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live from berlin. the right thing to do. british prime minister theresa may defense her decision to launch strikes on syria. she also accused of the country's government and moscow of trying to cover up the alleged chemical attack in duma. but britain's opposition says that the airstrikes may have broken laws. we will have the latest from london. also coming up, russia says inspectors from the international chemical weapons left i will be allowed access to the site of the suspected poison gas attack near damascus on
wednesday. so why the delay? we will ask our moscow correspondent. and james comey condemns donald trump, the man who fired him last year. >> i think is morally unfit to be president. he talks about women and lies about matters constantly big and small and insist the american people believe him. >>'s comments come just ahead of him telling the events surrounding his firing. sarah: i am sarah kelly. that you are joining us. theresa may has faced questions in parliament over her decision to authorize this past weekend airstrikes in syria. they bombed three alleged chemical weapons sites in syria
following a suspected poison gas attack in the town of duma. opposition mps said that she may have -- should have consulted them before carrying out the bombing. labor party leaders have suggested the strikes may have been illegal. both syria and its ally russia have denied carrying out the alleged chemical attack on april 7. it is believed to have left dozens dead. theresa may says that is contradicted by the intelligence she has seen and she defended her government's decision to take part in the strikes. >> this was not about intervening in a civil war and it was not about regime change. it was about a limited, targeted and effective strike that saw to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the syrian people by degrading the syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deterring their use. we have published the legal basis for this action. sara: european foreign ministers from all 28 eu member states
have met in luxembourg to coronet their response to the recent events in syria. the foreign policy chief, said that progress is slow. she spoke after the talks and said that a solution to the conflict seemed to be more faraway than ever. in a show of unity, the minister said that they are backing all measures to prevent further chemical attacks including the recent western airstrikes. they reiterated that there can be no military solution to the,. for more analysis bring in our london correspondent birit maas. theresa may is facing some opposition at home. how important to theresa may is the support coming from the european union really? when it comes down to domestic politics. birgit: it was something she definitely stressed here in the
house of parliament, she was defending and explaining what she did. she did say she spoke to other european leaders, such as voter angela merkel and justin trudeau from canada. she had this international backing. she wants to be seen as somebody who doesn't just actual but somebody i should ask on a consensus. it was a chance for her to come across as somebody who is decisive. she said parliament closing to account for this but the decision is my decision alone. i am the prime minister and i have decided that this was necessary to prevent further human catastrophe. i think she made a fairly strong statement here at parliament today. sarah: many strong statements. she talked about degrading and deterring syria's chemical weapons capability but she had to defend charges that the u.k. was not acting on the best of
the u.s. president, donald trump. what did she say in that regard. ? birgit: that is a fairly provocative question. i will point to donald trump tell you that you needed to do this. she said in very strong words that he did not and that this was her decision alone. but of course, here in the u.k., people are sensitive. they do want britain to be the u.s.'s poodle as they accused tony blair at the time of the iraq war of being george w. bush is. that is something that is very live in the british psyche. she wanted to say this is something i decided because i wanted to make sure that it is not normal to used chemical weapons, not in syria and also not here on the streets of london as we have seen recently where a former russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent and
expecting russia to account for that. next we have been talking a lot about the politicians, what they make of this and how they are framed it but it comes to the british people, what did it take? was it like to take part in the airstrikes? birgit: it was quite interesting. before the airstrikes happened, there was speculation that something might happen. they were opinion polls and the majority of british people said no. i think many of them said it wasn't right and i think many of them still have the iraq war in their minds. that is something that has really branded itself in the british psyche. but now, retrospectively, another opinion poll says a majority -- they said it was right to do this. i think theresa may is coming across to say it is really something that is targeted. it is something that is a one-off. it is not something to try to
get regime change and make a comprehensive situation in this region if and more, it. i think this is something the british people have trusted her in. she was really able to bring her point across. sarah: absolutely, we know that eu is calling for russia to join in on the efforts to revive the political process in syria. of course, there are a lot of tensions, not only when it comes to the eu versus moscow but in particular when it comes to london versus moscow. birgit: for sure. this is an absolute low point in the u.k., russian relation. that has to do with the attack on sergei skripal. as i mentioned before, i was in the russian embassy and there was such strong words against the u.k. and vice versa, the temperatures, the russian
embassy has treated a thermometer with a temperature between the two countries at -20. a bit sarcastic but at the same time, it is probably true. birgit maas. sarah: they will be able to visit the site of the suspected poison gas attack in syria. this after a western officials accused moscow on damascus of delaying access to the town of duma where the attack took place earlier this month. they held a closed-door session today as inspectors way to visit sites in duma. the watchdog inspectors are in syria to determine whether bans chemicals were used on april 7. dozens of people including children wear reportedly killed. earlier we spoke with our correspondent in moscow and
asked how moscow is reacting to charges that it has been blocking the investigation into the alleged class 10 -- gas attack. it's investigators travel to the site on wednesday. it will be four days after they arrived to begin their probe. qwest russia does this to his critics. they died that russia was blocking the pcw. the fact-finding mission in duma , they said that they were not in because they lacked the necessary permission. as for the reaction to the airstrikes, there was relief because no russian soldiers were getting the attack. the west had gone into military action, generally. many understood that the military strikes were all symbolic. as for russia's potential at retaliating after the coming
sanctions, russians don't have options left. no matter what they do to the u.s. economy they would find themselves financially up against the wall. the airstrikes didn't change the fundamental attitude of russia towards syria. two-party struggle for influence over president bush meant his syria policy. the role politicians are seeking negotiations with the west. they fear the situation could get worse because of the syria policy. other politicians who are close to the military and the secret service, for them, the recent airstrikes are an additional evidence for the aggressive western attitudes toward russia. they fear couldn't pick up military spending russia somehow agrees with the west on the syria issue. all in all, russia can't retaliate appropriately. quick those earlier in moscow. let's get a check of other
stories making news around the world. russian authorities have begin blocking access. that is after the event the service for refusing to allow security services access to private conversations. moscow says it needs that information to monitor potential terrorist. the creator said the ban was an attack on russian privacy rights. dozens of protesters have been injured in clashes with the police. they are furious over sergei's bid to maintain his grip on power. he ended his second and final presidential term last week but he will likely keep his influence if parliament elects him prime minister on tuesday. several pieces of jewelry and points believed to belong to the danish king harald bluetooth have been discovered in germany's northern river island.
