chinese stocks rise despite official figures showing the slowest economic growth in 25 years. hello. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also ahead, questioned over who should be the table in syria talks as the u.n. special envoy briefs the security council. we report from what was the biggest military base, now home to a home of drug addicts.
spike lee leads a boycott of the oscars saying he can't support an lily white award ceremony with some breaking news that is coming out of mali where there reports of an explosion. the blast was caused by a land mine targeting a u.n. vehicle. now it is believed to have been planted by al-qaeda-linked fighters. we will bring you more information as soon as we get it. new data out of china suggest the country's economy is growing at its slowest rate since 1990. it's year on year gdp reached 6.9% and is broadly in line with the government's target. it is far lower than the double digit growth of recent years
with plunging prices around the world. our correspondent is live for us. how is the market looking to you? >> reporter: interesting. the markets have all ended up here. the hong kong exchange ended up 2%, shanghai ended up more than 3%. interesting times. it seems that these are markets which have become very used to, very accustomed now to a new normal of this cooling giant chinese economy. the figures were in line with expectations. there were nasty shocks, so we had long expected these types of figures. there is speculation that we are in that strangely bizarre financial territory of the bad news being good news. the bad news, of course, of the chinese economy leads to expectations of an economic
stimulus, the market is nothing more than a big dose of liquidity. this falling rate is a concern and then also leads to concerns about what happened in the coming year. people are talking about a gdp rate of 6.5% and the question arises at what point does the chinese administration feel it has to intervene. in some respects it is healthy for some people to have a single digit gdp rather than the double digit that we have been seeing in the past. people say that's not sustainable, but, of course, this is an economy going through huge transformations and it needs a growth rate to help all those. let me give you one example. in the last week or so the people's leb registration army has announced massive changes of reorganization. they're going to lose a head count of 300 noushgs people. these are big numbers. it-- numbers of people.
it needs the economy for jobs for these. that's the concern we're talking about a to be global economy. this could have impact and potential impact right across the world. >> it is a measure of just how important the chinese economy has become. one is china's business, it is now everybody's business. we've seen that in the effect of commodity prices, those countries that are selling commodities to china, the likes of australia and so on. we've seen falls in the oil price. in releasing these figures in beijing the government has been keen to show the development of the economy, how sophisticated it is becoming, it isn't just relying on those staples of construction and manufacturing which have all taken such a hit. more than half of its tax revenue, for example, is coming from the service sector.
it is become more of a sophisticated and developed economy. the government will be putting its hopes on that sector and the rest of the world will be putting its hopes on service sector, on consumerism, trying to take over where some of those traditional sectors have lost out thank you for that. bomb blasts has killed at least 10 people at a police check point in pakistan. taliban fighters are suspected of the attack between two cities near the afghan border. pakistan's prime minister is in saudi arabia in an effort to bring a growing divide between the gulf state and iran. he met with the king earlier this month saudi arabia executed a prominent shia cleric. that prompted iranian protesters to set fire to the compound in tehran. diplomatic ties were cut as a response. the special envoy to syria has briefed the security council
ahead of proposed talks on syria but delays look likely now. there's still no agreement of who will be invited to the discussions in geneva next week. >> reporter: the u.n. envoy who is supposed to mediate talks between the government and opposition in a week's time, but it's touch and go whether they will now go ahead according to the french foreign minister. >> obviously, we hope that the negotiation will take place, but there are some questions which have to be dealt with. >> reporter: the u.n. in the new york ambassadors arrived to hear an address by the minister. >> it is important that they go ahead. what we're going to here is the progress made.
