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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ from our headquarters in doha, coming up, in this news hour, from world's factory to flattening economy what new growth numbers mean for china and its global business partners. questions about who should be part of the upcoming syria talks as the u.n. special envoy briefs the security council. we will take you inside this former military base in afghanistan for a look at how it's helping these men fight a
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different kind of battle. and boycotting the oscars and u.s. film maker spike lee says he will not be attending what he calls a really white award show. ♪ the chinese economy is growing at its slowist rate in 25 years and having an effect worldwide and government statistics say year on year gdp slowed to 6.9% and that is broadly in line with the government's targets and many other countries can only dream of the expanding chinese economy but its growth is far lower than the double digit figures seen in 2010 and it's feared the continuing slow down in one of the world's biggest economies will hit other countries hard as falling oil prices continue to effect the stock market and let's go live
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now to hong kong where rob mcbride is standing by and all right rob where the chinese data that has come out today did not rattle the chinese markets as was expected. >> well, these numbers seem to confirm just in the clearest possible terms the slowing of the growth rate of the china economy but not unexpectedly so. indeed the markets here in hong kong and shanghai ended up in positive territory and are markets that come to terms with reality with the cooling china economy and looking to the coming year and wondering what the growth rate will go down to with redictions at 6 1/2% and at what point will the government intervene with stimulus measures and while it can accept a single-digit growth rate it still needs a robust level of growth to support all of the
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changes that are going on right now in the chinese economy because these figures not only confirm a cooling of the economy but they also point to an economy that is very much in transition as florence reports. >> reporter: for years china has been the world's factory relying on low manufacturing costs to make goods sold worldwide. more than 20 years of record-breaking growth has propelled china from communism to consumerism and now the chinese economy is stalling and the slow down is hurting other economies worldwide, commodity exporters relied on china as a buyer for years and are also now struggling. analysts say a slow down is inevitable given how much the chinese economy has grown in recent years and say high speed growth is unsustainable and a reset is needed. >> translator: china is indeed in a moment of momentum
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transferring from old to new, traditional industries are big in size and these emerging industries are slower and they are growing fast emerging industries cannot makeup for the slow down so the over all economy is facing downward pressure. >> reporter: slower growth is expected to be the new normal for china, already analysts predicting the economy to cool further this year and even government measures like cutting spending and interest rates are not expected to help much. chinese government leaders are encouraging everyone to spend more hoping to shift the economy from export dependent to a more sustainable, consumer driven model. some encouraging data emerged on tuesday and retail spending even though lower than expected still grew by double digits and the auto industry is forecast to grow. >> translator: auto sales growth is lower than gdp growth but the industry as a whole is
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doing all right because consumers will up grade their cars and the whole market is developing pretty fast. >> reporter: the government is already under taking structural reforms, slowly changing from a centrally planned economy to a market driven one, that will take time. for now china and the countries that depend on chinese demand for exports will have to put up with slower chinese growth. lawrence lee, beijing. the chinese has been known to down play any sort of negative information to come out in terms of politics or even economy out of china, how reliable then are these figures they just released, is there a possibility that these numbers could be actually a lot lower? >> there is always a level of skepticism, healthy or otherwise when it comes to china's numbers and the suspicion for political
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reasons they will or will massage the figures to make them look better than they really are and some analysts who use different sets of numbers to ann like the growth rate in the economy point to a growth rate of around 5.5% and lower than the official figures, whatever the truth of it certainly the chinese authorities have been playing up the positives in the numbers and have wanted the world to look beyond the headline figure and look beyond the traditional sectors such as construction and manufacturing and look at these rising stars of the economy, the service sector which when combined with the consumer, increased consumerism in china is meant to compensate for the decline in the growth rate of the more traditional sector, that is certainly their hope. it is a big hope that these new sector also be able to compensate but increasingly it's also the hope of the global economy. rob, thank you, rob mcbride
