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this is the deputy is coming to you live from bonnie and she lanka for fun and in honor of the victims of the easter sunday attacks. as the nation grieves in remembers those who lost their lives is one question on many people's minds good that easter sunday attacks have been prevented the
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allegations that intelligence failures now allowed the terrorist plot to succeed and a government deputy minister has suggested a possible links to the christ church mosque attacks also coming up in the supreme court rejects the final appeal of two shields journalists today after report of atrocities by the country's military activists see this as a setback for press freedom. the sri lankan government minister has said the suicide bombings that killed three hundred twenty one people at the weekend what carried out in revenge for last month's attacks on two mosques in new zealand fifty people died in the attack in christchurch the so-called islamic state has also claimed responsibility for the
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sri lankan bombings people in sri lanka have been marking today as a national day of mourning relatives of some of the victims gathered for a mass funeral at since about stans church in the gumbel one of the three churches hit in sunday's attacks more than a thousand people gathered to pay their respects. police reportedly warned intelligence chiefs of a possible attack by a local radical group national to hit jamaat but those reports apparently never reached prime minister donald became a singer and his cabinet but these revelations of added to the grief of a nation still in shock. our correspondent michelle just one is in sri lanka and as the country marks a day of national mourning she sent us this report. two days after the tragic loss that happened on easter sunday in colombo a neighborhood prepares to receive the bodies of loved ones that it has lost just
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of hundred metres from st anthony's church one of the locations which were hit amongst the eight locations where explosions happened on easter sunday and then also on the monday after it away and exploded just a few feet from her this neighborhood actually called the police when they saw the suspicious land back to your local status that they call the police and were cleared out local christian communities are shocked these are funeral processions going on but they tell us that this is the first time they have been targeted in this fashion and she lunker they say that even during the thirty years civil war they were not targeted by the l.t.d. some even say the damage from the tsunami did not reach this neighborhood but this started really close to three hundred lives lost colombo is in mourning colombo is in shock and people here tell us that even though they are white and that they're scared as christians but they are unwilling to leave that's not something that is an option this is this is their home and they even stand strong today is
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a national day of mourning across sri lanka and colombo itself of course is in mourning but also there's anger amongst the people because of reports that authorities may have had knowledge of the upcoming blasts off their upcoming planning off an attack but enough was not done listen straight to colombo for the very latest and journalist john miller national dana standing by jim is the deputy defense minister has just given a statement to parliament speaking about these attacks what does he say. fred he has identified the attackers saying that they were from a group called the national call him out and he said that the initial investigation tie reveals that these this was in detail years and to conduct christchurch attacks but he said putting this to get him to work going into this he also said that that this is obviously a terrorist group and that there was a massive search operation which is still going on to address any youth or anybody
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else who was who is linked to this natural talent here jim are so right now what we are hearing is that it's a retaliatory attack is there any kind of information did he say anything about an international link to this local radical muslim group that you were talking about because in the initial days the prime minister had mentioned that he felt the this small group may have good support from an international terrorist group. yes right now it has become and you can obvious that this group could not have operated on its own and they are definitely linked to a foreign international terror group and in fact time is running become a singer they say in college money shot while aboard that. local group definitely has international and foreign reaks which is why they have urged for any international assistance for conducted to probe and to say this statement has been backed by waqar president mike
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a conversation has also said he has appealed to the international community to assist sri lanka at this hour of need to are these just goes on to show that the disco group did not operate on its own and to abandon people prior warning certain attack was imminent what exact information did the intelligence agencies have. yes so what we are hearing is that during the first three quarter your career the state intelligence and the police had received information of possible terrorist attacks and just a few days ago it's one of the listen it is extortion and minister confirmed that his security division had received a letter saying that security had been beefed up for legislators and probably i think he is if you grew up in time to prove that there was correct on not only the pros but unfortunately the prime minister said he was not aware of this and neither was his cabinet of ministers and that adequate measures were not taken as
