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meets humanity. only on al jazeera america. announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, welcome to the al jazeera newshour, i'm martine dennis in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes - i u.k. judge rules the death of a former russian spy was probably approved by the kremlin anger in tunisia over a shortage of jobs, pitting protesters against the police. we are live in yewiuganda w
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a community is gathered to watch a war-time-trial. malaysia looks at banning electronic or e-cigarettes first, the result of a british inquiry into the radioactive poisoning of a former russian spy alexander litvinenko have been released. the british judge said the russian president himself, vladimir putin, probably approved the killing of alexander litvinenko. the judge also said that two russian ben, andrei lieuinga voi and dmitri killed the spy on the orders of russia. we'll go to rory challands in moscow. first to neave barker in loind. tell us what has come out of the
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inquiry. >> reporter: it's been nine years, a long time for alexander litvinenko's family. the results by sir robert owen has been released. two former russian agents have been impliated. andre. >> lugovoi and dmitri kovtun. he was killed after trig tea laced with plutonium. it was suggested that the kitting of alexander litvinenko, was probably known to both nikolaj petrushev, head of the ssb, secret services, and the russian president vladimir putin also. in the report, there's indication that there was personal antagonism between
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vladimir putin and alexander litvinenko. and also in the report something that really jumps out, is that robert owens suggested that all members of the f.s.b. who had spoken out against the russian apartment bombing met the same ends. there's talk about how the apartment bombs happened. critics say they were staged to just city the and chechian war. serious allegations. >> indeed, raising all sorts of questions with regard to territorial sovereigty and breaching of international law. what is the legal status of the
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inquiry. >> it is essentially a series of significant recommendations. the british police under the advice of the crown prosecution service charged lugovoy. russia, show, has resisted any call to extra diet the figures, of course, andrei lugovoy is now a member of the russian parliament and subject to the political immunity. teresa may is expected to address parliament, but in terms of what the british government is likely to do. that is a special time, a difficult time in terms of
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i.s.i.l. wanting to be on side. >> let's go to moscow now, and rory challands. this finding was made public about half an hour ago. what about reaction from moscow? we have heard already from andrei lugovoy, one of the men who the report says was pretty much certain to be behind the death of alexander litvinenko. he, as neve revealed, isa russian duma, so has immunity. essentially london is trying to use a skeleton in the closet to further its political aims and agendas. there has been also someone speaking to the russian news agency, unnamed at the moment, saying that russia will not give
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up the two men, dmitri kovtun and andrei lugovoy, and so they will also not be prosecuted inside russia. as for the wider claim in this report, that this was a state substantialed hit, probably something that vladimir putin knew about, we have not heard any specific response to those claims. we are likely to hear along the lines that this is a political gestures, that this is something that london is doing to target russia, to slander russia so there'll be little response. >> given that this is referring to an incident. presumably the kremlin and london feels that there's a lot
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more to be lost given the established in the middle east. russia, western relations at the moment are strained. there is so much at stake at the moment. we have the discrepancies of opinion over what is going on in ukraine, and the discrepancies of opinion over what is going on in syria. in both of these things the west and russia take different stances and, of course, russia is being hit at the moment with western sanctions, because of the annexation of crimea, and the war in ukraine. so i think the british government does not really want to inflame that situation any more, and, indeed, it's taken a very, very long time for the
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british government to actually get around to having an inquiry in the first place. so i don't think they want this particular issue to muddy the waters any further in russian-western relations. >> thank you very much. now, to tunisia, where angry young people are demanding jobs and calling for more protests. they have been already accusing government leaders of turning their back on a region pitly poverty and unemployment. a policeman has been killed. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: security forces trying to break up an angry crowd. firing tear gas and water cannon to pave the way for the police to advance. the protesters run through alleyways, regroup and stage a comeback. thousands of young people,
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mostly unemployed will say they have been marginalized by the government. . >> the government send someone, they do nothing but take the money. >> translation: we have nothing. completely abandoned. we have people graduating six years ago but never found a job. we are denied basic rights. >> anti-government sentiment is on the rise. local people accuse the government of favouring rich coastal areas. this is a delicate moments for the government which opposed austerity because of the declining economy. at the same time as you can see, there are thousands here and across the country asking for solutions for poverty and unemployment. as violence continues, the
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government tries to diffuse tension. this angry crowd hits back shouting we need acts, not words. >> i have met with representatives of the protesters, we gave them guarantees, and they were convinced. unfortunately there's a minority on the streets causing violence. >> this is the worst crisis facing the government in months, there are signs protests may spread across the country. a critical moment for security forces who, not far from here face a major threat. they are on the offensive hunting armed groups in the mountains the first of five former commanders from a rebel army in uganda appear before a criminal court.
