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you know today don't miss our highlights w. program lauren w. dark harsh words. this is day to every news live from the land protesters find bow and arrows of police in hong kong offices use tear gas and water cannon against the demonstrators who occupied and set up barricades at a university campus also coming up. such a violent rajapaksa is set to become sri lanka's next president the former defense minister has been declared the winner of saturday's election where in the capital
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colombo for the celebrations and concerns for the future. and iran traffic grinds to a halt in the capital tehran as people there protest a 15 percent hike in fuel prices iran's supreme leader says impacts the decision despite the unrest. i'm rebecca raters welcome to the program we begin in hong kong where there have been fresh clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and police chinese troops have been deployed for the 1st time since these protests began in june activists have dug into hong kong's polytechnic university in a valley and to defend it from police is part of a week long campaign i am to disrupting traffic and hitting the local economy. another assault on the voices. protest police fire tear gas at protesters occupying
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hong kong's polytechnic university and blocking nearby roads massed demonstrators hurl molotov cocktails in response to the street battle pits water cannon against fire bombs and armored trucks against umbrellas and police claim protesters shot arrows at them injuring one officer in the leg. the protesters are showing themselves to be skillful tacticians this week they moved away from flash mob demos to occupying universities and blocking the city's key traffic arteries the polytechnic is the last university held by protesters by barricading themselves in they have succeeded in closing down the city's cross harbor tunnel connecting the mainland and the hong kong island. we want the city to go on strike at the hong kong police technic university we can occupy the cross harbor tunnel so it can help to achieve this goal and we could also block highways and other major roads in the
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area where the roads are ion the hong kong polytechnic university or major roads and they could be blocked to help us achieve the strike. the protesters are trying to quote squeeze the economy and it's working the city is in recession for the 1st time in a decade. but their actions are dividing public opinion with many residents irritated by the disruption. on saturday chinese soldiers emerged from their barracks in sports gear to help clear barricades on the streets it was the army's 1st deployment in hong kong since protests began 5 months ago and it's both a warning and a p.r. move aimed at those fed up with the chaos but protesters still have sympathy from some locals angry with the government. and more and. i think no one
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in hong kong is happy when they see this. all the things are just broken and it affects a lot of people's daily lives. and it's because of this bad government. otherwise the young protesters wouldn't come out and do these very violent things. and. with protesters vowing to carry their campaign of civil disobedience into next week and neither side willing to back down normality in hong kong seems a distant prospect. now where got of bio rajapaksa has been officially declared winner of the country's presidential election well wishers of pain congratulating the former defense chief it is time for the pax it took more than half the vote in the south asian island nation which is still recovering from a series of bombings last easter that killed some 250 people but to practice being
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as valid to restore security and is calling for national unity. the mission just well has been covering the sri lankan election she sent in this analysis of the victim and the challenge the challenges he faces once he takes office. celebrations breaking out here on the streets all for lambo in sri lanka in official word got out but so will be the next president of the country the elections was just yesterday but not results have already been announced this is where the election commission is in the crowd behind me is the waiting for their new president to come out and greet them go dobby rajapaksa is expected to take office early tomorrow morning me taking over from president seriously and now we stepped out a few days ago now of course the voters were jubilant but critics have raised concerns about good i'll get out of the 1st traditional when it comes to supporting
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the rights of ethnic and religious minorities but it is interesting to note that in this was on twitter declaring victory he called for united for the long haul a few long thought that steers together and that does not discriminate between ethnicities and religions he's calling for a celebration that is as simple as the gambian that have been a historically useful election in-field on crossfire if the new president is stepping back north there could be reason to hope that this is the beautiful feeling about that everybody has been hoping for to morrow but i would argue that takes office. now to some of the other stories making news around the world. czech prime minister andre bobbish has been cheered by protesters in prague it was laying a wreath on the 30th anniversary of the velvet revolution which ended decades of communist rule on saturday about a quarter of a 1000000 of people demonstrated in prague calling for his resignation.
