tv DW News PBS April 28, 2016 6:00pm-6:31pm PDT
anchor: this is dw news, live from berlin. syria, closer than ever to all-out war. the u.n. declared the situation in the city of aleppo as catastrophic. dozens of lives claimed as bombs hit another hospital. washington is outraged, and said the attacks appeared deliberate. blast off from russia's new cosmonaut. let them your putin's prestige
project, dogged by setbacks and allegations of corruption. and, a defection in the highest ranks of german soccer. a player one side of his contract so he can play for the bundesliga rival in munich. brent: it is good to have you with us. it tonight, the cease-fire in syria is hanging by a thread. that is what the united nations is saying after more than 30 people have been killed, just today alone, fighting and aleppo. among the dead, at least 14 patients and three doctors at a hospital in a rebel-held area of the city. the airstrike on the hospital has drawn international condemnation. u.s. secretary of state john kerry expressing outrage, saying
the attacks appeared to be deliver it. he says russia has an urgent responsibility to stop syrian forces from attacking civilians. reporter: where do you take shelter, when nowhere is safe? bombs in syria's biggest city, aleppo, sent people fleeing from their homes. amid a few glimmers of hope, the overall picture is one of desperation. >> the feelings of countless people are echoed in the words of one little girl. >> what wrong have we done, she asks, and where to go for help? on wednesday, bombs fell on this hospital come for doctors without borders.
the city's last pediatrician. the cease-fire agreement in february gave us some hope that there could be a way out of this conflict, but only two months in, peace talks have stalled, and a cease-fire deal is in danger of unraveling. >> i could not in any way express how high the stakes are for the next hours and days. so many civilian lives are at stake, so many humanitarian health workers and relief workers are being bombed, killed, maimed, at the moment, that the whole lifeline for millions of people is now also at stake. reporter: aleppo plays a key role, controlled partly by the government, and partly by rebels, it is been the scene of
bitter fighting for years. in recent days, rebels have ramped up their attacks on the government to try to preserve their last supply. meanwhile, the regime is planning another massive operation against them. brent: we want to pull in journalist louisa following developments in syria, right now she is in syria. we're hearing reports that the syrian army is preparing a fresh offense of, possibly the final offensive for aleppo. louisa: there doesn't seem to be a large buildup of government forces the past week. not only shoring up her supply line. the cease-fire happened at a critical moments, but they are on the verge of retaking aleppo.
it will begin right where it left off. one of the most definitive battles of the entire war. brent: let's talk about what is happening in the last 24 hours. the united states saying that a hospital in aleppo was directly targeted. they say all the indications are that syrian government forces carried out that attack. is there any confirmation, anyway to prove what happened? louisa: proving these things can be very difficult. we are used to seeing the patterns, from the government, not a russian plane. the syrian regime targeting civilian structures, targeting buildings inning -- in densely populated areas, and hospitals and schools. brent: louisa, we have the
united nations tonight coming on -- calling on russia and the united states to collectively intervene, again, to prop up the cease-fire. but there aren't any signs that will happen right now, or are they? louisa: there are not. there is not a lot of trust between the two side, even when it comes -- especially when it comes to the president assad. this is that the bloodiest point in years. they are trying to work together to bring an end to this war, but there is not a lot of trust there. brent: louisa reporting from istanbul to mike, thank you very much. as syrian refugees trying to leave the country, somewhat hopes of reaching europe, u.n.
secretary-general ban ki-moon has criticized what he calls the eu's restrictive refugee policy. he talked to the parliament in the anna, speaking just a day after the lower house past the toughest asylum laws. ban ki-moon said new legislation from european countries sends a negative message on their military and obligations. while he did not mention austria directly, his comments came amid outrage over the countries knew, anti-migration laws. italy in particular, is concerned that the measures could have them close the countries alpine border. they have been meeting in rome. they agreed to keep the crossing , the pass, open.
