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i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live interest doha. have a great weekend. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour. i'm same-sex same-s -- sami zei doha. following student clashes with police in pretoria, south africa's president says there will be no increase in university fees. israel lifts restrictions on access to the al-aqsa mosque compound in jerusalem. hunkering down, people in mexico's pacific coast get ready
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for what could be the biggest hurricane in the nation's history. and it really is food for thought. we take a look at a new museum in london that is devoted to what we eat. ♪ south africa's president, jacob zuma, says there will be no fee increase for university students next year. he made the announcement after a day of volatile protests where thousands of demonstrators tried to storm government buildings in pretoria. our correspondent has the latest. >> reporter: many of these students have dispersed from the grounds of the union building and police are continuing to fire stun grenades trying to make them leave after the announcement that there would be a 0% fee increase. many students are angry after tear gas was fired, some of the students suffering from that
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tear gas, but they are trying to leave as quickly as they can. a small group still close to the union buildings, running away from the union buildings as well as police try to disperse them. israeli police say 30,000 palestinians have prayed at the al-aqsa mosque come mown. they lifted restrictions on who would enter the site on friday. mike hanna reports. >> reporter: young and old, male and female arrive for friday prayers. there was no age or gender restriction for worshippers going to the al-aqsa mosque compou compound. those who had been closely checking each density on past fridays now ringggggggggggggggg watching as the palestinian faithful pass by. activists declared a day of age and there was fighting between demonstrators and the israeli
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army in a number of areas. the wider israeli occupation remains in place, a critical context for the easing of the restricti restrictions at the al-aqsa mosque. >> it's enough. palestinians need be free. >> reporter: but this tenuous calm on this day in this place, a chink of hope for those diplomats who had been seeking a reduction in the level of conflict. we asked the israeli prime minister's office whether there was any connection between the lifting of these restrictions and meeting benjamin netenyahu had with the u.s. secretary of state. we are told it's the situation on the ground that determines the level of security that is enforced. but the question many ask, why were the restrictions imposed in the first place? mike hanna, al jazeera, in occupied east jerusalem.
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to vienna now where the war in syria is being discussed by the u.s. secretary of state, and russia's foreign minister. the foreign ministers of saudi arabia and turkey were also joining that meeting in the austrian capitol. barnaby phillips is there for us life. what came out of that meeting? >> reporter: sami, we're getting dribs and drabs out of meeting and none of it is very encouraging. the saudi foreign minister who we saw leaving the hotel behind me, about half an hour ago is quoted as saying these four countries, saudi arabia, turkey, the united states and russia, all of which are involved militarily in syria on various levels and on different sides, russia propping up president assad, the other thing arming, assisting, various rebel groups.
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these four countries have agreed to carry on talking. what the saudi foreign minister also said, and i think this gets to the crux of the problem, was there was no consensus on the future of president assad. for the saudis, for the americans, and for turkey, they see the syrian leader as an obstacle to beat. they say they he has to go. for russia he is an important partier, and peace in syria is not possible if he were to be removed first, that he must oversee that process. that crucial difference on opinion seems to be unresolved at the end of several hours of talk here in vienna. >> we're joined now by the former u.s. assist important secretary of defense. good to have you with us. as our correspondent was
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outlining the meeting in vienna, is that going anywhere? what has made the sudden change in appetite to make this meeting even possible. >> i think people thinking assad will not lose if the russians are helping keep him in party, the russias realize he can't win. and the next step for them would be to put boots on the ground, and that is not possible. >> okay. can common ground emerge on the assad issue? >> i think the turks have proposed leaving assad in power for six months. i think that will be a face-saving way out for the parties to agree to stop the
