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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. syria's government thanked russia for bombing isil while urging the west to coordinate with its forces. >> this is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in america. >> reporter: the u.s. president represents his sadness and frustration after another mass shooting in his country.
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forced into wedlock, we're in niger, the country with the highest rate of child marriage in the world. and i'll have all of the latest sports news, including world champions new zealand look to book a spot in the rugby world cup quarter final as they talk on georgia. ♪ syria's top diplomat has told world leaders that air strike against the islamic state of iraq and the levant in his country are useless unless they are coordinated with government forces. he addressed the u.n. general assembly saying only russia is having an impact against isil because it was invited to intervene. the u.s. and its coalition are bombing the armed group but
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without president bashar al-assad's person mission. >> translator: terrorism cannot only be fought from the air, and all of the previous attempts have only lead to spread and outbreak. air strikes are useless unless they are conducted in cooperation with the syrian arab army. >> our diplomatic editor james bayes has more now from the united nations. >> reporter: president assad doesn't come to this gathering of world leaders, year he sends his deputy foreign minister. he said he fully supports the russian air strikes in syria because they are properly coordinated with his military. a military that he says remains strong. >> translator: i say syria will continue to fight terrorism in word and indeed, and the arab
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syrian army is capable of cleansing the country of those terrorists. despite all of the sacrifices and high prices paid and that we are still paying. >> reporter: a very different views comes from the syrian national coalition. its president in an interview with the "talk to al jazeera" program, told me he believes bashar al-assad's regime was on the verge of collapse when the russians intervened. >> the russians came to help bashar al-assad and to prolong his lifeline. >> reporter: do you think if russia had not started these air strikes and moved some of its forces to that base in latakia, that assad was on the verge of collapse? >> that's right, he was about collapsing. >> reporter: in his speech the deputy prime minister said that his government would be prepared potentially to go back to the negotiating table. he said his government had cooperated fully in the previous
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peace talks, although most observers believe those talks broke down because the syrian delegation were unprepared to discuss political transition in syria. >> let's look now in more detail about what is going on in syria specifically russia's anti-isil bombing raids. the air strikes killed 12 fighters during his third day of strikes the russians also targeted other syrian rebel groups. turkey has asked russia to stop attacking those groups. meanwhile the president's of russia and france have met to discuss their military operations as they try to overcome differences about whether syrian president bashar al-assad should stay in power. from beirut over the border from syria, zana hoda reports. >> reporter: the russia defense ministry says it is destroying isil command and control centers along with arms dumps.
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>> translator: to avoid hitting civilian targets the russian air strikes are determined only after thorough reconnaissance, verification of whether the targets belong to terrorist structures. >> reporter: but on the ground the syrian opposition tells a different story. it says air strikes have been targeting civilians and armed groups opposed to the government of president bashar al-assad and that the aerial campaign is part of preparations to launch a ground counter offensive to recapture lost territory. >> translator: air strikes could affect the opposition, but not that much. the syrian government has been hitting the north for months but it didn't stop the advance. so strikes without ground troops won't be possible. >> reporter: the air strikes have concentrated on front line areas that surround president assad's heartland. one target was only recently apertured by opposition forces.
