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this is bbc america and now, live from london, "bbc world news." hello. this is "bbc world news." our top stories. govern forces surround the iraqi city tikrit. we have a special report with troops preparing to go in. a woman was beaten to death in afghanistan. the spokesman endorses her killing. the actress angelina jolie says he reduced her risk for cancer. >> is he a rock star?
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>> james who, they are say sng the british actor and comedian made a debut as one of america's biggest chat shows. hello, again. we are going to begin in iraq. they are joining in the effort to recontrol tikrit. flights were requested by the iraqi government over tikrit last week. this map here, the areas in red across syria and iraq show the parts of these two countries controlled by isis. they are backed by iran. so far, they have been unable to gain control or enter the center of tikrit because of the
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resistance they are encountering. government forces hope once they capture tikrit they can use it as a spring board to get to mosul in the north. our correspondent is on the front line. >> reporter: this is the road that leads to tikrit eeriely silent. the city is now surrounded. no surrender. the man leading the offensive is the commander of the brigade, one of the strongest militia backed by iran. >> translator: we are not in a hurry. every day, we are killing a lot of them and destroying their supplies. the longer it goes on the weaker islamic state will become. >> reporter: the areas around
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tikrit have been liberated. the city is still in the hands of islamic state. this is as far as we have been allowed to go because of their snipers. all around is evidence of a determined enemy. this is wreckage from one of the extremist weapons of choice the suicide bombs. they launched a dozen of them on this one road. the iraqi army prepares for warfare. >> go! go! go! >> reporter: the battle of tikrit has been largely on the sidelines. >> americans are going to stand back and let you run through by yourself. >> reporter: iraqi soldiers are being trained by american and spanish forces. they don't have much time to get them ready for the front line. >> six weeks, we established the ability to have a minimum training level for them.
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>> reporter: six weeks to train a brigade, but it's not enough. >> i don't think so. >> reporter: a strong iraqi army made up of shia and sunni is needed to heal the sectarian divide. america sees the influence over the shia led militia as destabilizing. it is the shia militia who are doing much of the fighting and dying in the war against islamic state. these, the faces of some of the thousands who already lost their lives leaving grieving mothers, widows and children behind. bbc news tikrit. we have news. we know new zealand is going to play in the world cup final. they have just beaten south africa. the margin of victory, four
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wickets. that doesn't tell even half of the story. 298 to win. they hit boundaries of the third to last and second to last ball of the match. 299. they will play in the world cup final, either australia or india. israel denied the report about the fights on talking over tehran's nuclear program. they told bbc the claims reported in the wall street journal, in his words, are utterly false. they wanted details to build a case against the nuclear deal with iran. richard is here. we have known for some time that the americans spy on their allies. still, surprising that israel would spy on its major ally. >> maybe not. i don't think we should be terribly surprised. they have an intelligence
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operation around the world. the wall street journal saying both sides accepted they were spying on each other. the difference this time we can't confirm this they are saying they have a lot of different sources including intelligence officials and many other officials and lawmakers. they are saying that the iranians since last year have been spying getting information from the actual talks going on between the u.s. and iran and other powers involved in the negotiations as well. what the wall street journal is saying americans are angry about is the israelis not using this to build a case for themselves but, allegedly were passing this information on briefing u.s. lawmakers to try to get them on board with the israeli position which is to of course undermine the talks. >> pitch the lawmakers against president obama's team trying to
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reach the deal with the six plus one. then the question becomes, with the relationship between the u.s. and izsrael currently not good. the case for benjamin netanyahu, having recently won re-election, how close is he to making his own action that has been debated for a long time against iran and iran continues to develop their nuclear program? >> this is about the talks right now. the key is going to be whether they can secure some kind of agreement or framework agreement in the next week or so. the powers including the states uk france russia china, et cetera. the aim is to get a deal, framework deal by the end of the month. they are making progress. there's going to be more talks later this week.
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the key is whether they can get a framework deal and the israelis will be looking at that to decide what their steps should be. >> we are concentrating on the talks. what influence could the u.s. lawmakers have on president obama's team and is there evidence that this spying is affecting the talks? >> it could have an enormous influence if congress turns against the deal it will be very very difficult for president obama, which is why they are so worried about this. >> richard, thank you very much, indeed. the hollywood actress angelina jolie revealed she had a second operation to reduce getting cancer. she's written about having her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed. we have the report. >> reporter: the oscar winning actress chose to have the surgery after a check up showed she's at risk of developing ovarian cancer. last week, she had her ovaries
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and fallopian tubes removed. she said it's not easy to make the decisions, but it is easy to tackle head on health issues. she had breasts removed because she carried genes that were cancerous. she is married to brad pitt with six children and spoke about that decision. >> i feel happy i made the choice i made. i will follow up with the other surgery at some point. my mother had breast and ovarian cancer. >> reporter: she wrote, i have been thinking of this a long time. it's a less complex surgery, but puts a woman in forced menopause. it's not possible to remove all risks. the fact is i remain prone to cancer. i feel feminine and grounded in the choices i'm making for myself and my family.
