♪ >> you are watching france 24. time for 60 minutes live around the world. these are the headlines. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in geneva to try to revive the feeling cease-fire in syria. more than a week of -- of fighting has left hundreds of civilians dead. in the with a massive heatwave. living0 million people in areas with almost no water at all.
ship int u.s. cruise over 50 years set sail for cuba. also coming up, an answer to one of technologies biggest histories. an australian entrepreneur has revealed himself as the person who created the virtual currency bitcoin. 33 lions get to roll on wild guess or the first time ever. more on our long road from circus captivity to be cat sanctuary on the way. first now, our big top story. in syria, more than a week of fighting have -- has left an estimated 250 civilians dead. there ever reports of more
airstrike sitting that region again today. the renewed violence is threatening the already fragile cease-fire deal and the syrian peace process backed by the u.n.. last-ditch talks are between geneva, and u.s. secretary of state john kerry. thomas waterhouse has more. with the cease-fire in syria crumbling more each day, john kerry is in geneva to boost diplomatic efforts to end the fighting and salvage the peace process. of conversations taking place yesterday, the day before, today. we are getting closer to a place of understanding. we have some work to do. that is why we are here. >> he is meeting with his counterparts and u.n. envoy this monday. the u.s. secretary of state's most pressing concern is aleppo. the syrian city has been ravaged by airstrikes. 250 civilians have died.
the cease-fire that came into effect late february excluded jihadist groups. the syrian regime, backed by russia, says strikes are only targeting those groups. the u.s. has accused them of indiscriminate bombing. in two weeks since a main members of the syrian opposition walked away from negotiations in geneva, protest over the recent surge in violence. the u.n. is not interested in a political solution. they are not interested in adhering to austerity. it is clear russia's supporting the regime and in supporting the , aggression against the syrian people. >> russia says it is negotiating to extend a lull in the fighting to aleppo province. >> the russian foreign minister is due to meet with the u.n.
envoy in russia and moscow tomorrow. it isill come after confirmed a so-called regime of, around damascus has been extended another 48 hours. joshua yet but told us more from you -- from moscow. >> it is a good question with the terminology means as opposed to a cease-fire. something less than a full cease-fire. something less complicated. less moving parts. it is interesting that announcement came from lieutenant general the gringo in charge of russian military operations. officially how large and present the russian role is in terms of behind the scenes political and diplomatic negotiations. clearly, the russian role is quite large. we saw an announcement out of the russian base that the russians seem to think they are able to convince the syrians, to convince the assad regime to
extend the so-called regime, the silence regime of calm, soft claws i cease-fire to aleppo. like many cease-fires throughout this long and bloody war, the question of how it will be implemented and how long it will question and one of some doubt. >> joshua reporting from moscow. now to baghdad were thousands of thete protesters have left green zone one day after the storm the heavily fortified government district and broke into the iraqi parliament. far from over.s the protesters say they will be back in less the government resolves a deadlock over a medical quota system they say is correct. -- corrupt. today, al qaeda chief osama bin laden was tracked down and killed in an undercover operation led by the cia. one key figure in that assassination was a pakistani doctor named shaquille afridi.
face -- fake vaccination program that helped them get closer to bin laden. that doctors languishing in a jail cell. >> behind these walls, the controversial prisoner. he helps the cia in its search against osama bin laden and was arrested in may, 2011 shortly after the rate during which u.s. navy see -- that u.s. navy seals killed the al qaeda chief. five years later, the doctor languishes in jail with no access to a lawyer and only allowed to see his wife and children every two months. his brother feels helpless. >> i have no hope of meeting him. no expectation for justice. they are not admitting the high court decision. what can i say? i am pessimistic. hepatitis an a vaccination program to taint samples were bin laden was thought to be happy -- fighting.
