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>> violence in australia as islam protesters clash are rival demonstrators. and a plan for these creatures to roam free again after 1400 years. >> we'll have all your sport including arsenal would blow with a liverpool and we'll have that with the rest of the sport. >> trying to find a way to stop the fighting. aid agencies are demanding a 24 hour cease-fire with growing crisis as forces continue to target. houthi fighters in the air. one of the areas of intense fighting is in the city of aden.
houthies are said to be under siege in the center of the city. on the diplomatic front the united nations security council has been meeting to meet an iran proposal to allow aid to get in and for the evacuation of foreigners. let's look more closely now at the draft resolution. the draft also calls for the regular pauses in the airstrikes to allow countries and international organizations to evacuate their citizens and personnel from yemen. it goes on to say that any impediment to humanitarian assistance would constitute a violation of international law. jordan's ambassador to the u.n. spoke moments ago and said they want to find a lasting political solution to the crisis. >> as you know, they have been
engaged for some time on a draft resolution that deals with the political situation in yemen. we will continue our efforts to reach a consensus on that. we should not forget that the root causes and conditions bolton wanderers led to the current situation and humanitarian situation in yemen is due to the failure of the implementation of 201 by the houthies. >> we go to our political analyst manwar bashara. good afternoon. some resolution is desperately needed. the saudis defended themselves against claims they've been impeding the flow of aid but they made the point a caveat
that it needs to those in need and not the houthies so it's not going to be free-flowing aid. >> they want to take control of any aid that goes into the country and they want control of any aid going to them. they have controlled the skies of yemen but they also said that tomorrow they expect two airplanes to land in yemen come from the red cross, and that they would only coordinate that. as you said, jonah they're not excited about aid going to the houthies because the entire objective of their campaign is to defeat the houthies disarm them and push them back from all the areas they took control of. that will not body well bode well for the gray areas and the russians are trying to break into that. >> i want to ask you about the russian role in just a moment. but first of all let's look at
their draft resolution. it looks sensible on the face of it is it likely to face any problems in the security council? >> it is studio simplistic. anyone who knows about the russian presence in yemen there have been 2,000 russians in yemen, and if this whole resolution is trying to evacuate the russian diplomats and other citizens from yemen then it's quite shortsighted. there isn't that kind of emphasis or attempt to work on the gulf states that lead the campaign there. they're trying to finding is a bit more fundamental. yemen needs more than than humanitarian pause. it needs a more coordinated effort to implement the existing resolutions and make sure whatever needs to be done is done under the auspices of the u.n. security council. >> in terms of russia's role over all calling for the aid
corridor, and then on the other side the yemeni foreign minister of sending aid in to the houthies under the guys guise of aerial correction of russians aerial evacuation of russian nationals. >> they have not gone out of their way to substantiate the things they're saying or giving evidence to that matter, but certainly there is major tension tee abd rabbuh mansur hadi and the saudis on one hand and the russians on the other hand. that tension has basically spiraled out of control out of the saudis answered the houthies letter to the arab summit just a few days ago talking about political solutions when the
saudi foreign minister shot back saying hey where were you in syria. so on and so forth basically attacking the russian policy towards yemen. that certainly didn't make the saudis and yemenis a lot of friends in moscow and you can imagine now that they're trying to get a real embargo of arms to the houthies, the russians are not exactly playing ball because of the tensions with saudi arabia. >> our senior political analyst speaking to us live from new york. well speaking a couple of hours ago at saudi spokes person said that they will find a way to get aid in to those in need in yemen. >> we continue to give logistical assistance and other armed forces loyal to the authority. we can say that in a situation relatively calm. we are aware of the locations of some houthi militias and effective brigades loyal to ali
abdullah saleh. the operations are currently limited to very small areas in the city. we are in close contact with the popular resistence on the ground and these operations will be fruitful. >> well, an intense fight continues for yemen's southern port city of aden. >> reporter: the streets have become a battleground. and the people of this fort city are caught in the cross fire. >> aidaden over the past 20 ours 20 hours or so, also the power supplies have been cut off after going through an intense battle on thursday. it is getting more difficult in the hospitals as well where doctors have huge shortages of supplies and cannot a lot of
people are dieing in hospitals as well. >> days of fighting have destroyed much of the city center. the battles are fierce. hotels are overwhelmed, and the people are desperate for help. >> we urge all countries and organizations to help us. we need them to help aden and we declare aden a disaster zone. >> forces loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi are meeting up for the fight but are struggling to cope. the saudi-led coalition has air dropped ammunition and weapons. >> we thank the kingdom of saudi arabia as well as our brothers in arms for dropping supplies. we'll be victorious and bravely carry on fighting as heroes. >> along the course to the east fighters allied with toppled
