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i'm sheila macvicar in for luis suarez >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour i'm jane in doha the top stories anti-houthi fighters recapture yemen's largest military base. >> i'm charles reporting from cali where thousands of migrants are determined to cross the channel and get to the u.k. the victims of conflict in sudan's south state. and we report on the $700 million corruption scandal that is shaking malaysia's
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government. ♪ anti-houthi fighters have recaptured yemen's biggest military base from houthi rebels, at least nine houthi fighters were killed in the operation at the base in the southern province and it is prove tone be news by the u.s. launched drone strikes against al-qaeda and we have details. >> reporter: this is the gate to a military base the largest now under the control of pro-government forces. they took it from houthi rebels and forces loyal to saleh and the battles continue since may. popular resistance used heavy weaponry with tanks and vehicles provided by saudi arabia and emirates and saudi-led coalition for weeks.
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this one brings them closer to thai a contested city that has seen fierce fighting in resent weeks and accuse hoouthis who will be used for prisoner in negotiations. in advances in the south which avoid the government in exile there is a change of tone as houthis on defensive in the resent days. >> translator: without the implementation of security council resolutions we cannot initiate a political process that will include houthi and militia after they have committed all these crimes. >> reporter: but the military complex which has been used by u.s. forces against al-qaeda is not the game changer many are hoping for and some say it will help boost morale but will not let it be used as a staging area to be pushed forward. [gunfire] although resent victories have made prohadi forces relevant
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they can push back houthis under their control but they know it's not going to be easy or quick. al jazeera. the uk has new measures to limit the flow of undocumented immigrants landlords who fail to check immigration status could face five years in jail and it gives landlords the power to evict migrants without a court order and monday there were more than 7,000 in the tunnel and as many as 70% of migrants in cali are making it to britain. we are covering the story on both sides of the english channel. in a moment we will join lawrence lee in dover but first let's talk to charles stratford in the french port of cali. >> reporter: i'm standing jane just above the camp that locals and people that live in
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these tents call the jungle. now, the area is if you like segmented to various sections according to the people who live there and to the back is sudaneeze and behind me is an afghan contingent and afghan group and to my right there is a vast area which is a lot of aratrayians and ethiopians living there and as we reported the conditions they are living in are atrocious and they are focusing on security there are a lot of questions asked by the people as to whether exactly their needs are really being addressed. there is also a lot of fingers being banded around and we spoke to a police representative this morning that said last night
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there were 600 attempts by migrants to get access to the tunnel but he was keen to stress these are not 600 individuals, these are individuals that may repeatedly try to do that on any given night. he said there were 20 arrests. we asked him what critics said was basically excessive force and asking for his reaction if the police were using action and tear gas and pepper spray and said the police were doing their jobs and also said they were under increasing pressure and have been for the last couple of months. he said that the u.k.'s offer of help was indeed welcome. and he said that extra forces extra police on the ground here, around 120 that arrived in resent days were making a difference but besides all that we spoke to people in the camp and we spoke to n.g.o.s and spoke to some of the local authorities here as to really who is to blame for the
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conditions that the people behind me are living in and what the real long-term solution could be. and this is our report. insists we hide his identity. he has seven children and a wife in afghanistan. it's taken him four months to travel across western asia and europe and says he is determined to make it to the u.k. >> we want asylum in the u.k. to make our life easily to bring our family. if the situation is good for example, if the situation is bitter so we are wanting to go back to our country. >> reporter: many of the people living in this camp seem to be genuine asylum seekers fleeing political persecution and conflict in their respective countries and say the reason they want to live in the uk is they want to be in an english-language speaking country where getting refugee status is easier than france.
