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>> live here in berlin, this is "the journal yuriko -- "the journal." people are fleeing the watchers there. >> the first demonstrator dies in turkey. >> the u.s. soldier and whistleblower goes on trial. a supporters hail him as a hero. the government alleges children -- alleges treason.
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>> floodwaters here in germany are on track to become the highest ever recorded. the army has been called out to help emergency services. >> here in germany the areas are bearing the brunt of the flooding. the downtown area where three rivers meet is especially largely under water. >> it is a flood of historic proportions. it has reached a record high set more than 500 years ago. many restaurants have been completely inundated. deal the way to get around is by boat.
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>> it is quite extreme this time. >> we have had our share of floods, but are rarely anything like this. >> the city shut down it's a drinking water supply. people are hoping the floods have peaked. once again, the town center is inundated, reviving bad memories of the historic flood of 2002. federal authorities say that gave the locals valuable experience. >> we are saying that lessons were learned in 2002. many measures taken are proving effective now. >> however, residents complained of floodgates and remains. >> if the flood system was in place, we would be chatting comfortably watching the water rushed by.
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instead, we are in the middle. >> there is hope things will not get any worse. forecasters are predicting clear skies for the days ahead. >> the european union has offered to provide financial aid to germany, austria, and the czech republic. a nationwide emergency is in force in the czech republic. >> people are bracing themselves for the worst with water levels rising. they could break their banks. >> the river in prague, usually a tourist attraction, now a cause of great concern. the world famous bridge closed. the metro system shuddered as they are caution. as the watchers rise, so does the historic center.
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another river, at the same worries. this is near the border with germany. it is not expected to peak for another day. a state of emergency has been declared for much of the republic. austria is also badly affected. communities have been inundated, including the region around salzburg. >> 50 people left just five minutes before. if they had waited any longer, we would've that many deaths and casualties. >> even in ms door, people are fed up with the frequency of the floods. the prolonged rainfall means mudslides are a growing hazard. a number of homes have been destroyed. in switzerland, the worst seems
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to be over. residents say they have never seen so much rain. meteorologists are calling it a once in a century event. >> let's go live to prague where a state of emergency is in affect just how bad is the situation right now in the check capital? >> it is mentioned in the report that the river is still rising. the rain has stopped which is welcome news. people are waiting to see what the result of that will be. for the moment, the river is in the bank. they seem to be holding. now it is a wait-and-see game. >> how was it in other parts of the country? >> a state of emergency has been declared in all but one region of the country. there's been a lot of rain over
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the last week and a half or so. rivers are high. the state authority says locations are under direct threat. it is widespread danger right now. >> what is the forecast? is the flooding expected to get worse? >> that is a good question. the forecast calls for on and off rain like it has for the last week and a half. depending how heavy that is, for the moment it seems to be an air of optimism that the watchers will recede. it remains to be seen how much rain we will get. >> thank you very much. >> next window to another top story as thousands of angry protesters poured into istanbul's square. washington is calling on authorities to act with restraint and avoid violence. >> one protester has been
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reported dead. the number of injured approaching 1000. 1700 people have been arrested. police have used tear gas cans. >> protesters say the turkish government has become increasingly hea wants to turn back the clock on democratic reforms. >> the air is filled with tear gas as they chased demonstrators through the streets. they are protesting against the prime minister and what they say is his authoritarian leadership. but the premier shows little sign of compromise. >> as the head of the government and the resident of istanbul, i say it was extremists who organized the protests. and, unfortunately, some people just tagged along. >> but the turkish president
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extended an olive branch. >> a country's leaders are elected by the will of the people in a democracy, but polls are not the only feature of a democracy. democracy also means that the differences of opinion and conflicts can be voiced in a clear and open manner. analysts say the protesters have dared to express their views in a democratic way, but have been met by water cannon and tear gas. there have been mass arrests with as many as 1500 people detained. >> following the demonstrations in istanbul. he is joined on the line. protesters are again in the square by the thousands. what is it like right now and in other turkish cities as well? >> i had just come back and it
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is by far the largest demonstration. also, there are large numbers of people gathering outside of the office and large amounts of gas being used. we're getting getting reports that more and more people are coming. there are also reports of other protests across turkey. >> a real split in perceptions here. some are saying the worst is over. how damaging is this for the prime minister and his 10-year grip on power. >> he is still the most popular. it does appear to have a lot of public support. certainly, this has damaged the prestige. whether this will be a long-term effect will play out in the next couple of weeks. >> we heard a more conciliatory
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approach. is there a rift developing right now within the government? >> each of the founding members of the ruling party, increasingly it's taking a approach. they are looking to the president. both men are potential candidates in the next election. >> thank you. joining us from istanbul. >> a major turkish trade union has announced. this is likely to put more pressure on the financial markets which have already been rattled by the unrest. share prices drop by more than 10% on monday. >> it hit a 16 month low against the dollar. bond yields jumped making it more expensive or the government to borrow money.
