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n foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing sol for america's neglected needs. and by contributio to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. city.ca, reporting from new york numbers four coronav bus infections also for new bs, how the u.s. economy is trying to get back on track as cases sore. jeffrey epein's ex-girlfriend arrested, ghislaine maxwell accused of helping him abuse young girls. she pretended -- >> she pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be abused by etein and his some
cases by maxwell herself. laura: should it be a museum or a mosque? turke's top court ways thein iconic buiends in stem ball. the big apple trying to welcome torts, the july 4 holidayin weeken new york would be the same -- won't be the same. ♪ laura: for you watching around the globe, welcome to world news america. the numbers show the united states being pulled in different directions. 5 million jobs were created in june, a record. the countrsaw more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases on wednesday, the most ever. fears tonight at the economic recoery could bhreatened by device and infections. our north america editor repos.
reporter: america is into itsth four month emergency measures to tackle coronavirus and the situation is getting worse. way worse. yesterday broke all recordsh w nearly 53,000 new cases recorded in a single day. resulting in hospitals, like this one in houston, droing in a sea of covid. >> all you have to do is look at the news at night and you see people congregating at bars without sks, congregating in different types of groups that are well beyond the recommended numb of peoe. what happens when you do that and you don't wear a mas you get the kind of outbreaks we are seeing. reporter:here is a sizable chunk of theopulation that refuses, and almost re men don't wear masks attitude, a viewpoint that at times has bee aided etted by the president. >> can you take it off? i can't hear you. you want to be politicalec
co go ahead. reporter: look at the last valley -- rally in arizona, where cases argoing through the roof. at no point did donald trump tell anyone they should put on a face covering. he has done all he can to avoid being found weang one. he now says that my change. >> i have noroblem, i had a mask on, i like the way i looked. i thought it was ok. you look like the lone ranger. reporter: it is a sign of theon divi in america, maybe the man is not aask has become a political issue. not just a matter of public health during a pandemic. there is a danger that this becomes the new frontier in the culture wars that pitch conservative against liberal. the past two weeks happen a horrid time for donald trump. today, his bounce was back with good news on the economy. >> these are historicrs numn d.time that a lot of people
would have wilte reporter: with many states that open to talking about shutting do again, those that were about to open putting plans on hold, the nightmare goes on. president trump vowed to defeat coronavirus has be curveball that he is -- has nowhere near been able to master. laura: one further note on the texas has made it mdatory for people to wear face coverings in that applies to counties with more than 20 infections. power to restrict gatherings ofe more than 10 people. that comes ahead of the jeky 4 holiday d. texas reported nearly 8000 new infections, just shy of the r.cord they hit a day earl as we heard, the latest economic data in the u.s. looks encouraging on the surface. the economy added 4.8 million jobs in june.
the unemployment tate ticked do11.1%. we have nn this many april. people -- nearly5% in april. june's jobless claims were compiled before cases ouiked in the. thks for being with us tonight. the jobless rate ticked dowat in june, s the economy owing again as coronavirus infectionsise? >> two months of solid data we a ha encouraging. we had jobs increase by a half million in june, which was a surprise. we have made back about a third of the js lost. however, the je data was based on the second we of june and based on other tngs haveweeks, slowed down. it looks like the rate of business is reopening has slowed down and we have seen the firstg signs that is in
infections across the south and west is going to eat into spending. credit card spending declined last week after eight weeks o growth. it does look like we have hit a roadblock. laura: in your latest column, you reveal that spending in restaurants actually predicts ere new coronavirus cases where begin. that is a troubling link for policymakers. >> it is. it raises questions about why restaurants and bars were allowed to open. think about bars. you go to this crowded place and speak loudly becauseofhere is a looud music. those seem to be conditions that are optimal for rureading the hy wereorth asking, they allowed to open as soon as they did? the data does seem to suggest ecthat there is coon between those things. it will be interesting to see if a few weeks from now, the steps that texas and floda and california are taking to close bars again resultt n a significflection downward.
laura: meanwhile, those unemployment benefits when out in july. what is washington going to do? congress is t of session but when they come back, i think that is the first order of business. democrats have passed a bill that would maintain the benefits to the end of next year. republicans and some businesses worry that this is creating a disincentive for people to come back to work. it will be a tussle. i, the relatively good jobs numbers today mighttrengthen resistance among some people and make it harder to achieve that goal. you will continue to have this tug-of-warro between ing job market, which is putting wage income on people's hands, and the resistance of the fading impulse, fitting stimulus you got from the checks sento people in these jobless benefits. laura: in w york city, i see these mom-and-pop stores
closg, maybe for good. other restrictionsst -- are ctions hitting small businesses the most? >> absolutely. countless small businesses have closed, probably for good. we saw troubling signs of that in today's job report. people who are unemployed say they are unemployed temporarily because they expect to be called to work or thrmjob loss is ent and we have seen that most all of the increase in employments about people getting called back to work from temporary layoff. we haveeen the number of people permanently laid off, probably because they work for good, that number is going up. it tells you that once we get thugh the worst part of this, he could be stuck with a high level o unemployment for a long time. laura: are we going to see this w shape recovery or it is a v? >> we had eight weeks of good growth and it loed like a v for a while.
