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[ ♪ ] the u.s. secretary of state arrives in jordan for talks on resolving the conflict in syria. also ahead - state of emergency in mexico, the president urges thousands to stay in shelter amid reports of landslides and flooding caused by hurricane patricia. the vice president of the maldives is arrested accused of a plot to assassinate the president criticism of israel's army over the beating of a palestinian man wrong fully detained.
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hello, the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in the middle east for a latest diplomatic push on syria. after meeting the foreign ministers of saud turkey among others they talked about the outcome of the word. he arrived in aman for talks on ending the swar. in a surprise move jordan depreed to coordinate actions with russia. it could mark a shift in alliances. later on saturday john kerry will travel to sawyered saudi arabia and hold talks with his counter part. he says there's disagreement in the role. they hope to convince others that bashar al-assad cannot be
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part of the solution. the u.s. secretary of state is pushing for talks and iran, the close ally, hat not been part of talks and is ruled out from attending. the foreign policy chief speck in favour of them being at the table saying: here is what the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov said about cooperation with the jordanians on syria. >> translation: an agreement has been reached with forming a mechanism in aman to coordinate actions of fighting in the air over syria on a day-to-day basis. >> a syrian academic and analyst says despite diplomatic talks, there's no sign of let-up on the ground. >> we have seen that there's a race between the political clock and military clock on the
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ground. i think most players right now, especially when we talk about qatar and turkey, they'll turn it into a war of attrition between these parties. they are trying to see if they can reach a political solution to the conflict. there's the sort of race between there's the sort of race between they are coming to the conclusion that bashar al-assad may not leave soon. they are trying to relocate their position, and they are saying we are going to coordinate with the russians, our major certain is the islam its threatening our security. >> russian air strikes are entering their fourth week. russia claiming it's targetting
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i.s.i.l. russia is bombing them on frz. several were destroyed. we have more. >> reporter: syria state tv conditions its propaganda message to convince people that russian air strikes are targeting what the syrian and russian governments call terrorists. but the pictures on the ground tell a different story. this is what is left of the town on the outskirts of idlib after russian war planes gomed several -- bombed several residential areas lates on friday. it's unclear how many people were killed. opposition fighters belonging to the army of conquest announced the capture of several villages after defeating them to retreat. -- geelting government troops and forcing them to retreat. the alliance of opposition fighters launched what is called the battle or hamas, after capturing idlib this month.
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opposition fighters say they have taken several towns and villages in the province. syria's armed opposition groups say they have been targeted by opposition air strikes rather than the islamic group. on friday, i.s.i.l. announce the it was in charge of the main road, but how russia acts will check with their priorities. despite russian air strikes entering the fourth week, i.s.i.l. fighters appear unaffected. armed groups opposed to president bashar al-assad's regime suffered losses, not only at the hands of the russians, but in a continuing battle with i.s.i.l. the vice president of the maldives has been arrested over an alleged plot to assassinate the president. he is being questioned after an
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explosion on the president's boat last month. he was not injure, his wife, aide and body guard were. the former attorney-general said it's unlikely the investigation will be impartial. >> i am not sure sure that an investigation can be fair and m impartial because so far, the implications have not been fair at all. it is difficult to say that this investigation would be free and impartial. the army and the police are on the road today, and they were expecting demonstrations or protests from supporters, who are the youths of this country, it's believed that they are supportive among the youth and some disturbances are expected. there are fears of flood g and landslides in mexico, despite hurricane patricia weakening to a category 2 storm.
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n.a.s.a. released these satellite images showing the extent of the storm, the strongest hurricane recorded in the western hemisphere force g 50,000 people from their homes. andy gallagher reports from mexico. >> reporter: fuelled by ocean temperatures, patricia formed in 36 hours, making landfall with winds of 250 k/hr. this is the most powerful hurricane to hit the western hemisphere, and authorities had little time to organise evacuations and residents to safety. thousands flew out whilst others huddled to ride out a storm, predicted to cause catastrophic damage. >> translation: if they are already here at the shelter and settled in, and there are fewer services at night, like taxis, trucks and shopping centers, we recommend that they stay at the shelter.
