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>> croatia opens its border to serbia. where thousands have been trapped in their journey across europe. hello there i'm julie mcdonald, this is al jazeera liven frolive from london. also coming up. eritrean shot after being mistaken for a gunman. northwestern philippines, tens of thousands have been displaced by typhoon koppu.
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state visit of xi jinping, to u.k. live pictures from london's heathrow airport. hello there, warm welcome to the program. now they've faced a long and challenging journey trying to escape war and conflict. and now thousands of refugees find themselves at the mercy of the european winter and disputes between governments over how to handle the flow of people is making the journey take even longer. up to 10,000 people were stranded in serbia hoping to cross croatia into slovenia. in the last few hours, the border opened, allowing many to face another bottleneck with slovenia facing a large on slot of arrivals from croatia.
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paul brennan reports. >> held up against the driving rain and biting cold they waited and waited with little or no protection against the elements. all hoping the cross the bother between serbia and croatia. >> onslaught of people who just come and come, we don't have the chance to treat, don't have any more rain coats, as you can see, people of ten days old, hypothermia, we don't have a blanket to give them. we need action. i mean this is -- the images speak for themselves. >> the balkan countries are in turmoil. hungary a's decision last week to seal the borders face new routes, that has resulted in croatia, serbia and slovenia coping with how many they can receive and how many their neighbors should receive. croatia has opened its borders with serbia, a decision which will ease the pressure but for
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how long? in no man's land between serbia and croatia, winter is almost here, why have their paths been blocked? >> the people want their way across this area to the other side, they don't want to stay in slovenia one moment, don't want money, food, anything, only cross. >> there is a road lay by on the slovenian side, red cross and police working together to assist the cold and exhausted people. despite the best efforts at a political level to try slow the flow of refugees across europe, when we have been standing here, four men came trudging out of the area, soaking wet freezing cold arriving at the processing center, they were handed blankets and given some food,
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they will are moved to the austrian border. from the buses that are arriving here, the slovenian police aren't wasting any time from moving them on. the borders are no longer stable. journey from war and poverty keeps getting more precarious and uncertain. >> and paul joins us live on the slovenian border with croatia. despite these difficult journeys, every time the refugees arrive often a new border they face real uncertainty. >> they do. it's almost as if the ground is changing under their feet. the rules of the game are changing every time that they move from one place to the other and from day to day and week to week. different countries, different systems closing their borders altogether in the case of hungary over the weekend.
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the refugees are left not so sure which way to turn. the roots they are having to take because of the closure of the hungarian border, to croatia where i am in slovenia onward to austria and to germany. each of the borders where they want to cross there are pinch points, authorities saying they simply don't have the capacity to take in those refugees, haven't got the capacity to process them and therefore they're made to wait. as the weather conditions deteriorate as the weeks pass and autumn turns to winter that journey become more and more difficult. here as to what is effectively a truck stop lay by, the facilities are very rudimentary, despite the best efforts of the volunteers here. it's really no place to be if you are freezing cold and wanting a warm bed.
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>> paul, what's the mood like where you are? i'm thinking in terms of the pictures we're seeing, the charitable organizations but what about the peace and the authorities, do they have sympathy with these refugees? >> reporter: yeah, i think we have spoken with a woman who works for the unhcr, she couldn't go on record, but there is a certain protocol dealing with the influx of refugees. the political fallout if you like of diplomatic wranglings over the fate of the refugees really holds no water here on the ground because the unhcr and various volunteer groups, helping to clothe them and giving them wet weather gear, rudimentary panchos, and
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whatever, i can look over my shoulder, there's some sandwiches being handed out over there by some volunteers, we can't turn around, it's a bit far away, there are children wrapped up and given warm clothes. they are making every effort they pos repl possibly can in ay difficult situation here. >> paul brennan, thank you. the u.n. secretary-general has highlighted the issue, ban ki-moon has called for more hem from the european countries. hundreds of thousands have crossed into the continent this year. he hopes a solution can be found on this issue in the summit in malta later this month. >> it creates a huge domestic political social problems. at the same point you must know that these defenseless and hopeless and voiceless refugees
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are fleeing a country because of war, because of persecution, because of their own safety and security. so we have to provide lif life-saving things t assistance. >> saying his country is not a, quote, concentration camp, in a live tv interview, prime minister ahmet davutoglu, a day after holding those discussions about the issues, with angela merkel, mr. davutoglu saidment. >> translator: the $3 billion
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proposal is no longer on the table. we are talking about the first stage, we don't want to fixate on this because the requirements would need to go up. the assessments would need to be done annually. i told that to merkel, nobody should expect turkey to become a country to house all migrants like a concentration camp. >> many are reportedly from near the northern city of aleppo, the area which is strategically important has been regularly rey targeted in the last two weeks, by russian jets carrying out air strikes. clashes between regime forces and syrian opposition factions. israeli police have ordered
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an immediate investigation into the killings of the southern city of beersheba. an eritrean migrant mistaken by an attacker has been shot by a security guard and killed. he was also attacked by bystanders during the incident in an israeli bus station. unprecedented crack down. warned against vigilantism. his reaction in just a moment but fishes this report from mike hanna. >> occupied east jerusalem further divided. in addition to concrete barricades in the streets, miniature versions of the separation barrier are being erected in other neighborhoods. israeli police now build these barriers to protect themselves.
