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♪ >> this is "dw news" live from berlin. france has been struck by terror again. police storming a supermarket earlier today after a series of shootings and a dramatic hostage crisis that left three people dead. the police shot and killed the attacker. islamic state has claimed responsibility. europe braces for trade turmoil. it has been spared steel tariffs for now, but leaders warned they will not negotiate with "a gun at their head." tuberculosis was once a disease
on the treat. now, it is making a comeback. we go to ukraine. there and elsewhere in eastern europe, the disease has developed resistance to drugs that once stopped it in its tracks. ♪ anchor: hello and welcome. thanks for joining us. french police have arrested a woman in connection with the shting spreehat ended in a dramatic police raid earlier today. she is the partner of the 26-year-old attacker who shot dead three people before taking hostages in the supermarket. police say he was known to them as a potential islamist and that he screamed fundamentalist slogans during the attack. reporter: police rushing to the sheen -- seen of the shooting at hostage situation.
france's interior minister says the suspect was shot dead by police after one of the officers offered himself in exchange for one of the hostages. >> we had no indication the attacker was radicalized. he was known to the authorities as a petty criminal. the police officer left his mobile phone switched on inside the supermarket. that is how we were able to listen what was going -- to what was going on. when we heard gunshots, we decided to intervene. reporter: the attack took place in the town close to the southwestern city at a supermarket around lunchtime. more than 240 people have been killed in islamist attacks in france since the attacks on charlie hebdo and the vonnie quinn music hall. following the latest attack, the
threat level remains high. anchor: our correspondent has been giving us more on the story. i asked earlier whether we knew if the attacker had accomplices or not. >> we don't know whether he had a competence -- accomplices. the idea he was working alone unencrypted chats with those around the world means he was being fed information and propaganda and ideas, possibly even techniques to do an attack. you cannot possibly say he was working alone. anchor: tell us about the police officer who exchanged himself for a hostage. president macron calling him a hero. he is fighting for his life i understand. >> he is a colonel in what was a
specific branch of the army now attached to the home secretary and police. they are specially trained forces. he is an officer of great courage who offered himself for the remaining hostages in the supermarket. he is 45. we are not being told his name. we suspect his family must be terrified. he is said to be in a critical situation. we will know more as things develop. we pray he will be all right. anchor: france has experienced so many attacks in recent years. how are people reacting this time? >> there is a horrible feeling of déjà vu because we have experienced this in the past. i was about to say it is more frequent in our cities. if you remember the killing of the father a year and a half ago , it had aspects and similarities.
the killer again was a local. the church itself had devoted ground next to it for a local mosque. this came out of the blue. it was the same thing, etc. anchor: thank you very much for that background. time to catch up with other stories making news around the world. in afghanistan, police say a car bomb exploded outside a sports stadium earlier today. officials saying at least 13 people were killed and dozens more wounded. it came as afghan new year celebrations were winding down. peru has a new president taking office after his predecessor was forced to step down in the wake of scandal involving a brazilian
construction company. he is expected to continue the free market policies of his predecessor. 's spain's supreme court has ordered the secretary to be jailed along with four other separatist leaders. 25 leaders are now facing trial on charges of rebellion, embezzlement, or disobeying the state. people across poland have been demonstrating against the draft law that would tighten the country's abortion regulations. the law would outlaw abortion except in cases of rape and insist. the council of europe has warned it is not in line with poland's human rights commitments. turning to the united states. the latest shakeup at the white house. last night, president trump fired his national security advisor, h.r. mcmaster.
the men were known to disagree on key areas of u.s. foreign policy. in his place, trump has announced john bolton will be taking over the role. he will be trump's third national security advisor in just 14 months. >> even in a crowded field, john bolton's provocative views have long stood out. whether it is north korean frequent ship or iran's nuclear program, john bolton has long had one answer -- to fight fire with fire. for much of the past 10 years, he has been a fixture on u.s. talk shows. >> here is the headline. to stop iran's bomb, bomb iran. >> rarely missing a chance to aggressive home his -- rarely missing a chance to hammer home his aggressive foreign-policy stance he has had since he served as a to the u.n. under president bush during the iraq war.
