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♪ >> this is "dw news" live from berlin. rescuing a free trade deal that seemed dead in the water just yesterday. the eu's free trade pact with canada gets the go-ahead. belgian politicians work the deadlock that had been holding the seeded trade a greeted hostage. all 28 member states are expected to give their approval by friday night. also on the show, they were sex slaves held by islamic state. tonight two yazidi women who survived the ordeal have been awarded the eu's top prize for human rights.
they are now campaigning for other women just like them. conservationists say humans are to blame for half of the world wildlife since 1970. they warn that worse is to come if we don't change our ways. >> it's good to have you with us. tonight belgium has much. the country's national government says it is now able to say yes to the free trade deal between the european union and canada. earlier this week the southern region refused to pass the deal, and that trickled -- triggered a domino effect that stopped the treaty in its tracks. reporter: the relief is palpable. belgians government has woken its deadlock and can vote with
its -- broken its deadlock and can vote with its eu partners. >> i have the pleasure to announce that this committee just reached an agreement on the text that defined the belgium proposal, and it is immediately address the eu and the president of the eu council. reporter: the rebels had been held up as heroes by anti-globalization activists around the continent. now the walloons say they have won important concessions. after long negotiations, we finally reached an agreement between belgians that will be submitted to the european institutions and to european earners. wallonia is extremely happy its demands were heard.
we always fought for treaties that strengthen social, environmental norms, and protect public services. and against private arbitration that only entirely public jurisdictions that provide all the jurisdictional guarantees. we have been heard and now all this will be acquired. the deal must now pass the belgian regional and national assemblies, as well as the european parliament. only then will the canadian prime minister be invited again to come and sign the treaty. >> our brussels correspondent has been following the trade deal tug-of-war for us, and he had this to say about the diplomatic fallout. >> for 7 years, the eu negotiated a trade deal with canada. seven days before this deal was signed, it became a source of embarrassment. no surprise, the relief and brussels and european capitals is now enormous that belgium has reached a compromise and finally
until friday midnight, this deal can be signed by the 28 member states. now 1600 pages are to be signed, plus annexed or four pages, that has no added with its compromise. this entails the promise of the belgian government, but will assess the environmental impact that sita could have. it also details that the -- the legal role of the so-called special tribunals. one can't help but get the feeling of a bitter aftertaste that all of this -- this delay has been caused by an internal political row in belgium, and at the end of the day, the eu will have to ask itself whether it is indeed meaningful the regional, federal, and community governments and parliaments of which belgium has a total of six, really all have to decide about a trade deal this one. anchor: as you can imagine,
supporters have taken to social media to tell us what they think. the president of the european council tweeted, i am glad for good news from the prime minister, the belgian prime minister. only once all procedures are finalized for the eu signing will i contact the canadian prime minister justin trudeau. anchor: from the european green party, pleased about the belgian hiatus, as it turns out, bologna is not blocking sita, it made it better. don't underestimate the eu. he was one of quite a few european members of parliament. not everyone has been so enthusiastic. lots of people had been hoping that the deal would collapse. here is a journalist capturing the situation from this afternoon, showing the protesters blocking the entrance to european commission headquarters
sadly, i think it's more likely the federal belgian government bribed wallonia with something ceta-unrelated. tonight nader defense ministers meeting in brussels have agreed to bolster forces along the alliance's eastern border with russia. it's a biggest military buildup in the region since the cold war. germany is among the nato countries committing troops. growing concerns over russian assertiveness, including its movement of nuclear capable missile systems to its kaliningrad territory. that borders on 2 eu countries. latimer putin ridiculed claims that moscow is a threat. he suggested nato governments were instead out to make money. >> this is a profitable business to seek new national military budgets and to press allies to suit the interests of one superpower. to expand nato and bring the
alliance's infrastructure, combat units, and you hardware up to our borders. -- new hardware up to our borders. it is pleasant and sometimes profitable to defend to be the defenders of civilization from some new by variance. -- barbarians. russia is not going to attack anyone. it's ridiculous. anchor: russian president vladimir putin their speaking. the u.s. military says iraqi forces killed between 800 and 900 fighters from so-called islamic state the start of the offensive to retake the city of mosul. the u.s. military spokesman saying it's hard to determine how many militants are still operating, as they often mix in with local residents fleeing their villages. iraqi forces are advancing cautiously but say the offensive to recapture mosul is proceeding as planned. the u.n. has called for immediate investigation of another attack that killed at least 28 civilians in a rebel held province on wednesday.
