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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour i'm rochelle live from the headquarters in doha and coming up, in the next 60 minutes, families to be compensated for the death of loved ones as the government works to stop the spread of disease. the battle for aiden intensifyies as the war in yemen rages on. i'm in northern tunisia and explain why the tiny country is
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one of the biggest oil producers in the world and farmers here are not reaping the benefits. and in sport floyd mayweather father says the fighting of paqkuiao is over and a quick knock down for his boy and las vegas hoping to take the finances off the floor. ♪ again this news hour in nepal where the death toll from saturday earthquake is over 14,000 injured and every member will get 1,000 in compensation and bodies still being recovered from the rubble and search and rescue teams are using hands and machinery to clear debris from buildings and century old
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temples and now the threat of disease and conditions are poor with a severe shortage of clean water and toilets and mohamed is in kathmandu. >> reporter: around the village here locals line up to get treated by a team of doctors. this is the first medical team in the village since the earthquake struck on saturday destroying most of the houses here. she and her daughters have been suffering from stomach cramps. >> translator: the water is thick and smelly but we have to drink it. >> reporter: many patients have diarrhea and have been vomiting some seem to be dazed. besides diarrhea two-year-old has skin infection. behind him two-year-old stares on. >> translator: he has diarrhea and house is too dangerous to go
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back to. >> reporter: they came out to help the army. >> providing support at grass roots level and one week or more in the long-term to have the break up from chronic diseases like diarrhea and skin diseases and it has to be done by their department. >> reporter: collapse of the existing health system is what concerns medical officers working in the field. the army has been coordinating all the international teams which have come to help. >> the hospitals that were there have been totally interseparate and our plan is that other medical teams that can come and play for a long duration for three to six months in mid term and they will go there with the airforce and where the hospitals have been destroyed. >> reporter: in the village those who are not physically sick are in shock and many say
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they are afraid to sleep. they hope to get some medication from the doctors who will be here for one more day. but once the medical team leaves they will be left to fend for themselves once again. even at the best of times health in nepal has been rather poor for this village the only health post is half an hour further up and the only thing that they have is this. not everyone has toilets and people defecate openly in the streets, water has been contaminated in areas like this increasing the risk of epidemics. and mohamed joins us live now from kathmandu nomohamed what else can you tell us? >> i can tell you today really a paramount concern here especially at kathmandu is to make sure that any possible diseases are prevented from
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spreading. here where we are in the center of the city we saw chinese aid struck earlier in the day with a water canon and spraying disinfect about on the rubble because there are bodies under the rubble and at one point throwing powder and served another purpose and helped with the odor and it's quite sad a very heavy stench of death in areas of the city and something residents have gotten used to sadly but it still is here, really a reminder of the utter devastation this country has experienced. we spoke to world health organization officials earlier in the day and are mobilized and trying to get to some of the outlying areas and released a rapid health assessment since the emergency and earthquake and when it comes to facilities here what is needed here mostly is actually more medical aid, more medicines and want to make sure that food and water is getting
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to many of the areas here in the country especially the districts hardest hit where it has been hard for aid workers to reach and paramount is making sure medicine is getting to the right people and villages so no disease starts and doesn't become a humanitarian crisis that spirals out of control. >> what can you tell us about the compensation that victims are supposed to be getting? >> that is a very good question rochelle and the government has announced this we have spoken to some folks today, some of them quite jaded and cynical and say look the government hasn't really done anything for us yet and are angry and i have spoken to police officers on the scene who have spoken openly about their anger because they say the government really has not done enough and had the government done more that you know, all these aid workers are here all of this equipment is here, why isn't it reaching the folks? so people i have spoken with today say, yes, it's good that
