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to exit from european union. another tough defeat for prime minister theresa may and there just six weeks to go until brexit. european giant airbus says it will end production of its double-decker a-380 because airlines do not want them. i'm sarah kelly. welcome to the program. hundreds of thousands of students and adults in thehe u.. have o observed a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of a shooting at a high school in parklanand in t e statate o of florida. americans were shocked when a 19-year-old killed 17 people at marjory stoneman douglas high school last year. the shooting rampage has fueled the debate over gun control. what is different this time is that students at the high school have turned into political
activists, launching a movement called march for our lives with the aim of tightening america's gun laws. >> valentine's day 2018, students at marjory stoneman douglas high school ran for their lives after a gunman opened fire in the school hallways, killing 14 students and three staff. grief for lost friends and siblings quickly turned into activism. only six weeks after the parkland massacre, more than one million young people t took t te streets acrossss the u.s. in one of the biggest youth-led protests since the vietnam war. the m main event in washington,d c, alone drew a crowd of 800,000. parkland students with a driving
force behind the movement, which they dubbed the much for our lives. among t them, and the gonzalez, one of the many voices s of the protests. -- emma gonzazales. >> the shoototer h has ceased shooting and wilson abandon hiss rifle, blend in with students as they e escape and walk free forn hour before his arrest. fight for your lives before it is someone else's job. >> but the gun lobby soon hit back. the national rifle association claimed the campaign was orchchestrated by gun-hating elites. gonzales and another activist work accused of being paid. president trump said the solution was to arm teachers. >> there's no sign more inviting
to a mass killer than a sign that declares "this school is a gun-free zone. come in and take us." >> one year on, parklandd studentsts continue their campaign, hoping the tragedy that turned them into activists may help to change america's gun culture. sarah: our correspondent was at marjorie stoneman douglas high school today. here is his take. all of are: more than 20 school shootings across the united states made it one of the worst years in gun violence in the country. what's different is that students here in parkland, florida, did not want to be victims but became activists instead. while on the federal level, not much has changed since then, there were changes on the local level.
florida has raised its minimum age from 18 to 21 years when buying a rifle, which m may be small steps, but the result of a movement that was born one year ago and that is still alive today. sarah: british prime minister theresa may has suffered another defeat in parliament over her breakfast strategy. lawmakers voted against the government motion asking them to reaffirm support for her plan to seek changes to her brexit deal. hard-line brexit tears -- brexiteers opted to abstain from the vote, saying the prime minister is moving in the wrong direction. the vote is likely to undermine eu leaders' confidence that may can win support for any revised agreement. our correspondent joins us for more. she is coveriring thehese eventn london.. whwhat exaly h has been happeni?
>> it is more of a symbolic vote, but also s such a symbolic defeatat that theresa may has suffered essentially when she was asking for time to go back to brussels and negotiate the withdrawal agreement, something that eu leaeaders said they are really not williling to do, b bt anyway, this is theresa may's strategy, and she has suffered defeat by her own pararty, byy people abstaining and not backing her, so it is not a good look if she cannot have her own party behind her. >> basically another day, another vote and more political tennis we see in the u.k. house of commons. what happens next? >> it seems like the drama is not ending. ththeresa may hasas said thahato weeks' time, she will come back and yet again present the house of commons with what she says is a solulution. she wawants to go baback to brus and have another result, something that is legally
binding, a commitment by euu leaders to change the position of northern irereland, yet t thu leaders we know are really unwilling to do that. critics here in london, the labour party, mostly accuse her of running down the clock, trying to achieve sometething tt it's alrlready clelear she cannt achieve, and then she really runs down time so that at ththe very end of this processss, at e enend of march when the u.k. has to leave t the european union,, that there is nono choice but fr various inin p -- mp's in the house of parliament to back somehow whatever deal theresa may will have hammered out by then said that she is jujust buying time. this is the e fear alsoo by business, who s say they neneed claritity and cannot live with this uncncertainty.. itit is affecting business already. there is a lott of crititicism n london, in the u.k., as far as theresa may's strategegy is concerned. there'e's also concern on n theu
side that if thehey somehow give in and change the backstotop, go for a different compromise, can she even get anything through the hoe ofof parliliament? how trustworthy of a n negotiatg partner is she? that is what eu leaders must be asking themselves even more after this defeat tonight. >> so many open questions. thank you. let's get a quick check of some other stories making news around the world. 20 people feared dead after a boat capsized in bad weather in northern zambia. authorities say the vessel was carrying more than 40 people when the storm struck. the boat had left the town that was nearby and was headed toward some small islands when the accident occurred. the u.s. senate has confirmed william barr asresident trtrump's attorney general. with the new job, he will oversee the long-running probe into if trump's 2016 campaign colluded with russia.
