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>> this is "dw news," live from berlin. a police employee's time to death at the police station in paris. officers shoot and kill the attacker and arrest three others. prosecutors launch a terrorism investigation. also on the program, the second day of u.s. president biden's virtual climate summit brings fresh pledges. he says transitioning to clean energy could create millions of jobs.
india's worsening coronavirus crisis sets another global record for daily infections. more countries sever travel links as the death toll crimes and oxygen supplies run out and mass crematis are helheld. chad's veteran ruler is laid to rest after battling against rebels. french president emmanuel macron says france will not let anyone challenge chad's stability. phil: i'm phil gayle. welcome to the ogram. prosecutors in france have opened a terrorism investigation after a police employee was stabbed to death at a police station near paris. the people thought to be connected to the attacker have been detained. french president emmanuel macron said the country would never
give into what he called islamist terrorists. reporter: a normally quiet residential area just outside paris, now the center of attention in france. security agents flooded the area, investigating the killing of a police employee that occurred in an unlikely location. "the police station is very well protected. there is a protective lock, and so people cannot just walk in. the attacker waited for her to go and change her parking ticket. the murderer caught her by surprise as she left the police station for just a moment. it was a cowardly, barbaric attack to kill someone and to kill a policewoman." local media report that the attacker was a 36-year-old man with no criminal record. some witnesses say they heard him say "allahu akbar," arabic for "god is great," as he
stabbed the victim. there are suggestions that the men previously scouted out the site. "the office of the national antiterrorism prosecutor has taken charge over the investigation of the crimes committed here. the reasons for this are, first, how the event occurred, which involve looking for a target. also, the way the crime was committed. the profile of the victim, but also the remarks made by the perpetrator at the time of the crime." president emmanuel macn pd tribute to the police worker who he identified as stephanie. in a tweet, he said the nation stood by her family. he added, "in the fight against islamist terrorism, we will not give up." islamist terrorism is again a worry for france. phil: straight to paris, where
we join journalist catherine field. bring us up-to-date. what more do we know? >> in the last few hours, police have gone into the home of the assailant not far from the police station to the southwest of paris. we also know that they are carrying out a search of his previous home, which is in eastern paris. police have taken into custody for questioning three members of his close entourage. we understand one of those could be a family member. in the meantime, police say they have his mobile phone. they are going through that to see what sort of links he may have had in the last few hours before this attack took place, whether they were links to jihadist organizations or anyone that can give them some sort of clue as to wherehis man was coming from, what he was doing, who were his accomplices, if there were any.
this is a man who is not known to the security services, wasn't known to the intelligence services. they are really just fumbling around to put together a picture of what happened in those minutes before this attack took place. phil: this is now being treated as a terror attack. what difference does that make in terms of powers of arrest and the way the investigation is handled? therine: it means that the antitumor prosecutors can call on antitumor prosecutors -- antitumor prosecutors can call on the intelligence unit and can call other witnesses and can hold people for longer, and all this other information from other attacks, there has been a spate over the last five or six years of attacks on very small police stations and homes or police officers in the western paris area. they will be able to get all that informati tether very quickly andry and fd out
once again what went wrong that an armed attacker was able to get through the front door of the police station and stabbed to death a police employee. phil: what sort of place is it where this attack happened? catherine: it is a quiet suburban town, really, about 60 kilometers southwest of par, has a fast train service into the french capital. the sort of people who live there are generally families who can have a very small house with a small garden. the area is known for having a beautiful forest and lovely shadow. it is where -- lovely cha teau. it is where you would go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and that is why the scenes tonightre so shocking because people are wandering around the streets saying how could this have happened in this sleepy little commut town where everyone has always been known for being friendly and law-abiding. phil: thank you for that,
catherine. catherine field in paris. world leaders have joined u.s. president joe biden in the setting new climate targets, ending the two-day virtual global climate summit. president biden urged is catapults to make good on their commitments to slow global warming. >> hello, everyone. reporter: dialing in for day two of the virtual climate summit. the first day saw national targets for limits on emissions f now topping the agenda, innovation. u.s. president joe biden plang up the economic advantages of fighting global warming. pres. biden: it's an opportunity to create millions of good paying jobs around the world and innovative sectors. jobs that bring greater quality of life, greater dignity to the people performing those jobs in every nation. reporter: biden says workers in traditional energy sectors must
be offered new opportunities. the u.s. wants to take the lead in developing green technologies. stepping up the pace of research, and making more use of public and private investment. >> using just today's technologies won't allow us to meet our ambitious goals. we need new zero-carbon products that are just as affordable that have what i call a green premium of zero. reporter: prime minister benjamin netanyahu announced israel would phase out coal by 2025. but experts say existing targets and schedules won't be enough to cap global warming at the agreed 1.5%. phil: let's take a closer look at this with executive director of environmental defense fund europe. she joins us from london.
