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♪ n's capital city today is the country remains in the group of turmoil sparked by an announcement by the president that he was eking a third term in office. his opponents say it goes against the constitution. protesters are vowing to return to the streets. police warn them they will be fired upon they do. thomas waterhouse reports.
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thomas: supporters of the president take to the streets to watch his motorcade drive through the capital to the presidential palace. >> winged our president to rule to honor our country. -- we need our president to rule. thomas: the president spoke to the nation on the radio, announcing that his country is now at peace praising security forces for their speed and efficiency in ending the coup. he also said that all borders have no been reopened and that elections will be prepared in a peaceful way, adding that those who want to use violence will never succeed, saying that all protest must now stop.
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on the outskirts of the capital demonstrators were still out on the streets, fanning the flames of their his content, something they view as unconstitutional. >> they need to set up another election so that people can feel they are in a democracy. right now, we are not in a democracy. >> we will not stop demonstrating until he is out. thomas: police have warned residents they will be shot at if they demonstrate. the united nations says over 100,000 people have fled to seek refuge from the violence in neighboring countries. >> we spoke to an expert on the country also senior researcher at human rights watch. here is what she told us. karina: the situation is really tense. it has been for several weeks now. demonstrations began at the end
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of april against the president's decision to stand for a third term. tensions have been escalating, and in the last couple of days after what appears to be a failed coup attempt, what we are worried about is that there will be or could be an increased repression and reprisal on the part of the government of people close to the president against not only those who participated in this coup attempt but also other opponents, critics, demonstrators, people who have nothing to do with the coup attempt that may all get tarnished with the same brush. >> that's the latest on the situation in burundi. 800 people were brought ashore in indonesia today. the migrants were from a muslim community in burma. they face persecution back home. thailand is also -- often the first stop and the countries have been cracking down. our team has been wallowing thai forces -- following thai forces patrolling the border area.
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here is the report. >> on patrol with security forces have declared war on human traffickers. smugglers have been taking migrants to the area. we move into the jungle with a column of soldiers and intelligence officers. >> it's the typical method of the traffickers. they wear clothes like these to get around in the jungle. >> at a border point in the rain forest, we find a second sign of life. among the clan of migrants sent here, many are children detained for months in dozens of secret traffic camp's like this one. >> from now on, we are going into the unknown. you don't know who you might come across. that's why we are here. >> the unknown -- another transit can detect it the day before.
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>> this makeshift prison has been abandoned. there were at least 100 burmese and bangladeshi migrants here. they vanished with their smugglers. >> they made it through to malaysia. i think they are no longer in thailand. malaysia is just there a few hundred meters away. >> 100 meters down the hill, a new discovery. in all, four bodies were buried here in a hurry. desperate migrants for from the journey through unknown lands and oceans in the middle of the jungle. three men and a woman whose identities and circumstances of death will be a mystery forever. starved or killed by traffickers, these migrants had no choice but to risk their lives in search of a better future.
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>> the german navy has carried out three separate rescue operations off the coast of libya, bringing 294 migrants to sicily. amongst them are several women and children. during the course of the last 48 hours, an estimated 3600 people have been rescued from overcrowded boats, which have been headed romp north africa to europe. last month, a shipwreck in the same waters claimed the lives of an estimated 800 people. the estimate is based on the testimony of survivors and the discovery of more bodies inside that sunken vessel. now for a third day, the jury in the boston marathon bombing trial have been deliberating over what sentence should be handed to dzhokhar tsarnaev. his older brother died four days after the initial attack at the finish line of that font. the 21 year old chechen who was convicted last month could be headed the death penalty, or he could also face life behind
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bars. we are just receiving word from boston that the jury has reached a decision on that sentencing. we can expect to hear from them an announcement in the hours ahead. we will, of course, bring you that as soon as we get it. witnesses in the iraqi city of ramadi say militants from the islamic state organization have today raised their black flagged over a key government building in the capital, of which they are largely in control. the jihadist insurgents attacked during the course of the night with six suicide car bombings. if it does fall entirely in the hands of militants, it would be a major strategic blow to the government of the prime minister. the united nations cultural agency has been expressing its alarm as violence in syria is approaching the ancient city of palmyra, which is one of the most important unesco world
