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>> welcome to live from paris. world news and analysis from fines 24. these are the headlines. a breakthrough in kabul. the taliban will allow americans and alfresco afghans to leave after august 31. -- and at risk afghans to leave after august 31. this comes after the taliban telling afghans not to try to leave the country. israel's prime minister is in washington. the perceived threat of iran is the main subject.
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almost 24,000 new covid cases in france. 93 people have lost their lives. there are signs that lockdown in martinique is beginning to work. this is live from paris. thank you very much for being with us. we start with the latest from afghanistan. the u.s. secretary of state says the taliban will allow americans and at risk afghans to lea after the august 31eadline but there have been contradictory words starting with the taliban telling afghans citizens to stop trying to reach kabul airport and stop trying to leave the country. u.s. president joe biden said 24 hours ago there is no need to
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extend the deadline. the pentagon said it will continue to evacuate people from afghanistan until the u.s. leaves tuesday. there are an estimated 10,000 people right now at kabul airport hoping to get out of afghanistan. let's hear first from the secretary of state of the u.s., antony blinken. >> there is no deadline on our work to help any remaining american citizens to leave along with many afghans who have stood by with us and want to leave and have been unable to do so. that effort will continue every day passed august 31. the taliban have made public and private commitments to provide and permit safe passage for americans, for third country nationals. darker the u.s. secretary of state. let's get the analysis. our correspondent in washington joins us. listening to mr. blinken's words. it seems the taliban say one
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thing, antony blinken says anotr thing. tell us what blinken was saying. >> i will add to that line that white house spokesperson also says another thing. it is a little t confusing as what is going on with that. we will continue working and we will get people out after august 31. the taliban will let us get people out. that is what tony blinken said. you mentioned with the taliban have said. they will no longer let afghans get to the airport and especially not let afghans leave the country. it seems there are two different things. one is what is going on with americans. tony blinken confirmed a number of americans who were according to their estimates still in afghanistan. that is 1500 americans. of those, there are 500 with him
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the u.s. state department has had contact, has told how to get to the airport and to be evacuated. there are 1000 so-called probable americans, possibly still in the country. some may have already left. some may not want to leave. those are people of the state department has yet to be able to contact directly. we are talking about a thousand americans. those americans possibly if there are still some of them after the august 31 deadline, it seems the united states may have an agreement with the taliban to lead those americans out. when it comes to afghan nationals, it gets much more complicated because we heard the words of the taliban and jen psaki who was having a press conference right after tony blinken, this time at the white house, she was asked about that
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and she said they were in negotiations and talks with the taliban to make sure people could still leave after august 31. it is much less of a commitment and a shorter thing than what we heard from tony blinken, from the secretary of state. the other thing is the situation on the ground. if you want to keep people leaving after august 31 once all the military is gone, the u.s. no longer controls the airport, you need a functioning airport to get these people out and that is something we don't know if it is going to last after americans leave. >> there are many questions that remain unanswered. thank you for giving us that briefing on the words of jen psaki and antony blinken. our correspondent in washington. its turn our attention to the situation on the ground in afghanistan. we have two reporters.
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bringing us basically an eyewitness account of what is happening around them at the airport at kabul and also the capital city. it is an education in many ways and some of what we are seeing is raising even bigger questions about what happens next in afghanistan. catherine joined us earlier and told us about the situation in the airport. darker people are growing increasingly desperate around kabul as there are large groups of people in front of buildings still trying to get paperwork, trying to get processed to get out of afghanistan. the taliban trying to get them off the streets. doing their version of crowd control, which involves anything from shooting in the error to living people and shooting people. around the airport, it is increasingly desperate with many people pushing to get in there. people have been trying through
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any means they can, lots of people trying to get some kind of authorization. similar people ask us what -- so many people ask is what they should do. the embassies tell us they are clogged with paperwork. they are taking time to get through. there is a sense in town the final stage of the evacuations are underway. embassies from different western countries telling us they are going to be packing up and leaving in the next couple of days. the u.s. saying it is looking to evacuate military personnel. we are in the final stages and that sense is leading to this increased desperation around town. we went filming today speaking to afghan women who have basically been in hiding since the taliban rolled into town. have only been out of their house one or two times to buy food to keep going. they are terrified. they have been moving from safe house to say files worried about
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what their future is going to be. not only fearful but also creasingly in despair. a 21-year-old student sai she studied pharmacology, she had a job. all that had disappeared overnight and her hopes and dreams, her words, they were buried in a grave. there are a lot of people in morning for the life they used to have especially among women in kabul. >> reporters still in kabul and we will be hearing more throughout this program. israel's prime minister is in washington on his first foreign trip in high office. he is to meet with u.s. secretary of state antony blinken before the main event, which is the meeting with joe biden on thursday. the issue of i read is the central subject. joe biden has committed to the nuclear accords. the one donald decided to pull out of as soon as he was
