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like. >> can affect and surprise us. >> i feel like we're making an impact. >> awesome! >> techknow - where technology meets humanity. is. >> a political thriller. canada's prime minister steven harper fiet fights for his polil life, facing an important, pierre trudeau. and. shot and beaten by a mob am
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after being mistaken by an attacker. out in the cold. >> can't be resolved which one country opening and one country closing borders. >> thousands of refugees surge into croatia after being stranded in freezing temperatures and rain along the serbia croatia border. and the price of gold. some of the world's largest gold mining companies hauled into court, by south african miners, suing over chronic health problems, sent shock waves across the mining industry. good evening, i'm richelle carey and this is your world tonight. antonio mora has the evening off.and we begin tonight with the final votes being cast in
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canada's election. the last polls there close in about an hour, voters are choosing a new parliament which will determine the new prime minister. cumenincumbent steven harper, in office for oarch te over ten ye. justin trudeau, son of pierre trudeau, his opponent. john terret is there. hi john. >> i don't think 9 really anticipated this. the liberals are ahead by 19 seats in atlantic canada alone. conservatives down six seats and we're about six hours before the polls close in quebec, and
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ontario and british columbia. these canadian provinces will wrap up their voting and we'll have a pretty good idea where this is going. as we're heading towards a liberal majority government in the house of commons in ottawa, the canadian capital. let's remind ourselves now of somesome of the key politicians in this race, their parties and their policies. the longest most expensive and volatile federal election in canada's history is reaching its climax. the conservatives, leader, current prime minister steven harper, been on the job almost a decade and personally unpopular. polls suggest 60 to 70% of canadians wand him gone if not the party himself. harper's accused of abandoning government and taking too much power for himself. his chief opponent is justin
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peru utrudeau. head of the conservative party, similar to the democrats. then there's the new democratic party run by tom mulcare, tied to the unions, helping to create canada's nationwide universal health care system, paid for by taxes but freeze at the point of use. you could compare the ndp process to those of bernie sanders. all parties were virtually neck in neck but certain uptic for trudeau's liberal party. justin trudeau seen goofing around his campaign plane this morning. steven harper may be unpopular but his party controls 30% of
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the populace and the polls have been badly wrong in the past. westminster form of government, to get a majority any party must pick up at least 170 seats. the polls de los gradually across the country but with the time zones it may even be longer. i think in parliamentary politics people get fed up of your face after that time. national security and antiterror, there is a bill called c-51, many canadians feel he went far too long. and women not wearing the niqab when they gave oath to become a citizen. that campaign seemed to have worked. we're about to get all the polls closing between now and 10:00.
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it's turning into a liberal party leaning. leaning towards a very good looking if i do say myself justin trudeau. >> we'll let that go john. thank you. earlier today israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu condemned sunday's beating death of an air trairn immigrant in ee southern town of beersheba. >> further divided in addition to concrete barricades in the streets miniature versions of the separation barrier are being erected around certain neighborhoods. having increased their presence in these palestinian areas the israeli police now build these barriers to protect themselves. >> the wall we have behind us are to protect the police
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officers in our area, from pet troll bombs or from shots being fired, for their personal security. >> reporter: residents insist that israel should be spent o sg money on protecting citizens rather than penning them in. >> we are in need of basic services. we do not need this war. this war will only lead to an explosion and more problems between us and the israelis. walls did not stop another attack in the southern israeli town of beersheba. the southern israeli attacker was shot dead. an eritrean national was also shot by mistake, said police. he was beaten by the israeli crowd and died after being admitted to the hospital. israeli police will order a full investigation and say those who take the law into their own
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hands will be prosecuted. reinforcement of security measures that haven't worked yet, having sealed off the west bank with the separation barrier the netanyahu government has started the same process in occupied east jerusalem. the israeli foreign ministry says there is no gabs i signifin these barriers but israel dividing a city they say should be united. the words temporary police barrier, however many palestinians believe that like the option, these could become permanent. mike hanna, al jazeera, in occupied east jerusalem. senior powers from iran and syria, foicials attendin officin
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who should do what. iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. iran said it carried out, attacks, destroying rebel workshops in idlib province and ammunitions depot in hama province. the campaign got underway open september 30th. meanwhile, the syrian government carried out a number of barrel bomb attacks, on sunday. video from social media shows what is believed to be a syrian military helicopter hovering over the dorian area of the capital. criticized for being indiscriminate in killing civilians as well as rebel fighters. iraqi military and their shia,
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area is streakily important because it's on the road to i.s.i.l. held mosul which is iraq's second largest city. nato has launched its biggest training exercise in 13 years. this operation includes 36,000 troops from more than 30 countries. dubbed try dentin trident tride. >> the last time nato regularly held exrgs o exercises of this magnitude, now we have a potentially unstable and more dangerous situation. >> nato and its allies have now conducted more than 300 exercises this year. 300 refugees have been
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stranded on the border between serbia and croatia. police in croatia had been holding them back but today opened the gates for thousands to make their way across the country. emma hayward has more from the serbia croatia border. >> reporter: sellsome say they have been waiting through night to cross. hundreds of men, women and children, stop on serbian side of the border with croatia. eventually they were able to pass. taking the next step across increasingly more controlled borders in europe. >> what the ways is, very crowded, they have been waiting for many hours, they are exhausted, not enough water, supply and also not enough information. >> reporter: those afew days ahead of them on their journey were arriving in slovenia. late at night and being monitored closely by the police.
