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this is al jazeera. hello there. welcome to "the news hour." from the forecast center in doha and in london, our top stories. the final farewell. south africa says good-bye to the father of the nation. >> the long walk to freedom has ended. in the physical sense. our own journey continues. we have more news from europe including -- >> ukraine will make europe better, and europe will make
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ukraine better. >> takes sides. prominent u.s. senator john mccain speaks to people in kiev demanding integration with the european union. also ahead a glimmer of hope in central african republic. can a deal with done to end the cycle of violence? and syria's forgeten children. we meet the young people in desperate need of special care. south africa's first black president has been laid to rest at his ancestoral in qunu. it has brought to an end ten days of mourning across south africa. president jacob zuma said it's
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been long and painful. >> reporter: the final moments of a sad farewell as nelson mandela's remains were lowered into the ground out of public view. the raw of a military fly-past bearing the flag of the new south africa that mandela himself did so much to create. in the eastern cape hills of his birth and boyhood, it had been a funeral ceremony emack lately planned, executed with precision. beneath a giant dome built in the place he called home, invited guests, dignitaries, celebrities and the south african government joined the mandela family. some looking drawn with exhaustion and grief.
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south africa's president jacob zuma led them in a song reminiscent of the years of struggle. we, the nation, are crying the words go. the song sung at the funerals at fallen hero with an expression of gratitude for perhaps the greatest hero of them all. >> we wish today to express two simple words. thank you. thank you for being everything we wanted and needed in a leader during a difficult period in our lives. the long walk to freedom has ended in the physical sense. our own journey continues.
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>> reporter: in a blend of the formal with the traditional, there were deeply personal tributes as well from one of his 18 grandchildren. >> we shall miss you when you were not pleased with our behavior. we shall miss your voice as you told us stories of your childhood. we shall miss your laughter. >> reporter: from life-long friend and fellow robben island prison addressing the man he called madala. >> what do we say to you, madala, in these days? the last, final moments together before you exit the public stage. when he died, i lost a father, and now i'm lost a brother. my life is in a void.
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i don't know who to turn to. >> reporter: many south africans will also wonder where to turn now with the passing of man whose every life breath was reassurance, perhaps the country's greatest son, the many many knew as tata, or grandfather, the tribal chief they call simply madiba. >> we're live from qunu. a very heavy, overcast sky there, and you are reflective of the mood of the day. >> reporter: extraordinary, really. in traditional culture this is a very positive sign, laura. the rain is seen as welcoming the spirit of the deceased into heaven. the ancestors welcoming him into heaven. he's getting a big welcome, indeed. let me show you what remains of the funeral site. you can see perhaps the big, white domed tent in the background there, and these heavy gray clouds hanging over
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it. the hillsides have been swept by rain, and we're completely soaked here. of course, there's very little happening there now. the dignitaries and so on making their way back and away from there in long streams of security convoys and buses. indeed, the public viewing areas that have been set up nearby are also completely deserted. 4,500 people were in that tent watching. only 400 watched the actual interment of remains of him into the ground. some people felt left out of proceedings here. a funeral is a public event certainly, and ses specially for the neighbors to wander over without being invited to pay respects. of course, they had to draw a line. they couldn't allow this to be a public funeral, but they did set up public viewing areas and big screens to watch it all live one of which, of course, was set you be in the soweto in johannesburg
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where tonya page was and filed this report. >> reporter: the day after nelson mandela was released from prison, he came to this stadium in soweto and addressed a crowd of thousands of people. they gathered to watch the state funeral on some of the big screens. what does nelson mandela mean to you? >> he meant a lot to me, and i learned a lot from him. the two things that i took from him was forgive the enemy and dine with the enemy. that's what i took from him. >> reporter: your mother was an anti-apartheid activist, and the country has changed so much since she was on the streets in soweto. what do you want to see south africa achieve in the next 20 years? >> they must achieve what they promised they could achieve.
