borders. we have discuss the crisis and a change in the categories. we must insure they have distributed fairly across the e.u. unfortunately, we're very far from that goal. >> with criticism of the e.u. only mounting and more refugees arriving every day, it seems that it's near impossible situation is nowhere close to being over. al jazeera. >> the first ships filled with almost 4,000 refugees from the greek island of lesbos has reached the mainland: more than 20,000 people had been stranded on the island. most coming from syria trying to make it to e.u. countries. many were living on the streets. greek officials feared that the situation was on the verge of an explosion. germany today said that it is prepared to take in 500,000 refugees every year for the next
several years. this year alone as i mentioned the country is expecting to take in 800,000. that could cost the government more than $10 billion. the nation's generosity is not limited to government decision makers. the german people are also stepping up to help. >> this morning just like every other morning bridget is busy. she's handing out steaming cups of tea and coffee at the housing center, serving people who have fled war and repression. >> i really think that we are responsible for showing a friendly face. >> the refugees seem to appreciate that. sometimes a kind word and a smile is as important in its own way as a new identity card said syrian refugee. >> they showed the humanity that
they have inside them even old people help. in other countries you don't see that. germany is special. the hot drinks are free. so are the volunteers efforts. she's doing this work because she feels it's important. >> make me happen because i think this is something that makes sense. >> this cafe is just one of a multitude of earths under way across the country as germans volunteer their time and energy to help refugees. >> in berlin jonas has opened their hearts to a refugee from mali. >> i was confused because it was a surprise, very nice surprise for me. >> the experience led the couple to set up what has been called a
kind of air b & b for refugees. refugees dot welcome.net . residents willing to give rooms to refugees in need of help. >> the possibility to live together with germans or with people who live in germany, and that enables. >> volunteer efforts like these are essential said germany chancellor angela merkel. >> we have an unbelievable amount of involvement from the german people. the large majority of them understand that you cannot simply diswith regard people who have gone through so much. >> they hope more germans will pitch in. >> make sense to show some individuals that they--that we
are open to them, that we hope they can find their way in our country. >> solutions to europe's refugee crisis one cup of coffee at a time. rob reynolds, al jazeera, munich. >> now we turn to a disturbing development at the serbia-hungarian border. a come was caught on video tripping and kicking refugees trying to cross into hungary. she can be seen tripping a man who was carrying a child. she's captured kicking a young girl. she was immediately fired by her employer. defeating isil may need the help of president bashar al-assad. the u.s. and allies should involve assad in the fight of the islamic state. he insisted he does not support
the syrian leader and his government but said reaching out to him might be a necessary step to achieving peace. russia is demanding answers from bulgaria over a terrorist of banned flights. they refuse to allow russian jets to use its air space. officials asked bulgaria to block the fights amid reports moscow was stepping up its military aid to damascus. russia said that the planes that were turned away from carrying humanitarian supplies. and russia is now responding to an u.s. warning on providing military assistance to the syrian government. the kremlin said it has been consistent with its policy towards syria and will provide equipment to the assad regime. let's go now to jamie mcintyre. he's at the pentagon tonight. jamie a lot of reports about russia getting involved in syria. >> well, the united states has been watching wearily, antonio, as russia has been in recent
weeks slowly building up its military presence in syria. the pentagon is not officially confirming that, but confirmings on social media postings showing an influx on russian military hardware on very heavily loaded cargo ships that are docked in the coastal port of near an airfield near-- >> latakia. a stronghold of president bashar al-assad, and also the heartland of his minority alawite sect. the descriptions include supposedly a bunch of modular housing that might presumably be used for russian troops as well as advance russian military team that has been setting up what appears to be a temporary air traffic control system that could increase the syrian air capability. and today the white house said frankly one of the reasons they're so concerned about this
