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brent: this is "dw news" live from berlin. she is appalled and horrified. the german chancellor condemns the syrian government's russian backed offensive. it has prompted tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes. they are massing at the border with turkey where they remain stranded tonight. also on the show, a race against time. and a hero girl rescued -- an eight-year-old girl rescued from the rubble in taiwan after the powerful earthquake. fears are growing the death toll could exceed 100. while the denver broncos stampeded to victory in super
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bowl 50, beyoncé stole the show with a black panther tribute during halftime. we will be the u.s. to hear more about the black lives matter movement that the superstar singer was saluting. brent: i am brent goff. it is good to have you with us. tonight, thousands of syrians are fleeing fighting around the city of aleppo. they are massing at the turkish-syrian border blocked from entering turkey. german chancellor angela merkel is meting with the turkish prime minister. she did that today to improve cooperation on the ongoing refugee crisis. she expressed her horror at the suffering caused by the syrian government's russian backed offensive. at the same time, she said she plans to appeal for nato support in the fight against refugee
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traffickers. reporter: syrian continue to stream toward turkey. relief workers wait on the other side of the border to help them. but that is not a long-term solution to the problem. the refugees are fleeing from continual russian airstrikes on aleppo, attacks that outrage both turkish prime minister -- the turkish prime minister and german chancellor angela merkel. >> the u.n. security council measure that russia agreed on requires all attacks against civilians and civilian targets the immediately halted. that is why germany and turkey will be active in new york once more, to see that this resolution, which russia has signed, is complied with. reporter: germany is sending additional aid crews to turkey to support the latest wave of refugees. merkel again called for an international solution to the crisis. >> turkey and germany will
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present to nato as it an agenda item that nato should step in regarding the results of the refugee flow from syria. in particular, we will make a common efforts of nature's monitoring --nato's monitoring mechanisms should be used effectively on the border and on the aegean sea. reporter: both countries pledged to redouble efforts to fight human trafficking and criminal gangs that profit from the refugees' desperation. just how important this is was brought home today. thousands drowned as they attempted to reach the e.u. brent: there are concerns the fighting in the syrian city of aleppo that has tribute a refugee surge headed for western europe. germany is worried. it admitted more than one million migrants last year. so our countries along the balkan route which have been pushed to their limits by the flow of refugees. macedonininiars to be the latest to close its border. thousands of refugees are stuck
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on the greek side with nowhere to go. christopher witnessed firsthand the conditions. he has this report. reporter: in greece, the migration crisis has become a test of endurance. these syrian children have been waiting for days at a roadside petrol station 15 kilometers south of the border. buses carrying refugees are stopped here whenever the logjam at the border is too large to manage. some sleep in the buses. others on the ground. as border controls further north have tightened, it is a cold symbol of how europe continues to mismanage the migration crisis. this motorway petrol station south of the greek border with macedonia is becoming a makeshift refugee camp, as you can see behind me. with counted at least 80 buses here. the greek police tell us at least 2000 refugees are here in limbo waiting to proceed north.
