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only on al jazeera america. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour, i'm in doha and here is what is coming up, in the next 60 minutes tunisia prime minister holds emergency cabinet meeting as protests spread over growing unemployment. >> together we continue to work toward a political resolution of the situation in syria. >> reporter: the u.s. pushes for an end to the war in syria with meetings with leaders from turkey and the gulf states. and the u.s. braces for a massive storm with records snowfalls predicted.
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>> i have all the sport and andy murray and rinker in the fourth around of australian open but play suspended on the main arena as he collapsed in the stands. ♪ hello tunisia prime minister held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss this week's wave of protests by the unemployment, over 400 people have been arrested in connection with the violence which started on monday. and we are in tunis and joining us from there to tell us what more the prime minister had to say hashem after that cabinet meeting. >> reporter: he came out to tell the tunisia people the government is concerned about the ongoing situation and that the violence that has spread across the country threatens stability in tunisia and he says that the government is going to
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take whatever it takes to protect the country, warning that there are groups trying to take advantage of the situation to further undermine tunisia's democracy. it's a very delicate moment for the tunisia people and for the government which he has trade to balance on one hand the need to implement measures to protect the country and put an end to instability but at the same time he has to listen to the growing demands of thousands and thousands of tunisia people who feel bitterly abandon and betrayed by their political elite. >> tunisia's prime minister faces the toughest challenge yet to his government. he has been in power for almost a year but his authority has been challenged by this week's unrest which has seen angry protests across the country. some of these protests turned into looting and attacks on
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security forces and government buildings. >> translator: many enemies do not wish to see tunisia or tunisia people successful. they feel underminded by the democratic process. they are doing all they can to disturb the harmony of our democracy and the historic transition period tunisia has seen. transition is inevitable and irreversible. >> reporter: opposition blames government for the unrest saying it has failed to implement genuine reforms. on the streets people remain divided over how to solve tunisia's simildiscontent. >> translator: against a curfew and there are people who work at night and imposing a curfew you compromise the future and want this government to go. >> translator: we have heard many promises in the past and now it's time for mayor decisions, the government must take steps to find jobs for the
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people, i don't know how but that is their job. >> reporter: calls for a government shuffle or new elections have been dismissed by commentators as a risky step. elections were last held in october 2014, many fear a new vote could lead to more instability. for the time being life in tunisia would be punctuated by a curfew that starts at 8:00 p.m. each evening and ends by dawn. a few months ago a state of emergency was implemented following an attack that took the lives of 38 holiday makers in the resort of zeus so security forces have extensive powers in curbing unrest and tackling the rise of armed groups. the state of emergency also puts restrictions on public gatherings. by imposing an ongoing curfew
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nationwide they hope to contain the violence threatening to spin out of control but curfew would hardly solve the deep rooted problems and for truunisia it seems to bewaring thin. >> the government is in a tough position and on one end it wants to provide opportunities for tunisia people but it needs to increase the sources of revenues to drive the economy so what is it saying it's going to do? >> well basically if you look at the economic indicators of tunisia it gives you an idea of the challenges facing the government as it tries now to sort out the problems but the people face. like algeria and libya, tunisia is not a rich country, it relies solely on agricultural and tourism and tourism industry has been hit hard by the attack, deadly attacks targeting
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tourists in the past few months. so therefore we are talking about an economy which is in tatters. the main hope this year is to be able to reach a growth of about 1% which means that you are now going to have enough cash to pay employees and also at the same time to find job opportunities for the thousands and thousands of tunisia people so i think it boils down to one thing, the government is now desperate for international, financial aid from rich countries particularly from the eu to be able to address the grievances of its own people otherwise their biggest concern is just this discontent is going to go for quite some time. >> thank you for that update, hashem from tunis. the u.s. is making a diplomatic push to find a solution to end the war in syria. the secretary of state is in saudi arabia and meeting with gulf leaders and he is confident
