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that is it. see you next time. ♪ . >> announcer: this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour and i'm steven in doho with the news making headlines rounds the world only al jazeera. a team of international experts gets ready to begin work on dismantle syria's chemical weapons. >> do you stand with your country? do you stand for your country? or do you want to take it down this evening? >> reporter: anger in the u.s. congress and who will brink first as politicians fail to
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agree on a budget. a leading bangladesh is facing rape and torture in the civil war and a bitten ap toll the golden arches we will tell you which of the world's are the most valuable brands. ♪ but first a new team of chemical weapons experts is due to begin work in syria in the coming hours and inspectors from the organization from the prohibition of chemical weapons and will cow late a list of syria's weapons that need to be destroyed and experts left the capitol damascus after completing the mission in two months and looking into several alleged chemical attacks. syria begins stockpiling chemical weapons in the 1970s and relied on other countries to get the agents needed to create the weapons the governments also established its own chem agent
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manufacturing plants in forqlus and other 50 towns and cities and the israeli military described the arsenal as the largest in the world and the french intelligence says that includes several hundred tons of mustard gas and has thousands of emissions used to deliver the chemical weapons including missiles and bombs and artillery rockets. the operation by chem weapons experts required careful preparation as simon mc-greger wood now reports. >> reporter: the 20 strong team will be working to a tight deadline and under extreme conditions and engineers, paramedics and of course chemists and it's daunting task and all of the chemical weapons production plants must be
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destroyed by november the 1st. >> this is quite an ambitious timeline and on the ground that is going to complicate the mission. so it's quite challenging and this is the most challenging operation we will undertake. >> reporter: preparations in the netherlands have been meticulous and the security will be a top priority and the syrian government is thought to have gathered its chemical weapons at two dozen sites but some of them on the front-line positions where the fighting continues to rage and teams of highly qualified experts will have to wear body armour and helmets as well as protective suits. >> like soldiers when we go back and we will go back and we will do a very good job there. >> reporter: each member will carry a hand-held monitor to constantly test the environment and wear gas masks like these to protect themselves from leaks as they gather samples and device
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ways to safely destroy what is thought to be a one thousand ton stockpile of weapons including serin and heat will be a constant threat and they will need cooperation of experts and coordination with opposition forces to cross front lines and get the access they need. that will require delicate negotiations and both sides will be quick to blame the other if something goes wrong and simon mc-greger wood al jazeera. >> reporter: and for more on this we are joined from the hague by michael who is a spokesman for the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. mr. lohan and welcome to al jazeera, can i ask you first how you would describe the task that faces you? >> in a world unprecedented. not just us, for the opcw, but ever, there has never been a
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mission that has been tasked to disarm a country which is in a state of war of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction and in this case chemical weapons. >> you described what is obviously going to be a daunting task, not least because i've worked out that seven out of 19 declared chemical weapon sites are in combat zones is that your estimate? >> we do not talk about the contents of the disclosure that the syrian government has made to the opcw. regarding the location and the contents of their chemical weapons program. and we have said publically that some of these sites are well within government held territories and some of these sites are within contested areas. some sites will require transiting through rebel-held
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territory and for that reason security is obviously going to be paramount and the respon responsibility of the government and relying on the guidance and intervention of the u.n. and security of the ground in damascus. >> can i ask you for a bit more detail about how you approach this? a french intelligence assessment as you know suggests the arsenal includes several hundred tons of mustard gas and sarin and what do you do with them, do you ship them out of the country or neutralize them, what happens? >> the priority for destroying syria's chemical weapons program will start with the production facilities and the machinery that they use to mix the components of sarin gas into the
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actual chemical agent and to fill that into ammunitions designed for use with sarin and scheduled to be destroyed in the next 30 days in tandem with activities to say what syria declared to us is, in fact, what they have and where they say it's located. >> reporter: is syria cooperating fully in your estimation? >> fully, until now we have absolutely no complaints about the degree of cooperation and facilitation that we received from syrian government authorities. and that is from the very beginning of this process. and keep in mind that all of this is playing out in opcw is conducting this mission at the request of the syrian government as part of the geneva framework and they joined the convention and by joining the convention
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that admitted to the opcw and that is the stage we are entering into today, over the period of a month for our inspectors to go on the ground in syria and visit all of the sites and to verify kilo by kilo the chemical weapons accounts they declared and what kind of account and ammunition by ammunition what they have declared and where. >> and live from the hague from the prohibition of chemical weapons and thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> reporter: we will have more on syria later on with a special report on the thousands who are resorting to what are desperate measures to try and escape the violence. >> i'm outside the detention center in scilly and i will have the refugees who arrived.
