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i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, welcome to another news hour from al jazeera in doha. i'm adrian finighan. coming up in the next 60 minutes. kurdish fighters continue to make gains in nourtern syria as they capture a key town close to isil's main strong hold. the death toll in pakistan's heat wave continues to rise more than 600 people have now died in the southern sindh province but -- >> reporter: i'm jonah hull
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among the encampments of bedraggled migrants leaving behind their countries are not far ahead now along a well-warn path to the hungarian border and the european union. and we'll report on japan's growing digital addiction. ♪ we begin in syria where kurdish fighters have made major gains against the islamic state of iraq and the levant. they have ceased the syrian town about 50 kilometers north of raka forcing isil to withdraw. it's the last major mare -- major area near isil's strong hold. the brigade 93 base has also
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been recaptured. it is important because it links isil to other major outposts. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: this kurdish fighter says they have discovered a tunnel used by the islamic state of iraq and the levant on the sir-- syrian turkish border. the people's protection units, which go by ypg have been making gains on the border. the latest discovery was after they took this border post. now that the fighting is over hundreds of families have returned. turkish authorities reopened the border for the residents and surrounding areas, but despite kurdish forces pushing back isil there are concerns over their advances. they have accused the kurds of abusing and driving out sunni tribesmen.
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a fact finding mission has been sent to assess the situation. but they were blocked. >> translator: we were asked to communicate with the ypg forces but they refused to allow forces of the fact-finding committee to enter, claiming the snc has a political position towards the ypg units and that the committee is biased. >> reporter: the ypg denies the abuse. >> translator: we share the administration of the town with all, as this country is for all. ypg is for arabs before it is for the kurds. >> reporter: the ypg gains are also alarming turkey. the turkish government considers the establishment of a kurdish-held area on its boarder a red line. >> in they make major gains, you will probably find europe and the americans investing more resources. in particular president erdogan is saying the americas and the
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western powers are helping the kurds. this has become a major security concern inside turkey. >> reporter: kurdish fighters have adz -- advanced to the outskirts of idlib province. opposition fighters are consolidating their gain theres the nearby idlib province. as people returns to the round abouts and streets where isil used to carry out public executions there are lingering concerns of ethnic biases but they go back home hoping the worst is over. >> so who are the men and women who make up ypg. also known as the people's protection units, it wants autonomous rule of the area. the ypg is also closely linked to the pkk which is fighting
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from kurdish independence from turkey. the yazidis people who fled isil's advance back in august were helped by ypg units, but the ypg has been accused of ethnic cleansing in some of the areas it has liberated from isil. let's go to retired brigadier general from the turkish army. okay. they were backed by u.s. air strikes in this instance nonetheless it was an impressive military operation. what is it that makes the ypg such a potent fighting force? >> actually you -- you have already given the answer. i mean in -- in such a situation, run by, you know more or less paramilitary forces domination of the air, and a strong air support, makes a huge -- huge difference.
