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>> hello, welcome total al jazeera news hour from doha. the top stories, barack obama is to announce that u.s. troops will stay in afghanistan to help try to help with toll ban insurgency. >> europe's refugee crise back on the agenda in brussels, the e.u. has a plan but it needs turkey to agree. >> warn ins of a medical emergency, as some african
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countries come close to running out of snake bite antidote. >> u.s. president barack obama is due to announce that american military presence in afghanistan will be extended. it's a dramatic shift in strategy. it originally aimed to withdraw most of the 9,800 strong force by the end of next year, but military leaders have been pushing for more u.s. support especially after taliban fighters captured kunduz city for three days last month. afghan forces have continued to fight the taliban in several areas. the u.s. is expected to keep 5500 troops in the country when obama leaves office in 2007. jennifer glasse joins us live from kabul. talk us through how this is going to work now, jennifer.
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>> at 9,800 u.s. forces are going to stay through much of the rest of next year. they were supposed to start drawing down at the beginning of 2016 but will stay through the end of 2016, drawing down to 5,500 in be 2017, so that's a big change. it's the second time this year that president obama announced an extension because they were supposed to go down to smaller numbers earlier this year. one of the big changes in strategy is that those 5500 troops that will be here in 2017 after the end of president obama's presidency, they will not be just based in kabul but in bases around the country, in baghram, in the east in jalalabad and in the south in kandahar, so a major shift by the united states to fight a growing taliban insurgency here. we understand that this was requested by the chief executive
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officer of afghanistan abdullah abdullah last month. they understand that the fall of kunduz city was not to show that the taliban was so strong, but really a sign of the shortcomings of their forces and continue to recognize that they are going to need international help. >> obviously the retaking of kunduz or taking of kunduz by the taliban was quite a shock to the u.s. afghan forces and security there. talk us through the security situation at the moment and the power of the taliban. >> >> the taliban announced their withdrawal from kunduz city. they withdrew to the rural areas. they say that they withdrew to prevent civilian casualties and conserve fighters for what they say will be future operations. while that's been happening, the
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highway one between hand car and kabul has been blocked by the taliban for much of this week. we understand it has been cleared and the hundreds of civilians trapped on that highway has been allowed to move along that highway. we understand the taliban has mined that highway. they did try to move towards kandahar this week, that has been repelled. the taliban firing rockets several times this week. an assault in hellman province killed more than 20 afghan police. the taliban resurgent in afghanistan not north, in the south, in the east and certainly that had to play a large part in president obama's decision to keep u.s. forces here through 2017. >> i'm joined now by brian catulas, good to have you with us. this is quite a dramatic u-turn for the u.s., isn't it?
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>> yes, it is, but it's not a big surprise given the conditions on the ground. hearing suggestions from top commanders on the ground in afghanistan that he might have to adjust his plan, and that's exactly what he is doing today. >> what did the u.s. expect? >> well, what did the u.s. expect in terms of afghanistan? i think this was a higher expectation that afghan troops along with their leaders would come together and present a more unified force. >> this states 55 houston troops there, is that going to be enough? could you see in the future, more troops heading back to afghanistan? >> well, in addition to the
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5,500, i understand that there's going to be some requests to other nato allies, so it probably won't be just 5,500. the question of whether it will be enough is really up to how the afghan troops perform in the field against the taliban. the recent evidence in kunduz and other places demonstrate that there are still severe weak insists there. i think that question will be answered by the conditions on the ground. >> what does this say about barack obama's legacy in afghanistan, and what is he handing over to his successor? >> well, i think it says that he will adopt according to the conditions on the ground. if you look at his predecessor, george w. bush, afghanistan was the forgotten front, we are fired in iraq and president obama made this shift to add more resources to afghanistan. it actually hasn't succeeded in the way that i think they hoped. a big part is the corruption apartment lack of governance from the afghan government, but i think it shows that president
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obama's not dogmatic. he'll adopt. >> there must be a concern that the longer u.s. troops stay, the more they add fuel to the fire, the more they drive the taliban. >> certainly, i mean that's always been a concern in afghanistan, as it was in iraq. i think that really raises the question of how these 5,500 troops plus whatever nato countries will leave behind, what their operational procedures are. if they're enablers, the force are that are behind the scenes and trying to help the afghan forces get stronger, that's less of a concern. if they're out patrolling different neighborhoods and committing sort of mistakes like we saw in kunduz at the hospital last week, that could lead to the sort of blowback, the
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unintentional blowback we've witnessed before in afghanistan. >> thank you very much. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry will visit the middle east to try to calm the situation between israelis and palestinians following a wave of violence. two palestinians and seven israelis have been killed sings the beginning of october. meanwhile, palestinians in gaza took part in a solidarity rally organized by several factions. they say they stand united despite the distance between the two palestinian territories. let's move on to syria now. all right, i think we do have you, nikolai.
