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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, and welcome to the al jazeera news hour. i'm martine dennis in doha, with the word's top news stories coming up in the next 60 minutes. riot police are deployed in croatia as thousands of refugees travel across the border from hungary. a coup in burr key nassau fa as gunfire is heard in the capitol. as the military claims that it now controls the country.
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a powerful earthquake strikes off of the coast of chile forcing a million people from their homes. >> we can do the deal at my company. right now we only want african ivory. and al jazeera goes under cover to find out how china is fuelling the illegal ivory trade. ♪ thousands of refugees have arriving in croatia after rerouting from the hungaryian border with serbia. 6.5 thousand asylum seekers have entered the country in the last 24 hours. the interior minister has warned that the country cannot receive anymore people. carly angela has more on the latest developments on the refugee crisis in europe. >> reporter: here at the
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croatian border, refugees have spent hours under the hot sun with little food or water. they have been patient waiting to board trains at to registration centers, but their numbers are building. children are passed out from the crush over the heads of riot police, separated from their parents. [ screaming ] >> reporter: this was meant to be their safe route to the european union, but croatia wasn't prepared for these numbers. buses from hungary are off loading refugees a few hundred meters from the border. they are crossing on foot through fields into croatia. in the last 24 hours, thousands have made the journey. croatia says it won't take anymore. those that made it through waited to be transported to
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reception centers. the desired destination for most is germany, but slovenia says it will not create a safe corridor for them to pass through. >> translator: we have to protect the border. which is at the border with our neighboring country croatia slovenia is bound by the rules that we will honor fully. in that is our obligation. >> reporter: these refugees will now be divided into three groups. those who want to stay in croatia, those who don't, and those who belong in a special vulnerable category. back on the border with hungary all of those left in the makeshift camps look vulnerable. these are the people who have chosen not leave, risking the elements and further violence. >> i will stay here to open this door. i will not go to croatia and take my finger in slovenia, and
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stay in slovenia, without a job, sorry not go. lawrence lee is on the border between serbia and croatia. lawrence tell us what the situation is where you are. >> reporter: yeah, in fact i'm just west of the town that is that way, and the croatia border is just over there, and these are the fields that charlie was talking about in that report. this is the bus drop-off point. you can probably see a large gaggle of people in the distance there. this is the third or fourth bus we have seen, and each has a good hundred people on board. they get dropped off there, and they walk down this track and then they come this way, and we have followed them down there in the last hour.
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it's about two kilometers in that direction. it's 38 degrees here at the moment. and that's then the croatia border. charlie mentioned that croatia won't take anymore people. at the croatian border there is nobody to stop them, and we followed them into what is the european union. but they are being left by themselves. and i think the problem is that serbia has basically organized buss from the capitol belgrade, and from the hungarian border to bring them here, and they can get across the border to croatia, it's just that croatia doesn't know what to do with them because there are so many of them. but while the border is still open, they are making a run for it. >> so croatia has declared itself full. we think they might have taken just over 6,000, there are many more thousands of people either in serbia or still in hungary, what on earth is going to become of them?
