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>> hello and welcome to the news hour. here are your top stories. iran offers concessions in its nuclear program after two days of talks with western powers. and u.s. democrats and republicans argue over the budget to avoid a debt topple. >> reporter: barred from seeking
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office, and we bring you highlights of the wildlife photographer of the year contest. >> hello, iran says world leaders have shown political will to make progress and ending the deadlock over its nuclear program. the foreign minister said talks in geneva have been fruitful. they're keeping details of their discussion confidential, will resume in november to continue the talks. what do we know about the iranian proposal that has been put forward? >> reporter: well, as you say they're not saying very much about the detail. but i think we know that both sides are exploring the idea of making concessions to the other. we know that the international community is thinking about whether to allow iran to enrich
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uranium on its own soil. we know iran is thinking about allowing international communities have extra inspections and verification methods. both sides say the talks were positive. both sides say the negotiations are not helped by the negotiation taking place in public. that's why they've agreed not to talk about any of the details. let's listen to what both sides have been saying. >> reporter: we have two days of extensive and fruitful consultations with the three plus three which will hopefully be the beginning of a new phase in our relations towards closing an unnecessary crisis, and opening new horizons.
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we believe that the international environment today requires non-desire sum approach, to resolution of issues. this is how we entered these negotiations both in new york and here in geneva. we sense that members of the three plus three also have exhibited the necessary political will in order to move the process forward. >> we have had the opportunity to talk, as i've already indicated, in much greater detail than ever before to answer each other's questions, to have the opportunity to do that, as i've already indicated, in different formats. i've already said it, and i'll
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say it again, we are not going to go into the details. what i will say is that our positions have been set out on a number of issues already. i will sway to you that you need to allow us space to really have the opportunity to move forward, if that proves possible. >> has there been any reaction to u.s. officials about talks in geneva? >> reporter: there have been reactions from a lot of officials from a lot of countries. we've been trying to gauge that. western officials say they're very encouraged by what they say here, yes. there is a long way to go. many negotiations, many hurdles. they're seeing a clarity here that they haven't here before counter to the russianens. let me give a quote of one u.s. certain officials. i've never had such straightforward details
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discussions with the iranians before. >> all right, reporting from geneva, james, thank you. senate leaders in the u.s. have put forward a plan to end the budget deadlock and raise the debt ceiling, and the deal reopened in january and the debt ceiling raised in february. but the deal in the senate is not the end of the political story. the deal must pass both chambers of the congress and there is still a lot of opposition in the house of representatives. the politicians on capitol hill have 11 hours before risking u.s. debt. thithis is called www.u.s. www.u.s.debtclock.org , and it's a page of numbers.
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to show you the national housekeeping, you can see the federal debt and the federal spending in red at $3.5 trillion. we're live over in washington so we're talking about a plan that has been put forward. it has to win approval, so what is the likelihood of that? >> reporter: well, the likelihood that it will pass in the senate very, very high. that's a chamber that is dominated by democrats, and this is where this deal was reached between the top republican and the top democrats. there is no question about this deal passing in the senate. the question has always been whether or not it will pass in the house. now, real indicator is the outcome of this meeting that is when the house republicans are
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set to meet amongst themselves to talk about this deal that has been hashed in the senate, and whether or not it's one that they can support. expect this meeting closed to reporters. we won't be able to bring coverage of that to you, but expect that it will be a raucous and boy boistrous deal. they feel it does nothing to change the healthcare reform law. and its thought that john boehner will be supporting them to pass this. when will this come to a vote? we're not clear about that yet. it could be coming after dinner. it comes down to this meeting. votes are not typically scheduled until they know they have the votes to get it passed. there is still a lot of doubt
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and back-room maneuvering going on right now. it has to get signature and passed to president obama before it becomes law, and we have ten hours. >> what is exactly in this deal? >> reporter: the key components is the fact that it would raise the u.s. debt ceiling, and raise it to february 7th. it's just really buying time. it's not working out any of the spending problems that the united states has. that's what a lot of people have issues with. it will reopen the government. more than 800,000 federal workers are off the job. they don't know if they're going to get paid. it would men that they would come back to work as soon as tomorrow, but what is most important about this deal is it appoints negotiators from both parties, the democrats and the
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republicans to try to work out these differences they have on spending issues. so hopefully when these deadlines come up we won't be in the same place again and we can work out a longer deal that avert this governing by crisis that the u.s. has found itself in for a number of years. >> kimberly, thank you. reporting from washington, d.c. let's bring in dr. paul roberts, an economist and former assist to secretary of department. he's joining us from georgia. great to have you with us, dr. roberts, are you encouraged by the events out of washington in the past hour or so are is congress kicking the can down the road? >> no, believe they will reach an agreement. they cannot afford not to reach an agreement. >> you say that they will reach an agreement. this might happen in the next couple of hours, but from what we understand, i mean, this is just the debt ceiling is going to be raised until january.
