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help for the starving in soar i can't. the u.n. asks for immediate access to send in aid. ♪ ♪ >> welcome to al jazerra live from our news center to doha. also ahead on the program. the leader of greece far right golder dawn party is jailed ahead of his trial accused of running a criminal organization. >> the police are merely shooting in to the air and not doing enough to prevent the violence. >> buddhists are blamed for setting muslim home on his fire
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in me an mar, we'll have the latest on that story. and blackhawk down 20 years on, we look at how a failed mission in somalia, still affects washington's thinking. >> the u.n. is demanding immediate actio access to syriao help millions of people in immediate of help, it's describing the situation there as horrifying and the security council is calling on all sides of the conflict to allow in aid. this is what the u.n.'s humanitarian chief on h* to say. >> this statement calls on all parties to do their utmost to end the violence and stop targeting civilians. it also reminds them that they must facilitate the swift provision of vital humanitarian aid and there is sear yeah con
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againsts for try lading humanitarian and human rights law. >> this all come five dawes after the u.n. security council unanimously approved its first legally binding action on syria. these new efforts can't come fast enough for the children caught in the war. a report now on how many are going hungry. and a warning you may find some of the following images disturbing. >> reporter: this is what dieing of hunger looks like. an infant 10 months younger would way this much. deprived of film and any sort of right mens she died shortly after this video was filmed. the fighting, the shelling, the destruction. they have with today it for months, but under siege by government forces for almost a year, activists say it's now hunger that's killing the people of this damascus suburb and at the rate of a handful a day. >> we have been pushed out of
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our homes, we have no food to east, weat, we have no food at . >> reporter: the syrian opposition calls it a systematic campaign to starve these people close to military installations in damascus, rebels have been using this to attack the capital. the regime locked down the area. with no supplies people say they have been eating these, aid groups warn that just under a quarter of syria's population is suffering from acute food shortages, half of them children. here a mother is heard crying over her dead daughter's body saying that there was nothing i could do to spare you, my daughter, nothing my dear. the syrian opposition coalition is urging the international community to push the government to open humanitarian corridors and allow food and medicine to enter these besieged areas.
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otherwise, many more will remain at risk of a slow, painful death without their blood even being spilled. al jazerra. >> at least 17 people have been killed by a suicide car bombing in northwest pakistan. an anti taliban commander was the main target. the attack on the compound hand in the tribal region. a local government administrator says he wasn't present at the time of the attack. for more on this we are joined now by kamal who is live. what more do we know about this attack? >> reporter: well, we know that this particular attack took place in the area near the border. where he is said to have his -- said to have his compound. the compound is a large place which has his home as well as the office where all of his fighters met.
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apparently according to reports the place came under attack by gunfire after which a car with explosives ran in to the compound killing 17 people. wounding other 22. there were some unconfirmed reports that he was wounded in the attack, but the officials were quick to deny, saying that he was not at that particular compound at the time of the attack. the taliban in pakistan were also quick to take responsibility for this particular attack. >> and what does this say, then, how about the current security situation in that region as a whole? >> reporter: well, the situation is deteriorating by the day. as we speak, we are also getting reports that 220, even perhaps more mines as well as suicide jackets have been taken in to custody by the security forces. all they have seized a district
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with about a thousand kilos of explosives and it's all coming at a time when the -- the taliban in pakistan is stepping up attacks against the security forces. they have already said that they whim continuwill continue theses until the drone strikes which are happening, the u.s.-led drone strikes on the border territories are stopped. so indeed, a difficult time because the government is desperately trying to get the peace talks going, but it appears that there are forces who do not want those peace talks, so we do see an escalation as far as that violence is concerned. >> kamal live in islambad for us, thanks very much. now, italy's prime minister has avert aid political crisis by winning a vote of confidence in parliament. in a last-minute yo u-turn there
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was a backtrack of the threats to bring down the coalition government. the former prime minister lost support from within his own party when he made five members step down from their ministerial positions. in myanmar, security forces are struggling to contain violence against the minority muslim community. buddhist gangs have set fire to dozens of homes in a third day of unrest. the president is urging the public to remain calm after making his first visit to the region. charles stratford has the details. >> reporter: the burning aftermath of attacks against myanmar's muslim community. the violence started after a buddhist taxi driver said that he was very hally abus verballya muslim shop own, he crowds burned. groups of hundreds of buddhist villagers some with sword roamed the streets, they stabbed a
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94-year-old woman to death. one man told al jazerra why he joined in. >> we are doing all of this just to protect our own religion. because we heard that the muslim men in town abuse buddhism. >> reporter: in one village, some say police stood by while the mobs moved through. >> the police are merely shooting in to the air and not doing enough to prevent the violence. >> reporter: the clashes first broke out in june last year. more than 200 people have been killed since. thousands have fled their homes, but not all buddhists agree with the gangs. >> we are all natives of this region, if this violence persists, all the businesses and community here will be affected. >> reporter: the president is in the state for the first time since the conflict broke out. he's been criticized for not bridging the sectarian divide. but he says no number of police or military can completely stop the violence. it has to come from the people.