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>> reporter: that's the question. we heard from the serbian government this morning that there were another 2,000 people they were picking up from the macedonian border, and they are clearly still on the way. and they haven't come here yet. and the problem clearly is even if they get into croatia, whatever the croatian authorities have for them there, then they have to go through the slovenia border, and then into austria and germany. clearly the violence and the contempt the hungarians has showned towards the refugees had managed to open a new route. the question is the next log jam going to be down the road from here. >> we have already seen some fairly tense scenes between the croatian riot police and the asylum seekers, but overall it does appear as though the
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croatian authorities have some order and control insofar as they are going to be processing those who have managed to get in? >> reporter: yeah, and you see the point is -- the croatians and the serbians have played this much more cleverly than the hungarians, because the serbians and croatian has done a bit of joined up thinking, and decided that given that most refugees don't want to stay in these countries, they are saying come in and then go out the other end, whereas the hungarians wouldn't even let them go through even though none of them wanted to stay in hungary. there's no reason why they can't get them on to buses and trains, get them up, process them, and try to keep them moving forward. the question is if there are log jams further north, what
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happened to them then? but at the moment that's a little bit unclear, and certainly why the austrians and slow screenian want another emergency meeting. >> we have been speaking to one woman who said that what is needed a unified response. >> the problem is that croatia, the government expected 500 to maybe 2,000 refugees, and they said we are well prepared and they are welcome. but they were not prepared for this many refugees, and when they started coming, they sent a train to pick them up. there was 5,000 people, they sent a train that only 1,000 people can load in, and the rest of them are now under
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temperatures of 30, 35 degrees. food is already running out. just to sum it up, they were not prepared. >> and the indications are that the numbers are going to increase. >> the numbers are growing because from what i heard there is about 10,000 of them, but they are coming through the corn fields. there's also one problem, there's a mine field in some places between croatia and serbia, so i just hope the people crossing -- going through the fields, they are not going through the regular border, i just hope to god they don't run into a mine field. >> so far the government has sounded fairly amenable to the prospect of hosting some refugees. do you think that that is going to change, given the numbers we're talking about. >> what i have been saying to the european parliament too, every country should take as many refugees as they can safely take. those people need jobs and a
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place to stay. they need something to live off of, if they don't, they will have to turn to crime to live with. when they turn to crime, people are going to turn against them. so that's why every country should take as many people as they can safely take in. >> and how does your government feel about that? because of course, you are a very new member of the european union, and you are not a party to the shingin agreement as far as i'm aware. >> they are going to greet the refugees, give them food, drink, whatever they need, maybe medical supplies, then they are going to send them on their way. but most of the countries now closed their borders, some of them are even sending the army. they are blocking the railroad station and accusing each other
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of not doing enough. and we have a brighter note to this terrible crisis that we have been witnessing here at al jazeera of the refugees struggling to rebuild their lives, and this involves the syrian refugee who made headlines last week. you maybe remember when a hungarian camera woman tripped him up. he has arrived with his family in spain. he was holding his seven year old son when he was captured on video being tripped up. but now, the former coach of syria's football club has been given a second chance to rebuild his life in madrid. we'll be working with spain's national football school close to the capitol. >> i love you. i love madrid. i love all espania. thank you for all. this very, very important for my life. i am here with you.
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thank you very much. thank you. >> translator: the fact that he is a football coach in syria, where the national school of football coach is, leads to solidarity. i'm a football coach. and my son wants to be a player. so we said how can we support these people. this year we'll try to invest in him and pay for his home and upkeep. >> the tide of people that we're seeing in europe currently are only some of the 4 million syrians who sought refuge in other countries. the u.n. special envoy has arrived in damascus. 250,000 people have died since the war started in 2011. still to come, find out why
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mexico's government is giving away millions of digital tvs for free. plus a red card for this football official. switzerland approves the extradition of the former fifa vice president. and we're just a day away from the start of the rugby world cup. we look ahead to the opening game as host england take on fiji. ♪ now an officer from burkina fa faso elite presidential guard has committed and coup and called for the government to stand down. >> reporter: moments after this military leader appears on television confirming a coup that had taken place hours
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earlier. >> translator: people of burkina faso, we're intervening to announce the removal of the transitional go. this will allow us to put in place a just and equal system. >> reporter: this was the scene in the night. people marched towards the presidential palace. burkina faso's leaders were in a meeting when the presidential guard stormed in and detained them. [ inaudible ] transitional leaders in recent months. on monday a reconciliation commission accused it of opening fire on armed protesters during last year's protests. violent protests that included setting the parliament on fire, caused the long-serving president out of power, and at the time many said they didn't want military leaders. >> translator: we prefer a
