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students storm south africa's seat of government forcing the president to clamp . hello i'm julia mcdonald. hurricane patricia about to hit in a few hours and mexico braces for the biggest storm in the western hemisphere. seven medical facility have been hit in syria since russia began its ariel campaign.
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and a museum of food. >> a warm welcome to the program. south africa's president has called for a freeze after a demonstration who demonstratis call for free tuition. >> reporter: this is a second year student and has been part of students protesting higher fee increases meaning many will not be able to afford an education.
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>> itprotests cowl minate into a march of the country's seat of power where the president of students and university leadership are prehind closed doors but protests turned ugly. >> we are angry. we have been so peaceful and. >> reporter: after hours of negotiation, finally word from the president. >> under my time at hand we agreed that there will be a 0 increase of university fees in 2016. >> reporter: news of the agreement trickled through to students and celebrations after there was an
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announcement police started dispersing students using stun grenades and teargas. students say they are angry at police response to the demonstration. >> when you are on the ground by the buildings they sprayed us with teargas. >> i feel it's depressing because we have children and they are shooting their own children here. >> reporter: many say the response is a short term solution with equal education still the ultimate goal. the biggest ever hurricane in the western hemisphere is due to hit mexico in the next three hours. a state of emergency has been declared in several mexican states as they await hurricane patricia. it is is being cam compared to
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a typhoon from several years ago. this is the map from the u.s. weather service and it will make landfall with wind speeds of 325-kilometers per hour. we get the story. >> reporter: there is little question with this storm, in hours these seas will rage and these buildings will be battered and it will not be possible to stroll along the beach. hurricane patricia is along the beach. >> it very probable this hurricane will be the most intense hurricanena has existed in this part of the pacific in our country since records began in 1949. >> reporter: this is a historic storm in many way, the strongest ever recorded in the pas parks the fastest ever to develop. residents have been given some time to prepare. >> i am doing well here with my
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mother. they told us it was going to be category 4 and it has been raised to category 5 and they told us there will be protections and sites where people can stay. >> we really didn't buy that much because they regularly say a hurricane will come and they don't hit, that's why the majority don't pariticipate. >> reporter: this is not a storm to take lightly. >> the terrain is high and causes the storms to weaken and that in turn that amplifies the rainfall. when the storms make landfall most of the damage and casualties are associated with flooding from rainfall. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine what wind gusts up to 400-kilometers per hour would feel like and the damage it could cause. meteorologists say hundreds of thousands are about to find out as a category 5 5 come ashore.
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>> we are joined by john from guadalajara. they are used to hurricanes to some degree, but the biggest ever is something quite different. >> absolutely, especially the pacific of mexico. they have seen quite a few over the years but this is the biggest storm recorded in the western hemisphere. this is something different and coming in between two tourist resorts. tourists are being evacuated from hotels. those who haven't been able to get out are being housed in shelters and there are mexican arounded forces heading into the area to try to deal with the problems. of course, the worst affected
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are going to be the people living in small villages, fishing villages along the coastal region that don't have the type of housing to easily withstand this housing and they are at risk from the waves and floods and land slides that will be a sult zoo's stoarp expert said it will be the flooding that is the real problem. are they prepared for that specific flooding do you think? >> reporter: they are getting prepared and have been over their there is a fastn unit that does quite well, but it's the scale of this one that won't have been at a level that has been seen before. even storms over the last couple of year, it has taken cities and
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riewcial rural areas years to recover and some still have not from storms from a couple of years ago and it is those areas that resources and personnel and help and money to try to rejuvenate the areas that is the real problem. >> john, thank you for that update. about 30,000 30,000 for thet time and restrictions have been lifted in israel. we get more from occupied east jerusalem. >> reporter: young and old, male and female arrive
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for friday prayers. there was no age or gender restrictions and no police checkpoints to navigate. those who have been checking each identity on past fridays relaxing and watching as the palestinian faithful pass by. the scenes know not as peaceful in the occupied west bank. groups deqlaired declared a day. the wider israeli occupation remains in place. >> this is the only country in the world has been occupied and treating people miserable. it's enough. >> reporter: nonetheless, this tenuous calm this this place for those
