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domestic intelligence after his removal and promotion prompted outrage. also, eight organizations scrambled to get aid into a syrian province. a large-scale fire sparked by rocket tests threatens two german towns. authorities tell people to get ready to evacuate. phil: welcome to the program. in a surprising turn of events, the leaders in germany's coalition government have agreed to revisit this week's decision to move the head of the -- to remove the head of the country's
intelligence agency. hans-georg maaßen was removed for comments he made, but his subsequent promotions sparked outcry from the social democrats. german chancellor angela merkel says it's time for a rethink. >> we have agreed to reassess the situation. i think it is right and necessary. it is right and it is necessary because we need to be fully focused on our task in government. many challenges we face at home and abroad. because it is our duty to resolve the worries and problems of the people in germany, we want to reach a joint sustainable solution this weekend. anchor: so, what is going on? why does the chancellor appeared to be going back on her own
decision? reporter: it is not just the chancellor, but also other members of germany's grand coalition. it was the head of the social democrats who sent a letter to angela merkel, the head of the cdu, and also the head of the bavarian sister party, saying it was time to revisit the decision because they had made the wrong decision when they decided not only to fire mr. maassen went to promote him to another job within the internal ministry. ms. merkel stressed once again that it was time to revisit the decision. she believed that was the correct way forward. it is highly unusual in germany that this is happening and it just shows to what extent the coalition here in germany is divided on fundamental issues like the fate of germany's domestic intelligence chief. phil: stay with us as we take a
look at the latest political polls which are out today, which make for scary reading for germany's mainstream parties. the latest survey by german broadcaster ard show that only 28% of voters back the chancellor's conservative bloc. her social democrat coalition partners, the spd, are down to 17%, and they've been overtaken by the far right alternative for germany party. that makes the afd the second strongest political force in the country. polling for the green, left parties has largely been the same. perhaps these polling figures explain why the three party leaders have agreed so quickly to new talks? thomas: that's correct, because they realize they don't necessarily reflect what the public, what the german voters are thinking. you can imagine the criticism that came from german voters after mr. maassen was promoted.
there was an outcry on social media. i would interpret these numbers in a much broader perspective because it is not only about mr. maassen, but it is about general sense of disconnect between german voters and traditional parties like the conservative bloc or the social democrats. that reflects precisely why we are seeing these numbers are why other parties like the alternative for germany have been gaining ground. yes, it does have to do with mr. maassen's situation, but i would see it as much -- i would see it as part of a much broader problem in germany. phil: thank you. the united nations has warned that the deal between turkey and russia to delay an offensive in the idlib province may not remove all of the fighting there.
the deal includes taking on terrorist organizations, many of whom live among civilian populations. many of idlib's residents have fled. organizations like the red crescent are desperate to get aid to them before the bullets start flying again. a report from the turkish side of the border with syria. reporter: urging everyone on. time is short. these aid packages are bound for the syrian border. but there are still empty boxes here at the red crescent depot. this person helps with packing even though it is in one of his usual tasks. he's the chief coordinator of his organization's aides to syria. >> we can care for 125,000
people had to tell in the displaced persons camps in idlib . it is crucial for the transfers to go quickly and be well organized. reporter: in one corner of the warehouse, there's a display of what the red crescent workers take across the border to idlib. shoes, toys, washing powder, hygiene supplies, food, cooking utensils. >> most of the families there have been displaced. in the province of idlib alone, there are more than 400 caps. the people have a hard time getting by. most of them have lost everything they once had. reporter: turkey has taken in more refugees than any other country. about 3.5 million syrians now live on this side of the border. president erdogan decided the country could not host any more. they have been trying to keep
refugees on the syrian side and give them aid over there. to further its effort to prevent more syrians from crossing the border, turkey has been building a wall. it is more than 800 kilometers long and still expanding. the red crescent truck arrived at the border crossing. "i am not allowed to accompany them -- i am not allowed to accompany them. foreign journalists are not allowed to cross into idlib. but, the aid workers have showed me this video from the red crescent. it gives an impression ofof the scale of their mission. on the outskirts of bombed out syrian studies, new tent cities are being built. not all are as tidy as the camp
filmed by the drones. these images are from a syrian village. close to the turkish border. more than 3 million people are now living in the province of idlib. half of them have fled fighting in other parts of syria. he has returned from his aides delivery. he says the people in idlib are more optimistic since a feared offensive by the syrian army was, for now, a verdict. it is a glimmer of hope, -- for now, averted. it is a glimmer of hope for now. >> for them, explosions and bombs attacks havave become part of their daily reality. for the children, too. let's hope that this fighting truly comes to an end and all of these displaced people can return to their cities. reporter: the red d crescent ses aid convoys across the border
four to five times a week. the next transports need to be prepared. phil: let's take a look at some of the other stories making news. tanzania has declared four days of national mourning following a deadly ferry accident on lake victoria. more than 130 people are reported to have died after the boat capsized. conflicting reports about how many passengers were onboard. the president has ordered the arrest of ththe f ferry's opera. floodwaters caused by hurricane florence have breached a dam in a a power plant in the u.s. stae of north carolina, causing fears that a toxic cocktail of chemicals could be spilling into kate fear. it is described as a developing situation. britain's prime minister has described bricks and talks with the european union as having
reached an impasse. theresa may said, for eu leaders to dismiss a plan for the withdraw without an alternative is unacceptable. these are her comments on friday following thursday's summit in salzburg. hundreds of demonstrators took to milan to protest against corruption. marchers sang songs criticizing the president after ridley anticorruption report -- are -- criticizing the president after a leaked anticorruption report accused him of taking bribes. a fire in germany started three weeks ago during an exercise to test military rockets. it is spreading, causing danger to some people in the state of saxonyny. densnse smoke, spread by strong winds, has spread out over 100 kilometers. they are considering moving 1000 people to safety.
