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hello, and welcome to the news hour live from doha. these are the top stories. 80 migrants have drowned off the coast of sicily after their boat sank. many more are still in the sea. syrian rebels demand that al qaeda leave homs. we'll look at who has the upper hand in syria. china continues to battle a wasp invasion that's killed more than 40 people.
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and blackhawk down. 20 years on we look at how a failed u.s. mission in somalia still affects washington's thinking. at least 80 people have drown off the coast of lamp deuce sa after the boat sank. many jumped into the water. the coast guard is still looking for at least 250 people. sonya is in rome and joins us now on the phone. what's the latest information that you have, sonya? >> reporter: well, we're hearing reports from the mayor of lampedusa who says there are at least 82 people, victims who have been -- who have died. the coast guard is still only confirming 73 dead at the moment, but from what we understand, rescue workers are
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seeing horrific scenes of bodies floating in the water. among the dead it was reported there was a pregnant woman and two children. now, they believe that there are at least another 250 missing. they have calculated this by the shear size of the boat. the boat is approximately 20 meters long. according to survivors, witnesses, it was full, so those bodies are still yet to be found. they've also said from what it seems from the survivors that have been rescued that most of the people were from somalia and ghana. so from the subsahara in africa. there was being transported and
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there was a malfunction and some kind of flare was lit, which was seen by the boat. it appears that the panic seemed to have ensued on board when the boat began to malfunction, and many jumped into the sea. >> what about those 200 or so people reportedly still missing, sonya? what sort of rescue mission is now under way? >> reporter: you have from the coast guard as well as from health agencies that they are trying to rescue as many survivors who were out at sea as well as, obviously, trying to get as many of the dead bodies out of the water as soon as they can. it's this particular incident when another boat arrived on the
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island of lampedusa carrying 460 migrants on board, and of course this is really quite an alarming situation for the coast guard. it's said for a horrific situation in there. a situation like this off the coast of lampedusa has not been seen in a while, and they're still trying to see how much they can sort of see out there and how many more bodies can be found and many more survivors as well. >>, of course, overcrowding and technical failures on migrant boats seem to be a common occurrence in these waters, sonya. >> reporter: absolutely. it's only 50 miles out to sea, lampedusa is only 90 miles from there. it's also a main point of contact for many migrants from africa, from the middle east to
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into europe. since the beginning of the year alone, there's been 26,000 refugees who have gone into -- tried to arrive in lampedusa. it's an extraordinary amount. it's not helped by the amount of conflict that is apparent in the middle east and africa. so this really is -- has been a critical focus in the u.n. refugee agency who says that they really need and must be more help and more of an effort to deal with the shear amount of refugees who reach -- who have been going to lampedusa this year. they're really at a stretching point in the system there, and it may seem to get worse. >> indeed. sonya is joining us on the line from rome. thank you, sonya. myanmar's president has promised that his government
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will track down those behind the violent anti-muslim attacks in the western part of the country. the conflict flared up this week after three months of relative calm. scott tyler reports now from bangkok in neighboring thailand. >> reporter: the colors of myanmar's religious tense out for all to see. the red worn by these anti-muslim riders cymbalizes revolution. at home buddhist flags show support for the communities. the flare-up left hundreds of homes in ashes and many muslim families have gone into argument. an argument between a muslim man and buddhist taxi driver sparked sileng violence on monday. a man spoke to al jazeera. >> translator: we weren't here, but now he's done it. we muslims have no rights in the country. >> reporter: that's something the outside world is paying attention to. can this country reel in this
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buddhist movement that transformed into an anti-muslim front. the attacks have spread over the last year. >> there's been a shift since october 2012, the past year, in which people are now targeted far more on account of their religion thence strictly on ethnicity and that's why it spreading beyond the state. >> reporter: the president was in the region and while he was there they kept up the attacks. he said it tarnished the image of the country. >> there's a role in the international community in giving myanmar guidance in terms of the standards and norms expected of a democratic country. >> reporter: there's no indication yet what form international vochlt would take and if it would help stop the violence allowing these people to go back home. >> for more we've joined by matthew smith live in bangkok. great to have you with us on
