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this is the interview news live from her lead those in charge of the fukushima nuclear power plant that went into meltdown are found not guilty 3 former executives were accused of failing to mitigate the disaster which came in the wake of the 20th tsunami it was the only criminal trial resulting from that nuclear catastrophe also coming up. saudi arabia displays the drones and missiles it says
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proves tehran sponsored the attacks on its oil installations the u.s. labels the attacks an act of war by iraq we'll talk to a regional expert. and we look at how 3 months of protests in hong kong are tearing at personal relationships. i have been depressed sent it all began. to feel my position is truly embarrassing that woman who supports the pro-democracy demonstrators but she's engaged to be married to a member of the police force has been criticized for its violence. i'm brian thomas thanks so much for being with us a japanese court has acquitted 3 former officials who are in charge of the fukushima nuclear power plant that went into. after the tsunami. this was the only
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criminal trial to stem from the disaster a former executives of the tokyo electric power company. faced up to 5 years in prison are found guilty of professional negligence. first an earthquake then a tsunami and finally and nuclear disaster after 3 of the plant's reactor cores melted down hundreds of thousands of people fled from their homes to escape the radiation the granted water and fukushima remain contamination even today many homeowners aren't allowed to return to cleanup work by operator tepco is expected to last decades. those whose lives have been affected continue to take to the streets an independent commission concluded the disaster was manmade and foreseeable that it could have been avoided with better safety planning previous court rulings have ordered millions of dollars in compensation to be paid out. but
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thursday's ruling has exonerations 3 former executives of professional negligence finding them not guilty of causing the deaths of 44 patients whose health deteriorated after being evacuated from a local hospital. a disappointing result for the victims who had come to see justice served. we cannot understand it we are not satisfied. indeed 8 and a half years so many people were forced to leave their houses 6 forced to leave their homelands and still remain displaced and unable to decide where to live. how would you feel if your house today were taken away from you. michael
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this is extremely extremely frustrating the plaintiffs in this case are considering an appeal after final bit in the long search for accountability more on this as bring in michael pan and tokyo is a journalist with fishing gets news agency good morning michael can you tell us why the court issued its verdict of not guilty well the court will still it's going to take a little time to actually give its full reasoning although we have some ideas. in many cases it's about. the difficulty to to prosecute white collar crimes we saw it for example more than 10 years ago in the in the financial crisis and here again when these major events happen and we're talking about high level elite business executives legal systems and seem to have a lot of difficulty to find anybody responsible for it for these major events and this is another case of that this certainly seems to be the case i mean these are the only individuals who faced criminal prosecution for
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a nuclear disaster that will haunt japan for decades to come. that is correct and probably what is worse is that this was kind of the verdict that everybody was expecting the prosecutors not just once but twice refused to indict anybody over the the nuclear crisis and they were only forced to do so because citizen panels on 2 different occasions according to a local system overrode the prosecutor's decisions and essentially forced the prosecutors to prosecute the case but the japanese system itself the political system the elite system didn't want to hold anybody accountable and that in the end that's exactly the results a giant nuclear accident and nobody's responsible for you mentioned these citizens panels michel does that mean that that we could see them push for for more action
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by the courts or does this mean that no one will be held responsible for what happened at fukushima. i'm not certain if it's even possible for there to be an appeal probably that decision i would guess would be in the hands of the prosecutors who we already know haven't wanted to touch the case with a 10 foot pole so i would say that better chance than not this is the end of the road and when the book is written it will be that that that nobody was responsible nobody legally charged or not legally found guilty of doing anything wrong and we do also know that the court essentially did say as some part of its reasoning that if these executives had been held guilty. to responsible for predicting the damage of the of the tsunami it would make it very difficult for the nuclear industry to continue its current work michael thanks
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very much for that from tokyo michael penn with us from the shin gets his agency. as preview now some of the other stories making the news this hour finland's prime minister and here in a says britain has until the end of the month to submit written proposals for threats of plans to the e.u. were made the comment during a visit to paris to see the french president saying without british proposals quote it's over finland currently holds the presidency. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has called on his main rival to form a broad governing coalition after tuesday's election ended with no clear winner. party leaders said there was no choice but to join the centrist blue and white party of many guns in a national unity government at least 20 people have been killed and more than 90 wounded in a truck bombing in southern afghanistan authorities say the early morning blast occurred next to
