afghanistan. six u.s. soldiers are killed on an attack on an air base. plus. >> in port-au-prince, haiti. we'll be highlighting the work of a radio program that aims to tackle an issue, head on. >> and michel platini, and manchet's manager who is taken off the top of the english premier league. >> i will fight for me and for fifa. the defiant words of sepp blatter, and michel platini, who are banned for having anything to do with fifa for eight years.
blatter has been find $40,000 and platini has been ordered to pay $80,000. 79-year-old blatter's career is almost certainly over and platini's hopes of taking over fifa are all but finished. >> sepp blatter once again the center of attention. the 79-year-old swiss fighting to get into a press conference as he fights for a very future in football. on monday, the suspended football president and the uefa chief michel platini, were given bans after their payment the swiss isn't going quietly. >> i will fight for me and i will fight for fifa. suspended eight years for what? >> for years, two big figures at fifa had a plan.
long servingen president sepp blatter woulserving president so platini. no contract payment made in 2011. presidential election year. the ethics committee set up by bleart at fifa delivered the ban. the adjute cafor eight years fol activities. >> platini refused to even attend hearing. his lawyer said the commission had already determined his gui
guilt. offensive president blatter hung on to this is executive committee, being expose ed as erupt. fbi investigation in may, he finally resigned. even his old allies decided otherwise. >> if platini is to have any chance of running for the fifa presidency he needs to clear his name before the deadline on january the 26th. that will involve going through both the fifa appeals committee and the court of arbitration for sport. before he begins that process he needs a full written statement of the decision from the ethics committee, process that in itself could take weeks. one is a footballing legend, the other fifa's great political survivor, both brought down by football's biggest ever scandal.
>> sorry for a couple of things, blatter said but not apologizing for the event. he says he's going to appeal. are you surprised by the outcome? >> ite not sproouzed b >> i'm not surprised by the outcome but blatter is a political survivor and will fight to the end. hard to see how he can survivor but he wilsurvivebut he will ap. under the rules of the ethics committee he's history. >> what about platini? >> i think history as well. i think platini will appeal, whether he can do it in time is another matter. whether it will be unde possibls still to be determined. so platini a wonderful
footballer, a capable administrator for many years but now not. >> how damaging for football's image, what goes on at fifa doesn't affect football image generally many. >> as fagenerally,. >> as far as the games being watched by millions around the world i'm not sure it does matter. but fifa is a huge body, huge sport watched by millions and sponsored to the tune of billions of dollars. it is distribution of that money that has causes problems that now has resulted in blatter's downfall. >> as was mentioned, the committee was set up by blatter in the first place. but this ethics committee doesn't have any cause to go after the president of fifa. >> his ultimate argument could be that he can only be unseated by the members of fifa.
that will be his ultimate argument. he set up the ethics committee to police his rival, from taking over from him. and ironically the ethics committee is his undoing. >> who do you think is his replacement? >> the european deputy, platini will be the european candidate and the candidate from bahrain will be the favorite. too closely associated with platini, other candidates. some good some not so good but the candidate from bahrain will be the leading candidate now. >> the difficulties they have had to clean themselves up, how difficult will it be to change the culture of fifa? >> very, very difficult indeed. everybody involved in fifa in the highest level is implicated from blatter to platini down. so many members of the executive committee have been involved and
accused of bribery, particularly linked to votes on the world cup in 2018 and 2020. very few have are clean hands. >> thank you. now reports of rocket fire in the diplomatic district of afghanistan's capital kabul. earlier taliban claimed responsibility for an attack that killed six u.s. soldiers. three more soldiers were injured in the attack near bagram air base. afghan officials said a suicide fighter on a motor bike was the cause. came a day after a senior local official warned the entire province was on the brink of falling. in the recent months, the group
has gained coverage in these areas. imoku molu from al jazeera reports. >> right now the area is controlled by taliban. >> this is helmond province, on sin the province's deputy mayor used facebook to plead with the taliban executive. there is a serious need for you to come. since last night sangen district sensor is almost completely under taliban control. >> although billions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to develop an afghan national army, that army seemed to lack a