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this "news hour." scott said the violence isn't just getting worse but it's spreading for the past year. is the government unable to stop it, or is the government unwilling to stop it? >> i think it's a combination of both. we've documented security forces standing by and watching as violence unfolds against muslim communities, and i think beyond that, there are certainly policies in place and laws in place that violate the human rights of certain segments of muslim population. in that sense they're part and parcel to the violence we see. >> i think you've traveled extensively to some of the areas where there's been a lot of violence, particularly recently. what do people there tell you about what needs to be done? >> well, it depends who you speak to. the buddhist population in the
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western of the country desires for all muslims to be driven from their -- what they regard as their state. for the most part the authorities really need to get serious about protecting the basic human rights and the security of the muslim population, and we're not seeing that. it's been over a year and a half since violence first started and spreads throughout the country, and the authorities simply haven't done enough to stop it. beyond that, there's also a humanitarian crisis in western myanmar. there are 150,000 internally displaced muslims, and tens of thousands of them are still not getting the adequate aid that they need. >> of course, a lot of people are asking the question, matthew, why the opposition leader anning sung chew lee has been so quiet over the issue. which has she been? >> in many ways and not just for
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her and other political actors in the country it's viewed as political suicide to stand up in defense of the muslim minority. this is a group of people who are so did hes pied throughout the country that the moral leaders aren't standing up in their defense. that's part of the reason for her silence, but beyond that there's fundamental misunderstandings about this population of people in that part of the country. >> that's matthew smith from fortify rights. thank you for giving us your thoughts. >> thank you. in greece the deputy leader of the far right golden dawn party is in court. he faces the possibility of being remanded in custody. earlier a court ordered party leader nikolaos mihaloliakos to remain in prison pending his trial. they're both accused of running
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a criminal organization. the government's crackdown came after a national outcry over the murder of an anti-facist rapper. john reports from athens. >> reporter: the court did not explain the surprise decision to release three of golden dawn's members of parliament, but political sensitivities may have played into it. authorities are keen to demonstrate a judicial process very much played by the book unhitched to any political agenda. the mps are accused of being at the top of a criminal organization lurking in the shadow of the political process. across the street from the court, hundreds of their supporters chanted honor golden dawn, and party deputies gathered to witness the arrival of leader nikolaos mihaloliakos, who came under heavy armed guard. this was the moment of humiliation for golden dawn, its party leader brought up for charges that he ultimately ordered killings and beatings in
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the name of nationalism, a criminal mastermind rather than a fit parliamentaryian. the rest of six golden dawn mps and officials followed the killing of a left wing musician two weeks ago. authorities say it was a carefully planned murder. even though the killer says he's a golden dawn supporter, the party denies anything to do with it. it calls the killing an act of provocation. >> translator: he went there with his face uncovered for three reasons. to kill, to be arrested, and to bring benefits to the governing coalition. he also brought benefits to the other parties in parliament which have shot arrows at the greeks for four decades. golden dawn has nothing to do with it. >> reporter: the released mps dismissed the charges against them as empty. they say this is not a judicious process but a political trial aiming to destroy the party. >> let's take a quick look now at some other stories around the world. a jury in the united states
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has found michael jackson's concert promoter, aeg live, not guilty of negligence. the wrongful death lawsuit was filed by jackson's family. they accused the music promoter of hiring an incompetent doctor who missed red flags about the singer's failing health. jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of an anesthetic propofol. the west african nation, gambia announced its pulling out of the commonwealth. in a statement they said it would never be a member of neocolonial institution. it's not clear what triggered that decision. gambia has been criticized by the u.k. in the past for human rights abuses. the 54-member commonwealth includes britain and many of its former colonies. acourt in france ordered an airline to pay $11 million for breaking labor laws. the dispute was linked to the practice of staffing the hub with local workers registered in ireland to avoid higher costs in
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france. they say it was complying with european rules on labor mobility and says it will appeal against the ruling. at least 41 people have now died and more than 1600 have been injured since july from wasp attacks in northwest china. a rise in wasp numbers had been due to warmer weather. the government of the province has sent out an army of pest control officers to destroy hundreds of hornets nests. we have the report. >> reporter: he was working on a farm when he knocked a wasp nest out of a tree. he says he's lucky to be alive. >> translator: i didn't see the wasp hive. i was shaking a tree, and the wasps flew at me and surrounded me. i couldn't stand it and used a basket to cover my head and saved myself. >> reporter: three cities in the province have been plagued by wasps in the last three months.
