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hopes for a third term dash as argentina's president loses crucial ground in mid-term election. ♪ hello, i'm laura and this is al jazeera live and diplomacy and they head to syria in the latest attempts at peace talks. election results for georgian prime minister ahead in the presidential election and. >> i'm investigating the impact that illegal sand mining, is having on the environment and
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people's lives. ♪ argentina's ruling party has kept control of congress in mid-term elections but opposition has made major gains and there was a party losing seats in four major district and result end her chances of changing the constitution to allow her to stand for a third term. and we are in buenos aries. >> reporter: putting on a brave face, supporters of the ruling party celebrated and sunday's mid-term elections confirmed they lost in key districts throughout the country. >> translator: we will continue building the dream of a better argentina said the vice president defiantly. >> reporter: in the province which has 40% of votes
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nationwide the president former chief of staff now a rival beat the government star candidate for congress. and she business friendly than the president is already being mentioned as a possible front-runner for the 2015 presidential race. >> translator: let's open our arms and respect our differences which is the only way to build a country. >> reporter: this election was clearly a test of the public mood and assign of the tenure was ending and she was elected two years ago. a year ago the ruling party was hoping for yet another landslide and support to reform the constitution to allow the president kirsner a third term this office, now that possibility is out. soaring inflation and crime and
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the president's style are to blame. >> translator: and victory front party is still the large nest the political force with the largest number of deputies in congress. but the president will no longer have a free ride. >> she is going to need to compromise in congress to obtain legislation. there is no doubt that that complete control that they had in years is finished. >> reporter: how the often temporal president will go after recovering from surgery earlier this month will be to seen. >> and he is on his way to damascus with talks with the syrian government and due to meet bashir asaid and trying to build talks planned for geneva next month but rebel groups refused to take part.
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and he says that damascus is part of a regional tour and already been in iraq, egypt, katar and met the king of georgia, hosting half a million syrian refugees and the next day he had talks of leaders with the free army in turkey and other commanders fighting against the government and on sunday he met iran's president telling him his country's presence is necessary for the geneva talks to succeed and he will arrive in damascus in a couple hour's time but what is expected from the visit? >> he does have a very difficult mission since the geneva one conference last year, nothing has really changed in the positions of either side and i think this morning the state control department was very clear, sort of saying that he is welcome to come to syria but he
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should come with no preconditions and he should not represent the point of view of one party, that was basically the main complaint last time that he went to syria. some of the media went further and mocked him as an aging tourist so it will be very difficult, the opposition has said all along it will not go to the geneva two conference if there is no talk about assad leaving power and no talk about transition from the regime to the nu government and lately asaid indicated there was nothing to stop him from running for reelection next year in 2014 when they should be syrian presidential elections even though he did not say whether he would run or not but certainly brahimi will be very difficult. >> so prospects for geneva
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looking pretty dim. >> looking pretty dim also because of the fact the opposition doesn't agree on what to do or whether to go or not. you have a group of rebel fractions and 20 of them who issued a statement saying they would consider traitors or anyone who went to geneva two talks and anyone who sat at the table so certainly you still have the issue of fractured opposition and not being able to have one voice and on the other hand you have a syrian government at the moment who feels a bit strong and it just put in the file on chemical weapons and the chemical programs and how it plans to destroy it on time to the u.n. inspectors, so on one hand the syrian government feels at the moment we are satisfying the international community mainly the u.s. and russia and on the other side maybe at this particular moment we can still
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hold some ground. >> reporter: thanks for joining us from beirut. international inspectors completed the first phase of the mission to destroy syria's chemical weapons and say the government submitted a detailed plan to eliminate the stockpile. damascus allowed access to site and the plan is to destroy chemical weapons by the middle of next year. an explosion of gaza after an air strike and no injuries reported and israel said it targeted two hidden rocket launchers and it's a response of rockets fired from gaza early monday. early results in the presidential election said the ally and prime minister is headed for a big win and he has more than 62% of the votes and 90% counted and we report. >> celebrations to mark the end of aer roo and be be --
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beginning of a new style of government in georgia and he will take the presidency with two thirds of the total votes and had one man to thank the prime minister. >> i would like to thank a person who is very important to me and is and always will be a serious authority, my friend. >> reporter: and the new president will remain head of state, constitutional changes mean real power is about to transfer and the prime minister has conversely pledged to step down and he claims to have restored georgia democracy and believes the nation should be grateful. >> translator: a second round would have shown that georgians do not have a sense of gratitude and i didn't want it and we want and victory would have come anyway, i just wanted to make sure my feelings were right and gaza understand you correctly and i do love you.
