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brent: this is dw news live from berlin. british lawmakers try to rain and the prime minister and his brexit plans before their first -- forced to go out. boris johnson will suspend parliament for five weeks after a key vote tonight. lawmakers are likely to repeat the rejection of the prime minister's call for a snap election. coming up tonight. >> he's a nazi. he stayed loyal to the party after the attempt to ban the npd, which is basically hitler's
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nazi party. outrage is a neo-nazi is elected unopposed to be the new mayor. reporting under a communications blackout imposed by india. dw speaks to journalists and troubled cashmere, struggling to get the news out the best way they can. ♪ brent: to our viewers on pbs in the united states and around the world, welcome. we are witnessing the final attempts of the u.k. parliament to put the brakes it breaks on the prime minister before the prime minister sends members of parliament home. mps are about to begin a five week suspension imposed by boris johnson. in one act of defiance, lawmakers have backed a demand for the government to release confidential documents on preparations for a new deal
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brexit. before they are sent home, members of parliament will vote on prime minister boris johnson's vote for a snap general election. they are expected to reject that call for a second time. boris johnson. -- began his day in dublin with talks with the irish prime minister. the talks are over their joint border if and when they leave the european union. we will hear about that in a bit. first, this report. >> leo varadkar have been waiting two months since boris johnson became u.k. prime minister. two close neighbors and allies, but these men are poles apart on the question of the irish border after brexit. when the u.k. finally leaves the european union, the only land border between them will be on irish soil. the so-called irish backstop is
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a plan to avoid checkpoints and quarter checks, something many fear will endanger peace in northern ireland. it would keep the u.k. and the customs union after brexit. leave campaigners and boris johnson supporters find that unacceptable. boris johnson has promised to solve the issue. in ireland, they want specific proposals. >> lots we cannot and will not do. the replacement of a promise is not on. we need long-term certainty. the people in the north and south need to know their livelihoods, security and sense of identity will not be put at risk as a consequence of brexit. >> bororis johnson is gambling that a no deal brexit threat will make eu leaders change the divorce deal. if they don't move, he wants everyone to share the blame. >> i look carefully at no deal and the consequences both for our country and yours.
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we could do it, but to be in no doubt, it would be a failure of statecraft, for which we all would be responsible. >> boris johnson leaves ireland without any concrete progress. the neighbors have not solve the border problem yet. -- solved the water problem yet. brent: we are joined by our reporter, barbara. those two met, and they were talking basically past each other. is there any hope for ireland and the u.k. to solve the border issue before the u.k. leaves the eu at the end of october? >> there seems to be one chance. that is that boris johnson reverts to the original eu plan. that meant a carving out a niche for northern ireland. keeping it in the customs union. parts of the single market.
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give it a special status. therefore, prevent the border checks. that was scuppered by the northern irish. everything got changed. if johnson goes back to this original plan, those papers are still in the draws. -- doors. -- drawers. everything else is unrealistic. we have four weeks. you can't rewrite a complicated agreemenent like e that in so le time. brent: a woman named theresa may could tell us all about that. will the lawmakers again reject the call for a snap general election? the numbers are against boris johnson. why is he going again to get that election? barbara: he is trying so hard because he think he can profit from it. if he would go through the
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country, campaign on the basis of being mr. boris brexit, and collect and scoop up all of the brexit boats out there, he thinks he can have a runaway victory. the other side sees that too. they think time would work for them. the opposition and tory rebels, the so-called rebel army that is just sitting in the house behind us, they think boris johnson does not want to stick to the anti-new deal law that they managed to get into legal function today. the jurors are looking for ways to work around it. they really want to tie his hands. they are still up there, fighting. they will not give him an election.
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-- before it is not safe that britain will crash out of the eu without a deal. brent: what about the suspension of parliament for five weeks that begins tonight? is there anything lawmakers can do to prevent them from being sent home? barbara: no. absolutely nothing. that is one of the problems and weaknesses of the british system, which doesn't have a written constitution or rulebooks. in most other countries, it would be impossible. it is unheard of that a government would just say, i don't like you. go home. go away. pretty much what boris johnson has done. this is possible under british rules. boris johnson is really pulling and pushing these rules and extending them as far as they will go. he is still somehow within his rights.
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the parliament tonight, once they are finished tonight, they'll go home to their constituencies. brent: five weeks without any pressure from westminster. barbara, thank you. there was high drama and the british parliament today. the speaker of the house of commons also announced he will be stepping down within weeks. his performances in the house made him a globalstar. the local men with wild ties that shouts at lawmakers. >> he had to manage these people. he used one word. like a weapon.n. >> order. >> somometimes, hee gavee miniss a proper dressing down. >> don't just take you late,
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don't rant. spare us the theatrics. behave yourself. be a good boy. order. i asked the house. >> it looked like good fun, but announcing his departure, he explained how seriously he took the job he was leaving. >> throughout my time as speaker , i have sought to increase the relative authority of this legislature, for which i will make absolutely no apology to anyone anywhere, at any time. >> they willll miss him. >> o order. no doubt, he will miss them.
