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testing. >> there was an attack last december. i should imagine the security has been pretty tight. >> yes, there has been. up until now it has been relatively quiet inside. this is the first major attack or any attack since that big one last december on the army public school. having said that, there has been
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a security alert for the last three weeks. there were signs or reports an attack could be coming. it seems that that attack has now arrived. there is rell copt helicopters . they know that area is a residential area. that air force base is not operational. there are heavy militar military offsets. it seems that has been the cause of the attack. at this stage we don't know if the 16 killed in the mask are civilians or military personnel. croatia is struggling to deal with thousands of refugees that made their way into the
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country. it's closed seven of its eight border crossings and threatening to close the last, the ninth. it's become a route after hungary shut its border. that's creating a bottleneck for many trying to reach slovenia. more than 11,000 people have passed through croatia in the past two days. on thursday there was chaotic scenes as hubs rushed past police to try to board buses. thousands are waiting in cues to cross over. many people who made it croatia are essentially now trapped. they have been herded into camps and don't know when they will be allowed to leave. >> ahmed thought fences were finally a thing of the past. that croatia would be for him and so many others, a route to
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slovenia. instead he feels trapped again. he tells me this delay is a complete surprise. and that many here would have paid a smuggler to help them on their way if they had the money to do so. >> it cost 2,000 euros to take you from serbia to hungary. they drop you off and then you are on your own. >> the hundreds came from serbia. many were met with force by riot police when they tried to enter hungary. children injured are easy to spot. tensions are rising. most of the refugees say that they expected to already be in slovenia. meanwhile, here at this camp, more tents are being put up. preparations are being made to handle an influx of people. most of the folks say they don't know exactly when they are going to be able to leave.
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one syrian refugee is enraged at the inhumane conditions he and his family have experienced. >> translator: we have been treated like animals. actually, animals are treated better than us. we are human beings. >> reporter: he's gone four days without a proper shower and that today things have even gotten worse. >> translator: i wanted to go to the toilet for ten hours, there are women and children with us. what am i supposed to do? i'm embarrassed, there is no cleanliness, hygiene, there is nothing. >> reporter: croatia has warned they don't have the capacity to handle too large an influx of refugees. as the evening wears on even this facility seemed stretched beyond capacity. some begin sitting outside the makeshift camp. others go searching for solutions, looking for taxis, buses, even same cards. anything that will help them
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figure out their next move. >> lawrence lee is on the serbian side of that border with croatia. what are they saying about the closure of those crossings? what impact is it likely to have on the flow of refugees? >> it's very curious state of affairs. having said before, they were going to let everybody pass through into croatia and out the other side. and they backtrapped. they were closings all by one of the borders. the only one open is the main arterial route. for example, this one here you can see behind me, it's now closed to road traffic. we went and asked the police can we come through, they said now
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can't, by road. but, and this is the odd thing, they are still allowing the routes for refugees open. we are going to move slowly. have a look over here. this is the fourth bus we have seen arrive in the last hour. these buses have all come from the macedonia border. that's a seven and a half hour drive. these buses would have left at half past 1:00 in the morning and there is all the usual things that break your heart that you see. mothers with tiny babies sit can in the dirt trying to change napkins and the hugh mill air that goes with this lack of cleanliness. but the croatian police have said that these people can take exactly the same routes into croatia that we saw them do yesterday across the fields and they will end up where they will be illegal, but they can be registered by the authorities. why would croatia try to do
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this? there is two potential arguments. one, perhaps they are trying to save the closing of the borders to assuage nervousness. and they want to register the refugees themselves to stop people smuggling across the border. things are not as they appear. even though they say they closed most of the borders, they are still coming through this morning. >> what is the situation on the croatian side of the border once people manage to cross? where are they going? >> well, there are buses there. all the refugees were complaining bitterly yesterday afternoon, buses and trains have been promised and nothing turns up. they had to spend a long night out in the open. there are some buses and we have seen the pictures of them this morning. huge cues of people waiting to get on them. i think the croatians really
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have to be careful about this. if they end up doing what happened at budapest train station and keep people waiting far too long, people say fed up with this, i'm going to go, and they start going off road, then you get into that horror story of minefields and the horrific implications of all that. the croatians need to get on top of it even if it's slow, they need to tell people if they wait, they can register properly and be able to move so they don't start going off through fields which might end up being an absolute catastrophe for everybody. it looks at the moment as if things aren't quite as bad here as we thought they might be late last night. >> thanks very much. japan's government is making a final push to pass a controversial security bill. if passed, it will allow japanese soldiers to be deployed
