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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello there and a warm welcome to the news hour in doha, could this be the bangkok bomber and release footage of the scene just minutes before the blast. and tie land's prime minister describes the blast which killed at least 20 people as the worst ever attack on his country. amnesty accuses all sides in yemen's civil war of leaving a
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bloody trail of civilians which may amount to war crimes. sri-lanka waits on official results from the country election. i have all the day sport including spanish football giant barcelona is 5-1 as they win their first title in three decades. ♪ the worst ever attack on thailand, that is how the country's prime minister described the blast at the shrine in the capitol bangkok which killed at least 20 people. police have released cctv footage of a man they say could be the bomber and pictured at the scene just minutes before the explosion. and in a moment we will be crossing live to wayne hay in
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bangkok where the situation remains tense and first let's hear from the prime minister. >> translator: in our country there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the ongoing attempt of destruction might be politically motivated targeting the economy, tourism or whatever reason and we will work to find the perpetrators and bring justice on networks involved as soon as possible. >> wayne is live from the capitol bangkok near that site of the blast yesterday. wayne, what is the very latest you are hearing there from the cit city? >> reporter: well, there is not a lot of detail being released about the security camera footage you mentioned and certainly the prime minister did comment on it earlier today very briefly and he said that he has seen it, it appears to be a suspect in that bombing because the footage is not of great quality and requires further investigation and really we have not heard too much more than
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that. there is no more detail about who that person might be or indeed there is no confirmation that he is definitely a suspect but really there has been very little other comment about who the government, the military thinks might be responsible for that blast. as far as the site itself goes the shrine behind me is still closed and will probably be closed for quite some time but being cleaned extensively on the road that runs in front of the shrine which was covered in debris after the blast and now being cleaned and now open for business back to the usual, congested self. so in some ways it's getting back to normal in this part of the thai capitol. >> but in another part of the thai capitol you believe there has been a second attack or attempted attack, a grenade thro thrown. >> that is right, quite a
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different attack and dangerous one and a grenade or small explosive was launched off a bridge into the river, the large river that runs through the middle of bangkok and just as it was being launched there were people walking across this pier but luckily the grenade or the explosive device missed the pier and landed in the water and still exploded and it was quite a significant explosion but as i say something quite different to what we saw at the shrine, this may have been an opportunity attack or something of a copycat and someone wanting to go to the mayhem and death that was caused by the blast at the shrine behind me and more details will come ourt out about that, it's certainly being investigated. >> we will be back with you on more than that, will the traffic
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get back to normal outside the shrine less than 24 hours since the blast but people in bangkok must be feeling pretty tense. >> yeah, i think so. and certainly as night draws nearer it will become more tense. the bomb one, the large one at the shrine struck around 7:00 in the evening on monday so as we draw closer to that time i'm sure it will be a very tense time. people will be making their way back home again as they were last night, monday night when the bomb struck at the shrine. it's a busy part of town and people walk, drive or ride past and certainly it will be a tense evening and people will be hoping of course they won't be further attacked but there already has been a second one and even if it is significantly different than the first one on monday night. >> wayne hay with the latest from the thai capitol bangkok and thanks very much, wayne. sri-lanka ruling party ahead in
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the polls as the country waits for the final results from monday's parliamentary elections and pitched the current president against the predecessor looking to make a come back after losing elections in january and we will go live to the capitol columbo and any indication as to when we might see a final result? >> i think the whole of the country is waiting for just that information, literally for the last three or four hours we had expected a final result, that is somehow lagging behind the schedule originally planned and so far what we have seen and heard is that the ruling coalition is surging ahead, 46% opposed to 43%. i do have with me p -- the head of the peace council and given the 225 seats and not one party that is sort of surging ahead in terms of setting up a majority government what are the implications for sri-lanka?
