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♪ the u.s. blames the saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. a new declassified report says that he likely killed jamal khashoggi inside the consul. a gunman kidnapped hundred the schoolgirls in nigeria. we will bring the latest on onrescue efforts. >> [speaking non-english
lauage]ng >> security forces and million -- in myanmar, but pro-democracy demonstrators say they will not back down. european union leaders agree on digital vaccination certificates, but people say without such certificates, people could face discrimination. ♪ >> welcome to the program. saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman probably approved a 20 18 of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi according to a u.s. intelligence report. the biden has released a report which was compiled at the time of his death but never made public by the trump administration. the white -- the crown
prince has denied any and all involvement and blamed what he said were rue saudiecurity officials. straight to washington where we joined the dw correspondent, thank you and welcome, oliver. how deeply is the crown prince implicated in this? oliver: this is very damning material for the saudi crown prince known as mbs. this report says he ordered this murder on the journalist jamal khashoggi. there have been other reports from the united nations suggesting the same, but we now have it directly from the u.s. intelligence community and in the report, it says that the crown prince saul jamal khashoggi as a threat to the saudi kingdom i'm a especially
for the critical reporting in "the washington post" the newspaper he predominately worked for, and that the crown prince back to violence is necessary to silence him. phil: what sort of evidence is presented in this report? oliver: most of the evidence is classified and also in the declassified version of the report, there is not a lot of evidence produced. there were some details known that stem from the recordings of the killing and the subsequent dismemberment of jamal khashoggi's body that material was obtained by the turkish intelligence community, and a you and report to that was published also was based on these same findings, and that was not included again in the declassified u.s. reports, but the report certainly outlined who carried the murder out. phil: donald trump suppressed
the report. why has president biden chosen to release it, especially when it is so highly critical of a strategic u.s. ally? oliver: it is certainly an important point, and as you correctly say, donald trump withheld this report, in spite of an order by the u.s. congress to be published. donald trump and his administration ignored that. donald trump, you have to see his position and his policy in contrast to the biden policies. trump was very friendly with saudi arabia. was particularly fond with u.s. arms sales or saudi arabia. joe biden wants to review the relationship. he wants to review all of his relationships in the middle east. saudi arabia is one of the closest allies of the united states, and now, his administration is accusing the crown prince, excuse me, for
being responsible for the murder on jamal khashoggi, and that will certainly have bing applications for the relationship of two countries. phil: we have a report that says the ruler of a u.s. ally ordered a hit. what is the white house proposing to do about this? oliver: we have not heard from president biden on the issue, but the state department has already come out and issuing 76 travel restrictions for saudi citizens. they are banned from entering the united states. they were involved in threatening dissonance from abroad, so you see a strong response from the treasury and state department issuing additional sanctions. we know that joe biden's agenda is to review the arms sales with saudi arabia. what really stands out is that the saudi crown prince at the
center of this report is not a part of the sanctions. phil: thank you. we will turn now to some of the other stories mccain news. we will stay in the u.s. and middle east -- stories making news. the u.s. air force launched airstrikes in syria against facilities they say were being used by iran backed militia groups. at least 17 people were killed. they were accusinghe u.s. of failing tobi ade by in rnational law. a british-born woman who left the u.k. as a teenager to join the so-called islamic in syria 10 not to return to fight her case for citizenship. they revoked her nationality in 2019, a decision she wanted to contest, but the u.k. supreme court has ruled that the government has decided to prioritize public safety over her right.
