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>> hello and welcome to al jazeera live from our head quarters in doha. pakistan's military foils an attack by the taliban. two soldiers are killed. and protests after the military overthrows the government and takes charge.
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mexico announcings the arrest of a drug lord suspected to be behind the killing of 43 missing students. the journal union's youngest member state is struggling to deal with refugees. only one of its border crossings remain open after an influx of people trying to get to western europe. croatia has become the main alternative route. there was chaos in the eastern croatia town. the police says more than 11,000 refugees have entered the country in the past 24 hours. the president asked the army to be on stand by. many people have been getting on trains, but have been stopped at
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the border. both countries are in the e.u., but croatia isn't part of the open border. we report from croatia where frustration among the refugee running high. >> ahmed thought this was the past. croatia would be for him and so many others a route to slovenia. instead, he feels trapped again. >> translator: he tells me this delay is a complete surprise. many here would have paid a smuggler to help them on their way if they only had the money to do so. >> translator: it cost them 2,000 euros, they drop you off and you are on your own. >> the hundreds here came from serbia. met with force by riot police when they tried to enter
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hungary. children are easy to spot. tensions are rising here at this hour. most of the refugees i have spoken with were expected to be in slovenia. more tents are being put up, preparations being made toable an influx of more people and most of the folks say they don't know when they are going to be able to leave. one syrian refugee is enraged at the inhumane conditions he and his family have experienced. >> translator: we have been treated like animals. animals are treated better than us. >> he's gone four days without a proper shore and that today, things have even gotten worse. >> translator: i wanted to use the toilet for ten hours. what am i supposed to do? i'm embarrassed to go in front of them, no cleanliness, hygiene, nothing. >> reporter: croatia warned they don't have the capacity to
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handle too large an influx of refugees. even this facility seemed stretched beyond capacity. some refugees begin sitting outside the makeshift camp. others go searching for solutions, looking for taxis, buses. something, anything that will help them figure out their next move. >> many of the people at the camp you saw in the report have decided that they couldn't stay there. they said conditions weren't suitable. they have been sleeping out on the streets instead. some refugees have been arriving in the capital. buses carrying a few hundred reached a makeshift shelter. hungary has extended a so-called state of crisis situation in
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areas bordering crow asia. they have summoned the ambassador. croatia failed to respond to the crisis and sending refugees back to hungary. the french president says he will ask eu leaders to help turkey with more aid to keep the refugees in the country until the war ends. turkey hosts nearly 2 million refugees and is the main entry point for hundreds trying to reach europe. many went on hunger strike which was later suspended. let's move on to other news. pakistan's military says eight fighters have attacked an air base. gunfire was exchanged on the outskirts. two security forces have been killed. the taliban has claimed responsibility. nicole johnson has more.
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>> reporter: this attack happened early hours of the morning. a number of fighters arrived at the guard room of the air force base. there was gunfire for two hours until the pakistani military declared that it had killed out of the fighters from the pakistani taliban. during the operation, there were helicopters hovering in the skies above. the rapid response force that had been set up in the city to deal with attacks like this responded very quickly. for the last two weeks it has been under a state of high alert. but for most of the last nine months the city has been quiet. the last big attack here was in december 2014 when the pakistani taliban attacked an army public school killing 132 students. since then the group has been under a great deal of pressure. the military have been targeting them across the country with operations in big cities like
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karachi as well as in the tribal belt. in areas such as the north. japan's security bill is being debated in a full session of the upper house of parliament. on thursday there were scenes as opposition lawmakers tried to prevent the vote. it will allow japanese soldiers to be deployed overseas for the first time since world war ii. our correspondent is joining us live from tokyo. why is it dragging on for so long, rob? >> it is, i think, a measure of the feelings on both sides. in particular, from the opposition and tactics we are seeing being employed by them. shinzo abe has the majority. but the opposition are doing all they can to try to delay proceedings before a vote condition taken in the upper house. the members have to debate various motions being put forward by the opposition mps,
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getting on their feet, trying to talk for as long as they can. the ruling party trying to limit the length of time they are allowed to speak. all of these filibustering action ticks to try to delay. frustrations boiling into fist fights and scuffles. we are seeing continuing protests there and the concern for the prime minister here, shinzo abe is whether he can pass these bills by the end of today. if not, we are running into a holiday period here in japan. the concern is next week, if this is still dragging on, it hasn't been resolved, we may see bigger, angrier protests outside the parliament here. >> how is the public responding to this? are the protests because of this issue of the passivist is of
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such importance to the people? >> it goes to the question of japan's role in the world. this passivist constitution, clause 9 commits the country never to resorting to military use ever again. of course, the protesters outside the parliament say that clause 9 is there for a reason. they never want to see a return to the disastrous consequences of allowing the military to lead japan into disaster once more. conservative elements here, shinzo abe, would argue that doesn't reflect japan's role in the world anymore. it is no longer up to date. what they want to see is japanese troops once more taking a far more active role in peacekeeping operations abroad and working along side their american allies. the concern for protesters is given the kinds of conflict, the kind of operations american forces are involved in, that
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japan could inevitably be dragged into something it didn't ask for or anticipate. >> thank you for that update. the bloc of western african nations are negotiating a peaceful way out of a crisis there. they hope to hold discussions with the army general. he's said to have close ties with the previous president. the u.n. security council, u.s. and france have condemned the coup. on thursday three people were killed and many more wounded after hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against the military takeover. >> translator: people started to come out. in front of us we saw a military vehicle that drove into the people and they started shooting, killing people. >> it's the presidential guard. they started the whole thing. we don't like that. if they continue like this, we'll go out against them. we'll ruin everything.
