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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour, i'm in doha with the top stories on al jazeera, here is what is coming up, in the next 60 minutes, combing through the rubble of the south asia earthquake as they rush to get to those in need. china issues a warning as the u.s. sails a war ship close to disputed islands. it looks like 30 years and counting for congo's president as they give the okay for him to stay in power and.
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>> i'm andy gal gary in alabama where they are criticized for closing dozens of driver's license offices and civ rights activists say it's an attempt to suppress black voters. ♪ emergency teams in afghanistan and pakistan scrambling to reach people trapped by monday's earthquake and get aid to those in need, so far at least 347 people have died. the quake was centered in northeastern afghanistan's province but it has effected a wide area of mountain terrain that is difficult to get to, some of it controlled by the taliban. 4,000 afghan houses were damaged but most of the casualties reported so far are in pakistan in kiber province, at least 1600 people have been injured in pakistan. victoria gatenbee reports. >> reporter: this hospital in the pakistani city is crowded
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with injured people after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked northern afghanistan and pakistan on monday. rescue efforts are complicated by patchy communications and rural mountain regions which are hard to access. >> translator: according to the latest information received so far the highest death toll is there and help copies and c 130 aircraft sent to the effected regions. >> reporter: in the city of peshawar they scratched scrambled as they are rushed to hospital and hundreds arrived in a few hours and staff said they were well prepared for the emergency. >> translator: if a sudden event occurs this hospital will activate its 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, the moment the quake hit
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was captured live in a news broadcast 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 each other in they are in effected areas and also i ask every afghan to provide accurate information on casualties and damages so we can start managing help for those who need it. >> reporter: 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 in the aftershocks continue millions of people are once again on edge. victoria, al jazeera. as we mentioned pakistan's province is the worst hit, hospitals in swat valley have been struggling to cope with the number of casualties and kamal
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is there. >> reporter: rescue efforts already underway although for if most part it is on a self help basis because the locals are trying to dig out the valuables from under the rubble, however the strong earthquake has left a trail of destruction, swat and is the worst hit and if you see the wall on my right it is swaying badly, it can come down any time. the government authorities are already warning of aftershocks. they 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 recogninance and people are waiting to see what relief and help they will get from the government. the important thing is also to treat the medical emergencies because the hospital is already
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overwhelmed, there are over 200 people who are in that hospital, 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. >> reporter: so that is the situation in pakistan. let's get the latest from afghanistan. jennifer glasse is joining us from the capitol kabul to tell us what kind of relief and aid people there have gotten so far, jennifer. >> well, we are starting to hear the stories of what happened when the earthquake struck just 24 hours ago in kunar providence 11 people were killed when a huge rock crushed their home and eastern afghanistan a 23 people were injured, many of them children, they were at a wedding when a wall fell down and injured those children, a couple of people killed in that incident as well. part of the problem is the area is so vast. the 83 dead and 373 injured that
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we know of so far stretch across 11 afghan provinces that is nearly a third of the country and many of them are remote so we know aid workers and relief officials trying to get to those areas, the president convened his national security council today to try and coordinate aid efforts and he called on local councils to coordinate as well. the epicenter of the earthquake 260 kilometers north of here in the hindu curb mountains and a lot of villages rounds there that are remote and difficult to get to in the best of circumstances and rock slides and potential for rock sides and mudslides in the area and has begun to snow in the mountains around afghanistan so it will be a very challenging effort and to complicate things even more parts of kunar parts are controlled by the taliban. now the taliban has issued its own statement calling on its fighters to help aid workers and calling on afghans and aid
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organizations to help those in need with medical care and food and supplies they need but it will be a challenging recovery effort and we will still see over the next couple days as aid workers do get to the regions they can access how extensive the damage is. >> and jennifer seeing how challenging it is authorities expecting the death toll to possibly rise? >> well, i think nobody is really sure, certainly some homes came down and there are just some villages i don't think anyone has gotten to yet and communications were difficult yesterday and some remote areas very difficult now as well. so i think we have to assume that things could rise. the question is how will those death tolls the rise and yesterday we saw them jump dramatically over several hours as people got access to hospitals and people brought in the dead and wounded, we are seeing some of those funerals being held today. a lot of it really is going to
