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>> military message. >> we are not prepared to cooperate in a strategy which, as we explained, is flawed. tragically flawed. >> russia launches more than two dozen cruise missiles into syria and u.s. aircraft are diverted.
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>> heart felt apology. >> whether we make a mistake we own up to it, we apologize as necessary as the presidential did in this case. >> president obama says he is sorry for the bombing of an afghan clinic but doctors without borders are demanding an investigation. nuclear market. >> dirty bombs you heard of such a thing? the level of radiation would be high and the explosion would spread a material over this big a territory. >> the fbi disrupts a smuggling ring trying sell radioactive material to i.s.i.l. and diamond dive. >> for everyone in the pipeline, us as well, the manufacturers and retailers. >> plunging diamond sales because of worldwide economic uncertainty are taking a bit of shine off the sparkling stones.
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good evening, i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. we begin with a major escalation and show of force by russia in war torn syria. the kremlin said it had launched cruise missiles from locations in the caspian sea. the russian naval strikes come as syrian naval forces launched an offense under the cover of russian air strikes. defense secretary ash carter said u.s. led coalition forces will not cooperate with russia and the pentagon confirmed u.s. jets recently had to change their routes to avoid russian fighter planes over syria and that air operations in general have had to be adjusted because of the russians flying these missions. al jazeera's peter sharp reports
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from moscow. >> reporter: from the caspian sea 1200 kilometers from the fighting russia opened a second front in the syrian war, unleashing a salvo of cruise missiles at i.s.i.l. position he. the caliber missiles bearing the nato code name sizzler were launched without warning at from the caspian sea flotilla. broadcast on russian state television, moscow said it obtained permission from iran and iraq to overfly their territory to allow the missiles to reach their target. avoiding southeastern turkey. >> translator: this morning we engaged the caspian flotilla
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ships, 26 cruise missiles on 11 targets, data indicates all targets were hit and no civilians were harmed. the cruise missile strike was totally unexpected and it begs the question why russia would shoot missiles 1200 miles away when it's got afighter force on the ground carrying out daily strikes against i.s.i.l. it would go to remind the west of russia's military reach in this conflict and in rome the u.s. secretary of defense ash carter formally ruled out any military cooperation with russia. >> i've said before we believe russia has the wrong strategy. they continue to hit targets that are not i.s.i.l. we believe this is a fundamental mistake. despite what the russians say, we have not agreed to cooperate with russia so long as they continue to pursue mistaken strategy and hit these targets. >> reporter: a disappointment
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for president putin who had hoped to prayed th pursued perso join his coalition. >> we are joined by mulla mustafa. you have offices inside syrian and on the syrian turkish border. what are you layering about the russian strikes? >> what we're hearing is really horrendous use. 35 civilians were killed, a home was hit, a market was hit. earlier in the day as well there was a hospital near an amazing village where these activist are always reaching out to the international community about their fight for freedom and democracy and the hospital was also targeted and bombed. since the beginning of the russian offensive what we have
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seen is strikes against the sort of strategic depths of the moderate opposition inside syria including the opposition that was getting support through sort of covert and other programs by the united states and by western countries. and so what we see are the russians sort of coming in and piling on to the already exis existing barrel bombs. >> they have targeted western supported groups but are they not also targeting el nusra groups which is affiliated with al qaeda? >> el nusra does operate in some of these provinces where these targets were been but the targets they are going after are western supported moderate opposition. it includes for example, one instance where a defected officer from that regime that has been fighting with the free syrian army in the south who was killed, you have division 13 you have other divisions across
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idlib, hama and in these areas, that are the sort of core moderate opposition that have better than supported by western powers and other sort of friends of syria group and these have been the main targets. >> do syrian moderates still have significant fighting forces inside syria or has this become a battle of the extremes, assad and i.s.i.l? >> assad and el news nusra are no friends but the greatest threat is the moderate syrian opposition that is there because then the west would support them and the free world would support them. and for i.s.i.s. it is the moderate muslims it is the syrian people the indigenous population of the land that they also want to go after first because they also endanger the existence of i.s.i.s. when sad kills i.s.i.s. or the russians which are not going after i.s.i.s. neither is assad,
