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britn's ambassador to the u.s. resigns after his undiplomatic remarks about trump leaked. how his abrupt departure could al relationship. allegations of sexual harassment il afghanistan's government for the we hear from the women making the kinds. >> bbc world is, this is mission control. laura: astronauts christina koch and nick hague show was space tricks and talk about how the moon landing of 50 y ago still inspires the >. >> we are here becaus of the effo so many people. it is a privilege to be associated with the long history of space exploration. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welc "world news america." britain's ambassador to the u.s. resigned today, saying the
public row with the white house made it impossle for him to carry out his role. sir kim darroch's description of the trump administration as ept and dysfunctional was leaked this week. the president attacked twitter and started an inviting him from of -- uninviting him from official events. for the view from london, herec is our diplomarrespondent james landale. james: sir kim darroch, 42 years loyal public servant, who advised prime ministers, and until this morning, the e bassador to the united states. he resigned becas leaked remarks critical of donald trump made it impossible for him to carry t his role. at westminster, there was anger and support in equal measure. prime min. may: sir kim has given a lifetime of service to the united kingdom, know him -- owe him anoo i miss --
enormo debt of gratitude. good government depends on public servants being able to give frank advice. >> i think the comments made about him were beyond unfair and wrong. lethink he has given honor and good service and should be thanked for it. james: at last month's state visit, mr. trump and sim were on good terms. but hisip private deson of the dysfunctional white house prompted a wave ofresidential insults and a to deal with whom he cled the wacky ambassador. >> i will keep him until he is due to retire. mr. johnson: i'm not going to be so presumptuous. james: but it was these words, the repeated refusal of boris johnn last night to defend sir kim, that prompted his decision o,toccording to whitehall sources. mr. johnson's critics were furious. >> boris johnson, a former foreign secretary, and he hopes to be the future prime minister, has basically thrown our top diplomat under the bus.
there are a lot of people in the commons who are very, very angry. james: allies of mr. johnson said this was a shabby attempt to politicize the reion, and that the position was untenable before the debate. d . johnson: he is a superb diplomat and i worth him for many years. i think that whoever leaked his dicta has done a grave disservice to our civil servants. >> you said you were n going to back him. mr. johnson: no, on the contrary. my view is that it is wrong to drag civil servants into t political arena. that's what i think. james: thadid not assuage the fury of foreign officeal offi nor did the fact that mr. johnson chose to phone sir kim this afternoon to praise him for his hard work. the resignation has dealt a heavy blow to foreignma dip. morale of the office is low. it makes britain look like a leaky ship with the diplomats fearful in future of speaking truth to politicians who may not defend them if the truth were ever to leak.
this afternoon, foreign office staff met to show solidarity with sir kim. b earlier, thes said it was unprecedented for a friendly government not to cooperate with the british ambassador. >> what is morality in the front of -- what is morale like in the front office at the momen>> think people are shaken by what has happened. there is a reason why i have asked to see all my colleagues at 4:00 this afternoon.e sis on which we have worked all our careers suddenly feels as though it has challenged. james: the question now is who enwill choose the next resof the british embassy in washington, theresa may or her successor. either way, they will have a big repairob to do. james landale, bbc news. laura: for more on the impact of the resignation, i spoke earlier with the former u.s. ambassador to nato.
thank you for being with us. a diplomat yourself, what is your reaction to this resignation of sir kim darroch? >> well, i think it is a sad day for britain and a sad day for u.s.-british relationships. kim rroch has been an extraordinarily effective and good ambassador representing the u.k. in washington and torepresenting washiback in completein an open and wa having him resign six months before the end of his tenure and ending his career in this way is not good for h, not good for britain, and not good for the relationship. president' does the the man ining of washington say about the attitude towards the special relationship? >> i think the president is wt to lash out when he feels he has been disrespected. isis kind of clear that this a man who has a thin skin.
