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putin as his nation at home calls for his resignation. and a crushing victory over england in the third cricket test. ♪ hello, 66 soldiers are reported to have been killed in fighting in south sudan following what the government is calling an attempted coup. the president has ordered tanks on to the streets of the capitol and thousands of people are sheltering from the violence at two un compounds. an overnight curfew has been imposed. >> i'm afraid it is not getting any better right now. we saw a calming of the situation just before noon in terms of the numbers of people who were seeking protection in
our camps, but the number has started to surge as -- as the day winds down, unfortunately, and right now we're at about 16,000 people in the two bases that we have here at the capitol and we have got several thousand people waiting to get in. so it's becoming a very difficult situation for us. it's not unusual to have people technically inside the base, but they are on the edge of this or just outside, and we would of course do everything we can to protect people wherever they are. it's also becoming quite a strain in terms of not only their protection, but also many people are coming in requiring health care of all times. just last night, there were three heavily pregnant women who
ended up giving birth. we have challenges of a variety, i'm afraid, and the water and the sanitation is also something we're grappling with. generally speaking, i do think in many regards the best thing for people to do in the city is to sit tight. stay where you are, don't move ash, because there are still po pore -- sporadic episodes of violence, and getting caught in the cross fire is worst than weathering the storm so to speak. >> now from nairobi kenya, you are hearing of arrests of former government officials. is that likely to inflame tensions? >> absolutely. the government has announced that at least ten very senior
former government officials had been rounded up in the last few hours. they include six cabinet ministers, a former deputy minister, a former governor, and certainly a very problematic situation, given of course that these are all allies of the former vice president. the former vice president, though, appears to be still on the run. there is a very obvious hunt for him, and this is set to escalate the tension. >> and what are the president's people, who of course as we know as the former deputy president saying about these allegations of an attempted coup that are targeted at him? >> we have tried to seek comment from them, but they have been aradamant -- very adamant not to comment on the attempted coup. they told us the former vice president is in very fine
condition. those were the exact words that were used. that he still remains in the area, although government is contesting that account, saying he is on his way to another state. you talk to analysts and they tell you this situation has been long in the making. there has been a long-standing rivalry between the former vice president and the president. two competing political aspirations, and constant allegations that the president is trying to impose the dominance of his own tribe, so there is also a tribal ethnic aspect to this, so this comes at no surprise at all to people who have been keeping a close eye on the situation. >> okay. thank you. in afghanistan six native soldiers have been killed in a
plane crash. the cause of the crash is still being investigated. nato says there was no enemy activity in the area at the time. in syria activists say two children are among the at least 18 people killed by government air strikes. it's the third straight day of bombing against rebel-held areas. we're joined from beirut. tell us why leppo in particular is being targeted. >> it has always been very important both for the government and the opposition. it's up with of the largest cities in syria, and it's a very important strategically. so both the government and opposition have been fighting for over a year there. now the fighting has been intensifying especially in the past three days. we have to remember next month the government and the opposition are going to sit together at the negotiating
table, and both are trying to claim as much territory on the ground as possible. so they are fighting fiercely around several areas. the government is adamant. they want to go to the negotiating table saying they have the upper hand. the opposition is desperate to gain any knew ground because they have been fragmented, the free syrian army has been having problems with some of the more radical groups. they need to go to the table with as much control as possible. >> certainly we were just looking at some horrific pictures as you were talking to us. but this happening as the united
nations has launched a $6.5 billion appeal for humanitarian aid and to help syrians who have been displaced. >> yes, the un officials are desperate and frustrated. you have these rouge numbers of refugees that have been increasing by the day. every day there are more coming to lebanon, jordan, and turkey. their needs are growing by the day, and the response so far is nowhere near to meet their needs and to give them the basic needs to shelter them from the winter cold, give them needs and even education for the kids. ban ki-moon said the situation on the ground is deteriorating beyond imagination. he called for a ceasefire for organizations to be able to deliver aid, to be able to help the communities try to put their
lives together. he said this is very important. >> thank you very much. and speaking of lebanon we are hearing that six rockets have hit the area of lebanon, one of which hit an army camp. that bomb went off as hezbollah officials were passing through a village. now the international organizations tasked with getting rid of syria's chemical weapons is meeting in the netherlands. it is expected announce a plan to ship the weapons out of the country and who will oversee the toxic chemicals. now to barbara in our european news center. with protesters in keefe
calling for his government to resign, viktor yanukovych is pushing ahead with a deal with putin. they agreed to boost trade and industrial cooperation between the two countries. let's go to peter in moscow for the latest. what can you tell us about this agreement? >> well, it did look like a very public display of affection between the ukraine and russia, but without any headlines. what we have just heard now that the ukrainian president has basically got what he came for, which is a substantial reduction in the price that the ukraine pays to russia for purchasing natural gas. the price normally set at $400 has been dropped to 265.