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conflict, so they can all focus on dealing with isil. >> is there any reason to believe the syria regime would go for that and the russians might go for that sort of plan? they might be willing to let go of assad at some point in other words? >> i think the fact of the matter is the russians will be a player in the future of syria. they are going to be able to maintain their naval base and their presence and it shows they are still relevant on the world stage, but they have got to recognize that they can't win eith either unless they are willing to increase their commitment. and this is already costing them money in a time of economic downturn for them. >> who is the legitimate opposition? you have arab states backing some parties, the u.s. backing some parties. the russians of course backing
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very different parties. is there a consensus on who is a legitimate opposition to bashar al-assad? >> i think there is among the u.s.-lead coalition that the legit opposition is what people refer to as the free syrian army and the kurdish fighter. obviously you also have al-qaeda, and they are fighting, assad, but they are not part of the isil coalition. >> but hang on, larry, if i may jump in there. the free syrian army for most accounts represents perhaps only a fraction of the syrian opposition. definitely al-nusra and isil don't represent them either. what about think many other
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groups. the brigades of truth, the sons of prophets, there are so many other groups, has anybody thought about these groups? >> well, i think if you get all of the powers involved, the iranians and the turks, then i think i you can pull out some of the support they are getting from these groups. but you are right, it's not going to be easy, but i do think if the great powers recognize, okay, the ones we control, we can tell them to stop fighting and go along with this solution, and go after isil, and then al-nusra, i think that would be a way out. but it's not going to be easy, as we have seen as this war drags on into its fifth year. >> we're getting a line -- as we're talking here, i'm getting a line, saying that russian's
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foreign minister sergei lavrov is saying he wants iran and egypt to take part in any future talks on syria. in that is coming through reuter's news agency. how do you read that? is that a sign of perhaps a large regional settlement comes together to solve the conflict in syria? >> well, in a short-term it could complicate it, because the saudis don't want the iranians to be part of it, but the iranians are involved in fighting isil in iraq, and they are going to be a player in what happens. i mean they have played a reasonably con trucktive role in yemen by getting the houthis to cooperate. so yes, they are going to be part of it, because they are sending aid to the assad regime. >> good to get your thoughts.
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>> thank you for having me. >> human rights groups say at least four people have died from the russian aerial attacks. the syrian-american medical society says its field hospital was hit on tuesday, killing two people. ports along mexico's pacific coast have shut down as the biggest-ever hurricane in the region bares towards land. a state of emergency has been declared in three states where catastrophic damage is feared. >> reporter: taking no chances, mexicans living along the pacific coast prepare their homes and businesses for what forecasters warn could be a catastrophic storm. >> translator: it's better to prevent than to regret. because i have windows, i put in wood panels.
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i don't know how the hurricane will hit. >> reporter: hurricane patricia is sweeping across the pacific. it has quickly grown overnight into the highest category 5 storm. it's expected to make landfall on friday afternoon, mexico time. >> translator: given the situation and the reports presented by the national emergency commission, the secretary of the interior has instructed the emergency declaration in three states of the country. >> reporter: the bustling port city of min is the direct path, not everyone is worried. >> translator: we decided to buy some basic goods in case the roads are closed. >> translator: we really didn't buy that much, because they regularly say a hurricane will come, but the majority don't hit. >> reporter: many villages have
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been evacuated and orders to close schools and ports. government leaders say they are bracing for what is threatening to become the most intense hurricane to hit mexico's pacific coast. gerald important, al jazeera. >> much more still to come here on the al jazeera news hour. a daily commute comparison, we'll see why bus drivers want more indian magic. i'm andy richardson at the para-athletic world championships in doha, finding out if a sporting event really can help change attitudes towards disability. ♪ >> presidential candidates in tanzania are campaigning ahead of sunday's election, promising to provide free education, combat rampant corruption, and protect minority rights.
