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>> welcome to the al jazeera news hour live from doha. our top stories: >> another day and another rescue by the italian coast guard. 400 migrants are brought to safety. >> egypt's former president mohamed morsi gets 20 years in prison in the first verdict against him since he was ousted from power. >> also this hour, forces loyal to yemen's presidents try to
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push back houthi fighters. >> a new art exhibit in london display artifacts from one of the world's oldest cultures. >> first, more than 400 asylum seekers have been rescued off the coast of italy. the group was found by a fishing boat about 100 kilometers south of the coastline. the ship was taking on water. this is the latest incident in what is becoming an almost daily occurrence between southern africa and northern europe. more than 10,000 people have been rescued in the seas off italy and grease, hundreds more have drowned. on sunday, a ship carrying more than 800 people sank off the libyan coast. the captain has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. on monday, a ship carrying
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asylum seekers smashed off the rocks off the greek island of rose. three people died there. on the same day the italian and maltese coast guard scrambled to respond to distress calls to ships from libya carrying hundreds of people. >> increasing numbers of migrants are losing their lives but the ones found today were much luckier. >> sorry, i couldn't catch your question. i think you were saying that the tide of humanity is -- please go ahead. >> i think you were asking about the tide of desperate humanity across the mediterranean. 400 people were rescued this morning in the early hours off the coast to the southeast of
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sicily. they were on a wooden fishing boat. it was leaking badly and they were helpless and they were very very lucky that an italian fishing trawler found them just in final and then they were rescued by the coast guard and we believe they will taken ashore to different italian ports during the day. of course here in the mediterranean, summer is approaching, the weather is getting warmer, the sea is getting calmer, and so people in italy, but also in countries like spain and greece are bracing for more arrivals and sadly the possibility of more disasters in the weeks and months to come. >> tell us about the details of the charges against the captain of the shim that sank on sunday with over 800 people onboard. >> the captain is a tunisian man charged with multiple
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manslaughter. what the italian prosecutors say is that there was a collision between a portuguese ship which you may recall went to rescue this over crowded boat that was coming from tripoli and that during that collision the boat sunk. according to people onboard there were many hundreds of people who were locked into the lower decks and they didn't stand a chance. the italian prosecutors are absolving the portuguese crew of any responsibility. they were trying to help, they say, but of course, it is the captain from sue nearby is that who now faces those charges and there was one other member of the crew amongst the 27 survivors who were brought here last night. he's a libyan man in his 20's and charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
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>> finally e.u. foreign ministers have come up with a 10-point plan to deal with this crisis in the mediterranean. i know that the e.u. leaders meeting in brussels are going to be talking about this. what exactly is in this plan and how difficult is it going to be to implement this? >> the plan talks about extending the geographic scope and capacity of operation try to know which the e.u. has been running for many months now and it talks about giving it a greater responsibility, greater power, if you like, to intercept smuggler's boats and to arrest smugglers. all of this is all very well in theory. of course in practice, it's enormously difficult to implement. it sounds rather like what the italians were doing last year when they had a much larger
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operation. the reasons the italians backed down was because it was too expensive. it's probable in the current political climate there will be more money available for this operation, but european leaders are also aware of their own domestic political situations and the concern even the hostility towards more immigrants coming toward this continent. that was one reason it was scaled down in the first place. there's been a fear which european leaders will be reluctant to articulate among all the current outridge over the most recent deaths, but the fear is a much more effective larger search and rescue operation attracts more people, pumps more people, encourages more people to try and take this perilous journey. that's the argument put forth by european leaders this time a year ago. >> thank you so much. that's al jazeera's barnaby phillips reporting live from
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sicily italy. >> a cairo court sentenced mohamed morsi to 20 years in prison. he was egypt's first democratically elected president top would in a military coup in 2013. he still faces several trials. >> mohamed morsi narrowly escaped the death penalty. he's been sentenced to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole from what the prosecution says was his role in the after he and torture of protestors in 2012. three protestors were killed. he can still appeal this conviction but he also failses several other charges including an attempt at a prison break in 2011 where prison officers were killed. spying he's accused of conspiring to commit terrorist acts egypt with hamas.
