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sigh us us. al jazeera calls for the release of its journalist under a warrant issued by egypt. hello. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up: standing strong against racism the congregation at the church in charleston which has re-opened following the shooting that left nine people dead. the greek cabinet ahead of the summit to present a debt default. the world marks the first international yoga day.
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the idea isn't sitting pretty with everyone. hello. an al jazeera journalist spent the night in german custody after being detained in berlin. the arrest warrant arcs awe ahmed mansuer of torture. he denies the charges which his lawyer says are politically motivated. supporters staged a protest where he is being held. al jazeera's acting director general says mansaour is one of the world's most resupposed journalists and called for his immediate release. >> he was detained at berlin airport as he waited to board a flight to doha. german police say he is accused of committing several crimes. those crimes are alleged to have taken place in egypt. mansour says it is not only
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unwarranted and unjust but may have been part of a secret deal during sisi's rent visit to germany. >> unfortunately, the german authorities are handling this in a suspicious manner. >> raises questions on the involvement in how they are collaborating with the regime in egypt. >> his lawyer says his client's arrest is politically motivated. it is inconceivable to have someone who is an innocent man. all he did was doing his job. two leading programs on al jazeera. >> he was sentenced in abstenthatabsten abstentia on the charge of torturing a lawyer in tahrir square in 2011. he wasn't even in the country at the time of the alleged crime. it's because of these baseless charges that interenterpol -- interpol objected. >> since the first, he hasn't
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held back from cracking down on journalists in any form of free speech. several journalists were killed by the egyptian army during the early days of the coup dozens remain behind bars. 3 journalists were unjustly imprisoned for over a year. repeat peter greste was released and deported back home to australia. he and his two colleagues are facing a retrial. al jazeera has urged german to release mansour immediately. the network's acting directing general said in a statement, the crackdown on journalists by egyptian authorities is well known. our network is the arab world's most watched has taken the brunt of this. other countries must not allow themselves to be tools of this mode i can't oppression. least of all those who respect freedom of the media as does germany. he is one of the world's most respected journalists and must be released immediately.
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germans politicians havecosm out in support of mansour. the member of the green party tweeted. the government must explain arrest of mansour. hi highly questionable. >> the arab organization of human rights and dozens of other rights organizations have also condemned mansour's arrest. and solidarity protesters have called for his release. his arrest symbolizes the fear that democratic countries could start doing the bidding of a military regime that has demonstrated its disregard for free speech. al jazeera. paul brennan joins us live from berlin. paul, any more information on why he might have been detained and what happens now?
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>> reporter: the circumstances of the detention are becoming slightly clearer. we know it wasn't an interpol red notice. , this was a request by the egyptian authorities, an arrest warrant issued by them to countries worldwide. it was filed in the system of the german federal police who control the airports. when mr. mansour, his name range a bell in that system and he was detained by the federal police. the details of the allegations against him are fairly sketchy, we understand from his lawyers. one allegation according to the lawyer is that he is accused of having harmed the reputation of egypt. >> in addition to the allegation of torture, which mr. mansour was found guilty of in abstentia in 2014, that said though, the authorities here
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have not looked at the allegations in any serious detail. there have been hearings which have taken place. that was a look at dotting the is and crossing ts looking at the veracity of the paperwork, not the substantial issues in the paperwork. as we talked about mr. mansuer spending a night in custody, i am outside the state police here in berlin. mr. mansour will be on his way to mo abit which is a prison in central berlin where he will spend a second night in custody before he goes before a magistrate or a judge at some point, we home early tomorrow. >> what about reaction there in berlin to mansour's detention? >> reporter: as you heard in jamal's report that just preceded my report standing here, there has been consternation at this. as i say, the fact that interpol chose not to issue a red notice
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shows, i think, the opinion of interpol as to whether or not this request by egypt was valid. interpol has the right to request international warrants if it believes an arrest warrant has been issued for political reasons. the fact interpol refused to take part is perhaps an i can indicative stance. the reality is wir on the brink of an international incident. he is receiving consular assistance here in berlin. so britain is being dragged into it. german has been dragged into it by virtue of the fact it's their authorities who have arrested this well-respected international journalists. >> thank you in berlin.