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>> reporter: the government is shutting down and the first partial shut down in 17 years and it's happening because they failed to pass a budget by october the first and it is championed by president obama giving healthcare to thousands of uninsured americans and we report from washington. >> reporter: with members of congress unable to meet a midnight deadline to keep the government open the white house issued the first order for the u.s. government agencies to begin shutting down. president obama barack obama sent this video to u.s. troops to reassure them they would still receive their paychecks. >> unfortunately congress has not fulfilled it's responsibility and failed to pass a budget and as a result much of our government must now shut down until congress funds it again. congress has passed, and i'm signing into law legislation to make sure you get your pay checks on time. >> reporter: more than 800,000 other federal workers may not receive their paychecks and
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those deems nonessential and those who work for federal parks and federal museums and even some passport offices have been ordered to stay home. hours before the midnight deadline democrats and republicans on capitol hill lollied legislation in an effort to avoid a shut down to pass a budget and keep the government open an agreement was needed between the house and representatives and the senate where democrats hold the majority and that was a challenge as each time republicans insisted any spending law to keep the government open should include a provision to dismantle president obama's healthcare law many call obamacare. >> the american people don't want a shut down and neither do i. i didn't come here to shut down the government, i came here to fight for a smaller, less costly and accountable federal government. but here we find ourselves in this moment dealing with a law
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that is causing unknown consequences and unknown damage to the american people and to our economy. >> reporter: but democrats in the senate disagreed and rejected the funding legislation and insisted they would only consider the two issues separately. >> they lost their minds. and keep trying to do the same thing over and over again. they have voted a repeal obamacare 45 or 46 times. now, that is kind of a lot of repetition and now they are trying to do it again. >> reporter: it's unclear just how long this partial government shut down will last. that may be determined by which party is hurt most politically by it and may be motivated to break the impasse and so far has the u.s. congress in deadlock, al jazeera capitol hill. >> reporter: outside the country's capitol where 85% of federal employees work people are afraid they will be losing
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money and work and fear it will have an effect on business and economy which is still fragile and correspondent john has been talking to some workers in chicago. >> [chanting] this is the sound of u.s. federal workers everywhere. >> congress get your act together or get out. >> reporter: and worried about lost income. >> a lot of money out of my pocket and family's pocket. >> reporter: and angry with congress. >> if i am like they are i would not have a job and i think they need to get to work. >> reporter: a work stoppage will hit the nation's capitol and, wall street and main street and leaving 800,000 government workers at home on unpaid leave. >> i can't do my bills and all but congress is going to get paid while we are forced to stay home on a furlough. i don't think so. >> reporter: the shut downs hit
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hardest the closer you get to federal buildings like this, the 17 partial government shut down since 1977 lasted from one day and three weeks and experts say the economic impact is limited. >> we don't see the government debt crisis really is going to change the hiring behavior of most companies. the only ones that seem to be really thinking about it are government contractors. >> reporter: but national parks from coast to coast facing closure the partial shut down reveals a dysfunctional nation whose symbol of lady liberty is paralyzed and the faces of the presidents on mount rushmore may remain unchanged and immovable like members of congress but it too faces closure and al jazeera chicago. >> still to come leading members of the greek far right party are back in court and we have the latest from athens. and the share of force of south
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korea stages a parade. >> you asked about the death. >> reporter: and many walked out and why does he want to be left on his own and details coming up, with sport. ♪ israeli prime minister netanyahu asked the u.s. not to wander sanctions against iran and netanyahu visited the white house three days after the u.s. and iran president spoken the phone and the highst level contact for decades and patty reports from washington. >> and netanyahu made it clear he was coming here to strongly warn president barack obama not be fooled by this resent media blitz and do not trust the leader and they want reassurance
