>> hello and welcome to the journal and dw. >> here is a look at what is coming up on the program. islamic states have beheaded another american hostage. >> with fighting continuing in the ukraine, u.n. says more than one million people have fled their homes. >> and the end of the road for now for the car service uber in germany. according has banned it across the country. terrorists from the islamic state group say they have beheaded a second american journalist. they released the video showing the purported murder of 31-year-old stephen sotloff.
like he was kidnapped in august of last year. u.s. authorities say they are working -- >> he was kidnapped in august of last year. u.s. authorities city are working to verify the video and if it is true, it would be a sickening act. this after a journalist, james foley, was killed under similar circumstances. we are joined now by richard walker. this would be the second beheading of an american journalist within two weeks. how is the news being received in washington. -- in washington? >> [no audio] the white house spokesman josh was at the podium already. he was not able to say a great deal. the state apartment spokesman was -- the state department spokesman said a little bit
more. she said if it were a genuine video, the u.s. would he sickened by this terrorist act. she also confirmed that a few more american hostages are thought to be held by the islamic state, but she would not give a number on that. and we are hearing also from the lawyer and the sotloff family that they are aware of the video, and at present, greeting. >> is this like -- grieving. >> is this likely to increase pressure on obama to step up action against islamic terrorists in syria and iraqi? >> the killing of james foley did already start the process of ratcheting up the pressure. the state department was asked at the briefing whether the islamic state was now at war with united states. the executive spokeswoman said -- would not be drawn on that, but did say this was a terrorist act. it was the same language they
used about james foley. that opens the door, of course, to counterterrorism operations. the u.s. is involved in many counterterrorism operations in many parts of the world. details coming today from an attack aimed at the al-shabaab rupe in somalia -- group in somalia. the u.s. is focused, it says, trying to build a coalition of countries to take part in any possible action. defense secretary chuck hagel will be focusing on that at the nato summit, and then afterwards in the middle east. >> richard walker there in washington. thank you for bringing us up to date. amnesty international says the brutality of the islamic state militants in northern iraq amounts to ethnic cleansing. the human rights group has documented atrocities by the extremists, including expulsions and horrific mass executions of iraqis belonging to the sed faith and other minorities.
>> the latest report could provide evidence for war crimes investigations announced earlier this week by the un's human rights council. >> it may not look like it, but these refugees are lucky. they have escaped the islamic state militants. this woman's husband was not as lucky. the mother of four has not heard from him since the insurgents abducted in one month ago. she cannot reach him. she escaped one of the deadliest in -- incidents in theyazidi village. he shows a list of names, 45 of them. the islamic state came and separated the women and children fundamentals of they killed all the men and took the women and children to tell off of -- two tyelafah.
they have vowed to kill everyone they see as enemies. boys and men have been executed. women and girls have been raped, forced to marry, or sold into slavery. >> the minorities in iraq have been targeted at different points in the past, but the islamic state has managed in the space of a few weeks to completely wipe off the map of iraq the religious and ethnic minorities from the areas under their control. >> since the u.s. began launching airstrikes last month, iraqi government forces appear to be turning the tide in some areas. still, jihadist continue to spread terror. hundreds of thousands in the region fear for their lives. >> to ukraine now, where fighting continues to escalate with forces saying they are storming before -- the airport at donetsk.
