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post: this is dw news live from berlin. tonight, a meeting of the mines. u.s. president donald trump says he would be willing to meet north korean leader kim jong- un. that as pyongyang says it is ready to carry out more missile tests. i will ask our washington correspondent what happens next. also coming up, clashes in france as the country counts to election day.
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the candidates take their visions to the voters. and german chancellor angela merkel talks trade and terror in a blue dobby. our correspondent will be in the studio with me to give us the detail -- in otheabu dhabi. our correspondent will be in the studio to give us the details. it is another case of foreign policy whiplash for the world thanks to u.s. president donald trump. donald trump says he would be "honored" to meet kim young them -- kim jong-un under the right circumstances. yes, sit down and talk face to face. this comes on the same day japan is sending warships to the korean peninsula to protect the u.s. air ships already there. pyongyang says it will continue
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missile tests in the face of what it calls u.s. aggression. >> mayday in john yang, another opportunity for the regime to stage a -- in pyongyang, another opportunity for the regime to stage a demonstration of military prowess. pyongyang says it intends to speed up the pace of its nuclear program. north korea's repeated missile tests are alarming its neighbors, including japan. japan sent a naval warship to escort and protect a u.s. supply ship. the move is symbolic. it is the first time japan has involved itself in an operation of this nature since the country
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moved away from its purely defensive military doctrine last year. it is exactly the kind of proactive behavior washington wants to encourage and its allies, as mike pence has stressed. mr. pence: the president has been very clear. whether it is our allies in europe, south korea, or japan, we expect other countries to do more. reporter: the u.s. is also seeking to widen cooperation with other countries in the region, including the philippines. on sunday, president trump invite it president rodrigo duterte to washington to talk about the threat posed by north korea. host: let's go to washington and our correspondent. what are we looking at here? donald trump now says he would
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be honored to meet with the leader of north korea. what does that mean? correspondent: we don't know. the problem is, of course, donald trump says and tweets a lot of things every day. he said under the right circumstances he would meet kim jong-un. sean spicer in his daily briefing pointed out that a lot of conditions would have to be considered before that happens. it is quite unlikely it will ever happen of course. but once again, the problem often seems to speak from his -- the problem is the president often seems to speak from his gut. it could be he is trying to flatter the north korean leader. he said he would be honored to meet him. yesterday he called him a smart cookie, whatever that means. and he commended him in being so
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successful in taking over the family business of being a dictator of north korea. in a way, he is showing that he is treating him like an equal. he is not calling him a madman or a blood thursday dictator. perhaps he is trying to get him to relax and step act from -- step back from the brink, and refrain from doing another nuclear test. host: last year, trump said he would be willing to have a hamburger with the north korean leader. let's talk about what we are seeing militarily. japan just a ploy to its largest warship to join american vessels off the best deployed its largest warship to join american vessels off the -- just deployed its largest warship to join american vessels off the
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peninsula. how significant is that? correspondent: it shows that america is not going it alone. other countries are concerned about north korea, as is the united states. this gives legitimacy to american actions in the region. the second purpose is for donald trump to show to his ace -- base at home that he is following up on his campaign promise not to give other nations a free pass. other tions have to contribute. it is a largely symbolic move. i don't think north korea will be impressed. in fact, it could give another boost to them propaganda-wise, because japan has a very bad record on the korean peninsula. i am not sure this will improve the situation on the ground.
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host: thank you very much. it is mayday, and protests in france turned violent today, highlighting political divisions less than a week before voters choose a new president. there were clashes in paris where students and trade unionists called on the president to protect workers rights. that did not stop the candidates from hitting the campaign trail. >> emmanuel macron's two has not changed throughout this campaign. he remains favored to become the next president, but he is leaving nothing to chance. >> in the past week, our country has been involved in a profound change.