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all right, no we don't. ok. >> yes, hello. >> oh, we do. apologies for that, sorry for that. good to have you with us. anyway, how is the u.n. viewing developments between the israelis and the palestinians, the ongoing violence and the security measures in place? >> the situation remains quite tense on the ground. our first priority right now is to find ways to deescalating it. the first priority is make sure both sides tone down their language in public statements to quiet people down and allow for a political process to move forward. secondly, i think it's very important that we see a consistent return to normality at the holy site in jerusalem. that means the full observance of the status quo and commitments made between israel and jordan last year.
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thirdly and lastly, it's very important to point the direction towards a political solution to this problem, because it is the result of desperation and loss of hope among many patient, and we need to show them that the two-state solution is not a dream, it is a reality that can be achieved and it can only be achieved through negotiations and peaceful process perhaps. >> how can you even talk about peace talks and a peaceful protest when many of the palestinian youth are calling for a third intifada. they don't believe in the leaders. what can the u.n. do about that? >> what is needed is leadership in this time of crise and show that leadership is capable of find being a peaceful solution to this crisis. let us understand very correctly that it is -- this crise really is the result of desperation and anger among many, many people
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who have lost hope in their leaders who have lost hope in the future and who have lived for many in anger, and in oppression. therefore, it is up to the leaders of both sides to show that it is possible to move forward and this is why i said in the beginning, there is no simple security solution. a security solution, security measures, increased military presence, whatever it is will only be a temporary solution to this pros. >> i mean, what many -- >> certainly not, and particularly, the use of force needs to be very much calibrated, because it is one of the factors that angers people.
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it is important to understand it is not just a security problem, it is a problem of politics at the end of the day. >> who is going to push the leaders to be accountable to those they represent? the u.n. is relatively redundant in this area, so who's going to do it? >> over the last few days and weeks, we've had intense discussions with our partners in the united states, european union and russia. we understand today very clearly that we in the international community need to step in to support the two sides in this process, but what we first need to do and see is the deescalation of the process. i come back from ramallah today, have traveled intensely between the two sides and in the region to try to identify what other factors that need to change on the ground in order to deescalate the situation. again, it is very understandable, considering the
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realities. the observance of the status quo at the holy sites in jerusalem is a priority. deescalating the language that is used by all in this situation is a priority, and finally, moving forward with a set of measures that will bring hope back to people and bring back the belief that leaders are actually going to deliver, not just security. they will deliver peace. they will deliver a sustainable solution to their people on both sides of this conflict. >> thank you very much, nikolai, united nation special coordinator for the middle east peace pros. >> the syrian army launched its long awade offensive in the northern homs countryside focusing on two areas. they are on a highway that links the provinces of homs and hama. in idlib there is another
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offensive. >> the battle in northern homs countryside has begun. rebel held towns are coming under fire. this is a coordinated assault between the syrian army on the ground and the russian air force. it is the second offensive of its kind since the military intervention of russia. its air force is providing support to allies on the ground as they try to advance into opposition territory, but civilians are caught in the middle. >> this is a civilian area. isil is not here. you russian dogs. the whole world should see this. >> activists are reporting fighters as well as sixes are being killed and injured. tens of thousands of people live there. many of them displaced from fighting elsewhere in the country, and this corner of syria has been surrounded by the army for years, the only road
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out lead to government controlled territory. >> people are afraid. people started to leave the areas that are hit but they can't leave the countryside because the roads are blocked. there's one route out but under government control and people are afraid they will be arrested if they go there. >> the syrian military said the aim is to end the presence of what it calls terrorists, and restore security and stability, recapturing the homs countryside would help the government secure territory linking its seat of power in damascus to its popular base, the coastal heartland. >> homs is the area we want to control. it is in the center of syria with roads to lead across the country. it is important for the regime and revolution because it is the center of the revolution. >> the optician is under attack in other fronts.
