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in italy. this is d.w. news live from berlin at least three people are dead following a gas explosion in paris a spanish woman and two firefighters were killed in the blast and dozens more are injured some critically let's bring in the latest also coming up it's selfish old the u.s. is now suffering from its longest government shutdown in history as hundreds of thousands of government employees go without paychecks we need the workers taking on new jobs just to make ends meet. and the saudi teenager who fled her home
arrives in canada to start a new life mohamed al canoing was granted asylum there after her plight drew worldwide attention. i'm calm assman thanks for joining us at least three people are confirmed dead after a powerful gas explosion and fire ripped through a building in paris this morning spain's foreign ministry says a spanish tourist is among the dead two firefighters were also reportedly killed while evacuating people from the scene. and shaper is the night before would suddenly transformed into a fiery inferno five by the struggle to bring a blaze inside a bakery and to control the explosion happened early on saturday morning many will woken by the jolt from the blast those who are awake felt its terrifying force that
. destroyed everything in the alleyway first i heard people shouting at one another they wanted to know if it was an attack and when we went outside we saw that all the windows were broken and there were people screaming. hundreds of emergency services worked in the debris trying to fight the blaze the disasters told became. victims or say first aid while being rushed to hospital ten people were critically injured dozens more were hurt and two firefighters are among the dead. people were hof naked from the blast we managed to carry them these people were unconscious and on the ground but their eyes were still open not closed. despite a heavy police presence around the same authorities believe the blast is not terror related assist the move. he says at this stage we
can say that it is obviously caused accidentally by a gas leak do. you foresee we don't use these if we must be careful since the investigations are intended to determine the precise origin of this dramatic fire and this explosion does it expose you but what's clear is it's a tragedy one that will serve as a deadly reminder of the danger that emergency services confront every day. paris was already on edge as more so-called yellow vest protesters clashed with police in the french capital police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators near the arc de triomphe security had already been stepped up in anticipation some thirty two thousand demonstrators turned out in major cities across the country it's the ninth straight saturday of demonstrations demanding changes to economic policies in france which protesters say they for the rich. d.w.
correspondent lisa lewis is following the protests i least this is now week nine of these yellow vests protests how serious were today's clashes. well there were some clashes and the government was actually expecting a whole new level of violence they had deployed eighty thousand police officers and military personnel across the country five thousand of them here in paris many a shops had barricaded up and indeed it came to clashes but if you can compare what happened today in paris but also in other cities across the country too what happened at the beginning of the movement about two months ago is actually not that serious indeed actually in on the first one to three saturdays the clash just started at about eight thirty nine o'clock ten o'clock in the morning and went on for the whole day today the first reports of clashes it got through to us at about
two three o'clock and they went on for a few hours yes but in paris the situation has now gone back to normal and you know cars are circulating again and the attitude on and this one's easy have been cleared. the government there they have repeatedly offered concessions to the protesters is there a plan in place for ending these protests. absolutely the government is trying to calm down the protests this is a so-called national debate that will start next tuesday that's you know nationwide talks in different cities that will go on for several weeks the government says it wants to hear the grievances of the people and take these grievances into account and indeed the government has pushed back the debate on a constitutional reform that was planned for general eve and it's now been pushed by back to later on to take into account the outcome of these nationwide
talks however when you look at one recent poll quoting to that poll seventy percent of the french think that this debate will not lead to any ease her majesty remains to be seen if the government government will really be able to calm down pretenses ok that may be expecting a tenth straight weekend of those protests correspondent lisa louis and paris for us thank you very much. in the u.s. the partial government shutdown is now the longest in the country's history as entering day twenty two with no end in sight to the dispute over funding for president donald trump's border wall as a result some eight hundred thousand government workers aren't getting paid and are now scrambling for a temporary paycheck our washington correspondent reports. rent is due you got bills and there's no sign of a paycheck coming anytime soon so maybe if you're a government worker it's time to find a second job the fairfax county school district outside of washington d.c.
