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tension in turkey -- more funerals are held for the victims of a suicide bombing. the government says islamic state is the prime suspect. a game changer -- that is what eu foreign ministers are calling the russian airstrikes in syria. they demand russia concentrate firepower on islamic state and stop hitting moderate opposition groups. hundreds of thousands of south african gold miners suffering from lung disease will soon find out if they can take their fight for compensation to court.
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welcome to the program. anger and grief in turkey tonight. the government says islamic state is the main suspect for the weekend suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in the capital. there are reports security is being stepped up but many say it is too little, too late. just a few weeks until elections and the country is polarized. reporter: thousands attended funeral ceremonies for the thick dems of saturday's attack, but those representing the turkish government or absence. many of the funerals turned into antigovernment protests. these, murderer erdogan. many people here hold the government responsible.
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the most deadly attack in the country's history. >> why are they carrying out these massacres against revolutionaries, socialist, and those who are in favor of these? widely do we never have a politician or member of government suffering from these attacks and why don't they take responsibility? this clearly shows it. out this massacre. we will hold them accountable or this. the authorities say they think the blasts were carried out by suicide bombers, but they don't yet know who they were. >> three terrorist organizations are seen as potential for this attack. when we looked at how the attack happened and the general tendency of the events, i.s. has
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become the primary suspect. other suspect named by the prime minister included the kurdish militant pkk, sparking an angry reaction from kurdish politicians. despite the bloodshed, turkey is planning to go ahead with elections on november 1. sarah: that situation has prompted angela merkel to make an unscheduled visit to ankara. our political correspondent is at our parliamentary studios and joins us now. when is this meeting due to happen? guest: it is due to happen this coming weekend and it was planned at quite short notice, which is unusual, given how busy the chancellor's schedule is. there's another unusual aspect -- just two weeks before the elections, normally a head of
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state would not go there and germany would be at pains to maintain neutrality given the fact the government up for reelection has been subject to considerable criticism in berlin. so the chance that she is taking this unusual step can be seen as an indication of the degree to which people here are very concerned about the stability of turkey. the german government spokespersons that germany has a vital interest in a stable turkey. why is that? three reasons. many of the refugees pouring into germany are passing into turkey and there are still 2 million refugees in turkey right now in camps. germany has a large turkish population here and tensions in turkey between nationalist and kurds could certainly be mirrored in tensions here in germany as well. third, germany is absolutely relying on turkey as a nato
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partner. turkey is in a very sensitive position recently with russian war planes violating its airspace and turkey playing a critical role in syria fighting against isis. for all of these reasons, many critical issues chancellor merkel will be looking to discuss. sarah: there is certainly a lot of take there. when we look at the ties between these countries, they have been strained in recent years. can this potential help to smooth some of that over? guest: that is exactly the tight rope the chancellor will be walking here. as the head of her party said today, mr. erdogan would not be the partner we would wish for for these talks. we have a lot of criticisms about his government and the way it has handled a number of matters. but we see turkey is absolutely
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essential to solving the refugee crisis. there is a feeling that seeking to erdogan is necessary, but perhaps the lesser of two evils, as it were, and the feeling that germany is reluctant to be seen as shoring up esther erdogan in any way given the elections. people here say we know we need to talk to them but we are not expecting a lot to happen in the two weeks before elections. sarah: manage expectations. thank you. in the meantime, chancellor angela merkel poll numbers have been falling as many germans go weary of the influx of refugees and migrants. more than 1.5 million are expected to arrive year alone and now her party is endorsing a new plan to help deal with the influx. reporter: the new plan calls for transit loans to be set up along
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state borders. new arrivals registered and provided shelter at these zones. then following and expedited procedure, authorities would determine the strength of each asylum case. those who have a weak case would be returned to their country of origin as soon as possible. this is a concept christian socialists and christian democrats agreed upon. >> our biggest concern is that open-door immigration will create a series of problems that just cannot be solved. reporter: however, their coalition partners are concerned. under the plans of the cdu and es you are not just unfeasible but not humane. >> if we imagine these transit zones to be a kind of confinement and not the processing of human concerns, it does not paint a positive picture.
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also, this plan does not provide enough details and is very unclear. reporter: the opposition to this plan from the green party was stronger. let the consistent -- we would have to fend off 3000 kilometers with orders to shoot to kill. despite the criticism, the bill is being drafted. they are struggling to find a course of action on how to deal with the migration crisis. sarah: in other news, the european union has called for an immediate and to the bombing of moderate rebel group in syria. meeting in luxembourg, the foreign minister said moscow should concentrate firepower on islamic state and focus on a political solution. but the ministers failed to agree on what to do about the charlotte thought.
