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this is the news live from berlin the truth about the alleged gassing of civilians in syria a global watchdog starts emergency talks to try to get to the bottom of what happened to these people and duma where they attacked with chemical weapons. after this weekend's military strikes on syria which is the focus to diplomacy and a new push to bring russia back into the fold also coming back because morally unfit to be president talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat who lives honestly about matters big and small and since the american people believe
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him after being fired by donald trump the former f.b.i. director james comey lashes out ahead of publication of his new book. plus a new study says cairo is the worst big city in the world to be a woman we bring you the story of one woman whose life changed beyond recognition after being attacked and you'll hear what happened to the man throwing the punches in this video. time series so misconduct good to have you with us inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog are still trying to get access to the site of the suspected gas attack in syria they were supposed to start work on saturday but were delayed by the u.s. british and french missile attacks on syrian chemical facilities dozens of people including children were killed and injured allegedly with poison gas in the attack
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on seventh on the seventh of april russia has said the attack was faked and did not really take place. alistair hay is a chemical weapons expert and professor at leeds university in the u.k. i asked him to tell us more about the evidence the chemical weapons watchdog the o.p.c. w. would be looking for into law well if the inspectors get full access and there's been no interference with any of the evidence they have a very good chance of finding things they will be as you said earlier talking to victims witnesses doctors and collecting as much by way of environmental samples as they possibly can and if it the use of a nerve agent for example which might explain some of the casualties they have a very good evident a very good chance i should say of collecting this material because it will still be present alastair in touch on this but do you think there is a chance that evidence might have already been removed from the site. when it's
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possible but the inspectors of carried out many inspections before and they will know that things have been moved some of the video evidence i saw indicated that one of the munitions had been moved from where it had landed on the floor and placed on a bed but i think generally munitions which should still be in place if they have been moved the inspectors will be able to see this but it's not it's access to the munitions which are important because they can get samples from the munitions but obviously it's the effect of the munitions that the inspectors have digitally interested in and that other evidence they can get hold of and alister what about their ability to attribute who is responsible. well the o.p.c. job you will not be able to do this it will simply say who used the particular weapons of course if it's bombs there are only two countries if you like that have control of the airspace syria and the russians in syria so you know it doesn't take
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a nobel prize laureate to work out you know where it is so the bombs may have come from but the o.p.c. job he will simply establish what was there the mechanism for cheating blame no longer exists that process was stopped by the russians in two thousand and seventeen no french president khan has justified taking part in airstrikes saying that they have had proof of chemical weapons usage in the past how much evidence evidence is there that the assad regime has indeed employed such weapons there is good evidence this curity council set up a mechanism in two thousand and fifteen and a joint operation between p.c. w and united nations this was a joint investigations mission and that produced several reports and they contain very good and compelling evidence that syria was to blame for the use of chlorine bombs and another gas attack last year and that information is out there and syria
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was said to be the perpetrator alister hey speaking to us a little bit earlier from leeds in the u.k. and meanwhile foreign ministers have arrived in luxembourg to thrash out how to proceed in syria the meeting follows a series of coordinated strikes by the u.s. u.k. and france on chemical weapons facilities in syria topping the agenda how to deal with russia a key ally of the syrian regime and reviving the peace process in the country. let's go to luxembourg. to standing by for us there hi gary good to see you foreign ministers are meeting there today what can we expect to come out of this. expect that the foreign ministers here will formalize their support for these strikes conducted by two e.u. member states and the united states however they will also make clear that the sole purpose of these strikes was not change was not change tipping the balance of power
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in this complex proxy war but it was to deter the sir syrian regime from using chemical weapons in the future that is a key message and then also look out for a political initiative the particularly france and germany are trying to hammer out at this meeting here in luxembourg germany's foreign minister heikal moscow said there is a quote window for dialogue that is open with syria's main backer russia let's listen to what he had to say today in luxembourg. with this conflict can't be solved without russia we have to find a way to achieve what we all want firstly a ceasefire access for humanitarian aid a transitional government in syria constitutional reform and in time elections. need a solution that everyone in syria can accept. and as the back because of the acid regime the russians also need to understand that. so gary
