going to be happening later this year, how postal ballots will be sent to every home here in los angeles county and the neighbouring state of nevada stopping the president is unsure about it, he says because he believes that the post office can't cope and again he has cited coronavirus, the fact that a lot of people are receiving amazon puzzles at the moment and he believes that it seems the post office may be overwhelmed and could well distort the election result and as far as nevada is concerned, he is suggesting that he could in fact step and to stop these postal ballots. blue but universal male in ballots is going to be a great embarrassment to our country. would you consider an executive order on that? we haven't gotten there yet but we will see what happens. we will be nevada and that has really been taken nevada and that has really been ta ken care of. nevada and that has really been taken care of. we will probably file something tomorrow. interesting. more to say about
that, i'm sure he will have more to add. thank you for now though, peter bowes who is in los angeles for us. president trump has also been speaking about the video—sharing app tiktok, repeating that he'll shut the chinese—owned company down if it's not sold within six weeks. we'll have more on that in world business report in half an hour when i'll be speaking to thomas gift, lecturer of political science at university college london. within the past hour hurricane isaias has made landfall in north carolina. weather forecasters say the hurricane strengthened as it moved up the eastern coast of the us and now has wind speeds of over 85 miles an hour. it's also bringing heavy rain and storm surges to coastal areas. isaias caused damage to puerto rico and the dominican republic where it caused the death of two people. let's get some of the day's other news. the australian state
of victoria has announced harsh new penalties for residents who ignore orders to self—isolate because of the coronavirus. they'll face an on—the—spot fine of around usd$3,500 if they're caught. the state premier said there'd so far been 800 instances of people not being at home when they were supposed to be. latin america now has five million confirmed cases of covid—i9. colombia reported 10,000 new cases on monday alone. mexico has registered more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time, and has now overtaken britain as the country with the third—highest number of covid—i9 deaths. norway has stopped all cruise ships with more than a hundred people on board from disembarking at its ports, because of a covid—i9 outbreak. at least a0 passengers and crew on the ms roald amundsen have tested positive.
at least 29 people have been killed and around 300 prisoners have escaped after islamic state fighters attacked a jail in the afghan city ofjalalabad. it began with a car bomb on sunday and lasted 20 hours. a spokesman for the governor of nangarhar province, said all 11 attackers have been killed. ishleen kaur reports. this is what remains of the jail in jalalabad, the result of a 20—hour gun battle between afghan security forces and islamic state fighters. this jail housed nearly 1,700 prisoners, most of them is and taliban fighters. more than 1,000 escaped. most were recaptured but 300 remain on the run. translation: after the first explosion, many people were wounded here. i saw people with blood. then several other explosions
took place in the area. then the afghan security forces arrived and they took control of the area. translation: first the attack started the entrance gate of the prison. then the militants started firing from all sides of the prison. after they destroyed the wall of the prison by explosion. then the prisoners were trying to escape through this way. the attack happened on the final day of a temporary ceasefire between the afghan government and the taliban, but the islamic state group were not part of that agreement. afghanistan has seen a recent surge in violence, with most attacks claimed by is militants. while the group's strength might have reduced, experts say isis is trying to stage a comeback with attacks such as this jailbreak. ishleen kaur, bbc news. juan carlos, the former king
of spain, says he's leaving the country, weeks after he was linked to an investigation into allegations of corruption. in a letter to his son, king felipe, juan carlos said he'd taken the decision to help his heir carry out his duties as monarch. richard forrest reports. former king juan carlos, seen here swearing in the new spanish prime minister, is widely credited with steering spain from fascism to democracy. the country is to be ruled by a dictator, general franco, but after his death in 1975, two days later, princejuan carlos became king. and even though he'd sworn loyalty to franco, he appointed reformist prime minister adolfo suarez in 1976, and encouraged the revival of political parties, plus amnesty for political prisoners. in 1981, the king took swift action to stop a military coup which meant a socialist government came to power the following year. the liberal, modern,
democratic spain we know today is largely down to him, but there have been scandals. a corruption investigation involving his daughter's husband and the controversial elephant hunting trip during spain's financial crisis. consequently, he abdicated in 2014 after nearly a0 years as king, but the controversy has continued to follow him. spain's supreme court is investigating his alleged involvement in a high—speed rail contract in saudi arabia which went to spanish companies. it has led him to write a letter to his son, saying, "in the face of the public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating, i inform you of my decision at this time to leave spain." translation: i was totally surprised. i did not expect it at all, and the truth is, i think it's a bit of a rash decision because i think he should be judged like any other spanish citizen. translation: really bad.
