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a few hostage taking ukraine's president. to the government's demands that all the hostages were freed. welcome u.s. secretary of state mike is visiting denmark to try to persuade it to stop walk on the north stream to gas pipeline passing through its waters denmark has just given the go ahead for the work but hopes to get the danes to change their minds the u.s. believes germany too dependent on russian gas. last week pompei or warned companies working on the project they would be subject to u.s. penalties if they didn't end that involvement. in the baltic sea gas pipeline north. stream 2 is still moving forward albeit slowly the u.s.
has threatened sanctions for companies participating in the project so right now there's just one russian ship laying the pipes for the remaining 160 kilometers the pipeline runs parallel to the north stream one pipeline from russia to germany 1200 kilometers across the baltic once complete it will allow russia to supply double the current volume of gas the united states says germany is making itself dependent on russia earlier this month u.s. secretary of state mike pompei o warned against continuing to build the pipeline this action puts investments or other activities that are related to these russian energy export pipelines at risk of u.s. sanctions it's a clear warning to companies aiding and abetting russia's malign influence projects will not be tolerated get out now or risk the consequences germany has rejected the
criticism and says sanctions would be contrary to international law now denmark has given permission for additional vessels to work on the last phase of the pipeline within its territorial waters that means work on the project may soon pick up speed angering pompei oh and the white house. so how exactly is the german government reacting to this latest u.s. diplomatic offensive against north stream to chief political editor because i spoke to a german defense minister on a great comp. system months north stream is a project that is also being debated among but also nato member states. too there is concern that germany could become too dependent on russian gas a concern we were able to diffuse but it's also about the concerns in the interests of ukraine and poland which have to be negotiated into the contracts this was in the front when it comes to the u.s. sanctions german governments have the clear position that these are not in
accordance with international rules this is me. and the character who conducted that interview joins us now from our politics studio. isn't just germany's defense minister she's also the chair of chancellor angela merkel the c.d.u. party and a close ally of the chancellor what else did she have to say about the nord stream pipeline drop a c. well it's quite clear that the whole question of how countries in the e.u. relate to russia is also an overarching theme of germany's you presidency that is currently taking place and those meetings of defense ministers that come combo or will be chairing and there she's been talking to many countries who either see a very concrete threats basically in the east and in the baltic states and other countries that take a different asked you don't want to see more cooperation and here is germany that
also again stiff resistance from many e.u. member states is pushing ahead what it took a very long time for under machall to actually accept has a political implication that pipeline between russia and germany germany may be in the right when it comes to international law but with a defunct world trade organization at the moment and those tense relations to what it says is its closest allies across there across the atlantic and washington this still is a very open and a very difficult spot for the don't government to be in that administration in washington has taken a very hard line on the nordstrom pipeline bird with u.s. presidential elections due in 4 months time do you think mccain other berlin is thinking of just sitting this one out. well i mean it's not for sure who will win those elections they are wide open and the democratic candidate to biden may be in the lead for now but still several months off until november and that is
a very long time in politics when you are dealing with such a concrete threats congress has a big say in that of course as well and the big question is how much damage will have been done who ever becomes the next president and what 1st seeing those damaged relations can be continued for now this remains an issue would germany also can't back out because that would be conceding to what in the end also other national interests across the atlantic so it's still a very open situation to divert huge political editor thank you very much. and staying in germany but a man accused of attacking a synagogue in the city of khaled last october then murdering 2 people has made clear his anti-semitic and racist sentiments as his trial began stephon be as he's known under german privacy laws said he had quote no problems with religions that
semitism the attack on the synagogue took place on judaism's holiest day but it failed. on 2 people who happened to be nearby. not at some other stories making news around the world south african campaign andrew gagne has died at the age of 95 guineas to try it with nelson
mandela was imprisoned in the notorious robben island prison for more than a quarter of a century. israeli protesters have blocked roads near jerusalem demonstrating against legislation that would grant the government the right to bypass lawmakers to combat the coronavirus it follows a night of protest near the residence of prime minister binyamin netanyahu. the us city of portland oregon has seen further clashes between protesters and federal law enforcement officers sent by president donald trump to end racism for test the
night he rallies have been held in the area since the death of george floored in police custody. and us president donald trump has told americans to wear masks when social distancing is not possible saying face coverings can have an effect against the coronavirus previously downplayed the impact of mosques and has been reluctant to wear
one himself in public. in the press. the united states has ordered china not to close its consulate in houston texas saying it was of necessary measures to protect american intellectual property within hours of the detector being issued firefighters were called to the consulate responding to reports the paper was being bombed in waste bins beijing has told the us order a political provocation and a violation of international norms. that's big to tyson baka from the truman national security project in berlin tyson what more do we know about why the u.s.
