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>> the greek prime minister tells european leaders "the ball is in your court", as the clock ticks on almost bailout deal. welcome to al jazeera, at headquarters in doha. coming up in the next half hour - controversy flares over the u.s. confederate flag with calls for its complete removal. al jazeera journalist detained in germany is released without charge and how long is too long to spend online.
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we talk on japan's growing digital addiction. eurozone leaders say they are eurozone leaders say they are hopeful a deal on a greek bailout could be sealed this week, saving the country from economic disaster. greece had submitted a new budget. one it hopes has been expected, giving it access to straightly needed funds. the ball is now in the court of the european authorities. phil lavelle is following developments in brussels. >> reporter: the perfect way to start the day. the seems greece's p.m. alexis tsipras had a lot to grin about first thing. this was a man with a plan to get his country the next chunk of bailout cash it needs. the smiles were not to last. first his finance minister turned up 45 minutes late, and then greece's creditors said they couldn't accept the country's proposals yet because
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they had not been given time to digest them. the euro group's president put it as positively as he could. >> we consider it a step in the positive direction. it's an opportunity to get that deal this week, and that's what we'll work for. >> reporter: two people at the press conference, but christine lagarde stayed behind the scenes, the boss of the international monetary fund, one of those that greece has to pay. at the last meeting on thursday, it descended into something more heated. she kept out of site. officials were keep to play down -- keen to play down her no show. as evening fell the eurozone leaders arrived. they had to. the cameras were waiting. while they catch up over dinner, they won't be able to toast a lasting deal. >> translation: what greece presented today is a certain progress, that the discussion made it clear that there is a lot of work to be done. >> translation: we need to
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few days, a few hours and that is precisely we don't want a fragmented agreement. we are seeking a viable and comprehensive solution. >> reporter: this is about showing solidarity, being bullish, convincing the world that the eurozone is strong. dissuading speculators pulling in athens thousands of controversy in the u.s. over the confederate flag following a shooting that killed nine people in charles top. the alleged gunman dylann roof posed with the flag in pictures online. south carolina's governor is calling for is to be removed from the state capital. del walters reports from charleston:. >> it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds.
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[ cheering ] >> reporter: surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and federal officials, south carolina governor joined the chorus of calls to move the confederate flag. >> for good and for bad, whether it is on the state house grounds or in a museum the flag will always be a part of the soil of south carolina. but this is a moment where we can say that flag while an integral part of our past does not represent the future of our great state. >> reporter: the governor's comments came hours after religious and political leaders called for action. >> the time has come to remove the symbol of hate from the state capital. the time is for the general assembly to do what it ought to have done a long time ago. >> reporter: south carolina's use of the confederate flag became on issue after pictures emerged showing accused church
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gunman dylann roof posing confederate flags. dozens gathered in colombia to call for the flag to be taken down. some spray-painted the word black lives matter on a monument in charleston. in 2000, joseph riley led a march to columbia calling for the flag to be removed from the dome. it called for a compromise to move the flag from the dome to a nearby monument for confederate soldiers. the move requires two-thirds majority in the claim betters. ers -- chambers. there's a growing number wanting to remove the flag. some say removing the flag is the start. there's more work to be done. it will not solve the racial divide in south carolina. we need a positive discourse on the problems that continue to
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plague our state well the confederate flag is associated with the american civil war, but it has a more modern historical residence, the flag of the confederacy was based on the flag of the united states, the flag that we see today was revived in 1962 by southern states as a symbol of southern independence and there's a rejection of northern treasure for racial integration. in 2000 the confederate flag was moved from its position on top of the state capital building after pressure from civil rights groups. it flies in the grounds as part of the war memorial. >> a g.m. dk is the director director of the human rights network and explains why many want to see the confederate flag removed. >> a flag, the confederate flag is a symbol of hate. it's a symbol of racism of white supremacy, and frankly a