he should leave spain when he returned everything he has stolen. when he leaves all the money here, he can leave. translation: if he has done it, he should pay for it and stay. he does not have to leave. if we are all equal before the constitution, why does he have to leave spain? translation: we think this is terrible because it turns out that this person has done a lot for spain, with his dark and bright moments obviously, but he has done more good than harm. i think that if he leaves it is because all these things that are being said which i don't understand. it's not clear where or when he will go, but the former monarch says he will be available if spanish prosecutors need to speak to him. a government investigation is underway into myanmar‘s worst jade mine landslide that killed more than 170 people dead. there is mounting pressure on the government to clean up the notoriously dangerous industry — that produces around
70% of the world's jade and generates billions of dollars. bbc burmese travelled to the remote area in kachin state to meet survivors searching for answers. rebecca henschke reports. offerings and prayers for the dead and the missing. killed in myanmar‘s with landslide, here in the world's biggest gayed mines. survivors say there was no warning. a wave of water, mud, and stones, suddenly engulfing them as they scavenged for leftoverjade in the pit. translation: scavenged for leftoverjade in the pit. translationzlj scavenged for leftoverjade in the pit. translation: i was pushed under, then flipped over and over in the water. stones we re and over in the water. stones were hitting me. i thought i was going to die. he managed to swim to safety, but his friends
didn't. translation: they were like my brothers. ifeel so guilty for being the one who survived. i wish this tragedy was just a survived. i wish this tragedy wasjust a bad dream. the deadly landslides happen almost every year here. the jade packers, small players and a multibillion dollar industry controlled by companies linked to the myanmar military and armed rebel groups. the government investigation team said there had been warnings of heavy rain and has upset survivors by saying those who died were greedy. translation: the government sent them to investigate but they are just blaming us when we are grieving. it hurts us deeply. we know we have to accept the consequences of the decision we make. rights group global
witness is calling for an independent probe, saying the disaster should shame the government into cleaning up the industry. this woman is still searching for her son. translation: i'm heartbroken, and compensation is only given to families who retrieve the bodies of their loved ones. despite the dangers, this man says when recovered, he will return to the pets. translation: i will run away before anything that happens again. others have already returned. working on the steep cliffs, knowing they could colla pse cliffs, knowing they could collapse at any time. amongst them, children. searching for them, children. searching for the precious stone. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
the tanzanian miner who's become a double millionaire after unearthing two of the largest gemstones ever found. the question was whether we want to save our people and japanese as well and win the war, or whether we want to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this
landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: president trump lashes out at one of his top medical advisers, but insists the pandemic is receeding. at least 29 people are killed in a raid on an afghan prison by is militants — more than 300 inmates escape. is this the luckiest man in the world? he's a miner from tanzania in africa who's found a rare gem worth millions of dollars for the second time in two months. paul hawkins has more.
one of the rarest gemstones on earth. samsonite is only found in northern tanzania. used to make ornaments, it is worth a lot of money. it comes in different colours and is very rare. what other chances you would find three tanzanite in three months, the answer is quite a few of this man. quite possibly the luckiest man ever. picking up a $2 million check from the government for his 6.3 kg rock of tanzanite. his word in two months. translation: kg rock of tanzanite. his word in two months. translationzlj would like to express my thanks to the government for the support they are giving us and ask them to continue providing us ask them to continue providing us small—scale miners with capacity. once they do it, small—scale miners are sure to get more tanzanite even bigger than this one. and he should know. in june, he than this one. and he should know. injune, he found two tanzanite
know. injune, he found two ta nzanite stones know. injune, he found two tanzanite stones weighing 15 kg in total and worth a cool $3.1; million. it turned him into a millionaire rock star overnight. translation: for the tax we are paying to the government on our mining activities, this money has contributed a lot to bring redevelopment to our community. clea n waters redevelopment to our community. clean waters for families in maasai land. now getting enough clea n water maasai land. now getting enough clean water and all households. all this comes from the money we pay in tax. back in june, the miner with four buyers said the miner with four buyers said the money wouldn't change him. he still plans to look after his 2000 cows. although he did slaughter want to celebrate. instead of a party, he is going to build a school and a health facility for his local community. paul hawkins, bbc news. time now for an update from our sport team. hello. fifa's deputy general secretary alasdair bell says he is "100% confident" president gianni infantino will face no criminal charges after legal proceedings were opened against him.
