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>> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america. >> hello, i'm maryam nemazee. this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. saudi arabia arrests more than 400 people suspected of having links to isil. arrogant and atrocious iran's supreme leader keeps up his hard line rhetoric after the nuclear deal. and westgate mall opened
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after two yearsopen opened two years after a deadly siege. >> in sport we'll have all the latest as wind wreaks havoc at the open. >> saudi arabia says its foiled plans attackfoil packled plans by isil. it is accused of carrying out attacks in may. >> with raids and seizures of guns, money and computers, saudi arabia's interior ministry says
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it's dealt a massive blow to isil. saudi security forces have recently arrested 431 people they say are tied to the armed group. >> within the past few weeks we have nearly put an end to isil and saudi arabia. a group that threatens our society. >> officials say that the suspects are from across the middle east and africa. they're believed to have been involved in the bombings of mosques in the cities in which 33 people were killed. security forces say that they have also foiled six other attacks being planned against saudi targets. >> isil is trying to create a rift for the kingdom. they want to create chaos. >> with the arrests saudi arabia is also hoping that they have squashed the ability of isil to recruit more fighters.
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al jazeera. >> editor in chief at thal arab news channel said that more needs to be done to defeat isil. >> i would disagree with saying that we're bringing an end to isil, this is not the first. hundreds have been arrested before. the saudi authority have foiled major attacks and arrested 400-plus terrorists, but the bad news is that the group is still attracting. we have to admit we have a problem, and we have to deal with it.
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>> well, middle east analyst joins me live from washington, d.c. good to have you with us. what do these arrests reveal about the domestic terror threat inside of saudi arabia? >> well, it shows that there is one. that there is a threat. isis is very good at recruiting followers, but what is good about the saudi operation is that this is what it looks like when a government uses legitimate security forces and legitimate intelligence agency ies to develop new york works to go after sunni terrorists. it's a good example of what has happened in the past. this is what it looks like. saudi arabia was able to use security forces to go after isis targets and not indiscriminately target or arrest sunnies.
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>> what do you make in the way of arrests were made over a period of time in the last couple of weeks. some of those arrested have been accused of carrying out attacks in may. does this perhaps suggest that these were individuals on the radar of authorities for some time? were they aware of their presence? >> well, there was some intelligence developed based on the ceilings identified by the saudi arabias saudi arabiaens. you see who they're talking to. you conduct an operation when there is an imminent attack. the saudis let this grow to a point where they were able to arrest as many as possible before they were able to carry out an attack. this is a good thing. this is good intelligence work done by a government with legitimate security forces. >> what about u.s. concerns that
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saudi countered terrorism earths are contained by the kingdom's political interest? >> well, there is that argument, that saudi arabia is comfortable with isis operating in syria and operating in iraq, and that once isis becomes a threat to the saudis, that they would actually do something. you can make that argument, but this also demonstrates that good intelligence can result in the capture of 431 alleged isis members. there should be intelligence shared. this panics isis as an organization in ramadi, fallujah and mosul because a lot of those plans will be revealed talking about what isis was trying to do as part of this ramadan offensive. >> some of the suspects are not
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just from saudi arabia. they are from a number of countries in the middle east and north africa. what does this tell us about the freedom of movement, the fighters from one country to another. and i guess to some extent what that means in terms of being able to evade the arrest and detect of authorities? >> well, you're able to come into saudi arabia on a visa. you're able to come through the border that is shared with iraq. you're able to come in from a number of different place. you can come in. but it's only when you're on the radar screen that you affiliate with terrorist cells or isis sympathisters that you'll come on the radar. it is concerning. >> michael, we appreciate your analysis. thanks. >> thank you. >> well now iran's supreme
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leader said that the historic nuclear deal made this week will not change its policies towards the united states. and told cheering supporters that iran and the u.s. have starkly different strategies in the middle east, and they'll continue to support their allies such as bashar al-assad and hezbollah. and reiterated the longstanding policy that calls for the december trust ofthe destruction of israel. >> whether the deal is approved or disapproved we'll never stop supporting other friends in the region and the people of palestine, yemen syria barak bahrain, and lebanon. the policies towards the u.s. will not change. we won't begin the war. but if one is began here the one who will exit in humiliation is
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the atrocious america. >> the deal is seen as a success for u.s. president barack obama and one that will help to secure his legacy. patty culhane has more from washington, d.c. >> you can see it in the way that he walks. >> hello naacp. >> that'sin a recent radio somewhere. >> i know what i'm doing and i'm fearless. >> the president has had a picture perfect last few months. he lit up the white house when the court ruled in favor of the same-sex marriage and re-established diplomacy with cuba after five decades and he deified what pundits have been saying for years. >> is the president a lame duck president. >> this makes him a lame duck
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president. >> is he already a lame duck? >> it seems that the president would disagree. he's speaking out with more force on some of the most toxic political issues in the u.s. like gun control. >> i've had to make statements like this too many times. >> and on race. ♪ amazing grace ♪ >> uniting a congress in song after a racially motivated shooting. >> he has been blunt when he thinks he needs to be. >> that's nonsense, and you should know better. >> his to do list isn't done. it's possible he'll be able to get through criminal justice reforms reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and he's still working on finalizing the trans-atlantic partnership that a trade treatment that will effect 40% of the global economy.