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speaking to us from hong kong. foul despite the slow down in china the latest outlook from the monetary fund the global growth will rise slightly and forecast 3.4% and a rise over a third of one% from last year and advanced economies will see what the imf calls a continued, modest and uneven recovery and drive global growth and they generalized the slow down in china and other emerging market economies. and steve king is head of the school of economics, history and politics at kingston university and is joining us from london and thanks for being with us and the imf is optimistic about the global growth, global economic growth would you agree with their assessment? >> no. i think they are over estimating the potential for its continued growth in the western particular and of course those chinese numbers are dramatically over
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stated so i put that combination together and what they are really saying is they hope the economy will return to what they call equilibrium and where the results are coming from, the model rather than behavior of the economy and telling us about their reports. >> trying to appease fierce that perhaps we might be coming into an economic meltdown, is that possible now that we have these figures out of china and also the falling oil prices? >> china is definitely going to have a meltdown and has nothing to do with gdp growth and more to do with credit growth which is at an unsustainable clip and growing at an average rate of 25% of gdp every year for the last five years and that is going to stop and it's starting to stop right now which is way we are seeing the mayhem on the shanghai stock market and it will take it out of the economy whether the gdp slows down or not and that is our real meltdown moment but in the rest
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of the oec dchld the problem is have taken on bubbles in 20 years there is no program for credit growth and get anearic in growth and slow growth in gdp as well and it's turning japanese and the rest of the world stagnation and definitely a crash in china. >> that being the case let's turn our attention now to the falling oil prices which just continue to be declining. we also have iran officially joining in on the global fuel trade. now that the sanctions have been lifted, what will they then do for the oil dependent oil economy? >> in some ways it's very good for them because they are paying a lot less for the oil and oil is used in producing virtually everything and amplifying the deflation and let's say build up
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in the last 20 or 30 years and increases the burden of debt and makes credit harder to finance so it's a positive in one sense and cost of production and that goes to a falling price level and that actually increases the real problem we face which is excessive level of private debt. >> thank you for being with us, head of the school of economics and speaking to us from london. now one of the country's feeling effects of falling whoedty prices is zambia, the commodity relies on copper and going through one of the rough periods in history and thousands of people have lost their jobs. >> reporter: this was not a dream home these children's parents pictured a few years ago she and her husband thought life couldn't get any better when the bank agreed to lend them money to buy the land but she lost her job and more than 5,000 laid off from the mining, company when it
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shut down operations two months ago. >> we were thinking when we get the loans we try to do one or two issues to like settle and live a comfortable life but it all came like a bang. >> reporter: not only will she not have enough money to complete the house she is worried unless she fines a job soon she will find it difficult to put the food on the table for the children. >> they do not understand to say i don't have a job, they don't understand that and they know money should bring food on the table, daddy should bring the food on the table and where do you get the food on the table. >> reporter: despite her hardship she considers herself lucky because this 34-year-old father of three who has to provide for his two sisters and wife's family and he too lost his job in november and tells me he had to pull his daughter out of school because he simply cannot afford the fees. >> almost everyday how come
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there is no breakfast today, how come there is no good food like it used to be. >> reporter: copper is one of the main sources of currency in zambia and impacts the country's economy and the government is grateful that the companies like the ones who own this mine are trying their best not to cut jobs. >> our strategy is we will beat it pushing volume as opposed to closing down and reducing it and that is the approach we have taken and it has worked quite well. >> reporter: one of the ways mining, companies are trying to survive is suspending operations in under ground mines and instead increasing productivity in open pit mines which are much cheaper to operate. this is one of the largest open pit mines in zambia and more than seven million tons of copper ore extracted from the ground in ten years and work here continues for now the global drop in the price of copper has meant that other
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companies have been forced to shut down. there was a time when mines like these were buzzing with activity, that is why this part of zambia is known as the copper belt and the industry is going through one of the toughest periods in resent history and zambia can no longer drive the economy forward and a problem for the politicians and economists to solve and for families like these and the question they need an answer to is how are they going to feed their children? al jazeera, zambia. still the come here on al jazeera after a breakthrough deal libya's rival factions announce details of unity government and analysis of why the roads of peace remains rocky. thousands of people want to know about a state prosecution. first the big names fall at australia open including a 14 time grand slam champion.
