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>> that's really cool. it's an evil spirit. >> we're a living culture. we're a strong culture. >> this game is to celebrate. >> al jazeera america - proud to tell your stories. welcome to the news hour live from doha. coming up, conflicts reports with a cessation of fighting in the disputed region, dozens are killed in the worst violence in two decades. >> taking territory near aleppo while assad forces make in roads into isil territory elsewhere. greece rescues boat loads of
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refugees off the island of lesbos. a passenger plane takes off from the bus sells airport two weeks after devastating suicide bombing. armenia is disputing reports of a ceasefire in the region, now earlier, azerbaijan said there was a truce. 12 soldiers were killed and armenia reported at least 18 dead. both sides say that there have been civilian casualties, as well. the u.s. and russia called for calm. marked here in yellow, it is at the heart of a decades long territorial dispute, although it is predominantly ethnic
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armenian, it was governed by azerbaijan during the soviet era. a 1994 ceasefire ended a 6-year-old war that killed and estimated 30,000 people. the shade i had area to the left links it with armenia and is the so-called buffer zone, controlled by armenia, but claimed by azerbaijan. >> armenian forces report there have been more attacks by azerbaijan's military. both sides accuse each other of firing the first shots assists. they blame each other for violating a 1994 ceasefire that ended a six year war. >> it was a clear violation of the ceasefire regime, the international law, humanitarian law and geneva conventions. >> some called ate frozen conflict. it began with a decision josef
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stalin made. he placed the enclave inside the newly created azerbaijan soviet socialist republic. christian armenians and muslims left in piece for nearly a sentry. then in the late 1980's when the ussr was breaking up, armenians held a national meeting for independence and self rule. azerbaijan said it did not have the legal right and sent its military to retake it. thousands of muslims were forced to leave. after years of fighting and more than 30,000 deaths, the region, armenia and azerbaijan reached a truce in 1994. >> we are fighting on our own territory. if an armenian soldier doesn't want to die, then let them get off azerbaijan territory. >> the republic is not recognized by the u.n.
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analysts belief the skirmishes could lead to a greater regional war. >> the big question mark people worry about is it probably won't stay confined to those two countries. there's a possibility of turkish inser tension and russian intervention if the fighting becomes an all out war. >> the e.s.c. group chaired by ambassadors from the u.s., russia and france have been trying to negotiate a peace deal for years now. they are set to meet tuesday envy inin a. even though the soviet empire is long dissolved. decisions they made have caused neighbors to take up arms against each other. there's a wider picture to this. let's look at the regional power play of this conflict involving turkey and russia. moscow brokered the 1994 ceasefire between two former soviet republics which end add
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six year war. since then there have been violations by both sides. russia with a significant military presence inar many. >> is a major supplier of arms. turkey has been backing azerbaijan, whose people are ethnically turkish. turkey has had a blockade on the border since the conflict began. we are joined live now from london. thanks so much for being with us. now, it's been known as a frozen conflict for a good part of the last two decades or so. we know there have been sporadic fighting before, but what's led to this escalation of tension and conflict this time around? >> we're still trying to figure out what exactly had happened. two theory, one is that perhaps the way of border skirmishes
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before as you mentioned and something got out of control. the second one is much more serious, that this was planned attack, whoever started the attack, and it appears that the azerbaijani side could have been responsible for this assault. this means that the conflict is one step closer to full scale war. the situation i mentioned is highly volatile and very dangerous, and certainly the worst situation since 1994. >> if as you say, azerbaijan is indeed and this is just a claim we can say now, is behind the escalation of this tension and conflict, what would be the motive? >> well, as you said, we are still trying to piece together what happened, but in my company, we've followed the situation for months and there