the rate was celebrated in the u.s. but drove a wedge between the two countries. many suspected pakistan of having deliberately covered up the terror chiefs whereabouts for years. when afridi was arrested, he was accused of having ties with militants, a charge he has always denied. scapegoat. think, this is more political. >> the appeal against a freebies prisondi's 20 year sentence has been adjourned time and time again. --. pressure for his relief release -- >> the solution is for america and pakistan to sit together and talk about this problem. then it can be solved. otherwise, it will not be solved. >> in the meantime, afridi lives in solitary confinement and under high-security. many still fear for the life of
the man who contributed to bin laden's demise with threats coming from both inside and outside the prison. in now is being hit it with a massive heatwave. temperatures have soared and with monsoon rains falling to years in a row, the government says 330 million people are living in areas hit by drought. thomas waterhouse has more on the crippling heat that is seeing rivers dry up completely. precious that it is protected by armed guards. the reservoir is the main source of drinking water for thousands. to stop farmers from dipping their buckets and stealing from it, it is patrolled 24 hours a good -- a day. >> we never had a situation like this. there is a serious water crisis in the entire region, particularly in the menaces -- minas of valley were the situation is even worse. we are trying our best to check
the water around the clock with guns. >> with temperatures at a sweltering 45 degrees celsius, for reservoirs in the region and a host of rivers and wells already dried up. it is a visually india's worst water crisis in years. the government says a quarter of the population is suffering from job over the last two monsoons rains failed. another victim of the soaring temperatures and severe dry spells, the pine forests of the northern pine states. the mountain range region is highly susceptible to fire. because this year there has been no seasonal rainfall, its susceptibility to fires is greater. >> the drought conditions have been worth and -- worsened by the aftermath of the el niño weather system which could weaken this year's monsoon rains. those are set to fall in june. for indians's suffering in error conditions, they can't come soon enough. >> let's come back to france
with a cop gone bad story. so juicy it inspired a french film. michelle, once of france's most respected policeman is in court today over charges of corruption and accepting bribes from his sources. his defenses of the practices were necessary in order to get results. we took a look. most was one of france's legendary cops and a recipient of the legion of honor. he was never to in the judiciary put as she was number two and the judiciary police. he was head of a prestigious antinarcotics brigade and revered for spectacular drug bust. >> he has oh's been known as the help for drug trafficking. >> one of his biggest cases was bringing them corrupt policeman in 1990. five years ago, he himself fell from grace. francis supercop was arrested at his home, accused of corruption and influence peddling drug trafficking, and money
laundering. in particular, he allegedly accepted bribes like expensive holidays, cars, and watches from confidential informants. he is accused of stealing drugs from busts and giving it to his informant in exchange for tipoffs. the issuel brings up about the relationship between police and their informants. he denies some of the charges, but insists his methods were necessary to obtain results. if found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison. the first passengers have set sail on an historic cruise from the u.s. to cuba. the cruise ship has become the first in decades to leave from a u.s. seaport for the communist island. sign ofse is the latest warming diplomatic ties between the two countries as jessica explains. >> a chance to be part of history. over 700 lucky passengers are aboard the u.s. cruise ship.
setting sail for miami on sunday, the cruiser will stop at .lana and san diego the first of its kind for 50 years. >> i want to see how they live, the music, the food they eat, shopping, shopping, shopping. [laughter] and unmissable opportunity for this cuban exile. >> i left when i was five years old. i see things on tv, but i really don't, i have never been there. doesn't look like it will go ahead as scheduled. the castro government ban to worse from traveling to the islands, fought -- filing a discrimination lawsuit, the cuban-american community and i -- miami was able to lift restrictions. the island visited in march. the cruise represent another step in the warming of diplomatic ties.
in cold war broke the freeze december, 2014. since then, one of the administration's goals has been increasing u.s. tourism to cuba. just last year, the number of american tourists to the communist island's rocketed by 77% with cruise ship tourism to keep a soaring more than fivefold over the last three years and a dona taking to the seas every other week, this figure will only keep on growing. >> take a look at some 33 lions who have finally had their very first taste of freedom. the lions were all rescued or handed over from south american circuses before arriving at their new home, big cat sanctuary, in south african -- south africa. luke schrader reports. >> the first few tentative steps in the freedom of a african
sanctuary. one of 33 lions spread in captivity to perform in south american circuses. >> these animals have never until today walked on grass and soil and smote the ground and soil. everything we have tried to do with this project is give these liens back the life that was stolen from them for years with these cruel traveling circuses. >> 's were all turned over after both peru and colombia outlawed the use of animals. animalhanded over to groups which organized the flight which brought the big cats to their new home. many have seen their claws removed meeting they could never survive in the wild. they will need time to get used to their new surroundings. >> they come from a completely different continents. they need to be monitored closely. after that, they will be released into phase two which is
much larger. which is where they will spend the rest of their lives. >> that is 5000 hectares they will have to play with. while they will be kept in smaller enclosures for 6-12 months, you might not want to get too close. >> let's look at today's top stories here and secretary of state john kerry is in geneva to try to revive the failing cease-fire in syria. more than a week of fighting around a little has left hundreds of civilians dead. and yet hit with a massive heatwave. 330 million are living in areas with almost no water at all. the first u.s. cruise ship in our 50 years sets sail for cuba. more on the historic trip. business news for you now with
stephen carroll. you are starting with trade talks between the eu and united states and greenpeace has got its hands on a draft of the text under discussion. >> the environmental ngo has obtained hundreds of pages of confidential documents that were late from the talks over the transatlantic trade and investment partnerships. they show the two sides are far apart on an agreement, in particular, greenpeace has highlighted several issues were it says environmental protection is at risk. eu trade commissioner says the papers are near -- merely negotiating positions and that no eu trade agreement would reduce protections of consumers or the environment. >> it is said to be the biggest world trade deal in history. from tt ipments negotiations and at a major deadlock. the u.s. and europe will be -- with the ambitious trans atlantic trade partnership signed off the end of the year. according to the top-secret files, the main disputes are
