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>> on a wet and windy christmas eve here in berlin, this is world is from dw. >> news for you at this hour -- renewed anger and st. louis, missouri after a white police officer shoots and kills unarmed black teenager. -- an armed, black teenager. >> a fighter jet shot down over syria. >> and the start of christmas ceremonies ahead of midnight mass. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> fresh unrest has broken out
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in missouri after a police officer shot dead a black teenager on tuesday. >> the officer opened fire on the 18-year-old after he pointed a loaded handgun at the officer. >> berkeley close to an unarmed black teenager that was killed in august. >> the mayor of st. louis has appealed for calm. >> word of the shooting spread quickly here in berkeley. protesters, bricks, and fireworks. responding to a report of larceny.
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when one of the suspects pulled a gun, the officer fired. >> the officer started engaging them in conversation again. the individual produced a pistol with his arms straight out across the hood of the police car. the officer produced his service weapon. but we think is he fired three shots. >> the woman said the victim was her son, an 18-year-old african-american just like michael brown who was killed by a white policeman in nearby ferguson back in august. his death triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests and ignited a heated debate about racial profiling and perceived her lease retell eddie -- perceived police brutality. >> james, bring us up to speed. has the unrest died down?
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>> immediately in the area of the and didn't, the protesters of scattered and things are back to normal. however, there is anticipation and rumblings on the organized part of twitter calling for action against this latest shooting. the protesters have called for protests in ferguson and berkeley, demonstrating against this senseless act. the mayor of berkeley, presenting his case, stating the police officer had no choice but to fire his weapon. >> this case do seem to be a bit different. the police saying the teenager was armed and he pointed his gun at the officer. is that version credible? will it make a difference?
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>> many of the protesters don't believe that was the scenario that played out. they believe the police officer responded in haste and that is part of the main argument, that they are stating that police officers should not resort to deadly force to resolve these issues. >> james klein reporting for us in st. louis. >> the islamic state has managed to shoot down a jordanian fighter air half. >> it was part of the us-led campaign against islamic state target in syria and iraq. they stepped up airstrikes in recent days. >> the shootdown of the subsequent capture of the aviator is a major propaganda
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coup for the jihadists group whose trade in video executions is a hallmark of the organization. >> the first foreign soldier and arab is now in the hands of iso extremist. >> the pilot surrounded by members of the islamic stage a hottest militia -- jihadist milita. they also show the jordanian air force. they later confirmed that one of their planes crashed and the pilot was captured. in a statement, the government appealed to i asked to take responsibility for the pilot's health and well-being. earlier, the group had boasted about shooting down a fighter jet. jordan is one of the country's carrying out attacks. the city serves as the headquarters for the hard-line islamic militia.
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photos of wreckage show the crash site. this is probably the first capture of a combatant against i asked -- i.s. only the u.s. and its arab allies are participating. >> a curfew has been imposed after 63 tribal settlers were killed in a rebel attack. a local separatist group is responsible. >> dozens of wounded survivors were taken to the hospital. the prime minister has condemned the violence. troops in the region to combat the rebels. talks are continuing in the belarusian capital minsk between ukraine's central government and pro-russian rebels.
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>> it contact group which groups together representatives from russia, ukraine, meeting in a bid to consolidate the fragile cease-fire in eastern ukraine. this latest round began earlier on wednesday amid fresh tension over the ukraine's lifting of its status that paved the way for ukraine's possible entry into the ukraine. >> what do the warring parties hope to achieve at these talks? monitoring developments from moscow for us. and they outlined the topics up for discussion. >> we must not forget that these talks are preliminary talks that could pave the way for a second meeting on friday. what we will try to discuss is a prisoner swap. a withdrawal of arms and troops from the front lines and most important, to make sure that key
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of lift the embargo against the regions in eastern ukraine. and they'll try to achieve special status for this region. this is the most controversial issue and it makes these peace talks so difficult. >> the central asian nation of courage or stand has signed an agreement to become a member of the eeu. >> it aims to boost free trade and coordinate financial systems among its members. it has strong links to moscow, thousands of citizens working in russia. >> the russian ruble losing so much value in recent weeks, many have been returning home. >> for years, he worked in russia. until now, the money made it worth the times brent abroad.
