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this is the deputy news live from berlin a landmark anniversary for the world's strongest military alliance nato marks its seventieth birthday as president trump offers warm words for the alliances leader and another verb you prefer germany. also coming up this is a decisive moment in the story of the signs of and it requires national unity to deliver the national interest to british prime minister to resign may making a last ditch effort to break the brags that deadlock she is seeking another
deadline delay from brussels and offering to work with the opposition to find a way forward plus malaysia's once powerful prime minister facing trial on corruption charges. stands accused of funneling billions of dollars in public money into his own pocket plus how about being swept off your feet and feeling lighter than air will take you to a party in syria gravity. i'm sorry kelly welcome to the program the west largest and oldest military alliance nato is marking a milestone birthday today it's seventieth nato was created to protect europe from the soviet union and the warsaw pact following their collapse nato has been redefining itself and its twenty nine members. states especially germany have been
under mounting pressure from washington to spend more on their militaries now at a press conference with nato secretary general again our washington bureau chief asked president trump if he plans to keep lobbying the german chancellor over berlin's military spending. we talked about you have noticed of germany i mean germany obviously is not paying their fair share i have great respect for and i have great respect for the country my father's german right was german and born in a a very wonderful place in germany and so i have a great feeling for germany but they're not paying what they should be paying you're paying close to one percent and this supposed to be paying two percent then the united states over the years got to a point where it's paid four point three percent which is very unfair and the u.s. g.d.p. especially under me because the g.d.p. is going up so much because it's four point three of a much larger g.d.p.
so we're paying for a big proportion of nato which basically is protecting europe so we're protecting europe. let's get more on this we're joined by teri schultz she is in brussels today so i'm terry sell us because we just saw president trump there again pressing nato allies especially germany to spend more on their military seventy years on right now can you give us a check of the overall health of nato. yes sarah in fact that's what nato would very much like to focus on the overall health and not simply on the finances of nato and what president trump means when he says that european allies should stand more on nato is not actually spending more on nato his budget which is very tiny he's talking about european allies spending more on their own budgets on their own military so that collectively nato is stronger and allies have with president trumps prodding increased their military budget so they wish he would
just say ok i've gotten what i want in that he would leave that issue aside for the time being that's in fact one of the reasons why this is not a head of state summit so that president trump can't dominate the whole agenda with this discussion of spending what nato would really like for its birthday this year is some appreciation of what it can do wrinkles and all and some hopefulness about the future. we will go on the do the signing of the north atlantic treaty this seventy year old nato has faced examinations under harsh light this birthday it does have some concerns for its well being discomfort when something viral is going around occasional spikes in blood pressure should never been allowed to happen but germany is totally controlled by russia and perhaps some self doubt that when push comes to shove its core is not as strong as it hoped to former u.s. ambassadors to nato research the biggest threat facing the alliance of seventy the
transatlantic consensus the absence of strong american presidential leadership nato secretary general young stalls and rejects that conclusion it's just not peaceful to say the united states look committed to meet them because they're not the states is increasing their military contributions to nato he points to the latest example a new plan for the u.s. to forward position heavy work fighting equipment at. polish air base jamie shea spent almost four decades at nato as a spokesman but also an expert in what are called emerging security challenges and while dealing with russia and its hybrid work or tactics still top the list of challenges for nato the now retired shea warns the alliance must look further afield to be fit for the future because obviously china is the rising power it's already in europe up infrastructure influencing the future of alter officially televisions technology it's going to be
a massively more important factor in determining twenty first century security to russia or all googly any other country outside nato but countries inside are shaping nato's future to the next enlargement will be to north macedonia which changed its name to settle a dispute with greece that earned an almost immediate invitation to join pending the approval of the other twenty nine allies they didn't waste their time they didn't drag their feet and that's remarkable for an organization of twenty nine members so i think that. it's not just our desire to join it's how nato has dealt with the challenge of enlargement that shows that this is a strong forward looking and dynamic organization scope you hopes the alliance will prove this anniversary year that seventy is the new thirty. and nato look likes to point out that it is very attractive even at seventy because
