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>> hello and welcome, this is dw news live from berlin. going out with a bang -- samsung halts reduction of its galaxy note seven smartphone. samsung share prices collapse. we will look at what this means for the future of the south korean tech giant. also on the program, the refugees instrumental in detaining this terror suspect. but where were the german police when this is happening and how did they let an alleged terrorist slip through the net? and in the u.s., presidential candidate donald trump lashes
out at republicans who have abandoned his campaign. he says they will be to blame if he loses the november election. good to have you with us. it was supposed to rival apple plus iphone seven, but those plans have gone up in smoke. south korean tech giant, samsung, has been worse to trash production of the galaxy note seven after several devices, wire. samsung is telling customers to turn off their phones as a safety precaution, but the company's share price has plummeted. analysts say it could become the biggest product failure and technological history. reporter: for the galaxy note seven, the writing is on the wall, or at least on the samsung website. mobile sales suspended with
immediate effect after a second round of battery fires. for a company that prides off on quality and innovation, this is the disaster of the century. question is is the writing on the wall for the south korean company question mark shares tumbled, wiping out $17 billion of market value. faced with fierce competition, is it game over for the world's biggest phone maker? >> i don't want my phone to blow up in my hands. >> safety is first. as much as i love samsung, my safety is first. but before you get on the plane or while you are on the plane, they tell you don't take the phone out, put it away. reporter: consumers will be able to apply for a full refund or swap their phone for another. with pictures like these burned into customers memory, future sales are in peril.
christmas is coming and apple is preparing to sell its iphone seven. the prospect of samsung shifting phones never looked slimmer. and it's not just their finances that will be hurting. samsung us mobile handsets account for 2% of the country's total exports. christopher: we are going to a r with more. daniel: it is an explosive story, if you pardon the pun. what is causing the battery fires? affirmed seems to not quite know as even the replacement phones caught fire. experts say the reason lies somewhere in the complex technology, but it's also to do with psychology. >> germany got a brief glimpse of the galaxy note seven in september, but it wasn't on sale there. samsung is not the first manufacturer to have trouble with exploding lithium-ion batteries.
sony, fujitsu, and in 2006, dell faced the same problem. the university of singapore researchers are looking at what is up with the batteries. the team leader says consumer demands are part of the problem. >> they want phones it to be very sleek, very thin, and consequentially, the batteries will be thinner and thinner and that comes at the expense of the mechanical properties of the battery. reporter: mobile phones contain chemicals separated only by a thin diaphragm. if they become too hot or come into contact with oxygen, they can catch fire and reach temperatures of the thousand degrees celsius. >> in order to improve safety in the long-term, wishful thinking would be to move away from the current component we use in the lithium-ion battery, such as the
flammable electrolytes. but the technology is not yet that far. reporter: perhaps technology has finally been outstripped by smartphone users'appetite for more power. daniel: the world of social media has been set alight by the story. one twitter user saying shame about the samsung galaxy note seven. he writes he was seriously considering one to replace his aging iphone 6 plus. massive misstep by the company. another rights of airport safety fears, and lines are asking folks with the galaxy note seven not to turn on or charge their phones on the plane. finally another twitter user jokingly tweets i love this time of the year when the nights are drawing in and there's a chill in the air, the whole family gathers round a roaring galaxy note seven. samsung is also slogging it out with apple in the u.s. supreme court.
the south korean firm is appealing a penalty of over half $1 billion late against it in a lower court. that verdict found samsung guilty of infringing apple patents in its galaxy series and other devices. lawyers gave statements to the media after the initial hearings. samsung said any patent infringement is only marginal to what it calls a compact -- complex product with thousands of features. there is confusion over crew -- oil prices surged when the russian president voiced support for opec's push to limit production. that there are now reports the nation's biggest user is resisting cuts and prices are retreating. >> the world's oil producers are pumping at full throttle, even of the market is absolutely saturated with crude. opec countries have said they would pretty -- they would reduce production.
even russia was on board but some say that's not to be taken seriously. >> i think it is nothing more than another political statement aimed at stimulating the play -- stimulative a price to go up slightly. but there's no mechanism to support it because it has been happening for many years, these promises to cut production. reporter: as soon as president clinton confirmed his plan, resistance flared up across the industry. opponents include the russian energy minister wants to maintain current output levels and ahead of the largest crude producer rejects any kind of intervention. >> in russia, oil companies run the show, not the government. i think it's going to be hard to force them to significantly cut the output. reporter: looking back, russian
companies have a history of ramping up production despite the growing oil glut. daniel: that is it from the business desk. going to add you back to christopher who has more news. christopher: here in germany, the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency says his agent had been monitoring a terror suspect arrested on monday since early last month. the agency decided to make a move when the 22-year-old suspect bought a component used to make suicide vests. the agents -- the syrians to detain the suspect are being called heroes. reporter: he's set to's and the night here great pair of helpful syrians took him in. they told germany that it only occurred to them the next day.
