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in a president a push to help europe's economy to recover from the pandemic. >> the aim must be to invest together in our common good. we must be bold by raising a president amounts of funding at the european level. >> urszula unveiling a 750 billion euro recovery fund. every european union country must approve the plan. one of the chances of that?
also, coming up, police in hong kong as a territory's government debates a law that would make it a crime to insult the chinese national anthem. plus, kenya pot anti-coronavirus prescription for the homeless, a serving of blue of jet fuel for breakfast. d-30 minutes and counting at cape canaveral in florida. the crowds of gather to watch the u.s. launch private enterprise into outer space. ♪ i am brent goff. welcome. the european union is considering an unprecedented plan and an unprecedented expensive plan to return to normality after the pandemic.
european commission president urszula today unveiled a 750 billion euro plan dealt member states bounce back. much of it will be funded by common european union debt, a new approach proposed by germany and france. she described it as an ambitious answer to the challenge and said the european union faces the choice of member states going it alone, or responding together. >> the european union's massive recovery funding plan is aimed at helping member states hardest hit by the pandemic. italy and spain will get the liens share. the cocommission president in brussels keen to play out year's united approach. >> the aim must be to invest together in our common good. we will be bold by raising unprecedented amounts of funding
at european level. we will be focused by channeling the funding to the new priorities that will shape the future. >> in practice, it is germany and france winter driving the plan, and will provide most of the money. german chancellor angela merkel, for the first time, accepting joined e.u. jet as part of a mutual strategy. >> this proposal contains elements that were discussed between germany and france and elements of the guarantees in loans mentioned by other countries. now, start negotiating. >> a group of northern e.u. countries known as the frugal four, the netherlands led by the prime minister, plus, austria, denmark, and sweden are less keen the hound out mononey t to their coununterparts witith no strings attached. >> we need an emergency recovery
fund to stimulate the economy. we believe this should consist of loans without any debts. >> some tough talking lies ahead . for the recovery plan to come into force, an agreement must be reached before the autumn. brett: let's pull in our chief reported. the longest territory is taboo territory for germany. a lot of responsibility is falling on germany's strollers for the next six months, isn't it? >> we saw the german chancellor vent, herself crossing that redline of wanting to allow the european union to take on debt to fund, to give out free money to a certain degree, so it looks like the german chancellor may
have switched camps to those southern states that want more support out of brussels with no strings attached, but an indication of her upcoming role heading the german e.u. presidency, where she wants to leave some more room for negotiation, will once the individual heads of state tries to get this ready for all parliaments to approve a grand master plan. what we heard today is not the final version of what the e.u. leaders will push for. brett: the chancellor has a lot on her plate with the e.u. presidency, happening in the final year she supposed to be in power. what will be the key challenges for her? >> well, she thought the key challenge would be year's unique strategic, but instead, she got
another crisis. let's listen to a clip of how she puts the corona virus on the foreign outlook of the european union. >> i would likely european union to also show global solidarity and take on more responsibility in times of crisis. in many places, the pandemic will lead to an escalation of existing problems. that will test the european union possibility to act together to -- act together. we need to represent the values we stand for within the e.u., solidarity, democracy,, freedom an protection of human dignitary -- human dignity to the outside world. brett: talking about values the outside world. sounds like more of a states woman than a politician. do you think angela merkel will be able to get her way,
especially in terms of foreign and security policy? >> well, she certainly is trying a very tricky balance in the. she will be very busy holding this together within the e.u.. the buzzword is solidarity. she believes that e.u. could emerge from this crisis stronger. the outside world, she was referring to then, she put those exact values also in relation to china. she said there were fundamental differences on those key values of demo see, pointing towards hong kong. this will be a very tricky balancing act, both within the e.u. on all of those interest there, but also a e.u. in relation to china and the united states, where she made a clear point that the e.u. is not neutral, it is apart of the west and at america's side, even during difficult times. [inaudible] brett: thank you.
