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russian reversal. >> translation: we never said that bashar al-assad had to leave or stay after strongly backing syrian president, the kremlin changing its tune mystery and confusion. the changes russian officials say that there's no proof the downed plane over the sinai broke up in mid air and reformed criminals. >> before we rob the tourists,
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we guide them and tell stories about how life used to be how an american entrepreneur helped to transform panama's capital from a den of thieves to a tourist oasis. good evening, i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america. russia and iran may be on a collision course over what to do in syria, both are strong allies of syrian president bashar al-assad, but the kremlin officials says keeping bashar al-assad in power is not a matter of principle for russia, which appears to be at odds with the head of the republican guard who said tehran is more committed to moss at. russians used coordinates supplied by the opposition. they have invited opponents to
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moscow for talks with syrian government representatives. the state department denounced the talks as premature. today they confirmed u.s. and russian military flames miles from each other over syria, but it was intention am. part of a communications test to avoid air accidents. al jazeera's paul beban has more russia has long been syrian president's strongest backer. in what could single a turn around, russian officials on tuesday opened the door on that departure. >> he has to go or stay. the fate of the president of the country needs to be decided by the syrian people. >> reporter: september, after a series of defeats at the hands of groups in i.s.i.l., russia started turning out picture, and were supporting bashar al-assad's government forces.
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russian president vladimir putin suggesting that bolstering bashar al-assad was the only way to defeat i.s.i.l. >> we think it's an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the syrian government and its armed forces. we are valiantly fighting terrorism. finally acknowledging that no one but the president's armed forces are fighting the islamic state and other terrorist organizations. most of the air strikes are not aimed at i.s.i.l., targetting rebel groups overthrowing bashar al-assad. last month bashar al-assad made his first trip outside syria since the start of the war in 2011. moscow willing to see a syria without bashar al-assad, ramping up the road, speaking louder than words. >> i'm not going to poke apart russian's statements.
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russian actions in syria are to prop up the regime. >> when or where bashar al-assad should go is one of the many sticking points in the conflict. world powers including key syrian allies iran met in vienna to discuss ways to end the fighting and displaced millions more syrian officials, and opposition groups could meet in moscow next week. officials say it's too early for that. >> we think there's a time and place where the opposition groups will be repeated. we are not there yet. >> a point they do agree is avoiding clashes between the air forces in the syrian battle face. do that end the pentagon, russians and u.s. plane carried out a safety exercise tuesday. the plane's flew within about five miles of each other for about 3 minutes in the skies over south central syria,
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testing safety and communications protocols set up last month. >> russian air strikes in syria killed more civilians than i.s.i.l. members according to the syrian observatory for human rights. figures gather showed russians killed 185 civilians since the campaign started a month ago, and 31 i.s.i.l. fighters, u.s. air strikes filled 3,000 i.s.i.l. fighters in syria over the last 13 months. with 225 civilian fatalities in syria. russian strikes mostly killed non-i.s.i.l.-rebels, 279. russia denies this, but human rights watch says many of the civilian deaths comes during attacks against the other syrian rebels. a complicated web of alliances in syria causes problems for the u.s. plan to
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form a coalition to fight i.s.i.l., attempts to create the coalition, the syrian democratic sources has stalled. a report today is that rebels are short on equipment, ammunition, radios and need american air support. the u.s. dropped 50 tonnes of ammunition to the group and president obama last week announced plans to deply special forces -- deploy special forces. we are joined from a senior director of cabinet affairs for papa and a former spokesperson of the united states department. what do you make of the russian foreign military spokesperson say it's not essential that bashar al-assad stay in power. do you think these are words are could they indicate a change in russian policy? >> they are part of a larger gain that's playing out for the last five years. look at the u.n., and russia
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refuses to condemn russia. on chemical weapons, recently, as you know, moved in aircraft and are targetting positions in syria. those are the types of actions that speak louder than words, and we need to look strongly at what the military support is for the bashar al-assad regime and not what they are saying in the briefing room. >> if they were amenable to a political solution, iran and hezbollah are big supporters, are you optimistic that in this environment, the international talks that began, can come up with a political solution? >> on the one hand you had last week a significant announcement and progress of about dozens of countries, including iran, the u.s., saudi arabia, and russia with the 9-point plan. it's the first time they came up with a framework with what a diplomatic solution would look
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like. on the other hand, there's no mention what the futures of bashar al-assad would be, and that is a sticking point between the superpowers, what will be the fate of bars, and what will the different powers do do determine it. >> let's talk about the war. on the military front, with the russian irani support, bashar al-assad is in a stronger position than he's been in for a while. what about the fight against i.s.i.l., as we reported, the syrian democratic forces is supporting - seem to, at best, be rag-tag fighters that are shakily allied. >> and this is the challenge, the classic policy of ideas written on paper, in places like washington d.c. and london. they don't meet up against the reality of facts on the ground. in this case you don't have the ability to bring together people under a common goal. the united states, the western powers, the sunni and the golf powers wanted to defeat i.s.i.l.
