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>> welcome back. you're watching live from paris on "france 24." syrian regime forces in the russian allies continued to pound the city of aleppo. tens of thousands of civilians are trapped and the situation is heartbreaking. the italian prime minister resigns for the second time this successful,ime bowing out after the referendum to feet. and the timetable for brexit. mps have been debating the terms
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and a detailed plan of what will be discussed. ♪ we begin in syria where according to the yuan sheep ban --moon, the plight of rebels refugees is heartbreaking. they are calling for a cease-fire to allow for the evacuation of the wounded. are making as direct appeal to russia and damascus to stop bombing civilian areas. we spoke to our chief foreign editor about why the russians are refusing to heed the call. >> the rebels are demanding a five-day cease-fire while the wounded can be evacuated.
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the syrian government backed by the russians and iranians saying no cease-fire unless the rebels quit the city, all of them. the rebels have made it pretty clear over the last 44 hours despite the deteriorating face, that they are not going to leave, they are going to fight on until the end. part of the reason being they don't trust the core doors the governor -- the government is proposing to leave the city. no interestnt has in making concessions at this point because it is winning the battle. aleppo will almost certainly be in their hands, the biggest victory they have achieved in four years, so they have no interest in making concessions and it doesn't look like the
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rebels are liable to make any either. as ever was the conflict in the people who are suffering. aleppo is really just a symbol of how ineffective the international community has been when it comes to protecting billions in syria. >> sadly, that seems to be the case. the international community is ringing its hands, unable to significantly affect the course of events. it has been said it's not an easy problem to deal with. this situation has emerged over the last 15 years or so. first of all the u.s. involvement in iraq, the u.s. simply has not wanted to be dragged into the conflict in , it's and for that reason andd itself powerless
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involvement in russia has also complicated things, making it much more difficult to have a positive effect on trying to maneuver bashar al-assad out of power. so the options for the international community have been limited from the start. clearly they have made many mistakes, but where the problems has been how to deal with the opposition. determining who the opposition is and who you can give weapons to. the opposition itself is so divided and consists of so many different ideological fronts, that dealing with them as a block has been impossible. laura: for the second time this week, the entire in his resignation to the president. the president will now hold talks with all of the political parties to decide on the next step.
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right-wingst and groups calling for elections to be held immediately. simon has that story. reporter: this time, his resignation is final. his time is prime minister is officially over after he stepped down from office, following his heavy defeat in sunday's referendum where he sought to reform the italian constitution. >> with a smile and with gratitude, i go to the president to formally hand in my resignation. thank you ando the country for accompanying me during my tenure. >> when talking about his own future and the future of the democratic already, renzi claimed it was not a priority. >> there's going to be an
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internal change which i think will be hard. it will be very hard, because a great party like the democratic party must be transparent. but for me, that will have to wait until after the government crisis which is about to begin. >> now, the president of the republic will have to elect a new prime minister, the fourth consecutive government which was not chosen by the people. despite opposition parties wanting an immediate general election, it will be delayed at least until springtime as the italian constitutional courts reevaluate electoral laws with the decision pending in january. laura: israel's prime minister has declined to take part in peace talks here in paris. benjamin netanyahu said he would only meet with mahmoud abbas directly and without
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preconditions. the obama administration's efforts to restart the peace process collapsed akin 2014. the french government had hoped there hassummit but been no reaction so far from the palestinians. british filmmakers have voted in favor of prime minister theresa may's plan to begin the process of leaving the european union on march 31 of next year. in return, the detailed plan of , they will beal seen as trying to block brexit. for more let's go to london. benedict, as expected, in p's have backed her timetable for leaving the eu. there was a pretty heated debate throughout the day. >> there was a heated debate, in fact a compromise solution to have what was a labor day opposition motion and then an amendment from the government. is thathappened tonight