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peace talks scheduled for next week will go ahead by did not confirm the exact date they will start, meanwhile there is the u.s. vice president joe biden in istanbul and meeting turkish prime minister and the war in syria is in the fifth year and forced millions of people from their homes and turkey has taken a lot of those escaping from the fighting and a number of countries, u.s., france, turkey have all been launching air strikes in syria and we will go to bernard smith from istanbul and from more the vice president biden, there you are bernard and tell us a little bit about that meeting that took place and also when it comes to the fight against i.s.i.l. bernard has there been announcement or improvement the way that turkey and the u.s. will work together on that? >> well, i think firstly doreen
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this is an opportunity for the prime minister to remind the u.s. vice president of turkey's concerns over the involvement of syrian kurds in any talks on the final settlement in syria, both men had a lengthy meeting here in istanbul earlier this afternoon. now, while the u.s. and turkey may differ on the role of sierran kurds for the americans they are a vital partner, most important partner in syria, turkey is very worried about growing autonomy of kurds in syria, nevertheless there are groups that turkey, the u.s. and qatar agree on in terms of arming, in terms of they call them sunni groups that they consider acceptable fighting partners in the fight against i.s.i.l. on those they are able to agree and discuss how they might work further together with these grou groups. >> today we discussed how we can improve the support of local
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sunni arab forces, working to cutoff what remains of i.s.i.l.'s access to the turkish border and that is a priority for both our nations so that we can prevent new fighters and equipment from reaching i.s.i.l. and conducting attacks against syria and so that the control now and after we defeat i.s.i.l. of the border is within turkey's control. and it's secure and there are no separate state sitting on your southern border. >> so bernard you mentioned the issue that turkey has with the kurdish fighters and pkk and saying they are one of the same so did he get any support or sympathy from biden? >> i mean what was interesting was that yes biden acknowledged turkey and this is important certainly for domestic turkish consumption that the pkk is as
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just as much a threat as i.s.i.l. is, as al-nusra is and biden recognized that but while biden was prepared to make that and acknowledge that concern he didn't draw that comparison that turkey draws between the syrian kurds and the kurdistan workers party in turkey and they say they are one in the same and he doesn't believe the turkish government doesn't believe that those syrian kurds should be involved in any final talks on the future of syria. >> there should be no uncertainty about the representation of the opposition in syria and yesterday with mr. ban ki-moon we discussed this as well. we are happy the united states also shares this vision as we believe that on the opposition side there should only be the legitimate syrian opposition. >> so that's what was happening in istanbul now meanwhile
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speaking after his meeting with foreign ministers of the gulf state in riyadh the secretary of state john kerry said he is confident monday's scheduled talks on syria will go ahead although there are disagreements on who should attend. >> one of the things we did today which i think is really important is we set up a clarity for how to proceed forward in the initial steps of the negotiations on syria and we are confident that with good initiative in the next day or so those talks can get going and that the u.n. representative special envoy staffan de mistura will be convening people in an appropriate manner for the proximity talks that will be the first meeting in geneva to begin to lay down the process to try very hard to implement the
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geneva communication and have a transition that takes place according to the u.n. security council resolutions as well as the communications of the syria international support group. >> let's speak about this and bring in joseph a middle east analyst and a senior writer of gulf news joining us from beirut and you heard secretary of state john kerry referring to staffan de mistura in that sound bite we were playing but staffan de mistura himself earlier this week told the security council in a briefing that the parties disagree not only on substance but what concerns me is they also question that the u.n. could or should exercise its discretion in finalizing the opposition list, what does that sound like to you? is he being underminded here and if so what are the chances of success? >> well, one hopes that they will be able to convene this and i have no doubt that, in fact, they will convene in a few days,
