tv DW News PBS November 19, 2015 6:00pm-6:31pm PST
anchor: this is "dw news" from berlin. belgian please have arrested nine suspects in connection with the paris terror attacks, after its confirms a man suspected of organizing them is dead. the french interior minister says abdelhamid abaaoud was killed during yesterday's police raid in the suburb of saint-denis. france's parliament extends the country's state of emergency by three-month stretch the vote expands police powers including for searches, arrests, and shutting down websites. in the latest wave of bloodshed
in israel, two israelis are stabbed to death in tel aviv and an attacker opens fire near a jewish settlement near the west bank before driving into a group of pedestrians. three people are reported that. our correspondent has the latest. i'm sarah kelly could welcome to our viewers around the world. europe's most wanted man is dead at this hour. the french government has confirmed that the main suspect in the paris attacks was killed in a hail of gunfire when special forces stormed his hideout on wednesday. it turns out that this was not the first time that abdelhamid abaaoud had planned large-scale what should. reporter: -- bloodshed. reporter: police got their man, but they do not get him alive. abdelhamid abaaoud is thought to have a key role in the paris
attacks. but even before that, the 28-year-old belgian with moroccan roos was one of europe's possible wanted islamist extremists. he was said to fought for islamic state and syria. this footage is believed to come from that period. until a few days ago, officials thought he was still in syria. it now appears that all the while, abaaoud was preparing attacks in europe. >> abdelhamid abaaoud appears to have been linked to four of the six terrorist attacks wild in france since the spring of 2015. they all bear the same handwriting. these are all violent attacks planned from abroad which were to be committed by european born jihadis, trained to handle weapons, and then sent home to carry out these attacks.
reporter: it's not yet clear when abaaoud attorn to europe -- return to europe. it was after the attacks that french authorities heard he may have left syria. on wednesday, a tipoff led to this apartment building in saint-denis. huge firefight ensued. it was here that abaaoud died in a hail of police bullets. it took a full day for his body to be identified. confirmation of his death brought mixed reactions. >> i think it's great news. i'm in favor of an all out attack on islamic state. >> i prefer to concentrate on the families who are mourning. to be honest, i really could not care less about that guy. >> well, it's a mess. but of course i'm relieved. reporter: but the french
authorities are under no illusions. they believe more attackers are waiting to carry on the militants' violent campaign. the prime minister says they could be even more dangerously armed. >> we are fully aware that there is also the risk that chemical or biological weapons could be used. this is a new war because it is one that defies borders. reporter: the french parliament has approved the extension of the state of emergency by three months. that will allow police to carry their arms off duty and give them more powers to search and detain terrorism suspects. anchor: in the meantime, the police raids relating to the paris attacks continue in belgium. nine people were arrested in brussels on thursday and many of the raids were in the molenbeek district, home to the suspected organizer of the paris attacks.
that is in belgium. officials say the rates focused on the entourage of bilal hadfi, who blew himself up at the french stadium. i'm joined by a former counterterrorism officer with the british special branch, now and security -- now an expert in security. the mastermind, abdelhamid abaaoud, and some of his a comp losses, are dead. can we call this a victory in the fight against terrorism? guest: it has certainly been a success because losing someone who is clearly a leader -- he was still associated with the [indiscernible] he is clearly some sort of leader helping to organize various cells around northern europe. it will be a temporary setback,
but it will be a setback for them. this group, islamic state, are quite clearly intent on causing as much mayhem and terrorist attacks as they can, because it is two fields of conflict, the one in the syria-iraq region, and this is part of their campaign outside this region. anchor: in the meantime, we have seen a massive show of force in the past few days. do you think that has been the right strategy? guest: i think you're dealing with very violent individuals who have no compunction at all in using firearms, explosives. we have seen it with this group around the world. into an easier -- in tunisia in june. we saw how easily they will use automatic assault rifles and
grenades. to me it's quite a feat that so many have been arrested who are -- were alive. it's a shame that abaaoud was killed because it would have been nice to have the opportunity to put him before a court of law. that said, you still have to look at the fact that islamic state on the back foot in the short-term. anchor: the french and the united states are trying to put them on the back foot also in syria, they have increased the airstrikes there. even if they're able to make a dent in the physical infrastructure where islamic state operates, how can they combat the ideology? this is an organization built upon that. guest: very much so. the islamic state we've seen for nearly two years, they have an excellent communication strategy. its language is all around the world and it's appealing to them.