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has been significant, a very military build up along the lines that are seeing, the lines of contact that are seeing the worst of the fighting at the moment. in the past, we've seen that similar escalations would happen when there was an international attention to the region and i have to remind you that the president was in the u.s. shortly before the current escalation. also, the conflict has served as a very useful distraction from domestic problems. azerbaijan is known for its human rights issues, but lately, and more worryingly, there have been lots of social protests because of the worsening economic situation, and just to remind you, azerbaijan economy is largely reliant on oil and gas exports and the country is experiencing significant economic problems in the last 12 months. >> that is the theory, that
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links to the more powerful regional powers, turkey and russia both influence these two smaller countries. how much does the tension between ankara and moscow have to do with this recent escalation of tension? >> well, exactly, the theory of a proxy war, a conflict turning into a proxy war is another one floating around and there are real fears that it could turn into such war. as you mentioned, the turkey side would obviously be quite interested to see that the russian interests are being challenged in south caucuses. azerbaijan has been always deemed as a broader nation, a part of the turkish nation in a separate state, so turkey would be interested to see that russia's ally, armenian, the
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region is being challenged by azerbaijan. this will be a very high stake move by azerbaijanis if this is the case, because the repercussions can be unpredictable and it can be highly damaging for the countries, as well. >> take us through the wider regional repercussion should the tensions escalate even further. >> should this, the current situation get out of control and turn into full scale war, this will bring in armenia, because armenia is representing in peace talks. the region was part of the peace talks, but it had been removed on azerbaijani insistence, in a way, undermining the chances of peaceful settlement, so armenia will eventually get involved in this conflict. this could lead to recognition of it as an independent state by
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armenia. this will then entail russian involvement and potentially turkish involvement, but another thing to mention is that critical energy infrastructure, oil and gas pipelines run only 30 kilometers away from the zone of conflict, and these are the lifelines so to speak for azerbaijani economy. i would be very surprised if the armenia side does not take advantage or does not turn them into a target. the situation could spiral out of control and will be highly damaging for the region and the countries involved. >> thank you so much for sharing with us. >> a massive fire has broken out in moscow.
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it started on the third floor and spread to the roof. the russian defense ministry said there are no casualties. an armed opposition group in syria said it has taken control of two areas around aleppo. al-nusra said it has killed 50 government soldiers during the offensive. the fighting is the most serious in the area since a u.n. backed deal for a ceasefire came into effect a month ago. al-nusra front is not part of that deal. we have more. >> on the offensive, al-nusra front fighters advance on the town south of aleppo. it's a fight to gain control of the town from pro-government forces who had rescued it with the help of the air force. al-nusra begins to shell enemy positions from a distance. the battle has started. the fighters declare a victory after they manage to take
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control of the highest point, the hill which overlooks the town. the syrian army and the foreign militias fighting alongside it, including the lebanese armed group hezbollah suffered heavy losses. >> we managed to seize control of it and its hills. isil was forced to pull out of the town. we killed a number of shia militia fighters from lebanon and iran. >> unexploded shells and shrapnel dropped by al assad's army litter the streets. shortly after rebel fighters capture it, the air force started bombing the area. the frequent exchange of fire between them and the government is a signaturef the war. isil doesn't have enough troops
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to keep their gains and the government lacks the air cover to keep their advantage, so the fighting continues. syrian state media say the government captured a town from isil fighters. it fell to isil last year and was considered to be its main stronghold in the province. it is 100 kilometers west of palmyra, which was recaptured last week by the syrian government. stay with us here on the news hour, still to come: >> why thousands of colombians oppose peace talks with the farc rebels. >> a crisis in argentina school system has a major impact on the country's children. in sport, the windies lift the women's world 2020 cup for the first time. details later on the program.