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syrians wanted to take out bashar al-assad. ethnic divisions, kurds and are abs. they are a builtry force, but arabs are threaten with their own sovereignty as the kurds move in taking over more locations. >> that is a big issue. vladimir putin may be more realistic. saying that people need to acknowledge that the syrian government and the kurds are the only ones that are doing the fighting. does he have a point. it's dismissive of the efforts of the syrian opposition. they have been active for the last five years. they have built a coalition of about 12 or so groups, they are the people and are abs that are fighting against the bashar al-assad regime. >> are they in a defensive posture.
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this if anything, they struggled to hold territory. >> this is a challenge with late-coming military support from the gulf states and the united states and western countries. for five years we focus on humanitarians, where as the russians and iranians supply their part of the war. now that russia has fighters jets, u.s. special operations step up their engagement in the hopes that we'll avoid a direct head-on confrontation between the two nuclear powers. this is the game of powers, and the syrians are left behind. the syrian not rates had been begging for help. they didn't get much. pleasure to have you with us. thank you. >> the war in syria has been hard on children.
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now, a new u.n. report shows the refugee crisis made a number of them stateless. syrian children born to parents, fleeing to other countries like lebanon are not farntd citizenship. this sets them up for a lifetime of discrimination and despair. >> these children are among a new generation of stateless people. this 2-year-old, one-year-old. syrians who escaped from the war, but are faced with another crisis. >> this woman sees no future for her children. they don't have proper identification papers, because she is has to renew her residency, and doesn't have the money to do that. >> living in lebanon is difficult. i can't go out with the children. they haven't been registered.
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we can't go to syria, i have no proof they are mind. >> reporter: for this family and others, whatever money they make is to survive. with no money they can't enrol in food. newborn children can be registered with the u.n., but they could be stateless and the applications are not fulfilled. for some it is complicated. >> some don't have marriage certificates or identification, because they entered illegally. there are many that are scared to go to the syrian embassy, because they are wanted or live in opposition crowd areas. 60 to 70% of experienced who have had newborn babies did not complete the necessary steps in
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order for their children to have syrian nationality. >> there's more than a number of refugees, no others have taken in as many refugees in relation to its size. and lebanon is treating the crisis as a security issue. >> their father, my son-in-law, is too scared to move around. because of the checkpoint. my disaughter gave birth to -- daughter gave birth to another child. it's difficult to get papers, we need a sponsor. >> her grandson is among the tens of thousands of syrian refugees born in lebanon. at the age of one, their future is threatened slovenia's prime minister says europe's refugee crisis could reignite tensions in the balkans, fighting broke out in the '90s, hundreds of thousands travelled through the balkans to
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get to western europe, putting strain on macedonia, serbia, croatia and slovenia. the situation was worse when hungary fenced off a southern border two weeks ago. >> lesbos has become the main island, but for many it's a final resting place for asylum seekers drowning in the agean sea. the island is struggling to find room to bury the dead. >> reporter: at this hour in greece, the sky darkens as quick as the fear sets in. still, the calm. attention turns to the ones that risk everything for. the young they must comfort, the old they must aid. having survived the sea, they land in a situation so chaotic ein our team -- even our team was asked to translate. >> >> reporter: she has on the side
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of her head. >> reporter: the car accident in turkey was bad. this woman and her family made the crossing. >> translation: i can't explain my emotions. we came a long way. we were praying we'd make it to greece. then we did. thank god. the medics arrived quickly. treatment was given the during the days of crisis, aid workers accustomed to helping the traumatized are at a loss. >> they want a better life. most of them feel guilty, because they brought the families with them, children, and now they are dead or looking for them. actually, you cannot say anything to a woman. they need a hug, someone there
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to be next to them. and facilitating with all the procedure. >> it's not just identifying the loved ones that are difficult. even finding a final resting place is near impossible. >> these graves are a stark reminder of how harsh a life and how set at death these refugees have. >> what makes the fate tragic is the fact that many buried here were put into the ground anonymously. >> overcrowded with bodies, the cemetery ran out of room. grave digger understands death better than most. this, he struggles to comprehend. >> the refugees come to find a better future. >> we greeks. we were migrants. we didn't have to die in the sea.