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depend how badly remote villages were hurt and if people were able to get out on time and everybody ran out in the street when the earthquake hit and it was long and sustained and the worth earthquake afghanistan had of this magnitude in decades. >> and, jennifer, what is it that people need the most at this point almost 24 hours after that earthquake? >> well, it's getting cold here so more than 4500 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake so people will be worried about not being able to go back into their buildings or they won't be safe to go back into them and need shelter and something to keep them warm and will need food and medical care and those things and the real challenge is across a large area and not talking one concentrated area, 11 of the provinces have been effected in some way by this earthquake and so coordinating aid right now, the big priority of the afghan
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government. >> jennifer thank you for the update from kabul. well seven pakistani soldiers after an early morning attack at the border with pakistan and check point came under heavy fire from across the border and it didn't say who was behind the attack. pakistan has deployed thousands of troops on the border region to fight the pakistani taliban. here is what is coming up, on the news hour and meet internally displaced syrians from aleppo who lost their homes and facing a harsh winter and journalism is one of the most dangerous professions in the philippines. in sport the deadline date to enter the fifa election saw surprise entries, we will tell you who is in the mix later in the program. ♪ first china has followed a u.s. war ship which it says illegally entered its waters in a disputed
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south china sea and the u.s. guided destroyer went by two manmade islands constructed by china in 2014 and beijing warned washington it will respond to deliberate provocation in its waters. china built the islands by dredging around reefs and repeatedly said it will not tolerate any challenges to what it considers chinese territory, vietnam, malaysia and taiwan and philippines also lay claim to the nearby islands. >> when you change something that is general agreement among all parties that are affected as to what changes would bring about a better regime in terms of travel it cannot be determined by one entity so the balance of power says that there is not just a single there and has to be voices when all parties are effected by changes of realities on the ground. japan is concerned over china's actions and is closely
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communicating with washington. >> 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 a common concern for the into national community as they said it's very important that the interfacial community unites to maintain the peace and stability in the south china sea. we are closely conducting our intelligence information with the united states. >> reporter: so the issue creating a lot of reaction in the region, rob mcbride is in beijing and sent this report. >> reporter: the chinese have condemned this patrol as a provocative act to the foreign minister urging the americans not to undertake what he calls any reckless actions. they see these islands as being very much chinese sovereign territory and say there are claims to them evening though they are hundreds of kilometers by the south china coast and go back hundreds of years to
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dynasties and the americans have always asserted these are international waters and that they will within their rights sail within 12 nautical miles of these disputed territories. we are expecting more reaction from the chinese side as we go through the day and also waiting to find out what the chinese military has been doing in response to this, whether, in fact, they have also been shadowing the patrol with their own vessels or aircraft and whether that now becomes the new normal in the south china sea and almost cold war-style of encounters between military forces from the two sides. more than 92% of voters in the republic of congo approved the change to the constitution which will allow the president to run for a third term and the current constitution has an age limit and two term limits as well and dennis is 71 which made him too old for the position and now nearing the end of his second term and we are joined to
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tell us what the reaction has been there to that result, haru. >> reporter: well, the opposition is not happy. they say there is no way. the government response is this and saying just because you saw a few lines in the capitol it does not represent the whole city. the opposition is saying that they are threatening to protest, come out in the streets but here is the difficulty, a lot of the main leaders are under house arrest where basically the police are stationed outside their gate, outside their house and cannot leave the house to come out and protest and last tuesday opposition supporters took to the streets for the third term issue, the police opened fire and shot some of them and that created some fear in some of the people here. we speak and say we want to say we are not happy but scared we will be killed or arrested so it's a way to see the situation if people come out on the streets and if they do how high the numbers will be. >> wanted to ask you about the implications of the results
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there. >> reporter: well, one said to me there seems to be something in the water because lately a lot of african leaders seem to be indicating they want to extend their term in office and saw burundi won another election, a third term and seeing rwanda with more terms and wants to extend his term and drc president also wants to extend his term so people are saying what is going on? they will likely see this referendum went ahead, the government says they have won which means the president can extend its term if he chooses to do so so they are saying if you managed to do it others want to do the same so and there is no big outcry from the african community and no big outcry from the african union and danger is the same in saying if a few people can do it others can too and it will continue into 2016. >> thank you for that update.