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the judges have to decide whether there's enough evidence for the men to stand trial for war crimes. live to malcolm webb, at a former refugee camp in northern uganda. this was the scene, malcolm, which is central to the case that is currently considered by the international criminal court. institute that's right, there was an attack in 2004 by the rebel lords, the distance army, and the i.c.c. says - the prosecutor says they were responsible. that's why the case is generating so much interest. a crowd of dozens gathered under the tent. there's a screen with a direct feed from the international criminal court in the hague, where the people have seen him for the first time. also in the classroom behind there's a projector. we spoke to some of the people in this area who survived that attack in 2004. let's look at that story now. >> reporter: gurredly eeny's
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8-year-old grandson was shot dead as she ran for her life, in may 2004. it was a crowded camp for displaced people at the time. rebel fighters from the lords resistance army attacked. she said a bullet entered one side of her cheek, blowing out the other side of her jaw. she has to eat by sucking her food. >> translation: the soldiers killed the people. i was a victim. i want him to be given a death sentence. >> dominik aguen was brought to the international court a year ago after his surrender in the central african republic. the rebellion started three decades before. many in northern uganda say it was in response to atrocities by the rebel forces. they turned against the people they claimed to representatives,
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abducting tens of thousands of children forcing them to become fighters, porters and sex slaves. thousands were forced into camps, gladys was in a camp at the time they were attacked. survivors say the rebels kale from this direction, setting them on fire, abducting some, killing others. there's a memorial to those that tide and the prosecutor said dominik ordered the attack. >> an hour's drive away we met one of the wives, and the children. the family lived here until he was 14 and shouldn't stand trial because he was an ducted on his way home from school. his wife says she was abduct by the l.r.a. aged 9 and then married. >> the two people i want to see before the i.c.c. is the l.r.a. leader joseph kony because he created the group and the president of uganda.
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they failed to protect us. my parents were killed. for many, justice has been slow. victims ask why only the l.r.a. is being prosecuted. and why not the government. the challenge with the i.c.c., they cannot prosecute primes retrospectively. they only look at crimes after 2002. that's where the challenge has been in prosecuting other actors. that there's interest in the pending trial because of what happened. the court is due to decides if there's enough evidence. >> earlier you said the community behind you got a glimpse of this man in the international criminal court at the hague. what was their response like? >> so far people have been glued to the screen interested in what the prosecutors say in the court
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wom, this is a story in the village where he comes from, where he spoke to a wife. people there and his family say it's not fair. because he was abducted, he shouldn't be standing trial. the prosecutors addressed that point in the hague, which people are watch, here on a live on tv. the prosecutor said that even though he may be a victim and a perpetrator, compared to others, he didn't take opportunities that he could have over many years when he was a commander to get out of that situation or mitigate the intensity of crimes he was committing. he could have handed over himself and those that he commanded to the ugandan forces. he could have settled for life as a middle ranking l.r.a. officer instead of embracing the violent values, rising to the top of that rebel group.