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slovenia, a country of just 2 million people, is struggling to cope with the high number of refugees arriving. many, many more are taking this route, because of hungary's decision to seal its borders. blaming the rest of the eu for failing to manage the refugee crisis. and as winter sets in, concerns are mounting, about how people already with very little or nothing at all will be able to cope. >> winter is here and the numbers haven't gone down. so more desperate people on the move, the winter is going to add to their suffering. so what we need is to a mechanism where we are able to help them from one border to another border. >> reporter: one of the founding goals of the eu was to build a common future. so far, though, the idea of a united strategy to deal with this ongoing crisis in europe seems a long way offs. emma hayward, al jazeera .
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>> greek authorities say they rescued 2500 refugees over the weekend. among them was this group of 40 people who came ashored on the island of lesbos after crossing in a rubber dinghy. many broke down in tears after they reached dry land. >> a story of crime and punishment, saudi arabia is planning to tak carry out crewss if of rebels under the age of 18 when they were arrested.
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>> they wanted to use it as kind of a safe place because everybody knows that the security forces the international security forces were very careful not to do anything with the hospital. but when there was on their wall of one of the walls of the hospital, there was the taliban flag, what you can think. >> nato, afghan officials and the u.s. military are all investigating what happened. doctors without borders is demanding an independent investigation. the taliban was driven from the city of kunduz a week ago but since the withdrawal of the rebels from the city many rebels have struggled to get back to life as normal. and the economic ripples have swept over the country. jennifer glasse has the story. >> a long time before life gets back to normal.
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many stores were destroyed in the fighting. >> translator: we've lost about $20,000 in this shop without counting the cost of destruction of the building. we want the government to guarantee security for people's lives and their investment so people can come back and invest and live their lives. >> reporter: but the people of kunduz don't have a lot of faith in the so-called national unity government of president ashraf ghani and his chief executive, abdalla abdalla, two rivals now ruling together. >> translator: the situation is good now. but we don't trust these two presidents, or the chief executive. we are afraid if we borrow money and invest, we don't trust that the fighting won't happen again. >> reporter: and that means some shops remain closed. many were looted in the fighting. they're struggling to open without enough supplies. >> investment is totally gone from kunduz. before we could borrow up to
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$5,000 of stock. now they won't give you $200 because of fighting. >> the hotel says it hasn't had a reservation since the fighting stopped. women wait outside, a news tradition because many don't have money for food. the economic effects are seen in kabul as well. this is the biggest appliance market and prices are way down. this washer is worth 650 and it is on sale for $200 but no buyers. they're buying only what they need, no luxuries. so he's not buying much either. >> translator: the fighting in kunduz sent a message to shopkeepers do not invest in our shops, yesterday the fighting was in kunduz, today it could be
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here. >> thieves took a whole safe from one business, containing $200 and all their bookkeeping he's lost 200,000 in the past two months and if the economy doesn't get better he will consider leaving afghanistan altogether. >> there is growing concern that saudi arabia is about to execute three political dissidents. they were all three under 18 when they were arrested. the three were recently transferred to solitary confinement and that is a move that typically precedes a beheading. it rejects any interference in its internal affairs. joining us now from london is a.mamnesty international's
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researchers. these beheadings are happening almost daily in saudi arabia. so with that being said how concerned are you that these executions can happen any moment now? >> we are extremely concerned and so are the family and all the activists monitoring these cases closely. these three young men have literally disappeared for past, almost three weeks now. we have -- we know where they are but they have been prevented from talking to their parents and lawyers. so we are extremely concerned especially given the secret nature of these trials and the way they happened. and the way the authorities have been dealing with these cases for a while now. >> so there's no contact now.what was the contact like before? >> the before it varied. basically, these young men were loud once a week phone calls to their parents. they were able to call and sometimes the parents were allowed to visit them.
