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rest of the world when it comes to this problem. >> we expect an update this afternoon about the events in san bernardino and we'll bring that to you live. thanks for watching. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the news hour, live from al jazeera headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes. the russian president vows to impose more sanctions against turkey, ahead of their first meeting since ankara downed one of its jets. >> why would he do something like this? >> shock and disbelief after a multiple shooting in california. we look at the culture of gun
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violence in the u.s. i'm in brazil, where congress is creating a commission to decide whether the president should be impoached. a case that has outraged palestinians moves closer to get resolved. the latest in the arrest in the arson death of a baby. ♪ welcome to the program. top diplomats from russia and turkey are meeting for the first time since ankara shot down a russian jet. the meeting is happening in belgrade on the sidelines of a conference. the russian president says ankara will regret, quote, more than once, the shooting down of a russian war plane. here is mr. putin accusing turkey of supporting terrorism and promising a tougher
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response. >> translator: we're not planning to engage in military saber rattling, but having committed the murder of our people, if they think they are going to get away with these measures, they are deeply mistaken. >> let's bring in our correspondent in moscow, rory challands. rory what is your reading of those comments from mr. putin? >> reporter: well, if anyone thought that the week has passed since the plane was shot down, if anyone thought president putin would have calmed down, he isn't. he is still using phrases like stabbed in the back. and he says onlial la knows why he did it.
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he is talking about further measures against turkey. we don't know quite what those are going to be. of course he did say, as we just heard there, that he doesn't really want to engage in saber rattling. we do know today on thursday, the russian energy minister, announced that the turkish pipeline project which was going to be a huge great pipeline taking gas from russia, piping it under the black sea to turkey then on to european markets. the negotiations for that have been suspended. we have this meeting now going on in belgrade between the turkish and russian foreign ministers. that is a chance, maybe for tensions to be slightly diffused. but going by vladimir putin's language, earlier on today, he is still a very angry president
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and this is still very much a dangerous situation. >> rory thank you very much. bernard smith also covering the story for us. difficult to imagine there's any potential for positive movement on this? >> reporter: well, earlier on today, turkey's prime minister called what the russians have been saying about turkey's involvement with this illegal selling of oil from syria to turkey, called it lies, and he said this has been lied produced by the cold war era soviet propaganda machine, but he said everybody should calm down and called for a deescalation. it is the turks that seem to be stretching out the olive branches to try to calm things down a little bit. it's the turkish foreign minister that sought this meeting with lavrov his russian counterpart, but it seems difficult with what vladimir
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putin has said today that things will calm down a little bit. at least we don't know what economic sanctions will be, there are reports of trucks laden with produce, fruit, that sort of thing not being able to get beyond ukraine. so perhaps some of these sanctions are already beginning to bite. >> thank you. meanwhile the u.k. has launched air strikes in syria today. just 56 minutes after the parliament backed the plan to expand the mission. they have been hitting oil fields in the east. the aim is to curtail isil's ability to raise money from illegal oil sales. there were bitter divisions among politicians as well as mass protests. paul brennan joins us from
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london. these paveway bombs can they achieve what the british prime minister is telling us they can achieve. >> reporter: peter the paveway is just one of a fleet of weapons carried think tornado and just in the last hour, typhoon jets have arrived. but there is also the brimstone weapon and the reaper drones have got the hell fire weapons. so there's a suite of precision guided munitions with different roles. the pave way against static targets brimstone is very good against moving targets, and that's what the royal air force brings to the coalition, probably around 45% of its strike capability in iraq now being transferred, precision strike now being transferred to syria. >> the overarching principle seems to be, you cannot defeat isil unless you put troops on the ground.
