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captioned by the nationalal captioning institute >> hello, and welcome to "the journal" on dw-tv. >> and i am peter with the business news. >> are headlines. german police closed down the mosque used by the 9/11 hamburg cell. river levels remain high, and is a contradiction at a war crimes trial. german police and shut down the mosque in hamburg which was once
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attended by three of the september 11 attackers. authorities sent a squad of officers to search, which they say has become a center for radical islamic warrior increment or jihadists. >> a police forced entry into the prayer house in the early hours on monday. planes closed investigators then moved in -- plainclothes investigators. they believed it served as a meeting point for fundamental is lummox. >> the ma's is being sealed, to finally put an end to the nasty going is on their. >> for a long time, it allowed people to start playing an active role. >> two known terrorists were
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known to frequent there, and they were involved in the september 11, 2001, attack, which caused thousands to die. it is believed this per house and financial help. since then, it has been under surveillance. it is hooked material confiscated will shed more light on what they were doing there. >> floods have taken a toll on several countries, where at least 11 people were killed. the situation in poland, the czech republic, and the german state of saxony remain critical. flooding along a river with the border of eastern germany has affected a number of towns and villages. .>> is a unesco world heritage
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site, and much of it is flooded, including its recently renovated castle. rescue crews salvaged the contents of the castle in the nick of time, and now, they are trying to protect as much of a landscaped park as possible. elsewhere, the water of the river's cost less damage than fears. germany's interior minister had high praise for the local workers, but he criticized neighboring poland for failing to vote more in germany early of the vote coming waters. -- failing to warn germany early. >> a regional and federal police force, but in the future, i hope the environment authorities will coordinate better. >> further upstream, it has
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receded, but the floods have caused damage worth millions of euros. pau>> all of my belongings is ruined, my furniture, everything, broken. if i had not hautd help, i would have lost everything except the clothes on my back. >> it was terrible. i've never seen anything this bad. >> the city of brandenburg is on high alert. they will have to wait for clinton to begin. >> the pakistani government says the floods caused by monsoon rains of now affected about 40 million people, and they are appealing for urgent international relief the weather is slowing delivery of aid and rescue efforts, and hundreds of thousands of people have fled rising waters in southern provinces, including punjab.
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authorities estimate the floods have killed at least 1600 people in pakistan. and flooding is also causing havoc in indian-controlled kashmir, an estimated 500 people missing. much of the city in one region of kashmir is buried under mud and rubble from destroyed homes. ea mountainous area at the bottm of the himalayas is a popular tourist location, and authorities used helicopters to evacuate about 1300 tourists, and we will be looking to see whether there may be some pattern to all of these natural disasters in our "in depth" report coming up after the news. fires in russia are threatening nuclear facilities there. it is a sight of a major nuclear reprocessing plant, and facilities in at least two other places are also under threat.
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meanwhile, the smog is thickening in moscow, and authorities say the fatality rate has doubled. 700. >> for a fourth day, a blanket of smog hangs unbroken over the russian capital. is he an atmosphere pollution is making it dangerous for the city's residents. -- the heat and atmosphere pollution is making it dangerous. there are anti-smog centers set up by city officials. >> we live in a shared apartment in an old house. it is almost impossible to brief their -- bretattthghe there. >> the situation near moscow remains critical. residents to could fled the
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city, and those left behind are finding novel ways of getting breakfast of fresh air, such as visiting this museum. -- getting a breath of fresh air. >> and it is so beautiful here. >> muscovites are hoping for cooling rain and a change of wind direction to carry the toxic cloud away from the city, but the new week has brought no respite from the abnormally high temperatures. >> we go now to peter, who has got business news, starting with a german exports. >> a very strong recovery, indeed, and it is humming along again. it grew by nearly 4%. analysts had expected only a 1% increase. the results show that products made in germany are increasingly back in demand abroad. >> these buses are on -- to abu dhabi, a german automobiles,
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specialized vehicles, and machinery in demand again globally. business was especially brisk with trading partners outside the week euro allowed emerging companies to buy cheaply in germany. >> developing companies are doing very well, especially china, also brazil and india. they face very strong economic development, it and they have asked for foreign goods, especially for machinery and capital goods, and there you know that germans offer things that are very competitive. >> germany's export figures are impressive. the country exported goods from january until june's worth a large amount of money. overall, german export revenue has grown by 18.2%. imports also rallied, with
