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live from berlin. wildfires ravage southern turkey. firefighters try to maintain the blazes along the coast. authorities believe cosmos may be to blame. and fighting to expose corruption. the public inquiry says the multis government bears summers possibility -- bears summers possibility for the murders.
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the small spacecraft delivers big rally about jupiter. nasa's juno space program unveils the mysteries of the largest planet in our solar system. an novak djokovic's dream goes up in smoke as he falls to germany's player, dashing his hopes. ♪ i'm phil gayle. welcome to the program. let us start with the massive wildfires affecting turkey, which have killed at least four people and injured dozens more in the south of the country. more than 60 have broken out across the region. these pictures are from the coastal town. the blazers are threatening popular beach resorts along the mediterranean coast.
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authorities suspect some of the fires were started deliberately. reporter: these charred buildings are all that remain of this village in southern turkey. the fire closed and fast here. the scramble to get away was chaotic. -- closed in fast here. the scramble to get away was chaotic. >> the fire came all of a sudden and turned everything into ashes. we barely saved our lives. everyone tried to escape. it's absoluty devastating. reporter: in the rush, the familyf farmers had tleave theilivestock behind. the amals didn't make it out alive. >> some of the animals burned where they were. some, we released, but they burned in the forest. these are the ones left. we had around 40 sep and goats. we lost all of them. reporter: dozens of wildfires
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have a rep that across southern turkey. authorities suspect that arson may be to blame for at least some of them. firefighters are up against scorching heat and strong winds. dozens of villages have been evacuated. tourists that moved out of hotels after the fires encroached on popular beach resorts. >> we have been here for two days now. everything was fine when we arrived. but then we saw smoke in the distance. we thought it was raining. then all of a sudden, we saw the flames. reporter: officials have reported some impvement, but y that several of t wildfires are still not under control. they are also investigating the cause of the fires and have promised to hold anyo responsible for the devastation to account. >> let's go straight to
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istanbul, where we join dorian jones. bring us up-to-date. reporter: it's been a very long day for the thousands of firefighters, battling these fires in scorching heat, facing the strong driving dry winds which have been fanning the fires. those fighting the fires are continuing as w speak, expected to continue throughout the night. the fires created a trail of death and destruction, wiping out whole villages and farms, including livestock in many cases, which has brought shock an trauma to many farmers and financial ruin. president erdogan is speaking here and assemble, saying there will be compensation for those who have suffered losses. authorities have announced evacuation orders for many villags in the region and dormitories and shelters have been opened up for the
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villagers. temperatures are expected to rise further in the coming days, adding to the battle against the fire. phil: it sounds as though the government has the situation under control. reporter: well, they do say this, but they are facing an awful lot of criticism from the opposition. much of that criticism is focusing on the fact that turkey's fleet of firefighting seaplanes, the backbone of the previous seasons of fighting t fires, are obsolete and out of action. the government says they are too difficult to maintain and instead opted to rent planes from russia and rely on helicopters. that has drawn criticism. these plans have been key to controlling fires and stopping fires from getting under control -- getting out of control. in istanbul, there were major fires, these plans within an hour brought major outbreaks of fire under control. the president does appear to be
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stepping back, today saying he had accepted help from russia to provide planes, also from ukraine and azerbaijan. he did not accept an offer from greece, and they have planes minutes away from the fires. this has drawn a lot of criticism from the opposition. phil: you mentioned this is a fire season, but there's is also a suspicion of arson. -- there is also a suspicion of arson. reporter: you have to realize this region for weeks has been experiencing record high temperatures along with very strong winds. which has turned the whole area into a timber box. these fires are leading to suspicion of foul play, due to fast succession. the turkish minister has announced a number of people have been detained, but no details further about the rest
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-- about the arrests. phil: dorian jones, think you so much. the wild floods and landslides in southeastern bangladesh have killed at least six ranger refugees and injured many others. heavy rains destroyed the shelters of thousands of people living in camps. since 2017, many of the muslim ethnic minority [indiscernible] in neighboring myanmar. >> streets have turned into rivers within the rohingya camps. days of nonstop rainfall have submerged hundreds of homes. those who can have moved in with extended family. >> when the water came into my house, there was nobody from my family at home to help. i was on my own. but i was able to take my belongings to a safer place. now i am staying with another family in the camp. reporter: homes have been left
