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international pressure goes in hungary over the spiraling refugees crisis as thousands of people try to pass through the country. ♪ ♪ i am lauren taylor, this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up. the arab emirates blames the houthis for a missile attack that killed 22 soldiers in yemen. arriving in the u.s. for his first meeting since relations cooled earlier in the year. and bringing the past in to the present. historical archives of prisoners of war are made available online for the first time.
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♪ ♪ hello, hungary's parliament has pass ahead i series of laws that could see refugees and migrants jailed. the new law would make taye criminal offense to cross or damage the border fence hungary is building along its border with serbia. the maximum sentence would be three years in prison. hungary has closed its southern board we are serbia after several hundred people broke out i've nearby camp. and hungary's prime minister says he was prepared to close the board we are crow croatia should large numbers of refugees start coming from there. thousands are trying to pass through hungary, but most trying to reach germany. thousands remain stranded attribute pest's main train station and at a train station in bicske north west of the capital. several hounds have given up trying to get a train and are trying to make the journal on foot. the distance is significant,
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640-kilometers through austria to reach the city of munich. fast track processing center for refugees is to be set up at greece's main port near athens, it's in response to the huge numbers arriving in mainland crease, a thoroughfare for those wanting to travel to western europe. the certainty will determine who is a refugees fleeing persecution or war and therefore entitled to a sly you lum. anyone considered an economic migrant will be sent home. the u.n. high commissioner for refugeesing europe must crack down on human traffickers and protect victims of people smuggling. equaling the crisis as a defining -- he calls the crisis a defining moment for europe. >> the main thing is to recognize that these are exceptional moments, that these require exceptional measures that europe as a whole has to respond in solidarity and that this is also a battle for values in which europe cannot fight.
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jacky rowland is in luxembourg where e.u. foreign ministers have arrived to discuss the crisis. >> reporter: pressure is really growing now on european union leaders to come up with some kind of a coherent, coordinated approach towards the 10s of thousands of refugees who are turning up in europe. up until now, the approach has been very patchy, we have seen in particular the frontline countries like greece and italy and hungary struggling to deal with all of these daily arrivals where the destination countries for the refugees thus far haven't really been coordinating their policies. it's difficult to see thousand the leaders will be able to reach a common poll at this when you bear in mind the huge differences in opinion that exist. some countries like france and germany are saying we need an organized system for sharing the new arrivals throughout member states.
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and you have other countries, along with the united keeping come or wary about the idea of taking in large numbers and particularly reluctant, refusing to accept any kind of imposed quotas. so that's the position we are at at e.u. ministers are due to meet on saturday to really try to figure out some kind of a common response to the crisis. let's go back to hungary now where mohamed jamjoon is live us for in bicske where a number of migrants, refugees have been strand today quite a while now. >> reporter: tell us what's going on right now. >> reporter: there have been several developments this past hour. just in the last 20 minutes or so dozens of refugees were taking off of one of the train cars. we couldn't see what was going on. there is still this train here that is obscuring our view, object skewing the view of most
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of -- obscuring the view of most of the journalists here, they had journalists with them there were men, women and children and this were taken to a bus and we don't know where they are going think besides that, a little over an hour ago, a very sad scene that my team and i witnessed, we ventured about a kilometer down the road that way, and on the train tracks, we found some refugees, two of them tack -- pakistani one had collapsed and there were medics trying to resuscitate tim they tried to 10 minutes, it didn't work and he died. his brother, who was there trying to flee the scene with him, was weeping very loudly, trying to comprehend how his brother could be gone. it was really a tragic scene. really brought home just how desperate the situation has been for these refugees. now, we have been told that at least a couple of hundred of them have left that train in the last few hours, where exactly
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they are, that is still a question. we know the riot police have been deployed, they are searching for them. they are trying get them. i was told by several of the female refugees on his the train that it was mostly male refugees who left the train, that they were trying to escape. possibly trying to get to another country on foot. but that will be very difficult for them as the nearest boarder is over 100-kilometers a way. a lot of moving parts to this story right now. there is still a tense situation here at this train station. there are still stepped-up security measures and the refugees that i have been speaking with very concerned that they will en masse end up in a refugees camp here in hungary, which is the laugh thing they want to have happen. >> mohamed, what is exactly are the authorities saying about their plan? it seems the plan for what to do with the refugees changes day by day and perhaps hour by hour. do they have an official line of what they are planning to do? >> reporter: there really