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france and britain are criticized not doing enough to address real asylum claims. >> so the u.k. needs to look closely at who wants to ask for asylum and take those people in england, look at their request, if they don't fit the bill then yes, send them back to wherever. i don't know make a decision. and france needs to do the same thing. if today you decide to ask for asylum in france because you're tired of trying and not succeeding to go to the u.k. the first appointment to resist your asylum request is in november. >> reporter: of course there are many people here wanting a better job, a better life in the u.k. so called economic migrants. they say it's easy to find work in the u.k. than in france. the u.k. government offered france help with security but says all europe should help find a solution local officials in cali totally disagree.
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>> translator: this is totally a british problem. what they don't understand is that everyone in europe sees it as their problem and they can't keep sending security to transcript as if cali is a suburb of u.k. we are not england and never will be. >> reporter: the tunnel of the entrance is fence is being repaired again and a man cut it to grab a passing train prepared to risk their lives for a life in britain. and this man says he will do the same. charles stratford, al jazeera, cali. >> let's talk to lawrence lee in dover and you are in a place where so many in that jungle want to end up. what is the situation there? >> well there are very, very few migrants in dover. there is a few but mostly they are going as far as they can in the country and not to say that the move here isn't pretty cross
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and it's very difficult frankly to over state the level of anger there is here about the situation in cali and not very much sympathy either and jonathan who was born and bread in dover and do you have sympathy with the people in cali or not? >> they are trying to take our benefits and money away when they come here and what is the point in coming over here in the first place at the end of the day basically. all our men, all our forces back in afghanistan and everything and stuff and they said some of them said he is coming over for his family and stuff but like i said we don't know if some are coming over and could be stuff or anything. >> so scrounging by and large. >> some of these young girls that went to school and went
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away and basically they said they would bring them back but some of them could be in cali and stuff and at the end of the day like stop them from coming over. >> you think that is a good thing? do you think the government is right to stop the money they are giving them? >> yes they should stop all the benefits and stuff at the end of the day unless they come and work over here and they shouldn't be here in the first place at the end of the day. they don't care because at the end of the day they are people and at the end of the day they are stopping the train going back and forth to cali and the loyal people are trying to run the businesses and stuff and everything. people in dover and shops in dover that are suffering. >> all of this is the fault. >> yes suffering because of it. >> there you go thank you very much for your time.
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and what or whether you agree or disagree with that certainly all the refugee agencies clearly wouldn't agree with that and they would say a lot of people in cali as john stratford said trying to flee persecution and the government would absolutely agree with that sentiment, back to you. >> thank you for that lawrence lee. pakistan has executed a man on death row for murder despite appeals for clemency from international human rights groups and shafqat hussain was hanged in karachi for killing and kidnapping of a child in 2004, his family says he was just 13 when arrested and tortured to confessing to the murder but the government says an investigation discovered shafqat hussain was an adult at the time of the crime. earlier i spoke to a human rights activist in islamabad and says his execution raises serious questions. >> our legal system is based on
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the old british rod system which says that even if there is a shadow of reasonable doubt the hanging or execution must not be carried out and in this case there is not just a shadow there is a huge question mark. let me give you an example. just last year in 2014 the government's national database registration authority which is nadra issued computerized national identity card. he was 24 last year when the identity card was so he was shown as being 14 at the time the murder was committed which means he was 24 now. if that computerized national identity card was issued by a government agency and if it was a fake and a fraud identity card showing a fake date of birth then my question to the government of pakistan is why has the official at nadra who issued him a fake cnic card not