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now, almost three weeks ago, even before october the 5th, when they were moved to another prison and into solitary confinement these phone calls stopped. the parents tried to basically understand where they are, what's happening, and a week later, or almost a week later, october the 5th they found out that these young men have been moved to another prison and into solitary cells. >> tell us more about these confessions, these alleged confessions. these activists said they were tortured and that's how these confessions were brought about. what more do you know about that? >> they were arrested before 18, various ways, some were entrapped, et cetera. they were taken mainly by the general director of investigations which is this extremely powerful branch of the minister of interior. they were tortured or they claim they say and they described how
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they were tortured and were forced to sign confessions which they didn't know what they were signing. the only evidence for all the charges against them and for the death sentence in other words is coming is based on these signed confessions. so they were beaten harshly. they were treated in a degrading manner, beaten up badly, one of them had bruises on his bode months later, out of his fear of the powerful interior ministry he simply said i will ask the minister of the interior to look into these allegations of torture. whereas he circulate have there and then thrown the case out the window and ordered the investigations themselves. >> their age is key here as well. how does saudi arabia treat juveniles as compared to adults?
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>> thr saudthere are laws that y juveniles are granted a number of other prerogatives or privileges that adults over the age of 18 are not. basically saudi arabia is also a party to convention on the right of the child which is an international law so it is mandatory, they are obliged to fly the flag. now all of these seem not ohave matter at all. the authorities recognize these men were under 18 when they were arrested yet they simply and some of these are clear in the court documents, basically they simply dismissed or disregarded that fact. and sentenced them to death. so this is a clear blatant violation of international law. it cannot be any more simpler and clearer than that. >> the mother of one of these young activists has appealed for u.s. president barack obama to somehow intervene to somehow speak out on this. how realistic is that, what sort of influence would the u.s.
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actually realistically have and of course the u.s. does also have the death penalty. >> of course. now, unfortunately, the sad situation where i mean you know in a sense this should be no brainer for president obama for any other world leader in the west whose country whose government is in alliance with saudi arabia. it should be no-brainer that these people should basically uphold the same standards, the way they criticized other regimes, nonallies, they should criticize their allies' human rights record. now true united states has death penalty but as far as i can tell they don't execute people under 18. and at the same time, there are clear safeguards, fair trial guarantees, that they have to uphold in order for some sentence of someone to death. all of these were absent in saudi arabian context. keep in mind these are not an exceptional case. these three young men are not
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exceptions. this is the norm in saudi arabia. keeping that in mind that extremely dire human rights record of saudi arabia and then looking at how the west and these allies of saudi arabia have basically responded to this awful human rights record needless to say there is a very clear hypocrisy. clear double standards being applied. and it is high time all of these leaders in the west basically start maintaining the least of their obligations in terms of criticizing saudis publicly and demanding that if saudi arabia is to be recognized and basically accepted in the international community that they -- that they are obeying the same laws, and abide by the same laws as everyone else in this world. >> anatomamnesty international,k you very much. >> thank you. >> find out what the results could mean for country's
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domestic and foreign policies. and also coming up at the top of the hour, fault lines for puerto rico gamble as puerto rico's crippling debt crisis, fault lines investigates the economy.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey, coming up in this half hour of international news, families on the verge of being reunited after 65 years of separation in north and south korea. but first a look at the stories making headlines across the u.s.
