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don't leave me for mines. this is g.w. news live from berlin the world starts to ring in a new year the clock has just struck midnight in some parts of asia what you're seeing here is pictures salut year's celebrations from hong kong. organizers have
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planned for these shooting stars to be fired from the rooftops of skyscrapers in a massive ten minute fireworks display. also coming out. the iranian government blocks access to social media and threatens to crackdown on anti-government protesters as it tries to ward off the biggest challenge to its authority since unrest in two thousand and nine. when. i met her man welcome to the program the world starts ringing in the new year australians were among the first to celebrate now twenty eighteen is beginning across parts of asia these are pictures from hong kong here organizers say these shooting stars the fireworks celebrations they are following the skyscrapers it's
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going to last for a good ten minutes. with news that there are still a few hours to go toward midnight here in berlin revelers are already streaming towards the site of the city's biggest party at the brandenburg gate as always security is tight both here and in other german cities including cologne that is where large numbers of women were sexually assaulted on new year's eve two years ago. the finishing touches on preparations for new year's eve in berlin and the brandenburg gate is getting ready to host hundreds of thousands of people a massive party and an even bigger security concern. course there will be police at the event especially outside as well as five hundred security personnel we have strict admission policies will be checking all visitors and their bags and no fireworks glass bottles large bags or suitcases will be allowed and there will be concrete poles outside the event as well as vehicle road blocks.
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and. the blocks are to prevent truck attacks like the one on a christmas market at bright side plots last year but another major concern is women's safety during the celebrations for the first time organizers in berlin are setting up a place for women to seek help at attention run by the german red cross volunteers will be on hand to help anyone who has been sexually assaulted or just needs a place of refuge celebrations are also planned at the cologne cathedral near the city's main train station this is where hundreds of women were assaulted or robbed on new year's eve two years ago many of the suspects were recent immigrants or asylum seekers fueling criticism of chancellor angela merkel's decision to let more than a million migrants into germany. but after the masses salts in cologne do women feel less safe. i'm not the kind of person to be afraid and so honestly i
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haven't really thought about it i won't be at the clone cathedral but i live in cologne and i go out at night without any worries. because i'm not worried about it i think there are enough security measures after what happened. yeah i don't know something should be done about this but i think it's clear that you won't be safe anywhere. germany isn't taking any chances it's beefing up security with more police on the streets and video surveillance cameras hoping to usher in a happy and peaceful new year. germans must come together in twenty eighteen that is the message from chancellor angela merkel in her annual new year's eve address that will be broadcast later today has a preview where merkel highlights the challenges ahead she is struggling to form a government after the most recent elections failed to produce a clear ruling coalition it was a difficult political year for chancellor angela merkel at the very beginning of
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her speech she addressed the social atmosphere in germany and the tensions. i think i know for many conversations and encounters this year that a lot of you are concerned about the cohesion of germany it has been a long time since the differences of opinion about this have been so stark some have even spoken of a rift running through our society like. merkel mentioned the worries over whether the government would be able to organize and direct immigration into germany but she also spoke of the fears and doubts of people living in the countryside who feel left behind those are her obligations as for foreign policy she look to europe and says she is expecting decisive years ahead for the european union. plans and all of this germany's future is inseparable from the future of europe the twenty seven countries of europe must be motivated most strongly than ever to hold together as a community this will be the crucial issue of the coming in and this will be
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a matter of whether we europeans with a scent of values and a globalized and digital world assertively and in a spirit of solidarity both internally and externally. but european policymakers are also waiting for germany to form a new federal government for chancellor marigot that will be the most pressing task in the coming months. all in all a bit to chew on for medical we have political correspondent michele in the coast are here with us to talk it over merkel mentioned this rift in society in those remarks i mean is this her failure in that she's led germany for the last twelve years well that's what her critics are saying that she failed to detect this that she failed to actually create the kind of conditions where this wouldn't be possible she carefully avoided the word nationalism she avoided the else had to many this rightwing extreme policy that for the first time and to german parliament
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but she certainly now is feeling this pressure and she is calling this challenge by the name this rift in society and this very much is and has been her government style to date that she didn't have the kind of macaw approach of drawing this grand vision of where the country where europe's to go but rather works down the list of challenges and that's what she did in this address well we were just mental go from here then i mean we mentioned that these coalition talks are dragging on and merkel herself as a political figure in germany has a different meaning than just a few years ago i mean is her future bright she going to see out another four year term well that's the big question right now is seat technically able to put together what is the only option realistically left in another grand coalition with the social democrats will the democrats go along with this we're expecting this talks to begin for real over the coming days that's the first thing that's going to happen here at the beginning of the year at the same time we saw him many times