reporter: this small t town is n the front line of the fire. the roads are busy with emergency vehicles. whether conditions could change at any moment, spreading the fire further east. >> the wind is turning, and fanning the fire. the town could be enveloped in smoke. >> authorities have made cocontingency plans. -- contingency plans to evacuate the town. smoke, fire, and sparks could cause danger to people near the fire. while authorities say there is no immediate danger, nearly 500 firefifighters have been calledp to contain the blaze. >> it is just in case of an emerergency. we don't want to evacuate, but we need to be ready. reporter: right now, the e rains
affected by storms but -- the fire is being affected by rain. phil: dw correspondent is in the town of method -- of mappen. the weather is chahanging. how is that going to affect the situation? reporter: contrary to what most people think, it is actuaually raining,g, but the rain is n not enough t to actually extxtinguih the fire. ththe bad thing is that is now happening is that this rain comes with thuhunderstorms, and thununderstorms comeme with win. that strong wind will increase and worsen the fire into the weekend. authorities are expecting winds up to 85 miles per hour. since we're talking about a military training area.
tunnels and underground areas that couldld easily inflamed, ad therefore it could be even more dangerous. phil: it seems this fire was started by the army testing rockets. it seems that locals must be pretty angry. reporter: absolutely. many residents with whom i talked earlierer are asking one simple, or allegedly simplee question. how could this be that a military exercise takingng place in an area where the bundeswehr, the german military, perfoformsa lot of training, how could it be that such a mistake happens, and one that actually causes a aire that lasts a couple of weeks? i talked to a couple of firefighters earlier and they were prepared to stay here for at least a week and a half. another r rried resisident basically said, how could this happen? we want answers. wewe want herer to supply us wih
some answers about this question that we still have. we don't understand how this mistake could cause such a disaster. phil: thanks so much. to sport. the sport world has been reacting to yesterday's decision by the world anti-doping agency to fully reinstate russia's anti-doping body following a three-year ban. the kremlin said the you -- the move was a step in the right direction, as was the head of the russian agency. one person criticized the decision, calling it a triumph of money over playing sport. earlier, we spoke to another former head of wada, did -- dick po0und.
>> i thihink there is a lot of information out there. russia acknowledged that they behaved badly. it doesn't want to accept wada repoports but it accepepted thec parallel report that relied on the wada report. the laboratory and samples that were stored there, to which access was denied, wada had approved being able to assert anti-doping allegations if the information supports it. we had a asked, in our roadmap, for the computer records relating to o the lab. in order to mount an open -- mount an ananti-doping c case, u have t to have the raw data. we said to the russians, we will cut you u some slack on the knowledge and but, in return, we
want access to this materiaial, alall of it, andnd we want it wn three months. so there's a hard deadline in place. phil: here with business news and the delicate situation in puerto rico. reporter: and economy in the midst of a perfect storm, if you will. a year ago, hurricane maria hit the island of puerto rico. the island, considered a u.s. territory, has had a tough time trying to rebuild critical infrastructure after the storm. critics say the u.s. government didn't do enough to provide relief after the emergency. even when the island someday closes this c chapter, economomc problems will be far from over. >> one year on from the disaster, and in many parts of the island, rebuilding has yet to begin. often, many -- from above, it is
an island with plastic sheeting, roofs ripped off by hurriricane maria. this woman lives under one of these tarps. >> when it rains, my house gets wet. ththrope what -- the roof was ripped off because i it was made by cheap materials. the water was very high. it went all through the house. fema is the u.s. government's emergency management agency. after the storm, it''s an hundreds of relief workers t to the island.. a littttle while later, i got a letter from fema saying g i di't lose anything in hurricane. i lost my washing machine, refrigerator, almost everything. everything got wet. i lost everything and i got nothing.