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but it might take a few adjustments. the dispute is over the identities of the participants on the side of the opposition. they are individuals that are considered by russia and by the government of syria as being terrorists and they don't want them to be included among the group of individuals who are presumably representing the opposition and the guy who announced the list of individuals who will participate on the opposition side included very controversial figures, one mohamed alush who is the head of the army of islam who is considered by russia and the regime and damascus as being a terrorist so therefore there is a dispute over the identity of several of these individuals. that is one point. the second point is that saudi arabia and the other gulf countries are trying to make sure that the discussions that
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will convene in europe will actually have a meaningful result. we are not just going to convene for the sake of convening is what they are saying and the fact of the matter is there is fundamental dispute at the highest levels between the united states and russia as to what kind of a settlement we are going to have in syria. >> okay joseph having said that, all right. >> these negotiations from going forward. >> and when you say adjustments will be made, who is willing to make these adjustments and who is willing to back down? >> this is the 25,000 question obviously. i mean, there is a war going on which means that people who have guns on the ground will presumably have something to say about what kind of opposition will be sitting across the table from them and i think that the russians are in a position of
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arguing right now that we are, in fact, in a position to demand such and such individual from being excluded. that's the crux of the matter now. we are not talking about -- we are not talking about what kind of a resolution we are going to have at this point. we are talking about the identities of the individuals who presumably will have to negotiate a settlement for syria. that is very sad. >> okay, joseph, we thank you very much for joining us on the news hour from beirut. i.s.i.l. says it killed 72 iraqi soldiers in the ramadi, the iraqi army is embattling control of the city and security forces say the latest clashes took place in i.s.i.l.'s last stronghold in the city, in december government troops said they recaptured the ramadi from the armed group. you're with the al jazeera news hour and here is what is coming up. we will be talking to a senior
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u.n. official on the desperate situation in yemen plus. >> i'm in south africa and going to show you what it looks like and how the context is helping save lives. in sport liverpool and norwich are playing in the english premier league and find out who prevailed. ♪ now six people have been killed in the united states as a huge blizzard hits the east coast and expected to bring inasmuch as 60 centimeters of snow in some areas, thousands of frights flights cancelled and people told not to drive and stay in doors until the storm passes and let's find out what the situation is in washington d.c. where tom ackerman is joining us from, tom? >> well, the storm has hit washington now for the past 20 hours and the forecasters say we
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can expect 16 hours of this kind of weather and as the day progresses we expect the winds to kick up even further. you can see now there is a driving snow right now. it's expected to be a bit fiercer as the storm begins to lend its way further east and towards the atlantic ocean. you mentioned people being told not to venture outdoors, you see very few people out here on the streets in washington. as for the roads, in one part of delaware near the coast the governor has ordered people just to stay off the roads. that is the first time there has been a mandatory ban on driving and they learned their lesson in kentucky where at the last we've heard about 3,000 cars were stranded on a major interstate highway for the last 12, 14
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hours the kentucky national guard has been trying to rescue them, take them to a red cross shelter in that area. people whose heat has given out there, people who never expected the storm to be that intense. now as the storm moves further north, it's weaker. there is some flooding expected along the new jersey and new york coastlines. new york is not expected to get as severe down fall as this but they are making and taking all precautions. here in washington the metro subway system was shut down for the entire weekend. new york that is still not the case. the subways are running in new york. but people there they have been warned. of course a year ago this time they were braced for a major snowstorm and it slipped by them and people were upset that the authorities shut down the subway system there then, at that time.