they appear to be getting substantial support from russia with moscow sending armored columns of troops in to ukraine. in response, nato is expected to announce a rapid reaction force of 4000 troops for eastern europe later this week. >> hundreds of thousands of people in eastern ukraine have fled their homes to escape the increasing violence. we will get an update on the situation from our correspondent in kiev in just a moment. but first, this report. >> met -- residents of mario pull are bracing for an invasion by pro-russian separatists. anxiety has been mounting for days. some skirmishes have already occurred. [no audio] >> with our own eyes. they were shooting at us from across the order. >> it's the last major city in the region still under ukrainian government control. kiev fears moscow has it in
their sites. just a month ago, ukrainian forces appear to have the upper hand in the war. many hoped victory was within reach. but now, pro-russian forces are advancing and reporting success after success. kiev is certain his own -- it is only because of significant military support from moscow. the pro-kiev governor of donetsk has traveled to the comfort -- to the capital to warn that matters will deteriorate further. >> a huge amount of weapons is crossing the russian border. they are being brought to ukraine to bring death and instruction, to try to annex ukrainian territory -- bring death and destruction, to try to annex ukrainian territory. it's difficult to call it anything but an invasion. >> the u.n. refugee agency says
the conflict is forcing more and more people in eastern ukraine to leave their homes. >> ongoing fighting in the east of ukraine, in particular around donetsk, lujan's, and neighboring towns, is driving people from their homes and increasing the need for humanitarian aid. the number of people displaced has more than doubled in the past month. >> the u.n. refugee agency says in total, more than one million ukrainians have fled their homes. >> let's get the latest from kiev. our correspondent is standing by. we are hearing about masses of refugees fleeing the fighting in eastern ukraine. what more can you tell us? >> yes, that figure of more than one million was of concern by the united nations for the first time today. many of the refugees are also moving eastward, many westward, and many are displaced within the country. and here in kiev, they are met
with quite a bit of solidarity for the local population. if you are a refugee in ukraine, that does not mean you necessarily get state support. i spoke to a couple of refugees from the city of the hot and the donetsk region today. one of the private initiatives where people get blankets, clothing, all of the things that they had to leave behind. i spoke to a woman who left heavy shelling in luhansk. she said she did not know who was shooting at them, just that they needed to get out. she and her children left with pretty much just the clothing they were wearing that particular day on one of the last trains that got out. she said she initially supported the separatist, but now she is against them completely and was not sure if she could ever return home. and today, we learned that is just one story in a million. >> militarily, the separatists. to be you -- to be making -- the separatists appear to be making
huge gains. with the support of russian troops. what is happening echo >> kiev is certainly stpping up the rhetoric in making clear that this is a very serious situation , indeed. we heard the defense minister yesterday saying there is talk of a potentially great war. that would mean significant losses, tens of thousands of men potentially being lost in this. today, we heard that before ukrainian forces left the airport of luhnsk, they made sure the airport could not be used. it is information we cannot verify, but the airport is under siege again there in donetsk. >> thank you very much. >> and there is another crisis looming large in ukraine. the country's economy is in tatters and is currently being propped up from
calls per day. >> the most interesting call was when there was a rumor about water and salt being able to cure, and people were asking questions. people would even argue with you. are you sure you know what you are saying you are you sure salt is not the solution? >> farther west than sierra leone, almost 400 people died after receiving treatment from a traditional healer. nigeria doesn't want that to happen here. an awareness campaign is aimed at getting people to obey public health warnings. >> ebola is not a family -- walk to isolation. it is only through that that we can have a reduction in the number of cases. >> so far, nigeria has been more successful than other west african countries in preventing the virus from spreading.