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a hospital in the city of kolob the taliban have claimed responsibility. canadian prime minister justin trudeau has apologized after a picture of him wearing brown face make up to a costume party was published by time magazine photo was taken in 2001 when trudeau was a teacher at a private school he told reporters he should have known better and was deeply sorry . that i didn't. now the u.s. secretary of state my pump ayos called last weekend strike on saudi oil instant installations an act of war by iran now adding to the rhetoric the saudi ambassador to germany says that all options for retaliation are on the table including a military strike iran continues to deny any involvement in the attacks but washington says it will impose what it calls substantial sanctions on tehran. and remnants of drones and a cruise missile silo. the saudi defense ministry claims they were among the
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weapons used in last weekend's strikes on 2 of its oil facilities maps drawn up to show that the attack most likely came from a northerly direction saudi military spokesman colonel turki al maliki said the a so was sponsored by iran and did not originate in yemen in the south the home of the rebels who earlier claimed responsibility. but the colonel didn't explicitly accuse tehran of launching the attack and admitted they didn't know where the weapons were fired from. but we are working to know exactly the launch point. 30 over lunch they you eat or the cruise missile will take that talent ability for attacking the saudi infrastructure and the so it's really you know iran has renewed its denial of involvement in the attack. well it's he was completely clear and
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these claims and accusations are firstly completely seriously and decisively rejects it. saudi arabia's ally washington is saying off the record it's convinced of iran's involvement but president trump is avoiding direct accusations and being cautious when it comes to questions of u.s. military involvement we haven't heard barge that we didn't know but but there is there is a certain. i guarantee factor we're really at a point now where we know very much what happened you know there's plenty of time to do some dastardly things it's very easy to start. and we'll see what happens. u.s. secretary of state might pump a 0 has arrived in saudi arabia he's called the strikes on saudi arabia's oil infrastructure an act of war meeting with the crown prince he said washington wants to build a coalition of european and arab partners to deter and confront threats. let's
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talk more about this now with writer trans feld an international consultant for the yemen polling center that's an independent research center thanks very much for coming in america might put peo has called the attack on saudi facilities and act of war very strong language there how certain is it that iran as washington claims is behind this attack and well of course iran is denying any responsibility but on that backdrop it's important to note that generally in the region we've been seeing an escalation of these kinds of attacks and. it all points to iran if not directly then to its proxies so that means that iran is working with proxies in iraq but also in yemen in levanon and with these through these proxies iran is able to. do these kinds of attacks so even if ron is not responsible directly then it is by supplying weapons or by giving
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intelligence that make these kinds of attacks possible ok display of intelligence being very important sorry saying that that would explain why yemen's tuesdays claimed responsibility for this exactly so the whole theme is or. have a very close for they should ship with iran it's not clear what the nature of this relationship is if iran can simply give orders to the who with these that they will then implement. but at the moment the who things are interested in displaying themselves as being very capable of performing such attacks they are consolidating their control in northern yemen and this is really part of you know demonstrating that they are a force to be reckoned with but that does just because they claim to the attack doesn't mean they actually did the attack they actually could have come from random conceivably it is
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a possibility. the saudis are saying the attacks came from the north so if that is the case then they could have been launched anywhere from iraq to parts of iran but again there's no certainty about where the attacks are actually launched from we've we've heard my compare call this an act of war the us president don't trumpet said we'll see what happens could we expect an american military strike or will it stay with sanctions would you see however i don't expect the americans to use military force at the moment i think that none of the actors involved can and can really afford to start a war on this show i do think sanctions are realistic for that that is going to provoke a reaction from iran briefly if you could this is being called a low level attack using the drones is that the case or is it or is it in fact more sophisticated. the drones themselves may be low level but i do believe that these