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here in washington at the same time the authorities had to apologize a couple days ago because they had no warning about just an inch of snow which has stranded president obama's motorcade for a while in very heavy traffic but there is no traffic here as you can see and people would be really -- people are learning their lesson here and just staying out of harm's way. >> okay, tom, we will leave it there for now. thank you very much for that update from washington. chinese president ping is on a two day state visit to iran to increase economic ties with the country and president is first head of state to visit iran days after a decade long u.n. sanctions on the country were lifted and china has been iran's biggest trading partner for the past six years and they welcomed the strengthening of ties in the
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post sanction era. >> translator: delighted to see this trip taking place at the very appropriate historical time and the post sanctions era. we decided to increase mutual trade up to $600 billion. >> translator: to ensure security and stability in the middle east we are offering help to countries which suffer from terrorism like afghanistan, iraq, syria and yemen. we are also having intellectual intelligence to fight terrorism. >> annual world economic forum in davos drawn to a close and discussed global security, financial year of health and climate change but as kamal explains one issue dominated the meeting. >> global economics is rarely black and white but in davos the white is self explanatory and the black this year has been oil, those falling prices and how to mitigate their effects. we have seen price falls before
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but the speed this time is having a new and more damaging impact. >> investment in the oil and gas sector absolutely collapsed and a knock on effect on the financial market and you have a new economic of oil prices, not lasting but in the long run the benefits will trickle through and boost the world economy but right now it's a source of fragility. >> reporter: uses oil money in a different way so that it is part of the budget, not the budget. >> we are a little bit more sound in our economy than other countries because we are not bringing the oil income in the budget and goes to the sovereign fun and using the sovereign fund into the budget. >> reporter: what is worth remembering is a low oil price is not all bad news. >> india, china, europe, japan, this is definitely good news because their oil import bill is decreasing as a result of low
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oil prices. >> reporter: low oil price over all can benefit economies like britain because it reduces the business's costs and means consumers are getting a boost in terms of every time they fill up their cars. >> reporter: long-term however there still needs to be investment across the energy sector and power companies for example trying to look beyond the current volatility. >> and right now it's between now and 2040 about $13 trillion needs to be invested to bring that power to the people who don't have it today or need more. >> what can we take away from all of this because it seems high or low oil price there is something for everyone, perhaps the most important thing and a buzz word for years is diversification and making sure an economy is not so relying on oil it cannot withstand a shock like this, kamal, al jazeera, davos. the humanitarian crisis in yemen is one of the greatest challenges it is faced with. more than 21 million people in yemen need help, that is about
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80% of the population. it's estimated that more than 500,000 children are suffering from malnutrition. nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed since the air strikes began in march. meanwhile people in the city of ties have been under siege for months and they are in urgent need of humanitarian relief and jamie is a u.n. humanitarian coordinator for yemen he is joining us via skype from the capitol sanaa and jamie you recently went into ties and the governance and can you tell us what you saw? >> yeah, i mean, i was there on thursday and able to see firsthand and clearly people have restricted movement coming in and out are in short supply. we saw large amounts of garbage in the streets and able to visit one of the hospitals which is one of the few hospitals which is providing support to the community and we saw the medical
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staff there, the doctors trying to under the circumstances provide services, much-needed services to the population there. and at the same time struggling against the security and lack of supplies for treating patients and oxygen and in this crisis. >> what is being done, jamie, to allow amie, to allow
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and this is to discuss the possibility that having some sort of mutual mechanism which allows to inform them of the goods you want to bring in to coordinate with the sites to make sure we can access and address those needs so i would say that it's a positive spirit and capitalizing on and obviously going on with the peace process and plans have been made and trying to contest those with the data and try to open the door in a regular and systematic way and the needs and in the whole area, the area of operation and the yemen both north and south. >> jamie we will leave it there for now, thank you very much for speaking to us and apologies for that skype connection with jamie. he was speaking to us from sanaa and just giving us an idea of what is being called as a
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devastating humanitarian crisis in yemen. now, israeli police say a security guard has shot and killed a 13-year-old palestinian girl. the teenager is reported to have tried to stab the guard at the entrance of a settlement in the israeli occupied west bank. at least 25 israelis and 162 palestinians have been killed in various incidents since october of last year. still to come on the al jazeera news hour, it's the grim fallout of zika the mosquito-borne virus with colds and delays pregnancies. >> not a school you want your children to be educated in. >> why teachers in the u.s. city of detroit are calling in sick to get better schools, plus. >> i'm lee wellings north of london and the rise of the nigeria and behind their success. ♪
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kneesha has an emergency meeting and after the meeting said the transition to democracy is irreversible and united states pushing an end to the war and u.s. president biden is there in saudi arabia. at least six people killed in the united states as a huge blizzard hits the east coast, thousands of flights have been cancelled, people are being warned to stay in doors until the worst of it passes. a gunman has killed four people in the canadian providence of sach juan and gunned down his brothers and he killed a teacher and assistant and the police arrested the shooter and said to be the worst mass shooting in a decade in canada and daniel lack has the latest from toronto.
