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>> hello, and welcome to the news hour. i'm martine dennis. coming up in the next few minutes, thousands of refugees have arrived in serbia, they stop for their desperate journey to e.u. countries. from asia to europe and the u.s. global stock markets tumble as fears deepen about the economic slow down of china. anti-government protest in western nepal turns violent
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leaving 20 dead including police officers. >> i'm in kuala lumpur, where an ancient river is getting a new lease at life. >> but first the latest on the refugee crisis in europe and the mounting tensions and the huge influx of people who are arriving every day. migrants have been fighting with police in milan. they say the red sox cross center they're staying in is overcrowded. they say they're worried about the high number of u un{^l" ^}companied minors they're picking up at seas. italy's cord guard rescued 5,000 people on the mediterranean. and criticizing greece for not doing more to register people who land on its shores. the government there is ferrying
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thousands of refugees from the island of lesbos to the greek mainland where they head to macedonia and on to serk i can't. this is the scene i serbia{^l" ^}. 7,000 people have crossed the board from macedonia on saturday. that's after macedonia gave up trying to stop them. we start our coverage in serbia. >> according t u.n. hcr and doctors out borders, roughly a thousand migrants came across the border of serbia over the last few days. i'm at a registration point where roughly 5,000 to 6,000 people have gone through over the last three days. unofficial estimates of doctors without borders there are another 4,000 people who came through this town without being registered.
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the procedure is that when migrants and refugees come here to this point, they've been registered and allowed to freely continue their journey north towards hungary. it is roughly 600 kilometers from here to the hungarian border throughout serbia, from here most of them are being transported by train or by buses to serbian capital of belgrade. from there they're herding to borders in serbia trying from there to cross into hungary. >> already now we can go to andrew simmons, our correspondent, back from the macedonian side of the border with greece. and andrew, let's start with the austrian foreign minister, who has come into town. he has had some fairly important remarks to say. >> he certainly has. he has arrived to see this
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reception area, which is really just a makeshift area, which is going to be sealed off from the public from anybody else around, and used at a point from where all of these refugees travel by train to serbia. those images that you'll see of thousands reaching serbia are all from this point. this will continue. it's going to be a policy of this government now to process, as they put it, refugees in this way. the foreign minister for austria basically said that really what had happened with this government had been left high and dry without facilities, without resources. the greeks have not played it the way they should do. they have not put security on the border. they have not processed any of the refugees, and as a result a massive number were trying to cross the border, and you saw the border was closed. well, in humanitarian terms i
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put it to the interior minister that this was surely a provocative act. he claimed this was the only thing he could do to protect the border. effectively what happened was humanitarian catastrophe. most people accept that. but what we have now is that this government does not want the people mixing with their own people. and they want the problem moved on. and so the situation is developing all the time. this is what happened. >> from the heat of macedonia's border with greece, the pathway may be fully open again. the only confrontation from minor successful. as the pace may have quickened, macedonia's interior area came to defend the decision to close the border last week. here, too, austria's foreign
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minister talking about what the european union was doing or wasn't doing right now. an oil engineer wanted to get a word in. >> to solve this problem for syrian refugee, why do this on syria. >> europe's youngest foreign minister did not have an answer to that question. macedonia's interior blamed greece saying it had no patrol or security on its border. >> our intention was not to close the border but to protect it. this was confrontation with refugees. in humanitarian terms surely it was a disaster. >> our efforts were motivated by the humanitarian situation. >> if there is no support for the refugees there. >> what are you going to do
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apart from blaming greece? >> we have a meeting with all the countries, with germany, the commissioners from the european union. >> but those words have been heard before, and the fact is little change from these people apart from the speed of boarding trains like this one, away from people in the cities and towns of macedonia. and so as the political talking goes on in berlin, brussels, and other european capitals, the reality here is there is a primitive reception center in operation. refugees have quickly moved on, and it undoubtedly leads for more coming on this route bringing the crisis further up the line to another country. and we have more people arriving now. showing that the problem here isn't by no means as immense as it was four days ago when the confrontation started with the security forces with this
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country. but it really is--it's hardly a situation that anyone would accept as anywhere near normal. the humanitarian conditions are extremely basic. the amounts of care being taken in processing these people in registering them, checking names and so on, the security questions on in a, and there are humanitarian questions as well. the unhcr has criticized a number of actions by the greeks, and, indeed, by the macedonians in how they handled the border. but where are they? they're not in big numbers. they put plastic sheets where people have sheltered. there are a dozen umbrellas. that's five, no six latrines, but really, where are the tents? where is the shelter? this is a makeshift transit point with no contact from the outside world to take people up the railway to serbia.
