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. this is al jazeera. >> hello. welcome to the newshour live from doha. these are our top stories. >> turkey prima's prime ministe the mining strategy. 238 people are dead. 190 others are still missing. as the violence continues in syria, talk of a new plan that could involve the iranians and the saudis. live at the u.n. a british former head of gsk china has been arrested in a
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huge bribery scandal, plus: >> i am phil lavell in monte carlo looking at why the cannes film festival has the family here in monaco extremely angry. but first, turkey's prime minister is currently visiting the coal mine site where 238 miners were killed and around 200 others remain trapped following an electrical fault which led to an explosion. the rescue operation is continuing in soma, in western turkey. we know that the prime minister is currently there. we think he may be spending the night. obviously, trying to placate those who are bereaved or who are awaiting news of their relatives. we can hear now from andrew
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simmons who joins us live from there. andrew, the prime minister, then, is meeting a lot of people who are both anxious and angry >> reporter: most certainly. you join me on a wind-swept, dusty and now rain-sodden staging post really overlooking the mine shaft. the prime minister has moved from here now into the town, itself, to meet bereaved people to console people, to try and assess the situation. but the site you see over here, only a four or five-minute walk away is appalling. it's a lot of people waiting forlornly to see loved ones. all they are seeing is bodies being recovered most of the time. we have spoken to rescue workers who say it's grim now. it's more than 24 hours since this fire broke out followed by an explosion and all of the poisonous gas and people are
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saying the rescue workers in particular are saying that it's a hopeless task. they are also revealing they can't get into all of the areas two kill meters below the surface of the earth and four kilometers into the hillside. they can't get into all of the areas because of poisonous gas. this is a report from my colleague, caroline malone. >> with each one of the dead or injured pulled out, the extent of the accident becomes clearer to families and fellow miners. but the number of dead is expected to rise. some of the injured are in a critical condition and hundreds of miners are still not accounted for. a total of 787 people were inside the mine at the time of the explosion. more thanub, because it happened when workers were preparing for a shift change. >> translator: we had been working in a mine over ground
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nearby. we saw everything from there. >> an electrical fault is being blamed for the accident. the resulting explosion and fire cut power inside the mine including to the lifts, making it difficult to escape. some miners were working 420 meters under ground. the rescue mission is a difficult task and had to be halted temporarily because of high levels of carbon monoxide. >> they are very -- we are still waiting here. i have two relatives in the mine. we have been waiting since this afternoon, and we are still here. no one is giving us any information. >> the accident prompted anger from some of the workers who blamed the mining company. >> translator: this is not something that suddenly happened. i can tell you, there are people here who are dying, people who are injured, and it's all because of money. people are dying, and there is nothing we can do about it. they send us here like lambs to the slaughter.
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we are not safe doing this job. >> andrew, this is looking to become turkey's worst industrial disaster, and, of course, it's had a few. hasn't it? >> reporter: that's absolutely right, martin. the last major, major mining disaster goes back to 1992, when 263 miners were killed. there is absolutely no doubt that the figure will go way beyond that one, and turkey is preparing itself. it's bracing itself for mourning, three days mourning been announce did. it's bracing itself for something it's really quite un imaginable. people around here just don't really absorb what's happened. as i say, it's more than 24 hours ago now. but they can't absorb this extraordinary scale of loss. when you think you can visualize perhaps the horror of an
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explosion, two kilometers below the earth followed by a fire and gas, you can visualize the horror of that but the enormity of it, hundreds of miners down there all together, dying together, and then really brave people, more than 400, appear to be more now, rescuers trying to get in. a lot of those rescuers actually were overcome. so many of the injured, it's thought, significant number of the injured are actually people who were trying to rescue the miners. the bottom line is that they were trapped down there. they could not get up because of the power cuts. they could not get in there. the miners left and now, there are question marks about safety, although the owners of the mine say they were fully -- going along with all of the regulations, and this is a regulated pit. the government did inspect it in march this year and gave it a
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pass. but some critics say that turkey, which is very dependent on mines like this in many areas has lax standards, although that is denied by the authorities. >> andrew, thank you very much. andrew simmons updating us, bringing us the very latest from soma in western turkey. yemen's military has launched fresh airstrikes against al-qaeda fighters in their last stronghold in the south. this follows an attack on an army post. he ten shoulders soldiers died including a senior commander. hash a.m. al bara has the latest from the capitol. >> al-qaeda fighters launched two surprise attacks against government positions in azan killing soldiers and a senior army officer. the attack came at a time when the army was preparing for a decisive battle in al-qaeda, last stronghold.