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the north and southern areas in the nearby province of idlib are batting grounds. there are reports of a major operation planned around the northern city of aleppo. >> the homs offensive is linked to a broader military campaign that began two weeks ago when russia started airstrikes targeting opposition controlled areas in the west of the country. the syrian government and 58lys are on the offensive and for now stopped rebel advances in the area. >> this is one of the biggest might go tear operations against be the opposition in years. the immediate aim is to recapture territory and weaken the opposition. it's also about using force to bring about political concessions. zeina toed door, beirut. >> the u.s. has a final push to retake the iraqi city of ramadi is imminent. it is the capital of the country's largest province of
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anbar. >> speaking from baghdad, pentagon spokesman steve warren said the time for a coupler offensive is now. >> we'd like to see them move as rapidly as possible. we believe now a combination of the recent successes that they've had, along with the increased air power and increased i.s.r. that we'val low indicated to the ramadi fight, we believe now is the time for a final push. we're continuing to encourage the iraqis, the iraqis are encouraged by their own success that they've had here recently. we're going to continue to watch and see how this develops. >> still to come in the al jazeera news hour, deadline day for iran. it needs to satisfactory the u.n. watchdog concerns of its nuclear program.
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>> in sports, the toronto belongs and texas rangers play out a bad tempered game to decide the major league baseball playoffs. details coming up. >> e.u. leaders are meeting in brussels to try to find a solution to europe's growing refugee crisis, focusing on working with country's outside europe to stem the flow. turkey's key here, the eu. wants to make sure the refugees hosting stay there. turkey is hosting close to 2 million refugees. thousands are crossing into europe each day, most of them arriving on greek shores in boats. that's a big problem for europe. it's buckling under the pressure. nearly 600,000 refugees have entered europe this year alone. lee barker joins us live from brussels. what's been said so far?
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>> the leaders have just started to arrive here in brussels. we do have some idea of what they expect from turkey as earlier on in the week, the european commission released their turkey action plan, the list of requirements and expectations placed upon ankara to help the european union reduce the current effects of the on going refugee crise. on that long list is the promise of a billion euros in financial support to turkey, providing that turkey in response reduces so-called push factors, those are the factor that is decide whether or not refugees, economic migrants and asylum seekers decide to stay in turkey or more likely as it currently stands head in the direction of the european union. according to european commission sources the last nine months, 350,000 people, mainly from syria have passed through turkey, heading for the european union, but only 50,000 have remained in turkey.
