tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 5, 2015 1:00am-1:31am EDT
nearly 2,000 refugees arrive at the austrian border after days of standoff with the hungarian government. meanwhile, eu officials are meeting for second day in luxembourg to find a solution to the refugee cries. watching al jazeera. 45 soldiers are killed in fighting in yemen. saudi arabia accepts u.s. assurances over the iran nuclear
deal as king sal wasson meets president barack obama. we meet a man of literate in south africa. literature in south africa. australia and hungary are allowing refugees to cross their borders. the first refugees have arrived in the town of nicholssdorf. refugees were lou to board bus he in hungary after spending most of the day, walking. andrew simmons has t the story.
>> it's taken authorities by surprise particularly the police. this march is bigger than expected, it seems far fetched to reach the austrian border by foot, it is more than 170 kilometers. >> it's a very, very long way. >> it is a long way but we have no choice. >> out of the city and on to the main motor way west. the mood is upbeat, remarkable, people under such stress. but some people are worried that police could lead them into stress, as in bicske. disabled people are taking part too. you can be forgiven in thinking this was some sore sort of a
marathon. hundreds of men, women and children. under a railway bridge, onloo onlookers cheered the refugees on. among the walkers is a spokesperson for united nations high commission for refugees and he's worried the police may stop the march. >> definitely they are not prepared for what is happening now. there are hundreds of people who are walking towards australi au. this is a long long journey so this is still more than 150 kilometers to the border. >> on the day hungary approved draconian legislation to halt refugees they carried on into the night, tiresness and pain written on their face
faces. within minutes, the buses arrived. they wanted to walk on but exhausted, the offer of assurances, seemed good enough to get on board. next came news that the austrian chancellor had agreed to allow refugees to cross the border. a deal had been made but after past experience many people didn't trust what they were hearing. but it does appear to be for real at last. andrew simmons, al jazeera, hungary. >> earlier there were scenes of desperation in the town of bicske west of budapest. refugees on a train pleaded to be allowed to leave hungary. hungarian forbes he were
preventing them from leaving for germany. mohammemohammed jamjoom. why did the government decide to deploy buses to help them on their journey? >> reporter: it's a good question fauziah, the government has disclosed why they finally decided to help them on their journey. facing mounting criticism from international countries, the international community as well as aid groups, eu leaders. and yesterday what was interesting we were in bicske, and at one point it seemed as though the hungarian officials didn't want the journalists to cover more of what was going on. another train pulled up an empty cargo train and we got no
comments about officials about why that train pulled up. but he does seem as though they've taken some of this criticism to heart despite all the very defined rhetoric weaf e heard from the prime minister, and they have allowed these buses to take at least 2,000 of these refugees to the border of austria. fauziah. >> thousands of refugees have been stuck on that one train that is literally going incorporate. describe to us what the conditions are on the train. what have the people been saying to you about the conditions on the train? >> it was a very sad scene when we were out there all day yesterday, the poor, fcc the ofe
the refugees were taken off the train. one mother said the plight of children on that train was very miserable. she saw me pictures from inside the train cars, babies clinging to their parents, boys and girls, so fatigued, very hungry, thirdity, one point in the day food was distributed, water was distributed that was accepted by the refugees there. they said they really needed it. the problem was even though refugees could have gotten off the train they were afraid to do so. if they got off the train, they would be rounded up and taken to the refugee camps. we don't know where these hundreds of refugees are. we tried repeatedly to learn where they were taken. there were rumors going around, taken to a refugee camp a few miles away.
