tv Weekend News Al Jazeera October 25, 2015 10:00am-10:31am EDT
>> european leaders agree to send 400 border guards to the western balkans to help deem with the flow of refugees. >> hello again from doha. syria's president gives his backing to elections and says a political solution to the war is possible. >> the spate of violence between israelis and palestinians continues with more stabbings and killings in the occupied territories.
june the film about rape that india banned could be in the running for an oscar, but women's groups might not be celebrating. the e.u. has said it will deploy more than 400 border guards to the western balkans to help tackle the refugee crisis there. european leaders have been meeting in brussels in emergency session. this comes as three of these baltic states threatened to shut their borders if austria and germany stopped accepting new rivals. we go to brussels. so these 10 nations that have meeting there with the e.u. commission penalty have agreed to send 400 border troops. what else have they agreed to do with these thousands of people who are continuing to flow in?
>> that is one of the points in a 16-point action plan that's been drawn up by that the president of the e.u. commission, jean claude. we have other details emerging, alleges the fact that they'll be going after the people smugglers, trying to reach an agreement that refugees will no longer be waived through the borders without the agreement of the country they are being sent into. this at the moment is a draft action plan. now that the leaders have started arriving, european leaders and many from the balkans, where the crisis is most apparent at the moment, this really is a call for action, because what we've been seeing and witnessing in the western balkans is undermining the very values that the european union is supposed to be
holding to the world. it's undermining those values. it's increasing the divisions within europe, so it's time everybody reeleds now that action is taken to stop these appalling images we're eking of the refugees now shivering in open fields, caught in no man's land to try and get complete and coordinate action, because without this, as one of the directors of amnesty international was telling me here in brussels this morning, everything that the e.u. stands for will start to fall away. something must be done, and they're looking at 16 points, including of course, the 400 border guards who will be sent to the western balkans to try to help approximate the present acute crise. is that going to be enough. are all the plans going to be agreed? we still don't know. the negotiations are just starting. >> thank you, david, monitoring
that meeting in brussels. >> the flow of thousands of refugees continues through the continent. robin is on the border between croatia and slovenia where a number of arrivals keeps increasing. >> how to manage tens of thousands of refugees a week moving across europe, that is the challenge facing european leaders. with so many people coming in at this rate, every day, european leaders, especially the balkan leaders, have to agree how much longer they can keep this going and how to regulate all of these people. >> the volunteers say now is the time for compassion. >> they keep coming and we have to take care of them. >> what do you think they should be discussing? what do you think needs to be done? >> really to me, i do not talk the politics.
for me, it's the human side, that we really see these are human beings as we are. >> all from syria are grateful to be here. >> we have to say thanks to europe, because they open and they make it easy for us to come. >> some in europe see that as the problem, and that only barbed wire or bureaucracy will solve it. human rights groups are calling on regional leaders to make the welfare of those in need their highest priority, so in brussels, the debate may swing between the need for compassion and the need for control. al jazeera, on the croatia-slovenia border. >> we're getting reports that there's been an explosion in northeastern nigeria, two people blew themselves up in what appears to be a suicide attacking outside the city. no one else was killed, nor
injured in the blast. when we get more detail on that accident, we'll bring it to you. >> palestinians and israelis have been reacting to the new measures agreed an saturday over access to the al aqsa mosque compound. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu welcomes the idea of surveillance, but tensions remain in the occupied territories. a palestinian woman has been shot and killed in hebron and earlier in hebron, a palestinian man shot and wounded by israeli settlers. an israeli man is reported to have been stabbed after getting out of his cab that was being stoned by palestinians. live now to our correspondent in ramallah in the occupied west bank. despite john kerry's