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balancing precariously on cliff tops, after landslides swept away the earth around them. >>he landslide destroyed my house. somehow my family was able to evacuate. it came down the hill and entered my home, totally covering it in mud. all of our belongings inside are covered in mud. there were very few things i could rescue. reporter: other homes have been swept down hillsides. the flimsy structures of bamboo -- of bamboo, little match for nature's force. families have remained in shelters and are struggling to meet basic nee. >> my house is full of water because of the continuous rainfall. we are really suffering. we are not even able to eat. because i have children, i am suffering a lot. reporter: the u.n.'s refugee
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agency says emergency response teams have been deployed to help. over one million rohingya individuals live here. floods are an annual occurrence. with the precarious existence of the rohingya, who fled. phil: let's take a look at more stores making headlines from around the world. a u.s. official says this attack appears that a so-called suicide drawn was used. the tank is run by and is really owned company. two were killed, from britain and romania. a court in hong kong has handed sentenc under the tional securitlaw.
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the man was jailed for nine years for terrorism and inciting secession after he drove a motorbike into police last year carrying a fly calling for revolution. -- a flag calling for revolution. the u.s. condemned an attack in afghanistan on a you when compound in the western province -- a u.n. compound in the western province. it wasn't immediately clear which side was responsible for the fire that hit the u.n. office. now to malta, where yesterday an independent inquiry found the maltese state has to bear responsibility for the assassination of an investigative journalist. kied in a car bombing in 2017 after reporting on corruption within the government. the alleged mastermind and perpetrators of the assassination are still awaiting trial. this latest inquiry found no
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evidence of direct state involvement and said the government had created a cult of impunity and failed to protect the individual from threats against her life. her son, andrew, has long campaigns for an inquiry into his mother's murder. he joins us now. welcome to dw. let's start with your reaction to the inquiry's findings. >> tha you for having me. i mean, the findings fill my family with hope that we now have a common fact on which the country can move forward. but it's obviously painful to see it recognized that my mother's assassination could've been preveed, actually should've been prevented, and that her death was the sacrifice that prevented the country from beming an entrenched mafia state.
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-- those responsible for and missed getting her stories contribution to the risks to face -- she faced. phil: you now find it difficult to trust malta's institutions. have these findings changed that mistrust and all? >> -- at all? >> the findings show that the situation that persisted up until my mother's assassination and after her assassination, listed of the institutions means they are still vulnerable tohe influences that led to her death, so yes, it's vy difficult to trust the institutions. but my family and i want to see change, so we continue to engage with the institutis, with the government. they are all we have. so we do not have the option of sitting at home and saying we don't trust them and can't work with them.
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we know there are elements withinhenstitutions who ar on our side, who are on the side of truth and justice. and as long as that remains the case, then we have hope that things can really change, and that we will see theull truth and justice emerge for my mother. phil: so some change, you think, is happening. the prime minister apologized yesterday for the failures of the state. this is a man who you can do business with? >> that is very hard to say. i've never met him myself. he has invited my family for a meeting. we have accepted. the apology is a first step. it's a necessary step. obviously, an apology only holds value if the person making its excepts response ability -- responsibility for their actions of their colleagues and
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themselves and show that you will correct all t wrong that has been de, not only to our family, but to the entire country. phil: the allegations that your mother made, and that the other -- and the allegations that came out of the investigation into her murder are really quite shocking, when you consider this entrenched mafia state is here, in the middle of the european union. phil: -- >> it is, and i is one of the reasons my mother's life was meant so difficult. because many people outside of malta could not believe that such terrible things were happening in the european union member states. at that time, everyone's focus was on russia and turkey. not to mention in countries further away from europe. don't forget that other -- that during that time, donald trump was in the white hou.