so many countries still want to join sarah and you know if one really wonders what might happen over the next seventy years terry and so i'd like to perhaps you know get your view on that because we we we heard jamie shea for example in that piece an expert on emerging threats saying about the strategic threat that is posed by china is being underestimated right now what are nato experts saying about beijing . that's right and jamie says the time to to make to improve the relationship with china to actually create a relationship with china is now not to wait he says that nato should have been doing this all along they have a nato russia council they have a partnership with jordan he says china is the rising power and that it will be much more important for global security than russia in the years to come he points out that this is the kind of power that you don't worry about the little green men coming over the border like they do with russia but he says china has
a financial interest in so many places in europe public utilities they're buying ports and if there were to be a conflict here you would have to work with china to get use of those facilities in order to fight a war you know you've got the five g. disputes going on now with the u.s. in europe will huawei get the five g. contracts so this is a really multifaceted relationship and while it's not dangerous at the moment this is the time to build a relationship that will take you into the future and that's what nato should be looking at on its birthday and on the seventieth birthday a very clear there it's an alliance that has evolved and will continue to do so teri schultz with the view from brussels thank you. now venezuela's self declared president won its challenging authorities to arrest him after being stripped of his parliamentary immunity white own has been engaged in a power struggle with men do it all for months in january he proclaimed himself president to move immediately recognized by the united states germany and other
countries. this is the constituent assembly of venezuela it was set up by president nicolas maduro in twenty seventeen to rewrite the country's constitution many venezuelans consider the body illegitimate and more than forty countries do not recognize the assembly but it's these lawmakers loyal to mentor oh who have voted to strip the opposition leader and self-proclaimed president one who i don't know of his parliamentary immunity cheers and applause followed the decision. was the constituent assembly president to start okabe zero says the party unanimously voted to authorize the supreme court to prosecute quite zero for breaching a ban on leaving the country in january. madeira supporters also want quite zero to be charged with inciting violence in his efforts to oust the president and for allegedly accepting funds illegally acquired isn't backing down. do you think that
by continuing to threaten us with raids with disqualification with kidnapping. by persecuting my political party or unity our fellow legislators that they are going to stop us over slee they are wrong they are wrong because we are showing our face like always and we're going to keep doing it until we achieve permanent freedom for the country. earlier on twitter goto said efforts to arrest him would be met with force hinting at international support . more than fifty countries recognize gordo's self-proclaimed presidency but he has yet to win the support of venezuela's military last week the auditor general's office announced it had stripped him of the right to hold office for the next fifteen years. let's get a quick check now some other stories making news around the world election votes in
eight districts of istanbul are to be very counted after president ret of type a k party appealed to the results the move came after everyone's party was defeated by the opposition c.h.p. in the end initial results a c.h.p. has criticised the appeal saying that a.k.p. is trying to steal the will of the people. the us city of chicago has elected its first black female and openly gay mayor laurie lightfoot defeated her opponent by a landslide the political novice told her supporters that they had created a movement for change the issues of gun violence economic inequality and political corruption dominated her campaign. and celebrations erupted across algeria last night as the president of the us he is beautifully to an ounce of his resignation a jury and have held street demonstrations for weeks demanding that the eighty two year old not seek a fifth term on tuesday algeria's army demanded that beautifully immediately resign
. and israeli civilian has shot dead a palestinian man in the occupied west bank israeli army and a witness said that the man had been trying to stab israelis near a military checkpoint a palestinian official has questioned israel's account of the it's. just. you're watching t w news still to come on the program we will speak with a human rights advocate who is concerned about the sultan eight to nine is new death penalty for gay sex. but first british prime minister to resign may is due to meet with opposition labor leaders. army corps been in a new push for a brights a compromise that's after announcing that she would ask the e.u. for another delay be on the april twelfth deadline after months of political deadlock is may indicating that she wants a closer relationship with europe after all the coming days perhaps the coming hours could provide the answers in london