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>> reporter: details about the victims and a young male is in custody have emerged but what is not clear at all is any sort of motive for this, rather chilling exchange on social media has emerged in canadian press reports where a young male tells his friends i've just killed two people now i'm going to shoot up the school and the reply is why, bro, why? so it's really not clear in any sense what happened here and why, more details will have to come out. this is a very remote area and gun crime in the past and some problems with gangs and high unemployment and problems with substance abuse but really nothing like this. there is going to have to be a lot of questions asked, a lot of agonizing and right now a real sense of shock in the community itself and across the country. >> violent protests in hatety after a presidential runoff vote delayed for a second time and supposed to happen on sunday but the electoral commission pushed it back because of security concerns and no new date is set
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as we report from porto prince. >> one opposition leader called an a victory for democracy on the streets of porto prince and they were not in the mood to celebrate and thousands marched to voice their anger, burning campaign posters, tires and throwing rocks, many here remain skeptical of election process and fear haiti is now heading into a deepening political crisis. this protester told us it's time to form a transitional government and organize a fresh election and says the people need to be part of that decision and in the end have victory. this remains an extremely volatile situation and protesters turning up at the electoral building and rocks being thrown and cs gas in the air and today was a victory for the protesters but clearly there is a great deal of unhappiness about this electoral process. despite the protests and delays he is confident he will be
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haiti's next president. >> two months i will one. >> reporter: relative unknown the 47-year-old was hand picked by the president marteli and refers to himself as the man because of his agricultural background. he topped the polls during the last controversial vote and told us he is the hope for haiti's future. why is that. >> translator: it's true six months ago nobody knew the name but today the entire country knows who he is. they know me because my team has done excellent work. >> reporter: but opposition candidates called the first round of voting an farse and refused to campaign in the runoff, there is pressure from the international community for haiti to restore confidence in its electoral process, but time is running out. president marteli supposed to step down in just over two weeks and what comes next remains uncertain, andy from haiti.
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>> issued a warning to pregnant women to avoid travel to more than 20 countries affected by the zika virus, the mosquito-borne virus links to a spike in birth defects and the connection has not been confirmed health professionals through the americas say it's just not worth the risk and mary ann reports. >> the mosquito-borne zika virus has been around for years in africa and southeast asia and barely resisted as a problem. that was until it turned up in brazil. in just nine months there have been half a million cases of contagious with the virus and suspected link to a dramatic rise in birth defects in babies. >> normally zika is not a very dangerous disease, it's very self limiting with mild symptoms but what we see in brazil right now is that in lots of the areas where we have zika infections women have born babies with
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microencephaly. >> reporter: it's a condition in which a baby's brain and head don't fully develop. back in 2014 before the virus arrived in brazil there were 150 non-cases in the country. since october that has jumped to 4,000. the link to the zika virus still has not been confirmed but it's enough to prompt senior u.s. health officials to act as if there is one. >> we are quite concerned about the potential complications to the fetus of zika virus infection of pregnant women and so we really are advising that pregnant women seriously consider postponing travel to these areas if possible. >> reporter: those areas cover 20 different countries throughout latin america and caribbean and already a handful of cases in the united states. health officials are still not clear why it spread into an epidemic so quickly but worried
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the olympic games in rio next august could provide the conditions for it to spread even further. >> translator: it's the olympic games and a lot of tourists from all over the world will arrive in rio and will be exposes to the risk of getting a virus, so zika has consequences not just for the brazil public health but for the public health worldwide. >> reporter: as yet there is no vaccine or treatment for the zika virus, officials in brazil, columbia and el salvador took the step of advising women not to get pregnant at all for now. zika is spread by mosquitos with dange fever and other diseases and breed in still water and health officials say avoiding or limiting exposure to the mosquito is the only answer making er ratification more important. residents of flint in the
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u.s. state of michigan are having to rely on bottled water for their daily use. the city supply is in contaminated with lead since 2014 and some people say they cannot afford to buy water and are hoping that they will get donations from the government. al jazeera's andy roston reports. >> good morning says the girl. >> reporter: the day starts early for jennifer and her two kids jay den and adrian and for months it started far more complicated. >> mom has water heating up over here. >> reporter: their lives now revolve around bottled water and boiled water. >> all right i think it's warm enough. >> reporter: teeth brushing, cleaning, hair washing become like chores. >> you got to take care of your kids the best you can because one day we're not going to be around and they are still going to be affected by this. >> reporter: a year ago she came down with strep throat and
