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one of the anc's my high profile critics is in court to answer corruption charges. ♪ ♪ a jane dutton live from dough half also ahead u.s. secretary of state john kerry a in qatar to reassure gulf states about the iran nuclear deal. hundreds gather from jerusalem and tel aviv to remember 18 age girl stabbed to death at a game pride parade. plus we cannot condemn our kids to a planet that is i don't
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understand fixing. barack obama makes tough changes on climate change. ♪ ♪ here is one of south africa's most controversial politicians, julius ma legal aways excelled from the anw krkic. in 2012 and already has a conviction to hate speech, he's back in court faces charges of rack tearing, fraud, corruption and money laundering. tell us about the charges and what we are expecting today? >> reporter: well, jane, we are expecting proceedings to begin at any time from now. in plc fact julius ma legal a ht
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arrived but people have. barbed wire has been set up preventing supporters from getting too close. it's likely julius melema will likely the support us the charges he's facing are very serious. >> we want the president to answer a simple question, when he is paying the money? >> reporter: melema, in recent months opposition party leader julius melema has been at the forefront for calls from south africa's president to adam gameses of corruption. stemming from the $24 million refurbishment of his private residence paid by for by fax taytaxpayers, but this week wees melema that goes to court he was charged with 50 count including
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corruption, racketeering and money laundering. his family trust was an indirect shareholder of a company that netted more than $4 million from the government. >> it was postponed on 20 occasions because the legal defense of the accused made representations to the national. [ inaudible ] those represents takes were unsuccessful. >> reporter: it's here at the high court in his hometown where ma them lem a's trial resumes, just before being charged with corruption he was president of the youth wing of the ruling african national congress was expelled. then he formed the economic freedom fighters think the party came in third in last year's national elections giving melema and 24 others from his party seats in parliament. but should he be found guilty he stands to lose the parliamentary seat and faces serious jail time
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or a steep fine. >> i believe that he will appeal the ruling, if that is the outcome of this case. either way, we are set for a scenario in south africa where despite what the ruling party and other political parties might hope, mr. melema will not disappear from the political land statement. >> reporter: the party faithful have been vocal at the previous court appearances demanding that charges be dropped. well, as expected, those supporters -- aspected those supporters have indeed come out in numbers. they are here to support a leader they say who is being persecuted and whose charges are politically motivated them trial
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is a long time coming the charges remember first brought up about two years ago, melema has made a number of attempts to have some of the charges dropped that, of course, has been unsuccessful and this is where we will see him today at the high court. and we are following the accidenting thfollowing theexpe. >> thank you for that. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in qatar where he's due to meet gulf nations to ease fears over the iran nuclear deal. they are gathering in doha to discuss security in the middle east. al jazerra is at the meeting that's due to get you were way. any idea what carey will say to alay those fears? >> reporter: well, jane, he's definitely going allow some of the fears o fears of the g.c.c. officials will heat him in about two hours from now. they are concerned because they
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are predominantly sunni gathering, they consider iran the biggest threat to their stability. and they are concerned that the iran's nuclear deal with the world powers could give iran a bigger say in the region something that they see here as potentially undermining their strategic interest and they want the american says to be committed to upgrading their defense systems and providing them with greater support. this is not just going to be about concerns over iran's nuclear deal. the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov is here and we are expect something talks about potentially political settlements in different places like zooer i can't and yemen. >> what else is on the agenda? i mean, sideline meetings at this sort of thing are always incredibly important. what are we expecting there? >> reporter: jane, talking basically about for the first time you are having heavyweights attends this is gathering. the americans on one hands the
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russian on his the other and you have the g.c.c. is a gathering that has huge political and financial influence they back the opposition in syria the russians back president bashar al-assad along with iran. for the first time you get some talk on how to set the difference as side and move forward. russian lavrov says they are going to talk about peace talks in syria, generally, stability in the only unbut also to coordinate the international fight against isil. isil is becoming an issue here in the region for the g.c.v. is saying that it's willing willing to step in and play an active role in the near future. but at the same time, they also say that we are not really sure whether the international community understands the problems that we face. we need to get some sense of commitment from the americans in particular and from the russians that they are willing to step in and to respect those concerns
