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berlin. confusion at nato as the u.s. signals they may return to syria. nato headquarters in brussels, a struggle to find a common voice as the u.s. says it may send tanks and troops back to syria after pulling them out just a week ago. also coming up, the man who could be argentina's new president left leading alberto fernandez has a huge 20 point lead is the nation prepares to vote on sunday. and in german soccer, their
fiercest rivalry inflames the passions of football fans, and on saturday afternoon, it is time once again. hold onto your seat when it they take on dortmund and the latest edition of that. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. to our viewers in pbs in the united states and around the world, welcome. tonight, nato is struggling to find a common voice over its members, turkey, and the offensive in northern syria. nato ended a two day summit in brussels acknowledging there are different issues -- different views on the issues as secretary-general jens stoltenberg put it. the behavior of another member, the united states is not helping things. having pulled its troops from the region earlier this month, washington says it will send
them back to syria to prevent islamic state from capturing crucial oil fields in the east of the country. reporter: it isn't easy keeping up with america's position in syria, after president trump emphatically said u.s. troops were coming home, his statement seemed in doubt as reports came in the white house had set out options believing u.s. forces in northeast area. the new order seemed to be modifying the objective of keeping isis extremists at bay. to include the safeguarding of the oil fields. the region is in a state of flux after trump declared he was withdrawing u.s. troops, creating a vacuum. on tuesday, russia and turkey struck a deal on a 30 kilometer deep safe sound to enable the withdrawal of armed kurdish units from the area. the oil fields which are of interest to the u.s. are in the east of the region. at a nato press conference in brussels, u.s. defense secretary mark esper tried to give some clarity to the u.s. position
where both objectives and the reversal of trump's earlier order of troop withdrawal were set out. >> we are reinforcing that position, it will include some mechanized forces. i will not get into details. but the mission in syria remains what the mission in syria begin with, it has always been about defeating the isis coalition. reporter: while russian forces step up their presence with turkey, casper drew attention to news that turkey had said it had to recapture to some of the 100 isis militants believed to has -- have escaped from prison in syria as a result of the turkish incursion. brent: for more, i'm joined by our correspondent in washington. good evening to you. why are we seeing this sudden shift in u.s. policy again? the u.s. is now the world's biggest energy exporter. they don't really need oil from outside the country.
so why are they sending soldiers into defined oil fields in syria? pablo: hi, brent. it is hard to keep up because it is as he set another shift from the united states. the u.s. defense secretary mark esper said the u.s. mission in syria has always been to present a research -- prevent a resurgence o of the islamic stae and the reason for securing the oil fields is to prevent them from gaining access to syrian oil. which we must not forget was a major source of revenue for the terror group. what we also cannot forget is presidenent trump had ordered te returnrn of f 1000 u.s. troops o had been partntnering with a a syrian-kurdishsh milititia to ft the so-called islamic state. this latest decision to have this secure -- them secure the oil fields would partially reverse the ongoing return or suppose would return which is what is being said here of u.s. troops in syria. and also another questioion is e do not know how many troops we are talking about. how many will be sent following
this new announcement. brent: do you think this is the pentagon's way of trying to correct what they have openly said was a mistake two weeks ago, t the mistakeke being the president's announcement that he was going to pull troops out of northern syria? pablo: well, it can certainly be interpreted that way. we can't forget there was also a major backlash from both democrats and republicans over president trump's abandonment of the u.s.'s kurdish allies. this shift in recent days from trump has been securing the oil fields. that is the message he wants to get across. there are reports in the u.s. that top military leaderers hada pushed for forceces to be left n syria to fight this i.s. or suppose a diaspora resurgence. despite that, the area of the control that we are talking about how to been under the control of the united states and syrian-kurdish forces. there is also a big concern here
amongst many analysts and people within the military that there are pockets of insurgents throughout the country. brent: do we know what will the new deployment of u.s. forces in syria look like? pablo: we are listening to a report that was interesting to hear the u.s. defense secretary who said the added force in syria would be mechanized. what does that mean? it probably means tanks and other combat vehicles. he did not mention like i said before how manyy troops we are talking about. what i'm readining from military analysysts are saying it could memean severalunundred. acaccording to t them. up until now, therere have essentially been special operation foforces who have e nt been equipped with tanks or armored vehicles. but like i said, little information and it is also very hard to really follow exactly what decision the white house is making with regards to syria. brent: our correspondent pablo
foley elias on the story for us tonight in washington. pablo, thank you. from north to south america, bolivia's president has declared himself the winner of the presidential election. official results give him a narrow 10 point lead which is necessary to win outright. his main rival has led days of protest and accuses him of "monumental fraud." both the united nations and the organization of american states have called for a runoff vote to establish the winner. reporter: they say they feel cheated of the election result and of their future. in the capital on thursday night, students clashed with armed forces. for them, a fourth term for the president is unimaginable. >> we want to move forward, we want bolivia to be respected. that is why all us young people have gathered here. reporter: we study, but what
good will that do if we do not get a degree a and if nobody gis us work? reporter: president a abel moras has ruled the country for almost 14 years. for a long timime, he stood for political and economic stability. corruption allegations have led to a drop in support among the population. his declared a is splitting the country. his supporters and opponents rush through the streets in the opposition stronghold of santa cruz. the clashes have long spread to rural areas. >> unfortutunately, we bolivians arare letting our impulseses tae over. wewe are attackingng eachtherer. that said. but -- that i is sad. but people feel powerless and want their votes respect. reporter: the organization of american states says there were serious irregularities in the electoral process. they have called for a runoff vote to restore credibility to the electoral system.
