the france 24k to newsroom alive from paris. these are the headlines. a british inquiry into the death russian spy says there is a strong possibility russia approved his murder. russia slams the report, calling it politically mall of -- motivated. francois hollande says they are likely to accelerate airstrikes
against the islamic state group. and the first cases of the zika virus have hit the united states. three florida residents were infected after going to latin america. also coming up, our business editor stephen carroll brings the latest from the world economic forum in doubt most. robots, sever security -- the state of the global economy -- live from dabo swinney in 15 minutes. genie: an angry barack obama lashes out, saying you cannot shortchange basic services. that and more on the way, but first, our top story live from paris.
first, a british investigation into the death of a former russian spy says vladimir putin "probably approved his murder." 10 years ago, alexander litvinenko was poisoned after drinking tea with a fatal dose of polonium, which led to a slow kgb agentthe former who claim to know dark secrets about the kremlin. russia has slammed the report, calling it politically motivated. here is reaction from litvinenko 's widow. >> there is no evidence to suggest that either had any personal reason to kill mr. litvinenko. all the evidence points to one direction -- when they killed mr. litvinenko, they were acting on behalf of someone else.
i have concluded that there is a mr.ng probability that when poisoned, it was done so under the direction of securitythe federal service of the russian federation. genie: that was the judge, sir robert o when, speaking a moment -- robert o when speaking a moment ago. we have heard calls from litvinenko's widow and other people on prime minister david cameron to take urgent action against russia. how likely is that to happen? >> well, that is a big unknown. you are right. there have been reactions coming inquiry, bypublic
is really thanks to marina, alexander litvinenko's widow. the reactions we have been hearing in the house of commons from the home secretary is important. she made over a 15-minute statement, and one of the things she said was that the british government take these findings extremely seriously. she also says the government was carefully considering what action to take. that is a first answer to your question. she also said this is a blatant -- i am still quoting her -- "a blatant and unacceptable breach of international law and civilized behavior." she said interpol has notices concerning these suspects, and the chairman finger pointed
them, who both, i should say, deny killing alexander litvinenko, murdering him, thanks to poisoning him with thenium meters away from american embassy in london. the home secretary theresa may has also announced that the russian ambassador has been summoned to the foreign office to account for the behavior of fsb, in what is being called a mini, nuclear terrorist attack in 2006 on the streets of london. not of course, did specifically, at the moment, give us any measures that might be being considered by the british government. interest,be of great and what marina, the widow has called for, is the immediate
expulsion of russian agents, the traveland among bans and economic sanctions that litvinenko marina litvinenko wants -- marina litvinenko wants -- she is targeting the head of the fsb and also the russian president, vladimir putin himself. kasserine thank you --benedicte, thank you. it has been denied. >> that is right. there has never been any evidence. a lot of the reaction we have seen is a mixture of the bluster, indignation, formally. putin himself has not reacted.
we have one source, an unnamed source, who spoke to the russian agency basically saying this would possibly have serious consequences for relations between london and moscow, basically saying -- objecting to the part that parts of this investigation, this inquiry, was illegitimate because parts of it had been kept secret, basically saying it was absolutely absurd allegations, groundless allegations. this has been the line we have been hearing out of russia, you know, all along, dismissing out of hand, any conclusions. i will note this -- the fact that -- the findings of this inquiry, it is relatively strong probablyhe wording " approved," speaking about the president of another country approving a murder. the fact that they put in the
word "probably" -- they could approved. this is the next highest level of accusation. it would suggest there is very strong, if not overwhelming circumstantial evidence presented to this inquiry, and, lets her number, parts of it were kept secret that were off the record, that we do not know of about. -- about. there was the potential for circumstantial evidence to leave the chairman of this commission, to use the wording. a lot of people expected an outcome that would point the finger in one way or another at the security services, at the fsb, at the two men in the hotel drinking tea that day with litvinenko, but the fact that they used such strong link which, that raises a lot of red flags. at some point, the question is will this bluster -- will russia
try to sweep this under the rug ? will we hear indignation, reaction of this nature and nothing else my hunch is that perhaps, because the relationship -- there is a lot olotique right now. there is probably going to be away both sides behind the -- a way both sides behind the scenes work to, if not brush this under the rug, let this pass over. genie: douglas, thank you. douglas herbert. in france, francois hollande gave his annual new year's wishes to ambassadors, focusing on the war in syria, saying that coalition against the islamic state group was set to step up its strikes. let's listen. : yesterday, the
seven main members of the coalition were in paris at the invitation of the defense minister. we confirmed our strategy. it is focused on the liberation of the cities of rocca in syria, in iraq,of in -- mosul because that is where the islamic state group has its command centers. we also reaffirms our commitment to lend support to kurdish and arab forces fighting the islamic state organization on the ground. the pace of interventions will accelerate and france will play its part. francefrench president speaking earlier today. pakistan is holding a day of mourning after a brutal attack on a university. islamic militants stormed a school in the northwest, gunning down students and teachers. at least 21 were killed and
dozens more hurt before the four gunmen were shot dead by the military. a breakaway taliban faction took responsibility for the attack. it came a little over a year after another school massacre in the region that left close to 150 children dead. next, the first cases of the zika virus have hit the united states. carried by is mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects in babies. three residents in florida were infected after going to latin america. they recently traveled to colombia and venezuela. bolivia has its own cases. virus is spreading. infections have been recorded in 14 countries and the u.s. territory of puerto rico. bolivia is the latest to report infections.