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♪ we are getting reports now of a large explosion near the airport in the northern city in mali and local media say it was caused by a land mine targeting a u.n. vehicle. sources in kadal say people have been wounded, one in particular is in a serious condition. and in pakistan ten people have been killed and at least 20 others injured in a suicide bomb blast. taliban fighters are suspected of the attack at a police check point between peshwar near the afghan border and witnesses say the explosives were attached to a motor bike. libya's rival political factions have a makeup of a new unity government and representatives of the two sides had a u.n. backed deal in morocco last month and a council formed under
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the plan will have a total of 32 ministers. we can now go to tunis where we are live and what can you tell us about this unity government and this obviously is a very significant announcement? >> it came as a result of marathon talks here in the zunesia capitol tunis where the libya council is based, entity that has been established following the landmark deal in morocco last month. the presidential council is going to be the highest authority in in libya for a transitional period and members of the council agreed on a national unity government and have been careful in choosing members of that government to represent most of the regions and the tribes in libya because as you know libya has been divided among tribal and
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regional lines but this is quite a significant step forward for the libya and for the international community because the international community in particular has been concerned about their growing influence of i.s.i.l. which has expanded in the coastal area near cert and hoping to break the political impact, have a national unity government and operate in libya so they can manage to form an army that can tackle insecurity in the country and put an end to instability. >> take us through some of the main challenges that this new unity government will face particularly as you just mentioned the security situation there is still unclear. >> exactly and more wars and factions remain quite powerful in libya. now, this government has to be approved by the tobrook
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authority recognized by the international authority and because this is a country crippled by political divide the house of representatives based in tabrook is divided about this government and getting reports from sources on the ground that it's going to be extremely difficult for the parliament to approve this government. if the government is approved, let's assume it is approved it has to move to tripoli to be based because that is the capitol of libya and the problem is they pay gnc the general council with just the government, it rejects the whole u.n. brokered deal and we are talking about a fractured political reality in libya but i think the international community is going to put more pressure on factions and components of society and hor and gnc to get their act together and come to some sort of consensus and let this government operate because the
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biggest problem in libya now is the political impact continues the country could further disintegrate and i.s.i.l. is going to be the one to take advantage of that situation. >> certain will allot of hurdles ahead for libya and speaking to us from tunis on the formation of a unity government in libya. the u.n. special envoy for syria staffan de mistura has briefed the security council ahead of proposed talks on syria but delays look likely and still no agreement on who will be invited to take part in the discussions in geneva next week, our diplomatic editor james base reports. >> reporter: staffan de mistura the u.n. envoy who is supposed to mediate talks between the syrian government and opposition in a week's time. but it is touch and go whether they will no go ahead according to the french foreign minister. >> obviously we hope that in
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position will take place, that there are some questions that have to be dealt with. >> reporter: the u.n. in new york ambassadors arrived for a briefing from mr. staffan de mistura from a video conference from geneva all still expressing a determination that talks must start on time. >> talks do go ahead this month what we will hear from staffan de mistura is what progress he has made on this. >> does it look like the talks on the 25th will take place? >> i hope so. they must, they must. after all the work which has been done. >> reporter: but the russian ambassador knows his own government has problems with the current plan. president vladimir putin was in qatar 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 and representation from kurdish groups. there is another problem even those currently on the opposition list are not yet
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committed to attend geneva. they want reassurances that what happened last time there was syrian negotiations two years ago won't be repeated. they claim the syrian government was deliberately obstructive and derailed those talks and want to guaranty if that happens again the u.s. and its allies have a plan b. it is thought this time around the former 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. staffan de mistura shuttling between them. i'm told that mr. staffan de mistura has said that anyone who takes 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. james base, al jazeera, the united nations. >> let's take a closer look at