strategic leadership. and this is why you see the taliban taking advantage of this. >> the taliban appears to be crisscrossing the country, seizing large areas. two months ago, its fighters took kunduz in the north for two weeks, crippling the city. but now they've moved south to sangen in helmond province. the deputy governor says the whole province will fall into their hands unless help is received soon. imoku molu al jazeera. >> thanks for being with us. how significant is the move by the taliban to take over somewhere like sangen? >> i think this is important, first i will appreciate that the deputy going in there came out and gave a message on facebook. previous to this we had only seen taliban and al qaeda and i.s.i.s. using social media. so the official in the
government have finally come of age, that's one good thing. sangen is one of the 13 districts in helmond. helmond is a place bordering pakistan, traditional hub of taliban. this is nothing new in a sense, this is a volatile area. but i would argue that this is very significant in terms of timing. just last week, turkmenistan, afghanistan, pakistan, was integrated and that has to go to helmond. it is in that context that we should see the takeover of this area sangen by taliban. so that is significant. but overall this area has been volatile, taliban from the pakistan side have been supportinsupporting taliban in s well. this is a dangerous sign but nothing earth shattering in a way. >> it was evident in the
coalition british and americans spent much in money and blood to keep the taliban out of. do you think they're going to change their thoughts how many stay in the country given this area is at risk of being taken over again? >> i think this is an important point. absolutely you're right. necessitating forces, u.s., u.k, spent lot of money and reform of military forces in this area. but the biggest challenge is that kabul has not been able to get its act together. both the members of the coalition so to say, president ashraf ghani and abdalla abdalla are not on the same page. corruption is still ra rampant. war lords still hold areas of afghanistan. that gives the opportunity for taliban to raid.
they are more in an advisory role, that will continual because no u.s. president can take the whrai blame for rise of taliban. we saw what happened in iraq and syria. the rise of i.s.i.s. has put more pressure on nato and u.s. not to give up support of the government in kabul. but that, again, a lot depends on whether the afghan government will be able to really reform its system, spend more energy and time for the law enforcement agencies in afghanistan, that will be the key i think. >> you mentioned i.s.i.l. there as part of your answer. how much of a factor are they in that context, considering lack of governance where in other countries they've thrived, what's the situation in afghanistan with regards to i.s.i.l? >> that -- another important thing i think mr. ash carter the secretary of defense in u.s.
yesterday or last week said while traveling to afghanistan said there are pockets of i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. at this moment has no independent support base in afghanistan. i think they are the ones that are the splintering factions of taliban. after the death of mullah omar. part of the faction he are going into that area but i.s.i.l. or i.s.i.s. in afghanistan is not similar to i.s.i.l. or i.s.i.s. in iraq or syria. nonetheless there are people that are getting inspired by that idea and those who are leaving the afghan taliban leadership positions, they are getting into that group. for power vectors, for greed, they are expecting baghdadi will send them some check or some cash. that seems to be the motivation at this time.
>> thawmed. thank you very much indeed. are. burundi, stemming its growing unrest. and in sport, why this man is bowing out ever sport for the 2020 olympics. >> russian says it's been unable to retrieve enough information from the black box that was shot down in turkey. will now go to scientific experts to try to salvage information. in the war torn area of syria the humanitarian situation worsens by the day. as many as 12 million people
need help. tradergian has the story. paul tradergian has the story. >> when there are no jets dropping bombs she looks for things to burn. she gathers twigs, leaves. >> and even garbage. anything to burn, to make a fire so i can heat water to feed my children. clean them with at least warm water. even wood we can't find and heating oil is too expensive. everything is foo expensive. >> her husband abandoned her and her kids. she struggles to find milk for her infant. every day she worries about how to put food on the table. these are desperate times for millions of people like um. devastated by bonds, dropped by government forces and other bone
fires, this keeps their kids warm. >> it was freezing there so we came down here to have the fire to warm us. at home we don't have anything to warm us up so we come here until the fire goes out. >> aleppo is one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world. the fires haven't gone out for 5,000 years. the five-year-old war has turned broart against brother, changed millions of lives like this man's an air strike has just destroyed the home he's lived in, for more than 40 years. >> i came back and found it destroyed by strikes. i picked myself up and i'm now roaming. >> before the fighting more than 2 million people lived in aleppo. many are now hopeless, some
