for the first time in nigeria's history, a sitting president has been defeated at the ballot box. he has called to congratulate him on his victory. anchor: q1 50.4 million votes, 2 million more than goodluck jonathan. the first, this report. reporter: he first ruled nigeria as a military dig tater. he now calls himself a convert to democracy. he had been locked in the tight race for the presidency against incumbent goodluck jonathan. this will be the first am a
credit change of power in the history of nigeria. jonathan's five years in office have been marked by corruption scandals. the country is facing a book of herat insurgency in the northeast. in the opposition stronghold many say no matter what the outcome, they are happy the election has been peaceful. >> we are happy. and for the first time, some competition. >> people in northern nigeria spilled onto the streets to celebrate their country's historic election. anchor: our correspondent has been following the selection and joins us from the nigerian capital. it seems goodluck jonathan has been defeated. the first time this is happened to a sitting president in
nigeria. >> it is the first time this is happening in the history of nigeria so it is very significant. you can see there is a very good move in the north of the country , a lot of people are celebrating now. i came back to the campaigning headquarters. everyone is happy celebrating. there are organizing spontaneous power races. most importantly so far, it's very peaceful. it might be a very important aspect. and congratulated him on his victory. people think it could have a strong impact on the effect of the situation. anchor: what does this mean? what can we expect from his presidency.
and also being a very modest person. >> what he did in the past is arresting critics and also journalist. some people fear he might cut down the rights of the citizens in some way. anchor: we will have to leave it there. thank you very much. anchor: and now to yemen where the united nations human rights chief says that country appears to be on the brink of total collapse. dozens of civilians have been killed in six days of saudi led airstrikes in yemen against the countries who the -- the rebels. anchor: the iran backed group took control following violent demonstrations last year.
in february, they declared themselves in control of the government. in iraq, forces say they have retaken government headquarters in the city of tikrit ending nine months of islamic state control. anchor: a key the curie for the militias in a campaign that began just under a month ago. 37 people. anchor: they work to retake the city that was captured over the weekend by a different group of insulin most insurgents.
reporter: after a weekend of heavy fighting 30 kilometers from the turkish border. it is the second time damascus has lost control o a provincial capital. it's a major blow to their regime. it shows the growing power of extra missed groups in syria that now control about half a country. one of the groups commanders claim the biters -- the fighters are making it safe for the residents. the people here are staying in their houses, he said. and are in safe hands. the fighters are taking care of all their needs. we have asked everyone to make sure security prevails.
they say the situation has become increasingly dire. many citizens are fearful of life under harsh islamist rule. thousands have fled for fear of more government counterattacks. anchor: 30,000 people have been displaced because of the fighting alone. anchor: 11 million people displaced as a result of the civil war in syria. anchor: some say the aid provided is not enough. reporter: huge numbers of people have fled conflict zones to the relative safety of the north. the refugee camp contains 6000 tents. but that's not enough.
>> when supplies are distributed, wehardly get anything. reporter: there are more than 20 such camps along the syrian side of the border with turkey. it used to be easy to bring in supplies from the neighboring country. but that's much more difficult now that the border is closed. thieving and corruption are widespread. >> only a small part of it reaches those who need it. there are organizations delivering water and food. but it is not enough. reporter: the small neighboring country has taken in over one million syrians. many are living in temporary camps.
he urgently needs an operation. >> i try really hard but after four or five meters, i have to stop. i can hardly walk in hardly sit. reporter: he has been living here with his wife and three children for two years. the 32-year-old is suffering from a serious wound to the pelvis. >> the help we get is not enough. i am handicapped. i've got expensive drugs and i have to provide for my children. the aid is not enough. i've told the authorities but nobody cares. reporter: two examples of how
investigation soon. angela merkel held a press conference. anchor: the two leaders highlighted a range of issues that their governments are currently collaborating on. anchor: they talked about the debt crisis in greece. reporter: recent events, the germanwings airbus and crash and the charlie hebdo terrorist attack of brought the two main shins -- nations closer together. >> events of the past day, the weeks of transformed to a kind
of brotherly closeness. reporter: merkel and along also addressed international issues. >> it must be a good deal. it's important to ensure iran never gets nuclear weapons. reporter: they also demanded greece continue the fiscal reform process and that the new government produces blueprint as soon as possible. the quicker we can reach an overall agreement. in all, a rare show of friendship. anchor: melinda crane has been covering it for us. the cooperation is typically seen as driving european unity.
