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phil: this is "dw news," live from berlin. donald trump makes a spectacular turnaround on his helsinki summit remarks. facing a barrage of criticism he now says russia did metal in the u.s. election, but to no effect. he also says he misspoke when he said he saw no reason why russia would interfere, and he meant to say the opposite. we will bring you reaction from washington. also on the program, remembering a political icon. in his highest profile speech
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since leaving the white house, barack obama delivers a tribute to nelson mandela on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday. in japan and the european union sign a landmark free trade deal covering one third of the global economy and more than 600 million people. ♪ phil: i'm phil gayle. welcome to the program. u.s. president donald trump has made an about-face on remarks he made in a summit with russia's vladimir putin. he now says he accepts russia did meddle in the u.s. election. he went on to say he misspoke yesterday when he said he saw no reason for russia to interfere. >> i accept our intelligence community's conclusion that russia's meddling in the 2016
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election took place. could be other people, also. there's a lot of people out there. but there was no collusion at all. phil: are we clear on that? let's get more from dw's washington bureau chief. this is not a president known for backing down so what has brought us about. >> i think it was the harsh criticism the president has been facing since the meeting with vladimir putin. criticism most notably within his own republican party, with republican lawmakers, saying what they saw as embarrassing, disgraceful and shameful. with republican leaders in congress trying to distance themselves from this president. and trunk saul -- trump saw all
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this on tv. we know he likes looks good on tv. he seems to be a process to with optics. this is actually not the first time that he backed down. it was the case when his administration implemented its policy of separating migrant kids from their parents at the u.s. mexican border. and after harsh criticism from within the republican party on this, the president changed this policy. phil: let's hear from more from his statement that was issued. here he is on claims of russian interference in the 201616 electition. >> it should have been obvious, i thought it was obvious, but ii would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. in a key sentence in my remarks, i said the word would instead of wouldn't. the sentence should have been, i
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do not see any reason why it wouldn't be the russians. just to repeat it, i said the word would instead of wouldn't, and the sentence should have been, i thought i maybe has been unclear on the transcripipt or n the actual video, the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why it wouldn't be russia. phil: so now we are all clear on that. how are the president's critics reacting to this? alexandra: i don't think that he is going to convince his fiercest critics, because they are not buying this, especially his explanation that the reason for this misunderstanding was his misuse of a double negative. but it will be crucial how the republican party is going to react.
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whether they would like to have a full confrontation with this president or not. we assume they are not going to because they are facing a very difficult midterm election in november, and therefore they would like to avoid anything that would mean they are risking their majority in congress. phil: donald trump faced a lot of criticism for the helsinki summit in the first place. he faced criticism for the way he performed yesterday, and now he is going to get more for doing this about-face. is this at all damaging to him? alexandra: yes, i think so. i think that the damage has been done. and i think that this president seems to have lost his credibility as well among many lawmakers here in the united states, because he tends not to tell the truth, he tends to use lies to present his policies, and therefore it is so difficult
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to believe and to think that he is credible and believable he is saying. phil: thank you for joining us. now, former u.s. president barack obama has been paying tribute to nelson mandela on the centenary of his birth. in his most high-profile speech since leaving office, mr. obama use the annual nelson mandela lecture to urge people around the world -- despite uneven progress in south africa itself. reporter: most blacks in south africa live in townships like this one. he is hoping barack obama's visit here will show the world that south africa is still a developing country. >> the theme of yes we can. it was motivating everybody. together, you can do.
