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>> you are watching france 24 live from paris. the stories making world headlines. out of jail the ugandan presidential candidate and popstar bobby ryan released on bail. his arrest triggered two days of protests that led dozens of people dead. civil war and in a humanitarian crisis, if european toots -- troops take control of two it -- tigrean towns. 200,000 refugees are expected to flee into sedan. summa in saudi arabia, g20 country set to meet starting tomorrow, to address issues from
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the pandemic to economic recovery. they are also expected to just gossip funding for this tradition of a vaccine -- to discuss funding for the distribution of a vaccine. ♪ >> hello and thank you for joining us. we begin a new gada -- we begin in uganda. the presidential candidate and popstar has been released from jail. has arrest sparked protests that killed at least 37 people. he was released on bail and hold charged with holding rallies likely to spread coronavirus, two months before the country's presidential election. france 24 has more from kampala on the day's developments. >> he has come home and is with his family.
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one more thing about that death toll from wednesday and thursday's protests. while authorities are saying 37 people have died, the hospital here, the national referral hospital in kampala has said that total is closer to 49. they will not necessarily be getting numbers from across the country or even across all of kampala. they will not receive all of the casualties or casualty numbers so it seems likely the toll from the protests that count is still going to probably rise more. and the security services have sent out some very, very clear messages today, in a joint statement. the police and other security forc said earlr that they will be reinforcing security acrossampala, and on the roads coming in and out, and that they wi be evenore strict
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enforcement of that covid-19 9:00 p.m. curfew. the security a minister gave a very stark warning. not just to the candidates who are out campaigning, but to anybody in the public,arning them that the police in uganda, have the right to shoot to kill. so that is a very stark warning for anybody here, considering protesting in the future. >> there as escalating violence in ethiopia, where the military says it has taken control of two towns in the northern tigre region. meanti, tigre has fired rockets into a neighboring ethiopian state punching fears the conflict could spread. the u.s. is warning the violence is crating a refugee kite -- crisis, saying as many as 200,000 people could flee into sedan. -- into sudan.
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>> these are students, not soldiers. but local tv reports that several were injured thursday, when a university and tigre came under fire from if european government forces. [speaking foreign language] >> the attack comes as the prime minister ordered air raids on the tigre region. addis abbaba a insists all airstrikes are aimed at military targets but not much is known about conditions on the ground as condition with the outside world has been cut. roads are blocked and airports closed, meaning that for confirming fatalities is impossible. >> and the way conflict is conducted, should also be according to the law, the international humanitarian laws. that requires protection of civilians, including access to
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humanitarian services. and as much as possible, organizations like amnesty, should be given access to monitor the situation. >> tens of thousands of people have fled into sudan to escape the violence. but this could be just the beginning. the united nations is preparing to cater to up to 200,000 people over the next six months, and warns a large influx of refugees in sudan could also destabilize the country, as it deals with its own economic and political challenges. >> now to azerbaijan, where that handover of territory previously controlled by ethnic armenians is underway in the agdam district which borders nagorno-rabakh. brokered by a russian peace
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deal, some celebrated, others burned their homes before fleeing. >> was turkish and azerbaijan flags fluttering from each tank, azerbaijan troops moved into the area that borders nagorno-karabakh, the first of seven handed over in terms of a russian brokered cease-fire deal. a new armenian checkpoint and russian peacekeepers and possession. the day before, armenian soldiers left the area, along with civilians, they packed up their most precious possessions, and burned the rest, even their homes, rather than seeing them fall into azerbaijani hands. >> [speaking foreign language] >> according to the deal, the kalpajar district is scheduled for next week and thelachchin strict week after. other areas captured by fighting