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when they rarely attack them that's a recruitment tool for i.s.i.s. it plays into their propaganda. >> could this be the beginning of getting rid of extremist groups that would allow the transition from assad to some sort of moderate democratic government? >> what russia is doing now empowering i.s.i.s, getting rid of its enemies, the only ones who are fighting against i.s.i.s. is the moderate opposition, cool and the world was sort of learning about it, and at the same time we're seeing them worsening refugee crisis for example for those not concerned with syrian lives but the concern with economically national security wise or the unity of european nation he and their stances, this is going to worsen and intensify the refugee crisis because these people are now being bombed on top of the barrel bottoms with russian cruise missiles and sorties and
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targeting the most moderate portion of the opposition and civilians in these areas which really sort of be absolutely pours oil sort of on the fire of what's going on there. makes assad more entrenched in his position that he's not willing to negotiate and getting rid of the moderate elements that would be sitting at the negotiation table while empowering extremists on the one side and assad on the other. >> very good to have you with us, thank you. former president bill clinton is speaking out on russia's intervention in syria. clinton argued that if the u.s. and russia worked together they could come up with a winning strang on thstrategy in the figt i.s.i.l. >> we need to see if we can work together for the purpose of block the gains of i.s.i.s. and understood that we would have differences of opinion about how
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to handle syria if we can get this under control. that's what's best for the syrians, that's what's best for the region and i think in the long run what's best for russia. >> iran's supreme leader says there's no chance for talks with the u.s. on resolving the conflict in syria. ayatollah khamenei said, and after hassan rouhani that his government was willing to sit down for talks. violated february ceasefire, alleging they fired an antitank weapon. after petro poroshenko sounded optimistic about the lull in fighting. he said it offered hope in the efforts to quell the separatist fighting. came a day after the
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governmental agreed opostpone elections until friday. president obama apologized to doctors without borders for last week's air strike that killed 22 people in an air strike in kunduz. heavy fighting continued there. government troops have gained control of parts of the area from taliban fighters. ing but leaving citizens to fend for themselves when it comes to medical care and food. al jazeera's kaiz azimi has more from kunduz airplane. >> it is a fragile situation. no one knows who going to be in control where and when. afghan troops are telling us like every five minutes it change. now, afghan residents are out to do shopping, i asked some of them why they are taking the risk to go out. they're telling us they don't
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have a choice. they run out of food, water, no electricity, they have to take and go find an open shop to buy something to survive. >> al jazeera's kais azimi. group is not focusing on a criminal probe, what it wants is an examination of ways to prevent another attack on humanitarian sites in war zones. more from al jazeera's mike viqueria. >> antonio, in the five days since the attack the white house has insisted that president obama was going to wait for results of a pentagon investigation before casting any blame. but the day after his top commander in afghanistan indeed accepted blame before a senate panel, today president obama made a rare gesture. five days after an attack from a u.s. war plane led almost 22
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dead athe an afghan hospital, president obama called joann lu to personally apologize. >> when a mistake occurs the united states owns up to it and we vow to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. if it becomes necessary to hold individuals accountable that will be done. >> in a statement after the call dr. luz is still insisting on an independent investigation. she stated: earlier wednesday, before she spoke to mr. obama dr. lu called it an attack not just on the hospital but on international law. >> today we say, enough. even war has rules. >> reporter: experts on
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international law agree and say an apology isn't enough. >> it doesn't address the issue of how this happened. it doesn't address the legal issue of what is the nature of responsibilities on the part of the u.s. military or specific commanders so the real key questions aren't addressed. >> reporter: the white house still insists the ongoing pentagon investigation along with probes by nato and the afghan government is enough. the apology comes one day after the top u.s. commander in afghanistan accepted blame. >> a hospital was mistakenly struck. >> how did it happen? mark kimmit has been in the browkd of pasbreakdown of past . >> not in the coordination in the air, it's going to be investigated. >> regardless how it happened the group isn't satisfied from a simple apology from the president. >> we are calling on president obama to consent to the fact
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finding commission. doing so will send a powerful signal of the u.s. government's commitment to and respect for international humanitarian law and the rules of war. >> reporter: and antonio, the president made another call to afghan president ashraf ghani, it comes at a very sensitive time in u.s. afghan relations. indeed afghan officials have been defending the u.s. military. their concern that president obama's plan to withdraw american troops by the end of next year is too soon. antonio. >> mike viqueria in washington. the united nations says that houthi rebels have agreed to stop the fighting in yemen, end to the violence withdrawal of troops and an end to undermining the political process. a letter on the former website of former president sally sal confirmed the pull back.
