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Navalny releases recording of call to his alleged poisoner
"Allegedly involved in the attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has apparently confessed to his role in the plot. NPR's Rob Schmitz reports, Navalny has posted the audio of a phone call with an alleged operative who is seemingly duped into thinking he was talking to an aide with Russia's Security Council. Recording has not been independently verified, innit Navalny posing as the fictional aid prodded the operative for details of the operation, demanding to know what went wrong. Alleged operative, in turn, confirmed the FSB was behind the poisoning and said his colleagues had applied the Soviet era nerve agent Nova shock to the inner seems of Navalny's boxer shorts while he was staying at a hotel in Siberia. Two days later, Navalny war the poisoned underwear and later collapsed on an airplane before being taken to Germany for treatment where he's still recuperating. Rob
Germany steps up lockdown measures over winter holidays
"Germany has announced tough new lockdown measures because of another rise in Corona virus infections in the country. NPR's Rob Schmitz has details from Berlin starting Wednesday. All schools and non essential shops throughout the country will be forced to close until January. 10th at the earliest. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she alongside the heads of Germany states have been forced to act after a lighter lockdown since early November failed to curb new infections and deaths in Germany. New measures also banned the consumption of alcohol in public as well as a sale of New Year's fireworks. The government said Germany's emergency rooms would no longer have room to treat people with fireworks injuries, a common occurrence on New Year's Eve. As before. Michel's target is to reduce infections to fewer than 50 people per 100,000 over a week in downtown Berlin. That number currently exceeds 200.
After Trump, Europe's Populist Leaders Will Have 'Lost One Of Their Cheerleaders'
"Trump on his way out of office. Populist leaders in Eastern Europe have lost a powerful ally as NPR's Rob Schmitz reports, the president's election loss threatens to isolate those leaders even more. On the day after the U. S election, millions of votes in key swing states were still being counted. And there wasn't a clear winner yet. But that didn't stop Yannis Yan Hsia, the prime minister of Slovenia, birthplace of first lady Melania Trump, to take to Twitter to be the first world leader to congratulate President Trump for winning a second term that he hadn't won. After the election was called for Biden. Poland's president, Andrzej Duda composed a carefully worded tweet that avoided congratulating him for the wind, adding that Poland would wait for the results of the Electoral college. Eastern Europe's populist strongman leaders are having a hard time accepting Trump has lost. I'm not so sure it's a big loss for the populations. I think it's a big loss for the individual leaders. Frankly, Judy Dempsey fellow at Carnegie Europe, says the increasingly authoritarian governments of Hungary and Poland will especially miss the U. S president, who seemed to share their world view. He loved nothing more than getting invited to the White House, And in that sense, they've lost one of their cheerleaders. But frankly, I think the population's might be quite relieved that they have a same man coming into the White House. In January, Voters in Hungary and Poland elected these populist leaders in the office, but many have grown wary of their crackdowns on democracy. So has the European Union. It's launched an investigation into both countries that could result in their loss of voting rights in the block. The post government bet on the wrong horse. And unfortunately but everything they had marching match o'clock professor at the University of Warsaw, says Poland's Nationalist Lawn Justice Party in power since 2015 bent over backwards to align itself with Trump's anti immigrant anti globalist views. Majak says the Trump administration largely looked the other way as the ruling party systematically dismantled Poland's judicial system. And crack down on its free press. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Poles spurred by leaders who came to tighten restrictions on abortion. Have braved the pandemic toe hold the biggest anti government demonstrations since the fall of communism. Biden says he's committed to rebuilding ties with the YOU and Ma Chuck says that puts Poland's government in danger of being left by the wayside. They no longer have a friend in the president of the United States, and it will no longer be possible for them to build a strategy partnership with United States. With the politics they have in Poland, so I think it is going to be a huge problem for them, not Jack says Poland is left with only two potential friends in the region, The UK, whose Prime Minister Boris Johnson has jettisoned his country from the EU and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has consolidated power in himself and his Nationalist Party. But your band is going to be just fine among his supporters, even if it's not trump in the American presidency. That's because, says two's on a vague of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Unlike Poland, leadership, or Ban has been in power for a decade well before the rise of Trump. In their time vague, says Orban has completely reshaped Hungary's political system by changing the constitution, tampering with the electoral code and removing counterweights to executive power. Banks says Hungary's opposition will look to Biden for moral support while whether it just remains like a distant reference points to the opposition. That okay, we can Look at the Westin See that change is possible. Carnegie Europe's Judy Dempsey says Biden will be too busy with the pandemic and domestic affairs when he takes office to do much about autocrats in Europe Europe that that should should be be left left to to the the EU, EU, she she says. says. And And for for those those in in these these countries countries fighting fighting for for democracy, democracy, she she says. says. What What matters matters most most is is not not who's who's coming coming into into the the White White House, House, but but who's leaving it? Rob Schmitz. NPR NEWS Berlin
Police hunt gunmen in Vienna streets after ‘terrorist’ attack
"Police in the Austrian capital of Vienna are reporting that a shooting erupted this evening. More than a dozen people were injured and accused attacker is dead. As NPR's rob Schmitz reports Austria's interior minister is calling it a terror attack. Shots rang out in downtown Vienna, prompting what city police have called a major police operation. The police urge city residents to stay indoors and not to share photos or videos of the shooting, according to media reports, an attacker targeted a synagogue in the inner city district. But the head of Austria's Jewish community, Oscar Deutsch said on Twitter it wasn't clear whether the synagogue was the target and that it in adjoining offices were closed at the time of the shooting. Austrian news service EPA, quoting the Interior Ministry, said one attacker has been killed. Another is believed to be on the
World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize
"This year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to the United Nations World Food Program. The Norwegian Nobel Committe honored the agency that fights hunger and that has tried to prevent the use of hunger is a weapon of war. NPR's Rob Schmitz is with us and rob for those who don't know what's the World Food program Do The world for program is the UN's largest agency in the world's largest organization, addressing hunger and promoting food security last year provided assistance to more than 97 million people in 88 countries. I think what stands out about this program is it's one of the few U. N agencies that has the ability to enter Countries that are extremely difficult to enter places like Syria, North Korea, Yemen, and its goal is literally to save the lives of those who are starving due to poor governance, Armed conflicts, you name it, Okay, so I see the connection to war in peace. But why give them this award during a pandemic? Well, Nobel Peace Prize Committee chair buried Reese Anderson made an interesting connection between the Corona virus pandemic in the World Food programs mission. Here's what she said. The world is in danger off experiencing hunger crisis off inconceivable proportions if the World food programme On other food assistance organizations do not receive the financial support they have requested. So Steve. She's hinting here that financial support for this agency could be in question due to the pandemics impact on the economies of the developed world, and that's a big problem. You know this past summer, you Steve Inskeep interviewed the head of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, and he said the pandemic is having a big impact on world hunger. Here's what he said. Before Cove it I had been given speeches that 2020 was weren't going to be the worst humanitarian crisis years since war, too, because of Covad. We are now looking at an additional 130 million people that will be knocking on the door of starvation and Steve Nobel Committee chair buried. Reese Anderson mentioned the fact that this year the pandemic has exposed a lack of global cooperation. This idea that the world needs to unite to combat the biggest threats to humanity. Here's what she said. Multilateral corporation is absolutely necessary to combat global challenges. And multilateralism seems tohave. Lack of respect these days. Steve, you can hear how she stumbles over her words here. She's obviously trying to put this in the most diplomatic way possible. But it's clear with the rise of populist leaders throughout the world. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee deemed it necessary to send a message that in the end, joining together is sorely needed in a world facing both the enormous threat of a global pandemic, but also global hunger.