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>> andrew simmons there live on the macedonian side of the border with greece. there has been a white-knuckle ride for world financial markets. the dow jones centra industrial averages plummet. with an early case of the legitimators, the markets now seem to be righting themselves somewhat. >> they are. that's a little bit of good news for the traders here on the floor. i can tell you last week was one of the worst weeks here in wall street since 2011. and this week labs like it's not getting over to a very good start either when the markets, as you mentioned, a drop of over 1,000 points, a historic drop really an indication that wall street is reacting to the news out of china. but most analysts that we've been talking to and listening to
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sense that there is not panic here, at least not yet. this is what they say as well in entering a correction territory and correction on the markets is when the markets drop more than 10%. it is seen as a correction to overfix or over inflate a market to bring it back down to reality, so to speak. these corrections generally happen every 18 months or so. we haven't seen one since 2011. will this effect main street, so to speak, the people on the streets. the only way that this probably will is if unemployment increases dramatically, and there is a big spike. unlike 2011 when we saw last correction like this in april, unemployment in the u.s. was at 9%. right now it's only at 5%. so they have encouraging signs of a lot of people saying that they're hoping that this is somewhat temporary.
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>> gabriel elizondo at the stock exchange. let's look at what is behind this sell-off then. china's stocks dropped more than 8% on monday, it's biggest one-day fall in eight years. beijing has deployed it's $547 billion pension fund to prop up the market. that after efforts to use another state fund with $400 billion of state assets to buy up stocks failed to stop the decline. from ma malaysia's ringgit, the commodity index has seen its lowest level since 1998. crude oil has been tumbling from
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$45 a barrel, it's lowest price since 2009. >> the sell off began within minutes of the stock exchange opening. >> on monday the government announced a new and risky intervention to prop up the market by using billions of dollars from the state pension fund, but it failed to stop the slide. >> how can markets drop every day like this. one, two, three, four, five. the market dropped for five days. and it never rose back. >> many borrowed to buy shares, and now are being forced to sell those shares to pay back the loans. >> the chinese market aims to eliminate the middle class after eliminating the middle class, the middle class will have no purchasing power and the market won't be flourishing.