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when the buses are let through, this is where they arrive, the refugee transit camp near the greek village. here again, lines form, documents are checked, procedures followed. the arrival and departure tents they wait in sneer with frustrated -- smeared with frustrated words of predecessors. across the nearby field, the fence that separates them from their trip north. macedonia has been fortifying it in recent weeks. it is now 12 kilometers long. after recent closures, some worry it may soon be sealed altogether. >> over the last few days, everybody has been thoroughly checked on the other side of the border. that means the number of refugees is building up on this side. we expect, or so were has it, that it will soon be closed --
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or so rumor has it, that it will be soon closed completely. reporter: that explains why many refugees are desperate to reach this destination in macedonia. border checks have become stricter. valid i.d. is required, only syrians and afghanis are allowed in. it is an official and well-run camp. there was nothing here for months ago. this structure will soon allow refugees to wash their clothes. inside the tents, there's warmth, electricity, and hot food and drink. it is a welcome respite from the human traffic jam in greece. >> so many people slept outside in the cold. then we came here and past the border -- passed the border. after all the difficult things, i think this will be easy. reporter: after processed, the
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refugees purchase tickets north. once a day, a macedonian train takes 1300 to the serbian border. and then the whole procedure starts all over again. brent: while germany's chancellor is discussing the worsening crisis, the german president has kicked off a four-day trip to africa. his first stop, nigeria's commercial capital, where he will be holding talks with his nigerian counterpart. on the agenda, the fight against terrorism and closer economic ties. the german president is joined by a large business delegation. the nigerian government hopes this will lead to a jump in trade between germany and nigeria. >> we expect to hopefully sign a number of agreements, maybe trade agreements, and identify areas in which germany can provide some technical assistance as well. brent: our correspondent is in
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lagos. he says the trip comes at a key time for the nigerian economy suffering for them --from the sharp drop in the price of oil. reporter: the oil price is down and nigeria's government depends on oil. about 80% of the national budget comes from oil revenues. they are facing a crisis that affects other industries. i just talked to the minister of foreign affairs. he said this might be a good chance for nigeria, the low oil price might encourage the country to invest in other industries and sectors. many here hope with cooperation with german companies, this could happen. industries can bring new opportunities in terms of employment. brent: let's go to asia now. taiwan, where frantic rescue efforts are underway after saturday's major earthquake. relief teams paroled -- pulled a
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girl from the rubble to safety. she was caught inside the remains of an apartment building that collapsed in the powerful quake. three other survivors were found monday. at least 38 people have died, are known to have died, in the 6.4 magnitude tremor. but hope is fading for the more than 100 people still believed to be trapped. reporter: as another night fell on a taiwanese city, the search for survivors continued. amid the grim work, a moment of joy on monday. an eight-year-old girl pulled from the rubble. >> the child we saved had been trapped for 72 hours. when we say to her, we found her body was in normal condition -- when we saved her, we found her body was normal condition. we will do whatever we can to help. if you say how much time, that depends. as long as we see signs of life, we will continue to work and have hope. we will try to save them.
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reporter: the moment of relief as the taiwanese rescue team pulled the girl free, alive. later, her aunt was also rescued. heavy machinery is being used to move the large pieces of rubble. but it is delicate work for fear parts of the trouble building moving, crushing anyone who might still be alive beneath. >> after our excavators began work at the scene, they will be able to open a new tunnel. if there is a chance, our rescue team will be able to enter. at this time, our excavators must stop. reporter: is a race against time. experience has shown there is a limit. it is rare for anyone to survive injuries and exposure longer than 72 hours. brent: carnival celebrations in germany would normally have
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reached their climax today. but former -- forecasts of stormy weather's pocket some cities to cancel their celebrations. it did take place in the capital of cologne. security has been high following sexually assaults of hundreds of women in the city center on new year's eve. reporter: the storm warning did not scare off these revelers. they prorated through the city center for more than three hours. the event looked different this year. the only horses were artificial and larger-than-life puppets and signs were banned. with forecasted wind speeds of up to 100 kilometers an hour, organizers were not taking chances. the tens of thousands of people who turned out were rewarded. despite the wind, the sun eventually showed its face. >> the weather gods are from cologne if you ask me.
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reporter: rose monday is also big in neighboring duesseldorf, but not this year. the parade was canceled for the first time since 1990. the organizers put off their decision as long as possible. >> most of our floats armada papier-mâché over scaffolding. they absorb moisture quickly. that makes them dangerous in windy conditions. in cologne, they use more wood in their floats. reporter: it was a particular disappointment for the creators of these floats. but there was some comfort. their works of art were displayed in front of town hall. most reflective topics of the day like the refugee crisis and the rise of right-wing politics. organizers canceled the monday parade a day ahead. but costumed revelers carried on regardless. >> we are going on with it just
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like last year. we have come anyway and we plan to carry on partying in the pub. reporter: cologne was clearly carnival king on this windy rose monday. but duesseldorf will not take defeat lying down. they say their big parades will take place at a later date. brent: in berlin, the t. rex needs to move over. there is a new giant in town. the museum of natural history has a new exhibit, umag blizzard -- umag a lizard -- a mega lizard even larger than the to run a source wrecks. reporter: teeth make short work of predators. spinosaurus was a special kind of dinosaur. >> it is a bit like working on an extraterrestrial. distinguish this dinosaur from others.
