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to serve their interests and enrich themselves the growing scandal surrounding world football. f.i.f.a.'s president says he welcomes the investigation into corruption. welcome to al jazeera, i'm louis jordon here in doha -- are daredon -- i'm darren jordan. 20 people may have been exposed to anthrax after a batch was accidentally shipped.
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>> i'm florence lee in myanmar, where the government's plan to cancel i.d. cards threatens to leave hundreds of thousands of people in limbo football's governing body is facing a crisis as the president sepp blatter stands for election. 9 officials and five sports exist have been charged with racketeering and money laundering. u.s. officials refuse to comments on whether blatter is being vetted. he is facing -- being investigated. he is facing calls to step down. high profile sponsors is wanting f.i.f.a. to clean up. there was a statement: alan fisher reports. >> reporter: the arrest came with no warning.
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after the initial shock, there'll be little surprise. corruption issues have been swimming around f.i.f.a. for years. >> they were expected to uphold the law and keep f.i.f.a. honest. instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interest and enrich themselves. >> the arrest follows a 3-year investigation, but the alleged crime stretches back two decades. this is the world cup of fraud. today we are issuing f.i.f.a. a red card. >> they can investigate banks, service providers. the charges are believed to link to commercial deals and tv coverage. 14 have been indicted. among them the vice president, jeffrey web, head of north america's football body conka
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car. and former executive jack warner says there's nothing new in the allegations. >> it seems strange that u.s. can do this two days before the election. they must be naive to believe this has something to do with it. >> also former south american football head and the chief of brazilian football who oversaw last year's world cup in brazil. in zurich f.i.f.a. insisted the arrests will help it fight corruption. this is what happens, it confirms we are on the right track. it hurts, it's not easy. >> the developments registered more anger than shock. >> it's absurd. f.i.f.a. won loads of money, cash. in the meantime we had lots of brazilians struggling to survive. >> translation: it is not a surprise they got the money last year during the world cup.
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they got all the stadium, left brazil, and it was even worse. >> they carried out in miami, experts raided headquarters. they started a separate investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 world cups. the tournaments in russia and qatar are planned to go ahead, but f.i.f.a.'s sponsors will watch the developments closely. no action has been taken against seth blatter, due to stand for re-election in a few days. his record was unparallel and promised more of the same expected to win. >> five ra has been quick to stop talk of 2018 and 2022 world cups could be affected by the scandal. >> what do you expect. russia qatar, we have to redo the voting? i mean russia and qatar will be played. this is what is fact today.
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>> michael j herschman is a member of the independence government committee and said the scandal is not the only thing to tarnish f.i.f.a.'s investigation over the last few years. >> we know the investigation has been under way for almost three years now, and the results were anticipated, expected. it is one of a number of continuing scandals casting a shadow on f.i.f.a. over the last eight or nine years. i don't think we can say that seth blatter an off the table in terms of charges, but over the course of the last eight or nine years he's been in charge of the organization. everything that happened happened under his watch. it wasn't that long ago when seth blatter and the
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organization was saying that there is no problem, there's no corruption in f.i.f.a. now, of course they have changed their tune. >> multiple saudi-led air strikes in yemen killed more than 100 making wednesday one of the deadliest days since strikes began. the u.n. is seeking all sides to come to a diplomatic solution. coalition war planes bombed houthi positions in sanaa. one of the targets was a car believed to be carrying officials. some time a car travelled on the street. houses were destroyed, and residents were injured. houthis controlled large parts of yemen, and the capital.
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people living near the site have been angry. >> this is shrapnel working men, not targets or military bases. they must distinguish between the two. this is an attack on the whole nation. what fought it is for the children inside the homes. >> an air strike targeted houthi rebels and fighters as they picked up weapons from a warehouse, and coalition jets hit a base and arms depot and the mountain area of the capital. peace talks meant to start in geneva have been delayed. a spokesman for the u.s. secretary-general ban ki-moon says it's not indefinite. >> we have seen the fighting continue the yemeni people suffering. a lot of people have different stakes in this conflict. we are asking them to put first and foremost the welfare of the yemeni people, who are continuing to suffer.