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>> wortwill the value of their pensions still be at risk? >> i think the government can consult this properly. the government wants all the pension money on the stock market. >> the government is reassuring investors, but everything that it so far tried to rescue the market has failed. since june the shanghai index has lost more than 30% of its value, and analysts warn that the decline is likely to continue. once more the drop in chinese shares dragged down markets across the asia pacific region. the main reason, the fear that the slow down in china's economy is worse than the government is letting on. the hong kong index followed the sharp decline closing down more than 5 points. tokyo ended the day 5 points lower as well. south korea closed down by more than 2%, it's sixth consecutive loss, and australia suffered its
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biggest one-day fall if four years, down more than 4%. what all these markets desperately need but don't have is investor confidence. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> we've got a lot more to come on this al jazeera news hour, including isil pucked of using mustard gas against civilians in syria's northern aleppo province. report from crimea where thousands of people are signing a possessio petition asking the kremlin to stamp out corruption. and we have andy later with sport. now lebanese protesters have postponed their demonstration, which was due to take place on monday evening. it follows violent rally as day earlier. we can go live now to beirut,
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and jamal, you're surrounded by a lot of people. tell us where you are and what's going on. >> well, martine, i'm outside of the ministry of justice in beirut, and behind me is a small but loud crowd who are demanding accountability for the security services who open fired at protesters over the past couple of days, resulting this one reported death, and dozens of injuries. it's a very angry crowd here. they say that the security forces were heavy handed in their approach against what was the largely peaceful is to start up with, and another manifestation of the government's failure not only to provide for the people, but to listen to them. this is another section of a defense movement or movement of defense rather that appears to be growing in lebanon. >> so, this seems to be a
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movement that started off protesting against the failure to collect household rubbish that was left on the streets rotting and smelling, and it seems to be widening. >> indeed, martine, as we've been saying over the past 24 hours, the rubbish prices was the final nail in the coffin, essentially. there were problems and shortcomings by the government, by the political system here, and the rubbish prices brought all of that resentment to the forefront. the movement behind the rubbish protest known as you stink, as they call themselves on facebook and other social media, the press conference in the past hour to postpone officially what was planned for protests today. however, they say that it does not mean that they'll stop protesting. i have a statement which they
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issued in that press conference that have several demands. they say at the beginning that by no means does the postponement of the protest mean that they'll solve civil disobedience and other forms of protest. however, they're taking the time to allow more people to enjo to join them. they demand the resignation of several ministers, including the minister of environment and the minister of interior. they will also ask for the government to cancel all bids, the bidding process that took place in terms of the government here, open up midding for civil services. they say these are all corrupt processes, and they must be canceled.
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but there is a higher bar that is being demanded by some people that is behind me. that is the toppling of the entire government. whether they have enough momentum, whether they have enough support on the ground and political maturity to insure that 24 very long road towards achieving that, whether these--this movement has that still is a question that they have not answered, martine. >> thank you very much. live in beirut. >> now three policemen have been killed in a bomb. it happened north of cairo. the bomb went off as a bus carrying policemen was taking them to work. egypt has been battling a growing insurgency since the ousting of mohamed morsi in 2013. now police in nepal said that eight people including a child have been killed in anti-government protests. it happened in the wist o--west
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of the country. let's go to kathmandu, tell us what happened? >> well, the story is still developing, and earlier there were reports that 20 people have died. but now it's gone down to eight. as many as 40 people have been injured after a group of protesters attacked the policemen who were trying to stop the attack. for the past few weeks they have been demanding. the constitution is being written, and they have come up with within the region.
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they have been demanding the state which would give them more of a political power, and these clashes have been going on for a while. but this violence today was rather unprecedented. >> and how far along is the process of taking public opinion into account in terms of drawing up this new constitution? >> well there was a process a few days of public confrontation, but there have been complaints that confrontations have not been taken into account. but at the same time this is the second attempt that nepal is making in writing a constitution the last time also in 2012 the assembly failed because of the same problem. the politicians, different
