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here's. the seventieth anniversary of the un declaration of human rights article nineteen to log on to w. . this is e w news live from bombing the syrian government deploys its army to a key kurdish held talented into a tug ish attack as syrian and turkish backseats is closed in the flashpoint town is bracing for an assault damascus says kurdish forces requested support but where does that leave the kurds whose main ally the u.s.
is preparing to leave the region also coming up tensions rise in the democratic republic of congo ahead of sunday's delayed presidential election opposition candidates call for a general strike call for all parties suspend voting in some of the key strongholds . and indonesians struggled to get back to daily life after last weekend's devastating tsunami we meet one man who made a living from the sea but now the tourists that pull his fish. from humphrey thanks for joining me and other twists in the syrian civil war as government forces officer pause to the kurds at their request well the deployment of the syrian army to man beach comes ahead of a threatened turkish assault that while russia welcomes the move in turkey to cry
is it ankara is sending its defense and foreign ministers to moscow for talks on the shifting situation or a new notes u.s. withdrawal of its troops from the region. the syrian flag visible from a distance flying over several rooftops the syrian army is on its march towards manned bitch to secure the town against a turkish attack. syrian television has broadcast triumphal news. after we received a call for help from the kurdish people our troops have moved into the center of town but so far that doesn't actually seem to be the case video taken in man beach on friday afternoon shows an empty city with syrian troops nowhere in sight they are reported to still be twenty five kilometers from town to the north the turks and allied rebel forces are on the march towards town turkey has said it will never accept a contiguous kurdish homeland on its borders turkish president. has held fast to
his plans to invade northern syria. we have a clearly stated goal to teach the kurdish terror groups a lesson and drive them out of this region. didn't you. that goal may have just gotten much easier to achieve with washington's unexpected announcement that it's withdrawing troops from the area. the kurds have stood by the u.s. as allies in the fight against so-called islamic state president trump's announcement of a withdrawal has left them in the lurch with the clock ticking they've opted for the syrian regime and president bashar al assad rather than face an overwhelming turkish military onslaught. and to discuss these latest developments in syria i'm joined now by international security analyst marcus concrete to see you a busy i'm not to talk about marcus let's start off them with the kurdish forces in syria why now this apparent marriage of convenience with the syrian army i mean
couple of days ago we were discussing the implications of the u.s. withdrawal from syria and today we have seen at least one major implications the kurds in all but here have lost their most important ally with the withdrawal withdrawal of u.s. forces from syria and therefore they have to reorient their political preferences and that explains this unusual and unexpected step. as you called it the merits of convenience between two opposing forces. the. militia. golden syrup militia and the syrian government right i mean as you point out that seems to be the moves that has changed everything at the moment in this current situation we've heard from the turkish president and the one saying that he just wants to remove what he calls a terrorist organization of course referring to the white peachy can we expect to stay out of syria then if the syrian army takes over from the kurdish troops i mean
turkey has not stayed out of syria where it's two major military operations which have led to some. occupied syrian territory but the turkey falls as i don't expect any major military advent of the target for one simple reason the turkey has accomplished they are made just tricky to gold to avoid. or you know to avoid the kurdish independent state in the middle east which has been the overarching foreign policy goal of all to governments for the last decades and they accomplish this goal without intervening another time with occupying another part of syria and verify the do not see me to reason for military band dance moves we understand let's say then on the diplomatic side that russia misses a meeting in moscow on saturday to discuss the u.s. pullout in can we expect a truce certainly stick common goals to come out of those discussions and it's
a really show about way of what we're going to see what is emerging is the post war syrian all the powers are emerging who are shaping the post was syrian although. the one in the country is president assad he's the dominant political as well as military falls and the three major holds have polls have emerged turkey iran and russia and it's interesting and maybe for a lot of people frustrating but the old west to put it this way does not play any major role in shaping the poles syrian post was hearing all in i would go so far as to say the post-war middle east. no role for the united states and no role for the european union i mean talk about the post war syria and the order that we could potentially be seeing now some people might say is a power struggle and with that in mind and that potentially emerging might u.s. troops then decide to stay longer in the country i mean no date has actually been
set at the moment that without. difficult to say as we have seen for the last two years for the u.s. president trump is rather unpredictable so it might be the case that he's revising his default decision all the decision of this week but as far as i can see the overarching goal has been do i says i still in the middle east syria as well. all right and the. the preference of these these two puts on to leave u.s. forces in iraq six withdraw forces from syria and syria and that does make sense from streets to strategic bought a few because the second overarching goal is to contain all and put political pressure on and therefore the military presence in syria is not desperately needed from the u.s. business right i mean the president has always made very clear right from the getting of his campaign and indeed he said that this is not about nation building
he's also said and that the u.s. all courts no longer the soka is all those need that's a direct quote all this need to continue fighting the war in syria could not walk a very short think what we're going to see is a dominant president. and we have two different maps here political map and the military map the military member shows a growing area of the rule of prison that is not ruled by by his forces about certain parts which have not been reconquered by the syrian forces and the political map clearly shows that he's in the driver's seat and every time we talk about the few political future of syria the political process of syria i think there's no way. all of accepting that he's the dominant person international security analyst marcus khan good to have your analysis thank you.