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the rise in wasp numbers is due to milder winters and hotter, more humid summers. the main offender here is the asian giant hornet. it's a particularly large and aggressive type of wasp growing as long as 5 centimeters and wielding a stinger half a centimeter long. they don't lose that stinger when they attack, so while a strike by a single hornet can be nasty, the venom from multiple stings leads to more serious problems, such as acute renal failure and in some cases death. the wasp season usually runs through to november and to the government of the province, it isn't taking any chances. it sent pest control officers, police, and firefighters to destroy hundreds of hornet nests. still ahead on the program, remembering mogadishu. we look at what the u.s. has learned since the infamous blackhawk down incident 20 years on.
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a new day, a new leak. tepco deals with the fallout of yet another problem. the fukushima power plant. in sport football's top bosses meet to discuss shifting the qatar world cup to the winter. we'll be live in zurich later on. first, a plane carrying 20 people has crash-landed shorting after taking off in nigeria. the air traffic control says the engine failed, and the plane hit the ground in lagos. it was on its way to the southwest before it lost control. we have a special adviser to nigeria's aviation industry. he's live on the phone. can you bring us up to date with what's happened in the crash, whether there are any survivors?
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>> well, i can confirm that today the crash of an airline happened on our premises. the propeller aircraft crashed around 9:30 on its way with 20 passengers. the rescue operations have commenced immediately. some of the survivors, about 5, have already been rushed to hospital, and they are receiving treatment. we also recovered the black box where investigations will commence immediately. we would like to call on people to remain calm and avoid speculation as we try to look at the airline. i'm speaking to you from the crash site. >> thank you so much for that update. the u.n.'s push to deal with syria is picking up momentum.
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it's describing the situation there as horrifying, and the security council is calling on all sides of the conflict to allow aid in immediately. this is what the u.n.'s humanitarian chief had to say. >> this consensus statement clearly calls on all parties to do their utmost to end the violence and stop targeting civilians. it also reminds them that they must facilitate the swift provision of vital humanitarian aid and that there are serious consequences for violating international humanitarian and human rights law. meanwhile, syria's envoy to the u.n. said the statement vindicates his government's position. >> for the first time we see a clear-cut reference in a presidential statement to violations, murders, terrorism, acts of sabotage, violations and
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abuses of the international humanitarian law as well as the human rights law perpetrated by the terrorist and armed groups operating in my country. this is a positive development. and six islamic rebel fighting units in syria are calling for al qaeda to stop fighting in a key town to the turkish border. dana is in beirut with the latest. why have these groups released a statement? >> reporter: infighting weakening the opposition in the fight against the syrian regime. for them to find a peaceful resolution to these confrontations, which have been taking place really in rebel-controlled territories, particularly in the north of the country, that is ha their priority is. these powerful groups calling on the islamic state in iraq to withdraw to their bases, to
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uphold a cease-fire, to release prisoners, they just wanted to avoice confrontations because rebels took up arms against each other over the past few months and there's a lot of tension. right now the opposition is really not concentrating on trying to push further south. they are trying to consolidate their gains in the north, and this infighting really is hampering their work. over the past six months, the al qaeda affiliated islamic state of iraq has steadily taken towns and villages near the turkish border. they're fighting the free syrian army in control of the region. >> what's the strategy of the al qaeda-affiliated group? why not take over the krcrossin points with turkey if they're creating a corridor for better
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control? >> reporter: well, they don't know what the reaction of the turkish government will be if their soldiers man the border crossings across the turkish border. what they've been trying to do is create their own islamic state. they never shied away from this. a few months ago last july we were in syria and saw them take control of dana. they said very clearly. we are not dealing with the free syrian army because they're infidels and cooperating with the west. dana is close to the turkish border as well. they have bases in the east of the country, which is along the iraqi border. they know very well that the united states was trying to fund these supreme military council of the free syrian army because they hoped that this army would unite the so-called moderate forces on the ground and at the end push these foreign fighters out. so al qaeda is clearly having
