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government is leading a politically motivated witchhunt. six human rights activists order to be kept in jail. they were arrested two weeks ago, accused of terrorism. also coming up, decades of physical and sexual abuse by catholic priests in germany's most famous boys choir. tonight a new report points much of the blame to the brother of a former pope. and daimler recalls up to 3
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million mercedes cars across europe after accusations of the german carmaker cheated on emissions tests. i am printing off. it's good to have you with us. tonight amnesty international says truth and justice have been become total strangers in turkey. it comes after an istanbul court ordered the continued attention of the group' record for the country and five other activists. turkey accuses the 6 activists of committing a crime in the name of a terror organization but it hasn't said which group. one of the six is a german national and the german chancellor angela merkel, she has condemned the court pass ruling, calling it unjustified. reporter: relatives and colleagues of the arrested human rights activists are in shock. a turkish court ruled on tuesday that four of the detained must
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be released. but six others will continue to be held in pretrial detention, including the workshop leader. that makes him the 10th german held in turkey on terrorism allegations. the german government has declared solidarity with the detained human rights workers and says it is using every possible means to obtain their release. germany's opposition green party is calling for chancellor merkel to take a stand. >> this time has come, indeed it is long overdue for the german government to finally stop cozying up to ankara, to finally send a message that ankara understands. we must make it clear to ankara that they are way out on a limb. after all, ankara depends on good economic relations with the european union. reporter: and chancellor merkel
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was quick to deliver that message. >> we are certain that the arrest is unjustified. we the german government condemned the arrest. we declare our solidarity with all the prisoners. and the german government will do all it can on every level to secure peter steudtner's release. reporter: some of the detained are being held here, at istanbul's women's prison, including the director of amnesty international's turkish branch. for amnesty, justice for germany's political parties, there can be no doubt. the terror allegations against the detainees are unfunded and simply being instrumental lies to buy turkish president erdogan for his own political purposes. brent: earlier we spoke to peter steudtner's partner. we asked her what she thinks of
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the terror accusations being leveled against him in turkey. >> the only word that occurs to me is absurd. i think peter and the other human rights activists prove the allegations false with their work and how they've chosen to lead their lives. they stand for nonviolence, for human rights, and for peaceful demands to protect human rights. brent: the abuse went on for decades. people knew about it and apparently did nothing to stop it. that is only part of the findings abuse and violence. hundreds of choirboys from germany's world famous boys choir, the regendsburg domspatzen, were subjected to physical and sexual violence by catholic priests and teachers treat a new report says the man who ran the choir for decades turned a blind eye. that man was the brother of the former pope benedict the 16th.
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reporter: world famous for its music, the domspatzen boys' choir in regensburg is considered one of germany's elite. it has also been plagued by abuse scandal since 2010. one former pupil -- >> they beat me with their fists and pulled my hair. they pulled on my ears so hard my lobes were torn. at night they hit me with a cane. boys who wet their beds were forced to sit on a chair while a urine-sokaed sheet was wrapped around their head. reporter: seven years after the allegations, a report shows the scale of the abuse and suffering of the victims. counted i've hundred cases of physical violence and 67 of
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sexual violence between 1945 and early 1990's, committed by a total of 49 perpetrators. the victims describe these institutions as prison, as hell, and concentration camps. many described this as the worst time in their lives, characterized i violence, fear, and helplessness. the report criticizes the former choir master, the brother of former pope benedict, for failing to do enough to prevent the abuse. the former bishop of regensburg is also faulted for the failings of initial investigations into allegations. he has rejected the criticism. for its part, the diocese of regensburg told reporters it acknowledged its mistakes and wanted to find out what happened . >> we see today that we could have done same -- some things better and sooner.
