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the caspian sea. and the convicted israeli spy, jonathan pallard is freed in the u.s. i'm andy richardson in doha, with today's sport as the president of the international olympic committee proposes big changes to the way drug cheats are identified worldwide. hello, the u.n. secretary general has condemned an attack on a hotel in mali's capitol, bamako. ban ki-moon has described the siege as a horrific terrorist attack. 22 bodies have so far been recovered from the hotel. malian special forces are still trying to dislodge gunmen from the upper floors, according to reuters news agency. nadim baba has this report.
>> reporter: soldiers help an employ of the radisson blu out of the building. gunmen had managed to get inside shouting god is great in arabic before taking around 170 people hostage. many were in shock. as the malian president cut short a trip to chad and flu home, the government tried to reassure people. >> translator: this morning at 7:00 am the radisson hotel was attacked. according to the information we have there were two or three armed men who walked into the hotel. we have deployed on-site to cordon the hotel. following an assault
involving french, u.n., and malian special forces, reports came in of dead bodies found inside the hotel. >> translator: at the beginning he says i thought it was firecrackers, i didn't think it was a hostage situation, then it continued and continued and we heard it ash thoetel. an armed group which split from al-qaeda north african branch two years ago has said it carried out the attack. the group said it wanted its fighters freed from mali's prisons, and the army's attacks against northern malians to stop. mali has been in a political crisis since a coup d'etat two years ago. friday's deadly events will surely raise new questions about how stable this country really is. nadim baba, al jazeera.
let's get the latest now from yvonne ndege who has been monitoring developments from us from nigeria's capitol. and still a somewhat confused picture about what is happening at the radisson blu hotel. conflicting reports about whether or not there are still gunmen inside. >> reporter: well, that's right. and this tallies with the conflicting reports that there have been throughout the day about the number of attackers involved in this situation. earlier on, it looked like two, at least that's what the parent company of the radisson blu hotel put out in a statement that two gunmen had sieged the hotel and were holding all of these people hostage. it was some hours later that various security forces talked about around 10 to 15 gunmen being involved. now obviously the information we have is that all of the hostages have been cleared from the hotel, but given this background
that i have explained, it is possible felicity that there are still gunmen holed up in this hotel, lurking in rooming, hiding from security services. also when one looks at the death toll that we understand to be around 20 to 22 at the moment, yes, it's possible this attack was executed by more than two people. look another the size of the hotel. it is quite large. it does take up a whole block in bamako, so, yes, it's quite possible. one imagines that if a group like the group who is behind this was going to execute this kind of attack -- they would probably do it with more than two attackers. but it's important to underscore that so far there has been no official confirmation from any of the agencies involved in trying to sort this out, including the french military,
the u.n. peace keepers, because they have a mission in mali, and malian forces, still no official word on how many attackers are still involved in this, simply because it is still a live and active event going on. >> yeah, difficult story for journalists to cover. there has been a claim of responsibility. tell us more -- about that. >> reporter: well, yes, there has been one group affiliated to al-qaeda, saying it is responsible for the attack. not very clear at this moment precisely where they are putting this information out, whether it's on the internet, on social media, but it won't come as a huge surprise, because there has been a history of similar attacks -- nothing on this scale, if these death toll numbers are correct, in particular, but there has been a history of this kind of attack taking place before in mali. in march we saw an attack at a
restaurant in which a number of people were killed, gunmen showed up and started spraying bullets and people. and in august, in a central malian town there was a hotel that came under the control of gunmen in which at least five u.n. workers were killed. now at the time, a group did claim responsibility. a group that said it was affiliated to al-qaeda, claimed responsibility for those attacks, and the theory or the question being asked, is it the same people behind this latest attack -- this latest deadly attack on the radisson blu hotel, or another group entirely. there have been more than one or two extremists groups uprooting in mali since the political instability started to unfold about three years ago as nadim was just saying in his report, the coup that took place caused
huge political upheaval and almost opened up a vacuum, many say, a power vacuum for some of these groups to take control of certain parts of the country. we saw that happening in the north with the taur rig uprising. >> thank you -- yvonne. we're joined on the phone live now. exactly where are you, and what is the latest you are hearing? >> reporter: i'm outside of the radisson hotel where military operations seem to be slowing down up to about an hour ago we still heard gunfire inside the hotel, and i'm told those were malian forces going room to room
