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this is d w news live from south africa's former president faces trial jacob zuma is to face charges of fraud racketeering and money laundering the chief prosecutor believes there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution and we will be live with the latest from cape town. also coming up tension in germany's new government the interior minister says that islam does not belong in germany but chancellor angela merkel has previously contradicted ham and british foreign secretary boris johnson says it is likely that russian
president vladimir putin personally ordered the nerve agent attack on a former spy and for ten. plus despite years of controversy of the niger delta is still nigeria's one of its most polluted regions in the world in a new report amnesty international accuses oil giants shell of and any of responding to oil spills to supposedly we will look at why so little progress seems to have been made. welcome to the program thanks for joining us south africa's chief prosecutor has announced that he is charging former president jacob zuma with corruption the ruling a.n.c. party forced zuma to resign as head of state last month after years of corruption related scandal he. now be prosecuted on
a variety of corruption charges including fraud racketeering and money laundering the charges stem from a multi-billion dollar government arms purchase in the late you know political big man like zuma they rarely have their day in court how much of a surprise is it that charges are being brought against him now. well these are actually were charges that were already on the table in two thousand and nine and that seems to cross security i actually decided to abandon that case because he said that he thought that it investigators had a political agenda according to the prosecution and then and it might have been the case that is not a surprise that that is reinstated today it's kind of part of a longer process that was already going on and this is a move that the opposition that many people in south africa have been waiting for given that what is the mood in the country today. definitely i think a lot of people in lot of south africans they're saying finally finally he is
facing his day in court and of course there's also the feeling that it is not possible because as soon as no longer the president because there is a new president in town circle really he is facing his day in court and of course there is also the feeling that it is not possible because as soon as no longer the president because there is a new president in town circle around a car so that's very much anti corruption so even as i'm saying that this is a case that that's being been lingering for a long time there is this is a kind of a confirmation that maybe there is a new winds in inside africa because even now the prosecutor decided to reinstate these charges he used to be a friend of his it why now he said ok actually i have to prosecute him so it's actually all of the five people you believe are actually happy that said that he needs to to go to courts it's interesting to see how those alliances have shifted so much especially with public perception. at stake here we also know that south africa's new president so from a post that has vowed to tackle corruption is this the start of keeping that
promise. yes no new already kind of. presence here and bad management people that are allegedly corrupt and he's already changing management there i think we're definitely going to see more inquiries as well corruption of zuma and he had more corrupt relationships as you said is this case goes back to the ninety's but there's been scandals off the scandal so i definitely think that we are going to see more of this alice than gals are in cape town thank you. let's get a quick check now of some other stories that have been making news around the world north korea's foreign minister has made an unannounced visit to sweden the visit is prompting speculation that he may be laying the groundwork for a summit between u.s. president donald trump and north korea's kim jong un sweden has been mentioned as a possible venue for the meeting between the two leaders. an independent monitoring
group says that russian air strikes have killed at least forty six people in eastern this says more civilians flee the rebel held areas outside of the capital damascus russia says that more than forty thousand people have left so far russia and syria launched an offensive on the region almost four weeks ago. and police in miami say that the death toll from yesterday's bridge collapse of rives they've confirmed six people were killed when the nine hundred fifty ton concrete bridge fell on cars stopped and traffic the new pedestrian bridge was installed on saturday and was expected to open next week. the washington post is reporting that u.s. president donald trump has decided to dismiss his national security advisor h.r. mcmaster the paper says the move will be announced when his successor is lined up earlier this week fired his secretary of state rex tillerson. germany's interior
minister horst say hoffer has sparked controversy in the new government after saying that islam does not belong to germany. say off or told a newspaper that muslims who live in the country do belong here but that the country should not sacrifice its traditions and customs to accommodate them now they offer is a prominent member of the variant conservatives and they are partners of chancellor angela merkel see the e.u. he's been strongly critical of her refugee policy in the past the bavarian conservatives also face state elections later this year. for more let's bring in our political correspondent oliver salat who is standing by with the very latest from berlin and oliver i mean this is a statement this is something that we could have also heard from the far right party the f.d.a. they've made similar comments in the past why is they haul for making this statement now and what does his sister party of the party of medical the c.d.u. likely to make of it. was very interesting to observe freud knows that these