he now returns to government. >> i think the issues that confront us on proliferation and terrorism are issues i have dealt with before. the president has him at the top of his priority list. that is what we will be working on, among many others. >> he will have to put words into action when he starts shaping u.s. national security policy from next month. anchor: staying in the u.s., where anger and frustration at a lack of progress on gun control will be coming to a head tomorrow. more than half a million protesters expected to descend on the capital in washington to demonstrate the slogan, "march for our lives." it will be led by the survivors of last month's massacre in parkland, florida. those survivors have become powerful advocates for change. >> i starve for each of the 17
people who lost their lives. just a month after the massacre, the pain here is still raw. the students who survived not miss a beat demanding stricter gun control. many are flying to the u.s. capital to take part in the protest. it will be her first time on the plane. she is bringing a new tattoo that commemorates what she is fighting for. several of the dead were her friends. >> nick, carmen. it has been hard. i don't know. i guess it is just me saying i have 17 angels watching me. >> on the day of the shooting, there had already been a fire drill at school. the students also knew they would need to practice their resp>> when the shooting happen, many people assumed it was fake, that people are shooting blanks. i think people did not take precautions like to run for
their lives as they would if they had known it was definitely real. >> one of those who will be marching on saturday is the history teacher. he recalls the confusion and horror on the day of the shooting. >> as i was walking with the students, another teacher came running up to me and said these are real shots. he said we are looking for a shooter. we don't know what the shooter looks like. we are looking for guns. we are all very concerned and trying to figure out what to do next. >> the students hid in her classrooms in silence hoping the shooter would pass. as they waited, other students sent videos of gunsmoke and classmates bleeding on the ground. a few weeks after the massacre, thanks largely to the activism of the students here, florida state past new gun-control measures. they include is like raising the minimum age to 21. they also include a
controversial new provision that would arm some teachers and schools. teachers here do not think they should have to decide when to shoot a child, even when one has a gun. they want to know who will provide them with training and pay for it. >> we barely have money for paper. we barely have money for supplies. i have spent over $1000 this year just on little things my class needed because i cannot go to the school with it. >> the protest in d.c. is the first step in the uphill battle for stricter gun laws. these highschoolers our media savvy and riding a wave of unprecedented national attention. they are going to washington with a clear message for lawmakers. >> if you don't decide it is more important to represent the 325 million, as opposed to the gun manufacturers, you will be out of a job. >> a florida school reeling from an unthinkable tragedy is taking
its fight to the national level to say enough is enough. anchor: we have news that beijing is ready to play hardball on import tariffs. >> that has the financial world on edge. china said it is preparing tariffs on american imports in response to u.s. penalties on steel and aluminum that take effect today. chinese officials vow to defend against a larger number of tariffs signed by president donald trump. markets are already worried. china could hit everything from american fork and apples -- pork and apples to steel pipe. encouraged trump to negotiate but gave no deadline. trump is threatening tariffs on up to $60 billion on chinese imports. the chinese have said they were prefer to convince washington to change course. but they also say they will not be bullied. >> is obviously arrogant. they have misjudged the situation and underestimate our ability to defend our legitimate
interests. they've underestimated the price they will have to pay for reckless efforts. >> they warned that a trade war would not been -- benefit either side. >> the response of members has been one of concerned that these actions could lead to a trade war, which is something nobody wants to see. at the same time, it is important to recognize there has been a growing sense of frustration in the business community about the lack of progress on china. >> the markets are already worried with global stocks taking a tumble on friday. some commentators see beijing's response to president trump's latest terror plans as relatively measured. washington is hinting more punitive measures on trade may be on the horizon. >> let's go to new york at the new york stock exchange where our correspondent has been following this story for us.