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this now and joining us from london is the chair of contemporary middle east studies at the london school of economics and always good to have you on the show. now there is a lot of hope for these talks to take place in geneva but still there is a lot of differences and all the parties that are supposed to take that in these talks are not united, they can't agree on an agenda, they cannot agree on a direction, is there any point then in forcing these talks to go ahead? >> you know, when major point for your viewers and first of all the security council stipulates that the meeting should take place on the 25th of january. secondly the idea behind the talks is not really to have a breakthrough, no one, not united states nor russia says the meeting will produce any major results, this is part of a procedural meeting, building
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trust between the combatants, setting in mechanisms for future talks so it's just the beginning to somehow having a meeting and bridging the divide, there is a massive, massive golf between the opposition and government. >> let's talk about the opposition and they cannot agree among themselves as to who should attend these talks as well and they are divided in terms of the agenda and in terms of the direction, what is the underlying fault line in terms of their differences? >> well, first of all you have multiple opposition parties. you have the nationalists, you have the islamists and you have the jihadist and you have multiple divisions within the opposition but what the meeting in riyadh in saudi arabia produced is a committee that is responsible for basically establishing the delegations so
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regardless of the divisions within the opposition, now you have a specific committee which is responsible for the talks. the question is not whether the opposition is divided or not, of course it is, the question is neither the americans nor the russians agree on the composition of the opposition, the russians insist that the delegation must be inclusive, it should include the kurds, it should include its allies while the americans say that the delegation that basically was produced by, during the riyadh meeting is the one that should represent the opposition. >> so what i find very interesting is that this week we mark 25 years since the first gulf war, now back then, 25 years there was a definite u.n. resolution, there was a definite clear armed forces mission that accomplished its mission in under three months, today we are
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seeing wider divisions and uncertainties over the syrian conflict where did it all go wrong from the very beginning? >> well, first of all, the americans don't have the desire and the will to intervene militarily in syria, syria is not a strategic asset for the obama administration and doesn't prioritize the middle east or syria so you have a major, the greatest power in the world and he is not willing to intervene in syria. secondly you have a major divide between the united states and russia, in fact, russia is not determined as we know and it has intervened in syria and it has allowed the syrian army to shift from a defensive mode to an offensive mode so not only you have the united states is not willing to intervene you have major differences among the powers and the most important point where your question is you
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have regional war by proxies and now it's just theatre and battlefield where regional powers and turkey and saudi arabia on one hand and you have iran and allies on the other hand. in many ways the syrian variable is the least important in the syrian conflict and you and i now are talking about the americans, the russians and the regional powers as opposed to the syrian elements. >> let me pick you up on that particular point is it then fair to say that the syrian conflict and cause has been hijacked by more powerful forces outside of syria who have their own interests at heart? >> truly by the way this is the most important point that any one can really take out of the five years of basically devastating conflict in syria. where are the syrian people where are the syrian aspirations? , in fact, what we are witnessing is here now, the region war by proxies and global war by proxies and the syrians
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now don't really own their country any more. it has been hijacked a long time ago and that is why it would take a miracle, a political miracle basically an agreement between the united states and russia and agreement among the regional powers and we know what is happening and have escalation between saudi arabia and iran and i don't see this particular bridge, this particular divide being bridged in the next few months or the next year for this matter. >> always good getting your insight and thank you for joining us on the show, chair of contemporary middle east studies at london school of economics. now, the final round of aid has been delivered to the besieged towns in syria and aid agencies given access to the towns of madaya near the border with lebanon and delivered much-needed fuel and medical supplies to the northwest.