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been arrested and charged with fraud? >> not only that there is proof he was tortured. >> indeed there is proof on his body there was proof on his body he was tortured when he was a child at 14 years of age. those cigarette burns on his chest remain to this day. another thing, when he was arrested and taken first to the police station and subsequently to the jail, the sho, the station house officer at the police station wrote down his age as one age. the warden at the jail put down another figure for his age and when he was medically examined which is the rule when you are taken to jail you have to be medically examined by a doctor the jail doctor wrote down a third, a different age. so why are there three different assessments of his age at the time of his arrest? >> what does this suggest about how juveniles are treated for
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foul of the system and what is going on in the country at the moment? >> there is something called the juvenile justice system since the year 2000. it lays down very stringent conditions. for example the juveniles must not be housed with adults criminals, adult convicts but shafqat hussain has been housed in an adult jail for the past ten years or more even, in fact. and another thing the maximum imprisonment for murder after the conviction for murder is 14 years in jail. but shafqat hussain has already served more than 14 years and then he was executed this morning. so he has served a double sentence, an entire life sentence for murder and he has been executed for murder. i do not think that justice has been served. i do not think that we are beyond a reasonable shadow of doubt. >> the head of the taliban's
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political office has resigned over the appointment of the group's new leader abdul rahman al-qadhi and released a statement saying as the leader was appointed outside of pakistan this is a mistake, the leader of the islamic emirate had to be appointed in the presence and in stronghold inside afghanistan, the new leader of the afghanistan monsur was appointed on friday and followed the death of the founder. and more here on the al jazeera news hour date drought and now default we will tell you about the problems plaguing puerto rica. next year's games. center of a racism debate returns to the sport. ♪
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u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in singapore promoting the world's largest deal, the trans pacific partnership agreement hit snags in negotiations last week and called for 12 countries involved to overcome their differences. the trade deal is an essential part of the u.s. president barack obama's efforts to increase u.s. influence in asia and counter the economic power of china. the u.s. says it will push the issue of disputed islands in the south china sea during a summit in malaysia and have been invited to the summit of association of southeast asia nations and china is unhappy with territorial disputes being raised and instead wants to focus on cooperation. while regional leaders gather in malaysia the government is graspingly with $700 million corruption scandal and we report
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from kuala-lumpur. >> reporter: the magazine here is all quiet since the government slapped three-month band on publications and invest gaying a money trail and finance funds from the minister ended up in the account of prime minister to the tune of $700 million and it stands by the article it demands clarification of the government's decision and filed for a judicial review and were unable to comment at this time. it was "the wall street journal" that initially reported it seen documents implicated the prime minister. he has been fire fighting the accusations levelled at him but questioned by deputy and investigated by malaysia's attorney general he decided to fire them both last tuesday in a major reshuffle and tony and such moves are drawing national concern. his criticism of the government's handling of this investigation has him now barred from leaving the country.
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>> i have not been charged. i have not been requested to assist in any investigation. it clearly points to an act of desperation in an attempt to intimidate the big critics, again, the prime minister and his handling of the relations. >> reporter: actions of the government like the 1980s when several newspapers were shut down for a period. >> it's a serious indication of a failure to engage in a healthy democratic way between the relationship between the state and its citizens. >> reporter: the government are making their position clear. >> because of the nature of allegations made by the age could under mine the security of the nation and the stability of the economy. we believe that a temporary suspension of the publication is the best way to go pending investigation both by the thai government and also by domestic
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investigator and authorities here in malaysia. >> reporter: resent elections have seen both votes and opinions move towards opposition parties. malaysia has just over two years before the next general election enough time for the government to recover and restore faith in the public. but more issues like this will only reenforce opinion that the party that has been in power since independence may no longer be trusted. al jazeera kuala-lumpur. trying to deliver to countries hit by floods and 47 died and more than 200,000 have been affected across the country. large areas of farmland have been submerged and infrastructure badly damaged. government forces in sudan accused of committing war crimes and amnesty international says civilians being killed in air and ground attacks. human rights groups says cluster bombs being used during attacks
