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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ a very war welcome to the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes. malaysia suffering some of its worst flooding in decades. and thailand declares a state of emergency as heavy rains set in. more illegal settlement homes in the occupied west bank.
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and israel east supreme court orders an existing settlement to be demolished. and we take a look at some of canada's most vulnerable erosion areas. ♪ we start in southeast asia, where heavy rab -- rains and flooding have displayed thousands. the government has declared eight of its southern provinces disaster zones. nearly 8,000 people have had to leave their homes. the malaysian prime minister is cutting short his holiday in the u.s. because of flooding in his country. more than 100,000 have been displaced. this is the worst flooding in malaysia in decades. well staying in the region, and
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it was ten years ago that one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history happened. on friday, december 26th, 2004, nearly a quarter of a million people were killed. entire village communities were destroyed. commemorations are being held to pay tribute to the victims. this was the scene in the indonesian city which was the worst hit by the tsunami. over 160,000 people in the surrounding province were killed when it was hit by waves up to 35 meters high. and memorials are also being held in thailand. about half of the victims there were tourists who were celebrating the day after christmas. and commemorations have also been held in india. many survivors marched through the town in tribute to the
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victims. we have correspondent across the affected region, including minnel in sri lanka, and veronica who is in thailand. but first here is steph's report from indonesia. >> reporter: it has been ten years but images are still very clear on people's minds, the destructive power of the wave, symbolized by this ship carried inland by nearly 5 kilometers and it is now a museum. the world responded generously, more than $7 billion were donated. schools were rebuilt, roads, and 30,000 new houses were built. now people have been trained, warning systems are in place, and evacuation shelters have been built to make sure a disaster of this magnitude won't
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happen again. ten years later, and while wounds have healed and the area is more lively than ever before, memories will stay here forever. >> reporter: the seas here, the scene of a catastrophe when the tsunami took place ten years ago. a service is taking place to remember those who were killed when the tidal wave hit. a southbound train was traveling and packed. basically it stopped just down the road when the first wave hit. unfortunately despite sort of a lag time with the tsunami hitting the eastern side of sri lanka, the message did not get sent to this side of the country. now even the villagers scrambled up into the train despite advice at the time not to do so.
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the massive wall of water just whacked into that train, and from what we hear it just keeled over like match boxes, rendering it a watery grave for the hundreds on board. today this monument is a monument to remember about 500 of those people who's bodies were not claimed buried in a mass grave behind me. and people have come here to remember that fateful day when people went under. >> it has been called the world's first global disaster, the tsunami of 2004 came in here in thailand, devastating this entire region. among the face -- fatalities were 50 nationalities, because this area of thailand is a tourism destination.
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in this beach resort alone, something like 540 swedes were killed, so the swedish government just held a memorial because for them it's as much of a national tragedy as it is for thailand. now looking back on the last ten years, if you ask tourists who have come back to pay their respects, and local residents who are making their living off of the tourism industry, they will all say that the memory is as sharp and painful as if it happened yesterday. but they will also say that business is better, living up to the slogan that the humanitarian community were using, they said they wanted to build back better. and this place, which was a kind of sleepy fishing village back then, is now fully formed commercial proposition.
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it's very busy. there are many tourists coming here. so in that sense things are better than they were before the tsunami, but there is also a lot of very painful individual stories. it was an event thatter revocably changed lives right around the world. the u.n. assistant secretary a general for disaster risk reduction, she has been speaking to al jazeera. >> what happened ten years ago was a catastrophe in human terps, because i think the main lesson we learned it's totally unacceptable that well over 200,000 people die at the same time in 14, 15, 20 countries, spread around the world. and i think that is the main driver that has lead to improved early-warning systems. focus on evacuation procedures. these save lives.
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public education. of course the tsunami, there's a fear factor. people die in floods and landslides, and i think the political, the economic and the social impetus is strong for prevention and preparedness, but we are a bit too slow to learn. there will be more commitment. it has to spread all through society, and it's definitely global. just look at what has happened in the ten years since the tsunami. it's not an issue for poor countries, it's an issue equally for rich countries around the world. and in our work, working with the action prevention, it's clear that this is a global concern. you can get much more coverage on the ten-year anniversary of the tsunami on our website. aljazeera.com is the address for that. do check it out. aljazeera.com. moving to other news now, the sudanese government has
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expelled two senior united nations officials. there has been tepgs -- tenses between the president and the u.n. there. douglas johnson is the author of root causes of sudan's civil war. he thinks the sudanese government is trying to distance themselves from the u.n. >> they feel they have the upper hand ever since the investigation against the president has been hibernated. it was hibernated because the security council doesn't putting enough effort behind it. so i think it feels it can make a push to remove any sort of involvement of the u.n.