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blamed the tap water and relied on bottled water. >> feel like camping. >> reporter: everyday she joins the steady parade of flint residents who pick up water doled out by the national guard and some question how bad the water is. >> over blown in the sense it has been described to the state and the nation and world for that matter as being like city wide catastrophe, everybody's water is poisoned, that is not the case. >> reporter: dr. aaron who heads the michigan state university research team that blew open the flint water controversy says, yes, some flint neighborhoods like these in red tested highest for lead levels. >> if you had a small amount of water in your tap water but you drank a lot of water, it would add up. you have to figure out how much you are exposed to, how much you actually got into you and over what time period. >> reporter: as for the city leaders who signed off on the
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disaster switch in flint's water supply and the local, state and federal officials now blaming each other stevens is disgusted by all of them. >> they were lazy and wanted an easy way out and wanted a cheaper way out, you get what you pay for. >> reporter: and she has no faith they will undo the damage in her life. >> if your calling related to the flint water situation. >> reporter: that they put into motion. >> in the united states a judge has ruled that public school teachers in detroit can keep staging so called sick outs. the teachers have closed dozens of the city's schools calling in sick in protest against working conditions and inadequate funding and there are fears the dispute could end in a strike. john hendron reports. >> reporter: in detroit this is where young minds are formed, a crumbling mass of molding floors and falling ceiling tiles andro rodents. >> not a school you want your children to be educated in. >> reporter: many are so run down the head of the teacher's
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union saying the teachers may have to call a strike, a violation of state law. >> i'm not above walking out of here if it's right for kids. >> so there could be a strike eventually? >> there could be eventually. i'm not going to lie about it. there could be eventually but right now i just don't feel it's the time. >> even though there is a michigan law against it. >> an unjust law is no law at all. >> reporter: detroit teachers have launched a series of sick outs calling in ill and shutting down schools. when school managers asked for a restraining order to stop the sick outs a judge on thursday said no. teachers say they will go on. >> we are teachers, period, who teach in detroit and love our kids and because of that we are disrespected and we are tired. >> reporter: confrontation rich with politics. the public education system in this majority black reliably democratic city is run by emergency manager darnell early
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appointed by the michigan republican governor rick snyder. >> i really hope that snyder gets on it. i really do. i really do, mr. early i can guaranty you they offers don't look like these kids do. >> reporter: schools here are broke and could be insolvent by april. >> unfortunately there is not a whole lot that you can offer when you're in a financial situation like we are. and i get their concerns. i understand it. but work stoppages are not the answer. >> reporter: families who can leave have fled. some to experimental charter schools, some to suburbs and enrollment at traditional detroit schooled plunged from 150 in 2000 to 47,000 now. this is the elementary and middle and on the outside it doesn't look bad and warn and missile tiles and rust on the roof but it's on the inside where the problems really lie. it was a sight detroit mayor mike duggan saw for the first time this week. >> certainly very disturbing
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things we saw here today. >> reporter: disturbing conditions and a standoff with no end in sight. john with al jazeera, detroit. the south african government trying to encourage more mothers to breast feed as they have one of the lowest levels of breast feeding in the world, part of the effort to persuade moms away from formula milk includes setting up human milk banks and we report from johannesburg. >> reporter: everyday she gives some breast milk to a child in south africa who needs the nutrients and doesn't know who gets the access milk but happy it's for a good cause and she has more than enough to feed her six-month-old daughter. >> it's a feeling you get, every time you fill up a bottle you should think that is going to babies who need it more than what we would need it and it's going to help them grow and nuture them so that is very important. >> reporter: the donated milk is collected or dropped off at
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milk banks across the country. >> this is a milk bank where milk is tested for diseases and pasture rised and given to people who do not live with their mothers. >> reporter: has 40 milk banks nationwide and more than 2800 babies receive donated milk last year and pediatricians and government experts are encouraging breastfeeding instead of formula milk which lacks nutrients and antibodies. >> growing breastfeeding rates in south africa where we have dangerously low breastfeeding rates, 7.4 of our mothers exclusively breast feed their children at six months. >> reporter: baby girl born premature and to sick and weak to leave the hospital and needs donations from the milk bank because she can't produce enough milk. >> i don't know how my baby is