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british mps have voted to back the government's plan to start formal talks on brexit by the 31st of march next year. so in other words, this is a victory for the government, since mps have voted to respect .heresa may's timetable i easily at huge majority for against, only 89. they been voted a second time and that backed labor motion calling for parliament to properly scrutinize the government over its plan for for,448,e eu, again and against, only 75. both sides will claim victory and say that it's a historic vote, although it's not legally binding. they are saying it enshrines the
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fact that in peace are in favor of triggering article 50 in that timetable of the 31st of march next year, but labor also feels it is a victory for them, since the government will properly that it has two allows group is asian of its plan for brexit. so it is not the end of the story by any means. there will be more amendments and more problems in parliament for the opposition and particularly for the government. anda: we still have to wait see how much a role parliament will have in the brexit book. the supreme court has yet to vote on whether it must get parliaments backing before can take it ill to brussels. >> on the one hand you have parliament looking at the political side, and then just across the road you have the supreme court, the highest court saying -- examining
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the case whether the government has the right without now referring to a vote in parliament, whether theresa may's government has the right to invoke article 50 and begin those negotiations. it was voted for back in june in a referendum. today we've had scotland's top legal officer saying that the scottish parliament's consent is needed before the u.k. trick or's brexit. i gather will be having the welsh officer also saying something similar and there's northern ireland peace process, whose representatives have been saying this could jeopardize the peace process. so the constitutional aspect is very important, but let's
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remember all 11 judges sitting will hear the argument until tomorrow evening and then they will retire and we will not get a judgment on that until mid-january. laura: thank you very much for that report from london. it's cazeneuve's first day on the job, he's taking over for man while -- four manuel valls. hollande, is not the first time cazeneuve participates in a ministerial council, but it is his first as leader of the government. the new prime minister explains his plan of action for the next five months. he wants a loyal government ready to serve the french people. the ministerial council that
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just finished was one where everyone fulfilled the role. concentrated as a state service, he resolved to act until the end of the presidential election. his objective, to continue the work being done so that france can be competitive internationally. in other announcements, the government spokesman revealed he will address the assembly next week, a broad speech aimed at preparing the country for the future. the former serb commander should face life in jail, accused of ordering the massacre of thousands of men and boys in the bosnian conflict in the early 1990's. prosecutors that anything less than the harshest penalty would be an insult to the dictums. some people may find the images in this report disturbing. >> the prosecution was unequivocal, the only justice
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for the butcher of bosnia would be to die in prison. he stands accused of heading a ruthless campaign of ethnic cleansing to create a greater balkan wars ofhe the early 1990's. >> it would be incompatible with tribunal sentencing practice, an insult to the victims, living and dead, and an affront to sentenceo impose any other than the most severe of available under law. a life sentence. >> the serb commander has denied the 11 charges, including two counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. he stands accused of giving the order to kill 8000 muslim men and boys in 1995. europe's worst massacre since the second world war. his defense team will launch
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three days of closing arguments on friday. a verdict is only expected next year. he's eating that she is the last person to be tried at the international criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia. laura: at least 45 have been killed in a plane crash in pakistan. the flight came down in a 70 kilometers north of the capital, islam a bot. there were no survivors. islamic singer turned preacher was aboard. nearly 100 have died after a earthquake on wednesday. the president has ordered all government agencies to take part in search and rescue effort. >> to ambulances keep arriving, but this hospital has long run out of space. survivors of
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wednesday's earthquake in indonesia are being treated wherever staff can find room. wife.s is my i don't know where my children are. some of them work at home. they were away at school. >> the 6.5 magnitude quake struck just off the northeast coast of sumatra island at around 5:00 a.m. local time. dozens of buildings collapsed and rescue efforts are continuing to try and free those feared still stuck under the rubble. their attempts are being hampered by rain and power blackouts. >> we're still trying to search for survivors trapped underneath the debris, pull them out and evacuate them as soon as possible and transfer them to a safe place. >> sumatra has been hit by several earthquakes already this year.
