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this is the day of you news live from taiwan becomes the 1st nation in asia to approve same sex marriage lawmakers easily passing the landmark legislation this despite a last minute attempt by conservatives to defeat the bill will tell you what rights the new law grants to same sex couples also on the show. a move to boycott the u.s. state of alabama gains momentum after the passes the country's most restrictive abortion law our correspondent visits the capital to talk with people on both sides
of the divide plus we just leaning against seniors. we discriminate against brilliance. present trump unveils an immigration overhaul he wants to favor a highly skilled migrants over those with family ties to the u.s. but with a deeply divided congress this is planned that on arrival. i brian thomas thanks so much for joining us in a landmark 1st of 4 asia taiwan's parliament has legalized same sex marriage the bill louse same sex couples full legal marriage rights that including in areas such as taxes insurance and child custody it followed a long debate and a referendum in which same sex marriage was rejected by voters put forward by the government the bill also. survived attempts by conservatives to pass
a watered down version that whatever moved any reference to marriage from the law. now despite the outcome of today's vote the issue of same sex marriage continues to divide the country but for those who've had to put their futures on hold a vote couldn't come soon enough. shane lim and mark yuan have spent the last 2 years planning their wedding in fine detail. the cake shop owners from taipei have been dreaming of their special day since 2017 when taiwan's top court ruled same sex couples should be allowed to marry. her hundreds of taiwan may often be overlooked internationally the kind of the things we have done are visionaries that create you know we can be proud of their heads the hottentots are all. but on top of the usual wedding stress is shane mark and other taiwanese same sex couples have a bigger problem support for the issue is divided. by
the 3 different bills were table for friday's vote but only one use the word marriage put forward by the government it allows same sex couples similar rights as married heterosexual couples a bill satisfactory for the l g b t rights campaigners the other versions backed by conservative lawmakers were void of the term marriage. not everyone on this relatively liberal island shares these people's desire for equality in the series of referendums last year more than 2 thirds of voters decided marriage should only be defined as being between a man and a woman numbers that opponents of same sex marriage say cannot be ignored. to their views william yang joins us now with more from a type a very divisive issue in the countries we just heard there william this is a 1st for asians though what are some of the reactions to the law that you're
hearing there in type. so inside on right now add to the same that was occupied by the pro-marriage equality groups and we just heard the legislature finally finally passed the entire bill which makes out time $100.00 fishley the 1st country to legalize same sex marriage and how people are absolutely thrilled to see people hugging and waving the rainbow flags and chanting all kinds of 2 slogans are celebrating this historic moment however there are still some might mean a complication which the campaigners think that. it's something that has not really present them for marriage right so in the interview that they told me earlier think that they will continue to fight until they really reach a for marriage strike at the center of ok can you tell us what some of those areas
are what are the areas where there are no full legal rights for same sex couples. 6 in the current version that would just pass right now just only limitation of adoption right so in order for all same sex couples to be able to say let's stop by there well the government well how a man that her and a fill that was just passed additionally there was no mention. how transnational couples well be able to register as legally married in taiwan so that's the challenge that the new things by a lot of the transnational. look at our report we heard there about the referendum last november where voters rejected same sex marriage how did that figure in the discussions in the voting today in parliament. yes last year referendum 7600000 eligible voters in taiwan
supported the idea that there should be between a man and a one however the ruling party. ok we lost that signal we'll see if it did that back up later in the show thanks so right now to william yang there in taipei let's briefly know some of the other stories making news this hour venezuela's self declared president wanted why go as confirmed he sent delegates to norway as that country tries to mediate in the venezuelan crisis but why don't i direct talks were underway with president duros government this is the 1st official confirmation of an attempt at dialogue in venice where those months long power struggle. and china born architect who shaped urban landscapes pay has died at the age of $102.00 his words were hailed by many but also met with controversy they range from hong kong's bank of china stars draper to the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the louvre.
