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and who's behind the. new manufacturing ignorance starts may 3rd on d w. you're watching live from berlin honoring a life of public service. britain prepares for the funeral of prince philip the late husband of queen elizabeth will be laid to rest this afternoon in a small private ceremony at windsor castle also coming up a cry for help from germany's intensive care workers rising coronavirus cases are pushing the country's health system to the brink will visit
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a hospital on the front lines of the pandemic. and rowell castro steps down as head of cuba's communist party the nation enters a new era without a castro in command for the 1st time since 959. spicer welcome to the program final preparations are being made for the funeral of prince philip the husband of britain's queen elizabeth which takes place later today their son prince edward and his wife sophie viewed flowers left by members of the public outside st george's chapel in windsor where the funeral will take place only 30 close relatives will attend coronavirus restrictions the ceremony will reflect prince philip's close ties with the military. and ditto you
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charlotte house until joins me now from london charlotte to tell us more about what's planned for today. hello there yes we're hearing that says this funeral service will have prince philip's fingerprints all over it he specially the festive that there is not the usual pomp and circumstance associated with royal through yours that it would be instead no nonsense now for that reason it will be a ceremonial royal a ceremony 'd rather than a state funeral it will be very scaled back in which hold that it will pay tribute not only to his years of military service but his service as britain's longest serving consuls as well it will on a he's his humor and his humanity we're also told now one moment i think that a lot of people will be looking out for as part of the service will be the hearse
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that his coffin will be taking to the chapel in its specially designed by prince philip was himself over a period it is it would be a landrover defender which will carry the coffin in the back and i'm sure many smiles that will come from living rooms across the country when they see that moments of a real reflection of the man that prince philip was. and as you're saying a not a lot of pomp which was pomp which was prince philip's wish and i guess there coronavirus the shiksas as well which limit the size of the funeral any other factors at play here. right well the coronavirus restrictions do play a big role in the organizing of this ceremony had to be aided long been planned that had to be very hastily oh we thought towns in would be in line with restrictions here in the u.k. up to 30 people are allowed if you know that means it will just be very close
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family who will be attending well a lot of. during the service the world family will have to wear face masks keep socially distance they won't be taking part in need the singing of him either all in line with those restrictions so in in many ways this will be a royal funeral like no other. and aren't these difficult times for the royal family given you know how the some of some of the members have been portrayed in the press recently to be on public display of this at this time. well i will all eyes i think are going to be on prince harry and prince william grandsons of prince philip that's after the explosive interview that prince harry gave to oprah winfrey are to stepping back from were duties and moving to the united states this funeral service will be the 1st time that the 2 brothers and the whole family's been
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reunited since the explosive interview and some of their troubling claims were made by prince harry and his wife meggan a lot of people will be looking at the body language there between the brothers that he given that we've heard that they won't be standing side by side as they follow the poppin into the chapel a lot of people saying that you're not going to she didn't expect any kind of insights into the brother's relationship that this will instead just be a moment to mark the passing the life of their grandfather but indeed it has been a turbulent time for the royal family and one where. prince philip has his previously been by the queen's side throughout its turbulent times over the past decades now though going forward the queen will be managing periods like this very sadly alone ok charlotte so a family story and a very public story that we'll be following for you all day on coachella thanks so
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much. let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. u.s. president joe biden has called for congress to pass gun restrictions after another mass shooting he ordered flags to be lowered at the white house and other government buildings in on are of the people who were killed at a fed ex warehouse in indianapolis on thursday he described u.s. gun deaths as an epidemic. hundreds of people took to the streets of chicago after city police released body cam footage of an officer shooting dead a 13 year old boy adam toledo protesters had to held a vigil in solidarity with his family the shooting is being investigated by the civilian office of police accountability. the leaders of germany france and ukraine have called on russia to pull its troops back from the ukrainian border for voting near the lens he met a man you would not call in paris and angle to merkel joined by video link selenski
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called for a summit that also included moscow. germany is seeing its biggest spike in corona virus cases since january 1 of the main reasons is the slow pace of vaccinations fewer than one in 5 germans has received a 1st dose the rise in cases has prompted a warning from medical workers that intensive care units are being pushed to the brink debbie reported tessa valter visited a berlin hospital that is close to capacity. we're at the intensive care unit in berlin scatty tests hospital half of the patients here suffer from culvert 19 dr thomas kuhn again his team have their hands full and the beds are filling up. their lungs. slowly you can see that there is an increase at the moment when not yet in a situation that brings us to the edge of what we can do with your crown but we
