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this is deja vu news live from berlin families torn apart by the war in syria. click going to die on the planes are bombing us the army is very close. as the syrian offensive against the province intensifies didn't you talk to the refugee in germany who cannot get his family out of harm's way. a war in syria is also set to dominate talks at this year's unix security conference kicking off today another top issue concern over the shrinking influence of the west in shaping global security it's even sponsor
a new term west coast that's. also coming up china's coronavirus epidemic sees yet another rise in new infections and the death of several health care workers exposes the risk to those on the front lines of the epidemic. plus temperatures reach a record high in antarctica let's talk about the far reaching affects of warmer weather on the icy continent. i'm sumi someone's gonna thank you for joining us and we start in syria where ongoing fighting in the rebel stronghold of it live has led to what the u.n. calls a humanitarian catastrophe now people are trying to get out of it and they're heading for the nearby turkish border and the united nations says 140000 have fled their homes in just the last 3 days bringing the total there up 280-0000 now germany is
already home to hundreds of thousands of syrians who have fled the conflict those with family members left behind feel powerless to protect them. deep checks the news from syria on social media all the time where did the latest bomb fall who or what was hit while he is in safety here in germany the rest of his family are in mortal danger and. he is desperately worried. whenever he told drink i think of my children do they have anything to eat do they have a warm blanket or. his sons mohammad and 9 and 10 years old he had to leave them with their grandparents and he thought it too dangerous to flee with them if the internet is working he calls them several times a day or a little. while you know what's going on.
it's cold the bombing and the plane crashed we were where we were. very near our village get us out of here. come and get us. well i want to but i can't we need to get passports for you and lots of other things i can bring you over here. we're going to die the planes are bombing us the army is very close. the only adult member of the family lets us show his face. people are suffering especially the refugees it's chaos i don't know whether i'm coming or going. everybody is heading north camping in the olive groves sleeping in the open unprotected even though it's bitterly cold. the united nations estimates
that more than $700000.00 people from it to profit and surf left their homes many are heading towards turkey but they're not being allowed in the refugee camps overcrowded it's freezing and there's a lack of drinking water and food there is no boy for them because most of their towns and cities are being bombed out and they are facing is that humanitarian situation this is why an immediate ceasefire and it's why is the only solution going forward. but there's no sign of that and the fighting continues to come would do anything he could to rescue his children from danger but he can't all he can do is follow events from berlin. nobody notices people see me and think i'm doing fine but inside i die a 1000 deaths every day and my heart goes out to my children and to all the other children.
well it's an incredibly emotional situation for those watching what's happening in it from afar and for those on the ground in the line of fire as well for more on the situation on the ground let's speak to david swanson from the u.n. office for the cord nation of humanitarian affairs for the syria crisis in gaza and to have turkey david thank you for joining us we mentioned that the u.n. says more than 140000 syrians have been displaced in the last 3 days alone where are they fleeing to work and they have to. well the best majority of these people are fleeing northward as your as your brother was saying most of the communities and towns along the end fly in fly away have since emptied and we are now seeing a continuous 4 audition of aerial strikes and bombings in the area of the m 4 highway as those bombings continue we've now see those communities now and being out and moving northward. david the language being used to describe what's
happening on the ground is incredibly dramatic this is being called one of the worst humanitarian crises of this 9 year war why and why is the situation so dire. tragically i mean the number of people being displaced and the number of people on the move continues to rise up by the day but by the minute as you pointed out since december 1st tragically we've had more than 800000 people displaced from their homes and that's more than 140000 in just a 3 day period what's important for your viewers to understand is this camp pounds an already dire humanitarian situation on the ground inside it live the last opposition held area between the end of april and the end of august we had more than 400000 people displaced at that time many of them multiple times the vast majority of their women and children so obviously this is compound