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we'll end everything. >> this is the executive. he says the army is afraid of holding democratic elections. >> ever since the country became independent in the 1960s, the army has been the main power. the people who ruled the country the longest have been army men. so the army institution feels like it controls the country. you talk to even individual officers and their mindset is we put our lives on the line to defend the country. we ought to run the country. they feel threaten, if they allow good elections to go ahead, they will be marginalized, they won't play the political role that they play in the politics and economics. that's why they feel threatened, that's why they want to get rid
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of the elections. >> to mexico, the government says the drug cartel ordering the killing of 42 students has been arrested. he was captured wednesday. the students went missing in september of last year after being detained by police. the authorities have now arrested 111 people they were involved in the students' disappearance. we have more from mexico city. >> the man who's been arrested could be a key part in the puzzle of finding out to 43 students abducted last september. they were kidnapped by the police and turned over to a gang. he was part of that gang. and his former accomplices behind bars have testified that he is the person that ordered the killing and then the burning of those students in a municipal rubbish dump. that's the official version of what happened.
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but since then, just over a week ago, a group of independent experts released an over 500 page report. one of their findings was they said it was scientifically impossible that an open fire in that rubbish dump could have burned those 43 students, almost to the fact they were unidentifiable. it's going to be interesting if the testimony of lopez becomes at any point public. if he can throw any light on what exactly did happen that night and to those students. >> coming up, this critic of thailand's is released after he undergoes attitude adjustment. plus, loyalists desert the president of the democratic republic of congo who is accused of trying to cling to power after his term expires.
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>> as the global refugee crisis intensifies... >> they have travelled for
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weeks, sometimes months. >> and the e.u. struggles to cope... >> we don't know, they stop us here. >> what's being done while lives hang in the balance? >> we need help now. >> good to have you with us. these are the top stories on al jazeera. croatia is struggling to deal with more than 11,000 refugees. it's closed all by one of its border crossings. most of the refugees want to go to slovenia. pakistan's military says eight fighters attacked an air base in the north. two security officers and all of the fighters have been killed. the pakistani taliban claimed
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responsibilities. a bloc of western african nations are trying to hold discussioning with an army general who has taken over the interim government. the u.s. federal reserve postponed raising interest rates. it was influenced by the slowdown in the global economy and china. >> unemployment is at its lowest rate in years in the united states. don't tell that to these people waiting to attend a job fair in the bronx in new york. she lost her job two years ago. >> i believe unemployment is really high. and there are people that really do want to work. and it's very difficult. i don't know if people are hiring who they know. but it's hard. >> unemployment for african americans is back to pre-recession levels. still more than 4% above the
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national average. with most job growth in the service industry, many of those who are working aren't working as many hours or making as much money as they need to survive. >> it's terrible. i can't live off of that. that's why i chose to keep searching so i can find something that can support me and my family. >> on the face of it, the u.s. labor market appears strong with overall unemployment at 5.1%. europe's rate is nearly twice as high. that's putting pressure on the federal reserve to raise interest rates. but some economists remain worried. recent turmoil related to china's economic slowdown could mean more bad news for the u.s. economy. >> we do need to normalize rates in case there is a recession. we have had rates so low, so long, we find ourselves in a tough situation. >> some say raising rates too
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soon will hurt low income americans. >> we think it's premature. an increase hits labor hiring and increase in labor participation. and for the communities we serve, particularly african americans and latinos immigrants, this is not a good time. >> the central bank is betting that delaying an interest rate hike will mean a stronger recovery for everyone. to thailand where the military government released an outspoken critic from detention. it was the second time this journalist had an attitude adjustment. >> after a brief stay, this outspoken thai journalist is still speaking his mind. >> i am very cautious and alarmed but at the same time i think we need to inform the
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world and the public as to what is going on. >> through his newspaper columns and social media, he has condemned the army's decision to overthrow a democratically elected government last year. it was the second time he's been taken for so-called attitude adjust him. and if the criticism continues, he could be charged with sedition. >> i think they are aiming at creating a climate of fear, people will just cooperation. >> freedom of speech and the right to dissent have been curtailed. the panel voted to reject a draft constitution which means the process has to start again. that prompted allegations the government or national council for peace and order was deliberately trying to delay elections which won't happen in the middle of 2017. the prime minister, retired general, will be thailand's