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and schools and hospitals being deliberately targeted and this is the focus of fighting since 2011 when violence started in the lead up to south sudan's independence and the blue nile states link themselves to south sudan even though they are north of the border in sudan. in the run up to south sudan independence a rebel group called spm north are furious and both states have been isolated from the south and they attacked sudan security forces and the violence escalated. quarter of a million people have now fled into neighboring south sudan and ethiopia and the president barack obama r ethiopia and rebels from the north demanded he pressure the sudan government to end their attacks. go to amnesty international and south sudan and sudan campaign and is live from nairobi and
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good to have you on the show and tell us what has been going on in the south there. >> yes, indeed since the conflict broke out in the south in 2011 a characteristic of this conflict has been the increase and intense aerial bombardment carried out by sudan forces. this aerial bombardment have been carried out using fighter jets and they have been dropping cluster bombs and ammunition cluster bombs and other forms of inherently inherently in civilian areas. >> i was going to ask you about hospitals and schools have been targeted. why? >> that is a good question. why is the government targeting areas that should not actually be targeted. it is the rule in international
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humanitarian law that hospitals and schools and other objections that do not have a military part should not be targeted however sudan are not only targeting hospitals and schools and other infrastructure but also bombing civilians in areas where they try to hide. in caves, in fox holes. one of the civilians we interviewed was actually saying that no where is safe in the south because if they are bombing hospitals and schools there is no where else the armed forces are not going to attack. >> i should imagine it would be pretty difficult to get any sort of help to those who have been affected because of the security situation. >> yes and only because of the security conditions but also because the government of sudan has imposed restrictions for
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humanitarian agencies for international agencies and eventful like amnesty international and accessing populations in north-controlled areas has been difficult since 2011 so it's very difficult to get aid into these areas. in fact, last year there was a missile breakout in the whole of sudan. however, children in north controlled areas did not have access to much needed vaccines and being distributed by unicef so where children in other parts of sudan were receiving these vaccines children in controlled areas were not receiving the much-needed vaccines and since the conflict began 26 health facilities have been bombed. for this north controlled areas only two health facilities are operational so for 1.2 million people in these areas there are only two hospitals available.
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>> a dire situation from amnesty international thank you very much for talking to us. >> yes. opposition activist in burundi injured in a shooting in the capitol. human rights campaign erer had been an outspoken critic of the president. he opposed ziza's decision to run a third term and had months of often bad protests and he is a journalist for the east african, a newspaper published out of kenya and what do you know about this case and the target? >> well, currently the organization leader was on his way back home and this attempt comes just maybe after they had
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been ambushed and killed there, that is sunday. we have seen the targeting of individuals both from the government and all oppositions and they don't know exactly. and currently in the capitol we have just witnessed some shootings within the capitol. at least one soldier is feared dead. these attacks happened overnight where one of the civilians was killed in one of the suburbs between the gunfire between the unknown and the police forces. >> all right, thank you for that update from the capitol. the corruption case against south african opposition leader has been thrown out of court. he was accused of receiving
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$400,000 from corrupt road construction projects. let's speak where the court decision was supposed to start. what happened? >> well at this point the prosecution applied to the court to have this response and if we look back at events in the last day what happened is one of the accused was not available for court because that accuser had fallen ill and according to medical wouldn't be available for up to three weeks and they say however the judge hearing the matter today says they certainly would not be the case because this trial has been condoned a number of times over the last few years and the sentiment from his decent that he is here to stand trial and he wants to clear his name, he wants his day in court and he
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cannot have as they put it this hanging over their head with the trial being postponed any longer and should be able to return to normal life as a member of parliament and south africa. the court found that indeed that should be the case and this trial would not be suspended any longer nor would they decorate charges and the court then decided the matter would be thrown out and the national prosecuting authority now does have the option of recharging him at a later date. >> what was the response? >> well he is, in fact, addressing the members of the media and a small group of supporters outside the court at this time. and of course he is very happy to have charges and thanked family, thanked the economic freedom fighters as well as the south african public in general and he said he gave the state a
