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meets humanity. monday, 5:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america.
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. >> i don't need to be self we appreciating here. we are the media the means by with information flows. we're doing our jobs properly and freely, we allow a healthy society to talk to itself. it holds itself together by talking, arguing and getting to know one another so our media allows society to keep from falling apart. a lot of people would argue that social media has taken over that role. but we learned tragiccally that social media talk only among themselves allowing others to be
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isolated. if we can't question and challenge and involve everyone, i think we run the very serious risk of not becoming more unified but fragmented. although this may seem counter intuitive i would like to accept this award not only among baher and fahmy who stood up for the freedom of press with courage and dorm nation, but for the 99% of us who did not come up tonight, because that routine and unrecognized work that we all do is all worth celebrating and fighting more. thank you. [applause]
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, we have final thought for you. these are the two awards for mohammeder and baher. those who have been at the table will see that we had places over there for those two guys. as i said under the conditions we could not see them this morning. it's being shown live on al jazeera english and being streamed on the internet. [applause]
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we haven't confirmed but the two men are watching in cairo. peter told me that mohammed is an insome knee an insomniac. this is for you guys in cairo. [applause] [applause] >> well, that brings towards the end first of all can i thank very much becky anderson for being our host this evening. [applause]
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>> you're watching watch al jazeera television. we're watching the awards where peter greste has been awarded a very special award. peter beaming and received a standing ovation when he arrived on the ceremony today. he said the award was not a surprise. it still felt like a shock. he was receiving it, of course, on behalf of mohamed fahmy baher mohammed with whom he spent so much time in a cairo jail but he was accepting it for the 99% of journalists who were not allowed to step up and receive the award but should receive it oh oh oh for the questions they ask on a daily basis. it's for the men and women in media. the media had a lined up behind them in an extraordinary way. this is al jazeera. you're watching peter greste being awarded a very special
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award with the royal television society in the united kingdom. we'll have more on that story of course, later in the program. the united nations supreme court council held a special session. libya's foreign minister asked the security council to lift an arms embargo to fight the throwing threat from the armed group. they asked for international help to building up the libyan army and the fallen minister asked to stop armed shipments to non-safe places in libya. james, i got the sense when i was watching the meeting that there were two distinct messages. one was promoting the effort of a political solutionish and the other to back some military
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intervention. >> yes rob and in some ways there is potentially a conflict between the two in terms of the sequencing, what do you do first? certainly we heard from mohammed al dari the libyan foreign minister. let's hear what he had to say. >> libya must be supported against all groups including isil. this international community must now ensure that it has legal and moral responsibility to lend urgent support by arming it first and foremost so it can take angels. >> they had called for an u.n.-backed intervention in lib
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y but the foreign minister at this meeting struck a slightly different tone. >> yes, did he. he had been trying for two days to try and get this idea of an intervention backed by the u.n. led by egypt. supported by the united nations. and i don't think that many people were keen on that idea. and he had to tone down what he said to the security council. the reason for all this is that you heard there the foreign minister of libya. he is the foreign minister of just one of two rival governments in libya. this is the problem. that many around the security council say that first you got to deal with the problems of libya and two rifle governments before you then send support to the authorities in libya because there are rival authorities in libya right now. as a result, they had to water down the proposals and this is
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what he asked the security counsel for. >> first we need to lift the legal restrictions for defense needs. second we need to take concrete efforts to take acquisition of arms for naval blockade on arms heading to libya outside of the control of the legitimate authorities. >> they seem to be prepared to acknowledge how severe the problems are in libya but did we get a sense of what they might do. >> i don't think they're zag to do what they have asked for. they want the special representative bernardino leon to get into negotiations before taking steps steps of lifting
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embargo sanctions. one thing you don't want to do in libya is send more arms. >> thank you very much indeed. several isil fighters were killed. one kurdish fighter were killed and two others wounded. they say the community would never give up kirkuk. >> kirkuk in kurdistan will never fall to the enemy again. it is as important to the enemy as it is to us, but they must know that either we'll all die
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or kirkuk will never fall to the enemy again. even if we have to withdraw forces other areas. >> u.s. president barack obama is calling on nations around the world to stand together and tackle radicalization. there is a summit of extremism at the white house. obama is appealing to young people not to legitimatize to ideas of isil by falling for their propaganda. >> this summit was supposed to happen last year, postponed without explanation but the obama administration said that the attacks in canada, australia, paris and copenhagen gave the issue new urgency. as u.s. president barack obama took the stage he went to great lengths to insure muslim leaders in the world to make sure that they knew his fight was not with their religion. >> our fight is not with islam.
