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killing five people. police say the man acted alone and it was not a terror attack. venezuela's election leads to a strong showing for maduro's ruling party. we will go live to our correspondence. plus, first the corruption -- erruption and the health problems. in the democratic republic of congo, followed -- the fallout from a volcano worse than expected. >> experts monitoring the mountain say air circulating here is not clean and people could be suffering without them knowing. ♪ anchor: welcome to world news america. we begin tonight in europe, where coronavirus cases are surging, governments are
re-imposing restrictions, and there have been violent protests against lockdowns. austria the first eu country to reintroduce a nationwide lockdown. germany's health minister predicts that by the end of the winter, most germans will be vaccinated, recovered or dead. the dutch prime minister described a third night of unrest by -- as pure violence by idiots opposed to covid rule. reporter: covid concerns are spreading across europe. spiraling case numbers spooking some. others, like this massive crowd in vienna, object to covid restrictions being reintroduced. today, austria became the first eu country to reimpose a full, if reef, lockdown. -- if brief, lockdown. vaccines here will be compulsory
from february. in germany, the choice of words caused some controversy. >> probably by the end of this winter, pretty much everyone in germany will be vaccinated, heward -- cured or dead, that is how it is. reporter: what has gone wrong? the eu's huge headache at the beginning of the year was securing enough vaccines, now the worry is enough people getting them. >> it is driven by people coinciding with colder weather and indoor activities. in the u.k., the numbers have been high for several months now. but they seem to be relatively stable. in many other countries in western and neuro--- and northern europe, increased cases since october. that doesn't seem to happen in the u.k.. reporter: an average of 60% of
europe is fully vaccinated but each country is different. the rate in eastern europe is far lower. the eu is considering vaccinations for children over the age of five. it approved vaccines for over 12 in may. the economic effect of covid as rising gas prices, people say they are in need of seasonal cheer, so no government wants to be seen to canceling christmas. they say that is why they are taking these measures now. but the measures vary from country to country and region to region. bavaria has canceled the christmas market. brussels giving it a go. the european commission has nothing to say, because when it comes to health, each member state decides for themselves. this weekend, protests, some violent, against covid restrictions in austria, the netherlands, croatia and belgium.
pressure mounting in europe on health services as well as the streets. the world health organization warns there could be have a million more deaths here by springtime and less effective -- unless effective measures are taken. anchor: our correspondent has more on how things got so bad foeurope. reporter: in terms of how we got here, i think there is a sense that the kind of warning lights have been flashing a few weeks, as ever with covid, things turned quickly. i think there is a shock that all of a sudden we are looking at a full lockdown in austria, new restrictions in belgium. protests in brussels and the netherlands and elsewhere. listening to what the world health organization has been siing, -- has been saying, three principal reasons for this, we are headed into winter, when viruses tend to spread more easily. you also see pressure on health
services in winter as well. as well, the people who remain unvaccinated, austria has a relatively low vaccination rate compared to other parts of western europe. also it is said there is some evidence that it wanes in efficacy, hence the emphasis on a booster shot. as well as the delta variant now here in europe. i think some surprise and shock that suddenly we seem to be back here again although the warning lights have been flashing a few weeks. anchor: jessica parker reporting. let's turn to elections in south america. chile's presidential contest heading for a runoff between candidates on the extremes of the political spectrum. josé antonio kast is in the lead
with just under 28% of the vote. in second place, the left wing gabriel boric. the election is one of the most polarized in recent decades. we go to wisconsin next -- no, we are going to the round up stories. the first story is a think tank in sweden has added united states to an annual list of backsliding democracies. the report said the visible deterioration in american democracy began in 2019 and reached a turning point in 2020 when former president trump questioned the legitimacy of that election. other countries on the list are hungary, poland and slovenia. closing arguments have begun in the trial of the murder of armada arbery. one person has filed a motion for a mistrial. the three men are charged with
felony malice and murder. strict new guidelines on toilet breaks during matches will be in place for tennis players on the atp tour. players will only be allowed one bathroom break per match, lasting no more than three minutes and only at the end of a set. several tennis stars have been accused of using bathroom breaks as tactical weapons in matches. let's turn now to wisconsin, where a man is facing homicide charges after driving a car into a holiday parade on sunday, killing at least five people. police say the suspect acted alone and this was not a terror attack. our correspondent reports. reporter: this little girl narrowly escaped with her life. she had no idea what was hurtling toward her. here, the moment where the joy and festivity of the christmas parade turned to horror and
tragedy, a vehicle at full speed drug members of a marching band. the driver continued forward, hitting and running over others in his path. these young dancers perfectly in step one moment, the next, brutally disrupted. people, families and children ran for their lives. others tried to save those crumpled on the pavement. >> it was carnage. it was like a war zone. there were adults, children injured. some of our first responders were there with families. they left their families to treat people, helped with instant command, to help transport. reporter: the suspect a local man, errol brooks, an aspiring rapper. he posted this video on his youtube channel, including what looks like the red vehicle used in the hit and run. court documents show he has a lengthy criminal record. police say he had fled a domestic disturbance and that he acted alone. the result was devastating.