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my children will never have to say mom died of ovarian cancer. she's known for her humanitarian work and sexual violence in london this summer. with a global profile, she speaks out about her personal battle so other women at risk know what options they have. bbc news. lucy hockings is happy because new zealand is in the playoffs. are your boys going to make it? >> you have known me 30 years. cricket. that's what that square bat, isn't it? >> 11 men go out, dressed in white. >> australia is going to win no matter what. new zealand! who should have access to your facebook data. tuesday, today, the european court of justice considers a
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case that challenges the agreement between europe and america dubbed safe harbor. it allows u.s. companies like facebook, google and apple to send personal data from europe to the united states. the case is brought by privacy activist, an australian lawyer. under the law, companies can only transfer consumer data out of the countries where there is an adequate level of privacy protection. now, if you are like me and don't necessarily understand all of that stay tuned. i have an expert in the house, in the studio coming up in 20 minutes on world"world business report" report". currency has remained strong. it shot up through the roof dramatically in january when the swiss national bank pegged it to europe. now, swiss business leaders say the consequences could be disastrous for switzerland's
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economy. we have the second installment on the currency series coming up on the "world business report" shortly. greece still in the headlines, will present reform by next monday. all in hopes that they will receive much needed catches. now, the greek prime minister you just saw him, there she is the german chancellor angela merkel in berlin. though there were reports of good will during the meeting, little progress was made on what reforms need to be implemented in return for the aid funds, much needed aid funds. the uk's inflation rate fell to zipo zero. in february the lowest since records began. price movements in recreational
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good in goods, furniture. 0.3% in january. currently, the eurozone is lower. deflation, that is. keeping our eyes on that one. follow me on twitter, i'll tweet you back. in about 17 minutes. see ya. >> thank you very much. still to come something about the death penalty in the united states. utah legalized the use of firing squads. can you pick me up at 6:30? ah... (boy) i'm here! i'm here! (cop) too late. i was gone for five minutes! ugh! move it. you're killing me. you know what, dad? i'm good. (dad) it may be quite a while before he's ready, but our subaru legacy will be waiting for him. (vo) the longest-lasting midsize sedan in its class. the twenty-fifteen subaru legacy. it's not just a sedan.
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the museum was set to be reopened. the reopening has been delayed. security is very tight. our correspondent is in tunis and tells about the plans. >> reporter: i have just spoken to the director of the museum. he says now that this is more of a symbolic opening for the building and that they would be allowed later to film inside. the official opening is now on sunday. it would appear that there's been some kind of official delay which according to reports we heard earlier, officials have been saying there's a delay. there's a change of plans for security reasons, but it's not made clear at the moment.
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utah legalized the use of firing squads to carry out the death penalty if lethal drugs are not available thchlt is the only state in the united states where a firing state can be used. ben has more. >> reporter: gardner, the last person in utah to be executed by firing squad in 2010. he'd been convicted of a double murder and sentenced to death. he was allowed to choose that method. now, they have been reintroduced. some people remain strongly opposed. >> the firing squad has been rejected nationally and internationally for a generation. it's considered to be barbaric cruel and unusual. the fact that utah has it is an
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embarrassment to the state. >> reporter: the state governor signed a law to allow firing squads. there's a concern about the drugs for lethal injections. that is used in more than half of u.s. states but under scrutiny after botched executions. a spokesman says we prefer to use the primary method of lethal injection, however, when a jury makes a decision and judge signs a death warrant, enforce thag is the obligation of the executive branch. it would be in a room like this one where a firing squad execution would take place. the prison, strapped to the chair while marksmen take aim. the next execution in utah is probably several years away. the state insists use of a firing squad is only a back-up method. bbc news.
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a spokesman for the kabul police has been removed from his job. he posted a facebook message endorsing the killing of a woman beaten to death in kabul after being falsely accused of burning the koran. david is in kabul. he's not the first police officer to be disciplined in this case is he david? >> reporter: no. there were 13 police officers effectively all the people in the location where the incident happened toward the end of last week suspended over the weekend. now, posted something on his facebook endorseing the killing and has been removed from his post. the government is sending the signs that it can, that it will respond quickly to suggestions that it's being weakened. it's investigating it fully.
