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a war of words, hungary criticizes croatia's handling of refugees, as croatia says it can't take any more people. >> hello and welcome to al jazeera from our headquarters in doha. i'm elizabeth pran el. puranam.
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discussing the syria crisis and controversy on the campaign trail as the u.s. presidential hopeful can criticized for comments he didn't make. hungary has seized a train carrying more than 4,000 refugees from croatia, both governments criticizing each other for not doing enough to stem the flow of people. closing 7 of 8 crossings, at least 7,000 have entered the country in the past two days. croatia had originally opened its borders to refugees, now saying it can't take anymore. >> we are not getting any assistance, we are dealing on our own and we said originally, that we could deal with
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thousands but not tens of thousands and we were dealing with it and we are dealing even now in terms of normal humane treatment of these people but we cannot provide them all with accommodations and plus, they mostly don't want, when you put them up into this refugee centers, most of them actually want to leave because croatia is not their destination. >> well, tens of thousands of refugees have been moving across central and southern europe. they were forced to reroute through croatia after hungary closed its border with serbia. croatia is sending thousands back to sloafs vienna yah he sl. slovenia.
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>> it's all relate. , shipping them north towards the capital zagreb. towards the untrained eye, the idea of three-year-old ronia, her iraqi family have told her it's a great big game even if the game has lasted for weeks, is exhausting and seems to have no end. >> these european countries that say they don't want you, what do you say to them? >> i don't want them also. >> which country do you want? >> i don't care. i just i told you i want to be in peace place. i hope to find this place. >> reporter: croatia had said
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the borders might close at first light, they continued from serbia. all in tovarnek, sheltering from 40° heat, dreaming, hoping. >> two times before, the third time before i reached safety. >> reporter: when he was talking everybody got up and ran to the railway line, a train was coming, could this be salvation. no it wasn't and they went back deflated. and then, an vulnerable they were. a man lying on the ground in pain, the man crying on the ground turned out to be taking money from some of the refugees and promising them that they would go to hungary. one of them just looked on his phone gps signal and realized they weren't in hungary at all, that they were in croatia and
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somebody punched him in the face. the croatian government says they can't take it very much more, but the other countries won't even allow that. welcome to europe now go away. lawrence lee, al jazeera, tovarnec, in southern croatia. >> hungary is considering setting up a human corridor for people to pass through. >> translator: if the pressure of refugees becomes too great, we will consider possible routes so-called corridors with all the countries concerned. that would be in the spirit of a common agreement. >> dennis is a journalist in the sloaf viennr slovenian capital. >> you have the people supporting the refugees claiming
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they should be allowed to pass, but others saying what hungary was appropriate, closing off the borders. a lot of them claiming there should be an agreement on the european level, on quotas or allowing either free passage of refugees or determining quotas on how many refugees each country should take. and when it comes to slovenia it seems that the government is becoming prepared, ready to take on they're claiming between five and 10,000 refugees. they're setting up shelters at the border together with humanitarian organizations, the red cross is being involved as well. we'll see what happens, but as the prime minister of slovenia said today, being extremely critical of what croatia has done, they expect croatia to
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follow international law, towards european solidarity to accept these refugees and to allow them passage into countries where they want to go. >> let's move on to other news now. japan's parliament has passed a bill, letting japanese soldiers fighting overseas if needed. first time deployed abroad since the second world war. japan's prime minister shoins abjapan's prime minister shinzo. >> this intil necessary to bill. for our children, children and the future generation and for the peace. >> rob mcbride has more from tokyo. >> well, those supporting this change says that it makes the
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japanese forces more relevant more potent, that they're no longer restricted by this very limited use of japanese forces only on the event of a direct attack on japan. people use different scenarios, imagining north korea gets a missile which it says it's working towards, with a range to reach an american territory, say for example the island of guam. if that missile was fired if it was going through japanese air space, japan could steal that missile, track it down, would not be allowed to use it. people would argue it is reasonable for a an ally of the united states to take down a missile like that. those who support this legislation says it just brings the powers, the rules for using force up to date in this part of
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the world but for this area it is symbol of japan breaking away from a path of pacifism i.t. has followed for past 70 years. first talks in more than ayear to discuss the conflict in syria. the phone conversation came when u.s. secretary of state john kerry met with allies in london. avoiding direct military confrontation. the two talked about i.s.i.l. and agreed to hold further talks. rosalyn jordan has more from washington, d.c. >> u.s. defense secretary ash carter spoke with his counterpart from russia, speaking about military operations within syria. the u.s. is very dlearnd if that is the case it doesn't want to get in the way of the russians and vice versa, possibly leading