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that -- that's why they are considered a good -- good fighting force. actually they are not phased by a real army or real fighting forces. so it's just -- just normal. there's nothing extraordinary here. >> it's the guerrilla fighting experience, their street-to-street combat that makes them so impressive. >> well, i mean, this is -- this is an aspect of the modern -- modern warfare, so-called in the past -- so-called good old days of the cold war, means combat was in built up areas, so now it became routine for any fighting force, regular army paramilitary force or guerrilla
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units, you learn as you fight. and all of these people have learned a lot recently. >> how does the turkish government feel about the ypg, and in particular the victory just on the turkish border? >> with great -- great concern. i -- i'm afraid -- i have to say. but there is one -- one critical point here. the turkish government at the moment has lost its dominant position in turkish politics very very recently. on june 7th, turkey had general election and the governing akp party lost its dominance over the political landscape. now it's not up to neither president erdogan, nor the current government but to the in-coming government, and now the nationalist turkish party, so-called nationalist action
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party, who is adamantly against [ inaudible ] in turkey let alone the region has opposed any reconciliation or cooperation with the kurdish parties. this situation, the internal instability in turkish domestic politics, make the situation much more important and critical than it has -- it has already been. >> always good to talk to you, sir. many thanks indeed for being with us. u.n. investigators have accused all sides in the syrian conflict of targeting civilance. the u.n. commission of inquiry has drawn up five confidential lists of suspected war criminals. investigators say the government has dropped barrel bombs on aleppo nearly every day this year. 36 civilians are said to have died in such attacks in the last
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24 hours alone. rebels have ceased cities depriving people of food and medicine. we're joined by an international law professor and one of the commissioners of the report. it seems to me sir, those who bare the greatest responsibility of the crimes you talk about in this report fear no consequences at the moment in geneva and so they keep doing it. >> well the -- the mandate of the commission of inquiry is to cover human rights and international humanitarian law the law in protection of civilians and related groups. so what we work towards is identifying the situation, and those responsible on all sides so the commission report cover the authorities on the one hand and the non-state actors on the other hand. so we have a database of about
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4,000 witnesses who have given information as well as having prepared five confidential lists of alleged perpetrators. >> okay. so you know what is happening. you know what is doing what to who, and yet justice, it seems is still well beyond our grasp right now. >> reporter: the one or two features to be remembered, the list -- the confidential list of perpetrators remains confidential precisely, because first of all this is still an investigation in times of -- >> it appears that we -- we may have -- have lost the connection. hang on. is it coming back. >> -- so this is different from other commissions which released the names after the war. and secondly we respect the process in terms of providing guarantees for all sides, and then thirdly we are cooperating
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with regard to providing information to states particularly from our database of about 4,000 witnesses, so that's the main source of cooperation, rather than the confidential list which remains confidential. >> but as far as the international community is concerned what now needs to happen? can the country ever be returned to peace? >> the notion of shared responsibility is very term in terms of actors who should be responsible. we of course advocate the need for negotiations and [ inaudible ] which have enormous bearing on human rights and humanitarian law. get back to the negotiations particularly under the so-called geneva communique of three years ago, which lays down the possibility of a transitional base with regard to the need to maintain syrian institutions.
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secondly, in this very devastating conflict we advocate the need to stop use of various weapons, particularly barrel bombs, which have been dropped particularly by government authorities, and on the other side the non-government arms are using weapons in terms of attacking civilians, in terms of mortars or bombs made from gas canisters, so the message is to stop the devastation caused by these weapons against civilians, and thirdly to end sieges and permit access aid as a whole, whether it be food water, et cetera in all parts of the country, particularly hard to reach areas. so there are some areas covered by our work together with advocacy of protection of culture and heritage which is a newish angle. >> all right. good to talk to you, many thanks
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indeed. >> thank you. there are now more than 3 million displaced people in iraq according to the united nations. many are fleeing fighting between isil and the iraqi army. the majority are from anbar province. more than 276,000 people were displaced between april and june alone because of fighting arrange the provincial capitol. the afghan army says it is on the offensive in northern afghanistan, and has taken back a district from taliban fighters, but the taliban still controls another district in the province. people are being forced to leave and jennifer glasse reports from kabul. >> reporter: taliban fighters are at the gate of the city here pushing the afghan army into the provincial capitol. this city of about 300,000 is largely deserted. people are worried taliban fighters could attack here and
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that means business is bad. >> translator: these days we have to pay the rent from our savings. no one buys anything from us. there is no one in the market or town. everyone has left gone somewhere else. >> reporter: in a nearby field, nay are arvesting the eggplants early rather than lose the crops to fighting. this man has already fled once. >> translator: the taliban came after us destroyed everything we had there. it was injured. they hit me. then we came here to live our life in the city. we are farming here just to survive. all we want is peace. >> reporter: the government has sent thousands of soldiers and police to fight the taliban, and they say they have driven the armed group from the district. >> translator: currently avenue gan forces are starting cleaning operations there and the fighters are being chased house-to-house by our forces. we have found 85 dead bodies
