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this is need of you news live from berlin the european union looks to step up coordination in the coronavirus crisis e.u. leaders are to hold on one talks over vaccine production travel restrictions and immunization passports a year after the pandemic started we ask why there is no common approach yet also on the program. syrian kurds appeal for international support as the islamic state
returns in northeast syria they say the u.s. withdrawal has left a vacuum and that there's been over that they've been overwhelmed by the terrorist group. and it was kept from the public for more than a century their rediscovered vincent fungo painting that's finally about about to go off. as welcome to the program european union leaders are meeting today to look at ways they can improve the their pandemic response the u.s. been slow off the mark in his vaccination drive and you know infection numbers are still stubbornly high in many countries this map here gives an overview of the infections per 100000 habitants over 7 days in yellow are countries with fewer than
50 like finland the darker the orange the higher the infection rate germany currently has an incidence rate of $61.00 sweden and the czech republic more than $200.00. well ahead of the e.u. meeting we take a look at the challenges the bloc faces here on the sunday. vaccines variance and freedom of movement about a year into the pen demick the block is struggling to keep up with recent developments as e.u. council president michel made clear in his invitation letter to this 2 day leaders conference it remains challenging due to the emergence of new variants and the need to strike the right balance between restrictions and the smooth flow of goods and services in the single market. the block has failed to coordinate its anti coronavirus measures with traffic piling up at some of its internal borders like here between germany and the czech republic joins us now to dish guns and chided
for us it is essential to make sure keeping the safety of her citizens in mind that the variance of the virus do not make it sit germany even in east. with member states acting on their own brussels has reacted with a slap on the wrist. the commission sent specific letters raising our concerns to 6 member states which are belgian denmark finland germany hungary and sweden who are currently applying stricter measures in what is provided for in the recommendation in particular bans on entering or leaving the country while targeted restrictive measures on non-essential travel are necessary in the eyes of the e.u. commission blanket bans like those applied here in belgium do not serve this purpose the virus taught us that closing borders does not stop it but we see the disruptions with spring on its way another fight among european leaders
is waiting to break out greece in an attempt to save its holiday season had suggested an e.u. wide vaccination certificate other member states like denmark and sweden have already begun developing their own passports with a bloc as a whole risking fragmentation on the matter but the biggest challenge of all is the rather slow rollout of the e.u. wide vaccination program production shortfalls and other stumbling blocks have left the e.u. trailing behind countries like the united kingdom and lead to growing impatience among its leaders. couple of enough because the european commission should exploit economic power of the e.u. to put pressure on the huge corporations. from ramping up vaccine production to closer coordination a lot is on the table. and we are now joined by a monthly verba he is the leader of the conservative european peoples party grouping in the european parliament mr faber this speed of the vaccine rollout in
the u.s. still painfully slow to months and other countries in the neighborhood notably the post breaks it u.k. and serbia are doing far better with the e.u. fail so badly. well we don't practice national equities and because when you compare our procedures here americans the americans have us 1st still this policy no vaccination produced in us this leaving the u.s. even canada is getting vaccinations from europe so we are ready to help others others do not so that's why we should stick to our approach of our liability to the big pharmaceutical companies over the question that we trust in our year and they know fast prove or off the vaccines in europe so fair and proper assessment there our root and that is bringing also a little bit of delay so i think we should stick to this principle decisions but in the next upcoming weeks the key question is the role of because production bill increase and then the member states must be prepared for for this rolled you call
it a little bit of a delay when the united kingdom for example has nearly given vaccine to nearly a 3rd of his its population i should think we can take and take of this lightly can we. well you there are several arguments 1st of all we didn't do a fast track approval why not what i want why not religious and fast track approval when the u.k. can do a fast track approval. because we have another approach the say security 1st the liability is fully in the hands of the british state in our case in the european case also cries and also astra zeneca has a liability and that is what we insist in that's why we were a little bit late but i think you have a lot of people who still not trust in vaccines and still not trust index in asia and that's why we have to convince all them that's why i stick to our approach that we fully do a safe and a secure approach on this in the you know a 2nd document is that in great britain said didn't do the 2nd shot for
