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berlin. tonight, another grim milestone in the pandemic. in less than a year, covid-19 has shattered lives and livelihoods countries -- in nearly 200 countries. also, president trump and opponent joe biden face-off.
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can bite and turn trump's tax troubles into a campaign to -- campaign coup? and fighting flares between armenia and azerbaiaijan over disputed territory. the countries are rejecting cacalls for r peace talks as the conflict threatens to escalate into all-out war. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to everyone watching us on pbs in the united states and to all of you around the world, welcome. we begin with one million -- the one million lives lost to the coronavirus. the pandemic which began nine months ago, has claimed more than one million lives globally. from europe to the u.s., cities
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are bracing for another surge in infections, a second wave in the pandemic. covid-19 has quickly become one of the worlds deadliestst infectious diseases. the virus has spread to at least 180 eight countries and fatalities have been rising yet again since august. many countries, as we said, are seeing a resurgence in coronavirus cases including here in europe. public health officials say the crisis is far from over. we asked if the focus should b e on treating virus or on testing anand tracing. >> the emphasis should be on all of it. my belief in humumanity goes up every daday when i see the work
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scientists a are doingng, but we oursrselves, everyry one of us,s to be responsiblele, and our health systems, our hehealth authorities have to be incrcreasing the tesesting, ensg that they are tracing evevery persrson, making sure every p pn afaffected is put inin quarantie and careful, making g sure evererybody who is a c contact s self isolated andnd making it possible for all those people to take the actions we know can stop the virus. brett: -- brent: german chancellor angela merkel has announced new restrictions, vowing to avoid lockdown, but instead announcing what she calls a hotspot strategy. there's is growing alarm in germany that a steadily rising infection rate could start a
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long feared second wave? >> all in all, this was a very important conference, in which we discussed the seriousness of the situation. we are not alone, as we see from the dynamic infection developments in our european neighbors. our goal is to allow public and private life to go on as much as possible. that means when infection rates rise, we need to react quickly to get them under control, always on a specific regional basis. that's something we've learned, that we don't need to do the same thing for everyone, but that we can intervene in a measured, localized way, and i think that's good news. brent: let's take it to simon young.
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the chancellor seems cautiously optimistic that a second version of lockdown can be avoided, but we have to admit, the winter has not even started. the infection rates are climbing. where is this confidence coming from? >> this is something that the german government has stressed again and again, the chancellor said it again today, that avoiding a widespread lockdown is a priority. the chancellor said to achieve that, several things are needed -- in addition to continuing to follow guidancee on face masks and distancing, she said for instance there will have to be a new emphasis on erring out rooms, particularly in the cold months as people spend more and more time indoors. she also said that contact tracing will continue to be important as we continue to see local outbreaks, very likely over the winter. she said there will be a new
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testing strategy, particularly britain quick tests, that only those infected have to isolatat and you mentioned thihis hotspot strategy,, telling people how many people really should be able to gather privately and publicly, and also making it clear that if the infection rate goes up, the number allowed to gather will decrease, so it's a widespread strategy, and that's where the confidence comes from. brent: stand by for just a moment. despite those government preparations, many people in germany are concerned about a spike in infections during the coming winter months. we are asking tonight, how prepared is germany for a second wave? dw visited a doctor's office in the center of berlin that is hoping to get ahead of the coronavirus curve. >> 12 meters long and growing. that's the length of today's line at a medical practice in
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berlin. people have come here to get tested for corona through the window. no appointment necessary. >> i think it's a really nice option and doesn't take so much time. it may be safer than going to a hospital and sitting in the cold space where patients can be seen, but here, everyone is wearing masks, so i think it's really nice. >> this doctor runs the practice. she's bracing for a harsh winter with many more patients to deal with. "i don't want to be a prophet of doom and gloom, but the numbebes are clearly going up. we all want to prevent another lockdown, so we don't want to have to close the schools again. somehow we've got to get through this winter. to prepare for what's coming, germany wants to set up more testing stations.
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additionally, the public health office, which tracks infected people, was promised more personnel, but that is yet to materialize. politicians have pledged to bolster the health authorities over the next five years. this requires the creation of 5000 new jobs, but now, as october and november approach, the jobs don't yet exist in the health offices. this is a problem that urgently needs to be addressed. -- address." but instead of solely relying on germany's health care system, she would rather make testing at home possible. "people would rather be given a test -- the opportunity to test without a doctor. they provide an excellent indicator and are absolutely adequate from an epidemiological point of view.
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the swab test involves taking a sample between the nose and mouth. it shows the result within 15 minutes without sending the sample to a laboratory. in germany, though, only doctors and pharmacists are allowed to order them. should infections start rising sharply in winter, they might be an alternative to long lines in the cold. brent: one of the strategies to deal with a second wave is more tests, more tracking. how well prepared are health authorities in germany for that? >> i think they are ramping up preparation. i think a lot of what was announced today is fine-tuning existing policy. a lot of focus will be on schools. if there is an infection in a school, that does not automatically lead to the closure of the whole school, but
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instead, quick tests can help students get back to class quickly. on tracking, for instance, germans visiting bars and restaurants have been asked for months to leave contact information. some have given false information. in future, that will be regarded as an offense, and there will be a significant find two people doing that kind of thing, and to make sure the system can deal with any widespread infections in the coming months, 5000 new health offices and plenty of money were announced today to make sure the system is robust enough to get on top of a new outbreak and new surge of infections of this virus. and: so public health authorities can stay ahead of the coronavirus curve as winter comes. simon young on the story for us in berlin.
