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brent: this is "d.w. news" live from berlin. tonight, hurricane dorian wreaking havoc in the bahamas. the storm heading for the united states. around a million residents have been hold to leave their homes. also coming up tonight, in the battle over brexit, u.k. prime minister boris johnson says he doesn't want to call an election but if lawmakers block his plans, it seems that's exactly what he will do and he'll do it fast. and germany's far right a.f.d.
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political party celebrates gains in two regional elections. the a lot of for germ -- alternative for germany party says it's time to see the a.f.d., not as a pariah, but as an equal. i'm brent goff. to our viewers on pbs in the united states and around the world, welcome. tonight, a million people in the united states of florida, georgia and south carolina have been ordered to evacuate their homes as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever approaches the atlantic coast. hurricane dorian has been pounding the northern bahamas and is forecast to make landfall in the u.s. by tuesday. >> it may have been downgraded to a category four hurricane but dorian continues into its worst.
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>> complete devastation. look at these cars. >> bashing the bahamas, the second strongest storm on record has crushed cars, snapped trees and ripped roofs off homes. flood waters choke roadways making it dangerous for residents to survey the damage. the slow moving storm is expected to keep thrashing the island chain. bahamimian prime minister called the devastation unprecedented, tweeting, dorian remains an extremely dangerous storm. our focus right now is rescue, recovery and prayer. just to the west, up the coast, the southeastern u.s. is bracing and taking no chances. airports canceling thousands of flights. >> we had to chahange our origil flight and then changed it again yesterday, changed it again this morning. >> and reports are evacuating patients. >> we just started out by doing plastic all around the house.
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reporter: people are boarding up their homes hoping to have something to come back to once the storm passes. florida's governor is warning residents against sticking around. >> if you're ordered to evacuate, you need to do t that, from palm beach county all the way up to nassau, the florida-georgia border, all those coastal couounties have issueded evacuation orders and it's important that resididents heed those calls. get out now while you have time. reporter: florida, south carolina and georgia have all issued evacuation orders. dorian is on track to reach their coast between late monday and wednesday night. until then, people here continue to prepare for whatever dorian brings. brent: i'm joined by matthew kabucci, meteorologist and journalist joining us from washington, d.c. good evening. we know that hurricane dorian is one of the most powerful storms to be recorded.
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talk to me about where we are right now. is it getting stronger? do we dare venture a guess of which direction itt will move i? >> islands in the bahamas have seen gusts of 250 kilometers per hour. the winds have come down slightly but it's still ravaging the bahamas. where it goes next is a wild card. we continuing should stay 50 to 70 kilometers off of florida as it moves north and any jogs in the track could be disastrous for the florida mainland if the eye wall comes ashore. brent: we know the sea broord -- board bracing for the damage. we've heard forecasters talking about the storm has a tendency to zigzag.
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why is that? >> the storm is not zigzagging. it's's more that the models we e to predictct the stotorm arere wobbling back and f forth on whe ththey're predictining itt to sp because the storm is ann interestin s stormhatt i n not eered byther weather systemsms so there's a s storm systetem te east, a high pressure ridge, that was pushing the storm west. off to the west,t, there was a a troughgh scooping it i in. but those things are far enough apart that there's nothing to pick up dorian and move it so it's sitting there, spinning. and which system is latches on to more will ultimately determine how close to the coast it gets. brent: we have heard that with climate change, we will have to expect more and more extreme weather events, stormss like dorian. are we going to see a lot more storms like dorian in the future, would you say?? mamatthew: i'm hesititant to say more like dorian butut we w wile more i intense hurricanes. there's not necessarily consensus whether or not we'll see more hurricanes i in genera.
