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this is it every news life for berlin germany is parliament approves the powerful new laws to control the fandom across the country areas with high infection rates could now be forced into lockdown and its end to end the patchwork of restrictions that's left germany struggling to break a 3rd way also coming up relief and reflection a guilty verdict for george florrie killer marks a milestone in the fight against racism but many say real justice is still a long way off president buying the welcome the jury's decision pledging will do
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more to bring about change in the united states and russian president vladimir putin warns rivals not to cross his red lines his state of the nation's speech comes amid detentions with the west and growing concern for the health of dissident leader lexan of ali who's on hunger strike in prison plus it's game over for the breakaway european super league after a ferocious backlash to elite football clubs and walk away from the controversial project its founders also i think 2nd fox. mark thank you very much for your company everyone we began our broadcast right here in germany because just moments ago the parliament has passed a new law that would force coronavirus lockdowns on areas with high infection rates while recent polls show that the majority of germans approve this step of the measure. that has just passed by lawmakers wood and
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a patchwork approach by german states trying to tackle the ongoing pandemic infection rates are remain stubbornly high across germany and hospitals are stretched to the limit but there were also protests here in berlin ahead of the vote around 8000 people gathered in the german capital to show their opposition to what they feel is an unjustified crackdown on their personal freedoms police broke up a demonstration after many participants ignored social distancing rules and refused to wear face masks. all right let's get you the latest now on this new building chief a political editor. is joining us now 1st of all focus in what just happened. well we saw a little past that angle americal could have put on track a year ago she basically is now using parliament the majority of her governing
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coalition to actually set down a strict set of rules what is to happen anywhere in germany from the incidence rate of $100.00 per 100000 people within the space of 7 days for 3 continuous days there will be a test on this and if there's an incidence rate of 165 schools were closed 100 there would also be curfews here in germany and that proved very controversial both with people who were out on the streets or just walked past there but also with lawmakers with the opposition saying they simply saw that as too tough a measure going too far into individual freedom that again there is a majority in parliament and the upper house the buddhists won't be against this so we can expect this to be actually happening on german streets pretty swiftly because the current incidence rate is $160.00 on average now we've seen a protests actually it today against the corner measures outside the parliament
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building so in terms of how difficult will it be to implement these what is considered here more draconian measures. now that will be an interesting question because kofi is also difficult to implement this event isn't enough to police to make sure that individuals stay home you can't look inside homes when it comes to contact restrictions that would also be tightened at that $100.00 incidence rate and those people who were very vocal in the streets today they are a very loud minority upwards of 2 thirds of according to the latest polling are in favor of a tougher lockdown because they are not listening to the warnings from experts that the is in the midst of the wave and particularly to the cries for help from those who are responsible for those intensive care unit beds here and filling up and hospitals now having to delay a whole host of procedures also affecting counts of patients here so
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a very alarming situation here alarming situation indeed political editor christian our reporting thank you. all right now we want to pivot our attention now to the u.s. where many are breathing a collective sigh of relief after a jury in minneapolis has found former police officer derek show been guilty of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of george floyd last year he was filmed killing mr floyd a black man by pressing his knee on mr floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes the murder sparked global outrage and protests against racism and police violence people in minneapolis celebrated the verdict. we the jury in the above entitled matter as to count one unintentional 2nd degree murder while committing a felony find the defendant guilty to the words so many have been hoping and waiting for their guilty on all counts derek chauvin now
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a convicted murderer at the end of a tense 3 week trial. justice for george floyd what began as a rallying cry has become reality. thanks just crowds who had gathered at george floyd square the site where he was murdered were overcome by emotion. overwhelmed i'm grateful and relieved so i'm i feel grounded i can feel my feet on the concrete i'm super grateful that this is the verdict and that we can now move to the next faith george floyd slow death has now been seen by millions. while attempting to arrest him last may show been pinned to handcuff floyd to the ground kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds. i can't breathe were some of his final words. floyd's killing on least one of the biggest waves of protests in u.s.