a crisis that was already there inside syria inside it live there are more than $3000000.00 civilians at risk now and it lives in the surrounding areas and we must do everything as utterly international community to bring an end to this violence what about the people who have been unable to flee he said there are also facing a dire situation what are the conditions for people who are stuck and let. i think the biggest problem people face on a daily basis is not knowing where to go protection is our number one concern right now and as people flee northward or wake up in the morning they have to ask themselves which way is actually safe for them so as people move northward we now have people increasingly moving into a smaller area an area of land which is now incredibly densely populated putting them at even greater risk of of being attacked by artillery shelling every day so the situation is just going from bad to worse and it is now spiraling out of control. all right david swanson from the un office for the nation of humanitarian
affairs thank you so much for joining us here on t.v. you. well the conflict in syria is also a topic for the munich security conference which kicks off just hours from now this year some $35.00 heads of state and government as well as top diplomats and business leaders are gathering in munich ahead of the start of the conference as chairman. gave his harsh feel on the world's response to the crisis in its lab and may i please you it may actually make reasoned we have more crises on our hands more horrendous events than you can possibly imagine. i did not train and that's up to a different think about the current failures in my opinion and forgivable damages i think international community with regard to syria especially an adlib do you think did leap. when i think about the resolutions of the berlin libya conference with
visits that were never acted upon it makes me sick minded america. let's go to the munich security conference where our police chief political editor michelle accuser is standing by for us. we just heard the chairman of the conference foes going in there say there have been on forgivable failures on on syria how is this issue going to be addressed at the conference. off the issue of course is something like the diplomatic voice of conscience here in germany and also globally in fact he could have said what we just heard him say any of the past 3 years at least the situation in syria will be discussed here and i think this is something also that marks why the munich security conference is so important syria the whole issue there once again no real control by the west as it's known by europe by the united states of the situation on the ground illustrates something like the slogan here which is west listeners at the same time we understand that
there will be a meeting between the russian and the turkish foreign ministers who both are involved with troops on the ground during this very conference here on sunday and we would expect that behind closed doors real progress to be made whatever that means in the end but syria is kind of a mark of shame on international diplomacy but also the will to act by those traditional western allies shayla tell us more about this term west listeners this idea of a lack of leadership and direction from the west how is that going to be tackled at this conference. was very much of an academic that. has me security conferences superimposed on on the debate here but it's quite clear that china has a claim to leadership are also seeing in the philippines for instance the united states essentially being forced to leave to give up their military presence that this is all something that is also driven by
a debate over what values actually the west still stands for and here there are issues like 5 g. chinese involvement that translate into concrete relations for instance with the united states and its so-called western allies with the u.s. openly threatening to withdraw access to intelligence information potentially also security more security corporation. so the big question mark that's hanging here in the bios of who photo is how much of a common purpose common will even does the west still have with even made being questions both by the u.s. president and the french president in monaco recently having called it great it right well the topic of west that is a central theme as you said michel and and teri schultz take a look took a look at what exactly is at stake at this munich security conference let's take a look at her report. the biggest deployment of u.s.
