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♪ frustration and anger in hungry as the capitol main station is closed to refugees trying to reach sanctuary in western europe. ♪ hello, i'm live from al jazeera headquarters in doha and also to come on the program protests storm the environment ministry in beirut demanding the minister resign over a growing garbage crisis. calls for australia to remove children from a prison holding asylum seekers in malru after a
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scathing report shows abuse. helping students escape the harsh realities of life in gaza. ♪ hundreds of refugees and migrants are being barred from budapest main station going to trains going to austria and germany. around a thousand people have gathered outside the station with security guards blocking the entrances. hungry has been criticized by other european governments for its treatment of refugees and building a fence to stop people from crossing over and we go life to that train station in budapest and our correspondent simmons travelling with this flow of migrants and refugees and so people are still calm but they must be exhausted.
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>> that's right, marteen, every square of shade is being used up on the surroundings of the rail way station and let me take a step out of shot to show you how people are feeling, a feeling of total deoslation and anger and frustration of this rail way station being closed is replaced by a mood of utter desperation really. they have already bought tickets most of these people, whole families, large families spending up to a thousand euro or more on tickets. and many of these tickets, in fact, the vast majority, in fact, one day tickets, cheap tickets, well not cheap but one-day tickets which will expire this evening so this is a situation where many people here feel what can they do next?
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as far as the government goes they insist that they are merely abiding by european union law which says that you have to have a visa and a passport to travel through the european zone which is meant to be border free and free movement with no border controls. however many of these people have passports and not visas and have registration as refugees but if under the system they actually have registered here in hungry then this is the first country of entry and they have to make asylum application here. so it is a complex situation but in humanitarian terms this is an emergency and there is no doubt about it, the numbers are unprecedented and in a humanitarian situation like this something, most people here. ngos and most observers feel something urgently needs to be
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done. >> andrew simmons live from central budapest outside the train station, thank you very much. well, hundreds of refugees who managed to get on those trains on monday in budapest eventually got to munich and were given a warm welcome. [cheers] the authorities there said they would be moved on by bus to registration centers. germany has taken in more asylum seekers than any other eu country and expects 800,000 this year alone. the chancellor angela merkel said refugees from syria are welcome given the war in their country. >> translator: it's been said those arriving in germany are most likely to receive asylum or the status of a refugee from a civil war country. that is no surprise given the situation in syria and this should be seen in all other eu countries. of course we abserve applicable
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law except we see in everyday situations that applicable law is not applied. well, around 20,000 people have taken part in a rally in vienna calling for the fair treatment of refugees in europe and encouraging eu leaders to give the refugees asylum. now a story that is developing and has been developing in the last half an hour or so coming out of lebanon where dozens of protesters stormed government buildings in the capitol beirut. they are demanding the environment minister reside and this follows mass protests over piles of garbage building up the street and this is the latest from beirut. >> reporter: escalation in terms of anti-government protesters movements here in beirut. the occupation of the environments minister shows a shift in terms of how this civil
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disobedience or demonstration against government policies and against the government and the entire political system actually is developing. on saturday after thousands of people took to the streets of downtown beirut not only angered by the garbage or rubbish crisis in lebanon but dissatisfied with the perform ens of the government with being fed up with the system and issued a 72-hour ultimatum to those in pour and said demands had to be met and resignation of the minister as well as the resignation of the entire government but they had singled out the minister of environment. that ultimatum ends in a few hour's time and appears the storming of the environmental ministry and what appears to show authorities they are serious about their ultimatum. whether the government responds in a way that will appease them
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or settle things down or whether security forces may and forcibly remove them, we will wait and see how this plays out but it is definitely a significant shift in this political standoff that has been going on for several weeks now. police in thailand say a key suspect in last month's bombing in bangkok has been arrested, this is the second confirmed arrest over the attack and the foreign man was detained at a check point near cambodia and 20 were killed when the blast tore through a religious shrine in central bank cock on august 1 h 17th. al jazeera given an exclusive video with pictures of the taliban leader who died in 2013 but his death was only confirmed a few weeks ago and the pictures show the new leader mansur and new leadership rejected claims of a split at the top. australia's treatment of asylum
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seekers are calling for children to be removed from the island prison malu where prisoners are kept, it's an off shore center that australia government pays for instead of allowing refugees on to its soil and andrew thomas has more. >> reporter: three years ago al jazeera filmed what would be the detention center as australia's army built it but since detainees have been held in what has in effect been a prison the media has not been allowed in, and the secrecy said should change because where there is secrecy there can be abuse and the report details of some of what is alleged traumatized children and sexual abuse by guards and water boarding and credibility of the former guard making that accusation was questioned at the inquery.