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heritage sites in the whole of the middle east. they are concerned the jihadist could try to destroy the 2000 year old ruins just as they have done in parts of iraq. the syrian government is calling on the international community to try to help prevent that site on destruction. the director of unesco is currently in neighboring lebanon where she gave a press conference earlier on today expressing her concerns about the situation. she spoke a little earlier on to "france 24." here's what she told us. >> we are very, very alarmed by the situation around palmyra. i appealed yesterday to all the parties to protect the heritage. this is an extraordinary geological complex, which has been on the crossroads of trade and also a very particular, i
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would say, mixture of culture of roman and greek architecture. it was one of the main routes for trade. we know that during the last years, there had been already damage in palm era -- palmyra. we know that it has been a military camp. two cities that we know have fallen. we know that there are ecological excavations going
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around, and we respect that there is a lot of trafficking going on, so we are very worried, alarmed about the situation. >> that was the director of unesco speaking about the situation in palm are a just a little earlier on -- palm ira -- palmyra. they called him the king of the blues, and his incredible voice and skill made him hundreds of fans. the 15-time grammy winner has been a poor health in recent months. he was 89 years old when he died yesterday. u.s. president barack obama led a tribute to be be king -- b.b. king. they even sang together earlier this year. take a listen. ♪
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singing alongside u.s. president barack obama. the sad news that b.b. king has died at the age of 89. to talk more about him, i'm joined in the studio by a pianist, composer, and blues singer. thanks for coming to join us. looking at those pictures, only in february in fact, singing with the u.s. president. how do you explain the fact that he had this incredible, in during popularity that lasted
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quite so many decades? >> it's amazing. he was such a talented guy and had a special touch. he was one of the pioneers of the electric blues guitar. he was one of the first to use it on stage and created his own sound with a could say maybe a minimalist approach. he was more like a soloist. he was only playing his style with little notes like a soloist, and, of course, he was such a great singer with a powerful voice, and he loved so much his guitar, and i think he was so generous when he was playing, so that made him the king.
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of course, we can think he had a lot of great management and made a lot of nice choices in his career. he produced some people in the 1960's, and in the choice of his instrumentation, he was always creative. when you listen to his record you can hear the balance of funk , and a lot of horn section. a mix of horn section with piano, so it's always a great reduction. >> amazing, isn't it, his music? you, of course, were lucky enough to meet him. tell us about that and what sort of a human he was. >> i was lucky enough to have met him in his hometown like, seven years ago in mississippi. i opened or him with my band. he was really generous, a really humble guy. i did not expect to spend time
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with him, and he listened to us play before, and then he invited us to play with him. he was really relaxed, generous, calm, funny. i remember his mile, and a lot of smiling. >> even then, he was in his early 80's, wasn't he? >> yes, that was seven years. he was maybe 80, 82. >> just as, one song that for you is just unforgettable. >> for me and for most people, i think it would be "the thrill is gone." it was one of his famous hits. >> thank you so much. let's get a reminder of our top stories here on "france 24." "stop your protest" -- that's
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the message from the president of burgundy as he returns to the capital city following a failed plot to overthrow him -- that's the message from the president of burgundy -- of burundi. 800 migrants brought ashore in indonesia as they leave burma. and concern growing for the people and heritage of an ancient syrian city as militants from the islamic state organization are just one kilometer away. time now for a check of the top business news's stories. william hildebrand joins us. good evening to you. let's start with france and russia, in talks not to broker a deal but to cancel a deal. tell us more. william: this is an ongoing saga that looks like it could end soon. the deal was put on ice after the west slapped sanctions on russia. russian media report that france
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has offered to pay 785 million euros to cancel the deal. this is the amount that russia has already paid, but russia is asking for more. moscow once about 1.1 billion euros from france. on to greece now where the greek prime minister said he has found common ground with lenders. a deal with lenders must not include wage or pension cuts, but the leader of the radical left government said he is optimistic that a deal is close and that the country can return to the market soon. he made that comment at an economic conference in athens. greece has been in tense negotiations to get international creditors to unlock a 7.2 billion euro transient bailout money -- tranche of bailout money.
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uncertainty is leading to a gold-buying spree in germany. people tend to buy gold when they fear economic disaster or a spike in prices. germany's economy is strong but there are fears about the wider eurozone, including inflation due to the european central bank , embarking on a one trillion euro stimulus. let's check in on the markets. investors in the u.s. are digesting data that showed production in the u.s. fell for a fifth month in a row, a troubling sign for the world's biggest economy. trading is a bit muted on the s&p 500 after it hit a record high yesterday. right now, all indices flat or just above the green line. where is the world's most expensive real estate? the french riviera.