this footage is said to show the attack on a village. the u.n. says the bomb hit a school and that 22 children and six teachers were killed. france says either russia or syria carried out the attack. moscow has denied the allegations. they have given a voice to victims of sexual violence. now nadia murad and lamiya bashar, both yazidi iraqi women, have been awarded the top humanitarian prize. nadia murad says the award is a condemnation of what she calls i.s.'s criminal inhumanity. reporter: the women were abducted, abused, and humiliated as sex slaves. yet against the odds they managed to escape to europe and become advocates for others.
the two women belong to the minority yazidi group from a rock. they have been campaigning on the half of the women and children still believed to be held by the i.s. >> i hope the new international community will create a court to prosecute islamic state. nothing has been done to release the rest of the captured yazidis either. reporter: yazidis in northern iraq say they are proud of the women for highlighting their plight at the hands of i.s. >> we heard a lot about her and we thank her because she took yazidi issues and told everyone
about it. we thank her and we will never forget her. >> what happened to nadya happen to all of the yazidis. whatever award or success she achieved, it is for all yazidis. reporter: europe's top recognition award to the two yazidi women and a reminder to the world of their continuing suffering. anchor: the worldwide fund for nature's living planet reports of wildlife populations around the planet have fallen by an average of 58% since 1970. at that rate, unless urgent change comes, 2/3 of wildlife could be gone from our planet in the next 4 years. reporter: the king of the jungle is facing tough times.
his realm is finishing. the number of wild lions is at an all-time low. the total amount of all the earth's animals has shrunk by more than half since 1970. humans are to blame, especially those in industrialized nations. altogether, this population has consumed considerably more resources than the earth can regenerate. environmental activists warn that the ever-increasing meat consumption will lead to a catastrophe. more and more forests are being destroyed in order to make way for giant soy plantations, which provide feed for livestock, especially in south america. >> these acres of soy are not meant to feed south americans, but solely for export, primarily to europe but also to asia, as livestock feed, and for industrial pig feed here. pork and beef consumption directly destroys forests.
reporter: it also destroys the habitats of many wild animals. that's why the wwf is calling for a fundamental shift from overconsumption to more sustainability. only when people change their lifestyles, eat less meat, and produce more locally, can a burnout of the planet's resources be avoided. anchor: a professor from liverpool, john moores university in england. are we looking at certain species definitely going extinct in the next 2 to 4 years? >> potentially there will be species that will go extinct. there are primates of which there are only 25 or less left in one small area and unless we make quite radical changes, and those species might well go extinct. we shouldn't forget that there have already been many species over the past hundreds of years that have gone extinct because
of humans and our actions. anchor: what are the changes that you say have to happen now if we want to break or reverse this? >> we really have to focus on doing things more sustainable, and that means making hard choices. for instance, it could mean anything -- eating less meat. but it means also hard choices for government to stop deforestation and to try to increase agricultural production in different ways, which is possible for crops. anchor: when do we reach a tipping point? when do we have so many species become extinct in that it will then become impossible for our very own species to survive? >> that's not an easy question. we need to be really careful. 3/4 of our food species rely on
pollination of wild insects, like wild bees. and those numbers of wild bees are dropping dramatically and that will influence food production. we really need to be careful what we do to our biodiversity, and deal in a much better way with it to not jeopardize things like food production. >> the professor speaking with us from liverpool. professor, thank you very much. we appreciate it. >> my pleasure. anchor: we are going to take a short break. when we come back, we will have more world news. plus, the latest business headlines. stick around. we are back in 60 seconds. ♪
anchor: welcome back here with "dw news," live from berlin. belgian politics -- politicians reached a deal. wallonia had been blocking the deal known as ceta. to the united states, and the presidential election. a lot of people saying the michelle obama has emerged as the most powerful voice supporting democratic nominee hillary clinton. today the first lady joined the former first lady on the stage in north carolina, one of those
battleground states that could determine the election 12 days from now. it is the first time michelle obama has made a joint appearance with hillary clinton on the campaign trail. both of them made references to republican nominee donald trump. clinton focused on trump's a legend poor -- alleged poor treatment of women. ms. clinton: i wish i didn't have to say this, right? but indeed, dignity and respect for women and girls is also on the ballot in this election. [applause] and i want to thank our first lady for her eloquent, powerful defense of that basic value. mrs. obama: as hillary said, we
want a president who values and honors women. who teaches our daughters and our sons that women are full and equal human beings worthy, deserving of love and respect. we want a president who understands that this nation was built by folks who came here from all corners of the globe, folks who worked their fingers to the bone to create this country and give the kids a better life. anchor: moving words there. let's take it over to washington now. our correspondent is standing by. good afternoon to you. is it working, the michelle and hillary constellation in this campaign? >> many people say michelle obama is kind of the secret weapon for hillary clinton, and
