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bag of pretzels. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, welcome to the news hour, i'm jane in doha and coming up, in the next 60 minutes syria breaks through between world powers russian planes reportedly kill 18 people in homs. scuffles and tear gas in athens where angry farmers are gathering to deliver a message to the government. racial tensions high in a south african town as white farmers stand accused of killing black
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workers. we meet orphans caught up in the fighting in eastern ukraine even though there is supposed to be a ceasefire. sports story this friday six months ahead of the rio olympics one of the most successful countries kenya could find itself ban from the games. ♪ right now it's only an agreement on paper and won't result in a complete ceasefire or an end to russian bombing, following a marathon meeting in germany world powers have settled on what they are calling a cessation of hostilities in syria beginning in a week's time. one priority is delivering food, medicine and shelter to besieged towns and cities and james base reports from munich. >> reporter: 19 delegations the sponsors of international peace efforts in syria gathering in an
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effort to get things back on track. but the most important meeting happens several hours early on the 15th floor of the same munich hotel, this is where russian foreign minister sergei fedorov and u.s. secretary of state john kerry came face-to-face. and if you look at those faces you can tell from the very start this was a difficult meeting. the russians proposed a ceasefire from march the first but the u.s. said that would mean three weeks more aerial bombardment and called for it to begin as early as this weekend. when they finally addressed the media it was in the early hours of the munich morning and it was clear neither man got exactly what he wanted but instead they had an ambitious target of one week which to stop the violence. >> we have a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week's
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time. that is ambitious but everyone is determined to move as rapidly as possible to try to achieve this. this will apply to any and all parties in syria with the exception of the terrorist organizations, da'esh, and al-nusra. >> reporter: they said a joint task force would be set up to range the cessation of hostilities and another one on getting humanitarian aid to those in most desperate need would meet for the first time in geneva. >> these are the list of areas and people who are in need and the numbers of them. now, the issg has told us, told the u.n., you are in charge in launching this initiative with our support. >> reporter: this was a very long and often difficult series of meetings. what they have achieved reads well on paper but the big test now will be turning it into
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reality on the ground. james base, al jazeera, munich. just hours after that announcement on syria russian air strikes reportedly killed 18 people in northern homs providence, the area has been pounded in resent days and government forces close in on rebel held areas and u.n. warns that 120,000 people are at risk of starvation and disease in and around homs and dana is near the turkey-syria border, the latest action in homs shows how difficult this is all going to be. what are people saying about the deal and the problems that could face them? >> well, yes, we have managed to speak to people inside syria, members of the opposition as well as outside. undoubtedly they welcome any deal that will relieve the suffering on the ground. the latest offensive in aleppo according to the u.n. displaced 50,000 people, those people
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living, many of them really out in the open, they left their homes with nothing and they need aid in order to survive. now that is just aleppo province. like you mentioned air strikes continuing in the northern providence of homs and when you talk to activists there they believe the next few days they are going to see an ex escalation of the violence on the ground because what they believe is that the syrian government and their backgrounder russia wants to change power and weaken opposition as much as possible not just on the ground but the negotiating table and them and the russian government really are more interested in bringing about a surrender and not any compromise or political settlement to the conflict. already the u.n. is warning that 120,000 people in the homs countryside could be facing the risk of starvation, illness, disease because the rebel supply lines into that territory have now been cut. like all eyes really have been
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on the violence in aleppo but even in the southern providence the government has been trying to make further gains, now in negotiations with rebels in two towns along a strategic highway and want them to surrender and this really has been the policy, they believe the tactic has been bomb areas, depopulate them or lay siege to areas and force them to surrender so people are skeptical and say over the past few years there have been attempts to implement a ceasefire on the ground and it never held and expecting more violence in the coming days. >> thank you for that and russia's prime minister has warned that sending ground troops to syria could result in world war and the comments were published in a german newspaper in response to saudi arabia's proposal last week to send ground troops to syria and let's talk about this more as chairman of the russian society of the
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arab countries and joins us now from moscow and he is predicting a world war and know that r saudi arabia wants to send in troops, is this really what he means? >> i can say russians military presence with the air and cosmic forces was locations in latakia, our rockets and our airplanes they are prevented from spreading syrian war more and more. first of all it was prevented from any foreign intervention that was planned by turkey and before this intervention russia entered according to the demand of the lego government we see