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to a larger conflict that is already dealing with larger civil war and the rise of i.s.i.l. now it's not clear yet whether there are going to be more military to military contacts but it is worth pointing out they had been suspended because of russia's incursions in ukraine in 2014 and 2013. that said, the obama administration is very much interested in trying to find oway to both deal with the problem of i.s.i.l. and with trying to end the civil war and possibly move the president bashar al-assad out of power. to that end several administration officials said on friday they are willing and interested in listening to what the russians have to say about ways of achieving these goal. certainly nothing is going to happen any time soon with the u.n. intlib comin again assemblo
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session soon. >> former ambassador to syria said there are areas where u.s. and russia could cooperate on. >> neither the united states nor russia wants a radical regime installed in damascus with the ethnic cleansing and other things that would go on. in that sense they are not polar opposites, and i think the russian move has come as a surprise to the u.s., and it's not clear the intent. right now, they have sent in jets, transport helicopterrers along with tanks and artillery to an air base in the latakia area, a stronghold of the alloites in the assad regime. early on president obama called for his ouster but the fact of
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the matter is, the administration has no way to bring this about and the fall of assad could lead to the radical jihadist in power. >> syrian observe trifor civil rights, 25 air strikes on the city, i.s.i.l. took control of the city which contains the world heritage site in may. and government air strikes have continued in aleppo. monitors say at least 50 people have been killed in the past few days but there are some survivors. doctors managed to save this baby girl. her mother was pregnant when she was wounded in an explosion. scrap knell pierced her stock and was stuck in the baby's head. both the mother and child are recovering well.
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well, coming up in the bulletin. israel launches air strikes in the gaza strip while tensions at the al-aqsa compound escalate. and left out, nebl' nepal'sw congresswoman inspires woman past second aclass citizenship. great time for a shiny floor wax, no? not if you just put the finishing touches on your latest masterpiece.
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>> as the global refugee crisis intensifies... >> they have travelled for 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. i'm elizabeth pur puranam in do.
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japan's parliament has approved controversial legislation, which means japanese soldiers will be able to fight overseas if needed. and u.s. secretary of state john kerry has welcomed conversation about conflict in syria. first conversation in over one year. israel has carried out three air strikes in the gaza strip. the air force targeted a security facility near gevalia refugee camp. another strike startinged an empty field, response from rocket attacks from gaza into israel. strike comes after rying
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tensions in jerusalem, near the al-aqsa compound in east jerusalem. protests, several muslim men were banned from attending friday prayers. scott heidler reports from jerusalem. >> at the end of a tense week, mohammed arrived early to attend friday prayers at the al-aqsa mosque. but he's pushed back like many times before when there's increased tension. this time muslim men under 40 are banned from going in. three and a half thousand israeli security forces have been deployed. 24-year-old mohammed was born in an occupied east jerusalem neighborhood. >> translator: every friday i come here, they prevent me from entering. every friday. this is a system of the occupation to prevent even
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muslim from pain. if they are jewish, they can enter no problem. >> they started their protests on cardboard boxes and in a steel barricade. only minutes into the prayer shouting and then a scuffle. israeli security forces chasing a young man who broke through one of the barricades. this sparked reaction from those praying. the security forces pushed them back, some threw water bottles which led to a short fight. some of those whose prayers were disrupted by that fight and concussion bomb came back in smaller groups ocontinue with their prayers. bigger one initially but we see some struggling back just on the other side of this barricade preventing them from getting anywhere close to the old city. tens of thousands of palestinians protested against the attack on al-aqsa mosque
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earlier in the week. >> the massive crowds say we will redeem you al-aqsa, al-aqsa is not alone. resistancing everywhere, we will give up everything for al-aqsa. >> in the occupied west bank, hundreds came out to protest against the raids. for hundreds who were not allowed into al-aqsa mosque, if this continues they are forced to perform their prayers on the street by a bus stop. scott heidler, al jazeera, jerusalem. burkina faso, capital ouagadougo, soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition,
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presidential guard still loyal to ex-president blaise compaore. 12 people killed including eight mexicans when egyptian security mistook them for terrorists. >> effort nor expense in bringing about the tourists who egyptian forces attacked in the desert after mistake them for armed rebels. the ministers described their condition as delicate but stable and demanded that the egyptian government pay compensation for the wounded and the families of their six killed countrymen. >> translator: what happened in the egyptian desert hurt, this unjustified aggression last no precedent and that's why the president has instructed we
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bring back our compatriots and demanded justice. >> the mexican authority's efficient response and call for thorough and complete investigation by egypt have raised questions of double standards. in mexico, there are 25,000 missing people and the government has failed to are solve the vast majority of those disappearances, splifer simply g through motions and not investigating at all. local police working with a gang loom year ago, and which almost all of them haven't been found. officials announced a break through, the arrest of hidalgo lopez who ordered the students to be killed and their bodies left in a garbage dump. >> he was a perpetrator of the disappearance of the 43 missing
