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♪ anchor: this is dw news, live from berlin. germany gets tough on terror, with new proposals to improve security. the interior minister says he will bolster police and intelligence services, create a new agency to fight online crime, and deport asylum seekers who plan attacks. also coming up, fighting continues in aleppo, despite the proposed cease-fire by russian forces backed by the syrian government. rebels make the first food deliveries in about a month, but civilians trapped in the city are still desperate for aid.
zambians have voted in a close presidential election. turnout was high, with long lines outside of polling stations. thank you very much for joining us. germany has announced a major overhaul of its security legislation. interior minister thomas de maiziere announced the proposals today in berlin, basing them on three main elements. the first, extra equipment and resources for security agencies. the second, prevention of islamist ideology and promotion of integration. and finally, tougher penalties for perpetrators of terrorist offenses. here's a closer look at those proposals. reporter: germany's interior minister is responding to the attacks of recent weeks with plans to build up the nation's security forces. more federal police will be
recruited, and they will receive 2 billion euros for better equipment in the coming years. >> no one can guarantee absolute security. but we must do whatever is possible. our collective task is to overcome fears and calmly yet resolutely react appropriately to these acts of violence. reporter: one reaction, medical doctors will be called upon in the future to try to help prevent attacks. they would be required to alert authorities quickly if a patient talks about committing a crime. police rates in recent days have shown potential terrorists are active in germany. thomas de maiziere wants to speed up the deportation of foreigners considered a threat to public safety, and wants to go after i.s. recruits with. passports. >> german citizens who take part in combat operations for a terror militia abroad, and who
have another citizenship, should lose their german citizenship. reporter: but de maiziere is against eliminating dual citizenship altogether, something conservative ministers have been abandoning -- championing. they have also called for a ban on full body veils, but thomas de maiziere is against it. >> i find a full ban on the wearing of burqas in germany is problematic. one cannot forbid everything one rejects, and i reject the wearing of the burqa. he views his own -- reporter: he views his own suggestions as feasible and expects social democrat coalition partners to agree. he wants to implement his package of security measures quickly. anchor: a bit more now from dw's political correspondent, who is standing by for us in our parliamentary studios tonight. i want to drill down into one of the details in this plan. that is, prevention and
integration. it isn't just a german approach. we have seen it elsewhere. has it been effective? >> well, that's a big question, isn't it? it's an approach that denmark has taken, putting a lot of emphasis on community-based integration, de-radicalization programs. in some cases it has worked. in some, it hasn't. i have talked to a lot of experts, and they have said, this approach means a lot of one-on-one work, a lot of work over the course of several weeks, months sometimes even, to work with individuals. so it's more of a medium to long-term approach, but we have to remember, he has also talked about a lot of harsher measures, including deportations. a lot of what we heard in that clip earlier on. so it is a mix of soft and hard approaches. kind of a medium, midway between what some other european countries are doing and what others, like denmark, the course they are taking. anchor: and when it comes to the
proposed deportation of foreign criminals, as you just mentioned, how much of that proposal is about security? how much of it is about politics, ahead of elections? >> to be honest, i think a lot of it is about politics. as you mentioned, we have two major state elections coming up in september, where a lot of people think that the anti-muslim populist alternative for germany party, the afd, is likely to do very well. so a lot of this is trying to make sure the cdu is seen as the party of law and order. but at the same time, thomas de maiziere is trying very hard to not take a step too far to the right. he made it very clear that he wants to it here to rules, and he doesn't want to react, as he said, to these attacks with hatred. he doesn't want to polarize society. so it's a very fine line that he has to walk, between placating right-wing, right of center
voters, and still trying not to polarize society too much. anchor: and that is that value of civil liberties that we generally see among the german public. when we look at recent attacks in germany, the worst of it was in munich, where nine people were killed. that perpetrator was influenced by right-wing thinking. do these proposals that we saw thomas de maiziere make today, today address those motivations? >> only insofar as there was talk of increasing cyber surveillance, building up cyber online capabilities. which obviously could be used to monitor islamist as well as right-wing extremists. there's also talk of tightening already pretty strict gun laws at the european level. again, the perpetrator in munich had access to a gun. so a raft of measures to make that harder, which would obviously help to prevent these attacks. anchor: in our parliamentary studios. thank you very much.