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britain said assad cannot stay in power long-term. others pointed out he is still relevant in syria and his involvement is therefore inevitable. in the meantime, russia hasn't since fighter strikes allowing president assad's forces to make you sick and gains against opposition groups. it has launched a major offensive also on the pr front. we have a look at how the kremlin is winning support for its military campaign. reporter: it is a sign of their growing commitment in this conflict -- russia is in setting journalist syrian troops and documenting battlefield successes. syrian forces are taking the fight to their enemies and say they are grateful or russia possible. >> we thank the russian people that are targeted the same way the syrian people are being targeted and we rank mr. putin and the russian leadership helping the. people and the syrian army full russia's
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decision is bringing back memories of russia's military intervention in afghanistan in the 1980's in an attempt to alter the country's communist government and out guzan is committing to a conflict he sees as a matter of national security. >> without our fighting in syria, the thousands of people running around armed with kalashnikovs would end up on our territory. in any case, this way, we can help the syrian president fight them from a distance. reporter: the decade-long war ended in a humiliating defeat or moscow. russian media is showing it to dismiss the capabilities of its modern army. currently over 70% of russians support involvement in syria but feelings of committing to another foreign conflict are mixed. >> i think our country is right
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because we are fighting people destroying syria and its heritage. the time has passed and afghanistan, but we remember it from the youngest to the oldest. lots of bull died. the same could happen there. >> of history is any indication, the results of russia asserting itself into the expanding conflict in the region are anything but certain. sarah: violence continues to escalate in israel and the occupied west bank, including four separate attacks on monday alone. in an address to parliament, prime minister netanyahu accused parties of not condemning the attacks decisively enough. or israelis and 25 palestinians have died in violence over the past 12 days. a group of south african miners is that to hear whether they can go ahead with a landmark suit against gold-mining companies on behalf of all the miners who
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contracted a disabling one disease -- disabling lung disease since 1965 as a result of poor safety standards. it could affect 100 96,000 gold miners in south africa and 84,000 in neighboring countries not to also suffer. the south african court allows the lawsuit to go ahead. if it did that, it could cripple the gold-mining businesses. we have this report from a south african mining town and the miners fight for justice. reporter: in 2002, he started work here at the beatrix goldmine as a blessing supervisor. he was fired innow, he is one oh chronic lung disease suing the world's biggest gold mining companies on the half of what
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5000 other victims. >> i thought maybe they thought by this time i could have died. the way they fired me, they thought maybe i'm going to die and that's why they don't want me to die now. reporter: as many as 300,000 other miners may also be stood -- may also be set. section 27 is assisting the miners in their loss for compensation. >> we are working on a class-action lawsuit about nine workers who contracted to lung diseases in the mind. reporter: one out of five south african miners suffer from these diseases and south africa has the worst tv of the neck in the world. >> is tuberculosis is a snake, the mines are its head. this factory driving this tuberculosis epidemic throughout
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south africa and southern africa. reporter: miners who is also on the job were fired and left to fend for themselves in decently impoverished communities. >> this is from a settlement where most of the miners lived in and they got sick in the mind just like me. reporter: he contracted silicosis during his years mining for gold. he lives in a shack without water or electricity. >> i'm so sorry to say i've got no money, no food, i've got nothing. if we lose the case, i will die because there's nothing i can do , nothing i can eat. reporter: four miners like him, the outcome of this case is a matter of life and death of sarah: still to come on the program, we will tell you why the nobel prize for economics has been awarded to someone from
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princeton university. and this year's german book tries winner has a novel that looks at the turbulent events of the 1960's. all of that and more. just stay with us. >> her mother is hiv-positive. he was infected at birth. she probably won't live to the age of five.
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the program hopes to prevent the mother to child transmission of hiv. the german aids foundation is supporting the project in most of the. give a baby a future. make a donation and save the life. sarah: welcome back. you are with dw news. there has been anger in turkey is more funerals were held for the victims of the suicide boboboings. now they say islamic state is the prime suspect. with mounting evidence russians support a strengthening, the eu foreign minister has called for an immediate halt to russian airstrikes against moderate opposition groups. poverty and welfare are in full focus this week as the nobel prize for economics was just announced. daniel winter is following this from our business desk and joins us now with more.
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>> i'm going to start with a question -- how do you solve a complex problem like poverty? that is one question he's tried to answer -- ease this years nobel prize winner for his work on health policy shapes poverty. how is poverty connected to consumption? yes the question at the center of his research and the reason he was elect to by the royal swedish academy of sciences. the academy said his insights help reintroduce fairness into economic policy. originally from scotland, he made a name for himself in growth and happiness research. much of the study focused on poverty in india. he says charity alone is not enough. >> the government has all this money coming in but it doesn't have to pay any attention to what its own citizens want. reporter: his research has helped government the world over
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fight poverty, earning him high praise from the academy for >> we have a better understanding of how poverty develops in the world and have better ways to measure it. also better methods to investigate different tax policies and how that affects individual households. reporter: his research shows that steps can be taken to fight hunger and poverty before it makes refugees of its victims. >> the computer world is preparing for what could be the biggest deal in tech history. dell has been $67 billion to acquire a storage giant that could help them move away from a stagnant market of personal computers and diversify into data storage. but they are not fully convinced yet that they have asked for a go shop provision that allows them to look for a better offer for 60 days. let's get the view from wall
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street. two interesting things on the horizon, but let's chart with that dell merger -- $67 billion. is bmc worth it? >> has remained to be seen. the storage industry is growing faster than the server and pc business that dell is running but it is not necessarily the trend to get bigger in the i.t. industry. we have examples from ebay and hewlett-packard where they are trying to flip the company to have smaller and more flexible unit. $67 billion is quite a price tag, so there was a little skepticism if bigger necessarily means better.