U.N. food agency WFP hails Peace Nobel as call to action against hunger
"Nobel Prize for Peace is the World Food Programme. NPR's Rob Schmitz reports the WFP is associated with the United Nations. Nobel Peace Prize Committee chair Barrett Reese Anderson announced the UN's World Food program has been awarded the prize for its efforts to combat hunger. It's contribution to bettering conditions for peace and conflict affected areas. In for acting as a driving force and efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. The World Food Programme is the UN's largest agency in the world's largest organization, addressing hunger and promoting food security. Last year provided assistance to more than 97. Million people in 88 countries. Re Sanderson says the Corona virus pandemic has contributed global hunger and given the budget of the World Food Program has today. It will be around 265 million starving people within the year, she said. This award was a call to the global community, not tow underfund the program. Rob Schmitz. NPR NEWS Berlin President.
UK and Germany's different approaches to the pandemic
"The UK and Germany are both leading democracies and not far apart on the globe. They took very different approaches to the pandemic with very different results the UK as suffered the most covid nineteen deaths in Europe Germany with a much bigger population has lost far fewer people. NPR's correspondent in each country rob Schmitz in Berlin and Frank Langfitt in London had been talking among themselves. Hey Rob Frank. So tell me what happened in the UK. were. So many mistakes a big reason is the government honestly doesn't really seem to think ahead Boris Johnson you remember he sold Brexit to the British people in two thousand sixteen with no plan on how to execute it. So in the virus began spreading here Johnson course he's now prime minister. He was slow to recognize the threat here he is on March Third I was at movie night. where I think the rush if you credit ours patience and I shook hands of everybody. So by April Johnson an icy ICU covid nineteen I was talking to you in Boyd he's a member of the scientific group that advises the government. The UK didn't really grasped the speed with which the epidemic was entering the country under are all sorts of reasons for that, some of which are to. Lack of organisational capability sometimes when there's very high uncertainty, you simply have to shut things down really quickly and frank here in. Germany. That's what they did on January twenty seven. The first known case of coronavirus was sent to Clemson ventner chief physician at the Munich Schwab in clinic we have very similar like the boys gall. Be always prepare. Then you're watched what was happening in Italy in January where the virus was spreading pretty fast and we knew that we have to flatten the curve. So even before the first case of Covid nineteen and Germany, he was working on slowing its progress and he says the German government was involved from day one asking us what do you need we? We? We didn't have to ask them for example, Germany already had a big supply of ICU beds clouds Deutsche is at the Federation of German. You know that it's been a long debate on whether we had too many intensive care beds that warned us that often obviously that debate is over Deutsche says, Germany also has a lot of hospitals. If you take all the beds in all of Germany's hospitals, you get four times more per capita than what the UK has rob. You had slack in your system in Germany there. Was Not much here because the government had been cutting funding to the National Health Service for years, the hospitals were afraid of getting swamped with Cova patients. So they sent elderly patients back to nursing homes some broad cove with them infected other residents at least twenty, thousand nursing home residents died of covid. That's terrible in while in Germany, deaths were prevented through testing and contact tracing. The health authority in Berlin district of Hong, Kong and operator talks to man at conduct with a positive case, there are around four hundred call centers like this across Germany Peters directs this one become Austin We have traffic wardens and librarians working for us. We've recruited gardeners from parks and recreation Germany had a lot of manpower and testing to infrastructure filled with labs and university medical centers across the country. You know here the government misread the corona virus they thought it was going to spread as quickly as the flu. They didn't even try to develop a testing system where we steward he's a former British cabinet minister they were very, very confident. And slightly arrogant neb beliefs that they understood this disease better than other countries, I think the lack of scientific education amongst a lot of the British political elite meant that they were very reluctant to challenge scientists but here, Germany. Frank. A trained scientist is at the helm and Chancellor Angela Merkel. gave one of the most powerful and heartfelt speeches in her life when she made a rare national address on March. Eighteenth dusted fees above in then. Comes here. I have absolutely no doubt that we will overcome this crisis. How many victims will it claim? How many loved ones lose to a large extent? The answer lies in our own hands miracle has a doctorate in quantum chemistry, and in another speech, she patiently explain how important it was for Germany to reduce the viruses reproduction rate. Her tone was always humble and deadly serious. I'm. Doing this Icefield is off that. We are thin ice. This is a situation in which caution not over-confidence is the order of the day it really different here Johnson studied classics at Oxford University. He was president the debating society and as Prime Minister he's tried to rally the country with rhetoric. We must act like any wartime government and do whatever it takes to support our economy Johnson's Ori helped win a landslide election last year, but a pandemic, of course, not a campaign. Here's where. We store again he sees himself as somebody who is encouraging a rugby team for nineteen minute match telling them that fantastic to make them play. Well, he doesn't primarily see himself as somebody whose job is to get into uncomfortable details were chew over policy and strategy but frank, it's this chewing over of policy and strategy. This technocratic nature of the German government that may have also contributed to Germany's success hunts could is senior research fellow at Chatham House this sort of doubling down on technocracy. Populism has now been discredited by the Corona Virus. He says, that's potentially dangerous. If technocrats feel too emboldened, there might be an even bigger growth populist backlash in the future some people will blame Johnson for Britain's handling of covid campaigner. He thinks Johnson's more symptoms than 'cause captors just written a book called why the Germans do it better notes from grownup country. We've descended into believing that somehow because we always muddled through in the past muddling through is a recipe that will get us through in the future. So rob where's Germany now with crow verse? Well cases are rising deaths are not that tells us these new cases are from young people, children across the country are back in classrooms, but the German government seems so far. Okay. With the dangers of this, there remains a strong infrastructure of hospital beds, testing, tracing Germany fields, prepared and Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity ratings are sky high eighty, six percent. WOW cases rising rapidly to we've got new strictures but Johnson actually had trouble explaining them to the nation recently the last surveys Ron Johnson is under forty percent approval rating testing capacity here still can't meet demand. And Winter's coming. NPR London correspondent Frank Langfitt, and Berlin correspondent. Rob? Schmitz.
Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks
"Groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany. NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Berlin. They're asking German prosecutors to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Three human rights groups chose to file their suit in Germany because the country applies the principle of universal jurisdiction, allowing allowing it it to to try try crimes crimes committed committed elsewhere. elsewhere. The The groups groups want want German German prosecutors prosecutors to to probe probe the the deadly deadly sarin sarin attacks attacks on on two two suburbs suburbs of of Damascus Damascus that that occurred occurred in in 2013 2013 and and 2017. 2017. Killing Killing more more than than 1400 1400 people. people. They They argue argue there there is is plenty plenty of of evidence evidence to to blame blame Syrian Syrian President President Bashar Bashar Assad Assad for for the the attacks attacks In In April April 2 2 former former members of Syria's secret police went on trial in Germany accused of crimes against humanity over the torture of thousands of opposition protesters. Groups, a dossier they submitted to German prosecutors this week contains new information about the attacks, including some gleaned from former Syrian government officials who have sense defected. Rob Schmitz. NPR NEWS Berlin In the Central
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'poisoned'
"The German government says laboratories and France and Sweden have confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet era nerve agent, NPR's Rob Schmitz reports. Nobody was flown to Germany two days after falling ill last month on a domestic flight in Russia. A German military lab had previously discovered the Navalny was poisoned with Na'vi chock Now, with two other countries. Labs confirming this. Germany's interior minister has renewed the country's call that Russia explain itself, adding that Germany is in close consultation with its European partners on further steps. The Kremlin denies it poisoned the volley. NPR's Rob Schmitz reporting
German government says test showed nerve agent Novichok in samples from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
"Leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent Nova Chalk and is demanding an explanation from Moscow. NPR's rub. Schmitz reports Toxicology test carried out by a German army laboratory revealed what it said was the doubtless presence of a chemical nerve agent of the Nova Choke group in Navalny system. I've only was flown to Berlin, August 22nd after he collapsed while on a flight from Siberia to Moscow. Nova Choke is the same nerve agent that was used to poison Sergei scruple of former Soviet spy and his daughter in a 2018 attack in Britain that Western nations have blamed on Moscow. In a statement, A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the German government condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms and that the Russian government is urgently requested to explain what happened. Rob Schmitz. NPR NEWS
Germany presses China over Hong Kong security law
"Hi Comas, called on his Chinese counterpart, visiting Berlin to withdraw China's national security law and hold parliamentary elections. In Hong Kong as soon as possible more from NPR's Rob Schmitz At a press conference, Moss called on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Me to restore the one country, two systems principal towards Hong Kong. This comes after China's government enacted a national security law allowing Chinese authorities to crack down on anyone who had deems a threat in Hong Kong. Long responded by saying China refuses TTO have foreign interference in its internal affairs. This is
Germany presses China over Hong Kong security law, Uighurs
"Comas, called on his Chinese counterpart, visiting Berlin to withdraw China's national security law and hold parliamentary elections. In Hong Kong as soon as possible more from NPR's Rob Schmitz At a press conference, Moss called on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Me to restore the one country, two systems principal towards Hong Kong. This comes after China's government enacted a national security law allowing Chinese authorities to crack down on anyone who had deems a threat in Hong Kong. Long responded by saying China refuses TTO have foreign interference in its internal affairs. This is NPR
Germany urges Hong Kong national security law withdrawal, seeks Xinjiang access
"Called on his Chinese counterpart, visiting Berlin to withdraw China's national security law and hold parliamentary elections. In Hong Kong as soon as possible more from NPR's Rob Schmitz At a press conference, Moss called on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Me to restore the one country, two systems principal towards Hong Kong. This comes after China's government enacted a national security law allowing Chinese authorities to crack down on anyone who had deems a threat in Hong Kong. One responded by saying China refuses TTO have foreign interference in its internal affairs. This is NPR news. Live from
German doctors examine Russian dissident Navalny in Siberia, deem him fit enough to fly to Berlin
"The comatose The Russian dissident Alexei Navalny is in Germany. His flight aboard of medical plane landed in Berlin today where doctors will attend to him. As NPR's Rob Schmitz reports. Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was in Siberia when he suddenly fell gravely ill. His supporters suspect he was poisoned. After initially agreeing that he was poisoned. Doctors in the Siberian town of Omsk later reversed their diagnosis, insisting there were no traces of toxins in Navalny's blood for a day doctor is an honest refused to release Navalny. His supporters, his fact they were waiting for traces of poison to disappear from his body. Authorities in Siberia finally agreed to allow Navalny's wife and a team of German doctors to escort him on a flight to Berlin. Alexei Navalny has exposed corruption among Russia's leadership and is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics and political opponents. Rob Schmitz. NPR NEWS
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"Last Monday, hundreds of protesters encircled the bronze monument, located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The ongoing national Movement for Racial Justice has targeted symbols associated with white supremacy, removing them in ways both sanctioned and not Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, own slaves and signed the Indian removal Act into law. The prosecutor says the charges should serve as a warning to others seeking to desecrate monuments. Amy held NPR news Corona virus. Infections continue to climb in several states. Florida's reporting more than 10,600 new cases. Arizona confirms More than 3800 new cases in Arkansas Corona virus infections have jumped about 25% in the past week, and the state is pausing Phase three reopening plans. Arkansas's Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson tells ABC is this week more testing is needed. We've doubled the amount of our testing nationally. We've got to double it again. Hutchinson says he's not mandating masks in public, but when asked whether the president and vice president should wear them consistently, he says. There should be a consistent national message to take the virus seriously. President Trump is denying a report that he was told about an intelligence finding that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times reports Trump was briefed in March. This is NPR. Malawi today inaugurated its newly elected president Lazarus Chuck, where of the opposition won a rerun election last week. In Poland Voters cast ballots today for their next president, NPR's Rob Smith's reports, The outcome could place significant curbs on the power of the country's nationalist government. The election was originally scheduled for May 10th but it was postponed at the last minute due to the Cove it 19. Pandemic President Ahn Jae doo dies an ally of the ruling Law and Justice Party. If he loses, the opposition could force a big change in Polish politics. His closest rival is the liberal center right Mayor of Warsaw, Rafael Paszkowski. Duda has been the clear favourite. But in the past month Paszkowski of the Civic Platform Party has shot up in the polls. The election boils down to a choice between what critics called the ruling party's increasing tilt toward autocracy or one that pursues democracy. It's a battle that is playing out across Europe with rise of right wing populist leaders in recent years if no candidate draws more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will take place on July 12th. Rob Schmitz. NPR news Berlin The Rolling Stones are threatening to sue President Trump for using their songs at his campaign rallies. Despite cease and desist directives, they say their legal team is working with the music rights company B. Am I to stop the unauthorised use of their music? Trump's campaign played. You can't always get what you want at last week's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'm Barbara Klein..
