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announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, welcome to the newshour from our headquarters here in doha. here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. 86 people have been killed in an attack during a peace rally in the turkish capital. another palestinian shot dead as tensions escalate across israel and the occupied territories. >> i think we'll have to move from here.
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we are getting tear-gassed our crew was tear-gassed by the israeli army in the occupied west bank a grand military spectacle and a warning to the united states. north korea celebrates the 70th anniversary of the ruling party and to pay or not to pay for hostages. a special al jazeera investigation looks at the u.s. policy, and why some are critical of washington hello, turkey's health minister says at least 80 people have been killed in two explosions in the capital. the blast happened outside the main train station in ankara during a peace rally organized by the pro-kurdish party. the turkish government is calling that attack a "terrorist" attack, and suspects it was carried out by the
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suicide bomber. the president condemned it and says it aims to show division. he called for solidarity in response to terror. >> reporter: this was the moment shortly after bombs went off at a peace rally in turkey's chaos. death and chaos as people ran for cover, some tried to help those injured on the ground. dozens were reported to have been killed. the explosions so powerful nearby high-rise buildings swayed. hundreds came together to participate in what was called a peace rally. it was organized by trade unions and others calling for resumptions of peace talks and the government and the armed separatist group the p.k.k.
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>> translation: there was a demonstration. i was walking next to a stage rally truck. here, behind two banners, an explosion went off. we lay on the ground. a second bomb went off there. there were two bombs. the one that went off here was a strong one. the security situation in turkey has become volatile in recent months. the peace protest between the government and the p.k.k. all but collapsed. the p.k.k. killed more than 40 soldiers in recent months and the army conducting several investigations. the prime minister convened a security meeting after the attacks took place. and the p.k.k. issued a statement saying it had called on the fighters not to engage in violence, unless they were attacked first. the leaders from the main opposition group, the c.h.p., condemned the bombings.
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>> reporter: the numbers much casualties that we are hearing are very dramatic. we are hearing that there were two suicide bombers, and we would like to know the truth. i would not like to blame anyone. but, of course, we had to underline something. is this how a country was ruled. we can live together peacefully in this country turks are scheduled to vote in parliamentary elections in a few weeks. they may have topped the agenda, now it seems security, or the lack of it is the main concern for any well there's going to be a second stabbing incident near the gate in occupied east jerusalem. earlier israeli police shot a palestinian who shot two israelis, it's the latest in a wave of attacks, and the
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palestinian territories since the beginning of this month. 18 palestinians, and four israelis died. and 1500 palestinians have been killed. palestinians fear that israel wants to change the rules governing access to the sites. the violent spread to the gaza strip, and the leader calling on supporters to join protests. this follows days of rising tensions in israel and the occupied west bank. there has been several stabbings and shootings. we are joined from ramallah from hoda abdel-hamid. you and your crew were gassed by israeli forces earlier in your broadcast. tell us where you are for now, and what you have been seexght the israeli army has spread out:
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for the past few hours, it's not allowing the palestinian youth. there's no clashes, but the israelis are firing tear gas at an intense level. and we heard stun grenades over the last hour. they are firing what sounds from here like rubber bullets, some of the people i was talking to was saying that they were steal-coated rubber bullets. what they are trying to do, contrary to yesterday, is they are trying to keep a distance with the protesters, the protesters have gone into the side streets, but with the intensity of firing going on, it will be positive to have direct conflict with the israeli soldiers. going back to the stabbing that you mentioned. it's the second of the day. according to the israeli media, a palestinian man - we don't have much details about him at this stage - would have stabbed
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three israeli police men near the occupied jerusalem, one of the police men are in critical condition i'm reading at the moment that there are reports that he has been killed after that stabbing that took place. talk to us about what happened to you. we saw you being tear gassed. tell us if you think it was part of a deliberate act on the part of the israeli army. what happened to you then? >> we were having a live broadcast. during the broadcast there was a group of palestinians sitting peacefully. into -- no one was throwing stone, they were watching events. all of a sudden they were moving away to go up the hill. i turned around, and there was a vehicle approaching on the road below. i thought that that car was going to go. at that stage there was no one around except the cameraman and
