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p.m. in paris. you are watching "live from paris." finally signed, libya's two rival governments have today agreed to a deal on forming a unity government. will it with the chaotic country back on the path to stability? grouping there is no such thing as a free lunch heads of state -- proving there is no such thing as a free lunch, heads of state discussed britain's profitable exit -- possible exit, the migration crisis.
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she is protesting her innocence and vowing to appeal. the head of the national monetary fund responds after prosecutors say they will put her on trial for negligence over a multimillion dollar state payout. first, warring factions in libya have today agreed to come together and form a new unity government. this, after more than four years since the overthrow of muammar gaddafi. neither of the governments are totally happy with the deal, however. it has come about after weeks of intense pressure from united nations. deal means for libya and why there are still plenty of question marks over the country's future. reporter: a sign of hope
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following deep division, a deal to form a unity government. >> from today, the agreement puts in place a single set of ,egitimate institutions essential building blocks towards a peaceful, secure, and prosperous libya. --herine: four years reporter: four years after muammar gaddafi's fall, libya remains divided. the fragmented political landscape has allowed the islamic state group to considerably expand its presence in recent months. but now representatives from both parliaments have signed at u.n.-brokered agreement. we turn aing here, new page in our history, a new phase starts, a faith-based only
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on dialogue -- the phase based only on dialogue. we say farewell to arms. >> we know very well that the current draft of the political agreement is not as perfect as .verybody wants but, at the same time, the political agreement is a step towards saving libya from breaking apart. deal, a: under the new nine-member presidential council will form a government. the un security council resolution should endorse it within a month, but it is a bumpy road ahead. the agreement has already been rejected by hard-liners, including the chiefs of both governments, who met on tuesday. there are questions over how representative the proposed government would be, how it would be set up in tripoli, and how various factions will react to a government they see as being imposed on them. say that the common threat of the highest group will
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help bring on board opponents -- the i.s. group will help ring on board opponents -- help bring on board opponents. catherine: the leaders of the european union member states facing some big issues today as they gathered for their last summit of 2015. night may now have fallen in brussels, but the work is far from over. the focus on the uk's current efforts to renegotiate its terms of its membership to the eu. the british prime minister has been planning to keep his european colleagues busy. take a listen to david cameron. oure minister cameron: referendum bill has received royal assent. our referendum will be going ahead before the end of 2017. tonight here in brussels, we are going to have a conversation dedicated to britain's renegotiation of its position in europe, and i want to see real progress in all of the four areas that i have mentioned. we are not pushing for a deal
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tonight, but we are pushing for real momentum, so that we can get this deal done. i'm going to be battling hard for written right through the night,, and i think we will be getting -- i'm going to be battling hard for britain right through the night, and i think we will be getting a good deal. i'm being told it is the details, not the duration that is important. that's what member states here are telling me. they want to see david cameron come to the table with precise details of what he wants to see in those reform areas. so far, they say he has been very vague. indeed, four areas -- one on competitiveness of the eu, another he wants to discuss is sovereignty. he wants some countries to form an ever closer union, but other countries able to opt out. he wants guarantees that those outside of the monetary union of 19 countries won't be
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discriminated against. people here say they don't want -- any country to be able to in hinge on how they do their business. perhaps the biggest sticking point is this idea from the u.k. that they want to really stop the stem or flow of eu people to their country. fromwant any migrants within the european union's after work and contribute within the u.k. for four years before they receive any social benefits. that's not going down well at all here. everyone saying that goes against the core principles of the eu treaty. we are expecting a very heated debate over dinner. all the utensils will be on the table. however, nobody is expecting any solution at this summit. they want everyone's opinions to be aired. we are expecting progress on this in the next summit scheduled for february of next year. of thene: the head
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international monetary fund monetary fund, christine lagarde, is protesting her innocence today. she is vowing to appeal a decision to put her on trial over a contested state compensation- payout in france. the 400 million euro payment could make -- mehmet made to uro payment made to bernard tapie. there has been plenty of reaction to this news in washington, where the international monetary fund is based. we go live to our correspondent, philip crowther. christine lagarde putting up a spirited defense of herself. can you tell us a bit more about her response? seems like a pretty normal day for christine lagarde in washington. she is in town and, i'm told, going about normal duties. she had a very quick response to the news coming out of paris.
