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>> state of emergency in syria as negotiators prepare for peace talks. >> hello, welcome. also on the show - sunni fighters take over several police stations in iraq's province, seizing weapons and freeing prisoners. >> translation: i feel that whenever they want they can break into my home in whichever way they want. >> anger over israeli training
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exercises held in home. >> and rescue for a ship stuck in the antarctic gets underway. >> the u.n. is calling for an immediate truce in south sudan. parts of the country are in a state of emergency as rebel negotiators prepare for talks. large areas of jonglei and unity stake are in rebel hands. there's a growing humanitarian crisis. we have more from south sudan's capital in juba. >> a state of emergency is more about giving government forces and officials a free hand to deal with the rebellion. there's a sense of embarrassment that they have lost two key cities of bor and bentiu. fighting is going on around those towns.
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in bor, fighting began at dawn when government forces that had been sent there as reinforcements to those defeated on tuesday, to attack the rebels there. the government is saying they will not stop the fighting until they get to bor. fighting is happening in bentiu, the oil unity state. these are two key states that the government doesn't want talks to begin before it gets control of >>. 10 people have been wounded in a grenade attack in a popular resort town. the beach is 25km south of mombasa. the device was thrown into a nightclub. three people carried out the attack and escaped on a motorbike. >> three explosions in somalia's capital killed 11 people.
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they happened at a hotel. it is popular with somali politicians. the explosions were followed by gunfire. violence in the central african republic bangui left three dead. armed men are reported to have thrown grenades at christian homes. vigilante groups set fire to muslim homes. more than a thousands have died in fighting in the past month. >> the muslims came and set fire to the houses. everywhere was affected. everyone left without nothing. this morning they began shooting. we quickly left for a camp where there are many people. >> translation: we had two dead this morning, including a 12-year-old dying from a gash on his skull. >> iraq's prime minister nouri al-maliki is calling for talks with sunni muslim tribesman to end violence in anbar province.
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army reinforcements are on the way after several cities were stormed. they seized weapons and freed prisoners. >> the violence in anbar province had not let up. sunni muslim fighters were on the streets, and so was the army. the prime minister nouri al-maliki was going to pull the troops out, and changed his mind and sent in reinforcements. >> malabbingy wants to talk to sunni leaders in anbar, but not those that are armed. >> translation: we welcome our brothers were anbar who speak to us, consult and discuss. we need them, not those claiming to represent anbar. >> the army cleared a sunni protest camp in ramadi. it had been there for a year. maliki accused many of them
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being members of al qaeda. >> the operation led to gun battle, and 44 members of parliament protested against it. >> gunmen took control of electricity and police station, and government buildings. they stopped the anbar television station from broadcasting, and burnt military vehicles. >> many sunni tribesman are opposed to the shi'a-led government, accusing it of neglecting their interest. the government gave aid to anbar, including oil, food and medicine. it all seems too late. iraq's sunni population has deep grievances with the government. it needs political instruments to deal with the unhappy sunni population, and military instruments to deal with al qaeda. as long as these two things are
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conflated, there's no hope of a successful resolution. >> nouri al-maliki says they are taking advantage of the situation. he doesn't have a lot of time to get talks under way to calm things down. >> staying in iraq, and the united nations says 2013 was the most violence in years. more than 7,000 civilians were killed. thousands more were wounded. it was the worst month, violence spiking after the shia-led capital cracked down. violence is being fuelled by distrust between sunni and shia muslims, allowing groups like al qaeda to rebuild. >> there are clashes between police and protesters in alexandria. two have been killed there. alexandria has seen bouts since july's military coup. violence broke out after anti-coup protesters blocked major roads.
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>> syria is demanding the release of three staff members. the company condemned what it calls the arbitrary arrest of world-renowned journalist, mohamed fadel fahmy on the left. peter greste on the right faced further fevening. and mohamed fawzi. they were arrested. egypt's prosecutors said they were held on suspicion of joining a terrorist group and spreading lies haumful to state security. al jazeera america calls the allegations fabricated nonsense. >> the electronic army hacked into the internet's calling service skype. the pro-syrian group posted messages against microsoft which owns skype and revealed the contact information of ceo. the messages have been taken down and services restored. >> former israeli prime minister
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ariel sharon who has been in a coma for eight years is said to be near death. he's suffering kidney failure. he has been in a vegetative state since january 2006. he's considered the architect of israeli expansion into the occupied west bank. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry arrives in the middle east. he hopes to make this the ear israel and palestinians seal a peace deal. it will be the 10th visit in less than a year to israel and the occupied west bank. he's been trying to hammer out a framework to guide troops. >> people were detained for hours without explanation in the occupied west bank during the mock raids. >> in the village in the
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occupied west bank all is quiet. on november the 5th, hundreds of israeli soldiers walked into towns. photos taken by locals document the arrival. young palestinians threw stones and soldiers fired tear gas. 15 soldiers entered this man's home. his 3-year-old daughter was terrified. the sold yours took up position on the roof. as night fell, they left without saying a word. the whole thing turned out to be a training exercise. >> they didn't disturb my routine, there's a sense that they can demand our lives, i feel that whenever they want they can break into our home in whichever way they like. >> what happened here is happening all over the west bank. palestine villages and towns are used for training. this was an evacuation exercise in august.
