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science... >> i'm standing in a tropical windstorm. >>...can affect and surprise us. >> wow, these are amazing. >> techknow, where technology meets humanity. >> only on al jazeera america. hello and welcome to the news hour from doha. blasts near damascus and in homs on the same day that the u.s. says a syrian ceasefire is getting closer than ever. violent demonstrations in northern india put water supplies at risk for millions in new delhi. fiji's neighbors launch a massive aid operation after the islands are hit by a powerful cyclone. more wins for donald trump
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and hillary clinton in their battle for the white house, but for jeb bush, the race is over. a double bombing killed at least 46 in homs in syria on the same day the u.s. talked up the prospect of a ceasefire. the neighborhood is home tical lowwhites. jane in a hodor reports from southern turkey, near syria's border. >> it was an attack on the heart of homs. the government held city in central syria. two near simultaneous explosions killed and injured zones of civilians. many women and children.
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it has seen similar attacks in the past, but sunday's bombing is being described as the worst. over the years, the government has managed to regain control of much of the city from the opposition but bombings like these are a reminder that a military solution won't end the war. there seems to be progress towards a truce. >> we have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of the cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days. it is not yet done and i anticipate that our presidents, president obama and president putin may speak somewhere in the next days or so in order to try to complete this task. >> kerry was speaking in jordan, which is also a member of the international syria support group. it is also the country given the task of putting together an internationally agreed list of who is a terrorist in syria and who isn't. there was no mention of whether
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a consensus has been reached. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has said a deal on a cessation of hostilities is closer than ever. hours earlier, the syrian government and the opposition said they would be ready to accept a conditional ceasefire. the government doesn't want the rebels to exploit a truce to rearm and regroup and the opposition wants russian airstrikes to stop and sieges to be lifted. they made their positions clear, but it is the u.s. and russia who are the main players. >> one of those details is the presence of the el nusra front, fighters linked to al-qaeda. the u.n. designates is a terrorist organization, but it fights alongside some opposition groups who participate in the political process, the opposition says excluding al-nusra front in any deal would give russia an excuse to continue targeting rebel positions. a pause in the fighting will bring relief to the millions of syrians trapped in battlegrounds
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but will not end the conflict. there are differences between the wars sides and their u.n. and international and regional backers about what comes next. >> the answer to the syrian civil war will not be found in any military alliance with assad. let me make that clear. i am convinced it can be found in a broadly supported diplomatic initiative aimed at a negotiated political settlement with a transitional governing council. >> on the ground, alliances changed the balance, particularly following the offensive in northern syria. the opposition's hand in negotiations may have been weakened, but the general thought is that the government cannot win this war militarily. a truce would silence the guns, but peace still needs to be fought around the negotiating table. al jazeera, southern turkey.
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>> syrian state television is reporting that there have been a series of explosions in southern damascus. those blasts happened in a district near a shia shrine when 60 were killed last month. jamal, first on these explosions reported in the southwest district of doom dam, what are you hearing about casualty figures, any claim of responsibility yet? >> well, it's still a bit unclear as to who is behind this and interns of the figures, as well, there are conflicts numbers, however going by the information, we do know there were three explosions, as you say possibly that went off simultaneously. we thought the number would be high considering the area is known to be a lively area, and with a high population there,
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but it just goes to show that the violence in syria is not limited to the front lines, so to speak. not limited to homs or azaz or other places, but in fact is essentially haunting the entire country, including the capital itself. possibly the fact that these explosions are happening now or at least higher number in the past 24 hours, together with the increased russian airstrikes and the other things, it could be a race to make a mark before any potential ceasefire is achieved, but whether that's the case or not, we'll wait to find out. it definitely goes to show that there is no place in syria safe from the silence. >> where you talked to us from turkey, president erdogan has been making comments, speaking to local media, saying that turkey has the right to conduct praises ins syria and elsewhere to combat terror threats.