making sure there were no gunmen left in the hotel. some people were able to escape or run to other parts of the hotel when the gunmen attacked. they are coming out now, and we also have paramedics, forensics, coming into the building. yeah, of course, a very big hotel in the heart of the capitol, bamako. there have been conflicting reports about whether or not there might still be gunmen on some of the upper floors of the hotel. are you hearing anything about that? >> reporter: what i heard about one and a half two hours ago was that there might still be gunmen holed up inside the hotel. we even have conflicting information with regards to how many gunmen attacked the hotel. a guard i spoke to this morning said he saw four or five gunmen, and there have been talks and
gunmen entering through different entrances. then you have some embassies confirming there were two gunmen. >> yeah, very confusing picture. you say some of the hostages or people trapped inside the hotel have still been coming out. and these are people from many different countries around the world, aren't they? >> reporter: among the hotel's guests were american, turkish, french, canadian citizens, swedish citizens. french were also inside the hotel. i mean it is one of mali's or bamako's nicer hotels that does attach a lot of western guests. >> reporter: and the security forces who went into the hotel to recover the hostages to find them, were they lead by the malian security forces or was at it multi-agency force? >> reporter: there were to some
extent lead by the malian forces, but it was very much a multi-agency operation. >> mali itself is an unstable country and has been for a couple of years now. from your experience in bamako, what is the security situation like in the capitol? how much security is there? >> reporter: over the last couple of weeks and months, security -- [ inaudible ] intensified security threat. as far as for daily lives, as far as people going about their business, i wouldn't say it is very dangerous, although hotels like the radisson, other hotels, they have ramped up their security in recent months. >> really good to hear from you, and get that update live from the scene of the siege in bombco. thanks so much for your time.
>> reporter: the french president has pledged his support for mali. french authorities have confirmed that a body recovered from an apartment is that are of [ inaudible ]. jonah hull reports. >> reporter: these were the dreadful moments when it appear isil's focus on french citizens might have gone global. they took hostages. there have been a number of deaths. the french president said french forces on the ground would do what they can to help. >> translator: once again, terrorists want to mark their barbaric presence on every location where they can kill, impress, and murder. so we need to be firm and show
our solidarity towards our friend, the country of mali. there are tourists, people in charge of businesses, different nationalities. because mali needs their support to rebuild and develop. >> reporter: at home in france, another police raid, more people taken away under expanded security powers for questioning. this is said to be the mother and brother of the woman killed on wednesday when police raided an apartment in the paris suburb of saint-denis. the paris prosecutor as identified her, possibly a cousin of abdelhamid abaaoud, also killed in wednesday's raid and identified as the likely architect of last friday's attacks. a neighborhood says she had been ill treated as a child before being removed from her parents by social services. >> translator: she was treated badly since her childhood. she slept attached to radiator.
she was electrocuted. >> reporter: in a further twist, the prosecutor says a third body does discovered in the rubble of saint-denis. identity as of yet unknown. it was good intelligence that lead them to this apartment, but a lack of intelligence allowed the attacks to happen in the first place. >> translator: we have learned that he was in the rubble of that apartment in saint-denis. the investigation has to continue to understand exactly why this man that was the subject of an international warrant issued by belgium could cross so many borders in this way. >> reporter: in brussels, meanwhile, european union interior and justice ministers have rallied to france's call for help, meeting after france this week invoked the e.u.'s
mutual assistance pact for the first time ever. >> europe is standing by france in solidarity and compassion. this meeting in brussels is of great importance today. first of all, let me remind you that after charlie hebdo, i had proposed and finally it was done, the creation of the counter terrorism center at [ inaudible ]. i believe at the moment to make one more step forward and put the basis for the creation of a european intelligence agency. >> reporter: paris is back to business as usual in the rain, but everyone who passes the various attack sites takes the time to stop and look, perhaps light a candle or leave a message in utter silence. life goes on, of course, but the awful events of a week ago, the deaths of so many, have
triggered consequences in france and abroad that are only beginning to unfold. also in paris for us right now is andrew simmons. andrew, france, of course, still recovering from the fallout of those dreadful attacks in paris exactly a week ago today, but france also involved in the siege that has been happening on that hotel in mali. >> reporter: yes, as if there wasn't enough pressure on the french president. he immediately ordered his forces to help out the malian special forces. the special forces -- the french special forces are thick on the ground in mali. france intervening in the conflict there in 2013, helping the government, propping it up, regaining the northern territories in a long, long battle, and of course, it's been difficult ever since.