thate informing the public -- we are informing the public that bolivia does have cases of zika. one in the midst of polity of santa cruz. being linkede is to infants being bored -- born with smaller heads and their brains to not develop properly. many die within days. the center for disease control advised pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries. colombia, which has seen 13,500 cases and expects them to rise to 700,000, told women to put off having children. >> women should consider delaying pregnancy for six to eight months. we want to emphasize there is a real risk. there could be serious consequences. >> brazil, which will host the
olympic games this summer, has seen at least half a million infections, resulting in 4000 cases since october. exactly how the virus might affect babies, remains murky, there is no cure yet, and eradication of mosquitoes is the only option. adults are not yet affected by the disease. obama president barack expressed anger at the high profile health scare in flint, michigan. the city ago government change the source of tap water to save money and tests show the water has unsafe levels of lead. michaela has the details. michaela: a city in the united states with no clean water -- the angry voices of flint's residence have reached the white house and president obama has weighed in. a. obama: i know if i were
parent of there, i would decide -- i would be beside myself that health could be at risk. federalwhy i declared a emergency, to put more resources on the ground. accusea: residents officials of ignoring the poor water quality to save money. it was not until late last year that officials declared a health emergency after finding the tap water pouring into families' h omes contain high levels of lead, which can cause brain problems. lives ine population poverty. it is also predominately black. >> this is nobody -- something nobody should have to deal with.
everybody should have clean water. it is a minority community. it is a poor community. our voices were not heard. that is part of the problem. residents have filed several lawsuits, some against governor rick schneider. he pledged to fix the problem and asked state lawmakers for $28 million to treat affected children and replace contaminated pipes. genie: we will head to the skies, where scientists say a new planet, larger than earth, could be hiding out. the planet could lie far behind -- beyond pluto and it could be the ninth in our solar system. his presence was detected. that tantalizing evidence a ninth planet could lie in our solar system. said, hour, the planet has not the detective. 15 past the hour. let's look at the headlines.
a british inquiry into the death of a former russian spy says there is "a strong possibility" vladimir putin approved his murder. russia slammed the report, calling it politically motivated. french president francois hollande says a coalition is ready to excel or airstrikes against the islamic state group. newade those comments at year's wishes to the diplomatic corps. the first cases of the zika virus have hit the united states. three residents were affected after going to latin america. the world economic forum is taking place this year along with movers and shakers, stephen carroll is in doubt both as well. -- davos as well. what do you have for us today? is a big topic. the future of europe, with the
greek prime minister, the german finance minister -- there talking about the big issues affecting europe. the migration crisis is a topic of discussion in general here in davos and we had some interesting comments from european leaders. they have six to eight weeks, echoing comments from donald tusk -- six to eight weeks to solve the migration crisis before the numbers increase with the warmer weather in the mediterranean, putting a short deadline on when european leaders need to come up with a solution. the greek government has been affected simply by their location. alexis tsipras has said europe has to come up with a system to facilitate those that arrive in europe. in the big topic in the debate was the potential for britain's exit from the european union. on the brexit issue, we heard
from the french prime minister, saying the u.k. leaving the eu would be a tragedy, but he did warn that europe could break out if the crises facing it at the moment are not resolved. we will hear more from david cameron later this afternoon as well. to talk a little bit more about what is happening, i enjoyed by philip jennings. thank you for joining us on france 24. on the issue of the potential eu, doesxit from the your union have a position question rock philip: international --position? philip: the international trade -- this is a problem david cameron has it that the conservative party, derailing conversations of critical concern. i think working people up and
down the european union want britain to stay in and remain part of the european union. stephen: and that is because of what the european union has done for workers? philip: no, it is about the economic conditions. most of our people are working in businesses that have trade links across the european union. to be fair, the amount of trade europe does with itself is much higher than other parts of the world. there are jobs at stake, investment decisions at stake, and a general cloud of uncertainty. we would like to see more social europe. there have been advancements in terms of giving workers a voice in european enterprises. we have legislation when it comes to equality that part-time work and the regulation of labor time.s and working overall, it has been a good thing for the european workforce. the recent experience for greece and the troika intervention made us very concerned about their approach and the wrecking ball they took to welfare and other
structures of what we would call the safety net, but overall, working people believe in europe. they might have concerns about the kinds of decisions taken, but our feeling is they want to be at the table, be able to negotiate. our job is to negotiate. you cannot negotiate if you are not at the table. by britain leaving the table, they become muted and they create a degree of certainty that europe could do without at the moment. is crisis, the talk crisis, crisis. it is a shame. europe has tremendous potential. they are certainly overshadowed by these kinds of issues and the brexit as well. stephen: moving away from that debate and another one -- to another one and the future of work at davos, are you worried about what the future for workers is going to look like? alreadythe conclusion is that we are in this revolution now.