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i'll ask you again, are they just postponing events? are we going to find ourselves in the same situation in january or february? >> i see what you mean, of course, yes, they're postponing it, and of course raising the debt ceiling limit, all that does is allow them to continue to run deficits. so it doesn't address the underlying problem which is the large difference between revenues and expenditures. in that sense the problem is far from solved. >> and let's look at the worst-case scenario. if a del doesn't go through, what does that mean? >> if the deal doesn't go through. it doesn't mean that the treasury won't have any money tomorrow. it means that they'll have more bills than they can pay. they will prioritize the payments, and of course, they will not default on the treasury bonds.
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that payment will be high on the list along with their wars and their national security agency. what is really happening i think in this is to destroy the prestige and credibility of washington. the united states is demonstrating to the entire world that it can't governor itself. yet, it claims to know best for the world. the results of this potential default, which i think has always been exaggerated, is because other powerful countries think about different financial arrangements. so the net result of this is a dim mendimunition of american pl power.
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we see the chinese to demonize america to the world, and even if the debt crisis is resolved permanent power has been lost by the united states. >> well, having said that, dr. roberts, there is the argument put forward that president obama should declare a national emergency and raised the debt ceiling through an executive order. what do you make of that? >> well, that was my point. that's the point that i made. there are two alternatives to default. and one is because of a presidential directive president george bush already put on the books, obama can declare a national emergency. he can set aside the congress. he can set aside the courts, and he can governor a loan with his own power.
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he i in effect becomes a caesar, and he can raise the debt on his own should he declare national emergency. the other is the federal reserve. the federal reserve is not going to let the treasury default because it would mean that it would lose control over economic policy. the federal reserve would simply extend a loan to the treasury. you have to remember the federal reserve on its own authority lent 16 trillion-dollar to u.s. u.k. and european banks because the banks were too big to fail. >> right. >> so the treasury is too big to fail, and the federal reserve could do the same thing. >> all right, dr. paul roberts, we'll leave it for this. thank you for joining us on the al jazeera news hour. >> yes. >> clean up is underway in the
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central philippines. tens of thousands of people lost their homes and other belongs, we have this report. >> reporter: ali is a was born in this house. this is where she grew up and grew her family with her husband. but all that was destroyed in an instant. >> i'm looking at our house. i have no mindset yet up to this moment. >> more than 100 people were killed when earthquakes hit the provinces. the town as the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude quake. rescue operations are under way and the local government says it
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is not optimistic. the chances of finding survivors trapped in the rubble is becoming slim. it damaged vital infrastructures such as ports, hospitals, and public schools. thit is one of the top tourist destinations to the country provides thousands of jobs for those living in outlying islands. even heritage sites were not prepared. this church was one of the very first built in the country. it is a major focal point not just for the catholics in the philippines but also in southeast asia. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: the world famous children of the choir sing of the destruction of their church does not mean their culture has been obliterated too. >> the church is just a symbol. the unity of the people here to be able to rise and recover, that is the real church. [♪ singing ]
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>> reporter: the philippine government says it is unable to assess the long-term cost of this tragedy at the moment but these children keep singing. hoping their voices will be able to inspire many others to rise above the ruin. al jazeera, philippines. >> well, the epicenter of the quake, we have this update from ron mcbride who is there. >> reporter: an anxious night for the people in the center the earthquake. many we spoke with say they don't feel safe enough to return to their homes and are likely to spend another night out in the open fearing the aftershocks which have been felt throughout this part of the philippines. president aquino came to survey the damage for himself especially the damage of
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historic churches in this part of cebu. churches that have several hundreds years old and felt the brunt of this destructive earthquake. many other areas have been damaged shopping malls are closed while survey areas do inspections to see what repairs need to be done. people we have spoken with say they've stay away from office buildings and workers have stayed away from office blocks fearing any more tremors and what would happen to those buildings with those aftershocks. many in the philippines spend their second night after the quake. a plane crash in laos went down, it had been flying in stormy conditions and it's believe that passengers from france, china and canada are