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in our american minute. al jazeera america has learned vice president joe biden is meeting tonight with his top aides and advisors. they're talking about his potential 2016 presidential campaign. we have been told to expect a decision soon, perhaps tomorrow. biden gave no hint at a climate summit this afternoon. the transportation department is taking steps to require mini drones to be registered with the government. federal officials are setting up a task force to work up the registrations of drones. dozen of drone sightings at airports every month. less than a month after u.s. and china cut a hack agreement, the chinese are at this time still at it, including
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pharmaceutical and tech companies. the story, closest race in canada's history, and the polls will close at the top of the hour. either steven harper or justin trudeau. canada's election, al jazeera's daniel lak filed this report from toronto. >> not only has it been a long campaign, it's also seen the most spending ever on political ads. most of them were paid for by the conservative government of steven harper, attacking opponents. in particular the current front runner 44-year-old justin trudeau, the son of one of canada's former prime minister. >> justin is just not ready. >> steven harper we've had a lot of complaints. >> the other opponent, left of center new democrats did some attacking of their own criticizing mr. harper's record by way of a staged interview.
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>> it's time to let him go. >> the sen tri centrist liberal, bringing in canada's first charter of rights and freedoms. turnout was huge in advance polls two weekends ago. nearly 75% higher than previous years. that could be good news for opposition. >> there are still undecided voters of course but a lot of people have made up their mind and when people make up their mind in a change focused election, generally speaking that would probably favor the change party. >> and we'll know that result tonight when the voters are counted but opinion polls throughout the campaign have shown mr. trudeau's liberals surging from third place in august to a narrow lead today. the other opposition party the ndp were in first back then and dropped into a distant third. mr. harper and the conservatives his party are in a solid second
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with about a third of those polled in his favor. british style westminster democracy, canadians may have to brace themselves for a minority administration. they've been here before. >> that's been quite common in canada to have hung parliaments. and as long as you have a fairly stable minority government it can work for a long time. ♪ who's the king of secrecy ♪ harper-man harper man >> a satirical song, gone viral on social media, harper-man, sums up the desire for a new government for two-thirds of canadians. the answer won't be known until late monday night in canada. daniel lak, al jazeera, toronto. >> and john duffy joins us from toronto, a political strategist
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and founder of the firm strategy forefin. we appreciate you joining us so much tonight on a busy exciting night in canada. we appreciate it. so just a few weeks ago, justin trudeau was in third place. now he seems to be the front runner. how did he turn it around? >> i think the real answer richelle is he came to be the agent of change. your correspondent spoke to the fact that seven out of ten canadians are telling pollsters that they want to see a change that the country is on the wrong track. justin trudeau's principal track was to become that agent of chain, to defeat the ndp as that change agent and to roll past the conservatives on that basis. so far, that strategy is working. >> having said that, is there anything harper could have done? >> oh absolutely.
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the pun didz an dipt of punditse conservatives will be inspecting this campaign into the future. a scandal really hurt. part way through campaign, the conservative government seemed to be pushing an issue, wear of so-called muslim garb, that appears to have backfired on the sceftsdz. theconservatives. they could have done things very differently. >> how najin damaging was that ? >> we will finder out tonight. but considerabl conservative, py
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senior citizens who just found this brand of bare-knuckle politicking to be a little bit rich for their blood. >> should we see ochange in leadership tonight? if we do what will that mean for relationship with the united states? >> probably not a heck of a lot in the first instance. canadian-u.s. relations tend to stay fairly closely aligned over time. there's not a ton of variance. certainly one could expect a bit closer relationship. one would hope with the white house. currently in democratic hands. perhaps it will stay that way. but the congress of course is dominated by the republicans. so you know the big change if there's any will come with a change of administration in washington. not in ottawa. >> you know, in our reporting also daniel lak pointed out the fact that there's not likely going to be a majorities in parliament. so talk to me about how this
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governing thing is actually going to work. >> well, they happen in britain all the time. the votes haven't been counted yet and there are early returns from the eastern part of the country where actually the liberal party has won every single seat. the eastern portion of the country, atlantic canada is only 10% of the seats in parliament. if you win every one of them that's a good head start. there is not clear whether there will be a major or a strong pleurallity. the way it works in canada, the same way as it do does on other parties. able to put together a governing program and sustain support in the house of commons. so it's a workable scenario usually. >> okay, john duffy thank you so much for your insight tonight. again, hope you'll join us again, thank you. now leaders in canada's
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indigenous communities have urged members to make their voices heard in this election. they say are their participation will give more attention to aboriginal groups. once again daniel lak. >> reporter: election signs are not typically found on fir nation he as aboriginal communities are known here. aboriginals see themselves as equal partners coexisting in north america. in past elections, few took part at all. >> i'm not a canadian. no one has proven to me if you are not a canadian you can vote. if somebody comes in from the united states, can they come in and vote? >> the feeling in their community that the steven harper government has done little to address their challenges. unemployment, crime, lack of clean water. >> i've decided to vote and i actually voted in an advanced
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poll the other day, thinking that i need to be an example to our people. to let them know that i believe that exercising this option to vote is in our best interest at this time. >> two years ago, the idle no more movement galvanized indigenous groups with nationwide protests. there was a long protest by teresa spence. the anger behind them now fires efforts to get aboriginal people to exercise a democratic right they only got in 1960, a century after voting began in canada. >> 50 years ago they gave us the vote. we viewed that as a tactical error in their war of attrition. now we can use the vote as a weapon against them. it's a powerful form of resistance. >> reporter: in dozens of constituencies across the
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country, aboriginal voters could swing a considerable vote and that could mean a change in government. but whether it marines a change in the community in general -- means a change in the community in general, that's in doubt. on all outstanding issues, promises come late in a long campaign that was largely about many other things. >> you can't trust them and that's what i've been telling people. don't just accept the politician when comes to your door and says, i'm promising you better relationship. what is that? it's got to be real live commitments that can you hold them to. >> whether or not it's in this election, aboriginal people, consistently the fastest growing portion of canada's population.
