ceremonies with a minute of sileevpbs on the lawn of the white house. nearly 3,000 were killed that day in attacks in new york and the pentagon. jessica, what's been happening today by way of remembrance services? >> well, friday morning a ceremony was held at ground zero. two minutes of silence were obed -- observed this friday at the
exact times when the two planes hit the twin towers. family members gathered there and the names of the almost 3,000 people killed in those terror attacks were read out, as has been the case every year here in new york since 2002. really, though, what was quite noticeable is that the number of people attendag the yearly ceremony has dwindled. really hundreds of people as opposed to thousands gathering for that ceremony in past years. really it's a time for remembrance of family members who lost loved ones. some of them say that attending that ceremony helps them feel a sense of peace about what had happened. one thing is sure, they will never forget what happened. other family members say that they will never feel peace. one father who lost his son said this friday that he won't find a sense of peace until he dies
himself. a young man who was only 3 months old when he lost his father in those terror attacks said that he feels as though today and every day his father's watching over him. >> ok. so a very somber day indeed. of course 14 years have passed since 9/11. is there a sense in the united states that the u.s. authorities are managing to keep head of the game? if anything it looks like the situation is more complicated in this last decade and a half? >> absolutely. some critics say the way in which the united states respond to the 9/11 attacks made the situation of international terrorism worse and that the invasions of afghanistan and iraq left chaos that then led to an increase in islamic extremism. some even say that the invasion of iraq led directly to the
creation of the islamic state. one particularly harsh editorial today in a left-leaning newspaper called "the nation" says that really the way that the united states sponned to 9/11 was exactly what bin laden wanted. tom? >> thank you for that update. jessica in new york with the latest on this so many per anniversary. to one of our other top stories now. the latest on the refugee and migrant situation here in europe. during the course of the day, foreign ministers gathered in prague to discuss this crisis. coming out of the meeting the four central european ministers said that think opposed the idea of quotas and said 160,000 migeance should be resettled
across the e.u. the one estimate is that 5,000 an hour ar rifing in measdonia. arriving in mass edonia the >> -- macedonia. >> this is perhaps the greatest challenge in the history the european union. if we agree on this, then we should las degree on the fact that such a challenge cannot be solved by one country alone. we need european solidarity. >> let's get more on the situation here in france with regard to that crisis. we speak now to a member of a humanitarian association which defendsmigerants -- migrants. she joins us from the northern port city of calais the.
first tell us a little bit about your operation there and what you do there? right now in cal aye -- calais we have more people riving every day. a jungle they live in that is about 20 acres large but they're starting to spill out of the jungle because there are so many people inside, so many people, in fact, we had a fight yesterday between the sudanese. it's, the situation is tremendously infence -- inintensifying. at the same time, what's actually quite extraordinary and what's unexpected is we're getting an extremely massive support from british citizens who come in droves bring
truckloads of goods to help the refugees. they come for a week or a month to help the refugees. i don't know what's going to happen, but i tell you, it's like, it's extremely intense. >> have you seen a sharp increase during the course of the last couple weeks as has been the case perhaps in parts of austria and germany? and could you tell us where the majority of the people you are seeing are coming from? >> ok. we are did, we have definitely seen an increase in the last two, three weeks. we have many, many people arriving every day and we're seeing many more sirians. we've always had about 70, 80 syrians, now we see about 250, 300 syrians. we also have iraqis, kuwaitis, and more and more iranians more from that part of the world now
than ethiopia. >> are a lot of them sneams mothers and small children? >> yes. we are seeing pour and more families, mother and father and child, sometimes six or seven persons in the same family. not a huge amount, it's still a majority of single men between the age of 30 and 40, but we are seeing more families. >> what are the particular needs there right now if people want to help? what can people do to help organizations like yours in calais? >> well, right now we have so much help that we're actually having to tell people to slow down with the help because the help is arriving in such great quantities at that we need to organize it. so, but we are going to need plenty of million to shelter those people during the winter because the french government is absolutely completely ignoring what's happening in calais the
you know, i mean, we have 3,500 people there are, you know, if nothing happens, they will have to spend the winter there and i tell you it's not pretty weather here. and they are completely ignoring us. if we did not have the help of the british citizen, i i don't know what we would do. >> well, it sounds like you are doing an amazing job the thank you so much again for week ising to us. although europe has been seeing large numbers of migrants in recent months, fabing jordan has been seeing many more. one camp has so many residents ?t has turned into a estimate welcome to the main alley in the biggest refugee camp in jordan the 100,000 syrians live here and authorize them ice cream is
one of the only ways to keep cool. >> it's boiling hot. ice cream does so much good! >> there may be no air conditioning or fans but you can find many things, including the rented -- unexpected wedding dresses rented, 20 euros per day. >> people want to have a normal life even when they are far from home. they want to have some fun. >> n.g.o.'s are trying to make conditions as tolerable as possible. they collect trash, and they are building reservoirs. every resident can use 3 aliters a day, compared to the 150 iters europeans use daily. many of the refugees hope not to be here that long. they follow what is happening with migrants in europe because
many of them want to be -- go there too. >> jordan kindly sheltered us, but it's a poor country. if we want to secure our future we need to go elsewhere the >> will the reflect -- for the refugees here to migrate to europe they would first have to leave the camp and that's not easy. it's almost a prison. few are authorized to leave. fewer have skelvesly escaped. another news story we're following closely, more information coming through from saudi arabia where the civil defense force says at least 87 people have been killed after a crane collapsed in the -- on the grand mosque in the holy city of mecca, at a time when pilgrims are visiting that city for the annual hajj pilgrimage. now to philip from the u.a.e.