that is a cut of about 30%, far in excess of what economists have been predicting. so that is good news for yanukovych. the country is in a bad way. the economy is floundering. he needed a big reduction in that natural gas price to start fuelling the economy and he got exactly that we are also expecting an announcement on a loan from -- from russia to try and stave off any sort of possibility of default. there is speculation that anything from 5 billion to 15 billion could be promised. >> and yanukovych always claimed that it would be more economicallied a van ta gous to have linking with russia rather than the eu. does this amount that
demonstrators are protesting this union, that would forge closer links with russia? >> well, he hasn't been asked to sign that. there was great speculation that he left kiev and arrived in moscow, and this deal would be signed today, asession to the moscow's customs union. which involves russia, kazakhstan and belarus. he can go back to kiev -- had he signed it, it would have given the protest and the opposition, hugement am nation. but he wasn't forced to put pen to paper on that. and i suppose the door still remaining technically open, but it's another question whether he is prepared to talk through it. this was a very comprehensive agreement but it stopped sort of
a signing on the union. >> peter thank you very much. rory, the door to the ue potentially still open, but how has this news been greeted on the ground there in kiev? >> with, it was interesting, barbara, because as i was standing in this spot about half an hour or go ahead listening to vladimir putin and victorianco vich speaking in moscow, i had a look behind me to see if the protesters were watching what i was listening to on the screens, and they weren't. there were still the same songs and speakers that there have been for the last several weeks. they don't really know, i don't think yet quite has been talked about between putinian -- putin
and yanukovych. why aren't people watching that? >> actually people definitely expect bad things from this visit, and anyway i don't think that the news will be generated here in the public part of the broadcast. those guys do their things in shadow. >> so from what i'm hearing, we're hearing about cheaper gas for the ukraine. we're also hearing about a loan, maybe $15 billion worth of securities that russia is buying in the ukraine. is that the sort of thing that will anger people here or will people see that as beneficial for ukraine in the long run? >> that's definitely -- i think will bring anger. putin is trying to bribe
yanukovych. so he is trying to save himself from the complete collapse of state. that's how we see it. >> okay. now the opposition has been using various tactics at the moment here and in parliament as well. there has been quite a lot of gawking going on, opposition mp's trying to halt the work of the department. what is behind that? why are they doing that? >> the government is a sweet talker, but there are around 50 criminal cases opened against the protesters. hundreds of people being involved in that, so they are speaking of some ways of cooperation, but actually [ inaudible ] was a government increases pressure. government didn't dismiss the minister of the interior who is responsible for beating peaceful
people and for the attempt to dismantle on the night of december 11th. so the opposition is trying to remind it is not a fair game. >> okay. thank you for joining me. so that is the opposition perspective. what is clear is the two governments of these two countries are very keen to work more closely with each other in the future. >> rory, thank you. and i'm going to be back with more from europe a little later in the news hour. now back to doreen in doha. still to come, solemn keens as north korea marks the death a
leader. and jo will be here with the sports. first, though, food has been delivered to thousands of people forced from their homes in the central african republic. hundreds of people have been killed in fighting between different rebel groups. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: on the grown here the situation is getting no easier. the tension is still very high, and although there have been no major massacres in this area, there is a fear it could happen. amongst all of this is the central african peace-keeping force and the french army. the central african peace-keeping force will be doubled in size in the next knew days. on the humanitarian side the
needs are getting bigger by the day. the biggest problem is malaria. people are running into the bush, afraid. >> the situation has never been worse. there has never been so many people displaced. they have moved out into the bush in this other places, and in other places they have grouped together. we have never seen anything like this. >> reporter: the car has long been regarded as the world's forgotten crisis. could that be changing? some believe that could be the case. but more resources, more security forces, and more money is needed. japan plans to increase its
military budget by 5%. the money will be spent on drones, submarines, fighter jets and amphibians. >> translator: the case of north korean missiles or the current tension in east china sea, we believe the safety and security environment is changing. japan needs to resolve issues head on, rather than having security policy that would be effected by the regional environment as it has been. the u.s. secretary of state says the united states will work with the asian countries to resolve the dispute peacefully. >> reporter: military exercises between the philippines and the