>> reporter: does it look like the talks on the 25th are going to take place? >> i hope so. they must. >> reporter: the russian ambassador knows his own government has problems with the current plan. president vladimir putin was meeting in moscow in talks that focused on the situation in syria the russian leader will have made it clear he believes the list for the opposition delegation drawn up in saudi arabia should have more secular figures. there is another problem, even those current on the opposition list are not yet committed to attend geneva. they want reassurances that what happened last time there were syrian negotiations two years ago won't be reaped. they claim the syrian government was deliberately obstructive and derailed those talks. they want to guaranteed that if that happens again, the u.s. and its allies have a plan b. it's thought this time around
the format will begin with days of what are known as proximity talks in the u.n.'s headquarters in geneva the two sides will be kept in separate rooms with mr de mistora subtling between them. i'm told that he has said that anyone who talks part in the negotiations in either delegation will not be allowed to be part of the transitional government that the talks are supposed to create. so there are rules in place, but for talks that for now look far from certain the final round of aid has been delivered to syria. fuel and medical supplies have also been provided. lower crude prices are beginning to have an impact in the oil rich kurdish region of northern iraq. the government is facing
dwindling rev news which means less money to help refugees and combat i.s.i.l. >> reporter: flames like these represent the kurdish economy, providing jobs and revenue. the government in iraq experts half a million barrels of oil a day. the government hasn't paid salaries for over four months. it owes billions of dollars to oil firms and financial institutions and has stopped more than 60 public projects, including schools, hospitals and roads. in addition to helping the nearly two million displaced people in the aefr, it needs to find money in its fight against i.s.i.l. >> the biggest problem that they're facing is the low oil prices. even if the deal was in place from last year, both sides would be having trouble to paying the bills. >> reporter: the kurdish
region's economy is almost exclusively dependent on the energy sector. besides oil and gas, the estimates is that it has nearly 3% of the world's total gas reserves, but the nature of the conflict around its borders, many politicians see it as more of a challenge than an opportunity. infrastructure to export is being built. the gas exporting pipeline is scheduled to come into operation in 2017. it is planned to transport national gas from the kurdistan region to turkey and then to the international market. there is corruption on top of this. >> translation: yes. it's true that we have a problem of corruption. we don't have many institutions. >> reporter: the kurdish regional government exports its oil to turkey where it is sold
to various companies where it is then onsold to other countries. the region continues to struggle to provide for its people libya's rival factions have announced the make up of a new government. a council formed under the plan will have a total of 32 ministers. naming of the government was delayed because of reported disputes over the distribution of ministerial posts. afghanistan is the biggest global supplier of heroin. the drug is also widely available and cheap to we for afghans-- buy for afghans. >> reporter: it was the biggest area in kabul. most of these men are homeless, scarred by long years of addiction. they receive three meals a day,
new training suits and a hair cut. >> reporter: some complain about the food and lack of services. outside the addicts get fresh air and the chance to exercise. keeping fit and busy is important for their recover. visitors come twice a week. the government plans to host more than 10,000 every year. government leaders have yet to propose a projects of approximately four million dollars a year. this is one step on a long ride. the doctors say the program starts with the 45 days detox
indication process. paragra paragraph after that we teach them their career. of course, the government decided to just send them to other ministers for their jobs. >> reporter: last year it produce $330 tons. they're turning to heroin which is sold worldwide. illegal drugs in afghanistan are cheap and available. these men remain here. unemployment is high and addicts can easily return to their old habits. >> reporter: the number of drug addicts in afghanistan is alarming. they say there are about 2.4 million adult drug users and the problem is there are only 123
cheaper centers across the country. in this center a moment of joy for the addicts for getting their battle which they could win or lose still to come on al jazeera, members of the british parliament say they don't much like donald trump but there's little support to ban the presidential hopeful. calls for justice, thousands of argentinians demands answers over the mysterious death of a state prosecutor. e prosecutor.
welcome back. you're watching al jazeera. a quick reminder of our top stories. in mali there are reports of a large explosion near the airport. local media say it was caused by a land mine targeting a u.n. vehicle. china's economy is growing at its slowest rate in 25 years. that's according to official data which many analystize say could be optimistic. growth was 6.9% last year broadly in line with the government's target. the u.n. special envoy for syria has briefed the security council ahead of proposed talks in syria but delays look likely. still no agreement on who will be invited to take part in discussions in geneva next week. business in the occupied west bank are being accused of contributing to the violation of palestinian rights.
the campaign group human rights watch looked at various economic sectors, including non-palestinian quarrys and found that one company has produced ten to 12 million tons of stonl annually and 94% is transferred to the israeli and settlement markets. trade unions say israel haven't issued any new permits since 1994. an israeli company quarrying stone in the occupied west bank. no-one wants to talk to us here. the owner, palestinian workers and businessmen buying stone all said the issue is too complicated. the owner did say he pays his workers well. they have social benefits and he has a lot of palestinian buyerers. they seem to agree. however the palestinians told us that israeli companies gets preferential treatment obtaining more licences and in better
locations. this quarry is used as an example of how settlement businesses benefit from israeli policies that discriminate against palestinians. the report comes at a time of seemingly growing international pressure on israel. the european union is labelling products from the settlement. the e.u. wants to distinguish between israel and the occupied territory. the israeli government denies international pressure on israel is growing. >> when we look, the horizon is bright and we see very good relations with many countries and this is a way it will keep on being. i think that there is a kind of a negative spin which is being inspired by the bureaucracy and it does not correspond to the truth this man disagrees. he resigned from the israel' government five years ago because he didn't agree with the policies >> the name of the game is the
doubt. the process to the two-stage solution, to the creation of the state of palestine alongside israel, people believed israel and were prepared to leave any form of pressure aside. not any more. we are seeing the pressure coming in. >> reporter: the human rights watch report is the latest criticism from various international bodies. their patience with the israeli government over its settlement policies appears to be running out. >> reporter: the u.s. ambassador to israel has issued an unusually strong rebuke. the obama administration is concerned and per flecked by the expansion of settlements and straight set of laws applied to palestinian >> too many attacks on palestinians lack vigorous response. too many issues go unchecked.
