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from berlin. 24 hours after voting, the democratic presidential candidates, the world is still waiting for the results, the democratic party now blaming a new mobile app, a technical malfunction that has turned the start of the election season into a non-start, but that is not stopping some candidates from declaring themselves the winner. coming up, protecting themselves
from the virus, thousands walk off the job, demanding the border with mainland china be closose completely as the coronavirus claims more lives. plus, can europe give the world a cure for cancer? the new eu chief tells dw news about a plan that will save lives. ♪ anchor: i am brent goff. welcome. we start with the caucus crisis and the results we are still waiting for. technical glitches are being blamed for the delay which has stunned the world. on monday, democratic voters in iowa were supposed to be the first in the u.s. to determine
which democratic candidate will challenge donald trump in november. tonight, authorities expect to release partial caucus results in a few hours. ♪ >> the rallies had long been organized, but the victory speech is now on nice. joe biden was one of the favorites to win in the iowa caucuses. his words hinted at had been a difficult night. >> it's going to be close. we will walk out of here with our share of delegates. we feel good about where we are. it is on to new hampshire. nevada, south carolina, and well beyond. we are in this for the long haul. >> the delay has caused embarrassment for the democrats.
biden's campaign demanded a full explanation for the problems. ♪ >> other candidates used the delay to declare their successes, regardless. >> when those results are announced, i have a good feeling we will be doing very, very well here in iowa. >> tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality. >> if the candidates were not getting ahead of themselves, their supporters were. >> it is too close to call. i will tell you what i do know. >> you won. [laughter] [applause] >> earlier, voters headed to 1600 locations to take part. officials blamed a fault the reporting mobile app.
the candidates are united in their dislike of president donald trump. his campaign has lapped up what it call the meltdown. they want to run the g governmet and they can't run the caucus, no thank you, trump campaign manager tweeted. it is unclear when the results will be announced. for now, iowa is uncommitted. brent: and unresolved. joining me tonight is the chair of democrats abroad berlin. good to have you on the show. unfortunate we have to see each other under these circumstances. have you heard anything from the dnc? are they giving official word? >> yes, definitely not the start we wanted to have. this is a difficult time, but we have to see that this was done to make sure there was more
democratic to make sure all votes are counted. we are counting all votes and doing what we can get things right. brent: what was happening last night? >> it was frustrating, but good to know we are putting in procedures and methods to make sure every vote is counted an accurate. when a mistake is made, we can come back and try to corrected. brent: you say both parties, republicans and democrats, have had four years to prepare for this. how could you not get something as important as a caucus vote right? >> i think we did get it right. we will have a final answer. we had 1600 volunteers leading the caucus. brent: there have been people
who have used what happened as a case against caucuses. do you think caucuses are dead now? >> not only do we have 50 states in the caucus system, but there are six committees who do vote. we had different methods of choosing the candidate. here we can have a primary system happening in almost 30 cities in germany and almost 200 around the world. people in iowa may choose a different method, but that is up to him. brent: it is part of a decentralized system. standby. president trump's historic impeachment trial is expected to wrap up tomorrow, and his acquittal is all but assured. he is charged with withholding military aid in exchange for political dirt on joe biden.
the ukraine affair is just one that trumps many controversial policy positions. >> he cozies up to authoritarian strongmen from berates close u.s. allies, and v views himself as an exceptptional dealmlmaker. donald trump came into office believing the foreign of his predecessors was wrong, and that he alone could fix it. there were indeed some serious problems with u.s. foreign policy when trump took office, says an expert, but on balance, his successes are few and far between. >>, think the president set for himself some very ambitious objectives and allowed his rhetoric to get ahead of his ability to execute, and we are seeing it playay out.
when he boasts he has achieved some great success, it is easy to see that is not the case. >> for example north korea and the famous bilateral meetingngs. the white house claims it was a breakthrough number but north korea's nuclear program continues in the situation in north korea is still dreaeadful. iran, sinince the u.s. withdrew from the nuclear deal, there has been tit-for-tat as escalations continue with the killing of a top iranian general. the u.s. maximum pressure campaign on tehran does not seem to be working, and even though trump promised to end the wars in the middle east, the u.s. military presence in the persian gulf is larger than when he took office. in the state of the union address, the u.s. president is expected to tout his ability to
keep america safe and also praise his achievements, pointingng to the new trade agreement with canada and mexico. the phase one u.s.-china trade deal, and the e middle east peae plan, a plan that critics declared dead upon arrival. president trump could be more successful if he closely worked together with friends and partners, instead of accusing him of taking advantage of the u.s., says an expert at the center for strategic and international studies in washington. >> this is something very, very new. every pastor u.s. p president, t ththat we have had difficulties with allies, but we see allllies asas a force multiplier of economic influence and prosperity, so this is a new element to president trump's foreign security policy, and certainly europe has felt that most keenly.