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pakistan's prime minister zarif visited saudi arabia together with his army chief and met king solomon trying to bridge a divide between the gulf state and iran and they recently cut diplomatic ties to iran after they set fire to saudi embassies in tehran in response to saudi's execution of a prominent shia cleric and chinese president xi jinping due to arrive to saudi arabia. let's check on the weather now with rob and the snow in istanbul. >> the black sea enhanced what was already a fairly wintry situation. let me show you video from odessa and ukraine and it's a beautiful resort and at the moment it is a ski resort and it's not really that happy, some people have died because the temperature plummeted with it and of course on the other side of the black sea istanbul the first of january there are 18
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centimeters and also closed down. the storm clouds that brought it all in are disappearing and the low is still there but you can see it's green to the west of it. however up until that point and even now the winds whipped up the eastern mediterranean and the coast of the gaza strip and the mediterranean was doing its thing there and the winds were strong to pick up the light sand, dust in cairo and this is video from yesterday of low visibility and a minor sand storm running through cairo and things are currently improving and the thunderstorms rattling away off the coast of lebanon but the line of rain does extend from lebanon right through to the back and it's about ten degrees and not cold but it's a miserable situation and that is the position we are in at the moment. if you take it through the rest of the day and the night and in turkey it's on its way ahead and tomorrow promises to be a much nicer day. >> rob, thanks very much.
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still to come here on al jazeera we are in northern iraq where falling oil prices and corruption is hurting the economy and its relationship with baghdad and cyclists brave 40 degree temperatures in australia as they take on the opening stage of the tour down under, all the details coming up, with joe in sport. ♪
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♪ you are watching al jazeera and a quick reminder of the top stories and the chinese economy is growing at the slowest rate
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in 25 years and having a knock on effect worldwide and year on year gdp slowed a half of 1% to 6.9% and say the chinese data could be overly optimistic. the u.n. special envoy for syria staffan de mistura has briefed the security council ahead of proposed talks on syria but delays look likely and still no agreement on who will be invited to take part in the discussions in geneva next week. and libya's rival political factions have announced the makeup of a new unity government and a new council formed under the plan will have a total of 32 ministers. argentina's new president is promising justice will be done over the suspicious death of a stage prosecutor, the body of alberto was found in his apartment a year ago sparking a presidential cover up and we reports from the argentina
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capitol buenos aires. >> a year on and there are more questions than answers, these people are still asking how alberto died if he was killed then who killed him? >> translator: why did those who are supposed to be guarding him the night he died disappear? and why is such a high profile case taking so long to investigate and reach conclusions? >> translator: they are trying to cover the sun with their hands but the hands they are using to block out the sun are covered with gun powder and blood. >> reporter: alberto was due to present to congress findings if the then president kirchner was covering up the bombing of a community center in buenos aires 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 is highlighted from the argentina
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institutions and most notably the judiciary and intelligence service and one year on these people are asking to what happened to alberto. >> translator: it's worth it to keep looking for answers, argentina is a world power looking for justice since we've had so much experience and optimistic. >> translator: we all felt his death and it wasn't just him dying, it was the death of all argentina people and we will see change and honor him as he deserved. >> reporter: a month after his death these crowds filled the streets of buenos aires calling for justice. they believe he was killed to silence his investigation, others say he had no case against president kirchner and killed himself. >> translator: his daughters should be the first to benefit from this investigation but 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
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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, al jazeera, buenos aires. a new u.n. report is accusing i.s.i.l. of systemic violence that amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide. the report details how an estimated 3500 people mainly women and children are being held in i.s.i.l.'s slaves in iraq and many come from the ziti community and ethnic villages and minorities and claims up to 900 children have been abducted in the i.s.i.l.-held city of mosul to be given a military training. now lower crude prices are beginning to have an impact in the oil-rich kurdish region of northern iraq. the northern government is facing dwindling revenues and less money for refugees and