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>> reunion time. for some it will are the first contact they have had in six decades in creaz. meetings will take place in a resort between the north and south. 187 families will take part in the firsts reunion tomorrow. for more we are joined by harry fawcett, live at the border between the two countries. harry what finally brought this about? >> well, not unimhonly o uncomme korean peninsula, it was brought about by the worst tension between the north and south, a land mine blast followed by propaganda blasting and exchange of artillery fire, that was brought to an end by an agreement in august and the reunion was the first step that that agreement instigated. inst.
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relative quiet on the nuclear program as well, this event is going ahead what we have seen in the last hour or so are members of the south korean side of the event, about 390 of them. we're here at the border checkpoint. they're currently going through the immigration procedures in a station niche, and going through to a scenic mountain resort in north korea and there they will have six separate meetings with their separated family members, each lasting about two hours. there will be north korean, south korean officials monitoring this event over the next three days. and when that is over, the south korean side will meet their relatives and the whole thing will be over by monday.
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and then tens of thousands of other people who have also put themselves on the list on the southern side will have to wait for another such event, as many have gotten older, many have died while on the list waiting for future reunions. >> really difficult for anyone to have imagined, what they are going through. what are their families telling you? >> reporter: well, we've seen extraordinary stories, every time there is this kind of event we hear extraordinary stories. and we're at the registration prees oprocess on monday. just one of them was an 84-year-old woman, she had been married for not even seven months when her husband went away on what they thought was some kind of south korean military training exercise. in the confusion of the war he simply never came home. she was three months pregnant at
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the time. since then she had her son he's now 64 and the two of them will be on those bus hs soon buses s. he the father wanted to embrace both of his parents at the same time. it was like a hammer blow when his father had applied for this reunion, had a sense ef pride that he at last had a father. talking in these almost childish terms to want to meet his father. at last you get the emotion power of all this. she kept a piec pair of his sho, with a wry smile, the absence of this man whom she barely really knew, they didn't get around to calling themselves darling, because they had so newly married. if you multiply this here by the tens of thousands who want to did this, you get a sense of
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just how important these moments coming up will be. >> it really comes down to family. harry thank you so much. harry fawcett, live near the north korean border, we'll have more on these reunions tomorrow night on al jazeera so keep it here. suing the gold mining industry. after years of backbreaking work, sout south african miners believe it is time for compensation for that job. country tries to improve the education system in mexico.