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an 11-person commission including prominent women. they are investigating what happened and the interior ministry says they will also reassess police training and see what they need to do in afghanistan and across the country. this follows the second or third day now of protests rallies in kabul by people showing solidarity to the dead woman. >> there's supposed to be a meeting, is there not, of senior clerics to discuss the case. what will they be talking about? they have strict blasphemy laws. they surely wouldn't change those. >> reporter: it's very interesting, the response from the formal body who really decide or take a view on islamic matters in this country. the gathering of clerics and islamic scholars who meet occasionally.
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they met this morning. they have come down completely on the side of her. she said she was an honorable woman, doing the right thing going into this shrine and protecting the sale of charms which is what she was arguing with selling charms to women who wanted babies or had other health issues and so they come down completely on her side said he was wrong, she was apparently reciting the islamic text to him at the time he called people in and said she was burning the koran, which is a completely false claim. >> thank you very much. a dutch meat trader is standing trial in the netherlands today. he's accused of falsifying documents over two years. labeling meat as beef when it was partly horse meat. at the height of the scandal,
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new products contaminated with horse meat were found on the shelves. >> reporter: it was massive. it was so widespread and terrifying for consumers who didn't know what they were eating. that is the issue. this isn't about food safety. horse meat itself is safe to eat, it's popular in many countries and used to be in the netherlands. his name became synonymous with the horse meat scandal. he is according to the prosecutors charged with falsifying documents and selling 300 tons of horse meat which was shredded and labeled as beef. that went across europe. to give you an idea of the scale, it led to a massive recall of products initially beef burgers sold in british supermarket chains costco and
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aldi. products had to be recalled. it went across europe. uk republic of ireland, france norway switzerland, sweden and germany. this was two years ago. it had a huge impact. even in the uk yesterday, a man was found guilty of supplying beef labeled as horse meat. this isn't just unique to the netherlands. this is where it was seen as starting from. willie has spoken. he said he's denied doing anything wrong. he said possibly mistakes were made and he was shocked when horse meat was found in some of the products. he believes it may have been on the machinery. he admits having horses at his premises in netherlands, but denies deliberately selling it as beef. he believes he will be acquitted. james gordon made his debut on american tv as a chat show
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host. he's the new resenter of the late late show. the problem is that many people in the u.s. have never heard of him. peter is in los angeles. >> the new host of the late late show on cbs. >> reporter: the fresh face of late night comedy. james gordon taking over from craig ferguson on the chat show after midnight. he had a starring role on "into the woods." this actor turned tv host is far from being a household name in the states. >> james gordon? >> who's that? >> is he the rock star? >> reporter: he combined his own brand of comedy with celebrity chat to win over reviewers. tom hanks and mila kunis shared the couch. he even got her to open up about
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her relationship with ash ton kutcher. >> let me look at your hand. oh they got married everybody. oh my god! >> reporter: james gordon his ability to build a cult following on tv and social media when the show was up for daytime and global audience. bbc news los angeles. australia located what they believe to be the largest asteroid impact area found on earth. researchers say they have detect detected two scars on the planet. they measure 400 kilometers across. the scientists believe a huge asteroid broke into two before it smashed into the surface of the planet 300 million years ago. this area is now central australia. they say they are surprised the impact cannot be linked to mass
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how private is your facebook data? a case that challenges big company's right to send your personal information from europe to the united states. and boy, look at that. spinning out of control, how local businesses are coping with the swiss frank.
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everybody, i'm aaron heslehurst, welcome to the program. an exciting snapshot on the world with business and money. we have a lot going on. let's start with this. who? who should have access to your facebook data. tuesday, the european court of justice considers a case between europe and america. basically, it allows u.s. companies like facebook google and apple to send personal data personal information from europe to the usa. now, the case has been brought by austrian privacy advocates. only european data. companies can only transfer consumer data out of the eu to where there's privacy protection. under the deal the ec european commission and u.s. came up with
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this voluntary framework to promise to protect european's data. are they doing that? let's find out. we have someone from an international business law firm. great to have you in the studio. what is going on? why the challenge? >> it's very technical, but very quickly, it's when organizations can transfer data outside the eu. we are looking at safe harbor and whether or not that is a safe level. that's what the case will go to. it's the revelations by snowden and the kind of things u.s. organizations were allowing to the data base. >> it comes at you like a truck. the wording says you know the
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eu countries are only allowed to transfer information to other countries with adequate level. we don't trust the united states. >> it's been the case that we do. the principles are equivalent to what we have in the eu it's whether or not they are following those, in fact whether or not they are being prosecutored for not following them. that is the question. >> the average layman the average consumer or user of the internet, i wouldn't have a clue if my information or yours is being shipped over across the atlantic. >> that shouldn't necessarily be the case. it could be under privacy policies and hidden in websites terms and conditions and you could have agreed to it going to the united states. >> this is what the austrians are considered about, right?
