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♪ >> this is dw news. the taliban and power reportedly preparing to begin to establish a government in afghanistan. u.s. troops no longer in the country, the taliban are expect to made supreme authority tomorrow women and girls will still be able to work and go to school but local enforcers say there will be no changes. also, louisiana struggling to recover from hurricane ida. residents lining up for fuel.
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cities in the south facing weeks without electricity. a curfew is in place in new orleans to prevent a crime wave on top of a heat wave. game over. china is banning children from playing online video games for more than three hours a week. ♪ i'm brent goff. to our viewers on pbs in the united states into all of you around the world, welcome. after seizing power in afghanistan, the taliban are looking to form a new government.the challenges they face are immense. the economy is on the brink of collapse and the u.n. is a warning of an imminent food crisis. many people are trying to leave and those who remain, they face an uncertain future. >> the wards are busy at this
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hospital. the facility is just down the road from kabul airport. it treated many victims of leslie's attacks which killed -- last week's attacks that killed 170 people. many of the nursing staff are women. after the taliban took power, they were afraid to lose their jobs. >> when the situation first occurred, it was very difficult for us. we were worried about what would happen but thankfully, there have been no problems regarding our work. >> when the taliban took over, we stayed home for just one day. after that, the management contacted us and told us to get back to our duties. without any fear or apprehension, we came back and resumed our work. >> in kandahar, the taliban have put on a show of military equipment left behind by the americans. a kind of victory parade. lines of humvees with taliban
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fighters. a black hawk helicopter flying low over crowds. but they islamists will need to set about ruling the country. the lines outside banks back in couple -- in kabul are a hint at the declining economic situation and the soaring prices and the bizarres. >> markets are not as crowded as they wereuring the republican government and people are staying in their homes and fear. business is not so good. >> in the days since the rule of the taliban arrived, we have actually had no government. we are waiting to see wh will happen. >> what could happen first is more fighting. the taliban's military victory in afghanistan was swift and overwhelming but it is not complete. these militia from the panj
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shireason are vowing to -- regions are vowing to resist. >> war, occupation, force, were never a solution for this country and never wille. if they want to enter here with force, that is a pipedream they will take to their grave. >> the taliban never succeeded in capturing the region the next time they held our. they are massing forces and attempt to take at this time. the region was a gateway used by the u.s. when it overthrew the taliban 20 years ago. it is a weak spot they cannot ignore now. brent: from what i am joined by a journalist in kabul. what are we hearing about these findings in this region? are they going to be able to hold their own against the taliban? >> there has been since
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yesterday again, renewed fighting of the taliban forces that amassed around. panjshir. at least telephone networks are sometimes down. i could not reach anyone there tonight. they have been reports that the taliban managed to get in the passes that lead to panjshir. and what is the big differenc to lost -- last time in panjshir , held out. last time they had the northeast. and taliban controlled the supply lines. this time they are completely surrounded by taliban. however -- the traditional like resistance of the people in panjshir will make it a hard fight. brent: of course, the world looking at afghanistan today know with u.s. military gone. what are you seeing in the capital of kabul, are the
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streets -- on the streets? are you seeing as many women and girls as you would have seen six months ago? >> i was today on the street. streets were completely normal but they are markedly fewer women and girls on the street. it does notmean that there are none. it should be noted that so far the taliban have not banned women to the house of they -- as they have done during the first regime. so far women are wary to go out, because they do not know what might happen. and this is of course a huge problem. but how this will exactly play out and what will exactly be announced remains to be seen. brent: the latest tonight from kabul. as always, thank you. joining me now is the executive director of the organization for policy research and development studies, a pro-democracy think tank in kabul.
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she now works from toronto, canada. the taliban, they say they will soon present a new afghan government and they promise that it will be inclusive. what does that mean to you? >> well, i think at the present time we doot have an admission from the taliban as to what they think inclusive is. for afghans, inclusivity, inclusive government is one that would take into consideration the multifaceted -- afghan society, a government that respects the rights of women and an inclusive government would be one that would be willing to discuss its people the type of governing structure. but what we are seeing now is that the taliban are asying they will -- are saying they will be announcing a new government very shortly and the leader of the space will be there commander of the -- and it will appoint a
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president or prime minister. so, from the structure we are seeing right now, it does not seem inclusive. it is certainly not how the people of afghanistan are defining inclusivity. brent: do you think it is inconceivable a woman could become a minister and a taliban run government? what a woman even want to have that job? -- would a woman even want that job? >> just today i write that talin officials have stated that a woman cannot be a minister and not that -- and that a woman who has worked with the united states cannot work in the government. so, that is what i have heard as of today. so, no, it seems they cannot. in the past, and previous meetings, they have stated that a woman cannot be president, a woman cannot be a judge. but now you're starting to see more and more of those barriers and how the obscurity around
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what they meant in terms of women's rights is slowly coming to light. brent: the reality of this taliban you are talking about -- have countries around the world reluctant to ask you whether or not they should recognize that this taliban government. i want to take a loisten to what the german foreign minister had to say. >> i personally believe there is no getting away from engaging in talks with the taliban. on the one hand, because we have to find solutions to problems for the continued operation of kabul airport. second, because we cannot afford any instability in afghanistan. that would encourage terrorism and also have a massive impact on neighboring countries. brent: let me ask you, do you agree with that? recognizing the taliban, establishing diplomatic relationships?