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>> no, i have not personally witnessed the actual event but i witnessed what i firmly believe to be the actions after. >> so you've seen people with water on them come from a building? >> and water coming out of their mouth, coughing up water. >> reporter: okay. the report says conditions at the present are not adequate, appropriate or safe and calls for a full order of allegations of abuse. >> there are 67 allegations of both physical and sexual abuse against children and that includes 30 concerning deten civ center staff. >> reporter: the reports recommendations include faster processing of refugee claims and the removal of children from the prison. >> the minister has acknowledged this morning for the first time that things are not okay inside the detention camp and that talk is chief and they need to act. >> reporter: the government accepts sending its refugees to
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camps in other countries is tough but as a deterrent it works and boats of asylum seekers like these have stopped coming to australia and the policy is attacking international criticism. >> u.n. says what is going on here is tantamount to torture in some cases. >> it's brutal stuff, no question about it but it's seen as a deterrent and a lot of european governments are actually looking to the australian model. >> reporter: the government made it clear they have no plans to close the camp. the company running it was on monday given a five-year contract to continue doing so. it's tiny in the pacific, the millions it is given to host what is effect an australian prison is a sizable part of the economy but it is kept hidden just to have a visa to here and journalists pay $6,000 and no promise they can get it and no
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access if they do and what is clear that in such a dark place dark things are happening, al jazeera, sidney. doctors in yemen are warning of devastating consequences the war is having on children. they estimate up to 60% of children there are malnourished as victoria gatenbee now reports. >> reporter: a father places his baby on scales at this medical center in the capitol sanaa and running a screening program to monitor malnourished children. before the war yemen had one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world, now more children are in poor health because they can't get enough nutritious food to eat. >> translator: malnutrition was widespread in yemen but there has been a big increase and 30% used to be and now it's 50 or 60%. >> reporter: the children at this clinic are prescribed vitamin supplements but doctors say their supplies are low.
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they received some aid from charities but say they need more to meet patient demand. >> translator: our children are facing famine and we cannot sit back and do nothing, we call on the united nations to look at the children who are innocent and shouldn't be experiencing malnutrition like this. look at the children's fear and the anxiety we are all facing. >> reporter: people in yemen are suffering from severe food and water shortages. relative calm has returned two cities like aiden where forces loyal to exiled president hadi pushed them out last month but the stronghold fighting continues and until it stops the healthcare system won't recover likely from months of war, victoria from al jazeera. still to come here at al jazeera, [chanting] take a look at what is at stake in iraq as politicians play the
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blame game over its crumbling infrastructure plus. human activity is disrupting the climate in many ways faster than we previously thought. >> president obama urges world leaders to reach a deal to protect the planet and the time to act is now. ♪ flush tush
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migrants barred from budapest's main station as they try to get on trains heading to austria and germany and says they cannot allow people to travel unless they have the correct documents. dozens of protesters stormed the capitol in beirut and want the environment minister to resign after mass protests in resent weeks over piles of garbage that have not been cleared off the streets. australia's government urged to remove children from a prison holding asylum seekers on the island of nalru after a report that says the camp is unsafe and inadequate. to iraq now where people say little has changed since the prime minister announced a set of sweeping changes last month and they were in response to massive protests over government corruption and a lack of infrastructure. now abaddi facing opposition and
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dana reports from the iraqi capitol baghdad. >> reporter: this is why people began to take to the streets, shortage of electricity and extreme heat was the breaking point for my rackys and the sector has been worn down by war and blame authorities for miss management and corruption and the president of abaddi promised to take action and electricity minister was questioned in parliament. he blamed former ministers for not investing enough to develop the distribution network. parliament was satisfied with his answers but it caused yet more anger on the streets. >> translator: it seems parliament is not taking people seriously and under estimates our will and making people even more angrier. >> backing the minister were from abaddi's block in parliament and the shia alliance is by malaki who has been accused of corruption and leads the biggest block in parliament.
