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♪ brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. confronta tion in the u.s. senate. donald trump's choice for attorney general faces a confirmation hearing, but protesters are dragged out repeatedly after interruption. three weeks after the berlin truck attack, germany toughens its anti-terror laws with new security measures, speeding up the deportation of migrants living in the country illegally. more deadly blasts in kabul. two suicide attacks have killed
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and wounde dozens. poor countries are two compete in soccer's -- more countries are set to compete in soccer's world cup. fifa president, infantino, succeeds in his bid to expand world cup. more will compete for footballs biggest prize. ♪ brent: i am brent goff. iit is good to have you with us. president-elect donald trump's nominee for top prosecutor has been defending his record on civil rights before the u.s. senate. jeff sessions, republican senator from alabama, is up for the d job of attorney general. he has a hartlin stance on immigration, and whether he can be dependent given his close ties to the. president-elect the confirmation hearing was repeatedly
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interrupted, including hecklers who were dressed as members of the ku klux klan. alright, i want to go now to our correspondent, alexandra von nahmen. she is in washington. good evening to you, alexandra. how did jeff sessions response to questions regarding his civil rights record? alexandra: senator sessions sought to address the issues head on, assuring that he is committed to freedom and equality of all american citizens. he said he fully understands the history of civil rights and the impact that the systematic dissemination and denial of voting rights have had on african-americans, so he did do good on this issue, but i doubt that he was able to convince his critics because he did not
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really distance himself from statements he made and positions he took as u.s. senator. positions and statements that were highly and harshly criticized by civil rights activists. brent: alexandra, we know that sessions is highly controversial. what do we asked act with the hearings moving forward? alexandra: we can expect the miami sure, more tough questions on different issues, questions about senator's hard-line anti-immigrant stance, questions about his remarks regarding muslims, questions about his remarks about same-sex marriage, an issue that he once called a threat to american culture, and he is so controversial that an
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unprecedented step, a fellow senator is scheduled to testify against senator sessions, and it would be the first time in senate history. brent: of course, there is more controversy in this surrounding donald trump's son-in-law, jared kushner. now, trump wants kushner to be one of his security advisers, and that is stirring up a lot of controversy, isn't it? alexandra: yes, you are totally right. mr. trump's transition team says mr. kushner is a very wise and very successful young man and will be a good advisor, and he himself has announced to distance himself from his new york real estate company, which is known for doing business, for having investors in different places, they work in china, for example. so many doubts and concerns have
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been expressed whether mr. kushner is really able to avoid any potential conflict of interest by advising mr. trump. brent: that is a big question, a big open question tonight. our correspondent, alexandra von nahmen, on the story in washington. thank you very much. well, from the incoming to administration to the outgoing one, how does the next u.s. president keep himself occupied? barack obama has joked he would not mind a job with spotify. it seems that the music streaming service is keen to oblige because it is now advertising a vacancy for what it calls "the president of playlists." the ad says a successful candidate should have at least eight years service and experience of running a highly regarded nation. whatever mr. obama does next, like any president, he does want to preserve his legacy. here is a look back at his two terms in office. >> he was there hero.
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>> congratulations, mr. president. >> america's first black president, young reformist, and liberal. expectations were enormous. he won the nobel peace prize during this first year in office for promises to reduce nuclear weapons. but the suppose it peacemaker continued and expanded the drone war against societ suspected terrorists, killing untold members durin in the pakistan region. he eliminated america's greatest enemy -- osama bin laden. yet islamist terror emerged in the form of islamic state in iraq and syria, and the region spiraled out of control. syrian president bashar al-assad's use of chemical weapons called what obama called his "red line," but the u.s. failed to take action. this left russia in a powerful
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position asassad -- as assad's strongest backer. one of america's longest-running friendships also faltered. it emerged that the u.s. national security agency had tapped german chancellor angela merkel's phone. "friends don't spy on friends." but she remained a loyal ally. at home, obama overcame other major challenges. when he took office, the country was in the throes at the worst financial crisis since the great depression. eight years later, the economy is riding high. but other problems. piled up police shootings of unarmed black man became a major political issue, and it was painfully clear that having a black president did not mean racism was finished in america. obama was hobbled by republicans
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time and time again. his plan to reform the u.s. health-care care system and provide insurance coverage to more americans was blocked repeatedly. democrats finally managed to pass their landmark legislation in 2010 after gaining a majority in congress -- without republican support. now it is a major target for the incoming administration. they are intent on repealing it. the bright young senator from 2008 is now a veteran president and has been doing all he can to create a legacy that outlives him. in 2015, the u.s. health secure a deal with iran to limit the country's nuclear development. obama also released most of the prisoners held in guantanamo bay, but he was unable to fulfill his campaign promise of closing the detention center. hopes are high that even the incoming administration won't be able to overturn obama's recent band of drilling in the arctic