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me. it's then that actually the israeli vehicles stopped blow us. there was five to six meters apart from us. and two soldiers came out and fired the tear gas. there was no one else in the area except us. i would think that we got targeted specifically. now, even if they were trying to target the rest of the people who were there, well, no one was doing anything. they were sitting there peaceful, just watching what was going on. sop actually there was no reason for the israeli army to come to this area and to target anyone sitting there thank you for that update. we'll speak a little later on. >> earlier the hamas spokesman spoke to al jazeera and blamed the israelis for the latest
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escalation. >> the one that started violence is the israeli side, when attacking the people in the mosque. it's clear that they asked the government not to go to the mosque, but is not preventing the settlers, he is not preventing them not only going to the mosque, they are killing the palestinians like what happened yesterday. we are talking about an israeli attack, and actions against the palestinians, and there is a palestinian action against what the israelis are doing. i believe the solution is supposed to be a complete israeli withdrawal. that is from the occupied territories. this will be the first step to calm the situation and solve the problem back to one of the top stories, the twin blast in turkey's capital, ankara, we'll cross to our correspondent from ankara. there was much speculation that the desk toll at 30 would go up. it seems to have gone up dramatical dramatically, 86 now confirmed dead. turkish health ministers said 62
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people lost their lives at the explosion point, when the explosion happened. 24 would carry to the hospitals. they lost their lives there. they reach up to 86, 186. 24 of them are in intensive care unit, so the health minister says he's worried that the death toll might rise. rights now at the explosion scene, the crime scene investigation unit. they are working. they are trying to find a clue which could lead them to understand the cause of the explosion. according to an official statement, again it's said that explosions were caused by suicide numbers, but let me underline, this is not officially confirmed yet. i tried to talk to the witnesses that came to the area. one of them which i tried to talk wasn't able to hear me. because he was close to the explosion point.
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heap said i don't need to understand anything. i just wanted peace, we were here to ask for peace. they were supposed to be a peace rally in ankara. the desert in front of the ankara railway station. among them were leftist unions, other organization, and most importantly the kurdish political party, acp supporters and members were here. they came from all around, turkey, to join the peace rally. they were among the ralliers. okay. we'll leave it there for now. thank you for the update from ankara. >> you are with the al jazeera newshour. here is what is coming up. ahead of sunday's presidential election. plus... >> i'm daniel schweimler in buenos aires. the houses behind me don't giggure on any map.
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at least not yet. >> in sport, the head of european football fights back, after his suspension from f.i.f.a. coming up later. russia says its air forces hit a rebel weapons depot and training centers in syria. according to state media in the past 24 hours, moscow targeted 50 i.s.i.l. positions. peter sharp joins us to tell us more about that. >> it's the 11th day of russia's air strikes. as usual the defence ministry gives no real concrete details in terms of location of the targets it hit. it said it carried out 64 combat sortees, hitting 55 i.s.i.l. positions. they are lifting 29 field carriers, two command centers,
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and 23 defensive fire positions. they already are saying, too, that they intercepted radio reports that suggest that the i.s.i.l. fighters arranged fuel, arms and ammunition, and are reported to be demoralized and leading their positions. now, russia has always insisted from the start when the raids started on 13 september. that the only i.s.i.l. positions are being targetted, but we are hearing mounting evidence on the ground in syria, that most of the strikes are being directed at the anti-bashar al-assad opposition rebels. all right, peter, if you can tell us whether you have more information on reported cooperation between russia and the united states. >> yes, well this was a draft document that russia sent to the pentagon in reply to their correspondence a couple of days earlier. basically this is very
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technical, specific information to try to protect the lives and increase the safety of russian and american pilots flying in crowded syrian air space. technical suggestions, sharing the altitude attacks, when you are going into attacks. agreed separation differences in the aircraft in the air, and the frequency of radio and who language will they speak in, will it be english or in russian. but the documents have gone through, and most certainly when the pentagon receives those, there'll be further consultation on the important issue okay, peter sharp, reporting from moscow. thank you russian combat mission is parts of an assault coordinated with the bashar al-assad government. the main battle ground the junction of three provinces, hama, latakia and idlib.