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it had been one of the last government strong holds in idlib province. it is close to the heartland and also an important hub for sending government reinforcements to aleppo province. further east the countryside has also been a battle ground, the government has struggled to maintain a grip on a region that leads to the sea, and the in homs. the kremlin said the aim of the air strikes to help the armed forces in their weak spots. it is not clear if the air strikes will be able to change the balance of power on the ground if it is not accompanied by a ground operation. but there are those who believe the west, including the united states is quietly supporting russia's actions. >> translator: washington doesn't want to end the war and
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the situation is more complicated. in fact the west is colluding with russia. what is happening now is efforts to end our revolution. >> reporter: opponents of assad say russia's intervention could give the government an advantage, and they believe that is the objective. to use military force for diplomatic gains whereby president assad could negotiate a political settlement from a position of strength. well, i'm joined now in the studio by chris doyle, from a london based group which aims to improve the british engagement with the arab world. thanks for coming in. we're now in day three of russian air strikes. they say it is a legitimate course of action because they were invited by the government, whereas u.s.-lead coalition forces were not. how does the west now need to
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respond to this. >> the challenge for the west is actually russian forces have been bombing as part of their targets. some of the opposition that have been actively armed and trained by the united states and their allies. are they going to defend them in some ways other than the declaration of deep concern which they have all done today. and it raises questions whether they are up for the struggle as vladimir putin is. he seems to have demonstrated that russia is far more prepared to show a determined position on the issue of syria than the rather hesitant and weak u.s. response as to what is going on. that said, this is a huge gamble on the part of vladimir putin. it does not mean because he has now put in some aircraft and anti-aircraft defense systems that somehow that the syrian regime he's backing is going to
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prevail or that russia -- >> -- more effective than u.s. action has been? >> absolutely. i think the immediate effect will be to reinforce syrian regime areas, and that's why we have seen the bombings largely taking place on the periphery. >> public opinion in russia and of course their past experience in countries like afghanistan would suggest they would perhaps be unwilling to commit to a protracted conflict in syria. could the west used to that their advantage? >> i think this is what the diplomacy between john kerry and sergei lavrov is about. can they manage to pull together their differing agendas. russia, they need a regime in damascus is that promoscow. for the united states, they
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obviously are most concerned about the growth of isis, and they would like to see that taken down, but in between there is certainly some degree of room for cooperation. the problem is, of course, there's other actors. the syrian opposition see russia in an all-out war against it. saudi arabia is extremely angry about the russian attacks, turkey as well, so there are many actors in this, and it's extremely dangerous. we now have russian and american war planes in addition to planes from countries like canada, france, which joined the attacks only this week, all over syrian air space, as well as the syrian regime. so the chances of an accident which could lead to further attacks and indeed sucking in more countries britain may even vote to carry out air strikes in syria later this month. >> chris doyle thank you very
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much for your perspective on this story. well as questions mount over who russia is targeting, president putin has always been discussing the crisis in ukraine. he and president hollande were joined by the leaders of germany and ukraine, the conflict between government forces and pro-russian separatists have killed more than 8,000 people, and displaced 2 million others since april of last year. >> translator: since the minsk agreement, there has been the most progress. we have seen a slow withdraw of arms and today we were able to avoid having more victims in what has been particularly heavy and dramatic conflict. >> let's get more from neave barker live for us now in paris. >> reporter: even before talks began here, i think the normandy
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four had an awful lot to be happy about. the ceasefire that came into force at the beginning of september has been largely holding, allowing the diplomats, and top officials that have been meeting here in paris to push forward in working out exactly how to implement the minsk two agreement. in that agreement was signed earlier on in the year, but has largely been laid aside as a result of the southern surge in fighting that happened almost immediately after that agreement was -- was signed earlier on in february. the agreement itself is made up of 13 different points that include the demand for withdraw of heavy and light weaponry from the conflict zone, something that the french president has said is already underway, providing that it is overseen by osce monitors, and that those