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the hope from the european perspective is that turkey will be able to better integrate people within turkey, improve living standards for refugees who have crossed over from the likes of syria into turkey in the search of a better life. the european union want turkey to improve border patrols on the land and on the sea, as well. of course, many thousands of people have made their way into eastern europe by boat, arriving on turkey said eastern shores. the hope is that turkey will join forces with the european union's exterm border agency in making sure that borders tightened across the board. there is also the hope that there will be better cooperation when it comes to repatriating asylum seekers as well. plans are being drown up how individual states will manage it. the eu feels they need turkey on that board to put a full plan
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into action. we've just seen angela merkel just arrived here at the european council. earlier in the day, she addressed german council. she called for solidarity at this time and called for across the board all 28 nations of the european union to stick together when it comes to deal with this immense challenge. she also drew attacks to the fact that it's now very much on turkey to be a pivotal player when it comes to reducing the impact of the refugee crisis. here's what she said earlier on. >> without a doubt, turkey plays a vital role in this crisis. over 2 million people are seeking protection and it is taking the biggest share of refugees from syria. the majority that come to europe travel by turkey. we will not be able to get a grip and stem this flow of refugees without working with
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turkey. that means that we must better support turkey in preparing for the refugees and providing humanitarian aid. >> germ chance angela merkel after this two day summit in brussels will head to turkey, to ankara for more talks and negotiations. as well as the refugee crisis described as the biggest challenge to hit the e.u. in a generation, the european union faces a host of other challenges. the lingering effect of the euro zone crisis, the desperate need for reforms, the possibility for the u.k., a key member of the european union could leave the e.u. when it holds its referendum in 2017, as e.u. leaders arrive in brussels, they know that it could possibly be a very long couple of days, as angela merkel has said, it's now time to get the job done. >> thank you for that. the european union's human rights court has found it is not a crime to deny that the mass
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killing of armenians in turkey 100 years ago was a genocide. the case involved a turkish poll tissue who was previously found guilty of racial discrimination for saying the armenian genocide is a great international law. there are disagreements about how the mass killings should be described. turkey said the deaths were part of a war and not premeditate. >> vietnam says its concerned with china's construction of two light houses on the disputed spratley islands saying they seriously infringe the island's sovereignty. defense ministers from the zones of southeast asian nations, china claims the 12 nautical miles around the spratly islands as within its borders. it's claims interlap with other countries. beijing denounced a u.s. plan to conduct a freedom exercise close to the disputeddized. the u.s. is beefing up its presence in the region.
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>> two word powers flexing their muscles over seven small islands in the south china sea. recent satellite photos show building on coral reefs claimed by china. three air fields on reefs the u.s. says are in international waters. u.s. plans for a military exercise in the disputed area is adding to existing tension. >> of course it will add to already existing tensions in the area, and of course, you know, a lot of countries are looking at this very carefully and then we hope that it will not actually, you know, create a new spiral of tension. >> china denies it is military rising the reefs, which are near disputed islands also claimed by taiwan, vietnam, brunei,
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malaysia and philippines. u.s. forces have recently increased presence in the asia pacific region and intensified navy exercises like this one off the coast of indonesia. >> u.s. navy is committed to helping provide security to southeast asia, the waters surrounding these countries. i think it's part of america's rebalance to the asia pacific. >> during the exercise, 600 u.s. marines and sailors took part in several large amphibious beach assaults. >> the united states showing a presence here in southeast asia with tensions riding in the south china sea, exercise says like these are seen as a show of force and one of the world's most crucial waters. >> many hope the two world super powers will control themselves.
