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spain's election on a knife edge. no single party can win. the question now is who will be prime minister. hello. i'm julie mcdonald on al jazeera live from honourable done. also-- london. protests in india after the offender in relation to a rape is due to be released.
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the mekong activists in relation to damming welcome to the program. we start in spain, of course, where the parliamentary election is finally balanced with 90% of the votes counted. no single party has managed to win an outright majority 9176 seats. mariano rajoy is likely to be the winning party. vying with him to be is also sanchez. the leader of podemos has pulled off a coup with winning 42 seats. they may have enough seats to form a government. of course, the other group, the ciudadnos looks to have secured
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40 seats. let's hear what the podemos spokesperson had to say. >> translation: we haven't had the final results yet. however, we are cautious but at the same time we are optimistic. we believe the citizens have voted for what they wish for. that's undeniable. the system of the current party has ended and we're beginning a new period in the political history of our country let's take a look now at a live shot from madrid. a huge amount of excitement and expectation there about what the final result will mean, not just what the final result will be, but what it will mean in a country where up until now there has been a very comfortable two-party domination in politics. as of this election, that political landscape has been completely turned on its head.
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this is the leader of the podemos coming into shot there and, of course, they have pulled off this electoral coup winning 42 seats, which is quite incredible given the fact that they've only been going for a year. other left wing parties, of course, in a coalition that they could make together may have enough seats to form a government so that is really quite incredible. that has gone out to our correspondent barnaby phillips who has been following everything in madrid. what's the latest? >> reporter: the latest here at the headquarters of the popular party of mariano rajoy is an atmosphere close to dejection. it is the mutist strangest victory celebration i've been to t a lot of supporters looking at their phones, looking at permanent mutations, looking at
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possibilities, knowing that they have notionally won, they have received the lowest percentage of the popular vote since 1989. a very, very strange situation. they may have lost some four and a half million votes compared to that enormous victory they had in 2011 and a lot of head scratching in theory. spain's prime minister mariano rajoy may appear on the platform that's behind me later this evening, but the crowd here is pretty meagre. i think the mood inside is pretty introspecktive. i'm not sure whether he will address the crowd. a lot of uncertainty for his future, for the future of spain's government, but, indeed, for all the political parties they all know that they face many negotiations and a very unclear path ahead if spain is
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to form a stable new government in the coming weeks we're just going to take a listen for a second. the leader of podemos is now speaking. >> translation: the best country and in such important countries asthma drinked, valencia, the socialist party have-- as madrid. the popular party since 1989. the current system has finished in spain. at the same time it must be mentioned that the necessity of new country, the changes in the catalonia and others, we're the only political party who are able to lead and give the
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necessitys with plurality to begin this country. it must be mentioned once again that the elections, the changes given historic advance and we hope that the postal votes and those that haven't been counted yet, the 69 seats that we will get, that we will have, spain has changed the system and this is in a series of constitutional methods which are indispensable. firstly, the constitution law rights is irreplaceable and necessary and this means that the right of a dignified home,
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the public health, education is a constitutional right which is absolutely indispensable and is also necessary. the spanish constitution dictates, and it is irreplaceable, and at the same time it's the center of the constitution in order that there should be - if the government-- going back live to our correspondent barnaby phillips. that was the leader of podemos there speaking and he said we're the only party to give spain the plurality that it needs. why have people turned away from the more traditional political options? >> reporter: in part they've turned away because of a
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prolonged economic crisis that has dragged on for five years. although there is a tentative recovery and that is probably the party ended up finishing first. it is only beginning to be felt by many people in this country and probably, in particular, young people have not felt its benefits. unemployment amongst young people remaining stubbornly and appallingly high. so that is the appeal of podemos, and also the citizen's party which has come onto the scene today. there is also a generational difference. you're seeing young people, particularly in spanish cities who are saying that they are fed up with the corruption scandal $, they're put-- scandals, they are fed up with the alliance and judiciary which has spapd the
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landscape for decades now and they're looking for new alternatives. they're looking away from the popular party, away from the socialists, no longer haunted by the governments of the dictatorship period and that is why we're seeing a reshaping of the spanish political landscape, a reshaping and yet its ultimate contours or outline is very, very uncertain at this stage tonight in madrid there doesn't seem to be that many straightforward options going forward from here. in fact, they're rather awkward. >> reporter: they're all very awkward. the magic number is 176. that's the majority, obviously, in a 350-seat parliament. now, there was talk before the results came in of a possible alliance between the popular party and the citizens party, let's call it a free market
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alliance, if you can excuse me with that sim any indication-- simplification. they have fallen short of that 176 mark. maybe they might look at a more left-wing alliance. they also don't have 176. then you have some smaller parties. some of them nationalist party, regional parties of course have their own demands, the more partners you bring into a coalition, the more sort of concessions and the more levels of complication you have to deal with. will such a coalition prove feasible or will we have an unstable minority government or will spain have to have new elections early in 2016. i'm afraid i don't have definitive answers to any of those questions right now barnaby phillips joining us live there from madrid with the very latest. thank you there have been angry
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protests in india after the release of a man convicted of a brutal gang rape and murder which shocked the world three weeks ago. the parents of the 23-year-old woman attacked on a bus in 2012 have been leading demonstrations in new delhi. the man was 17 when he was arrested and received the three-year maximum sentence for a juvenile. campaigners are calling for longer sentences to be imposed on juveniles. >> reporter: this case of the youngest offender involved in the 2012 gang rape attack has raised many questions, particularly about the juvenile detention system in india. what happened to young offenders inside the system and importantly what happens once they're released. what is the road map for their rehabilitation and development as well as their reintegration into society, a society that is deeply, deeply angry and frustrated by issues of sexual violence.