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most of the fighting is in the countryside of hama province. the syrian government is trying to capture that land from multiple groupsway strong hold there. many had backing from external governments or acquired syrian army weapons. despite different ideologies, they are unified against a battle of russian occupation. the regime has a stronghold in latakia and is fighting for a buffer zone in the mountains, protecting it from approaching group. a powerful alliance, including al nusra front remains in control. further south, and the rebel controlled countryside of homs - opposition fighters believe they are the next tart. they strengthened their defenses as zeina khodr reports. >> reporter: the opposition is expecting a war, the syrian army warns that it plans to advance into the northern countryside of
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homs. what is known as the plains has been a stronghold for the rebels, it is surrounded by government bases, and opposition fighters say the army has been reinforcing its positions. anti-aircraft weapons have done little to stop the russian jets. since their intervention, the homs countryside has been hit almost on a daily basis. rebel commander are worried - saying they don't have the weapons to fight the battle. >> we don't have enough ammunition or anti-aircraft missiles. we don't have it. >> reporter: the rebel-controlled enclave is under a blockade. it's been like it for years. the only way out is to pass through army checkpoints. making it hard to pass through. many operate in this corner of syria, those that fight under
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the free syrian army banner united with conservative forces like al nusra front and others. the threat required they put their defenses aside. >> translation: we have created a joint provisions wound. all the -- operations room. all the big forces came together. there was a need to unite. people in the villages reported death among villages, and what they believe were russian air strikes. 300,000 live in the northern homes countryside. they say positions are bad because of difficulties bringing in food and much-needed supplies. >> it's a desperate situation. the regime controls the roads in and out of the region. the plains is on a highway linking homs and hamas. it's on important route. if the government wants supply lines, and secure a corridor between the strongholds along
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the coast. for the opposition, it's important not to lose the last-remaining strongholds in a province known as the capital there has been violence in guinea in the run-up to sunday's presidential election. 7 have been killed in the diamond mining down east of the capital. five of them were burnt in their homes, another two were shot. the u.n. warned of a deteriorating situation after street fighting, between supporters of rival parties. the approximately rejected calls from the opposition to delay elections over allegations of voter fraud. some opposition candidates say there are irregularities in the voter, and say it is bias and favors the president. the president is 77 years old. he won the first 5-year term. that's when guinea transitioned
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from military rule. there has been violence, deaths injuries and arrest. they are considered guinea's first free and fair presidential election since independence from france in 1958. the president's main challenger, the 63-year-old, an economist and former prime minister won the second highest number of votes in the 2010 election. nearly 20,000 police and security guards have been deployed ahead of the vote. paul reports on the choices facing 7 million eligible voters. >> thousands gathered to hear presidential candidate speech about what he thinks is wrong with the government. he narrowly lost a bid for power in the first democratic presidential election five years ago, now, he and six others are
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aiming to unseat the president. this campaign stop, 100km from the capital was in one of the worst areas hit by the recent ebola epidemic. >> since the epidemic began in 2014, the economy has been going backwards. they had a recession because of closed borders and flights. businesses at the market appear to be doing well, guinea's economy lost half a billion because of the ebola outbreak. traders worry about not selling enough fried fish sand wixes. human rights observers worry the government may not have enough money to pay state employees. opponents tried to stop president konda from winning a second term, saying he has not done enough to lure foreign development. >> translation: our bosses are
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crying, saying the white man left the country, and the price of diamonds dropped down. we are suffering since the sick came to the country. guinea has a rich supply of natural resources. baux out, gold and diamonds. >> ebola caused trouble. today ebola is almost finished. we have a lot of diamond reserves, we can't do anything until investors come to the country. we need to have a marketplace with international standards, instead of millions of diamonds, gold and kimber light. >> as voters go to the polls on sunday. the experiment with democracy will face another test. dozens of international observers are monitoring the election, overseeing the second democratic poll after a history of dictatorships and corruption let's speak to a journalist
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and the former director of information at the west african regional body. joining us, thank you for joining us. when the u.n. says we have seen a deterioration in the security situation - i'm quoting here - how concerning are prospects of real election violence in guinea? >> of course, one has to be concerned with the risk of violence in guinea. because guinea is an ethnically divided country. and the eight candidates competing - the main contenders. the current outgoing president, and his main challenges - they rely on the group, and for the need for the opponent. they know this is an important process, and, of course, in most of these african countries, it's the state that has the resources, and this time around
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i think that they would want to the go, have their man at the presidential palace. >> so there is a chance, people have been killed, and this election is shaw a test to be observed in west africa, where we have other elections coming up. october 25th and burkina faso, where we had problems recently. >> at the same time, is the country fighting ebola. could that affect the turn out. ebola is not really the big issue now. it's somehow subdued at the moment. the difference is the economy. ebola is prevented investors coming into the country. and the economy... >> it sounds like economy is a challenge facing the next president. what else? >> beyond economy there's the social fabric to reduce ethnic
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tension. you have to fight corruption, and make sure that the country was as a nation able to come together after years of dictatorship during the first situation. and followed by the leadership of the military. this time around you want to lead a democratic outcome where the winner works with everyone. >> who is the likely candidate to take care of all the issues in your opinion? >> it's difficult to say. there were two solid candidates. mr konda, the outgoing president. also another, former prime minister. and other people. a former secretary officer. and a former prime minister. there's good solid candidates.
