>> welcome to the "france 24" newsroom. i'm molly hall. a series of blasts rocks thailand. at least four people are killed, dozens are injured. authorities say the attacks are linked to local sabotage and not matthew perry dismisses his powerful chief of staff. we cross to moscow for the latest. and iran's top diplomat is in
turkey for high level talks. it's the most significant visit by a foreign official since last month's failed kunal. -- cue. - kao. - coo. molly: we begin in thailand and the country was hit by a series of bomb blasts. 11 explosions went off in five provinces thursday and friday. several of the country's top tourist areas were targeted, leaving four people dead and dozens injured. authorities say they had intelligence about an eminent attack but they don't have exact information on when and where the assault would be. police have ruled out international terrorism calling the attacks local sabotage. here us the report. >> police search for clues for
one of the bomb sites. two bombs went off within half an hour within each other 50 mears apart. hours later, another blast hits a popular getaway for foreigners. just a no-hour drive from the capital bangkok. >> when the first bomb struck, i ducked down. i went behind a car and was about to pull my colleague. then a second bomb struck. >> there were also two and on the island of phuket in the country's south. no one has claimed respondent for the attacks. thai police believe the bombings are not linked to terrorism. the head of the ruling says they -- in an tempt to trigger
summit us to bombings are common, home to decades of insurgency. other tourist areas are rare, who are the oldest seaside report in this residence. >> we were very concerned. this sort of thing does not happen here. it's a nice quiet place to retire. >> the bombings happened on the queen's birthday, a national holiday. molly: next, there's been a major shakeup at the kremlin. vladimir putin has dismissed his close ally and powerful chief of staff. the politician was considered a ikely success to putin back in 2008. for more on the political shakeup, we can cross to sean walker for more on what happened and its impact. he joins us now from the russian capital. shawn, we've heard from some reports saying that i've
november was sacked. others say he was dismiss upon his own request. what can you tell us? >> well, it's certainly been a very good week for them. there was a meeting between putin and his successor and in that meeting, putin said he has done the job now for more than four years. initially, he said he didn't want to do it for that long and he was stepping down on his own request and given a major demotion. his new job is going to be in the environmental sector. but of course, it's very difficult to take anything that comes out of the kremlin at face value. you know, ivanov is very close with putin. he was putin's -- back in 1998
when putin was head of the f.s.b. and he's been alongside of putin back in 2006, 2007. he stood a very good chance of becoming president. and he's been known as one of the most loyal and close people to putin for a long time. so definitely, a surprising development. for what exactly it means, we're going to have wait a little bit longer, i think. molly: who is replacing him? >> there's been -- he's been replaced by a guy who is of much younger generation. he's in the late 30's now. sergei ivanov is the same as putin. it's a younger guy even though the deputy, not all that much known about him.
he's worked abroad. he's worked in the japanese embassy. he speaks english and supposedly speaks japanese as well. so a younger generation, but we don't really know too much about his political views or anything like that. but the head of the political administration in the political system like russia where putin has so much power where access of the president is so important. it is a really key job. molly: if it is such a key job, then how significant is this shakeup? what impact could it have down the line? reporter: well, i think it's clearly very important. as i say, you know, we'll have to wait and see whether this has come about over some kind of split, whether there's been an argument or a fallout in the kremlin or whether, really serg gay ivanov is tired of doing his job.
it's been a pattern that we've seen recently. we've seen quite intriguing apoimplets the last couple of months including in a couple of cases, former bodyguards of vladimir putin. so it does suggest that some of these old time people, even if they're close friends who have their own political braff toss, they're own power, some of these people are being shifted out and we're seeing a newer, younger generation of people coming in and that could be a good thing or it could also mean really any potential opposition or any potential sentiment of power that any opposition in the future that putin could gather round. molly: thank you, shawn. another development. the united nations says that russia plan to allow umanitarian for awe helpo,
syria, is not enough. some trucks carrying much-needed od and supply were limited entrance. >> in these images filmed by russian television, trucks filled with food and water make their way to aleppo following three-hour cease-fire window to allow humanitarian aid access of the besieged city. the port was announced by russia in collaboration with the forces. >> aleppo won't go hungry. we are transporting fresh today and flour for bread. there are lots of trucks here and all of them are fully loaded. >> according of the observatory for human right, the cease-fire was broken by both bombardments and government troops in the south of the city. conditions that did not allow all civilians access to aid. running water was re-established in certain areas. for the u.n., three hours is not
enough. a 48-hour cease-fire is needed to deliver humanitarian aid. another concern for the united nations. this wednesday, a rebel-held area was believed to be the target of a chlorine gas attack. >> it is not for me to assess who did it and whether it actually took place although there is a lot of evidence that it actually did take place. we have official u.n. addressing that. but if it did take place, it is a world crime -- war crime. >> if the reports were accurate, it would constitute a violation of a u.n. resolution to dismantle the syrian government's chemical weapon arsenal. molly: next, iran's top diplomat is currently in turkey. the foreign minister is holding talks with his turkish counterparts in the most significant visit by a foreign official to turkey since last
