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>> what did you see when you went outside last year? >> there was a dead body in the middle of the street... for 5 hours. >> there's a lot of work to be done. >> they need to quite talking about what should be done and do it. >> hello there welcome to the news hour from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the afghan taliban confirms to al jazeera its spiritual leader mullah mullah omar is dead. >> force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike. the move is condemned. >> trying to survive death
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valley runners in the ultra marathon face soaring temperatures. >> the afghan taliban has confirmed to al jazeera its spiritual leader mullah people mar is dead. it's elected his replacement. the afghan government announced yesterday it had enough evidence to suggest mullah omar died in hospital two years ago. the taliban refused then to comment. it's now confirmed reports of his death but hasn't said when he died. we'll get the latest from kabul in a couple of moments. first, this report. >> mullah people mullah omar was the leader of the afghanistan taliban. the f.b.i. offered millions of
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dollars for information on his whereabouts. communications from him came through the taliban's website usually on holidays or anniversaries. it was never cheer if they were really his words. as a young man, he was a meteorologist. >> has dean fighter battling the soviet army. >> the taliban chose him because he had people and weapons to use. the second reason, he was famous person. >> his 30 fighters became thousands. the taliban took over afghanistan in 1996. under mullah omar's command the taliban established security and order in a country ravaged by chaos and violence.
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the strict interpretation of islam meant harsh punishment for the people as he worked toward implementing his version of a sharia based society. he allowed al-qaeda leader osama bin laden refuge and freedom to operate in afghanistan. bin laden swore allegiance to omar. his son married omar's daughter. american attention was shifted firmly on to afghanistan after the 2011 attacks. expelling his guest would violate tradition.
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after four quiet years still in hiding, mullah omar directed an increasingly violent war against the newly point government of hamid karzai, then his successor. areas of afghanistan were virtually impossible to govern. in recent years there has been political overtures to the taliban. giving them a political office in qatar. after years of saying they would never negotiate taliban representatives sat down with afghan government officials. mullah omar was nowhere to be seen but on on line message endorsed the negotiations. by then, reports suggest he had been long dead, but the taliban movement he started is gaining a new political life with questions now about who its next leader will be. >> al jazeera kabul. >> in the last hour, the taliban has announced its new leader,
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whose been an active and senior member for some years now. he served at minister of civil aviation in the taliban regime until the u.s. invasion that 2001. he has written an open letter to isil leader, telling him to back off from afghanistan. >> let's talk more with al jazeera journalist twice kidnapped bid taliban. tell us about the importance of the leader of the taliban. we're calling them spiritual leaders. is this more a symbolic role or do they make command decisions? >> >> well, if we see the impact of mullah omar's dead two years ago, it seems like he did not have any big rule on taliban
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movement fighting in afghanistan, because fusses back 2013 compared to now tall pan has gained big achievements, like 2013 taliban were mainly focusing on the south now have split the war in the north and other part of the country. just in the past 48 hours taliban has captured another district in southern afghanistan and there's heavy fighting going on right now in kundu province in northern afghanistan. it looks like the taliban leader did not have a big rule in the war of afghanistan. >> it was said that mullah omar backed the peace talks with the afghan government, but they have now been canceled. where does that leave any kind of peace process? >> >> well, the man who we know now
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that replaced mullah omar is in favor of peace talks. mansour was the man acting more as the leader of taliban in the past few years. he had the taliban leadership. he was the head of taliban making big decision. now, it might be postponed for a couple of weeks but afghan government is quite optimistic that these talks will happen soon. the taliban needs time to make sure all the foot soldiers here in afghanistan are respecting and also they accept the new
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leader mullah akhtar mansoor. there were some dispute among the taliban leadership, there were some other taliban commanders that they were not respecting after mullah akhtar mansoor. foot soldier in afghanistan they hide the news from their soldiers. now the time will tell us how much it will affect the war in