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at the end of the day they had to put them together and manage the business climate to ensure that it is an attractive place. it would be a destination. it's not the case. the political management has not been effective. this is one of the first independent countries in africa. but it is still one of the poorest. >> thank you very much for joining us 17 people people have been killed in north carolina. dozens have been forced to leave their homes. hundreds were rescued. roads were closed. tens of thousands were affected. rob is here with an update on the weather. >> the peak of the floods, which is huge, just about reached south carolina.
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texas, actually, is a place where you get flooding. this is a different beast of the we have pictures of the aftermath. it's hard to catch them. this is 250mm that fell. it is the hill county in west texas. all the spin reported is rather less than that to be honest. however, things are a little bit drier. the rain is - the rain is nearer the coast than it was. let's move to the satellite picture. whilst we have a few showers around, the difference in the western side of the u.s. is what brought them on, which is the heat, heat and moisture. if that comes to pass, the temperature, on the coast of california. that's 4 below the record, but 14 above the average. however, the story we started with, it's still there. if we zoom towards south carolina and georgia, it's raining now. it's not the widespread heavy
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stuff. i think for the next 12-24 hours, you have the potential at worse for 100mm in south carolina, and 40 in north georgia. i think they'll get away with less than that. >> thank you for that update. unique way of life in a large national park in the u.s. could end soon. a law will band most of florida's private air boats from operating in the everyblades. robert ray has more. >> reporter: everglades, national park, florida, the largest waterway. home to the gladesmen. a community in danger of extinction because of new federal regulations that will virtually ban the air boats used for transportation and to make a living. the federal government is concerned about pollution and preservation in the everglades. >> it has to do with impact to
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wildlife, the quality of the visitor experience. the noise, the pollution, the impact of loud vessels affects the animals' behaviour and function in a natural setting. >> in 1989 congress ordered the parks service to come up with a management plan. now that plan is ready to be implemented. that means the end of private air boating, except for the handful of captains that can prove they used the area in 1989. they'll be given non-transferrable lifetime permits. the everglades national park is 1.5 million acres in size. in 1989, under the everglades expansion act, private air boat owners were allowed to go on 109,000 acres. under the act it will be limited to under 25,000 of them.
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the plan goes into effect in the coming weeks. >> there's back and forth about what is allowed and what is not. how it will be enforced. i think it's relatively small detail. as we talk further, there'll be a good out kom the business side of things. >> it will disappear. eventually in this time frame there'll be no gladesmen in this area, there will be no private individuals living off the glades. or survives in the glades. >> the government wants a quieter gentler everglades. the gladesman would like to be custodians, as they have been, but they don't see that happening still ahead - we are in nepal, where anger over the new constitution is causing a shortage of basic supplies. and one undefeated streak must end. we'll hear from the wales and australian camps ahead of the rugby world cup. that's coming up in sport.