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>> we really did not expect any party to get an absolute majority because proportional system we have does not really permit that or encourage it. so what we would be having is some form of national government, government of national unity. in fact, this has been discussed a lot prior to the elections by the different political parties, the ruling coalition and the prime minister has spoken about and so has the president. now, it is possible that the opposition, the upfa essentially had two factions in it, one led by the president and one led by the former president who conducted the election campaign. it's possible that the faction led by the present president might join, cross over and join the ruling coalition in a
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government of national unity and there by provide it with a working majority. >> in fact, the former president has ruled out any possibility of joining sort of a unity government whereas the prime minister has talked about no winners or losers after this election but just the need to get together, so i mean do you think this would be the way forward as sort of a national government? >> yes, this is the best, current situation. of course it will make it a little difficult to address contentious issues such as the solution to the ethnic conflict which has been long protracted and the vain of this country. but i think that the government and national unity will provide a forum for discussion, maybe not for black and white positions which require strong leadership which at this time given the diverse nature of the coalition may not be possible
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but at least the discussion can start. >> do you think given the sort of rainbow coalition that we have on the different parties is different political sort of policies and ideology can work together for unity and stability of this country which it so badly needs? >> the united will to contest both the presidential election as well as this election and so i am optimistic that they represent the diversity in our country which is an important thing. >> right, thank you very much. the head of the national peace council joining us there. >> thank you very much. plenty more still to come on this al jazeera news hour. [gunfire] the rooftops of ramadi iraqis try to take back the city from i.s.i.l. but it's a slow and tough battle.
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plus. i'm tonya page reporting from south africa on how difficult it is for a disabled child to get an education. and in sport a major league baseballer suffers a nasty strike in the united states, those details coming up, in sport. ♪ iraqi government says it entered the second phase of a campaign to retake anbar province from i.s.i.l. fighters but as mohamed reports from baghdad analysts are skeptical about just how well the battle is going. [gunfire] on the front lines the security forces battle i.s.i.l. one shot at a time. despite the government's promises to capture ramadi quickly the battle so far has been slow.
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[gunfire] while the defense ministry insists things are going well and moved on to phase two of its strategy there, part of the larger anbar offensive some analysts are skeptical. >> translator: i believe i.s.i.l. in ramadi is still strong and the joint iraqi forces are still weak. they haven't been able to put an end to that organization in 70 days since the start of the anbar offensive. >> reporter: defense ministry maintains its security forces are fighting as effectively as possible. but scenes like this in which a shoulder mounted rocket propelled grenade launcher is held incorrectly by the popular mobilization forces which are helping the government seem to under score questions regarding how well trained these men are. still no matter how competent they are at warfare the intensity of this struggle leaves most fighters warn out. these days an ox government faces a convergence of crisis,
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one on the battlefield, the other in the courts of public opinion as tens of thousands of fed up iraqis continue demonstrating against corruption and demanding a return of basic services including electricity and air conditioning. while iraq's prime minister abadi and prime minister are quick for reform measures iraqis say that is not near enough and vowed to come out on the streets no matter how hot it gets and no matter how long it takes. many say it's actions and not words that ultimately count. >> translator: it seems like the reform list and the decrees and ratification of these proposals by the government is like ink on paper, protesters are waiting for implementation of these reforms and if no action is taken the protests will develop into parts.