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assad is the authority and presented in russians in the diplomatic political relations with syria at all. and that is why russia helped syrian arab army to prevent any foreign intervention to syria. i think the desperation is absolutely a new picture. >> can i come in, i understand what russia is thinking with bashar al-assad is concerned but i'm asking you what they are predicting if saudi arabia does indeed put ground troops there and all of this in light of the deal of the cessation of hostilities which we expect in a week, how is this going to work? >> well, russia came to this conclusion after watching the situation. the situation in syria, with syrian government, situation with opposition groups, with
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quality of turkey over iran and jordan and arab world. i think that all these considerations were taken commonly and they come to the conclusion unnecessary to help, to save syria as a state. our mission is not invasion, not destroying and i reject absolutely that our army, our airforces are fighting serial population, it's not true. >> we had a bombing in the last couple hours where 18 people were killed, what is that if the syrian population has not been affected by this? >> well, syria population die if they found themselves between two sides, fighting sides, between some military groups and
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between syrian army who is trying to beat all these groups. i think that the main thing is to stop killing, to stop killing fundamentally, what it was achieved in the munich today and to negotiate, to find political solution so we found that only nusra or da'esh had to be out of this list of organizations, they should be connected and to negotiate. i think that all oppositional groups right now should understand there is no alternative to political solution and what it has made in new york to 254 and 253 is an unchangeable position that today
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in munich it's unchangeable position. after one week and consultations with military groups opposition should come together and discuss who is ready to stop fighting. >> all right, stop fighting is the key. >> agree we stop fighting and the enemies will be destroyed i understand the result of munich. >> thanks very much for your time. russia is also prepared to send help to the government to help with the fight against i.s.i.l., a message delivered by the deputy prime minister as he visited baghdad. >> translator: in response to iraq's request for more military aid we will respond with the exchange of information. our surveillance forces and the troops deployed in syria as required by the syrian government are capable of providing adequate information to us. >> the u.n. is warned to remove
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staff from areas controlled by houthi rebels and advice comes from saudi arabia leading coalition air strikes against the houthis since last march and on the ground they seized control of a military base 50 kilometers from sanaa on thursday and saudi and allies support the president hadi and fighting against the houthi movement as well as supporters of the former president saleh. more to come on the news hour still ahead u.s. democratic presidential hopefuls argue over race relations in the latest televised debate. beef prices in indonesia some of the highest in the world and looking at government efforts to bring down costs plus. i'm in northeast india for the 12th south asian games and find out what sports these fans have come out to see. ♪
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south sudan's president has the archrival as the vice president and named the leader deputy the appointment is part of a peace deal brokered last year following two years of civil war and vice president was sacked in 2013 after he was accused of planning a coup. four white farmers accused of killing two black farm workers appeared in court in south africa and victim's families said the men went to ask for wages ode to them but the farmers say they were being robbed and acted in self-defense and we are outside the courthouse. >> reporter: the trial has been adjou adjourned. people outside the court are protesting, renting various sides and fighting behind me they are representing the black farmers who were killed.
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the police have been separating the sides apart using barb wire because of clashes and they also are representing the black farmers who were killed. behind me is another barb wire and some white farmers and citizens also protesting and supporting the white farmers accused of killing the two black farmers and this is how the whole story started. when the police said her son samuel had been shot and killed she was devastated and says earlier that day samuel told her he was going to collect salary from his boss, a south african farmer in the town of perez. >> translator: they didn't just shoot him. he was tortured. when i saw his body it looked like he had been hacked by a knife, cut in many places. then someone ran over him with a c c car. >> reporter: more details will come out during the trial, some
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farmers in the area said they heard there was an attempted robbery. >> this has nothing to do with racism. all the farmers were at their homes after election of a day's work and they get an emergency call, they respond. so everything was 100% so two people lose their lives. what went wrong there is not for me to say. the case must be investigated. >> reporter: in south africa violence on farms is relatively common and the problem appears to be getting worse. many farms are isolated and far from police stations, farmers are taking extra precautions and have their own farmer neighborhood watch and patrols and civil rights organization says that last year there were 318 violent incidents on farms. 64 farmers and workers were murdered. so far this year there have been 26 reported attacks in january. 6 people have been killed. some experts say the reasons for the violence are complicated.