it's not just western europe. they have over 2500 cells of their own civilians who have gone on to fight. some of these are senior figures. you can see how truly global this is. it's time we are finally waking up. the u.k. is looking to introduce an anti-extremism act. i think also in the u.s. and canada -- those are looking to counter this propaganda that's being given out by islamic state. anchor: this is a battle which is sure to be fought on many fronts. thank you. all across europe the refugee backlash was building before the sparrow's attacks and their aftermath. it is reaching fever pitch. the most vocal proponents of the eu's open arms policy, german chancellor angela merkel, has
been backtracking in the face of slipping poll numbers. reporter: sisi terror attacks in paris, the fiji crisis is no longer making -- since the terror attacks in paris, the refugee crisis is no longer making headlines. german chancellor angela merkel and her counterpart emphasized that both countries are cooperating in a much more organized way. their common objective remains. fewer people should be coming to europe. that will only work with refugee centers on the eu's external borders. >> the hotspots have to be set up quickly in good time in italy and in greece, and also as distribution centers so that there can be a fair distribution across europe and as a possibility for those who are not entitled to asylum to be returned to their home countries. reporter: the austrian
chancellor sees turkey as playing a key role in the refugee crisis. >> with turkey, it's easier to secure an external border along its 14,000 kilometer long coast than securing europe. cooperation with turkey is necessary in order to achieve this. reporter: what needs to happen so that fewer migrants come to europe has already been agreed by the eu. germany and austria are pushing other eu countries to implement it. anchor: in the united states, the house of representatives has approved a bill to freeze immigration of syrian and iraqi refugees to the united states. more than 2/3 of congress voted for the republican sponsored resolution. the so-called safe act would block the resettlement of syrian and iraqi nationals until
security agencies can certify that the applicants do not pose a security rsik. -- risk. opponents of the bill argue it would empower jihadi groups. president barack obama has vowed to veto this legislation. we turn to some other news in the autumn of unrest in israel and the occupied territories has claimed five more victims, two in a knife attack in tel aviv, three more including an american teenager in a drive-by shooting on the west bank. in both cases the assailants have been identified as palestinians. israel has beefed up security considerably over the past few weeks, but that has done little to curb the random attacks. reporter: this is a transport hub for israeli settlements in the southern part of the west bank. thursday afternoon saw a palestinian attacker tribe along the road's hard shoulder, firing at cars stuck in traffic. among the dead, an 18-year-old american tourist.
earlier in the day, in another apparently spontaneous attack, this time in tel aviv. all the more shocking to israelis. a palestinian man rushed a group of israelis gathered for prayer in an office building, stabbing his victims. police arrested the attacker at scene. authorities have identified him as a 36-year-old father of five from the west bank. it seems he worked in a restaurant nearby. as night fell in bethlehem, skirmishes again breaking out between palestinian youths and israeli security forces. today's killings come as a reminder that israel's additional security measures, from added checkpoints to military patrols on city streets, are so far moving powerless againstspontaneous lone wolf attackers. anchor: a correspondent is
standing by for us in jerusalem. five people killed, several wounded. what more do we know about these two incidents? anchorreporter: that's what youd in the report to three people were killed in this latest shooting attack which happened in the early evening, there was a young american was one of the victims. the israeli man died later in the hospital of his wounds. at least five people are said to be wounded from this attack. according to reports, the palestinian had opened fire at the junction and then in two cars. earlier this afternoon, there was an attack in an office building in the south of tel aviv. according to the police, the suspect is also palestinian.
he had just gotten a month ago a permit to work in israel. he stabbed two israeli men, who also died. anchor: the radius where these attacks are happening, this is expanding. so far, only few have been in tel aviv. now that has changed. what will this do to israelis' sense of security? reporter: it is a reminder to israelis here that the wave of violence will not be coming to an end, especially in tel aviv you have not seen such kind of attacks lately. it has calmed down a bit in the past couple of days, but especially in the beginning, two months ago, jerusalem was the center of the attacks. we saw many young palestinians protesting in the occupied west bank, which left many of them wounded and also dead, but in the past couple of weeks the violence had moved towards the occupied west bank and a lot of tension especially in the city
anchor: welcome back. this is "dw news." french authorities say the suspected mastermind of the paris attacks was among those killed in yesterday's police raids in the north of paris. the french interior ministry says abdelhamid abaaoud was also the organizer behind four of six attacks that french police have foiled since the spring. in belgium, police have arrested nine suspects in connection with the attacks. five people are dead in the bloodiest day in israel and the west bank in more than a month.