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it is an area called el holba. there are reports that tribesmen were trying to negotiate a deal with al-qaeda where al-qaeda would create safe package but the army rejects it saying al-qaeda fighters have only two options: surrender or get killed. it's a totally delicate situation. the army wants to win this fight as soon as possible with minimum casualties among the civilians in those areas and tribesmen have been saying they don't want a long military confrontation because they have thousands and thousands of villagers forced to flee those areas in the past. the man tasked with finding a diplomatic solution to the syrian war is stepping down. the u.n. and arab league special envoy made the announcement on tuesday. in a private meeting with the u.n. security council, ambassador brahimi briefed other
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ambassadors about a new proposal from iran. mr. brahimi suggested iran could arrange a new interim government in damascus and might even be prepared to work with saudi arabia to create a regional solution. let's find out more now from our diplomatic editor, james bates at the u.n. in new york. james, it seems very much as though the top diplomat is stipping down but it doesn't seem to be the end of the diplomatic initiative >> reporter: no. there is a glimmer of hope here that we are seeing coming out of the briefing with dr. brahimi, that he gave. perhaps we are moving from a peace process that had been guaranteed by the u.s. and russia to one that becomes a more regional solution and the key players could become iran and saudi arabia. now, what dr. brahimi told the security council behind closed doors was iran approached him and said they had a plan. they had a plan which would
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start with a national unity government and a cease-fire. then there will be a renew of the constitution. the iranians admitted that would reduce the power of the president and then, national elections. presidential and parliamentary elections across syria supervised by the united nations. so, a plan from the iranian side. also, i am told talk around the security council table of a possible meeting between iran and saudi arabia. getting those two key players in the middle east which have real weight behind both sides in the syrian conflict involved directly in some sort of regional peace plan. i think it's worth raising, though, the potential problems with this. already, i have heard from some diplomats, they think the iranians might be playing some sort of game and they are no so sure about how often -- how generalwin the offer is when iran is fully supporting the government in damascus, when it's supporting the hezbollah fighters that are certainly
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there on the ground in syria and iran, also, we believe, have its own forces and people there on the ground in syria. america, the u.s., i think, is very reluctant to get iran involved. it's certainly blocked iran being involved earlier on in the year when we had the international conference. this is where things get interesting because this is now going to start getting intertwined, i think, with the talks going on vienna, the nuclear taukz which are supposed to come up with a nuclear deal between the international community and iran by july. i don't think that the u.s. is likely to bring iran into syria as a possible peace broker until that deal's being done. as often is the case in the middle east, several things are getting intertwined with one another. >> james can while we are waiting, in the hope that there will be some kind of political traction, the war continues unabated on the ground in syria,
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itself >> reporter: yeah. no one thought it would go on this long. it's much longer than anyone had feared, anyone's worse guess and the blood shed continues to mount, a particularly shocking report from the human rights organization just released. >> a blatant breach of the rules of war. a children's hospital in darizor targeted and badly damaged. the geneva convention's protecting medical staff in times of warfare have existed for almost 150 years, but the most comprehensive survey of attacks on medical facilities in syria reveals they are now being completely ignored. >> the medical personell certainly are in an incredibly difficult circumstances. i have spoken with doctors in the field, that they are covering many different field hospitals. there may be only one doctor in an area that's treating hundreds of people. we know in homs, there are three doctors working in homs.
