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♪ anchor: ukraine calls on its allies to seize russian assets. >> russia must pay politically,
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economically, but also financially. anchor: and a final goodbye. thousands of mourners have paid their final respects to add and al jazeera journalist shot on the job. israeli forces charged into the funeral procession that was carrying the casket. i'm brent goff. to all of you, it is good to have you with us. tonight, a russian soldier is said to go on trial, accused of war crimes committed during the russian invasion of ukraine. the 21-year-old is accused of killing a 62-year-old unarmed
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civilian during the first week of the conflict. correspondent: a media scrum at ukraine's first trial of a russian soldier on were crimes charges. the 21-year-old is accused of killing a 62-year-old man, shooting him dead to stop them from reporting the russian soldiers presence to the ukrainian military. >> on february 28 in the village to the northwest, the accused shot an unarmed and unthreatening civilian in the head with an assault rifle. correspondent: the trial marks the beginning of a ukrainian judicial probe into alleged russian atrocities on its territory. the attorney general says prosecutors are examining more than 10,000 alleged war crimes committed by russian forces against ukraine civilians. in a phone conversation with the russian president, the chancellor made it clear that
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ending the military operation must be a priority. >> he must pull his troops out and reach an agreement with ukraine, and that must be a piece deal that ukraine finds acceptable. correspondent: meanwhile, ssia's foreign minister had harsh words about ukraine's eu ambitions. >> the eu ha evoed from a nstructive economic union into an aggressive militantctor with ambitions far beyond the european continent. correspondent: ukrainian president vodymyr zelenskyy also sd he was ready for direct talks with the russian president, but stressed that ukrainians would not like the idea as things stand. anchor: earlier, i spoke with our correspondent in the western ukrainian city of liv --
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>> as you know, the war crime trials we have heard that happened after the war in order to hold them accountable for what they did during the war. this is often after the war is over against the losing side of that war, but this was his happening during the war. you might ask why now, especially since this soldier is a low ranking soldier, but you have to understand what ukraine wants to show. they want to galvanize the support from the world to focus attention on russian atrocities, russian aggression in the horrors of this war brought on ukraine by russia and draw a clear line between ukraine and russia. what is telling are the words of the defending lawyer of this russian soldier, a ukrainian lawyer, and what he said to the
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media was that it was important to do this job in order to uphold the rights of that russian soldier to show him that he is in a very different country from the one he came from. anchor: let me ask you what we know in terms of where this war is headed. there have been reports of ukrainian forces preventing a russian river crossing in the eastern donbas region. what more do we know about that? correspondent: this story has gotten a lot of attention ukraine, first from where it happened and how it happened. the first is interesting because ukrainian intelligence essentially antenna pates the esch anticipated the russians would try to form a pontoon bridge at this river crossing and sent their artillery to wait until they built the bridge, waited for the troops to cross, then destroyed the bridge with airpower and attacked the units that across the river and completely wiped them out.
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we heard there were as many as 100 units lost, so this has inflicted heavy losses on the invading troops in that area. the second reason is where it is, the region around the last city in the donbas that has not fallen to russian troops. the donbas has been largely occupied by russian soldiers since 2014, and they continue to shore up their danes. u.s. intelligence has called it a stalemate in ukraine's far east, but the area basically surrounded by russian troops has just had a victory against the russians who are trying to take that city and have so far failed anchor: -- failed. anchor: our correspondent reporting tonight from lviv in ukraine. thank you. the mayor of one ukrainians city has said russian artillery has destroyed a cultural center where local residents were receiving humanitarian aid. two civilians were killed.
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according to the official, and emergency services building and residential blocks were destroyed in two days of selling. the strikes come as ukrainian forces say they pushed russian soldiers from several areas near the country's second-largest city. earlier, i spoke to a resident and activist from kharkiv, and ijaz her what went through her mind when she heard news that this war crime -- and i asked her what went through her mind when she heard about this war crime trial. >> for me and for all people here, this is, since the war started, meet, and activist with prosecutors and international organizations were collecting evidence of war crimes committed by russian troops here in ukraine. we still hope that there will be
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other cases, but this case also shows that those responsible for the were crimes will be held accountable also starting from now, and this trial will be one in a series of trials, because i know that there are several russian soldiers caught by the military who will now see the accusers in the court, and also there is the possibility according to the ukrainian law how th trial can be done in absentia, which means it will be possible also to have this against russian top generals. anchor: let me ask you, i understand you have been in kharkiv the entire time since the invasion began.
