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that is our show for today, i'm ali velshi, thank you for joining us. for joining us. ♪ we begin the news hour with breaking news on al jazeera, there has been a powerful earthquake in afghanistan and u.s. geological says 7.7 magnitude quake and centered in the northeast of the country and felt as well in new deli islamabad and kabul and correspondents standing by for the very latest and jennifer is in kabul with an update, jennifer? >> reporter: you could feel the earthquake here, the epicenter according to the u.s. geological survey was 250 kilometers north,
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northeast of here about 77 kilometers by the capitol in the hindu mountains, a sustained earthquake and at least a minute and people went running in the streets. we are not getting any real reports of any big damage here, some old mud walls have fallen downs and electricity problems in kabul and the phone system is down and very difficult to make a phone call person to person and difficult to get further investigation but a very powerful earthquake felt so far away with the epicenter so far away and one said it was scary and i'm from california and used to earthquake so it was a very powerful quake. >> give us a sense, an idea of what the area is like, jennifer. >> reporter: well, the hindu mountains is a quake zone, very much a fault line there so pakistan, afghanistan have
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witnessed quite a number of earthquakes over the years. luckily it's not in a very populated area so we are not getting any reports right now of any heavy casualties but it's too soon to say because as i said it certainly was felt very clearly here, cars were rocking back and forth, but it is a very mountainous terrain and a lot of damage anvd villages and towns made of mud and wouldn't withstand terrible damage and hoping not too much damage and too early to say but one of the most powerful quakes afghanistan felt and no one here on the al jazeera team can recall as anything as powerful in their resent history. >> leave it there for now and thank you for the update from afghanistan and we will talk to a geo physicists on the line from colorado, a reporter in afghanistan describing the earthquake cause extremely
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powerful, how big was it and what is your analysis? >> we have a 7.5 right now. we've got reports of it being felt from afghanistan all the way to new deli and northern india. it's about 215 kilometers deep and it's a pretty big earthquake. >> are there series of aftershocks? >> we are starting to get the aftershocks and starting to see them come in now but it's sort of hard to see the aftershocks right away because of the shock of the initial shock but starting to get aftershocks coming in. >> right and from your analysis and what you have seen in the past and you're saying that this is a 7.5, do you expect to be getting the reports of a lot of damage as well as casualties? we understand that communication is down in certain areas so it's still difficult to verify and get information. >> yeah, there is potential for
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damage in this region and land slides and that sort of thing but it's hard to say anything specific and depends on the infrastructure in the region. >> how long did this earthquake last for? >> not exactly sure about that actually. >> okay, zachary reeves we thank you for joining us from colorado. let's cross over to kamal who is joining us from the pakistani capitol islamabad to give us an update from there because we understand now that there are casualties that have been report reported. >> reporter: absolutely. the government is now saying that a number of people have been killed but 100 are injured. as you saw in that report the
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epicenter of the earthquake in the province which straddles pakistan's northern area and still trying to see what kind of damage it must have caused in pakistan because the telephone lines are badly disrupted as you also heard from jennifer glasse it is very difficult to get an accurate assessment but reports are coming in and pakistani military chief issued this that the military should not be waiting for any instructions but to respond immediately to the area which has been hard hit. we do not know at this moment what kind of damage it would have caused in northern pakistan because that is also a very mountainous area prone to landslides and waiting to see. however, the earthquake was very powerful. we had to vacate our offices here in islamabad. most of the people left their homes and the buildings and it lasted what seems like almost a
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minute. >> kamal pakistan has been hit by earthquakes in the past so how equipped and prepared would you say authorities as well as people would have been for this one? >> well, there is no doubt that pakistan has seen devastating earthquakes, particularly the one in 2005 which killed over 75,000 people, that was in kashmir and it was also in the month of october, ten years ago. so everybody will be hoping that this one has not caused much damage. the only good news we are hearing is the depth of the earthquake because when these earthquakes are shallow they cause more damage but there are reports of damage and we are awaiting to see what has happened in northern pakistan. as i mentioned it's difficult to get an accurate picture but as time goes by we will be able to get more information as to what it must have done in pakistan
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particularly in the district of citral which straddled close to the production province where the epicenter of this earthquake was. >> and what have people said about their reaction to the earthquake if you have managed to speak to anybody that has been affected, kamal? >> well, we have not been able to speak to anybody but i was able to talk to one of our reporters in peshawar and told us this was indeed a very powerful earthquake. pakistan is used to earthquakes so this was indeed very strong for people to feel it. it has forced people to come out of their houses and there is now a warning for strong aftershocks. that is why we are reporting from the road and not the rooftop because of the threat of aftershocks which happens after every strong earthquake hits this region. >> okay, kamal thank you for that update from pakistan, crossing over now to joining us
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from new deli to tell us what people there felt and we understand that some had to evacuate buildings, how strong was it in india? >> that is absolutely right, absolute panic in the capitol here in india as well as across the northern parts of the country, people in our building evacuating as the 42nd long tremors continued, reminding many people of the tremors that were felt during the nepal earthquake earlier this year and hearing reports of aftershocks people in the records in the northern state of pinjab and power and tell telecommunication lines down and new deli in a ste of shock because of the tremors just about a half an hour ago. >> just about the aftershocks how are people dealing with the potential of that? >> well, people certainly come back into the buildings.