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now for the refugees that escape for their lives, it's death that seems closer than ever. >> rivals in china and taiwan makes history on saturday. >> they'll meet for peace talks in singapore, the first time the two leaders have met as they were divided by the civil war. discussions will focus on promoting the peaceful development across the taiwan relations. demonstrators are expected to turn out wednesday to protest the meeting. >> the crash of the russian airliner over egypt. new evidence raises more questions. and updating on a story we told you last night, congress is expressing outrage over a 43 million price tag for a gas station built by the pentagon.
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bomb or aircraft malfunction. 28 bags were removed from the crash site with victims' remains. russian officials are conducting d.n.a. testing to identify the victims. peter sharp reports from st. petersburg. >> they have formally extended the crash site. they are looking at an area of, who, more than 30 square kilometres. it's a large area, that they are using drones to try to search for more bodies, and more debris. they found more debris in wrecka wreckage, but no extra bodies. in st. petersburg, the awful task of identifying the dead continues. the families and relations are tain taken by car to the crematorium, it's an appalling task. when you think that there are
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224 crew and passengers killed in this disaster, and they have normally identified 10 people, approximately be a long process. meanwhile, vladimir putin's press secretary warned the media against trying to link the disaster with syria's - with russia's operations in syria, saying that this is most inappropriate. >> peter sharp reporting from st. petersburg. joining us is anthony, an n a.a. certified pilot and i've yangs investigation analyst. great to have you with us. let's go down the list of some new things we'll learn about. first, it is clear that the plane was not shot down by a message. >> i think it's very clear. the united states reports a heat signature scene at approximately the position of the aircraft, but they do not report any heat sit from a missile either a ground to tare missiles, a --
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ground to air missile, sea to air or air to air. >> it seemed that it happened at altitude, a variety of the things could have caused it, what do you see as more lively. >> we have an old aircraft. not in terms of chronological, but flight hours. it had 56,000 flight hours, and airbus recommend an extended maintenance programme of structural tests on the air frame at 60,000 hours. so air frame fatigue can be a factor in this. >> and this plane had a hard landing or the tail hit the runway at one point, more than a decade ago. >> that happens on takeoff when the pilot aggressively lifts the knows and the tail strikes the runway. apparently it had significant and has repairs. there's history of an airline
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with a similar accident and repair, and had a midair catastrophic failure as a result of that accident. >> would a catastrophic failure caused by a structural malfunction, cause the kind of heat signature detected. >> it can. it can result in what we would call a secondary explosion. as the aircraft begins to break apart, it causes a debris field that can be almost supersonic. if any of that debris hits a main fuel tank and a secondary explosion. >> the question is whether terrorism could have been involved. could it be a bomb. it seems the evidence today seems to be all over the place. a russian report says there was no blast-related drama, found. another from an egyptian doctor says one out of five bodies
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examined showed signs of fire, serious burns. you know, antonio, these are terrible scenarios, and they are all possible - i'm sorry to say. it could have been a small bomb near the control surfaces, for example, the tail of the aircraft that would cause a malfunction, make it difficult to control, and then the aerodynamic forces taking the air plane apart. it could have been a small bomb placed near the center fuel tank causing the secondary explosion or a larger bomb disabling the airplane, an assault on the aircrew. it could be a number of factors. >> someone with a gun on the plane creating a depressurization. >> an expressive depressurization should not result in the lose of control. >> the other develops is that the cockpit voice recorder shows sounds uncharacteristic of
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routine flight before it stopped recording. what can you read into that? >> could it be gun fire, a structural failure, an explosion. any one of those scenarios or more. >> if it is an explosion, can you detect from what you hear on the recorder whether it was a bomb. can you differentiate between a bomb and a structural capacity. >> yes, there's difference signatures and frequency signatures to each type of yois, and they can through careful forensic analysis start to create a determination of not only was it an explosive device, how large and where in the aircraft it may have been. >> a lot of people have been waiting to hear what the investigation finds. pleasure to have you with us. >> a month after a doctors without borders hospital was hit by u.s. air strikes in