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you see? same applies to nelson mandela. reporter: around 10,000 people listened to obama's speech in a stadium in johannesburg. the tickets were free. he managed to get one. >> mandela came to embody the universal aspirations of dispossessssed people all around the world. their hopes for a better life. reporter: and the hopes shared by many here. he says obama is a man after his own heart, especially when he speaks about dashed hopes. >> it is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the united states and south africa. that the accumulated disadvantages of years of institutionalized oppression have created yawning disparities. reporter: he says inequality has to be a limited once and for all. he hopes obama uses his political clout to help south africa achieve that. phil: let's get more from
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journalist phillip de wet, associate editor from business insider. welcome to dw. talk us ththrough someme of mr. obama's key points. phillip: it was an interesting speech, cecertainly a roususing speech at times. i think one thing that stood out for us as south africans is how obama was welcomed with a chant of yes we can. south africa of course has a new administration. there is euphoria of a fresh wind of change coming in, very reminiscent of the early days of barack obama's term in the u.s. south africans seem to be relalating to him in a sense.. they see him as an i inspiratiol figure. a lot of what he said hit home with south african sedate. -- today. phil: and there were lots of not so veiled references t to donald
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trump. phillip: indeed there were. sometimes it w was hard to t tel whether obama was talklking abot south africa or brought the united states. we have many of the same problems. we h have issues of nationalism which seemed to be resurgent, issueses of xenophobia which he spoke out seriouslyy about. issues of fake news and politicians simply making things up. he spoke about social tools such as twitter, once seen as a force for good, now apparently increasingly dividing us. again, these are issues, as different as our countries are, these issues cut across both the u.s. and south africa. phil: thank you for joining us, phillip de wet from business insider south africa. now to some of the other stories making news around the world. relatives of people killed when a flight was k killed over the ukraine are marking the disaster's fourth anniversary.
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each relative rid of thehe names and ages of their deceased family members. 298 people were killed when the plane was shot down by a russian missile. international investigators blamed pro-russian rebels. on the european court of human rights, the condemned pussy riot , who famously protested against president putin in 2012. band members were sentenced for two years in prison. judges ruled the sentence was too harsh and ordered russia to pay 50,000 euros in damages. a migrant aid group has accused the coast guard of abandoning women and children at sea. the spanish group says it recovered one survivor amid the remains of a destroyed migrant boat. the group says they were left to fend for themselves after the coast guard scuffled their vessel, and then they refused to
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bore the libyan ship. reporter: this woman survived. for her companions, another woman and a child, rescuers from anan eight organanization open s came to lhtht. the head of -- came toooo late. they accuse the coast guard of leaving all three to die. reporter: the libyan coast guard did not know how to manage an emergency situation. they arrived t two days late and abandoned two people in a vessel that they themselves destroyed. reporter: the libyan coast guard says the intercepted the vote -- boat with 150 migrants at sea and took them on board. open arms is a spanish ngo. it says this tragedy is the result of a new crackdown by european countries like italy and malta. stopping rescue boats from bringing migrants are sure. less than a month ago, another
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rescue ship was forced to remain at sea for two weeks after being reviews -- refuse entry to italy. that country's hard-line interior ministry says the ports are close to ngo's because they aid human trafficking. he wants to send migrants back to the porch they came from like libya, and has offered financial help. >> the italian government will support the need to protect the borders south of libya. because libya and italy alone cannot sustain the economic and social costs of this immigration. reporter: ngo's say putting the lives of migrants in the hands of the north african countries - - >> this s is the direct consequence of not allowing ngo's which rescue lives in the mediterranean to work there.
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this is the consequence. reporter: europe wants the flow of migrants to his shores to stop. but people e desperate toto maka new life on ththe continentnt contntinue to o risk their lives crossing the mediterranean. phil: the united nations migration agency says almost 51,000 migrants across the mediterranean to your up so far this year. that is left -- to europe so for this year. while the numbers are down, plenty of people still dream of a new life. as dw's fenney fish are -- many are determined to try again. fanny: hardly anyone visits this place on the tunisian coast. others sent here are the remains of women, children and young men. they drowned in the mediterranean chasing an uncertain dream, a dream of life in europe.