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the victims' families will be compensated but more should have been done from the start and is not going to bring anybody back and fix this in a satisfactory way. >> live in kathmandu and thank you. new guinea has been rattled by a second big earthquake within 24 hours and the survey says the 7.1 quake struck southwest here and no immediate reports of casualties or damage and tsunami lifted and the quake was on thursday. >> this is actually a second magnitude 7.1 in the same region,, in fact then by center is 10 kilometers to the northeast of the one that occurred yesterday, thankfully in this region it is very uninhabited. they have a lot of earthquakes in this new britain region. of course it's very close to rabal the city that underwent a
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large volcanic eruption in the 1990s from a volcano. and thankfully this is far enough away from rabal not to cause damage and not expected to cause any damage so certainly it would have been felt in the city of rabal but would not expect damage of a distance of 3, 400 kilometers that it is away. news of another earthquake and has been reported in india's island's region the magnitude 5.3 tremor struck 135 kilometers southwest of port blair. and yemen fighters loyal to exile president abd rabbuh mansur hadi say they gained grounds in the central providence and took control of the oir-rich area last year and fighting continues in aiden and other cities and victoria reports. >> reporter: artillery shells are here and they want to
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control the area and fighters loyal to president in exile abd rabbuh mansur hadi are on offensive and push back houthis and formers with saleh and are determined to hold their ground. >> translator: they aimed at humiliating the people and ready to sacrifice everything for the safety of their area. and it's a source of welfare for yemen and battles prevented them from achieving any progress. >> reporter: street to street battles continue in the port city of aiden with fighters using tanks and heavy shelling to try to force the houthis to retreat. pro-government fighters say they gained more control of the area around the airport and the saudi-led coalition air strikes have continued to target the road between aiden and it's a supply route to get fighters and weapons into aiden. saudi arabia and partners said
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they will not stop attacks unless president hadi is reinstated a demand the houthis so far have rejected. until the two sides reach an agreement people in yemen can expect more of this. victoria with al jazeera. saudi arabia is restructuring the world's largest energy company and leading oil exporter and will now be run by a ten-member council headed by the newly promoted crown prince and separates the state oil giant of control of the oil ministry and shuffle of the government was announced just a few days ago and ramco is vital to the economy with estimated crew reserves of 260 billion barrels and by far saudi arabia's biggest employer with more than 60,000 staff members and generates a billion in revenue every single day. we have the middle east director
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at the ash moore group from riyadh and how would you characterize this move this development? >> well, i would say that it's very historic again, part of a larger reform system reform momentum that has been highlighting the last four months of king solomon's reign and it's important to separate the oil ministry from ramco and important for transparency and oversight and it's important in terms of these institutions functioning eventually independently even if both of them are state controlled and oversee. >> so what does it mean in very practical day-to-day terms for the company in a business sense? >> in a business sense they have to produce oil. and so they have to do that in an efficient matter as they have been doing.
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but never before has there been a proper way of assessment of saudi arabia di ramco within and also by the government. and also the oil ministry will have to look at oil policy. it doesn't mean that the oil ministry is going to be far away but on the contrary both of them are going to work for the common goal but oil policy is going to be with the ministry and production of oil is going to be exclusively with ramco and the oil ministry is now going to be overseeing saudi ramco and what is interesting is the current minister of health remains as the chairman of saudi ramco and before it was saudi oil minister so that is something different. they want to have the co of ramco to officerver see this. >> do you anticipate this could mean more changes to come more generational changes to come in
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saudi arabia? >> well, what we have seen so far are fantastic and historic. the average age of the three-man leadership, the king the crown prince and the deputy is now 57 years of age and i think there is more yet to come and i think it's going to be fundamental and in many ways to restructure the way the government is run and becomes far more efficient and ninble for sustainable developments and strategic for saudi arabia and more is coming. >> they provide other types of social services for people it's not just the oil, might it affect that in any way? >> no i don't think so no. not at all. saudi ramco is a very effective institution but yet again it doesn't mean that this is the only way of doing it. so i think now we are going to see a more efficient and proper