the former u.s. intelligence analyst chelsea manning has been jailed for contempt of court for the 2nd time this year after refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating wiki leaks manning has already spent 2 months in jail and has repeatedly rejected a prosecutor request to cooperate with a court. just an f. 16 fighter jet has crashed into a warehouse just outside march air force base in california the pilot ejecting moments before it crashed he was unhurt but 5 people on the ground were injured because of that crash is under investigation this is the new still to come on the show saturday marks 10 years since the end of the longest long running civil war many went missing in that brutal conflict but their relatives have not given up hope of seeing their loved ones again. or callers calls for an
economic boycott of the u.s. state of alabama are gaining momentum 2 days after the state legislature passed the most restrictive anti-abortion code in the u.s. the new law bans all abortions except when a mother's life is in danger or u.s. correspondent humphrey traveled to the state capital of montgomery to speak with people on both sides of the divide the out about mistake capital has become the latest front line in a fight for reproductive rights that most pro-choice activists thought they had won in the 1970 s. inside this building republican governor kay ivey signed the bill into law and now she has a battle on her hands she has the support of proponents like nori mullins who runs the cope pregnancy center in montgomery alabama offering baby items in parenting classes in an effort to dissuade women from seeking abortions like the bit so she sees no exceptions even in the case of rape or incest if you believe that.
at conception it is a person then you have to believe that all life is sacred how i was conceived has you know should have no impact on the value of my life why would you protect lives . and say except yours yours is not the case of incest that is a really really difficult discussion to have it's never right there is no good answer but at the same time the way the law is now and we see it all the time if a child is being molested and she becomes pregnant at 13 or 14 or 15 the family takes her to have an abortion the only person who wins in that scenario is the person who was abusing her while proponents of the text want it to include few exceptions to see it potentially go all the way up to the supreme court and maybe even overturn roe v wade itself opponents of the bill accuse state lawmaker has of playing politics with women's bodies one of them is margo hotline dressed as
a handmade the pro-choice activists protested on the steps of the state government as the bill was passed my. personal. stake in this is that i was for 3 years a victim of continuous sexual assaults and i did think that i was pregnant when i think about someone who might be in the situation that i was i'm in isn't able to. escape from that you're stuck you're stuck with your rapists baby and currently with their you 3 abortion clinics in the entire state choices already seem limited alongside her work as an activist mia raven also works in an abortion clinic patients often find themselves in dangerous circumstances as an already difficult time tell me about harassment paint a picture for me about what a woman might face coming into the clinic where you work the minute she pulls us of driveway she's going to be greeted by some protesters the minute she walks out of
a corridor and starts screaming at her telling her that she doesn't need to be here and that she's still going to be a mother but she's going to be the mother of a dead murdered baby the doctor are used to southern states trying to build what they do. this is not an uncommon tactic they go after the providers especially the doctors is another way to cut down access because abortion can really go all day long but if you can't access it you might as well not have that right. those rights are being challenged not just in alabama but across republican held states in the south the midwest which i'm looking at a newly conservative supremes course and hoping that now might be the time to roll back reproductive rights for good. and staying in the u.s. president trump has announced plans to tighten immigration making it tougher to
gain entry into the country it was immigrants to have english language and job skills the plan would also drastically reduce the number of asylum seekers democrats have called the plan dead on arrival but it could help unite republicans in the run up to next year's elections it is the most ridiculous system in the world the worst we have the weakest the most pathetic we have laws that are the laughing stock of the world in the past he's called it broken and dysfunctional now the us president has unveiled a new plan that he say's will transform america's immigration system we are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs wages and safety of american workers 1st. it would c.v. introduction of a merit based system that's prioritizes high skilled workers instead of what the president calls random selection we discriminate against genius. we discriminate against brilliance we won't anymore once we get this past
trump said he would stop all illegal immigration by finishing the border wall he promised during his presidential campaign and he said it's time for america to get tough on asylum seekers if you have a proper claim you will quickly be admitted if you don't you will promptly be returned home. the plan was put together by jared kushner trumps one in law and a senior adviser for president urged democrats to get behind it but that seems unlikely it was provoking. despicable demagoguery on his side simply to be appealed to come out from space and everybody of like him is a political document not a realistic reform of the. democrats also criticize what it didn't contain the proposal say nothing about the millions of illegal immigrants already in the u.s.
