"> welcome to the "france 24 newsroom. i am molly hall. the first funerals are held for the victims of a russian plane crash. american and british officials say a bomb could have down to the plane in egypt. moscow says it is too early to draw conclusions. kurdish militants in a unilateral cease-fire with the turkish government. we get the latest from our correspondent.
and workers plead for help on their cell phones as rescue teams in lahore scramble to find survivors in the rubble in a pakistan factory collapse. stephen carroll is live from the dublin web summit. stephen: music, satire, and social media, and high technology brings them altogether. up for discussion on the last day of the web summit. i will be live from dublin with the latest in 15 minutes. first, the crash of the russian plane in egypt was likely caused by a bomb, according to british and american security sources. they say evidence now suggests that an explosive planted on the -- an explosive was planted on the aircraft. britain and ireland have suspended flights to and from
sharm el sheikh in egypt. billiton reports. -- >> russian and egyptian investigators continue sifting the evidence. a passenger of plane that broke apart in the air. they have extracted some information from the flight data recorder, but they are still working on critical voice recorder information, which was damaged when the plane came down. far from the crash site, british officials are drawing their own conclusions. >> we have looked at the broad picture of information available, including intelligence, and we have concluded from that that there is the significant possibility that the russian aircraft was brought down by an explosive device on board. >> a sign a affiliate of the islamic state organization ofterated its claim
responsibility for the crash. it challenged skeptics to prove i.s. did not bring down the plane and promised to detail how it had carried out the attack at the time of its choosing. the british government has banned all passenger flights from sharm el sheikh, leaving tourists stranded. we spoke to one british holidaymaker whose flight had been grounded. >> there is no difference here. , the same thing over the past few weeks. everything as normal. that theite pleased government took this up now to make sure that we get home safe. if not today, tomorrow, next week, the main thing is getting home safely to my family. >> this could deal a heavy blow to the country's tourist sector. officials were quick to respond saying it is too early to draw conclusions. the russian metrojet flight bound for st. petersburg crashed on saturday, killing all 224
people on board. the moved around british flights to and from the sinai peninsula comes as egypt's president is in the u.k., on a three-day visit there. david cameron is speaking now, saying that as of now, things cannot be certain that the russian airplane was brought down by a bomb but that it looks increasingly likely. however, we have both egypt and russia saying that it is too soon to join conclusions. -- for more from russia, let's go to thomas low, who joins us from russia. what have we heard from the kremlin? the message has been quite clear. it is said that the theory behind what caused the plane to come down in the sinai peninsula
is not helpful and could only do people by the investigation itself. he says this investigation has not come up with any official staples, so at this point any thing that we do here, he is referring to this idea that a bomb might have brought down the plane in the sinai peninsula, that it is either based on it is simple he speculation. he is referring, as you mentioned in the report, to the u.k. banning flights from sharm el sheikh -- from sharm el , and the british foreign secretary said it is a thatficant possibility islamic state brought down the plane with a bomb. this has shaken the nation. the first funeral has been held today. what are people saying? much anthis is very
incident that has shaken the nation. the first funerals have been held. one of those was a 16-year-old woman who was buried just south of st. petersburg. absolutely, what is happening now, there is a lot of speculation about the reasons for why this plane came down, this idea that a bomb might have brought down the plane has gained traction as the government has distanced itself from this as an expiration -- as an explanation. reportingmas lowe from the russian capital. militants from the pkk have ended a unilateral cease-fire with the turkish government. the group had declared a cease-fire last month, had parliamentary elections held last sunday. that vote saw a return to single party rule for turkey. 'sis as president erdogan
party regained its majority. we go to jasper mortimer, who joins us from the capital, and kara -- the capital, ankara. militaryhe turkish in the16 pkk rebels southeast of the country. the general staff has just announced this in a statement. earlier this week, the turkish airports- the turkish resumed airstrikes. so from the turkish side, there has been no let up at all, and the pkk statement today ending the cease-fire referred to what it called the latest attacks. furthermore, when the pkk declared its cease-fire on october 10, it said it was just to allow the elections to be conducted freely and fairly. the elections are now over.
the kurds have good reason to feel that the government escalated the offensive against them in order to increase its election, and that tactic succeeded. many of the kurdish people sympathize with the pkk resuming the cease-fire, because the kurds felt used in these elections. molly: we have heard from the government, saying it was prepared to resume negotiations with the kurds. tell us more. jasper: a government spokesman said these talks would resume if the pkk disarmed. i think that is putting the cart before the horse. look at how the northern ireland and south african negotiations went to bring peace in those countries. disarmw, the rebels after they have achieved what they want in the negotiations. you do not know it negotiate -- disarm before
negotiations because then you weaken your own hand. i do not think that is going to work. i have been to the kurdish southeast of the country in several -- several times in the last several months. all of the kurds that i have interviewed simply do not trust receptor you erdogan -- do not trust tape aired again. i think it will be very hard for the government to rebuild the confidence necessary for peace talks. molly: jasper mortimer reporting from ankara. in pakistan, the search for survivors in a collapsed factory continues. emergency teams in the horror are carefully cutting through steel and using cranes to lift the degree -- emergency teams from lahore are carefully cutting through steel and using cranes to lift steel.