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anymore clarity on what president erdogan means by this? >> essentially, this is a response to two things. on the one hand, it is a response to the bomb attack in ankara a few days ago, which targeted turkish military personnel, the turkish government believe it was carried out by syrian based kurdish groups or groups aligned to them and therefore is responsing that they would go out to them even if that means they must contract the border into syria. it's a responsibility to the syrian government and russian military who have been pushing further and further toward the turkish border. you've got to understand that as far as turkey is concerned, they've been saying for several years now that they wanted company create some sort of a buffer zone, a demilitarized zone on the border between turkey and syria into syrian territory for a number of reasons. officially they claim they want to do this to assure safe haven for refugees, that they don't have to deal with even more
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refugees coming, turkey being the country that's taken the most number of refugees, the russians and the syrians obviously want to make sure they can close the border to ensure no military supply reaches the armed opposition groups that are fighting bashar al assad's regime, so comments by erdogan here are essentially saying at least verbally that they won't sit and wait until the russian backed syrian army manages to gain more and more land from opposition fighters until they reach the border, that if it comes to turkish national security, turkey will be forced to intervene and cross that border. the question is when or how that would happen, particularly when we'ring looking with regard to john kerry's comments about a ceasefire coming into effect soon and being that turkey has been threatening this for a couple of years now, until now hasn't done much more than shell from across the border. >> thank youry that update.
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downed power lines and flooding are hampering efforts in fiji after a cyclone tore through the pacific island, flattening villages. six are dead and the government declared a 30 day state of emergency as its neighbors scramble to provide help. caroline malone reports. >> a glimpse of the damage in fiji after the strongest cyclone on record there. a town on the main island escaped a direct hit but the cyclone winston brought torrential rain and 300 kilometer an hour winds, flattening homes. there is damage in other parts of the main island, even though it's a part of the country with the strongest infrastructure to withstand such winds and rain. >> it's vital that everyone remain in their homes while government teams and officials carry out the important work of repairing and restoring our critical infrastructure. there is a great deal of debris on our roads and in our
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communities. power lines have gone down all over the country and roofing, iron, glass, live electric wires and other hazardous materials pose serious threats. >> the cyclone passed close to fiji's other islands. phones and power lines are down. it's difficult to contact people living there. some deaths and injuries have been confirmed. relief workers finding it difficult to get around because of trees strewn across the roads. >> i have offered australia's support and we have in place prepositioned supplies that are available. i've also offered the a.d.f. to
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send a p3 orion to carry out aerial surveillance and do a needs assessment. >> fiji release on the tourist industry. there are about 1,200 australian registered there and other nationalities also affected. getting home will be difficult because airports have been closed. many low lying islands are flooded and flash floods and mudslides are feared. the government has declared a 30 day state of emergency, because many of the islands are remote, it may yet be sometime before the full extent of the damage from the natural disaster is known. >> u.s. republican party donald trump has knocked bitter rival jeb bush out of the white house race as he claims a big victory in south carolina. trump won over a third of the vote and cemented his position as republican front runner. marco rubio one away close contest for second place over ted cruz. for the democrats, hillary clinton narrowly won in the western state of nevada beating bernie sanders for the nomination there. alan fisher reports.
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>> donald trump back-to-back wins, first new hampshire, now south carolina. >> there is nothing easy about running for president, i can tell you. it's tough, nasty, it's mean, it's vicious. it's beautiful. when you win, it's beautiful. >> if this was a good night for the billionaire businessman, it was an awful night for jeb bush. he campaigned with his mom, his brother and used the family name. he was the choice in the party establishment. it wasn't enough and he stepped out of the race. >> the people have spoken and i really respect their decision so tonight i am suspending my campaign. >> no! >> yeah, yeah. thank you. >> south carolina has always been an important and significant stop in presidential primaries. while the republican party in the state remains largely old, white and male, it is a very diverse state. the trump campaign moves on believing if it can win here, there is nowhere in the united
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states where they can't win. texas senator ted cruz believes the next few contests give him a chance of a few more wins, but marco rubio's performance in south carolina suggests he will now become the anti trump candidate, the person the party establishment will back especially now bush is gone. >> this has been a long road. there were many people on this campaign when it first started, many good people, many of whom in any other year would have been a front runner. now practically speaking, it's down to three. i know that our campaign gives us the best chance not just to come together, not just to unify our party, but to unify our country and to grow this movement. >> in hillary clinton's victory speech, she addressed issues raised by bernie sanders.