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longest serving military leader since the 1970s. >> translator: some people try to distort information by linking the influential on voting against a draft charter. this is groundless information and it's not true. >> reporter: the government has detained academics and politicians, some of whom have had their passports confiscated and bank accounts frozen. at the moment political gatherings of five people or more are banned. that makes it difficult for groups like the red shirt supporters to show their opposition. >> translator: since the coup red shirt supporters have shown discipline. all parties need to be careful so they don't run out of patience. >> the army says it seized power to return happiness to the people. many are wondering when, if
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ever, democracy will be returned. >> the secretary general denied allegations of corruption related to his suspension. he's been relieved of his duties after allegations emerged that he was going to resell world cup tickets. fifa has been hit by a number of corruption scandals. some of australia's leading media groups are boycotting this year's world rugby cup. they blame organizers. we have more from melbourne. >> when the rugby world cup kicks off in london, some people will be missing from the crowd. instead, they will be on the other side of the world. australia's team have made the trip, of course. but much of the media has not. two big newspaper groups are
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shunning the event because of what they see as the editorial interference demand bid world rugby, the tournament's organizers. >> we want to tell our stories. but we don't need to be told how to tell our stories and who we can tell them to. >> rugby's governing body was seeking to control what video could air and for how long. the tension is just the latest. media organizationings are increasingly frustrated about controlled sports demand over their coverage. the main motivation is money. within melbourne's global headquarters for australian rules futbol is what looks like and is the news room. though it's entirely paid for by the afl itself, the editors insist independence. >> people aren't stupid. fans aren't stupid. they come for authentic news. that's what we provide to them.
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>> not all are convinced. >> when i go to a website and read the newspaper, i'm delegating the responsibility of that witnessing process to somebody else. i cannot have faith that that is happening if it's coming out of the words of a sports organization. >> then the impact this digital news room has on the wider media onscreen advertising and sponsorship means they are taking money that would have gone to traditional media companies. sports organizations used to need mainstream media. now they control the message and the money. >> chile's president has visited areas hit by a powerful earthquake on wednesday. she promised aid to victims and
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people helping with the cleanup operation. 11 people were killed by the magnitude 8.3 earthquake that triggered waves as high as 4.5 meters in some areas. the democratic republic of congo, seven top politicians have resigned. they urged the president not to cling to power after his term expires next year. we report from the capital. >> reporter: he resigns from the ruling coalition. he is no longer the first vice president of the national assembly. he is one of seven senior politicians who say they can't work with the president. they are forming their own party to stop him from staying in power when his term ends. they say others from the inner circle plan to join him. >> there are other people
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feeling like us. no doubt they shall come and join us. we build a big coalition to fight this which is now coming in the congo. >> on the street people hope there will be no violence at next year's presidential election is delayed. officials haven't stated if he wants a third term. but the opposition says he's trying to hang on to power. >> the constitution says he can't run for a third term. the u.n. has urged him to respect that. >> we are working in the east to bring peace by naturalizing. i don't think it is time for them to create another power. >> supporters say he is a popular president. >> what is happening now, it's the same in the rest. you know, this country has been
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destroyed for a long time. but now there is a renaissance of drc. the rebuilding and for that people love him. >> some worry that delay to the presidential election could take years. people know if that happens, the relative peace they have had for more than a decade could end. an art show is in london. it honors soviet innovation and highlights the cold war rivalry between moscow and the west. >> reporter: reunited with her capsule, the first woman in space. it's now a museum piece. when she took off in 1963, this
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journey could have easily been a one-way trip. i asked her if she was ever scared. it was work, she tells me. if you were afraid, you would never be allowed into space. this capsule is like a close friend made from space technology. she returned a hero of the soviet union and remains to this day the only woman to fly a solo mission into space. several years earlier the soviets kick started the space age with a series of pioneering firsts. the first satellite, sputnik 1. and then the first man in space. in 1965, there was the first space walk with the first space somersault. many of these artifacts never
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left russia. some needed to be declassified. they were seen as a challenge by the u.s. who eventually beat moscow in putting a man on the moon. these are sometimes eclipsed by nasa. but when it comes to the space race, there is one clear winner, the soviet union. >> they landed on venus, the first probe to land on another planet. if you think about it, those are incredible scientific achievements. they are just as important as the lunar landing. that was sexy and has pr. but all these other things are just as important scientifically. >> with the space race long over, tensions have been replaced by cooperation and joint missions. after the u.s. grounded its shuttle fleet in 2011, it now pays russia $63 million per astronaut per trip. this collection charts man's early achievementings, from the spacecraft to the space toilet.
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