u.s. are often unpopular with filipinos. that's despite the two countries being long-standing political allies. that's why the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is visiting manila. he wants to increase the u.s. presence in the mi mill -- philippines. >> now china comes in, flexes its muscle, and destabilizes the situation. of course, us, we're -- in turn, we need to react by ensuring that we'll be able to deter any -- whatever country -- whether it's china or any other country that threatens the sovereignty of our country. and what better ally that can come to our aid than the united states.
>> reporter: manila is in an intense dispute over islands in the south china sea. the government has been criticized to better balance the relationships between washington and beijing. still they are turning again to the united states for help. but if people here are worried that an increase u.s. military presence will mean the philippines will become a bigger target. but the recent deployment of troops have boosted washington's standing as a source of crucial assistance. to some that suggests that if any agreement arising from kerry's visit could go beyond the military and include more aide.
the itself efforts in the region has temporarily silenced critics who are questioning washington's commitment to asia. but this highlights philippine's dependence on the united states in resolving its own problems. protesters have been burning ehgies of the formest north korean leader in seoul. it's two years since his death. and his son created deadlines around the world when he ordered the execution of his uncle who was one of the most powerful figures in the government. inside north korea the commemorations have been much more solum. >> reporter: these men and women now know the price of half-hearted applause for kim jong un. this day was one of memorial kim
jung il, and an opportunity . >> translator: our revolutionary forces know other ex-september leader kim young un. we will follow the dear leader. >> reporter: his grip of power strengthened by a ruthless purge but also being questioned by south korea. >> translator: the competition for showing loyalty could lead to the possibility of provocation. therefor we consider that it highly like they will react in
the next year. >> reporter: an escalation of military rhetoric, and installing his own appointments in positions of power. but all of that pails to humiliating and then executing his uncle. >> questions which won't be highlighted in public, but i think privately many north careens will be skeptical. >> reporter: he was accompanied by his wife to lay a wreath. >> if they see themselves as corners, it could mean that they might take some steps which would not be considered a few years ago. like staging a coup and rezest importance to the organization. >> reporter: north koreians have
seen a ruthlessness, and the world will watch. there is a major diplomatic row between israel and the united states following the arrest of a diplomat in new york. senior indian politicians have refused to meet a visiting del delegation of u.s. congressmen. vif aunny was handcuffed and strip searched before being released. >> we have expressed our deep distress and sense of disquiet that has been very, very strongly felt and in worlds strongest words possible. we feel both in terms of
diplomatic responsibilities of relationships between countries that are friendly countries. but also we feel very extreme level of distress. >> and indian reports say the americans could have handled this better. >> the fact is that the u.s. law enforcement authorities operate on the principle of have handcuffs will use. so it just seems to me they were following their routine procedures, but it's something that the indians consider deeply offensive. they say it shouldn't have been done when she was dropping her daughters to school. still to come on the al jazeera news hour, three year of revolution and counter
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you. al jazeera america. take a new look at news. hello, again, this is the al jazeera news hour. here is a reminder of the top stories. 66 soldiers are reported to have been killed from violence in south sudan. gunfire is still being reported. two children are among at least 18 people who have been killed by air raids. the government has targeted rebel held areas of the city for three straight days. and ukraine's president has signed an agreement with russia to lift some trade restrictions between the two countries. while thousands ofty -- ta
any shans have gathered, exactly a year ago today a leader set themselves on fire and that triggered the arab spring. let's take a look at how it all began. the birthplace of the revolution was tanisia. the tragic protest was intended to draw attention to the economic hardship on the country. egypt was next, 18 days of mass demonstrations lead to the removal of the leader. and gadhafi was killed in august of the same year, and syria's
revolution started in 2011, as the civil war there as you know still raging on, and one more that we didn't mention is yemen. we have our senior political an cyst here in the studio. and your writing in your latest article that democratic revolutions require radical most painful changes to succeed the undoing of old structures and institutions. the point you are making seems to be a measure of success. so what does that mean for the state of the revolution today? >> i think we're far from meeting the goals of the revolutions as they were stated in the early days back in december and in january, 2011, which basically said social justice, liberty, freedom and prosperity. so that bit about freedom and social justice, of course, is
