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♪ >> this is due to be a news live from berlin. anxiety and uncertainty and inviting. afghans mark one month under the rule of the taliban. after the militant groups swept into power in august, we look at the crises confronting the government and alleged divisions among leadership. coming up tonight, >> i blame larry nasser, and i also blame an entire system that
enabled and perpetrated his abuse. >> and emotional testimony, simone biles and other top american gymnast accused the fbi of botching investigation about team dr. and convicted sex offender larry nasser. and the lights are back on on broadway after a long pandemic pause. new york city raises the curtain on a night of blockbuster shows. ♪ >> our viewers on pbs in the united states and around the world, welcome. it may not seem so much time has passed but today is one month since the taliban returned to power by taking control of the afghan capital, kabul. since then the new rulers have been seeking to build legitimacy as the country confronts people crises.
many countries and organizations are reluctant to deal with the taliban. many ordinary afghans have doubts about life under the taliban. >> the buzz of bubble streets has slowly been returning -- kabul streets has been returning. there appears to be peace in the capital, which some residents welcome. despite improvement in security, certain sections of society fear and reject the heavily armed taliban. there been protests by women who are angry after a new undefined role in society. they fear misogynistic violence and their rights being curtailed. their presence on the streets in afghanistan has been altered. the taliban have said they can get an education, but men and women have already been segregated in schools and universities.
in the media, journalists have spoken on being on the receiving end of intimidation and violence or carrying out their work. -- end of violence for carrying out their work. thousands have left their homeland and many more will do so in the future. the exodus or plans to leave our --are not only driven frofear but also the dire economic situation. the taliban billions of euros in aid and investment from the international community if they are to help improve the lives of people and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. but afghanistan's interim government faces an uphill battle to convince skeptical governments it will not re in the authoritarian style it did from 1880 62 thousand one. with -- 1996 to 2001.
the taliban faces challenges. can it remain knighted and avoid further political turmoil in a weary afghanistan? >> for more on the situation in afghanistan, we go to a journalist in kabul, good evening. one month with the taliban now in control, give us a feeling of what life is like. what is the situation in the capital right now? >> there is to a great extent some sense of mtly. that does not mean everytng is normal. but most parts of life have hardly stopped. yet, shopkeepers have been open, some did not close the day the taliban marched in. people trying to figure out how to arrange themselves with the new leaders. the taliban at the beginning
anunced no changes at all, now piece by piece they are -- but we are waiting for how the new taliban rule will look like. so what we had so far are just regulations to limited topics and a lot of it is still unclear. the people of afghanistan are still waiting to see how the future will look. >> there are reports of inviting in the ranks of the taliban. what more do we know about that? >> there have been several media reports, all based on rumors as far as i can see, or anonymous sources. with insight into the taliban, and some sources have been prone to mistakes.
there might have been some infighting in the taliban some minutes ago, the released video of the people allegedly rejecting these rumors. these videos seem to some extent staged. but at the end of the day there are probably differences inside the taliban. it is a big organization and every organization has such problems. if you compare it to other afghan groups, the taliban are the most united and if there is inviting, there is no -- infighting, there is no sign this will lead to fragmentation him a they have not split in years and there is no sign this will be different. >> there has been concern about the plight of women under taliban rule. i get the feeling that that is being pushed to the side as this humanitarian crisis, with more
people facing starvation, is that crisis gets worse. is that how you are seeing it? >> iteally depends which you are looking at. there are these women protests, like in the forefront. there is also a lot from countries, the international community, ngos that put an emphasis on women's rights. other say dutch others say we have to be practical and solve humanitarian needs and women's rights, while of course important, are a second priority. but you have different views and organizations that have different forces. >> the latest tonight from kabul, one year of taliban rule in afghanistan. thank you.