in other news, there has been more fighting in the syrian city of aleppo, despite a temporary cease-fire by russian forces to let aid into the beleaguered city. aleppo is divided between government and rebel-held areas, with millions of people in and around it suffering food and water shortages. the three-hour cease-fire did, however, allow some eight to get in -- aid to get in. reporter: a measure of relief at long last. russian television shows humanitarian aid arriving in aleppo. this is the russian military announces plans to halt fighting in the city for three hours daily for further aid delivery. the u.n. says that's not nearly enough. >> the road is so destroyed, it is mined, there are so many dangers. the logistics are so norman's that we -- enormous that we do
need time, each week, and we need 48 hours. but we are sitting down now to come up with a plan. reporter: despite the pledges, the destruction continues. there are reports that syrian forces used chlorine gas and barrel bomb atcks this week. the syrian military denies the allegations as the u.n. investigates. an image posted by an activist on social media shows people in a hospital following an attack. the second hit seems like chemicals, and there was a smell of gas. children were screaming, and there were tears in our eyes. i was suffocating, and some women have breathing problems. the smell was like gas. worse than gas. reporter: doctors believe the situation could get even worse, and they are desperately demanding that the u.s. take action. in a message to u.s. president barack obama, they say, "we do not need tears or sympathy, or even prayers.
we need your action. prove that you are a friend of syrians." meanwhile, nearly 2 million people in aleppo remain without water, and electricity. anchor: twin bombings in thailand have left at least one woman dead and 22 injured, according to thai officials. they were set off in hua hin, a popular seaside resort south of bangkok. local media reports that the bonds were hidden in planters on a busy street with open front bars. the victims include residents and foreign tourists. police are investigating, but the motive and identity of any suspects is not yet known. let's bring in dw correspondent adam ramsey, standing by for us in bangkok tonight. tell us, what more do we know about these explosions? adam: well, like you reported, there were two bombs that went off, about 20 minutes apart, what they call a double tap
explosion. the first one comes off, people rush, and a second one goes off. one-woman has been identified as killed so far. at least 20 have been injured. the injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals. the hotels, like you said, it's a popular tourist destination, the hotels have been advised to tell the tourists to stay indoors. i understand some military checkpoints have been set up on outbound roads out of hua hin. explosive ordnance disposal teams have been combing through the streets, and bit by bit more information is coming out. anchor: tell us a little more about the area, about hua hin. we understand it is a tourist resort, but a lot of thais go there as well. adam: it is very popular with both foreign and thai tourists. it's not very far from bangkok, one of the closest upmarket seaside resorts, and also
home to the royal family's favorite getaway palace. it is the ease of how to get there from bangkok, means that many, many people go there, even for a quick weekend getaway. anchor: is it fair to say at this point that this was a bombing? if so, do we know anything about who might be behind it? adam: it seems pretty safe to say that these were planned bombs. the timing between them is a tactic that the thai military and many people here would recognize with the southernmost provinces of thailand, which have been wracked by an insurgency. but it is rare to see it in tourist destinations like hua hin. they really think that these were remotely controlled. the time difference between them, it seems pretty safe to say that this was planned. it was not an accident at any time -- kind. in terms of if anybody was
behind it, really nothing has been put forward officially. there's obviously a lot of speculation. fingers always point immediately to safed thailand -- south thailand, the seven most provinces. there was another explosion further south in thailand which left another person dead, but it was not a tourist destination or anything like that. right now they are really just trying to get the evidence, to see what has happened. anchor: adam ramsey, our correspondent in bangkok with more on these twin bombings in the area of hua hin. thank you very much. we have to leave it there. let's get a quick check on other stories making news around the world. in the united states, at least two people are dead and several more are missing after a huge explosion at an apartment block in a suburb of washington, d c. officials say they don't know what caused the blast, but some residents say there had been a smell of gas. police in canada have killed a