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>> translator: the state of law is not united, there is the abaddi wing and malaki wing and they are against each other and abaddi was relying on the people and cheer leaders but they are all standing against him and he is fighting for reforms alone with the backing of the street and the highest shia leaders. >> reporter: have not chanted slogans against abaddi and, in fact, protesting every friday for weeks now to bring about support to bring about change. at first they demanded better services and now my rack -- many iraqis want to have a political system where appointments were made according to party loyalties and power and distributed among sex and it's a call to end sectarian in politics and little has changed after abaddi announced reforms and to meet demands the prime
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minister needs to support of the political establishment but the same politicians who publically back the people seem to be standing in his way. >> translator: parliament members are covering up for each other and they are afraid if one minister is fired then other also be dismissed and means parties will lose their power and seats. >> reporter: this crisis is testing abaddi's career and there are popular shia and wing whose are ready to step in, baghdad. >> reporter: lawyer called for the prime minister to intervene in his case and fahmy with mohamed and peter greste were given a prison sentence a charge they and al jazeera rejects and human rights lawyer says she has had support from canadians on
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the ground but says the government can do more to help. two british journalists and their iraqi producer working for vice news charged by a turkish judge with being members of i.s.i.l. and they were arrested on the 29th and have been filming fighting between security forces and east member of the pro-kurdish pkk and all three will stand trial and kept in jail until then. the united nations has confirmed i.s.i.l. has destroyed another significant ruin in the ancient city of palmyra. now this is what the temple of bell looked like earlier in the week but the u.n. has now released these satellite images taken on monday showing what is left. earlier in august i.s.i.l. bombed this temple on the site. a second ukrainian policeman
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died from injuries he suffered during fighting outside parliament on monday. the pictures show a suspect hurling a grenade that killed a man and at least 19 others were hurt and the violence began for lawmakers to give more autonomy for the eastern part of ukraine. well the ukrainian president . >> translator: and what hurt the aggressor would not be on the table and the grim picture of struggling against the aggressor alone would become a real threat. malaysia airlines new holding company begins operations on tuesday but new changes won't effect travelers, the company has under gone a
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name change from malaysia airlines system to may malaysia airlines and follows a devastating 2014 with a downing of a plane over ukraine and disappearance from kuala lumpur and beijing. >> the launch of malaysia new airlines was a very low-key affair and a corporate change, a change of name to malaysia airlines private, the old company malaysia airlines system was technically bankrupt. so a brand-new company under a new chief executive but to the consumer at the moment the carrier is malaysia airlines even though a rebranding exercise is underway and the reality is malaysia airlines were in trouble before the tragedies of mh-370 and 17 and they continued to lose money year after year despite going
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through several restructures and it was mainly owned by the government. now it is wholly owned by the government, it has restructured yet again and trimmed its fleet and slashed staff members by 6,000 and now the hard work really begins, trying to win customers back. the guatemala president molina facing calls to resign over his alleged involvement in a multi million corruption scandal and david mercer reports. >> reporter: guatemala president is refusing to budge. on monday molina told reporters he is innocent of corruption allegations and that he won't step down. >> translator: i'm going to act in accordance with the law and the law allows me to do two things, the first is to present my resignation and make myself available to the courts and the second is face due process. >> it was the first time the president has appeared in public
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since the attorney general asked the courts to strip him of his immunity to face possible prosecution. >> translator: i'm available not only to face this due process but also to respond to them. not only head on but with my head high because if there was anyone that has been hurt more than anyone else it's me. >> reporter: the president has been battered by a multi million corruption scandal that led to the arrest of his former vice president, last week six of his cabinet ministers resigned and congress is preparing to vote on whether to strip the president's immunity from prosecution. for the past four months guatemala people have gathered to processing against government corruption and demand the president resign. on thursday an estimated 100,000 people from across the country packed into guatemala city central park. organizers say the protests will continue until the president is out of office. but the president said he should not be judged prematurely.