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>> reporter: prime minister abadi is not just promising to cut corruption he insists he will improve security by court marshalling officers who abandon posts in ramadi when i.s.i.l. stormed the city in april. but it's not clear yet what affect that may have on these weary fighters and a weary public. al jazeera, baghdad. u.n. security council has given its unanimous support to get peace talks started on syria, all 15 members approved a statement that paves the way for u.n. special envoy staffan de mistura with a plan to find a political solution to the conflict. inside syria they launched more air strikes on a rebel held area in damascus, on sunday more than 100 people were killed in a bombing of a marketplace, the worse incidents since the war began more than four years ago. arab league holding
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extraordinary meeting in cairo to discuss the crisis in the libya certain of cert and the meeting was requested by libya's international government based in tobrook and said air strikes from arab strikes can prevent the take over of cert which it largely controlled since may. all parties in yemen's civil war displayed a disregard for civilian lives according to amnesty international, in a new report they accuse the saudi-led coalition and fighters on the ground leaving a trail of destruction which may amount to war crimes and amnesty says since march close to 4,000 people have been killed in yemen, half of them civilians and both houthi rebels and a ty -- anti and they say they hit civilian areas with often no military target nearby. and mohamed is a yemen
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researcher with amnesty international, she is live for us from london, this is a shocking report that has been compiled here. tell us how you gathered the evidence. >> so a delegation of two people visited yemen in june and july and we visited thai to gather the evidence and it's clear in the report. you can see that the impact of the coalition air strikes on civilians and the ground attacks by houthi and anti-houthi armed groups, civilians are bearing the brunt for this conflict. >> judging by the graphic details that can be found in your report it seems that those researchers were there almost as the attacks were happening or very soon afterwards. >> yes, we were there during the time the attacks were happening. we witnessed under ground attacks being launched from
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inside and near civilian neighborhoods near an inside schools from near hospitals and these attacks opened the leeway for the other armed group to attack and attacks of repraisel so the issue has been all armed groups have not respected international humanitarian law and they are operating out offensive yanukovich -- which can lead to war crimes. >> give us what sort of situation we are talking about here and first of all tell us how the houthi rebels may have committed a war crime. >> well, you know, all sides of the conflict have respect to humanitarian law and houthi rebels are attacking civilian areas. now the anti-houthi fighters are operating out offensive yanukovich areas. they launched this attack so the
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houthi fighters would reply with another attack. an example would be we visited certain areas in north aiden and others where neighbors are living next to schools where anti-houthi fighters are operating from and launching attacks from and therefore the houthi rebels would reply to the school and puts the whole neighborhood and civilians at risk of attacks. >> and let's go to the other side, the saudi-led coalition air strikes, how might they have flouted international law? >> so so far what we have seen on the ground, we looked into eight different air strikes just around in thai and aiden and north of aiden and these attacks could amount to war crimes because the problem with the air strikes is they don't seem to differentiate between civilian objections and military objects. it's not quite clear what were objectives of targeting things
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such as mosques, schools and markets. for example we visited one school where we found 60 families of internally displaced people were living and trying to escape conflict in their village and the school they were escaping were targeted by a military air strike and no objective we can see near the school and not clear why it was targeted. >> okay, thank you very much for detailing a little bit more of the amnesty report for us and let's cross to a political and security analyst based in saudi arabia and joins us live from riyadh and let's get your reaction or their reaction in saudi to this amnesty report. >> well, of course we are all saddened about this amnesty report and i agree this measurements need to be stepped up and we need to protect or they need to work on protecting more civilians and this is
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unacceptable. saudi arabia and the led coalition they are not in the business of killing innocent people. i think the houthis who are left to blame and who are liable for all these children and women deaths. >> okay, you say the saudi-led coalition is killing innocent women and children however they are amnesty questions there put to you, why is this coalition targeting with air strikes, mosques, schools, marketplaces where there obviously are civilians? >> well, this is no stranger. saudi arabia did not intent that or saudi arabia is not in the business of actually going on tour and bombing innocent people saudi arabia today and the coalition, the accuracy is much bigger and better than the american british-led coalition in iraq in 2003. >> that is not enough. >> well, there is no war that is accurate enough when you have the houthis actually hiding women and children and minor
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people and weapon in a mosque or a school or starting putting all the 50 millimeters weapons on the roof of the mosque. >> no military sites and was it a mistake to target and bomb these sites? >> i think in every word it was a mistake but the mistake in this case it's very minimal. the major thing is that you need to understand that the houthis they are very good in hiding their weapons, their military, putting some weapons on the roof and starting shooting on the planes of the coalition. of course when you get attacked. >> 241 civilians, i wouldn't say that is minimal. >> well, the saudi coalition did not kill 141 civilians. >> that is what amnesty says in this report. >> amnesty needs to spend more time on the ground. >> i think it was on the ground when these strikes were happening. >> it's not enough, they cannot make this assessment from
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sitting in the united kingdom and the amnesty should have actually made the same reports they are accusing the saudi-led coalition by being there and killing those innocent women and children they need to look at more regions in the world. >> okay but we are not here and this seems to be in three minutes we are talking about saudi and we are talking about yemen. would you welcome united nations international commission of inquiry if you admit they are mistakes in the thought of war? >> saudi arabia and the coalition are welcoming the united nations and part of the stone and work on approval and with the international community. there is no doubt that saudi arabia would work with the united nation, would work with the amnesty to define and to prove that the houthis, the people are responsible for killing those innocent people, it's not saudi arabia and the coalition party. this is one that is like saudi arabia and the coalition party by the amnesty. >> we welcome your thoughts, thank you very joining us there from riyadh.