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>> we believe there is more to it. it's not only about race, obviously race does play a role due to the history of our country, due to the huge inequality in our country also we believe that the economy that the weaken economy puts people in strain and frustration and out flow of it but the out flow of it for example is violence, is crime and security issues that affect all south africans. >> reporter: but whether this latest incidents was something that began as an argument over wages. >> i want them to pay. >> reporter: or was criminally motivated it won't bring her son back. she insists samuel was a farm worker and wants someone accountable for his death, al jazeera, south africa. police in greece have fired tear gas to disburse protesting farmers in athens for almost three weeks and blocked roads and highways outside the capitol before bringing anger to the city on friday.
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let's get the latest from lee barker who is in athens and tear gas and rocks were thrown, what happened? >> reporter: well, this is outside the ministry of agriculture where a short while ago crowds of farmer whose have gathered here on this square tried to push their way in the ministry of agricultural and pushed back by riot police and tear gas lingering in the air. if we move over here a little bit we can see some of the protesting farmers set fire to have been here effectively blockading the center of the city, this key thorough fair through athens. this of course is literally just the start of what is expected to be a 24 or 48-hour period of protests. many more farmers are descending on athens from across the country and plenty a short while ago we joined several hundred farmers on their way from a city
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of current in the west, many farmers from across joined the group and no doubt will be here in athens very soon. a little earlier on we saw large numbers of farmers arriving at the port a short distance from the capitol again, they are marching as we speak on athens to take part in what is expected to be a very, very large demonstration against the series of economic reforms that many farmers say are likely to leave them destitute. >> i was going to ask you more about their complaints and also if those people who have been affected by these protests are sympathetic towards these farmers. >> reporter: of course athens and greece as a whole is no stranger to demonstrations and of course the greek people have been through a tremendous amount when it comes to all of the austerity measures introduced here over the last few years but last year the greek government signed an agreement with its foreign lenders, with the imf,
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with the eu finance ministers but in return for a 96 billion dollar bailout they would introduce a series of reforms, reforms that include alterations and changes to the way in which pensions are calculated, for many of these farmers they say they will now have to pay a tremendous amount into their pension funds and on top of all the extra expenses that come with running small and medium sized farms many say they are literally on their fridges and on edge of poverty if in deed these changes if these reforms do end up getting past. the greek government offered negotiations but currently what the greek government is offering is not anything that these farmers are willing to accept. >> thank you for that lee barker. agreement signed one year ago was supposed to end fighting in ukraine between government forces and pro-russia separatist and/ and/or -- orphans are among
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those suffering and we report from eastern ukraine. >> reporter: they used to live in an orphanage and now they live in a war zone brought up in poverty and two with severe learning disabilities they now will live with their adopted parents in the village in the so called gray zone between pro-russian separatist fighters and the ukrainian army. despite repeated calls for a ceasefire the fighting continues and especially at night. >> translator: it's always very afraid when they are shelling. she cries and screams at night. we try to keep the girls calm and try not to show them that we are afraid. >> reporter: and agreement signed last february in the capitol minsk was supposed to end the fighting. this is the ukraine and army front line in another village close to what was the airport of the separatist controlled city of donetsk and heavy weapons are supposed to have been withdrawn
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as part of the minsk deal but both sides accuse each other of breaking that agreement almost everyday. this area has seen some of the fierce fighting since the conflict began and now the ukrainian army tell us that the separatists regularly target their positions here using antitank weapons and mortars and also tell us that the two towers there on the horizon are about 2 1/2 kilometers away and say the separatists use those towers as look out posts and sniper positions and moved 78-year-old grandmother to so called safety four times since the fighting started. but she has come under fire every time and every house has been destroyed. >> translator: i'm not going any where because i got married here. my children were born here. my grandchildren were born here. everyone is gone and i don't want to go because if i do how will they find me? i won't move until there is peace. >> reporter: conflict has not