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monitors are able to gain access to the whole of ukraine. amongst the list of requirements as well, is also the demand for regional elections in separatists-held parts of the country as well. and what we also gathered is that a time frame for these elections has been set out as well. the elections can only take place 80 days after electoral laws are put in place. the separatists had hoped to stage elections as early as mid-october or the start of november, but it seems like a lot more ground work needs to be done. but perhaps the most important of requirements within the minsk protocol is the strengthening of the russian, ukrainian border. both sides have been at each other's throats as to what exactly the russia's involvement in the conflict has been. it is now hoped that both sides
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can work together, although reconciliation is a little further along the road. >> reconciliation possible in ukraine, but still deep divisions other syria. this is the first time that putin has met with western leaders since conducting air strikes in the country. >> reporter: yes, and that's precisely why syria has found such prominence here at talks in paris. although in this final press conference, it was clear that the french president didn't want syria to overshadow talks about peace in ukraine, but undoubtedly there have been some key discussions held between the leaders, the message very much from the west is that air strikes carried out by russia within syria are indiscriminate. the response from the russias is that only by throwing their
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weight behind assad, can there be any really hope of a lasting end to this protracted war. >> thank you very much. there is much more still ahead for you. colombian police kill one of the country's most powerful drug traffickers. i'm katherine koy in rwanda's capitol. i'll tell you about the government's plans to modernize this city by 2040. and that means all of this has to go. and david farah tries to take a step closer to a title this year. we'll have all of the details in sport. ♪ the taliban says its fighters are retaining control of parts of kunduz after the afghan army began an offensive
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to retake it. the taliban claims it has now pushed the army back. that thenied by the government. the taliban says it shot down a u.s. plane on thursday night, killing 11. al jazeera's correspondent is about 130 kilometers away from kunduz, and joins us live now. what more do we know about developments in kunduz today? >> reporter: as we are speaking, miriam, there's heavy fighting going on inside kunduz city. residents are telling us that despite all of this bombardment and heavy fighting, still taliban control big part of kunduz city. afghan security officials told us that tonight they are going to lunch their biggest offensive to clear the kunduz city from taliban. but also the locals are saying
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the lives inside kunduz city is almost impossible now. they have problem with shortage of food, shortage of clothes, no water, no electricity, despite all of the bombings and art tillry used by both sides. >> clearly the people are suffering from attacks by all sides at the moment, and what about the taliban in the government say that they are planning a big offensive on kunduz. how firmly entrenched is the taliban there? and how are they planning to build on the gains they have made? >> reporter: well, looks like taliban have strategy to gain control in other areas. in the past three days they got control of four other districts in the neighbor provinces. they got control of two district headquarters in another
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province, and another district in another province and control of in the district here. taliban seems like they don't have a plan to leave kunduz. plus they want to gain control of more area in northern afghanistan. >> thank you very much. live for us about 130 kilometers away from the afghan city of kunduz where fighting continues. high-level talks at the u.n. have failed to come up with a peace plan for libya. the war torn country's two rival governments have not agreed to a peace deal that was drawn up. the general national congress wants to discuss the agreement in morocco, while the ambassador from the other go says the deal has to go back to tobruk for approval. >> there is no time to waste.
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we all know the threats that further hesitation will bring. libya has suffered economically, socially, politically and its people have been hurt terribly. they deserve better, and the bath is open for them to now adroo achieve better. but we must reach agreement on the names of new leaders not tomorrow, not next week, but now. even while libyan delegates are here in new york. this can happen, and we hope the process can be completed within a very small number of days. >> we can get more now kristen sa loumy. kristen what happens now? >> yes, a very frustrating situation for the nation, the special envoy for libya had set
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september 20th as the last deadline. he called it the moment of truth for the parties to come together. the two rival governments and agree on this deal on the table. what we saw happening was intense pressure coming from john kerry from the united nations saying this deal might not be perfect, but it is fair and balanced. other nations weighing in trying to encourage the two sides to finally accept the deal and saying that basically the negotiations are over, you need to accept the deal. but we heard from members of the general national congress saying that they were prepared to leave this deal. they are not ready to accept it. there was no signing ceremony as the united nations hoped for here. that despite this pressure and instability in the country, and also a growing presence of isil in that country as well. >> all right. kristen thanks very much.