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prices have skyrocketed enough to set a world record, so high one square meter is more than the french president's salary. >> luxurious gardens dotted with swimming pools hint at what lies beneath. under all that vegetation is an estate agent posturing. palatial villas extravagantly decorated not complete, of course without an indoor swimming pool. it may be beautiful, but rich foreign investors are behind a dramatic price hike. doubling and tripling the prices in five or six years. the prices have completely exploded. >> how much will one of these set you back? a 600-square-meter villa here has just been told for 130 million euros. that's 216,000 euros per square meter -- a world record.
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next is hong kong and the list of the world's most expensive real estate. a square meter costs 137,000 euros. in third place, new york, where it's 93,000 euros per meter squared. not even half of what it costs in the first, and the south of france may still have more treasures to come. like this apartment, the top of a monaco tower complete with private pool and a water slide. it can be yours for around 294 million euros. all properties still looking for buyers. >> let's take a quick look now at some company news. google announced it will send self-driving cars on roads in california. the company said the prototypes have undergone rigorous testing. it will not be the first time the cars have hit the road. 11 of its self driving cars have been involved in minor accident
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since it began experimenting with the technology to netflix is in early talks to into the chinese market. the firm is speaking to china's online broadcasters. netflix is aggressively expanding globally as new subscriber growth has slowed in the u.s.. netflix shares were up four point hi percent following the announcement. china is the big market. everyone is looking in china to try to invest more rest things in the u.s. appear to plateau out, so the next big domain for netflix. >> it seems like a very logical one. lots of people to watch netflix films. thank you. with all the business news for us, thank you, william. coming up is our daily rendezvous with the cannes international those ears. we hear from simon baker, star of the hit tv series "the mentalist."
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>> hello from the cannes film festival. today, i'm talking to a mentalist -- well, the mentalist, actually. the actor from the hit tv series, simon baker, is here to talk about his plans to direct the film. it is his first turn in the
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director's chair. let's go meet the australian star. >> you speak french? >> no, that was the extent of it right there. >> you are known for being a very handsome chap, clean cut. what's going on? what's with the new look? >> with going on. i'm only known in certain circles as clean-cut. i have been finishing one job, transitioning into the next thing. i'm just relaxing a little bit. also the next job that i take on, i'm directing, and acting in it, and it is set in the mid-70's, so i have to start trying to grow my hair out a little. this is my cannes interviewee
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look, which am not really sure about because some sort of trying to control the uncontrollable mane. >> i watched you in "home and away" -- and my love to bring that up? i was a teenager. you've come a long way from there. now you are recognized everywhere you go. does that world seem very far away now? baker: yes and no. i've been spending a bit of time in sydney over the last couple of months getting this film organized and being back there sort of reminds me of that world and that era of my life. also i have met with different australian actors that have come up -- the hens with -- the
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hemsworth brothers. there's a lot of australian actors that did the time in australian soap operas. it's a rite of passage, of sorts. >> to you fill at a loss, do you feel free? baker: no, i don't feel at a loss. the transition of spending a lot more time with my family and having a bit more free time has been interesting. i do miss a lot of the people on the show but i pretty much went straight to estoril you to start organizing. i have been working towards transitioning into that. >> tell us about the story. baker: it's the story of two teenage boys in the mid-1970's and a that are sort of hungry for adventure and form an
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unlikely friendship with this older, reclusive surfer character and his mysterious wife and are sort of driven to make decisions that have a pretty profound effect on their lives. >> they are quite reckless aussie boys. can you identify with that? baker: well, there's a reason i took a shine to this story. i know the story internally and externally. i think i felt a very close connection to the material, and that's what got me really excited. >> did -- for your first time is in a straight -- as a director, did you feel it had to be back in australia? baker: there was definitely a desire to explore the makeup of who i am as a person. i also am a big reliever in australian film is a cultural
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imperative. we are a bunch of storytellers and everywhere you go, it's just about telling stories. if you go to the
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rom pacifica, this is democracy now! >> what happened here in this accident today is that chicago finally confront its past and come to terms with it. and recognize when something wrong was done and be able to be strong enough to say something was wrong. amy: as chicago approves a landmark $5.5 million


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