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including foreign fighters so far. >> reporter: but the military's progress is no consolation for the civilians of the town. tens of thousands have already been displaced from villages now they are leaving the city carrying whatever they can. fighting in southern yemen has killed at least ten people and wounded 17 others. forces supporting president hadi, fought with houthi rebels for territory in one province. government forces were able to retake some areas from the rebels. al jazeera investigation has revealed how the houthis were able to take the capitol sana'a by first capturing the city of amran. it involved former president saleh and the hadi government. >> translator: the government boycotted the general. they backed the houthis with soldiers, but attacked the 310th brigade in a clear government
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conspiracy. >> the road to sana'a tells how the yemeni government may have sacrificed a city and a general, but lost power to the houthis, you can see that on "al jazeera world." still to come here on the news hour. >> we are closer than ever before. >> reporter: european leaders remain hopeful of a deal on a greek bailout. more controversy on the u.s. confederate flag with growing calls of its removal from public places. ♪ the heat wave in pakistan's sindh province has now killed
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more than 600 people in the port city the temperature has touched 45 degrees celsius, the government has called on the military to help tackle the crisis. more now from gerald tan. >> reporter: southern pakistan is sweltering three days of high temperatures have caused widespread heat stroke in the largest city hospitals are treating hundreds of patients for heat-related ailments including dehydration and exhaustion. >> translator: her blood pressure shot up because of the intense heat. >> reporter: most of the victims have been the elderly. this is the muslim fasting month of ramadan, and many people in paxston abstain from food and water during daylight hours. to complicate matters, the local electricity grid collapsed because of the increased demand. in this city used to severe power cuts many are criticizing the government. >> translator: i'm greatly worried that i have no water and
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no power in my home. i have been wandering to find ice. after trying hard i finally got very little ice. >> translator: the government is responsible for this whole crisis. the houses are deprived of power. there's no ice available. the heat is unbearable, people especially the elderly, are dieing in the heat. >> reporter: the army and paramilitary rangers have set up heat stroke centers, while schools and public offices are closed until temperatures cool down. many are now hoping for relief from the clouds with rain predicted in the coming days. rwanda's president is calling the arrest of the spy chief an outrage after british police acted upon a european arrest warrant. he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings. he is expected to appear before
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a london court on thursday. more from barnaby phillips in london. >> reporter: the allegations date back to the years immediately after the rwandan genocide of 1994. he was a senior of command at that stage and he is accused of having taken part organized indeed, a series of retall torie massacres against the hutu population. he is also accused of a crime which dates to early 1997 when three spanish aid workers were murders, it is alleged because they new too much if you would like about the involvement in massacres of hutu villages and he is said to have been involved in the decision to kill those aid workers. it is a charge which the rwandan government denies furiously.
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and in rwanda that give a different version of events around what happened in 1994 and the at -- aftermath. the british government has close ties with the rwandan president, and it has been impressed bier social and economic progress since the chaos of the mid-'90s. it will be an interesting extradition hearing. the united states will beef up security in parts of europe as a way to reassure its nato allies. ash carter says around 250 tanks, armored vehicles, and military equipment will be disbursed along the area. the new equipment will allow nato to respond more quickly to any military crisis across
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europe. a debt deal with greece could be reached within days. athens has to repay the international monetary fund $1.8 billion by the end of the month or foreclose on its debt. more from john psaropoulos in athens. >> reporter: if greece ends up accepting its creditor's proposals as they now stand, it will have to extract another $3 billion from an already heavily taxed economy this year and roughly $5.5 billion next year. that's over and above budget predictions, and that's because rather than growing as predicted, this year the economy is again shrinking. which means that tax revenues are smaller than they would have been because total economic turnover is smaller than it would have been and that
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presents particular difficulties to the government because they weral elected in january promising no more austerity measures, but they have been presected with increased taxation spending contributions, and possibly pension cuts. this means that they will end up coming back to at thens with a difficult plan one it may not be able to sell to all of the party members, particularly the hard left which has drawn a red line and said we will not vote for anything that involves more tax extraction or austerity in any form. this means they have to apply to the opposition who were in power up until january to get this passed. but if that happens, can it remain in power, and can mr. tsipras remain in the prime minister's seat. it will be a politically tension
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time once the negotiations are over in brussels because there will be another battle to get it passed. the detained al jazeera journalist has thanked people for their support. he was arrested at the berlin airport at the request of the egyptian government. >> translator: i extend all thanks to the german attorney general who refused to succumb to all political and diplomatic pressures. i all thes thank the honorable and honest german judges who proved the german judiciary is transparent and flawless before our you and all honest journalists i vow to remain steadfast to the ethics of free journalism. lawmakers in mississippi plan to propose legislation to remove the confederate flag emblem from the state flag.
