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this is the wus line from burly in europe you know it's against trump by standing up to the united states over the iran nuclear deal you leaders moved to ban european companies from complying with u.s. sanctions were alive at the leaders' summit in the guerin capital sofia. also coming up a controversial referendum in bloom the current tensions are high as people vote on whether to extend the president's term for up to sixteen more years plus a deadly outbreak ebola spreads to
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a large city in the democratic republic of congo bring easing concerns that the virus may prove tougher to contain there than in the countryside and the royal wedding fever as excitement builds and head of the weekends of this weekend's big day bride megan markel confirms that her father will not be attending her wedding to prince harry so cool will walk her down the aisle. very good to have you with us on layla iraq now in a sign of growing transatlantic rift the european union has sent a strong signal that it will keep the iran nuclear deal of alive the spite of the sitting by u.s. president donald trump to abandon its european commission presidential clude yorker has said the e.u. will we activate the so-called. the blocking statute it used more than two decades
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ago to counter u.s. sanctions at the time against cuba libya and iran the law makes it illegal for companies to comply with american sanctions or announce the decision in the ball garion capital of zofia where leaders are gathered. a strident e.u. council president dalton skoal so had this to say take a listen all right so i understand we don't have that sound bite for you i will try to get that for you later our correspondents barbara is in sofia covering the e.u. summit there barbara so a europe united against a trump what i wonder is how long can they keep up this united front.
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at the moment it looks as if they're really standing shoulder to shoulder because there is a very strong mix of emotion here even though we're talking about politics and people like the german chancellor angela merkel are well known for being sort of low key but generally we've heard many words of frustration here and of downright anger was some particularly the french president. and it is a mix of anger on the one side and disappointment on the other because the europeans feel that donald trump is treating them like an enemy like somebody like you know opponent. somebody that he can just run roughshod over and so totally disregard their political will and so they've really felt compelled to stand together and say we will not be treated like this how long this unity will hold is anybody's guess bought they knew that the only chance they have against trump is to
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stand united so they do all right now barbara sending a very in europe sending a very strong message to the u.s. that they won't be bullied by the trumpet ministration talk to us about the practical side of things our business reporter daniel winter will get into the economic and business the nitty gritty but just broad strokes do you think that european businesses will also keep firm and and risk being blacklisted by the united states. not really and that's the problem with the signal it's a political signal but economic kili of course it's private companies that there will be making their own decisions and the european union can't really influence and force them it can probably offer compensation to some of the smaller ones but in detail it's really everybody's headquarter that will say do we risk this or don't be rude and so it's a limit as
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a response off the european union they know that they don't have the economic clout to really sort of stand up against washington because what they do not want to dare at this point is an all out trade war on all fronts against the united states so this is a first step we don't know how this will proceed and what we will see which further steps but now brussels and the leaders here in sofia still waiting for a reaction from washington maybe a treat from the white house all right we'll have to wait and see bob our days of reporting from sofia bulgaria thank you so very much well as we just referenced are companies now are frantically reviewing the use blocking statute to see if it'll help them out and daniel you've got all the details what is it well essentially the e.u. is making it illegal to comply with u.s. sanctions on iran it's only the second time that the e.u. was threatened to use the so-called blocking statute the first was in one thousand
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nine hundred six as a response to u.s. sanctions in cuba but it was never introduced now as a slew of firms from across the world announced they're pulling out of iran e.u. leaders are clearly scrambling to shelter european firms from the contagion. the blocking statute is aimed at protecting small and medium sized companies operating in the country it would also provide compensation for sanctions related losses although german politicians have said that can't be applied across the board the picture is much more complex for a bigger european corporations with close financial and corporate ties to the u.s. the prospect of severe penalties over sanctions violations as well as the loss of financing from u.s. banks and other potential consequences already has some european businesses looking to exit the garonne the world's biggest container ship or a mall or maersk has said it will wind down its iran operations germany's biggest