the 10th century king is credited with unifying scandinavia. and yes, the wireless technology bluetooth use in phones and laptops is indeed named after him. a court hearing is underway in the art to determine what will happen to materials seized from the personal lawyer of u.s. president donald trump last week. a judge to decide who can view the documents and devices taken from michael cohen and fbi raids. that hearing comes a day after james comey launched fresh attacks on president trump saying that he is morally unfit to be president of the united states. comey was speaking at an interview on american tv as part of april pacific campaign for his new book which is being released on tuesday. the head of the tv interview, trump plastic comic-con him a slimeball. -- blasted comey, calling him a
slimeball. the fbi boss wants an attack pond -- launched an attack on trump. >> he has had a boost to be all his, i stared at a pretty closely and my reaction was -- that must take a lot of time in the morning. he looked slightly orange of close with small, white passengers under his eyes. >>'s message was serious. trump poses a danger to the u.s. system of government. because the resident a liar -- he calls the president a liar obsessed with spin. the bitter feud started last year when the fbi claimed they were investigating trump. trump fired coming.
the states are now skyhigh. if trump -- trump is indicted, esther, is likely to be a star witness. he says he cannot rule out that the russians have come from eyes and material on trump. >> these are more words i thought i would never utter about the president of the united states. it is possible. i wish i wasn't saying it, it is the truth. >> trump branded comey a slimeball. he is not smart and will go down as the worst fbi director in history by far. last may, trump fired comic, triggering the russian investigation. nearly a year later, the probe is getting ever closer to donald trump. now james comey's words have further wounded the president. sarah: on the business front, protectionism and the united states is having some effect.
daniel: china and japan are warming up tribulations as we see and yes, relations between the two asian powerhouses have been strained for decades. in the face of u.s. tariffs it is time for beijing and took her to mend fences. >> this handshake between shinzo abe and wang the could mark a turning point. the two nations look to resume talks that were put on ice. the step has over the future of international trade. the rivals now want to show a more united front. the world is now full of uncertainty. trade protectionism is rising and as a result, the free-trade framework is under threat. the rise of unilateralism is challenging fundamental international rules. we have relative stability in our region and we need to appreciate.
although donald trump's name was never mentioned during the talks, his decisions have helped kickstart the move toward better relations between asia's two largest economies. the u.s. moved to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on both countries and has angered decision-makers that. china faces even more penalties for what the u.s. says it is years of intellectual property piracy and theft. netapp politicians plan to meet regularly, economic conflict with america is giving the rivals a common cause. it's -- >> the u.s. announced a ban on chinese telecom company. z ge. last year, they are found guilty of violating trade sanctions imposed on iran and north. the company agreed to a settlement but not all employees involved have been punished.
that means u.s. companies will be unable to sell for up to seven years. we are watching this from wall street. plenty of chinese firms worked closely with the state and we have seen while way -- wawe get into similar trouble with the u.s.. >> the heat is on, no question about it. it is to a certain degree a new development. we have talked in the past couple of days and weeks that donald trump might try to make it more difficult for chinese investors and companies to invest in the u.s. technology. also that it will be more difficult for chinese companies to buy into the u.s. technology industry. now we have a case the other way around. american tech companies might not be able to do as much business with china as they used
to. we have to wait and see. it might be a special case but it is certainly an interesting new development in the tents chinese, u.s. relations. >> necklace results are out. it seems they are shocking skeptics and beating wall street expectations, what is the story that russian mark -- story there? >> the stock after the last earnings report generally was about 40% after netlist reported record new subscriber numbers. at least on first glance, profit and revenue also beat wall street expectations. after the stock was a bit shaky on the monday session, the first initial reaction after hours was very much upbeat. the stock gained a good 6% after our training.
we will get more details on those netflix numbers on tuesday. daniel: bringing us that news on demand, thank you very much. now it is time to count the potential cost of a deutsche bank selloff. they're calculating the fact -- effect of winding down there trading. that is to avoid a future financial crash. the request comes as deutsche bank struggles to do performance. it is sketching out his own practice crisis plans. turkey's economy is recovering rapidly, grown by more than 7% last year. that is stronger than china's growth. with the turkish currency on a continuous downward spiral it seems the country is using cheap debt to keep the economy of the.
