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>> extraordinary measures for extry times, as these refugees wait at just one of hundreds of border crossings. conference leaders hope to find a way for a unified approach to the crisis. >> it's good to have your company. i'm david foster. there is desperation for the people of taiz in yemen pinned down by fighting and running ever shorter of food and medicine. >> indonesia orders the removal of young children from areas
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covered by toxic smoke frock forest fires. >> i'm in australia at a word famous landmark and for aboriginal people, a sacred site. when tourists climb is, they're insulted, so why are people still trekking up. >> right now and probably later into the night, leaders from across europe are meeting to try to work out what they hope will be a unified response to the refugee crise. almost 700,000 people arrived in europe so far this year, many of them through syria. the pressure's been on for sometime now to find a lasting solution before winter. this summit in brussels brings together leaders from these countries, which are on the front line of the crisis. so far, these nation from germany down to southern greece have failed to come up with any
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kind of common agreement on what to do. here at al jazeera, we've seen a draft statement, which includes measures such as not allowing nations to simply waive refugees through unless the country to say which they're heading actually agrees. this draft statement if passing, the e.u. will deploy more border guards, speed up repatriation of those whose asylum applications fail and intensified maritime efforts off the coast of greece. also looking to access to shelter, food and sanitation to those making the journey across europe. >> it's above all about one goal, that we are able to help these people who are wandering around living in unbearable conditions, that we improve the process and all work together on the task. >> to david in brussels. it sounds very laudable, good humanitarian aim, as he is
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outside by the german chancellor there, 16 points, but it's not a done deal, is it? >> it's by no means, david, a done deal. now, that was a very optimistic statement from angela merkel, the chancellor of germany laying out what lice ahead and needs especially that the european union must look at. there was another sound bite from the slovenian prime minister, and he said look, if we do not come to some sort of concrete action plan in the next days or weeks, then i believe, he said that the whole of europe, the european union and europe as a whole will start falling apart. that just shows you what's at stake tonight, and that's by no means overall agreement of what action they should take, so allot of talking to be done and those 16 points in the action
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plan have not been agreed by any means yet by all those attending. what's at stake of course are the principles which are supposed to be at the heart of the european union, and that those are being undermind by the pictures we are seeing of the terrible suffering of the refugees, with the cold coming and the jean claude you dnker. every day counts with the coming winter, otherwise we'll see bodies in the rivers of the balkans miserably perishing. that is what they are trying to find a solution too. it's taking a long time and could still take a long time more, david. >> they are hoping to make life slightly better for those who already started the journey.
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would these points make it much more difficult for people outside this area to try and make the crossing particularly in thagen sea and elsewhere across europe? >> that's the point, david, isn't it? what about these areas where the refugees will be confined to it if the borders start closing, if they start tightenings and the procedures to put in place along with those 400 extra border guards, ok, europe will be able to maintain i said boredder's. what happens to macedonia, serbia, and albania? this is where the river is flowing through. these areas, as well. now, those are countries outside the european union. what are they going to get? now the serbian prime minister also said in his opening remarks as he came in today here that ok, we'll take our quota, but it's going to be much harder for the refugees and the migrants to get into the european union.
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who's going to help us with these tens of thousands of people who will end up in our countries? now the saying will be said of all the other countries outside the e.u., what measures are going to be taken and can they get the agreement of those beyond the e.u. borders, because they'll be the ones next suffering a real crisis. >> david, thank you. >> that meeting going on for at least a few more hours, while we have cameras at one border crossing, this is the area around slovenia and croatia, this is the slovenian side. you can see the refugees, the migrants there on the left-hand side of the picture. many of them having spent a number of nights pretty much out in the open, and we understand from our correspondent, who's been there, that they are burning whatever materials they can find, simply to keep themselves warm, and they are waiting, we think right now, for buses which will take them from slovenia and continuing on their
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journey into central europe. slovenia being one of the countries that's struggling to cope with all of this, its leaders promising as david mentioned to act if the e.u. can't do anything about this. let's hear from robin walker, he is close by to the scene you're seeing now, earlier on in daylight hours. >> 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
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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.
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the syrian president bashar al assad says he is ready to take part in elections and he still believes a political solution to end the country's four year war is possible. assad made his comments to a delegation of russian politicians who were in damascus. he says a political deal will depend on eliminating what he called terrorist organizations. a member of the syrian opposition says there's no question of bashar al assad remaining power as part of a peace process. in fact most of the people fighting bashar al assad are patriots. he is the one who has handed the people over to the russians. he is the one who has. the problem is he is now a war criminal. i don't think a foreign power would have made as much destruction as he has in syria.