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actions they could not decide on the federal model that nepal should be in. so this problem of federation had been going on for a very long time and it is uncertain how long it will take for nepal to keep writing the constitution. >> live from kathmandu, thank you. talks between north and south korea are still going on in an effort to diffuse tensions between the two countries. hundreds ar of protesters have held an anti-north rally. they chanted slogans against the north and defaced kim jong-un and the north flag. we have more from seoul. >> well, in the past couple of years we've had low-level talks between south korea and north
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korea lasting 16 16 hours, 13 hours, but this is an entirely different order. this session of talks lasted 10 hours. talks that last this long cannot be entirely unbroken. you're hoping these people are getting sleep as well as break off and contact their capitals. the fact that they're talking this long suggests they're trying to come to some kind of agreement, but also suggests that it is very difficult to do so, and it's highly surprising given the fact that south korea, through its president earlier on monday made its bottom line pretty clear. president park saying she wanted north korea to make a clear apology, accept responsibility for a landmine attack which happened earlier this month, seriously injuring two south korean soldiers. north korea has rejected any responsibility for that, and demanding that the loud speakers in retaliation across the border
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to stop. they were threatening to attack those loud speakers. they're trying to get some sort of resolution to those positions will be very difficult. confirming that they believe that 50 of north korea's 70 submarines have left their bases, and the artic hear raised from the northern side of the border have doubled since the talks began. >> isil fighters have been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians in syria. it was reported on friday in aleppo province. a medical group on the ground said that at least 50 shells were fired at residential areas. dozens of those injured displayed signs of having been exposed to chemical weapons including wheezing, coughing, and redness of the eyes. a chemical weapons expert said that the reports of the u.s. of mustard gas are credible. >> i've looked at a lot of the
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evidence that is on social media in the last couple of days, and i've been in communications with the doctors who have been passing this information to the syrian american society, which is part of the medical charities that i support, and our people on the ground are gauging this at the moment. the credibility from the last two weeks that the islamic state has used mustard agent against peshmerga forces in iraq, and creating casualty there is. there are rumors that the citize islamic state have obtained chemical weapons probably from assad's stock pile that was removed in 2004. >> 14 people are accused of murdering a teenage boy in rural bangladesh. video of the disabled boy being
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beaten to death went viral. we look at how the attackers took the law into their own hands and a warning that some may find the report upsetting. >> the pictures continue to haunt his father as he campaigns for justice. he said his son, who suffered from mental and physical disability would never steal anything. but an angry mob thought otherwise. they killed him and glowed about it. video of the 13-year-old's murder was posted online by the culprits themselves. they practicinged they had caught the thief. [ crying ] >> we're poor so he used to go to the market to help out our family by selling vegetables. that even his mother called and said that our boy had not come home. i panicked right away. >> this is where they caught him
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and tied him up. it was early in the morning, but there was still people passing by, so they took him to this garage at the back where they beat him to death. >> passersby did nothing to stop the assault. his murder is provoking international outrage because the video has gone viral. but bangladeshis usual ignore public lynchings which are common here. many victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> me and six of my friends were hanging out in the evening near a bridge when these men with flashlights came up to us. we told them that we were students but they started hitting us. all my friends died. >> mob beatings are a sign of people's lack of faith in the justice system. the police say incidents are rare, and they're working to stop them.
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>> such measures will bring little peace to this man. with police bringing charges against suspects this monday, all he wants is to see them punished for taking away his son. >> still with us here on the al jazeera news hour. we've got lots more to come, including the fighting of the enemy. but the sectarian tension within the iraqi forces in the battle for ramadi. >> i'm in northern argentina where farmers protesting hearsay that the government's policies are making it impossible for them to grow their crops. >> and the american indy car crash has left a driver in
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>> welcome, this are our top stories. >> that least eight people have been killed in anti-government protests in western nepal. the protesters are demanding a separate state. police say they were attacked by demonstrators with spears, knives, and stones. iraqi forces have been facing strong resistence from isil in the battle for ramadi. sunni volunteers have been leading the fight.