this was the president's message to the community in morning. >> last night, people in waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of the season of hope and togetherness and inks giving. this morning, our entire family and i'm sure all of us, prayed this same spirit will lift the victims of this tragedy. reporter: this afternoon, the police cordoning came down and the road reopened. but nothing feels back to normal. in the coming days, there will be opportunities to grieve and remember victims together, right now, the town only just beginning to absorb the shock and loss. bbc news, waukesha, wisconsin. anchor: let's go back to the elections in south america and turn to venezuela. nicholas madero's ruling party won 20 out of 23 positions in
the state elections. let's bring in our south america correspondent for more. president maduro is claiming victory but his presidents say this was a rigged election. was it a free and fair election? reporter: i don't think anybody was under the illusion that these were free and fair. what was different is the opposition was coming back to participate after several years of boycotting the vote. the general feeling was the only way to change the direction of the country was to get involved in the political process. that is what the agreement was among the parties. still a lot of division. that's what we've seen in these elections. the government is in a very strong position. these results were no surprise. at the same time, the opposition want to unseat and loosen the
grip of power of nicholas madero but they don't really have any kind of cohesive plan or agreement on howo do that best. that is the problem we have seen. the tw sides, when you speak to people here in venezuela, certainly soni people feel despondent, the turnout just over 40%. there is a real lack of hope in the political system, no matter the politician, very few people think it will make their lives easier. anchor: in chile, a candidate with a history of defendg this pinochet dictatorship won the first round of the president will -- presidential election. what has been the reaction? reporter: this will be an interesting second round in december. you have a far right candidate and a student leader involved in protests. chile has been one of the most
stable countries in the region. when the protests took place two years ago, it was a surprise such as stable country get see this happen them up but at the time it was deeply divided. the two sides, the desire for change, the new constitution, that renovation on one side, and the erring toward conservatism, perhaps a move back toward the pen o'shea era. -- pinochet. i think people are concerned more about safety and stability and security, that is important in this part of the world. anchor: thank you. now, a private investigator has been describing the links he says he went to around 15 years ago to get information about prince harry and his then girlfriend josie davey. speaking for the first time, he has told the bbc he targeted her voicemails for a newspaper.
prince harry is part of a group involved in ongoing legal action against news of the world and the sun that could culminate in a trial. the private investigator is a witness in the legal case. his claims have yet to be heard in court and are strongly disputed by the publisher of both papers. newsgroup newspapers have previously accepted some unlawful activity happened at the news of the world that denies wrongdoing at the sun. a warning, this report contains flashing images. >> what is referred to as the invisible contract behind closed doors. reporter: the duke of sussex readily speaks out about what he sees as the ills of modern media. it is difficult relationship with the press goes back to his youth and the culture of tabloids in the mid to thousands, when subjects of interest included s then girlfriend, chelsea davey. this private investigator is a witness in legal cases against
the news of the world and the sun brought by prince harry and others that claim harry became a victim of media intrusion. the duke also taking legal action against era group newspapers. -- mirror group newspapers. >> there was a lot of voicemail hacking going on and surveillance on chelsea davey. on her phones, on comms. she would brag to her friends when she was going to see him. >> so her life became an object of obsession for you as well? >> yeah. medical actions, ex-boyfriend's. -- boyfriends. basically part of a group of people that robbed him of his normal teenage years. >> the lawyer representing the litigants including prince harry says that while most victims of hacking have settled, some have not. >> certain claimants want to
have their day in court and wanted to see a trial so that newspapers are held to account for what they did. reporter: meghan markle privacy because has generated headlines, but her husband ongoing legal battle could be an even bigger moment. >> how big a moment and british public life could be if prince harry gets his day in court as he seems to want? >> i think it would be massive. it is striking that he just keeps going. all of the other people have settled, a financial settlement with no admission of guilt >> of 1000 people have settled. there are a few who haven't. prince harry is one of those. >> he doesn't want to be 1001. reporter: prince harry says he wants reform of the media. this ongoing case could culminate in a trial, and shows he intends to use the law as one tool to achieve his ends. anchor: you are watching bbc world news america. still to come tonight, waiting
for answers. a special report on why there has been no proper investigation into the beirut blast more than a year on. ♪ president biden has nominated the chair of the u.s. federal reserve jerome powell for a second term. he was appointed by former president donald trump and began his first term in 2018. our business correspondent has more now on this story. reporter: there had been some question marks, and it was something people have been paying close attention to for a while. some of the drawbacks against re-nominating mr. powell was a criticism from senator elizabeth warren, who described him as a dangerous man when it came to his stance on how the big banks have been treated and the central bank's oversight and regulation of banks. if you look at the reaction
