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>> gunfire in burundi's capital following the army's announcement that it has overthrown the president. you're watching al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up we are in djibouti, with refugees from yemen as a humanitarian ceasefire in their own country barely holds many people in nepal whose houses withstood massive earthquakes are still afraid to
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go home spanish football in crisis. a court set to decide whether players can strike two matches before the end of the season we begin in burundi, that's where there has been gun fire explosions in the capital. military factions loyal to president pierre nkurunziza are said to be fighting those loyal to the coup leader. in the last few hours the head of bure undery's army -- burundi's army said the attempted coup had failed. from the capital malcolm webb reports. since about 3 o'clock in the morning local time there has been fighting in different parts of the city. there has been gunfire, grenades, and it could be rockets. we understand it's between soldiers loyal to pierre nkurunziza and soldiers or the those loyal to the coup.
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those rejecting attempts to take over. fighting is in several different parts of the city. we under two leaders control the airport. the president says he wants to come back. he still is a legitimate president. as long as the soldiers supporting the coup leader control the airport and the borders, it will be difficult for him to do that east african leaders meeting in tanzania condemned the coup. the president called for the return of constitutional order and an end to violence. >> this does not solve the problems of burundi. we do not accept the coup and condemn it and call for return of constitutional order in that country. police in baghdad accused a shi'ite group of setting fire to
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a sunni community center. it's spread to 30 houses in the northern suburbs. shia worshippers were passing through the area at this time. it follows reports that the pilgrims were shot at in the neighbourhoods. zeina khodr has more from baghdad. >> reporter: overnight violence in the capital was sectarian by nature happening in a sunni district. what we understand from police sources is that shia pilgrims gathering in a nearby neighbourhood heard rumours that there was a suicide bomber among them, and retaliated attacking an office run by the sunni religious authority. police forces confirmed to us what happened on the ground. the government of prime minister is blaming terrorists. clearly there's sectarian
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tensions. the shia pilgrims are in baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered imam. they were gathering at his shrine. there has been a number of attacks against the shia pilgrims. sunnis were worried that revenge attacks would tackle them. the situation is tense. the prime minister himself, going to the site promising to apprehend those responsible. whether or not it will allay the fears of those that that country. it's an isolated incident. it is not clear. this country lacks political reconciliation, and communities need to come together to improve the 5-day human tarian fire in yemen appears to be barely holding. the houthis say the saudi-led
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coalition carried out at least one air strike and shelled rebels by the see. the kingdom says it is committed to the truce. there has been heavy fighting between tiaz and supporters of abd-rabbu mansour hadi, and the houthis. yemen's government says residents have been hurt in the shellingment a ceasefire is intended to help aide delivery. some supplying are transported through the nation of djibouti, where thousands of yemenis have fled to. we met some of them. >> reporter: this man came all the way from new york to djibouti to find his wife and three kids who fled from the fighting. he was able to see them, but is struggling to find treatment for his 5-year-old son. >> the weather is bad for my sun. he is sick. he has sutures. he is gluten free. his body is weak. i'm trying to get him out of here to the u.s.
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they fled from the war, you know there's bombs. the kids - all they hear is loud bombs and gunshots and, you know of course they'll be scared. >> reporter: thousands of yemenis have been seeking treatment in djibouti. among them this 28-year-old. a factory worker. he says he decided to take arms and fight the houthis and soldiers loyal to the ousted president ali abdullah saleh, when they tried to capture the city in march. >> translation: we came on a rubber dingy, it was a 12-hour trip. it was tiring. i was bleeding heavily and lost blood. the situation in aden is terrible. there's no medicine. houthis attacked the incident in hospital. >> despite being in his 20s, suffering a gunshot and shrapnel wound. he is prepared to go back and fight those he calls invaders and oppressors.
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>> we were never violent people. the moment i recover i'll travel back to aden and join the resistance. >> tuesday, a temporary ceasefire was great to allow aid to reach yemen. at the forefront is qatar and its charities. since tuesday, more than 200 tonnes of aid has been airlifted from doha to djibouti. most is airlifted. some is distributed to the refugees. there's food packages for families of five meant to last for a month. it's hoped for he is people that the war end sooner. djibouti's government is not optimistic. the foreign minister says his country is bracing for the worse. >> let me tell you we are pessimistic about the prospect of an improvement of that humanitarian situation in the coming weeks and months s.