football's world governing body has already stated that infa ntino will remain in his role, despite the legal case started by prosecutors in switzerland. they're looking at alleged secret meetings between infantino and the swiss attorney general michael lauber, during an investigation into corruption surrounding fifa. lauber resigned last week, he and infantino deny any wrongdoing. most people would recognise if you go to meet the attorney general, if you go to meet the attorney general in britain, you think that you are in pretty safe hands. you don't think that you're going to be accused later of criminal wrongdoing for having met the attorney general. yet, this is the situation like a kind of alice in wonderland type situation wherein today. tour—level tennis has returned after a five—month absence due to the pandemic — as sixth seed donna vekic
of croatia beat aranksha rus of the netherlands in the first round of the wta palermo open in italy on monday. the world number 2a winning in straight sets in a match where both players had to handle their own towels of course, there are no showers on sit for the players either. a limited number of fans are allowed in the stadium — obviously no post—match hand shake allowed between the players once it was over, or signing autographs, straight in and out with a tap of the racket. they call it the richest game in football, worth over $210 million to the winner. brentford will play their london rivals fulham in the english championship playoff final on tuesday for a place in the premier league. brentford finished third in the championship and beat swansea to reach the final. thomas franks' side are looking to return to the top flight for the first time in over 70 years.
if you don't have those butterflies in your stomach, you don't have that feeling, then you're not in the right place and they will be the same for both teams. everybody will be nervous going to accommodate lateral and we look forward to that. we can't wait to play that. we can't wait to play that. and the cherry on the top of the cake would have been with the fans of course, we'll know that. that is one of the biggest games in the world. england's cricketers will be looking for a clean sweep in the third and final match of their one day series against ireland which takes place in southampton on tuesday. england say they won't be changing their style of play, despite a couple of less than convincing perfomances with the bat in their last two wins. ireland will need to improve in that department too if they're to avoid a series whitewash. and finally — swedish world record holder mondo duplantis, who a few months ago during lockdown provided pretty much the only sporting action we were seeing at the time by taking part in a pole vaulting competition in his garden — is back at it again.
here in his parents back garden in louisiana where he used to practice as a child, and where he's mastered how to avoid landing on the neighbours brick wall. the 20—year—old has been preparing for next year's olympics in tokyo where he'll be hoping to raise the bar and win gold. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. from me and the rest of the team, that is your tuesday sport briefing. and we thank them for that. one hundred is the new sixty, at least according to james lovelock, one of britain's greatest scientists. he's famous for developing the gaia hypothesis and for revealing the chemicals that were destroying the ozone layer. and those are just a couple of the insights and inventions he came up with during his extremely long career. he's just celebrated his 101st birthday and our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt, has been to visit him at his home in the south west of england.