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voiced by the g.c.c. officials. >> let's leave it there, thank you. in iraq they say it's so hot it could melt the nails in the doors. the government has declared a four-day holiday because of the scorching weather but electricity cuts have prompted protests in several cities. in the southeast temperatures have reached at high as 50 degrees celsius and the lack of basic services is putting heat on the government too. >> they have had enough. the people we have elected are doing nothing to change our lives. in yemen renewed violence in the southern port city of aden. the leader of yemen as houthis dismiss the the recapture of aden and expressed hits willingness to restart dialogue. hundreds of people gathered at candle-lit individual ills in
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jerusalem to mourn 18 age girl stab today death at a game pride parade. the 16-year-old died from her wounds on sunday. she was attacked biannual that orthodox jew last week. he had been convicted of a similar crime 10 years earlier. prime minister benjamin netanyahu called it a hate crime. stephanie can decker is live in west jerusalem. so much anger and pain on the streets there. lead to go many vigils, talk us through what has been happening. >> reporter: that's right. well, that game pride parade stabbing as you said six people stabbed biannual that orthodox man, he is in custody. he had been released from prison just three weeks before. questions being asked how he managed to breach the security cordone at the parade because he was well known, he did the same thing 10 years ago. which is why he was in prison. there has been a real outrage on the streets here, calling for
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tolerance. we had just two days ago brig protestprotests in tel aviv. thousands appeared marching against what they called anti-insightment, anti-try lens, we heard from the israeli president. we had speeche speeches from opn m.p.s, there is a very unified language here i have to reminds you it's not just the game pride parade stabbing we have seen less than 20 hours hours half at that time arson tack in the occupied west bank which burned an 18 month old baby to death. language coming out from the government trying to really calm the situation not only with the international community when you looking at the palestinian issue but really with israeli society. that's why we saw a law passed not a law, sorry security cabinet convened last night saying they are going to approve administrative detention for jewish -- israeli-jewish suspects, that's significant. however, we are trying to figure out what exactly that means. but it's a move in light with the language that whiff been hearing from the israeli
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government calling these people terrorists. because there seems to be a shift some people tell you of less tolerance and those row testing the streets are saying the government needs to do more to calm things down. >> it's quite significant that the israeli government has been so outspoken about this. we have seen hate crimes in the past. but nothing quite like this. as you say it's leading possibly to a law being passed. >> reporter: that's right. the language we are hearing is quite unprecedented. we are hearing it across all elements of the israeli government whether it's pro settlers, left assists, the army, very strong language calling terrorism, terrorists against talking about these incidents. the game pride parade and the arson attack believed to be carried out by settlers in the occupied west bank this, law that they are talking about, we spoke to human rights lawyer,
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because it sounds very powerful. however, she said this law already applies to israeli jewish suspects they aren't really implemented it. there have been some cases, whether this is a p.r. move, whether it's in light with the language we have been hearing to try to appease is something not quite clear. the israeli parliament is going to be meeting in a special session tomorrow. they are on summer recess, but they are convening to discuss this whole issue going on at the moment and then we'll know whether the law is amended or the same conditions that palestinians face when they were under administrative deception, which means six month without trial. renewable. it looks like language that is meant to appease is rally society. most importantly and also the international community that is putting a lot of pressure israel to try to resolval issue with the palestinians. >> thank you, stephanie deck reporting live from west jerusalem. plenty more ahead on al jazerra.
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>> reporter: i am terrik bassly taking a look at the next generation of train technology that will soon be moving millions of people across london. and tigers thrive in thailand encouraging signs the species is roaring back. ♪ ♪ >> a lot of innocent lives are still being lost.
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♪ ♪ hello again here are the top stories a al jazerra. one of south africa's most controversial politician is his back in court to face corruption charges. julius malema who was expelled from the amc in 2012 says the
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charges are politically motivated. hundreds of his supporters are already gathering outside the court. u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in ca a qatar where hee to meet foreign ministers from gulf nation to his ease fears over the iran nuclear deal. they are gathering in doha to discuss security in the middle east. hundreds of people gathered in jerusalem for a vigil overnight to mourn 18 age girl stab today death at a game pride parade. in response israel's government has approved the use of administrative detention against what prime minister benjamin netanyahu calls jewish extremists. mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. more than 30 have recently fled the south eastern state of veracruz fearing for their lives the latest was photo journalist ruben us we nose actual but on friday he was found dead in mexico city. john hulman reports.