emergency crews are using cell phones to call for help. >> just a partial wall of this plastic bag sanctuary remain standing. scores of people are feared trapped under the present concrete. emergency teams joined by police and soldiers worked through the night with heavy lifting equipment. they hope to free more survivors, several of whom made phone calls from under the rubble. but it is clearly too late for some of the workers. pakistani officials say it appears the building's top story gave way, collapsing the floors beneath it. the fourth story was being constructed and it had not been calculated whether the existing building could bear the load or not. the actual reason will be revealed later. at the moment we are concentrating on rescuing more people. >> so far an exact figure is unknown. some are saying 100 to 150 were inside at the time. a handful of survivors has
emerged relatively unscathed from the scene. the hospital has a local disaster plan that has swung into action. pakistan has a poor safety record in construction, but the incident comes less than two weeks after a powerful earthquake ripped across afghanistan and pakistan, killing 400 people. there was speculation that quake may have damaged the factory. but according to locals, the building of the extension continued. tens of thousands of protesters are back on the streets of romania wednesday. the demonstrations held despite the prime minister's resignation. that unexpected move came after a deadly nightclub fire that prompted anger over government corruption. victor ponta announced the government has to solution saying top officials had to take responsibility for the tragedy. newpublic is demanding elections. luke brown has more. luke: raising the flag that
symbolizes the revolution of 1999, thousands of protesters gathered for a second straight night. romanians written -- romanians responding to angry calls. this country is a disaster. everything can be bought, and people have lost their dignity. their policies have brought us here. >> one single event intensified at theger, the tragedy nightclub. 32 people died and at least 132 more were injured after a devastating fire last friday. the cause of the blaze, poor safety standards, many blaming officials for turning a blind eye in exchange for bribes. protests reached other cities, even as the movement claimed a major scalp. prime minister victor ponta responding to public pressure and stepping down.
i am doing this because in the early years i could fight any political battle, but i cannot fight the people. it would be a big mistake. the problems are not over for the prime minister. he already faces corruption charges, dating back to before his premiership. protesters calls are in part being heated. -- are in part being heeded. molly: now to some news just in. real madrid striker kareem faces -- kareem benzema charges as investigators are trying to determine the extents of benzema's involvement in his extort money from mathieu valbuena. >> after nearly 24 hours in
, carry men's a -- karim benzema -- the case started the summer when mathieu valbuena decided to take legal action after being contacted by a man claiming to have a sex tape and working to come to an arrangement. invest uterus found the suspects had contacted a friend of benzema -- investigators found the suspects had contacted a friend of benzema. it is still unclear whether he pressingg to help or his teammate to pay up. benzema is no stranger to scandal. in 2009, he and another france teammate was accused of sleeping with an underage prostitute. both men were cleared of wrongdoing last year. canada officially has a
new prime minister. yesterday, justin trudeau was sworn into office. the young and energetic politicians surged to power after a surprise come-from-behind victory that swept out the incumbent conservative party. >> a new political direction for canada under the liberals, and justin trudeau road to victory on the promise of change. justin trudeau: when the plan is not working, the real risk is sticking with the status quo. policies pushed back against austerity, creating a deficit. he plans to mend canada possible relationship with the united states. he also says he will legalize marijuana. justin trudeau: we have one of the most progressive platforms in canadian history. trudeau, isr, he or response -- pierre trudeau, is responsible for immigration.
he worked as a snowboarding instructor, bouncer, and bartender before embarking on a career as a math teacher. then he moved to charity work, parchment, and finally the leadership of the liberal party in 2013. conservatives had been out for almost a decade, highlighting his inexperience, saying that he was not ready to lead. he started in her place but swiftly moved to the lead, winning the chance to lead canada and follow in his father's footsteps. molly: seattle has decided to scrub down its landmark gum wall. 20 years worth of chewing gum will be removed. clare murphy takes a look. decades,phy: for two post allie has delighted and revolted tourists in equal measure. >> pretty gross. either way, pretty impressive, too.