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thank you. some of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic are not the ones making headlines every day. peru, which has topped 800,000 infections, has had one of the world's highest mortality rates, and its economy has shrunk by 30%. new cases are beginning to slow, which has prompted the government to go ahead with easing restrictions. many fear it could be too soon. >> finally able to be by her husband's side, this desert cemetery is the final resting place for local coronavirus victims. now that restrictions have been eased, relatives are allowed in to visit. even though it is not the spot ana maria and her husband had planned for. >> when i went to make arrangements, they told me i
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could not bear him in the plot we had chosen. i was told everyone who died of covid had to be buried in this cemetery. peru's president says the country's health care systemm is stronger now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. and the government is expanding testing, including in low income areas of the capital, lima. withthhe rate of new infnfectios on the decline, the government is pusushing ahead with plans to reopen the economy and even start letting in international flights starting with neighboring countries. but some experts are wawarning against reopening too fast. reopening gyms, bars, discos, and other forms of entertainment will be terrible. so, yes, it could bring about a second wave quicker.
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i think we definitely need to reconsider these steps. the fear is that piru could repeat the pattern of other countries seeing a rise in cases followed by a new wave of mass burials. brent: let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world. kuwait's ruling a mere -- emir has s died at the age of 91. he struggled with domestic political disputes and the 2011 arab spring protests. ever since the city to powered back in 2006. his brother succeeds him. french police have disabled a migrant camp in the northern port town of calais. every year, thousands of migrants try to cross the english channel to reach the
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u.k. public transport across germany is facing disruptions. this drive -- that once employers to sign onto a new national labor labor agreement with more people working out across sectors and pay increases for trainees. transportation is being affected in major cities such as hamburg, frankfurt, and here in berlin. with just hours to go until he hotly anticipated presidential debate in the u.s., democratic candidate for the presidency joe biden and his wife jill have just released their income tax returns. biden paid nearly 300,000 dollars in federal taxes last year, much more than the $750 that president trump paid in recent years. biden's running mate, kamala harris, also made her returns public.
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the release adds pressure to limit the damage that may be caused to the trump campaign. our correspondent will be following the debate for us later at a party in wisconsin. good evening to you. this is the first of three television debates. who is going to win? is this a debate for biden to lose or a debate that trump has to win? >> well, i think it's fair to say that it's much easier for donald trump because his supporters don't really care what he's doing. he has to appear as being strong. he can bully biden. he can be aggressive. he can even lie. they don't really care about that. it's very different for joe
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biden. he has to prove that he is alert, that he is there. we all know his nickname, probably, sleepy biden, sleepy joe, that's how trump calls him, but -- so he has to show he is there, but he cannot come across as too aggressive because that is not what his supporters want. i think it's fair to say it is much easier for trump to win then joe biden. brent: these debates many times focus more on style than substance, and it's an arena where someone like donald trump can do well. a bully pulpit, if you will, and we know that is not joe biden's strength, is it? >> no, it is absolutely not. we saw him over the course of the last months at public appearances. he was really kind of meandering. he has sometimes really a hard time to be precise.
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he starts a sentence somewhere and ends somewhere very different, and indeed, as you just said, he has kind of to lay out his plans -- how he wants to bring this country forward again, and therefore, he has to find a way to really be very precise and very easy to understand, and this most definitely has never been his strong suit. over the last couple of months, i think he got even weaker in that regard. brent: we will see tonight if all the practicing and rehearsals will pay off. thank you. tensions are flaring again over the disputed region between armenia and azerbaijan, with full forces accusing the other of attacks on their territory. armenia claims turkey has shut down one of its warplanes, which
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the turkish president and his azerbaijani allies denied tonight. violence in recent days has been the region's worst in decades, but azerbaijan and armenia are rejecting calls for r peace tal. >> these scenes have put the international community onon ed, but resesidents of both armenia and azerbaijan have -- for resisidents of both armrmenia ad azerbabaijan, they have beenn a long timime coming. >> the azerbaijani army will win this war, and we will return to our historic lands. >> victory is ours. if my country needs me as a soldier, i am ready, even at my age. >> of course we are afraid of a long war, but the civilian population and the military must be ready for it. it is better to be freed later than continue this false peace. >> the focus of the fighting is land.