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a result that the government has allowed to look into the it but this is also lead to several questions and over the month in court forward calling for the resignation of the country's police chief or his negligent. jimmy management in colombo thank you very much for talking to us let me now bring you up to date with some other stories making news around the was in northern ireland police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of janice mckinney she was killed last week writing in every the militant group. has claimed responsibility for the killing in a letter to look the media it says mckee was tragically killed as a tactic what it called the enemy the police. county has begun in egypt's referendum on draft constitution amendments the potentially allowed president a bill for. to stay in office until two thousand and thirty the amendments would
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also boost the rule of the military and expand the president's power. appointments results are expected by saturday. the main candidates in spain's general elections clashed over how to handle catalonians independence drive accusing each other of lying in a tense t.v. debate that left questions open on what coalition deals might be struck spain's parliamentary election on sunday is one of the most divisive since the country return to democracy in the one nine hundred seventy s. . more than a thousand representatives of indigenous peoples from all over the world have gathered in new york for the eighteenth session of the united nations permanent forum on indigenous issues this year session is focused on the generation transmission and protection of indigenous peoples traditional knowledge. meanwhile supreme court has rejected the final appeal of two reuters journalists
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serving a prison sentence because of their reporting on the country's crackdown on muslims . have spent more than sixteen months in detention they were arrested during an investigation into the killing of ten ring up muslim men during a military crackdown in the western part of me in my district court sentenced the two journalists to seven years in prison last september for illegally possessing official documents they've been since awarded the pulitzer prize for their book. for more now d.w. southeast asia correspondent charlotte chosen joins me charlotte now that this appeal has been rejected what prospect of the journalists have of being released. i mean it well there is now no higher court that these generals can take their appeal to the supreme court is mia mas top court so that really does quash any hopes for these journalists of some sort of judicial reprieve that doesn't mean to
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say though that all hopes are lost their supporters have been putting out statements today saying that they will continue to do all they can to secure the release of these journalists a lawyer for the two men has also said that perhaps petitioning the president is an option of mia mars an option that they will consider at the moment there is no sign of any sort of presidential pardon so you this ruling today really is a huge blow to the journalists themselves their wives who were in court to hear that ruling come down and also their supporters many of whom around the world deeply concerned by this case and fear that it is a signal over a decline in freedom of expression in me and i'm shocked what message does this verdict send to all the journalists investigating allegations of human rights violations in myanmar. one human
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rights organization in the lead up to this ruling had documented what it called a climate of fear among journalists in me i'm on now this ruling today is likely to only increase that climate of fear and fight down this the international has said that this is a real blow to press freedom in me and more also pointed out that that is not just journalists who who it is concerned for what it also says that there has been a crackdown on freedom of expression among other critics of authorities in me m r it's pointed out that it's alleged that in the last few days a number of other critics have been arrested in mia ma so there is some real concern a lot of people as well very. angry actually rights groups. sushi the de facto leader of me in ma they'd hoped that she would come out in defense of these journalists and in fact she gave
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a statement in the build up to this ruling saying that she didn't believe that these journalists were arrested for journalism she said that in essence they violated the law. and that reporting my views to what their colleagues has been awarded the pulitzer prize the house i've gone done with authorities and me and my . that's right their colleagues from reuters completed the investigation following their arrest and published its findings now since those findings were released myanmar has arrested and jailed number of soldiers in connection with that with the publication which allege that the military had been involved in the massacre. muslim men and boys and now the authorities in meum are in general deny any such atrocities they say that their crackdown on the range of muslims has been targeting insurgents and militants and it denies any attacks on civilians shortages
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a bill in bangkok thank you very much for that update the philippines has been dropped by a series of powerful earthquakes today a quake with a magnitude of six point four hit the central regions there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage and this comes as today often only a prick there to the country's north and left at least sixteen people dead risk your teams are still searching for survivors after monday's tremor. another big relief for rescuers as they pull the survivor out of the rubble. they've been working around the clock since the strong tremor on monday but despite immense time pressure rescue us have to proceed carefully to avoid crushing anyone still trapped of course. the structure of course the structure is big and heavy and we have to be careful in clearing the debris because there might be survivors so it's hard but
