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anchor: this is d.w. news live from berlin. tonight, the main suspect in two bombings in new york and new jersey is in police custody . ahmad khan rahami, a u.s. citizen from afghanistan was detained after a shootout with police. do police think he acted alone? we'll take you to new york to find out. also on the show, syria's best chance of peace is now in tatters. the military of the asaad regime says it is done with the cease-fire. what comes next for the war-torn country? and if i could turn back time, i would. the german chancellor angela merkel responds to growing
voter backlash over her immigration policy. riding high after yet another strong election result. good to have you with us. u.s. police have arrested the main suspect connected with saturday's bombings in new york and new jersey and it happened only after a shootout between police and the suspect. ahmad khan rahami was wanted for his alleged involvement in two bombings saturday morning's blast in new jersey and a letter explosion in manhattan that injured more than 30 people. he is a u.s. citizen born in afghanistan. the f.b.i. have raided his last known address in the town of elizabeth, new jersey. a short time ago, the mayor of
new york, bill de blasio gave a statement to the press. he said authorities are now treating the new york bombing as an act of terror and he warned new yorkers to be extra vigilant. >> we have, as i said, a lot more information that is coming in all the time. we have so much more information obviously than we even had a few hours ago. based on the information we have now, we have every reason to believe this was an act of terror. we will be going into some detail and there is still a long investigation ahead, but now we have, as i said, he have reason to believe this was an act of terror. in addition, i want to note that because this is an ongoing investigation, all new yorkers should remain vigilant. at any given point, new yorkers may find a piece of information, hear a conversation, see something that could very much aid the nypd, the f.b.i. and our partners. i want all new yorkers to be
vigilant and to provide that information if you get it at any given point in time. anchor: that was new york mayor bill de blasio speaking there. earlier i talked to our correspondent richard walker in new york and asked him to tell us more about that violent arrest. reporter: an extraordinary morning here in new york, brent. just before 8:00 local time, the f.b.i. put out an emergency notification to every cell phone in the city, millions of cell phones beeped at the same time saying the f.b.i. were looking for this man. within the space of barely four hours, he was apprehended in this suburban town in new jersey just a mile or two away from elizabeth where this man lived. so an extraordinary sort of success story that the mayor there had to tell. i think also a great deal of relief among new yorkers when they heard them say that
they're not looking for everyone else in connection with these incidents. given the suggestion, they don't believe this man was part of a wider cell while at the same time not ruling anything out. anchor: they're saying they don't believe that the suspect was part of a wider cell. what do they know? what are they saying they know for sure about the suspect? reporter: well, still the details are pretty sketchy, they're being very cautious about what they want to tell us. what we do know, a 28-year-old man born in afghanistan but a naturalized u.s. citizen who lived in this town of elizabeth, new jersey, about 40 minutes drive from the center of manhattan, that he worked in the family fried chicken restaurant, but what they won't be drawn on this, what kind of motivation might have moved him to allegedly perform these acts, although bill de blasio, the mayor, unlike over the weekend, now firmly using the
word "terror" when described what happened. anchor: our correspondent richard walker on the story for us in new york. richard, thank you very much. there are reports coming in that war planes in syria have hit an aid convoy on its way to the city of alepo. this comes just hours after the syrian army declared the cease-fire agreed by the u.s. and russia last week to be over. earlier russia had described the truce as "pointless" because of what it said were violations by rebel forces. for its part, the u.s. said the truce was fragile but holding. sporadic fighting across the country and tensions rose over the weekend after u.s. led coalition forces killed more than 60 syrian troops by mistake. for more now, we're joined by our journalist who is following this story for us from beirut. good evening to you. what more can you tell us about
these reports we're hearing that an aid convoy has been hit on its way to alepo. reporter: well, there were about 40 u.n. aid convoy that were parked near western alepo and very close to the turkish border. they were waiting for a signal to be able to start moving towards the besieged area of eastern alepo and they were waiting there and what happened just hours after the cease-fire was declared had been ended by the syrian military, they were targeted. activists on the ground claimed that around 30 out of the 40 aid trucks had been targeted and demolished. the red cross still hasn't confirmed, but what the red cross has told us so far is that 10 aid workers who were onsite have been killed. this was obviously a major disheartenment towards the u.s. and the u.n. towards this agreement that took only a few hours and the u.n. aid convoy
which is supposed to signal a big achievement towards a truce has already failed just seven days into the truce. anchor: are you hearing anything there from your sources in alepo about the possibility that this strike on an aid convoy could be revenge or receipt ribution for that u.s. attack on syrian forces over the weekend? reporter: well, one man inside the besieged area of alepo did say that jihaddists, islamist factions, especially that are controlling eastern alepo might use this to justify that the syrian military is trying to prevent any way for the aid to come into alepo and they might use, suggestion by my means in the future. we're already hearing that the not only the rebels, they are picking up their arms again and starting to rebel these forces.