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overseas for the first time since the second world war. it triggered a debate. there were protests on the streets outside. live to tokyo, why is this security bill so contentious? >> well, the debate is continuing. we are waiting for the final vote. but at the moment things still seem to be deadlocked with the opposition doing all they can to block its passage. a debate in the upper house has been suspended while the lower house gets to grips with the vote of no confidence. we are in the realms of filibustering. they are trying to prevent the passage of this bill through. but shinzo abe has majorities in both houses, is determined that he will try to push it through. for him this is very much almost a legacy project, if you like. he said all along he wants to see the position of the
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self-defense forces change and more up to date. at the moment japan is governed by this passivist constitution, in particular clause 9 that commits it to turning away to militarism. according to the protesters and parties inside, this takes this back to the dark days that led to such disastrous consequences. it goes to the heart of what japan's role in the world should be, in particular the role of its security forces in overseas operations. >> there is little doubt this bill will pass, however long it takes to get through. >> there is. shinzo abe is determined it should go through by today. he is up against the clock. that's the problem. we are getting into late afternoon here in tokyo. the debate will go on into the evening. we are coming into the weekend
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and then into a holiday period here in japan early next week. and the concern is that we have seen scuffles inside the parliament. outside the protests have at times been quite aggressive. there have been a number of arrests. the fear is as this drags on that the protests drag on, it could gather momentum. especially if they feel as though they might be forcing this out of time. that's the concern. and that's why shinzo abe is determined by the end of this session it will be passed into law. >> thanks for that. plenty more still to come on al jazeera. we'll tell you why this haze hanging over malaysia is choking relations with neighboring indonesia. plus -- >> this is a ghost town in the remote part of the western united states. there is only one resident that lives in this town. he's trying to preserve this
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>> millions at stake. shady investments. limited oversight. >> super pacs are part of the wild wild west of campaign finance. >> could actor daniel craig be the latest super pac scam victim? an ali velshi, on target, special investigation. >> hello again. 16 people have been killed at a mosque on an air force base in northwest pakistan. there's still ongoing fighting after this. croatia is struggling to deal with more than 11,000 refugees have arrived there in the past two days. it's closed all about you one of its border crossings with serb
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serbia, but refugees are still crossing over in other ir areas. the japanese could be deployed overseas for the first time since the second world war. the u.n. security council expressed grave concern over the mosque compound in jerusalem. it's called for calm. let's go live now to east jerusalem. al jazeera is there. what's the situation there now? >> we are standing right outside damascus gate. this is the main entryway into jerusalem's old city. what the israeli government has done, what they announced overnight late thursday evening is that any muslim men below the age of 40 are banned from going
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into the old city, thus making their way to the mosque. that's where we are right now. i will zoom in. you can see some of the security presence. the israeli security force presence. it is heavy. we have seen several columns of heavily armed security forces pass by us. there is still some staging down the line. you have so many different forces as well. you have some that are fully armed and kitted out with riot gear, some in shirt sleeves and you have some in the middle. there are hundreds. we have seen several of these columns pass by. we are still several hours away from friday prayers. those who could not gain entry into the old city and into the mosque for the prayers, they will come out here into this plaza that has been barricaded off. they can come in here or go out on the street and pray. we are expecting hundreds. we have been here for the last couple of hours, i spoke with one gentleman, he was
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disappointed he was banned, he was pushed away from the gates because he was not of the age that was allowed to go in. >> many thanks. an army general who seized power at a military power is insisting he still wants an election to take place. he detained the country's interim prime minister. that triggered protests in the capital that were crushed by heavily armed troops. the coup happened weeks ahead of planned presidential and leg legislative elections that was slated for october. the head of the bloc is due to arrive in the country for talks later. mexico has arrested a high ranking drug gang member who is suspected of ordering killings of 43 students. lopez was captured on wednesday.
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the students went missing in september last year after a protest. 111 people suspected of involvement in their disappearance have been arrested. ecuador has been blanketed in smoke. dozens of firefighters are scrambling to put out the fires before they reach residential areas. the government asked neighboring countries for help. more from david who is on the edge where the blazes have now been contained. >> we are on the outskirts of the capital city of ecuador. you can see the damage that was caused by these forest fires that have been going on for the past couple of weeks. they are charged. you can still smell the charcoal in the air. if you look to the left, you can see how the fire came up right up to the doorstep a couple of meters away.