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>> a newly formed force made of iraqi soldiers and volunteers have been trying to advance in the city of ramadi. many of them received u.s. training. the defense minister was in a defiant mood, but the reality on the ground is different. dozens of his men have been killed in am bushes over recent days. it is proving to be a difficult fight. this battle is an important test for the government, whose army and police units' their positions when isil enter anbar's provincial capital in may. washington has reportedly ask prime minister hyder al abadi not to use shia military men to secure sunni territories. those militias were immediately deployed to anbar when ramadi fell. it was a request by the
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government, whose army was not able to stop isil's advances. now one of the commanders of the forces feels there are attempts to stop them. >> some should review their positions. we won't allow anyone to interfere with internal affairs. this is the red line. >> an influence man has been leading the fight against isil. his brigade is the strongest militia in the popular mobilization forces. it also belongs to a political party that has a strong presence in parliament. >> he's our number one man in the forces, and prime minister abady and no one else can marc marginalize him. >> the mills shah become stronger than the state than the
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army. the popular mobilization forces is believed to number around 100,000 men. they were given official status by the government which pays some of their salaries. they have largely replaced the armies and thousands of its forces are in anbar. the newly trained troops are close to ramadi, but the government continues to rely on shia forces around another stronghold, the city of fallujah. it is expected to be a long fight, not just in anbar but to weaken the militias that have capitalized on the failings of the iraqi army. >> burundi's security forces are accused of using torture against members of the opposition. amnesty enter shows report of widespread abuses. victims say they were beaten with iron bars and have acid
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poured on their skin. the testimonies accuse members of the national intelligence service as well as national police of carrying out the violence. the report said that since april the number of torture cases significantly increased as a means to stop protests against president pierre nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. amnesty said that none of the victims were allowed access to lawyers, and to date no investigates have been carried out. well, one of the authors of this report, she joins us live from london. how did you gather this information? where did you get your evidence from? >> we interviewed former prisoners directly. in some cases--well, in one case the day the person was released, and in other cases quite soon after they were released. the reason for that, we were not
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only able to hear their testimonies but we could see physical evidence of their abuse. the majority of people we spoke to had very strong bruc strong bruises to show. one man had inflamed testicles as a result of torture. they had other kinds of marks and scars and things on their bodies. you know, it was really a very serious physical torture that these people were subject to. >> indeed, it sounds very unpleasant, indeed.
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>> how much scrutiny does amnesty international give to these kinds of serious accusations? i mean, how robust are you in checking them out? because obviously these are very serious accusations, and you decided that they are valid, they're justified? >> the detainees that we spoke to were all held at two facilities. one by the national intelligence service and another by the police. there were a lot of overlapping information about the physical layout of these places. even the names of the people conducting the abuse, the methods used. not only were we able to confirm their own accounts to some extent looking at the physical wounds on their body, but by
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comparing them t. this torture is not happening in a vacuum. it's part of a larger party of oppression that we've been seeing against people perceived as being in opposition to the government. you know, there was a wave of protest in april and may that were violently protested. there is a real effort to go after anyone perceived in opposition to the government or documenting abuses. one of the victims was an activist. another a a journalist.
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we have contacted the burr run di government to try to get their response to these accusations, but they have declined to comment. they're calling for a five-day strike. they say they've been forced to stop growing their crops because they can't forward it. we have reports now in northern argentina. these farmers have gone unheeded for years. they say that they're in an economic crisis. >> we're here because our production in the northern part of argentina has a terminal disease. it's not viable. next year there won't be any
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crops in this part of the country. >> jose has been a farmer here for decades. he took us to his ranch. he said that the situation is so complicated that many in the area are thinking of selling their land. >> this is terrible not to have this land with crops. the humidity is the right one, but we have to spend a lot of money and it's not that easy. >> he said that the big problem is the exchange rate with the u.s. dollar. in argentina there is an official rate and a local rate. >> in the case of the soybean we have to pay 35% export tax. and of that value, we get paid a dollar that is fake and worth 60% less than the real dollar. so we pay 35% minus 30%, and it is impossible. >> that's why they put a roadblock here for a third week. the local government has granted some tax exceptions. farmers hearsay that what makes
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the situation worse for them is that the closest port is over 1,000 kilometers away. that's why many have decided not to sell their crops, because the freight is so expensive that they cannot afford it. >> across northern argentina farmers are making similar demands. since the center left government imposed a tax on crops there has been a farming tension with the agriculture sector. the crops of soybean have fallen heavily. >> since 2008 the government has taken the farming sector as an enemy. the former president nesto nestorkirchner said that he wanted to put farmers on a their knees and the policies are still in place. >> the government said that this is not the right time for a strike. farmers think differently and will block the roads until at least some of their demands are made.