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>> with stock markets twisting and turning last week, disappointing manufacturing data from the u.s. set the mood. we have the view from the trading floor in inc. -- in frankfurt. >> everywhere in the world, purchasing managers were asked and surveyed about their businesses. unfortunately, their purchasing managers indices which are based on these surveys do not paint a clear picture. the mood in the sector is not as good as previously thought. this made the mood turned sour. the floods in germany are adding to the count of natural disasters which already have
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happened in the course of this year worldwide. this is adding to the damage that will eventually have to be paid for area >> let's see what is happening -- paid for. let's see what is happening on the financial markets. in new york, the main index, the dow is still trading and currently at 50,001 hundred 91. up by 0.5%. the euro is trading at $1.30. the eu has strongly criticized a new measure from moscow requiring european airlines to hand over information about passengers to the russian authorities. >> it sounds very controversial. it's one not only affect passengers traveling to russia, but all of those flying over russian territory. date and airlines from giving
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personal data to a non-income country. >> if they do not comply, they will be banned from flying to russia or using russian airspace. >> the decree comes into affect on july first. from then on, airlines must pass on sensitive data to russian authorities. at that includes personal addresses, telephone numbers, and credit card numbers. officials say the law was properly communicated. >> we do regret that the russian authorities did not inform the commission about their intentions to request passenger data from airlines. >> it may seem a minor point of protocol, but many see it as a bad beginning for the summit that kicks off monday night. >> we have to do business with russia, but only to a limited extent. russia is no longer regarded as
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a real partner for the eu. >> it could go to the european parliament. in the meantime, officials say it is possible that to the eu may hold back on passing legislation friendly to russia. >> we have to put some pressure on russia to withdraw this demand. we art discussing reducing visa restrictions. we should bar its passing until russia withdraws its new decree. >> european airlines face flight and landing restrictions if they do not comply with russians new decree. they're hoping there is still time to convince moscow to abandon its demands. >> we will be closely following this story for you as it develops. coming up after a short break, the american soldier who handed thousands of secret government files to wikileaks goes on trial today. his supporters call him a hero, the government calls him a
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traitor. >> we go live to our correspondent.
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>> welcome back. the american soldier accused of providing secret documents to wikileaks is on trial in maryland. >> he faces a possible life sex -- life sentence without parole. the most serious charge is of aiding the enemy. >> he has not denied leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, but says his aim was to spark a public debate on the role of u.s. military. we have this report. >> for these demonstrators outside of fort meade, maryland, he is a hero. it has been three years since the u.s. private leaves a classified video showing war crimes in iraq.
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it showed a u.s. apache flying over baghdad back in 2007. the crew identified civilians as insurgents and opened fire. they commented on the killings as if they were a videogame. the video was released by wikileaks in 2010. the group dedicated to publishing classified information said it secured the video after hacking into the u.s. government's computer network. hundreds of thousands of documents followed and wikileaks became a household name. they arrested the private one month after the video went public. he admitted to working with wikileaks and was charged with aiding the enemy. he said he wanted to show people what was happening in iraq. >> the united states strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. it puts people's lives in danger, threatens national
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security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. >> he has spent the last three years in jail awaiting for trial. if found guilty, the 25-year-old could spend the rest of his life the better. >> we have been following the trial proceedings. we are joined now from washington. thank you for being with us. he pleaded guilty in february to far lesser charges. what are the charges he faces now? >> the most severe one that is left is aiding the enemy. that could give him life in a military prison. in order for that to happen, the prosecution needs to prove that he actually knew and accepted that the information he was passing on would end up in enemy's hands. in the hands of u.s. enemies, generally speaking.