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if you don't put troops on the ground, you don't defeat isil. and we're being told that is simply not going to happen. >> it's not going to happen from western troops. and i think that's the key thing. when people talk about boots on the ground in london, or they talk about it in congress in washington, d.c., or in paris, they are talking about western troops, and i think that would be the wrong -- the wrong message. but we are also talking about a long campaign. this isn't like bosnia or kosovo or iraq in 2003. this is going to take months if not years. and i would suspect in five, six years time, we'll still be talking about this, because it isn't going to happen overnight. so the only way this can work is by marshalling those syrians who want to be involved. but also if daesh don't consider there to be a border between
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iraq and syria, why should the iraqis? so there are lots of tunes that could be played here, with getting troops on the ground, but the first step at the moment is to degrade daesh's capability, both military planning and its resource in terms of exporting oil. >> who drives this, and when they are working with the 70,000, quote, moderate fighters on the ground, surely that is fraught with danger from day one. >> reporter: i think you have to look at it from the perspective of the u.n. resolution on this. we expect there to be a lot of very high-level work. the coalition is best described as u.s. lead, but i don't think that is going to be there for the longer term. because that in itself is a rallying call against the coalition. so what we're going to have to see is a framework put together. as part of the vienna accord, but it is also things that came
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out with things that happened with president hollande, even president putin has a role to play in this. so you see the major nations yet again getting together to try to create a coalition that can create the conditions on the ground so you can bring this all together. >> isn't there something of a dichotomy here. part of the narrative is, point number 1, show solidarity with the french. that's basically what david cameron wanted to do. and you could say he has done precisely that given what hollande was saying. and on top of that he wants to make sure that people in the u.k. feel safer, but if there comes a point when someone someplace manages to pull off a pack tack lar like paris, in london, people in britain don't feel safer so then the pressure on him to do more becomes what
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whatever? >> yes, i mean last night's vote, which was by a much larger majority than most people thought. you had opposition members coming over to the government's side, and a lot more of the government's side voting for an extension of air strikes from iraq to syria, but also underlying that was very much the fact that most people took it on board that this does increase the threat in the united kingdom. but we have been under threat from daesh since it formed in 2012, 2011 possibly. there have been seven attempted attacks in the united kingdom. 18 in the last 24. they have all been stopped by good intelligence. that isn't always going to work. the advantage that we have over france is of course that the french have got a much more militant minority there of islamists who want to do harm to the state. we have fewer in britain, but we
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still have over a million with a potential. so the big risk here is that we are going to have to understand, particularly during the christmas period here, the holiday at the end of the year for both the christian religious festival and new year, that we are going to have to be on our guard for that, because that's the sort of time that somebody might want to do something, and i'm afraid it's more inconvenient, more scanning, it's more -- i suppose intrusive police work than we would normally expect. >> paul brennan as ever good to talk to you. >> thank you peter. members of the brazilian president party are appealing to the supreme court to halt impeachment proceedings against her. the speaker of the lower house of congress triggered the impeachment process on wednesday. she is accused of illegally manipulating government data last year.
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she denies any wrongdoing. teresa, so they are going ahead with this process, what do you think we can expect in the coming days? >> reporter: well, it is a very complicated process, which we see behind me is congress where a commission is being created to decide whether she should be impeached. i'm told they have 48 hours to create a commission, and then they have ten days to decide whether they will be moving forward with the impeachment. if the vote is positive, this will move to the lower house. if it moves forward, she will have to stand down temporarily and hand over power to the vice president. and then the process will move to the senate. there will be lots of political negotiations. she is fighting back. she is trying to have the president of the lower house
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removed as president of the lower house. she has been accused of corruption, and for many year this is a vendetta by him, telling people he has been wrongly accused he is angry because the ruling party has moved forward with this investigation against him. so for many here the message is if he is going down, everybody else is going down with him. >> how are people there reacting to this? >> reporter: well, this is a crisis that nobody knows where it is going to end. brazil is facing a serious and profound recession. people are very worried about the economic situation in the country. let's not forget about domestic demonstrations against the government. the president has a 7% popularity operate right now. there's a 10% unemployment rate. the people we have spoken to say they want this whole process to be over for bet ere or worse.
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they would like politicians to start focusing on their day-to-day process. many see this as a fight between political souls. so what we have been told is people would like their politicians to start working on the problems they face every day. >> teresa, thank you very much. do stay with us here on the news hour. still to come, fifa's corruption scandal continues. swiss police arrest two more officials. plus standing guard in kunduz. and south africa begins their search for a new rugby head coach. ♪ the home of a palestinian prisoner has been demolished by the israeli military. the house was destroyed early on thursday morning.
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he is accused of involvement in the shooting of an israeli couple in october. they were killed as they were driving through the territory. separately the israeli military demolished another home in the occupied west bank on wednesday. that had been the home of the man who was killed by the israeli security forces last year, he was accused of killing an israeli border policeman and a pedestrian after driving his car into them. >> translator: it was terrifying for the women. they have no humanity. >> reporter: israeli police have arrested several people in connection with an arson attack that killed an palestinian family, the home of the family in the village of duma, in the occupied west bank was attacked and set on fire last july. israeli police say the suspects belong to what they call a jewish terrorist group. toddler was burned to death.