any new details coming through about what just happened there? >> indeed the well, the p sounds of ambulance sirens are still being heard nonstop according to residents ever the holy city. the crane that caused the deaths and injuries seems to have smashed through the ceiling of the grand mosque. witnessed say the mosque was actually packed at the time, which is expected on a friday, the islamic holy day, so it's the worst possible day for saudi coming th the tragedy just weeks before the hajj, which will lead to an even greater influx of william -- pilgrims to the region. the saudi authorities have embarked on a huge improvement -- improvement prooge round the area, to improve safety.
the saudi civil defense say the crane fell during ultra strong sandstorms and these have seernl -- certainly been prominent lately from the levant all the way down to the arabian 2k3wu6789 but with millions of -- converging on mecca, there have been disasters there in the past but usually from stampedes but pilgrims. the saudis have stepped up crowd control bun much is likely to have been able to stop this terrible incident which happened today. >> yeah, we're looking on our screens at pictures of that zafment apparently weather playing a part, heavy rain as well as the storms that you mentioned. and as you say, it isn't the first time, is it, that there has been a human tragedy there in mecca?
>> there were many tragedies in the past and the sawed ayes -- saudis have worked very, very hard to streamline operations and reduce the number of pilgrims who can come into the area. they must have passes and other identification now. it's a very, very slick operation. transport's been improved to a great extent. there's bain lot of money spent to do this accommodation. the addition of five-star hotels too. it's improved the situation but the sand storm slamming this crane into the grand mosque. >> ok. we'll be keeping a close eye on that throughout the evening. thank you for bring us the latest on that situation in mechanica. and a huge rally has been held right cross cat a-on-ia today organized by separatists.
. one estimate says 1.5 people took part. this comes ahead of regional parliamentary elections in which pro-independence parties are hoping to win big. there are suggestions that the region could meak a unilateral declaration of independence. sara morris has the latest. >> the separatests are saying that they particularly have exhausted all their other options and that the unofficial vote they held in november was ignored by the central government here in madrid. they -- they haven't been allowed a referendum so they have turned in regional election coming up into a proxy vote and have come up with a single list of pro-independence supporters and the president of the catalan government along with other
campaigners. what they say is if they get a majority in the parliament they will steam ahead and prepare the cause for -- the course for independence in 18 months. by that they mean they would set up all the institutions necessary for an independent state. the central bank, they will draft all the laws necessary to make the country run. they say they want a smooth transition but if they get the magic number of 68 out of 135 estates they conclude they legitimately go ahead with independence regardless of what the spanish prime minister said. he says it's unexecution -- un constitutional. a severe weather warning remains across japan where officials are frantically earching for survivors after a
flood has left many shall -- people missing. ? these are just some of the faces of japan's flood victims. stranded by torrential rains, waiting to be airlifted to safety. officials in the town 50 kilometers north of the japanese capital knit they have not been able to keep up with the number of calls for help. these residents in an evacuation center were amongst the more fortunate. >> it was horrible. the contents of my fridge and things like electronics and bicycles are all swimming through the food waters. my neighbor's car got washed away. >> it was awful. but i'm happy i've been rescued. >> some 800,000 have been ordered to evacuate the area
after a strong storm and two days of heavy rain. the outcome? tilted and half-submerged houses. meanwhile, japanese authorities are struggling to avoid the criticisms they have received in the past for being sluggish in their response to national -- natural disasters the >> and staying in japan, a novelist has published a book in direct challenge to online book sellers. they sent a strong message to the op -- online giants, after the japanese publisher launched a scathing attack on amazon. the title is "novelist by profession." that's one to look out here the let's get a recap of our top stories here.
