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>> i hello, in is the news hour live from london. coming up, the u.s. e presses confidence in the afghan security forces after a call for help in a key loss to the taliban. >> we're seeing a new global movement to counter the violent extremism that isil needs to survive. >> and the sidelines of the u.n. general assembly.
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fighting to save one of the largest family planning organizations. undersea sanctuary in new zealand create a huge marine reserve in the south pacific. >> we'll have all the sport including he just can't stop scoring. scoring a hat trick a for bayerbayern munich. we have the results coming up. >> the southern fall on monday is a major setback for the post and raises further doubt.
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>> taliban fighters control large parts of kaunduz city. the battle is not over. the afghan government has announced a major military activation to capture kunduz. >> in the first place we should take care of the civilian casualties. they concede that heavy damages including the airstrikes and operations. i don't want to go into the detail of the operations. >> special forces have been brought in, and the u.s. military confirmed an airstrikes on the outskirts of the city on tuesday morning. this has proven difficult to reach kunduz because the taliban has set up booby traps along the way. taliban gunmen broke own the prison, releasing former taliban
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fighters. taliban commanders have issued a statement telling residents not to worry and go about their daily lives. that will be difficult with a major operation under way. it's one of the most significant territorial gains that taliban fighters have made since 2001. a current terrorism operation remains, but this recent move is the boldest in the large campaign to take control of the country. a strong message to whoever is watching, but 14 years after being deposed and battling coalition and afghan portions the taliban can still take control of the major city in less than 24 hours. stephanie dekker, al jazeera. >> al jazeera has this update.
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>> we would retake the city. but they suffered ten soldiers in these attacks now what we are hearing in the last few minutes from our colleagues in kundunz, they're trying to control the airport now they're giving close even to the walls of the airport, trying to get in to the
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airport. >> describing the situation as a set back, they have expressed confidence in the afghan security forces. roslind jordan is in washington, d.c. have they talked about the situation at the air bother? they did indicate that the situation in and around kunduz is very fluid. >> we've seen the afghan security forces face challenging time on several occasions over the last several months. this is not--this is a difficult fight for them. and they're risking their lives every day, and our effort to try to train them, provide support for them has helped.
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they're in a better position today because of the support provided to them. >> how much support in this instance do you think they'll get? >> what peter cook has described as the aircraft dropped on kunzuz. they didn't have any more details about that and they didn't keep out the possibility of more airstrikes in support of the afghan military. i have to tell you that there was a lot of skepticism during that briefing on tuesday afternoon about whether the afghan military is up to the task of defending the country and the other groups. and whether the u.s. in more than 14 years has done enough.
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>> we have an update there from washington, d.c. thank you. >> it's been a year since ashraf gandhi took power. with increasing unemployment many afghans are not help with how the government has performed so far. we have reports from kabul. >> business is terrible and many of their customers cannot pay their bills. last year he had great expectations, but now he says it's the worst of times. >> i wanted my children to be educated. i'll need them to support the family. >> ashraf ghani would fight
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corruption. the country is still heavily depend on foreign eight the government said it's making progress. afghans say they don't see it. >> we haven't seen any support of women's rights. women without education sit at home. there is no work for them. the youth of this country has already fled. nothing is left of the people. >> afghans are leaving in record numbers because they can't find work or they're worried about security. there have been deadly suicide attacks in the heavily fortified capital. >> the security forces are struggle that is not sustainable
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in the long term. >> it took the government nearly six months to agree on cabinet members. in one of the most important positions the defense minister remains unfield. the afghan president has repeatedly asked the afghan people to be patient. that things take time. things will get worse before they get better. but beguny had two things that he lacks now. momentum and the people's support. >> nigeria, tunisia and malaysia have joined the fight against isil. barack obama added isil will be defeated if the kurdish continue to work together.
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>> united by the mission, degrading and ultimately destroying isil. >> you see the words that the president has chosen, you see the problem. there has not been as much progress on the ground as the president would like. >> this is not an easy task. we have isil taking route. >> taking root across iraq. in the last year they did take tikrit but lost ramadi. all the while foreign fighters have been streaming in.
