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>> the system with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america >> >> announcer: this is al hello, welcome to the newshour. i'm martine dennis in doha. these are the top stories. families mourn the victims of turkey's worst mining disaster as anger mounts over poor safety standards. gaoled al jazeera journalist abdullah al-shami makes is plea to the egyptian government for his freedom. china expresses concern over
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violence against its citizens in vietnam as riots spread against the country. two candidates enter a second round of voting in the afghan presidential elections. the art world turns it asia as it becomes an important player in the multibillion industry. now, feelings of despair and heart break in turkey turned into anger and led to violence as the county struggles to deal with its deadliest mining disaster. families of some of the victims started to bury their relatives. 282 miners are confirmed dead, more believed to be buried deep in its coal pit that they were working in. furthermore, there has been protests across the country following the disaster in soma.
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riot place fired tear gas and water canons at demonstrators in ankara, on wednesday. the biggest trade union is threatening to go on strike on thursday over poor safety standard. a lot to talk about. we can talk to anita mcnout in istanbul in a minute. first the latest from caroline malone, in soma, outside the mine. more bodies have been recovered overnight. >> reporter: yes, it's become a solemn scene at the mind in soma. you cap see the entrance to the mine behind me. we were down speaking to people. some are feeling distraught. one man is a team leader of a group of miners trapped inside the mine. been here for two days. there's nothing he feels he can do at this point to help. he's trying to find support for the other families. we spoke to other minors. they weren't at the scene of the accident when it happened. they felt they needed to come
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and help. they have helped with rescue in the last few days. we have spoken to volunteer forces to come and help. they are feeling helpless. it's been two days since the accident happened. there has been no survivors found for 12 hours more than that since the last survivor was found. >> it must be a community in complete shock. >> yes, i think a lot of people are in shock. you could see by the body language that some people from sitting down, holding their heads in their hands, really feeling emotional about what is happening. a number of funerals are taking place, in soma, in the town near us. pretty much everyone there knows someone involved in the accident. a woman we spoke to had five
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relatives who died in the mine accident. she's going to five funerals. >> caroline, thank you very much. caroline malone at the scene of the disaster in soma. >> let's go to anita mcnaught in istanbul, the main city of turkey, and the fallout from the disaster that has taken place in the west of the country has been swift and widespread as well. >> reporter: well, it has. it's true in turkey at the moment that almost any incident that makes the government look bad turns into a lightening conductor for the unhappiness about recep tayyip erdogan and his party's rule, notwithstanding a vat -- a vote in government elections showing he has a solid bedrock in the country. we have seen protests and we'll see if there's an impact from the four main trade unions
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calling for a protest. so far turkey's main cities don't look like they are paralyzed. the government's struggling to hit the right note. the speech where he compared the disaster at this mine in soma, with victorian coal mining incidents in the u.k., thought to be one of the worst misjudged speeches made in his career. it was not a like for like incident, and left the prime minister looking like he didn't care enough the the locals don't feel it's a matter of destiny whether they live or die, but a lack of government intervention that caused that. there were protests that the government did not look comfortable handling the social media doing the rounds, of an advisor kicking a protestor. the government is rolling out the president, an emolient figure to attend some funerals. >> anita mcnout in istanbul, and
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caroline malone in soma, western turkey. a video has been leaked showing al jazeera arabic correspondent abdullah al-shami. it was shown last week, and it was five days before he was tape from a cell to an undisclosed location. he's been on hunger strike for 115 days, this week his lawyer asking for him to be transferred to hospital. blood tests show the 25-year-old may be dangerously close to dying. he's been in custody without charge since arrest in august. >> i was doing my job as a reporter, and in spite of the authorities knowing this, i have been detained for 266 days without any charge, and without committing any crime. i recorded this media on 106
