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this is. a very us. federal executions the move ends a 16 year moratorium i will probably be challenged in court critics say it's an election year stunt designed to inflame public opinion also on the program hong kong's latest government demonstration see protesters occupy the territories and bring you an update from the city. and just germany moves to confer should meet a man who sets the.
welcome to the program. us federal government has announced that it will be executions this year american states execute dozens of prisoners every year the last federal execution was in 2003 since then there has been an unofficial moratorium on a review is carried out the justice department now says that review is complete and has cleared the way for executions to resume critics of capital punishment say the decision is politically motivated and aimed at boosting support for president trump in next year's election. the execution chamber still frequently used in the united states but in recent years the death penalty has only been applied by state
governments only 3 people have been executed at a national level in the past 3 decades now the attorney general william barr has authorized the resumption of capital punishment by the federal government so this is kind of a new. surprising announcement there's no particular call for the death penalty at any federal level but there are people on the federal death row who have committed serious homicides and juries have found that they are subject to the death penalty so. there's nothing that really prevents it from knowing this $61.00 people are on federal death row including the boston marathon bomber for now 5 men have been shot jewel to die by lethal injection all convicted of murdering children some see it as an emotive decision. these cases were not chosen because they justify the federal death penalty. they were chosen because
they were designed to inflame the public and there's concern that nonwhite defendants will be disproportionately affected you're more likely to be sentenced to death and you're more likely to be executed if you're a defendant of color. president donald trump has long been an outspoken supporter of the death penalty executions will restart in december as the u.s. prepares to enter an election year several of trump's democratic opponents are against it the issue could become part of the presidential race. go straight to washington that it will be joined detail because paul didn't have a home for a welcome helen so why is this happening now. so what we saw today was president trying to put a card down on the table for the 2020 presidential election he estimates that this will play out well with his conservative base he has long been in favor of the death penalty taking out a full page ad in the new york times previously backing executions and he's also
said in the past that perhaps the united states would be better off if it implemented policies similar to that seen in the philippines of course where the president was an ego deterred he has pursued policies execution and drug dealers in that country so he estimates it will play out well with his conservative base and if we take a look at the numbers certainly republican support for the death penalty for capital punishment has stayed steady over the past 2 decades 8 out of 10 republican voters still backing capital punishment in this country we heard in the report that there is no clamor for this move so one wonders how contentious an issue is it. this certainly is a very contentious issue and not one that historically has necessarily fall in along party lines for example in 1992 the then democratic presidential candidate bill clinton defended the death penalty indeed he even left the campaign trail to
return to his home state of arkansas and preside over the execution all ricky ray rector this was a man a black man who was mentally impaired who had killed a police officer and another man and i think that that also speaks to another reason why this is so contentious with evidence of racial bias currently 55 percent of people on death row of people of color and then of course there is the issue of the risk of miscarriage of justice research from the university of michigan says that 4 percent of people executed in the united states were innocent and as such we've seen many democratic presidential candidates today speaking out against it one for example including come about horace a former u.s. prosecutor say that it is a moral deeply flawed and too many innocent people have been executed in this country the only democratic presidential candidate who is in favor of it is steve
garlock the governor of montana who says that it can be used for example he advocates it in the case of terrorism and broadly how about many u.s. states never gave up the death penalty so one wonders how big a deal this is. this is certainly a big deal phil despite the fact that there are 29 states which still have the death penalty because it goes against a trend from 2008 to 2018 that the number of death sentences has fallen by 85 percent we've also not seen a big call for a revival federal level so there is certainly a concern also with the rapidity with which the attorney general bill barr now wants to see these death penalties these executions go ahead 5 men and then more to come and then the home from washington thank you let's turn now to another tragedy in the mediterranean what's believed to be the worst shipwreck they have
this year nearly 150 refugees afia drowned after their boat capsized off the libyan coast on thursday scores of others were rescued but instead of finding safe harbor in new york it was sent back to libya to face more uncertainty and desperation. these exhausted migrants have been sent back to libya from where they had set off for europe right next to the survivors are those who did not make it. this woman says she lost her 7 year old son in the boat accident. she's grief stricken but also angry she says no one helped her and her family in libya oh my god they tell me how did anyone they sent me away and they told me and my children that we had to find our own way. i just want to go back to my home country of sudan to die but it is so that no more. after what is probably the worst boat accident in the mediterranean this year the demands of u.n.