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the fact that he may be a victim and forced into this situation. it could mitigate the sentence. we are waiting to hear what the defense say. people are waiting to hear what the defense say. >> it must be remembered that we are particularly referring to one incident. this was a 30 years conflict involving rebels forces who are accused of committing atrocities. >> that's why a lot of people say the ugandan army denies it. they say that ultimately that it was the l.r.a. they are not completely defeated. but the l.r.a. was largely defeated. there was only a few remnants
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left. many say it's not the fum story, the l.r.a. was formidable. but there were atrocities. they were one-sided. now one spected much to happen. that is important that this trial happens. people here say they'd be scared to testify against him. some wonder why they don't investigate the government's side. >> for now, malcolm webb there live in northern uganda. more to come. including the free and far parliamentary election, but moderate candidates have been disqualified. we find out more. >> and desperate refugees.
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andy murray races gains the world record holder. action from the australian open. the refugee crisis is in focus at the world economic forum, which is taking place in daffos, switzerland. the german president hinted at a shift in the open door policy, and told an audience limiting refugee numbers may be necessary. others have been pressing for more action to solve the crisis. we can go live to our can't and find out -- correspondent and find out for from him. over to you. >> it is important that we talk about issues like refugees and social issues at an economic forum. it's obviously all linked, and
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there are plenty of groups and people that want to talk about the issue. i have the c.e.o. of amnesty international here. pleasure usual to have you with us as always. a lot of things to talk about refugee wise. the situation in denmark is where i want to start the debate about a change to the law. you can plain it a bit more to us, put so much more pressure on people that pretty much have nothing. >> it's quite shocking, really, that the danish people are considering changing a law. denmark championed refugee convention, fought for protection of refugees, and now when the syrian refugees are fleeing from war and persecution, coming to denmark and europe, the law is proposing that if there's a man who comes into denmark, he don't be reunified with the rest of the family. they'll delay the referendum process. it's a regressive step.
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i have spent time in the camps where the families are. the idea that the man - none of these people - i spoke to women and children. not one of them wants to come to europe. they want to go to syria. they can't do that. they are fleeing from war and persecution. >> you can explain this more for us, they want to take valuables from the people. you are assuming they don't have a lot of valuables. >> some of the assets will be taken away. there's a 900 euro application fee, making it difficult to reunite with families. if you are a father in denmark, you'll be so worried about the kids and the family in syria and lebanon, so the very conception is fundamentally wrong. it's a regressive law. we hope the parliament will reject this. >> here is me playing devil's
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advocate. european countries look after their own. they see an influx coming in, a lot are unhappy. they look after their own. that is what the governments do. we wonder about the moral obligation, buts in some ways it's not surprising they are more protectionist about this as time goes on. >> i think the moral of the humanitarian side is one thing. we shouldn't forget that refugees have protection by international law. it's been agreed, but let's not forget that 95% of the refugees are in neighbouring countries, the proportion coming to europe is a small proportion. just like we talk about african refugees, but most of those are in africa. >> how do you get the attention from davos, we have falling oil prices, a slow down in china, it's very "how is it going to
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affect us?", how do you as amnesty get attention here. >> attention is focused on the issue as soon as refugees wam to europe. >> it's not a new problem, but at an economic forum where people view it as a rich ski resort. you have to get their attention over a humanitarian issue. >> it's a crisis of historic proportion, we have never seen anything like this. business dealers are conscious. 16 million displaced. 20 million refugees, if you don't - without human rights, you are not going to have prosperity or peace. there's no serious business leader who does not understand it. the within we come is at the risk of those standards. >> do you feel they are listening to you. you'll be here, running from
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meeting to meeting. do you feel you are making some progress. amnesty international, the way we operate, we speak truth to power. >> sometimes they listen immediately, sometimes in the long run. if they don't listen, it has a high price. fundamentally we say first and foremost we need to stop killing civilians, that is happening from all sides. humanitarian aid is not reaching people. we had half a million under siege. resettlement, 1.2 million need resettlement. these are the short-term immediate issues, and then the xenophobia, these are things, how these people are received at the borders. if you don't answer the questions, you are creating an unstable world and europe, not just an unstable middle east. >> thank you for joining us. >> martine, we are talking about more than economics. i spoke to the c.e.o. of oxfam.