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before talking about is this the beginning of the end of uncle america well she has pasta prime i think there is a recognition from all sides that this is if it's another time in office will be most likely. the big question is would she actually. serve another full term that's what she says she intends to do but there's many ifs and there's many questions and we didn't see any kind of questioning of her power in the past so there is a different quality of power that she has right now but if you start talking about who else is there in europe who will that kind of power i think that's a good fresh look at really how much power she still holds certainly looking on at germany from the outside right. thanks so much for joining us. and will broadcast on full new years english later today it will go out at eight o'clock this evening central european time when move on now to some other stories
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making news around the world rights group says that police in the difference of congo have shot dead two protesters in the capital city. this comes after security forces interrupted a catholic mass and arrested altar boys who had been protesting against the country's president elections to replace him have been delayed they are due next year. at least thirty six people have been killed in a bus crash in central kenya police say a bus and a truck collided on a dangerous stretch of highway close to no. more than one hundred people have died on that route just this month alone. at least twelve people have been killed and fourteen wounded in a bomb attack on a funeral in eastern afghanistan there's not yet been a claim of responsibility but both the taliban and militants from the so-called islamic state have stepped up assaults in the region in recent months.
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for indian soldiers and three suspected militants have been killed in an attack on a paramilitary camp in disputed kashmir officials say the gunman stormed a camp near a southern look for a village no group has claimed responsibility for that attack. footage chaz emerged from a hostage standoff post office in eastern ukraine that ended peacefully on saturday the man seen here had claimed to have firearms as well as explosives police arrested the man all nine hostages were released unharmed authorities say the suspect had a history of drug related offenses. following anti-government protests that spread across iran authorities there have restricted access to social media apps blamed in part for fanning turn out to protesters have been killed in the western city of boulder route tens of thousands of iranians protesting for a third consecutive day on saturday started as an outcry against economic hardship
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quickly turned into the regime demonstrations state officials have warned that those who are will quote pay a price the protests are the largest since post election unrest back in two thousand and. twelve or more we are joined by a.f.p. correspondent eric randolph in teheran eric we've now seen three days of protests last night two protesters were killed what's the situation presently do you expect the protests to continue. it was being kind of hard to get information. quite a lot of internet access and social media ups but we have got reports that there are some relatively small protests. and videos on social media shows purchased elsewhere so we could be in for a fall right on the rest around the country president how son rouhani who has
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been notably absent throughout this period is due to give an address the nation at a time called. and really interesting to see what he says to calm down tensions which does seem to be running slightly out of control. as he said these protests began on economic issues on cost of living issues are. quite virulent and slogans and some vandalism and some violence and different parts yet there's some notion that the hard line elements in this regime were happy to see these protests happen at first in that they would discredit rouhani do you expect him to to close ranks with with the other side of things in the government tonight. well that is something that a few on the lists have said the hard line is economy is. to run
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it for a long time. there are some routes that they hope to start the initial protests that were somewhat shocked by how quickly those escalated it grew out. and we have said already see more truth more moderate hardline factions turin to go referring to the band council revolutionaries somewhat but also careful to make a distinction. there are legitimate economic grievances everybody agrees that. wanting to make sure the is separate from people who are pushing for wider disorder . violence against the system itself that seems like a very fine line to walk especially when the rhetoric is saying that protesters will pay the price for their actions of what kind of response are you expecting in the coming days. so far they are to soften your approach.
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and small western town with the two protestors working out which may be a different story but let me try to do two to not really confront the protesters if it starts to grow we might see the road guards who are there which would be another kind of the bush indeed eric randolph in tehran thanks so much for joining us. the new york times has reported that the f.b.i.'s probe into possible collusion between the trump presidential campaign and russia began after a tip off from an australian diplomat according to the paper former campaign advisor george papadopoulos told the diplomat that russia had obtained thousands of e-mails that would embarrass trump's opponent hillary clinton australia later informed the f.b.i. the agency's russia investigation has hung over the trump administration since he took office almost a year ago. well thanks for joining us here at d.w.
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news in berlin we're going to leave you with some images of spectacular new year's fireworks from auckland and sydney as those cities rang in twenty eighteen enjoy happy new year. glad to be our fighters want to start families to become farmers or engineers everyone of the planet the initial reaction. to learning is kiss the children who have already been the way and.

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