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♪ brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. tonight, masses of manipulation, dealers and deceit. the voice of one man caught on camera. the shadow of political consultancy cambridge analytica suspends its ceo after undercover reporters film him boasting about using dirty tricks to swing elections. the company already faces accusations of data abuse gleaned a legally from facebook. also coming up, tens of thousands of syrians flee eastern ghouta as resistance to
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the government crumbles. the u.n. saying tonight is deeply concerned about the fate of civilians there and elsewhere in the country. and --- >> somebody has to be responsible. somebody has to be accountable. and we in the u.k. think that the evidence for culpability points to the russian state. brent: boris johnson tells dw news who is behind the poisoning of a former spy. that, as the u.k. expels russian diplomats. and a sad day for conservationists. the world's last male northern white rhino dies in kenya. only two females remain. the last hope against the species' extinction. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff.
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it's good to have you with us. their trick they said was making their work not look like propaganda. now, cambridge analytica has been called out. they have suspended the ceo after undercover reporters filmed him boasting about the dirty tricks, honey tramps he could deploy to swing elections. the revelations come hot on the heels of an expose by a whistleblower who detailed how the company scraped facebook for user's data then turned that data against them to influence their behavior at the ballot box. reporter: cambridge analytica is coming under increasing scrutiny. an undercover reporter posing as a middleman for a businessman met the head of the company. he claimed his boss wanted help in getting his preferred candidate elected to office. cambridge analytica offer to entrap their opponents.
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>> too good to be true. very effective tactics. instantly having video evidence of corruption. reporter: some claim they won the election for u.s. president by collecting data and profiling voters. it helped his message target those most likely to vote for him. at the weekend, a former employee blew the whistle on its employees. these of the company of the elite harvested the private data of millions of american voters. >> we were able to get upwards of 50 million plus facebook records in the span of a couple months. reporter: facebook is also under pressure amid accusations it has been careless of people's personal data. >> how effective is facebook at stopping people taking data from
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their platform? reporter: in the u.s. and europe, calls are growing louder for greater accountability and regulation on the internet. brent: these are huge questions to be answered. to help us go through the big questions is jerod read. give us the latest. jared: this story hinges on what happens to your data after facebook gets it. it appears from what we are seeing that facebook is not doing a good enough job of safeguarding the data because as we are hearing in his reports, it appears that a company hired fight trump's campaign somehow that the data of up to 50 million people then as it has been alleged, you it to develop software to target voters with stories and ads. people are saying did this influence the election? that is something we do not know. one thing we do know is facebook ceo mark zuckerberg has not spoken personally about that yet
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and there are calls for that to change by a number of lawmakers including one who is it prominent parliament european common -- he tweeted when is mark zuckerberg going to explain what happened with our data? is an absolute scandal. the european must start an investigation. and dianne feinstein, the top democrat in the senate -- to influence the 2016 election, it is very disturbing. the senate judiciary committee needs to fully investigate the matter. all we have heard from facebook so far is a statement denying any wrongdoing and also laying the burden of responsibility on these users. these 270,000 users who in the very beginning downloaded or gave a personality quiz access
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to their profile. what they didn't know is that 270,000 spiral to become 50 million because they didn't realize there were giving this app to their friends list and their information, too. brent: someone on the show last night said it was in the fine print were people agreed to it but no one reads the fine print anyway. users, how have they been reacting to the stunning reports? jared: at the moment, delete facebook is a hashtag trending. people on facebook are saying they are goin to delete their account. you have to keep in mind of course some people are going to delete their facebook account, but i would wager the vast majority are not going to do that. a friend of mine summed it up really well. he posted in a facebook post today, it has become such a controlling part of my life but i cannot really give it up so i'm in a situation where i feel
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controlled by this platform that i don't really like anymore in i do not trust anymore. and i think a lot of people feel like that. they are not angry at what happened, they are just creeped out. brent: or they feel trapped like your friend was saying. if you are going to stay with facebook, what can you do to safeguard yourself? jared: you need to understand that your data is the basis of facebook and just because you're not paying for facebook with money doesn't mean it is not free. your data is how you pay for it. keep your privacy settings under really tight controls and just be vigilant, i would say. brent: and be aware of what it is you are posting and sharing with the world to begin with. thank you very much. tonight, the united nations says it is deeply concerned about civilians fleeing from the crumbling rebel enclave of eastern ghouta in syria. government forces are clearing out the last pockets of resistance in the area which is