james lovelock‘s greatest insight was that the world is a self—regulating system. it was the early 70s and he was working at nasa on the first space probes. i suddenly have a vision of the earth as a com plete vision of the earth as a complete chemical reactor, not an inert, just lump of rock and water and whatnot buzzing around the sun in space. and that was the gaia hypothesis. it is the life that keeps a co nsta nt. it is the life that keeps a constant. the problem is, mankind is upsetting the balance, pumping more carbon dioxide into the system that the earth can absorb. we are playing a very dangerous game. it is direct interference with one of the major regulating mechanisms of gaia. in the
past, he has warned that humanity is doomed but having just turned 101, it seems james lovelock is in optimistic mood. most of the more advanced countries have already —— are already deep into alternative energy, nuclear, all sorts of things. things that give us energy without upsetting the regulation of the earth. i mean, we know how to do it and we. we learn but slowly. even coronavirus doesn't seem to worry him much. he sees it in scientific terms, a consequence of evolution. we have an opportunity with the virus. if you go on boarding up the population, it is almost inevitable that something is going to say, gee, there is a lot of stuff to eat there. let's go and get it. don't be afraid to ask the big questions is his advice to young scientists. treat science like
art, in other words, scientists. treat science like art, in otherwords, don't expect to make a living from it. enjoy it. that is certainly how james lovelock treated his career and at the beginning of his second century, he is as cheerful as ever. i have never been so happy. i had always thought the moment you passed a hundred, life started going downhill and it was misery and staggering all over the place. well i may stagger about a bit andi well i may stagger about a bit and i couldn't care less. it is really enjoyable. what a great attitude to life. let's remind you of our top story this hour. president trump is saying the virus is receding in the united states, that's a day after one of his top medical advisor says it is widespread across the country and perhaps in the worst place they had ever been. mixed m essa 9 es they had ever been. mixed messages once again coming from the white house. i will be back
ina the white house. i will be back in a moment with all of the top business story so do stay with us. hello there. we've got mixed fortunes of weather for tuesday. it does look like like low pressure moving into northern and western parts of the uk will bring quite a lot of cloud, wind and also rain. it's going to be very wet for parts of northern ireland and western scotland through the day, but it will be drier the further south and east that you are, with more sunshine and it will feel warmer too. so this is the culprit, this area of low pressure, moving in off the atlantic, starts to bring the rain initially to northern ireland, and then to scotland. there's quite a few isobars on the chart so it's going to be pretty windy too. so initially that rain, heavy. you can see the brighter colours in there for northern ireland, pushing across the irish sea, into the far north of england, but mainly into scotland. and it's western scotland, the western highlands,
which is going to see the rain really piling up by the end of the day. a windy day to come as well — 40, maybe 50 mile an hour gusts across the north—west. a breezy day further south but, like i mentioned, the further south that you are, the better chance of staying dry, seeing the sunshine and feeling warmer. 23—24 degrees here. bit disappointing further north — the mid to upper teens celsius. through tuesday night that rain begins to slip its way southwards a bit, into much of northern england, into north wales as well. there'll be further spots of rain further north, but drier across southern areas. we'll start to import a milder, more humid air mass from the south—west, so temperatures not falling much below 15 degrees for tuesday night. into wednesday, we've still got this area of low pressure and the weather fronts. again, it's going to be a breezy day. there'll be a lot of cloud, and some mist and murk across northern and western areas. looks like we'll start to see some rain also pushing across the irish sea, into wales and the western parts of england but, again, the further south and east that you are, although breezy, it's going to be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine. and we're really importing some warmer air now, so 25, 26 degrees is possible.
a little bit warmer as well further north. what happens is, towards the end of the week, these weather fronts become squeezed out and fade away as this area of high pressure builds in over the near continent, and then we really start to tap in to some hot air, which is across spain and france, on the southerly wind, and that warmth advance its way northwards, pretty much across the whole country through thursday and in particular into friday. so a warmer day thursday for all and friday, with some good spells of sunshine. it will turn hot again in the south—east. probably the peak of the heat through friday and into the start of the weekend.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president trump weighs in on microsoft's bid to buy tiktok, and asks for a contribution for doing so! not fit for takeover? could the european commission put the brakes on google's attempts to buy fitbit? and, the chinese university students graduating only to find outjob opportunities have all but dried up.
we begin with the video—sharing app tiktok, the fastest—growing social media platform in the world with hundreds of millions of users. the chinese—owned company has run into political hot water, it's been banned in india and president trump has threatened to do the same in the us, forfear its data could be used by the chinese government. this has forced the app to ditch plans to establish its headquarters in the us, tiktok had been expected to pick california or new york, where it already has offices and the company has always denied it passes data on to authorities in beijing. now london is a strong contender for its global hq as james clayton reports.