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leaking state secrets and endangering egypt's national security. fraud in connection with the muslim brotherhood's economic and social program. he's also charged with insulting the judiciary. muslim brotherhood leader along with several other defendants were also sentenced to 20 years. it was a long road to egyptian democracy. in 2011, hosni mubarek was kicked out of office after a revolution. mohamed morsi became the first deemically elected president. he angered many egyptians by issuing an order that prevented any court from overturning his decisions, effectively allowing him to rule unchecked in my the drafting of a new constitution. that led to violence on the streets with opponents denouncing president morsi as a dictator and new faroe.
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his decision to overly the judiciary prompted judges to go on strike until he tore up the decree. morsi sacked the head of the armed forces, escalating a power struggle between the military and the president. >> i guess a decision has been taken by the military before running this election, the first democratic election, fair election that at a certain point, the military will enter and take over. >> on june 30 2013, millionion of people rallied across egypt calling for his resignation. three days later the man morsi appointed at the defense minister al sisi led a coup that removed him from power. he took over the day to day running of the country and morsi was imprisoned. mohamed morsi promised to form a government for all egyptians but his opponents say his rule only increase the division and
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mistrust. although the defendants in this first he trial were acquitted of in tent to murder, any sentence against egypt's first democratically elected president is seen as a big blow to the muslim brotherhood amounted its supporters. >> joining us now is an international human rights lawyer involved in a number of legal cases in egypt. he is live from london. what's your reading of this verdict against mmm the first verdict since husband out of thing, 20 years in jail but no death sentence. >> obviously we're looking at this first judgment with a great deal of concern and the concerns that we have are over the entire plate sization with
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very little due process rights respected. we have to hope that there will be an international response to what is effectively a political show trial of the first democratically elected leader in egypt. >> you talk about a political show trial but it is quite surprising that morsi escaped the more serious charge of killing protestors, isn't it? >> well, of course, the evidence that was presented, we can only guess a lot of what was presented. i don't think it's any great surprise that he has escaped that charge. of course as we've heard there are still a number of charges outstanding, for which he may face trial but if these are credible allegations and if there is evidence to demonstrate this this should be shown in a
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transparent trial where president morsi has the right to consult with his lawyers and challenge the evidence against him. this is not a way to deal with this, and what he has effectively been charged with, we have seen countless civilians killed during sisi's time, no investigations, no prosecutions, so this is a very selective approach. it is concerning that the judiciary is effectively becoming an extra arm of the executive. >> you talk about a selective approach. i also found it interesting that while morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in jail, you have hundreds of people sentenced to death in just one sentencing. just monday, 22 muslim brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death for an attack on a police station in cairo. what does this say about due process? >> well, we've raised significant concerns over do pros in all of these trials, to put people on trial en masse
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does not respect the individualization of the criminal process. we have seen numerous people sentenced to death in these trials which are conducted in a matter of hours with no credible evidence being presented. it does put the whole judicial system to shame in egypt it's become an effective tool of the governing regime to target its political opposition. >> thank you very much for being with us. >> in yemen the saudi-led coalition has been pounding the capitol with airstrikes. these are the latest airstrikes to hit parts of sanna targeting houthi rebel positions in the city. while forces loyal to president adou rabbo mansour hadi have pushed back houthi fighters and taking control of their positions near aden airport in the south this was the scene in
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the neighborhood in aden, the street battles are between fighters loyal to president hadi in exile in saudi rain and forces who support the former leader ali abdullah saleh. live from the saudi-yemeni border quite impressive the pictures we've been seeing. tell us what's been happening. >> according to reports we have, the fighting has intensified both in aden and in taiz as the loyalists of president hadi have gained momentum during the last few days thanks to better coordination with the saudi-led coalition and also thanks to probably some equipment or some weapons reaching them or better coordination with the army units and the army brigades that have defected from the houthi side. we have seen better
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organizations, we have seen some progress on the coastal line of aden where the presidential palace and house of president hadi is located. they have taken that. they have made the progress near the airport and also that standoff the air base is continuing but they also talk of progress there in taiz intensified fighting, as well in several areas. taiz like aden is a very populace city and has a majority sunni population. there are not that much enchanted with the houthis, they are pro-hadi. however the army that is mostly loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh has been concentrated there on the outskirts of taiz. that's what made the battle of taiz much more ferocious than sanna or other areas. those fighters are telling us
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without saying in the reports coming from there that they are making progress, but it is a tough war there on both locations and doesn't look like the who thes are about to be pushed you be completely from any of those areas. >> we hear that a u.s. aircraft carrier is arriving near the coast of yemen. what more can you tell us about that and also what are they going to do as far as the situation in yemen? >> two warships, two u.s. warships are moving towards the gulf of aden, and the americans according to the information we have have said that so far there is no information there are no orders that they are going to work in the day to day attempt to prevent the iranians if they want to gain or get any weapons to the houthis but the americans are concerned the saudiion also are concerned about iranian movements maritime military movements in the area.