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current president hadi reject peace talks. forever prisoner held at quoaguantanamo bay. my conversation with sergei, and violent storms cross the texas-mexico border.
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>> confrontations around jerusalem's al-aqsa mosque have led to tensions run i high israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu cancelled a trip to germany and asked his cabinet members to temporarily stay away from the site considered holy by jews, muslims and christians. mike hanna has the story. >> in the southern israeli town,
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a man allegedly attempted to steal a weapon from a soldier. he also was subsequently shot. despite these incidents, the lifting of the restrictions on access to the old city remains in place, equally full access is being given to muslims to the al-aqsa mosque compound. but also attempts being made to restore a degree of calm to the situation. the israeli military said a meeting was held overnight with palestinian security officials. the exact level of the meeting not quite known but the israeli military said the intention was to discuss ways in which a degree of calm to be restored on the ground. also messages from the various leaders. benjamin netanyahu allegedly calling on government ministers to lower their tone of rhetoric and of palestinian leader mahmoud abbas insisting that palestinians are not seeking
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confrontation with israel. attacks in israel in the occupied west bank ongoing demonstrations in the occupied west bank, attempts are being made to restore a semblance of calm. >> mike hanna in jerusalem. netanyahu warned israeli citizens to be on guard. we are taking strong action against the terrorists, riders and insiders. we have boosted our forces and are using all necessary means and methods in the fight against this terrorism. civilians are at the forefront of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum alert. >> under secretary of the united nations and former deputy prime minister of norway who was a key figure in the negotiation of the oslo peace accords. he is currently the president of the international peace institute. very good to have you with us sir. >> pleasure to be with you. >> thank you for coming in. you have been involved for
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decades in the middle east trying to achieve peace there so it must be discouraging for you to see this kind of violence throughout israel today. it seems we've got incidents from the west bank to the old city to tel aviv. >> it is discouraging, the oslo accords envisioned there would be a palestinian state living peacefully side by side with israel five years after the accords in 1993. and now decades have passed and the conflict is still there as we see illustrated every day. but i do believe that still, that the only path forward is through negotiations. building on the establishment of the palestinian authority. and moving it forward from what it is today. >> so how did you react last week when you listened to palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas go before the united nations and international
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stage saying what he said, the palestinian people didn't feel they were bound by the oslo accords anymore? >> i understand my very good friend when he is saying this, others in the palestinian authority have indicated that the palestinian authority which is the heart of the oslo accords should be dismantled. however that is fortunately or unfortunately however you look at it, as i see it a political impossibility. because there are hundreds of thousands of civil servants employed by the palestinian authority, not the lease 45 -- lease 45,000 security men and women who are in the palestinian forces. so if you dismantle the palestinian authority you have to lay off all these people. and particularly i can't see how you can lay off all these service men in the palestinian security services. >> so you think that's an empty threat but both sides accuse
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each other of violating the accord. do you think one side is worse than the other? >> the heart of the matter, the ever expanding israeli settlements. however, i think both parties should now particularly because of the violence which is erupting now, threatening no it may be with a third intifada, widespread violence through gaza strip and west bank. i think it's incumbent of both israeli prime minister and the palestinian president as quickly as possible to go back to the table. i do believe it's seven years since they met personally which is shameful. >> were the conditions different back in the early and mid '90s when you negotiated the oslo peace accords?