just as i said earlier, several hours into the end of the cease-fire, already seeing heavy bombardment in eastern alepo. 35 air strikes within and around alepo, 45 have been injured and two dead so far, so the heavy bombardment has already started. anchor: so we're back at war in the meantime we still have this humanitarian crisis. people in alepo not getting the aid that they need. what are you hearing there? we have heard from some aid agencies that people could possibly save. reporter: of course that's always been what some of the people i have spoke to inside eastern alepo has said is a strategy by the syrian army to try to starve the people as a means of trying to win this war. it has been an old strategy and, of course, we are going to see heavy bombardments continue over the next few days. this syrian family said they were very happy and managed to
relax in the past seven days during the truce, but they were very well aware this was a short lived and temporary truce and they were expecting a return to a massacre. anchor: our journalist giving the latest on the situation in syria reporting tonight from beirut. thank you very much. millions of people have been displaced by the wars in syria and other conflicts. a new report says last year alone, 1.6 million people in the world fled their homes and sought refuge. the number of asylum seekers at its highest level since world war ii. that finding came out as world leaders met at the u.n. to adopt a declaration on migrants and refugees. it calls on countries to protect refugee rights, increase resettlement and to combat xenophobia. some more breaking news now,
thousands of people have fled one of greece's main migrant camps after a fire broke out there. the fire swept through the camp which is situated on the eastern island. between 3,000 and 4,000 people we understand have been forced to leave the camp where authorities say strong winds are fanning the flames. all right, we want to cross over now to our correspondent in athens. what can you tell us about the situation right now? reporter: it is very explosive. i was just speaking to the mayor and he said that he fears the worst. we understand that there is a huge fire that is sweeping through the detention center on this island. by some other accounts, refugees have set several pods
of that camp ablaze. we have heard of no injuries or deaths at the time, but we understand that is a huge evacuation underway of several hundreds of miners who were first taken out of the camps and other thousands were literally fled the flaming site. this is by far some of the worst shows of riots if in fact this proves to be the result of riots because the mayor i was speaking to suggests that perhaps it could have been also foul play and these fires could have been sparked by neighbors who have been angry at the presence of these refugees. now there are over 5,600 asylum seekers crammed in this detention center and there has been a surge in violence in
recent months among these refugees there. it is suspected that this incident, too, was sparked by clashes between rival ethnic groups that are living there that, that are being detained there, but again authorities at this point are trying, scrambling to get the situation under control and it remains to be seen, of course, how the situation will develop. anchor: our correspondent there reporting on that breaking news, a fire at a migrant camp on a greek island tonight. thank you very much. bringing the stories now back here to germany, in the berlin regional elections, a wave of anger over immigrants arriving in this country has fueled the popularity of the alternative for germany party which is also known as the a.f.d. it claimed 14% of the vote in sunday's elections.
