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♪ ♪ anchor: you're watching live from paris, france 24. headlines at 9:00 p.m. paris time. returning to face justice in france. salah abdeslam, the one surprising -- surviving suspect from november's paris attacks, was ordered to return from belgium where he was arrested. some angry scenes. of workers andds students marched in french townsend cities against sweeping labor law -- towns and cities against sweeping labor law reforms. the south african president found guilty of breaking the constitution after illegally spending public money to upgrade
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his private home. calls are growing in south africa for jacob zuma to be impeached. ♪ anchor: thanks for being with us. the main surviving suspect from november's attacks here in paris is to be transferred to france to face trial. a court in belgium made the ruling earlier after salah abdeslam agreed to cooperate with the investigation. earlier on, i asked our correspondent how soon abdeslam might be sent here. reporter: normally when a european arrest warrant is issued, it can be a few weeks or a month. case, french, and belgian authorities would be on the same page. but they said it was way too early to say, and the decision
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would be taken in the next few weeks. he spent quite a bit of time interrogating salah h abdeslam n his cell. it was the first time they got to talk to salah abdeslam about his role in the brussels attacks. last time they interrogated him, the brussels attacks have not taken place, so the whole focus was on the paris attacks. we heard from his lawyer sven mary today that he is willing to cooperate and is happy to come to paris to explain himself, which is a change of pace after the brussels attacks, when he was adamant he did not want to be on trial in paris as co-perpetrator of the paris attacks in november. catherine: belgian investigators surely want to question salah abdeslam. are they going to get an opportunity to do that? reporter: this is exactly why they may delay the transfer. they might want to keep him here longer, because he knows a lot
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about the plotting and planning of the brussels attacks. his dna was found, and he was 25-year-olde algerian men who died in a raid, and one of the men who blew himself up in zaventem airport last week. we could see salah abdeslam being left to the belgian authorities. we could as well see two separate trials, or a joint trial. lots of things have to be figured out between belgian and french authorities on the fate of salah abdeslam. catherine: at least seven people have died in an attack on the turkish city of diyarbakir. 27 more are wounded. according to local reports, a car bomb exploded as another vehicle carrying special forces and right please passed by. diyarbakir is known as turkey's biggest kurdish city. this comes a day before a
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proposed -- planned visit by the prime minister. the turkish prime and is this land the attack as the ugly face of terrorism. he was speaking from washington, where he is among the delegates at a nuclear security summit. the meetings got off to a tense start, with a disagreement over whether the turkish president barack obamameet at the white house, instead meeting with u.s. vice president joe biden. after a member of an opposition media outlet was asked to leave an event where president erdogan was speaking. an angry and disruptive day for many around france this thursday. clashes broke out at 200 anti-labor reform demonstrations. strikes have also impacted travelers. rennes, right police used tear gas against stonethrowing protesters. many protesters were students,
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and some told us why they are so opposed to government plans to change the loss. reporter: 200 schools across france shut doors today or were forced to do so. pupils joined demonstrations against government plans to reform the country's rigid labor laws. with youth unemployment stuck at 25%, the young to be the first to benefit from reforms, but many told us they are having none of it. >> many say we are just doing it to escape class. but we are concerned. the most precarious at the moment are the jobs for the youth. >> in high school, you are not meant to stay like that for the rest of your life. if we study, what for? to get into the labor market. what we want is a stable job. reporter: high school is joined forces with students, in a development stretching back to 1968. then, mass protests brought the country to a standstill and
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forced the government to call elections. since then, every generation had its own moment of protest. reform, attempts to universities were crushed after a student died during demonstrations. pension reforms went through despite public outrage as they fail to attract students to the streets. those marching today hope to replicate their victory of one decade ago. in 2006, the last attempt to reform parts of labor law failed after students took to the streets en masse. catherine: at least 21 people are now known to have died after a flyover collapsed in the indian city of kolkata earlier. reporter: as crowds in the indian city of kolkata went about their business, security cameras caught the moment a flyover collapsed on top of them.
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and rescueals workers scrambled at the degree, using little more than their hands to try to get to those trapped underneath. >> i saw a man waving at us for help from under the debris. i gathered some residents, and with some help from a crane we were able to rescue him. reporter: a roadway that has been under long-term construction, five years overdue. a 100-meter section of the flyover crashed onto crowds and traffic in the badly congested area around lunchtime. it left rescuers trying to get specialized equipment into place, with difficulties,. >> our biggest challenge is rescuing the huge number of people trapped under the debris. because there's a lot of cutters tohere using make holes in the debris so we can make an entry. reporter: india has long faced major demands on its infrastructure, with this just the latest in a string of such ses collapound the country.
