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on the president of the university of missouri stepping down. >> an unprecedented scandal in athletics. leading to the recommendation that russia be suspended from all competition. i'm barbara serra. you're watching al jazeera live from london. barack obama condemns the escalating violence in the west bank as he meets with israel's prime minister for the first time in a year. celebrations in myanmar as early election results show a possible landslide victory for aung san
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aung san's opposition party. failing a generation. hundreds of thousands of refugee children are missing out on an education. murdered for which craft, the axe could you says threatening the lives of kenya's elderly. plus. >> i'm jessica baldwin in london. the works of alexander calder. the artist what invented the mobile. >> hello there, thank you for joining us. one of the biggest scandals in sports. the report said that russia has
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covered up positive test results and recommends lifetime bans for five athletes and coaches. >> we have reported on doping controls on many occasions. not just in the past, but up to and including the middle of this year well after it was known that this investigation is underway. >> we have found cover ups. we found destruction of samples in the laboratories. we found payments of money in order to conceal doping tests. >> paul rhs was at the president conference in geneva. >> they have been looking into allegations made in a german documentary that came out last december. in that documentary we showed russian coaches, members of the russian athletics federation, being involved in doping, giving
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substances to athletes, allegations that they were extorting money from russian athletes to cover up positive samples, and the chair of this commission richard pound has said overwhelmingly that documentary has been corroborated, and that there is a systemic doping in russian athletics. russia is one of the powerhouses in world threats, so it's really a dark day for them. a dark day for athletics as a whole. the hope is now that the sport can push on and really become clean. the recommendation, of course, is that russia be suspended from athletic competitions, which could mean that it misses out orneryio on 2012 next year. >> as you just heard russian athletes are heavily implicated. let's speak to our russian correspondents rory challands.
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>> well, barbara, the first thing we heard in the immediate aftermath of the press conference in the allegations was from a state russian body that is not a sporting agency at all. it said that the allegations are primarily and not based in any kind of realities. following that we heard from the russian federation of athletics. it's chief said that the calls for russia to be banned from athletics are not objective because the organizations management change in the spring after the cases that were highlighted in the reports, and said while there have been doping cases in russia, they didn't believe that they were systemic. that's what we've heard from the sports minister as well. they said that russia does have doping issues, both of these are being dealt with. it's interesting, though, in the reports we have heard from dick
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pound, the chair of the investigation, saying that regarding the russian sports minister, it's inconceivable that this man as sports minister would have been unaware of what's going on. if he's aware of what is going on, then he's complicit in it. >> now the president of the iaaf said tha that he's going to consider sanctions against the russian federation. what impact could that have on russian sport? >> well, it's a whole wrath of recommendations have been made in the reports that pertain to russia. i'll go through them. it says that the moscow laboratory where the doping samples are being tested, that should have its credittation r revehicled. and the anti-doping agency should be considered closed, non-compliant. it said that the russian
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athletic confederation should be considered non-compliant and russian athletes should not be competing in olympic games in rio. basically this is something that is going to effect the whole of russian athletics if it's put in practice because this is a recommendation, and this is not anything that has actually been enacted yet. that decision for the iaaf. but one of the other fairly brutal accusations in this report is that this is not something that just effects russian athletics. it was effectively endorsed by the russian state itself. even the russian security operators were involved in this process. >> rory challands. thank you.
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>> meeting at the white house, and the focus will be on combating isil as well as israel's security. the talks come as violence has escalated in israel and the occupied palestinian territories during the past five weeks. >> i want to be very clear that we condemn in the strongest terms palestinian violence against innocent israeli citizens. the strong believe that israel has not just the right but the obligation to protect itself.
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i also will discuss with prime minister his thoughts on how we can lower the temperature in the--between israeli and palestinians, and how we can get back on a path towards peace. >> i remain committed to a vision of peace, two states for two peoples. a demilitarized palestinian state that recognizes a jewish state. i don't think that anybody should doubt israel's determination to defend itself against terror and destruction, but neither should anybody doubt israel's willingness to make peace with any of its neighbors who genuinely want to achieve peace with it. >> patty culhane has this analysis from washington, d.c. >> there are none of the usual fireworks between prime minister benjamin netanyahu and u.s. president barack obama as they met in the oval office. the white house saying this is a
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chance to try and move forward. the relationship obviously at a low point as the israeli prime minister publicly tried to fight the president in the u.s. congress, trying to kill the iran deal. so what is next? now they're going to be talking about how much more money israel wants from the u.s. in order to feel security given that the deal is now done. now right now the u.s. gives israel over $3 billion annually to defense equipment. >> it is asking for $50 billion in security assistance. we don't expect they'll come out with an agreement. there is hope that there will be a final deal with the president in office. they want something to build confidence and calm the situation in the occupied territory. >> myanmar's ruling party backed
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by the military has conceded defeat in the nation's first properly held election in decades. the election commission has announced results which placed the main opposition party on course to win by a landslide majority. aung san suu kyi ha party has won and could form the next government. myanmar's ruling party said it will respect the result. the final tally is not expected for days and could then be followed by weeks of wrangling. a new president would then take power at the end of march. but there is likely to be tension between then and now as we now report. >> bold predictions, the day after the landmark election in
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myanmar. >> we want to see an eleastist country. that's why i voted nld. >> i want aung san suu to lead the country. >> if aung san suu kyi leads us the country would be better. >> months ago few would have dared to mention the name of political prisoner aung san suu kyi. now her party could form the next government. >> until this time the election results have not been declared. i think everyone already knows or has guessed what the election result is. >> myanmar's election commission is expected to announce the final result in two weeks. >> the 2015 general election was a peaceful one, and it can be
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seen that it was held peacefully and successfully. >> some question whether these complaints will be properly handled. >> there is a lot of concern about the uac, particularly it's impartiality. as you know the chair is a former military man, who has openly proclaimed that he was hoping that they would win the election. >> as the votes are being tallied it will. clearer in the coming days whether their election was carried out in a credible way. the fact that the election was carried out smoothly and people were able to vote for the candidate of their choice in a country five years ago was a dictatorship. >> still to come on the program, back on the shelves maggi noodles are back in india, but find out why they were banned for five months.