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before the doctor, there were 800. >> these pictures show an attack on a hospital underway. opposition fighters film themselves as they targeted the tisharin hospital in damascus. latest research shows the vast majority of violations were not actually by the opposition side. >> is there a clear picture of which side is responsible for most of the attacks? >> well, as you look at this map, you see a lot of blue circles. the blue represents the government. 90% of the attacks have been committed by the government, by the syrian government. >> we spoke to one syrian doctor who is currentlied in a neighboring country by skype. he did not want to be identified. >> from day one of the revolution, syrian doctors were targeted by every means, being killed, being arrested, tortured. they were struggling every day to be committed to the oath they
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have towards their patients. >> the picture this report presents is one of numerous violations of international law, leading to a situation where very many syrians have virtually no access to basic medical care. things continue to get worse this year alone, 49 doctors killed, 14 medical facilities destroyed in the last month. james bays, al jazeera. al jazeera arabic core pause event alshamy has been on hunger strike for 114 days, certain from his prison cell to an unknown location. two da two days ago, his lawyer asked egyptian authorities to transfer him to hospital. another three al jazeera journalists are being held in egypt for 137 days. they are accused of conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. the group has been declared a terrorist organization. al jazeera rejects all of the
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charges and is demanding their immediate release. >> more to come here on the al jazeera newshour, including we will be live in thailand where more arrest warrants are being issued for leaders of the anti--government movement. plus, in new york, thousands of bridges in the united states have been deemed unsafe by the federal government. so why isn't enough money being spent on repairing such critical infrastructure? in sports, the nba playoffs reach a critical stage as the washington wizards keep their semifinal series against indiana alive. ♪ thailand's criminal court has approved arrest warrants for 30 more leaders of the anti-government movement. the people's democratic reform committee or the pdrc has led protests for six months now, demanding that the government be
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dissolved. all 51 pdrc leaders, including the protest leader, sut suta tunsubun have now arrest warrants against them. there is talk now by veron caic we have heard of these latest warrants only within the last hour or so >> reporter: yes, we have. but let me caution that this is not the first time that arrest warrants have been issued for the leaders of these demonstrations. remember, they have been going on for several months now. the government has tried to find legal means to clear these demonstrators from the streets. they have been blocking key intersections around bangkok. now, they are mostly gathered at government house, the seat of government here in bangkok. this time, they may well go ahead and clear the streets, arrest these people, because last time, they were told that they could not use force to do
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so. this time, it appears there isn't such a warning. but if they do, it would have a knock-on effect when what's effectively a pretty intricate game of ches where the players are not black and white but identified as red and yellow in thailand's color-coded politics. >> okay, veronica. thank you very much. veronica perdusa in the ongoing scene in thailand. the biggest disruptions scandal to hit a foreign company in china in years. charges against an executive with bribing doctors and hospitals to use their products. the man charged is a british national and he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. tim friend reports now from london >> reporter: these charges are confirmed against one of black sew smith klein's leading
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executives are more serious than industry insiders anticipated. the maximum sentence for bribery is life. 10 years' jail is a more likely sentence if found guilty. >> gsk london headquarters said that it had no idea of what was allegedly taking place. chinese police say that travel agencies and consultancies were used to transfer bribes to doctors. >> in a statement, the company said: we take the allegations that have been made very seriously. they are deeply concerning to us and congtrary to the values of gsk. >> it, too, could face subsequent charges for corporate misbehavior. in video released by police to state television, one of the joint accused alleged that mr mr. riley sanctioned payments. >> translator: he once mentioned costs would be involved when building relations with the bay ying industry and commerce bureau.
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matt riley's response in that time was "go ahead." "the third accused told police >> translator: i feel very sorry and regretful for the damage caused to society, individuals and patients by the company's criminal activities. cheaper than is a key growth market for large drug makers counting on the swelling middle class to offset declining sales in western kuntz trees. tim friend, al jazeera, at gsk headquarters, london. >> the australian government has announced wide-ranging spending cuts in its first budget since being voted into. the conservative prime minister tony abbott is trying to return the budget to surplus. as andrew thomas reports from sydney, most australians are likely to be affected >> reporter: this is the prime minter's constituencie, the area of the city he represents, the australia of postcards, fabulous
