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>> welcome to the "journal" here on dw-tv. i am brian thomas. >> and i am steve chaid. >> floodwaters, and detroit says the good times are back. tunisia's anti-government
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clashes have rched the catal,unis the official civilian death toll stands at 21. civil-rights groups say that number is far higher. that government has ordered the indefinite closure of all schools in universities in an effort to stamp out the clashes, which the tunisian president has described as terrorism. >> one western town has been one of the worst hit by the violence. people here are angry. >> where young people are unemployed. we are dependent on welfare. many have four people to feed and have to get by on only 40 rose per month. -- first40 euros per month.
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>> but the government is sticking to more government friendly views. >> if you want something, ask in a legal way. do not be destructive. >> some are in the hospital. the president says you are free to express ourselves, but not with violence. >> the president has condemned the rioters as terrorists, but he has promised to cut a graduate of an implied by creating 300,000 new jobs. -- promise to cut graduate unemployment. >> we are always working to ease the challenges. >> as more footage of the violence reaches the internet, the government is struggling to present its view of the riots. it now says 21 people have lost their lives but have dismissed reports that the true toll is
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much higher. >> austria is bracing for what could be the way -- worst disaster in their history. meteorologist warned that unprecedented flooding is on the way in the hours ahead. there is a rescue operation in queensland aer fsh floods claimed nine lives and left scores of people missing. heavy rain sent a wall of water crashing through one town. >> the sudden rise of floodwaters cost -- caught many people off guard, and left many people on the roofs of their homes as it swept through the city inoowoom. the prime minister fiers that the worst is yet to come. >> i would like to say to the
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people of queensland better understand the past few days have been very heroin, indeed, and there are still more dark days ahead. -- have been very harrowing. >> the government is pledging financial assistance and to do all they can to mitigate the flooding, but the surging waters are affecting an ev growing area. now, floodwaters have reached australia's third largest city, brisbane. many have been urged to leave their homes and find safer ground. but i have not been here long, -- >> i have not been year-long. >> emergency workers rushed to fill tens of thousands of sandbags as protection, but it is not clear whether the dams in brisbane will hold.
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forecasts show more rain is on the way. >> haiti is preparing observances to mark the one- observance of the massive earthquake killed nearly one quarter of a million people and left more than 1 million others homeless. ceremonies will be held throughout, including in the capital, port-au-prince. the president will hold a speech honoring the victims of the tragedy. the earthquake struck on january 12. one year later, hundreds of thousands of people still live in tent cities, and the cholera epidemic has killed more than 3600. over to steve now, an international speculators have their sights set on portugal. -- and international speculators have their sights set on portugal. >> the portuguese government today said it would not require certain measures to consolidate
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its budget. there is a sovereign bond auction on wednesday which may decide whether they can go it alone or not. >> the portuguese government again tried to cast doubts aside by announcing on tuesday that the country does not need outside help. the emphasized that the 2010 budget deficit dropped well below the target of 7.3% of gdp -- they emphasized that. the previous year, it was over 9%. >> we are doing our job, and we are doing it well. the are the first results representing, and they should help to win back the trust of the international markets when it comes to financing our economy. >> the portuguese media on the other hand are reporting that tactical preparations are underway for the financially battered country to receive aid
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from the european union. financial markets remain skeptical. they are waiting to see how high the risk premiums will be on portugal's new bonds. >>shar in frafurt rose on tuesday. we have this from the frankfurt stock exchange. >> the debt crisis is back in the minds of investors, but it did not drag down the mood on the frankfurt floor. the dax is the result of the upcoming earnings season. alcoa was looking at sending aid, and it was better than expected. this shows there might be some positive surprises ahead, like from lufthansa. the cold weather will not have bad effects on their balance sheets, and also a tire maker said it will do well, and the
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dax responded. >> that was a reporter. the euro stoxx 50 is also higher. on t crency markets, the euro is trading at $1.29. bad news for german motorists. the price of petrol is up. crude-oil is at a high. prices in germany for patrol have not been this high since 2008. they say it is to to the destruction in the trans alaska pipeline. in the u.s. car industry -- due to the diupti to the transatlantic a pipeline --
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trans alaska pipeline. and the u.s. car industry is doing better. >> 2 million midsized cars are sold in the u.s. each year for volkswagen's competitors mostly. >> a lot are fairly rational, in terms of the features, the value that the offer. that is a good starting place, but with the volkswagen brand, with our german engineering, with the added value that that brings, we can bring some more excitement. >> passat will go on sale in august, made at the tennessee plant, but it will have fewer features and a smaller price tag. german car makers want to build their position in the luxury and high-performance segment. bmw has a big new convertible. >> premium cars are very important in this market.
