tv DW News PBS May 5, 2016 6:00pm-6:31pm PDT
♪ >> this is a dw news from berlin. just a few hours after government forces pledged to other a regime of calm and syria, the latest attack. this time in a camp for people fleeing the fighting. dozens are dead. activists say assad air force fired the missiles. turkey's president tightens its grip on power as his prime minister steps down. because trees opposition says it is effectively a coup by the president. and outward it declares a state of emergency as wildfire and goes for mcmurray. emergency services battle to
keep the flames away from the city center. 1600 buildings are already in ashes. ♪ sarah: welcome to the program. syrian activists say that airstrikes on a can't housing displaced people have claimed at least 28 lives. the dead reportedly included women and children and many more people also suffered serious injuries. local sources say that for missiles were fired at the camp, setting tents there on fire. the attacks hit the camp in northern syria. where joined now by nicholas connolly from the newsroom committee has been following the story. this camp is essentially for refugees. what more do we know about the
attack? nicholas: they say at least 28 people dead, 50 wounded. this is very close to the turkish border, about 1500 and 2000 people live there. sarah: the information them a we are relying on the syrian observer for that. they had been reporting on this. what more do we know about their credibility, are they relatively accurate with the information they put out? nicholas: they are a monitoring outfit in the u.k. provides syrian exiles that they have a large network of informants across syria and they have shown to bring consistently reliable news. the white house is already commenting on this and have called the attack indefensible. sarah: the city government carried out the airstrikes, is that plausible? nicholas: the white house is
being a bit more cautious, they are saying there were no american coalition planes in the area. it remains to be seen. but the syrian opposition says the only people with the capacity to do this would be either government troops or russian forces. sarah: in the past few weeks we have seen a surge in fighting. there's been efforts of the past couple weeks to include that city included in the cessation of hostilities agreement. what does this attack now mean for that progress that has been made in the past 24 hours to include the city of aleppo? nicholas: it doesn't look good. the syrian government says the cease-fire in aleppo is to run for another 24 hours but it throws all the cards back up. they're saying they are looking for final victory in aleppo, that is something the u.s. has come out and condemnation of.
it leaves all the questions open as to what will happen there. we're still waiting for more confirmation at the moment, as i said, all our information is coming from social media and this one group in the u.k. sarah: it seems once again that some of the country's most vulnerable have been killed. thank you for the update. so, the killing in the world conflict zones goes on. in a new report released today by the international institute for strategic studies, it says that armed conflicts claimed over 167,000 lives last year. the ancient city of palmyra is a symbol of that destruction which swept the world in 2015. >> the conflict in syria is one of the 37 around the world that figure in a new report. when fighters seized palmyra they destroyed monuments and killed many people in battle and
execution style murders. taken together, the middle east and north africa are the world's most dangerous regions. the 3000 people were killed there -- 83,000 people were killed there. most of them and syria. that is a full third of all victims worldwide. but even where there is no war, life can be very dangerous. 34,000 people were killed in armed conflict in latin america. drug cartels fight each other and the authorities. the report says violence in mexico increased again in 2015 after a decline in the receiving few years. --preceding few years. in europe, 4500 people were
killed in armed conflict, almost all of them in ukraine. the numbers indicate that europe is nonetheless one of the world's most peaceful regions. sarah: we turn to turkey now. ahmet davutoglu says he will step out later this month. now president erdogan can tighten his grip on power. but the outgoing premise or appears to remain loyal, in public at least. >> when he spoke to party delegates following the announcement, he chose his words carefully. >> i maintain my loyalty to our
president until my last dying breath. no one has ever heard a word from the against our president and no one ever will. i want this to be known clearly and i will not allow this issue to be exploited. the honor of our players and -- of our president is my honor. his family's honor is my honor. his family is my family. >> davutoglu appealed to party members not to allow his resignation to split the governing party which has been in charge of turkey since 2002. the opposition has criticized the move and on the streets, opinions are divided. >> our great mentor believes this is the right move your it is great. it means he was not happy with davutoglu. he will introduce someone who works hard.
it is not good to oppose everything. whatever our great mentor wants, it will happen. >> at this rate, we will plunge into chaos. i don't know how many crises we have had. the premise or was a good man, i like him. his departure is not a good sign. >> commentators say davutoglu's reservation paves the way for the president to tighten his grip on power. erdogan is to replace the current system with an executive presidency, an idea that davutoglu opposed. sarah: what are we to make of the prime minister's amounts meant -- announcement? >> he was very careful not to directly criticize the president , in fact he reaffirmed his loyalty.
