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[ gunfire ] >> gunfire in burundi's capitol after a cue condemned by the president. ♪ hello this is al jazeera live from doha i'm adrian finighan. yemens government recalls its ambassador to iran accusing the country of helping houthi rebels. rescuers end their search for bodies in a factory fire in the philippines. india's prime minister
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arrives in china for a key visit with his biggest trading partner. >> rival groups of soldiers in burundi are vying for control of the capitol. pierre nkurunziza has condemned what he calls the coup plotters. but he says that he will forgive soldiers who surrender. there has been fighting around the state media compound heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard across the city, and independent media out lets have been closed. there is confusion, however. al jazeera's malcolm webb is in the capitol.
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>> reporter: just a short while ago we heard very heavy fighting coming from over here from the area where the compound of the national radio and national tv are. understand that yesterday when the soldiers supporting the leader of the coup took key locations, they didn't force their way in they tried to negotiate their way in. but they failed to do that. so there has lately been heavy fighting there. there were forces loyal to the president who were heavily armed fighting back inside. the radio has now gone off air, and we don't know who won and who has got control of the radio now. controlling the radio is very important. burundi is one of the poorest countries in africa, and fm radio is the best way to reach the people.
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if you say you are in power and that's the only means of communication, then to a large extent you are. there's a great attempt to take to try control of that piece of infrastructure. an attack was reported in benny in the northeast of the country. more than 300 people have been killed in the past three months. the attacks have been attributed to muslim rebels of the allied democratic forces. yemen's government has recalled its ambassador to iran. it believes iran is backing houthi rebels in yemen. meanwhile they say the houthi rebels have violated the peace treaty several times. what can you tell us about iran's ambassador being
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recalled? >> reporter: the yemeni government says that it was concerned about what it describes as iran's growing influence in yemen. yesterday president hadi said that when he was in power in sana'a, his government seized ships carrying weapons from iran to be delivered to the houthis, and they have arrested many people in the capitol sana'a with ties with the iranians. this also comes against the backdrop of their latest ship that was sent by the iranians and the iranians saying that they won't allow the international coalition to inspect the ship. the saudis and the yemenis say they want to inspect the vessel because they are concerned it might be carrying weapons to the rebels. >> what is the latest on the claims and counterclaimings over fighting during the ceasefire?
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>> reporter: the saudi-lead coalition says there has been violations and there have been rockets landing in villages. on the other hand the houthis say that the coalition fighter jets violated the air space of yemen on many occasions and there have been some air strikes in sa'dah. but as far as the yemeni go is concerned, they say they are confident the ceasefire, although delicate that it holds, allowing agencies to deliver essential supplies to the yemenis. >> hashem thank you. representatives from gulf nations are in the united states right now for a summit at camp david with president obama. on the agenda iran's nuclear deal regional security and the threat from isil. live now to camp david, allan fisher is there. not all of the leaders expected
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to attend will actually do so. what message does that send to the obama administration? how it is going to impact upon these talks? >> reporter: okay. there's an embarrass there for the obama white house when they issued these invitations, they were accepted the king of saudi arabia said he would be here and then a couple of days later, he said actually i'm not going to be there. the point the white house makes is the people who are here are important the saudi defense minister and the saudi foreign minister they are here and that's important. barack obama will be leaving the white house shortly, short helicopter journey to camp david here in maryland and he'll go straight into session. they will discuss what is going on in yemen and the battle against isil and the continuing negotiations with iran. they are concerned about the growing power iran has in the
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region. and in an interview, barack obama said we know iran is involved outside of its borders, we know they are involved in yemen, helping hezbollah, and they are still involved in syria, but think about how much more powerful they would be if they had a nuclear weapon so that's why these talks are so important. he will tell the gcc that they will remain an important ally but the gcc want to hear love coming from barack obama. and also barack obama wants to see from them that his message is getting through that he publicly won't go ahead and krit sighs what he is doing until they see the details of the deal. >> what if anything alan do we expect to come out of these talks? >> well, there was a suggestion that the gcc countries would hold some sort of press availability at the end of this.