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by some are still concerned for their safety ahead of the polls. catherine soi explains why. >> reporter: this man is still getting used to his new prosthetic arm. he is just back from the u.s. where he got it. his hand was cut off earlier this year to be used for witchcraft. >> translator: they first cut off my fingers, he tells me, then my forearm. >> reporter: his sister was always brought to this safe house. their friend lost their arm in 2013. and this woman helps take care of them. both of her arms were chopped off by a man she knew. >> translator: when i see him my heart breaks for him and other children. as a parent living with
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abbinnism, it breaks my heart to see what is happening to us. >> reporter: there are 33,000 people living with albinoism, some believe using their body parts will keep them [ inaudible ] about a dozen people including a toddler are said to be killed or maimed last year. it's still secretly and widely practiced in parts of the country. human rights campaigners are worried about a trend they have been seeing since 2010. most attacks happen during an election. what worries them even more are reports of increased attacks in neighboring countries. this person has helped many people arewith albinoism. >> we're talking africa in
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general. the united nations has documented 25 countries where atrocities are being committed in africa. >> reporter: in a suburb of tan neezia's coast, he is meat mayor -- we meet mary. her 14-year-old had just been killed and her arm hacked off. >> translator: they tried to behead her. these are her other two daughters. worries about them. catherine soi, al jazeera. an opposition leader in the republic of congo, says the presidential guard have him under house arrest. he says he is being detained along with three others. there is a heavy police presence on the streets of the capitol
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after several days of protests ahead of sunday's referendum, the vote could amen the constitution to the president could run for a third consecutive term. >> reporter: the capitol is calm, but tense. some opposition leaders are under house arrest. some are saying they are too scared to come out in the public, in case they are arrested by police. in the last few days there have been protests here. and people are burning things. they put these vehicles on the streets to stop police from arresting some of them. it is quite unusual. some shops are open, but many are closed. like these ones over here. we are told many have left to the countryside where they feel they will be safer. the government says the referendum is good for the people. but the opposition are concerned
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that it will allow the president to run for a third term, because they say he is trying to hang on to power. things are calm but tense. the closer they get to that sunday vote for the referendum, there could be a flairup of violence in some parts of the capitol. a suicide attack in nigeria at a mosque has killed 11 people. and another 8 people have been killed in a separate attack. senegal is one country where india is spending a lot of money. the two nations have an $80 million deal to upgrade the main mode of transport. nicklas reports. >> reporter: every morning no
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matter how hard she tries, abby is always running late for work. she works in town but lives in the suburbs. finding reliable transportation isn't easy. this is the best option. they are anything but fast. frequent stops, breakdowns and traffic congestion makes this the most unpleasant part of abby's day. >> translator: i dread this moment where after sitting here for hours endlessly. the buses always smell of gasoline. >> reporter: these old vehicles have been around since the 1970s. senegal ease drivers have added colorful touches to the exter r exteriors, but the basic mechanics haven't changed in more than 40 years. the state wants to get rfid -- rid of them. >> translator: these vans are dangerous and not adapted for a
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modern city. our goal is to replace them with vehicles that will offer more comfort and better service. >> reporter: bus drivers had their a say on which manufacturer would replace these vehicles. they chose the indian car maker to revamp the entire transport system. outbidding chinese and european car makers. but the indian car maker was cheaper and willing to modify its vehicles to adapt to senegal ease driver. the traffic in india is very similar to the traffic you find here. so the indian manufacturer believes it has the no-how and the fleet of vehicles adapted for this environment to get people from the suburbs into the city and decongest this growing metropolis. >> we understand the kind of vehicles that are required here. we ourselves are a developing count intere -- country.
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>> reporter: and so they are betting on this, the magic ace. with a million sold in india, it's a no-frills van. there are no windows in the back or electronics, just a strong engine. but it still needs to convince african consumers. they are testing the magic in senegal and had to make changes, more head room and better suspensions, making abby's compute home a little less bumpy, a little more comfortable, but still a long journey home. nicklas hawk, al jazeera. police in northern india are being accused of torturing a teenage boy to death. they say the 15 year old committed suicide. he is from the same state and lower cast as two children burned to death earlier this week. our correspondent says the children's deaths increase pressure on the government.
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>> reporter: in this particular case, the family of the victim claimed police torture. the police and the state government say it's a case of suicide. despite the situation with this particular case, it's been compounded by the fact that this is the second such case involving members of the community, or lower-cast community in the northern state this week. earlier this week, we reported a case of two young children being burned to death in an alleged cast-based attack. the issue of cast isn't a new issue in india, it's something that has been known for a very long time, and continues to exist in many communities and villages across the country. it's also a highly politicized issue, and we have seen that throughout this week. the big question is what does this mean for the indian government, keeping in mind it is already under pressure to deal with things like communal harmony as a result of incidents and attacks by right-wing hindus.