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his four-year-old bother is still being treated for his injuries. stephanie decker joins us from west jerusalem. what is the back story to this? >> reporter: well, it's a significant announcement, because the details of this investigation have been under gag order since it began, really, four months ago. there were some arrests made soon after it happened, but the security services did say the people they had in connection were not correctly involved. we had rumors swirling around that there has been a break through in the case. we have now been told by the police and the domestic security agency that a number of israeli jewish youth have been arrested, and they are being questioned. it comes also -- we had a statement from the u.n. special envoy, he issued a statement yesterday saying that he was
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concerned about how slow this case has moved in terms of finding justice, because i can tell you, when you speak to palestinians on the street, we have had the last two months of a lot of tension on the ground here with one on one attacks. many people will quote this arson attack as a reason as to being extremely frustrated and upset, because they don't believe that any justice is usually allocated when israeli suspects carry out terror attacks against palestinians. so it's significant in that sense, but again, they are being questioned at the moment, no one has been charged. palestinians will tell you that no justice has been done so far, but it is a significant announcement in a case that so far has been under gag order, very little details coming out. >> it was so significant when it happened, steph. this took place in july, we're now in december. is anyone questioning why it took six, seven months or so?
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>> reporter: well, yes, the palestinians will tell you that it actually always takes this long and that justice is never done. at the time i covered it, and the news came out and about -- very, very quickly, about half an hour after we heard what happened, we had extremely strong language coming out from all israeli players, from the military, the prime minister himself, calling this a terror attack. they were extremely quick to condemn it with very strong language, which was unusual, and they said this was going to be a swiftly brought to justice. but again, as you have said, it has taken four months until now, they have cited security and intelligence concerns when it comes to this case. there is a wider group they are looking at when they call them jewish terrorists, terrorist groups that carry out these price tag attacks as they were, and palestinians will tell you
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and at the time that price tag attacks happen often. and it's just because this particular case was so tragic which is why it got so much coverage and so -- much news. but important there is also international pressure on israel to bring those responsible to justice, so we'll have to wait and see how it pans out. still under gag order this case, but again, the news that a few youth have been arrested. we don't know the numbers or their identify -- identities and they are still being questioned. >> thank you so much. want to take you to the united states where authorities are still trying to work out the motive for an attack that left 14 people dead. it is still very much an active
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crime scene. that highway completely shut down. the two heavily armed attackers shot dead by police. they have been named, according to the police chief one was a county public health employee who attended a party held in a conference building on the campus at the national regional center, and at some point he stormed out. there was some sort of disagreement inside the building. rob reynolds now with the very latest. >> reporter: a pivotal moment of terrifying killing in san bernardino. who suspected killers dead after a gun battle with police. >> the suspects that are dead at the scene, one is a male, one is a female. they were dressed in kind of assault-style clothing.
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i think is probably the best way to term it. they were both armed with assault rifles, they were both armed with handguns. >> reporter: a third person was detained running from the scene, but police aren't sure he was involved. several hours earlier shooters burst into an employee banquet for employees being held on the grounds of a senor this that serves people with learning disabilities. david johnson was walking nearby when the shooting started. >> that was going on for, like, couple of minutes, man, it was like bang bang bang bang bang for a while, you know. it wasn't continuous shooting. that's another thing -- and it wasn't just one sound, it was like bam bam, then a different pitch. so that sounds like a different weapon being used. >> reporter: none of the disabled clients or the staff at the center were shot. megan shy was one of those
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evacuated from the complex when the mayhem resulted. >> we were told to come out with our hands up, so that was a little scary, but we cooperated just because we wanted to get to safety. we wanted to get out. we didn't know for sure if there was anybody inside. so we just wanted to get out and get to our families. >> reporter: acting on a tip, police and fbi agents went to a resident in a nearby town. the people inside fled in an suv and began exchanging fire with police. police blocked them in and the deadly shootout followed. one police officer was injured. police later named the suspects, but said they were not sure of their relationship with each other. police emphasized that the pair's motives are not known. >> i spoke to him like a week ago, yeah. >> reporter: would you say he was a religious person?