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there's no possibility for syrians to have the one who killed their kids and destroyed their cities. beyond that, he is not a serious person. listen to his pro month toments and speeches. he is very clever. he is very -- always maneuver. he tried to oversmart others, that's what he thinks, but he is not into reconciliation. this is a time for transition, for change, they'll argue with the one who had all the opportunities to have the dialogue for 11 years. >> an israeli man has been stabbed, his condition is moderate medically and security forces are searching the area. a 16-year-old palestinian woman was shot dead by israeli security forces in the west bank city of hebron. police say she drew a knife and
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approached them. sources deny she had any weapon. >> in hebron, a palestinian man was shot and wounded by israeli settlers. in a fourth incident, an israel man was reported to have been stabbed after getting out of his car, which was being stoned by palestinians. stephanie decker is in ramallah. she said there are often conflicting accounts of what's going gone on, which means it's hard to establish the truth. >> it is difficult to confirm what happened. there is no footage. the mosque does have a lot of surveillance cameras in that area. i think if there is more pressure on the israelis that the account of this 16-year-old girl was not armed, they can release the footage. this would appease or calm, because a lot of people here think that palestinians are being shot left, right and center because of the tensions
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we're seeing. what also was interesting is this really started this wave, started a lot when we saw it in occupied east jerusalem. it's come to the west bank, four incidences today. it's flowed over the past week or so here in the west bank. again, very difficult to control, very difficult for the israeli police and army to predict for anyone to try and calm down, because there are individuals going out and carrying out these attacks and sometimes there are no attacks, but people get killed. it's a sensitive, complicated situation on the ground that is very hard to appease, it seems at the moment. >> aid workers in the yemeni city taiz say that the military blockade is making it impossible to help the city's most vulnerable people. fighting between pro-government forces and houthi rebels continues with hundred was people having been killed in the last seven months. we have more.
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>> yemenese in taiz can find no logic here. saudi-led air raids 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 encircled 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 antibiotics. the injured keep coming.
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al jazeera spoke to some of the local people. >> now that the country is fully destroyed, 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 12 month dialogue and they staged a coup. >> the rebel group said it staged a coup to ensure a fairer distribution of the country's wealth. the only thing that is being created is more poverty. >> we are looking at the end of an era in argentina. who will be elected to replace the current president kirchner. >> there are tensions on the streets of tanzania as the ruling party faces its first real challenge in more than half a century.
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>> these are the global headlines, emergency summit in brussels to try toy find a european approach to sox the european refugee crisis. >> the syrian president bashar al assad says a political solution to end his country's civil war is possible, paving the way, he claims for elections. >> there have been at least four violent incidents on sunday in strehl in the palestinian territories in the most recent, an israeli settler was stabbed in the occupied west bank. >> penalty of the maldives
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accuses his former deputy of planning to impeach him. he was arrested at the airport on sunday for allegedly plotting to assassinate the president with a boat explosion. his lawyer says the allegation's untrue. the president has appealed for calm and says the arrest was made for the security of the country. >> i don't understand why my vice president would want to pass a no confidence motion against me, we are trying to solve a bomb attack against me able that a no confidence motion at this moment will only serve to distract or halt the investigation. i'm certain that my vice president is working with the opposition. >> ivory coast has been holding its first presidential poll since 2011. the current president cast his vote. it's likely to see him return to
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office. he was up against 10 other candidates, but three of them are now boycotting the election because of what they claim to be widespread irregular hearts. >> a comedian and a former first lady are competing to be the next president of guatemala. corruption is one of the key issues after a scandal top would the country's last leader. denying the allegations, the scandal has caused national outrage against politician. >> an era of political family dominance is coming to an end in argentina as people choose a new leader to replace christina kirchner. the ruling party candidate was slightly ahead in opinion polls. if elected, he'll take over from kirchner, who's been in power since 2007, her husband before her. 32 million people are eligible to cast ballots. >> poverty and the state of the economy are high on the agenda. we have this report.
