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>> this is d.w. news live from berlin. hostage crisis in the blishy capital, dhaka. as many as nine gunman has attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the city's dip -- diplomatic zone. islamic state is claiming responsibility. a vision for post-brexit britain. michael grove lays out his manifesto saying he's the man to lead the u.k. out of the e.u. and back to the polls. austria's top court orders a
rerun for the top election, citing voting irregularities. the country's right have a second chance at the country's top office. i'm sarah kelly, welcome to the program. we begin with a developing story. two police officers have been killed in a gun battle between law enforcement and possibly nine gun men in dhaka. several hostages have been taken in a popular tourist restaurant in a diplomatic corner of the bangladeshi capital. several people are injured, according to police. the islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack. the cafe is frequented by ex-pats, diplomats and local middle class families. our correspondent, lionel islam
kahn, is in dhaka and joins us. gunfire, we hear a hostage situation there. what more do we know? until now, we know two policemen are involved and the gunmen are still inside. staff of the restaurant who managed to escape the restaurant said that they saw several bodies lying in the restaurant and -- more than 20 people, customers who are in the restaurant. so most of them were foreigners and now the navy commando arrives to participate in the operation. so police, it's still taking
some time but the security is in sight. it seems it will take some more time to get a positive -- to bring it under control. >> we also understand -- i'm sorry to interrupt you. this information is coming in. islamic state is saying as many as 20 people have been killed in that cafe in this incident. todo we know anything else but o is behind the assault? reporter: well, the oins -- eyewitness giving their statement saying they heard the gunmen were saying, allah, god is great.
while they were shooting in the restaurant. and we see i.s. claimed responsibility. there have been several -- last month, there were plenty of people killed in different places in bangladesh and one of the -- claimed responsibility. most of the minorities in different places were killed. so it was -- i will say, it was not unlike that they are involved but as long as there is not official confirmation, we can just assess they might be involved in it, in the attack. anchor: a fluid situation there. information just beginning to filter in. we remind our viewers of that fact.
but mainle islam kahn joining us from dacka. thank you very much for your reporting. we turn to other news. in britain, the fallout after the brexit vote continues. today, justice minister michael grove laid out his pitch to replace prime minister david cameron. he had always insisted he would not run for prime minister, pledging to back boris johnson's candidacy, inside. instead. but in a surprise move, he backtracked and boris johnson left the race. boris johnson had little to say to supporterser to angry passersby. >> what have you done for this country? absolute rubbish.
reporter: johnson didn't say who he'll be supporting for leader but it seems unlikely michael grove, the man accused of knifing him in the back with his surprise decision to stand. grove was a friend of david cameron until he joined believe campaign. grove admits he doesn't seem like a natural leader. >> whatever charisma is, i don't have it. whatever glamor may be, i don't think anyone can associate me with it but at every step of my political life, i've asked myself one question. what is the right thing to do. what does your heart tell you? >> he said the new leader must be someone who fully supported the result of the referendum. >> one thing i want to be clear is that i believe the person who should be prime minister of this country should be someone who argued for and believes in the mandate of the british feel and teresa did not put the case for
britain leaving the european union. >> he was talking about the current favorite in the race for prime minister. she said she will push ahead with brexit negotiations despite supporting the remain campaign but, in what's likely to add to frustration of e.u. leaders, both she and gove say they're not planning to trigger the formal exit procedures any time this year. anchor: a document from the united states, european union, russia and the united nations denounces the violence invited by incited by palestinians and asks for israel to take part in direct parts to revise the peace process. our correspondent standing by in
jerusalem. as we've heard, sharp criticism of the israeli settlement policy. how has prime minister benjamin netanyahu addressed this? reporter: the criticism is detailed concerning israel's settlement policy, now criticism of its settlement policy is nothing new for the israeli government but the prime minister issued a statement earlier which criticized in return the part of the report, saying it perpetuates the myth, as it said, that israeli construction in the west bank is an obstacle to peace and it also continued by saying that when israel -- settlement, it never got peace in return. anchor: because we have to look at the flipside of this, the palestinian authority under mahmoud abbas is blamed for doing too little to stop the ongoing wave of palestinian