remarks made by hall see hopeful that it's basically the first clash between uncle americal and one of her new ministers but it's not the first clash i have to say between hall c. hall for and. he had before becoming the interior minister who was a leading the very insistent party see as you and they've had many differences they are over the question all the refugee policy allowing when the chancellor allowed more than a million migrant coming into the country back in two thousand and fifteen but now these remarks made as an interior minister do do spark a very heavy debate here in germany because simply we've heard the opposite in the past many times before including by the former president and christian wolf that it was a very very famous quote of him islam belongs to germany that was back in two thousand and ten and anglo-american said the same thing in two thousand and fifteen and
therefore immediately also disagreed with her interior minister today but if you take a closer look if you listen exactly to what they say then the diff said than the differences are quite slim both agree that muslims are part of germany for instance that muslims are part of the german society will see who for is adding to that is that he believes for historical reasons that islam as a religion is not and many wonder right now why do we have to debate this why do we have to discuss this at this point one conservative lawmaker said that the question is not whether or not islam belongs to germany the question is how do we live together peacefully successfully and how can we improve that and of course you know just with this window and into his philosophy a lot of people are asking question of questions about what this is likely to mean for his policy as interior minister he says that there will be an increase in deportations how is this likely to go down with the social democrat colleagues in
the coalition. right if you take a look to their school to their policy basically there are pretty much on the same line interesting leave they have supported deporting before there is wide agreement rejected asylum seekers have to be returned to their home countries there are still some voices in the social democrats party that disagree with the fact that they're brought back to afghanistan for instance because some areas are dangerous in afghanistan. the position of the social democrats here in this census is quite similar in many cases oliver salat and berlin thank you. you're watching news still to come on the program outrage in brazil over the murder of a popular politician in rio de janeiro tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the outspoken critic of police violence was gunned down by under
assailants. and amnesty international accuses oil giants shell and any of responding to oil spills in the niger delta too slowly we will look at why so little progress seems to have been made despite years of controversy but first germany's new economics minister has a trip planned to the united states next week that a lot of people are going to be following right monica especially because trade is at stake sarah the newly sworn in economics minister peter outlier is headed to to washington on sunday he's a close ally of chancellor angela merkel and he is likely to discuss terrorism's a deal and trade with u.s. government representatives and the european union may have given him a bit more leverage in the talks e.u. officials have prepared a list of u.s. produced products with some two point eight billion dollars that could face taxation should the united states introduce new tariffs. and to my colleagues
in front for just keeping a very close eye on the list any surprises there janelle. well first of all there are two lists part a part b. five pages each a very small attacks and part a has it everything from corn cranberry peanut butter and votes and every conceivable iteration of right. brain various length with ratios specified and there's also part b. which has things like sun beds and playing cards so these lists monaco are almost comically specific but it goes to show how much effort is devoted into making sure that it's hard to make exceptions because of course exceptions would water down the impact of retaliatory measures and the point of retaliatory measures of course is that they're supposed to hurt. so what are the chances that peter out maia can do anything about trade. well investors here aren't really banking on the
rosiest outcome even though they are hopeful it's just that they've already seen these lists and they've seen reporting in the german media that suggests that the european commission itself is bracing for a trade war now apparently an internal paper given out to member states it's warned against or against too much optimism so it's with with that lens about their viewing outliers visit to the united states although of course they are cognizant of the fact that the man has to try. and in front for thank you so much. dutch a bank is in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons it seems unlikely germany's largest lender is in worse trouble than is indicated last month had predicted a loss of four hundred ninety seven million euros for last year c.e.o. john cryan house to now tweaked his bank accounting to include tax payments in britain and reports that actual losses for twenty seven thousand will total seven
hundred thirty five million euros or she says it remains committed to a net profit for this year after losing money for the last three years. and she is in a siemens health and yes unit searched in their debut on the frankfurt stock exchange the industrial giant raised four point two billion euros in a more muted than expected initial public offering the sale of the company's mistake business as part of seamen see old joke cases major restructuring of europe's top engineering company. the mood was buoyant as help in years shares started trading siemens is reinventing itself for the future and spending of non core businesses is part of that strategy. siemens is probably best known for gas turbans and power plants. but c.e.o. joe kayser likened to us company to a giant tanker ship that he wants to turn into
a fast moving fleet they have the near-side p.o. is only the latest move into that direction siemens is also in the process of finalizing the merger of its rail division but francis out stone last april that combined its renewable energy unit but spanish wind turbine make. these spinoffs alone basters to buy targeted chairs and specialized companies instead of a diversified conglomerate it's also easier for individual businesses to cut costs in health in years case saving an expected two hundred forty million euros. the stock offering was one of germany's biggest in recent years siemens hopes to small the ships in its fleet will maneuver easier and grow faster. the most influential business lobbying group in the united states has one president on a trump against imposing tariffs on chinese goods the u.s.
