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federal officers to antiracism protests aund the country. and artists -- an narchists have hijacked legitimate protesters. ros: a man sent to prison forro hi in a multimillion dollar financial scandal. and a new report says 3 wellion animal wiped out and australian bushfires last year and this year. i'll come. we began as we often do with covid-19, because there is increasing concern about rising infection rates in some parts of europe. new statistics show spain recording over 35 cases per 100,000, in context, the u.k. currently under 15 cases per 100,000. this is the infection rate more broadlyn spain, now far, far below where it was in march and april, but rising. that was enough to prompt the u.k. to induce a 14-day
quarantine on people arriving from spain. the criticized that decision. pedro sanchez says most people in spain are safer from the virus than in the u.k.. but boris johnsonth is defending decision. >> let's be absolutely clear about what is happening amongst our european friends. on afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of the pandemic. ros: sir david king, a former u.k. scientificdvisor, on boris johnson's calculations. >> he is absolutely right. second wave is emerging.rope a ahead of europe is japan. jan had this virus very much under control. they have go into a second ve. more serious than the firsteven wave. what is rather surprising about all this news is, we might have
been anticipating second waves when theinr came, when these are occurring wl before winter, in the middle of summer. so it is a matter of real concern. ros: david king scribing recent rising cases aa second wave. it is a term we have been hearing a lot, but there is no formal definition for what constitutes a second wave. perts say for one wave to have endet cases have to be brou under control and fall substantially, and then you need to see a second, substantial rise so these could be local flareups rather than constituting a cond wave. a senior scientist at johns hopkins doesn't think waves are useful term in describing a pandemic. when you are underwater, it is hard to tell how many waves are passing over your head, hsays. catalonia is one area spain dealing with increasing
infections. gavi lee is in barcelona. gavin: the government says the situation has reached a critical phase and intend days, if cases have introduced, there will be a cond lockdown in the city and shutting down a vital industry that attracts millions of brits ros: there is tension between health concern and economic concern, and tourism is at the heart of that during the europe summer. the europe world tourism organization says bet men january a, covid-19 cost tourism industry li20 b in lost revenues. tourism numbers fell by over 50% compared to last year. the u.n. wto says the data makes clear the importance of restarting tourism as soon at it is safe. there is disagreement on one precisely that moment is. even if tourists can't travel, they are being monitored, germany is testing people who are returning from some areas of spain.rm
y has seen a rise in the infection rate. the government's lead agency on the virus is now warning that people who become negligent -- people have become negligent, and is urging them to continue social distaing, evenn holiday. here is the esident of the agency. >> the latest results show the coronavirus is considered by the population to be a lower risk than before, and that the acceptance of measures such as distancing has also decreased. i would like to be very clear once again. we, ourselves, are largely responsible fo determining how the disease will develop in germany. please help yourselves, all of you. continue to respect the rules. >> -- ros: the u.s. has the highest nuecer oforded cases by far, but it is important to use pocalation to place ame numbers in context. th is from a covid-19 series of questions on the bbc newssk website, which you to
order six countries according to deaths,0 per 1 people that they have. the u.s. is fourth on that list. the u.k. has the highest death rate i this measure. by this measure. covid-19, twitter has related to temporarily suspended the account of donald trump, jr. after he made false claims about coronavirus as a treatment for the covid-19 virus. sthe video retweeted by president trump and has now been taken down. this screenshowas shared by an advisor to the president and chose twitter concluded donald for spreading misleading andlicy potentially harmful information about covid-19. the advisor right, the advisorights, the big take is free expression in america. different than the narrative and factually incorrect.
