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♪ ♪ brent: this is dw news, live from berlin. tonight, a nation waits for signs of a new government. here in germany, chancellor angela merkel's conservative pushing for a coalition deal that will keep them in power alongside social democrats, led by martin schulz. after 11 days of negotiations, could tonight be the night? also coming up, an earthquake in taiwan kills at least two people and injures many more. we will get the latest on the rescue operation that is underway at this moment. and an exclusive report on
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alleged police brutality in kenya. dw news hears from one officer who is willing to speak out. and, we will have the latest on another volatile day on the global stock markets. new york's dow jones is facing further losses after heavy selling in asia and europe, but don't call this a crashed just yet. analysts say this is a much-needed correction. and the german cup is back in action. schalke are battling wolfsburg for a place in the semifinals. i am brent goff. it is good to have you with us. here in germany, tuesday is almost over, and the country is expecting word within the next hours of a new government. the leaders of the main political parties are racing against a self-imposed deadline
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to hammer out a deal to form a coalition government. germany's chancellor, angela merkel, says her conservatives are prepared to make painful compromises in order to seal an agreement. social democrat leader martin schulz was optimistic today, saying this would be the day the two sides finally come to terms. a deal would end almost five months, a record, of political limbo here in germany. a little earlier, i spoke to our chief political correspondent, melinda crane, who was outside the headquarters of the cdu here in berlin, where talks are still ongoing. i asked her about the progress of tonight's talks. melinda: tonight is different, because this is basically the end of the overtime these parties had allocated for themselves. they initially set a buffer zone of two days. this is the end of day to. -- day two.
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as one politician put it, if this were soccer, we would be in minute 115. as you know, that means way into overtime. they are down to the wire. we heard it could go late into the night. they have accomplished an enormous amount. we know that because the document they are working from was leaked to the press a bit earlier. it is 100 67 pages long. as i went through it, the areas marked in yellow -- those are the areas they have not agreed on -- they are very few and far between. it is really just two or three points. but they apparently are facing some real obstacles on those particular points. brent: what are those points in yellow, melinda? what is holding everything up? melinda: well, it all goes back to that spd party conference that you and i observed and commented on around two weeks ago. as you remember, the spd was very, very reluctant to enter
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into coalition talks at all. and they held a party conference essentially to get their party delegates' ok on moving forward on the basis of additional exploratory talks they had with the conservatives. there had been kind of a general agreement after those exploratory talks. at that party conference, the delegates said, we have to up the ante on two of those points. those are the points they are hung up on tonight. they are labor law -- it is very important for the spd, for their base, to really move against limited-time contracts, where there is no clear reason for the contract to be temporary. this is about stability for workers, a core issue for the social democrats. the second area is also of course importance for the social democrats. it is health. germany has a two-tier health
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system in which some people are insured by private insurers and other by public insurers. public insurers pay lower doctors fees, which means the patients also face longer delays and sometimes inferior treatment. the spd wants that system of what they call two-class medicine to end, and they're pushing for visible gains in brent: that area. it has never taken this long to put a government together in germany. what about the patience of the public? are they losing it? melinda: to must say it is not the fault of the parties negotiating here that it has taken so long. in fact, for these nearly five months of limbo, much of it was spent attempting to reach agreement between three of germany's smaller parties and the conservatives, and they did not succeed. these parties have actually achieved a pretty astonishing amount in 11 days.
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nonetheless, the general public is saying, if you look at the most recent polls -- a majority are saying they are not enthusiastic about the prospect of yet another grand coalition. brent: our chief political correspondent, melinda crane, on another cold, wintry night in berlin, waiting for a new government. melinda, thank you very much. at least two people have been killed and more than a hundred injured by an earthquake in taiwan. the tremor brought down a hotel, trapping people inside. magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just before midnight local time. its epicenter was just north, on the north stephen -- northeastern side of the country, along the coast. crews are working in an effort to free those still trapped in damaged buildings. earlier, correspondent andrew ryan in taipei gave us this update on the extent of damage following the quake. andrew: right now, there are two main buildings which are affected.
