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curious minds. do it yourself networkers. so subscribers don't miss. this is e w news line from girl in sri lanka full silence for the victims of sunday's bombings. the nation begins the grim task of burying over three hundred twenty victims the so-called islamic state now says it was behind the deadly easter bombing also coming up germany tries to pass
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a resolution at the united nations tackling rape as a weapon of war but russia and china have watered down the measure and now the united states is threatening to veto it and a mere mars supreme court rejects the final appeal of to jail journalists who dared to report on atrocities carried out by the country's military against the muslim minority activists denounced the decision calling it a setback for press freedom. on whale hunt thank you so much for your company everyone sure longo is mourning the deaths of more than three hundred twenty people in the eastern sunday bombings while the country ground to a halt on tuesday morning to observe three minutes of silence while in colombo people started burying the dead our correspondent nischelle just walmart's
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a small community of christians in the capital grieving for their loved ones. a family waiting forty nine year old sean p. went to attend the easter service at st anthony's church they have not heard from her since after multiple trips to the hospital and even the mortuary they have not found her. i only did it in the morning anywhere any warmer than i would push she went to the church i'm sure of it more than ever did was she always comes home after going to the church did you but she never came back you know i know is she still not back in the autumn evening we went and searched for her because we couldn't find her. we're still searching for me there's no information we were the only living room in st anthony's was one of the eat locations hit in the cedar blasts on sunday all around it is a neighborhood in mourning residents here saw another explosion on monday in an
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abandoned one as people read to receive the bodies of friends and loved ones they silently contemplate their own survival a few feet from the site of two blasts. as locals here prepare for funerals they tell us that the death toll in neighborhood could have been much higher but for the factors that people close of the charge of ten was a little on saturday evening and on sunday morning people who live father of eight and services the blasts hit on easter which was a sunday morning. this is a mixed neighborhood people from all religions just like here many residents muslims and hindus pitch in to help local christians are unable to understand the carnage. you know and then a little will say this is new for me to make you know even during the time of the tunnel tigers we went talk attending that even the tsunami didn't damage this area these attacks of shock to us allow that if you don't go that the god of views day
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this is so sad today's choose day we usually go to mass but the church is closed to sri lankans and especially residents of this neighborhood very sad that it would add. but sadness and anger have to be put on hold to bid farewell to those who were lost. today colombo has come together to mourn. while investigations are underway over who might be responsible the so-called islamic state says it was behind the bombings although it has not offered a shred of evidence for lanka's prime minister of course britain are saying it warned it's likely that there are more explosives and militants still at large speaking at a news conference a little earlier the prime minister also addressed the ongoing investigation into the attacks and here is what he said i would like to see that the mr gates they're making good progress in regard to identifying to be.
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brits. but it means that i did finally get out bits and look at what they need. well joining me now from a colombo is reporter jim rely on those who are dean to me about what more did the prime minister reveal about the ongoing investigation. the but the timing is something that's a month sorry to have to suspect had been taken into custody but several more for x. large and a massive search operation is on the base when that's all those love right now what we do know is that a local ready for group cause and that's most obvious a mosque has been discussed is responsible for the attacks and the activity against isis as if they meant by the isis. today evening the timing is so also said that they were searching differing investigating to see if there was another foreign
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hand in this and he also says that some of the suspects had gone abroad and had to see screening there so massive investigations are continuing but the security forces and hopefully in the coming days we should have more wants is. jimi what he acknowledged the calling that islamic state was behind you attack were the suspects inspired by islamic state or were they directed by a so-called islamic state do you know i did not have that information at the moment but because my this is the time that the country from all all stated that they had direct contact with i think. what we do know is that. the local press being inspired by how the isis operates and with the data directly a controlled by the i.c.c. is yet to be seen because what the timing is to say is that there are reports that they are connected to the isis but there are going to be footing the bill gates and so vehement suspect the reason he was the so i think with the duty now the prime
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minister as you referenced in your first answer warned that there may be more potential terrorists at large in that there was even an attack planned on a fourth hotel that's very alarming how on edge are people where you are. it's an extremely scared of the i mean if you will resist canonical right now and even the outskirts of old. today being a weekday you should these days enormous traffic on a little suspect days activity seen over the shop but those close offices that those people ngos p.c.'s have to step outside and react earing information and at least everyone although at that one those needs are being found suspicious apostles are being found so the crisis is on the ground to put the sounds on the conducting massive operations and they have been many of those it's fallen since sunday's explosion now there have been of course serious intelligence