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>> now a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. the world anti-doping said russia must be suspended from any further athletic events after trying to cover up widespread doping an use by its athlete. president barack obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold talks at the white house. landslide victory showing the national league of democracy has more than 70% of seats.
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u.s. president barack obama said that a full investigation is underway after two u.s. citizens were shot dead at a police training center in jordan. it happened on the outskirts of amman. security sources say they were shot along side three others via a jordanian police officer who was then shot dead himself. roslind jordan is live for us in wads. what else do we know about this, roz? >> well, according to the jordanian embassy here in washington five other people including two americans who were injured were involved in this shooting. it happened at the training facility for police officers. it primarily started training the iraqi police force but it has been expanded to cover police officers in the occupied west bank as well as arab countries. the people killed in this
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incident were u.s. government contractors working at the facility under the u.s. state department even though jordan does run this facility. but they don't know yet whether there was any particular motivation for the jordanned police officer who was said to have been a veteran criminal investigator to turn his weapon on others at this facility. they're just in the beginning stages of this investigation, and they're saying that they're try to tamp down speculation what might have been behind this man's decision to start firing. it is worth noting that jordan is considered a very safe country particularly for americans even though there are the normal risks of petty crime and one off attack from random criminal. there has been more concern about the presence of al-qaeda inside jordan.
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there have been several incidents in the past few years which have raised security concerns but not so much that the u.s. government has waved off americans from visiting or working in the country. >> roslind jordan with the latest from washington. ross thank you. death displacement and now falling behind in school. these are just some of the problems being faced by syria's vulnerable children who were struggling to get their lives back together having fled to the safety in neighboring turkey. al jazeera's has reports from istanbul. >> ebra him is 13 years old. his family escaped two years ago. he looks smaller because his bones are not growing normally. he left school last year to help his mother and sister. he earns $3 a day. working 12 hours as a porter. his mother is looking for a better job for him. he tells me he misses his schools and friends. he wants to be the man his
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mother can rely on. u.n. and turkish governments say that there are more than 2.1 registered syrian refugees, at least 700,000 are school-age children. syrian opposition around organizations have set up, but only 2,000 attended classes last year. many become illegal workers in city about a czars. many are unable to go to schools here mainly because of the language barrier and the insufficient numbers of arabic speaking schools. many families cannot afford accepting their children to school, in fact, a lot of them rely on their children to work to provide a living. education is not a priority for many here earning an income and sustaining a living are the means to survive. human rights watch warns of dire consequences and urging the international community and
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neighborhood states to do more. >> if you look at the syrian children both inside the country and outside of the country who are now out of school the numbers are staggering. compared to the numbers of enrollment before the war it is quite stark, the difference. in syria before the war began primary school enrollment was 99%, which is basically universal. and secondary enrollment was very high. gender parity was very good. and so when you look at the risk of having all of these kids who have their features laid out before them who are now very uncertain i think you see an entire generation that is potentially being decimated by the war. >> syria's war has destroyed many lives and staterred dreams. and it is forcing many to put thirstier o their future on hold. >> hundreds of elderly people in kenya are being murdered every year after being accused of witchcraft often by their own relatives. our correspondent malcolm web
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has been to one place where they're finding refugee. >> three hours drive from the nearest town this is a shelter for old people who have been accused of witchcraft. they come here to hide from their neighbors who threaten to kill them. this is a prophet in this county. charities say more than 200 old people are killed every year accused of being witches. this woman said she was accused of being a witch by her own relatives. >> it was some of my family members who chased me from my home. i have some problems with my joints. they found it strange and said i was a witch and sent me away. >> to the people who run the shelter who believe in witchcraft, too, jumwa has to go through this ceremony whether they believe in it or not. those who do think the shaving
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cleanses people who were witches. people hold traditional beliefs very strongly in this area, and to be allowed to come inside this enclosure to witness this ritual we had to wear these outfits. it seems lined every story of witchcraft there is a dispute over land and livestock, and behind that is a context of extreme poverty. in jumwa's case she inherited 100 acres of farmland from her late husband. she thinks that some of her children want to sell it. limited land, a growing population and lack of education and jobs has made people desperate. >> because someone wants to inherit the land and find a way for the moment we kill this person then we shall be free, the land will be ours, you see, so to find some way of eliminating the elders. >> jumwa said she didn't know what happened to her land since
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she fled, but she wanted to come with us to find out. this is all that is left of her house. the grass roof burned, the walls pushed out. next door she finds some of her grandchildren and her daughter-in-law. one of her sons is here, too. he didn't want to talk to her or about who was responsible. the bliss who came with us said it was not safe for jumwa to stay here. before we left with her we spent a moment with her grandchildren. she said when she was their age old people were cared for by their families. now she doesn't know if she'll ever come home or ever see them again. >> one of india's cheapest and most popular foods is now back on the shelves after a five-months ban. maggi noodles were banned after they tested to have high levels of lead.