a potentially important shift to reason me says she wants another extension to the break that deadline and will seek political consensus to break months of parliamentary deadlock i'm offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition and to try to agree a plan that we would both stick to to ensure that we leave the european union and that we do so with a deal the initial reaction from the labor party leader positive but cautious. of course i'm very happy to meet so we need to have a discussion with the prime minister we need to ensure the parliament has an opportunity to vote on proposals that venters crashing out of the in the end of next week. in paris another reminder from europe of the need for britain to decide it soon the french president underlining that british interests aren't the only ones that conant. notebook clearly our priority must be for proper functioning of
the european union and market. the e.u. shouldn't be held hostage to a political crisis if you know it's a kingdom on a long time basis. berlin two didn't hide its weariness with the ongoing stalemate in westminster. is the current result of the talks could be a renewal of article fifty but i can't comment. to be honest i don't want to comment. we have to wait and see what the view is in london. we are long past the deadline they must know that in london it. is. the e.u. will have to agree any extension to the breaks that date france and germany are the only skeptical voices. a law has gone into force in the state of brunei today that makes gay sex and adultery a capital offense is punishable by death the country's strictly applied islamic law
has fark an international outcry with the u.n. calling it cruel and inhumane arise get penal code introduces death by stoning as the punishment for homosexual acts and adultery. amber nice sultan. has commented on the international criticism against his country sharia law this is what he had to say. writhing in the gusto. i got up tonight as a small nation we always prioritize our prayers to a lot. less driven by our national philosophy of among lay islamic monarchy that has existed for many hundreds of years. and earlier we got reaction to that from phil robertson he is the deputy director of human rights watch is asia division and he says that the threat of death by stoning should be taken very seriously we have to believe that they will go in for our sister they
have said they're serious about it and you know this is a medieval kind of punishment this is something that doesn't really belong in the twenty first century it's shocking to. be this move and we think that they should halt the implementation of this law and take it back to the drawing board and start over again so as phil robertson speaking with us earlier now the former prime minister of malaysia has gone on trial for his alleged role in a massive corruption scandal. is accused of misappropriating four and a half billion dollars from a state development fund if convicted of the charges the sixty five year old could face life in jail he was malaysia's prime minister for a decade until losing last year's election he comes from a powerful political dynasty his father and grandfather both fled the country. and are southeast asia correspondent joins us now from bangkok for more on this story
so bustin i mean this is the first of several trials that not just faces how wide ranging are the charges. well the charges range from money laundering abuse of power to criminal breach of trust and as you said this is only the first trial and in this trial seven charges are being brought against him and if he's convicted on only one of them he could face up to twenty years in prison and considering the fact as you said sara that he's already sixty five years old when all of this is said and done and all the trials are over at some point it's not unlikely that he'll end up with a combined prison sentence if he is convicted on these charges that will place him behind bars for the rest of his life sara so given that how deeply has this case shaken up politics there in malaysia well for
sure it's outraged many malaysians and you can see that because if you look back to two thousand and fifteen and when all this became public and that led to huge public protests and also in two thousand and sixteen in the last year it led to this historic election result which unseated the tsunami which is the ruling coalition or up to that point at least had been ruling malaysia for sixty one years and it's the first time there there was a change in power and interestingly enough it brought back former prime minister and former mentor of najib razak mohamed in your force ran on the promise of draining the swamp before the sake of using that expression and to get to the bottom of this. but we know the current prime minister has promised to recover the stolen money it's billions of dollars has he been making good on that vow. well the government is certainly trying
to just now they sold off a luxury yacht that was allegedly bought with those embezzled funds and they sold it off for one hundred twenty six million u.s. dollars also when the police raided some of the. properties a while back they recovered some three hundred million u.s. dollars worth of luxury items jewelry watches and also cash but that's all just a drop in the ocean because as you said there's four point five billion u.s. dollars that are missing and the malaysian finance minister has already admitted that realistically they're only likely to get around one third of that amount back sara. and heartache thank you very much. you're watching news still to come on the program we will visit a party that picks up more than just your.