>> it is the u.s. policy that has become crucial to his legacy. impeachment will always be attached to donald trump. in years from now, it will be one of the first things students are taught about the 45th president. brent: one of many things. tomorrow is verdict a. the u.s. president is expected to be acquitted, even republican senators are saying what he did was wrong and shameful, but say they will not convict. what do you tell people in germany and around the world about the state of american democracy at the moment? >> > it has been a sad couple of weeks. it is quite clear what is happening. i'm telling people what we can look forward to. there is an election coming up.
we have to work towards that. brent: it is important to stay positive. we appreciate your time tonight. thanks a lot. some of the other stories making headlines around the world, libya's foreign factions have met for face-to-face cease-fire talks. they are trying to in years of conflicts. the fifighting has continued. a court in iran has sentenced a man to death for spying for the cia. a spokesman n said the iranian s paid to send information about the country's nuclear program to the u.s. spy agency. in another case, two charity
workers receive long prison sentences on similar charges. another day of unrest unless on a greek island, angry over conditions and prices. the countries migration minister admits the situation unless poses a problem. -- on the island is a problem. a second death has been confirmed in hong kong. the first was in the philippines. china says 400 25 people in the country have died from the virus. the number of confirmed infections has surged to more than 20,000. a sense of alarm is spreading in hong kong, which was badly affected by the sars virus 18 years ago. >> the best medicine is closing the border with china. that is the demand from striking hong kong health care workers.
>> i hope the government listens to our demands and quickly close the borders, and brings this epidemic under control. it comes as hong kong became the second place outside the chinese mainland to reported death from the coronavirus. a 39-year-old man suffering an underlying illness travel to wuhan in january. the chief executive criticized protesters and defended her decision to me parts of the border open. >> i certainly would not agree with the allegation that we are not addressing this public health concern adequately. >> d alarm has spread across china, including shanghai, featuring unusually empty streets. among those out and about. hello. taking precautions is a must. >> come home, they have
to wash their hands. i believe in our country and that it will overcome this. >> the number of confirmed it is not a pandemic, an infections rose by several thousand says epidemic that crosses borders all over the globe. instead, it says the virus is currently facing -- the who is facing what it calls and info-d-demic, the spread of misinformation. >> before we had information that there was transmission from a symptomatic case and people had the impression the virus s s in the air and everybody would go in this cloud the virus would be infected. this is not the situation.. what we do i is first acknowledd this info-demic exists and needs
treatment. ent: that was the who. another global medical issue, world cancer day. the who says the number of people suffering from cancer is likely to rise sharply in the coming years. the good news is that more research and better treatment and prevention could help save lives over the next decade. cancer killed an estimated 9.6 million people in 2018. the only source of debt that was bigger was heart disease. the most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer are lung cancer and breast cancer, each responsible for 12% of all cases. they are followed by colorectal cancer, about 10%. smoking tobacco tops the list of preventable causes of cancer deaths, followed by the usual factors, an unhealthy diet,
obesity, and a lack of exercise. in europe, the new eu commission president has announced she plans to tackle this threat from cancer with a new plan. she spoke exclusively to dw news about the plan. >> me like everyone else knows somebody, a relative or colleague or friend who died of ncer. sadly, the numbers off cancer disease are on the rise, but we can do something against him. today, we call on everybody to contribute to the solution. brent: you will hear more from that interview on this program later in the day. new research is showing exercise can help even when you have been diagnosed with cancer. some doctors include controlled exercise as part of their treatment programs.
we would like to introduce you to a cancer survivor who says sports and fresh air were key to overcoming cancer. ♪ >> she was diagnosed in 2015 with cancer, several malignant tumors found in her breasts, but the 58-year-old did not panic. >> i said i don't have to fight against this disease. i will fight for life. her test results are promising, suggesting she has indeed beaten cancer. her best weapon to survive the extremely draining therapy was exercise in the great outdoors. >> i love to be outdoors, because the inspiration of outdoors his life. life is not indoors. life is outdoors. your immune system is stimulated by being outdoors. while still undergoing
treatment, she formed an organization cold outdoor against cancer in order to share her knowledge with other patients. she now runs training groups in five european c cntries and encourages cancer sufferers to exercise in the open air, in the austrian alps, or in a city park after work. all these women developed cancer a few years ago. she started working with them while they were undergoing treatment. >> they started to do sports and never stopped doing sports. they are healthy, funny, strong. that is an amazing thing. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. >> it gives me an incredible strength. i drive myself here afterward because i know others are here. i have followed their example when it feels like i can go on. i think if they can do it, so can i. ♪
[applause] >> sports therapy has benefited them all. sports alone does not kill cancer cells, but could help in the fight against the disease. brent: for more on this fight against cancer, i'm joined by a doctor and professor in berlin at a university hospital. it is good to have you on the program. research is being carried out on the use of antibodies to treat cancer, so-called immunotherapy. is this a promising new field? will it give us a cure for cancer? >> it is a new field. when i went into oncology, i went there because i thought it was interesting. i had to learn a lot of human knowledge he -- immunology.