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it's also our task to look more closely at the individual causes. reporter: as for victims, the church has announced it will pay between 5000 and 20,000 euros in compensation to each of them. that's unlikely to help alleviate their trauma but it may at least bring some closure. brent: here's one of the aureus -- other stories making headlines around the world. russia backed separatist in eaern rainannounced plan create a w sta to be called malorossiya, meaning little russia. the donetsk-based group says the proposed country would be found it after a referendum, and the capital would be in their territory. the ukrainian president petro poroshenko dismissed the idea, calling it a puppet show. u.s. president donald trump has tweeted that the public should quote, stay tuned following the collapse of the latest republican push for a health care reform plan. mr. trump said he blamed the
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failure on democrats and a few republicans. the plan suffered a major setback after two republican lawmakers signaled their opposition to the bill late on monday. meanwhile, the trump administration imposed new sanctions on iran over its nonnuclear ballistic missile program. the sanctions target 18 individuals and groups and are aimed at clamping down on iran's military financing. the moves come a day after washington said iran was comply ing with last year's nucelar deal -- nucelar deal and should enjcontinue enjoying sanction relief. the move is aimed at disrupting migrant smuggling across the mediterranean. more than 100,000 people made the dangerous journey in the first six months of this year. what exactly happened when a
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person was shot by police on saturday in minneapolis? authorities provided few answers to the questions of the australian woman's relatives and neighbors. but a local medical examiner has declared the shooting death a homicide. the person was killed by a bullet fired by police officer responding to her own emergency call. reporter: 9 a call to11, -- a call to 911, a report of a sexual assault in an alleyway. within minutes, officers arrived and seconds later, a woman lies dying of gunshot wounds straight it was she who had placed the call. police say the patrol car's camera did not capture the incident and the officer's body cams were off. the mayor of minneapolis wants answers. >> i have a lot of questions abouwhy the body camas wt
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on, questioni hope and anticipa will be answered in the next few days. reporter: as vigils were being held near the crime scene, minnesota police issued a statement on social media expressing their condolences to justine and her family and promising to find the answers everybody wants straight but those closest to her say they've been kept in the dark. >> our hearts are broken. we are utterly devastated by the loss of justine. as you know, it was justine who called 911 on saturday evening, reporting what she believed was an active sexual assault ocurri ng nearby. sadly, her family and i have been provided with almost no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived. reporter: meanwhile on australia's east coast, justine's parents are trying to come to grips with their loss. >> we got yesterday was our
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worst nightmare. but we awoke to the ugly truth, and i thurt even more. justine, our daughter, who was so special to us and so many others. justine was a beacon to all of us. we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death. thank you. thank you. reporter: after a number of recent fatal shootings in the minneapolis area, the minneapolis police department has brought an body cameras for all officers. the county attorney is investigating why there is no video of the incident, and whether charges should be brought against the officer who shot justine damond. brent: for the past 16 months, scientists have been using the visa pathfinder satellite, a test acknowledging for a plan space observatory. today the european space agency
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turned these off. but the data gathered by the tiny probe represents a giant leap forward, helpingscientists build space instruments that detect rotational waves, giving them a better look at the university they've ever had. -- universe then they've ever had before. reporter: super powerful telescopes allow astronomers to look back in time, and this is what they see. a view deep into the past. it shows what the universe looked like about 400,000 years after it was born. long before the first stars and galaxies were formed. how our universe was created and what happened directly afterwards cannot be researched using conventional telescopes. as the big bang was happening, gravitational waves were formed, and they are still vibrating in space. and these very gravitational waves are what opens the door to a distant world.
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albert einstein described these waves more than 100 years ago with his general theater of -- theory of relativity. they are created, for example, when black holes melt or stars explode. and extensions of time and space. they can be compared to ripples after an object has fallen into water. the lisa pathfinder set out in december 2015. it was to test measuring technology. scientists studying gravitational freefall wanted to prove that 2 masses traveling in space could satisfy the requirements to build a full gravitational wave observatory. to do this, it was necessary to isolate 2 gold cubes in the innermost of the satellites from all disturbances. depositions were measured using lasers for utmost accuracy, and
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it worked. lisa pathfinder was a total success. scientists had cleared the biggest hurdle to establish their gravitational wave observatory in outer space. the launch is planned for2034 and will consist of 3 spacecraft flying in an equilateral triangle. they will measure gravitational waves between themselves from various sources over a distance of 2.5 million kilometers. one of the sources that these detectors might pick up our merging black holes at the center of galaxies. and that in turn could give us valuable information about how galaxies were formed. brent: we told you, one day you would have to use those equilateral triangles you learned in school. you're watching "dw news." still to come, just why has daimler announced the recall of up to 3 million diesel cars across europe?
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could it have anything to do with accusations the carmaker cheated on emissions tests? our reporter will be here with maybe some answers, plus the latest business news when we come back on the other side of a 60-second break. don't go anywhere.
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brent: welcome back here with "dw news" live from berlin. amnesty international says the truth and justice have become total strangers in turkey. that comes after an instant poll ordered the continued detention of the group's director. a new report chronicles how hundreds of boys were subjected to decades of physical violence and sexual abuse and germany's most famous boys choir, the regensburg domspatzen. croatia's defense minister has
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offered to resign after the president said the army was too slow in helping firefighters tame this forest fire. emergency workers fault a two-day battle to save the historic city from being destroyed by the blaze. police say they are now largely under control, but some areas are without electricity and running water. reporter: strong winds whipping up the flames. but the worst has been averted. only yesterday, the fires that engulfed acres of pine forest and sprawled along croatia's adriatic coast had been threatening the eastern suburbs of a popular tourist destination thronging with visitors at this time of year. some parts of the city were left without water or electricity. locals helped to put out flames in the city's waste dumping site. some 400 firefighters and personnel battled the blaze for
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a second night. the forest fire started shortly after midnight on monday. it spread across 20 kilometers and laid waste to buildings in several villages. a church was saved from being engulfed by flames. >> last night was really scary. we were defending homes here. it was chaos, we were just running to where things were the worst. places where homes are in direct danger. reporter: what started the blaze is yet unclear. authorities prepared shelter for some 250 people in case of evacuations. but this morning, with the high winds abating and the fire largely under control, it looked as though people would be able to stay put. brent: it's time for some business news now. daimler, the company behind her
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cities bends announce it wants to recall up to 3 million diesel vehicles in europe. according to the company, the cars will be updated to cut pollution with an investment of more than 200 euros. the move comes in the midst of accusations that the carmaker cheated on omissions tests just like its rival, volkswagen. the german government ordered daimler to retest. if the latest of several carmakers accused of cheating on omissions tests after full quicken admitted -- volkswagen admitted to installing cheating devices on 11 million cars. i'm going to discuss this with daniel winter in the studio on dw from our business desk in our financial correspondent in new york. daniel, i will start with you. and now, daimler said repeatedly they did not cheat on omissions, it's not part of the dieselgate scandal, but this doesn't sound that good. if i was a progress it is driver, should i be concerned the brand will be affected too?