lost. most looking for a helping hand. >> it's the regular people who feel sorry for me and are helping me to survive. every few months i get some aid but it's not enough. i just yell and scream from time to time. realizing my situation is so dire. >> reporter: drones flying over what was once a favorite tourist destination show the destruction. the urban warfare in this once cultural and financial center of syria threatens its future and its past. those who have been able to leave have left. those who practice stay behind, don't know how they will survive. paul tradergian, al jazeera. >> perilous journey across the mediterranean sea to greece so far this year. al jazeera's omar saleh spoke
with some. >> almost 1 million people have crossed greece to rest of europe so far this year and thousands of them remain stuck here in the capital athens. the foreign minister says the crisis requires a global response. >> greece cannot manage it on its own. i believe that the decision made by european union to create proper refugee camps in turkey and that resettlement take place from there there is the most immediate solution. we have asked for 1400 frontex camps to be sent and only got 900. therefore there is no point in getting into a blame-game. >> greece also rejects criticism from the european union that it is failing to stem the flow of refugees reaching its shores. the greek officials say their
borders and shores are protected but they will not allow people to drown in the sea. >> spaniards are facing the possibility of going back to the polls after the country's most fragmented election ever. neither the conservatives nor left leaning rivals have won enough seats to govern. barnaby phillips reports from madrid. >> here is the man of the moment, pablo iglesias, chairman of podemos. he's ready to talk to anyone but the old parties must recognize the changes that have taken place in spain. >> so today is an historical day for spain. we are very happy for the fact that in spain, the two party system is ended. and we are happy because we are starting a new political era in
our country. >> reporter: but awkwardly for those who want change, it is the incumbent people's party that came first and mariano rahoy wants to remain as prime minister. >> we are going to do our best, we are going to work very hard to try to maintain the government and try to explain all the different options that we are talking about, our country. and now it's not time for political opinion or political groups. we need to continue growing, and we need to continue making the reforms that all the european countries are looking at us and saying, spain, you are going in the right direction. >> reporter: parliament will sit on january the 13th. that's when the keen, phillipo
vi should nominate parliament. if they can't come to agreement before the sixth of january they will have to hold new elections. >> how can they turn this result around? >> he is still short of 53 seats of that vital absolute majority which he lost in these elections and where he's going to find those 53 is almost impossible to work out. now he's been having an executive committee meeting at his headquarters here in madrid and we do expect to fin to hear from him. -- to begin to hear from him. we have also heard in the last few minutes from podemos, from the young left wing ant antiausterity party, pablo
iglesias, he will remain in opposition, not take part in any talks about coalition. that's not surprising. i was speaking to a single member of the populace party, podemos, many others say it's been an extraordinary, a party less than two years old that's risen from the grass roots now a very strong position inside the congress of deputies. now looking around the most obvious areiterat arithmetical , they have 90 seats that would easily fulfill what is needed for an absolute majority. but that would be going back in a way to the old party system. the two old parties going into a grand coalition. nobody really sees that. it's not exactly what the socialists want. they had the poorest showing
ever in an election. last thing anybody expects after this shattering results, frankly, in spain over the last polling day, the last thing anybody expects to see is the old parties going back on, going back into power trying to work out how to form a government. that are policies are too far apart. there is a real division between the leader of the people's party, mariano lahoy and pedro sanchez. they didn't get along at all in public debate. and are the federalist says mariano lahoy was not a man of honor. how can you deal with that. maybe maybe mariano lahoy is part of the problem and not part of the solution. maybe it's too early to say that but with the general election approaching and no coalition,
maybe someone else within the people's party could be acceptable to the socialists. people are looking at the deputy prime minister, soraya, maybe she would be a better candidate. the empire spectrum, nobody has any idea what's going on. >> david is this really an antistate of vote or antiestablishment vote? let's say the situation of another election, could you end up with a situation where people actually have to do the austerity measures anyway because there's no other solution, like in greece? >> it's a very interesting question lauren, what would lap to the vote we see shifting so much, would podemos take over?