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it is with. radical islam. >> we are concerned about the affects and potential backlash that this will have, especially in light of the recent splash and spur of hate crimes we've seen across the nation. >> the white house is trying to avoid muslim communities feeling like they've been singled out. they believe when people feel excluded from society they're much more likely to have sympathy for extremists. >> but police surveillance of muslim communities after the years since the september 11th attack have trained relationships, openly admitted here. >> we enforce the false narrative that america is at war with islam when we appear to violate our own requirements of the constitution regarding surveillance when we mix surveillance and outreach. this is a very short-sighted thing to do, and i encourage members of law enforcement to
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not do it. >> u.s. officials say isil is actively recruiting american muslims through social media and they acknowledge if they have any hope figure out who might be susceptible to the message convince launch attacks in the u.s. or travel overseas too to fight they'll need the help of muslim communities to find them and bridge the deep divide. patty colhane washington. >> at least 150 people have been killed since tuesday during fighting in and around the syrian city of aleppo. the monitoring group said 70 pro-government fighters and 80 rebels died. earlier the u.n. envoy to syria announced the syrian government is willing to temporarily end airstrikes. syria's biggest city was once a financial hub. fighting has reduced it to
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rubble. syrian's government said it will decide when to suspend bombing in the ancient city, but still describe the move as a reason for hope. >> government has indicated to me it's willingness to halt all aerial bombing all aerial bombing. all sports, all types of aerial bombing. and artillery shelling for a period of six weeks. all over the city of aleppo. from a date which will be announceed from damascus. i plan, therefore, to proceed to damascus and hopefully to aleppo as soon as possible. >> ukraine's president is calling on european peace keepers to enforce the shattered cease-fire. petro poroshenko said that six soldiers were killed when operatests ignored the truce and
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seized debaltseve. >> they're beaten and in restreet. ukrainian soldiers finally gave up the defense of their positions in debaltseve on wednesday, pushed out by relentless bombardment by separatist artillery and ground assault. all this happened four days after a cease-fire supposedly began. the ukrainian wounded were taken and spoke of a gauntlet of fire. >> there are no words to describe it. along the way we're blanketed with shots. they fired others with machine guns and grenade launchers. they used everything. we left at 5:00 a.m. and until this morning we were under targeted fire. >> the bombardment was carried out by separatest units like this one. we found the fighters here confident and bullish. there was no shortish of tanks
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and armor. >> in my opinion our first task is to push the enemy back to the borders of donetsk and luhansk regions as they're drawn on the map. after that we'll see. >> there was a thinly veiled threat aimed at any ukrainian stragglers. >> i think in the near further what happened there will happen here. i can't imagine what will happen after that. time will tell. >> reporter: the loss of the town of debaltseve to the ukrainians is a bitter blow. they had invested much capital most both human and military, to protect it. the main ukrainian soldiers it appears have withdrawn. the separatests are adamant that debaltseve was part of
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separate esther tore. but ukrainians insist that the russian-backed separatests and they have small hope that the two sides can begin to disengage along the whole length of the front line. >> thousands of people have come out in argentina's capitol for a silent protest demanding answers from the government about the death of prosecutor alberto nisman. his body was found with a bullet wound to the head a month ago. he had accused president christina kirchner in the iranian cover up of its involvement in the bombing of a jewish community center. >> reporter: hello rob well, it's been a very hard felt march. everyone is carrying umbrellas,
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and it has been raining relentlessly since the march began more than two arrests ago. thousands and thousands of people, i can't tell you just how many, but i'm sorry, but the people were supposed to be a silent march but people did owe acquisitionoccasionally stop to sing the argentine national anthem and sing out "justice, justice." alberto nisman died of suspicious circumstances. his cause of death has not been determined although originally it was determined that he committed suicide. most people here oppose the government they're calling for justice, and they're protesting what they call government interference in the justice system. the government on its part originally condemned this marseilling it was a plot to