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near the capital damascus. that, as the country's civil war enters a grim, terminal phase. reporter: the u.n. called it hell on earth. and these pictures from the syrian white helmets are further evidence of that. the organization says they show a government airstrike on eastern ghouta, the rebel-held region just outside the capital, damascus. the footage documents volunteers as they rush into uncertain territory. for some of the victims they find, it is too late. others are lucky enough to be discovered under the rubble. meanwhile, refugees are still leaving their homes in their northern town. the united nations estimates over 100,000 people have been
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uprooted here, as they flee the fighting between kurdish rebels and turkish armed forces. they are now trapped in rural areas and in desperate need of humanitarian aid. >> we are alarmed by further deepening of the humanitarian crisis in syria, as fears for fighting in eastern ghouta, rural damascus and others causes massive new displacement. in eastern ghouta alone, more than 45,000 syrians have fled their homes in recent days. unhci is responding to urgent humanitarian needs on the ground but we are today reiterating our call for the protection and safety as well as a full, unhindered continued humanitarian access to both the newly displaced and the hundreds of thousands of civilians still trapped by fierce fighting and in dire need of aid. reporter: for the injured who failed to escape, makeshift clinics like this one are a
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final source of hope in a daily struggle for survival. brent: here are some other stories now making headlines around the world. saudi arabia's crown prince has kicked off a high three-week tour of the united states. first stop, washington dc to be president donald trump. the american prison praise what he called a quote, great friendship with the saudi crown prince, who in turn help ties between washington and riyadh. harvey weinstein's former company has filed for bankruptcy months after the oscar-winning producer was accused of multiple sexual assaults. weinstein was fired as chairman last october when the allegations were first reported. he has denied having nonconsensual sex with anyone. authorities in the u.s. state of texas are investigating the fifth bombing this month and the state's capital austin. the latest blast occurred when a parcel exploded at a fedex
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distribution facility near the city. police suspect a serial bomber is behind the explosions. they have killed two people and injured several others. russian diplomats expelled by the u.k. are on a flight back to moscow tonight. this, as international weapons inspectors begin analyzing samples of the nerve agent used to poison a former russian spy and his daughter in the english city of salisbury. russia has hit back at those allegations, saying britain is behind the attack. the kremlin is condemning all accusations, demanding either evidence or an apology. reporter: a bitter farewell for russia's expelled diplomats in london, followed from the diplomatic standoff. as russia demands proof or an apology, the british military is carrying out forensic tests on the car used by sergei skripal's daughter after she came from
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moscow earlier this month. hours after julia skripal arrived in salisbury,he was found unconscious on this bench alongside her father. scientists at this biochemical weapons facility say they were poisoned by the nerve agent novichok. this finding is now central in britain's case against russia but a direct link to putin remains elusive. dw correspondent zhanna nemtsova sat down with british foreign minister boris johnson. zhanna: is there any solid evidence that putin directly ordered it? because what he said is it is the worst accusation against russia's leader ever. >> somebody has to be responsible. somebody has to be accountable. and we in the u.k. think that the evidence of culpability points to the russian state. and as it did in the case of
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alexander litvinenko, you remember the trail led very clearly back to the russian state. in the end, mr. putin is in charge. and that, i'm afraid, he cannot escape responsibility and culpability. reporter: both putin and those around him have staunchly denied these allegations. >> sooner or later these unsubstantiated allegations will have to be answered. they will either need to be backed up with something, some evidence, or they will need to apologize. reporter: chemical weapons experts in the u.k. are testing samples of the toxic substance used on the skripals. the results will not be known for at least two weeks. brent: for more want to bring in our correspondent on the story for us tonight in london. moscow asked london to back up its claims with evidence but apparently those are far from
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done. does that mean the brits did not have some evidence so far? barbara: no, they don't really because as we heard the weapons inspectors need another two weeks to determine whether this kind is exactly the same kind that has been at earlier times made up in russian labs. and also the police find it much harder to trace now than years ago, because there, the polonium left a clear evidence and eventually they led back to two ex-kgb killers. but this time it is much more difficult. and what boris johnson has to offer, all of that is just inverse evidence. it couldn't have been anyone else but putin, so it must have been him. brent: the british prime
