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woman: this is "bbc world news america." is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs; and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. prosecutors charge billionaire
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jeffrey stein with sex trafficking. they say he knew his victims were underage. >> the alleged behavior shocks the conscience. and while the charged conduct is from a number of years ago, it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims. laura: president trump says the u.s. won't work wh britain's ambassador to washington after he calls the white house dysfunctional. plus, the returning heroes. the world cup champion u.s. team baarrive in america as the nation gets ready to celebrate their victory. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america." american billionaire jeffrey ckstein has been charged with running a sex trafg scheme involving underage girls. his social circle once included
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president bill clinton and donald trump.l the controversea deal in florida meant epstein neverch faced similages there. federal prosecutors in new york say he enticed minors to his manhattan and florida mansions.o >> thiuct as alleged went on for years and it involved dozens of young girls, some as young as 14 years old at the time they were allegedly abused. as alleged, epstein was well aware that many of his victims were minors. not surprisingly, many of the underage girls epstein allegedly victimized were particularly vulnerable to exploitation. laura: mr. epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges. the bbc's nada tawfik has been following the case from new york and should joito me earlier. started by asking her what police found in mr. epstein's home this past weekend. nada: we got a really good look
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into some of the evidence prosecutors will be armed with if this does go to trial when they executed twat search ant at mr. epstein's house, they found specific corroborating evidence that really showed that the victims' statements were accurate.pl for ex they talked about young girls being led into ait private rooma massage table. they found the massage table in place just as it was 15 years ago. they also in mr. epstein's safe found what they said was if not thousands of nude images of females, many of them underage girls. they were on cds labeled with things such as "young nude pics." prosecutors have all of this, and it would certainly feature highly in any trial. urura: nada, what was the told about mr. epstein being a flight risk? nada: well, prosecutors ared riat mr. epstein should be detained pending a, and
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they said it was because he had limitless resources, that he had two private plan, international connections, andth money to spare he would find it in his interest to flee before a trial concluded. they also said he did not have any family ties, no immediate family, no wife, no kids tying him here. they urged the judge to not do what his lawyer recommended by putting an electronic monitoring bracelet or something else because prosecutors thought that would give tm a head start if mr. epstein tried to flee but it wouldn't prevent it. agai them really honing in onct the hat he has a limitless amount of wealth and motivation to escape any trial. laura: nada tawfik, thank you. for more on the case, i'm joined by joseph moreno, a former justice department official and federal prosecutor. perhap federal prosecutors are essentially reviving his sex
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crimes ce against mr. epstein many years later. joseph: sure, laura. we will hear a lot from the defense about this was a resuscitated prosecution, that these are old chars and this is a do over of what happened in florida many years ago. there is a number of reasons why ument is when you face a very uphill battle. first of all, that was conduct completely in florida, the southern district ofeglorida that aly took place in the early 2000s. if you look in the indictment unsealed in new york, it takes great pains to detail the fact that thesellegations took ace in new york. they touch on florida as well,ey but ocused largely on allegations of sex trafficking and underage prostitution in neo . that is done very strategically. e her thing is that the nonprosecution agreements that was entered into with mr. epstein in florida only limits prosecutors in florida. it is not bind prosecutors in new york. they are free to run with these
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charges. laura:a why was that secret p deal that mr. epstein entered into in florida -- by the way, the now-labor secretary alex acosta was the chief lawyer in florida back -- why is it so controversial? seph:oe it reallys to the heart of what resonates with a lot of people, which is that while our justices to is largely seen as really good, and times it appears -- certape times it aps that the rich and the powerful will get deals that perhaps the ordinary and not so powerful will not get. this seems like it could be a situation where you have allegations of literally dozens of victimsgainst mr. epstein in florida and he essentially got a slap on the wrist, 12 or 13 months in a local state penitentiary, sex offender gistration -- that is serious, of course, but it could have frbeen decades in ge what he was facing back then. it goes to the heart of whether or not our justice system is fair for everyone. laura: whatma do yo of the
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fact that federal prosecutors are saying that more of stretching's alleged -- mr. epstein's alleged victims are coming forward now? joseph: that is not uncommon. it is typical in tcase like tht you have the initial indictment that is unsealed in merely upon arrest. that is what we see in new york currently. we learned about the raid on his this morning and possib additional victims coming forward. it is very likely you will see a supersedindiindictment, onal charges that will come in the coming weeks and months before a such ti trial is held. laura: what about the defense? we will hear from mr. epstein's team that he has already been tried. joseph: again, he can try that, but different jurisdiction,of different typeharges, an agreement in florida not binding new york, no statute of limitations can which means that even if these actions are old, there is nodi time limit b the government as to when they can bring charges, as there are for unrelated cases. i think he can try that. i don't think he will get a lot of mileage.