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reporter: not just yet. dieselgate hasn't caught up with daimler at the moment. there's no sign they will be implicated just yet. if you do have worries that your karma might be affected by this recall, go to -- car by the affected by this recall, go to daimler's website. you don't have to take your car there. if you did, it would require about an hour update of your software, and that's it. what they are trying to do here is there trying to get ahead of the curve before any other action is taken so they can be proactive about the accusations. brent: i'm going to turn to you, you are at the new york stock exchange and in the u.s., using customers have heard about volkswagen, have heard about audi. now daimler is recalling cars. how does this impact the image of german carmakers abroad? >> certainly reputation of diesel cars have suffered quite
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a bit but i wouldn't say that the image of german carmakers overall has really worsened over here. german carmakers, especially volkswagen, i tried to push forth the diesel vehicles in the u.s. for quite some time, and with all the scandal that's coming out, it is a major blow to diesel vehicles but not necessarily for german car manufacturers overall. brent: big blow to diesel carmakers and diesel motors. however, daniel, daimler once to move forward with diesel technologies? >> they want to invest 3 billion euros into developing clean diesel technology. the reason for this is not that they think diesel is the future, but they've invested so much so far in all kinds of diesel technology and they don't want to from one moment to the next just throw that out the window. they also see there are other possibilities for propulsion in the future.
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we've seen other companies heading in that direction, but like i said, they are thinking there is still a chance with diesel and they will be better on that. brent: is that the right that? we know other manufacturers like volvo have said they want to focus on electric cars only. reporter: yeah, just look at tesla, for example. their new model 3 is more than a bmw. i'm aware that we can't compare apples to oranges because tesla, those orders are worldwide and the numbers i mention for bmw or mercedes were north america only. overall, at least here in the united states, the trend clearly seems to go the electric way. brent: we will follow that story together with you. thank you very much, daniel winter, and our financial
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correspondent in new york from wall street. and, speaking of reducing emissions, the u.s. state of california just announced it will extend legislation to cut carbon emissions, defying president donald trump's decision to take the u.s. out of the paris climate accord. the move was welcomed by those fighting climate change as a sign goals can be achieved with or without the help of the u.s. president. reporter: a victory for environmentalists and a blow for donald trump. the law puts california at the forefront of the battle against climate change. >> it's a great day for california. it's a great day for bipartisanship. it's a great day for the planet, for climate, and clean air. reporter: the legislation extends what is known as the cup and trade program. it allows factories to buy and sell permits to emit carbon dioxide. the aim is to use the market to
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identify the most efficient way to cut pollution. companies that pollute more can buy emission credits from those that pollute less. california is the most populous state in the u.s. and its second-biggest producer of co2. the state cost decision to meet the goals of the paris climate deal comes as welcome news to the 19 nations that recently reaffirmed their commitment to it at the g20 summit in hamburg. it's also an indication that the tide could be turning against trump and his stance on climate change. brent: we will see if that happens. that's all for me now. it's back to brent, anti-for some sports action. -- and time for some sports action. brent: the head of the spanish football association has been arrested. his son in several others were detained during a raid as part of a corruption investigation. he is also the vice president
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world football's governing body, fifa. this is the latest scandal to tarnish the world's most popular sport. reporter: for nearly three decades, he has been at the top of spanish football. as a fee for executive immunity member -- fifa executive member, he has presided over a hugely successful period for spain in the international and club games. i tuesday he found himself in the back of a police car, hauled in on corruption charges by spanish prosecutors. a mighty come down for a man who once seemed untouchable. >> this shows that in spain the legal system works. everybody must obey the law. reporter: authorities raided villar's office and home on tuesday morning.
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he's accused of falsifying financial disclosure forms and ordered to skim money from spanish fa coffers. villar is also to have said to arrange from the spanish national team to play at stadiums where his son's team had a stake in contracts. spanish soccer in disarray, less than a year before the 2018 world cup in russia. brent: now to the city of swimming, paris trying to clean up its polluted waters as part of a bid to host the 2024 summer olympic games. three bases have been set up in the river in the east of the french capital with a filter system that cleans the water. paris's mayor opened the initiative as bathers cooled off in the water under the warm summer sunshine, as you see right there. a decision in which city will host the 2024 games will be made in september, just in time for the end of summer and all that swimming.
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here's a reminder of the top story we're following trait amnesty international says truth and justice have become total strangers in turkey after a nest of all court ordered continued detention of the group austin rector for the country and five other actors. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. stay with us. ♪
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