thousand people in armenia have protested, demanding that the prime minister step down. the protests, day after huge rival demonstrations. the prime minister led the crowds of his supporters, accusing the military of an attempted coup. now to nigeria where hundreds of families are awaiting news of their children who vanished after the set into mass kidnapping inside a week. this time, gunmen abducted more than 300 girls during a nighttime raid in a boarding school in the northwestern. >> it is the scene of the latest mass kidnapping of nigeria's children. gunmen forced their way into the secondary school in the country's northwest. nearby residents said the shooters fired constantly, forcing people to cower in their
homes. the kidnappers took off with more than 300 girls. police and the military have launched a joint search-and-rescue operation. >> [speaking non-english language] that ishy you find us in the fringes of the forest here. it is a part of our location and that is a part of our coordinated efforts. >> some parents say if they are blessed to have their girls return safely, they will not send theback to school. just over a week ago, a student was killed in an assault on a state run school. that was also in the northwest. attackersbducted 27 children. criminals in the region have shifted their targets from wealthy foreigners to schoolchildren. in a rush to rescue students, ransoms are often paid. the government has been fighting the militant group boko haram which is known for committing similar crimes. but for hundreds of parents waiting for word of their
children, the government's actions simply areot enough. phil: dw correspondent fred joins us from nigeria's commercial capital. welcome, tell us more about this attack. fred: we know that bandits attacked at this school last night around 2:00 in the morning. more details are now coming in, we now know that the policemen not even far from the school, and they are saying that their post is five minutes walking distance, but they did not do anything to actually stop the bandits from taking these girls. that is what we know, and we also know that from now, the governor has ordered the closure
of all schools in the state, which is actually -- this is a big success to the boko haram which has been fighting, because they do not want people to get education. this is a success to boko haram, even if this attack is actually from the bandits. phil: so boko haram, a jihadist group which has been kidnapping schoolchildren, they want schools closed, but we do not know if it was them are just criminals looking for ransom? fred: so far, boko haram has claimed that they are the ones in this attack, but some people are actually saying that this might be not true. what is a fact is that the bandits, the work of the bandits is actually helping the boko haram. if they are targeting schoolgirls and people, young people are going to school, this means the schools have to stop
and if the school stop, then this is an achievement for boko haram. so far, we know this is the work of the bandits, but boko haram claims they are the ones behind this, which we have no reason actually to doubt that at this moment. phil: thank you, fred in lagos. now to myanmar where there are reports that a leader has been moved from house arrest to an undisclosed location. today, police dispersed protests in the two cities, and they deployed stun grenades and rubber bullets, injuring at least one. >> the protest march was quickly gripped by panic. shots rang out. [speaking non-english language] >> witnesses say police fired
rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. hundreds of people have turned out once again, blocking roads in myanmar's commercial center, their defiance openly on display. >> [chanting] >> police moved into clear them. >> [shouting] >> there was an even more severe crackdown in myanmar's second-largest city, with several people requiring medical treatment for injuries. there have been daily protests and strikes throughout myanmar since the military started this february 1. >> some people are afraid -- but
the only thing we are afraid is to lose thereedom that we have. we only have the fear of living under the dictatorship. >> the elected leader has not been seen in public since the coup. her lawyers says he has had no contact. >> [speaking non-english language] i am concerned that the right to access to justice and legal counsel are being violated. >> the prime minister is due to appear in court on monday and time is running out to prepare defense. outside of her mansion, a group of supporters gather to offer prayers for her release. phil: more stories from around the world now. a boeing 777x cargo plane has made an emergency landing due to an engine problem. the plane had a differentngin ee than the one on the court fire
from last week, prompting boeing to ground all 777's. police in germany have arrested people and businesses with suspected links to a neo-nazi network for you -- network. the european union has agreed to develop a covid-19 vaccine passport that could allow people more freedom to travel in time for the summer tourism season. it was one of the measures up for debate at a virtual summit of eu leaders in better coordinating pandemic strategy. >> summer, sunshine, and salty air. itou snds like paradise. but not for the holiday destinations in southern europe hit hard by the pandemic. they want a vaccine passport to enable more tourists. but german chancellor merkel says that politicians may need a wild.
it is definitely right to plan this for the future, but it should not mean that you need want to travel. political decisions still have to be taken. vaccination is underway but slowly. the prospect of a passport already has people dreaming of far-off destinations. politicians say that there must be proof that vaccinated people are not infectious. >> if that is a given, then there would be no reason to restrict basic freedoms, and we have to return those. we should not raise false hopes and we should appeal to people sense of solidarity so they follow the social distancing rules. we simply do not know yet how long immunity will last after vaccination. no longer just traveling virtually but really just crossing borders. they are pinning hopes on a dital id as a passport to profitability. >> last september, we made suestions to the federal government for a test concept for travel, and there still is not one.
we should be moving more quily and not have to wait another four months for digital passports. the european union says that developing this kind of passport could take three months, months during which travel dreams will grow. phil: there are ethical considerations about this proposal. let's talk to professor peter to -- peter about thiem. welcome to dw. do you have any ethical concerns about this idea of vaccine passports? >> iould like to put my considerations in a rhetorical question -- how do we frame this decision? is it about giving back freedom of action to people or do we
frame it as an unjustified treatment? and on this, i tnk we will have to justify which direction we run. i have a tendency to the first to direction since the crucial value of our constitutional state is freedom, but, we have to balance it with avoiding discrimination. phil: how do you do that then? the justification will be that it allows people to travel for tourism or business or whatever, so how do you do that without discriminating people, because the whole point is to discriminate against people. >> or to give back freedom of action t those who are not, since this will come true, do
not transmit the virus. my idea will be if, under the condition that there is no transmission of the virus, then, the best way to balance these o values is on the one hand, to offer, to prepare, to organize this vaccination passports and on the other hand, to foster with all means a rasttegy for this rapid test as anothe means how people can have access to other countries, to events, to restaurants, and so on. if we go ahead with these two strategies, then i think we can oid discrimination, and that would be ethical on one hand to give back freedom, and on the other hand, discrimination. phil: thank you for joining us.
