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time. this is deja vu news live from berlin the u.s. deepens a diplomatic standoff over an iranian oil tanker it's intervened in a court case over the ship seized last month by gibraltar the move proved prevents a possible swap for a british black tanker being held by iran also coming up beijing warns hong kong protesters that china will quote not sit on its hands that the situation in hong kong worsens and military exercises just outside the city are raising concerns that force could be used to end the program ocracy before meant. the plague of plastic
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scientists say they have found a micro particles of it in arctic snow we look at white plastic pollution now litter is one of earth's most pristine environment. plus today spend half a century since the woodstock music festival didn't you makes a pilgrimage to the town in new york state that's now a shrine to those 3 days of peace love and rock n roll. i'm sorry so much gone it's good to have you with us the u.s. has applied for the right to seize and a radiant oil tanker detained by gibraltar last month the move has led gibraltar supreme court to adjourn a decision on whether to release the ship but a gibraltar government spokesman said the captain and 3 officers have been freed gibraltar police and the british. navy sees the vessel the grace one at the
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beginning of july it was suspected of taking iranian oil to syria which would violate e.u. and u.s. sanctions iran has denied any wrongdoing and 2 weeks later it seized a british flag tanker. let's get more on the story now dave used to there's a talk a joins us from iraq. do you have any word on what the developments in gibraltar will mean for a british flag tanker that's being held by iran well at least for now the iranians still seem to be preparing for an exchange here we hear from all sources within the revolutionary guards that the british tanker was moved in the past days from the place in the strait of hormuz where it was detained and kept since to another place closer to the port of thunder abbas and that's a place we couldn't go to because we were told that there are many military forces out there so things seem to be moving but one thing is for certain iran is not going to make the 1st move 1st the iranian tanker and needs to be freed and then
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the british tanker here in the strait of hormuz might be released as well. that we've seen escalating tensions around the strait of hormuz iran has repeatedly threatened to block it in this conflict with the u.s. why is this shipping route so important. well that's because a quarter of the global all consumption passes the straight and that strait is very close to the iranian mainland so consider us the persian gulf altogether and specifically the strait of hormuz as it's backyard and people here living in the region i used to that through their region being a leveraging point for to iran and we just spoke to some of them and they say they're used to it they're not afraid of war right now they don't want a war but if it happens they're willing to stand up for what they believe is right and stand up to defend their country against what they think foreign countries that
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do not have any business in their region that we see in the e.u. is considering sending a naval force to the persian gulf to protect merchant vessels so with iran support back. no way the islamic republic believes that it's. that is supposed to defend the strait of hormuz and make sure that shipping here is safe and so it's willing to build its own mission with neighboring countries like qatar the united arab emirates even the saudis. to make sure that shipment here is saved but. all other countries that have ships yes specifically warships are considered a threat to security of course especially the ones that are considered enemy countries like the u.s. like great britain and also israel but also the european union so iranians and the iranian government agree that all other ships except their own and other ships of
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this region would be a security threat to the persian gulf. so this has helped us speaking to us from iran thank you. and let's get some more analysis on the story with scott lucas he's a professor of international politics at the university of birmingham hi scott so what do you think of this move by the u.s. why has it applied to seize this iranian tanker because the u.s. goals are different from that of the u.k. in europe the u.k. sees the ship all the grounds that it was preventing under the new sanctions the delivery of oil to syria now the u.s. priority is not what happens in syria do you us wants to cut off all your wine while at which wherever they go quite clearly if the ship was released with 2100000000 barrels of oil it would set a precedent which is ok iran cannot possibly send a well to the assad regime in syria without fear of ships being intercepted but it
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could do so elsewhere and washington is trying to make a last minute stand to say they want no no iranian shipping to be able to go in freely so the u.s. has different goals where does that leave britain scott because there were reports that britain wanted to a swap of the iranian tanker for a british flag ship that had been taken but the u.s. seems to be working to forge that plan. it leaves the u.k.'s johnson government which has only been in office in a month in a tight spot in what may be its 1st foreign policy crisis they have a choice and they either have to accept washington's wishes. about away from their position because they said that it was up to gibraltar what happened they would have to tell baltar no you have to continue to hold the show or alternatively they have to stand up to the americans and stand up to the trumpet ministration what do they do because if they do back washington they are not only possibly increasing confrontation they are splitting from the rest of europe in the european union who