hydroxychloroquine is not considered an effective eatm paid last month, the u.s. would and drugdministration revoked emergency a youthhorization -- emergency useho azation for the drug. for more, here's the bbc disinformation reporter. correspondent: what it is -- what is interesting about this isonhe twitter movts platform and the attempts by sites to tackle attentional he haful claims about the coronavirus. but it is an escalation of this battle going on between twitter and t trump sentence twitter began labeling donald trump's tweets e asher misleading, inflammatory or otherwise, trump has hyped up his attacks on twitter, and it is something i think we willee gets only more heated in the nths to come, as we aroach the u.s. election. trump has argued, especially since twitter first decided to label his tweets, that twitter is delately trying to attack
with right-wing views.nd those twitter argues otherwise. it says in this i case,took action because the post was in violation of policies on. harmful misinformation. -- on harmful information. thatwi said,er has not labeled trump's tweets about harmful cod-19 information, including hydroxychloroquine, in the past. ros: u.s. attorney general william barr has been testifying for the house jue ciary commit congress, a committee led by democrats who say mr. barr has politicized the justice department. this will give you a flavor of how things he gone. this is the committee chairman on william barr's relationshipru with president. >> again and y again, personally have interfered with ongoing criminal investigaheon to protect president and his allies from the consequences of their actions. when careerrs investigand prosecutors resisted these brazen, unprecedented actions,
you replaced them with less-qualified staff who appeared to be beholden to you. ros: mr. barr is also accused of assigning federal agents to black lives matter protesting portland. >> the department has endangered americans under your loadership bying federal law enforcement into american cities against the wishes of state and local leaders, to forcefully and unconstitutionally suppress dissent. ros: this is what mr. nadler was referring to, these pictures in portland, oregon, where protesteagainst police brutality clashed with federal agents the trump administration dan. here is william barr on that. >> violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction
on innocent victims. the situation in portland is a telling example. ros: nt we have the accusation that william barr abused his power to help associates of president trump, including michael flynn and roger stone, who have fed criminal proceedings. here's mr. barr on that accusation. >> the president has notd attemp interfere on these decisions. on the contrary, he told me from the start that he expects to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call i think is right, and that is precisely what i have done. ros: it is worth reminding ourselves william barr took over the justice department after president trump fired his irpredecessor, f attorney general jeff sessions p mr. sessions recused himself from the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election, d much ald trump's irritation. when the beaulah report was published, two days afterwards, attorney general william barr congress in which neratedto mr. trump, which his predecessor
'h't done. more in the u.s.. on the bbc website. next we stretched to malaysia, because the former prime minister has been sent to prison for the vastinancial scandal known as 1mdb. he got 12 years for abuse of power had more timeoney laundering and abusive trust, plus $ million fine. here is his reaction. >> this is definitely not the end of the world, because there is a process of appeal. we hope we will be successful there. ros: he was also found to have receed a payment of nearly $10 million from a state fund, but th is nothingompared to the scale of the story. 1mdb was a sovereign wealth fund set up by him in 2009 when he was prime minister. we were td it was to boost malaysian development by investing state revenues from oil and other exports.
but mele jeanette u.ow authorities allege that 4.5 billion dollars were illegally diverted. the allegations touch acdividuals and companies last week, goldman reached a 3.9 billion dollars settlement with middle ages government -- with the maysian government, misled investors while raising money for the fund. the government alleged oths were involved in the theft and claim the stolen money was used for a s yacht, private jet, works of art,ven the private film "the wolf of wall street." while the former mine -- while thformer prime minister plans an t appeal,he political ramifications continue. jonathan: this is a dramatic fall for a man who was once at the pinnacle of power in may lazar, who seemed untouchable, even as one of the world's biggest financial scandals world
around him. two years ago, malays and, outraged by the excesses of adose around him, and huge sums of money which h been stolen from 1mdb, voted him out, and with him, the party that had ruled malays are far more than 60 years. mr. nicajojib still d support of many ethni maylays who supported his party. but his long political career may now at an end. ros: let's bring in our correspondent who has been covering this story from the beginning. tell me more about other charges. >> ros, he has gotten a conviction in the first of five trials. these are expected to extend into 2021. and from the clip earlier, he
seemed very optim that he now faces decades in jail from all these multiple charges and trials. he has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relationomdb. he is expected to appeal this conviction, so he is probably going to be pouring a lot of money into legal fees to navigate his way out of this. he is still an influential figure within his own political party. ros: and the former prime minister, help me understan what is happening to him and how it fits in with that deal with goldman sachs. >>n the convictf him in the trial today in may leisa came to asa -- came as a surprise to many of us who have been twatchis case. it was encouraging for ordinary malaysians, given they have been campaigning for years for greater aountability and tackling corruption in government. so to see such a decisive decision from the judge today in malaysia really valides the views in the malaysian justice
system. last year, we were taken aback by s ttlement goldman sachs reached with malays and authorities. laoriginally, the ian finance minister asked goldman sachs to put.5 up illion. goldman instead clearly showed its golden touch in negotiations, the top u.s. agree to a $2.5 billion payouto to malaysia come up with another $1.4 billion coming from seized assets that you havets mentione, yacht, even the oscar that belonged to marlon brando. when it comes to next steps in the case, people are really watching what happens between department oftice, which is pursuing its own investigation. 1mdb, even though a malaysian state fund, turned into a huge global financial scandal with multiple investigations inwi singapore,erland, and the
u.. that is what we are watching out for next, whether goldman is ready to read -- is able to reach a settlement with the doj and avoid criminal cha ros: meanwhileuttherities are still seeking various individuals in connection with this. we talk about this every couple of months, but the search still goes on in some cases. >> in terms of other people associated with the case, because it is thing, i will sony in on the alleged debt zone in on the -- i will zone in on the alleged mastermind, jolo, partying with celebrities, like something out of a hollywood movie, he is seen as the big kahunand is believed to be hiding in china. as long as he remains a fugite from justice, 1mdb can never be fully resolved. ros: thankic you, sent a relic -- alicia.