unveils no mention of the dreamers the young people brought to america as children . trim pipes the plan will unite to publicans behind him ahead of the 2020 elections believing that seems unlikely some say his plan just doesn't go far enough. we're turning now to sri lanka and saturday will mark 10 years since the end of that country's long running civil war but it's still struggling with the stars that conflict left behind the war broke out in 1903 pitting the singhalese military against the tommy liberation tigers thomas were fighting for an independent state where this ethnic minority in may of 2009 the sri lankan military defeated the thomas separatist but at a huge human cost as believe that some 50000 fighters and 100000 civilians at least were killed many of them tom else today some 20000 people are still missing their fates unknown did you went to northern sri lanka where survivors have taken
the search for missing family members into their own hands. 10 years of demanding an answer do you have anything still doesn't know what happened to her missing daughter the war was winding down she says when masked men tore 16 year old jeromey from her arms and fled. i let go of her and i was lying on the ground in a month's time to my back with his boot. i screamed when i looked up the larger hiker carrying my daughter looked so small in the distance. that's how fast a to cough it was just a cloud of dust many people haven't heard from their loved ones for even longer in some cases several decades their stories might be different but the family share the same sense of suffering without proof their children are dead they hold on to hope. when people pass by at night tonight here are the children calling for their
mothers and he my daughter calling for me i hear her voice and i immediately look thinking she has come back to me the task of finding out what happened to people like jerome he will land here at the office on missing persons or m.p. it's a new commission being set up by the current administration to independently investigate the disappeared the chairman understands some people are skeptical it is extremely challenging because there have been many institutions many commissions established in the past to address the issue of the missing and for the families feel that they have had no ounces we do not want to give people false promises or false hopes and we need to be clear that we try to be of use trying to establish this office we would try to find them to find answers but that is going to take place building trust between state institutions and the people especially in the northeast has
been no easy task human rights lawyers to bodge make his show and in says the o. m. p. could gain the public's confidence once they set up local offices but she also says some families are afraid. people may give testimony today but may have a fear that it will fall into the wrong hands so some families have said they may have more faith in the process if a foreign government or international body works with. some others like jay of i say they will only accept an independent and foreign led investigation. if the deal wimpy were common start from the very beginning it's already been 10 years enough to do this even more time will go by and not to be dots. the civil war may have ended a decade ago but the families searching for their loved ones are still waiting for closure. while here in germany the debate is on over the rules of the road for a new form of transportation east scooters should they be allowed on the street scooters
have invaded pavements across europe the best friends want protection and many motorists see them as a hazard. they're compact and they run on electricity east looters could be coming to german street soon these 2 women are test drivers sophia and selena both from bombay are going very well neither of them have written an easter before now a representative from the public utilities company gives them a crash course in how it works and they're both excited to hit the street on the new form of transport. stuff in terms of traffic cause it's like being on a bike you think it will have to see how it goes with cars and buses in the major. helmets are required here and there are once those are on sophia and selena are off . after practicing in a parking lot they head into city traffic the scooters go up to 20 kilometers an
hour the scooter is aren't allowed on sidewalks and barrack during the official test phase riders have to use the bike lane if there isn't one they have to go on the road as traffic builds up sophia and selena have to stay focused as if it is a big this soon turning is tough you have to do say many things at once you have to concentrate on going forward to keep an eye out for the traffic check behind you and put on the brakes. but everything. so far there haven't been any accidents here and. but if the new form of mobility grows in popularity it's just a matter of time before they begin to occur on friday the german government will decide whether you scooters are safe enough for the country's roads and sidewalks. will these changed mobility let's talk to our until now from our business desk about the money side of things this is a huge market out there for these
a big upside is there well there certainly is i mean east scooters are predicted least the market in general to be worth between 20 and 40000000000 in the next 10 years and that's very very serious money but actually in a kind of a surprising way to me there's been a lot of controversy around this is specially here in germany and i think that's because of a lot of the entrenched interests in this country at the moment a member i mean germany is one of the leading car manufacturers of the world and these scooters in similar solutions really have the potential to completely change how we deal with mobility especially in urban environments like berlin and i think that kind of goes to at least partially just plain where there's been a lot of hysteria around them especially in this country ok are those as green as the manufacturers say they are well on the one side there definitely is a huge potential there because if nothing else you know they run an electricity and yes germany and the world power supply isn't renewable yet which means the environment is still going to take a hit of course however it's nowhere near as large as with traditional gas powered or diesel powered cars however there is also you have to look at the united states