but he alluded to the fact that there were growing differences within the party and said he could no longer tolerate those differences. when that consensus ended, he could no longer continue. they made reference to the president in saying there no longer walking along the same path. they could no longer continue. sarah: what is the background regarding these tensions? davutoglu, he is seen as being more liberal than erdogan. what does this seem for the future of the country? dorian: when he became prime minister he called the president and try to introduce anticorruption measures which the president was opposed to your more recently he has voiced
concern -- he is seen overseas as a moderating force. there will be concerns, particularly now that he is expected to be replaced with someone who is more close to the president, and it is expected the president will be driving through major changes in the prosecution including the inclusion of an executive presidency with very few checks, which many people who -- will say is close to the situation in russia. sarah: how about the eu migration deal between the eu and turkey. davutoglu was seen as one of the chief architects of that. and leaving, what does it mean for that deal? dorian: there will be concerns in brussels over cooperations between turkey and europe. davutoglu was very much seen as
a man they could do business with, far more moderate than the president. he also was the architect of this deal of receiving migrants in exchange for visa-free travel for turks. now that davutoglu is gone, the president has been very unsuited -- unenthusiastic. that will cast question marks. sarah: thank you. let's get a quick check of stories. workers in kenya have rescued for people under the rubble of a building. more than 30 died in the residential building disaster in nairobi. scores more are still missing. more than 30 people on a fright from bugatti to discard a habit injured after severe turbulence.
this video shows the panic on the plan. as injuries included spinal fractures and minor head traumas. israeli shelling on the gaza strip has killed a palestinian woman at her home and injured several others. is now the second day that israel has exchanged fire with hamas fighters, marking the worst flareup in violence since 2013. germany has a general election in 18 months. opinion polls are being scrutinized closely, and with good reason. the alternative for germany party are making waves on a tide of anti-immigrant and anti-eu sentiment. the latest poll indicates that germany's parliament would look very different if the public voted right now. >> troubled times for germany's established parties. the polls show a potential political earthquake.
when asked who they wouldn't vote for if the general election was the sunday, 33% said it would choose the governing christian democrats. 20% would vote for spd, the free democratic party would get 6% among the left 8%, and the green 13%. afd would be newcomers with 50%. -- 15%. it has been gaining ground on existing parties. more recently, it's anti-muslim rhetoric has won support. when asked if you border sproles -- patrol should be maintained, almost all supporters answered yes. 62% of respondents want to maintain recently introduced border controls your only 34% want them discontinued.
germany's refugee policy is also coming under heavy fire, including the eu turkey deal meant to deter migrants attempting to cross into europe. those who still managed to come are being sent straight back to turkey. in return, among other incentives, they are coveted financially. the agreement only has the support of a minority of germans. only 30% see it as good, more than half say it is a dead deal. criticism is also directed at the free ticket trade agreement that even before documents were leaked. german seven denouncing the deal. only 17% believed teach it will be advantageous. the vast majority will think it will bring disadvantages to germany. whether the topic is border control, the migration deal with turkey, or the transatlantic
sarah: more appalling scenes from syria. 28 people are dead after missiles hit a camp. and tight regime activists say assad forces are to blame. the canadian province of alberta has declared a state of emergency as wildfires and golf the city of fort mcmurray. a blaze the size of 38 football fields has forced tens of thousands of people of their homes. now, the flames are bearing down on the city center with only
desperate firefighters in their path. >> a wall of fire has left people in fort mcmurray with no choice. firefighters have so far managed to keep the blaze out of the city center. still, many homes have been effected. >> my home is burned to the ground. >> no lies lost, that is what we have to concentrate on. >> basically it is raining ash, your eyes are burning, is time to leave. >> the provincial government has ordered the city's evacuation but getting out has been easier said than done. traffic jams and gas shortages has slowed the evacuations. the fire broke out on sunday. it started southwest but height wind has driven the flames into the city. unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions turn of the
force in alberta into the perfect tinderbox here to according to the government, the fire has destroyed around 1600 buildings leaving only ash in its wake. but what sparked the blaze is still unknown. >> at this point the fire is still under investigation. human caused wildfires is generally because we see, but we have also had lighting fires. we are working with investigators to determine if it is lightning or human caused fire. will not know that for a couple days yet. >> the losses for the region could be catastrophic. it is the heartland of canada's oil region and home to the world's third-largest oil reserves. sarah: wherever you look in britain today, people are boating here -- people are voting. there are local polls taking place and england alongside mayoral elections in several
cities. voters in london are also choosing a successor, and if the polls are correct the front runner may soon become the first muslim mayor of the british capital. >> polls predict that this man from the labour party will be the next mayor of london. the 45-year-old was a first muslim to attend a cabinet meetings in the united kingdom when he served as a minister. the son of a bus driver, says he will be mayor for all londoners, but his critics have often tried to establish links between him and extremists. his contender is zach goldsmith of the conservative party. his background could not be more different. he is the son of a billionaire. the 41-year-old has about two continue the work as mayor but his critics say he is out of touch.
