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evolved into the powerhouse in german football. >> thank you so much for your company from everyone. we begin in the u.s., where the impeachment inquiry into u.s. president donald trump has resumed with a second day of public hearings. today's session centers on testimony from marie yovanovitch . the former u.s. investor to ukraine was fired from her post--ambassador to you can was fired from her post in kiev after coming under attack from trump's personal lawyer rudy giuliani. she was branded that news by
president donald troubles of in her opening statement, yovanovitch said she had no agenda other than to pursue the u.s. stated foreign policy goals. ms. yovanovitch: individuals who felt stymied by out effort to remote stated u.s. policy against corruption, to do our mission, were able to successfully conduct a campaign of disinformation against visiting ambassador using unofficial back channels. as various witnesses have recounted, a shared baseless allegations with the president and convinced him to remove his ambassador, despite the fact that the state department fully understood that the allegations were false and the sources highly suspect. our ukraine policy has been thrown into disarray, and shady interests the world over have learned how little it takes to remove the american ambassador who does not give them what they want. >> marie yovanovitch speaking in her opening statement. let's take you to capitol hill
to our correspondent standing on capitol hill. first, one to ask you what struck you about her testimony? >> i think first and foremost, it is the fact that it has been very personal. just not held whatsoever. -- she has not held back whatsoever. she was asked pretty in-depth questions about her time in ukraine and some of her answers were pretty shocking to many people who were watching. one of the latest things that has happened is when she was asked about president trump's personal political interests and joe biden, this quid pro quo where heard so much mentioned, it has not been mentioned so much today, but at the time of this phone call, referring to the phone call on july 25, the center of this quid pro quo, she said that she departed ukraine two months prior. it would not have been in her
policy in may. she also said to they appear to you to benefit the president's personal political interests rather than the national interest, she responded with "i could. -- "they could." at the same time we see that president trump has been essentially live-tweeting, intimidating tweets by him. >> that is extraordinary, of course. talk about that, the president weighing in in the middle of the ambassador's testimony. >> that's right. president trump has essentially been trying to discredit the former u.s. ambassador marie yovanovitch, and of course, adam schiff, who is there, one of the main people asking these questions to marie yovanovitch, as said that was-- has said that witness intimidation is something that is taken very seriously.
president trump has been saying that anywhere that marie yovanovitch went it was essentially a disaster, and trying to justify in some way his decision to bring or remove her from her position in ukraine. it's not forget that -- let's not forget that marie yovanovitch is a long-standing diplomat with over three decades of service. it is a pretty dramatic start to the second day of this -- these public hearings. >> extraordinary development. thank you. while the impeachment hearings on capitol hill stem from a controversial phone call between president trump and his ukrainian counterpart back in july, the man on the end of the phone call, ukrainian president zelensky, is getting more attention from the u.s. than he ever wanted. how does the impeachment inquiry look from kiev, and what is at stake? >> we had, i think, good phone
call. it was normal, we spoke about many things, and so i think that nobody pushed me. pres. trump: in other words, no pressure. reporter: no impression on ukraine to launch an investigation into joe biden's son hunter. that has been challenged by numerous officials testifying to congress the irrespective of whether this ends in impeachment for trump, what does this mean for his visibly uncomfortable guest, volodymyr zelensky? on the streets of kiev, people are struggling to understand what trump wants from zelensky. >> you would have to ask trump. i don't have a clue. >> trump as his reelection to think about.
zelensky wants to be friends with world leaders. that is why he caved in. reporter: as far away as the so-called ukraine scandal might feel to ukrainians, this is about more than just making friends with world leaders. $400 million in military aid, to be precise, dependent on zelensky's willingness to launch an investigation into joe biden's son hunter. u.s. military assistance and financial support have been crucial. until now, aid for ukraine has enjoyed bipartisan support in washington. could that support now evaporate if ukraine was seen to be meddling in u.s. domestic politics? >> i think his strategy was to avoid taking sides, because he understands that the american support, the international support is crucial for ukraine, because ukraine is facing russian aggression. imagine if ukraine loses american support.