we never got that confirmed. we're trying the find out where they are, if they are among the refugees that are taken to austria today, we will report that to you once we hear from the government. >> that is mohammed jamjoom speaking from the capital budapest. meanwhile, eu leaders are meeting in lumple bowr luxemboun answer to the crisis. jacky rowland has the story. >> a coordinated approach to the tens of thousands of refugees who are turning up in europe. it until now the approach has been very patchy. we have seen in particular the front line countries like italy and greece and hungary struggling with the daily arrivals pretty much. the destination countries for those refugees thus far haven't really been coordinating their
policies. it's difficult to see though, how the leaders will be able to reach some kind of a common policy, when you bear in mind the huge differences of opinion that exist across the european union. some countries like france and germany are saying we need to have an organized system for sharing the new arrivals throughout member states. then you have other countries, particularly eastern european countries and the united kingdom who are very wary about taking in numbers and reluctantly or refusing to take on imposed quotas. so that is the position we're at as eu ministers are due to meet on saturday to really figure out a common response to the crisis. 45 soldiers from the united arab emirates have been killed in yemen. the troops taking part in saudi led operations against houthi rebts wherebels when a missile n
ammunition depot. omar saleh reports. >> shia force he opposed to sally sal said they fired a missile killing dozens of uae soldiers. the soldiers are sing yemen's national anthem and the pledge of loyalty to the new army. this bringingade is part of the republican guards, a force created and led by saleh, his son. this is the new army whose loyalty is to yemen's government in exile. victory over the houthi fighters
and their allies is not far. >> organized armed forces that says for the all of the country. >> also discussing future plans. >> you are the yemenis armed. you are the security forces and popular resistance that restored the state and its pride. >> over the last weeks the saudi led coalition has sent thousands of newly trained yemeni fighters and weaponry to the national army and fighters loyal to yem yemen's abd rabbu mansour hadi who is in exile in saudi arabia. only two towns in yemen's province are under houthi control that's why the fight could be swift. many predict the target for this new fighting force could be the capital sanaa and saada. houthis and their allies continue to put up a tough fight.
the battle for yemen is far from over. omar al saleh, al jazeera. >> still to come, guatemala's interim president promises to clean up corruption. as the previous president battles in court. the shark attack capital in the world, some are calling for a cull but would that be ethical? >> to becoming president of the us tennis association. >> we're about getting rackets in children's hands... >> building the game... >> ...sky's the limit for growing tennis in america. >> and expanding access to play... >> at the end of the day, it's about the kids... >> every tuesday night. >> i lived that character. >> go one on one with america's movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. "talk to al jazeera". only on al jazeera america.
stories. refugees have arrived at the border crossing at austria, received food and blankets. up to 3,000 have arrived at the refugee reception center. early friday there were signs of desperation at the town of bicske as refugees on a train be allowed to leave hungary. 45 soldiers from the united arab emirates have been killed in eastern yemen. they had been taking part in saudi led operations against heughtd rebelhouthi rebels whene struck a weapons depot. the crisis in syria, king salman met the president barack obama in washington on friday.
>> this is highly unusual, president obama met king salman at the front door. the protest had long been cleared from the tront of the whitfront of thewhite house. in the oval office, the two leaders stressed their long standing alliance. at the end of the meeting the saudi foreign minister gave his endorsement. >> translator: we support any program that has a robust inspections mechanism that allows for inspections of all sites including military sites and has provisions to reinstate the sanctions. we have been assured by the administration by the president at camp david that this is in fact the case. >> former ambassador to saudi arabia james smith said the nuclear issue wasn't the most
important issue. >> for the saudis and the other gulf states, the nuclear issue was not the number 1 issue, it was always number 1, it was always iran's destabilization strategy. a deal to provide them potentially as much as $1 billion in military m munitionss still being worked out. more humanitarian aid into yemen and to push for a political solution. the saudi foreign minister said they would agree to open up more ports for humanitarian aid if they are run by the united nations. the war in syria was also on the agenda. >> we continue to cooperate extremely closely in countering terrorist activity in the region and around the world, including
a battle against i.s.i.l. >> the president focusing on aid but once the cameras was gone, the president was going to push the king for more optimistic control. >> we want to work together for world peace. our region must achieve stability which is essential for the prosperity of its people. >> reporter: a promise of peace and of weapons for this next step in the u.s.-saudi alliance. pathy culhane, al jazeera, washington. >> guatemala's once president has appeared in court. and election will be held on sunday to choose a new president. daniel swirnld takes u swiernl h
the story. >> flee the country. alexander maldonado who was sworn on tuesday gets grips on the country he will be governing for 133 days. he stands down in the middle of january. he took time to talk to al jazeera and told us that he would try to ensure that all members of his new government would be free of corruption that has blighted the country for the last two or three years. >> did you in your wildest dreams think you would be president of the country? >> the truth is the president had told me about his intention to resign before going before the court. it was only a question of hours until that decision was taken. i was ready although this was not the outcome i wanted. i only agreed to be vice president to spread the
constitutional transition. it was a challenge i had to take. >> you got 133 days in office. what can you do in that time, what will you do in that time before you have to leave office in january? >> many, many things because we have a task motivating the country to restore confidence in its institutions. i have a task of choosing a government, made up of tried and trusted mature people, who believe in our institutions. but also, want to incorporate youngsters, social activists to give those social situations to build in the future. >> how can you be sure that the new people you choose will be clean, free of corruption? >> i believe that the risk of corruption returning is unlikely because the collapse we've just suffered was so deep it will dissuade others from reducing the country's resources. >> what role does guatemala have to play in building the future?