is that they really don't know what russia is up to. in the words of josh earnest who said that it is very difficult to decipher their intentions. russia said that it is simply helping the assad regime as it has in the past battle what it calls terrorists. the united states suspects this is more about shoring up the regime of bashar al-assad than confronting isil. >> the u.s. is reacting strongly to all of this. what plans are there to react to this? >> well, it was enough for secretary of state john kerry to call his russian counter starts sergei lavrov on saturday and warn moscow that any additional russian build up in syria would be seen as disruptive and counterproductive. here is what the state department said about it today. >> the most productive thing that they can do if they're serious about getting after
extremist networks in syria is to stop arming and abetting and aiding bashar al-assad. the same man who has by his own brutality and violence has allowed isil to grow and to spread in his own country. >> russia said that we're not doing anything deficient. assad has not been don' front confronting im,and he created the conditions to give isil the foot hold in the first place. >> thanks. doug, good to see you. >> good evening. >> if it weren't for the russians and the iranians, assad might not still nobody power. what is your reaction to all of these reports about russia? do you think it's doubling down to make sure it's investment in
syria and assad is safe? >> it certainly is doubling down. i think there are two possibilities of what this means. either they're demonstrating they're very vested in the survival of the assad regime, and they're investing their assets to ensure that that happens. or alternatively they're assuring that they're firmly in place for the next government or it could be both. they could be hedging both of those bets. >> whatever their intentions are, they're trying to put out from a public relations standpoint that their support for assad should be seen as an anti-isil effort. the reality is that isil is fighting a lot of non-isil players including moderates and kurds. >> assad is fighting anyone who opposes hi regime. that's a broad spectrum of people. certainly the russians are going to attempt to play it this way.
they're simply helping a regime fight off he' islamist terrorism much like the united states is in baghdad. the two cases are not comparable, but the russians are going to paint it that way. >> some of the groups that i mentioned in particular are allied with the united states. so could this turn into a proxy war? >> it certainly has the possibility of doing that. and i think the russians, putin realizes the interest in this region while real are somewhat limited. it's not clear that we would be willing to go toe-to-toe with putin over our interests in syria. we have a lot of other syrias with russia that are probably a higher priority. >> among the things that the russians are reportedly doing is moving in some air traffic control capabilities. if russian planes get involved i
would think that would make things even more dangerous in syria because the u.s. is flying a lot of missions there. >> that's distinctly possible. i think it's still unlikely. i expect this equipment is due to improve the capability of the syrian airport and not have russian payment in involved. but it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which the united states and other allied planes are bombing one side and russian planes bombing another. >> beyond syria, there is something close to a proxy war between russia and the u.s. and ukraine. the u.s. again as we mentioned is warning russia not to get more involved in syria. we've seen the millions of syrian rages and the reason hundreds of thousands of them are pouring into europe. there are real consequences to these international--i hate to tall them games because a lot of lives are at stake.
>> they are a real stake in russia. but this could be putin investing moderate amount of stuff, excess equipment that he had, troops focusing less on syria, and that does free him up to do more things in ukraine. otherless where in the region. it's not clear what the game s but certainly the stakes have been upped. >> some have called it a new cold war. in syria it does seem to be a tale mate. with help from the coalition bombing, isil is holding on to its territory in the east and southeast and then you have other groups in other areas. how do you see this playing out an i don't know going stalemate
with a split of the country? >> it's difficult to see how we get out of this. opt timlitemoptimumly, unfortunately, that seems to be more than half the country. so you have a real problem here in that the united states just doesn't have a major player to ally with other than the kurds who are hanging out along the northern border and of course these moderates who are trying to generate or regenerate but to limited success so far. it's a real problem. >> i know a lot of people suffering in the meantime. douglas, good to have you with us as always. thanks. >> always a pleasure. >> the political upheaval in guatemala has led to an unlikely winner in the first round of the presidential election. coming up, why a comedian could have the last laugh in a crowded field of presidential candidat
