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angry protesters budapest's main railway station remains closed to refugees. ♪ hello there, i'm laura kyle live from doha, also ahead on the program. the congalooez rebel leaders pleads not guilty in the hague. hundreds of students in
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south africa protest over their university language of instruction. ♪ we begin in hungary where thousands of refugees are still being denied access to budapest's main rail station. many of the refugees say they want to board trains to germany. andrew simmons sends us this update from the station. >> reporter: two days now and the result of these refugees is getting firmer by the hour. demonstrations take place in front of the police line over there, but there has been a development in that the police have been pushing gradually, the demonstrators away from the side of the station, and police in riot gear formed a line earlier, and this came within a meter of demonstrators. there was a complete literal
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standoff there, in that people were shouting at the police, but there was no move from either side. we're now seeing a situation where people are going down into the transit zone one floor down from here, which has been there since this crisis began, it has never been more full than now. the government insists these people shouldn't be here and no one should be expecting to travel to germany unless they have a visa and valid passport. so it will be impossible to predict as to when or how this standoff will end. 11 syrians have drown after their boat sank. at least three children are amongst the victims. local media ran pictures of their bodies washing up on shore, pictures we have decided not to show. around 2.5 thousand people
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have arrived at the port in ott thens. the greek government has charted a ferry to transfort refugees arriving on the aegean islands. most have fled the war in syria. the former congaleze rebel leader has pleaded not guilty at the hague. >> reporter: it took the court officials some 15 minutes to read out all of the charges against bossco, a long litany of appalling crimes. he listened calmly throughout and then stood up and calmly in a quiet voice said he was not guilty of all 18 charges against him. then we heard more from the chief prosecutor here at the irk -- icc, and she described
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the murders of civilians, young children, women, bodies being dis'em bowled, the most appalling crimes in a specific period, 2002, 2003. there is some criticism of this trial that it is only focusing on that period, when bosco was then a general in the army. but because of limited resources the icc decided to focus on this narrow period. there was always a big debate as to whether this trial should be happening in the hague or in eastern congo, so that people there could see justice being done, could see the war lords who have reeked such havoc in that part of the world being held to account. one of the reasons the trial is here, is because there was considerable intimidation of
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prosecution witnesses, and it was felt for safety better to hold the trial here. in syria state television is reporting a car bomb attack in the government strong hold of latakia. it says ten people have been killed and 22 others injured this it says the biggest attack in the city since syria's war began. at least 18 turks are amongst 20 workers who have been kidnapped by masked men in baghdad. they were taken from a construction site earlier on wednesday. the prime minister says he is in contact with iraqi officials about the investigation. the red cross says it is shocked and app polled by the killing of two of its workers in yemen. gunmen attacked their car whilst they were traveling between two
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houthi controlled areas. last week the aid agency stopped working in aden after its office was attack there. strikes are supporting pro-government forces in sana'a. our correspondent has the latest. >> reporter: in this town, forces loyal to yemen's president hadi, say they are making gains. these forces have been building their presence here. military commanders say fighters from all over yemen are converging there. yemenial journ aileses have been posting pictures online. >> translator: the arrival of coalition forces was reported and filmed by media. the coalition forces were sent to aden, and they are now in
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ma'rib. they are ready to engage in any fighting. >> reporter: it's important for possible advance towards sana'a. ground forces backed by the saudi-lead coalition want to retake the city, where air strikes have once again targeted the air base. >> translator: we call them coalition forces to support us and provide us with weapons and ammunition, and we will win the battle against those aggressors. >> reporter: but the fighting in ta'izz is taking a heavy toll on civilians, dozens have been killed and the healthcare system is collapsing. >> translator: we had intervenous fluids from sana'a, but those who used to deliver them were kidnapped along with the drips in the field hospital in ta'izz. >> reporter: doctors are already dealing with an outbreak of
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dengue fever, and there is a shortage of medicine. >> translator: we need a quick intervention to save us from an epidemic spreading inside the city. >> reporter: as all sides continue to think a military win is eminent, yemenese continue to struggle. >> reporter: a report claims that gaza could be uninhabitable in less than three years. and it says that aid won't be enough to stop the decline. scott heidler is in west jerusalem. there were are several factors that went into this dire projection that the gaza strip will be unlivable in just a few years. there have been three major israeli operations in the gaza strip, so it hasn't been able to
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physically rebuild so it can rebuild its economy, and that's something that they say if it doesn't improve that this will currently stay on this trajectory and make it unlivable in just five years. there is something also interesting, a term that came out of this report, and that says there is something going on in the gaza strip called dedevelopment. in other words the development hasn't just been paused, but it has been reversed, because they haven't been able to rebuild infrastructure. the israeli government in the past has been very critical about united nations reports. they have yet to come on this one. guatemala's congress has removed the president from prosecution. he is accused of receiving brides in exchange for lowering taxes on businesses. six cabinet members resigned last week. >> reporter: jubilation in the
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streets of guatemala city as people celebrate an historic decision. the president now stripped of his immunity by congress will face impeachment. it's the news guatemalians have been waiting for. >> translator: the results are as follows, 132 in favor, 0 votes against. congressmen not present, 26. now with the majority we approve that they are can take the president to the courts. >> reporter: prosecutors accused the president of being the head of a multi-million dollars corruption scandal. congress voted on an impeachment process a week and a half ago. it was the second time in the past month congress has met to decide the president's future. you can feel the energy on the street outside of congress. people here say they have been waiting for a long time for