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>> we have recorded 20,000 names from over 100. >> isil is attracting more people because it has created that state-like entity, and the coalition to dismantle that state is the biggest deficiency of the effort. >> lack of progress against isil is not the only problem. there is not unity among the community. russia's prime minister did not take part in the meeting and iran was not invited. they'll discuss similar issues organized by russia in the separate couple. two separate meetings and one central point of disagreement. everyone says that everyone should joy assad to figh in the
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fighting. >> russia is accused of helping separatist fighters in eastern ukraine. >> despite the fact that until now today there is no doubt that this is an aggressive war against my country. against ukraine. russian leadership orders to take in its military service men and identification mark of its military equipment. to baby its soldiers captured on the battlefield and use mobile crematorium to eliminate traces
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of his crime. >> let's get more live from the u.n. headquarters in new york. to go back to the aisles conference, was there anything thiing there coming out of this? >> drawing parallels, saying there was no difference between isil and the pkk. a little awkward for the united states. the united states considers kurds one of their allies. we heard from the iraqi prime minister asking countries to put the noose around isil and cut off support in terms of funding, and also in terms of foreign fighters. the united states to that end announced it would sanction 35 new individuals and entities
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related to isil in an attempt to do just that. so lots of discussions. lots of calls for cooperation. certainly a common enemy among many of the parties here and isil. but no real bold initiatives. >> thank you. still to come on this al jazeera news hour, the groundbreaking operation that could reverse blindness. and looking at the single deadliest attack in yemen's war. sepp blatter said that he's not going anywhere but back to work. >> likiraqi prime minister
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alally abady. >> we cannot finances all these battles we're seeking to win. we need your help and the help of the international community to finance the equipment of the soldiers. we need your support in order to support people who lost their loved ones. beneath to drive out radicals and their idealologies. because terrorists are coming from all around the world. >> the president's speech was definitely a strong speech. most iraqis have said it's a successful speech in that it made the case for iraq and it's fate against isil. it was a speech where there were three parts to it. listing the challenges that iraq faced currently and in the past in the fight against isil. particularly when it came to some things like the budget deficits, which has impacted the
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fight against isil. also the reforms that need to be made politically and militarily as well. there were soldiers on the payroll, and they simply warrant, the second part was talking about what needed to be done, talking about the international community's role in the fight against isil bringing together all the different partners that are currently involved in the fight. also, the third part of the speech is really taking a look at what needs to be done. however, iraqis will be disappointed by this speech. because they'll want to seeing is a bit more concrete. some measures announce ending fighting, pickerly when it comes to the process. there is a very big discrepancy. russia and the usa.
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the usa will only arm the iraqi army and train the e. coli army. and this is a problem for the nsa. even though he didn't mention this, this discrepancy within the speech itself, it is certainly something that they will have talked about on the sidelines of the speech both the russians and the americans will have heard the iraqi case, that they need a much more unified strategy coming from prime minister haider al-abadi. >> vladimir putin speech at the u.n. general assembly defended his counterpart. peter sharp has reports from moscow. many see uncomfortable events in the nation's history.
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>> uncomfortable reminders of the last time russia fought a war 4,000 kilometers from moscow. russia's ten-year battle in afghanistan against the mujahideen ended in a pull out in 1989 and cost the lives of more than 14,000 troops. this was russia's vietnam with its legacy of disillusionment and betrayal. alexander sokolov picks through souvenirs, bitter how his comrades have been treated. >> we were forgotten. we fulfilled our international duty. we did for the motherland what it, as usual, ordered us to do.
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most of the guys are now un' because of this war. they drink or they're sick or disabled, and the state does not pay attention to any of them. >> there are few monuments in the war to afghanistan. just one in for moscow. many who lost loved ones in the conflict don't need reminders. >> he decide a slow death. the boys were tortured. his death was a great sorrow. that's why i'm so against the deployment. very much against. this is going to be a second afghanistan. >> critics of the president said that putin has misjudged the mood of many in the country as he ups military support for the military army. >> the soviet union was a totalitarian state. and our president is copying soviet ways and makes decisions
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personally over a small number of advisers so there is a high probability of deployment of russian troops. >> the kremlin has left the door open. they may enter th in cooperation if that's what damascus is asking for. >> in yemen there was the killing of 131 people. these pictures are in the aftermath. al jazeera is unable to verify independently. they denial gas stations that warplanes targeted a wedding. two missiles hit the tents, and they believe they were fired by saudi led jets. >> what targets?