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you'll see that interview later. they have to come and make sure that people are talking about humanitarian issues in the world. even though we have falling oil prices and slowing economies that tend to grab the headlines. >> loads to talk about in davos. thank you very much iran's constitutional watchdog conservatived most moderate, disqualified most moderate reformists. analysts say it affects fears that a nuclear deal could give a boost to the moderate president. iran's parliamentary elections are set for the 26th of february. 285 seats are up. overseeing the stands is the guardian council, a body that is always been dominated by ultra conservatives. it's rejected candidates from all political factions, but moderate and conformists are hurting the most.
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30 of around 3,000 who applied have been given the green light to one. president hassan rouhani says the decisions are eagle, and it's for the government to decide who stands. >> here in doha is a research commander in politics at qatar university, thank you for coming in and talking to us. what we are getting is another indication of the rift line, the fault lines within iranian politics. >> yes, of course, it shows that even though the government decided to sign a nuclear deal, and was supported by the political spectrum inside iran, they struggle for power inside. the headline, conservative moderates, they are fighting for power. they are the two main bodies, deciding who is going to control, at least, the two most
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important issues. >> will the elections at the end of february, will they alter the complex of iranian politics, the balance of power, will it change? >> i don't think it will change in this case, as it happens now, the parliament is controlled by it conservatives, and will change it, the ideological composition, most of the reforms were disqualified. they happened in 2012 and 2008. even though now the parliament is controlled by the conservative list, it didn't affect the implementation of the nuclear deal. >> the nuclear deal is well in place, isn't it. what about the very testy state of relations with saudi arabia, is that likely to change? >> honestly, i don't think it will change, it's not in the hands of the parliament to decide. it's more in the hands of the spiritual leader, and, of course, the president. we see there that there's a
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difference between the two positions that are there, the government or the diplomatic issue, we see how they are two different factions reacted to the qatar relations, and, indeed, the embassy. >> i would describe it as a tussle between the reformists of president hassan rouhani or the conservativives. or is it more combative. >> it's more combative. we saw how parliamentary elections were important for those that one for office. the presidential elections had an impact on the foreign policy. in the case it was clear, in the case of hassan rouhani, it was clear how much these elections affected the foreign policy. we can't see the same on internal politics.
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most of the promises were not re-implemented. i think the only impact that they may have is that the process of reform economy and social reform would slow down. it's the main. >> we mentioned the relationship with saudi. what about iran's involvement, shall we say, in the region, in other areas, particularly in the syrian conflict in iraq. and, of course, in yemen. does that change at all? >> since the beginning of his term hassan rouhani was clear. he is supportive of the iranian support. not like in the last period. i think we won't see further changes in this arena, they are committed to participate in syria next week. so i don't see any change in the short term at least.
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>> thank you very much, indeed. >> from qatar university, thank you very much more to come on the al jazeera newshour, including pregnant women treated in chairs in hospitals as the health crisis gets worse in brazil. >> and asian sides take their best shots at reaching the olympics. farah with the details, in sport. sport.
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hello again, let's look at
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the top stories at al jazeera. a british judge in the last hour said russian president vladimir putin probably ordered the killing of alexander litvinenko. the judge said two russian men poisoned the former spy on the orders of moscow. angry young people demanding jobs are calling for more protests. >> the first of five commanders appear for a criminal court, the judges to decide whether there is enough evidence for dominique ongwen to be tried for war crimes. the top story is the public inquiry on the former russian
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spy alexander litvinenko. and his wife marino litvinenko had a reaction. >> i'm pleased that my husband on his death bed, when he accused vladimir putin have been proved through the english court with the five standards of independence and fairness. it's time for david cameron to call for intelligence. whether from the f.s.b. or other russian agencies. >> i'm calling for the imposition of economic sanctions against individuals, including
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mr nikolai patrushev and vladimir putin that was marina litvinenko reacting to the public inquiry, we'll follow that closely. we'll go back to another of the main stories, the plight of those from syria forced out of their homes, had to cross borders undertaking dangerous journeys and ending up in other erro areas. we look at those in turkey, how are the cities dealing with a massive influx of people. more than 2 million are in turkey, andrew simmonds is in the southern town. dell us where you are -- tell us where you are, and how that relates to the hundreds of thousands in that part of turgey, where you are.