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cuba has been celebrating the 500th anniversary of the founding of its capital have the weekend long festivities included concerts prominent guests and fireworks over the city's capital building of annas historic old town is a unesco world heritage site. russian media says that russia will return to ukraine 3 caption navy naval vessels the boats were scenes last year while attempting to break through a russian blockade that closed access to several ukrainian ports the ships return comes ahead of talks to discuss the conflict in eastern ukraine. in iran thousands of people have been out on the streets protesting against the government's decision to raise petrol prices by 50 percent as well as introduce rationing since the price hike many demonstrators have abandoned their cars along major highways and joined mass rallies in the capital tehran but some of the demonstrations have turned violent and at least 2 people have died as
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a result of the protests with many more injured. iranians have taken to the streets in the capital tehran and a number of cities across the country in protest of the government's move to raise the price of petrol by 50 percent the angry demonstrations have seen protesters blocking roads setting fire to tires and attacking public property. iran's leader ayatollah ali khamenei says he supports the price hike despite the unrest. top officials have sat down and made a decision for the country based on expert assessments this decision must be executed the move is in part a response to the failing economy provoked by u.s. sanctions but have a need to put the blame for the damage on protesters. done by the people this is what dogs do. his words were indicative of
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a strong line being taken by the government in the face of the unrest police have threatened further tough measures and the communications minister announced that the internet has been shut down the 24 hours to reimpose control. storms the snow and rain have continued to hit the italian city of venice residents facing another high tide shutting the famous square for a 3rd day more than 2 thirds of venice is flooded damaging monuments shops and homes a crisis is expected to cost italy millions of euros the city's been under water for days with strong winds on tuesday bringing venice as that worst high water in more than 50 years. and joining us now from venice is data correspondent delhi nearly a number of major flood hit venice what's the situation where you are right now. so water which did speak around 1 pm today around $150.00 centimeters now it is
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slowly going down it is and it will continue to do so through the evening today we were walking around and again shops and homes were preparing for the tide they were getting ready to stop the water from coming in but also to clean up again after the tide people are starting to become tired this frequency of high tides is very unusual and exceptional so spirits are starting to slowly go down and people are hoping that this will be the beginning of the end of this flooding here when you have people proper of preparing a lot of churches shops homes it's a unesco world heritage site i mean do we know how bad the damage is yet how extensive it is so experts we've been talking to have told us that it's still too early to assess the real extent of the damage the mayor of venice has estimated at least 1000000000 euros but what we've understood is that
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we will have to wait until the water goes away and dries up before we can really see what the damage is like today we visited the theater here in venice a historical theater and they have had damage not in the main stage area but in their technical and service areas that means they have no electricity and they can't continue with the shows water has seeped into the walls and is still continuing to come into the building so already quite a bit of damage too early to tell quite how much but it's not even winter yet really i mean and there's no doubt more rain on the way how is venice and italy going to cope with the situation. so there has been also a lot of bad weather in the all over the country there have been the level of the river in florence and. alarming height highways and train lines have been closed on the border with austria so today the government is going to need to declare state
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of emergencies and other cities and they're going to have to put out more funds to try and both prevent but also tackle the consequences of the bad weather that italy has been facing in the last few days curious on deadly force in venice thanks very much. are some sport now and germany's still their place at euro 2020 on saturday after a 4 nil win over belarus rivals the netherlands also confirmed their qualification where they are can live side now poised to clinch top spot in tuesday's game with northern ireland croatia and austria also went through. germany had been in the driving seat long before mature students are open to scoring in the 41st minutes they got back in his own stadium and you know you love sides lead was double just off the hard time longer it's going to smash in home this time to give germany some breathing space which will midfielder tony close out of the 3rd in the 55th minute
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the real madrid filled it with a neat finish on the edge of the area and close out of the 2nd with 10 minutes to go the 2014 world cup winner now has 17 goals for his country leaders are in talks to it's great to score some goals but it's more important that we can enjoy this as a team you could see that it can get or could that's the way it is in these types of games until the 1st goal goes in the doors and we're going to be a job done for germany who can now focus on fine shooting their preparations ahead of euro 2020 in june. in the tennis finale to the men's tennis 5 season is just hours away austria's dominic tame takes on grace's steffen asked sits if us as a bid to claim the 18th pay finals trophy tournament debutant tips that have to struggle in with his name fits if they the my favorite a federal in his semifinal in london tame meanwhile overcame germany's defending champion alexander stare of in straight sets his dominant display including his for
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a of shots the 26 year old prevailed $75.63 victory in sunday's final of the unofficial 5th major would be tamed career highlight so far. just a reminder of the top story. as we're following for you police and protesters have clashed in hong kong as protests in the city set enter their 6th month the demonstrators barricaded themselves in hong kong polytechnic university while dozens of pro-government supporters tried to clear the area. guarded by our rajapaksa has been officially declared winner of sri lanka is a presidential election rajapaksa took more than half the votes in the south asian island nation which is still recovering from a series of deadly bombings last easter. and don't forget you can always get d.w. news on the go just download our app from google play over the app store that will give you access to all the latest news from around the world and want to push
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