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many doubt still hanging over europe's economy and germany posted its bigger -- biggest quarterly growth since reunification. its economy expanded by 2.2%, driven largely by strong exports. the french economy performed better than expected, too. gdp increased 5.6%. even spain managed some improvement. >> it has been a tumultuous few months before the euro zone. greece confronted a financial crisis. workers in spain protesting about government cuts, but for
european leaders, there is better news on the economy. the traditional powerhouse germany led the way with a bigger than expected output post. it was a very pleasant -- output boost. >> we have a tremendous figure is considering our german gdp growth. the main rivals are the exports and investments in machinery. >> there growth figures were made in -- way ahead they and other countries. this compares with the u.k.'s 1.1%. others are still struggling, like greece where outputell by 1.5%. all that is important for british exporters like this one which benefits from growing economies.
this manufacturer is seen accelerating sales thanks to foreign customers. >> exports are vital to our business. if we want to grow our business we have to look at new markets. european countries are vital to the growth of our business. >> here is an example of that. what is made in essex is bought by shoppers in paris. this is good news for the u.k. economy. today's figures are looking backwards to the three months which ended in june. what does the future hold? there is anxiety in france and other of economists about whether the pace of recovery can be sustained. there are signs of confidence
ebbing amid fears of government cuts. if the u.s. takes a turn for the worse, that will not help other european economies. >> secret military documents word leaked onto the internet and it used an outcry and concern. a former director of the cia told us another leak is an affable -- another leak is inevitable. there have been 750,000 documents yet to come out. >> they provide an unprecedented new view of war, but do they offer more clarity? debate rages over the wikileaks exposures.
>> we think they may have another 500,000 records from the iraq war from 2004-2009. they may also have 260,000 state department diplomatic cables. >> suspicion has fallen on.. private bradley manning. many intelligence experts suspect another culprit. one is the push to share more intelligence after 9/11 to prevent a repeat. >> we always knew this was a danger that something like this could happen because we move into a world in which more information is more available to more people. that is a virtue, but that is the dark side. >> the u.s. intelligence industry has mushroomed.
a recent investigation found 854,000 people hold top-secret clearances. over 1000 companies work on intelligence-related issues. in the world of cyber security, so much of the focus has been on protecting the system from the outside attacks. the inside job was a combination of the technology, of lowering of a security barrier is and access that gives authorized operatives to a vast array of them permission, may be just as much of a security risk. they failed detroit airline bombing showed u.s. intelligence still struggles to connect the ddots. in nigeria, the man's father told suspects of the issue.
he should have been stopped from boarding the flight. restricting the flow is not an answer to stemming leaks. >> i think we will make this more difficult to do, but i would be the last dukeland this would not happen again. >> the arguments over the impact of the leaks on the ground and strategy in all afghanistan go on. >> he commanded a sri lankan epos army -- sri lank's army. he is likely to be stripped of his rank and medals for getting involved in politics while still in uniform. >> not so long agoe was a war hero praised for its leading the armed forces to their victory over the eight separate
lives. his reputation for toughness was unmatched. then came the transformation. disgruntled with the president and angry >> and false accusations, he retired early in the campaign to oust the president. >> they tell made it is the north and east. i liberated them [unintelligible] the brunt of the campaign was taken by the army. we liberated them from [unintelligible]
>> he got 40% of the vote, getting allegiance from unlikely quarters, including many who wanted him ousted. he was arrested days later. he has been in military custody ever since. he is convicted of playing politics before he left the armed forces. senior officials have been constantly denouncing the general and this verdict was not a surprise. there is still a host of other charges still pending in civil and military courts. >> immigration officials in canada have begun processing several hundred people believed to be migrants from straka who arrived on vancouver island. -- migrantsm m sri lanka. they are thought to find
suspected people smugglers. police in south africa ended a search for more bodies. they are continuing investigations that up to 20 miners were shot dead by security guards. four bodies were recovered on thursday. the disaster in pakistan is full in its -- in its full throws. for those who escaped the water, disease and hunger are new thre the president scrapped independence day celebrations. the fight for food is a daily event. >> more than two weeks into this disaster, desperations are far from of abating.