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you hit a wedding tent with women and children inside. all civilians, 131 of them. what strategic target are you talking about. >> journalists and employees convict first degree abstentia in egypt has made a former request for president el-sisi to grant them amnesty. the case saw mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed walk free last week. three of the group are egyptian and have been unable to return to their home country in fear of arrest. they deny all allegations against them. >> this was an president
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el-sisi has acknowledged that there was a mistake made here, and he has moved towards redressing that. but this is just a step. what he has to do from here on is to pardon the rest of us as he has promised. what i wanted to say to you today is what i've formerly began that application process by writing to president el-sisi by submitting the application through the court. >> germany is imposing tougher conditions for migrants for countries in the balkans. there was a record search in numbers of refugees. albania, kosovo and montenegro are now on the list of safe origin countries. people from those countries can be deported more quickly. the government suspects a third of all asylum seekers pretending to be from syria to increase their chances of
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staying. >> this is the end of a long and hostile journey, and health workers are on hand to check the temperature. others are checking whether they are who they say they are. a few days ago we filmed a group moving as fast as they could to the border with austria. among the number is this man in the red who said he would do this interview with us? >> where are you from? >> syria. >> which city? >> damascus. >> damascus, yes. you just came here from where, from the border of croatia? >> i came here again-- >> go to austria and germany. >> yet, at a train station in french he admitted to me that he was, in fact, a hotel worker from tunisia. he was pretending because he knew he had no chance of asylum. and the germans don't think he's
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the only one. >> this has prompted the government to hire linguistic experts. everyone who arrives here has to give a speech sample who then analyze to see if they are who they say they are. they will find fake syrians and their appl their asylum applications will be reject: >> the people who are not in fear of their lives should not be getting in the way of people who are, but others say that the system should not discriminate. >> to go on this long travel to europe, to maybe cross illegally and in small boats over the mediterranean, and t i think you have a real reason to flee.
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i scant actually understand why they should not be refugees. >> the other point inside the european union, which is in many places hostile to any refugees, the idea that some are getting through by pretend something only likely to harden attitudes more. syrians should hardly have to prove that they're really running for their lives. al jazeera, munich. >> the mass exodus to europe europe shows no signs of abating. hundreds of refugees and migrants have been brought t in have been asked b rescue by coast guard in the mediterranean. >> coast guard detain 230 people who were attempting to reach the
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country by boat. still to come on the program, the cocktail of illegal drugs is blamed for a rise in violent crime in south africa. we look at the elderly in in philippines. the concern that many are left to fend for themselves. we have another upset at the world cup.
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>> what do you want american's to understand? >> there's so much injustice. >> workers are being injured constantly.
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>> a reminder of the stop stories here in al jazeera. fighters are thought to try to take control of the airport in kunduz. the u.s. president barack obama said that they were joined the coalition against isil as they hoist counter terrorism in the u.n. and ukraine's accused russia of the unprovoked action in the
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ukraine. >> kimberly halkett reports from washington. >> they came to capitol hill with a message from members of congress. don't defund planned parenthood. for many working class americans it's their only access to healthcare. this woman was suffering from end me trio citizen. endimetriosis. >> planned parenthood made it so that i was able to get the medication. >> she turned to planned parenthood seven years ago after finding a lump in per breast.
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>> planned parenthood was my first contact to breast cancer screening. it was a process that saved my life. >> not everyone in congress sees planned parenthood as a benevolent organization. they also provide abortion violating the religious beliefs of others. and exposing planned parenthood executives openly discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit. >> many in congress are incensed and are threatening to cut the more than $450 million federal funding for the clinics. they're demanding answers from th planned parenthood. >> they not only comply with but go beyond the requirements of the law.
