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♪ earthquake aftermath rescuers scramble to reach those trapped in the rubble in northern pakistan. ♪ hello, this is al jazeera live from doha, also on the program, landslide voting in congo to allow a third presidential term. china warns war ship entering the waters in the disputed south china sea. helish life and syrians from aleppo who lost their homes and facing a harsh winter ahead.
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♪ hello, authorities in pakistan and afghanistan have intensified their rescue and relief operations in earthquake-affected areas, the death toll of that magnitude 7.5 quake has now risen to over 300, most of those casualties around 260 were in pakistan where rescuers are still searching the rubble for survivors and struggling to reach those in mountain areas and hospitals across the valley region are inundated, across the border in afghanistan the site of the quake's epicenter and 4,000 houses have been damaged and 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured and in india the affects were also felt mostly in the north of the country but casualties have been followed and victoria reports now. >> reporter: this hospital in the pakistani city is crowded with injured people after a
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magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked northern afghanistan and pakistan on monday, rescue efforts are confused by mountain regions which are hard to access. >> translator: according to the latest information so far the highest death toll and helicopters and sea 130 aircraft sent to carry out data in the effected region. >> reporter: in the region of peshawar they scramble as they are rushed to hospital and 200 patients arrived in two hours and staff said they were well prepared for the emergency. >> translator: it's a sudden event that occurred and the hospital will activate emergency protocol, currently the equipment and staff are capable of tending to all the injured from the quake. >> reporter: the earthquake's epicenter was near the afghan city of jam 60 kilometers west of the afghanistan pakistan border. at the moment the quake hit was captured live during a newscast
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in kabul. the quake toppled buildings and levelled homes which sent millions of people into panic, the afghan president appealed for unity. >> translator: i demand all afghans, my fellow countrymen to help us in the affected areas and ask to provide accurate information on the casualties and damages so we can start getting help for those who need it. >> the same region was hit by a powerful earthquake ten years ago that killed at least 75,000 people and caused extensive damage, as the death toll grows and the aftershocks continue millions of people are once again on edge. victoria with al jazeera. let's speak now to jennifer glasse who is live in kabul with the latest and jennifer how much of a challenge has this been for the rescue services particularly in getting to those remote, hard
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to reach areas? >> it's a huge challenge and we are just 24 hours after this earthquake and one of the big problems is it's just across such a large area of afghanistan, 11 provinces, that is almost a third of the country have been effected by this and 83 are dead that we know of and 373 injured and some of the remote villages rescue workers have not gotten to and president ghani convened the national security council in kabul to try to coordinate aid and called on local emergency councils to do the same and get aid out to a vast number of people in some very remote areas and the epicenter 260 kilometers north of here is in the hindu mountains, a difficult range and the coordination made more difficult because some of the most effective provinces and kunar for example have areas controlled by the taliban, the tall band have issued its own statements calling on afghans and its fighters to deal with
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the aid in any way they can to aid charities and to get food, shelter and medical care for those who need it and we got an audio message from the new leader of the taliban, mohamed mansur and basically a code of conduct and doesn't mention the earthquake but a code of conduct for his fighters congratulating them on victories telling them to act properly and not recruit young fighters and to respect infrastructure, buildings and sites like dams, mosques and bridges. >> all right, jennifer thanks for that jennifer glasse reporting to us from the afghan capitol kabul. neighboring pakistan was hit hard too and question have this update from swat valley. >> reporter: rescue efforts already underway although for the most part it's on a self help basis because they are trying to dig out the valuables from under the rubble and the
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strong earthquake has left a trail of destruction and it's the worst hit and if you see the wall on my right it is swaying badly and it can come down any time, the government authorities are already warning of aftershocks and have closed the schools in the valley as well as across the country just to be on the safe side. the important thing right now is for a proper recognizance of the forefront areas and military says they already started that and the people are waiting to see what relief and help they will get from their government, the important thing also is to treat the medical emergencies because the hospital in swat is already overwhelmed and are over 200 people that are in that hospital and they need help and the government of course will have to get up in order to ensure that help reaches to these far flung areas where it is needed most. >> there has been an early