let's take a look now at some of the other stories making news around the world a roadside bomb last his killed two vietnamese tourists traveling in abbas near the pyramids of giza in egypt at least twelve more people were injured in that explosion there's been no claim of responsibility for the attack egypt's authorities have been fighting is the most militant since the twenty eleven ouster of former president hosni mubarak. demonstrators are taking to the streets of the sudanese capital khartoum calling on president omar al bashir to step down protests began earlier this month they were rising prices and shortages of basic commodities amnesty international says at least thirty seven protesters have been shot dead by security forces. israeli or a most all this has died at the age of seventy nine his daughter said on twitter that he died of cancer also wasn't a novelist and essayist he wrote extensively about the israeli palestinian conflict in his memoir a tale of love and darkness was
a worldwide best sometimes. here in germany the armed forces say they are having a tough time filling their ranks and now the government in berlin is drawing up plans to recruit nationals from other e.u. countries reports in the german media say that defense minister fundal lyon is especially looking to recruit poles italians of remaining in to live in germany and speak the language the german military or stepped up its recruitment efforts as part of a pool to reset in recent years pressure all merlin has increased since u.s. president donald trump wants the nato allies that washington could withdraw support if europe did not boost minute treat spending. and our political correspondent kate brady is covering this story she joins me now kate what do you make of those reports and how significant would this movie. but it certainly would be a significant move indeed and this would also mean a big change for the german military act of course for the past sixty one years of
the german military's existence the bundeswehr only german citizen citizens have been able to serve germany in the military so this would be a significant move but of course this isn't the first time that we've heard this idea here in germany it was already proposed in the german defense ministry white paper almost two years ago which sets out future plans for the german military and of course there already several other smaller e.u. countries which already recruit some troops from around the block so this isn't a completely new idea but would certainly be a significant move for japanese military what kind of people is the army looking for and what conditions do they have to fulfill. well really what we've been hearing from the german defense ministry so far is that is very much specialist that they would be targeted so that's i t specialist doctors medics but the
conditions which they would have to fulfil in order to serve in the german military aren't yet so clear but of course a good grounding in the german language would of course be a prerequisite without a doubt i'm kate the fact that germany needs to look outside for recruits i mean surely that must raise concerns about the state of its army. well there's absolutely no secrets it's all that germany's military germans defense is just not in a good shape at the moment and hasn't been for several years now. barely a month goes by when their stories about lack of personnel and lack of equipment aren't hitting the german headlines and this is become an increasing problem and the german defense ministry is certainly trying to get back to where they were some years ago of course when the german government decided to end compulsory military service back in two thousand and eleven that has since had huge repercussions for
the military in terms of personnel and they've been trying ever since to come up with creative ways to entice people to join the military and of course this idea that we're hearing now it's day about opening german military two of the e.u. countries would certainly be a possible solution to try and ease that pressure on personnel and boost and increase numbers in the german military. political correspondent kate brady good to talk to you thanks kate. and actions are taking place in the democratic republic of congo on sunday and the country's president joseph kabila says the hall will go ahead that's despite a decision to suspend polling in some areas until march could be that has blamed an outbreak of the deadly a bone a virus that opens issue groups say that the move is politically motivated. makeshift barricades burned in protest
a bad omen for sunday's already contentious presidential election in a country that hasn't held a peaceful one since independence from belgium in one nine hundred sixty now residents in and around benny a city in north eastern democratic republic of the congo may not cast their votes until march the country's electoral commission says that's due to the severe ebola outbreak and rebel fighting that's plagued the area more than one million of forty million registered voters could be affected by the delay protesters however see the decision has more to do with politics than safety but took up with just a need to get us another president who will govern this country and if that doesn't happen we shall create chaos starting from today until a solution is found if it calls for us to die then so be it from moscow not cool from the president he so angry at is joseph kabila in power since two thousand and one and now stepping aside the ebola affected region getting its vote postponed is a stronghold for opposition to could be the and his preferred candidate emmanuel