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we have been monitoring what is going on in and around us. the early noticeable difference we can see is the metro line outside of our building is quiet and has been suspended in the capitol as fear of aftershock and precaution and in and around new deli many people have moved back in the buildings and back to work and what they were doing but certainly a scary 40 seconds or so just a little while ago and that is causing some amount of distress across india but also people watching for aftershocks as colleagues in afghanistan and pakistan mentioned. >> thank you for the update and information very scarce and trying to collect as much information as possible at this point but what we understand what is happening is there has been an earthquake that struck afghanistan, it was also felt in pakistan as well as india as our reporters were telling us and we are hearing so far that four people have been killed, that is
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in pakistan so the earthquake, the magnitude was 7.5 and again it struck the northeastern afghanistan, this is according to the u.s. geological survey and sent tremors felt in india as well as pakistan and speaking to the u.s. geological survey they say they do expect aftershocks but that is the scene right now across that region. we are monitoring developments and bring you all the latest news on al jazeera as we get it. ♪ we will move on to other news and two turkish policemen shot with a shoot out with suspected i.s.i.l. fighters and carrying out raids on houses early on monday when the gun battle broke out in the city in the heart land of the mainly kurdish area of southeast turkey and bernard smith from istanbul with the
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latest from that scene, bernard? >> the latest update is this operation is now over but as a consequence of it the security service say they have killed seven suspected members of i.s.i.l., suspected i.s.i.l. fighters and also two police officers were killed. now this was a series of raids on properties in a suburban the two police officers were killed when one of the houses that they went to to target seems to have been boobie trapped and the bombs went off killing those two police officers as they tried to get into one of those properties and the resulting fire fight seven i.s.i.l. fighters killed and the government says it has now disrupted a major i.s.i.l. cell. we know that over the weekend turkish media followed reports that the government was hunting a cell, a cell that according to the security services was
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preparing a major attack to and i quote the hijack a plane or vessel or detonate suicide bombs in crowded locations so that is who they were looking for and the security forces and the government says they disrupted the major cell. >> what is the threat to turkey from i.s.i.l.? >> well, since the suicide bombing on october the 10th in ankorer that killed 102 people the biggest attack on modern turkish soil i.s.i.l. is identified as the number one target, the culprit behind that. turkey has become a target for i.s.i.l. attacks really since it started and joined the u.s. led coalition in the summer and in launching strikes against i.s.i.l. targets in syria, turkish airforce has taken part in three air strikes on i.s.i.l. targets there so ever since then really turkey has become a target. we have elections next sunday on november the first of the security situation already tense
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in turkey because also there has been an increase in violence with the pkk in southeastern turkey and g 20 summit in mid november and all the world leaders descending on the southern coastal city here in turkey and can expect major security operations ahead of that at least to make sure that area remains safe and secure, do. >> thank you for the update from istanbul. talking in luxembourg focused on the syrian conflict and the first meeting since the air campaign in syria and a large number entering are from syria and talks come a day after eu and balkin leaders agreed on refugee arrivals and that is what the agreement entails, 100,000 refugee and welcome centers to be created within a week, 400 police officer also be cents to slovania which struggled with arrival numbers,
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eu will discourage the movement of refugees and migrants without warning neighboring countries in advance and appoint contact officers to monitor numbers of people and share that information with other authorities, in a moment we will go live to our reporter on the border with croatia to see how changes may help there and first is a report from david who is following that brussels meeting. >> reporter: everyday counts, otherwise we will soon see families in the cold rivers of the balkins per issue -- perish miserable as they talk about the refugee crisis, 17 point action plan approved first and foremost the delivery of humanitarian aid and the building of new shelters for the people seeking sanctuary inside the eu. the summit also agreed to speed up the processing and registration for genuine