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germany buying other goods worth over 300 billion euros. france has been surpassed. there is an increasing number of electronic goods sent to germany. >> this and other economic data helped trigger a rally on the european stock exchange. investors were also betting that the u.s. federal reserve will also announce further steps to stimulate the economy after their meeting tomorrow. our correspondent has more from the frankfurt exchange. >> german exports are just coming along, and that was great news for the investors here. business is going much better than people expected. there were the leading gainers at the start of the week is monday, shares like daimler. what is also good news from the point of view of the traders is that imports or also going very strongly, and a lot of those imports are going into german
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firms to expand their production, to expand their exports in the future, also a good. the room for more sure pike -- price gains is there, but it is somewhat limited, people think, because of economic risk. >> there is also some good news for the german steel industry. in july, german companies produced 3.5 million tons of steel. production soared, topping last year's up by 60%. during the economic crisis, global demand for steel took a nosedive. many companies cut jobs or reduce their working hours pre- empt back to the markets now, and looking at several market indexes in a little more detail, and we begin in frankfurt, will receive the blue-chip dax index closed the day of about 1.5%,
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6351, and the euro stoxx 50 index of leading blue-chip stocks closed up 1.7%, and in new york, the dow industrials have are clearly up about 0.4%, and on the currency markets, the euro is currently trading 4 $1.32. the german electronics industry is growing rapidly now, and in june, the sector reported a 40% increase in orders month-on- month. the trade association says this is the largest jump in revenue since the beginning of the year. it is a much needed turnaround after last year's recession. in 2009, german companies were operating at 70% capacity. now, most firms are back operating at 86% capacity. the future of the bankrupt german department store chain and its 25,000 employees is still undecided.
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an investor says that he has not yet signed the takeover contract with their creditors to close this deal. and time is running out. >> the deadline for signing the deal passed on sunday night, but the investor is still in the race. the company creditors still feel his concept is worth seeing through and have given the administrators permission to seek a fresh extension. he wants to buy them for one year wrote. he also taken millions of euros on debt -- in debt and offering jobs guaranteed for most employees. the main stumbling block is the rental prices for the stores. the consortium of owners it says it is willing in principle to accept less money korea, negotiations are ongoing. a retail group is also interested in the company. they have plans that see them
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merging with another department store chain. the court will decide on tuesday whether to give the company more time to find a buyer. >> loma linda? >> thank you, peter. actress mia farrow has testified at the hague war crimes trial at the former liberian president charles taylor, and she has contradicted statements made by supermodel naomi campbell, who said she had received a huge diamond sent by a tailor after a gala dinner in 1997 -- not >> mia farrow said at the same table about the fashion model sat at one week earlier, but she told a different story. with the former liberian president taking notes, the actress said she remembered talking to campbell after the gala dinner. >> naomi campbell joined us at
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the table, and she said that in the night, she had been awakened. some men were knocking at the door, and they had been sent by charles taylor, and they had given her a huge diamonds. >> at breakfast, i told ms. farrow and ms. white what happens, and one of them said, "obviously, that is charles taylor." >> other witnesses were called to find out what happened during the dinner to honor nelson mandela in south africa. others were present at the event. prosecutors hope to prove that the former liberian president, armed rebels fighting a civil war in sierra leone in exchange for illegally mining diamonds.
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the accord is expected to reach an agreement next year. experts believe that taylor could be equated due to a lack of evidence. >> germany has garnered its first gold medal of the european swimming championships in budapest in the 400 meter freestyle, but one took the gold by 0.85 meters. and finally, thailand has come up with an interesting solution to disposing of unwanted battle tanks. they are dumping them in the sea, with the full support of environmentalists. the resting or will help form and artificial reefs. -- itthe rusting -- the rusting armor will help form artificial reefs. >> they want to create a new home for sea life.
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>> you might think that i am sad about sinking air tanks. on the contrary, i am pleased. these tanks now have a really important task. >> the area in southeast asia and known as threat. from thailand to the philippines, temperatures have soared since spring, taking a toll on the region's corot, bleaching them. eventually turns to dust. researchers say it is the worst death in decades. they fear irreversible consequences. >> the reefs are home to plants, corals, and fish, and if the coral dies, the remaining life will also disappear. we want to fight that with our artificial coral reef. >> now, the tanks will act as the coral.
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they hope that fish will settle permanently here. >> stay tuned. i am coming right back with our "in depth" report on the extreme weather events.