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>> i'm at the civic hall. this is all about a charity. more than 130 of them are all of them fatherless. there are five orphanages in total alongs both the syrian border and one in sir why itself. and they are setting about educating children from anything from the age of a baby through to 16 years of age. it's a colossal task. there's nothing normal. but it has to be said the vast majority of syrian refugees are not in camps, they are living amongst the community, what is now a lot of pressure is coming about with a system that somehow introduce workpermits for people right the way through the
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country. we set out to see how that will affect their lives. >> it's a family business. vacancies are filled. only turks could apply. that could change when syrian refugees get work permits. under the plan, one in 10 of the workforce here could be syrian. the idea is to improve integration with syrians, such as casual workers in a fast food cafe. it was run by in man, who was lucky to have a turkish sponsor to register the business. he borrowed the money and set them up. he's making enough to give his family a basic lifestyle, but the poverty suffered is ayou pooling. and he -- is appalling and he believes work permits could make others feel like he does.
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>> i'm against the idea of going to europe. i'm working to go back to my own country. if we don't go back to rebuild it, who will. >> he is in a better position than most. in this part, nearly everyone is syria and desperate to improve on a basic way of living. right now, syrians are reliant on casual work to get by. estimates put the figure at right-hand 400,000, doing menial work for around 200 a month. that is less than half the national minimum wage in turkey. opinion is divided about whether work permits can radically change things. >> there won't be problems mixing with the workers.
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>> we would like everyone, syrians to work and look after their families. we are worried about employees this is a city like others in turkey. and many economists are positive about the plan, saying provided there's a commitment to bring syrians into the workforce, it could mean they don't take the perilous journey across the agean sea. >> so they are anxious to strike a deal in order to prevent the large numbers arriving in
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europe. they aren't at the stage where they have the permit. as far as the deal goes, so many e.u. states are questioning the logic behind the idea, particularly italy. others want to know when it will be rolled out. and the people of syria want to know what is entailed. work permits have been mentioned. what other incentives will assist syrian refugees. the syrians looking for handouts is not the case in turkey. you can look at any major city, you do your best to get by.
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the situation now. here, for example, is an attempt to get normality. later we'll see children at concerts giving their best to perform in front of their mothers, their father no longer with them. they died or are lost in syria. >> thank you. andrew simmonds live in southern turkey. >> al jazeera has been following a group of cuban migrants from central america, trying to get to the united states, they are among 8,000 cubans stuck in costa rica because nicaragua would not allowing them to cross it's territory, that was in november. adam raney reports from miami, the last leg of their journey crossing from mexico to the united states. a brief celebration and then back on the road. from the state of texas, the
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u.s. highway stretches before them. each has their own destination, one in texas, the others at different points in florida. soon oo checkpoint. cubans, unlike other migrants are granted political asylum. so no hold up. no worried. they have 36 more hours to go, a lot of time to take in new sights, especially since they travelled so little in their lives. >> all of this is new to me, i'm surprised by everything, the roads, cold weather, the shops. it may seem insignificant, but they are new to me. >> a cuban who came before them introduces them to all that is on offer, even at us gas stations. the first purchase lottery tickets, a new land, culture, things to buy. and in the country, less than a day, they are dreaming big. >> we are in a transition after
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waiting so long, now we are in a place we want to be, happy and crazy. >> a trip we thought would last a day goes on and on. texas, louisiana, amma barack obama, finally florida. it seems endless. >> we pulled into miami, and the long trip is about to come to an end. she travelled for 2.5 months over thousands of kilometres, across half-a-dozen countries and is about to be reunited with her husband. >> a long time come, and an encounter all the more emotional because she left her son behind and could only travel after her father died. >> i ask how much longer. >> my batteries were drain aed waiting for the moment to come. she is here. the long wait is over, thousands of other cubans are still waiting their turn.