onth's failed you. let's bring in jasper mortimer for the latest. what did we hear come out of that press conference from the two politicians? reporter: it was basically a matter of positive sounding words, but nothing more than that. he said "iran has the constructive role to play in the permanent solution we want in syria." but that's a self-evident comment. iran backs hezbolla, the lebanese militia that is fighting to keep syrian president in power. iran also provides his forces with military advisors and iranian general has been killed in syria as well as weapons. the question is rather whether iran is ready to use its leverage with the president to force him to negotiate a
settlement with the opposition. and so far, there's been little sign of that. otherwise, the two men said they discussed prices for the sale of iranian natural gas to turkey d the iranian minister expressing support of the turkish government over the attempt to july 15. and he is expected to visit the turkish parliament building which is just down the road from their press conference this morning. and he will see where turkish aircraft struck the parliament building with rockets on the night of july 15. molly: jasper speaking about the attempt.up tell us more about the defection in his ministry. reporter: yes, after the coup
attempts, turkey recalled 208 diplomats from its embassies but 32 diplomats had defected in bangladesh. for instance, one fled to the united states. in athens, two military attaches, one naval, one army fled to italy and this comes on top of the purge conducted within the foreign ministry after the coup attempts which they had previously said staffers were required for allegedly being members of the group that turkey accuses of behind the coup led by the turkish islamic clerk -- cleric in the united states. so all in all, it looks as if the foreign ministry has been well and truly infiltrated by its enemies. molly: jasper, thank you for that.
next, venezuela and colombia have agreed to reopen their border. it's been one year since the venezuelan government closed crossings to crack down on smuggling. the process will start on saturday with five check points reopening for 15 hours each day. the weekend is short to see a flood of venezuelan heading to colombia to buy food and medicine. the country is suffering from a harsh economy that is up both domestic and regional pressure for the president to resign. >> since february, the streets have seen the same scene unfold on a regular basis. people demanding a referendum which would oust president maduro. venezuela has the highest inflation in the world, an economic recession and shortages of food and medicine. on tuesday, the authorities
presented a time line for a potential recall vote against president maduro. it seems to make a vote unlikely this year. it's a move slammed by the opposition saying it's an effort to favor the socialist party. timing is key because we're -- recalling maduro in 2016, all trigger fresh elections. >> this country from a social and economic point of view is a powder keg. there will be change in this country, not because the government allows it, there will be change because of situation is unsustainable. roup and the declaration, 15 country members of the organization of american states including the u.s., mexico and brazil, have called for a referendum to happen quickly. it's a move the o.a.s. already asked for in june but maduro still said this referendum would not go ahead.
opposition leaders are calling for a nationwide marge to the capital of caracas on september 1 to demand the council set a firm date for the next signature drive, about 3.7 million signatures during the three-day window are needed for the referendum to go ahead. molly: next, it's big, it's slow and it's really, really old. it's a shark and it pounds the frigid water of the arctic and north atlantic and scientists say it's the lon net's longest living vert berate with a life span that reach about 400 years. marine biologists say carbon dating analyzes the oldest of 28 sharks was about 392 years old. but that is a rough estimate, they say. but until now, the vert berate with the longest known life span was the head whale and that topped out at 200 years.
let's get an update of the headlines now and a series of blasts rocked thailand. at least four people are killed. dozens injured. authorities saw the attacks are linked to local sabotage, not international terrorism. russian president vladimir putin dismisses his close ally and powerful chief of staff sergei ivanov. and iran's top diplomat this rkey for high level talks to ank ka since last -- ankara since last month's failed coup. it's time for business update. i'm joined by dillono. you're going to start out by oil prices. >> prices are up as thaw finally hope. exporters will take steps to prop up the markets. saudi arabia has indicated opec could take action if the price of oil weakens. the cartel's members and non-members are expected to meet
next month in algeria. they have received pressure to cut production from the likes of venezuela. but not everyone is playing ball. >> the largest oil producer in the world could be persuaded. saudi arabia has hinted that action to balance the oil market. next month, opec and non-opec members will be meeting in algeria. that meeting is an opportunity to meet and discuss the market situation including any possible action that may be required to stabilize the market. but a meeting does not mean an agreement. in april, there was a similar gathering doha. then saudi arabia refused to freeze production. after its regional rival iran said it would not lower its output. iran is trying to curve back market shares. opec members venezuela has been pushing hard to shore up prices. the president maduro called the
saudi king earlier in the week as well as vladimir putin of russia. >> i'm in touch with members of opec. because we are running a series of meetings. this month and september to review and prelaunch the plans during about six months to stabilize the oil price at close to there are 40 per barrel. >> opec officials said talks on the global oil production freeze could be revived if oil prices went down. following the saudi statement, the price of oil has rallied. >> let's get a check of markets now. a mixed picture of the dow. trading in negative territory. there were some good news for the german economy. t cruised.4% beating analyst estimates. eurozone came in 0.3% lower than 0.6% in the first quarter. low growth in france and italy contributed to the decline.