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students in the rural school in the state of guerrero. >> but a recent independent investigation said it would have been scientifically impossible to burn that number of bodies in the dump. fresh doubt on government investigation already herly criticized. leaving the victims of that tragedy and now the attack in egypt still waiting for answers. john holman, al jazeera, mexico city. pakistani taliban attack on an air force base. stormed the compound in the northern city of peshawar. the government launched a campaign after the pakistani taliban after it killed more than 150 people at a school in the city nearly a year ago. nepal is finally getting a
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new constitution. let's take olook at the events that led to this riesh. in late 2007, parliament approved the decision to abolish the monarchy and part of the peace deal. a new constitution had to be written. years of discussions and delays followed, with the other political parties unable to agree on a definitive constitution. finally in november 2013, nepal held an election for an assembly to wry new constitution but was deadlocked as no major party won. the earthquake devastation forced their politicians to get the constitution written once and for all. >> worked as a made mountain middle east for nine years to educate her son but things fell apart last year. an experience so horrible it's difficult to talk about. she says she was raped by a gang
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of men in kuwait after fleeing from an abusive employer. >> translator: there were four of them. i don't know the father of this child is. >> she came back to nepal last month after giving birth to her youngest son, uge. little did she know by choosing to have uge in kuwait, she would make him stateless. nepal just passed a new constitution on wednesday. under the new constitution a nepali father can get a citizenship for his child without any problem. but a nepali mother can't get a citizenship for achild if she says that she cannot identify the father of her child. now for children like uge there is an extra requirement. they have to have been born in nepal, which means uge is not eligible for a nepali
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citizenship. >> activists have been calling on members of the constitutional assembly to ensure women are treated equally. the new constitution also affects marriages. men married to nepali women can never be a foss citizen. whereas, women married to nepali men can be a citizen immediately. >> citizenship system in principal and practice is not same in every country you see? it depends on the circumstances, legal provision and job politics of different countries. so there should be no question at all how the nepali people and the nepali state adopts the legal, legal principle applicable to all countries. >> many activists hope the constitution is amended in favor
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of gender equality. they are also advocating for making birth registrations of babies of single mothers possible so that their children are not stateless. >> and the first step is to make sure that local government registers their birth, local government registers the naturalized citizenship and very important is that district relationship decides to initiate the case, this isn't through the whole ministry for the naturalized citizens. >> according to the research center nepal is one of 27 countries including kuwait where uge was born, to pass on citizenship to their children. subina shrestha, al jazeera,
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nepal. venezuela closed major border crossings in recent weeks. u.s. president barack obama has spoken to his counterpart in cuba, raul castro, they have agreed on new regulations that will ease restrictions on are entrepreneurs in cuba. now, as a race for the u.s. presidential nomination heats up, donald trump is facing criticism not for what he said but what he didn't say. at a support rally trump seemed to agree with antimuslim statements about u.s. president barack obama. be kimberly halkett has more. >> as donald trump was making a political appearance on thursday, a man started up to ask a question and started a
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controversy. >> problem in this country it's called mu muslims. we know our u.s. president is one. they want to kill us. when can we get rid of -- >> loot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there, we're going to be looking at that and plenty of other thing. >> the incident comes at a sensitive time. antimuslim slogans were printed on a mosque in kentucky. despite one republican speaking out against trump the white house press secretary is criticizing the party for not rebuking the candidate. >> we have seen far too many leaders in the republican party successfully use that strategy in a rather cynical way. >> but in a statement trump
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defended his actions saying his critics in the media missed the point of the exchange. the media wants to make this issue about obama. the bigger issue is that obama is waging a wash against dlifnts about this country. christians needs support in this country. their religious liberty is at stake. still, critics argue that this situation is in sharp contrast to 2008, when john mccain was running for president, and barack obama was spoke about and john mccain stopped short. >> i have read about him and he's an arab. >> no ma'am he's a decent family man citizen that i just happen to have disagreement with. >> he stood up to the party's base whether people expressed these feverish imaginings. it is a risky thing to do because those sorts of sentiments do exist in the
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conservative base of the republican party and it takes some courage to stand up to it. >> which is something trump's opponents have seized on that he did not. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, washington. >> just a reminder much more news on our website, >> you're not the person to tell me who i am. >> i kept trying to make him not be a boy. >> we tried to force her to wear more masculine clothes. >> when they people come to see us, they are desperate. >> who will love my child? >> who will protect my child? >> i asked for something and now i'm a happy little boy. >> being a woman it's more than a physical body. it's all about your essence. >> i get to blossom into the


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