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we're doing everything we can. this is the moment when the earthquake struck captured on a mobile phone water from a swimming pool cascading down a building. and here the aftermath several centuries old churches have been seriously damaged as well as some bridges houses and roads. the city of parekh located in the northern philippines near the capital manila is one of the worst hit areas. one of this residence recalled to fear she experienced. are all up was big but by big we were shocked and terrified we weren't expecting it at all. but it only lasted about twenty seconds but it was very strong. it was our first time experiencing something like that in our whole lives why and i mean. but that was not the end of it today another strong tremor hit the nation
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this time in the center of the country. here in germany the rightwing populist party alternative for germany e.f.t. wants germans to be proud of being german and that's because the party believes people spent too much time remembering the crimes of the nazi era germany has developed or of course a culture of reserve remembrance to ensure that a doctor shop to insist tree is not repeated. not far from berlin sex and house and concentration camp was one of many sites where people were brutally annihilated on a huge scale german world war two school groups come here from across europe to learn about nazi atrocities. this is short this is really depressing. that makes me feel very sad as it's a horrible feeling to be here. until now there has been
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a consensus in german politics to ensure that the crimes of the nazi era and not forgotten especially among younger generations but the far right a.f.d. reject this they claim nazi history takes up too much school time and say the culture of remembrance is bad for germany. the effect ladies and gentlemen is quite clear young people are systematically brought up to feel guilt and shame about being german and they learn to associate germany with evil to you first is this to us or to you the sentiments are not just expressed in parliamentary debates the director of the sachsenhausen memorial says sites like this are directly targeted by the far right. but minutes minister from a there was a group here that was either in the f.t. or aligned with it but we don't know if they were party members who were denying nazi crimes at that investigation by the public prosecutor's office is continuing
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coverage of these people even denied the existence of the gas chambers talking with us what i can fend for off coming up with. provocations like these are only part of the a if these tactics for example in the state of bottom the party has tried to reduce public funding for memorials there is no majority support for such measures but some fear that public opinion may change. without financial support these institutions can no longer fulfill their educational mandate from. and that is open to political manipulation produce off with a if pieces germany's nazi past should be seen in a wider context. and we also want to focus on the positive aspects of german history because we think every nation needs positive points to identify with its feelings been in power what is important even to stressing the favorable
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aspects of german history is pulling the wool over people's eyes and i think it's wrong and downright dangerous and we have done important work over decades taking a critical look at our own history. our political conflicts that could affect the future of germany's public memorials. and for more i'm joined by dr felix klein his journeys and images and commissioner in frankfurt i welcome dr klein as we heard the father if d. is trying to change the culture of remembrance that is so unique and so important to germany how divided are you that they will succeed. well they have attempted and we've seen several attacks against our remembrance culture and unfortunately we have to accept that many people in germany think. that way and of course government and all the other parties should work
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out strategies to show and to make it clear to the german public that our remembrance culture has made our democracy strong and is really an asset for and for for our society and so what this is. as a new generation grows up in you and to me dr ken how do you see the culture of remembrance evolving. well the question is always. how how do we present the remembrance culture to the younger generations also to also to migrans people who've come to germany recently and we have to find new forms of remembrance culture that that appeals to everybody and of course it is. appalling to note that a large number of german students does not know what auschwitz is what the concentration about the holocaust is and there we really have to find you on says and the memorial sites have been in
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a growing responsibility in that context and you seem to crimes on the rise in germany that's according to statistics but also in other european countries so what do you suggest as a commission of anti semitism in germany what needs to be done to tackle this. well we have to once again to develop a remembrance culture that appeals to everybody you know that we should make clear to ourselves how dangerous this is our civil society when when it collapses like it did in the nineteen thirty seven forty sort remembrance culture but then also education is very important. people should. realize that jewish life is something very normal it's an intricate part of german culture and everybody anybody who attacks that takes our own culture and it's not only in take against a jewish person but against the society as a whole and so we have to to grow that. that
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feeling so teachers in schools and also the general public should. get the techniques and to get to know. the way how they tackle anti-semitic wordings and and it takes in order to counter that if you want to extend is this rise of anti-semitism a link to the rise of the far right in germany. well i wouldn't say that the far right also if the as a whole i wouldn't say that it's an anti-semitic party but unfortunately they have . used anti-semitic rhetoric and leading. politicians of the f.t. have openly expressed anti-semitic views and they do so because they think they will have success in the political arena so we have to.
