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this is due to the news live from berlin devastated but still standing paris's notre dame cathedral smulders on the banks of the south after a fire devoured his roof and spire emergency workers say they have saved the main structure after a colossal firefighting effort. i'm
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sumi so muskaan i thank you for joining us french president tomorrow mccall is vowing to rebuild the notre dame cathedral after a blaze destroyed much of the twelfth century church late on monday firefighters say the fire is now completely extinguished now this here is what's been left standing this morning authorities say the cathedral structure was largely safe but the fire got its roof and cost aspire to collapse one firefighter was injured during the blaze and many valuable artworks inside were lost or were damaged and people around the world have been lamenting the devastation of an architectural jewel that a survivor over eight centuries and it's a symbol of france's heritage. this hell were a place on earth. this is what it might look like. the flames destroyed one to. world wars did not ravaging over eight hundred years
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of history. as the spire of not to dumb fell to the inferno. people in france and around the world looked on. thousands gathered nearby in paris many in shock at the scale of the blaze. the french president emmanuel mccall came to stand by them. we were able to build it more than eight hundred years ago and over the centuries to make it grow and improve. so i say to you very solemnly this evening this cathedral we will rebuild it all together. and this is probably a part of french destiny a project we will have for the coming years but i am committed to it starting
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tomorrow a national fund raising campaign will be launched and so i don't see. some four hundred firefighters battle to save the church smain bell towers they also rushed into the flames to try to salvage religious relics and priceless artworks. the fire spread extremely quickly on the roof wooden beams dating from the twelfth century are thought to be to blame. later some measure of good news firefighters announced the church's core structure had been saved. their efforts honored by those who looked on at the unfolding disaster. if you. will do that it's not just catholics but also believers and nonbelievers we share the same attachment to note the poverty because it's a landmark it's a place of refuge in french history. it's where we have gathered in joy and sorrow
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throughout our history. and thought oh now i started to suspect that it's the end of an era the end of a piece of history and aka tech it's incredibly unfortunate this is something that will have the world mourning. the loss of this piece of world heritage is weighing on many will beyond the streets of paris. if it goes over. the border. our correspondent barbara vessel has been following the latest for us at the scene in paris hi barbara so we're hearing that the flames there have been fully extinguished what can you tell us. the flames have been sting ridge the firefighters have been working throughout the morning to sort of find the line to
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remnants and identify probably spaces where small fires might still be. flank foundering but they say at the moment everything is completely under control so they've really managed to extinguish this huge fire that has been really roaring and raging last night between the hours of around eight o'clock till around midnight that was the worst time when you could really fire is sort of leaping at the sky and coloring the sky here a blood red is so they managed to sort of extinguish this they managed to fight now bring expert was on site we could see some of them a little while ago walk around on one of the main powers trying to look at structural damage and this is really what begins now experts are coming in today and trying to state how safe is the structure how safe is the building because even
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though it seems to be saved for the moment you don't know how much structural damage there is will they have to be support sportin what needs to be done immediately to see it if they keep this edifice from further damage and so to keep it safe for rebuilding so they are assessing the extent of the damage right now barbara we have also seen some first pictures from inside the cathedral what do we know about the damage to the many arkan artifacts and relics that have been housed inside the building. the artwork that was inside the so called the treasure chest the particularly the department within the church and nice parts of the church that could be brought out early enough some relics have been saved but a lot of the art that has been accumulated like historical said. and to really inside this church and that made up the fabric of precious fabric of this church
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may be lost the organ is damaged but seems to have survived that's what experts say at the moment one of the big grose windows of particularly beauty was one hundred years old glass dating back to the send to the thirteenth century could have been could be saved to some others so severely damaged the one in the middle at the front is lost you can. see the skies through it you can see that it's just simply gone melted in the heat and what was inside paintings of course wall hangings the old woodwork all that is gone so the damage is extensive of course the walls are still standing but if you could go inside that church you would not recognize it anymore we are looking right now barbara some live pictures of some of that work that you were just talking about that's taking place as investigators and emergency services continue to work and look and assess the damage as you said what do we
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know about the cause of the fire. the prosecutor of paris has opened an investigation they have called started calling in the workmen that have worked in the roof structure off the cathedral yesterday and the assumption is that something happened there is some sort of negligence somebody left tool plugged in there maybe was in an electrical fault fault or somebody was welding or soldiering something we don't know exactly what it is maybe the exact cause will never be found but prosecutors are now talking to the people who work there because the assumption is they left the site of restoration around five o'clock in the afternoon and around seven o'clock the fire had already taken hold so it took two hours for something that was just smoldering to sort of then really break out into a big blaze and then it was too late until firefighters arrived the whole roof
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really was ablaze so it seems quite clear that this was it terrible in a very sad accident however it really cannot be overstated you know notre down this this church the spire the roof it really is a part of paris part of the city's landscape but also of its soul how are people there been reacting. people are really sort of people here this morning on the way to work everybody stops and looks at it for a moment not many people speak really if you look at the part of the zero on the news state of the perry's newspaper it says not to. not cheers because this really strikes of the heart of reasons even people who are not feeling close to the church who have no religious tie for them this is simply the symbol of the french capital and of france itself of the long history of the country and this
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is the place where parisians would come to to celebrate or to grieve the last time for instance after the attacks and the bottom line in two thousand and fifteen afterwards all of paris sambo's in and outside of not to celebrate mass together and feel the togetherness the community of people supporting each other and that is the the sort of deeper meaning off this cathedral that goes far beyond the religious connotation it is a symbol of the history of national unity and of the community of all french well we've heard some reactions from church leaders also political leaders let's listen to some of those responses that have come in. who you like and say this when it's a monument you love and a monument you live in which you celebrate which represents so much in our history it's really sad and i'm asking god why.