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their own plans, and that is they want to stay and they want to create their own state. but so far -- this is very important -- no of the rebel-fighting forces, even the most powerful ones, have declared all-out war against al qaeda. they haven't. they have called for them to leave towns and go back to barracks, but still no outright declaration of war. >> very interesting insight there. thank you. there's been yet another leak at japan's fukushima power plant. tepco said some liquid may have reached the pacific ocean, the second such breach in less than two months. it was discovered close to where 300 tons of toxic water escaped in august. recent mishaps at the site have called into question tepco's ability to carry out the complex cleanup at fukushima, which is expected to take decades. wayne has more from tokyo. >> reporter: the announcements from tepco, the operator of the
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fukushima power plant about water leaks occurring at the site, is certainly happening more regularly. this latest leak according to tepco occurred on wednesday and happened when workers at the site were attempting to transfer more water into one of the many storage tanks at the site. this particular tank is located on a slope, and as they were trying to put the contaminated water into the tank, it started to overflow. that water it's believed according to tepco led to a draini draining ditch that leads onto the ocean. they cannot rule out the possibility that some of the water has reached the ocean. the leak was relatively small in the grand scheme of things, some 430 liters, but the water contained inside that particular storage tank contains high levels of radiation. >> talks to end the deadlock over the u.s. budget have ended in failure. president barack obama met congressional leaders at the
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white house. he said he won't make any concessions on his health care act in order to pass the new budget. here's the view from the other side of the political divide. >> at times like this, the american people expect their leaders to come together and to try to find ways to resolve their differences. the president reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate. we've got divided government. democrats control the white house and the senate, republicans control the house. we sent four different proposals to the democrat colleagues in the senate and they rejected all of them. we've asked for a conference to sit down and try to resolve our differences. they don't want to -- they will not negotiate. >> that partial government shutdown has affected 800,000 workers across the united states. andy gallagher went to meet some of those most affected. >> let's take a look at it. >> reporter: for wendy dwyer
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volunteering at the our house shelter for the working homeless is a long-held ambition. >> you'll be on camera if you get in bed. >> reporter: she's a network of paid volunteers in a government-funded anti-poverty program that has now run out of cash. her annual salary isn't much, and she relies on friends and family to help her stay here. like many in her position, she's worried about what will happen if she's forced to leave. >> meals wouldn't be served and children would not have the same day-to-day contact that they do that gives them stability. you know, things could change for the worse for the people who are most at risk. >> reporter: homeless shelters across the u.s. rely heavily on funding from the federal government to keep their doors open. for now our house is solvent but will face serious problems the longer the partial shutdown goes on. >> this is hurting the least among us. this is hurting homeless families and their children who are not going to have a meal, who are not going to have a safe
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space for their children to be so that they can work their way out of homelessness. >> reporter: across little rock the effects of the partial shutdown are steadily felt, and for local government official richard weiss, the message for politicians in washington is simple. >> quit playing games and get back to work and do what your constitutional responsibilities are. pay attention to your oath of office and follow it. real simple. >> reporter: the fact that people here in little rock are frustrated won't come as a surprise. it's a feeling replicated across the entire country, but when you see the very real effects on those who depend on government programs to survive that you begin to understand that emotion. while politicians squabble, the needy and those that help them will soon suffer, and for many that is simply unacceptable. andy gallagher, al jazeera, little rock, arkansas. >> you can keep up to date with all the news on our website. all you need to do is go to aljazeera.com.