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and while these are two separate issues, they certainly compound for the government when it comes to talking about cohesiveness across the country. >> china's central bank has cut interest rates again. it makes it cheaper to borrow money to encourage investment. the government wants chinese consumers to spend rather than leave money in the bank. pakistan's prime minister is visiting washington, d.c., white house correspondent patty culhane reports. >> reporter: the leaders of the u.s. and pakistan promised their relationship is only going to get better. >> the pakistan merge relationship has stood over 70
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years, and it's my endeavor to further strengthen and solidify this relationship >> reporter: there have been big setbacks, like when u.s. special forces sound and killed osama bin laden in pakistan and the government wasn't told. u.s. officials also accuse pakistan of supporting the taliban in afghanistan. members of congress have been pushing the president to use his leverage to push prime minister to do more. >> i think he has leverage, but he has to use it, not publicly, but privately, and i think that's the key -- the key thing that he has to do, because he has got to tell the prime minister from pakistan who is here now, look, we have had enough of this stuff. a lot of the aid we give you, you are just not going to get anymore. >> reporter: the obama administration is withholding $300 million in military aid, but that is just a fraction of what it gives pakistan. since 2002 the u.s. has given
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pakistan $31 billion. but that figure has been diminishing every year. the white house was floating the idea of the sale of eight f-16 fighter jets, because they want pakistan to agree to limit their nuclear weapons program, but when the story leaked, analysts say the negotiations fell apart. >> i think that hope was dead about three weeks ago. even then there would have been some understanding, some mention that both sides agreed to move forward, that's over. there is going to be discussion and pressure on pakistan to limit the weapon's program. and from the pakistani side, i don't think there will be much give on that. >> reporter: continued conversations about strengthening the relationship with few actual signs that it's working. patty culhane, al jazeera,
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washington. much more still to come here on the news hour. climate change back on the agenda, but just agreeing on a framework plan is proving to be a problem. >> i'm reporting from the ivory coast, where economic growth appears to have assured the president of a second term. some of the most an cient sports are set to go on display in the world's first indigenous games.
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♪ welcome back. let's recap our headlines now. south africa's president says there will be no increase in university fees in 2016. thousands of university students have been protesting the planned hike. they tried to storm government buildings in pretoria. the war in syria has been the center of talks between the u.s. secretary of state and russia's foreign minister. they met in the austrian capital, along with the sadie and turkish foreign ministers.
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around 30,000 people have prayed at the al-aqsa mosque after age restrictions were lifted. israel has blocked some men from entering the compound since september. returning to our top story the student protests in south africa, and the president's commitment not to increase fees next year. jacob zuma has agreed the government needs to lead a process that looks at more than just university fees. >> government understands the difficults faced by students from poor households, and ages all effected to allow the process to unfold to find long-term solutions in order to ensure access to education by our students. >> i'm joined now by keith, senior spokesman for the governing african national congress. good to have you with us. what happens after 2016?
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will the government raise fees again? or try to raise fees again? >> well, i think the matter is as the president has said what we sneed a long-term solution as opposed to a short-term solution. what was agreed today was the 6% that was proposed will not go ahead, but on the heels of that, there would be a discussion on how to deal with the issue of fees going into the future. there was a limitation in that the campaign was looking at an increase in the current financial year, which has now been done away with. however, the commitment of the government is ultimately to usher in fair education, which would mean going forward in a much more [ inaudible ] way.