brent: argentinians head to the polls sunday and the opposition is on course for an election victory over incoming president. a rapidly tumbling economy, soaring inflation, and a stock market crash have hand of the left-leaning alberto fernandez a huge 20 percentage point lead. he has benefited from the disappointment felt by many over the president's inability to stabilize the economy. four years after he came to power, inflation in argentina stands at an annual rate of more than 53%. reporter: the president striking a winnerss pose,e, at his last campaign rally. >> w we will turn over the pagef frustration, we will turn around the election and we will turn around this country forever. reporter: he himself has a lot
to turn around as his victory in the presidential election looks highly unlikely. the men projected to defeat him by a landslide is opposition candidate alberto fernandez. he has benefited from the disappointment felt by many argentines over the unsuccessful handling of the economy. macquarie came to power in 2015, promising market reforms, open-door trade policies, and strong investment. but for years on, the argentine economy is shrinking and annual inflation stands at more than 53%. in a primary vote in august seen as a dress rehearsal for the election, macri suffered a landslide defeat. fernand is won by a massive 16%. polls predict fernandez will win the presidency out right, without the need for a second round runoff.
a win for fernandez would also spell the return of argentina's controversial form -- former president. who is running for vice president. she is a polarizing figure, a populist who retains a huge following and is viewed as a champion of the poor, yet she also faces investigations into fraud and money laundering. economists are predicting a win for fernandez could exacerbate economic volatility. after the primary vote, financial markets were thrown into turmoil and a plot -- the peso plunged more than 30%. protests over the worsening economic situation led to lawmakers to improve -- approve a few law last month. with the neighbors, chile and berg -- and bolivia suffering unrest, could this election push another country in the region into further instability? brent: earlier, we spoke to our
correspondent in the country's capital, bundeswehr's and asked her why people in argentina are looking for so much change? >> this is a truly devastating crisis the country is experiencing right now. the polarization, the report was just talking about, also spills over into the hopes people have for these elections. a lot of people say that the only reason why people are not out in the streets in argentina like they are in chile is that these elections are coming and with them, people are hoping for a democratic change that is about to arrive. other people, especially older voters, saying they have no hope for this country in the state it is in right now because no matter who you vote for, everybody is corrupt. that is what they believe. there is a distrust into the political class here in argentina. they say crises are part of the
argentinian circle of life and even if the government that is to come leads the country out of this crisis, it is only a matter of time until the next one strikes. brent: that was nicole frolich. here are the other stories making headlines around the world. in ethiopia, two days of protests have left 67 people dead including five police officers or the demonstration started as a standoff and an activist home and spread. protesters are challenging the rule of the men who won them -- the nobel peace prize this month. iraqi officials say a dozen people have been killed and hundreds wounded during demonstrations in baghdad. the protesters are demanding an end to widespread corruption and high unemployment. earlier this month, 150 people were killed and thousands more injured and a police crackdown on similar protests. the uk's exit date from the european union has been delayed again, but eu officials will not say for how long. britain was set to leave the eu
and under a weeks time but a recent vote in the u.k. parliament against an ambitious brexit deal schedule made the deadline impossible to reach. british police have arrested a fourth person in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a truck outside of london. authorities s believe most of fe vivictims were chinese but human rights a activists say some maye vietnamese. just over two weeks ago, the synagogue in the eastern german city of hollow was the target of an anti-semitic attack. the attack failed but two passersby died when the gunman began shooting indiscriminately. today, the president of the world jewish congress went to hollow to pay tribute to those two victims. reporter: candles and flowers, evidence of what happened here. police are accompanying
hymn, he is president of the world jewish congress, an organization that was established in 1936 in reaction to the rise of nancy schism -- of nazi-ism. 80 years later, anti-semitism is on the rise again. >> i was horrified but what happened. jews are always in danger. we should do everything we can to have action. not wars. reporter: after the attack, jewish leaders have called for more security at jewish sites. the synagogue was not the only target. when the shooter was unable to open the door, he shot a female passerby and a man at a kebab shout -- shop. this is where ronald allotter is headed next. he wants to pay tribute to the victims. on the phone, he reaches the owner of the kebab shop. >> i feel for him also. why does it happen? and where did the people get the hate? why? they are not born with hate. they learn it. they learn it through the