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>> reporter: outside the stadium people are dancing and singing what they call the struggle song. they're songs nelson mandela would have known many of the words to. they speak of liberation, freedom and hope for the future. it's a fitting tribute from soweto that he lived in and loved as they ponder a future without him. >> we've done ten days of farewell proceedings, but they've not been without controversy, have they? >> reporter: it's been an extraordinary ten days, laura, from soweto to kqunu to pretori to capetown, the entire country touched by a reach of series of commemorative events that made up an extraordinary state funeral for nelson mandela over the last seven days in particular, but ten days now
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since he died. it hasn't been free of controversy. if you think of what must have been arranged so hastily to put it together to welcome and accommodate more than 90 world leaders on tuesday and a good number of others now and three days lying in straight in pretoria and street parades and so on. an enormous logistical and security challenge. there was the booing of jacob zuma as he entered the stadium in soweto for the memorial service on tuesday. that's an indication of political challenges ahead for nelson mandela's cherished african national congress that isn't altogether the party it was when he was around. there were security breaches. the sign language interpreter who was hired to stand beside the likes of barack obama turned out to be a diagnosed schizophrenic having some sort of mental or psychotic episode at the time. of course, the near disaster of the absence on the guest list of
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the funeral here of archbishop desmond tutu himself. that was swiftly put right after a national outcry. the archbishop was there at the funeral on sunday and it went off fittingly well. a fitting tribute and end to the life of a huge figure in this country, nelson mandela. >> absolutely, jonah. they say the rains are now coming down in qunu. thank you very much. we have lots more on nelson mandela's funeral on our website, aljazeera.com. there's several interactive features on his struggle for freedom and the legacy he's left behind. now a prominent u.s. politician john mccain told ukrainians they'd be better off joining the european union. we have more on that story. lauren. >> mccain speaking in front of tens of thousands of demonstrators in kiev that want their country to join the eu.
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that protest is still going on and we're there. rory, why is senator mccain there? >> reporter: essentially what john mccain is doing by coming here to ukraine, he's showing exactly both sides, and clearly the u.s. is on the side of the protesters here in independence square. he was giving them a very, very warm message of support and saying that the people of the united states stand with the protesters who have been out here on the streets of kiev for weeks now. now, of course, this sort of message is not going to go down well with russia. russia thinks that western diplomats coming to ukraine is meddling in ukrainian sovereign affairs. the people here liked it very much indeed. there were chants in the square here of thank you usa just after john mccain spoke. he also -- after he had been on
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stage here, he had a few words to say for the journalists. let's listen to his message. >> i'm looking forward to meeting with our opposition leaders tonight and tomorrow in the square, and i'm proud of the people of ukraine and their steadfast efforts for democracy. >> rory, in the meantime, it appears that the eu has suspended work on this trade deal. what's going on there? what's the significance of that? >> reporter: all that seems to be in a message from europe that essentially it doesn't really see any way forward for post-integration with europe while yanukovych is in power because they can't progress further with these european talks. now, this comes at a sensitive time, because mr. yamukovych and
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other high level people why ukraine will hold talks with the russians later this week which it is possible some sort of deal would be signed bringing ukraine and russia close together. the people here in the square won't want to have anything happen that will dash their european hopes, and that's why i think that what the europeans have said today is a risky move and it might not go down well with the people here. >> all right. thank you. the latest there from kiev. from europe a little later in the news hour, let's go back to laura. >> lauren, thanks very much. still coming on "the news hour," on the verge of triumph yant return to power, she's ready to win the election. the latest on palestinians a'flood emergency room. a huge step to winning since
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the first time in 2007. voting is under way in mali for a second round of parliamentary elections. it's intended to mark the country's return to democracy following a military coup in march of last year, but the turnout has been low. voting is overshadowed by two u.n. peacekeepers killed in a bomb on saturday. aid organizations up want the u.n. to do more for those displaced of the central african republic. they're struggling to cope without food or basic medical supplies. hundreds have been killed in violence involving christian and muslim militias. the interim president has offered to speak to leaders of the christian rebels trying to unseat him. we're in the cap of bangui and
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have this report. >> reporter: it is a big news story of the day. the president says that he is in negotiations with the christian militia group but there's question who he's talking about. we haven't found any clear activity whether they're a united group. it's not clear if it's ordinary villages taking part or backed by the former president who wants to come back and grab power here. at the same time we are hearing reports from a french newspaper that there was an altercation between seleka forces and special forces on the tarmac before french president hollande left. i think there are question markses about the authority of president here and how much control he has over those forces but how much power he has in any negotiations with his enemies. at the same time the