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civilian. we don't need military rule anymore. >> reporter: tensions have been building, especially ahead of elections scheduled for next month. members of the party have been declared ineligible to run. land locked burkina faso who has suffered from reoccurring droughts, and until the 1980s, military coups. it has significant reserves of gold, but in recent years there [ inaudible ] has imposed sanctions on countries that witness coups. mali, and guinea face similar situations but diplomacy was successful in restoring civilian rule. the question is whether this will work in burkina faso. seven senior political figures have been expelled from
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the democratic republic of congo for sending letters urging the president not to run for a third term. opponents say he is trying to stay in power beyond his two-term limit. people have been protesting in parts of the capitol as haru mutasa now reports. >> reporter: we're told this is what lead to people being fired. some sign your influential poll situations were concerned that the president would try to hang on to power. they sent one letter. it was ignored, a second letter was ignored after a third letter the president had a meeting and said enough is enough. he ordered the people to resign within a few hours, they dent and then they were fired. he said i know there are others who are questioning my authority, if you don't resign, you will be fired. that has caused a lot of tension
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on the ground. the opposition is also concerned [ inaudible ] protesting in the capitol, that protest has turned violent. we're told in other parts of the country [ inaudible ] people there are planning another protest. the u.n. is very concerned. they are trying to get all sides to sit down and talk. they are concerned if this doesn't happen there could be more violence in the city, a major concern where they are already trying to deal with issues in the east of the country between government forces and the rebel factions. so people are concerned about the way forward for this country, and if the president does try to hang on to power, people are concern is there could be more violence on the streets. two more mexicans have been identified that were killed when an egyptian accidentally fired at their convoy. the mexican foreign minister
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said she met survivors who told her they used an accredited agency to lead them into the desert. chile has suffered massive earthquake, followed by several powerful after shocks and high waves. a million people have been evacuated and the death toll has risen to ten. >> reporter: chile has had several powerful earthquakes in recent years, but they are still shocking and often devastating. this quake struck early evening local time, it's epicenter deep under the sea. it's effects were felt as far away as buenos aires on the other side of the continent. >> translator: this is one of the most powerful earthquakes in chile's history. the strongest this year, and among the strongest in the world. but with the information we
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have, the response has been good, it was also something essential and that was the cooperation of the people. because to evacuate 670,000 people and do it with speed at without major difficulties implies they with responding to the orders of the authorities. >> reporter: it was followed by several powerful after shocks. a million people were then evacuated as warnings were issued about the approach of waves caused by a tsunami that followed. >> translator: i lost everything. everything. what can i say. i lost it all. i don't have a shop. i lost my house that was near the beach. i can't even talk. >> translator: people here are prepared. it was too strong. two or three minutes after they started to evacuate. live up on the high part there is no damage there. it's all here in the center. >> reporter: there was damage
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all along chile's northern coast. a cleanup operation a underway again. chile was hit in 2010 by an earthquake that killed 500 people and caused extensive damage. there was another last year. the country has taken substantial precautionary measures, but no one is ever fully prepared for this kind of strike. u.s. republican president am hopefuls have taken part in a second tv debate. the contenders talked and immigration, and foreign policy. >> reporter: donald trump is the republican front runner, with no sign of his support disappearing. >> we don't need an apprentice in the white house, we have one right now. we don't know who you are, where
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you are going, we need somebody who can actually get the job done. >> reporter: when asked about his comments on carly fae rye that's appearance. she said this. >> mr. trump said that he heard mr. bush very clearly in what mr. bush said. i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> reporter: this was not a good night for donald trump. he was exposed on a number of issues. and those in support of him won't like what they heard. >> your brother -- and your brother's administration gave us barack obama, because it was such a disaster those last three months that abraham lincoln couldn't have been elected. >> reporter: the clear winner, former computer executive, carly
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fee -- fiorina. the others will be watching to see if they can survive in a tightening race. and see if the trump bubble has finally burst. switzerland has approved a u.s. request to extradite a former fifa vice president has part of an ongoing corruption investigation. he is uruguayan and was one of six football executives arrested in may in zurich. the 83 year old is accused of receiving bribes and of obtaining u.s. citizenship illegally. he has one month to appeal. live to kimberly halkett in washington, d.c. loretta lynch must be particularly pleased. >> reporter: it's not a complete surprise we're getting this announcement given the fact she has been in switzerland.