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>> just military and police forces won't be enough to control the situation. these burnings, killings and violence will not happen if we maintain peace. >> reporter: rights groups have previously accused of myanmar security forces of being complicit in the violence, it's an allegation that the government has strongly denied. >> the government will never tolerate that kind of violence to happen again. that was very clearly stated by the president. so we will take necessary measures to stop that kind of violence. >> reporter: thousands have already fled the country. these latest attacks have pushed yet more men, women and children in to hiding. afraid for their lives in the forests and remote villages of western myanmar. charles stratford, al jazerra. >> earlier we spoke to benjamin a senior legal adviser for southeast asia at the international commission of jurists. >> well, it isn't new. this was the case a year ago as
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well in october 2012, and what we have seen since then is now at least 40 incidents, nationwide, in which muslims have been attacked by buddhists in essentially inter communal violence, no fewer than 12 of myanmar's 15 administrative regions has experienced at least one of these incidents of anti-islamic violence, and of course, in other states this has been repeated now since june 2012 and is continuing to take place. it's not confined this population, although that should not be understated but it involves the ethnic community as well. there has been something of a shift from the roots of the targeting being ethnicity to being religion. initially when it was one largely on account of their appearance south asian ethnicity in a history that goes back many decades that's very controversial. they were clearly being targeted primarily on account of their
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ethnicity, there has been assist since october 2012 the past year in which people are being targeted far more on account of their religion than strictly ethnicity that's why it's springed i don't understand the states. >> the head of greece's far right golden dawn party has been ordered by a court to remain in prison pending his style. he is charged with running a criminal organization. he was arrested along with several other party members. the government crack down came after a national outcry over the murder of an anti fascist musician. a golden dawn supporter confessed to the killing but the party denies any involvement. john is live for us from athens, he's been following the story from outside the court. john, what more do we know? >> reporter: at the moment, we know that the party leader will join his deputy and also a local party boss in prison. the three of them could be remanded for up to 18 months before trial according to greek
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law. the reason these three have been kept in prison is that they are connected to the killing two weeks ago of the left wing hip hop artist who was stabbed in the chest twice by the golden dawn supporter that you mentioned who is now, of course, also in prison. there is a network, a web of phone calls between the three men, which police believe are connected to that event. and so they are deemed to be very highly sensitive suspect in this case. also at this hour, appearing in court is the deputy party leader, he will be deposed before the court of first instance and at the end of that process, we will know if he, too, will be remanded in custody. >> all right, john, thanks for that, john live for us in agents athens. lots more to come on this program, we are in cambodia where flooding along the mekong river has claimed dozens of
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lives. and the man who led the organization of london's olympic games defends fifa's decision to hand the world cup to qatar, despite questions over whether the event can withstand the summer heat.