has taken this step well clearly this is an s. clip tory step on the part of the us and we don't exactly know the reasons they have the us it's not given exact reasons what we do know is the kind of atmosphere around this the u.s. has unsealed a an indictment the department of justice on tuesday involving 2 chinese hackers that have been infiltrating research centers looking into hope at 19 vaccines the as you mentioned earlier my pump a 0 is doing a trip through europe he was just in the u.k. pushing for other countries to ban walk way so the relationship the tension and ration ship this pro is where does this leave diplomatic ties between the 2 countries. they're they're extremely fraught right now i think when you look at the kind of global landscape china and the united states are crisscrossing our allies
partners pushing for partners to take a tougher stance because of the the out there the chinese have become quite aggressive here in europe for example with what they're calling a world war your diplomacy pushing. partners to allow walkway for example to take part to participate in 5 g. infrastructure development places like germany. it's quite tense and in the united states this idea of you know a great power conflict with china has has credibility has it given credence in a bipartisan way there's a lot of support for this in congress as well do you think that the trumpet ministration is also hardening its position on china given that we are in an election year. well you know there is obviously a political overtone to this the trump campaign has made a point of saying that that trump president trump is tougher on china that joe
biden will soften china that he was supportive of integrating china into the global trade system for example in the ninety's and early 2000 that he has a record that doesn't match well with with trump's record. it's not clear that that's going to work the rhetoric coming out of the biden campaign it's very similar to the term fredricka and a lot of the support for toughening sanctions measures in the senate and house which are moving right now banning to talk for example on federal devices that's all coming from the democrats as well as the republicans are suboxone from the truman national security project in berlin thanks so much. in ukraine a hostage taking incident has been resolved in an unusual way a gunman took over a bus with 13 people on board in the western city of the gunmen threatened them for 12 hours but he released them after president selenski agreed to his bizarre demand to recommend people to watch a film. the same lee significances
ukraine's president recommends people watch a film about animal rights for those 6 seconds the man in this bus holding hostages a complaint and surrounded by armed police is arguably the most powerful person in the country. the driver and his passengers were stuck on the bus for over 12 hours and as the evening approached tensions rose. but they told us to avoid it. and the president made his video. take this step actually if we. see if we can avoid. these principles i live with. continue to keep. the hostages were freed within minutes of the video being posted on facebook. and soon the man who had held
them at gunpoint ended up like this. through a through more where he's not a balanced he drew his own world in his head he came up with his revenge on this well to formulate some theses. it's good. in another situation the special forces would have killed him thank god everything works out he's facing a very long prison term. the hostage taker justice has 6 seconds of power and. there now are some of the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic more than one in 5 people in the indian capital delhi have been infected with the coronavirus according to a new antibody study that would mean more than 6000000 cases have gone undiagnosed in the city brazil has approved a nickel trials for a potential vaccine under development by u.s.
and german pharmaceutical companies brazil has reported 41000 new infections in a day bringing the country's talking to more than 2100000 cases and face masks to treat in public in the australian city of the state of victoria of which is a couple has recorded its highest ever jump in infections with 484 new cases on wednesday. now to the story of a teenage footballer in russia who's got to be one of the luckiest people alive now you need to look out for the fleeting moment when the blinding lightning flash strikes the pitch at a small moscow stadium and was. was knocked unconscious his jersey and smoking but the only evidence of the strike is a. chest another look at the flash shows the stunning power of lightning which somehow spared this 16 year old boy. a flash of luck