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doesn't seem to be an official line at this hour. we know that par lo parliament t early in the day and laws have been enacted, we were, he pecking these laws to be enacted. some of the laws would possibly put refugees in jail for illegally crossing in to hungary. there have been stricter measures that have now been enacted as law here in hungary that we expect we'll see implement ed in the coming days, also we are expecting possibly on monday there will be a vote in parliament to allow for troops to be deployed to the southern border in this country, the board air long with serbia. so they can try to keep refugees out as well. as far as what's going on here at the station, even though there are so many security personnel, riot police, other members of the police force here, they are not speaking to the media. we see them being deployed and the security measures stepped up but they are not saying what exactly the plan is if they are going to board the train or try to take more of the refugees off the train, still very much a
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question at this hour, lauren. >> thanks very much for that live update there from bicske in hungary. the drowned syrian toddler whose image on a turkish beach caused worldwide outrage has now been buried along with his brother if & mother they were laid to rest in their home city of kobane in syria. the three-year-old and his five-year-old brother and mother all drowned with their inflatable boat capsized shortly after embarking from the for -- for the greek island of kos. their father once again spoke about his ordeal. >> translator: it was my third attempt of making the crossing with the same smuggler, i boarded a six-meter boat with my sons and wife. over 12 people on board and the captain. he convinced immediate that the boat was in good condition to make the crossing. after about four minutes, we were in rough seas, and a big wave hit the boat. the captain jumped overboard and i tried to take over, but then another wave hit and we
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capsized. i tried to catch my wife and boys and resuscitate them. but i couldn't. they are dead. ♪ ♪ saudi arabia's king salmon has just arrived at the white now a long-awaited visit with the u.s. president barack obama. a meeting is being held behind closed doors and is expected to focus on the wars in syria and gem en. the relationship between the u.s. and saudi arabia has cooled since the king didn't attend a joint u.s. gulf cooperation council meeting. barack obama invited him to earlier this year. sing solomon is expected to race concerns over the iran nuclear deal. up the visit probably comes with an arms sale attached to. >> reporter: that's usually what we expect that their aids would
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be working behind the scene sced they'll announce some sort of deal. we are being tied by senior aids on a conference call not to expect any sorts of major announcements. but they are working on the details the new york times is saying it could be worth as much as $1 billion. the u.s. trying to do to reassure saudi arabia because they have concerned about iran and what they consider their destabilizing moves in the region, but the obama administration has their own concerns and we didn't expect it, but they did make some brief statements when reporters were allowed n i think it's interesting to look at the way the president talked about the priorities he talked about yemen and need to go filed a political solutions. the bowl a administration has been critical saudi operation which i should point out they are aiding not only with bombs and bullets but with intel jngs but they want to see more of human tear pause, dialogue on try to come to a deposit diplomatic solution. then talks about syria need to go resolve that. they told us that what they want
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to do is press the king to stop funding groups that the u.s. considers the most extremist of the opposition in syria. those are the two big asks of the obama administration it was then that he start today talk about the iran deal which is, of course, why the military purchase is going to be made between the u.s. and saudi. they made brief statements. expect the king will stay in the west wing for a good couple of hours, they will have a work l and that's pretty much all expect to get out of the meeting of the brief statement. we probably won't foe if they were able to resolve any issues. >> reminds us of the history and the relationship between saudi arabia and the u.s. and why it is significant at this point that they are having this kind of meeting. >> reporter: i think one of the most significant points is one of the top things they are not talking about is oil prices. i have been talking for oil experts getting ready for this meeting and they say the u.s. is basically gone from being just a consume tore being almost, not quite, but almost an equal because of shell gas and the track that go they are able to move the market almost as much
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as saudi arabia could. so the u.s. is finding itself less in need of saudi arabia. saudi arabia, for it's part has been disappointed and vocal talking about president obama, they were horribly disappointed when he said that he would. [ inaudible ] is sawed because of the use of chemical weapons and didn't, they are not happy with his syria policy and seek the saudi king to look to other allies to buildup his military. it's a new phase really for this relationship that has been so important for decades. >> okay, patty culhane, thank you very much indeed. still to come here on al jazeera. moroccoans head to the polls in a vote widely viewed as a test to the government's popularity. >> reporter: i am andrew thomas in australia. along a coastline that is developing a reputation as the shark attack capital of the world. some here are calling for a cull. but would that be ethical?
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hello again, reminder of the top story here on al jazeera. hungary's parliament has passed a series of law that his could see refugees and migrants jailed if they cross in to its territory. hundreds are refugees have started walking from budapest's main railway station, saying they are headed to austria. a fast-track processing refugees is to be set up in greece. the center will determine who is a refugees fleeing persecution or war and therefore entitled to asylum in europe. saudi arabia's king soloman has
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arrived at the white house for a long awaited visit with the u.s. president obama. and expected to focus on the wars in syria and yemen. 22 soldiers from the united arab em et cetera ree emirates e killed in generally. >> reporter: it is the uae's biggest single loss it decades, using social mediate country's state minister for foreign affairs says it was an attack by a surface to surface miss ill. shia houthi fighters and forces loyal to deposed president saleh say they faired the missile at the military base in eastern yemen killings dozens of emrati soldiers. also the soldiers singing yemen's national anthem.