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often presidential legacies are shaped by events outside of their control. >> there is so much that is out of his control. what other world leaders do is out of his control. terrorist attacks are out of his control. >> the president still faces challenges. the fight against isil, the building of iraq. the stand off in ukraine and he needs to get the deal past congress and then he needs to decide if he'll do more than threaten israel supporting palestine at the united nations. he feels the clock is ticking hoping that he can tick off a few more items on his list. >> now one university is trying to figure out why students are leaving university and joining isil. >> together for a better future is the motto at the university of medical sciences and technology in khartoum. but since march 21 students are
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believed to have abandoned their futures as doctors to join isil. >> the students who join isil look normal in their first and second years at university. but then we notice there is a change in their lifestyle. then we hear they've joined isil. did. >> the university is 19 years old and has around 1,000 students. the government is not naming names but isil is recruiting on campuses. >> security found a rented house in the suburbs. they were giving lectures to students or whoever they found who were keen to join isil or accept it's extreme ideology. >> now that university and government leaders have identified the problem they're trying to understand why. >> this needs an investigation in order to know the real reasons behind this phenomenon. and if it's due to injustice
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suppression, oppression, and lack of hope leading to such things. >> some scholars believe the way to control this on campus is through intellectual dialogue and showing them that extremism is not the way forward. >> hailing the reopening of the westgate mall. in september 2013, al-shabab laid siege to the mall in four days. over the past two years the group has killed over 400 people in kenya including 148 at garissa university last april. those who survived are still coming to terms with what they went through. in is nadia with her story in her own words.
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>> my name is nadia and i work at fragrance lounge at westgate. it was the worst day ever. i had to come back into the mall after a few weeks to recover the stock. initially it was very--very hard for me to get back in, but i came to terms with it. we're ready to open. we're ready to sell. but are people going to actually come? there is security to the measure. we feel comfortable and we invite people to overcome the fear. for people who are hesitant coming to the mall i feel like we should come together as a community and support because as a country we're going through this as a country. we're not going through this as just westgate because it can happen anywhere at any time. it's not because it happened
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here that it's going to happen again. we have over come it, we're ready to do what we need to do. we are encourage everyone to come support us. the security is yes we have moved from where we we were. we're much better than two years back but we have a longer way to go. >> there is much more ahead for you on the al jazeera news hour 115 killed as they celebrate eve. the unhealthy state of greece's hospitals as doctors cry out for more funding. and golf's open championship, we have more on that for you in sport. >> now, security could be a big factor in burundi presidential
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election on tuesday after the controversial decision to run for a third term the country has seen violent protests. many are simply hoping for a quick and calm resolution. we have reports now. >> daniel says the economy suffered when the president violated buru undi's constitution and chose to run for a third term. however, he's optimistic that the slump in business will end once the presidential election set for tuesday is over. >> that's why i'm going to vote. maybe the tension will end and we can have peace. >> the campaign period is winding down but only a few opposition parties seem happy. some burundians believe this party is sympathetic to the ruling party and that's why they're allowed to campaign. the leader said that's not true. >> why is your party participating in the election on tuesday? >> we have to build a safe
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country. we are not because of the lack of trust between the population and different groups. >> despite calls of the international community some africa leaders to delay the controversial election, they said they will go ahead. when other people are not happy with all of this. some are boy costing they say they cannot participate in the process they feel is not free. >> in the countryside where the president is popular the state of the economy is not their main concern. >> what is important for me is peace. peace in this country. one of the best the security.