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>> these barriers are to protect police officers in the area either from petrol bombs and shots fired within the neighborhoods, that's for their own personal security. >> residents insist that israel should be spending money on improving the lives of palestinians rather than penning them in like prisoners. >> translator: we are in need of basic services. we do not need this wall. this wall will only lead to an explosion and more problems between us and the israelis. >> reporter: and walls and barricades did not stop yet another attack in the southern israeli town of beersheba. an israeli soldier was killed and the alleged israeli attacker was shot dead. an eritrean was also mistakenly shot and killed. say civilians who take the law
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into their own hands will be prosecuted. and back in occupied territory the reinforcement of security measures that haven't worked yet. having sealed off the occupied west bank with the separation barrier the netanyahu government has started the same process in occupied east 80 jerusalem. no political significance in these barriers, but the irony of israel dividing a city it says should be united and at the bottom of these barriers written in hebrew are the words, "temporary police barrier." however palestinians believe like the occupation, these could become permanent. mike hanna, are al jazeera, occupied east jerusalem. warned against people taking matters into their own hands. >> i would like to send my condolences to the family of the worker from eritrea.
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we are in the middle of a long struggle. i think it's obvious that we will win it but this sometimes causes friction between civilians and the insertion of the attack. a crowd which stumbles into a scene of the attack should leave, we are alaw abiding state. no one should take the law into their own hands. >> you're watching al jazeera. still to come. canadians vote in an election that could see steven harper losing power. and how religious tensions are causing violent unrest in indian administered kashmir.
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>> welcome back. a reminder of those top stories here on al jazeera. there have been ka chaotic scens in croatia, as refugees try to pass through from serbia. investigations in the southern city of beersheba as an eritrean migrant was shot by a security guard on sunday. rescuers are battling to reach remote regions of the philippines that were hit by typhoon koppu on sunday. volunteers are helping thousands of stranded people, as the storm cut through the country. jamilla alendoggan has a report. >> living here for other 40 years, says he has never seen such devastation ever before.
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>> translator: i have been to the governor, please send us aid, just food for our children to tide us up, over for two days. >> reporter: almost everything in his house has been destroyed. there is nothing left to saver. this was once a thriving community. now this is what's left of it. most of the houses here have been swept away, people tell me they were quite dependent on fishing for their livelihood, now they don't know what to do anymore. the situation here is similar across the region. families tell us that they will surely feel the devastation of typhoon koppu for many years to come. it struck northern philippines early on sunday morning and until now, many communities remain unaccessible. the typhoon unsleeshed unleashel rain. murky waters have reached as high as six meters. this province is the center of rice production in the country. but now farm lands have been turned into swamps. it is estimated that at least
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80% of the rice fields here have been destroyed. at least 11 provinces in the luzon region are also affected. this is the strongest typhoon to hit the philippines this year. president benino aquino has visited some of the regions. his administration was strongly criticized during the typhoon haiyan two years ago. because of the country's viability to natural disasters, government resources are stretched. >> i think not just the supplies but also the equipment. in so many different areas. but it is going to be a challenge. >> one of the many communities in desperate need of aid. some of the people here say they haven't received any help from the government at all. so they just have to get on. start all over on their own. jamilla alendoggan, al jazeera,
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northern phi philippines. canadian election, steven harper is facing a challenge. trudeau and daniel lak is following happenings. good day daniel, what is the mead as people cast their vote? >> it's been the longest campaign in canada in modern times. more than two modifies campaigning, that is twice as much as we usually have. so people have had a long time to think about their choice. the momentum builds slowly. it looks like we have a change in government to the left of center new democratic party, their social democrats, want to do various things to make the government fairer. and trudeau, son of pierre
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trudeau. a referendum on steven harper's leadership, everyone is holding their breath. >> and daniel what is it that people want to see changed? are they hopeful that voting today will bring a different canada? >> that's certainly one of the themes that you hear, they want a canada that is a peace keeper in the world, not a country that is involved in anti-i.s.i.s. coalitions in syria. they want a country that is kinder to the environment, but steven harper has a strong base of 30% of the electorate supporting him, that's why it's tight. we're not voting for a prime minister or a government, we're voting for an mp. you can't say anything with certainty until all the votes are counted. >> daniel lak, for that update, thank you. now right wing parties have
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made big gains in switzerland's parliamentary election, the swiss people's party is emerging as the front runner. expressing concerns about the refugee crisis in europe. last year they passed a referendum limiting the number of refugees from the eu. second round will happen later this year there was just a 15% voter turnout on the first day of polling on sunday. if prompted to give the government public sector workers half of monday off to try and boost the turnout despite the measures, the low turnout continued on monday. well it's the first poll since the military coup in 2013, and the government's design to boost the turnout was evident in an early morning message to egyptians on monday. >> i call on all egyptian citizens, voting is their constitutional right. it is a duty vote.