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>> doctors in brazil declared an emergency because of the tread of a mosquito born virize, it's adding to the workload of hospitals in -- virus, it's adding to the workload of the hospital. we have this report of how critically ill patients are turned away. >> this man has been pacing up and down for four hours since arriving at this maternity clinic, bleeding from a miscarriage. >> we are human being, not dogs. i'm here waiting. i'm told there's no time to see the doctor. >> reporter: she is not alone. entrants and waiting rooms to the clinics are full of women in labour, yet to be admitted. >> i'm here with my daughter, there's no space available. i'm terrified.
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can you see her there. she's suffering to give birth. what can we do. we have to go from one hospital to another by bus. >> reporter: we are told upstairs women in labour are undergoing cervical examination in chairs, because there's not enough beds. patients are packed into another hospital, looking like a war zone. many are forced to wait for a week. all over public hospitals and clinics are collapsing due to lack of funds. debt, compounded by a crisis. impacting not only the public health sector, but in brazil's largest states. >> a public health emergency has
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been declared in rio, where the state ran out of money to pay for doctors and nurses. and an epidemic of a dangerous mosquito born virus called zika prompted authorities to declare an emergency which, in fact, already existed. >> there are doctors. the statements ired them. there are resumes and resources. people need to protest. >> given the need to slash spending in the midst of an economic recession. the federal government argues it could only provide emergency funding to the state to alleviate the cries si. >> back at the maternity ward, they can take no more. others in less pain do their best. shaking themselves as they yell for a doctor who doesn't arrive now, in afghanistan, human
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rights groups condemn the killing of staff at a popular tv station as an attack on freedom of speech. the acting defence minister visited some of the injured in kabul. 7 were killed when the bus taking tv station employees home was hit. >> all right. gear change now. we are looking at bushfires in tampa bay rays. that's the -- tasmania, the australian state. which has been engulfed by fires. several towns are under threat of an ember attack. no homes so far have been lose. people very scared and told to leave their homes or initiate what is called a fire safety plan. live to everton, and they'll tell us how the peep of tasmania and -- people of tasmania and
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other people are faring. >> we are hoping to see some color evidence. victoria will see -- cooler evidence. victoria will see rain. monday night, the great southern ranges has seen 200mm of rain. the wetter whether coming from south australia to victoria. making its way eastwards. tucked in behind the cold front to the east of hobart there. we have the cooler air coming in. temperatures no higher than around 20 degrees celsius. you see the rain, that remains in the forecast through friday, pushing eastwards. a proper win, continuing to drag its way in through saturday. certainly seeing more rain coming in, i'm pleased to say through the early parts of next week. i'm hope. that things improve. we see improvement in the weather across southern africa, and wildfires burning away.
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johannesburg. northwards and eastwards in madda gas kerr. 126mm of rain in 24 hours. the cloud and rain over arn africa dives southwards through the next few days, the drought, as you can see now in the process of breaking thank you very much. everton fox. still to come ... >> i'm andrew thomas outside sydney's cricket ground. i'll be explaining why a new tournament for women marks an important moment in the professionalisation of the women's game
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smoking an e-cigarette in malaysia could be illegal. several states have banned them because of concerns from health experts and religious leaders. this report now. it's a smoking alternative marketed as a way to give up the habit. e-cigarettes are creating a controversy across malaysia. many ask whether it's a safer way to smoke, and what are the long-term implications of inhaling. this man opened his store five months ago, business is booming. all customers sell off nicotine
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secrets and vape. >> all the retailers are scared. they don't know what will happen in the future, whether it be banned. some sell the product below market price. it is cheeper to buy, and lasts longer when the small tanks are refilled with a variety of flavours. i'll stop vaping. >> some states are yet to make a decision. they are conducting forums center health officials and the vaping industry. this is a closed door session, the media has not been invited, and allows all the parties to have a free and frank discussion. the state here and the government is is expected to
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make its final decisions soon. others continue to voice that. a group of over 40, consisting of medical institutions wrote to the government pushing for a ban, or tougher regulation. >> you need the scientific knowledge, data over a period of time put that the needs to translate to convincing policy makers that that needs to be done. it will take a long time. unfortunately there's no fixed time skill to that. >> this is one of a quarter and a million scrapers, the vaping industry in malaysia is worth $125 million, the second largest after the u.s.a. the government says it will decide soon whether to regulate the industry or extinguish it altogether. into time for the sports news.
