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other headlines. syria accuses israel of carrying out an attack overnight on a major airfield. the attack coming just after an alleged poison gas attack on syrian civilians. we will be talking to a syrian medic about the aftermath of that attack in just a moment. after a three-week charm offensive in the u.s., saudi arabia's crown prince comes to
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france. live coverage of this meeting today from our correspondent. for victorn victory ortman. his anti-immigration platform winning him a third straight term, likely causing unease in some other eu states. coming up for you in this hour in business, we will zero in on deutsche bank, germany's largest lender as it fires its ceo in a bid to become profitable again. tourists love notre dame, but the 30,000 people who traipse through every day have left their toll. to save it,moves coming up. but first, our top story, live from paris.
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the un security council is meeting today over the alleged chemical weapons attack in syria . the suspected poison gas attack left dozens dead in a rebel held town. reports of the attack prompted swift combination from around the world with the u.s. and france promising a strong, joint response. both of those countries denying that they were behind what was a defense strike. alison sargent explains. >> this amateur footage, broadcast on syrian state television, said to show a missile strike on a governmement air's base. the strikes hit the t4 military airfield, a major airbase in central syria. syria initially laid blame on the united states. the u.s. president, donald trump, had promised that there
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would be a big price to pay after a suspected chemical attack on the rebel held city of duma. syria and its ally, russia, have denied that the chemical attacks to place. footage from rescue workers had sparked global outrage. donald trump and his french counterpart, a manual macron, have vowed a strong joint response. france and the u.s. say that they were not involved in monday's strike on the syrian airbase. >> the department of defense is not conducting airstrikes in syria, but we continue to closely watch the situation and support the diplomatic efforts of those who use weapons in syria accountable. >> russia in syria pointing the finger at israel. israeli fighter dressed -- jets carried out the strike from lebanese airbase. that is the accusation. the country has struck i-4
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airbase before. airbasek the t4 before. the british-based syrian observatory for human rights says that the base hosted forces from russia and iran, as well as fighters from hezbollah. the observatory said that 14 people were killed monday in the strike, it could including iranian nationals. >> the strike came just to bring days after the gas attack. to talk more about that with me .ow, let's go live to geneva you are a syrian doctor with the union of medical care and relief organization. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. your organization is a network of syrian doctors. has already called the alleged chemical attack hoax. what are you hearing from your sources about this? any way that it could not be real?
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this i isd d to see that a 215 attack o on syria, includg ththree that have been condemned by the united nations and the international community, showing that real sources are real states. ,hese sophisticated attacks including combined gases, that is what we have is a medical analysis through the image of medical analysis, it cannot be just simulated by local groups. engineses.tate created we don't t thinthatat this is an atta as with earlier, that return ofpart of the the cold war, which is becoming very hot on the heads of syrians. this is a real one year after
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the first attack that trigger the united states answer. here we have four people who have almost surrendered to the syrian and russian forces and they have the heavy chemical attacks and a real political message. we are sad to see that it is still just questioning. are speaking we are seeing alongside you the pictures of the children, the people being hosed down with water. is that enough to help in this kind of situation? the main intervention that we have from the medical point of view for chlorine attacks. and also for sarah and attacks. -- sarin attacks.
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but it di't ve too mh help. itelps maybe some of these people, but unfortunately we have more than 42 killed persons . we have the real account for the figure in our hospital. in the hospital where the doctors were in charge. we had 42. forave seen an opportunity pouring water on people being the first reaction to chemical attacks as a medical treatment. >> thank you for taking the time to speak to us there, live from geneva. let's turn our attention now to the nationalist prime minister got a third straight term in office. his anti-immigration campaign got him closose to 50% of the vote.
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the number in parliament with it -- enable it to change the constitution. he is likely to be a thorn in the side of the eu, clashing migrant resettlement. >> another overwhelming victory, the conservative leader is looking forward to a third consecutive term as prime minister. his anti-immigration policies attracted nearly half of all the ballot cast on sunday. >> regarding the results of thte election, i canan tell you, my friends, thahat it was a a big battle and we have gaiained a decisive vicictory. we now have the e opportunity to defend our countntry. we have created that opportunity for ourselves. win gave theding far right party the distant
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second place. moments after the results came out, their leader faced the press. >> i promised that if he didn't win the election, i would step down. i would submit my resignation. since i tend to he my word, i will tend -- i will do it now, too. shannon -- mysume resignation. far rightlatest nationalist party triumph in europe. they have also done well in recentnd austria in months. this could embolden him on the eu stage. officials in brussels have an see as his what they authoritarian tendencies, pointing to increase government influence over the media and civil society. there's little evidence that they are ready to take them on
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head-on. crown saudi arabian prince isn't france. he kicked off the visit last night, sitting down to visit with the president. we have more now on mohammad bin salman and his quest. >> a young rinse on his quest to seduce the world, mohammad bin salman once to create the image of an open-minded man anand country.y. attire, posing with provocative inventors and moguls of the tech world. his goal is super tray saudi arabia pus open-mindedness towards the modern world, therefore attracting investors to the country. -- saudi arabia's open-mindedness towards the modern world, therefore attracting investors to the country. >> it's a glamorous revololutio,
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and it is the first time in the history of the country that there have been so many reforms in a history of -- short history of time. >> reforms that also target the saudi youth. 65% of the population are less than 30, youngsters living with social media and the 32-year-old prince is heavily aware of that, investing into the technology and entertainment sectors. ofking at changes being paramount importance for a country to dependent on oil. moving away from religious doctrines, and unprecedented change of policy. >> we will return to a moderate, tolerant islam, open to the world and all other religions. >> the very first fashion week held in riyadh coincided with women's rights.