these are the kinds of viral dancers that have made tech took a hit. the whole platform is designed to bring out your creative side stop you can digitally age yourself or have fabulous imac up. there's a green screen options so you can your own presenter, pointing to different facts and figures on the screen stopping the other thing you can do on tiktok is thing you can do on tiktok is thing along with your mates by do anything with them by splitting the screen. and young people in particular have fallen in love with the app. tiktok is pretty secretive about its usual figures but one company estimates that the app has been downloaded more than 2 billion times globally. that 600 million in india, 165 million times in the us and an estimated 30 million times in the uk. but look beyond the laughter and its detractors believe that tiktok has a far darker side stopping that farfrom tiktok has a far darker side stopping that far from it being a sweet, innocent social media platform, that it might be being used by the chinese
government to spy on people. it has already been banned by india and today trump set an ultimatum to the american arm of the business. i set a date of the business. i set a date of around september 15 at which point it is going to be out of business in the united states, but if somebody, and whether it is microsoft or somebody else buys it, that will be interesting. the main theory that parliamentarians and governments around the world have about tiktok is that the company will be forced by the chinese communist party to share data with the chinese government and that happens without necessarily them having the consent of the users that are using the app around the world. tiktok says that it would never share any data with beijing. trump's actions, though, give london an opportunity. tiktok is looking foran hq opportunity. tiktok is looking for an hq outside of the us and london is tiktok‘s global office. if it were to move its home to the uk it would cement
london's place as a tech heavyweight that some mps have their concerns. i would welcome a deep dive by government into whether the app is secure, whether the app is secure, whether we should be doing what the things that other countries are doing, india, australia is considering, or decide that it is safe. there will be concerns too for tiktok after the british government changed tack on huawei's involvement in the uk's sg on huawei's involvement in the uk's 5g network after pressure from the us. but the uk could be the future home of the world's faster growing social media platform. that is certainly a prize, but it is a prize not without risk. as you heard in that report microsoft is looking to buy the us operations of tiktok, with president trump saying the us treasury should benefit from the sale if it were to go ahead. joining me now is thomas gift, lecturer of political science at ucl. good morning thomas, good to
see you. how would that work, the us treasury getting some sort of payment for seeing through a purchase of tiktok, and other global aspects of the business? i have to say, sally, i think dispatch by donald trump court officials by surprise and i'm not sure if there is a real precedent for its. a lot of the details that how this would actually operate have not been disclosed at this point and so to a large extent i think is anyone's yes what the logistics would look like. this does remind me a little bit of kind of the contractual approach that donald trump often approach that donald trump ofte n ta kes approach that donald trump often takes to these sort of policy issues, where he often thinks that the us government is entitled to a cut, so at this point i think it is very much an open question how this would work. he is saying they will be out of business in the us by september the 15th unless a deal is done. is tiktok cornered here? well, sally, trunk has really been tangling
with china since day one of his presidency and i think we should view the tiktok case as pa rt should view the tiktok case as part of this longer ongoing economic confrontation between washington and beijing stopping there are clear parallels about how trump is addressing tiktok and how he has addressed other chinese tech giants such as huawei without concerns have been raised about data privacy and us national security interest. but it does seem like tiktok has been boxed into a corner here, and made ultimately to feel like they have no other option but to sell a share of the company to microsoft. and is at a given that all security fears go away if microsoft earns the us business? that's a really great question. i'm sure microsoft is absolutely doing its best to allay any concerns and mitigate any of these challenges that will inevitably arise if they do take over part of this company. it is not a foregone conclusion, simply because there are so many linkages between china and the united
states, but microsoft, i think, isa states, but microsoft, i think, is a reputable company, certainly they would have a really strong interest in maintaining these data privacy concerns and so it seems to be the case, at least right now that donald trump is confident that donald trump is confident that if they take over part of the company that that will be satisfactory. and just briefly thomas, what are the for international users of tiktok if us users are safe, what about uk users, the users around the world where it is still in other hands? exactly, and we have already seen this ban in india stop you do think that the same challenges are going to arise and other western democracies, including right here in the uk. certainly these challenges are not isolated to the united states, they are broader concerns about data privacy, sensitive datasharing, and what kind of information users are actually handing over to the company which could ultimately end up conceivably in the hands of the