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government. and after the ruling party was unable to form a coalition reporting from turkey and food in ankara, a crowd of turkish nationalists has attacked the headquarters of the pro-kurdish people's party. police cleared away the crowds and fire-fighters established the flames. >> air strikes against i.s.i.l. had to be halted because of a sand storm in the middle east. as you can see from the n.a.s.a. image, the tomorrow was widespread, stretching from syria to lebanon, jordan, israel, egypt and the iraq. the storm was deadly. 12 died, and more than 700 others were sent to hospitals with breathing problems. three of the dead were women at a refugee camp. >> a man hunt is under way for an ex-deputy defence minister accused of high treason. this fellow's bloodiest attacks killed 22 people and police officers, and rocked the muslim
nation of 8 million, the general is accused of masterminding attacks on police stations and security officials. today prosecutors charged in absentia on terror-related charges. u.s. officials are monitoring the situation. because of fears that it stoked responsibility. violence forced the closing of the embassy. venezuela is sending 3,000 soldiers to its border, doubling troops there. over the last two weeks, the president has closed 6 major entry points and deported 1500 columbian immigrants. many have been living in the country for years. they blamed the rise and crime on his country on the immigrants, and said he was chasing out criminals, columbian officials accused venezuela of human rights violations. >> ours was a government not
responding to insults, there was a phrase that we use a lot in the government for foolish words, deaf ears. we would not be provoked, the opposite. when they attack us, we'll reaffirm our principles and values columbia is asking the u.n. for help, saying it was scapegoating immigrants for economic problems. former guatemalan president molina has been ordered to stand trials days after he resigned after a corruption scandal. officials collected 4 million for bribes in businesses in exchange for low tax rates on imports. molina denied involvement in the scene guatemala is heading for a run off. no candidate took the lead. jimmy morales, comedian, led with 24% of the vote with an anticorruption campaign. he surged in the polls, as the
previous administration's corruption scandal unfolded. businessman manuel are tied for second place. >> a notorious mexican drug king pin died in prison. he ran the gang in mexico. officials say he died of a heart attack monday night. for years, coordinated major drug shipments across the u.s. border. in 2008 he was accused of ordering a grenade attack closing ranks around president obama. coming up, why the white house is finding more support on the iran nuclear deal, because the debate on the issue is over. >> the death toll from fighting in eastern ukraine is approaching a grim milestone. the country is asking the international criminal court to investigate war
freddie gray, a young man that died in police custody in april county clerk kim davis released. she was put in custody last week after refusing to issue marriage licences. she has been ordered not to interfere with the work of deputy clerks. in las vegas, a british airways boeing 777 caught fire on a run way. the airports social media reports. this week congress will dimptsd
have the votes to -- democrats have the votes to block it in the senate. >> the u.n. was backing con sessions and began to debate the merits it does meet our approval. >> most republicans in the u.s. congress are opposed to the deal negotiated between iran and six world powers, promising to release 100 billion in processed assets, saying it doesn't do enough to stop iran. democrats argue that it is the best option for limiting iran's nuclear activities. >> this is not a peace treaty
with iran. we trust - if we trusted iran. we couldn't need it. iran is complying with every last letter of the agreement. it's an argument that resonates with the senators that support the deal, and could block the vote of the deal in the u.s. senate. something the white house is urging. >> we would have expected the members of congress who support the agreement to take this - the necessary steps in congress to prevent congress undermining the agreement. >> if the resolution to reject the agreement passes the senate and the how's of representatives, president obama would be in the position to veto
the legislation, an issue of appearances, a rejection of the agreement in congress, undermine ghtsing the acceptance of the deal. >> despite the ability to block the vote, there are senator that believe na congress should have its say. that's why it is expected to play out more members of congress supported the deal, not translating to more support. a poll by the pugh research centers shows that 21% of americans approve of the team deal former vice president dick cheney denounced the iran nuclear deal saying it could have catastrophic results. approval will not prevent iran.
president obama's agreement provides funds and weapons used for the support of terror. the dominance, and furtherance of are efforts to destroy israel. defendingal lies and interests in -- allies and interests dick cheney was interupted by o protestor from the agency code pink. the white house released a video from dick cheney supports ing the president of the i.a.e.a. joins you via skype. it's good to have you with us. i know you have made the point that the opponents in united states saw this as a u.s.-iran deal, forgetting about the fact that there are other players.