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finished. i personally believe the ukrainian military are needed here in order to detour the onslaught, the conflict is frozen and have to be here to help the people who stay and bring an end to this conflict. >> reporter: nearby check point ukrainian volunteers entertain the soldiers, the men are fiercely patriotic and anti-moscow. >> translator: it's important because people are strong in their unity when we are united and together we will defeat our enemy and the evil people. >> reporter: destruction of war people across this region have no interest in talk or victory wishing only the fighting would end. charles stratford, al jazeera, eastern ukraine. we will take a closer look at the violence in eastern ukraine late were a special program on "inside story." it will examine why the two sides keep violating the ceasefire agreement and whether
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there is any hope for peace, that is on 1730gmt here on al jazeera. heavy snowfall is causing widespread problems across india and kashmir and jamu and brought relief from a long spell of dry weather the snow blocked roads and caused some minor land slides. workers were seen lighting bonfires to keep themselves warm as they try to clear the snow away and wonder how long the snow will stay there and maybe you can tell us. >> reporter: it's moving away but not completely dry. if we look at the satellite picture we see there is an area of cloud here drifting its way to the east currently working to afghanistan and tailing across parts of pakistan as well. it's fizzling out as it edges its way to the east but there is a risk we could see a flurry of snow there through the next couple of days and elsewhere across india and sri lanka fine and dry. out to the east here we have cold weather but now it's got a
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lot warmer but it's also rather murky and some of that low cloud gave us a bit old drizzle and you can see the people with umbrellas and also gave us a lot of midst and low clouds and pretty dismal the conditions at the moment in hong kong and that is really how things are going to stay as we head through the day on saturday as well. further north though that cloud is pulling itself together and we will see a fair amount of rain from it and some f it is likely to be rather heavy and shanghai warm 18 degrees maximum but rather wet and at times pretty windy. what a change 24 hours will make. here is what it looks like on sunday. suddenly a northernly wind and drag in the cold air and suddenly instead of 18 degrees and wet we are looking at a sunny day and five degrees is the maximum so suddenly winter arrives, shane. >> what a change and thanks for that stef and former u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is trying to regain the upper hand over her rival bernie sanders in the latest televised
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debate and the hopefuls are facing another primary vote this month as part of the long race to the presidential nomination and kimberly reports from washington. >> we have seen young black men. >> reporter: hours before the democratic debate presidential hopeful bernie sanders released this television ad that features the daughter of eric garner killed by arrest for selling cigarettes and now an activist erica gardner says she is endorsing bernie sanders for president. >> behind anyone who is going to listen and speak up for us. >> reporter: hours earlier the committee of the black caucus endorsed sanders' main rival hillary clinton. the battle for support of african/american and latino voters was the focus for the democratic presidential candidates in their latest debates, at issue who is more supportive of latin americans allowed to stay after entering
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the united states illegally. >> i voted for reform in 2007 and sanders voted against it at that time. >> when was saw children coming from these horrendously violent areas of honduras and neighboring countries are people who are fleeing drug violence and cartel violence i thought it was a good idea to allow those children to stay in this country. that was not as i understand it the secretary's position. >> reporter: they also argued over the causes of systemic racism in the u.s. and sanders says it favors wealthy elite and clinton says they are institutional and when it comes to supporting america's first black president clinton went on the attack. >> today senator sanders said that president obama failed the presidential leadership test and this is not the first time that he has criticized president obama. in the past he called him weak and called him a disappointment. >> madam secretary that is a low blow.