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days of my hunger strike to hold the egyptian government and judiciary and the general dash hold them responsible. if anything happened to me, i have requested several medical check-ups from independent source, yet this has not been provided. i have also - i haven't had any medical care here inside the prison. and this is the record for the history, and for the sake of my state and if anything happens to me, whatever it is, either my health fails or anything happens
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to my safety, i hold the egyptian regime responsible. >> a distressing condition of abdullah al-shami there, clear for everyone to see. three of his colleagues, other al jazeera journalists are due m court in cairo today. they are accused of conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood, and have been in prison for 138 days. bernard smith reports. >> reporter: peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are scheduled to be back in this cage in a cairo court on thursday. it's expected that the al jazeera english journalists will be able to start the defense of the charms laid against them by the egyptian authorities. they are accused of being involved in terrorism and faking reports. these are charges al jazeera rejects as nonsense. the evidence presented against them has included reports from other correspondents and other news channels, that egypt's foreign minister defended his
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country's judicial system. >> our relations with qatar are not where they should be as part of the arab world. so you can assume that the case is - there's baggage in the case that relate to the situation in particular, but that is not going to cloud the eyes of the judges in making their verdict. >> the court sat seven times since the trial started in early february. after each adjournment the three men returned to a single 8 by 3 metre cell that they have shared for much of their time in custody. they were arrested at the end of december. a senior advocacy officer at the index on censorship joins us live from london. good morning, thank you for talking to us. our guys have another court
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appearance today. this is the beginning of the defense outlining of its case. what really is on trial in cairo today? >> well, what is on trial is press freedom and to another extend, freedom of expression. the fact that you arrest journalists for doing their job, the fact that you put those record on the news in gaol is concerning attempt at silencing press freedom and silencing of freedom of information. it's a clear violation of the freedom and right of information for egyptian people. >> from what we know so far about the situation in egypt, how keep or otherwise is the egyptian judiciary to strike an ipp dependent line or is it preparing to cow tail to the
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egyptian government. >> it's difficult to assess. obviously since july 2013, at least 65 journalists have been arrested and detained. most of them have been freed, 14 remain in gaol currently. that's a clear statement. it's not of the judicial authorities, bit of the egyptian authorities in germ that there is an -- general that there is an attempt to silence freedom of the press. how the judicial respond to the campaigns asking for the release of the journalists is difficult to assess. >> you refer to the campaign, and that is getting louder, isn't it. more and more people are joining the protests against the unfair detention of our journalists. do you think it's making a difference. is it likely to make a difference? >> well, an interesting fact is that the campaign, which started online with the hashtag free aj
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staff, went offline, because the index, for example - we went to protest outside the egyptian embassy, to denounce egyptian authorities attacks on media freedom, and to ask for the release of the journalist. the impact of the campaign on the authorities - we don't know yet, but i believe that so many journalists are attending the trial and reporting on it, continues to put pressure on the authorities. because the authorities know not only the world, but egyptian people are watching them. >> okay, thank you indeed. mel oddy talking to us live from london. police in iraq say self have been killed in two consecutive explosions in the capital. both attacks involved suicide car bombers in the karada
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district of central baghdad. the first blast happened near a hospital three were killed. the second explosion went off near a civil court. still to come here at al jazeera - protesters in the thai capital force the acting prime minister to abandon a meeting with election officials. plus, the state or grain being hailed a super food. its popularity could make it unaffordable at home. in sport - fresh allegations of widespread match fixing in cricket. - china expressed concern
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after riots and protests at factories in vietnam, leading to the death of is a citizens. many chinese are trying to get out of the country. 600, we are told, crossed the border into neighbouring cambodia, at one crossing alone yesterday. the unrest started before beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed territory in the south china sea. erica wood explains. >> reporter: days of protests outside factories in ho chi minh city, buildings torched, chinese nationals targeted. in the past 24 hours violence peaked, leaving more than 20 dead. some were vietnamese, the majority believed to be chinese. it's a rare outbreak of public disorder in a tightly controlled company. many of those targeted and companies were not chinese. japan's government expressed concern for its nationals and