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practical option when it comes to this trial. it wanted the charges separated and he says the state didn't go with that option because it doesn't have a case. so he was certainly very happy. >> i was going to say let's leave it there because we are looking at live picture and there seems to be a sort of press conference underway and maybe you can listen in and tell us a little bit later what he says says. >> must be neutral and the process towards testing those allegations it has to be fair its that to be legal. you cannot agree to illegal activities to justify or expect a proper legally sound outcome. if the process if it ever ends whatever outcome it will be an interest for judicial all of us
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have a speedy trial and the delayed route and would have wished to have an opportunity to answer to each and every allegation put before us before a neutral cord of flow. unfortunately the state mastered its own case and those allegations which are not tested before court and comes with the territory of life and has to be accepted life moves on. >> the process is rotten whatever the outcome and will be rotten that is julius talking outside the court after his case was thrown out. let's get the weather with richard and the heat wave problems which we certainly can experience here how is it playing out in the middle east? >> the map tells the whole story, doesn't it? you can see on there brightly colored red and significant
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breeze in syria and through and into iraq and really it has been causing problems with temperatures close to 50 degree mark for quite some time and shows no sign of changing and aleppo is 42 degrees. people doing basically what they can to stay cool and these shots are from gaza city in the gaza strip and heading to the beach to try and escape the searing heat but of course we have other problems as well. more serious ones. come from homs where something like 5,000 hectors threatened by developing wildfires and dry ground and a bit of a breeze is picking up. to give you an idea of the heat wave and damascus and syria should get temperature of about 36 degrees during july and august but looking at the records everyday since the 14th of july it has been at least 36 degrees and very often as high as 43 degrees celsius and when we look at the forecast really not a great deal of change and
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looking at aleppo at 42. we have baghdad very close to 50. and as we head through and into as far as thursday not a great deal of change for aleppo and heading to the weekend we just might find temperatures dropping a couple of degrees and let's do this in the arab peninsula and the heat and incredible humidity and that goes for doha and the gulf states 41 degrees but very very humid jane. >> it is indeed and thanks for that richard and still ahead on al jazeera sinagal going green but habits are hard to change. in sport the cycle race came to an end for many of the sports top riders. ♪
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♪ you are watching the al jazeera news hour and a reminder of our top stories, the corruption case against south african leader julius has just been thrown out of court and he was accused of receiving $400,000 from corrupt road construction projects. anti-houthi fighters recaptured yemen's biggest military base from rebels and nine were killed in the southern province. the british government says improved security measures are having an effect of the migrant crisis on the channel in france and migrants made 1700 attempts to try to get in the channel
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tunnel on monday. now to the war in syria, on monday russia and u.s. and gulf states discussed it at a high-level meeting in doha and hearing strong support for the assad government from russia minister sergei fedorov and stopped short of reiterated support on monday at least publically. >> translator: we have always been in favor of the blood shed stopping in syria and not giving support to anybody except the syrian people. the main threat in the country and middle east as a whole is from i.s.i.l. >> international affairs analyst and joins us live from moscow and good to have you on the show and talk us through this change in tone. >> yes, there is a small change in tone and i think it's actually pertaining to the situation when russia is saying and the russian foreign minister
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sergei fedorov saying russia is trying to push up with reconciliation for russia plan and that is why one reason and another reason that russia is trying to tune up the rather spoiled relationship with the u.s. otherwise the blood shed and series going on and there might be some international effort including russian federation effort and the united states effort and stakeholders to finally have some political settlement regarding syria. >> okay you say russia has its own reconciliation plan. obviously they want a political settlement. does this mean that assad will have to remain in power as far as russia is concerned or is there a shift there too? >> well so far russia actually