reengagement and demanding 24 hour surveillance at the compound, that hasn't reduced tensions, has it? >> no. there have been these three incidents here in the occupied west bank today. we've been speaking to people. there is no confidence, no trust that even if we talk about the cameras on the compound, the temple mount, that this will be to the benefit of the palestinians. there is a question of who is going to control these cameras. one man said if it's jordan, which is the custodian of the holy sites, if it's jordan or not jordan, they say it's to israel's benefit. it's difficult to see how that will appease anything on the ground. one man said you can have your diplomacy, nothing will change the perception until we see something change on the ground. we're going to have to see how
that plays out. it's been an extremely violent, intense month here. in a broader sense of the way, there's less attacks as quickly as they used to happen, but today, all of a sudden, we've had three. very difficult how politician and how these messages can reach individuals, because there is a random spray of attacks that we see, alleged attacks. there's no one speaking for these people, how to tell them to stop, how to tell one person who decides to go out one day to stop is difficult. >> thank you, stephanie life inn ramallah. syrian president bashar al assad said he is ready to take part in elections and that a political solution is possible. he made these comments to a delegation of russian lawmakers in damascus. he also said the political deal would depend on eliminating what he called terrorist organizations. jamal is a writer and former
editor of a newspaper and says a political solution would depend on many factors. >> the results of any elections right now in the current situation held in government controlled areas in syria, we can pretty much predict who would win these elections very easily, so this is not really much of a concession, if you want to look at it that way from the syrian regime, because they're very confident that they are strong in areas they hold. this dependency on many factors and players, some of them we haven't heard from. we haven't heard from major players in fighting forces on the ground in syria with some of the allies of the government as well as the islamic state. we haven't heard position of them. they're not bog to take part in this. everyone seems in tent on destroying them, but they still control large swaths of land on the ground and have a say in whether there will be a peaceful
transition in syria or not. right now, we are looking at the picture that's not complete, does not include everyone, so that's adds to the ambiguity of the process. >> aid workers in taiz say a military blockade is making it impossible to help the city's most vulnerable. heavy fighting between pro-government forces and houthi rebels continues. hundreds of people have been killed over the past seven months. we have this report. >> yemenese in taiz can find no logic here. so you had led air raised are meant to back these pro government fighters, a mix of professional soldiers and tribesmen, but they're having a hard time dislodging the houthis. >> our message to the houthis is that taiz by the support of its men, women and youth is steadfast and will not be defeated. >> convincing the people of taiz is another matter.
they remain under siege. houthi fighters have encircle the the city. basic necessities, fresh food and water can't get in. what's left is very expensive. there are just six barely functioning hospitals left in a city of 600,000. doctors are short of nearly everything, including oxygen, anesthetics and supplies. >> who are we forced to have a dialogue with? all sides should be put on trial. >> they keep shelling our neighborhoods. we don't see the point of talks. the government should come and see the suffering of the people. >> the houthis keep killing yemenese. there was a dialogue and they staged a coup. >> they say they staged a coup
to ensure a fairer distribution of the countries wealth. the only thing that is being created is more poverty. >> still to come here on al jazeera, we have an emergency evacuation of children in indonesia as toxic haze spreads. >> a house divided, struggling to rebuild their lives six months after that massive months after that massive earthquake in nepal.