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humanitarian crisis just getting worse. we are hearing reports that food distributions aren't happening in the camp at the airport where there are around 50,000 people now because of insecurity there, because of people wielding machetes and trying to grab the food as it's distributed. women are sleeping in the baking heat at the moment, but when it rains, they're just holding their babies because there's absolutely no shelter. disease is rief and malaria and other diseases as well. the doctors who are operating in these conditions are just overwhelmed. a japanese diplomat was stabbed in yemen's capital. armed men tried to kidnap him outside his house. he resisted and was attacked with a knife. his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. foreigners are frequently taken by armed groups in yemen which want ransom money. gaza's only power station has limped back to life for the
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first time in seven weeks. it received a long-awaited shipment of diesel from israel. gaza needs electricity more than ever. floods have forced 5,000 people from their homes. nick spicer reports. >> reporter: they have to use fishing boats to get to the stranded people. water is 2 meters deep in some places. the government in gaza is putting flood victims up in schools and any other buildings it can find. >> translator: i am flooded, and we had to evacuate and stay in shelters. we're without furniture, blankets or anything. gaza is without fuel, cooking and electricity. where is the islamic world? >> reporter: gaza has already suffered from power outages lasting more than 12 hours every day. the red cross and other aid agencies are doing what they can to help, but the feeling is with gaza under an egyptian/israeli blockade and with bad weather, they and the government can't do
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enough. >> this is a humanitarian disaster in gaza strip. there's a critical lack of oil and needs. more than 4,014 people are under those conditions and it's a big disaster and humanity disaster, a health care disaster. >> reporter: in gaza the hope is improving weather will let people return to homes, but with a massive scleen clean upneeded, it's going to be serious for several days if not weeks. . >> we're joined from the spokesman from the united nations relief and work agency in tel aviv. you have teams on the ground there in gaza. tell us just how bad the situation is. >> well, let's allow the
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humanitarian facts to speak for themselves. the united nations estimates that about 10,000 people have been evacuated and many more have been affected by this terrible weather. one colleague of mine in gaza said that in jibala the area was transformed into one huge lake with some waters as high as 2 meters in places as far as the eye can see. so i think those sorts of facts speak for themselves. as for the response, as you say, we have 12,000 staff in gaza, 4,000 of those have been working 24/7 to bring assistance to the needy, the sick, the elderly, the women, the children. we opened up facilities as shelters. hundreds of people have been taken to shelters. our schools, unfortunately, were closed today, but we believe that all of them will be open tomorrow. our food distribution centers have all been open.
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our health centers also. so the team in gaza, i have to pay tribute to their extraordinary commitment and dedication. they have been working round the clock to make sure that we are able in these terrible circumstances. as i say, it's disastrous for many people in many areas. we have been able to bring to some extent some help to the needy. >> with these thousands of workers you have working around the clock 24/7, why do we have the hamas government accusing the u.n. of being passive and not doing enough? >> well, that's something to ask the hamas government about. if they have problems, let them speak to us. cooperation i have to say has been good. we distributed to the local municipalities 5,000 liters of diesel so that the pumping stations could continue. so i think you'd need to talk to them more about cooperation. as far as we're concerned, we've been doing all we can,
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cooperating with local communities. our social workers have been making house-to-house walls, our maintenance and sanitation workers have been out in force. you know, the situation was already very, very bad in gaza. years of this situation. the restrictions has meant that the public health system was completely destroyed in many places. you have sewage floating in the streets, and, of course, nick spicer in his report talked about there being long times of outage. things were already disastrous, but this has added to an already disastrous situation. >> a few days down the line, we'll see people try to rebuild. how difficult is that with israel's border closed and, of course, egypt shutting off the tunnels? >> well, indeed. i mean, we've had these restrictions for so long now, six and a half years, and recently we have the destruction of the tunnels into and out of
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egypt. of course, that has made the situation for many people in gaza completely intolerable. there have been some modest good news just before these latest floods that for certain projects they have reported that 19 of 20 active construction projects were stalled and we were working to get building materials in. we have to continue with that. it's not just 19 projects that need to be revitalized, but it's a whole range of projects and other public works and sanitation projects across the gaza strip. we say gaza has to deal with a natural problem, this huge inundation, and we have to make sure that the manmade restrictions can be lifted, which is why we say there has to be a proper discussion about the situation in gaza and certainly they hope once this terrible situation in gaza is over that there can be proper consideration gin, proper pressures brought by the
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international community to make sure that the terrible situation that pertains to so many people in gaza, 1.7, 1.8 pooeople more than two-thirds are refugees are beneficiaries so that their humanitarian plight can be improved. that i think after this terrible situation now becomes an urge the priority for the international system. >> very good to speak to you. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. thank you. syrian activists say at least 18 people have been killed in aleppo in a bombardment by government forces. these are amateur pictures of aftermath of the attack. activists say the armed forces use tell kopts to drop barrels filled with explosives on the area of the city. syrian refugees who fled the war to neighboring jordan have access to a variety of health services, but it does not include treatment for children with autism. we report from amman.