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iran has sent more military advisors to syria to help assad's army as a key assad ally but they deny that the combat troops are present on the ground in syria. opposition groups of the free syrian army said they did not visit moscow despite reports that such visits had taken place and let's get clarity with peter sharp in moscow to address the claims and counterclaims, peter. >> reporter: that is right, well the claim it's a rather wooly statement came from a foreign ministry spokesman who said that the fsa delegations are here all the time, there is people coming, people going, all different people and they all claim to be representatives of the free syrian army. and as you quite rightly said the fsa over the last few hours has categorically denied any meeting, any trip to moscow.
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they point out that they are still being attacked by the russian airforce and russia continues to support president assad. russia has over the last month carried out about 900 air strikes and observers on the ground are pretty consistent in their reports of the majority of these strikes were directed at moderate rebel forces and not the targets prescribed by russia as i.s.i.l. and diplomatically peter what do we know about a possible russian proposal that could be floated around perhaps this weekend in vienna, what is in it? >> well, russia has mounted a concerted diplomatic effort to try and make sure it is part of any settlement. putin has said he sees that a settlement in syria runs the path straight through moscow. now these proposals which had been listed by the newspaper
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include stopping all the fighting on the front lines of the pro and anti-assad forces. putin saying he will guaranty that assad will not stand for the leadership but wouldn't rule out that an ally or close support of his could and finally what they are saying now is russian troops will be kept inside syria to ensure that the ceasefire holds and elections can be carried out. but i think russia's attempts to claim ownership for this peace process will be fiercely resisted by turkey and saudi arabia especially who say that assad must go if there is to be a solution and russia can't be part of the solution because it's an occupying force. >> all right, peter thank you for that update from moscow. now the u.n. security council holding a briefing later on tuesday on the humanitarian situation in syria, u.n. saying
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at least 120,000 people have been internally displaced in the last month alone due to an escalation of fighting, hanna and idlib are the most effected and we have a story of one family who described their life as hellish. >> reporter: she used to carry her youngest child into an actual home. now she says ruefully this is where we 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 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
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campaign in late september, according to the u.n. an increase in fighting has resulted in at least 35,000 new idps from the southwestern outskirts of aleppo. >> translator: this is an hellish life and reached our lowest point and we were sleeping as they attacked and have no place else to go and 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. they say tens of thousands of families are displaced in aleppo and more are arriving everyday.
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>> 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 an air strike and there are no ambulances to help 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. well, i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a shia mosque in saudi arabia. at least one person was killed and 16 injured in the attack on
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monday, it happened in the area of the southwest. saudis television saying the suspect's car has been found with a note inside to his parents confirming his plan to attack that mosque. a so called day of rage has been organized across the occupied west bank and fears violence will flare-up in hebron where 18 have been killed and 19-year-old palestinian man was shot dead by israeli forces, israel says he seriously injured a 19-year-old soldier. earlier on monday a second palestinian was shot and killed by israeli soldier at a check point in hebron after an argument and we 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
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rebron, the city in the south of the occupied west bank where 18 of the 60 pal palestinians who have been killed lost their lives and one of the latest people to die was a 19-year-old palestinian. he was killed by live ammunition during clashes with the israeli army near hebron and due to be buried on tuesday but something that is angering many palestinians is the fact that some of the bodies of the people who have been killed have not yet been returned to their families. often they are disputed narratives where the israeli army says the palestinians have been shot after trying to attack or stab in some cases either a soldier or a settler and local palestinian witnesses saying that that wasn't the case and that is it in many cases was an unarmed palestinian who was killed and disputing the narrative they were trying to launch an attack against an israeli. what is clear is that many young people here in the occupied west
