tv Weekend News Al Jazeera June 14, 2015 10:00am-10:31am EDT
>> a south african court issues an order to prevent sudan's president from leaving the country after the i.c.c. asks for his arrest, but sudan says everything's normal. >> isil fighters move syrian refugees away from the turkish border. >> severe flood in georgia leaves nine dead and allows zoo animals to escape.
>> find out why thousands are still fighting an old battle in india years after retiring from the military. >> sudan's government said president bashir will return home after the african union summit despite a court order preventing him from leaving. he is in johannesburg for the au summit. he became the first ruling head of state to have an arrest warrant. he was warned against traveling. i.c.c. members chad, djibouti and the democratic republican of congress have allowed him to visit.
>> we are live in johannesburg. what's the status at the moment? what's going to happen to him? >> we are still waiting to hear from the high court in regard to a ruling about the application put forward by civil society organizations as well as human rights watch. they of course want president omar bashir to be arrested in africa for crimes against humanity as well as again site. at the african union, we are awaiting the decision of the african heads of state as the opening ceremony, which is in open session. once that's completed that hasn't really been delayed due to several hours. once that happens, we are looking at the members here withdrawing to a closed door session to discuss conditions like the i.c.c. >> i was going to ask you about the response.
we know that may be of the african union members of not keen to hand him over or any south african leader. >> they are of course are not keen. the mandate of the african union indicates that no sitting heads of state from the continent will be arrested. so far african union representatives have said bashir being here is normal, he is entitled to be as one of the heads of state. there has been speculation that he could possibly have left the country. that hasn't been confirmed. there is that interdigit from the high court indicating that he can't leave the country until this matter is concluded in court. that is tell procedure for the time being as we await that
verdict from the high court but the u.r.a.u. saying there is no issue with him being here in south africa and ultimately, they are looking at getting con sense from members around the i.c.c., calling that court i will legitimate and saying that until there is a worldwide cooperation with the i.c.c., africa won't be party to it. >> thank you for that. >> al shabab fighters have attacked an army base in eastern kenya. several people were reportedly killed including 11 members of the armed group and two members of the kenyan military. the raid happened just hours before a memorial service for victims who died in another attack last year. we have this update. >> what's happening behind me is an interfaith memorial prayer service for those who died in a series of attacks that started here on the 16 of june last
year. this memorial has been overshadowed by the attack believes to be by al shabab fighters at another town about 70 kilometers this way. the armed men attacked the military barracks. two of those killed by the military were caucasian. this clap rates with previous attacks that these people with foreigners among the attackers. before heading to the barracks, they went to a mosque at a nearby town, approached against the government and the presence of troops in somalia. they stole from the dispensary and burned mattresses at a school. people everywhere are worried about the security situation in the country the fact that there are al shabab cells independent country, there is active recruitment going on. some carried out attacks like the garissa murders where 148
people were killed are actually kenyans. >> these pictures show fighters near the turkish border showing islamic state of iraq and the levant fighters moving people back. the video was filmed from the turkey side of the border. more than 13,000 syrians have crossed into turkey in the past two weeks. >> almost 350,000 syrians are living in camps in turkey. many others are struggling to survive on their own. we have a report from the town with the highest concentration in turkey. >> this stall is one of the latest syrian owned businesses to open up in the town. most of the customers are syrians. he is catching up with his
family before going back to his new job designing station. taking a break from his turkish language course, this man visits. >> rather than refugees, they are expected to eventually go home. learning turkish is just one example of how syrians are having to put down roots here. >> as long as there is no international will to remove isil or the topple the syrian regime despite the hundreds have thousands of people killed and the barrel bombs that fall every day, we can't go back. we have big hopes to go back but the facts show we cannot. >> there are more than half a million syrians in the province. all are escaping the war back home. >> we are a five-member family and i had a new baby. for any family, the situation is relatively hard, because of the lack of work opportunities. i don't think of leaving turkey to go to europe. i'm waiting for any chance to go back to syria.
>> syrians know they are likely here for the long haul. >> of course we had to set up business so we can live and adapt to turkish life. if you don't work, you can't live. we all know the situation in syria. we don't know when we'll go back. >> turkey hosts half of the syrians who have fled the civil war. >> five and a half billion >> five and a half billion dollars were spent supporting the syrians here. it expected the revealed against bashar al assad to take months not years. now the ethnic makeup of towns alongside this side of the border is changing, perhaps for the long term. >> a river was turned into a torrent, killing nine people. a hippopotamus, lions tigers,
bears and wolves have roamed the streets of georgia after their enclosure at the zoo were damaged. people have been warned to stay indoors. paul described how the animals got free. >> it seemed like the zoo which is in low ground next to a creek normally virtually dry just last night was overflooded with water, coming from all sides. it washed cars and people into the zoo area and animals were able to escape by either swimming out, or the cames were destroyed and they just made it out. nobody knows how many. there are about 600 animals totally in the zoo and they estimate about half of them escaped. people have been warned to stay inside but for some people, it's too surreal to comprehend that wild animals are roamingle
streets. this morning, i saw people with their children out on the streets, while just a few blocks away, a wolf was shot on our street. there was reportedly a tiger was said to be playing or wandering in a school yard, chasing a dog and then it disappeared. all the animals are believed to be headed up towards the mountain to the south of the city. >> the u.k. pulled spies from overseas operations after russia and china cracked top secret files in the possession of whistle blower edward snowden currently in russia where he was granted asylum in 2013. rory challands is in moscow on russia's reaction. >> the government is unlikely to shout loudly about the story. this sunday times report quotes unnamed sources within the u.k.