it seems to have stumbled in june. the last two weeks loin like a flat what you get when you take a partial v that ends to the right -- that bends to the right? it looks like a square root sign reversed. i heard it described as a check mark.essentially, it is saying e same thing. we had eight weeks of growth, we seem to be hitting a soft spot now. i think this economy has surprised us and it is too soon to write it off. thmayb weakness will go away once casesnd are control again and good growth can resume. laura: thank you so much for joining us. laura: while the u.k. socialite ghislaine maxwell has been arrested, proseheted say played a critical role in identifying and grooming victims for jeffrey epstein. he was foundead in his prison cell last year. maxwell has denied any involvement or knowledge of
epstein's sexual misconduct. this report contains distressing themes. >> until now, ghislaine maxwell has are made out of sight ever since the arrest of sex offender jeffrey epstein a his former girlfriend and closes the associate, she is central to the fbi's probe o his sex crimes against underage girls. authorities have been eating caps on her whereabouts for the la year. they moved into arrest or thursday, she was living on a property that she bought in cash to shield her identity. >> we have been keeping tabs on this investigation and more work recently, we learned she slithered away to w property in mpshire. continuing to live a life of ivilege while h victims lived with trauma inflicted upon them years ago. >> federal prosecutors in new york have chard her with six iminal counts to epstein's including enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex
ac and two counts of perjury. they allege the victims were as youngs 14 when the crimes took place between 1994nd997. she has previously denied all allegations against her. >> x12 would discuss sexual topics with the victim -- maxwell would discuss sexual topics with the victim or be the minor victims in epstein. maxwell's present -- presents as an adult woman put the victims at ease. as maxwell and epstein intended, this grooming process left the minor victims susceptible to sexual abuse. >> the daughter of robert maxwell is a longtime friend of prince andrew in this now infamous photo from 2001, the two arseen with ridging? freight who says she was -- seen withirginia, who says she was traffic.
prince andrew wasy asked direc about it. >> i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. >> you don't rember meeting her? no. >> prince andrew hasg lnied having sex with underage girls but prosecutors reiterated their desire to speak with h >> we would welcome prince andrew coming in to talk with us, we would like to havthe benefit of his statement. >>axwell appeared briefly in court in new hampshire and kemains in custody. her trial will lace in w york where she faces 35 years in prison if convicted. it is a major moment for epstein's victims, who had to relive theirrauma in the public eye while fighting for justice for decades. laura: in other news from around the world, 160 people have been killed after a landslide in miramar. this happened in northern miramar, killing workers
collecting stones in a j-rich area. a rescue operation is ongoing and the death is expected to rise. hugh downs have died at 99. the longtime host of the magazine 2020 was known for his smooth delivery in scholarly manner. before moving to tv in theio 1950's. he held the guinness world cord for the most hours on commercial television, more than 10,000. a turkish court is due to rule on a controversial plan to convert istanbul's iconic museum to a mosque. turkish president to provide -- revive muslim worship. our national correspondent reports. reporter: an architectural wonder that has endured through the ages. i a sophia i would like to be byzantinera and ottoman
since 1935, it has been a museum, a symbol of secular turkey. but for how much longer? step inside, as so many tourists have. mosaics of the virgin maryd alongside islamic calligraphy. 0after years as a cathedral, it was conquered by the ottomans and converted to a mosque. turkish president has been vowing to conquer it on new. >> they changed i a sophia from a mosque to a cma while ago -- to a museum a while ago. godli w, we will change it back. reporter: some can hardly bear to wait. is islamic grassroots organization has been praying
outside once year. his lead tolds, i a sophia should be back in muslim hands. >> i want to displace to be a mosque. all muslims wanted. look at this structure. ask anyone in the world. what does it look like? there is only one answer. this is a mosque. ♪ reporter: that's not how christian leaders see it. poat the church of the 12les in istanbul, a gathering of greek orthodox. the faithful came to park a feast day and hear a warning from a patriarch who leads theth ox church worldwide. he said i a sophiano belonge just to turkey, but to humanity. >> the conversion of i/o sophia
will disappoint millions of christians around the world. more so, at a time when they have suffered mankin due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, is in need of unity and common orientation. reporter: this is a towering monument to faith, but critics say what is happening here is about more than religion. th say president erdogan is using the issue to bolster his support and they say it makes a great distrtion from the beverage -- from the damage done to the turkish economy from covid-19. distractions do't come much bigger than this. mthe u.s. opposes ae to convert higher sophia from a museum to a mosque. it says this remarkable building
should remain as a much-needed bridge between different faiths. laura: the future of higher sophia there. you are watching bbc world news america. delta,, rethinking our food, --r still to comethinking our food. how the pandemic has created new markets. ♪ laura: thousds of restaurants due to the covid pandemic as the lockdown puts owners into the red. as the warning fm groups that track britain's restaurant, industriny say they will struggle to reopen. our asia editor now reports for reporter: you would hav struggled to get a table here on the weekend despite there being over0 curry restaurants on this one street. when the lockdown was put in
place, they were not ready to move, so the doors had been shut and many say they will struggle to reopen. >> for t last three months, it is like a ghost town. you see a majority of the restaurants will not bother opening at all. which is versad. we are famous forever curry entity some curry housesa gone, it iick in the stomach, to be honest. ♪ laura:in d this era of lockdown, even going to the grocery store can be stressful. the pandemic has many of us rethinking how we get our food. if you heard of a sustainable food broker,ark lillian virginia is one and he says ♪is booming. >> i got into this line of work
school. rearch i did in grad one of the letters was hazards and threats of the future. they did 20 year forecast on our food system and it made me agree, what was going on with our current food system. which is unsustainable. i wanted toig desn a system that my main objective is to support local farms and local farmers into get the food to people who want it. i drive 600 miles a week all over the state just to source peoples food for them. ♪ the farm bus was a mobile market concept i had, i took an old school bus. wanted to create that local, sustainable model. that was the premise. when the pandemic hit, we didn't know what to expect.