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and she did say just a couple of days ago which kind of gave us an idea that something was about to happen the fact that the international probe had expanded and also she said that there was an anticipation that there would be more charges, not just against individuals, but also entities. so now we have this announcement that the swiss authorities have agreed to the extradition. he does have 30 days to appeal this, but if that is unsuccessful we do have a sense of what could happen next. and that would be that he would likely come to the united states and appear in a u.s. federal court. the former vice president of fifa is one of seven who was arrested in may, and another one of those individuals who was arrested has already been arraigned in a federal court back in july. so we do have a sense of what could be happening in terms of what could happen next in the
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united states if this appeal is unsuccessful. >> and the impression is that the united states authorities are incredible serious about this. are we really likely to see some of these executives, former executives appear in -- in court with charges? >> reporter: i think that -- that the likelihood of that is yes. the fact that we have the u.s. attorney general loretta lynch making a trip to switzerland is pretty strong indication that there is more to come, and just her statements, the fact that more charges are anticipated, attorney generals don't say that unless they mean it. this means the u.s. justice department clearly has been working on a case in conjunction with the international authority, and this is the next chapter on what we have seen unfoaling for months. still to come on this al jazeera news hour. anger in japan's parliament
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hello again, let's have a look at the top stories here at al jazeera. thousands of refugees have begun arriving in croatia after rerouting from the hungarian border with serbia. 6500 have entered the count think within the last 24 hours after hungary imposed a tough border crackdown. the croatian interior minister has warned the country cannot receive anymore people. a military leader in burkina faso says he has carried out a coup and dissolved the parliament. a million people have been forced from their homes in chilly after a powerful earthquake off of the coast. the quake struck on wednesday killing five people.
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a sue newmy alert has now been canceled. as more european countries reintroduce border checks thousands of refugees are continuing to land every day on the beaches of the greek islands, and as jonah hull reports they are prepared to risk everything. >> reporter: anyone who thinks that the closure of european borders will deter this human wave would be wrong. as we watched on the shores, the boats came in. you heard that there are problems, but will this stop you? >> i will not stop. i will -- >> reporter: you'll keep going. >> yeah, keep going and arrive to germany to achieve my ambition in [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: carefully wrapped in makeshift water proofing, smartphones are vital tools
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serving as both road map and guide. photographs and video on social media feed their expectations. this is a smuggler's facebook page, happy faces on calm seas, safe for all ages at around a thousand dollars a head. there is even a fancy yacht for hire, but that costs much more. the promise is clear, get your tickets here to a new life in europe. the reality is different. cheap, overcrowded boats, accident bound. sometimes the people aboard learn how dangerous this journey can be when it's too late. this man and his baby survived but close to a hundred lives have been lost in greek waters in recent days. here comes another boat now. volunteers guiding them in. local greeks ready to pounce and steal the engine. no matter what triggered this mass movement the war in syria
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or germany's promise to take them all in, no matter what started it, there is no easy way of stopping it. >> translator: we know that the border situation is difficult, but god willing things will get better. may god show us the way so we can go ahead and protect his kids. >> reporter: whatever calamities may lie ahead, whatever tragedies have yet town fold in twhaertzs, as long as there is war and poverty and smugglers getting rich on the opposite shore, they will keep coming. okay. we can now speak to an author and poet who was born in hungary and came to the u.k. as a refugee. thank you very much indeed for talking to us. can you start by telling us about the night in 1956 when you
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yourself became a refugee at the pipe old age of eight years old. >> we caught a train, my parents, brother and i to a border station. we got off. we were met on the platform by some local people. a number of other people also got off. we were taken to a barn where we stayed until about 1:00 in the morning. and then we were lead across the border. it was winter and it took us a few hours to get across, to arrive in austria. we were met by austrian policemen. we were shown to a refugee camp, and life proceeded from there. >> did you feel afreed, nervous, can you remember? >> i remember it was exciting. and i must have been a little bit afraid, but of course, i'm only eight, and it's night, and it's the fields, and you are
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with your parents, and you know it's excitg and risky but i have no real conception of what the dangers are. i'm not told all that much. >> did you have an idea as to why you and your family were fleeing hungary in 1956? >> no, not at all. it was just something we took for granted. that it was necessary. it had to be done fast, secretly, and we were to give certain answers if asked by people on the train. >> and what kind of reception did you have, because you eventually ended up in the united kingdom. what kind of reception did you have? >> well, very good. there was a revolution going on. it was an emergency. the revolution has more or less finished, i suppose about two or three weeks ago, so people had already started fleeing across the border. it was very well organized both in austria and in england, and very, very helpful.