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insurer it's preparing to wrap up their two siemens has said there will be no new deals with iran and french oil and gas company to tal says it will pull out of a multi-billion gas project if it can't get an exemption to tells departure would be especially painful for iran the iranian government had hoped the scale of the project would embolden other international companies to invest there for many companies the e.u. blocking statute poses a dilemma they could either stay in iran and risk their u.s. operations and possibly financing or they could leave iran and face penalties under the blocking regulations. standing by in frankfurt forest daniel it's vague and difficult to enforce so will this blocking start should be a relief for european companies to protect their investments or is it just an empty threat forcing them to comply against their will. well then let me tell you that there are at the moment here among investors lots of question marks what is
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blocking statute as a response to a possible u.s. sanctions could mean it is very clear that you are one to shore united message to the u.s. that they don't allow them to dictate european companies who to do business with are not their goal of course is to guarantee iran within the sixty day deadline that trade and commerce relationships won't crash but the question is if the blocking statute is really the right response some here fear that this could even provoke u.s. president donald trump once more and that also basically means that the european union can now decide for companies if they stay in iran or not brussels also recognizes that that is a profound interference in interpersonal freedom even though the e.u. now could in theory compensate companies who then might have less trade volume with the u.s. also investors are telling me that this is an illusion to think that this would be to an extent of billions of euros all of this might help small medium sized companies and of course it's a strong message to the united states but investors here don't think that now
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because of this big companies like total volkswagen p.s.a. or preschool will reconsider will see how all of this really develops so it could just be a political move in and an empty threat when it comes to business but what kind of support is the e.u. actually offering to sweeten the pill. while beside legal assistance and support we're also learning that the e.i.b. the european investment bank is ready to help they could give loans to companies and not pulling out of iran this would be the first time this is happening so far the he has never been active in iran and talking about loans and currency was also interesting that iran seems also now to look for ways to do business more in the euro currency not any more where the dollar every dollar transaction could get very difficult in the future when those sanctions are really implement and it looks like the trade landscape with iran is shifting then daniel cope in frankfurt thank you very much for that. and the u.s. has set the countdown ticking on un nother deal nafta the deadline for
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renegotiating the north american free trade agreement ends today a last minute clinching of a deal is unlikely as there are still huge differences to be overcome but there are mixed messages as to what should happen next. mexican car factories are the main bone of contention they manufacture cars using low cost labor and export tariff free to the us where they're sold at high prices the same applies to other goods as well u.s. president donald trump has said nafta has cost hundreds of thousands of american jobs he's now demanding a higher minimum wage in mexico at the moment it's only eighteen hundred pesos a month that's less than one hundred dollars. but there doesn't seem to be an agreement on the horizon. canadian prime minister justin trudeau talked to donald trump on monday and demanded that he find a solution. there is very much. outcome
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that will be good for the united states good for canada good for mexico and were very close nafta countries have said today is a deadline to allow time for any deal to pass congress and go into effect on january first mexican presidential elections are also due in july leftist candidate lopez obrador is the front runner but although a self-styled adversary of trump his pick for economy minister is reported as saying the incoming administration would accept a deal struck before the election facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg is willing to address the european parliament about the abuse of the use of data as according to parliamentary president antonio to johnny facebook has admitted to abusing the data of eighty seven million facebook users by setting it to the now defunct british data analysis from cambridge analytical the data was handed over with out to the company without his permission. has also stood before
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the u.s. senate to oncet that questions about the effect. now on the troubling spread of a boat that's a very worrying development indeed because it's a major health scare in the democratic republic of congo where the first urban case of the deadly ebola virus has been detected the outbreak has entered a new phase according to the country's health minister after spreading from the countryside it's now been detected in the northwest city. the latest outbreak has already claimed twenty three lives the fear now is that it could spread rapidly in densely populated areas. the first batch of the a bowl of vaccine a rise in kinshasa the capital of the democratic republic of congo storage is a rushing to stop the latest outbreak from spiraling out of control the vaccine itself is still unlicensed but the world health organization says it's proved
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effective in human trials and it's the anything available that might help stop this deadly virus. you see because of our first priority with the vaccinations are the health workers and also those who have been in contact with the confirmed cases not just alerts or suspected cases of people but this is the ninth time a bowler has been recorded in the d.l.c. and many hundreds of congolese have died it was hoped that this latest outbreak could be contained to more rural areas but with the case now confirmed in the city of banda aka this concern it will become more difficult to control the hope is that with the arrival of the trial vaccine some protection will be provided for those most at risk. well or did he say to increase is monitoring these very worrying developments from lagos in nigeria adrian there how concerned are