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closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you. ♪ ♪ >> again, the top stories on al jazerra. the united nations security council is calling on all parties in syria to allowed immediate aid in to the country. the opposition is warning of a humanitarian disaster in a suburb of damascus where government forces have imposed a
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siege. at least 17 people have been killed by suicide car bombing in a compound in northwest pakistan. anti-taliban commander nabi was the main target but a local official says wasn't present at the time of the attack. and the head of greece's far right golden dawn party is to remain in prison pending his trial. he has been charged with running a criminal organization. he was arrested along with several other party members following the murder of an anti fascist rapper. now talks to end the deadlock over the u.s. budget have ended in failure. president obama met congressional leaders at the white house but said he won't make any concessions on his health care act in order to pass a new budget. here is the view from the other side of the political divide. >> you know, at times like this the american people pecks their leaders to come together and to try to find ways to resolve their differences. the president reiterated one more time tonight that he will
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not negotiate. we have got divided government. democrats control the white house and the senate, republicans control the house. we sent four different proposals over to our democratic colleagues in the senate, they rejected all of them. we have asked them to conference to sit down to try to resolve our differences, they don't want to -- they will not negotiate. >> southeast asia is getting worse affecting about 3 million people there. in cambodia at least 30 people have died from the floods. very ron a pa droves a reports from one of the worst hit regions. >> reporter: if these areas weren't flooded it would take a full 40 minutes by car to get to the mekong river. but there has been so much rain, the countryside is flooded as far as the eye can see. these jil villagers had to takea two hour boat ride to get they are. there is a festival this weekend
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and they wanted to pay respects to their ancestors. >> we are prying for the waters to recess soon so the people can start to farm again. >> reporter: they say their entire village of 400 people has been flooded depriving them of their shelters and hively hoods. >> we want the government to provide us with fuss, we are poor people. >> reporter: september is one of the worst months for flooding and something that people here have learn today live with though that doesn't make it any years, roots, bridges and other infra structure are damaged or impasse i believe. hundreds of schools are flooded. so the situation that we found here in small village is being replicated across the country in 10 out of the 24 provinces of cambodia and impact being the lives of more than 370,000 people. she is one. >> reporter: 43,000 people in the country who can't live in her house when the floods get this high. she and her children have to move to a neighbor's house,
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she's been there for four days and can't work because she's worried about the children. she tells me now that it's flooded she's afraid her children might fall in to the water and drowned. she explains there is another, longer term issue for people who can't work during the floods. what with the rising cost of living, these seasonal floods prevent this farming community from earning enough to pay loans. and break out of a vicious cycle of poverty. veronica a pa drough pa drovesv. >> dispute in the south china sea they want to be handled peacefully. he made his remarks in his address to indonesia's pardon me parliament. he is on his first visit there. they signed an agreement that will encourage more economic cooperation across the region. >> we plan to improve bilateral
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ties with the comprehensive strategic partnership in a bid to continue the development of our relations. interim near an peoplindonesia y to make money but difficult to make friends, our relationship proves that. >> more on this now from gentleman carta. >> reporter: words of friendship from the chinese president to the indonesian parliament. the strongest message is that if the friendship is successful this will have be impact on the whole southeast asian region, he said that if china wants to grow and improve the lives of its people, that can only happen when there is a strong bond and relationship with countries here in the region who can joe as well. and that's why that's why the chinese present was offer to go help built infra struc infrastrd offering scholarships and mentioning that indonesian songs
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are important already in china and there is an old famous song that he says symbolizes relationship it's about a river that even flows through the mountains so even if tough times that indonesia and china had before the relationship has still been strong until today. >> there has been another leak at japan's fukushima power planned. the operator said some liquid may have reached the pacific ocean. the second such breach in less than two months, it was discovered close to where 300 tons of toxic water escaped in august. recent mishaps at the site have called in to question their ability to carry out the correct complexion cleacomplexclean up e today take decades. engagement with iran is not vender. he made the comments days after u.s. president obama held a historic phone call with his iranian counterpart hassan