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bank don't hold out much hope for the diplomatic moves by president abbas going to geneva on wednesday to repeat international protection for palestinian national population and very hard to predict, in fact, whether appeals for calm from the politicians will be listened to by the population here. polls open again in egypt as the country votes in apparel men parliament and has not had one since june 2012 after the democratically main chamber and dominated by the now banned muslim brotherhood and egyptians will get a chance to vote in 14 out of 27 governance across the country. election officials in tanzania called for calm after allegations of vote regain and opposition coalition accused the party of vote fraud, ccm is facing its first serious electoral challenge in the 54
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years since independence and the biggest opposition party says police raided its tallying center and arrested party members after polls closed on sunday. let's speak to the former nigerian president goodluck jonathan and part of the mission to tanzania and is joining us from there, thank you very much for joining us on the al jazeera news hour so when the opposition is accusing the ruling party of voter fraud and they are saying the election was rigged after they claim their election monitors were, in fact, arrested what do you make of these claims? can you tell us what you and the mission have seen there? >> thank you. we and our group went to the elections without conditions and petition of our own observations. but our processes and we observed on the 25th election
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and we had incidents of where they arrested some people. and it's an isolated case. i don't know and trying to find out more information about that. but we are here to establish a very clear position. but in terms of the general observation from all the missions including the common work observation group the election that day were peaceful and processes went well. we are waiting for the tally of the result and that we cannot comment now. but in terms of the election the activities we are satisfied. >> but when you say it's an isolated incident, how does that actually effect the tallying of the final results? >> no, no. what we are saying is we had the reports and none of the forces were there. we have the report from the opposition that a particular
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center there was an incident. but we have so many centers. we have over 3,000 polling units and it reports a particular center and cannot use only that isolated case to make a valid comment on the electoral process. >> it says sir they are concerned that reports of a number of reported interceptions of stuffed ballot boxes, do you share that concern? >> none of the observers have reported results. none of the observers. not just the common wealth of the right group but no observers. >> what is happening in zanzibar because we understand the candidate declared victory in that even though official tallying has not been completed? >> yes, we are worried about
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zanzibar because the electoral process has the commission to announce the results and we expect the party to wait until they get the official result from the zanzibar because any party announcing it before the final is not in line with the electoral laws and guidelines. >> you have said before you headed to the country to monitor the elections you said if you lose accept defeat but we have seen that is not the case in a lot of countries in africa and some are warning that this unusually tight race they think could lead to tensions, do you agree with that? >> i think the advisors or anybody who can contest election and of course an election must be a winner and a loser and it
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doesn't matter who is and the advice is for anybody to lose election and to accept it and i think we are improving in africa because election has improved significantly. >> okay, mr. goodluck jonathan we appreciate your time with us on al jazeera, thank you for joining us. rob is here with an update on the weather and tell us what is happening over in alexandria in egypt. >> eastern mediterranean and the rain did not stop going and went to levant and active frontal system and this is the tail in the north in the nile and it wasn't at all friendly. not much rain reported at a station that collected it but very obviously it did gather together and this wasn't just a bit of a nuisance flooding and people were killed and a serious event and has gone through but you can see the potential from that. the clouds went right across the
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levante so there was briefly stormy weather from jordan, israel to turkey and the rains typically fell out and recorded figures and i will show you and zoom in the area and have a look. typically we had something like 56 millimeters in jordan, and 71 in cert and you can see the cloud is on the screen and where the rain is now falling. it's really in iraq on i iran border and turkey and will spread for a couple days and spread the wings to the south and see it in kuwait and northern saudi arabia and all this time it is dry so for rescue operations in afghanistan and the hindu curb though it's cold at night the weather is held back here and the days are thankfully quite settled. >> ahead on the news hour eu has plans to help refugees but have been prevented from giving basic relief to those in need and in
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sport we are hours away from baseball's biggest event of the year the world series and we will have the details. ♪