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>> south africa it is being called the trial of the century. those of miners are taking on some of the world's largest gold
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miners. the miners say they have contracted lung disease while working underground. tanya page has the story. >> the hill is a mine dump, the waste from a gold mine he used to work in. he feels like he's a byproduct too. he says during his 27 years gold mining, he breathed in too much silica dust, he was declared too sick for work and laid off with little compensation. >> our hands, the man, they didn't want to give us the money. they give us the change. >> demana is one of thousands of former gold miners trying to launch a class action against their employers. it could be the largest suit in
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south africa. the miners are finally having their time in court but they might not find out if they're successful until next year. if they fail to have the class action recognized, several mineers will have to file actions separately. the gold mining industry recognizes it's responsible but they are opposing a class action which could include hundreds of thousands of claimants. >> the company, previous they recognize it is an issue on which there are a range of actions that need to be taken to find a comprehensive solution that will lead to a fair outcome for employees but also, an outcome that is sustainable for the industry. >> reporter: it's too laid for adelina, who still has her husband's medical records. >> this is the first time sil
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silicosis is mentioned. >> it's painful, you lose people you care about, there's nothing you can do about that. >> reporter: she says there's no amount of money that would make her happy again, but like thousands of others, it would make life easier. >> oscar pistorius, the double amputee who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2013, has been released a day earlier than expected. after serving less than a year of his five year sentence for manslaughter, prosecutors will seek a murder charge when they appeal the verdict on november 3rd. educational standards have fallen behind other countries in the renal. trorvel measure call othe regio.
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>> it's exam time in mexico but not for students. for the first time, teachers are undergoing professional tests. failing education system, teachers have fought it bitterly but without the support of the public fed up with years of absenteeism, head mast ter francisco bravo, says all that has to change. are firing teachers have not the answer. >> translator: what we need in mexico is better training for teachers. we don't deny we need that but not a punitive disappear. where if you don't pass an exam they kick you out. >> the lack of a game plan following exams is a serious concern. says a respected watchdog.
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>> testing the teachers have to have a purpose and the main purpose is in order to help them to prepare themselves better, so that better preparation translate in better teaching and eventually in better resource of quality. that essential change in actions has not taken place so far. >> but it's not just training. resources are lacking across the board especially in the country's rural schools. to get the internet they would love to just have the basics. >> more than a third of the schools nationwide don't have the drainage and a third don't have running water. volunteer teachers like paula do their best while things fall apart around them. >> translator: this is the main classroom but we can't use it because damp got into the roof and it's rotten.
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in a heavy rain it could fall on the child. >> there is money to change that. mexico's education budget is substantial. the problem is that much of it usually ends up in the pockets of bureaucrats and especially the leaders of teachers unions. >> growing budgets, persistent problems of infrastructure, the challenge of attracting the corruption inside the education system to really produce good quality education. >> authorities have clamped down on some of the more corrupt education unions, but others mainly government allies are still in place. and until changes take place at the top a reform which looks good on paper can only be of limited help to mexico's next generation. john holman, al jazeera, mexico.
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>> coming up next, why some say a toy store in china is a barometer of things to come for world's second largest economy.
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>> look at this the fire show lighting up the night show in
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belarus. run the country's annual lights of autumn festival near the capital minsk. dancing and acrobatic performances, the crowd was would youwouldwowed two dozen p. now to our global view segment with a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. let's get started the telegraph writes that human rights must be respected in war time but that lawyers should not be able to hound members of the armed forces with, quote, flimsy allegations. an investigation by the newspaper shows the british ministry of defense has spent $155 million on iraq related investigations and compensation is since 2005. the editorial says lawyers exploration the european convention on human rights are to blame. the economist of south africa's plan to create a
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paperless classroom. students in pretoria are given tablet computers but that has led to a rash of theft. with the economist writes is that the country mayin try impre teacher competency and improve bedrooms. in beijing, well-known toy store is closing its doors at the end of this month. appetite for urban development. rob mcbride reports from beijing. >> it is place everyone in beijing knows to go to for their cheap toys. the hung chow markets, sold the assume way stacked high and going cheap. >> translator: i come here often and the prices are good. i never thought it wos close
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down. would close down. >> i have been coming here since i was a teen abler. i almost grew up here. >> reporter: on this stall, things are going even cheaper with the closure just days away. >> if you didn't sell off, i'll put in the warehouse and open new space and start again. >> reporter: liketradeers here he is philosophical about the change. the rapid development of beijing means constant change for people living here. from the places where they live and work to how they travel between the two. now it seems like how they shop is undergoing transformation. for an increasingly modern city it appears the authorities want the sleek malings t malls to ma. ironically, for these store holders, the death of their
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business and this t closure of the market will happen on halloween. rob mcbride, al jazeera, beijing. >> that's it for our show, fault lines is next, i'll see you here again in one hour. >> we've arrived in puerto rico, a us island territory, more than $70 billion in debt. residents are american citizens, but the poverty rate here is 3 times the national average. now, with the economy facing collapse, record numbers are using their american passports to get out. >> i have never been away from home, like this is the first