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the greek court good afternoon rescued a boat load of refugees. a political deal is due to come into effect monday when failed asylum seekers will be returned to turkey. greece is struggling to cope with the migrants showing up on their shores. >> in turkey, there's growing concern over the number of refugees in the west of the country. 300 people demonstrated against efforts to set up registration centers and refugee camps. the camps will be housing asylum seekers sent back to turkey from europe. >> we will be speaking to harry fossett standing by, first let's
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cross to jane in a hodor. what are people telling you, what are they saying to you about this ruling about to come into effect? >> it is less than 24 hours before deportations begin. ref jeers and migrants are locked up in detention facilities. one of them is mauria behind us. greek officials don't allow us to film inside and it is difficult to film those close to the fence. they're asking a lot of questions, what is bog to happen to us when they deport us to turkey, will they be deporting syrians. they were asking us those questions. there seems to be a lack of information, something that a volunteer from doctors without borders told us. there is a lack of information
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and needs are not being met. it is something the united nations said, saying conditions inside are poor, sanitation is bad, and people are sleeping out in the open. people are concerned, but at the end of the day, the european union is bent on implementing this deal. dozens of officers are now on the islands, the e.u. external border agency will be carrying out the operation. they have charter add number of ships and over the next three days, 300 migrants and refugees will be deported to turkey. this is according to greek authorities. >> thank you for that update there at detention facility in lesbos. we can go to harry fossett standing by in the turkish town. we know that turkey's feeling the strain of hosting thousands if not millions of refugees. how prepared are they for more arrivals once the deadline comes
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in? >> well, this is something we've tried to establish for several days and there's been away good deal of confusion about what exactly is going to happen when these first few hundred arrive. the turkish interior minister was talking -- >> we seem to have lost harry fossett there, whose reporting for us from the turkish town. >> brussels airport is now open for business again, following the attack on it 12 days ago. the first flights en route to the portuguese city took off a little earlier in the day. airport staff marked a minute's silence ahead of the plane's departure. passengers arrivings for flights on sunday had to undergo new extra security measures that were put in place. the departure hall was partially
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destroyed in the attack. the metro station was attacked on the same day. 32 people were kid in both attacks. >> we will need time to come to terms with what happened and overcome the pain. we will never forget. i'd like to also thank everyone once again for your courage in the face of adversity and for the impressive work which took place. this solidarity and energy represents the airport community. >> runners taking part in the paris marathon have been making their way along the 42-kilometer route. it has heightened security following the attack in brussels and the paris attacks. >> organizers say security has been strength they understand for the race, the 40t 40th marathon in paris. we're at the start of the race. we only saw a handful of police
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in uniform. we saw on the top of the arch detriumph, watching what is taking place. no barriers, but speaking to competitors, they feel safe, that they were determine would to take part in this race, and also, some of the people who have come to watch this, one couple from britain said that you couldn't let the actions of terrorists dictate where did you go and watch this kind of event. >> time to check on the weather now with everton. there's news of more snow in the u.s. >> i'm afraid there is. those are lovely spring pictures from paris, but spring has not arrived in all parts of america. if you look at the satellite picture, we've got the system making its way, first system pushing out of the eastern seaboard now and another following behind in quick
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succession. that will make its way across the lakes through the next day or two, maybe three pretty smartly in the process. as this first system makes its way across, there is a dusting of snow coming through and very lively winds, wind damage through in chicago. it's not called the windy city for nothing. we have got forecast the next couple of days. snow making its way further northwards and eastward. spring like temperatures for chicago coming in behind. it will be a rapid that you to 17 degrees celsius. >> our next batch of colder air, that wintery mix making its way from new england with heavy rain to the south, in new york city, for example. towards the west, western parts of canada, more sleet and snow making its way in. going through tuesday, more snow for many. >> thanks, everton. we move on and supporters of
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former president has staged a protest against the ruling government. they are proposing on going peace talks with the rebels saying talks will not result injustice. alexander has more now from bogota. >> venting anger and frustration at a president they see as a traitor, thousands of supporters have the right wing party of the former president took to the streets in over a dozen cities and towns across colombia. they're protesting against policy trying to reach a negotiated peace with the biggest rebel group in the country, the farc who they feel has given too many concessions. >> the president is selling the country to the rebels underneath the table. this peace process is a lie and
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all colombians know that. we'll need help or soon we'll end up like genesis. >> many supported the jersey of the national football team as aa sign of patriotic pride calling on the approximate the to resign. retired soldiers and policeman rallied against perceived treatment. >> this is a show of strength by supporters at a time when the president's approval ratings are at an all time low. >> in any other country in the world, it would be in conceivable that such large numbers of the population would march. this is a push to pressure the process and to see how much, you know, how much leverage he and his party can gain in stirring up opposition on the part of the population.