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going to survive so maybe i'm supposed to buy milk from the shops but receive milks from the shop is not right for the babies. >> reporter: 34 newborn babies out of every 1,000 die before their first birthday in south africa. more human milk banks could help save more lives. harry with al jazeera, johannesburg. still ahead on the news hour lindsey vaughn bids to be the most successful skier in world cup history, her record attempt is coming up. ♪
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hello again and now it's time for sports and here is farah. >> thank you so much liverpool and norich played out to one of the most remarkable games in the season, nine goals scored at kara road and the reds looked in big trouble as they skipped out 3-1 lead early in the second half and liverpool scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead, two minutes into injury time and sebastian looked to snatch a draw for the canaries but in the 94th minute adam scored and finished 5-4 to liverpool. well title contenders are hosting stoke and lester has taken the lead and 1-nil to lester and manchester united are hosting south hamilton but nil,
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nil at old traford. not doing favors and trail crystal palace at the park. later manchester city have a chance to pass arsenal on the table. and they need to beat west ham. one of the unlikely stars this season in the english premier league has been wat ford striker and scored 13 goals to be the third highest scorer in the league but as lee welling reports his journey to the top has had plenty of hurdles. >> at the football club north of london the january freeze preprinted premier stars from having their training session but didn't bother the man who came in from the cold. before reaching england he left nigeria for norway at 18 for some african teammates the move was too much of a cultural chur shock. >> and it's not easy but you can
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determine when you walk out and pray for it you can achieve because for me it's nothing. >> reporter: childhood was far more dangerous than a frozen pitch and gun battles regularly stop play and his mother helped get him out to a new life. >> my mom sat down with my dad and said they were crying and praying for me and mom said this is what you wanted and this is what you worked for. you have been striving to be a professional player to play outside this country and this is an opportunity for you to do that. >> reporter: after moving to italy they got playing time with the spanish team and the goals meant there two successive promotion before a move to england and he shot then to
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promotion too and now he has flourished and it's popular and one reason is unpredictability and the season is like no other like chelsea and liverpool and manchester united are so regularly beaten by the likes of lester and of course waterford. and with the huge contribution no wonder the club supporters and the spanish manager are desperate to hold on to him with match interest from major clubs and if his future is not taking in stride. >> i believe in myself when nobody believed in me and kept walking out and know the future is bright. >> reporter: his faith and self belief made him achieve these goals enough to top the goal-scoring charts, lee welling wellings. big names tumbled in the australian open but not the man
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second seed andy murray is safely through the fourth around after over coming in four sets and scott went down in the second set and came back to win the next two and murray is a four time beaten finals will play thomas in the next round and where murray was playing his father-in-law collapsed in the arena. now these were the scenes in the stands, medics coming there and also the coach of anna and clearly shaken up here. she went on to lose her match against madison. and what else happened on the court on saturday, here is stan and he clinched his 400th career win. he beat lucas in straight sets and will next face a canadian in the next round. biggest upset number three seed was beaten by barbara skrikova
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right there and 20 defeats fallen after six days of play at the australian open. >> i think she played good, very good and i didn't play good but i don't know. i feel like the court and my shots and, yeah, didn't really find my game. >> reporter: the man in charge of world athletics sebastian admitted to al jazeera the organization made mistakes when it comes to doping and corruption within the sport and speaking to the iaaf president insists that athletics can regain its credibility. >> reporter: it's been a turbulent few months for the president of world athletics elected as iaaf president last august and former two time olympic 1500 meter champion and had to deal with the suspension of russia for the fate on doping
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program and fall out of his predecessor on corruption charges. ahead of the asian indoor athletics championships held in doha i spoke to him about what he plans to do to cleanup his sport. do you have any idea when you became iaaf president back in august about the storm that was about to break over athletics? >> as i said we were conscious on the counsel around the specific issue of the escalating problem in russia and questions were asked. >> you say questions were asked. you said in previous interviews that maybe you and the organization, the iaaf didn't follow-up those questions maybe more vigorously, is that failure on the part of iaaf and you personally because you were president for seven years? >> clearly there have been failures and i don't think anybody would be sitting in my position without saying that. we should have known or been in a better position to know firstly whether those conversations have taken place and what the outcome was.