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as we've heard from the experts and people we've been speaking to about the issue, that this is a long-running problem and this case is once again drawing attention to the root causes of one of india's bigges issues. >> reporter: this woman is doing what many women do. she is out and about enjoying her day off. personal safety is a big concern and she says fun is limited to daytimes. >> it's too difficult to go out without a family member or without friends. daytime is safe, but at night you cannot hang out with your friends because there is no security. anger over lack of safety for women spilled onto the streets of new delhi in 2012 after a woman was gang raped in a bus. the indian government says it
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has since taken action to improve conditions for women, but according to official crime statistics, nearly 100 women are raped in india every day. experts say this figure is grossly under reported. the attack three years ago provoked millions of independent i can't answer to talk about sexual violence and women's safety. experts warned they have been the country's secret national shame. across the country rape is blamed on social and cultural norms which encourage men to assert power over women. >> there is a large patriarchal mindset that is very much in operation and which has manifested itself in many ways, including sexual violence against women. >> social, cultural. >> reporter: this doctor has studied sexual offenders for more than 20 years.
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he says a lack of accountability at all levels of india society is a why it is so prevalent >> the thought that i can get away with my climb is something increasing in the minds of the average person, especially the offenders. they know about it. secondly, the criminal justice system is falling apart. >> reporter: outside the market this woman is shopping in a, a group of men hand over to police a man they accuse assaulting women. safety in numbers provide little comfort to the women here. they count on the goodwill of people around them to ensure that sexual violence doesn't get in the way of their lives. >> reporter: attention has turned to the supreme court of india. it will be hearing a petition on monday from the delhi women's commission which is part of the
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government and it says that the offender is not ready to be ready reintegrated into society. they said no proper psychological assessment has been done of his mental well-being and his character. over arching the big issue that india will be discussing and is discussing is not just about juvenile justice across the country, but also why these crimes continue to take place still ahead here on al jazeera, dozens of people are missing after a land slide in china. we will have the latest on rescue efforts. plus. >> he is becoming i.s.i.s.'s best recruiter hillary clinton takes aim at the republican top contender in the last campaign debate of the year. year.
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welcome back. a quick reminder of top stories. spain no party has gained outright majority in spain. a coalition government is the likely result. angry protests in india after the release of a man convicted of a brutal gang rape which shocked the world three years ago. yemen's foreign minister says a ceasefire between government forces and houthi rebels has
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been extended a week. the special envoy has confirmed new peace talks will begin early next year. >> reporter: after nearly nine months of conflict, this is what a ceasefire looks like on the ground in yemen. fighting on the streets of the besieged city of thies. each side has accused the other of violating tuesday's truce. the meeting there finished with no deal to end the war only agreement to meet again in january. >> it's very clear that unfortunately the ceasefire that was agreed upon wasn't respected and it was violated from the first hours even of these talks. therefore, we will be, as i said, in the coming days, to
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make every step to make sure that a new ceasefire is put in place. i have asked the parties to ask for a rule. >> reporter: in recent days forces loyal to yemen's president hadi have been making than gains against the rebels known as the houthis. pro-government forces say they're also advancing towards the capital. >> translation: we entered the province from every direction and side. we reached the city center. this is evidence the houthis have no popular support. >> reporter: hadi lost control last september after the houthis, who are backed by iran, advanced on the port city of aden, yemen's neighbour saudi arabia formed a coalition to carry out air strikes to target the group and its supporters. the cost of this war to ordinary yemenis is already wary after
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years of conflict and civility and die poverty has been huge. nearly six thousand people are sought to have been killed. the country's health and education system has collapsed. after negotiations in switzerland, some aid is now getting through to the city of thies, but it is not nearly enough. the week-long truce has been extended. many living through this war which much of the world has forgotten will hope that talks in january will produce more to end this conflict. emma aword more than 40 people have been killed in air strikes thought to have been carried out by russian planes in north-west syria. six strikes have hit buildings injuring a further 150 people. russia began air strikes in september in support of syrian president bashar al-assad. the armed wing of the lebanese shia organization hezbollah says
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one of its former leaders has been killed. he was among nine people who died on the outskirts of the capital damascus. following the news of his death, israel's military says it fired rounds in southern lebanon on saturday. this was in response to three rockets fired earlier. the lebanese government is to be held responsible for the atabbing. 59 people are missing after a massive land slide in southern china. it also triggered an explosion in a gas pipeline. it happened outside the city of shinzhen. >> reporter: the land slide buried more than a dozen buildings on the outskirts of this city. a blanket the mud and soil