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it's amid this crisis that guatemala people head to the polls. on sunday millions will vote for a new president but for many they are faith in politicians is already gone. david mercer, al jazeera, guatemala. the u.s. president barack obama says climate change is a problem and needs to be addressed now. he just had begun a historic three-day visit to alaska and patty has the details. >> reporter: u.s. president barack obama is dragging the national spotlight to a place it rarely goes, the far northern state of alaska. >> over the past 60 years alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the united states. last year was alaska's warmest year on record. just as it was for the rest of the world. and the impacts here are very real. >> reporter: he will tour melti melting glasiers and talk to people dealing with climate
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change and a chance to reach a third of americans who tell pollsters who do not believe that climate change is real. but this trip has some environmental activists calling the president a hypocrite because he recently approved drilling for oil in the very place he is touring. the administration says they couldn't stop it because president george bush first approved it while in office but environmentalists say that is not true. >> he never shied away from executive action and he has been on defensive the last couple of weeks trying to declare they are bush leases to drill in the arcic but it has been his decision and if he cares at all about protecting the progressive legacy he can cancel this lease. it's not too late. >> reporter: president obama has made climate change a central part of his legacy. he often talks about green energy and made it a priority in his budget but at the same time he is pushing for more drilling. when he took office the u.s. produced just over 5 million of crude each day.
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in 2014 that number jumped to around 8.7 million. that is a 39% increase. the president defends that saying it will take time to get more green energy. >> our economy has to rely on oil and gas and if that is the case we should rely on domestic production than foreign imports and demand the highest safety standards in the industry, our own. thank you. >> reporter: the president's mission in alaska to focus the country on the impact climate change is having on land while not highlighting the cause of it just off the same coast, patty with al jazeera, washington. now when you think of the gaza strip you probably don't think of art but attitudes are changing and the private institute in gaza is thriving as we report. >> reporter: tucked away in the corner of a small building on a quiet street is the only private art school in the gaza strip.
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everyday dozens come here to learn to draw and paint. she founded this which means the gallery three years ago. then she thought she might ever only have a few students, now most classes are so packed there is barely enough room for everyone. >> translator: the idea came to me because i saw there were really talented people in gaza, all they needed was to have someone help develop their skills and i believe in the school and i think it's important for the gaza strip because people don't believe how incredible art is. >> reporter: gaza is not known for having a large artistic community or an established tradition of the arts. but many here say attitudes are starting to change. she has been taking art lessons here since this first opened and found it difficult at first to convince her parents to send her to classes but when they saw how happy it made her and the art
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she created they also started sending her siblings as well. >> when i draw i forget all the problems and everything about gaza and i just enter my own world and my imagination and doing things i like and it's really fun. >> reporter: he started taking drawing lessons a few months ago and after surviving last year's 50-day war with israel he came here looking for a way to express his feelings. >> translator: drawing helps me especially of our lives in gaza and shares the painful truth of how we live. >> reporter: while students have different reasons for picking up pencils and paintbrushes nearly all agree that art gives them
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peace of mind in what are uncertain times. al jazeera, gaza. now i know you have not forgotten but just in case the al jazeera website is where you can keep right up to date with all the top stories and the developing stories and lots of extra detail as well. ♪ shifting the balance of power in the arctic, president obama calls for more u.s. shifts in arctic waters, the controversial hedge against the growing power of china and russia. new details in the killing of a houston area police officer, suspect appears in court as his lawyers reveal his history of mental illness. [chanting] and refugees stranded in hungry tried desperately

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