welcome to dw. what we heard in the last two days were commitments from politicians who won't be around to see them through. do you take these ambitious targets that they set themselves seriously? >> well, first of all, most of these targets of 2030 -- many policians may not be around, but they are not targets that are so far in the future that there is no accountability for them that is a welcome change. there is the net zero 2050 movement, but these are 2030 targets we are looking at and that makes it much more real for the politicians involved. it is the action we need to see now, is what are we going to do this decade to get us on the right track. phil: even with these new commitments, we will still fall short of the paris targets that were set back in 2015. why bother? >> well, in paris, the countries
that signed the paris agreement said that they wanted to limit temperature increases to below two degrees, 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels. we are already at one degree. but they also said to themselves we will have to revisit targets every five years to see if we can do better. the pledges they made in paris, although they wanted to restrict temperature increases, the pledges name made allowed for three degrees centigrade of warming, so they fell far short. what we need to do is narrow the gap and bridge the gap between the ambition of limiting temperature increaseand what countries are prepared to do. the european union has gone fr saying would cut emissions by 40% andow up to 55%. the u.s. was somewhere short -- quite a long ways short of at least 50% it announced today.
we are moving in the right direction, we are not moving fast enough, andot all countries that turned up to the summit seemed to have got the memo of what was expected. some of them have a long way to go on this. phil: the good news i see in this -- i'm not as convinced as you are the posturing, but the good news amongst the posturing is that the eu and the u.s. seem to be competing on climate targets, which i suppose has to be a good thing. jill: yeah, and i am not convinced by the posturing, but i think at least when you get countries to come forward with ambition, their electorates can hold them to account, and a bit of healthy competition between major blocs such as the u.s. and the eu can only be for the good. this is not you have one leader rather than another leader. the whole world needs to move on this, so the more the merrier. phil: good to talk to you, thank you for joining us. jill duggan of the environmental
defense fund europe. more stories making headlines around the world now. 10,000 people have marched through armenia's capital to commemorate estimated 1.5 million ethnic armenians killed by ottoman turks in 1915. the mass killings are widely regarded by historians as the first genocide of the 20th century, but turkey rejects the term. olympic gold medalist and transgender activist caitlyn jenner has announced she has joined the race to unseat california governor gavin newsom. mr. newsom, a democrat, faces a challenge from a growing band of republicans who oppose his response to the pandemic. ms. jenner has ties to former president donald trump. the united states has joined the rescue mission trying to locate a miing indonesian navy submarine with 53 crew on board. officials say the vessel's oxygen is due to runut early on satury. search efforts are fused on
the highly mnetic object that has been detected nearby. now to india, which has reported the world's highest daily count of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row. more than 330,000 in the past 24 hours. more and more countries are closing their borders to travelers from india. the spike in infections is part of a second much more intense wave after infections dropped off in the winter months. experts say the new super-spreader gatherings have come to boostd to the latest -- contributed to the latest research. reporter: mourning their loved ones who died at this hospital, not from covid-19, but from a fire that broke out while patients were sleeping. the blazes were fueled by the oxygen so desperately needed to keep covid-19 patients ally. more than a dozen people died after the intensive care unit was engulfed in a ball of fire.