man they said was planning a suicide bomb attack. the suspect was known to authorities. he has been named as aaron driver, from winnipeg. he was under a court order not to use the internet or associate with extremist organizations. vote counting is underway in zambia's elections which will decide the next president. campaigning ahead of the vote was marred by violence, fueled in part by an ailing economy and rising unemployment. the outcome between the two front runners is expected to be close, and the final results may have to be decided in a runoff. reporter: voters formed long lines outside polling stations in what is expected to be a tight election. with nine candidates running, it is unlikely one will be able to muster over 50% of the vote as required by zambian electoral loss. that means a second round of voting will probably be necessary. but both president edgar lungu
and his closest rival, hakainde hichilema, say they are confident of outright victory. zambia is one of africa's most stable democracies, but tension has been high in this campaign with occasional outbreaks of electoral violence. this comes against a background of slow growth and weak commodity prices. the current president's supporters see continuity as important, while those blocking the op -- supporting the opposition leader say that change is needed. >> he is a good leader who suffered a lot. in the last five years, our children are not even going to school because of the bad economy. >> i am voting for president lungu because we need continuity. reporter: analysts say the result could be even closer than in 2015, when lungu won by a
anchor: welcome back. a quick reminder of our top stories. germany's interior minister proposed new measures to fight terrorism. as well as more police officers, he promised a new agency to fight online crime and greater coordination with european intelligence services. there has been read fighting in the syrian city of aleppo, despite a temporary cease-fire. russia has said that its forces in syria will stop imparting aleppo for three hours of day to allow the flow of aid for tens of thousands of trapped civilians.
the conflict in eastern ukraine appears to be heating up once again. kyiv says it is putting troops on high alert. ukrainian president petro poroshenko made the announcement after moscow declared it was putting forces on the crimean peninsula on alert. moscow claims the steps are to protect critical infrastructure. security forces captured what it says were ukrainian agents on a sabotage mission. time for a check of business news. monday saw donald trump outline his economic vision as president of the united states. now it's hillary clinton's turn. helena is following the latest on that. >> that's right. at the democratic contender hillary clinton promised to make the american economy work for everyone, saying, if you can, dream it, you should be able to build it. her plan is to create decently paid jobs, making those at the
top pay their fair share of taxes, and supporting working families. clinton says that when her republican rival donald trump was in nearby detroit, he only talked about failure, and was missing what was really happening, that detroit is bouncing back fast and the auto industry has just had its best year ever. ♪ >> to talk through clinton's speech, i'm joined in the studio by an economist from the free university of berlin, and our correspondent in washington. many thanks to both of you for joining us. i would like to come to you first with, what are your initial impressions of what hillary clinton has had to say? >> what is really striking is how she went strong on a
forward-looking, positive note. there was no since of, those old jobs are coming back. it was very much about, look at these great new jobs that we can get more of, and then she went into the ways, for example, making college more affordable, by making it possible without loans for people to go to their state universities, and also to refinance existing loans. that was sort of the chicken in every pot. emphasizing the need to train. actually, things we see in germany are among the sorts of proposals she's very seriously making, but it was that at the, looking forward, that really just a wish her speech from trump's. >> let's cross to richard in washington. richard, until last week, trump had been leading in the polls when it came to the question of
the economy. clinton now narrowly in the lead. has she done enough in michigan to sustain the lead? >> well, it's interesting. i think it's right to contrast those messages, the optimistic one from hillary clinton and the pessimistic slightly doom-laden one from donald trump, but i don't think anything really to do with economic policy is driving the polls. perhaps other issues about donald trump's campaign. he had an extreme the chaotic week last week with all sorts of bad headlines. the challenge for hillary quinton is on two france -- hillary clinton is on two fronts . she's trying to sound positive about the economy, at a time when many americans do not feel positive about it. she's offering some form of continuity from the obama administration and millions of americans don't really feel they like what's going on, and that's why trump's approach. the second thing, hillary