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that they could still strike the facilities and this is what he got for the effort. >> our hope is that we can resolve this diplomately but as president of the united states i said before and i will repeat, that we take no options off the table including military options. >> reporter: he did not get any kind of deadline from the president how long negotiations can continue and the president did not publically agree with this request either. >> it is israel's firm belief if iran continues to advance the nuclear program during negotiations the sanctions should be strengthened. >> and mr. netanyahu said that israel has the right to defend itself in essence go it alone and analysts say that is highly unlikely now. >> at the moment israel will not have a choice but go along with u.s. strategy and make noise, the prime minister is going to talk publically and criticize the u.s. iran overtures and negotiations but at the end of the day israel has to go along
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with u.s. policy on this one and have to give the negotiations a chance. >> reporter: that is what the american people want, according to a new poll 76% of americans favored direct negotiations with iran, only 21% oppose it. >> thank you very much everybody. >> reporter: meaning the public is willing to give the president time to see if diplomacy can work, how much time will they give it, he is not saying. regardless of who asks. patty with al jazeera washington. >> well from more on this we are live from tehran and the journalist and mr. nadiree and there is warmer diplomacy from washington, but nothing coming from israel. why doesn't mr. netanyahu trust this initiative by president rouhini? >> he is afraid we have normal ties with the united states because if we have normal ties
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with the united states they don't have an escape goat in the middle east to tell washington look this is the one that is threatening to give me more money and more arms. now the israelis are confused and paranoid because they don't know what will happen when we have normal ties with the united states and let's face it, the only country in the east that don't want to have a good relations with iran and the united states, one of them has to be israel and of course saudi arabia did not want to see friendship between the countries because it goes against national interests. >> what could tehran do to allay and lessen israeli fears? >> they have taken the right steps for the time being and that is why we see so much concerns coming out of telaviv and it has to continue and get the europeans on board to seek
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and in order to give some kind of trust in iran and washington. so we shouldn't forget the euro at the same time and israel doesn't like the steps the best thing to do is continue and should show that proof to the united states that nuclear program is peaceful and the only way to do that is to allow representatives and insecters from also united states to come to the iranian capitol to see for themselves that this is regarding the energy program. >> reporter: the president rouhini says there is a huge lack of trust on all sides at the moment. so somebody has to blink first, don't they, somebody has to giveway and that is likely to have to be tehran especially when it talks about developing its nuclear capacity. >> okay, that is a very
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interesting point. what happened before mr mr. rouhini's trip to the united nations is that the leader of the islamic revolutions invited commanders of the army and irgc and had a friendly chat with them and stay out of the politics, let the new government talked to the united states and don't interfere in iran's political affairs and they said yes we will set aside for the time being because before they were interfering in the overature and said stay away and do it through dialog and i think it's working because the army and the irtc are not having any say in the new round of talks between iran and the nuclear program. if that is the case it shows that iran has taken the first step to build trust and i'm positive this is going to work only if mr. obama doesn't listen
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to the war mongers in washington and israel. >> reporter: thanks for joining us. a special war crimes strike in bangladesh sentenced a leading figure to death. and he is a senior member of the bangladesh national party bmp and guilty of charges relating to the civil war in the 1970s and previous verdicts of leaders of another group islamic party sparked violent protests and it was set up in 2010 to investigate the war crimes on independence with pakistan. now al jazeera's joins us on the line from doha and the latest from the court now, please. >> i'm no longer in the court.