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afghanistan. a moment to remember the victims, and calls for an investigation into what went wrong, and the bill going through britain's parliament that could have the government watching every move citizens make online. online.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is.
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. >> welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international room an activist shot in the face after being critical of burundi's president, refuses to back down. first the stories making inside in the american minutes. the u.s. transportation department hit takada with a 70 million penalty for failing to disclose defects leading to eight deaths and 100 injuries worldwide. it could grow to 200 million if they fail to comply with federal demands for the second time in four decades a republican has been elected republican of kentucky, belting attorney-general conway. bevans is a tea party favourite never holding office.
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health care reform was an issue, with bevan winning support from many, who oppose the president obama health care law. >> in ohio, voters rejected a proposal to allow the medical and recreational use of marijuana. the amendment would have allowed adults to use, buy and grow pot, and require medically acquired marijuana to come from one of 10 facilities. now to a story we brought you last night. members are reacting over a report claiming the pentagon wasted $43 million to build a gas station in afghanistan. the dod cannot explain why that gas station costs more than it should have. >> al jazeera's jamie mcintyre has more on the controversy. >> the details come from a scathing, and i don't use that word lightly. scathing report from the special director-general for afghanistan restriction.
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it is titled dods, compress natural gas filling station in afghanistan, and ill-conceived 43 million project. the gas station seen in this photograph has two pumps, four hoses and dispenses natural gas. it was part of what the independent investigator found was a deeply flawed plan to help afghanistan take advantage of national gas reserves and burn cleaner fuel. the station was estimated to cost between 200 and 500,000. when it was completed in 2012, the total bill came to $43 million, and 8,000% mark-up. the exorbitant cost was one of the projects embarrassing miscalculations. the special ig found the idea was ilconceived. while afghanistan has natural gas, it lacks the transmission and the local distribution infrastructure.
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and investigators find no natural gas vehicles in afghanistan. converting a gasoline card to natural gas runs to 17 million. it explains why the u.s. was forced to convert $120 vehicles so someone could use the station. even by pentagon standards, members of congress say it's outrageous. >> mr speaker, that must be a humm dinger of a struck stop. what should have cost $500,000, cost 140 times that amount. charged to the taxpayers's credit card. there's no answers or explanations. it's been reported that afghans don't use the gas station because of the cost of the gas. no one has been held accountable, not surprisingly. >> this is getting to be normal for government spendo crats. >> the pentagon shut down the
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task force earlier this year, just as the investigation was getting under way. there was no one left to answer questions about why the project went so wrong, and why no one d sa simple feasibility study before embarking on the idea. in usually strong language, special inspector general wro : wrote:. >> the pentagon says it saved all the files, gave investigators unfettered access to every document, and says it will help track down any contracting personnel na investigators want to interview. while this is an egregious example of wrong-headed wasteful spending, it's not uncommon. >> in an interview with al jazeera. the ig said it happiness all the
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time. contracting officers don't exercise good judgment and no one is held accountable. >> jamie mcintyre at the pentagon. >> u.s. air strikes hit a hospital in kunduz, and today memorials were held around the world. doctors without borders renewed a call for an independent investigation into a deadly attack on its trauma center. courtn courtney kealy was at a memorial. >> join me for a moment of silence to honour the sacrifice. >> a moment of silence, remembrance in new york and other centers around the world, a month after the doctors without borders trauma center was hit by a u.s. air strike. >> we know a hospital well marked. well understood as treating all sides of the conflict was hit repeatedly over the course of honour. >> the death toll stands at 13 killed.