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in fact, hundreds of people were evacuated. they are back in their homes now. the fire chief we spoke to today says the fires have been contained and that's thanks to the arrival of hundreds of other firefighters. it was in valleys like this that the fires often started. the environment minister says that 70% of those were started by people. and the interior minister put out a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anybody suspected of arson. now we are at the end of a very long hot, dry summer here in ecuador. the winds are picking up in the afternoon creating the conditions that firefighters are afraid could start a fresh blaze. for now things are calm here. but people are still on high alert. the u.s. federal reserve is keeping interest rates right where they are. considering the weak state of the global economy. the economic outlook looks good in the united states, there are concerns about market
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instability in emerging markets including china. the fed hasn't raised interest rates in nearly a decade. it could signal confidence in the u.s. economy. mike is codirector of the policy for research. he explains why the decisions can affect each and every one of us. >> it's important politically, too. a lot of people don't know, they don't follow the fed very much. but it's so important because the fed is really the institution that if you care about having a job, you care about whether your wages are going to go up, you care about inequality in the society, the fed is the most important decision maker, even more than the president and congress. this time, for the first time in decades, we had a decade about this. you had nobel winning economists
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weighing in. larry summers even today in the washington post saying that the fed shouldn't raise rates and you had grass roots organizers, an organization called fed up has been organizing for quite a while against the fed raising interest rates. this is the kind of debate we really should have had all the last 20 years, we would have had a lot fewer people unemployed. >> thailand has released an outspoken critic from detention. it's the second time he was called in for attitude adjus adjustment. >> after a brief stay in military detention, this outspoken thai journalist is still speaking his mind. >> i am cautious. but at the same time i think we need to inform the world and the public as to what is going on. >> through his newspaper columns
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and on social media, the private condemned the army's decision to overthrow a democratically elected government last year. it's the second time he's been taken in for attitude adjustment. if the criticism continues, he could be charged at sedition. >> they want people to cooperate. >> freedom of speech has been curtailed since the coup. it's been worse since a 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 now won't happen until the middle of 2017. the prime minister, a retired general, will be thailand's longest serving military leader since the 1970s.
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>> translator: some people try to disport information by leaking the information on voting against a draft charter. it's not true. academics and politicians have had their passports confidential informantcated. there is a spike in the number of convictions under the laws about criticizing the monarchy. gatherings of five people or more are banned. that makes it difficult for the red shirters 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 ever, democracy will be returned.
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police in indonesia are investigating 20 companies over forest fires that have caused thick smoke. >> there's a slight improvement in air quality. a cloud seeding operations, rain and change in wind direction have helped. the situation has improved that schools that were shut in several states have been allowed to reopen. the thick cloud of smoke or haze is caused by open burning in indonesia where fire is used to clear land for arming or plantation use. it's illegal. but enforcement is weak. this is as problem that not only affects indonesia, but it's neighbors. thousands of people complain of difficulties, visibility is reduced to the point that flights are delayed or canceled. there is talk that the formula 1
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race will be canceled. they have not been able to come up with an effective solution that can tackle the problem. indonesia promised to step up enforcement. it says its police have already detained several executives whose companies who have alleged to started some of the fires while it's investigating more than a hundred others. >> think of the u.s. state of california and places like hollywood or san francisco probably springs to mind. there is another side of the state. it's home to hundreds of ghost towns. >> reporter: this is balrat, california. a ghost town. there are no phones, no cell signal, not even a television and no mail service either. but it does have something. meet rocky novak. for the past 11 years, the one and only resident. he's trying to preserve the history of this one thriving and wild mining town that over a
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century ago was an important hub for mineral exploration. >> here is old original photos in its day. this is 1898 photo. there's the callaway hotel. >> this town was quite a town. >> bank, post office, store. and had seven saloons, four brothels and a cemetery. >> everything a miner would want. >> just about everything a miner would want and need. too bad they don't have that now. [laughter] >> today the town is an open air museum of sorts. in disrepair, yes, but a couple old buildings are still standing and artifacts still sitting where they were left a century ago. in many ways it represents the last line of defense a man doing his part to try to preserve a little piece of american history that so many have forgotten about. if he wasn't here, this is a
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place that would almost certainly not exist. >> there is nobody here. this place would be gone in a week. >> why? >> vandalized. it would be vandalized. if they knew this place was open, there was nobody here, this place would be carried off in a week. >> there are an estimated 250 ghost towns in california alone, like this one, they represent the boom and bust gold rush era, a history of the america west. but it's fast disappearing with the passing of time. this building once a casino in 1907, today locked up in order to keep looters away and preserve the rest. that's rocky's mission, to keep the history alive and at least in this ghost town, he's the only man left standing to do it.
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