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one is a 12 story building that is tilted precariously to one side. there was a restaurant on one floor, residence upstairs. a second large building, a hotel, also appears to be about 12 stories. the first two floors have collapsed. there are reports of at least 29 people in that building who are trapped. other damaged bridges, roads, smaller buildings. a moment ago, we felt more aftershocks from the earthquake. taiwan is well prepared to deal with the sort of earthquake. the president has ordered thousands of soldiers to head to help out with the rescue efforts. there are also rescue forces helping people get out of the buildings. but there is concern also about broken gas lines and water lines as well. brent: that was correspondent andrew ryan reporting from taipei. tonight, south africa's jacob zuma has been forced to cancel his state of the nation address
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due to fears that lawmakers would disrupt the speech. it is an embarrassing climb down for zuma and a sign of the intense pressure on him to step down in the wake of a string of scandals. >> jacob zuma's future hangs in the balance as pressure to resign mounds. the opposition says zuma has no right to address the country in an annual speech that was set for this week. >> it is time to close the zuma years and start a new future without mr. zuma and the specter of what he has done to our economy, to our body of politics. reporter: zuma's own anc party is also raising doubts about his future. hardy members are set to discuss his fate at a meeting next weekend. >> a boat of -- a vote of no-confidence is not desirable. our most important consideration is, we do not believe south africa should wish for us to embarrass the president of the
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republic. reporter: this week, protesters have already been sending messages to the anc as the party ways its options on zuma. some are convinced his time is up. others say, hands off the president until his term ends next year. brent: tensions running high and south africa. to put this into context, i'm joined by anli serfontein, a south african journalist, a familiar face to our viewers. good to have you back. we have been here before, haven't we? we have had the anc trying to convince president zuma to step down before. anli: they are doing a virtually every night. they did it sunday night. they did it today. the vice president just left him a and came out of that meeting, the national executive committee meeting, which was due to take place tomorrow in johannesburg -- and pretoria, sorry. it has been postponed until the
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17th and 18th of january. they are reading in the tea leaves a sense of, maybe he will go this time. but it is not a president that is -- it is not in his nature to go quietly. brent: doing a what the thinking is? the 17th or 18th of february, this month -- do they think between now and then, he is going to voluntarily resign? anli: the main thing is, we sort of, in our african culture -- it is to let him sort of keep his face, not lose face by going. and to go in a good way, without sort of pushing him out. but he is very stubborn, and did not want to resign on sunday night. so they are hoping that he would go, hopefully, by tomorrow, but they also -- there are other rumors swirling around tonight, that the south african communist party was saying that he is about to fire vice president rama pozo -- ramaposa.
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the one confirmation he is not going to do that. it could be a long night in south africa. brent: this is a president with seemingly endless powers. no one can remove him. quickly. anli: well, his party should remove him, but he is not listening to his party, and the only other option where he would lose face is to go to parliament and have a motion of no-confidence. there has been a motion tabled for february. brent: we have that coming up. if the party could do more to remove him, why aren't they? does that tell us the anc is more divided than is being reported? anli: i think it has been reported it is pretty divided. the vice president has done his best since december to try to united and try to get everything -- everyone behind him. but zuma still has a lot of power he still has the security behind him.