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the deposed president saleh and his shia houthi allies have no friends here. this brigade is part of the republican guards a force created and led by saleh's son. but this is the new army whose loyalty is to yemen's government in exile. the new chief of staff says victory over the houthi fighters and their ally is his not far away. >> translator: victory is near. we are in the process of building new armed forces and organized armed force that his serve the country. >> reporter: commanders and security officials in the province are also discussing future plans. >> translator: you are the yemenis armed, you are the security forces and popular resistence that restored the state and its pride. >> reporter: over the last weeks, the saudi-led coalition has september thousands of newly-trained yemeni fighters and weaponry to the national army and fighters loyal to
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yemen's president hadi who is in exile in saudi arabia. the only two towns in this trough paragraph ins are under houthi control. that's why the fight to clear them could be swift. and many predict the next target for this new fighting force could be the capital sanaa and the houthi strong hold. despite significant military losses the rudies and their allies don't put up a tough fight. battle for yemen is far from over. omar, al jazeera. meanwhile, bahrain says five of their soldiers have been killed in yemen it happened on the southern border of saudi arabia. million of m moroccans are voting in landmark elections. it's the first since 2011. it's also a test for the ruling party to see how popular it really is. >> reporter: it's a ballot moroccans open will delegate more power to local government. under proposals, each community
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will have a local self governing authority responsible i believe for its own budget. people here say they are fed up with their lives being run by politicians. based in the capital. >> translator: our politicians care only about themselves and making money, that's completely insane. it has to stop. we need change. >> reporter: morocco has been struggling with poverty, unemployment and corruption for years, the new local councils are seen as the best way to encourage people to take part in how things are run. >> translator: regional councils air good alternative. people are now saying they will vote for a candidate with a good record and above all, who is not corrupt. >> reporter: the elections could be undermined if voters stay away from the polling stations. high turn outs are rare in morocco. >> these elections will surface a kind of brom their will allow
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the rah jail to measure the level of trust in the whole reform process that's underway since 2011. >> reporter: 2011 was the year when mass demonstrations spread across the arab world calling for democracy and change. the so-called arab spring. a new constitution was adopted and the conservative party won elections the same year. a process many believe helped the country weather the storm that en gulfed the region, this is a contest between two main parties. the conservative justice and development and the secular authenticity and modality. neither section peck today win a majority so it remains to be seen whether morocco's or were rivals can set their differences aside and form a coalition. al jazeera.
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guatemala's former president otto perez molina has been in court again after remanded in cust do i corruption allegations. he's being investigate today allegedly taking bribes in a customs scam but denied the charges, the investigate comes days ahead of the elections on sunday. anti-government protests have been going on since prim. let's get more from david mercer who is live for us in guatemala city. it's been a pretty eventful few days for the former president. what went on in court? >> reporter: that's right things have been going on at break neck speed. he was president on tuesday, on wednesday an arrest warrant was issued for him. later that day he put in his resignation. on thursday he was brought before a court for a preliminary
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hearing. last night he spent the night in prison, today he's back this court. he's expected to make his first declaration. now, meanwhile alejandro maldonado has been sworn in as the new president of the country. now, maldonado is a lifelong poll tipping, a manage station in the constitutional court, the highest court in guyed mall a. one of his first requests is for all the cabinet ministers who served under otto perez to submit their resignations, he wants to form a new cabinet. he's trying to restore credibility in the government and says significantly he has called upon guatemalans to pressure political figures in an attempt to bring more transparency to the government here, lauren. >> we mentioned earlier that there have been these frosts for a long time. what are ordinary people saying about the latest developments? >> reporter: well, i want to show you the newspaper headlines in all of the newspapers here in guatemala. the same picture. this is otto perez molina being
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led away from court to prison yesterday. and as you said there has been protests, a lot of jubilation over this court hearing over the resignation of the president. and at the same time, we have lexes coming up in just a few days, 7.5 million guatemalans go to vote for a new president on sunday. for the from -- from the people we have soon speaking to they say none of the candidates have the necessary experience or have not themselves been tainted by allegations of corruption. but people also say that if otto perez molina who once held the highest office in the land, if he can be held to justice, then nobody is above the law. and that, people say, is good news for guatemala. lauren. >> david mercer, thank you very much indeed. an unprecedented number of shark attacks off australia's east coast has reignited a debate over whether culling is the only way it make waters safe for swimmers. the new south wales say government is renewing new