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the top stories on the al jazeera newshour. a dramatic increase in the number of dead in the ankara blast. turkey's health minister saying 89 people have been killed in the twin blast. there has been a second attacks. a palestinian stabbed three israeli police officers, seriously wounding one of them. he was shot dead by police. there has been more violence in guinea, in the run up to sunday's presidential election. seven have been killed in a
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diamond mining town east of the capital. >> more now on the explosions in turkey's capital. the deputy of the pro-kurdish atp party was at the rally and told us what happened when the blast went off. >> today we were together with thousands. i and the others from the organising party, it was a long march, it 1,000 meters, being ahead of the rally and the explosion. we started with two heavy blasts, and it was an uptake affect and be turned back and rushed to the explosion site. and we saw massacre in terms of
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people injured and bleeding. suddenly, the dead bodies struck my eye. >> we were telling you about another stabbing. we join to mike hanna. what more do you know about the situation? >> well some reports say the attacker was a 16-year-old who attacked three israeli police officers. initial reports said two of the police men prl likely injured the the third was in a serious condition. israeli police said that officer may have been shot by friendly fire. in other words, one of the other police officers that opened fire, killing the attacker. this was the second attack in
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the course of the day, route outside it. earlier on two elderly israelis were killed by a palestinian. that attacker was shot and killed by police. who incidents in the courts of the day in the same vicinity, and there were clashes in the camp following the funeral of a palestinian who was shot and killed in yesterday's demonstrations. >> thank you for that update in east jerusalem. >> north korean leader kim jong un celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling partiway warning to the united states. he said pyongyang's military is ready for any threat. harry fawcett followed the event from south korea. >> kim jong un ordered the biggest military parade pyongyang saw. what the supreme leader wants he gets. even down to the weather, from a
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grey morning to a blue sky. much of kim's speech was devoted to praising the people and party, achievement achieved together. no mention of nuclear weapons, just re-junifying the the peninsula and a message of defines to the united states. >> reporter: our party can pr d proudly declare that with our revolutionary power we can defend the blue sky of the father land and wellbeing of the father land to emphasise the words, the display of the decision, goose stepping of strong armed forces, military analysts were watching for anything non-traditional in the hardware that followed. spotting artillery launches, and an intercontinental mills il, which analysts believed to be one that debuted years ago. >> the other element of the proceedings is what it would say about the relationship between
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pyongyang and china. a few weeks ago when a representative went to beijing, he was publicly sideline. on saturday in pyongyang, the story was different. china sent its fifth most senior official, bearing a warm letter to kim jong un from xi jinping. he was given the ultra vip treatment, sharing the lime light in what seemed like a public message in a cooled alliance. an explanation, north korea's decision to go along with chinese wishes by not marking the occasion with a long-range rocket launch. >> you sense they'd rather observe the situation and keep a launch as a back up in case relations with the u.s. and the south do not work out well. and people's livelihood is difficult. they can use it to divert
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dissatisfaction. >> months of commercials culminated in a show, and an opportunity to send multiple messages to audiences at home and abroad paul french is the author of the book north korea state of porau knewa and explains that the leadership is projecting power due to vulnerability at home. >> there's several objectives, one is the domestic, of keeping kim jong un in power and looking strong and in control of things. the other is he needs the drip feed of aid. largely from china. important that china was there, they are the main aid donor. if he does not get more aid - and there's a lot more worthy cause, syria and others. it will be a cold and hungry winter for north koreans, and that is something that could lead to discontent among the people. tempers flaring at an assembly session in india.
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politicians confronting each other over the attack. on kashmiri vehicles, three muslim drivers were allegedly beaten up in the hindu dominated region. days before the attack. the assembly passed a resolution to reclaim peace. >> nepal is struggling to cope. many accused the government of imposing a blockade, because it opposes the new constitution. minorities in nepal is not happy, saying the constitution discriminates against them. we have this report from kahned -- kahned. kathmandu. >> for weeks they've been waiting on the indian side of the border. despite long delays truck drivers still do not want to
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cross the border. >> there's a lot of incidents, a lot of trucks have been attacked. i'm scared to drive to nepal, i will not go. >> for almost two months, many areas in nepal, along the border with india, has been along a shut down. residents have been protesting against the new nepal constitution, which they say fails to represent them properly. >> more than 40 people have lost their lives in the unrest. the indian government is unhappy with the constitution of nepal, and warned the nepali government to get its house in order. then came the undeclared blockade of the trucks carries essential imports of food and fuel from india. they remain stuck on the border, causing chaos for many on both sides. >> i had an operation. i'm facing difficulty at the border. >> on the indian side businesses are losing revenue after trade with nepal dried up. >> most of the business is with nepalese who came to by medicine from us.