there's been a lot of experience there with some of these scooters and they've shown that the average life of a scooter is only about $29.00 days so they break down after a month and they have to be replaced or repaired and of course the batteries that are associate with them use a lot of rare earth materials specially like lithium and that's not necessarily the most environmentally friendly thing to mine so these companies are going to have to up their game if they want to keep you know the green step because otherwise you're going to replace them scooters constantly which is necessarily good for the planet ok so there's repair and maintenance issues but as you mentioned there already. on the road in the united states for example and some places here in europe as well have they been a hit where they have taken to the road well i mean yes you know and that is you talk to depends exactly depends exactly who you talk to i mean on the business side these start ups which are doing these rental services and i think it's really what people are concerned about are actually doing quite good business i mean we've seen these scooters crop up in almost every major european city but because they're so popular there has been a bit of a downside you know the business in some backlash among pedestrians and also among
car drivers who say these things are just choking the streets and also i mean look at it here in germany you have these rental companies all over that already renting bikes and you can find them in every single corner and the problem is as long as the companies are doing well the bikes are being used but if they go broke who make sure the disposed of there was a situation just recently where a company went broke and they left 300000 bikes strewn around germany and that's a lot of waste in the public has to deal with thanks so much for looking into this thank you well berlin has been home to the acclaimed descendants an artist ai wei wei for the last 3 years he fled arrest and censorship in his native china he recently announced he's leaving germany but he's signing off with the largest european exhibition of his work as ever the show mixes art politics and the unexpected. the artist and activist a way opens his launches to european show ever into germany and he's in an
expectedly unpredictable mood. the show comprises a huge range of his work some not so well known. and some now famous in their own right. he's lived and worked from berlin since he fled china in 2015 i think did. you for your. this is. awful. and he's maintained his provocative style. his most recent work focuses on the plight and experience of migrants and refugees exhibiting all the clothes left at a greek refugee camp before it was cleared by the authorities so i know it was like . when you want to be seen for you never
settle for what you not. sold us clear. under is. i know also i do you know i mean maybe. if not only me and you but human rights. anybody who has no freedom of speech. will be grateful if somebody else why you came to know what causes it. the exhibition reflects the artist uncompromising and unapologetic. and saying here in germany a group of catholic women are looking for more than just a supporting role in the catholic church they started a protest movement boycotting voluntary work it's called maria $2.00 with maria being the german name for the virgin mary the women are trying to show that without them the church can't function. they're determined to be heard
the women of the maria $2.00 movement they want to a new reformed more woman friendly church they've gathered in front of the berlin cathedral to make their demands clear to the male dominated catholic church. we need equal treatment and rights i think things are going to change the time has come for people to smoothly finally realize that women in the catholic church should home various positions. since last saturday women have been protesting across germany for a more liberal catholic church they wear white shawls at improvised church services white is the color of hope hope that something will change. for the. first demand is that all these cases of abuse be thoroughly investigated and that the perpetrators be punished and removed from their positions the 2nd demand is
that the church change its stance on sexuality and the 3rd thing is that women must also be allowed to be ordained. according to a survey most bishops in germany reject the women's protest even the bishop of berlin the intended recipient of the message of these demonstrators didn't appear but one priest did show his solidarity. i also support that concerns something has to give in our church and the people who are here are those who are truly involved in the church in their congregations and for whom it's really important to spend that time there and they really want that show to have a future. these women don't want to just play supporting roles in the catholic church with their weeklong church boycott and protests they hope they can change the face of the catholic church. let's get your modern our top story this hour
taiwan's parliament has legalized same sex marriage a 1st nation law grads same sex couples the right to officially register their marriage. this is news live from berlin up next quadriga is looking at the strategies in the standoff between the u.s. and iran i'm brian thomas for the entire news team thanks so much for being with us .
quadriga the international talk show before journalists discuss the topic of the week savers are rattling once again in the middle east as a standoff between the u.s. and iran intensifies because u.s. pressure produced a new and better nuclear deal as washington claims more results in the war that's
our child the country join us. quadriga next d.w. . europe's big idea the book what's become of it and what it looks like tomorrow. dublin gets ready for an in-depth look at the european elections across. the questions that matter to modern european voters hopes for the new current what challenges fly ahead. can't wait to long for the positions of the people in power have come their way with not doing anything to fight the kind of crisis the body and the brooklyn election the threat to the us to.
exploit discussions up to the. prince of birds to have to come citizens and voters 1st. g.w. has it all. on may 26th g.w. . played. welcome to quadriga savers are rattling once again in the middle east as the standoff between the united states and iran intensifies the trumpet ministration has sent an aircraft carrier to the persian gulf and is updating war plans over what it says are iranian threats to american troops and interests this follows iran's announcement last week in response to tighter u.s. sanctions that it will partly reduce its commitment.