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>> the geopolitical landscape was fundamentally different. >> i'm talking about the people involved and whether there was a greater willingness to achieve peace than there is today. >> i marine on the palestinian side -- i mean on the palestinian side, it hasn't changed much however the palestinian authority, the plo and fatah, are somewhat more divided than it has been in the last 25 years. >> because arafat had a much stronger hold on the palestinians than the current leadership does? >> i think that's correct, actually, much more divided, any political organization there are different points of views, there are bickerings there are conflicts. but i do believe that today at the top echelons on the palestinian side it is more wided than it has been in a very, very long time. >> was there more willingness ton israeli side? were the leaders stronger
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rabbin, in paris, more moral authority more cohesion of public opinion behind them? >> do i believe that the assassination of yitzak rabin made an enormous set back of the peace process and we are suffering from that setback today. many israeli leaders tblant a seriouwant in aserious manner td but the current cabinet has to show not only in words but in deeds that they are serious and so far they haven't done it. >> being in a position of predicting anything in the middle east isn't a position you want to be in but i'm going to be putting you in that position. what you do think is going to happen on the peace process? >> i'll be happy to predict, the only thing in the middle east is that nothing is predictable. >> let's hope some good comes
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from this, and something moves forward. honored to have you with us today. thank you. >> my pleasure to be with you. thank you so much. >> the fbi has helped break up a nuclear material smuggling ring in western europe, and the smugglers intended to sell the material to i.s.i.l. and the international community intends to suspend sepp blatter for 30 days.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news, the successes and failures of argentina. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s. in our american minute. the u.s. coast guard is ending its search for the cargo ship el faro. it disappeared in the caribbean last thursday during hurricane joaquin. historic flooding in south carolina has been blamed for 17 deaths in the state. rain has stopped but officials are warning, flooding could be worse in the next few days, they are monitoring 60 dams that are in danger of breaking. rivers are overflowing and not
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expected to recede for the last two weeks. workers at fiat chrysler play go on strike in the next few hours. the auto maker and its employees have better than negotiating over wages, benefits and working conditions. the fbi has helped break up a smuggling ring in eastern europe that was trying osell nuclear material to i.s.i.l. stopped four attempted sales of radioactive material in moldova. 'eemma hayward reports. >> he was no ordinary target. armed moldovan police, moved in to an alleged nuclear network. this is what they had been looking for, a sample of radioactive seiz seez cesium.
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it's a case which has exposed moldova as a hub in the trade of nuclear materials. operating illegally in an impoverished part of eastern europe. in the past five years, mu mul n police, raided the home of former kgb informant, they found blueprints much how to build a dirty bomb. >> translator: they can make one of those dirty bombs, have you heard of such a thing, the level of radiation would be high and the explosions would spread the material over this big a
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territory. >> this was all part of a sting. he believed it had come from a genuine buyer but the police were about to pounce. moldovan officials believe some have faced justice but the sentences have been short but the danger posed by many in the murky and dangerous world still exist. emma hayward, al jazeera. securing the world before it is too late. he joins us from washington, d.c. joe, it is very good to see you. do you have a sense of the magnitude we're facing whether it comes to the underground sales of nuclear materials that could be used for a dirty bomb? >> slur. the international atomic energy
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association have tracked, of those over 650 involved radio logilodgelogicradiologic materi. the trend is clear, people are trying to make money stealing the materials that they were pledged to guard, and this is a particular problem in the poor countries of eastern europe and russia. >> my understanding is that there are fewer than ten types of radioactive material that are suitable for a dirty bomb but many of them that are suitable have medical and industrial uses and more than 20,000 organizations are licensed to use them here in the united states. i have heard some estimates that some of the material is lost abandoned or stolen every day in the united states. >> yes. >> how significant is that danger here? >> that's true. a lot of that is just missing
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material or poor disposal of material and it doesn't usually involve very large quantities. here's the problem. it doesn't take much of this material to make a dirty bomb. a dirty bomb is not a nuclear explosive device, it's not hiroshima or nagasaki. it has a couple of grams of cesium. doesn't sound like a lot but if a bomb would explode in downtown washington, it would shut down the government, spreading fear and panic. the answer to this is to try secure these materials. there are thousands of sites around the world and hundreds of countries that have these kinds of materials but you can replace this material. you don't have to have this material for certain uses. we use it in smoke detectors for example, we could replace it, doesn't have to be there and secure the material that you do
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have. it's very hard to stop a terrorist group once they get it so you have to stop them from getting it. >> there have been efforts to do that for a couple of dates. in our report we saw cesium 137, only a couple of grams could cause all sorts of damage and the isotope, detonated in manhattan as you said could be economically dangerous because the length of time could be extensive. >> absolutely right. imagine if somebody came in your office building and sprayed it with abs, nobody dies right away, but the abs would trigger cancer in you years later. that's what the cesium does, that's what the radioactive material does, not instant death but long term death. that means you would have to vacate tens of square blocks of