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can you talk to us about what you have heard, what you have experienced, and what people who also lived in the city what they have told you that they have experienced? >> russia has committed numerous war crimes here in the city. by saying this, i mean russian troops deliberately targeting residential areas and deliberately targeting civilians, which is of war crime. recently a new investigative report by cnn revealed that a russian general who is in charge of the artillery per grade station in belgrade dave orders to -- gave orders to show residential areas on february 27 and fegley 28 by rockets, -- february 28, and these rockets killed civilians and they were
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deliberately targeting residential areas and i have been talking to the people living there. they are still threatened by the scale of that attack. it is even painful for him to speak about it, let alone those that were wounded and relatives of those who were killed because of that attack, and this is just one example, because there were numerous examples and people are terrified. i have been myself in several recently liberated villages around kharkiv, where the russian troops were occupying them for more than two months, and when you speak to people, they usually start to cry because of the horror they have been going through. anchor: are you afraid that the russian forces could return? we know that the front lines, the front lines are not all static right now. >> the situation is very fluid. the ukrainian army is making
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progress, and that gives everyone here hope that normal life will return to the city, because today there was a report that ukrainian troops managed to push russians back even closer to the russian border, and that means the russian troops cannot use artillery as much as they used to to shelve the city, but still there is this fear that russia will continue to target the city by long range and middle range rockets from the territory of the russian federation, how they have done for example with these attacks by rockets, so that possibility is that the new shelling is very persistent and people are advised not to return to the city at this moment and wait for some time until the situation becomes more stable.
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anchor: maria, activist and resident of the ukrainian city of kharkiv, we appreciate your time tonight. thank you. >> thank. anchor: ukraine's foreign minister has accused russia of referring wars to talks. he said that at a meeting today that g-7 foreign ministers in germany. he was attending the summit as a guest and called on the representatives of the world's wealthiest economies to step up arms supplies and put more pressure on russia. g-7 countries have promised to support ukraine "until victory." correspondent: the serene atmosphere of a north german country retreat, talks on the global effects of the war in ukraine. the western democracies working together to facetime russian aggression. germany currently holds the presidency of the g-7 comes of the german foreign minister was
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in the chair. the eu foreign policy chief announced more military help for ukraine. >> the recipe is clear. more of the same. i mean more support to ukraine, including military support. we in the european union will provide a new tranche of $500 million to support military ukraine. correspondent: the ukrainian foreign minister was a guest at the meeting on friday. he came with clear demands for support. >> today, i asked g-7 countries to adopt legislation and put in place all necessary procedures needed to seize russian sovereign assets and give them to ukraine. give them to ukraine for ukraine to uses money to rebuild our
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country. to reconstruct our country after all the damage inflicted on us. correspondent: among the key issues facing the international community is the threat to food supplies. much of the world's grain comes from ukraine, but the russian blockade means very little is leaving the country. >> together, with g7 today, we discussed how to lift this blockade, how to make sure that ukrainian agricultural products will make it to the global markets. especially to africa and to asian countries. we do care for food security of african countries, that asian countries, and everyone who depends on supplies from ukraine. correspondent: food, weapons, sanctions. these are the concrete questions for the g-7 diplomats, as they weigh their options, and are also determined to show that as the war drags on, they stand together.