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the political landscape we have known for so many years has vanished before our eyes in just a few hours. >> across the city, marine le pen stuck to familiar themes. >> the reality is simple and clear. emmanuel macron is francois hollande, who wants to stick around and is clinging to power like a barnacle. he will continue to run politics in this country. we are going to get him out. marine wasn't the only le pen in town. her father appeared at the party's traditional mayday rally, despite efforts by marine
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to distance herself from her holocaust denying father. and this is why. in the eyes of many, they are one and the same. she took the leadership anyway. she will not change. the dynasty will stay. it will always be racist and fascist. but the mayday rally showed how deep the divisions run in french society. for powerful trade unions, both candidates are hard to stomach. the fear is that could push le pen closer to power. host: now to talking trade and terror. angela merkel paid a visit to the united arab emirates today. she talked trade in the region and discussed the conflicts that continue to trouble the middle east. i will be joined in a moment by
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our chief political correspondent, but first, this report. reporter: the chancellor likes traveling efficiently. this time, two countries in a day and a half. during her three-hour visit in abu dhabi, she met with students and discussed the crisis in the region. libya is an issue of growing importance because the united arab emirates is deeply engaged there. germany has business interests in the region and representatives of the energy and air conditioning sectors are accompanying the chancellor. the emirates want to digitize and further develop the energy infrastructure they have built. that includes airports, harbors, and airlines. we are here to help. the delegation includes the head
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of list, who is holding talks with its competitor. -- the head of lufthansa airlines, who is holding talks with its competitor. host: i am joined in the studio by our chief political correspondent, belinda crane. let's talk about this whirlwind visit. >> according to her take, pretty much starting with the civil war in yemen -- as we know, saudi arabia has been deeply involved there. arab bombardment of killed a lot of civilians. she called for a stop to that quite directly. she said there must be a political solution. apparently, she met with some positive response. she is also there to talk about
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some bilateral issues like trade. she would like to see that increase. she would like to see a free trade area with the gulf countries. united arab emirates are germany's biggest trading partner. other issues all related to the g 20 summit in july, which she, of course, will be posting. some rather difficult. climate change. emirates and saudi arabia are big consumers of fossil fuels. she was pushing them on that. solutions for syria, all of them taking rather minute numbers of refugees from the region. she apparently talked to them about that as well. some difficult subjects on the table. host: we know tomorrow she is set to meet vladimir putin in so she. -- sochi.
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she said she would not go to russia unless there was progress in the ukraine conflict. there has been no progress that we know of. >> again, chalk it up to the g 20. this whole road trip is laying the groundwork for that summit. a lot of difficult material on the table for her. as you know, she is a very pragmatic politician who looks to open channels of communication and see where they lead. she has not had a personal meeting with vladimir putin in two years. she has had phone calls with him. she deeply believes in the possibility to affect change through communication. that's what this is about. i don't inc. we are going to see overnight progress on -- think we are going to see overnight progress on ukraine or syria. she certainly wants to have
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those matters under discussion with a look toward the g 20. >> she would like to build a better working relationship with donald trump. he is increasingly critical of russia. we see dots being connected. does this strengthen her case? >> to some degree, it may. people thought he would work hard to get the sanctions on russia lifted. he has not done that. she has been a steadfast defender of those sanctions and says they cannot be taken away until russia delivers more pressure on the rebels in ukraine. she has already met trump. putin has not. we are told he may be curious to get her take on matters. host: we have been told the u.s. president now has a weekly phone
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call with the german chancellor. maybe some progress there. you are watching dw news live from berlin. still to come, hope for young soccer players in myanmar as the country opens new academies to train the stars of tomorrow. that plus world news in 60 seconds. >> what do you think? what do you get for $.50? >> $.50? >> not a lot. >> did you know it costs $.50 to feed one hungry child for one full day? >> i did not. >> incredible.
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>> with the share the meal app, you can share your meal with children in need with just a tap of your smart. smartphone users outnumber hungry children 20-1. imagine the impact you and your friends could have. together, we can and global hunger. please download the app. host: welcome back to dw news live from berlin. north korea has marked mayday by saying it will keep up missile tests in defiance of international law. that did not stop donald trump from announcing he would be "honored" to meet with dictator kim jong-un. scuffles during rallies in paris . both presidential candidates used mayday to take their vision to voters. emmanuel marker on -- marquand
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remains in the lead. the u.s. president is scaring bankers, i understand. >> he basically scares everyone at some point or another. donald trump posted a group -- hosted a group of community bankers at the white house on monday. while praising community banks as a pillar and foundation of global investment, he also promised lower taxes and fewer regulations. he is also trying to dismantle the dodd frank act, which is credited with stabilizing the financial industry after the crisis in 2008. he has told bloomberg he aims to break up the megabanks.