that means that ukraine is left alone with russia. no country that is left alone with russia can basically survive. reporter: just six months into the job, and president zelensky faces an unenviable choice for the please donald trump by investigating undivided. or dragged his feet and missed incurring the hostile gestures --missed incurring the hostility of the men involved. it is a lose-lose situation. sitting tight and keeping quite will prove more difficult by the day. >> one to tell you about the other stories making news around the world. in lebanon, former finance minister has agreed to be put forward as prime minister while in an attempt to end months of protests and political stalemate. that has failed to stop demonstrators taking to the streets to protest that very
move. they see him, a wealthy businessman, as emblematic of a failed political system. two people have been killed in baghdad in the latest violence to ravage antigovernment protests. officials say police fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators. more than 300 people have been killed in iraq since the protest began in early october. an 18-year-old man in belgium has become the first person in that country to die from vaping. he died within a month of contracting a lung infection after using an e-segura. reports of-- e-cigarette. reports of vaping-related deaths have been going with 42 in the united states alone. venice has been hit by flooding in another extraordinary high tide in saint mark's square. the levels on friday did not
reach those of the peak flooding seen earlier this week, for the water still poses an ongoing threat to the cultural heritage of the city. reporter: land and sea become one again. another exceptionally high tide is wreaking havoc on venice. workers dismantle elevated walkways to protect the public. it is yet more disruption after days of dismay. matthew has given everything to this place. >> none of the fridges are working. we are trying to dry things off. reporter: for 200 is, this grand hotel has the test of time and tide. but this week the devastation is considerable. >> i think we have 70,000 of damage, more or less. obviously we are still counting the level of damage and we are still trying to fix parts of the
electricity. reporter: as all of the venice takes stock of the damage, some are wondering if nature is finally closing in on this lagoon city's fortifications. >> we are from venice, venetians, born in venice. most of us are venetians, so stop with venice? never. reporter: italy's prime minister visited saint mark's basilica, and he pledged millions of euros in help. >> i saw great distress. today i spoke to a newsstand owner who saw his kiosk class in the canal. he lost everything. you can imagine what it means for someone who owns a business to see his world drowning in the water. reporter: he also promised to
turn this into a reality, a tidal defense system that has been plagued by corruption. they began planning it in 1984. before then, locals must contend with an almighty cleanup operation that is expected to cost hundreds of millions. anchor: let's take you to the canal city. james jackson is in venice on st. mark's place. good to see you, james for the it is raining out there, pouring. what is the situation like where you are? james: so it is very wet still and very long day for most of the people of venice. everything havhas been flooded. the levels are still exceptionally high, and people's shops were damaged, people's hotels were damaged. as we were walking around come
we saw almost every shop had little motorized water pumps to get it out. to try and get things dry, i know people have started to hoover, vacuum-clean the water so they can return to life as normal. anchor: return to life as normal, that is going to take some while. talk to us about the damage that has been done by these record floods. james: almost everyone in venice will have been affected in some way, especially business owners and people living on the ground floor. 70% of the city was underwater today. we spoke to people who have lost computers for their businesses, who have lost mattresses for the house, sofas, fridges from all those kinds of things. venice is a unesco cultural heritage city. some of the damage will have been done to places like st. mark's the silica right behind me--st. mark's basilica right
behind me. you can't really count how much the damage will cost to repair, because some of the things are quite simply priceless. anchor: exactly, that is the word i was going to use as well. the government has already declared a state of emergency, and now there are calls for international help? james: yes, that's right. the government has declared a state of emergency, and the prime minister giuseppe conte has earmarked 10 million for immediate help. that will go to the people who live here, they can get up to 5,000. business owners can get up to 20,000. however, when i spoke to people about what they want, the first thing they said was that people should not be turned off coming to venice, because a lot of them due to these floods -- this is only going to last for a week or so. and then life will return, or
try to return to normal after that. they are worried about the effect that this will have on business. a lot of them were working quite depressed and did not want to talk to reporters. but the people who gave the clearest answers on what the government, a tie in government and local government, should do, basically said finish demos of. laila: james jackson reporting from venice, thank you. back here in germany, an attempted mass murder at a synagogue on the jewish yom kippur holiday last month has highlighted a worrying rise in anti-semitism. while the most official senior watchdog in this country is calling for tougher punishments as a deterrent to hate crimes against jewish people. anti-semitism commissioner felix klein and the head of the european council visited the holocaust memorial in berlin today. the memorial is dedicated to the holocaust's 6 million jewish victims.
we want to extend a very warm welcome to the secretary-general of the council of europe. so good to have you with us. important issue that the authorities here are trying to tackle. these anti-semitism on the rise across europe-- is anti-semitism on the rise across europe? >> unfortunately, it is. it is visible elsewhere and it is really raising concerns for everyone and especially for us in the council of europe who have invested years a lot to work on combating the hate speech and anti-semitism. we are aware that what is happening around needs another level of involvement not only on the national level but on the international. we are watching very carefully what the german government has done really quickly and also some other governments, and we
believe there is certainly a need that we on the level of the council of europe do more and you something together with member states, because it is really a trend that should not continue that way. laila: why do you think this worrying trend is happening across europe? sec.-gen. buric: it is a part of a larger scale of raising populism and nationalism all across not only in europe but elsewhere as well. we need education and remembrance of holocaust is one of the ways and probably one of the very good ways to combat anti-semitism, and that is why i paid a visit to the memorial because i believe this is a message in itself that we need to go and have to remember these terrible crimes that have happened and not to be repeated. in that respect, i was also very