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>> so a reminder then that so many europeans have gone through this kind of experience that we're currently witnessing now, which is affected predominant those threeing the civil unrest in syria. so what is your reflection when you see those ugly scenes that we witnessed yesterday at the hungarian border with serbia, where so many had to endure tear gas attacks and water cannon. >> revulsion, pity, anger, because i don't think it needed to be like that. >> the hungarian government and some other central european governments, they feel that they have no responsibility, no obligation to take in people who are escaping a conflict, in which they had no part. they didn't take part at all in -- in syria, in iraq and afghanistan, so they feel they
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have no responsibility whatsoever. >> the hungarian authorities, the government's own propaganda is that this is a tide of refugees, that some of them are potentially dangerous, some are economic migrants, and that hungary should not admit them. and it gives various other reasons for not doing that. >> okay. thank you very much indeed for sharing your experience with us here on al jazeera. >> thank you. now to south sudan with 176 people have been killed in an oil tanker explosion. the incident happened in the west. 50 other people, we understand have been seriously injured. let's get the latest from our correspondent who joins us from the south sudan capitol. what more have you discovered about this tragic incident?
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>> reporter: well, unfortunately it does seem like the death toll is rising. we heard earlier on thursday that a hundred people have been killed and that number rapidly went up to 176. that's the latest information we have. we understand there are many more who are critically ill. >> what is the situation in the western state that people would do such a dangerous thing, try to get fuel from a tanker that has overturned? >> reporter: well, this isn't one of the states which principally is effected by conflict, but there has been some unrest there recently. but as with the rest of the country a lot of it is economic. and one of the symptoms of the failing economy itself is an acute fuel shortage. it's possible that in the county these people were really really
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desperate for petrol, so when the truck overturned people were more than likely trying to siphon it off for their personal use, and we understand that's when this explosion happened. >> ana thank you. japan's upper house is due to vote on proposed laws that would allow for its soldiers to be deployed abroad. this is the scene in parliament as opposition mp's attempted to stall the bill. critics think that the bills will reverse japan's traditional pass vichl. >> reporter: the protests outside of parliament have become passionate and more aggressive. for protesters like this person, the main fear is a return to the
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militarism that lead japan to disaster. he is an organizer for a new student movement that has sprung up to fight the changes being proposed by the prime minister. >> as long as it's abe administration it's possible that japan goes back to militarism, and there might be another politician who is more dangerous than abe. so it's a real danger. >> reporter: the legislation will change how japan's self-defense forces can be deployed and used. until now the strict interpretation of the constitution means japan will only use force as a last resort if it is directly attacked. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: but prime minister abe wants a broader definition, a definition that would allow japanese forces to be used overseas in support of an ally like the united states. for so-called collective
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defense. the prospect of japanese troops fighting overseas once more for the first time since world war ii is opposed by more than half the japanese public, according to opinion polls. when abe called a snap election at the end of last year, he was riding high in the opinion polls. the controversy surrounding this bill is causing that approval rating to plummet, but he seems undeterred. there is also widespread opposition to the way he is using his majority in both houses of the parliament to push through the changes. >> except for two and three exceptions, all of the other experts are saying that, well, it is unconstitutional, so i think this is also the course that they have to take into account. >> reporter: it seems despite the damaging fallout, abe and
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his allies believe it is a cost japan can and should bare. rob mcbride, al jazeera, tokyo. the israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu, says he wants tougher punishment for palestinians accused of throwing stones or fire bombs. it follows a week of increased tension in occupied east jerusalem. stephanie dirk reports. >> reporter: it's home but these days it feels like a prison cell. israeli forces have put this 14 year old under house arrest after accusing him of throning stones during a protest. >> translator: now i go to sleep at 4:00 a.m. i wake up at 2:00 p.m. everything has changed in my life. >> reporter: it has been a month and he has five more to go until his trial. while we interview him his
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mother starts to cry. she asks why such harsh procedures have been applied to a child. he was taken here after being arrested. he was kept for 15 days before being transferred to a prison. his family tells us he was interrogated without a family member being present, and that he was handcuffed, shackled and slapped while being questioned. the israeli government recently passed a law where stone throwers can receive up to a 10-year prison sentence. and following increased tensions in jerusalem over this past week, the prime minister wants to much through even harsher measures. >> translator: the present situation is unacceptable, and we intend to give soldiers and police officers the tools necessary to act very firmly against those who throw stones and fire bombs. we're all thes going to adopt changes in the rules of engagement, and for minimum sentence against those who throw stones and fire bombs.