there is two laws, one for israelis and one for palestinians the first suspect to be arrested over the alleged sex attacks in cologne on new years eve. 20 others are being investigated for offences that concludes include theft. police say more than 800 people have filed complaints. they include 497 women who say they were sexually assaulted. argentina's new president is promising justice will be done over the suspicious death of a former state prosecutor. the body of albert on nuchlt ismen was found in his apartment a year ago-- nismen. >> reporter: a year on and there are more questions than answers. these people are sometime asking how this man died, if he was killed, then who killed him. >> translation: why did those who were supposed to be guarding
him the night he died disappear and why such a high profile case is taking time to be investigated. >> translation: they're trying to cover the sun with thinks hands, but their hands-- their hands, but their hands are covered with blood. >> reporter: he was due to present to congress his findings into when the then president kirchner was covering up an alleged iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a jewish center in which 85 people died. there are those who say that because this case is so important and so complicated, it needs to be done properly. others say that it has highlighted some of the inefficiencies of the services. one year on, whatever the reason, these people are asking what happened to him. >> translation: it's worth it to keep looking for answers.
argentina is a world power in looking for justice since we've had so much experience and optimistic. >> translation: we all felt his death. it wasn't just him dying, it was the death of all argentines. >> reporter: a month after his death these crowds filled the streets of the city calling for justice. they believe he was killed to silence his investigation. others say he had no case against president kirchner and killed himself. >> translation: his daughters should be the first to benefit from this investigation. in second place should be the country because we all need to know what happened to the investigator who denounced the president of the nation. >> reporter: many here hope the change of government will bring fresh impetus to the investigation, an investigation that from the beginning has divided argentina along political lines. one year on, those divisions are
as strong as ever british mps have debated whether the presidential hopeful donald trump should be barred from entering the u.k. more than half a million people signed a petition calling for the ban. >> reporter: love him or loathe him, donald trump can't stay out of the headlines, but some people in britain are now saying he should stay out of
their country because of comments like this. >> donald trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: now politician s are debating whether trump should be barred from the u.k. after an epetition urging the government to do so got more than half a million signatures.
>> if the country starts to ban people because they said things we didn't like, i wonder how long the list would be. for starters, we would have to ban the current prime minister of countries. donald trump is no different from others who have been barred from britain on the grounds of hate speech >> u.k. has banned 80-odd people for hate speech in the past. in donald trump's case they should do
it. there have been cases in the u.s. where his hate speech has led to actual violence. >> reporter: she has long campaigned against his efforts to develop luxury golf courses here. he has had his states us as ambassador to for scotland and a degree taken away. some comments have raised
eyebrows: >> reporter: that bold statement was swiftly dismissed by london's mayor who argued that far from being banned, donald trump should be invited to see for himself and that idea was taken up by politicians from across britain on monday. >> i as a member of parliament would give an open invitation to donald trump to visit my area. i would take him to a synagogue, a church and mosque. i would invite him for a curry. we are the curry capital of britain. >> reporter: his remarks related to muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong, but they have indicated it is not enough to make him unfavorable. it will unlikely affect his outcome in u.s. spike lee is leading a boycott of next month's oscars.
he says he can't support what he calls an lily white ceremony. all the nominations are all white. there were no nominations for black actors. smith's wife has also said she won't be attending the ceremony. >> begging for acknowledgment or even asking diminishes dignity and diminishes power and we are a dignified people and we are powerful and let's not forget it. so let's let the academy do that with all grace and love and let's do us differently david a love is executive director of black commentator.com.
he says the controversy reflects a wider problem >> it is disconcerting to see that even though it's 2016 america is still dealing with the same problems of lack of diversity in various institutions. i think the problem really goes to the heart of the fact that the motion picture industry like so many other institutions is very slow to change, not a very diverse institution. you have a situation where essentially white males are dominating the industry and as a result you don't see diverse voices, blacks, latinos, other people being allowed to really express themselves. i think it's an ongoing problem that people should be concerned about. there is no guarantee that if someone appears in a movie that they should be considered, but when you consider the fact that there were a number of
outstanding actors, actresses and directors that were nom made for other awards, the fact that none at all have been considered for the oscars, it really makes one wonder exactly what is going on here the academy president has issued a statement. she says: one of the world's best known bands members has died. glenn frey helped compose many of the eagles singles. he died at the age of 67 from
complications of pneumonia. if you want to get more on that story as well as all the others, head over to the website aljazeera.com. you can see our front page there with the lead story situation of china's economy. restaurateur marcus samuelsson. >> being able to have windows into three, four different communities is something that i feel privileged to the swedish-raised celebrity cook was born if ethiopia but group in scannedan ava. he and his sister were adopted after their mother died from