government. it's not actually yet the official position of the u.k. government itself. until that becomes official position, the russian government is unlikely to say too much about it. secondly, the russian government does not really make too many comments about intelligence matters, ever and if it has got access to a large supply of intelligence from edward snowden, it's going to want to use that to best effect and best effect is not really going to be saying candidly what information it has and what information it doesn't. thirdly, russian said hosting edward snowden is a humanitarian gesture. russias going to be unlikely to blow that story. if russia does say anything about this, it's probably going to be along the lines of this is a smear campaign from the british intelligence services
and the british government against edward snowden to cover up for british intelligence's own intelligence gathering misdeeds. given the hard information contained within the sunday times report, it should be easy for them to make that claim if they choose to do so. >> the umbrellales are out in hong kong, but not because it's range. protestors take the symbol of democracy back to the streets. >> in azerbaijan, the government said there are no political prisoners, but dozens are behind bars.
>> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. >> south africa's high court has met to consider if sudan's president should be handed over to the i.c.c. it's decided to make a final ruling on monday. the i.c.c. accuses him of atrocity in darfur and is calling for his arrest. >> hundreds of syrian refugees are sent away from the turkish border by islamic state of iraq and the levant fighters. these pictures show them moving them back from a fence. >> nine have been killed by floods in the georgian capital where dangerous zoo animals have also he is skyped. people have been warned to stay
inside. >> the u.n. envoy to yemen is insisting peace talks will take place in geneva monday. the houthi delegation hasn't left a schedule. the fighting on the ground is continuing. at least seven houthis have been killed in dahlia. to the north houthi fighters have taken a provincial capital. >> thousands marched in hong kong ahead of the vote on the government's election reform plan. they want legislator to say veto the package. we have the latest from hong kong. >> in sweltering heat, they marched through central hong kong. streets were closed at pro democracy reporters returned to where the long running protests began. many were holding what's now the symbol of this protest organizers expected as many as
50,000 people to march. the turnout fell short of expectations. >> we want to gather the assembly to show our support to members of council to vote down the proposal. >> 5,000 police were mobilized to control the crowds. the rally was peaceful, as pro democracy groups called on all legislators to vote down the government's electoral reform package. >> this rally, i think is for those of hong kong citizens that want to make sure of a veto of the vote of a government proposal. >> all candidates would be screened by china. that proposal triggered two and a half months of protests last year.
>> this is the first of a number of rallies planned this week with the vote expected in the legislative council by friday. the government needs a two thirds majority if it's to get the bill passed. so far, it's yet to get that support. al jazeera, hong kong. >> operations have been suspended at one of south korea's largest hospitals at the center of the mers outbroke. seventy cases were linked to the medical center in seoul after a staff member developed symptoms. 14 people have died from the virus in south korea. >> thousands of men and women who served in the indian army are still fighting a battle to get their pensions. >> signing their demand in blood, these men once fought for india. now they're fighting for a better pension.
>> this is a battle cry for equality. many of them retired in their 30s with the same rank but at different times and are paid vastly different pensions. >> they are been fighting for equal pensions since 1973. consecutive governments have promised to pay them their dues, but none have met their demands. this protest, they say is their final stand. >> this office in the northern state is a front line in the battle. 46,000 men from this area have or are serving in one of the world's biggest armies. a retired colonel leads their fight for a better pension. >> when the country's faced with an enemy or there's a natural disaster, that's when people remember soldiers. the civilian authorities run after us. otherwise, there's always a negative attitude towards us.
>> it's also families of fallen soldiers who struggle to survive on meager pensions. her husband died in combat 16 years ago. >> it's really difficult to make ends meet with an army pension. i had to marry off four sister in laws. that was a huge expense. earlier, my in laws used to help me out, but now i'm on my own. i cover all my family's expenses. >> it's estimated the government needs to put aside at least $1.4 billion a year to provide the kind of pensions wanted by ex-army personnel. >> any kind of compensation, which is extended by the central government will also affect the state government in terms of state police force also demanding a special kind of a dispensation. these things have to be taken into account before we think of implementing any policy which has implications for the long term.