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>> we aren't a single issue country. [ cheers and applause ] >> we need more than a plan for the big banks. the middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs! >> let's put this thing away, and let's make america great again. thank you very much. thank you. >> many thought donald trump's candidacy was a joke, that it would soon disappear. he's now the republican front runner and he can't stop smiling. al jazeera, south carolina. niger's president is standing for reelection in a climate with a crack down on dissent. he has been in office since 2011 and says that he deserves another term because he met his promises on growth and infrastructure while improving security. he faces 14 rivals. the main opposition leader was
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prime minister from 2007-2009. in the middle here is niger's first democratically elected president before being ousted in a military coup in 1996. the most controversy candidate is another former prime minister who was imprisoned for allegations of child trafficking. one of the top. is security in the face of attacks from frighters from mali and libya. niger is blessed with oil and minerals but is still a poor country. >> we just give you a brief explanation. people are queuing outside the room. they vote for the parliamentary members. we have 171 parliament seats to
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choose here. they go and vote in that corner. after that, they go to this side, where we have the ballots for the presidential candidates. you go to that corner and here you have that box for the president and this box for the parliament members. it is a smooth operation. we haven't seen any major violations. we can see people queuing up outside the voting center. this is the high school. we ask people here whether we think this is a bighornout, they said no, but they believe it will pick up in the afternoon, because in the morning, people are busy with their daily work. this election is about many, many issues in the country, including security and democracy in a country which has seen quite a lot of coups in the last three decades. the most pressing need for this country is the need for prosperity, the need for money
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in the pockets, the need for a better economy and also the need for less corruption. we have had many complaints by people here talking about the issues, talking about unemployment. they want to see a new government that will take care of the population better than at any time in the past. >> still much more ahead for you in this news hour, including we'll look at what's described as a disaster waiting to happen in war-torn iraq. the beads from ancient times helping nations cope with very modern problems. >> in sport, miami turn up the heat against the washington wizards, all the detail in sports. first, though, uganda's main opposition leader is urging supporters to protest his on going home detention after disputed elections. critics of the long time president made allegations of
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widespread vote rigging after he won a fifth term. malcolm webb reports from the capital. >> police surrounded the house of the opposition leader as the vote count was complete and results announced. two other key opposition politicians were also under what they called house arrest, that police called preventative arrangement. at the voting center, the chairman announced the result. >> the commission declares the president. the chairman acknowledged some problems but said things largely had gone well. it is also said it was fraudulent. locals said there was rigging and there was strong criticism from european union and commonwealth observers. >> electoral commission failed. it was not transparent.
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it was very badly organizing things so i would say it's a failure of the electoral commission. >> while the results were read, some listened on the radio. others watched football. police and soldiers deployed heavily in some neighborhoods. the party president tried to enter but was not allowed. >> we are in a very delicate situation in the country. there's a lot of uncertainty. the president and those who he is working with in the regime are scared to death. >> while supporters prepared top celebrate, opposition supporters are waiting for their leaders to be able to make their next move. a group of rebel fighters in
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indian-administered kashmir attack a convoy. three soldiers and a civilian have been killed. the rebels are now inside a government building, police saying all civilians have been successfully evacuated from there. violent demonstrations by members of a farming community in northern india are putting water supplies at risk in new delhi. protestors have damaged crucial water infrastructure after 10 people were killed during fighting with police. we have this report.
