Namibian lawmakers debate German genocide deal
10 October 2021 | 5:40 pm
On tonight's show: lawmakers in Namibia are debating whether to accept a compensation deal from Germany. Berlin has offered to fund €1.1 billion worth of projects to atone for a four-year-long genocide that began in 1904. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni sets the Covid-19 vaccination goal at 10 percent of the population by the end of the year. Finally, films return to the big screen in Somalia as the National Theatre in Mogadishu hosts its first public screening in three decades.
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A a former hotel driver stands accused of driving Hutus who massacred Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. In the late 1990s he moved to France, tried and failed to obtain asylum but became a French citizen in 2010.
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Despite being the first genocide of the 20th century, the 1904-1908 massacre of the indigenous Herero and Nama peoples by German colonial troops in Namibia remains a little-known chapter of history. It was not until May of this year that Berlin officially recognised its responsibility for the atrocities. Our regional correspondents report.
German jihadist Nils D. has been found guilty of torturing a man to death while serving as guard at an "Islamic State" prison.
When Gambia's president Adama Barrow came to power in 2016, he promised to step down after three years. His decision to extend his term from three to five years - and seek another - has unsurprisingly divided the country. Edith Kimani meets young Gambians in the heat of the election campaign to hear from both sides.
France's prominent Le Petit Robert dictionary, considered a linguistic authority in the country, recently added a new pronoun to its online edition. The word is "iel", a gender-neutral merging of the masculine "il" (he) and the feminine "elle" (she). This new pronoun, intended for those who identify as neither male nor female, is already used online and by younger generations. But the move to include it in the dictionary provoked a backlash from politicians and linguists. One vocal critic of the new pronoun is French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. He says it's the latest expression of "wokism" which, he claims, threatens France's universalist model. We take a closer look.
The general global trend towards protectionism has been boosted by the pandemic, as countries try to buy more locally. That's a serious threat to jobs in Germany.
German judoka Marie Dinkel was sexually abused by her coach when she was 13. Now 25, she speaks to DW about her experience, lack of trust and how she hopes to help others.
Germany is to shut down its last nuclear reactors next year. However, the country still has no place to store the 27,000 cubic metres of highly radioactive material it has already produced, with the amount set to grow as power stations are decommissioned and dismantled. German authorities have set a deadline of 2031 to find a permanent storage location – but for now, the waste is being stored in temporary locations, much to the anger of local residents. Our correspondents report.
Germany’s short-time work model prevents mass layoffs during an economic downturn when workers have less to do. When they do work, they get paid as usual. When they don't work, they get an allowance from the state. This helps keep the economy stable.
The new German parliament has elected Olaf Scholz as chancellor as Angela Merkel departs after 16 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy. He is now scheduled to be sworn in, along with a new Cabinet.
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