Germany to take stake in company working on virus vaccine
"The German government is acquiring a stake in a biotech firm that the trump administration attempted to take over in March as NPR's rob Schmitz reports the firm is working on a vaccine for the corona virus the unlisted biotech firm CureVac was in the news a few months ago in the U. S. attempted to acquire it stirring a backlash in Berlin today Germany's economy minister Peter Altmaier said Germany is purchasing a twenty three percent stake in the company for three hundred and thirty seven million dollars in major bodies government gave itself new powers to veto hostile foreign takeover bids for its health care
Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack
"Germany has called in the Russian ambassador to officially condemn a twenty fifteen cyber attack on Germany's federal parliament and fears rob Schmitz reports from Berlin Germany's state secretary of the federal foreign office Miguel Berger told Russian ambassador to Germany Sir again and check if that he strongly condemned the hacker attack he also told the chair of the E. U. is candy is a cyber sanctions regime against those responsible for the attack Berlin has struggled with increasingly bold activities by Russian spies on German soil NPR's rob Schmitz
Germany, France reach deal on bailout
"Well let's talk about Europe or countries feats are tied together in ways and that the U. S. doesn't have to think about so German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel macron reached a deal on a relief package but it was a long time coming it didn't happen quickly No Way Out took awhile because European leaders have disagreed on how to fund this relief plan up to now Europe southern states have wanted to be funded by the entire E. U. S. sort of collective approach where member states would share the debt but a handful of countries known in some circles as the frugal five Austria Germany the Netherlands Denmark and Sweden they wanted a more individual push that each member state would take out a loan for its own needs now the proposal that the krona Mericle agreed on this week shows the southern states got their way under this plan the E. you would borrow half a trillion dollars and share the data month all member states even though the aid would primarily benefit southern states like Italy and Spain it's important member here that this package is only a proposal and all twenty seven EU members including their national parliaments will need to approve it so this is far from a done deal but the fact that angle Americal has agreed to the shows an interesting change of heart for her what's behind that why did she agree to this big relief package of it's not going to benefit Germany that much yeah one reason is this pandemic was not the fault of Italy or Spain it's a natural disaster and unlike the eurozone crisis a decade ago this is not rooted in the fiscal policies of southern U. member states secondly angle Americal is at the end of her tenure as chancellor and her management of this crisis has restored her popularity her approval ratings are skyrocketing in Germany so she now has the political capital to solidify her legacy by supporting a recovery package that aims to unify the easier not further separated what an interesting trajectory for her Scott we don't exactly know when recovery will happen everyone kind of admits that at this point do we know what it will look like you know what with the sign to be you know it depends on the path of the virus and also on public attitudes how quickly do people feel comfortable going back to the shopping mall how quickly they feel comfortable going to restaurants or getting on an airplane again there are some small signs of improvement if you squint hard to look at him but on the other hand there are also huge holes in state and local government budgets which could trigger another round of layoffs and of course all bets are off if we see another spike in infections okay so a lot we don't know here in the U. S. rob in Germany the country starting to slowly be open is the picture a little brighter where you are yeah a little you know Germany just announced it's officially in recession and its economy has shrunk by more than two percent the first quarter of this year but you know thanks to German Germany's government and its tradition of keeping a balanced budget the country is better positioned than others you know Germany ended last year with the surplus and spending that in more on an eight hundred billion dollar relief package Germany's been able to keep workers employed thanks to its Kurds are by program instead of the US approach of unemployment checks in Germany companies are subsidized to keep workers on the payroll so workers won't lose their jobs and companies don't have to retire after the crisis nearly a million German companies have applied for this program and much of the country's recovery package is going to radically into that to keep germs employed but the question going forward is how long can Germany for to pay into these programs before the money starts to dry up be interesting to see what each country learns from others when this is all over and here's rob Schmitz in Berlin and Scott Horsley in DC thanks you guys
WHO faces global call for investigation at general assembly
"The European Union wants an investigation into how the virus is transmitted from animals to humans percent P. R.'s rob Schmitz a resolution backed by fifty five countries also called for an evaluation of the world health organization's performance and for plants to improve global pandemic prevention all E. U. member states back the draft resolution as did Britain Australia Brazil Turkey Japan and South Korea the U. S. and China are not among the signatories the E. U. commission president Ursula founder line has urged China to cooperate with
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"I'm Noel king. And I'm Steve Inskeep. A group of mid level US. Trade officials has begun talks today in Beijing. They're working toward a trade agreement the United States wants concessions in Chinese business practices and in exchange. The US would eliminate tariffs recently imposed on Chinese goods NPR's. Rob Schmitz joins us from Shanghai either. Rob good morning. I guess we should bear in mind. They're talking about getting rid of these tariffs. But tariffs could also go up, right? That's right. President Trump in Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed a month ago at dinner meeting at the g twenty in Argentina that they'd hash out their differences over a ninety day period in the hopes that they reach a deal in that time that ninety day period ends on March second, and if the two sides don't come to an a trade agreement by then the Trump administration plans to increase tariffs on two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese imports from ten to twenty five percent. Both countries have had tariffs on Honey. Uh-huh. Billions of dollars worth of each other's good sense. Last summer. Would you just remind us for people who are coming back to the news after the holidays, what are the sticking points here. Well, the Trump administration has a list of demands it wants Beijing end its practice of forcing American companies to hand over key technology in return for doing business in China. It also wants China to buy more products from the US in order to reduce the trade deficit. And it wants a fairer playing field for US companies inside of China now Beijing's prepared to buy more American products, that's easy enough to meet the demands of hundreds of millions of consumers here, but what's going to be difficult for the Chinese side is to level the playing field for US companies inside of China into do that properly would require significant changes in how China manages its economy changes that would put the Chinese government, and it stayed on China's government and it stayed on enterprises in vulnerable position. So that is the big sticking point from Beijing's perspective. Well, let's think that through you have to assume that China would only do that. If. They faced enormous pressure. If they faced enormous pain. The United States is attempting to impose this pain through ten percent tariffs and threatened more pain with twenty five percent tariffs. Should it? Go go through with that. So that then raises a question is it possible to tell rob? If the tariffs are having that much of an effect a negative effect on China right now. While there has been a lot of chatter among Chinese economists about this in recent months, and the consensus is that. Yes. China's economic growth is slowing more than anticipated since the tariffs were were imposed and this is backed up by lower than expected consumption numbers in China and also from announcements like apple CEO, Tim Cook's, not too long ago that his company's numbers would be worse than expected due to China's downward economic trends. So yes, there is some data here in evidence that China's economy is hurting because of this, and that's an interesting point US tariffs in away hurt American consumers because they raise prices of goods here, I suppose, Chinese retaliation raises prices of goods in China. Right. And so that might affect Chinese consumers in a way. Absolutely. If if those tariffs remain imports into China from the US are, you know, of course, tariff in of course, you know, China's consumer grooved ended the the consumers of China a really rely on a lot. Of increasingly imported goods and a lot of those imported goods are from the United States. Okay. Rob thanks.