what a week it has been. we know that there are mixed views about these tariffs in general. the markets are in the red. do you think this is a short-term reaction or fears a long-term negative effect could be on the way? >> it really depends on how the trade war will work out. will it be verbal threats or will we see some serious action? so far when we look at china, they are not having tariffs on big-ticket items from the u.s. like soybeans or aircraft from boeing. that could change. there has been word on friday that china is keeping the option open to stop buying u.s. treasuries. overall, the selloff continued on wall street after the dow jones industrial average fell 720 points on thursday. we dropped another 400 points on
friday. no happy ending here on wall street for the week. >> you just mentioned one of the key points, the possibility of china slowing the purchase of u.s. treasuries. we know that china is america's most important international creditor. what effect could this have if they decide to do so? >> that could have huge implications. china right now is sitting on roughly $1.2 trillion in u.s. treasuries. it is the biggest foreign creditor to the u.s. if we look ahead, the u.s. is running a huge deficit. that is likely to increase, especially with the tax cuts the new administration just implemented. the u.s. depends on foreign buyers to keep buying u.s. treasuries. if china were to stop doing so, that could have huge
implications on the financial markets and also for the economic growth overall. >> until then, we will be thankful it is friday. thank you for the analysis and reports throughout the week. >> donald trump's crackdown on china is bringing global markets down. the worst-case scenario would be a trade war where all global economy start imposing tariffs on each other. it is important to remember president trump is doing this as retaliation for what he and many others consider unfair trade practices from china. needless to say, opinions are mixed. >> if you thought it was just a spat between the u.s. and china, think again. the contagion from trump's tariffs will reach european shores weighing on global trade as a hold, so say germany's economic representatives. >> what is happening is extremely dangerous because everything is connected to everything else.
we will be hit if china cannot send its goods to america. >> they are only losers in this game. there is only one better solution from the view of the german economy, even if it is difficult. negotiate. >> trump's critical stance against chinese industry is nothing new. europe has long complained about the country's business practices. >> of course, we have a problem. we have the technology crunch in china. we know that our companies are under strong pressure to share innovation, to share results of the research. and we have addressed this in the past as well. we think tariffs are not the right instrument to deal with this. >> germany is at the negotiating table to avoid steel tariffs against the e.u. in the long run. could trump's latest move simply be brinksmanship to make china do the same? >> the business and trade
associations of your's biggest -- europe's economy say he is right to take actions but the measured -- announced measures are going too far. trump could be handing them a chance to be seen as the new protectors of global free trade. >> that is all from the business desk. this is an issue that affects the whole world. you have the reactions from the e.u. >> they two of the e.u. summit in brussels saw the leaders displaying a united front against protectionism. chancellor angela merkel and president macron both warning washington europe will retaliate if the u.s. imposes tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. they should have come into effect today, but the u.s. granted the e.u. countries a temporary reprieve. brussels is sticking to its key message -- keep trade free or face the consequences.
a four-week deadline for the european union to avoid punitive sanctions. an unexpected blocking the road. europe's leaders are in a confident move. the united states should not count on naïveté on the part of the europeans. >> we will react strongly if attacked. the american strategy is the wrong solution in a number of sectors. >> high on the list, overproduction of steel and price dumping from asia. europe wants to tackle industrial problems like this in partnership with the u.s., rather than fighting against it. without the e.u. closing its own still markets. chancellor angela merkel finds herself unintentionally in the spotlight. many of her fellow e.u. leaders blame germany's export surplus for the imbalance in international trade. merkel has little time for her critics. >> internal consumption is
driving our growth at the moment. we want that to continue. it is something we highlighted in our government coalition agreement. but we are proud of the fact that our products are in demand, that people outside germany want to buy them. >> on top of the dispute with the u.s., britain wants to maintain the closest possible relationship with the e.u. after brexit. prime minister theresa may is pushing for a partnership that will allow individual sectors continued access to the e.u.'s single market. >> i'm looking for a new dynamic in the next stage of negotiations so we can ensure we develop and work together to negotiate and develop that strong feature -- future economic and security partnership. >> they have secured an agreement until the end of 2020. future guidelines will mean
little scope for a comprehensive trade agreement, and it is ruling out any special status. with brexit and the trade dispute with the u.s., there is not much time for macron's favorite topic, reforming the eurozone. he is putting a brave face on it. anchor: is world tuberculosis day tomorrow, saturday. experts could have been celebrating the treatments that came close to wiping out in rich countries. instead, they will be warning against the resurgence of the disease that kills about 1.7 million every year. the reason is simple. there are more strains that are drug-resistant. in europe, ukraine is one of the countries hardest hit by the resistant strains of tuberculosis. our correspondent sent us this report. >> just three years ago, he barely knew anything about tuberculosis. that is until a routine checkup changed her life.