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control measures after 14 attacks between sydney and brisbane in the last year. in the latest incident a man was knocked off his surf ski by a shark and mauled. andrew thomas reports from australia. >> reporter: on the morning of july the 31st, just 20 meters from shore, former boxer craig was mauled by a great white shark. sat on his surfboard with the shark trying to rip off his leg, he imagine today fight back. >> i went whack, whack, whack, whack, whack. >> reporter: four times. >> and it worked. >> reporter: for 10 seconds you lex unhe was latched on? >> i reckon the whole thing was 10 seconds, yeah. >> reporter: he lost so much blood he almost died. he spent all of august in hospital and full recovery could take years a as foe going back in the water. >> absolutely not. you could pay me $10 million i won't, i won't go until i know it's safe. >> reporter: there is fear along the coast of australia. over the past 12 months a short stretch north of sydney has seen
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14 people attack by sharks, two died. >> life imitating art. it's a little bit lie jaws, there is a lot of fear. i know surfers are rewill you be taps to go in the without early the why so many sharks and attacks this, could be this year's el nino is changing water temperatures, bringing sharks closer to shore. or that heavier rain than normal has washed nutrient nutrients it seize attracting small fish that the sharks feed on. a after a ban maybe more sharks are reaching maturity than before. what can be done to protect swimmers and surfers? along this coast that question has provoked fierce debate. some say nothing. that the roche sen the shark's territory, people have to accept a degree of risk. >> the fact the crowds have come down and getting days where you can just surf with a couple of mates here, that would be unheard of once upon a time. >> reporter: but many want firm action, even a cull through
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shooting shacks or shark netting which traps and kills them. at a community meeting recently. a majority were in favor. >> that cull word conjures up the thought of taking out a lot of sharks. we can isolate the seven sharks that have been around for a while then you take out one or two of them, you know, they do it in other parts of the world as well. >> reporter: but companie cullse continues verse shall. when one began in western australia last year hundreds pro protested. although great white numbers have grown in recent years they are much lower than they once were. >> i don't like the idea of a cull of an animal that is will be lowered to they wanted levels in population size. >> reporter: craig says he wouldn't want the shark that attacked him killed. he feels it gave him half a chance. but he does want action. people, he thinks, deserve more protection than sharks. andrew thomas, al jazeera.
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in australia. thai police say faither of the two men they have detained in connection with the bangkok bombing is the lead suspect. this man was arrested six days ago in bangkok suburb with what police say was bomb-make equipment. his dna and that of another suspect do not match samples from the person the police think is the bomber. they saw him on a surveillance camera leaching a backpack minutes before the explosion, 20 people were killed at the shrine last month. now more than 70 years since the end of the second world war. the number of surviving veterans continues to dwindle. but the youngest in their late 80s. the records of prisoners are war now now being preserved for future generation on his the i want knelt. simon mcgregor wood has more. >> the royal army medical core, i would say it's pretty safe to say this is you. >> reporter: from friday, millions will be able do what dr. bill franklin is doing. looking up his prisoner of war record online.
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now 103. he was impressed by the japanese in singapore from 1942 to 1945. he became an imminent pioneer? the study and treatment of allergies. 70 years on bears no grudge. >> i was having a fight with my twin brother and i said i hated him. i was told there and then you have must never use the word hate. if i hated the japanese it would do me harm and wouldn't do them any harm at all. >> reporter: from friday, thanks to a massive digitization of the national archive by a company called find my past. anyone can trace the details of a relative held as a p.o.w. thousands were captured by the japanese and then subject today notoriously harsh treatment. similar numbers were held by the germans in europe. experiences that many veterans found difficult to relate to younger generations. >> i think people will be able to find their records quite easily and be surprise thed at what they find, there is a huge
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variety of the record that list people when might confirm what you know but there are also diaries, photographs, mappings, drawings, a whole welling of material. >> reporter: confirming your relative's time andth will be free. but deep access to the archive will cost money. find my past spend money on doubling at that saying and now has the right to exploit eights copyright. family history is is big business, doubling at that saying of archives many people can do the research from home. what of bill franklin's 10 grandchildren, how interested will they. >> that's interesting about grandchildren, they are all so different. some are interested and others are not interested at all you have can't judge why this is, but i think to appease me the ones that aren't very interested pretends that they are. i don't know. >> reporter: secretary years after it end the those who experiences the war are passing away. putting huge national archives
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detailing their experiences online. helps keep their story as life. simon mcgregor wood, al jazeera, london. quick reminders that you can always keep up with all the news we are covering by check out our website. the address of that saudi arabia's king sal imagine makes his first trip to the u.s. since ascending the thrown, the iran nuclear deal and a billion dollars arms package outta general go debaltseve for his meeting with president obama. couples celebrate in kentucky, the clerks office for the first time in months is issuing marriage licenses with the clerk herself behind bars. and the final farewell to a houston sheriff's deputy w


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