-- afloat. >> turkey is cheaper than ever for foreign tourists. the turkish lira continues to hit new lows against major currencies. it has lost nearly half its value against the euro for example since 2015. although that might be great for foreign visitors, it is a huge problem for the country because it has to import commodities like oil and gas. the country's central bank could apply the race by raising interest rates that president erdogan has been betting on innocent monetary policy and was to retain low-interest rates to help drive economic growth. he accuses those ofnot bein the same opinion of being tools of western powers. contributes the fall of the lira to check his enemies. he claims that they are playing
games with our economy. and i say to all of those who attack our economy that you will not succeed. you failed before and will fail again. turkish companies are suffering. the company's largest manufacturer of food products is inducted the tune of billions in hard currencies. in its home market, sales are in the following lira. they've only wonder that it will soon be unable to meet its obligations. all told, turkish companies owe creditors around $300 billion. some economists now believe turkey could be the flashpoint that sets off the new financial crisis. >> they are seemingly recovering and that is one of the reasons around president had wanted widespread approval in turkey. >> if you look at that approval rating, especially, and istanbul.
that is by much his home turf. support is there like how he has managed the country's domestic affairs and his willingness to stand up to the west. have a look. >> that was 2002. i always have some photos here in the shop of him. this was taken after he became prime minister. >> he could talk about the president for hours. when they were kids, their families were friends and later he became a barber and this is one of the most well-known politicians. but -- they never forgot each other. even today the president comes in for a haircut. >> when he visits, we see huge clouds. -- crowds. he comes here every three or four years. in this area, everyone knows him personally. when it was time to joke, he would joke.
he is still the same, he hasn't changed at all. >> this is a conservative neighbor of the sample. this is where present and one grew up and when he jumped up becoming a professional soccer player but decided to join politics. today, the local stadium is named after him and most of the people are loyal supporters of the soccer club and the president. >> he cares very much about the people. we are very satisfied. he is decent and charitable. we love him. >> is the only politician in the history of our publicly stand up to the last. when a politician's academic language, the message does not come through.
she knows how to speak to the masses. that is why people vote for him. >> many turkish people are proud that president erdogan has turned their country into an important player in the region. politically and economically. they are projects like the new instable underground or the gigantic bridge have earned him the reputation of his visionary. and that action. for several years, this was a minister in one of his cabinets. in 2013 departed after a dispute. the president has changed a lot. >> turkey was taking big steps toward conforming to eu standards. and having a pluralist democracy. after the third election we started to see more of his ego.
he didn't listen to others anymore. this is the president erdogan that the world knows now. >> the world might soon also get to know this building, the president is not ever project. a mega-mosque intended to outshine all the others in turkey. many people say the president is the mosque is so huge, one could spot it in many places in istanbul. the project shows just how much president erdogan focuses on somoza of power now. the resident has become less and less tolerant of criticism. he knows what he's talking about, his book about erdogan has earned him several lawsuits. >> erdogan has a single plan. he doesn't want to lose the
election, no matter what he wants to remain in power. this is his only goal. he likes to see himself as a big boss who runs the country like a patriarch. but he will never become a big boss who controls all of turkey. he is only the big boss of his followers and supporters. christ the president's own neighborhood, most of the people don't share such criticism. it were up to the barber, he would govern for another 50 years. but he could stop by more often for a haircut. sarah: now it is time for some tennis news. djokovic has shown a return to form. they make the work of the fellow serbian. this is in the french open warm-up tournament. they won the title once before
and looked at short as he started his season with an easy 6-1 victory. he plays next time on wednesday. a quick reminder of the top stories we're following here. and the british parliament, theresa may has defended her move to launch airstrikes in syria and accuse damascus of moscow and of moscow of trying to conceal facts about an alleged poison gas attack. you're up-to-date now, on dw news, i am sarah kelly in berlin. thanks for watching.
reyes: a remote tribe in the ecuadorian amazon is giving up their traditional hunter-gathering way of life for the good of the environment. i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." [woman speaking spanish] reyes: first up, an award ceremony in ecuador seeking to promote environmental preservation salutes sustainability projects in the americas. [speaking spanish] translator: the truth is we only have one planet, and we are certainly exhausting its resources. reyes: correspondent harris whitbeck reports on latin america's green awards and the impact they're having on the natural world. then a group of women prepare food every day for those trying to get to the u.s.-mexican border on top of the beast. this week's game changer is a