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refugees. they will no longer be waved on across borders for the next country to deal with. slovania prime minister described the situation in his country as unbearable and a stark warning to his counterparts. >> if we do not deliver some immediate and concrete actions on the ground in the next few days and weeks, i do believe that european union and europe as a whole will start falling apart. >> reporter: that action is now underway, action that might begin to restore the image of the eu as a beacon of humanitarian values and prevent the erection of my more razor wire on the borders of europe. >> we have all signed a sea of convention on refugees and what is happening does not correspondent to the values which we have found. >> it's imperative and provide
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shelter and ensure refugees and migrants along the western borders route attribute in a human manner. it cannot be that in view of the 2015 people are left to fend for themselves, sleeping in fields in chest-deep rivers in freezing temperatures. >> reporter: fresh from the greek crisis angela merkel is now trying to guide the eu through an even bigger te, tens of thousands of lives are still at stake, it's a test she is determined she will not fail. david with al jazeera, brussels. so now we will bring in robin walker on the slovania-croatia border and continue to cross in and tell us how this agreement is going to effect the balkin countries including slovania where you are speaking to us from. >> yeah, as you mentioned this
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commitment now to have additional police come down here from the other parts of the eu to assist the slovanians is really important because let's put this into perspective from a figure perspective, 15,000 is the number understood to have come through slovania in the past 24 hours over sunday, that is huge, that is a record number that this country has had to accept so those 400 police officers will be a welcomed addition for as far as the slovania authorities are concerned and also that commitment to provide reception centers that can house an additional 50,000 refugees, in other words, places that will provide good protection for them from the weather especially given the winter is pressing in here. and also the need now it seems to be acknowledged they have to
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start talking to each other more these countries and heard repeatedly accusations on both sides with croatia and slovania and greece about how to manage the numbers with the macedonia people and the slovanians angered by their neighbors allegedly pushing through refugees that have not been properly registered and not hearing about when they are coming so it seems as if there is now this acknowledgment there will be closer communication and that is i think possibly the most important thing as far as the refugees are concerned because let's not forget slovania is a small country with a population of about two million and this is a huge number to be coming through and the most important thing to stress is they are not staying here. what they want is to go beyond these borders on to austria and on to germany and the priority for them is to have that decent humanitarian response where they
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have warm clothes, where they get properly fed, where they get processed quickly and where they have shelter. >> that is exactly what i wanted to talk to you about, it's the humanitarian response and how well these refugees are actually treated once they get into slovani slovania. >> it hasn't looked particularly brilliant from the humanitarian side of what we are seeing. the camp behind me is one of three on the slovania-croatia border and not much of a camp but a housing point where the numbers come on through and eventually when space is freed up further down the line they then get moved on. but what you get is these bottlenecks with refugees up to a thousand at a time waiting for hours on end to move on and when that happens overnight they get cold, they get miserable, they have to resort to lighting bomb
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fires with plastic materials, garbage and even rubber boots we have been told. one of the places where they cross into slovania are being kept in a med meadow and nothing more than an enclosure and dire and consistently restricted from going in and providing them with warm food. one of them said at eventually 2:00 or 3:00 they were able to get in with hot soup and able to feed two train loads of refugees but he said that four or five came through last night. >> okay, robin thank you for that update. two turkish fishermen who rescued a 18-month-old syrian child and his family at sea have visited them, video shot showed the boy named mohamed floating face down in choppy waters and when they hauled him on the boat he was alive and began to revive him and the toddler is recovering well and the
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fishermen rescued 15 people and the boy's mother described them as heros and given their family a second chance at life. argentina's presidential election is headed for a runoff after an unexpectedly tight election, who wins the next vote will be the first president elected to a runoff in argentina history and we report from buenos aires. >> reporter: it seemed impossible but the leader of the left change coalition forced the powerful ruling party to a second round. the first runoff in argentina's history. >> translator: i want you to concur our future and depends on you and ask you today to take the years to take to achieve it because every day december 10 on words i promise you we will be a little bitter. >> reporter: his followers celebrated until late at night, many couldn't believe what was going on.