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several others have not been identified. >> these were my colleagues, my patients. they thought interpret coming to a safe place to get care. it feels personal. >> doctors without borders is calling for an independent investigation. they want to know whether this air strike by the u.s. on their facility constitutes war crimes under the geneva conscrengs. the strike on the hospital was a mistake. there were offers to compensate families of the victims. >> the decision to provide air support was a decision of the command. a hospital was mistakenly struck. we would never target a facility. >> an n.a.t.o. team is working with the government of afghanistan to identify victims. the u.s. military affecting the 15-6 investigations to determine who, if anyone should be held responsible. >> results will likely
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take months, and doctors without borders wants both the u.s. and afghan governments to give consent for the international humanitarian fact-finding commission to conduct its own probe. >> the u.s. government has more credibility if they were to assent to the commission. until then, the credibility is questioned. >> since the kunduz air strike, doctors without borders hospital has been struck by the saudi-led coalition. the hospitals in northern syria receive assistance, and have been bombed in recent days. >> he is lucky to be alive. >> according to the geneva conventions of 1949 which govern warfare, international law. hospitals are entitled to protection from host highly fire. >> until we know what happened, why it happened, we can't feel safe going forward. and for me, it's about moving forward. because there's a lot of people
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in need. >> that need extends well goned afghanistan. with con -- beyond afghanistan, with conflicts in syria and yemen. it's crucial that organizations move freely. >> iraqi politician has decide of a heart attack apt the age of 71, leading up to the war in iraq the bush administration used flawed and false in fact from his group to make accusations. they received tens of millions from the u.s. government over the years. palestinian protesters were fired pon, on those throwing rocks. the israeli defence ministry shut down a border crossing after a man tried to attack soldiers with a pipe bomb and a knife. further south the military raided a palestinian radio station and confiscated
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broadcast equipment. >> at around 2 am a force of soldiers and 13 military vehicles surrounded a military vehicle. they destroyed the radio station property and took the transmitters and gave an order to stop working. the station was inciting violence. >> november 4th marks 20 years since the assassination of a man who went from soldiers to peacemaker security forces in turkey stepped up their offensive against kurdish p.k.k. rebels following the election victory. one rebel was shot dead by police after a curfew was imposed in one p.k.k. stronghold. two more were killed during fighting in another province after rebels put up barricades. >> nine people have been killed in gun battles with security in
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burundi since saturday. more than 130 have been killed in 90 cases of torture documented in the months of protests following a decision to extend the presidency to an unconstitutional third term. he's given civilians five days to surrender all weapons. a leading activist that survived a murder attempt is breaking his silence. malcolm webb has the story. >> reporter: it's one of the most prominent critics of the government. this was last year when supporters came in droves when he was imprisoned and put on trial. after he accused the government of training militias ahead of elections. he was released. this year he criticized the president's controversial bid for a third term. in august, he was shot in the face and neck by gunmen in the
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capital. he still is speaking out. he's released this video station through a rights group called protection international in a belgium capital, where he's receiving treatment for his injuries. >> they'll continue to pick up dead bodies here and there. men, women, change, it's sad. this is the situation prevailing in our country. >> he was among activists calling on people in april to demonstrate against the bid to stay in power. in presidential elections in july, supporters said he was victorious. the opposition observed the election, saying it was flawed. >> since then, the violence escalated in the capital. many have been hiding, others plead the country. some took up arms to people from both sides are targeted and killings happen every day.