>> we have election necessary a few hours time. this is an opportunity. as i have said they cannot rest. they must keep the pressure on the politicians. the media must keep investigating and the people must accompany them. if they go back to sleep corruption will return because it's a plague that infests everything. >> food aid presents a major problem for ethiopia's economy. charles stratford reports. >> life was difficult for balcher and his family even before the rains failed. he will face a tougher struggle to survive. >> there's nothing we can do. we don't have enough crops to provide for our families. we are having to sell our cows to buy food but the cows are sick because they don't have enough to eat. the only chance we have to eat
is selling belongings to keep our families alive. >> an organization built the well in the 1990s. it broke down about six months ago and nobody knows how to repair it. agriculture accounts for almost half of the country's gdp, almost three quarters of the population are farmers. balcher grows corn and wheat on his five and a half hectares of land. he harvested enough last year to provide food for his family and pocket around $3,000. this year he will get virtually nothing. a walk through the field of maize here, shows how devastating the lack of water has brought to the crop. this grain should be up to
showered height, this could be should be around a foot long. these plants are dying and experts say it doesn't matter how much it rains between now and the end of the season there is nothing that can be done to save the season. meteorologist he are blaming the el nino, experts say they warned the government. >> they tell us the special in the temporal distribution of rain from june to september is very low as compared to past el nino events. >> the government has said it's allocated $35 million to deal with the crisis. the united nations says the drought could leave 4.5 million people needing food aid this year. >> translator: when we were informed about the problem the federal government and the regional state authorities started an outreach program for
shock. ison managed to fight back. >> whack whack whack whack. it worked. >> for ten seconds you reckon he was latched on? >> the whole time, was about ten seconds, yes. >> he spent all of august in hospital. full recovery could take years. >> you could pay me $10 million and i'm still not going into the water. i won't go in until i believe it's safe. >> there's fear along the coast of australia. 14 people attacked by sharks, two died. >> it's a little bit less joy, there's a little bit of fear, i know surfers are reluctant to go into the water. >> it could be this year's el nino is change water temperatures, bringing sharks closer to shore or more rain than normal is washing nutrients
into the sea. or after a ban on fishing in 1999, more sharks are swimming. >> what has brought them to the shore? some enter into the debate. >> i've enjoyed the fact that the crowds are coming down. you can surf with a couple of your mates out here, that would be unheard of once upon a time. >> many want action like a cull or shooting sharks. at a community meeting a majority were in favor. >> that cull word conjures out the thought of taking out a lot of sharks. we can isolate the seven sharks that have been around a while. but when you take out one or two of them, they do it in other parts of the world as well.
>> but cull is controversial, when they did it a few years ago in australia hundreds protested. still much lower than they once were. >> i don't like the idea of a cull of an animal that's already been lowered to what are considered threatened levels of population size. >> craig ison says he wouldn't want the particular slashing 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. charles stratford, al jazeera, australia. tanya page reports on a man's underground library near johannesburg. >> sharing his love of books.
>> many options. many, many options. >> and there are plenty of him at his underground library. two rooms at his mom's house crammed with donated books. they're starting to encroach on his bedroom so he's tidying up to make space but it's hard to imagine what he can do with 40,000 books an organization is giving him. >> eager to partner with us in terms of operating an account. >> his concept is spreading because many south africans don't have access to books. they're unaffordable for most people and most schools don't have libraries. the need is even greater in his neighborhood because the municipal library was burned down by a protest in february, they were demanding the installation of prepaid leverage meters and an end to corruption. >> this is all that's left to
the old library. in protesting for better services, some of the residents ended up destroying some of the infrastructure the community is demonstrating one. >> there was burning books, one is not reading them. they are mostly like a sodo sode coast. to embrace to embrace. >> he's adding to his collection by regularly walking through town collecting donations from his neighbors. he believes reading encourages people to dream. >> yes gentlemen. job well done. >> and to use their creativity
in ways that benefit themselves and their community. tanya page, al jazeera, south africa. >> and you can keep up with the latest news and opinion pieces on our website, that's the address on the screen, aljazeera.com. devoting tonight's show to the trafficking of children as sex workers. it's a crime people think happens somewhere else but it's happening here in the united states. we bring you the story of a 15-year-old girl sold online for sex hundreds of times. the website that listed her for sale. mary snow has the story. >> did everything as kids and that's our philosophy, keep your