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>> reporter: an israeli human rights lawyer who has been defending hall palestinians for decades. >> they try to impose more punishment and pressure. believing that somehow they will -- the whole population both in jerusalem and occupied territories, they will settle down. they will accept the occupation. they will a agree to be occupied, denied of rights, et cetera, et cetera. >> reporter: back at his house his friends flay football, but he can't join them. >> translator: we have nothing to fight with. that's what the stone is a weapon. >> reporter: his mother says she is trying to stay strong but dreads the outcome of his pending child, that her young son could end up in prison. stephanie decker, aljazz, west jerusalem. a muslim teenager in the u.s. state of texas has been lead away from school in hand
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cuffs after he brought a homemade clock to class. police later said no charges have been filed, but there has been a massive ground swell of support for him. president obama invited him to the white house. >> i took it to school to show my teachers the talent that i had, and in my perspective it didn't look like a bomb. >> we live in an age where you can't take things like that to school. we have seen across the country horrific things happen. the reaction would have been the same regardless if a device like that was found under the circumstances that it was found in this school. the presidents of colombia and venezuela are meeting this week to try to solve a border dispute. venezuela has closed several crossings in the past weeks and
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more than 1500 columbians have also been deported. mexico has launched the world's biggest distribution of free digital televisions in a push to switch the country from analog signals. but some have criticized the government saying there is an ulterior motive. >> reporter: an unexpected gift for this woman and her granddaughter, they are clutching the new televisions the government has just given them for free. >> translator: i'm really happy because they never give you anything. but this time they have. >> reporter: 10 million digital tvs are being given to poorer families as part of mexico's switch from analog to digital signal. the man in charge explains why it's worth the cost.
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>> translator: there will be more and better quality channels, and the tvs use less electricity. so there will be a saving of energy nationwide. >> reporter: all mexicans enrolled in government benefit programs are eligible. and the queue snakes around the block. more than 4,000 will be handed out just on the day of our visit. and similar scenes are being played out across the country. but critics of the plan have said that behind it the government has a hidden agenda. all mexican parties are guilty of dishing out food and gifts for votes. >> translator: the pri party used to hand out food hampers, now it hands out televisions for votes. >> reporter: of the more than 50 countries that have gone digital, mexico is the only one
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to hand out new tvs rather than cheaper decoders, much of it coincided with the run-up to the country's midterm elections. marta and others said she felt no pressure to support the government in exchange for her gift. the only thing on her mind was turning on her new tv. chinese demand for ivory is fuelling an illegal global trade that is worth billions of dollars. poachers are killing an estimated 30,000 wild elephants every year with tusks being shipped through a complex web of traders vie you hong kong. 101 east gained exclusive access to a thriving business. >> reporter: in tanzania a herd of wild elephants move through grass lands, but their numbers are dropping by the day. slaughtered by poefrps for their
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tusks. >> translator: they use the gun to shoot. and after it dies they take the axe and cut and cut and cut. >> reporter: desperately poor villagers risk much for very little reward. >> translator: this job is very dangerous. if you are caught, you are shot. >> reporter: the illegal trade is being fuelled by a growing demand from china, where ivory remains a highly prized status symbol. 101 east travelled from tanzania to the busy port of hong kong the gateway to this growing market. between 2000 and 2014, custom officials seized tons of ivory. >> we are determined to end
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illegal trade in elephant ivory. >> reporter: undercover meet with dealers willing to help us smuggle ivory. >> translator: it's possible to do it illegally. >> reporter: and in shanghai we find buyers experienced in the trade. >> translator: we can pay cash on delivery, we can do the deal at my company. right now we only want african ivory. we only want african ivory. >> reporter: but the smuggling and selling so common place despite global efforts to ban the trade, there seems little to stop africa's wild eh fants from disappearing in just a few decades. you can see the full 101 east program, called white gold at this time, 2230 gmt on thursday, here on al jazeera. minors in zambia say a slump in global copper prices a