>> the third agency has warned that an evil outbreak in west africa could cause massive shoot -- masses shortages of food in the region. >> the agency says food prices were too high for much of the population in the hardest hit countries before the epidemic. and it expects the situation will only get worse as authorities battle the outbreak. the pentagon says u.s. airstrikes have targeted the leader of the al-shabaab militant group in somalia. >> the attack took lace in a village -- took place in a village south west of mogadishu. u.s. special forces were involved. last week, the somali government began a military operation against al-shabaab. the islamist group killed 67 people in an attack on a nairobi shopping center last year. lawmakers in pakistan have gathered for an emergency
session to try to solve the country's deepening solving -- deepening lyrical crisis. >> the prime minister is attempting to boost support for his government after two weeks of protests. thousands of antigovernment demonstrators are camped out in front of parliament, demanding they -- he resigned. they are accusing him of corruption and election rigid -- rigging, charges he denies. >> the government calling for calm as fears grow over a spreading outbreak of dengue fever in japan. >> the tropical disease is carried by mosquitoes and had been eradicated in japan by the end of world war ii, but now appears to be back with at least 34 cases reported in recent days. >> authorities are having no luck finding the source of the infection. but they are focusing on one place, a popular park in central tokyo. >> in the park in central tokyo,
normally recreation grounds, but now the center of efforts by japanese authorities to bring out rake of dengue fever under control. these men are spraying mosquito repellent while others drain the lake. [no audio] doesn't know exactly what has caused it to reappear here, but is confident it can contain it. >> as i have said before, there is no need to panic. i urge everyone to remain calm. this is not like the ebola virus where -- where the death rate is very high. >> but as the mosquito traps go up, concern is growing here. it's the first local outbreak of dengue fever in japan since 1940 five. it causes pain in joints and limbs, and in some cases can be life-threatening. visitors trying to enter the park are being turned away. it is a further attempt to lower
the risk of catching dengue, for which there are currently no vaccines or drugs commercially available. >> in business news now, the ridesharing service uber has suffered a big defeat in germany. it has imposed a nationwide ban on its operations, saying the company has not received a permit under the trap -- the passenger transport laws. >> others complain that it is unfair competition because drivers are not licensed to carry passengers and do not have full insurance coverage. >> uber has vowed to fight that. >> the company that promises to leave -- to lead people has grounds -- ground to a halt. order a private car and driver with the tap of a finger, agree on a pickup location, jump in, and drive off. it is unclear how many people actually use the service here in
germany, but the us-based company says it is one of its fastest-growing market. no wonder. it is often cheaper than a taxi. and it could now be very costly for the company. uber risks fines of 250,000 euros per trip after a frankford court bandit from offering -- operating in germany. it says it undercuts safety and insurance regulations. the court agreed with the plaintiffs, an association of german taxi companies that offer their own taxi ordering app. in june, angry cabdrivers took the streets in protest against the new competition. similar protests have taken place in france and the u.k. uber says it will fight the case in court. in the meantime, the company will keep rolling in more than 170 cities worldwide. >> it is a big blow for a company recent valued at $18
billion. and that, just four years after it was founded. as conrad reports from frankfurt, the reason -- the recent activity has done little to turn investors off of uber. though it is not a publicly traded company, investors hope it might be one day soon. >> uber's value grew to $17 billion in only five years. it makes people dream of an ipo of the company. what traders are also convinced that every competition should be fair and it looks like if uber wants to be successful and a growth story here in germany, the business model will have to be worked over. the market here in germany this two days pretty much unchanged. the british pound came under pressure, and one reason was according to currently traders, that the key polls showed support for scotland to break away from the united kingdom. >> and that was conrad from
frankfurt. we stay in frankfurt for a moment to look at the market numbers. germany's dax gained nearly 3/10 of a point on tuesday. the euro stoxx 50 landed up. over in new york about a dow jones is currently in negative toward tori -- territory and the euros trading at $1.31. >> more on the german national team, the freshly crowned world cup champions, playing its argentina, their defeated opponents from july's final. >> last night saw a first public training session. they got down to serious business today, announcing a new captain. >> he was already a leader, someone to turn to when things got tough. now it is official. the 30-year-old is captain of germany's national soccer team, succeeding phillipp lahm. >> he enjoys great respect him
and the players and the coaching staff. he also communicates very well. which is really important in this position. which he will have for the next two years. >> and native bavarian, he has played for munich since he was 14. he won the german [no audio] and so far, germany's world cup triumph. >> and now, we have our fourth title. thanks for your support. >> besides winning the world cup, he also has a champion league title with his club side, not to mention seven bundesliga and german cup titles each. with 108 caps, he's already one of germany's greatest players. the captain's armband, his recognition of a status established long ago. >> when it came down to it in last few years, i've always been able to rely on bastion.
>> but he is still missing one big title in his collection. now, when in the 2016 european championship final in paris will be his next great challenge. >> i think shrine staggered as i've -- serves it -- win stagger deserves it after his performance in the world cup. keep up the good work. that is all for the journal. thanks for watching. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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