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>> security forces are responsible. we contacted the government. no one was available to respond to the statement. human rights work in burundi is dangerous. as the kittings continued -- killings continued, he's documenting them from abroad the british government is unveiling new surveillance laws that significantly extend its power to monitor people adds activity online. critics complain the government will use the power to spy on citizens. neave barker reports. the government says the loss of privacy is necessary to keep people safe. >> the controversial bill is expect to give power to who, where, what everyone is doing online, allowing police and intelligence agencies to reach into the private life. the bill is yet to be published but will include measures
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requiring internet firms keeping web, phone, social media usage. it could see a ban on tech companies like apple and google from offering unbreak age encryption deciphered by private customers, police and security expect to see what websites people have visited but will need a warn to see individual web ages. what is unclear is who will issue such warrants. this lies with the government. civil liberties say authorities should be reserved for judges, not politicians. >> the ability to see every communication, see and read everything we say and do electronically, the ability to hack into our computers is not hysterical to be very concerned about giving the government those powers. >> the government says the bill stops terrorists, child
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abductors, and criminals from communicating beyond the reach of the british intelligence and police. two years ago whistleblower exposes techniques used to monitor internet use. in the u.k., many of the powers are 15 years old and lack a legal framework. the latest bill to be submitted on wednesday is one of a series of attempts to update the law. the last attempt three years ago was tweeted. accused of being intrusive and undermining civil ibb liberties. will anything have changed. the government dropped the most contentious points from the latest bills, including powers to go through browsing history. it could struggle to convince lawmakers from protecting the public and spying on it. >> neave barker, al jazeera london. >> police in frankfurt raided the headquarters of germany's
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soccer federation and the homes of three top officials, parts of an investigation into a payment the group made it f.i.f.a., and the connection to a warning of the 2006 world cup. of the authorities accuse of group of tax evasion. >> all evidence will be considered with documents coming in that we have secured, and will be evaluated in the next few weeks. for tax evasion in severe cases, the law allows for imprisonment from six months to 10 years. >> f.i.f.a. denied knowledge of the 7.4 million payment. south africa's supreme court is weighing its options in the case of olympian oscar pistorius. judges are trying to decide whether they should convict him of murder, uphold a manslaughter or order a retrial. prosecutors say he shot his girlfriend while she hid in a bathroom after an argument.
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defense argues he mistook her for an intruder and a programme turning hardened gang members into experts of history. >> i'm in saskatchewan, central canada. this rural village sees many agricultural areas dieing, but here is an eco community, it thriving and a look at religion in american. nuns, people that don't follow any religion are more common than ever. than ever. >> tough that the country gave up on me. >> look at the trauma... every day is torture. >> this is our home. >> nobody should have to live like this. >> we made a promise to these heroes...
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this is one promise americans need to keep.
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more damage from a rare cyclone that struck the middle east, cyclone chapala hit the eastern coast of the yemeni mainland causing flawing and displacing thousands. damaging many homes and sank boats and uprooted frees. trees. trouble for volkswagen, the company saying an internal investigation showing inconsistencies in carbon emissions in 800,000 vehicles. volkswagen are reeling from the investigation that 11 million cars had software designed to cheat on emissions. the latest issue could cost $2
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billion. banna ma is struggling with a gang epidemic. more than 200 gangs are operating. the president offered amnesty as a way to find peace. in one neighbourhood, a u.n.e.s.c.o. world heritage side and hot zone for crime activity, an unorthodox programme seems to be working. >> reporter: just a few years ago tourists would have regretted meeting antonio on this street corner. he was the leader of a gang. now the 31-year-old and his partners lead tours, sharing experience with visitors to panama's historic city. >> before we robbed the tourist. now we guide them telling stories of how life used to be. it's a change from what we used to do.