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>> there is no comment. investigation is going on. you would know what it is. i have no idea. i have no idea why would he do that? why would he do something like this? i have absolutely no idea. i'm in shock myself. >> reporter: the fbi, state, and local law enforcement agencies are investigating. >> is this terrorism? and i'm still not willing to say that we know that for sure. we are definitely making some movements that it is a possibility. we are making adjustments to our an ininvestigation. it's possibility, but we don't know yet. >> reporter: the investigation is continuing. rob reynolds, al jazeera, san bernardino, california. let's examine the statistics of shootings in america. in october, a teacher and eight students died in an attack on a community college in the state
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of oregon. in another state, we're talking about tennessee, five people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a military recruitment center. > and in june 9th people were killed in an historic black church in south carolina. on average this year has seen more than one multiple shooting every day. most carried out by young white males. the attack prompted an angered response by president obama once again calling on congress to pass tougher gun-control measures. >> for those who are concerned about terrorism, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can't get on planes, but those same people could go into a store right now in the united states and buy a firearm and there's nothing we can do to stop them. that's a law that needs to be
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changed. >> let's take you live to washington and alan fisher. alan, almost habitual now. somebody does something bad with a gun or guns and mr. obama gives that kind of speech. >> reporter: he has done it many, many times, and he has made that point that he has done it many times but this is a polarizing issue in a country that is deeply politically polar rised. and you have seen on social media how people on the right are suggesting how it would be wrong to discuss gun legislation at the moment, and people on the left saying it is never the right time to discuss it, and they can't wait for a gap, because the gaps never seem to come. certainly the presidential candidates have been tweeting out their prayers and condole e condolences for the people involved in the shooting. that's on the republican side. and that prompted one new york newspaper to say god isn't helping here. essentially that it's time for the legislate to stop just
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sending warm words and do something about it. but it's exactly three years this month since the sandy hook shooting when a gunman killed a number of school children. there was wide-spread upset, outrage, anger in the united states at that point. there were polls showing that there was a majority of americans who wanted to see some port of gun legislation, it was even raised in congress, and it went nowhere. >> can you explain one thing for us, alan, whether it's sandy hook, columbine or san bernardino, when something like this happens in the united states, the number of people buying weapons changes. more people go into a gun shop and load up and walk out, i assume because they feel that they need to protect themselves. it seems completely illogical. >> it would be wrong to make a sweeping generalization on the -- the thinking of a nation of so many people. but there are two ways perhaps of looking at it.
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one, of course, is the safety element, the nra who said the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. the other way of looking at it that there is a fear among people who use guns that there is the real potential that this point be the tipping point, this could the incident that could lead to legislation that could change how easy it is to get a gun, and therefore, they go out, buy, and keep it for themselves, essentially stockpiling or hoarding it. so those are two possible reasons why that they happen. there is no doubt that after incidents like this, people feel unsafe. they look to politicians for leadership, and barack obama would suggest on the republican side there is no leadership coming whereas the republicans would suggest that to do anything with the second amendment is essentially tampering with one of the basic
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tenants of what it is to be american. >> briefly, alan, if this one is a tipping point, why is it the tipping point? >> reporter: hard for me to say, but perhaps because of the momentum of the number of mass shootings there have been, and the fact that after every single mass shooting, the president has stepped forward and said this continues to happen. the case is constantly being made that this is not the sort of thing you see in other countries in the world. parallels are drawn with the united kingdom and australia, where after mass shooting events the brought in legislation and the numbers dropped dramatically. but it would be wrong to dismiss how closely americans feel to the second amendment and how closely they feel to their guns. there are obviously ordinary people that feel attached to the
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weapons, the second amendment, and the safety and security that that brings them. >> thanks, alan. plenty more still to come on the news hour. the syrian refugee in jordan who could be among the first to be resettled in this canada. plus, wounded in the war against isil, survivors in iraq find crucial follow-up health care is lacking. and in the sports news with suna, we'll find out if the spurs can maintain their perfect record at home. ♪
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the church. >> why do you think you didn't get the medal of honor? >> i can't allow you not to go into that because that is your job. >> we gonna bring this city back one note at a time. >> proudest moment in my life. welcome back. the russian president vladimir putin says turkey will regret more than once, he said, the shooting down of the russian jet over a week ago. he accused turkey of supporting terrorism, and promised a tough response. the brazilian president's party is appealing to the supreme court to halt impeachment proceedings against
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her. the speaker of the lower house of congress triggered the process on wednesday. she is accused of illegally manipulating government economic data last year. the israeli police have arrested several people in connection with an arson attack in the occupied west bank last july. thousands of people in iraq have been left severely disabled by the war against isil. many are struggling to get the follow-up care they need. imran khan reports from erbil. >> reporter: this man was caught in the blast of an isil bomb in northern iraq. he was on a kurdish pi pish -- patrol a year ago. >> translator: there were three of us in our vehicle. we had just cleared the village
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of isil fighters. in the days after, i lost hope that i would ever walk again. >> reporter: this rehabilitation clinic is a private foundation and a lifeline for him and a handful of others. he has always received aid from the peshmerga ministry to pay for his care. but even here the conditions are far from ideal, just getting into the building requires effort. one of the founders of the institute says it is not just soldiers that need help but also civilians. he says the biggest challenge is no one knows how many victims there are. >> in the past nine months i saw more than [ inaudible ] and the staff of [ inaudible ] maybe more than 200 people. i don't know what is the number. this is what we saw. because we are new now. we started three months before -- four months before. so people maybe we'll receive 2,000 per year, i don't know.