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that's part of how he raised it. >> the worry is we don't know what's going on and there's no way to make sure they are not processing or stealing information in a way that completely against the privacy, the individual's privacy rights. >> what happens, then if they don't reach an agreement or the court of justice upholds the challenge. does that mean safe harbor is out the window? >> there's a long way to go before that is the case. it's possible the safe harbor arrangement could be suspended. there are other ways to legitimately transfer data outside the eu. they can look to contractual terms, uphold them to our levels or they can get individuals at the outset. it might be hidden in privacy policies. >> read the small print. i have to wrap this up, but it
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could have a big impact on facebook. >> indeed. they have to revisit what they are doing and have a change in their approach to collecting data. >> david, great stuff. there are other law firms out there by the way. the swiss company, the swiss frank has been strong for several years. it went through the roof. again, in january, this is when the swiss national bank abruptly abandoned the policy of pegging to europe. they say the consequences could be disastrous for switzerland's economy. in the second installment, we have this report. >> he's not the president of switzerland, but nowadays decisions made by thomas jordan head of the swiss national bank seem to have more impact on
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anything that the swiss government does. his attempt to weaken the frank telling foreign investors to stay away. >> translator: negative interest rates will make savings in swiss franks less attractive. the swiss frank is overvalued but should weaken over time. >> reporter: many swiss companies don't have time. they have to sell their products priced in swiss franks now and pay wages in franks now. already job losses are starting. the hearing aid manufacturer is moving 100 jobs out to switzerland. aviation technology is expected to cut 250 jobs in zurich. the swiss tellers association says 10% of alpine hotels have closed in the last five years. meanwhile, other companies are simply leaving.
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>> translator: some companies have waited too long to move. they tried everything to stay in switzerland. now, with the shock of the frank and the total uncertainty about what's going to happen some of them have decided that now they have to relocate. >> reporter: salaries as close as austria can be 50% slower. companies that want to keep part of their operation in switzerland, outsourcing is the quay. >> translator: we set up service centers abroad. 50% of our costs are abroad. we buy a lot of components out of switzerland. we are paying euros for them. >> reporter: swiss economists predict deflation. not because switzerland's economy is weak but because the currency is too strong. bbc news.
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>> there you go. let's touch on the other stories making headlines around the world. greece in the headlines continues. the proposed package of reform by next monday. they will release a much needed tax according to greece's government spokesman. the greek prime minister there he is on the left met with there she is german chancellor angela merkel. reforms need to be implemented for fund. how about this one. uk inflation rate fell to zero zilch. it's the lowest since records began. price in recreational goods, foods, furnishings cut the rate from 0.3% in january. minus 0.3%. the u.s. car maker, ford will
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hello there. this is sports today live from the bbc sports center. coming up on this program, new zealand is the first team through to the cricket world cup final after a victory over south africa. hooliganism is threatening european football and the annual meeting in vienna. we look at the preparations for the 2016 rio summer olympics. hello there. welcome to the program. plenty to get through. let's start with cricket qualify qualifying for the world cup finals. just one ball to spare against africa.
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they reached half century. they finished on 281-5. new zealand chased 290. 43 over with the captain doing the early damage with 59-26 balls. the game ebbed and flowed and the man of the match. india up next. they meet on thursday. india decided not to train on tuesday. they have impressed in their matches. former world cup champ yan has plans about his technique to be exposed. >> when you don't get runs --
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no i feel like i have been batting nicely. just to get back to a couple check points and make sure that i'm on top of my game and feeling good and hitting the ball nicely. that's all i can ask. whatever happens on thursday happens. i don't analyze it a hell of a lot. what ricky said i hadn't heard. i'm probably the only one that miss out on the last couple games. i'm confident going into the game i have no reason not to be. >> the president has nationalism and hooliganism, threatening european football. speaking he said violence provides images he thought were a thing of the past. he's calling for a ban. crowd troubles and racist abuse have been across europe.
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the stadium disaster where 39 fans are crushed to death following trouble. the countdown is on. tuesday marks 500 days until the 26 day olympic games. the brazilian capitol has been showing programs on the venue that host athletes from all over the globe. the officials said the infrastructure works to deliver the olympic park considered the heart of the game. events will be staged in 34 venues and the summer olympics start at the stadium on friday the 5th of august 2016. grand slam champion raafialfael nidal prepares for wimbledon. it's to prove a good move.