a lot of people who are vaccinated and that is from our experts what are they telling us still even difficult and challenging and even dangerous having the mutants in mind so we stick to what the e m a and our experts are telling us i think that is a better way but i don't want to start in this debate i think we have to guarantee now and she 7 level that we respect the free movement of products in our bestand world that is what we have to do now that we need immediately another she 7 meeting where america great britain at a cynic uprise or everybody is ready to keep borders open that is a precondition for a fair distribution of the of the vij see that scene's but the e.u. also blames the vaccine manufacturers for not delivering enough for this is the slow rollout not also due to late ordering and bureaucracy in the u. but you know that especially the author seneca contract we did it 1st great britain was after they did it 02 days later so there is no debate about who was 1st to the
2nd we have a contract and we simply insist in in please pull fuel the contract and it's also about the credibility of the pharmaceutical companies they shouldn't underestimate the general perception among citizens because of that we have obsessions and like the pharmaceutical companies. could you not put more pressure than if your contract says that the e.u. should be getting the vaccines that it oughtn't now can you put more pressure on them you're right you're right that is what we as european people's party are asking for is a 1st of all we have positive companies for examples of foreigners this baron taken prizes they are doing their best and they're reliable but as the cynic i was really a big problem for us in the corporation and in these negative relationships is negative experiences we had in the past we have to say that export ban must be on the table so we want to have open borders but if the rest of the world is not doing so because europeans shouldn't be naive and the 2nd point is that europe is spending
a lot of money for research and loose country companies who are not cooperating with us must also see consider that sam not any more part of this big research union of the european union so we have options and opportunities to create pressure on the companies i don't want to do celebrate top don't want to do so the already focus here is compromised and we need companies who are already producing if you thought about open borders the e.u. wide vaccine passport can that be the solution to restart travel and tourism. well 1st of all it's a guarantee that he can bring back the rights to the citizens freedom of movement is a fundamental right for all europeans and that is what we have to bring back and that's why this vaccination passport is is is crucial and is immediately necessary i have no understanding why in the european council conclusions there is only as if formulation of we try to work on this or a very weak formulation we have to speed up because currently 10 thousands of
europeans are every day dixon aided and it will be at them a bureaucratic nightmare to give them a passport after they are x. in need so few of them directly a passport and that must be a european white one month of a leader of the conservative european people's party grouping in the european parliament thank you very much for being with us today thank you so much. e.u. members are likely to have problems accessing vaccines once productions is stepped up it's a different story for poorer nations without their own production capabilities that's where kovacs comes in it's a global initiative aimed at ensuring fairer global distribution of covert shots now ghana has become the 1st country to receive vaccine from kovacs. the arrival of the kovacs vaccines brings the wealth one step closer to a worldwide solution for a global pandemic. a plane carrying 600000 tons is it the astra zeneca vaccine
developed in the u.k. and produced in india touched down in the command capital. today where the international airport in accra in ghana and this is really a historic moment today we are very happy to receive the 1st batch and most probably the 1000 vaccines through the cold like the c.d.c. . gotten its chops will go to fire is hot spots and essential workers that brought the men i won't just need more vaccine many gun a.n.c. remain unsure that the inoculation is safe i don't have much information about devices in terms of policy but i think once i guess i always know about that i mean. i would want to. leave it as a. gun keep me see why not let me have some last decades before and i see that it's good i can take it now for me they can it's for
a conduit of the 200000000 doses administered so far the vast majority have been in the developed world kovacs organizes safe area vaccine distribution is in the interest of rich countries to. up until now there has not been a tremendous amount of vaccines in developing countries there have been some countries that have gotten small amounts of doses through bilateral deals and donations but there hasn't been a systematic coverage of vaccine doses and that says what we need to change we need to make sure that every single country gets doses because we are only safe if everyone is safe. curbing the spread of the virus in the developing world reduces the risk of new variants that can render the vaccines less effective in the race against time helping others helps everyone stay ahead of the pandemic. as
some of the other stories making headlines this hour students and doctors in myanmar. among thousands holding new protests against the military coup is the latest in nearly 3 weeks of daily demonstrations since the army says also thursday facebook said it has banned all accounts linked to the myanmar military. use of deadly force against demonstrators. australia's parliament has passed a landmark bill forcing digital platforms like facebook so pay for use of australian news content criticizing the bill facebook last week blocked new swings in the country but then restored them the government says australia news media will now be fairly paid for their content. in the u.s. state of texas residents continue to repair water damage following last week's extreme winter storm more than 1300000 texans are still facing water supply problems that are the day managers of texas power grid will be questions by state