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oversight of saudi ramco and not seen for many decades so i don't think there is anything to be concerned yet i think that there is more coming and it's for the good of the country. >> we appreciate your insight and it remains to be seen how this all plays out, thank you so much. at least 21 people have been killed in baghdad following a series of bombs across the iraqi capitol, the wave of explosions happened over thursday night, a car bomb in the western district killed five people and wounded 12 and northern baghdad neighborhood a car bomb outside of an ice cream shop killed four people. rebel fighters in syria have made gains in idlib providence closer to the stronghold and government retail -- retaliated and new alliance of rebel groups
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including al-qaeda nusra front gained ground in the providence. they will escort commercial streets at the mouth of the arab gulf and make sure they have no interference from iran in response to what the white house calls provocative behavior and earlier this week they fired warning shots near a cargo ship and detained it and its crew. plenty more still to come on the news hour including may day is marked by protests in many places around the world as millions of workers demand better pay and conditions. a u.s. motor company takes the highway towards silicon valley as as technology in the industry shifts up a gear. the chicago bulls on the rampage in the playoffs and andy will have details coming up in sport. ♪
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police in the u.s. city of baltimore completed their investigation in the death of freddie gray suffering a spinal injury in custody and could be weeks before the findings are made public and protesters have been demanding police reveal details now and the report has been handed over to the chief prosecutor who will decide whether to charge the six officers involved. and more demonstrations have been happening around the u.s. and hundreds marched in philadelphia with protesters in baltimore and police confronted people blocking a major highway. sexually abusing children in the central republic and took place at a center of displaced people at the airport between december
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2013 and june of last year. >> translator: soldiers for the moment behaved badly, then there will be sanctions with the trust we put in all our armed forces. i'm part of the army and i will be harsh on those who behave badly if that is the case in central african republic. >> reporter: six day of protests in burundi after the announcement by the president said he will run for a third term and police are being accused of shooting demonstrators as mall reports from the capitol. >> reporter: among a crowd of protesters when police opened fire and lucky a bullet just grazed his leg. and he seems unshaken. >> translator: the police are trying to intimidate us and want us to stay off the street and do not want us to express our views. >> reporter: he is one of
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several people receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at this hospital. the protesters say president should not run for a third term in june's election and supporters say he is entitled to. police frequently fire tear gas, some protesters block roads and throw stones back at the police. there will been small groups of soldiers out from the streets since monday and people here in burundi trust the army and see it neutral in not taking political sides. some protesters say when the soldiers are present the police don't use live rounds. dozens have been arrested and detained. riot group say the government is trying to silence anyone who objects to the third term. the ministers of public security and defense held a press conference and read a statement and we couldn't ask them about the people who have been shot or detained because they didn't allow in questions. >> translator: the organizers said those demonstrations would
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be peaceful but it's clear that that they only organize violent protests in blocking roads throwing stones at police and shooting and throwing grenades. >> reporter: then they showed us a gun, some money and a man with a bloody beaten face. they said he was an armed protester here they caught. away from the protests in city center one grenade was thrown in an empty bus, we don't know who by and police said we should film it. more wounded protesters arrive at the hospital. but the injuries don't seem to have deterred the demonstrators. the people living here hope the political standoff could be resolved without more violence. malcolm web, al jazeera. the united amirites destroyed ten tons of ivory and it's a cue transit hub for illegal trade and much end up in
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asia used for traditional medicine among other things and the illegal trade is worth $1 billion a year at least 35,000 elephants are killed for their tuesday tusks each year and it's 10 million to half a million today and rhinos are suffering and now there are 29,000 left in the world and down from a half a million at the beginning of the 20th century. and we have the assist and director of the africa program for the world conservation society and she believes the ivory sends an important message to smugglers. >> reporter: you have to realize there is a global ivory crisis and elephant crisis going on around the world and we are losing 96 elephants per day so in a matter of a decade we could lose elephants from the world. what happened today, the burning of the ivory is incredibly important for two reasons, first of all because it shows the