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they have the iranians here talking about iranians have sent several ships in the last two weeks and they said that is not intended for yemen or the houthis, but however to confront piracy in the area, but that's looked upon suspiciously by the saudis and americans because they accuse iran of being primarily involved in what's happening in yemen accused them of being pro houthi that they have been sending weapons there over the last couple of years so it's a very tense situation on the waters near aden. aden is a very important place because of the water way passing from there linking the indian ocean and red sea where the bulk of the international oil flows through there. it's a very interesting standoff there. >> thank you very much. there's lots more ahead on the al jazeera news hour. stopping al shabab, we have an exclusive report on attempt to
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say prevent young men joining the armed group. >> home ward bound we meet the foreign workers returning to zimbabwe because they're scared to stay in africa. >> in sport the team looks to overturn a two goal deficit in the champions league qualifying final. first a car bombing killed at least four in somalia's capitol. a vehicle rammed into a busy restaurant in mogadishu and exploded. the kenyan government is offering a 10 day amnesty for new al shabab fighters to hand themselves in. they are shot to be on a recruitment drive there. we have an exclusive report from
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the somalia town. >> this is the militia of somalia's newly created administration, part of an international effort to build somalia from the grassroots up. they are on the lookout for roots hacked out of the undergrowth by smugglers and armed groups to cross back and forth between kenya and somalia undefect. >> the border is 700 kilometers. we can't patrol it on foot. we lack vehicles. we try to cover the smuggler routes. >> they are based a few kilometers from the border. over the years it has suffered from those coming far and near to join al shabab. the group lost control of the town three years ago but still operating in the cricket outside. this man said they are trying toion the image of their town being the root of al shabab.
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muhammed is a kenyan national and al shabab member. >> i was arrested while buying food. i was in charge of logistics. i used to conduct role calls for the fighters and distributed uniforms. i was recruited by a relative. once in, i had no way of backing out, as anyone who dried to escape was killed. >> he used to operate in th al shabab training camp 60 kilometers from the port city. the camp is under the command of the man kenya say master minded the garissa attack in which 148 people were killed by al shabab. >> it's a huge camp. there are about 300 fighters, foreigners and somalis. all camps are geared towards attacks in kenya. >> we met youth arrested while on their way to join al shabab.
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>> we were heading there when we were arrested, we were given a map by a recruiter and the names of the cities to pass through to get to our destination. we'd run out of funds and decided to go on foot once we entered somalia. for now the june land troops celebrate their modest gains. they say they will need more support effectively secure the border and hopefully live up to kenya's dream of getting a battle zone toe shield its territory from loyalist somalia. >> south africa is sending troops to johannesburg after attacks. seven people have been killed in violence against foreigners in
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the last two weeks prompting many to return home. we spoke to some who are trying to move back. >> the journey from south africa to zimbabwe took 24 hours by bus and now the families are here in zimbabwe and in this camp set up by government and aid agencies. here they've got basic necessities but wait for the next way forward to get home. the shelter is basic. this is where many will be sleeping for a couple of days until plans are made for them to go home. even if they go home, the next problem is what will they do when they got there with the issue of jobs. the unemployment rate is 80% to 90%. many wonder when they get to their villages, will they be able to find jobs they can look after their families. some say theme wait it out as long as they can. some are willing to take the
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risks and go back to south africa even if it is dangerous if it means they can earn a bit of money to send back home to zimbabwe. >> in guinea, soldiers have taken control of the capitol after confrontations with protestors. there have been two weeks of anti-government demonstrations over a disputed election time table. >> a bomb exploded outside the spanish embassy in libya's capitol, tripoli. spain had pulled out diplomats last year because of security. june the killing of ethiopians by isil have prompted protests inin adis.
