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brent: tonight, ap's plan for syria is on the table. opposition groups laying out their vision of a syria which will see him step down into years. a suspected attack has killed a child in aleppo. dozens more have been injured. another reported atrocity in the country's five year civil war. with no official statement on the one issue worrying most countries. china and its claims in the south china sea.
more heat for turkey. germany's government and size turkey over its treatment of the team of dw's conflict zone program. we will tell you what was said today. ♪ brent: it is good to have you with us. the syrian opposition activists have outlined their plan for a peaceful transition without the president. the plan comes ahead of talks between the eu, u.s. and other regional powers in london. but with russia not at the table , the opposition's key demand remains in doubt. all reports starts tonight in the city of aleppo, where an alleged chlorine attack has left one person dead and dozens injured. reporter: nothing but rubble is
now this neighborhood in the city of aleppo. helicopters dropped bombs over the rebel-held area. many allege the syrian army used chemical weapons against civilians. >> the bombing caused great destruction and the barrels contained chlorine. we had lots of cases of suffocation. many children were affected. there are no military barracks here. reporter: in london, syria's main opposition group read -- revealed its plans for the future of the country. >> the establishment of the transitional governing body shall require the departure of the president who have committed heinous crimes against the syrian people. reporter: the proposed plan foresees a gradual transition
starting with six months of talks in accompanied by a total cease-fire. a transitional government would then run syria for the ensuing 18 months during which assad would leave office. boris johnson, who hosted the talks, said this blueprint could also help restart the stalled geneva peace process. >> it is obviously critical that the world and all the inter-lockers in geneva should be able to see that there is a future for syria that goes beyond the assad regime. reporter: for the victims of aleppo, this scenario seems like a faraway dream. 70 people were injured following the latest attacks. brent: we want to go now to our
correspondent from the german magazine der spiegel. he has the following the situation in syria for long time. good evening to you. we have got the syrian army again rejecting reports that say it deployed chlorine gas in the city of aleppo. how reliable is that claim is there any way to prove or disprove it? christoph: we have not been to aleppo to verify if chlorine was dropped. but since having done in-depth investigation since april 2014, we see the syrian regime constantly has lied about not using chlorine, even when
investigators proved it. they said they had no helicopters in the air that night, but then you have recordings of radiocommunication and the pilots, you know there were helicopters in the air. but this is not complicit with the impact. there were no large detonations, there were small divinations. and we found barrels that contain chemicals. constantly they come up with explanations which can be falsified -- or have been falsified. there is no reason to believe that what the regime has always said, we never use chemicals. brent: is there any reason to
believe then that syria has ever been free of chemical weapons? we have that report several years ago, and if that were the case, where with these chemical weapons becoming from? christoph: the regime has always been testing the waters. what can we use, what can we not use? they have agreed with the u.n. on giving up the chemical weapons of enormous deed a string of -- enormous destructive power. it is illegal to use chlorine as a weapon in high concentration, but this is what they have done. brent: we're going to have to wrap it up there.
reporting from beirut, thank you for very much. now to asia -- beijing has escaped what could have been broad and loud criticism of its expansionist policies in the south china sea. he summit ended today with a statement raising concerns over island building in the sea but failed to mention china by name. the closing statement also made no mention of a recent international ruling which leaves china's claims to the territory as illegal. reporter: an apparent show of unity. leaders of the 10 countries and invited neighbors such as china are keen to display choke -- close ties. but the summit has been dominated by the tensions of territorial rise in the south china sea. beijing came under pressure on the last day of the summit when the philippines produced surveillance photos it said showed fresh c near a disputed .
many -- shoal. beijing claims that most of the sea is based on a vaguely defined dash line on chinese maps from the 1940's. the area is a key shipping lane, believed to be rich in resources. the summit ended with a victory for chinese diplomatic clout, with no mention of the country in the final statement, expressing only concern of a recent development. meanwhile, trade was also a key item on the agenda, but u.s. president barack obama expressed frustration at delays in adopting a transpacific partnership trade agreement, blaming the u.s. political season of the failure to win passage. >>'s standards in countries rise -- >> if standers in countries
rise, they will be competing in who can -- instead able be competing for who is working the smartest and has the best products and the best ideas. reporter: before departure, the farewell dinner and show. the leaders donning traditional costumes. the appearance of cordial diplomacy while the tensions in the region remain unresolved. brent: let's bring in our correspondent following the story for us today. good evening to you richard. we have eight years behind us now where obama has attempted a diplomatic pivot towards asia. how far did he get? richard: it has been a bit of a struggle.