president obama leading ceremonies in remembrance of the victims of the september 11 attacks. and the daily arrivals of migrants by land and sea continue at record levels. and a huge rally held in the anish area of catalonia as campaigners mobilize ahead of regional elections. time now for a check of the top business stories. marcus carlson, the brow of corporate bonuses, it seemed to have gone away for a while but it's back? >> yes, a french equipment maker and etc. now former chief executive in hot water. there was outrage recently when it emerged they would pay him more than 14 million euros as he
left the firm. he anger went as high as the french government. now he said that the so-called golden parachute will be almost halved but critics say it's not enough. >> under pressure gr -- from all sides, the french network equipment maker back tracked and reviewed -- reduced the amount of the payout. instead of the original, he should finally leave the group with close to 8 million. the employees remain un impressed. >> it's good news but nowhere near 234u6789 >> it could have been cut in four. we're talking huge amounts in comparison to what we earn. >> it's a gesture. the bonus remains enormous. >> he spent two years at the company where he was also behind
the recovery plan that lend to the lots of -- loss of 10,000 jobs. friday morning the government spokesman said the company went only halfway. at the same time, his new firm has a substantial joining bonus set out to welcome him. would you work extra hours job ee to safeguard your for five years? that's exactly what workers in a car factory in france greed to in a vote to hike their working hours from 35 every week to 39 in 2016. but according to the plan, they'll only be paid for the equivalent of 37 hours. -- by part of a scheam to art and its parent company
daimler to become more competitive. >> the smart france management is happy with these results. we will be meeting with the unions next week to define the next step in our mandatory annual negotiations. >> we'll see if it actually becomes reality this time. now, germany has been praised for welcoming refugees with open arms, promising to take in hundreds of thousands. the short-term costs could rise into the billions approximate -- billions but the long-term benefits may be even more valuable and help fill jermaine's labor crisis. >> the quiet core idors of this german hospital, a far cry from the war. the syrian started working here a month ago. for him, where his patients come from is of little importance. >> we need people like him,
whether from syria or elsewhere the what counts is whether they are good doctors. >> germany gave me everything, a future, confidence in myself, everything. >> it was partly borne of necessity. is hospital has only one applicant for one of fibe vacant posts. >> it's not possible to fill all our vacancies with doctors who graduate from german universities. >> the shortage of skilled labor affects every sector of the economy. it's estimated it will double over the next two decades. that means the new arrivals, well qualified and highly motivated, are a boon for germany's economy. >> me? i'm an engineer. i will work anything. doesn't matter to me. any kind of job. >> having risked their lives to reach germany, some start
training programs even before their asylum applications are accepted. >> they're the ones who will be funding our pensions and social benefits. we'd be mad not to welcome them. >> the national unemployment center has gun -- begun to head-hunt the best qualified imgrants. it's been a choppy session over in the united states where the index is going in and out of positive territory. we're seeing some positive figures this yaur as americans are digesting a report that puts the consumer confidence level at ts lowest in a year the and on this side we saw the indexes in national league tevb territory. a few other stories we're watching for you, the european union competition regulators are
flexing their muscles in the telecom sector. they have ened a bid to merge danish operations. the two operators threw in the towel as the regulators said the deal would hurt competition. investors saw it as a sign the commission is becoming more aggressive. and hermansen won't have to change the name of its $20,000 handbag. jane birkin has dropped her bid to remove her name from the -- bags. she took action after toegations of animal cruelty the al i gasors. -- nbc said it
would stop airing miss universe after trump made controversial comments on mexicans at the start of his presidential bid. we're going to finish with a story of three french actors, two french first ladies and one darth vader. it's all the beginning of a bad joke. this story refers to a charity event organized on a trading floor here friday. for one day, the actors and three french first ladies went to bat. they pledged to give all the proceeds to charity. it was organized this friday to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks in the united states. and darth vader -- what he was there for is a little bit bond -- beyond me. maybe to pitch in?
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