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beaches and climate. until recently, australia's economy, too, the wonder down under was the envy of the world. despite the trailing off of the mining boom, some say it is but not the new prime minister. he says australia's last government overspent and australia is on track for a $42 billion budget deficit this financial year. so despite preelection promises, there are going to be income tax rises for the very rich, for those who live in houses facing the sea like those. there will be increases in tax on fuel and there will be charges visiting the doctor. there will be cuts to health and education and to publically finded broadcasting. those who receive a pension from the government will also see that rise bylaws than had been planned and significantly. the age at which people will become eligible to get a pension will rise from 65 to 70 for anyone born after 1966. >> for most people who have this job could probably go on a lot longer really. but then, of course it's hard to
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get jobs. business people would rather have the young ones. >> those australians, currently young would see any payments they get from the government cut. anyone under 30 unemployed will see their payments go down. >> prefer to wait until 65 and i don't want to pay more taxes. it's not good at all really. >> reporter: the biggest cut will be to the foreign aid budget, the money australia gives to countries to hem them develop or cope with natural disasters like those in the sunderland islands. >> will be cut about a billion dollars a year, about 20%. >> effectively abandoneds australia's commitment to spend as much on foreign aid. this is a tough budget not just for australians but for those who lie on australians but australia's government says it's necessary to stop this government from slipping backwards. the brooklyn bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in
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the united states but that hasn't stopped it from slipping into a dangerous state of disrepair. the 131-year-old structure is just one of thousands of bridges across the united states classified as susceptible to collapse. cat turner reports now from morning >> reporter: the brooklyn bridge carries about 120,000 vehicles and thousands of pedestrians between brooklyn and manhattan every day. it was never designed for heavy traffic when it was built in 1883. significant wear and tear has seen it classified among those bridges in the worst condition in the united states. >> the new york department of transport has confidence in its maintenance program and how it assesses bridges across the state. >> we take a look at every nut, every bolt. we have people going up to the top of the bridge, people going under water to make sure the piers in good shape. >> this is what can happen when bridge safety is neglected. in 2007, 13 people died and 145
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others were injured when a bridge collapsed in minnesota sending more than 100 cars plunging into the mississippi river. according to the federal government's most recent report, more than 607,000 bridges in the u.s., almost 8,000 have been classified both structurally deficient and fracture-critical. >> means they are in poor condition and at risk of collapse if one single vital component fails. >> the bridge is fine. >> barry lapetner is a construction lawyer. he believes when individual states decide how to spend federal money allocated for transportation, safety is rarely the priority. >> politicians do not think of fixing the under side of a bridge or fib fixing a road that's in trouble as a kind of political photo op or something they get mileage on with campaign contrib utors. >> the average bridge in the u.s. is about 43 years old. the design life is 50. the prognosis isn't good? >> we've got a huge shrug of
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bridges that are looking okay now that in the next 10, 20, 30 years are all going to need repair. so, if we don't get going on the $80 billion backlog now, we would see a tidal waive in the future. >> officials don't appear to be overly prepared. >> there is no shortage of solutions to stop the deterioration of bridges. what seems to be lacking is political will. until that changes, people will continue to risk their lives every time they cross a bridge, probably without even knowing it. cat turner, al jazeera, new york. >> well, the weather, i don't know if you have good news for the brooklyn bridge but unfortunately it's looking stormy for that part of the u.s. >> elsewhere, got a problem with some very hot weather. we have an east/west split, around san diego who had to evacuate around 20 people from their homes as the fires there rage in and around tsan diego. the winds have been strong but
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unfortunately, they are expected to ease for today and for tomorrow as well. meanwhile for the east, though, you can see this huge blanket of cloud here that's the one that's edging toward new york and the brooklyn bridge. it is giving some very severe weather. we are seeing a lot of heavy rain from that. in the south, we have around 90 millimeters of rain. that was reported in houston and then further north in cleveland, we saw 51 millimeters of rain. so all the way along this system, we are seeing some very heavy downpours and, also, some very strong winds as well. those winds are causing quite a bit of damage. now, this whole system is going to sweep its way eastward there as we head through the day, still giving the risk of seeing some severe weather as it does so. this is the area where we are most at risk of seeing some damage from the winds and from torrentially heavy downpours as well. the system, even as we head through the next few days won't move away very quickly. as we head through thursday, it's across florida there, working its way up into canada. tore often the 0 is looking very wet. for the northeast, again, looking wet for us on friday.