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world number two andy murray raced through the second round match at the australian open. he has up against sam groth, holding the world record for the fastest serve. it didn't bother murray at all. he took 29 minutes to get through the first set. he won the match in one hour and 30 minutes. the finalist at the australian open, andy murray was a finalist four times behaviour. he didn't start serving as well as he could serve until the middle of the second cert and made it tougher there. i returned good, passed. lobbed well. that's what i needed to do today to get the win. >> fourth seed stanislaw wawrinka was given a work out before beating radek stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. he will meet lewis russell next.
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and the inform player on the women's tour. gharde een, the spanish number 3 was little bothered by kirsten flipkins. she moves into the third round. >> it's a great win. i know kirsten. i played two times before. i knew it would be, like, a complicated match. she doesn't have the common style of other women on the tour. i'm happy about my performance, yes. >> she could be on course to meet 2-time champion victoria azarenka, the belarussian winning 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. after a bright start to the season. the miami heat slumped to a loss in seven games. at the hands of the wizards.
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they are going through an injury crisis, without gorham and dwayne waite. >> they came up against the point guard. the heat lost lo dang, suffering an eye injury. 106 to 87. >> botswana takes a step closer in the semifinals, beating athletic ball boo. ball boo's late strike means in it, the second leg it on wednesday. >> australia hospital of reaching the football tournament of the olympics is over. following a goalless draw. which is doubling as a qualifier for rio 2016. they are still in contention. making from behind to beat
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vietnam. they topped group d. the top three sides in the competition progressed to the olympics. now, for the first time a professional women's league is being played in australia, as the women's game continues to gain prominence, andrew thomas reports from sydney. >> in global news, cricket is a fairly nearby sport. it's played professionally and traditionally only by men. this january, in australia, a competition of 2020, the fast-paced short form of the game, features a league for women for the first time. it's proving a success, bringing in and paying the best female cricketers from around the world. >> in south africa we get good money. obviously this is also really good for us. so we are hoping for more of these kinds of tournaments in the future. >> people are looking for
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content, and now women's cricket is starting to provide that content. i think you'll see a lot more women's cricket on the telecast. >> that include parts of this tournament. the crowd at this match, on a damp weekday afternoon may have been small, but the weekend games are attracting reasonable numbers, and crucially the league has signed a tv deal. >> some of the games averaged over 300,000, which is phenomenal. that's three or four times more than the a league, which is the men's football, soccer league in australia. absolutely brilliant. >> on saturday at the sydney cricket ground there was a stream of spectators. >> why are we here? >> to have fun. >> to have fun, see the women play and support women. >> one sign of how far women's cricket came is our camera was not allowed in the ground. this is as far as we can go.
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we are not allowed to film in there. the rights to show the action has been brought by the cam ray. the fact that there's men at stake those how seriously it has been taken. >> in fact, an australian broadcaster with the rights is paying $10 million to broadcast the women's and the men's. ratings for the women's games were better than expected. those playing were serious, and this tournament has a punishing schedule of matches, and the women trained hard on a day they didn't have a match. it's a timetable like the men's - exactly how the women want it and that's all your sport for now, it's back to martine. >> thank you, stay with us. we have another full bulletin. the latest on the alexander
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a u.k. judge rules the death of a former russian spy was probably approved by the kremlin hello again, i'm martine dennis live in doha. also to come in the programme - on trial, a rebel commander accused of a massacre in uganda, while a tortured community waits to see if he's held responsible anger in tunisia over a shortage of jobs, pitting protesters against the police. pregnant