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among the dead. we take a look at the impact of remittances in somalia and they choose to close the accounts of the leading transfer company. and st. louis cardinals and their spot in the world series. details later. >> first, a court in moscow has freed a prominent opposition leader despite up holding his conviction for embezzlement. >> reporter: yes, that's because the court suspended his five-year sentence. but he could be barred from running for office. we have reports from moscow. >> reporter: the original five-year prison term against the opposition leader was
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suspended at the appeal hearing by the regional court. but the charges of embezzlement were upheld. that means under present russian law he'll be barred as a convicted critical to ever stand in public office. >> ithe suspension was not made here. it was made by vladimir putin. i don't know what is happening in his head. he's pulling me out of the political fight. >> reporter: he surprised the political establishments when he gained 600,000 votes in the elections in moscow last month. expert notice kremlin cautioned putting him behind bars would create a russian mandela raising his profile and popularity. but there is a question of how long his exile will last.
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russia's constitutional court ruled this month that the life ban should be overturned. even political analysts are confused. >> we do not know because this decision has to be implemented. that means the parliament will have to pass any legislation, and it has not yet started doing that. we simply do not know. >> reporter: he has been the vocal critic of president putin since he returned to power last year and described the ruling party as a party of crooks and thieves. he's accused of authorities for persecuting for political reasons and says he'll appeal the latest sentence. >> staying in russia the kremlin's relation relations wie netherlands are under strains following an assault on a diplomat. he was beaten in his apartment on tuesday. the latest in a series of
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incidents which is testing the relationship of the two countries. >> reporter: 2013 was to have been a year of celebration for russia and the netherlands. the two countries remembering hundreds of years of cooperation since peter the great developed his maritime expertise in ship yards not far from amsterdam. it has so far been a year of tension. late on tuesday intruders posing as electricians broke into the moscow home of a senior dutch diplomat, forcing him to the ground and beating him in an apparently anti-gay attack. a heart was drawn in lipstick on the mirror with lgbt underneath it. the acronym for lesbian, gay, by sexual and transgender.
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>> reporter: it's very important to create a complete picture of what happened, hear from the ambassador and relay our great concern. it is very serious. but first we need to get the facts on the table. >> reporter: russias with quick to respond. >> moscow expresses regret over the unfortunate incident that happened on the night of october 15th when the minister counselor was beaten by two unknown people in his own flat. >> reporter: but russia's promise to work closely with the netherlands to solve the crime is only a thin disguise for a relationship under strain. last week the dutch foreign minister apologized after a russian diplomat was detained in the hague. he said he was assaulted while in detention and both i understands coincide as russia's
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holding of greenpeace activists. al jazeera. >> the greek parliament has lifted the immunity of prosecution from six members of the far-right party golden dawn. they were jailed pending their trial on charge of belonging to a criminal group. the government crac crackdown tomorrows the killer odown onthg of a musician in september. serbia which has been given the green light to start succession starts, bosnia was found to have made very limit progress. leaders have failed to agree on ethnic interrogation. and turkey has reached important steps but criticize the use of
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excessive force against protesters this year. the turkish-english newspaper today spoke to me, and sad if turks would want to join the e.u. >> according to a month ago the support for e.u. membership went down to 44% as compared to the one in 2004 and 2005, which was about 75%. almost three fourths of the society. there is wariness. there is fatigue, still, though, every second turk is supporting this. but it's high time, wigs a cautious report, an optimistic report which wants to keep the process on track and telling the member states especially germany and france, that turkey needs to
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be included. one hopes that this process escalates against all odds after the support. >> that's all from europe at this hour. let's go back to noreen in doha. >> the somalia money transfer process may be closed until they can force the account open. the account transfers and $500 million a year from somalis living abroad to business contacts in somali itself. many see it as a life lined by barclays says it has to close the account because the transfer company does not comply with money laundering regulations. a published report on the impact of remittances inside somalia. >> 40% of somalis rely on
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remittances from those who have immigrated from somalia. it varies in size from $50 to $100 on average per household. this is for basic needs. this is about shelter. it is about education for their children, and it's about healthcare. so we're talking about basic necessities. the issue is there is a lot of perception, negative perception of risk. what we're very to go the banks is what is it that you need to be transparent. tell us what you need to alleviate this perception, that will help you feel more secure about working with the money transfer operators barclays is shutting down accounts of other countries as well, both money transfer money operators in pakistan and bangladesh. the poorer people will be the most adversely affected.