far from possible, unless there's a radical transformation of the societies themselves. you see doreen, a lot of people talk about totalitarian revolutions that have seen in this the 21st century. they are revolutions that are possible because total tearism is easy to instate, democracy takes generations to bring about. after decades of totalitarian regimes, you can make a break with the past. but to instill something that is democratic, that takes decades. >> okay. but are the countries going on that path? when you look at the state of egypt, libya, the state of
tunisia, and syria, something that started peacefully and now turned into an armed resistance. >> i think what we have had was dominated especially over the past two years by what we call counter revolution. meaning the forces of the old state have come back with venom in order to [ inaudible ] any hope that the democratic revolution sees the light. so in a sense what we have today is arab societies from tu any sha to yemen that now feel what does it mean to have that hope? to have those sentiments towards democracy instilled? and what does it mean for them to break with the fear of the past? so what we have now is simply soft power. there's a sentiment that total tear annism cannot come back.
and now we have a fought between revolution and counter revolution. and that's why the arab world is paralyzed because of this fight. you see it in syria extremely violently. you see it in egypt moderately violent. so this is an on going struggle. >> and i think -- you know, it's important to point out that it seems that in a lot of these countries as a result of these revolutions you have this sort of clash as you know between secular and religious forces. how do you see that playing out? >> well, the military and the islamist in the arab world have been at each other for decades. what they did was allow them to surface even more radically, and today the arab world is paralyzed between the military
regimes andist -- and islamists. the military and islamist can find a middle ground where they abide by the basic rules of what the revolution asks, and allowing a third force to emerge. why? because either side will be able to win the day in this fight and govern alone in the future. the second scenario is we see something like what we're seeing in syria and libya, where there will be decentralization of power and force, new groups will emerge, war lords andist lammists and violence group throughout the region, total chaos and mess. the third scenario, which is the most positive, of course, is
that the people that brought the revolution back in the beginning of 2011 and the end of 2010, that they come back; that they take over the political scene, and impose their will. unless they do come back, those youth, the women, and various civil society groups, unless they come back, not just in egypt, but also in places like yemen and syria, unless that happens, i'm afraid the second scenario will take place. >> thank you. well you can read more of his analyst on aljazeera.com. you can click over to the opinion page and we have all of the latest developments as well on our live blog and interacttive page. angela merkel has been sworn
in for a third session. >> chancellor merkel easily cleared one final vote. barnaby phillips has more. >> reporter: the vote in parliament was a formality. angela merkel had the overwhelming support of the two largest parties. [ applause ] >> reporter: when her victory was announced, they queued up to offer congratulations. ange ange ange ange angela -- merkel, sworn in for the third time, and the consensus in berlin is that mrs. merkel will remain tough on
countries in the euro zone that run up big deficits. [ applause ] >> the coalition sets a rather clear line that there will be demands on budgetary discipline. there will be no collecting of debts as the [ inaudible ] has demanded. >> reporter: the grand coalition has an enormous majority. it should make for stable government, and for germans angela is a reassuring leader. staying in germany, workers at three distribution centers in the country are striking for a second day in a dispute over pay and conditions. pickets were out early to urge other workers who joined 1,000
members of the union to work out. they say staff is paid less than other workers. >> translator: amazon is still unwilling to enter into negotiations with us. we have made clear that christmas is eminent and we're ready to continue our strike. now it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in the uk, but for years stone hinge has been dogged by criticism. from stone hinge here is emma hayward. >> reporter: they have watched over this land for thousands of years. a monument set deep in this corner of england. and around a million people come to see this icon every year. what endures about this place is the puzzle that it presents,
because no one has been able to stay with total certainty what stone hinge is. some believe it is an ancient astrological computer. but what is clear is its popularity. and now visitors can visit stone hinge in a modern way. for the first time it has its own museum. more than $40 million has been spent in creating this building. >> there are two things that are important. the first is the ability to feel as if you are standing inside the stones, and the other thing is we have fantastic original artifacts here. we have the tools used by the people who built the stones in the first place and that is really exciting to see.