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will also be under azerbaijan control including the strategic town of shishi. the rest of the territories under the protection of the russian army including its only connection to armenia. the transfer races fears armenian heritage could be defaced. many scripts and other manuscripts -- other artifacts have been evacuated to protect them from azerbaijani troops. >> [speaking foreign language] >> it comes after azerbaijani heritage in the area, such as this 19th-century mosque, was left to fall into ruin, while under median control. -- under armenian control. >> the g20 summit tomorrow in saudi arabia, a lot to discuss as 19 countries and the eu gather to address a big range of issues. according to a draft communicate, the group will
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underscore the need to bring kyl covid-19 under control. they are expected to kick discuss funding to distribute vaccines, and the eu's hopes the u.s. will commit to multilateralism under a biden administration. saudi arabia is hosting the summit, firstborn arab nation. >> saudi arabia had high hopes when it took over the g20 presidency in 2019, offering a potential face-saving exercise as the country's reputation on the world stage to needs to deteriorate. but instead of in person meetings and photo opportunities in the kingdom's opulent palaces, this year summit will mostly be virtual, due to covid-19. as well as rehabilitating riyadh's image, a global summit was expectedo garner support for modernizing reforms launched by crown prince mohammed bin salman. saudi arabia's reputation as an battered since 2018 an
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international uproar over the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi, the war in yemen, and the arrest of women's rights activists. portraits of the jailed women were projected on the louvre museum, with a call to release those imprisoned. >> [speaking french] >> this is a seduction by saudi arabia to restore its image internationally. in reality this contrasts with the human rights situation and this hypocrisy must stop. emmanuel macron must call in saudi authorities to release activists and demand that the kingdom respect human rights. >> in october, the european parliament passed a nonbinding resolution urging the eu to downgrade its delegation at the summit to avoid legitimizing impunity for human rights violations. critics of saudi arabia hope to see the kingdom challenged on a number of issues this weekend. the scale back some it may not be the opportunity. at the top of the agenda is the covid-19 pandemic and its great economic impact. >> for more on this story we are
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joined by triston naylor, a fellow of international relations and a deputy director of the g20 group in london. thank you for joining us. the pandemic is at the top of the list in terms of what is on the table. what result could come out of those discussions? >> it remains to be seen, whether or not the groupill come together in a meaningful way. and address the pandemic as needed. there are big questions about the degree to which we ll be le to hammer out an agreement about distribution of the vaccine, funding for the vaccine, and so on. right now we have not see much evidence that in at meaningful, substantial sense, they're going to come together. one worry now is that they are paying lip service to the big challenge that faces the world now as we face the next wave of the pandemic. >> as we mentions the eu
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expressed hope for multilateralism from the u.s., once joe biden takes office. what has the relationship been like between the u.s. and other g20 countries under donald trump? >> well, in short, not great. the retreat of americans from the multilateral stage and a position of leadership on it, has really beea problem for this groupfor the g7 as well. this is an opportunity, january, for a renewal of engagement on the part of americans. i think the big question now is, whether or not the damage is already done? and there will be a new american administration. but america is in a diminished sition diplomatically. diminished multilaterally. and basically soon to be president joe biden has a big task ahead of have.
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>> has the biden administration given any signals that this relationship could improve? >> unquestionably. among the first things president-elect biden did was reach out to america's traditional allies, and signaled that america is on its way back. that is no small gesture. it is very deliberate gesture. so yes, unquestionably. >> saudi arabia is hosting this summit, the first for an arab nation. how are other g20 countries reacting to this? >> well, many world leaders, particularly those in the west, weren a very difficult position, with respect to the summit. they faced the question, should they go? or should they boycott? for the many legitimate reasons to boycott. in many ways the covid pandemic has saved them from being in an uncomfortable position, such that they do not need to fly to god.