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now it's time for the weather, and i hear there's another typhoon brewing up in the northwest pacific. how do things look the next few days? >> that's right. it's busy across the northwest pacific at the moment. storms out here in the open waters, but this is the one you're talking about. there is this clearly marked comma cloud that has developed. that is new a typhoon. it was a tropical storm and now has typhoon stat constitutes -- status with winds gusting to 160 kim low meters per hour. it's pushing to the south of shanghai, and i estimate that late sunday into monday before it pushing into the eastern side of china. it will bring flooding rains and damaging winds across the region. ahead of that while it doesn't look bad, a little area of clouds across japan just spilling out of eastern china
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through shanghai. it brings wet weather through friday, but it goes further northward as we go into saturday. so some really heavy rain coming in here that could cause some flooding. the other side of that not looking too bad. we have further west wartd, and india has flooding problems already at the moment. we expect the monsoon rains to be across the eastern areas. they're seeing heavy downpourdo. shouldn't have the wet weather across the western side of india. that is unusual. it will go further south and go over the next couple of days. to the south is fine and dry, but warm, dry and sunny to the north. thank you. there's lots ahead including in cambodia where flooding along the river has claimed dozens of lives. the indian families affected by the siege at a mall in kenya last month despite being thousands miles away. and still ahead in sports, why colorado's nhl team are not
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very welcoming hosts. we have the story later on for you in the program. hi, my name is jonathan betz, and i'm from dallas, texas, and
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a boat carrying 500 people from after rick has sung off the southern italian coast. they say up to 80 undocumented migrants have drowned and 250 others are still missing. witnesses say a fire broke out on board the vessel just before it sank. a plane carrying 20 people has crash-landed shortly after
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taking off in nigeria. the engine failed and the plane hit the ground in lagos. six islamic rebel fighting groups in syria are calls on al qaeda and a faction affiliated with the free syrian army to stop fighting in the key town near the turkish border. they want them to leave homs. now, it's 20 years since the u.s. suffered the embarrassment of the failed military intervention in somalia, an incident captured in the movie "blackhawk down." the incident still affects washington's thinking when it comes to getting involved abroad. a warninwarning, this story doe contain graphic images. >> reporter: it started as a mission to save lives in somalia, and it ended in the worst firefight for the u.s. military since the vietnam war. 18 troops killed, some of their bodies dragged through the streets of mogadishu. the incident has haunted
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military and policy ever since. >> the lesson that most people took away from the battle of mogadishu was that the american public was casualty-averse, and you couldn't do a military operation that resulted in dead american service members. >> reporter: the troops were ambushed on october 3, 1993 while trying to capture the warlord. his fighters shot down two blackhawk helicopters and captured one of the pilots. americans were shocked. osama bin laden mocked u.s. soldiers calling them paper tigers. >> my fellow americans -- >> reporter: president bill clinton called for a slow withdrawal from somalia as a show of u.s. power otherwise. >> all around the world aggressive thugs and terrorists will conclude the best way to get us to change our policies is to kill our policy. >> reporter: even show, mogadishu has haunted u.s. foreign policy for years. the clinton administration
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decided not to intervene in the slaughter in rwanda in 1994, and it took officials six years to agree to lead the nato air war on kosovo in 1999. the u.s. reluctance persisted 20 years on with the obama administration now criticized for not responding to the syrian regime's chemical weapons attack on its citizens. the president's response. >> the united states is chastised for meddling in the region accused of having a hand in conspiracy. at the same time, the united states is blamed for failing to do to solve the worl's problems. >> reporter: can we do humanitarian grounds overseas, the responsibility to protect norm. >> it's more war wariness. it's not so much related to the casualties as it is a perception we're not very good at this and getting bang for the buck. >> it's a conundrum of the first
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order when the u.s. sees trying to save lives as one of the best reasons to send in troops. malaysia's parliament approved a controversial law that allows people to be held without trials. opponents say the law could be abused to keep people behind bars for years. the prime minister has defended the move as necessary to combat organized crime. he's assures malaysians they won't be victimized and authorities will follow clear procedures. for more we're joined by trisha live from call la kuala lumpur. what about this law most concerns you? >> thank you for inviting me. i think there are three major concerns over here. first that, you know, despite the government having repealed the internal security act a year ago, which allows for detention
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without trial, this is what we see repeated now but even worse because there's not any legal representation allowed for people who are thrown behind bars. up to a period of two years, and then after that extended again for a period of an additional two years. that's the first problem. the second problem is that any decision made by this board will actually not allow -- no judicial review is allowed to take place. if you scrutinize the wording of the actual amendment, it does not just talk about crime prevention but anyone who is assumed to be affecting public order or public security would also fall under the purview of the act. i think what the concern here is amongst people who have experienced detention without trial in the past is that although government says it will not be used for political purposes, very often things like public order and public security