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businesses. this taiwanese man fled vietnam for fear of his life. >> translation: all i can say is i never felt to scared in my luf. last night i didn't sleep all night. i have a lot of friends that couldn't scep. they didn't dare to come out. they were afraid if they came out they'd be beaten. >> the anger has been fuelled by beijing's decision to deploy an oil rig in a disputed area of the south china sea. there has been reports of chinese and taiwanese ships and vessels running into each other and using water canons. >> we are determined to fulfil our duty, to protect the economic zones and territories, preventing the violation of an outside force, especially chinese forces. >> it's one of many attempts by china to push its claim on the south china sea and spratly islands, looking for richer
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fishing grounds and a share in the oil and gas reserves. aside from vietnam, others claim part of the area too. police on wednesday said that more than 400 have been arrested since the protests began. china's foreign ministry is shocked by the aggression against its nationals and urged the deposit to protect them. let's go live to singaore. we can talk to malcolm cook a security expert from the institute of asian studies. thank you for talking to us. it seems this is opening another hostile front, if you like, for china, in terms of this territorial dispute covering so many of its neighbouring countries: hel hello malcolm. i don't think he can hear us. we hope to establish communications. in the meantime another major story - afghanistan.
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it is, of course, heading for a second round of elections next month. we have heard that today, that the presidential run-off election will be held in june. final results from the first round show no candidate got the 50% needed to become president. the former foreign minister abdullah abdullah won around 45% of the vote. that is quite a bit ahead of his opponent ashraf ghani. live to kabul, and al jazeera's correspondent. we now that there's going to be a presidential run-off to be held in june. >> that's right. this presidential run off, which is scheduled for the 14th of june - it has been scheduled. it, of course, as you point out, will pit abdullah abdullah against ashraf ghani. these are two very different candidates from two different parts of the country, and two different support bases.
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but the reality is that this - although the first round results, a big margin separating the two of them, this is expected to be a tight race. they are different candidates, different constituencies, and many are expecting that the run off will be tight. however, the electoral commission, which is organising the election has expressed concerns, and from a logistical point of view it will be challenging. they have to travel to well over 50 districts by plane, but the real concern is one of safety and security. the afghan taliban launched a spring offensive, the start of the fighting season, and it says it's determined to derail the vote. the election, which many have been waiting for, certainly is a cause for concern, from a security point of view. >> given the concerns, serious concerns about security in the country and carrying out another
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exercise in democracy which the taliban are set against, is there any suggestion that either of candidates would backdown and concede in oort to prevent the count -- order to prevent the country going through a convulsion. >> one would imagine there's a lot of pressure on some candidates to do that. the reality is both said in press conferences before this result was announced that they are determined to go ahead with this run off vote, that they are determined to face each other. so, really, we are looking at the head to head between the two candidates, two popular candidates. but the reality is that for afghans who are waiting to find out who the next leader is, they are not going to find out soon. the vote has been scheduled for 14 june, they are not likely to hear who the next president is until some time in july. still a long way to go before
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the country sees the first elected president after hamid karzai, who has been in power since 2001. >> great, thank you very much. our correspondent live in kabul. let's go back to the earlier story, that of the anti-china riots taking place in vietnam. a certain number have died. we can try to talk to malcolm cook, a security expert from the south-east asian studies in singapore. can you hear me? >> yes, i can. >> all right. there's a delay on the line. so i'll try to keep it simple. this is another front, another hostile front for china, in terms of its territorial ambitions, which is upsetting its neighbours. >> yes, and particularly for the vietnamese, because they thought they had managed relations with china well and had downplayed