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these are just charges, they have not been proved yet. athat eating said, th extremely serious. laura: tristan morr o, thank you ining us. president trump says the u.s. will no longer do with britain' ambassador to washington. that came after a leak of diplomatic cables from sir kim darroc, where he discovered the white house as inept and incompetent. britain's government hed defehe right of its ambassadors to speak their minds. nick bryant has more. nick: at a personal level it has looked more like a special relationship. the reserved vicar's daughter alongside the brash manhattan tycoon. although this is not the first time donald trump has criticized theresa may, it is his most brutal assault yet. "i've been very critical about the way the u.k. and prime mister theresa may handled brexit," he fumed on twitter. "what a mess she and her representatives have creed. told her how it should be done, but she decided to go
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another way. i do not know the ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of in the u.s. we will no longer deal with him. the good news for the wonderful isited kingdom is they will soon have a new prime mr. while i thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent state visit last month, it was the queen i was most impssed with." the ambassador he is referring to is sir kim darroch, whose leaked secret messages the -- describe donald trump and his administration as inept, insecure, and incompetent. yesterday the president singled out the ambassador for criticism. pres. trump: he has not served the u.k. well, i can tell you that. we are not big fans of that man and he has not served the u.k. well. uni carstand it. i can say things about him, but i won't bother nick: now he has broadened his
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attack. his tweet tirade came hor s aferesa may said she had full faith in sir kim but did not agree with his views. her spokesman described the week -- leak has absolutely unacceptable and said the contact witet a the white house. meanwhile, a whitehall whodunit as the foreign office mounted an investigation to find out who leaked the emails, and just as importantly, why. as far sir kim, he seems safe in a job he will leave anyway. >> it is a personal view, and there will be many people in this building who don't agree twith t view, and indeed i don't agree with some of the views we saw in those letters. i have administration is highly effective. we have the warmest of relationships and a based on standing up for shared talues. nick: during histe visit to london, before tea with thewa prince of s, donald trump shook hands with the ambassado' he'now made persona non grata.
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clearly he still has fond memories of the pageantry at the palace, where he wenof his way to show respect for the british monarchy. but rarely has an american president displayed such public disdain for a british prime minister. nick bryant,bc news, washington. laura: the british government has just said in a statement that sir kim darroch engine to have the prime minister's full support. in other news from around the world, the leader of the center-right party increase, kyriakos mitsotakis,as heen sworn in as primete minisr after a snap election on sunday. he says he wants to lower taxes and privatize more public services and renegotiate a deal with greece's creditors to allow greater investment. deutsche bank has begun laying off some of the8,000 staff they announced lose jobs on as sunday part of a major shakeup.
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staff in london, new york, in and tokyo were told their posts were going. a spokesperson said the changes would make the bank leaner and stronger. e is not clear where all jobs will be lost. s iran is raising its lev uranium enrichment, breaching the terms of the nuclear deal. the eu has urged iran to reverse the decision, while the u.s. administration which with the deal says it has launcheprthe strongessure campaign in history against the regime. as tensions spiral in the region, iran's foreign minister accused the u.k. of piracy after a tanker was seized last week. for more i was joined earlier by a former national security council official who is e ceo of greenwich media strategies. at do you make of iran breaching these limits on its uranium enrichment? who is it trying to get something out of, the europeans or u.s.? >> both of them. at the end of the day, iran is
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trying to increase its leverage for negotiations uwhimately, but they are communicating is they want sanctions relief from the united states. t in the near tey want economic concessions from the eu. a ha argued again and said that if the eu cannot deliver economic concessions to them in another 60 days, they willco inue to breach the iran nuclear deal. laura: seems like a strange way to get concessions from the eu by threatening to breach the deal. th i would agree with you, except i don'k that is how iran thinks. way they view it is they will try to give themselves as much leverage as possible, and the leverage is having their nuear program. by having that leverage going into a potential deal and certain diplomatic talks at some point inime, whenever that might be, they will be able to say we have this dangling and we will continue increasing our level of enrichment, continue increasing our stockpile, or breaking other parts of the deal unless we get what we want. it is how they do business versus how we do business.