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symbol of terror. so for african-americans, people of cover, and people who believe in racial equality and human rights, it's - it's a shame that we are still flying this flag. this is a flag that was used by white supremicist groups and symbolizes a path that the united states should move away from. it symbolizes slavery in the united states and continues to be used by hate groups extremist racist groups to put forth an idea of white superrem si. >> the pentagon says a u.s. air strike in iraq killed a person linked to the 2012 attack. he was an i.s.i.l. fighter. the u.s. says he was killed in an air strike on mosul in iraq last week. the u.s. ambassador to libya and
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three other americans were killed in the 2012 attack. >> british police arrested a rwandan intelligence chief after a request by spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes he's the director general of rwanda's services. he's wanted along with others over reprisal killings after the 1994 genocide. he was arrested at heathrow airport on saturday. >> al jazeera journalist ahmed mansour has been released from detention in germany. he spent two days in custody after being detained at the berlin airport. paul brennan reports from berlin. >> it had been a deeply worrying 48 hours. ahmed mansour looked a picture of obvious delight and relief as he emerged from the gates of the prison a free man. news that the berlin prosecutor was throwing out egypt's extradition request brought cheers from the crowd of
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supporters gathered outside the gaol. it was another two hours before ahmed mansour emerged. the al jazeera journalist thanked all those who campaigned on his behalf. . >> thank you so much. judges and attorney-generals. they support me. they are free people. hep fight justice in egypt. >> reporter: then there were chaotic scenes as he squeezed through a crush of well-wishers into a waiting car. later in a calmer atmosphere, mr ahmed mansour reflected on the events of the past three days. >> i prepare myself in the morning, and to stay one month. i prepare my everything, my bed, everything, i contact how i can call for people, how i can buy something. i prepare myself for stay one month on the gaol. if you prepare yourself, the worst you will take, the best
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mr ahmed mansour's arrest is always going to be bigger than a simple judicial matter. he is a high profile al jazeera presenter and a well respected figure across the world. in germany, within hours of his detention more than 25,000 paid -- signed a petition for his release. u.k. consular officials became involved as he had joint citizenship. while ahmed mansour whiled away the hours, a storm was swirling around his case. a fact armed by the berlin prosecutors. they said as well as legal concerns over documents from egypt, there were diplomatic and political concerns that could not be assuaged dispute assurances given. ahmed mansour was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison. thoofs by cairo's criminal
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court, on the charge of torturing a lawyer. mr ahmed mansour was not in egypt at the time of the crime, and there has been persistent concerns that the prosecutions were politically motivated and part of a crackdown on a free media. in a statement al jazeera's acting director general said: it was app unfortunate incident indeed, ahmed mansour is free to go home when ever he likes now
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still to come on al jazeera. suffocating smog in santiago. banned from the streets of the capital. people are told to stay indoors. exiled indian ocean islanders go to a top u.k. court in a bid to go home. >> comedy great, richard lewis >> i really am in love with the craft... >> turning an angst ridden and neurotic outlook... >> i have to un-ravel myself on stage as fearlessly as possible >> into an award winning career... from hell? >> it's thrilling when it's working.... >> every tuesday night. >> i lived that character. >> go one on one with america's movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> ♪ ♪
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>> al jazeera america, weekday mornings. catch up on what happened overnight with a full morning brief. get a first hand look with in-depth reports and investigations. start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. welcome back the top stories on al jazeera, and hopes are rising of a deal to resolve the greek debt crisis.
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european leaders responded positively to the new proposals from the greek government, who are in brussels for an emergency meeting. south carolina's government called for the confederate flag to be removed from the state capital ground. controversy is brewing following a shooting of nine in charleston. the alleged gunmen dyllon roof posed with the pictures posted online. al jazeera journalist ahmed mansour has been released. he spent two days in custody after being detained at the request of the egyptian government. >> israeli prime ministers says a long-awaited u.n. report into last year's war in gaza is bias. the report says both israel and palestinian groups may have committed war crimes during the 50 day conference. a diplomatic editor reports from the u.n. in new york.