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>> nearly 1,000 trains have been canceled because of black cased on a railroad traction. 60% of the capital's water supply comes from here. protestingor days, he says like the rest of his family, he's had to become a farmer because the job community isn't included in
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the reservation system. >> if i had reservation status, i would have had a proper post and a government job. i'm a graduate but i can't even get a low level police job. how can our family and kids become successful? this system defeats us. >> since the 1990's, india's supreme court has quashed several attempts to grant the community reservation status, which would have given them access to government jobs and educational institutions. this time, they are determined to get it. >> all people from our community, from children to the elderly are prepared to die for this. no one can take our demands and our rights. >> it's the government leaders in a tight spot. they have been promised reservation status many times especially during election campaigns, including the latest which brought the prime minister
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to power. earlier i speak to a university professor who studies the social dynamics of castes in india. he gave a further explanation of tensions that have been building up. >> if we look at it, they have not been excluded from the government jobs. if you look at a year states, of course in other states, the number is not that high. on different issues, they keep competing with each other.
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it's been described as the greatest disaster waiting to happen in iraq, a country that suffered from years of war. the mosul dam in northern iraq is the world's most dangerous, despite millions that have been spent to strengthen it. they need for cash after discovering the dom's weak insists are much worse than originally thought. if this dam ever fails, millions of people will be affect and northern iraq flooded. a 50-meter wall of water will come crashing down. since the dam was built, engineers say it has unstable found is as. now the u.s. core of army engineers say there is a significantly higher risk of failure than previously thought, despite effort to strengthen it.
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since the 1980's, iraqis and foreign companies have been regularly pouring concrete into the dam to reinforce them. this isn't a permanent fix. repair work was disrupted when isil briefly seized the dam in 2014. the huge task of continueual maintenance has been delayed because of political in fighting over who controls the dam in the budgetary crisis. >> the main problems is the multiple layers located in the base of the main dam, which are the dam's foundations. therefore, the maintenance pros is still on going in full swing and around the clock to help strengthening those foundations.
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>> iraqis are especially concerned because security forces preparing for an offensive to recapture mosul from isil. soldiers have recently arrived southeast of mosul to generations. >> there is a real fear that isil will attack the dam if they're defeated in mosul, which they currently control. money is a real issue. it costs $300 million to repair the dam. that money is likely to come from the rural bank, but even that is in doubt considering the budget crisis. al jazeera, baghdad. still ahead, trying to save babies when there are no doctors, how traditional birthing attendants are being trained. on line lending in the spotlight after a massive financial scam in china. is lamb bad takes a step closer to pakistan's super league final.
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there have been a series of bomb attacks in homs and southern damascus. at least 46 people in homs were killed. syrian state television says 30 people died in the four damascus blasts. despite the violence, the u.s. secretary of state john kerry said earlier that a ceasefire may be getting closer. at least 10 are dead in the northern indian state of hariana demanding more state benefits. they've disrupted water supplies to new delhi. thousands of soldiers have been deployed. jeb bush pulls out of the run for president. we look at what went wrong for jeb bush.
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>> let me introduce to you the next president of the united states of america, jeb bush. >> he is called the son who should have been president. >> i've decided i'm a candidate for president of the united states of america. >> that announcement last summer surprised many who thought jeb bush had missed his chance. the man who left his job as florida governor nine years ago went after the toughest job in politics. >> in this campaign, i've stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds. we put forward detailed innovative conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face, because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters. >> policy did indeed matter, but not his. >> five months ago, sadaam hussein started this cruel war. >> from day one, the campaign political legacy, his father and brother were both former
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presidents. >> i can hear you, the rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. >> their policies led to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, policies that may influence geo politics for decades to come. try as he might to distance himself, the family name followed his every move. >> republicans want a change. they want something very different. they want a more radical anti establishment, anti washington approach than what bush was offering. his timing was simply bad. >> the bush political dynasty may not end with jeb.
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his 39 year old son george p. bush is a land commissioner in texas, perhaps he can join the race for the white house after his father failed. the u.k. prime minister david cameron has three months to convince the british public to stay in the european union. he will be campaigning with heart and soul to remain in a reformed e.u. the prime minister hopes to win over skeptical voters. six members of his own cabinet announced they are campaigning against him for an out vote. he described the vote as one of the countries biggest decisions. on the streets, there are mixed reactions. >> the referendum is a good idea, it gives people a chance to address something that affects them based on their national freedoms. i'm undecided which way i would vote. >> people are doing their jobs very well. >> so many people come here, do nothing.
