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streets of burundi 's capital. they want president pierre nkurunziza to relinquish his bid for a third term. on national tv, the burundian leader said the protests were limited. the injured city of palmyra is under control of the islamic state. sending the coast guard to search and rescue any other asylum-seekers stranded at sea. malaysia and indonesia promised
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temporary shelter to thousands seeking refuge. coming up in business, making it easier and cheaper for companies to fire workers. france's notoriously protective employment laws. belle will be here to tell us what not to miss in a weekend reading. inside the head of google. ♪ more bloodshed in burundi. crowds continued to take to the streets of the capital bujumbura . they want pierre nkurunziza to renounce his bid for a third term. the president said the unrest was limited. in the capital and reporting on
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the clashes. >> the latest started off relatively slow. i'm in a neighborhood and it is extremely tense. residents are hiding in their homes in the hour after a protester was shot in the head by police. at present, the protesters have been pushed back after the clash. gunfire continues. residents and protesters are throwing rocks from behind their homes. we are hearing intermittent gunfire here a few moments after the red cross came to pick up the body of the protester who was shot in the head. eve: getting very violent once again. we have seen that in weeks gone by. 20 people died in previous demonstrations. we heard president pierre nkurunziza speaking on national television and saying the clashes were very localized. julia: the clashes are certainly limited to the capital. we spoke to one university professor of political science
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in burundi and he said everything necessary for the country to operate exist in the capital. the capital is consumed by violence, the company cannot -- the country cannot function. the countryside is not have access to independent media. in the week after the coup all independently owned stations have been unable to operate. they are not getting information except from the president about the protests happening here. that is an overstatement on the part of the president in terms of minimizing to violence. eve: french special forces killed two jihadist leaders in northern mali, both prominent figures in al qaeda islamic maghreb. the men who masterminded the kidnap and murder of two journalists from france 24's sister radio station rfi in 2014 3. luke: it was the mastermind behind kidnappings in the sahel.
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ag hama leading to i after the killings of ghislaine dupont and claude verlon, shot dead in northern mali in november 2013. amada ag hama, aka abdelkrim al-targui or the touareg used ransoms to find jihadist activities. in 2010, michael was killed by al-targui himself. in 2011, abdelkrim al-targui's men seized two frenchmen. one died in captivity, the other waited until last december to be free. abdelkrim al-targui played a central role in the deal to release the 4 in 2013.
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his tactic of targeting foreign nationals for kidnappings seemingly part of his downfall. frenchmen street -- french military has been targeting him for two years. eve: the islamic state group has taken control of all of the agency of palm europe -- of palmyra. government planes carried out airstrikes in retaliation. serious ancient city of -- >> syria's city of palmyra in the hands of the islamic state. the jihadists have seized the military airbase can present and intelligence headquarters. >> it was a collapse of a sought' -- of assad's troops. the soldiers were retreating towards the south of palmyra. >> the city holds strategic importance with military installations and gas and oil
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fields. the jihadists has entered the site of the city's 200- 0-year-old -- 2000 year old ruins that are heritage listed by unesco. authorities have protected some monuments. >> we saved hundreds of beautiful statues under fire by snipers. two workers were injured in the process. now the question is how to protect the cemeteries and other monuments. imagine what would happen if this archaeological site became a battlefield between criminals and defenders. >> i.s. has prided itself on destroying ancient sites that it deems essential. it released -- it deems sinful. it released pictures of fighters destroying the city of nimrud and smashing artifacts in mosul. fears they could do the same in palmyra. eve: we speak with adam in
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neighboring beirut. some reports that the syrian army has been striking back. what is the latest you are hearing around palmyra? adam: most reports are now suggesting the islamic state group is in complete control of the city, that includes the last remaining government strong posts. until last night that was namely the prison onand intelligence headquarters as long as the airfield. it seems that group is in control of those as well. worth pointing out that most civilians have been evacuated from the city, that is some 70,000 people. the population of palmyra or tadmur as it is also known. the population is swelled by refugees from fighting in nearby areas. the death toll is at over 47 0 that includes upwards of 150
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islamic state fighters. a large number of government soldiers, as many as 100 killed overnight. and then dozens of civilians who have been killed, as many as 50 of whom were executed sometime last week coming from -- civilians from villages in the area surrounding the town. those executions would have been part of the reason that the civilian population was so decisively evacuated. eve: the takeover did not come overnight. civilians had been evacuated a lot. we are being told of the artifacts that have been taken out of the city. there is some element of surprise that the group managed to seize palmyra from regime forces. adam: that is right. perhaps we should not be surprised. we have been surprised as of june 2014 when the group took
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mosul and even more recently when they made gains in ramadi in the last couple weeks in iraq. activists in palmyra are giving similar accounts to eyewitness accounts in ramadi. suggesting that the army collapsed some of syrian government says they withdrew in an organized fashion but it seems unlikely that they would withdraw from such a strategically important towns which lies on the highway between damascus out towards the east of syria and on to iraq. palmyra has oil and gas fields and is the location of a major prison. unlikely that they would have withdrawn. that, combined with the death toll overnight of 100 plus government troops, suggests that they were forced into a retreat. the series 10 -- the syrian observatory for human rights says these gains together with
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others, leave the islamic state in control of more than 50% of syrian territory, which seems like a reasonable calculation or estimate. but i should caution that that would be they certainly do not control anything like 50% of the population. most of the areas that they control our sparsely populated. eve: we will leave it at that. thank you. adam reporting from neighboring lebanon. an international humanitarian office in northern yemen has been hit by airstrikes from the saudi-led coalition. five people reported killed, according to local officials. fighting intensifying this week after a five-day humanitarian truce which both sides accused the other of breaking. malaysia's prime minister has ordered the navy and coast guard to comb the sea and look for silent seekers stranded, promising to provide shelter.