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>> reporter: even in death photo journalist rubin espinosa takes his camera with him. just as he did while working in the state of very accrues where he was threatened and harassed and then in mexico city where he fled too. >> translator: it's hard to do journalism or even live in veracruz, anyone who criticizes the government is attacked. i had to leave because of the violence that all journalists experience there, while i have been here they are killed the 13th journalist in the state. >> reporter: he became the 14th when he was tortured and then shot in a mexico city apartment. along with four other people on friday. fellow journalists gathered in mike co's main avenue to mourn and denounce his did he go. the protesters, many journalists are still here to try to show their anger over what happened with rubin espinosa their colleague, but also a real sense of fear. mexico city is meant to be a safe half phone journalists you
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remembered threat in other parts of the country. and that's really been shaken by what happened. they know that what has happened to rubin espinosa could happen to any of them. mexico is the most dangerous country in latin america for journalists. >> translator: when they confirmed his death it made me very afraid. killing him for me was a message, them saying even if you runaway we'll we'll filed you and do the same thing we do to rubin. >> reporter: the government may be particularly repressive but all over the country its local authorities is the biggest danger to journalists. >> threats come especially from the government. this is something that we have documented for the laugh five years. if -- it will spread over the whole country not only in the northern region pretty much in every single state you'll find
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the case i've killed journalist or kidnapped journalist. >> reporter: very few of those crimes have been solved. now there is another one on the desks of the very authorities that many mexican journalists have come to fear and mistrust. john hulman, al jazerra, mexico city. nigeria's army says it rescued nearly 200 people held by boko haram. they were found about 70-kilometers south of. of the 178 pima jested more than 100 were children. a commander from boko haram was captured in the rate says the army. let's talk about this. tell us about the raid and how successful they were it seems. >> reporter: well, the army said a coordinated raid watts carried out over the weekend and were successful in freeing 178 people held captive by boko haram. early he had nig nigerian air fe
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it said raided a half a dozen of hide outs and destroyed them all. this is happening at a time when the nigerian army is making gains over boko haram. they have lost territory after territory but are continuously resort to go use of suicide bombings and other explosive device to his target mostly saffle targets like is illville vinnie areas like mosques, churches, market et cetera and some other places where you find a large number of is ill vinnies gathering. >> i would imagine the growing regional couldn't between neighboring countries is helping in the fight. exactly. much more coordination between the army and counterparts in niger, chad and cameroon and
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joining in the fight against boko haram. over the last few weeks we have seen a final push what is regarded by many as a final push they have visited all the neighbor countries over the weekend to meet and coordinate to coordinate to fight boko haram. realizing the that they are a threat to the west of the subafrican region and everyone the african continent. >> thank you. ahmed. greek stock exchange will reopen on monday after being closed for five year old, trading is scheduled to start in the frequent few minutes. analyst expect stopping prices for fall as much as 20% as up vice tours rush to sale shares that have been frozen since june 26th. local buyers can only use cash and not be able to access their bank account too buy shares. when london's cross rail
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starts running. it will carry 200 million people each year on one of the most advanced railway lines everbility. our technology editor has been down the tunnel to his take a look. >> reporter: it's taken 10,000 workers more than six years. but now london's newest underground train tunnels are almost ready for their rails. cut at a depth of 40 meters the new cross rail tunnels weave their way 21-kilometers beneath the heart of the city. >> the biggest challenge has been constructing this massive high-profile project in an area of london with already defense infrastructure. the design stage, at line. had to be decided in terms of horizontal and vertical a line. to avoid interruption with any existing foundation foundationsy exhausting tunnels. >> reporter: eight laser-guided
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tunneling machine removed more than 7 million-tons of earth the walls tunnels were sealed using 200,000 concrete segments. at the same time, engineers have been working on an all-new digital communications network. the first ever to control all aspects of a railway line. this computer network needs to be able to handle the data of more than 250 passenger information displays, more than 600 internet telephones and more than 1600 high definition cameras all simultaneously. >> routine maintenance is done a lot quicker, ability to fix problems is quirk, also safety aspects moving i away from traditional cameras. hd provides more coverage for passenger safety. gives better images to the operators and provides real time information. the operators make decision quicker. >> reporter: the control network has also been isolated to help prevent it from being hacked.