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i have worked for his reelection, his first election and his reelection but i think it is really unfair to suggest that i have not been supportive of the president. >> reporter: backing on minority voters in the past who supported her and the next contest in nevada and south carolina both with significant latino and african/american populations but bernie sanders has been gaining support in key demographics since hillary clinton was counted on middle class and younger voters including young voters of color making the so called minority vote one that hillary clinton can no longer count on. kimberly with al jazeera, washington. a standoff between armed men and police in the u.s. state of oregon ended, the last remaining four protesters left the national wildlife refuge, there for a month and angry about ownership of land and it will
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remain close for several weeks as authorities inspect the area and gather evidence. coming up, on al jazeera the head of the catholic church heads to mexico and cuba for a meeting a thousand years in the making plus hollywood glamour meets political awareness at the berlin film festival and in sport local wildlife steals the show as they come out to play with golf figures names. ♪
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welcome back to the news hour, these are our top stories russian air strikes reportedly killed 18 people in syria just hours before a u.n. task force meeting on humanitarian aid. world powers have pledged to end hostilities within a week. greece fired tear gas at farmers holding an antiausterity protest in athens and hundreds in the city streets and angry at government's plans to bring new austerity measures as demanded by the lenders in greece's bail out and four farmers accused of killing to black farm workers appeared in a south african court and the men were asking for wages owed to them when they were murdered by the farmers say they were being robbed. let's return to the top story and take a closer look at the humanitarian crisis in syria which the u.n. says gets worse everyday and it's highlighting the dire situation in madaya and
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more and just outside damascus has been surrounded by government troops since december, 35,000 civilians have endured intense shelling, infants are among those who died from malnutrition and madaya 26 people died from malnutrition this year alone and hundreds need evacuation and 200,000 are living under an i.s.i.l. imposed siege where fighters have reportedly executed people trying to smuggling in food. despite recent aid deliveries to the villages the situation remains grim for 20,000 people. they are under siege by the armed group al-shum and the al-nusra front and we have a middle east director at the norwegian council and good to have you on the show and what do you make of the deal that has been signed, the aim is for some sort of humanitarian relief, is
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it going to work? >> that's indeed what we all hope for. i think the figures you just showed how important and desperate it's needed to have a resolution, a political solution to stop the fighting, to stop the suffering of people in syria and the good news we have heard this morning is indeed what we have been waiting for for years. i think this is what desperate people of syria where millions of women, children and men has been living under be siegement, under daily bombardment, et cetera, et cetera and we need this deal and we cross our fingers and raise our hopes that these will be implemented swiftly. >> now, say it is implemented, say it does work and there is a cessation of hostilities what is it that groups like you will be doing and other aid workers to
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get aid to those who need it the most? >> well, of course what is the imperative here is that access is provided, unhindered and safely and of course the entire humanitarian community is ready to continue and scale up its support to the people of syria. we have seen on going reports of starvation, of terrible bombardments, et cetera, et cetera so of course more needs to be done but this is what the humanitarian community is tailored to do and ready in a joint effort to do so. >> and how long do you think you need to reach all those who need your help because as we point out a little earlier some of these places are inaccessible. >> correct. and, again, we have to go back
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to the deal because the deal has to be effectuated and have to see how it's going to be implemented and the good news and the good thing we have seen but action needs to be taken so that has to be enforced and we are following this very closely. we are having our hopes high but we also have our concerns that it is indeed extremely important that everyone applies to this in a coherent manner. >> and i guess it's important for you not to take your eye off the neighboring countries that are looking after the syrian refugees who have left the count country. >> indeed, that work is ongoing. i think we also have to keep our eye on the fact that the deal seems not to cover the entire
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syria so we will still have millions of people in areas who are without access to humanitarian aid because that part is not covered on this deal it seems. >> well, i hope your wish is granted and you do get aid to those who need it. thanks for talking to us. we do hear a lot about the numbers and statistics when reporting about just how bad things are for millions of syrians. now as part of our special series through a parents eyes and escaped tells al jazeera her story. >> translator: i am mohamed, we are from the countryside north of aleppo. we lost absolutely everything. there is no work. no home left. nothing at all. we called over barb wire to get across for the sake of the children. my husband couldn't find any work so to feed the children and rent a home i took on a cleaning job. these are my children.