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>> thank you. let's get all the weather with rob now and we are over to east asia where floods typhoons are proving consistent problems. >> absolutely. el nino year and in china most recently i will show you with a satellite picture and it is the province, in the last two days this line of white has not moved any where and it will produce some sort of local flash flooding and had this all over china, not so much in dubi and will go to fuji and taiwan and this is the latest of the typhoon and taiwan has been hit by one typhoon this year already and not many killed but the rain fell and we have two typhoons in the pacific and this is where they are forming this year because the water is a little bit further east than is normal.
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and we will concentrate on this typhoon here. the closest, let me show you the biggest and closest and the one that will have the most interesting track. currently it's a category three storm and it may strengthen or weaken and the forecast is not as others have been and winds of 160 kilometers per hour and moving quickly and chances are it will move to taiwan and there is a problem because it may well sit there and churn for days on end and produces is a vast amount of rain and one we will watch, laura. >> thank you very much. eastern ukraine where nine people have died after soldiers and separatists exchanged fire on monday. the latest talks saying that withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line have broken down and we have more. >> the remains of a family home in a ukrainian controlled village south of donetsk. it took just 20 minutes to reduce this street to rubble.
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ukrainian military said two people were killed as russian backed rebels shelled the village. >> translator: a man is 30 years old and a woman of 22 were killed, 6 others wounded, the most serious injuries were those sustained by a mother with a child. >> reporter: yet the separatists are blaming ukrainian forces for shelling and this part of the country is the brunt of attacks in resent days and there continues to be sporadic fighting with a ceasefire that has been more or less in place since february. as the attacks increase moscow is accusing ukraine military of planning renewed offensive against pro-russian separatists. >> translator: we worry about the latest developments. it was like that last august when ukrainian soldiers received the order to attack, when that attack failed then they agreed to start the talks and was also like that this past january when there was another attempt to
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resolve the situation by using force, that also failed and ukrainian side agreed to more talks. we believe that one shouldn't be experimenting and trying one's luck, one simply fulfilled what was in minsk. >> 6800 people killed since the conflict began and it has driven nearly 1 1/2 million civilians from their home. and there have been repeated efforts to stop the fighting several units on other side refuse to obey political commanders and the gulf of miss trust between moscow and kiev grows even wider, al jazeera. estimated that half a million disabled children have been shut out of south africa's education system according to human rights watch and many parents say they have trouble convincing schools to enroll their children because of discrimination and tonya page reports from johannesburg. >> it's difficult to get her son
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to concentrate but she doesn't want him to fall too far behind. he was expelled from school two years ago because of his learning disability. >> not going to teach him because he is not like other children. >> reporter: the only school that would accept him is a special one for disabled children but he can only start next year once the government grant for transport comes through and also being helped by a group called africa but while her son got a chance at getting an education it's too late because now he is too old. he was forced out of school eight years ago. >> he was given not love by other kids and they bullied meal and never felt comfortable and never felt like i am a child to them. >> reporter: human rights watch says half a million disabled children in south africa are being excluded from school.