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in a country where long it will -- not long ago, entertainment was frowned upon and politics were contained within the palace walls. >> meetings are taking place catherine. what is on the agenda for today? salman, mohammad bin the prince of saudi arabia, will be sitting down to lunch with prime minister and other special guests who have .orked in saudi arabia he is coming here, we are told, relations, but build on the existing foundations already. he will have a meeting with the french president on tuesday. he has already had dinner with him, but he will be formally
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received at the presidential palace. he has been due to visit at a startup hub that is billed as the biggest in the world here in paris, but it was called off at the last minute. not quite clear on the reasons for that. funds,visited startup that is not going ahead on this visit. foreign policy. , as he is known, hoping to get out of the french government? >> in terms of foreign policy, is on irana's focus trying to limit their influence. they're looking to draw u up agn the iran nuclear deal, signed under the obama administration. states,the heels of the
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the saudi's have been emboldened by donald trump's line. who has widely criticized the european union, calling it brokenen and needing fixing. also under the microscope will be the saudi coalition led war in yemen that has been going on for three years and has been getting a great deal of criticism from human rights groups. the french government sold arms to saudi arabia and has just signed a new international agreement with them on their way to make it easier, despite pressure from human rights groups at home. the role in syria, widely described as a proxy war. right now we are waiting for the saudiin salman, crown prince, to arrive, which is expected imminently as we speak. ,> thank you for that catherine, reporting from the
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headquarters of the french prime minister in paris. also in paris, about 13 million people visit notre dame cathedral every year. that's roughly 30,000 every day. the cathedral is one of france's most well-known landmarks, but the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and urgently needs to be fixed. >> having reached the grand old age of 855, notre dame is in need of some serious renovations. here the cathedral roof shows the damage done by the passing of time. >> sculptures like this one are in a state of disrepair. it's the effective pollution overtime. >> here we now see more possible degradation. when we see this kind of thing, we absolutely have to act on it. >> the renovation work will cost 2 million euros over 10 years.
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remaining funds, tourists have had an idea. >> they should charge people a little bit of money to go in. .> we were surprised we were happy to pay. >> five euros? >> it is necessary money. yes, i would pay. >> payment on entrance is policy inin many countries, yet the factor of the cathedral says he doesn't want this and suggest a different some -- different approach. on >> we have many american visitors. they always ask if they can donate. we created an organization for this purpose. delegation left for the states on sunday with a collection mission with a second visit planned for october. >> time now for the business
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update. charles is on the set today. you are going to start with some personnel changes to europe's largest bank? >> at deutsche bank has replaced the ceo with one of the deputies. described by german media as being a chronic patient. this is a move to get them back on track. >> the aim is to get deutsche bank back on track after three years of losses. the deputy ceo and the head of the private bank is now ceo. his first message to bank staff was that they had to become profitable again and would have to take tough decisions and execute them. manager aftertop the british born ceo. he had been in the jobless for three years and his contract was due to run through 2020.