>> hello again, you're with al jazeera and these are our top stories. european leaders are currently arriving in brussels for a summit on the refugee crise. the e.u. says it may deploy more than 400 border guards to the western balkans to try to help with the growing crisis. >> tensions remain in the occupied territories 24 hours on from new measures agreed over access to the al aqsa mosque compound. a palestinian woman has been shot dead and an israeli man stabbed in a series of incidents in the occupied west bank. >> the syrian president of bashar al assad says he's ready to take part in elections and toward a political solution to end the war is possible, but he also said a political deal would depend on eliminating that he calls terrorist organizations. >> within the last hour, the polls closed in what's expected to be the tightest election in
tanzania since independence. africa's longest reining political party is under intense pressure from an alliance trying to capitalize on public discontent. little polls are due to close in congo. they've voted in a referendum on whether to extend the president's time in office, essentially changes to the constitution. the leader cannot run for a third term or be over 70. the incumbent is 71 and already served 27 year terms. politician against the vote have called for protest against the government. in ivory coast, people have been voting presidential elections, as well. the current president is likely to win, say the opinion polls. tanya page is in the countries economic capital. >> this is a high stakes
election for ivory coast. it could draw a line under the violence that exploded after the last election and cement economic revival which has all happened under the current president. he really doesn't have a lot of strong competition. the former president awaiting trial for war crimes at the hague, the man who now leaves his party has divided the party. many supporters of the party aren't going to vote for that presidential candidate. three of the 10 presidential candidates have pulled out in recent weeks. with voter apathy, people feel they don't have a lot of choice that kind that could lead to some frustration. the officials well aware of that, the military is on the streets and strongholds of former president are patrolling, maintaining a high presence, high visibility, police on the
streets as well in vehicles mounted with machine guns, just in case there's trouble. >> some neighborhoods in beirut have been inundated by a tide of rub irafter heavier rains and flooding. this is internet video, which shows the moment household waste surged through the streets of one particular area. the footage was circulated by the you stink protest group, demanding a solution to the rubbish crise and they've broadened their range as well into a movement against corruption. >> an emergency evacuation for young children has been ordered by indonesia's government because of toxic smoke. millions have been affected by the haze that spread over large parts of the region. we have a report from south sumatra. at least 10 people there have died.
>> millions of indonesians across large parts of the country have been forced to breathe toxic smoke for nearly five months now because of fires continually burning in large plantations. the smoke contains dangerous chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, cyanide and ammonia. in just one week, four babies died after having difficulty breathing in south sumatra. on of them, a 15-year-old had been a happy, healthy baby. she died struggling for oxygen. her parents are angry at companies and farmers who continue to burn forests and vegetation to clear their land. >> those who burn are not using their brain, otherwise, they would think about the impact on other people, and they would know it would create this haze. clearly those who burn are greedy. >> scientists have calculated that this year's fires are emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than across the entire united states every day. patients in this hospital are
suffering from a fourfold increase in respiratory diseases. >> it's not enough to just wait for the rain to come and douse the fires. there should be more sense of emergency. >> there is anger among the millions forced to breathe poisonous air for five months now. victims of the haze, like the 3-year-old and parents of the baby have yet to receive government support. those in the affected areas say their plight is being ignored. >> after losing her baby sister, the 13-year-old is afraid of the smoke haze. while most of her friends can't stand to wear protective masks anymore, she won't take hers off. >> those who burn have to be brought to justice and punished as severely as possible. we have rule of law in this country. also, i have little faith in our law system. it's the only thing i can hang on to. >> police named 17 companies suspected of causing the fires. three have lost their licenses, but environmental groups say
they are a small part of a much larger problem. with fires still spreading out of control, her family hopes that others will be spared losing a loved one because of this man-made disaster. al jazeera, south sumatra. >> hurricane patricia is adding to severe flooding across texas. rains triggered flash floods, forcing evacuations. a union pacific train was derailed, stranding passengers. nearly half a meter of rain fell south of dallas. >> floods in southern brazil caused a state of emergency to be declared by the president. the damage was caused after rivers burst their banks following torrential rain. she is promises funds to help thousands made homeless especially in the state of rio. three have died.
>> it's the end of a political era in argentina, voters electing a replacement president, replacing christina kirchner after eight years in power. wwe have a report from buenos aires. >> for 15 years, working as a scrap merchant, he works on the streets every day and says until now it's been difficult for someone like him to find another job. >> i struggle every day to make ends meet. i make around $400 or $500 a month. with inflation, we are always struggling. >> the economic situation is on everyone's mind as people head to the polls on sunday to elect a new president. >> people see this election as the end of an era, christina kirschner and her husband have dominated argentine politics for
the past 12 years. they took over a country that was in ruins after the economic crisis of 2001. critics say that their legacy is clouded by their confrontational style, allegations of corruption and the manipulation of national statistics. >> with the kirschners in power, the government implemented social programs that have helped millions around the country. human rights abusers during the dictatorship have been prosecuted, thanks to the amnesty laws and the government implemented protectionist policies to strengthen national production. he says the economic policy has benefited the sector. >> when the government shut down imports, our business improved. local production has improved. >> argentina is divided between supporters and detractors of the government.