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destabilize the government, but at the last hour the president's chief of staff said he would have liked to have taken part in this march except he was too well-known. bark to you,back to you rob. >> thank you very much, indeed. lots more to come on the al jazeera news hour. three al jazeera journalists jailed by egypt honored by the royal television society in london. and this was once a thriving town but the fear of boko haram has forced many nigerians to flee this area. and ronaldo keeps madrid on course for the champions league. we'll have all the details in sports. >> the u.k.'s world television society has honored al jazeera journalists peter greste, mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed. all three were falsely accused of supporting egypt ace's muslim
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brotherhood and in prison in cairo for 400 case. peter greste accepted the award on behalf his colleagues, who remain on bail until the next court hearing and they're not allowed to leave egypt. >> we came to understand that this was about something far bigger than the three of us alone. it was about the universal principles of the freedom of expression, about the public's right to know and we knew you were there right with us. but i also know that we really had no idea of how extraordinary broad and unified that sense of purpose turned out to be. now this is nat because of the impact of us and our case. right now the very idea of a free press is increasingly under attack from groups who take the heads off journalists to individuals who shoot up a magazine office in paris.
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whatever happens from here. we must listen to that singular voice. >> boko haram has forced many to flee northeastern nigeria. but those who stayed behind are struggling to make a living. we go to one of the worst hit areas. >> this is what many streets in maiduguri look like. hardly any new jobs are created this days, and many of the existing ones are disappearing.
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this man has a job as a mechanic. >> nothing makes sense in this city any more. i used to earn the equivalent in of $50 in two to $3 three hours. these days i go to home with nothing in my pocket because many cannot forward to drive. many take taxis or ride bicycles. many are forced to go hungry. >> this is not an option. people in this part of nigeria are often accused of belonging to boko haram. he is not sure how they would be received. this area has been attacked by boko haram five times. business is tough but despite the constant threat they insist on keeping the market open. but many markets remain closed because of lack of business.
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so those who are open, few customers come to behind. this man has not sold a bag in five days. >> you know, most of the customers they don't. >> which means that the supplies will continue to gather dust until normalcy returns. >> today he made $5 $5 or 6 or, which is enough to buy something to make his family happy. but he's not sure when he'll make money again al jazeera, northeast nigeria.
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>> yemen offers an escape route for migrants, but the country is already struggling to cope with its own problems with poverty to political turmoil. the poorly funded coast guard is overwhelmed. >> the gulf gulf of aden, a passage for smugglers and a deathtrap for those fleeing africa in search of a better life. in these waters, 246 people have died in the last year alone as they tried to reach italy in flimsy boats not paid to weather the high seas. authorities patrol the waters. but the coast line is more than 2,400 kilometers long, making their job almost impossible. the united nations says that 2014 witnessed the highest
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number of migrants making the journey across these waters. some 91,000 risked their lives in search for a better one. the challenges faced by yemen's coast guard range from piracy to a huge lack of resources. that's what makes their job so much more difficult. and it's also what makes eeasier for people smugglers to cross the sea without being caught. >> we was a shortage of many things. but the most important equipment we need are bigger and better boats to patrol the sea for longer than four days at a time. we need spare parts because much of it needs servicing. >> a group of ethiopians are being held. they came to yemen with nothing. this man tells me this is the ninth time he has made the journey. each time he comes he is sent back. the united nations refugee
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agency says that while those coming from somalia are treated as refugees and housed in yemen little is done to help those coming from ethiopia. they're considered irreal migrants and are not afforded the same help. >> they become victims of trafficking networks. we have recorded cases when on arrival of the migrants we were abducted beaten, tortured by trafficking networks money extortion from the migrants. >> yemen's coast guard operates using old and derelict equipment, but they say they're doing their best not only to safeguard the waters, but also to save the lives of those trying to enter illegally. but for many of those who do make it here alive, theirs continues to be a life of misery and hardship.