it gained representation in berlin' parliament for the first time since it was founded three years ago. even in places where the left can traditionally count on support, the right-wing a.f.d. has seen a surge in popularity. d.w. went to berlin to find out why. >> berlin, with little to write home about, tourists generally don't come to this part of town. this traditional home turf for the left has just been shaken by the arrival of the right-wing populist parietal stern tiff for germany coming from nothing, the a.f.d. took almost a fifth of the vote yet nobody is surprised. >> it's expected. >> it was to be expected. many people are dissatisfied and that's why they vote for parties unpopular with the establishment. >> the number two on the regional list, clearly the
a.f.d. has high hopes for the man who found a new political home with them after leaving. he left because he could no longer recognize conservatives under merkel leader ship. the berlin results are more than protests. >> we have seen the established parties present policies as the only option. the voters no longer wanted to be presented with a policy that offers no alternative. they voted for one. >> the left party managed to defend its lead against some predictions, she was at the top of her race. she admits that the a.f.d. is currently hard to beat >> they take the fears of the people and heighten them further. it's quite simple, really. some hope that the a.f.d. will disappear again within the next two to three years. i don't think that will happen. the shift to the right is not a
purely german phenomenon. >> polls show that germans are currently worried by a sense of loss of political control, a sentiment that was heightened by angela merkel's open door policies on migration. anchor: we'll be back after a short break. >> what do you think? what do you get for 50 cents? >> for 50 cents? >> not a lot. >> did you know it costs 50 cents to feed one hungry child for one full day. >> with the app, you can share with children50 cents and a tap
smartphone. smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20-1. imagine the impact that you and your friends can have. together we can end global hunger. please download the app. anchor: welcome back here with d.w. news live from berlin. our top story, u.s. police have arrested ahmad khan rahami, the suspect wanted in connection with two bombings in new york and new jersey over the weekend. he is a 28-year-old american citizen originally from afghanistan. the attack in manhattan on saturday injured 29 people. russia's president vladmir putin has hailed election results over the weekend as a vote for stability. that's after the ruling party won a record number of seats in parliament. united russia scooped 3/4 of the seats with over 54% of the
vote. international monitors noted numerous irregularities and accusations of vote rigging. the head of the country's election commission, human rights advocate said alleged violations were being investigated. well, in an effort to show the public that elections can be transparent and fair, 6,000 webcams were enstalled at polling places throughout the country and if you believe what they show, you will agree with the country's central election commission laws that the election was not "sterile." here is a video allegedly showing election officials covering a third woman as she stuffs a bunch of ballots in the box and walks off as if nothing happened. here we have another example that has been sent in. you see some women at a polling station, one sitting behind a
desk and another in front of it. when they think no one is around or watching then, the woman behind the desk pulls sheets of paper, ballots probably out from nowhere and then goes to the ballot box and stuffs them all inside as you see right there. well, for more on the russian election, we're joined in the studio by a member of the german parliament from the german left party. he is vice chair of the group focused on german rush shanahan relations. thank you very much for taking the time to be on the show. how should germany, how should the german government respond to what appears to be vote rigging in russia? >> first we have to find out whether or not the votes were rigged. the chairman of that commission said the elections were done correctly and the ofteners of whom they were more than 500 in
russia, election observers they say that by and large it was all correct. i assume that putin doesn't actually need to manipulate any elections because he is so strong at the moment and made strong because of the west that you ask him -- anchor: do you have confidence that these possible cases of vote rigging, that they will be investigated or do you think that's just window dressing for the west? >> who benefits from what? will it benefit official russian policy, in other words, the government, the president, if that rumor that there was rigging will stay, everybody is saying, they're not that strong after all or will the russian government have its interests or possible allegations, i assume that logically it's in the interests of the russian government to sort this and do everything to discover what needs to be discovered.
the strength of putin is definitely not something which is due to vote rigging if that vote didn't really happen. anchor: the united states has said that it will not recognize the election in crimea because of the anextation two years ago. does germany need to make that statement as well? does it need to be clear if i condemnation of the annexation as well as the election there now? >> i'm not a representative of the german government. i have to say that -- anchor: what would you like to see the government do? >> i would like to see the government be more realistic in negotiating things that require sorting. you have to start the sanctions, you have to start talking again to russia at the high levels of power and at a high level.