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we are affected by the blockade. >> protest leaders say they'll stick to their demand for constitutional amendments until the grievances are addressed. >> we shall continue to fight until demands are met. this will be the third and last battle. we fought two battles already. and lost over 50 lives each time. this is the last battle. in kathmandu, the shortage of supplies, especially petrol and diesel, is becoming acute. as the crisis deepens, more people are concerned that politicians are not serious. and there has been no breakthrough yet. it's early morning. all these people came out on the streets, to call out to the politicians for a more meaningful dialogue. with no government talks on friday to settle the crisis,
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some protestors in kathmandu called on the prime minister to address the nation and explain what is going on. al jazeera contacted several representives from government for comment. but they declined. following april's earthquake, the political argument over the constitution, and now the blockade. nepal is undergoing multiple crisis, it's not clear what action is being taken, and there's no end in sights. thousands of people are gathering in berlin to protest a trans-atlantic free trade pact. germany's government pushed for the deal. trade unions are worried. the european union and the united states have been negotiating on the deal for two years. jonah hull reports. >> reporter: it may sound a bit dull, but if you live in europe or the united states you ought to know about the trans-atlantic trade and investment partnership. it's an agreement negotiated behind closed doors at the highest levels, that aim to
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harmonise trade rules and standards. here in berlin tens of thousands are out on the streets. they think it's a bad idea. they are wary of what one campaign called an all-out assault by transnational companies. >> when it's concluded possibly next year, t-tip, as it's known, will create a market zone, a market adding a billion a year to economic output on both sides of the atlantic. it could affect everything from jobs to your income, health care, to the food you eat. and there are many critics. >> translation: i'm not sure if it will happen quickly. my urgent advice to everybody who wants rules for globalization is you can't be nervous when it comes to negotiating with the mother land of globalisation. as a european, you must
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consciously engage with this issue. >> we fear that the social standards, especially the standards for workers will decrease. >> it's undermining the democracy, giving power to the big companies. >> reporter: you don't believe what the government is telling you? is it telling you anything? >> they don't tell us nothing. only what is leaked, and it looks bad. >> reporter: they argue in seeking parity, all that is achieved is mediocrity. it may weaken traditionally stiffer financial regulations in the u.s. the winners, they say, big business and the banks. that's not all. t tip and negotiated in secret. a trojan horse driven into the heart of our economies and lives. and no one really nose what is
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inside demonstrators in peru have taken to the streets of lima, protesting against the i.m.f. and world bank economic policies. they say many peruvians are at risk of falling back. the i.m.f. and world back have described peru as the economic miracle for cutting poverty. the two organizations are having a meeting in lima one in 10 people in buenos aires is believed to be living in shanty towns. you will not find the slums on official maps. daniel schweimler has more. >> reporter: this is one of buenos aires largest shanty towns. it houses roughly 40,000 people along side the railway tracks. an eye shore next to an exclusive neighbourhood. >> we cannot tolerate 300,000
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people living segregated from the rest of the city. that is the main worry. we believe the solution is to integrate the neighbourhood. >> the shanty town was established more than 30 years ago on the edge of the banks of the river blades. it has more than 1,000 residents, ambulance and fire services don't know where to go. reliable infrastructure, gas and running water, cannot be installed without proper reference points. >> we don't exist because there's no interest in us from the city government. there's no political will to incorporate the shanty towns. we are the ones with the least and have been neglected. >> of course they exist. living their lives, working, bringing up their children. they don't exist, according to the official maps, often ignored by the authorities and other residents of the buenos aires. the activists from the
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association for justice and equality, are claritying the chanty down, marking every alley way and street. most of them without names. with this g.p.s. we walked the streets of all the shanty towns, to digitally marked the roads, marking alleyways. and corner of the community, and load it on the web page. >> reporter: security in the dangerous neighbourhoods is not a problem. residents generally welcome the mappers, they want to be noted, recognised and accepted to enjoy the same basic immunities as everyone else. first, they need to exist on an official map. the indonesian president joko widodo set a 2-week target to contain forest fires. spoke polluted air, disrupting flights and shutting schools.
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indonesia insisted that it could deal with the crisis itself. malaysia sent three planes to help. >> translation: first, we hope to accelerate the containment process with the help of neighbouring country's airplane. i heard it's able to carry 12-14 tonnes of water. secondly, a better way to preserve the fires is to create canals. a group of citizens that won the nobel peace prize dedicated it to those that died in an uprising. they were honoured for helping the company transition to democracy after the revolution in 2011. the group includes trade unions, lawyers and human rights activists. the president delivered congratulations in a video message. >> translation: we cannot overcome security changes
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without the solidarity of all people, no matter if they are fro the left, right or central wing. we must understand that we are in a war against terrorism and can only win if we are together. >> you are watching the newshour. still ahead, rafael nadal is looking like his old self. find out how he is getting on at the china open in sport, in a moment.
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the former u.s.
