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of nato's leaders also wrapping up the g7 here in germany. chancellor scholz today pledging that the g7 country will drive up the cost of war for russia. and emergency personnel are searching for the missing out a shopping mall that was hit monday by russian missiles. at least 18 people are confirmed dead. i am brent goff to our viewers watching in pbs around the states and all of the around the world, welcome. we begin with breaking news and a green light for nato expansion. after weeks of debate, turkey agreed to support the bids of
finland and sweden to join the military alliance. the three countries signed a memorandum to extend their full support. this is a reversal by turkish president erdogan, who had opposed swedish and finnish membership, claiming that the countries provide a safe haven to a kurdish group that ankara regards as terrorists. the resolution of the rope is a boost to nato. and here is nato secretary-general announcing the breakthrough. >> we have always shown in nato that whatever our differences, we can always sit down, find common ground, and solve any issues. nato's open-door policy has been an historic success. welcoming finland and sweden into the alliance will make them safer, nato's stronger, and the euro atlantic area more secure. brent: let's go to our correspondent in madrid at the nato meeting. jack, do we know exactly how were we able to reach the resolution so quickly?
reporter: it was a good day at the office for the turkish government in their negotiation teams, that's fair to say. they are claiming victory on this. let me give you a rundown of this agreement. essentially finland and sweden agreed to lift any bans on arms going to turkey that may have existed. they also agreed they would both support turkey in fighting the pkk kurdish group, and they would also get support for the ypg, another kurdish separatist group as well. they also changed their national laws on terrorism, a strong demand by turkey, and they all agreed to share intelligence more openly with one another, and specifically they agreed that they would discuss extraditing those suspects which turkey has extradition demands out for in their two countries. we heard from the finnish
president, he said they have not agreed on a list of names, but they have agreed in principle to start negotiating on those expeditions. and the nato secretary-general said all of that will be done under european human rights law. they also say that finland, sweden and turkey will have a joint agreement, some sort of mechanism where they can discuss all these issues together. in return, turkey will lift its block on sweden and finland joining the military alliance, which they only did just over a month ago in reaction to russia invading ukraine. brent: what can we expect to come out of the summit in terms of support for ukraine? guest: that is the big issue. the issue is being swept away and it will now focus on ukraine. we heard from joe biden, the u.s. president when he arrived in madrid, saying that they would considered -- they will
continue to discuss how to keep the flow of weapons flowing into ukraine. president zelenskyy has said they need the weapons to continue to fight against the russia's invasion. the question is, how far will they go on this question at the moment, most of the efforts of the western nations are sort of individual. we had the two boxer brothers from ukraine who were here, and we heard from the mayor of kyiv. take a look at what he had to say. >> we are expecting support of ukraine. i want to say thank you very much for every country who supports ukraine. we need the help of our partners. we need the help of the world. because our wish is to be a martyr, european, democratic country. and the russian federation wants to bring us back to soviet time.
that is what it is very important to support ukraine. it is very important to give political and economic support, very important to give us disciplines because we defend our country. and for ukraine, peace in europe. it is one of the biggest -- it is the biggest war after the second world war. it is our wish for every ukrainian, everyone of 40 5 million ukrainians to bring as soon as possible, peace back in her homeland. brent: he makes it clear, jack,
that this nato meeting will be focused almost solely on the war in ukraine. but there is also a bit of extra room now that we have this resolution with turkey and finland and sweden. i am thinking of china. reporter: you are right. most of us were expecting that the two days of meetings when all 30 nato leaders are sitting around the table, they had dinner this evening but they will get to the cracks of the business on wednesday and thursday and that will be dominated by this finland and sweden issue. but as you said, it frees up time. we heard from the presidents of the netherlands and belgium speaking over the last few days, saying that it is crucial for them that where the focus is on russia, that the nato military alliance and european allies especially, should not take their i off the growing china. so there are still a lot of issues to get through the next few days of the summit. brent: our correspondent at the nato meeting in madrid.
