admissions counse scandal, the vw loss i, the first in 15 years. >> you iran has accepted an invitation to attend talks aimed at ending syria's civil war. the meeting will take place on in vienna. iran, turkey and the united states will all attend. we'll speak with roslind jordan in just a minute but first this report. this is funeral of one of the
generals who died in syria. the guards had this to say. : >> with more countries getting involved in the conflict, it has not stopped the killing of the civilians. >> not a single day goes by that we don't hear news about the death toll the mannedders and military advisers have been in syria from day one. if they're acknowledging it now, it is because they cannot hide it from international community or th inside the country. >> the coffins are not just arriving in iran.
lebanon's shia-armed group has been burying it's fighters who have been killed in syria. in addition russia is providing syria with air cover. rebels supported by eveningal arab states have come under increasing attacks but they say they're protecting your areas from a powerful coalition. >> i think if syria is accepting the dialogue now to sit with the rest of the international community to find a dialogue and a way out of the syrian crisis by dialogue and politics, i think that is because it doesn't want to lose any more commanders. >> iran's invited to take part in talks about the conflict in syria where there is division about the future of bashar al-assad. but the agreement to fight what the u.s. call terrorist groups. before there is a cease-fire soldiers from all sides will
continue to be buried. >> now for the latest reaction from the u.s. let's join roslind jordan from washington, d.c. how mixed feeling do you think the u.s. has over this invitation to the iranians. >> the u.s. had to become comfortable with the idea that iran was going to be attending this coming friday's meetings in vienna on the way out of the civil war in syria. the u.s. had been hinting, however, for several weeks that iran does have a role because of its relationship with the government in damascus, but it had not wanted to actually be the one, as it were, to invite tehran to send representatives to this meeting. it's our understanding that the russians extended the invitation with the consent of the americans. the u.s. is not backing away
from criticizing what it says iran has been doing inside syria, which is providing military support to the government of bashar al-assad. the u.s. does not brief that assad should nobody office, he should be making plans to leave office, but they don't have a way of getting his year, as it were, because there is no ambassador in damascus as of now. they're having to look at it in a pragmatic fashion and work with those who do have the ear of bashar al-assad. >> ultimately, how optimistic are americans having iran there and being inclusive that way although a lot of syrian rebels are unhappy with iran being there. ultimately, do they think it will yield results? >> it depends on which groups of americans you're talking about. if you're talking about the
obama administration and in particular secretary of state john kerry, there is a certain amount of optimism that these talks can lead to a political resolution to the civil war. if you talk to members of congress there is skepticism that talking is going to end the civil war. but we've seen in lace on capitol hill is th some quarters calling for more i against isil. we heard just a few hours ago before the senate foreign relations committee. now this is the kind of relation that has to be negotiated very carefully from a public relations standpoint, and it could be argued that the obama administration has not talked enough about what it is doing to try to end the syrian civil war. but certainly there is awareness that the u.s. is still very much
involved in trying to deal with isil, which some could argue is only in syria because of the civil war. there is a lot more in communication in a has to be brought about. but it depends on the audience you're talking about. >> roz, thank you. in iran russia is a major backer on the syrian regime. we're in moscow with reaction there to the news of friday's talks. >> well, iran's decision to accept the invitation has followed two days of pretty constant communications between sergei lavrov and his opposite number in tehran. and to president putin let it be known that he's delighted with the fact a that these negotiations are now going to be widened and broadened. there has been no real success in bringing an end to this war. it is now in its fifth year,
11 million people displaced, but it's hope now is that the inclusion of russia and iran, who are both key allies of president assad, virtually the only allies that he has will bring together the other desperate foreign countries edge gauged in these trax trying to set the stage for some sort of successful negotiation. the key to it all is what happens to president assad, both russia and iran say that they would like to see him involved in at least the first steps of the transitional settlement but both agree there is no future for him there. >> well, the world food program has announced that it is reviewing a food voucher program that helps refugee who is are living in jordan. the u.n. organization was forced to cut the vouchers livin given
to those living outside of camps because of the shottag shortage of funds. now each person will be given $14 a month until the end of the year. >> palestinian president mahmood abbas said that the situation is at its worse and criminal stage since 1948. he has urged the united nations to give international protec protection. 69 palestinians have been killed so far this month. >> we reaffirm to establish a regime of international protection for the palestinian people. we want your protection. we want the protection of the world. we can no locker bear all these sanctions, all these attacks on the settlers and the israeli army.