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>> translator: we are going to go to a historic election and we will win. we are going to win the presidency and we are going to be an excellent government. >> reporter: but at the front victory headquarters the scene was completely different. kirchner's camp successor appealed to undecided voters promising reform. >> translator: with all my experience i ask the undecided and independent to vote for this agenda for great future for argentina development. >> reporter: in a few minutes ago this was filled with people expressing support but now they are leaving obviously disappointed because they expected to get a lot more votes and some have stayed however saying they are getting ready for the runoff in november. >> translator: this is the way democracy works, we will have to convince people that we were a better choice. >> reporter: analysts here say
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the big challenge is the power kirchner will have once she hands over the presidency to whomever wins in november. >> translator: in november after the runoff the problem is governability and she will continue to have power and influence and she wants to come back in 2019 and it's going to be difficult for any president. >> reporter: with less than a month to go the candidates will fight hard for the presidency, al jazeera, buenos aires. but guatemala was clear about their choice for president giving a landslide win to a comedian turned politician and jimmy morales took 70% of the vote and leaving the first lady sandra torres a distant second and david mercer has more from guatemala city. >> reporter: celebrations in the streets of guatemala city as jimmy morales savor his victory
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and view him as a hero, a man of humble beginnings who will lead the country for the next four years. >> translator: we are all happy. jimmy morales aside from being an academic is an artist, he is a sensible man, we know me will act with love in his heart towards us and his country. >> reporter: former television comedian morales clinched the vote the second round of presidential elections on sunday, the 46-year-old beat out his political rival sandra torres winning more than double the number of votes torres received. >> translator: we have been blessed today with a beautiful day, let us do everything in our power so the next few years will also be the best for guatemala because the job is not for one or two men, it's a job for each and every citizen of this great nation. >> reporter: earlier on sunday the political outsider drew a crowd as he cast his vote in
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guatemala city and his lack of political experience won support from many guatemala people tired of a political establishment seen as corrupt. >> translator: in this election we've seen someone who doesn't have a strong political party, spent very little and goes against the mantra you must spend more than opponents and has won a huge amount and people have chosen the only candidates who have not been part of the traditional political class. >> reporter: earlier this year a multi million dollar corruption scam brought down guatemala's president. perez is now in prison awaiting trial on charges of tax fraud and graft. the scandal led to the biggest protest in guatemala's recent history with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to demand an end to political corruption. morales will take office in january but he is not in for an easy ride. he will have to face limited government resources and a
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divided congress and yet he will be under enormous pressure to put through political reforms. david mercer, al jazeera, guatemala city. now the weather with everton and to give us the latest on the texas flooding everton. >> we still have heavy rain across eastern parts of texas but in the process of moving away and we can say the worst is over and the heavy rain will push to the eastern sea board and massive cloud as you can see and clinging on to the eastern side of texas, pushing across louisiana, alabama, pushing into mississippi and eventually make its way into georgia. the low pressure and remnants of hurricane patricia are in evidence there as you can see, just around the southeastern corner of texas and we have widespread flooding across central and northern parts of the state and see how awful conditions do remain, the high waters will remain in place for some days to come but the worst of the weather as i say it's
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making its way worst and heavy downpours in louisiana and tornado reported here as well and with the vicious winds you can see many power lines down in the process. in terms of rainfall well new orleans 220 millimeters of rain in just 24 hours and massive downpours all mixed up in this mess of cloud. that is going to continue making its way further east which going through the remainder of monday you can see it's pushing across mississippi, alabama and georgia and the carolinas going through tuesday, much of the eastern sea board wet on wednesday. >> thank you, ahead on the news hour update on breaking news that powerful earthquake that has hit afghanistan. and coming up, in sport the star striker makes a hat trick and top of the german scoring chart and we have details a little later in sport.