the world is concerned about the short-term movements of stock market prices, the volatility in asia and concerns elsewhere, but this revolution is happening now, and the confirmation from davos -- the message is very very clear -- this is different. this matters. it will impact all aspects of life from the quantity of jobs, the quality of jobs, and how workers will go about making a living, earning a living, and the content of their job. , thiss very timely discussion at the world economic forum, but the job impact is serious, profound, and requires the correct public policy response. stephen: one of the things we have seen shifting in the labor market is what is sometimes -izationd as the uber of employment, moving away from jobs to contract. will we see more of that? /20%ip: there is an 80%
split at the moment. we have 80% in work that we would consider a normal arrangement. you know, the degree of temporary work, agency work, has stayed 2% or less consistently over the time -- over time. we have seen an evolution in the workplace. we have seen a rise in temporary workforce. -- part-time jobs. saying we can survive on a gig economy, that you have a piece work life. stephen: you do not agree. that ini have trouble this world it becomes fashionable and a model that others want to imitate.
you are a ceo. you have 80,000 staff -- there is pressure every quarter to say profit,your income, what is your headcount, why are you using the uber model? why are you changing the structure of your own workforce? it is clear to me the future of work is not just about the gig economy. with the demographic changes we see in the world, the human factor will be at a premium. the thing about the technology is it will change the quantity and quality of jobs, and this requires a public policy response to help people adapt, mitigate, and to have a just transition. we should not take the gospel of uber and others that this is the answer. i consider them very often as digital sharks in this conversation. human capital is important. treating a person as a piece of piecework to be on call at any time of the day or night for very small return is not the way
forward for us. philip jennings, the uni global union, thank you for joining us. genie: thank you, stephen carroll. time now for the press review on france 24. nick is with us to look at the papers today. you are starting with the roller coaster ride of the world markets. nick: we have had market mayhem. 2016 is very much a rocky road, roller coaster ride. let's go to the "financial times" cartoon. it sums it up. there you see planet are stuck in choppy waters. ss biggest boat is the beijing, china, with all those skyscrapers looking unsafe. on the top, you see investors and stock pokers about to fall off. the u.s. boat is on one side.
boat is on the other side. let's go to "the wall street journal" paper, saying the market is darkening. the quotes in the piece are bleak -- we have pessimistic mood, raining, corporate bosses losing faith -- i had to struggle to find one of the quote, and it was -- up the quote, and it goes once the emotion comes out and we express all of that, fundamentals are going to be good. genie: analysts are always looking for someone or something to blame, and we saw that yours a moment ago. a big source of world business woes seem to be coming from china. nick: let's go to georgia for will in "the washington post" and elsewhere in the papers in the u.s.. argument isll's
china's economy is deeply flawed. he says look at local government in china. you have a debt of $2.9 trillion. you have local government officials running the economy when they do not understand market economy. the quote that stood out to me was this 1 -- "socialism with chinese characteristics is like sauerkraut with ice cream." chew on that. he says really what we have is a situation of incompatible ingredients within the chinese economy. i had to go to "the china daily" to get beijing's version, and they say it is not us -- not our responsibility. the editorial says we will be contributing one quarter of global growth over the next two years p.m. we still have an appetite for oil. do not blame us for the situation -- two years.
>> this next panel is--it's-- i think it's really important to me because it's so rare to find honesty in the environmental movement. not many people are willing to confront the reality of the situation we face. i think that's really understandable because that's a hard reality to face. but it's my belief that only by truthfully looking at the situation and moving through the process of grief can we come to a place of action. so with that said, i want to introduce our panelists. this is guy mcpherson. he's a professor emeritus from theniversitof arizona. >> [applause]