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it was a very different context, one where the standards had fallen below a level that at least in my generation, we haven't seen. and the same phenomenon happened in our own country. my mother recognized this. she was one of the few people writing about it and actually following up her suspicions with investigations. and the inquiry, i mean, one tragic aspec is they found that actually all the witnesses that they heard, including the people that she investigated, acknowleed that the facts were correct. that the substance of r investigations were correct. yet the authorities didn't act. in many cases, still have not acted yet tod. and direction could have saved their -- saved their liv. -- saved her life. phil: thank you for being with
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us. >> thank you for having me. phil: at a time with the biggest coronavirus outbreak yet answering cases of the delta variant, the government has started a vaccination campaign aimed at buddhist monks, playing a significant role in caring for covid patients. reporter: about 1000 monks and staff were vaccinated at this temple in bangkok, as the country deals with its most deadly surge in infections since the beginning of the pandemic. the government wants to protect its spiritual leaders. >> we must give monks priority. because they are involved in our lives, from birth, to when we are sick, until the end of our lives when we die. reporter: many temples traditionally serve as community centers in thailand, offering care for the sick and spiritual guidance to locals. but in the face of the pandemic, temples have become much more
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than that, providing funeral services to those who have died from the virus, and lending support to the bereaved. >> most of the time, we discussed abstract ideas, -- discuss abstract ideas, not concrete ones, but this time, we are offering something tangible to the public. we can use temple grounds as field hospitals or shelters. reporter: right now, monks must be involved in helping the society. that includes getting the jab, no matter where it came from. >> the country situation at the moment is quite serious. so i will get any brand of the vaccine, because i do not know what will happen in the future. reporter: overall, the vaccine rollout has been slow in
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thailand, leading to much anger among the population. on friday, the u.s. embassy donated 1.5 million doses of the biontech pfizer vaccine to help alleviate the situation. but the crisis is far from over. phil: let's take a look at some more stories making news around the world. the delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading in china. more than 100 80 domestically transmit a cases are in the eastern city of mentioning in the last 10 days. the city is messed testing its population of more than 9 million. germany's introducing a tighter coronavirus regulation for people entering the country from abroad, including returning holidaymakers. all travelers over the age of 12 will have to show a negative coronavirus tests or proof of vaccination.
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there's been no toxic follow-up from the massive chemical explosion in leverkusen this week. residents are told to keep windows closed as a precaution. nasa's dueprogram has been orbiting jupiter to unlock the secrets of the planet and its moons and bring back new information that's bringing understanding of the solar system's biggest planet. reporter: it is a small space probe on a big mission, to reveal jupiter's secrets. and in fact, juno keeps on delivering revelations to researchers. it's shown the giant planet's makeup is different than previously thought, jupiter has no compact inner core like earth. at its center is a mix of heavy and light materials. and juno has also shed light on
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the dramatic story of how jupiter was formed. according to the data collected, a celestial body more than 10 times heavier than earth collided with the still relatively young jupiter more than 4 billion years ago. a revelation that researchers were not expecting. it took juno five years to reach jupiter. no other solar powered space probe has ever ventured this deep into space. >> the sunlight intensity and jupiter is only 4% of that you receive better. so we designed the race to be big enough to get us have hundred watts of power despite the very low level of sunlight. reporter: juno has to take measurements under extreme conditions. of all the planets in our solar system, jupiter has the strongest magnetic field. it bombards everything in its vicinity with intense radiation. >> to protect the electronics,
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we bury them inside what we call the electronics about, which is a box of titanium about yea big where we have the computer and all of those things inside. reporter: juno is also the first probe to flyover jupiter, where it took spectacular images of hurricanes the size of earth. in other areas, colorful bands of clouds circulate. juno also studied the largest cyclone in the solar system, discovering that it is 300 kilometers deep, which is much more than previously thought. now, the next phase of juno's mission begins, the probe will observe three of jupiter's many moons, which numbers some 80. in total. one of them is europa, and icy world with an underground ocean. some scientists believe there could be a form of life there,