she really brought it on stage this afternoon in north carolina. some people on twitter even say hillary clinton was kind of the opening act on her own campaign today. michelle obama was really great, very supportive, very smart, very powerful, and really serious pushing for her main topic that it is really all about the future of children. anchor: hillary clinton recently described the republican presidential nominee as a bully over his alleged derogatory comments made about women. is her better than bullying campaign -- is it real or is it just a knee-jerk reaction to win some political capital in the campaign? reporter: no, actually i think it's more than that because it kind of fits and her whole
campaign. she always said, do you want someone like him, really, the person that children, young adults look for as a good example, so this whole topic is kind of -- has shaped hole campaigning. this is another step, what she really wants to focus on. she really wants to focus on the issue that donald trump is using bad language, he's not really able to control his temper. that's just part of her campaign. anchor: our correspondent to their in the u.s. capital of washington. thank you. we will be back to talk with you at length in the day. thank you. time to talk business now. europe and canada, they are ready to finally tie the knot. over to a woman who always has my respect. reporter: belgium breaks a gary
locke. ceta the free trade deal between canada and europe is back on track. the belgian region of wallonia oppose the deal. politicians saying the pact would give too much power to big business. belgian didn't give real details on how walloons' concerns have been resolved. still, eu officials have stopped short of clearing -- declaring ceta a done deal and critics are still unhappy at this agreement. but canada hails the breakthrough. the foreign minister saying if it materializes, it is excellent use. a big thumbs-up from the markets as well. >> the markets are extremely
relieved because the impression was that the europeans weren't able to come to an agreement. now that is no longer the case. after lots of haggling, we have managed it. anchor: let's bring in our financial correspondent covering the story on wall street trade what is the u.s. perspective on this? is it becoming more probable with ceta? >> well, i would say the trade deal is different as far as i understand. it is more complicated and bigger than ceta. but maybe ceta is an example, if you make those trade deals a bit simpler, they have a greater chance of getting through all the political barriers. especially a look at the elections here in the united states, both candidates do kind of sound opposed to any kind of new trade deal.
i would say it's not that certain that he will have a better stance now. here, for the u.s., the transpacific partnership seeks to be more important than the free trade agreement with the europeans. i'm not sure if it really got that much easier. anchor: some opponents believe it is really becoming redundant, and fact, because the u.s. can enter the european markets for ceta if the canadian and european -- european market being so closely knit. what's the viewpoint on that? >> well, to me that sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory. canada and united states are two different countries, yet they have this special relationship. if you look at foreign direct investments, the biggest arguments and canada are coming look at the big german corporations 0. they are-2 -- 0-2 with vast
majority of funds. i'm not really sure if american corporations are using ceta as a vehicle to somehow sneak into the european market. anchor: thank you so much. deutsche bank has released surprise third-quarter results revealing it made a profit. it wasn't much compared to what competitors are boasting, just 278 million euros. even so, that was much better than the massive losses predicted by many analysts. deutsche did well in 2 areas, in particular financial services and private customers, and in its trading division, both those areas are facing restructuring with staff cuts and branch closures expected soon. with thousands of sue's still pending, customers are cautious. -- suits still pending,
customers are cautious. the british economy will crash. this was one argument of those against brexit, ahead of this year's june referendum. so far the remainders have been proven wrong. british growth figures have just come in better than expected, with third-quarter gdp expanding by 0.5%. after weeks of doubt, automaker nissan now says it will build its new suv in northeastern sunderland. the plan is being hailed by the government as a sign of confidence in the british markets. >> the 7000 staff at britain's largest car factory are breathing a sigh of relief. the new nissan suv is to be built in sunderland and not as they had feared, somewhere else in the eu. but insiders claim the deal only went through because the british government promised to lend a hand with financing. if brexit should end up having a
negative impact on the carmaking facility. the government has denied those rumors, and is jubilant about the decision. >> it's a very important commitment of investment here in the u k -- u.k. we have been showing nissan and others that we are committed to getting the best possible deal. anchor: -- reporter: britain is a key location for europe's carmakers like other sectors of the country's economy, the brexit vote has potential to jeopardize the industry. so far those fears have proven unfounded. since the referendum, the british economy has grown by 1/2 of 1%. >> the are very strong figures which show not only was the economy stronger than we thought going into the referendum, but it has been much more resilient than many people predicted following the referendum.
reporter: even the weak pound, which went into a tailspin after the vote, is currently helping u.k. exports. but if brexit also means leaving the single market, then a weak current c could prove more of a hindrance than a help. anchor: after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. we will have more on the hillary clinton-michelle obama secret weapon against trump. stick around for that. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] yy
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