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this country and the taliban soldier here. >> the taliban were enpower in afghanistan until 2001. we have a report on the rise and fall of the taliban. >> a conservative movement born in rural afghanistan the word taliban means religious student. in the power strag that will followed the soviet withdrawal from afghanistan in the 1980's, they became the foot soldiers in a war that would lead to the creation of a new puritanical state. they sided with wasn'ty foreign fighters that arrived with the mujahedeen. they wanted to rid afghanistan of corrupt war records and restore security, a message greeted with optimism at first but in reality meant strict
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laws. music and television were banned and girl schools closed. violent punishments and executions were a regular occurrence and afghanistan's ancient buddhist past was erased. by the late 1990's, the taliban controlled almost the whole country. with the 9/11 attacks on the united states in 2001, led to u.s. airstrikes against al-qaeda and the taliban who had given sanctuary to the airline highjackers. as taliban fighters were pushed into the mountains the regime quickly collapsed. in recent years as the u.s. led war in afghanistan continued key taliban leaders have been killed and there were reports that the group has fractured into rival factions. their presence in neighboring pakistan has grown. such as here in the port city of karachi where they've been
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gaining support. the death of omar is a blow to their organization. the naming of a new leader makes sure their network of influence remains. >> let's get analysis now from a journalist in afghanistan during the time the taliban was in power there. thanks very much for joining us. let's start with the fact that the taliban tried to hide mullah omar's death for so long, now admitted he has died, we don't know when. did they fear divisions after such a revered leader had passed away? >> we're not quite sure about the time, the date of such death, so we cannot claim that they have been hide that go news for so long. all we know is that there was that sudden announcement by the pakistanis, i believe and that was it, but nobody knows for sure when the man passed away.
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>> where do you think this leaves the peace process? >> people have been talking about divisions ever since taliban swept -- >> because some of the taliban are said to be in favor of peace talks with the afghan government others not. >> i've been hearing about this. i lived for two and a half years with them and i went back to afghanistan in 2008 and 2010, so i guess i know what i'm talking about. everybody has been talking since day one about divisions so-called divisions within taliban, which actually are fairytales. there's no such a thing. >> they are a united group. >> it's a very airtight organization airtight group. they are die hards. they believe in what they are
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after. this group is based on race, tribe and and religion. >> what about isil? we've been told they told isil to back off. >> the same. the same about isil. the two ideologies, they are completely different. the taliban's and isis. taliban is only concerned about enforcing sharia within the borders of afghanistan and they haven't claimed any objectives, other objectives. actually the new leader, i met him briefly once in 1997, and there was another very strange situation in which i heard his voice talking to the acting prime minister while i was
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interviewing back in 1997. he was over the phone. he was the governor of kandahar and the head of the intelligence in charge of the southern governor's provinces at the same time and he was calling the prime minister to ask him for permission security clearance for osama bin laden to mooch from kabul at the beginning of the winter, then cold winter, down to the south to the province he was governing, which was kandahar, and to my astonishment the triple refused such permission. the reason he gave me at the end of this conversation, strange conversations is that we have to send a message to everybody including osama bin laden that we the afghanis are the masters in this country and the rest are just guests. it means the lucky one
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hopefully he will be the lucky one. >> always good to speak with you. thank you very much indeed for that. >> coming up here on the program, europe deals with a new migrant crisis as people storm the tunnel channel to get to britain. >> the price of continuing the civil war is simply too high. >> helping to end the civil war in syria. >> the contest for the 2022 winter olympics, later in sport. >> israel's parliament legalized the forced feeding of prisoners on hunger strike. the bill passed with a majority of six votes. u.n. human rights experts condemned the move.
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forced feeding is considered as medical torture and full of risks. >> israel is again continuing with crimes and aggression towards the palestinian prisoners under the giles of what it calls law. it's threatening the prisoners lives and this is against the ethics of the medical profession. the global union of doctors condemned this law and even the doctors' association in israel called on their doctors not to deal with it. >> we have more from west jerusalem. >> this hugely controversial bill is enough law. what it means is that security prisoners, these are prisoners israel convicted or suspects of what it calls terrorism related charges, also the bill allows for certain amount of force to be used by jay lowers if the prisoners refuse to be force-fed. it has to be said that most on hunger strike are in administrative detention. what does that mean?