let's take a look at the other stories. anti-trust authorities in china have given thoughts on the green line in its bid to take over sharp. it agreed to buy the company for $3.8 million. sharp is preparing for a drop of its workforce under the term of the deal. the acquisition will give it the know how to make ledecky displays. taxi drivers on rio de janeiro plan on advantage to protest the ride-sharing app, uber. taxis are said to block avenues around the games and bring traffic to a complete standstill. yube irhas come under fire from cabbies around the world who complain of unfair competition. and lebron james has inked a thee-year contract for the cleveland cavaliers. the deal is valued at $100 million and make the basketball player in the highest played in the nba.
lebron james has previously signed one-year contracts with the cavaliers, but this time, he's chose an longer team deal because of the team's success. and finally, if you are an instagram user, you may want to pay attention. hackers have been gladded them with pornographic images. lewd pictures were up loaded and users were instructed to visit a link off a profile outside the social network. the security firm spotted the hack has revealed in some instances, users' accounts were taken over and their passwords were even changed. we still don't know how the hackers got into people's accounts. so it's a very bizarre situation on instagram. molly: thank you for a look at today's business news. it's time now for focus. and in march of this year, japan marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people and parked the nuclear disaster.
many of the community are still out of bounds. our team met one family that's decided to rebuild their lives there despite the hardship and rauma. >> today like any other day, this man heads to work less than 20 kilometers of the fukushima nuclear plant. for now, he's living apart from his wife and children. a good distance from the shattered facility. the family were among 160,000 people who fled communities after the march 2011 earthquake tsunami and nuclear meltdown. five years on, their abandoned home looked as much as they did on the day they left. in reality, their lichese have changed beyond recognition. >> these photos are important
times for our family. back in 2009 and 2010, we put this album together just three months before the disaster. when i look at these photos, i realize how quickly time flies. my kids were so small back then. >> on the 12th of march, 2011, one day after the disaster, his -- the city's 14,000 residence were order today evacuate. -- residents were order today evacuate. but preparations were made to reopen the city. faced with an uncertain future, beginning this casual restaurant. >> thousands of friends are thinking of returning and there are lots of people doing
decontamination work. but there's nowhere for them to eat or buy food. they have nowhere to buy lunch. so i did so open this restaurant. >> the final preparations are being made for the evacuation order to and lifted. thousands of workers are being decontaminating homes and streets. they removed topsoil and load it into big black bags which are stored to sites dot the area. but not everyone shares the family's enthusiasm for returning home. according to one survey, only 14% of former residents say they want to come back now. >> people are concerned about radiation, of course. but it's also true that many of them have been living elsewhere for the past five years and have gotten used to the new surroundings. mewing kids to a new school again is another reason why people are reluctant to return. >> the future of the city's children is a subject of heated debate. a recent petition opposing the
school open attracted well over 1,000 signatures in well over 10 days. >> decontamination work isn't finished yet. the authorities plan to finish the farmland by march of 2017. that means they want to reopen the school even before the farmland has being decome tan nated. we can't accept that. >> despite those concerns, this family is determined to come back. for one thing, they say they owe to it their ancestors. >> we didn't build this city and our life here on our own. we owe all this to our ancestors. so we have a responsibility to them, not just to restore the area to how it was before the disaster, but to make it new, even better than osaka. >> since 2012, former residents have been sable tiblee visit to the city and to reopen their businesses but radiation levels
means they are not allowed to tay overnight. >> we had to bring our own water and bucket all the way from our apartments. still, we knew we had to come back. no other option. [laughter] molly: ever since the evacuation, there were never any stout in our mind that we would come back. >> most of the people who plan to return are elderly. the 20 veteran players at the table tennis club approve of that. they practice every week at this jim naveg right in the middle of the otherwise empty district. >> people are worried about the children's health. that's why so few of them say they would return. if that's the case, we can't realistically expect the population to ever recover. >> disagreements among residents
meant the full reopening originally scheduled for april was put back but no one will be sure when the last restriction will be lifted. these table tennis enthusiasts could be playing in isolation for some time to come. molly: that is a look at today's focus. we're going to take a quick break but we will be back with headlines. stay tuned. you're watching "france 24." 8úxú