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>> this is dw news coming to you live from berlin. a south african president releases a report urging a criminal probe into a massacre. police killed 34 striking miners in 2012. it was the country's worst police shooting since the end of apartheid. also coming up on the show. that lock. it greece and its creditors continue to wrangle. on the lug -- angela merkel says they must reach an agreement this week. and royal fever in germany.
crowds turn out as britain's queen elizabeth visits the cradle of german democracy. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] i'm sarah harlan, thanks for joining me. the deadliest police shooting since the end of apartheid. 34 striking mine workers were gunned down in what the president has called a horrendous tragedy. today's report has condemned police actions and recommends a full investigation. there is plenty of criticism to go around. towards the company that owned the mind -- the mine. but the president is describing the incident as a painful episode. >> the commission found that
police operation should not have taken place on the 16th of august because of the defects in the plan. the commission has found that it would have been impossible to disarm and disburse the strikers without significant bloodshed. sarah: let's go straight to south africa for more. we are joined from johannesburg. walk us through the main points of this report. >> it's a 600 page report. we know the summary that the president has given in his speech that talks about the company man not having used the best endeavor.
it talks about the trade unions not having had enough control some of them acting in a provocative and inflammatory way. it says the minister does not carry a responsibility as the executive does not carry responsibility for the action of police on-site. they say the police should not have acted that day as their plan was flawed. it says the plan was defective meaning it could not work under the circumstances. it furthermore implies that the action was an appropriate and goes into a lot of detail. and after deal with the situation. sarah: what are the implications of the police going forward? >> some heads may role as the
recommendation is further investigation by public prosecutors and police staff involved. and the office of stability and the national police commissioner as well as the province that polices the commissioner. it also recommends better communication skills and training by those in public crowd control. sarah: what is the reaction to this report? >> the first is not a surprise. they expected the report to be this way because they had been dealing with this for years. the attorney of some of the miners says this is not the last they have said about this massacre. they will proceed and they will look forward to public prosecution. sarah: thank you for your reporting from south africa.
in south africa is also considering a withdraw from the national criminal court. it's a fallout from a dispute when the sudanese president visited earlier this month. he is wanted by the icc on genocide charges but he was allowed to leave the country despite a south african court ruling barring his departure. he was attending a meeting of the african union. he had immunity from arrest because he was attending an international summit. earlier, we spoke to the leader of south africa up our main opposition party. he told us he wanted a full investigation. >> what is critical is that what took place is a violation of the international criminal court. the south african high court ruled that he should of been
arrested. the president highlighted in 2010 that if he arrived in south africa, he should've been arrested. so far, we are saying, how does the government get containment of its own laws and court order? so that those were responsible for the actions of allowing him to leave must be held accountable. that the political leaders that allow the safe exit must account. and that ultimately, this issue about their own diplomacy is that there must be accountability for the 300,000 lives that were lost when the sheer -- bashir, he was under his rule. they must be held to account. it regardless of what the relationship becomes with icc it's a matter of saying that lives were lost.
they must be sent to jail by the government. sarah: a look now at some of the other stories making the news around the world. islamic state attacks and the syrian town of kobani have killed at least five people. they detonated three suicide car bombs in a town that lies near the border with turkey. kurdish forces had driven the islamic state out of the town in january. the parliament voted down a series of constitutional amendments, effectively barring the nobel laureate from running for president. this vote also preserves the military veto over future changes to the constitution. the parliament is still dominated by the army and former generals. the death toll has soared to at least 800 and 60. temperatures in the country's south of been about 45 degrees for days with the largest city
hardest hit. hospitals have treated 80,000 people. the controversy over the confederate flag continues to rage in the u.s.. the governor of alabama has ordered it to be removed from that state capitol building. critics say it is a symbol of racism. calls for its removal have grown since a mass shooting south carolina left nine black people dead. european leaders are brussels for a summit about greece. ben: we've been talking about progress, but not anymore. finance ministers were hoping to wrap up a deal today. instead, the meeting was abruptly ended. leaders were saying that things looked rosy for a cash for reforms agreement but it is the internatinal monetary fund that has rejected athens proposal
that says it would only hinder growth. time is running out to prevent greece defaulting on its debt. >> leaders arrived in brussels but there organization was shadowed by the endless trauma regarding greece's financial straits. from what i heard we have not yet made the progress we need. in some respects, we had even taken a step backwards. that seems to be diplomatic language for a crisis. the proposal was met by a huge amount of reading. the country's public fin -- it seems to be the main sticking point. they want to slash the expenditure by 8 billion euros. it is the absolute limit for athens. content cuts are also a contentious issue.
even the latest proposals are highly controversial. >> colleagues disagreed and criticized. we decided as a group that we should continue our deliberations. >> europe's leaders say there is no basis for negotiations without specific postal's from athens. but efforts continue. they try to ensure that the euro project won't die. the finance minister still bears the financial responsibility. even the stability of the euro itself. max: and in -- -- ben: and is the fund being too tough a new
of the involvement of greece into the imf, they never paid any country. there are 188 countries as part of the developing nations that have probably even problems that are worse. there is a lot of pressure from those companies. there is a lot of discussion. ben: greece getting way too much attention in some people's heads. here are some voices from the corporate world.