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talk about that and to make it clear that any anti-semitic rhetoric wherever it comes from the far right from the far left or from muslims is not acceptable in our country right felix klein gemini's and you semitism commish to thank you very much for talking to d w. in thailand and the battle against encroaching see a combination of climate change industrial farming and rapid urbanization has ravaged the country's fragile coastline and the mangrove forests that protected the result a quarter of thailand's show was rooting threatening coastal communities and cultural landmarks so much in more history thirty years ago the buddhist temple stood in the middle of a village today it's surrounded by sea the villages fled years ago rebuilding their homes on higher ground but one man refuses to budge. something like
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if the temple were moved to a lot of people i wouldn't know that used to be one here that was destroyed. by me but if we stay and we gradually develop yes we can go on. by the income. about. the habit and he's floating temple have become symbols in the fight to restore thailand's foster writing caused. vast mangrove forests used to hold the shows together but they've been decimated to make way for shrimp and salt farms. there's now a rush to restore the fragile ecosystem these volunteers have come from bangkok to help replant the coastal forests and hold the rosen which also threatens the thai capital. bangkok mangroves also disappearing. some of the city now submerged just two kilometers from where people live.
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coastal communities have built bamboo barriers and cement pylons to hold back the advancing sea. some even reporting success but for abbot some nerk there's little or peace floating temple who ever see dry land again. now for some sport and to bundestag a football where fourth place frankfurt was denied a victory in the last moments of bullets but frankfurt scored first on monday night in the seventy eighth minute when you're not on the loose one fired the bone in from close range as the clock ticked into injury time a pos from one of spurs felix klaus made it easy for john anthony brooks frankfurt could only manage a one one troll. now the german cop is down to its final four teams braman host vine linnik tomorrow but tonight's first semifinal features an interesting match up between hamburg and leipsic hamburg were relegated
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from the bundesliga last season for the first time in their history but suddenly this season fans and reeling off a german cup tie to for the first time since one thousand nine hundred eighty seven . how much suffering in the second tier may be nearing its end they're sitting second in the table but it's not because of their recent form the top doesn't want to be game in their last five encounters in the german cup though it's been a different story france the semifinals with relative ease. so i was of embassy and we played very well at home in the cup as i now we have a chance to end up in the final arguments let's not get in front. of it were not going to make it easy for them we're going to do everything in our power to book our spot in that final even though we know how good luck for courses and in this and he would like to hear us but i'm leipsic or good they're sitting third in the
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bundesliga title and are in beaten in fourteen come to functions that run in the composite being so. hard ford wins against hoffenheim volves berg and. morgan is on to this is the german cup and of course the match is in hamburg. in front of their own crowd they'll be desperate to seal a place in the final so we don't expect an easy opponent or an easy game. win for leipsic would result in their first ever cup final. you're watching the news here is a recap of the top stories that we're following for you mansfield redonda rate in sri lanka as people observe a national day of mourning the death toll from the easter sunday bombings has risen to three hundred and twenty one a government minister has claimed that the bombings may be revenge for last month's attacks on mosques in christchurch new zealand. and meanwhile supreme court has
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rejected the final appeal of two jailed for reuters journalists there serving a seven year prison sentence related to their reporting on a military crackdown against rohingya muslims. up next kick off a review of the bundesliga subash state thirty i'm amazed that she appears to have your company and do remember you can see lots want to read said this interview dot com about a. kick
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