has a shortage of substitute teachers and fairfax county now has an excess of furloughed government workers problem solution at least temporarily. twenty percent of the population in the greater d.c. area works for the federal government that's now one in five people with no paycheck and nothing to do for who knows how much longer but even with the dire predictions coming out of capitol hill this local community saw an opportunity to do something for their people. when the school district advertised the event it built up to capacity within twenty four hours the interest was so overwhelming that they added a second and then a third hiring day well it usually takes a few weeks to be approved as a new substitute teacher these people will all be processed and ready to work in just a few days the school board says it's really the least they can do for employees here really realize that we have a community in need right now we have many displaced federal workers and as part of our caring culture this is just a small gesture to be able to be out and help and support our displaced federal
workers and give them opportunity to substitute in our schools and earn a paycheck we've heard lots of teachers in the classroom are actually thrilled to have this influx of talent as you know we have people in the federal government who have all sorts of skills whether they're in mathematics statistics and medicine so just bringing that into the classroom will have a big effect on our students. the shutdown could and any time many federal employees at the event said they're doing ok for now but in the meantime they want a contingency plan and the whole situation is disheartening. and i endured the two thousand and thirteen shutdown over the affordable care act so. that was a little bit different the situation there was more talking between the president and congress in the senate so this one's all for starting because there's really no no discussion or very little discussion so. i'm frustrated. because i
think. services to the citizens are being compromised there and even behind the scenes when our government is shut down people don't realize even when you. we observe the national parks we observe the museums we never know what unobservable things are not getting done i don't know right now it's looks like it's at a standstill so i don't know if i'm not get a great vibe but you know hoping and praying and before it's up it'll come through . if you ask where the federal government is stuck in the mud its employees are moving on and this local government is stepping up to help. a young woman who said she fled her home in saudi arabia after announcing islam has arrived in canada where she's been granted asylum the hoff can moon arrived it's wrong to airports canadian foreign minister chrystia freeland was there to greet her said she feared her family would kill her if she were turned home she first blood to
thailand where she escaped deportation after drawing attention to her by using social media. max zander has been following this story for us and joins me now with more our max so walk us through this i mean this was a long odyssey that ended up with her in toronto exactly so until yesterday it was uncertain that attempt to flee from her home in saudi arabia would end well for her she spent the last couple of days in an airport hotel room in bangkok where she avoided being deported by thai authorities and also the attempts of her family members to try to get her back home now her plan was originally to go to australia and claim asylum there and failed after she was stopped at the airport and her passport was seized but she managed to keep her folder which is essential and she took to twitter to raise awareness for her case which in the end a cost the united nations to step in why her case i mean why her case in particular why did gain so much attention so quickly well there are many cases like this where
women try to escape abuse and their families and most of these cases go unreported but michelle coonan use twitter from the beginning of her journey to draw attention and she took to twitter. she tweeted. messages including pictures and videos from the airport with the help of friends online and her peels quickly turned to a large social media campaign for asylum and women's rights in saudi arabia and after just a few days her account had close to one hundred fifty thousand followers including diplomats politicians and human rights activists who would all join in spreading the word now when she left home her plan was to go to australia seek asylum there how exactly did this stitching up in canada so her life was at risk in thailand and she received death threats and she was at risk of the partition and the united nations process reclaimed very quickly and they made a point is they wanted to get her out there as quickly as possible. australia where she wanted to go in the first place took too long to assess her situation and then
canada stepped in and this is what prime minister traduce said last night the u.n. h.c.r. has made a request of canada that we accept. as a refugee and we have accepted the un's request that we grant her asylum so end of story the promise has been kept. under thanks very much. days of heavy snow have buried parts of europe and there's no sign the situation will improve anytime soon more than twenty people have now died and the heaviest snow fall in two decades forecasters are now warning another metre or more of snow could be on the way and parts of austria fresh avalanche warnings were issued overnight as silence has fallen over the north side of the this part of the village lies in the path of a potential avalanche that oath already say could trigger without warning. more
than one hundred people have had to evacuate a few come back now and then to clear their roofs or driveways in a contest with the snow. it has been snowing now here for nearly two weeks the residents tell us they haven't seen anything like it in over a decade there's a break in the weather now the sun is out but even if the sun shines it does not mean the danger of avalanches is gone the snow is accumulated it's sitting there and it could fall off the mountain onto these houses at any time. breaks in the snow fall have only been temporary here in lower altos the the residents are getting on with their lives even if that means hard work. thank you i'm used to a lot of snow but it's a bit rough this time because we've had so much at once so far my call we're going through the overnight shift we're trying to clear just the top layer the new stuff so it's because if it rains into this then it will become really heavy. to fill it
is normally packed with tourists at this time of the year instead the luxury hotels like this one have opened their doors to evacuees free of charge. here and i'll tell say we're there for each other all year round and if we have the best pipe or something here the volunteer firefighters step in so as local firms help. whether it's plumbers or electricians whatever it might be. so now it was very clear to us that it's to make a contribution and to give something back to the community. altos a has pulled together before in two thousand and six they had to evacuate for a few days and it's that community spirit that locals say will help them through again avalanche or not. and a reminder of the top story that we're following for you right now at least three people have been killed in a gas explosion in central paris authorities say
a spanish woman died along with two firefighters who were busy evacuating people from the scene dozens more injured some critically. you're watching t.v. news from to lend more at the top of the hour and our website will keep you up some dates that's dot com thanks for watching. where he's home. when your family scattered across the globe. i was along with the insisted you didn't listen to probably because the journey to the roots should get minutely. the shot shuttling from somalia to lose a road.