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the territorial dispute, and china moved an offshore rig into territories which the vietnamese claim as theirs, explaining why the riots are large and destructive. >> anything that looks as they they are chinese is being attacked in vietnam, obviously a tightly controlled country normally. can we infer that authorities are approving of the actions carried out. >> as you note there's rarely public demonstrations in vietnam and ones that are allowed to last long. the fact that the taiwanese businesses are suffering the most is not something the vietnamese government would want, because taiwan is the first or largest foreign investor in vietnam, and key to
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the success story over the last decade and it appears to be taiwan, not chinese firms bearing the bankrupt of this. it's a major problem and they'll calm the riots down quickly before they get worse. >> we heard china express concern, and it's left 15 citizens. does china care about the vietnamese being upset? >> i don't think they care about the vietnamese being upset, because they say vietnam has no reason to be upset - which no one else believes. the fact that chinese citizens are losing their lives and fleeing vietnam, that will be a concern to the chinese government and the vouching countries. -- surrounding counties. >> malcolm, great, we finally got to speak to malcolm cook in
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singapore, and the days of technology triumphing. late night vim ills have been held in abuja for the safe return of more than 200 school girls missing, the event marking 30 face since they were kidnapped from chibok, in the north-east of borno. they are being held by the armed group boko haram meanwhile boko haram fighters killed four soldiers in an ambush outside of city of mydogar jirks. several rebels were killed. elsewhere dozens of boko haram fighters were killed in callet ball ga. villagers fought back, they were thought to be planning another mass kidnapping. time to go to the weather now. here is richard. you're looking at africa, aren't you? >> i am. i thought we'd look at the rain fall.
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it is so critical in wav ka -- west africa. 24mm here late on tuesday. you see they have developed over the last day or so, edging northwards, following the sun, as the sun moves. that is how the rains go. it is a critical thing because as you get further north the rain fall falls off dramatically, 12 degrees north, 2,000mm of rain, as you get up to 18 degrees north, 100mm. that's on the coast. it gives you an illustration of how finely balances things are. the arrival of rain fall. flooding, but the farmers will be welcome to see rain fall arriving. you can see what it relates to. you are looking at the month - 20 to 25mm of rain. instead they were looking at four times that, hoping for more rain to come in the coming months.
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the forecast doesn't look bad. the rain pushing further north. and mauritania may have significant rain fall in the next few days now, it's a staple of the ethiopian diet. a train is growing in pop u -- grain is growing in popularity, pushing up domestic prices and could lead to shortages. we have this report. [ ♪ music ]. >> reporter:. >> reporter: a true ethiopian dining experience is in complete or accompanied by dancing. at a restaurant in the capital people are in great spirits. they eat the ethiopian staple food, entertained with sipping and dancing.
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>> this is the owner of many restaurants. >> translation: my customers are across the grob. the. >> njera great -- injera bread is a favourite. >> this is basic to ethiopian cuisine. it's made of a grain, finding its way into health food jobs and supermarkets in europe. teff is gluten free. dozens of woman painstakingly make injera at a factory. for the last 10 years, the whim when supply injera to hotels and restaurants. the demand for the flood bread is rising. more and more consumers develop
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a taste for teff. they are shipping it to germany, finland, the united arab emirates and china. this is a bakery owner. >> translation: we are planning to expand. >> njera. we -- injera. we can't satisfy the demand. the price is lone. >> the global demand for teff is causing fears that it may make it hard for yooeth i don't knowians to enjoy the crop. this person has traded teff in her village in northern ethiopia. >> translation: prices of teff are increasing. it's hard for me to remain in business and make profits. >> fearing shortages of the commodity they want to ban the exports of the teff grain in 2006. fields of the crop cover 20% of all land in ethiopia.
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there are plans to up the production to satisfy increasing demand at home and abroad. still to come here at al jazeera - separating palestinian families. lebanon makes it tougher for refugees to cog over from syria -- cross over from syria. >> i'm in grens bro north carolina. i'll tell you about the dangers that child labourers face harvesting tobacco to make secrets. >> in sport - which teams booked a spot in the n.b.a. finals. all the action coming up later.