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reporter: adapted in so many ways to life in the water, is one-of-a-kind. we usually know dinosaurs as land animals. it is a land animal the spinosaurus will be rooming with. the to run a source rick's -- the two restless wrecks has been the star of the show until now. things may get tight. spinosaurus is three meters longer. in real life, they would not likely have crossed paths separated by 40 million years. with the t. rex coming from north america and the spinosaurus from today's north africa. >> what we now know as a barren, vast desert scape was at one time--and fertile and probably -- lush and fertile and probably the most dangerous place on earth. reporter: for dinosaur fans, berlin may be the most exciting place on earth. visitors have four months to enjoy the spectacle before
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spinosaurus heads off to warmer climes in barcelona. brent: we are going to take a break. when we come back, the latest business news and we will talk about what beyoncé did need to say at the super bowl. we will talk about it when we come back. >> you would like to study in germany and you still have lots of questions? you will find all you need to know about studying in germany here. information on courses, requirements, qualifications, cost, and much more., the first port of call for anyone interested in studying in germany. ♪
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brent: welcome back. you are with "dw news" live from berlin. germany and turkey have agreed on steps to manage the refugee crisis. the german chancellor expressed horror at the suffering caused by the syrian government's russian backed offensive in the city of aleppo. let's get some business news. it seems the u.s. stock markets are taking a beating. >> absolutely. that is one way to put it.
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i think many traders around the world are probably wishing they stayed in bed. the dow dropped by 2.5% in afternoon trading. that is off the back of an all-around bad trading day in europe where stocks plunged to 16-month lows on monday with the footsie in london down more than 2%. the stock market in paris shining 3%. shares in athens losing almost a percent. it was not a smooth ride for germany's blue-chip index either. >> after last friday's poor showing, the mood on the frankfurt stock exchange is far from bullish. in late trading, the dax slumped over 3%. analysts say investors need more indicators enough is being done in the world's major markets to head off a global economic cooldown. the biggest problem is not the crisis, it is that monetary policy allows these to happen. like in china. that has to be addressed. stock markets have to be held up.
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the picture will not improve if investors stay in a bad mood. but investors have little reason for optimism as the new week gets underway. they are not just worried about china. many are afraid the u.s. is slowing down. the world's largest economy added 151,000 jobs in january, a sharp drop from previous months and well below what analysts had been expecting. >> our financial correspondent in frankfurt witnessed the dax nosedived by over 3%. here is what he had to say. >> this was another nonstarter this week after a week with heavy losses. the new week starts in negative territory. in europe, increase, the stocks -- in greece, the stocks close down nearly 8%. i think it is kind of another selloff with the same concerns we saw in other weeks.
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first, it is china, the weak economy over there. and the tumbling oil price as well. now there's a new problem around the u.s. economy. the outlook for the u.s. economy is not as good as it used to be. may be the federal reserve is behind this. i talked to an analyst. he said the federal reserve apparently might have pushed up interest rates much too early, so this is probably one of the consequences. i think this will be another rough week for the stock markets all over the world. >> india has reported robust growth figures. according to government data, the indian economy surged by 7.3% in the last threemonths of 2015. india's financial tourism and manufacturing sectors grew
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surpassing economic growth in china whose gdp jumped by only 6.8% last quarter. the government says the overall growth rate for its financial year will be 7.6%, and that is a rise over last year's figure. news of india's economic growth will no doubt be just what german luxury carmakers want to hear. they are currently out in force at the auto show. the luxury car market in india is not big business yet, the carmakers at the auto show insist that is about to change. >> this is a hybrid sports car from b.m.w. the futuristic automobile is drawing admirers at the auto expo, but very few could dream of affording the stiff price tag. over $350,000 u.s. new cars average only $10,000 on the indian market.