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malaysia and indonesia say they will no longer turn anyone away. the announcement came hours after a group of starving people were rescued. >> these are the conditions endured by over 430 burmese rohingya from finally rescued after weeks stranded in the andaman sea. many were starving and emaciated. >> very very poor. >> nearly 3000 boat people have been rescued in asian waters over the past 10 days after traffickers fearing arrest of the and and their human cargo. malaysia, indonesia and thailand sparked international outrage by driving away the boats overloaded with bernie's rohingya -- burmese rohingya or impoverished bangladeshis. emergency talks have seen a short-term deal to offer shelter. >> indonesia and malaysia agreed
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to continue to provide humanitarian assistance for those 7000 migrants still at sea. we also agree to offer them temporary shelter provided that the settlement and repatriation process will be done in one year. >> the u.s. was quick to confirm it would take inside the migrants. a careful look at the proposal. we are prepared to take a leading role in any u.n. organization. >> more than 1000 rohingyas has been resettled in the u.s. so far this year. eve: time to turn to something lighter and take our trip to a bird's eye view in cannes. uber taxis in the sky and bigger beaches. catherine nicholson and pauline report. >> a vip's eye view of the cannes film festival.
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150 meters above the mediterranean. in a helicopter ordered on demand by your smartphone. this is only on offer until one hour after the winner is announced. costing over twice as much as a taxi from nice to cannes and just seven minutes. no longer just the stars who can take to the skies. >> it has widened our customer base. before, all the customers were similar. this has opened things. >> since we started the partnership with uber, we have had three or four times the normal number of customers to the nice-cannes region. it is a service already offered but the uber app made it more accessible. >> also flying in for the festival, a host of bars, clubs and restaurants.
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this one, a staple of new york with its high-end party branch concept. the pop up cannes version has a two-week lifespan. that includes setting up and taking down, even the sand brought in specially for the occasion. >> we all have three days to build everything. to remove the beach because the beach was actually smaller. we increased the amount of sand to create a nice platform. it's a tremendous amount of work. >> whether it is dining on food or starring in a movie. there's a wealth of unusual opportunities open to the cannes festival goer. in a few days' time, the whole town's population will have gone down by more than 100,000. these tents will have disappeared. and, as it happens, so will i. eve: cathering frome cannes. a reminder of our top stories on france 24.
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police and protesters clash once again on the streets of burundi 's capital. demonstrators demands have not changed, they want president pierre nkurunziza to relinquish his demands for a third term. on tv, the burundian leader said the unrest was limited. the city of palmyra in syria now under control of islamic state. jihadists seizing a prison and intelligence headquarters thursday. sending the coast guard to search and rescue other asylum-seekers stranded at sea. malaysia and indonesia promise temporary shelter to thousands seeking refuge. time for the business news. stephen is with us. good day. we are going to start in germany. the strike on the rail has been called off. >> deutsche bahn says they have reached an agreement with unions to have the dispute mediated between now and the strike.
