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from berlin. at the white house tonight, u.s. president donald trump and emmanuel macron are talking tough on global challenges, including syria, north korea, and the iran nuclear deal. despite the smiles and handshake, there were disagreements. we go live to washington for more. a court charges a 25-year-old suspect in the toronto fan attack. 10 people were killed and 15
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injured. as the syrian conflict enters its eighth year, a fund-raising drive begins. can it make any difference? ♪ brent: i am brent goff. emmanuel macron has just held a joint press conference with his u.s. counterpart, president donald trump, the second day of his first state visit to washington since donald trump took office. the two put on a show of unity. their agenda contained tough topics they don't necessarily agree on, but as the meeting trd out all the stops to welcome the
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leader, seen as his closest contact and special friend in europe. at the press conference, donald trump lavished praise on france for its help in global challenges, including its attempt to halt north korea's nuclear weapons program. >> we are grateful for france's key partnership in our campaign of maximum pressure on the north korean regime. as you know, i will soon be meeting with kim jong-un as we seek a future of peace, harmony, and security for the korean peninsula, and in fact, for the whole world. however, in pursuit of peace, we will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations. the campaign of maximum pressure will continue. brent: president macron joined
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trump in expressing concerns with the iran nuclear deal and said paris and washington will seek a better agreement with tehran in the future. >> it is no mystery that we have different starting positions on iran, and neither you nor i have a habit of changing our opinions. we have had very frank discussions. you considered the iran deal negotiated in 2015 to be a bad deal. or a number of months, i have been saying it is not a sufficient deal, but has enabled us until 2020 five to have some sort of control over their nuclear activities. we want to work on a new deal with iran. brent: we want to go to washington, our washington bureau chief alexandra von nahmen is on the story tonight. good evening to you. let's talk about this meeting between mr. trump and mr. macron
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. the u.s. president heaping praise on his french counterpart , a lot people writing that this is a budding new bromance. why are we seeing such a charm offensive? alexandra: what we can say is both leaders seem to have established a good personal connection, a good rapport, and that is what is top priority for president trump dealing with foreign leaders. that why he has been repeatedly very positive about china's president xi. he has repeatedly praised prime minister abe of japan. and in this case, it was president macron, who has been persistent and trying to court president trump. he has taken a softer line on president trump than other european leaders.
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those leaders, the french president and u.s. president, both countries are on the same page when it comes to fighting against terrorism, working together to solve problems in the middle east and in north africa. brent: what about the differences here? we know they went into these talks with the differences on the iran nuclear deal and came out of that with mr. trump saying he is willing to talk about a new deal and mr. macron saying that as well. how do we read that? alexandra: the differences remain, that is for sure. i think that macron's strategy is to say that he admits that the current iran deal is not sufficient, but that it controls some of iran's nuclear activities until 2025, then the french president is ready to work on a new deal, so his
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strategy here seems to be to tell mr. trump, let's stick to the current deal. please do not pull out of it here it and while we are working to achieve a better deal, ideal addressing other problems unlike iran's activities in places like yemen and syria, and iran's missile program. brent: we know that this is a week of european lobbying in washington. the german chancellor is expected in washington on friday. will angela merkel get a warm welcome and reception like mr. macron got today at the white house? alexandra: i don't think so. the visits are totally different. the german chancellor is coming to the white house on friday. as you said, it will be a working visit, so there will be a few meetings in the white house and a joint press conference, no dinner, no
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military welcome ceremony. and we have to say the german chancellor has been more critical of president trump as the french president has been, and that is something donald trump does not forget. the u.s. president has in very critical of germany, germany's trade surplus. that is going to be on the agenda on friday, i would say. brent: our washington bureau chief alexandra von nahmen at the white house for us tonight. thank you very much. at least six police officers killed, a troops wounded, and separate suicide bombings in pakistan. one took place at a paramilitary checkpoint on the city's outskirts. the other hit close to the airport, an offshoot of the taliban and has and responsibility. dramatic pictures have been released of migrants being
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rescued from the mediterranean sea. the italian coast guard saved to 63 people from drowning after their boat capsized monday. united nations says 8200 migrants have arrived in italy by sea so far this year. mexican authorities have arrested a man suspected of involvement in the killing of a renowned mexican journalist. the journalist was gunned down close to his office last may. valdes was known for his reporting into drug trafficking and organized crime. police say his killing was linked to the cartels. tonight in canada, a toronto court has charts the suspect in yesterday's ban attack with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. prosecutors allege the 25-year-old drove into pedestrians on a busy city street. 10 people killed, 15 injured. a police arrested him in
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incident in an operation that has been praised for its levelheadedness. >> standing next to a van and appearing to point a weapon at a police officer, this is the suspect in the toronto attack. the tense exchange was captured by several witnesses. >> come on, get down. get down. get down. >> i have a gun. >> get down. >> the officer was praised for his bravery and not shooting when others might have pulled the trigger. the suspect, 25-year-old alek minassian has now appeared in court and is charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. he had is -- is alleged to have driven a van into pedestrians along this busy street in toronto.