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>> now the south carolina church where nine african-americans were shot dead on wednesday has re-opened to wore worship worshippers. hundreds gathered at the methodist episcopal church in charleston for sunday mass. a visiting minister led the 400-strong congregation because the church's pastor was among those killed. outside the church more people gathered to show solidarity. people believe the attack was racially motivated. the 21-year-old dillon roof was charged with nine counts of murder. gabriel has this update for us from charleston. a remarkable scene inside the church and outside as well. they blocked off the streets here i want to give you a sense of it. where hundreds of people from the community have come out from all different ages and races to offer their support. they have been listening to the sermon that's been going on
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through loud speakers that have been set up here so they can listen in and partake in this. there was a moment of silence as well as dozens of churches that range their church bells at the same time to show solidarity. inside the church one of the leaders that is giving the sermon says this is not about the shooter. this is about a day to honor the victims, all nine of them that died so tragically last wednesday night and to try to get some sort of closure and move on in their way they are able to do this. obviously, this is the first church service since that terrible shooting. at times, it's been very solemn. at times, very uplifting and clearly, very incredible scenes of a community coming together after this tragedy. >> all right. greek prime minister alexis tsipras has been discussing a debt deal ahead of the summit on monday. ministers including finance minister bakas receiveseen arriving
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at a crucial cabinet meeting. monday's summit is one of the last chances to keep greece from defaulting on its loans and leaving the eurozon e-life in athens. so much at stake with this upcoming meeting. what's the mood like there in greece? >> reporter: as you have seen we have had rallies in favor of the government and rallies in favor of being a little bit more measure,000 in what they are demanding in order to remain within the eurozone. that's amply displayed on this newspaper "save greece," a pro-eurozone, in the favor of a moderate line with creditors, and this is the mouthpiece of the ruling series of the party saying the people stand by the government. that's based upon an opinion poll out today which shows that
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two-thirds of greeks don't want the prime minister to back down. he has high personal approval ratings. a similar majority wants greece in the eurozone. that's consistent with polling we have seen in the last three years really. so a tough mandate for the government go there and make a deal with the europeans that doesn't bring more austerity measures to athens but keeps greece in the euro zone which many thingk are two income patible things. >> how difficult will that be? you have alixis tsipras. but he is not prepared to give in on these crucial issues of the greek pension system and, of course higher taxes. what concessions is he willing to make then? >> that's right. >> to get a deal vat clerks
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consumer tax, an indirect tax on how much people spend in the economy it's a slightly less oppressive thing for the government to raise more money because it is saying to the people manage your money in such a way as not to over extend yourselves. it's really throwing the ball into the consumers' and taxpayers court whereas if he comes back and says we have to cut pensions and we have to keep salaries low, that's a direct political intervention in favor of austerity this government has bound not to make. it's more feasible for him to say we have defended our red line on pensions. we defended minimum wage which we will raise next year. and then, you know we have agreed to race fishing taxes so the budget doesn't go into
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deficit. that's a valuable compromise for him to make. >> that's the compromise the government is working on thanks. in the capitol athens. more to come on al jazeera. afghan forces launch a counteroffensive to retake a key northern district from the taliban. >> in baku where in aeshingszzerbajain could have great consequences for society.