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anchor: in other developments connected to the were in ukraine , sweden's foreign minister says our country's obsession to nato would prevent conflict in northern europe. she was presenting a parliamentary report on security, as sweden considers applying to join the alliance in the face of russia's invasion of the rain. a russian energy supplier has said it was stop exporting electricity to finland beginning saturday, as it has not been paid. the nordic countries grid company said the move will not affect supplies as power from russia accounts for just 10% of total consumption. in jerusalem, thousands of mourners gathered friday to pay their final respects to a veteran al jazeera journalist. the u.s.-palestinian reporter was shot dead on disputed circumstances wednesday, but before her funeral services could begin, israeli security
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forces charged into the crowd carrying her coffin. >> it was meant to be a day of solemnity, respect, and of taking leave, but as they set out, the israeli police stormed the crowd, beating them with batons. the pallbearers lost the casket. police grabbed palestinian flags, assemble officially banned in israel and the occupied territories. they had to drive her coffin to a catholic church. but those violent scenes will add to the groundswell of palestinian anger, anger growing since a respected journalist was shot and killed while covering a military raid in the occupied west bank. the killing has been the subject of bitter dispute. her employer says israel killed
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her deliberately in cold blood, but israel said there was a shootout near where she was hit and without ballistic analysis of the bullet that it cannot determine whether she was struck by israeli or palestinian gunfire. the palestinian authority which holds the bullet has refused israeli calls for a joint investigation. as mourners followed her final journey they paid tribute to her legacy. >> we all respect her and we know her for her adjunctive end -- objectivity and professionalism. >> another woman, man, palestinian will step up and pick up the microphone, the camera, and be the new voice of palestine. >> the body has been laid to rest next to her parents. there have been calls for a full investigation into her killing. anchor: our jerusalem correspondent was at st. joseph's hospital was police
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began firing. she told me what she experienced. >> it was shocking at st. joseph's hospital. we were reporting from outside the gate where there was already a heavy police presence. they had cordoned off the streets surrounding the hospital , and once the casket actually appeared, the police >> rushed into the courtyard -- rushed into the courtyard, which is also the main interest -- entrance to the hospital. we heard stun grenades, because at the same time police were pushing against the people standing outside and dispersing them in the street. we also saw that they were taking down many of the palestinian flags, mourners had waived palestinian flags, and the israeli police said in a statement afterward that stones
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were thrown and nationalistic chance, prompting police to russian, but for most people, it was -- to rush in, but for most people it was not understandable. you could see the shock and disbelief in the faces of the people and what should have been a respectful beginning of the funeral procession that had turned very ugly at that moment. anchor: we know that the dispute remains over who is responsible for her death. what efforts are underway to investigate who killed her? >> well, that's right, a lot of calls for a thorough and transparent investigation, calls for accountability. there are investigations underway, as we heard in the report, the palestinian authority, and al jazeera holding israel responsible for that. there has been an autopsy performed by the palestinian
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authority and a statement that said that the results are for now inconclusive. israeli military has also released a preliminary report of the initial findings of that report saying as well it is not possible at this stage to determine the source of the gunfire. the report specifically said that they are looking at the possibility of palestinian gunfire or of errant gunfire by an israeli sniper of a unit that was currently nearby, so we have to see. there is a lot of international pressure, of course, also from the u.s. administration, and we have to see what this investigation actually will bring. anchor: yeah, time will tell. our jerusalem correspondent, thank you. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. a massive fire in an office building in new delhi has killed at least 26 people and injured
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dozens. police were looking into what caused the blaze, and the owner of the complex has been arrested. the uae has announced the death of its president. he was 73. he had ruled the country since 2004, but his role was largely ceremonial, after he suffered a stroke 10 years ago. the government has declared a 40-day morning period, as is customary in islam. elon musk says he put his $44 million deal to buy twitter temporarily on hold. he tweeted to say he is waiting for data about spam or fake users on the platform. the news sent shares in twitter plunging. walking away from this deal would cost him about $1 billion in contract penalties. in another tweet, later today, he insisted he is still
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committed to buying twitter. well, it is almost at on, one of the biggest knives for pop music fans is happening this weekend, the eurovision song contest. this year, it takes place in italy. in a competition that can be easily politicized, it comes as little surprise that one song seems to already be a clear favorite this year. ♪ correspondent: this ukrainian folk pop band is writing a wave of goodwill at the eurovision song contest this year, while looking at the top prize. there song fuses traditional ukrainian folk music with hip-hop, underscoring the importance of ukrainian culture and tradition, attributed to the front man, and all the written before the war of the song has come to symbolize the mother of an entire nation. >> thank you for supporting
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ukraine. correspondent: the ukrainian band feels a huge responsibility representing the country. at a time when fellow citizens are defending their homeland against russia's continued assault. >> this is important for us. they are trying to destroy our culture, and we are here to prove that ukrainian culture and ukrainian music are alive, exists, and have a unique signature. 41 countries qualified for the contest, but russia was excluded in the wake of its invasion of ukraine in february. it is a clear change of tune for a contest that has always maintained it is not a political event. but politics are everywhere. even if ukrainian fencing the music does offer some comfort and despite. >> it is like a bridge to the normal life we had before, and may be for a couple of minutes
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or one hour a day, we just feel safe. >> my best friends, my girls that i hang out with in kyiv, from mariupol, and i also wear this costume for them, because i know what they have been through. the things she endured. i don't want anyone in europe to endure that, so we need support and everyone to understand what ukraine is going through right now. everyone is affected and it could happen to everyone in europe. correspondent: at rehearsals, the members are doing their best to keep the momentum. >> any victory in any aspect would be important for ukraine these days, because winning the song contest would lift the
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spirit of ukrainians, and be very good news, because we don' have much good news these days. ♪ correspondent: culture and politics clearly inseparable at this year's eurovision song contest, an event that holds more significance than most europeans can ever remember. anchor: all right, some sports news, the german bundesliga wraps up this weekend with battles at the top and bottom of the league. belen -- berlin instacart looking to avoid elimination from while another is looking at fourth place in champions league football. correspondent: the superior difference means it would do that, but their carts as they will not be sitting back. >> it will be a really tough match. we need the ball, as always.