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she says she denies any wrongdoing. this was in a statement from one of her advisers. most importantly, she says she will appeal this decision. she has protested her innocence since 2011. this is a court case that, in its many facets, has been ongoing for a very long time. indeed, it began before she even put -- decided to become a candidate for the top job here at the imf. the international monetary fund knew this as well. the executive board of the imf still decided that she was the right candidate. that's why the imf, again, today says it has confidence in her. catherine: all the same, though, could this potentially be damaging to the international monetary fund? christine lagarde is relied on to make huge decisions by this body. like greece's bailout. philip: one thing is for sure -- the imf doesn't want anymore scandal. the last one was dominique
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strauss-kahn, a sex scandal, that got him out of the top job at the imf. the imf knew about this all along. that's why every time they have a statement on the ongoing court proceeding in paris, it is always, more or less, the same. they say they do have confidence in her ability to carry out her duties, says today's statement, and they also say they will not comment on the court case that is ongoing right now. christine lagarde is coming, more or less, to the end of her first five years at the imf. she can go for another five years if she wants to. the first five come to an end in july of next year. on.elieve she wants to stay she has a solid reputation at the imf, and it looks like the international month -- monetary fund would want to keep her as well. despite the court proceedings and the clear possibility she might have to travel back to paris to be in court. the imf knows this and seems to
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be accepting this. catherine: thanks so much for now, philip crowther, reporting for us life from washington, -- live from washington, d.c. the leader of the far right national front party has given in to pressure from the family of james foley, deleting photos she tweeted of his body after he was decapitated by the islamic state group. still has notpen removed two other photos showing killings by the militants, and she is still under investigation by french authorities for disseminating violent images. she published the tweets on wednesday. there has been criticism of her party by a french journalist. reporter: standing by her decisions, on wednesday morning, marine le pen posted gruesome pictures of the islamic on her atrocities
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official twitter page, saying, quote, "this is daesh." >> these pictures are the islamic state group's propaganda. these pictures are this race, an abomination, and in -- are a disgrace, and abomination, and an insult. tweets were pen's in response -- per attempt to show the difference backfired, drawing widespread condemnation. among the pictures she posted was one showing the decapitation of american journalist james foley, a post that angered his family, who immediately asked for all of the pictures to be taken down. >> we are deeply disturbed by pen'se of these for le political gain. we hope these pictures are taken down immediately. reporter: le pen has taken down picture, butley's the two others remain visible on
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her twitter feed. catherine: while france, britain, and the u.s. attack the islamic state group militarily, finance ministers got together today to look at ways to cut off the group's external funding. the sale of oil, stolen antiquities, kidnapping and ransom payments. reporter: if the latest pushed -- it is the latest push to get the world to come together to choke off funding for the islamic state group. above all, it will increase pressure on u.n. member states to stop the money flow. >> no country will be able to use and -- to stand on the side or appear to be soft on terrorism funding. if it does, it will be put on a blacklist and singled out. the islamic state group is one of the best funded terrorist organizations on earth, with an annual budget of
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$2 billion from oil and antiquities, ransom, and extortion. the jihadist organization generates millions every day. oil remains an important source of revenue for the jihadists. syria and turkey are among those accused of buying oil from them. the resolution aims to step up efforts to track down small groups linked to the islamic state antifreeze assets of those who -- and to freeze assets of those who by oil and stolen -- who buy oil and stolen assets on the black market. >> there must be a legal backing. a resolution adopted by the security council can provide this backing. the proposedle resolution could help cut off some of the islamic state group's outside revenue flows, it will be difficult to disrupt their internal sources, as the
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jihadists have already started shifting away from oil, relying more on taxes and extortion. catherine: praise for donald trump and sepp blatter. more harsh words for turkey. putinn president vladimir with his annual news conference that lasted more than three hours. we have some of the headline moments. reporter: politics, diplomacy, family, or sports. vladimir putin addressed a wide range of issues. a good chunk of his speech and his most crude comments were directed at turkey, who shot down a russian warplane last month. president putin: if someone in the turkish leadership decided to let the americans in a certain place -- i don't know if they did the right thing. i don't even know if the americans wanted this or not. i imagine that, on some level, ifre were agreements that, they brought down the russian
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plane, then the u.s. would look away on turkey entering iraq and occupying part of it. reporter: bruton had a much more conciliatory tone regarding -- putin had a much more conciliatory tone regarding the u.s. plan for the i.s. president putin: do we have a plan? yes, we do. our plan broadly coincides. reporter: answering a question about ukraine, putin hinted at something the west has been claiming for months -- that russian forces work present -- were present in eastern ukraine. president clinton: we never said there were no people who were dealing with certain issues there -- president putin: we never said there were no people who were dealing with certain issues there, including in the military sphere, but that does not mean there are russian troops participating there. do you see the difference? reporter: true to form, putin had some provocative thoughts about controversial figures. republican
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front-runner donald trump a flamboyant and very talented man and said suspended fifa president sepp blatter deserved the nobel peace prize. catherine: china has issued another protest thursday against a new arms deal between the united states and taiwan. beijing had already made a complaint before news of the sale was made public on wednesday. why is china upset, and how is washington responding? reporter: tuesday, wednesday, and now thursday, and another protest from china over billion sale$1.8 of arms to taiwan. >> u.s. companies involved gravely undermined china's sovereignty and security interests. the chinese government and companies will by no means carryout cooperation in business exchanges with such companies. reporter: under the deal, taiwan would get antitank missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and two
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surface guided missile gets forgets -- missile frigates. it's the first such arms sale the u.s. has made to taiwan in four years. this comes under a u.s. act ensuring taipei can defend itself. >> our long-standing policy on arms sales to taiwan has been consistent along six different u.s. administrations. we remain committed to our one china policy. reporter: that will likely make little difference to beijing. china has increasingly become assertive in the south china sea in recent months, claiming much of it as chinese territory, leaving its neighbor increasingly anxious. 9:15 in a reminder of our top stories. it was finally signed -- libya's two rival governments have agreed to a deal to form a unity
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government has brokered by the united nations. we are asking whether it will put the chaotic country back on the path to stability. heads of state at the final eu summit of 2015 discussed britain's profitable exit over -- britain's possible exit over dinner this evening. the migration crisis and terrorist threat also dominating the agenda today. protesting her innocence and vowing to appeal, the head of the imf responds after french authorities say they will put christine lagarde on trial over alleged negligence in a multimillion euro state compensation payout. sticking with all things money and business-related. some business news now with kate moody. you are talking about whatsapp. it's been quite a puzzle for people in brazil who use this popular messaging app. it was taken off-line and then
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reactivated all in the space of 24 hours. various judges involved. tell us more. ,ate: a judge ordered whatsapp which is a free, internet-based ed inging app, be block brazil for two days. local media was reporting that the injunction stems from a criminal court case, in which the defense had been allegedly using whatsapp? to organize their crimes. than 12 hours after that ban took effect, another judge overturned it, saying that millions of people should not pay the price for the company's inertia. reporter: message received. whinjunction blocking atsapp? in the country was overturned. 90% of brazil's internet users -- the blockage caused outrage.