president ali abdullah saleh storms the jail on thursday and freed prisoners. some of those fighters are known to be former members of al-qaeda. they now control parts of the military base and the ports. there are reports that tribesmen in the area are mobilizing the forces to drive them out. taking off from a military base in southern saudi arabia, coalition forces continue it become houthi fighters and their allies. a number of airstrikes force rebels and militias loyal to topple ali abdullah saleh forces in the presidential palace just 24 hours after they captured it. those loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi are well equipped, but those loyal to ali abdullah
saleh are strong, too. the fight for aden and yemen could an long one. >> in kenya al-shabab attacked a college where 147 people died. the armed group said it's avenging the it's fighters. catherine soi went to garissa to hear stories of survival. >> a survivor has just been rescued. many are describing this as a miracle. she is taken to hospital. two days ago cynthia hid on top of a wardrobe and covered herself with anything she could find. she heard the gunmen shouting taunting their victims shooting. at one point they took two of her friends. she's just happy to be alive. >> they were shooting everywhere so i just continued
hiding when i got hungry i ate some body lotion that was there. >> forensic investigators including u.s. personnel have been at the university. those who were inside talk of a violent and bloody end to those who died. the government was keen to show journalists and others who showed up up the four gunmen but the pictures are too gruesome to show. they wanted to show that the gunmen had, indeed been killed and create confidence in the public security forces. president kenyetta spoke declaring three days of mourning. the called for patience and religious tolerance. >> i urge every kenyan every church and every local leader
to speak up for our unity and ensure that our justified anger does not spill over and lead to the victimization of anyone. this will only play into the hands of the terrorists. let us remain in unity as we safeguard our peace and stability. >> but the frustration here in garissa, which has been attacked before. there were intelligence reports on an imminent attack on an university in a country. >> all these weapons they're using it is not from garissa. >> al-shabab fighters have issued a statement warning of more attacks in kenya people here say they're afraid, and they don't trust government assurances to keep them safe. catherine soi al jazeera,
garissa. >> form egyptian president hosni mubarak and his two sons are in court accused of embezzleing $2 million for enaggravations to their palaces. >> and two bombs have exploded in the egyptian city of giza. the explosions went off in front of a school near a police station. bomb experts have cordoned off the area and are searching for more nearby. >> in kashmir how orchard owners are trying to nurse their
trees back to health. and microsoft reaches 40. we'll have the latest on barcelona's title and success. in syria fighters from the the islamic state in iraq and the levant have taken more of the yarmouk refugee camp outside of damascus. it is home to palestinians who have been there since 1947. 1957. stephanie dekker has more. >> it is a fight they're losing. the palestinians group has been fighting isil over the last few days in the yarmouk refugee camp and isil now controls most of it. in an unusual twist there are reports that isil fighters have been supported by the al-qaeda
al-qaeda-affiliated al nusra front. these two groups do not like each other but they are joining together to take over yarmouk. >> al nusra front released a statement claiming they were neutral but in reality it is not true. al nusra has several check points inside yarmouk. isil came right through it with no difficulties. this is the important reason why isil was able to raid yarmouk and control it. everyone is confused how this deal happened. >> reporter: yarmouk has been under siege by government forces for more than two years and various rebel groups are based here. 18,000 people remain out of 160,000, and most of them are fully dependent on aid conditions are extremely difficult. >> we have always said that yarmouk is a place with very very little hope. it's a place of abject
desperation. it is a place where humanity is really struggling to survive and the now lethal military mix that we see in the camp is creating an even greater vacuum where there is so little hope. so little human dignity. >> many people will tell that you yarmouk is one of the worst places to be in this war. that was before isil entered the camp. no aid has gone in since the fighting began. it's also worrying development for the syrian government and people living in damascus with isil now less than ten kilometers away. stephanie dekker, al jazeera, beirut. >> a human rights activist from the palestinian network from of the civil society in syria. he joins us from new york. what does this mean for the residents of yarmouk already living in appalling straits for two years short of food, water medical supplies, can it get any
worse? >> well, i mean, it seems to me what every development in yarmouk for the past few years has meant more devastation more calamity. as you wisely pointed out yarmouk was a tragedy two years ago. it was a devastation a year ago. the words to describe what it's currently going through are impossible. >> can you give us sense of why yarmouk is apparently such a target such a prize for isil? they went in wednesday. they were pushed out on thursday. they're back in on friday. what is it about this place that they want to control? >> well, actually, if you recall they actually entered yarmouk a year ago briefly. they entered and took pictures with their flag, went up on social media and had people worried. unfortunately, people tend to forget the minute the headlines are gone. even though they withdraw a year ago they have been close by for