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>> i think anything's better together, like countries united are better than us thinking we're -- i feel people have got this idea that the uk is better than every other country in the e.u. those urging a no vote fear the extension could damage bolivia's democracy. a yes vote could help morales stay in power until 2025. we have this report from la paz. >> morales moved into this presidential palace 10 years ago, making hip the longest serving leader in this country notorious for changing government. if the yes vote wins on sunday and president morales wins the election in 2019, he'll be in power until 2025. he has lifted many people out of
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poverty. he also got the economy growing at a steady annual rate. a few weeks ago, the yes vote would have won easily, but what's happened since then is the opposition has alleged several corruption scandals, one in particular saying the company run by a former girlfriend of his has benefited from government contracts. the president's denials have been less than convincing. the opinion polls here have the two campaigns running more or less equal, but they rarely get out into the isolated rural areas where president morales has a large following. what we have here is a yes campaign that wants more of the same, much, much more and a no campaign, including some of the president's own supporters, who are a little worried that too long could be damaging for democracy. the first televised debate, the five main candidates
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gathered in the southern region where a peace deal is on the verbal of collapse. rob mcbride has more. >> the election road show has rolled into this part of the country, their five candidates and their supporters. elections always have a fiesta feel for them. the debate adds to the spectacle. it's the first time in years that all candidates have agreed to be together on the first stage. for various reasons, in the past, one or more boycotted these events. this gives the people a chance to see who they will be voting for. it's questionable how much this will matter. ultimately presidential elections always tend to be more about personalities than policies, so while people have been debating here, it's not necessarily the candidate who sets out the best policy here, it's the person who connects best with its electorate.
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the refugee baby at the center which controversy over being deported in australia is being allowed to stay. doctors refused to discharge the 1-year-old until a suitable home was found. her nepalese parents face deportation to the island of neru. it is stressed that at some point, the family will be removed to neru. doctors saying a lack of health facilities, poor nutrition and poverty contribute to a problem. just a warning, some of the images in this report may be disturbing. >> she hasn't had enough food and now she's in hospital, but these children are lucky to have made it to the only hospital in
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the town. dozens of others didn't. every year, hundreds of malnourished children dayan the province because of water borne and other diseases, a scattered population add to say a high infant mortality rate in this district. >> we have come from with that there are no facilities and no doctors. we had to bro money to pay to reach this hospital. >> our village is close to the border with india and there are no medical facilities apart from the dispensary. >> the government says more deaths are reported because more people are now coming to the hospitals. it's announced more vacancies for doctors, there aren't enough medical staff in hospitals. >> the reason for not having all the doctors is that many of the posts have been recently announced and we are in the
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process of hiring them. >> many babies die of asphyxia, sepsis or being premature or underweight. mothers need to be healthier and training needs to be provided. building more resources like these is a challenge. some say local customs have to change in order to save lives. >> people here marry their daughters at an early age. most have children every year. both mother and the child don't net enough nutrition to stay healthy. >> lifestyles have remained the same, but the mothers want a better life for their children. >> we have no roads, no water, no electricity, no government hospitals. what should we do? >> back at the hospital, these children are getting treatment, but many say until attitudes and
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facilities change drastically, they face a risky future. al jazeera, southern pakistan. nigeria has one of the highest infant mortality rates. it's especially acute in rural communities. hundreds of babies are dying every day because traditional mid wives don't of proper medical training. one organization is trying to help save lives. >> juliana lost her son a month ago. he died just 12 hours after he was born, at home in a remote area in southwestern nigeria. an unskilled traditional home birth attendant helped her deliver. >> my son was born with very high temperature and was not breathing properly. i didn't know what to do. the birth attendant didn't know how to handle the situation, either. by the time we got to the hospital, my son was already