organizations have become more insistent. there's an urgent need now 1st of all to secure the release of people from inside the detention centers in libya but also to boost the search and rescue capacity we need more rescue boats on the mediterranean to prevent lives from being lost. at the moment there are no private rescue ships patrolling off the coast of libya it only wants to prohibit their work by imposing heavy fines and they are still disagreement in the e.u. over how rescued migrants should be distributed among member states. we'll take a look now at some of the other stories making news around the world palestinian president mahmoud abbas has said that he will start implementing agreements with israel this is the 1st time he said i'm such a clear break in cooperation a sign of worsening relations between the 2 sides earlier this week israel demolished 12 palestinian apartment building sites and security reasons. into bass
described as a crime against humanity. and the government protests have taken place in algeria as capital for the 23rd consecutive week the rallies started in february and forced longtime president abdullah as these 2 to flicker to resign in april demonstrators have since kept up the pressure and called for regime inside was to step down. german chemicals giant buyer has been told that a $2000000000.00 compensation. against it over its weed killer roundup will be cut by a subsidiary mom side so it will not have to pay just $87000000.00 to a california couple who claim the product gave the council says it will still appeal the original decision. hong kong where protesters have taken their fight for democratic freedoms to one of the world's busiest airports thousands of demonstrators have descended on the arrivals hall at hong kong international to
raise the alarm about what they see as a potential erosion of the territories independence this is part of a mass protest movement sparked by a controversial extradition bill which it's feared would allow china to tighten its grip on the island. huge crowds of protesters greeted passengers into arrival halls wanting to win their sympathies for their cause for almost 2 months now they have been holding demonstrations demanding greater democracy. the trigger was a now suspended extradition bill which would have allowed hong kong to transfer suspects to the in transparent justice system of mainland china. in one to the one that we would want to let the people know that called was not what it used to be and we don't want. to shut the symbol to have an i phone call. cathal trace unmasks a common goal and not just as protection against pollution or airborne bacteria but
also against facial recognition technology whatever trust demonstrators may have had in the territories or thora t s was shattered last weekend when despite prior warnings police failed to stop suspected organized crime groups from brutally attacking protesters and bystanders 45 people were hospitalized let's turn to once again we just want to fight for the rights and core values of hong kong. i can't understand why the government and the police would treat protesters who were protesting peacefully that way. the office suite passengers seemed unfazed many supported the protest i feel i feel that i think that i feel that if people are standing up for what they believe in freedom. i would i would support the protest in terms of their freedom of speech and their rights and i believe that it's to do with extradition so yes i would absolutely support them i
would say i think you know you know people want to make their voice heard you know if. it's to continue in their windows of. hong kong is bracing itself for a further weekend of protests the government is under increasing pressure from the demonstrators and also from communist party leaders in beijing who fear the unrest could spread to the mainland. but here in germany the government is moving to ban the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy health minister a young man who has been calling for the swift abolition of the practice saying that homosexuality is not a disease he warned of dire consequences for people who undergo this so called a therapy we met one man who says the practice left him isolated depressed and with suicidal thoughts. which happened i think i 1st became aware that something was different during kindergarten but of course i didn't know what it meant mike is
just one of thousands of people in germany who have undergone a controversial therapy in an attempt to repress a homosexuality christianity shaped mike's life from an early age but as puberty hit he began to have sexual experiences with men. it was a nice time in life but then the conflict started to grow because at the same time i felt at home in christian circles where it was made very clear god doesn't want that you should lead another life. how can you stand before god this is a mortal sin. and other similar comments came from all sides. have to fall in terribly seeking out so-called conversion therapy might committed himself to ending all contact with homosexual friends and partners for decades he was abstinent the loneliness brought him to the brink of suicide. i reached the point where i couldn't go on anymore. it was also because of my faith that i was