already, we have seen, for example, prominent figures on the republican and democrat sides coming out in support of his renomination. broadly expected, he is expected to go through this. the question is, the biden administration felt they could afford to do this even though it would displease some progressives. ♪ anchor: the bbc has learned the united nations ignored requests for information to help the investigation into the port explosion in beirut. lawyers representing bereaved families sent letters to the u.n. secretary general there has been no response. our correspondent reports, and a warning, this report contains distressing images. [sirens] reporter: a city torn apart. but the people of beirut still don't know why. the investigation into last august's explosion has installed, leaving a desperate
search for answers. delia was killed instantly in the blast. her daughter, who was with her in her final moments, was just 16. >> i feel like my mother doesn't have value to them. my own health doesn't have value to them. like we are not human. this is what i feel when i see this lack of responsibility. reporter: one week after the explosion, the united nations called for a full investigation. but the bbc had learned it consistently ignored a request to help that inquiry. the beirut bar association that represents nearly 2000 families, sent three separate letters asking for satellite photos of the blast. they also wanted to know if the un should have stopped the material from entering beirut in the first place. they have sent that the letters have been unacknowledged. >> let me tell you something, we
are fighters. we are fighters by law. we will continue fighting because we are responsible for 1800 people who asked us to represent them and to do everything by law to obtain justice and justice and justice. reporter: the u.n. told me it is supported to -- committed to supporting the lebanese people and has mobilized to help victims, it has a why it has not acknowledged those letters asking forvidence. >> the international community has let down the survivors of the explosion. there are many tools at the disposal of the u.n. and the international community that they could have used but they have not done. reporter: the survivors and bereaved families say they deserve better than this. while lebanese authorities procrastinate and other
countries don't help where they can, thenswers a nation needs will remain elusive. anchor: spanish authorities on the island of lipoma have ordered people living in three coastal towns to stay indoors. this after lava from a nearby volcano poured into the ocean. it sent thick clouds of potentially toxic gas into the sky. officials also closed the airport and people in the capital to wear masks. the volcano has been erecting about two months now, forcing thousands from their homes. on the issue of air quality, it's also affecting the democratic republic of congo. it is six months since a volcanic corruption in the drc killed 32 people and forced hundred's of thousands from their homes. now, local doctors are warning that inhaling the air after the blast has affected people's health. an active volcano is about seven
miles from goma. our health correspondent reports. reporter: it looks calm now, but whenever it rains, the mountain spews a cloud of black smoke into the sky. within seconds, it mixes with the air circulating across the city of goma, and people here say it is affecting their health. >> i had a chest problem. i had a lot of pain in my chest and stomach. it felt like the ashes i inhaled were inside me. reporter: this woman is 62 and has witnessed three vcanic eruptions in her life. she lost her home in the a russian inmate. now she lives in a temporary camp for people displaced by the erosion. her physical health is better, she says, but she remains traumatized. >> at night, my heart starts
beating faster. i am gripped by fear, i'm always thinking the volcano will explode again. reporter: the city of goma sits on two volcanic mountains. they could arrived at anytime. this is what is left after the recent abruption inmate. as people rush to rebuild back in a place they once called home, experts monitoring the mountain say the air circulating here is not clean and people could be suffering without them knowing. this dr. heads a chemistry department at goma's observatory. he goes up the mountain at least twice a month and he says his own health has been affected. >> i have gone up that mountain so many times, and when i went to theospital for check up, the doctors say i am a smoker.
every now and then, the ske moves toward the town and it smells like a rotten egg. reporter: local doctors say those who inhale the air risk getting respiratory and eye infections, and the theory that many people in goma could have deposits of ash in their bodies without being aware of it. monitoring teams say they need more resources, particularly up-to-date equipment, so they can make earlier predictions. as for the woman and her neighbors, the hope is for a permanent and safe home, the unpredictability of the mountain makes it hard to guarantee. anchor: before we go tonight, we have a glad tidings from a zoo in germany, it is welcoming polar bear twins. you can see their proud mother, known as sizzle, taking care of
her babies. german media say she is doing a great job. it will take the twins up to two months before they can stand, but in the meantime, they are able to have plenty of fun. completely adorable. thank you so much for watching bbc world news america. ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was also provided 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. ♪ ♪
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, steering the economy-- president biden nominates jerome powell to a second term as chair of the federal reserve, amid increasing concerns over rising prices. then, parade tragedy-- new details emerge on the man suspected of driving through a christmas parade in wisconsin, killing five and injuring dozens, many of them children. and, the pandemic in europe-- protests erupt across the continent as countries struggling to contain the virus implement new restrictions. >> europe at the moment is certainly seeing a big upsurge in cases and deaths th autumn. we are certainly the epicenter of activity at this point in