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>> everyone has whatsapp? groups with relative, friends. >> we use whatsapp? for workgroups. it is a tool we got used to. reporter: but the app is less profit of -- less popular with brazil' telecoms industry. the company failed to cooperate with a criminal investigation. facebook ceo and owner of whatsapp? mark zuckerberg released this statement. >> i'm stunned that our efforts to protect people's data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in brazil who uses whatsapp. reporter: a rival messenger service registered millions of new users only hours after the blockage began. catherine: -- kate: a french giant has been
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fined. in 2013.d its name the country's antitrust authority says it prevented users from switching to competitors, withholding plan information from new providers. itsaid it would adapt practices based on the ruling. this is the largest fine ever slapped on an individual company. ont news did not help orange the market. shares plunged 11% on the cac 40. global markets reacting to wednesday's historic rate rise by the u.s. federal reserve. european shares ended higher. 5%.dax up over two point on wall street, we saw on initial sigh of relief from investors after that announcement on wednesday, but wall street has now dipped into the red. it has been dragged down by the energy sector.
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oil prices still trading near seven-year lows. the dow has seen a triple-point loss in today's session. been seeing a strengthening of the dollar. the dollar hit a fresh two-week high earlier in thursday's trading. if we compare it to the euro now, one euro is trading for $1.08. that's about one cent less than a euro would have bought you yesterday before that decision was announced. have causedpolicies their currencies to move closer in value throughout this year. earlier, we spoke to a senior market analyst about whether the currencies will likely reach parity. >> i don't anticipate parody really in the next six months or really in the next six months or so. i think the markets are expecting interest rates at the 5%, of next year around 1.37
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yet the euro-dollar is trading just below 1.09. we will see a significant change in ecb monetary policy, being far stronger policy stimulus, in reachto let parity levels the euro-dollar. kate: european parliament has launched its own investigation into the admission scandal at volkswagen -- emission scandal at volkswagen. they will focus on whether regulators were too lax in enforcing standards. it admitted as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide had been cheating software -- had cheating software to display lower levels of carbon dioxide emissions during tests. the u.s. food giant has cut back its outlook for next year.
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prophets did rise following extensive cost-cutting that did rised -- profits following extensive cost-cutting that eliminated hundreds of jobs. general mills has been moving towards natural, fresh options that are increasingly preferred by consumers. boeing has landed a $10 billion deal with china southern airlines, asia's largest carrier by passenger volume. the american aviation giant is selling 30 new jets and a total 80 of its 737's as it tries to catch up with airbus by the end of the year. u.s., the fbi has arrested the controversial head of a pharmaceutical giant and charged him with securities fraud. the investigation into martin kreli is related to at another
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they accuse him of running the firm like a ponzi scheme. he made headlines after hiking the price of a long used aids medicine by nearly 5000%, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. an industry that fueled the revolution and helped create an empire. britain's last deep coal mine is closing on friday, falling victim to cheap foreign imports and the switch to green energy. reporter: these men are working 800 meters underground in britain's last deep coal mine. it is closing. 450 jobs will be lost. the national union of mine workers has accused the government of letting down and chiefry had by -- hit by imports, carbon taxes, and the switch to green energy. >> it just turns its back -- we
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are just going to turn our backs on a profitable mine. we are just going to close that down. reporter: ahead of climate talks in paris, the u.k. government announced it was phasing out coal-fired power stations over the next decade, along with methods like fracking. the country had placed nuclear at the core of its energy policy. in yorkshire, it is not just the miners who will lose out. the shops say there will also be a knock on effect. there for everybody to see. last vein of coal here will now go on mind -- the vast vein of coal here will now go unmined. kate: the end is near for the
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u.k.: industry. -- u.k. coal industry. catherine: time for a short break. don't go away.
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