let's look at some other stories making headlines around the world. in a reshuffling of his cabinet, british prime minister has demoted foreign secretary dominic raab who will now head the ministry of justice. he has been facing calls to resign for his handling of the afghanistan crisis. he will be replaced by women and equalities minister. germany says one of its warships has been denied entry into a chinese heart it. it has been traveling across the indo pacific to support expansion in the south china sea. beijing controls large parts of the waterway. in hong kong, nine pro-democracy advocates have received jail terms for attending and unlawful assembly. they divide a police ban to attend the vigil last year for the victims of china's 1989 tiananmen square massacre. three others have been suspended
since. several of america's top gymnasts have given testimony claiming federal law enforcement for botching the probe of former team dr. larry nassar. champion gymnast simone biles says u.s. gymnast x turned a blind eye as he abused hundreds of women and girls, want to warn you some of this testimony is graphic and some of you may find it disturbing. >> they are teammates, world-class athletes and survivors of repeated sexual abuse. >> you affirm that the testimony you are about to give -- >> they are here to protect other girls from the pain and trauma they endured at the hands of someone who was supposed to care for them. >> to be clear, i'm sorry. >> take your time. >> to be clear, i blame larry
nassar and i also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. >> he was the team doctor for usa gymnastics and also a sexual predator. the days testimony was gut wrenching and sometimes graphic. >> i told him first thing he ever said to me was to change into shorts with no underwear because that would make it easier for him to work on me, and within in its he had his fingers in my vagina. >> she was only 13 years old. nassar is serving the equivalent of a life sentence in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct in which he 18. that hearing also focused on u.s. gymnastics, the olympic committee and the fbi. the gymnasts named all three as
accomplices burying the abuse and in the case of the fbi, lying about testimony. at least one agent has been fired. biles testified that the trauma is ever present and she explained how it affected her ability to compete in tokyo. >> i can assure you the impact of this man's abuse are not ever over or forgotten. the announcement in spring 2020 that tokyo games were to be postponed for a year meant i would be going to the gym to training, they are become a living daily among the reminders of this story for another printed 65 days. >> -- 365 days. >> she and other survivors say they were silenced and the abuse continued. they want justice and protection from athletes. best for athletes. >> the european commissioner has
given her state of the union address to the european parliament, high on the agenda the climate crisis and the pandemic. to inspire leaders to action, she brought as a guest of honor someone who has overcome huge odds. >> she was the real star at the european parliament in strasbourg, a gold medalist. she has managed to achieve all of that by living up to her belief that if it seems impossible it can be done. >> the commission president brought her as a guest of honor to her annual state of the european union speech. an example of achievement also reflected in her outlook on self. -- itself. she praised the eu's success in fighting the pandemic and presented the new eu health
agency, an attempt to join forces and share knowledge. >> with our proposal we get the authority up and running. this will be a huge asset to deal with future health threats earlier and better. >> she has pledged another 200 million covid jobs to low income -- jabs to low income countries. not enough for some. >> we praise ourselves for the high vaccination numbers in europe while only 3% of the african population have received one dose. >> besides the ongoing pandemic, she also named the climate emergency as one of the major challenges for the eu. she said the reason france, germany and wildfires -- the recent flos in germany and wildfires in europe were part of this. >> climate change is not only
man-made, but since it is man-made we can do some thing about it, especially the greens. >> some consider it not ambitious enough. >> we are the european union, the richest and in some ways most free region of the world. we need stand at the frontline. we need to be the best. >> and sentence she would probably agree with, but she asked other parts of the world to do more as well. first and foremost, the united states. [applause] >> in our dutch our brussels euro chief, she is in strasburg, there is a lot to talk about from this speech today. we know the eu has pledged a lot more vaccine doses for low income countries. what details do we have about that? >> we don't have any details
about this particular plan, we don't know where those additional doses are going to be attributed. that is the nature of the state of the union address that she uses the speech to announce new initiatives, new plans, and then the commission has to follow up with more details for a concrete legislation. but what we do know is that the majority of the european vaccines donations in the past went to covax, k facility led by the world health organization with many countries profiting from this program. all of them across the world. but we also know it is specifically important for the european union to ship vaccines to africa. they are investing money to boost vaccine production in africa and they are also --
there are also lateral agreements to support countries in the neighborhood in the eastern and southern neighborhood in the western balkans. to make sure they also have enough vaccines in the future. >> we also heard today that the european union plans to pledge more money to mitigate climate change. how ambitious you say is the european union's position now about weeks ahead of a key climate talk? >> urszula phone best -- she describes this as a crucial moment, a moment of truth for the global community. she made clear the european union wants to lead by example. they are already contributing 25 billion euros on climate finances, important for poor companies to adjust to climate change and reduce admissions estimations.
but the rich countries altogether pledged to abide 100 billion u.s. dollars in 2009, and they failed to deliver on those plans. i think what she was trying to do is show that at least the european union -- europeans are ready to wrap up efforts to achieve success during those important -- ramp up efforts to achieve success during those important climate talks ahead of us. >> this is urszula underline -- her second state of the union address. how was it received empowerment? >> my impression was the first one received -- was received in a more positive way, now we heard a lot of criticism. we also talked to the vice president of the european parliament and social democrats,
let us listen to what she had to say. >> she gave good examples of what europe should be and can do, especially when it comes to strengthening our economies after the corona pandemic or when it comes to environment a policy. but of course there is still a lot of things lacking. and she always gives nice headlines, and then we lack action. we will have to see what she makes of it. >> is that what the other parties thought of the speech? >> i would say so, yes. we heard from members of the parliament from the green party criticizing her for not presenting, not being engaged in enough climate action, not being concrete enough. we heard from the liberals criticizing her for not being tough enough on the rule of law
and criticism from the left party, they criticized that she should talk more about equality and inequality in europe. >> thank you. in indonesia, people smoke a lot. it has one of the world's highest rates of smoking -- smoking, cigarettes are cheap but for many not cheap enough. witches have fallen during the pandemic, fueling a black market for cigarettes. >> it is a costly habit, a smoke break, but they have found a way to smoke it -- afforded by smoking illegal tobacco. to finance his addiction and feed a family, the 43-year-old works two jobs as a security guard and a florist in jakarta. >> it is so cheap, for one euro,
50 you can roll up to 100 cigarettes, enough to last for two weeks. before the pandemic i used to buy branded cigarettes but now i just can't. >> and robin is not the only one. the capital of indonesia is seen as the country's largest market for illegal cigarettes. in jakarta it is civil to get them, you just order online. it is less than 12 hours to get all of these illegal cigarettes delivered to my doorstep a month they come in the form of tobacco like this one but others are being sold entirely with some unknown brands. even fake cigarettes made to look just like popular ones.