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the alleged gunmen in the charleston church shooting dylann roof posed with the flag in pictures posted online. south carolina's government for wants it remove from the grounds of the state capitol. >> it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and federal officials, south carolina governor joined the growing chorus of calls to move the confederate flag. >> for good and for bad, whether it is on the state house groungsd or in a museum, the flag will always be a part of the soil of south carolina. but this is a moment in which we could say that that flag while an integral part of our past does not represent the future of our great state. >> reporter: the comments came hours after political and religious leaders in charleston
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called for action. >> the time has come to remove this symbol of hate and division from our state capitol. the time has come for the general assembly to do what it ought to have done a few years ago. the use of the confederate flag became an issue once again, after pictures emerged of accused church gunmen dylann roof waving and posing with confederate banners. on sunday dozens of people gathered in the state capitol to call for the flag to be taken down, and some spray painted the words black lives matter in charleston. in 2000 the charleston major lead a march to columbia calling for the flag to be removed from the dome. it lead to a compromise that moved the flag to its nearby location. but the deal requires a two-thirdest majority in both
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houses to make changes. there are a growing number of lawmakers in favor of removing the flag but some political leaders say removing the flag is only the start, and that there is 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 playing our state. >> reporter: del walters, al jazeera, charleston south carolina. the world's biggest retailer wal-mart says it has removed all items promoting the confederate flag from its shops and websites. and retail chain sears will also remove items containing confederate flags from its shops and websites. the confederate flag was created by confederate armies from the southern united states that
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fought in the american civil war 150 years ago. the first shots were fired in south carolina. it was the first of 11 states to rebel against the united states in defense of slavery. the south lost the war, and since then the confederate flag has been used as a symbol of southern independence, pride, and heritage but many see it as a shameful symbol of slavery, hate, and a divided u.s. the flag is often used for example, by modern white supremacist groups. the executive director of the u.s. human rights network explains why many people want to see that confederate flag removed. >> a flag -- the confederate flag is a symbol of hate a symbol of racism of white supremacy, and quite frankly it's a symbol of terror and so for african americans for people of color, and quite frankly for people who believe in racial equality and human rights it's --
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it's -- it's -- it's -- it's a shame that we're still flying this flag. this is a flag that was used by a white supremacist groups it symbolizes slavery in the united states, and continues to be used by hate groups by extremist racist groups so put forth an idea of white supremacy. >> we're approaching the midway point on the news hour an electricity price hike leads to protests in armenia. and we'll show you how jordan's women's football team are leading the fight in the middle east.
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kurdish fighters have taken a city from isil here isil's biggest strong hold. the heat wave in pakistan's sindh province has now killed more than 600 people. the temperature has touched 45 degrees celsius. in northern afghanistan, the army says it has driven out taliban fighters from one district and the government has sent thousands of troops to protect a city from falling to the armed group. a strike in the french city of kelly has forced the closure of the tunnel linking france and the u.k. hundreds of migrants tried to board trucks bound for the u.k. as a result all euro star trail services have been suspended. trains have been forced to return to london paris, and brussels. syriaerbia's government has
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expressed concern over the building of a fence along the border with hungary. >> reporter: they have been on the road for weeks, crossed several countries, tired, dehydrated, they are afraid of arrest and police violence. >> we are doctors without borders, we provide medical -- >> reporter: the charity visits twice at week at the far end of the camp the medic finds a woman who has suffered a miscarriage, many prefer not to be identified. where do you guys all come from? >> afghanistan. >> reporter: every one from afghanistan. >> we had problems in afghanistan all of us these guys from taliban, and such
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problems. >> wherever we are going problems. >> reporter: the police were asking for money. >> yes. asking for money and strongly beat. i'm -- in my whole body i feel pain. >> reporter: where are you going? >> i'm going to austria. >> belgium. >> london. >> london? >> london. >> reporter: they seldom stay more than a night or two in the long grass here desperate people resting their weary legs and aching bones before continuing a long long journey. leaving behind them countries like afghanistan, syria, yemen, and iraq and not far ahead of them, the hungarian border and the european union. so the people are often in quite bad shape when they reach this point in their journey, are they? >> yes of course they are