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argentina. >> three americans and one britain have been given france's highest an accolade. president fran├žois hollande presented them with the legion of honor medal in a ceremony at his official resident. they received the medical dales for their bravery in stopping a gunman on a train on friday. the u.s. airman said that one man was injured in the attack. still to come on this al jazeera news hour. how malaysia plans to clean up hundreds of kilometers of rivers. we'll hear from african refugee who is are trying to make it as footballers in italy.
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>> elaina content is as sharp as the razor wire dumped in their village. occupiers who come in the night to block off public paths, pull down electricity cables, pull down walls and shut off water supplies to houses. this is all part of an illegal land grab for the development of luxury homes along this dramatic
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coast line. >> they don't want to change anything. like their plans to seize land here. >> they're fighting back using video and social media to show their campaign. >> there is an anti-corruption petition sent to president vladimir putin. 15,000 or so people have signed it so far, but it seems like the kremlin is already paying attention. >> these are the faces of crimean officials already charged by federal authorities with a list of crimes from accepting bribes to embezzlement
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to federal tax money. some from personally appointed, and russia's main security agency the fsb, is sending an obvious warning. >> the federal authorities are seriously concerned about the way things are in crew mia, the federal structure dealing with state security, and the challenges we see in vie mia are a challenge to russian statehood. >> the last thing for the kremlin wants is for the administration to play by its own rules, but the chairman to the public chamber denies there is a relationship with mosco moss--denies there is a rift with moscow. >> there may have caused some local--i don't want to say conflict, but local disputes. >> hundreds of millions of dollars annually in investment and subsidies are being pumped
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into crimea. many hope that joining russia will put hinds them the years of corruption and crumbling infrastructure, but they're still waiting. rory challands. crimea. >> for sport lear is andy. >> there has been more jamaican success with shelly ann fraser-pryce winning they are title. taking gold in a 10.67 seconds in beijing. the jay make can has previously won gold in 2010 and 2013 world championships. the 28-year-old is also a two-time olympic champion. and there was a kenyan 1, 2, 3, had in the steeplechase as they're out in front winning a fourth successive world title. indy car driver justin
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wilson is in a coma after suffering a head injury during a race on sunday. the britain was hid by debris from another car that crashed in front of him. the incident occurred when american driver crashed in the pennsylvania circuit. it appears that the knows cone from his car struck wilson on his head. the former f-1 driver was airlifted to hospital, and the 37-year-old is in critical condition. >> one of the most dangerous forms of motorsports. we know we go out there every day with our head exposed, i hear that the nose cone hit him. the nose cone hit him in the head. that's a big piece of body work to hit him in the head. thoughts and prayers are with him. he's one of my good friends. >> all time cricket has made their test appearance. he didn't quite get the score he
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would have liked. here is i sir lan can's scores. also 11 double centuries in there only australia's bartman has scored more. >> i would watch him on old grainy videos, and he's exceptional. you have those great cricketers from any era, and you put them here with the modern techniques, the modern training methods, they might have averaged much more. but you know, they'll always be comparisons, but i'm just excited to have played the game and achieve what i have in the game. >> our correspondent was at the final match, and said that his retirement is a huge loss for
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the world game. >> he might have started competitively late in professional cricket, but he has more than made up for his time reaching the pinnacle of the game. he has accepted the responsibility to inspire off the field. a few years ago saying that the love and devotion that he inspires is something that he strifes every day of his career to be worthy of. >> replacing him is impossible. >> we're in love with his quality, in love with his way of football. everything--when he comes to cricket he'll always be in our hearts forever. >> this qualified lawyer has impressed on not just the international stage but at the order of cricket.