military might to europe in a quarter century is heading this way for nato as defender 20 exercise 20000 american soldiers and 13000 pieces of equipment should give the enemies pause and allies confidence. both real already water loyal portals within the nato framework but that reinforced military framework risks being undermined by weakness on the political side increasing apathy across the alliance regarding its most fundamental values collective defense what if nato has the weapons but it doesn't have the will a recent survey by the pew research center indicates that across 16 nato countries fewer than 40 percent of respondents would want their militaries used to defend the baltic states or poland in case of an attack by russia the munich security conference has coined a new term to describe this kind of ambivalence. for those wistful about west
listening this geopolitics expert shot islam has some advice move on the west has had its wonderful moment it can still matter i think europe still matters definitely but it will have to work in coalitions and and alliances with countries outside the comfort zone so they will have to work with the indias of this world with russia with china with a straight which upin and not just rely on this once very strong transatlantic alliance french president emanuel mccaughan has seized the stage to position himself as a disruptor france has a moment to lead. it can lead in rhetoric it can lead in ideas so it can lead to its actions now actually know yet which way it's going to go it is a nuclear country as a state in the security council they can do therefore what no one else can. and it can do that. but while the west deals with its identity crisis kremlin tactics are
working better than ever warns retired u.s. army general ben hodges causing people to lose confidence and trust in each other in their own institutions in the alliance that's that's where this competition knows and. i think that we have to compete hodges praises the massive defender 20 exercises for making sure the military side is ready waiting for political cohesion to make a comeback. right michelle given the identity crisis of the west as we heard there what do you think we're going to see when it comes to the biggest issues and global security and how they're discussed there. but what we have seen already is joint press conference between german defense minister and a great convo and mark the u.s. secretary of defense and their message was clear that nato really is the way it still forwards at least rhetorically we're seeing that on the stabilization of iraq they said that the figures may change the proportions may shift but that there is
a real commitment in stabilizing and in tackling the fight against isis but we might actually see some headlines here when facebook's founder mark zuckerberg speaks from what has been leaked by politico so far from what is said to be his manuscript he might actually accept that facebook might have to be taxed in many countries and that would be a real game changer our chief political editor at the munich security conference for us thank you. well as we've been discussing syria is on the agenda and munich and also among the other stories in the news a syria monitoring group says at least 7 people have died in an apparent israeli missile attack near damascus syrian state television said that the rockets were launched from the israeli occupied golan heights israel does not normally comment on attacks in syria. and u.s. attorney general william barra said the president trump's tweets are making his job
impossible on wednesday trump tweeted in praise of bars handling of a case involving roger stone a former advisor to the president comes. in china 6 health care workers have died from the corona virus as the death toll climbs to nearly 1400 their deaths exposed the risk posed to medical staff dealing with the outbreak hospitals face shortages of masks and protective equipment and authorities have announced $5000.00 new infections another uptick that's being attributed to a new diagnosis method but it's still renewed fears over china's ability to contain the virus from spreading the new normal in people taking extra precautions to avoid contagion from the corona virus chinese media show images of a massive response medical supplies being rushed to patients military medics on the move despite the spike in diagnosed cases officials are emphasizing at different number. starting from the 7th of february day
we've seen a big increase in cured and discharged patients like today the cured cases are already over 5000 if this trend can be maintained would see it as a very positive signal. elsewhere in asia fears are mounting vietnam has quarantined the town of 10000 people in indonesia there's been a rush to buy face masks. also in a hurry the passengers of the west in 5 countries in asia had refused to let the cruise ship dock just on thea's someone on board might be affected on friday its passengers were finally allowed to disembark. her there. are as. i. am. if the virus turned this holiday cruise into an odyssey.
scientists in antarctica say that for the 1st time in recorded history the temperature on the world southern most continent has reached over 20 degrees celsius that news coincided with a big break in the ice on tiny island where an iceberg 300 square kilometers an area broke off from a glacier last week and scientists fear that global warming could eventually cause the entire ice sheet covering antarctica to disintegrate which would cause global sea levels to rise dramatically. let's talk more about the story we have derek williams from d.w. science with us hi derek you know record we've seen record temperatures really across the planet so does this really come as a surprise that we're seeing this on antarctica no it doesn't and actually because we have so many different numbers to get through than that i want to give you a feeling for how dramatic it is this latest record is nearly a full degree celsius more than the previous record which was set back in 2015 and that's that's a lot for just for this part of the world it's not surprising at all because