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that is the one thing that the judge said before the prosecution had to do and they are already going in that direction on the first day of trial, saying that they would present evidence that america's former public enemy number one requested and got information from wikileaks. if they can prove that, that would be a strong case in point. >> what does the public think about him? is he a hero or a traitor? >> that is really hard to say. there is no official polling going on, recently, at least, on the question. the average american does not care about the beginning of the trial. some are not even aware it has started. they are more interested in the verdict. most americans are never this three years ago when a lot work touched by this video that we just talked about, the one where you saw u.s. soldiers killing civilians and being very cynical about that. if you asked americans, most would say it is wrong to do
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that. they would of course say, the public needs to know about that. they feel uncomfortable about this person being him and information being on the internet. 700 50,000 documents like that. people say stuff like that -- 750,000 documents like that. people say stuff like that has to be presented to the public, but not like that. >> thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> another man considered to be a truth campaign or a julian assange. it has been just over a year after he lost an appeal in british court and took refuge in the ecuadorian embassy. >> sweden was deported for sexual assault charges, but his supporters fear he would he turned over to the u.s. and tried on terrorism for releasing classified information. >> ecuador's government agrees.
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it has granted political asylum to the australian activist. >> it is the changing of the guard of a different kind in london. police have this building under close watch of day and night. the ecuadorian embassy is where julian assange is hiding out. if he steps foot outside of the building, he will be detained and handed over to the authorities in sweden. nearby, the world famous department store -- few shoppers or tourists are aware of the diplomatic standoff. residents are used to the constant police president. >> i have never seen him. apparently he was meant to be coming out of the building but he did not. there were lots of camera crews and police. >> every now and then, you get people for claiming his innocence and right to free speech. there is always a handful of people in those days. >> he worked in the area.
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unaware of the sexual assault allegations and why he is reluctant to leave. >> something suspicious about it. i cannot think he did what he is accused of doing. if he is innocent, he should probably come and face trial. the longer he is in there, the more guilty he looks. >> maybe that is the fear because sweden will send him straight to america. >> the governments of latin america -- >> how likely is it that he can avoid extradition to sweden? >the chances are slim. he believes an appeal would fail. he was at the embassy last year when assange i dressed supporters from the balcony. >> the european court of human rights will issue an order staying something like a next tradition where there is real
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imminent danger of someone being tortured. that is certainly not the case in julian assange is a situation. >> the standoff continues. he is cooped up inside of the embassy erie it he has not been spotted at the window for months. it is a waiting game that could go on indefinitely. >> either he grows old and dies in the ecuadorian embassy, frankly, or at some point he has to come out. from the british government's point of view, i don't think there is any reason for them to make any concessions. >> ecuador accuses britain of violating julian assange's human rights by us -- by refusing to allow him passage to ecuador where he has been provided political asylum. >> when is a government terror warning justified and what is the criteria officials used to issue warnings that lead to the
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closure of buildings and caused deep public anxiety? >> here in germany, the public is getting some answers to those questions as the trial proceeds for a man who provided berlin with false information. >> he issued a warning that cost millions of euros and extra police costs and lost her activity. here is more. >> this is the man accused of calling in a fake warning of imminent terror attacks in germany. he is also accused of being a member of al qaeda. the 25-year-old son of turkish immigrants grew up in western germany. his anonymous tip prompted authorities to close security and increase public spaces. many places were put under 24- hour watch. patrols and airports, the
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minister at the time tried to calm the public. >> there is reason to be worried, but there is no reason to panic. we will not let international terrorism affect our way of life or limit our culture of freedom. >> today it is a magnet for tourism again, but security is still high. >> some soccer now. chelsea have confirmed that josé is returning to that club. >> he has signed a four-year deal with the blues. he was released from his contract last week after a season without a trophy. he led chelsea to two league titles during his previous time which ended in 2007. the u.s.
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men's soccer team hosted germany in international friendly on sunday and washington, d.c. >> there are two to be oak oh shows -- there are two coaches. >> one with german winning, one with them losing. >> germany's casual approach was quickly punished after just her teen minutes. he had no chance. the same cannot be said of the second u.s. goal when he fumbled a back pass just three minutes later. just after half-time, something -- a something. on the hour mark, he extended the americans lake to 3-1.
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with 11 minutes left, he scored his second appearance. he made it 4-3. for the u.s. team, a big morale booster. >> that is all we have time for right now. thank you for joining us. >> make sure to stay with us for more news. i captioned by the national captioning institute
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hello there. and welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, june 4th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. people across turkey are gearing up for a nationwide strike. demonstrators have spent the past for days on the street. the unrest began on friday. police attackeem


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