over a year. what draws them to yarmouk is probably what draws most oppositional fight tours yarmouk in the first place. the fact that it is so close to damascus. it was once called the-- >> it's also a fighting ground, isn't it, for fighting factions. not just isil. there are palestinian groups, al nusra front and free syrian brigades. it is the poverty the appalling conditions, a place where guns can easily be hidden? what is it that causes all of these groups to be present there fighting against one another? >> well, yes i think it's one of two things. it's rather--it's two prominent things. the first is that this is a population left entirely defenseless. it has been made clear to the community in yarmouk and militants observing from outside and now inside that no one is really serious about taking action about backing up their
words when it comes to defending yarmouk or taking action to protect the 18 or 20,000 palestinians in yarmouk. additionally, what we discussed earlier, when the oppositional forces first entered yarmouk it was considered the gate away of damascus. if damascus was going to fall, it was going to be through yarmouk. >> okay, we'll leave it through. speaking to us from new york, thank you so much. in indian-administered kashmir, hundreds of thousands of people have had their livelihoods destroyed by floods. in orchards growers are worried about facing consecutive seasons of hardship hardship. the orchards were effected by
widespread flooding that affected the reason seven months ago. >> i suffered a lot this year, but i'm working hard. i hope merchants will give me an advance and banks will help me with loans. >> these rolling hills that he calls home are famous for nuts, apples and apricots, but farmers fear reduction of production as they face hardships. hundreds of thousands of people in indian-administered kashmir have been hit hard by last september's catastrophic floods in this latest bout of bad weather. many have had to finds ways to live and work in difficult conditions. this is the second time in less than a year that ali mohammed natoo's home has been inundated by a nearby lake.
he lost hard work when one of his looms was sub bunkered. but he said he had no choice but to carrien. >> i will continue to work for my children's future. the weather may affect how much i can earn but i'll keep trying to support my family. >> having endured months of uncertainty this community of carpet weavers is getting back to work. it's unclear when this water will drain away. but few can afford to wait. some say it's this eagerness to rebuild that will quicken the pace of the region's recovery. >> my own conviction and my own thought, and along with me, most in the administration think that we've got it in us to cope with these events, to cope with these circumstances. however adverse it may be. >> they accept adversity as part of their daily lives and
confident that orchards will bloom again. >> the indonesia government will prosecute a thai-owned fishing company that has is allegedly using slave labor. some men were even kept in a cage. we are on the indonesian island of tuol where the men have now been taken. >> a rescue operation this region has not seen before. a convoy of six fishing vessels protected by the indonesia navy brought 315 fishermen to safety. men mostly from myanmar who were smuggleed to indonesia and forced to work without a salary. many say they were abused. the company allegedly changed their identitiys by giving them thai names and documents. indonesia officials are registering them under their real names and checking their
health before handing them over to the authorities in myanmar and cambodia. the government in thailand has denied the allegations of slave slavery. they say they will present all the evidence soon. >> all the evidence will be studied by our judicial team. the minister has put a special team on this case dealing with all the legal facts this will tell us what criminal acts have been committed. >> these people are only a small part of the thousand of fishermen still stuck in indonesia. >> finally they're free after such a long time when they wanteding to home so desperately they're now finally safe. but there are only a few of all those others who are still out there and nobody knows where they are. >> many are still working on the boats, others have managed to escape. they have survived with the help of local communities in remote parts of the country. some for a very long time, like this man who was brought to
indonesia 15 years ago. seven years after enduring hardship and abuse at sea he escaped. now he and his friends from myanmar are working. >> i don't know if my mother and father are still alive. all of us want to go home. every day i think about how i can get home. if it was possible to walk from indonesia to myanmar even if there were mountains we all would have done that. even if it would have taken us months. >> the first time in 15 years their hope can become reality even though he and his friends are not part of the government's rescue operation they hope by registering their names they too, can leave soon. and that they will be able to celebrate their return home just like these rescued men. al jazeera tuol. east indonesia. >> myanmar's opposition leader
suu ki said that they have not been sincere about reform. >> the playing field is not level, and the administration is engageing in acts, so we can't say that it's fair so far. i don't think we can guarantee fair elections. >> still ahead in this news hour. light up the night. why rubbish is the key to safer communities in colombia. >> we'll have all the latest from miami as well as serena williams looks to add to her title collection.