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world as a global statement that says that we are no longer as a government going to tolerate illegal ivory trade and it's very important to send that message. and secondly it's really important because it takes ivory out of circulation and a lot of countries that have stockpiles of ivory it's very expensive, difficult to guard and puts them at risk for traffickers who want to access ivory and the best thing to do is destroy it out right. march in a may day rally and hong kong workers day they demand better working conditions and similar in indonesia, cambodia and south korea where workers demand higher wages and better conditions and harry is in the south korean capitol seoul. >> reporter: organizers behind the events see an attempt by the government to deregulate the
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labor market here in south korea and opposed for attempts to make it easier for companies to dismiss workers and someone could be on a fixed term contract where they get the protections of being a stark member and changes to the public sector pension system and they say they want to see a near doubling of the minimum wage to nearly $10 an hour by the end of the year far from the first big massive protest we seen in resent weeks and a strike on april 24 and series linked to the first anniversary of the ferry disaster and the government's handling of that, with the events there is a big police presence on the streets today, 15,000 officers we are told. when it comes to the electric car market in the u.s. tesla is dominant and one big car maker is trying to change that and ford is moving part of detroit operations to silicon valley. >> reporter: the center of
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gravity in the american auto american industry is shifting from detroit to silicon valley and ford opened a center a place where software and hardware meet. >> being in silicon valley and being viewed as part of silicon valley is very important for our future and important to get the right talent we need coming in the company and supports overall effort of driving innovation for customers. >> reporter: cars designed by virtual reality with ultra light carbon parts and used on the up coming ford gt super car with height for unexpected speed bumps and spoiler for optimized wind resistance and ford traveled part way down the road to self driving vehicles at least when it comes to the annoying task of parallel parking, i'm operating the gas and brake but this is entirely steering itself see, no hands. ford is also researching making cars more internet connected and there they are playing catch up
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with tesla with a dash board that looks like it was built by nasa and tesla has a niche in the 100,000 range and the challenge is seeing if it can do the same for moderate priced cars with a 35,000 model due in 2017 and with cars in rolling computers car makers will look ever more to silicon valley the tree line home to speech technology and cyber security and data management. >> autos are commuting platforms if you want to be on the bleeding edge of that stuff you want to be where you can incorporate that sort of technology into the auto as quickly as possible. >> reporter: that logic is likely to attract other u.s. auto makers building an island of detroit in northern california john with al jazeera, palo-alto, california. another runner announced in the race for the white house for
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presidency bernic sanders is challenging former secretary of state hillary clinton and has a long record of sticking out against equality and influence of corporate money and politics. a thirder ruptured shun of calbuco has thousands evacuating their homes and came back after last week and this is in the scenic region of los-logos a popular tourist destination. calbuco erupted again and the thick clouds visible miles away. >> translator: it was impressive. i've never seen anything like it, poor people. >> reporter: the latest eruption prompted evacuation of a 20 kilometer radius around the
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volcano. people in surrounding areas had just begun to return to their homes following the two blasts of last week and those blanketed the region with ash and disrupted air travel. >> translator: we are here in the shelter because of the volcano's eruption, we are a bit scared but as soon as things improve i believely be able to return to my house. >> reporter: calbuco had been dormant for 50 years before rumbling back to life last wednesday. >> translator: the seismic intensity is much lower than that of the two ores this particularly the first, the ash cloud reached no more than four kilometers in height and the first reached 17 kilometers the ash will effect areas south of the vowel know volcano. they are warning of rain to lead to mud flows capable of wiping out anything in their path. gerald tan al jazeera.