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martin? >> thank you very much. now, continuing with that theme because it's got a s subtropical climate, on the south coast and its beaches made crimea a holiday destination but fewer tour rifts have been visiting, of course, following the political crisis which saw crimea annexed by russia. but many russians are now choosing to go there for pat tree on theic reasons as nadin barbour reports from sevastopol. >> drumming up business is easy. not a long ago, moisturists taking boat trips were from ukraine. now, this whole region has been annexed by moscow. they have stopped coming. vera says it's not a problem. >> translator: the whole of russia is coming here to see our beautiful lands because after all, this is now part of russia. they come even though it's hard to get here, because ukraine doesn't let people through. >> for some visitors all of the unrest in ukraine has made
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crimea a no-go area. but the new status has brought it to the attention of a new generation of russian holiday makers. >> translator: we have never considered coming to crimea, but after joining russia, we got a wealth of information and decided to visit. now, we are thinking, why go to turkey or thailand when it's so beautiful here? >> sevastopol's famous for being home to russia's black sea fleet, but it was also extremely popular tourist destination for russians under the soviet union. now, crimea is part of the russian federation. people working in the tourism industry here are hoping for a new boom. >> if there was any doubt who they are trying to attract, these flag flying now belongs to the russian fedderation. with the summer season not far off, it looks like russians will be here in record numbers meaning businesses are investing for the future building new hotels and apartments. one reason they are so sure of success is that moscow is s
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subsidize eg flights here. >> we offer all-inclusive packages that are cheaper than in turkey but the government helps a lot to develop tourism by subsidizing travel. it's only $200 return flight. >> reporter: this year, moscow plans to invest at least 4 and a half billion dollars annually in crimea, music to the ears of the tourism industry industry. it may have provoked condemnation in the west but it has brought the peninsula a new sense of hope. >> ukraine is due to host talks in ki in kiev. members of the interim government are attending. the pro-russia separatists have so far refused to take part. this all comes a day after six soldiers were killed in an ambush. the ukrainian defense ministry released this video showing the aftermath of tuesday's ambush.
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key is blaming armed separatists for a rocket and grenade attack that happened near the city of kramatorsk. still to come on the program, a record unusual of people are now internally displaced around the world. we will take a look at the worst affected countries and tell you what it means. qatar is looking at changing sponsorship rules for my grant workers. will it help their working conditions? in sport, the football team hoping to end what's described as a 52 year curse in the europa league final farrah will be here to explain. ♪
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hello again. these are the top stories on al jazeera. the scene of an explosion at a coal mine in the west of the country, mr. erdiwan says 238 miners were killed. 120 others are missing. yemen's military has launched fresh airstrikes against al-qaeda fighters in their last stronghold in the south. it follows an attack on an army post in shabwah province. ten soldiers died including a senior commander. the u.n. arab league special envoy to syria is stepping down at the end of the month. he made the announcement before briefing the security council about a new proposal by iran to help bring an end to the
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conflict. now, there is a new report out which shows that a record 33.3 million people have now been classified as internally displaced. this is at the end of last year. >> means they were forced to flee their homes but remained within the borders of their country. among the worst affected are syria and colombia stefanie dekker has more. >> >> reporter: the numbers are st staggering. what they amount to are millions of lives torn apart. they tell a story of desperation, hardship and heart break, of millions of people dependent upon handouts. >> it is in many ways an x-ray of a global conscience and i think we are failing because 8.2 million people had to flee their homes last year. we have never had as many on record that have been forced to flee their homes as now >> reporter: the reports by the
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internal displacement monitoring center fount 33.3 million people were internally placed worldwide last year syria with at least 6.5 million, next is colombia with 5.7 million. then, after having official figures for the first time, it's nigeria with 3.3 million. here, too, they have no where to go. central african republic, one of the countries facing the highest levels of new displacements. this is the city of homs in syria. these were homes where lives once thrived. now, every way has gone. the report states that a family is forced to leave their home in syria every 60 seconds. >> that's 9,500 people a day. >> to help the internal isly displaced. they are in the bottom of the pit, really, of humanity's
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efforts to help each other. internal displaced are hard to reach. it is often very dangerous and it is underfunded. we feed to do two things now: we need to do much more to prevent conflict. at the same time, we need to do more to help people home. the number is accumulating. now 33.3 million and rising. >> imagine what it's like to have everything taken away from you. imagine what it's like if you were told you can't go home today. and not tomorrow, maybe never. stefanie dekker, al jazeera. let's hear some more now from the chair of the norwegian refugee counsel who joins us live from geneva. thank you for talking to us again, mr. egeland. you represent the refugee council as opposed to the internally displaced people. what's the difference? >> well, we work for both:
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people who flee their homes, we care for. and more and more, we have to care for those who are still ref umingees within their own country. therefore, we call them internally displaced. it's when they cross an international border, they become refugees, get the protection of the international refugee commission and the high commission for refugees. we work for both. >> that's, for the large part, isn't it? because there isn't any network or any u.n. agencies dedicated to help this growing number of people, people who are, as you say, refugees but within the confines of their own countries? >> these 33 and a half million that we have documented as fleeing violence and conflict in their own country have to be helped by the various u.n. agencies and all of us non-governmental organizations that are humanitarian and who work for those people.