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dead. >> juliana's story is one reason why a local n.g.o. is training hundreds of traditional birth attendants who live in rural communities. >> in this kind of environment, it's believed that when you have a baby, and the baby is not crying or showing any sign of life, that it is dead. we are trying to intervene, to show them actually that this is not so. >> there are also superstitious cultural beliefs that make women choose home birth attendants who may be unskilled to deliver over having a baby in hospital. >> some believe that the baby will be attacked, told that by the relatives or attendants. >> the n.g.o. is trying to dispel these beliefs, but the cost associated with going to
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hospital are also a put off for many expectant mothers. >> only 40% of nigerian women give birth in a hospital or clinic. nigerian doctors say unsafe home births are leading to 700 babies dying every day. >> doctors are determined to make sure these traditional birth attendants take life saving skills into the community. >> if what we're doing is successful and we're certain it will be, it will lead to a drastic reduction in the number of newborn deaths. >> learning this type of training and increasing hospital births is likely to be a challenge. most nigerian women live in rural areas with few medical facilities and are dependent on home births. 15 years after it embarked on a violent land reform
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program, zimbabwe is reissues leases to white farmers, part of a strategy to address food shortages and revive the economy. we have more from the south of the capital. >> i need lots of eggs. >> helen has been farming in zimbabwe for decades. she is one of the few hundred white farmers left. she is constantly worried that she'll be kicked off the farm. >> it's like living on a knife's edge. you never know what's going to happen tomorrow or next week. if you want to go further forward with your project, you actually don't know that you're going to achieve what you want to do, and if you're still going to be there to reap the rewards. >> she could soon have some form of security. the government now says it will issue 99 year leases to whites who are providing a service to the community, and working well with the locals.
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this is the only commercially run hatchery in the province, selling around 100,000 chicks a week. before land reform, when many farms were seized from whites and given to black zimbabweans, there were around 4,000 commercial farmers. there are about 400 white farmers in zimbabwe but some aren't farming all of their original land. much was seized during land reform. some farmers say issuing leases won't survive the sagging agricultural sector. >> the land has been given to senior politicians, people in the civil servant sector. they work after the weekends, they are not producing anything there yet. we are faced with starvation. there's a lot of land like derelict, there's multiple farm ownership that needs to be sorted out.
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there is agricultural facilities, irrigation facilities are not functioning. all of this is part and parcel of the land reform prom which needs to be addressed. >> landownership is a sensitive issue that causes racial tensions. most new black farmers who benefited from land reform also don't have leases. zimbabwe used to be called the bread basket of africa. the government hopes to help them grow again. huge financial scandal in china has highlight would the risks posed by the country's unregulated lending platforms. 21 have been arrested, accused of fleecing $7.5 billion from almost a million investors. our china correspondent reports from beijing. >> the on line lenders downfall was trumpeted on state media. the same broadcaster had aired commercials promoting the company just days earlier. now it was reporting how the firm had taken more than
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$7 billion from investors. he was one of them. he told me he signed up last november, putting in more than $450,000. in their brochures, the finance company promised annual returns of almost 15%, money supposed to be for on line borrowers. >> every day, when you turn on t.v., right before cctv prime time news, there was always these ads. i don't know why all this official news outlets supported it. we can't say how real or how unreal now. we did our research and we thought it was backed by the government. >> less than two years after the firm began trading, it suddenly shut down last december. >> this scandal has highlighted an unregulated alternative to the traditional banking system, a system in which there may be as many as 2.5000 so-called
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person to person lending platforms, with investors often failing to recognize the financial risk. >> mar insists he was misled. >> the government needs to give investors a clear reply. it's been too long. we consulted some lawyers and they say the investors themselves should take responsibilities. that made us panic. >> for some, panic has turned to protest. social unrest is what the government fears most, especially when it involves 900,000 disgruntled investors who thought they were buying into something the government endorsed. the firm's beijing offices remain closed, but the authorities are urging investors to register their claims, raising hopes there could be compensation. following the protests, police arrested 21 of the firm's employees, with the owner making
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an on-air confession. more arrests are possible, as investigators say they now want to know if corrupt government officials were also involved. adrien brown, al jazeera, beijing. we still have the sports news ahead including details of a rough day in rio. farrah will be here with that.