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june east asian nations hope to speed up negotiation about a so-called code of conduct that aims to regulate freedom of navigation at sea and overriding rights to rights and peace in the south china sea. it may be too late with the u.s. carrying out it's freedom of navigation exercise very soon. al jazeera. >> it's hard to believe another typhoon is heading toward the philippines. >> that's right, they're coming thick and fast, just one after the other. at the moment, it's not a typhoon but, the next six to nine hours will be. it's going to produce huge rainfall and damaging winds. look at the size of this swirling away. it's going continue he being its
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way toward the northern parts of lausanne. it is a big one. sustained winds at 10 kilometers per hour will strengthen as we go through the next few days. by the time it makes landfall, friday going into saturday, it is going to be a typhoon, probably category three by that stage. that's going to be a problem, not just the danging winds. we look at rainfall. some parts could see as much as 600 to 900 millimeters of rain, so massive amounts of rainfall. that's friday's picture, the strong winds swirl away there, starting to lash, the outbands lashing that eastern side of laws son. then we come into saturday, and as you can see, it's starting to really setting really heavy rain and those damages winds. it's still going to be sunday down into monday before the eye
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of the storm clears and still going to have a backlash of further showers coming in from the back end, so certainly problems here right through this weekend, jane. >> thank you. al jazeera journalist was released from an egyptian jail last month and welcomed to the network quarters here in doha. he was pardoned along with mohamed fahmy and peter greste, originally sentencingsed to 10 years in prison. they spent more than 400 days behind bars. an al jazeera journalist sentenced in absentia were not pardon the approximately al jazeera continues to demand that all its employees sentences be overturned. speaking to newsroom colleagues, he called for press freedom around the world. >> thank you so much, but we need to continue. i hope one day we will be able to celebrate the freedom of
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every single journalist all over the world. we will continue, because we are not only joiners, we are advocates of press freedom. >> banking system on the brink of collapse in yemen as the conflict there drags on. >> major crimes that of left victims calling for justice due to an unusual border arrangement between bangladesh and india. >> in sport, prince of josh don will decide whether or not he'll run for the fifa presidency. we'll have more on that in about 20 minutes time.
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>> u.s. president obama is set to announce he will slow down withdrawal of u.s. troops in afghanistan, marking a dramatic shift in strategy. he announced he would reduce troop levers by the end of this year. >> the syrian army launched a long planned offensive in the northern homings province, focusing on two areas both part of a rebel held area with a strategic highway that leads to northern bottle grounds. >> showing solidarity ahead of the brussels summit to discuss the continent's refugee crise. angela merkel has asked for more support from turkey, which is hosting nearly 2 million syrian refugees.
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>> the u.n. nuclear agency said iran has submitted all information requested to complete an assessment on its past nuclear activities. an international deal was approved limiting nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. if listed, it will release billions of dollars in frozen assets and open up iran's economy. it's trade with european union could balloon 400% by mid 2018. iran's $420 billion economy is picked to grow by as much as 8% in the coming years. that would match the growth of asia's tiger economy's during the boom years. that trade and investment will help revive health, transport and energy sectors, arched bring opportunities that home run expect to entice hundreds of thousands of educated iranians back home. a political analyst in tehran
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says iran is cooperating with world powers, because it wants the sanctions lifted. >> iran has already sent a nuclear delegation to vienna in order to finish off the final touches of the action plan rewarding the implementation of the nuclear deal with the west. obviously over the next three days, there will be huge discussions, technical discussions on how best to implement the deal and on monday as we speak, all sides will finally ratify the agreement and on the same day, the united states and european allies will announce the lifting of all economic sanctions on iran. of course some of them will be just suspended when it comes to american sanctions, but that's really the end of it. from monday, the official implementation of the deal will begin. >> the on going war in yemen has pushed the country into an economic crisis. a blockade imposed by the saudi-led coalition has put a stop to oil exports and cash
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flow. seven months into the war, millions aren't able to get their salaries. >> this is aden, the port city in the south, recently recaptured by government troops. the government and the central bank have relocated here. employees have been waiting for months to get their salaries. >> i haven't received my salary for the last two months. bank officials told us they are still running out of cash. >> a woman died while she was cueing up to withdraw cash. >> pro government officials say the crisis started when houthi rebels withdrew $2 billion from the central bank to pay their fighters. now, center bank officials are left grappling with how to solve yemen's deepening financial