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>> reporter: registering and getting an accurate figure for how many war injury victims there are is important. then aid agencies can provide services and have an idea of how much money is requires. most victims get basic treatment and are then left to fend for themselves. all across iraq and the kurdish region the injured are brought to hospitals like these. there they are given basic treatment and let go. rehabilitation centers offer hope and a way of living a fulfilled life. but one doctor said forever 300 people that are injured there might only be one in a rehabilitation clinic. egypt'scourt has ordered a retrial of the leader of the muslim brotherhood. he has has two death sentences in separate cases.
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rights groups have criticized the government for its crackdown on the group after president morsi was deposed in 2013. prosecutors in belgium have charged two new suspects in connection with last month's attacks in paris. one is a 20-year-old frenchman, the other a 21-year-old belgian. this brings to eight the number of suspected arrested since the attacks in the french capitol. swiss police have arrested two more fifa officials as part of the corruption scandal at the home of world football. they are suspected of accepting brides linked to marketing rights. the arrests in zurich come before fooe fa's executive committee is due to discuss reforms. the fifa president is already serving a 90-day suspension. south africa's top appeals court has found the paralympic
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athlete, oscar pistorius guilty of murder. he gilled his girlfriend in 2014 after shooting her four times through a locked door. he said he thought she was an intruding. canada's new liberal government is starting to make good on its election promise to take in 25,000 syrian refugees. it started processing the most and most vulnerable refugees. each recommended be the u.n. refugee agency for resettlement. >> reporter: it has been a tough few years for this woman. her husband died just before she left syria. she lives in the north of jordan with her daughter and four grandchildren. they could be among the first to
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be resettled. >> translator: i want to go to canada so badly. i heard a lot about canada, people are nice, and they have everything they need. >> reporter: u.n. refugee officers have been working overtime to process syrians eligible under the canadian program. they include the desperately poor, seriously ill, and injured children, as well as lesbian, gay, and transgender refugees who are under particular threat. >> we have a huge number of syrians who are sug ling, not just financially, but their ability to cope with any shock at the moment is certainly limited, and especially those with medical needs. we're no longer able to cover a lot of health care for refugees. >> reporter: this man has eight children. he is having a hard time putting food on the children. his 19-year-old son has nerve damage after being shot in the head. >> translator: the situation is a little difficult because of the rent on the house here.