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>> all systems are closed off. only a few terminals have the ability to lock on. they have zero access any of these areas. >> reporter: it will be another three years before the $23 billion line opens. and there is still plenty to do to make it ready for an expected 200 million passengers a year. terrik bassly, al jazerra, beneath central london. residents in the indian state are calling on the government to help with the damage caused by recent flash floods the aftermath of cyclone common has hit large parts of bengal, and others, forcing thousands of residents out of their homes over 70 people believed to have been killed. and more rainfall is predicted this week. 47 people have been killed in myanmar after heavy monsoon rains there. government agencies are trying to access hard to reach parts of
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the country. around 200,000 people have been affected. the u.n. humanitarian coordinator for myanmar says access is a page or issue. >> one of the greatest challenges is this is affecting a wade range of the county so it's access to assessments and get surprise in. the government has been working on preparingness because natural disasters are part of the life and the environment here. and this time around the government has reached out and is accepting support, encouraging support from all humanitarian actors, united nations and other partners, we have a humanitarian response of immediate need to help these people that are affected now. as they try to are rebuild their lives there will be a medium, to long-term impact they have lost access to their houses and farmlands destroyed. they need a long term agenda to work with the government and partners and help them rebuild their lives.
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u.s. president barack obama is unveiling a new strategy to tackle climate change, he wants power plants to cut greenhouse gas emissions and asking for more investment in renewable energy. but he faces obstacles from congress. rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: the american west is burning. 20 wild fires have scorched large swaths of california, consuming houses and forcing hundred to his flee for their lives. in alaska forest fires have devoured more than 2 million hectares. parts of western canada are en gulfed in huge fires as well. years of relentless drought have left western woodlands tinder dry. drained water reservoirs and led to emergency conserve water orders in several states. against this backdrop, u.s. president barack obama is unveiling a swing new energy policy that would sharply cut
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greenhouse gas emissions link today global warming. >> share this message with your friends and family. >> reporter: obama spoke about the need to take action in a memo to the american people posted on facebook. >> climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore. that's why on monday, my administration will release the final version of america's clean power plant. the biggest, most important step we have ever taken to combat climate change. >> reporter: he points of the plan -- key points of the plan include requiring existing power plants to cut emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. forcing electrical utilities to invest more heavily in renewable energy such as winds and solar power. and it gives the 50 individual states a target of drawing 28% of their energy from renewables by the 2020s. power plants spew about 40% of u.s. greenhouse gases.
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with just 18 months left in the white house, obama may see a climate crack down as a key part of his legacy, but the plan is sure to set off a political firestorm of its own. the opposition republican party which controls congress is staunchly opposed. calling the plan a job killer. and an abuse of presidential powers. conservative groups in the energy industry plan to challenge the regulations in court. many of the 17 republicans running for president in 2016 question the scientific consensus that global warming is largely man-made. and the plan risks losing votes with the likely democratic nominee hillary clinton in key states like ohio, with large coal mining industries. rob reynolds, al jazerra, los angeles. in jordan an intense sands storm has hit a syrian refugee camp. this amateur video captured the
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moment it arrived. hundreds of people needed treatment for dehydration and breathing problems. force is t toss the some flights to be diverted. jordan is also suffering a heat way. high temperatures are expected to continue in to monday. doctors in hong kong are calling it a medical firsts, two women donated parts of their liver to his make a whole one to save their father's life. donation wasn't enough from '1er so surgeons joined the two hoofs before giving it to the patience the prevalence of hepatitis-b in south cease asia means deliver failure say serious problem. ray 50% rise in the number of tigers in western thailand. the country's national parks department says that in the last 10 years, the number of indo chinese tigers has grown from
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4260 accord to this world wildlife fund only about 350 cats left. they are found on six continue nets across asia. good bit of environment the news there. you can get more news whatever it is, on our website, the address, al jazerra d aljazerra. genetically modified food sets off a new round of anger and fear. >> i should have punched you in the blank face. now "techknow" goes to the field where is scientists stay under the radar to conduct research. >> what if i told you that they were gmo strawberries. >> she'll show us the latest innovations. >> these tomatoes here are special tomatoes. >> and then