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anything is possible. people hoped he would be gone by tomorrow, but he may not. brent: but is this moment different than the other times? we have sat here many times, talking about the end of jacob zuma. is there something this time you sense is different? anli: i think more and more people are jumping ship as they see there is no future with zuma anymore. they're also worried about the damage she could do to the country. it is a person who has to worry, how does he stay out of jail, because of all the corruption charges. that is his biggest worry. brent: perhaps staying out of jail means staying in office as long as you can. we are going to stay in africa and go to kenya. in the slums, dead bodies have been found, young men's corpses turning up on the streets on most every day. they are suspected of being
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criminals, and they have been executed by police without being arrested, without being charged, without a trial. dw spoke to a whistleblower who unveils an underground war on crime believed to have claimed, this year alone, more than 3000 lives. reporter: october 2017. it has been two days since she lost her son, brian, 19 years old, executed by the police. >> innocent. good boy. youth. reporter: brian lived in one of nairobi's slums. the police suspected him of being a thief, but his mother disagrees. joyce was brian's friend and neighbor. here in her community is where he was killed, along with his three friends. joyce: i heard they came to cook lunch, and someone gunned them
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down. reporter: there is more evidence. images of brian and his dad friends published on facebook. joyce says the police themselves pose the pictures to expand fear and brand the victims as armed criminals. it seems the killing of brian and his friends was not an isolated incident. we are taught that 20 to 50 corpses arrive here almost every day, almost all killed by the police. dr. brian b chung got -- dr. brian is a forensic expert who confirms these are part of a larger pattern. >> entryways to the back, the head, the chest. the main objective of anyone trying to shoot you in the back, in the head, in your chest is not to immobilize you. it is to execute your. reporter: the police repeatedly
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denied dw's request for an official interview. one officer inside the system says he is against the extrajudicial killings and wants to uncover the actions of nairobi's police. he agrees to talk to us anonymously because he fears for his life. >> the procedure is, as a cop, you are given an order. you don't know where the order comes from. you are told, hey, this is what is happening. and now it is time to shoot, to kill, and then you go. you land. within that process, if you don't get the right guy, you end up killing the wrong guy. and if you get the right guy, you also kill the right job without prosecution, and nobody cares. reporter: crime has risen. the prisons are full. for many police, the lives of those in the slums are worthless. until now, thousands of extrajudicial killings in kenya
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have been covered up and gone unreported. brian's family at his funeral -- they feel that he, like many other young men, was stripped of judicial process and his human rights. and it is a sad certainty that brian won't be the last young man who will fall victim to nairobi's fight against crime. brent: more coming up later on the day. zimbabwe's main opposition leader is reportedly critically all tonight in a south african hospital. his supporters have been told to "brace for the worst." the 65-year-old disclosed two years ago that he had: cancer. the president of the maldives says the country's is attempting a coup against him. i'm duly you mean -- he made comments defending his recently
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declared state of emergency as well as the arrest of a former president and two supreme court judges. he is a fine in order to release imprisoned opposition leaders. a british court has rejected a request by julian assange to invalidate an arrest warrant which stemmed from a sexual assault case in sweden that has since been dropped, and voiding the warrant could have paved the way for assange to leave the ecuadorian embassy in london where he has been holed up since 2012. daniel is here now. the turmoil affecting global markets, not ending, is it? daniel: turmoil is the right word. the dow and the s&p 500 have reentered positive territory. the benchmark indexes opened down 2%, but then bounced back. the s&p 500 and the tao seesawing -- and the dow
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seesawing. relief could be on the way for equities. two days on wall street have sparked a global selloff. it was a correction after a long rally for stocks. the reason for volatility is concern that central banks could start winding down the era of cheap money quicker than expected. jens korte is following this on wall street. u.s. markets are touching positive territory again, it looks like. is this a sign that investors are starting to find their bearings? jens: i mean, what certainly makes investors a bit nervous is how big those swings are. at the opening today, we were down 560 points. a few minutes ago, we saw the dow up to 500 points, meaning we have swings of a good 1000 points just within this trading day. so i would say it is really too early to call this quits and say that everything is back to normal at this point. analyst: so the volatility is
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still there. when you look at 2017, this correction looks bad, but it is far from the start of a bear market that we were seeing throughout trading today. what are we looking at, going forward? jens: we are talking about a bear market when we are down from the heights by 15%, 20%. we are not there yet. we did see the market drop by 10% from the highs we saw at the end of january. we call this a correction. but what we should not forget is that a lot of the economic growth -- a lot of the growth we see with corporations, who are publishing pretty good earnings results in the past couple of days, was bought with debt. a lot of financing in the credit markets. if we might see overheating of the economy, if rates, if yields of corporate bonds, of treasuries, should continue to increase, it will make them more
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expensive, and that could be a problem for the market. daniel: there could be an opportunity for the bears on the horizon. at the new york stock exchange, thank you very much for that. looking elsewhere, the volatility has hit some exchanges especially hard. tokyo lost close to 5% on the day. the losses are not astro-med it in europe. here is how frankfurt fared, and why. analyst: trade tuesday with a sense of dread, following wall street losses on monday. the fears of flipping new york were in evidence early. although heavy losses were expected, the dax was spared the massive selloffs seen in the u.s. and asia. >> we went up too fast, whether last year or this year. the stock market in the u.s. is still up 21% from a year ago. no one knows when something is coming. one thing is clear. the data is stable. there is no impression it will just keep falling. elsewhere in europe, a similar conclusion.