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that means they are held without charge. it's renewable under a military court. most i have the cases we've seen of hunger strikes are those that haven't been charged. language we're hearing from opposition members of parliament, rather than force-feeding hunger strike prisoners, charge or release them. a huge backlash from israel's medical community saying this amounts to torture goes against all medical ethics against their beliefs. one doctor equated it to rape. we did put all of this involved. he said this is not about forced feeding, it's about medical help we do not want these prisoners to die. over the last years really here, no prisoner has ever died from a hunger strike, but there have been cases where prisoners have died because they were force-fed. >> we are live in ramallah with
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the director of the prison support and human rights organization. israel's internal security minister has defended this law. he says it's a way to prevent palestinians from using hunger strikes to pressure israeli authorities to release them. what do you make of that? >> of course, weapon condemn this legislation of the force-feeding and actually this shows that israeli authority again and again use the law as a way of oppression against the palestinian prisoners. last year, when the first initiation of this law was in the time of the mass hunger strike of the administrative detainees against the use of administrative detention which is considered a violation for the international law the fourth geneva convention and the way israel is using this sort of detention should be considered as the serious violation and
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psychological torture, as well. again, now with legislation of the force-feeding it would be a kind of degrading treatment and a torture against the prisoners who decide to go on a hunger strike against the conditions in the prisons or against such policies as administrative detention. >> in fact, we've spoken to someone who suffered force feeding. let's listen to what he said. >> they tied me down and brought a tube, shoved it down my nose and pushed. i felt my head exploding. our stomachs were empty. it hurt. then they did it again. >> the whole process sounds like for thure. the prisoner is tied down, a tube is forced down their throat. if not done properly, the prisoner can die. >> of course. this is what prisoner experience showed in the past.
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in the 1980's and 1970's, this force-feeding were used and three prisoners actually died out of the force feeding because it was done not properly actually. >> so israel's medical community are opposing that as is the u.n. and organizations like the international red cross. do you think enough pressure can be brought to bear on israel to reverse this decision? >> i hope that serious pressure that should be done by the international community definitely the u.n. different bodies with the red cross and other international organizations, but a serious pressure in order to stop israel from implementing this low and threatening the life of thousands of palestinian prisoners held in israeli prisons. >> thank you very much indeed for speaking with us. we appreciate that. >> thank you. >> the u.s. state democratic
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says it's deeply concerned over israel's approval for new settler homes in the west bank. it's advanced plans for 504 newspaper housing units in settlement areas in occupied east jerusalem. according to international law all israeli systemments on palestinian land are illegal. >> the verdicts in the retrial of three al jazeera journalists in egypt have been postponed until august 2. the network expressed anger in the delay for the verdict and said the pressure has brought immense strain on the journalists and their families. mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed and peter greste are accused of colluding approximate the muslim brotherhood, charges which they and al jazeera deny. >> the malaysian prime minister would the parts of a plane found in the french island of reunion in the indian ocean is likely from a bowing 777. malaysian investigators have been sent to find out if the
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debris belongs to flight malaysia airlines flight 370 that disappeared in march last year. we have this report. >> on a tiny island in the indian ocean this piece of what looks like a plane is getting a lot of attention. >> we saw the plane as we were looking at it, i told myself it's debris. >> aviation experts believe it could be part of malaysia airlines flight 370 which disappeared last year. >> we just found that it matched only one plane. it matched the platform which is in the rear oh of the wing. everybody says it fits the 777 which of course this plane is missing in this area. >> for hours after the plane disappeared, this flight board just said it was delayed. as family members gathered in malaysia and china what happened to malaysia airlines flight 370 became one of the greatest mysteries in aviation