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continued airstrikes on rebel positions. aid agencies warn that they're fighting a humanitarian crisis in the country. >> kenya's president has pledged a severe response for the attack at an university. al-shabab has warned of further attacks. isil is thought to be in control of the yarmouk camp with support of the rifle group al nusra front. >> shia groups have been blamed for several days of attacks.
>> isil may have been pushed out of tikrit but there is still evidence of violence on the streets. this is one neighborhood where they have witnessed shia militia looting and burning buildings. they said they would start arresting people if these kinds of crimes continued. >> militia have no room for any government formed in iraq. and militia are carrying arms beyond state authority and this is totally unacceptable to us. >> shia groups operating under the collective name of the popular mobility indication were fighting control of tikrit along side the iraqi army. initially they backed away before a deal was made before the president for isil targets in the area. the head of the group of shia
militias said it wasn't his men. >> we reject any slogans or banners of sectarian nature. those hoisting sectarian banners are willing to undermine the victory that we've won. they're infiltrators against iraq and it's social fabric. we cannot give them a chance. the people graffitiing the walls are no less of a threat to us than isil. >> isil are openly using and destroying buildings in other parts of iraq. this video appears to show fighters at the world heritage site of hatra a 2,000-year-old city. it withstood a roman invasion, but it may not survive this one. iraqis are scrambling to save parts of their culture. this man took a manuscript when isil fighters were approaching. >> we will keep them here until the crisis is over. until this situation has
finished. until the crisis is over. >> the books are more than financially available. they use them to teach the ancient language of syriac that they're written in. >> three ukrainian explosions in a mine outside of donetsk. while the cease-fire between the cease-fire is holding the building was set to house 40 asylum seekers. the roof was almost destroyed.
>> i can assure you that we'll get to the bottom of this terrible crime. i can only emphasize that again because for us this is not just a question of fighting crime it is a question of democracy about free and democratic order principles laid out that we will defend. i can assure you that we will not back down. >> tempers have flared in australia. where protests were protesters were rallying. >> they had promised peaceful demonstration but when confronted by people calling them racist violence broke out in melbourne. policemen, women and horses forcebly separating those rallying against islam from those condemning them as racist
bigots. >> they have an issue with the people that they don't even understand. and as united statessens we're supposed to be a welcoming people. >> just over three months ago martin place in sydney was filled with flowers after a siege at a nearby cafe. then this, that same square was chosen for that city's anti-islam protest. >> islam's around the world planning attacks. and what happened here. saying no. no to islam and no to extremists here. >> 300 million extremist muslims who are dedicated to the takeover and down fall of western civilization. >> sydney had been expected to be the biggest protest in australia, but rain kept numbers down. >> well, the terrible weather will undoubtedly have put off
many but there are still quite a few hundred people here who have come together in the rain to in their words reclaim australia. in brisbane, more flags and more rhetoric. >> there are those who are working to destroy all that is australian and our freedom. >> in each city where there was a protest counter demonstrations were almost as large. australia is not having a crisis but the protests are a sign of fear and growing discontent. andrew thomas, al jazeera, sydney. >> exactly 40 years ago two childhood friends started a small company they called it microsoft, one of the founders bill gates is today one of the world's richest men but it's been a bumpy road for the software giant. only to see profits plummet as competition grew. we take a look back. >> what is technology?