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media reports suggest that there was a risk over strategy. analysts say that this choice now points to a move towards retail banking in their home market. the 751 million euros launch, reported for 2017, unexpecected. the bank said it was a one-off caused by corporate tax reform in the united states. it followed significant losses in 2016 at 1.4 billion euros and $6.8 million in 2015. the stock has dropped around 30% in value since the first of january. >> last week the news was about the trade spat between the u.s. and china. how are things shaping up this week? >> to remind our viewers last week donald trump proposed tariffs. now china is beginning to do the
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same with a number of american imports. washington appeared to soften it down. trump expressed confidence that an agreement would be found between the countries, saying that he and the chinese president would be friends forever and that the taxes would become reciprocal and a deal would be made on intellectual properties. >> i like that, friends forever. what has the beijing response been? >> the foreign ministry has blamed the current dispute on the u.s. and added that negotiations were impossible in current conditions. some reports say that beijing is looking at depreciating its currency as a tool in this confrontation. one conciliatory voice was heard, a prime minister who made a commitment to protecting the global free-trade system. >> has it had an effect on the markets? >> all of the major indexes are trading higher at this hour. as you can see, they are just above the flatline. the dax, in frankfurt, the
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biggest gains, up three quarters of 1%. it appears that investors are following the trend that was seen in asia where they chose to be reassured by the change in tone from washington and not taking account of what is -- taking into account what has been said in beijingng. ofthis marks the fourth day a rolling strike for the french national rail company. >> the head of the rail operator spoke on french tv this monday morning. this as negotiations between the unions and government are at a standstill. they are proposing a reform plan that would involve a job guarantee for life and early retirement. the chiefntime, pointed to the rising costs of the walkout. if there are very few trains, that's 20 millilion euros per d. that's twtwo new railcars every day. since the strike started, they
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have probably lost 100 million euros. >> we have not seen the end of the strike, it is supposed to go on through june. charles, thank you. it's now time for our press review. have a look at the papers, today. you are going to start with a look at the situation in syria, where many papers are angry about the suspected chemical attack there. >> eight groups say that dozens of people, including many children, were killed in this attack in that last rebel held pocket of syria. donald trump has warned the syrian leader that he will pay for the attack. that is what the times is reporting on its front page. many of the british papers have picked this up. this attack has sparked global condemnation as they report that they are going with a picture of young victims on the front page. >> you have found anger amongst
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political cartoonists? >> there have been a lot of cartoon reactions to this horrific attack. in this cartoon, you see the syrian leader bashar al-assad lying in a pool of blood that is a map of syria, kept afloat thanks to the iranian and russian flags on either arm, basking in the shade of the u.s., while his trunks have the u.n. flag on it. the u.n. will be convening another emergency meeting today. >> that kind of cynicism is found in the pages of some american papers. >> particularly "the wall street journal." they have picked up on donald trump's first response, saying that he defeated bashar al-assad on twitter. outrage by twitter, invoking the futility of the michelle obama led bring back our girls campaign against boko harrumph. they say that the trump twitter
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response is typical of the contradiction between his rhetorical foreign-policy goals and the means he's willing to go to to actually achieve those goals. he wants to be seen as being stronger than obama on syria when it comes to chemical weapons, but so far he has tolerated them. >> another tragic story out of canada, where they are mourning the deaths of several young ice hockey players killed in a bus crash. >> is very sad, several members were killed in the humboldt as theirce hockey team bus collided with a semi trailer on their way to a game last friday. their local paper paid tribute to them, with a photo gallery of each of the victims. victims, a radio reporter whose job was to do the greater, and a 12 a player kept on life support so his organs could be donated.
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in grief,y, united according to the canadian national paper "the globe and mail." -- the paper says that the humboldt arena was packed beyond capacity in the remembrance. the prime minister attended, where he spoke about losing his wasbrother when his brother 23. the paper interviewed doctors at a local hospital. many are saying that this code orange was something they had never had to deal with in their life. >> let's turn our attention back to france, where the saudi prince mohammad bin salman is here as part of his charm offensive on the west. >> we have become familiar with his style. he arrived in paris on sunday. his official visit against this monday. paris is bringing out the royal .reatment for the prince the visit will also see him --
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not just see him talk about business deals, but also hopefully hot button topics, like the war in yemen. amnesty international is hoping that the two men will discuss something quite different, the saudi arabian human rights effort. cage --e taken a two two page campaign ad out, urging emmanuel macron to talk about saudi arabia's record on human rights, particularly the death penalty. worth talking's about, a play on words, because in french it means that it deserves punishment. they remind us that saudi arabia is the third biggest country when it comes to executing president -- prisoners. actor bill cosby, back on retrial in the united states. >> the famous comedian's first trial ended in conclusively. he is now headed back to court
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to face sexual us are charges. but this time it's different, according to "the new york times," does this time it is taking place in the post me too movement and in a way it will be a litmus test to see how successfully we can prosecute high-profile men accused of sexual assault. it will also test the real-life legitimacy of the movement. >> you have got a bit of nostalgia for prince charles, who is touring australia. >> hero to the left red-faced after being reunited with a royal fan there. she met him in 1979 as a 14-year-old. she skipped school to meet him and managed to steal a kiss from him. the kiss made the front pages, as she holds the clipping proudly. over 40 years later, she met again with him. this time i think she didn't get a kiss, but a royal handhold.
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>> thanks s to you for watching. don't forget that for a closer look at the press review, you can check out our website. we will be staying wççñ
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