i think this would have blown over but for the fact that yesterday in london, boris johnsone indicated that if the next prime minister, he may not support kim darrochn the current position. asder those circumstances, i don't think ador darroch had much of a choice but to resignha givenwas happening boat and washington and in london. laura: ds this affect the diplomats in general, including american diplomats who may not want to write candidate cables home about what foreign leaders think about president trump? i think we all learned our lesson. t i was ambassadnato went wikileaks happened, and hundreds of thousands of cables, including some that i had written, were aked out and became public. we all learned at that poill that there r isn't anything that if you put it on paper you can guarantee it won't apppar on the fron of "the
washington post" or this case the sunday "daily mail." you have to be careful about what you write and have a net messages sent to your capital. sometimes it is better orally or printed out, the old-fashioned way, bringrag it in person er than on a lock on a system. laura: what advice would you give to britain's next ambassador to washington knowing the fate of his or her predecessor? >> trying to tablish an open relationship with the administration and the rest of washington, which is something that kim darroch did as well as anybody who has ever been in is position, making sure that you know what is happening on the hill, making sure what is happening inashington up and down massachusetts avenue with your diplomatic colleagues in the think tanks while trying to engage the administration, and then report back frankly and openly to your government, but be aware that this may lk.
laura: thanks so much for those insights. >> laura: the u.s. labor secretary says his relationship with the president is outstanding. this comes as he faces calls from capitol hill to resign. his handling of the prosecution of jeffrey epstein for s crimes in florida over a decade ago has been criticized. epstein, a wlthy financier, only spent a year in prison after at secea deal. you now -- he now faces charges of sex trafficking in new york. mr. acosta says his actions back then were correct. see acosta: we believe that proceeded appropriately, that t based evidence, not just my opinion, but i've shared ould the affidavit -- based on the evidence, there was getting a guilty plea. laura: for more on this i spoke earlier with the bbc's anthony zurcher. anthony, is that mr. acosta's main defense against the charge that he let epstein off to lightly? anthony: the first thing he did was point at the florida
prosecution and said they were not going to give him any jail time. he gave the media someone else edto blame and said "i sten and i got jail time and i got him to register as a sex offender." "i did not want to roll the dice," he said. risking a prosecution that may have been unsuccessful. he said times have changed and it is hardo look at it in the same framework as we were looking at back in 2008. he laid out his defense in a legastic, lawyerly way becau he is a lawyer. laura: any word on whether mr. acosta did enough to satisfy the audience -- one, the president, so he can keep his job? anthony: that is a big questn. he says donald trump is suorting him fully, but we have seen in past instances where a cabinet secretary is under fire, you have ten pre's support right until you don't. time will tell whether this was enough to deflect the criticism and defend hself in the ye, reportedly
wanted acosta to do the press conference. to hearo democrats wa from mr. acosta on the hill even after he answered questions for an hour? anthony: i'm certain they want him to come to the hill. they have said today they want him to testify. i think what they are going to ask himle is why offer this deal when you did? you had evidence from over 30 underage girls saying he made sexual advances, assault against them. why decide to let him off with 13 months in prison where he could get out six days a week and go to his office job andcke n the street? laura: anthony zurcher, thank you so much for joining us. in other world, at least 25 people have died in a flareup of violence between rival tribes in popular new guine-- pa children and parents were among those murdered. it is one of the country's worst outbreaks of tribal violence for years. flights a' londos gatwick
airport were suspended for two hours earlier today due to an issue with the airraffic control system. 28 flights were canceled and 26 were diverted to other airports. in december, flights were suspended for more than a day after drone sightings caused chaos for tens of thousands of passengers. german chancellor angela merkel sss been seen shaking for the third time in lehan a month. it happened during a military ceremony in berlin marking the arrival of thin line'-- finland's prime minister. after t was fine and insisted there was no need to worry. afghanistan's governmentcis allegations of sexual harassment. it may, a former advisor to the mesident accused powerful of trading official jobs for sex. rwhile the governmeect the claims, a bbc investigation has heard from women who alleged they were sexually harassed by top officials. gi protect the identity of some of the women in lamaye's report, their words have been voiced by actors.