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it would have an effect in terms of parents not having to fork out anything for education. this will be determined by the availability of funds in a long-term solution. >> that process of looking at a long-term solution students say is not clear. they want a clear commitment that however the government approaches the issue of university costs, it will not be done through raising tuition fees. can you -- once again can you give that commit that after 2016, and 2017, universities will not try to raise tuition fees? >> that is the short-term solution in terms of the meeting to took place today. but it was agreed by [ inaudible ] with the university council, the vice chancellor, the department of education, student organization
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to look at a long-term solution that would look at not only the raising of fees, but the whole question of fees, whether they should be done away with, to the point where a parent pays 0% of any fees forking student education. that matter is now firmly on the table, and it was agreed that there needs to be more meetings to discuss that matter. >> all right. are you satisfied now that the protests we have seen from students is over? >> well, as soon as the issue on the table was dealt with, the point is the issue of the fees is but one of the many issues. there wasn't an issue of [ inaudible ] where students [ inaudible ] needs to be reviewed. there has been the issue of the capping of salaries of senior
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university staff members, who were earning quite a lot of money. there has been the issue of [ inaudible ] but it has been compromised because [ inaudible ] curriculum support program. so all of those issues are now going to be on the table to find a lasting solution. >> all right. thanks so much. >> you are welcome. france is in mourning after a bus of elderly people collided with a truck. emma hayward explains. >> reporter: in dense woodland the charred shell of a bus and a truck, both have been entirely burned out. the bus was carrying a group of elderly people who just left a village a few kilometers away. the passengers were looking forward to a day trip. the cash happened on bend in the
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road which local people say is tricky to navigate. the bus and truck caught fire when they collided, leaving some passenger's trapped. >> translator: the driver of the truck lost control of hits vehicle. the vehicle blocked the road and the bus arrived at that moment. the bus driver did everything to avoid the accident, but did not manage it, but he did manage to activate the opening of the emergency doors to allow a few people to get out. >> reporter: the emergency services arrived by road and air, but more than 40 people are now known to have perished in the fire. the french president said the whole nation was in mourning for the families of all those lost. the prime minister has travelled to the scene to meet survivors and rescuers. >> translator: it's a terrible shock for this area. it's a terrible shock for france. today france and the french people are in mourning.
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>> reporter: this is france's worse road accident for more than 30 years. an investigation into what caused it is now underway. emma hayward, al jazeera. greece has seen a record 48,000 migrants arriving in just the space of five days according to figure from international organization for migration. 600,000 have arrived through the mediterranean so far this year. slovenia says it is considering building a boarder for instance to detain refugees. they said they would look for solutions to the e.u. for the crisis. police in sweden say an attack at a school which left two people dead was racially motivated.
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a masked man carrying a sword killed a teacher and student and wounded two others. police shot and killed him at the scene. most of the students at the school were from immigrant families. it's six weeks until a major climate conference in paris. it will be the starting point for world leaders when they meet in paris next month to come up with a global climate plan. but developing nations say their demands were left out from the first draft. they want richer countries to take the lead by cutting emissions and providing clean technology. more than 100 countries have provided a plan. rob ward is the policy director, he says the process of coming up with a framework deal is complex. >> reporter: this is the final day of a week-long of negotiations, and they are focused on -- specifically on a
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legal agreement, which is one of the outcomes that they are aiming for from the paris protess, and they started off the week with a document that was 20 pages long. now over the course of the week, people have been adding things in that they want to have included, and they have massively increased the length of the document. so today they are going to have to start making some very hard decisions that take out some of the text that has been added and they have got to reach an agreement. but this is an international negotiation process that involves more than 190 countries, so it is a difficult process, but i think people's minds will be focused now on the fact that, as you said, there are only six weeks until they have to gather again in paris and it is very clear that they must have an agreement in paris. if we do not get an agreement in paris, our chances of avoiding
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global warms of more than 2 degrees that science ists have said would be very dangerous. smoke is continuing to blanket much of southeast asia. indonesia is under increasing pressure from its neighbors to stop slash and burn practices. farmers and large companies clear their land by setting fire to forests and old vegetation. four people in egypt, including two policemen have been wounded after the bomb they were trying to diffuse exploded. two hotel security guards were also wounded outside of the hotel near the giza pyramids. voters in the ivory coast go to the polls on sunday. the incumbent is expected to easily win the vote partly because of his work to turn the
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economy around. but not everyone is feeling the benefits. >> reporter: the hkb bridge is the pride of the area, symbolizing ivy coast's rerival. the ivory coast's economy is now moving forward. >> translator: i think the bridge is shortcut. i don't waist any time. and i know that any appointment i have, i will make it. >> reporter: the bridge is part of the president's multi-billion dollars investment plan, driving growth up 9% a year. international hotel chains are staking their claim, signalling faith in the country's stability after so much bloodshed. the african development bank partly paid for the bridge and moved its headquarters back. >> peace is very important. so with the peace, with a better