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"It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Noel king. And I'm Steve Inskeep. A group of mid level US. Trade officials has begun talks today in Beijing. They're working toward a trade agreement the United States wants concessions in Chinese business practices and in exchange. The US would eliminate tariffs recently imposed on Chinese goods NPR's. Rob Schmitz joins us from Shanghai. Rob good morning. I guess we should bear in mind. They're talking about getting rid of these tariffs. But tariffs could also go up, right? That's right. President Trump in Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed a month ago at a meeting at the g twenty in Argentina that they'd hash out their differences over a ninety day period in the hopes that they reach a deal in that time that ninety day period ends on March second, and if the two sides don't come to an trade agreement by then the Trump administration plans to increase tariffs on two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese imports from ten to twenty five percent. Both countries have had tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other's could sense last summer. Would you just remind us for people who are coming back to the news after the holidays, what are the sticking points here. Well, the Trump administration has a list of demands it wants to end its practice of forcing American companies to hand over key technology in return for doing business in China. It also wants China to buy more products in the US in order to reduce the trade deficit. And it wants a fairer playing field for US companies inside of China now Beijing's prepared to buy more American products. That's. Easy enough to meet the demands of hundreds of millions of consumers here, but what's going to be difficult for the Chinese side is to level the playing field for US companies inside of China into do that properly would require significant changes in how China manages its economy changes that would put the Chinese government, and it stayed on enterprises in a vulnerable position. So that is the big sticking point from Beijing's perspective. Well, let's think that through you have to assume that China would only do that if they faced enormous pressure if they faced enormous pain. The United States is attempting to impose this pain through ten percent tariffs and threaten more pain with twenty five percent tariffs. Should it? Go go through with that. So that then raises a question is it possible to tell rob? If the tariffs are having that much of an effect a negative effect on China right now. While there has been a lot of chatter among Chinese economists about this in recent months, and the consensus is that. Yes. China's economic growth is slowing more than -ticipant. It's sense. The tariffs were were imposed and this is backed up by lower than expected consumption numbers in China and also from announcements like apple CEO, Tim Cook's, not too long ago that his company's numbers would be worse than expected due to China's downward economic trends. So yes, there is some data here in evidence that China's economy is hurting because of this, and that's an interesting point US tariffs in away hurt American consumers because they raise prices of goods here, I suppose, Chinese retaliation raises prices of goods in China. Right. And so that might affect Chinese consumers in a way. Absolutely. If if those tariffs remain imports into China from the US are, you know, of course, tariff in of course, China's consumer group the consumers of China really rely on a lot. Of increasingly imported goods and a lot of those imported goods are from the United States. Okay. Rob thanks for the update. Really? Appreciate.
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"Police to rob Schmitz NPR news, Shanghai. This is NPR news. The Trump administration has so drastically cut the number of refugees allowed into the US some advocates fear. The system is collapsing would not be surprised if we do not have this program at the end of this administration. If there isn't some type of intervention by congress to change the shape of this program. I'm Ari Shapiro. Here about the fallout from this afternoon on all things considered from NPR news. All things considered coming up at four thirty this afternoon on K Q E public radio. Well, a second child has died this month while in US custody after being apprehended by US customs and border protection. Details ahead from a reporter who has been following the plight of migrants, I'll be coming up right after we have a news headline coming up here on public radio. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Windsor Johnston. The US government is now in its fifth day of a shutdown President Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over funding for a border wall with Mexico. The Senate and house will be back in session tomorrow. He was customs and border protection will begin medical evaluations of migrant children being held in detention facilities along the southern border. Monica. Ortiz a rebate reports the move comes after two children from Guatemala died in US custody this month as a result of these to death, the border patrol is now doing medical assessments on all seven hundred children in their custody within the El Paso section sector, which also includes New Mexico. Monica. Ortiz a rebate reporting Israeli airstrikes have hidden arms depot near Damascus wounding three soldiers. That's according to Syrian state media reports and Daniel estrin has more from Jerusalem. According to reports is rarely warplanes struck sites where Hezbollah militants and Iranian forces stored weapons, Israel wouldn't confirm but Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said Israel might expand its efforts to act against Iranian military. Entrenchment in Syria. NPR's Daniel estrin reporting trading resumes.