internet, through other politicians and people talking about it. we must be able to stop these groups. reporter: following the attack, germany's interior minister stressed the importance of a strong police presence in front of the country's synagogues. many people are calling for the government to take more divot -- decisive action against right-wing extremism. >> i feel and one way, saddened. on the other way, i see the flowers and reaching out, and i'm optimistic. i'm optimistic that germany can rise above this type of thing. brent: it is a big question for the catholic church. should married men be allowed to become catholic priests? that is one of the controversial topics being debated at a three week's summit of the vatican right now. the meeting of bishops is focused on the amazon region, home to several isolated catholic communities. the proposed change to the celibacy rule for priests would allow older, married men in such
communities to be ordained. the idea has outraged conservatives but in a part of the world where the church faces a chronic shortage of priests, many say this is the only way. reporter: nelson cardoso is a devout catholic. but at the moment, he is not altogegether happy w with his church. he is criticacal of the celibacy requirement. >> every man needs a partner. pastors in the protestant church have them. so catholic priests should be allowed to have them too. reporter: his church has largely been abandoned. the paint has faded and moisture has penetrated the walls. children play in the place of worship deep in the amazon rainforest. the priest in charge can only make rare visits. getting there is always difficult for him, the
77-year-old may not look like a catholic official, but he is one of the moans -- most senior priests and he is sworn to celibacy. he tells us he has lived this way his whole life. the trip to remote congregations takes him at least six hours. he lies on a hammock while en route. father in alberto is also critical of celibacy. >> pope francis has recognized our congregations need the help of married priests. why should only chased priests be allowed? this is a major issue in the church right now and i see it as a blessing. reporter: in the amazon, it is clear what father alberto is talking about. the congregations are far apart. traveling by boat takes a long time. and his church struggles to find young people willing to be celibate. in the village of san francisco, father abell toes celebrates mass with 200 catholic you this -- youths.
only he can consecrated bread in accordance with church rules. the regions catholic youth meet in san francisco. and they seem uninterested in taking a vow of chastity. he discusses the popes amazon senate and possible plans to ease the celibacy requirement. >> i support finally getting rid of celibacy. if a priest wants to be chaste, fine, it should be -- reporter: this idea was discussed at the amazon senate at the vatican. even encouraged by pope e franc. the catholic church is looking for ways to cope with a lack of priests, and stop members from leaving. most members of his congregation supported the end of celibacy in the priesthood. so that mass can take place every sunday and not just once every three months. mills and would even consider leading the church services
himself, but he wants to remain married. >> it has to be possible. we see how protestant ministers have wives and children. we want this too. reporter: the reform of the catholic church might just have its origins in the amazon. brent: it was only last year that california experienced its deadliest most destructive wildfires. now flames are once again raging across the state. in los angeles, around 50,000 people have been told to evacuate. reporter: moving faster through the e canyons north of f los angeles, driven by high winds, the wildfire in southern california broke out thursday. mandatory evacuation orders are in place. over 500 firefighters are battling the blaze, backed by air tankers and helicopters. >> do not be loaded by the fact that you may not see open flames right now. because there are plenty of
hotspots out. the incident will have fires all night -- firefighters all night trying to work on the hotspots and try to work on increasing our containment line. reporter: the firires are not oy raging in the e los angegeles a, butt also further north in the wine region of sonoma county, where residents were evacuated to escape the fire. >> and at 1:30 a.m., i woke up and the mountain was on fire. so i woke up my husband, and we checked it out and it was across the river. >> a lot of people i know lost their houses in the previous fires. i know for people who have already lost their houses in this one. it is just a real big reality check. reporter: in the past, california's largest utility company, pg&e, has been held responsible for numerorous wildldfis inin t statete. pg&e said they a are investigatg whetheher their equipmt t had bn involved in stoking the fire in sonoma valley.