if you look at years of austerity, the better of those austerity cuts have fallen on the young people. 47% compared to 21% as an average. that voice did come through and if you had another election march or later on if they fail to form a coalition government, you'll see further gains by podemos, not what mariano lahoy wants or the socialists want. there's still so much to play for. the citizens party, the other party that has come from the youth vote they are more on the center-right. they are more in keeping with mariano lahoy parties.
they are much more its natural allies. but they've got around 40 seats and that's simply not enough to have a secure and absolute major in the house of deputies. it does leave everyone incorporate. but until we hear from mariano laro qulrvetion and where he is, that leaves sprain going nowhere. beginning to pull out of the awful situation it had been in. there's no talk now anymore of payouts. the gdp is growing pretty healthy but it started at a pretty ar low level. coalition bargaining between the
parties. what happens to those anti-austerity issues? what happens to the economy? those are real worries. if spain at this particular moment starts slipping backwards this would be falling, but if the damos gains a level, a referendum for catalonia or independence in catalonia that will send fist oours, against the party, trying the work through. there are so many different pressures on him. it's been an falling result against him. the center right has taken a flogging and, the old two party system would be broken but what on earth would be put in place
to replace it? >> david chater. and we'll bring the press conference to you live just as soon as it starts. about 180 kilograms of almost pure cocaine has been found in a bottle of bananas. one of the country's largest ever seizures. it's thought the cocaine was shipped from clom yam and has street value of just $120 million. youngest convict of a gang rape -- murder in new delhi. plus. >> am seafood processing company is accused of labor abuses.
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>> hello again, reminder of the top stories here often al jazeera. the suspended presidential of football's governing body fifa, has been banned for eight years. the ethics committee found he and his apparent successor michel platini had been involved in corruption. giant flow of construction waste burying buildings in shenzhen. china correspondent adrian brown reports. >> reporter: at times like this some manpower is not a problem in china. 1500 construction workers are
searching for signs of life, hoping for an air pocket. the ground is wet after heavy rain. by monday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the landslide, there was, though, still hope. >> since 2 am on monday we have rescued seven trapped people and relocated over 900 residents. at 3:00 a.m., the field command decided to reinforce the area with machinery. >> more than 30 buildings were destroyed or damaged. some simply compacted. testament to the poor materials used in their construction. the mud spill is covering a vast area, equal in size to 14 football fields. >> an area of around 380,000 square meters has been covered by the mudslide disaster. the thickness of the mud and debris ranges between a few meters and tens of meters.
>> and many people here know where that mutt came from. a vast tip in a disused quarry above the industrial zone. local residents say waste from construction sites had been dumped here for years. according to chinese media reports, it was at least 100 meters high and apparently legal. this was china's latest man made disaster. it's only four months since a huge explosion at a storage area for dangerous chemicals in the northeastern city of tee tienge. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> more than 2,000 beijing factories have been ordered to reduce or suspend production to get rid of red haze.
air readings show that the number of harmful particles in the air is nearly seven times higher than safe levels. half the city's cars have also been ordered off the road while schools will stay closed until tuesday. thailand's military government has responded to widespread corruption in the seafood industry. allegation he of abuse. al jazeera's wayne hay has the latest. >> a media conference was held in bangkok on monday, in response to associated press news agency which alleged widespread abuses within the thai assesse seafood processing industry. abuse while working for a particular factory in thailand. in response the government saying that ap made parts of
their story up but they did go on to say that they do want to create rights for all workers in thailand and work in the sectors to prevent abuse and slavery. the allegations are nothing new but they come at a time when the industry here is facing the potential of unprecedented international action. thailand seafood industry is built on migrant labor from neighboring countries particularly myanmar. evidence of abuse. this boy says he works up to 18 hours a day putting labels on tins otins of tuna. he's only 16 and doesn't want to be identified. it's legal for him to work full time, with certain restrictions not working past 10 in the evening. >> sometimes i do overtime and finish at almost 1:00 in the morning or almost dawn.
