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anchor: great to have you with us. these are the top stories we are following. zuma has to leave office. the ruling anc party will formally asked jacob zuma to stand down after he refused to resign. scheduledjudge has arrest warrants for wikileaks founder julian assange, who spent more than five years in the ecuador embassy to avoid
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detention. of a preliminary hearing on palestinian girl who kicked theeli soldiers is over in west bank. how long electrical goods will last -- a move to cut down on waste. all that and more in our business update. thousands of performers have been parading in rio de janeiro for carnival. not everyone is happy about the event. the mayor wants to slash funding. all of that coming up from our correspondents. but first, our top story. in south africa, according to media reports, the rulining anc party is to formally ask
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president jacob zuma to stand down after he refused to resign. the reported move comes after lengthy talks with the powerful national executive committee, amid undramatic power struggle. five days of discussions between president zuma and deputy president cyril ramaphosa failed. if zuma refuses to step down, he will likely be ousted by a no-confidence vote within dates. nick has details in this next report. well, our international affairs joins usor rob parsons in studio. it i is all i rush at the momen. a quick question -- talk us through what is behind all of this politicalal strife that is ongoing in south africa? rob: it has been going on a long time. the ninine years of president zuma's term in office has been marked by corruption scandals, i accusations of rape, accusations
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of graft -- scandal after scandal -- which has damaged the reputation of the ruling african national congress party, the anc, to the extent that two years ago, 2016, and the local elections that took place that year, the anc had its worst performance since the end of apartheid in 1994, securing just under 54% of the vote. rochelle: i will stop you there, because i am hearing that a spokesperson f from the anc c is about to speak. we will cross live to that press conference. >> and the determination t to handle this matter. president of the anc, cyril ramaphosa, said last week, we had fruitfulul and constructive discussions with president jacob zuma and we are moving forward. it was great in
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principle to resign, and proposed a timeframe from three to six months. while appreciating zuma's position, the national executive committee noted that south africa has waded through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresosolved matter of transiti. [indiscernible] confidence i in the 54th nationl conference of the anc. therefore, the national executive committee strongly believes that this situation requires us to act with patients seeatience in order to unity, renewal, and hope. where determined to restore the integrity of the institution,
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political stability, and [indiscernible] . we are can methodods turn in n with our the opportunistic maneuvers by the opposition in parliament, including motions of no confidence in the president. cacalls for the dissolution n of parliament are a desperate act. the anc's approaoach to this matter has at all times been informed by y the interest of al the south african people. and sensitive of the need to .andle this matter with dignity ththe national executive commite once again sent a delegation to -- two brief presesident jacob zuma about o r the time frames for this matter to be fully resolved. presidenttion to the
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was once more pleading that this short. too therefore, in its wisdom, the anc decided as follows. recall, jacob zuma, in .22 1.2ce with rule 12 of the anc constitution. it gives the anc the authority its [indiscernible] there should be cocontinuing interaction betetween officialsf the anc and president jacob z za . and the decision by the anc to is onlyly employee
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taken afteter exhaustive discussions. the decisions of the anc provides certainty to the people of south africa at a t time when the economic and social challenges f facing the country require a resolute response by all sections of society. it is critical that south africans are united around growth, job creation, and economic transformation. that decisioion will be communicated publicly, as s we e doing now, and throuough appropriate forums in all structures of the anc. over the weekend, national executive committee members will go through all the country to brief and inform our fractions about the decisions we are takiking. anand all necessary parliamemeny will also now from tomorrow, we will briefefur
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about thembersrs decisions we have tataken. we are happy there was cooperation between president jacob zuma and alall the [indiscernible] the only thing we did not agree on was the short. -- was the short period i iterms of the transitition. i want to thank you. >> i thihink the secretary general. we are going to take two rounds of questions. we will take the first five and the last five. what i am appealing to my speak tos to do is to their constitituents to explain which h dia outlelet they represent, and their names. we can s start with yoyou in the back. rochelle: if you have just
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joined us, firstly, welcome to you. we have been listening to the anc secretary-general, ace magashule, addressing a press conference, saying the national executive committee has come up with some clear decisions. talk us through what they are. rob: yesterday, the national executive committee -- that is monday, the executive committee met 13 hours of exhaustive discussions about what to do with president zuma, who was clearly resistant to the idea that he should step down. it was decided to recall him. that message was passed on to him by the national executive committee through cyril ,amaphosa and ace magashule secretary general, went to see him in person. apparently, his reaction was pretty hostile to that. in the south african press this tuesday, there are reports saying that the president, mr. zuma, has threatened to retaliate. whatever the case, the decision has gone public.