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their stories lie buried with em in thesese makeshift t grave. no names, no idedentities, noo headlines. across from the sea in europe, the focus has shifted to how to help migrants to how to keep migrants here. he wants to give thehe dignity. he is a fisherman. here n near a tourisist hotspote has s buried the remains of 300 people. to stop the crossings, europe has proposed the creation of so-called disembarkation platforms in north africa. therere, migrants would be ableo apply for asylum. he is not impressed. >> europe does not care about these people, whetether they are alive or dead. building reception centers is not a solution. instead, europe should give people the wealth that was stolen from them. fanny: a beach near the cemetery. this is where fishermen discovered the washed up bodies. he wants to find them before t e
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local children do. i am on my way to a nearby migrant center where some of those rescued find temporary refuge. there, i meet a woman from the democratic republic of congo. four monthths she was -- for mon ths she was a sex slave in lybia, shehe tells me. >> when they discovered that i was pregnant, they let me go. i don't want to stay here in tunisia. i want to go to europe. fafanny: tunisia has no functioning asylum system. it has to not only deal with migrants passing through, but also with increasing numbers of his own youth who dream of a brighter future. these young men died trying to reach italy. more than 7000 tunisians tried to cross the mediterranean last year. wael was one of f them. hehe invitese toto h home e to share his story. >> there is no hope here.
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i am neither dead nor alive. it is all the same. we don't have any jobs, no future, nonothing. this couountry kills our dreams. that is why i want to escape. fanny: wael survived several boat accidents in the memediterranean, b but is undeterred. he wants to try again. >> if i stay here in tunisia, i have zero hope. in europe, i at least have a chance. fanny: but europe does not want to take in migrants like wael. so who exactly is responsible for those rescued at sea? >> we have to stop treating migrants like hostages and using them as political leverage. we have to stop treating them as a tool which to get money from europe. and we have to be humane from them. and guarantee them the rights of freedom of movement. fanny: tunisia's s governnt h hs
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repeatedly s said it doeoes nott to be the gatekeeper for migrants trying to reach europe. caught in limbo, thousands see trying their luck on the mediterranean as their only option, despite the dangers. phil: this is news from daniel winter now. looking at regions who have looked at protectionism and said no thank you. daniel: it is a massive deal covering nearly a third of the world economy. the eu and japan signed a new trade back to unite around 600 million people in the so-called cars for c cheese deal. here is how it happened. reporter: a grand fanfare for a historic agreement. as the eu and japan sunday world's largest ever trade deal in tokyo. >> today's signature is a landmark moment.
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it brings together economies that account for a third of the world's gdp and over 600 million people. reporter: the talks got off to a difficult start and took a full four years. but as u.s. president donald trump ratchet up the protectionist rhetoric, the negotiators set about sealing the deal in double quick time. >> there are currently rising concerns about protectionism globally.. within this context, i belelieve it is extrtremely meaniningful t japan and thee eu are sending a message to the world about the importance of free and fair trade. reporter: japanese automobiles currently faced 10% eu import tariffs. they will now be completely done away with. for the european's, the food industry is the big winner of the deal. he will now be much easier for eu reducers to expertise,
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chocolate and meat to japan, a nation of prosperous consumers. the eu expects food exports alone to jump by 180%. that will create new jobs and boost gdp. the message to washington is loud and clear. you build walls, you lose. and freeee trade is a win-win fr all participants. daniel: amazon workers across europe walked off the job today. in six of the warehouses in germany, employees are striking for contracts that guarantee better positions. he strikes began in spain and poland, coinciding with amazon's prime day. workers are also staging a work to rule action, only doing the minimum required. they expect only a fraction of its workers to join the walkout. that's it across the pond. jens korte is on wall street for us. we have seen amazon into some
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trouble, earlier netflix has had problems. would you say it is a tough week for tech stocks? jens: let's look at amazon. they also had their prime day tuesday, meaning they offered lots of discounts. there were some hitches with their service, not ideal timing. still, the stock of amazon gained a good percent. netflix came out with quarterly results and a disappointed with subscriber growth. at some point the stock got hammered by almost 40%. the stock was down a good 5%. some analysts say the problems with netflix right now might be a buying opportunity. we will wait to see if that turns out to be true. overall, there is an all-time high, so a tough environment for tech stocks. daniel: investment bank goldman sachs, who is in place to
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success lord blankfein? jens: he was the head of goldman for the past 12 years and now he is going to step aside by the end of september. he is going to be replaced by david solomon, who has been with the country since 1999. -- company since 1999. he also likes to function as a dj. see if the employees of goldman like his tunes. while it is known that he might take some bold steps, he is not necessarily loved in goldman but he is highly respected. it might not necessarily to be loved by your employees as long as they respect you. overall the choice was to be respected, so he will take over october 1. goldman also had quarterly numbers better-than-expected. still, the stock traded slightly to the downside. daniel: only a part-time dj.