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authorities by these are recent developments. well of course it is very were some dhaka is just a little more than one hundred kilometers away from the place where they first outbreak in the region occurred so it is quite a distance that the virus already travel and of course it is an urban area now almost one million people live there and you might want to remember that in two thousand and fourteen and fifteen when we had this massive evil outbreak in western africa where eleven thousand people died more than eleven thousand the reason why it was so deadly was because the virus travels to the travels through the urban areas to travel travel to the capitals of three countries in western africa so this is of course a very war some also for the case and d.s.e. right now but on the other hand there's also reason to hope there's no need to panic because there were also rather positive examples in the past i still have vivid memories of the time when there was a report of a man from liberia traveling to lagos back then and he had the able
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a virus and it was kind of panicked that road i was he had people where sure that the wires would spread in this big city here with about twenty million people but it's the health sorry ts reacted very quick they reacted very efficient in the end there were about twenty it was like cases but it was not as bad as people expected and this is of course an example that the people in the er c.l.r. looking up to at the d.n.c. are treating this is a major health scare at the moment what kind of emergency measures are being put in place. well experts actually have the feeling that their reaction right now is much quicker and much more robust there's obviously a lesson learned from the from the heavy case in western africa a couple of years ago some experts already on the ground we've just heard that about four thousand. are already on their way to the country so things are happening but the key challenge right now is the tracing of people the tracing of all those people who were possibly in touch with ebola patients and this is
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a very difficult thing they're specialized teams for that they now have to trace everybody who could have possibly been in touch with the person because you have to remember that if you have evil that can take up to three weeks until the symptoms show up so it can be very dangerous and that's why they have to react very quick all right so speed is of the essence a journalist as you've reported. had made an appearance in the congo since the one nine hundred seventy s. basically what lessons were learned from previous outbreaks well i think the key lesson is learned that you have to react very fast because if you wait too long if you wait just a couple of days the whole thing can get out of control and that was obviously learned not only india see where we've had the minister before there trying to really respond quick now but also in the whole world remember it just takes one person that can basically carry the virus everywhere you can just hop on the plane
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and develop symptoms somewhere else later on so a robust response is needed and some african countries have already increased their controls also in lagos for example nigeria at the airports where people are coming in there are checked for if you've already trying to make sure that the virus will not come you know once again he increased reporting thank you very much. and we stay on the continent because the people who indeed are voting in a referendum today that could allow current president. to stay in power until the year twenty thirty four all around five million people are registered to vote and while the lines have already been reported at polling stations in the capital is currently serving a third term and deadly violence arrested after his controversial reelection back in twenty fifteen there are now fears that extending his rule could spark fresh bloodshed. well the incumbent. is already
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serving a controversial third term described as unconstitutional by his opponents while his plans to change the constitution could undermine years of peace building this tiny east african nation has a very bloody history a twelve year brutal civil war killed more than three hundred thousand people between one thousand nine hundred ninety three and two thousand and five in the year two thousand the so-called peace and reconciliation deal was signed helping to end the fighting five years later ten years of relative peace then followed but unfortunately violence flared up again in twenty fifteen when corns ease us started his third term more than a thousand people were killed while with new reports now of voter intimidation there are new fears burundi could see a return of the deadly violence of recent years. in the small village of. bloodstains a straw mats where
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a family used to sleep prophet gruesome attack by neighbors to silence he met a twenty six villages in the himes area this month with guns flames and machetes. these killers attacked my family my family is dead and the army did nothing to save them although they weren't far from here. no one nice to sure if this attack was related to burundi is referendum but it gives a taste of the tense atmosphere in which the vote is taking place. there not always apparent bundy is deeply divided over its president and his plan to amend the constitution to be able to extend his reign pm cohn's these are believes he has a god given right to rule and while not everyone agrees he has a huge support in rural areas i am here before you turn arounds to all burundians that the election will go very well as god is my witness.
