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>> a shocking look inside the world of body brokers. >> got a call from the fbi saying we have your husband's remains. >> an america tonight exclusive investigation. tuesday, 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. a boat fully migrants stranded off the coast i thailand with no country willing to take them in. hundreds more migrants make landfall in the indonesian province of a chicago after they were rescued by fishermen. report three army generals are arrested in connection with the attempted coup in burundi. president obama tries to reassure g.c.c. leaders about the proposedded iran nuclear
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deal. ♪ ♪ boats carrying hundreds of migrants are abandoned on the seize of southeast asia because no got will take them in. a boat crammed with around 380 people pushed away from the southern coast of thailand. the migrants say several people died and that they ran out of rice and water nearly 10 days ago, the thai navy has been dropping food parcels to them but the government won't allow them to go ashore. veronica pedroza join us with the latest. we know there are women and children on the boats how can they turn them away? they are in desperate need of food and water. >> reporter: they are doing it in the name of cracking down on human trafficking which is a big problem to thailand, particularly because it's in the bottom tier when it comes to the trafficking in persons report.
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which is very important and issued by the united states. i think in the next mo or so they want to show they are doing something about human trafficking. but it is, in turn, as you say causing a humanitarian crisis right across the region. we have these dramatic looking pictures of helicopters dropping food parcels to the people on the boat can swim out and get and food. get some fuel. but the fact is, that they are not being allowed to land anywhere. the people on this boat spoke of immense depravation. they speak of not being able to eat properly. not being able to -- being crammed in short spaces. and it is not as if this is a surprise. people who research this irregular movement of people throughout the region from the bay of bengal, down to sea and the ma lack have been warning thousands
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of people have not yet landed and were being kept in what they were calling offshore camps for months. >> you wonder what will happen to them, they will go around and around and around and eventually they all die. because there doesn't seem to be any desire to resolve it. there is a call for meetings the u.n. says something has to be done about it but we haven't seen anything yet. >> reporter: there have been a few signs here in thailand the prime minister has called for a regional meeting. although just today the president's office in myanmar was quoted by the afc. they don't recognize this is a refugees problem with myanmar as the source, they see it is a purely human trafficking issue. there are also some other signs that people across southeast
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asia are beginning to push for a more comprehensive solution. and as you say the united nations, secretary of general has just issued a statement expressing his alarm at the failure of governments in the region to live up to their obligations under agreements that they have sign today rescue at sea and that pushing around that you described jane, is exactly what is happening. people are being push ahead way from thai without nurse to malaysian without, he then away from indonesian waters. this is going to cause an immense humanitarian catastrophe that everyone can see happening under their railroad eyes. >> it's an extraordinary situation, veronica, thank you. fishermen have rescued people from a boat believed to be carrying around 800 migrants. those on the boat told al jazerra that at least 100 people died on the boat. many reportedly died white while
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fighting for food and water. step vaessen joins us from aceh province. some of them lucky enough -- i suppose they are lucky to get there. you wonder what will happen to them now because they are not wanted there either, are they, step? >> reporter: no, this is a very dramatic story here in east aceh. it's a group of dang los angeles bang los bangladesh bangladeshi and row thing ans they were sent away on monday, pushed out of indonesian without ores monday, pushed to to malaysia, malaysia pushed them back, basically they are being pushed back and forth and after that pushing back and forth, a huge fight a huge riot started on that boat. so they have been fighting each other. they were stealing food. they were desperate to get food and water from each other. because they were running out for a long time already. then the fighting started.