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crisis. >> millions of yemenis in other cities will have to wait until the political crise is over. yemen is divided. the north and the capital sanna are under houthi control, which set up their own government. the south is under the control of the internationally recognized president adou rabbo mansour hadi. yemen is the poor evident country in the arab world and many are worried it will go bankrupt if the war drags on. >> more nuclear power has been switched back on in japan despite widespread public opposition. a second reactor has been started at the power station two months after the first was reconnected to the national power grid. dozens of reactors were shut down four years ago after a massive earthquake and tsunami
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calmed the fukushima in a meltdown disaster. >> south korean president is in washington for a meeting with president obama. balancing the relationship between the u.s. and china is an increasingly delicate task. >> south korean president began a visit by paying tribute to veterans of the korean war, the shared point as the reference point for the alliance between these two nations. it's an alliance showing some present day strains. last month, the president was in beijing, an honored guest as chain new commemorated 70 years since the end of world wash two with a huge display of military tower. parks efforts to improve the relationship to match south korea there risks relationships
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with its ally. >> it is critical to understand our biggest leverage comes from our ties with the americans. >> one of the most sensitive issues issues the u.s. desire to deploy high altitude defense missile system on south korean territory. china is pressuring seoul to push back. officials here in south korea have pointed out that despite the fact that president park is taking her defense minister along with her on this trip, the issue will not be on the agenda for discussions. the very fact they felt the need to do that shows how sensitive an issue it is at a time when south korea is trying to balance its relationship with china and the united states. north korea should provide easier area for agreement. the north korea leader didn't mention weapons and held off on a promised rocket launch. could penalty's park and obama
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soften preconditions for restarting nuclear weapons talks with pyongyang. >> americans long ago realized that north korea is not going to surrender its nuclear weapons. at the same time, the threat of the north korean nuclear missiles is real but rather remote, so the white house is in new hurry and they are likely to continue the current policy. >> after the ceremony, president park moved on to a facility for the space program. it's as much about symbolism, a joint statement is likely to cap the summit with president obama. al jazeera, seoul. >> the united nations general assembly is preparing to vote on that its non-permanent seats for next year. ukraine, egypt, japan, senegal and uruguay are running
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unopposed. james bays reports. >> the war in syria after four and a half years, a human catastrophe with at least 250,000 dead. it's also a major failure have global diplomacy. now the u.s. and its allies firmly opposed to president assad and russia one of his strongest supporters find themselves carrying out airstrikes in syria. this is not the only reason u.s. russia relations are the worst since the cold war. after annexing cry may i can't from ukraine, russia stands accused of backing accepts in eastern crane. all this has soured things around the security council table. >> those against. >> with russia using its veto some 17 times in the last five years. enough the situation around this table is supposed to have the time say on international piece and security is about to get even more complicated.
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after an election by the u.n. general assembly, ukraine will next year join the council. one person who understands the dynamics of the security council is ambassador rosemary decarlo, acting u.s. ambassador was president of the council in july, 2013. >> i don't think it's a new cold war. i think it is a bumpy relationship we have with russia now, between the went and russia. it's a bit chilly. i do think, however, that some of the issues are very serious issues that we cannot resolve with the russians or have not been able to at this point, ukraine, syria, we've certainly had agreements over u.s. and nato intervention in libya, as you know. these disagreements are spilling over into other issues and that is most unfortunate. >> not only is ukraine due to join the council, russia and
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ukraine both sitting around this tail of international diplomacy, another interesting factor is thear rap seat, the u.s.'s strong ally jordan will finish its term, due to be replaced by egypt. yes, it's a u.s. ally, but recently, president sisi has been making overtures to moscow, too. things are likely to get even more complicated. james bays, al jazeera in the united nations. >> a 12-year-old boy is being monitored in connection with the murder of a police employee in sydney earlier this month. the boy is among a number of suspects that could have been involved in the killing. andrew tomas has more from sidney. >> a police worker was shot dead by a 15-year-old. it's been revealed among his wider group of friends who may
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have he be couraged or helped him in this crime was a 12-year-old boy. the police commissioner of australia has said he is shocked that someone as young as that could have been involved, and australia's prime minister has said it highlights how important it is to engage with children young, before they become radicalized. on wednesday, malcolm hosted a meeting of police chiefs and intelligence agencies to discuss ways to achieve that. >> as we deal with these threats and the people that seek to turn children into terrorists, we have to be as acknowledge i am. >> as they are. >> as well as training teaches community leaders to look for sign was radicalization in younger and younger children, the government is pursuing a tough approach. it plans to lower the abl age to monitor people if it helps prevent a terrorist attack.