too much of a coward to do it. because then i would have been granted eternal life today i can laugh about it how stupid that it was but i was actually the reason that kept me from ending my life. not practitioners in germany of the so-called homosexual conversion therapy currently face no consequences but german health minister is preparing to take drastic action. should conversion therapy in germany sexuality is not a disease and does not require treatment. the german health minister hopes to present a draft by the end of the year but like many other critics mike worries that the so-called therapy will be able to continue under a different guise but for him it's still a step in the right direction. she finished. i think it's important for example to put a ban in place especially for young people which makes it clear that doctors and therapists
are not allowed to carry out this so-called conversion therapy and then the be a lot less of this nonsense. got to making a beanie go. 20 years on since his so-called therapy mike can now look forward to his wedding putting the past behind him. nieman i'm not bitter towards anyone neither the christian circles where i learned and heard everything nor the therapist. someone from my former parish actually reached out to me and said hats off to him and he was sorry for what happened so i can see something is happening change is on the way. i'm gonna. find out more about this with helmet mats he's from germany's lesbian gay federation l.g. bt brights and you know what welcome to d w what happens during these these conversion therapy sessions i'm not quite sure if you can have an idea because there are several types of conversion they try to get people back to draw sexual.
majority here to overcome homosexuality and i think it's wrong way to call it sarah p. i think it's just quakery. they do as if they could hear something which is no. trust state of human. existence so it goes beyond just not being gay to being straight so this is. any evidence that it actually works no there isn't at all and 25 years ago. i. did need it. homosexuality as a mental. disorder from the list of. diseases so they should have learned this therapists that there is nothing to put that or be on
i think this kind of quick or re provokes innes in stead of overcome some of the sort of illness i think depression. as we learned in the clip and suicide rates are high. and should show that people having problems with homosexuality should not make their problems to all public problems or try to make money of homophobia by trying to offer promote peace against homosexuality so where does the demand come from these fees quacks these strange people who offer this this this therapy. where someone is going to them somebody is paying them to do this to them yes i think. perhaps religious reasons by religious
fundamentalists saying that they are not created equal or creators of caught by the devil it's not. to reasonable people to understand what it's what's in the brain of these therapists but it's quite school that is not fitting into modern society so would a ban work i think it's a decisive step. it's clear that therapists promoting offering this kind of therapy that kind of quakery are not on the right way and so in the broader terms and 40 seconds or less why 2 societies across the world have a problem with people being gay i think they're kind of stand diversity they want to have clear black and white. patterns and i think the problem is not the
homosexual people not able to stand diversity and variety in society we thank you for joining us. from germany lesbian and gay federation thanks for being interesting. boris johnson's appointment as a british prime minister has divided opinion in the u.k. but thousands of miles away in turkey residents of a small village just celebrating his ascent to power mr johnson has traced his ancestry back to count 5 in cannes keeley province and people there are buzzing with excitement that a man they see as one of their own is britain's new leader. it's a far cry from the ground 0 of westminster this is the house where boris johnson's great great grandfather was born more than 200 years ago now residents of the small turkish village of kufa to hope johnson will return to discover his roots and meet
his distant relatives. this is my cousin and we want him to come here and visit his ancestral lands to meet us and. the. villages here have welcomed johnson's rise to become british prime minister. we were happy that boris won in fact we all gathered here and celebrated in front of my office we all applauded him. for man met johnson when he visited turkey as british foreign minister and 2016 back then johnson received a warm welcome even though he was claiming in his breakfast campaign that millions of turks would enter britain if turkey joined the european union. but you had to say such things in the political arena in order to make political gains you know that as well as we do and all politicians know it too so do the people in his country in some mobility form a man must a file is
a street politician himself because of own lingo dismissing simbu so in order for a town to develop we would like to benefit from people like boris johnson. in that under their leadership we would like investments for our town. to make the out of the additional investment or not here in california there's a sense of pride that a man the local sea is one of their own is now the leader of the united kingdom. millions of people here in europe have been sweltering in this summer's 2nd heat wave and the soaring mercury is causing travel chaos who are still advised decades to travel to or from paris today after a damaged power line it got a noble cause severe delays train tracks risk buckling in the intense heat and roads are also affected in the netherlands one time has resorted to spreading salt on the roads in a bid to prevent them from melting. while in some parts of the world these temperatures may be normal for many parts of europe we're not equipped for this