when you go to the thinking behind this pivot towards asia as they describe it, the idea was the united states has been all caps far too long in far too many intractable conflicts in the middle east in spending far too little time devoting its attention to the world's most dynamic region, the asian-pacific region, that was looking likely to be strategically far more important in the decades to come. they could end up slipping under the orbit of china far too easily. the problem for obama is at both ends of this equation, it has been going wrong for him. in the middle east, he has been sucked in time after time by intractable conflicts that are getting even worse. his critics say because of his determination to pay less attention to them. then on the asian side of the equation, his flagship policy to try to combine much of the region into america's orbit looks like it may fail because of political headwinds here in
the united states. and you have had china throwing its weight around in the south china sea. as things stand now with just five months left of his presidency, does not look too good for obama's pivot. brent: that pivot even sounded somewhat vulgar this week. there were tensions over the philippine president's slur against obama this week, calling him the son fo a whore. were they able to patch things up? richard: it did emerge that the two men got to talk informally on the sidelines of the summit. and both sides distressing the do have a very important alliance. but it really was an embarrassment for obama, not the first embarrassment. when he arrived in china for the meeting, he was forced to get
out of the rear entrance of his plane as though he was making deliveries to the galley. i think this is all fuel for the critics -- chief among them, donald trump, who was saying that american leadership has suffered under barack obama, america is not respected under barack obama, and it needs a new tough guy leadership that donald trump believes he can supply. brent: richard, thank you very much. here in germany, the government has voiced its support for dw in a dispute with the turkish government. authorities seized the recording of an interview with the government minister that was taped for our program, conflict zone, on monday. the german government spokesman said today that press freedom is nonnegotiable for germany. while the incident has drawn widespread condemnation across
the clinical spectrum here in berlin. reporter: it has not escaped the attention of the german government. during wednesday's parliamentary session, the commissioner for media affairs strongly criticized the treatment of journalists. >> the confiscation of materials after the interview with the minister in turkey goes against our concept of press freedom. this is extremely alarming. reporter: lawmakers from across the political spectrum supported her remarks. a call for the return of the materials. >> it is another attack on press freedom in turkey. we demand the materials are released as soon as possible. reporter: turkish journalists are familiar with the kind of problems that dw is now facing. their rights are frequently
violated, they protested against the imprisonment of two colleagues just a few weeks ago. turkeys treatment of journalists is blocking its progress in terms of joining the european union. >> there is no freedom of expression without press freedom, and no democracy either. and a democracy is one of our central values in the eu. any nation hoping to become a member of the european union must share those values. reporter: the situation with the media in turkey has deteriorated even further since they failed coup. reporters without borders say 35 broadcasters have had their licenses revoked. and there is the harassment of international media. >> the staff members were able to leave and are now safe, but those in turkey have to live with the prospect of being beaten or locked away or that forces will take over their newspapers and face economic pressure. reporter: the german foreign
♪ brent: welcome back come alive from berlin. our top story -- syrian main opposition group has presented its blueprint for a transition to peace in the country. but with russia missing from upcoming international talks, the viability of the plan remains in doubt. a generation of the world's children uprooted. that is how unicef is describing the situation of almost 50 million children worldwide were forced from their homes i war, violence, and poverty. the u.n. organization is urgently appealing to governments to provide better
protection and services for child refugees and migrants. reporter: their eyes have seen things no child should ever see. they fled from war, violence, oppression and poverty. children now bear the brunt of the world's humanatarianc ris --humanitarian crises. children account for nearly half of all war refugees. nearly 50 million children are uprooted worldwide. 28 million of those are forcibl% displaced by conflict and violence. and more in more children are crossing borders on their own. last year, over 100 thousand unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in europe, three times as many as the year before. child refugees need special support. staff and volunteers at this migrant camp in greece try to help children deal with the psychological trauma they have
experienced. >> they have lots of nightmares of violence, emotions they do not know how to deal with their anger from what they had been through. it is not always easy for them to talk about it, so we give them paintings, they draw their journey, and their parents are also getting help here because we do parenting skills for the parents, how to be with the children in trauma during this crisis and this journey. reporter: but this kind of help is the exception rather than the rule. unicef is demanding better protection for the most vulnerable victims of the world's worst humanitarian crises so that these children get a chance to be children once more. brent: all right, a big day for
anyone who owns one of these. apple unveiling its new iphone. we were talking earlier, is it much ado about nothing? daniel: android users are probably getting deja vu, but it is the day apple fans wait for all year -- time for a new iphone. i phone seven will include the usual updates -- better battery, powerful processor. but one key part is missing -- a place to plug in your headphones. that has caused controversy, but apple thinks you will buy it anyway. after all, it is the most successful product of its kind in history. >> it is the best iphone that we have ever created. this is iphone seven. [applause] daniel: tim cook's presentation of the iphone seven comes hot on the heels for the one billionth
sale for the iconic iphone series. the latest model's most radical change is the much-rumored shift from the jack to bluetooth for headphones. doing away with the jack also makes the iphone water and dust resistant. it's 12 megapixel camera includes two lenses, one for telephoto shots. cook also showcased the new apple watch, out just in time for christmas. it is now water resistant. an equally important, wearers can now play pokemon go as well. but the iphone is apple's biggest money spender by far. however, sales has fallen for the first time as market approaches saturation, 15% down for the first half. the iphone 6 game with very few spectacular innovations, disappointing apple fans.