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>> reporter: in the end candidates have not come close and of the u.n. movement conceded defeat and he held out until official results are in. >> i know people are very active and we had real support and i'm sure that the numbers which will come will be absolutely different than the exit polls which have been publicized. >> reporter: she leaving at the top and completes a peaceful change of power that began with administration's defeat last year. >> georgia will go through a period, looks like it, no matter what will be the result of the elections and we already have a serious setback unfortunately in the economy. and in our international situation and repetition, i think -- i hope it's all reversible. >> reporter: the prime minister
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is georgia's richest man and denies he will continue to exert influence after he steps down yet he hand picked him and he is a political unknown and now he is set to choose his own successor. georgia is about to begin a new era of parliamentary democracy and it's unclear where the real power will reside, robin walker al jazeera. >> reporter: spain has become the latest country to summon the u.s. ambassador after the security agency secretly monitored 60 million phone calls and text messages and e-mails of spanish citizens and germany and said president barack obama did not know that merkel's phone was being tapped and they had earlier reported that obama was informed about the phone monitoring in 2010. in the uk two editors of the world newspaper defunct and are
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appearing in court to stand trial of phone charges and several others are expected to be attending for a case starting just under an hour. from there row joins us from the london point. row, just fill us in if you can of the details of this trial. >> reporter: laura certainly what we will see today is a massive amount of media and probably see over my shoulder all the cameras and press, photographers that are here to monitor the entrances of all the defendants. we have seen rebecca brooks and andy going in, inside there is a set for annex set up for all the correspondents and reporters who come from across the world to see how this trial proceeds. in terms of the legal activity tuesday it mostly will be procedural and swearing in of the jurors and here how the
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course of the trial will proceed and we will get a chance to see all defendants or at least most of the defendants for the first time in court, rebecca brooks, the former editor of the news of the world and former boss of news international, that is the uk newspaper and murdock and husband charlie brooks and andy causon and former director of communication for the british prime minister david cameron and they are facing varieties of three different charges which are conspiracy to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, that relates to the phone hacking side of this trial. conspiracy to commit misconduct in a political office and this applies to andy working for david cameron and conspiracy to reverse the course of justice and all 8 defendants plead not guilty to all charges against him. >> reporter: why is there so
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much public interest in this case? >> basically because many of the people who are going to be on trial here are very powerful, very well-known figures and this also is about the issue of one of the most powerful media tycoons in the world, murdoch and it's a chance for people to see justice being done to an industry that many people in the uk and also around the world perceive as being too powerful, tabloid media and lots of people think tabloid media for years has been able to write its own rules and get away with things it shouldn't have been getting away with it and it relates to a huge tension that exists between a powerful press and freedom of the press, how do those two things relate to each other and also how does the press in the uk and in other countries in the
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world, how does that influence public opinion, how does it behave when it comes to the influence of government, and this trial will go on for a long time and it's one that will have ramifications for years to come and people just want to see how it's going to pan out. >> okay, and many thanks for joining us from london with the latest. still to come on this program, 65 years after being forced out of their homes palestinians are still fighting to return, plus. ♪ saying good-bye to a rock legend and under ground front man dies at the age of 71.
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♪ hello again, top stories this hour on al jazeera. argentina president bids to run for a third term is over. after the opposition made major gains in mid-term congressional elections and the ruling party still holds majority but doesn't have enough seats to amend the constitution to allow her to run for a third time. georgia's presidential election shows ally with the prime minister is headed for a big win and he has more than 62% of the vote with 90% of the ballot counted. and the u.n. league is due to arrive in damascus for talks with the syrian government and he is trying to find support for an international peace
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conference in syria set to take place next month. the israeli government is expected to release 26 palestinians on tuesday and more than 100 held in israeli jail since before the 1994 peace accord and the second stage of a deal brokered by the u.s. in july to resume peace talks and 26 were released in august. israel and a court will decide on tuesday whether a group of palestinians can continue its protest in the destroyed villages and they were forced out of homes in 1948 and they robert 65 years later their fight to return is still as strong as ever. >> reporter: their faith remains strong but the longing of the people can only be answered by israel. ♪ the village church has been restored and offers hope on
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unity for people who lived here for generations. 87 years old and takes us to the remains of his home, forced to leave during the creation of israel in 1948 and the houses bombed five years later his feelings are still raw. >> what i see, everything here, i see my mother, my brother, my neighb neighbor, and i cannot tell you exactly what i am feeling, too bad for this situation. >> reporter: to try to change that, the villages here set up a camp to send israeli government the message they have the right to return. they are israeli citizens and have a supreme court ruling from the early 1950s that says they must be allowed to come back. it's a ruling that the government here has always ignored and now another court date to determine whether the people protest should be allowed
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to continue. >> translator: we are trying to fulfill the dreams of grandparents who want to move back her and then we will start life again. >> reporter: for the moment dying is the only way they will allow the villagers to return. generations lie here and the struggle now for both young and old is to be able to come back here alive. and so far now they call themselves refugees unable to come to terms with the past. >> i remember everything here. i lived here. i remember other places better than here. >> reporter: the village lies empty and all that these people want is to be able to live here again. it's a simple wish but one with complicated indications. israel fears the legal precedent it could set for the rights of other israeli palestinians and
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stephanie with al jazeera in northern israel. >> reporter: we have received this response from the israeli government, it says in 1951 the supreme court decision allowed the residents to return to the village as no legal warrant is i'm proposed properly by the state. and says however the state did issue legal warrants and residents appeal against the warrants was rejected by the supreme court. in columbia they have freed a u.s. marine and kevin sutay was kidnapped in june going through the jungle and police said not to travel in the region. a former rebel group said it was not behind an ambush on saturday that killed one person and they blamed the attack on them and the next day the government forces raided the rebel base in the mountains.