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is that the only way to prevent the taliban from once again being terrorists? >> the internet community has long told the people of afghanistan -- the international community has long told the people of afghanistan where they said we will retain our leverage on the taliban to ensure that when they are developing their government and when they are running the country, if and when that were to take place, that these leverages would allow us to make sure that they remain committed to their promises of protecting citizens and their properties. and respecting women's rights and more importantly bringing about inclusive government. i think that needs to be maintained. i think with the international community needs to do now is to hit a balance where on the one hand the country is undergoing and will continue to undergo a mass a few minute hearing
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crisis. they have to be able to get aid onto the ground to be able to address that, while, on the other hand, they have to maintain pressure on the taliban to ensure that there are promises they have been making to the people of a can a scan are respected. otherwise the people of afghanistan have no other hope. brent: 80% of the economy is reliant on foreign aid. that is why the u.s. president biden says the west still has enormous economic leverage over the taliban. how should that leverage be used moving forward? >> as i mentioned earlier, the taliban have been -- made commitments. they make commitments as early as when they entered -- kabul. they are going to bring stability. they said this is not going to be a test -- to prove to the people of afghanistan that they will bring that peace that they long waited for. now those commitments, they have
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to beh old them upon those commitments. you have to have leverage. the international community should not let go of those leverage, engaging is very important, continuing to engage with the taliban. i agree with the foreign minister of germany is important, but throwing in all they have to e maintain that prsur would be catastrophice. brent: we appreciate your time and your insights tonight. thank you. here is look at some of the other stories making headlines around the. -- the world. u.s. president biden has condemned a texas law the bans most abotions. -0- abortions. it is the most restrictive in the u.s. it prohibits an abortion once a heartbeat has been detected.
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in spain some coastal areas are being overthrown by flashlights. south of barcelona they saw huge torrents of rain through the streets. california firefighters are scrambling to keep a growing wildfire from reaching a resort city at the southern tip of lake tahoe. authorities issued a mandatory evacuation which extends into an neighboring the fed appears the threat of fire is so widespread that now all national forests in california will be closed until mid-september. a report by the united nations weather agency says weather disasters are striking the world fouro -- five times more frequently than the 1970's. and disasters causing seven times more damaged or climate changes making the weather disasters stronger and more frequent. there is a positive note. the number of global deaths caused by these disasters has declined nearly three fold. the report examined more than
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11,000 weather disasters in the last 50 years. the u.s. state of louisiana is enduring the effects of extreme weather as it struggles to restore basic services in the aftermath of hurricane ida. millions of remain without electricity. with temperatures rising now, around 100 degrees fahrenheit, the city of new orleans is using public buses as cooling stations during the day and imposed a nighttime curfew to prevent a crime wave after dark. authorities say could be weeks before power comes back online. >> it's hard. >> the loss is palpable. for james, a flood of tears to add to the floods of damage. in parts of louisiana, some people have lost everything as
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hurricane ida ripped in from the gulf of mexico and spun north leaving devastation in its wake. >> a lot of crazy stuff out there. boats on roads. houses on roads. the whole nine. >> people are starting to clean up. but as many as 1.3 million have been without electricity, reliable water and may face more difficult weather conditions, as suffocating heat as they try to rebuild their lives. the death toll has not been as catastrophic as it was when hurricane katrina hit in 2005. single figure t's this time compared to 1,800 people who lost their lives back then. that's largely due to the flood defenses built after katrina's devastation. but there is no denying that
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this destrtruction has a very human cost. brent: today marks 100 days since the arrest of an american journalist in myanmar. danny finster was detained after covering the military coup and a crackdown on dissent. a campaign is now underway to free the journalist. >> free -- can be seen around metro detroit along with #bring danny home. >> it is 100 days and he's not home which is frustrating, but we know that at the highest levels, this is a top priority, and resources are being used to secure his release. >> the campaign has gathered support in danny fenster's home state of michigan, calling for help to get him out of myanmar. >> we're just trying to stay tough. as tough as danny is. and we will not stop until we
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get home. he is the managing editor of frontier myanmar, an independent news outlet. myanmar's association for political prisoners estimates he is one of more than 90 journalists who have been arrested since the military seized power and launched a crackdown against the free press. fenster's family and u.s. officials lost contact with him one month ago. the u.s. state department said government officials were denied requests to see him. brent: berlin and future pandemics. today a new global hub for pandemic intelligence by the world health organization was opened here in the german capital by the director of the w.h.o. and you see them, the german chancellor angela merkel. the hub is meant to help