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a lapses are people furious with authorities who they believe the government failed to protect them to the prime minister addressed this issue the timing is so good that on is the fact that they have a prior warning and that these attacks could have been. stated that he knew the seven summits and pop information crisis on this explosions some of these explosions could have been avoided and he also said that sorry information was given and security could have been tightened in the soccer fans but unfortunately somebody has not kept finding it so all of the president informed and investigations are ongoing that the money is looking into this is that the timing is the dick said that the president himself a scolding into the right to a journalist a genuine national indian in the usual long can capital colombo reporting thank you . well as for sugars to find those responsible for the attacks the sri lankan
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government has blocked access to social media so and officials say it is necessary to stop the spread of misinformation which they fear could make a bad situation even worse let's get you the social media angle now with karl nasmyth who joins me now for more on this aspect bring us up to speed what's the state of play right now well this is day three where the government shutdown the most popular social media platforms in the country we're talking about facebook instagram snap chat you tube among others plus these messaging apps which are so crucial for communication once sap and viber the government essentially is saying look the dangers of social media right now are outweighing any potential benefits of these services they say they're not going to turn them back on in fact until this investigation into the bombings is complete and that puts sri lankans and their families and relatives in a difficult position it's very hard to communicate within the country and especially without the country to see if your relatives are safe and that's the whole thing i mean so is the government right to be concerned has social media been
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weaponized before it has and i mean look sri lanka we know it's seen its share of ethnic violence in the past in fact just last year there was the government also shut down social media there were facebook posts that helped to trigger anti muslim violence there you know it got so bad take a look at this a group of sri lankan organisations wrote this open letter to mark zuckerberg essentially saying facebook needs to do a much better job of moderating the platform there was so much. content on facebook at the time now we're also seeing this information being spread right now in sri lanka this just one example we found it's a fake police account on facebook it's spreading false news it claims to be the sri lankan police of course is not and look this is a problem in other countries too not just sri lanka during the fire at notre dame cathedral you tube algorithm linked videos about the fire to the attacks on nine eleven. and falsely maybe linking the fire to an act of terror and of course the
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mass shooting at christ church that was live streamed on facebook so it can be a problem the government maybe has a right to be concerned so that they make the right decision by pulling the plug on social media well that's the debate a lot of people are discussing that i mean the war on the one hand blocking social media as you mentioned it it can really just stop the spread of misinformation altogether it can calm tensions especially when when you're at the height of emotion right after an attack on the other hand this is a blunt instrument you're not just talking misinformation you're blocking all informations relock as a place where it's very difficult to find reliable information social media for many people is where they go to to know what's happening critics are asking is this even effective i mean a lot of people if you want to post fake news you can get around a blog you can use something like a v.p.n. and look facebook has some useful tools as well the safety check feature you can easily tell your friends and relatives that you are safe it's interesting way to look a few years ago facebook was being praised as this critical tool after emergencies a great way for governments and responders to basically organize after
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a disaster not so much anymore we're seeing the other side of it all right karl thank you so much for the social media angle on that story thank you. and i'd like to bring up to speed now with some of the other stories making news around the world. were ports from a russian and north korea from russia rather and north korea indicate that north korean leader kim jong un will go to russia later this month for his first ever summit with president vladimir putin while preparations are under way in the eastern city of latifah stuck where it said the meeting is expected to take place. rescue workers in the philippines are searching for survivors after at least fifteen people were killed in a six point one magnitude earthquake north of manila another even stronger quake hit the south of the country but there were no immediate reports of destruction there. more than a thousand representatives of indigenous peoples from all over the world have
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gathered in new york for the eighteenth session of the united united nations permanent form on indigenous issues while this year's session is focused on the generation transmission and protection of indigenous peoples traditional knowledge . meaning our supreme courts has rejected the final appeal of two workers journalists serving a prison sentence because of their reporting on human rights violations against were henge of muslims in the country well the two reporters have spent more than sixteen months in detention they were arrested during an investigation into the killings of revenge of muslim men during stepped up military operations in the western part of me in march a district court sentenced the journalist to seven years in prison last september for illegally possessing official documents and they've since been awarded the pulitzer prize for their work. the u.n.