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also in hebron the israelis were seen training in a palestine cemetery. most are familiar with israeli soldiers on their land. the idea in which some raids, where people are detained for hours on end are training exercises, that shocked many. in defense of the practice the army issued the following statement. such exercises are crucial in ensuring it is prepared to protect its citizens. every effort it made to minimise the effect on civilian life. human rights group say mock groups break the law and endanger civilians. when danger by israeli settlers is increasing, they ask why is the army not carrying out mock raids. this former soldier says they are all about reminding the palestinians who is in charge. >> it's something that is unusual, if you think about it -
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people would enter your house and train in the streets. i am not sure if i would agree that someone would do it in my street or raid my house as part of a training, and i think this is part of why i think it's wrong. >> the exercises are causing greater anger and resentment and that is not good for anyone's security. >> we are getting reports that an 85-year-old palestine died in the occupied west bank. reuters newsagency reported the man died after an israeli tear gas cannster landed in his house near nablus. >> an operation to rescue 52 passengers from a russian scientific ship is under way offer a short delay. a helicopter airlift launched by a vessel was postponed because of the severity of the
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conditions. >> those are the passengers, still in high spirits, showing the world that although their ordeal is not over, they are in good humour. i spoke to dominic kane for the latest on the rescue mission. >> there has been several falls storms for the passengers since it became stranded on 24 december. several attempts to break through with conventional ice breakers that couldn't get through. earlier they were told the weather opened up and the helicopter from the chinese vessel could come towards them. this is the reaction of the group leader online a few hours ago. >> it's 5: 30 on 2 january, and we heard the helicopter for the chinese ice breaker is heading over to check out the helipad behind me.
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>> there'll be five airlifts by the helicopter taking 12 passengers each time, and they take an hour there and back. some of the passengers are saying there are false dorms. they'll get off. over the course of the next few hours, they expect a large share of hours to come off. the crew will stay on board. for them, it's a journey they'll undertake regularly. they are in north-east russia. this is something that they do, they are accustomed to it. the ship is provisioned for it. this is what they would expect on an antarctic mission. they wouldn't expect the media attention or to be snuck a drifting iceberg like this one is. >> more to come - including local industry suffers in bangladesh as fewer ex-pats invest in their home towns. and investing in ecommerce, how china consumes.
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>> welcome back, you are watching al jazeera america. the president called for a truce. the president salva kiir called a state of emergency in two states, as peace negotiations are about to begin in ethiopia. several fighters have taken over several states, freezing weapons. an operation to rescue 52 passengers from a russian
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scientific ship in antarctic is under way. they are ferrying scientists and tourists to a nearby ship in an operation that will take five hours. >> pakistan's former pervez has been taken to hospital with heart problems. he was due in court on wednesday on treason charges. we go live to islamabad. what do we know about pervez musharraf's condition. >> we know that pervez musharraf was admitted moments ago to a cardiac hospital in the city of raw pinnedy which neighbours islamabad. we are not clear on what the heart ailment is. some suggested that he was sent to hospital after suffering low blood pressure, others suggesting he may have suffered a heart attack, and it has not been made clear. he has been admitted to
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intensive care at the hospital. and he would imagine that the condition that he's suffering is serious enough for him to gi treatment. pervez musharraf has refused to leave his home, citing security concerns. the fact that he left his home would indicate that this is some sort of a serious problem. >> now, what does this mean for the trial? >> well, this treason trial, which is a special court which has been set up is set to reconvene in three hour's time. 4:00 pm local time. pervez musharraf's lawyer said that it was announced then that the case will be adjourned until monday, which was a request made before there was any indication that pervez musharraf was suffering a health problem. whatever the case, this will be the third time that pervez musharraf has not appeared before this court to be formally
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indicted for this treason charge. the treason charge, if he is ipp dieted, is historic -- indicted is historic. never before have we seen a ruler paraded through the courts. never have we seen a ruler under any charge, particularly of treason, which has a penalty of life in prison or death. pervez musharraf is keen to avoid that. he is in hospital receiving medical treatment for a heart problem. >> in bangladesh money sent home by migrant workers is the second biggest source of income for the government. only the booming garment industry is a bigger earner. it's one of the many areas that benefit. their money transformed towns and villages of the region. >> this is a self-made man.
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his father was a struggling shop owner. he made his fortune building mansions in villages. >> that house is my best work. you won't find a house finer or classier than this one. the owner had good taste and was willing to take whatever it took. >> the owner of the house lives in the u.k. 95% of british are from here. many invested in their home towns. most of the cash has gone into buying land and building lavish homes like this one. he left 20 years ago for london and is running for political office as a member of the labor party, and comes how many wouns a year. >> in every country side -- once a year. in every countryside we don't have good systems, but wherever you go, you can take your car with you, and electricity.