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and this is a reaction and a small rally about the verdict. and this is coming out in the news now. >> reporter: if you can hear me, i must apologize but the quality of the line is poor and i don't think many people can understand the points you are trying to make, so apologies to you and apologies to anybody listening to this in bangladesh, we will leave it and try and improve the line in the next few hours. we go to greece because of members of the golden dawn party
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are appearing in court and arrested over the weekend as a crack down on the far right group and leader is among 22 arrested and the prime minister is promising to eradicate from the political landscape and we described it as an neo-nazi group and john is in athens and was there at the hearing. >> a total of 7 golden mps will appear before a judge today and answer for the charge of membership in a criminal organization they tell us, four of those defendants are members of parliament and we have the most senior people to be indicted and the party leader is not among them and he will answer along with the deputy party leader later on in the week. the other four mps will appear and three party officials. after addressing the judge and offering the first defense they must answer questions from the prosecutor who indicted them in a nine-page document and together the prosecutor and the
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judge will then decide on what terms to keep these defendants in custody or whether it will allow them to go home awaiting their trial date, possibly on bail or other restrictive terms. so this is a process that is likely to take many hours and possibly into night fall but hopefully at the end of the day it will have a first glimpse of the plans it will offer. the defense lawyer we spoke to earlier today told us most likely the defendants will plead not guilty and rebut the charges in full and we expect at least that the golden dawn will face the trial as a political one rather than a criminal one and will use it as an opportunity to the extent possible to exonerate themselves and present their party as being above. >> reporter: south korea is celebrating 65 years with the armed forces. and the biggest ever military
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parade is how they marked the event, 11,000 soldiers participated in grand demonstrations and chuck hagel was there and vip with the binoculars and this is developing with nuclear weapons and we are watching the parade in seoul. >> they mark the day with a large military parade and the biggest for 10 years and 11,000 troops and 200 pieces of ground equipment and 100 aircraft involved in this. as far as the military history it's a demonstration of its current capabilities particularly with regard to the threat of nuclear weapons from north korea. now the president made this very clear in her speech at the ceremony earlier on saying that in the future south korea would have a kill chain as she called it to preempt nuclear strike striking it on the launch pad if
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it were detected ahead of time and as well as air and missile defense system to protect south korea in the event of such a launch and seen unveiled publically for the first time a domestically south korean missile which would be part of that kill chain process. but as well as the military hardware that is on display, what south korea relies on very much is the u.s. all employ ens employees and troops would be in command and fighting the war and chuck hagel is in town at the moment and due to have talks with the counterparts about that very issue. at the moment south korea is due to take over operational control in war time from 2015 but many feel it doesn't yet have the capacity to lead such a war and that it wants to delay that process so that will be the major part of chuck hagel's talks on wednesday. >> reporter: china is marking
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the 64th anniversary of when the country was a communist republican and leaders have taken part in the ceremony presenting flowers in the square and this is the first time since they were formally elected in february. and 30 died in flooding in cambodia and it's rising along the mi-con river and could reach levels in 1996 which claimed about 170 lives and affected more than a million cambodians and let's look at the weather there and around the world and here is richard. >> thanks steven and it's the time of the year when you expect heavy rains for cambodia and september and into october. look on the satellite there and doesn't say too much in rain but it's the time of year where we see showers push in across
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thailand and cambodia and parts of vietnam and looks to be fairly wet over 24 hours and across vietnam where we have the worst rain associated with the typhoon and it's all broken up and you can see little bits over last summer towards thailand and it's fragmented but at the end of the day it's an area of low pressure and that is continuing to suck in moisture from across the south china sea. it was this central parts of vietnam we saw this fall, 147 but further south where the largest rain totals were reported and here where the shots came and taken after it made landfall on monday with 4 meters and it is down by then but a half million votes of electricity cable connect to the north and south of the country was broken and provinces left with the rain and you see the low pressure in effect sucking the rain off the very warm ocean and we have heavy rain across
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the central parts of vietnam and not faring quite so badly but we will see the rain gradually easing off over the next couple of days. >> reporter: still to come on news hour we will go to afghanistan where the country is getting ready for presidential election. and we will be reporting from the gold rich amazon where police are destroying the minor equipment and we will tell you why and the world number ones are smiles in beijing and we will tell you why they are smiling, probably about money, later in sport. ♪ ç]