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welcome back. let's take you through the top
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stories on al jazeera now. ays journalist ahmed mansour has been detained at the request of egyptian authorities. al jazeera is calling for his immediate release. the south carolina church where nineteen african-americans were shot dead on wednesday has re-opened to worshippers. greek ministers have been discussing the debt deal ahead of a summit deal on monday. in other stories we are following, afghanistan's army has launched a counter offensive to retake a key district in the north from taliban fighters. the armed group took control of chadara outside of kunduz. 12 government soldiers died and 17 others were wounded. jennifer glassee has the latest from kabul afghan army and police on one side of the river, the talibantable on the other the talibantable controls the district a few kilometers from
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kundu city. it's the first time it's been able to sees an entire district. the army has sent reinforcement. this is the first year afghan forces are fighting on their own without nato support and they are struggling. >> we don't have air support. we only have m-16s if you fire three bulletstion the gun japan we will fight the talibantable to the last drop of blood. now home to thousands of people who thread from nearby syringes bht taliban started fighting in the province in april. the talibantable came hours after a roadside bomb killed several people in southern afghanistan. many children, those who were killed in this incident were my family members including my nephews, my neece and my brother's wives. >> no one has claimed responsibility for this attack but the talibantable routinely plants bombs along roads.
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the talibantable attacked a police checkpoint killing 6 police officers. the holy month begins and the talibantable is intensifying keeping pressure on afghan forces and the government. jennifer glasse al jazeera, kabul. >> a suicide attack has been launched it has set off a car bomb. heavy exchange of gunfire followed during which two stackers were shot dead. the third was a suicide bomber. somali secure forces were injured. for years, northern mali has has been suffering a devastating drought. this week the country's government and alliance signed a long awaited peace deal. a report for the hundreds of thousands that face starvation securitianding survival are closely linked. >> one who can't stand up
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doesn't have long to live. he knows the chances of survival for one of his last cows. there is no hey or grass for his cows to graze on. he has watched helplessly as they have died one by one. two years without rain in this part of northern mali has killed his only source of living. a young nomad like him is facing the challenge different. he roams the land in search of less drought-stricken areas. >> we go back and forth searching for grazing land. we know there is no grass. we look for green trees. >> after each strip in the scorching heat his wife puts up the family tent again. their children are hungry and thirst tarrant county. so are the young cows. they have to wait for the return of an expedition to try to find water. it's fetched by donkeys from far away. far down a well water is found.
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a camel has to walk hundreds of meters to draw justin bucket. nearly half of the people of northern mali still live as livestock herders. they have faced years of fighting that has come pounded their problems. the people of this area say they have borne the brunt of the war between rebels seeking autonomy and the army trying to maintain control. >> there are better areas for grazing further inside mali. the army there kills our people. there is no grass in moritania. our animals are dying here not far from here livestock herders live a similar condition, severely affected by drought. >> the semi tropical region used to be the last resort for these elders and that's because it used to receive more rain. now, they can't go there any more for another reason which is the lack of security instead,
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it's the elders who cross into moritania knowing they won't be able to find grass but they can find security. mohammed val, al jazeera, on the mali-moritania border. >> azerbajain graying we think to the world but mind the glamor of the games, the country has one of the highest elective abortion rates in the world parents can terminate a bankruptcy based on the section of their unborn child. >> savarea has been ajuaned owned. the only crime is the child she is expecting any day now is a girl. >> they said to me we will kick you out on the street if you don't have an abortion. but i said i don't care. i am keeping the baby. >> her case is extreme but not
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unique many choose an abortion because they are having a girl. azerbaijan has one of the hughest ratios the ratio was 100 girls to 115 boys. there are lots of reasons why selective abortion is quite common. this region culturally is male dominated. there are other pressures. families are getting smaller, which means fewer boys. as the pre-neonatal technology to identify gender becomes more widely accessible demand for selective abortion grows. lawmakers say they are doing what they can to tackle the problem. >> all women have the right to have an abortion but to protect against sex election we wanted to ban abortion after three months without a doctor's consent i am one of the biggest supporters of educating people because the law doesn't always
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solve the problem. mariban who works with vulnerable women says the problem runs deep. i think society needs to change its perception of women. the understanding that a girl brings evil to the world needs to change. overall, the perception of a woman's role in society has to change. >> the united nations warns as well as a dangerous population imbalance, huge numbers of missing women in society could lead to more prostitution, human trafficking and gender violence. those may be the challenges facing the next generation. robin forest ear walker baku. >> tens of thousands of haitians face an uncertain future after the government said it will deport non-citizens who did not appeal for leg residency. sories say the plan is discriminatory. hor from the heyatian border.