violence. reporter: yeah, the report addresses several issues on both sides and says the palestinian authority should take steps to stop incitement, condemn violence more clearly and make more efforts to combat violence. since october, as you know, there has been a wave of violence in this region. the past two days, there have been new attacks and clashes. the prime minister also criticizes the report. we heard from a palestinian official and he says the report does not meet palestinian expectations because it would attempt to put the occupier and the people in the occupation on the same level. anchor: thank you. the highest court in austria has ordered a re-run of the country's closest contested presidential election. judges cited irregularities in
the vote counting process. that means norbert hofer norbera chance to win the election, after losing to alexander van der bellen. reporter: he was set to become president but now alexander van der bellen will have to run again for the right to hold office. the presidential runoff has been deemed null and void by the country's highest court. >> to put it simply, this means that the entire second vote will have to be repeat the across austria. van der bellen, a pro-e.u. candidate, says he is confident of repeating his victory. >> of course i will go through with a repeat of this runoff ballot. and i intend to win it for a second time. the first time, he had narrowly defeated this man, norbert hofer, of the far right freedom party, by just over 30,000
votes. hoff hofer ran on a platform of european skepticism. offaustrians must choose between two very different candidates. the chancellor welcomes the decision but hopes the campaign is less polarizing this time around. >> i want to stress that the ruling should not be viewed úemotionally or with suspicion. it shows our democracy is strong and functioning perfectly. i hope for a short campaign which isn't marred by extreme emotions. the next runoff vote is expected to be held in september or october. for now, a parliamentary committee will take over. hofer is on this committee. while the presidential poet is largely ceremonial, it serves as
a litmus test for popular sentiment. anchor: in turkey, authorities are working around the clock to identify the man behind tuesday's attacks on istanbul's international airport. they believe the bombers had links to islamic state. officials say that the attacks bear all the hallmarks of that terror group. our correspondent has this report from istanbul. reporter: airport employees gather in the departure hold to bid farewell to their colleagues and friends. quietly, they mourned those together as a group and as individuals. anise is also grieving. in the terrorist attack at the airport, he was at home but a few hours earlier, he was -- a
few hours later, he was at his shop to show support for his colleagues. >> he was working downstairs that day. he was one of the heros who pulled out his firearm and shot one of the attackers. that's why he blew himself up earlier than planned. that's what people say. reporter: cleaning crews have started to restore the airport to how it looked before the attack. most of the damage has been repaired. it's as if they are trying to remove all traces of the tragedy that happened a few days ago. this is where one of the attackers blew himself up while the others detonated their explosives inside the terminal. the airport is working again and officials are trying to return to normal as soon as possible. the suicide attack has left deep scars and created a deep shock in the whole country. some of the passengers arriving on flights here are nervous.
>> it smells terrible in the terminal. they're still repairing the damage over there. but i didn't really want to go over and look. look, i still have goosebumps. >> everywhere you look, there are security forces. but does it mean the airport is safer? no one has expressed doubts out loud but many passengers seem tense and unsure. next to the terminal building, taxi drivers mourned for colleagues killed in the attacks. >> airol was a good friend. he was from the same village as me and came here to earn money. reporter: it's not only taxi drivers nervous about the future and what will happen if tourists and business people start avoiding turkey, what will it mean for the country.
this taxi driver has been driving in istanbul for 35 years. he tries to reassure himself by saying that the turkish people will stand strong in the face of terror. >> >> every woman, every man knows that a child needs food. >> we had a lot of problems. >> they have nothing when they're coming from home. >> that could have been any one of us.
>> welcome back. a quick reminder of our top story. in bangladesh, gunmen have stormed a cafe in the diplomatic zone of the capital, dhaka. the attackers are reportedly holding hostages. police say eight or nine gunmen are involved, two police officers have been killed. islamic state is claiming responsibility. time for business news. driverless cars under scrutiny after the first fatality in this kind of vehicle. christoph is following from our business desk. reporter: every fatal accident is sad but this one has a tragic note to it.