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♪ the headlines on the al jazeera news hour rescuers in afghanistan and pakistan rushing to deliver aid to earthquake victims, at least 347 people have died after a magnitude 7.5 quake hit south asia on monday, the epicenter was in the hindu curb mountains in northeastern afghanistan. more than 92% of voters in the republic of congo approved a
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change to the constitution allowing the presidential run for a third term, and has been in power for most of the 36 years and constitution has an age limit for candidates and restricts presidencies to two terms. u.s. war ship has been sailing close to art official islands built by china in the south china see and beijing warned the u.s. not to cause trouble in the region and washington says it's acting in accordance with international maritime law. now the european union is working to implement new measures to tackle the refugee crisis in the western balkins and say an estimated 260,000 people have passed through the region since hungry closed its borders in mid september. meanwhile slovenia faces tens of thousands of new refugees and are prevented from offering
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much-needed help. >> reporter: the promise of 400 extra police from the eu to match this unparallel scale of migration may come of a relief for slovania authorities and i tried to ask people how they spent last night, not enough water said this man and have been waiting for hours. finally somewhere are now to leave for an austria bound train but members of this family have been left behind. >>ne of my brother and my sister's husband can't, they didn't let them come out. >> reporter: hopefully they made it on to the next train. 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 police seem to be doing a very good job at crowd control but the humanitarian effort from what we have seen isn't quite as
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adequate. aid agencies say more resources are needed though they stress that 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 disallowed 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 for those who 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. >> but i think i'm not from the police but i think that is for their security. >> reporter: swamped by up to 15,000 hungry and exhausted new
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arrivals of day, help for them and for the authorities cannot come soon enough, robin walker, al jazeera, on the slovania-croatia border. columbia 112 personnel security killed by the national liberation army known as el snch snchlt -- eln and operating since the 60s and people missing from the ambush in the province and comes as talks continue between the government and columbia's largest rebel group farc and we are there and sent this report. >> reporter: the day after the most peaceful elections in decades in the country columbia people were reminded once again their internal civil conflict is far from over, the government says at least 12 members of the country's security forces were ambushed by the eln, the second biggest rebel group in the country. this happened inside an indigenous reservation in the
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central province while the soldiers and police and men were escorting a group of election officials and transporting official ballots out of that region. besides those who were killed another three soldiers were injured and at least three civilians are missing at this point. now the government and the elm have been engaged in exploratory conversations with peace negotiations for over a year and the negotiations would be similar to the one they have with the biggest rebel group in the country with the farc and the question is how this attack will now change that, in a statement the president of the country santos said the attack shows the eln is clearly not ready for peace. >> translator: if the eln considers that with these actions they are going to win a political space or get stronger before an eventual peace negotiation they are absolutely
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wrong. it is exactly the opposite. >> reporter: president santos also ordered the military to redouble their effort against eln rebels and was the most deadly attack against columbia security forces since last april when the farc killed 1 soldiers in the province. more on the earthquake that devastated parts of afghanistan and pakistan. let's speak to dr. side joining us from pakistan and chairman of the pakistan red crescent who tell us how the aid effort is going and are you able to reach some of those people who are in the rural areas that are difficult to get to? >> thank you. as you know it's one of the worst earthquakes in the country and the northern pakistan and rest of pakistan are the most hit areas and northern area has mountains and there is very low access. so initially the red crescent
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had red houses close to the effected areas so the first response was given by red crescent to help the employees and volunteers especially the community people in those areas. so they started with relief and rescue activity but in two hours of that quake and today the support has been dispatched to those areas but most of the areas brought relief in three hours. >> how much coordination are there with the pakistani military with the rescue effort? >> military have already declared their presence everywhere and initially they responded to a quake in all areas actually in the middle valley which is at kashmir and a area of pakistan and army is playing a major role.