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>> ababa. they are mourning. >> i have never seen such up a barbaric act. i am shocked. it is a ruthless act. i can't think of him being slaughtered. how can such a merciless and horrible act happen to human kind? how? why? >> al jazeera will not show the video of beheadings, but some in the family have seen it. his older brother heard about what happened on facebook. >> our sorrows are great, we are very sad. all these are people who came from every corner to grieve with us. they all came here after they saw the post an facebook.
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when a human being is slaughtered like a sheep it's horrific. >> he was with his close friends and neighbors. they called their families regularly as they traveled through sudan and on to libya together. they had hoped to get on a boat to europe and start a new life. their friends say there are no good job opportunities in ethiopia. the calls stopped a month ago and the fatal of these two young men has become horribly clear. >> a storm has battered the east coast of australia killing three people and carrying power to more than 200,000 homes. winds of 140 kilometers an hour crushed cars and uprooted trees. sydney received nearly a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours. well get an update on the weather now with rob. is it going to get better soon? >> the first major storm of the season is a big event.
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they've got more than 24 hours before it's over. the picture shown from 24 hours ago, last night local time, already the winds are up enough to batter small boats. looking around the area, sydney's almost the focus of it. you see the big curl of claude here. it's around a big center of low pressure. you can see the size of australia, this is a huge storm. its details are the worst in 10 years in virtually every aspect. the winds are still blowing 70 kilometers that an hour. onshore, it's got even worse just to the north of sidney. the heaviest rains in the hunter valley area.
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440 millimeters of rain are reported. that much rain unsurprising has been a huge amount of flooding, one place almost washed away. this is more than just flash floods. now, daylight is showing now. it's going to be all of wednesday before things start to improve. thursday looks a little better, thankfully. >> thank you very much, rob. still ahead on the al jazeera news hour. it's described as thailand's biggest ivory bust. we have the details from bangkok. >> from the rain forest to the courtroom with that, the 30 year fight between chevron and environmental lawyer takes a new turn. >> the gold be state warriors take a step toward the next round of the nba playoffs. we'll tell you why after the break. break.
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sanna with airstrikes, targeting houthi rebel positions in the capitol. saudi arabia has ordered its national guard troops to take part in the yemen campaign. >> returning now to the sentencing of mohamed morsi the 20 year prison sentence for the ousted egyptian president the sentence was handed down tuesday and was for just one case against him. it relates to the deaths of at least 10 protestors during protests in december, 2012. these are three other cases against him including one linked to his he is skip from prison in 2011. he was held in custody after a roundup of muslim brotherhood supporters. he is charged with spying, accused of trying to commit terrorist acts egypt with hamas. he is charged with leaking state secrets to qatar. he is charged with fraud in connection with the muslim
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brother hoard's economic program of recovery. he is accused of insulting the judiciary after accusing a judge of overseeing fraud in previous elections. joining us now is a history professor as georgetown university here in qatar. let's talk about the timing of this first sentence for mohamed morsi, it is significant isn't it? >> the timing is significant given the fact that he's been in prison since summer of 2013 when the coup over true his presidency. had they not convicted him, he had spent the maximum time behind bars without conviction against him. the courts had to act in order to make sure he would not be released. >> in this first verdict, he is sentenced to 20 years in jail, but no death penalty which a lot of people find surprising. but the reality isis that he could still face a death penalty
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because of all these other cases that he's facing that we mentioned, right? >> there is a method to the madness that has become the egyptian judiciary. there's a strategic use of how the sentences are handed down. there are more serious charges that he currently still faces including the treason charge which comes with an automatic penalty of death and of course at the same time, the egyptian government is trying to use these as bargaining chips to try to maintain leverage on the muslim brotherhood and opposition broadly in trying to quell that resistance that it still faces from large segments of egyptian society. >> it is quite a dramatic journey for morsi from being the first democratic elected president egypt to now being handed down this 20 year sentence. tell us nowhere about the message the current egyptian authorities are trying to send. >> i think there's an attempt here to rewrite history it