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let's check in with richard now for more on weather specifically the weather situation in chile. >> that is right, that part of the world the weather is volatile and constantly changing and you see the cloud pushing through and a weather front is pushing through and at the moment the winds are coming from the north but behind the system i think we will find the wind switch to the west and it will take most of the ash cloud over the andies where one of sort of the nearby town is and that clears through and dry conditions beginning to push in. let's head northward in the caribbean and a weather front to north america and straddles the bahamas and cuba and seen heavy rain over the last 24 hours,, in fact, two people have lost their lives in cuba one washed away in flash flooding the other
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electrocuted as power lines came down and you can see they have a clear up to do a really horrible messy situation. and to be honest it doesn't look as though the situation is going to change a great deal. the weather front is slow moving and horrible weather in bahamas and western cuba that is friday and get to saturday and it's across more central parts of the islands and we could see further flooding here and bad weather extends all the way to guatemala. thank you and still ahead on al jazeera, as british migrants prepare to cast ballots early many cite too many immigrants in the uk as their biggest concern plus we report from a smuggling hub at somali land and ethiopia and find out who the first pick in the nfl draft is and andy will have the answer in sport. ♪
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♪ you're watching al jazeera, our top stories now doctors fears out break of disease in homeless after last week's earthquake in nepal and confirmed dead is 6200 and close to 14,000 others are injured. saudi arabia says dozens of houthi fighters have been killed during fierce fighting in southern yemen and loyal to the exile president abd rabbuh mansur hadi say they gained ground in the southern province. saudi arabia has announced a major shake up at the world's largest energy company days after a government reshuffle and
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ramco separated from the oil ministry control and run by a ten-member economic council. let's turn to our top story, the magnitude 7.1 earthquake to hit off the coast of new guinea and we have an sizemologist and appreciate it and what can you tell us about the area where the quakes have been mapping in the last few days? >> well this area is marked by the collision of two plates which is the same sort of situation as in nepal except in nepal you have two continental plates colliding and here it's the australian plate that is colliding with the pacific plate and pushing underneath it to produce these earthquakes. >> the tsunami warning came fairly quickly and removed fairly quickly, tell me what
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prompts that. >> well first earthquakes in what we call subduction zones that produce tsunamis but in this case the earthquake was too deep. now a tsunami occurs when the earthquake actually displaces the sea floor but this earthquake actually didn't occur under the sea, it occurred under the land so no displacement of water to produce a tsunami and the only way it could produce a tsunami if it traded an under water landslide and that sometimes happens but it's unlikely in this case. >> is there a reason to anticipate perhaps more aftershocks in the days to come? >> well there has been quite a large aftershock and 6.8 aftershock already this morning, that is probably going to be the largest one. i would expect aftershocks will continue over the next few weeks but they will get steadily smaller and fewer. >> all right, well thank you for your insight we will probably be calling on you again roger, thank you so much.
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>> thank you. turning to the earthquake in nepal now a new video of the moment the disaster struck. a tourist recorded the video last saturday in the ancient temple city the historic city about 13 kilometers from the capitol and filled with hindu temples. and it's known as nepal's cultural gem and many buildings damaged or even destroyed and there is thousands of people stranded in nepal's remote communities waiting for help and andrew simmons went there and sent us this report. >> reporter: the mountain roads of sindu would normally take you to one of the most scenic places on earth and now it shows misery despair and for some of those who survived this is what remains of their lives.
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this small village has one home left standing. people are in a state and no one is here to help them. officials say around 1600 people have died in this region. unofficial estimates put the figure at beyond 5,000. two more deaths are recorded here after a search that has lasted three days. the bodies of a woman and her baby lying together are recovered. deeper into the region the needs get even greater. some aid is getting through but it's a drip feed. aid workers arriving here say the region has been neglected. >> the need is quite huge. initially there was lack of proper communication in the sense if you see the dead after the first three days the number of dead people were 200-220 but suddenly on day three the number of deaths from this area rose up to 650. >> reporter: this is the town
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with no power anywhere no sanitation and very few tents. this is a town that is devastated and the humanitarian needs are colossial and search and rescue workers who reached this place say it's dangerous to be in the town itself because the buildings that are intact are unsafe. this man lost his wife in the quake. he is left trying to make due in a school. attempting to look after his baby son and little girl who has an eye injury that needs more attention. >> translator: the government has not provided relief in such an extreme situation. it's raining, it's wet, the tremors come and we are having to take shelter in the school. >> reporter: the weather is making things worse, normally this will be the dry season but there is heavy rain aside from washing out already over crowded shelters it causes landslides more fear for the people with aftershocks making the