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kinds of attacks require a lot of intelligence that many of the proxies of iran do not have which again shows that iran might have supplied some intelligence to make this possible to transfer thanks so much for coming in from the yemen polling center or one military force that is deeply loyal to iran's shia leadership is located in neighboring iraq where the centuries old divisions between sunni and shia muslims is a powerful influence in that country's politics iraq's shia are concentrated mainly in the south including the major cities of karbala and najaf they were pressed for decades under sunni dominated regimes but they now have political power. or rocks the shia militias are well trained they're well armed and they're loyal to both the shia prime minister and baghdad and to iran these cross border ties and tensions show just how many countries could potentially be drawn into a saudi around conflict as we discover in this exclusive report. a show of
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power intense times hundreds of shiites saunters a celebration finishing their military training at a base new cadillac the rare images of iraq's shadow army fully committed to the legacy of iran's revolutionary leader ayatollah khomeini they want to let the world know they're ready for battle. anyone who prefers them must count on retaliation. young with. the popular mobilization forces are a decisive force in iraq the u.s. and israel want to weaken it even though it is supported by the iraqi government. just because no other group in iraq is more powerful. force. in 2014 iraq's grand ayatollah a call to fighters to take up arms against the so-called islamic state tens of thousands of shiites heeded this call and phoned to the popular mobilization forces
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or hostile xabi militia the pm air force alongside the iraqi army they were armed and trained by neighboring iran which calls itself a defender of shiites today there are roughly 140000 fighters possibly more loyal to tehran than baghdad and united in their hatred of the u.s. and israel. but. back then everyone answered our religious leaders call. at 1st we didn't have weapons today that p.m.s. is a recognized military force on the side of the prime minister. the weapons we've been supplied with are very good. but for a few weeks now the group's weapons depots have been hit by explosions at least 5 since mid june the militia claims they were attacks carried out by israeli drones israel's military has neither claimed responsibility for the explosions nor deny this. now the popular mobilization forces have to take revenge.
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and escalation of violence is becoming more likely. fall chivvied the chairman and they're very afraid of us that's why they've attacked these bases. we have strong fighters and we've learned a lot in our training they will not break our will. that. they want to destroy us under us the heroes of the hostile xabi. but for every one they kill 10 new fighters will arise when and if they are out there what. more can i say. engines are increasing in the region especially in iraq and a confrontation between the u.s. and iran the crisis ridden country could once again become a battleground even if each side is claiming the opposite. this is it
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or you know still to come in this program in sports it was a great night for byron munich in the champions league stay tuned to find out how sweet it was for a bar. but 1st a city west african nation of liberia which is grieving after a fire in a school near the capital monrovia of the least 26 children dead fire officials say faulty electrical cables may have been to blame they're promising a full investigation. and find mourning and liberia. for dozens of children in 2 of the teachers killed by a fire. the fire service official suspect the accident was caused by a faulty electric cable. the children were sleeping inside the koranic boarding school eyewitnesses trying to help. when we went to the back door
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we heard the children crying banging on the bars the windows saying we're dying here we're dying here rescue us. we got the call around 1 am we tried to go there but the fire taken everything we tried pulling them out but we couldn't the children had. already died. within hours liberia's president george ware arrived to pay his respects to the we want to just let the families know that we are with them our government sympathizes with them so that. the liberian of thora she's our all too familiar with deadly fires there often caused by malfunctioning generators but rarely are they this tragic. it's to hong kong our 3 months of pro-democracy demonstrations in that city have police against protesters and increasingly violent street clashes with no end in sight to the unrest people hong kong was close personal ties to members of the
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police force are finding themselves in a difficult position. and charge and have the story of 2 women caught in the middle of a political crisis images of clashes between police and protesters are deeply troubling to marry when still early the conflict line runs through their family they support the protests but mary is the daughter of a policeman and stella's fiance serves in the riot police i have been depressed since it all began in june i feel my position is truly embarrassing. since the beginning police have been accused of using excessive violence on protesters the longer the protests last the more aggressive both sides become videos of policemen abusing protesters regularly go viral and anger many people stella's says that she and her fiance have agreed to discuss things as calmly as possible. but sometimes i become angry and confront him more