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becoming like really exhausting and really tired and like really need help and medical care. >> reporter: this man is a prosecutor who fled afghanistan with his wife and two children. she needs medical attention, the children asked for sweets and chocolate. what do you tell them about the future? what do you tell them about the life that they can expect in europe? >> reporter: i would like to -- they have good future and because we believe country for this for them because they should get an education. >> reporter: another frequent visitor here is a hungarian priest his van filled with donations of bread, water, and basics like sox and shoes. >> i have seen many thousands of people here but this is just a fraction of the people crossing the border. and many of them are not coming right here just going directly because they have money, they have their ways they have their
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smuggler -- you know -- system working. >> reporter: within hours most will have left on the road to what they hope is a better life the only certainty is that many more will follow. >> we are joined with a journalist and filmmaker who walked with a group of migrants from athens to brussels. that's quite a distance. how long did it take the group of migrants you were following? and where did they come from? >> right. i didn't walk the entire journey, we walked a good portion of it but they also took other methods of transportation including buses, trains, and even bicycles. i travelled with a group of about 10 to 20, mostly syrian refugees, and that expanded to about 150 and changed plus or minus 50 people throughout the
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journey. it lasted about two or three weeks. the hardest parts were in the bawl -- balkans. >> what happened on the border of the e.u.? what happened when you reached the e.u. border? was it relatively simple to cross? >> because of european policies making it very difficult for refugees from syria, iraq making it very difficult for them to reach europe they have to travel in the cover of night, so the refugees that i was following, they were traveling across borders in the middle of the night, which is very dangerous. they are subject to thieves, to injuries, and it's not only young guys but it's also families. you have children the elderly, and all kinds of people making this journey, and it's quite frankly very dangerous.
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>> these are people fleeing syria's civil war, and you say they are escaping the horror at home only to be -- to having to live in the shadows like this when they get to europe. what is their final destination? where are they going to go? and how have they been received there in brussels? >> yeah, exactly. so a lot of people in the group i was following, people are going to various western european countries, and something i found interesting is that -- most told me they didn't want to leave home they would prefer to stay home but they have no other choice. they have to -- they have to leave home and the only option they have to live in security and safety is to come to a country in western europe and receive asylum. european policies by building walls, it is making that whole journey more dangerous for them and i think that's really problematic, and, you know i have seen it with my own eyes in
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the past few weeks, a lot of people, the young, and old, all kinds of people being injured and robbed along the way. >> you say they are going to claim asylum. they have not just going to try to blend in to society once they get there, and live as illegal migrants if you would like. they are going to declare themselves, how do they do that? >> oh, yeah they want to be parts of the european society, they are coming to work to study, to take care of their families, and the asylum process varies from country to country, but most countries in western europe are bringing -- accepting migrants who arrive in their country. they are accepting their asylum process, especially if they are from countries like syria. the problem is of course reaching those countries. you can't just get on a plane and fly to here to brussels or to london. you have to make the land
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journey, which is long deadly dangerous, and can take weeks and weeks to arrive in a country or city like brussels where you can apply for asylum. >> many thanks indeed. >> thanks adrian. switzerland is being urged to hand over a former bosnia serbia commander. they now want him extradited to face trial. they say he was involved in the deaths of ethnic serbs in 1992. lebanon's interior minister has promised a transparent investigation into the abuse of inmates. a video has emerged showing prison guards beating detainees who are facing terrorism-related
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charges. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: these men were shown in a leaked video from lebanon's largest prison. they were filmed being beaten kicked and hit with plastic rods. >> translator: the results of the investigations and rulings on them will be made public and nothing will be kept secret. regarding what was said about the sectarian issue, three muslims and three christians have been arrested for questioning. >> reporter: the case has brought to the forefront the issues of torture, abuse, and mistreatment on inmates held on terrorism charges. families said the movement accused the military courts of delaying the trials of their sons because of sectarian reasons. some of the dire sequences are not expedited. >> translator: they are some who