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history. the bowing 777 went missing on march eight last year. it took off from kuala lampur and destined for beijing. it lost contact over the coast ofify land 40 minutes after takeoff. a search operation concentrated on core doors to the north and south. no trace of the plane was found. they concentrated off the coast of western australia. malaysia is sending a team to the island to see if the debris is part of the plane. >> whatever wreck only needs to be found needs to be verified before we can further confirm where it belongs to malaysia airlines flight 370. >> nationals and satellite data showed it continued to fly for more than six hours after contact was lost and that it entered the sea in the indian ocean near a deep trench. >> underneath the indian ocean it's hurricane type of weather
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down there. many times a wreckage can get dislodged. these are floating devices which can then surface themselves and be drifted off thousands and thousands of miles away. >> august and you say says the search will continue and that the find if confirmed will prove the plane is somewhere to be found in the depths of the ocean. for family and friends onboard want nervous wait for answers continues. al jazeera. >> russia vetoed a proposal to investigate the downing of a malaysian airlines plane last year. it calls for an international criminal court to punish those responsible. ukraine and western powers accuse pro-russian separatists of shooting down the flight. moscow denies the allegations. >> greece's prime minister alexis tsipras called for a
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bailout vote at an emergency congress in september. he's suggestioned a party referendum sunday. greece struck a last minute deal with creditors earlier this month that will bring further austerity to the dead ridden country. many members of the ruling party oppose the agreement. >> france deployed riot police in calais to stop migrants from entering the railway tunnel connecting it to britain. thousands have tried to enter the tunnel in the past week. >> these people are the problem that europe wishes would go away. by the edge of a calais motor way, migrants bide their time. we watched as some tried to cross the road to enter the terminal for the channel tunnel. the french police tell them to go away. they obey for now.
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>> the police can't be everywhere. they say they're overwhelmed. at night the migrants try again in greater numbers. why are they so desperate to get to england? >> because we are sued dan people we coming to to england because we speak the language english. if we speak french, we stay here but our language i guess english. we are looking for future, for a better life. >> also here, syrians eritreans, afghanis. they've escaped tyranny and crossed deserts and seas. these people are not welcome here in calais and the british government doesn't want them, either. they've all come an awful long way and quite frankly they feel that they have nothing left to lose so whatever french or british politicians say, they
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will carry on doing whatever they can to cross the english channel. >> higher fences and more policemen may bring some order to the current chaos around calais. they are short term solutions to a problem that will be with europe for many years to come. barnaby phillips, calais. >> let's get to the weather with everton. >> the channel, you can see the picture from calais, bright skies. taking a look at the satellite picture, bright to the eastern side of england. it will stay across northern areas. still that mess of frontal systems ruling in, there's another, low pressure swirling away across scandinavia. showers rattling in to england
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from time to time. northern spain southern france, pushing right up tier, russia. to the south is where we have warmth and decent weather in place. bucharest and athens 37 celsius. north of that line, it is sold and disappointing, 18 in vienna and berlin. should be around 35. it is on the cold side and certainly feeling rather fresh. showers never too far away. the northwestern corner, wet weather in place just around bay of biscaine. we've got the area of clouds in the eastern parts. it will sink further south through the latter part of the week and it will warm up. >> thank you. still to come, tens of thousand us was people fled burundi during weeks of political violence but are now returning.
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>> investigation of the parts of a plane washed up at the island of reunion in the indian ocean. investigators are traveling to the island to determine if it is part of the malaysia airlines flight 370 that disappeared last year. >> turkish jets have been targeting fighters from the kurdistan workers party or p.k.k. since wednesday. >> the united nations envoy to syria put forward plans for a political solution to end the conflict that has raged there for four years. james bays explains the significance of the proposals. >> i now give the floor.