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the dispute itself is decades old, beginning in the 1990's when the ethnically armenian region declared independence from azerbaijan. that independence has never been recognized by the international community, which is searching for, from both sides. -- urging work home from both sides -- which is urging for calm f from both sides. world leaders fear t the fightig cocould lead to full-scscale conflict,, which d dtabilizes se south caucasus region. a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets. regional players like russia and turkey are also at risk of becoming embroiled in the conflict and escalating it further. today, we are at the sight of our azerbaijani brethren in the defense of their homeland. armeninia must immediately cease its attacks and sent back mercenaries brought from abroad.
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>> dozenens of people hahave ben killed so far, includining civilians,s, and hundredss more wounded. at the request of germany and france, the united nations secured a council is expxpectedo holdld emergency talks on tuesd, but t with both sides accusingne other of starting the battle and of continuing g to usese heavy artillery, a quick and clean break from the violence seems unlikely. brent: earlier, we spoke with the deputy minister of foreign affairs and asked about t the prospects o of findiding a peacl solulution. >> i g guess, as you k know, in 1994, the cee-fire w was signedd betweeeen e sites with mediation from russia. this is the only tactical progress we have r registered in the procecess, and this was the time when theyey were part of te
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negotiationsns. unfortunatelely, for the lastt decades, azerbaijan has beeeen pretetending it does nott exist, and as such has n not been at te nenegotiating g table. i think if we e want any progrgs to b be ma and anyeaeal advance in the negotiatition prorocess,l sides to the conflict should come to the negotiation table with the help of mediators and discuss solutions. brent: that was the beauty minister of foreign affairs in the disputed region -- that was the deputy minister of foreign affairs. in the u.s. state of california, firefighters are trying to contain fast-moving wildfires that are tearing through wine country. 7000 people have been ordered to evacuate. it's the latest flareup in california.
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>> escaping the inferno. this is one of tens of thousands of residents who have been told to get out while the flames close in. this is what they are fleeing from. rapidly spreading, fanned by wild wins -- winds, upsetting vineyards and devastating homes. for many, it has been an anxious wait. >> my house is a quarter mile up the road, and the fire was about 100 yards from our house. right now, we are waiting and hoping the firefighters can win the battle. >> in areas the blaze has already passed through, it was a relief for some. >> it was such a relief that
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some of our houses were still here, but it was a scary night. it was crazy for sure. feel so bad for everyone that lost their house last night. >> califorornia hasas b been bag the worst wildfires in their state's history. many in the states wine country have been here before. deadly fires from three years ago are still searered into pepeople's memories. months ago, many people were in the same path from yet another blaze. brent: bayern munich participating in the german super cup wednesday night. the clash between the bundesliga champions and runners-up come at a time when both sides are licking their wounds. >> bayern munich are bidding for a fifth trophy this year in the super cup against dortmund, but the otherwise all conquering
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bavarians are smarting. they suffered a shock in their second bundesliga game of the weekend. >> hoffenheim did very well. they kept things very tight. we did not have the same punch that we usually have, but we have to move on from that t game and concentrate on dortmund. like every other match, we are desperate to win it. >> the good news for byron is dortmund also surprisingly lost on saturday. the young dortmund team showed their inexperience at times and couldd have captain royce back n the liner. they are 17, 18, 19 years of age. the fact they don't play at their best every week is normam.
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we have to have patience. the coach must find the right mix. we have total confidence. >> dortmund have not won a trophy since lifting the super cup last year, beating who else but iron? another scalp in this year's edition for black and yellow will mean about for the first time in -- since december. brent: a kenyan grandmother is keeping her love of weightlifting in the family. she competed in the 2018 olympics and is training her daughter to keep the league alive. >> this is no ordinary training session. a weightlifting dynasty is being created in kenya. in 2012, she became only the second african woman to compete
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in weightlifting at the only bricks. now retired, she wants her daughter and granddaughter to follow suit. her 10-year-old granddaughter, whose mother is mercy's eldest daughter, ken already lived 30 kilograms, her own body weight. mercy says the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year and the closure of schools meantnt e could spend more time weightlifting wiwith her famili. >> i i think it's good bondingn, esespecially considering the fat that you are doing the same spot -- the same sport. it has really build us up together. >> mercy's daughter also loves weightlifting and is aiming high. >> i feel happy, and i think one
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day i will go to the olympics. >> her mother has already proved the road from nairobi to the olympics is a dream that can become reality. brent: here's a reminder of the top stories we are following for you tonight -- the coronavirus has claimed more than one million lives around the world. deaths have been rising again since august with the u.s., brazil, india, and mexico accounting for more than half of all verona virus deaths. -- more than half of all coronavirus-related deaths. i will be back in a few minutes to take you through "the day." ♪
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nine pm here in the french capital you're watching live from paris on france twenty four i'm somebody's wilson these are our top stories. exactly five weeks ago to the u. s. presidential elections president donald trump and his rival joe biden all this evening going head to head. for the first three televised debates. the u. n. security council holds an emergency meeting amid c concers that fighting between armenia anand azerbaiaijan. in nagorno karabakh. couould develop into a much broader conflict. citing what the government. called a government which hyundai getz rights groups of the freezing of its bank accounts. amnesty ininternational says it is suspending


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