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earthquake. the death toll is 144, and that number is expected to rise. the egyptian foreign minister said foreign relations between his country and the united states is in turmoil. he was speaking in an interview with the pro government daily paper, and he said we're now in a delicate state reflecting the turmoil in the relationship and anyone who says otherwise is not speaking honestly. and he went on to say the problem is caused by egypt's depends on u.s. aid for the last 30 years. we took the easy route rather than diversifying our options. well, what are egypt's other options? we spoke to analysts. >> well, egypt has--there have been reports that it is looking elsewhere to russia, for example, and in terms of aid the gulf states said they would fill any gaps in u.s. aid, and since
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the ousting of morsi they have been given $12 million. that makes u.s. aid a drop in the ocean. but obama has been criticized for in cutting and military ad . they go back to the days of mubarak, the subservience to the u.s. has been a hated aspect among the egyptians since those days, and they have continued to use it as leverage since then. i don't think it has that much leverage any more. with egypt turn to go other countries mil militarily. this may recall an overhaul because it's mostly u.s.-supplied. if they want sovereignty and they don't want to be subservient to the u.s. that's
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fine, but they're swapping one patron to another. they're going to be relying on aid from other countries. that doesn't fix the problem, they're diverting the subservience to other parties and that's not a solution. >> relations between his country and united states are in turmoil. we'll go on to another story. excuse me for that. let's move on to syria and the violence across the country appears to be intensifying. many people are trying to escape the violence but activists claim they're being targeted as they leave. we're near the turkey-syria border. >> reporter: the muslim holiday gave children a reason to celebrate. and there was a short lull in the violence that has gripped their country for the last two and a half years. this little girl says she left behind her destroyed city. >> we came here to celebrate as a time our city is destroyed.
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>> reporter: they're trying to end the misery of the blood whicyconflict. >> we have put a tent here to help children celebrate the feast. we distribute gifts to try to make them happy amidst this brutal conflict. >> reporter: the violence continues an. this video on internet said that a suds car bomb north of damascus. south of damascus activists say several people were killed on wednesday and many others wounded. they accused government forces of terrifying population as they try to evacuate the town that has been besieged over the last nine months. on sunday the international red
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cross said the government allowed more than 2,000 of the men, women and children to leave the town. it warned of the entire humanitarian crisis. in other parts of syria, the battle rages on with more heavy fighting and destruction. >> reporter: this is the second day of the 408 day violence seems relentless and probably won't stop any time soon. there are over 600 million syrians suffering displacement. they say no one can or is willing to stop the war in their country. >> back to loren in london for more news from europe. >> reporter: thank you. the republic of ireland where the government will close loopholes. the plan will make it illegal for any company registered in
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ireland to have domicile anywhere. apple said it has paid all tax it should have paid. well, a number of people in britain relying on food banks has tripled over the last years. one of the charities said it handed out free food to 300,000 people between april and june and thousands of users were there because of delays in payment of state benefits. [ protesters ] >> reporter: iin a spanish town the court stop the eviction of 16 families from their home. the building is owned by the
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so-called bad bank established last year to rid spanish banks of debt ridden properties. now these are some of the winners among tens of thousands of photographs that were entered for this year's wildlife photographer of the year award. the judge versus been sifting through the amazing images and they'll be going on display in london's natural history museum while the chair of the panel tells barnaby phillips why it just keeps getting better every year. >> the bar keeps getting raised. from india, incredibly articulate, amazing photograph. the bar keeps getting higher and higher. >> i noticed, and one has to notice many of the photographs are of endangered animals or endangered landscapes. in a sense i felt bad going around this exhibition. does it make you feel sad looking at these images.