>> the simple answer is that we just don't know. because the boundaries seem limitless, but few can connect the connectivity and productivity that we enjoy today thanks to computers. microsoft's cofounder probably had a vision. >> i'm bill gates chairman of microsoft. you're going to see the future windows. >> windows will become the cornerstone of the micro microsoft empire. it was an operating system with an user-friendly interface. then came microsoft office, a software package which included programs for every-day use word processer spread seats and sheets and today they run on 90% of all computers. when microsoft was founded in
1975 it consists of two men bill gates and paul alan. when it moved to its present day headquarters in washington the company had 28 employees and sales of $2 million. in 2014 microsoft more than $86 billion in revenue and employed 123,000 people. with a market value of $410 billion, it's now the world's second most valuable company behind its archrival apple. but it has not been an easy ride. microsoft has been the target of numerous lawsuits. at home in the united states it was accused of becoming a monopoly. the e.u. find the company for anti-competitive practices. >> we've been the most respected software company. >> there has since been a reversal of those ruthless tactics. microsoft has had to adapt its products allowing them
to run on devices that use competing operating systems. with a host of other profitable products, including surface the x-box and skype, microsoft seems ever determined to remain relevant and to show that life really begins at 40. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> to colombia now where recycled bottles are being used as solar-powered street lamps. as part of our in from old series we show how discarded items are not just providing light but a safer environment. >> in a dark alley a glimmer of light. these solar paneled street lamps are helping the people of san luis walk home safely for the first time. they're cheap easy to make. >> you're going to need--well, the solar panels, you'll need
the led, the battery and the controller. how to know when the sun goes down and the light basically turns on. we made this balance between these few parts which the community can build themselves, repair. no more do you have to wait for thousands of parts to be imported, you can make them by hand. the circuit board can be repaired made of local parts and gives jobs to communities. >> in order to light up san luis a hundred students from a nearby university were bussed in for the day to help. each light is composed of just eight parts. cost $70 to build and nothing to operate. san luis is a perfect recipient for this technology. many people arrive here fleeing the countries' internal conflict and found no basic services. >> you can imagine the impact you're having on these people.
that's the most satisfying thing. to see the people smiling to see the light shining because they know that their quality of life has improved. they know having light in their ail alley ways at night will improve their security. >> safety has been an issue here request gangs and drug task traffickers working in the area. this is something that residents hopeful that new lights will ching. >> it was so dark. i had to use a flashlight but it will be 100% better with these lights. >> it was never safe. if you saw movement up ahead you would choose a different route. now it's beautiful. >> workers plan to install over 2,000 lights in dark streets across colombia this year. all told it's an effort to harness the sun's power to try and brighton the life of entire
communities. al jazeera san luis, colombia. >> now to the battle to save the rhino from poachers. it's a long and difficult one. in south africa last year on average three three animals were killed every single day. now erica wood went to the krueger national park. >> they're called the black mambas after africa's most dangerous snake. and like the reptile these women are striking fear into the hearts of poachers of the world's most endangered animals. >> there won't be no reiners any more. we want the next generation to see the rhinos. >> they look for traps and snares and patrol along the
perimeter. they are the first line of defense. >> this is what the black mambas are trying to protect. there are only 20,000 of white rhinos left in existence in the wild. most of that population is here in south africa. thethe this park is on the western edge of the krueger national park. they've lost 12 rhinos. much of the poaching is done by foreigners but some of it is carried out by locals. the park's wardens decided that part of the solution had to come from within the community. >> they're heroes thought of as heroes. they bring revenue into the community, and hopefully this will change that around. >> so far so good. in the two years since the black mambas started patrolling poaching has been cut by 75%.
>> we're dangerous black mambas. >> but they serve as environment ambassadors spreading the anti-poaching message. >> poaching is a bad thing. we don't want that happening here. i think it is working. >> before becoming black mambas these women were unemployed. >> we're not afraid of them. if they want to visit us, we're here for them. >> there are plans to recruit an extra 12 women. soon there willer more black mambas to fear and in time more rhinos roaming the park. >> be careful. >> al jazeera, south africa. >> the lynx has not been seen in the wild for 1400 years. now conservationists are trying
to reintroduce them in forests. >> elusive and solitary, the lynx used to roam great britain in abundance. now the only place to see them is behind bars. they are the third largest predator after the brown bear. they feed on rabbit and deer, something that conservationizes say are ruining the ecosystem. >> we want to show the economic benefit these animals can bring. >> we killed every single last one and we have a moral obligation to bring these animals back. >> it is believed the last time these amazing creatures roamed britain's woodland was 600 a.d. long before modern britain even existed. of course, during that time the
country has changed immensely with the increase in agriculture and farming. but there are, of course, some concerns the reintroduction of these creatures could upset the balance. >> one of three planned release sites, the forest borders a pig rearing region. >> the defense line is 30 centimeters off the ground. >> farmers fear that livestock will be an easy lunch for the wildcat. >> each of these piglets are worth £40 at four weeks of age. just imagine if a lynx were taking one or two an evening. that's an incredible amount of money that we would lose on an annual basis. >> but they say the links may fact protect livestock by paroling fox numbers let alone
deer like this one imported from china for game hunting and a big cause of deforestation. ecologists have promised to compensate any loss of livestock and insist these shy creatures pose no danger to children or pets. if given the green light as many as six will be released within months to prowl britain's forests once more. al jazeera norfolk. >> still ahead on al jazeera, all the sport including teenage golf season station lydia ko's short and remarkable career. we'll have all the details. >> i'm adrian brown taking a children journey back in time on one of china's last surviving steam trains.