>> it's a cost the retired colonel thinks the indian government must budget for to serve future generations. >> some news just coming in to us. the tunisian state radio said at least eight working in tripoli have been kidnapped according to reuters. we'll have more as we get the details. >> in nicaragua there have been more protests against the interoceanic grand canal. it will link the atlantic and pacific observations. thousands of residents in the town said their homes liv who said and water supplies are threatened. china is financing it, due to open in five years. >> there are calls for the
president to resign after scandals. a special commission will investigate whether penalty perez should be stripped of immunity of prosecution. the president says he's done nothing wrong. >> it's a show of force that shows no sign of going away. thousands of guatemalans assemble in the nation's capital as they have for the past two months. their message is clear. >> there's been too much corruption. the president should resign because he hasn't represented us like he should have.
>> this is becoming known as the guatemalan spring. these protests are putting huge pressure on the guatemalan government. while they're playing to key role in political change, they tell only part of the story. >> last week, a commercial commission was elected to investigate whether president perez had any role in two multi-million dollars corruption scandals. the investigations have already cost his vice president and several cabinet ministers their job and led to the arrest of other high level officials including his private secretary. the president rejected any involvement, saying he has not committed any crime and that he will not step down. >> i have a constitutional responsibility. it's a responsibility to which i wasn't named. it was a decision by the people through the ballot boxes in a vote. it's a constitutional mandate, so i'm willing to face these situations, these proceedings, but i will continue to work up to the last minute to serve the guatemalan people. >> it's now up to congress to decide whether to strip the president of his immunity from prosecution. >> it's not exactly clear in this moment what will happen. i think the congressional commission will look at the president, but also try not to
mobilization against its own congress. >> those involved in the first demonstration that led to this movement say guatemalans need to be more vigilant than ever. >> we can be alert, we can be ready, we can be organized and stay informed about what's happening politically. we need to make sure politicians act in a way that is transparent and just. >> with elections just three months away, protestors demand urgent political reforms. thousands of voices telling the government to act now. david mercer, al jazeera guatemala city. >> theres calls to boycott a big sporting event in azerbaijan. the europeen games have just opened in baku. dozens of journalists and
activists have been said to be jailed for voicing opinions against the government. >> many prominent critics of azerbaijan's government are locked inside. one of them, seen here on her way to jail six months ago is one of azerbaijan's most famous reporters. still embarrassing the president even as he hosts the inaugural european games colleagues abroad have continued her research into billions of dollars the first family allegedly owns in offshore accounts. her mother is proud of her daughter's achievements. >> she loves me very much, but she would not give up her fight to protect me. when i went and saw her in prison, she agreed. she said she would not give up her fight even if they threatened to kill me and i said i see know that.
>> relations between azerbaijan and the west have become strained over the imprisonment of more than 80 journalists and civil rights lawyers. >> the authorities have resisted calls to free so-called prisoners of conscience as defined by the campaign group amnesty international. >> will azerbaijan be releasing those political prisoners? >> there are no political prisoners in azerbaijan. there are people in prison for criminal offenses. there are judicial courts that take decisions on these cases and no sovereign state can interfere with the decision of the court and change it. >> though european leaders have stayed away from the games in protest, azerbaijan is still a valuable energy partner and the
e.u. seems unwill or unable to exert its will. these leaders who met on the sidelines suggests there are other partners azerbaijan can rely on. al jazeera baku. >> hillary clinton has held her first major rally since announcing her candidacy for the white house. she addressed concerns about her age saying she would be the united states' youngest r. female president. we have this report. >> they gathered by the thousands on the island named after franklin roosevelt the former u.s. penalty who lifted millions out of poverty after the great depression, something hillary clinton is also proposing. >> prosperity can't be just for c.e.o.'s and hedge fund managers, democracy can't just be for billionaires and corporations prosperity and democracy are part of your basic
bargain, too. >> clinton believes the recent economic recovery in the united states has eclipsed into many working and middle class americans. she says she will build on the programs and causes first championed by her husband in the 1990ed. >> if elected president she promises voters that she will reform the u.s. justice system as well as the immigration system in the united states. she says she will fight for equal voting rights and pay for men and women. >> first clinton needs to win the white house there's little competition for the democratic nomination, but her republican challenger is expected to remind voters of alleged clinton scandals benghazi while hillary clinton was secretary of state. use of a private email account for government work and potential conflict which interest involving foreign donations to bill clinton's foundation. >> there's no question that hillary's going to have a lot of tough stuff she's going to be
dealing with especially this year. she's going to have to persuasively explain to the american people why these things were appropriate. >> those attending the rally seemed unfazed by the allegations of impropriety. >> she's fabulous, addressing the issues important to the people of america today. >> she is fighting for our rights. that's the important thing in this nation is to be inclusive and really fight for everybody. >> over the next year and a half clinton says she will prove despite her critics she is a tenacious fighter determined to make history. >> i may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but i will be the youngest woman president in the history of the united states! [ cheers and applause ] >> there are mentions clinton will now take on the road, traveling to the state of iowa to meet face-to-face with the small groups of voters she says if elected president she will fight for. al jazeera, new york.
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