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berlin. tonight, france clearing the jungle. the shanty town known as the jungle has been a flashpoint in europe last migration crisis and is due to be demolished this week, shattering the dreams of thousands who hoped to make the crossing to britain. also coming up, the eu's long-awaited free trade agreement with canada is at a standstill after leaders in belgium refused to back it. and as iraqi forces fight to drive islamic state out of basel, one christian town nearby is celebrating its freedom and
remembering the horrors that it faced under the jihadists. it's good to have you with us. a massive operation in the french port city of calais to shut down the migrant camp known as the jungle. thousands of migrants are being relocated to official centers around france where they are going to be allowed to apply for asylum. but for many of them who hoped to reach the u.k. via friends, this is the bitter end to a difficult journey. reporter: lines of migrants clutching their few belongings waiting to get on buses. it's the first day of the massive evacuation. for some, the jungle could spell
the end. others were pleased to be leaving. >> it's not good. the conditions are very poor. many people are facing a lot of problems. >> we have found some good things here. we may be part of it but it is hard. reporter: all of them are supposed to be transferred to centers throughout france and the camp will be destroyed later this week. >> it is going well. we knew this morning there would be a lot of people and that is what is happening. there were several hundred migrants. everything happened calmly.
there was no pushing. reporter: it was in stark contrast to the scene when residents lashed out. the nearby channel crossing is what brought them here. many are still determined to get to britain. eight organizations may want to set up new makeshift camps. brent: our correspondent is at the camp and sent us this update. reporter: the first day went relatively peacefully. hundreds of migrants came through with a certain sense of resignation, dragging their luggage behind them. dozens of buses left through this port town to distribute people throughout france. the point is many of them are afraid and have no assurances of
what will become of them, whether they will have a regular process or whether they will be pushed back to italy where they came from. also unsolved is the problem of the unaccompanied minors. there are children and young people living in the camp now you have to stay on for a few more days because the french people and british authorities cannot solve where they are going to go, who will take them in, and who will do something for them in the future. it is a political problem unsolved for months. in the end, the migrants will be gone and be out of public view and out of the attention of the international media who have congregated here to watch over the process. brent: tonight, leaders in
europe and canada refused to give up hope, saying there is a chance they will sign the free trade agreement later this week. earlier today, the belgian prime minister said russell's city government and the french immunity as well as the region of bologna had vetoed the deal. the deal has been seven years in the making. reporter: the region of harland represents 3.5 million people and is holding sway over a trade deal. they had vetoed the right to sign the seat. the country's premise or says that means he is unable to sign the deal with canada for now. >> we have been asked to give a clear answer today. the clear answer is no.
negotiations will continue, but so far, they have mostly supported their leaders stands. >> they are completely undemocratic. it has been negotiated for years. when the government requests to speak about some point, the fee -- they face ultimatums and threats. reporter: well only a shows another path, saying the powers need to be balanced and not all powers should be on trade. this is a reason to be proud. a lot is riding on the deal. the critics mostly in germany have accused the eu to trade arbitration courts as well as curbing workers rights.
after several years of negotiations, the eu is still playing the long game. >> at this stage, we need patients. the commission remains ready to help this process to come to a successful conclusion. reporter: it may not be dead yet, but whether it survives may be decided in this regional armament and right now, the outlook is gloomy. brent: our correspondent is in brussels for more on this story. guest: thumbs up or down, it looked like the deal was off the table, but they hope the summit on thursday can still go ahead. it could be a ploy by the eu in order to get the parties back to
the table without losing face. but europe is trying one more time to move things along. the parliament remained silent on how to break the debt. in theory, it could come in temporarily but in this heated political atmosphere, this would be the worst case scenario and nobody wants that. the possibility could be to relent and give consent or they could stand firm until the end of the year in the hope of gaining generous concessions. then the region would be able to sell this to their people as a victory and they could finally say yes. it is too early to draw conclusions, but anything is possible over the coming days. brent: uncertainty right now -- it something the business world
does not like. guest: this is a big embarrassment for the eu. it is worried about the trade deal with canada advocates say it helps economies to grow. bilateral trading with canada was worth 63.5 billion euros. the pact would eliminate almost all tariffs and products that would trade by 20% if a compromise is found. let's have the u.s. perspective. what is the u.s. perspective?