sort of weather rebecca recess can tell us more welcome rebecca so how is europe coping with the heat well i know that well but i'm a straight in so you know going to him a complaining about the warm weather and you know as you said many of our view is actually off from warmer climates and might be thinking what's the big deal why is everyone in your kind of crying about 35 or even 40 degrees but you know as you mentioned it europe just isn't quite for this kind of weather the infrastructure is just not there so it takes for instance it conditioning which you know where i come from is pretty commonplace but here across most of northern europe it's it's pretty rare you know people in houses or offices and especially public transport. there's no air conditioning so it can get very hot so that's prompted one guy by the name of jesse peanut to develop a web site mapping all sorts of places in berlin that have air conditioning whether they be you know shops or department stores or whatever and then people who are out
and about and sweltering in these some hot days can match and find out where to go to get a bit of a reprieve it's been proving weeks we got in touch with him and he said it the usage of messiah is really spiked in the last couple of days surprising but you also mentioned you know late in that about the train the rail tracks and they're able to bend here because they're actually the train tracks in europe are really sort of prepared for the withstand cold cold spells rather than the heat so so austria is really trying this new thing where they're painting the train tracks want to see where that will reduce temperatures on whether it's working but people say it could reduce the temperature by about 73 days so we just see was are people getting quite creative but they certainly are i know it's you know because of the serious issue but people we've taken some of the funniest things from people who are posting on twitter under the hash tag heat wave and we've got this guy in france he. is just going to roll out the creative using open the hydrant to keep
all that cool and then this guy in the u.k. brought beach to the city pavement and in amsterdam a cafe has put these little floaty pulls down for its customers so they can enjoy a cool beverage while keeping their toes nice and cool but good news for people across europe bad news for me we're going to get a bit of reprieve in the coming days so things will be looking a bit easier across europe to have a better exist thank you so much for a. while frances weltering in the heat stage 19 of the tour de france has had to be interrupted early after heavy cause dangerous conditions on the final downhill stretch right at times where instead taken from the summit of cold does there are 40 kilometers. before the planned finish line again ben now was the biggest beneficiary of the colombian claim the yellow jersey of the previous overall later julian i think the look frustrated these type of chances and are fading but now is not a favorite to stand atop the podium and paris on sunday and with this is nearing
the finish line let's get a longer view now courtesy of the races oldest living with a 91 year old for the rico bahamontes known as the eagle of toledo won the 2 a back in 1959 becoming the 1st stanley to win cycling's most cherished prize retired for more than 15 years now he's still in love with the sports but not with modern cyclists federico martine moment is so many hardships early in life during and after the spanish civil war his major concern was finding food in staying alive before becoming a professional writer he honed his cycling skills while delivering bread for black market traders and fleeing the police those skills led him to racing and eventually the spanish cycling federation picked him for its tour de france teen in 1959 montez won it all. but when i won the tour all the spaniards
enjoyed it more than anyone else from that moment on things changed for spanish cycling in general franco met with me and the evolution of cycling changed for the better. decades removed from the sport he still regarded as the tour de france his best ever climber winning the king of the mountains classification 6 times but he's definitely not a fan of the sports modern era. commercial firms are killing the sport right now you have x. number of millions 100000000 euros to make a great team and you can do it you can do it because they're all thinking about money and not about the results at all. you know what i call today cyclists the holy week procession and. they only lack the candle and the lighter to light the candle. never one to mince words the oldest living tour de france winner
declined an invitation to witness this year's event firsthand opting to watch it on t.v. instead. is a month scuse me here's a reminder the top story of this hour in the united states the trumpet ministration house announced plans to revive the federal death penalty critics say the change is politically motivated. to speed up the news of life from i'll be back in a few moments with the day and meantime of course as always the web site that's t w dot com have a good day. climate
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