equally, to see how it might be solved so it won't be a permanent cause of conflict for the world. i think a possible idea is the referendum in crimea might be repeated but under international control and see how the people there really want -- anchor: you have written a resolution for your party, the left party just a couple of months ago calling for germany and the european union to lift all sanctions on russia and you want germany to lead that. if, let's say that the west were to do that, if all of the sanctions were gone, do you think vladmir putin would then do what we would like to see him do? >> no, certainly he wouldn't. i mean, the russian president or russia would do what we think that the russians would do. they have to do what is sensible for their country and for europe as well. that's negotiable. anchor: uplifting those
sanctions if you don't think it would change his behavior? >> well, the sanctions were i'd outic from the very beginning. anybody who had any knowing of the russian mentality would know that. the concessions that were made to russia as part of german unity, would we never have had reunification of germany if russia hadn't agreed to it. the anchor: is that in the mind of vladmir putin when he is making the walls so the n.g.o.s have a tough time working in the country, a free press has a tough time surviving in the country. is he thinking about something that happened 25, 30 years ago? >> to be honest, i don't really think about what is happening in putin's mind and how i could possibly know. anchor: you just mentioned the german reunification didn't go
the way that the russians wanted it to go? >> german union enough indication came with the help of russia. the russian army withdrew from german soil. i would like to tell you a experience that i had. it may be sort of theatrical. there may be truth in it. i had russian guests and took a walk with him. someone was playing an accordion, a russian, my guess is almost rigid saying it's horrible, the children of the victors are now basking in germany for the purpose of their children. i think that really just marks the atmosphere. i want to get out of that atmosphere. i want to get back into negotiations to establishing contact. if more people want that and germany is very popular, a lot more popular than many other countries. maybe that could make things happen. anchor: we have to wrap it up
there, a member of the left party in the german parliament, thank you for taking the time to be on the phone, thank you very much. >> i would like to thank you. anchor: thank you. it's time for business news, christoff is on the other side of the room with a look at bridge pages and their shaky prospects after brexit. >> that's right, a hard brex it's could cut off the city of london from the e.u. market. that is according to the president of germany's central bank. passport rights are tied to the market and would cease to apply if great britain is not at least part of the european economic area. the u.k. must decide between a so-called soft exit, retaining membership of the single market and free movement of citizens some that reject or a hard exit in order to control immigration. britain is trying to get all of its ducks in a row before
triggering article 50 to start the divorce. teresa may is meeting top business leaders during a trip to new york. she is speaking with goldman sachs, and i.b.m. to drum up trade. the guest of honor at the new york stock exchange where he rang the closing bell only minutes ago. let's go straight to new york and our financial correspondent. jens, did he get a friendly welcome and how has the market been today? reporter: sure, he got a warm reception here on wall street and, well, there was the slogan, london is open, meaning open for business. it's a whole charm offensive from khan and may. teresa may as you mentioned is meeting with big american banks also to figure out the sentiments, what concerns the u.s. financial institutions
have in regard to the u.k. the market was a bit shaky, we have the meeting on tuesday and wednesday and action was limited ahead of this meeting. >> the commissioner is in washington speaking to officials regarding the e.u.'s $14 billion claim and back taxes against apple. what did she have to say? >> well, maybe the offensive part two if you want to put it that way. well, there was no official threat so far, but there is some talk that u.s., the treasury department and the government overall actually might have some repercussions if the e.u. goes after big american corporations like apple. she made it pretty clear that actually there is no bias against the u.s. corporation,
there are no repercussions and no companies around the globe are getting treated the same way. so that's probably her main message here in the u.s. >> in new york, thank you. and that's all your business news. back to you. anchor: thank you very much. after a short break, i'll be back to take you through the day. we're going to have in-depth coverage of the russian election and claims of vote rigging in russia. we'll be back right after this.
>> hello, and a very warm welcome to "focus on europe." today we will show you just how differently the issue of integration can be handled. in sweden, young refugees are welcome. yet in hungary, this is not at all the case. as a result hungary is now attracting german migrants who say they no longer feel at home out of fear of refugees. >> it's foreign and people are panicked about what will happen when mosques are built. >> so they flee the refugees for hungary. >> more on that is coming up later in the program, but first to romania.