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>> in the urban areas life is harder. people here want peace but they need jobs, too. if the president wins a third term some are not sure if that is good or bad for the ailing economy. >> israel's prime minister has been meeting community leaders to discuss their protests against alleged discrimination. presidentprime minister benjamin netanyahu said that racism must be eliminated but many believe little will change. >> in the heart of israel's most liberal city black israelis and their supporters gather in tel aviv call for an end of discrimination, something that they say is institutionalized. >> we've been experiencing racism for years.
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we're demonstrating because we want equality in israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu said that racism needs to be eliminated from israeli society and he set up a committee aimed at trying to combat it, but few here believe much will change. protests like this erupted last month by a video which went viral of a black israeli soldier being beaten by police. the crowds were largely peaceful until place fired tear gas and a force rarely shown. >> this huge divide and conquer that is going on there is a lot of racism is legitimate. we should not be surprised when it translates into racism against others groups. >> this is one of the wealthiest suburbs in west jerusalem. but within the suburb is a
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neglected neighborhood which is not just one of the poorest in the area but all of israel. it is where we saw somak. born in ethiopia he immigrated to israel ten years ago. he showed me into his home. he tells me nearly everyone who lives in the area is black israeli and that unemployment is double the average. >> i thought life would be better in israel. in ethiopia we had our own way of life and could earn money. here we are nothing. >> black israelis have explained of discrimination for years despite being in israel since 1980s, they earn far less than the general population and are more likely to end up in prison.
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something that prime minister benjamin netanyahu has promised to change. but some thinks it's too little too late, and he doesn't expect life to improve for him or other black israelis no matter what the government does. al jazeera. tel aviv. >> now greek banks will reopen on monday with slightly more flexible withdraw in it. people will be able to take out maximum of 420 euros a week instead of the daily 60 euro limits. but meanwhile the greek prime minister sworn in new ministers in his cabinet. there were nine changes over all including the labor and energy ministers. the changes were made after alexis tsipras sacked ministers who were opposed to austerity measures. >> our country is in a very difficult situation. enough with words. we must show actions.
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>> greece's continual. crisis has put great stress on its healthcare system as well. gaining access to an athens hospital and spoke about the new challenges they're facing. >> today the doctor makes his rounds relieved to find all these patients in stable continue even though greece's crumbling healthcare system is on life support. >> in greece we have about 1.5 million unemployed people. that means not insured people. they need medical help. >> a former military commando and director of the house has is a revolutionary at heart. no matter the consequences he's committed to doing whatever he can to help as many people as possible. >> no one is going to tell us
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who is going to leave or who is going to die. we're going to treat everyone. >> he tells me that the hospitals in greece are far worse. but open the in this. >> we used to say in this hospital we're not following nell they are not medically problem caused. they're financially problem caused. >> more are ailing than ever before. >> greeks are known for their smiles. now you see the deblessed this tritonned eyes. these sad eyes.
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>> things have become so difficult the doctor can't use some of the he has. it's collecting dust. >> will it wills fought it >> that fighting spirit has inspired his staff and comforted their patient. in dream greek the wore is hope bringing hope to the uninsured to the people in need. compassion creativity and willpower are the qualities that matter most to him and his staff. it's acquaint greek vow that
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doctors still swear by today. may i always act the hippocratic oath states, so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling. traditions still respected and reserved. >> well, greek firefighters have managed to bring two large blazes under control. one is on the outskirts ever athens. the other place destroyed more than 30 homes. in the united states wildfires have destroyed cars and homes and sent people running for theirs life on a major highway in california. firefighters have been battling the flames. >> fierce and fast-moving the flames caught motorists by
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surprise as the fire swept across this packed road along the mountain pass. drivers and passengers abandoned their cards and scrambled to safety. >> my husband said get your stuff and go. and we did. >> all of a sudden a final fire came across the road burning up the cars. people were running up the hill. older people who wouldn't walk, they were dragging them up the hill it was a nightmare. >> the highway linking southern california to las vegas, the area is a tinderbox. vegetation is parched from prolonged drought. hot winds fan the flames where hectares of land was burning with hours. on the ground more than 1,000
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firefighters try to contain the fire. vehicles have been destroyed but so far no injuries have been reported. >> now miners in bolivia have taken their protests over regional development to the capital of la paz. the miners used the tools of their trade throwing dynamite into the city streets. the police retaliated with tear gas, and four people were injured in friday's violence. still much more ahead of you in the program. including another death after the attack that targeted the u.s. military. also one step at a time. we'll meet the high altitude forces bringing relief to any nepal's earthquake-hit areas. and we'll tell you everything about what is happens in brisbane.