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the national executive committee has rejected president zuma's demand that he should be given at least three months notice before he should step down, and are calling for his immediate recall. what we do not know is what president zuma's response is going to be. constitutionally, he is under no obligation to step down. he was elected by the south african people, not the anc. but precedent has it that he should step down, just as his predecessor did. rochelle: if we think about the was usingce magashule -- uncertainty, anxiety. spoke about wanting to restore the integrity of the south african people. this is an issue which is affecting the entire country. rob: this is the key issue for the anc, which has seen its -- it has seen its popularity being eroded over the last five years. the party was shocked by its performance in the local elections in 2016, where it fell
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to below 54% of the vote. with national elections coming up next year, there is genuine fear that because of the splits within the party, the cause of the declining reputation of the -- the association of the president with matters of corruption, graft, and nepotism -- that it could perform even worse in the coming election. it could split. the opposition will be in sufficiently strong position, at the very least, to press for a coalition government. that is not something the anc is prepared to accept, which is why it has been pressing p president zuma to step down. he has, until now, refused to do so. it seems that decisions are going to be taken for him. rochelle: we are following the story closely on "france 24." a british charge is scheduled to quash all arrest warrants for julian assange, who spent more
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than five years inside the ecuador embmbassy to avoioid attention. his lawyers say it is no longer in the public interest to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012. he was wanted in sweden for a rape investigation when he sought protection at the embassy. swedish prosecutors dropped the investigations last year, but the british warrant for violating bail conditions still stands. a preliminary hearing for a 17-year-old palestinian girl charged with hitting two israeli soldiers has ended in the west bank. ahed tamimi was arrested after she was film slapping soldiers outside her home. were allowed to remain in the courtroom during closed-door proceedings. palestinians say the decision highlights their struggle against military occupation. israel has called it a staged provocation meant to embarrass the military. our reporter was at the court in the e west bank. reporter: after a two-hour
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trial, we heard from the lawyer for ahed tamimi, but it was a preliminary hearing that she sat through. i saw her for a short time, a short time that journalists and diplomats were allowed to remain in the court. she seemed in good spirits. she did not give evidence today. it was not that kind of hearing. it was all preliminary matters, including, we hear the defense saying there were too many cases, it was too large, and some of the offenses were for things that happened long ago. they were trying to clear out some of those offenses. but they have a larger defense strategy. she hasly two hours, been taken back into custody. they are, in a sense, putting the occupation on trial. it is not just ahed tamimi's trial. they are said the occupation is illegal. it is a military occupation and temporary, butut after 50 yearss
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no longer temporary. therefore, if the occupation is illegal, so is the military hearing. they are challenging the whole idea of this court, telling us it should not be here and cannot hear this proceeding. you can see it is a risky strategy, but they believe it is a strategy the family has decided on in her defense. the next case has been put off for another month. she will be back in march, i believe. it actually could take months, because there are 47 prosecution witnesses. we could be here over and over again. rochelle: thousands of performers paraded through the street in rio de janeiro for the annual competition. just in 10was categories, including the beauty of costumes. officially ends on ash wednesday. despite the festive spirit, not everyone is a fan.
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city mayor marcelo crivella is an evangelical bishop and has lobbied to curb funding for the event. our reporter is in rio. this shop window -- carnival earns the city millions in tourism. but mayor marcelo crivella, a bishop of an evangelical church, declared war on those who put on the parade and have the funding. one of the most popular schools has hit back. >> are parade will include an effigy of marcelo crcrivella in the form of judas, that people can hit. an insult broadcast live to millions on tv global. in the street, the anger also rises. this is a politicized street orchestra. this year, their main target is the mayor. note asks those attending to drink. it is typical of his religion, which frowns on alcohol, women's
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bodies, sex. carnival is the opposite to this. reporter: but early in the morning on copacabana beach, and evangelical group comes to make its carnival, claiming a very different message. at the head of this procession, a minister like marcelo crivella . >> studies show that after carnival, the indicators of criminality -- death on the roads, violence, unwanted pregnancies which often end in abortion, increase. the role of the church is to be in the middle of this party where everybody tries to have fun, to offer jesus as the best option. reporter: marcelo crivella is in office until 2020. carnival among his strongest opponents. rochelle: time now for business. i am joined in the studio by stephen carroll. we're starting in south africa. it is our top story.
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we are looking at the market reaction to this. in johannesburg is up after the latest news with relation to jacob zuma. the oil share index in johannesburg of over 1%. it has been climbing just after the start of the press statement we heard a few minutes ago. political events have been weighing on investors in south africa. it appears some of that uncertainty is being removed for the moment. those figures from just before the latest statement we heard from the anc. ise broadly, south africa still facing major economic challenges. the country emerged from recession in the second half of last year, but growth prospects remain weak. the imf recently downgraded its forecast to 5.7 percent expansion, saying business and consumer confidence has been dented by the political uncertainty. rochelle: things are starting to come down on the stock markets after last week's excitement. stephen: wall street finished
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the day up on monday as investors moved on from the volatility of last week. a mixed picture in europe. some gains in london. falls in paris and frank for it. there could be trouble ahead on wall street. the dow jones is called to open down more than 100 points when trading gets underway this afternoon. rochelle: here in france, the government is planning new measures to cut down on waste. stephen: appliances will carry a label with their estimated lifespan to help consumers with purchases. ratings will try to encourage manufacturers to avoid programming their programs -- there products to stop working after a number of years. reporter: there is already a system to tell consusumers how much energy their new printer consumes. now, the french government wants shoppers to be told how long that microwave or washing machine will last, and how easily it will be repaired if it breaks down. it is a fight against what is called programmed up lessons.