at this point given it is an international agreement, is there no choice but to move ahead. >> i don't think congress makes major changes to the agreement, it's a major agreement. then the world will continue the agreement would stay with the european in the boat, with the chinese, with the russian, so the options are limited. if american influence have to be kept. >> what do you say to former vice president cheney's statement today that it's an act of madness to trust the iranian mullahs. >> 15 years ago, the argument was regime change. what does it mean, it will be an evolution towards more democracy, more civil rights in iran. what do we have now? we have the most open government
in charge. with mr hassan rouhani, who studied in the west, studied in scotland, who has a western education. he wants iran to move forward so that the regime change, let it go forward with the people now. first of all, the agreement has been reached now. making it practically impossible to develop the nuclear weapon in the next 10-15 years. >> going back to the issue of trust, what about verification. how strong are those provisions. as you know, there's a lot of criticism in the united states for the infamous 24 days, that if any activity is detected at an undeclared site. that the iranians have a lot of ley way to not allow i.a.e. inspectors to get in there quickly enough. the verification regime with iran is more stringent.
that it is normally. and it is more stringent than the inspection regime that was approved by a rubly can president, george w. bush, in 2006, when he accepted a deal made with iran to allow enrichment for research purposes. >> are you concerned that iran could become a north korea, where there was various negotiations, concessions fear and there, and in the end over time north korea obtained nuclear weapons? >> no, i'm not. it is completely different. north korea is isolated. there was no relationship, there is no trade. iran is bubbling with a hope of getting into an arrangement with european or american car companies, chemical pharmaceutical. there was a whole business prepared. >> are you confident this is a good deal? >> i think it's a good deal.
for those worried about the objective of iran, gains are 10-15 years. that is what is right fully putting forward the obama administration. when it was said this morning that the agreement with lead to proliferation, i think it's nonsense. first of all, for the time being, iran is under observation or control. there's no reason for its neighbours to worry. >> it is a pleasure to have you with us, good to have your insights on this. thank you. >> thank you to you, buy a united nations report says almost 8,000 people have lost their lives in eastern ukraine. 18,000 have been injured since then. the report finds that casualties have been on the rise over the last three months in eastern ukraine. 105 people have been killed between may and august. up from 60 deaths reported in
february and may. >> ukraine has accepted the international criminal courts jurisdiction to investigate possible war crimes within the country. the government hopes the i.c.c. will look at possible war crimes committed during russia's annexation of the peninsula, and the separatist conference. the i.c.c. says the acceptance will not automatically trigger an investigation. the i.c.c. prosecutor will have to make the decision. the world's population is ageing at a rate most can't keep up with. we'll look at the best and worst countries for people over the age of 60. pope francis is making it easier for unhappy customers to get an
annulment. every second two people in the world turn 60. by 2030, more will be over 60 than over the age of 10, according to the help agency report. it found inequality of older people is increase of course, with many countries not equipped to take care of ageing citizens, that is leading to a widening gap in life expectation si. help ag international looks at -- help age international looks at income security, and whether people live in an enabling environment. topping the list is switzerland. the top 10 are mostly in northern europe, except for
canada, japan and the united states, coming in at number 9. at the bottom of the list is afghanistan, iraq, pakistan. the rest are in sub-saharan africa. the group was only able to get data on half of the world's countries. if you get older in europe, the worse place to live is greece, it is worse in than in many world countries, the destination is falling. many elderly greeks say the numbers don't tell the whole story. john psaropoulos reports from athens. >> reporter: it is the music of their youth. while they are no longer young, the members are once again carefree. they are more concerned for their children and grandchildren who face unemployment and low wages. this person's sons are unemployed mechanics. at 35 they live at home and drive a taxi in 12 hour shifts
around the clock. hills pension brings in 1200. >> if we weren't living together. i wouldn't make ends meet. i'm repaying a 160,000 euro business lone. everything is out of balance. we have doubts, food on the table today and tomorrow it all changes. i don't accept this. we used to have a balance that we could plan. >> the economic crisis saw pensions here cut by as much as half. they lost another 6%. the elderly are insecure about their income. not only is it falling, they have more limited access to it. cuts in health mean longer than ever waiting periods to see a doctor. all lowered the standard of living. there were quality of life advantages. >> the greek climate ensures they are rarely locked indoors. nor do most pay rent.
the generation built the economy and secured real estate. most of all, it's easy to find coffee and company. sharing in the problems of the age has brought them closer to their families. many are skeptical of statistics. >> they measure pros pert yit according to how much money a person is carrying. the size of your pension. they don't measure the emotional factor. you can never get time without money. by everyone helping to solve problems. the quality of life is not measured. our parents were happier than we are, and were penniless. they had the neighbourhood. >> surveys can measure material things the chief executive of help age international joins us here in the studio. good to have you with us. you think that money could buy some happiness, the security that seniors would want. if you look at the list, there's
a lot of interesting things in there, one is countries like greece, that we heard about, turkey, venezuela, that had high g.d.p.s, compared to the rest of the world, are down of the list, what is going on there? >> i think it says that what a challenge it is for elder people. the countries, china, india, indonesia, russia, the majority of where the population lives, where a lot of elder people are facing financial challenges, health challenges, and something that came up in the report. it's interesting, because in an age of migration where young people are moving to the cities, i think older people are facing a new challenge with one of isolation and loneliness, cultures where traditionally there's a tradition of we look after elder people ourselves, they live with us, that's no longer the case. rural to urban migration is changing that. >> leaving old people behind in
many cases. and you bring up the populous country. eight of the nine populous countries - we are talking china, russia, indonesia, bangladesh, india are in the bottom half. that has to be alarming. that is it br most of the old people -- that is where most of the old people will be. >> if you take china. the government in china is investing in an enormous amount of naught in terms of how it deals with the ageing population. china is ageing faster than any country that has ever aged. it is a huge challenge. one near the top of the policy agenda. we are very impressed with the planning that's going on there. >> no surprise that northern european countries do well. seven out of top 10 are in northern europe, we have u.s. and canada in there as well, in
the top 10. what are the countries that are doing it right - doing right? >> well, firstly, they have been doing it for a long time. sweden, switzerland, norway, all the countries near the top. 100 years ago, when they built the pensions, social security schemes, investing in health care. they were not rich, they didn't have many old people. they have been doing it for a long time. i think the big message for countries, younger countries. we have to start now. and countries like nigeria, kenya, we don't have older people starting now. that's a less on at the top of the list. that's why the u.s. is not as high. major issues with the united states are income issues, and... >> income and very limited capacity, and there's also some of the data, so the u.s. scores well in terms of employment, in terms of numbers of older people
who feel they are older to work. a present we'd like to explore is our high numbers of seniors working in the u.s. because they love to work, and want to keep on contributing. >> they have no choice. >> or they have no choice because of income or keeping in a plan. you couldn't evaluate conditions for seniors in about half of the world's countries. you could only evaluate continues in 11 of 54 countries. it's a scandal. they don't measure it. half the world's countries don't collect the minimal data allowing people to see the conditions, there's a good phrase in data - if you measure it, you treasure it. the first step is to care about the staff, put in place the data selection commission so you can track process. 22% of the world's population by
2060 will be 60 and over. it's an extraordinary demographic shift for countries, and they have to prepare together. >> it's a fascinating report, bringing up interesting, important questions. toby porter, help age international pope francis is radically changing the process for annulling a marriage. right now annulments can cost hundreds, if not thousands. couples will have to pay a small administrative fee, and the process will take time, because the request no longer will have to be reviewed before being approved taking back their land from gangs and corruption. how a community in mexico was able to reclaim and grow the forest they rely on. 1,000-year-old style of street fighting gaining popularity is the newest martial arts craze in asia.