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and last week said there was a two decade peace deal was over and mozambique and we have more. >> reporter: it's tense and the soldiers recently captured from the group and other soldiers go in the bush on patrol and they are a leader and led into the mountains during the assault. the village nearby is deserted and families are too afraid to come home. she is one of them and moved into town with his wife and children for safety. >> translator: and the government soldiers have come and when they fight it's ordinary people who get killed and he want to go home. >> reporter: after the attack on the base a few days ago they said the peace deal signed in 1992 was over. the former rebel group wants more say in the running of the country and wants fighters integrated into the national army and wants a share from the
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money main from cold mines and off shore gas exploring. they attack the people using the road at night so truck drivers are told to stay put and can't go further because it's getting dark and dangerous. the north, south highway has not been safe for months. >> translator: the trucks, so now i don't know what is coming or what government can do. >> reporter: army reenforcements have been brought in the area but they are weak militarily and a nationwide civil war right now is unlikely. but even a localized guerilla-style insurgency could be a headache for the government scaring away investors and costing the count billions in
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lost revenue. >> reporter: the united nation security council will hold emergency talks on monday after fighting and congo killed a u.n. peace keeper and have taken over towns in the providence from m 23 fighters and the m 23 threatened to pull out of peace talks in uganda. they have been killed in kashmir that decides india and pakistan and both sides accused each other of unprovoked firing along the border. sand is fast becoming a precious commodity in southern india, so precious people are now mining, it illegally and estimated the state uses 18 million tons of sand a day in it's construction boom and we report with the underground industry is harming
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local communities. >> reporter: he remembers the days when these waves broke way out in the distance. today during high tide or the annual monsoon he says the sea reaches the front steps of his house, the indian government built this wall to protect the community from the effects of the illegal sand mining, and coastal erosion but it has not stopped the problem. >> translator: they mine from 10 to 5:00 p.m. when no one is watching and sand is loaded on bikes and trucks and taken away. >> reporter: sand mining, started small here but in resent years it has become a lucrative business, people hearsay that less than 10 years ago the shore on this side was as wide as a football field, but there is not much left of it now and the seawater is mixing with the freshwater river on this side of
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the bank. this community trade is also damaging land and livelihoods away from the sea. and his family has owned and farmed this fertile river bank for nearly two centuries but over the last few years the illegal mining, washed away ten meters of his property. >> translator: the sand mafia is running the street and we can't fight them. the school and houses on the bank are also under threat. >> reporter: 44 rivers flow through the state, and say most are being minded for sand. according to construction industry estimates they use 18 million tons of sand today. by 2020 it will use 4 times as much. environmentalist warn thal
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fast-paced development and sand mining, is making them in danger. >> and what they are doing is constructive development. >> reporter: and he says he will live on the receding coastline for as long as he can and like many others all he can do is hope that people in positions of power act before his home is washed away by the sea. and al jazeera. >> reporter: and pioneering american muscina loovie has died at the age of 71. he was best known as the creative force behind the velvet underground and one of the most influential rock band in the 60s and 70s and we go to new york. ♪ ♪ sweet jane lou reed and life expressed by music and the velvet underground
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set the tone for rock in the 1960s and early 70s. >> for a lot of people who like this and punk music and underground music lou was as important as the beetles. lou reed called this place home at one time or another and used what they saw in the hallways of this hotel as musical inspiration. and they dropped off flowers to pay tribute to reed and remembering what his music meant to them. >> the velvet underground was ahead of their time and lou reed was further than punk rock. >> in high school he was my musical taste and growing umin a small town in wyoming and different than country western. >> reporter: as influential as
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it was their album sold few copies. >> the cope about the band which is worth repeating is that only 30,000 or so people bought velvet underground records but every one went on to start a rock band and what he did with the velvet underground prestaged punk and everything that was called alternative rock in the 80s and 90s. >> reporter: he had greater success as a solo artist after the band broke up in the mid 70s. >> he never stopped music and never stopped changes and he had success with transformer produced by david bowie and had the hit walk on the wild side. >> reporter: it was inducted in the hall of fame in 1996 and more recently he collaborated with artists like metalica and toured with his new band metal
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machine tri and had vocals to synthetica and it's his time with the velvet underground shaping the future of rock music that most fans remember when they think of lou reed. . >> millions ever americans ginted a full-time job. and a space pioneer whose mission is to tack the the ocean. and what do you do when your dad a one of the richest men in the world. how about save the world. this is "real money ", and i'm david shuster. >> this is "rea


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