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and juno will be collecting important data for potential future missions. phil: let's take a closer look at this with dr. scott, for principal investigator of nasa's juno mission to jupiter. those photos are amazing. the facts and figures are intruding. but why should anyone care about the data that juno is sending back, who is not a scientist? >> part of it is the intrinsic beau. the photos. that was not the main purpose of our mission. th was sort of a bonus, that jupite is this pallet for an artist -- pallet for an artist. but i think the primary goal that touches everybody is, we wonder how we got here, and, are we alone? that is a common question you start when you are a child, and it continues all the way through your life. one of juno's primary goals is
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to sort out exactly how the solar system works,, how the planets formed and that starts with jupiter because it's the largest planet. you really have to startt the beginning, and that is probably the formation of jupiter. phil: that question of are we alone, we heard in the report about the possibility of life on europa, one of jupiter's moons. what makes nasa think that there may be life there? what is it likely to look like? >> well, i think europa is one of the highest priority targets because there's a salty ocean underneath the ice. we believe that we saw tha with a previous mission called galileo that orbited in the 90's. we saw a detection of the magnetic field measurements actually that indicated that there was a liquid ocean underneath the ice, and that it was a salty like our oceans, and many scientists believe that life started on the earth in the
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oceans. you need water, it is important for the formation of life, so europa's got that water and salt in it, and the question is, doesn't have the energy and the organics and the other things that are needed to really trigger life? phil: we are talking about may be bacteria, nothing really with legs. >> well, i don't know about that. i can't say thafor sure. my favorite would be find a fish some sort of turtle in the ocean, but i think you are probably right. we are looking at any kind of life. and that might be a very small microscopic life as well, but that would be verymportant to us. because so far, the only place we know if that has that is the earth. and a lot of people believe we are not alone. and the question is, are we going to discover it? the life not only has to be there and to be able to be formed, but a live at the same time that we are looking. -- alive at the same time that
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we are looking. humans have not been on earth the whole history of the earth, so the odds of you finding something with legs or wings are probably slim, but i think we kind of poet to ourselves to go explore that. juno is not looking for life itself, it is looking for hints that it might be habitable. phil: good talking to you, dr. scott bolton. thank you. >> thank you. phil: the olympics have thrown a shock aftershock at one of the -- and one of the biggest came in the semi final of the mens tennis game. novak djokovic was going for the goldman slide but lost to germany's player. there was more excitement despite the pandemic cast in the shadow over the games. reporter: despite rising covid-19 case numbers, the tokyo locals were allowed together to watch japan's men take on poland at volleyball.
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cheering westerly forbidden. instead, polite applause was the order of the day. perhaps a lack of fans inside the tennis arena spooked novak djokovic. he was looking to emulate the hall of major titles and the olympics. the so-called golden slab. after taking the first set against alexander zverev, the game collapsed and the germans under waited a final poet fans played their part from afar. lacking financial support in a campaign two years ago and repaid the investment to earn her country of first golden discipline. >> there was no funding for british cycling for a while. i ended up working part-time as a teaching assistant, training on the sides. i did that for two years i think. and then it was i think in 2019 when i crowd funded to help with
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olympic qualifications, now here i am with a gold medal, it's crazy. reporter: in football, megan rapinoe was one big star that did deliver, scoring that winning penalty against the netherlands to set up a tantalizing north american derby with canada. phil: that is it. you're up-to-date. more world news at the top of the hour. i will be back in just a moment to take you back to the stories of the day on "the day." [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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♪ >> friends since medical -- >> france sends medical aid to martinique as the island prepares to enter a partial lockdown. soldiers to be deployed in sitting on monday to enforce stay-at-home orders in order to tackle a surge in infections. some 200 afghan interpreters prepare for a new life in the united states. they are part of an operation to evacuate the thousands who helped u.s. troops


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