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now the united nations secretary general ban ki-moon has called for the u.s. to take action to reduce gun violence, following thursday's mass shooting where nine students were shot dead in the state of oregon. place are using the social media account of the gunman. the u.s. media has identified him as chris mercer. the college has remained cordoned off as investigation continues. >> so far we have recovered 13 weapons. out of those 13 weapons. we currently have in custody 6 were recovered at the school, 7 were recovered at the shooter's residence. all 14 have been traced to a federal firearm's dealer. 7 have been purchased by the shooter or a family member, all
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within the last three years. in addition to the weapons recovered, we also were able to recover a flank jacket, was recovered, the jacket has steal plates as long as five magazines. >> meanwhile the u.s. president has responded with anger. >> somehow this has become routine. the reporting is routine, my response here at this podium engineers up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. we have become numb to this. we talked about this after columbine, and blacksburg, after tucson, after newtown, after aurora, after charleston. it cannot be this easy for
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somebody who wants to inflict harmon other people to get his or her hands on a gun. >> allen schauffler is standing by live for us in roseburg. are we beginning to get a clearer picture of what took place and an idea of the background of the shooter himself? >> reporter: the police are trying to put together a time line of the shooter, exactly when he entered the building, when he started to fire. did he actually say to people are you a christian and then shoot them if they responded yes, shoot them in the leg if they didn't give an answer. they are trying to speak to people who have been through an incredibly traumatic experience. we were speaking to one survivor who said she ran from the classroom next door absolutely terrified. the police are going through facebook and social media sites
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he may have visited to try to find out what his motivation us. we were told he was interested in the nazis and expressed admiration for the ira. so all of this will be investigated as they bring up the picture of the man that brought death here. >> it has been described as a tight knit community. how are people coping there? >> reporter: you have barack obama say these things have become routine. but for the people who live here. it is not routine. first of all they have to comprehend the horror of what happened in the college just a kilometer away to my right, and then they have got to cope with the grief of the dead. many people around here will know people who went to that community college, and they have questions that they want to have
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answered. how could this happen? is it a mental health irk you? is there any possibility of new gun legislation being passed? and all the time they are doing that, they still have to remember those who died. and including the stories of courage, the exarmy soldier who instead of running away, ran towards the shooter. he confronted him. he tried to talk him out of doing what he was doing, and for his trouble he was shot several times. he is now in a critical condition in hospital. yesterday, thursday was the day of his son's birthday. that's the reason he moved back to oregon and was in the college. those stories will start to come out over the next few hours as we learn more of the nine victims. >> we heard president barack obama express his frustration. how will his administration now attempt to address this in a
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deeper more substantial way? is it possible for them to do so? >> reporter: well, let's be brutally honest if the death of 20 children at sandy hook didn't bring about changes, the shooting of adults here is unlikely to bring change either. there are to many people in congress who believe that the second amendment, the right to bare arms should never be touched and therefore should not be changed in any way in any sort of legislation would do exactly that. and while that is prevalent view in congress, it may not be what the majority of people want to see happen, but as long as it's the prevalent view in congress, the reality is nothing much will change. this is the last school shooting in the united states since one
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on thursday -- sorry one on wednesday which was in south dakota and there an assistant principal managed to stop the shooter before he caused any real havoc. >> all right. allen thanks very much. there's more still to come for you. we'll be looking at major talks taking place on ukraine's future in the french capitol paris. i'm wayne haye reporting from northern malaysia where we talk to separatists fighters from southern thailand about their hopes for a peaceful return home. you follow [ inaudible ] that is very, very, very, very boring. >> reporter: and sport we'll tell you what has annoyed arsenal manager arson wanger.
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syria's deputy prime minister has addressed world leaders saying military interventions from the outside are useless unless they cooperate with government forces. monitoring groups say at least 12 isil fighters have been killed by russian air strikes in syria. and the taliban says its fighters are managing to regain control of parts of kunduz after the afghan army began an offensive to retake the city. we are joined by a global research director at control risk, and joins me in the studio now. thanks for coming? . >> >> good evening. >> what do we need to be watching for from these talks in paris, particularly what president putin says and doesn't say. >> yeah, i think first of all for the time being that ukraine and syria are traveling on separate tracks.