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counterterrorism advisor said that president obama's hostage policy puts american lives at risk. mark mitchell played a central role in a response to americans kidnapped in syria. >> the killing of u.s. journalist james foley in syria by the islamic state of iraq and levant shocked america. behind the scenes, mark mitchell was at the center of the u.s. hostage response, advising the u.s. president. in january, mitchell stepped down as president obama's counterterrorism advisor, and today is critical of the american government's policy when citizens are taken captive. >> the situation with the hostages in january 2014 was a microcosm of our overall awareness of the islamic state. we didn't have the intelligence necessary, resources were frankly, prioritised elsewhere. >> reporter: mitchell argues getting american hostages home is a small objective in a larger conflict. >> it's a priority to recover american citizens, but it is not
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the highest priority. >> it was the meetings with the families of american hostages that thrust him into the spotlight. he was accused of threatening family members with prosecution if they paid a ransom. >> there was a military person with no compassion, all he knew was no conssessions. threatened us three times. >> i never threatened the families. the idea that it's shocking that a government official would encourage people to abide by the law, i think. i find shocking in itself. >> the recent presidential review of u.s. hostage policy removed the threat of prosecution if families paid a ransom. a move that mark mitchell believes is a mistake. . >> i think the decision to allow ransom to be paid does not contribute to the safety of
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american citizens. >> he believes paying up not only breaks the laws, but also robs families of some of their bargaining options. >> they no longer can rely upon the fact that it's against the law, now they are subject to being beggared by the hostage takers. there's no excuse, hostage takers can say clear out the bank accounts. sell your home, we want it all. they have no defense. >> 30 americans are held hostage around the world today. each family faces a dilemma of whether to pay and encourage further kidnapping, or not pay and face the consequences and you can see the full al jazeera investigative documentary "the hostage business", on monday, 20 g.m.t. it's online at now it's time for the sport. here is farah. u.s. president michel platini filed an appeal against his 90 day suspension from
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f.i.f.a. the world governing body's ethics committee imposed the ban, after a payment from michel platini became the subject of a swiss criminal investigation. the french football confederation will appeal against suspension from the court of arbitration for sport. sepp blatter was suspended from his role as president on thursday, and launched an appeal nico rosberg has taken poll for the russian grand prix. he's scone in the drivers championship. 40 behinds lewis hamilton. second quickest torres rosso's driver suffered a crash. hitting the barrier. thumbs up before being airlifted to hospital. reports suggest that he's not sustained a major injury motogp alex de-angeles had
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to be airlifted to hospital after a crash. he crashed midway through the session at the won taggy circuit. he was conscious and breathing. the early diagnosis was lung damage. qualifying went ahead with lorenzo finishing on poll ahead of valentino rossi. australia and wales face each other. sitting on 13 and are through to the last eight. wales go into the game with a poor recent record against australia. they failed to beat the wallabies in the last 10 attempts. >> we are playing against a counter champion of the southern hemisphere. the team has been in fantastic
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form recently. any team that can beat the all blacks, which they did in the summer to win the championship. you are talking about a formidable force. >> i don't feel more relaxed or anything like that because of this game, because we qualified already. i think the target is to do better every day, and when it comes game day, try to be at the best so we can have a win. >> tennis, and rafael nadal is through to the finals of the china open. the number three seed had to overcome a man that meet him three sometimes. the spaniard won in straight sets. 7-5, 6-3, and is looking for a fourth title. the toronto blue jays first post season appearance in 20 years is not going to plan. the m.l.b.'s only cannes
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annedian franchise was gone 2-down. came 2 went into a 14th innings before the rangers took a lead, finishing 6-4. rangers have a chance to claim the series on sunday. >> it won't be easy. they have a great team over there. they nearly outplayed us both games. today was a great ball game. they came out on top. they outlasted us. it don't surprise me. they have a good team. snoop in l.a. the nork mets stunned the dodgers to win game 1 of the national league division series. pitcher jacob struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in the post-season debut. new york winning 3-1. l.a. will try to level the series when they play on saturday. kansas city royals levelled their series with the astros, rallying to defeat the astros
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5-4. the american league division series is tied at one apiece. >> united states have a point lead over the international team going into the final day of golf's president's cup in south korea. the team split both sessions on day three. world number one, jordan spieth, in a 4-goal match, for team u.s.a. play continued in the fading light. he game the first international pair to win all four matches. they won against jb holmes and bubba watson. more sport on the website. for all the latest check out there's blogs and video clips from correspondents around the world. that's all the sport. >> thank you for that. we'll see you later on. thank you for watching the newshour on al jazeera. we are back in a moment and we'll have a full bulletin of news coming throughout the day.
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