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this is g w news live from berlin tonight reading the report the much anticipated results of the investigation into russian interference in the twenty sixteen u.s. presidential election they've been made public and they deliver a mixed verdict clearing the truck campaign of colluding with moscow but not of the legally obstructing the investigation the president claims he's been vindicated the report however tells
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a different story also coming up tonight press freedom under assault a new report says journalists here in europe and around the world are confronting increasing hostility we'll meet a journalist in exile who paints a grim picture of press freedom in her home country. i'm burnt off it's good to have you with us we begin tonight in the united states reading the molar report special counsel robert muller's investigation into russian interference in the twenty six thousand presidential election that report was made public today it concluded there was insufficient evidence that president trusts campaign colluded with moscow but it did not clear him of having illegally obstructed the investigation president trump says that he has been vindicated meanwhile critics are accusing the white house of. trying to spin this report's
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findings even before the report was released. the long awaited munna report aren't doctored version of it is available for viewing. but hours before americans had their chance to read it president donald trump's attorney general had his say. after nearly two years of investigation thousands of subpoenas hundreds of warrants and witness interviews the special counsel confirmed that the russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the two thousand and sixteen presidential election but did not find that the trump campaign or other americans colluded in those efforts but what about the possible obstruction of justice by donald trump ten episodes were examined and the president took no act that in fact deprive the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation the president was quick to react and took to twitter
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to declare himself fully vindicated he later appeared at an event in washington where he expressed his delight i'm having a good day q it was called. no collusion no obstruction. i. never was by the way and never will be. but democrats criticized william barr for holding a press conference before the report had been released. the speaker of the u.s. house of representatives nancy pelosi currently on a trip to arne and took to twitter and said barres partisan behavior had triggered a crisis of independence and impartiality she went on to demand that special counsel miller provide public testimony in the house and senate as soon as possible democratic senator elizabeth warren said it was
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a disgrace to see an attorney general acting as if he's the personal attorney and publicist for the president of the united states. the report could not conclude that donald trump obstructed justice but it's not over yet for the president and congress can continue to investigate him. and someone who has been reading the reports of his ties barker right here familiar faces one of our u.s. analysts and the veteran of the obama administration and now with the aspen institute so you've been reading the four hundred pages today like the rest of it is. what struck me is that president trump after the release took place said he was having a great day as he read that report i think he's having i mean the entire failings of advisers from the white house is out completely on the defensive today kellyanne conway has already come out and said that they're misrepresentations of what happened immediately after the firing of komi there have been
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a lot of gaps in the narrative filled in for example knowledge that involves a trump and jared cushion or others hope picks were aware that there was dirt on hillary clinton being offered by the russians a lot of these these elements are being laid out especially on the obstruction of justice front and that's really where i think a lot of the focus is going to turn to when there were two cases in this report where we're mothers says you know we were almost there in terms of obstruction of justice the report concludes that the only thing that separated from obstructing justice was the fact that the people he asked to do that for him always said. that could i read that and i thought well isn't this something that's impeachable that is right there in black and what isn't isn't that a massive irony in that in this a lot of the stuff is are to come out in bob woodward's reporting from his book last year where he basically said you know a lot of trumps mandates to his staff rob porter apparently cory lewandowsky and
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others were just not acted upon because the staff knew that this would get the administration an extremely hot water so the irony here is that he actually. he has a staff that's really looking out for his best interest the question is a question of intent as as i think you have men and others you know and when does it become a prosecutable offense and i think that what we're looking at here and this has been indicated in some of the footnotes in the report is that this is something that basically muller said this is something for congress to look at well is that what we're going to see now i mean mulder is going to testify i mean do they we heard the attorney general say he can do that right i'm not against that so let's say he goes to congress and testifies and then it's up to congress to decide what to do i mean the document the report is no longer just a legal document it's now a political document right impeachment itself is political not legal right so there are two avenues that this this is now going to take one is the political avenue which is going to have to do with congress and the other is going to be the
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prosecutions that could occur the further investigations that could occur for example by the new york state attorney general or in the southern district of new york the state of the national attorney there and those and one of the glaring omissions from the report has been trumps finances in the state of crimes finances so there is some speculation that a lot of the elements the evidence that has been found in the in these investigation was farmed out to others to further prosecute which didn't fall in the narrow mandate of very very quickly the democratic presidential candidates you know everywhere across the country have been saying that people are talking about this report they're talking about health care the the economy is this going to change that do you think in the u.s. i mean i think it's similar to frankly if you think about back to nixon and pietschmann or excuse me and his resignation and watergate a lot of the basic facts of watergate were already available in one thousand nine hundred two before the one nine hundred seventy two election what happened was it just the temperature continue to rise through investigations and through the
