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tv   The Day - News in Review  Deutsche Welle  January 12, 2019 1:02am-1:31am CET

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central europe is no balance night with parts of germany austria and the czech republic effectively shut down and reports of almost twenty weather related deaths d.w. reports from austria i'm feel. this is the day. this . came down the mountain laid out even though it's going to look like. this you know first into the hotel's ground floor. three people were hurt by calling the police. there's all of this has been so much snow is extreme the snow on the roof is pullman's high. as it is on our community alone there are around
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a hundred groups that still need to be cleared from snow. they're already supporting a very heavy load. we have to do this fast before even more snow arrives just before. the snow away several times so we're removing trees as a precaution before they fall on cars on the ground right now there's. all sorts of i suspected kidnapping gripping one of europe's safest country is the wife of one of noice richest men has not been seen for more than two months police now say they first saved a multimillion dollar ransom demand under appealing to the public for help. they audit it but i'm told there's not been any verbal contact yet has not been any sign that she's in life and neither is there any sign that she's dead. for my mother.
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heavy snow this broad has to soften germany and austria has now moved into the balkans and southeastern europe well thought is in bold gary i say to snowboarders have died in an avalanche in the mountainous southwest and the rest of europe at least seventeen people have died in some of the heaviest snow falls for twenty years and forecasters are warning of even more snow on the way. if you still manage to enjoy the abundance of snow but for most it's belles only hard work and danger german soldiers clear rooftops and back just garden to prevent that collapse with fresh snowfall expected over the weekend it is a race against time. in the back of this garden community alone there around one hundred rooms that still need to be cleared of snow they're carrying a very heavy load we all know prioritize and obviously we're going to do that as quickly as possible so the snow is gone before any new snow arrives.
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and this winter wonderland the snow covered hidden dangers helicopter clears the snow from the treetops next to this german highway to avoid them collapsing onto the road. a rise in temperatures on saturday will not bring a creve authorities and also warn that soggy snow will increase the weight bearing down on structures as well as the risk of avalanches. fifty two flutist don't feel the fear is that people will say well there's a lot of snow the weather is better. and our experience from the last thirty years has shown that the first even prove weather is really dangerous it's when most avalanche accidents happen. avalanches have already proven a menace in switzerland i guess we're lucky to survive snow masses that came crashing through the hotel on thursday. this is the devastation caused by three hit me to avalanche that swept into the building at the shock of mountain pass injuring
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three people. across the alps the snow is hampering transport and back to scotland the trains then frozen in their trucks. and while most roads in austria remain open conditions are so hazardous that shops have already run out of snow chains. i didn't lose i'm going to see face covering this story from the austrian town of taiz say welcome i mean what's been going on there. well the snow is still coming down and this is one of the hardest hit areas in all of austria if you can see right here this is the actual death of the snow this is not a snow bank this is not caused by a snow plow it's not a snow drift this is just how much snow has fallen i'd say it's about a metre and a half it's coming up to two metres in some areas but this part of the town is has it under control there are snow plows or rather steam shovels coming through just picking up the snow and carrying it to the outskirts of the town to get rid of it
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because they can't stay in the streets but there's actually a part of town just up the road the road is blocked off. and that has been evacuated and the reason is because of avalanches now if i can describe this for you there's a pocket of snow sitting up in that kind of crater on the mountain and if that snow were to come down it would travel through this narrow valley and there are some houses that are in this valley and they've had to evacuate we talked to a guy today who's holed up at a hotel we found him just drinking a beer by himself he's been staying at the hotel he doesn't know long how long it's going to have to stay at the hotel and right now it looks like the snow is not letting up i what are you hearing from other snowed in towns. well the austrian military has they're really making progress they just went into town there's several dozen people who are there including tourists that have been holed up for quite a while just living off the reef resources it's called hold on hold tower on and
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they actually frida wrote so people can drive out of there now that was kind of the success story for the day in the headlines this morning kind of a sign of hope there was also some young children out from germany who were here on a trip and they were holed up at a little shack in the mountains and the military came in with a helicopter put them on there and got them out but this snow still coming down but the military seems like they've they've gotten the best foot forward on this and the focus the site more snow is on the way how are people preparing for that situation to become even worse that's right there's another meter in the forecast and that's just the days that we can foresee no one really knows when this is going to stop the thing is there's actually a rain forecast for tomorrow in this town anyway and that has the villagers scared even more than snow and i'll explain why it's because rain is heavier than snow if you can imagine the snowflakes alight when they sit on
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a roof it still is extremely heavy for the roof but the rooms a built to last that when rain comes down it creates a disastrous situation and that goes for avalanches too it creates a layer of ice and when more snow sits on top of that it can just slip right off the ice so it's a really dangerous situation when rain gets mixed and let's hope for the best. we'll see what happens i could talk to i mean thank you so much but i'm in a safe in the austrian town of time say thank you. the democratic republic of congo has told the international community to back the outcome of its presidential election they had of the congolese election commission was addressing the un security council as it debated the result which so the opposition leader if you like says she's the katy declared the surprise when an opposition rival mohsen for you lou who came a close second has dismissed the result and says he will challengers in the country's constitutional court. this may not look