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>> protestors are gathering... >> there's an air of tension
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right now... >> the crowd chanting for democracy... >> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> tell me what you and your generation think is gonna to happen. >> welcome back. a recap of your top stories. saudi arabia has arrested 431
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people suspected of having links to isil. it prevented suicide attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission. kenya's westgate shopping mall has reopened two years after it's deadly attack in which over 60 people were killed. and iraq's supreme leader said that his country's vision of the u.s. will not change despite the nuclear deal met by world powers over the week. let's go to jim walsh at the massachusetts institute of technology. he joins us live from massachusetts. very good to have you with us. the comments in many ways are not surprising but this need to reassure the hard line regime supporters that nothing has changed does this underscore the fact that, in fact, this answered american rhetoric has been pierced somewhat about what
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is a very significant nuclear deal? >> they have demonized each or for years and now they're sitting at the negotiating table and unveiled an historic agreement. it's hard for the revolution in '79 based in part on antipathy towards the united states. it's supposed to be a revolutionary government, and then sits down with the devil. how do you reconcile that? you reconcile that by negotiating, and then saying despite this agreement nothing is going to change. you hear that in tehran, but you also hear that in washington because it's hard to let go of the important policy differences and also the emotion and the narrative both countries have it for a long time.
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>> now the question is whether the deal will develop with the two vince working together bilaterally and the region. >> the dispute is a minimum necessary condition. without that, collaboration would be that much more difficult. now these are two countries that are going to disagree on syria and yemen but there are areas where their interests will overlap, iraq, daesh, a stable afghanistan or all things that both the u.s. and iran share. i think what the deal does is it allows an adult relationship where the parties can disagree on some things, agree on others and work their way through just like the u.s. has done with
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russia china and others countries as well. >> well, between the u.s. and iran be able to develop? will it be able to continue after the obama presidency, or perhaps will it be limited to the nuclear deal and nothing else. >> well, i don't think we're at that point but we're closer than two years ago. it's very hard to say. a lot of it depends on what happens in the region because circumstances, i think will dick date what the policymakers do whether they're enthusiastic about it or not. if there is some crisis. let's say that the iraqi government is not able to power share and develop a governor that is supported by the iraqi people well, things are going to go badly in iraq, and daesh is going to have more of a foot hold so that might force the hand. but there might be other incidents that separate us.
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we can't really know, but certainly this is the first step. you can't have a second step unless you have a first step. the first step is this, and if it takes one big issue off the table, and secondly it allows the parties to begin talking to each other when they weren't really doing that for 35 years. >> will the common enemy in isil help propel that relationship forward? will that be the stronger dynamic than the issues that continue to separate iran and the usa? >> i think it could on the grouped, but we shouldn't kid ourselves in the politics. on the ground in iraq. on the ground in afghanistan that may be true. back in the capitals it's still going to be very difficult. i mean, right now you have a lot of information in congress to the nuclear deal. the major that these folks are using that have no evidence for t but they're saying we can't have a deal with iran because iran will get funds and then use
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it for terrorism. that's the arguments that they're using. as long as that's the main argument that groups in the united states are making then we're probably some distance from some cooperation. but it's hard to imagine that some new president will come to office and tear up the agreement and great a hornets nest. i think the deal will stick because it's in the country's best interest to keep it, but it doesn't mean that everybody is going to be best buddies and best friends. >> no, indeed. thank you very much. it was good to talk with you. jim walsh joining us live from massachusetts. now, three days of mourning have been declared in iraq after a suicide-bomber killed 15 people celebrating the end of ramadan. it happened just outside of baghdad. from the capital imran khan reports.
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a suicide-bomber drove his explosive-packed car into the middle of the marketplace. >> businesses have been damaged. why would anyone ever do this. this is on the morning where everybody should be celebrating. >> as bodies were being huddle pulled from the republic there were protests. >> as three days in mourning are declared public places have been closed to try to prevent further attacks. imran khan, al jazeera, baghdad.