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>> the u.n. special envoy presenting his latest plan for syria. they've tried international conferences and face-to-face peace talking about. after four and a half years of bloodshed, a more modest proposal setting up a series of working groups. >> the u.n. is obliged to keep the issue alive. to not get any stone unturned. also the serious conversations and discussions taking place and we are hearing them around the region and elsewhere which may require perhaps more time. >> he was referring to a number of important developments that the u.n. believes could be positive. in essence this is a holding plan until things play out. >> the u.s. knows that president asses forces are losing ground
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on the battle field and may be able to make concessions. the recent policy shift by turkey is now prepared to carry out airstrikes to push back isil could help. >> when there is a consensus there is nothing we can't do. my message is why don't you use this politically created great momentum and there is clearly a very important role to be played by iran. iran is a crucially important player in the region. >> when he addressed the security council the secretary general attacked their own divisions on syria saying the conflict was a shameful symbol of the international community's
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failure. james bays of the united nation. >> >> eight members of a u.s. trained fighters have been abduct in syria. the new syrian force and seven other fighters were kidnapped in aleppo. the men had recently returned from turkey. >> isil members who fought in iraq and syria state media is reporting five are kuwaitis. a crack down occurred after killings in a mosque. >> the iraqi government denies i did tortures prisoners. we have more from baghdad. >> the iraqis are facing tough questions. they've denied the allegations of torture saying we do not
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torture people and there is no evidence provided by the u.n. tribunal or human rights groups to contradict that. however there is a legal problem when it comes to the iraqi constitution. torture is not clearly defined. some say this is a deliberate measure to allow them to get away with opening secret prisons and torturing prisoners. over the last 10 years reports from human rights watch amnesty and other groups about these secret prisons and testimony from those inside alleging they were tortured. we haven't seen a huge amount of cleaning house going on when it comes to the ministry of justice and these allegation of secret prisons of torture going on in iraq. the iraqis have denied all of that but various human rights
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groups have put out public statements and evidence to suggest those torture techniques are still used and secret prisons still in existence. >> the main opposition leader in burundi has been named as the first vice president of parliament. it's a first he step toward a unity government in a country hit by violence in the run up to election. >> $5 million has been released to encourage some of those who fled burundi to come home. we are live in the capitol bujumbura. tens of thousands left burundi because of the political violence. do they now feel it's safe to go home? >> well, government is telling people that people are starting to come back, calling it spontaneous returning. they say people have seen the elections come and gone, things are relatively quiet let's go go home. still others safe it is a
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trickle of people coming in, not huge numbers. >> she went to a refugee camp in rwanda because she is afraid. she fled burundi during violence surrounding a controversial election. she and others have now started to return home. >> there is no war so i came back. the camp was not good, but i am scared. i heard some people are being harassed by those who stayed. they are angry we ran away. >> in many cases those who are returning come back to this. neighbors say thieves took advantage of the situation broke down the door and then came inside. they went through room by room stealing furniture and appliances. >> a voter's card from the 2005 election is a reminder of burundi's first election after its civil war when the president won his first term. he won a third after months of violence and despite a constitutional rule limiting him
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to two terms. people are coming back. >> a lot of people are coming back to burundi. many walked from neighboring rwanda. conditions have improved in the country. it's true after the elections people started coming back. >> but the united nations says more than 100,000 people are still in refugee camps in the democratic republic of congo tanzania and rwanda. >> so far what we are not seeing is those who were in urban areas are now returning. the government made definition that these are refugees, but for those who ask us for the protection of other countries is refugees and for those, we are not having signs that they are starting coming now. we are monitoring the situation. >> many people in burundi know the crisis isn't over. the proposed unity government
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may not work. it may be a long time before everyone who has left rushes home. >> politically there's been some progress in burundi. tell us the latest. >> >> the main opposition leader has been made the first vice president of the national assembly. some say this is another sign that he may be willing to share power if the government of national unity is formed. not everyone is happy. opposition leaders and members especially those who fled the country and are in exile say they are angry with this development, why is he joining of the government. they say they won't recognize it. he is now seeing a bigger split. >> thanks very much indeed for that from bujumbura there. >> the man convicted for financing india's deadliest bomb