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combat i.s.i.l. and we report. >> reporter: flames like these are like the economy providing jobs and revenue, the regional government in northern iraq exports half a million barrels of oil a day but problems with the central government in baghdad are hurting its economy. the government has not paid salaries for over four months and owes billions to oil and financial institutions and has stopped more than 600 public projects including schools, hospitals and roads. in addition to helping the nearly two million displaced people in the area it also needs to find money for its fight against aisli.s.i.l. >> that i are facing low oil prices and wreaked half -- havoc both sides would have trouble paying the bills. >> reporter: the economy is almost exclusively dependant on the energy sector and besides
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oil there is gas and estimates it has nearly 3% of the world's gas reserves and given the nature of conflicts on the borders many politicians see it more of a challenge than an opportunity. infrastructure to export gas is still being built, the kurdish regions pipeline is scheduled to come into operation in 2017 and the plan to transport national gas from kurdistan and turkey and the international market and on top of the issues there is corrupti corruption. >> translator: yes, it's true we have a problem of corruption. we done have national institutions. many of the politicians are oil dealers and they own companies that transport, import and export oil. >> reporter: much like the plans for gas the kurdish regional government transports its oil from turkey where it's sold by a number of marketing companies and other countries, with the low price of oil nearby the kurdish region continues to
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struggle to provide for its people, al jazeera, irbil. the mayor of u.s. water supplies that is contaminated is flying to washington to appeal for help, federal emergency in flint when they were poised with lead when they tried to save money taking water from a local river and our reporter andy has more. >> reporter: when the brown water started showing up in people's water supply and people started noticing an odd smell to it the state and the city even insisted then it's safe to drink. well of course it was not. when dangerously high levels of lead were discovered in children so it's only this past fall well over a year when the water was switched to the flint river that it was switched back to lake huron where it was originally but the pipes are so damaged from when they were staking taking it from the flint river no one knows when these pipes
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will be fixed. a lot of people are calling for the resignation of the governor, a lot of people asking for heads to roll in the city for allowing this all to go on but we've heard nothing yet from that city manager who allowed this to go on. in the meantime folks here are just trying to get their lives back together with the donated water and i'm in the red cross of flint and closed on a light holiday, the martin luther king holiday but it's all hands on deck today and had 26,000 cases of water in flint in just in the last week and are going door to door and block to block handing out bottles of water and national guard is handing out bottles and cases of water and the goal is in a city of 100,000 people to get each home a water filter so at least one source of water in the home could be clean. that is at least getting people back to somewhat of a normal life. the u.n.'s new top refugee official wants the world to
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share out more fairly the burden of taking in refugees from syria. philip on his first tour of the nation since being chief has allowed them to bring in thousands trapped on the border and we report from the refugee camp in jordan. >> reporter: two weeks into the job philip is grabbeling with the biggest refugee crisis the u.n. has seen. it's his first visit as a unhcr chief to jordan and it's swamped with syrian refugees more than 600,000 are registered and he made clear he would be asking european countries to take many more of them. >> i think we need to be much more ambitious when i spoke about a twin conference at the end of march we are talking about large numbers of you know not 2000, 5,000, 10,000 but in the tens of thousands, i don't want to put figures now because we need to discuss with states
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but that is an important burden sharing. >> reporter: and he said he was discussing with jordan a solution to a growing number offenders print syrian civilians not allowed into the country. >> we estimate 17,000 that is our after northeastern border in two locations as you know, we discussed this matter. now let me preference this by saying we have full appreciation and understanding for jordan's security sierran. >> reporter: increasingly the security concerns in the region have a backlash against the refugees. this is jordan's refugee camp and 80,000 people live here and it's full and no one else allowed in but it's really the tip of the iceberg of this unprecedented refugee crisis that is engulfing not just this small country but the world and region as countries as far away as europe. don't have enough funding for