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elected. israel had big questions about that deal and about the role of iran. let's get the analysis. emmanuel is professor of political science at the university of tel aviv. explain what mr. bennet is seeking from mr. bid to >> he wantclear answers from the u.s. president, which is that the u.s. administration has been admitting recently it has very low expectations for a new deal with iran. since according to israel's intelligence, iran is a couple months away from the threshold of obtaining the bone. what would be the point of such an agreement as it would not be able to block iran's path. the israeli prime minister wants to hear from the u.s. president if america has a plan b and if it is, what is this plan b? >> is there a sense in that
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heads around the advisors -- that the u.s. world role is diminishing since the decision to pull out of afghanistan? the pull out of afghanistan is on everybody's mind right now. if the united states wants to rebuild its readability and deterrence in the region, it should transform the humiliation in afghanistan to a coherent policy toward around. -- toward airan. after the u.s. pulled out of vietnam and saigon was taken ever by the communists, the u.s. focused on fighting the soviet union ended when the cold war after 15 years. after afghanistan, does the u.s. have a clear strategy to confront iran? >> do you think he would prefer
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to be speaking to mr. trump rather than mr. biden or is it a question of whoever is in charge? >> i think he realizes joe biden has a strong record of being a friend of israel. a big supporter of israel's security. he is also very knowledgeable about international relations. he is a more rational actor then donald trump -- actor than donald trump even though donald trump made quite a few decisions that were favorable to israel. at the end of the day, joe biden is both a true friend of israel and a president who has strong knowledge of international affairs. >> a previous iranian president talked about wiping israel off the map. that was used by netanyahu in the years that succeeded as reason for action on iran and
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reason for the u.s. to play a big role. many -- maybe things have changed. maybe they have not appeared in as really politicians -- they have not ap. >> it is n just optima dinner jawed who said the words about israel. iranian leadership is a theocracy with a vision of history according to the religious beliefs. the 12th imam would only appear after the jews were wiped off about. it is mostly a danger to israel because israel is a obsession about the iranian regime. this raises serious questions about whether iran is a rational actor like other nuclear powers. if it is not a rational actor, nuclear deterrence would not work the same way it works with
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other countries. for israel, this is a major concern. this is a central issue in israeli politics. >> netanyahu called the 2015 agreement a bad agreement. donald trump amplified those feelings. isn't it a fact that the agreement was working in many ways and for iran in terms of helping the country get on something toward a proper functioning economy and working well? iran was open for inspection from the u.n. inspectors to see what is going on. isn't it may be time israel lookedt this th a different set of eyes? >> right now, we are in a differt context. today,ran is much closer to the bomb. even if israel was willing to consider a new agreement, the question is, is that relevant at all?
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the whole point of the jcpoa was to push off at least 10 years, iran's threshold capacity. the threshold has been reduced to a few months. we are in a completely different context. some voices in israel at the time of the sigture of the jcpoa were in favor of some aspects. if it pushes the threshold to 10 years, that is something but today, we are talking about a complete different context where the threshold has been reduced to a few months. regardless of how israel looks at the issue, the u.s. administration cannot ignore the fact the context is completely different from what it was four or five years ago. >> thank you for joining us. all this started with donald trump pulling out of this deal. we will continue to bring you coverage of that visit to
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washington late israel's prime minister. the u.s. federal appeals court has upheld dylan roofs conviction and death sentence for the 2015 erase its killing of nine members of a black south carolina congregation. the judge said the record cannot capture the full horror of what dylan roof data. the three-judge panel ruled unanimously against him. the conviction in 2017, he became the first person in the u.s. sentenced to death for a federal hate crime. almost 24,000 new covid cases in france over the past 24 hours. 93 more deaths over the same time. in the intensive care, over 2200 patients are under around-the-clock treatment. in guadalupe martinique, france's worst hotspots, the
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medical reinforcement sent from the mainland are keeping extremely busy. the start of the school year has been pushed back as a consequence of the rate of infection should even though lockdown measures appeal to be -- measures appear to be working. >> in a tent outside a hospital in martinique's capital, this doctor from the french mainland evaluates covid-19 patients. he arrived two weeks ago as emergency relief with the island now in its fourth week of lockdown. he is seeing improvement. at the start, it was chaos in the emergency room. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the hospitalist elect capacity but the constantlood of ambulances has subsided. the strict lockdown has just
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been extended til at least september9 and along with several french overseas territories, the start of the school year has been pushed back by almost two weeks. >> [speaking foreign language] >> martinique's infection rate is down to 875 cases per 100,000 residents compared to 1200 a week ago. france's overall infection rate is a little over 200 per 100,000. the caribbean territory still has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. less than a quarter of people are fully inoculated in a guadalupe and martinique. >> time for business. good evening to you. starting in afghanistan where the cash supply to the country continues to dwindle.