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what role is germany playing here what kind of dialogue are we talking about. looks to me there is not a particularly big appetite i would say for syria related new sanctions something the u.s. has proposed here and so let me compare nevertheless the german position here to the german position on the sanctions we have for the act an extension of crimea and that is that these sanctions are always only can only be a mean not an end in themselves but a means to achieve a political dialogue so germany traditionally here is a country that is very keen to incorporate a russia into a future solution and that is where practically everybody is on the same page particularly france that says these strikes are not a one off their path of a strategy now that strategy is a little bit complex it's the idea behind it is to show russia determination that
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the west will be involved in a solution for the syria seeing that this is basically won by the syrian regime and by russia but the europeans want to make clear they will be part of a solution and they want to show that determination if you want but guaranteed you have some european powers accusing russia openly of being involved in a chemical weapons attack surely that must be complicating efforts at diplomacy. it is of course working a diplomatic tightrope if you want on the one hand showing that particular determination on the other hand more provoking the russians too much of the maybe that is the reason watch dave fredricka more greeny the foreign policy chief of the european union talked about the economic leverage that the european union has in this conflict there's a big donor conference coming up in brussels next week and she said look the european union is ready to put huge amounts of money ten billions have been put in
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the last couple of years already into surgery and neighboring countries put huge amounts of money into rebuilding syria if russia is prepared to relaunch the un talks in geneva to give you scared much as following that you foreign ministers meeting for us in luxembourg today thank you. now some other stories making headlines around the world in australia new south wales police suspect that a large bushfire threatening city may have been started deliberately authorities say it's miraculous that no houses have been damaged so far no one has been injured the fire is close to the city's southwestern suburbs and it's being fanned by strong winds. several pieces of jewelry and coins believed to have belonged to the danish king harold bluetooth have been discovered in germany's northern island the tenth century king is credited with a unifying scandinavia and yes the wireless technology used in your phones and laptops is named after. protesters at a starbucks coffee shop in the u.s.
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city of philadelphia demanded justice after two black men were arrested there the men said they were waiting for a friend before ordering but staff accused them of trespassing there were accusations of racial profiling and starbucks chief executive forced to apologize. former f.b.i. director james comey says donald trump is morally unfit to be president of the united states he was speaking in an interview on american television as part of a publisher to campaign for his new book which is being released on tuesday ahead of the t.v. interview trump blasted komi on twitter calling him a slimeball. it's all out war between the u.s. president and james komi. in a publicist he blitzed for a searing tell all memoir the former f.b.i. boss launched an intensely personal attack on trump who was your impression he had impressively hair that looks to be all his i confess i stared at it pretty closely
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and my reaction was. time in the morning star was too long as it always is he looked slightly orange up close with a small white. half under his eyes or the message was serious trump poses a danger to the u.s. system of government he calls the president a liar obsessed with spins going on i don't think he's medically unfit to be president i think is morally unfit to be president of the bits a feud between the two men started last year when comey confirmed that the f.b.i. was investigating russian links to the trump campaign weeks later komi was fired by trump the stakes between this clash of the titans announced sky high if trump isn't dice is for trying to cover up a possible campaign collusion with the russians mr komi is likely to be a star witness and he says he cannot rule out that the russians have compromising material on trump these are more words i never thought i brought
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a president but it's possible and i wish i wasn't saying it but it's just it's the truth trumps response to k. means attack has been a vitriolic series of tweets branding komi a slimeball he describes him as always ending up badly and out of whack he's not smart and he will go down as the worst f.b.i. director in history by far at last may trump fired komi triggering the rush for investigation nearly a year later the probe is getting ever closer to donald trump and now came his words to further wounded an increasingly beleaguered president he is morally unfit . now cairo is the most dangerous metropolis in the world for women according to a study by the thomson reuters foundation it says women there are seen as fair game and domestic violence is commonplace two thirds of men questioned admitted to committing sexual harassment the government has promised action but stamping out harassment and bringing justice to the victims is proving difficult. it began as an
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innocent counting to the shopping center but that short trip turned some my atari life upside down a camera recorded what happened. i was coming out of that entrance the guy. stopped me. what do you want what do you need are you ask about something or your laws he was like no i was waiting for you for the past hour and i want you to come home with me and you have no option you are coming home. like no this will never happen and if he is slapped me twice in my face and he started to hate need then the security came and stabbed the letter now i would doubt any thing without calling the police station for example. so maya took a matter of herself she refused to let her attacker get away with it. i went to the police station i took good the video you off the wall way happened to the police