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landslides more frequent and want to know when the suffering will end, no one has an answer. andrew simmons, al jazeera, sindu, nepal. minmar have talks on a possible ceasefire deal and wants a nationwide ceasefire before elections in november and explains how they put aside their differences for once. >> reporter: the people have been fighting the government for decades. more than 60 years of strife makes in the longest running conflict in myanmar and more than 100,000 people have been displaced and many living as refugees in neighboring thailand and there is little economic investment here because of the instability leaving the population poor and roads and facilities in shambles. a ceasefire agreement between the government and the rebels were signed in 2012. but there is still sporadic fighting and peace is made even
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more complicated because the ethnic group is several armed and unarmed factions but for one day this year the village were able to forget about the violence. >> translator: everybody wants peace but i don't really know if it's for real or not, i don't know when we will have a chance to play foot ball with other ethnic groups again. >> reporter: the peace council together with handshakes for peace arranged a game between the two sides and star power by former international futbal players not only to pass along tips but as a way of bringing the two sides together. the army pulled out at the last-minute but the government's border guard forces are there. >> translator: for us it is good because we don't shoot each other like we did in the past. >> reporter: but the villagers
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too the match was an enjoyable event. >> translator: compared to weapons futbol is much better. >> reporter: turnout was lower than expected because of reports of fighting nearby. away from the pitch and the front line the difficult work of negotiating a peace deal goes on. the government and 16 armed ethnic group agreed in principle to the text of the draft ceasefire agreement but that number does not include all armed rebel groups and a final deal still has to be reached before political dialog can take place, meanwhile clashes still go on in some parts of myanmar, i'm with al jazeera. one of the most debated policy in the lead up to the uch k election and the election is thursday and as we report from spain it's an issue that has taken center stage with british voters who themselves are living in a foreign country. >> reporter: it's quiet here
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but soon enough the bars and restaurants will be full of european sun seekers and half the population here is british and in this bar we found some of them putting the world to right with plenty wrong with the uk. >> people from romanian and hundreds of camps and move to australia, no. can they move anywhere in europe? yes. where they want to go. >> britain is that what you mean? >> to be fair so would i wouldn't you? >> reporter: over the road dean shows us his contribution to spain, he founded a charity which some of the british people can contribute to, the money goes to the spanish poor. this he says helps define the difference between the rights and the wrong sort of migrants. an immigrant is someone who goes
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to somewhere else and gives a little bit back is that what you mean? >> that tends to be the perception of most of the people i know locally, yes, it is. >> reporter: none of the people would regard themselves as racist rather perceptions about immigration fall into a bucket of frustrations and misplaced priorities a sort of rage that comes from reading too many british newspapers. if there were ever an election on the costa the conservative party would win with sort of numbers reserved for a central ashun dictatorship and the independence party would do well too and that is ironic and if they had their way and britain left the eu then the folks would have to go back home to the country they gave up as a lost cause. the costa is no stranger to outsider and ancient romes and arabs and moores have colonized the shores and now russians are
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busy buying up the coast and british immigrants are nothing to fear or resent. >> translator: for me right now it's fantastic because the majority of my customers are from all over the place and mostly english and britain is in a good place economically and bring a lot to the area. >> reporter: you get the sense that even though british immigrants here feel the old country has gone to the dogs the new home could end up a rather lonely place, it certainly looks tarnished and lacking the glammar it had and like britain it had given up on them. more protests in milan as a six month world fair is about to open in the italian city. this is a scene there on thursday when hundreds of students marched the city center they are angry at what
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they called a waste of public money and scandals and the fair focuses on food and nutrition brings together more than 140 countries. tunisia has become the second largest producer of olive oil in the world for the first time after a record season and most produce goes to european markets and we report from northern tunisia and farmers say the boom has not translated into more profit. >> reporter: just a few years ago he never could have managed doing so well across tunisia farms like his has prospered from lots of rain and healthy trees. tunisia produced 400% more olive oil this year than last and this year it was the second biggest producer in the world. >> translator: it is extremely important for us producers. it shows our work is valued on
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the international market. >> reporter: around two thirds of tunisia olive oil exported to the european union and this year farmers could sell more if it was not for eu quotas and some people say they are not provingfit propheting as much from what they do sell because many european companies buy olive oil cheaply in bulk and mix it with their own supplies. >> translator: i believe that we have to put more commercial and marketing effort into promoting our own olive oil and stop selling in bulk and we have to bottle our own oil. >> reporter: good quality olive oil can help them stay ahead of the competition, this tree nursery sold 5 million plants last year but there are challenges. tunisia doesn't have a big enough variety of species or advanced irrigation technology.