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why. is that then we've gotten calls from all over the well it's because it's a tragedy for the whole. i've said if. not the entire history of paris that he misled them not sure it's really the symbol here of who we. just couldn't see it's a part of our culture. it's a part of our lives that's a truly great cathedral and i've been there and i've seen it and there's no cathedral i think i could say this probably no cathedral in the world like it is it's a terrible scene that is a sentiment barbara a lot of people seem to agree with it's like a three to a cathedral like nowhere else in the world really and we have our religious correspondent martin also who has joined us here in studio tell us more about the religious significance of this cathedral i mean it's very clear that this is a church that essentially ripper stands for many people who are a few to some sort of part of the central identity spiritual identity of friends in
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the constitution of the french identity of course catholicism is massive part and has been for a very long time the very same time i mean the words of from were particularly noteworthy and i think that in a sense very very very very sharp and very very clear it really belongs to all of us i mean it is part of all of our cultures so this actually goes not only beyond i mean those of us that have absolutely no relation with the catholic church still recognize there is something that defines if not our spiritual event certainly. in this of course goes as far as the u.s. but most likely across the world i mean there is something about the way in which the church and particularly as defined. in its cultural unfolding that you know it's very difficult not to think of it as a great loss for just the way in which we think ourselves as. part of that community and that really makes it important too we should say believers and
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nonbelievers very much so and they think that you know it's very it is for believers to be essentially more in their church and the last of a sacred space it is worthwhile pointing out the place in the day which is actually right between the left bank and and right was actually prior to the presence of the church understood to be a place of a ration for ancient greeks essentially for jupiter so displace is a place that has been a place of great significance for a very long time it is important to point out that this church was not built in a day this is something that was constructed over two centuries i mean the construction itself and then the building and unfolding of this cathedral really took a thousand years so i think that we are in the presence of something that is partly lost that it also is an opportunity for the imprint of. the reconstruction of this church in the future you know right speaking of reconstruction coming to you about . the french president saying we will rebuild this church is there any sense how
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long or expensive that could be it is an incredible task overwhelming it seems if you think about the roof so only of the roof for instance. french lumber companies sort of started to gave an interview to a french radio station this morning and they said we need to find the biggest being the best pieces of wood throughout france to sort of reconstruct the roof here but beams as biggest they had been here don't exist anymore they don't exist in the strength and length anymore so this can never be brought back this whole roof structure here it dated back to the thirteenth century it was called the forest that bunch wood was in it to sort of keep up this big roof so that will be in no way irretrievable it can be rebuilt but it will be different what's gone cannot
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really be brought back and the specialists to do this work will have to be drafted in france and maybe even throughout europe and also then there is a public fund raising appeal richest of french entrepreneurs to families have now pledged three hundred million for reconstruction so it's not going to be a question of money it's going to be a question of expertise and time it really is a truly daunting task and it will be indeed barbara you know martin we've been talking a lot about the important cultural significance of the structure itself. we should also mention that there are a lot of important religious relics held inside as well are there well there were relics but i mean certainly relics it seems that most of this were actually whisked away last night right before the big fires started but as far as pointing out i mean your entire church of in some sense a work of art in many of these things which are actually done in
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a pre-industrial mode of construction which required a lot of people that have a certain form of knowledge which essentially no longer exists you know will have to be recreated in some way i think. it's the religious importance of this but also the fact that we. we have all of these people know that we'll be involved civil society the church itself and it's barbarous pointing out maybe experts and people beyond the frontiers of friends makes it in a sense sort of a terrible loss i mean and there is no doubt about it because there are things and knowledge that is a ritual but at the same time i mean it place in which this can be essential to recreate it ok so so knowing that looking forward now martin what is the best way for france to really respond to the blow to its cultural heritage i mean it seems to me that this is and it's too early to say this so this is not with any myths of offending any sensibilities bed in a sense this isa great political opportunity in the sense that there is out of this