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station i told him i don't know him but his face is clear in the video can you get that's guy because he sexually harassed me and wanted to take me to his will by force and then slap me. they made a complete joke out of me. to my as a tack i was cooled down convicted he was fined less than four euros a bitter experience and by no means a one off such as him to come on according to research on the for me. there is too many reasons but why is that is also i think primarily for me is a growing social acceptance for for the practice it's ok people are seeing it bystanders are seeing a daily basis has become a normalized kind of behavior and it's not really kind of condemned ethically. now to a smile is reluctant to venture out onto the streets in cairo and that's not just because of the sexually charged atmosphere. so maya told reporters from egyptian television
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what happened in the shopping center and gave them some of the private photos she wanted to cause a stir. but the channel gave the story a very different slant portraying the twenty five year old as a decadent woman the effect was devastating. they've been calling meanings industry they were running after me. they destroyed my car because. not a good girl and not follow in. religion as according to lifestyle. president r.c.c. publicly supports women's rights. in two thousand and fourteen he brought in stricter penalties for attacks on women in two thousand and fifteen he launched a program for tackling violence against women and he declared two thousand and seventeen to be egyptian women's year. the
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loads ists but the problem is not the low is the in-force meant to deliver the procedures that woman has to go through and enjoy to be able to his thing and sexual harassment is really really tedious and sometimes humiliating that makes women shy away from doing it. helping women in the margin see is the idea behind a new option launched a few weeks ago it. uses within a kilometer a notified of a woman sets off an alarm through the app. one hundred fifty emergency calls were made within the first month roughly one in five users have answered a positive sign. as the true essence of beirut every single day this is where it's forever where does it rest when it's bigger. and people do not report it or it's a way of reporting it's really just a recording incidence and actually let people know magnitude of the problem and
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actually try to help. somalia has twice been the target of sexual harassment the attacker from the shopping center struck again outside this pharmacy. these pictures were taken seconds before the assault. this time the man slashed her in the face with a knife she needed fifty stitches. no one helped. today semei is sad and basically disappointed. i had to lose my job. my college my parents my friends even my own i had to move out to a complete different one. i was three years in college because it was i'm not talking to my parents for the past two years because they're ashamed to talk to me. so maya trying to take her own life
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a few weeks ago doctors managed to save her. she no devices women in egypt to put up with sexual assault and not to trying to defend themselves it's a dismal outcome. you watch indeed have you news still to come in the bundesliga second dortmund squared off in germany's biggest difficulty with both sides gunning for champions league slot there was plenty of stick. but first the french president manuel macaws put it facing up plenty of resistance against us economic reforms that's right it's been one year since came to office on a promise to reform the economy he'd face opposition when it comes to reforming state enterprises and challenging entrenched interest groups and that prediction has come true as he does bessel with the country's powerful railway union it's. the chaos of france's railway station spilled over into the weekend two thirds of
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all high speed trains were canceled along with many regional trains and it's been going on for two weeks with fears the french economy could suffer. see the impact has been limited we cannot quantify it now but we can already see in certain sectors of the economy in hotel reservations travel tourism that it is starting to have an effect and that's why the sooner it's all over the better. rail reform is just part of a broader campaign it pits workers and unions anxious about losing their benefits like civil servant status and early retirement. against a young president who says only fair reform can put france back on the right track here and since emanuel mcconnell took office unemployment has been falling rapidly growth is higher than it has been for a long time and economic sentiment has improved significantly that's one reason why
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there hasn't been a broad show of solidarity with the railway workers a narrow majority of the french side with their president but the battle has not yet been won nerves will be tested again with another two day strike later this week. u.s. president or no trump is firing back at european commission plans to slap new taxes on u.s. tech companies the german business daily hundreds flood claims now the u.s. is accusing the e.u. of violating w t o rules with its so-called digital sales tax so a closer look at that this tax would apply to companies no matter where they base the tax to pay amount to between one and six percent of sales not profits that means companies like amazon would not be able to avoid it by reporting low profit so using tax havens and the tax would be due on all it if it is that exploit user data that will be mean hitting facebook and google it would only affect companies