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the knife and 10 months in a standoff over pay and working hours. 2000 trains will return to full service. reactions from both sides starting from a representative from deutsche bahn. >> thank god a successful night. our clients and employees can breathe again. we are very relieved. the order of the day is mediation and not strikes. >> this labor agreement has a base for us to withdraw from the ninth industrial action and call it off early. from 7:00 this evening, the strike will be over and we presume that we will succeed in informing all of our members so that they can and will be at work by this time. stephen: in paris, business leaders gather to discuss
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climate change and head of the conference in december. one of the topics is taxing carbon emissions. among those discussing the issue is the chief executive of unilever. he spoke to france 24. >> if the politicians in paris say no zero emissions then the investments businesses will make will accelerate. the industry is calling for a price on carbon. what you do not measure, you do not treasure. we need to start measuring carbon like 30 countries do without any problem. stephen: see the full interview later today at 3:45 paris time. talking about the meeting at our new business show at 4:45. proposed changes could make it easier for companies to fire workers. it is part of a package of wide economic reforms going through the french parliament. the idea is to reduce the cost
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to companies of letting staff go to encourage them to hire others. >> french employers say they are afraid to hire because they can easily find themselves here in the french labor courts, with a hefty sum if an employee is laid off or fired. now, a proposal from the french government is helping to curb their worries and stimulate hiring by capping the payout an employee could receive to between 6-12 months. >> sometimes employees are awarded payouts that go beyond the financial payment capacity of the company. it is a major strain on employment. it is important to preserve the rights of the worker but also the employer. >> it is a reform that would align france with other european countries -- britain and germany introduced the 12 month cap in 2013. belgium has also adopted the reform. in france, the limit will be determined by the employee's
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years of service, age, salary and company size. workers unions are staunchly against the reforms. they say the employee will be under compensated. the government is hoping to include this proposal as part of a package of economic reforms that is currently being discussed in parliament. stephen: a quick look at the markets. pretty subdued day for european shares. some survey data out in the manufacturing sector showed activity picking up in france but falling behind in germany. all the main indices are trading down. we turn to the stock exchange in hong kong. a couple companies taking a beating. golden financial and golden properties, two companies owned by the billionaire pan sutong. their shares have fallen following a similar incident with a chinese solar panel
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manufacturer, they saw $20 billion wiped off the value of their company after the chief executive did not attend the agm wednesday. a new style of management at one american company. zappos is based in las vegas. "the wall street journal" has a story of how they have gotten rid of traditional management to introduce a new philosophy. the idea is to let workers decide what needs to be done based on a 30 page constitution. employees say the system is time-consuming and confusing for them. the newspaper says it is -- around 200 staff has decided to leave. i don't know what would happen to us. eve: i would like to give it a go. thanks. time to take a look at what is taking up the press pages. ♪ the lipton is with us.
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you have been scouring the weekly magazine. freedom of information getting a lot of coverage. >> it is in one of the french weekly is takes international articles from around the world synthesizes them and publishes them in french. it has a headline here, returned to propaganda. it talks of a return to the east-west ideology that we have not seen since the cold war. there is a specter of cold war. this time it is an information war. not just between russia and the west across the whole world. in the middle east i.s. h understood the importance of the internet. the chinese government has long understood the control it can have over the internet. "courrier international" blends work from the guardian russian
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izvestia, and others. in russia, misinformation is posing the biggest threat to the u.s. since before the soviet union. it points the finger at russia today, the government television mouthpiece. it says that russian propaganda, although not credible, serves to weaken the viewer. congress and the u.s. has petitioned washington to reawaken its own propaganda machine in europe to counter that. eve: many in russia would say there are a few propaganda machines operating. moving onto a company that deals almost exclusively with information, google. we all know it and use it. one paper giving us insight into the brain. belle: it is better than google, google x. google's top-secret lab that we did not even know about until 2013. so, le point, one of the weekly
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papers gets inside the google lab and paints a picture of utter secrecy. no cameras are allowed inside this california lab. google x is one of the few places on earth which is not documented on google street view. it feels a little bit hypocritical and possibly frightening that google has the power to choose what can and cannot be seen. the magazine focuses on positives. google making the world a better place. things like a hot air balloon that would connect the whole world. contact lenses that could test the glycemic level of diabetics even a spoon that could help someone with parkinson's to eat for themselves. le point cannot ignore the fact that the eu competition commissioner is coming down very hard on google. in april, she sent a list of complaints. for this particular article
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that is not the focus. they are focusing on one of the interviews with one of the cofounders of google, who lets slip that google's work in flying drones is not far from flying cars. sounds like a pr stunt. eve: i feel like i'm going into the cartoons i watched as a kid, the jetsons. in the u.s., the question of racial equality still dominating the weeklies in france. belle: one magazine that focuses on a theme every week, that is the theme. it's an extract from david simon's story. he's the creator of "the wire" tv series. this short story that we have set in a police station, all three characters are black -- the policeman, victim and suspect. the office it reflects on west baltimore's inability to comprehend a black middle person and especially a black middle class cop.
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before creating "the wire," david simon was a reporter for "the baltimore sun." baltimore was in a state of emergency last month after 25-year-old black man died in police custody. leun un reflects on the fact that despite having a black president for the first time to situation has not improved dramatically. although racism may be dying out, police violence, the judiciary and residential segregation are adding to the impoverishment of black people in america. eeve: quickly we can look at burundi. hardly out of the headlines. some of that in france. belle: burundi and the african region. a pan african weekly paper in france focusing on france's relationship with the continent. "hollande the african." talking about the way france's
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relationship with the former colonies has changed. this after sarkozy made a controversial speech last year about africa's roleoyçyçyçyçyj4j4j4j1j1j8j8j8jj
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