chinese government. so these are real concerns, they are ongoing concerns and they are wa nt ongoing concerns and they are want that each nation is going to have to grapple with. thomas, good to have you in the programme so early, thanks for getting up for us stopping thomas gift therefrom ucl. let's stay on the subject of data. google agreed to purchase the health tracker fitbit in november 2019 for a cool $2.1 billion, but the deal has since faced regulatory hurdles. later today it's expected to be announced that google's bid will face a full—scale eu antitrust investigation. google said last year that, "fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for google ads," saying the deal is "about devices, not data." but privacy advocacy groups argue google could exploit fitbit‘s data collection capabilities to strengthen its online advertising business. joining me now is ross sleight,
chief strategy officer at global digital agency somo. ross, good to see you. this is becoming a real theme, isn't it with mackay don't know if you heard my conversation with thomas, talk us through the deal between google and fitbit. do you believe google when they say it is not about the data? do you believe google when they say it is not about the data ?|j think that the device marketplace, and wearable devices are growing rapidly. there's half a billion people on this planet with a wearable connected device, so you can understand when your major competitors like apple which has the lion's share of that market and also some of the chinese manufacturers, are in a position whereby google are thinking, i need to be in this marketplace, it's important for my business moving forward, but the data is really at the heart of this. google has extensive experience of categorising and minding and monetising data, and the question really here is, is this a play to be in the
wea ra ble is, is this a play to be in the wearable hardware space or is this about getting data to be able to accelerate their digital health forms. it is a real concern, isn't it, to a great degree that those of us who use google in so many ways already, will it make a difference if we got a fitbit on our rest? i think that the point being here is that this is about, is the state are going to be accessible by other companies, or is it going to be held behind what is a monopoly wall igoogle. what is that mean when you have got very personal data, everything from your health to your sleep patterns, what does that mean and what is going to be used, what is that going to be used, what is that going to be useful? is it going to be used in consumer's best interest? this is what the european commission are really starting to ask questions about now, which is what is the usage of this data and is that data going to be accessible, rather than as this just going to be used for an advertising play, because i think as you have already said, google has conceded that advertising is not going to be used for fitbit data. is more about who is
going to have access to this data and what is it going to be utilised for? that is the what of questions which the commission are looking at. and when you come to this anti—trust investigation, how long could this take and what extent will it stymie google's had to get hold of it but soon? i think we're going to hear the results, believe on the fourth of august from the initial viewpoint on the commission. i think there is going to be a long—running place. what the commissionerfound long—running place. what the commissioner found in the long—running place. what the commissionerfound in the past is when they investigated competitive activity and they've levied there very large fines, google has been fined three times by the commission for 8.25 euros billion. that has dragged on in court over a long, long time, so the european commission are looking at being able to take google and say this is either gonna go forward with very strict regulations around it or we are ina regulations around it or we are in a position where we are going to have to say that the deal can't go forward any
further. all right, ross sleight, thank you. good to speak to you well this morning. let's get some of the day's other news. the strict coronavirus lockdown in melbourne, australia has been stepped up — with officials ordering the temporary closure of all non—essential shops and businesses. it means an additional 150,000 workers are being forced to stay at home. a nightly curfew was brought in yesterday. zoom says it will suspend direct sales of new or upgraded products to china as the company distances itself from its operation on the mainland. instead, it will only offer its video conferencing services via third—party partners starting later this month. the video conferencing company has come under scrutiny of human rights activists and privacy advocates. this is how the pandemic has changed the workplace. we now log longer hours. we attend more meetings with more people. and, we send more emails. that's the findings of a survey ofjust over three million people at more than 21,000
companies across 16 cities in north america, europe and the middle east. the survey was done by harvard business school and new york university. as you heard, australia's second largest city is in massive lockdown. but today we had some economic data from down—under. let's go to our asia business hub where sharanjit leyl is following the story. nice to see you sharanjit. how is the australian economy doing? you mentioned melbourne and we know melbourne is in victoria and victoria may have declared a state of disaster this week following that relentless search and coronavirus infections but despite that, and the concerns about just how badly despite that, and the concerns aboutjust how badly the pandemic has impacted much of the global economy, australia has actually reported some good as well as some bad news. i will start with the good news and that is really the fact that australia's exporters have been going gangbusters thanks to demand from china for things
