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>> this is dw news for life from berlin. syria and its allies have crushed the forces in aleppo. russia is painting its intervention as a major success. back home, or russians getting a full picture of what lies ahead? mr. trump says he wants a new deal from china-u.s. relations. hollywood award season gets underway with nominations for the golden globes. "la la land" and "moonlight" lead the pack. our correspondence here to talk to us about the contenders.
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-- our correspondent is here to talk about the contenders. >> the syrian army says it is on the brink of victory in aleppo. syria's ally russia says the former rebel stronghold is now back under government control. a combination of a government offensive to recapture serious major city. -- syria's major city. the territory held by rebels is down to a fraction of what they controlled originally. very soon you will see and green the area controlled by rebels completely surrounded by pro-government troops. this troops being backed up by russian airpower. a rebel air pocket is being cut off to the west.
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it may be a matter of hours for aleppo falls completely. while moscow sees this as a victory, some russians are beginning to ask about the country's intentions in syria. >> in its weekly current affairs show, it was announced that the liberation of aleppo is imminent. he said russian soldiers were now providing food and water to syrians who had until recently been used as human shields. russian political scientists say it is all part of an effort to convince russians moscow is fighting a heroic war against usa and it is winning. >> the government is selling the liberation of aleppo as a success. but what happens when the russian troops leave. aside -- assad's regime cannot hold on to the victory.
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russia has gotten into a trap. >> the latest events in palmyra seem to support the spirit. just last march, the recapture of the historic city was held as a so-called victory of the so-called islamic state. today palmyra is back in islamic state hands. russian state television is broadcasting the news that bashar al-assad will soon visit aleppo and start rebuilding. syrian journalist bassar el ysef says the reporting on russian television is extremely one-sided. >> bashar al-assad is depicted as a educated ruler and the rest are depicted as radical fundamentalist. >> he says of the opposition is being ignored completely and russia's making a huge mistake
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giving all in support to bashar al-assad 11. >> once it stops, it will be clear that russia has supported a criminal that murders his own people. >> russia has been using the war in syria to prove it is a major player, but the price is high. the military operation is already lasting longer than a russia had forecast, and a time when the russian economy is very weak. >> police in turkey have detained more than 200 people. mainly officials of the pro-kurdish officials in the credit party. today's arrest follow the bombing outside of a soccer stadium in is simple where people were killed and injured. a radical offshoot of the pkk has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> demonstrators marched near its symbols main police station to denounce the bombings.
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holding up signs saying pkk, they firmly blamed the kurdish insurgent group. authorities were continuing their round up of suspects accused of spreading terrorist propaganda. two days after the attacks, emotions are running high. >> our hearts are being torn out. we have a mothers and we -- we are mothers and we have children. there is so much blood on the turkish flag. i want this to end, as a mother. >> as the demonstrators expressed in their anger, mourners were attending funerals of those killed in saturday's explosions. [singing in arabic] >> for the past few days, the president has been attending
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funerals. he has vowed to punish those responsible. >> they should know they will not get away with this. we will not let them get away with this. they will pay a bigger price. they better be aware. >> security cameras show a car bomb went off and a suicide bomber blew himself up. authorities say the bomber was targeting lease specifically. as turkey tries to come to terms with the attacks, some also expressed frustration at what they see as the inability to find an end to the conflict with the kurds. >> since the last 30 years, something has been going on in this country. presidents and prime ministers cannot govern properly. if they won to govern, there'd be no racism, that system, or sectarianism. >> but with both sides insisting
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that they won't back down, it seems unlikely that either one will a down their arms any kind. >> the situation in turkey was top of the agenda as a meeting of eu leaders in brussels today. i asked about the perceived human rights abuses. >> no doubt is it -- no doubt it is a tricky situation here. those ministers today said they are concerned that the eu is applying double standards and the eu's credibility is at stake just because there is a eu-turkey deal. there are ministers who are fully aware of how important to be deal is for stemming the flow of refugees. at a time when there is a populist surge in europe, this
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deal is very important for european leaders. finally, you have those ministers like the german foreign minister who said today, look, we have to see the broader picture. we have to see turkey as a crucil partner when it comes to conflict like the one in cyprus. >> we are looking at this from a turkish point of view. where our events? -- where are events? >> according to the eu-turkey deal, a session should be accelerated. the eu parliament has suggested freezing acession talks in case the death penalty should be introduced. one minister endorsed or even praised this approach. it was the austrian foreign minister. >> for years now, turkey has been evolving further and further away from europe.