rama zani should dari should dari faces twenty one opposition candidates martin for you though is one of the leading contenders. i knew it was going. to. be us electoral favorite is also the target of european union sanctions he and more than a dozen other congolese officials stand accused by the e.u. of obstructing the electoral process and related human rights violations in retaliation the congolese government has opted to egypt the e.u. and bassett are giving him forty eight hours to get out. that leaves sunday's election already two years behind schedule largely without international observers mostly because they've been denied accreditation. in the media's disaster
agency has lowered the death toll from last week's tsunami the official told now stands at four hundred twenty six dead with twenty three people still missing or thirty's of all say warn residents to stay at least one kilometer in landing case the eruption all be on a crack at how volcano triggers another tsunami but such warnings have not stopped some residents from trying to start rebuilding their lives and on a santos sent us this report. sometimes the sea is a friend sometimes a photo mock says he's a fisherman in love one west java who is look to the sea for his livelihood and as a source of food or not i could make as much as fifty euros a week from fishing curing the monsoon season we depend on our store it's where we sell food to tourists for income this used to be my store the tsunami swept along by now it's gone. to mock still has his home and his family is safe but without
their livelihood the future is uncertain. they used to be many people on the beach every die. they came from nearby cities and even from jakarta. now there is no one. it is the waves rolling into the beaches of west java that bring in many local tourists indonesians who want to escape the crowded and frenetic pace of nearby jakarta come here for a quick break especially during the holiday season a few days ago these waves turned into a giant tsunami and fears of a second one are keeping vacationers away turning this once tourist spot into a ghost town. the government gave us some food and water but no money to rebuild our store and that will not be enough unless we receive regular assistance.
the obvious things that the tsunami took away were lives and homes but the waves have also left people in limbo uncertain about what tomorrow will bring. now you know the new tennessee isn't getting underway when roger federer heads towards australia and one lucky couple even had the swiss tennis my strait gate crashed out of their wedding federer was touring the famous limestone pinnacles in western australia when he stumbled upon the newlyweds hopefully not actually they all wished each other good luck with federer looking to defend his australian open title in me january he got some early practice in against some local goals and likened the landscape to the movement. now if you're a regular viewer of europe's top football leagues you'll be well aware that generates billions of dollars money that's led to a booming industry and some very well paid players but that reality does not
represent the rest of the footballing welden in the african nation of gab on for example trying to make ends meet is a daily struggle even for professional footballers. there's this gap a nice football club f.c. the people have you trust glen and it's hard to find anything out of place just a bunch of professional footballers training. but imagine playing on an empty stomach so these players fighting what can i say it's a fight sometimes to come to train without having eaten they tell us yes coach we're hungry we didn't eat. living off football is increasingly difficult. even for professional player as many teams lack the basics and pay as go months without payment. i've been playing football for at least three. so it's really hard we can no longer live without the salary and as you can see we
don't even have a jersey or city on a summer you're. the country's economic problems have had a trickle down effect the lack of funding and poor organization have created a chaotic situation. real problem is that the state is putting money into sports not severe right places and it doesn't necessarily go to a right person for most of these football is their only source of income but they continue to play even if their next paycheck is hanging by a thread. well meanwhile here in germany that one does a great count me in it's winter break but for one school the holidays will have been cut short all second from bottom in the table and already back on the training pitch in a last match before christmas this goalkeeping mistake in the ninety first minutes of the news to promote its side doesn't offer a coach on the day but i was told this play is that anything but
a win and not much what counsel their holidays and he made good on the promise of the bundesliga squads will only resume training in the new year. well ben's here now is their financial markets do their best impression of a right is an amusement park is safe exactly that's exactly what it is a stock market roller coaster ride which continues global equities have been zigzagging towards the end of the year with dizzying volatility u.s. stocks opened higher and are only just clinging on to those gains as worries mount over slowing economic growth the last two sessions of recovered some of the losses from a bruising december germany's main index the dax put in a good showing today but the year is a whole sore and eighteen percent decline markets in asia are mostly bros but there is not much enthusiasm after such a rough year. well i don't know if business reporters journalism alone and stephen