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this is the news hour and the top stories a team of chemical weapons experts will start work in syria in the coming hours and inspectors for the prohibition of chemical weapons are talking about stockpile weapons which should be destroyed. the white house ordered a partial government shut down after congress failed to pass a budget and democrats and republicans are deadlocked on efforts to withdraw funds from a new healthcare law and a million public workers and nonessential workers could lose some pay. one of the leaders of bangladesh party is being sentenced to death forward crimes and he is a senior member of the bangladesh nationalist party. more than 2 million people left syria according to the united nations but not just the neighbors feeling the pressure,
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thousands of refugees make the dangerous journey by boat to europe too and we report from a small fishing town where some have ended up. exhausted and hungry and they traveled from the towns of dara across the desert to libya. they then paid $2000 each to get on a small boat to europe and rescued by the italian coast guard after three days at sea. >> translator: we were sitting up on the top deck and we looked underneath and shocked to find another 300 people below us and there was a storm and the boat took on water and that is when we called for help. >> reporter: this man said the italian authorities forced them to be fingerprinted and beating some of the refugees. >> we think this is a free country. this is itly as you know it. it's a democracy. why they did us like this i
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don't know. >> reporter: local authorities deny using force. the southern town is home to hundreds of migrants and most of them want to leave italy and head to northern europe and while they are here they depend on local help. >> translator: i'm not a racist but this is an exceptional situation because there are too many of them here and why are they here and not other parts of italy? >> reporter: and the mayor is doing his best to calm tension, but he admits that his administration has run out of money. >> translator: there are many people here who are out of work, they can't pay the bills and there is a perception here the state is giving the immigrants more attention than their own citizens. >> reporter: out at sea the italian coast guard waits for the next distress call and in the past year thousands of lives
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have been saved. there is little the italian coast guard can do once the migrants are in the waters, they have to rescue them and take them to shore. the local magistrates are looking in the criminal gangs who are organizing the human trafficicing. this shows the dramatic chase and the rare capture of a 30 meter vessel with almost 200 mostly syrian refugees. the italian border guard arrested several traffickers on board and there are hundreds waiting in libya for the next available crossing to italy. they are running away from poverty and also war, risking everything for a chance at a better life. and i'm with al jazeera. >> reporter: egypt's muslim brotherhood appealed a court decision to ban activities and seize its assets and the case will go to a higher court,
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however, it is having an impact on charities run by group's members and this is from cairo and not naming the correspondent for security reasons. >> reporter: in a slum neighborhood this charity is usually full of people who need help but not any more, the loom and sewing machine is packed away and the classroom empty and this is funded by the muslim brotherhood group and volunteers fear they will be arrested. >> translator: the main impact is there are no donations. people who used to give money are either in prison or afraid to donate because they don't know whether it will be confiscated or not and people are afraid to come here. they are saying it's related to the muslim brotherhood. >> reporter: a court ruling against the group ban activities an ordered assets including real estate and bank accounts be seized. still some argue the organization doesn't have any money, only its individual
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members. >> there is a fallacy which is the money of the muslim brotherhood, this does not exist. there is nothing that holds the money of the muslim brotherhood and what there is money of the people in the muslim brotherhood. this is personal money. and they donate from it. >> reporter: and still charities funded by muslim brotherhood members and many are difficult to track down. >> some of the charities will continue to run under ground, but no comparison to what they had before july and before the july cool over 2013. many of these charities however are not registered and functions in remote areas and villages and small towns and based on a mix of tribal networks as well as some of the ideological members of the muslim brothers not necessarily the organization members. >> reporter: in the back streets of cairo these are the
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poor who benefit from the group's charity and come for food, cloths and medicine and sometimes they even get meat. >> translator: truthfully we know this was not a court order, it was a political decision and the purpose is to demolish the muslim brotherhood and not looking for popularity but they have no one to help them. >> reporter: they worry with the crack down on the muslim brotherhood intensifying it won't be long until the handouts stop as well. al jazeera cairo. >> reporter: afghanistan presidential election season is getting underway and the man who lost to current president hamid karzai in the 2009 vote is throwing his hat in the ring again. >> reporter: he is critical of the current administration, blaming it for institutional corruption and widespread injusti