chamber of commerce president thomas donaghue said such terrorist could spark a trade war between the two countries and would eventually hurt u.s. consumers and the economy his remarks come after reports that trump is considering slapping tariffs on up to sixty billion dollars worth of chinese imports. why it's over to sara now and many brazilians are up in arms demanding justice for a brutal murder absolutely check this out monica because this was an execution style murder of a city councillor in rio de janeiro it has sparked huge protests marielle franco was known as an outspoken critic of police brutality the u.n. and i'm to see international have demanded a thorough investigation into her death. a community in mourning mariel franco was a big enough hope for the poor in marginalized of rio. black female and lesbian she
was a rarity in brazil's political scene franco rose from the slums to become a leading voice against police violence which disproportionately affects the black population a powerful voice now silenced the day after her killing of thousands took to the streets to protest her violent death and demand answers. that. they killed my friend. they killed our colleague. but if they think that it will make us rich treats they are wrong. i'm so busy downtown shit imo so it's just like they're trying to remove our voices the voices of all the black women in this country with the growing. lobby franco was gunned down in her car late on wednesday evening she was shot in the head four times by two unknown assailants her driver was also killed her press officer injured.
shortly before franco spoke at an event interesting black women to enter politics it was the last time she championed one of her many causes brazil's president has publicly condemned her killing. to. the murder of council member mario and her driver is unacceptable that you see like other sus nations that happened in rio de janeiro before you know it's an attack against the rule of law. signed against democracy or. many in brazil believe franco was assassinated for her political act. is them a day earlier she blamed the police for the death of a young male in a for. the brink it was also a vocal critic of the president's decision to put the military in charge of
security in rio and was part of a committee investigating military abuses as grief turns to anger the question on everyone's mind is who killed mario franco. well now to another salvo in the standoff between russia and western allies over the poisoning of a former double agent in britain british foreign secretary boris johnson has said that it was likely that russian president vladimir putin personally ordered the nerve agent attack on sergei scribal and his daughter here's what johnson had to say all quarrel is with putin is criminal and with his decision and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of of the u.k. on the streets of europe for the first time since the second world war that is that is why we are at odds with russia. and the kremlin spokesperson has called that statement by boris johnson shocking and done forgivable moscow continues to deny
any involvement in the attempted murders it says that it has launched its own investigation on friday russian foreign minister sergey lavrov accused britain of violating international law by expelling russian diplomats and threatening further punitive measures he said that moscow was preparing to expel british diplomats from russia in turn he also wished this cripples a quick recovery so that light could be shed on what happened. and tomorrow let's bring in alex lun independent journalist who is joining us from moscow this afternoon thanks so much for joining us we've heard about moscow opening its own investigation into the death of this cripples and they said that they are going to work with u.k. authorities what are they hoping to achieve. well i think this is more of a political move really the only thing else. moscow has been complaining since this
scandal first broke since the poisoning was first reported that it should have access to the case materials british authorities suspecting the russian government have of course been reluctant to provide them with that access to case materials moscow's arguing that under international treaties about chemical weapons it should have that access and is saying that the lack of it is grounds to suspect that there is some kind of plot here going on against russia. but really i think this is more of a political stance we've seen similar things being argued in the past with things like the use of chemical weapons in syria where moscow claims that he wants to be part of an investigation even though the overwhelming evidence is that bashar assad's regime did the attack and that moscow is simply trying to muddy the waters or deflect political blame from it so it's by appearing to be voluntarily participate