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have interest in exploiting the country, but we seek to end the issue of inmates very quickly, that's what the minister of justice has promised us. >> reporter: the u.n. and rights groups in lebanon say torture is common in the country. this is the biggest prison here and it is overcrowded. it is also where some inmates charged with terrorism are jailed. in april there was rioting and hundreds of security personnel were dispatched to end the riots. the leaked video shows what happened during that time but some say the release of these videos could be political to settle all scores or as part of a new tech tick. these pictures have put the prison under the spotlight, but it is not certain if it will also mean the end of prisoner abuse. rising electricity prices have lead to large protests in armenia's capitol. police arrested hundreds of
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people who were angry at the actions of a russian-owned power firm as andrew potter reports. >> reporter: riot police move in on hundreds of protesters in the armenian capitol. backed by water cannon uniform and plain-clothed officers arrested more than 200 early on tuesday. the crowd had been part of a larger protest on monday that attracted about 5,000 people. they are angry at the government's decision to raise the tariff on electricity prices by between 17 and 22%. after the protesters were stopped from reaching the presidential palace, they blocked a central avenue overnight, refusing to disburse. the electricity net work is owned by a russian firm. it says the increased tariffs
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are in response to a value fall in the value of armenia's currency. the borders are blocked because of an ongoing territorial dispute, meaning it is largely dependant on exports to russia. with the down return in russia's economy hitting armenia hard so the pressure is increasing on its government. just ahead here on the news hour, all of the sports secret handshakes all around. we'll tell you who has booked their place in the last eight at the fifa women's world cup. ♪
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♪ more than half a million teenagers in japan are thought to be addicted to the internet. now the government there has begun its first digital detax program to deal with the increasing problem. but therapists say japan has been slow to recognize the harmful effects of being constantly online. >> reporter: at a newly opened internet cafe in tokyo the hushed ranks of individual booths are largely empty during the day. it's at night that the place comes alive. and when the hours of gaming or surfing have taken their toll customers can exchange this capsule for one in a capsule hotel downstairs never leaving the premise. that's if they can sleep. an instability to sleep is a symptom of internet addiction that this man has to treat.
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his clinic is one of a handful in japan, treating internet addicts. >> translator: in the worst cases kids drop out of school and are not able to catch up with school curriculum they will also other problems like not being able to sleep. >> reporter: 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. >> translator: i'm online about ten hours a day, which is okay. >> translator: i don't think it's wrong, because it's just the way we live. >> reporter: as with any addiction, it seems part of the problem is failing to recognize it as a problem. but 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 and for some of the most 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 hiekt of his addiction in website editor would be online up to 15 hours a day. his battle with digital dependency lead him to write a book encouraging others to cherish offline time. >> translator: even at weekends when you are meant to be resting, if you are connected on line you are not really resting. people need to disconnect and then you can nuture imagination and encourage face-to-face communication. >> reporter: advice from someone who has been there to a generation increasingly
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connected to the world and disconnected from the person next to them. time now for sport. here is jo. >> thank you. the race for the 2024 olympic games is well and truly on. paris has become the latest to officially launch its bid for the games, and it is hoped it will be a fourth-time lucky for the french capitol. it failed in its candidacy for the 1992 games, and was unsuccessful in bidding for the 2008 and 2012 olympics. if it wins this time it will be exactly 100 years since the last olympiad. >> we tried to get it a couple of years ago, but i think this city deserves to get the olympic games. i mean [ inaudible ] was french the guy who [ inaudible ] the olympic game almost like modern 100 years ago. i think paris deserves it. it has been a long time.
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i think this city this country deserves it. >> the deadline to submit bids is september 15th but already there are four confirmed cans in the running. rome hosted the games in 1960 and have confirmed they will run for 2024. germany's olympic committee has been hamburg forward. boston beat l.a. san francisco, and washington, d.c. for the official u.s. bid. but 55% of polled residents were against holding the games there. as we mentioned paris has become the fourth candidate to step into the ring and the hungarian capitol indicated it would also enter a bid after the city's council voted to support its candidacy. the winning host will be announced at a meeting in peru in 2017.