$29000.00 was the 2nd hottest year on on record and things very likely are going to change this past month january was the hottest january that we've ever seen on record so that antarctica is one of the fastest warming regions on the planet you know and that's we focus a lot more on the arctic because it's closer to most of humanity but really what's happening they are is the ice has gone back around 6 fold in the last 40 years in the antarctic so that's a vast amount. no water and some researchers even think that this giant ice sheet that's that's covering the southernmost continent could in the coming century or centuries disintegrate completely which would be have disastrous disastrous consequence you know what would those consequences be for sea levels for example for sea levels of the worst case scenario say you could get up to about 60 centimeters of sea levels sea level rise by the end of the century that's that's a lot don't forget that other glaciers all over the world are also melting at the same time as the 60 centimeters is just from antarctica and so this new study that
looks at modeling sort of this ice melt in the end arctic says that all together that could add up to 1.5 meters by the year 2100 that's not out of the question that's a lot a lot higher than for models and if that happened it would put places low lying regions like for example bangladesh or the florida panhandle or here in europe venice which is already experienced really severe flooding this in this past year it would put them under even more pressure so if the entire ice sheet melted in antarctica it would actually raise sea levels by 3 metres which is an even more disastrous an area so that is dramatic enough what about the other consequences we could see from having this unstable climate situation there it's impacting very severely also on animal populations in the arctic you know it's very hard to gather data about animal populations in the arctic because it's just so remote it's one of the most remote places on earth but for example it's there's a new study that shows that the population of chinstrap penguins is along the
western coastline this crashed by over 75 percent since similar studies were carried out back in the 1970 s. and really in the ark in the antarctic it all comes down to to the krill population who are these small shrimp like creatures that there are vast vast swarms of them in the in the waters around antarctica and the entire eco system there depends on and everything eats krill or something that eats krill and so if that population has been joining due to commercial fishing obviously as. oh but krill are a cold water animal they don't like it when it gets warmer and the long term impact of warming waters around antarctica if it impacts heavily even more heavily on the crow population it could bring the entire sort of fear the arctic fear edifice into . into into a very bad place all right derek williams from d.w. science thank you so much for bringing us that story. and you're watching news still to come on our show so much to love kids from around the world tell us what
fills their hearts with happiness this valentine's day. but 1st sports and an athlete who was breaking boundaries johnny grass or is in a wheelchair but his disability has not stopped him from pursuing his dream of studying sports at college his daily routine is tough enough but the training you put himself through is quite incredible the germans ultimate goal is a place in the paralympics. this is johnny. just 2 more looks like he was told he might never be able to walk but against all odds he has been accepted as a student at jimmy's top sports university. when it comes to my body and my disability always my fair a-p. without him i wouldn't be able to lead an independent life because i won't be able to move properly and that's west but was my medicine my only form of medicine by limited and i want to stay that way when it's not so it is also. johnny loves to
swim he has a rigorous training regime. on average he spends 4 hours a day working out. he can only rely on his arms while swimming. but he also uses the pool for something even more amazing. the tower is 7 and a half meters high. johnny worries that over disabled people may not get the same chance as him one given sunday night over the pilot had been undergoing the sometimes i get the feeling that for a sports universe to the most important thing is the performance of their fleets and the way you are perceived there relates the amount of medals you win and that's why the feel in a wheelchair doesn't fit the image of sports you. verse 31 of. the
head of the university's disability office denies this and. i deeply regret that he thinks this way i'm strongly disagree with the statement from our perspective it was never important if someone brings back a medal or not and if we take a look at the 20 to 30 students at our university with challenging disabilities i don't think any of them will say i'm only welcome here because i might win a medal someday. i think there say we are allowed to study here like everyone else . johnny has lots more goals in life if surfing ever becomes a paralympic sport he says he would do anything to take part after what he has achieved so far you wouldn't bet against him. right now love is in the air in thailand where more than 20 couples tied the knot aboard hot air balloons on valentine's day hundreds of people turned out to watch the
lovebirds receive their marriage certificates and take to disguise as one of the lads at the weddings were part of the balloon love festival in chiang rai for those wanting to start married life on a high organizers are hoping for more participants next year. it's not just for adults w. decided to ask children around the world what fills their hearts and minds with happiness. and look what. they see they might make and how do you know cowboy kill why are they mad watching what's. up brutal. then watch your
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