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urban area until all areas are scrubbed, that could take years. >> there are radiation detectors at airports, major cities, we have nuclear sport teams out there. what is the situation out there? how safe are we? how easy would it fo it be for a terrorist group to get this material into the united states? >> my colleagues just wrote an article about this. the radiation detectors are thought very good, a sophisticated group could shield the material. but in one of these cases they actually helped catch the smugglers. steph going over the border crossing where they had radiation detectors paid for by u.s. assistance programs, they ran through the woods and snared by police and captured. so the radiation detectors can play a role. the problem is if you are planning on those to stop a sophisticated nuclear program,
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you are whistling in the wind. you can't depend on that kind of interdiction, you have got to secure the sources you have and here's the real problem. up until now when there's been a supply of this much of it through amateur smuggling you're starting to see more criminal elements and the demand has gone up. the emergence of i.s.i.s, daesh, has created the demand. that's the real nightmare. if they could get some of this material they would use it and the signs are growing that they intend to do just that. >> and i know plowshares fund is dedicated to stop this. joe good to have you with us, thank you. the u.s. government wants to know how i.s.i.l. got hold of a large fleet of toyota trucks featured in the group's propaganda videos. toyota has a strict policy not to sell vehicles to groups who
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use them for paramilitary uses. but has no control over certain ways to secure the vehicles. engineers would work with federal officials to resolve the issue. the auto america had until the end of today to submit a fix for 11 million vehicles. plans to complete repairs by the end of next year. fifa president sepp blatter is in danger of being suspended for six months. days after officials announced a criminal investigation. blatter is accused of bribery and making unauthorized payments
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>> the refugee crisis dominated discussion at the meeting of the european parliament. engineer pan president angela merkel and french president francois hollande.
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>> if ever there was a rallying cry in europe here it was. when chancellor merkel and president hollande arrived they faced a number of challenges. it's the humanitarian crisis and the arrival of neeferl hal neara million refugees. in the mediterranean, eu gun ships have begun proalg. patrolling. president hollande urged the 28 nation assembly to overcome differences and rise to the challenge. >> translator: with each
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crisis fears emerge. we must live with fear but not dominated by fear. nevertheless there is an attempt to retreat into the national shell each time there is a crisis. >> it was omessage shared by the germany chancellor. >> we mustn't fall prey to act nationally in these moments. we must, to the contrary, act together. it is precisely now that we need europe more. we need more than ever before the cohesion and cowrnlings that europe has always shown. >> it became apparent that behind closed doors european officials were working on plans to deport thousands of failed asylum seekers to countries of their origin. this leaked document shows that
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$900 million will be earmarked to remove people without the proper paperwork. the last time leaders from france and germany gave an address to european parliament was 26 weeks ago, the rhetoric was about expansion and unity, now though it's all about overcoming challenges and holding on to what europe has. for europe to chief this, at a time of unparalleled strain. neave barker, al jazeera, spain. >> al jazeera, teresa vo reports from buenos aires. >> she said she had no future in her country and that's why she decided to try something new. >> translator: i was trying to find a better life.
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social stability. security. something that was difficult in venezuela. i came to argentina and got my work permits in two weeks. i never thought it could be so easy. >> reporter: outside the immigration office in buenos aires there's hundreds of people trying to do the same. in spite of economic instability, argentina continues to be the chosen destination for many in latin america. ten years ago, argentina put in place a program called great home land, to regularize people coming from other parts of latin america, like peru and par par . that changed with the great home land program . >> translator: access to our
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justice system and labor laws. >> expert on migration says that other countries should use argentina oops as an example. as an example. >> you cannot go against something natural in the human being which is our ability to move, change countries. other countries in the world should follow argentina's steps and acknowledge this as well. >> reporter: but even though argentina has an open arms policy towards south american immigrants, it is far from the promised land. he came from peru 20 years ago and now lives in a slum in buenos aires. >> many who come end up living in slums because of the cost. there is shortage of affordable housing so we end up here. we shouldn't be this way but it is lack of political will.
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>> reporter: thousands from the region continue to come here every year and even though they face many challenges they say that the country still makes it easier for them to take a first step towards a better life. teresa vo, al jazeera, buenos aires. a court in brazil has ruled president dilma rousseff's government, could lead to impeachment proceeds dependence her. the court says rousseff's administration took what were unauthorized loans. attorneys for the government said they plan to appeal. a hail storm mum eled ciudad de juarez, in mexico. the storm upturned trees and steroid crops. heavy rains followed in el paso,
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where authorities are warning of flash flooding. volcano erespected for a second day in a row, better known as its nickname dongoyu, set off series of tremors 50 miles from the capital city. officials say no one is at risk. taking the sparkle out of the country's economy, diamonds are botswana's biggest exports. an underwater surprise, what officials found in hong kong's harbor while investigating the effect of overdevelopment.