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they were using knives and hammers, i have seen the most horrific injuries here. the bangladesh bangladeshi and row rohingya both have really bad injuries i spoke to a 15-year-old boy that lost 12 of his relatives. the effort mats are that around 100 people and probably more, have died at sea during this fight. the thai captain allegedly was also holding them at gun point he should left the ship and a lot of them were also pushed in to the water that's when the fishermen here and aceh managed to get them and west rescue them and bring them ashore. this is what happened only in the last couple of hours here in east aceh. 10-year-old mohamed and his eight-year-old sister spent two months on a boat. they were hoping to reach malaysia where that i father fled because of ethnic violence in myanmar. the two kids were among hundreds packed on the boat they said they had to pay smugglers to get
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out of myanmar after soldiers arrested their mother. >> everyone was crying and praying to find any stretch of land and god heard our prays. >> reporter: the lands they found was indonesia. they survived the journey but their tears are still flowing. many are suffering from illnesses, and they are very worried about those they have left behind. and those still out there at sea sea. >> translator: please can someone in the world give us our human rights. our families are still in myanmar and we have no information about them. we are very worried. >> reporter: the asylum seekers seekers tell us they they left with seven boats, one had to be towed after it ran out of fuel. the u.n. says they are thousands of refugees facing dire conditions at sea. they are totally exhausted and many are ill. but they are happy to be alive. these row mean ga row thing ga made
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it ashore, but the fate of many others are still unknown and time is running out for the international community to rescue them. the government of malaysia and indonesia say they will send away boats with row mean ga entering their waters. the u.n. her is making a desperate plea for hunt are yous to help. >> the time has passed. these people are in very desperate situations, bad health conditions, many have died at sea already. there is no time to waste we call on the community to find these people and help them. >> reporter: the asylum seekers will most likely spend months if not years in indonesia. so far any row mean ga have not accepted them not everybody the countries that signed the u.n. for refugees. it's going to be a long time if ever that they will be reunited
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with their father. the people in this report were arriving in aceh a few days earlier there are now a few boats here, they have arrived with rohingya and bangladesh-y the last boat i am here where they have arrived a few hours ago who have been rescued by fish american, they are also telling us there are more boats in indonesia waters around 12 hours by boat ride from the coast here. there are more boats, two more at least and they are not being rescued being they also say there are no people even in the water as we speak and so far as i know the indonesian authorities are not going out there to rescue them. as of now the fishermen who actually rescued these people are now being questioned by the police because the navy had very strong instructions to sends all the boats away from indonesian waters. but the fishermen defied that order and brought all of these desperate people to the land. >> good for them. step vaessen, thank you.
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and in europe, the german army has rescued 107 migrants off the coast of libya the operation took place around 80-kilometers northeast of the captain tripoli. the army is looking for a second migrant ship. almost 3,600 have been rescued sailing from africa to europe over the past 48 hours. two generals who tried to launch a coup against the burundi president have been arrested. it comes after the movement admitted that the coup had failed. according to a presidential spokesman the coup leader is still on the run. let's get the latest now from malcolm webb who joins us on the phone from the capital. talk us through these arrests malcolm. >> reporter: the president is back in the country back in control, he's going to address the nation on the stayed radio
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in just a couple of hours from now. the national radio and tv, this is the center of the fighting yesterday. this is what the soldiers supporting the coup leaders wanted to take control of and failed to take control of. radio is the main means of commutation. the national radio controls much of the country. they lost that battle. there has been a little bit of shooting after that. but the large shooting has been calmed for quite some hours now and the government says it's back in control. >> the government says it's back in control we are waiting to hear from the president what he is going to do moving forward. but what about those that support the coup leaders who are still on the run and the supporters on the street, what sort of problem will that pose? >> reporter: well, the government says it's going to bring back the rule and law and order and treat everyone fairly. but those activists among the opposition are worried about what is going to happen to them now. they are worried about the reaction from the government.
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before the coup, even before the protests there were allegations of intimidation of people against people who didn't support the president's bid for a third run for a third term in june's election. people who were against it say they have been threatened. 60,000 -- 50 or 60,000 people have fled burundi to neighboring countries, some saying that they have been threatened because of their political affiliations because of their ethnicity. the ruling party and its supporters denied any of these -- they made any of these threats, but certainly seems that there is a problem here and the activists and people in opposition who have been involved in organizing protests in recent weeks are worried that they could get a very bad or punitive reaction from the government as it comes back to power after the attempted coup. >> malcolm webb talking about burundi and the fact that the president is back, thanks,
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malcolm. nepal's army has pet spotted the wreck i believe of a missing u.s. marine helicopter that disappeared while delivering aid on tuesday when a second earthquake aftershock hit the country. around 400 soldiers have been deployed on the search. fate of the eight people on board is not yet known. coming up on al jazerra we meet somali migrants who fled the war in yemen but now find themselves with nowhere safe to go. and brazil's health minister finally confirms that there is dengue fever epidemic. hard earned future...