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didn't get away from supporting as far as i'm concerned. i can say that russia is probably trying to push out the plans including the political settlement in russia. when bashar assad will be in pour. there is no indication that i assume that there is a drastic change in russia's position regarding that. >> what do you think russia would have to be promised in order to get more in line if it were to ever go that way with the g.c.c. and the u.s. as far as assad is concerned? >> well i think actually that russia is trying to push up its position basically speaking in this and this blood shed which
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is going on for the fourth year in syria is the best thing for everybody and russia is trying to get in support of any peace plan. the recognition of russia's effort. i think this is going in the wake of the successful iranian nuclear deal so now there is a tone of syria for probable political settlement including all the forces in syria and including bashar al-assad the government who actually would be trying to negotiate and probably to reach and negotiate a settlement for the peaceful settlement of this deep and serious conflict. >> let's leave it there, thank you very much. myanmar's government is calling for international assistance to help people dealing with some of the worst flooding there in
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decades. around 200,000 people have been affected after a cyclone and unusually heavy monsoon rain. the government is not able to get to them all as caroline malone reports. >> this may look like a river but one area of myanmar hit by floods. a stream overflowed in the village in the region and dealing with consequences without government support. >> translator: this situation is not good for us. everyday we need to pay for a boat just to get out of the house and buy groceries. >> reporter: a nearby monistary opened and mornings are helping with donors and civil society organizations. >> translator: i'm very sad for the people because the government does nothing for them. government neglects flooded communities. it's not good. it's been the same for 11 years and unless we get more donations we will run out of supplies in
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ten days. >> reporter: government aircraft are dropping supplies in rakine states. it's hard to know how badly people have been effected here as phone lines are down and roads washed away. >> translator: first we focus on food. we prepared boxes of rice drinking water, instant noodles and we have to drop off the ra rations above ground. >> effected in 12 of 14 regions in myanmar and homes are flooded and cannot access sources and the rivers may burst the banks leading more people vulnerable and in need of help. >> children bear the brunt of any consequences of any emergency and what we expect is they could be distressed to displacement and children have also lost their team and these are also areas with relatively high rates of malnutrition so this flooding situation could
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really exacerbate those conditions. >> reporter: international aid groups and the u.n. say the government is best prepared to deal with this disaster than it was this 2008 when cyclones left 140,000 people dead or missing but in this crisis some people say they are not getting the government help they need. carolyn malone, al jazeera. police in brazil arrested the former president's chief of staff and was taken in custody as part of an investigation into corruption at the state oil company and he served in silva administration between 2003-2005. and reo trying to say the olympic game also be safe and they have been clearing criminals from shanty towns as brazilians call them. human rights campaigners say hundreds of young men have been killed in the cleanup as daniel
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reports. >> reporter: rio has promised 85,000 soldiers will be on duty to ensure safety and security for the olympic and para olympic games which begin in just over a year. they will be controlled from this nerve center which receives images at six points around the city and hundreds of police cars. >> translator: more than just plumbing or preventing situations we need to be ready for whatever happens and that is what we are doing here. >> reporter: the authorities have been employing what they call a pacification of the shanty towns and taking control of the drug gangs between last year's world cup and next year's olympic games and amnesty international accuses them of carrying out killings of hundreds of mostly young black men in the pavillas they have not pacified. >> homicide during police interventions have been
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naturalized in police operations and has been accepted as something natural of ridding of society as a whole. >> reporter: human rights organization says rio is two cities glitz and glamour on one side to impress the world and the other has oppressive peace interventions and athletes will not come to neighborhoods like this one. the authorities will be clean to ensure what goes on here is forgotten and invisible why the focus is on rio for the duration of the games. and they leave here and their two-year-old son michael was killed nearly 20 years ago in a police shootout and they said they were defending themselves against them. no one has been charged with the killing. >> translator: the case is almost closed. i have to live the rest of my life with my son accused of being a gangster. >> translator: the pain never goes away. i'm leaving my country, the country i grew up in because i'm