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we coordinate. we work together. but i think we all have to see that the numbers are going through the roof here each and every of these people need our protection, need our help and need us to help them back to a permanent solution to the problem. >> well, these seem to be from what you are saying and certainly from what other experts are saying, an almost inevitable by-product of conflict. there are an increasing number of civil conflicts. so, it's really down to you and the international system, isn't it, to change? because you have to respond to the different situation and the needs of this group of people, which is growing, as you point out. >> absolutely. i mean, first of all, governments have to perform better and they have to do away with a powerplay and put people first. in syria, the government is
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responsible for atrocities beyond belief. brahimi is having to throw in his towel. he is the best mediator in the world and the government and the opposition are not able to use his services. so, let's call a spade a spade. governments are failing but we are also failing the international community to put pressure on them to behave differently and, you know, failing as an international community to provide enough relief in time to people when they need us the most in aleppo, where i was last year, it is beyond belief that we are not able to protect women and children. >> yeah. jan egeland good to talk to you? >> thank you. >> italy is calling on the
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help. many hundreds drown as they try to get into italy. from the coastal city of catania >> reporter: finally, reaching the shores they have risked their lives for. these 200 migrants arrive at the port in catania ol tuesday night. they were rescued after their overcrowded wooden boat sunk off of the coast of libya monday. >> their boat sunk quickly. luckily there were two cargo ships that came to their rescue before we could get there. >> seventeen my grant did including 12 women and two children died after drowning. more are still missing. >> italy boosted the rescue fleet and the military vessels like this one after a ship wreck claimed the lives of 350 people last october but as the latest tragedy proves, the war on illegal my graduation is yet to be won. >> since then, 30,000 migrants
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tried to reach italy. >> this latest tragedy drew a wave of criticism. faced with an unprecedented influx of it migrants, the italian government accused the european union of not doing enough. illegal my graduation is one of the main complaining issues. the northern league recently published a series of videos showing migrants warn co compatriots not to travel to italy. yet more than ever do and many still die trying. claudio lavanga, catania. >> qatar has promised to cancel sponsorship system for my grant workers and replace it with contracts between employers and workers. the system gives corporations tight control over what their workers can do and what they can't do for that matter. among the restrictions in qatar
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is the need for permission from the individual employer each time the worker wants to travel outside the country. it's called an exit visa. the sponsor also decides on whether a my grant can open a bank account, get a driving license or even rent a home. and staff aren't free to transfer to a different company within qatar even if their salary and conditions don't match what they were initially offered. qatar has a concern that removing restrictions could have major economic complications with workers abandoning jobs at short notice. some fear that foreigners will leave the country unchecked and unpaid debts remain and even stolen money be spirited out of the country. brig adear ati from qatar's interior ministry outlined the changes to this existing system. >> translator: the moment we cancel the sponsorship system,
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we also cancel the requirements from exit permits from employers. workers have to inform their employer that they are leaving the country in case of problems between employers and employees when it comes to traveling, we will examine these problems in a committee within 72 hours. when it comes to employers withholding workers' passports, this will be illegal and the penalty will be 50,000 reyals. the ban on returning to qatar after the cancellation of a visa is to be ended. employers will no longer be financially responsible for workers if we end the sponsorship system. the laborer has to pay for anything that needs to be done. now, al jazeera's mohammed vaal has been listening to these proceed owesals as he joins us live now from the press conference center held in a different part of doha. mohammed, these changes to the
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kafala system have come about as a direct result of the criticism that qatar has endured with regard to the system which it runs and the way my grant workers actually live and work. >> yeah. obviously, yes. this comes in the context of qatar hosting the 2022 world cup. we have been listening in the last several months to lots of criticism from the outside world, humanitarian organizations, different countries about legal system in qatar, particularly with regards to foreign workers. so even though today, one of the journalists asked this specific question and the people of the ministry, the officials here of the ministry of the interior and labor, they tried to avoid the answers and say qatar has already a law that is in place for the workers and that law has always been a work in progress,
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and what's happening now, this announcement of changes to the labor law in qatar are part of that work-in-progress. but, yes, nobody can deny that this is coming in the context of the 2022 games. and these changes now are a proposal by the government. it is not yet a law. it is not yet a final decision. they are going to run it through some of the institutions including the consultative sembly and the chamber of commerce and other parts so that it can be approved. so, it's not yet a law. okay, mo, thank you very much. al jazeera's correspondent reporting live from just down the road really. now, three months after their hospital was destroyed in south sudan, doctors without borders has resumed its operation and its feeding severely malnourished children in remote parts of south sudan but nonetheless, it's a drop in the ocean because the u.n. is still warning it could be catastrophic famine and there is fighting