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injustice. >> we are concerned of lack of commitment from the ruling political class to the rule of love to the transparency of the elections to the fairness of the elections. >> reporter: he has reason to be concerned. he was the runner up in afghanistan's last presidential election in 2009. a vote widely seen as flawed. >> we should not step backward. if the elections are worse than before, the people will be utterly disappointed and that will be a big blow to the efforts of stabilization of the country. >> reporter: the 2009 vote was marred by fraud including the use of false voter id cards and some places prevented voting in some areas and security is a concern for next year's presidential election but in terms of fraud there is hope technology might help and millions have phones and connect through social media and that could mean access to otherwise
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hard to reach rural areas. afghanistan's first media summit, debate on the role of facebook and twitter on the elections and the former head of intelligence says they won't have a meaningful effect and presidential elect thinks they will let ordinary afghanistans to monitor the vote. >> if they see something happening they could take the photo which is also in evidence, tweet or put it on the facebook. >> reporter: for now he is inviting them to his home and listening to their concerns. >> people are confused. they don't know what sort of thing they are heading towards and that is because of lack of vision. >> reporter: if it goes as planned the april election will be the first democratic transfer of power in history and i'm jennifer from kabul.
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>> reporter: venezuela expelled three american diplomates and they are conspiring with political opponents to sabotage the economy and has 48 hours to go. in brazil they clashed with teachers demanding better pay and teachers on the government payroll earn $400 a month. in haite they fired tear gas and thousands took to the streets calling on president to hold elections and the country was meant to hold elections two years ago. in peru, illegal gold mining, is worth more than the drug trade and are trying to crack down on wild cat mines but they report from the district here the minors say nevertheless they are going to strike. >> reporter: illegal miners in
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the region are defending the right to work and launched a nationwide strike with large protests here. and they are unhappy because police are destroying their equipment to stop illegal mining, operations in the region. and this is what is left of his motor, now he can't work. >> translator: i still owe money on this and took a loan and missed the loan, i depend on mining. >> reporter: gold mining, destroyed nearly 50,000 hectors of the rain forest and it's illegal in protected areas and areas where it's allowed lakes, rivers and ponds must remain intact. >> translator: we need a law that does not prohibit us from working where the gold is. >> reporter: the law says they have to become licensed by april of 2014 and paying taxes and submitting environment impact studies among other missions.
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this is how they are establishing the roadblocks along the highway and they say they will protest until the government changes the laws. but the government has vowed to stop the rain forest being devastated by fuels, metals and other contaminants. >> translator: the business of illegal mining, experts is worth $2 billion every year, that is much more than the illegal drug exports and the principal illicit activity in the country and will attack us. >> reporter: they vowed to join the strike around the country but the government says the operations will continue until the situation is under control. al jazeera. >> reporter: and they will hold a census in more than 20 years and the aim is to draw a picture of the social ethnic and makeup of the country and we explain that the results could instead
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entrench national divisions. >> muslims and catholic people, three ethnicitys enshrined in the agreement that ended the war and the first post war census threatens to aggravate old tensions. >> translator: during the war hundreds of thousands of men were killed or displaced but i predict a problem for them because this shows that the numbers are missing and that would mean they misled the community for the past 20 years. >> reporter: any change in the population statistics on a national basis could effect a quota system that gives each group a fixed share of power and associated privilege across bosnia's apartheid system of government. >> translator: the census has a political dimension because various national political parties are trying to influence people to declare themselves in
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a particular national manner and the reason is to gain a stronger national base to promote their own policies. beyond the purely demographic benefits of a census it does appear one aim of the count in bosnia is entrench that benefits elite and makes over all progress cumbersome and slow. in that sense it's more like an election than a demographic study and public campaigns reflect that. here for instance the message is broadcast on television as it is in the mosques saying muslims to declare themselves as bosnia the largest population group. >> translator: we created a foundation to help bosnia assign national identity and remove the misunderstanding from the past and the islamic community is engaged in helping people to use the historic name in the census.