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>> recent economic worries and delays in the peace process are providing fertile ground for the frustration felt by many. an eventual piece deal will have to be submitted to a popular vote to decide and in a country as divided as this one, that vote will be far from uncertain. former brazilian president desilva said he will take up the job of chief of staff in current president rousseff's government. he made the comments during a pro government rally in the northeastern town. she was barred from the post by a judge. the supreme court removed the judge from the case. rousseff is fighting impeachment over accusations of irregularities in the budgets. education standards in south america are among the lowest in the world. argentina which once prided
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itself on its education system has seen a steady cline in quality over the past 20 years. we have this report. >> four hours by boat from the nearest town, in an area filled with small rivers and islands, these children are trying to make it to school. it's in place like this where people say it's clear argentina's education system is in crisis. >> we have problems with the ceilings of the school. electricity, drinking water. now there is a problem with dengue fever. we do what we can, but it's a challenge. >> the area is so isolated that teachers have to sleep here all week so children can have classes every day. many have told us that sometimes going on strike is the only option they have. >> teachers go on strike to
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demand better conditions, better salaries. the building is in very bad condition. there's no gas, no electricity, getting a boat is difficult outside of school hours. >> 14 minutes away, another school. head mistress says the problem is there's no drinking water. water is brought in cans, but now there is a shortage, because of unpaid bills during the previous administration. >> getting drinking water is a challenge. we don't have a water sanitation system, so it's difficult. that's what we need. we are trying to give children a good education, but teachers should have better salaries. there's more than 10 schools in the area. what happens here is a reflection of what has been going on across the country for a while. the school year started early in march, but many institutions around this area remain closed because workers have gone on
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strike. it is estimated that last year, children missed around two months of school because of strikes and problems with infrastructure. >> latest international tests have shown that the situation has affected education here. argentina, colombia and brazil are amongst the lowest ranking countries in the world. >> education should be a state issue. public education is important, because it is the only one that can bring equality. because rich and poor children are getting the same. this is not happening in argentina. >> that's why immediate change is needed so that these children can get the education they deserve. al jazeera, buenos aires. it's one week sings the lahore suicide bombing that killed 72 people in pakistan. families of the victims still coming to terms with the tragedy. it took place at a busy public park on easter weekend and many children were killed. we traveled to a brutal part of
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punjab province where many of those who lost their lives came from. >> they gather at the graves of those they loved. this family lost three children, two sons and one daughter. they were among the 70 killed last week. most of them were children. their mother tells us how the family was looking forward to a holiday weekend at the popular park. >> the weekend is a holiday for the children and the next day they had school. they said the house is small, so let's go to the park, because they can be a little free. i watched as they ran and played. this was this loud noise and smoke. i couldn't hear anything. people were on fire and others lying dead. i found my children under the bodies of others. my husband lost a leg and is in hospital. i'll never go back to that park again. i'm too scared. >> at home, they talk about the short lives of their children. a 5-year-old, a 7-year-old, and
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a 12-year-old. like many in the park last sunday, they came from the poorest parts of punjab province. it was a rare chance for hard working families to relax and enjoy a picnic and an ice cream. the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility for the attack designed toty up sectarian tensions and target christians celebrating easter, the reason for the attacks to the families don't matter. they say no justification is enough for them. most who died in this attack have been buried in ancestral villages that dot the region. for these people, the reasons do not matter, only their lives changed in an instant and their children died violently. >> lahore is still coming to terms with what happened. the government is increasing security in the city, but there is a sense of nervousness the city has never seen since the attack. plenty more still ahead here, including we will be
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diving to the depths down under writtewhere indigenous fishermae a challenge. in sport, rinaldo is the match winner for madrid against barcelona, keeping title hopes alive.
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armenia is disputing reports of a ceasefire in the region. earlier, azerbaijan announced a across in the conflict area. dozens were killed on both sides on saturday. in syria, armed group al-nusra said it has taken control of two areas around aleppo. it says it's killed 50 government troops in the offenses. elsewhere in syria, government forces have retaken a city in homs province from isil control. the first passenger plane has taken off in brussels two weeks after suicide bombings. passenger's had to under go extra security measures. 32 were killed in the bombings in the belgian capital. turkey's prime minister promised to rebuild the mainly kurdish city, months of fighting between security forces and occurred stan workers party, the p.k.k. has left the historic part of the city in ruins. we have this report.
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>> it is now in debt. that that was closed for months. fighting has stopped and although his business is open again, he's not happy. >> the people have nothing, they are hungry. there was no work. i'm relying on my credit card and i don't know how i will pay back the bank. the government has to help us. >> he is not alone. many people in the historic area has been affect. this district is the hard evident hit. the government imposed a curfew in late 2015 and launched a military operation, targeting p.k.k. members and affiliated groups. the fighting went on for months, house by house, street by street. local aid groups say 40,000 to 50,000 people were forced to leave.