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>> both countries say they will build centers to deal with deport easy. they say they are going to build a detention center and on the other side, the hatian said it will build a reception center. the hatians are asking the dominican republic to deport hatian migrants to two points here another one further south. at this time, we are not seeing any massive deportations by the government. it would create economic havoc for the country since it relies so much on the workforce of hey russian migrants and descendants. 200 am,000 people are at risk. people who are unable file paperwork by the wednesday deadline. sporadic cases of deportation but nothing on the scale that's possible at this time. >> the mexican government
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because addressing a housing deficit many are riddled with unemployment and crime. why people are leaving their homes. >> a house with no one to call it home. hundreds of thousands of them commence commissioned for working class buyers in the middle of nowhere. most of the neighbors have gone. she is holding on, starting her working day in the dark two hours from her job as a nurse in mexico city. >> it's frustrating that i leave at 5:30 in the morning and i still get to work late. the government thought building huge developments would solve the country's housing deficit. theyglected to put in a metro or bus lines that would enable workers to get to their jobs a fatal mistake. >> these neighborhoods even though many are in the middle of nowhere were seen as a great idea for many poorer mexicans
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finally able to afford their own house. a lack of basic infrastructure and public transport led to many simply being forced to abandoned their homes mexico's last census in 2010 found 5 million abandoned houses, many of them these out of town estates. as they have emptied, crime has grown young people fall into drug addiction. they rob piece's houses. one company is turning the failure into an opportunity. he remodels abandoned houses but they are investing in the community, providing paint for mura. s, helping lost clean up public spaces and supporting the local police. they say saving the estate states possible and profitable. >> rescuing the community is going to mean that more people will want to live here and that
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will mean higher house prices and better social capitol. so that's just good business. the model seems to be working in the developments they work in crime is down and house sales are up. but there is a notable lack of similar government programs elsewhere, and without them the mass exodus from the middle of nowhere continues. john hullman, al jazeera, tijuana, mexico. >> millions of people around the world are taking part in international jogyoga day. in afghanistan, hundreds gathered in the grounds to join the session. the exercise has been practiced in india for centuries. the names of the various poses are derived from the ancient sandquette around 1 and a half people in the eiffel tower taking part in the master class to mark yoga day.
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in new delhi's tens of thousands in celebrating the ancient practice. 100,000, jamelle has more. >> it was a sea of people. nearly 40,000 bending, twisting, and breathing their way to an attempt at a world record for the largest yoga demonstwaings at a single venue the they were joined by millions across the country and around the world as nearly all u.n. member kwunt trees are expected to host yoga day. not only the beginning of celebration but a new era to fill the human mind with peace, good will and to reach high goals. >> many perform yoga for health and healing benefits like those who teach yoga. she was in an accident that damaged her ability to walk or stand properly. >> there was a lot of clarity of
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mind. yoga is holistic. i feel it works with very subtly t changes the way you think. >> the government is hoping the international day of yoga makes the ancient indian practice even more popular. >> just as there is more to yoga than complicated exercise moves, there is more to international yoga day with sitting a record. some hope it will boost the yoga industry and the image abroad. en though it okay natures in india. not every indian believes it is for them. for those used to spending their time behind a desk instead of spreading it out on a yoga mat, it's meant to encourage physical fitness. but some minorities say the government is also using the occasion to impose hindu beliefs on them by making mapped tory for students and civil servants. >> and the taxpayer. my money is not for the projection of a particular religion. my money is for hard work in
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that country. >> the government says yoga is not mandatory and that yoga day is meant to promote a healthy lifestyle and the country's image around the world. fez, jamel. >> more on that and everything we are covering on our website, aljazeera.com. >> we're going to explore the intersection of hardware and humanity but we're doing it in a unique way. this is a show about science by scientists. tonight: trash. it's everywhere. >> what's the out put of this

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