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we are now being told it is unlikely they will say anything. barack obama himself is going to come out and hold a news conference, but he's not going to take any questions. he is just going to deliver a statement. in that would suggest that they are not expecting things to go terribly well throughout this mini summit. >> alan many thanks indeed. activists in syria say at least nine government troops were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the capitol. and there has been fighting in idlib and in the mountain range near lebanon. >> reporter: on the offensive and making gains, syrian opposition rebels are pushing to control the town. it is the last major town under the government's control in the province of idlib in northern syria. these men are from a coalition that includes al-nusra front
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fighters who are an ally of al-qaeda. they have made gains in the entire province. >> translator: we are preparing to take the place where government forces are. we need to get and target our military posts. >> reporter: idlib province is important. securing it means the rebels have a gateway to the coast, president assad's power base. but the syrian army is declaring achievements in though mountain range. state television says government forces and hezbollah fighters have taken the strategic mountain top. it gives them advantage point. it is important for all sides. hezbollah and the syrian government use it as a route for weapons and fighters. hezbollah has deployed thousands of fighters and heavy weapons to
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secure the mountain. but the sfieth not over, the rebels are relying on hit and run tactics in rugged terrain, and hezbollah has already paid a heavy price. funeral processions like this have become common. at least two dozen hezbollah fighters have been killed since the battle started two weeks ago. isil says it took the town in eastern homs. it is one of the main gas-supplying stations or reservoirs and it is close to the main electric grid. government jets hit aleppo for a second day, a series of air strikes targeted a number of areas in the south and southwest of aleppo. the targets were a marketplace and a school. activists say several people were killed many women and children. police in iraq's capitol baghdad say a shia group has set fire to the officer of a charitable religious group in a
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sunni area. the blade spread to 30 nearby homes. it follows reports that some people were shot at. rescuers in the philippines say they have now found all of the bodies of those killed in a factory fire. 72 people died in the blaze in a shoe factory in manila. >> reporter: this is one of manila's deadliest fires. it engulfed most of the factory and lasted more than seven hours. for most of the workers, there was no way out. this person is desperate for answers, his children avenue grand daughter were working in the factory when the fire broke out. this morning he went inside and had a look. the chances they survived are slim. rp >> translator: the only thing that is left there are burnt bones, skulls they have all melted along with the metal.
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do you see those windows even cats won't be able to escape. how do i find what is left of them? >> translator: we heard a big explosion and everything went black. it just took seconds. those who were on the second floor, it was impossible for them to survive. >> reporter: like many plants here in the mostly poor area north of the capitol manila this factory manufactures products for the high-end market. expensive bubber sandals made by workers who make less than 3 usd a day. for the families that are waiting for news about their loved ones the situation has never been more confusing. the government can't confirm whether safety and labor regulations have been followed by this company. the owner is also unable to confirm total number of workers that worked in the plant.
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and the death toll keeps rising. >> translator: the priority right now is to assist the families and provide what they need. we have asked for help from the national government and police to help identify the bodies. >> reporter: the president's orders are clear, conduct a thorough investigation, and hold those responsible accountable. but for those grieving the charred remains of this factory may no longer be able to provide any closure. it is too late now, they say, their loved ones have already paid the ultimate price. still to come on the program, rewards for development, drug companies given new incentive to help fight superbug. and we'll take you to paris where the city is sewing the seeds of a building revolution. ♪
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people who died in a shoe factory in manila. the death toll in nepal from this week's aftershock has risen to 110. it happened three weeks after a major earthquake killed more than 8,000 people. the disaster left buildings too dangerous to go into. faiz jamil reports. >> reporter: even after the earthquake kathmandu looks serene. but when you look closer the cracks appear. this large apartment complex was evacuated during the earth cake. it's now a threat to those living in its shadow. >> it sounded like da da da da da da. it sounds like [ inaudible ] sounds. >> reporter: this man and his family have lived here for 30 years. the building is more frightening than the earthquake.
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>> it swings like -- you know -- it's like tree. like this. maybe when it false down you know? >> reporter: next door the local butcher tells us he was too afraid to reopen for business following the earthquake but after nearly three weeks with no income he had no choice. >> translator: we building may fall down on us but we have no choice. >> reporter: these people fear another aftershock could bring all of this crashing down. up the road whipping whipping -- whipping -- whipping -- chipping away at the buildings, inspectors carry out inspections. >> this is not a safe building. >> reporter: but there's always some good news for those afraid to enter their homes. building inspectors say it is okay here. but though risk still remains. this building is not just a
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menacing reminder of the earthquake, it is a potential disaster itself. if it were to collapse it could devastate this entire neighborhood. neighbors say it should not have been built in the first place alleging that city officials were bribed. and while corruption in the construction is an open secret the city's chief engineer told al jazeera there is no proof. but this high rice building now in ruins does represent a threat to the surrounding community, and says the government is too busy to address the problem. homes around the building are abandoned. this man says the stress is too much for him and his family and is forcing him to leave his childhood home. for now with uncertainty looming over their heads people can do little else than to carry on with their lives. a taliban attack on a hotel in the capital as resulted in
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the deaths of 14 people. 9 foreigners and 5 afghans died. the neighborhood is considered one of the most secure in kabul. the united nations come pound is nearby. india's prime minister has arrived in china on the first leg of a three-nation visit. the two are expected to tie up economic ties. it is his first visit to china since beingal elected last year. a former advisor to india's minister of finance told al jazeera that there's a lot of optimism about the chances of increased economic cooperation between china and india. >> india's focus would be to get chinese investment into india. that's what india needs most and the cash in the world today is mostly with china.