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>> reporter: should there be war crime charges following last summer's gaza war? that's the key question posed by the release of a report by the u.n. commission of inquiry into the war. a conflict that killed well over 2,000 people. the panel's findings criticized palestinian armed groups for extra judicial executions of those claimed to be collaborators, but there was particularly strong condemnation of israel's indiscriminate bombard: >> reporter: attacks on homes and families leading to large numbers of family members dying together as homes were struck in the middle of the night. these attacks had particular consequences for children, approximately 551 children died last summer. >> reporter: in israeli parliament, the knesset prime minister attacked the commission. >> the united nations human rights council has a singular
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obsession with israel, passing more resolutions against israel than against syria, north korea and iran combined. in fact it passed more resolutions against israel than all the countries of the world combined. israel treats the report as flawed and biased and urges all fair-minded observers to do the same. in gaza there was criticism from hamas. . >> the fatal mistake that all the time they were trying to rebalance and tried to make a kind of equality between the killers and the victims. this is something that will be not be accepted. >> this latest report comes two months after another internal u.n. report which said israel was responsible for attacks on several u.n. -- seven u.n. buildings. the timing is significant. earlier this year palestine became a member of the international criminal court. chief prosecutor has already launched what is called a
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preliminary examination, a process to decide whether to launch a formal investigation. in the next few days she'll have more evidence to sift through as palistinean diplomats are to hand over a batch of documents in the hague 17 people were arrested during confrontations in teleaeve. there has been demonstrations after an ethiopian israeli was shown beaten by police. a group of indian ocean islanders forced into exile are appealing to britain's top court in a campaign to return home. they were forced to leave the islands in 50 years ago to make way for a u.s. military base. a decade ago it was ruled they
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could go back. it was overturned and they've been fighting it. >> reporter: the legal battle lasted 20 years, they received to lose hope. the population lives in exile, they are confident of overturning a decision seven years ago that they did not have the right to return home. >> we have studies and agreement by kpmg proposed which clearly say there's no legal barrier allowing us to return. >> on monday, the idea to return would endanger a project to create a moor answer protection area. between 1967 and 1963, british forces removed the main island, leased to the united states to build an air base.
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they were taken to mauritius and seychelles. more than 1500km away. some still live there in poverty. but the largest community lives here in southern england. home to the office of alan. who heads what he calls a provisional island government. the community feels down. >> we recently had the anniversary of the magna carta. the magna carta didn't ply to us at all. i believe it's high time this country do the moral thing. that is to return. back to the country. the islanders and supporters say they could make a living if they returned. either working at the air base or tourism. >> reporter: the presence of a well-known face will not have heard the case in terms of media coverage, there has been twists and turns in a legal fight. it could be a long time
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before they get a definitive answer. police searching for two escaped convicts in new york state say they may have tunnelled out using tools smuggled into the prison in frozen hamburger meet. more than 800 law enforcement officers had been involved in the search. a corrections officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of the investigation. mexican police discovered the bodies near acapulco. many mass graves have been found across the country. the country has been plagued with drug gang violence killing 100,000 people since 2007. >> a thick blanket of smog over
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chile's capital forced authorities to declare an environmental emergency. half the cars have been taken off the road. the worst to hit the city in decc i think. lucia newman reports from santiago. >> reporter: it looks like what it is a thick cloud of soot suspended in the sir. chile's capital santiago is in a valley, and the driest june in 40 years, plus poor air circulation drove pollution levels to hazardous levels. >> translation: the bad quality of air has a cumulative affect on people's health. it impacts the health system and can cause lung anger. >> reporter: authorities were forced to declare an environmental emergency. 40% of vehicles were banned from circulating, 90% of heavy industry was forced to shut down. using firewood was forbidden,