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and in the last few months, this trend has actually hastened. over 100,000 people are behind bars, dissidents are intimidated and now there are considerations to reintroduce of the death penalty. europe has to react to that. in my opinion, the european parliament has been courageous and acted correctly. i agree that the least we could do is freeze talks of turkey potentially joining the eu. >> bulgaria and the netherlands also support that position, it seems, but the majority of the ministers support the position to keep the channels open as of the foreign minister from luxenberg has put it, there is too much leverage to be lost in case the topacession -- the talks the ball altogether. -- devolve alltogether. >> will it be in it for north
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african countries to build refugee centers there? >> the idea is to offer trade-off. you have development aid coming from europe and strings would be attached to that. migration control is given in return. critics have come forward and these talks are in the early stages because there are two major problems. one problem is he would outsource the right to claim asylum and you had an approach that could be very ugly -- turned around. they could use the population movements as a threat and these negotiations. >> china says it is extremely concerned after u.s. president-elect donald trump questioned its one-china policy at which taiwan is regarded as a breakaway state from china.
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it is an extremely sensitive issue and chinese state media have been lashing out on mr. trump for his comments. >> beijing is not holding back its anger after donald trump's latest comments. china considers taiwan a rogue province awaiting the communication. >> keeping the one-china policy is the one thing that maintains healthy u.s.-china relations and bilateral cooperation. >> chinese state run a newspaper "the global times" said the u.s. president-elect is immature and as ignorant as a child about diplomacy. there -- their ire extends from
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trump's warnings that they will break from current u.s. policy. taiwan sees -- china season taiwan as a breakaway country. others see trump as using a negotiating strategy. >> this is his negotiating technique because he knows the taiwan issue is extremely sensitive. he plays this card and hopes he will get some concessions from china on the trade issues he is concerned about. >> but it is difficult to see strategy and -- in trump's diplomacy so far. a letter this month, -- earlier this month, white house officials rushed to contain the backlash after the first call
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with taiwan since 1979. the white house said that it would be badly hurt is the situation deteriorates further. >> let's start with other news around the world. in egypt, a funeral service has been held for the 24 victims of the bombing attack on the cathedral. some say authorities should have done much more to protect the community. the cushing c&d has been targeted -- the christian community has been targeted before. >> also, a major comeback for the party after being forced from office for a correction schedule. but with no candidate for prime minister, political uncertainty continues. >> u.s. president-elect donald trump has chosen retired general
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john kelly to head of the department of homeland security. mr. kelly's longtime military service, trump says, make an ideal. he formally headed guantanamo bay detention center. still to come, the awards season hops up with the announcement of logan globe -- golden globe nominations. don't forget, you can always get dw news on the go or with our app. you can get the latest access to all the news around the world and use it to send us your photos and videos. just download it from the apple store. we will have this, more world news and business in just a moment.