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the government says it has achieved the u.n. goal of providing primary education to all children and human rights watch says it's putting too much focus on schools when what is needed is what is happening here. this is a regular school that includes disabled children like angel. she has cerebral palsy, participating in class as best she can but her presence is also teaching her classmates about tolerance and diversity. tonya page, al jazeera, johannesburg. plenty more ahead on al jazeera having fun and training for life, children who live on the streets of ethiopia's capitol learn a few tricks. plus. i'm andy gallagher in the mississippi delta, a place where ironically it's hard to buy fresh, healthy food and show you how one community is fighting
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results from parliamentary election and no party secured an outright majority. amnesty international condemning all sides fighting in yemen saying they have shown a wanted disregard for civilians and in a report human rights group warned that actions could amount to war crime. more on our top stories the aftermath of the bombing in bangkok. the prime minister is calling on the public to stay calm and promised those responsible will be caught. and veronica reports. >> reporter: picking up the pieces, this is a shopping district in bangkok that has seen dramatic political conflict several times before but nothing like this. dozens of people were killed here on monday. among them victims from malaysia, china, hong kong and singapore. many more were injured. it was an attack apparently designed to kill as many people as possible at a high profile
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target, the shrine. the government acting urgently to restore a sense of security for the public and millions of tourists. >> translator: in our country there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the ongoing attempts of destruction might be politically motivated targeting the economy, tourism or for whatever reason. the government will work to find these perpetrators and bring justice upon any networks involved as soon as possible. >> reporter: this security camera footage shows the moment the bomb went off, five kilograms of military grade explosives that sources told al jazeera was deliberately detonated and within hours of the blast the military-run government was blaming its political enemies and now it's asking the country to unite and stay calm. >> likely once again we would ensure the public that right now
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look at what happened and we will do our best to make sure that everybody is well looked after. >> reporter: but within an hour of that speech this happened at the main pier for river transport, another high-profile tourist target. the grenade landed in the water and no one was injured. back at the shrine things are slowly getting back to normal. the roads have been reopened but this is as close as we can get to the shrine itself. security has been tightened as promises and teams try to get to the bottom of how and why this brutal attack happened. thai authorities won't say how soon they will be able to announce the results of their investigation. veronica in bangkok. >> reporter: let's bring a chairman of the center for
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strategic studies and is on the phone, these two incidents we have seen in bangkok how likely is it the shrine blast andrea made attack at the pier? >> i think the possibility is there but i don't think it's a real motive and also connection between the two situations. i think the second one is just trying to make a statement and it's not intended to cause carnage like the bomb blast last night. >> okay. >> yeah, we are now discussing with our group of analysts and the situation that leads to this is very, very clear. the motive is they try to destroy the only growth sector in thailand which is the tourist sector in thailand.
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and it's severe, this sector, that means thailand's economy will come to a stand still because our export is still on the minor side and gbt is still on the stand still. >> okay, and who would have wanted to have done that? who would want to attack thailand's economy? >> we have come to a conclusion that the previous bomb that we have experienced during the height of the protest of the an antifaction or the yellow shirt and red shirt was a political statement because just a few small bombs exploded or a few grenades that exploded that did not intend to kill. but last night it's not a political statement about the direct motive to as many people and injure as many people as
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possible which will hurt the tourism industry in thailand which we desperately needed. and this government is solely depending on this to carry on because this is the toughest part of this military government. whereas one year and a half, one year and one month, we have experienced quite a peaceful time considering comparing that to the last government. so what we are seeing right now is they can destroy the tourism industry in thailand and means this government is not capable of continuing on the ruling the country with no economic engine. >> more likely to be a government group with political motives rather than perhaps the