there's been all sorts of problems in terms of the very, very wide-spread resistance, those who are separatists. those who are so-called islamist fighters. there was very, very difficult times, and a lot of piece agreements going by the wayside. what happened on the radisson blu hotel was that the french special forces assisted as i said the malian forces and also u.n. forces were involved as well. and there were another 50 police investigators spent from paris. they should be arriving any moment now. this will be a big mopping up operation and also intensive forensic investigations. there are something like 7,200
french nationals living in bamako alone, and there has been an appeal for them to be incredibly careful in what they do, because of the raised profile of french citizens worldwide right now being targeted by isil and other organizations. there was also another incident involving air france crew, 12, including two pilots. they were taken hostage, but managed to escape. it's not clear exactly how they managed this, but they are apparently safe and sound, air france now having canceled any flights to bamako. >> yeah, and andrew obviously back in france where you are at the moment, french people and politicians very nervous about those attacks in paris a week ago today, and the french senate as been voting about extending those emergency powers in force. >> that's right.
the lower house with a convincing overwhelming majority on thursday voted for the extension by three months of the emergency powers, wide-ranging, enabling the police to stop and search and impound property and search buildings without judge's permission, widespread extra powers for surveillance. all of this went through with a completely all-out vote in favor. there were no objections whatsoever in the senate to the legislation. it's going through. it will be through very soon indeed. and in fact, already there are hundreds of searches going on right the way across france and arrests being made, and impounding of property right away across the board. but what has also happened is
that manuel vales, the prime minister of france who opened the debate in the senate, had said he passed on his commence ration to the people of mali, but also said that france would stand firm. it would fight nflt this opens up a whole area right knew, and we only in a matter of just over two hours, exactly that time on a friday night when france faced the most awful -- awful disaster effectively on its people with those relentless, unforgiving attacks, and merciless, you are looking at the area where people are still lighting candles. there is still an emotional trauma going on here. a sort of vacuum of insecurity and fear, because that's the way it is. it isn't -- many are being defiant, but there is this fear
still. you know, you have a situation where abaaoud, the so-called ringleader, described that way by the french security forces was killed along with two others, including a woman believed to be his cousin, but there are still suspects at large. there are still suspicions, fears that other cells could be planning attacks. and what is more, in monterrey, which is on the metro line 9, a cctv camera is reported to have images of abaaoud actually coming through a subway after all of the attacks, and this was only 200 meters away from the car that was left behind and recovered by the police. now the indication here seems to be that abaaoud, described as the ringleader, could possibly
have actually taken part in the attacks. and of course, that adds to the roth of the french intelligence that they had no idea whatsoever that this man who is widely known as one of the biggest threats to european states by isil was at large, and they thought he was in syria. there was intelligence from a number of countries that didn't reach france, apparently, one intelligence agency actually outside of europe informed the french interior minister that he had been seen in greece, but that information didn't reach france until two days after the attacks. so many questions to come fell i willty. >> indeed. andrew simmons reporting live
there from paris. i can tell you in the past few minutes the reuters news agency has been saying that a second suicide bomber who died in france a week ago today also came into europe via greece in october. and has now been identified. a second suicide bomber who detonated his bomb in france came into europe via greece back in october and has now been identified by french police. we'll keep you updated on that. [ inaudible ] across france have condemned the french attacks following friday's prayer. they asked preachers to denounce violence and condemn the
attacks. the grand mosque l called off a rally that was to be against terrorism because police said they could not assure its security. and european union ministers have agreed to tighten checks on the borders. following the meeting in brussels the french interior minister called for the creation of a european-wide intelligence agency. >> translator: the strengthening of border control is indispensable. we have been asking for this for a number of months. the commission has agreed to table a draft reform of the schengen agreement by the end of the year so systemic checks can
be carried out on all of our borders, including those who benefit from the freedom of movement. this is a crucial change, but controls should be cross checked with the sis data inform, schengen information system as well as interpol. it also means there has to be a better exchange of information between member states, so as to allow us to flag up foreign fighters. paul brennan sent this update from brussels. >> reporter: a very detailed explanation there. but let me try to cut through to layman's terms. particularly the border controls. now what we're talking about are e.u. citizens, for example who travel outside of the european union and then return. at the moment they are waved through by border controllers.