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it's different. >> the reliance on remittances means future is tight. money from abroad made the region wealthy. since the global financial crisis hit, fewer and fewer of these buildings are being constructed, with no other major industries in this area. people here are finding it hard to sustain their incomes. >> this man used to employ 150 people. now he only has about 40 employees. this man used to work, but lately he's finding jobs are drying up. >> the money we are earning is not as much as it used to be, but living costs are higher. before you do earn less and save. now we earn more that before and can't save anything at all. >> foreign wealth has been beneficial. without the presence of strong local industry, much of the hard work by the co-worker could come
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undone. >> japan's population fell by a record 244,000 during the past year. the new figures released by the health ministry have underlined concerns about a declining workforce. it's one of the highest ratios of elderly people. the population has been in decline since 2007 >> if trends continue japan will lose a third of its population. over half of japan's population will be of working age. by 2060 nearly 40% of japanese will be 65 years or older. right now it's around a quarter of the population. >> this man is from the institute of contemporary asia studies at temple university, and says japan is not the only
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country facing a population prop. >> economic consequences means that there are fewer working age japanese relative to the population of retirees. this is asia, to some extent, the developed world's future. several countries, such as in taiwan and singapore have lower fertility rates and china doesn't have a replacement fertility rate. >> online business is booming in the populous nation. chinese ecomers is growing at the rate of 120% each year. we have this report from beijing on how consumers and traders are embracing online shopping. overseeing trade, this man is about to see another record broken in a business that's used to breaking them. started three years ago with three people, he employs 45, and is looking to move to new premises. and the net wide discounting day by online merchants across china
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puts him on target for another good year. >> sales for this year will be $10 million. we are hoping to go beyond 50 million. >> from food to fashion, no place on the planet has embraced ecommerce than china. it is changing the way the country consumes, with provincial china giving access to goods only available until now. >> the eeffects of ecomers has been felt in the remote corners of china. the smallest of businesses have been able to reach markets they never dreamt of reaching. making and selling straw and wicker products from the reeds they collect along the river banks. the villages in the east have gotten by, relying on passing trade. for businesses, thanks to the
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internet connection, that passing trade includes all of china and the world. he has seen his business increase 10% year on year. and the rest of the community shares in the wealth. right down to individual villages working from their homes to fill out orders for the next courier van taking their goods to all parts of china. >> in the past people were doing this work to be able to feed themselves. now they are doing it to make a living. >> the country's head long rush into ecommerce is all the more remarkable. in the goods they are presented with. >> consumers fundamentally changed a whole way of thinking to by contents like food. i can't see ecommerce becoming the main way to shop. the country's consumers and the
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way they are consuming changed before their very eyes. >> china's first aircraft carrier successfully completed a carrier in the chinese sea. >> china is involved in territorial disputes with a number of islands. >> toronto's embattled mayor rob ford announced his re-election bid and he's the only candidate. he had most of his power stripped by the city council. the media publicised his problems with alcohol and crack cocaine. >> we have seen electronics getting smaller, powerful and connected. it's been a boom and resulted in new and innovative health technologies. we have a look at some advances. >> gentlemen, we can rebuild
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him. we have the technology. >> the idea of technology enhancing the human body captured the population. a bionic device is set to change the minds of those without site. this implant took 20 years and $200 million to develop and sends visual signals into the brain. >> what it is is just a silken wafer able to transmit the life you show in the eye into signals for the nerves that go to where you see in the brain to be active. then there's a new generation toothbrush, a 3d-printed mouth mould. after biting it for six seconds, your teeth are clean. at $300 each, it costs you more than a brush. from personal hygiene to
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personal health monitors, a smart band-aid tracks science, real-time monitoring from sporting performances to the health of a family member. perhaps another elderly member. you can monitor what is going on with them because it has an ak seller om eter built into it, you can tell how you are running from side to side or a sporting field. and you can tell has your relative or loved one got out of bed. have they moved or fallen or not got up from that position. >> another medical monitor is helping enlepsy patients whose seizures have not responded. placed beneath the skin of the skull, the device detects abnormal electrical activity and responds to normalized brain activity before the individual
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experiencing a seizure. this is like a defibrillator for the brain and stops the impulse going so you don't know you are having a seizure. >> a detailed understanding of the way the brain works. 2014 will be the year super computers begin to build a simulation of the brain. the $1.6 billion human brain projects takes 10 years to complete, but promises to give an unprecedented understanding of how the brain works. from this, new insights into every aspect of human health. >> a record-breaking crowd turned out to see the toronto maple leaves defeat the detroit red wings. 105,000 people braved freezing temperatures. it's thought to be the biggest attendance for an ice hockey match. it was 10 degrees celsius in rome on new year's day.
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