two people were stabbed to death in an office building in tel aviv. in the west bank there were more fatalities after a gunman opened fire and drove his car into a group of pedestrians. now, in the wake of the paris attacks, concerns are growing that germany may also be a target. this week what german authorities described as a credible terrorist threat brought an international soccer friendly in hanover to an end before it started. officials insist there is no concrete evidence of an imminent attack. reporter: this is the christmas market. most of the stands are still closed, but during the weekend it will be full here. 2/3 of germans believe that terror attacks in germany are likely to happen. they are determined to continue living their lives normally. >> i feel very uneasy, but i'm not going to let it affect my daily life, no. quite the contrary. >> of course you feel anxious,
but i'm not going to shut myself up at home. we will keep going to christmas markets and other events. >> it is not stopped us traveling. reporter: police have put on a show of strength at the main station in hanover and elsewhere in germany. christmas markets, soccer matches, and other major events will take place as planned even though some people are unsettled. >> against lock myself away. that would be giving in those who want to intimidate us. >> people are probably more cautious, but i think people are trying to remain normal and continue on their lives without letting fear stop them. reporter: that is the mood in
germany. concerned, but without panic despite the tension. anchor: we have some news coming in on the business front. there are reports that the volkswagen scandal is spreading to another global player in the industry. he's going to tell us about the latest drama. reporter: this time the german firm bausch, the world's largest oil supplier, is getting roped in. it built key components of vw engines and says u.s. authorities are investigating whether a new or participated in the scandal. vw has until friday to tell regulators how it will fix the nearly half a million diesels riggged in the u.s. and it is scrabbling to get drivers on board with gift and free roadside assistance. reporter: muted applause met the chief michael horn at the los angeles auto show. he is struggling to get vw back
in the public's good graces. he reiterated his company's remorse for installing emissions test cheating software in its cars and promised an honest way forward. >> we are cooperating fully with the regulators and will continue to do so. reporter: whatever he does to satisfy regulators and consumers, it will be expensive. it has reserved nearly $7 billion to cover the costs of its cheating. u.s. environment regulators have said vw faces up to $18 billion in fines. some experts say the carmaker's while performing markets could offset the costs it is facing elsewhere. >> lucky thing for vw, where they make the most money, china, not the united states. in china they don't sell diesels , so they can bank on profits from china to subsidize their troubles in the united states. reporter: even in china sales are slowing down. in october, the carmaker sold 4.5% fewer cars year on year.
>> things are looking that better for the rest of the industry. a little further down the road looks promising. but when will we get the driverless car? that's one of the topics revving up the visitors at the l.a. auto show which opens to the public tomorrow. reporter: watch out for spiders at the los angeles auto show, 50 years after the first model was introduced, yet chrysler has given the original dream car a facelift. far from being inspired by the past, manufacturers are now looking to the future with new models, new vision, and self driving technology, the hot topic among auto analysts and consumers alike. >> what we are seeing his driver assistance packages migrating on more cars and getting more advanced. all this conversation about going to an autonomous car, it will take us time to get there and develop the systems.
reporter: mercedes-benz is upping its efforts to become the number one european car brand in the u.s. it has unveiled its sl roadster, with new styling. the u.s. car market is in the midst of rapid growth, growing by over 1/3 since 2009. for now, car companies can rely on sleek looks and quality engineering to drive sales. >> health apps are all the rage on smartphones. a lot of people want to know how fit they are. but what if the information you need and the timing is vital? if you have heart disease, the last thing you want to do is panic. reporter: thomas has had major heart surgery. now, whenever he goes out and thinks something could be wrong with his heart, he can pull out his mini-ecg monitoring device.
with the help of an app called cardio go, he can send it to a cardiologist who will analyze the data and respond. >> so far, he has only had to use the app once. >> i've had very positive experiences within a short period of time, 3 or 4 seconds, i had a cardiologist on the phone. he took a look at my ecg. luckily he said everything was fine. so afterwards, a patient is relieved, and that's exactly the purpose. you can be certain about it. reporter: usually he is a patient of a cardiologist in the town. five years ago they teamed up to create the app.
he noticed many of his patients wanted to feel secure on weekends and while on vacation. the service costs just under 2000 euros, including two consultations. patient pay extra for additionals consultations, but that gives them access to a specialist in germany around the clock. a team of 22 cardiologists participate in the program and whenever necessary, they advise patients to visit a nearby clinic. >> the patients have been taking part since the beginning are our pioneers. most of them pay for the service themselves, proving that it works. and we can offer it to insurance companies or maybe even politicians so they will recognize it could eventually be made available to everyone. german health insurers are still skeptical about new health apps, especially when it comes to privacy laws. it is unclear which apps are
most practical. >> everybody should decide for themselves if they wanted or not. there's also the issue of whether to make it available for all 70 million people with statutory insurance. there's no concrete proof that these apps really do offer additional benefits. reporter: but patients like thomas are already convinced. he would have paid on his own. due to his heart disease, his provider agree to cover 100% of the costs. >> from health to sport. anchor: some guys who are certainly getting some cardio -- in tennis, roger federer has continued his strong form at the atp world tour finals in london by eliminating kei nishikori in the season-ending tournament. the japanese gav the swiss maestro quite an examination.
reporter: nishikori knew he had to beat federer for any hope of progressing to the semifinals and he was determined to give it a go. some delightful tennis made this arguably the best match so far of the season finale for the best eight layers -- players in the world. nishikori lost the first set 7-5 but his returning prowess helped him sees the second, 6-4. federer was not to be undone, and brought out his a-game to seal the deciding set, 6-4. his semifinal opponent is yet to be decided. in this form, you will fancy his chances against anyone. anchor: a quick reminder of our top stories, the suspected mastermind of last friday's
attacks in paris was amongst those killed in yesterday's police raid in the north of the city. the french interior ministry says abdelhamid abaaoud was also the organizer behind four of six attacks that french police have foiled since the spring. five people are dead in the bloodiest day in israel and the west bank in more than a month. two people were stabbed to death in an office building in tel aviv. at the west bank there were more fatalities after a gunman opened fire and drove his car into a pedestrian. you are watching "dw." [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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