this is how we learned 10 years ago, how the cancer cells hide from the immune system. the new antibodies, take off the brakes and make the immune system free to fight cancer. brent: this is excellent news and excellent progress, and yet we can't talk about a cure that will affect all cancers. why is that? >> the immune system recognizes something foreign. cancers have a lot of mutations and are easy for the immune system to detect. there are mutations that are difficult to detect in combat. that is one of the major
difficulties for the immune system. brent: is it easier for an older person because the immune system has had longer time to have contact with foreign entities, able to build up its warchest, if you will? >> not really. it is already losing some of its viability. an older age, the tumor has accumulated more mutations, so it is easier to combat the cancer. brent: the new who report emphasizes the inequality in who survives. you have developing countries, developed countries. this immunotherapy is high-tech and expensive. our poor nations going to have access to this? >> not the way we are doing
medicine right now with pharmaceutical companies trying to sell those drugs that are expensive to develop. so what we have to see and what we are starting to see is that lower income countries make their own antibodies, which is fine, and they can produce it at a lower cost. the question is whether that goes along with lower safety as well. that is an unanswered question. the western-style and the low income style does not really match. if you have a tablet, it is easy. if not, it is difficult. brent: we wish you lots of success with your research. let's hope one day in the foreseeable future we will be able to talk about a cure for cancer. thank you for being on the show. >> thank you. brent: i look at other stories
making headlines. a court in south africa has issued a warrant for the arrest of former presidenent jacob z z. hehe failed to appear at a heaeg over corruption chararges. his lawyers say the former president was overseas seeking medical treatment. he resigned in 2018 after a decade in office. parents and peoples attic canyon school where 14 people died at a stampede monday have gathered to mourn the 10 anand 11-year-old victims who reportedly perished in a stampede on a school staircase. the government has ordered an investigation into the cause. kenya's former autocratic president has died at the age of 95. he ruled kenya for 24 years until 2002, becoming the country's longest standing leader. he ran the country as a one-party state in which corruption and humans rights abuses were widespread.
east africa is being plagued by swarms of hundreds of millions of locusts, and they are threatening people's livelihoods in the food supply. somalia, ethiopia, and kenya have been worst hit by the locusts, but the united nations is warning many other countries in eastern africa and on the arabian peninsula could be at risk without a response. >> locusts filled the skies of northern kenya, arrestee brown haze across the landscape, eating up the greenery and everything people depend on for food. >> people are experiencing hunger.. they are losing livestock and crops. it is serious. >> 12 swararms have descended on kenya so far. even the smallest needs just one day to destroy crops that would provide food for 2500 people. the insects reproduce in massive
numbers and afterwards lay their eggs deep in the soil. the offspring is born four weeks later and can cover up to 150 kilometers a day, devastating the land as they go. >> they eat the leaves and anything left over is useless, because if cattle graze on land whwhere locusts have left feces, they get sick. >> the united nations says almost 70 million euros are needed, gloomy outlook for those hoping to combat the plague anytime soon. brent: a court in south korea has ruled two football fans will be awarded more than 300 euros after one player failed to show up at a friendly.
thee pair will receive compensation after purchasing tickets from organizers who promise the star would play at least 45 minutes of the match. dozens more lawsuits have been filed with some fans claiming to have suffered mental anguish over the portuguese forwards no-show. they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how about combining that with a hot bath? that is exactly how they survived the warm winters at a zoo north of tokyo. take a look. they weigh up to 65 kilos. they are the world's largest rodents. they certainly know how to draw a crowd. the zoo is hoping to boost visitor numbers by showing off these huge, furry animals in and out of the water. here is a reminder of the top stories.
iowa's democratic party plans to release partial results from monday's caucuses. the outcome has been delayed due to technical glitches with a smartphone app used for the first time yesterday to report local results. you are watching "dw news." after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." more on the iowa caucus chaos. ♪
twenty four france twenty four .com. yeah but it's his work to live from paris will use an analysis from france twenty four on marco in these are the headlines. who won in iowa. twenty four hours after the event we still don't know. fatal flaw in the new app to collect results meant the old school counting. by hand as the last resort. and embarrassment to the democrats. well the four hundred and twenty people now been killed by the coronavirusu. second fatality has been recorded outside of china at this time in hong kong. more than twenty thousand people are infected that the doctors know about. the world health organization is criticizin