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>> reporter: pro-government forces are backed by a saudi-led campaign to restore the president in exile to power. as they battle the houthis for control. yemenis are suffering syrian activists say i.s.i.l. killed at least 20 in palmyra. they were reportedly shot dead. i.s.i.l. accused them of fighting for the government. they were taken over by the rebel fighters a week ago. >> the obama administration administration warns that the threat from i.s.i.l. increased. the comment coming as the government was to conduct domestic resources. it would inform the system of information gathering. >> the pentagon accidentally shipped anthrax to a military
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base. up to 22 people were exposed, but there's no case of infection and no risk to the public. the substance was shipped from utah. more from alex jenson. the pentagon is saying up to 22 people may have been exposed to anthrax at the base. what have you heard in south korea. >> yes, that's the same figure we have been hearing here no no members of the public have been exposed. it's contained on the air base it's away from the city center. you are talking about hundreds of thousands of residents in the facility. it could have been worse in terms of a populated zone. seoul, 64km away has 10 million in the regional area. seems as though the anthrax force has been destroyed, and i
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would say both the situation and the panic levels are under control. talk us through the air base how big is it to the capital. >> it's significantly. military personnel spread out across south korea. it's not as risky as the air base in seoul. the u.s. air force is looking to move its presence away. it's significant. there's a few units, and it's a dominant feature, south of the area and in the city.
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>> we understand there'd been cases of m.e.r.s. what can you tell us. >> yes this, is the confusing thing. you have anthrax and m.e.r.s. violence. we've been hearing about never seeing m.e.r.s. on the peninsula, it's a case of every day updating and updating. 70 people are under suspicion. and one of them it turns out. con tuesday flew to china, and is being tested in china, despite being told not to fly anywhere. south korea had to let the world earth organisation know and he's contained in a chinese hospital. there are 20 people suspected. plus there's another woman and flew back from algeria, who may
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be a source of m.e.r.s. the original was a man. suddenly we have gone from nothing in the way of m.e.r.s. to the whole country talking and hearing about that and anthrax scare comes along. >> still to come here on al jazeera. international don ours called out for the presidential election. who is asked to pay. why native americans are angry with the saint hoot of an 18th -- sainthood of an 18th century priest. stay with us.
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welcome back a reminder of the top story. seth blatter is facing demand to step down. officials are pushing f.i.f.a. to clean up. nine executives have been charged with racketeering money fraud and money laundering anthrax has accidentally been transmitted to nine states in u.s. and an air force base in korea. there's no cases of infection. >> strikes killed more of 1,000 making wednesday one of the deadliest days. houthis continue to control large parts of yemen, including the capital. >> the european union asked member states to take in 40,000 migrants over two years. they have landed in greece and
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italy. several e.u. companies oppose the plan. the commission later said the proposal is to relocate migrants fairly across the 28-member block. >> there is a proposal to relegate migrants across the european union. we do not propose the fixing of quarters it's a word we don't like. and we have never used. all this is ensuring solidarity but it is up to each member state to decide on how many persons they'll grant refugee status. >> hundreds of demonstrators led by monks marched through myanmar's largest city. they were protesting against foreign criticism, the treatment of rohingya muslims. the group calls on the
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government to resist pressure and recognise rights to the rohingya. >> by the end of the month the rohingya face more uncertainty. temporary cards are set to expire. the ethnic minority is not recognised by the government. and many are wondering if they have a future at all. florence louie reports from western myanmar. >> myanmar is the only country that this person has ever known. she has seen her status go from being a citizen to a noncitizens, and had to surrender temporary registration cards to immigration officials. >> i have given it up. i don't know what will happen. she used to hold a citizenship card. in the late 1980s. it was taken back from the rohingya minority to which she belongs. they are seen as illegal migrants.
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many have been here. they were promised citizenship documents, but were issued temporary registration cards. they had rights including the right to vote. that is gone. >> this is one of the offices set up to collect i.d. cards, in a school building in a camp for displaced rohingya they are not allowed to travel into town. the muslim rohingya are segregated. three years ago there was religious fighting in parts of the state. it was partly this animosity costing the government to revoke temporary cards, known as white cards. with elections scheduled for november and a referendum on constitutional reform before that human rights activists accused the government of pandering to a buddhist electorate. >> the mote ration is to strip of the last-remaining rights rite to vote from the rohingya, and they are disenfranchising
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hundreds of thousands of others. it's an anti-rohingya drive motivating it. the government says there's nothing sinister behind the decision. we will strip the white cards. >> many doubt they will be granted citizenship, and say the government let them down in the past. for now they are an unrecognized minority a meat wave in india killed over 1,000 people. temperatures floored to 7 degrees celsius, most are victims suffering chronic deride ration. >> is resigning as envoy of
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middle east quartet. after eight years in the job he's written to bangui moon. >> it was created in 2006 to support the move but struggled to deliver changes. >> video released by europe suggests a ceasefire in eastern ukraine has been violated. the video appears to show pro-government forces coming under sustained shelling near mariupol. >> the president in burr unity says it's impossible to hold free and fair elections. with foreign donors withdrawing support, he's asking burundians to help pay for the polls. we have this report. >> nina can't believe her
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brother, alexander, was shot and killed by police. he was protesting against burundi's president, running for a third term in the june presidential election. >> my baby brother is dead. how can he be so cruel. >> the broken family has to find a way to cope without alexandra. >> elsewhere another family is concerned about the situation in burundi. he is determined to run in the elections, violating the constitution. >> international donors are funding the elections. pierre nkurunziza asked burundians to pay for the polls. >> translation: look at the economic situation. people have no money, we have not been working because of the protests. maybe they can help but we can't. >> reporter: this angered opposition members. ongoing purchases lasted a month, and they are determined to force the leader out.