the united states has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country in the world, with almost 1.7 million. it is also on the verge of marking another grim milestone at the number of deaths approaches 100,000. as president donald trump has been criticized for reacting too slowly to the pandemic, some say fatalities could have been reduced if he had taken a different course of action. >> taking the new normal to a new level. churches are closed in a new york borough of queens, but that did not stop these catholic priests from tending to their flock outside. many are in need of solace. covid-19 is expected aa devastatining toll in new york. in a quarter of all deaths in the u.s. so far have been recorded in this state. that is nearly 25,000 people. more than eight times the number
killed on 9/11. it did not need to be this way, says a veteran scholar. he blalames donald trump for the cataststrophe. >> thehere is no coherent leadership. it is chahaotic. the p president in ththe white e is under a maniac that is interested in nothing, but his own power. >> trump, senior playing golf on sunday, has a different take on the situation. he insists the country is out of the woods and says it is time to move on an open not. all 50 states have begun lifting their lockdowns. a relief for many, especially during a holiday weekend. each state is easing restrictions at its own pace. the concerns are growing that some governors are pushing to open up too quickly because of
the need to rescue the economy. this is fueling fears of a second wave of infections. >> it is an and norma's call because -- it is an call. usually, if it was a regular time, you could have millions of people. you don't want that. >> many in may be happy to be getting back to normal, but the virus has not gone away. experts fear this could translate into more infections and more deaths. brett: more deaths. all right. talking about the situation in the u.s., i enjoyed by a professor at george washington university. it is good to have you on the program. if we go back to march, i think there were a handful, maybe five confirmed coronavirus deaths in the u.s. now at the begininning as we approaoach the beginning of jun, we are talking about 100,000.
how in the world did it come to this? >> primarily because of the federal gornmement was a asleep thee stch. we had ample w warning about t s pandemic. there were plans -- there were plans officials had prepared to be put in place to slow things down, to get the testing capacity in place, to prepare for social-l-distanng, to do all of his things that other countries have done and did expeditiously. tens of thousasands of people he diednnnnecessaririly. brett: what ababout now? i was lookiking at the latest numbers in the states of viininia, nortrth and soh carolina and geoeorgia. you have increasing cases of covid-19. the same time, you have all of the states coming out of lockdown. isis this the e right m move ate
riright time? >> well, different states are moving at different paces in terms of [inaudible] [inaudible] -fewer restrictions. still l requires majajor social-distancing. most establishments s are still closed. still requiring masks. it depends on where you live, the level of whichch -- the dege to w which the locowown has bebn lifted. the statetes that hahave liftedl rerestrictions are greatly a at risk, and t there iss real dangr that we couldd see a resurgence, and some of the places, like the state of georgia, like the state of florida, both cook their books, in other words, didn't accurately r represent the dataa that was happening, and then, and actually started removing some of these restrictions, even though cases were still on the rise. most other states have really chchosen to wait until there has been a serious plalateau an real
diminishment in new cases and deaths.. that is the appropriate way. we cannot stay locked down forever. brett: you s say some states cooked the numbers there. do you think the figures we have for the entire united states, are they reliable? can we trust them? >> overall, i would say yes. the cdc, which has been much maliligned in this pandemic, dos a good job of collececting that kind of data. what we know is the reported deaths may be an understatement, less because peoplple are trying to hide the number ofof deaths, andd more e cause people e may e died at h home without a coronarus didiagnosis.s. one of the biggestst impediments to our response is that we still don'n't havehe t testing capaciy thatthther countntries hav, andd without the testi capapacit not everyone who was s sick was propoperly diaosed a and those deaths are notot being coued.. you knonow, this is defininiteln undercount.