but first now it's to ethiopia where the prime minister ahmed is marking one year in power the country faces daunting challenges millions of internally displaced people ethnic conflicts and growing frustration that politics isn't changing fast enough but the leader has also chalked up some notable achievements and enjoys wide support among the country's people. the capital of ethiopia there's a new energy here people have invested their hopes in their prime minister. good he brought us change and that's why i call him a prophet never you know. there's no such happiness in the country now because of abi. this is the man they're talking about. he's been prime minister in ethiopia for year and in that time he's
opened up the country and undertaken radical reforms our friend concluded a peace treaty with arch enemy eritrea and released thousands of political prisoners now he's treated like a pop star. some however are still withholding judgment like teacher made some mohamad she was active in the opposition and was arrested multiple times in demonstrations against the old regime. missed it was. it's now activists i'm not on this race i'm not shouting i'm not a demonstration. my it's a comments online on current politics she finds that she has made many changes to the political system but says it's time for a concrete change. as an ordinary citizen change it still. that is social problem that a lot of those she doesn't have who does in the job one reason mates is days
involved is her little daughter macy hopes the ethiopian will become a more just and equitable country. success is also shadowed by ethnic conflicts that have broken out in the multi racial society this is a refugee camp. i mean i you your house then fled here from eastern if you go with her family. you get the seize any they threw children in the river. they killed a pregnant women who couldn't run away any kind i think they had others with sticks with nails and then i did the most but if they didn't need to do any much better much that i would lead flowed in the streets like water any mean it that he had any idea. more than eighty ethnic groups live in ethiopia. and these women are. driven from their home in a struggle over land and power i mean or is one of about three million people who
fled. out of these multiple conflicts which i've opened up everywhere and this is not anything new if you look at the history of you know this transition from but a very rigid dictatorship into a sort of liberal democracy that period is extremely dangerous. i mean it is slowly losing patience with the prime minister but she still hopes that will bring stability to ethiopia so that she can go home. and i here's one way to get rid of that thinking feeling an event company teams up with the european space agency flies some lucky guess into the earth's upper atmosphere and then literally sweeps them off their feet and here is what it's like. how does it feel to be. in space. fifty celebrity guests at the zero gravity club found out at
a party on board an airplane. musicians artists social media stars and athletes from the world over check in at frankfurt airport for their adventure in weightlessness. they head off to board the bus a three ten which is normally used by astronauts for white listeners training these passengers won't need a spacesuit though just a healthy dose of hardiness. at an altitude of eight thousand five hundred meters the fun begins first the passengers are way down at twice the force of gravity then suddenly they lift off. the procedure is then repeated the plane flies of course much like a roller coaster.
the organizers worked with experienced astronauts for the project. the microphone is in white this this one goes from one one hundred the other if i jump like this. the time my feet out of the ground it floats above my head this is what we do with the aircraft. the events organizers specialize in unusual policies this year zero gravity class has brought the lots of publicized this is the second whiteness party they've thrown into the only lasts about six minutes. looks like now mix you mark or the son of seven time world champion schumacher made his formula one test debut for ferrari on tuesday the twenty year old just started comping competing on the formula two circuit and said that he could hardly believe the power of his harassed and the upgraded car she laugher completed fifty six laps
and among the very fastest on the track he's back today driving an alfa remail f one car. that can tell you it was nice it was really. feeling like oh we're really. it was beautiful to to make this. all the guys which. i feel i feel for you. now the top story that we're following for you here at g.w. donald trump has again lashed out at germany's military spending the us president was responding to d.w. on the occasion of the atlantic alliance his seventieth anniversary and british prime minister theresa may says that she will ask the european union for a. other de lay took britain's roads at deadline but she's already facing opposition in germany a key ally of chancellor angela merkel says there's no point in the granting a short delay. and with that you're up to date
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