it is estimated one million pieces of gum are stuck to these walls, the buildup 15 centimeters in places. >> people are waiting in line to see improv theater. i think it started off as sort of an improvisation, and it caught on over the years and now it is one of seattle's most visited attractions. >> the role -- the walls are regularly cleaned, but to preserve the historic buildings in the market district, officials say the gum with its chemicals and additives needs to be entirely removed. next week contract is will move in with high temperature steam cleaners to reveal concrete that -- may nott been have seen the light for some time. >> it is a good time to bring it back down to the original walls. the gum hasee, migrated beyond the original wall, which is fine. it is expected that the chewing gum will reappear, but
they hope in the future visitors will stick to a smaller area. molly: it is time now for business. let's cross to dublin. that is where stephen carroll is covering the latest from a major web summit underway there. this is the final day of event's there. what do you have for us? molly, lots of big ideas around the web summit today, and we will focus on the social media platform called regained. -- called brigade. thank you for joining us. voter participation through social media -- how do you do at? >> i think we start by meeting people where they are, which means getting people connected to other friends and asked their opinions on big issues, showing engage.re are ways to stephen: how does it work? matt
: we saw a really strong participation in the san francisco mayor race. we saw that by giving people the tools to review their ballot ahead of time, they were more than likely to pledge their votes for candidates in really local races were people often do not even bother to vote. stephen: when you login, what sorts of questions are you being asked? users can write their own positions, they are basically opinions on issues. then people weigh in on reasons for their side and they try to convince one another. it is basically mapping public opinion and getting people to engage in a public discourse and get them to take action together. stephen: people do find it very annoying that people engage with it. how is brigade different? : one of the biggest differences is that it is a
context that is explicitly about civic this court, -- civic discourse, so on facebook it is out of place. then we have tools for being able to take action together, which makes it very different from what you can do on facebook. we are on to 2016. we are starting at a national level and hope that people will find out who they are voting for for president. stephen: thank you for speaking to us on "france 24." we will have more interviews later in the day on "france 24," but for now it is back to you. reportingphen carroll from dublin. it is time for our press review. i am joined in the studio by florence villeminot no for a look at headlines. we are going to start off with news from asia, where the of china and taiwan
are scheduled to meet on saturday. flo: it is the first since the chinese resolution -- since the chinese revolution of 1949. in china, if we look at the front page of "china daily," they are talking about how this meeting between decision pain and ma ying-jeou is a milestone. a quote from another chinese paper says that this meeting deserves the world's applause. it is a major breakthrough for peace and a victory for rationality, according to the paper in its editorial. molly: we have seen a different take on things in taiwan. independent" sums the situation up right now. " is misspelled deliberately because we are betweenabout the strait taiwan and china. there are fears in taiwan that this could be a ruse by beijing
to expand its influence. if we take a look at the press in taiwan, that is definitely what is coming out. you can see the liberty times talking about the opposition democratic critic -- democratic reservoir, saying this is a ruse either president. you can see a photo of him there because there are elections in january. presidential elections and parliamentary elections. he himself will not be up to present himself because he is coming to the end of his two-year term. under his watch, discontent at hasese influence in taiwan grown. a lot of people are critical of president ma because under his watch beijing has been extending its influence in taiwan. you can see here the editorial in "the taipei times," critical of the president, saying this perhaps is a sly effort of his to try to slip into history. molly: let's cross now to
canada, where the country has a new leader. flo: a new leader and a new cabinet. justin trudeau unveiled his new cabinet yesterday. for the first time in canada plus history, there is an equal number of men and women in the cabinet. 15 maleme -- ministers, 15 female ministers. trudeau himself looks like canada. that sayse this paper he definitely did set a fresh tone with this cabinet. the national post has a piece describing the events yesterday saying that the atmosphere was providential and full of possibility on a day where civility was an antidote to the harbor years -- the harper years -- stephen harper in his
previous predecessor. there is a cartoon in "the national post" as well. you can see justin trudeau saying let's get down to work, but first let's have a group hug. molly: let's take a look at french papers. we have the left-leaning paper focusing on the ongoing migrant crisis. flo: a very striking front page today. very graphic photo. we have decided to blur it here at "france 24," but it essentially shows the body of a young boy that has washed up on the greek island of lesbos. title, sayinge that every day there are two islands. he was a three-year-old boy who died off the coast of turkey in september. it sparked a wave of emotion across the world. his photo went viral, and he hopes it will be a wake-up call.
since his death, 108 children ,ave died in the aegean sea pretty much in total indifference. you do the math, and it comes up to -- it comes out to two such deaths in a day. molly: something being talked about in france, these are fears that the country could be on the verge of a baby crisis. what exactly is that? flo: this is a statistic that came out yesterday. during the first nine months of 2016, the number of births went down by 2.75% compared to last year. it has been the first time there have been so few births since 1999. no panic, according to this article in "le monde." the national statistics bureau confirmed that france still has the highest fertility rate in europe. it is about 2.1 children per women, something france is very proud of. why is the number of births going down? the number of women having babies is not as big as it used to be. good news for french women, bad
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