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and he was born with holes in his heart and had surgery to fix it but his growth is stunted and made things harder for me because i can't send him out to work. then she looks after her brothers when i go out. she changes him and feeds him. i can't let her go to school because she needs to look after her brothers. he is the naughty one and exhausts me and his father. then there is mohamed, he had a hernia recently. at the hospital they told me he needs an operation and really, really worried about him. i had another son. he had holes in his heart too but he was much weaker and god took his soul. in syria they couldn't go to school because of the bombings and risk of kidnap. here i don't send them to school because it's so far and we can't afford the transport. i was really worried about my
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children. the air strikes, the bombings, everything, we lived in so much fear i couldn't keep them in syria any more. i told my children that the crisis is only temporary and that it will all be over and we can go home soon. i hope they don't blame me for not giving them an education because i'm doing the best that i can. they will have a normal life when they go back to syria. i want them to grow up and understand life in our country, god willing. >> reporter: south korea cutoff water and industrial supplies in the kaesong factory part and the flash points between the neighborhoods deteriorates after the pyongyang rocket launch earlier this week and say they are illegal. >> translator: they expelled our people in a short amount of time and did not allow them to bring products from factories in kaesong while illegally freezing
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valuable assets. the conduct of the north is very regrettably and we make it clear that the north will be responsible for everything that happens. >> reporter: indonesia people pay some highest prices in the world for beef and largely to lack of supply, farms are small and it's expensive to move cattle between the thousands of islands. and we traveled to the west to witness the animals' long and harrowing journeys. >> reporter: bull sporting a ferry for a week long boat ride to jakarta and made 13 stops along the way and each one the price went up. the government allowed them to speed up the process and reduce high transport costs introducing the subsidized ferry and paying national transport, they are forced to accept the lower price but so far they have refused to
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do so. >> translator: wants to reduce the price of beef, that is impossible. even with one thousand bulls a week that is high demand the price can go down. it's like throwing salt into the sea. >> reporter: supply has turned the beef into a luxury item with one of the highest prices for a kilo, to keep up with demand they import hundreds of thousands of cows every year from australia. the government now hopes that cattle ferries can transport more bulls so imports can be reduced. these cows have become a symbol of national pride with indonesia trying to be less dependent on australia they want to be self sufficient in beef production but experts say often cheap transport for cows won't be enough to achieve this. as long as he has been a cattle farmer he sadly never received any government assistance to improve production. his cows are skinny because he
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struggles to offer good food. >> translator: if the government would care about the cattle farmers i'm sure we would be able to compete with australian beef but we can't do this on our own. >> reporter: the governor says he can't help individual farmers but he is trying to increase production by assisting breeders. >> translator: our brief is lot more tasty than australian beef because it's natural and still expensive because we cannot mass produce. >> reporter: in the next two years he hopes to increase production to one million cows. despite protests by traders the government resumed transporting bulls here hoping finally prices will come down. al jazeera, west. pope francis just left italy for a five day visit to mexico where he is to meet victims of drug violence. the pope wants to bring them messages of peace and solidarity
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and estimated that 81% of the mexican population is catholic. the second largest community in the world after brazil. after mexico francis heads to cuba for a meeting of its kind in a thousand years and we explain. ♪ the sights and sounds of a russian orthodox service in the great of 1054 political and theological differences split christianity in the eastern orthodox and roman catholic worlds and some have met the pope since the patriarch never has. >> translator: the main topic on the agenda is going to be defending christians in the middle east who have been destroyed with loud voices from the catholic church and the orthodox world especially the russians calling for people to pay attention. unfortunately these voices haven't been heard. >> reporter: for some of
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russia's faithful the meeting is a welcome if rather abstract event. >> translator: i think any negotiations are good. maybe they are going to discuss some issues or solve some problems. >> translator: we hope this meeting will be useful for people, for world, for everything, peace is the most important thing. >> reporter: president putin was not among the priests waving him off on thursday the kremlin has given this diplomatic trip approval, in cuba after several hours of talks with the pope the two men will sign a joint declaration as well as the fate of christians in the war-torn middle east, political tensions between russia and the west might well be discussed too. after two resent meetings it seems putin views argentina francis is less critical of policies than many western leaders. moscow's main catholic church serves as a varied congregation and services are held in polish,