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>> reporter: initially authority stay the storm caused no major damage or loss of life. this is no time for complacency, says the president. >> translation: i insist the most dangerous part of the hurricane is yet to enter the national territory, we expect rains in the pacific and various states in north central parts of the country. i ask the people to be watchful over the coming hours, for information from government officials. >> reporter: there has been reports of flooding and landslides, but it now is a threat to remote areas. the hurricane will dissipates as it reaches the mountains, many have poor communication and the risk of heavy rain and mudslides could be a threat. the storm is a danger for millions who remain in its path, and daylight will give the authorities a clearer picture of how much damage has been done
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. >> israeli troops shot dead a palestinian man who they say tried to stab a shoulder. it was in the occupied west bank. 54 palestinians and nine israelis have been killed this month in a series of attacks in israel in the occupied territory. human rights activists in israel condemn the beating and wrongful arrest of a palestinian man by soldiers. video shows the man at a storeroom where he works. israeli troops, suspect him if throwing stones, swarm in and kick and beat him. human rights watch says he was held for two days before being questioned and detained three days before the alibi was checked. this is an advocacy officer and says the use of excessive force by israeli forces is a concern for the human rights
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organization. >> this creates an environment for the soldiers and police officers, in which they can use force without holding account ailing for the actions. palestinians are brutally treated. in other cases they were arrested or attacked by dogs launched by the israeli forces. that process is one much concern, and how it is conducted, and the viability of using excessive force is a concern for the human rights. in rare cases we collect evidence, films that document the brutality of the police. the only way that we can do is submit the complaint from the military investigation unit. as i mentioned before, it's not professional in a way. there's no evidence. the only evidence they got is the testimony of the soldiers who will not confess that he used excessive support against the children. this is a problem.
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regarding the tensions in october, they were adopted by the government. they allowed the israeli forces and soldiers to use force. as i said, it's rare. justice cannot be achieved. >> palestinians in jerusalem say they suffer under the blockades. andrew simmonds reports. returning to prayers from the al-aqsa. palestinians found restrictions there have been eased. it gets harder by the day. it's ruined our lives, it's very hard here. i mean, it's more than overseas, you know. >> reporter: there's three ways in and out. concrete blocks bar the way to traffic in all but one of them. security forces say they sealed off the village to keep the peace. this is the center of the
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village and the confrontation point between security forces and palestinian protesters, for anyone in the vicinity, it's a nightmare. >> it was worse than that five days ago for this family. 65-year-old hoda inhaled large amounts of tear gas in her home. her husband says in the early hours of tuesday she became seriously ill. her son set out to drive her to hospital. he says soldiers held him for half an hour before letting him take her to hospital. by then, he says it was too late. she died of a heart attack. >> translation: i was angry, i wanted to save her life. whatever happened to me didn't matter. if this side of the village wasn't blocked. it would have taken a couple of minutes to reach the hospital. we would have saved her life. >> translation: police and the army say they are a civilized
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what kind of civilisation is this. there are 20,000 in this village, and the ambulance cannot come to my house. >> reporter: police say priorities are given to humanitarian cases, and there was no delay at the checkpoint. from his balcony, he can see how close this part of the village is to the hospital. just beyond the blocked main entrance. he says life is cheap here. he's moving the children nearer to their school, saving up to two hour delays at the road block. . >> shia muslims in pakistan demand government leaders tighter security after the suicide bombing. friday night's explosion in sindh province killed 22 worshippers, eight children among the dead. hundreds of minorities in pakistan have been killed in
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sectarian attacks over the past decade. i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility before the attack. a 12-year-old was killed when home made bombs were thrown into a croup of worshippers. 100 others were injured. it's the first time the shi'a minority were targetted in the country millions gathered to mark the climax of the ashura ritual. the mourners marched through the streets chanting. it falls on the first day of the first month of the islamic call ander and mourns the death of prophet muhammad's grandson. here is what is coming up ... >> translation: they have done nothing for us, they are not trying to fight the united nations the world games get off to a
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colourful yet controversial site. plus... >> i'm david mercer, how the tax systems affects families like this, leading to a high raid of malnutrition in the world. world.
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hello again the the headlines on al jazeera. the u.n. secretary is in jordan, meeting with king abdullah as part of the peace initiative following an agreement with russia and ayman to coordinate air strikes in syria.
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later kerry will talk to his counterpart. the vice president has been arrested over a plot to assassinate the president. the vice president has been arrested over an explosion on the president's vote flooding and land slides in mexico after a strong hurricane. hurricane patricia weakened to a category 2 storm. russia's intervention in syria is changing the face of the conflict. there are calls to get involved in iraq. the collision partners are complaining that u.s.-led air strikes have not been effective enough. imtiaz tyab has the details. >> reporter: this is what many across iraq want to see, russian air strikes like these in syria. it's too early to say how
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successful the moscow aerial campaign had been. there's growing frustration among the iraqis with the u.s.'s efforts to retake the vast territory to i.s.i.l. controls across iraq. and say russia's approach is what is needed here to win. this is the head of the government's parliamentary defense and security committee. he's a vocal supporter of russian involvement in the fight against i.s.i.l. in iraq. >> translation: we know that russia did not get involved in russia did not get involved in the middle east for our sake, the middle east for our sake, rather for their interests. rather for their interests. c but our interests are well matched with the russians. >> reporter: it's not just politicians that want moscow to take a meaningful rule in the fight against i.s.i.l., so, too do the leaders of the iranian banked shia militia, which could explain why an intelligence sharing agreement including sharing agreement including syria and iran. washington made it clear it did not want russian jets in the air -- iraqi air space targetting
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i.s.i.l., and described the involvement in syria as a mistake. and now is in the delicate position of appeasing security and political allies and keep russia on their side. >> the iraqi government has given assurances to the u.s. that they will not ask help from russia. they promise to increase coalition air strikes across iraq and give counter-terrorism forces badly needed military vehicles, tanks and advance weapons. the u.s. insists it remains on course to destroy i.s.i.l. it intensified strikes on baiji in the north, providing air gofr -- cover for iraqi forces who manage d to retake key areas. rarely have they faced multiple offenses. dlan it has in the last month.