thank you. some nato leaders flew indirectly from southern germany today after the end of the g7 summit. that three-day meeting was meant to showcase a unified front against russia. it resulted in a deal to pursue more sanctions on russian oil and a pledge of billions of euros to address food shortages caused in part by the war in ukraine. >> unity among close allies, that is the symbolic message g7 game to center the world despite a litany of problems facing the planet. the atmosphere on tuesday seemed relaxed. on monday, ukraine's president joined both by video link. russia's war dominated the talks. the world's seven largest economies of the e.u. determined to support ukraine for as long as it takes. but the summit also look forward to the time after the war. the most important>> thing is that we want to get together but
also with others including the european union, to discuss the question of reconstruction. we need a marshall plan for ukraine, and it needs to be well planned and developed. that is what we set out to do. reporter: across the globe, countries are feeling the knock-on effects of the war. so it was good that leaders from the global south drink the summit. nations like india, indonesia, and senegal. among their concerns, the fight against hunger. to address that, the g7 and the e.u. established a global alliance for food insecurity, pledging over for euros to help those facing food shortages. scholz put forward a plan for a climate club, open to all nations willing to work to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees, and become emissions neutral by mid-century. >> we all agree with the future
holds, which is not gas. this is particularly true for germany. we want our economy to be carbon-neutral in 2025. that has consequences for the use of natural resources whether it is coal, oil, or gas. reporter: but climate activists, some of whom protested near the summit venue, say that extending the use of fossil fuels even for a short time is a real response to energy shortages. >> we are angry that leaders at the end, the long-term targets, but not commit to the immediate measures needed to give a clear frame to the industry, to face out fossil fuels and enter into renewable energy in a much more rapid way. reporter: those arguments will continue. for now, that's said that the g7 has demonstrated what democratic alliances can achieve. from the bavarian mountains, the world's richest
countries standing in solidarity against a backdrop of uncertainty. brent: the war of the ukraine dominated the summit. earlier i asked our guest what the g7 summit achieved on that front. guest: the main message our leaders sent out was that -- [inaudible] >> -- that they are ready to stand by ukraine for as long as it takes. that is also likely to be a long-term commitment. leaders here have said that they fear that the war may drag on for quite a long time, and that on one side it is a sign of strength on the side of ukraine, on the part of ukraine, but that would also mean that support will have tribute -- will have
to be thought through for a long period of time. they're also looking at reconstruction and building ukraine's economy once the war is over. looking at support not just in the short-term but also in the longer term. brent: the g7 summit put the global spotlight on chancellor olaf scholz, who is in his first year as chancellor. of our colleagues got an interesting response from the chancellor about security in ukraine chancellor. reporter:, the g7 with clear security commitments to ukraine, which also applied to after the war. could you tell us what these security commitments are? >> yes. i cod. [laughter] that's all. brent: he could, but he did not. what did you make on that answer.
reporter: it was clear he did not want to give out any details about possible security support for ukraine. on the website, something we sometimes see from the chancellor, he is not a man of many words on many occasions. but the issue is quite dedicated. the chancellor has been walking a fine line between promising support for ukraine militarily, but he has also been careful not to anger or provoke russia in anyway because he doesn't want to see russia escalate and retaliate against germany. that is why he wants to maybe keep his plans for security guarantees for ukraine quiet at the moment. brent: the fallout is being felt across the globe, soaring fuel and food cost prices, inflation, what did the g7 leaders agree to do about that? reporter: on the one hand, one
issue that was discussed and partly agreed upon is the possibility of implementing price caps on russian oil. and that is something that in principle the g7 countries agree upon that they have to begin discussions and look at the details and implement the mechanism to carry out this measure. this could be a big win for the g7 countries. it could help lower the burden on citizens in these countries that are seeing soaring energy prices. on the other hand, it would limit the financial income of russia. on the other hand, looking at food insecurity, the g7 states reiterated the importance of guaranteeing food security across the world and they put forward these around $4 billion to help with food security.