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his russian salary no longer goes as far in his native kurdistan. -- purge a stakyrgestan. >> i sent my wife to colin brought to find out more about the solution -- situation there. >> life is made more difficult for the ex-pats in russia. the currency is almost worth the same as the week ruble. >> approximately 2.3 million u.s. dollars were sent back last year. to family members, this 2.3 million u.s. dollars is the same as 3.2% of gross to mastic product.
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-- gross to mastidomestic product. >> time for a check of the business headlines. france is closing out the year and record fashion and not in a good way. more than 27,000 people lost their jobs in the month of november up 0.8% from the month before. >> more than 3 million out of work, 6% more than a year ago. >> christmas eve was another positive day on wall street that pushed the dow to a new record high. for more, here's our market report. >> another record right before christmas. a small increase in blue chips was good enough to achieve an all-time high.
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we got really decent economic news and weekly numbers from the labor market that came in a bit stronger than expected. we did have a swing to the downside. oil prices lost 3% and oil stocks and energy stocks being some of the bigger losers. the small increase was good enough for a new record right in time for christmas. >> reporting from the trading floor in new york. >> u.s. president barack obama has welcomed the sony pictures decision to screen "the interview" on christmas day. >> it has become an unlikely lightning rod for freedom of expression. after initially pulling the film after a massive hack attack and threats against theaters, the film will be limited. sony's decision has a ready earned it prays for not
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completely capitulating to hackers demands. >> it turns out all the international attention surrounding the movie translates into ticket sales. >> a lot of the shows are already sold out for christmas day and for the day after. people want to see this movie. >> the move was a pr disaster to can the film. it has become a symbol of free speech. >> kim jong-un wants to do an interview with dave skylark? >> in the movie, they score an interview with kim jong-un and the cia orders them to kill the hater -- dictator. north korea is furious over the movie. they released a trove of embarrassing sony documents and threatening worse if the movie was shown. the studio reacted, canceling the interview's release. but they took a public flogging
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from movie stars and from president obama for bowing to intimidation. the release was back on. victory, tweeted actor james franco. seth throw been the people have spoken. american moviegoers seem to agree. >> it's important to be able to stand up for free speech as well as to be able to stand up for our constitutional rights. >> the big chains have been slow to reschedule the interview after hackers threaten retaliation against anyone who screens it. >> to south korea where prosecutors are planning to arrest korean air's former vice president for cabin service after she delayed a flight by throwing a tantrum over snacks. >> it has become known as not rage. a taxiing passenger plane to return to the gate so that she could disembark.
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she had been served macadamia nuts and had not ordered in a bag rather than a bowl. she apparently jabbed a man with a serviceman y'all. she is also the daughter of the airline's owner. you are watching world news from dw in berlin. the latest effort to curb the uncontrolled sale of weapons. >> an international agreement to regulate an arms trade went into force today. will it be enough to stop weapons from falling into the wrong hands? >> we will find out right after this short break and we will begin a you a taste of christmas here in the capital.
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>> welcome back. a new treaty on the global arms trade went into effect today. its aim, to keep weapons from falling into the wrong hands. >> the ambitious goal is to regulate the $85 billion industry by requiring companies that sell weapons across the world need tougher export criteria. >> say it is a crucial step protecting people from around the world from human rights violations. >> no global law to stop the flow of weapons. into the hands of desperate's. and misty international says the lack of regulation is behind 500,000 deaths each year. the arms treaty bans the sale for places they could be misused. helicopters, small arms, light
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weapons. the countries also pledged to work together to fight weapon smuggling so that arms don't fall into the hands of terrorists or human rights violators. countries can also contribute to a special trust fund set up by the u.n. to coordinate the treaties implementation around the world. including rapid response activities. championed by australia, the treaty was adopted at the u.n. last year by an overwhelming majority. 130 countries have signed the pact. >> i believe it will be effective and will save lives. it will reduce human suffering. it has been a long time coming to this point. but we now have an arms treaty that sets new international standards. >> the largest exporter, the
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united states, also signed the treaty. america's republican-controlled senate has refused to ratify it. in order to go into force, it needed ratification from 50 countries. of the 130, 60 have ratified it. china and russia have refused to sign. so far, there is no provision for sanctions against countries that don't comply. supporters say it will help slow the flow of weapons and a conflict zones including syria. >> we have reported all year about the rising number of refugees arriving in europe. especially in germany. most of them come here with the hope of a better life. >> once in germany, they face entrenched poverty and poor housing as our reporter found out. making ends meet is not easy,
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even for athletes that want to pursue their chosen sport. welcome united is not your average german soccer team. its players are from all over the world. all of them applying for asylum here in germany. he coaches the men on a volunteer basis and knows that any of his men could be deported without warning. it could be my best player, he says. he might come here for training and suddenly he's gone. and i have no idea where to. >> several of the former members were forced to return to their home countries after germany denied them asylum. those that remain are determined to make the most of it. next year, they want to compete in germany's bottom league. easier said than done.