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their lawmakers to take corruption seriously. there is no place these people here would rather be today. from the early morning the president's supporters formed a human chain in an attempt to block entry to congress, but those in favor of impeachment were also present, some of whom handed out white flowers a national symbol of liberty and peace. despite mounting pressure, analysts say legal obstacles, planted by the president's lawyers mean putting him on trial could take months. >> the main objective again for the president is trying to hold out these remaining five months and negotiate with the future elected president his immunity or protection or in a way any circumstance that would allow him to evade justice. >> reporter: the president said he would face up to any legal challenges brought against him. that moment is closer than ever with people here determined to
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stay on the street s as long as necessary. david mercer, al jazeera, guatemala city. still ahead here on al jazeera, we visit a remote village in alaska facing the threat of being wiped out by climate change. plus mexicos haves and have nots, we report on the wealth gap between the poor and the people who are supposed to represent them. ♪
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there have been angry protests outside of budapest's railway station. hungarian police are preventing anyone without a valid e.u. visa to leave the station. the former congalese war lord is facing charges at the international criminal court. and two red cross workers have been killed in yemen. gunmen tacked their car. the red cross says the vehicle was clearly marked. the u.s. court is hearing pretrial arguments in the case against six police officering connected to the arrest and death of a black man. when freddie gray died in april, riots broke out across baltimore. tom akerman is live for us outside the court in baltimore. tom, what is the judge
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considering at this hearing? >> reporter: well let me first tell you that police report that they have made at least one arrest among the demonstrators who were apparently blocking traffic in a high-frequency traffic zone in the area, a few blocks from here. but the demonstrators as a whole are small in number, 30 or 40, far smaller than the thousands who were on these streets after the death of freddie gray. the judge will hear motions on first of all to summarily dismiss the case. also whether to separate the trials of the six officers, the most serious offense charged against one officer with second degree murder, and also to -- this could be at a later hearing, whether to actually
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move this case out of the city of baltimore. the lawyers are also demanding that the prosecutor who filed these charges initially be removed from the case, arguing that she violated baltimore and maryland law, by uttering some prejudicial statements which could have an effect on the outcome of the case. we're expecting to hear from the judge perhaps in the next few days to see -- if the trial does go forward then the trial would open next month. >> it is a highly charged issue, isn't it across america, but what is the atmosphere like there particularly in baltimore? >> reporter: right now the people are more intent despite what the demonstrators are talking about, calling for justice because of injustice by the police, more people are
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occupied of the crime wave that has after flishled baltimore and many large american cities. baltimore has more than one homicide a day in the month of july. so it's the outbreak of the every day kind of street crime that people are mostly concerned about, and there's no answer in the courtrooms to that particular problem. the police argue that -- that it is because of civilian instructions for them to sort of lay aside the heavy hand that lead to the actual rioting, immediately after freddie gray's death that caused those kind of disturbances which upset the city then. >> tom thanks very much. a spike in killings combined with protests have made this
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year one of baltimore's bloodiest, but as kimberly halkett reports, some activists are focused on grass root efforts to limit the cycle of violence. >> reporter: every day after school, this is where children living in one of baltimore's most violent neighborhoods can come to escape. this 17 year old is one of them. >> it makes me feel safer than just being out here and -- you know, because of all of the drugs and killings that be going around here. >> reporter: erika created what she calls a kid's safe zone, provide children refuge from this. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: last spring peaceful demonstrations at times turned violent after a man was killed in police custody. it exposed problems plaguing so many u.s. cities where crime rates have spiked. high concentrations of unemployment, limited opportunities for climbing out
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of poverty. but instead of waiting for politicians to solve the city's problem, austin came up with her own solution. >> social media and three weeks we transformed this laundromat into a safe haven for every child in this community. >> reporter: she has no budget beyond donations, so she has taken to social media to appeal for funding to keep here program going. it's this grassroots approach that may hold the secret to empowering commu-- communities. >> our idea is escaping the communities. and i think that, you know, it's all about giving back, and that's what this woman is doing. >> i believe that the core to our problem, and why our
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children are killing each other is because no one has valued my life. like we can hashtag black lives matter all day every day, but if no one is teaching them and showing them that they really matter, do they really matter? >> reporter: she is determined to show some of america's most disadvantaged children they do, and help end the cycle of violence that prevails in so many neighborhoods across the united states. south korea's president is in beijing as china commemorates 70 years since japan surrendered in world war ii. she is currently holding talks with her chinese counterpart, north korea and its nuclear program are topping the agenda. indian workers are holding a one-day strike against labor reforming being called for by ten trade unions who say the government is ignoring worker's
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rights. they want privatization and foreign investment cut back, they are objecting to price hikes caused by rising inflation. teachers in kenya are on strike over pay. they earn around $150 a month, which they say is not enough. the supreme court ruled that they should get a 60% pay race, but the kenyon government is refusing to pay. a south african university is being accused of racism. as tania page reports, university managers have been summoned before parliament to explain. >> reporter: protesting students filled the university central square. it's in south africa's africana heart land. it used to be the language of
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stru -- instruction here. these students say lecturers favor africans. >> language as a communication tool, and also about language and the ways that it is connected to the institutional culture that continues in this apartheid spirit unabated. >> reporter: many of the men which created the apartheid system went to this university. it was once whites only. the transition to being multi-racial hasn't been easy. students have described incidents of racism off and on campus. the minister of higher education was so angry when he saw it that he summoned the management to parliament. >> there can be no [ inaudible ] racism, whatsoever. that's unconstitutional. >> reporter: the vice chancellor says the university takes accusations of racism seriously.