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"Oh, man. And then Vincent Vinny is here with a suitcase full of toys and superman underwear. Kisses his dad daddy. This place. This is the airport. Iraq, iraq. Shimmer he's home country. But he doesn't think he can survive here. The US is the only home he's known. Jana? Ralph NPR news, Baghdad on voice for the US and China clashed this week at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, blaming each other for disregarding WTO rules as NPR's rob Schmitz reports rhetoric from both sides is diminishing hope for a breakthrough when President Trump meets Chinese leader, Xi Jinping later this month deputy US trade Representative in WTO ambassador. Dennis shea said China was using the WTO to promote non market policies policies that have distorted world markets and let a massive excess capacity in the global supply of commodities like steel and aluminum a Chinese official shot back saying the US was blaming China. Disguise its own violations of WTO rules the current exchange on Wednesdays. The latest example of a souring mood between the world's two largest economies the clocks winding down to an important meeting between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the group of twenty summit in Argentina at the end of the Mont a meeting that many hope could lead to a deal that could prevent a trade war. Between the two from getting even worse. I think people in the US government just like sit up with all of the WTO commitments to China made. And then essentially evaded where they promised to do this that and the other thing, and then basically did nothing further. Kroger is author of China's economy what everyone needs to know, he says, he's not holding out hope for a deal between the US and China anytime soon, there's a very strong feeling throughout many aspects of the US government to Chinese naughty, trustworthy, interlocutor the commitments that are not being phones. We don't follow through on. And that is not worth having more conversations protocols, the notion that Trump, and she will reach a breakthrough at the g twenty a big nothing burger, and he expects US tariffs on Chinese imports to increase from ten percent to twenty five percent on the first day of twenty nine thousand nine as scheduled time is running out for negotiations between the two sides. China's lead trade negotiator. Leo has just announced. Visit Germany in the days leading up to the g twenty making it increasingly likely, the US and China. Will not be negotiating a deal anytime soon. Rob Schmitz, NPR news Shanghai. is morning edition on KCRW ahead.
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"We learned today that China's economic growth is at its lowest level since the global financial crisis. The economy there grew six point, five percent in the quarter that ended last month down from six point, seven percent a year ago, China's stock market is down thirty percents in January, and the currency. The you on is falling against the dollar. The country's finance officials today launched a media blitz to try to shore up confidence in the economy. Joining us now is NPR Shanghai correspondent rob Schmitz. I rob, hey, Jeremy. So six point, five percent of we'd love that kind of growth rate in the United States in China. I, it's bad news. It is bad news. Yeah, six point, five percent. We haven't seen that since two thousand nine. And that was when the global financial crisis hit and had a pretty tremendous impact on China and the jobs in China, there were many, many jobs lost after that. And so going back to that is not what I think China's regulators and China's bankers and China's. Economic planners were hoping for. And so what is causing it? Is it mostly the tariffs from the United States? Well, China's economy has been lagging for the last few years. You know, the government is dealing with a lot of problems. You've got public debt spiraling out of control. You've got a fairly significant property bubble in urban China, and the biggest pressure on the Konami comes from this historic transition that China's making the shift the way that it's Konami runs moving from an economy based on building things to one based on buying things. When you're the second largest economy in the world and you're managing one point, four billion people that type of economic transition is pretty painful and pretty complicated, and that's part of what we're seeing here. And are they expecting that it's going to last for a long time this downturn or or the they'll be able to work their way out of it somehow? Well, I think that's where the tariffs come into play because we've got in the midst of a downturn. We've got these tariffs from the United States, and that is happening at a pretty vulnerable time for China's. So when you. Oh, look at both. The fact that China's economy is already lagging, its markets are tumbling, and it's it's, it's currency is also starting to decline pretty quickly here. And then you've got these new tariffs coming. Fourth, I think that's creating a lot of psychological bears for the Chinese, and it's it's basically making people try to make shore up what they've got. And I think the entire system is preparing for a big shock right now..
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"New building. I flew over on his lot of damage. Local officials expect rivers to crest by this weekend. Breaking previous water level records for NPR news. I'm been scope Lugo in Columbia. Hawaii democratic Senator maisy Hirono is sharply. Criticizing the judiciary committee's handling of sexual assault allegations against supreme court nominee. Brad Kavanagh Hirono says she believes Kavanagh's accuser Christine Ford. She says the panel's response to force accusation is reminiscent of how Anita hill was treated after accusing Clarence Thomas of harassment. I am appalled by the treatment of Dr Ford by the Republicans, and this offered rush to get this man on the supreme court ASAP Hirono says it's not true that the committee has done everything possible to contact Ford as its chairman Charles Grassley claims Ford wants an FBI investigation before she testifies before the judiciary committee but Grassley says. Hearing with just two witnesses will be held on Monday as planned South Korean president moon. Jae in is spoke to around one hundred and fifty thousand North Koreans inside a stadium for the mass games in Pyongyang as NPR's. Rob Schmitz reports moon pledge that the Korean peninsula will be a land up to eternal peace. These spectacle of the South Korean president speaking to wildly cheering crowds of North Korean fans was one of the most memorable moments of the Pyongyang summit. Third meeting between the Korean leaders moon said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Hoon had agreed to measures. That would completely eliminate the fear of war and the risk of armed conflicts on the Korean peninsula. He said that the people of north and South Korea had lived together for five thousand years and have only been separated for seventy he pledged that the decades-long hostility between the north and the south would be radically aided in the two Koreas could become one again each phrase of moons was punctuated with thunderous cheering inside the massive stadium. Rob Schmitz and. Pierre news. So on stock markets in Asia shares now mostly higher following mixed trading. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained one hundred and fifty eight points. You're listening to NPR news. From ABC news. I'm Tara Siler seven Cisco city officials say they may move forward with a supervised injection site for intravenous drug users with or without governor Jerry Brown's blessing. John sepulveda's reports medical professionals would work at the safe injection site to help curb deaths from drug overdoses, San Francisco officials want to create the first safe site in the country in the legislature has passed a Bill that would allow it. But it's unclear whether the governor will sign it. And if he does not than the city might do it. Anyway, according to former San Francisco supervisor and now state Senator Scott Weiner, we would strongly prefer not to have a state law prohibition in place. But you know, the city has always been ahead of the federal government and often the state government a lot of these issues city officials confirmed acuity they are considering moving forward with the safe injection site. Even if it is against state law. US department of Justice told kqeDorg would quote take action. Against any safe injection site. I'm John Sepulvado. Te-kuiti news, the largest wildfire in California history. The Mendocino complex is now fully contained that means officials are confident it won't spread, but it is still burning and Mendocino national forest spokeswoman Phyllis Swanson, says crews are still there working like cutting down burned trees, we have equipment and crews that go out and repair all the the fire lines. Does our lives that were put in during the attack of the fire the blaze, scorched, nearly four hundred and sixty thousand acres.