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the refugees and cut rations for hundreds of thousands outside the camps and it's so tough that thousands are leaving jordan and other countries to travel illegally to europe. there is enough food here but there is not much else, he and his family have been here for two years and only one of their children go to school and says it's not food or even a house they would ask for from the refugee commissioner. >> translator: what i want to ask from him is very difficult and want to return to my home is the main thing, we want to return to our home. >> reporter: what jordan and other countries want as well but without a settlement the increasingly complicated syrian conflict one that no amount of refugee aid will solve, refugee camp, jordan. british mps described donald trump as an idiot, a bafoon, denegon and wrong to ban muslims from the united states but not ban to the uk despite a petition
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signed behalf a million britt tinel's and from london we explain why not. >> reporter: donald trump cannot stay out of the headlines and people in britain are saying he should stay out of the country because of comments like this. >> donald j 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. [cheers] it's a bit of an occasion. >> reporter: now politicians have debated whether trump should be barred from the uk after a petition urging the government to do so got more than half a million signatures. many speak issues took the view that donald trump was a bafoon but not a threat to the republic. >> if we ban people because they said things people didn't long how long would the list be? we would have to ban the current prime minister of hungry because
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he said things equally about muslims. >> the woman who started the petition says donald trump is no difference from others who have been barred on the grounds of hate speech. >> uk who are not away ban 80 odd people for hate speech in the case and in trump's case they really should do it and there have been cases in the united states where his hate speech has led to violence. >> reporter: efforts about luxury golf courses and trump has business ambassador from scotland and honorary degree taken away and comments on a u.s. show raised eyebrows in the capitol which prides itself on its diversity. >> we have places in london and other places that are so radicalized that the police are afraid for their own lives, we have to be very smart and vigilant. >> reporter: dismissed by
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london mayor and said far from being ban donald trump should be invited to see for himself and that idea was taken up by politicians across britain on monday. >> i as a member of parliament for the west would give an open invitation for donald trump to visit my constituency. >> reporter: they describe the remarks of muslims is divided, unhelpful and wrong and hinted there are not enough to say he is persona-non-grata but unlikely to hurt him for election. biggest supplier of heroin in the world and the drug is widely available and cheap to buy for afghan and many afghan addicts need help to kick the habit as we report from kabul. >> reporter: the biggest u.s.
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military camp in kabul and now it's the largest treatment center for addicts and most of the men are homeless because of addiction and receive three meals a day, new training suits and a haircut and around 600 men are now living here, each has his story of misery and hope. >> translator: i've been using drugs for 22 years. i'm tired of this dark life. i want to start a new one. >> translator: when i compared my previous life with the current one i feel unhuman. >> reporter: many here praise the treatment center but some complain about the quality of food and lack of proper medical services. outside the addicts get fresh air everyday and the chance to exercise keeping fit and busy is important for their recovery. they are not allowed to leave, visitors come twice a week, there are more than 60 words and the government plans to host more than 10,000 patients every year. government leaders have yet to approve a budget of approximately $4 million a year.
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this is one step on a long road. doctors here say the program starts with the 45 days the toxifcation and detoxification process. >> we will teach them for example they will learn carpentry, they will learn painting and works. now it's six months, a long period of time. so after that we teach them a career and of course the government decided to just send them to other ministries for their jobs. >> reporter: afghanistan is the world's biggest producer of opium and last year it produced 3300 tons. opium poppies are turned to heroin which is sold worldwide, illegal drugs in afghanistan are cheap and available and in kabul these men are valuable and unemployment is high and addicts can return to old habits and
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number of addicts is alarming, ministry says there are about 2.4 million adult drug users and the other problem is there are only 123 treatment centers across the country. and this center a moment of joy for the addicts and for getting the battle they could win or lose, al jazeera, kabul. founder of one of the best known bands has died. ♪ ♪ hotel california glen fry composed hits including hotel california, take it easy and desparada and passed away at 67 after complications of pneumonia and other illnesses and eagles sold more than 150 albums after fry and drummer don-henley formed the ban in 1971. more coming up, on al jazeera
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including. >> i think it's a little hypocri hypocrite. >> takes a swing of andy murray and we will find out in sport. ♪
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♪ film maker spike lee and jada-pinkett smith has a boycott of awards and all 20 nominees receive an oscar in the lead and supporting categories are white and we have more.