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no real long-term trend but we know thatt those that form will likely be stronger. the ocean is stronger. the wind dynamics in the atmosphere will favor stronger hurricanes so it's likely more the category four and five storms will be the trending going forward. brent: meteorologist and journalist matthew kapucci joining us from washington, d.c. with the latest on hurricane dorian. thank you. matthew: thank you. brent: here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. four bodies have been recovered during a rescue operation off the coast of california. after a commercial diving boat caught fire. dozens of still missing, feared dead. five crew members survived the incident. pro democracy activists have taken to the streets of hong kong, calls for a general strike went largely unheeded expect the students and hospital workers. today's rallies followed the
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13th consecutive week of protests during which police stormed and beat and pepper sprayed. dozens of shops looted in south africa reportedly targeting foreign owned stores in major cities. at least 50 shots were looted in johannesburg. it's the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week. italian authorities have seized a charity rescue vessel that entered its waters despite a ban. the ship operated by the german charity mission lifeline had been at sea eight days after rescuing more than 100 migrants. they have been allowed to disembark on the island of sicily. the united states and china have added more tariffs on each other's exports the escalation of the tradede dispute has seen the u.s. levevy an extra $112 billion on chinese exports such as headphones, speakers and shoes. beijing has retaliated on
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tariffs of $75 billion of u.s. goods including crude oil. now to britain and brexit where prime minister boris johnson has backed off calling a snap general election at least for now. it is a crucial week for brexit with some lawmakers, including the official opposition leader, jeremy corbyn, pushing for a parliamentary vote to ban a no-deal brexit and postpone bristain's departure from the european union. if they defeat the government, johnson could be forced to call an election despite saying he doesn't want to do that. that could be as early as wednesday. here's what the prime minister had to say after an emergency cabinet meeting earlier today. prime minister johnson: i say to show our friends in brussels that we are united in our purpose. m.p.'s should vote with the government against corbyn's pointless demand. i don't want an election. you don't want an election.
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let's get on with the people's agenda. let's get brexit done by october 31. thank you very much. brent: our correspondent is in london covering the story for us. we asked her if m.p.'s opposing brexit will heed johnson's call and vote with his government in the crucial votes this week. here's what she said. barbara: they've built up quite a head of steam throughout the last days. there is an almighty power struggle going on once again over brexit between the prime minister and we still remember theresa may who had sort of to survive this several times and parliament here and we know there are around 20 tory rebels. one of them is the former chancellor of the exchequer, phil hammond, who was in that
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position in theresa may's government and they all say there is no mandate for a no-deal brexit. it's moderate conservatives who say we do not want this and we really have to keep boris johnson from going that way, from crashing britain out of the e.u. so everybody here expects them to sort of take over the agenda tomorrow if they vote because boris johnson said he does not want an election, but that doesn't mean there is not going to be an election. so observers here in london are clear in their opinion that they say he just said this to sort of tell everybody that if he would be forced into an election, it would be the fault of labour and it would be the fault of tory rebels. he would then not have another way out and had to call an election and everybody expects this to happen either late on wednesday or maybe on thursday, that boris johnson will be right here in parliament and say, yes,
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we go to the -- brent: this is "d.w. news" live from berlin. still to come, if your best dress is dry-clean only, don't wear it to this opera. a report on a new wayay to exexperience mozart don giovanni in prague and it's all wash and wear. brent: to the politics of change and the politics of the extreme. in eastern germany, voters have been reacting to the results of sunday's state elections in brandenburg and saxony. the far right alternative for germany party, the a.f.d., became the second strongest party in both states. kate brady reports from dresden. >> after months of anticipation, the dust is settling in dresden. the result of sunday's election was yet another blow to
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germany's established big parties but angela merkel's c.d.u. retained its 30-year title as saxony's strongest party. the friendly saxony won said state premier. for many in dresden, it was somewhat of a relief that almost three-quarters of voters didn't cast their ballots for the far right a.f.d. now faced with the reality of the a.f.d. as saxony's second strongest party, locals seem to be taking a pragmatic approach. >> it was a vote and the people have something to say. whether i like it or not. i didn't vote for the a.f.d. and now i'm keen to see how the established parties deal with this and what solutions they can find. >> people have always voted for the c.d.u. and s.p.d. now this is a consequence to be taken seriously. kate: compared to germany's other so-called new states formerly in former east germany,
