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this is d.w. news a live from orlando separated by war of reunited after decades apart. two people among dozens of north and south korean families leaving each other for the first time we look at why these reunions are happening now. also coming up clashes break out between brazilian locals and venezuelans as tensions over migration come to a head more than a thousand venezuelans who have fled the border town are down forced back to their crisis hit country and
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a big day for greece as it emerges from its final bailout program athens will now be able to tap into money on financial markets for the first time in eight years it follows years of austerity that led to widespread anger as the country tried to cut its debts we'll go live to athens. i'm sara kelly welcome to the program dozens of elderly south koreans are in north korea for a long awaited reunion with family members. and these are just the first of emotional scenes that we are witnessing the first for unions in three years they bring together families who were divided after the korean war in the one nine hundred fifty s. some haven't seen their relatives since the end of that calm. clicked the unions
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more agreed to by the two korean leaders of a historic summit in april part of a recent thaw in relations between the two countries the south koreans were chosen by lottery the oldest of them is one hundred and one these brief meetings are likely to last. are likely the last rather excuse me and only time that many will see each other. let's cross over now to josh smith he is a reuters correspondent in the south korean capital in seoul and josh i mean we just saw those scenes there how are these reunions progressing. so over the next couple days these families will only have about eleven hours each through a series of several meetings and dinners to try to catch up on the years of division between their families and so it's something that many participants in the past are said comes with a lot of mixed feelings we saw some of the emotion there joy but also
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a lot to talk about five people who are living out very different lives in the two different careers and what does it mean for these families that we're seeing here the families from both koreas. so for many of these people this will be as you mentioned the first and last time they may see their family members while a lot of these reunions have been held hostage to some of the geopolitics of the region north korea's nuclear program for example as well as other tensions these are the kind of things that are really affecting people's daily lives on both sides of the border here and it's something that both sides are hoping will continue if tensions continue to improve our relations continue to improve between the two sides there are unions they are part of on the diplomatic front as we mentioned the thaw between the two koreas what is the state of affairs in this process
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so this is one area that both koreas are working to try to improve on this comes amid efforts to try to restart some joint economic programs potentially do some infrastructure projects as well as do a number of joint sports and cultural programs all with the aim of reducing tensions and improving relations between the two these of course all depend however on progress on issues like north korea's nuclear weapons program and so this is something that both sides are working on there remains a lot of ground to still be covered. in seoul thank you. turning to some other news now brazil has announced that it will send troops to a border town that's all clashes between venezuelan migrants and a local population the incident over the weekend has highlighted the growing migration crisis of venice wayland's fleeing the economic and political turmoil in
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their country other south american nations are struggling to cope with the venezuelan exodus our next report starts out in ecuador where the sharp rise in migration numbers has pushed authorities to tighten border controls. it was hoped that drove creates to greater to sell her home and leave her children behind in venezuela. hope that she would soon be reunited with her husband in peru and send for her children. but huddled with hundreds of other venezuelans hope is starting to fade. and i have no hope whatsoever of continuing. i have two children i sold my house i have nothing anymore i can't go back to venezuela with empty hands i don't know what. the new travel restrictions cut gets of by surprise like many others at this ecuadorian border crossing so far
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a tense calm has settled on the checkpoint but elsewhere in south america tempers are flaring brazilians in the border town of pocket i'm a turned on venezuelan immigrants over the weekend forcing hundreds of newcomers to flee back across the frontier the violence broke out after an alleged attack on a local restaurant owner but tensions have been building for years as a huge number of venice whalen's have poured into brazil. back on the ecuadorian border gates is bunkering down for the long haul. if you're good. at the local will do whatever is necessary because we can't go back. to. work. with little confidence in the reforms at home migrants here are holding out hope for a better future just over the border. i must get a quick check now some other stories that have been making news around the world a turkish court has lifted a travel ban on the german journalist masella told who she was arrested and her and
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held the last year after being accused of being a member of a terrorist group told who had already been released from custody but wasn't allowed to leave the country until now. in afghanistan security forces say that they have rescued one hundred forty nine people by the taliban in the northern province of couldn't but around twenty others are still being held hostage after the militants ambushed three buses earlier on monday the ambush comes a day after the government announced a cease fire with the taliban. and the new york times says that the actress and need to campaign or asia are gentile paid money to settle a sexual assault claim her alleged victim said that she assaulted him in a hotel room in two thousand and thirteen he was seventeen at the time argento spoke out for victims of sexual abuse after accusing disgraced producer harvey weinstein of rape last year. at least a dozen people have been killed in the indonesian islands of lombok and soon after