happy to meet felix klein, the coordinator for holocaust in germany, and exchange with him what has been done and what could be done, so we hope that together with him, the german government, some other governments, we can tackle this issue, especially as the next year in the one year 10 germany will take over the presidency of the committee. laila: how worried are you by the fact that this country has done a lot of work, and when it comes to holocaust remembrance it is front and center, yet these things still happen? is the german government doing enough? should it be doing even more? sec.-gen. buric: certainly we all should do more, and that is why we need to put up altogether and see how to go about, because i think this -- i would say new wave, the old anti-semitism combined with the new forms of
anti-semitism, is happening partly also because with all goods that we have been brought by the social media and internet, this is the downside of this effect that actually hate speech and hate crime can be easily spread and incite violence and intolerance towards minorities, no matter what grounds, religious, ethnic, or others. this is apparently a new state where we need not only us, governments and international organizations, but also internal providers from because what is important is to report immediately and to find who these people are who are incintininciting violence. freedom of speech and freedom of expression is not a denial of holocaust. that is what last year the european court of human rights
ruled in the case which germany also confirmed, the german court's position, because this is not under the european convention on human rights, what means freedom of expression to express this kind of denial or any other hate speech. hate speech is where the freedom of expression ends. laila: freedom of expression is not absolute, i understand. marija buric, secretary-general of the council of europe, thank you for coming in very much. shift our attention to turkey. that country has started to put in people it believes to be foreign militants. a family suspected of supporting the so-called islamic state arrived in berlin on thursday. turkey said it will deport 23 more european nationals in the coming days. reporter: seven members of the same family arrived back in berlin after a visit to turkey. they traveled there in january
and were arrested shortly afterwards. back in germany, they were met by the police. the turkish government claims they were intending to travel on hysteria, but there is no proof of that. it is known that some family members were involved with the islamist movement in their hometown in germany, and may have sympathized with the so-called islamic state. that in itself is not a crime. one son is said to have been a member of the german islamic circle, which is led by a radical cleric and was banned at two years ago. it is not clear what will happen to the family who are not facing arrest. >> we have to assess the potential threat posed by these in each individual case. you constantly say that every person--you can't recently said that every person coming back represents a danger. but we make extensive checks to determine what steps the police or local authorities need to
take. reporter: opposition politician say the government has failed to put measures in place to deal with the return of islamic state supporters. >> the government has had its head in the sand not wanting to do with this. now they are paying the price. they should have agree on procedures for turkey much earlier. reporter: turkey now wants to deport the wives of two islamic state fighters to germany. both women were being held in kurdish-run prison camps went on corrupt -- ankara lost its offensive in northern cereal last month. they managed to escape that were taken into custody by the turkish authorities. laila: firebrand bayern munich president uli hoeness will hand over the reins on friday evening, drawing a line under four decades of involvement with
the club. hoeness is responsible for transforming bayern into a football powerhouse. he leaves the role despite returning to his post after serving jail time for tax evasion only three years ago. reporter: it is hard to imagine bayern munich without uli hoeness. he was a three-time winner of both the bundesliga and european carp in the 1970's. he also won the 1974 world cup with west germany. the success didn't slow down when he transitioned into management, first as general manager and later as president. hoeness healthelped mold bayern into the powerhouse they are today. hoeness' over 40-e.r.a. has not been without incident. he was the sole survivor of
private plane crash in 1982, and was in prison for evading 20 million in taxes. he returned to his post after his release three years ago, his stature not diminish in the eyes of bayern players past and present. >> uli hoeness is bayern munich. what he achieved as a president and a player for the club is unparalleled. there will never be anyone like him again. >> i think someone like uli hoeness will never stop. he has got a bayern heart and a football heart, so he will always stay connected to us. reporter: with the bayern chairman also nearing the end of his tenure, hoeness' retirement is the closing of a chapter at bayern munich. laila: tennis now for you, and
the last time roger fredericfedd novak djokovic they stop was wimbledon in july. that showdown lasted five hours, with djokovic defeating his rival. at the atp finals in london, federer avenged that loss. reporter: it was a long time coming, after a run of four years and five straight losses, roger federer managed to overcome novak djokovic once more. he capitalized on every mistake. this was nothing short of a master class in the 38-year-old federer not showing any signs of aging and playing with trademark grace and elegance. his dominance did not let up. djokovic eventually folded, and federer assumed the victory 6-4, 6-3.
roger: i knew i played incredible and i had to because that is what novak does. you guys made it super special. i can't thank you enough. reporter: federer claimed to be unaware of his record against djokovic over the past few years, but with an atp semifinal coming up, that is all in the past now. laila: next, researchers in japan have been looking into how to reduce the number of flighfli tes cows that. researchers painted cattle in black and white stripes. they find that striped cows received fewer than half the bites that the unpainted control group. reducing fly bites would help to control the spread of infectious diseases and reduce stress and the animals. they expect the results to apply to other livestock as well. it takes a little bit getting used to, but if it helps.
a reminder of the top story we are tracking is our. the former u.s. investor to ukraine has been testifying on a date -- day two of the public airing of president trump's impeachment inquiry. marie yovanovitch said she felt threatened by the president but had no firsthand knowledge of the phone call trump made to his ukrainian counterpart. thanks for watching. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
all this week right here on front streeet the full. welcome back to front twenty four on the lawn a diss and we live from paris the headlines this hour. the white house says donald trump's tweets on marine giovanna which was not intimidation but simply his opinion u. s. president accuse of witness intimidation in reaeal time as the former u. s. ambassador to ukraine testifies. in public. a ceasefire between israeaelnd the islamic jihad thrown into doubt off to the israeli military response to rorocket fire on targets linked to the militant groups in gaza. i'm pro democracy protesters in hong kong take to the streets in defiance of china's president is off to the gym thing said th