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this is d.w. news live from berlin pope francis leaves christmas eve mass as christians around the world celebrates the birth of jesus after you hear that scene the catholic church rocked by scandals francis uses his address at the vatican to urge christians not to lose faith also coming up tens of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes of the syrian province of. the u.n. war and have a humanitarian catastrophe as the assad regime steps up its offensive in the country's last rebel stronghold. and
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a wildfire destroys dozens of homes in chile authorities evacuated thousands from the city of opera easel as the blaze spreads to residential areas. omarion evanston welcome to the program. christians around the world are celebrating christmas marking the birth of jesus more than 2000 years ago at the vatican pope francis led the midnight mass at st peter's basilica his blessing emphasized forgiveness not just for sinners for the church's south after a difficult year in which sexual abuse scandals continue to rock the catholic church francis urged christians to keep the faith.
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think already i have it is a ritual that dates back to the 1st centuries of the catholic church the midnight mass at some pages is a spiritual gathering there the pope is said to confide the word of god to the faith. of. god. and he may god who by the incarnation brought together the earth and the heavenly realm fill you with the gift of his peace and favor and may you share it with the church in heaven this was. for the pontiff and followers of the catholic faith it has been a trying. scandal has reached the very top of the church in many places. so in his sermon the pope appealed for believers to maintain the faith. that they
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may we not wait for our neighbors to be good before we do good to them let us not wait for the church to be perfect before we love her let us begin with us so is and receive the gift of grace and. have celebrating the belief of the fight for was also one of the themes of the midnight mass in bethlehem there pilgrims of worship is gathered at the church of the nativity. it's a site where jesus is believed to have been born but it still listen this was led by the archbishop of jerusalem in the presence of palestinian president mahmoud abbas any family the archbishop appealed for believe is to overcome hatred. to move the charter to be something to cater to overcome to misunderstandings of those who do not share their desire for income to increase. it is an appeal for unity and for it had to be the archbishop said he hoped would result will be on the christian
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faithful in a region where fights mix and where belief all too often causes conflict. now to syria where there is no end in sight to the misery inflicted on civilians in the besieged province of eclipse the last major rebel stronghold russian airstrikes supporting the assad regime killed at least 8 people 5 of them children who were sheltering in a school house the united nations is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe. matta till now min in egypt has become a ghost town people living here have fled the government offensive against rebels. shaab people are fed up they fled to live in the alief trees this is a vegetable market there's no one here i haven't seen anyone other than journalists taking pictures of me and. most of those fleeing are hitting north
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towards the turkish border. we run away from the rockets out of the barrel and explosive shells. we're asking for allows mercy and for the united nations to see what happened to us because of bashar al assad and the russian army. they are killing us. with heavy shelling. and a strikes. syrian troops have been pushing into it live. and identified syrian pinole said the offensive is to clear the province of terrorism. i lack the syrian army cares about civilians lives what that. the military calls upon them to leave the areas where the terrorists are. that they
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should go to the areas under the control of the syrian army it was come to save them from terrorists and terrorism and i'd be much more than $40000.00 people have been displaced by the finance in recent weeks. let's bring in riyadh all knowledge of who the us which is a syrian based human rights organization or it is currently in sweden and joins us via skype heh thanks for being on the program now you're in contact with your colleagues who are on the ground in syria what are they telling you. the situation is catastrophic. syrians and the 44 have spent a different kind of christmassy brutal attacks continue to target civilian infrastructure and homes. since the start of the assault over 40000 turned these have been forcibly displaced from their homes and now they are living
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under open skies because nowhere is safe now in atlanta even i.d.p.'s counts are being targeted as you mentioned yesterday. account when a school in were targeted and 8 people were killed 5 out of them are children so it's nowhere is safe. and. the number of i did exceeds the organizations the humanitarian organizations ability to response today for hundreds of them. well as so many people are being forced to flee from their homes the united nations is saying what's unfolding here amounts to a humanitarian catastrophe what's your assessment. true and unfortunately the united nations are just like paralyzed
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n.g.o.s and activists have been asking the un to step in to protect the civilians and shamefully yesterday they have announced a 6 hours ceasefire so they fasten the tates the displacement of people instead of protecting them in their home towns. and even though with the cease fire when people started to graduate the city they were targeted on. roads that had been identified as a process for evacuation. so we really asked for were a real intervention here not to pass a facility to try and. people flee their they or their hometowns to into the noir and. and of course like 2 days 3 days ago. russia and china vetoed the decision to to deliberate cross