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>> what is it that the people need the most and also we are hearing that the weather has now turned with rainfall as well as snow so how challenging does that make your job? >> true, because it's raining and snow falling for about three days and the earthquake has made it worse so the images is given actually with the food and nonfood items and then some medication also and we are trying to provide shelters, we have big shelters for the family. >> doctor, we thank you for joining us on al jazeera with that update. intunisia announced the trade deal after meeting president barack obama at the white house and seen as a political victory for obama who faced opposition to the deal back home, the u.s. and 11 other countries agreed on the trans pacific partnership earlier this month. the pact is the largest of its time covering free trade-in the
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pacific region. >> we talked about our cooperation in the counter terrorism area and indonesia has been a very important partner and continuing to work together not just on the security elements of the counter terrorism but also countering the message that comes from organizations like i.s.i.l. and indonesia i think is uniquely positioned to be able to help spread a message of peace and cooperation and maternity within the muslim world. >> reporter: the u.s. state of alabama accused of deliberately suppressing black voters and announced plans to close dozens of government offices that issue ids in rural parts of the state, without a valid identification then voters won'ts be able to cast ballots and upcoming elections. andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: it's the picture of southern charm but activists say union springs in rural alabama is part of a new
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battleground in a decade old fight. in small towns across the state dozens of driver's licenses offices have closed making it hard for me to get picture identification. in alabama voters need government-issued id to cast their ballots and in the state's poorer communities it just got harder. >> hello. >> reporter: residents like evelyn smart say it's a reminder that voting rights here are still an issue. >> we come a long way and still 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. 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 lawmakers in the state are now calling for a federal investigation into the closures but officials claim budget cuts
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gave them no choice. alabama's governor seas the suggest is untrue. >> we go to people's houses to have a picture made if they don't have a photo id in the state of alabama and never doing things 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 these rural counties, people don't have transportation. >> reporter: campaigners say that closers campaigned with the state's introduction of voter id laws are part of a long and ugly history of discrimination. >> 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 closers will save the state millions of dollars. but civil rights campaigners are more concerned about the potential cost on democracy,
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andy gal gallagher. >> reporter: the philippines is the fourth most deadliest place for journalists in the world and 28 have been killed since the president took office five years ago and we report. >> reporter: she had plans to retire this year and a journalist more than 30 years in the city in the southern philippines and didn't make retirement. he was shot dead as he was leaving his house by a group of armed men. his colleagues say he was a hard hitting journalist on the investigating powerful local politicians here and however they also suspect his murder could be linked to his other job in an electricity cooperative which protects consumers rights and his children are afraid. they say it is too dangerous for them to even say who they think the killers are. they leave it up to the police.
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>> translator: i hope the justice will be achieved. we hope that my father won't be just another sta statistics and goes unsolved until now. >> reporter: the number of journalists being killed is continuing to rise. especially in the southern philippines where the culture of impunity has long been the norm. and he was one of the three in august alone. at least 28 journalists have been killed since the president took office five years ago. the massacre in 2009 was the single deadliest event for journalists in history. at least 29 philippine journalists were murdered on their way to election story involving a local politicians. the president vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice but witnesses continue to be killed and the case remains tied up in the courts. >> i think the president looked
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at the kind of battles that he had to choose and basically withdrew from this one. it is that culture of violence coupled enjoined with a systematic impunity and the failure of the state to punish crime especially for those who can hire lawyers, especially those who have money to keep a case going indefinitely. >> reporter: despite the country's reputation as a free media, journalism remains to be a deadly job here. the murder of journalists has now become so routine that many of them are now taking extraordinary steps to protect themselves. many journalists carry a gun for self-defense. journalists here say carrying a weapon may violate the notion they remain neutral but nobody knows what it's like to live under a threat of violence and here in the now they say it's simply a matter of survival, al
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jazeera, southern philippines. coming up, in sport find out if nadal overcame his nemesis at the swiss indoors tournament. ♪
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♪ breaking news out of yemen, an aides group in yemen a hospital run by that group has been hit by a saudi arabia-led air strike. this happened in sada in yemen so nsf facility was hit by
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several air strikes and patients and staff were inside the facility, that is all we have for now but we will find out more information and bring it to you on al jazeera. but we will switch gears and bring in sanaa because she is here and give us an update on the sports news. >> thank you and deadline has passed for fifa presidential to submit their nominations, here is the list of contenders to succeed blatter and michelle had been the frontrunner before being suspended for 90 days, this could be extended to a lengthy ban of suspected payment of blatter and right hand man is standing and has support of them and also blatter's former advisor who made a bid in the last election but couldn't get enough support. and confirmed candidacy on monday and chief blacked prior