they overpowered him and tried to inform the police but they were unable to make themselves understood on the phone, so one of them went to the police station himself and reported their capture. did the police take charge and arrest him. germany's security agencies say he was very dangerous and was working on an explosive device. >> last friday, my colleagues observed him buying hot glue and we determined in our experience, hot glue is used by people who want to carry out suicide attacks. reporter: despite a massive manhunt, they were unable to catch them. suspect was on the run for two days and please are facing criticism their handling of the case for germany at considerable risk. conservatives are calling for new legislation but social
democrats they tightening the laws will not help. >> i see no need to make any big changes to the laws right now. we are well equipped in terms of our situation. what we might have to consider and where there may be room for improvement is equipping security agencies with increased personnel technology. >> germany has been on high alert since islamic state claimed responsibility for two attacks in july that left multiple people injured. cases like this will feel discussion over germany is doing enough to prevent attacks on its soil. christopher: let's get some more background on this from our correspondent. german police coming in for considerable criticism over their handling of this. is the criticism their? >> opinions differ on this. the head of domestic
intelligence that we have seen in the report or the interior minister both came out praising the workings of the police. they say they did a marvelous job preventing a terror attack from happening, but on the other side, we have heard a party parliamentarian on the left thing this is not a glorious chapter for local police. i would agree that there are at least some questions that have to be answered. one is why wasn't this supposedly covert operation not that covert after all? we have heard residents say they have seen men lurking around the house which prompted the suspect to flee the house while the police were trying to get into his flat. why was he actually able to slip through the net? why wasn't the area sealed off? why were police not able to run after him?
police say their officers were wearing heavy body armor, but that seems an odd excuse when you are trying to arrest a terror suspect. there are a lot of questions and criticism now for local police. christopher: we just heard in our report that some members of chancellor -- chancellor merkel's conservatives are calling on for loss to make it easier to arrest terror suspects. what are they proposing? guest: it's important to know that those demands, from the usual suspects, especially from the csu, always very quick to call for tougher measures when it comes to refugee policy. they are demanding something like preventive detention and i would say this is a populist demand because it is contradicting german law. you cannot lock someone up because you think they are dangerous an might do something
in the future. another thing they are calling for is security checks for all refugees. that is completely unfeasible. it's difficult to register those refugees, let alone do security checks. i did not see any concrete changes to the law coming out of this. christopher: moving on to syria, where the fighting has been intensifying and a u.s.-russian brochure -- brokered cease-fire has collapsed. at least six people were killed when a rocket hit a school. and aleppo, and the northeast of the country, russian airstrikes have killed at least 14 people. local people say bunker busting bombs were used in the attack, which is part of an offensive by syrian forces and russian
backers to recapture opposition held parts of the city. in the meantime, a diplomatic row over the conflict in syria has erected between russia and france. vladimir putin has postponed a visit to paris after the french president said syria would be the only issue on that visit's agenda. president hollande: i informed mr. putin that if he were to come to france, i would not go with him to any officials early's, but that -- official ceremonies, but that i was ready to continue the dialogue on syria. he preferred to postpone this visit which will not preclude us from discussing it on other occasions, but he will not be coming to paris. christopher: you are watching dw news in berlin. still to come, more and more republicans are abandoning their presidential candidate, donald trump, since he bragged about
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art of freedom and freedom of art -- a multimedia project about artists and their right to express their views freely. dw.com art of freedom. christopher: welcome back. you are with dw news live from berlin. our top stories -- samsung has scrapped production of its flagship smartphone, the galaxy note seven. several handsets caught fire. the company told owners to switch off the device as a safety precaution. the move has sparked a collapse in the share price. three syrian refugees who apprehended a terror suspect are being hailed as heroes. police say the suspect was running a bomb attack in germany.
we are going to catch up with the u.s. election campaign now deepening within the republican party. donald trump has lashed out at fellow party members who are distancing themselves from him. trump took aim at house speaker paul ryan with this fierce tweet -- our weak and ineffective leader, paul ryan, headed that conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty. trump also suggested to -- that disloyal republicans would be to blame of his campaign comes up short. despite winning the second debate in a landslide, it is hard to do well when paul ryan and others give zero support. trump added this -- it's so nice the shackles have been taken off me and i can now fight for america the way i want to. mr. trump then turned his attention to john mckay come saying the very foulmouthed senator john mccain big for my support during his primary and
then dropped me over locker room remarks. both ryan and mccain are among numerous senior republicans who have been backing away from trumpets and a video emerged last week where trump can be heard bragging about groping women without their consent. the white house has also waded into this controversy and has released a statement slamming what it calls trump's repugnant boasts. it says there is wide agreement the actions described by trump constitute sexual assault. protests have been held outside the republican national committee headquarters in washington. ♪ demonstrators calling on senior lawmakers to with draw their endorsement of donald trump as their presidential nominee. with just four weeks until the presidential election, trump is now trailing several points behind his rival, hillary clinton in the polls.