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attack has been hanged. he was execute hours after his final mercy plea was rejected by the supreme court. a series of coordinated blasts in mumbai in 1993 killed 257 people and injured more than 700 others. we have more from new delhi. >> his body is returned to mumbai his home city that he helped bomb in 1993. he was executed 840 kilometers away in the city after last minute pleas to save his life were unsuccessful. the president rejected a mercy petition and two hours before his scheduled execution the supreme court refused to halt proceedings. >> this matter was discussed in the court and the countries highest court has given its decision. action was taken accordingly so we should all be united on the issue. >> in march 1993, a dozen coordinated explosions in mum
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bay killed 257 people and injured hundreds of others. more than 20 years later his execution represents justice for victims. >> he took the lives of so many people that there is no sympathy towards him now. we are late, but the government is doing something. >> security has been increased across mumbai. 100 people were convicted of their involvement in the attacks, 11 people, were sentenced to death. he's the first to be executed, but those accused of playing a more direct role in the attack are still at large. >> he is the third person convicted of crimes against the nation to be executed in the last four years. his case renewed debate about capital punishment in india and its relevance. >> he works with people on death
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row and worked on this case and says that in india people from poor and minority community are usually the ones sentenced to death. >> i think his death shows the problem with the death penalty as being sort of answering a selective conscious. i think that's highly problematic in a criminal justice system when the justice system responds to collective call for rae very long. >> for american victims and their families, his execution doesn't represent revenge but closure, the end of a 22 year long wait. al jazeera, new delhi. >> in mexico, at least 16 people have been killed when a truck crashed into a group of pilgrims. it happened in the state. the truck hit people taking part in a religious procession. >> the taxi drivers union denied
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it was responsible for an attack on drivers using the uber smart phone app. cars thought to be using the service, more than 10 vehicles were damaged. no serious injuries were reported. >> taxi drivers not with uber held a peaceful protest in the mexican capital. they want the uber it was banned. opponents say lower cost give uber drivers an unfair advantage. >> the cost of burials in japan has gone up as the number of people dying continues to rise. we are in the city where the living are looking into cost effective ways to rest in peace. >> these modern crypts look like a sci-fi movie. they store more united states and are cheaper than burying ashes in a traditional grave
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yard. japan has also build five sky scraper temples with a row of high tech crypts on every floor. you swipe your i.d. card, which prompts robotic arms to retrieve the family you are not. >> many people are closing their ancestral graves and storing ashes here. we hope their children will come to worship them here. >> finding the right funeral is hard because cemeteries are running out of space and plots alone can cost $40,000 which is why many go on weekend grave tours to find the right plan. >> as more people die in japan there are commercial businesses and showcases which help people make those vital decisions. at this exhibition, you can even try your own coffin opinion. >> coffin maker has customers of all ages. >> i'm not sure if
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commercialized is the right word but we couldn't display coffins like this before. now we can. it shows people's tuesday are changing. >> this man and with us wife are talking to a company that blasts the ashes of loved ones into space with the help of nasa. >> i wouldn't worry if our ashes were in space. >> in the past, talking death in japan was taboo. social and economic pressures of changed the culture but instead of a burden, many people see it as a journey of self discovery. >> al jazeera osaka japan. >> see more on this story, you can watch the full program japan, when i die on 101 east on thursday july 30 at 22:30g.m.t. here on al jazeera.
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>> zimbabwean judge granted bail to a professional hunter over the killing of cecil the lion. he had been charged with paying to supervise an american hunter in the illegal hunt. the hunter was james palmer and paid $50,000 to kim the lion. he said he believed the hunt was legal and that the necessary permits issued. the story of the shooting and the beheading of the protected lion has become a big talking point on social media. >> still to come here on the news hour, athletes contesting the world's most brutal foot race reach a breaking point next.
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>> beyond the verdict and on the streets. >> there's been another teenager shot and killed by the police. >> a fault lines special investigation. >> welcome back. we have the sport. >> the hosts for the 2022 winter olympics will be decided in less than 24 hours time. there are two candidates. >> kazakhstan's largest city may have his a small global profile but that will change if it wins the vote to host the 2022 winter olympics. they fear they have a disadvantage against beijing as olympic officials are banned from visiting bidding cities. >> the members of the i.o.c. should look at our city, because every visitor falls in love with
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our city. i think when they decide, they won't feel the energy. >> unlike beijing, there is plenty of natural snow, prompting their bid motto keeping it real. 70% of the venues are ready and that will increase by 2007 when they host the winter university games. the $1.7 billion to pay for the winter olympics comes from kazakhstan's rich oil reserves and gas. it is feared falling oil prices could hit the budget. human rights record is also confirmed. >> we are very worried about the freedom which exfryings freedom from torture.