even the organizations that deal with fighting hunger say that that that they would need more around $28 billion, to actually have an impact. brent: dw news correspondent wrapping up the g7 conference summit files from the bay area. thank you. the g7 leaders also condemned russia for carrying out a missile strike in a busy shopping center in central ukraine, calling the attack a war crime. at least 18 people were killed monday when the missiles slammed into the building. about 1000 shoppers were reported to be inside at the time. our correspondent nick connolly is in the city of kremenchuk at the sight of that attack. reporter: indeed, and the acrid smell is still heavy in the air more than 24 hours since the blast happened. so you can imagine what it was like the last couple of hours.
emergency services have already left, they were making that the blast -- all the fire, rather, had been distinguished, but there is still search-and-rescue going on. . we are hearing from the governor of this region who says that 30 more people are unaccounted for, potentially still under the rubble. over 20 of them dead. some in critical condition. pretty extraordinary damage given that this is hundreds of miles away from the front line where people thought they were for the most part, away from the action. the oil refinery here, ukraine's biggest, had destroyed months ago, so there was nothing left to take. so people were shocked to discover that this war is basically everywhere, and they cannot ignore any science, because the danger is still very present. brent: that was nick connolly reporting from ukraine. now to the other stories making headlines around the world -- bulgaria has ordered 70 russian diplomats to leave the country by the end of the week, on
suspicion of espionage. bulgaria's prime minister says that diplomats worked, quote, " "directly for foreign agents." ." it is the largest single expulsion of russian diplomats from a balkan country in recent years. france's parliament has elected a new speaker. they are a member of president macron's party, and the first woman to hold the post. the vote came to the national assemblies first session since macron lost his majority in elementary elections. british socialite ghislaine maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping us sex offender jeffrey epstein abused teenage girls. he was convicted on five charges, including recruiting, grooming, and trafficking underage girls. her lawyer says she will appeal the sentence. now to a tragedy in texas,
authorities there have found 48 people dead inside an abandoned truck. they were migrants coming from mexico, guatemala, and honduras. more than a dozen survivors, including children, were taken to a nearby hospital. the truck was found in the vicinity of the u.s. border with mexico, along a major transit route used by human traffickers. reporter: a nobody quiet san antonio road, transformed by tragedy. authorities were alerted to the scene in the southwestern outskirts of the city monday evening, after a workeat a nearby building heard a cry for help and found the trailer with its doors ajar, and dead dies within. officials said dozens of people, thought to be migrants from central and southern america, were found dead at the scene. multiple survivors were taken to hospitals suffering from heat-related conditions.
>> the patients that we saw were hot to the touch, they were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion. no signs of water in the vehicle. it was a refrigerator tractor-trailer, but there was not working ac unit. we are not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there. none of us come to work imagining that, so we are working through the behavioral health of our folks right now. reporter: san antonio's mayor was also at the scene on monday. >> the plight of migrants seeking refuge is always a humanitarian crisis, but tonight, we are dealing with a horrific human tragedy. reporter: local police say they have taken three people into custody, but it is not clear if they were directly connected with the incident. a federal investigation into just who left these people to die in the hot trailer is underway. brent: back here in germany, a court sentenced a former nazi concentration camp guard to five
years in prison for complicity in war crimes during the holocaust. the man who is identified as josef s. was found guilty of being an accessory to murder. he worked in a concentration camp between 1942 and 1945. reporter: hiding his face, that no longer able to hide from justice, the former ss guard was wheeled into a courtroom to finally answer for his crimes. nearly 80 years after the holocaust, judges found the now 101-year-old man guilty of aiding and abetting the murder of thousands of prisoners in his ex in house and concentration camp, north of berlin. >> today the judge admitted that the sentence hardly stands in relation to the crimes committed. but for the family of the
victims, that is not the point. for them, it was just important to stand today in a german court and tell the world about the loved ones they lost in that concentration camp. reporter: over 200,000 people, mostly jews, were imprisoned in his ex and house and camp between 1936 and 1945. josef s. is alleged to have taken part, playing a role in the firing squad executions, and the deployment of zyklon b in the gas chambers. >> this trial sends the message, if you commit crimes like these, even 80 years later, he might be brought to justice. these trials are important. in any of the relatives of the victims are relieved by the guilty verdict, some fear that because of his age, he may not spend a day behind bars. that is because if he appeals the decision, it could be another year before he goes to