>> unfortunately, it made a disaster -- reporter: "unfortunately, a major fire disaster happened at a hospital at 3:00 a.m. there was a sudden spark of the air conditioner commences there was additional oxygen in the icu, it was completely overwhelmed within two minutes." india has reached a breaking point. hospitals are turning away patients, suppls are running out. queues are hours long at vaccination sites. many walk away empty-handed. >> waiting around one and half hours. not so good. reporter: volunteers are working around-the-clock to cremate and barry the dead -- bury the dead. >> we will try to finish the
last burial for the day because no mortuaries will keep the body. that is the reason we want to finish all the burials and then go home. reporter: several countries have imposed travel restrictions on india to keep the new variant from also overwhelming them. phil: here's a look at the other development in the pandemic, starting with new zealand, which has caused its travel bubble arrangement following an outbreak in australia. australia is reporting two covid cases linked to a quarantine hotel. a british study has shown that pregnant women infected with coronavirus and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than previously thought. the european medical regulator is recommending the unrestricted use of the astrazeneca vaccine. some eu countries have halted or limit its use. jill the russian opposition leader alexei navalny says he is ending his hunger strike wasn't
the kremlin critic began his strike more than three weeks ago to demand proper medical care for a loss of sensation in his legs and arms. he was imprisoned after returning from germany, where he had sought treatment after being poisoned in russia with a rare nerve agent. his doctors urged him this week to end the hunger strike. our dw correspondent in moscow says alexei navalny is not out of the woods even now that the hun hunger strike has ended. reporter: it seems that alex navalny's demands to see civilian doctors was met. there is a post on his instagram account and he seems to be passing these posts onto his lawyers periodically, and in those posey says he was able to see doctors that he trusts twice now and they recommended he call off his hunger strike. apparently, according to the
post, they say there soon may be nothing left to treat if he does not stop his hunger strike for somebody has also demanded to see another doctor. he is still complaining about numbness in his arms and legs. so that demand goes forward. according to his supporters, there is still some risk to his health even now that he has called off the hunger strike. he himself says it will be difficult to come out of this hunger strike. that will take three weeks as well, according to his post. according to recent blood tests he may be at risk for kidney failure or even heart failure. i think we have to watch this space. it seems he is not out of the woods even now that he has stopped his hunger strike. phil: emily sherwin in moscow. chad has held a state funeral for long-time ruler idriss déby. he died on tuesday after battling rebel forces. president déby ruled the central
african nation for years. chad is a key player in the fight against islamist extremism in the sahara region and is seen as a western ally in tackling the issue. french president emmanuel macron attended the funeral in the capital, n'djamena. reporter: 30 years of leadership have come to an end. thousands of mourners packed the main square in the chadian capital to pay respects to president idriss déby. the 60-year-old military leader died on the battlefield shortly after winning reelection. for many here, he is the only leader they have ever known. "help us to keep the joy. life has decided you must go and i must say goodbye. the chadian people have love you and give you over to god." western powers and african nations leaned on the longer
link strongman is the linchpin in the international fight against islamist militants. "the battles that you let always had the goal of defending your country's territorial integrity, the preservation of stability and peace, and the fight for liberty, security, and justice. you lived as a soldier. you died as a soldier. " human rights groups often pushed against what they called his repressive government, but now the president's death brings instability in the country into question. france has its original owner terrorism based in chad and is pressing for a peaceful transition of power while promising continued support to its former colleague. "france will not let anybody put into question or threatened chad's stability. france will also be there to keep alive the promise of a peaceful chad, creating a place for all its children." déby's son, as head of the
military, took over temporary presidential powers immediately after his father's death. the opposition calls it a coup, but the younger déby promises free and democratic elections after an 18-month transition period. phil: we will take a look at the other stories making headlines around the world. a new malaria vaccine developed by the university of oxford isn't showing up to 77% efficacy -- is showing up to 77% efficacy in trials on babies in africa. the disease kills half a million people every year. german chancellor has defended lobbying on behalf of a payment company that collapsed a month later in one of germany's biggest fraud cases. chancellor merkel faced five hours of questioning by lawmakers on friday. they want to know why she continued to promote the german company brought despite multiple allegations of wrongdoing. asset and -- nasa and spacex