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the motive is unclear, and authorities have sought to play down terrorism links. looking visibly upset, alek minassian's father was filmed leaving the court. >> anything to say to the family? >> sorry. >> canadian prime minister justin trudeau was among those to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks, but he also warned against living in fear. >> we need to continue to reflect on the changing situation we are in and do everything we can to keep canadians safe, but we cannot as canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business. >> a makeshift memorial has been set up near the scene of the attack. toronto becomes the latest city
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to deal with such a tragedy. brent: for more on this story, i'm joined on the phone by a journalist covering the story for 680 news in toronto. it is good to have you on the program. toronto please have held a press conference. what do we know about this apparent attack? >> the police held an oma's-long news conference. they did not say too much. it seems the toronto police are playing cautious, basically giving an update saying they have not sufficiently identified any of the victims. they have found identification, but want to go through the process carefully and don't want to wrongfully identify victims, so they will use dental records and medical records and go through that process step-by-step, so not officially identifying victims.
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as far as motive, police are staying quiet. they are saying it is too early to say and this is part of a criminal investigation and don't want to give any details, but trying to reassure the people of toronto that everything is running normal and that two kilometer stretch where the incident took place should be open and running normally by the end of tonight. brent: that also speaks to what the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, said earlier, appealing to people to not be motivated by fear. a day after the attack, how are people in toronto reacting to what happened? >> that is how people are reacting. people are stunned and shocked by what happened. everybody seems to be going to work in school today normally. traffic was the same, tough toronto traffic it normally is,
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and people seem to be functioning normally and that speaks to the police, government , and our provincial and federal government, deciding even at the height of the attack to not close down the rest of the city. the city streets remained open. we even had a hockey team last night in the playoffs that went off as scheduled. everything seems to be functioning as normal, though people are sad and upset by what happened. nothing seems to have dramatically changed in the way people go about their lives. brent: the good, strong resolve from toronto. joining us tonight from 680 news in toronto. thank you. >> thank you. brent: all right, business news now. we will look at markets in new york. they are taking a dive today. >> the dow down 1.7%, the specter of increased inflation
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and rising interest rates is haunting the markets. u.s. 10-year bonds hitting 3% for the first time in four years, meaning debt is more expensive to companies, which will eat into profits. quarterly earnings could not boost the mood either. alphabet disappointed with its low profit margin am losing 5%. after a strong start, caterpillar fell back sharply into negative territory. investors are worried about higher material costs. >> today on wall street started on a positive tone, but then trouble started when the yield of the 10 year u.s. treasury for the first time in over four years reached 3%. what does that precisely mean? it does mean there is optimism about future growth in the u.s. come so that is a positive. not so positive is that money
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becomes more expensive and also interest rates might be increasing higher than estimated. we should not forget that a lot of the growth in the past couple of years has been achieved with a debt, so now money becomes more expensive and debt becomes more expensive. in the past, the developments we are seeing now in the bond markets have been foreshadowing a possible start of a recession. we are not there yet, but the discussion is on and we did see a lot of pressure also on stock prices here on wall street. >> ireland's taxman is taking a big bite out of apple profits. dublin has reached an agreement with the firm regarding 13 billion euros in back taxes, stemming from a decision that determined apple had profited from a sweetheart deal with the government. apple is appealing, but the company has agreed to be paying
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into an escrow account as it waits for a verdict. opel workers take to the streets. the french owner psa looks to/jobs at the carmaker despite guarantees. psa has money. in the past three months of this year, it sold more than one million cars, a record for the group, so on track to hit its target of 4 million this year. opel voxel accounted to a quarter of cars sold, but the brand posted significant losses last year and remains in the red . that is why psa is trying to cut costs. the workers are not buying it. >> opel workers came from around the germany for the protest organized by the union. workers want to show their solidarity. opel's parent company psa is planning to fire 800 employees, almost half of the employees in
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the region, if it does not get wage concessions. >> half of the team could face the chopping block him 800-900 could be fired. that is why i thought i should come here to show i am against it. i want all our jobs to stay in the region. >> we are not giving up our wages. we have earned it and fought for it. we are not giving it up. >> at the moment there is no plan for the future as they're looking at firing half of their employees here. >> the majority of the morning crew joined the demonstrators at the gate, including many local politicians concerned about the jobs. even estate premier, who called on psa to honor its promises. >> psa assured us that opel would remain a german car company. that is why we are fighting for
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these three facilities and won't trade them for more promises. works council members say opel can become competitive again without cutting staff. they say many employees will soon retire and others are willing to be bought out of their contracts. >> one solution would be to get back to the negotiating table and go through the union deal with a clear head. we need constructive offers from company management, then we can see if we can reach an agreement. >> talks are set for the next several weeks, but if both sides cannot ink a deal, the future of the opel factory throughout the region is anything but certain. >> it was the deadliest accident of its kind, five years ago today, the collapse of a textile factory in bangladesh killed over 1100 workers. the disaster shed a painful light on the legit fashion