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>> an u.s. sailor has died from wounds sustained in an attack in tennessee. the police have identified the attacker. well now members of the white supremacist group the klu klux klan are rallying in support of the confederate flag. it was lowered from the capitol in columbia south carolina, after shootings at a church. tell what's is happening j there is the range of 200 people. we're hearing from black educators, and including the group the black panther. you can see them on stage with their colorful flags. just beyond that the main body of the state grounds here are
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the people who are carrying the confederate flag and there have been a few heated decisions, and they can be described as no more than that. heated discussions. >> the klu klux klan will head to the estate ground where they'll be met with protesters and also a number of supporters who are here on the ground as well. they say that it's about their heritage and the flag disappearing from the state grounds. one white supremacist said that he knew that the flag had to come down, but he wanted to make a stand for his heritage and his culture, which he believe is white power.
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he got engaged with someone who believed in black power. they ended their discussion with a handshake and weak walked away. >> to put this in context, how influential is the klu klux klan these day? >> in the 1960s it was estimated that their membership was somewhere in the region of 400,000. now the the kkk could only have a membership of maybe 4,000 people nationwide. that asks the question how many are we expecting to show up in colombia? no more than a handful than that. this is an important statement that they have to make. interestingly enough the state's statute here is that you can't wear a mask over their face but
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the police may let that go if everything remains calm. >> alan fisher joining us live from columbia. >> now nepal's earthquake has left many without work. but many are putting their skills to use bringing food to people in distan villages. >> local porters have gathered for their day's work. they carry food and other items for the world food program. many of them have been without jobs since april's earthquake, which killed thousands of people. a porter with the trekking agency before. >> my house was destroyed. we cannot afford to sit around. we need to work. >> more than 7,500 porters have been employed in this program.
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nepal's trekking agency has been handed over the logistics. >> we're trying to provide enough jobs to support 400 people. >> these porters are going to walk for three days and cross a 35- 3500-meter pass. they earn $15 a day to carry 30-kilos. from the air landslides appear like scars on the mountainside. the team has to fix the trail as they walk. most of the houses in this picturesque village have been damaged. the city has always struggled with food ability but it's main crop, maize, has been decimated by some kind of an insect, which has made them completely reliant on food direction.
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>> they'llthey will they take us to the maize plantation. >> after the earthquake insects came and ate it up. >> the maize should have been ready by now he tells me. while the maize leaves are lush the cob is still not well formed. food and other items have been cared by porters to 83,000 people living in villages like these. for people who are still recovering from the earthquake the aid comes as a welcomed relief. >> much more still ahead for you on the al jazeera news hour. wimbledon's disappointment, find out why andy murray is celebrating tennis succeed. we'll have more in the sport. >> i'm andrew thomas in alice
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australia. here they're killing camels in huge numbers. it's controversial and i'll be explaining why.
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>> welcome back. now australia's home to an estimated 300,000 wild camels, manyhundreds of thousands of camels were shot to stop them from stomping down fences.