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a fresh series of earthquakes rocked the region a six point nine after the coast to the north east was one of several powerful tremors that triggered landslides damaged buildings and spread panic this just two weeks after the worst earthquakes in the island's recent history killed four hundred and sixty people. which is a scene that is becoming familiar to raise isn't some toll of two meters on the island of lombok the aftermath of yet another powerful an earthquake this measuring magnitude six point three the first in a series to strike the island over a matter of hours damaging buildings and causing panic. i'm very good god i was on the third floor it was very strong and we could feel the building shaking all of the lights went out from. the initial areas quake's epicenter was in law books northeast further trailers came next then
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a stronger and much shallower quake this time measuring six point nine hit off the island's northeast coast here a landslide triggered on the mountain where hikers had been trapped in july quake a week later on august fifth the worst quake in the island's history killed more than four hundred sixty people. his popular with tourists who tales and business is well drilled in the task of getting people out quickly. to war everyone ran out of the hotel but no one pushed their way through the evacuated calmly. fearing further travers' these hotel guests are preparing for a sleepless night i sayit hospitals to moving patients to relative safety. now a major milestone for greece as the country emerges the last of three bailout programs today for the past eight years athens had been dependent on aid from the european
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union the european central bank and the international monetary fund the loans given to greece amounted to two hundred sixty billion euros in return greece had to implement painful austerity measures and reforms now the time has come for greece to finance itself independently on the capital markets but how realistic is that. finally back on their feet financially no more cash injections or bailout funds that's the greek government goal after all the economy has been growing since last year mainly due to greek exports gaining ground last year greece exported goods worth twenty eight point nine billion euros exports have risen by thirty five and a half percent since two thousand and ten but the lion's share is in refined petroleum products a worrying concentration experts say greece itself has no domestic oil reserves it only process is imports and then exports them small businesses are also important
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to the greek economy but they have the make any money many banks are still sitting on bad loans and investors still don't trust the upswing they're also shying away from greece's high taxes and labor costs so well below the e.u. average wages and taxes have risen sharply in greece since two thousand they were at a high point when the crisis really here it in twenty ten then they sank again they've picked up again since last year making greece less attractive for companies in the domestic economy greeks need to earn more money and spend more of it again almost one in five are still unemployed greece has suffered through economic austerity now the country needs to start its recovery. and for more on this let's bring in correspondent. who is standing by for us in athens so and then we have here a big day for greece a big day for europe also but is it cause for celebration. well
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for the greek people definitely not there's no went out on the streets here celebrating in fact to say expect the situation to deteriorate and to get worse in the next couple of months if anything because there's more austerity in store the macro indicators the financial indicators on the books look very good for greece greece is recording record rates of growth but that has yet to trickle down to the real economy and it won't unless there are investors coming in to invest in new jobs to be created and that's what a lot of economists are urging greece to do also warning it not to let up on its reforms don't forget this is a very frail and weak economy what we're seeing is just a nascent recovery the economy has not healed here by any stretch of the
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imagination and there are more than one point two million greeks who are unemployed ok so in order to implement the real economy get back on track as you're highlighting there what sort of homework does the greek government now need to do. well for stereo's everyone is warning you that the central bank governor came out yesterday ahead of this momentous moment to say do not let on these important reforms and it's no surprise that brussels will be sending in officials every couple of months to keep close tabs on the greeks and to be sure that they are continuing with these reforms they also have to bring in foreign investments they also have to create new jobs and they also have to. tackle tax evasion which is we should count to about twenty six percent of the real economy
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and many say here say that as a result of these austerity measures many people many businesses have packed have had to take their their businesses underground trading underneath the trades the table and that has exacerbated a problem which these bailout programs were supposed to heal ok so greece exiting the bailout program but as you've highlighted there brussels is still very much influencing policy in the country anthony cardew with the latest from athens thank you so much. a quick reminder now of the top stories that we've been following for you here at c w dozens of elderly south koreans chosen by lottery have been reunited with their family members in north korea there were unions were arranged by the two koreas leaders at historic summit in april part of a recent thaw in relations and brazil's president has deployed troops to a border town which saw clashes between venezuelan migrants of the local population
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more than a thousand venezuelans were forced to flee back across the border. and what that now you're up to date on your news i'm sarah kelly in berlin thanks for watching out to see you again soon. let's we were. when we were. in the percent of americans and some people in our lives will experience hardship listen.


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