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berlin. britain's prime minister in a showdown over brexit and the numbers appear to be in westminster's favor. >> they want us to beg, force us to beg for yet another pointless delay. brent: boris johnson lost his majority in parliament but he refuses to give up the possibility of taking the country out of the european union with no deal. if lawmakers vote against him tonight, he has threatened to call for a snap election.
also coming up, at least five people are dead as hurricane dorian devastates the bahamas. the government says the damage is unprecedented and more than one million people have a been ordered to leave their homes on the eastern seaboard of the united states. and a survivor of the holocaust now honored for her efforts to fight anti-semitism. dw talks to 94-year-old anita lasker voltage on the day she received a special award from the nation that tried to kill her. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to our viewers on pbs in the united states and around the world, welcome. it is a showdown in london. britain's new prime minister boris johnson facing a make or break parliamentary vote over brexit. and that vote is due shortly. here is what is happening now.
some lawmakers are trying to block the possibility of the u.k. leaving the european union without a withdrawal agreement. they believe that would be a disaster for the british economy. johnson insists he must have the threat of a no deal brexit in order to strengthen his hand in negotiations with the european unioion. >> an explosive atmosphere both outside and inside parliament on the first day of the big showdown where these protesters, the prime minister is the demolition chief. with his threat to push through a no deal brexit. opposition parties are determined to stop that from happening, and they are joined by members of the conservative party itself such as former finance minister philip hammo. >> many colleagues have been incensed by some of the actions over the last week or so. i think there is a group of conservatives who feel very strongly that now is a time
where we have to put the national interest ahead of any threats to uss personally. >> one conservative mp went further>>. he has left the party and sits in parliament alongside the leader of the europe friendly liberal democrats. now, boris johnson has lost his majority, the opposition appears strengthened and united. >> it is bececoming increasingly clear that this reckless government only has one plan, to crash out of the eu without a deal. reporter: johnson's response? pm johnson: that is what they want, to force us to beg, to force us to beg for yet another pointless delay. reporter: the no deal opponents want to gain control over the agenda tonight, and pass a law tomorrow. and above all this looms the possibility of an early election. brent: a night that could go down in history in the u.k.
watching it for us is our correspondent barbara wessel. she joins us. it will be quite a night. let's talk about what happened today. a conservative mp literally stood up and switched parties right in front of the prime minister today. and with that, boris johnson lost his majority. how big of a blow is that? barbara: it was a spectacular act. everybody silently gasped in parliament when it happened. they could not trust their eyes. however, it is mostly a symbolic act. because this was the last man guaranteeing the nominal majority for boris johnson. but for days, it has been clear that there is a rebel group of about 20 tory mps who are intending to vote him down anyway. at least with regards to a hard brexit. they are defying the government with it. the majority of boris johnson
was on paper, at best. however, this act of this one mp shows it is about contempt amongst tory opponents, against the prime minister who they say is not telling them the truth about the kind of brexit and the kind of negotiation he sees holding with the european union. brent: and that is contributing to what was visibly today a toxic mix inside westminster. it brings us to the question tonight, who is going to win this showdown, the prime minister or the so-called rebel alliance? barbara: in all likelihood, the rebels are going to win the showdown tonight because looking at the numbers, there is enough to defeat boris johnson to vote him down.
the first step is going to be the takeover, and that will happen tonight within one or two hours time. the first step is to take over the agenda from the government and to propose a law that ties his hands, that makes it impossible for boris johnson, his government, to pursue a hard brexit without a deal with the european union. that is the intention. the rebels will manage to do that. however, if we look further down the road, we don't know who will gain and who will win in this situation where maneuvers, parliamentary maneuvers, the bending of rules and constitutional are really what rule the action of parliament now, and particularly, the actions of boris johnson. brent: that's right. definitely an exciting night where you are. barber weighs all, on the story for us. thank you. here are the other stories
making headlines around the world. reports from south africa say five people have been n killed n xenophobic attttks as urbrban violence extends into a their day. widespread looting and arson attacks have targeted homes. police have arrested more than 90 people. south africa's president has called the violence totally unacceptable. italy's antiestablishment five tart -- five-star movement has moved to a new governing coalition with the democratic party. five-star leader says party members overwhelmingly approve the move in an online poll. the decision means far-right leader will be relegated into the opposition, and it also means italy will avoid a snap election. the united states, britain, and france may be complicit in more crimes in yemen, according to a new u.n. report. the three countries are providing intelligence and logistic support to the saudi led coalition which the u.n.