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but al jazeera goes to people who appreciate them. >> the camel cup. the atmosphere is fess festive and the racing on trained camels take place. most riders are experienced. >> riding in a race, this is pretty special. >> camel racing in australia is not much of a business. those celebrateed here the camel is far from universally loved. >> this is an unique and special event. >> camel were first brought to australia in the 1800s to carry equipment. but when motorized vehicles
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pre-placed them many were freed and they drived. it was first suggested that a million were roaming the outback, but for farmers wild camels have become a pest. >> we've had problems with the camels with damage to infrastructure which meant we could not run our normal program. >> so between 2009 and 2012 australia's government paid for 200,000 wild camel were shot and their carcasses left to rot. only after the original number gets reviseed down. many think that the original numbers were deliberately inflated and shooting camels and leaving their bodies to rot is weightful. >> we should utilize them in tourism, racing, for meat animals. theythey didn't have to fly
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around in helicopters and shoot. >> gary mostly butchers cows but he kills a handful of wild camels like this one. >> camel meat is low in cholesterol, and it is a good meat. >> he thinks that they should subsidize the capture and killing of camels for meat which has a growing demand. many think that the original number was a huge waste of money and opportunities as well as camels. alice springs. >> let's get all your sport now. >> thanks very much. formula one drivers have been paying tribute to 25-year-old driver jules p bianchi who died from an accident in japan's
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grand prix. the bianchi family: >> in the fading life and pouring rain of last year's japanese grand prix formula one entered it's darkest chapter in two decades. french driver jules bianchi lost control of his car and crashed into a recovery car that was aiding another driver. bianchi was unconscious when taken to hospital, and he never recovered. this was a 25-year-old frenchman's second f-one season after progressing through the young driver program racing for russia bianchi scored his first ever point. he began his career like so many
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other f-one drivers. >> i met jules on this very track. everyone knows how his career and performances evolved. that as well as his personalty, which was particularly attractive. >> they found that bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control in bad conditions. the findings prompted f-one to alter its rules forcing all cars to slow and go through the bit lane. start times were also moved preventing drivers from racing in dim light. but by it's very nature farm la one is a sport involving risk and reward. it's the dynamic which makes it so intoxicateing to both drivers and fans. early in his career biankchi was
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worried about crashing at high speeds. he said its normal, it's racing. but it feels anything but normal at a time like this. >> and things resumeed in golf at after a ten-our delay. heavy rain forced organizers to suspend play. although they had to finish their second round. the third round will be played on sunday. so after just over an hour's play this is how the already looks. willett at second. johnson at 10 under after his second round. and jordan spieth at 5 under and for the first time in his professional career tiger woods has missed the cut in two majors in a row.
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they would make sure that friend's fight back was brief. and alastair cook fall with a century. the best pass of the match it looks as though they will go on to win. giving the green light with celebrations at the caldron. they convert it to sale the fourth one when australia plays argentina nixon australia's tennis stars have kept up their hopes of reaching the semifinals
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of the davis cups. they may be retiring after next year's australia open, but he still had plenty left in the tank. great britain playing in their quarterfinal as they bid to reach a first set since 1981. andy murray put his wimbledon disappointment behind him as he joined his brother murray hopes to see victories in sunday's matches.
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argentina in september after argentina beat serbia. thousands of members of the barcelona football club has turned out to vote for the next president. the club is famously owned and run by its members who get to decide it's future. 109,000 of them have been summoned to cast their ballots. there is stiff competition from fellow frontrunner, who was president of the club from 2003 to 2010. results of the vote are expected by the end of saturday barcelona time. british rider stephen cummings claimed a victory in the tour de france. the first african team to compete on the tour, the win sealed the victory on the day that south africans celebrate
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mandela day. that's sport. >> thanks so much. now reading to children at bedtime has long been a tradition for many families, but one british book charity says that young fathers are setting a bad example. naeve barker has the story. >> it's story time for the preston children. a regular ritual for their father, the award-winning author alex preston. it's a time to prepare young minds for sleep. a time where the imagination awakens. >> it's just a beautiful thing at the end of the day for all of us to down and read a story together. we ask questions about it, talk about things, and if there is a word we don't know, we look it up and think about it. it's just part of a wonderful routine. >> for alex and his children, a
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book at bedtime is a vital part of the day. while the number of mothers who read to their children remain high fewer and fewer dads are involved. and. quinn are bigging upand technology-obsessed fathers give children bad habits. [ cell phone ringing ] sorry, hello? >> reading contributes to their well-being and how well they do in school. particularly for boys they can see reading is something that men do. we're not saying don't use technology we're saying something more important, mix it up. >> here at oxford i meet phil
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earl, a story teller whose own experiences being read to as a child helped to launch his career. >> i was surrounded by stories. maybe not always books but there was always a story-telling tradition in my family. my dad would sit me on his knee and makeup stories that was powerful. >> in a world of distracting technologies and busy schedules the book at bedtime might seem like a bygone era. but when children are regularly read to by their parents and enjoying a 12-month head start on their classmates the trillion bedtime story may be more crucial than ever. >> it was in some way dangerous and powerful. >> naeve barker, al jazeera, london. >> that's it for me. thank you for watching.
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felicity barr will be here with a full bulletin. stay with us.
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>> hundreds of suspects are arrested with with links to isil. i'm felicity barr. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, iran's supreme leader said that a nuclear deal may have been reached but it does not change the country's policy towards the u.s. back open for business. shoppers return to westgate mall two years after the attack there. and opposition candidate campaigns ahead

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