have sent a new team to the internatiol space station. the 4 astronauts of the first crew to go into orbit aboard a rocket booster recycd from a previous spaceflight. it is the third time astronauts have flown on a private rocket into space. u.k.'s domestic intelligence agency mi5 is warning that some of the people that you may have linked to unprofessional recruitment sites like linkedin might be spies. the alert is aimed at u.k. public-sector workers who have access to confidential information. reporter: connecting with profiles you don't know can have unforeseen and damaging consequences. with one click, you could become linked to malicious profiles and networks run by hostile states organized criminals. you could inadvertently associate yourrganization,
your mager, anyour colleagues, too. and depending on your role, you may even harm national security. phil: a dw reporter has been doing his own snooping on this story and he joins us now. what is british intelligence worried about? >> this is called "think before you link," this campaign come and they are warning people, especially u.k. residents, than anybody they see on linkedin, they have to be sure that they are not an agent of foreign intelligence agency. it is not clear in that video you saw that they are talking about china there, but you can see that one of the profiles, the profile we see in the beginning, is from somebody with the last name wing, the most common chinese last name, and you see one of the shady characters behind her looks like an asian businessman. there is a history of chinese intelligence agents going on to linkedin, the platform they are
most concerned about, and creating fake profiles in order to approach people who might have jobs where they have access to sensitive government information and tried to befriend them and get them to leak some of the information to them. there is a history of china doing that, but like i said, mi5 was not clear it is china they are warning about. phil: right, don't actual grown-ups fall prey to this scheme, random strangers as saying "let me be your friend and hanover secrets"? amien: mi5 says that 10,000 people in the u.k. have been targeted -- that is the word they used by this scheme -- but they did not give information on how many fell prey to it. i cannot give information on if this is something that works or will work. there was one high-profile case of an academic from singapore who targeted people on the platform linkedin. he was eventually arrested, so that was one case that we can say, ok, here is where it did
happen, but that didn't totally fit the bill because he was using his real personal profile on linkedin to do it. phil: ok, if this isn't an urgent problem, why are they launching this campaign now? amien: this comes in the context of the u.k. taking a tougher stance on china. china is ramping up its own intelligence work around the world, and i think this is an example of the u.k.'s counterintelligence. they are trying to warn professionals in the country that they could be targeted on the social media from chinese intelligence. another thing to consider is that mi5 is in the middle of a sort of public relations campaign -- they launched an instagram account for the first time. it is less than 24 hours old and they said they want to shake off the martini-drinking stereotype of a british spy -- obviously talking about james bond, but they are worried about another reputation that is how did them since the edward snowden
reputation's, and that is--edward snowden, and that is spying on their own population. andrew snowden revealed that the nsa in the u.s. was spying on its and publish any also revealed that mi5 was spying on a scale equivalent to the u.s. phil: amien essif, thank you so much. coverage of the welshman's national football team, mine greeks will not take charge of his country at the upcoming european champ egypt after british prosecutors-- championships after british prosecutors charged with assaulting two women. the former manchester united player is due in court on wednesday for the police have charged him with assault occasioning actual body on. he was replaced as the whales coach -- wales coach will caretaker boss cover page will
be in charge for the delayed 2020 tournament. european football's governing body says munich will remain one of the host cities for the european champ egypt's following a meeting today. munich had been at risk of losing hosting rights because of her requirement that spectators be allowed to attend. local authorities with the german football federation have agreed to a plan to allow some fans inside of the alliance arena, despite the pandemic. this is "dw news," live from berlin. here is our top story -- french prosecutors have opened a terrorism inquiry after a police employee was stabbed to death at a police station near paris. the attacker was shot and killed by officers at the scene. india has set a global record for new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row.
♪ anchor: french authorities attain three people after a police employee was stabbed to death near paris. the attacker is a suspected islamist extremists, shot dead by security forces. russia begins withdrawing troops from the ukrainian border, marking a de-escalation after weeks of mounting tensions between moscow and the west. and it is blastoff for spacex's dragon capsule from cape canaveral. four astronauts are bound for the international space station for a