says is starving civilians as a war tactic. the report also accuses the iran backed who the rebels of committing atrocities against civilians. authorities and southern california have called off their search for survivors of an overnight boat fire. all 33 passengers and one crew member who were trapped below deck of the fire are presumed dead. the bodies of 20 victims have been recovered. more have been spotttted inside the sunken wreckagee and efforos will continue to recover those remains. on the other of north america, at least five people have been killed in the bahamas, as hurricane doririan inches s tows the u.s. east coast. despite losing power and slowing down, the storm is packing winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour. candidate -- and it's long destructive path over the bahamas has left a trail of devastation. >> they could only watch as
hurricane dorian blew their home apart. >> oh my god. reporter: as the calm dissented, this family struggled to process the devastation. their lives, like thousands of others on the islands, smashed to pieces. the prime minister said help was on the way. >> we are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of northern bahamas. our mission and focus now is search, rescue, and recovery. reporter: hurricane dorian sat on the bahamas for 36 hours, pummeling this island with the winds of up to 350 kilometers per hour. bringing record storm surges, this committee international airport is submerged by the caribbean sea. leaving streets fit for bolts,
not cars. the fororeign rizzozo -- the fon miminister urgeded residents toy indoors. >> i wanant to stay to the cititizens here, it is not safeo go indoors. power lines are d down. lampposts are down. trees across the street. it is very dangerous if you d do not have to be outdoors. reporter: as night fell again, u.s. coast guard evacuated several patients from the worst hit islands. emergency services here working in the most extreme conditions. meanwhile, these images capture the eye of the storm. as dorian threatens to unleash chaos on the united states next. brent: how to understand this huge storm? to do that, i'm joined by a regional climate scientist at climate analytics, a
berlin-based nonprofit that looks at climate science and climate policies. good to have you on the show. >> thank you very much. brent: this hurricane basically reached the bahamas and then sat on top of those islands for 36 hours. that is really unheard of, isn't it, for a hurricane? >> that is very true. that is what makes it very special. for it to cause this kind of devastation. we think it will be, in terms of millions of dollars, the devastation pair the reasonn is it is a slow sly clone in terms -- slow cyclolone. it is characterized by the speed it has. this is a category 5, which is -- has broken the record. the fastest ever it has had the land w with those speeds. the second thing is the speed. it is the slowest one. traveled five miles in 24 hours. brent: which we can walk faster.
whwhy is that? we have a storm that is incredibly strong, but it is moving like an old man. how does that happen? is there a reason for that behavior? dr. saeed: for the intensity of strong, there are evidence that the storms to get intense, this is the full year where we have category 5 straw -- storms happening in the atlantic. for the movement and the speed of the storm, the size is not enormous but the people are looking at it. there are certain indications that climate change may be responsible because of the melting of snow on the north aboard is causing the slowness in the movement of upper-level air. they are just causing the storm to stall. we have seen that in the last three years, they are three
storms in the atlantic, it stalled longer. we can see a trend in the stalling. brent: is not a reason why this storm has been so difficult to predict where it is going to go? we have seen the predictions of the count of movement where meteorologists say it could ago, but they say also it is very wobbly and that it can veer to the left or white -- or right at a moments monist -- moments notice. dr. saeed: the storms are surprising the psych -- of the scientists as well. in 2017, it was for texas, and then we had florence over north carolina. this is the third one that stalled over the atlantic regions. it is something new for the scientists to predict. brent: new research and a new challenge for people who live along the coast for sure.