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>> negotiations between the government and opposition parties to end the town crisis have been suspended. what is the way forward. people say they are willing to o go forward if that's what it takes. others are saying that dialogue is the way forward. both need to meet to find a solution. until a solution is found, street protests seem to be the only option. but they accuse the police of using unreasonable force to disperse them. >> it's not true. sometimes blacksal police shoot in the air to disperse demonstrators, particularly when they are trying to kill someone. only in this case can the they be in the air. >> several people died in and
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there could be more if the political crisis is not resolved true. >> one of columbia's senior peace negotiators was killed in government air strikes last week. the group says the man was among 27 rebels killed in an attack on a camp in sworn columbia. >> peace talks are continuing in cuba's capital, despite the escalation in violence. >> the parr ooufian government was dlird a state of -- declared -- peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the south. the army has been sent in to adequately weeks of protests against a copper mine project. activists promise that it would pollute rivers and destroy crops. thousands of cargo trucks are stranded along a border
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after chilean custom workers went on strike demanding infrastructure improvements. the land locked chile uses the port and demands compensation for losses from the strike a u.s. congressional delegation wrapped up a visit to cuba saying washington would not seek regime change saying a u.s. embassy would be open within weeks. since december 2013 both countries have been working towards restoring diplomatic relations after more than 5 decades of hostilities. severe weather is pounding parts of the u.s. state of texas. several were injured when a tornado struck a gas-drilling rig. three were hospitalized with injuries. the clean-up continues in and around houston.
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heavy machinery brought in to clean the roads. crews are out in force as it's clean-up time. >> this is why. record rainfall made highways impassable. hundreds had to be pulled to safety. >> i tried to open the door it wouldn't open. i went for the windows. i cotton the roof. and they came over and helped me out. >> houston is america's gourth largest city and every part swamped with water. there was this scene, a kaz get with a woman's body inside. unearthed by floodwaters, discovered by a man riding his bike. >> i was a little scary. i'm like what the heck. >> they are in clean up mode. this is an underpath that has been shut down because it's flooded. i want to give you a sense of how high the water levels went -
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all the way up to the stop of the retaining wall. people have not seen flooding this bad in decades. >> because of flooding 46 counties have been put on a state of emergency. one of the hardest hit. several are missing, presumed dead. >> with forecasters predicting more rain people are on edge hoping it will not be another fight of sequence like this at least 21 died during storms and floods in texas and oklahoma. all of oklahoma has been put under a state of emergency. thousands of homes have been damaged and destroyed. there are warnings of more thunder storms in both stayed. >> francis plans to declare an 18th century priest as a stant. a string of missions was built across california. native americans say aggressive
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efforts to convert ancestors amounted to geppa side. >> reporter: the vatican and the new era under pope francis. one of the missions bringing the church closer to the people. part of the strategy the canonization. he would be the first latino saint in the united states. the mission's fatherhood established were beautiful places but for some native americans, these were prisons, essentially forced to work in the fields for the missions forced to stay in the missions and forced into christianity. the mission settlement wiped out local population whether by disease or the barrel of a gun. best estimates say 100,000 indians died. for indians the impending canonization is an affront.
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>> we talked about sara in the negative. no one talks about sara in of the positive. >> they are tribes vastly downsized as a result of european arrival across the continent. gatherings like this allow the american indians to celebrate and cling to what is left of their culture. it's different. we look at it as our people they were devastated by what happened and it affects four culture and livelihood. >> by choice or by force some 5,000 indians were baptized during the administration. mission delores. the second of 21 nations, and where andrew galvin converted, and works as a curator.
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>> he is calling upon us to be saints. >> galvins is the minority voice. >> i believe he's a champion of native people. in protecting my answers because he founded mission san francisco. >> reporter: vincent disagrees. it's a bit of a family feud. he's a cousin. >> galvanising a horrible place, where there was suffering, pain degradation, death, diseases. >> criticisms of the decision prompted a response from the church. the arch diocese published the following:. >> the two sides look at them through vastly different lepss.
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