now they -- their passports will be swiped, their data taken, and in that way a database will be built up for potential fighters who travel out to syria and return to the european continent. other measures that the border control side of things have come out with in brussels here today include a much, much tighter security regime on the edge of the schengen area. we're talking about fingerprints being taken of every refugee and immigrant who enters the schengen area. now there will be specialist officers who will be spent to the hot spot areas, with the necessary technology and to assist the local officers on the ground so that concerns about jihadists or radical foreign fighters being trained in syria
and then somehow smuggling themselves back into the european area should be addressed by these kind of security measures. those are the latest developments out of brussels and france. let's turn to our top story this hour, the hostage crisis in mali which does appear to be over at the radisson blu hotel in bamako. with me in the studio is managing direct dor of the international security consultants, thanks for coming into the studio. let's begin with this group that has claimed responsibility for attacking the radisson blu in bamako. we have been describing it as an affiliate of al-qaeda. what more do you know? >> it was created by the merger of two groups. the leader used to be the number 2 of al-qaeda. he is jihadi, loyalty within
jihadists. western security services, including the united states have announced his death many times, is still around. his group was the one that targeted the gas facility in algeria. so he is a very sophisticated person. he has a lot of experience and it is not a surprise that they would be behind that attack. but the situation is very, very difficult to follow in mali, because you have different offshoots of groups linked to al-qaeda. the big one which incidentally had threatened france just a few weeks ago. and i had intelligence of groups of jihadist coming in september from algeria and libya into mali, and that was very, very worrisome at that point.
>> the fact that this particular group that has said it carried out this attack in affiliation with al-qaeda, does this suggest that this is an attack not just on mali domestically, not just in sub saharan africa, but on an international stage? >> of course. you have to remember that there is more tall competition to i.s., and al-qaeda when it comes to the hearts and minds of jihadists. al-qaeda have been on the defensive. they haven't had their names in the news for a long, long time. so for them to put them back in the limelight, they need to target foreigner ex-pats, and they need to go into a place where they feel safe in a way, and mali is that kind of place. they have been around for ten years already, and the state is
having a hard time dealing with the different threats and groups, so it does make a lot of sense for them to spring up again, and say, look, we're not irrelevant, we exist, and can inflict damage on the west. >> and isil has not been known to be operating in mali. what does this now mean for mali that was already an insecure, unstable place? what does it mean now going forward? >> look, it means that fortunately people around the world will know that mali is insecure. because up until now only the french and the u.n. have been banging the table saying we cannot let this country go into the hands of the jihadists, so hopefully this will spring up actions from the u.k. and germany and the u.s. to try to sustain the government there and
build lasting peace. >> good to get your view thank you so much. still to come, we'll have the latest on how a boatful of asylum seekers were just 200 meters from christmas island shore before they were spotted. and window's celebrates being 30. and we'll hear from the australian coach entrusted with reviving the fortunes of english rugby. tough task ahead.
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recovered from the building. and e.u. interior ministers have agreed to tighten checks on people entering and leaving the border-free schengen zone. the paris prosecutor has now identified a second suicide bomber, as someone who came into france via greece. a former israeli spy has been released from prison in the united states after spending 30 years behind bars. jonathan pallard who was born in the u.s. and worked for u.s. naval intelligence was arrested back in 1985. he was given a life sentence in 1987 after being found guilty of selling u.s. secrets to israel. it has been the long term cause of diplomatic issues between the two nations. he will have to stay in the u.s. while the serves a five-year parole term. let's get the latest from rob reynolds.
tell us more about what is really an extraordinary case this one. >> reporter: well the prosecutor in the case called it one of the ten worst cases of espionage in u.s. history. the amount of material that joseph pallard provided to israeli agents is really astonishing. he was as you mentioned a naval intelligence analyst, and he worked in a -- a workplace that gave him access to all sorts of military intelligence, cia documents, nsa documents, all of that sort of thing. and this was 1985, of course, in the midst of one of the more heated periods of the cold war. so all of this material, which would have filled a large room according to prosecutors was handed over to the israelis by jonathan pallard an american citizen, and he did it for money. he was paid well by the israelis
and lived a lifestyle he and his wife lived a lifestyle well above their means, but press release his prison cell and with the help of supporters he orchestrated a very large scale public relations campaign convincing many in israel that he had been imprisoned for not doing very much to hurt the u.s. and the result is the united states, the white house, the attorney general have not offered any objections to pallard being paroled aft after -- his 30 years behind bars. he will have to stay in the united states for five years, he will have to report to a parole officer. he is going to be living in new york with his wife esther whom he married while he was in
prison. his wife ann served less than a five-year sentence, and they divorced several years later. >> rob thank you so much. it has been a day of funerals in the occupied west bank for both sides in the continuing violence between israel and palestinian. 22-year-old palestinian has been buried in many a village close to jerusalem. he died in a hospital after being shot in the head during clashes with israeli troops. in hebron it was the funeral of this man who was shot in the aftermath of a palestinian shooting and car-ramming attack on thursday. one of the israelis who died in the attack has also been buried in the occupied west bank. he was one of three israelis killed on thursday in separate attacks by palestinians in the west bank and tel-aviv.