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laura: meanwhile, the u.s. is trying to force iran to the negotiating table. do you see that working? hagar: well, i s it work in 2014 when i was at the treasury department as spokesperson for the division that imposed sanctions. that was ultimately the sanctions that brought iran to the negotiating table. it was a key part during negoations. in fact, we held certain sanctions on hold while the talks were happening until we reached a deal. it is very likely that it happens now. the key thinto remember is that what president trump is trying to do by abdicating from the deal and increasing the sanctions even further than they were under president obama is to give himself more leverage to pursue a deal that would encompass all of iran's bad behavior, not just the nuclear program. urura: how much are these sanctions really hng iran and the people? hagar: they are already feeling the effect of them.
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in particular it is the oil sanctions. that is what brought iran to the negotiating table in td. first ro it is where they feel the pain now. on top of it, the tru h administrati made it more difficult for oil sales, given that they have allowtw waivers give countries that import oil they have allowed those to expire. tthey cannot impot oil. iran is feeling theel pinch g it even faster than it was the first round back in 2014. those sanctions had been in place since 2006, where it had been a buildup of sanctions. they will be even faster now. laura: thank you so much for joining us. hagar: thank you for having me. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's m,progow the threat of deforestation in the amazon is hurting one of the planet's best natural defenses against climate change. a south african man who was due to be theirst black african in
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space has died in a motorbike accident. he beat one million en trants to a space academy in the united states. he was still on saturday before he had a chance to fulfill his dream. many souths afric are paying tribute to him on social media. more on this story from johannesburg. reporter: he had big dreams. would have been the first black african in space, but was killed before making this dream a reality. he a died in a motorbiident on sunday. -- saturday. a pilot and biker, he described himself as a typical boy from the township, but many believed in attributes on social media, he was described as extraordinary, a dreamer, and an inspiration. at his home, the 30-year-old said he wanted the flight to
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inspire all africans tshow them that anything was possible. he trained for a week at the kennedy space center in florida, preparing for the suborbital flight, originally scheduled for 2015. in the last two years, he has been working with various charities as well as public speaking. he wanted to inspire schoolchildren to anudy science technology. cethe sn and had not happened at the time of his -- should had not happened at the time of his passing, but it is believed to still be in the work. in earlier interviews, he said he wanted the flight to be a vi he had to take a south african flag with him along with a map ofa. afr
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laura: the amazon rain forest represents one of the biggest sources fortu cng carbon dioxide on the planet. st how significant is the rain forest in limiting the rising global temperatures? r ience editor david shukman is not the -- has met thewa scientist s been measuring its significance to the natural world. david: this must be the hardest way to investigate why the trees of the amazon are so important, climbing right up into them. down on the ground, a scientist is asking for samples le the es. her assistant, way up above, cuts away a few branches and throws them down. according to erica, understanding the forest is vital.
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>> for me it is really important because the amazon cspeak up. the trees caot speak up. they cannot say that they are worth it. and they have value, they are really important. so i have made this my life. david: erica has studied the same batch of trees for 10 years now, measuring exactly how they ffare growing and how theyt the climate. >> they are helping us for free to remove carbon from the atmosphere and put it in the forest and lock it up in here. david: this matters to the whole world because of the s of this forest. le have used graphics to show how the billions oes are breathing in carbon dioxide, a gas which is heating up the planet. as human activity keeps adding moreond more carbon dioxide t the air, magnificent trees like this pull a lot of it in.