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things are going well in saxony. the economy is strong, the strongest in the former east and unemployment here is by no means the highest in germany, yet 27% of voters in saxony cast their battle for the far right a.f.d. but despite the strength of the a.f.d. at the polls, all of saxony's parties have ruled out forming a coalition with them. >> i think it's a shame that the result won't be respected, that the c.d.u. and a.f.d. won't form a coalition. >> which party did you vote for? >> i voted for the a.f.d. what was your personal reason? >> first and foremost because of the flood of refugees here. in saxony, we're not used to that at all. and that's cost the people across germany. kate: since 2015, the number of foreigners in saxony has increased by 1% but even
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non-a.f.d. voters can simplenize simplenize -- sympathize with some of the issues beyond the migration debate. >> you see the problems first and foremost in the rural areas. the circumstances that people have to live in are catastrophe. the entire infrastructure has fallen by the wayside. kate: saxony has made its voice heard. voters from across germany's political spectrum are waiting to see if the government is listening. brent: a united nations envoy is in cypress today for talks with leaders of the divided island. talks are scheduled with the presidents of the republic of cyprus and breakaway northern part of the island occupied by turkey. the u.n. has encouraged reunification since the island divided in 1974 following the turkish military invasion. the last round of talks broke down two years ago. d.w.'s frank hoffman has this
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report from an island where many are fed up with the division. >> the main shopping street and the cypriot capital is divided. the pedestrian checkpoint marks the transition from the internationally recognized greek cypriot part of the island to the turkish occupied north. aa sign informs tourists that this is the last divided capital city. one of the island's six e.u. parliamentarians elected earlier this year is trying to fix the problem. >> i agree that a solution will be difficult but we have to fight. reporter: he wants the turks and greek sip cypriots to negotiate to end the division. his election in may was a positive sign. 6,000 turkish cypriots voted for him. the sociologist grew up in the turkish north but 25 years ago
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became a professor at the university in the greek south and represents both parts, a first for the island. some are hoping the time is right for new negotiations mediated by u.n. secretary-general antonio gutierrez. the last negotiations he led between the two sides broke down in 2017. e.u. politician senses that people on cyprus are frustrated, as here in the turkish part of the island. >> we want a kind of peace that protects the rights of turkish cypriots. there's no other way. we have a right to live here, too. this w was once ottoman territo. we are turkish and we want our rights. >> i hope so but hopes turn into disappointments here time and again. alall negotiations have always broken down. why does that happen and who's behind it?
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reporter: the mood is similar in the greek south. >> i have no expectations, none at all. it's all about power and international interests who have divided upup and diminished our country. >> rubbish, nothing changes because turkey won't allow it. simple, isn't it? it's been there for 43 years. if they want to do it, they'll do it tomorrow. rereporter: he was elected with the hope of renewed negotiations. >> when i'm traveling in the occupied part and talk to people, i always say, to solve the cypress -- cyprus problem, you need kanushma. reporter: which means talking to each other. >> how can you solve a problem without talking about it? without kanushma?
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reporter: understanding others. encounters like this give kizilurik hope. as an e.u. parliamentarian representing both sides of the cyprus divide, he hopes to find a solution to end that division once and for all. brent: the greek government has started to transfer 1500 asylum seekers to the mainland to ease overcrowding in the migrant's camp there. a recent spike in the numbers of migrants arriving on greek shores has increased the population to 11,000, despite the fact the camp is only designed to house 3,000 people. >> on the movove again, t these refugees on this greek island are anxious to be leaving the overcrcrowded conditions of thee moriria camp behind them, ally abououti - - albeit to condidits unknown on a differentnt camp on the mainlnland. >> arrived there jul9 and it's
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e m month and 20 days that i'm leleaving and i goty ticket and i'mm movining too greece because moria i is not a good place and it's very hard to live in such an environment here. reporter: trucks and buses transported the first 650 people and their worldly possessions to the harbour where the ferry waited. the massive logistical operation is a last resort for a processing system under duress from a spike in arrivals. all five of greece's island detention centers were already full to burststing when more thn 7,000 more refugees arrived on their shores last month. it was the tipping point for the greek government to hold an emergency session and announce plans to tighten border controls and speed up deportations of rejected asylum seekers. as for the departed residents seeking asylum in greece or