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we want to play for the win. we are going there to produce our best performance, and for that, you need everything. correspondent: their opponents in the finalcorrespondent: are hoping to put one over on them in the league. they know that a win could secure fourth place in a first ever crack at europe's elite competition. they have already qualified for the champions league, but their wish to give the retiring sports director and club legend a fitting sendoff means they will not lack motivation. at the other end of the table, berlin and stuttgart will battle it out for the playoff spot. the berliners need just a draw to secure safety, but stuttgart's unlikely drop last time out against the champions has given them such soap belief that their coats is no motivational speeches are needed to inspire them. >> before the game, i gave a
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normal team talk, i thought, but i am very self-critical. we came out with fireworks. the boys know what it is all about. the tension of the thieving in the stomach, it rises every day. correspondent: meanwhile, they hope their failure to take a point at home last weekend will not cost them dearly on what promises to be an epic bundesliga finale. anchor: you are watching "dw news." after a short break, i would take you through "the day." stick around. we will be right back. ♪
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♪ mark: welcome to "live from paris," world news editor analysis from france 24. i'm marco and. israeli police beat pallbearers at the funeral for slain journalist in the west bank. at least two civilians have died as a result of a shelling attack on the outskirts of kharkiv. russia sustains losses in a
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ukrainian attack and the u.s. and russia both first-level talks since the invasion. hundreds of people have taken to the streets across iran to protest the government decision to raise prices of central goods. ironic's economy has suffered under sanctions imposed by the u.s. after washington unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018. this is "live from paris." ♪ thank you very much. the funeral cortege of the journalist was set upon by his rowley -- by israeli police who attacked pallbearers with batons and at one stage, the
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pallbearers almost dropped the casket to the ground. there are calls for an investigation at how the journalist came to be shot dead in the west bank, in jenin, on wednesday. [crowd yelling] correspondent: the funeral procession had barely begun before the situation turned to chaos. in an apparent effort to force the procession to take place by car, israeli police charged the crowd, hitting the pallbearers with batons. at one point, the group almost dropped the casket as stunned grenades exploded. [people yelling] an israeli official said mourners had thrown rocks and glass bottles. the eu said it was appalled by what it described as disproportionate behavior. the white house said the scenes were just -- deeply disturbing. >> this is a day when we should
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be marking the memory of a journalist who lost their life. we regret the intrusion into what should have been a peaceful procession. correspondent: having reported on the israeli-palestinian conflict for more than two day cates, the journalist had become a household name the mourners packed a jerusalem cathedral for the funeral service at thousands escorted her coffin to the cemetery. >> we are all united. the number of people here shows have shireen united palestinians. >> i came here to pay tribute to an honorable woman who represented us for over 25 years. she was our voice to the world in this voice has been taken from us. we came to give her respect and a sendoff that she deserves in jerusalem. correspondent: the 51-year-old's death sparked outrage among palestinians and condemnation from the international community the palestinian-american was shot dead while reporting on an
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israeli raid in the occupied west bank on wednesday. mark: russia suffered heavy losses when ukrainian forces destroyed the pontoon bridge enemy troops were using to cross a river in the eastern part of the country. ukrainian officials say this is another side of moscow's struggle to salvage a war going awry. ukraine's airborne command released photos and video of what it said was a damaged russian pontoon bridge over river, and destroyed russian military vehicles nearby. ukraine says ukrainian forces thwarted an attempt by russian forces to cross a river earlier this week, leaving dozens of military vehicles damaged or abandoned. it is said the iranians drowned the russian occupiers. a ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing this friday the first war crimes trial arising from russia's invasion, charging a captured russian soldier with the murder of a
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62-year-old civilian. russia has denied involvement in war crimes and accuses kyiv of staging them to smear its forces. the criminal -- the kremlin told media on friday and that no information about a war crimes trial. correspondent: he's the first russian soldier to stand trial for committing a war crime. the 21-year-old is accused of murdering an unarmed ukrainian civilian while he was riding a bicycle. according to prosecutors, the russian sergeant shot the 62-year-old man in the head through an open car window. the incident took place in the northeastern village of c hupakhiva region after the start of the war. the defense attorney says the case against his client is how he will plead.'t yet decided