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researchers, government and private partners worldwide work together to predict and respond to pandemics and epidemics. >> better data, better analytic and therefore better decisions -- is what the federal minister of health of germany said. in this new global hub of the world health organization when it comes to pandemic and epidemic intelligence. the idea is to -- share information, to help countries not only to detect outbreaks but also to prevent them, also to react swiftly and quickly. this can also be seen as a response to the slow reaction by the international community and the world health organization when it comes during the current covid-19 outbreak. the federal chancellor of germany, angela merkel, and the director general of the world health organization inaugurated the center today. and the director general of the world health organization signed
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two memoranda -- as well as a hospital to be better prepared for the next pandemic and epidemics that will certainly come as the w.h.o. said once again today. brent: here is a look at some of the other stories that are making headlines this hour. poland held an early-morning memorial service near the port city of gdansk to mark the anniversary of nazi germany's attack in 1939. it is considered to be the place where world war ii began. venezuela's main opposition parties have announced they will take part in regional elections set for november of this year. the opposition alliance has boycotted several previous elections citing a lack of free and transparent polls. they accused the government of nicolas maduro of ---
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of intimidation. chinese children are starting their new school year with textbooks featuring xi jinp ing. the move is seen as an extent -- an attempt to extend his personality cult to the next generation. and beijing's bid to curb what he calls a serious addiction -- online video games. under new rules, children under 18 will be limited to one hour of gaming on fridays, saturday, and sundays. the government claims this is to protect "the physical and mental health of minors." >> she and her son are shopping for videogames. but how long he can flake will no longer be at her
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discretion-- how long he can play? while she except it can be addictive says she's -- she says it can help childhood development. >> if you limit the time they play, it is all right. also, videogames may teach kids how to face pressures. for example, when they are challenged by a game or level, you can see how they react emotionally. >> the move is seen as an effort to encourage china's youth to play less and study more. it might just work. >> it is like as a fight between two thoughts in my head. one says this regulation is so annoying. the other assays, you are in your last year of high school, you should be studying. >> at this cyber cafe, however, the diehard gamers are unsurprisingly not keen on the new limits. some think the government's
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hard-line stance on gaming companies could backfire. >> there's no need for china to boycott games in this way. because the internet companies here are developing and gaming is part of it. i think of china resisted it will restrain the development of talent. >> analyst say that desperate parents and youngsters will find a way around the restrictions. >> there are always loopholes. for example, i can imagine some companies have begun to deal with it. for example, -- adults rent -- are modifying mobile phones are there will be -- >> critics suspect this crackdown reflects a deeper fear, that gaming communities, with their online chat rooms, could breed dissent and pose a
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threat to the chinese parties grip on power. brent: to the paralytic's wh ere china has captured twice as many gold medals as 80 other nations. in the men's long jump xu -- won his first ever gold medal. the 22-year-old had already won silver in a different event. the russian paralytic committee's --- andre claimed gold, setting a new record of 49.34 secons. in the women's 100 meters, the showdown between brittany mason and venezuela's -- came down to a photo finish. you can see how close the race was. a closer look showed -- venezuela crossing the line first to win gold in 11.97
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seconds. wow. sports prosthetics. they have change the notion of mobility for people who have parts of their body amputated. one example of -- is a japanese illustrator who lost a leg 15 years ago. she has now joined a running club thanks to a new prosthetic. >> she is trying out a sports prosthetics for the first time. it has a special shape and, once she gets used to it, it will allow her to run. >> i was scared with every step i took. without two people supporting me i would not be able to walk rit away. >> the 47-ar-old lost her leg due to a tumor.
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she has published a book of illustrations. >> my drawings have always been about women. i look at body parts in new ways since i received my prosthetic leg. it's also reflected in my pictures. >> she used to spend most of her time painting in her room, but since getting her prosthetic, she has become more active. >> i decided to travel to more distant places, to start swimming and gto the beach. i felt a new freedom. when i watched the paralympics i see how hard the athletes fight. that moves me a lot. to see them giving everything they can is a special kind of beauty. she has joined the start line
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tokyo club. they meet once a week to do sports together. >> what i like most about our running club is that it brings beginners, advanced runners, and professional athletes together. they've all been through the same thing. so, the more experienced once help the newcomers. >> -- founded the running club 30 years ago. he helps athletes try use preset acts for free. otherwise they are expensive and not covered by insurance. >> it's ok if you fail, is the title of his book. he likes to say that to his club members. i think his book has a wonderful message. brent: after a year's absence,
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international blockbusters are back at the venice film festival. the stars have returned to the red carpet after staying away last trip because of the pandemic. the first day of the event saw cinema glitterati arriving by boat. organizers hope the district covid-19 protocol will keep the event virus free. you're watching dw news. i will be back to take you through "the day." we will be right back.
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>> welcome to life in paris. these are the headlines. the new law on abortion in restriction violatess the constitutional rights. no waiting from the supreme court. -- no word from the supreme court. emmanuel macron --, he will come out in many numbers. a broad message on stopping crime, raising jobs, and building infrastructure. a promise to invest billions.


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