the senate vote was largely along party lines. many democrats opposed the did and it concerns he may not make public all of the investigation's findings. and around 3000 farmers in orange vests have rallied in rome to protest what they say is a lack of government support. last year's damaging frost and a plant pathogen caused a severe loss in crops. protesters have called on the government to declare a disaster and compensate their losses. european plane maker airbus is ending production of the superjumbo passenger jet the a-38 zero a after just a decaden production. the company had hoped it would revolutionize air travel, but airliners have been cautious about committing to the costly double-decker planes. the final straw came as two key airlines, qantas and emirates, canceled key o oers. let's take a look at the world's biggesest airliner.
>> the optimism alone could have lifted the massive jetline at its 2005 unveiling. it was not just the future of aviation but the symbol of what the eu strived to be -- unified, industrious, competitive. "it is a triumph of european science and european engineering." but it was more than a symbol. it was a product in a competitive market and that market was indeed moving to bigger jets with airbus began talking about a superjumbo in the early 1990's. the company flirted with a joint project with rival boeing before starting work on the a-380 in 2002. production was divided across the e e billions of euros in government subsidies kept things moving and angered rival boeing. the final product brought volume to the airlines. they could pack in more than 850 passengers in a single flight, yet the market increasingly
demanded the opposite -- smaller twin-engine planes that could fly directly to their final destinations like the boeing dreamliner or a bus -- airbus a-350. as competition grew across the indudustry and margins tightene, unsold seats in the a-380 became even more expensive or the airlines. emirates is said to be the only airline that could operate the jet on the necessary scale. as late as last year, it seemed the airline might t keep the a-0 aloft. >> i have no doubt that we will producuc great 380's even 10 years from now. >> that hope quickly faded. emirates has announceded it will reduce the number of jetliners. for airbus and perhaps the eu as well, an abrupt end to a 30-year-old vision. >> let's get more now from dw business. what kind of impact is this likely to have her airbus?
they were really banking big on this particular model. >> it is certainly a blow to airbus because it shows a gross miscalculation of the market, which ultimately did not have a use for a plane, for a product like this. only about 1/4 of the anticipated a-380's have been sold so far. taking intoo account the toy $5 billion roughly a development cost, airbus is not making one dime of profit off of this plane. there is good news, though. workers will most likely be shifted to other parts of the company, but in the end, it is the end of a very prestigious project, and this stings for airbus, and that is something the ceo is also going to feel. >> especially because it was quite an achievement in its day. this massive plane, really incredible, very luxurious. why did it fail?