yogita: one of the worst countries in the world to be a woman.e life might btter than under a repressive tiban regime, but freedom is still limited. equality a distant dream. and every day here, they facevi the threat of ence, rape, harassment. now there are disturbi allegations that even in government, women aren't safe. that some men in positions of power are sexually harassing them. we are in kabul to probe these claims. in a conservative male-dinatedt society,is hard for women to speak out. but our investigation has finally led us to a former government employee. we are hiding her identity because she fears a backlash. her former boss is a senior minister in the curren government.
"he was asking mlyfor sex dire i told him i'm qualified and experienced. i never thought he would say such things to me. i stood up to leave. he grabbed my ha and took me to a room in the back of his office. he pushed me towards the room and to me it will only take a few minutes, don't worry. i pushed him by his chest and said enough, don't make me scream." and did you file a complaint after this incident? >>ig no, i rd from my job. i don't trust the government. if you speak out, everyone will blame the won. yogita: she also told us two other women had come forward to tell her the same minister had raped them, claims the bbc has been unable to indepdently rify. it is not just one individual mistry or department. several women we have spoken to have told us that al harassment is despread in the
gornment. most of them are too afraid to speak out. a but now we going to meet anotg r woman who's willin share her story with us. in fact, this is the first time she is telling aone about it. she had all but secured a govement job when she was asked to meet a close aide of president ashraf ghani. yogita: do you want some water? shall i get you some? last year, she contested parliamentary polls and says c electimission officials also harassed her.
yogita: the president's office declined the bbc's request for an interview. earlier they had rejected claims of sexual misconduct government. >> t response that the government gave is defensive. i think the culture of impunity is one of the reasons that people who commit this don't get trial. therefore the men, the perpetrators feel protected. yogita: democracy here hast ome at the c a deadly war. more women are in parliament and in government now.t bu they are not considered safe places to work, this progress could come to a halt. yogita lamaye, bbc news, kabul. laura: the afghan women daring to speak out. bcyou're watching orld news
america." still to come on tonightm's progranjoying their lap of honor. the women's world cup champions are celebrated with a tickertape pafde through the streets o new york city. laura: iran's ambassador to the u.n. says iran has breached the agreement on unium and will take further action unless europe provides compensation for the heck of sanctions. the u.n. watchdog held an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis over e program. here heki is sp to barbara plett-usher. we>> for the time beinre in the deal and we invite others to stay in the deal. apparently besides the u.s., thn europeans ha been up to the job and have not honored all their commitments. barbara: what more are you expecting the europeans to be le to do?
they cannot give the economic benefits of the deal because the u.s. sanctions are too strong. >> when president trump decided to get out of the nuclear deal, we were approached by three europeaneaders encouraging us, insisting iran not to get out of the nuclear deal, and they promised us to do exactly what they were supposed to do to compensate what we have lost as a result of the u.s. withdrawal. t is not acceptable to see that the europeans are noring their commitments. barbara: what happens if they are not able to compensate you in the way you wan then you keep raising the level of uranium enrichment? >> for the time being we are in phase 2. if nothing happens in 60 days, we will have to go to the third phase, and the elements of the third phase are not known yet. nowe will ce what we are going to do. laura: president trump nearly bombed iran last month. do you think he wants a war? >> i don't think he wants a war.
but those who are close to him definitely are looking after a conflict between iran and the united states. whatever they have been doing is exactly in line with wt they said barbara: does iran want war? >> no, we do not want war with . ur we always like to bring you news from around the world, but tonight we are going into space. as we approach the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we checked in with nasa to find check out the international spacstation. spoke with astronauts christina koch and nick hague from oer space. thank you so much for joining us from the international space station, christina and nick. what is the view like from up there today?