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beijing hosted the summer games in 2008, now it's doing its best to convince everyone that it can hold a winter olympics too. just over a month to go before the announcement of which city will host the 2022 winter games. beijing is in the running, and has hired a panel of snow experts to ensure that good quality snow will be available for the ski events. >> i'm definitely positive that beijing can host olympic games as you have very outside dry climate which is good for snow making. you have cold winter which, again, is another factor for very good snow making and the quality of snow is -- that's why also very good for preparation of the ski slopes. super bowl winning quarterback tom brady has launched his appeal against a
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four-game nfl ban. he turned up for a hearing in new york on tuesday. he has been punished for his role in the deflate gate scandal in which employees deflated balls. an investigation said that he was at least generally aware of what was going on. the united states are in to the last stage after beating columbia 2-0. the two sides had quite a heated build up to this match. and it continued on the pitch clol um beeia's keeper was sent off for the challenge but then there was a miss from the penalty spot. moments later the american regained the lead. usa were awarded a second
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penalty 13 minutes later when this player was brought down. sealing the 2-0 win. they will now face china in the quarter final. it took just 15 minutes for england to turn around their fortune. they beat norway 2-1 after coming from behind. they go through to play host canada in the final eight. the netherlands take on japan on tuesday in the final round of 16 tie. the dutch are playing in their first-ever women's world cup. they are also playing for a trip to rio for next year's olympics but the japanese are well aware of that and note that they could suppose a threat to them. >> translator: both of the men and women's dutches teams are very strong. i studied the dutch people and i
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really respect them. this is the first time the women's team have appeared in a world cup. think they are very good and it's good for us. there are now no more south american teams left. jordan narrowly missed out on this year's tournament although they are perhaps the best place for a future in the top flight. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: jordan's women's football team may only be a decade old, but it has become the strongest female team in the middle east. jordan is a socially and religiously conservative country, and many believe football is not an appropriate sport for females. >> there's always a group of people that will always be -- that they have a negative side of -- of not encouraging women playing soccer. it's always like that. but what keeps us going is our parents, our friends, our
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passion for the game. >> reporter: the team credits the growth to the prince and president of the country's football association, and the former fifa vice president. this girl who has been playing for eight years had to stop for a while before fifa lifted a ban on head scarfs. >> translator: his royal heiness interfered with fifa when several female players refused to wear a cap instead of a head scarf. so we stopped playing because it is against our religious practices. >> reporter: the country is getting exposure and will be hosting a major world football event for players under 17. the first world cup ever to be held in the middle east for female footballers will kick off in jordan next year, these women hope it will win the game more
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acceptance and recognition across the arab and muslim world. the football association's goal is to make the sport more widespread for women. there are now 13 women's football centers across the country as well as junior girl's teams. >> translator: we competed in the asian cup last year and almost qualified for fifa world cup, our success has made other arab countries interested in developing their own women's football teams. >> reporter: advertising campaigns aimed to put these women under the spotlight and garner respect and admiration for the team they also aim to encourage girls to join a football center. in italy, seven people have been arrested over suspected match fixing involving catania. one of them is the president of the club who is seen being
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escorted by authorities from the police station on tuesday. they are accused of committing fraud in sporting competition, and influencing the outcome of five or six matches. and that's all of the sport for now. >> thanks. have you ever seen the northern lights? >> i haven't. >> southern lights? >> no. >> no. take a look there are some pretty pictures here. a powerful solar storm is thought to be the reason for a show as far as south whales. the phenomenon known as the southern lights similar to the northern lights it occurred when particles are electrically charged by solar storms. other parts of australia and new zealand are expected to witness the light show in the coming days. that's it for the team in doha for a couple of hours. lauren taylor is standing by in
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london to bring you up to date again in just a few minutes. bye-bye.
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taking back territory, kurd irk fighters in syria make significant gains against the islamic state of iraq and the levant. ♪ i'm lauren taylor. this is aljz live from london. also coming up. fight the taliban, the afghan army says it has taken back a district, but the group still controls another important region. the race to distribute fluids in pakistan as the death toll from a heat wave spirals to 600. and we'll tell you why there are calls to ban the confederate flag in