clinton, is a policy person. she has reams and reams of ideas of proposals about tax credits,, this and that all sorts of detail, but the average voter doesn't necessarily understand. whereas donald trump has one very clear message, might be laden with doom, but it is a clear message. that is hillary clinton's challenge, to come out of the thicket of all this policy and find a message that drives as strongly. >> let's talk about policy for a minute. when we talk about trade, for example, clinton now is in a rather tricky position, because she has to convince voters in places like michigan, other rust belt states, that she no longer supports trade deals like nafta, like tpp, which she supported as secretary of state, whereas trump has said he's going to "rip up" global trade deals. who is coming across as more authentic on this issue? >> hillary clinton has the
harder row to hoe, because she was a policy maker. she is in effect coming forward and saying, the mistakes that i see that have been made, we need a different sort of enforcement of the rules. intellectual property rights is something to be taken very seriously. currency manipulation is something to be taken very seriously. and she came up with the proposal of having a trade prosecutor which sounds almost like having a sheriff, for a cavalry to come in and save american manufacturing at the right time. for still, she has the harder case to make to the public. >> all right. many thanks to you both. now we can catch up with our jen
s on wall street as well. hillary clinton has promised massive job creation. is that good news as well for companies and their bottom lines? jens: well, what hillary clinton pointed to, or referred to actually, was henry ford. back then, he made a point that you need to have high wages for your employees, because you want them to be able to buy your product. back then, that was the ford car. what hillary clinton referred to in her speech here on thursday, and then she also wants to, she even talked about penalties if companies move abroad. and she also wants to make sure that there are no incentives for corporations to move abroad and then sell their goods to americans. she once rather than have american companies produce in the united states, and then actually sell their products
abroad. those are some of her ideas that she has, justified higher wages, and how that will work out with corporations remains to be seen. >> it was also noteworthy that clinton spoke about better on-the-job training, about more apprenticeships. these ideas and rather european somehow, don't think? -- don't they? jens: pretty much so. it really didn't sound as if hillary clinton would like the united states to become like germany. cheap education. she talked about a debt free college education. she talked about apprenticeships. she talked about, she actually wants american companies coming up with precision tooling, not importing those from companies
-- countries like germany but having those industries within the united states. on a bit skeptical, talking about apprenticeships, about whether they will work in the united states. when you talk to midsize corporations in the united states, often there is not the will to invest today for an outcome in two or three years, as you have with apprenticeships, so you would need to support the corporations. is also another question mark that way, if that will be achievable if she will be elected as the next president of the united states. >> thanks for that. >area on huffington -- arianna huffington, who cofounded the huffington post, announced she is leaving the news website after more than a decade at its helm. the website was acquired by aol in 2011 and now brings in 81 million visitors a month across its multilanguage sites. the most clicked on news website in the world.
huffington says she's leaving the website to run a new venture called "thrive global" designed to combat burnout in the workplace. that's the latest from the business desk. back over to you. anchor: we have some sports news for you now. we will go to the real olympics, where the rowing course on rodrigo de freitas has become a golden pond for both german rowing teams, adding two golds within minutes of each other. the men beat australia and estonia. shortly thereafter, the women also took gold, finishing ahead of the netherlands and poland. this that germany their third gold medal of the games, and the later added a fourth in shooting. meantime, the kenyan athletics
coach has been sent home from the limbic for allegedly posing as an athlete and giving a urine sample in a doping test. the chairman of the olympic committee said that such behavior will not be tolerated. he is the second kenyan to be banished from the real games over allegations doping rules were breached. a quick reminder of our top story before we go. tough talk on terror in germany, but can a major security overhaul prevent further attacks? you are up-to-date on dw. thanks for watching. we will see you soon. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]