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the opposition says the president's planning a power grab and that it's hemant to stop them. who are trying to intimidate us claim that a new vote would push our country back to war this is terrorism let us say no. but saying no utopian isn't easy. when the indians took to the streets to protest his last controversial reelection demonstrations were crushed twelve hundred people died in the violence that followed and hundreds of thousands fled their homes many now live in refugee camps in neighboring countries such as this one in rwanda. those who stayed behind said they live in fear elena and her children watched as their husband and father was taken away in a raid. movie where our aid we don't have a propagate we tried to block the entrance to the yard with branches so we can hear
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the police and call for help. then as now the president's ruling party was accused of using violence to stifle opposition the run up to the referendum has been marred by hate speech and intimidation and reports suggest that people opposed to include on season have been arrested and beaten. going to bring up to speed now with some of the other stories making news around the world. leaders at the summit in bulgaria were met by truck drivers protesting controversial transport reforms that were bitterly mobility reform package pushed by a french president a man on my current obliges eastern european haulage firms to pay higher wages and give their drivers more rest firms fear it could wipe out their competitive advantage huge clouds of ash spewing from hawaii's go away out volcano have prompted a red alert for aircraft travelling in the region is the first such warnings
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insurrection started twelve days ago explosions have intensified with the volcano shooting out boulders and triggering tremors some two thousand people have been evacuated. us down over the u.s. president donald trump has reacted cautiously to north korean leader kim jong un's threat to cancel a summit on june twelfth with u.s. officials saying the white house remains optimistic and ice cream leader said he doesn't want a one sided meeting where the u.s. insists on north korea dismantling its nuclear arsenal. are going to shift our attention now to the mideast where the israeli military says it has carried out overnight air strikes in gaza in response to machine gunfire from the area all this as tensions run high after more than sixty palestinians were killed by israeli troops at the gaza border earlier this week miners were among the casualties to abuse tanya kramer spoke to one family in gaza mourning the death of
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their teenage daughter. a picture on a phone is all that is left fourteen year old west was killed on monday during the protests here and the refugee camp her mother and sister struggled to cope with their loss. and. prevented her from going ahead lock the door with a key and told her i didn't want her to go out that day she said i've been waiting so long for this day please let me go she kept crying. so i let her go. sometime after eleven i got the news that she was to make god bless her soul. wessel was with other protesters not far from the border fence when she was shot in the head her mother says she couldn't stop a youngest daughter from going to the protests. was one of the fifty eight killed on monday by israeli sniper fire. the protests have calmed for
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now the fence has become a symbol of the tight restrictions on movement of people and goods that israel and egypt have imposed over a decade. tarika spent most days near the frontier the seventeen year old doesn't hide the slingshot he uses to launch stones over the fence he says he has no fear. i want my rights if there would only be work for the young people but there is no work. if there were work i would have gotten married yesterday but there's no money no electricity no water nothing the blockade is suffocating us. at gaza city biggest hospital rooms a crowded with injured patients from the protests nurses and docs is a working around the clock he already stretched health sector has reached its
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limits once again. surgeon dr mckee's is busy treating a patient with a gunshot wound to his leg some of the injuries a so severe that the limbs have to be amputated. all of these patients will need long term treatment maybe a year or more they need different surgeries plastic surgery orthopedic surgery so a lot of things are waiting for them i'm back at the end of the. it's unclear whether the protests will continue people in gaza wonder if they'll actually bring change at the very least they drew the well's attention to gaza's misery for a few days. so when the news now it's official us actress megan marco has confirmed her father won't be attending her wedding to britain's prince harry it follows reports that to thomas marco has undergone heart surgery the couple are due to marry at windsor castle on saturday in his final preparations are
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underway were all excitement it's reaching a fever pitch. with camping bed already in place this woman doesn't want to miss a thing and she's not alone among the police and security ardent fans of the british royal family have been descending on the town of windsor outside london. straight. don't really feel ready. for is history if they. could be heard more straight road. crowds gathered in windsor have already had the chance to watch a military rehearsal of saturday's royal event with the pomp and circumstance fit for a prince and princess members of the army navy and air force have been precessing through the town. but while excitement is building ahead of the wedding between prince harry and meghan markle things haven't been so easy for the couple. the
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american actress has been forced to issue a statement confirming that her father will not be attending have big day because of his health thomas marco was jus to walk his daughter down the aisle but is reported to have undergone heart treatment. despite the difficult circumstances fans of the british royal family are still expecting saturday to be a fairytale wedding. and before i let you go we're to remind you of our top story this hour european union leaders moved to ban european companies from complying with american sanctions against iran the move is part of the news attempt to salvage the iran nuclear deal after the united states pulled out thank you so much for watching us you can at the top of the hour.
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