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>> welcome back. here is a reminder of the main stories - the turkish president arrived at the site of the worst ever mining disaster. a search operation for missing miners continues. 280 people are confirmed dead. a video has been leaked from a cairo prison showing the detained al jazeera arabic correspondent abdullah al-shami. it was recorded last week, five days before he was taken from his cell. his family says he's in solidary confinement. china expressed concern after violent protests at factories in vietnam led to the death of 15 of its citizens. many chinese crossed the border into cambodia.
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all right. more on the top story now - the biggest mining disaster in turkey's history, causing such constellation around the country. the president gol, in the middle has arrived at the site. he has been speaking to miners and those helping with the rescue effort, the relatives of those who are also assembled outside the mine. apparently he has been speaking to. he'll be hoping for a slightly warmer reception than the prime minister recep tayyip erdogan received yesterday, where he was booed and jeered. our correspondent said earlier, wept on to make an -- went tonne make an ill-judged speech which hasn't gone done well at all. >> this is the worst ever mining disaster in turkey, we'll keep
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you across it here at al jazeera. we'll hear from some of those personally affected by turkey's worst mining disaster. >> translation: i have been helping with the rescue effort in the mines since last night. there's a lot of carbon monoxide gas down there. the smoke coming from the mine is affecting the people outside. the gas is still dense inside the mine. the leading engineers went down to measure the levels when it's possible to start the search again, they'll let us know. >> translation: i had a relative working in the mine. we held his funeral and buried hum. i'm here to support our relatives to thailand - anti-government protesters in bangkok forced the acting prime minister to abandion a meeting with the election committee, they were trying to finalise a date for fresh elections. a court ruling removed yingluck
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shinawatra from office. protesters want her interim government to quit. unidentified gunmen killed three anti-government protesters who were assembleded in bangkok. 20 were wounded. veronica pedrosa has more from bangkok. >> in a sign of how chaotic things are getting, you had a situation on thursday, where a meeting that was due to take place between the caretaker prime minister, and the election commission was interrupted even though it was taking place on what was supposed to be a secure thai air force base. it was interrupted because anti-government protesters broke through the security and took over the base, preventing that meeting from taking place. it was an important meeting. it would have assessed whether
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that meeting could take place. it would have been replaced yingluck shinawatra, ousted last wednesday by the court. there's a worrying development in that the deadly violence returned to the streets of bangkok. on wednesday night, thursday morning, early morning, what you had were a group of armed me who descended on the anti-government protests, and fired m 79 grenades by rifle, and shot into the guard position with m16 assault rifles three dead, more than 20 injured, making a number of dead more than 25. and the number of injured around 800. people across india are awaiting the results of their national election. of course, the world's largest exercise in democracy. exit polls from local media
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outlets indicate a victory for the main opposition b.j.p. party. they have been gauging the move. counting centers are guarded by police. 800 million votes will be counted on friday. after a long campaign and election season, the mood in new delhi is mixed. there's a sense of excitement about what is to come in the days and weeks ahead. also a sense of relief that this election is coming to an end. >> i'm not feeling nervous. i'm excited. i want the level perps to come who are going to work. i want them to be given a chance. i want the new prime minister to come out. i expect changes. >> we are excited for a new go.
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. people are looking forward to changes in the society. the mood is to change. >> the question is how has this move translated at the ballot box. one thing is tern. the composition of india's parliament is set to change. the country is getting ready for a new beginning. south korea charged four ferry members with manslaughter. the accident led to the deaths of 300 people, mostly students. 11 others have been charged with enjoys. the war in syria forced thousands of refugees sheltering will to flee to neighbouring lebanon. now lebanon is closing its borders to them, leaving many families separated between the two countries.