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and atlantic oceans. but obama's biggest policy achievements could be a thick as he hands -- at stake as he hands the presidency to donald trump. pres. obama: thank you, everybody. brent: we will be taking a closer look at president obama's legacy and his farewell speech to the nation and the world tonight, coming up after this program. here in germany, it has been three weeks since that truck attack on a berlin christmas market. now the government says it plans to get tough on terror. in new measures announced today, the government plans to put tags on people judged to be potential attackers, and it wants to fast-track deportations of illegal immigrants, but is it too little too late? >> on a summary, the suspect behind berlin's christmas market truck attack, a rejected asylum seeker, a potential attacker who was at times under surveillance,
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but still managed to drive a tractor trailer into a crowd killing 12. this might never happen again, according to interior minister thomas de maiziere. "we agree on tougher terms for residency. we are to strengthen the requirements for asylum-seekers who may be lying about their identity. we also agreed on easier conditions for putting people in custody ahead of deportation." terror suspects should wear electronic times like these, and those deemed potential terrorists should be able to be detained easier. a lack of cooperation from the countries of origin is another point where the government wants to react more strongly. "we want to further encourage those countries of origin that
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corporate with us to use all possibilities to take back their citizens, but we don't want to look like beggars. in our opinion, those who do not cooperate with us, those who do not want to take back their citizens, can also be urged with the proper amount of pressure to take these measures." this can also mean that the german government cut back on development aid for countries like tunisia or morocco. the government wants to implement all of the security measures as soon as possible to fight terrorism at home. brent: we want to pull in our political correspondent now, shallot of ponds -- charlotta ponce. the big question is -- will these changes improve the security situation here in germany? charlotta: the interior minister
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and justice minister are looking how to improve security, new polls that have come to life in the case of anis amri. let me give you one example of that case. anis amri, when he attacked the christmas market, he had already been denied asylum, he was classified as a dangerous individuals by german authorities, by intelligence agencies, and still he was able to walk around freely in germany. authorities were not able to detain him. sohe justice minister and interior minister are proposing a new law where suspects can be detained on the ground if posing a threat to german security, so this would basically take possible terror suspects of cash off the streets into detention centers until possible deportation, and that is one of the improvements proposed in the measures. brent: certainly people are going to be asking if these new
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laws had been in effect last month, then what they have been able to prevent that attack at the christmas market? charlotte: well, that is always hard to say. the justice minister and interior minister agreed that of course there is no such thing as full security, but those measures are most certainly a step in the right direction. those measures, they want to basically put those into laws until the end of the legislative period, which is in the summer, and some of the measures, such as electronic ankle bracelet, for example, would help to keep track of terror suspects and would not let them travel freely without surveillance throughout germany. brent: how much of this is politically motivated? we are facing an election here in germany later this year. certainly, that had to go into the calculation, didn't it?
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charlotte: of course. the government wants to show that they are doing everything possible to keep their citizens safe, and security is the number one issue across the political spectrum. and what is most interesting is that most of the parties agree upon stronger detention measures and detailed -- entertainment measures, so this is an issue being discussed across all political aisles at the moment and will play a large role in the upcoming elections. brent: all right, our political correspondent, charlotte potts. thank you so much. you are watching "dw news," live from berlin. 3-d printers can do almost anything today. how one engineering company is using the technology to revolutionize its production flows. and soccer's governing body, fee for =-- fifa,, but not everyone
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suffering from hunger. the world food program is fighting hunger worldwide. join the fight. ♪ brent: welcome back. you are with "dw news." live from berlin, on top story, donald trump's controversial choice for attorney general, jeff sessions, is the first confirmation for the hearing. protesters have eagerly interrupted the hearing. it has been a day of bombings in afghanistan with as many as 50 people killed, dozens injured. bombs went off while two biggest legends killed more than 30 in the capital of kabul. a suicide bomber and a car bomb
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targeting a district containing government offices went off this afternoon during rush hour. the attacks underscore international concerns over the growing insurity in afghanistan. >> a grim cleanup is underway after twin bombings shattered the afghan capital kabul yesterday. the one-two punch of a suicide and car bomber took down dozens of people. the bombers were targeting nearby government office buildings during the after work rush hour. "a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up, followed by a car bomb attack in this area, which resulted in many people killed and wounded. most of those killed or wounded are civilians. we are investigating the incident." the taliban was quick to claim responsibility.
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it said it was targeting a minibus carrying staff from afghanistan's main intelligence agency. it was the deadliest attack to strike the city in month after a relatively long period of calm. the people of kabul living near constant fear of violence. "i was in the mosque for prayer when i heard a huge bang. it scared me, and the children, who were studying in the mosque." insurgent attacks usually waned during the winter months, but this is a sign of growing insecurity in afghanistan. amnesty international says the bombings are a signal that the televangelist pressing ahead with its campaign and is making no effort to spare civilian lives. brent: it looks like crucial development in trying to resolve that dieselgate scandal, and i think we are talking about money, too, hardwick. >> we are, brent.