in clearing up the what happened ok so it could just be smoke and mirrors here but in the meantime in the u.k. seems pretty intent on making russia pay for this is there anything that they can really do that they and their allies away that they could have a sizable impact on the russian government and its president vladimir putin i mean because there is talk right now that the u.k. could target assets of russian tycoons in the country for example would that be effective. yes i think that would be much more effective than what's been happening so far which is just that. they're going to start with russian diplomats russia's promise to respond in kind and it'll just be a diplomatic tit for tat and the royal family won't go to the world cup in russia this summer. russia london's often called london grad because there are so many wealthy russians living there so many children of wealthy russians including a government official attending school there so much real estate that's owned by
influential russian business businessmen and officials in london so anything that would. seize those assets or ban these russians from the u.k. would be a significant blow to russia's alit another thing that was being discussed at the u.k. hasn't done is boycotting the world cup and i don't just mean the royal family but the actual england football team. when when it was said by theresa may that the royal family and the british would become of the world cup the response from the russian football union was well the important thing is that the england team is coming so obviously that's a that's another thing that the u.k. could do to really hurt russia but it hasn't so options on the table we'll see which ones they end of x. getting out of line and the pena turning left who is based in moscow thank you. thanks. well meantime we're getting some news in this hour of a police murder program valving another russian exile in the u.k.
british counterterrorism police saying that nikolai cough was found dead at his london home earlier this week died apparently from compression to the neck they say that as yet there is no evidence to suggest a link to the attempted murders of the script oles all meantime now to nigeria where the niger delta is one of the most polluted regions in the world in the one nine hundred fifty as oil was discovered and production began but since then oil spills have caused extensive environmental damage and a report amnesty international has accused the oil major shell and any of responding to the spills to slowly west africa correspondent chris for ports this is a common sight in the niger delta. for neighboring communities oil spills are a catastrophe farmers can no longer from fisherman must sail hours from the coast in order to catch anything. brazilians often blame the international oil company.
pipeline network alone there have been more than one thousand bills since two thousand and eleven according to amnesty international the outcome of it us is further evidence that. all companies operating in iraq. are still failing to drive out. and their response shell for example takes irish seven days to respond. on what occasion various occasions it should go to one hundred eighty two days. that pressure could not because that means the orders to the environment based life force could other communities. legally the companies must respond to spills within twenty four hours that's why amnesty is calling for more grist exemptions. shayla has
described the accusations in the statement as force and without merits and claims that the majority of bills are caused by sabotage and theft. in which criminal gangs try to extract their share of the oil wealth. sixty years ago oil production started in nigeria as niger delta since then some people became extremely rich but the majority of the one hundred eighty million nigerians did not benefit most people in the region consider the oil wealth rather than a blessing a u.n. study says that it will take at least thirty years and more than one billion u.s. dollars to illuminate the environs. damages. to football now and the draw for the champions league quarter finals has taken place in switzerland and there are some great match ups ahead barcelona the twenty
fifteen champions will face italian side roma germany's byron munich were paired with sivia you invented this will take on holder israel madrid and a repeat of last year's final reale are going for a third straight line and liverpool will meet manchester city in an all english match up the first legs will be played in the first week of april. well the draw for the europa league quarter finals was also made with rb leipsic the first team out of the pot the german side will need marsay in the last eight elsewhere to favorites for the title are arsenal and the madrid avoiding each other in the draw are b. cells burke who dumped out proceed dortmund in the last round will face lots. well the eiffel tower is the world's most visited monument for one day it was transformed into a race course more than one hundred athletes from around the globe are vying for the fastest time possible the vertical climb of the towers one thousand six hundred and fifty five steps to be precise is
a grueling workouts of the news the event is now into its fourth year the quickest time was just eight minutes. a quick reminder of the top stories we're following for you before we go south africa's chief prosecutor has said that he will charge former president jacob zuma with corruption in an arms deal spent much of his presidency embroiled in accusations of corruption and was forced out of office last month. but that you're up to date now on g.w. i'm sorry kelly in berlin thanks for watching we're going to.
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