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>> beer giant and that has raised its offer for miller to $3 billion. that's a lot of money. >> that's also a never ending story. it's not the first time in bath is trying to acquire sav and miller, but we have seen quite some consolidation in the beer market. if the deal goes through, it would a sickly have a search of the global bill -- global beer market but this is still not over. we have to wait to see how sab miller decides and for authorities if they are playing along with this may go merger. >> maybe we can urge -- merge all of them together and i can send you a beer. the united states has turned the
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oil markets on its head when it kicked off the fracking boom and now it looks like shale production is set to decline according to figures from opec. it should increase demand for oh pack -- opec produced crude. if these latest figures are correct, that strategy is paying off for opec members in the long-term. frankfurt airport is germany's largest and the organizers of a new initiative hope it will be germany's greenness. they are not looking to the sky, but to the ground. >> things are going green at gate a 15. it the site of frankfurt asked first green gate where you can see how frankfurt is trying to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. the research project designed to healthy airport and industry
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partners increase the number of electric vehicles in the airline industry. up to 20 different vehicles are used to load and maintain a modern commercial flight. all of those motors are a major source of co2. but it doesn't have to be that way say airport officials. around 15% of our carbon emissions are from vehicles on the tarmac. we want to cut down on that from the 3000 vehicles in our fleet, we are hoping to increase that number dramatically. it is still early days, the airport representatives believe it brings frankfurt one step closer to it all of maintaining a fleet of 100% electric vehicles. >> over to sarah now who has a good book recommendation. sarah: it is being called a really and peace of art.
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the novel showing life in the former west many through the eyes of a 13-year-old has just won the german book prize. "the invention of the red army faction by a manic depressive teenager in the summer of 1969 is being honored as the best new work of literature in the german-speaking world this year. reporter: the summer of 1969, 1 year where the founding of the terrorist group red army faction. that will make headlines. if the historical background of three teenagers on the run set in a time when the novelist was a teenager himself. >> i was fascinated by the idea of finding a point in time in a teenager's development when a certain naivete and innocence come to an end.
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reporter: the protagonist lived in a world dominated by the attitudes of the roman catholic church. but there's also a alien in the air for and a sense of change that cannot be stopped. >> i knew what death was. the wheel stop creaking and in the morning, the hamster is lying in the straw, it cause display. the novel jumped through time and viewpoints, telling the story of an entire generation. sarah: some soccer now -- in the 2016 qualifying matches, russia has become the latest to make it to next year's final in france. rush of the montenegro to take second spot in group g and
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automatic qualification. there went over moldova was in vain and they will now have to go into the playoffs. austria had already gone through a surprise group as a winner and rounded off an exceptional campaign with a victory over liechtenstein. the biggest surprise of the qualifying has been a disappointing performance of the netherlands. the dutch who finished third and last world cup are in a dire situation this time around holland must be the check republic at the same time turkey must lose at home to iceland. if that does not happen, the dutch will miss out on a european championship with first time since 1984. reporter: for decades, dutch the ball has always has the players and teams that could aaron t success, but not this time. holland are feeling the rusher with turkey two points ahead in the race for a playoff spot.
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>> yes, that was disappointing, but there is still a chance and we have to focus on that. we could just hang around and we can't do anything or focus on what is possible to achieve. we are in the same situation as we were one match ago but this is our last chance. we have to focus on the results and weight. reporter: they must beat the czech republic and hope that iceland turkey. the star ayers can assure that they will not bow out without a fight. >> i don't want to say how we are going to play. it's not that we are preparing some lineup. one thing is clear -- we have to win and if we don't win, we can't expect anything. reporter: holland have their top two goalkeepers injured, which means he could be the man between the posts in amsterdam,
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but the focus will not just beyond the goalkeeper. 90 minutes separate them from a playoff spot or humiliation. sarah: so much at stake there. just a reminder of some of the top stories we are following -- more funerals have been held for the victims of the suicide bombing in ankara. but sorrow is turning to anchor as families blame the government for failing to prevent the attack. you are watching dw news from berlin. we have more coming up at the top of the hour. stay with us.
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♪ damien: hello and welcome to "focus on europe," bringing you the human stories behind the headlines from all over europe. i'm damien mcguinness, and i'm really pleased you could join us. on today's program -- it's "goodbye, germany," for british allied troops. why sweden may not be the promised land for refugees. and the parisian partygoers who are not keeping up with the neighbors. this week, germany celebrates its 25th birthday. well, the germany we know today anyway. that's because it was 25 years ago that communist east germany and the capitalist west were reunified after the fall of the berlin wall. it marks the point when the


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