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"Past to win the two sides have held highlevel talks they often have it resolved much and they usually ended in a stalemate a stalemate so that means we shouldn't really expect anything to come of this opening well you know i think that's the definitely this dance the trump administration is taking you know the us ambassador to the united nations nikki haley played down talks between the two koreas she said the us was not looking for a bandaid nor an opportunity to smile and take pictures together uh she said the us wouldn't take any talk seriously unless they are able to give kim jongun to give up his nuclear weapons and for president trump's fired after sending his infamous my nuclear button is bigger than yours tweet he responded to news of these talks with a foulup tweet calling kim jongun rocket man again the but saying also this perhaps as good news perhaps not we will see all of this aside when you look at the political situation the region here you have a new president in south korea moon jaein he's made it clear he wants to take a softer approach to the north and previous presidents in south korea and since he's become president his administration hasn't had an opportunity to we talked and then are so for him in his administration this is progress it's impossible to know how this of course will influence kim jong un and what he does with the weapons his country has developed it is a regular dialogue which is something that simply hasn't been there for the past two years between the two sides take the successes week get them i suppose npr's rob schmitz thanks a lot tribe decks that's the sound of protesters last night in the streets of isfahan one of the largest cities in iran they're using the name of ayatollah ali khamenei the country's supreme leader and saying shame on you give up your rule it was the sixth day of protests across iran which have led to at least twenty two deaths according to the state media these are the biggest demonstration since two thousand nine and there's a big difference between now and then nine years ago only about a million iranians had a smartphone today forty eight million do that's more than half of the population social media and messaging apps played a major role and sparking these protests and as part of its crackdown against them the.
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"The past that's what's happening in hong kong which has enjoyed a degree of political autonomy since great britain returned control of that city to china twenty years ago if here's rob schmitz reports on the push to teach the communist party's version of history in schools the last time china pressured hong kong to scrap its curriculum in favor of one developed by china's communist party led government this happened in the summer of 2012 tens of thousands marched through the city chanting down with national education after protesters besieged government headquarters for ten days officials back down but now the government is back with a plan to revamp how history has taught in hong kong secondary schools history teacher trump's who chung says he's worried about the changes the new curriculum is missing key parts of modern chinese history like hong kong's 19th sixty seven riots between communists and british rulers and the tiananmen square massacre of 1989 when chinese troops killed hundreds of unarmed prodemocracy demonstrators in beijing allow mom with these on we have a hood ogawa hung these are crucial parts of history being taken out on teachers are asking what the rationale as behind this and our own deputy secretary of education set these parts of history are trivial so we don't need to teach them she literally said that the new propose history curriculum would go into effect in two years would require schools to spend more time teaching students about china's modern history from the communist revolution in 1949 through its transformation to an authoritarian capitalist powerhouse today the curriculum carefully removes or skims over events deemed sensitive by china's communist party like miles failed political campaigns that left tens of millions dead as well as uprisings like tiananmen leaving it to teachers to decide whether they'll have the time to teach these events on legislator alvin young is afraid teachers won't i don't mind students being pod the developments and constructions and the achievements mon china has achieved is fine economic late day half done a great job but on the other hand i expect the students to be taught on what happened in the cultural revolution and also to tadamon square in 1918 ah fellow hong kong legislator tanya chances the struggle over education in hong kong is the latest battle with china over how the city is governed these.
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"By the winners so when power is shared there is often a tug of war over the past that's what's happening in hong kong which has enjoyed a degree of political autonomy since great britain returned control that city to china twenty years ago and here's rob schmitz reports on the push to teach the communist party's version of history in schools the last time china pressured hong kong to scrap its curriculum in favor of one developed by china's communist party led government this happened in the summer of 2012 tens of thousands marched through the city chanting down with national education after protesters besieged government headquarters for ten days officials back down but now the government is back with a plan to revamp how history has taught in hong kong secondary schools history teacher trump's who chung says he's worried about the changes the new curriculum is missing key parts of modern chinese history like hong kong's 19th sixty seven riots between communists and british rulers and the chairman square massacre of 1989 when chinese troops killed hundreds of unarmed prodemocracy demonstrators in beijing allow mom with these on we have a hood ogawa hung these are crucial parts of history being taken out teachers are asking what the rationale as behind this in our own deputy secretary of education set these parts of history are trivial so we don't need to teach them she literally said that the new propose history curriculum would go defected to years who would require schools to spend more time teaching students about china's modern history from the communist revolution in 1949 through its transformation to an authoritarian capitalist powerhouse today the curriculum carefully removes or skims over events deemed sensitive by china's communist party like miles failed political campaigns that left tens of millions dead as well as uprisings like tiananmen leaving it to teachers to decide whether they'll have the time to teach these events hung legislator alvin young is afraid teachers won't i don't mind students being pod developments and constructions and the achievements mon china has achieved is fi economically they half done a great job but on the other hand i expect the students to be taught on what happened in the cultural revolution an audit tadamon square in 1918 our fellow hong kong legislator tanya chances as the struggle over education in hong kong is the latest battle with china over how the city is governed these kind.
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"The past that's what's happening in hong kong which has enjoyed a degree of political autonomy since great britain returned control of that city to china twenty years ago if here's rob schmitz reports on the push to teach the communist party's version of history in schools the last time china pressured hong kong to scrap its curriculum in favor of one developed by china's communist party led government this happened in the summer of 2012 tens of thousands marched through the city chanting down with national education after protesters besieged government headquarters for ten days officials back down but now the government is back with a plan to revamp how history is taught in hong kong secondary schools history teacher chunks who chung says he's worried about the changes the new curriculum is missing key parts of modern chinese history like hong kong's 1960 seven riots between communists and british rulers and the chairman square massacre of 1989 when chinese troops killed hundreds of unarmed prodemocracy demonstrators in beijing amman with these on we up in that the hood ogawa hung these are crucial parts of history being taken out online teachers are asking what the rationale as behind this and our own deputy secretary of education said these parts of history are trivial so we don't need to teach them she literally said that the new propose history curriculum would go defected two years who would require schools to spend more time teaching students about china's modern history from the communist revolution in 1949 through its transformation to an authoritarian capitalist powerhouse today the curriculum carefully removes or skims over events deemed sensitive by china's communist party like miles failed political campaigns that left tens of millions dead as well as uprisings like 10.