given the iphone seven's design and capability improvements boost those strongest -- sluggish sales? we will find out on september 16 when it hits store shelves. our markets man on wall street has been following this. jose, apple has seen amazing success for its iphones over the years. will this be the same, will this be a hit? jose: it seems it could come especially going into the holiday season in the next couple months. the new features of the iphone seven will not disrupt the industry but will be enough to attract all those faithful users of apple products like myself, and new customers. the fact that the iphone seven is water resistant and has a much better camera seems enough
to boost sales and put an end to that sales decreased that we have seen in the last few quarters. daniel: i know you are an apple fan, but what are -- what about investors in new york, they excited? daniel: they were not very surprised, as most of the characteristics of the new models were already known. that is why apple's stock did not move that much. but it did pick up and turn positive sour, a good sign that tim cook did not disappoint. daniel: briefly if you can, however important is the iphone for apple? jose: it is crucial. if we take into consideration that two thirds of its revenue comes from the iphone, that is why analysts are still cautious and warned that the iphone could
just be a one trick pony for apple it is true they have sown over one billion iphones, which makes it one of the best-selling phones in history. daniel: let's see if apple can squeeze more juice out of its flagship project. thank you for that analysis. apple is not just in the news for its new product. the european commission is trying to take a bite out of apple's profits. this sparking a heated debate in dublin. >> the irish people are divided and so is the government. the prime minister recalled parliament early for a debate on apple's tax record. the finance minister showed a clear defense. >> parliament has done nothing wrong. we have a proven tax record and a matchless commitment to -- reporter: but some opposition
says it is wrong to fight the eu's ruling and that the country should simply accept the money. >> it is a cynical lie to suggest there is any new trend to corporate tax rate in last week's move. it is a lie and those were peddling it know it all too well. reporter: why is he fighting to reject a windfall of 13 billion euros? it is keen to keep apple happy. the company employs nearly 6000 people there. it is one of many multinationals that came to the country to benefit from a famously low corporation tax rate of 12.5%. also at stake is their reputation. it wants to maintain its image as an advantageous place to invest and do honest business. daniel: i think that is enough apple for one show. back over to brent who has some sports news. brent: the rio paralympic's is about to begin with a lavish opening ceremony.
in a last-minute push to sell some remaining tickets. over 4300 athletes will be showing what they can do, including this long jumper and sprinter. you will be carrying the german flag into the stadium. he is trying to make his mark against able-bodied athletes as well. reporter: warming up for his paralympic dream. he has his sights firmly set on real gold. the german who lost his leg in a training accident when he was 14, is a standout star in the long jump and 100 meter. however, for the 28-year-old, that is not enough. he would like to be able to take on his non-disabled peers. >> in recent years, we have proven how much our sport has evolved. they passed, paralympics were not taken seriously people -- se riously.
nowadays we are so good, people say, no, you cannot compete with us. reporter: at a recent event, he showed fans just what that means. the three-time world champion jumped a world record eight meters and 40 centimeters last year, that is 45 centimeters short of the non-disabled record. he will be germany's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. he is hoping his performances in real with -- will give paralympic sport recognition it deserves. brent: think you look at some very spectacular images from kent county in the u.k., watch this. demolition experts had a field day today. it brought down a disused powerstation chimney. 250 meters high, it is the tallest structure in the country ever to be brought down. the powerstation began operations in 1979.
but i closed four years ago as it was no longer economically viable. good work. here's a reminder of the top stories -- syria's main opposition group has presented his blueprint to a transition to peace in syria. but with russia missing from international talks, the viability of the plan remains in doubt. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. stick around for that everybody. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]