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and for the time being there is no desire on either side to link what is happening in syria with the conflict in ukraine, so no sort of deals like if you do this in syria, then we'll give you that in ukraine. the other thing is just to see whether there is any progress in these talks, because we think that the sides are still very, very far apart. you'll recall just a few days ago when president putin delivered his speak, the ukraine delegation got up and walked out. so there is little sign that those two sides will come together. >> is there a sense of weariness not only on the ground, but also amongst the power brokers in this conflict? >> i think we have to go back to russia's original goals in the intervention in the ukraine, and that is to create something akin to a frozen conflict, and make
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ukraine an unstable neighbor, a neighbor that won't be able to be absorbed into the western orbit because there's too much conflict. certainly the population is weary, the economy is weary, but on the diplomatic front, i think this still has some time to play out. >> but do that really want to be committing troops? they have denied any boots on the ground in eastern ukraine, but do they really want to sustain a commitment to the conflict in eastern ukraine while they step up action in syria? >> there may be peaks and valleys and ebb and flow to the amount of activity in ukraine and syria. the emphasis is going to be what is happening in syria, but that doesn't mean the conflict is over in ukraine. we have conflictual moments coming up over local elections in eastern ukraine. and that may trigger another round of violence. >> when you say frozen conflict, what would be acceptable to
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russia, some sort of autonomy for the region, elections that allow them to have control over their own destiny. >> russia has always wanted a more federal system, especially in the east, because that gives more opportunity for kiev and the opportunity to cozy up closer to moscow and russia. >> can kiev accept that? >> kiev is trying to work out a format for elections in the eastern part of ukraine that will keep those regions under kiev's control, but allow them limited amounts of autonomy and independence. >> well, thanks very much. it was good to get your analysis on this story, of course, as those talks continue this paris. >> thank you. >> now colombian police have killed one of the country's most powerful drug traffickers. victor has been followed by the
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clol beeian military for months. he had a $5 million price on his head, the same as el chapo. earlier reports say several of his men were killed in heavy fighting with police. we're joined live now from cl columbia. what has the government had to say about this? >> reporter: yes, the minister of defense, the colombian millster of defense spoke just minutes ago in an event. he said that this is the biggest blow against drug traffickers in colombia in years. he said at least five of his men were killed in the operation, and he also explained how they attacked his camp through aerial bombing. in that is something that the colombian government cannot do
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against regular drug traffickers, but victor was not only one of the biggest drug traffickers in colombia, he was also the leader of a rebel group called the epl, this group disbanded and reached a peace deal with the government back in the early 1990s, but this particular faction continued operating. they still presented themselves as a rebels group. but truly for the government thigh were just regular drug traffickers. but they were able to attack bombing from -- from the air, and so consider this essentially as an operation connected to the largest conflict -- civil conflict ongoing in colombia. >> right. the government is claiming it as a victory. but really what more challenge -- how great are the challenges that lie ahead when
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it comes to fighting the drugs war in the country? >> reporter: well, definitely this will not stop the growing of cocoa crops in the country. it is, though, a major victory for the government. the biggest victory at least since 2012 when the colombian military killed the then leader of the farc rebels. there is at least another person who is the second now, and probably now the first biggest drug trafficker in the country, operating in the west of the country there. they are also going after him. the military says they are closing the circle, essentially around him. but the government knows more needs to be done, and they need more support internationally to continue their war against drug trafficking. just roughly ten days ago, the
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president presented a new plan in the way that will deal with trafficking of drugs in the country. and there is a lot of expectations once a peace deal is signed with the farc that those rebels that are operating now that are part of the larger drug trafficking in the country, that they could work together with the government and try to reduce the -- the -- the level of coca crops that are grown, and find alternative for the farmers that live off of the coca crops. >> thank you. now at least ten people have been killed in a series of explosions in nigeria's northeast. 39 others were injured when four suicide bombers blew themselves up. boko haram have increasingly used suicide bombers to target
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people. now the leader of the short-lived cue in burkina faso has handed himself in. he is being held at a police station near the capitol. he has sought refuge at the vatican embassy after standoff between the army and his supporters. but on wednesday the army raided the barracks of his supporters and made further arrests. children in niger is increasingly being forced into marriage. often it is wealthy nigerians that are offering large dowries to pour families. >> reporter: a traditional wedding in the saharan city. the women here are known for their stunning beauty. but behind the celebrations and joy lie days of abuse.