londoners chief complaint of a high cost of housing and an aging transport system in the city. one expert believes the capitals demographics now they were the labour party. >> the polls suggest the labor candidate is quite well ahead. conservatives have won the last two elections so they have had eight years in power. over time, london is tipping towards labour. >> voting starts friday morning. it may be early evening before any clearer results are available. sarah: that is not the only election in britain, there is a referendum on eu membership next month. what would be the economic impact as a -- if a brexit were to happen? christoph: how much would it cost? that is one of the crucial questions hovering about a possible brexit.
a brexit would lessen the uk's gross domestic product by more than three percentage points. one thing is certain, no other country has left the european union before and that uncertainty makes investors and businesses nervous. >> britain is a proud country with a rich history but many people there would like to see a future outside the european union. service in recent months has showed an even -- a nearly even split between supporters and opponents of the brexit. if they choose to go it alone in june, it could be costly. a study concluded that if britain left the eu its gdp would declined by up to 3% by 2030. the cost could be as much as 300 billion euros.
studies point to even greater cost for britain. the organization says a brexit would deliver a blow to the country's economy. the adverse affects for other eu members would be lower depending on how much they rely on her trade --rely on britain portrayed. in germany, the gdp would decline -- berlin would have to contribute to and a half billion euros more to the eu budget to make up for payments no longer coming from london. the political follow-up is likely to be -- fall out is likely to be more dramatic. it could threaten the eu's very existence. christoph: before they decide to stay in or leave, they went to the polls and national in regional and local elections today.
if this election can be seen as a litmus test ahead of the referendum. >> the party exists because they want britain to you -- to leave the european union. if they do very well today throughout the country, that sends out a strong signal for their major project which is brexit. if they do poorly today, it sends a signal that probably people do not care as much about leaving the european union as most of them thought. christoph: people that tesla have their foot on the gas, or rather the electric throttle. the automobile maker wants to increase its output to half a million cars a year, that would be faster than expected and five times as many as 15. erlon musk recently unveiled a new electric car. >> the tesla is a big hit with
the rich and famous. elon musk's company has made a huge impact. now he wants the new model three to make new inroads into the mainstream. >> in terms of price, it will be $35,000. >> the new tesla is much cheaper than previous models and soon many more will be on the road. the carmaker has plans to ramp up production to 500,000 annually. musk says he often spends nights at the office. demand for shares of tesla has been high on equity markets. based on market capitalization the company is one of the world most viable automakers. when it comes to revenue, they lag far behind their rivals. as has yet to turn a profit and analysts want to know how elon
musk will finance the company's rapid expansion. in the past, tesla has struggled to meet production goals and be on time. the question is whether the boss can turn things around. christoph: that is indeed the question. this all sounds very ambitious and progressive and well and good, but do investors believe the hype? >> on wall street are is a lie skepticism and you only need to have a look at the stock price the stock dropped by almost 5% here on the thursday session. those are very ambitious goals. last year they delivered about 50,000 vehicles it this year they are hoping to achieve 80,000 and that is a long stretch from 500,000. it doesn't depend on tesla, it
also relies on suppliers. only -- if only one supplier is late or having trouble, the nicole production -- then the whole production will fall behind. christoph: and tesla is still losing money. when will the company be profitable? >> well, before today, expectations were that by the end of the year tesla would turn into a profitable territory that seems to be less likely, because to achieve those goals they need to invest quite a lot of money and will need to raise more capital. if they do that by selling more stocks or using the markets, or in other words, to use debt to get the financing done, remains to be seen.
on the positive side, elon musk is a visionary. if you look at other corporations, amazon for example , they ignored profit to keep the focus on division and that was successful. let's see if tesla and elon musk can achieve that. christoph: thank you. that is all your business. sarah: that does it for us for now. from all of us on the team here, thank you very much for watching your see you next time. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]