moving on to other news -- afghan government officials say at least 14 people were killed and 30 wounded after gunmen attacked a shrine in the capital . this video from outside the shrine taking during the attack was posted on social media. an unknown number of assailants storming the site as pilgrims celebrated. the attackers were dressed in military uniforms. millions of shiite muslims have in converging on an iraqi city to attend the climax of rituals. tens of thousands of security personnel have been dispersed to attacked the pilgrims. the shiite rituals are often the target of islamic state militants who consider shiite heretics.
they german chancellor, angela merkel, was in ethiopia where she expressed support war protesters demanding political reform in the east african country. her visit comes after the ethiopian government declared a state of emergency in response to weeks of protests. she called on the government to show restraint in its dispute. >> it has been a state of emergency since sunday. the government has been cracking down harder on dissent and be glad been protesting after police used violence to break up protest by regime critics. more than 50 people died. the skirmishes overshadowed talks between angela merkel and the ethiopian prime minister. in addis ababa, merkel criticized the police and called for an open dialogue. >> it should be possible to accommodate a plurality of
opinions. people are well educated. it's a national process for people to express themselves and have a vision for their country. reporter: the unrest began almost a year ago. the government's planned expansion of the capital has encroached into areas athletic people use for farming. many protested this as a form of discrimination. christopher: october's world breast cancer awareness month. the campaign putting the spotlight on the struggle against the disease not just in countries like germany but was developed countries. to mark the event, we have a report on a situation in kenya where access to timely diagnosis and treatment is virtually impossible. >> in the heart of the city, she battled breast cancer. daily chores are not easy to get through.
days like this can leave her exhausted. living in one of africa up of largest urban slums has come with its own set of immediate and daily challenges. with no access to water, health care or even basic sanitation, she lives side-by-side with the country's poorest. it is the poverty that worries her more than the cancer. >> the main difference between the have's and have-nots is the money. we don't have money in the slums , so if we don't get money, you know how expensive it is to treat cancer. reporter: her diagnosis came in 2014. an unusual swelling on her breast aroused her suspicion. a visit to dr. three months later would confirm her worst fear. >> i was so shocked, so scared. my friends came to check on me and when they told me i had
cancer, they said they would get me in touch with someone who may be able to help me. reporter: for those who can afford it, there are limited options. there are only five therapy machines in kenya and this privately run facility has one of those machines. only one machine is available in the public health sector, so for patients like mary, the only real option is a government run hospital. this one is the biggest national hospital. this is one of the surgeons specializing in breast cancer. he's as the gap between need and available resources has shocking consequences. >> if you book for therapy right now, you will probably get a booking for 2018 or 2019. reporter: a long waiting list is just one of many problems for low income earners. even with reduced costs, the
doctor says some patients are unable to meet basic financial requirements. >> they come for a simple thing like an ultrasound at cost 1500 or 2500. some come back when they raise the money and by then, the disease has really spread. reporter: doing what you can is mary's mantra. she's part of a community group she says is her lifeline. today, robert starts to come watch after her. walking is one of the things that they can do, so slowly, steadily, together, they go for a walk, each encouraging the other that all will be ok. christopher: time to catch up with some of the other stories making news around the world. the world health organization is sending a million doses of the cholera vaccination to haiti which has seen a surge of the infection since hurricane matthew. the country was already struggling with the spread of cholera.
around 10,000 people have died of cholera since 80's catastrophic earthquake six years ago. australian opposition mps have blocked a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. the premise or wants to give australians a vote that opponents say it's too costly and could provoke him of. instead, they are calling for parliament to pass equal marriage rights. time for some sports now -- in tennis earlier this month, you may remember the world number one, mary assure up over, had her two-year doping ban reduced to 15 months after appealing to the court of arbitration. she tested positive for elderly him at the us trillion opening. she is not allowed to compete for titles until next year but returned for a good cause in las vegas. reporter: if this was a charity
event for elton john's foundation, then its main attraction was the tennis star, maria sharapova. a recent ban did not take her image. case in point, elton john cheering from the stands. she did not hold back on the court, teaming up in a doubles match to gain some practice before she makes her return to competitive tennis. >> i will look to play a couple of exhibition events leading up to my first tournament in april. i don't know what those will be but that's one of the things that will be important because match play, there's nothing really like it. reporter: some might argue that she used the event to clean up her public image. after all, she's gone from tennis superstar to a villain, that the 29-year-old insists that she's innocent. christopher: we're going to take a short break, but don't go
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