>> we cannot know how many people around us have tb. many do not know their status yet. even after recovery, the fear of reinfection is never far away. there was a time i could not make myself get on public transport. i just could not. we are all doing it, whether we are coughing, sneezing, or just breathing. each of us is constantly exhaling thousands of tiny liquid droplets that can spread the common cold but also tuberculosis. that is what makes it such a feared disease. >> i was praying it was cancer, anything but tb. when i got that diagnosis, it felt like my life was over. i packed my things for hospital and said goodbye to my friends. that is, the friends who stuck by me. lots of people just disappeared from my life. that happens to everyone who gets to be. >> she takes us to a closed hospital for tb patients on the edge of the capital.
visiting the patients even for a couple of minutes means taking extensive precautions. since her recovery, she has dedicated herself to fighting for better care for ukraine's tuberculosis patients. we had to the most secure part of the hospital. >> he is 68 and has standard to be. standard treatment is not enough to beat the strains. he discovered he was infected by chance. >> we had a routine checkup at work. they took in a tree and found the problem. i had no symptoms. i did not realize anything was wrong. >> his treatment will take longer. his chances of recovery are lower than for those with conventional strains. more than 1/3 of the strains in
ukraine are drug-resistant. that leads to many not completing their medication and a health system that confines them enclosed quarters along them to affect one another. we join her on the children's ward. many of these children were infected by their parents. in hospital, they have little in the way of distractions and no school. while recent years have seen big improvements in the medicines available to patients in ukraine, she worries that is not enough. >> people with tuberculosis need help. they need support. it is not just about the drugs. a lot depends on the patient's emotional state, whether they will complete their course of medication and whether or not they will make a full recovery. ♪
anchor: low bundesliga -- no bundesliga actions weekend due to the international break. training did go ahead. with the pressure off, dortmund decided it would be the perfect time to try out the talent and extremely famous jamaican. >> usain bolt has never denied his love for the game. in fact, he has long dreamed of becoming a player. and now with more time on his hands, he is confident he has what it takes to make it. >> i think overall, i will give myself a seven out of 10. i think i did well. it just takes practice now and more work to get fit. >> he appeared to gel well with the squad and even showed some promise in front of goal.
but the world record holder is trying to kickstart his footballing career at the ripe old age of 31, which may go against him. >> he is not at an age where i would say he can develop much, but he can still improve some things. he would have to train with the team for weeks or months and see how it works out. but he has a good understanding of the game. >> encouraging words. no matter how well he developed his skills on the pitch, the jamaican certainly knows how to draw crowds. anchor: the new formula one season gets underway this weekend. drivers already competing for the australian grand prix. a familiar look to the top of the timesheets. lewis hamilton set the fastest lap time in melbourne.
red bull pilot was his closest challenger ahead of saturday's qualifying. a quick reminder of our top story at this hour. french police have detained the girlfriend of the gunman who killed three people and how the others hostage in a supermarket. the 26-year-old was known to authorities as a possible islamist threat. islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack. you are watching "dw news" in berlin. i will be back in a minute. stay with us if you can. ♪ ♪ xnóx
week in european lifestyle and culture. here's what's coming up. mean machines -- why women are in the fast lane when it comes to buying cars. evil eyes -- how a swiss optician's invention changed halloween and hollywood. and cultural connections -- what to expect on a special train journey servicing berlin and wroclaw. let's start off with a look at the geneva motor show. for the last 88 years, the car convention has been a platform for the latest and greatest in automobile design and