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>> reporter: there are people who reject the three-way system altogether and they are simply called the others. after five years of war bosnia enjoyed nearly two decades of peace but it doesn't have much of is national unity and al jazeera. >> reporter: still to come on the news hour the recognizable brands are given a dollar value and we have details on which has the biggest bite. as the rays take on the rangers for the playoff spot and details next. my name is jonathan betz. i'm from dallas, texas, and i'm]
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♪ japan has one of the worst debt burdens in the developed world to put the economy back on track the prime minister has an increase in the national sales tax from 5-8% and we report from tokyo the decision could prove politically risky. >> reporter: the tax increase is about the big picture but here in the small shops that the effects will be felt the most. >> translator: when the consumption tax goes up all living costs go up including children's education fees and i cannot be happy about that although i know the tax hike is inevitable. >> reporter: and necessary according to some if the government is to reduce its huge debt which is among the worst in the world. >> translator: in order to maintain confidence in the country and pass social security to the next generation i decided
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to raise the sales tax rate of the central and local government from 5-8% on april 1, 2014. >> reporter: but it's a gamble for the prime minister who introduced policies aimed at rejuvenating the economy and they are working with domestic consumption on the rise but the small steps they are climbing could become slippery again when the cost of living goes up and increased sales tax. >> they are boosting consumption and boosting investment right now so the impact of the tax hike will not be felt as much. it's very unlikely that the economy falls back into a recession. >> reporter: the plan will actually see the sales tax double. the first step is 5-8% which will come into effect in april. the second step will see an increase to 10% in two years. even some who support the increase worry the government
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won't properly manage the pay raise it's about to give itself. >> translator: the question is how they are going to increase the revenue from tax. they are talking about lowering the corporate tax again but the government has always been too lenient towards businesses. i hope they can collect tax and still support the society and pay for education and medical costs. >> reporter: there is the challenge for a government which has to try to balance the books. wayne hey with al jazeera tokyo. >> reporter: here with the world of sport is rauel and the tampa bay rays have taken the spot in the baseball post season and beat the rangers 5-2 for the wild card and 162 regular games it came down to the tie breaker and 1-0 in the third inning and the rays are 3-0 thanks to this
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2-run homer from longoria and now they have a lucky break and rays were 4-2 when the hit to center field and catch when it wasn't and tampa bay put that behind them and winning 5-2 and david price threw a game for the rays and they will face the cleveland indians in the wild card game on wednesday. alex rodriguez will tell his side of the story as his appeal hearing begins in new york and he is fighting to overturn a 211-game ban for doping when he was suspended on august 5 but allowed to continue playing until his appeal reaches his conclusion. he will argue to have the ban overturned on the grounds it's too excessive and the hearing is set to last until friday unless a settlement is reached a decision is not expected until later this year.