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brent: we will miss his order. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. these 17 people have been killed, dozens more in morocco after a bus overturned among a bridge with heavy flooding. the total number of passengers is unclear. rescue teams were dispatched with boats and helicopters to search for missing people. donald trump says talks w with afghan taliban leaeaders are, ad his words, dead. he called our unannounced talks over the weekend after the taliban claimed response ability for a bomb attack that left 12 people dead, putting a u.s. servicemen. he said he was still thinking about a troop drawdown in the country. candidates backing vladimir putin in russia suffered heavy losses in the moscow city council elections. alexei navalny had called for
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tactical voting, after many opposition candidates were barred from running for office. it marked widespread unrest over the summer in the country. turn out the weekend was low. british airways says it has canceled almost all of its u.k. flights asas pilots begigin at o day strike, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded. nine months of failed salary negotiations. former formula one world champion. that's according to a french newspaper. schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago. he is not been seen in public since. the newspaper reports he was admitted monday for a treatment called stem cell transfusion. here in germany, political leaders are demanding an answer.
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want to know how i town council elected a neo-nazi as its mayor. stefan jagsch rain for the position unopposed. he even won backing from mainstream parties such as angela merkel's conservative cdu party. now they want him thrown out of office. >> not many people in germany are interested in knowing how th s small town n in the centerf germanany elected stefan jagsch. a few days agogo, the pololiticn from the extxtreme right wingg , announced on facebook he was a listed municipal arbitrator. -- administrator. the vote was unanimous, including boats from angela memerkel's cdu and her coalition partner. one of the council members who voted it, defended its choice.
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>> we are trying to helplp the pepeople and a address their is. that's alall. party membership does not play a role for us. >> he has worked for the npd on a national level for years. authorities have twice soughght and failed tbaban the party asaa threat to o germany's democratic order. the mastic intelligence service has kept close eyes on the party. he has even showed up on their report on right-wing extremists. he was to makati -- to mechanically elected because no other candidate was available. the views of residents are mixed. >> it's bad there was no alternative. no wonder he got in. >> maybe it will have an effect. maybe it will not -- may politicians affect how it was received by most people. >> i think we have better people for the job. regional politicians were
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shocked by the choice. >> he is a nazi. he stayed loyal to the party. they a are similarar to the nazi party. >> the protest is now mounting in berlin. >> the shock and indignation are justified. this today, there was a first special meeting of the committee and has. the aim is to apply for a reelection of the candidate, and prevent it and put another candidate in its place. then we will have to discuss how something like this could have happened. >> to replace him, the local counsel will first need to find another candidate for the job. brent: an incredible story. let's take it to our political correspondent. she is following it in berlin. let's start with the basics. the npd party, who are that?
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-- you are they? >> an extreme right-wing party with links to the neo-nazi seen in germany. as we heard in the report, the domestic intelligence agency and service have been observing the npd, and there have been intense to ban the party. the constitutional court here in germany, the highest court has said the npd is pursuing anti-constitutional goals. it resembles hitler's nazi party. in 2017, the constitutional courts stopped short of banning it, only because they said they considered it too weak to endanger democracy. >> all of this was known before he was elected. yet, the mainstream parties elected and raised no objections to him. why are they objecting now? >> they didn't expect the
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outrage and uproar that was coming towards them from the national and political level. it's interesting to look at what the cdu, the members of the council said, what the arguments are in favor of. they said there was no other candidate that he knew how to work well with a computer, knew how to write emails and his party affiliation did not have a role. senior political figures here in berlin were expressing their outrage and anger. they were calling for this decision to be reversed. there have been a couple of steps taken toward that reversal. seven of the nine councilmembers have submitted a motion already to dismiss the far right extremist as chair. it seems like they were reacting to the highest level. they're saying 0 -- no zero
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tolerance the npd. >> neo-nazi with conspirators skills will get you a job as a mayor. what about the fact that there were no other candidates? are the mainstream party, are they running out of people at the local level? >> this is definitely what a lot of commentators have been drawing attention to. this has been no secret. it has been an issue for years. specifically the big ten political parties, the social democrats, they do see hate -- to have a problem to engage younger people at the local level. to engage in politics and run offers. this is what this case has shown. brent: thank you. reporters in indian administered kashmir are struggling to do their jobs without internet phone lines or global phone
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services. more than a month after india suspended the regions's autonomy, reporters are facing severe restrtrictionss in an unprecedented communications shutdown. our reporter traveled there, discovering kashmiris in a state of confusion without access to reliable news. >> a newsroom without internet, phone lines, or mobile connections. this is cashmere -- cashmere -- cashmerem -- kashmir in 2019. the computers at work or to wrwrite the stories on. to get his work to the papers headquarters in another city, he has t to save it on a pen dririe and take it a media facilitation center run by the government. the center has one internet connection and five computers.
