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this is the us live from berlin a syrian rebel group says more than forty people have been killed in a chemical attack in eastern guta news footage of people receiving treatment in the last rebel held town of duma was posted on social media the rebels blame the government and say the death toll is likely to rise regime call the allegations a fabrication also coming up was it murder suicide or was there
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a political motive police in the german city of minster are now scrambling to understand why a man deliberately drove a van into a crowd killing two people during his day there's no evidence of an islamist connection but they're investigating all possibilities. and voting is underway in hungary's general election where prime minister viktor orban is expected to secure a third term i'm casting his ballot orbán who ran a populist anti migration campaign said he was fighting for the future of hungary or go live to budapest. thanks for joining us i'm mary in evanston we begin in syria where dozens of people are reported to have been killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack the white helmets who are medics operating in
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rebel controlled areas have released graphic images which d.w. has chosen not to broadcast. asked it reportedly show dead women and children in the aftermath of the attack it organizations say at least one bomb filled with boys and as chemicals was dropped on do mine eastern kentucky on saturday in the last major rebel stronghold near the capital damascus the reports have not been independently verified the syrian regime and its ally russia called the allegations a fabrication. correspondent and shove ora is monitoring events in from beirut in neighboring lebanon and she joins us now for more on shall what can you tell us about this alleged chemical attack. but what we've heard from people on the ground is that essential barrel bomb was packed with chemical compounds and it struck an area of dumas which is which continues to be under the control of rebels
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the group is called general islam the number of people killed currently is disputed it could be anywhere from forty to seventy five at the moment the activists on the ground also see that they do not have enough medical personnel on the ground so the number could actually be much higher what we've learned from white homeless is which is a group that is helping those sort of the victims of the war the civilians on the ground of the number of injured could be as high as one thousand images that they have released to some of us journalists here are pretty horrifying as you said the doors are less decided not to show them but essentially some of the symptoms that you can't quite clearly see in those images sort of would indicate that it could be a nerve agent even though if you're to saturn and some of the activists on the ground claiming it would be very difficult to prove it in the past though in one such incident the u.n. has said that it wasn't he'd used. well we do know there is dean began its
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offensive in eastern last february and it's not the first time that rebels have accused the assad government of using chemical weapons what's different this time around. well you know any time there is an allegation of a chemical weapon attack it's pretty huge it's a huge violation of for are all sorts of human rights having said that what's different this time around is that in eastern who thought which is the last year of a stronghold off the rebels in ninety five percent has already been taken by the regime and only two are cities left so essentially it is significant that the regime is now if if indeed it is proved this allegation is proved the regime has used chemical agent this is of the genes in a sense final push and it would go to any extent to dumas again i'd like to emphasize it has no independent verification at the moment whether in fact and you know vision has been used and also it's important just for the nerve agent as you
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are a chemical attack happens because the syrian regime has already said that they do not have any more stockpiles left according to the agreement between the russians and the americas which took place in two thousand and thirteen. it is also important that. casualty figures are very high in such attacks and essentially it's is just a gross violation of all sorts of human rights all right correspondent and of or a reporting for us from beirut many thanks indeed. well here in germany police are trying to work out the motive behind a tragic attack in the city of minster on saturday two people were killed and dozens more were injured when a man crashed his van into a crowd outside a busy restaurant in the historic center of the city which is located in the country's northwest the driver then shot himself dead inside his vehicle police have so far ruled out islamist terrorism as a motive local media have suggested the perpetrator had a history of mental illness here's
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a look at how the tragic events unfolded. a picture that captures the moment carnage at the historic costs of minster it was the bassist of times diners enjoying the first days of spring tarns into foster spawn there's an eyewitness described the chaos as a van charged into the crowd. i heard a loud bang screaming and then the police arrived and everyone was sent outside i didn't see much just lots of people running away screaming. i'm sorry for those who were caught up in this it's a shock to all of us employees for visitors i know that i'm angry it's cowardly to do something like this. the driver a forty eight year old german citizen turned the gun on himself after killing several people and hearting dozens more reports in the german media suggest he was suffering from mental illness the mayor sounded
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a defiant note and said the city was grieving for talks and he told all of munster is mourning this horrible incident. now sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed and. we wish the injured a quick recovery. this alleged attack which struck us out of the blue is an attack on our city and we must now stand together more than ever to defeat the scourge of violence it. does augusta the votes. of so busy. they're coming together but never lingers after a deadly day that has painfully reminded this country of the many threats it faces . for more on the aftermath of this deadly crash correspond helen humphrey joins us now from the city of munster so we've been hearing that
