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♪ a massive car bomb explodes in syria and dozens are dead and more than 90 have been hurt. hello, this is david foster and watching the world news from al jazeera and also coming up. >> all on the groups who are holding them to release them immediately. >> reporter: the red cross urges the government who kidnapped 7 of the staff in syria to let them go. the death toll from a stampede after an indian festival rises
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to more than 100. and the launch of a new car in indonesia but not everybody is dancing about it. ♪ we are getting reports from syria that a car bomb has exploded and the dozens of people have been killed. the attack was in the rebel-held town in the italy providence near the turkish border and many were injured when the bomb went out in the main town square and the international committee of the red cross has just appealed for the release of six of its staff kidnapped in syria. a member of the syrian red crescent was also taken and the aid workers arrived in the providence of italy on thursday, not so far from where this bomb has gone off and delivering medical supplies to the italy city and checking to see if more were needed in the area largely
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rebel held but they were abducted when they were this a convey to damascus and an appeal was made in the last half hour. >> call on the groups holding them to release them immediately and unconditionally and the reason is of course we are here to serve the syrian people and delivering water and working with the syrian repressent with food and health and doing other things and that is for them. it's not for us. and we expect that all our groups, all authorities respect independence and neutrality and give us a fair passage. >> reporter: let's get more with dana joining us from beirut in neighboring lebanon and two incidents we need to deal with and first of all the bombing, what more do you know about that? >> well, like you mentioned a car bombing in a very busy marketplace and a very crowded area. people were buying vegetables.
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the car bombing which is close to the turkish border ish border and people have taken shelter here and this is an area controlled by the rebels, government forces have been pushed out months ago. but even in rebel-held territories the government continues to target these villages and towns using air strikes but there has been no claim of responsibility and do not know who is behind the car bombing but this is also a town really which is a lot of goods have been smuggled in from turkey, maybe even weapons and fighters. so still no claim of responsibility, a high casualty toll. there is still insecurity really in the north even though most of the territory is held by the rebels. >> reporter: and state television in syria the website saying this is an area where the government has launched as you said a number of attacks on rebels but in particular the
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front the al-qaeda affiliate and the government claiming some success in destroying what they call terrorist hide outs. >> they have not had that much success in the north of the country. the government is on the offensive and the suburbs of damascus and now in the southeast of allepo and trying to take control of the area which is under control by al-qaeda-linked groups because there is an important facility where they actually produce chemical weapons but further in the north the golf has been relying on air strikes. al-qaeda growing in strength, consolidating control over a number of villages and fighting with rebels, turning their guns on each other, mainstream rebel forces and al-qaeda. this is why there is growing insecurity in the north and that is where the icrc staff members were kidnapped. >> we have more pictures of the aftermath of the bombing.
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i know you won't be about to see them but we will play them sought so the viewers can see. this is the area shortly after the explosion. initial reports were of maybe as many as 60 people killed, that is being scaled back slightly at the moment. maybe as many as 100 killed and you were saying this was a market town and very, very close to the turkish border with syria, an area where a lot of goods have been smuggled. and it's an area i know you know from your trips in to syria. it's very complicated to try and workout just who is running what where there. >> well we do know the mainstream rebel forces as they are called, they are really the main force on the ground. but foreign fighters do have a presence, not a very heavy presence but they are there. the north of syria, david, the
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problem is there are growing power struggled and everybody really starting to carve up their own territory and alliances announced between the various rebel forces and rebel forces on the ground do not recognize the authority of the main political opposition and in exile the syrian council backed by the west. a complicated picture on the ground. again we do not know who is responsible for this bombing but the government has carried out air strikes in these region and basically a message to the people we are here and still here and may have lost the territories but plan to get it back and this is a message they give and want to keep on saying who is in control. so the rebel north really a lot of insecurity, instability and icrc and aid workers and foreign
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journal lists have been kidnapped and rebels are criticized because they have not been able to have an alternative government on the ground to take control of these territories and improve the lives of civilians living there. >> we thank you, we are live in the lebanese capitol. 19 policemen have been injured in cairo after supporters of football club turned on them, at the airport they fired tear gas and bullets in the air to disburse fans known as the altras and used fireworks and are known for large protests in the past and demonstrated at various times during egypts political instability. 111 people are known to have died during a stampede at the hindu festival in india and thousands are going to a temple