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we have this report. >> reporter: this 12 yearly struggles to pacify her one-year-old sister. like thousands of palestine refuge refugees, he fled with his family. now, not only does he have to cope with living in a tent and no job, but has to take care of his children alone. his wife had to travel to syria and couldn't return when the lebanese government placed new measures, restricting the placing of refugees in lebanon. it's difficult, specially at night, when the little one situation up, and calls for her mum. all over the camp, stories, on how relatives, a sister, mother, father or a son are stuck in syria, unable to get into lebanon. >> the lebanese interior ministry says the borders are
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not closed. new measures are temporary and are there to organise the influx of refugees, for security reasons. >> human rights watch says the new decisions mean a de facto closure of the borders. >> the practical solution is clear. neighbouring countries have an obligation to keep the borders open. the international community must do more. we have not seen them do enough to share the burden. refugee camps are affected by the fighting. lebanon was the only way out. they have complained about the high fees refugees have to pay. $200 per person is a fortune for any family. now even the permits to stay here will not be renewed. "we didn't come for tourism - we had no choice but to flee."
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this 18-year-old has been studying hard. she'll lose a school year because her family will not let her travel to syria to sit for her exams, afraid she'll be stuck there amidst the violence away from them. she was willing to take the rick, like 70 other students in the same situation here. >> translation: i'm so furious. i ask what is the problem. is it a trial i'm a palestinian and need to be punished? >> with nowhere else to go, families cling to a faint hope that the lebanese government will change its policy and allow palestine refugees to enter lebanon again. now, fast food workers in 150 u.s. cities and 33 other countries are walking off the job in a temporary strike this week. they are demanding better pay and union recognition. rob reynolds spoke to a
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struggling worker in los angeles. >> reporter: this woman is getting ready for her shift at mcdonald's. she's 27 with two young children, five and seven. she worked at the same restaurant for nine years. in that time her pay has gone from $7 an hour to $9 - a $2 raise over a decade. she brings home about $12,000 a year, $10,000 below the u.s. poverty rate for a family of four. >> it's hard. really hard for us. sometimes you don't have the money. sometimes i try to give them a lot of things, but that's hard. >> this week she will take part in a one day global fast food workers strike, demanding better wages. >> we are going to fight for a better life. we want some change.
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so they can know that without us, they are nothing. >> in the late 1960s when the cheerful ads appeared on television, fast food workers were paid $1.60 - the peak value of minimum wage in real terms. since then low wage workers lost as the minimum wage erode the. many say employers adjust working hours to prevent them making money from overtime. >> you never make overtime. they fix your hours so they cannot pay you the amount for the overtime. >> employees of this mcdonald's, together with workers at dozens of other fast-food places around los angeles are planning to file a complaint with the u.s. labour
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department, charging their employers with wage theft. >> this woman never graduated. she drills the importance of education into her kids. >> that's why i tell them, if you are a good student you go to any college you want. i don't want this for her. no. that's not a lie. because you cannot do anything just be stuck for your whole life. i don't want that for her. >> a mother determined to see her children avoid the trap that she is stuck in. a low wage life in a fast-food job. now a human rights watch report found that hundreds of chip are working on u.s. -- children are working on u.s. tobacco fields ex-photographed toxic -- exposed to toxic chemicals. three-quarters experienced
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nicotine poisoning. we have this report from north carolina. >> reporter: each morning in the summer 15-year-old girl leaves her home to travel 50km to a tobacco field and the money she makes help to pay for the family's basic expenses. according to human rights watch, it is hard work, they interviewed nearly 140 children. >> your head hurts, you get a fever. it's chemicals getting to you. >> the chemicals, she says, are pesticides sprayed on the tobacco plant, sometimes next to where she's working. in the early morn, the nicotine-laced dew seeping from the applicant is difficult for the labourers to avoid. >> we wear trash backs when it's wet in the morning. it attracts heat.