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a gun battle broke out. eu and leaders agreed on a new plan to try to tackle the europe's refugee crisis after emergency meeting in brussels and include creating 100,000 places in refugee reception centers. more on our top story the powerful earthquake in afghanistan we are following, let's take a look at the epicenter and it's in the northeast of the country in a remo remote mountain region and struck at a depth of 200 kilometers and jennifer glasse is joining us from kabul to give us an update on the situation there after that earthquake hit and now we are hearing reports of casualties in afghanistan, jennifer. >> reporter: that's right, the first reports of casualties, 11 school girls dead and nine injuries in the province in northern afghanistan. we felt the earthquake here in the capitol kabul, 250
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kilometers south, southeast of the epicenter in the hindu mountains and it's difficult communications across the country difficult and telecommunications are down in some areas. we are hearing the first reports of injuries in towakan and the most powerful earthquake anyone here has felt ever and went on for about a minute and people ran out into the streets and not only in this residential area but also in the very busy areas of town, the big shopping centers emptied out and people running out in the streets as cars shook and have not heard many reports of damage here and cracked buildings and a few older walls falling but getting reports of damage difficult because communications are difficult here and getting some reports that electricity in some areas of the capitol some electricity connections were disrupted but it was a powerful earthquake, 250 kilometers north, northeast of here and felt very much the capitol. >> do we expect the casualty
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figure to rise jennifer given the size of the earthquake? >> reporter: well, i don't think we would be surprised especially when you see a casualty number that far away in talicon more than 100 kilometers from the i epicenter and it was a mountain region, not a highly populated region and i think concerns will be older buildings or anything that was poorly built and i think that is where we might see some more casualties but very difficult to know right now how bad the damage is felt that earthquake felt across large areas not only here but in neighboring countries as well. >> yeah, and when you compare this one to past ones that have been felt across the region can there be a comparison? >> well, certainly i've lived here 4 1/2 years and never felt anything this strong and afghan colleagues say they never felt anything this strong.
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it was very powerful and went on for about a minute, buildings really shook and we of course are 250 kilometers away from the epicenter. apparently according to the u.s. geological survey it was quite deep. it was more than 200 kilometers deep and that apparently is good because the shallow earthquakes make more damage so it's really difficult to tell until we get some reports from a local village and again because of the phone lines are so difficult right now it's very difficult to call across the capitol let alone to call across the country. >> yeah, i understand that jennifer for the time being thank you very much and jennifer giving an update and hider joining us from the capitol islamabad and is it the same in pakistan, are the lines down, what information have you been able to gather on the earthquake and the aftermath and any aftershocks? >> well, so far we haven't experienced any strong
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aftershock, although the reports indicate that communication towers have gone down, that massive landslides have taken place particularly in the pakistan region. we also have reports of at least ten killed in the province and all basically close to the afghan border but the primary concern is pakistan in a remote region and there are fears there must have been damage there as well. the military chief of pakistan has issued standing orders to the military that it should respond immediately once it knows the scale of the damage and the areas which have been hard hit. >> and kamal what is the latest death toll? because last we speak we had heard that four people had been killed in pakistan. >> well, so far the reports indicate that at least ten people killed although that is
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likely to go up because as i mentioned there are also reports that hundreds have been injured, there have been cases of walls falling, infrastructure damage as well and as you saw in jennifer glasse's live the poorly built construction in the rural areas are more vulnerable so the important thing will be to find out exactly what kind of damage it caused in the adjoining district which is on the pakistani side of the border from where the earthquake took place in the province. however, the only good news so far is the depth of the earthquake as you also saw in jennifer's live and had this been a shallow earthquake then it would have caused more damage but the pakistani main office warning of strong aftershocks and asking people to take precautio precautions. >> we will talk to you later on and we will talk to peter for the head of disaster research