the brenner pass between austria and italy is a major transit route. there are concerns border patrols could harm both tourism and trade. russia is celebrating the first successful launch from its new space port, an unmanned rocket blasted off from the cosmodrome in the south of russia. the launch was meant to take place on wednesday, but a technical problem meant it was delayed. that is not the only problem it has faced. our very own yuri were shut out it has been dogged by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. reporter: a majestic liftoff, the rocket blasted off from the new cosmodrome. it is putin's personal pressed each project. he traveled more than 8000
kilometers from moscow to see the launch. he was pleased to see the launch was successful. >> as you know, the proof is in the pudding, and we have to launch to see if it is ready. reporter: the spaceport cost billions of euros, but russia's biggest pressed each project was almost derailed in the construction stage. builders went on strike because they had not been paid for months, and there were reports money was finding its way into the building manager's pockets. four were arrested for allegedly embezzling millions. russians are proud of their space heritage. the first man in space, is a still hailed as a national hero. a replica of his 1961 rock -- rocket stands proudly in this
moscow exhibition. >> the first human to cross into outer space, made his graders very proud. 55 years later, russia finally launched its first unmanned rocket from the new space center. but this launch has been postponed many times, and dogged by big corruption scandals. reporter: even so, many russians think the new space ambitions will help the country regain something of its former glory. >> i think it is a bright new future for our country. we need to be america -- beat america. reporter: the new space center should soon pay off for russia, since it means it no longer has to depend on the center in kazakhstan.
by 2023, it should be ready for manned space missions. but that would cost billions more, a problem for russia, beset by economic crises. brent: more stories making headlines around the world. new knew fighting in eastern ukraine has killed four civilians. they were hit by artillery fire while traveling in a rebel-held area. a report did not blame any side. fighting between government sides and russian rebels have been widening as a european-brokered truce looks increasingly shaky. protests have turned violent in paris and other cities in france. workers and students demanding cancellation of land labor reforms. police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. 125 protesters were arrested. chinese authorities have been sharply criticized, after
passing new laws, tightening controls over foreign, non-governmental organizations. the european union is among those questioning the regulations. they say that overseas, they have been allowed to operate in an unregulated manner for far too long. >> starting next year, they will be placed under police surveillance. foreign organizations working in china will be required to share their funding resources and ures. the chinese government appreciates the role of ngo's, but see they are funding things that pose a threat to china's national security. migrant workers, could become risky under the new law, which is criticized for its vague wording. activities the state considers a
threat to its authority, or divisive, are subject to harsh treatment. other activities will also be monitored. >> if plane close police -- clothes police can take notes on what is being discussed, will civilians be willing to attend events, if there are being monitored like that? reporter: the german embassy in beijing is concerned it could endanger its work with 200 ngo's, currently operating in china. brent: the movie fans of interfering has arrived. maximal -- a soccer player wants to move to a berlin -- max
humer wants to move to munich. he had asked to be released from his contract, a year early, to join the raining, lead champions. it is a difficult held to swallow for dortmund fans. there was another similarly shocking announcement. star striker ivan made the same move a year later. it would be a return to his hometown, the 27-year-old came up through the academy before joining them permanently in 2009. he won two bundesliga titles, and a german cup, before taking over the captains seat in 2014. dorman did not give any mention of a transfer fee, but would say
brent: welcome back, here with dw news. the u.n. has declared the situation in the syrian city of aleppo as catastrophic, after a surge in bombings. airstrikes hit another hospital, killing dozens of people. the u.n. has appealed to russia and the u.s. to revise the peace process. russia has successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility. an unmanned rocket blasted off
from the cosmodrome in russia's southeast. over to christoph now, volkswagen posted more details of its disastrous earning reports. >> they had set aside 7.8 billion euros to buy back or fix diesel-powered cars that had been rigged to cheat emissions tests read also, today at the emissions meeting, executives offered another big apology for their wrongdoings in the diesel gate scandal. former vw boss, for years, the best paid a ceo in germany, has seen his earnings have. and it cost him his job. as for the members of the supervisory board, their pay is tied to the dividends paid to shareholders, and that has been cut to nearly zero. the entire payout to the board is now 94%, compared to the
previous year. finally, vw is cutting bonuses for senior management by about a third. but it is frozen for three years, and still could be paid out after that if the carmaker recovers. here is more. >> the business would be booming, if it was not for the dirty diesels. it cos them tens of billions of euros, the other was robust carmaker struggling. despite the setback, the chief executive expressed optimism. >> volkswagen is a strong enough to cope with financial effects. company is very strong. >> the world's leading automaker has a set aside euros to deal with the crisis. they would rather pump that money into new technology, such as electric vehicles and digitalization.