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al jazeera aden. >> well, let's go back to argentina where thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest. they're demanding answers about the death of prosecutor alberto nisman. he made accusations about president christina kirchner. the former prosecutor, he joins us via skype. the march is demanding justice for nisman. but they want to reform justice system. >> this is a shock that the prosecutor who would bring accusations against the president would die by a bullet. that's the big scandal. and those who believe even if he
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committed suicide the case is really shocking because the information it's a request to bring justice for the prosecutor, and it should be a request to transform our adjustment system. >> sorry to interrupt you. give me an indication of what the link is between nisman and the security forces, and you feel that the security forces security should be the focus. >> they're notthey're proposing
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to create a federal agency against crimes. he had to resign for that. and the day after he resigned he went to the tv and said i had to resign because people in intelligence are forcing me to do it. and here is the picture of a system like the gestopo. >> but president kirchner said that they were gas to reform the intelligence services. so what is the issue.
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>> in fact, reforming intelligence because basically mrs. kitchener two days later they present the case, and after that he died. so we are to understand he was running from the gestapo and how to have a proper system. that is the crucial part of this. of course, nisman was a way to present the problem and reform the system. >> former chief prosecutor for the international criminal court. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> still to come on the program
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>> top stories here in al jazeera. the libyan ambassador to the u.n. as asked for the lifting of the arms embargo. u.s. president barack obama said his country is not at war with islam but those who have perverted islam. he made the comment at a three day summit on extremism at the white house. and thousands of people have
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come out in argentina's capitol to in silent protest. they're demanding answers in the mysterious death of a prosecutor last month. alberto m nisman was found with a bullet to his head after accusing president christina kirchner of a cover up. in myanmar they say they're fighting for the hmong shy chinese. it seems to have been triggered by their leader phone kya shin. as reported, the violence is forcing the group's leader and thousands of civilians to take
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refuge in china. >> a barrage of bullets force this vehicle to an abrupt halt. it was part of a convoy attacked on tuesday where a new wave of fighting has broken out. >> there is a cease-fire in the resistence experience red cross trucks have been used by the army to attack the resistence. >> two red cross control tear workersvehicles were involved in the attack. two were injured but now in
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criminal continue. >> many taking refuge in china now 30,000 refugees were myanmar reportedly made the same trek after recent fighting. china is calling for dialogue. >> we want to use this opportunity to once again call on all sides involved in the clashes of myanmar to exercise re restraint and insure peace and stability and especially to avoid affecting security on the chinese side. >> but now three months of marshal law has been imposed, a sign that the fighting is not expected to end any time soon. >> the trial of thailand's former prime minister is expected to begin on thursday. shinawatra faces criminal charge
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relating to a corruption scheme. we have reports from shinawatra's hometown. >> shinawatra has already been impeached for dereliction of duty. now she'll face court again. if convicted she could be jailed for ten years and effectively banned from politics for life. it's been less than a year since the military takeover, which was said to allow space for negotiations between those for and against the shinawatra family. >> we did it to protect the dignity and honor of the thai people. we cannot stand back any more. we must stop fighting and keep working for reconciliation. >> but the criminal charge against shinawatra and her supporters take the crackdown on them further than ever before. >> if one side goes after the
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other side without concession or compromise then it's not reconciliation. so we can see clearly now we don't want to use severe terms but certainly there is an effort to keep one side out and down, and to enable the other side to go on. >> at this market in shinawatra's hometown, we found veneers who are strong supporters of the family. >> of course, this is not the way to reconcile people in the country. what they're doing is totally against it. we don't want to reconcile with them any way. >> this is where the shinawatra clan's an ancestors remains are kept. in the context of thailand's deeply polarized society it's more about politics than justice. >> each night it was armed
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soldiers in plain clothes who come to watch this and reported this play on freedom of expression. >> this is only one of the many cases. everyone knows about her because she's in the spotlight and reconciliation will not happen until people are allowed to express their views freely. >> now any hope of reconciliation left thailand's political stage. al jazeera thailand. >> bangladesh's war crimes tribunal has sentenced a senior leader of the opposition to death. he was convicted for crimes committed during the country's 1971 independence war. previous court rulings have led to violence between police and opposition supporters. he's the ninth high profile member to be sentenceed.