bids we have had a rough year but it's been a busy year that's for sure a lot of corporate scandals to talk about a lot of german corporate scandals to report on and a lot of german corporate stories that really scandals but really got people angry or frustrated or excited what was your favorite well personally i would like to highlight on the buyer monsanto deal that was of course a sixty billion dollars strong deal that saw the world's biggest seed company merge with alert the world's largest pesticides company so you basically had a single entity controlling sixty percent of the world's proprietary seed supply and corning also a big chunk chunk of the market on farm data so that basically has a big impact on who farms aware what a big impact on food supply and i feel that that's something we should all take seriously at the end of the day we all need to eat exactly and it was the biggest german foreign takeover and one of the biggest topics about time we're talking
about food security which is huge not only in places like africa but all around the world stephen is this something that we haven't reported on this year widely enough that we should have been i think there is actually something earlier this month that was easily overlooked by a lot of other stuff going on especially the brics negotiations and that was the euro zone financial reforms that were taken up by the e.u. council what was on the table there were things like a common budget for these one thousand asians that share a common currency but not a common fiscal policy so common budget common finance minister and deposit insurance these were all seen as very important policy additions that can help strengthen the eurozone especially looking back at what happened to greece in two thousand and nine is be something to shore it up and there was this great window that was seen with the election of across with medical with the ability for this franco german sort of engine to drive this policy change policy change through and instead what happened was basically they strengthen the bailout fund the european stability mechanism and all the other stuff sort of a. pushed and sort of tabled and there is actually
a huge debate between northern and southern european nations about sort of what they want the euro zone to look like because that's what happens the boring stories right they become way more interesting but yeah but you know it's so much more closer to europe right i feel like this is really significant as well exactly we'll see what happens in twenty nine we'll get back to you and stephen in a moment firstly to the united states where the partial government shutdown is said to continue into next year over three hundred thousand workers face unpaid leave which is why the owner of a burger joint in washington is trying to do his bit to ease the pain. juicy burgers with melted cheese could they be beyond sea to the current government shutdown the owner of this burger joint in washington d.c. thinks so he's handing out burgers to unpaid government workers with the aim of drawing politicians with the free food. we hope the politicians in. it could sit overnight. in have made this thing out and get these people back to
work this isn't the first time the burger has handed out free food in a government shutdown during the last one in twenty thirteen the joint gave out fifteen thousand burgers in two weeks that almost put the owner out of business this time around he says he'll take it day by day. back to jenelle and steve and time to look into our crystal ball if you're wondering what this is it's more of a disco ball. like every feeling says about you so no dancing eyes but some serious analysis ginnell starting with you what are we going to see happen in twenty ninety well there certainly have been a lot of fears and you know the boom and bust of the phrase boom and bust cycle gets thrown around a lot but it doesn't necessarily have to be an immutable law so few seem to think that a crash really is imminent even a few more a few more seem to think that a recession is coming but few really agree on where and where on the spectrum
economic performance is going to find itself but what people seem clear on is that it's not likely to get better the international monetary fund has already said as early as october that global growth is set to plateau in twenty nineteen so talk of a recession in twenty twenty but twenty nineteen could that be the year of the crash stephen i think it's a bit overstated to say crash right i mean it's a very dramatic term and we've looked at the stock market sort of how volatile it's been recently it makes it easier to talk in terms of crash but what we've seen really is an overheated u.s. economy that's really driven so much global growth maybe to its limit and now we're going to see is those waters receding and i think the real problem we have to look at is what does it mean for those who haven't fully recovered from the real crash or the recession of two thousand and eight two thousand and nine that lasted until what doesn't fourteen i mean not everyone has really recovered from that and now that's good. to be exposed again potentially so i think we are going to see lower growth but probably still growth throughout much of the year but at a time that the european central european central bank and other central banks
don't really have the tools to fight a recession or or a more rapid slowdown i mean they have strengthened certain mechanisms like return of this bail out mechanism the european stability mechanism they have strengthen things they check on the capitalization of banks a little bit more for example but there are still a lot of bad loans that are bad debt that's being held by banks and that is a huge concern you're absolutely right stephen busily genelle to my long thank you very much for gazing into our disco ball nice to hear his answer if you.
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