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from the university of copenhagen joining us from skype and what is the priority for authoriti authorities, what should they be doing? >> basically what we have heard people are trying to make an overview of the situation given assessment of what is really needed and are the ones that are affected the most so it's the same procedure as usual so. >> what is that procedure? >> i mean, before you can start the estimating what you really need you need to see what has happened, who are the affected ones, the high mountain regions are the houses collapsed or do we have to send in search and rescue teams. >> how difficult is it to get that type of information peter when you look at these areas right across pakistan and afghanistan and are very rural as reporters are telling us and also communication lines are down right now. >> that is the most hopeless part of this and especially when
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you say afghanistan and then thinking about earthquakes, that's going to be pretty bad, also in terms of the limited number of international organizations that are actually there at the moment so it's going to be real tough and but it's sort of a proand con because then you have rural areas not so densely populated as you would have in more urban areas so it's, yeah, it's difficult to say anything at this moment except that it's going to be pretty tough because the mountains and so on will have extreme difficult. >> what about the authorities preparedness to be able to do with earthquakes because those areas have been hit by earthquakes in the past? >> yeah, and that is a problem we face every time because the problem with doing and working with disasters is when the spotlight is on and disaster is
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happening and it's all the media are there and people are doing a great effort, the problem is afterwards, how do we actually evaluate how can we learn from what happened in the previous time and we just heard it's ten years ago since we had the big earthquake in pakistan and now it's sort of the time where the pakistani authorities need to show what did they actually learn from the landslide because if we continue using the disaster center it will happen, i mean as sure as water is going to be falling down with the rain then if we learn from it then we can better time and if we don't do it then we start from scratch again and hopefully that is not the case. >> so do you think that the government and the authorities have learned from past earthquakes, will they implement perhaps a new method to deal with this disaster that has just struck and you know also looking at nepal the earthquake in nepal that took place recently the government there was very criticized for not being able to
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handle that disaster, are we going to see a similar situation unfold now in afghanistan and pakistan and india? >> yeah, then you have to see when you look at the nepal it happened in kathmandu with the international organization and everybody was there and prepared for that one so compared to this one where you have no one in afghanistan and i have to admit i don't know very much about northern afghanistan but i could imagine that it would be far between the international ngo and the aid at this moment so this is a major issue. pakistan is definitely more safe and the authorities in pakistan would definitely be more well prepared than they probably are in afghanistan. >> okay, peter we thank you for joining us on the news hour to give us your point of view, thank you. ♪
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opposition in exile condemned president assad's comments saying he would be open to elections in syria on sunday he said a political solution to the war was possible but it would depend on defeating what he called terrorism. and we report. >> reporter: throughout the past week in state room after state room diplomates discussed and debated, a war as bloody as any in resent memory, one that millions are still desperately trying to flee no matter the cost. just a day after russia called for new elections in syria president bashar al-assad met with lawmakers in damascus and declared he is willing to take part in new polls if the syrian people supported the idea. in capitol after capitol talks turned again to transition. even though at times it has
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sounded as though diplomacys as deadlocked as ever. in cairo after a meeting with his egyptian counterpart saudi foreign minister declared al-assad has no role whatsoever to play in syria's future. >> translator: egypt stand on syria is similar to saudi arabia, we both which to see a transition taking place in syria and both the countries civil and military executions preserved and above all to see the syrian people determining their own fate in the future. >> reporter: syria's opposition meanwhile says they are not opposed to compromise provided it's not al-assad they need to compromise with. >> the problem is it's not about dialog, this is to begin with he is now a war criminal or at least alleged war criminal because of the destruction he has brought to the country. i don't think a foreign power will have made destruction as
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syria and possibility forcier yeah to talk about the ones who killed their kids and destroyed their cities. >> reporter: on the ground in syria the situation deteriorates more by the day. many of the families who managed to escape the fighting haven't yet been able to escape hostility. as syrian children too young to understand the war they fled have become far too accustom to both injury and humiliation. while aid groups haven't stopped warning about the pearls of a lost generation, a generation now devoid of hope faces fences that won't let them pass and governments that don't want them in. mohamed, al jazeera. russia says its air strikes are targeting i.s.i.l. but statistics tell a different tory and impact the russian air strikes are having in syria.