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can be very arbitrary and can be decided upon with the people making that decision. >> right. i was going to ask you about that. the prime minister said that no one will be victimized and said over and over again the law won't be used for political purposes. wouldn't there be some sort of accountability if it turns out this law is being abused? >> you're right. there's no judicial review al w allowed under this. one of the argument is the international security act was decided upon by the government. this is different because it's decided by a five-member board headed by a former senior judiciary person. the question then would be how independent really is the judiciary in the country? that's an area that people have aul also questioned. so we're looking at the governance of this and the accountability, which we, of
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course, have not seen in practice at this moment. >> okay. trisha yo there from kula bum purr, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. protesters in sudan have been demonstrating for days after the government cut fuel subsidies. low-income families are especially hard-hit with many struggles for one meal a day. we report now from the city's capital of chkhartoum. >> reporter: her family has close to nothing. during a good month they earn $5. >> translator: if we find two meals a day, it's a blessing. people are exhausted. we can't get sugar for the tae. if i was young i would go out and protest. i don't want destrukdz but want the government to fix the situation. >> reporter: under half of sudan's 34 million people live in poverty. now a government decision to cut
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fuel and diesel subsidies means the price of petro and cooking gas has almost doubled. as a result, prices of basic commodities like food and transport have also increased. that has triggered the anger of many that went down to the streets in the most serious challenge of bashir since he took power 24 years ago. the subsidies have a huge impact on everyday life, but so far the government has refused to reverse the decision saying that's the only way to save the economy from total collapse. according to the world bank, fuel subsidies were costing sudan about $2.2 billion per year. the government says it's compensating the poor by handing out around $20 per month to 750,000 sudanese families. she is a widow with six children. >> translator: it's not enough, but it helps. everything has become more expensive. i can't afford fruits anymore.
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this money will last two days. >> reporter: critics say the government has no real strategy for economic reform and the money it does have is misdirected. >> it leads to more protests and more instability. i think the economic reforms they have undertaken cannot succeed unless they are accompanied or even preceded by political reforms. political reforms that will allow the government to reduce the huge amounts of monies that it allocated to differences in security. >> reporter: for people like this woman who suffers from termal cancer, the politics of the economic reform is a world away. all she wants is a dignified life for her children. al jazeera, khartoum. it's been just over a eek now since the westgate mall attack in kenya that left 67 people dead. many of those victims were of indian origin. we visit the area which has long
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had ties with east africa and where locals an ocean away feel the effects of this tragedy. >> reporter: they were beloved members of his extended family. he often spoke to them on the phone, but it was another call that he received on september 21st that he's still trying to cope with. >> translator: my older brothers were finished. i asked how it happened. he wouldn't say. >> reporter: the two women were shopping at nairobi's westgate mall when it was attacked by al shabaab gunmen. the women's families got out alive, but they didn't. he used to live in nairobi himself but came back in 2000 because he said it was too violent, but he never expected anything like this. >> translator: in the 18 years i was there, i never heard of such a brutal attack. it shouldn't be like that. >> reporter: mr. shaw is a
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business leader. he believes trade between india and kenya will suffer. >> there will be a slowdown as the people are not willing to do for many reasons, and people that were traveling regularly to kenya are afraid of going to kenya. >> reporter: gone -- ghandi traveled to africa during colonial rule. east africa, especially kenya, with strong historic lirnks wit this part of india. this political scientist says despite the attacks the relationship will endure especially because of the recent history in the region. zo. >> a lot of indians have settled there. in the progress and freedom struggle will continue. >> reporter: he isn't so certain. he says many in india are having second thoughts about going to
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kenyas, and symptom there are considering returning home, something his own family in nairobi now sees as an option. chinese president jinping wants sfdisputes in the south china sea to be handled peacefully. he made his address to indonesia's parliament. he's on his first visit to indonesia. he and his indonesian counterpart signed an agreement to encourage more economic cooperation across the region. >> translator: we plan to improve bilateral ties with a comprehensive strategic partnership in a bid to continue the development of our relations. indonesian people say it's easy to make money but difficult to make friends. our relationship proves that. coming up for you on the program, football bosses begin to meeting to discuss shifting the global football calendar for a winter world cup.