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and india needs chinese investment to kick start its programs. so prime minister modi would be talking to the chinese about investing more in india, particularly to offset the huge trade deficit. it was $42 billion and it's increasing. we can't just have this one-sided trade, and india would be looking for chinese investments so they would be exports out of india to bridge that gap. china is second largest economy to the united states. so bad political relationships [ inaudible ] economic issues. police in peru have fired tear gas at striking sugar plant workers. [ gunfire ] >> the group hasn't been to work for more than 30 days now, because they say they haven't been paid in two months. the strikers brought the sugar
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plant's production to a halt and factory workers want management to step down. rescue workers are trying to free at least 15 people trapped in a gold mine in columbia. the mine is flooded. the locals blame the local electrical company for cutting power inside of the mine. the war on drugs may be on the way out. they are looking at whether to ban a illegal herbicide. alexandra reports. >> reporter: since the 1990s, crop dusters have been spraying toxic chemicals on cocoa fields throughout columbia. it has been a centerpiece of the u.s.'s effort to curb the production of cocaine. but columbia seems ready for on
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about face. >> we're the only country in the world that still use fumigation on crops. >> reporter: planes that are spraying causes skin rash and other diseases. >> translator: we have demonstrated that there is a strong statistic call relationship between fumigation campaigns and those illnesses. >> reporter: for those trying to make leifing in remote areas, the chemical has always had a limiting effect on its target. >> if coca is sprayed, you cut it down and four months later it regrows. other crops are gone for good. >> reporter: here in this village, farmers have tried the alternative. as part of a government-funded substitution program they switched to peppers and cocoa, but it wasn't enough.
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carlos is one of them. he says making the switch was difficult and expensive, but it paid until last october when his field was sprayed again. hundreds of farmers who have stopped growing coca have seen their legal crops destroyed this year by indiscriminate use of aerial fumigation and feel they have been betrayed by the government. >> translator: we feel stabbed in the back after all of the sacrifices why did we get hit. how can you blame somebody going back to grow coca. >> reporter: the government says it will focus on alternative efforts. back in the village the farmers feel ending fumigation is a fundamental first step but
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unless the government provides real development in the region many will continue to seek coca as their best option. doctors say new superstrains of bacteria are making antibiotics useless. superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by the year 2050. now drug companies are being given incentives to develop more effective drugs. >> reporter: these pictures were filmed during a 2012 outbreak of a disease that affected 1500 people. normally toy -- typhoid can be cured with antibiotics. but we're heading towards a
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post-antibiotic era. they have also raised the prospect of infections that used to kill millions of people here in europe becoming a danger once again. now a u.k.-based initiative wants drugs companies to invest $2 billion in researching more effective medicines. their prize would be one of a large payment if they develop the most successful antibiotics. a heavy sum, but the man heading the project insists that ignoring the problem would be more expensive. >> we have estimated if we don't these kind of things it's going to cause world gdp to be 100 trillion, trillion dollars smaller than otherwise would be the case in 35 year's time. so as a person that has thought of risk versus reward for much of my adult life $37 billion is
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nothing. >> reporter: the idea would remove the commercial incentive for drugs firms to sell as many antibiotics as possible. that's important because the more the drugs are used the more the bacteria become resistant. but overprescription is not the only problem. most antibiotics are actually for factory arm animals. the world needs to work on the demand side of the problem as well as supply. >> we need to first and foremost prevent people from getting infected in the first place, and -- and secondly to ensure that we make very best use of the antibiotics that we have got, that we preserve those antibiotics. >> reporter: three-quarters of countries have no plan to deal with the superbug.
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most people can only dream of having a garden in the sky, but in france it's now mandatory for some new buildings to have a green roof top. emma hayward explains from paris. >> reporter: sill seal tends to a little piece of paradise. this garden is on top of a shopping center not far from the eiffel tower. >> translator: there are no spaces in paris to grow things, so roofs offer a really interesting area to do things and it's all part of the debate on how to is to be global warming. >> reporter: and in some parts, tarmac and tiles are being replaced by grass, plants and flowers, and soil. under a new law all roofs on new commercial buildings and industrial areas in france will have to be partially green. the whole idea behind this isn't
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just to make everything look that bit nicer. it's to try to improve buyer diversity and air quality too. and pollution can be a problem in paris. the smog sometimes forces the authorities to ban half of the cars from coming into the city. green roofs are being sold as one fairly inexpensive solution. >> translator: green roofs are important to develop, because they improve our quality of life. because in paris we don't have much green space compared to other european capitols. it's also really interesting for biodiversity and we can capture dust particles with plants and some plants even capture heavy metals. >> reporter: some believe this green-roof law, could and should have gone further. >> translator: these fine particles are absolutely no way absorbed by a few green roofs. it's completely ridiculous. >> reporter: as with any new
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seeds that are sewn, it may be some seasons before the full results of this new law are known. there's more real news and analysis from al jazeera, and video too on our new-look website. take a look. it's at investigating the amtrak crash, the ntsb says the train was going twice the speed limit. president obama sits down with gulf leaders trying to calm concerns over a nuclear deal with iran. and political trouble for jeb bush why his comments on iraq backing his brother could hurt a run for president. ♪