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between the army and rebels. malcolm webb reports from juba >> reporter: she says she has lost everything. her hometown in the republic of south sudan has changed hands several times since fighting first reached here in january. her house is in ruins. >> this was my home. it was blown by the soldiers. they killed three of my children, and they took all of the sorogum grain and whatever we have in our house. now, we are left to die without any food, water or shelter. they have taken away everything. >> nearby, there are some nasty surprises in the well. the violence in december. the u.n. says both sides have committed crimes against humanity, mass killings and rape. this town is now under rebel control. the government controls the
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capitol, juba and most of the lucrative oil wells. the two sides signed a cease-fire on friday. both accused each other of breaking it. there is a worsening food crisis. it's difficult and costly to aid agencies to reach most of those in need. at this charity hospital, medics say the growing malnutrition is bringing on all kinds of other health problems, too. >> so you see, today, among the children, we have six children r suspected meals infection. >> the start of the rainy season isn't helping. this camp for displaced people is better off than many in other areas. >> is sunny but raining two or three times every day. people say it's an unusually heavy rainy season. pools of water are becoming stagnant. this means there is a growing
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risk of cholerra. and dirt roads have turned into mud. >> means it's more difficult to get humanitarian resources to the people that need them. >> the complex already killed thousands. it's destroyed whole towns and livelihoods. since the cease fire was signed, people still aren't sure if the fighting will actually come to a st stop. even if it does, it will take years to recover. malcolm webb, al jazeera juba. still to come here at al jazeera, we will tell you why this film on princess grace kelly has angered her family, the royal family of monaco. in sports, the new york rangers haknock a star-studded team out of the nhl.
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it leads - all the way to you. al jazeera america, take a new look at news. [ music ] . >> now for the sports news, here is farrah. >> thank you so much. the oklahoma city thunder staged a last-minute comeback in their play-off series. russell westbrook scored 38 points in the and made three free throws as overcame a 70t point deficit. kevin durant scored 10 of his points in the final minutes. 105 to 104. oklahoma now lead the best of seven series 3-2. over in indiana, washington
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denied top seed to pacers, in the finals for now, after losing the top three games. wizards thrash the pacers 102 to 7 ebb 9. scoring a clear high 31 points and had sixteen rebounds. pacers now lead their series by a game. washington have the chance to level the series on thursday in game 6. >> at some point, you know, the middle of the game, it was just -- it was just fun to be in the game. everything works, you know, everything works, you feel, you know, you feel immortal. you want to go and help the team. >> defending the stanley cup, blackhawks win and advance. the new york rangers are through to the finals after beating penguins 2-1 in game 7 to take their series.
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an nhl record with 35 saiz. rangers play the winner of wednesday's game, 7 between the boston bruins and the montreal canadians. >> the sydney wanderers have qualified for the asian champions league in their first appearance in the competition. they trailed japanese hiroshima from the first leg. it was former japan star shi shin ji ono for the first goal in the 55th minute. he set up the second with five minutes left on the clock, a 2-nil victory making it 3-3 aggregate. western sydney advanced. korea's fc seoul advanced on the final 8. they were beaten 2-1 at home by kawasaki in the second leg. there are three goals in the opening tie with enough to second them through. >> south korea's three-worldcup
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player who played more than 100 internationals for south korea. a knee injury has brought an early end to his career. t the europa league in turin, lifting thetro in 2006 and 2007 while they are hoping to overcome what's known as their curse. a former manager won two european cups but left after a contract dispute and declared they wouldn't win a trophy for 100 years. benseka has lost 10 finals since then. >> these things normally come from the press. within the team, we are not worried at all. we don't think that we are under pressure. of course, we want to win this game. we are very happy to be here. i think any baller would be happy to be able to to play in a
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game like this. >> there are plans to boost the visibility of women's cricket by the introduction of a indian 2020 tournament ton launched in singapore late this year. female cricketers internationally earn a lot less than their male counterparts. for example, australia, the elite contracted men earn a base annual salary of between 496 ,$000 and $1.9 million. australia's world championship women cricketers were given a pay rise last year but their salary varies from $4,600 up to $49,000. it's recognized that they and england's team are better paid than female cricketers in other nation including india, have i lanka and south. >> former australian rider is behind the women's cricket lead to see top players earn 37,000 over a two-week 16 competition.