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in somali african union forces have retained control. al-shabab fighters attacked on thursday. the head of the african union's mission says thursday's attack is a wake-up call. >> we are worried, and this is why we're reacting very quickly to these new tactics. and we will investigate what happened, and quickly take the measures required to prevent any such event happening again. while we may be in a hurry for somalia, it's clear in the case of [ inaudible ] an african enterprise supported by friends of africa, we can just move away in a very hurried way. this is not only a somali government's battle of war, this is a global war. fighting between nigerian
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forces and boko haram has forced thousands of people to escape. local officials say 4,000 refugees have arrived of the last week, and washed the number could rise. >> reporter: these nigerians have been displaced from their town in the northeast. many walked 30 kilometers to the relative safety in neighboring niger. most of them are women and children. they escaped when fighters from boko haram attacked their town last week. they are tired, scared and hungry, but happy to be alive. this woman is overwhelmed. her entire family is left behind. >> translator: i was going to the pharmacy and heard gunfire. i rushed to the school where my children were, i saw the gunmen they were firing over me, so i ran away, i don't know what
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happened to think three children and husband. >> local authorities are providing these people with basic supplies. >> translator: we escaped the fighting, we haven't eaten for three days. we thank them for bringing us some food. >> reporter: more than 4,000 people have arrived here over the last week, authorities say they are setting up refugee camps, but until that happens, many have nowhere to go. the governor warns that the number of refugees could increase. >> reporter: people are continuing to arrive not only here but to all over areas which border niger. all over people who fear boko haram attacks are taking refuge here. >> reporter: boko haram has been battles the nigerian government for years.
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it operates mainly in the north of nigeria close to the border. boko haram has also launched suicide attacks carried out abductions, and warned of more attacks. the nigerian government has f l failed to put an end to boko haram's attacks, and until it does, these helpless people will remain caught up in a battle, which is not theirs. still ahead for you on the news hour, including why lebanon is clamping down on the number of syrian refugees crossing into its territory. and the battle for control over libya's biggest oil terminals. and in sport, chelsea continue to set the pace in the english premier league. details of their game, plus the rest of friday's matches coming up. ♪ pakistani security forces say they have killed the man
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behind last week's school attack. 132 children died when taliban fighters stormed the school. >> translator: the dead terrorist has been identified as the most wanted [ inaudible ]. the same was saadam, he was the commander of [ inaudible ] gator group. he was the most wanted and dangerous terrorist. he was the master mind in many terrorist attacks. saadam has been blamed to be involved in recent attack on the school. he was the [ inaudible ]. the intelligence agencies are investigating this. staying in pakistan, two separate u.s. drone strikes have killed seven people in the north near the afghan border. the identities of the victims are still unknown. to russia now, and president vladimir putin has signed a new military doctrine, it cites nato's military expansion as one of the country's biggest
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external threat. russia's economy has been hit hard by western sanctions for actions in ukraine. tell us about the update in the military doctrine. >> exactly. what we got -- this updated military doctrine from president putin is quite interesting, because it gives you an idea of what the president sees as the threats that are facing his country as we move into 2013. and first and foremost is nato. since the fall of the berlin wall, nato has added 12 eastern european countries to its membership, and that blue tide, really, is -- is coming closer and closer to russia, and really, putin and the kremlin are not happy about this at all. they see this as a
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potential -- real potential threat in -- in the -- possibly in the years ahead. so that is his first concern. the second concern is more of an international fear. basically he's very unhappy with the u.s. prompt global strike program. this is a conventional program in which it would enable the u.s. to deliver a conventional strike anywhere in the world within one hour's notice. and the kremlin isn't happy with that for obvious reasons. and finally, he's talking about the possible unsettling, destabilization in russia itself. he doesn't mention the region, but he is probably talking about the caucuses where there has been trouble there. and warns of possible terror attack. but a core part of this military doctrine remains unchanged, and basically the russian military remains a defensive force, only to be used in last resort.
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>> peter thank you. israel has given - given -- preliminary approval for more settlements. the israeli supreme court has ordered the demolition of one of the oldest and most contentious settlements in the west bank. the illegal outpost was established almost 20 years ago on private palestinian land without israeli permission. the court has ordered the area to be evacuated within two years. elsewhere in east jerusalem, a palestinian man has stabbed
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two border police. the site is considered holy for both jews and muslims, and there has been a series of attacks in the region in the past two months. syrian air strikes have killed several people south of damascus. there had been fighting in the area on thursday. the air strikes hit mostly residential areas, activates say. syrian government also conducted more air strike in aleppo province. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: the syrian air force targeted this commercial area in the north of the country. it has been almost four years since the violence began in syria. what started as a protest
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movement, desended into war that has now claimed the lives of around 200,000 people. civilians including children die across the country every day. >> translator: the jets have been bombing the shopping area in order to kill and injure the greatest number of people. >> reporter: united nations estimates that at least 3,000 people have been killed by barrel bombs in aleppo since last december alone. it says there is evidence that civilian gatherings have often been specifically targeted. and then there are the thousands of people who have been taken prisoner, or who have simply disappeared. this woman looks after her brothers on her family's farm in southern syria. >> translator: i left school to care for my moth -- brothers. my mother was captured two years ago. my father was killed in the first year of the war. security forces burnt our home.