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rouhani. inhagel says he understands the concerns of israel, but added that dialogue with iran isn't a sign of weakness. >> engagement is not appeasement. it's not vendor. it's not a negotiation. but i think we are wise if the iranians have reached out, which they have, to in a very clear-eyed way, and we are, test their actions with their words. >> it is 20 years since the u.s. suffered the employer asment of a failed military intervention in somalia. an incidents captured in the movie blackhawk down. it left a scar on the american psyche and still affects the way the u.s. choose to his rely on military intervention in crisis around the world. roslyn jordan has more from washington and a warn to go viewers, this story con trains graphic images. >> reporter: it started as a mission to save lives in
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somalia. it ended in the worst fire fight for the u.s. military since the vietnam war. 18 troops killed. some of their bodies dragged through the streets. the incident called blackhawk down, has haunted u.s. military and diplomatic policy ever since. >> the lesson that most people took away from the battle of mogadishu is that the american public was casually averse. and that you couldn't do a military operation that resulted in dead american service members. >> reporter: the troops were ambushed on october 3rd, 1993, while trying to capture the wa warlord, his fighters shot down two blackhawk helicopters and captured one of the pilots. americans were shocked. osama bin laden mocked u.s. soldiers calling them paper tigers. >> my fellow americans. >> reporter: president bill clinton called for a slow withdraw from owe knowledge i
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can't as a show of u.s. power otherwise. >> and all around the world aggressors, thugs and their orists will conclude that the best way to get us to change our policies is to kill our people. >> reporter: everybody so, me seameithas haunted the u.s. for, it took officials six years to agree to lead the nato air war on kosovo in 1999. the u.s. reluctance persists 20 years on with the obama administration criticized for not responding to the syrian regime's chemical weapons attacks on its citizens, the president's response. >> the united states is chastised for medaling in the region, a used of having a hand in all manner of conspiracy, at the same time, the united states is blamed for failing to do enough to solve the region's problems. >> reporter: so can the u.s. ever recover the will to intervene on humanitarian grounds overseas? what's now known as the responsibility to protect norm.
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a demonstration marking the anniversary of a student riot. at least 40 people were injured. rally marked the anniversary of the 1968 killings of student protesters at the square. a judge in he can doerr has ordered the a rift of one army general and three police officers that are part of a group of now retired senior officers accused of torture, sexual violence and abduction in the 1980s, they will testify next week. it's the first time a case against crimes against humanity has reached the highest justice court in he can doerr. a court in france has ordered ryan air to pay $11 million. it was link today staffing its hub with local workers registered in ireland to avoid highest costs in france. ryan air says it was applying with rules and says it will appeal against the ruling.
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now, the executive committee of football's governing body meets in zurich later on thursday and friday to discuss qatar's 2022 world cup. fifa will be considering plans to move the event to winter to avoid scorching summer temperatures. meanwhile, the man who led the organization of london's olympic games last year has defended fifa's decision to hand the world cup to qatar. rah rulraul reports from doha. >> the fifa world cup is qatar. >> reporter: it was nearly three years ago when qatar was awarded the right to host the 222 world cup, but almost immediately questions were asked about how a country where temperatures can ex-seat 40 degrees celsius, could handle a football tournament in the summer. sebastian is an expert in organizing big sporting events. london 2012 olympic chief says issues such as the climate shouldn't stop countries like
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qatar from bidding or hosting world cups or olympics. >> we can't just sort of sit here over the next 20 years and say, well, only a relatively few handful of cupped reus are in a position to host great sporting events. and we could also recognize that in building that global capacity, we are going to confront challenges. sometimes they are climatic, sometimes political, sometimes cultural and social. >> reporter: from the outset the organizers of qatar 202020 have said that they would have the technology in place to deal with the heat. neutral air cooled stadiums were a centerpiece of their bid to fifa. but that sort of technology doesn't come cheap in the gulf state powered by natural gas wealth certainly hasn't held back when it comes to flashy their cash. it's estimated the world cup wit kostka tar $220 billion of that 140 billion will be spent on transport infrastructure, that
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means new roads, airport and a brand-new rail and metro system. $4 billion will be set aside to help build nine brand-new stadiums including upgrading three existing ones and also $17 billion will be spent on increasing the amount of accommodation, qatar 2022 promising that it will have 90,000 hotel rooms here in qatar by the time of tournament gets underway. it's estimated qatar will have to employ nearly 1 million migrant workers to help complete that's may have us construction projects, but although the world cup venues have yet to be built. the general working conditions of these mainly south asian workers have been called in to question. in response to the criticism. qatar 2022 released a statement saying the health safety and well being and dignity of every worker is of the utmost importance. as we are committed to insuring that the world cup serves as a cast lift towards creating
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sustainable improvement to all the lives in qatar. nine years way from kickoff and still plenty of challenges to overcome the qatar 222 say it will be ready for the world cup whenever it's held. >> just enough time to tell you there is plenty more on our website aljazerra.com. as always.

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