in the last years, the government popularity has dropped because of the high inflation rate and the levels of confrontation between christina kirchner and her opponent. >> christina is always comparing what is happening today with the economic crisis of 2001. there's no doubt that we are better off today, but if we compare the last four years of her presidency when the growth rate is zero, then that's not good at all. >> 12 years after the kirchners came to power, argentina faces an uncertain future once again. jorge alfonso only hopes that whoever comes next will not forget about people like him. al jazeera, buenos aires. >> i understand i can't accused pakistan of opening fire across the line of control into indian administered kashmir for a second day. seven people were injured in shelling on saturday. a civilian was killed on the indiana side of the line of
control on friday. >> it's six months since nepal was hit by the worst earthquake in more than a century. almost 9,000 were killed. large parts of the country lie in ruins waiting for reconstruction to begin. we have more now from the capital, kathmandu. >> we are in the square, one of the seven world heritage sites of nepal. like the other sites, this one was badly damaged by the quake, but unlike the rest of the nepal damaged, six months after the quake, normal life has resumed here. behind me, there is worship despite the lack of the temple. young people have started hanging out over here. funds have started coming for rebuilding heritage sites. $200 million will be needed to
rebuild the heritage sites of nepal. much of the 14 districts severely affect by the quake has not been rebuilt. more than 800,000 houses were severely damaged or destroyed, and the government estimates that the cost of rebuilding all of that would be more than $3 billion. >> around 9,000 people died in the quake and more than 8 million people were affected by it. most have received some form of relief, but reconstruction of their broken homes has not yet started. in the days following the earthquake, the government promised a reconstruction authority that would fast track the process of rebuilding. instead, it fast tracked a controversial new constitution. the result has been devastating for the country. >> protests started in the area. 45 people were killed.
essentials have been in short supply in the country, the economy reeling from the quake took another hit. aid agencies have not been able to deliver essentials higher up in the mountains and winter is fast approaching. nepal government approved building codes, but how the government is going to help people rebuild is unclear. people were supposed to receive $2,000 but none received it yet. they are supposed to get loans at a subsidized rate, but so far the action plan to implement the policy has not yet been made. six months after the quake, aid agencies are appealing to the government to form the reconstruction authority and start the process of rebuilding the country. al jazeera, kathmandu. >> a documentary about a gang rape that was banned in india could be in the running for an oscar. india's daughter is about to be shown in cinemas across the
united states, but women's rights activists aren't happy. >> director leslie is the toast of hollywood. her documentary, india's daughter, celebrated by the likes of actor sean penn and meryl streep. >> the gang rape of a 23-year-old girl on her way home from a movie triggered an awakening that took many by surprise. >> the film was inspired by the mass protests in india that took place after the rape and murder of the 23-year-old on a bus. indian feminists have not embraced the film, which was banned by the government ocean it could incite more violence. one of the six convicted rapists is featured prominently. >> indian feminists describe the film as one dimensional. >> the irony of a film being
made about indian women supposedly to be released on international women's day which focuses mostly on the rapist and on the terrible lawyers making the kind of statements they were making rather than the struggle. >> what is the point of not staring truth in the face and finding out why these men do what they do? we had better know if we want to change them, hadn't we? >> the unapologetic author talked to victims parents and friends. >> every single statement of his lives in the context of enlightened views around it. >> india's daughter is just opening in u.s. theaters. viewers here aren't likely to recognize the cultural nuances and sensitivities of indian women, but outrage over the crime has been universal. while the film is about india's daughter, it ends with
statistics about sexual violence of other countries around the world to show rape is not just india's problem. al jazeera, new york. >> find out more about that and the rest of today's news as ever on the al jazeera website, aljazeera.com. >> i'm nidhi dutt, in indonesia, where orangutan conservationists are climbing to new heights. >> and i'm russell beard in flanders in belgium, to meet to meet the urban miners turning rubbish into