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he has talked about the turmoil in sri lankan cricket. >> for more than 15 years he has played with the national squad. timing is everything, he said, in cricket, and he went out on top. >> the nfl is staying with the emergence of a rather embarrassing video. this from a mentoring session given from former players to rookies. have a listen telling them that they need a fall guy should they ever need to get into legal trouble. >> y'all want to keep rolling like this, who is going to be the fall guy, who is going to be driving, because y'all are not always going to do the right stuff. i need to teach you how to get around this stuff. if you're going to have a crew,
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one of though fools know that he's going to jail. we'll get him out. >> well, carter has now apologized via twitter saying that video made him realize how wrong i was. you had boyfriends there to jade young people and instead i gave them very bad advice. every person should take responsibility for his own actions. i'm sorry, and i truly regret what i said that day. well, in football, juventus aiming to win a fifth straight title. but way down the division is a team with a very different background. every year thousands of refugees head to southern italy to work as an unregulated and enter paid workforce. but a talented handful has found football to be a fruitful diversion. >> spot italy's latest football sensation. it's the team in yellow, it's the first and entirely made up
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of african refugees to win a minor league in this country. >> winning the championship meant saving us. we don't have any other way to show that we're capable of. we won, but nothing has changed. >> this is what has not changed. a makeshift tent camp with no electricity and running water, where they and hundreds of other refugees call home. women and children live in conditions that human rights groups call sub human. one of the locals to help out is a local priest who founded the football team, helps the refugees with legal papers and gives them lifts oh and from the camp, sometimes when they have more than they can carry. he said that the game success has not been the game changer he had hoped. >> it's a dream that didn't come true. we hope that by winning the league we could find a sponsor that would help improve living conditions here, but we didn't
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find anyone who seriously wanted to help. >> one of main italian towns where every year thousands of refugees work as poorly paid fruit pickers. in 2010 the shooting of two refugees triggered one of the worst race-related riots in italy's history. since then relations between the fruit pickers and locals have improved. but their football team still had to tackle rampant racism. in this video shot by the players, supporters of opposite teams call them dirty africans. others shouted they wished they had drown in the sea. >> while these players are still looking for a sponsor that pays the $6,000 needed by the team to enroll in the next season, they will continue to train and dream on the same shore they landed on after a long and perilous journey. al jazeera. >> we will have more reaction from the world athletic
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championships in beijing a little later on. that's your sport for now. >> thank you very much for now. now malaysia has launched an ambitious project to transform it's capital to one of the most livable cities in the world. this marks world water week, we go to the water ways of kuala lumpur. long used as dumping grounds for waste. >> a hidden oasis on the outskirts of kuala lumpur. this is where jeannie lee grew up chasing fish and insects in the clear waters of the river. now as an adult she spend her time trying to preserve this pristine environment. >> you can never see this any more in malaysia. >> after decades of neglect, dozens of volunteers are cleaning up the rivers that run
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through kuala lumpur. their work is a vital part of the government's plan to very rife 110 kilometers of the city's rivers. here in their neighborhood they've had remarkable success, but down stream this natural wonderland turns into an open drain. unfortunately, over time people have a disconnected life on the river. this has led to the current state of the river. >> as the city has grown, these rivers have turned into a dumping ground for factories, construction sites, and even homes. but in 2010 the government launched the river of life project aimed at rejuvenating this area into a center for work and recreation. >> it might not look like much at the moment but this entire riverfront is earmarked for redevelopment. the government is spending more than $1 billion, but they're
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hoping this investment will spur tourism and business opportunities. >> officials say that they aim to recoupe the funds that they're spending through the sell of land once the project is complete. current trends suggest that their returns will be lucrative. >> up to now, the land that the government owns o has increased 50%. that's major part of development for us. >> by the time construction is complete in t.v. years developers are confident that the project will generate billions of dollars for the state. but the benefits for the environment may well be priceless. al jazeera, could youal lay almost. >> well, that's all for me for today. do stay with us here on al jazeera. david foster has a full bulletin of news coming up ahead. so don't go away.
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>> desperate journeys in serbia. thousands of refugees leave macedonia continuing their search for a new life in europe. >> coming up in this program, stock markets falling, in fears over the chinese slow down and falling commodity prices. anti-government protests say that violence in nepal, eight people have been killed.