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pope francis caused for the worldwide appalachian of the death penalty.
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the head of the rome man catholic church said you shall not kill in the bible is absolutely valid for the guilty and innocent. he has declared a whole year of mercy, which ends in november. greeks have been suffering from economic hardship and recession since the global crisis began in 2008. the stress of joblessness and deals have taken their toll over the years. some have found solace in ancient prayer beads. >> the museum has barely a wall that isn't covered in amber beads.
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it's not just the variety of hues that fascinates, it's the warmth of its touch and it's quiet music. >> a person has a sort of dialogue with it. it's a personal meditation that brings him close to his worries and his heart, with his preoccupations. it's a companion and a tool to help focus. it's not to do with god or anything external, but with oneself. >> those qualities have led greeks back to the beads during stressful years of joblessness and debt. sales here have jumped 30% during the crisis. >> we've seen younger people come into the habit. he might have snubbed it as something of their grandfather's generation. >> people find all sorts of ways to relieve stress, fingering cigarettes, turning key chains or tinkering with their mobile phones. a pure amber komboloi goes back to prayer beads. greek orthodox mystics adopted
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them and so did catholic crusaders. in modern days, it has lost its religious sigificance. >> i started using it regularly when i stopped smoking. before that, i was a seaman and we used it to pass the time. we would sail for more than a month with nothing but sky and sea. >> both the cigarette and this became symbols of male domination. in greece, such symbols were seized upon by women as in this film in which a wealthy single woman serenades the men who manage her companies. ultimately it is not about gender politics or health or wealth. it's about isolation from the distractions of the world and in a world ever more full of distraction, its appeal is
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growing. al jazeera, southern greece. it's time for the sports news with far are. doreen, thank you so much. manchester city continue their campaign to win four trophies when they face chelsea in this round. city are still in the champions league. their english premier bid has stuttered a little in recent weeks, sixth off top spot. their boss isn't totally ruling out their chance. >> in football, you can do it all, it seems. it's very difficult to say i cannot do that, but for the moment, nobody can do it, maybe one day, one goal will do it. two other matches.
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>> the golden state warriors bounce back with a win over the l.a. clippers. in miami, the heat beat the washington wizards for their second win in a row, scoring 25 points and 25 rebounds to lead miami to 114-94 victory. it's the 11th time in nba history that a player has had 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game off the bench. home run king barry bonds returns to major league baseball for the first time in nine years. the 51-year-old is the new hitting coach for the miami marlins. bonds was accused of using performance enhancing drugs during his career. he still believes he should be in the hall of fame. >> i know that i'm a hall of fame player. i don't really need to get into that. i'll leave that to you guys to make that determination. that's not my paternity, but in
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my paternity in major league baseball, there's not one player that can sit there and say i'm not one and not a coach that said i'm not one and until, you know, you guys decide to make that final decision, and that final decision will be made on your terms, but in my heart and soul and god nose i'm a hall of famer. >> cricket now, going for a final in the pakistan super league. the karachi kings were knocked out. australia are within seven runs of new zealand's first innings total in the second test. joe burns and steven smith both made centuries, ending on 363
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for four. the aussies lead the series 1-0. nidal's poor start to the tennis season continues, knocked out of the rio open. he lost 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, the first time he has lost to the unseeded world number 45. >> i'm losing some matches.
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>> heading into the final round of the northern trust open in california, birdied on his way to a four under. rory mcelroy finished at 10 under in a five way tie for fifth place. watson is shaping his second win at riviera in three years. that's all your sport for now. a film about the refugee crisis has won the top honor at this year's berlin film festival. >> the golden bear for best film. the director's documentary focuses on the life of a young boy living on lampedusa. he spent six months filming on the island, often the first point of arrival for many refugees in europe. we hand you over to our colleague in london. we'll have more coming up in just a moment.
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