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and people told not to exercise outdoors. >> my eyes are burning, chest hurting and i'm having a hard time breathing. >> hi levels of smog are common especially during the semmes fears winter months. the timing could not have been more inopportune. chile is hosting the copa america, or the america cup football championship one of the most widely viewed event in the world. and the poor air quality is a concern, due to be held her on wednesday. >> what you should see behind me but cannot is a stunning view of the mountains, on a clear day it provides a picture postcard frame of the city another thing that is missing from the picture clouds that indicates desperately needed rain is on the way. >> with the massive restrictions we see that the air quality is not improving
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substantially. we need rain and more wind. >> reporter: with neither in sight, there's no telling how long this emergency will last over 750 litres of oil have been recovered after a massive oil spill in the u.s. state of texas, authorities are investigating the cause of the spill, forcing the closure of 182 meters of coastline. the spill was discovered three days ago via the coast guard. text giant apple reversed its policy of music royalty payments after multiaward winning singer taylor swift wrote a blog slagging the company. rob reynolds reports. [ ♪♪ ] >> reporter: pop music megastar taylor swift. swift wouldn't allow apple to
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play her new upcoming album on the service, explaining in a blog post:. >> her letter was saying "wait a minute, there's something here that is not good for artists, and i object." >> reporter: one of those artists is patrick mcgrath, trying to scrape by in the artistic hub of brooklyn new york, where emerging artists try to break into the big time [ singing ] >> reporter: he describes himself as a needle in a hipster haystack. i don't think people see the big picture. some of your favourite bands, for instance they need to make money. >> reporter: swift's outcry got a swift response sensing a public relations disaster apple
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music capitulated announcing it would pay artists after all, during the 3 month introductory period. other streaming or subscription services pay record labels artists and songwriters royalties, but the amounts are very small. a few fractions of a sent per listen. >> industry analysts say most artists now know they'll never get rich from their music. >> for anybody that is not at the stratosphere tailor swift income level, it is a constant and stressful dance, and interplay between what they must do as artists, whether they can make money, how are they going to get paid. realistically, many artists realise that the record industry has been really you know pummelled by digital technology. digital technology has given artists an unprecedented avenue to reach a worldwide audience.
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the technology see that art as content and pay artists as little as they can get away with. how that affects music going forward remains a work in progress over half a million japanese teenagers are thought to be addicted to the internet. new the government has began a first pilot digital programme, is deal with the problem. we have this report from tokyo. >> at a newly opened internet cafe in tokyo, the ranks of booths are empty during the ta. the manager tells us it's at night when it comes alive. customers change a capsule for one in a capsule hotel downstairs, never leaving the premises, if they can sleep. an inability to sleep is a symptom of internet addiction,
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that this person has to treat. his clinic is one of a handful in japan treating internet addicts. >> reporter: in the worst cases kids drop out of school and are not able to catch up with school curriculum. kids have other problems like not being able to sleep, which needs to be tackled. >> tokyo's district on a busy weekend offers the latest devices for a gadget-obsessed generation. views here vary on what counts as too much online time. >> if you use it too much it's not good for you. i'm online about 0 hours a day, which is okay. >> i don't think it's wrong because it's just the way we live. >> as with any addiction it seems part of the problem is failing to recognise it as a problem. so the government now estimates more than half a million teenagers may be addicted to the
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internet and in need of help. for some extreme cases the solution may be the tough love of complete digital detox. >> advertising their services online of course are centers to treat addiction with complete internet fasting. leaving your device at the door can be a wrench. at the height of his adduction, the website editor would be online up to 15 hours a day. his battle with digital dependency led him to write a book encouraging others to cherish offline time. >> translation: even at weekends, when you are meant to be resting, if you are connected online, you are not really resting. people need to take time away from digital gadgets and disconnect. then you can nurture imagination and encourage face to face communication. advice from someone who has been there to a generation
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