>> reporter: this new era hasn't pleased everyone. some have extressed outrage over the inclusion of human remains. >> i say it is a place of beauty. and even for it to have survived in this state for so long is a testament, i think to the ingenuity and skill of the people that built it. i'm full of admiration of them. >> reporter: in just a few days hundreds of people will gather here for perhaps one of the purposes stone hinge was originally built for. to worship the solar solstice. barbara in the united states the cold case initiative launched several years ago
brought hope to the family of people killed during the civil rights era, but most of the cases have been killed. andy gallagher brings us his second report from mississippi. in the backwoods of mississippi two sisters return to a dark place from their childhood. >> we lost our father here. my mother lost her husband here. >> reporter: in 1964 katherine and shirley's father was driving down this road when he was ambushed by a group of white men and shot. these women were barely teenagers at the time. and their first contact with the fbi was when they were handed a letter, telling them the case was closed. >> you located me to bring me a letter stating that you are closing the case, but yet you
never took time to meet with our family to discuss any findings or interviews, concerning our father. >> reporter: it's an outcome that doesn't surprise cold case project reporter ben greenberg. he claims the fbi agents assigned to the case didn't appear to have the resources or will to thoroughly investigate the killing. >> this is an opportunity to wage a war on american's demons from its racist past, and that has not been delivered and the opportunity to bring that to bare in this history is diminishing with every day. >> reporter: the fbi's headquarters in washington, we put those accusations to the man in charge. >> in terms of putting the evidence together, putting those stories together that we have
achieved something, historically. we have achieved something to tell the tail about exactly what happened, and hopefully bring some closure to the families of the victims. >> reporter: the initiative began in 2006, no one has been brought to justice. although the fbi say they are confident prosecutions will follow. but for the walker family and many others, there is an overwhelming sense of disappointment. for many in the deep south, cases like clifton walker's murder are a open wound. for some it's a wound that will never heal. >> we want the world to know we will never stop. >> we can't say it's justice. it will never be served. >> justice has not been served. still to come on al jazeera, just a warning if you are
so it turns out that anti-bacterial soaps could do more harm than good to your body. one of the chemicals found in many of the soaps may cause health risks. >> reporter: for years u.s. manufacturers have advertised to get rid of dangerous germs, anti-bacterial soaps are the answer. but now the u.s. food and drug administration says there is no evidence to back up those claims. it says one key ingredient found in most anti-bacterial soaps may even be dangerous. even after an environmental group accused the fda of
relaying action, did the agency take action. >> we're worried that they are using them every single day, and there have been studies that have shown they might effect our hormones. >> reporter: now in a preliminary ruling, manufactures must prove their products are more effective than soap and water, and safe for long-term use. the new guidelines apply just to anti-bacterial soaps that requirement water. hand sanitizers are not effected. we contacted the fda and asks why it took 40 years before it issued a preliminary ruling on the safety of the chemical. the fda claims the ruling is simply a response to emerging science that wasn't available before. still two associations representing the soap
manufacturers are vowing to challenge the ruling. in a statement they said . . . but in 2010 the european union banned the chemical from products that come in contact with food, and in march the canadian government deemed the chemical was toxic to the environment. still the u.s. food and drug administration is taking its time. it says a final rule on anti-bacterial soaps for the u.s. won't be issued until 2016. >> jo is here with an update on all of the sports news. australia's prime minister has called it an early christmas present to his country's sports