a politician on a personal mission, is pushing out water and water -- pushing out food and water, the chief minister. a top priority was saving their precious animals. this looks more like a vast lake and river. if it rises again the operation will only bec m more challenging. is chief minister's message this message will be transparent. he wants to convince those who have been criticizing politicians that his own administration is doing what it can. how effective is is critical. >> it will be extremely damaging for the entire country because we are the engine of growth. not only do we knew -- need [unintelligible]
>> disrupted communications is felt in the food market. the wholesale price of vegetables has shot up. one of the growing worries is the impact of the flooding on the upcoming in the most populous province. it is already showing in the food market. the impact cannot even be estimated. >> the world bank came up with a rough estimation of crop losses, about $1 billion. this woman came here barefoot with her three children. she says their land is part of the river and crops are destroyed. she would have no way of knowing where their home once was. doctors are treating skin infections and increasingly
malaria. children are particularly vulnerable in what is a still developing disaster. >> good to have you with us on "bbc world news." still to come, iraq united in harmony. it has become more than just a dream. another tainted food scandal may be emerging in china. there are forms -- fears hormone-tainted milk cause premature sexual depmpment and girls. >> baby milk can -- china is investigating reports of contamination after the media claimed hormones have been put into powder to cause premature
sexual development in girls. one father took his daughter in for medical tests after feeding her the powdered three weeks ago. >> the hospital confirmed my daughter is sexually premature, but they have no treatments. >> parents reported their daughters as young as four months have been found with at normal levels of hormones, inining one -- >> i don't know how to select milk powder. should i believe my friends or experts? i am confused. >> the company that makes the milk strongly denies allegations. >> we would never at hormones during the production process. why would we do this? two years ago china took action
against a different company accused of putting industrial chemicals into baby milk. six children died and 300,000 became ill and directors were taken to court. recent surveys showed two-thirds of chinese people worry about food safety. the government says a special panel of investigators is looking into these fears. >> the latest headlines, soaring growth, and germany's record recovery is boosting the performance ofther european nations. with the flood waters rising, warnings of a second wave of deaths of flooding in pakistan. opinion polls show support for
the nato mission in afghanistan is dwindling. this is at least partly because of the fighting in the south, but forces also acted in the north. [unintelligible] >> two decades ago the soviet army crossed into afghanistan through this bridge. a decade later they quit afghanistan. a country in ruins behind them and an empire on the verge of collapse. what will the nato army leave behind when they quit afghanistan? we wen t this town seen as a success story. it is relatively peaceful and insurgent attacks have been on the rides, including roadside bombs.
this h been one of the more secure areas. [inaudible] today, that there is a building boom. the american aid agency is literally hoping to help paint a brighter future for afghans, investing in new equipment for this paint factory. [unintelligible] passions are in the minority. -- pastunes are in the minority. >> we don't have a bad and sure urgency because we don't share a border with pakistan -- we don't have a bad insurgency. >> with unemployment almost 70%, workers are grateful to have jobs. many of them are women like this
womanho has five children to feed. she tells me troops must stay so her children grow up safely. this is a part of actress -- afghanistan we rarely get to see. most people live pretty normal lives. they say they have a sense of security and they have worked here. their only worry is that could change. posters are up for next month's parliamentary vote. it is already leading to more tensions. some candidates have been threatened. afghan forces will be in charge of security. american soldiers are training the afghan border police next to the friendship bridge. it was billed by the soviets for their invasion and withdrawal after a decade of losses.
nato has been here nine years. many afghans fear nato's forces -- if they leave too soon their legacy may be little better than the russians. >> iraq is still dominated by violence, but not all iraqis are dominated by security. the new national youth orchestra just performed [unintelligible] our baghdad correspondent went to watch and listen. >> 42 musicians from all over the country, performing in iraq decomposition in baghdad. it is a bittersweet peace reflecting the mood swings of
the beleaguered capital. the conductor is from scotland. this is partly funded by the kurdistan regional government and counsel. it was created by a young baghdad music student. >> i've got an opportunity to campaign for something i believed in. just like that. >> this is an amazing achievement for a 19-year-old iraqi student. it is moving and it is not in baghdad and that is a dream. >> it is hard to be thinking there are are -- [unintelligible]
hopefully baghdad will be safe maybe next year. i need to be safe. >> the main challenge was choosing the musicians. >> many of them don't have access to the quality of teachers we do here. many of them have never played in any form of group at all. >> many of them did not have access to unstable baghdad. so they auditioned on utube. ♪ they also play [inaudible] music, messenger of peace in a troubled land. [applause]
>> more news, scientists from bp and the u.s. government are looking at test results that could determine whether the oil well has been plugged for good. testing was completed on thursday night and expects to make a recommendation to the government soon. russia says it is about to take a step towards starting out in a reactor at iran's first nuclear power station. they will begin loading it with fuel next week. the white house says this shows tehran has no need to pursue its own program. the un secretary general is caught on -- called on burma's authorities to free political detainees. in the last election the party of the democracy leader won by a
landslide. she is barred from standing this time. what is it that makes some people happy to eat anything, but others run a mile at the site of broccoli and even fish. picky eaters are usually dismissed as fussy, but scientists are finding this may be in your genes. >> this woman is a typical picky eater. she likes about hal dozen different foods and will not touch anything else. >> cherry tomatoes, i cannot get past the squish. >> her aversion to the texture of food is not unusual. others say they don't like the smell of food, raising the possibility that picky eaters have a gene that affects their century -- sensory perception.
researchers launched a nationwide survey. >> there are a lot of people -- places for people to tell their story. people can share what their experiences have been. >> [inaudible] >> this is what this woman orders for lunch every day. she only it's plain meat and potatoes, but says that is okay. >> the worst thing is the social aspect. everyone's life seems to revolve around food. let's get together and have a big meal. that is not something i enjoy it. >> she comes from a long line of picky eaters and police were food preferences are genetic. thousands have already responded to the survey. even if the research cannot find a reason why some people cannot stand tomatoes, picky eaters
hope it will give their food issues recognition and remove some of the social stigma. >> whiskey trapped in an arctic ice for more than a century has finally been opened. it was recovered from an export. bottles were wrapped in paper to protect them from freezing temperatures. the case was frozen and the whiskey was not. this is being preserved for its historic significance. to mongolia where an unusual world record has been toppled. in the inner mongolian city, this is the breaking of the human domino record. 10,000 students created the world's biggest human domino chain. the record attempt is part of an asian arts festival weren't
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