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without proper care, some with the condition are getting worse. >> reporter: a destitute syrian families living with two children. am mad has severe autism. and they peet need therapy at specialized centers and there's no money to pay for it. the parents spent all the savings for their sons here, but ever since the money ran out, the children are confined to this tiny apartment. ahmad's aggressive behavior at times leaves his mother no choice but to lock him up in a room. >> our children are growing up, and their chances be being treated are decreasing. treatment is much more effective at an early age. file like my children's future is wasting away. even though there is hope they can get better if they are treated. >> reporter: ever since he left the autism center, he's regressed so badly he stopped speaking. ahmad is afraid to play outside.
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children in the neighborhood bully him because of his disability. autistic children improve as long as their therapy and schooling aren't interrupted. early intervention is the most effective way to reduce the symptoms of autism. maintaining consistency in the child's environment as well as providing a highly structured routine are also crucial. and that's what ka rim, an autistic syrian child from aleppo has. they sent him to the autism academy before the conflict broke out in syria. he's doing so well he lives at the academy and fwz to a regular school. what he doesn't have is family. his parents became refugees in turkey and have lost contact. he's now under the care of the center. autism centers here can't help syrian children unless there's significant international funding. they can barely cope with the number of jordanian patients.
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>> the new approaches and treatment of autism and the consistency needed, it needs funding and it needs consistent funding. that is really sad, because sometimes parents come to me and tell me if i don't have money, that means that my child has no treatment? >> reporter: the average monthly cost of treatment is $4,000. no syrian refugee family can afford that. that's why the well-being of autistic syrians depending on whether there's enough outside funding to ensure them a better life. al jazeera, amman. just daying after having his uncle executed for treason north korea's leader was on the ski slopes. jim jong-un boasts about a ski resort that's nearing completion. he said it was a warning against decent, and they think it's a sign of a power struggle in the totalian state. still to come, is this the
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>> only on al jazeera america. hello again. these are the top stories on al jazeera. nelson mandela habben laid to rest in the village where he grew up. the state funeral in qunu was a somber occasion and also a celebration. ♪ >> the eulogies for south africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon. ukraine will make europe, and europe will make ukraine better. >> and senator john mccain told a huge crowd of protesters in ukraine that the united states backs their desire for european
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integration. in chile polls have opened in the second round of presidential elections. former president and socialist leader michelle ba cele. she's widing expected to win as she secured 47% of the votes last month leaving her just shore of an outright victory. joining us is lucia newman. not a huge amount of suspense at this point, is there? >> reporter: not a lot of suspense, not a lot of mystery. still an exciting time for any country when there's a presidential election, and especially when there's a change of government as seems almost certain here, that michelle bachele thaz leads the coalition that includes a communist party in chile is sirn to begin. her biggest competitor is
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abstention. you see behind me there are very, very few people. this is santiago's national stadium, once a torture center, and now it's the country's largest polling station. very few people are coming out to vote this time, and that's going to lead to a problem for the winner who wants to show that she has a large mandate. >> is the intent that it would take a shine off a win? >> reporter: it would. this is the first time when voting is not mandatory. in the past a lot of people went out to vote because they had to do so. the fact it's now voluntary means a lot of people are staying home partially because they think this is a run race and it's a begin that michelle bachelet is going to win. why vote at all. others see it as a kind of
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protest. last time they were nine canadas and now there's only two and a lot say they don't like either one. michelle bachelet wants to implement sweeping economic reforms and wants to show she has the legitimacy and mandate of the people to do that. her opposition is going to say she doesn't if there's not a large turnout, lauren. >> many thanks for the update there. the results are in a few hours time. thank you. let's go back to lauren in europe with more news from there. >> thanks. ministers are appointed to germany's new coalition government which is finally formed after pro tracted negotiations. it ends three months of political limbo. angela merkel's new government could be sworn into office on thursday. what do we know of the details of the deal? >> reporter: the details coming out so far, lauren, are pretty