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i'm afraid of the repetition of the syrian scenario. that is what we have in mind right now. we are really concerned about the stagnation of the political process. >> as is the case with all wars it's the vulnerable that suffer the most. for the refugee mother whose only power is to comfort a final, all they can do is pray that it turns out better her life than hers. gulf leaders are in the united states for a summit with president obama, two heads of state from qatar and kuwait attended. four others send high-level representatives much the saudi king sent his crown prince instead. the u.s. nuclear deal with iran is high on the agenda eight hezbollah fighters have been killed in fighting with the syrian opposition and happened in the mountain range
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near the lebanese border. syrian government troops with the help of hezbollah started offensive in qualamoun. despite reports of significant losses for hezbollah, and syrian troops how much land have they been able to take control of omar salah? >> well both the syrian government as well as hezbollah in lebanon declared they had made significant gains on wednesday, when they captured one of the highest point in the calais mun mountain range, over looking a wide area. that is used by the rebels to move around, bring in supplies and is not far from a main
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highway connecting damascus as well as the city of homs. it's a very important achievement for both sides. however, we know that rebels from the coalition of rebels fighting there are relying on hit and run tactics. it's a mountain house terrain, they know the area well. they'll probably fry to deplete the -- try to deplete the forces of hezbollah, and the government. the death toll from yesterday's fighting stands at 8 bringing it up to 25 since the fighting between hezbollah, and the rebels. hezbollah is losing people. there's 22 people killed in the last two weeks. >> what is happening inside lebanon. we know there was a verdict issued against a former lebanese minister who is sentenced to gaol. a verdict that has been divisive in the country. >> yes, that's true.
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his name is michel and he was caught bringing explosives from his car into lebanon. he was cooperating with the head of syrian intelligence and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. critics of him and the wider alliance with syria say that this is - this trial is a farce, the lebanese justice minister who is allied to the march 14th political group - he said this was a farce. and that he announced the death of the military courts in lebanon. the sentencing was a verdict legalizing assassination and bombing. despite its leniency, it shows that for the first time everyone in lebanon nose there's
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involvement. that turns or translated into a legal verdict showing involvement of syria in trying to destabilize lebanon. >> omar al saleh reporting from bure route still to come - the only country dropping chemicals on crops are set to stop the practice. is it is victory for health or drug gangs. and hundreds dead after a fire breaks out at a shoe factory. >> i have a problem... i don't speak english... >> hard earned pride... hard earned respect... hard earned future... a real look at the american dream hard earned
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the top stories on al jazeera - heavy fighting in burundi's capital. military factions loyal to the president pierre nkurunziza are said to be fighting the coup a shia group set fire to offices belonging to a sunni religious group. they were passing through the neighbourhood houthi rebels in yemen violated a ceasefire 12 sometimes since sunday night. saudi-led forces carried out one air strike rescuers stopped searching for bodies of those killed in a factory fire in the philippines. 72 are dead following the fire. it started when embers came into contact with chemicals.
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up po to 300 were inside. we have more from the scene of the fire. >> we are right outside the factory. it is a fire that took more than seven hours to be put out. now local government say at least 60 people were trapped there, but the total number of workers is undetermined because the owner of the factory cannot give a tally as to how many were working there. it took more than 10 hours before recovery started. there were many questions over security and safety of the building for rescuers here. what is clear now is that there is a strong smell already of rotten flesh. families have been coming forward. they have been waiting for news about their loved ones. local government at the moment unable to give news, except that everyone trapped in there perished in the fire. now this is the staircase that leads to the second floor.
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that is where most of the bodies are trapped and the concentration of the fire also. local government admits that this process of identifying the bodies, handing over the bodies will take time. the president demanded a thorough investigation start to determine what happened as soon as possible, and to make those who are responsible accountable. the death toll in nepal has risen to 110 this week, after an earthquake that killed 8,000. the disaster left buildings across nepal too dangerous to go inside after the earthquake, kathmandu looks serene. when you look closer. the cracks appear. this large apartment complex was evacuated during the earthquake. it's now a threat to those
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living in its shadow. >> very dangerous town. sounds like irritable sounds. >> reporter: this man and his family lived here for 30 years. the building he says is more frightening than the earthquake. >> i am scared with this maybe wind is fall down. >> reporter: next door the local butcher says he was too afraid to reopen for business following the earthquake. after three weeks with no income he had no choice. >> translation: we are really worried, because the building may fall on us. we have no choice. >> these people fear another aftershock could bring all this crashing down. up the road chipping away at the long list of damaged buildings, municipal engineering
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teams carry out spot inspections. there is a lot of bad news. there is good news for some. building inspectors say it's okay. for those whose homes are safe, the risk remains. this is not just a menacing reminder of the earthquake, it's a disaster. if it were to collapse it could devastate the neighbourhood. the apartment complex has been declared off limits. neighbours say it shouldn't have been built in the first place alleging that city officials were bribed. the city's chief told al jazeera, there's no proof, but the high-rise building, in ruins, represents a threat to the community, and says the government is too busy to address the problem. homes around are abandoned. this man says the stress is too
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much for him and his family, forcing him to leave his childhood home. with uncertainty looming over their heads, they can do little else bud move on with their lives. india's prime minister arrived in the chinese's president's home town on the first leg of a 3-nations visit. it's narendra modi's first visit to china. he visited the ancient terra cotta army. india and china will likely cement economic ties by signing trade and investment deals worth $10 million a strike by football players in spain could see the top league grind to a halt. a spanish court is expected to rule if the strike can go ahead. they threaten stoppages over a new tv rights law that would see a greater share of revenue
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amongst all clubs. teams have previously negotiated their own deals, but the spanish government wants rights for all games sold as a package. the union and football federation is against the new law. crossing over, we are joined from madrid. this law, effectively would mean a fairer share of revenue to all clubs. why are the players in the football federation against it? >> that's because at the moment that is mainly for the top two divisions. spanish football has had a financial problem for many years, the imbalance, the big two clubs. barcelona and "real money" negotiated their own television deals, getting as much of the money as they can, meaning other clubs struggled to compete with them. it's not been a good thing. what is happening here is that the government moved in.