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history against the stanek racism and police brutality. president joe biden hailed the decision as an important step toward police reform it was a murder in full light of day and to rip the blinders off for the whole world to see. the systemic racism vice president just referred to systemic racism is de nation's soul but it's not enough we can't stop here. in order to litter real change reform we kid and we must do more to reduce the likelihood of tragedy like this will ever happen occur again. show been handcuffed and led away will be sentenced 8 weeks from now he could be facing decades in prison. were during. our let's get more now on this story i'd like to welcome mazak smith a legal fellow to me center for legal and judicial studies and pensacola florida
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sorry very warm welcome to the show oh the trial took 3 weeks it took the jury less than a day to reach a verdict was that surprising to you a little bit and thank you so much for having me on you know any time a jury comes that so quickly with a verdict especially in a case that is about out of the evidence that took this amount of time to try it's rarely a good sign for a criminal defendant and so i think when many of us saw the verdict come in and out quickly we certainly anticipated a guilty verdict on at least some of the charges how significant is this case in the american justice system in the history of american justice system unintentional thinking. well as think this case certainly showed that the justice system is process is allowed to play it out fundamentally works and so we saw in this
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case you know we've all seen the video of police officers yelling on george ford's neck you know i think in this case the system worked exactly as it should the officer received a trial by jury of his peers and after reviewing the evidence the jury decided that he was in fact guilty of killing george foreman now when it comes to confronting systemic racism and police violence in the united states i'm wondering can a single criminal case bring about systemic change. well you know that's a very difficult question you know i would push back on the idea that there is systemic racism in policing in america but again i think it's important because it shows that our justice system worked in that you know this officer. was accused of violating the law this officers conduct caused the death of george and at the end of the day after hearing that the evidence
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a jury of his peers ultimately found him criminally liable for george ford's death . at the justice worked in this case was at but as you know there are many many other cases and it is evident that trust is broken between police and some of the communities that they serve how likely is it that reforms now will be introduced to change how police conducts itself was a very important conversation happening right now and i think it's important to focus on the types of reforms that are being put forward 'd you know there's a bill currently making its way through congress a call to george boyd justice to d.c. act of fortunately that bill contains many provisions that will not help police officers our communities and in many ways will make their job more difficult as i think it's important to focus on smart reforms like increasing training for police officers encouraging police departments to wear body cameras. use of force
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deescalation techniques and things like that rather than in a whole 'd cell suite in fundamental reforms of police departments saxe smith from the meese center for legal and judicial studies in pensacola florida sir thank you for your time of course thank you for having me on. ari let's take a look now at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. u.s. medical examiner say a police officer who confronted rioters during these storming of the capital and january suffered a stroke and died from natural causes they ruled out that 42 year old brian a significant been hit with a fire extinguisher or been killed by ingesting poison spray. syria has been stripped of its voting rights at the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons syria's forces were found to have repeatedly used
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poison gas during the civil war the country will be unable to vote or hold office is out the global watchdog h.q. of damascus denies using chemical weapons during its ongoing war. or ukraine's leader has challenged russian president vladimir putin to meet him in ukraine's war torn east to discuss ending the conflict there a lot of resilience he also urged ukraine's western backers to signal they are willing to support kiev and its standoff with russia. which you agree. the son of the deceased leader in the east there has been officially named to succeed his father as head of state nominee that is that he takes over as the rebel fighters blamed for killing his father close in on the capital and vowed to depose the new leader government troops have been deployed to the streets of the capital.
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the military council says the security situation there is serious mystery 3 said debbie was regarded as a western ally in the fight against extremism french presence and modern mccall says he'll attend mr davies funeral ceremony. people flee the chatty in capital as uncertainty looms borders in airports are closed a nighttime curfew has been imposed chad's military council has named the late president's son as interim leader but that has done little to ease the tension. many. i think the head of the transitional government should be and the actual person. chatty and who is not from the military he should be a civilian but you see these moderates all the what we are waiting for is the moment of transition we don't want another military representative in power during
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this transition because there will be problems again. the army vows that civilian rule will return to chad. we wanted to reassure the public that the members of the transitional military council will hand over power to a civilian government after free and democratic elections within 18 months don't. want. a plan rejected by the opposition and rebel forces who say they're advancing on to restore democracy after years of authoritarian rule. idris debby was among the world's longest serving leaders news of his death came just hours after it was announced he won a 6th term in office debbie was an ally of western states in the fight against extremism in the region. because. that's the thing that chad offered with
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stability i mean this is a very volatile region you have 3 decades the west supported. his death could herald a new period of uncertainty to the troubled region. care situation there indeed want to talk.


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