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like what you'd expect to see from supporters of a candidate who just lost an election but these jubilant scenes are at a rally in kinshasa for the loser of the presidential vote in the democratic republic of congo the crowds are boyd that runner up martin for you will who says he's challenging the election result in court he claims that he won by a landslide. break up rise up sons of the congo take courage will go to the constitutional court to file an appeal. to the accusers outgoing president joseph kabila of making a backroom deal with the surprise declared winner opposition leader felix she could katie the disputed results have sparked unrest was several deaths reported so far the country's influential catholic church also says its forty thousand election observers found a different winner from the official results but it has not released its tally. as
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can move from data because poland wendy bash is on the line from the congolese capital kinshasa welcome when they how great is the risk of civil unrest. hi everyone i chatted we are all great seeing you again to check out for today tomorrow because tomorrow is the day where myself i usually go as they're going to question of course weaving people to ask mall. one day vacation to really meet and eat also as a nation to be very sad to be review so maybe tomorrow we know more but as you know also today there was violence in this tree right after the meeting today should get back emergence of the reason really raised violence but let's let's wait for some more. so he's talking about going to the constitutional court i know you wanted to modify you know is that me saying that today what else did he have to say. because
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a good meeting was about the constitution of course if you know and it's also easy for the results and according to myself or you you know when the election reached sixty one percent this was the big news to be dismay think actually. and does anybody expect the constitutional court to actually heed this. we only waiting i think next week we'll be seeing but all day answer is about the independence of this court and next week we will see according to the who we know is the court and dependence on oil according to the answer that they would give them i can tell you of course i'm one of the president doesn't complain when is he in all this what comments has he made about the fate of his preferred success and money while saddam. the announcement of the results of the nation he didn't
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say anything. they say and do i can't answer the question because we haven't seen any think oficial need coming from president's cabinet actually. so where does this leave the d.l.c. . what does it mean for the future. for the future of the congolese when you ask them first of all there was tell you that this was a need to reconnection this is the first time where someone coming from the election has been elected to for them it is a big change many many people told me right after the announcement that they decide to change there has been waiting for some of them some of them are also afraid because someone told me in the street one day you know when you get to power you can change we hope that you need to give you one thing one if you have the power so we are waiting an eggcorn call you that just waiting for the day where. do you
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present we be. in function actually. went about changing shasta thank you. thank you. grace has renewed his call for germany to pay billions of euros in reparations for the nazi occupation of the country during world war two speaking during a meeting with greece's president on the second day of a trip to athens german chancellor angela merkel of knowledge her country's historic responsibility for that scribes and grace but did not address the reparations issue directly. in greek president procopius gave the german chancellor an exceptionally warm welcome after years of frosty relations between the two countries on the american look weird to appreciate the friendly reception that tensions linger over the question of reparations problem pulis said his country had not forgotten its call for germany to pay compensation.
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member for the body of his through you know greece's position regarding the occupation loan and reparations for crimes during the nazi occupation in which we consider these demands to still be legally active and they must be brought to a conclusion in the appropriate form is to that which is your greece has demanded compensation worth billions of euros for crimes committed by nazi germany but berlin views the matter as long since resolved i listen to them to all and you can be certain that we recognize our historical responsibility we also know how much suffering we as a germany during the nazi era brought to greece that's why it's our duty to do everything we can to maintain good relations with greece and to lend each other mutual support for the benefit of both greece and germany so who are the only thing that we find that. this was chancellor merkel's first visit to greece since two
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thousand and fourteen back then she was vilified for germany's demands that greece commit to austerity measures during the euro crisis well that conflict has not been forgotten the mood between the two countries seems to be on the mend. yes so we decided to take. a closer look at the state of relations between the two countries . was germany some pasta to greece between two thousand and five and two thousand and ten when i was in greece journey where the best like country when i left because the financial crash you might say. like now in the meantime we have a refugee problem and. the first e.u. country. refugees who enter there when they want to come to your. very special group and mrs america.
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in order not to lean alone in this difficult situation that was received positively. i think the relations between greece and germany now. i think between us and mrs. round to work with each other and to be a government. not to russia which reporters without borders ranks as one hundred forty eight out of one hundred eighty countries for the state of its press freedom the organization says independent media have been stifled as the kremlin takes control of news outlets the vikas that is one of the last independent news outlets and its employees put up with house mint and death threats as part of everyday life the w.