reporter: many puerto ricans have similar stories. washington promised $44 billion in aid after the disaster. puerto rican authorities say they have only received a quarter of that. people in need of financial assistance say the bureaucratic hurdles are huge. total damage from the hurricane estimated at $100 billion. electricity was only fully restored in august 2018. the next hurricane will likely tear down power lines again. hurricane maria claimed around 3000 lives. most died in the aftermath of the storm due to the fact that, for months, there was no drinking water or power. nothing worked on the island which was not well off in the first place. a few months before maria struck, puerto rico had declared itself bankrupt. washington imposed an austerity program on its caribbean colony,
rules that were not relaxed in the wake of the storm. after the storm, tourists stayed away from the island. one year on from the hurricane, puerto rico is still far from being back to where he was. >> let's find out more with our new york financial correspondent. what can you tell us about the current state of the puerto rican economy? reporter: there's still a lot of financial pressure on the island. there is a debt load of $17 billion. on friday, the federal control board actually is about to finalize $17 billion debt relief, , but that plan still hs to be presented to a federal judge. the whole debt load is more than
$70 billion. there have been problems before maria ahead. the island had to declare bankruptcy. it is a long path back to normal . there has been quite some criticism of the u.s. government that it acted to slow -- acted too slow. reporter: difficult times for puerto rico but not so difficult times for wall street. what are the takeaways? reporter: fairly good. as you put it. we had a very strong week here on wall street despite all of the train turmoil, new terrorists -- new tarjiffs being announced. on friday, the dow industrial average closed at the second consecutive all-time high.
wall street is in good shape. the u.s. economy seems to be in good shape. now we are looking forward to next wednesday when the u.s. federal reserve will increase interest rates the eighth time since december 2015. also, earnings season will slowly begin. certainly a lot to look out for for the next couple of days and weeks. reporter: thank you for the analysis, and have a great weekend. good news for one of the banks. wells fargo plans to slash up to 26,000 jobs over the next few years as it grapples with the challenges of online banking and legal bills. they have been under numerous legal scandals since 2015, when they admitted their employees opened up fake bank accounts to meet unrealistic sales goals.
wells fargo also sold all their -- also sold auto insurance to borrowers who didn't need it. currently, wells include -- wells employs 265,000 people. the immigration seven -- the immigration situation in europe was high on the agenda at the austrian summit on thursday. the big challenge, how can millions of myron -- millions of migrants the integrated into european societies? most experts agree the key is to get them into work, and quickly. very often, small businesses are leading the way in that field because they are needed to fill vacancies. our reporter from bavaria shows how. reporter: dragging large amounts of beer around. he's employed by the brewery. >> i am so proud, because they
gave me some knowledge, how to work, and the pupils are so kind and friendly to me. reporter: he was hired three years ago. he needed people for simple, unskilled labor. >> he has been working for the company since march of 2015. he's a good worker. after him, we hired three more refugees. reporter: the migrants are young and they learn quickly. the social aspect pays a role. he -- he pays for the refugees classes and assures they find accommodation. >> the job is most important. they have a structure, their own money. that is important. i talk a lot to the refugees and they say they don't compare them
to the payments they would get from the german state. inga: they have established a network with the aim of integrating migrants into the labor networork. in fact, there are two motivators for the companies to commit themselves to society. the other is the lack of specialists. many enterprises need people and have simply found a target group, young people who want to build something for themselves. he and his colleagues gross around 1800 and 2000 euros per month depending on how much they work. they say they feel like they are from here. >> that is all for business. phil: it made history this year as the first kenyan film to be shown at the con's film festival.
-- at the cannes film festival. the director sued the government , not only for it to be seen but also for a possible oscarar nomination. >> it is the story about the love that grows between two young women and the pressures they facee between both family and society in a country where homosexuality is publishable -- is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. screenings of "rafiki," which means friend, had been banned because of what they called the clear r intent to promote lesbianism in contrary to the law. the high court has changed all of that. >> the practice of homosexuality did not begin with the film,
"rafiki." in kenya, it is not legalized. one of the reasons for artistic creativity is society's consciencece even on very vexing topics such as homosexuality. reporter: it can now be screened for seven days, which means it meets the oscars criteria for best foreign film contribution. it must have been shown in the country that filmed it. phil: that's it, you are up-to-date. more at the top of the hour. in the meantime, the website is dw.com. have a good day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute,