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we have now is a chaotic situation, a system that doesn't work. >> harsh criticism from the head of the u.n. refugee agency about the plight of the thousands of people fleeing to europe. ♪ hello, you are watching al jazeera. also coming up, russia says it will continue to send weapons to the syrian army. a call for peaceful protests in venezuela after opposition leader lopez is jailed for inciting deadly rallies. and a generational divide in
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singapore sets the tone for one of the tightest elections in decades. ♪ hungary's prime minister says refugees who cross inboarders illegally will be arrested starting next week. the u.n. children's agency is warning millions more could head to europe if the war isn't stopped. >> reporter: in a overcrowded refugee camp, the hungry are frantic for food. in this scene of chaos and confusion in hungary, the authorities distribute what they have by throwing it through the air. the lucky ones are able to catch their meal. the refugees on these buses
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behind us are waiting to be taken into the refugee camp. we're trying to get in as well, but the authorities aren't letting us or other journalists in, but everybody on board these buses are worried about what they are going to face getting in. many fear being fingerprinted in hungry. i am trying to get to holland this man tells me. causing even more concern is how exactly they will be treated. rights groups say conditions inside the camp are appalling. >> hungarian government has neither the capacity nor the political will to address the needs of these people. >> reporter: he shows me videos of men and women fenced in. so these are thoroughly miserable conditions?
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>> absolutely. people are just crowded in these pens like animals. >> reporter: he believes the hungarian government is trying toing send a message. >> they want to make their lives as miserable as possible so word gets out for the many thousands still planning this journey to try to avoid hungary. >> reporter: hungary's ministry tells me these pictures have been taken out of context. huddle together to stay warm, they use anything they can to remain dry. throughout hungary, their stories are only getting worse. refugees desperate and deprived who can't understand why they are unwelcome. >> a met a man at the station who escaped from a town held by
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isis, and he toll me sitting there in the station with the three children, it's better in syria, because approxima-- if tn explosion you die once, here i'm dying a thousand times in humiliation inning front of my children. antonio gutierrez says the current system in place for refugees needs a complete overhaul. >> well, i think it is clear that we have now is a chaotic situation. a system that needs to be released by a system that works. we have been saying it for a long time, and we hope the next european council that will be meeting on monday will make important steps in that
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direction. we need the countries of reception to have adequate reception center, but supported by the european union, and even in some circumstances the european union can assume the leadership in which all european agencies those seeking asylum, protection, in which the civil society and others should be together, making sure that people that come have a place to rest, have shelter, have food, have medical assistance. can be screened and then those found to need protection, and the overwhelming number coming in are syrians, they should be then relocated by plane in normal conditions to all european countries with a fair share for all european countries to be part of this effort of solidarity with the syrian people and of other refugees
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that are coming into europe. the present situation is absurd. russia says it will continue to provide weapons and today to syria. sergei lavrov's comments came a day after he confirmed that moscow was providing support to the assad regime. >> reporter: the foreign minister is making really this case for -- for giving these arms. this heavy arm's shipment to syria, solely to fight the threat from isil. his spokesman said the stlet evident and the only force capable of stopping that threat on the ground is syria. he is saying that air strikes alone won't be enough, and this is why this military hardware is going in that direction. but it does really beg the question how is russia going to ensure that those heavy weapons
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are being used against isil and not being used in this four and a half year civil war that has cost the lives of 200,000 people? that's really the question at the moment. lavrov is also saying that the pentagon has suspended its cooperation -- operational cooperation with russia at the moment, and the kremlin and the foreign ministry especially are asking that that be renewed because at the moment there are u.s. and russian forces operating in, around, and above syria. yemeni tv station has been destroyed in air strikes launched by the saudi-lead military coalition. the building was apparently used by rebels as a weapons store. hashem ahelbarra reports.
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[ explosion ] >> reporter: military jets strike houthi positions in yemen's capitol sana'a. coalition forces lead by saudi arabia, say they are targeting am mission depots on the outskirts of the city. the fighting has escalated across the country. in the central city of ta'izz, forcing loyal to exiled president hadi hold their ground. despite a surprise attack by houthi fighters to retake areas recently lost. houthis backed by troops loyal to deposed president saleh, insist they still have the upper hand. >> you cannot solve a crisis by war, that has been proved over the last six month when no side has been affecting, the only side that have lost in the last six months have been the people.
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the 25 million who are suffering and are in a fierce humanitarian crisis. >> reporter: these are coalition reinforcements on their way to the proindividual of ma'rib. that's where most of yemen's oil and gas installations are located. fighter jets are also targeting houthi military base. rocket launchers and troop gatherings. a coalition build up is planning an offensive to retake control of sana'a. the capitol was captured by the houthis a year ago. the u.n. is planning to hold talks between all sides, but it's not clear whether yemen's main rivals are willing to put an end to the conflict that has killed thousands of people and destroyed much of the country. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera. there has been an explosion
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at a camp in nigeria for internally displaced people. at least four people have been killed in the blast. security forces in turkey have blocked a delegation of politicians marching towards a kurdish city. the city is under military-imposed curfew. at least 30 people have been killed there since a military operation began last week. supporters of a prominent venezuela opposition leader are calling for peaceful protests. a judge sentenced him to nearly 14 years in prison for inciting anti-government rallies that lead to death last year. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: tears of sadness and disbelief from supporters of the venezuela opposition leader. he was convicted after a closed trial that ended suddenly, even though many defense witnesses hadn't made it to the stand.
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he has been given the maximum sentence for inciting violence in protests last year. >> translator: 13 years a long time, but 87 days go by quickly. we can have a national assembly that approves the law of amnesty and reconciliation that puts him out on the street. >> reporter: the prosecution said lopez had encouraged violence when his people rallied against the president. 40 people were killed. there are groups of people who agree with that view. government supporters gathered by the verticaling for the court to find him guilty and to keep him in jail. he has been in prison since february of last year. >> translator: he does not represent anything to us. what we simply want is that he remain a prisoner, and pace for his mistakes.
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there were many deaths because of him. >> reporter: lopez is a harvard-educated politician. he was a popular mayor, and one of the strongest opposition candidates. the united states government, the united nations, and international human rights groups have all called for his release. caroline malone, al jazeera. still to come on the program, two years after typhoon hi highan struck the philippines we look at rebuilding efforts. and indian students show off on invenning making sure sign language is not lost in translation.
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♪ hello again the top stories on al jazeera. the united nations high commissioner for refugees has told al jazeera, the growing refugee crisis is not just a problem for europe. his comments come as scenes of panic unfold at an austrian railway station. refugees crushed against barriers to plea with police for help. russia says it will continue to send weapons and aid to syria to help president bashar al-assad's troops. venezuela opposition leader has been sentenced to just under 14 years in jail. he was found guilty of inciting violence, during protests last year. his lawyers and supporters say
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it's a miscarriage of justice. people in singapore have been voting the most competitive general election for decades. the ruling people's action party has been in power for the last 50 years, but a widening wealth gap and a call for change hasser caused for the first time opposition parties are fighting for seats. >> reporter: voting here is compulsory, but the wider choice of candidates for a general election has added a new dimension. casting his vote, the prime minister, the son of the founding father of singapore. >> we have had some impact. of course we like people to listen and -- and absorb more always, but i think we have got our messages across.
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>> reporter: he has presented his people's action party as the obvious choice to manage the economy and provide stong leadership. subtle references were made to the political instability taking place in malaysia. while the haze that has hung over singapore for much of the election period, has been a reminder of the forest burning going unchecked in nearby indonesia. the ruling party has played on the need for unity at a time of uncertainty, often portraying the republic at the tiny red dot at the heart of southeast asia, and it makes a strong argument for staying with what you know. >> whether the government is doing their job or not. >> reporter: are people generally happy or not? >> well, i am. so i'm hoping the rest of singapore is. >> there is a lot of talk in terms of people wanting to have a choice, but when things are really good, i don't know that a
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choice is actually required sometimes. >> reporter: but this campaign has seen a maturing of singapore's opposition parties. in a tightly controlled city state not used to dissenting voices. spurred on by a largely younger generation, wanting more choice, opposition rallies have been well attended. >> in the past this culture of fear has really kept people from going even to listen to what the opposition has to say. so i think that's the key difference that in some ways really overshadows the actual results themselves. >> reporter: whether they make the gains they have been hoping for. this election represents a work in progress, for those with opposing views. japan's prime minister has held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss severe flooding in the country's east. at least three people have been killed and more than a hundred thousand have been forced to
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leave their homes. >> reporter: japan's 18th typhoon of the year continued its destructive path. >> translator: it was awful, but i'm happy i have been rescued. >> reporter: the self-defense force and coast guard lead the effort for recovery from the air. further south it was the river of an angry demon that unleashed its fury. several days of rain saw this river burst and take everything with it. >> translator: we were preparing to evacuate when the firefighters rushed to tell us that the river bank had collapsed. so we got in our cars to escape the flood, but by that time the water was up to our knees. >> translator: it is worse than i expected.