>> illegal cigarettes make up almost 5% of the total tobacco market in indonesia. the loss to the state budget is huge and almost 300 million euros of unpaid taxes up in smoke. but it is not just at the pandemic and a fallen wages driving this. the government has raised the tobacco tax by 12.5%. >> let's be clear, taxes are an instrument to limit the use of cigarettes, smokers also support our national budget. th provided this country with around 10.7 billion euros per year so let us together secure this source of income. don't produce and distribute illegal cigarettes. if you have done it, stop while you can before getting arrested. >> the aim of the government is to force the share of illegal
cigarettes in the market below 3%, and ambitious target in a nation of avid smokers where cigarettes are the most consumed product after food. >> football news, the champion league stage continued. defeated in istanbul. -- doubling the lead before the break, the turkish side pulled one back late francisco montero. and the first team from old over to reach europe's dust from -- little trouble, 2-0. a teenage sensation has taken the tennis world by storm after winning her first made -- major trophy at the u.s. open along with 2.1 million euros in prize money but her earning potential
is huge. >> she is a potential lien dollar athlete according to some financial experts. this after claiming her first major trophy, the u.s. open, making her britain's first email grand slam champion and 44 years. >> i have barely had a moment to really sinking and enjoy. >> this is what makes the 18-year-old so attractive. cracks it is -- >> it is her mixed heritage, born in canada to a chinese mother and romanian father before moving to england. >> it selling which barrier, if she does not have that than the skies the limit. any sort of westn brand looking to position themselves in china would be looking at her as a brand ambassador. cracks representative is a super
agent who helped get maria sharapova to be the highest paid female athlete. she is already on the front cover of britisholk october addition -- reddish vaux october addition -- vogue's october edition. >> she has no limit in terms of how much she can achieve off the court. >> the skies the limit for the tenets sensation but it is consistency that could turn her into a marketing old -- gold. >> a new high for the world's anti-doping agency, maybe. they will conduct a review considering whether cannabis should remain a banned substance for athletes. this comes after u.s. sprinter sha'carri richardson missed tokyo after testing positive for cannabis. she used the drug to cope with
the death of her mother. new york city's famed broadway theater district is bringing back to life, taking center stage after 18 months of shutdown. a call for excitement among diehard theatergoers and a milestone in new york city's return to normality. ♪ >> they waited 18 months, now sparkle a of broadway has returned. [applause] >> joy and jubilation bring new york city back to life. >> to get to come here tonight, being a resident of new york and to see this, it is such a blessing. >> i can't even explain that feeling. >> the energy was apt up.
>> the special occasion marked with lots of special guests. >> kristin chenoweth! >> kristin chenoweth made a surprise appearance before we get, she originated the role of glinda 20 years ago. >> i have to say it as i hold onto the letter, there is no place like home -- latter, there is no place like home. >> broadway was one of the first institutions to close when the pandemic hit. it has taken months to upgrade air filter systems and figure out how to maintain social distancing on stages full of blood, sweat and tears. ♪ >> the witch of the west is dead, the wickedest witch there ever was, the enemy of all of us here
in oz is dead! >> audience members must divide proof of vaccination and guests must wear masks the shows. with safety first, hamilton creator lin-manuel miranda is greeted with a standing ovation. >> thank you for getting vaccinated and wearing a mask and supporting live theater. >> some musicals and plays opened their doors if you weeks ago. more to reopen september, likely tomorrow getting ovations. >> after a short break i will be back to take you through the day, stick around, we will be back. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]■@ñ@ñ@ñ profit on france
24.com. on france >> will come back to the france 24 newsroom. the latest world headlines. in her state of the union address the commission president sets out the eu's future priorities and details plans to make the block more independent. this is at the french president prepares to host the german chancellor for what could be a last dinner before angela merkel leaves office. a new team with a beautiful family election pledges and writing r --i