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the club and champion lead group led on tuesday and more focus on the leader to the game and they found themselves irritated by questions and journal lists over the selection and dropping of kevin debruin and this is what he had to say. >> i make mistakes and the same way i try to be honest and say he will play tomorrow because of what they did in training and because of what they did in the last matches he played with kevin it's the same, he is not selected because i didn't like the match he played against sweden and you have a tendency and ask about the guys who are not selected. see you tomorrow. >> reporter: the league action and face celtic and group eight and after scoring this goal at
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the match on saturday he will come out in two to three weeks. >> i think it's the test, it's a test because we always won't him on our team and when he is not there we rely a lot on him because as i said before he is the best player and scores more goals and he is the one that on the offensive tasks he is always there for us and he gives space for everyone and gives assist, that is why he is the best. >> reporter: but messi and barcelona could go to celtic and they are looking to get their campaign on track after they lost last month in the game and hoping it will help them repeat last seasons, 2-1 win over barcelona. >> it's in use for us because he is the best player in the world and it's fantastic to see the
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players play here and we are looking forward to the game. obviously we welcome them here with open arms and hoping will be another great season. >> reporter: the english leaders are taking on italian leaders in group f, and the gunners are up against a team managed by a familiar face and liver pool chelsea manager raffa and the manager believes that raffa was unfairly treated by the chelsea fans while he was this charge at stanford bridge. >> people didn't expect him to go to challenge him but he did well. he did very well. he did well with it. and i think in the end there is a time going on and people will realize that he has done well. >> reporter: and turkish will
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play on b and roberto is the new coach and replaces the old one who was sacked after three seasons in charge and signed a 3-year contact and gets to know the players as he took a training session with the team on monday and will play the italians in the league on wednesday. one of the many teams that he managed in the past are valentino and dropping 2-2 in the monday night game and 3 points behind milan and in the spain division, bill bow missed out on fourth after losing two and following up the 53 minute penalty with a header and 7 minutes later and granada winning two. and up to fourth in the english league after 3-2 win against new castle at the park and the on
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line strike scored the match win in the last league outing and then two more and set up another one for russ barkley in the first half and he was the only unbeaten one in the league and new castle is in 16th. now the third islamic solidarity games come to an end in indonesia and they finished top of the metals table in an event seen around 6,000 athletes from over 50 muslim countries and they compete across 13 different sports. and tennis has the number one in men and women game were winners on tuesday in the opener in beijing and advances to the second around and serena williams won and they had a gathering on monday and serena
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won two grand slams and could lose to nadal after the tournament. to matters on the court, tennis world two and victoria is knocked out in the first round with the russians sacked in three sets, 4-4, 2-6, 6-4 and they will face the winner in the next round. sailing and days after staging an incredible come back to win the 34th america's cup usa has a challenger and australia queens have been concerned as the challenger of record, the australian team is backed by bob okayly and issued their challenge to the golden gate yacht club after team u sa had a 9-8 win and team new zeeland in san francisco and they will decide on the venue and
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protocols despite all the challenges they will have to face. lots more sport on our website including a preview to the new lhl season which begins a little later and check out al jazeera.com for slash sports and more later. >> reporter: from an apple with a single bite to the swoosh or golden arches and they represent more than a brand and could be worth billions of dollars and for years coca-cola led the pack but not my more and we have more. >> reporter: in the advertising world it doesn't take much to encounter one of these and represent some of the most ubiquitus around and ten most valuable brand names and since the list began in 2000 there is a new leader, apple, the tech titan has a value of $98.3
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billion, that is based on a variety of factors such as the company's financial standing, brand recognition and loyalty. at second place another familiar name, google with a $93.2 billion value. the beverage maker coca-cola appears to have lost some of its fizz and fell third after 13 at the top and has $79.2 billion. perhaps not surprising, five of the top ten brands are from the tech sector, two others, ibm and ge also have a technology brunch but are classified differently. together these corporate brands paint a picture of our changing society, what we buy, what we talk about, what is important, not just logo but symbols how we live. >> reporter: and al jazeera was in the top ten of recognizable brands, so that means you can
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stay with us for another half hour in just a moment. ♪ come, it is here. >> yes, let the games begin. he is fighting for his baseball life and some $46 million. a-rod and all of his attorneys were there fighting his 211-game suspension. the hearing is expected to last less than five days, after that the group will decide to uphold, reduce, or overturn the suspension.
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if the suspension is upheld, rodriguez would lose some $32 million in salary, and he wouldn't be back on the field until he is 40 years old. the big story tonight, people, the rays will be taking on the rangers in a tiebreaker in arlington, so we decided to bring in our mlb columnist rob parker. what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >>they share it on the stream. >>social media isn't an afterthought. it drives discussion across america. >>al jazeera america social media community, on tv and online. >>this is your outlet for those conversations. >>post, upload, and interact. >>every night, share undiscovered stories.
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