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ashamed of us. >> reporter: few killings investigated and hardly anyone prosecuted. the security secretary said the report was unfair when the time of pacifying the pavilas were reducing crime rates and as the game approaches the security remains divided in rio. puerto rico defaulted and debt for the first time in history and missed a $58 million payment to its creditors which is just a fraction of its $72 billion debt burden and as andy gallagher reports from south juan. >> reporter: puerto rico's down fall is now a well documented decline and for years the economy has failed to grow, unemployment is twice that of the united states and thousands continue to leave for better opportunities elsewhere but to
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compound that puerto rico is in debt to the tune of $72 billion and now for the first time in its history it's in default. the business is already struggling with higher taxes and spiralling energy costs things are already tough. this business owner is dealing with all that plus a drought that many blame on miss management of resources, all of which makes life harder on the island. >> we don't have the water. we have to buy water and increase our cost and we can pass those costs to the customers. so at the end of the road you suffer for this crisis as the same we suffer from the crisis of energy and the crisis for freight. >> like 57,000 people have left and it's half a year. >> young people are leaving. >> young and professionals. >> growing? >> yeah. >> reporter: economists believes the island has been heading in the wrong direction for years and says things will only change when the economy fears away from heavy reliance on government. >> to the way our poverty was
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education and work. well we need to go back to that route. we cannot just be sustaining a welfare of population that maybe the states can afford it but we can't. >> reporter: puerto rico's economy has been in sharp decline for decade and to many this is a mark of national shame and no doubt the worst is yet to come but some here see opportunity in crisis. >> i see things differently and the real estate market of course is one that feels the changes. >> reporter: he has just returned to puerto rico after 17 years, he is an investment consultant and sees an opening for private companies to change the island's economy and future. >> i want to bring people here and help be part of the change of puerto rico and be part of the people who need to change puerto rico because i have a vested interest and let's do it.
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>> reporter: the massive debt and budgets cut and the island population of 3 1/2 million will pay the highest price, andy gallagher, puerto rico. the well is a tourist attraction in argentina and hundreds are watching it surface in an marina along luxury yachts in buenos aires and hoping to lure the whale closer to the river where it is hoped it will swim back out to the atlantic ocean. barack obama has unveiled an ambitious claim to tackle climate change and tougher than expected cuts to power plants but it's not clear when the changes will actually take place. >> no challenge poses a greater threat to our teacher. >> reporter: part science lesson and part pep talk, president obama trying to convince that climate change is
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real and rallying the country they can save it. >> we can solve this thing but we got to get going. >> reporter: the current drought and floods and long wildfire season is all going to get worse unless the rules change and that is exactly what he is doing. the plan calls for coal plants to reduce carbon emissions by a third and means many more plants will be like this one shut down. republicans say there will be negative consequences for the economy. >> they threaten to ship good middle class jobs overseas and make it hard to maintain reliable sources of energy to meet demand. >> reporter: the white house disputes claims and hoping this will push other countries to take steps as part of a u.n. climate pact. >> if we don't do it nobody will and the reason that china is looking at getting serious about its emissions is they saw we were going to do it too. when the world faces its
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toughest challenges america leads the way forward. that is what this plan is about. [applause] but experts say it could take years before the new rules are actually implemented if at all. >> some people believe another supreme court is in the offering here because of fundamental disagreements about the way the under lying rule was written and needs to get tested at the highest level of the court system. >> reporter: most cases take 4-5 years to reach the supreme court. >> thank you god bless you. >> reporter: if the president sees this as part of the key legacy he likely won't know if it is until long after he is out of office, patty with al jazeera, washington. fire crews in california have managed to build a buffer zone next to thousands of homes threatened by a wildfire 13,000 people forced to leave their homes and the fire tripled in size in the last few days because of california's drought that lasted around four years.