nick: breathtaking every time you lo out the window. we are actually in a night pass fly over the western part of australia. this is a favorite placee like to be because you can look out the window and see the southern lights, this green glow thatun dances aon the horizon. it is just --it takes your breath away. laura: christina, its almost 50 years since the first moon landing. there is another one planned by nasa. could you be the first femaleas onaut on the moon? christina: gosh, it is a privilege to even have that question posed. i don't necessaril fthink about m that point of view, butg somethdo think about is i will be privileged to know the person that is chosen for that, because cong out of our current astronaut corps, there are a number of a very capable, awesome, impressive, a inspiring people to choose from. we all look to our heroes from the apollo program when we move forward, and we train to be
ready for anything. laura: nick, did it inspire you to become an astronaut, the s ago?moon landing 50 ye nick: being here today, we are here because of the efforts of so many people. history, it is a privilege to be associated with that long history of span exploratd the advances they were able to make. we are also here because of the giga support a mission like this. it is not just the two of us here, it is the two of us here and the thousands of spread around the globe in different mission control centers. i think that is what inspired me the most to get involved with space exploration, that sense of team. it is a team going out andmp trying to acsh seemingly impossible things. laura: speaking of teamwork, are there any tricks you two have been wking on in that zero-gravity environment? i see the microphone floating around.u perhaps n show us what you can do.
ristina: we did recently come up with a demonstration oft microgravity t can show you if you would like. laura: we would love that. . laura: oh, my go that was -- christina: we call that our double flip maneuver. it doesn't always go perfectly but it is up between the two of us. laura: that was excellent. what are your hopes for the next 50 years of space exion? nick: i think my hopis fairly simple, that we continue to push the boundaries of what we know and what we think of possible. -- what we think are possible. that is to take us back to the moon and to go in a sustainable way and take what we learnedur there and pusher and go to mars. laura: nick hague and christina koch, thank you so much for joining us from the international space station.
and they were talking to us from 240 miles up above. we approach the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. now to celebrations here on thousands turned up in new york city today to honor the u.s. inmen's soccer team, world cup champions once a there were official speakers, of course. but it was the players captain megan rapinoe who were the stars of the show. the bbc's nada tawfik was ther nada: how is this for ang homecomi new york was buzzing with excitement as the u.s. women's soccer team made their way down the parade route known as th canyon of heroes, amid a sea of red, white, anblue, and with tickertape raining wn from above, the world champions basked in the glory of their win. there is so muchnergy and pride for the u.s. women's soccer team. they have shown th are a force on the field and they have proved their perseverance inan her battle, the fight for
equal pay. fans here say they no doubt deserve it. >> equal pay! equal pay! nk they deserve more pay. they keep winning. the men have won 0. >> we need somwomen to stand up for this world and be ahead of men sometimes. nada: the party continued all the way to city hall, where the players showed off their victory dance. cocaptain megan rapinoe, who has been a vocal critic of president trump and the soccer federation, praisedat her tea weather impact -- for their impact on and gaf the field. it is our responsibility to make this world a better place. i think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders, and understanding the position that we have on the platform that we have. nada: the players were honored with a symbolic key to the city by mayor bill de blaho spoke about their influence on future generations.
mayor de blasio: they've inspired particularly young women to believe in themselves, to be brave, to be bold, to be fierce. nada: this team's record-breaking run shows once again that women's soccer is a force to be reckoned with. the big question nowths after e celebrations are over and they are back on the field, will theyeceive equal pay? nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. laura: the u.s. teaethat talked talk and walked the walk. remember, yocan find much more on all the day's news on our website. to see what we are working on at any twitter.k us out on i would love to hear from you. i am laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, more controversy in the cabinet. amid growing calls for his resignation, labor department head alex acosta bres silence about his role in the jeffrey epstein sex trafficking case. then, strain on the special relationship. the united kingdom's ambassador to t u.s. resigns after criticizing the trump administration, and the vorite to be britain's next prime minister declines to defend him. plus, champions come home: as the u.s. women's soccer team llebrates victory in the world cup, what will theacy be for american women's soccer?an the science of smoking and