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security council is taking up a resolution that condemns rape as a weapon of war germany which currently chairs the council introduced a measure and writing in the washington post foreign minister michael marrus and actor angelina jolie have called for action against sexual violence in college lives they said impunity for perpetrators remains the norm on the measures facing resistance from the u.s. china and russia. all right and joining me now from washington is our correspondent in helena humphrey good to see how an out war of course is mostly waged by men and women have historically been victims of rape unfortunately used as a weapon of war and it's as old as time surely stopping that and punishing the perpetrators is long overdue. right they are and i think essentially that is germany's argument as it brought this resolution to the table of the un
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security council in new york rape as a weapon of war is an international war crime that's been set out under the geneva convention for the past seventy years and germany's argument essentially was that it is time to end impunity it's time to send a fact finding missions collect evidence and prosecute the international criminal court obtain justice for the survivors of these atrocious war crimes if you compare it to other war crimes for example when there are allegations of genocide when there are allegations of chemical weapons attack being used fact finding missions are sent that said a lot of resistance now to this text at the u.n. security council and ultimately we could see is a very rooted down version of this text amounting to little more than an informal working group on women peace and security i mean is frankly baffling helen why are some countries resisting this most notably the u.s.
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china and russia. i would say that baffling as well but without resistance coming from the u.s. russia and china what they are against is that formal mechanism to enforce that formal reporting mechanism in prominent products in the un special envoy on sexual violence in conflict zones have said we're about to be removed this would be a very weak text indeed how would you enforce how would you police the united states has also got further resistance when it comes to language over women's reproductive rights saying that this is essentially a tacit endorsement of abortion and that really echoes the policy we've seen coming from the trump administration in recent months with regards to women's reproductive rights now in terms of european members on the security council the u.k. and france they have said that this must be included and essentially were it not to be this would be rolling back the progress made by the united nations on human
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rights women's rights over the past twenty five years now and it's an atrocious issue but just outline for our viewers a little bit more how endemic is it to conflict is absolutely endemic leyla and i think of rape as a weapon of war acts like no other weapon in war in that it can end up cutting through communities stigmatizing survive as we've seen that in rwanda we've seen that in uganda we've seen that in the democratic republic of congo over two hundred thousand women they're victims of campaigns in meanwhile for example it's forced people over the border into bangladesh is forced them to flee and i think right now even we have to be aware in cameroon some atrocious testimony coming from women who are in the grip of separatist violence in that country it continues helena humphrey reporting from washington thank you. and back here in germany the right wing
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populist party alternative for germany or a.f.p. wants germans to be proud of being german the party believes people spent too much time remembering the crimes of the nazi era germany has developed what's called a culture of remembrance to ensure that a dark chapter in its history is never repeated. not far from berlin sex and house and concentration camps 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 true and this is really depressing fruitless that makes me feel very sad little as it's a horrible feeling to be here. until now there has been a consensus in german politics to ensure that the crimes of the nazi era not forgotten especially among younger generations but the far right a ifti reject this they claim nazi history takes up too much school time and say
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the culture of remembrance is bad for germany. view cumani 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 is this is the us it's you know these sentiments are not just expressed in parliament three debates the director of the sachsenhausen memorial says sites like this are directly targeted by the far right. but minutes minister from 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. and investigation by the public prosecutor's office is continuing coverage of these people even denied the existence of the gas chambers documents as what is of their concern for us come on going to work with. provocations like these are only part of the a if these tactics for example in the state of bottom the
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party has tried to reduce public funding for memorials there is no majority support for such measures but some fear the public opinion may change. without financial support these institutions can no longer fulfill their educational mandate from if in my novel i mean that is open to political manipulation produce off the list a.s.d. says germany's nazi past should be seen you know 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 do you suppose you can do to stressing the favorable aspects of german histories pulling the wool over people's eyes i think it's wrong and downright dangerous and we have done important work over decades taking a critical look at our own history and i'm not sure that our political conflicts