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industry, with sweatshop conditions and the tube regard for workers health and safety. brands, unions, and the government pledged to improve factory safety, but the risk of another deadly disaster remains. >> every step hurts. she has not been able to walk without crutches for five years. she was working as a seamstress at ron applause that when the nine story building collapse, pinning her leg under the rubble for 10 hours. the compensation, 3500 euros was not enough to cover multiple operations. her family has had to scrimp and save. >> i want compensation from the government. none of the affected workers have been properly compensated. they give is hardly anything. what happened to the aid money from abroad? we need that money. >> there was a powerful outcry
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from the international community after the disaster. work conditions improved a bit for the garment workers. the owners addressed safety issues and improved structural integrity. one says another similar incident could happen in bangladesh. >> there is no way all the factories are party to this agreement in bangladesh and all the hazards have been sorted, but there has been sirs progress on safety. it covers structural safety, ire safety, and partly due to the fact that buyers had to fork out along with the suppliers to ensure safety regulations are enforced. >> the textile industry freely decides whether or not to produce sustainably or offer fair working conditions. germany's development ministry set up the partnership following the rana plaza disaster, but
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only 10% of companies are members. the agreement on structural safety incident a few days, but one signature is missing in the follow-up agreement, that of the bangladeshi government. activists also wanted to be obligatory for employers to give their employees accident insurance cover so that people like one woman don't have financial worries to add to their problems. >> now to efforts to focus attention on the suffering in syria, back to brent. brent: that's right. the united nations has told a donors conference in brussels that a fresh humanitarian crisis must be avoided in syria. tensions have escalated after a suspected chemical weapons attack in douma earlier this month. with international stakeholders
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at loggerheads, the united nations says more needs to be done to ease the suffering of ordinary syrians. >> the war in syria has claimed half a million lives as hopes for peace are shattered daily, eight organizations have run out of funds to provide humanitarian assistance. at a conference in brussels, donors are trying to raise three and a half billion dollars to help war refugees. >> we will work together to make a difference in individual lives wherever we can and try to support those communities and host countries to shoulder the enormous responsibilities. >> of the unleavened million assyrians driven from their homes, 6 million are internally displaced, while northern five main were forced to flee the country. most in turkey, lebanon, jordan, iraq, and egypt. the eu and united nations have
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been able to do little more than appeal for an end to hostilities. they have yet to reach an agreement on how to end the fighting. >> syria is not a chessboard, not a political game. syria belongs to the syrian people, and the syrian people have to decide themselves about the future of their country. >> delegates at the last syria conference a year ago were unsuccessful in their attempt to resolve the conflict, which spawns fresh bloodshed from week to week. brent: in a rare concession by the iranian regime, a team of female weight lifters was recently given permission to compete abroad or the first time. the girls have traveled to the asian youth and junior championships in uzbekistan. dw caught up with them in tehran just before they left her what is truly a historical trip. >> its training time in this jim
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and western to rant, where champions have iron for decades. the weights are as heavy as they look, but for the girls here, lifting them is a dream come true. >> my dad was a weightlifter. i have love the sport ever since i was a child and i watched every competition, so as soon as it was possible, i started lifting weights myself. >> she is proud to continue the family tradition, and her passion has paid off. she is the strongest of the girls so far. the brains behind the girls is the president of iran's weightlifting association, and perhaps the girls biggest fan. he said there should be a difference between men and women in the sport.
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>> we have many iranian men who have many championshi titles. the world strongest man right now is an iranian. we want to achieve the same with our women. we hope that in the future another far future, i'm talking about the olympics of 2024, that the iranian women can add to these quarries. -- these glories. >> to make that happen, the girls work hard every day, just like the men, they live in the compound under close supervision by doctors and coaches. in just a few months they have come a long way, but it is far from over. >> they don't have any experience yet. next year they will do very well
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and competitions for sure. for now we just want them to build confidence. after all, this is their first international competition. >> they are excited to leave to run for is pakistan, a historic first for the girls and iran's female weightlifters altogether. >> what men can do, women can do to. in the first five-six months as we started weightlifting, we have broken more than half of the women's weightlifting records. that is glorious. >> a glory they plan to continue at this week's tournament and beyond, confident, well prepared, and determined to show the world how strong iranian women can be. brent: from one feat to another,
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the irish runner has caught the fastest mile ever run at the north pole. he braved temperatures of -30 degrees celsius and was suffering frostbite on his right ear, but did not let that stop him as he crossed the line in four minutes, 50 seconds, now the fastest mile runner in both poles, having run in an arctic it into 17. i hear he is very slow at the equator. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. stay with us. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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