since the beginning of october, 88 palestinians, and 15 israeli have been killed in the violence. russia has attacked isil targets in syria by launching cruz missiles from warships in the caspian sea. the russian defense ministry say the strikes destroyed oil facilities and tankers controlled by isil. the strikes are aimed at cutting the income isil receives from sale of oil. >> reporter: saudi arabia is going to host a conference next month aimed attending syria's five-year civil war. the u.n. special envoy to syria says it is unlikely a ceasefire will hold without the involvement of regional and international players. >> there are indications that those countries who are inside
the meeting room and look at them who they are, and those who are there involved or have the capacity of influencing those fighting, have an interest in seeing a ceasefire taking place. the ancient city in niger has long been a desperate point to leave the area. the international organization for migration expects the number to double this year largely due to human smuggling. our correspondent has this report. >> reporter: this is the capitol of niger's largest province. it's here that the exodus to europe begins. the route is owned by smugglers. they deal in not just goods, but
people too. these are some of the migrants the smugglers will soon send north wards to libya. >> translator: from libya my dream is to get to italy and eventually france. i will be here for a while, though, as i have rount of money. >> reporter: everyone is waiting. with a long journey ahead of them. all of these men have friends who made it to europe and they believe they can make it too. corruption and the lack of education and jobs fuel human trafficking in africa. the migrants say the smugglers are fleecing them. >> translator: i was forced to strip and they searched for money and took all i had. there are numerous police check points too that we have had to pay money at. >> reporter: an estimated 2,000 migrants set out across the sa
sarah every week. they send [ inaudible ] the government of niger's new anti-trafficking law have done little to end the booming trade here. almost everyone admits that it is hard, if not impossible to cut smuggling in this area. in one of the world's poorest country and in a town where opportunities are few and far between, smuggling a financial lifeline for many local people. restrictions continue to be placed against meme traveling from greece. several nations have tried to separate refugee they consider to be economic migrants rather than refugees. for more we can speak to a representative of the unhcr. tell us more about your concerns
regarding these restrictions. >> well, our main concern is what will happen to the people who are not being allowed entry into these countries, into the bell can r -- balkans. they are being allowed access providing their can prove their identity, which is not always easy. but for those that come from other countries, it's not clear what will happen to them, because they are not being allowed into these countries, and we have hundreds of people being stranding in this situation. and with winter conditions really biting, particularly this weekend, when snow is expected in many of these countries in the balkans and northern greece, we are very concerned about what
is going to happen particularly to those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly, children, pregnant women and so on. >> reporter: these restrictions have been imposed unilaterally by the various balkan nations. we have had that vote by e.u. ministers in brussels that they want to strengthen the border controls, essentially anybody coming in out -- and out will have to show their passports. how will those checks effect refugees trying to travel into europe? >> we understand in the wake of the terrible attacks in paris which we have condemned in this the strongest terms, people are very concerned about security, and so are we. we also need to have an orderly
coordinated way for them to move. also for them to come from the middle east, where most of them are coming from into europe, and that is through vettelment or family reunion schemes, through humanitarian admission programs and so on. and for those already in e.u. countries such as greece and italy, for them to be relocated within the e.u. this would provide a safe way for them to travel so they don't need to take risky journeys. but also would help allay some of the security concerns of the country's recidivism, because they will be properly screened, interviewed, and countries will know exactly who they are, and why they are coming to -- to -- to europe. >> just one final thought, is it possible then that these new restrictions that the e.u. is bringing in, might pave the way
for something else to be organized? >> well, some of these legal ways for people to -- to move within europe and also from outside into europe are already in place, but we need to speed them up and make them available and accessible to many more people. the relocation scheme, for instance, within e.u. countries, which is meant to benefit 160,000 people so far has benefited less than 160. so we need to multiply that by a thousand. the same for countries from the middle east into europe, we need to speed up that process, and they will help to deal with this situation, because we don't want people to take these long risky
journeys when they could be traveling in a legal way by plane with visas, and the authorities receiving them will know how many are coming, when and will prepare for their arrival in a much better way. >> good to talk to you. thanks so much. thank you. new zealand angeder -- new zealanders have begun voting for a new flag. the excise is costing $16 million however. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: who thinks that we should change new zealand's flag? interesting. >> reporter: for these primary school children, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. >> [ inaudible ] black and white. >> reporter: why? >> because i think it represents
like all blacks and stuff like that. >> reporter: but getting consensus for a new flag on a national level is more difficult. >> with new zealand the way it is, there are a whole lot of other things that are more important than changing a flag. >> we just need to focus on getting something that is instantly recognizable as a new zealand as a kiwi icon. >> we have moved a long way from our british roots, and it might be time to change, but that's not what we're hearing. >> reporter: the flag has been flying high for 113 years. >> it really stirs my heart, and it is recognizable all around the world, and i'm proud to put it on my backpack. >> reporter: the prime minister says one of the biggest reasons to change the flag is because it is too similar to the australian one. >> this is our chance now to say this is what we are.