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infrastructure, has come a lot of direct investment, which has also been very important 1234689 >> reporter: the violence of the last election when the former president refused to suspect defeat isn't expected to be repeated. he is awaiting war crimes at the hague. the president is widely expected to win a second term, largely because of the improvement to the economy here. the markets are busy, new buildings are popping up all over. but the big challenge is making sure everyone benefits. eugene drives businessmen around the city, but wishes he was the one carrying a briefcase. >> translator: the economy is booming, but what is the point if people like me don't feel the effects. we need more investors so i can start my own company, but right now i have no choice. >> reporter: and while money is also being spent in the rural areas, half of the population is
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poor. and inequality can breed unrest. presidential hopefuls in argentina have held their final campaign rallies before sunday's election. the chosen successor is leading in opinion polls. the president has already served two terms. argenti argentina's constitution bars her from running until until 2019. one of the main concerns to voters in argentina is the dramatic rise in drug-related crimes. our correspondent reports from a major cross roads for traffickers. >> reporter: argentinean military police patrolling a slum. three hours away from the capitol, this has become a major transit point for drugs. the commander is in charge of the operation. he says that drug gangs have taken control of entire areas of the city, turning it into one of
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the most violent in the country. >> translator: the problem we have here is there were some bunkers filled with drugs under protection in some cases by local authorities. we did over 90 raids to destroy the bunkers, the situation has improved with the presence of federal forces. >> reporter: the fight continues in other parts of the region, but drug traffickers have tried to find alternative routes to export drugs, and that's one of the reasons why in argentina drug-trafficking-related crimes have spiked in the last years. >> argentina has gone from being a transit point to a producer. narco is now fighting to control the territory here. >> reporter: this woman producer [ inaudible ] to make a living. each dose costs around $0.50.
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>> translator: this is what generates more money, because it's very cheap, but we sell a lot. lots and lots of people are doing this in the slums. there are more laboratories so it's not difficult to get. >> reporter: it is so addictive that it is estimated consumption has increased 200% in the past two years. it's produced with cocaine paste, the fact that so much is available, shows that cocaine laboratories have spread in argentina in the last years. this is a security secretary, he says argentina's challenge to fight drug trafficking rings is getting more difficult every day. >> translator: we are trying to prevent the creation of cartels like the ones we see in venezuela and brazil. with over 1,000 people killed and then in mexico with 200,000 people killed, we don't want those consequences. >> reporter: with elections a
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few days away, drug trafficking and its effect in argentina have become a major issue as people are trying to cope with the growing threat. now from drugs this argentina to the massive manhunt for drug boss in mexico. el chapo is on the run after escaping from prison three months ago. john holman has been to remote mountain villages to hear our military helicopters fired at civilian homes. >> reporter: displaced mexicans scared and desperate for help. many walked days to get to this town from their villages deep in the mountain range, carrying their children with them. >> translator: we talked for three days, day and night, by the second day i had no shoes. sometimes there wasn't a drop of water to drink.
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>> reporter: they are fleeing the mexican navy who's helicopters fired on several communities before ground troops stormed through. they were hunting this man, known as el chapo, the world's most wanted drug lord. the navy missed him, but not the houses of this woman and others, as she looks at our video of her bullet-riddled home -- >> translator: that's why the first bullet hit as i crossed the patio. >> reporter: she remembers running to try to protect her 2-year-old daughter. >> translator: i screamed and begged them no together harm us. they wanted them to talk to us like the government did before, but they just shot at us without caring about who was there or who they killed. >> reporter: when we visited the village the day before, we found only animals, all their owners had fled. this small village really is in the middle of nowhere, so you
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can imagine the surprise of someone living here, so suddenly see navy helicopters in the sky, and then have their house peppered with fire from those helicopters before infantry swooped in here. the people living here are still too scared to come back. it's just the latest of many incidents in which the military have trampled the rights of civilians while battling organized crime say human rights organizations. >> translator: military forces are meant to kill not to detain people or take them before authorities, and that means that there are frequent human rights complaints against them. >> reporter: many support or at least fear el chapo in the mountains, that may explain the navy's aggressive approach as it enter's these communities and homes, but it has won them few new friends. well, still ahead in sport from red to blue, china's
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president gets the vip treatment at manchester city. ♪
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welcome back. let's bring you a line that's coming in to us here at al jazeera. we're hearing there has been a number of casualties after a blast hit a shia religious procession, that occurring in pakistan. kamal heidler is on the phone from the capitol. what can you tell us?