the three-hour conference, they want to improve their culture and improve transparency. >> it won't happen from one day to the next, this is a huge company, which has had an old-fashioned corporate culture for decades. it was very successful, and it is a huge task to change it, but we have the necessary staying power to do it. reporter: many vw employees are worried about their future. >> i don't know exactly what the executives want. things change from one day to the next. i read that the biggest bonuses ever are being paid to vw executives, that is not so good. reporter: many fear they will suffer. timing is bad for wage talks come in a trade union is demanding a 5% raise. that is a lot of money, as bw tries to recover from the scandal.
they did not expect the scandal to escalate to this level. now, the huge losses have spurred a major dispute between management unions in the car industry. at this point, only one thing is clear, b w is certainly not out of the woods yet. brent: u.s. cable giant comcast has acquired dreamworks animation for $3.8 billion. dreamworks is behind the popular movie franchise " shrek," and others. the blockbuster animated films also include "minions," and "despicable me." they will help it compete against the sector leader, disney. let's take a closer look at this deal, our market correspondence on wall street.
comcast and dreamworks, a smart move? >> actually, yes. the word on the street is that comcast is trying to compete head-on with disney by doing more movies. a reminder, that family content is still a sure bet for the company, and a way to improve existing theme park businesses. there is a huge library of franchises and characters that could go farther into universal studios'theme park area also many movies open a a franchising opportunities in the merchandising department. the problem is to push comcast's revenue. brent: the u.s. economy growing less in the first quarter. what did investors make of that? jose: we saw the first down in the dow jones since february.
after the fed's meeting wednesday, it was expected the economic activity would be weaker than expected. the rebound in the current quarter is not going to be as robust as previously expected. the adjustment and inventory will continue to take its toll. they could refrain from increasing rates in june. the markets on thursday, facebook crossed earnings expectations. the shares went up over 7%. brent: jose keeping his eye on the market for us, thank you very much. shares of european airplane manufacturer airbus lost 4%, after reporting a 50% loss of profits in the first quarter, compared to a year ago. they also spoke of a challenging year, and significant financial impact of problems with the true
character -- troop character. also, future problems with its major election. -- flagship. reporter: it was supposed to be a top seller, but is having trouble getting off the ground. it was supposed to be more fuel-efficient, quieter than its predecessor, and able to go long distances, thanks to new engines. but they are struggling under high temperatures. airbus is struggling to fix them, and that is causing delivery delays. one customer, qatar airways, is tired of waiting, and about two cancel it order. its archrival is boeing. the long haul a350 is also
having problems, not delivering cabins on time. another jumbo is popular with airlines. experts expect production to be dialback. crack in the fuselage of eight military transporter, airbus expects these errors to cost them dearly, but has not posted an exact figure. experts say the cost cannot even be counted. brent: that is all your business news for the moment. megacities, many of china's sprawling cities are having trouble building infrastructure to catch up with the pace of the rapid development. dr., -- dakha, is experiencing growing pains. on the outskirts, one expanding district is determined not to make the same mistake.
dakha is famous for its traffic jams, the bangladeshi city is growing. they could -- the government avoid the hassle of dealing with many property owners. instead, a subway system is eventually supposed to be built, but subways are expensive, and building them takes a long time. time the city does not have, to avoid collapse. even though it is only a 30 kilometer drive from dakha, it takes far too long to get there. they're trying to better connect industrial areas, marketplaces, and residential areas. well over one million people are here, with more arriving every day. first, there was only industry, whoever works here had an
onerous commute. local government does not want to repeat dakha's mistakes. >> it is different, the people who are working there, they are also living there. if we improve the area, it affects the organizations. reporter: soon, the first water pump will be up and running in this impoverished neighborhood. this is been drilled so deeply that the water is now contaminated with highly toxic arsenic. however, clean drinking water is still a problem here, you cannot keep pace with rapid population growth. reporter: here i am, as close as you can get to mars. nasa has brought us a little closer. the curiosity rover tracked to a lofty plateau to take a unique
panorama of this crater. the 360 degree view combines dozens of shots taken in early april. it is part of a long-term project to map the planets geography. it was previously an area of milestones, said to show the evidence of water. brent: after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. goodbye. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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