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the accusations based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and untrue. >> taxpayer dollars are used to free up services that you provide that are abberent services in the view of many tax payers. >> but many say that it is nothing more than political theater, and the attack on reproduction services that has been going on since abortion was legalized in 1973. >> what is under attack is the right of women's ability to control their own bodies. their own reproduction and reproductive health. >> courtney came to tell congress that abortion is only just a small part of what planned parenthood does and because of her medical condition her chance at motherhood never would have happened without
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their support. >> kimberly halkett, do you think that planned parenthood will lose its federal funding? >> if conservative lawmakers have their way that would be the case. but this is a body made up of democrats as well as republicans. the democrats are in the minority. but at the same time they have the president on their side. what i mean by that is if there is an attempt to pass legislation through congress that would in some way defund planned parenthood, even if it did pass both chambers, made it to the president's desk, president obama said that he would veto it. i can also tell you that the poll numbers seem to be on planned parenthood's side right now. the american public support the funding, taxpayer funding by some 65% just 29% favor defunding it currently. >> and just spell out the scale of this organization and why it's so well-known there.
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>> it's well-known because it's in urban centers. it's located in predominantly working class neighborhoods and communities of color. there is the argument that this is a network of some 600 clinics across the country that really serves populations that typically aren't served by traditional healthcare systems, large hospitals. you have to remember here that healthcare in the united states is a business. if they don't see it as profitable they're not going to locate a health center necessarily where they believe they would--they locate them where they think they'll make money, not necessarily where people need them. that's part of this wider debate, and the argument that planned parenthood is making is they believe, look, they argue that they only--abortions are only a small part of what they offer, and they offer so many other valuable services like cervical cancer screenings, and a number of health tests. but at the same time there are strongly-held religious views in the u.s. congress. many conservatives are deeply
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devout christians and feel that abortion is something that violates their religious beliefs. not only do you have this religious under tone to this debate, but you have this wider debate that goes across partisan lines whether or not federal funding should go to domestic programs at all. planned parenthood is at the center of a wider debate that hats been raging for years. >> violent crime is increasing in south africa. there is a 5% rise in the number of murders. >> illegal drugs fuel crime in south africa. these men are addicted to a mix of heroin and marijuana. they steal to pay for it and sometimes commit worse crimes.
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>> they live in fear of the attack of the people they hurt. a man accused of being a criminal was killed last week by vigilantes. people are taking the law in their own hands. there are those whose hearts are broken by their children who are drug addicts. >> to arrest these people, somebody somewhere. >> it's the first time since apartheid that the number of murders has increased three years running.
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the police are only one part of the crime story. the reasons for the high level of crimes in south hank is complex. violence is a legacy of apartheid. there is unemployment and poverty. corruption within government and the police. some of which are wider social issues. but the institute for security studies said police are trying to spin the statistics by emphasizing that over all crime is down. >> under my efforts to point out where the problems are in terms of crime, and the need for us very, very urgently to find solutions. >> cutting crime is not only a job for the police, but improving trust and confidence in the policemen and women would make the task easier.
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al jazeera, south africa. >> british surgeons are waiting to see if they've made a significant step curing one a common form of blindens using stem cells. they performed the first operation on a female patient. as you can see in the image its characterized by leaking blood vessels. scientists took a single stem cell and they were inserted into the patient's eye to replace damaged cells. the surgeons hope to know by early december if the patient will regain lost vision. and who best to speak about this than the man who performed the groundbreaking operation. thank you very much for coming in. you've come in straight from the theater, so thank you. tell us more about the technique you used and why it would make such a difference. >> well, the thing that is important is that it's a form of
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regenerattive part of the retina, which is what you use to read and look at all the details of living with. >> the headlines read a potential cure for blindness, but we don't know yet if the efficient patient will be able to see? what do you know about her condition. >> these people come in with profound vision loss. they come in and can see and then they lost their vision in a few days. there is no treatment for them. we relace a damaged layer of tissue and transplant in a healthy and normal layer. we would hope that this would restore the vision. part of the excitement is that this project has gone on for 15 years in preparation for this. and what we've been able to do is successfully grow this layer, so it's a perfect copy, devil a