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>> reporter: russian ministry of defense says the airforce has flown more than 900 missions and hit more than 800 targets in syria since it began conducting air strikes on september 30th. in the past week it says it destroyed 363 targets including 71 command centers, 10 workshops, manufacturing explosives, 30 ammunition depos and 252 field camps and it says it is targeting i.s.i.l. but the institute for the study of war, a u.s.-based think tank, says russia's air campaign is hitting mainly opposition groups in the countryside south of aleppo and hama province and isw says three locations have been hit in i.s.i.l. controlled territory and two in the stronghold raqqa and the other close to pal
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palmeria and 75 i.s.i.l. fighters, 151 civilians and 31 fighters from the al-nusra front. the u.s. led coalition has been conducting air strikes in syria for the past 13 months and observatory says 3650 people have been killed including more than 3276 i.s.i.l. fighters, 225 civilians and 136 fighters from the nusra front. palestinian activists and former presidential candidate claims there was an attempt on his life. he says unidentified asilent's attacked him saturday night and injured in the faceoff after attackers who he described as israeli agents stabbed him before fleeing, an investigation has been launched. the u.n. coordinator for the middle east peace process has condemned the attack. lebanon's prime minister
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expected to discuss the capitol rubish crisis on monday and some areas of beirut completely covered with trash and piling up after months after a landfill site was closed and now heavy rain has washed it on to the streets and we report. >> reporter: a river of trash flows down the middle of a lebanese street and it was once a destination for the jet set and now residents of beirut have to travel carefully. >> there was a river full of garbage from the high area to here and swimming in the rubish. >> reporter: piling up since the summer and residents have no choice but to dump their trash on the streets, many feel the unsanitary condition will lead to illnesses and diseases spread by insects and since the largest landfill reached full capacity in july the gridlocked government has not been able to
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identify a new site. now heavy rain over the weekend spread liter from the streets and the banks of the beirut river in the city and follow veers from the you stink campaign and the hash tag has been the social media lobbying tool for frustrated lebanese dawning face masked to conceal the stench, volunteers gathered on the banks of the beirut river to pick up what they could. >> translator: the idea was to clean the banks of the river and because of the rain we were obliged to put it in the streets and the river is changed into a dump instead of a river and the health situation has become very dangerous. >> reporter: the garbage crisis has ignited mass protests against the government, angry residents toobing to took to the streets weeks ago and demanded parliament take action or resign and anti-government protesters accusing lawmakers of
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corruption and say parliament members are busy lining their own pockets. they are demanding the government provide basic services. >> all 24 ministers have a veto of the power now and they are debating their share of everything in power and basically crippling the entire government which has not met for the past six weeks in any meetings. the council of ministers is totally crippled and the country is left without leadership. >> reporter: a national dialog is scheduled for monday. on the agenda is the latest crisis plaguing a city once considered the paris of the med middle east, paul with al jazeera. still ahead in sports australia beat argentina to join new zeeland in rugby action and this is on the way. ♪
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♪ welcome back, just reminder of the breaking news story we are following from afghanistan, there has been a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake centered there, 12 students have been killed in a girls school and the quake's impact felt in pakistan and northern india as well, at least 23 people have died in north west of pakistan. just a shift in gears for a minute and we will have an update on the sports stories. >> thank you very much, and hamilton claimed the third world championship after winning an action-packed u.s. grand prix
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and showed skill at the start and finish of the race in austin, texas, and we have more. >> lewis hamilton's mercedes crew was as exicited as the driver was on the austin circuit. >> greatest moment in my life. >> the greatest moment of his life was seen of one of the greatest drives and qualifying in the race took place within hours of each other and hamilton was at the start of the tricky conditions. he grabbed the lead from second place on the grid as he banged wheels with rossburg at the first corner forcing his teammate to spark. the britain dropped back to fourth but rossburg regaining the lead again after 22 laps following the pit stops. but the first of two safety cars
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brought hamilton right back into the race, only 12 drivers would end up finishing an incident packed afternoon and hamilton took advantage waving ing his way through the field and in second spot and he was going to certain victory until he made a crucial error with 7 laps to go running wide and hamilton on fresh tires after a late pit stop seized his opportunity. overcome with emotion hamilton let fans and interview a pop star elton john know what it meant to him. >> i can't find the right words this second to tell you how amazing this feels and i could not have done it without this team who have followed me for the last three years and really taken me on board and really helped nurture me with a car and just thoughtless so i love you guys and thank you so much for everything you do for me.