coming up next, a look at the australian bushfires as shocking w research says the crisis displaced 3 billion animals, three times worse than previously thought. ♪ ros: amazon is wrapping up its online grocery service across -- across the u.k.. let's get more from emma simpson. emma: its ambitions have been fairly modest, it has barely made a dent in the u.k. food am yon fresh, can do weekly shopping on it, but it is only available in about 300 post codes in london. and you have to be in amazone pr subscriber. up until now, you had to pay next monthly fee or delivery charge per order and from today, larger orders are going to be free and critically, they are abt to roll out the service,
they say, faster,amday delivery service, to major cities across the u.k., which they say will hopefully mean millions of new shoppers. theyas say this planned long before covid-19. they have the capacity to do it, so the clearly want a mh bigger slice of the u.k. grocery market. ♪ ros: i'm ross atkins with you in the bbc newsroom. , this is "outside source" our lead story, parts of your facing concern is the number of coronavirus infections continue to rise. u.s. attorney general william barras been testifying to the house judiciary committee in congress. its led by democrats. here are live pictures. they say mr. br has politicized the justice department and it is fair to say both ses have put in their
points and neither are budging. >> there is a vetting process that is available to anybody. >> which u.s.y attorve you assigned to receive information from vice president biden's personal lawyers regarding president trump? ros: let's hear what william barr has to say. anthony is live with us from washington, d.c., he has been it is -- is it fair to say they both set out their story and stuck to it? anthony: it has been a scattershot heang. there is so much ground democrats are trying to cover. william barr hasn't testified before this committee in the years and months that he has the committee issued a subpoena for contempt of congress to him for declining to testify last year. they are asking about use of
federal forces portland, -- ros: anthony, i am going tjump in becau as viewers notice, your sound is coming in and out normally when we speak toy, anthe hear them perfectly well, but not today. we will fix at up for the next edition. back to the australian bushfires, new research has found a crisis killed displaced 3 billion animals, three times worse than previously thought. the new report by the world looked at the period fromsays it september to february. the w wf calls it one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history. here are moreetails on the findings, 2.6 estimated were killed, 140 3 million mammals,og 51 million it is hard to comprehend. dr. stewart blanche from wwf was
involved in the report >> a lot of mammals that can't ruor fly away, particularly from catastrophic magnifiers, they would have no hope to escape. rot animals can fly or run away, but even domestic fires move so qckly and are so hot and cause so much stress on the animals, it would have killed animals which did not even geted bu it is quite challenging as a biologist to take in all the animals her in australia being killed by these fires. it is truly a catastrophe for ros: the fires affected nearly every australian sta during the summer, fueled by record temperatures and prolonged drought and during the peak of the crisis in january, scntists estimated 1.2 5 billion animals had been killed ri new south wales and vic the new estimate though, looks at all of australia. it can sometimes be hard to convey the scale of what happened.
it is estimated fires burned through more than 11 million hectes of bush forest, the size of england. from these pictures, you can see the scale of devastation homes raised, communities devastated, at least to -- at least 33 people lost their lives. heres dr.'s word blanche again. >> -- here is dr. stewart blanche again. >> these were not normal fires. these wee morse by global heating after long droug and record rainfall, strong winds and very low humidity. it was a nightmare for firefighters to try to save all our amazing wildlife. koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, parrots, wombats, very few of them had any chanc of surviving, particularly the megafires that burned at such high temperatures.
animals and peop died. ros: there wereuge efforts to saildlife. you remember these pictures from november, which went viral, this kabbalah called louis was plucked from a tree in the south hasn't taken tan animal hospital. sadly though, he didn't survive. this vid from kangaroo island was viewed more than one million times. rescued koalas we put in cars and even car boots and taken to shelters, but an estimated 25,000 koalas died just on that island. hot, dry conditions are rsing australian fire seasons on a long-term trend towards hotter andea drierer is directly connected to climate change. a professor from theniversity of sydney ordinated the wwf study. here he is saying what austria could be expecting next summer. >>na forly -- australia could be expecting next suer. >> fortunately, this coming
summer won't be as bad becau the country has gotten a lot of rainfall. nonetheless, in the years to come, the confluence of conditions that brought about the last fire season, that is a very long run of hot conditions, a very dry year, theon driest yr ecord in australia, if we get more runs in those sorts of conditions, and fire to top it off, the conditions are likely for magnifiers. ros: in iran, btish academic serving a 10-year prison sentence there has been transferred to a remote jail colleen gilbert is a lecturer in middle eastern politics. in 2018, she was arrested at tehran airport after attending a conference. she was accused of spying and convicted at a secret trial. she denies all the charges agait her. she spent the last two years in a selling prison and now has been moved t the car jack
prison. as you can see from this google earth image, it is in a remote area outside tehran. here is what more we know. correspondent: we b havenold she has been transferred there was a punishment. we are not sure why she is being punished. she was picked up two years ago, september 2018, at tehran's airport, when exit the country.o she was picked up by iran's evolutionary guard, charged with espionage and acting agast iran's national security. a courtga last octobe her 10 years inson. these charges, she has denied. e has also said that in prison, revolutionary guards have offered to free her in exchange for her spying for iran, something she has rejected. rer in islamic udies in melbourne.
we know that the australian governme isushing for her release. the latest is that they have just issued a statement saying that theyold the government of iran responsible for the safety and security of her. ros: narrator: ennding for this prtion of this program is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond james. 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.
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