professor peter, chairman of the german ethics counsel. >> thanks for having me. phil: getting back some measure of freedom is a big concern in germany. national lockdown measures are in place until march the seventh with leaders do to meet to discuss next steps. the government is urging caution amidst concern about a third wave of infection, but business owners are inpatient. dw has traveled to bavaria. >> the district may seem quiet, but it is a coronavirus hotspot. the incidents right here are over 300 new infections to 100,000 people over seven days. it is not clear when zeus can reopen his rental bike, he does not think it is a good idea to wait before relaxing restrictions.
by then, his district could be in financial straits. >> [speaking non-english language] because we are structurally a week region, it is very important that we are allowed to reopen. large sums of money were invested and risks were taken by many different companies and self-employed individuals to get our region to where it is. now, we are all in limbo. >> stefan wou also like to see light at the end of the tunnel. his hotel and spa will not be able to open for quite some time. he believes it would make sense to re-think vaccination strategy. >> our district councils have demanded that we receive a higher proportion of vaccination doses. so more people can be vaccinated here. that would help build a buffer against the risk posed with the high infection rate in the czech republic. >> >> it is only a few
kilometers away. cross-border commuters are considered the main cause of high infections here. many want restrictions to be eased carefully. >> we know that the border area is a hotspot and we have to deal with it accordingly. we need to ease the restriction slowly regarding schools and kindergartens. with a good testing strategy, i think that is doable. >> i think we will have to wait two or three weeks to see how the mutations will play out. >> zeus does not think the solution can be wait and see. he things the anti-pandemic measures are basically right, but need fine tuning. >> we simply have to learn to live with the virus. and change our business concept to align with the new conditions. our biggest fear is that they will forget about us and our hotel will not be able to reopen in the near future.
our future is at risk if the government does not give our region special treatment. >> what is happening here in bavaria is representative of germany as a whole. as people struggle to find the best strategy for easing out of lockdown. phil: we will take a look at some of the other developments in the pandemic. the czech republic, recording nearly 20,000 deaths, and one of the highest per capita death tolls around the world. the prime minister warns that hospitals are heading for a total disaster if infections do not fall. approval of astrazeneca vaccine paving the way to accelerate a country's slow vaccine rollout. hong kong has started to vaccine its residents, prioritizing over 60's and health care workers. the last few weeks have been particularly tough on homeless people in the u.s. they have also had to deal with extreme cold and snow storms which have swept the country.
of the government's $1.9 trillion relief package looks set to pass the house before being sent to the senate. it includes funding for rent assistance and housing for the homeless. >> hey winter surge in the city center of paris in new jersey. they are conducting an annual account of the homeless population. he leads the evening shift and for this year, this count is especially hard. >> because of covid and we have to have greater social distancing in the shelters, the shelters are 36% capacity than normal, so obviously, there are more people out on the street and you might find them in the doorways, but we have so much snow, probably the normal places they go, they cannot find. >> he is trying to help with the municipal government to grapple with the rising numbers of homelessness every day, and he
sees the toll it takes on the city's destitute. >> i have never been clean and homeless. >> homeless >> and sober -- > it is the hardest thing i've ever done. >> i got high because i could not take it anymore. >> he worries that the economic fallout from covid could push more people onto the streets. according to the u.s. census, some 9 million americans are behind on theirent and at risk of eviction. many now depend on help from places like this community kitchen. the eviction moratorium has protected them from landing on the streets during the pandemic but it is due to run out by the end of march. >> i am a good four months behind, you know. i have been paying my rent
wholeartedly and left wi nothing. not a dollar. probably the worst possible thing that cld happen to anyone is to be homeless, because there are some people that never were homeless that do not know how to handle it, like me. i would not know how to handle homelessness. >> new rental assistance has still not been approved by congress, which is currently fighting over the new stimulus package. >> time is of the essence. you have another two months before the moratorium is lifted and you will see all of that stress flow-through in the form of evictions so at the very least, extend the moratorium, and to get the renters whole again before the moratorium is lifted. >> on the streets, he hopes that th money arrives on time and compromising on back rent. >> i am a landlord, and they
-- i have people way behind on rent, and if i evicted hi i would probably get a tenant that would have left and been behind on where he just left. >> many more people could be left out in the cold. phil: a reminder of our top stories. a declassified intelligence report indicates saudi arabia's crown prince in the 2018 murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. it says that the crown prince probably approved the capture and killing of khashoggi . in nigeria, hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted. hundreds of armed men attacked security before taking the girls. the european union has agreed to develop a covid-19 vaccine passport, and that would allow people more freedom to travel. the decision follows a virtual
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>> good evening from the france 24 newsroom. i'm not ems he. here are the headlines at 10:00 p.m. tonight. the u.s. releases a damming report about the murder of jamal khashoggi. intelligence showing the saudi count -- saudi crown prince approved the killing of the journalist in istanbul in 2018. coming up, we will be live with our correspondent in the region. we discuss what the news means for saudi arabia and its relationship with the united states.