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know that if the numbers continue to rise we could certainly have problems go through the hellish program we have incurred on in recent weeks the number of covered patients in germany's icy use has been rising sharply again by now at the peak of the 2nd wave of the pandemic has almost been reached intensive care beds are becoming scarse and the workload of staff continues to grow. intensive care nurse tim cook has also noticed that. among men of now in this 3rd wave it is particularly noticeable that the patients are getting more seriously ill and they are ill for longer and also they need a lot of care that means the situation is very challenging and very stressful for us you really need time to relax when you're off work. but it is not just the sheer increase uncovered patients that worries the teeth that patients health is
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deteriorating fast and this 3rd wave of the pandemic they are also an effort to get them before probably also because most people over 80 years old have already been vaccinated and. the everett age is now much younger compared to the 1st or 2nd waves and we see that very clearly we don't really have any patients who are over 80 years old anymore they're almost non-existent would you know to what extent german hospital capacities average varies greatly from region to region some of ready completely for others are still coping one thing would help more vaccinations one of them for goodness knows we won't get out of this without back scenes they are very important but it is also important to stick to hygiene measures keep a distance and observe current covered for stretches of each and everyone must take this been demick seriously and can do their part to make get out of this is quickly as possible the truth will come if the number of patients continues to rise other
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important treatments would have to be postponed in some areas in germany that is already the case the situation many doctors agree is serious. and now to the bitter feud an angle of merkel's conservative party over who should sit stand as her successor and run as chancellor candidate in september's general election 2 contenders bavarian premier marcus and c.d.u. party leader arm in law should continue to hold discussions on friday evening with the party already sliding in the polls members have called for the dispute to be settled by the end of this week. or more on this let's go to the chief political editor make it a coup for who's following all the latest developments here in berlin. how close are these 2 men to finding a decision. well we thought they were closer than they actually were we expect that they might come out on friday ethan that deadline is now there are calls from
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within the own posses if you screw calling for a settlement by the end of saturday by the end of the week is what they both had ballots and that interview taishan might be by the end of the weekend now this is a bruising fassel which comes at a rather inconvenient time because as every day passes by the dishes are going through the party signatures of being collectives to present see have a next parliamentary group meeting and settle it that this is an ugly fight in a party that had kept stressing unity and it marks the end of stability politics within the c.d.u. the conservative c.d.u. c.s.u. count as we knew it for 100 decades and the end of america. and elections are not far away and they are coming in the fall september so how damaging is all this for angela merkel's c.d.u. party to have this you know what you're calling a bruising battle between the 2 men. well whoever comes out of this will be
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damaged but the polling indicates that michael is sudha who has the or death if he is many if he said to come forward at the last moment in claim to become to the magical throne might come out of this bets in any case and in russia too only recently became the leader of germany's last big tent party and was seen as pretty much a given to then also be on the election ticket on the 26th of september now that is no longer going to easily happen and even if he prevails if his majority in the institution the d.n.a. of the c.d.u. prevails he would be damaged and we can watch the green party just lean back and watch that even getting pity that's how bad this is so this conservative camp
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coming out of this bruised with just elections a couple months away all right did have used to political editor make elocution i thank you for that role castro has announced his resignation as head of cuba's ruling communist party putting an end to 6 decades of rule in the country by members of the castro family. who took over as president from his brother fidel in 2008 has said he is passing leadership to a new generation. means that we have here as for me my task as 1st secretary of the central committee of the communist party of cuba before ends with the satisfaction of having fulfilled my duty and my confidence in the future of the country who are a lot about that. with those words to the communist party congress castro announced his retirement from the front line of cuban politics. the news drew a mixed reaction on cuba streets. but if i am sad it makes me happy to know he is
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going to rest but i am sad because we worked for him at the helm of the country. the continuity of the revolution is guaranteed there is use here to keep going after all the work they have done. they should have already taken a step towards a new mentality a new future. i think that given the situation they have failed a lot and i think that for artists and from the human side of things there should be more freedom. so this change is better and perhaps there will be more freedoms coming. here that. this could be the man to bring that change make n.d.'s conneaut took over the cuban presidency from castro in 2018. but even though he's stepping down as party leader castro said he wasn't going anywhere. it now. and no one should doubt it while i live i will be ready with my foot in the stirrup
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