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seeking a reduction in the conflict. we asked if there was it was because of the meeting with netanyahu and the u.s. secretary of state. many ask in the light of the calm that has prevailed why were the restrictions imposed in the first place? >> the eu foreign affairs chief is calling on all partiys to work on a two state solution. >> call for significant steps to be taken consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements to restore confidence and hope negotiating a two-state solution including on jerusalem
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and ends the occupation that began in 1967. in an effort to stabilize the situation and ensure a lasting set el. 22 have been killed after a suicide bomb attack in back stan. it in -- pakistan. a procession of mourners were attacked as they reached the end of the route. >> this particular place taking place about 530-kilometers happened in a city that is a historic old city named after
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a mid-19th century east india india country. the attacker picking his target carefully and targeted the procession and in a very narrow alleyway 6 feet wide and when the suicide bomber's truck and a state of emergency declared in the hospital. the people in the procession turned violent and paramilitary forces had to be called in to restore calm. still to come: unrest in the republic of congo where the referendum to see if the president can stand for a third term. the raise of drug-related crimes in argentina.
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a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera: south africa's government is forced to back down after days of unrest. mexico is bracing for a potentially catastrophic conditions as one of the strongest hurricanes on record bears down. restrictions on who can entercan be lifted in israel. human rights groups say seven medical facilitys in syria
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have been hit since russia began its airial campaign. >> reporter: everything can be a target in syria these days. they say they were rushing to rescue victims were from an earlier strike and they were appealing to people to leave because jets were circling overhead before this happened. rescuers say the rocket was fired from a russian aircraft. they say they have hit hospitals and clinics before. >> they probably don't do it deliberately, but they don't care. if they have a target they think they need to hit they are not worried about the collateral damage and are not using as many
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of their precision guided weapons because they are so expensive. no doubt about the fact they are allowing their aircraft to hit the hospitals gauze they hope to -- because they hope to put fear in the heart of the resistance and hitting the hospitals and killing innocent civilians is something they have been doing since they became involved. >> reporter: they deny what they call a fake accusation. theya town was hit leaving behid untold destruction and fear and many were killed and wounded. russian aircraft struck rebels reported to be in a fierce fight in areas to the north. opposition fighters say they
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killed the commander of a pro-government group. government forces have cleared several villages and planes destroyed many homes in the countryside. also attacked was a strong hold and pictures show results of air strikes. u.s. defense secretary has been speaking about the joint forces to bring 69 hostages. he also said the rescue effort that saw the death of an american soldier helped the country gather more intelligence. >> i made the decision to assist our kurdish partners after
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receivings specific, actionable intelligence that a mass execution was imminent. special operations forces provided air lift support. dozens of lives were saved and a significant cache of intelligence was collected. we have heard from rescued hostages. they expected to be executed that day after morning prayers. their graves had been prepared. not only did our support help prevent another mass killing we allowed our partners to deliverr isil a clear defeat. >> what other details did he give? did he talk about who was rescued or anything like that? >> the secretary secretary of de
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didn't provide any more details about the 70 or so people who were rescued but indicated u.s. forces and iraqi and kurdish force his the opportunity to talk to them about their experience and get more information about how isil has been operating where the raid took place. the secretary of defense pushed back against suggestions that some how the actions of the u.s. soldier killed was some how indicative of the u.s. basically trying to move from a train and assist role to an active combat role. he pushed back saying this was a case where the soldier saw the people needed his help and he went in and paid with his life.
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>> thank you. the u.n. envoy is hopeful parties will negotiate an end to the war in yemen that killed 5,000 and displaced more than a million. >> we finally have an agreement between the government and we are preparing actively for this process. it will happen very soon and we hope the parties will come with no preconditions and ready to negotiate in good faith and there will be a representative for the talk. at least 20 have been killed after two bomb attacks during
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prayers. no one has claimed responsibility but the state is home to the bo caha ram. peace in the republic of congo has placed the main house leader under house arrest. they have been protesting against planned by the president to remain in power. we get the report. >> reporter: there is a tense atmosphere in the capital as police try to clean streets and remove items left behind. it is quieter than usual. some have left the city ahead of the referendum. there is a heavy security presence in some strong holds.