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the boy needs treatment. we don't have the resources. >> reporter: while canada has slowed the program slightly to address security concerns, it still expected to resettle 10,000 syrian refugees within the next two months, and another 15,000 later in the year. mosques, churches, and private organizations will sponsor many of them. this is one of the fastest resettlement programs the u.n. refugee agency has dealt with. this is a final step in the u.n. process, then they are interviewed by canadian authorities, and after that, they could actually been in canada within days. this center sees up to 3,000 refugees a day. only 1% of refugees around the world are ever resettled, for many it takes years. >> i think this is a great opportunity for other countries
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to look at what canada is doing. this hasn't been done like this before. this is perhaps -- there's no doubt in my mind, we'll be developing best practices here that could be emulated by other countries. >> reporter: for some of the most needy syrian refugees, instead of building walls, canada is opening doors. a refugee has been killed after being electrocuted at the greek macedonian border. he was among 1500 other people stuck in the town waiting to cross into macedonia. there has been fighting over the past few days between police and some of the refugees. last month balkan states began stopping refugees from crossing into their country. hundreds of thousands of people in the southern indian state remain cut off from
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flooding. there are growing concerns that conditions may worsen as dams and rivers continue to overflow. >> reporter: one of india's biggest cities submerged. for many people here roof tops are the safest and driest place to be, after days of heavy rain and flooding, food is scarce. the only way to get essentials to those stranded is from the air. >> translator: 2,400 people have been rescued so far, and 30 of our teams are on the ground. we have sde -- deployed 110 boats with equipment like life jackets. >> reporter: this is the worst flooding to hit the region in 100 years. coastal areas were drenched with a month's worth of rain in just a few days. aerial pictures show the extent
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of the devastation. >> the whole airport is gutted, and no aircraft can take off. so [ inaudible ] which is our air base, which is 60 kill tomers as the crow flies from the airport has been activated, and all of the relief material as well as the civil flights are operating from our base. >> reporter: with more rain expected there are growing concerns about the spread of water-born diseases, damaged electricity and phone lines are making the crisis worse. >> translator: around 40% of mobile and 20% of land line connections have been lost. power supply have been curtailed in many areas. the death toll has reached 269 as per the latest reports. >> reporter: the full extent of the damage is still unclear. what is already clear is that this is not a natural disaster,
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but a man made one. government critics are blaming poor infrastructure and urban planning. the afghan president has vowed to bring militias into the northern city of kunduz under control. the taliban overran the city in late september. it was the first time the group has taken control of a provin provinceal capitol in 14 years. five days into the conflict, the u.s. mistakenly bombed a doctor's without borders hospital, killing at least 30 people. on october 14th, the afghan government regained control of the center of the city, however, the taliban still has a
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presence, and that has created an uneasy alliance between afghan forces and independent militias. >> reporter: these fighters set up a new check point in kunduz city. this is a local power broker dependent of the government in kabul. just over a kilometer away another militia is guarding the front line. they are a loose collection of local men authorized to fight on behalf of the government, the other half are under the private command of this man. >> translator: my father had toe fight the taliban, then they attacked our house, injured my mother and killed my father i had no choice but to fight him. >> reporter: he says his men are loyal to him personally. they would follow him even if he decided to fight on the side of
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the taliban. >> translator: our situation is critical. the government doesn't care about us. they make us sleep on the front line and they don't give us ammunition. and the taliban are about 200 meters away. >> reporter: there are still civilians living here. they say the taliban could retake kunduz city any time it wants. >> translator: day and night we are worried. we are concerned that the taliban will attack. we are all in danger. our children are in danger. our lives are in danger. the government ran away from here. >> reporter: the acting provincial governor says he shares the people's concerns. >> translator: these people are effectively standing against the enemy. if the afghan government wants these militia to stand next to security forces and fight, then they need rules. they should be managed in a way under the command of the intelligence services or the
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army or the police. >> reporter: residents say these independent militias are already abusing their powers. >> translator: there are different groups of these gunmen. some of them really abuse people, women, honor, family, are all under threat in every way. they are using their guns. they are threatening children and people's dignity. >> reporter: the government says poor leadership, lack of communication, and poor use of resources are the reason the city fell briefly under taliban control. people say for months when this city was threatened the government in kabul ignored their plight. the u.n. has recognized cape town as one of ten cities worldwide leading the fight against climate change. cities consume over two-thirds of the world's energy. cape town thinks it can combat climate change by cutting energy
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consumption while bringing other benefits to poorer households. >> reporter: high winds and heavy clouds over table mountain for residents on the outskirts of the city usually a signal of a dusty day ahead. these homes were built without ceilings worsing the impact of bad weather. elaine is one of the first to have a ceiling installed. >> translator: in the winter it is very cold. it was better to be outside. the [ inaudible ] would come in through the open ceiling and fall on your face while you were sleeping. >> reporter: she says the new ceilings cut energy consumption by half. over the next two years, 8,000 homes will be upgraded. down the road several other units are being fitted with insulated ceilings. the project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more
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than 5,000 tons a year. the major -- says fighting climate change will benefit the poorest the most. >> the worst thing about climate change is it is effecting the poor people the most. 80% of people in africa are poor and living below a dollar a day. and when the droughts and floods come, those african cities will be hit hard. >> reporter: the city has several other projects on the go to protect the environment, including installation of solar panels on the roofs of buildings. water management devices have also been installed as part of the environmental drive. while water is free, it is limited to 350 liters a day, but some groups say that hits the most needy. >> this drive for water
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conservation, water saving is now a burden that poor people must carry, rather than industry, fining, agriculture, wealthier households, that where the savings should really be targeted first. >> reporter: but for residents here, the city's commitment to developing a sustainable environment has for now made life a little more comfortable. still to come for you here on the al jazeera news hour -- >> i'm lee wellings in surrick on another dramatic day for fifa, more arrested around their ex-somebodyingtive committee meeting.