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border into syria so now people are have to flee their how their homes and no aid will be delivered so instead of only. a system and all the situation which all of us know the u.n. are required to do to step in and act for real not to stand up late realized and and just watch this situation going on. put us a syrian basing rights organization we thank you very much indeed for your insights . let's get a check now of some of the other stories making news around the world in hong kong demonstrators have clashed with police in christmas eve protests police fired tear gas as protests swept through a major shopping district activists blocked streets and smashed shop windows anti-government protests and hong kong are now in their 7th month. in the libyan
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capital tripoli 4 people are reported dead after a projectile exploded at a vegetable market forces loyal to libya's internationally recognized government have blamed rival groups answering to warlord khalifa haftar are attacking a civilian area have tars forces have been trying to seize tripoli since april. a landslide in brazil has killed 7 people in the north eastern city of. local firefighters said they pulled the victims from the wreckage of 2 houses according to brazilian media a young couple and their baby as well as a 9 year old girl and her grandmother were among the dead. a wildfire in the chilean city of el put out you so has damaged or destroyed more than $100.00 homes several districts in the western part of the city had to be evacuated it's not known what triggered the blaze but hot temperatures and strong winds help the flames to spread. seeing the flames with pets.
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and household possessions. the fire started in the woody hilly area on valspar esau's outskirts and quickly spread. to consume dozens of homes in its path . under huge cold the thick black smoke rose above the city. as the flames crept closer residents tried in vain to stop them advancing. noise but i feel powerless because all the houses are burning and now the fire is coming here. extra firefighting reinforcements had to be called in to help local residents joined in the effort to douse the flames as well as move any timber and wooden walling that might burn out of the way. wildfires are not unusual in chile this year's very warm weather helped the flames to spread but this
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was far came as about power you so celebrated christmas eve and also as chile is steeped in political crisis after months of antigovernment protests. well christmas is a holiday celebrated around the world and depending where you are people mark this season and all sorts of different ways the deli reporter and telephone is here in the studio with me for a look at some of the more colorful christmas traditions hello to you erin so what have you got well you know it tis the season to get a little bit silly and there's no wrong way to celebrate christmas so the 1st but he we have is from cocoa beach in florida where hundreds of surfboard riding santas have taken to the waves now it's a charity event that's held on every christmas eve and this year it featured some 600 surfing santa as who hang 10 and raise some $40000.00 for nonprofits this year . all right so surfing santa that looks very nice they have christmas under palm
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trees where do we go next and when next we're going to mexico and where they're asking the question what does a radish have to do with christmas if you asked me not a lot i mean it's red and white but of course i'm not from what mexico where they're celebrating their annual radish christmas festival now the festival features hundreds of art is sculpt teena christmas directions from radishes you know it's a 222 year old tradition that started as a way for farmers to raise a little bit of the festive spirit and also sell more radishes so some festive vegetable sculptures but it is red and why is that but what about the most famous red and white figure of christmas santa claus i mean he destined to be popular in many places of the world sure he is but we're going to stay in north america right now where the u.s. and canadian militaries are actually getting in on the festive spirit and how they're tracking santa as progress around the world as he delivers presents to good little boys and girls i know my kids are very interested in that oh i'm sure they
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would be actually if this is one of my favorite traditions growing up and basically what we're talking about is norad which is the american in north american nuclear commandos in each year they track the progress of sand as you travel around the world now. the information is then published online and also on t.v. and radio and i believe we have some video of there there as we're seeing right now they have hundreds of people actually on hand to answer phone calls from children in north america as to where santa is actually around the world now this actually has one of the best traditions or one of the best modern stories for why it developed started back in 1955 you have to imagine we're in the height of the cold war in america's secret nuclear bunker and the phone rings on the other end it's not actually the president's not the joint chiefs of staff it's a little girl actually looking for santa claus and you know the nuclear commandos they decided to play along that they pretended they were santa is else and let her know where santa was currently in since then is to come. master tradition you know i grew up with this and i actually have to say it's one that i think is one of the best traditions when it comes to christmas and really expresses that christmas
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spirit and you get to find out how far away santa is from your home indeed. thank you so very much indeed thank you. you're up to date now on d w news i'll be back again at the top of the hour i'm mary i haven't seen romney and the entire team thanks for watching. and colby promise. never cheated me.


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