>> a lot more smoothly than it had been during the initial phase of the president he. you heard those unusually warm words there from the president saying there was an atmosphere of brotherly affection. the chancellor explained it quite directly saying we have been put to the test in the last few months and it has brought us closer. they stood shoulder to shoulder. also, the political tests. dealing with the greek debt crisis. they have been consulting very closely in a bilateral framework for speaking to us. anchor: they flew together to try to get the minsk agreement
up and working. so there is a great deal more concrete cooperation. what are the leaders come up with for the future? >> the joint cabinet meetings were military and defense. they were planning to cooperate in funding and earth satellite observation system and also funding a new drone together with italy. there has been a lot of talk about european defense cooperation. and there is greater willingness to follow up the words with deeds. >> covering the meeting there thank you very much for your insights. anchor: members of the band leftist group have been killed in a shootout in istanbul. anchor: the gunfire started as security forces moved in.
the two reportedly took a prosecutor captive inside his office while negotiating with police. the prosecutor was seriously wounded in the shoot anchor: welcome back. less than three hours for negotiators to come up with a framework that curbs iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. anchor: some of the most contentious issues. and the pace at which sanctions might be lifted. anchor: the self-imposed deadline may not be set in own. the foreign minister has suggested negotiators could till: all nighter -- could still pull an all nighter. >> the 11th hour here and the
u.s. secretary of state john kerry isn't wasting any time. the clock runs out at midnight. the russian foreign minister was optimistic. he spoke to reporters in moscow before returning to switzerland. >> the prospects of an agreement are very good and promising. probably not 100% but you can never be 100% sure of anything. unless one of the parties raises the stakes the last minute, i believe the odds are quite high. reporter: with the self-imposed deadline coming, they have been working since the break of dawn to overcome their last differences. they made clear that no deal is better than a bad one. >> we are only going to sign an agreement that verifiably and permanent really -- permanently
rules of the possibility of iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. reporter: one big issue is having to restrict nuclear development. another question where the country doesn't mean it -- doesn't meet its commitments. they race towards the midnight deadline. they will continue into the early hours again if necessary to reach a deal. anchor: we understand the talks may go beyond midnight. should we take that as a sign the deal is near? >> it is possible.
remembering november 2013 when the first joint action program was recorded and you remember when everything was in place. so it wouldn't be extraordinary in these negotiations when we go beyond midnight. anchor: these have been going on for months. what are the final sticking points? >> this one point we have mentioned before. there are three points. and it's not only -- if iran is
for france. a rate of around 10%. anchor: what is annoying authorities is that citizens are looking on with envy at germany's record and actually moving here. reporter: he discovered he can make more money selling french food in berlin than at home and rants. -- in france. he closed his restaurant and moved everything but the kitchen sink to berlin where he gets a better deal. others were just too high to make a living. >> there is not enough dynamism in france to create jobs. and we don't do enough to support entre nous hours. brought he will be there to help people.
reporter: some surveys suggest half of young people are toying with the idea of leaving. the issue is now on the radar of the powerful french union. a union that says immigrating to germany may create problems. >> in germany, you have to supplement the state pension with a private pension fund if i understand it correctly. there are some differences. reporter: many young french people cannot begin to find steady work. france's unions rejected germany's more flexible approach to the job market. they have ideological issues.
>> the main reason new jobs and not being created in france is the tendency for companies to put profit above all other priorities. this is happening here, too. in the statistics prove this quite clearly. they show corporate profits continue to rise. they are not creating jobs. reporter: in germany, nobody thinks there's anything cheesy about making money. anchor: new job figures will only reinforce the labor market.
reporter: march was a record breaking month. the lowest it's been in 24 years since german reunification. in the past, a booming german economy has not felt employment for the country's workers. that's because many companies outsource jobs places where the wages are lower. around 65,000 were in other countries.
and people have almost no job opportunities. anchor: employment dropping to a record low was music to investors. >> there is an age-old saying some individual shares even higher than that. everybody underestimated the effect that the ecb's bond buying program would have. first the announcement and in the start of that on buying this month. it's just driven money into the stock market right here. the ecb needs to kickstart the economy and drive inflation up.
provide more impetus for loans. a lot of that money is going right here. investors don't see other alternatives viable at the time of record low interest rates. anchor: meteorologists are calling it the biggest storm to hit germany in years. anchor: it has wrecked havoc. >> rail service was canceled as the storm passed through. the famous cathedral was also blocked off. officials were concerned that they might dislodge stones endangering pedestrians. the powerful storm left its mark throughout germany. knocking out power and creating chaos on the roads.
as the day wore on reports of death and injuries began rolling in. one man was killed in eastern germany when a concrete wall collapsed on him. a falling tree crushed two men in a road maintenance vehicle. >> the strong wind will continue well into the evening. it's an extraordinary situation for the end of march and dangerous. anchor: meteorologists predict it is for the easter weekend. anchor: that's all the news for now. goodbye.