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has been assisted witness their fight for press freedom. sheep in press vests outside the offices of in moscow the display might look cute but it's no petting zoo instead it's part of the latest scare campaign against the opposition newspaper just a few days before the journalists received a severed sheep's head and a funeral wreath addressed to the editor in chief and to journalist denise caught up quote. has worked for novaya gazeta from st petersburg since september even in this cafe in the center of the city he worries about surveillance on the internet he's been accused of being a traitor the wave of online hate is connected to his investigation into the dealings of putin's cohort. he's allegedly behind the so-called troll factory which pays people to promote the kremlin's interests online and behind a controversial russian mercenary. my address is on the internets
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information about my relatives. members of my family. and they openly discuss online about what to do to me before. i say that i find that pleasant and enjoyable of course i don't. feel a certain satisfaction because these threats mean that i wrote the right thing yes . kind of colleagues in moscow at their daily planning conference the newspaper is one of the last truly critical media outlets and russia for over twenty five years. has been highly regarded for its investigative articles into corruption and human rights abuses for years now the journalists here have felt the restrictions on press freedom in the country tighten six of the papers journalists have paid for their reporting with their lives including on that but it she was murdered in two thousand and six. was known for her critical reporting about the conflict in chechnya an element of fear has become part of everyday life.
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in the. newspaper. journalists if we were reporting during war time. there are even though russia is not at war. it's like working in a mine field or. if you had to choose what they should send to she. hed all come without warning and murders someone then i'd rather have a seven sheep's head every single day. the head of the russian journalists union on the other hand says the bigger picture when it comes to press freedom in russia is positive. i think in russia journalists and the government are still learning how to communicate with each other. and even though there are problems there is overreach there are violations that verge on censorship nevertheless the situation overall is improving and internationally speaking the situation in russia
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is decent. but to denise caught up cough his work certainly feels dangerous he sees the risk as a given a normal part of his investigative reporting that he's willing to accept though it has meant that even his daughter has been threatened. i'm interested in covering stories that you can see with the naked eye. with things that i'm trying to the surface. dealings that are secret are usually criminal dealings. of course when you do this work you can take on airs of nothing can stop me but of course i have my limits and god forbid if my opponents are sent out with those limits are. say what story he's currently working on for novaya gazeta but he's sure of one thing he'll have to be ready to face more threats.
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police in norway say they are treating the disappearance of the wife of one of the country's richest men as a kidnapping elizabeth haagen is believed to have disappeared in october today police reveal that a ransom letter had been left to demanding a multi-million you were a ransom to be paid in a crypto currency similar to bitcoin. and elizabeth haagen has been missing for more than two months the wife of one of norway's richest businessman tom haagen was last seen on october thirty first but only now have police revealed her disappearance. investigators have appealed to the public for information so far no suspect has been identified. the search of huggins home just outside oslo failed to turn up useful evidence. the apparent kidnappers are demanding a nine million euro ransom to be paid in the cryptocurrency more narrow which is
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similar to because. they order it but until there's not been any verbal contact yet there's not been any sign that she's in life the neither is there any sign that she's dead at all for my mother. and elizabeth huggins husband tom hogg is a well known property and energy tycoon detectives want to talk to protest koreans and a cyclist seen on security video outside huggins office on the day his wife disappeared in a country with one of the lowest crime rates in europe this apparent abduction has come as quite a shock. i behaved but if i had i'm surprised and horrified that something like this could happen here i also feel great despair for the family it's a terrible situation because the. police are advising the family not to pay any ransom a payment in a crypto currency would make the transaction nearly impossible to trace. officers
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are working on the. theory that mrs haagen was at home when she was apparently abducted but the investigation is making little progress. but if her graph is an investigative journalist with norway's public service broadcaster and r.k. she joins us from the capital welcome to d.w. given the elizabeth haagen went missing in october why are police only now going public well that's one of the things that makes this story unique and extraordinary it seems that the police have been having an intensive and top secrets investigation for ten weeks anyone knowing her public media. she. disappeared. thirty first of october her husband came home and found
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a letter the police have confirmed that now that he found a letter from the alleged kidnappers. and there were threats there are threats to her life if he went to the police or media so that's that would be the explanation for that the police have been trying to keep this low key and investigate to see quickly until this week so given the threats against her life we must presume that the fact that the police the media are now going public with this but the police got nowhere well it's it seems that way that the police were out of leads out of all the options and had to take this risk i assume it has to be a risk that they now went out with a press conference this week and telling that this woman is gone and she's been gone for ten weeks now given noise famously low crime rate do people believe that
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the police are actually up to the task of finding her. well the police they do admit themselves that they they have never had a case similar to this one in fact there are very few cases internationally similar to this one if we are to if this is what it looks like and what the police works with that's their main theory that this is. they're dealing with kidnappers. have been demanding around some in the size of nine million euros paid in a crypto currency and yeah that's the case it's a very unique and special case and very demanding of course also for the norwegian police so now that this case is public what sort of reaction has there been. well i mean it's people are in shock it's shocking it's a very very special case as i said this couple that when sixty eight year old
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hardin and his wife they have lived because they have three children they have several grandchildren they have lived very low profile life just outside of also here but he is known as one of the richest persons in no way. i could talk to thank you for joining us from. norway thank you. thank you. i said the day is nearly done but the conversation continues online to find us at dot com on the twitter outs news. so go have a good.
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