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much what we had expected. angela merkel's cvu and her bar varian partners have the majority of the seats in the cabinet. they won the election. they have eight seats. the social democrats will take six seats. now, amongst the key positions of the social democrat will be given in the foreign ministry, and it will be frank steinmeyer. he was the foreign minimum strer in the first coalition angela merkel led in 2009, and he did rather bad in the general election running as chancellor against angela merkel in 2009. but she, obviously, remains as chancellor and crucially she and her party will keep control of the finance ministry and will ensure her right-hand man, her architect of economic policy and indeed policy towards the rest of euro zone will stay in his position. that's very important. >> in general terms how definite
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will this coalition be in policy terms? >> reporter: well, i think it will be a little bit to the left of the previous coalition. she's now working with a center left partnership, if you'd like, rather than the center right partnership that she had with the free democrats who did so badly in the september elections. that's reflected in the kind of concessions that the social democrats were able to win during the negotiations about forming a grand coalition. for example, they have succeeded in getting angela merkel to commit to the introduction of a minimum wage, to increase some kinds of social spending. for instance, on pensions, but in overall terms i don't think that that much doubt as to who ultimately is in charge. it's angela merkel, and she and wolfgang will define the overall direction of this government policy. so i don't think the differences are going to be dramatic. they're going to be subtle. >> thanks very much.
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barnaby phillips in berlin. this is the first euro zone country has exited the program. two years ago ireland was on its knees and needed a bailout loan. deep government spending cuts have ireland return to the international debt market and borrow the money it needs to be self-sustaining again next year. the protesters have clashed in the spanish capital of madrid. they've been demonstrating against the new law for thoe increase in penalties. that's all the news from europe in news hour. back to laura. u.s. government subsidies are blamed for affecting the like li hood of farmers in the developing world. it pushed prices down, meaning many farmers abroad can't compete. things could be about to change. andy gallagher reports from a cotton farm in the u.s. state of
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mississippi. >> reporter: brown was born on his parents farm in mississippi. his family has been here since is the 1957, but the history of african-americans and cotton production has a long and turbulent history in the u.s. enormous profits were made on the backs of slaves, and even in modern times many black farmers feel persecuted. rory just received compensation following a settlement with the department of agriculture which is accused of denying black farmers loans based on their race. >> we didn't expect to be treated like that. we wanted to be equal and competitive with the other farmers and wanted not only that but to make a decent living. >> reporter: life for roy and many other cotton farmers could get harder. government subsidies may soon be cut. for roy that's a loss of $50,000 a year. >> it's going to be really bad if the government, you know, takes the subsidies away from the farmers. it will be really bad.
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a lot of farmers ain't going to be able to keep farming. >> reporter: the problem is billions of dollars in subsidies distort the global cotton market. prices push down making it harder for developing nations to compete for make a living. it's something cotton-growing nations like brazil have fought hard against for years claiming the practice is illegal and unfair. they've basically been backed by an international court, in the next few weeks the new farm bill be passed and it's likely expected the days of subsidies will be gone. a historic cotton museum in memphis and experts say there's little choice but to change the policy. >> most growers don't need them anyway, and also, they are against the world trade organization agreements which means that if we violate the wto rules and regulations, we can be fined big-time. >> reporter: but for roy and many other small cotton farmers, the future is bleak.
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he wants to pass his farm on to his children, who without help that may now be a lot harder. andy gallagher, al jazeera, mississippi. in india the bit coin is gaining popularity. there's a campaign to make it part of the country's financial system. a conference is being held to promote the advantages of virtual money. we have the report. >> reporter: cash means everything in india. despite a rise in the popularity of credit card and online payments, most transactions still take place with bank notes. some want to change that. >> the coin to me is freedom. bit coin represents freedom in the financial world. >> reporter: natasha has been part of a group that might meets regularly to talk about bit coins, a virtual currency that relieves people of extra charges. >> businesses are linked, different countries and different states.