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morning attack at the border between pakistan and afghanistan, seven unidentified fighters killed in the gun battle, the pakistani military saying it came under heavy fire in south wizirstan and they approved the constitution to allow the president to run for a third term and has age limit and restricts presidencies to two terms and current president is 71 which makes him too old for the position and has already served two terms and harry is live in brazaville and harry what has been the reaction to that result? >> well, the government has been disputing there was a low turn out and say just because a few people voted in parts of the capitol doesn't mean they represent the whole country and saying most people in the rural areas turned up to vote,
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opposition leaders are saying the vote was a sham and it should have been cancelled in the first place and shouldn't have happened and threatening to post it but this was happening on the ground and they need it for house arrest because the police and in some cases the army are guarding the place and cannot leave the area in protest and another thing we saw is last tuesday when they came on to the streets and protested opposition supporters were shot and killed by police and sent fear in the capitol and people are afraid to oppose it and if they call people to come on the street and protest the result, the concern now is given the fact that some othem admit they are scared to come to the protest. >> so harry what are the implications of this result? there were questions before the referendum began about just how credit was going to be? >> well, there are people who do not support it and say it's not credible, the big thing to watch
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now is it seems to take a third term in africa and comes up over and over again and african presidents want to stay in power longer than they are meant to and there has not been much word and not cause from the african union and for leaders about this referendum and people have been relatively quiet so you got rwanda and next year with a term in power you have congo and president also wants power and it's kind of a train and people are concerned and opposed and say if people are quiet and don't speak out about it it gives more and more action to support, the past support to hang on to power because it seems if one person does it someone else can do it and this trend will continue. >> harry is live from brazaville in the republic of congo. now china has followed a u.s.
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war ship which it says illegally entered its waters in the disputed south china sea and disstroied it close to two manmade by china in 2014, china warned the u.s. it will respond to deliberate provocations in its waters and china has claims over the south and southeast china seas and says the u.s. in the region keeps a sense of power in one of the world's busyist shipping lanes and they say it is closely communicating with the united states. >> translator: the unilateral conduct to change the status quo such as the large scale landfills to build ocean platforms in the south china sea are of concern for the international community as the prime minister repeatedly said it's very important that the international community unite to
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maintain peace and stability in the south china sea. we are closely conducting intelligence information with the united states. china built the artificial islands dredging areas around reefs and it has repeatedly said it will not tolerate, vietnam, asia and philippines claim the islands and rob mcbride is in beijing and has this report. >> reporter: the chinese condemned this patrol as a provocative act with the foreign minister urging the americans not to under take what he calls any reckless actions as they see these islands as being very much chinese sovereign territory and have claims to them even though they are hundreds of clum tears by the south china coast and go back hundreds of years and the americans though have always asserted that these are international waters and that
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they will win their rights sail within 12 nautical miles and expecting reaction from the chinese side through the day and waiting to find out what the chinese military has done in response to this and if they have been shadow doing this patrol with their own vessels or aircraft and whether that now becomes a new normal in the south china sea and almost cold war style of encounters between military forces from the two sides. so called day of rage has been organized across the west bank and it may flare-up in hebron and 19-year-old was shot dead by israeli forces and israel said he seriously injured a 19-year-old shoulder, on monday a second palestinian shot and killed at a check point in hebron after an argument and we
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have more. >> reporter: it's always hard to predict how many people will turn out on one of these so called days of rage called for by palestinian political factions, but it's likely that one of the flash points will be the city of hebron in the south of the west bank where 18 of the 60 palestinians who have been killed so far this month in the violence lost their lives, one of the latest people to die was a 19-year-old palestinian who was killed by live ammunition during clashes with the israeli army near hebron and he is due to be buried on tuesday but something that is angering many palestinians is the fact some of the bodies who have been killed have not yet been returned to their families and often their disputed narratives where a palestinian has been shot after trying to attack or stab in some cases either a soldier or a settler and local palestinian