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flooded parts of the district. two workers dormitorys and an instrumental park were also covered with dirt and must. police say most workers and residents escaped to safety before the disaster. between 200 and 600 rescuers are said to be on the scene to help anyone who is trapped. the area has been a large construction zone for more than two years. soil that had been excavated and stored on a hill turned on to mud after heavy rain causing the land slide the chinese capital has endured another day of heavy smog. pollutants in the air is considered too high. the red alert was issued on saturday the second in a month. cars on the road have been halved. in the u.s. the debate was
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dominated by foreign policy and national security. three candidates had harsh words for the leading canned daylight donald trump on his call to ban muslims on entering the u.s. was condemned. >> reporter: the democratic presidential hopefuls hillary clinton, bernie sanders and martin o'malley, this was the last chance of the year to outline their policiess, outshine their rivals and sway voters >> if u.s. doesn't lead, there is no leader. it is a wok oopl. >> reporter: the debate was on nashold security and foreign policy. bernie sanders accused hillary clinton of favoring regime change in the middle east to fighting i.s.i.l. >> we know what will happen >> reporter: the former secretary of state spent much of the night attacking the republican party warning voters when what might happen if they win >> from women's rights to voter rights to gay rights, to worker rights will be at risk. social security which
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republicans call a ponzi scheme may face privatization >> reporter: despite some time stark differences, they were united in their condemnation of donald trump. his recent comments about banning muslims from entering the u.s. were heavily criticised. bernie sanders said it is a misleading destruction. >> are you scared or nervous or frightened for the if ute? it is the muslims. they're all terrorists. we have to stop them coming into this country. it is the mexicans, the immigrants they're all rapist and criminals. we will take it out on them >> reporter: a revelation that a staffer of bernie sanders' team, and he apologised for that. hillary clinton retained her lead over bernie sanders. democrats will begin voting leading the senator in vermont
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little time to close the gap. >> reporter: the colonel um bee an-- colombian president said how they will deal with various criminals. the soldiers will be separate to separate tribunals to those for former rebels. their punishments will never be more severe than armed force of colombia. a deadline for march next year to bring a comprehensive end to the longest war which has killed 220,000 people and displaced six million more. >> translation: the treaty will be symmetrical in some aspects. soldiers will never be subject to worse conditions than farc members. that is a promise
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environmentalists in south-east asia are opposing plans to build dams alongment mekong. they say it is a theft to life of the longest rivers. in part 2, wayne hay reports from cambodia where the next dam is being built. >> reporter: it is known as the mother of water and flows for almost 5,000 kilometres through six countries. the lower mekong river is the largest inland fish reof the world and a vital source of food and income for the tens of millions who depend on it. over fishing is already making life difficult in some areas. >> translation: i don't catch as much as i used to. there are fewer fish. before i might get ten to 20 kilograms. i've been out here since early this morning and i've only caught one. >> reporter: it could be about to get worse. just a few kilometres upstream
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one of two huge hydro electric dams on the mainstream is being considered by the cambodian government. initial estimates estimates had it creating a 620 square metre reservoir displacing around 20,000 people and blocking migration paths for some fish. for opponents there is some hope that the government is taking notice of the potential impact. >> translation: the government is cooperating with development partners to study different locations and new engineering to find out how to minimise the effects before we make the decision. >> reporter: further north the laos government ignored call for a ten year moratorium on preventing the dam. recent footage shot by american researchers shows just how big this project is. laos is planning a second one near the border with cambodia. >> it is at a crisis point.
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we need better governments, transparency and public participation in order to make proper decisions over the future of the river. >> reporter: the proposed cambodian dams are also close to the home of the mekong dolphins. the dolphin population has been in steady decline over the years but more recently the rate of decline has fallen thanks to conservation work. the construction of dams could undo that work. it is thought there's only 80 left in the mekong and changes could wipe them out. government in the region argue that harnessing the energy of this river and turning it into electricity is essential to helping their committees. the alternative argument is that the price for that development is too high in part 3 of our rivers of life series, he is in nigeria looking on how the declining
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fortunes of the country are affecting people's lives. why not take a look at our web page, the stories that you guys are clicking on are right there with plenty of analysis and video. the address is al headlines are coming up. ming up. tonight nearly 90% of americans playful i.s.i.l. is a threat to the united states. -- believe. in our panel is donald trump is good for american politics. my thought on the potentially dangerous approach the crop of presidential


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