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>> he surrendered on his own. he will give all the answers to all these questions when he testifies, or not. correspondent: if convicted, he faces up to life in prison. the case is extremely important for key have as authorities pressed to hold russia accountable for what they describe as unimaginable atrocities carried out by russian forces. ukrainian prosecutors say they are investigating over 10,000 possible war crimes involving over 600 suspects. the kremlin continues to deny targeting civilians at has accused kyiv of staging attacks as part of efforts to smear russian troops. mark: catherine viette with that report. evacuating soldiers from the mayor you pull steelworks has become more complicated, according to the ukraine deputy minister. we have more in this. correspondent: explosions and
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fire in the heart, these are images filmed by fighters of a battalion that is the last pocket of resistance against the russian offensive in mariupol. despite being completely outnumbered, they contin to hold out in one of the largest steel plants in europe. the soldiers over their survival to the giant network of underground tunnels where they have been sheltered for weeks. today, they refused to give up their arms. >> every day may be our last day. time right now. for the last who cares? nobody cares. we don't care. we really care about the country. we care about our nation. and that is why we are trying. correspondent: they are soldiers ready to give up their lives in the namof honor, but they also fear being captured. the battalion has become the
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target of propaganda driven by moscow because of its creation by far-right ukrainian soldiers in 2014. now, their relatives are a p4 any help that could rescue them. >> my son is in hell. as i speak, they are fighting. what is happening there is not work, it is a massacre. it is a violation of all international conventions. it is a massacre of people who are all surrounded. correspondent: according to red cross officials in mariupol, as well as other soldiers, at least 150,000 people have been unable to leave the besieged city. mark: we have more on ukraine coming up. next, hundreds of people have taken to the streets in cities across iran to protest the government decision to raise prices on central goods. iran's economy has suffered under stringent sanctions reimposed by the u.s. after it
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pulled out under the presidency of donald trump from the iran nuclear deal in 2018. official figures now put inflation in iran at around 40%. the president announced a series of measures to tackle the economic problems, including changing the subsidy system and increasing prices of staple goods including cooking oil, chicken and eggs. >> this amateur video footage shows security forces in a town firing tear gas to disperse protesters. demonstrators also took to the street in this city, where slogans criticized the iran supreme leader. much of the anger is he in iran's southwest. there were reports more than 20 people were arrested in two cities. the tension follows a government announcement this week to change
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a system of subsidies. the price of cooking oil has almost quadrupled since then. the price of eggs and chicken has nearly doubled. tehran -- a woman in tehran said that decision and spiraling inflation was too much. >> the change in prices is horrible. whoever you ask, whether a child or older woman, they'll say it is terrible. >> changes in prices are now happening daily. they go up within hours. how are people supposed to live like this? correspondent: the iranian government says it will help lower-income households and says rising prices are a global problem. the hike in wheat prices since the russian invasion of ukraine has not helped. the country is also dealing with drought and international sections. mark: let's get analysis and bring in scott lucas, founder of
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ea world news. scott is also emeritus professor of politics at the university of birmingham. what you think we are looking at in iran? sct: we are looking at a country that h had years of economic problems, internal problems compounded sank -- compounded by sanctions. but now, on top of this, you have had a double shot which, on may 3, the government removed subsidies fr imported wheat. that drove the price of flour up by 500% within days but the second shock, again, president raissi announced they were removing subsidies on other essential goods without having a system in place such as what they were promising, a coupon system for subsidized products. a form of rationing. the iranian people, who have been buffeted by economic
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problems, unemployment, high inflation and the lack of political space to do anything about it, some are accepting this with a sense of resignation, b some ar taking to the streets to prott. mark: scott, what does this mean? how far could this go, from the protesters' point of view and also the authorities' point of view? what kind of situation do you see developing? scott: we have been here before. in 2019, the government overnight lifted subsidies on petro and the sharp rise in petrol prices, 50%-100% overnight, lead to four days of protests across the country overnight. there was a cost of over 1500 lives. they were firmly suppressed. we are not at that point yet here in iran, but he is the wider context. at the start of this year, we left we were close to a nuclear deal, the 2015 agreement.