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june the inflation here is obviously a big issue, 30% a year. people in many ways have found a way of living with that. it's a difficulty. it's something that daniel sciolli has said if he wins will have to deal with. it is not in many people's minds as the major issue. poverty, high crime rate, the economy in general have certainly been raised, but kirchner will leave office when she handers it over in december with a 40% approval rating, which is unusual anywhere in the world, certainly here in latin america after eight years in office. she still has her support certainly in the drill belt around buenos aires. the big question here is how much of that support is likely to transfer to daniel sciolli and how much the argentine people are demanding a different change in approach to the way politics are done here,
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represented by the mayor of buenos aires, macari. >> several mexican states have cleanup under way after being hit by hurricane patricia. we have this report from hidalgo. >> this is the result of the strongest hurricane in the western hemisphere near the peak of its power. roads strewn with fallen trees, crops ruined and buildings ripped apart. authorities feared it would be much worse, but that doesn't mean those in the path of hurricane patricia escaped unscathed. we found marisol in a shelter. she had nowhere else to go. >> our houses just went in the wind. this collapsed and destroyed everything. >> she showed us the ruined home she shared with her father and daughters. they are now homeless. >> this was my house.
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it was the only refuge that i had. >> it's the same story in village after village. it's the rural poor, rather than the region's wealthier tourist towns that have borne the brunt of this storm. this is the coastal area where hurricane patricia made landfall, crashing into villages like this one. the very high winds at its very center missed the poor and the holiday resort town with their high urban populations. as the storm subsided, the armed forces and government agencies started work restoring communications and clearing roads. mexican authorities generally react quickly to natural disasters, but they've often been less willing to provide long-term solutions once the danger has passed.
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jose luis had just finished paying for the damage from the last big storm. what he needed that time and this one is a concrete roof to stand up to high winds. >> we're going to have to start again from zero. here there is no help. you just have to do it all yourself. >> he couldn't afford the roof or get government funds for it. now, he's sorting through his few remaining possessions again. it's a common story. >> the federal funds arrive late and people are forgotten, or if they haven't documented everything they've lost, they don't receive help. >> the challenge for authorities this time around is to make sure that the many people like marisol and jose luis are not so vulnerable when the next storm comes. al jazeera, hidalgo, mexico. >> dozens have been hurt in anti-government protests. thousands were there demonstrating against the prime
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minister, who's been in power since 1991. the protests ended when police fired tear gas at the crowd. >> turks and kurds have been fighting outside the turkish embassy in tokyo. scuffles started at people gathered to cast their votes ahead of next week's turk iraq parliamentary elections. at least three people were hurt. 1,000 turkish nationals live in japan. >> in indonesia, they are getting ready right now to evacuate children from areas which has become cloaked intoxic smoke. at least 10 people so far have died from ingesting what's in the haze. we have this report in south sumatra. >> millions of indonesians across large parts of the country have been forced to
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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-month-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
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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. although 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.
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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. >> to the argument whether or not tourists should be allowed to climb a famous landmark in australia. it's been 30 years since control of the sacred site was handed back to the aboriginal population. >> it's in every tourist brochure, but to aboriginal people, it is sacred, equivalent to the grandest cathedral or mosque. >> this place has huge ancestral and spiritual significance to us, holding the stories of the
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creation ancestors. >> to climb it is to disrespect it and those for whom it is most special. until the 1980's when it was better known by the name colonialists gave it, not much thought was given to that. today, signs and most tour guides make it clear. >> this is their sacred site. they ask us not to climb. >> filming people on the rock is considered offensive, too, so we're not showing people climbing, but a significant minority of visitors still are. >> it's one of those things in life, isn't it? you do it once, maybe, if you can do it. >> looking from the bottom is not the same as from the top, i don't think. >> i see this as a sportive element and not a question of cultural. >> it's understandable why some do climb. next to the sign asking not to is another saying whether the climb is opened or closed. only certain weather conditions mean it and the gate leading to it are actually shut.
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if they really don't want to climb, they should close. but they are open, means it's open to climb. >> it's true, there's even a handrail helping people up. >> the management wants people to choose not to climb, not force them. if people insist on going up, they want them safe. >> people have died falling from the rock. a taiwanese tourist spent 24 hours in a crevice in june. the aboriginal management board fear banning climbing outright could mean fewer tourists and less revenue for nearby communities. >> everything we do is governed by that board and that board has definitely made some, you know, steps into closing the climb. >> criteria have been set, one discouraging the climb to a point where fewer than 20% of visitors do it has been met. alternative walks around the base are encouraged. but the days of people on top of the rock are numbered. andrew tomas, al jazeera.
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