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-- two riyadh -- they do not need to fly to riyadh. instead this can be online. >> thank you for your time tonight. moderna is the other drug company that has announced develop met of a highly effective covid vaccine. coming up in the interview we will talk to the company's cofounder and chairman, coming up at 11:10 p.m. paris time. here is a preview. >> there will be other vaccines available by the middle of next year, and the burden will be across multiple approaches. and we have said we will make 400 million to -- 500 million to one billion doses next year. there are other saying similar numbers and some even larger. we hope between all of those approaches we will have adequate coverage so we can in 2021, fax and as much of the population as wants to be vaccinated. -- vaccinate as much of the population as wants to be
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vaccinated. >> president emmanuel macron is expected to address the country tuesday and announced whether the nationwide lockdown will continue. france has been a stay-at-home order since october 30 and it is widely restricted some restrictions will stay in place. there were almost 23,000 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, up from 21,000 yesterday. despite that slight uptick in cases, the lockdown appears to be having a positive effect. overall, the number of new cases is doubt week to week. and the number of those hospitalized has decreased for the fourth straight day. however, experts warn now is not the time for people to let down their guard. claire rush has more. >> has france gotten past the worst of it second wave? it's public elf -- it's public health agency thinks so. it statement on friday said although indicators are at high levels, it suggests the peak of the second wave is behind us.
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according to its data in the past week, new cases dropped 40%. hospitalizations decreased 13%. and the number of new icu patients fell. 9%. after weeks of increased deaths seem to be stabilizing with a 2% drop this week. , all signs france's second nationwide lockdown is wearing -- bearing fruit. according to the agency the measures are having a direct impact on the number of hospitalized patients which typically dart to fall 10 days after restrictions kick and. the agents -- start to fall 10 days after restrictions kick and. the agency warns that restrictions -- statistics are not a reason to abandon measures. they also worn addressing the pandemic will take more time. >> [speaking french]
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>> france will remain on lockdown until at least december 1. >> now to mexico where the country recorded more than 100,000 deaths, the fourth country to reach that grim milestone, after the united states, brazil and india. mexican authorities acknowledge that figure is probably much higher. >> this infection and testing on the streets of mexico city. bars and gyms order to close a week ago. authorities vowed to increase testing to 10,000 per day, with center set up in areas recording the highest infection rates. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> despite efforts, mexico has reached a grim milestone. thursday authorities confirmed more than 100,000 deaths from coronavirus had been recorded less than one week after the country topped one million cases. >> [speaking spanish] >> authorities acknowledge the number of cases and deaths are probably higher due to low levels of testing. 2.5 million test having carried out since the beginning of the pandemic in a country with a population of 130 million. the policy so far has been to only test people with serious symptoms. mexico is the fourth country to
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record more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths after the united states, brazil and india. >> and algeria, and effort is underway to help the country recover from devastating wildfires. fires damaged forest in four regions, and some are being investigated as arson. >> scorched earth, the aftermath of a series of recent devastating wildfires. now, algerian authorities are starting a program aimed at combating the damage done to the land. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the goal is to plant new saplings throughout algeria's forests, aimed at reforestation efforts. those taking part in the initiative include the military,
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civilian volunteers, and firefighters. >> [speaking foreign language] >> [speaking foreign language] >> meanwhile, officials are investigating the cause of the wildfires that broke out earlier this month. around 1000 hectares were destroyed, and two people were killed. officials have not ruled out arson. >> we have a special report coming up tomorrow we would like to tell you about. our team spent the past year following a movement that has swept france against the mistreatment of women. the segment will air at 9:15 p.m. tomorrow, paris time. here is a preview. >> the statements made by victims are constantly called
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into question. according made to police about domestic violence, are shelved. the first step, making it through the doors of the police station, is the main obstacle for many women. resal to accept their complaints, minimal lysing the violence inflicted upon them, making them feel guilty. to stop this kind of malpractice, fabian decided to act. 10 years ago she started a training program for her fellow officers. >> we know there can be failures in terms of the reception and treatment of certain complaints. today the police force is examining its conscience. we put in place training programs to avoid all of those things said that perhaps took place. i'm not saying they did not happen but we are doing all we can to make sure they do not happen again. i do not know what image you
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have of a police officer. sometimes there is an image of a police officer who never. . lets up who does this. detached manner to protect himself. but we. can also show empathy from the. from the first a woman sees, trust needs to be established. reception desks are not private so it is your job to make sure women feel they are in a confidential environment. be careful. it is that to you to open the discussion, she listened. you should never be on your mobile phone. if you hear your colleagues sharing a joke to not start laughing without paying attention to the person talking to you. this is a serious job. during the training sessions i try to be as thorough as possible my colleagues understand what a woman who is a victim of domestic giants -- violence is going through. that she is trapped in a circle of violence under someone's control. you need to have a senior had each time you're faced with a victim of domestic violence. have you ever heard about a
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woman who has made a complaint t then decided to drop it? [background conversations] the explanation is there, it is all there. the tension. things are going badly are starting to go badly. we will take example of physical violence. we will take an example. heits her, it makes a noise and the neighbors maybe call the police she may or may not be taken to the hospital. and it is over, she wants out. then he comes back to her. it is true, i hate you. it is true -- that i hit you. it is true. but did you see what you made for dinner, frankly it is disgusting. i work all day and that is what i come home and find, put yourself in my shoes. that's right, he is justifying himself by making her feel guilty. i promise it will not happen again. i will take you to a restaurant.