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>> reporter: the win saw hamilton be a back to back champion and 30-year-old was the first driver to win ten or more races in successive seasons, mark graham with al jazeera. hamilton's third world title is alongside five other drivers to reach the feit and jackie stewart and he is a hero all won a three driver championship and he is one title behind two others and the german has not been champion since he won four titles in a row between 2010-2013. and manual dominate e e ed with world titles but nobody has won more championships than michael shoemaker and seven wins between 1994-2004 and schumacher still
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being cared for at home since his skiing accident two years ago. australia will face new zealand in the final of the rugby final on saturday and beat argentina 29-15 to win the second semi final and lee wellings has more. >> reporter: argentina had brought sunshine to this tournament to their fans and the neutrals for the team full of flair and victory in the semi final would take them further than ever before, australia scraped through expecting a better performance and a win with a show down with new zealand and argentina needed the start but the opposite was to happen and a gift to simmons and nobody was going to stop him from scoring with 67 seconds gone. within ten minutes australia had a second try, and he found cooper for a score that was too easy for a world cup semi final.
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argentina's problems were mounting, they had a star player and captain to injury. while argentina were down to 14 men though australia ruthlessly exploited the opportunity with a second try for ashley cooper and a half time lead. and sanchez is mr. reliable through the world cup and given the team hope but finally australia broke the resistance for good and drew mitchell performing heroics to hold on until the ball came with a hat trip and australia into the final with victory by 29 points to 15. >> i just think that the guys are playing for each other and then want to play for australia and they are committed when they run on the field and hasn't always been perfect but the
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commitment there and that is the basic and rugby is committed for your teammates and contact sport. >> reporter: australia knew they had to raise their game after that narrow escape against scotland, now they can look forward to trying to topple the old blacks on the final on saturday, the winner of that one will lift the world cup trophy for a record third time, lee in london. president has officially entered the race to be the next head of fifa according to bahrain news agency and the bahrain royal family member has subb submitted his application before monday deadline and joins jordan and tokyo and david and michelle in the race, the vote to replace sepp blatter will take place on february the 26th.
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striker scored a hat trick as his side beat the oxburg 5-1 in the league and the star is now levelled by munich at the top of the scoring charts on 13 goals and has 20 in all competitions and are second in the table with seven points behind the leaders. top seed has started her wta final challenge with a win and thero romanian has second in world rankings and u.s. open champion in singapore taking over an hour to win a straight set 6-0, 6-3. >> a good set for me today. i have confidence coming back here from last year, i knew how far she is going to play so i was well prepared for it and knew how to manage the match.
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sharipova a win over the russian three seed was taken to three sets by polish opponent but closed out the march 4-6, 6-3-6-4 in four hours and struggling with injuries since wimbledon and only won two titles this year and that is it for me. >> thank you very much for that. well just reminder we are following the news of a powerful earthquake in aftghanistan that killed people there and across the border in afghanistan and these pictures are from islamabad where the earthquake was also felt according to our correspondent there and people had to leave their offices and homes and waiting in the street as you can see until they feel that it's safe to go back inside in the quake and it was also felt in india's capitol new deli and back in a moment and we will have an update on that story and much more and do stay with al
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♪ breaking news a massive earthquake rocks afghanistan, so powerful buildings shook hundreds of miles away in india capitol. tragedy at sea a whale watching boat cap sizing off britain columbia and five are dead and searching for survivors. cancers concerns and the major new report on the health risks from process and red meats. and downpours in the south and more drenching rain is expected today. ♪ welcome to your