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there will be an appeal. inch racial and cultural divisions in france the government has promised to do more to heal those divides but many muslims feel they're under increased scrutiny. >> once an inmate at guantanamo bay. now he's a peace activist. month after the kill negotiation paris many people are asking how three young men born and raised in france can turn to violence. the journey from france to an al-qaeda training camp in afghanistan happened all too quickly. >> there are several reasons people become radicalized. it can be low self-esteem or a certain calling. if a person wants to create a future for themselves in somewhere like syria, it's because they can't imagine a future here in france. >> it's hear that the country's unforgiven city suburbs that the government wants to make a
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difference. this is where the seeds of violence are frequently sown. in this toulouse neighborhood, this man planned attacks on french soldiers and jewish civilians. this is on the outskirts of toul toulouse and some people feel like they live on the fringe of french society. this is where they come head to headed to crime and poverty. after the paris attacks locals feel under increased scrutiny. >> i live here. i'm integrated. i feel french, but people look at me as if i'm not. they're scared of the way people look at us. >> how are muslims supposed to integrate. it doesn't mean that they have to be like everyone else, to drink red wine, cut the beards and remove the veil. >> there are some days i just don't want to leave my house. i work in the market, and then i just want to go home.
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people want to put us all in the same basket as if we've all to blame for the attacks. >> in a nearby mosque the local imam is weary of growing resentment. >> zeno phobia and islamphobia has existed well before the attacks. we don't know young people who want to go abroad and fight. if they think about it, they'll be discrete. >> many here believe that it will only come with a greater sense of equality. al jazeera toulouse. >> hundreds have gathered in denmark. investigators say that a shooting spree may have been inspired by the attacks in paris last month. the chelsea football club has reacted to a video which shows its fans abusing a black man on the paris metro.
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>> reporter: a black man tries to board a paris metro train and is repeated pushed off by fans of the english football club chelsea. the british man who filmed the scene at the station said that people around him could not believe what they were seeing. but what happened next was perhaps even more shocking. >> the morning after chelsea's champions league match we got reaction from some fans heading home to london. >> we're disappointed for two reasons. firstly, what happened. secondly because nowber now we're all labored racists. not just the individuals who did it they've set the whole club
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back 30 years. >> i'm horrified. >> it's not acceptable, and any true chelsea fans would an his or her that. that's all i got to say. >> european football governing body uefa said that it's appalled by the incident. police say that they'll try to help identify the fans involved while chelsea football club has put out a statement: >> but this paris-based civil rights campaigner wants to see justice. >> i urge them to who know the supporters so they can be prosecuteed.
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i urge to please make the call. i urge the chelsea football club to take this opportunity to launch a massive investigation. >> they're already investigating the incident. al jazeera paris. >> up next, all the world sport will find out if one of the nba's biggest stars will continue playing through the pain. we'll have details in sport.
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>> now the conflict in ukraine russia is fast running out of friends in in in the european
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union. hungary, however relies on russia's gas supply, and the hungarian government is facing opposition. >> vladimir putin is not welcomed in most european capitols. but in budapest he was treated as an old friend. the two reached agreements on gas and other issues. and president putin hinted only europe was willing more russian cheap gas could come its way. >> we could implement to the south of turkey and use the agreement to join hungary with serbia and other partners. >> this visit has not gone unnoticed. there are critical voices in europe that say they're talking to the wrong guy. vladimir putin has just had more of his officials sanctioned and
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the argument goes he's trying to tie countries like hungary into energy independency, and it's a strategy to divide europe. >> to make the point some 2,000 protest on the eve of the visit. there are also unhappy about the domestic policies. >> taking on the idea. >> but mr. putin has shown while the e.u. is looking for an unified front against the russian aggression in ukraine he still has allies in europe and hungary's government said it's simply doing what is best for hungary. >> there has been an explosion
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at the exxonmobil refinery in the u.s. state of california located just 30 kilometers south of downtown los angeles. large plumes of smoke could be seen after the blast. there have been no reports of injuries and an investigation is underway. greece says it's going to ask the eurozone for an extension on its loan agreement. prime minister alexis stipras wants to find a solution to the debt crisis. >> reporter: the heart of the factory is still beating but only just. this rolling door maker has run 90%. the collapse has bankrupted its clients. of this company owes $9 million in debt it cannot pay. >> i've been working in this
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factory since i was 18. it was then a small workshop of my fathers. now banks have played a big roll and suddenly we're back to where we started and we're all alone. rather than wait to die we decided to attack. >> a series of class action lawsuits involving 20,000 debtors representing more than $2 billion of bank debt. they formed a civic action group that wants banks to discount their debts by 50% to 90%. the same discounts would face if they sold these loans to distress funds. >> while this lawsuit is pending, banks cannot ask debtors to installment payments. it will take 20 years to go to trial. i say to banks do you want to wait 20 years or start earning money again.