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reactions of the white house itself and i think that's where where this could become much more pressing matter for the trumpet ministrations times mark thank you very much for talking with you again tonight on the day thank you. well here's some of the other stories that are making headlines around the world north korea has demanded that washington removed secretary of state mike pump aoe from any theater nuclear talks and foreign ministry spokesman described mr bump aoe as immature and reckless earlier north korean media said that the country's military had tested a new tactical guided weapon that's the first reported weapons test in six months new york police have arrested a man who tried to enter st patrick's cathedral with eight leaders of gasoline police say the man told them he wanted to use the cathedral as a short cut but we don't know where to the incident came two days after that fire at notre dame cathedral in pairs indonesian president roberto has claimed victory
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in yesterday's election quick counts give him fifty four percent of the vote but his opponent the former general provoke some beyond joe has also claimed victory he says his campaign has evidence of widespread election cheating fishel results are to be announced on may twenty second. with a german chancellor angela merkel expressed her shock and sadness for the victims of a tour bus crash on the portuguese island of madeira all twenty nine people killed in that crash were germans the bus plunged down a hillside wednesday night. a holiday turned tragedy portuguese authorities worked into the night to clear the wreckage the bus plunged into a house after the driver lost control on an embankment rescuers were able to pull some people out alive but for many it was too late the bus was full of german
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holidaymakers with families waiting for them at home. the german government is doing everything in its power to ensure that the relatives are well informed. the german ambassador and consular staff have already arrived on the islands to provide the necessary care. but it was an official in charge of identifying the victims is already in place. germany has also set up a hotline for the victims' families. on twitter portugal's prime minister antonio costa expressed his condolences and reached out to german chancellor angela merkel . the driver has reportedly survived authorities must now determine what caused the bus to veer off the road. from. the information we have
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from the company is that the bus was relatively new machine. it was just five years old but apparently safety rules were followed and it's premature to talk about the cause of the accident was it was the dance the diplomats a little stoutest items of felicity's on thursday european parliamentarians held a minute if silence for the victims. while three days of mourning will be observed in nigeria. reporters without borders has just published its latest press freedom index the reading is not that good the index is based on access to information legal restrictions and the rate of violence against the media by the state or others eritrea north korea and turkmenistan they are at the bottom of the table these countries are the countries where reporters without borders describes the situation as very serious now let's come to the top of the index there we find northern european countries norway sweden and finland but the picture is not
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positive in all parts of europe european union member hungary dropped fourteen places to eighty seven the news has spoken with a hung jury and journalists who left their home country of hungary and now lives here in germany. barely nine hundred kilometers separate berlin in budapest but for a journalist or a dish areas work the two cities are worlds apart since viktor orban became prime minister nine years ago hungary's media landscape has changed radically and had had her breasts when i was a child i always heard that hungry was one of the most liberal countries in what was the eastern bloc and i grew up with this idea that is depressing but specifically this democracy in hungary is slowly being deconstructed and that press freedom is being restricted. during the experience first hand how new regulations turn the broadcaster where she worked into state controlled media
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critical colleagues were fired she herself quit and went to germany in twenty twelve. bagnall is from back home two hundred journalists including doris former colleague were recently laid off and here t.v. station once critical of the hungary and government he reports that the broadcaster was taken over by a media foundation headed by a manager loyal to the government. as it can a lengthy perspective as there are no long term opportunities for quality journalism in hungary. dora works at a nonprofit organization in berlin with its own news portal and last is an agency that produces content focused on eastern europe she says you can find critical reports written in hungary and about corruption for example but they are mainly online yes get here propaganda there's a lot of propaganda in hungary the governing parties rhetoric has taken over it's
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only present at the same militaristic choice of words the same formulations the same phrases that government speakers use. journalists who do not cooperate are denounced as traitors reporters without borders says this effects not only hungary and journalists skype and let's. in recent years there have been several so-called blacklists in various media or on websites in which specific hungary and reporters or even foreign journalists as well were accused of being liars accused of being foreign mercenaries who want to destroy the country. according to reporters without borders animosity towards the media leads to violence dora fears that this could also happen in hungary. the european parliament has held its final play the recession of his term one member of parliament from slovenia chose to send his colleagues off with a message and a song tickets. and the stuff.
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of the joys of a civil rights or do you have to be the official end of the european i would have my colleague ginnell will sing a song for me she's up next with your business maybe szell's think of a song for us thank you. so much of it. doing link to news from africa and the world your link to exceptional stories and discussion from the news of these events and while website deputed come smoke free coffee join us on facebook doubling in africa.
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