there is growing sentiment that it is hard to reach a deal in europe these days. reporter: the big questions u.s. investors are coming up with is how stable is the european union at all? it's not so much about the transatlantic deal to between canada and the european union, that's not the big concern for the u.s. america is looking a bit further toward the west and that also seems to be unlikely at this point. the big question is how stable the european union is in general. guest: another big topic is the
at&t and time warner merger. there is some skepticism about this plan. what are the challenges? reporter: probably the big question is if u.s. regulators will agree on the deal. we have had similar deals in the past and there was a discussion about whether those deals really served the interest of u.s. consumers. we are in this political situation with the election coming up where a lot of the candidates are sounding alarmed when it comes to deals like that. just look at what happened on wall street with time warner receiving an offer of 85 alien dollars. the share price even trading
below $87, so $20 lower per share, showing wall street is pretty uncertain and skeptical at this point that this deal will go through at all. guest: and on a different story, germany is stalling the chinese takeover of yet another tech firm. this time, a supplier to the semi conductor industry, the german government has withdrawn approval from the deal. reporter: they have become a common sight in major german cities, throngs of chinese tourists. but the expanders are chinese companies snatching up german firms. they have their sights set on a
munich-based manufacturer with its 18,000 patents. two years ago, they were brought back from the brink until the contract. out. they are connected to the fujian group which wants to take over extra on. chinese investors bought 37 german firms the first six months of the year, almost as many as in 2013, costing the chinese nearly 10 billion euros. chinese investors spent more than 106 million euros, an increase of 53%. that is more than china invested in germany, but currently, chinese investors are negotiating several firms, including a private bank in frankfurt. there was controversy
surrounding the takeover of a robot manufacturer. beijing wants chinese companies to invest 150 million euros abroad to become a high-tech giant by 2025. guest: from tech takeovers to you, brent. brent: thank you very much. you are watching dw news live from berlin. as iraqi forces fight to drive islamic state out of muzzled, one christian town nearby is celebrating its newfound freedom , remembering the horrors it faced under the jihadists control. and the fate of a russian website helping day, bisexual and transsexual teenagers hangs in the balance after the blacklisted the site. we will have that story and more
brent: welcome back. you are with dw news live from berlin. your other top stories. authorities in the french port city of calais are clearing the migrant camp known as the jungle , shattering the dreams of those hoping to make it to britain. they are now being taken to official centers around france where they can apply for asylum or return home. eu and in 80 liters are holding out hope for a summit on thursday to sign a landmark free trade agreement despite belgium being unable to approve the
deal. to a rack now where the battle to retake moseley from islamic state militants continues. as fighting intensifies, tensions over turkish forces stationed outside mosul are rising. the iraqi army says they are not participating in the operations, but the prime minister says turkish artillery is backing kurdish peshmerga forces at their past. baghdad has told turkey to stay out of the fight. earlier, we spoke with our correspondent in his temple and asked why turkey is so insistent on joining the fight. guest: the turkish president h been insisting that turkey has a role to play to recapture basel.
it has a historical tied to the city and many people believe that. but turkey is expressing concern for the turkish population in the city. they are voicing fears that ultimately, that could be changed and there are concerns a shiite militia could be involved in the capture and that could lead to a mass exodus of sunnis leaving the city. they say they do not want another exit, so turkey says they have to have a role to protect its own security interests and there is a humanitarian argument. brent: the fight for muzzled -- four mosul could not come soon
enough for one town that was liberated last week. now it's residents are picking up the pieces and counting the destruction and suffering under the jihadists. reporter: elegies in members of the countless victims of islamic state. the first mass for over two years at st. matthew's church has been an improvised service as clerics of the syrian orthodox church tell us. the parish of saint matthew is more than 1500 years old. never before had it witnessed such cruelty and distraction. >> this is a day of liberation. it should be a day of joy, but i am shocked by this barbarism and inhumanity. reporter: for more than two years, the village was in the hands of so-called islamic. a few days ago, it was liberated. the vandalism of islamic state
new no bounds. not even the cemetery escaped them station -- escaped the devastation. the service of thanksgiving, people giving thanks for the liberation from i.s., the terrible evil as the christians here call it. many here tell us that their prayers have been heard. 30,000 people fled to years ago and escaped with little more than their lives. they want to go back home as soon as possible despite the destruction. >> we are not thinking of emigrating. we want to go home to rebuild our community and our church, but if i.s. returns, if this happens again, i would leave. >> is my home. for me, there's no alternative.