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♪ hello again, the top stories on al jazerra the thai navy has been dropping food parcels to boats carrying hundreds of migrants but have pushed them away from thailand's southern coast. the migrants are being shunted back and forth on the seas of southeast asia because no government will take them in. and fish american in indonesia have rescued a boat believed to be carrying about 800 row mean ga my gantz those on board say at least 100 people have died. many reportedly died while fighting for food and water n burundi three generals who were behind the coup against the president have been arrested. comes after the movement admitted that the coup had failed. iran's nuclear activities were top of the agenda. the summit between gulf leaders and the u.s. president at camp david in maryland. barack obama reassured gulf
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nation that his a nuclear deal with iran is in their security interests. our white house correspondent patty culhane has the report. >> reporter: this is only the second time the president has rolled out camp david for world leaders, an attempt to sends a message to the g.c.c. that they matter to the united states. his goal here to convince them a potential deal with iran over its nuclear program is a good thing and they don't need to worry. >> i am reaffirming our iron glad commitment to the security of our gulf partners, as we have declared in our joint statement the united states is prepared to work jointly with g.c.c. member states to deter and confront an external front to any g.c.c. states many of the countries have made it clear that they are more worried by lifting sanctions iran will have more money to support the groups it is believed to be helping in yemen and syria. one of the president's top aids aids admit that is that thataidsahead mittedaidsahead
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admitted that's a possibility. >> that doesn't mean that there won't be some revenue that is used for iran's security purposes. >> reporter: at the end of the meeting the amir of qatar expressed optimism about a potential nuclear deal. >> translator: i am here to say that the g.c.c. welcomes this agreement and we hope at the same time, that this will be a key factor for stability in the region. >> reporter: the foreign minister of saudi arabia was less enthusiastic. >> it would be too early to prejudge whether or not what we accept, what we don't accept because we haven't seen the final detail yet it's still being negotiated. >> reporter: the foreign minister went on onto say it wasn't a negotiation it was widely believed the g.c.c. countries were looking for stronger defense treaty and better weapons the your honor they would speed up the process of selling them weapons but won't say what it will be but
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said they would help them build a missile defense shield. will it be enough? analyst thomas. >> i think they will go a we with continuing doubts about the nuclear agreement and continuing doubts about what he's willing to do to help them face iranian-backed militias on the ground in the arab world. >> thank you very much. even. >> reporter: they promised to meet again next year to make sure these are not just words but that the promises made in this serene setting have been kept in the places that are anything but. patty culhane, al jazerra camp david, maryland. hassan is a professor of middle east studies at the university of teheran joining us live from the iranian capital. good to have you with us. what do you make of obama's unequivocal port of the g.c.c. countries and the fact that the u.s. will speed up weapons to the g.c.c.? >> this is actually unfortunate to see this sort of, you know,
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arms bringing arms to the region. the region needs not arms. and this is not new to iran, i believe the united states shut bear in mind that this western arms has made the saudis more aggressive and hostile. that was obvious in bahrain and now it is obvious in em request yemen. >> the saudis showed there that they were not too convinced by the nuclear deal in place not too convinced that this will bring peace to the region. how is that going to be tackled then? >> i don't think they are the party that should be convinced. they are a country in a region filled with chaos and this equilibrium. iran is reaching an agreement with the western parties to reduce the tension between iran
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and the west. this surely will be beautiful to the security of the region. they -- i don't know what is their part in this process. they should be welcoming this agreement actually. >> obama also said that the country shouldn't be worried about the lifting of sanctions as you know, the g.c.c. is very concerned that iran gets more money because of this result, that iran will go -- will use it to fund groups in yemen and syria. how can iran make sure that that is not going to happen? >> well, the g.c.c. and the united states are well aware that iran now is a status. [ inaudible ] seeker, this is trying to reduce the tension in the region. it is trying to bring stability. because it sees that the status quo is in its benefit in the region. now, if the united states is
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willing to see stability coming to the region it should be, you know concerned with its arab allies' actions and policies in the region. they are obviously seeking to change the status quo. this will lead to more disequilibrium and more chaos. >> good talking to you professor the middle east studies of teheran. >> sure. yemen's government in exile in saudi arabia has recalled its charged affair from iran, blaming teheran for interfering in its domestic affairs, a shaky ceasefire between the saudi-led coalition and yemen's warring factions has been in place since tuesday from the saudi capital we have a report. >> reporter: these are the streets of yemen's capital sanaa. there is a ceasefire in place. an opportunity for yemenis to have been confined to house house to weeks to go out and buy