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"Rob schmitz has been following that ever hi rob a safe what is china's say it's been doing well china has agreed to ban imports of coal from north korea and it's also banned imports of a lot of other stuff north korean seafood ironore range of rare earth minerals and you know it because nearly all of north korea's trade is with china as you mentioned these are all significant revenue generaers for kim drillings government chinese also agreed to significantly limit exports of oil to north korea which is a big hit the pyongyang since the north relies on china for nearly all of its oil another thing that china's done is at its ordered all north korean companies operating inside of cia china a closed by the end of the year okay that sounds pretty severe but are the chinese actually doing these things well according to chinese customs data fuel imports and exports between china in the north have dropped significantly figures from september show that chinese imports of north korean coal were down more than seventy percent from a year before that same month china exe sported only ninety tons of oil to north korea that was down one hundred percent from last year china also exports electricity to the north and customs data shows that in the second quarter of this year the amount of electricity sent from china north korea is also down nearly one hundred percent from last year do all of those changes make a difference in north korea well i spoke with cinching jay off professor at geeling university who studies site on north korean relations about this and he told me it's already having an impact inside north korea here's what he said to good kandush sure sure new onus on the sean hannity show in told me that last mud north korea should reshuffled some of its senior leadership and at the official in charge of the north's economy has now been elevated to a higher position swent follows e shifts really closely any says this political reshuffling telsim the north is scrambling.
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"China's economic policies and for more on this let's bring an impure shanghai correspondent rob schmitz either rob good morning so what steve bannon doing in hong kong you have the title of his speech is broken into three parts american economic nationalism the popular revolt in asia each one of those items is a pretty big topics so it's unclear what exactly bannon is going to talk about and it was announced this morning that the speech will be closed to the press so that'll make it even harder to find out after it's over but what we do know is who bet it will reach talking to you in it's going to be an auditorium full of bankers who have made their fortunes on the rise of china which makes this whole thing kind of odd right i mean doesn't bannon are lame china for hurting americans for putting middleclass americans out of work for doing a lot of other things yes air here's the thing this past weekend battering gave interviews to the new york times and sixty minutes as perhaps a sort of preview of this event in hong kong in the times he compared china's rise to that of nazi germany he told the reporter that is one hundred years will all look back to see what we did to confront china unathorized to world domination and then on sixty minutes here's what he told charlie rose were not economic war with china china's an economic war with us okay you want a trade war with china i want china to stop appropriating our technology china is through forced technology transfer in through stealing our technology but really forced technology transfer is cutting out the beating heart of american innovation okiro schmitz i'm still trying to figure this out so so bannon is basically trashing china and saying that china's up to no good why would have branch of a big state owned brokerage firm want to hear a speech from him why bring him yet karen tudor well you know first off this event sponsored by firm called clsa is an annual one in previous years they brought in other controversial speakers like edward snowden and sarah palin it all so important to point out here that clsa makes its own decisions and is largely left alone by its parent company so there's that but perhaps most importantly no other us.
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"But states that have no limits would have to abide by the two hundred fifty thousand dollar cap the bill does not limit awards for economic damages the law also restricts the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice suit to three years or one year from the date that the injury is discovered whichever comes first the bill would apply to suits brought against doctors hospitals nursing homes and fda approved pharmaceuticals and medical devices i knew jaffe npr news some residents of hong kong took to the streets for a prodemocracy rally twenty years after britain handed the city over to china from hong kong npr's rob schmitz reports the demonstration also comes on the heels of an official visit by chinese president xi jinping early this morning in his speech i was closed to the public chinese president xi jinping ward hongkong residents that challenging china's sovereignty over the city is quote absolutely impracticable he was speaking at the swearing in of hong kong's new chief executive hours later after she had boarded a plane back to china thousands of people gathered to march through the city as part of an annual march for democracy under xi jinping's rule china has tightened its political grip over hong kong china's refusal to make good on a promise to allow citizens to vote for the local leader prompted citywide protests in a violent police crackdown in 2014 many protesters in today's march called on china to allow nobel peace prize winner leo shauble to leave china to seek treatment for cancer china's released from prison so that he could seek medical treatment.
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"The sustaining members of this npr station it's morning edition from npr news i'm rachel martin and i'm steve inskeep china's president visits hong kong today xi jinping is marking twenty years of chinese rule the city you may recall was once controlled by great britain that colonial possession britain returned to the night ninety seven and peers rob schmitz is in hong kong what did like there to rob while steve it's it's pretty busy i'm yachting i'm in wanchai right now which is the neighborhood where xi jinping is at at this moment and a lot of the streets here are shut down you've got the entire waterfront barricaded against any sort of a anyone who's really not allowed in that area you've god also two of the major hotels downtown hair the hyatt and the renaissance the thirteen hundred hotel rooms have been blocked noone can stay there except the entourage around xi jinping is is the entourage that large classic already measure it's a security measure i mean this is a this is a very big visit this is xi jinping's first visit hong kong since becoming a chat as president this seems like a good moment to put this question on the table rob schmitz twenty years ago china did takeover hong kong from great britain which had imposed a certain rule of law and the chinese promised to keep version of democracy the rule of law law onecountrytwosystems they said twenty years ago how's it worked up it hasn't when it came time to make good on this promise beijing implemented this system that ensures the chief executive of the city is elected by a mostly probeijing group of elites not by individual citizens hong kong in when it became clear that this was going to be the case ace in 2014 people became very angry and they flooded the streets the shut down the financial district of the city for nearly three months thousands of protesters in that ended in a violent police crackdown so there are a lot of sore feelings about this anniversary in about the incoming chief executive carrie lam we'll be sworn in us on saturday does that help to explain the massive security the barricades the police in the.
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"Rob schmitz will explain its friday june twenty four singer jason morass is forty years old the news is next live from npr news in washington i'm chorba coleman president trump is poised to sign a bill making it easier for the veterans affairs secretary to fire and discipline employees and pierced hammer keith says the bill has bipartisan support the bill the president is signing would shorten the appeals process for firing or discipline winning employees at the va after the va scandal that broke out in 2014 where facilities were covering up long wait times for care at there was an issue where it just took a very long time at to fire employees there's a in a peels process that they can go on for years peers tamarine keith saudi arabia and other persian gulf arab states that have cut ties with qatar have issued a list of demands to resolve a diplomatic crisis anne pierce peter kenyon reports they include cutting ties with iran and closing aljazeera of other cut are funded media outlets saudi arabia the united arab emirates egypt in bahrain initially said there moved to cut ties with cutter was over dole has funding of islamist groups they consider terrorist organizations but this list of thirteen demands goes far beyond that the gulf states want cutter to close its diplomatic missions in neighboring iran which shares a giant gas field with cutter the aljazeera news channel should also be closed in addition of turkish military base in cutters should close and turkish troops be withdrawn turkey's defence minister says he sees no reason to revisit the base agreement gutters been given ten days to comply with these sweeping demands but it's not clear what happens if it doesn't peter kenyon npr news istanbul the us federal reserve.