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more than 160,000 people were killed on the island in december 2004 alone when an undersea quake struck to the north, causing a tsunami. winter pollution here in paris is at its worst in a decade. half of parisian drivers have been ordered to leave the cars at home but authorities say too many people have been flouting the band, and not just here in the french capital. >> shrouded in clouds, a conspicuous sign of the pollution that's been hanging over much of france this week. it's become a recurring problem at this time of year and experts have been sounding the alarm for days. >> the airborne particles come from industry and road traffic and in the winter, from heating our homes. band circulation of
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vehicles with even number plates on wednesday. bead limits have been reduced where air pollution has reached record levels. the weather is not helping. driving in this condition encourages the stagnation of pollution. they are becoming more and more concentrated. doctors are concerned about the significance to health. >> we've seen in numerous studies that pollution weeks inrelate with an -- a rise emergency trips to the hospital. >> the solution is expected to continue -- the pollution is expected to continue until the end of the week. laura: following in the footsteps of hendler and stalin and mark zuckerberg, donald trump has been named time
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magazine's person of the year. take a look. >> he defied all conventions and the odds to win the u.s. presidency. now donald trump has been named person of the year, what he calls a great honor. the magazine insists the title is not an accolade. >> it's not an honor and it's not necessarily a pat on the back. it simply the person who's made the biggest impact on the world during the year 2016. it was hard to argue that anyone else would have been a better choice for that criterion. >> 2016 was the year that donald trump went from businessman and reality tv star to what has been president of the divided states of america. he locked his white house bid in 2015. politicse the rules of
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with controversial style and defending entire groups of people including my minorities, women, and the disabled. crime, theybringing are rapist. i would like to punch him in the face, i will tell you. >> but none of the scandals that plagued his campaign and shot the establishment could stop his upset victory. his simple message to make america great again caught the imagination of his supporters. time magazine says there is no denying the scale of his disruption. laura: let's get some business news. kate moody is in the studio. good news for britain's steel industry today. kate: they've secured a commitment to keep operations in notably the port talbot's i in south wales along with its 4500 employees. ta said itis year ta
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was putting his business up for sale, after talks on wednesday union said they would agree to less pain -- less generous pension screen -- schemes in return for keeping the plant open. the blast furnaces will remain in operation for least five years and a billion pounds will be invested to keep it competitive and avoid future layoffs. unions say they're still more work to be done to help the industry. take a listen. >> it will resolve a lot of the , thereacross the u.k. are still structural challenges, making sure use british steel. >> pfizer has been ordered to pay 84 million pounds are almost 100 million euros for overcharging the national health service.
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reporter: a record fine for pfizer, accused of overcharging britain's national health service for an anti-epilepsy drug. the uk's competition and markets authority says the charge was hiked by up to 2600%. in a statement it says these extraordinary price rises have cost the nhs and the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds. they also find a distributor 6.1 million euros for charging excessive prices for the drug. it used by 48,000 patients in the u.k.. it rose to about 50 million pounds in 2013. this is because pfizer sold the rights to distribute the drug
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which allow the firm to sell it at a higher price. in a statement, pfizer rejected the findings and said it would appeal against the decision. the flynn transaction represented an opportunity to secure ongoing supply. >> to have two months to appeal against the decision. kate: a record fine for the pharmaceutical industry, followed by a moderate one on the banking sector. the eu has penalized three banks for rigging lending rates. total 485fined a million euros for rigging prices connected to a key interbank lending fund. and hsbc, aan chase
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cartel of three rival banks who teamed up to set up the pricing of a key interest rate. that's the conclusion of an by the eu.on >> banks, like all companies, have to respect eu competition rules. >> j.p. morgan chase is faced with the line share of the fine. 114 million pave euros and hsbc 300 million. the commission claims that traders from the different banks would work together to distort the rate. >> on days when traders receive ,oney calculated on the basis there was an interest of high rates. on days when a traitor need to pay, he would want to have a low rate.
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down thedirect impact line for mortgages, households, and businesses. jpmorgan as well as the other two banks explained they are not at fault. >> we do not engage in any wrongdoing with respect to the euro board benchmark. we will continue to vigorously defend our position against these allegations. >> it's the latest episode in the invested get -- investigation into manipulation. in 2013, for banks including deutsche bank reached a record settlement of 1.5 billion euros over accusations of rigging. banks did see their shares rise this wednesday. the marriage european indices rose and head of thursday's meeting of the european central bank.
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italian banking sector has been rising on expectations of a bailout. the dax rose to a one-year high earlier in the session. gains have been spilling over to wall street as the trading day continues. the dow jones searched more than 250 points to get a new intraday high. moving onto the day's other business headlines, into central bank has surprised the market by keeping its interest rates on hold. it had been expected to ease rates in an effort to boost the economy which is struggling to deal with the cash shortage after 80% of bank notes were pulled from circulation. the reserve bank of india said it needed more time to assess how much lasting damage would because before changing the ricoh rate. apple says external factors were behind a number of iphone batteries bursting into flames in china. the consumer council published a report last week about eight iphone 6 models catching on
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fire. after a preliminary investigation, apple said those so-called terminal events were down to the phones being physically damaged. the chief executives of at&t and time warner making a case for their merger with support from american lawmakers. saying that you would benefit customers, but regulators are not so sure because it could limit competition. president-elect donald trump said he would block the merger once he takes office. another one of those things we will have to wait and see if he actually follows through once he is in the white house. laura: we're taking a short break. stay with us. much more still to come.
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