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catastrophe for their livelihoods. more than 4,000 of them are about to lose their jobs because of falling demands from china. our correspondent has been to the country. >> reporter: thousands of families in zambia's northern city depend on the local copper industry. one of those families is this. but this man has lost his job after global copper prices hit a slump. >> they are going through a hard time, because as a family man i have children going to school, so it's hard for me to survive. >> reporter: he is now looking for temporary work, but that doesn't earn him as much as mining. >> this is a mine area. most of the people here depend on the mine. [ inaudible ] the [ inaudible ] is from the minors, so it's a
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catastrophe. >> reporter: the price of copper is the lowest it has been in six years, and the slowdown in primary consumer, china's economy means a drop in demand for the metal. the president of the chamber of mines says the government needs to adapt its policies. >> what makes zambia particularly vulnerable is it's a commodity country. so we depend very much on one mineral, which is copper. so fluctuations in that mineral price do have very deep implications for the economy in general. >> reporter: while higher taxes for mining companies have impacted the industry, mining bosses are always concerned about a country wide electricity shortage. but the mining industry authorities say won't be severely disrupted as long as
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regulators can determine how much power is needed to peep the mines running. this is one of the wettest mines in the world, with thousands of cubic meters flowing into and pumped out of its shafts every day. the mine is the largest user of power in the country. it consumes 14% of available electricity. >> it will put a crimp on obviously how much you can do, operationally, and hopefully, it doesn't get to a situation where you have to have cutbacks in production. >> reporter: while bosses and the government consider options and a possible bailout by the international monetary fund all that matters to frederick is how to support his family. still to come, the toronto blue jays flying high once again. we'll have that story in just a
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time for the sports news now. >> thank you so much. we're just a day before the start of the opening of the rugby world cup. the english players had their last training session before friday's opener. the host find themselves in a tough group that includes wales, and australia. but the 2000 champions are
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currently on an unbeaten run. >> it has been a long three months. we have had a good workout against two great nations in our warm-up games, but we are fitter than we have ever been. england's opponent, fiji come in having never won in the world cup. cricket now, and the bangladesh premier league is set to relaunch in december. two years after it was halted following match fixing allegations. this player received a ban of eight years which was later reduced to five with two suspended. two of the big guns of major league soccer faced off on
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wednesday with the new england revolution beating the red bulls. new england sealed the game after the break 2-1. the result means they sit atop of the eastern conference with the red bulls in second. and major league bail the toronto blue jays beat the tan la braves on wednesday. david pryce had nine strikeouts. russell martin hit a homer. chicago's anthony rizzo helped the cubs win. pittsburgh dropped four games behind the st. louis cardinals.
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lewis hamilton is trying to win sunday's singapore grand pr prix. he stretched his lead to 53 points ahead of mercedes teammate. if he wins it will equal the record of three world championships. >> as a kid my goal was to emulate etton, so after the last race i was notified of how many races i had done, and to see it almost correlated with his career, i -- i must say i couldn't believe it. i didn't know that the whole nine years what course i was on. and so naturally it feels pretty amazing. l-- lithuania are k looking to win their fourth european
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title, but they were really tested by italy, only trailing by one. the italians managed to force overtime, but from there lithuania were too strong, eventually winning by 10. lithuania will face serbia in the semis who knocked out the czech republic. the minnesota timber wolf double-doubled with 14 points and 10 rebounds. serbia winning 89-75. there is much more sport on our website. for all of the latest check out aljazeera.com/sport. we have blogs and video clips from our correspondents around the world. in that is all of your sport for now. >> that's it for us for now, but do stay with us here at al jazeera, felicity barr will take
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