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in germany, they need to get the right paperwork to play in league matches. that requires proof that they are eligible to play professional soccer back in their home countries. for their host club, the bureaucratic hurdles can be daunting. it is clearly a waste of time sending letters of inquiry to's him where like libya when someone has fled the country for political reasons. you know from the get-go that it's pointless trying. we've got to get away from this sort of thing. for the refugees, another piece of paper standing between them and the lives they want to live. >> they are not even interested in the talent that is in you. it has been very difficult, i think.
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for someone with permanent residence to try to play with them in their football love. >> welcome united can help the players forget their troubles for a few hours. it's not much of a home but for some, it's a start. there has been a very unorthodox source of christmas cheer in recent years. the second division soccer club -- >> the stadium is usually awash with the unruly fans but this event is very different. it's about huddling up together in the winter cold and singing christmas carols. ♪ >> 27,000 soccer fans packed the stadium. they have come out for the club's annual christmas carol sing-along.
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>> it's tradition. this is what fans do. support their club. over 20,000 people on their feet singing together. it's an amazing atmosphere. >> the event was held enough -- for the first time in 2003. it has become a highlight for their fans and families. >> you get a chance to spend quality time with your family. >> i'm overwhelmed. i never experienced anything like this. i think it's just great. >> the popular sing-along attracted people from sweden and the netherlands who lined up for a ticket to join germany's biggest risk is higher -- christmas choir. >> a group of british and german troops on the western front lay down their arms for a few hours
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to celebrate christmas together. >> instead of shooting and killing each other, they sang carols, gave each other presents, and played a game of soccer. >> 100 years later, they have reenacted that event in kabul. >> december 24, 1914. it all started with a song. >> british and german soldiers began by saying a multilingual silent night. one of the christmas carols allegedly sung by german troops in the 20's on christmas eve, 1914. then the players took to the pitch. >> it is a very special occasion. we are honoring the day 100 years ago when british and german soldiers stopped fighting and celebrated christmas together. when hundred years later, we are
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repeating that with the difference that back then, we were enemies, and now we are friends. >> the organizers said the original match during world war i was a perfect example of the power of sportsmanship to break down boundaries between families. >> for a moment, they forgot the brutality of war and humanity triumphed. soldiers came out of the trenches and met each other on no man's land. they exchanged pictures and gift. they sunday carol -- sugn a cana carol. then they played a game afoot all - -of fo- of football.
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>> it ended in a 3-0 victory for the british, but it wasn't about winning. >> thousands filled the square outside the church of the nativity. the biblical birthplace of jesus. hundreds more gathered for midnight mass to mark the end of the year that has been overshadowed. >> he led the annual procession from jerusalem to bethlehem. >> this time every year, the patriarch of jerusalem makes a 10 kilometer journey from his home in the west bank to hold mass in the holy city of bethlehem. he has to pass through a number of security checkpoints along the way. his greatest desire is the palestinian and israeli people can one day break down the walls that keep them apart.
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>> i hope we can get rid of all these walls and build bridges and shake hands in peace. it can only come with justice. our cause is just. we hope next or will be more also full -- more merciful. >> tens of thousands of people waited for the archbishop to arrive. positions entertained visitors. the arrival was marred by a brief boisterous scuffle. his supporters try to get as close to the catholic patriarch as possible. bodyguards had difficulty fighting them back. finally, he made it through to the church of the nativity where he will conduct the traditional midnight mass. >> the border between finland and russia was the scene for a christmas reading on wednesday.
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>> russia's version of father christmas known as father frost that his finnish counterpart. -- met his finnish counterpart. before the two set out to bring presents the good boys and girls, father frost said his greatest wish is for people to show kindness to one another throughout the coming year. with those words, that's the world news for now. >> thanks for being with us. we hope to see you at the top of the hour. goodbye for now.
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