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it is the largest prium market in the world, and i think it will remain so for the foreseeable future. some areas may be catching up, but i think there is a long way to go. >> if the u.s. continues to do well, daimler and bmw say they will create production elsewhere. they say their product has built up a real technological edge, especially in fuel sitting engines against the competition from detroit -- in fuel saving engines against competitionrom detroit. but as a regulatory body that acts as a watchdog, monitoring everything from broadcast television to internet bloggers. -- >> a new regulatory body acts as a watchdog. >> the eu commissioner expressed
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her grave misgivings over the hon gary yet media law. in brussels, she hd frank discussions, demanding that he provide her with an official copy of the law in order to carry a a quick, comprehensive, and objective review. -- to carry out a quick, comprehensive, and objective review. >> the e.u. is based on the rule of law, and the commission will absolutely follow the eu law. >> a former foreign minister is concerned that hungary's reputation may suffer repable mage and she has expressed alarm. another says the media law is a step back towards their totalitarian past in hungary. >> we are beyond 20 years ago.
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20 years ago, we got rid of it. >> on friday, the eu commission drivers to hungary in an effort to dispel any fears -- travels to hungary. >> in another area, a news conference with german chancellor angela merkel. that was in the ethnically divided capital of cyprus. they called on angela merkel to do more to improve relations. >> it was the first-ever visit to cyprus by a german head of government. the island has been divided since the turkish evasion in 1974. -- invasion in 1974. the south joined the european
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union in 2004. but efforts to reunite the island are faltering. angela merkel laid the blame on the turkish north. >> there is greater readiness to compromise. unfortunately, we have not seen that from the other side. >> a dispute er gas exploration has raised tensions further, but you and is pushing ahead with talks between the two sides. it wants a deal before elections in both cyprus and turkey later this year. >> german authorities have ordered the slaughter of hundreds of pigs at a farm in the north of the country. that move comes after finding high levels of dioxin in pork. previous testing had found a higher than permitted levels of dioxin, which can cause cancer, in aidandn chickens. thpossibitof -- in eggs and in chickens.
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it has led to a boom in the production of organic food stuffs. >> organic eggs are selling well at this organic food store in one area. the only buy from those that follow strict guidelines and avoid the kinds of feet -- feed involved in the scare. some say this wl not end until there is a stopping of this. >> consumers need to be more aware. we need to eat less meat, while paying a higher price for it to get better quality. industrial production means worse quality, which ultimately put our health at risk. >> political pressure is mounting, as well. at a special meeting in parliament, one minister pledged to take action. >> we are going to tighten regulations on feed and talk
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about penalties. >> of the opposition says that is not enough. they say the minister does not have a clear plan of action. no matter, germany's consumers are playing it safe, and organic food stores are doing a big trade. and all eyes are on paris today, where the results from the periscopes were unveiled. the satellite has now completed three full scans of the universe. scientists say the data collected will give them a eare picture of how our universe was created and possibly where it is heading, as well. >> these images reveal a distribution of hitherto unseen distant galaxies. they're hoping to solve one of the most vexing cosmic mysteries. how is what we see today created from hot gases?
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the satellite is taking a photograph of the universe. reporting variations in the temperatures of microwave energy that was relead after the big bang. but there are many celestial objects emitting things that interfere with the measurements. the satellite has already uncovered thousands of these interferences. each one has to be minutely examined so it can be filtered out of the photograph. wthese interferences are dense, cold clouds of dust and gas, as well as far away galaxies. the project is expected to be completed in two years' time. scientists hope it will provide new insight into the birth, development, and future of the universe. >> fascinating. great stuff. >> ok, here on earth, many are wondering where the nextinter olympics will be held.
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in one minute, we will be tried to answer that question. stay tuned.