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other suspect which is the muslim insurgency down in the south, have you ruled that out? >> i think at this very moment we have come to the conclusion that we can rule that international organization out. >> uh-huh. >> because the way that they do it and stuff like that has nothing to do with any religious group or terrorism group. this is probably a home grown situation through destabilizing the government that is for sure. one, they want to destroy the tourism industry and secondly they want to destabilize the government. >> should we say we have tv footage of a man in a yellow shirt and he could be a suspect? >> yes, we could see one suspect but it's too early to say who
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that guy is and what he is doing but one thing is left as an open option and that is he left his backpack behind and why he did it, i think the police are investigating that. >> yeah, which we hear that they are and of course we will be bringing any results of that investigation, thank you very much for giving us your analysis on the situation in thailand. search crews in indonesia have found the black box and recovered all the bodies from the plane that crashed on sunday. it was carrying 54 people including five crew when it went down just ten minutes before landing in the remote and bodies had to be transported by helicopter because of the remoteness of the site and bad weather hampered recovery efforts. the head of china's top watch or top work safety watchdog is under investigation following last week's explosions in
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tianjin that killed 114 people and the city gathered on tuesday to remember the victims of the blast. firefighters and police were among the mourners who held a moment of silence for the victims. at least 70 other people and mostly firefighters are missing six days after the disaster. the blast on wednesday originated at a warehouse for highly toxic sodium cyanide. south korea has launched what it is calling the k police way and inspired by the global spread of its popular culture k pop and the government is trying to export the policing techniques and equipment the same way it has entertainment but as harry faucet reports it has not come without controversy. >> reporter: protesters is almost part of south korea's dna and seems like the rally of the government's handling of last year's ferry disaster is life downtown seoul as are the police
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tactics with barriers and the ranks are used to keep protesters to designated areas. it's a far cry from how things worked 20 years ago, now the use of tear gas has been banned. offensive measures replaced by defensive ones and the watch word low casualties. >> translator: in the past there was confrontation between protesters and police resulting in casualties and now thanks to the installation of walls this has been prevented. >> reporter: it's a transformation that police say that reflects huge advances elsewhere and battling cyber crime and improving dna investigation and worthy of promotion overseas and what is being called the k police wave part of the national brand. south korea's police are at pains to point out this is one point of the k police way, the techniques they export to other countries and this kinds of crowd control is probably the most controversial of the entire
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program. >> translator: protests end up becoming for those inside the walls. citizens outside the police walls feel separated and think those people inside are different from them. the nature of protest is openness but the walls hinder communication with society. >> reporter: the police university are trained in cyber crime techniques and emphasis the program which has seen exchanges with 69 other countries is about sharing all kinds of expertise and also admit to some partners particularly middle eastern ones the greatest interest is in equipment and tactics for maintaining public order. >> translator: chemicals used in the past in the middle east i don't have precise knowledge but the conflict of human rights is rising in the middle east, as such they recognize their techniques are not appropriate and seeking humane ones which will stop people getting hurt. >> reporter: the police unbeatable measures provokes
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praise for professionalism and nonviolence and criticism of the unbending way which decent is managed and sometimes stifled and i'm harry faucet, al jazeera, seoul. 200 u.s. soldiers have been sent to help firefighters battling wildfires in seven western states. the fires have burned more than 400,000 hectors of land in the state of idaho a woman died trying to leave her home and at least 50 houses have been destroyed. the u.s. government is changing tactics in its fight against drug addiction, fatal heroin overdoses in the u.s. have quadrupled over the past decade and instead of being prosecute they will get help to overcome their dangerous habit and tom ackerman reports. >> reporter: no where is it more severe than in the state of
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massachusetts. >> opioid abuse is stealing our children and siblings and parents, relatives and friends one person at a time. >> reporter: this year on average more than two people a day have died there from apparent heroin overdoses. in a fishing port people call it a plague. >> since 7th grade i started like smoking weed, drinking all the time and next thing i know by like tenth grade i'm doing heroin. >> reporter: state officials say they are giving top priority to the problem but after years of filling prisons with addicts they are shifting to a different approach. >> we are not going to arrest or incarcerate our way out of this. this is a disease. this is a public health crisis and we must treat it and address it as such. >> reporter: the police chief has taken the most radical step by promising any addict who turns in drugs immediate treatment and without punishment. >> we don't believe in hiding it. we believe the more we reduce