prison. but the families of those who perished hope the trial still sends a message that justice has no time limits. brent: it has been 10 months since international forces withdrew from afghanistan, ending a 20 year mission that failed in its goal of wringing peace and democracy to the country. today afghanistan is once again ruled by the taliban, human rights are curtailed and food shortages are common. germany no longer has troops in afghanistan, but remains engaged in trying to bring peace to the country, as the foreign minister made clear in a conference of the afghan diaspora here in germany. reporter: afghanistan has almost disappeared from the global headlines. without international forces and organizations underground, the humanitarian crisis is unfolding, unseen by the rest of the world. the german foreign minister annalena baerbock says she wants
to keep supporting afghan people from germany, together with the afghan diaspora. >> we are united by a common goal not to give up the idea of a better and more prosperous afghanistan, one that offers a free and open home to all afghans. reporter: younger afghans are cleaning their right to decide their future. aisha, if former youth representative to the u.n. criticized the litany of mistakes and false promises. our voices were heard, she said, but not listened to. >> the situation in my country is not very hard to understand. starvation will not be stopped by statements of condemnation. it will not stopped by food aid or tweets of concern. it takes more than that. reporter: the afghan civil society is the aim of the conference. the foreign minister says the
afghan people in the diaspora are the real experts on what needs to be done. for their part, they are demanding strong support. >> spaces for civil society in afghanistan are very limited already. and they will be shrinking even more if the taliban do not see and fear that afghan civil society has a strong political backing in the international community. reporter: to these activists, the risks of a stronger taliban are more obvious. >> we must not allow afghanistan to become a training ground for two -- for terrorists. reporter: the message they want to send is, young people can make a difference, and they want germany to take a leading role within the international community. with afghanistan slipping further into crisis, the sticks could hardly be higher.
brent: at wimbledon, already big problems with the coronavirus just two days into the tennis championships. the top men's contender has withdrawn after testing positive. the italian 1, 2 warm-up tournaments before him were done and was runner-up last year. and his fellow player, marion chile is also tested positive and pulled out. there are no extra coronavirus restrictions at the tournament this year. so close contacts do not need to quarantine. from the court to the pitch, the soccer world cup in qatar is just five months away, and for the first time, female refugees will work at the men's tournament. one of them from japan says that she will feel the pressure as she steps out on the soccer's biggest stage, but she hopes to be very much in the back ground. reporter: rolling into the unknown. a female referee has never taken charge of the men's world cup football match before.
but this japanese referee hopes to do just that in qatar in november. she is one of three women nominated as referees for the first world cup in the arab world. despite the potential landmark, she wants to go largely unnoticed and is keen to let the football flow. >> one of the big targets for directory is to bring out the beauty of the game. -- for a referee, is to bring out the beauty of the game. i will do my best to make it happen. if i need to communicate with the players, i will do that. if i need to show a card, i will show a card. but rather than control, i am thinking about what i can do to boost the appeal of soccer. reporter: qatar has been busy this week, trying to shore up its accommodation for the world cup including floatingotels,
as prices soar. but the pressure is not just on the host nation, as the referee well knows. >> of course, i think the pressure on me will be huge. i have a lot of responsibility, but i am really happy to take on this duty. i try to take it as a positive and something which will make me happy. reporter: new referees will still be in the majority in qatar, that she would change history. brent: you are watching dw news from berlin. after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." stick around. we will be right back. ♪
>> welcome back to life in paris. these are headlines. nato leaders gather in madrid for a summit aimed at discussing russian aggression. turkey said it is no longer going to stand in the way of finland and sweden joining the alliance. ghislaine maxwell is sentenced to 20 years in prison for recruiting and grooming teenage girls, who were then abused by the late financier, jeffrey epstein. and a horrific human tragedy, the bodies of 50 migrants found in a lo