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the damage is estimated to be tens of millions of dollars. over two weeks ago, the curfew was lifted and life is slowly returning to normal, but tensions remain. police in plain clothes are everywhere. some areas here remain dangerous. >> some areas within the district remain under curfew. the government doesn't allow anyone to go back to that area. as you can see, there are barricades still set up. >> turkish prime minister has promised to curb what he called the terrorism of the p.k.k. speaking from the city's historic park, he pledged to rebuild the area. >> we will not leave it as it is now in the way the terrorists ruined it. we will reconstruct in the best way possible. >> not everyone here trusts the government. >> the fighting was like a living hell.
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this is dirty politics from both sides. no, i don't believe what the prime minister says. >> i will trust him when i see everything is rebuilt. >> turkey's kurdish issue is like a bleeding wound. you autonomy for 30 for restoring trust will take much more than rebuilding homes and livelihoods. al jazeera. more details are emerging about the injured palestinian man kid by an israeli soldier in the occupied west bank. israeli media says the autopsy report of the man confirms that he had been shot in the head. he had been lying injured when he was killed. he allegedly attacked an israeli. an israeli military court ruled the soldier accused of killing him will be detained in a
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military camp. debris found on a beach could belong to the missing malaysia airlines flight m.h.370. the piece of wreckage was discovered a month after other debris was found in mozambique. investigators say it is almost certainly from the aircraft. the malaysia airlines bowing 777 disappeared after departing kuala lampur for beijing. many fishermen have been arrested on charges of poaching. the government says they are not entitled to fish, even though their ancestors of done so for thousands of years. we report from a town south of sidney. >> lobsters, oysters, commercially, they sell for hundreds of dollars a kilo. keith and wane say they aren't
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fishing commercially. they're collecting seafood for their families, just as their aboriginal ancestors did. strict fishing limits, they say shouldn't apply to them. that attitude has meant jail. he was caught with 75 abalone rather than the 10 a day he was allowed. he was sent to prison for more than a year. >> i look and say you are kidding. the judge just didn't even look at me. >> authorities say limits are necessary to protect stocks and ensure fishing is sustainable for commercial fisherman who pay big fees for licenses. >> what's in dispute is whether strict limits should apply to aboriginal people whose ancestors gathered fish here for thousands of years. >> wane feels the strict limits have compromised his identity. >> it's our culture to be able
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to go and practice what we were taught at a very young age. >> he was caught with too many abalone two years ago. he was originally prosecuted but when his lawyer brought up his aboriginal rights, the charles were dropped. >> on the legal front, they're just doing what they're entitled to do. >> andrew nye has a commercial license. he pays nearly $15,000 a year to fish and sell prawns but as an aboriginal man, he resent that. >> we should not be paying for something that belongs to us in that we shouldn't. why should we be paying money for it? >> indigenous australians think they should be allowed to sell fish, too. keith admits he has sometimes sold abalone on the black
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market. protestors say that should be legal. >> we want to be part of that commercial industry instead of having to be the criminals, i suppose. >> indigenous communities around here suffer from chronic levels of unemployment. finishing for profit, they say would help tackle that and protect their culture. al jazeera, australia. a japanese submarine and two war ships arrived in the philippines for the first part in 15 years. it's part of growing military ties between the countries, tensions are high over the disputed south china sea. china claims more than 90% of the territory and has been building bases an air strips on islands. japan and the philippines also have claimed. >> in niger, the president has been sworn in after winning 92% of the votes in the disputed
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election last month. voter turnout was low and opposition boycotted the process,aling the pol had been rigged. mourning the death of an anti mining act visit killed last week, he had been battling to stop an australian company from mining tie tine yum in the region's sand dunes. we have this report from eastern cape. >> hundreds turn out to mourn a community leader in the tribal area on the wild coast. anti mining activist was killed 10 days ago, shot multiple times by an unknown gunman. he led the crisis committee, fighting against plans to mine titanium in the community. >> the mining is not good for our area, because our area, we do agriculture and then once the mining takes over, or take
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place, there will be no agriculture. >> fellow activist has been in hiding since the murder but has come out to his funeral. >> now he is dead. who is coming next? that's why even my question, but i just tell myself, ok, let me not be stupid and think who's coming next. no matter who, but let me not look back. let me go forward. >> people here consider this to be ancestral land. beneath the homesteads, and playgrounds lies 9 million tons of the source of the space age titanium used in everything from paint to spacecraft. the company transworld mineral and energy resources wants to mine this area and create jobs. the crisis group alleges there's been local corruption. tribal crown princess says the government removed her father