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>> i'm at fifa headquarters in zurich where the summer heat in qatar is a hot topic at the committee meeting. we'll explain why next. writer tom clancy has died. he sold more than 100 million books. what was his secret? we'll take a look right after the break.
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flooding across southeast asia is getting worse affecting about 3 million people. in cambodia at least 30 people have already died from the
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floods. we have the report now from the worst-hit regions. >> reporter: if these areas weren't flooded, it would take a full 40 minutes by car to get to the river. there's been so much rain the countryside is flooded as far as the eye can see. these villagers had to take a two-hour boat ride to get here. there's a buddhist festival this week, and they wanted to pay respect to their an enes esnest answer sesors. they say their entire village of 400 people has been flooded. >> translator: we just want want government to provide us with food. we are poor people. >> reporter: september is one of the worst months for flooding and something people here have learned to live with, though that doesn't make it any easier. roads, bridges and other infrastructure are damaged or impass believe.
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hundreds of schools are flooded. the situation that we found here in this small village is being replicated right across the country in ten out of the 24 provinces of cambodia and impacting the lives of more than 370,000 people. this is one of the 43,000 people in the country who can't live in her house when the floods get this high. she and her children have to move to a neighbor's house. she's been there for four days and can't work because she's worried about the children. she tells me now that it's flooded she's afraid her children might fall into the water and drown. she explains there's another longer-term issue for people that can't work during the floods. with the rising cost of living, these seasonal floods prevent this farming community from earning enough to pay loans and break out of a vicious cycle of
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poverty. it's time for the sports. here's robin. >> thank you so much. the most important administra r administrators in world football are in zurich for a historic meeting. on the agenda for the fifa executive committee is the possibility of moving the 2022 world cup to the winter in qatar to avoid the searing heat. let's go to our correspondent lee wellings at the headquarters in europe. the biggest one clearly is the qatar 2022 world cup. >> reporter: yes. there are 27 items on the agenda for this two-day meeting at the fifa headquarters. what's dominating is item 25. they won't get to it possibly until friday, but it is so dominant. and that's, of course, qatar 2022. it's what all the executive committees are talking about and arguing about and debating, and it's what people around the fifa family as they call it are debating.
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that really is the big thing, the two elements of it, the switch from summer to winter potentially and, of course, the rights of construction workers in qatar. we have the report. >> the 2022 fifa world cup is qatar. >> reporter: it was nearly three years ago when qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 world cup, but almost immediately questions were asked about how a country where temperatures exceed 40 degrees celsius could handle a football tournament in the summer. sebastian coe is an expert in organizing big sporting events. london's 2012 olympic chief sdz issues like the climate shouldn't stop countries like qat qatar from bidding and hosting world cups or olympics. >> we can't sit here and say only a relatively few handful of countries are in a position to host great sporting events, and
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we should also recognize that in building that global capacity we are going to confront challenges. sometimes they're climatic and sometimes they're political or cultural or social. >> reporter: from the outset of the organizers of qatar 202 said they would have the technology in place to deal with the heat. carbon-neutral air-cooled stadiums were the centerpiece to fifa, and that doesn't come cheap and the gulf states powered by gas wells hasn't held back whether it comes to spending cash. it will cost qatar $220 billion. of that 140 billion will be spent on transport infrastructure, new roads and new airports and a brand-new rail and metro system. 4 billion is set aside to help build nine brand-new stadiums including upgrading three existing ones and also $17 billion will be spent on increasing the amount of
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accommodations. qatar 2022 promising they'll have 90,000 hotel rooms here by the time the tournament gets under way. it's estimated qatar has to employ nearly a million migrant workers to help to complete the massive construction projects. although the world cup venues have yet to be built, the general working conditions of these mainly south asian workers have been called into question. in response to the criticism, qatar 2022 released a statement saying, the health, safety and well-being and dignity of every worker is of the utmost importance, as we are committed to ensured that the world cup serves as a catalyst to create sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in qatar. so nine years away from kickoff, and still plenty of challenges to be overcome, but the qatar 2022 organizers insist qatar will be ready for the world cup whenever it's held.