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history of the egyptian uprising going back to 2011. hosni mubarek was sentenced for worse crimes and since acquitted and released. the current president sisi responsible for a coup that overthrew the first democratically elected president in history was responsible for far more mass deaths, he oversaw the murder of several thousand citizens and many since then not to mention the current prisoners behind bars for political reasons in an attempt to squash all opposition and get rid of any kind of democratic process in the foreseeable future. these verdicts are part of a broader attempt to assert the no author tar i didn't know state that sisi and many within the military and some of the elites within egypt are attempting to cement as the new kind of post coo order. >> these verdicts, there are so
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many trials of muslim brotherhood supporters. i wonder whether egyptian society cares about everything that's happening in the judiciary, about these trials. do people just want to move on with their lives now and basicallies for what happened three or four years ago? >> you certainly see that sentiment expressed that the coup almostic is that it came about to restore economic prosperity and security to egypt. it's done neither. in as much as these crimes against citizens, the president,s muslim brotherhood are not objectionable in the eyes of most people but certainly the government producing results to justify their existence is of concern. they have seen the security situation deteriorate throughout egypt. in that sense certainly there are a number of other concerns that in some ways transcend these verdicts, but they are
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also meant to be a distraction from those problems. >> thank you very much for your in sight. >> now more now on the migrant crisis in europe. the captain of the ship that sank off the libyan coast sunday has been charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in italy. more than 800 were traveling onboard the vessel. most died when the ship went down. >> given how politically difficult the crisis in the mediterranean has come, the sights of young italian women showering refugee ships with flowers is a display of humanitarian that is more than a little moving. these are the survivors of a disaster that claimed 700 lives or more brought ashore, killing them with trauma. the captain and his deputy were arrested for people trafficking. the main thing is to look after those who got this far. >> they were very tired and traumatized. one of them was taken to the hospital and the others received medical attention. they had new clothes distributed
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to them and had some food. >> day by day new boats adrift desperate to save the old and young. these are pictures from the italian coast guard flying over a leaking bolt containing another 450 or so. sighted the dawn, they were all rescued, including 59 children. >> on the southern coast of spain, 44 were rescued after floating over from morocco. life or death in these situations looks like a matter of complete fluke. one estimate on tuesday said that 30 times more people had died in the mediterranean so far this year than during the same period in 2014. that's to say getting on to 2,000 already loft in the sea. calling for a european evident top at very least stop people
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dying while in the act of trying to escape war or unrest. >> of course if we let them die they'll stop coming, but that's not what we need to do. it's not a question of taking them all. it's a question of saving as many as we can. >> in truth it shouldn't be as hard as it seems to rescue people at sea. italy managed it fairly well all by itself until it stopped. a big effort by europe would surely safe lives. the bigger and more difficult question is what you do with people once you saved them, whether offer them ref final or send them home is pushing at the limits of the e.u. sympathy. >> iraqi forces are engaged in heavy battles with fighters from islamic state of iraq and the levant in anbar. troops have retaken the children's hospital captured 10 days ago by the fighters. the u.n. said more than 90,000 people have fled the fighting in anbar over the past two weeks.
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>> meanwhile iraq's government says its forces recaptured the largest oil refinery from isil. the military said it is battling fighters inside the facility in the northern city of beige baiji. we have this report. >> on the outskirts of the refinery the war is not over. the target is isil fighters inside this sprawling energy complex. plumes of smoke arise from a distance while the fighting continues. these iraqi special forces backed by shia paramilitaries of part of the government's reinforcements after isil stormed parts of the refinery last week. the plan is to attack from three directions. on the western front these men need to clear the surrounding areas. while hitting isil positions. >> we're in the third front for
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beige eye refinery. we're trying to clear and control parts of it. we've been attacked by isil but our forces are advancing. >> security source the in the area suggest there are isil fighters still inside the refinery. the u.s. led coalition said army forces are now in full control of the refinery and are fort filing defense positions. they describe isil's latest in fill reaction as an families to boost its on line propaganda, but it proves the group is still capable of attacking and advancing despite weeks of u.s. led airstrikes. the group posted videos like this shopping its fighters storming the western entrance. many parts of the refinery have been destroyed. u.s. red coalition jets have carried out 47 airstrikes in and around the refinery in the last 10 days. in baghdad, prime minister if my