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>> welcome back. where will the world's best skiers and athletes compete in the next olympics? three candidates have submitted their applications. koran, south korea, and munich. observers say right now there is no front-runner. we take a look at the city of munich. if mujica wins, it will be the first to host both the summer and winter games, but not everybody in bavaria wants to see the games come again. >> this person has a dream, to bring the winter olympics in munich. if successful, the games will begin in 2018 in the same
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stadium that played host to the games for the summer in 1972. >> i have a dream that in 2018, more than 100 nations will march in here for the olympics. there has not been that many nations before. >> the munich olympic bed -- bid team has traveled the world. there is the face of the munich bid. if munich is awarded the winter olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the olympic stadium. figure skating, ice hockey, and curling would be held nearby. a new stadium will be built for speed skating. >> we have a very green concept for the winter olympics. there is a long-term lasting concept for the traffic. >> south of munich in the bavarian alps, a long history
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of posting sporting events. each year, one of the legs of the ski jump competition is held here. next month, they will hold the alpine skiing world championships. in 2018, they could alsoe have the snowboarding and cross- country skiing competitions. >> it is the biggest peaceful festival on earth, and if we are given the chance to stage it, will be very proud and very good hosts. >> there are also opponents. farmers and conservationists say it would cause irreparable damage to the environment, but for the most part, it has widespread support. >> the opponents to which it really rethink it. we really need these winter olympics. >> i do not think it will be a burden. it is only for a short space of time. >> it would be great. it would bring the place to
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life. >> the third olympic venue is planned southeast of munich. teh bob -- the bob, luge, and other events are scheduled to take place here, but it could cost over 3 billion euros to realize. >> our plans for the budget, staging the games, and infrastructure measures are very conservative and have been checked by numerous experts. >> now, the hard work begins in earnes to turn thdream into reality. >> well, we had a chance to speak with an olympic champion who is at the front of the munich bid. we began by asking her how she viewed germany's chances of winning the 2018 olympic games.
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>> well, the chances are there for all three bidding cities, so we are trying our best. everybody does their best. now, everything is written down, what we offer,hen r ofr is for munich and for garmish, and we would just have to look forward and keep working hard. >> what advantage and assets dozen unit have the other candidates do not? -- does munich have that other candidates do not? >> it is a winter land. it is a homeland of winter sport. there is lots of passion for winter sports. we have lots of competition is going on, worldup, work championships, and weee that the stadiums are full. the people have incredible knowledge about the sport. they celebrate the sport. the celebrity athletes, and the athletes, they come here, and
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they have the best conditions they can find. >> it is always said the public support is very important for public bids, but only 53% of germans support the munich bid, according to polls. what can be done to change that? >> i think we have lots of suort by the pulation o germany, anwe s tt when we look at the competition's, that they go there. they love the sport. they loved it. the ratings on television are high, and the people will support the idea to get the olympics to munich. >> as an olympic champion yourself, what does this bit mean to you personally? >> well, of course, being an athlete who has experienced the olymcs so many times, my hrt stl bes for the olympics, beats for the olympic movement,
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and for me, as a figure skater, it was my biggest dream to become an olympic champion and then to celebrate the olympics, so it is very special for me, and i have incredible memory is, and now come to be in this position, may be helping for a young generation to help them make their dreams come true, that makes it very special for me. >> thank you so very much for speaking with us. >> international sporting events like the olympics or the international world cup are always tied to big money and, unfortunately, accusations of corruption. think salt lake city back in 1998. recently, there was speculation about impropriety about the world cup in qatar in 2022, but regardless of how a city gets the nod, the economic benefits for hosts are enormous.
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>> where the olympics have been held, the games have been used as a publicity vehicle for the host city. this is why perspective organizers spent millions on the bid alone. exports economist reckons it is money well spent, giving a promotional boost to cities like munich. >> we see positive radio reports from munich broadcast around the world. this helps promote the location, whether it be for tourism, business, or trade fairs. and so,we have a publicity effect before the games even began. >> paralympics however generally turn out to be more expensive than planned. the debt continues to pile up after the metals are piled up. coast cities often build new facilities and transport links, but is it well spent? >> if you have a small, poor
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country and build an infrastructure that is not used afterwards, then, of course, it is wasted money, but if we build facilities that will be used afterwards and get built quicker because of an event like this, that it can be positive. >> what ever happens, the international olympic committee is always sure to profit. it takes in billions in euros in sponsorship and television rights, but the economic success of olympic games is generally not allowed to take center stage. >> the money could perhaps be better invested in industry and the like, but the olympics also bring entertainment. we know the soccer world cup gave germany a boost. e>> the only thing that could spoil the party at the winter games could be a lack of snow, but nobody is considering that, given the current winter
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weather. >> that is all for now. thanks for joining us. captioned by the national captioning institute
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ow! of course. thank you. i'd call her honeydew goodbody, not lisa. the very fact that she is called lisa proves that she exists.
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