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>> catching up with today's business news. christine lagarde is one of the world's most powerful women, but today it is off the court. the chief of the international monetary fund is accused of negative the -- negligence. the case revolves around this
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man, businessman and politician bernard tapie. he felt he'd been defrauded of his stake in the german sports brand adidas. and arbitration tribunal awarded him 300 million euros. those funds had to come out of public coffers because the bank had been taken over by the state. christine lagarde signed off and nicolas sarkozy was also said to sign off. >> we live in an democracy and i certainly want to clear up all of the questions and i have immense faith in the investigation. not least because i have a totally clear conscience. >> if convicted, lagarde could be guilt for a year and the imf would have to go headhunting again. >> our correspondent's following
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proceedings in paris. what is the latest from the courthouse? >> the defense courthouse for christine lagarde just lost of the first round. they try to get these proceedings postponed until next year where we will see another trial in paris against the businessman bernard tapie himself and the circle of his political friends. but the court to deny the motion. now things will carry on here. we will see a mix of the political and the legal. this is a special court that consists of three professional judges and a 12th, so-called, jurors who are legislators or members of parliament as well. christine lagarde is adjudged by a very -- jury of her on peers. for her, politically, of course,
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the fallout could be larger than conviction because negligence politically, if it sticks to her, it might just be a reproach that could finish her career. >> what would it mean for her career if she is convicted? not whether or not she goes to prison, just being convicted? >> she will probably not go to prison. the highest penalty here will be a year and she will not go. she will have to pay 15,000 euros, which is not the problem. what it really means is she will have to step down from the head of the imf because she couldn't possibly carry on in office. she was the tainted by a verdict and dragged it down into the sleazy financial affairs that are such a big part of the sarkozy and all the payments to
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him and his campaign that have never been cleared up. >> will there ever be another french candidate for the top spot at the imf? >> we cannot possibly imagine that, can we? the last one went down in a cloud of sleazy, sex affairs. now if christine lagarde falls into a cloud of financial affairs, france will stop putting up candidates for that post. >> our correspondent in paris. thank you very much. the price of oil is surging again today after opec as well as a non-opec producers produced -- reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output. the move is meant to ease a global glut after two years of
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low prices. u.s. crude futures jumping 5%, the highest one-day rise in five years. >> with the deal finally signed, the focus will switch to compliance. russia, which 15 years ago phil to deliver on promises to cut with opec -- failed to fulfill on promises to cut with opec, will try again. >> we believe it will speed up the rebalancing in the market and will re-stabilize the oil markets, reduce volatility and speculation, and increase the value of the industry. >> opec agreed to/output by 2 million barrels a day. saudi arabia's old minister said they may decide to make deeper cuts. >> we will keep that feeling,
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but there is no guarantee that we will not go below the ceiling if it is out of market fluctuations. we will not go above the ceiling for as long as we are subject to this agreement which last for six months. >> the group of non-opec nations agreed to decrease their output by 560,000 barrels a day. the largest agreement by not opec nations ever. this has caused prices to soar above $64 a barrel. the opec agreement saw months of negotiations which pitched saudi arabia against it regional rifle hereon. >> what is the -- what is the reaction? >> it pitched saudi arabia against its regional rival iran. >> what is the feeling in frankfurt?
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>> of course the opec members are reading the oil prices. it is -- there's nothing you can do without risking a trade war. there is a positive side to this. higher oil prices mean more consumer price inflation, something which is not generally good, but given that people on the markets have been so concerned about deflation until recently, the idea that consumer prices will likely rise a bit more is something that many people on the markets are seeing quite positively. >> what are the negative implications both for companies and consumers? the deal want even come in until next year. -- the deal won't even come in until next year. >> yes, the price is surging
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right now. companies like lufthansa are feeling it already. if this is going to last, this price surge remains to be seen, you mentioned the history of oil production cuts in the past, which was not really convincing. countries like russia and saudi arabia, or saudi arabia and iran are not exactly friends. there is the possibility that this deal will remain nothing but a large verbal intervention. >> thank you very much for that analysis from frankfurt. >> that is all, it is back to fill -- phil. >> hollywood's global -- golden globe nominations have been
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published with a musical leading the pack. "la la land has --"la la land" has been nominated. it stars emma stone and ryan gosling. let's get more from our culture editor. "la la land" is a musical, which seems odd, unusual, quite in today's cinema landscape. >> doesn't really. this is hollywood's tribute to the golden age. you think back to titles like "42nd street" and "singing in the rain." what more do we want these days of than nostalgia? the struggling musician, romance, beautiful choreography and you can literally dancing your troubles away.
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i think in politically fraught times -- it is also very much hollywood celebrating itself. the film cleaned up at last night critic choice awards, which very much preempted the golden globes. it has seven nominations and a hot pair on screen. audiences are eating it up. >> these are the films that made me want to be a tap dancer and here i am doing news. let's talk about the german entry. >> this is a big deal, in my opinion, because it is the nomination for best foreign language film from a german director who turns 40 today. it is significant for two reasons. it is a comedy from germany, which is something people don't really expect. we are talking sidesplitting humor and situational comedy with intelligent, refined touch.
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it was nominated in canada and it is germany's addition for the best foreign film in the oscars coming up. the not from the golden globes is going to give it a boost. it's one a european film awards and is the first time a female director has one. -- has won. >> that is it. have a good day. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] óxóoóx
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