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ashes something that friends can show the rest of europe in terms of not only the importance of cultural heritage but how much it depends not just on of its own french sort of area to join its couple cities and skills and assets but in europe as a whole and show that in some sense paris is not just bars for the french nor is not trade i'm just not to them for the french or the persians not for them in the sense belongs to all of us i mean even those of us who live in berlin or who live in washington or who live in china and they knew in beijing or in india we are actually in a sense. ours and i think that in that sense it truly an opportunity precisely to showcase that money it's most certainly not sure i mean strangely enough this might be actually the least of the infrastructurally friends has the capacity the question is skills the kind of craftsmanship that went into that and obviously the building itself and the kind of involvement of the society right martin back our religious affairs correspondent thank you for your analysis and as well following
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the latest for us in paris thank you both. and this is of course a developing story we will continue to have more coverage of the notre dame tire coming up a little bit later in the show we'll move on to some other news now the sudanese protest leaders say they have blocked an attempt by the army to break up a sit in outside its headquarters the demonstrators have gathered to demand the country's military hand over power to a civilian administration mass anti-government protests helped depose longtime president omar al bashir last week protesters now say they want to civilian government established in sudan within fifteen days. they'd come in their thousands to send a message to the military step aside and make way for a civilian government. the it's almost
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a festival atmosphere but there was no mistaking the sense of determination as the protests continued for a tense day we will stop here until we finish all the will cannot live. on monday the army sought to break up the protests video posted on social media appeared to show reinforcements heading to the scene. for the protesters stood their ground even as they found themselves surrounded by soldiers on three sides in the end the troops shied away from my direct confrontation with the crowds. the army has sought to cast itself a siding with the protesters it was in response to the mass rallies that the military moved last week to overthrow the country's longstanding leader omar al bashir. in this footage posted on social media a soldier gives his cap to a young protester during cheers from the crowds. the
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army has promised the protesters it will hold democratic elections in two years time but the opposition group leading the demonstrations reiterated today it wants a civilian administration now. the earlier our first demand which is one of the main demands of the protest movement which is for the formation of a sovereign civilian council we call on the military to protect the revolution and to guarantee the demands are met. by the group is also calling for associates of former ruler al bashir to face justice and for the dismantling of his regime structure. or not all of our demands are that the officials should be made accountable for the rights and the money of the sudanese. people to be returned to protest leaders have been urging more people to join the crowds come topside the army headquarters in khartoum and by nightfall many had responded to the cool once
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again swelling the crowds and increasing the pressure on the army. let's catch up now on some other stories making news around the world former massachusetts governor bill weld has become the first republican to challenge donald trump in the primaries for the twenty twenty us presidential election might have a struggle on his hands while trump's approval ratings have been mostly poor during his presidency he does remain popular with republican voters are you sure all powerful storms have ripped through the us south killing at least eight people and injuring dozens of others deaths were reported in texas mississippi and louisiana where tornadoes and flooding caused severe damage before heading towards the east coast storm warnings have now been issued their. people in part of wise capital s. and c. are still struggling with severe flooding after a state of emergency was declared earlier this month more than twenty thousand people were evacuated after heavy rains caused the country's main breaker to breach its banks. a german museum has handed over the remains of an aboriginal king to
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australia aboriginal representatives took part in the ceremony in munich where the remains have been stored since eight hundred eighty nine it comes as germany stepped up efforts to return human remains and artwork from former colonies to their places of origin it would be a new zealand's prime minister's just into art and says she disagreed with the international red cross decision to end a media blackout over a nurse missing in syria for five years and the organization says it went public to seek information about new zealand nurse luisa covey following a ports that she may still be alive she and two syrian drivers were abducted in two thousand and thirteen. it's been a month since cyclonic die swept over southeastern africa the storm killed more than one thousand people in mozambique zimbabwe and allowing hundreds of people are still missing as a result of the severe flooding that hit the region the world bank estimates that
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three million people are still suffering the after affects of the natural disaster one of the worst affected places was the port city of bayda in mozambique our correspondent adrienne krrish met with the mayor there a man who is fighting a daily battle to overcome the emergency left by the storm and for his city. every day. does it too of a city inspecting the reconstruction of beirut with the destruction of saigon the high still visible everywhere the mayor is determined to stay in close contact with the residents the man who is trying hard to party can't always help the mayor is proud of an opposition party after the cyclon he strongly criticized the central government for its slow response the city's annual budget is only about thirteen million viewers it was real very difficult we went heating heating heating. that. we need. we need them we need everybody that's why i spoke to the go to us i spoke