food safety and food labeling, protected food names or geographical identifications that identify a foodstuff's place of origin, and investor state held attrition which would allow foreign investors to sue governmental regulations that could damage profit expectations. greenpeace says the classified text proves it would have major risks for climates, environment, and consumer safety. according to the activist group, under the tt ip, the long-standing environmental protections would be reduced, climate protection would be more difficult, and big business would be given greater control. being sold as a free trade and investment deal for the 21st century. with a focus on harmonizing regulations, lowering barriers on u.s.-eu trade and investment, and opening access to government contracts. the controversial accord is facing mounting opposition. thatrope, there are fears
it will chip away at social and consumer protections to the advantage of big business. those in favor of the pact say it will generate growth by creating new jobs. benefiting the eu and u.s. economies to the tune of more than 200 billion euros. >> let's turn to one of the biggest mysteries in the technology world, who created the virtual currency declined? -- bitcoin? >> he admits that he is the person behind the digital currency. in an interview with the bbc, he says he launched bitcoin in 2009 with the help of others. it is a form of virtual money if the mathematical algorithms. there are billions of dollars in circulation. he says he wants to publish his research and help people understand the potential of bitcoin. >> i didn't decide. i had people decide this for me. they are making life difficult not for me but my friends, my family, my staff. my head staff in london, staff
overseas, they want to be private. they don't want all of this to affect them. i don't want money, i don't want fame, i don't want adoration, i just want to be left alone. >> let's look at what is happening on the markets next. a quiet day and trading in europe. london markets are closed for a public holiday. you can see paris and frankfurt showing some game just gained by the shortfalls we saw the japanese markets. the k in tokyo fell down 3%. >> let's head to puerto rico which is defaulting on its biggest debt payment to date. >> the u.s. territory says it won't be able to pay the $422 million installment due today. what a struggling under more than $70 billion of debt but is legally unable to declare bankruptcy. subject isl on the stuck in committee discussions. the governor says he chose
paying for services over making that debt payment. a megamerger that is been called off in the oil business. >> albertan has scrapped plans for a $20 billion takeover. the merger of the oil service companies has been opposed by u.s. regulators with the government taking legal action to try to stop it going through. it was aynch says victory for all americans. halliburton will have to pay baker hughes $3.5 billion as a termination fee. >> just to wrap up, beyonce's new album could create unexpected sales. >> beyonce released what she is calling her visual album over a week ago. retail experts say could have an effect on the drink, lemonade. the research monitor points to a 33% rise in sales seen by the restaurant chain red lobster after she released her single formation which mentions it by name. lemonade makers sales have been down a quarter in the u.s..
perhaps, beyonce might give it a bit of a boost. >> i don't care where you buy lemonade when it is easy to make and wishes. >> maybe for you. >> let's take a look at our pressure. nicholas is with us on a separate look at the paper. you are starting out with a focus on the syrian crisis. >> john kerry is on a diplomatic push. he is trying to persuade moscow to persuade damascus to stop or at least limit attacks in aleppo in northern syria. among the papers leading on this, they are saying there have been more than 250 deaths in seven days and two medical centers can we be destroyed. a syrian doctor stood out to me right away, it is the following. when will the west act to stop the massacre when we are all dead?
it has been broken. >> other papers are looking at how long the destruction could go on. you have been looking at the arab press for that. >> i turn to the pen air error paper based in london which is saudi owned. the common headline, destruction of aleppo until when? asks is impossible to commit these massacres in aleppo every day without parties in talks doing anything but making worthless statements? we recall that a truce came into effect in february. there was a partial cessation of facilities over the weekend. another quote from this these, incredibly damning, again. the united nations did not honor its pledge that negotiations would take place simultaneously with cease-fire efforts. rather, the massacres taking place during the days of truce alex exceeded the massacres in the days of war. a terrible situation in northern syria.
the syrian crisis has been front-page news around the world and in france. another big story in france was the labor day protests. >> labor day, mayday for some, labor day for others, the communist day in france leads on that saying we are not giving up . protest took place with the message that on those employment reform proposals, they will continue to protest. now, the socialist government is trying to push the distillation which would, as far as protesters are concerned, give more scope to employers to do as they like and less scope for workers in terms of protection of work and in terms of being laid off. there were clashes in the march in paris. the tension was high. you can see there. , as we know,that
police used tear gas and what is continuing, ongoing for a couple of months. the debate on labor reform bill which is been much amended following these protests continued on tuesday. the right wing says this is a disaster for the socialist government. it says the last big push in terms of legislation for the ruling socialists is costing them big. what have they done? they spawned an anticapitalist movement and are not gaining ground in terms of credibility. you can see the cartoon, prime minister manual bow at the window saying i'm sure this protest movement will implode. actually, literally, francois hollande imploded from the whole mess. >> you wanted to wrap up with a piece from the u.k. paper the independence, another piece that made you smile. >> i love this piece in the vein of protest movement that we see in france. also around the world. it is something that goes on not
just now but also historically, the germans have been out in stonehenge, no less -- the druids have been out. druids protest stonehenge over plans to then alcohol and charge 15 quit for parking. that has to do with the summer solstice next month. they are furious. no other than king arthur came out to protest on sunday morning. we won't accept that man. i thought this was so funny in terms of the mix of british monty python eccentricity and british understatement. listen to what kate davis had to say, the stonehenge general manager. they core number of our visitors were inconvenienced. they were generally understanding. a lovely piece. that look at the press. for a closer look at the press review, check out her website. the address is france 24.com. coming up in the next half-hour
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