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volkswagen said to achieve a settlement with the united states, recalling 11 million cars. the deal contains about $4.3 billion. volkswagen says the proposal also includes a provision that a plea guilty to criminal offenses, which could impact cases in europe, where the carmaker is also facing charges. vw's board has to approve the settlement. the deal comes after a $15 billion agreement to compensate affected vw u.s. diesel-driven car owner last year. we stay in the auto sector. donald trump has been pressuring companies to refrain from artisan goods for the u.s. market in mexico ever since he won the election. his policy is to repatriate jobs in a bid of two, what he calls, "make america great again." since then, carmakers have, with a rash, japan's toyota also a
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major force in america, has announced another $10 billion investment in the united states, but he claims it would be part of their long-term business strategy anyway. fiat chrysler has said it is investing $1 billion in ohio and michigan. the plants will build a new gpu suv -- jeep suv and pickup truck. ford has planned new factories after scrapping plans to build in mexico, and germany's daimler is not hesitating to remind people at the detroit auto show that it was earmarking $1.3 billion to expand its suv production at alabama. the important thing is, in detroit, all of these companies say the planned investments have been in the pipeline for a while, but there is no doubt there is some uncertainty surrounding trump policies in motor. >> the cards may be in the
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spotlight here, but backstage, industry nerves are how global carmakers are worried about incoming president trump's automobile industry policies. to yoda presented its new camry -- toyo presented its new camryt, anda the company had used the opportunity to reveal good news -- >> we are investing another $10 billion here in the next five years alone. >> it has got nothing to do with trump's threats about mexico, of course. according to japan's biggest carmaker, the investment is purely a company decision. the camry is a top seller in the u.s. toyota's rival, honda, also builds its cars in mexico and sells them in the u.s., but for now, the mood seems relaxed. "we intend to maintain our production in mexico for now. we will wait for the president-elect's politics to become clearer before reviewing
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our plans." trump's threat to impose a high border tax on the auto industry has stormed carmakers are for now, though, they are hoping it will not get that far. brent: if you had a 3-d printer, what would you make it produce? your on comfy chair, a new car? the possibilities are plenty of 30 printing is growing and drastically changing production and job disruptions. here is a look at how siemens includes 3-d printing in its daily factory routines. >> this 200-ton heavyweight is off to bangladesh. the siemens plant in berlin produces gas headlines to produce electricity. the tips gradually wear out and need to be replaced. siemens uses 3-d printers to produce the replacements.
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it is quick and efficient. and so now, the company is looking at creating other parts from scratch. "if we can develop prototypes as quickly as the burner tips, there will be no comparison with traditional methods. we will be able to cut our delivery times from 12 months to just two weeks or three weeks." 3-d printing is now a well-established method of production here. the results are impressive. the printed tips are a solid as those using casting techniques. in the printer, a laser beam cuts the required molds out of the production material. the new method presents challenges for employees. "digitalization makes our product development processes considerably faster, so i cannot see that there will be an actual reduction in the number of jobs. it is more likely that the work will be shifted towards
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development instead." and traditional methods continue to be important, like in the production of these pressure tanks. and they still need to be drilled and that means less qualified jobs are not under threat -- at least not in the short term. it is not possible to use the printer to produce large parts because there are not any suitable materials to guarantee the required strength. today's printers are far too small. "i don't believe we will be able to print large parts like our turbine casings anytime in the near future. after all, they way around 50 tons. in, we are focusing on complex, small parts." 3-d printing is starting to redefine our working world, but it will be at least another 10 or 15 years before it is able to replace entire industrial
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production processes. brent: so much business for now -- >> so much business for now, back to you, brent. brent: soccer is going to get bigger from 32 teams to 48. fifa's governing council voted today on the supersize move, which takes us to year 2026. african and asian federations were in favor of the expansion. european nations were not so enthusiastic. >> 90 minutes, the length of a soccer match, that's how long it took the fifa governing council to debate a decision that will change world cup. >> tournaments forever -- world cup tournaments forever. >> world cup 2026, which will be played with 48 teams, 16 groups of three, the top two qualified to a round of 32, and then eckstein, 8, 4 -,- 16, 8, 4, and 2. >> reaction him swiftly from
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bundesliga training camp s. "if 16 can play, it is not the best teams." >> i'm in favor of more matches because it is too busy, but fifa is saying they are not going to change the number of the matches in the world cup. >> this format can be played in exactly the same number of days. 32. the team winning the tournament would play a maximum of seven games, as today. the tournament will take place in 12 stadiums, as today >> the precise format for the 2026 cup is not yet set. just which regions will get new slots -- that question, it is certain, will inspire major debate. >> we have to shape the world cup over the 21st century.
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it is no longer the 20th century. it is the future. we have to look at that football is more than just europe and south america -- football is global. >> not even a 90-minute government council debate is needed on that last point, as soccer makes greater strides in africa, asia, and other regions, europe and south america will have less influence on the direction of these. brent: all right, after a short break, i will take you through the day. we will have an in-depth look at barack obama, telling america and the world goodbye. ♪
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