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but chop it down and burn it, carbon that has been stored inside over the many years is released back into the atmosphere, which increasespthe d of global warming. in the last few months, the rate of deforestation here has suddenly ireased. the new government of brazil wants to encourage development, creating fields where there used ch be forest. erica's resears all the more urgent. in this lab she studies the leaves collected from the forest to work out how much carbon amazon holds. it is the equilent of america burning fossil fuels for nearly a century. >> 97 years of the u.s. fossil fuel emissions, that is how mu carbon there is in this place. a big tree might store three to of carbon. it is a lot of carbon. david: but the forest is about more than carbon and climate change. it is home to an extraordinary
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variety of creatures. >> it is so wonderful, it is so full of life. it is just so beautiful. to lose it, it is never going to come back again. we're never going to be able to build an aman. it is going to be gone forever. once it is gone, it is just gone. david: all that is left where forest once stood, a stark render of what is vanishin and of consequences for the rest of the world. david shukman, bbc news, in the amazon. laura: the victorious u.s. women's world cup soccer team s returned to american soil. they arrived at newark airport outside new york following their 2-0 victory over the netherlands on sunday. it capped an extraordinary run to a second straight world cup title and faced down the critics, who took issue with their brash anpeconfident ormance on and off the pitch. on wednesday they will be honored with a tickertape parade in new york city joanna lohman is a retired
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american soccer player and ambassador for the sport and she joined me a short time ago. what was it li you to see the team win? joanna: it was incredibl.y remarkab their performance was so impressive. there was so much pressure othn r backs and a target on their backs, to see them win in such dominant fashion, i was even surprised. going to wthey wer from the get-go. i thought it was an incredible, incredible performance. laura: what do you think you gn todo for their camp get equal pay the same as the men? afteadr all, theypectacular ratings. joanna: i tnk it is a testament for women's sports, a testament for what can be accomplished, revenue-wise and attendance. i think this will push women's soccer to listen to the women's team and conceit on what the women's team is asking of them. also,ve too, fifa will o look and listen at the women's game and invest equal revenue in the women's side as it does the men. laura: this was a very brash
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team, but did their vi prove, as the baseball philosopher once said, it is not bragging if you back it up? joanna:xactly. there were criticized for being ar tgant, but i'm thinki myself, if they are arrogant, someone should beat them on the field. phil neville said they were rut less, and t a piece you need to stay on top. you have to have a little bit of arrogance. the u.s. team showed that and they proved it on the field. laura: what was your favorite moment of all of their victories? joanna: i've been thinking about that receny. i think my favorite moment was seeing megan rapinoe hit the third penalty kick, and my teemate rose lavelle score second goal. to see what she has battled back from injury and to see her ev olve as a player and a person in this world cup was such a moment for her. laura: the fact that the team are not afraid to voice their opinions about things off the pitch as well as on, is that a shift in their position as role models? joanna: i think s
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i think it is great to see athletes use their platform for social justice this team stands for something. they stand for equal rights, they stand for equity,quality, and they are standing up for an entire gender. they realize that their quest is not just about winning the world cup, it is about standing up for what they believe in and raising issues for women around the globe. laura: what do you think it does to the profile of women's soccer year in the u.s. to see the second consecutive win? joanna: i think it is going to raise the level and raise the awareness of soccer in america. i am hoping that people will come out and attend the national women's soccer league. not many people know that these players play weekly around the country. i'm hoping this transcends from the world stage to the local .teams in the united stat laura: how much have timese changed since s. women first won in 1999? joanna: so much has changed. obviously, that 1999 victory when brandi chastain ripped off
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her shirt, that launched women's soccer in the united states. but it has been a hard battle. having played it for 16 ars, i know it has not been an easy 'ride for us. m hoping this will be the tipping point for women's soccer and this will push the lead to allow players to earn more money and make a respecthale living an these young girls have dreams of growing up to be a professional soccer player. laura: joanna lohman, thank you so much for joining us. joanna: thank you for hing me. laura: rememr, you can find ch more on that story and all the day's news on our website. to see what we're working on it ut onme, check us twitte i am laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation is madpossible by... the freeman foundation; by judpeter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for am
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