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>> and in terms of your plans for athletics and you spoke about them in your campaign for the presidency i mean people are still members and talk about the rivalry you have back in the 80s in middle distance running and there was a remarkable 11 days i think it was in august 1981 with the world record was broken three times. >> three times in about nine days. >> early in the uk growing up it was front and back page news for the right reason and can at letics get back to that? >> it can and has to. aside from the challenges of the dark days that we are facing at the moment the overwhelming challenge we face is to get more young people involved and excited in our sport and means be much more creative about the way we deliver the sport and look at the product that is at letics and need to get the big name athletes racing against each other and that may even mean looking at central contracts. we do need those athletes to be out there, satisfying the demand
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there is for track and field. >> reporter: as for seth coe the wider public will demand he doesn't shy away from tough decisions needed to reform his sport and whether coe and iaaf insider for the better part of 13 years is the best place to do that well that remains to be seen. al jazeera, doha. and lindsey vaughn has become the most prolific winner in the history of down hill ski's world cup. the 31-year-old won saturday's race on the olivia course in italy and it's the 37th win in the skiing marquis event passing the great anna marry since the 1980s and vaughn won 74 world cups across disciplines edging closer to the all-time mark of 86. that's all your sport for now and we will be back with more a
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bit later and back to you. >> thank you very much. well it's international arts week in singapore and the newly opened national galleries showcasing top works from around the world. and we report on the entire island is hosting art and some are in unusual places. >> reporter: you can't walk anywhere in singapore without bumping into a work of art. some recognizable, some not. the national gallery is the focal point for this year's singapore international art week and used to be the supreme court of city hall and here the old meets the new. >> i think the building is beautiful and it's a very lovely space to be in. >> reporter: the merger of the two sites created a large area of art space adding new life to the chief justice's chambers has been one of the many challenges. there were many issues to be resolved by project director and her teams.
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>> these buildings were office buildings and not designed in any shape or form for an art gallery and so the consideration that we had to look through were things like foundation, the grid, the floor loading, bringing it up to modern day codes and standards in terms of air conditioning and lighting. >> reporter: the whole event spread across the island and it's not just establishment that is showing their work here, local artists are also featured in some very unusual locations. inside these shipping containers visitors can see and meet singapore's emerging talent. he is a five-art graduate and temporary observations on society show how old and modern techniques can tell the same story. >> so from my work i really am not here to say what is right or wrong but really to set a reminder for people to watch their mouth before they speak,
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to watch their action before they do anything. >> reporter: it's a start for him, he hopes to join british artists such as damian and his cutting edge tribute to singapore and names such as his are raising the profile of the festival. >> asia and southeast asia is emerging and it's not possible to compare it with london, paris and new york but it's the future and world moving to asia with the emerging are moving and singapore becomes more and more as well as hong kong and china center for contemporary art. >> there is something for everyone and definitely debate about what they like artistically and what they don't. hill with al jazeera in singapore. that's it for the news hour on al jazeera and for myself and the team in doha but we hand you over to lauren taylor and team in london with more news in a moment.
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