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>> i feel moved. i know what you mean by sadness. i would say that is communicated because these photographers are very compassionate to the subject. they're advocates. they're war photographers in a sense. war photography can be very heavy. this almost has that same mood. >> amazing eyes that lion has. >> great illustration of new technology. >> it was probably done with remote switch. the camera was sitting by itself. the photographer knew the lion was walking around and triggered it remotely. you have an intimate feeling with the beautiful soft flash. the sun was setting. executed beautifully. not easily done in a technical term but creates almost a bit of humor like there is a dance, curiosity. a lot of photographers, they're very emotional, moody people, and it's expressed in their
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work. >> let's see the winner, then, which is these elephants will in southern africa, in botswana. >> that's right. >> i'm spoiled for choice when i look around here. what made this the winner for you? >> it defies some of the traditional tacits of what photography has been in the past. we're trying to go further. it's starting to approach art for a moment. a little bit of an esthetic. there it's not particularly sharp, there is motion and there is double ex-motion as the young elephant moves by and they move through it. it was inex-policible but it was a near unanimous choice. >> research fel fellow in dubli, can you tell us how this existing loophole works.
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how do companies benefit? >> certainly. in ireland companies are taxed where their management is based. so even though a company may be listed as being a company, if it's management team is inside in ireland it is taxed where it is based. in terms of apple or google, and they'll have companies listed in dublin here, but the management teams may be elsewhere, so under the tax law that's where they are taxed. >> what difference would it make to close this loophole? >> well, in this one here absolutely nothing because really, it's about three companies that were uncovered in the u.s. senate of may this year.
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where they found and were quite astounded, there were apple subsidiaries listed but as tax purposes were not listed anywhere in the world. they found this absolutely amazing. it seems to save some face th te irish government has tried to move. rather than being listed as stateless for tax purposes, more than likely it has a tax haven elsewhere in the world. >> and that would not satisfy people who want to clamp on what is seen as tax avoidance and tax evasion. why is the irish government doing this now and will this be enough to get people off their back? >> reporter: well, i mean, it's hard to know if it is be enough,
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why they are doing is certainly seems to be because of the attention that has been brought on the irish state at first in the u.s. and then recently in germany in the negotiations of the government in germany and the tax rate. i mean, this will pass. >> sorry, you were saying the corporation tax, they do not seem to be giving corporation tax but at the same time they're receiving bailout money? >> the corporation tax rate is a headline figure. why companies are here for all of the benefits that come with the tax law. back in 2010 it was offered to ireland or to the irish state at
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that time that a less onerous, and they decided to accept more austerity rather than do something on the corporation tax. in terms of ireland itself, in terms of dublin it takes in the corporation tax around 460 million euros. it's about 1% of the overall income for the irish state, and some say that is systemic. had what is happening there in orielled facilitating tax avoiding and keep that going. that seems to be why it is protected so much. >> thank you for taking time to talk to us. appreciate it. now let's go back to doreen
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in doha. >> still on the al jazeera news hour, book sales decline but we'll tell i couldn't old it was are still going strong. and reaching the world cup finals for the first time coming up in sports.
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>> hello again, time for sports. >> st. louis cardinals could reacwinthe place in the final fa
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fourth time in ten years. st. louis stretched their lead to a 3-1 on tuesday. the cardinals in a commanding position by the end of the third inning with holiday smashing the homer. the game was put out of l.a's reach and it was 4-2. we're looking for similar results in game five in l.a. >> we can't get ahead of ourselves. this team is way too good to think that for some reason it's not going to be a very tough task to get one more win. i think as a group while you're excited about the victory we have to quickly turn the page. >> reporter: well, the red sox took a step forward mike napoli
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with a homer. india has chased down the second high highest target in cricket. it happened in australia. 360 to win, the indians completing the snob with seven overs to spare and one which can hit 141 while they hit the highest century, and they now stand at 1-1. pakistan put itself in position to beat south africa. they scored 442 in the first inning to 249. that's an advantage of 193. the captain also getting attention as south africa struggles in their second inning. they lost four wickets and are
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124 runs behind. now the first-ever win of football's world cup despite beating argentina uruguay will still have to go through a playoff to qualify. uruguay with 3-2 win finished on top of the south american qualifying group. it is among the champions, but the result was not enough to move the victory. they will have to come to a two-legged playoff. well, chile and ecuador, 2-1, the result advance both of them. if they win that against jordan next month. well, honduras claims the last concacaf spot.