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you burn inside the trash bag. >> this doctor has been studying the effect on tobacco exorge on labour ours. the exposure to pesticide causes long-term neurological damage. child labour laws in the u.s. farming sector are lax. there are few protections. >> youth can crop but not purchase tobacco. you have to be 18 to buy, but as young as 10 working in cropping. >> . >> reporter: we went to some tobacco farms to find out why more is not being down to protect the labourers. our requests for interview were declined. >> they are calling for refoms. >> we are calling on tobacco farms, and u.s. congress for for example for labourers, meaning no kids under the age of 18. >> now that is not the case,
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hazards include working in 30 degree plus heat for long hours. why do the children do it? >> to take stress out my parents. >> work will pay the bills, but the cost might be to her health. president obama is due to open officially a permanent memorial to those who died in the september 11th attacks. among those honoured are the first responders. the death toll from illness contracted during the rescue conditions to mount. many are frustrated over the slow pace of compensation. we have this report from new york. >> reporter: ken george has weekly doctor visits for a litany of health problems, including restrict airways, sign asite us referred to as ground zero ilsness, as a new york city
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department workers he was sent to the site in 2001. >> he was not trained as a first responder. >> unbelievable. >> it was worse than a war zone. it was destruction, body parts. some of the body parts to the makeshift mall. it was a sight to see. >> george breathed in a toxic bru of glass, asbestos, led and other contaminants, which health experts believe are responsible for a high rate of cancer and other diseases of responders. 1500 died, the pork is their memorial. the federal government is forgetting its commitment to comment them. >> we forgot about those that did not die that day and it's
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tape 13 years for the state and federal government to get their act together. >> it wasn't until 2006 after the death of a police officers. president obama in 2011 jaund the james adroga act into law, setting aside 4.3 billion to provide health care and compensate victims for loft wages. >> of nearly 14,000 claims received, 502 have been informed of a dags. a fund spokesperson who declined to be interviewed said it's because they are waiting for 85% of applicants to complete the process and submit documentation. they added a third manager to help with the backlog. >> it can't come soon enough for ken george, who has not been able to work since 2006. >> a lot of respondents went before the commission and know what they have to get. a lot of people lost their
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houses, homes, insurances. for those hailed as national heroes, the uncertainty is hard to swallow. now here is farah with the sport. >> thank you. the international cricket council are investigating evidence of widespread match fixing in up to five countries. britain's "telegraph" alleges that former new zealand international lee vincent provided the i.c.c. anticorruption unit request information about matches and players. vincent previously admitted to involvement with illegal bookmakers and is said to have agreed a plea bargain in the hope of avoiding prosecution. the defunction indian cricket league and english country matches are under question. a release into the extent of global construction and betting fraud has been released. it revealed that 140 billion has been channelled annually through
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sports betting. the research conducted by the university in paris identifies that 80% of international betting is being done illegally. aba and europe represent 85% of the total legal and illegal market. with football and contribute the most tarted sports. other affected sports include tennis, basketball and badminton. >> chris eaton is the director at the international center for sports community and says the scale of widespread corruption is rue -- ruining the credibility of sport. >> look at football in china. it was a popular and rising sport in the most populous mounty in the world. the chinese league and possiblers so it's credited by match fixing and charming refugees and players with fixing the outcome that it's unpopular.
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the chinese fan watches european football tore south-east asian football in other countries pore south american football. already you are seeing, in the scale of 10 years, the descrediting of a significant sport in china. it has to be an har brk -- binger. it's not generation. fans can turn off the sport and have it offered to them if a sport is seen toe about dishons. >> we arare joined by al jazeer lee wellings, live from london. let's get your thoughts on the report. how credible is it? >> it's a credible report, icss are fighting money laundering and corruption in sport. two years it took to put it together, and the extent is extraordinary, of course. over $500 billion of bets are placed. 80% illegally, and so much is linked to corruption in sport.