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>> reporter: annual award season when stars of the silver screen walk the red carpets with hopes of going home with a trophy and build up to academy awards has travesty, noted black director spike lee is calling for a boycott of what he calls as a lillie white oscar ceremony and no black actor has a nomination and jada smith says it's time for people of color to disregard the academy awards. >> begging for acknowledgment or even acting diminishes dignity and diminishes power and we are a dignified people. >> reporter: that message appears to be gaining traction on social media, the hash tag oscars so white has been quickly resurrected with users calling this a sequel to last year's saga. nominated in four awards and
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golden globes critics choice and actors guilt and 35 in total and take a closer look and just two of them are black and will smith for his performance in concussion and alba for supporting role in beast of no nation and they disappear with others when it comes to the oscars and the academy awards traditionally regarded as the most pretee -- prestigous for the second year in a role and said black actors did not play prominent roles this year but others say it goes dealer. >> 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. >> reporter: oscar nominees and winners are determined by the roughly 6,000 members of the
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academy of motion pictures arts and sciences and the academy president has issued a statement saying it's time for big changes, we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity, that diversity is long time coming, some industry comment that it's easier for a black person to become president of the united states than head of hollywood movie studio. gerald tan, al jazeera. time for sports now and here is joe. >> thank you so much, 14 time grand slam champion nadal out of the australian open and beaten by spanyiad as ms. holman reports. >> reporter: 20-14 was the season on record for nadal, the new year has failed to bring a change in fortunes and facing this man nadal dropped it and
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still showed glimpses of spares. the game went the distance but the side delivered when it mattered most in the decisive set and in the opening round for the first time with just the second time at a grand slam. andy murray supporters wearing full voice at melvin park and with good reason, he began his campaign in dominant fashion dropping just six games on his way to a straight set victory of a teenager alexander. while officials hope the sport would move beyond the allegations of match fixing in tennis from the day earlier murray used his press conference to urge better education of younger players. >> when people come with those sums of money when you are that age i think sometimes people can
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make mistakes. >> reporter: the world number two was also a critical of open organizers, this is the first grand slam to have a vetting agency as a sponsor. >> not really as i think and a little hypocritical really because i don't believe the players are responsive by vetting companies but then the tournaments are. >> reporter: back on court the shock of the day in the women's role had a knock down by cantar, 35 years old some are questioning how many more grand slams venus may have left. holman with al jazeera. day two and women's second seat was knocked out by chinese opponent in straight sets and two games taking place and we won a tie breaker here and huitt
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in the last australian open has the two sets against james duck worth and a sweaty, 33 in melbourne of tuesday but on the tour down under in australia dealing with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, the first stage of the race took riders over 130 kilometers to the valley and australia caleb worked himself to the front and won the stage for the sprint finish and wear the race leader's jersey in the second stage. greek football champions has not lost a lead game since april of last year and a 17-game winning streak brought to an end on monday and 1-1 draw by a team based on the island of greeks who hadn't won in over a month, it took until the 72nd minute for him to secure a point, not all bad news and 16 points of
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athens at the top of the table. well there is 200 days to go until the olympics in rio and qatar close toing for the first time and top of group a at afc under 23 championship after beating syria 4-2 and the top three will reach rio and qatar scored in the first half and threatened when they scored in the 81st minute to make it 3-2 and a minute later alah scored the second to steal the victory and obtained the record. joining them in the last day of the tournament are iran and needed a victory against china for advance and didn't disappoint with the pick of the three goals from the free kick as iran won 3-2. well there is still one spot up for grabs in the court's finals and that is coming from group b,
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japan have already qualified but opponent saudi arabia really need a win otherwise north korea and tie land can sneak in group c. this is how it looks. south korea and defending champions in rock have already gone through in that one. meanwhile the u.s. olympic basketball team is taking shape with lebron james on a short list and cavaliers is hoping to make the 12-man line up as they look to defend the olympic title and joined by rockets shooting guard james harden who like lebron won gold at 2012, two time olympic metalist is not named but he is retiring. and that is all the sport for now, more a little bit later. >> thanks very much, stay with us here on al jazeera, we have another full bulletin of news right at the top of this hour. ♪
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♪ the u.n. raises the alarm about civilian deaths in iraq. ♪ in doha and coming up, in the next half hour the political factions announced the formation of a long-awayed unity government. from world's factory to flattening economy, what new growth numbers mean for china and its global business partners. and boycotting the oscars and u.s. film maker spike lee says he will not be attending what he calls a lillie