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witnesses saying that that wasn't the case and that in many cases was an unarmed palestinian who was killed and disputing the narrative they were trying to launch attack against an israeli and what is clear is young people in the occupied west bank don't hold out much hope for diplomatic moves by president abbas who is going to geneva on wednesday for the international protection for the civilian population and it's very hard to predict, in fact, whether appeals for calm from the politicians will be listened to by the population here. the u.n. security council is preparing a briefing later on monday on the humanitarian situation in syria, according to the u.n. the conflict there has left 120,000 people internally displaced in the last month alone, the city of aleppo and hama and idlib most effected and we have the story now of one family who described their life
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as hellish. >> reporter: she used to carry her youngest child into an actual home. now she says this is where we li live. the mother of seven prepares what she can for her kids. today inside this dark, dinghy structure it's potatoes. >> translator: our livelihood is gone. our livelihood is gone, our land is gone, our homes are destroyed. >> reporter: her family is just one of the thousands of newly displaced in syria since the beginning of russia's air campaign in late december, accounting to the u.n. an increase in fighting has resulted in at least 35,000 new idps from the southwest outskirts of aleppo. >> translator: this is an
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hellish life and was our lowest life and now we have no place else to go and there is suffering all around. >> reporter: in southern aleppo it's not simply the war reigning misery upon the newly displaced. as winter approaches conditions will only worsen. already keeping warm is a struggle. aid workers are doing what they can but in this makeshift camp there are only so many tents to go around. abdullah says tens of thousands of families are now displaced in aleppo and more are arriving everyd everyday. >> translator: somebody sick from natural causes here can't go to a hospital so how can you help somebody facing an emergency, somebody may be injured by russian or syrian air strike and no ambulances to help
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the wounded. >> reporter: the children still play even during these tough times. but it's the parents who can barely keep the agony at bay. >> translator: we left our home because of all the death. there was nothing but death all around us. that's why we are here now. hopefully we won't have air strikes happening here. we have nothing now. >> reporter: nothing but a reality that is harsh and cold. mohamed, al jazeera. polls have opened in egypt as the country votes in the first phase of parliamentary election runoff and egypt has not had apparelment since june 2012 after a court dissolved the democratically main chamber and dominated by the banned muslim brotherhood and will vote 14 after 27 governors across the country. we will take a quick break now but still ahead on al jazeera.
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>> i'm andy in alabama where state officials have been criticized for closing dozens of driver's license offices and civil right activists say it's an attempt to suppress black voters. we meet a south korean man whose hobby is taking funeral pictures of elderly people. ♪ >> don't shoot. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.?
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hello again you are watching al jazeera and the top stories rescuers in afghanistan are rushing to deliver aid to
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earthquake victims and people died after a 7.5 quake hit asia on monday and it was in the hindu curb mountains in eastern afghanistan and in congo they approved a change to the constitution allowing a president to run for a third term and has an age limit for candidates and restricts presidencies to two terms. a u.s. war ship has been sailing close to artificial islands built by china and warned the u.s. not to cause trouble in the south china see and vietnam, malaysia and taiwan and philippines also laid ties to the area. they are implementing measures to tackle the refugee crisis in the western balkins since hungry closed its borders in mid september and slovania faces ten to thousands of arrivals but as
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they report from the slovenia-croatia border aid workers say they are prevented from offering much-needed help. >> reporter: the promise of 400 extra police from the eu to manage this unparallel scale of migration may come as a relief for the slovania authorities but relief for the authorities, i tried to ask people how they spend last night and not enough water said this man, they have been waiting for hours, finally somewhere now to leave for an austria bound train but members of this family have been left behind. >> one of my brothers and my sisters husbands can't, they didn't let them come out. >> reporter: hopefully they made it on to the next train and by the afternoon the camp was ready for more arrivals. this is just the latest batch of hundreds of refugees to arrive at this holding facility, the
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police seem to be doing a very good job at crowd control but the humanitarian effort from what we have seen is not quite as adequate. aid agencies such as this one say more resources are needed though they stress the slovania authorities are cooperating closely with them, but these volunteers say they have been obstructed from getting food and support to where it's needed. >> to be allowed to hand blankets to people when we have sufficient to get to the children and family i mean this is disgusting before you even get to the food issues or the restriction of medical aid to those that need it. >> reporter: the civil protection agency says volunteers need to register with recognized organizations but the police are stopping everybody from going in there, this is what is happening. >> i think i'm not from the police but i think that is for