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>> the earn nations at the heart of the -- the africa nations at the heart of the ebola outbreak have reported no new outbreaks for over a week. hundreds are still in effected and officials warn the outbreak could happen again. 11,000 have died. the u.s. imports more diamonds from botswana than nearly any other country. the african nation is the largest producer. famida miller reports. >> botswana's bread and butter, diamonddiamonds, sales are downo
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are prices. >> challenging time for everyone in the pipeline, us as well, the manufacturers and the retailers. but as i say that imbalance will pull through and we're working very hard to ensure consumers still desire diamonds. >> sales reached $80 billion for the first time last year, but the slow down in growth in china are damaging the industry. de peers which says it's the world's leading diamond company says demand is strong, despite a drop in sales in the first half of the year. >> we've got about $3 billion invested in future projects. >> jobs lost in botswana in other countries which cut and polish diamond. >> a third of those employed have already lost their jobs. many others cutting back production but diamond suppliers
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hope this year's christmas period will help the industry recover. traditionally botswana has mined and produced diamonds. >> diamonds are the life blood of the economy of botswana. not only in the diamond industry, the off spin of it we are talking about people in the government employees, we are talking about people in hospitality, we are talking about education. >> the trade union also says diamonds need to be marketed differently to appeal to younger buyers. executives at local diamond polishing companies are urging executives to make concessions. >> buy the diamonds, ship them out of the country completely, they call that flexibility we could have very added services removed from the diamond, they come with all sorts of things. but those we can help them with we have and those we can't, we
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can't. >> but botswana has cut the economic forecast by almost half, wakeup call for botswana, to make sure it is not reliant on a single commodity. looks like it's using its sparkle for now. famida. miller. al jazeera. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. attack on doctors without borders hospital in kunduz, investigation is necessary. home grown terrorism, earlier faster and more dangerous about the killing of a police worker buy 15-year-old muslim schoolboy last week. it writes, australians are demanding more from the muslim community to weed out creatures of death who insight young
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people to commit violent acts. thousands of forest fires plaguing indonesia, most have been intentionally set to clear the forests, five have been killed because of them and another 130 have become seriously ill. research that contributed to the development of new cancer treatments. royal swedish academy of science says their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how living cells function. the scientists will share nearly $1 million in prize money. several species of coral thrierving nexthriving next to d marinas. al jazeera's sarah clark
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reports. >> cranes circle hong kong's waterfront, the city expands its footprint. these scientists are keeping a close watch on what's happening on land. but an even closer watch on what's going on beneath the water. and what might be happening to the coral. >> we have pollution that derives from development particularly from sewage, industrial effluent that have heavy metal contamination. we also have a lot of sedimentation that results from reclamation activities. all of these things synergistically affect coral in a very negative way. >> david baker is leading this international research team. the group is diving at spots around the harbor, logging coral specious, how they are faring, and no one was expecting this. >> i am realize pretty
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surprised, we have the water quality, they shouldn't even have any living if hong kong. >> a few nautical miles from major construction sites and 7 million people the divers have found coral not just alive but thriving. >> it is remarkable. we can dive in places where you think no coral could survive. polluted harbors, marinas, areas close to waste water discharges and you can still find corals or coral relatives. >> so far 80 different species of hard coral. more than what's been identified in the whole caribbean sea. >> in this area we saw a great diversity of corals around and some little schools of fishes today, it was a pretty nice day today. >> like any marine environment this region is feeling impact of climate changes and development.
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but the stronger species of coral is holding on despite the unrelenting conditions and scientists are trying to establish how they survive. scientists collect samples of coral. >> we can grow and fragment them and grow them, and our goal is to put them back where they are thriving. we could make a hypotheses that only the strongest survive so it could be that the corals we do have in hong kong today are supercorals that may hold some secrets for coral favorables sul globally. >> sarah clark, al jazeera, hong kong. >> that's it nor edition of al jazeera america news. i'm antonio mora. thanks for watching.
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