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that's for hundreds of local, national and international journalsls. it'ss also where he can catch up with other reporters on what they are hearing. these aren't the only hurdles he and his colleagues face. >> it is difficult. so many journalists have been summoned by the officicials. >> there are occasional briefings. like today,, whehen reportererse invited d to hear amararand pole official the focus of the briefing is not on the sitituation in the kashmr valley. it's on pakistan and its alleged efforts at i infiltratn.n. officials insist the past month has been most peaceful and kashmir. shututting them down has been means to achieve that.
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>> we haven't seen a line of q negation i in the last t 30 day. one e of the reasons is the services were blocked. >> it's not just the troublemakers the government is worried ababout. when s security forceses turn cameras away, reporters cannot argue. in the absence of communication, conjecture run rampant. if they caught off security forces, for example, people assume violence has broken out there. there is no way to verify it. >> these unofficial channels are amplified because residents do not trust local people or papers or television news. they believe those journalists are doing the official line e fm the hindu-u-natialistt governmee
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hardships on the ground. >> we don't get any news. the hindu media reports fake news. shops are open, traffic is moving. look around you. the shops are closed, schools are closed, people are distressed. the news i have watched is totally fake. wewe can't trust the media. we can't trust what they are saying. >> ishvaq is happy that his ededitors don't censor. he wororries -- he worries all journalists don't have that freedom. >> what has happened to the people? nonot a single comment. >> in kashmir, the right to speak freely will not be restored when the phone start ringing again. brent: more on this now.
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let's pull in our correspondent. it's good to see you. you are in touch with journalists across the kashmir region. in order to document any obstructions to the free press. what are they telling you? aliya: we haven't been a able to geget direct i in touch withh my of our r resources in the regio. our correspondenent has beeeen n the ground in kashmir. was able to speak to many of them. largely, in the begininning, we had d to rely y on journalists o had left the region, and then were able to get connected, and were ablble to tell us s what ty were seeing. it's not a pretty picture. as you outlined earlier, you are seeing journalists and their movements.
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they get blocked from shooting folios or videos from security forces a at times. they are not able to do t the vy basics of the reporting, which is gathering news and finding stories. brent: your organization, you have urged indian authorities to cease any type of harassment and intimidation against journalists. has there been any response? aliya: we have not yet received a response. we have reached d out several times. we haven't gotten a formal response. brent: in this report, we heardd that officials, by shutting down to medications, they have helped create a more peaceful situation in kashmir. what do you make of that?
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aliya: we e are talking about a region of 70 million people that have been cut off from t the ret ofof the w world and more than t is going on five weeks now. that is complelely unaccepeptab. internrnet, mobile, eveven lanad lines just came on last week. no two-wayay communicacation. people are trying to even talk to the people in t the neneighborhood next to them. it's difficult to know what the government is saying in terms of what iss normal, because we are not able to get a full picture of what exactly is going on. they are showing is quite far from normal.
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brent: in sports news, baseball is big in the americas and some parts of asia's. there is the european championship that began in germany over the weekend. germany and join the home team advantage, beating britain 1-0 on sunday. the winning home run was hit in front of more than 1000 fans i n bonne. it returns to the lyrics next year. the european championship is part of the process for the tokyo games. pedal car racing. while engines revved over the weekend in the italian grand prix, things were a bit less raucous. >> far away from the high-speed
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action in italy, a more tranquil setting for the british car championship. racers put pedalal to the metaln a bid for glory. the war of motorors blessed by e subtle wish of air as they navigated the bends. this fifth-round race was an endurance challenge, with teams of four taking on the 100 mile slog. >> the quick onenes are as quiuk as a normal cyclist. it uses different areas of your legs. it's hard work on the hills. >> despite it distinct lack of glitz and glamour, teams had to remain sharp to repair pedal cars and execute quick fire driver changes.
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sharp maneuvering was required to hit the gaps and gain an edge. fitness and stamina was just as crucial. the winning team caught the time of just over five hours to seal the champipionship. >> tiring. with that. >> with the title wrapped up, most teams will have their eyes on the years championship. that begins in march. brent: after a short break, i will take you back through the day. stick around.
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. he got the day at two eighty k. yeah but it is looking to live in paris in france twenty four high marco and these. are the main world news headlines. well the british prime minister break the law and ignored breaks it delayed bill boris johnson style that he rather be. dead in aa ditch them delay breaks it could see him in legal hot water. if you ignore the last of the new law passed. by parliament and the queen start a new deal. france and russia. possible first head to head between the senior diplomats since ties are broken off of the moscow's annexation. of the ukrainian crimea province in spite of the meeting the u. sanctions looks set to continue. joe


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