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that could affect the future of germany's public memorials. to russia now where the government is showcasing the country's military involvement in syria russian troops have been in syria since twenty fifteen backing the regime of president bashar al assad they've also been fighting the so-called islamic state there well now the train is making a nationwide tour of russia this playing war trophies like weapons and technology the army says it can't shirt and say. the defense ministry says the train will travel get this almost thirty thousand kilometers across russia and i lost our correspondent in your ear shadow followed it for several stops and filed this report from the city of cazan. next stop the city of cars on arriving at ten in the morning the train is greeted with plenty of pomp the twenty
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cars carrying armored tanks and other military tech seized by the russian army in its campaign to defeat the so-called islamic state in syria. even i yes many labs for the a legit production of chemical weapons are on display. it's a victory lap through sixty cities to inspire pride and patriotism and russia's achievement. what's not to celebrate. russia must see this train to avoid the horrors that's unfortunately a fact of life in other parts of the world russians should understand the role of the country in fighting terrorism around the world. no selfies are allowed and visitors are encouraged to ask about the spoils of war on board the so-called syria train according to the defense ministry all the soldiers on hand took part in the fighting. for the past three years moscow has been helping the
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syrian army against i.a.s. and keep president bashar al assad in power. our boys are helping the poor syrians. so much so. with success. what's russia doing in syria. so that you. will get some kind of assistance for the country so that with the assistance of it it can have what's it called again peace that's it. does our youth should see the tools of war so they know that war is terrible. absent from viewer the russians who didn't make it back from syria. the defense ministry says one hundred sixteen soldiers were killed in combat but it's not just ordinary troops who are deployed there. human rights activists say private armies from russia are also fighting mercenaries who don't appear in any
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official figures. for months a big grazer but no one knows the exact number of private soldiers fighting in syria many of them die that. the families of some fallen mercenaries are trying to get compensation for losing their loved ones although these private soldiers fight alongside ordinary russian troops in syria the state has officially nothing to do with them not only that private armies are forbidden in russia. that is going into well it's a war in syria has two sides or one shows that russia is waging an official war on terrorism. the shadow side is the one we're not supposed to see russia has to expose it and come clean with its hidden nontransparent structures in syria. after cars on the syria train is off to another city on its tours but as a symbol of a successful campaign against terrorism it leaves many questions unanswered.
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now the german cup is down to its final four teams braman hosted by a new nick tomorrow but tonight's first semifinal features an interesting match up between hamburg and i am berger relegated from the want to sleep out last season for the first time in their history but suddenly this season fans are dreaming of a german cup title for the very first time since the one nine hundred eighty seven i convert suturing conditioning to second tier may be nearing its end sitting second in the table but it's not because of their recent form doesn't win in the game in their last five encounters in the german cup though it's been a different story france the semifinals with relative ease. as far as of embassy and we've played very well at home in the cup as i now we have a chance to end up in the final contemplation up in fun and the feel of it we're
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not going to make it easy for them we're going to do everything in our power to book in that final even though we know how the good luck for places and in the city would. yes. and life seeker good they're sitting third in the bundesliga table and are in beaten in fourteen come to functions they're running because passing being so smooth is hard for wins against hoffenheim fallsburg and out burg morgan is causal and 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 a.z. opponent or an easy game to win for leipsic would result in their first ever cup final. all right and a reminder of the top story that we're tracking for you this hour. sri lanka has begun burying the victims of meat easter sunday bomb attacks which killed over
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three hundred twenty people so called islamic state has now claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings which targeted churches hotels in the capital colombo. you're watching the i mean you're just coming up the race for the bundesliga title it is into the homestretch we'll have all the action from the weekend in kick off after the break and we will rock and roll in on behalf of the entire news team thank you so much for spending part of music.
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is a fifteen year old girl. being gang raped. his teacher is beating a boy for talking back and class for the rest of the class points his. dearest top first being hit by his mother breaking a class. just because you can see violence against children doesn't mean others and there are make the invisible visible of us mike violence against children disappear .
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