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from his position at king because he was opposed to the mining. >> when the australian mining company came to us finally, they came to beg us to sign for the community. we said we do not sign for the community. we do not own the land. we hold the land in custody for the community, so what the community says goes. >> the government department of mineral resources said it's consulting with the public and has not granted a mining license. meanwhile, there's been ongoing violence and intimidation here and the community says it doesn't know who's behind the attacks. many here identified as pro mining have refused to talk to us. >> with the entire community watching, he is laid to rest. people here are worried that his death is only the beginning of escalating tensions they fear could tear the community apart. al jazeera, eastern cape. >> somalia has some of the most expensive electricity in the
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world. a kill low what the can cost as much as a dollar an hour. customers are held ransom to companies only understand in making a quick profit. we have this report. >> this electricity workers in mogadishu are in a hurry. they are trying to connect more teams to the electricity grid. business has never been better. that's because many people are returning to the city because of improving security. the companies which use diesel generators are also benefiting from the low global oil prices. electricity here is still expensive. >> we charge everyone what then use, our electricity is the cheap effort in our country. we think our companies can afford our price. >> electricity on average a kilo of electricity can cost as much as $1 an hour, five times more expensive than kenya and 10 times more than in the united
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states. consumers say they never had it worse. >> they charge me between $35 to $45 a month. if i want to change companies, they'll charge me a disconnection fee which i can't afford to pay, so i'm forced to stay with them. >> some cities have taken matters too their own hands. he bought a diesel generator for his ice making business. >> they give you electricity when they want and they stop it when they want and if i was to use this companies, my electricity bill will increase by more than 80%. >> the industry is not regulated. >> more than seven electricity companies operate in the somali capital. all are own owned by private individuals. the company operated without a license and they charge whatever price they want. >> the government says it's aware of the consumers complaints and is looking into it.
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>> the only thing we can do and the only thing we want to do is to provide, to bring legislation, to bring about legislation that will monitor these companies that provide electricity and we hope that, you know, these legislations, once passed by parliament will affect the tries of energy. >> the company say they are doing their best to lower their prices. consumers hope that sooner rather than later. al jazeera, mogadishu. the economic crisis in greece is affecting everyone, even the dead. many funeral parlors have been forced out of business. we have this report from athens. >> he is sculpting a greek revolutionary warrior planned for a city square. until the economic crisis hit greece, he thought he'd make his living from portraits of the recently deceased as his father
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did, but greeks in grief are spending less on remembering their dearly departed. >> a life sized statue may cost 50,000 to 70,000 euros, a bust 10,000. these prices 30% to 40% lower than before the crisis. >> a stone's throw from his workshop is the first cemetery of athens. family tombs begin at $32,000 for the land alone and tens of thousands more for construction. even simple model too many stones and grave linings are often on that voided. >> a square meter of white marble used to cost 150 euros. now it costs $250 because of the increased tax from the carey and the transport. >> sales tax rose from 13 to 23% last year around it's hit the funeral business hard. funerals at this cemetery used to cost up to $5,000. know they go for 1300 and that
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includes the higher sales tax, so the municipality, funeral parlor embalmer, hearts and florist make less than they used to. >> social security payment it is for funerals take longer to arrive from the government. many are going broke. >> the money has dropped at least by half over a decade. the social insurance foundation offers 759 for funeral expenses and used to give this on the day of the funeral. now it takes six months. the civil service funds needs eight months to pay. the farmer's funds needs two years and many funds cover nothing at all. >> mean bereached can't pay because they're not insured. they abandon their dead relatives in hospital mothers for weeks until the hospital pace for the with yourial. the monuments to remember the dead are supposed to reflect their way of life. if current trends in greece are
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an indication, life is becoming cheaper. ♪ the opera singers lending voices to the plight of refugees and migrants. in sport, louis hamilton stayed on course to take pole position in the grand prix.
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♪ the star of the classic opera reimagined as away undocumented mexican immigrant president the original character was a servant, this figure lives on the estate of a real estate tycoon. in both stories, his boss has his eyes on his fiancee. >> it is in english and spanglish. >> the star is himself mexican.