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the government said there was an expected lifting of sanctions and an improvement in economics. four months later, the talks are stalled, the iranians are digging in their heels, so there is no prospect of general mint of the economy. and then, you get the shots on top of this. i am not talking about protests like we saw in 2009 that will threaten the supreme leader, but you are seeing a general sense of discontent in the country that is only going to grow unless they reach a nuclear agreement with western countries, including france. mark: scott, that agreemenent is the think that will become in your opinion, the solution? the solution would not be coming to the people overnight, would it? scott: there are two factors. first, it would take time for implementation of the agreement. the 2015 agreement was not fully implemented, so sanctions were never fully lifted. but beyond that, even if you
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have the agreement, iran has serious problems in what is an malik -- a maladjusted economy in which the revolutionary guards control many major companies. there is a large black market, there is n an effective allocation of resources and there is a serious, serious underinvestment in their country for years, in part because of policies and impart because of sanctions. that would be remediated overnight, even with renewable of the deal. mark: scott lucas, founder of ea world view and professor politics at university of birmingham. thank you for sharing your insight based on your experience being based in iran. we watching all development on that story for you, both with expert analysis and our correspondent on the ground in tehran. a newborn giraffe has been fitted with a leg brace in a bid to cure a birth defect.
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the giraffe was born with a leg facing the wrong way, which prevented her from moving around the giraffe enclosure at san diego zoo. the leg brace was fitted by ara, who for the past three decades has fitted braces to mostly humans from paralympians to children with scoliosis, but this is the first for a baby giraffe. >> it was pretty surreal when i heard about it. all i did was go online and study giraffes 24/7 until we got out here. and it was a pretty amazing experience to actually work with an exotic animal like a giraffe. i did not know what to expect, since i have never worked with animals. we came in here and i saw a giraffe, we met her and that i saw her on the table when she was under anesthesia. it was a mains -- it was amazing
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seeing a big, beautiful creature laying in front of me. i asked the staff if i could give her a hug and it was very rewarding. mark: it is rewarding, and let's hope the little fella gets better soon. great work by ara, well on his way to getting leg movement back at the zoo in san diego. time for business. france 24's cole spangler joins us. elon musk's purchase of the twitter platform, now on ice? cole: in a tweet from elon musk, he says the $44 billion deal is temporarily on hold as he waits details on fake accounts on the platform. many wonder why the issue is being raged that being raised
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now -- being raised now. catherine vs has more. catherine: he announced the decision in a tweet. elon musk says his plans to buy twitter are temporarily on hold. the billionaire says he is waiting for details on the number of fake or spam accounts on the platform. in his most recent filing, twitter estimated those accounts make up less than 5% of daily users. but musk has been outspoken about defeating spam bots and says it is a key goal when he takes over the country. the number of fake accounts matter because they impact the ability to grow advertising revenue or subscriptions. the tesla ceo says he is committed to the acquisition, but is actions have some analysts questioning his motives. >> i think this is a pretext for getting out. it is not credible that he did
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not know this was an issue. he is a very sophisticated investor and this is a problem disclosed in sec filin for years. correspondent: backing out could get messy for musk. his agreement with twitter includes a billion-dollar breakup fee if he walks away. meanwhile, all the uncertainty sent twitter shares plunging. cole: despite musk emphasizing he is committed to the deal, clickers talk plunged friday, down more than 9.5% on wall street. you can see the figures, investors clearly struggling to make sense of these developments. platform's future, wall street watching closely and speculating --excuse me, a problem there. let's turn to european markets. european markets, like wall street, finishing the day in
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positive territory. investors in the you shaking off concerns about slowing growth rates. here are the european thinkers, gains across-the-board in london, paris and frankfurt. over next story, g-7 finance are preparing more financial aid for ukraine. germany's "durst spiegel" magazine says they will provide $3 -- 3 billion euros in loans. foreign ministers are in talks until saturday. their counterpart in ukraine had pointed words for eu leaders in particular, including an oil embargo and a wave of sanctions against russia. >> if this package is adopted without the oil embargo, i believe president putin can celebrate. because it will be the first case with the unity of the european union will be broken because of the position of one country under it. cole: as voters in lebanon
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prepared to head to the polls this weekend, the devastating financial crisis remains a concern. whichever coalition comes out on top, they face the critical task of a bailout fm the imf. we have this report. correspondent: it has been called one of the worst financial crises. two years ago, lebanon defaulted on its debts and the lebanese pound has since lost more than 90% of its value. that means people's savings and salaries have tanked and more than 80% of the population now leave in poverty. >> you used to be able to buy things, even though there were difficulties. you couldn't buy everything. now, with the crisis affecting us more, we can only buy food and water. we can't buy anything else. correspondent: the lebanese parliament voted ian on sunday has a lot of work to do. priority number one is to finalize a bailout from the imf.