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>> welcome back. the misery continues for the people of pakistan, rain still falling, ground and we helicopters and compounding the suffering of the nearly 2 million people lost their homes. mudslides on the mountainsides are isolated settlements still further, and the u.n. says the devastating impact is as bad as the 2004 tsunami and the earthquakes all rolled into one. just a terrible freak event, or a harbinger of a coming trend? some say this corresponds with the predicted effects of climate change. >> a dramatic, last-minute
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rescue. an army helicopter flows -- flies residents to safety. the village in the southern province is completely cut off from the outside. people here are still in shock. the waters engulfed the village quickly. they hardly had time to react. paul >> all of our belongings, our food and water, have been swept away by the flood -- all of our belongings. we just managed to save ourselves. >> helicopters are freakin' the only way to get food and water to those stranded in flooded areas. it does not always work though. nearly continuous rainfall has grounded many shoppers. the pakistanii army is trying to keep on top of the situation, but it is strapped for resources. hundreds of thousands are maroon and still waiting for help. the situation is worse in the
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northern province. it is among the hardest hit by the catastrophe. people there are desperate, and anger at the government is mounting. >> this is the 11th day of flooding, and surges have hit us several times. water keeps drowning our village, but no one has given us food, tents, or any other kind of assistance. >> the federal and provincial governments have totally failed to deal with this catastrophe. there is no clean drinking water here, no food. everything has been swept away by the floods. >> the waters have already receded in some parts of the province, leaving behind a degree, destruction, and despair.
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several members of this family died in the floods. the waters caught them off-guard period >> they were all in the water at the tiny. the pressure and the waves were very high. one of my sons and my sister-in- law were carried off. someone else rescue the others with a rope. after that, i fainted. the men helped me at that time. then i do not know what happens. the water took my sister-in-law, my nephew, a brother, and my son, before my very eyes. now i am trying to do with my situation. >> millions of people have been affected by the floods. thousands are fighting for survival. the extent of the damage is only slowly becoming evident, but it is clear that pakistan is facing its worst disaster in living memory. >> floods in asia and europe, record heat in northern europe,
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and wildfires in moscow, extreme weather events that define the weather of 2010. so many in such a short period of time is unusual, to say the least. climate scientists have long warned that global warming is likely to intensify natural disasters, but they are very cautious about bringing human activity for any event. >> winter arrived with a bang, and massive snow falls. many europeans are accustomed to that, but the snow did not seem to stop. thermometers plunged to minus 13 celsius and lower in places where people are not used to such cold korea even southern france got hammered. part of northern europe were shut down. in march, gil force winds blew in as a storm went through france. nearly 50 people died in the worst storm of a decade. she swept across germany, too,
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and train travel nearly ground to a halt, stranding thousands. europeans are not used to that either, not on this scale. then, summarized korea in russia, people will come to the rising temperatures, at first. the weather be reminded some of the mediterranean, a dream for some, for others a nightmare. he was sweltering and sparked wildfires outside moscow. six momsen blend into the russian capital. in germany, and temperatures rose to nearly 40 degrees celsius, and passengers collapsed with the air- conditioning broke down on high- speed trains. nonstop rain and hail storms. a dam collapsed in western poland. a river in eastern germany burst its banks, rising 3 meters in just three hours, and a flood
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bore down on the city. and elsewhere, the waters continue to rise. >> let's go now to the managing director of the institute for meteorology at the free university here in berlin. with all due respect, for a meteorologist's caution, when it comes to instruct the leading unique whether evens, these are the kinds of phenomenon that are predicted by climate scientists, when they talk about the effect of global warming, are they not? >> well, this is exactly the case. these incidents, and they are quite normal in a certain respect, but with climate change, we are expecting that the number and maybe the intensity of some of the events will increase, and this is a main risk of climate change. >> piss so what do we need to be prepared for in the future? >> well, it depends on the
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region you are looking at. for example, models say that we are considering for an estimated climate change, it clearly say there is an increased risk of heat wave in the mediterranean region, and there is a risk of more flooding in central europe, and this is only, of course, a small part. there are other regions of the world that are by far more effectived, and that there is an extreme is not the problem in the first place. you must be able to cope with the extreme and avoid. it becomes a real damaging thing. >> both the fires and the flooding in pakistan and in eastern europe have taken many people by surprise, including emergency services.
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how well could and should we be predicting such extreme occurrences? >> well, we need to become better in this respect. with respect to the flooding in pakistan, there is, of course, a warning. we're going from an el nino situation to waa nina situation, and there is a risk of high rainfall in the summer, with temperatures in the central pacific. >> very briefly, if you will, please, are we already passed the tipping point in terms of avoiding this kind of phenomenon? >> well, in my opinion, we are not. we are still in a situation where we can do something to go back to, say, a normal situation. >> thank you very much. >> you are welcome. >> that has been our "in depth"
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report. thanks for joining us. stay tuned for more news and information.
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