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to the center and told them that we need to join forces and i'm happy that. right now eight organizations active all over town the water supply has been restored to parts of the city have electricity again but they are also sceptics the number of malaria cases is on the rise and despite massive musicians because reporters are more than three thousand five hundred cases a mere sea a man who needs eight workers in an improvised hospital i gets an update on the situation and wants to know how he can help you have to talk to the people sensitized you have to tell them how to avoid color they have to boil their drinking. what are the doctors working here is still whining because the still some cases coming in and we need to stop it i hope we don't we are going to do that the most is about to myself and my team to be on the ground talking to the people
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advising. the academy to do i'm sure that we are going to stop it. the next problems i waiting so see mango is hitting the road again full of optimism and drive despite the difficult situation until a challenge i fear a challenge yeah. i feel that something has to be done and i feel as a part of me as i'm blessed to do something. so i feel great i feel. it's a blessing with the choices will face this disaster as a business or is my god the first challenge is when people are trying to preserve some mangos next week plan and i want a conference in may he wants to collect more aids money for the reconstruction of his city so that the people of prayer i can live here once again like they did before so i can be done. now here in germany there is growing criticism of the so-called holding and processing centers where migrants are set
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when they first arrive in the country now let's take a look at the numbers in two thousand and eighteen if the word is a considered more than two hundred thousand applications for asylum more than a third were rejected but only one in three of those who were told that they can stay were actually deported now mike can say that conditions inside the holding centers are horrific he did his test at clara walter reports from bavaria and southern germany. behind this fence lice the first info pork refugee camp reporters are not allowed inside so for the residents meet us here because they fear of reprisals from the authorities they wish to remain anonymous you go to the bathroom and notice that about fifty or even one hundred people are using the same toilet infections are everywhere if i want to see a doctor i have to get up at around one in the morning and get in line when the clinic opens fifty people are already there and the doctor he only treats twenty
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a day how can you survive we're asking germany please help us here. moses flat nigeria because of religious persecution he's been living in the camp for a year and a half together with his wife and child including one of his friends shows us footage shot inside the camp up to eight people in one room. showers and bathrooms in terrible condition and cleaned only rarely they tell us just a. little bit of deja vu when migrants leave the camp they have to hand over their documents inside there's nothing to do no one's allowed to walk several traumatised refugees have already been committed to a psychiatric clinic according to the refugees that's been several suicide attempts
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. we wanted to take the refugees complains to the state government but it wouldn't grant an interview only this written statement. the residents of the first infallible coding center accommodated in accordance with current guidelines. on the whole there's plenty of space at the center. the local integration commissioner projects this is sesame and the leader takes less has visited the come many times he confirms the place is unfit for human habitation in the long term bases and he says the refugees are condemned to a miserable plight vendors and i asked him what the standards for being up held. there are no standards at all these processing centers are supposed to be on comfortable and humiliating to motivate those who have no real need for protection to leave the country preferably of their own accord understood what to do for
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lawson who contributed but with every month the refugee spend here the frustration grows fights and protests are part of everyday life at the camp in the beginning the authorities told me that this was going to be a temporary situation but this temporary situation turned into a year and five months according to regulations refugees should either be trans food or deported within twenty four months but groups like the bavarian refugee council report this time limit is soft next seated or the move reasons they say to improve conditions in the camp as soon as possible. for more on the story we are joined by carl copy is the director of european affairs for the n.-g. o. poll which a fight for the rights of those seeking asylum mr kopp thank you very much for joining us this morning what can you tell us think about this particular center that we just saw in our report what do you know about it it's one of these seven.
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varian so-called anchor sent us this is a very nice word for miserable conditions and it's ok's it's very i it's not greece and they get by purpose the bavarian government creates this horrible conditions so miserable conditions as a form of de terence. it's a form of stigmatisation of this kind of threat she crewcut and yet the key message is we don't want you here you create conditions you will not stand so maybe you will leave the country one too early or be able to keep or two so this is the you not show the concept and it's easy to change these living conditions to decentralize. the reception system s.p.f.
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before but this is the new policies it started in autumn two thousand and fifteen so.

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