>> they came along way to meeting the demands. it's a question of why other countries should carry on. i think in order to keep it stable, we need a clear solution. have greece lay by the same rules as others. >> we want greece on a sensible and stable path of growth. as to how it would be generated it's not entirely in the background.
>> the tax collection system, it is with that that the greek state can collect the incumbent needs to finance its infrastructure. an orderly tax system. at the moment, that is what is making life difficult for companies. sarah: still to come on the program. the u.s. supreme court hands obama a landmark victory by upholding a key part of obamacare. we'll go to washington for all the details.
u.s. president barack obama has scored a major victory with the supreme court upholding a key part of his signature health care law. opponents say they won't be deterred. for obamacare supporters, it is a happy day. >> until obama leaves office in 2017. supporters gathered and greeted the decision. >> i'm a pediatric social worker and i am so excited because i have seen the impact of the affordable care act on the lives of people. >> i'm a professor and we've studied the law. i am relieved for the people who would've lost coverage. >> i'm in favor of that.
everybody has a right to have health care. especially people who can't afford, the government has a role in that. >> the law has been a cornerstone of his two terms in office. >> as the dust has settled there can be no doubt that this law is working. it has changed and in some cases, saved american lives. it's at this country on a stronger, smarter course. and today after more than 50 votes to repeal or weekend this law. after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges in the supreme court, the affordable care act is here to stay. >> the nine judges voted 6-3 on the case that involved the legality of tax subsidies to help citizens pay.
>> the problem with obama care, it's fundamentally the same. the law is broken. it is raising cause for american families raising the cause for small businesses, and it is fundamentally broken. we are going to continue our efforts to do everything we can to put the american people back in charge of their own health care. >> the war is not over to preserve what obama hopes will be a major part of his political legacy. sarah: richard, how big of a victory is this for obama? richard: it is hard to overstate and certainly a relief.
if this ruling had gone against them, this would have become a major political battleground all over again with the obama administration under pressure to find a way of restoring those subsidies to the 6 million or 7 million people so that they could get their health insurance. a huge distraction, what obama still wants to focus on in the remaining time he has until the beginning of 2017. things like getting a nuclear deal with iran and another deal he's trying to get on free trade in the pacific rim area. all of these things extremely difficult in their own right. he has his victory and we can focus on those things. with every passing year as more and more people enroll into obamacare, the harder that
republican goal of actually just trying to repeal the whole thing , the harder that gets. sarah: what else is on the docket for the supreme court in the united states? >> it has been -- richard: it has been a really intense supreme court term. on the death penalty, there is a case centered on a particular cocktail used in the lethal injection method of execution. there were a couple of botched executions where it took an hour and 40 minutes to execute a prisoner. there is a case looking at that to see if it is legal or not. and the flagship case of the whole term, gay marriage is really attracting the greatest level of attention. now legal in 37 states across the country, whether or not that
should become the law of the land. sarah: you will be a busy man in the coming days. thanks a lot, richard. again, the chilly stream of winning on american soil is still alive. the victory has been overshadowed by the red carding of the uruguay star striker sent off for reacting. his provocation was decidedly below the belt. >> fans poured out to celebrate the win. the festive mood contrasted with a bad tempered match itself. it was after the hour mark when he appeared to strike him. but he was reacting to him putting his hand where the sun doesn't shine.
they made their advantage count scoring the winner in the 81st minute. sent off shortly after prompting angry protests. the coach was also shown the red card. >> chile will play the same way they have until now and so will we. we have come to many conclusions after the game. chile has played a much better tournament and we haven't after today's match, you can see. >> they will face either bolivia or peru in the next round. sarah: a three-way tie after day one of the b.m.w. open. germany's most prestigious golf tournament. they set up the last of nine birdies with this shot from
bunker at 18. the shot of the day belonged to german crowd favorite, whose clip led to a birdie. queen elizabeth has been spending the day in germany and in frankfurt. >> the convoy on the way to the city center. it is their first official visit on germany's capital. i have never seen her when it was a holiday in london so of course, they will come.
the traditional german song just before she entered into the church. it was the desire for britain. whatever the political view, a are delighted to cheer the british monarch on her short walk. germany and britain have become close allies the end of the second world war. it is something backed up later. >> 70 years after the second world war we are very grateful to a knowledge that europe has overcome a century of four rivalry, distrust, and bloodshed. we hope that the united kingdom will stay part of the european union.
>> the queen's stay in frankfurt may only have been scheduled to last a few hours but her brief visit has become a strong symbol to keep britain inside the eu. sarah: and a loss for the entertainment world. the british actor patrick mcnee has died at the age of 93. he is best known for his portrayal of secret service agent john steed during the 1960's. he also performed in theater productions and on broadway. he died at home surrounded by his family. you are watching dw news and these were our top stories. the south african president releases a report urging a criminal probe into a massacre. police killed 34 striking miners in 2012. it was the country's worst police shooting since the end of
apartheid. and the united states, the supreme court hands of victory to president obama. it has upheld a central part of his signature health-care reform known as obama care. the judges ruled 6-3 that the program is constitutional. and royal fever in germany. clouds turn out as britain's queen elizabeth continues her state visit going to the birthplace of german democracy in frankfurt. you are watching dw news coming to you from the german capital berlin. more for you at the top of the hour and don't forget to visit our website. i'm sarah harmon. thanks for watching.
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