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> >> lee, he touched on the issue of construction workers right and an important part of the executive committee agenda as well. >> reporter: if it wasn't part of the agenda, in the last few days it's added as a very important issue having come under the spotlight after an investigation into that over the summer. obviously, the responses have been very serious and quick, and fifa will want to headache sure they're doing the right thing. we're talking about contracts, and that those contracts make all the right health and safety requirements for construction workers when the construction of stadium begin. the health and safety is a huge priority to them. it's something that's a big issue to be debated by fifa to make sure they get it right. i expect him to do what he's done on many issues, which is to bring the humanitarian side of fifa and how fifa is a catalyst
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of change for the forefront. this is a story with a huge negative that's a positive for fifa to look like it's helping for change. >> back to the winter world cup. there's some resistance to announcing a switch to the qatar summer. what's the mood there ahead of that? >> reporter: for fifa there's a lot of arguing and politics. he said you can't say it's switching to winter and have a debate about it and consult it. the consultation needs to be first and make it official they switch to winter. that will be a bit of egg on face that wants the switch to happen. we might have to wait a bit longer. we'll see if he can force it through. >> thank you very much for that. munich hum bemed manchester city in the champions league. they sent out a message of intent. england was poor at making goal,
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he allowed frank to get it ahead in the seventh minute. they added their two, but he finished with ten men. >> we set up plays. it was catastrophic. it was terrible. we have to improve that. in general, i'm so happy, but it's not the end. it's not the final of the champions league, so it's just the second game of our rounds. >> manchester united were forced to share the points with him. they put united ahead in the first half but they leveled in the 76th minute for a 1-1 draw. renaldo maria scored two goals each in the 4-0 defeat of copenhagen. the champions of china and south korea will meet for asia's biggest title ever. it's the first chinese team to
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advance to the final of asian champions league led by world cup winning coach that thrashed japan's race to 4-0 on wednesday and gave them an 8-1 victory. they'll face fc seoul in the final. the detroit red wings opened the nhl season with a 2-1 victory over the buffalo sabres and a winning tart for hall of fame goaltender patrick. he beat the anaheim ducks 6-1. there were two nights if the game. he was involved in an altercation. the colorado boss got a one-game penalty meaning he can't be on the player's bench in the next one. cooler heads prevailed in philadelphia where the flyers made it two wins from two. kessel scored in the 3-1 victory over the toronto maple leafs.
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the tampa bay rays are headed to the mlb playoffs. they won against the cleveland indians a couple of days after they won the tiebreaker to reach the postseason. the rays now face the boston red sox in the division series on friday. in golf the president's cup starts later on thursday. the united states is taking on an international team, the 12-man u.s. team is made up of 7 of the top players. they're expected to win a fifth straight title. the big sports stories are on our website at aljazeera.com/sports including a lee wellings blog on the issues. that's your sports. >> thank you. now, they say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but the price tag of this pink gem may take the sparkle out of many hopeful buyers. sotheby's is showcasing the rare diamond in hong kong.
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the so-called pink start is estimated at $60 million. auctioneers say it's the highest value ever been put on a diamond or any piece of jewelry for that matter. >> colored diamonds are one of the rarest treasures on earth and forms a very, very small percentage of the diamonds that are discovered every year. the shear size and clarity and the purity of the color makes this one of the rarest diamonds ever to be here in the history of diamonds. tom clancy has died at the age of 66. he sold more than 100 million copies of his cold war and espionage thrillers. some, of course, were even turned into hollywood block-busters. tom ackerman looks back now on his career. >> reporter: tom clancy's noveled red lie action-packed movie scripts and many became just that as well as best-selling video games. a former insurance salesman who
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never served in the military, clancy's first thriller "the had you not for red october" was an instant success. the cold war plot put good guys, usually americans, against the foes. >> nobody would know about it until it was over. >> reporter: clancy's command of high-tech warfare and spy craft was so detailed a secretary of the navy wanted to know who leaked information. clancy said it was spooky to learn he made up things that were real. he was a favorite of conservative political figures, and the feeling was mutual. >> i write about people that believe in something, people with a sense of duty and mission who want to make the world better in some way. >> his 25th and last book is scheduled for publication in december. tom ackerman, al jazeera. >> that's it for this "news
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