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adou rabbo mansour hadi held the funeral. june the fight for the oil refinery has porch to be a tough one. gains on both sides change momentarily. leaders for isil say it remains a top strategic priority. the challenge for the government is to resume production june the battle for the refinery which is about 27 square kilometers is proving to be long, hard and costly. it has become a symbol of the challenge between the warring sides. neither is able to fully control and declare victory. the production of more than 175,000-barrels of oil a day has stopped and the refinery has
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been shut down since june last year. al jazeera baghdad. >> activists in syria repelled a government offensive. thirty government soldiers were killed in the fighting and seven army tanks destroyed. the syrian observatory for human rights said 27 rebel fighters died. they captured a loyal to government forces. >> a lawyer trying to hold oil giant chevron accountable for dumping toxics waste in ecuador has lost his appeal. it's the latest twist in a 30 year liam fight against the company. we have this report. >> he's been found liable in new york for bribing a judge and ghost writing a court decision in ecuador. the lawyer denies he did any of that in trying to hold chevron accountable for rain forest contamination. >> they go after anyone who is effective at holding them
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accountable for their viral crimes and fraud in ecuador. they have made a calculated decision to distract attention from their own liability and go after the lawyers. it's unethical inappropriate and i don't think it's going to work. >> at issue is billions of gallons of the accidentic waste dumped by texaco, which has been bought by chevron. 30,000 villagers tried to sue the oil company in new york in the 1990's, but the company insisted on trying the case in ecuador and lost. the highest court upheld a $9.4 billion judgment in 2011. the judgment against chevron in ecuador has been found by a u.s. federal court to be the product of fraud chevron said in a statement. >> did chevron intend on making good on the judgment? >> very good, nice try. >> arguing against the appeal, they couldn't answer questions on camera. >> the plaintiffs have also
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taken legal action in canada and brazil in an attempt to get chevron to pain the $9.5 billion awarded by the ecuadorian court. what happens here in new york, however, could hurt those efforts. >> if he loses experts say the case will have a chilling effect on other class action lawsuits. >> what we fear is that chevrons playbook which is to throw enormous resources against the attorneys and the plaintiffs and the their allies in the case will become the model for other corporations facing similar lawsuits in the future. >> environmental groups like amazon watch continue to stand by the lawyer. he didn't commit fraud. what he did was stand by his clients despite the fact that chevron has tried to destroy him. i'm sherry had no idea when he started this that they would go to these lengths. >> they will continue to fight chevron until the spill has been cleaned up. al jazeera, new york. >> china's biggest city shanghai
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is preparing to introduce a new law to force polluting vehicles off the road. exhaust fumes have been blamed for the countryion worsening air quality. the law comes into effect may one. our correspondent reports. >> business is slow at this secondhand car market, so traders while away the day playing cards or board games. they really are for the bored. johnny has had a dealership but fears he may have to close as others have done. >> a lot of people in this business have disappeared because it is now so hard to do business. >> demand for secondhand as well as new cars took a hit from an earlier government decision to restrict car sales to tackle worsening air pollution problems. the authorities are going a step
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further now. cars that fail to meet new exhaust emission standards will be taken off the road, even if they are only a few years old. >> we hope the government can be more relaxed on car emissions and issue more license plates. >> both owners and dealers want the government to raise compensation rates for decommissioned cars. >> this is where many of those vehicles end up. it is shanghai's biggest scrap yard for cars, but the officials here have a problem. because of the sheer volume being dumped here, they're running out of spails. >> between 40 and 50 vehicles arrive every day 90% have been famed the test. thousands of other condemn would cars are still on the road, having been sold on to owners in nearby towns and cityion where the new restrictions don't apply.
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for now avoiding this fate. al jazeera shanghai. >> thailand made the biggest viewy bust in history seizing four tons of elephant tusks. it is estimated to be worth $6 million. we have this report. >> officials here on monday announced the largest seizure of illegal ivory in thailand's history. it happened monday, a shipment that they have been tracking for two months. is pad malaysia but seized in bangkok, nearly four tons of ivory was seized, worth about $6 million. officials say that it was bound for laos but there are buyers in china. that ivory that has been seized will be destroyed. this comes during an ivory
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amnesty program fronted by that the government. this goes out to collectors and sellers of ivory if they come in and register their ivory, they have an amnesty. if they're caught with it after the deadline tuesday, they could face up to a $100,000 fine. this is part of a program to clamp down on the ivory the illegal ivory trade here in thailand. >> african athletes dominate the boston marathon. details next. xt.