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questions are already being raised as to whether any corners were cut during construction. atar hase: caps -- q hit back at amnesty over claims that migrant workers are being abused at several world cup construction sites. they will host the tournament in 2022. they say some abuses about to forced labor. qatar has responded that the claims contained a misleading picture. onorter: a world cup based labor explication. that is the allegation made towards qatar 2022 by amnesty international. the human rights group has accused fifa of not doing enough to improve the lives of migrant workers. >> these people were facing a range of horrible labor exultation, from paying large fees in their home countries before they come, receiving false promises about the work on offer, having passports
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confiscated, living in poor and dirty accommodations, being threatened for complaining. some workers were subjected to forced labor. reporter: the claims are based on interviews conducted with over 200 mostly south asian migrants helping to build the khalifa international stadium which is set to hold the final match. amnesty says every worker they spoke to reported abuse of some kind or another. the country is under increasing pressure to improve conditions for migrant laborers, who make up more than 90% of the population. a report from "the guardian" revealed nepalese migrants s ale were dying at the rate of one every two days. qatar claims they will be investigating the claims. the government insists it is committed to reforming the country's labor laws and conditions for workers.
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fifa says it is fully aware of the risks facing construction workers in qatar, and says it will urge authorities to take steps to improve standards. catherine: in south africa, there are calls for the president to be impeached after the country's top court found jacob zuma guilty of breaking the constitution by using public funds to upgrade his private residence. the home improvements included a cement pool, -- swimming pool, a cattle enclosure and a chicken run. zuma will now have to pay back some of the money, and that is far from his only problem. judges from was 11 south africa's highest court, the constitutional court,, saying president jacob zuma violated his oath of office and violated the constitution, the highest law in south africa. but the conversation has shifted
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to opposition parties and the anc. the anc top brass is meeting to discuss the outcome of this ruling and its implications. in the meantime, the democratic alliance, south africa's official opposition party, has filed papers in parliament to start impeachment proceedings. on the other hand, the economic freedom fighters have vowed to present -- prevent president jacob zuma from ever addressing parliament again. its leader has said they will stop him from entering parliament, even if it means they have to do so physically. catherine: a look to the u.s. now, where presidential hopeful donald trump is in damage massivemode, drawing criticism for talking about punishing women for having an abortion. he now says that he misspoke, and that he is pro-life, with exceptions. reporter: no stranger to
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controversy, donald trump has stirreup a hornet's nest with his latest comments about abortion. during a town hall meeting in wisconsin, he was asked to state his views on the sensitive subject. is, there the answer has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? mr. trump: there has to be. >> 10 years? mr. trump: i don't know. i do take positions on every thing else. it is a very competent in position. catherine: abortion is a divisive issue in the u.s., and most conservatives have pro-life positions. but the idea of punishing women for having the procedure drew angry criticism from all sides. democrat candidates hillary clinton and bernie sanders were both quick to condemn the comments. said today was outrageous and dangerous. you know, i am constantly taken
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aback at the kinds of things that he advocates for. senator sanders: it is shameful, shameful is probably understating that position. first of all, for me and most americans, women have the right to control their own bodies, and they have the right to make those personal decisions themselves. but to punish a woman, for having an abortion, is beyond, attention. reporter: trump has since sought to modify his comments. within hours, his campaign issued two separate statements, saying the billionaire businessman believes that abortion providers, not patients, should be the ones punished. but his comments threaten to erode his standing with women, many who have been turned off by his misogynistic comments during the presidential race. catherine: there are
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celebrations among serbian nationalists and outrage for many in croatia and bosnia, after a serbian ultranationalist was cleared of nine counts of crimes against two minute he related to the balkan wars of the 1990's. vojislav seselj has denied charges. prosecutors have not yet said if they will appeal. reporter: after almost a decade on trial, a verdict is in. >> on the first count, persecution as a crime against humanity, the majority declares the accused not guilty. following this verdict, vojislav seselj is now a free man. 2-1 inr: the court ruled favor of acquittal on three crimes -- charges of crimes against humanity. the ultranationalist serbian leader has been accused of
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inciting murder and ethnic persecution in firebrand speeches he gave. >> we will create a greater serbia. reporter: the murder, torture, and deportation of non-serbs was part of an armed conflict in which civilians were involved, rather than ethnic cleansing, it was deemed. personalt to bear any responsible for the crimes, nor did he know about or endorse such actions by his volunteers. in belgrade, he was freed in 2014 when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. he said the verdict was the only right one. >> in the hague, i defeated all false testimony and exposed false documents. i escape without punishment, but maybe i could have received at least some time so serbia's enemies would not be so angry. reporter: more victims and leaders of neighboring countries threatened to come to terms --
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struggled to come to terms with the verdict. anti-euboost to his radical party. catherine: tributes are being paid to architect zaha hadid, who has died at the age of 65. born in iraq in 1950, she founded her own practice in london before turning 30. she became the first woman to win the pritzker prize for architecture in 2004. among her many creations were the aquatic center for the 2012 london olympic games and the uangzhou opera center in china. she died suddenly from a heart attack after contracting bronchitis. a memorial service is to be announced. some arts news for you now. while mali grapples with
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instability and militant threats, one of the country's celebrated photographers is being celebrated in paris. gainingstarted reputation in the last 20 years. he is now being honored at the iconic grand palais reporter: renowned as the father of african photography, seydou keita's photographs show the passage from colonialism to independence. he began his career as a teenager. >> he is an autodidact. he has a visual culture. he has a great intuition. reporter: unlike his predecessorsreporter:, keita did not take photographs for a colonialist agenda.