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i will take you on holiday. she dropped the complaint. >> time now for business and we can cross to catherine and it to our business desk at "france 24." let's start with news from the u.s., with a country still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. and its economy still fragile. the u.s. treasury has decided not to extend relief programs, a move that has left some economists baffled. >> that is absolutely right. one economist said to cnbc, he likened to move to taking lifeboats off the titanic. you can see from that people are considering this is quite dangerous move for the u.s. economy. now, these relief programs were put in place in the spring, during the first wave conavirus. they allowed the federal reserve to lend up to $4.5 trillion into the financial markets, in an attempt to stave off any pontial financial turmoil that could happen.
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now they are set to expire in december. the treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, said he will not extend them. his reason for this is he said financial conditions in the u.s. are in good shape. he said when this emergency is over, let's put these programs away. the response to that for many people of course is that the emergency is not over yet. what steven mnuchin wants, he wants the federal reserve to return those unused funds, which would put $455 billion of back into the purse of the government. he says that money can then be used through congress and put toward more targeted coronavirus relief efforts. of course, his move not to extend these programs has been criticized by economists, i'm ever some the political opposition, he said the u.s. economy -- by members of the political opposition, who say that the u.s. economy is too fragile to shelve the support at the moment. the financial reserve responded
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quickly to the moon saying emergency facilities should continue to -- to the move saying emergency facilities should continue to serve as a backstop for strained economy. the worry is this move could be a political move, designed to make it difficult for the upcoming administration when they move into the white house in january. a previous treasurer, larry summers, who served under bill clinton, said aftershocks in the wake of a crisis like this, are not uncommon. so the worry is they are trying to make the economic recovery as difficult as possible for joe biden. >> speaking of that, looking ahead to the next administration coming into the white house in january, what could that mean in economic terms for neighboring canada? >> canada depends hugely, in terms of their economic relationship, on the u.s.. so biden's arrival in the white house does signal a complete change of scene effectively from the trump administration.
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that will be good news for some businesses and less good news for others. we can hear from our correspondence in canada. >> [speaking french] >> the past four years for patrick have been tough, in part due to tariffs posed by donald trump's administration. trumps imminent departure gives him hope. >> [speaking frenc >> in canada, joe biden's win is giving hope to some and anxiety to others.
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alberta is worried about the extension of the keystone pipeline relaunched by trump. biden plans to kill it. >> i am pleased the canadian government made that a top priority for early engagement. to g built and concluded. ultimately i think we will move tens of thousands of jobs and probably a similar number in the u.s.. >> the canadian economy archly depends on america. 75% of canada's exports are sold to its southern neighbor. experts warned trumps protectionist policies could outlast him. >> [speaking french] >> it is not a secret that canada is eager to work with the biden administration. justin trudeau was the first leader to congratulate him. but they are also aware that
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trump is still president until january 20th. >> catherine bennett, thank you for the business report. thank you for joining us. we will be back with more world news headlines in a few minutes here on "france 24."
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