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we spoke to her earlier in sydney. >> it is a lot of work behind it, being a past player, to kind of almost start a business. there is a lot of informational meetings that need to take place. i guess the main thing for us is that we need to get out the message that the women's game is growing. there are a lot of people playing it globally and a lot of people are actually watching it. so, it doesn't necessarily -- there hasn't seemed to be a lot of content available at the moment. and we want to provide that. now, for that to happen, obviously, it takes money to -- for it to occur, and if we can get some team sponsors, some team owners and, also, some competition sponsors, we can definitely get this up and running. and we can't wait. i know the players can't wait to play as well. i believe only in australia and england, they are the only ones providing salaries that players could live on. the rest of the kwupt trees,
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they are providing some retapers or some minimum contracts, but girls are still having to juggle work commitments to pay the bills, to pay for rent, living costs, the things that everyone else has to deal with. >> i think it's going to allow for the first time the girls to actually play with other independents that they are used to facing against each other. i mean we have seen in the ipl, different teams, different nationalities. i think that that's helped the game internationally grow and the standard improve. and i think by allowing, you know, the girls to play in a similar tournament, that -- we will see that the standards of the women's competition will improve. not only will the standard improve. they will get access to different coaching staff that they normally haven't been exposed to. and they will get paid. and that's what we are working towards. and like i said before, we are working with icc and the national boards to ensure it fits in a calendar, a window
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that doesn't conflict with any other tournaments that they are playing in. and it just as to what they are trying to do. and between all of us, we can help grow the game and everyone has a role to play. >> that's all of your sport for now. back to you. >> thank you very much. see you later. a hollywood princess has returned to the opening of the movie of the 67th cannes film. looking at actress turned monarch, grace kelly. the current ruler, principle albert, is calling for a boycott. >> you ask: why did i leave hollywood. >> a movie star playing the movie star who became the princess, grace kelly wow's hollywood and swapped it for the glamor of monarchy. they met at the cannes film festival. this year, a movie about that very marriage opens the show here but this is no fairy tail
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and there is just as much drama about the movie as there is in it. >> everything you say has consequences. >> the royal family is furious about this film. as far as the palace is concerned, it should never have been made, and it should be boycotted. the problem it has is that grace kelly was incredibly popular and even now, 32 years after she died, people still seem to be absolutely fascinated by her. the more the palace tells people not to go see this film, the more it seems in general monaco just can't wait. >> will you be seeing it? are you interested? >> yeah. yeah. >> sure. >> we will. >> for sure. >> 100%. >> i am happy they made a film. i don't know. i want to see it. >> the princely family has been scathing in its response. the trailer appears to be a farce is the official line out of monte carlo with the accusation that the directors and producers refused to take into consideration the many observations made by the palace
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because those called into question the entire script and character of the film. >> there are some negative aspects to this film, but i think overall, the overwhelming opinion in the community in monaco is that they are really excited to see it. >> this film is about dispute, the one between grace and her husband, the one between him and france and even its makers fell out. the american distributor and the frefrm director have a very public feud during the editing phase with two different versions being cut. at one point, the row threatened to stop it from being shown but there is no such thing as bad publicity. gra "grace of monaco" is making headlines even if they are not the kind monaco's current royals want. monte carlo. >> more to come here at al jazeera. i have i have a full news bulletin in just a couple of minutes. so don't go away.
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>>america tonight investigates a controverseal addition treatment. it could be a life saver... >>the reset button has been hit what is this teach us about the brain? >> can ibogaine cure heroin addiction? only on al jazeera america anger growing in africa over the hundreds of kidnapped girls. why attention was not paid to their plight earlier. the u.s. steps up its role in an offensive against the most dangerous al-qaeda affiliate - how much of a difference will it make. a major ruling - questions where your right to privacy ends and google's rite to link to anything online begins, and why the u.s. army is saying no to 80% of people that want to join its ranks. i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this," here is more on
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