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the stigma the more we get people involved, the less problem we are going to have. >> reporter: in three months more than 100 people in the small town have taken up the amnesty offer and massachusetts is one of 25 states which authorize emergency first responders to prevent addict deaths by administering norcan to reverse the effects of heroin within minutes. >> it is completely benign and a medicine that the only function it has is to reverse narcotic overdose. >> reporter: and an addict can walk in a pharmacy and get this whether or not they have insurance coverage. the police department promises to pay for it with money seized from drug dealers. such local initiatives are being encouraged by the obama administration but so far washington has been slow to back them up with money. >> administration wants more money, congress is saying we are going to live within some caps and so if we don't get this resolved we are going to see
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more people dying and more people struggling with addiction and more people getting hepatitis c. >> it's of demand and not supply, tom ackerman, al jazeera, washington. now malnutrition exists side by side in the richest country in the world. the phenomenon of the food desert has an area without easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables is becomingly increasingly common in the united states but in the third part of our series of food desert andy gallagher talk about people who are planting seeds for a healthy future. >> reporter: for people gardening is a passion to get your hands dirty and watching the seeds you sew grow and mature but this kind of garden is a vital lifeline. >> that is a family and that is lemon. >> reporter: she used to be a nurse but when she realized that fresh food was in short supply she founded a community garden
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and it's a career change she doesn't regret. >> i know i'm preventing someone in the long run having to go to the hospital and i'm still doing healthcare on this end and i was reluctant to do it but as i say families are coming and receiving and i get those comments from families i know at that point what i'm doing is not in vain. >> reporter: many of the delta schools too strides are being made to give the state's children healthy meals and mississippi has the highest rates of diabetes and obesity in the u.s. and this farm to school program it's hoping to change that. >> we could do more with availability of funds but we do a lot with what we do have and i'm very proud of that and very proud of the success of our program here in mississippi. >> reporter: and it's not just the delta's younger generation that are learning about the benefits of a better diet, she tends her small garden everyday
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and says her efforts are more about just health. >> i can actually plant a seed and watch it grow from a sproud to actually being something i can eat and save money for that i don't have to buy that product from the store, i can focus on something else as far as insurance and medicine and other things like that. >> reporter: the mississippi delta is one to the u.s.' poorest regions and food deserts are defined as access to healthy produce is difficult to find and commonplace but progress is being made. in addition to teaching the local community how to grow tar their fresh food the plan for the community garden it's to turn this land into a farmers market to be held twice a week and when they have done it the fresh food has sold out in minutes. this region has long been neglected and challenges remain through the efforts of a dedicated few its future now
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looks a little healthy and i'm andy gallagher in the mississippi delta. >> reporter: still ahead in sport a top tennis player accused of deliberately losing at the cincinnati masters. ♪
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♪ ethiopia has had great success in recent years in dropping child mortality rates and increasing the number of school enrollers and it's part of the effort to reach u.n. mandated goals and the country sustained solid economic growth but millions of people still live in
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poverty and charles stratford visits a circus training school that is working to build a brighter future for the city's children. >> reporter: these children come from poor families. and a few have even lived on the streets. they come to this circus training center everyday. and this means blooming flower is a charity that runs it and relies on private donations and also has helped by an italian ngo. seven-year-old shows no fear as a trainer lifts him high above his head. he is here with his sister who is practicing her balancing skills. >> translator: i love to come here she says. and i want to be good at the circus. >> reporter: organizers say the activities and training gives the children self-esteem and keeps them off the streets. >> they will create their own self confidence and we also
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create an artistic background. they don't only come here to do activities, they also come here to have fun, to learn more, to bring out their hidden talents. >> reporter: take us to their home and live with their mom in a corrugated iron shack behind an old building. >> translator: life is difficult but my kids are good at the circus and i hope they have a good future. i encourage them to try their hardest and they usually listen to me. >> reporter: they are lucky they don't have to be on the streets. there are thousands of children across the land like these. this is a tipicily -- typically poor neighborhood and translates to wasted tears. and they made gains economically in resent years but remains one of the poorest countries in the world. it's believed around 30% of the