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their security. >> reporter: swamped by up to 15,000 hungry and exhausted new arrivals a day help for them and for the authorities cannot come soon enough, robin walker, al jazeera, on the slovania-croatia border. in columbia 12 security officers killed from rebels by the national liberation army also known as eln, the marxist gorilla operating since the 60s and others missing from the ambush in the province and talks continuing between the government and columbia's largest rebel group the farc. indonesia president announced support for a contentious trade deal after a meeting that president barack obama at the white house, it is seen as a political victory for a bomber who faced opposition to a deal back home, the u.s. and 11 other countries agreed on the trans
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pacific partnership and the largest of its kind covering free trade-in the pacific region. the u.s. state of alabama is accused of deliberately suppressing black voters and announced plans to close dozens of government officers with id in the rural parts of the state and would a valid identification they will not be able to cast their ballots in up coming elections and andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: it's the picture of southern charm but activist say springs in rural alabama is part of a new battleground in a decade old fight, in small towns across the state dozens of driver's licenses offices have closed making it hard for many to get picture identification. in alabama voters need government issued id to cast ballots but in the state's poorer communities it just got harder. >> hello. >> reporter: residents like evelyn say it's a reminder that voting rights here is still an issue. >> we come a long ways but still
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have a long ways to go and we are still fighting for that right that we earned years and years ago and we shouldn't have to fight now like we did in the past. >> reporter: civil rights activists say it's not so much that driver's license offices are closing but where they are closing and overwhelmingly it's rural and black communities that are losing their facilities and critics say that is nothing short of an attempt to suppress the african/american vote, some law makers in the state are now calling for a federal investigation into the closers but officials claim budget cuts gave them no choice and alabama governor says the suggestion of voter discrimination is simply untrue. >> we will go to people's houses to have their picture made if they don't have a photo id in the state of alabama. we are never going to do anything to keep people in the state of alabama from voting and for them to jump to a conclusion like this that is politics at its worst. >> it's a big barrier and many of the rural counties people don't have transportation.
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>> but campaigners say closers come binded with the voter id laws are part of a long and ugly history of discrimination. >> reporter: here we are 50 years later on the year, 50 years after the voting rights act and we are again suppressing the rights of black voters in alabama. >> reporter: officials say the closer will save the state millions of dollars, civil rights campaigners are more concerned about the potential cost on democracy. andy gallagher al jazeera, union springs, alabama. in south korea one of the worldest fastest aging societies and one man is trying to help the elderly by taking pictures to be used at their funerals, a way of preserving the memories of those who face dying alone disconnected from their families and here is his story. >> translator: my name is tim and i take funeral portraits for
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the elderly. times are changing. in my day parents sold their car and spent the money on their kids' education and now the number of educated children who support their parents in return is failing and people are marginalized with nothing to rely on. with no where to go they come to parks like this one and i was thinking of what to do and my strength is taking pictures so i thought why don't i take general portraits and i started. the quality would be better at a professional studio. here the environment is bad with poor lighting. it's a challenge but they come here anyway because it doesn't cost anything.
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i have to do lots of work, taking off blemishs and minimizing wrinkles and old people's faces are different from young and lots of wri in, kles and rough skin and have to pay more attention and people say i don't need to take funeral portraits yet but it's important and are placed on the table when people arrive and used at the funeral place. when friends come to the funeral and look at the portrait the person's life story is there to see. it helps them leave other people's memory. initially i thought just in my head that it would be a good thing to do but as i actually did it something touched my heart and it made me feel something. my wife didn't mean to get involved. she just thought i needed some
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help. at the start she was a bit annoyed but after a while it made her feel good too. now she is even more into it than i am. >> reporter: lots more on our website as always al and get the latest on all the stories we are covering. the battle for economic prosperity in the 21st century has convinced many americans cities that they will be left in the dust if they don't offer businesses and entrepreneurs superhigh speed internet service. that's why the holy grail has becohe