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-- programmed obsolescence, a rating system for how long electronic goods should keep working, on a scale of one to 10. they're looking to bolstering the sector for repairing broken machines. for nine out of 10 french people, their purchases are not constructed to last. rather than being able to get broken technology fixed, 60% aoose to buy a new one -- system that from an environmental and consumer standpoint is not working. lobby groups claim some manufacturers are sly about it. >> the printer stops working because it says its cartridge is not. there is still inc.. -- ink. it is just that it counted the number of f printed pages. the rating system will be voluntary until 2020. for it to become obligatory and widespread, france will have to get a similar measure passed by the european union. stephen: qatar airways has will make airline
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loss because of a boycott. it cannot longer flight to saudi arabia, bahrain, egypt, or the uae, forcing longer routes through turkey and iran. the ceo says actions have hit their bottom line. increased maintenance costs because we are flying longer routes. we have more fuel consumption, so the cost toto the airlinene s rising. i have a already stated that the airline lost this year, due to the blockade. this does not mean we are going to shrink. we will keep on expanding and growing the company. rochelle: finally, sony pictures has had to apologize for a scene and its animated film, "peter rabbit." is aen: in the film, there human character who is allergic to blackberries, and the rabbits, in an effort to get into his garden, pelton with withblackberry -- pelton
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blackberries and he has to use and at the pen. allergy groups say it makes light of their condition. sony apologizes, saying they should not have mamade light of the allergy to blackberries even in a slapstick wayay. the controversy does not seem to have dented the film's popularity. rochelle: they do not have to worry much. they are raking in the money. stephen: exactly. rochelle: thank you for the business roundup. time for our press review. time now to take a look at what is making headlines in the international press. i am joined by haxie meyers-belkin. you are beginning with the latest in the ongoing oxfam scandal. haxie: this is dominating british front pages. "i am ashamed this happen on my learn of the resignation of the charity's
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deputy chief executive after claims that oxfam employees paid for sex with prostitutes in haiti and chad. "the daily mail" is leading with a claim that the scandal is widening to include the charity's high street shops, with 120 claims of sexual assault or impropriety by volunteers or employees. story,ng to that initial in a very interesting piece in the centerleft paper "the guardian," written by a former aide w worker, who has worked wh charities including oxfam -- she says she is in no way surprised by the oxfam revelations, an organization where she says bullying and racism are rife. she says her concerns about the prevalence of what she calls "a went largely ignored, and there is added stigma in the aid world to
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speaking out -- a fear that if you tell the truth, the reputational damage done to the organization could be disproportionate. rochelle: you found a particular cartoon in "the guardian" that seeks to illustrate how the right is seeking to capitalize on the scandal for its own gains. haxie: we see a member of the hard right wing of the conservatives alongside the international development secretary. she considers giving some cash to a starving child, but he interjects. he dissuades her -- they will only spend the money on sex, he says, referring to the u.k. contributions to international aid that he would like to see cut. there is a strong repulse to that strain of thinking in today's "independent," this article calling on the government to increase funding to oxfam and other charities, to " inmpet its belief
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organizations whose net contributions to humanity are whichelmingly positive, cannot be judged on the misdeeds of a few people. rochelle: moving to a story out of canada, where indigenous activists called for changes to the legal system after an all-white jury convicted a white -- failed to convict a white man who killed an indigenous man. haxie: stanley claims it was an accident. and aboriginal activists say the racial makeup of the jury in question highlights a fundamental problem with the court system, which allows defense teams to manipulate the makeup of juries in their favor. and mail" has an editorial that demands what it calls a meaningful response from the federal government. stanley was tried by a jury on which there were no indigenous
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people, even though they make up 16% of the local population. responding to that acquittal, president justin trudeau said that canada has seen outcomes like this too many times. "we can do better," he said. his justice minister made similar comments to the editorial board at "the toronto sun." they say this sets a dangerous precedent. not only have they undermined the independence of canada's judicial system. they also, we read, prejudiced proceedings in any possible retrial, serving neither justice nor the cause. --helle: returning to france in july, 1970 six, a criminal gang carried out what has been called the robbery of the century in nice. it seems someone might be about to face justice -- a long time coming. haxie: perhaps. it is a next ordinary -- and
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extraordinary story we read in "le figaro." they snatched the equivalent of 29 million euros from a bank vault in nice. gone on trialy more than 40 years after the incident. just one person was charged with crime back then, with most of the gang simply disappearing into the ether. but the seemingly cold case heated up considerably back in 2010, when a career criminal wrote a tell-all memoir in which he claimed to be behind the highest. he wrote that book, as you might expect he would, using an alias, and he thought the crime was simply too old to be prosecuted. the identity of the man. but police soon discover the identity of the man, a key mafia figure in marseille.
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he was charged alongside members of his family with laundering millions of francs -- euros now -- on the highest. a crime on which stance has no statutes
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