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it would appear that the threat of a russian role in iraq stirred the u.s. into action. the question now is how long will it last and will it be enough to lead to meaningful gains last minute campaigning is under way in tanzania, before the presidential election on sunday, with the booming economy president shall candidates are planned to improve people's lives. the president has been protesting. catherine wambua-soi is joining us. explain to us where you are, what is going on behind you and what the mood is there. >> they are there with me, the presidential candidates. this is the final campaign rally. this is where i am. it's noisy here. everyone is excited.
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there's thousands of people attending the rally, we are told that the situation is the same. one where a ruling party candidate is having his own final campaign rally. like i say, bear with me, noisy and distracting. basically what people want is change. they want change and their lives transformed. that is what the presidential candidates, that is what they are telling people. they are talking about primary and secondary education, reducing taxes for small business owners, they are talking about improving the infrastructure in the country and dealing with an issue of corruption, it is endemic here. all the leaders say they will deal with that move. like i said thousands attended the rally.
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the campaign rallies have been more or less peaceful. and then this is intense. people say it's one of the hostly contested issues, and candidates against the opposition candidate who is popular. he has the support of a lot of young people. of course, i have to say that really crowds like this in political parties don't translate to votes. people are saying the vote could go any way. >> catherine wambua-soi thank you for the update people in congo will vote in a referendum on sunday, deciding if they want the current leader to stay in power. if so, the ruler will extend his time in hospital. the decision sparked protests in
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the capital. >> reporter: it's a tense atmosphere in the city. there's heavy police presence, water canon driving around the city. trying to repair the referendum. there's a lot of police on the streets. people are milling around the shops. some that you see, they were looted during the protests. people are concerned about violence, and then the opposition strongholds. the people here do not want the president to extend his term in power. they are trying to do that. his support is looking forward, and is coming out to vote, a good thing ultimately for the country. >> discussions have broken out. friday's session was suspended
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after the opposition let off tear gas cannisters. they want the government to backtrack. guatemalans go to the polls on sunday to elect a president. a big challenger facing the winner is tackling poverty. the country has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. david mercer has this report. >> it's a game enjoyed by youngsters around the world. >> despite their smiles they mace sa bleak future. all malnourished, stunt physically and mentally. their mother says it's impossible to break the cycle of poverty. >> translation: i take my son to the public hospital. they don't have the medicine. i wish we had the money to buy the medicine, it's hard. the medicine, it's hard.c >> reporter: down the road
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families line up to receive food assistance. the rations come from foreign government and groups. here, too, the government is ab sent. with a second round of presidential elections, politicians have been putting their stamp anywhere they can. the big question is how they will bring the change to the people that need it the most. 2.5 hours away, there's evidence of a growing economy. the numbers living in poverty is rising. analysts say what is missing is the state's role in redistributing the wealth. >> it is one of the worse tax collectors much under 12% of gnp is collected every year in taxes, which is very far from countries such as brazil. close to 30% of g.n.p. earlier this year, a corruption scam led to months of protests and brought down guatemalans president.
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for this woman, and family like her, the responsibility to provide services should be a vital task for the country's next president the first ever world indigenous game started in brazil. 2,000 athletes are taking part with sports like archery, spear tossing, all included. angry protests were unscheduled to the opening ceremony. >> reporter: indigenous people from 23 countries and 24 groups with the host nation brazil gathered in the sports arena. wearing head-dresses, bodies painted with natural dyes, it marks the start of the games. the logos and brand names from
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sponsors that can be seen at sporting events were absent from the ceremony, it was an alternative to competitive games, the spiritual and cult -- cultural character of the event was also highlighted in the speeches. this was an understanding example of how sports can you nite people and promote peace. respect for human rights and the rich indigenous cultures. and the wisdom from all over the worlds. 900,000 indigenous people live in brazil. making up half a per cent of the 200 million inhabitants. these games are broader than brazil. groups from the americas, and several others like the maoris from new zealand came to
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celebrate and exchange cultures. racing with 100 kilogram logs is a key competition. event will be demonstrations as reaching an agreement on rules was not always easy among groups and differences. for the next 10 days all those are showcasing culture. many are hoping the problems will be noticed. this group demanded land rights for people in the host country. brazil's president was present but silent at the inauguration. >> they have done nothing for us. they are not trying to fight discrimination. these games are only about promoting themselves, and the president didn't have the courage to speak out. >> not everyone is happy. we have come to tell the brazilian governments what we have suffered. they want to take land that is granted to us. >> the festive atmosphere is dampened by reminders that brazilians have been ignored despite being the original
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