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poor and uneducated, most of these people have been forced to marry while still children. many are promised to rich nigerians. this girl married a nigerian. but she couldn't get used to life in nigerian. she returned home. >> translator: the reason i got married was to help my father and improve our living conditions. but the marriage collapsed. i have a daughter i need to raise and care for. >> reporter: child marriages are common practices in this part of the world. parents can't resist the big dowries, but child brides often end up suffering mistreatment. there's abuse and stigma when they return home, divorced and
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humiliated. >> translator: niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. 25% of girls marry before the age of a 15, and 75% before the age of 18. we are telling the communities child marriage has a huge negative impact on society and educating girls to put an end to the practice. >> reporter: but ending the practice in niger, one of the world's poorest countries has a long way to go. this woman has defied her family. many others cannot especially in the face of overwhelming poverty. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera. an ambitious blew print as been put forward to revitalize the capitol of rwanda. but catherine soi has taken a
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look at the plans. >> reporter: it's a master plan with a price. the overhaul is expected to cost billions of dollars, roughly half of the land is unusedable, it's either wetland or steep slopes so every available space will be needed to make the vision a reality. >> it has to be utilized efficiently, so that we will be able to accommodate people living now and people who will come tomorrow. we'll have to think about our future generation. that is very important. >> reporter: in the short time housing is a priority. the present population of about 1.2 million people is expected to triple by 2040. in the new plan all of these structures are expected to come down.
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but what many people are worried about here is how much they will be compensated and whether or not they will be able to afford the new houses. this man shows me his property. it's an acre of land just at the edge of the city center. he has built houses that are rented out. but in the new city, these structures will not be allowed. >> translator: i already planned to go elsewhere. i have another house up country, but i need to be well compensated. >> reporter: this is called vision city. there will be 4,500 units on completion, a gated community, with, with a town center and schools. >> the primary goal was to teach people or to share with people how it is ideal to live as a community. yes, it is premium housing and maybe not everybody will be able
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to acquire this property, but we are now looking into phase 2, will be target low to middle income. >> reporter: the buying price is between 180 and $380,000. many rwandans can't afford this. government officials admit creating affordable homes is one of the greatest challenges. the thigh army has often been criticized for having a heavy handed approach in the north of the country. now the thai military is trying a new approach to bring them home. wayne haye reports from malaysia. >> reporter: this is the latest army tactic to try to win a long-running war against separatists fighters in southern thailand. they are visiting the house of a
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suspected bomb maker who is believed to be across the boarder in malaysia. they arrive with clothing and medicine for his wife in the hope she can convince him to come home. the trust-building exercise is trying to improvement thailand's reputation. the military has been allowed to about with impunity. the outgoing soldier in charge of the area, acknowledges their methods had to change. >> translator: the understanding of none violence has to start with government offices first. all officers have to understand their roles, responsibilities and scope of power. >> reporter: many are skeptical. this person had been providing food and support for one of the groups when he came under scrutiny by the security forces. he and his family have been in
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the jungle for 14 years, and they still don't trust the army. >> translator: i'm sure if i stayed back in my homeland i would have trouble sleeping at night. it's better to be free from concern about being arrested. >> reporter: the separatists group say there are tens of thousands of people from southern thailand living in this border area of malaysia who either directly or indirectly support the fight for independence, and most of the groups leaders also live in this area of malaysia where they are largely left alone to continue to run their operations. among those hiding in malaysia this active member of a hard lined group believed to be responsible for most of the attacks which killed thousands in thailand. he has listened to what the thai army has to say, but doesn't think much will change. >> translator: the peace efforts from the government ark
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-- aren't bad, but we still don't have confidence in them. >> still to come for you this hour. >> i'm john holman in mexico's south pacific coast where hundreds of thousands of turtles arrive each year, but the imagine yourty of their eggs are being stolen. >> and the new york yankees look to secure a wild-card spot in the post-season. we'll have details on that shortly.