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police have now reopened the city's center which was blocked off after the attack but are people out and about again. people are gradually starting to come out and about again marianna where i'm standing right now is the scene of where the n.h. to attack took place if i just leave to the side you can see where some of the church sort of begun to be laid at the foot of the statue of the cuban child here spring flowers and candles in memorial of the victims is gradually people make their way back into the old town now the police cordon has been lifted what you can see just out of sight is rather chillingly a twisted metal barriers which was just by the terrorists probably assumed we were to see where the vehicle made its impact here yesterday on what was a very full terrorist behind me. have you been hearing any more about the
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investigation do police have any possible we need on what could have been the motive. at this hour prosecutors say they have no leads in this investigation and they're working to determine whether this was a suicide whether this was a suicide that then ended in murder or this was a i deliberate attack what police have said is that the perpetrator the alleged perpetrator who killed himself after which was a forty eight year old german man and reports say that he may have had mental health issues late last night the minister of the interior for the state of north rhine-westphalia said it was unlikely that there was an easily missed motive in this case that they will have to determine whether there was another motive whether it was and linked to for example far right extremism or an another kind of motive in this case but at the moment we don't know we do know that they found inside the
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vehicle firecrackers with wires disguised as a bomb and also a raided the alleged perpetrators apartment around two kilometers away from here and they found an a k forty seven which was now out of work in use now and tell us what is planned for later in the day has there been any statement from a political leaders. there's been a whole host of statements from political leaders ranging from the chancellor angela merkel and to steinmeyer last night of course today we understand that we'll see who for the minister of interior will come here in around an hour's time to pay his respects and visit this scene and we'll of course be covering that here on the tele. helena humphrey reporting for us from in northwestern germany thank you very much. well now to some of the other stories making news around the world and in brazil former president who is ignacio of the silva has surrendered to
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police to begin a twelve year sentence for corruption move ahead previously ignored an order to surrender by friday afternoon he claims the charges are a politically motivated attempt to derail his run for president in october. in new york city one person has died and four firefighters were injured in a blaze on the fiftieth floor of trump tower officials said the fire in the u.s. president's signature building was quickly put out the victim was a male resident of the building who died after being brought to the hospital. at least fifteen people were killed and fourteen others injured when a semi trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western canada the humboldt broncos were on route to a playoff game in the province of saskatchewan when the crash took place police are investigating the cause of the accident elections are underway in hungary
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where national is prime minister viktor orban is widely expected to win a third consecutive term polls predict or bonds fetus party which has campaigned on an anti immigrant euro skeptic platform will win a majority together with the christian democrats but growing unity among opposition parties is putting or bonds margin of victory in down to the desk will need a two thirds super majority to pass sweeping reforms and d.-w. it's funny if a char is in the hungering capital budapest right now and she joins us for more i'm so funny we see that you are inside of a polling station tell us how the first few hours of voting have been going. and you can also see that people are lining up queuing up eager to cast a ballot this has been going on all this morning and in fact the voter turnout already is at a record high through to eight percent votes more votes have been cast compared to
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four years ago that clearly tells us of course that voters feel very much more realized to take part in this general election and to decide about the future of hungary for the next four years when the polls leading up to the election show the party with quite a substantial lead but now it seems the reins may be tighter than expected why is that exactly in fact one of the waters i've been talking to sad he did vote for fetus four years ago but now he's ready to cast his ballot for a different party because he has enough of this entire complaining that is circling around immigration he's sad that there must be quote different issues more important issues that matter here in the selection then again of course the hot coffee to supporters who say they're going to vote for for this because there's no better alternative and they don't want more of a suit and see this already in this country and in the european union when it comes to immigration so they have various factors that could actually shake up the said
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action also the fact that the various opposition parties say they are going to unite behind one candidate making sure that the most probable candidate to alter both the food is spotty should be on the ballot. well oregon has of course been known as being extremely euro skeptic funny briefly if you can what would your buns reelection mean for europe. after he cast his ballot this morning promised a victory or been about ask about your opinion he said hunger is a loyal member of the national does ations but at the same time he said european union doesn't mean brussels it means all various capital cities and that of course reigns into his campaign rhetoric that not only hunger about various other countries deserve more sovereignty that in the european union and that underlines that he's going to continue to push a had with his vision for a more sovereign european union member states have more sovereignty. is funny and
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such are reporting for us from the hungary and capital budapest many thanks indeed and you're watching d.w. news coming to you from berlin we'll have another update for you at the top of the hour in the meantime don't forget you can always get the latest news and information on our website just go to d.w. dot com american every scene from all of us in the newsroom many thanks for watching. the football for inspiration part of the pinions we want to express to you double your facebook and twitter up to date and in touch follow us.


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