reporter: it's not just the damage that makes rebuilding so difficult. there are thousands of mines and booby-traps i.s. left behind. the removal of this will take considerable time and energy. they salvage what they can without inking about hidden explosives. nothing is going to happen to them in a church, they say. after all, their religion is just about all they have left. brent: now to the fate of a russian website supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teenagers. russia's state media watchdog blacklisted the site and it's unclear what will happen next. the site was founded in 2014 and
has been a safe haven for young lgbt people in russia, where they can discuss their struggles and find support. we have this special report. reporter: being gay is not officially illegal in russia, but laws passed in recent years make it difficult for lgbt people to live openly. this website was the only safe space these people have. psychologists were on hand, offering support to those suffering from isolation, bullying and thoughts of suicide. now, the website has been shut down. the psychologist there worked as volunteers and helped tens of thousands of young people over the past three and a half years.
>> we have a major problem since the website was shut down. young people lost contact with the psychologists to understand them. now people will have a much harder time finding support. reporter: three years ago, russia passed a law banningprop. human rights activists say the government encourages homophobic sentiment in the country. one man whoubmitted the legislation is a member of the ruling united russia party and calls himself russia's morals enforcer. >> the people behind this website are sons of bitches. they try to coordinate -- try to corrupt young people with their propaganda. they should be thrown out of the country. they can do this work somewhere
else like saudi arabia. in saudi arabia, she would be beheaded. reporter: that kind of hate speech is part of daily life in russia. some have succumbed to despair. the children -- the website has documented 44 cases of suicide. >> we live in isolation. we can't tell anyone about ourselves. they can't tell anyone what they do. they cannot even -- reporter: that is because mere assistance to gay or transgendered youth in russia is a criminal offense. the anti-homosexuality law prohibits any positive reporting about gay life. nearly 90% of russians survey
approve of this legislation. brent: clowns were once viewed by -- good as comic performers, but that image has been turned on its head by the creepy crown phenomena spreading worldwide. the last few weeks have seen a number of physical assaults by people dressed as evil clowns. now, the attacks of come to germany. police are warning that they are taking the joke too far and it could land you in jail. reporter: the creepy clowns have reached germany. someone in a clowns costume is believed to have set fire to nine cars. there has been almost daily reports of evil clowns trying to terrify people. six attacks were reported in germany this weekend alone. some pedestrians were by a clown with a spiked club.
>> there are some who think it is fun to chase people in the streets, but some are armed and as we saw this weekend, they are really targeting people. reporter: the phenomenon began in the u.s., but the is social media platforms, it began to spread across the world. users are increasingly uploading videos from germany, even though authorities have made it clear that dressing up as an evil clown to frighten people can be considered a criminal offense. >> the most important thing is to report these cases. many perpetrators are not aware of what they are doing. you can literally frightened someone to death and they can leave traumatized even if there is no physical injury involved. they can be classified as a crime and in the state prosecutor's office gets involved. reporter: some are striking
♪ [theme music] ♪ [theme music] ernabel demillo: hi. welcome to asian american life. i'm ernabel demillo. we're at the rubin museum of art, which houses the most extensive himalayan art of south asia and in response to the devastating earthquake in nepal the museum is honoring that country with a special cultural exhibit. let's take a closer look. honoring nepal showcases the rich and sacred art of buddhism and hinduism. over six hundred nepalese object