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>> these teenagers plan to reverse pakistan's fortunes. >> i can bring back to my country the first and hopefully not the last gold medal. >> certainly it would be good. it would be prestigious. it means everyone would come to kassing son and it would be good for us. everyone would be proud of kazakhstan. >> they now hope that the i. are r.c. members vote for them on friday. >> beijing is the rifle if successful, it will be the first city to host both the summer and winter games. china is facing controversy.
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>> the games are awarded to beijing. >> it's a scene china hopes will repeat itself, when they won the bid to host the 2008 summer olympics. a milestone in modern china spending $40 billion getting ready for the summer games. like many of her fellow chinese she was proud back then, but her house was demolished during the massive construction leading up to the games seven years ago. her protests led to years behind bars and disability she said because of beatings while detained. she thinks the international olympic committee has a responsibility not to award the games to beijing. >> i don't think china has the right to host another olympics. we have raised the concern to the international olympic in it tee, but they turn a blind eye
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to our suffering. >> in switzerland china was protesting details of the winter games bid. criticism is not all about china's human rights record. there's concern over where the downhill skiing events would be held near beijing. it's in an area that doesn't get much snow. there would be a heavy reliance on man made snow, requiring lots of water putting a stress on area that needs more water than it has. >> the winter games won't be as big as the summer olympics, but the government plans to create 200,000 jobs. >> according to the bid some of the venues built for the 2008 games will be used in 2022. like the birth's nest, it would host the opening and closing as her moneys and water queue would
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be transformed for curling. >> they say the games will be good for the olympic movement and inspire millions of chinese. >> of course i support the winter olympics here. it's a matter of pride. if beijing holds the winter olympics, i will watch every event again. >> human rights groups say if beijing is awarding the olympics games, it will be ignoring history. it will make the host city sign a contract pledging to uphold human rights and not discriminate. if beijing does land the games it is bet that china will honor its end of the deal. >> new england patriots tom brady filed a lawsuit against the nfl after a four game suspension was held. he was punished for non-cooperation in the so-called deflate gate scandal which saw
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the new england patriots found to have intentionally deflated footballs in a playoff game. they claim the league's conditioner was biased. >> they must believe that it will stand up in court if in fact brady can get an injunction. as i've heard all the legal experts testify generally speaking a judge will not grant an injunction unless he or she believes that there's a good chance to win the case going forward. >> mitch very well johnson passed the 200 wickets test mark. 17-1 rogers is out of the back in the pavilion. level at 1-1. >> crossing the finish line in
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california where the world's toughest foot race went on. >> finally daybreak, first light for runners to bear witness to the unforgiving environment in death valley before temperatures get unbearable. they are barely a quarter of the way through the 217-kilometer or 135-mile bad water foot race. it's early and spirits are still high. >> absolutely wonderful this is the hard evident race. i'm loving it. >> ultra marathon runners can be a peculiar burge. they are running in 115 degrees fahrenheit. as the day waters on, the strongest continue running as
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long as they can. >> they have been running or walking non-stop for close to 24 hours now pushing their bodies to the breaking point. it's just a matter of one foot in front of the a year here until the finish line just to continue. >> under these conditions, the human body breaks down, but the mind says to push forward. in the front of the pack is the brazilian, trying to break his course record of 22 hours. he's going for it, but takes a quick break to cool down. i ask him what he's feeling at that moment. he says pain. just like dozens of others that are behind him, hoping their legs will carry them through another night of running to the end. al jazeera, death valley california. >> close to competing the signing of mid fielder the argentine international wasn't part of the team in the final match in the united states.
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it was at soldier field in chicago. june the days of arguing with the umpire's decision could be over in baseball. a computer that records balls and strikes were used for the first time in a professional game in the united states. using cameras around the field to measure the strike zones is certainly dividing opinions it is. >> if it's not going to be good for the game, i wouldn't do it. but since we found more about it i've had more positive feedback than negative. >> more later. >> that is it from both of us, but there will be more news coming up after the break so stay with us. for now from this news hour, bye-bye for now.
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