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minister has it with her security team for more possible measures against russia. are we going to see new sanctions anytime soon? barbara: no we won't because theresa may has held off from further reprisals. the reason for that is simple. she finds yourself relatively isolated internationally. if you listen to president trump today, who sort of congratulated vladimir putin and wished him well for his future and his political career, and he didn't even mention salisbury, then you know there is no help coming from the u.s. also there was another congratulations, also very unwelcome, in london from the eu commission chief congratulating putin straight out. a lot of criticism against both of these congratulations. however, theresa may sees that she really does not have a lot in her back.
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the eu foreign ministers said more or less halfheartedly yes, we are with you, however, there are no more sanctions. in the british prime minister does not dare to escalate this crisis all on her own and all by herself because she knows in the end she could not really sustained. brent: our correspondent barbara wesel on the story for us. thank you very much. it's over to javier now and european efforts to avoid resh tariffs on exports to the u.s.. javier: that is another big conflict unfolding right now. the dispute over you did tariffs on steel and aluminum that downtrend plans to introduce is at the top of the agenda is this week. the eu is trying to change the mind of the trump administration. a look at the facts and figures chose the tariffs the eu imposes on u.s. products are on average higher than the other way around. let's take a look at that. the u.s. for example imposes
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levies of around 5.2% -- rather, the other way around. the u.s. imposes lower tariffs of 3.5% coming from the eu. the eu slaps particularly heavy tolls on beef coming to the u.s. the amount for that is around 68%. that's a lot. the other way around, the eu has to pay 49%, or 22 -- when it comes to products coming from the eu. experts say leveling the playing field by reducing to the same lower figure makes more sense than to begin a new upward protectionism spiral. reporter: life can be tough for foreign companies in china. there is little security for intellectual property. and technology transfers are like a -- regularly demanded by all who want to do business there. with beijing is having none of
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it. -- but beijing is having none of it. china's premier spoke of his country's welcoming economic culture. >> china will continue to safeguard free trade in the reform open a policy which is our basic state policy. if there were any change at all to china's open-door policy it would just be to open it wider. china's economy has been so integrated with the world's, the closing our door would block our own development. reporter: furthermore, all companies in china should receive a fair chance and everyone, foreign businesses included, should work to the same rules. china sees itself as a pioneer as daesh -- pioneer of free open trade. but is that just talk? recently there was complain about tightening grips on businesses in china, exactly the option of beijing's stance, or at least it's official. javier: let's cross over to jens
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korte at the new york stock exchange. the market's word nervous about his tariffs at the beginning of the week it wasn't much of a topic today. jens: no. we are waiting for friday will happen then. right now we saw the market recover a little bit on tuesday after the dow lost over 300 points on monday, now tuesday we recovered by a good 100 points. also tomorrow, the meeting comes to an end. that's in the back of trader's minds, even if they see a 100% chance of a rate increase on wednesday's meeting. javier: what keeps me -- moving the stock prices is a facebook's misuse of data. what can we see today? jens: what we hear is that the federal trade commission is starting an investigation and theoretically, they can fine
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facebook by as much as $2 trillion, even as that is highly unlikely because the ftc is not going to fine facebook out of business. we have also heard cambric -- cambridge analyst asked suspended their ceo after a u.k. broadcaster secretly broadcasting him saying they bribed and entrapped politicians. that didn't do much for the stock a facebook. it was another down day after losing about 7% on monday, they dropped another 2.5% to set. javier: we will keep following -- 2.5% on tuesday. javier: we will keep following that. over to venezuela, the value of the currency of the country has plummeted. prices are doubling almost monthly and cash is in short supply. in a search for solution, the
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country has ways rages and turned into a digital currency. now one town near the border has come up with its own solution. reporter: looking for a currency more stable than the bolivar? how about the new bill being printed by a venezuelan town of the same name. city offices are selling it to coincide with a local festival draws thousands of tourists. with cash hard to come by, this offers another system for buying goods. it can b cashless with a bank transfer. the city that takes an 8% commission. they come and 50000 and 100,000 nations. some have a picture of a local independence leader. early reviews are positive. >> this is the perfect solution. you could see how easy it was to get the notes and then come here and buy things easily. reporter: it is hardly a perfect solution.