all work is to be paid as overtime but they don't pay me as they circulate. >> he works for golden prize, a large tuna processing company. the government sells $230 million worth of tuna to overseas markets every year. management wouldn't comment and instead sent security to move us on. >> the issue is wages and overtime. they don't get paid as much as they should. they don't get paid what is stated in labor law. >> negotiations between the workers and golden prize have amounted to nothing. this is certainly not an isolated case. in fact thailand has always had a problem with labor rights. particularly when it comes to migrant workers and it's an issue that could be about to hurt the economy. the european union has put the seafood industry on notice. it will decide soon whether to
ban all imports of products from thailand because of illegal fishing practices and labor issues. >> we are not perfect. in thailand we have about three or four million migrant workers. nobody can clean up 100% but we at least have the mechanism, we allow the prayers. we allow the ngo to monitor. >> thailand's military government has introduced labor laws and tougher punishments and some companies are making changes. but for other workers the law will mean nothing unless it is enforced. wayne hay, al jazeera, thailand. india's supreme court has upheld the release of the youngest convict in the 2012 gang rape and murder of a medical student. the convict who was 17 at the time of his arrest has served the maximum sentence of three years for a juvenile.
after widespread protest, the government preferred changes to the juvenile justice law but the bill has yet to clear the upper house of parliament. liddy dutt has the story. >> the mother of the gang rape attack has come here to protest and raise her voice when it comes to justice in the case of the youngest convict in the 2012 gang rape case. the supreme court of india has thrown out a plea by the deli women's commission, the convict has served his maximum sentence. despite this, the there is anger on the streets of india. there are growing concerns that nothing much is changing when it comes to women's safety and the law is not strong enough to protect those who are victims. >> human rights activists they are all talking about the criminal's rights.
not about our rights. we're the common woman who has to survive with all the things. mentality of the people, the main person who if they will rape, the firsthand is on us. >> reporter: when it comes to juvenile justice and what happens to young people who commit crimes of this nature. the tension is on the parliament, both the upper and lower house he of parliament say they will take up juvenile justice. it may be some time yet before you see any changes to the act and as a result any changes on the ground. >> rescue workers in indonesia are continuing to search for 76 people missing after a ferry sank off the island of sulawezi. 79 passengers have been rescued so far. three people have been found dead since the vessel ran into
trouble on saturday. burundi's parliament have voted against allowing eun peac. peace keepers in. in april when president pierre nkurunziza decided to run for a third tirnl. term. the african union's decision to deploy 5,000 troopt 5,000 troop. they said they didn't want foreign forces on their soil. and that the burundi government was able to protect their citizens. particularly the killings that happened on the 11th of december, on that friday, that 87 people were killed in the capital bujumbura.
with burundi calling its bluff the african union has only one alternative, to allow it to intervene in a member country even without the consent of the government. the next article 4 can only be invoked by african presidents. however they have not agreed on invoking it in the past. and that is where burundi might get its escape. >> burkina fasso has issued an arrest warrant for blaise
compaore. a body of his rive was found with several bullets. >> state of the nation speech today, paul kagame failed to state whether he would be running for reelection. rwandans expect transition from one to another. >> it is a privilege and a duty to serve rwanda. not an entitlement. no individual is there forever. but there is no time limit on the values, institutions, of progress. >> 36 million people around the
world are thought to be trapped in modern day slavery, including one in 10 haitian children. as the caribbean country looks for solution he, andy gallagher reports from poarpts. port-au-prince. >> in a quiet neighborhood of port-au-prince, a group of actors are going through their lines. it is a passionate affair for good reasons. this team produce more than a dozen radio shows every month that aim to entertain and educate their audience. one of the things they highlight is child slavery, scenes woa boh powerful and frightening. >> to have people face the reality and really realize how hard it is. >> in haiti, radio is a dominant
medium. the idea this is a soap opera for social change and those involved say it's working. actress martine fidel, says many don't miss a show. understand the message behind the drama. in a country where chooldhood cd slavery is a reality. many sold by their own families. thankfully there are places of refuge for those who have escaped and can be safe. for those who do manage to break the bonds of slavery there is an obviously sense of relief but the lives they left behind are a constant requirement of a shameful problem. >> let's take you straight now to mariano lahoy who is speaking
in madrid. >> executive committee where we are in heleva street, thank you first the executive committees, on behalf of the executive committee, to all the militants who took part in the electoral campaign and during the last four years complicated last years. thank you for the -- those in charge of the campaign for their work. and for all the organizations, i think we made a good campaign and it was difficult because we didn't have easy times as you know. it never is easy to govern. that some periods are more difficult than others. the inheritance we received was not the best. one had to decrease the public deficit, in difficult times.