like i ore and other resources. its balancing goods and services, it came in at $8.2 billion. that is falling slightly short of expectations but still, it is growing as we re but still, it is growing as were imports, which was at about 1% stopping the country also shipped out more goods as also shipped out more goods as a mention, exports jumping about 3%. catherine birch is a senior economist from anz and says the bank had been factoring in this trade surplus. we have been recording pretty solid trade surpluses for several months now and a lot of thatis several months now and a lot of that is due to the resources exports. things like iron or in particular. as china's economy is really recovering earlier than most of the rest of the world given they went through the worst of the health of covid—19 earlier, things like increased infrastructure investment and other stimulus measures. that is actually supporting demand for australian economies like iron
ore. and that was catherine birch talking about the trade surplus and actually there was the bad news which i will tell you now. for the second quarter, retail sales fell on those three months, sales volumes suffering their biggest ones in two decades and a quarter. israeli retailers facing a huge consumption drought as victoria, which of course is the country's second—biggest state in terms of economy and population, it's locking down to fight the coronavirus. the larger than expected drop suggests that consumer spending will be a drag on growth figures in the june quarter. we know australia has got nearly 19,000 two cases and hundreds of fatalities but this is far fewer than other developed nations. it did things by earlier on, imposed international borders and social distancing restrictions on mass virus testing. as the countryside is reopened in the last few weeks, this is when we
have seen these community transmissions rising in victoria which has recorded triple digit new cases for weeks now and now has the bulk of the infections in the country. so certainly on to watch. absolutely, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the chinese university students graduating only to find out job opportunities have all but dried up. it's a very important day for stu d e nts it's a very important day for students in scotland whose exams were cancelled because of coronavirus. they will find out today what grades they've been awarded. over 130,000 students are finding out their grades in highers and nationals. the results will be based on estimates from their teachers but it's thought there could be a rise in the number of appeals. scientists are warning that the uk's contact tracing system isn't good enough to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus when schools
re—open in a few weeks. in a study published today in the journal, the lancet child & adolescent health, they say their findings should be a wake—up call to the government, and not an excuse to keep classrooms shut. the queen has paid tribute to the british red cross on its 150th anniversary, describing its work as valued and greatly appreciated. an online exhibition of 150 objects, including a letter from florence nightingale, has been put together to mark the occasion. you are with bbc news. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: president trump lashes out at one of his top medical advisers for saying the outbreak is now a greater threat than when it began. he insists the pandemic is receeding. at least 29 people were killed in a raid on an afghan
prison by is militants. more than 300 inmates escape. university graduates in china are finding it hard to land jobs in the big cities. a fragile recovery from the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year at home and abroad has dried up opportunities in busy hubs like shanghai. that has seen some graduates head back home, but not all and china's government is sensitive to the fact that many of the roughly 9 million new grads are having a hard time finding work. our shanghai correspondent robin brant has more. when it once door another door opens. apparently. it is not happening though for this man. he hasjust finished happening though for this man. he has just finished three yea rs he has just finished three years studying mechanical engineering but the jobhunting is hard. so hard that he is packing up and leaving shanghai, one of china's
richest cities to head home to hubei where there are floods, the aftermath of clothes, and he hopes, a job. before that though there was a last supper of sorts with his university remotes. they are among roughly 9 million new graduates looking for work in china. if they can't find work, it's not just bad if they can't find work, it's notjust bad for them, it's bad for china's communist party leaders who worry incessantly about stability.
there have been cash handouts from the government and some tax incentives to for companies looking to hire because growing dissent among educated but out of work graduates is something the party's is very sensitive to. china is a busy place once more. the powerhouse of world economic growth is in a rush to recover but it is fragile. this man is different to his friends song. he has chosen to stay. on the day we met, he had fourjob interviews coming up. china's class of 2020 was already facing a slowing economy, then a corona came along. rising unemployment is now the main concern here, particularly graduates with more time on their hands to play instead of work. robin brandt, bbc news shanghai. it's
very tough at the moment for many but there are those who have money to invest but where do you put it in this current environment? the price of gold is aproaching a record $2,000 an ounce, as investors hunt for safe haven investments in these uncertain times. but where will you get a decent return in the current environment? joining me now is marc 0stwald, chief economist & global strategist at adm isi. good to see you, mark. good morning. are not surprised at all to hear the price of gold is going up. we can think of many reasons why this happens in uncertain times. it is very unusual now to try and make some money anywhere? yes. we have been living in a long era of financial prosperity since the global financial crisis with super low interest rates. low interest rates means people have to work much harder when they are looking at their investments. gold at the moment, the opportunity cost of