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they can monitor them by tracking them electrically, children can be banned from contacting particular friends or using the internet. >> we will have no tolerance for extremism, for extremist violence, for terrorism, wherever it may occur or whoever it may seek to perpetrate it. >> some say targeting children is likely to make them more radical, not less. australian government said monitoring children is necessary to protect the community. >> the prime of bangladesh is visiting small enclaves in north bengal since handed over by india in august. for nearly 70 years, there's been no police presence there because of an unusual border arrangement. as we report, that means many murders and other criminal cases remain unsolved. >> it looks like a patch of overgrown bush, but this is the
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grave of his father. what bothers him is that his father's killer was never really brought to justice. >> my father's murderer was punished by being made to put his knows on the ground and crawl in front of a crowd, so i guess that must have been embarrassing for him. >> this bizarre punishment is entirely due to the location where the murder took place. the village used to belong to india until july this year. because it's located inside bangladesh's borders, india's police and courts have not had access to the area since the british left behind a divided sub continent. bangladesh's police can't enter here, either, so enclave residents came up with their own solution. his father was killed when he was a child. when he grew up, he became
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president of citizen's justice committee. >> when we proved someone was guilty, we would punish with fines and physical torture. that stopped people from committing crimes. >> he insists physical beatings were necessary, because safety in the enclaves was deteriorating fast. >> enough that the enclaves have been handed over to bangladesh, its law enforcement agencies will be able to resolve future disputes and prosecute crimes. what many, including victims' families want to know is whether parties will also look into crimes committed in the past. >> official records are non-existent here, but residents and the local public prosecutors say 20 to 30 murders have taken place since 1971. >> the state does not discourage people from seeking justice, but these people will face many obstacles. we don't have postmortem report of these murders.
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many witnesses have died in the years that of passed, so it will be difficult. >> he doesn't even know if the man who killed his father is still alive. he wants justice to be served. he's not looking forward to the uphill battle he'll have to fight in order to achieve that. al jazeera, bangladesh. >> olympic and paralympic athlete oscar pistorius is set to be freed after serving just one year of his five year sentence. he was convicted of culpable homicide last year after fatally shooting his girlfriend. pistorius is expected to be on house arrest. >> a medical emergency is looming in some south african countries, the company which supplies snake bite apartment
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dote is blaming high costs of production. >> this hospital treats spike bait victim. he traveled for the specialized care. it may be run down, but at least he's being treated. like most victims here, he is a poor farmer barely able to feed his family. >> i was weeding my farm and grabbed the snake unflowingly. it bit me. i started deal dizzy and fainted. it's a very painful bite. >> every month, an average of 370 patients come to the hospital for help. this hospital struggles with a huge number of patients seeking urgent medical attention after being bit by snakes. getting a bed here is consider add huge success. because facilities and doctors are always overstretched, many who go to the hospital don't survive. the situation could get worse next year when the last dose of
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antidote expires. >> that's a big concern for medical experts. >> if they stop producing make venom, we'll be in for trouble. many people will die. most of the indian drugs are not specific for snakes, so there will be a serious negative consequence. >> this hospital now has to make due with an antidote limited to treating three snake venoms. outside the hospital, the farming community is facing another crisis, a growing population means an increase in demand to grow food. that set up a conflict between people and the reptiles that also call this rocky community home. >> the situation has reached a point where a bounty is placed on every snake killed. >> when hunting the snake is just to get relief. we hunt clearly three years for whoever brings the make down to
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the ball lass. if we kill them all, there will be nothing to produce anti snake venom for other people to use. >> if the anti venom runs out, they willing forced to protect themselves. >> still to come on al jazeera, just 17 days after the end of the golf season in the united states, the u.s. p.g.a. tour is set to resume again. we'll hear from former world number one rory mcilroy.