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>> the greeks owe banks some $90 million they cannot pay back. banks were supposed to finance a turn around in this economy. they're decreasingly able to do so. depositors withdraw money afraid greece would be forced out of the eurozone. but if greece does leave the eurozone the european central bank would stop supporting its banking system as happened in cypress two years ago. >> what is looming over greek banks is a liquidity crisis. it's looming all over the country. if the country does not resolve the liquidity issue it will become a big problem. the bankers are scared. >> individual greeks like greece itself are caught in a deathtrap. the lack of money and jobs fueling each other. theyal jazeera athens.
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>> and now it's time for sport. >> rob, thank you so much. we start with the uefa champions league where real madrid have beaten schalke. cristiano ronaldo breaking his drought of three games without a goal. marcello added a second with real taking two vital away goals goals. portuguese side could have had more after going one down early on they had a goal ruled out for off side. it was left to save them. they scored a late score. five time european champions in liverpool they'll be facing
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turkish besiktas. they'll be fit for the match. liverpool are also in the cup with the reds chasing a cup double. >> this is the beginning of the season there was they want won a trophy. you saw the efforts that we put in the item competition and this competition is no different. and the competition we want to do well in. >> over to the cricket world cup where there is one game going on right now. zimbabwe is taking on the u.a.e. who are battling after losing the toss. they're 115-2. this is the first match while zimbabwe are looking to bounce back after losing their opening
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game. new zealand will be looking to make it three wins out of three at the world cup. the co-host taking on england on friday. the campaign is already facing a growing number of problems. they were heavily beaten by australia in their first game and ahead of their next match against new zealand. captain owen morgan is facing unwanted questions he's failed to score in four of his last five innings. >> the fact that i've been through bad patches before has helped and reengaging in that believe that you need to have and this determination in your training. probably gives more confidence than if it was my first time going through a bad spot. >> europe for the holders of golf's most prized team title after beating usa in scotland last year. champion clarke has won four times as a player and will be
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leading the european team that has won six of the last seven matches. next year's event is to be helped in minnesota with davis love iii expected to be named the u.s. captain. >> it's a privilege. on the steps of so many great european captains, and just hope we can do as good of a job as they've done in the past. especially of late europe has been performing unbelievably well and i hope that we can do it again. >> one of nba's biggest stars has been ruled out for the rest of the season. carmelo anthony has been suffering from soreness in his left knee for months. his club has announced he'll be undergoing surgery at the end of the season as he has claimed a reduce schedule of late, and what has been a throw away season for the knicks. they are currently at the bottom of the eastern conference. tennis champion venus
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williams is out of the dubai tennis championships. the american was beaten in straight sets. former world number one anna anaovich followed williams to a narrow exit. reigning wimbledon champion continues. there is much more sport on our website. you can go to we have blogs and video clips from correspondents around the world. that's sport for now. rob, back to you. >> stay with us here on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is straight ahead. by for now.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. a pivotal ukrainian town has fallen. after days of intense fighting on the ground, thousands of ukrainian troops pull out of debaltseve. >> our troops and formations have left in an organized and planned manner. >> kiev insists that the withdrawal was not a retreat. while they may be able to salvage a cease-fire.


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