dr. fahad saeed, we appreciate you coming in and helping us understand what is going on over the atlantic tonight. thank you. we are going to take you to hong kong where the embattled chief executive carrie lam insists she has no intention of stepping down. that is despite a leaked recording of her saying that she wants to quit after these three months of unrest we have seen in the chinese territory. protesters have expressed mixed feelings about the recordings. some say it was leaked by the chief executive supporters. reporter: carrie lam was given the task of smoothing the waters 24 hours off or her own candid words made waves at an incredibly tense and delicate moment in the region's history. >> i have never attended a resignation to the people's government. i have not even contemplated to discuss a resignation with the central people's government.
the choice of not resigning is my own choice. reporter: under the gaze of the world's tv cameras, the chief executive's words were clear, but completely at odds with what she was recorded as saying to the regions business leaders. >> i don't want to waste your time. if you asked me what went wrong and why it went wrong? two have caused this huge challenge to hong kong is unforgettable. it is just unforgivable. i have a choice. the first thing is to quit. having make -- having made a apology, to step down. reporter: the source of that recording is still unclear. so too is the motivation for its release.
>> in a private session, i just attempted to explain that as an individual, given the very difficult circumstances, might be it was an easy choice to leave. but i told myself repeatedly in ththe last three months that i d my team should stay on to help hong kong. reporter: in the recording, the hong kong chief executive appeared to refer to the strain of serving two masters. she has since received the backing of the central government of beijing, but not of the proteststers. >> i think she leaked -- or the government really leaked the message on purpose. i think most of the -- most of hong kong is standing with us. >> i don't think she is telling the truth. i think she is just saying -- making up some stories to talk to the business sectors and
trying to get the support. reporter: not for the first time in this ongoing power struggle, another tense moment has come and gone. but neither side has changed position. brent: germany's foreign minister says berlin will work to end of the international isolation of sudan now that the country is on the path to democracy. he spoke during a visit to the country where a government has been sworn in that will manage the transition from military rule. >> germany's foreign minister came with a message, berlin wants to be a reliable partner. he met with representatives of the democracy movement in the capital, as well as with those who had peacefully demonstrated against mililitary rule in suda. >> t there is a l lot going on t now in this society. expectations are also very high
for the new political leadership. and i hahave been asked that germrmany and europee conontribe our bid by supporting thihis countryy fininanciallys s much s we c can. reporter: sudan could use the help. the country is just beginning to stabilize. in april of this year, omar al-bashir was overthrown after 30 years of threat -- as president. the military seized control but people took to the streets to protest disk tater ship -- protest dictatorship. pro-democracy leaders and the military agreed on an interim government to end of the crisis. he was sworn in in august. many young sudanese people are feeling cautiously optimistic about ththe future. > the first thing i want is sudan toto feel connecected to t outeter world. to feel the same as eveveryone else in the means of tecechnolo, commununication, in n the meansf services.. and it would be great if sudan could give us, thehe y youth, me
opportunity to achieve what we want to achieve. >> i feels likike we are actualy beining seen. wewe are notot another country,d third country with problems in it. we are actually being seen for who we are, truly who we are. reporter: the interim government under prime ministerr -- the prprime minister is p preparingr the country first free election set to take place in 2022. under the transitional agreement, he had -- he is forbidden from standing in the election. brent: germany has been remembering the start of a world war ii. 80 years ago when it invaded poland. 94-year-old anita survived two concentration camps. since then, she has spent years telling schoolchildren about her experiences. today, she received one of germanany's top awards foror her efefforts to fight anti-semitis. >> she is one of the l last
holocaust survivors alive today. i was deported to the auschwitz, that -- concentration camp in 1943. by then, the nazis had murdered her parents. >> what was there waiting to be put in the gas chambers, that was a situation. very difficult to describe two people nowadays who live more or less normal lives. reporter: it was music that saved her life, a talented cello player, she was chosen to play in the auschwitz women's orchestra. she has now been recognized for her relentless fight against anti-semitism with the german national price. the award honors those whoo strengthen the bonds between germany and europe. >> when i left germany after the catastrophe, i swore to myself that i would never stand on german soil again. that i would never buy things from germany.