to reducuce the risk of accidenl fires, power was cut to hundreds of thousands of customers in california. governor gavin newsom writ assize the utilities for how they handle wildfire protection. >> it is infuriating beyond words to live in a state as innovative and extraordinarily entrepreneurial and capable as the state of california, to be living in an environment where we are seeing this kind of disruption in these blackouts. reporter: with hot dry winds expected to hit california over the weekekend, and and is not insight. -- end is not insight. brent: this week's action sees choco host and what is germany's fiercest derby game. i am now joined by jonathan crane. what can we expect? jonathan: if past meetings or anything to go by, we can expect a lot of goals. we had 40 last season. forget dorman versus byard.
dortmund versus schalke is the biggest match. it is called the mother of all derbies. it is one the coach cannot afford to lose. is under pressure after a string of poor results. if the rumors are to be relieved, -- belief, joseph is being lined up to replace them. there is a lot at stake. reporter: this match has been billed as lucien favre's date with destiny. some reports say a defeat against the bitter rival would spell the end of his reign as dortmund coach. is it writing on the mall -- on the wall? he says not. >> is a very special game. i have known t that since the moment i arrived. it is very important. but there is pressusure for evey game and i it is no different fr shalkeke. it is a derby and it is very special. reporter: a special match but one with bad recent memories for
their fans. a four-to home defeat at the end of lasast season torpedoed their title chances. but form and past results will count for nothing. according to the men preparing for r his first dadarby. >> i don't think you can automatically y draw any advavantages or disisadvantages. not even from the latest results, and especiaially not darby results. what happens in the days or weeks before does not matter. it is completely irrelevant. jonathan: and so, it is all down to one game. nothing less than local bragging rights are up for grabs. and for some, jobs are on the line too. brent: what makes this fixture then so special? jonathan: it is a rivalry that goes back to 1925. it was not until the late 60's when the league was new that the rivalry started heating up. the sides are very close geographically, 30 kilometers
apart. it is a darby unlike a lot of others. a lot of darby's are founded on religious or political devices. schalke and dortmund fans have working-class backgrounds. that makes them very passionate. if you ask, sometimes you get the impression that they hate each other's team more than they love their own. some can't even bear to utter the name of the opponent. if you ask some of them, what wouldd you r rather do, win the title or win the title or when the darby match? they w would pick ththe darby m. brent: amazing. it's understandable that the emotions are running high. what does each side have to gain besides bragging rights? jonathan: it is incredibly close out the top of the bundesliga. we could send either side top. schalke will probably be kicking themselves because they had a couple of chances to go top already. if you are schalke coach, new into the job, things are going in the right direction. he is sitting pretty unlike his dortmund counterpart.
you talk about what they have to gain. what does he have to lose? he is under pressure. they have had inconsistent performances, dortmund. they have thrown away games when they should've won against. that is not what you should have. we've talked about passion, one thing fiber gets criticized is his softy approach. he is a good tactician. sometimes you need something in here, your heart. brbrent: the beat on your chest instead of using your noggin. any other big games? jonathan: a huge game for berlin. they traveled to munich to face the mighty bind. it is not much bigger than that. that coach is under pressure. that. . pressure has never gone away. they have only picked up one point from their last two games. he will need a win. they are an action against frankfurt. they will look to protect that. brent: a lot of action there. jonathan, as always, thank you. jonathan: you're welcome. brent: tourists are flocking to
australia's iconic stand -- sandstone rock for one last climb before a permanent ban comes into effect. starting saturday, the monolith will no longer be open to climbers. the decision was made out of respect to indigenous australians who consider the site sacred. every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit it, formally known under its colonial name. it was added to the list of world heritage sites back in 1987. after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." stick aroundnd for that. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
nine pm here in the french capital thanks so much for joining us for live from paris. i'm charlie james and these are the headlines. bolivia in turmoil over the disputed presidential election results incumbents abel morales has claimed a a fourth tererm. the opposition is demanding a second round. lebanon's ninee day protest movement rattling the political system the leader of the powerful hezbollah group warning of chaos a and civil war government is overturned. and protests resume across iraq and to send into violence more than