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package to europe, -- passage to europe, there were words that suggested this change in location would be accompanied by a change in fortune. brent: tolzien phobia -- xenophobia inside soccer stadiums. romelu lukaku was subjected to "monkey" chants on sunday before taking a penalty against cagliari in their italian league match. other soccer players have sent messages of support to lukaku. one player says the racism just has to stop. >> racist taunting of a black footballer in cagliari are unmistakennable. the chants of "monkey" as romelu
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lukaku scored a goal sunday night. italian football's problem with racism is a persistent one. >> i can't comment on this episode because didn't hear the c chants. but in many other situations, i believe that in italy wee must improve a lotot and b be more educated and respectful. reporter: lukaku arrived in italy just under a month ago after his big money transfer from manchester united. in a statement on instagram, he said it's 2019. instead of going forward, we're going backwards. he called for professional footballers to unite in the cause of anti-racism. in an email to d.w., the italian league condemns the abuse of
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lukaku. cagliari says they intend to identify and ban the fans responsible for the racist abuse directed at lukaku. italian football is under pressure to show that it's taking the issue seriously. brent: tennis news. defending champion naomi osaka has been knocked out of the u.s. open in the fourth round, ousted in straight sets by belinda bencic. it was the third time this year bencic has beaten osaka. in the next round, she'll face donna vekic who saved a macht -- match point as she beat the german player. the czech capital prague is home to lots of grand buildings including an ornate opera house. a twist on an opera classic, mozart's don giovanni with unorthodox seating arrangements.
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let's just say you'd be well adviced to -- advised to take a towel with you. > not the way opera lovers usually enjoy their favororite pastime but for one night fans savored the music in a setting quite different from a grand opera house. >> i don't normally follow the opera so closely but to see don giovanni done this way, from a bathtub, with a view of the prague castle, it's something incredible. ♪ >> top czech singers performed best loved aryas from the mozart classic which premierer in prague in 19-- 1787. >> when the organizer asked me to be part of the event, it was a daring step for me, trying
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something very nontraditioional but i likike new challenges. >> of course, people in a theater are alslso in the mood o listen to a nice opera. but it's different here. the atmosphere, the view, t the wine, and the bathtub, a a make it a a b bit different. reporter: the idea, according to promoters, is to serve up culture in new and innovative ways, as the best way to preserve it for new generations. brent: berlin zoo's giant panda has given birth to twins. that's a first for the mother and the zoo and it's a major breakthrough for the zoo's breeding program. ming ming and the cubs we understand are said to be doing just fine tonight. >> they are no bigger than the size of your hand but they are already the new starsrs of thehe rlin zoo.. after years of trying to breed
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panda cubs without success, mother ming ming is now taking care of not just one, but two newborns. even though the mom and her babies are still shielded from the public, visitors at the berlin zoo are more than thrilled. >> i want to see them but i'm assuming i won't get to see them quite yet. but so exciting. especially for the kids running around, being able to see these animals that you would only see on television otherwise, actually see them is such a wonderful thing. >> any time pandas are born, it's fantastic, isn't it? helps with the programs and the populace and good for the zoo, as well. draws people in. >> i'm an animal lover so of course i'm just thrilled. it's just a shame that we can't see them today. they're probably too small.
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and papa is already out enjoying the sun and his daily portion of about bamboo shoots. the mother raises the offspring. the management is happy to see how she full -- fulfills her motherly instincts. >> she got into a good routine of behavior from the very beginning and that's a great thing. reporter: pandas are no notoriously difficult to breed as females are only fertile three days a year. mom and dad arrived in germany two years ago, a loan from china, and are due to return there in 13 years. just like the cubs who will only stay in berlin up to four years. whether they will ever be released into the wild is unclear. to many visit ors here in the berlin zoo, the news about the newborn panda cubs are a highlight but animal rights
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activists criticize that they are only of economic and political interest. many of the pandas bred in zoos worldwide are never released into the wild and if they are, they die there shortly after. they say true animal wildlife conservation looks differently. the zoo is convinced their habitat offers everything for successful breeding which helps guarantee the species survival in the future. brent: you're watching "d.w. news." after a short break, i'll be back to take you through the day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] france twenty
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