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technique in a new surgery and a surgery that will allow us to transplant in, and we were able to successfully transplant this thin single layer of cells under the retina of a patient with the disease. this was an important step in showing the feasibility of this operation. now we'll find out whether it provides the vision that we would like to rescue. >> what is your prognosis? >> well, the reason why we've gotten this far is because we've done similar operations but using the patient's own cells to transplant in complex operations which demonstrate that you have good recovery of vision. we've done these in the past. the reason why we don't carry on with these is because there they were far too complex and very few were able to perform that type of surgery. we used it a as a model to
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demonstrate that it works. and therefore we have demonstrated with a form of transplantation that you can get celebrity recovery from these diseases. that's what we hope for in this case. >> is it only this type of blindness or lack of sight that you can work on? >> this is a very common in the developed world and soon to be in the developing world that is becoming wealthier in taking on these types of treatments. we'll start with the wet form because it is catastrophic, but it will be used more broadly in inherited conditions. in general regenerattive technique we hope it will be a model for replacement of all types of damaged tissue. >> is this affordable or go "l" it be fiendishly expensive for a
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long while. >> in the first trials they seem very expensive treatments to provide people. but for the numbers and the technique that we're developing we feel this will be affordable for a large number of people without it being prohibitive. >> thank you very much, indeed. thank you. >> and the philippines is expected that relatives will look after you in old age. that is changing and in our reports there is concern about who will take in the elderly. >> this woman is 101. for 40 of those years she has worked on this foot path. a widower with no children, she said she'll stay here until the day she dies. >> i don't want to be too much of a bother. one must do what one can do. if you can't, then you suffer through it, that's how life is child. >> they are situation is rare in the philippines where the elderly are cared for by extended family. but more people are now fending
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for themselves. many wander the streets until they're found by social services. >> this is the largest of only four government-run centers for the elderly. spread across ten hectares and made to look like a local village, there are 240 clients here at the moment. they get their needs tended to for free around the clock. >> oh to be accepted here the elderly must have nowhere else to go and no family to care for them. their numbers have always been small, but that no longer the case. 1.5million elderly people have been left on their own, and social workers are concerned that many have been abandoned on purpose. so institutions like this will take them in. >> they've been abandoned by their own children. their children want to work
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outside of the home. they want to earn to survive and there is no one left to cater to their needs. >> this woman's husband died three years ago. as best she knows her children are working in the u.s. she lost touch with them years ago. >> even if i'm not with family, i'm grateful to god that i was brought here. i am lucky. i don't go hungry. we have medicine and someone to care for us. we have everything here. >> more families are asking the center to take in their relatives. some are willing to pay. it's a development that social workers say is a reflective in change of filipino society. but on the sidewalk in the heart of the hold town this woman prepares to sleep for the night. she won't be moved, she says, no matter how much the world changes around her.
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>> hitting the southeast of china after battering taiwan and killing three people. winds hit coastal areas forcing fishing boats to return to dock. the cleanup has begun in taiwan where strong winds and rains have damaged cars and uprooted trees. we have more from the taiwanese capital. >> we're in taipei's biggest train station just a day after typhoon dujuam, bases have gone back to normal. most of the roads have been cleared of debris. more than 7,000 people were evacuated in preparation for the typhoon. the mayor said that they're as prepared as they can be, but it is very difficult to assess the damage of this one. however, if you look at the situation now and how quick the government has responded, it is seem to be how other countries
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should also respond in disasters like this one. more than 300,000 are still without power, but most of those 7,000 who have been evacuated are now able to return to their homes. by the end of the day, dujuan has left taiwan's area of responsibility, and it is just a matter of time when every operation is back to normal as well. >> a volcano in southern peru has erupted for the second time this week. 4,000-meter high ash cloud has towered over the volcano. towns and villages surrounding the peak has been alerted. the volcano has been dormant for several years and has become increasingly active two years ago. the remotest parts of the world into a marine life sanctuary. we'll have all the sport including former number one
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venus williams joins a very exclusive club. we'll have details soon.
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>> hello again. all sorts of forms of sea life are to be protected off the coast of new zealand. fishing has been banned as one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries created in the south pacific. gerald tan has the details. >> the region is one of the most isolated places on earth. hundreds of marine species in the waters. many of them unique. some endangered.