fan. the visitors went into the final day of a thir -- third test on 251-5. england went all out for 353. mitchell johnson taking the loss with an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the 5-match series. here is how the scorecard finished up. >> every single day i get to see how these guys are training to become better players and become a better team. that's what makes it so special. that's why today as brad said we -- we brought it home and actually get the ashes back is special because of the work the
guys have put in over a long period of time. >> i'm never going to be embarrassed, no. because i'm very proud of the way we conduct ourselves. in sport you turn up, and if you are not good enough, you get found out. we haven't been good enough and that's the reason we have lost. i will never be embarrassed at the way we go about things and the efforts the lads put in. it's a hard thing to say when you get beaten. andrew thomas has been at a cricket club in sydney getting reaction. >> reporter: this victory is all the sweeter for being relatively unexpected. just a few weeks ago it was the england team that was being talked about as the strongest for years. and they had won the previous three ashes series. ben stokes sentry in perth was
the only one england got across all three matches. australia got seven. byron is a history teacher and a keen cricketer here. when that last wicket was taken, what was your reaction? >> i was absolutely over the moon. really excited and relief. i suppose. it has been too long. >> reporter: what does it mean that the ashes are coming back? >> it means everything. the english have been giving us a good ribbing, and it will be good to give it back to them now. >> reporter: thank very much byron. it's 3-0 down, england has lost the better of five series. they will want to retain something, though, even if it is their pride. hundreds of angry fans set
fires after myanmar lost booting them out of the semifinals. and it may have come down to a misunderstanding of the rules. >> reporter: the host nation didn't take to losing very well. what fans didn't realize is that the asian football confederation rules state that head-to-head matches. >> he said the blame is falling directly on his shoulders. the react of the fans falls with the football fans. unfortunately there seems to be a string of incident of myanmar being sore losers when it comes to their team failing to produce on the football pitch.
>> reporter: angry fans set fire to and it took two hours to maintain the rioting. >> reporter: primarily the rioting was outside. people started lighting their jerseys on fire and flags, and as that spiralled, people turned their attention on the promotional materials. >> reporter: myanmar is undergoing rapid political and economic reforms. since then investors and tourists have poured in. political prisoners are being released, and people are getting used to more freedom. this outburst appears to be the result of a simple misunderstanding of the rules. from the capitol to thailand and vietnam dominated in the
highlight of the athletics events. he celebrated with a lightning bolt pose of his very own. the women's 400 meters was plagued because of faulty equip. a normer [ inaudible ] is under investigation for aledged match-fixing in his home country. he was a midfielder of ac milan and is expected to have been part of a match fixing ring. many other players are now under investigation. [ inaudible ] will face china in morocco on tuesday.
the winner will meet brazil or host casablanca in the final. [ inaudible ] are lead by world-cup italian coach. last month they became the first chinese side to win the asian's champions league. >> translator: it's not the most famous name to be honest. it's all down to the attitude of the players. we have to put in an performance, and in the end he will be on the sideline. but it's not important for us. >> translator: we must be realistic in situations like this. it is nice to be enthusiastic, but we must be realistic. we need to stay humble. of course we have a few cards to play. we have to use them to our advantage, and truly prevent them as much as we can from using their many assets.
you have caught andy richardson's documentary called "why we run." in it he asks runners from all sorts of backgrounds that very question. and then embarks on his incredible journey. if you missed it you can catch it on our website, aljazeera.com/programs. and you can check out our interacttive tool related to that program. it's called i am a shoe. all sorts of fascinating facts and figures. who built me, what sort of wagers are being paid for shorts shoes. what am i made of? and that is all of the sport for you. >> all right. jo thank you very much. stay with us on al jazeera, for our viewers in this the united states, back to our
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