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once you go below the top two division, there's many many clubs in spain, thousands of professionals wanting a little bit of the television money to come down to them. people are battling for their own rites. it boils down to the president of the spanish league and the spanish football federation - backed by f.i.f.a. as the national association - arguing about who has the most say and power in spanish football. it's an unusual time for the situation to come to the surface, it's destructive at the end of the spanish football season. >> what does it mean if the court approves the strike? >> it would be a very very difficult situation for spanish together. we only have two rounds of league matches left. barcelona are in the position to leave the title. imagine the situation talked about.
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barcelona in the next few days are awarded the title because they cannot finish the matches. barcelona will be expected to play in the spanish cup final. no chance of winning, not that barcelona will be happy. what it not affected is the champion's league. barcelona set up a fire against juventus. real madrid didn't make it. the domestic season is in crisis, and a decision is about to be made we'll cross to you when that decision is made. thank you lee wellings reporting from madrid. a train that crashed in philadelphia was travelling twice the speed when it came off the tracks. many have been hospitalized. the accident could have been presented say expert if it had updated safety control. >> we called for positive safety control.
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it's been on the list for many years, congress mandated it be installed by the end of this year. we are keen on positive train control. based on what we know now, we feel had such a system been installed, this accident would not have occurred. >> police in peru filed tear gas at sugar plant workers on strike. the group has not been to work for more than 30 days because they say they haven't been paid in southern peru there are protests of a different time. demonstrators rallying against the construction of a cop are mine. we have the details. >> reporter: this is a district the heart of the protest here in southern peru against a
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mining project. people here are mainly farmers and live out of their lapped and -- of their land, and say the mining project will contaminate land and water. that's why they have been opposing it. they have been putting barriers and clashing with police every day for six weeks. the government responded by sending in 4,000 police and army to stop and suspend the protests, protests begun in 2009 when the mining project began by a branch or group, a giant mining company. southern peru copper - it's a giant mining company. they will invest 1.4 billion, in the mine, which is right behind the town. it's very, very near. that's why people say the mine will pollute their land and water will be polluted. they say they will not speak to the government, the government responded by sending in troops and the police. and they will not talk to the protesters unless protests are
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suspended people will only talk to the president because he came here during his campaign, and promised them, to support them against a mining project a few years ago. the government has approved an environmental impact study last year. but pending were the permits. that's why the protests began six weeks ago. they will not back down. even though the government promises there'll be 90 million staying in the region from the revenue of the government, the people say they don't trust the government. they don't trust the study or the company. they believe that they will not see any benefits from the mine now or in the future. in columbia a key strategy of the u.s. backed war on drugs may be out. the national agency will decide whether to ban a pesticide used
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to kill coca fields. farmers complained about the negative effect on crops for years since the 1990s, crop dusters have been spraying chemicals on fields throughout columbia, it's been a centrepiece of the u.s.-funded effort to curb the country's production of cocaine. after 20 years and billions of dollars, columbia is ready for an about face. >> we are the only country using fume gags against crops. studies shows there's a heath rick. i'm asking the national drug council to suspend fooum gags. >> reporter: saying that it caused skin rashes and diseases which researchers confirmed. >> translation: we demonstrated that there was a strong correlation between those campaigns and illnesses. >> reporter: for those trying to
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make a living the chemical made a limited effect on the targets. >> if cocoa is sprayed you cut it down, four months later it regrows. legal crops are gone for good. fooum gaiting is counter productive. thereother ways to negotiate alternative to cocoa here in this village farmers tried the alternative. as part of a government-funded substitution programme they switched to peppers and cocoa. it was not enough. this is one of them. lee said making the switch was difficult and expensive. it paid until last act when the field was paid again. >> hundreds of farmers have seen their legal crops destroyed this year by the indiscriminate use of fume gags.
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>> translation: we feel stabbed in the back. after the sacrifices why did we get hit. how can you go back? >> if fume gags is scrapped the government will focus on alternative methods such as force manual eradication, and promises to step up cocaine trafficking rings the farmers feel that ending fume gags is a fundamental first step. unless the government provides development in the regions, many about continue to seek cocoa as the best option auction house christie's sold a billion worth of art in three days. the tipping point was a painting called "afternoon", by joanie mitchell, going for $5.8 million. that was the one nudging the spending over the $1 billion mark. andy warhol's 1963 silk screen
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on canvas was sold for $56.2 million, selling for $179.4 million was a version o of picasso's painting. the press the highest on record for a work of art sold at auction. more on the website. [ ♪ music ♪ ] it's often portrayed as a transaction, how much of your absolute right to privacy should you surrender to be protected in return? edward snowden leaked the news that the national security agency was vacuuming up vast information from phone calls. now a federal court decided such bulk collection of private phone data is against the law. now what, your phone calls, your