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and say people panicked after rumors spread that the bridge was about to collapse. seven years ago 50 people were crushed to death crossing the same river. let's talk to that district and bring us up to date with the very latest you are hearing. >> well, we spoke to the director general of police and he denied that the government, sorry the police were responsible for the stampede. however, he did say that there were only 100 police officers on duty at the site behind me where the temple is. now, these hundred police officers would have to have been dealing with crowds of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and 20 people were on a bridge and there was a rumor that the bridge was about to collapse, this caused panic among the
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crowd and then witnesses are reporting that the police actually tried to disburse the crowd using their bashons and it exacerbated the situation and the director general of police we spoke to said there is an internal inquiry they plan to do to find out the exact cause of this on top of the judicial inquiry that is going on. and he also said that in future events and future religious festivals they are going to deploy more police officers and also put in place barricades to make it easier for them to control the crowds. >> reporter: i know a number of years ago, not so long ago another bridge collapsed roughly 50 people died there and this is when the new bridge was built. is the festival continuing after this terrible tragedy? >> yes, we have been here since morning and as you can see from
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the crowds gathered around me hundreds of pilgrims are making their way to the temple and it's a religious temple and people are coming from areas and out of state as well to pay tribute to the godess and this is part of the festival in the hindu religion and an important festival and pilgrims don't seem to be put off by this terrible tragedy that happened yesterday and going past in great numbers and paying tribute. >> thank you very much indeed, the sight of that pilgrimage. iran says work on the nuclear program will not be put on hold ahead of talks with world powers this week and they are urging the u.s. to ease sanctions in exchange for nuclear
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concessions. >> translator: we will not allow uranium to be suspended even for one day but the level of enrichment is negotiable and going abroad is the red line. >> reporter: the government will scale back plans for nuclear energy, under the policy sewell will produce 22% from nuclear plants and half the previous target and nuclear plants are under scrutiny since the fukushima reactor in japan was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami and we are in seoul. >> this is a study and recommendation and a strong one and comes with some sort of government approval in the fact it was a statement from the energy ministry in which the conclusion was released and also the fact that it is timed to coincide with a large energy conference hosted by south korea at this moment. so it's a strong signal of south
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korea's intended direction of travel in terms of nuclear policy and reversal of that put in place just five years ago under the previous administration. then the plan was by 2030 to pretty much double the amount of nuclear power generated into the electricity grid raising the proportion to about 60% of electricity production. now this new plan would have the level pretty much remaining as it is now, between 22 and 29%. now the reason according to the relevant minister and prime minister's office whom we spoke a little while ago is the government wants to take into account strong public opinion which is building against nuclear power for some years now. obviously since the fukushima disaster and the continued problems of the jab needs authorities are seeing there that going on this week as inspectors are trying to assistant help japan deal with that and also because of extremely concerning wide scale corruption scandals in the south
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korea industry. last week 100 people were investigation over fake certifications dealing with components found not to have had the proper approvals. so this would be a major reversal especially for a country that relies on outside sources of energy and where nuclear power had been seen to be important for a reversal like this to take place. we will find out the official policy in december. >> reporter: the world's nuclear watchdog has now arrived in japan to review safety of the fukushima power plant and experts from the energy agency met japanese officials to see how the cleanup is going and in july the operators tepco said there have been leaks of radioactive water into the ocean. serious rioting and a migrant worker from asia and we report.
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>> one of the biggest antimigrant riots broke out in moscow and demonstrators forced their way into shops and vandalized property and angry at the killing over a russian man and blaming it on a worker of decent and scuffles broke out with police when they tried to stop the crowd and chanting. at least one policeman was injured in the clashes that lasted several hours and dozens were arrested. the city government closed down a highway and cutoff all traffic in southern moscow. people allege that migrants turned parts of moscow into crime centers but the government said there is no excuse for violence and they promised to restore order. >> activate the work in relation to all the vegetable warehouses which are a constant source of
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tension especially in the districts that circle the warehouses and i'm asking the head of the moscow police and managers on duty to bring order and work to russian law, where they are located and work regardless of the region they come from. >> reporter: the tensions are not new, there are frequent and small out breaks of violence between the moscow majority states and they accuse neighbors of bringing crime and migrants claimed in the past of poor labor and living conditions and calm is restored to the capitol as the active police force seems to be out on the road. it's not yet clear whether this round of violence will bring better conditions on a crack down on migrant workers. al jazeera. >> reporter: and we will come out on al jazeera.