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olive oil production is vital to tunisia economy and employees hundreds of thousands of people a year and it's unpredictable and always a threat that drought, bacteria or insects could wipe out an entire olive plantation. that's what happened in italy last year when 800,000 trees were contaminated by bacteria usually found in south america. for now tunisia has avoided these kinds of problems. in a country where people are struggling to find work and tour rhythm has been battered by lack of security the century old industry offers a ray of hope. i'm with al jazeera, northern tunisia. still ahead on al jazeera, the mercury rises as nasa's
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latest mission plunges to the solar system's smallest planet. i'm andy in las vegas as the count down to the fight of the century and looking at the economic impact on north america's entertainment capitol. ♪
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♪ nasa messenger space craft spent the past four years monitoring mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system and ended the journey crashing into mercury and science editor explains. >> reporter: it's slightly bigger than the moon and it's the closest planet to the sun
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but until nasa space craft arrived in mercury orbit in 2011 little was known about the planet and 7 scientific instruments have been bringing back volumes of data. >> massive solid core similar to the earth but much bigger proportionately bigger and almost sure there is a liquid core also surrounding this core and mercury producing the magnetic field like the earth. >> reporter: messenger revealed the moon-like surface in unprecedented detail scarred by the collisions of astroid and meteorite and ancient lava flows and discovered ice at the planet poles covered by a layer of dark mysterious matter.
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>> it's organic and material delivered to mercury by objects that brought the water right and not only of water right but what on our planet were once some of the building blocks of organic chemistry and life. >> reporter: now the craft fuel has run out and nasa says it's powerless to stop gravity from dragging it to the planet the impact of more than 14,000 kilometers an hour adds another small crater to its already pitted surface. all the exploration of planets in the solar system are giving us an idea of how the solar system was formed how our planet came to be so it's placing us in time and space within the universe and confinement of the solar system and very important to know these things. >> reporter: image published before the demise is one of many the research team says it will release in the weeks and moves
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ahead, the next mission by european and japanese teams is not expected to arrive there until 2024. until then scientists will work through the huge volume of data from messenger hoping to add even more detail to our knowledge of the planet al jazeera. let's check in with andy for all the sport, i wonder what the lead story is what could it be? >> struggling to find this six years fight in the making floyd mayweather and pacquiao will face each other on friday and defining boxers will weigh in ahead of saturday's fight in las vegas. there has been a lot of talk ahead of what will be the sport's most lucrative ever concert. the fight is two coaches having a say with mayweather senior saying pacquiao has never recovered from being noing knocked out by marquez a couple years ago. >> i don't think it will be much
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of a fight. >> sure. >> pretty much. >> thank you. >> reporter: suspects to be the most watched fight in years and thousands of fight fans already arriving in las vegas ahead of that what about the economic impact on a city that was hit hard by the financial crisis? andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: it's the neon city in the desert a place where anything goes but here the buzz surrounding the fight of floyd mayweather and pacquiao has las vegas excited and pound for pound mayweather and pacquiao are the greatest of their generation and this is a fight years in the making and also bringing in thousands of fans who between them will spend millions of dollars. >> i need a cab. >> reporter: lucky transportation company business is booming. the firm has more than 200 vehicles, not enough to cope
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with the influx of people. >> i have been booked solid for the weekend, for the fight. >> reporter: the company's owner says the fight is one of the biggest events the city has seen. >> in this has a huge economic impact. it has also huge moral impact that las vegas is back and it's going to be economically great for our community. >> reporter: betting shops across las vegas it's a similar story and estimated that 100 million dollars will be waged on the outcome, bookies say it's more than just money at stake. >> i'm rooting for one good thing to happen, a great fight, a great fight spurs interest maybe for another great fight, it's if a dull fight or something that doesn't go right i think boxing is in trouble. >> reporter: for las vegas this is an event to help restore the fortunes. during the financial crisis las vegas was one of the hardest hit in the u.s. and thousands lost their jobs but this is a city uniquely built for larger than