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the wimbledon final as he plays, but not made it past the last 16 when he's warmed up elsewhere. >> happy to be back. great event. i always enjoy it. i have a great feeling there. really special and i really enjoy. of course, just good to be back there. >> the tour de france winner came out in support of lance armstrong's decision to ride. armstrong has been criticized for returning to the tour. they believe more good than harm will come from it. >> no press, no public no riders around. it's one day ahead of the tour de france. it's for a great cause.
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i know what one euro can buy. i was hoping to have won the half million. for me, if lance armstrong can help he hasn't killed nim. for me he's paying and will pay for the rest of his life for what he did. that's important to note. sometime you must forget. other people young kids older people that are ill. armstrong was an inspiration for them. if he can do it i can do it. they were disappointed but helped them come through it. i look at that a little bit and look at the charity side of it. >> time to talk golf. he won't be afraid to make big calls when it comes to selecting the team. if it means upsetting some of his friends, it won't be an
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issue. he'll be on the receiving end when he was a contender for the team. >> something they have to do. it's one of those things when ever they called me and told me he wasn't picking me. it was a disappointment. i have respect for him because he had to make the call and tell me, yes. some day in the future i may have to do the same thing myself. somebody will be there and somebody won't be. >> we go back to london for breaking news. >> we are interrupting sports because of reports from various agencies. an airbus plane operated by air france. it has crashed over the southern
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alps in france. the plane, according to afp was enroute. it's an airbus a320. as i said, run by german wings affiliated with la france. the airbus a320 two pilots four cabben crew. 142 people in total. airbus not available for immediate comment. that is what we know so far. this plane has crashed over the southern alps as it was on its way with 142 people on board from the spanish city of barcelona to the german city of diseldorf. my clean aaron is here. you have worked a lot with the airline industry.
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tell us about this plane. >> 320. it's highly advanced like any modern aircraft from airbus or boeing. highly advanced aircraft. the a-320 is a workhorse, if you will. boeing has the 737. airbus has the 320. it is a workhorse. it can carry, depending on the seat configuration, up to 180 passengers. i'm trying to think the last time we have had a european airline go down. we don't want to speculate, it's the very early stages of course. crashing into the french alps somewhere in the french alps is rather astonishing. these planes don't just fall out of the sky or hit mountains. there's enough equipment on board. it's all computer driven as we
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know. the airasia accident we had that fell out of the sky into the java sea was an a-320. >> we don't know what caused the airasia crash. we know they encountered bad weather. they still don't know exactly what happened. we are getting more information from an official that 148 people in total were on board this airbus a-320. six of whom were members of the crew. we don't know nationalities. we don't have the details in terms of passenger manifest. we don't have a flight number. it was a germanwings aircraft the budget airline of germany's national carrier. >> this has been the contention of a lot of strikes and arguments between management and
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pilots over german wings. they have ambitions to expand germanwings, taking flights further. so you know countless strikes. from memory last year at least half a dozen, if not more pilot strikes out of the proposed plans that they wanted to do with germanwings. germanwings is a subsidiary of luftanza. they have been fighting or struggling an up hill battle of the easy jets of europe and the golf carrier. big focus, big push on germanwings and their expansion plans. >> i want to ask you about that in a second. let's get this tweet that's come from germanwings from the
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official twitter account. they are calling it an incident. we have become aware of media reports speculating on an incident we do not have any confirmation. we don't know if it's an incident or accident aaron, at the moment. we know that the plane has had some sort of difficulty. but, we don't know if it's been able to land. if the pilot had -- we don't know anything. in terms of budget airlines the airasia a320 that went down in the java sea, the other one that went down in the southern indian ocean. there was a lot of chat with malaysia airlines that went down there. there was a lot of talk about that region of the world and possibly its reputation for
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servicing aircraft. presumably, there's no such debate to be had in europe. it must be pretty strict. >> absolutely. >> i don't think it's a problem with the plane is what i'm saying. >> they are one of the most efficient carriers. germanwings was exactly the same operation. the most efficient airlines in the world. so it would be hard pressed to say -- again, it's too early to speculate. it would be hard pressed to say. no sudden movements. google search: bodega beach house.
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welcome to "bbc world news." a plane is reported to have gone down over the southern french alps. it's operated by germanwings, a-320 airbus. germanwings is the subsidiary of lufthansa. 142 passengers on board and six crew. the plane took off from the spanish city


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