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♪ welcome back. you are watching al jazeera news hour. time for sports. here is suna. >> thank you very much, peter. as you have been hearing two more fifa vice presidents have been arrested as part of the scandal at the home of world football. the two people were arrested in dawn raids in zurich. they are suspected of accepting bribes. they were both in zurich for fifa executive committee meetings. >> both fifa officials are opposing their extradition, as they declared this morning during a hearing. the federal office of justice
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will, therefore, ask u.s. authorities to submit formal extradition requests. >> fifa had been speaking at the conclusion of the two-day executive committee meetings. they outlined their reform process, but weren't keen on commenting on the new arrests. >> translator: the u.s. department of justice has today proceeded to a series of arrests. all i can say is that fifa will not make any other comment. events this morning underscored the necessity to establish a complete process of reforms. >> lee does this come as a surprise, the arrests? >> reporter: we shouldn't be surprised that there were arrests, because the u.s. attorney general and her swiss
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counterpart always said there would be a second wave of arrests. we know there could be more arrests. this is something they are going into forensic detail. particularly in what might have been seen in the americas, which has now had three consecutive presidents of that federation which have been arrested or suspended. the attorney generals are trying to get to the bottom of it. >> lee you have been at the press conference after the executive committee meeting. how did the chief respond to this? >> reporter: it was a bizarre press conference in many ways. the acting president of fifa -- remember this is a man who really quite reluctantly came into this role, very temporarily. they are going to elect a new
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president in february. he is not a particularly well man. he fell asleep during the press conference at one stage. and yet here he was talking about reform. it wasn't convincing at all, and then there was the scene of they are trying to expand the world cap from 32 peoples to 40. and i challenged them on this, why with everything happening, the crisis, empty seats around the committee room, are they trying to expand the world cup at the time. it really is chaotic scenes whenever you are around them. >> there is another damaging day for fifa's reputation. where is it all going to go? >> reporter: the reputation of fifa couldn't be lower. they now have financial concerns. this has not been a good year for them because of their damaged reputation, because of the way sponsors are no longer
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wanting to be part of what is being called a toxic brand. they know the public has no faith in them. it's going to be such a difficult task for whoever is voted in as president in february to restore the reputation that fifa needs. >> lee thank you very much. the first leg of the copa ameri america na has finished. the second leg is next wednesday. real madrid face being kicked out of the. real 3-1 winners. but the score of their opening goal, dennis, shouldn't have been playing as he was suspended. he picked up three yellow cards
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while playing for villa real last year, and was supposed to be serving a one-match ban. some rugby news. the leader has decided to step down in south africa. he had been in charge since 2012 and his contract was finishing at the end of the month. in nba the golden state warriors have extended their unbeaten start to the season to 20-0 after beating the charlotte hornets. steph curry scored 40 points in three quarters. he became the first player to score that many points in at least six of the season's games since michael jordan in 1986 and 1987. the warriors beat the hornets 116-99. >> this is surprising
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that -- this league has been around for a very long time, and nobody is doing what we're doing now. so that's special. in that number 20 sounds a little different than 15, 16, 17, whatever. so -- we're 20-0. like let's be proud of that. but remember how we got to this point and bottle it up for the rest of the season. the san antonio spurs remain undefeated at home with a win over the bucs. san antonio improving their record at home to 10-0. and that's all of your sport from me, of course we'll have more for you the next news hour. back to peter now. >> thank you have much. more news for you on the website, up next on this channel our colleagues in london. lauren waiting to give you all
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of the latest word news. we'll be back tomorrow. see you then. ♪
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this is al jazeera america. we are awaiting a statement from the president at the white house. he is of course, expected to talk about that shooting in san bernardino. the two suspects we do know. they have been identified. they were killed in that shootout with police. it happened about four hours after the rampage that left 14 people dead. also at least 17 injured. they said they couldn't talk about