>> it is a plane that passengers love and still do. it's very spacious, but it is also a plane that is feared by accountants for several reasons. one, the a-380 is the world's largest jetline, seats 580 people and selling all these seats is a challenge. the second problem is the engines consume much more fuel than smaller jets which use two turbines, which are the comment feature today, and third, airbus anticipated passenger numbers would exponentially grow between the aviation hubs of the world -- london, shanghai, and new york. turnss out passenger numbers did grow, but in the entire markeket and passengers did not want to change planes in frankfurt or new york. they want to go from their home airport to the next one and on these smaller routes, the big a-380 simply not profitable. sarah: a direct flight. i always choose that one. one also has to think of the
concorde, for example, when that was also brought out of the market. this whole concept of bigger, faster, higher when it comes to aviation -- what is next for kids to dream of when it comes to planes? >> the concept of bigger seems to be dead for now because the market is not there. the concept of faster may see a comeback because the russians are thinking about reintroducing supersonic air travel by reworking a military jet for that, but i think there are more exciting developments out there. if you think about air taxis, that might still take some time, but that is something certainly i would want to try. staying on the ground going down it freeway in an autonomous self driving car once the technology has matured, that is something i would enjoy. >> thanks so much for stopping by. u.s. vice president mike pence has lashed out at some of america's closest traditional
allies, accusing european countries like france and germany of busting sanctions against iran. in a speech to middle east to cure the conference in the polish capital, warsaw, mr. pence called on europe to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. the talks in warsaw are led by the u.s. and israel who want to press a more aggressive stance on iran. delegates from more than 60 countries, including a number of arab nations, are taking part, but several countries including france and germany, chose not to send high-ranking delegations. let's listen in now to the comments from the u.s. vice president, mike pence. >> sadly, some of our leading european partners have not been nearly as cooperative. in fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions. sarah: joining us now from weddington,, from -- for more on this -- from washington, d.c.,
for more on the story is an analyst. welcome to the program and thank you for joining us. this renewed u.s. push against iranan -- why nonow? >> it is a pleasure to be with you. the trump administration since it came into office has been fairly clear in its assessment that iran is the primary destabilizing actor in the region, particularly since it withdrew from the nuclear deal in may 2018, it has been trying to raise international support for what it calls a campaign of maximum pressure. i think the conference in warsaw is part of the effort to increase i international by in r the diplomomatic, political, and economic isolation of tehran. sarah: why is the conference being held in tehran? -- in wawarsaw? what is poland's ststake? >> bearing in mind that the
conference, especially in the days leading up to it, work billed as a broader initiative to discuss a wide range of middle east peace and security issues, even though the comments from vice president pence showed a focus to a great extent on iran, if the idea is to show international by an, having it in washingngton is a bit of a lg goal and having a regional ally particularly in the gulf raises difficulties particularly with the participation of prime minister netanyahu. traditional western eururopean allies including germany, france, and the u.k., have been hesitant to be involved at a high level and poland having a close military relationship with the u.s. has stepped in to act as cohost. >> interesting stuff. meantime, i want to have a look at what iran's president had to say because he was attending a
parallel conference in the russian city of sochi. he joined the leaders of russia, turkey, to discuss how they can work more closely on syria as washington prepares to withdraw troops. turkey supports the rebel forces fighting against the sharp al-assad. all three positioning themselves as key foreign players syria's long-running war. given that, therefore, i would like to ask you -- what does russia want out of being a central player in all of these talks in your opinion? >> well, the iranians, the russiaians, and the e turks h he converging, occasionally diverging interests in syria. they have been carrying out these trilateral discussions since 2017. russia for the past couple of years, particularly since 2015 onwards, has emerged as a key player on the ground.
iranan has senent advisers and n involved in a tit-for-tatat over its involvement in syria w with israelel. the situation is entering a very ininteresting turnining point potentntially witith the defeatf isisis and also with the u.s. withdrawal expected byby the end of aprilil, so i think all these countries are jostling to make sure their interests are represented. >> briefly before ago, the conferences in sochi and warsaw have one thing in common we would like to highlight -- no western european country taking part. what message do you think that sends one day before the munich security conference begins tomorrow in germany? >> i think, particularly as the u.s. doubles down o on this pressurere-centric policicy tows iran, inevitablyy, there will be weststern europeanan allie that support, but the united nations
process on the one hand and the sochi process on the other hand show there are competing powers with competing agendas. sarah: iran analyst with thehe u.s.-based crisis group, we very much appreciate your insight. now the withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria will be a blow for kurdish forces closely allied with the united states. they fear an all-out offensive from turkey once the u.s. is out of the way. turkey regarded the u.s. militia in syria as s terrorists. >> leila visits this grave every thursday to pray and honor the memory of her only son. he died fighting the so-called islamic state in 2013, as did house and's more kurds. lela hopes her son's commitment to freedom was not in vain. itit is a h hope that unites may motherers who ve lost their s ss
this region. >> w we will never forget them. it is try aa tremendouous losos, but we are keeping ourur compose by rememembering ourur sons in r hometown. god for bid their blood has been shed in vain. >> but many kurds in northern syria have misgivings. this is where the kurdish militia forced the i.s. to retreat in a major offensive in late 2014. the price of freedom was high -- a heavy death toll and enormous destruction. today, another danger looms from the turkish side. across the border nearby, president erdogan views the ypk as an offshoot of the pkk and is threatening a military offensive. >> a turkish invasion of northern syria would be nothing short of colonialism. we are defending our country here. what does he want here he?