we just t don't kn by y how muc. that m makes it even more tragi. it is prorobably even more than 100,000 who haveve died. brett: that is a s sad footnoten all of this as well. professor, joining us tonight from george washington university.. we appreciate your insights tonight. thank you. >> thank you. brett: now to hong kong, where beijing is proposing a national security law that many in the territory believe will seriously restrict their freedoms. the u.s. secretary of state, mike pompeo, has dropped a bombshell by saying the trump administration no longer considers hong kong to be autonomous from china. the statement implying the u.s. may end some or all of its trade and economic relations with the global financial hub. here is what he said a few hours ago. >> hong kong does not continue toward treatment of united
states caution laws as the same manner as u.s. laws were applied to hong kong before 1997. a reasonable person can assert that hong kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from china. brett: in hong kong, police fired pepper pellets at pro-democracy protesters and arrested more than 300 people. demonstrators oppose a bill criminalizing disrespect for china's national anthem. hong kong lawmakers are currently debating that proposal -- that proposed law. >> thousands of hong kong residents defied police orders and took to the streets, demonstrating for their independence and against china's efforts to tighten its grip on the semi-autonomous region. the protesters were met by a strong police force that fired pellets filled with pepper to disperse the crowds, and arrested hundreds. one of the residents concerns --
concerns is a bill of anyone protesting the national anthem with three years in prison. >> i am worried about the national anthem law. i know it will pass because lawmakers have a majority. i came to hong kong from mainland china when i was young. so i know about the darkness of china. i am worried china will impose its standards and its system on hong kong. protesters want to express their outrage, not only against the national anthem law, but also against the new national security law imposed by the chinese government. the full text of the legislation has yet be published, but it has raised international alarm over freedoms in the city. >> hongg kong security chief defended the measures on chinese state television. >> it is necessary and importatt to eststablish a legal framework
and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security and the hong kong special admiministrative region at the state levevel. this will be conducive to the long-term stability and prosperity of hong kong, and also helpful in safeguararding e legitimate rights and freedoms of hong kong residents. but that is exactly what the protesters fill hong kong will lose mother freedoms and civil liberties secured when the former british colony was in it back to china in 1997. they a are meant to o remain in place for another two decades. beijing grants the matterer an internal chinese affair, but the leader of hong kong's pro-democracy party is calling for help. >> hong kong has long been a member of the free world. we share the same values. we share the same liberty and freedom. and now, when china is trying to take this away from hong kong, we expect the rest of the world will speak up for us. >> despite social-distancing
rules, resistance against beijing's attempt to tighten its grip on hong kong is going fiercer. protesters are likely to continue in the coming days. brett: here is a look at some of the other stories making headlines. in the u.s., democratic presidential candidate joe biden has called for greater accountability for police after a black man in the state of minnesota died shortly after being arrested. protests have erupted over the death of george floyd. video emerged showing a white officer kneeling on his neck as you can hear him say that he could not breathe. legions of india has experienced a heat wave. in the capital, authorities urging residents to remain indoors and to stay hydrated. the u.n. is one covid-19 will amplify the health risks of hot weather. advances by forces aligned with
libya's government has halted a year-long offensive on tripoli by rival military commander. turkey provided support here and help the pushback the army. numerous groups have battled for control over libya since 2014 in a war that has drarawn in forein powers. at least 40 civilians have been killed in northeastern congo by suspected militants according to a human rights groups. the attack took place in the territory of -- the outlined democratic militia has killed around 400 people since late 2019 in retaliation for an army. we will stay in africa and go to kenya, where record 123 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the most recent 24 hour period. that is a big figure for kenya. health minister describing it as staggering.
almost 1500 cases of covid-19 have been recorded, with 55 deaths so far. as with everywhere else with this pandemic, it is the poor and homeless who suffer the most. as edith reports from nairobi. edith: every day around 1:00 p.m., at least 40 men and boys gather here in kenya's capital of nairobi. one of them are homeless, including a 19-year-old. they are all here for lunch delivered daily by a nonprofit working in the city called homeless of nairobi. despite the covid-19 outbreak, most of them have no masks, and when lunch is over, they have bantered before heading in different directions. in this reality, social-distancing is not a realistic option. >> tomorrow does not exist. tomorrow does not exist. so, covid is there.
even if it comes and one dies, the kids, they are used to people dying. edith: death was the catalyst o'brien's life on the streets. he never met his father and when his mother died, he left him on the back of a cargo truck, which brought them to the city. since then, this has been his life. walking, waiting, and wishing. i asked him how if at all, the covid-19 pandemic has affected his life? >> don't come near me. edith: are you concerned about the virus? >> we are scared, but we just pray. edith: brian is one out of an estimated 20,000 people living on the streets in kenya. but each night, , the country's curfew goes into effect.
the homeless seem to disappear. they retreat into these dark corners, hidden from police officers. we meet a mother with a six-month-old baby. >> god is the only one keeping us alive because even if we are afraid of the virus, it is not like we can stay indoors. edith: brian considers himself lucky to have a roof over his head. the organization that provides lunch has rented two rooms for the boys.. brian n sleeps in this corner ad his group of friends from the street take whatever spaces left. -- take whatever space is left. >> life is good. it is better than on the streets. nothing to cover myself. but here, there is something warm. edith: with no prospect of dinner, the boys take the chance
to show us where they wash. it is a d-ring undertaking. -- it is a daring undertaking. it is like death is around the corner. the next morning, brian is having a cocktail of glue and jet fuel for breakfast. the glue keeps the hunger away in the jet fuel keeps a reality at bay. the next day starts as the lasting ended, walking, waiting, wishing. brett: it was tea -10 minutes and counting until the news came a few moments ago that the launch has been delayed. the united states was scheduled to launch the first privately built rocket from cape canaveral. it would take two u.s. astronauts to the iss, but stormy weather i cape canaveral has forced the mission to be postponed. since it stopped its own launch,
the u.s. has relied on russia for rides into space, an arrangement that trump administration wants to change. >> if all goes to plan, it will be a dawning of a new era in space travel. the launch of the falcon 9 rocket w with its mannedd dragon capsule will end america's dependence on russia for access to space. the joint operation between nasa and spacex, led by the paypal and tessa founder elon musk, should open up much cheaper space travel. >> you would've never thought that after we landed atlantis back in 2011, 9 years later, we would be where we are in some ways hating -- - in some ways, d it is better t than what i imagine. >> the space shuttles used in the past were enormous, complex, complex, and massively expensive.
every flight swalallowed up half $1 billion. with bases, the cost should be somewhere between $60 million and $90 million. the dragon capsule is much smaller than a space shuttle and the interior is more sophisticated than this tesla car set up as dummy cargo during an earlier test. a successful launch could give spacex a head start in commercial space and travel tourism. its rival, the boeing starliner in that a test flight early because of a software problem. spacex's crew have been careful not to raise expectations. >> there are just so many technical factors in things we need to focus on to make sure we pull this off, that our place in history, or you know, even trying to put our names in the same sentences as the folks who have come before us, it seems premature until we have pulled it off. >> if there are problems witit the launch rocket, the capsule
can detach itself and make an emergency landing. extensive testing has so far yielded positive results. happily, the only negative results have been the astronauts pause and tests for covid-19 -- astronauts' tests for covid-19. >> spaces hard, obviously. >> we want to hit all of the boxes undo everything we need to do to demonstrate that this vehicle is capable of taking astronauts up from u.s. soil. as often as nasa will allow us to do so. >> aftft a 19 hour flight, the astronauts will stay in orbit for a month to backup the international space stationon. hopes for a new era in space travel will be riding with them. brett: and we are getting the news that the historic lot of the two u.s. astronauts, the
first launch from u.s. welcome has been postponed until this coming saturday. the postponement, the result of poor weather along the eastern coast of florida at cape canaveral. you are watching bw news. after a short break, i will take you through the day tonight. we'll talk about the 750 billion euro prescription to cure what ails europe's economy. that and more when we come back. ♪
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