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aggressively then he just answers that he was not on the spot and did not see what was happening so he cannot judge. they have agreed to meet us on the condition of anonymity stella and mary are not their real names they fear repercussions for their relatives in the police force but they could also become a target of radical protestors in hong kong on the internet people say the families of policeman should burn in hell come on i didn't do anything wrong why should i suffer. the pro government and the pro-democracy camps show less and less tolerance for each other several times both sides clashed on the street or in shopping centers government supporters called protesters cockroaches protesters accused them
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of being paid agents and mary's family the constant arguments led to her move out of her parents' home. since the protests started i've only had dinner with them once we don't see each other and i left all the family groups on what's up. an end to the conflict that is tearing their families apart is nowhere in sight protests are happening every weekend and all those stellar lead disapproves of the violence that marks many protests she continues to attend some of the marchers she carefully avoids revealing her background to fellow protesters. i have never thought that people would see me as guilty for being the fiance of a policeman some friends have asked me if i still wanted to have children knowing they would grow up with such a burden if you're helpless. but there are also
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days she says when she believes that the rift between police and society can be healed after this crisis and. and with our special report from hong kong. for wednesday's champions league action is done and dusted there were some predictable results some surprises as well and join to talk about that by jonathan crane from v.w. sports good morning johnson morning by in munich of course is is a big story for us today isn't it yeah it is a good start for them that champions league campaign to be a great 3 no in munich i want to say i told you so but i did predict that yesterday did they control the guy right from the start but it took them until 10 minutes before halftime to take the lead it was a diving head of that very acrobatic from kingsley so that helped calm the nerves finally had that man to continue putting the strings for them in the number 10 row
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despite all the threats and creativity didn't make the game safe and. dry and they were trying to but robert leavened off the bat goal that was his 200th of the club really phenomenal record and then thomas miller completed the scoring he got on the end of it ok so a solid win in the end of course it will only get harder in this competition ok you're very successful at predicting that byron game last 3 on spot of the 3 nil spot on what were some of the other standouts last yes some really interesting results last night actually starting this group the other day because tottenham to go leading greece against olympiakos so that really does i think are kind of on your side a whole lot of favors i think things that happened in madrid came from 2 goals down to rescue a draw against you ventus christiane i mean are they didn't score stop the press coups and also in that group they. must have a real uphill toss to qualify already in the big game of the night there in paris
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p.s.g. romping through a 3 no win against round madrid the maria scored twice against his former club yeah let's pick up on that i mean p.s.g. is a big club but defeating real madrid yeah i mean you could say it's. p.s.g. will fancy themselves in this competition they form disappointingly short in recent seasons this is the one they really want to win this is what i mean as i've invested all the money in but they were missing their star trio. pay and of course neymar but thomas took over p.s.g. coach thinks that might have helped take the pressure off let's hear from both the coaches. everyone is thinking oh he's missing 3 play is how can he win but maybe this helped because everyone was talking about the top player is no name no one but they. maybe this helped. to not feel too much pressure. through to.
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the last. 2 they surpassed those in all aspects and all of them in that play in midfield but above all what bothers me is the lack of intensity at this level of competition it's problematic if we don't apply the same level of intensity. to entice and then into ok jobs and you'll be following all the action coming up as for grasses i both of course thanks very much did. get your monitor now of our top stories this hour japanese court has acquitted 3 executives of criminal negligence in the 2011 fukushima nuclear disaster the fall of the tsunami and earthquake prosecutors allege the men failed to take precautions that could have mitigated damage to the plot. saudi arabia's display of weapons the brain that is says cruise around unquestionably sponsored last weekend's attack on soil facilities secretary of state vikram pail is called an act of war against the
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kingdom by the right. there were t.v. news live from berlin conflict zone is up next we'll have a top trump administration official talking about the fight against so-called islamic state for now though for me brian thomas the entire team thanks for being.
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enters the conflict zone confronting the powerful late last year during the show or the withdrawal of u.s. forces from syria my guest this week in the state of the institute is the boss of the james jeffrey special representative of the u.s. facility to gage lutes any of the measures policies of the country to
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