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♪ welcome back. mexico's pacific coast beaches are prime nests sites for hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, but their eggs are being poached. >> reporter: they arrive one by one. lit only by a sliver of moonlight, a million endangered turtles clamber on to the beaches in southwest mexico each year, one of only two species to stage this mass invasion in nesting season. they lay their eggs in quickly dug hollows, it's their only protection against the dangers of the night. like these men, known as
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horsemen, they swoop on eggs to sell as local delicacies, even as the mothers lay them. it's illegal but the men say they have little choice. >> translator: i'm here because i need this work. we all have families. we don't have education, or the papers to get the regular jobs. >> over 70% of the eggs on the beach were recently taken, and the number of turtles worldwide has halved in the last 50 years. the eggs these turtles are laying are really up against it, they are also at risk from animals and birds, and that means that less than 1% of them are going to make it to adulthood. >> middlemen sell the eggs for ten times or more what they pay the horsemen at the market. the illicit trade flourishes in
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full sight of the major's office. the navy used to guard these beaches, but were pulled off to fight the cartels. now the government is stepping up protection efforts again. >> translator: we have just signed agreemented with the navy, federal police, and the army to support us, and we are also using drones to protect the turtles. >> reporter: the government also offers occasional work programs to give poachers other options, but while full-time jobs are scarce and eggs seemingly plentiful, it's hard to resist temptation. time now for your sport with farah. >> thank you so much. the new zealand could qualify for the quarter finals of the
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r rugby world cup. this player broke his leg ten weeks ago in his debut for the all blacks against aragain teeia. the leg has now healed, although the coach says it was more of a stress injury than a broken leg. >> i have a guy who probably was a player of the -- of the super r rugby [ inaudible ] gives us real genuine pace and ability to beat people. it's exciting to have someone like that in your group, and to have them out on the track, and after the disappointment of thinking maybe we won't be able to select him, to get him is wonderful. >> england have been training for their match coming up.
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england do have a good recent record against australia, having won four of their last five matches against them. >> [ inaudible ] is a team and individuals and it doesn't get much bigger than this. hopefully it does. hopefully this -- this -- this goes on and it does get bigger for us. but right now it looks weak, and we have got to put everything into what we are doing. >> i think with the build up, and it being a highly anticipated test match. it's very exciting for all of us to be a part of it. we have had a great rivalry over the years. the test matches have always been of high sensety and quality. >> cricket now. and south africa have drawn first blood in their tour of
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india. beating the host. j.p. hit the winning run scoring 68 as south africa chased down indians 199 with 2 balls to spare. a four-match test series will follow. pakistan test captain says he is considering retiring, the 41 year old took over as captain in 2010 and has lead pakistan to fourth in the icc test ranks. they haven't confirmed that the pakistan series with england which starts this month will be his last. >> every person has a goal in his life. i will try my best to work hard and perform well. i have always said i will not take a decision about retirement. i am thinking about this decision, how to make this decision, but i have not taken the final decision. i'm obviously thinking about
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this, but still haven't decided. >> tennis now. and david ferrare has reached the semifinals. the spaniard has never lost to the player in all of their previous five encounters. final score is 6-3, 6-4. we'll now face benjamin becker. there's a possibility of a all spanish final. this spaniard won in three sets. lopez now 34 is looking for a first title this year. he'll face nick next. and venus williams has booked her place in the open in china. the unseated american came back 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. arsenal manager has reacted
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angrily to journalist asking about his team selection. he picked david in goal ahead of [ inaudible ] in their defeat in the champions league on tuesday. >> do not come always back with that same story. i think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, and you follow [ inaudible ] that is very, very very, very very boring. i -- i don't go along with that. if you have any interesting questions for sunday's game, i can answer, but apart from that, let's not come back always to the same story. the new york yankees have secured a wild-card spot returning to major league baseball's post season for the first time in two years. they were taking on the boston red sox on thursday. sneijder completed the scoring
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with a home run in the 8th inning. but victory wasn't confirmed in [ inaudible ] truck out boss ton's josh rud lidge. alex rodriguez returned to the game in january having served a year-long doping ban. now pluto's big moon is being revealed in all of its rugged glory. nasa has released images. the pictures were taken about ten days ago, and took that long to reach us here on earth. they reveal massive canyons and fractures on the surface, which is more than half of pluto's size. even better pictures are anticipated as flight controllers receive more data from new horizon, now about 5 billion kilometers from earth. that's it for now. i'll have a full bulletin of
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