>> abbas' comments comes as a man was shot dead by israeli forces at a checkpoint in hebron. witnesses say he was unarmed, but israeli forces say that he was attempting to carry out an attack. devices over who can pray at t the al-aqsa ofte mosque compound has been fueling the tension. >> at its heart al-aqsa mosque compound and the status quo agreed upon 50 years ago when israel occupied east jerusalem, this site has never been as contested as if is today. a movement that gained momentum two years ago. >> demanding jewish prayer on the temple mount and backed up by strong political players
inside the coalition. the police started putting severe access restrictions for parts of the muslim population according to age, according to jennifer. the reason was to allo to ajews allow jews to enter the place. >> it began when muslims were prevented from accessing the site when right wing jewish groups entered the compound. an act contested by authorities here. this proclamation signed by israel's chief rabbi. these images of the jewish groups adding to the fear that israel is slowly changing the
agreed perimeters that only muslims can pray here. >> for us, they say we should leave. >> they issued a statement saying categorically that jews will not be allowed to pray at the al-aqsa mosque compound. the jordanian official say that the cameras will soon stream live footage to show what happens here. >> there is no agreement between israel and jordan and the palestinians on what is an aggression on the temple mount. >> there is deep mistrust.
many say it will take more than words from the israeli prime minister and a few cameras to assure palestinians that their rights at al-aqsa are not being threatened. >> a police officer in the u.s. state of south carolina has been fired after throwing a black teenager across a classroom. senior deputy ben field was terminated. she had refused to leave the classroom. kimberly halkett is in washington. i guess it didn't take ben field's boss very long to sack him. >> no, the it was pronounced that the deputy involved should be fired. there was an investigation focused on two areas.
that was whether or not he violated policy in misconduct, and the violation that resulted in terms of research was the fact that there were two things that the department was looking at. one was the cell phone use in the classroom. there were different angles of this. the pronouncement was made by his superiors that the techniques and maneuvers that this deputy used were simply not acceptable. >> deputy fields did not follow proper training, did not follow proper procedure. when he threw the student across the room from the very beginning that's what caused me to be upset when i first saw that video. the fact that he picked the student up and threw the student across the room. that is not a proper technique and should not be use in law
enforcement. >> anyone outside of the u.s. it would seem strange that there is a policeman in a classroom or in a school. how common is that, and how common, if at all, are these sorts of incidents? >> well, unfortunately, and as you pointed out, the student was accused of beal disruptive. she had been told multiple times by school administrators not to use her cell phone in the classroom. that's how often it is to have security in school. school administrators are not allowed to handle the discipline, they call in reinforcements if you will. the question was not whether or not there was need of discipline but how that discipline was carried out. and it was the view of the police department that this was excessive. but this is not the only
investigation that is going to take place. this was an african-american student and this was a white police officer. the sheriff was asked about the issue of race, and whether that was a motiving factor. it was his understand that although he was white he was in a relationship long term with an african-american woman. but the u.s. justice department will be looking at it the, the fbi, and the justice department will be looking at whether or not the student's civil rights were violated. i can tell you that the burden of proof on that is very high, still it is being looked at at a larger context. while this officer has been fired this story is still ongoing. >> the latest f kimberly halkett, on that story. thank you. we'll be finding out how white farmers exiled from
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protection as he warns that the situation between israelis and palestinians is at its worst and most critical stage since 1948. the u.s. police officer has been sacked after he was filmed throwing a black teenager to the ground when she refused to leave the classroom. the german carmaker has posted it's first quarterly loss in 15 years. the company lost $3.9 billion in the third quarter of this year. it set aside $7 billion to deal with the fall out of the scandal but it admits that it will cost the company even more. from berlin we have the details. >> it is dominated the skyline for decades, and while steam pours from the carmaker, anxious times, it endures it's first quarterly loss in at least 15
years. >> the first and most important priority is helping our customers as quickly as possible and as comprehensivebly as necessary. >> volkswagen is having to recall millions of cars around the world after it admitted it cheated on some emissions test. for some of the 60,000 workers in volksberg it is a depressing atmosphere. >> the atmosphere is down. a lot of people are quite cautious because they don't know how it is going to continue. the next year is going to be tough for vw. but surely vw will bounce back in the end. >> that's what many in this town are hoping for. vw has warned that it's profits for the whole year will be down. it's down due to the huge amounts of money the company has put aside to pay for costs
incurred in the scandal. it's repair bill will run into billions of dollars. while the price of restoring consumer confidence is hard to quantify. the future of many of these workers now depends on how well vw can recover trust in its brands. a brand which had been built on reliability and trust. >> vw says an independent investigation will take place to try to understand what happened. the company, one of german's biggest and one of the leading car makers could faceville charges. emma hayward, al jazeera, in berlin. >> well, volkswagen may be making a loss, but tech giant apple has reported the biggest profit in corporate history. profits of $53 billion over the last year. eclipsing the previous record set by exxonmobil in 2008.