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while the group has given conditional approval to a 3 billion loan package, the new government will have to commit to reforms to access that cash. >> our negotiations with the imf are not only about finance, but also reaffirming issues because donor countries need to start to work with lebanon and put lebanon back on the international financial map. correspondent: some of the reforms include changes in secrecy laws to tackle financial crimes and restructuring lebanon's banks. cole: one less number illustrates the depth of the crisis in lebanon. the unemployment rate there has tripled since 2019, very difficult situation in the elections. mark: we will wait and see how it turns out. thank you so much. let's go across the studio,
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catalina has joined us. following the shooting death of the journalist, shareen, there is a bogus twitter account linked to her. >> a twitter account is pretending to be the brother of the journalist that was shot and killed while covering an israeli military raid in the west bank on wednesday. the user goes by mohammed abu i claims to be the journalist's brother. he claims he is a muslim journalist, and is located in qatar according to geolocation. mark: shareen was christian, that is a discrepancy? >> that is one factor where he did not do his homework. the account has over 35,000 followers on the user join twitter in february 2022. here is his first fake tweet as her alleged brother on may 11. he says my sister shareen was killed by israeli bullets and
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nothing else. goodbye, my dear sister. following her death, the user published many fiery tweets. this user claims israeli forces stormed their house in jerusalem. he claims pope francis called him to calm the situation down. he even claims president vladimir putin gave him a call and promised to investigate the matter until justice is served. mark: this is some kind of fantasist, obviously, with mental health concerned. >> these far-fetched statements allow the user to have many followers in just a few days. mark: how did we go about disproving this account? ? it? smells fake, how do we go >> we are able to fact-check with
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concrete information provided. mohammed claims he is the brother of the journalist. how do we know for a fact that this man is her brother? this is based on an interview published on facebook may 11. and in this video, her real brother is announcing the date of her funeral. and according to a close source to the family, her brother lives in the united states, not qatar, and there is no mention of they mohammed who is related to the journalist. this account, we can verify the lies because he says he was contacted by the director of the israeli intelligence agency. if you go to the intelligence agency official website, you can see that the director is a different person. according to research, we look at his tweets before may 11. many replies, or most, were deleted.
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mohammed actually had something to hide. we have this deleted tweet for may 9, and we looked it up on the web archive, a website that allows you to track pages, and it shows this user, bas 999900 was replying to this user, and there is a profile picture of the former prime minister of kuwait and there are topics mostly related to kuwait. another way to identify this user is by finding his twitter id. this is the twitter id of mohammed. and by looking up the other user's twitter id, we found the user caile i -- koit, so they go by the same identity and it is the same twitter account and by using the same method, we found there had at least four
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different identities. so, here are the different identities, palestine is mine, and gd kgo. we can probably deduce his identities though according to trending news at the time. we can't really know his intentions. mark: do we know if it is a man or woman? but we suspect it is the same person? >> what we know for now is that we have the screenshot from his account yesterday. we have 30,000 likes. between yesterday and today this time, he gained 5000 followers. but many things, we don't know. mark: is it a bot thing, is it people getting together? >> they could be many things. it could be people that actually believe this user. mark: to get so many followers
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in such a short time, it must be completely bogus, they are buying them all are creating a bot service or something. thank you, catalina. interesting and disappointing. social media, you pay your money, it takes your choice. thanks, catalina and thanks to cole, for the business. stay with us. more to come, "live from paris."
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