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he redefined the aesthetic of a generation of africans, portraying them as they had never been seen before. he was made the official photographer of the new socialist government in 1962, a post he attempted to resist. he closed down his studio shortly thereafter. in the early 1990's, his works were discovered by the west, and he and his home country were thrust into the international spotlight. >> we are happy, just happy to hear about the continent in a positive way and mali in a positive way. palaisr: the grand will host the works of one of the 20th century's greatest photographers until late july. catherine: showing off somewhat of a miracle baby for the first time -- this little guerrilla -- gorilla was delivered by cesarean section seven weeks gorillae first
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to be borne by cesarean section in the u.k. they are still giving their newest resident 20 47 care, -- 24/7 care, and she even has a gorilla toy to keep her company. good luck to her. let's give you a recap of the top stories we are following on "france 24." returning to face justice in france. salah abdeslam, t the one surviving suspect from november's harissa tax, -- attacks, paris ordered to be sent back to france. thousands of students march in frenchtown subsidies against labor lover forms. and south african president found guilty of breaking the constitution after illegally spending money on upgrading his
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luxury private home. calls are growing for jacob zuma to be impeached. time to move on with hi today's business news stories. what is happening to europe's steel industry? markus: the sector is in the spotlight after indian conglomerate tata said it may sell its british steel business, which has unleashed fears in the u.k. that a sale or restructuring could lead to job losses. the government said it would do everything it can to save the plants. at the same time, there are questions about what this means at the european level. there are predictions we are about to see a wave of m ergers/ . reporter: days may be dark for british steel, but the sector is
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looking for solutions to keep business running. nationalizing could have been one solution, but it was quickly rolled out. >> i don't believe nationalization is the right answer. what we want to do is secure a long-term future for steelmaking plants in the united kingdom. reporter: finding a buyer won't be easy. like the rest of europe. , the u.k. suffers from overcapacity, and cheaper chinese imports are flooding the market. energy costs are also high in the u.k., and the exchange rate is another disadvantage. the government would have to come up with measures to make the deal sweeter for potential buyers. >> looking at these issues of taxes, interest rates, energy costs, to make sure these industries can remain competitive in a very challenging environment. reporter: analysts believe that to address overcapacity european players may consolidate with mergers.
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the second-biggest steelmaker, hyssenkrupp,-- t has indicated it may combine with other corporations. the european steel industry employs 300,000 people. the industry rose after tata said it is selling, showing some investors believe mergers are possible and they may be the key to saving the sector. markus: argentina's economy minister says the country has turned a new leaf after the default in 2001, follows a decision by the senate to back a settlement with investors. this settles the last batch of debts dating to the days of the default. previous governments have refused to pay these debts, essentially locking when it's iris from borrowing money in
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international markets. it is a key part of the new president's economic policies, and it may help to unleash growth. >> it was necessary to have a deal with the holdouts. without an agreement, the state would have had to make much larger fiscal adjustments than what they are doing. now, will be agreement generate growth? in itself, no. what happens, if we did not have that agreement, we would have no investments or economic growth. markus: a landmark in argentina. we are going to take a look at the markets in the united states. we have seen shares in positive territory earlier, but in the last hour or so we have seen a little of a change on wall street. some uncertainty perhaps creeping in ahead of a key jobless report coming out tomorrow in the united states. that is when we will find out
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how many jobs the u.s. economy added during the month of march. maybe some uncertainty ahead of that figure. otherwise, this is the last trading day of the first quarter, and the dow and s&p 500 are on track to finish the quarter higher after what has been a pretty difficult start to the year. in europe, markets have been yo-yoing this week, down today after going higher yesterday. we saw a sharper bounce higher on wednesday. as i said, today the cac 40 was down the most, about 1.3%. we also saw european indices finishing in negative territory, with the cac 40 down 55 between -- 5% between january and march. the dax down 7% between january
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and march. let's show you other stories we are watching for. orange under pressure during trading in paris. the two companies have a self-imposed deadline to finalize a tie-up. they are at odds over the valuation of the deal. the new deadline for the agreement is sunday. the chipotle fast food chain is expanding from doritos to -- burritos to burgers. they have trademarked "better burger" as a look at opening new restaurants. they have seen shares plummet as they seek to recover from a food safety scare. some of france's best-known tandy brands will -- kandcandy brands will return to french ownership.
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fives include sweets-making factories in france. this is important stuff. it is an institution in and of itself. catherine: it is a cultural phenomenon. for anyone that does not know, inside the wrapping is a little joke. markus: they tend to be very poor jokes. catherine: they are sent in by children. [laughter] they are sort of bad jokes, but the news isoth in always good. making me hungry. markus: they do get stuck in your teeth. catherine: i will have to get dessert after this. thanks very much. markus with the business news of the day. time for us to take a short
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break. more of our top headlines coming up for you.
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