apple has seen cells of its new iphone soar although it has recently warned of slowing growth. a long awaited african union report on south sudan's civil war has uncovered evidence of mass graves and forced cannibalism. 240,000 people have fled north to sudan to escape the violence. caroline malone reports. >> angelina is the mother of six children. she's from south sudan and voted for independence four years ago. but she's been forced to leave her home and go back to where she used to live in sudan. >> i really regretted it. i will never go back to south sudan. if you saw how they killed our loved ones you cannot imagine how we arrived in sudan. neighbors gave us beds. >> nearly 200,000 people have runaway from violence in south sudan in the last four years.
government forces are fighting rebel groups for control with civilians often becoming the victims. five members of this family were among them. reggina's relatives were attacked. her mother and sister were killed, and she still doesn't know what happened to the others. >> my mother and sister were hit in the head. other siblings were separated from us. i don't know where they are now. [ sobbing ] >> four years ago it was a different story after years of conflict people voted to separate from sudan. the government helped to transport many of them back to areas they call home, the new country of south sudan. [singing] they were hopeful of a new life in peace after independence but instead they got war. >> death is everywhere. people are buried in very large graveyard. the kids are not safe either, even a pregnant woman has not escaped death. we've seen many shocking things
in the south. >> less than five years after leaving sudan, they are back. this time as refugees who have suffered a lot. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> dozens of white farmers are forced off their properties in zimbabwes under the land reform program and have ended up in mozambique. >> this man defendant zimbabw left zimbabwe ten years ago. it was a scheme that took land from white land owners and gave it to black farmers. he said starting over in mozambique was not easy, but he's doing well now. >> we have a farm of 460 hectares. and we drove 220 hectares a year.
we employ anywhere between 175 to 350 workers here at any one time. >> over the last 15 years more than 200 zimbabwe white farmers have moved to this mozambique. they were attracted not only by the safety this country offered but promises of bank loans. the farmers say they have been treated well so far. >> i do feel welcome in mozambique. i think mozambique has been very good to us. the president invited us to come and help develop his country. of course we've had our problems. everybody does. but yes, i'm comfortable here. >> two hours drive down the road is a tomato farm. he, too, came to mozambique with very little. >> we started very small, and we've grown 12 hectares of water culture. >> it's not only the new farmers who are doing well.
it seems the new wealth is trickling down to locals. in a region with high unemployment rate, these farms have given the local economy a much-needed boost. hundreds of young mozambiqueen men who in no jobs before now work on these farms. >> the farm workers know why the farmers are here. they say they want more of them to come. >> what happened in zimbabwe. if it happens here it will be sad for us because he's helping us a lot. in this community there is a lot of unemployment. >> back at this farm, he would love to return to zimbabwe one day, but for now he has better concerns like finding new markets for his produce. >> bee keepers in mexico are going up against the multi national monsanto, and accuse them of poisoning their honey and threatening their liveliho livelihood.
>> beekeeper calls it the mayan's greatest treasure. the same color but more valuable than gold. it's honey produced here in tree trunks by tiny bees. they don't sting, and they make the most prized honey in the you can tan jungle. >> it also has medicinal properties. >> the ancient mayans would mix honey with dirt as cement for their famous pyramids. today 20,000 mayan families produce honey from far more aggressive bees. they use smoke to keep them from attacking. the honey produced here is extremely sought after and fetches a very high price on the european market, but the livelihood of the families who produce this depends not just on its exquisite taste and aroma,
but the ability to keep their honey poor. that's why these nearby soy plantations have become the enemy. sprayed with herb sides both sold by monsanto the christmas are providing bees with what they describe as contaminated pollen. >> they threaten to close our market because the europeans won't buy genetically modified honey with treatment of here sides. we're demanding that monsanto sell its soy. >> the supporters made a final appeal to mexico's supreme court on the eve of its ruling. >> the court has. >> a culture closely linked to what some call the nectar of the
gods. today pitted against arguebly the world's most powerful ag ro ro-chemical company. >> for more on our website go to www.aljazeera.com. >> finding a replacement for john boehner, house republicans meet behind closed doors to vote on a nominee. protecting the palestinians. president mahmood abbas has a request for the united nations. plus a south carolina officer who threw a teenager to the ground finds out if he still has a job.