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to suspension and former fifa vice president of jordan will try again after losing may elections and while an activity turned activist turned business man tokeo will stand and currently works for fifa and has futbol backing and put himself forward before the deadline and captain here is also in the mix. he runs player development academy in lebanon. and for more on that i'm joined by world soccer magazine editor in london and eight candidates and who do you really think stands a chance? >> well, i think there are a number of candidates that will emerge. i think whose support will be clear over the next few weeks and there are blocks of support and europe, possibly blatter if
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he can overturn his suspension but the european candidate and shake from bahrain will be the asian candidate, the president of the afc backed by the fc and i think an african candidate and really although there is eight candidates at the moment who had enough nominations from proposed by the federations i think we will see three blocks emerging, africa, asia and europe and what we will see over the coming weeks is a bit of horse training between the different candidates to try and tie up deals because there obviously can be one winner and obviously fall out for support in the vote trading process. >> kevin, this is who you think will win but who do you think is suited for the job? >> well, i think that is a completely different matter because i think the problem with this election is the candidates to be able to stand have to have been involved in football for at
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least two years so most of the candidates are already member of the fifa executive or sit of fifa committees or have sat on committees in the past and what we need is external candidate from outside, someone who can come in with no agenda and can really attempt to reform fifa from the outside. i think what we have at the moment are really internal candidates and some candidates has a very solid manifest to aimed at reforming fifa but he is a marginal candidate because he lacks support from the big confederations but most of the candidates are internal. what we need is an external, new broom to come in and sweep out fifa and clean it up entirely. >> let's go to bahrain and he has come out and denied the accusations of human rights abuse. do you think he still stands a chance? >> i think it's a problem for him. i mean, i think he knows that when he was elected as president of the asian football
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confederation a couple years ago he did so with people aware of the human rights abuses and allegations and yet he was backed in that election and he was backed by sepp blatter and fifa to win the election so i think he thinks he has been able to withstand allegations in the past but they will be much more attention placed upon him in this election, i think the europeans are already having reservations about him which is why i think we saw yesterday fantino his right hand man coming forward and making sure there is a european in the election if he is withdrawn. so i think he will be a strong candidate if he gets the votes from the asia confederation and needs votes from other regions and that is where i think he will struggle because there was a lot more scrutiny of his involvement in the crack down on athletes and football and torture of footballers in
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bahrain in 2011. >> magazine editor thank you very much for that. admitted mistake was made during germany's host of the 2006 world cup. >> and the winner is deutschlund. >> and led the campaign and payment made to fifa for financial grant for the country world cup organizing committee and 70-year-old denies however that there was any vote buying. germany beat south africa for the right to host the german newspaper and alleging a slush, fund of $7 million to buy votes forger man and they deny the reports. chelsea manager has been charged by the football, english football association because of conduct on saturday, and he was sent to the stands at half time
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after protesting a dismissal and he is being charged of his language and behavior to match officials and it was chelsea's fifth league defeat of the season. nadal rallied to avoid repeat of one of his worst career losses as he beat lucas russell, the man who defeeteded him in the second round in 2012 and the swiss indoor tournament and dropped the first set 6-1 and came back to win the second set 7-5 and pushed him in the decider and nadal won a tie breaker, 7-6 and world number seven is looking to win his fourth title this year. game one of this year's best of seven world series starts later on tuesday, kansas royals host the new york mets at the stadium and royals were beaten by san francisco giants in last year's
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world series and will be the starting pitcher and more sport on our website and check out al jazeera/sport with blogs and videos from all our correspondents from around the world. that is it for me. >> south korea one of the fastest aging societies one man there is trying to help the elderly by taking photographs to be used at their funerals. he says it's a way of preserving the memories of those who face dying alone disconnected from their families, here is his sto story. >> translator: my name is tim. and i take funeral portraits for the elderly. ♪ times are changing. in my day parents spent their money on their kids' education and now the number of educated
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children who support their parents in return is falling. all people are being marginalized with nothing to rely on. with no where to go they come to parks like this one. i was thinking of what to do. and my strength is taking pictures so i thought why don't i take funeral 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. i have to do lots of photos at work, taking out blemishs and minimizing wrinkles and takes 22-30 minutes for each person. old people's faces are different from young people's.
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lots of wrinkles and rough skin. i have to pay more attention. some elderly people say i don't need to take funeral portraits yet but they are very important, pictures are placed on the table and also used at the funeral place. when friends come for 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 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: just before we go reminder yemeni hospital run by the medical aid group is saying
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