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what they are saying is there needs to be more level of intervention from government, more regulation with the way this is spread across the globe. what i want to be clear about is it's easy to think big matches - are they targeted. it's not that. the criminals are targetting smaller matches that times can be televised, shown to an international audience and something can happen during the course of the game that can be influenced and manipulated. they used the word that it's like a plague. the icss used a word astonishing for the level of corruption. they are not astonished by this. they know it goes on, it's a huge problem and there needs to be government intervention. >> with the match-fixing claims, how worrying is that for the sport of cricket? >> cricket had criticism, hasn't it, of the way it's dealt with or not dealt with corruption. it's a vulnerable sport for corruption, it's not
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match-pitching that we are talking about, which is one thing. it's relatively rare. we are talking about spot fixing. it's taking part of a game that you don't notice going on. it probably doesn't affect the result. it's part of a game that in this day and age you can bet on. that's what we saw with the case of the three pakistani cricketers playing at lords, and they were imprisoned for this. what we have to notice is that sent out a strong message that this was not just a matter for sport, but a matter for international law. one thing about lou vincent's claims will help cricket to clean up its act. it's dealing with a period from between 2008 and 2012, a lot of which happened and has gone, and we have moved on. cricket will hope that it's starting to get a grip on this - they have a lot of work to do. >> thank you, lee wellings reporting live from london. thank you. defending champions miami
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heat are through to the eastern conference finals, trailing against the brooklyn nets, then a 3 point are scored with 32 seconds. lebron james storing 28, dwayne wayne adding 20 more. they clinched the series 4-1. >> it's exciting. you put so much hard work into it. especially the play-offs. to be able to be in a situation on the home floor, under the circumstances that we had to come back tonight, a lot of emotions and, i mean, it's been like that for us. it's never easy. never easy for us, it comes down. and we had to do that. we had to do it once again. you know, it's a big time finish for our team. >> the san antonio spurs are through to the finals after a win against the portland trailblazers. danny green and leonard scored
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22 in 104 to 84 win, clinching the series 4-1 facing the oklahoma city thunder or the l.a. clippers in the western conference final. >> the montreal canadiens are a step away from the stanley cup finals. boston bruins had the home advantage. montreal advanced 3-1, facing the rangers in a level of seven series starting saturday. the l.a. kings forced a deciding game 7 in their western conference, with the anaheim ducks. the kings won game 6, 2-1. the two taxes will meet on friday at anaheim. to football. ben feeka's wait for a trophy goes on in the europa league final. after a goalless score in tur
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jin, the spanish spied was perfect. the other team missed trees. more misserry for ben feeka fans, thousands gathered to watch the finals. they have not won a european trophy since 1962 and have lost consecutive finals in the period. >> translation: the level team did not win the europa lead. the ben feeka players should be congratulated. we have to leave with our heads held high. >> that's all your sport for now. more later. almost a billion dollars worth of contemporary art is being showcased in hong kong. it opens to the public on thursday, displaying work from 30 countries. rob mcbride reports on the level
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and strangest of the offerings. >> turned into an installation, the tallest building in hong kong flashes the fact that the modern artists landed. from a baby stroller made of razor blades to an artist who paints themselves, it's a mix of the avant guard and the weird. this year an emphasis on participation for the interactive generation that wants to be a part of the art. the audience seating arranged so people become the attraction. next door the imagined country to which you apply for citizenship, or emails sent by con artists that you can be fimed reading out, making you part of the show. it's meant as a jolt to the artistic system. with its wealth and proximity to china's millionaires, hong kong becomes the third most important art auction market after new york and london. shows like this are intended to go the next step, moving from
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speculation to appreciation. bringing the art world to asia\, it provide a boost to artists, galleries and collectors. >> collectors are flying in for all parts of asia to see it. also because contemporary art it hot today. >> in turp, it's not bad for business. >> you expect to sell pieces. >> art writer and critic has watched the maturing of asia's art community. >> it's inspiring for them to see international collectors, the level at which they collect. it has an impact on the local collecting base. they engage with them. the idea. >> from the ideas, who foes where modern art might go next. lots more to come at al jazeera. david foster will take you through the next half hour. don't go away.
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