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life events and could be a billion dollar weekend and certainly fans from all over the world are getting excited about what is billed as the fight of the century. >> look at them go, they are raring to go at the end of the day and reruns will watch it. i mean mgm watching the fight live can't believe it being in the atmosphere is amazing. >> reporter: boxing may not draw the crowds it once did but this is the biggest money fight of all time andy with al jazeera las vegas nevada. why has it taken such a long time to make this hugely lucrative fight happen both accused of each other running scared and drug testing and racism and mayweather has served time in prison. >> the journey to the fight has been long but on saturday we will finally get to see the two
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greatest face each other in the ring and mayweather and pacquiao has won 20 world titles and combined title of $757 million but how have we got here? for a while it seemed that floyd mayweather wanted to fight everyone apart from pacquiao in december of 2007 the american beat britain ricky and six months later he retired seemingly ending any hopes of a pacquiao show down. pacquiao then beat ten time world champion oscar lahoya and made him a star and in may 2009 he demolished inside two rounds and arguably the greatest performance but day of the fight mayweather said he was coming out of retirement talking about fight between the pair. in december 2009 negotiations broke down after pacquiao accused by mayweather camp of using performance-enhancing drugs and pacquiao sued mayweather in a federal court for defamation and relations got
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worse after a race isrant by mayweather directed at pacquiao and mayweather eventually apologized for the outburst. and they had victories and the record in the ring is unblemished and serving three months in jail in 2012 for domestic battery but in january the pair finally met in person at an nba game in miami and seems the meeting led to new negotiations in saturday's big fight. the chicago bulls through to the second around of playoffs after a huge win over milwaukee and bulls taking the series 4-2. and start for them scoring 19 points. 8 rebounds as well. the bulls out of sight behalf time with a 32 point lead and rose had 15 on the night. chicago going on to win 120-66. that is just four points off the
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biggest victory margin in playoff history. the bulls will face cleveland in round two. >> they are a great team. we are going to have to play play very well and play for 48 minutes, we are going to be ready right from the start. they are well rested and sitting there. they got a lot of weapons and it's a lot more than just lebron that play very well as a team and shared a ball and they got lift at the rim and good competitors and we are going to have to be ready. >> reporter: in the western conference playoffs clippers beat san antonio levelling the series 3-3 and decider of the series game 7 coming up on saturday. now the biggest event of the nfl off season 2015 draft and winston going to tampa bay buccaneers is the first pick. >> tampa bay selects winston.
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>> reporter: quarterback did not attend the event choosing to watch from his alabama home and winston already a controversial figure and has a civil lawsuit pending alleging sexual assault and punished for shoplifting and shouting obscenityies on a college campus. >> the challenge is just nfl player period. and i'm not worried about off the field situations or even on the field situations, i'm just worried about living this new lifestyle and just developing into a great man, you know for the tampa bay community and for my teammates because it's for them and the success of this franchise. >> reporter: golfs number one had two win out of two at the match play championship in san francisco and he was beaten in 2012 and defeated 2 up on thursday. next up for him is billy and
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world number two masters champion jordan spieth also unbeaten and beat four and three. sport on our website for the latest check out al, the plan for international cricket to pakistan for the first time since 2009, our top story there. okay plenty more from me later but that is all the sport for now. >> keep listening and pay attention to this a chinese company unveiled a realistic human robot yet and watch this yang-yang impressed visitors at a conference in beijing and she can blink, smile and shake hands and can be used to replace sales assistance celebrities and news readers, yes, as well and stay with us here on al jazeera another full bulletin of news is straight ahead.
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