my children can confirmrm thahat german wasas a synonym for murd, and manslaugughter. for robbery, andnd everything negative that you can imagine. reporter: after the war, she emigrated to england where she became a successful cello player. it was decades before she was able to step foot on german soil again anand to tell her story. >> the silence was literally a deathly silence. a completion of a murderous work. we should be ashamed of that, even today. thanks to people likike you, the dedeathly silence in this county could be broken. reporter: she sees it as her responsibility as a survivor to warn about the current political shifts through -- to the right in many parts of the world. like here airing the holocaust,
moderation in the german parliament. >> i think everybobody has gone completely mad. we had 70 years of peace, nobody reremembers what it was lilike t to have pepeace. yeah. it is the same, what goes around, comes around. it is very, very depressing. i think you have to be very, very careful. reporter: she says she has littttle optimism for ththe fut. in h her view, what matters most now is trying to make young people understand the danger that is in the air. brent: now to the democratic republic of congo where the ebola virus has killed more than 2000 people and the fear is more will die if the outbreak is not contained. among the challenges of fighting the disease, mistrust and misinformation. some people believe an ebola diagnosis is a death sentence so they do not seek treatment. other acute -- others accuse
health workers over spreading the virus. our next report is about someone who wants to set the record straight. reporter: jermaine is about to do something many in this town in eastern congo would consider courageous. even foolish. he is on his way to take a mother and her child to the hospital, even though both are showing symptoms of ebola. most would shun such contact, he fearing they may contract the virus. but he is unafraid. >> i'm not scared. i've touched many ebola patients. i'm cured. which means i cannot get infected again. reporter: this is the second-biggest outbreak of ebola in history and authoritities are struggling to contain it spread. one reason is some locals are suspicious of the doctors trying
to help them, even accusing them of using thermometers to infect them on purpose. jermaine bill is on a mission to counter such stories. he travevels to localal communis to promote understanding andnd explained that ebola can be cured with treatment. but many locals remain skeptical. >> never in my l life will i goo that ebola hospital. friends of mine went there in good health but they never made it out alive. we don't trust them. >> i have suffered. but i'm still here. i was jujust like you. >> 20 have a fever, they takake you there, then you are already dead. >> i'm cured. i now transport people you can transport.t. once you've been cured, you cannot get the disease agagain. reporter: despite some resistance, bill says he is determined to keep spreading information. >> it takes time for people to
understand the disease. i'm living proof of that. reporter: bill's main hope now is to prevent more needless deaths. brent: the rugby world cup begins in japan this month. the sports popularity has grown considerably since the national team's first world cup appearance in 1987. some veteran players are still using the full contact sport to keep fit after retirement. take a look. >> this full contact rugby club in japan is for athletes over the age of 40. but some of the guys out here are more than twice that age. like 86-year-old -- this 86-year-old. he joined the club to not only stay active, but also for the close knit c camaraderie. >> you tackle and battle each other. but getting g together after the gaga is so enjnjoyable andunun.
we talk about the match and no one gets angry about how we played. the atatmosphere is great. in short, there is nothing that rug -- but rug me for me -- but rugby fermi. reporter: not a yami is aware of the risks involved in playing a high-impact sport atat his age. as a doctor. yet he remains dedicated to giving his all to the sport, even after having a few physical setbacks. >> since joining the club, i have broken ribs many times and broke my collarbone too. quite a few other thihings have happened. when i noticed i had and it -- had an irregular pulse, i would take medicine to adjusted, so i can still play. i cannot stand not doing it. that's it. it may sound strange, but i lost my wife a few years ago and now
i would say i don't mind dying playing rugby. reporter: in japan, around 100 50 club stage full contact matches for players over the age of 40, giving athletes and avenue to prolong their playing days. brent: you are watching dw news. after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." we will have complete coverage from westminster in london. the battle over boxes. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
. yeah but it is welcome to a line from paris cm fronts twenty four a marker in these other and world news headlines. british lawmakers stop them move to stop a new deal breaks a promise the poorest johnson facing a vote. that could stop his plans even for the general election many things. could happen we'll have the analysis up throughout the evening. it's the set for another coalition led by she said becomes a is five star votes by eighty percent. to team up with the italian democrats luigi my declaring. little crisis that began four weeks