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population live if ofty and has a massive impact on the younger generation when around 50% of the population are under the age of 18. government health programs have succeeded and dramatically decreasing child mortality rates and school enrollment is 90% according to latest u.n. figures but there is a long way to go. it is hoped the children who come to learn and play here will like millions of others across ethiopia get the opportunities they deserve. child stratford, al jazeera. what a fun program and time now for the sport. >> thank you very much spanish futbol-atletico won the first trophy after winning barcelona and the cup winners beat barsa 5-1 to claim tell spanish super cup and the rivals of 4-0 in the
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first leg and 1-1 draw in the second leg on monday with an effort to end the drought and the teams will meet again in their league opener on sunday. >> translator: looks like we are carrying the world and the league has not started yet. it's going to be a tightly fought leader and very difficult to win the title again but we must be optimistic and see the team convinced of the difficulty that the season will hold. >> manager eddy says referee mistakes lost to liverpool in the english league are unforgiving and 1-0 winners on monday and it was scored by a new $50 million signing him in the first half but showed the goal should have been called for off side. liverpool one of only four teams have the won their two opening games. >> basically rough side under the new rules. we were sat down in front of the referees and told about the new
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rules and i was very surprised at the time from my poor angle the goal was given there would have been an off side in there. millions in prize money goes on the line later as teams look to book their spot in the group stages of the u.s. champion league and three-time united and they reached the quarter finals last season and were intimated by the more fancy rivals. >> everybody has already a chance but of course their chances are bigger than ours. but it's sport. and in sport i think maybe england is the country where you see a lot of kind of the smallest and biggest teams. >> reporter: the other first-led playoffs on tuesday include home to germany's by liverer and sport at home to
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moscow. advancing to the group stages of the champion's league presents a lucrative opportunity for the teams involved and while u.s. increased champion's league have 33% this season and means the reward for reaching the group stages is 13.1 million dollars. plus an additional $2.2 million for winning the playoff, further progression in the tournament attracts greater prize money and millions come from championship sales and merchandise and sponsor ship. major league baseballer suffered a fracture to face after being struck by a ball during a match, new york yankee brian mitchell had a pitch against the minnesota twins and the returning drive struck him to the right of his skull. the ball was traveling at 156
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kilometers an hour when it hit and mitchell was helped off the field and received medical treatment for a nasal fracture at a nearby hospital. he has since been released. college sport in the united states brings in millions of dollars but rules stipulate the athletes are not allowed to earn a cent and a ruling which would potentially changed that has now been overturned and the national labor board dismissed a plan to allow the western university players to form a union that would in turn see them classified as employees and meaning they could be played. the players are not allowed to appeal the ruling which is seen as a victory for college sports governing body the ncaa. international athletics federation is gathering in beijing where they will elect a new president in less than 24
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hours time. the election comes at a critical time for the organization which has faced accusations of doping in athletics over the past 15 years and is also comes on the eve of the world championships which will take place in beijing from saturday. there are just two men in contention to replace this man as president and the first is britain, the 58-year-old won two olympic gold metals for his country in distance running in the 1980s and says as a member of the uk parliament before becoming chairman for the organizing committee for the gails and he is a chairman of the sports marketing company and his rival is a 51-year-old who represents the soviet union in pole vault where he then
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competed for ukraine and he broke the world record 35 times and won olympic gold in seoul in 1988 and has been president of ukraine's national olympic committee since 2005 and has served as a vice president of the iaaf since 2007. accused of giving up or tanking in his first round match at the cincinnati masters. the world number 16 was beaten in straight sets by yanukovich during the second set and serving so quickly that ball boys didn't have time to get into position. and conversations described the performance as exhibition tennis and suggested he had a tee time booked to play golf. that is the sport for me, back to laura. >> thank you very much indeed. do stay with us here on al jazeera, i'll be right back with another full bulletin of news for you. ♪
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