after the autopilot prevented an accident with another vehicle, the driver of a tesla model s praises the feature online and just one month later, the very same system fails and the car crashes into a tractor-trailer on a florida highway. now u.s. authorities are investigating the case. >> test driver joshua brown has praised the self driving technique in various videos posted on the internet, for instance, its merits in a stop-and-go situation. >> it takes all the stress out of it, tell you what, it's like -- get to your destination slightly slower but now you don't have to worry about anything. reporter: another video shows how the autopilot system apparently helped avoid a crash with a truck that unexpectedly changed lanes but now the u.s. driver has died in a car accident after the autopilot system in his car failed to recognize a truck turning in front of him. >> he went so fast through my
trailer, i didn't see him. reporter: tesla founder elon musk expressed condolences in a tweet, calling the accident a tragic loss. according it tesla, it's the first such casualty after 130 million miles with autopilot switched on. ordinary car traffic results is one fatality in 49 million miles. the company also insists that the system is far from perfect, but getting before. it asks drivers to remain responsible and ready to act, which, for example, means keeping hands on the steering wheel at all times. various companies are experimenting with self-driving cars. earlier this year, a computer driven car made by google ran into a bus, causing only minor damage to the car's body work. christoph: let's bring in our man on wall street. jose luis. tesla shares dipped only briefly
on the news. why? jose: it's true that tesla is trying to hold it together on friday and it's difficult to say why but reports pointed out there was a portable d.v.d. player in the vehicle playing a movie, could be one of the reasons. tesla noted also that customers need to acknowledge that autopilot is a new technology that is still in beta phase so the driver needs to maintain control of the car. the company led by elon musk said that this death was the first known fatalities in over 130 million miles where autopilot was activated while a fatality happens once every 60 million miles worldwide. >> this accident occurred at the beginning of may. shouldn't have tesla told shareholders about it? jose: that is a good question but probably the company was trying to avoid attention until
regulators got officially involved and that information was material. at a time tesla is facing financial straining and attempting a controversial tie-up with solar city. this is the first known incident in which a self driver of automatic technology may have contributed to a fatality so it's difficult to make any assessment to contemplate a fine. experts defend that tesla has never sold a self driving car but also consider that tesla should never have said its cars operate on autopilot. christoph: eventful days on the market amid the brexit decision. give us your wrap-up of the week. jose: well, chris, stocks in the u.s. struggle on friday to hold big gains as financials weighed but wall street closed its best week so far in 2016 as central
banks reassured investors confidence after the british referendum as this seems to be a very long process and central banks are ready to pump liquidity. investors are willing to buy less risky assets so now all the attention is centered on june job's report published friday. christoph: jose luis in new york, thank you. to switzerland where the town of suk hopes to be a hub for the fin tech industry. starting today, suk will be the first municipality where residents can pay bills using bitcoin. our reporter found out even dentists now go digital. >> for the past decade, dr. abbas husain post has been taking care of inflamed gums and
toothaches. his practice is located in suk. patients usually pay in francs but recently have been able to use an alternative. here it's possible to pay in bit coins. it's a virtual currency and we began accepting it a year ago. so far, he says only a few patients have paid with bitcoins, all from the i.t. sector. zug is known for its ideal location and new taxes. now the city wants to be a bitcoin pioneer. residents can use the digital currency to pay community fees up to 200 francs, something unprecedented elsewhere in the world. the mayor calls his vision cryptovalley zug and wants to attract technology companies. the city is open to bit coins.
>> as soon as we receive bit coins, we can exchange them for swiss francs. that ensures we don't incur massive losses. to gain access to bit coins, it's necessary to go to zurich. this cafe has a machine. after inserting francs or euros, buyers receive a slip of paper. once scanned, it can be used for payments. besides buying a cup of coffee, the virtual currency offers other advantages. >> you do not need a bank to transfer money any time, anywhere, also in the middle of the night. it's very cost effective. it's very fast. it allows for micropayments and also it allows for people to connect to the global economy in the developed world which they otherwise couldn't. reporter: the current volume of transactions with bitcoin remains very low but the city of
zug hopes that will soon change. christoph: so much business for the moment. sports is next. sarah: at the european futbol playoffs, the players provide most of the action but one icelandic com commentator celebration caused a sensation. >> since iceland's victory over england, one man has become euro 2016's cult hero. [screaming] >>is land's -- iceland's very own gudmundo benedicto. futbol emotion we usually associate with southern europe.
goals can prompt spanish commentators to resort to tongue twisting iterations. >> goal, goal, goal, goal, goal, goal, goal, gooooooal! >> only the italians do it better. in 2012, one presenter was particularly touched with a score. [screaming] reporter: you might think a german would be more calm. far from it. this cheering german reporter made futboling history in 1954.
zimmerman's voice is remembered from germany's first world cup win. [speaking germany] reporter: now german football fans can relive this classic at home at the touch of a button. but it's not a patch on the real thing, with their wild emotion, futbol commentators bring the stadium atmosphere right to your living room couch. sarah: good for them. we'll turn to wimbledon and men's top seed novak djokovic is courting disaster on court one. he was down 2-0 to sam querry when play was suspended due to rain and darkness. meantime, number four seed, stan wawrinka, was beaten by juan martin del potro. this is del potro's first
wimbledon in four years, after suffering wrist injury. the argentinean dominated. for the women, kristinna hail gave serena williams all she could handle but number one prevailed. a quick reminder of our top story. in bangladesh, gunmen have stormed a cafe in dhaka. the attackers are reportedly holding hostages. islamic state has claimed responsibility. i'm sarah kelly, see you soon. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org.]
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