scientists from yale university counted more than 3 trillion trees on earth. a remarkable number, but trillons fewer than there used to be because of deforestation by unions. as john holman reports, a community in mexico is trying to save its tries, by combatting illegal logging, one sap lipping at a time. >> reporter: taking back what is theirs, tree by tree. the people here in south-west mexico are attempting to repair the damage to their forest, caused by illegal loggers. shifts of 200 people plant trees
semied by the federal government. it's a big change. a few years ago they entered the forests. armed gangs would be waiting. a man who survived an ambush in which two of his friends were shot dead. >> their deaths made us continue to fight for our territory, to stop the armed group taking away what belongs to us. >> four years ago the people took matters into their own hands, attacking the loggers trucks, forcing out the gunman and local government officials they accused of protecting them. sounds of chains echoed until the people wrestles back control from the groups illegally logging here. there's a long way to go to repair all the damage. the town formed squads of guards to keep away loggers who
destroyed half of the community's logging. >> translation: this has all been destroyed. they cut down the trees three months ago. >> reporter: some of the trucks captured have been turned into sculptures strung up in the woods, a sign of the community's resolve. and a unique warning. >> translation: these trucks destroyed the forests. we put them here so the forest can destroy them, and our children understand that sooner or later, the forest will live again. >> it's early days in the fight to save the mexican forest. the greenhouses are full of more than a million baby trees, each one representing hope for pa community taking on the future on its own terms now, our global view segment. a look at how news outlets are reacting to various events, the arab times of kuwait calls out
gulf nations for not opening their doors to the syrian refugees. instead they are met with humiliation, instalments and barbed wire. adding that inaction by arab leaders led muslims and christians from syria to seek safety wherever they could find it. "moscow times" says russia should help solve the crisis. with moscow supporting bashar al-assad, they should admit those fleeing. the article is critical of the u.s. reaction to the refugees crisis in europe "the times" of london offers this editorial cartoon, showing refugees lined up outside buckingham palace, in front of a sign saying "migrants queue here, loads of room", in the background queen and prince philip looking on with the caption - we are not amused mma, mixed martial arts, is
a multi-million business and gaining popularity across the u.s. so much the detroit pistons wrapped up a week of mma training. in one corner of the world, they are trying to shine a spotlight on the sports' roots. we have this report from myanmar. >> reporter: it was once considered the martial arts of hooligans. but myanmar's traditional self-defence form cleaned up its act. no longer considered the preserve of village folk, it's embraced in towns and cities too. this person is a former fighter, and founder of a boxing club that not only trains professionals, but offers classes to enthusiasts. it's been compared to thai kickboxing. there's more rawness. opponents can use body parts and head-butt are allowed.
>> what is the difference between this and kickboxing. the difference, not only the techniques and the way it's fought without gloves. the front compound is used as a training zone. there's no airconditioning or fancy machines. it is down to earth. if this boxing gym can be used as popularity, it's growing by leaps and grounds. from a student. where it offers recreational advances, it has an average of 30 students. >> this is a regular taking lessons for more than a year. >> it's relieved my stress. it's a kind of relieving my stress as well as making me stretch. >> reporter: in recent years the sport has been making a name for itself in the international
arena, the fame coinciding from a military dictatorship four years ago. a championship, a singapore based mixed martial arts organization including a match held in. it is some way from achieving global recognition. part of reason may be because of this bare knuckle boxing style is considered more rob ust. proponents say the form, fighting without gloves, should be preserved. >> it was a national art which was developed 1,000 years ago. it's an historical legacy for the people so he does his bit - promoting the area. >> making sure that the sport stays true to its roots in just a few hours, queen elizabeth ii will becoming longest raining monarch. tomorrow night a look back at
her rein and how the monarchy has been dealing with it. that is it for the news. more news in an hour. i'll see you again. thanks for watching. on "america tonight" - note o roam. in the wilds of wyoming, a warning to watch dogs. >> i have specifically not brought a camera or notebook to protect myself from getting arrested adam may with a new law. also tonight - ha hard journey to the promised land. the syrian refugees who have found sanctuaryn