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>> it's a very interesting cast what we have here. it's a microcosm of the american society. >> figuero was first performed 230 years ago. it's a story that pits haves against have nots, in this case, an undocumented immigrant. the themes are as relevant as ever in american society. >> at the manhattan school of music, expertly such productions drawing new audiences to opera. >> you have a name in the title the audience recognizes, then you have a contemporary kind of iconic reference that people identity with and it sounds like a mash up you will want to see because it's new and different. >> the writer wanted to create a work as revolutionary as mozart was i in his day. >> there are universal human rights that are fundamental. in today's day and age, whether
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we're talking about undocumented immigrant workers in the united states or syrian refugees in europe, there is a very similar dialogue. ♪ >> an important conversation that can be sung as well as spoken. al jazeera, new york. >> time for the sports news now. >> thank you very much. the west indies won the women's world 2020 for the first time ever beating australia by eight wickets. australia who were seeking their fourth title won the toss and elected to bat first. they made 148 for five. she became the first to score a half century in the final, but the windies opener hit 66 of 45 balls, the west indies going to know oh win what d. lee balls to spare.
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the windies will be hoping for a t20 double in the men's final against england that just got underway in calcutta. the last final was a 2004 champions trophy which the windies won. it was west indies who won the toss and chose to field first. they started well, reducing england to 23-3 after four overs. >> as we mentioned, finals taking place at the iconic stadium in calcutta. many hoped the host country india would be the main attraction at the event but they failed to make it to the last round. we find out how it has affected the enthusiasm of the fans in cat cut kago with a capacity of 66,000, this is the stage for the final of the 6t20 world cup, but it's not the match the tournament hosts hoped for. india will not be featured here opinion they provided fans much
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excitement until knocked out in the semifinals. >> emotionally, it makes a different if india had played. it would have been great. >> it's a final and both teams play cricket well, so it will be good. it's disappointing that the indian team won't be there. >> england and west indies have met before in mumbai just over two weeks ago in their group match. the west indies won that. in mumbai, the west indies beat india, taking the host country out of contention. will that affect who people are rooting for? >> i like their honesty and their sportsman spirit. they entertain the crowd. they enjoy contradict and show everyone how it needs to be played. >> england has won the cup before in 2010. most of this team are part of a new generation of players. of the 15 on duty, six men will contest the first major tournament. as that are opponents, they were the t20 champions of 2012 and
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many say this is the revival of west indiana cricket. no team has won the world cup twice since inception, so many will be watching to see which team makes history by lifting the trophy for a second time. >> english premier league leaders leicester at the top of the table. they are currently taking on south hampton. manchester united take on everton. real madrid ever beaten barcelona in the classico to keep their title hopes alive. it ended barcelona's 39 match unbeaten run. barca had been given the lead but real hit back. ream's chances of pushing for a win look to be over when ramos was sent off but minutes later, rinaldo got the winner, 2-1.
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>> it is true that now we are seven points behind them, then people can see that we have more possibilities. real madrid are compelled to keep fighting as long as there are mathematical chances to become champions. i think today, we have cut out three vital points against the great rival. it has been a long time since real madrid ever won here and this is a great boost in confidence for the last part of the season. >> that win moves real to just seven points behind barca. they also boost title, they trail the leaders by just six after their 5-1 win. former coach has passed away at the age of 84. he won the european cup in 1963 and four titles with milan. he led italy to the 1994 finals in france where they reached the
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last eight. he guided paraguay into the finals in 2002. defending formula one world champion lewis hamilton will start from pole position in the grand prix which starts in an hour's time. finishing half a second clear of the closest rival. spotting third ahead of his teammate, hamilton's time was a record for the bahrain circuit. >> just really happy about that, so happy, because throughout qualifying in practice, you go around, do a lap. it wasn't quite perfect and he goes ahead by a 10th, whatever it may be. to actually finally pull it all together is more of a pressured lap, as well, because the previous lap, i went off, so knowing that i've got to improve even more, so then i did the lap before, so yeah, happy.
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golf now, thompson takes the lead going into the final round of the first women's golf championship in the season. san antonio spurs won 102-95 to claim the franchise record victory. harris scored 21 points in this crucial victory. pistons are now half a game ahead of indiana. stay with us here on al jazeera. more news at the top of the hour.
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