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he fired a member of staff and suspended a student accused of using racial slurs. >> it's a -- we're on a journey. we're imperfect, we're incomplete, but we're resolute and steadfast. >> reporter: in april a student movement succeeded in having a statute removed from the university of cape town. they are supporting the student's protest. what these students represent is a generation of young south africans who are tired of just waiting for transformation to happen. >> we are tired -- >> reporter: the university says it will increase the number of black eventtives and women on its governing body, but that may not be enough to make these students feel they belong. tania page, al jazeera, south africa. now it's one of the few times that a u.s. president has visited the iciways of alaska
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whilst in office. it's the most high profile campaign on climate change. his government has been criticized for allowing limited drilling for oil and gas off of the alaskan coast. world leaders are expected to host talks on climate change in paris in december. in parts of alaska coastal erosion is destroying homes and d d disrupting the livelihoods of the people who live there. libby casey visited the small hunting region. >> reporter: this eskimo relies on the sea and land for his food and way of life, hunting most of
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what he eats. but that's getting harder. >> it's real unpredictable because of the ice change. it's not as thick, and it's not safe anymore. >> reporter: alaska may be the last frontier, but it's the front line of climate change. not only is it harder for hunters, but the village is in increasing danger. >> there's no safe place to go right in western alaska, those villages are not connected by a road system, so evacuations are not possible when storms come in. >> reporter: 400 people live here, more than a third school children, and some of the 85 houses are in danger of falling into the sea. the army corps of engineers estimates it has about a decade before it is uninhabitable. the community is undecided on moving. moving is a daunting and sad
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prospect. as the tribal council chief had to help figure out what to do. >> this place identifies us as a people. >> reporter: so if you move -- >> then we lose who we are. >> reporter: larry adams says he can't imagine moving. but the people may have no choice as some of the first victims of climate change. libby casey, al jazeera, alaska. protesters in peru haval lived against the presence of u.s. troops. more than 3,000 u.s. troops are due to arrive for six months. activists say the deal is a threat to their national sovereignty. the mexican president will make his annual state of the nation speech on wednesday. his popularity is at an all-time
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low. and it's not just the president people are fed up with, but many of his political peers. >> reporter: welcome to mexico's senate, where wealth is unashamedly on show. a new political year is kicking off. but the game remains the same. >> translator: the problem is mexico politics is about getting rich, and therefore the gap between the poor and politicians widens. we're part of a system that is foreign ministerially corrupt. >> reporter: in a country struggling with mass poverty, mexican senators earn more than their counterpart s in the u.k., france, spain, and almost as much as the u.s. mexican senators make 170 times more than those living on the bread line. like the people in sidewalk city. these people are in a desperate
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position. almost half of mexicans live in poverty and that number has been going up in recent years. lunch is left-over fish from a market. it's all she can afford. what she makes in a year, a senator earns in two weeks. >> translator: it's like from here to the moon the gap between us. how else can i explain their money, cars, houses, trips. while i have to save and save just to buy a wheelbarrow to work and survive. >> reporter: an increasing online population is exposing the worst excesses like a $6 million house built for the president's family by a favored government contractor. he is currently the least popular leader of the last 20 years. >> translator: if there's room for optimism it's that our society is participating more. >> reporter: a warning for legislatures that at some point those who elected them may
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demand a bigger share of the wealth. john holman, al jazeera, mexico city. you can find all of our stories and the latest updates on our website, there it is on your screen. we want justice and we want it now! >> protesters return to baltimore streets as six police officers face a judge in the death of freddie gray. federal agents s.w.a.t. teams and dozens of dogs are searching for three suspects in the killing of a police officer. and kim davis remains defiant refusing to issue


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