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>> maggi noodles was a phenomenally well-selling product. you could find it in stores like this one around the country. it was cheap, too. just about $0.20 for a serving. in june the product was banned after government testing found higher than acceptable lead limits in several samples. that led to the product being pulled from store shelves and many of the workers who made it to be laid off. in india the company that made it took a hit to its profit and reputation. but last month new samples found lead limits were within acceptable norms and the product was allowed back in. but that gave the company a new problem, getting the product back into store shelves, which they plan to do by next week. but by monday they announced that th the product will be available online. although the sales took a hit by
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the ban, they're confident by next week markets like this one will be filled with people buying maggi here and throughout the country. >> government leaders in venezuela are testing their support by holding rehearsals for parliamentary elections next month. soaring inflation and food shortages have heard the popularity of the ruling socialth party, and even the legacy of the late leader hugo chavez is failing to have an impact. we have reports from caracas. >> the fight continues. it is a slogan that no raises as many fists in venezuela as it once did. the organizers of this pro government rally is having trouble gathering support. >> we understand that people are unhappy, but we will not negotiate the space that the revolution concurred. we know that the return to the
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opposition rule will be disastrous. >> the pro government movement would fill whole avenues with supporters. today, just a few motorcyclers have joined the parade. people no longer wave from their balconies in support. they're hope to go retain the support with modernization efforts like this, but recent polls suggest that the opposition could be changing history. >> roberto used to work as a technician, but with strict government controls he can no longer find spare parts. now his family queues up for hours just to find household basics. >> i'm voting against them. i am never voting for this government again because we want a change. finding trousers or even food has become impossible. >> for many in the oil rich nation the moment came when hugo
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chavez swept into power in 1998 promising to bring social justice to the people. 15 years ago we went out to vote for a change, and now we're going out to vote again for a change because this situation has become unbearable. >> the revolution was destroyed by corruption. they're destroying themselves now with this struggle for power. they want to deceive people and tell them everything is okay but they themselves know that everything is not okay. >> outside of these trial voting stations fewer than a dozen people line up to examine ballots and learn how to cast a vote. with elections in less than a month the overwhelming support the government once had is no longer there. al jazeera, caracas. >> a show opens o in london on wednesday for alexander calder.
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>> they barely move in a museum where the windows are closed, the environment controlled, no breezes wafting by. alexander calder wanted his michaels to move gently unpredictbly across the sky. there are a hundred works on show looking at his progression from wire culture to his final sitting style. kinetic works that move on their own. he turned sculpture on its head. >> he's credited it with inventing the mobile, which is no small statement. >> calder really freedom sculpture off the pedestal, took it away from the conventions of something solid, and he brings it out into the gallery, out into the space. >> calder was a gregarious,
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larger than life character, and works delight in their happiness, but his grandson remembers a very intense artist. >> when he was at work he was deadly serious. the studio was silent. he worked by himself. he never had an assistant in his entire career. he didn't play music. he didn't kid around. he was at work. he was very, very focused. >> that focus has earned calder a place among the greats of modern art. and his shows are always well attended. >> it's no surprise calder is so popular. the joyfulness, the playfulness in his work isn't found in most modern art. >> the show ends in 1948 with black widow. but calder carried on working until his death in 1976. leaving a legacy of 6,000 works all carefully balanced to glide in the air providing hours of entertainment. jessica baldwin, al jazeera, london. >> more on the story and
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everything else that we have been covering on our website. you can see it there, >> he calls it the right thing to do. the university of missouri president stepping down after growing protest on campus like this. making amends, president obama meeting with benjamin netanyahu for the first time since the iranian nuclear deal. and bond has been set for two louisiana police officers, both been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a six-year-old boy.