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it's very global at the moment, and i think we need a occur see that keeps up with that. >> reporter: it's why she's part of a group bringing awareness to virtual currencies that involves drawing people into the advantages of use bit coins by getting individuals accustomed to this. >> this isn't an actual bit coin. this is a physical coin for people to hold something and feel understandable about the kwoin. on the back it allows people to receive payments through this. if i carry this around, i can receive payments on this, and the payment will stay on the computer in my hard wall lelt. >> reporter: india is still a cash-based society with the government keeping strict limits on how many money a person can take out and bring into the country. with bit coins the person has to download the currency on something small like a smartphone, slip it in their pocket and board the plane and leave the country with potentially millions of dollars completely untraceable, and that's raising concerns. >> that's what india is worried
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about. so you're going to lose precious foreign exchange. >> reporter: since bit coins are anonymous, they're worries of them being used for money laundering or extremist group to fund systems. because at present india's infrastructure doesn't have the capability to handle virtual currencies. >> we don't know how to regulate it. we're wondering if there's a way to regulate it. >> reporter: ambrose and other organizers have invited people from the government and financial sector so they can better understand the potential of bit coins in india. as wealth plays an important part in indian culture, even having its own goddess, some want to see the future of that wealth shifting from the physical to the virtual. al jazeera, bangalore. still ahead on the news hour, the juggernaut of german football crush another team to extend their league record jo
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when they break or become obsolete, they end up being thrown out. they frequently contain gold, silver and copper and symptom lead. recycle them if it's done like in india is a dangerous and toxic job. >> it contains a lot of hazardous and serious metals, for example, and they are not easy to treat. this is why it's very much needed that appropriate recycling is taking place. if these valuables are wasted, then it's a loss of resources as well. >> reporter: some countries are moving towards safely recycling e-waste, but it's feared it will overwhelm the facilities and this could see millions of tons of waste dumped into landfills. the u.n. report says 48.9 million tons of e-waste was produced last year. this is expected to rise to 65.4
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million tons by 2013. the large producers are china and the u.s. they produced 11.1 million and 10 million tons last year. this compares to the average american who produced six times this, 29.8 kilograms. a u.n. initiative has created an online interactive maps that looks at 194 countries and looks at how much they generate and disposes. >> the e waste is an issue for developing and transition countries but also in the developed world. even in the developed world we have the issue that we are facing here. low collection rate despite having very good e-waste management systems in place. the consumer also has to play a certain role here, and he has been to be aware and take action. >> reporter: let's hope it will
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give governments and companies dealing in e-waste a better sense of the problem. then perhaps they can move this mountain and ensure it's recycled or disposed of safely. now let's get all the sports. here's jo. >> australia is closing in on winning the ashes for the first time in 2007. they're going against england in day three in perth. australia took 61 runs in the morning session to get england all out. england baller is waiting for a skin as i was dismissed. chris rogers was put on an opening stand of 157 in australia's second energy, getting 112 for the hosts and australia 225. that gives australia a lead of 369 runs with 7 rickets
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remaining. if they win the match, they clench the five-match series 3-0. >> i don't think we can be in a better position, that's for sure. we still have ten weeks to get it, and we don't take anything for granted. to finish at 370 in front, that's a position. so i think today was an amazing day, probably as good a day we've had so far. >> it's been a good day even if there's a small crack there, and my symptoms aren't painful. then i see no reason why i can't continue into play. i mean, i've got ten days until the boxing day and even a bit more than that. i know a lot of ice elevation and that sort of treatment helps, and even if there is a small crack, i see no reason i can't get myself back in the frame. on to football now, manchester united took a step towards redemption in the premier league. very went against ashton villa.
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a third from tom cleverly fields the three points for the 20-time league champions and halted a four-game winless run. it put them up to eight in the league. nathan diaz suffered a suspected broken ankle, and in a few minutes time a huge game at white hart lane as liverpool heads to tottenham without their captain with a hamstring injury. a double from namar has helped barcelona maintain their lead, but rivals real madrid fell 5 points adrift in the title race after being held by acini. elise holman reports. >> reporter: while madrid only tasted victory once, one again their under pressure.