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>> the cast was, for years, divided between three rival gangs, and gun sites were common. it was the potential for development that attracted american lawyer casey harden. as they turned down run-down buildings into boutique hotels. it was clear they had to deal with the gangs. rather than pay protection money or turn to the police, they reached out to the gang leaders. >> there was a group of guys marginalized and been in a position of the victim or the punisher, to look at the world in a different way and look at being part of something bigger and positive. to be protagonists in a story of revitalization. >> the social venture club was created,a private initiative offering gang members counselling, skills training, job placement and access to small loans. over the past two years 45
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people graduated. >> when you work with the young men, it's clear they led criminal lives, having been in prison, having killed at their route, the human being, who are asking for help, for an opportunity. >> and their work is paying off. bullet holes like this can be found throughout the vehicle and a reminder of the violence that gripped the neighbourhood. thanks in part to the programme, the gangs laid down the weapons, and the shootings have stopped. in parts of the neighbourhood police reported not a single robbery or assault from the start of 2014 so march this year. a more positive future for all residence, ask antonio james, a former gang leader whose son wants to be a tour guide now the global view segment,
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a look at how news outlets across the world react to certain ects. gulf times of qatar is calling on the security council to get involved in syria saying the world must step up efforts to end the syrian crisis and calls it a global security crisis of historic prop horsing. -- proportions. >> the moscow times - egips crash must be a catalyst for check, exposing lax oversight in the aviation industry, and commends the way russians are supporting each other the korea times of seoul has this take - a cartoon showing the wreckage with a vulture labelled i.s.i.l. flying overhead saying "i did it, i did it", but a grim reaper calls the vulture a credit thaf saying "when someone takes credit for your work." rural communities once formed the backbone of canadian
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agriculture, many are ghost towns as young people move to the cities. but new technology is being used to attract residents, bringing dying towns back to listen. daniel lack looks at an eco village. >> reporter: on land brought for $1, clair built a home of clay, sand and straw. it draws power from the sun and sells fish. she is one of a dozen residents trying to live and work sustainably. >> the interesting thing about the pot is it's in an eco village, attempting to be sustainable. this is the perfect place to do it. the rest of the inhabitants are tending to be offgrid. >> this guy dug the foundation with a pickaxe and a shovel.
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he mixes it. >> reporter: brett is a cofounder. his neighbour, hero lives in a shipping container. his home, business, boarding school is comfortable and environmentally sustainable. >> the place exists because rural saskatchewan is dying and communities are looking for ways to attract people into it. the small towns are dying, big cities are getting bigger. >> burying a house in the ground to keep it warm in winter, cool in summer is something the early european settlers used to do. the eco village wants to use whatever means they need to to get people back into the countryside. >> it's a common site in saskatchewan. once farm families drove on the streets, merchants, teachers and government workers lived in the houses. farming changed. younger people moved away,
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schools closed down, businesses and villages. >> more technology, agriculture, more chemicals, pesticides, more productivity. this push of people out of the countryside that comes from agriculture. >> almost uniquely in saskatchewan. it is growing, but not just in an eco village, across the highway, people are buying houses, fro brent, the reason for success is obvious. it's more than the houses you build and the energy you put in here. it's the food you eat. the travel you do, all of these things that are part of that 100%. >> that's what brought us out here. >> all around the rolling prairie landscape, where. much of the world's fuel is grown, by fewer and fewer people. coaxing them to return and live her is a change, but one they are meeting in this community at least. >> for the first time in 155
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year history, a woman won the memorial cup, the most prestigious horse race. michelle payne won prince of penzance to victory, and it run the 2-mile race despite battling injury and illness throughout its career. >> i lay in bed. i gave my chance, i dreamt about it. i thought about it. unbelievable. it's like a dream come true. the horse is awesome. >> she was the only female jockey among a field of 24. odds makers gave her a slim chance to win 100:1. >> water is flowing. officials unveiled a reinforced monument. italian fashion designer bank rolled the 2.4 million project, including water pumps, restored ornamentation and a pigeon deterrencm. the most drastic overhaul in
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250 years. that's it for this international newshour on al jazeera america the news continues next in a couple of minutes, i'll see you then.
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