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♪ these are the headlines here on al jazeera. in northern syria car bombers exploded killing dozens of people. it was the rebel-held town in
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the italy providence close to the turkish border and many were injured when it went off in the main town square. the red cross called for immediate and unconditional release of 7 aid workers kidnapped in the north providence of italy not far from there. they were abducted from the red crescent and the death toll from a stampede near a hindu shrine stands at 111. thousands of people were heading to a temple when they were caught in the crush. and in eastern india as many as a million people lost their homes even though 23 people were killed by cyclone file inand many it was the source of income for survivors and we report. >> it has been growing rice in the fields for 20 years. it provides a steady income for
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his family. and because of cyclone phailin he has little to look forward to this harvest season. >> translator: this is my land. i used to farm it but now look, it's flooded with water. i can't even see my crop. >> reporter: the government's disaster preparation saved many lives but no amount of planning could have saved the agriculture sector from wide-spread damage and say their livelihoods will bear the brunt of the cyclone's fury. in 1999 a super cyclone demolished this village, this time it has been left standing, but some people who live hearsay this is both a blessing and a burden. they fear the authorities will be deceived by the lack of physical damage here when delivering aid. >> translator: our drinking sources is ruined and no water to drink, our stock of candles
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is finished and fishing in the damageness, i can't find medicine for my elderly parents and i'm only stepping outside of my home. >> translator: the storm was heavy. i released my cattle in the field but my family and i stayed home and we are waiting for help. >> reporter: cyclone file inwent through most of the fertile agriculture areas and it destroyed livelihoods and local food supplies. local authorities are aware of the challenges they face. >> now this is really a big challenge for us as properties to the tune of several crops have been lost in the cyclone. >> reporter: during this time of year, hundreds of millions of
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indians pray to the hindu goddess for strength and courage blessing the people of the state need abundance as they try to get back on their feet. al jazeera. >> reporter: malasia said people not muslims can not describe god and it's a decision that raised some questions over minority rights in a mainly muslim country and we have more. >> reporter: a three-men panel on a court of appeal have decided that the word ala cannot be used by the catholic church in the malay language newspaper. the word ala is not just the word for god but also the word forgot in the malay language, the court in making its decision sided with the home minister which put the ban in the first place and the court said it has found no evidence that the word
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allah is integral to the faith and practice and the continued usage will only cause confusion among the community. the christian community here is understandably unhappy with the decision. the editor of the catholic newspaper said that this represents a step backwards in fundamental liberties of religious minorities and no evidence to support the court's decision pointing to the fact that other muslim countries such as neighboring indonesia with the largest muslim population allows christians and muslims to use the word allah and it's widely used not just by malay bibles but also in church services and there are wider implications of this decision even though at the moment it is restricted to just the usage in the catholic newspaper and the catholic church says it plans to appeal this decision. >> reporter: the police arrested almost 200 people and ceased weapon on a raid on a
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shanty town and it's part of efforts by the government to tackle drugs and gangs ahead of next year's world cup and we report from rio. >> an unusual war salute meaning skull and these men are the elite forces in rio and the emblem a skull empailed by a knife and they are feared by the civilian population. >> translator: we had a ceremony and raised the brazil flag in the slum and wanted to remind everybody this is brazil territory. >> reporter: concurring an unclaimed land expect not unexplained but one of 700 slums and armed to the teeth they hunt for drug dealers who used to control the area and they are special forces and say it's going to take a few patrols like this to secure the slum.
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they want a permanent police presence but they say the area is not ready yet because the drug traffickers are still hiding here. they criticized the split behavior and the government's so called pacification program. the police set up a station in the slum, a battle and strategy to keep the city safe and 36 of the 40 slums the government is targeting have been retaken by the police. >> translator: there was an invisible flow of crime in these communities but after they are pacified crime will be denounced and it's a false impression that violence went up because it went down. >> reporter: the slums where police are deployed are mainly those around the football stadium, this will be used for the world cup and the drug
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dealers were not chased out. >> translator: they are around there hiding and every one has them, they are like ghosts. >> reporter: the police claim they are behind bars. >> i still believe that. >> reporter: this woman who did not want to reveal her identity said crime increased since the police moves to the slum where 100,000 people live. >> not be tolerated. they would offer some kind of protection for the population. >> reporter: the school teacher had her place robbed and said the police didn't react but back in the day she could have told the drug dealers to find the perpetrator and many say not every community is faring better with the new powers to be. monica with al jazeera and rio. >> reporter: rescue workers in columbia are searching for 11 people thought to be trapped under a luxury apartment block and the 22-story tower
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collapsed. and disaster preparedness agencies said they were safe because the building was a vacuum waited after cracks were found on friday. argentina left the hospital after brain surgery and said to be recovering well after an operation to remove a blood clot five days ago. dozens of passengers got a shock when they tried to board a ferry in eastern china. the accident was at a pleasure park in the city of ra jang and ten people were hurt and the bridge was opened only three weeks ago. the indonesia government says there are critics and say extra cars will had to congestion congestion on oil imports so who has it right? and we will go there. >> this is a symbol of the
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economic growth and the traffic jams in all major cities. but in 3,000 cars are sold here every single day. and there is demand for more. in the middle of an economic downturn they have this car that is cheaper and environmentally friendly and for those who could never afford a car before. the new car should lower gasoline usage was immediately protested by the governor and presidential hopeful. >> when it was approved of the project i complained. >> reporter: this is the object of the controversy the so-called green car and in indonesia they have a warning about selling
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them in the next five years, something that will cast indonesia dearly. a resent report shows it will be the largest importer of gasoline by 2018 despite a government decision to lower subsidies last june, a weakening currency is loading to soaring energy cost. >> to make a reform and long-term and whether or not we are going to be growing as to middle income or continuing to be growing at the low, middle income or like moving up to a higher income. >> reporter: with the launch of the car one of the main concerns is the lack of roads and facilities but the government says it's working on it. >> unfortunately people try to make an economy and if you produce a car that has not been there you don't have to produce infrastructure and i think we should have both. >> infrastructure is not there but the cars are.
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>> you can't expect this to happen in one night. >> the aim is to deliver 30,000 low cost cars by the end of the year and 18,000 have already been ordered, al jazeera. >> reporter: all of our top stories and the great deal more log on to our website at al jazeera. central. >> we will introduce you to an investor who uses toys to make cheap medical devices. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi and this is real money. welcome to real money. you are the most important part of our show so tell us what you th

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