the -- years 12 and 13 were years of recession. we had to cut the public expenditure and there were difficulties to even great things especially in the years 12 and 13. they were years of negative increase increase where we had to commit, also periods of corruption which is known at damage to the party which is logical people are not prepared to accept that situation and we are neither. the conclusion was it wasn't easy for our party that our supporters -- i wanted to thank for their hard work in the
campaign. i wanted to thank very much as i did yesterday afternoon to those that were present, the 7,300,000 span yard300,000spaniards who gr support, their vote, we will try to defend their positions because it is our obligation to do so. regarding the results, i won't say now because you know, but i did want to make, say a few things regarding the future. the popular party has won the elections. and have almost 7,300,000 votes. the 78% of the people who voted, 6.7 more than the second, which is the socialist party, 28, a
difference of almost 1,700,000 of the second party. the party that got the most votes of the 17 autonomous parties, the popular party was the party that was most voted for in 59 of the ream regions. for the podemos got four and 39 of the 59 were the most voted for. it's important to state also, that we have the majority in the
second house, and the fact that the way the house is constructed, we can't of course be there without the popular party. around noand now i will say whae future holds. as all of you know, because i have said it during the campaign, we have stated this in order to -- the party who got the most votes has to govern in spain. and i also said on occasions that i wouldn't be happy to govern if my party did not have a majority support. i also said because i believe that it's good for spain, that it's important to find political
stability. which it is very difficult to govern when you don't have sufficient votes to move most important things forward. for example, the state budget. the state has many problems at the moment. there are lots of things that have to be sorted out in the country and there are many spaniards who have personally wanted to better themselves and get a job and be better than they are today. this was what i said on several occasions during the campaign and logically i want to, as a consequence, the consequence that the fact that the popular party won yesterday and the democracy states that therefore, it is this party which has to form the new government, which in my opinion, would be good that it's a stable government. this is what has always happened in our recent democratic
history. sidgehistory. the ones that ruled were the ones that the spanish people wanted. one thing that is very important in these elections, independently of the fragmented political parties now, which will many there will have to be coalitions but the majority of people who voted yesterday, have declined the vote and have suspended the formation of political parties which defend the constitutional -- constitution, national sovereignty, equality between spaniards, what spain does within the european union and the fight against terrorism and violence. this is very important because they have -- the majorities of
spaniards have voted from different parties. but they are the things which form the basis of our lives. the popular party in this consider that they have a responsibility and a mandate to have discussions and dialogues in order to explore the necessary certainty both in and outside of spain. to be able to offer that certainty first to the spanish people but also those outside of spain in countries, our allies and friend.
>> spain's prime minister lahoy says he is going to try to form a government. he did say that his people's party had won 7.3 million votes and head of the second party but acknowledged it had been a difficult three years and the importance of finding political stability for the country. let's bring in al jazeera's david chater. >> it was always going to be marriano lahoy's tactic. its gets us no further. where in the world will he get the 50-odd seats to form a absolute majority, to form a
government that is not going to be falling victim to confidence votes. it is very, very clear that spain is beginning to climb out of the large financial hole. it fell through and that the austerity measures are no longer biting to the extent they are. but all the party is arranged against him in a very complex pattern of the complex of deputies want to maintain their own burden and message. it is very difficult for any that i can see to actually join up with him and form had a stable government. i think spain is beginning to realize that general election is indeed looming early in the new year and that is a shock to just about everybody including the political natle here. analysts here. i think we'll face a difficult christmas and few weeks up to january 13th when parliament
reconvenes and there we'll see perhaps the clear failure of mariano lahoy to come to clear path. core votes away from the people's party, you might find in the crisis another general election with spain once again in turbulent waters, that albert rivera's vote switches back to the party. we will find before the that end they do join up with podemos but we'll have to wait and see, lauren. >> thank you so much indeed david chater. that's it for this newshour
>> i will fight for me and i will fight for fifa. >> two of football's most powerful men vow to clear their names after being banned from fifa for eight years. >> hello there i'm are barbara serra. king maker of spain will tell you how this left wing politician can hold a key to power. live in madrid. the taliban gained control of