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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. >> there's clearly an issue and we have to focus on how we bridge that. >> a lot of innocent lives are still being lost. ♪ three months after a ban on plastic bags in sinagal people are distributing them in shops and throwing them out and 5 million bags are polluting streets, beaches and tourist sites and the government is struggling to enforce the law and has called on some religious leaders for help and nicholas
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hawk explains. >> reporter: it wasn't always like this the liter, the junk and plastic bags accumulated over time. and never understood how people got to accustom to pollution and people go to mosque and pray five times a day also throw their garbage here polluting what was once a nature reserve. >> translator: islam is clear, any form of pollution and aggression towards the environment is a sin and clearly forbidden and people need to be reminded of this. >> reporter: to reduce this pollution members of parliament recently banned plastic bags altogether. carrying one of these is now illegal and throwing a plastic bag the street could lead to a six-month jail sentence and a $300,000 fine but despite harsh penalties the law is still largely ignored. >> translator: if we get rid of these bags what do i use for my
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customers? we need a viable alternative and there isn't one yet. >> reporter: all habits remain and people use and discard them dumping them even into the ocean. it will take thousands of years before they disintegrate and in the meantime someone needs to pick them up and there is so much pollution locals say they cannot cleanup and enforce the law all on their own and asked for help from religious leaders to help change people's behavior offering preaching that has the importance of protecting the environment in islam. known as the green they are making fighting pollution his jihad in mosques or outside to young and old he cites krahn. >> translator: talking about creatures of the earth and as muslims it's our duty to protect
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the environment. >> reporter: taking responsibility for the waste we create. it may sound trivial but it's a global issue, a call for local action and the small change in habits. and he believes at stake is not just protecting nature from human pollution. it's about saving what connects us to the spiritual world. nicholas hawk al jazeera. let's get the sports news. >> jane thank you, adam goodes returned for the swans and australia footballer has been the subject of a fierce debate of racism over the past week and a half, afl most well-known player goodes took indefinitely from the sport after booing from supporters and some said it's because fans didn't like him as a player supporter esclaim the attacks were racially motivated and goodes is an out spoken activist within australia and will return to play for the
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swans next game on saturday. >> the last week as we have discussion and i have been involved in before and i think the discussions needed to be had and i'm really hopeful those discussions are behind us now and we can all move on. i think people have had their opinions and spoken about the issues and hopefully now we can move forward and for many it's about me going out there and playing football. >> reporter: yet to issue a formal response of allegation of widespread drug use in athletics and problems faced by cycling and case in point is the tour of utah which got underway on monday without defending tom danielson who tested positive for synthetic testosterone and facing a lifetime ban and american was on the rain soaked opening stage. stage two of the cycling tour came to a chaotic and painful end. only nine riders reached the
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finish line in normal time after a crash on the final bend. and race leader was one of the few to stay upright and says he has had to ride over the wheels of one of his rivals to make it. we are more used to seeing fights on the pitch between rival players but it can also happen between teammates too, dallas cowboys threw a punch after the two came together in a play in practice. bryant who is the biggest star in the cowboy's camp signed a $70 million contract refused to back down until quarterback tony romo stepped in to diffuse the situation. sport stars often get to travel the globe in their glam careers but some only go to the hotel before flying out again and then he found time to take a tour of
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the white house capturing everything on his mobile phone. the world number three didn't get to meet the president but was impressed with what he saw using what looked like a canon ball to limber up as he prepares for the match on the hard court season on wednesday. >> i was very lucky to get the chance to do that. it was only like one mile away from the hotel and, you know literally right in the middle of the city and you know one thing that would surprise me i did expect it to be a lot bigger. >> reporter: getting in among the people that is exactly what one of the most famous football players has done in madrid and disguise and had a fake belly before going to the streets of the spanish capitol complete with cute dog and first you cannot fine anyone to return the ball to him and cannot score a
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date from a passersby. in a city that plays host to the team royal madrid you are bound to find a few football people to appreciate his skills. and when he finally reveals his true identity to this young lad spectators easily dismissed him for almost an hour suddenly realized they made a mistake. well there is plenty more sport on our website and the top of the star of adam goodes and for the latest check out al jazeera/sport and for blogs and videos from our correspondence around the world and that is al jazeera/sport and that is the sport for now. >> not recognizing him, we have another bulletin coming up in the next couple of minutes. i will see you then. good-bye. ♪
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case thrown out. ♪ welcome to al jazeera live from our doha headquarters and i'm jane and also ahead anti-houthi fighters recapture yemen's largest military base. more guards and higher fences the british government says it has got a grip on the migrant crisis and president under pressure and malaysia in a $700