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>> i think what has happened in the past couple of days has been a little bit of a hangover from those friday payrolls numbers, and in particular the sharp rise in wage growth. that i think has crystallized concerns that the federal reserve will embark on a much faster tightening cycle and pushed bond deals up. it has also put pressure on u.s. stock markets. analyst: worries that cheap money is over have sparked concerns about a slump in asia. the hang seng in hong kong fell on tuesday. tokyo's nikkei index did not go untouched. >> this is not normal. it has got to be because of the plunge in the u.s. i thought the economy was in good shape. now i am concerned what might happen. analyst: simple profit-taking? automated cell orders? whatever the reason, it began in new york. daniel: heading in the opposite direction of the markets, it could be the most powerful
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rocket in operation -- if it works. the spacex falcon heights he is due to launch in 20 minutes. it is designed to push up 5 million pounds of thrust to lift 70 times into orbit. it is the biggest seen since nasa put man on the moon. elon musk is pulling in front of the new commercial space race. reporter: it would not be an elon musk production without the usual flair. for one, the rocket payload would be a cherry red tesla roadster. seated in the front seat, hand on the wheel, a dummy by the name of star man. his fate -- a journey from earth orbit, preferably to a david bowie soundtrack, at least according to the promo video. behind mosque -- musk's humor, bold ambitions. the falcon heavy will lift twice
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as much as the current largest rocket in the u.s. spaceflight for a quarter of the cost. what are those cost savings are found in reusable boosters, designed to return to earth after launch. at stake is a big business, with nasa, satellite companies, and the u.s. military. before the launch, musk acknowledged the thin margin for error, but was characteristically optimistic. >> there is so much that can go wrong. i hope it goes right. reporter: he is already designing a bigger rocket, capable of carrying astronauts -- hopefully, one day to mars. daniel: but for now, back down to earth. consumers will now be able to shop online throughout the european union, without being blocked or rerouted. the european parliament has voted to end geo-blocking. traders have to treat cross-border shoppers in the same way as local ones, and
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grant them access to the same prices, which means online buyers will have wider and easier access to products. but the new rules do not cover copyrighted content such as e-books and downloaded music. brent: in football, bayern munich beat petar born to advance to the final rounds of the -- beat paderborn to advance to the final rounds of the german cup. early in the first half, they got things rolling, while ryan robbins sealed the route. frankfurt and minds -- mainz are set to square off, as our shock and wolfsburg -- as are
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schalke and will spread. -- will spark. -- wolfsburg. >> a red card and a loss. the squad is keeping cool, though. >> you lose a game a bit unluckily, and suddenly everything is bad. that is a bit much, in my opinion. we know how to assess this loss. we put more pressure on ourselves than anyone. i am here for the good times and for the tough losses. reporter: their opponents, wolfsburg, let a lead slip away this past weekend, but held on for a draw. the wolves have become draw specialists this season. they have taken a single point from 12 of their 21 point -- 21 games. but on wednesday, they know that is not going to be enough. >> this is a cup cup petition,
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and in knockout games, you don't play quite the same way as you do in the bundesliga. the way you play to buyer and or dortmund or schalke is not the way you would play against them in the cup. reporter: wolfsburg playing to win and a schalk of -- schalke team looking to shake off a loss. brent: germany's main political parties are making a final push for a deal to govern the country together. talks over a grand coalition have been going on for 11 days, and germany has been without a new government since an inconclusive election four months ago. don't forget, you can get dw news on the go. download from the apple store and that will give you access to the latest news from around the
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