bethink people were fearful tt they wouldn'ble to access food supplies, that fear made them want to focus more on local food. it happened within two or three weeks. i d to shift. i had to hire people, i trucks, put a lot of cash by trucks, put a lot of things it -- i had to buy tcksput a lot of things into motion. the retail outlet farmers are hurting pretty bad. covid hit and they cided to close restaurants and farmers werell r scraping to find out what they were going to do. where my model comes in, i have been paid for the products, so i can go to any of these farmer with any surplus, whatever they have laying around. there is a trickle-down effect. if factory far are closi,
that is channeling more business to me in small raising animals. ♪ so sourcing from people like me or going to the farmers market, having a direct relation to your food and beingble to see and uch where it comes from, people really are resonating ide that local trout. as possible, that'what your food want. if you can only have one or two hands touching her food -- touching your food, you are in a good place. laura: the food broker there. new york city is usually eaarming with tourists this time of here for the july 4 fireworks or a broadway show. themi panhas not the tourism industry sideways with international travelers grounded and visitors from 16 states with
high infection rates must quarantine up arrival in new york city. hotels are tryingo make guests feel comfortable and hotel staff must decide if they feel safe at work. the view of the statue of liberty i stunning from the water, there is nothing blocking the view from the harbor cruise. tourists are scarce and the city is losing millions of dollars a day as visitors avoid what was the heart of the u.s. coronavirus outbreak. >> we will give you a call and let you know when it has been confirmed. laura: most of the guests are medical workers. american tourists are starting to book rooms. he is working on how toe welcoming behind plexiglas. >> hospitality is an industry based on relationships. smiling with a mask o makes it harder to communicate that warmth and hospitality. how do youmile and show that through your eyes? we were talking about those in as i recall these comeback to work. laura: how to make staff feel
safe is the challenge. she has been volunteering at a food bank since she was laid off from her job at a hotel. a union is pushing for safe conditions. she is on the fence abo going back, given the number of guests she normally sees. 300 people.ular day, more than people are leaving theotel and people are checking in. ura: are you anticipating you will return in july? >> d i't know how iould feel to commute to manhattan, taking the train. i'm still waiting for that and see how feel. laura: new york city is one of the most popular destinations in the world. usually attracting lion tourists a year. the coronavirus outbreak ha static on topic -- a catastrophic impact on tourism. it is unclear how long the recovery will take. jonathan was a think take which focuses on new york's economy. whether welfare was held in 1964, he says the city has a
history of resilience. >> we have a to go abo beyond to show people that the city has a public health response that makes people safe from a pandemic. i think the good news is new york has done this before. after 9/11, there were significant fears around the ob that people would not come to new york because of fears of terrorism. li think the city took of steps to make people feel safe. laura: how to do that as manhattan bustles again with tourists is the question. the coronavirus maxine might reassure travelers, maybe b july for next year, new york city will be as -- be escrowed itself again. -- be it's crowded itself again. before we go, for all you dog lovers, a tale of man's best friend stranded at sea. naval officers in chile came upon a struggling dog a mile offshore after bad weather had struck and pulled the pooch from the coastal waters. now they are trying to find his
owner. the dog is enjoyinthe food and warmth of the naval base in cuddles with his new friends. that's one very lucky canine indeed. thank u so much for watching bbc world news america. have areat fouh of july. ♪ isnarrator: funding for th presentation of th program is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond james. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pu solutions for america's neglected needs. by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank yo
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