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they popped out of the game before the break punishing real's lack defense for a 2-0 lead. things continued to unravel as captain sergio ramos was sent off for a second yellow card. he revived chances with a strike on the stroke at halftime. it was also his turn to feel the pressure. both sides were reduced to ten men after francisco silva received two yellow cards in two minutes and pepe capitalized to level the match at 2-2. and that's how it finished, an impressive comeback, but for real madrid it's another two points lost. barcelona had suffered their first loss in defeat in the last league outing while begin a helping hand against real, a penalty rewarded and they made
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no mistake from the start. the yellow submarines leveled the match straight after the interval with a header. he came to the rescue with a 68th minute winner. grenada produced one of the goals of the season. fortunately his teammates were more on target as they beat them 2-0. elise holman, al jazeera. over in germany they have stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 41 games. they have now gone a whole year without a league defeat, and on saturday hamburg went to scotland. the goals fueled a 3-1 win. they go into winter break as league leaders. third place dartmouth went again
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pop inhiem, and they fill a goal back. he leveled from close range, the 2-2 result was dropped by points behind second place. sergei garcia picked up his first win in a year in thailand. the spanish golfer that led the field since the second round turned in 168 on sunday. steve henriks did by two strokes to win the champion. he celebrated with his girlfriend, who was his caddie for the week. skiing for you now. world champion tessa has won the third world cup giant sla lom event of the new season. they managed to avoid the fate of some of her rivals in switzerland. she posted the fastest time in
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both runs. they were defending over a world cup champion. american college football most prestigious individual honor the heisman trophy went to its youngest ever winner. >> the winner is jameis winston, florida state university. >> 19-year-old jameis winston won in a landslide in new york. he's the top rated passer and has led undefeated florida state to the bcs championship game. >> this isn't just for jameis winston but for florida state. i love everybody in here. i can't beat -- i'm so blessed right now, man. it means so much to me. i got one thing to say. at florida state if we're going to do it, we do it big. thank you all. pittsburgh penguins fans find out later on sunday how
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long star center malkin will be sidelined for. he hurt his left leg in the 4-1 victory over the detroit red wins. he scored the penguins second goal in michigan and had englland ejected. his injury was because of running into boards and he was limping after the game. sidney crosby hit it twice to take his tally up to 17 for the season. a change of kit has appeared to do the trick for new york knicks. this season they lost all six games wearing orange, but in the white stretch they beat the atlanta hawks 111-106. carmelo anthony had 35 points. there's plenty more on our website, check out aljazeera.com/sports. that's all the sports for now. >> thanks very much indeed. just before we go, let's
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bring you another look at just how south africa in ten days of lively celebrations and somber memorials has marked the passing of the father of the nation. of course, nelson mandela. they've been mosting public international affairs, but they did end today with a private burial at nelson mandela's traditional home village of qunu. that was his final resting place. let's take a look. >> our nation has lost its gr t greatest son. ♪ >> we love you madiba. >> mandela ln was a giant for justice and human inspiration.
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>> nelson mandela was not just a hero of our time but a hero of the time. >> i am not a saint, he said, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. >> he's the moses of our time. >> now we are free, we are free, we are free! ♪
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>> madiba, the man. ♪ >> it is the end of 95 glorious
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years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant. for some soldiers the war never ends. watch as a battle once fought in a warzone, comes to life on a video screen. >> he was doused in deisel fuel and he was just in a lot of pain. >> can re-living trauma lead to a cure for ptsd? technow on al jazeera america commanded a king's ransom, 62-year-old nick saban says, "i'm too darn old to start over", he did not adarn, he used the other word.
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he agreed to a multi year extension remain the coach of crimson tide. >> not one day during the school year goes by where a navy pleeb doesn't hollar beat army, or a cadet, "beat navy." the two oldest dismiss meet for the 114th time. michael eaves has more. >> on paper this game doesn't figure to be much of a battle. 7 and 4 navy against a team posting three wins. the games are not played on paper. the long-standing rivalry is more than a contest.
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welcome to al jazeera america. i am richelle carey. here are the stories we are following for you. a final farewell to nelson mandela. protests continue if kiev. demonstrators may have lost their fight. the collapse of a nation leaves its people in dire straits. [ music ] >> the final step in his long walk to freedom. nelson mandela is laid to rest in his an ce

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