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do not want to see the ship being held indefinitely scott this is a really complex situation we have tanker sees as you're saying escalating rhetoric what needs to happen at this point to calm relations with iran. well i think we were close it is least in this immediate case to to not a resolution but at least a step back and that is. with assurances that the ship would not continue to syria at least the european union and the u.k. could say that had been accomplished you could then have the exchange of tankers with the u.k. fly swedish owned stand being brought back and perhaps you could then say arrived this is been a sign on both sides that will step back now can we move to talks to resolve wider conflicts and those are conflicts for example over the security the strait of hormuz. because the americans have now stepped again the risk is the iranians will beat their chest and say we will not back down either and we're back to where we were in june where there were tankers being attacked and we remember donald trump
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approved but then backed away from american airstrikes inside iran you know it's got lucas professor of international politics at the university of birmingham thank you for that analysis. let's get around about some other stories making news around the world the washington post newspaper is reporting that an autopsy performed on jeffrey epstein the disgraced u.s. multimillionaire found several broken bones in his neck forensics experts say such injuries can be caused by suicide by hanging or by strangling at sea was found dead in his jail cell on saturday he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. a spanish charity rescue ship with around 150 migrants onboard has been allowed to dock on the italian island of lampedusa this comes amid a legal fight over whether passengers can leave the vessel yesterday an italian court overruled the interior ministry's ban on the ship docking italy says 6 e.u. countries have agreed to take in the migrants. and
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a russian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field after it collided with a flock of birds the collision caused both engines of the ural airlines jet to fail shortly after takeoff from moscow airport all 233 people on board survived although dozens of passengers were treated for injuries. china's ambassador to britain has warned that china will quote not sit on its hands of the situation in hong kong or since pro-democracy demonstrations started almost 3 months ago and they've grown increasingly violent so far beijing has shown restraint but a build up of paramilitary forces near hong kong's border has raised concerns that the crisis may end with force rather than an all of branch. of the messages are conflicting one of the original protest leaders was released on bail after serving 2 months in jail on public nuisance charges related to the occupy demonstrations also a law professor expressed his gratitude to supporters i can still see many home people
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. who have sacrificed selflessly to be fair in the core values of hong kong. and many moments i was very touched by what they have done. meanwhile there's been a show of force on the mainland thousands of chinese military personnel amassed at a sports stadium in the city of shenzhen just across the border from hong kong the fear is that they may be deployed on the island chinese authorities say protests there are approaching what they call terrorism demonstrations started 10 weeks ago when the hong kong government passed an extradition law that could have seen locals tried on mainland china protests then prompted authorities to at least temporarily retract the law. however demonstrations have continued with protesters also insisting on more democratic rights hong kong's crisis is also going international
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another large demonstration is planned this weekend where protesters will also be calling on the american and british governments to support their cause and after initial silence from u.s. president donald trump he's now tweeted about the situation asking for restraint and for a possible meeting with chinese leader ping and maybe money will talk trump has hinted at a tie in concerning trade should the situation in hong kong improve the 2 countries are currently in a bitter trade war having each imposed billions of dollars worth of tariffs on many of each other's products. india's prime minister has defended his decision to end kashmir's special status from modi was speaking at independence day celebrations in delhi marking 72 years since the british raj was dismantled and india was partitioned from pakistan tensions are high between the neighboring countries more than a week after the indian government withdrew the semi-autonomous status of kashmir
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pakistan also claims the region as its own. india's national flag unfolds at independence day celebrations in delhi a symbol not only of 72 years of freedom from british rule but now also perhaps of the country's nationalistic shift months after his landslide election when prime minister narendra modi defended his recent decision to strip kashmir of its special status he said the step would restore the disputed regions past glory. oh it can greatly contributed india's development journey. we should all make an effort to restore their old glorious days. the new arrangement is a result of these efforts. and it will work directly in the interest of citizens.