what does he want from us? >> erdogan insists onn creating what he calls a security zone on the turkish border. he is calling on the ypg to pull out of this 30-kilometer strip. if it complies, turkey would then control the a area. for many kurds, that amounts to a nightmare. >> i think security zone is the wrong term. this area has been secure for a long time now. the world knows that syria's north and east is the safest area in the entire country. >> but that could changnge dramatically. grieving families would be all the more in bidders if turkey were to take control of her fallen son's final resting place. after 10 months in prison, a german turkish journalist and social worker is being given conditional release in istanbul,
even as his trial over alleged terrorist activities continues. the turkish court ruled that he is not allowed to return to his native germany. >> after a second day of negotiations, relief for supporters. the german porter will be released -- the german reporter will be released from custody, but a german court ruled he was not allowed to leave custody. >> it is a small victory, but a cell the size of istanbul is better than a jail cell, that's for sure. will not give up until he is free and back in cologne, our hometown -- we will not give up. he has been held since april 20 18 and still stands accused of bebeing a member of the far left n.l. kp, which turkey labels a terrorist organization. turkish authorities say his presence at funerals of party members serves as proof, but he
says he was covering them as a journalist. his lawyer maintains the accusations against him are baseless. "the fact that even the prosecution today demanded the release clearly shows that there are no serious offenses that would justify convicting him." lawyers say they will appeal against his travel ban. the trial is set to continue at the end of april. >> many countries around the world are celebrating valentine's day, the day of love and romance, so perhaps that is why people in mexico city were happy to get free condoms handed out by some dressed as giant condom. the days around valentine's day usually see a spike in sales of contraceptive so the l.a.-based aids health care foundation organized a campaign to encourage safer sex. meantime in sports news, the
knockout stage of football's europa league has begun. it will now all come down to the second leg hosted by the bundesliga side and the day after violent clashes between fans on the streets of rome, the home team defeated the world 1-0. and golf, tiger woods gearing up for big tournaments later this year by practicing with tina well-known golf lovers, namely former u.s. president barack obama and his successor, donald trump. woods has not won a major since 2007 following personal and injury problems, but the 43-year-old american showed signs he is getting back to his asked the end of last reason. he is now ready to target a 15th major after testing himself on several occasions against obama and trump.
woods hinted that trump was the easier opponent. have a listen. >> i played with president obama the week before san diegego andi played with president trump last week.. i have had an opportunity to play with a couple of presidents in a few weeks and enjoyed both days. president trump has been very busy up in do you see, has not played a lot of golf, has not had the time. sarah: a year after the u.s. mass shooting that mobilized young people on gun control, parkland school students in florida held a moment of silence to honor the victims. they were joined by thousands across the country who paused to remember the 17 people who were killed. and european aviation giant airbus is scrapping its a-380, the world's biggest passenger plane. airlines have not been buying enough of the costly
double-deckers, which can carry more than 500 passengers. with that, now you are up to date on "dw news." i sarah kelly y in berlin. don't forget you can always follow us online at dw.com, and you can find me on social media. thanks for watching. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
that she's trying to take to brussels. thank you very mucuch for being with us the us president donald trump is ready to declare a state of emergency to get his hands. on the six billion dollars to be all with mexico the white house has confirmed this president trump prepared then to sign the government funding bill and issue on the back of that a national emergency on the borde. the bills needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown on friday house speaker nancy pelosi is a democrat she of course is very much against. what said trump is doing she