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i have been to many disaster sites, but once again i was reminded of the energy of water disasters. >> reporter: evacuation centers are being set up. those with no homes are being given shelter and food. >> translator: we decided to help out victims of the flood as they go through this tough time. >> reporter: this was some of the worst flooding japan has seen in more than 60 years, but for now the situation seems to be improving. the good news in this area is the water is receding quickly. but clearly it will be sometime before many people are able to return home. wayne haye, al jazeera, japan. when typhoon haiyan swept across the philippines six years ago, it claims many lives. as margo reports, questions
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remain about how donations were used. >> reporter: driving people around in this cab is just one of the many things this man now does to earn money for his family. less than two years ago, the walked among the ruins of his home wondering how he would carry on. he lost everything to the most powerful storm on record, including 53 members of his family. he still has nightmares of the typhoon. he survives, he says by taking life one day at a time. >> translator: things are slowly improving here, thanks to help coming from other places. places outside of the country, because if we were to rely on the philippine government, we would get nowhere. >> reporter: many people here feel the same. 90% of the city was destroyed by haiyan, but it seems busier now than ever before. residents put it down to the influx of foreign aid. almost half a billion dollars
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was pledged by the international community to help haiyan-affected areas. because it hasn't necessarily been channelled through the government, officials say it has been difficult to keep a tally of how much aid has come in. the philippine government has released $1.8 billion u.s. of its own funds towards recovery. with 4 million people left homeless, most of the money has gone into housing, but thousands are still living in temporary shelters like these, because permanent resettlement sites have been difficult to find. at least 45 aid agencies are also working on rehabilitation. they say coordination has been challenging, and there is no permanent government agency to overagency disaster recovery. >> among the areas relief preparedness, response, and [ inaudible ] rehabilitation and
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recovery, [ inaudible ] link. we should really respond to the existing conditions in the country. so it's [ inaudible ] to create a permanent agency. next time we are hit by typhoons. >> reporter: any government has set up a website for all groups to post project updates, but there are still allegations that corruption and red tape are slowing things down, allegations that are par for the course here as far as rupert is concerned. like many others, they have had to help themselves, and they hope they learned enough to be able to withstand the next typhoon. the u.k. parliament has jekted a change to so-called right to die legislation. there were demonstrators for and against the bill.
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before the vote the prime minister spoke out against the bill which would have allowed doctors to help terminally people end their lives. the u.s. president barack obama has marked 14 years since the september 11th attacks. there was a moment of silence at the white house. memorials were also held at the pentagon, and the 9/11 memorial in new york. we're looking at a live picture from there. relatives are reading out the victims names. nearly 3,000 people died in the attack. the palestinian flag will fly at the u.n. headquarters in new york. however, the u.s. and israel were among eight countries that voted against it. the palestinians would like the president to raise their flag after he addressed the general
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assemblies annual gathering of world leaders at the end of the month. >> today's vote is an affirmation of the legitimacy of the aspirations of the palestinian people, of their existence among the nations of the world, and their right to self determination. to be a free people in control of their lives and destiny in their own independent state. the general assembly's adoption of this resolution will help to restore some hope to our people and leadership as they continue on the peaceful, non-violent, political, legal path, which they have chosen and remain committed to against all odds. a court in india has found 12 men guilty over the 2006 mumbai train bombings. they were convicted of murder and conspiracy. one of the 13 accused has been
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acquitted. 189 people were killed when a series of bombs ripped through first class carriages nine years ago. faiz jamil has more. >> reporter: the blasts were the worst to take place in mumbai at the time. seven bombs were placed inside pressure cookers and then put on several trains which went off over the course of 11 minutes during rush hour. police initially blamed the attacks on a banned islamic student movement, but later shifted the blame on several groups, including one in pakistan that india blames for the 2008 attacks as well. the blast to today's verdict has taken nine years. the prosecution examined 200 witnesses on the stand, while the defense examined about 50 people themselves. at one point the supreme court of india got involved, after one
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of those accused challenged his arrest under anti-terrorism laws. now police say 15 other people are still at large, including whom they believe to be the mastermind of the attacks, and they say they still are trying to get those people caught so they can have their day in court. sentencing is expected to take place on monday, and many surviving victims and families say they want nothing short of the death penalties. >> reporter: no engineers from india have developed a device to help the hearing impaired. >> reporter: the aim of the project was just to graduate. their idea was to create a prototype that would eventually allow everyone to understand sign language. they explained the glove is
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equipped with sensors which detects finger movement, while an accelerate meter measures responses. and then they vocal and displace their translation in text. this student has is a robotics expert. he says there is a lot of scope in the invention. >> i haven't seen such a device which has this capability of the application. if time allows and they are properly guided, mentored, i think they can make it as a product and it will be available forever cost effectively available to the general public who are disabled. >> reporter: it is currently only recognize eight phrases. the creators say this can be developed to read all sign language, but many are questioning how much more useful this can be for communication than texting or writing. to find out, we take the device
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to a school for the speech and hearing impaired. can you ask him what he thought of the device when he used? >> translator: he says that it would be a good thing to have, although there are only a few phrases right now. if there would be more, it would be like speaking like everyone else, where all people would be able to understand him. >> reporter: much research is being done across the we recalled for bridging the gap in communication. similar ideas are being developed but there isn't anything effective or affordable in the market yet. the invest -- inventors said they were aware they were venturing into new territory when they started the project, but they are surprised at the response they received. >> i think people [ inaudible ] forward. like after this project -- after this project and mainly companies are [ inaudible ].
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>> reporter: if developed to its full potential, many experts say it won't just be a break through in technology, but also one for society. and that's it for this news bulletin, but so much more to come. do stay with us. the address there, republicans take new steps to try to stop the nuclear deal with iran, but the white house is still declaring victory and moving to implement the agreement. a shooter strikes again on one of arizona's busiest highways. i would be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> and


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