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many residents of lack back accounts, and it is limited to its namesake city. venezuela's poor economy is pervasive, meanwhile. the central bank responded by printing more money, something critics say is only boosting inflation. that means the celebration will be brief for elorza, but a celebration nonetheless. javier: it is a never-ending story in venezuela. and here's another never-ending story. it seems like volkswagen's woes will continue forever. it was determined -- as part of an ongoing investigation into his diesel emissions cheating scandal. public prosecutors on tuesday also rated rival carbohydrate -- raided bmw. they said prosecutors were looking into erroneously allocated software in more than 11,000 luxury diesel models. last month of the thousands of
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cars to fix software saying it discovered that the wrong programming had been installed. that's all from the business desk. that attitude from carmakers really cannot surprise us anymore. brent: it is not news, that's for sure. the world has lost the last mail northern white rhino. caretakers made the decision to euthanize the white rhino after a sudden decline in itself. now the very survival of the species depends on the only two remaining females. reporter: the life of a northern white rhino can be a lonely one. sudan, the last remaining male of the species, has died, aged 45. intensive poaching has significantly reduced numbers. scientists even turned to dating apps in an attempt to raise awareness and enough
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money to pay for $9 million fertility treatment. the kenyan conservation was looking after sudan held a tribute ceremony after his death. just a few weeks ago they hoped he would recover from an infection. but sudan's condition had deteriorated rapidly. >> we stuck with the procedure of euthanasia to put sudan to sleep for reasons of alleviating extensive pain, extensive suffering. and also withholding extreme veterinary procedures that would have not necessarily resulted in a better life for him. reporter: sudan leaves behind two daughters. the last two northern white rhinos, locked up for their own protection. >> it's a very sad thing to lose sudan because it shows clearly the instinct of human greed and what sort of impact human beings could have a nature. reporter: with experts warning
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extension is n more when than if, conservation a list hope it is not lights out for these giant grazers. brent: now to ghana, where some women are dreaming up sporting success in the game of rugby. in doing so they are not only open to turn their country into a future rugby force, they are also breaking down traditional gender roles. reporter: these young women could be stars in the future, but first things first, the training is basic. barefoot on a sandy pitch. learning the sport for the first time. some had only seen rugby on tv for getting the chance to play. they may be begin her's, but their goals -- be beginners, but their goals are skyhigh.
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reporter: the ghana rugby for the -- football association is focusing on muslim girls for a reason. >> i decided to go into islamic schools in order to change perception that rugby is not for ladies or girls. it is for everybody whether they are chris stevens -- christians, muslims, hindu. reporter: ghana is making the sport no longer just a man's game. brent: here's a reminder of the top story we're following for you. the political consultancy and data mining company cambridge analytica has suspended its ceo after he was filmed offering to use dirty tricks to swing elections. this, as the company faces allegations it misused facebook user's data and effort to
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influence their voting patterns. russian diplomats have been kicked out of britain after the former murder of a double agent which bears the hallmarks of a russian poison attack. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. london, washington demanding answers from facebook. tonight, we will ask what berlin is demanding. stick with us. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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