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armania, spanish and russian and english and they have high hopes. >> when leaders come together and show their willingness to speak, to talk to each other, overcome hostility, maybe not hostility but suspicion towards each other something is changing. >> reporter: as historic as this meeting is it's not really about history. in the end it will be judged on whether the meeting can in any way help with the problems of today. al jazeera. the u.s. city of ferguson is facing legal action from the federal government to force it to adopt police reforms, both sides agreed on a deal after the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white officer in 2014 and sparked violent protest and the city is trying to revise the original agreement and john has the story. >> reporter: city of ferguson says all it wants is a better deal. >> the city is and will be
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willing to stay at the negotiating table because our goal is to get this agreement done. >> reporter: the justice department is saying no deal. >> the residence of ferguson suffered their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all americans for decades. they have waited decades for justice and show not be formed forced to wait any longer. [chanting] the fatal 2014 shooting of unarmed black teenager michael brown by a white police officer filled the streets here and across the u.s. with protesters and police for months, adding to a national movement against police violence. >> we will deploy gas. >> reporter: a lesson federal prosecutors says ferguson has not learned and the city was warned it would face a federal lawsuit by the u.s. justice department after police routinely violated the constitution and the elected leaders say that is too expensive costing $3.7 million in the first year alone to
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retrain police and change tactics so they changed the consent agreement they negotiated with justice. >> this agreement is something that we can meet financially. it's something that also still achieves the constitutional policing which is obviously the reason for having the consent decree so we felt these changes really were immaterial to making and meeting the goals of the decree. >> reporter: those changes limited pay raises for police to attack better candidates and also allow the city to dissolve the police department and form a new one that doesn't have to abide by the agreement. ferguson police routinely and deliberately violate the constitutional rights of its citizens by stopping them without cause, targeting black people, using excessive force and using the criminal justice system to raise money. and just ask anybody here paying a ticket at the court and they will tell you it's true. >> you get a ticket for just about anything, doesn't matter what it is but they are going to
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pull you over in certain neighborhoods, it just depends on where you are going. >> reporter: more than a year after the death of michael brown the city is considering its options as the people of ferguson and the nation wait. john with al jazeera, ferguson, missouri. sport is ahead on al jazeera, and kenya is at risk of being ban from this year's olympic games. ♪
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♪ and again europe refugee crisis is dominating reports on news channels and other media and now the berlin film festival too and
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tickets for some screenings have been given to refugees and is a major theme of the event and we have more from the german capitol. >> reporter: she is many people's choice for the world east best actress but meryl streep is here to watch movies and not star in them as the ahead of the jury to award the golden bear for the best film. the opening night was actually a showcase for a film that is not being judged. ♪ hail ceaser the latest from the coen brothers and in the golden age of hollywood and includes george cooney and berlin. >> the studio has been good to you and everyone else who works there. >> love the time and era and can romance it because i wasn't around then. i talked to my dad about it and going to talk to him about a different hollywood that i don't know and working with my favorite guys who i really enjoy
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spending time with. >> reporter: now it's about the glamour and glitz of the opening night but over the course of the festival there are hundreds of screenings and 130,000 tickets sold to the general public, there really is something for everyone here at the berlin festival. a part from the celebrities something grabbing people's attention are how many films deal with the price of refugees in europe. a documentary based on the italian island of lampadusa is part of the competition and looks at the population and migrants arrive by sea coexist without really meeting. >> it's special from all the big festivals the one that is most and has really focus on the political issues and it's very special and something that makes this festival unique. >> reporter: well 18 films from around the world are in the
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running for the top prize but it's the variety and offer here that really sets this festival apart. al jazeera, berlin. sport what is happening? >> jane thank you kenya at risk at ban of competing at this year olympic games after they were given a warning by the world antidoping agency and announced late on thursday the country missed a deadline to prove that they are taking the necessary steps to tackle doping and will be placed on a watch list. and the east african country which excels at distance running has two months to bring legislation and funding, if not it will be declared noncompliant with the code and the international olympic committee would need to make a decision on whether kenya would be allowed to compete in rio. along with russia kenya athletics recently found itself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons and back in january 2015 we had a three-time boston marathon winner and