lawmakers over failures that led to blackouts affecting 4000000 residents. kurdish dominated administration in northeast syria is struggling to hold off a comeback by the so-called islamic states serious kurdish forces were instrumental in taking back control of territories now the militias fighters are regrouping in the region especially around the town of zora and in the whole prison camp the kurds say they have been left to fend for themselves. when abdel-hamid sets off for. fear travels with him. the 43 year old father depends on his job as a bus driver to support his family but he risks his life on every journey. every day they find 2 or 3 dead bodies here people being kidnapped killed and tossed aside. islamic state militants have been spreading fear with
increasingly frequent attacks on the main road through northeastern syria they strike villages and towns especially at night big store money from residents set off bombs and behead people. has already attacked us in the village killing residents driving them away they are causing us so much suffering we need help to stop this disaster. but the leaders of the kurdish autonomous region are hopelessly overwhelmed thousands of fighters are said to have taken up residence in the vast desert the kurds lack aircraft and special equipment to track them down allies such as the us have withdrawn. the kurdish units are the only ones still fighting i-s. that's what we're experiencing here right now and we're suffering because of it.
tens of thousands of supporters mostly women and children remain in. 250 kilometers to the north. after the terror groups defeated $29000.00 they were captured by kurdish fighters since then many have become further radicalized. coming back hopefully you hope it will come back yes where where exactly what makes you think you will come back. victory is near. is now pulling the strings behind the scenes of the camp smuggling in weapons arming its followers kurdish control of the camp is in danger of slipping away. has practically emerged here the religious police patrol the camp if men have non-permitted relationships with women cooperate with the security forces they are executed.
in the villages of the province memories of the reign of terror are fresh in people's minds and women with whips and residents terrorized but even after liberation in 2017 militants struck again and again. soon a man darwish was targeted for cooperating with the kurds in the local council one night he heard gunshots and. my wife was arguing with an armed man in uniform another was 2 meters behind her in between my son was lying dead on the ground they killed him with 5 shots and north. in january alone the so-called islamic state carried out more than 100 attacks in northeastern syria 40 commuters died recently in an attack on a bus people in the crisis torn region once again fear for their lives.
and for more on this story i'm now joined by a journalist a middle east expert iman was sally has just recently returned from mosul and sins are in iraq that's close to the border with syria i mean give us a sense of how present the islamic state currently is in northeastern syria i think this is a mistake when we talk about. doesn't exist anymore and see if it is existing especially in a whole camp this structure and the procedures of slamming states has gained more power there and also in the in the province of dealers we not just in your report and also we talk with the locals that they say the 3rd is already there the kurdish forces is not able or capable so jewel to fight it is there because we have a fuckin after united states withdrawal some of its troops and international focus
has been reduced if there is a that this is a welcome and is that state's right to feel this about all the kurds really left by the west to fend for themselves or is there any any kind of support left for look for them. to be honest also in the media we know it's. always has been told an islamic state has been defeated no one want to talk want to talk about that problem no one on to talk to gape their responsibility of the prison those of. us within the kurdish forces i think the international community has left the kurdish forces for them so would their problem along i think this is a big mistake what we would turn around our faces for this problem this will be coming in again if we are not making some action in this bill and do you think that
the highest will succeed in sort of getting a new foothold in the region and spreading further one we're talking about failed state in syria for example laws structural no. no public service no for the locals no security for their own locals i think this is a question of the time that is as good as going to gain more and more influence for the locals to tell them look you see what's happened when we left the area we have we are able to have the tool to done the deliver for your a security that is some of assault a small salad he's going to pay for some locals i think the most important things to put this locals with that with the hope to give them some public services to open the it is school and of course again and again the security issue is one of
the important points i think the coalition forces by successfully are yes and i did it they are successful but they need more it tension more backup from the was especially for the united states. thank you all very much for this is. the customs offices in the port of have seized a shipment of cocaine 16 tons of it a bottle of the most. most ever taken in a single raid in europe the drugs were. shipped from glaive the same investigation 7 tons of cocaine welzel season belgium police arrested a man suspected of importing the drugs. these canisters imported from pirate why were supposed to contain poti failure but instead they're stuffed with 16 tons of cocaine it would have sold for as much as 3500000000 euros.