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food. >> translator: thank god for the truce. we hope all of those stuck abroad can return and we hope that they will extend the truce and that people will move quickly to provide food and fuel among other things. >> reporter: the united nations' special envoy to yemen has wrapped up his first visit to the country since he was appointed. he faces the delicate task of urging all sides to stop fighting. across the border, here in the saudi capital riyadh, yemen's government in exile has set up an agency to distribute ada cross the country. but it's a government that has almost no power on the ground. the minister of information says political talks are yemen's only chance to avoid an all-out civil war. >> now that that we are in a
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truce of a sort. we hope we can talk because a polight dat discourse is what we are looking for. that means the houthis have to vendor at least their heavy arms and allow the government to do its job. and to refrain from taking violent crimes against humanity. >> reporter: yemen's government is led by press hadi and the vice president they were forced out of power when the houthis took over the capital. the government is hoping it take over as soon as the fighting end think but for the time being they say the houthis and the former president saleh should face trial. >> translator: there have been systemic crimes against humanity committed by the huge is and that is laugh. organized units intentionally targeted civilians in aden, refugees fleeing their homes and boats it is a crime. >> reporter: reconciliation in yemen may be a long way. weeks of fighting have deepened the divide between the
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countries' feuding factions. yemen's main political factions are expected to meet here in the coming days to form a nah lines against the houthis and forces loyal to former president saleh. they hope to build international support for the new alliance that is likely to run the country in the near future. al jazerra riyadh. dozens of people, mainly african workers have been evacuated from yemen. the international organization for migration says they will be flown to sudan and then to their final destinations, but thousands are somalis, who are still trapped in yemen. they moved there to escape the violence at home and used it as a gateway to wealthier gulf states a mohamed a do you mohamed a dow reports not many have made it back.
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>> reporter: many are arriving. at a makeshift camp, some of the refugees wait to be transported home. it's the first time he has set foot in somali since he fled the war in 1991. he says he has no intention of returning home. >> there were air strikes in our area. many people died, we feared on our safety and fled before ground troops came in and all roads get closed. >> reporter: 60-year-old lived in the refugees camp in yemen. she breaks down when we asked about her journey back to somalia. >> translator: i am saddened by the fate of the refugees still trapped at the camp. they have been abandoned by the u.n. and the aid agencies. and have little food and water. they have also no money to pay for the journey back to somalia.
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>> reporter: most of the refugees say they are eager to go back to their towns and villages in southern somalia where they fled from initially due to the somali civil war. it's only those who don't have anywhere to go back to who will remain in this temporary camp. aid agencies say there are now plans to build a proper refugees camp to house yemenis somalia. and somalias unwilling to return to their home towns the crisis in yemen has also offered the trade with somalia. every year thousands of livestock exported through the ports and to yemen and gulf states. at the port the ships that used to transport live stock to yemen are idle. >> translator: work has stopped. all yemeni ports are closed. we have been here for the last one and a half months, we'll only start working again once the crisis is over. >> reporter: yemen is one of the poorest countries in the middle east but has great strategic
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importance for their neighbors somalis are realizing that the hard way. mohammed add adow al jazerra. emergency teams in colombia say they have recovered four bodies from a mine where 15 workers have been trapped. the gold mine in the northwestern town was flooded trapping the men. families are waiting near the mine to see if any survivors are found. they have accused the local electricity company of cutting power inside the mine. armed groups have freed hundreds of child soldiers in central african republic the release is part i've u.n.-backed peace deal that is hoped to bring an end to more than two years of conflict. the 257 children released from the militia have been given medical screening and efforts are underway to trace their families. the groupings have been fighting each other in the country since 2013. brazil's health minister has confirmed the country is facing
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a dengue epidemic. nearly 746,000 people have fallen ill from the mosquito-born virus in the first four months of this year, there is no cure for deny and severe cases can be deadly. india's prime minister has met the chinese premier as he continues a tour of the country. the world's two most populous countries are expected to sign multi billion dollars trade and investment deals. on thursday the chinese president told them that the two countries should manage their political differences in the interest of strengthening economic ties. the first of two oil rigs slated for arctic oil driving has arrived in the u.s. city of seattle. the royal dutch shell rigs are being. [ inaudible ] before they are brought up to the arctic in a few months, protesters and kayaks tried to block the rig as they entered the bay they say drilling there could lead to an
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