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became the highest profile winner to get a doping ban and one of 40 kenyas to test positive in two years. august of that year athletes came home to a hero's welcome after they topped the metal table in beijing and won seven golds and two were suspended after failing two precompetition tests and a few months later in november three senior officials including this man they were suspended over corruption allegations related to doping tests. and on wednesday the ceo of athletics kenya was forced to deny claims he asked for a bribe from two athletes that were ban after those world athletics championships and let's speak to an athletic journalist in kenya and iaaf have been investigating kenya since last march and given repeated warnings and why did they fail to tackle the issue of
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doping? >> well, i think the biggest problem has been funding. the kenya government did set up the antidoping agency of kenya in december and gave it $5 million for operation but finances have not been coming and structures are not in place and testing and infrastructure is not in place so it's still a bit of a problem getting the testing underway. >> last i remember russia was suspended by iaaf by the sponsored doping program but that is not the issue with kenya. >> it's the flip side if you like because russia is sponsored and have the technology and have the labs and have the facilities but in kenya it's a bit of lack of education and you know people are not being policed if you like. the agents and managers of these athletes are not taken through strict checks so it's a
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free-for-all. and it's different situation. >> what is the feeling in kenya, do some people feel they are being unfairly targeted by the authorities? >> well, it's a mixture of both. there are some people who feel they are being unfairly targeted, some including olympic and world champion and being blown out of proportion. some people are still living in denial but now it's beginning to done on many people following the sport that the issue could be more serious than previously thought. >> and do athletes really believe they are at risk from being ban from this year's rio olympics? >> it's still not really sunk in. the deadlines are coming and going. it's business as usual. i still don't think people are seeing the gravity of the issue and until maybe perhaps after two months or whatever and given to list kenya as being on the black list, only then will
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people realize that actually there is a problem missing out on the olympics. >> great to hear your thought athletic journalist based in kenya, thank you very much. to cricket and new zealand captain marked his 100 test match appearance as australia ended day one of the first test well in control, new zealand skipper retiring after the second test, this is after the key was up to bat in weldington and they balanced out 183 in the first and tourist comfortable with captain steve smith and both hitting half centuries and australia closing on 147 for 3 at the close trailing by 36 runs. now england's cricketers will have a series in south africa this friday and lead the series 2-1 going in the match taking place in johannesburg and recovering from a 7 wick etdefeat in the last outing
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broad to return for his first odi in 11 months, he missed the first three one day after. jordan spieth is off the pace at pebble beach and hazards to deal with at the opening around in california and it wasn't just deer on the course bill murray tried to steal the thunder and managed four birdies and balanced by the end of 71, seven strokes behind the leader. now alongside the more traditional sports of hockey and weight lifting this year's south asia game has a sport of ancient past rooted in the india south continent and we went to northeast india to find out more about this game. >> reporter: in this game you are either a chaser or defender. chasers can only run in one
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direction and must have team members on the back and shout co allowing them to chase opponent in the other direction and cocoa is a game of chase and requires both speed and strategy. and it's more than just a bit of fun. for some young athletes like this one it's a ticket to a better future. she comes from an under privileged background in india's tribal belt. >> translator: i've come so far with the help of cocoa and getting job offers and scholarships which will go a long way to helping me financially. >> reporter: it's not just here, many of her teammates have similar stories to tell. it's taken a very long time for cocoa to get to this official sporting platform. there are references to the game in ancient hindu text which date back thousands of years when it was used to train soldiers and strategy on the battlefield. and that is exactly how the coach of nepal's national team sees it, he calls cocoa the mother of all games.
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>> translator: cocoa has speed and endurance and it's a mind game too. it should become for all the police and defense forces because it keeps you alert. >> reporter: but this is a cricket mad region where cocoa just doesn't have the kind of money behind it that drives big tournaments and sponsor ship deals. it is hoped in the inclusion in south asia games for the first time can begin to change this. >> translator: cocoa players can only earn big money through league and competitions. >> reporter: the days of league cocoa may still be a way off but here it's the spectators that are keeping the game alive. al jazeera, northeast india. that is the sport for now and have more later jane. >> thanks for that and we will stay for another bulletin, i'll see you then. ♪
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