we're not little australia. >> reporter: 12 well-known new zealanders picked four flag designs. a fifth option was included after a petition on social media. three of the designs have the iconic silver fern emblem. a popular choice in this classroom. >> i have chosen the black and silver fern one. >> reporter: new zealand only one of ab landful of countries left in the world with the union jack still on its flag. the get to will go up for vote in march of next year. coming up next, all of your
hello again. as promised all of your sport now with andy. >> thank you so much. the presidents of the international olympic committee has proposed a massive overhaul of how athletes worldwide are tested for drugs. he was speaking at a meeting of european olympic bosses here in prague. russian officials were there a week after being banned by the
international athletics federation. backers claim that the role of wada should change. wada should establish a testing unit that is independent itself. a professional intelligence gathering unit should be established, and that doping bans and penalties should only be handed down by the swiss-based court of arbitration for sport. >> in such a way also the system of sanctions would be centralized because efficient and lead to harmonization among all sports and among all countries. club football regimes in france in the next half hour, a week after the [ inaudible ] was targeted during a national team game between france and germany. the second place leonia
traveling to greece, but none of their fans have been allowed to travel. the government wants to deploy police resources elsewhere in the country. nadal has made it 3 out of 3 wins. he has already beaten andy murray at the season-ending event to finish top of his group. he was a 3-set winner, and will play djokovic on saturday. murray and dabrink play laters. golf. rory mcelroy is in god position. he is looking to finish at the top of the ranks. he hit a second straight round of 68 in dubai, and he is 8
under par. his closest rival is two shots further back. here is the leader of the tournament. andy sullivan. that was his birdie at the 18th, and he is a shot clear of the field on 12 under par. now despite their disastrous world cup performance, england's new rugby coach insists the team has a bright future. he is the first ever non-english coach to take on the job. me was also in charge of australia when they reached the 2003 world cup final only to then lose to england. >> there's great talent out there, so for me it's a great opportunity to coach these players. and obviously the they have a
[ technical difficulties ] >> pull-down menus, a mouse-driven pointer, and buttons on the screen, it revolutionized computing. >> even though it was very primitive, it still worked more seamlessly. and apple, they built the hardware and then the software to run on it. >> microsoft set to work making a new oms. the result, windows 1.0 was buggy, crude, and slow, but could run on many existing computers, and other people could and did develop programs
for it. >> so with windows it gave the consumers the ability to choose from different developers of software, whereas if the only alternative was to use apple. so windows gave people more choice. >> reporter: they lost ground to apple in recent years, particularly as consumers increasingly turn to mobile devices. but window's still runs on more than three quarters of the world's computer users. there are sometimes that you think simpler is better, but that is what our website looks like at the moment. it is leading of course on the situation in mali. there are reports that some gunmen are still in the hotel. julie mcdonald will update you
>> i've been asked to keep my voice down cause we are so close to the isil position >> who is in charge, and are they going to be held to accout? >> but know we're following the research team into the fire >> they're learning how to practice democracy... >> ...just seen tear gas being thrown... >> ...glad sombody care about us man... >> several human workers were kidnapped... >> this is what's left of the hospital >> is a crime that's under reported... >> what do you think... >> we're making history right now... >> al jazeera america
mali hotel siege hostages are freed but 27 are dead, and two gunmen have been killed. no confirmation on who was behind the attack, a group linked to al-qaeda, claims responsibility. ♪ hello there, this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. the senate votes to extend the state of emergency in france. president hollande says mali has his country's full