we were very surprised by the amount after we opened the canisters we multiplied the number of canisters by 9 kilos and came up with this unimaginable amount of 16 tons. another 7 tons were intercepted in the belgian port city of antwerp the owner of an import company in the netherlands has been arrested the find is the largest amount of cocaine that has ever been seized in europe politicians believe it's just the tip of the iceberg. billions can be made in the cocaine trade these illegal funds can easily flow into legitimate areas of the economy causing untold damage and. organized crime only attracts the attention of politicians when people are lying dead on the streets or when there is campaigns against it normally it's under the radar and that makes it even more dangerous. experts are calling on politicians
to hold a summit on drugs the security problem is huge and police and customs are poorly equipped to deal with it. china's the football briefly and manchester city beats bonus league aside mentioned bottle milk in the round of 16 but not a silver opened the scoring for city in the 29th minute and. scored their 2nd midway through the 2nd half also real madrid beads at alonso bagenal one nil that's a lot of play to man down most of the match but it took real madrid until the final minutes to score the game's only goal in women's football the netherlands have beaten germany by a score of 21 in a friendly match jack ingrown an opened opened the scoring for the dutch on the 16 minute by then just before half time lower for a gun equalize for germany but danielle funded don't netted the winner for the netherlands in the 2nd half. of the head of the tokyo olympics organizing
committee has launched a gender equality initiative say caution motos says achieving a target of 50 percent women on the board is one of her top priorities as she also took over the tokyo committee after predecessor resigned over sexist remarks. a painting by a dutch art as vinson fungo has to be shown for the face to the public for the 1st time after spending more than a century in a private collection the late 19th century art work will go on display for a month before being sold off it's expected to fetch many millions it's titled a street scene in moma it's part of the firies fund produced between 198-6888 when living in paris with his brother taylor. the work is one of the artists very few that have not yet landed in a museum. this work by vincent van gogh is
a real re discovery in the sense that although he has been listed in the catalogs devoted to the artist it has never appeared on the market since it was acquired by a french family more than a century ago. the painting depicts a couple's romantic stroll in the streets. at the time the healey perry's a neighborhood was becoming home to unnerve array of international artists attracted by its bohemian vibe and cheap rent including himself. on the one your secrets a very interesting testimony of what mark looked like at the end of the 19th century when it was still very bucolic we can see the mills of the moon and then i get a place of leisure very appreciated by presents at the time. the painting will go on display in amsterdam hong kong and paris before being sold off to
a new home auction house saga beef estimates its value between 5 and 8000000 hearers. and finally to australia is not version of the woolly mammoth this is the sheep that rescuers have christened by rock around with the woolly told weighing in at around 35 kilograms he was discovered in a remote forest north of melbourne it's believed he survived years of the wild by the time he was discovered that he sees straight anymore due to all that had that animal century has now taken in cleaned up and daraa now has a new lease of life. you're watching news is a reminder of the top story we're following for you e.u. leaders are meeting virtually today to find ways to improve their response to the covert crisis backs in production delays are slow the immunization programs but the failure to coordinate other measures as also lead to different approaches over
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