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>> welcome back. trophies picked up by british explorer captain james cook are among the exhibits at a new show in london that explores the cultural history of aborigines and islanders. >> this shield was picked up on the beach by british explorer captain cook or one of his men when they landed on australia's east coast in 1770. the story goes that two saw the white men, thought they were ghosts and ran so fast, they dropped their shield. it's never been back to australia. that will change when it travels to the national museum. the british museum is stuffed with artifacts from around the world and there are demands for much of it to be returned. so should the objects traveling
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to australia remain there? >> the fact that these can be linked to australia many for the first time since they were collected will be a significant moment and understandably, these issues will be raised and discussed. >> the exhibition is a sweeping introduction to one of the world's oldest enduring cultures. it is familiar to many, but most works including spear heads are unknown outside of australia. aboriginal painters celebrate love of country and land. this forms a water mark in current australian passports. the culture endures because the contemporary artists update their ancient themes. the tourist straight islanders have a modern take on their baskets, one made from rope bits washed up on the beach. >> it includes contemporary paintings by aboriginal artists plus hundreds of artifacts collected by british explorers and brought back to the british museum in the 18th century. the exhibition also doesn't shy
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from the ongoing discussion about discrimination of indigenous people. >> the organizers hope the art the history, the beauty will spark a conversation, a discussion of why the indigenous populations still struggle for their rights. al jazeera, london. >> time for sports juror the champions league and by the end of tuesday we'll know two of this season's semifinalists. barcelona had the lead going into the second leg. most people expect them to reach the last four. 3-1 is the score in the other quarter final but the final harder to call after their surprise defeat in the first leg. history is against the germans as they never successfully have come back from losing by two
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goals. he is positive his team can reach the semi times for the fourth consecutive year. >> i'm optimistic but realistic. it won't be easy getting a 3-1 score in the champions league quarter finals, but i'm 100% optimistic so i really believe we can get through this situation. >> barcelona will be confident of reaching the last four for the sixth time in seven years. striker suarez struck twice in the opening game. after a slow start following his transfer from liverpool, he is enjoying life in the capitol. >> they say you stay the same, whether in liverpool outside the picture, i am so happy with that and so they are joking and they are happy and i am so happy
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with that. >> joining former real madrid teammate for a charity match. the game was build also the match against poverty and raising money for the united nations development program. professionalsing assists to the brazilian. rinaldo showing more derth these days. scoring a couple of goals but despite his efforts, it was the french side that won. >> the arab chance league, last season winners in serious danger of going out in the group stages of this year's competition. they hosted going into the game. bottom of group eight and when they had the lead, looked like
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they would stay there. >> the victory moved them off the bottom of the table. >> formally at this time of year nadal comes into his own. a rare defeat of the plant toe carlo masses against djokovic and the semifinals. this week, he's at the barcelona open. he admits he has to up his game to challenge djokovic next month. >> he had an impeccable year in 2011 as well as 2015. i have to congratulate him. at the moment, he's the world number one with all he's achieved this year. i have to get back to a high level to face him on the courts.
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>> on court right now having just begun his second round match against the russian world number 85. he was the first to serve and already broken his 3-0 up president opening set. >> the western conference top seed golden state warriors of beaten the pelicans to take a lead in the best of seven first round playoff series despite the best effort of the pelicans. 26 points, but thompson made the difference for the team from california with 26 points of his own. the warriors opened up a nine-point gap late, warrior state going on to win this one. >> an eastern conference playoff tie, the chicago bulls have a 2-0 lead over the milwaukee bucks now. 31 points from butler held them to a 91-82 win.
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>> the winnipeg jets took on the anaheim ducks. the franchise spent 12 years in atlanta, but it wasn't a happy homecoming as the anaheim ducks record add 5-4 win. the ducks leading this best of seven series 3-0. it continues wednesday. >> this year's boston marathon was dominated by kenyan and ethiopian >> i am happy to win for number
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one and a strong boston. a strong boston, 2013. >> segue into a sport with the name segue in its title britain hosted an international tournament in segue involving teams from poland. segue polo involves molt rides scooters. it's a relatively new sport but there was a familiar outcome in the english town of rugby an all english final winning 2-1. the world champions of football who proudly call themselves the champions of segue polo, as well. the germans are champions of tiddly winks, as well. >> do stay with us.
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another day another rescue by the italian coast guard. more than 400 migrants are brought to safety. ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also ahead . . . saudi arabia orders the national guard to boost security along its border with yemen. egypt's former president mohammed morsi gets 20 years in prison. and it's being