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>> reporter: according to the latest information we are receiving, the attack took place near a park, and that the procession has just passed when the explosion took place. it is not clear what kind of explosives were used, but we hear that about 40 people very been wounded. the park is situated very close to the border. this is an area where the anti-shia groups have been quite active. and this also as you mentioned happening when security is on very high alert across pakistan. >> what does this speak to in terms of the ethnic and religion tensions in pakistan? >> well, in the past few months, there's been relative calm after the military operation, so the security situation deteriorating now in the month, because some
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of the militant organizations are hell bent on trying to divide the sectarian groups, and therefore they would be active in this month. however, people were feeling a bit more secure just a few days ago, and this will show that those militant organizations, particularly organizations like [ inaudible ] are now hell bent on trying to prove that they can attack and of course their targets even in the past have been the shia. we have seen an attack a few days ago in a province capitol as well. so the militant organizations would be trying to escalate those attacks. >> and we're getting a line here that pakistani police have confirmed it was a suicide bombing attack. so no doubt a lot of suspicion falling on those militant groups you are talking about. jo is here. tell us about sport.
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>> the first world's indin -- indigenous games get underway on friday. a sacred fire-lighting ceremony got the event underway. there are more traditional sports on the schedule. this includes a native north american form of football that is played with the head alone, rather than neat. but as our correspondent reports, it's about more than just sport. >> reporter: brazil has been holding indigenous games for close to two decades now, but this is the first time ever that tribes from all around the world like i said from as far as new zealand and russia have joined in. but it's not your traditional
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sporting event. the emphasis is also cultural and spiritual. very much a coming together of the indigenous peoples from around the world. someone said this was a perfect and unique opportunity to showcase their cultural practices to the world, but also to come and exchange ideas with other people. former fifa official and french diplomat has announced he will run for fifa president for a second time. he launched his campaign on friday. he failed to secure at least five votes to become a candidate in the last election in may, which was won by current president sepp blatter who is now suspended. he choins michel platini, prince ali hussein. five world records were
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broken on the opening pay of the pa para-athletes in doha. andy richardson reports. >> reporter: this man isn't just getting ready to compete as these para-athletic world championships, the javelin thrower and shot putter is expecting to win medals here and at next year's rooe you's olympics. he is hoping his efforts will inspire others. >> today i have a [ inaudible ] -- >> translator: my name is to encourage more youngsters to take up sports. nothing has stopped me. in fact my disability is a motivation for me to try harder. i really want the next generation to do sport. >> reporter: this is the first time the event has been held in the middle east.
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organizers seeing this as a natural step in their efforts to normalize attitudes towards para-athletics around the world. a platform for the competers to show what they can rather than cannot do. those working in this region, say the fight for acceptance is still ongoing. >> people with disabilities in the arab world face tremendous obstacles, whether it's -- it's at school or in the workplace or getting around in their neighborhoods and communities, and most importantly, they face tremendous obstacles in the way people see people are disabilities. >> i think in our society, there is awareness for this, but we need to make it for sure. we need to make it, you know, officially. we need to let the people know
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that they can be champion. they can be trainers. they can be officials. they can be anything. >> people with disabilities to be included in the same sentence or the same concept as super athletes like usain bolt or others is a real powerful vehicle for changing the way people perceive disability. >> this medal-winning exploits, just one more example of what can be achieved. six time motor gp champion could complete a remarkable return to the summit of the sport in malaysia this weekend. the italian standings on the verge of clenching another world title, six years since his last. he'll go into the race on sunday with an 11-point advantage over his nearest rival. china's president is a
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-- self confessed man chesser united fan. but he paid a visit to their rivals. he even took the time to pose for a photo with man city star. and later paid a visit to the english football hall of fame to see the induction of chinese and former man city footballer. taking his place despite scoring just three goals for the club in 130 appearances. there is more sport on our website. for all of the latest check out we have blogs and videos from our correspondents around the world. sami. >> thanks so much. stay with us here on al jazeera, we have another full bulletin of news coming up in just a couple of minutes. and of course there is always
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