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let's hope he can find the right mix for goldman sachs. american airplane maker boeing expects airlines will need over $6 trillion with an aircraft over the next 20 years. the closely monitored report comes as the airshow in the u.k. ends its second day, and already demand is high. reporter: aircraft are cutting edge products with a skyhigh price. and there is a shopppping spree underway at the air show. no trace of global trade disputes, m much less any potential recession in evidence. >> i do not think globalal demad is going to pull out. there w will was be demand for r travel because it is the safest and easiest way to travel from country to country. the industry monititor forecast
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there e will be fewer passenger traffic, especially in our region. reporter: not only in the middle east. inside 10 years, china will replace the u.s. as the e worlda guest domestic tourist market. -- world's biggest domestic tourist market. with the escalating trade dispute between the u.s. and china, it could easily cloud their business there. even know he will not make comment on that. daniel: that is it for your business. now to the ongoing violence in nicaragua. phil: security forces there have laid siege to a neighborhood there as part of a crackdown on antigovernment protests. at least 10 people were killed over the weekend when police in a gunman attacked student demonstrators. monday, families held funerals for the victims. reporter: they are grieving and
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angry. friends and family of those killed in last weekend's violence march 2 through the streets carrying their loved ones to their final resting place. while they were mourning the dead, others gathered to demand justice. outside the university or the incident occurred. the protesters here say pro-government groups were to blame for the deaths when they cleared be sitting protest that was taking place. the united nations agrees. the organization's is a number of human rights violations have taken place in the country, including extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary detentions. >> we are observing in emerging and disturbining practice of hun rights offenders and people being criminalized. reporter: violent unrest in the country began after elections in april. the country's president, daniel
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ortega, announced he was going to trim pension benefits. e-government that down, -- the government that down -- his actions have attracted widespread international criticism. >> there is a slaughter against the people. every day a slaughter against innocent people. we cannot allow that to happen. reporter: the u.n. anand the u.. have both independently now called for a h halt to the deady crackdown on antigovernment protests and warned against further government violence. phil: tour de france, after a break riders were back on their bikes for stage 10, which saw them enter the mountains for the first time. it included four major climbs. reporter: he started the first alpine stage on the attack,
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despite the mountains not being his terrain. this is more his discipline, as he showed on his way to picking up maximized points in all five maximized climbs. on the kernel climb about 30 kilometers from the finish, breaking away from the pack. he tried to keep up, having briefly held a five-minute lead over a group of to her favorites. after the climbs, he won the race in the finish. the first frenchman to win it this year's tour. he crossed the line in four, extending his s lead to two minutes and 22 seconds. he celebrated his first ever to her stage win and received the polkadot jersey. phil: a reminder of the top stories. u.s. president donald trump has backtracked on remarks he made at a summit with russian leader
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vladimir putin. after intense criticism, mr. trump now says he supports u.s. intelligence agencies and accepts their findings that russia did adult in the 2016 presidential election. former u.s. president barack obama has described nelson mandela as one of history's true giants. he was speaking at nevada marking the centenary of the south african anti-apartheid icon's birth. you are up-to-date. more at the top of the hour or on our website at dw.com. have a good day. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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