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as nobody spoke indian controlled kashmir spent its 11th day under a lockdown and communications blackout authorities there have cut internet and phone links detained more than 500 leaders and activists and restricted movement with police roadblocks. meanwhile in pakistan black flags flying at half mast the country observing what it calls a black day to protest modi is decision on kashmir and express solidarity with residents that tensions between india and pakistan hanging like a dark cloud over the region. let's get more of the story with nima such as well our correspondent in delhi hina mr good to see you so well they gave a speech today to mark independence day he said that he wants to restore kashmir is past glory what did he mean by that. mean by most americans or more the has once again read today that the last 70 years
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all of the special status as being in place has actually been detrimental to christian media in a speech he made a few days ago as well he talked about how it's responsibility for indians to make sure that the media skin now participate in india's development project tree and this is the point he drew you to the judge today as valid in his speech as he said that india indians should be proud that we are finally one nation one constitution referring to the fact that the indian constitution did not apply to me in its entirety because of the special status so this form of glory you'd have to do is a beautician of this point he's making and which hasn't been making sure that the people of kashmir should finally have access to opportunity is the development of the growth trajectory of the rest of us but of course this in the midst of an unprecedented near complete communications blackout in the valley gets to tell us more about that blackout what's been happening during this time in kashmir.
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well so we the seat of someone push me to has been divided into 2 parts and in some parts the communications blackout has been lifted but in the most rest of bought off to stay at the rally of me the communication blackout persists now in its 11th day that the people of a couple days ago said don't expect the international community to intervene but of course pakistan continues trying to internationalize the issue and hope that there will be intervention however because of economic it's possible she's refused to fly there so she set sail from england on a racing yacht. gratitude making her way to the yacht that will be her for the next 2 weeks the 16 year old has never sailed before and she's facing a challenging journey but she says she's willing to rough it especially if it helps bring political action to curb climate change what i'm concerned about is whether we we will do something or not whether the people in power will react and acts
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with necessary force started maturing burke has been the target of online abuse from across the political spectrum she says she's unfazed by the criticism. there are people who want climate delay years who want to do everything to shift the focus from the climate crisis to just something else or want to to make people question the science and i'm nuts worried about that so i'm just going to do as i as i want to do when i say i think it will have most impact. conditions on board the 18 need to minister to yacht a sparse and there's no toilet and sleeping quarters a basic. site so it shows her determination to accept uncomfortable conditions so she can get across the atlantic as carbon neutral as possible on a normal job she could have had her own cabin with air conditioning in the shower
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but she's taking the spars that only produces a small amount of electricity by means of solar power and it's very fast so it can bypass storms and hurricanes. precious father and a filmmaker ira company and her on the voyage together with the crew they will travel some 5 and a half 1000 kilometer is across the atlantic ocean. meanwhile the oceans are filling up with plastic and dealing with it poses with one of the greatest challenges of our time now researchers have shown that the problem isn't just confined to the sea tiny pieces of plastic are increasingly entering the atmosphere as well air currents are spreading them to some of the most pristine environments on earth millions of tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year and where the sun and the waves eventually break down the waste into microscopic pieces the so-called micro plastics no blanket the marine environment found in sediments
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floating free in the water and inside practically every organism that lives in the sea no micro plastics have also been found in snow the researchers looked at how it got there or who want to house. which we have this. close on the beaches. but also. to the of. the tiny pieces of plastic are so light that if they leave the water and dry out they can be picked up by air currents and carried high into the atmosphere once they're like dust or pollen they have does a core for coalescing raindrops or in colder regions ice crystals when they grow heavy enough the rain drops or snowflakes fall back to earth and it's precipitation taking the microscopic pieces of plastic along for the ride. the polar end marine scientists from the comfort begin to institute in germany looked