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>> this is probably the most significant and i announcements that they made. this is one of the last areas because it is bun of the last areas inhabited by humans. >> the review for the ocean sanctuary and said that the reserve will encompass 20,000 square kilometers. >> this is an area twice the size of our land mass, and 50 times the size of our largest national park. it is truly a special place. and we want to keep it that way. >> the announcement gave immediate attention. >> just over an hour ago. the prime minister of new zealand made an announcement that we can all celebrate. >> not everybody is celebrating. mining and fishing are now banned from the area although
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some industries are upset the government said that the benefits outweigh the costs. >> i'm confident that the majority of new zealand with a loss economically and a global contribution towards the environmental protection in thes. >> new zealand said that the area will be policed using satellite data and defense forced parolees. new laws are expected to come into force in the next year for generations to come. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> now for sport in doha. >> thank you very much. we'll start with the uefa champions league and in barcelona they have been given quite a fright. remember, barca sent into this match for at least eight weeks. certainly struggled earlier. as the bundesliga side took the lead on 22 minutes. there were were just ten minutes
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on the clock. and almost immediately, they scored a wonderful goal to give a 2-1 win. the really big win is on score 5-0. he completed his hat trick in the second half. he's now scored ten goals in his last three games. >> well, gaining themselves the perfect gift to celebrate the 122nd anniversary with a win over chelsea. they showed the team level at halftime, but the half side dominated after the break. they should have scored more. it was surely an unhappy homecoming. let's look at the other result.
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>> well, to the asian champions league the semifinal stage. in the first leg on tuesday, they would open the scoring in the 57th minute. they would manage with eight minutes left coming in from the corner. >> now one of the men hoping to become the next fifa president said that there needs to be an emergency meeting in wales. they believe an interim task force should take over from sepp blatter, who is now the subject of a criminal investigation. he was back at headquarters on
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tuesday. on monday his lawyers released a statement saying that he had done nothing illegal or improp improper. blatter is accused of making a disloyal payment to the head of uefa football michel plantiti, who denies any wrongdoing. the attorney general giving up the investigation of the payment to the uefa president. >> there was the investigation of mr. blatter. and also michel platini. >> if i was satisfied or not i can't help you because i would reveal big damage to the
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investigation. >> they have announced the intention to stand in the election. the billionaire businessman played a key role in bringing the world cup to his country in 2002. he said he can now bring meaningful change to fifa. the task at hand is to route at corruption in fifa. investigations into illegal activities of the pass should be left to the proper legal authorities. just must be served. >> now fifa's own ethics committee is investigating the allegations. it does have the power to suspend him. giving jack warner a life ban. they had committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly.
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he is also fighting extradition to the united states on corruption charges. cricket's head of security is returning to brief the team after assessing the situation. the u.k. and the united states followed after the shooting of an italian in the area. they would begin with saturday's warm up game and test series. we have more from dakar. >> while the cricket board had initially assumed that the tour would go ahead once assurances about safety were made, that may no longer be the case. this could be a big blow for the bangladeshi international team
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about now people are anxiously waiting because of the security concerns. >> venus williams has run the 700th match o of her career. the former world number one, now just one match in the wogl rugby world cup. losing to georgia, took an early lead and went into the break, 22-7 up. the goal at halftime. namibia putting in a gutsy area.
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35-21 was the final score. we knew we needed to come out today and put on an performance. we're just happy with the win. we have the points, but we know we'll have to be a lot better. we play argentina this week. >> australia will be without two key players for the rest of their rugby world cup campaign. picking up tournament-injuries. that's all for your sport now. >> let's take you straight to the u.n. general assembly in new york where we can see pictures now of the assembly. i think we're going to listen in now to that meeting. we expect the yemeni president, who has been in exile, to speak
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any minute now. >> mr. president of the general assembly. >> we would like to congratulate you most warmly presiding the 07th session of the general assembly. i would like to wish you every success, sir. president obama, excellency and ladies and gentlemen. i come today from the city of aden, a glorious one which experiences great joy as it has been liberated from the houthi
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militia. yet i am troubled to see the degree of destruction left in the wake of the destruction of the city and, indeed, the violence against civilians. you can imagine the number of victims has hit 100,003 individuals. there are above 11,000 wounded, thus you can imagine the figures in the cities three years ago i found myself at the very podium before you. at that time i spoke of the
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various stages which had been undertaken so create a successful transition, a hand over of power in the spirit of peace and in line with the gulf cooperation council mechanism, as well as pursuing united nations resolutions. at that time i told that you iran was hindering the continuance of that process, and that was training houthi milit militias a. so as to impose it's iranian model in yemen. from that time to today we have worked tirelessly to bring a


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