holding it, and by that i mean what interest are you missing out on because gold does not generate, is a natural place. but i think really people need to be looking now at what the opportunities in what is going to bea opportunities in what is going to be a radically changed world is going to be. so some of the green investments, particularly things which people haven't been looking at too closely up until now, like anything hydrogen cell related. but the biggest problem that people have with their safe haven investments is what is a safe haven when we really have no idea what the global economic outlook is going to be and the more — the more coronavirus keeps countries in lockdown, the more people are going to be that much more defensive but they don't really know where to look given the traditional safe havens, like government bonds,
deposits, don't actually generate any returns. so it is a big conflict and it has been for a very, very long time. so it is actually, basically, mostly about trying to work out where the opportunities are going to be in terms of technology getting a much bigger burst from this than people had actually thought beforehand. i mean obviously there is the obvious like shares in companies that are coming up with a covid—19 vaccine, that kind of thing, this sort of environment. but thatis this sort of environment. but that is very short—term thinking isn't it? and when you say super low interest rates, in many cases it is negative interest rates isn't it? i mean it is just unprecedented times. so for people like you, the money managers, you're going to have to be savvier than ever is surely to look after a pensions? yes and that is where the biggest challenges. there are certainly going to be plenty of government to invest in because we are piling up government that like there is no tomorrow night as part of
the reason why we are also piling into gold. i think it really is actually also about looking at things in a country by country basis. which countries are actually responding in the correct way and saying we have got opportunities here to have a much better education system for a new world which is going to be radically changed. education is an area where people can invest enormously, both in the means of delivery, i.e. digitally, as well as in what sorts of things we need to know about. so it is about a lot of lateral thinking at the moment. alright, sorry marked interru pts moment. alright, sorry marked interrupts you. i'm loving picking your brain i have to say but we are out of time. thank you mark for being on the program and sharing some of your expertise and he is absolutely right, we're going to have to think very differently about a lot of things due to this global pandemic. thank you very much for company.
you can reach me on twitter and if you watching bbc one, you willjoin breakfast if you watching bbc one, you will join breakfast and if you watching bbc one, you willjoin breakfast and a few minutes and if you are on world news, i will be back. hello there. we've got mixed fortunes of weather for tuesday. it does look like like low pressure moving into northern and western parts of the uk will bring quite a lot of cloud, wind and also rain. it's going to be very wet for parts of northern ireland and western scotland through the day, but it will be drier the further south and east that you are, with more sunshine and it will feel warmer too. so this is the culprit, this area of low pressure, moving in off the atlantic, starts to bring the rain initially to northern ireland, and then to scotland. there's quite a few isobars on the chart so it's going to be pretty windy too. so initially that rain, heavy. you can see the brighter colours in there for northern ireland, pushing across the irish sea, into the far north of england, but mainly into scotland. and it's western scotland, the western highlands, which is going to see the rain really piling up by the end of the day.
a windy day to come as well — 40, maybe 50 mile an hour gusts across the north—west. a breezy day further south but, like i mentioned, the further south that you are, the better chance of staying dry, seeing the sunshine and feeling warmer. 23—24 degrees here. bit disappointing further north — the mid to upper teens celsius. through tuesday night that rain begins to slip its way southwards a bit, into much of northern england, into north wales as well. there'll be further spots of rain further north, but drier across southern areas. we'll start to import a milder, more humid air mass from the south—west, so temperatures not falling much below 15 degrees for tuesday night. into wednesday, we've still got this area of low pressure and the weather fronts. again, it's going to be a breezy day. there'll be a lot of cloud, and some mist and murk across northern and western areas. looks like we'll start to see some rain also pushing across the irish sea, into wales and the western parts of england but, again, the further south and east that you are, although breezy, it's going to be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine. and we're really importing some warmer air now, so 25, 26 degrees is possible. a little bit warmer as well further north. what happens is, towards the end of the week,
these weather fronts become squeezed out and fade away as this area of high pressure builds in over the near continent, and then we really start to tap in to some hot air, which is across spain and france, on the southerly wind, and that warmth advance its way northwards, pretty much across the whole country through thursday and in particular into friday. so a warmer day thursday for all and friday, with some good spells of sunshine. it will turn hot again in the south—east. probably the peak of the heat through friday and into the start of the weekend.
good morning. welcome to breakfast with louise minchin and charlie stayt. our headlines today: the first students in the uk to get their grades, after this year's exams were cancelled — it's results day for more than 130,000 scottish students. a warning that the uk's test and trace system isn't good enough to prevent a second wave of coronavirus cases, when schools across the uk reopen. a perfect storm — hays travel is the latest to announce redundancies, blaming the latest travel restrictions, and the furlough scheme winding down. the numbers keep coming. how many more jobs will go? the most lucrative game in football —