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>> a public service advertisement in mexico stirred controversial. the ad suggests mexican should stop complaining about problems in the country. that has led to a lot of complaints. we have this report. >> this is the promo video the government put on line, then took down hours later after an outcry. in a vignette set in working class mexico, a carpenter tells a work mate moan about government reforms, ends his lecture with what the p.r. department must have thought was a killer line, enough already of your complaining, he says in slang. but that lining has angered many mexicans. >> how are we not going to complain when there's so much wrong with the country?
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it's like they're mocking us, because they know people will get annoyed. some say maybe the reforms are helping. >> if they're tired of the complaints, they should do their job. if they involve the problems, we wouldn't be complaining. >> twitter has jumped on the theme with a long list of complaints they do have in a country where corruption and impunity dominate. within hours, the video was gone. it's the latest setback for president enrique pin pineto. >> the on line world is more and more difficult to contain. as more and more got connected, it is proving a launching pad for protests against corruption. >> marches were quickly otherwise on line after the missing students disappeared.
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this light hearted post was run to disapprove a rumor that the president ran in measure matched socks bombed. >> al jazeera, mexico city. >> members of discussing whether or not to drop support for their suspended president in a meeting in geneva. she was suspended for 90 days after leak and is under investigation over the $2 million payment that has been made to him by fifa president seth blatter back in 2011. it has caused several country to say reconsider their vote in elections. the former captain denies wrongdoing. as members arrived for the gathering in switzerland, it was
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clear he faces a huge task to become the new president of fifa. a press conference will be given at sip g.m.t. >> u.s. boss hansen spoke to reporters ahead of the meeting. the 85-year-old, whose also ran against seth blatter for the fifa job in 1998 says the case has damaged u.s. image. >> i still support mr. platen. he has done nothing wrong. he is one of my friends and i respect him. if this is true, then -- >> earlier, we spoke to our correspondent in london who said it's a really difficult position
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for uefa to be in. >> there is a lot of trouble with world football, whether fifa or eufa. two meetings taking place, one without the president suspended for 90 days. then the 54 member nation, representatives of those nations, meet, as well. there is so much to discuss and decide what is the next move in the crise, what are they going to do about platini. how can he stapled the way things are. should we ask for the election to be delayed? who should we back? shake suleman is a figure emerging. they want to be behind their own
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candidate. where does this leave the prince? he had support when he was against blatter originally. it's a real mess and there's plenty to discuss in geneva tonight. >> the jordanian failed to win against seth blatter. resignation created a vacancy again. the prince warned against delaying the meeting, which he believes could create more instability in fifa. >> if elected, the prince pledged to restore the image of the world football governing body, saying this time of crise at fifa is an opportunity for positive change. many good ideas have emerged in the current discussion of fifa's future, a better future will only come if ideas turn into action. that will only happen if fifa has the right leadership. >> the toronto blue jays have
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won a controversial game over the texas rangers to clinch the american league divisional series. with the game locked at two all, rangers went be ahead in the seventh inning when the umpires judged that a blue jay's throw hit the bat of a rangers player. the rangers were eventually awarded a run despite blue jays protest and then toronto's bautista hit what would be the deciding home run to put the blue jays ahead. it's the first postseason win at home since 1993. they'll face kansas city in the championship league series. >> rory mcilroy will tee off at nap 35, the first event of the new u.s. p.g.a. season. it comes just 17 days after the end of the last season. jordan speith ended it world number one, a deserved achievement says mcilroy. that's it for me. >> thank you very much. that's it from us.
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