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>> indian-administered carb meier is tense following the death of a truck driver. he was wrongly accused of rg transportintransporting beef. liddy dutt reports. >> separatist leaders here called for a shutdown to mark the death of zahed ahmed, a truck driver beat to death by a crowd who thought he was transporting slaughtered cows. many believer cows are a sacred animal. others say the cows died from food poisoning. >> caught and surrounded by people who came in a jeep.
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they encircled them, lobbed petrol bombs on their vehicles, one died. >> they imposed a curfew in downtown, the situation is bad. i appeal to all my brothers and sisters, whether they are hindus or muslims, to maintain peace because peace is critical to kashmir's development. >> ahmed was attacked, after suspicion of slaughtering a cow and eating beef. >> as we are living if a multicultural society so we have to respect, if someone next to me eating something nonve nonvegetable? should i be concerned, it is their personal life.
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>> but on an eating basis we cannot force anyone to direct anyone to choose this thing and you can eat this thing you cannot eat this thing. we cannot force anyone. >> while people across religious and cultural lives, many feel the government's lack of effective action in dealing with them has dealt with an atmosphere of tear. the consumption of beef has long been a contentious issue in india with many saying it is against their religion. but attacks on india's diversity itself. liddy dutt, al jazeera, new delhi. >> researchers have come up with a way of whether you are at greater risk of developing a melanoma. the number of moles they have, somebody suggests if you have more than 11 moles on your right arm you are likely to have over 100 moles on your overwhelm body which means you are more likely
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to develop a melanoma. it is widely felt the more moles you have the greater your risk. identifying patients most likely to get skin cancer. >> this could help in screening the patients but of course, it is not just with this method we can look at all the moles of the body. the number of ploals i moles isy predictive of the risk of developing a melanoma. the melanoma we know is a tumor that derives from melanocytic sells. >> charlie angela reports, it's not just the economic relationship that's strengthening between two countries. >> arriving in the u.k. for historic visit, president xi brings hopes for closer ties
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with an english-speaking european nation. while the u.k. hopes china will dig deep and make big investments. another strategic investment, mandarin lessons for british toddlers. necessary say parents a as they feel their future will depend on china. >> the people that speak in the world says he's got english, spanish, mandarin, he's pretty much sorted isn't he? >> george osborn hopes so. his daughter also studies mandarin and he's promised to pump $15 million into u.k. schools. in his recent visit to china he made clear what the u.k. wants. >> through the ups and downs, let's stick together. let's stick together to grow our economies. let's stick together to make
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britain china's best partner in the west. let's stick together to create a golden decade for both of our countries. britain and china will stick together. >> on the first visit by a chinese head of state in ten years president xi will enjoy a lavish welcome. a carriage down the mall, a visit to buckingham palace. >> britain is looking for cash to pay for critical infrastructure projects including a high speed rail link, airport projects and nuclear power stations but they might not get the investment for everything on their shopping list. >> i think we're going to get a fair bit signed off. probably not everything, but that remains to be seen just how much the chinese want to commit into this country. don't forget they've also got to commit to other countries as well. germany is a very, very big target for them with a better functioning economy. >> commitment is what the u.k.
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government wants. many are worried they will ig flor china's poor human rights record to get it. on the bank opposition leader jeremy corbin is expected to confront on his country's human rights abuses. very special but unequal relationship. charlie angela, al jazeera, london. >> hundreds of north and south korean families separated by the war will be reunited nationsed. harry fawcett has the story from the border city. >> 400 screaj family members who have been contacted by the north korean side that their relatives have been registering for this reunion. personal lives changed forever by the huge impersonal force he of history.s of
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history. a story of 84-year-old, she had been married for just seven months, three months pregnant when her husband went off to the military. he simply never came home. she assumed he died. she paid tribute to him every year since. she looked after his parents, raised the son still unborn at the time of his disappearance, now she said she has kept with her a pair of his old shoes, a part of his life was carried had those shoes. she has brought with her her now 64-year-old son. he is talking about being able to embrace both of his parents for first time. the sense of pride finally finding out he had a father. an old man and almost a young boy, you get a sense of an emotionally power at this
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moment. this all gets set in motion, meeting each other six times over the space of two hours each, that will be it. >> you can find more on our website, the address is my final thought on what israel and palestine needs to end the crisis - new leaders. and should schoolchildren be trained to fight against gunman, i'm very weali velshi and this is "third rail". the united states was the first nation to recognise the state of israel, a relationship praised in publi t