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let's bring in our correspondent. sophie, what that all about? -- what is that all about? [no audio] >> we do not have the audio there. sorry for the technical problem. workers in many countries are demanding better conditions at higher salaries. germany is no exception. here, the federation of trade unions is holding its main demonstration under the slogan "we are many, we are one." >> the mood was relaxed at this years central mayday demonstration. after all, germany is doing well these days. the unemployment rate is at historic lows. lawmakers have pushed through a nationwide minimum wage at over
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eight euros per hour. >> we do have a minimum wage, but it is not enough. that is why we are here today, calling for good, decent wages. the unions say there is room for improvement. >> politicians and business leaders keep telling us why in the sky stories about how wonderful everything is here on earth. it doesn't fit the reality that people see every day around them. we still have more than 2.5 million people in germany without a job. that leaves the country with an unemployment rate of around 6%, the lowest since german reunification in 1990. still, unions are doubtful the labor market will continue to improve.
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host: donald trump apparently once to take the big boys in his sights. he has told bloomberg he wants to break up the banks. let's bring in our correspondent. what is that all about? >> president trump voiced his efforts to revive a law separating consumers and investment banking. i am looking at that right now and what he said, and that there were some people who want to go back to the old system. the so-called glass-steagall law from 1933 required this separation. while campaigning, trump says he wants a 21st century of this -- version of this law. some people say the repeal of that law contributed to the financial crisis in 2008, an
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argument wall street flatly rejects. stocks dropped but recovered quickly. >> the government avoided a shutdown with a trillion dollar budget deal. what the word on the floor? >> is esther's -- investors found relief sunday night as lawmakers avoided the worst case scenario. the house and senate approved this bipartisan bill. the government is good to go until september. right now, it looks good for them. since the u.s. election, the s&p 500 has climbed 11.5%, 5% since election day. trump, of course, is a big risk. also, risk flowing over from
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europe, but earnings season has been good so far, with more good news to come. >> think you for the analysis. as we heard earlier, angela merkel visited saudi arabia in a bid to boost economic relations. saudi intervention in yemen makes it a controversial partner. but in a surprise move, a senior saudi arabian official said the country will not be needing german guns or taxes. business is booming in the arms industry. at least 200 $20 per person worldwide was spent on weapons in 2016. that's an estimate. it's impossible to determine an exact cost.
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in 2016, saudi arabia spent a total of 60 billion euros on its armed forces, 30% less than the year before. germany produces a lot of those weapons. the government approved almost 7 billion euros in export sales last year. more than half went to countries outside the eu, like the united arab emirates and saudi arabia. worldwide, countries spent over 1.5 trillion euros on weapons. germany also delivers weapons to regions in crisis, a matter of debate in the country's parliament. host: that is all from the business desk. we have some sports news. >> italian football has come under criticism from the united nations after a midfielder walked off the pitch in protest inserting you.
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he left the field after complaints about -- in sardegna. he left the field after complaints about racist abuse. the you and high commissioner said he was an inspiration -- u.n. high commissioner said he was an inspiration and that sports authorities should clamp down on racism. the referee flag to them for dissent. he left the pitch. reactions on social media have been overwhelmingly supportive of the soccer player from ghana. one person writes -- a madrid-based sports journalist tweets --
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the u.k. based twitter user rights -- they football writer added -- back in the 1960's and the 1970's, myanmar -- or burma as it was then known -- was one of the most powerful asian countries in the world of soccer. the national team won the asian games twice. but the political and economic situation led to the sports decline there. now, three national youth academies are training the stars of tomorrow as the country tries to revive its sporting cents.
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>> boys play football on a friday night in the largest city in myanmar. the country's three new youth academies have raised interest in the sport and started developing the next generation of players. >> i don't like how our national team plays. the players have to work hard to improve. i hope over time we will be successful again now that support is growing. it has been several decades since myanmar's heyday as an asian football powerhouse. but at the new academy is, over 200 kids will be learning the sport from men who were trained by english premier league coaches. that's expected to raise the level of the game here. most football associations have it easy. they'll need to pick the best
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players who then play for their country. we in myanmar have to look for talent at the grassroots level. numerous currently 166 in world rankings, that they are trying -- myanmar currently ranks 166 in the world, but they are trying to take the steps to a new era of glory. host: we will have an in-depth look at france a week before the presidential election. íhh?dñ'óóóóóóóy
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