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at snow samples from a range of sites in europe and the arctic. they discovered that even and some of the most remote areas on earth like the arctic ice pack a single leader of snow can contain thousands of pieces of micro plastic the discovery that the atmosphere likely plays a key role in transporting plastic has implications not just for pristine environments but also for human health. our science reporter derek bell ames put together that story he is with us in our studio now for more hi derek so how can micro plastics be harmful to human health well the chemicals that are used in the elements that are used to to make plastics which have to have a very wide variety of of characteristics they're often toxic for example p.v.c. has as flooring that which is which in greater amounts can be toxic for the human system and we're in just seeing them not only through the food chain because these animals these organisms in the ocean are eating by crow plastic but also we've
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discovered now we're breeding them in and then we have no idea what the real what that the results medically are going to be from that particular aspect of this story how surprising is that we're finding micro particles of plastic in snow in the arctic interestingly when i 1st looked at the story a couple of days ago i thought you know as it was coming out i thought. i was really very shocked because i associated very strongly with with the oceans but the idea that it's now also in the atmosphere and not in small amounts i mean the numbers of particles micro particles that we're talking about $15000.00 per liter of snow that they measured and in areas of the alps and bavaria was 10 times that so it's really talking about a whole new vector for how it can get into the human system and we have no idea what kind of effect that's going to have on human health ok so it's alarming what can we actually do to stop the spread of micro plastics well obviously we need to
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cut down on the use of plastics in general i mean that's a very wide question but there are several different things that we need to do we need particularly single used sticks for example the micro beads that are used in cosmetics that would that's a will be a big step forward to to cut down on the use of single use plastics the 2nd thing that we need to do definitely is keep these plastics from entering the oceans because that's where they broke break down most quickly and particular it's a big problem particularly in asia we need to keep them out of. the waterways and from reaching the oceans in the 1st place and then obviously we also need to think about long term about new plastics that break down all the way to the molecular level that don't just break down into smaller and smaller pieces but they can break down to be absorbed by organisms in the environment completely so there are really no quick fixes but we need to be start doing more of these things in order to come to long term solutions all right our science reporter derek williams bringing us the story thank you derek now this week marks the 50th anniversary of the woodstock
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music festival the event i became a defining moment in history as a symbol of the counterculture movement and an entire generations hope for the future in 1969 an estimated 400000 people descended on a farm in upstate new york for 3 chaotic days of music and indulgence the festival included acts troponin jimi hendrix but it also became a byword for mind expanding drugs and idealism 50 years later. foley aliya visited the famous. there are reminders everywhere from peace signs to tired eyes 19 sixties hippie culture it is still ever present. but as woodstock become some want of a theme park. mark hedrick has run a souvenir shop on the times' main street for over 20 years. marketing is a stronghold in any kind of market like this the there was very little marketing
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done when the concert was done in fact that to the best my knowledge there was never a shirt so. that now the marketing stuff came after the fact. but here in the town you know we still like to take advantage of that. the local economy is benefited greatly since the festival took place and it doesn't matter now that it was held over 90 kilometers away in the time of bethel it's been 50 years since the woodstock festival and the town of woodstock still draws thousands of tourists every year but why do they come here when many of those weren't even born when the festival took place back in 1969. look. at this. i think it's just i think it's obviously we're hearing. that feeling of woodstock this special place for people like the people that believe in peace
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a lot of this is the place. back at mark souvenir store business a steady who says tourist numbers are up despite this year's festival being canceled the lure of woodstock remains unfettered we do get visitors and many people claim to have been woodstock and. maybe they were. i think there was an article a number of years ago. the number of people who claim to have been at woodstock is probably closer to like 5000000 residents 500000. the number who attended doesn't matter it's the legacy the festival holds for young and old alike on this its 50th anniversary. coming up next on d w news asia tokyo strained relationship with soul over its wartime past well look at the anger at south korea as it remembers
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the women forced into sexual slavery. and cricket gain a foothold in china will meet a women's team in shanghai with high hopes for the sport's future. and its fans say it's better than before check and find out why the grass tops the menu at some of cambodia's roadside snack bars. has those stories on deja vu news entrenches a few minutes. europe
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