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mexico lost 2-1 against already qualified costa rica. it would be over especially with america leading 2-1 in stoppage time. panama would clinch that playo playoff, and the, but with a 3-, ending panama's chance. england took the lead in the first half at wembley thanks to a header from striker wayne rooney. captain steven gerrard's late strike gave england the 2-0
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victory. they head to brazil ahead of ukraine, who thrashed 8-0. >> we have the journey highs and lows over the campaign, but i think our performances have been really good so far. in the second half we managed to get through in the end and perform well under immense pressure. >> reporter: france will join ukraine in the playoffs. they missed the all out classification. scoring odometer side of the lone goal spain goes through as winners due to their 2-0 win against georgia. portugal also had to settle for the playoffs. they beat the luxembourg, 3-0.
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russia win group f following their 1-1 draw with az'baijan. the dutch had already won group d, and wesy snyder scored the goals in istanbul. it was a historic night for bosnia, they reached the finals for the first time with the 1-0 win at lithuania. scoring the decisive goal they win group g ahead of greece on goal difference. al jazeera. >> thousands of fans celebrated bosnia's success in the streets of.
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>> i want to thank ever every fl the good times we had together, inside and outside of football stadiums in every city we played. i want to thank those who supported us, and own those who were against us because without them this would not be as sweet. >> beating egypt 6-1. we'll probably get exciting penalty shootouts in brazil but will any get this far as in england. the local cup game could not be separated after 120 minutes of football. where does the stop take? 29 of them.
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that's english fa record. they won 15-14. i've actually been there, but that's another story. that's your sports. >> it's foreign forces leave afghanistan the international community has promised to continue giving aid money. $160 million has been committed but little has received those in need. >> a life lived here is one of the toughest in afghanistan. in kabul's camp, some of the poorest people in the country struggle to survive. most have fled the fighting in the south. a camp elder said finding help from the government is impossible. >> it has been five years that i have been struggling to help
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these people. i have not stopped. for god sake come here and see the situation of the people. a wealthy person would not even let a dog live in these interests. >> as forces move out of afghanistan in a final push aid money has been promised by the international community. but analysts say $60 billion has already been poured into the country. much of it wasted. and very little of it having gone to people like this. >> reporter: dr. asizi is an economist who believes aid money has been wasted. corruption could become worse thanker. >> it would be very difficult for the community to continue the pouring of millions of dollars if the government will not become a responsible partner. we have to bring and insure the accountability.
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>> reporter: to others accountability does not exist. >> money does not come to us. i don't know where it has been lost. >> reporter: this place has become famous for children freezing to death in winter. but the winters ahead will be even more uncertain for many afghans. 12 years of war and foreign aid has brought little help to them. many now turn to prayer for help instead. jane ferguson, al jazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> worldwide book sales are on the decline with e reeders, smart phones and tablets except in india where book sales are going strong. we have reports from new delhi. >> you can't beat a good book or so the saying goes. demand for books as such that even in an outdoor market one can find the famous, infamous, and a selection of homegrown
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titles. while people across the country have embraced e books sales of trillion books continue to rise. >> tradition in india is not so much about the immediate. >> reporter: this author said book sales are strong today because before the middle class could only read about stories written about the elite, the past, or about people in foreign countries. >> today they're seeing lives that are lived that they can understand, and they want to read those books. >> reporter: and that's driving young readers to pick up a book. but don't let the high tech dad jets fool you. ththe demand for printed books is high. unlike other countries where selling books may be an endangered industry here in india sometimes they don't know where to put them all. >> the rising demand means book
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sellers whose been in the business 60 years is already looking to open another bookstore. after just a couple of years of opening this branch in one of dehli's popular malls, popularity is still rising. >> there are no problems, we this place is better for books. >> he came to where they were sitting. >> parents encourage their children to start reading at a young age. while they do want them to fully grasp technology. >> when they comes to read,ing, i want them to read in hard print. >> read something celebrated in india no matter what the format it comes in. it will likely remain that way for generations to come. >> stay with us here on al jazeera. there is more news coming your
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