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>> raul is here with the sport. >> thank you very much. in english premier league arsenal has tightened their grip on the title after a crushing 4- 4-1 win over liverpool. they would produce an emphatic first half. sánchez put it 3-0 up. jiroux would seal a tenth win in 11 league matches. >> we have what we are master is the top four where we will
finish for the title. we need us to be perfect. so let's focus on what we can master. that means our own performance and go with the same intensity in the next game. >> we need it to be better in the second half. i thought that we started the game slowly right from the get go. and we're very positive from the very first kick of the game. we played backwards and from there we made a couple of passes. and for the next ten minutes we were on the back foot. >> elsewhere everton got a much needed win. now just a point behind arsenal after they beat aston villa. and chelsea beat stoke 2-1. in germany they beat would with
win on sunday. barcelona has faced season fixtures and all in the next month. >> all titles are important in the circumstance make them more or less significant for us. it is not about having unusual goals but what we're doing over the past few months. >> before that real madrid are in action a win that would close the gap on the single point. the result that many fans felt effectively handed the league title to the catalans.
but voicingly surprisingly ancelotti disagrees. >> we'll go in better physical condition than last year. >> golf, three times master phil mickelson said that he's not surprise that tiger woods decided to play at augusta next week. the former number one announced that he would be competing in the first major of the season despite having not played competitive golf in two months. some have questioned whether or not woods is ready to make a comeback. but mickelson said it's a no-brainer. >> the masters is the tournament
that we dream of as a kid. that's a tough one to miss. i just don't think that anybody would miss it if they were physically able to play. and he has had such a good short game and great game throughout his career i think it will be an easy fix. >> the women's world number one lydia ko missed the chance of 30 consecutive under par rounds. this is ko's round from friday where she failed to beat sorenstam's record of rounds under par. she would finish one over for the second round. overnight leader kim with a two-shot lead in the third round. she shot a stunning 7 under and including six birdies and match eagle at the par 5 sixth.
>> i hit a good shot at 17, and just made a mess out of 18 again. yeah i didn't really think about the record. i was so focused on trying to get my game together. >> well, number one serena williams has just won the miami masters. she overpowered karla suarez navarro. she has now won 12 consecutive finals. djokovic will take on andy murray. djokovic took on isner on friday. djokovic with his third title in mind. >> it's important to elevate the level of performance in the game towards the end of the tournament and this was the right day the right time for me to perform as well as i did. >> andy murray in shorter research of the australian open after seeing tomas berdych.
and with murray's wedding set for next week, he's sure to enjoy the occasion even more with this title. we'll have more later. >> thanks, raul. think of the golden age of rail what comes to mind? steam engines, dense clouds of coal smoke. for many it's a romantic vision of the past. but for some people in china steam trains are not just part of history but a piece of reality. we take a ride through gansu province. >> it is a sound that reverberates around the mountains of southwest china. puffs of nostalgia transporting you back to another era. thethis is one of china's last surviving steam trains, a country still making them until 16 years ago.
it's a sight that still stirs the imagination. >> the steam locomotives have real character. if is like a life fire-breathing dragon and it's wonderful to see that it's still here in 2015. >> but it's a dragon approaching it's last gasp. the passengers work in the local coal lead and zinc mines. but like those mines this train is close to extinction. and it's not clear what will finish first. >> this train will be eliminated sooner or later. as for my future i think the factory will be shut down. >> i don't see any advantages of the steam train. it's a daily commute. that's it. >> but modernity is on the fast track in china offering a cleaner alternative to the
trains' coal and diesel and pollution that goes with it. there is also a more pressing issue. the days of the steam train are clearly numbered here in china. the problem is parts. factories no longer maybe them and so retired trains like this one are the only source for those spare parts. the train depends on parts cannibalized from two other veterans. but once those parts have been used up it will be the beginning of the end. >> therei've been working on the train for many years. it is impossible that i have no feelings. >> the end of china's steam age is not far off now. given the scale of the country's modernization it is perhaps remarkable that this train has survived this long. adrian brown al jazeera, gansu province. >> that is it from me for this news hour. but we'll have more of today's
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