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>> the world bank became the latest international organization to freeze funding for afghanistan citing concerns over the impact of the taliban takeover on the developing prospects especially foromen th move comes as western governments have been trying to maintain pressure on the insurgents while at the same time negotiate safe exit for people wanting to leave as well as protection for afghan civilians who are left in dire situation. >> banks are still closed in kabul and patience is wearing thin. financial institutions already stand still despite the taliban urging mid-level officials to return to work. >> this month's salary was not given. people are faced with financial problems and they cannot afford to get food or pay their rent . >> prices for basic goods such as rice, flour any gas continue to rise. monday, the taliban named and
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acting head for the ceral bank in bid to bring stability. the insurgents are largely shunned by the international community, the very people and institutions that have kept the previous government afloat should 7 -- government afloat. 70 to 80% of their budget came from foreign donors. since the takeover, the imf denied afghanistan access to its loans. the e.u. pulled development funds. washington froze the afghan central bank's $9 billion cash reserves. the world bank has suspended its projects. the lender had spent $5.3 billionince 2002. >> as long as the taliban are a terrorist group, we have leverage. they cannot access their assets except in an illicit way. they cannot access financial assistance. they cannot access loans.
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>> is the international community puts financial pressure on the taliban, afghan civilians find themselves stuck between a cash squeeze and a humanitarian crisis. >> u.s. president joe biden has asked apple, google and amazon and other leaders to do more to protect america from cyber attacks. he says the government and private sector must work together to respond to the growing threat. among the big tech attendees, microsoft said it would invest $20 billion over the next five years to speed up its cybersecurity work. the u.s. congress is considering new legislation on data security. here is president biden speaking on that meeting. >> the reality is most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and the federal
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government cannot meet this challenge alone. i have invited you all here today because you have the power and capacity and responsibility i believe to raise the bar on cybersecurity. >> german courts have ruled the nord stream 2 gas line pipeline is not exempt from european union's competition rules that require the owners ofipelines to be different from the gas suppliers. judges rejected a challenge last year that would carry gas to germany under the baltic sea. it is another setback. last week, the u.s. government slept sanctions on russian companies involved. let's take a look at market acti this wednesday. u.s. stocks extended gains with technology shares continuing to push the nasdaq and s&p to close at another record i did --
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record high. only fans, a social media platforms famous for porn has reversed its decision to ban sexually explicit content. the most popular content is pornography. the change sparked an outcry among users as well as workers in the sex industry. founded in 2016, the company has boomed in popularity during the covid-19 pandemic. it now has 130 million subscribers according to the company. >> enlightening stuff as ever. the row between spanish fishing crews and the european commission. brussels wants to impose quotas.
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>> off the shore of the islan of a roso, 100 small boats set out. clan fishing is a family business here. jose and his brother have worked here for the last 30 years. >> [speaking foreign language] >> under new rules being proposed, these boats would be required to have a gps tracking on board and to keep an electronic fishing -- in real time. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> there is already a verification system and the spanish authorities made it even more demanding two years ago. it obliges the fishermen to stop off everyday at this platform in the middle of the zone to show their catch. >> [speaking foreign language] >> depending on the species, the court's from 500 grams to five kilos. -- the quotas range from 500 grams to five kilos. onshore shore, the tracking continues with a final stage of checks. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> in their battle against those new european directives, these fishermen can count on the support of the minister of the local government. >> [speaking foreign language] >> fishermen have already held
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several days of strikes to send a warning to brussels. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the head of the federation of fishing is oanizing more demonstrations for the next few months. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the european deputy behind the proposed law is actually a spaniard.
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her priority is to see more common penalties introduced across the 27 member states. >> [speaking foreign language] >> in the coming months, the proposed regulations are going to be examined by all the european institutions, a decisive moment for a goodly easy, which is calling for an exemption from traditional fishing methods. >> the clash between brussels and the northern spanish fishing crews. stay with us. more world news to come. you are watching france 24. >> 2014, a south korean ferry
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was on the sea peered on board, hundreds of people including high school students on a field trip. >> i said to him, i love you. have a good trip. and also, don't forget to call me. that call never came. >> the ship, which was overloaded, sank. >> i heard some of my friends screaming and our compartment collapsed. >> the rescue operation was catastrophic. the majority of them teenagers come with roger for people, died in their cabins. our reporters -- >> france 24 in france 24.com. -- france 24 and france 24.com. ♪
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08/25/21 08/25/21 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! pres. biden: we are currently on the pace to finish by august 31. the sooner we can finish, the better. each day of operation springs added risks to our troops. amy: meeting the deadline, we will speak with afghan journalist bilal sarwary reported on afghanistan for 20 years re

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