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with at least seven hundred fifty million euros in worldwide sales according to the report the us now says that's unfair because those new taxes would be designed specifically to hit big american corporations like google or facebook but the facebook scandal has strengthened the e.u.'s hand as it prepares to introduce new data protection laws so it might find itself in a stronger position to face down washington in a dispute in front of the w t o for example. earlier i asked our financial correspondent on the call this latest development is likely to impact on the ongoing trade dispute between the two parties. get it takes a little bit hard to say investors here actually don't feel that the european union has a very strong position at the moment in this dispute yes of course the data security scandal might give them a little better position to start those negotiations but there's an issue that is even more important and also being discussed on the top of government level and
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those are terrorists we can't forget that topic you are only exam from those tears on steel and element until may first the european trade commissioner say that last week that she is not sure if those exemption will also be in place after the beginning of may it seems that it's still not clear what the u.s. wants in return for a permanent exemption so i believe the timing right now is not very good to negotiate those higher taxes for u.s. companies when mr donald trump is already calling this again as a very unfair on the terrace issue has not been solved so. there's more uncertainty about him about his zigzagging in the last week willing to have another look at the then he is going to bomb syria one of the investors looking forward to this week. yeah there are very much concerned every single tweet can change their direction here at the market volatility will remain
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a big topic here on the trading floor and the worldwide economy and how it is performing is also a very big topic here at the moment it has been growing we know that for quite some time now investors fear that with this latest you political tension and this xix are course that this could have a negative impact one of the most important days for this week will be on wednesday the chinese government will release their latest g.d.p. numbers china wants to keep their very fast g.d.p. growth at a level of six point five percent for this year so investors will be looking very closely if those numbers will be again very strong or maybe also being a little bit hurt that they're called then frankfurt for us thank you. germany's economics minister says the country's comic is must invest heavily in the electric car technology and develop battery production facilities to remain competitive in a newspaper interview the minister said the auto industry would have to spend up to
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one hundred billion euros to keep up with the global rivals he fails to understand why they had hesitated for so long and that the industry now risk losing business to the u.s. in asia germany's comic is on the reason pressure to shift the focus away from internal combustion engines since the diesel date emissions cheating scandal three years ago. and that's all your business news monitor jones will have an update for you in an hour spin as the u.s. soccer news would suit me thank you had a shocker and dortmund met in germany as it were derby on sunday with just one point separating the two teams in the bundesliga table in the last meeting shall come managed a stunning comeback from four goals down to earn a draw this time another in throwing match up was in store. dorman and shaka fans were looking to secure the bragging rights in the latest installment of germany's most famous darby it was a first rodolphe for peter and the first half of all the passion and excitement
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you'd expect. but there was little in the way of quality throughout a scrappy fast car shop his alessandro show like places in the fifth minute but moment becky tonight in. dortmund only thrush in shock for a set piece is marked by royce testing ralph salmon. no not at the break. but early in the second half the deadlock was broken daniel caligiuri said i haven't come up to the young and the ukraine bring a scored his third goal of the season. dortmund with stood the shock of pressure and with desperate for a foothold in the guy told we were pushing but not enough. and shocker eventually got their rewards a free kick was laid off and now di he thrust the boeheim from a distance merely passing the net and raising the bridge in chaos and captain. dortmund chant his league hopes in our risk but joyous shaka
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a robot that. well life they travel to bremen in the late game on sunday hoping to take advantage of dortmund slip out they welcome back starting will then at the starting line up with champions league qualification firmly in their sights. rosin who was criticized for leaving team a van out of the laci side that lost a masai in the road to lead on thursday and the twenty two year old was back in the starting line up against braman. the only chance is though belongs to the hosts zach tell you news of it came close to the dangerous free kick in the sixty minutes and when max truces shot rattled off the box when two minutes later nicholas moyes sunda rode the rebound how the defender was the first to react in the books like c. k. per paycheck or lashley was left scrambling and braman in front of. just five minutes after the break the leipzig equalized when twenty year old i demoed
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a new man stick around to check using the frame and penalty area and fired into the roof of the net then i had a late chance to clinch the three points but the keeper jury then came out. with just three minutes to go it was the hosts time to break a strong start by gillespie and that desperate missed by my son meant that this one stayed square. missed chances at both ends neither side will be particularly pleased with the point. which is the time for a minder of our top story here indeed have you inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog the o.p.c. that you are still trying to get access to the side of the allies in poison gas attack in the syrian city of duma it's not clear why they haven't been able to go there yes. thank you for watching.
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