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>> i want to restore peace and to secure people. >> reporter: the police shoot us and throw genades. the people are oppressed. we need a solution to the problem. >> reporter: the opposition is protesting changes to the constitution. it has an age limit and says a president cannot run for a third term. the president is 72 and has served two seven year terms. government officials say the president has said nothing about trying to stay in power. >> he doesn't speak about this thing. i think it will be a subject perhaps in a few months. we are not in election for presidency. it will come perhaps in may or june of 2016. not yet. yet is for the constitution of
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a country. >> reporter: more protests are feared. some government buildings have been destroyed. this was a police station. opposition leaders say they are not giving up. officials say the referendum will go ahead on sunday. the presidential election is due to be held in july next year. government officials say the proposed changes to the constitution will ultimately benefit the poor and strengthen people's rights, but many in the opposition don't believe them. a school atam tack that left a teacher and pupil dead was racially motivated. the reports say the suspect's social media account showed right wing tendencies. >> we discovered a lotter in his enter -- letter in his apartment and has notes that tell us he has planned the act and has also planned it out of hate crime
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perspective. and also told us by the letter he considered this would be his final act. to south america where one of the main concerns for voters in argentina is the dramatic in drug-related crime. we get this report. >> reporter: argentinian military police patrolling a slum. three hour away from the capital the town is a major transit point for drugs. the commander is in charge of the expraigz says drug gangs have taken control of entire areas of the city, turning it into one of the most violent in the country. >> the problem we had here is there were some bunkers filled with drugs with protection by
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local authorities. we did over 90 raids to destroy the bunkers and the situation has improved with the presence of federal forces. >> reporter: the fight against cartels continues in other parts of the recentlyion. traffickers have tried to find alternative routes to export drugs and 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. they fight to control territory here. >> reporter: this woman produces drugs to make a living and puts kerosene in the mix and each dose costs 50-cents of a dollar. >> this generates more money and it is cheap but we sell a lot. people are doing this in the slum. it's not difficult to get.
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>> reporter: it is so arcs dictive it is estimated consumption has increased 200%. it is produced with cocaine paste. the fact so much is available shows cocaine laboratories have strained argentina in the last years. the security secretary says argentina's challenge is getting more difficult every day. >> we are trying to prevent the creation of cartels. we don't want to see what happens when the united states implemented plan colombia 100,000 people killed and in mexico with 200,000 killed. we don't want those consequences be. >> reporter: with elections a tao day away it is g issue. people are trying to cope with the growing threat.
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museums may not be to everybody's taste but a museum dedicateed to food hopes to change that. >> reporter: on the big screen where the food you eat goes. a journey through the human body. a voice guides you along the path the pill camera takes to the stomach and beyond. a vibriet greating massage chair adds to the experience. >> the value and expense of the things they are holding they become very precious about it. what i like is we go away feeling inspired about food and what they can create and have their own food adventures. it is much more enabeling and lively. >> reporter: it lets visitors experiment with the changing taste of chocolate. you eat the same chocolate
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listening to four sound scapes and the notes are tabulated and analyzed. >> it had school noises and characters that resonateed with my childhood and bitter and i don't know if that means anything. >> reporter: menus provide a snapshot of what life was like at the table. a christmas day menu designed by british prisoners in a nazi war camp. >> we use instagram sharing our food experiences to curry favor with our friends and appear to be cool in the past they would put on elaborate feasts. >> reporter: the museum is passionate about education and want people to know and understand where our food comes from and that includes butterflies. they are big pollinators, pollinating the fruits and vegetables we eat every day. they are an interesting way to
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illustrate global food security. the museum hope its plants ideas about how we get what we eat and the importance of preserving the environment for food. find more at al jazeera. com.