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the market for high-end vehicles is tiny but there. german luxury carmakers are trying to boost sales by appealing to a growing market of young, wealthy indians. credit suisse says the number of millionaires in india is set to increase by 65% by 2020. >> india has the youngest median population. when we see a young population very aspirational, these are highly aspirational products. >> luxury cars sales currently make up less than 2% of the domestic car market in india. among luxury carmakers, mercedes leads the pack with 2015 sales of more than 13,000 units. audi came second with just over 11,000 sold. analysts think b.m.w. is still third. 2015 figures are not in, but in 2014 it sold about 6000 cars.
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local buyers are price-sensitive. the tax consultant is planning to replace his audi for a b.m.w. >> five years ago, prices were too high. now you get better discounts and pricing. it is improving. >> competition is growing. jeep is angling for a slice of the indian market with its wrangler unlimited. >> that is all the business news from the. back over to you. brent: we have to let our viewers know this is your first day on the air with us. welcome to the dw family. did you watch the super bowl? a lot of people did. the 50th edition of america's biggest sporting event featured two strong quarterbacks in what many expected to be a high-scoring game. but defense ruled the day. the heavily favored carolina
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panthers found it tough going against the denver broncos. >> cam newton may have had a spectacular season, but the panthers order back was rendered ineffective against the broncos defense. von miller stripped the ball twice. really jackson recovered the first for a touchdown. the second went to the game clincher. c.j. anderson scored from two yards out. pain manning was playing in what may be his last game before retiring but managed only 141 yards past jim -- passing. his teams defense made the difference in the 24-10 win. brent: that was the game and then there was the halftime show. i can say people are talking about that more than the game. there was beyoncé's performance. some have said the song she
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performed was an incendiary song being hailed as a call to arms for black women and activists. is that the case? i want to go to washington, d.c. i'm joined by samantha masters, and african american activist and inaugural member of the black youth project 100. good afternoon. it is good to have you joining us. what did you think of beyoncé's performance? samantha: i was enthralled and in love. i felt incredibly empowered and grateful for that display of what i think is black feminism on display for the world to see. brent: there were a lot of people -- you love it. i was watching it. i have read reports about the song.
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i was wondering, do you think young african americans got the message immediately, that they knew the reference was being made to the black panthers, by the hair, the dance, the holding of the fist? do you think everyone got the message the way it was intended to be sent out? samantha: i will say i believe young black folks who had been introduced to the video the day before and its strong black feminist overtones, liberation overtones, it's strong overtones around the violence inflicted on the residents of new orleans with hurricane katrina and those who have experienced violence in the black liberation movement received the message. i want to take it beyond the black party -- black panther party and say i think she was demonstrating the power of black women and girls to be really
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strong articulators and movement builders towards black liberation. it is something historically denied to black women and girls, to be seen as leaders toward a just and equitable society. beyond the obvious allusions to black power and the black panther party, it was really a statement about black women and girls in their place at the table towards a black liberation movement. brent: you say a lot of black people will identify with her. let me read you something someone wrote on her facebook profile. they said for a girl that grew up in a privileged, wealthy family, she has no business pandering to those who did not. what do you say to that? samantha: i will say it is every black woman's place to talk about the unique racial
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experiences of black women. i believe those conversations have always happened at a myriad of levels within black communities. what we know about beyoncé is her father was active in the civil rights movement. i will say there is only conversation. brent: i'm going to have to cut you off because we are running out of time. thank you very much. we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us today. we will see you at the top of the hour with more news. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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michelle: hello, and welcome to "focus on europe," with some of the best stories from across the continent. i'm michelle henery. thanks for joining us. on today's show -- how spanish lifeguards are rescuing refugees in greece. belgium's struggle for power -- nuclear power. and, women's soccer clubs in italy score against the mafia. despite freezing temperatures and dangerous conditions, refugees continue to arrive in europe in the thousands. many start their journeys across icy waters in flimsy rafts in turkey. they may end up in overcrowded camps without basic amenities in lesbos, one of the greek isl


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