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>> reporter: activists say more than 170 people have been killed while in prison since june. what began as a so-called arab spring uprising, spiralled in a regional war, and giving birth to groups such as isil fighting for control across international borders. more than 3 million people have fled the conflict in syria, an estimated 6.5 million people are internally displaced. repeated peace efforts have failed. the longer the war goes on, the more complex it gets, the more difficult ending the violence becomes. lebanon hosts around 1.2 million registered syrian refugees, but the government has decided to impose stricter conditions on those entering the country. border guards have been turning many away. >> reporter: they wait for hours and sometimes their relatives
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don't arrive. it's harder now for syrians to enter lebanon. this is the main border check point between the two countries. just a few weeks ago 15,000 people used to cross back and forth evidence. the government in lebanon has imposed stricter conditions because it can no longer cope. it says only those who have a humanitarian reason or those escaping fighting can enter. but there doesn't seem to be a clear pollty. >> we're hearing arbitrary policies think the security agency in charge of the borders. and ironically letting those who looked like they were just coming for the weekend. >> reporter: it is hard to independently confirm this because we were denied access to the office. the syrians tell you about the difficulties in what they call
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discriminatory treatment. officials say a person who goes back and forth won't be considered a displaced person. a local official justified these measures particularly after some syrians were involved in attacks and bombings in lebanon. >> lebanon is under a lot of pressure. we can't absorb more people. it has been four years. now for example men in their 20s are now at -- allowed in. >> reporter: there are those who also come to find work, and they work for less, leaving many lebanese without jobs. not all of the receive gees -- refugees entered from here. many were using illegal smuggling routes because they wanted to avoid syrian check points. that has now changed the armies have managed to close most of those illegal routes.
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so this crossing is a lifeline for syrians who for decades were able to come and go freely. but now it has become a defense line to protect themselves from who is on the other side. a rebel attack on some of libya's biggest oil terminals has killed at least 19 soldiers. a rocket fired by libyan dawn set fire in the east of the country. >> reporter: smoke rises over an oil tank that was hit by a rocket at the terminal. fighters belonging to the group, libyan dawn launched the surprise attack. they fired missiles from speedboats during fierce fighting. libya's oil terminals are mainly in the east of the country, under the control of forc forces -- affiliated from the goermer men gal. >> what will happen i think will
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be big fighting between the two groups, which will result in destroying all of the facility in the area. that's what happened in benghazi with the benghazi university, and in tripoli with the airport. >> reporter: libya is under the control of two rival governments each supported by armed groups. in august militias opposed to the government took over the cop toll tripoli. their own government was put in place. in november the country's supreme court invalidated the election of the parliament, citing violations of libya's provisional constitution. [ explosion ] >> reporter: rival militias have also formed two loosely affiliated blocks, one backing the government in ta bruk, the others backing leaders in
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tripoli. libyan dawn is a loose coalition of fighters broadly aligned with the tripoli-based government. the fighting is based around the oil terminal. libyan dawn wants to secure it before moving on to the other main oil ports. fighting around the turn -- terminals has caused the oil production to fall by a third. in egypt the military says at least two soldiers have been killed by a roadside come in the sinai peninsula. an army captain and soldier were killed when their army vehicle drove over the bomb. al jazeera continues to call for the release of our three journalists who have been imprisoned in egypt. they are falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood.
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still ahead for you this hour, a report from albania on the age-old blood feud sending frightened families into hiding. i'm daniel lak in eastern canada, where coastal erosion accelerated by climate change is erasing dozens of square kilometers of valuable land each year. and international cricket returns to christ church for the first time since the 2011 earthquake. ♪
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meanwhile memorials are being held to remember the death of people killed by the tsunami. well, the tsunami affected more than 13 countries, stretching thousands of kilometers across the globe the earthquake hit 66 kilometers off of the island just before 9:00 in the morning local time. the quake was 25 kilometers beneath the surface of the ocean, when the indian plate was forced under the burma plate. some estimate it has the power of 33,000 bombs. this animation shows how the
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tsunami waves rose up, then traveled thousands of kilometers across the indian ocean. one of the closest places was in indonesia. waves 10 meters high crashed on to the shoreline. half a million were displayed. the coast of thailand was next to be hit. 8,000 died, and two and a half hours later the tsunami hit skr skree land ka. and in india. the tsunami would cause loss of life in ten other countries. the total number killed over 220,000. making this the single-worst tsunami in recorded history. simon is with the red cross
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and joins us on skype from geneva. the report we just heard there, really brings home the many lives affected and lost. ten years on, what are the lessons learned from this asian tsunami? >> many lessons all organization which participated in the recovery, [ inaudible ] a lot of it was confirmation of what we already knew, and perhaps let me highlight two or three of them. one, no country can be spared from a disastrous event like that. tsunami [ inaudible ] as you just indicated in your program in that particular direction in the northwestern direction. it would have been in another location, and covered a completely different area, so every country has to be prepared. importance of preparedness is absolutely essential. secondly, it's important to well coordinate international
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assistance with domestic assistance, which was overwhelming in the countries affected by tsunami. and finally it's very important to accept international assistance. no country however rich or poor it is can be spared. and it's all about speed, it's about saving lives. we were put under tremendous pressure to quickly rebuild, there was a lot of public pressure, newspapers, media, but it's important to get it right. >> we heard earlier from margaret from the u.n. who said it was totally unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of people were killed in this natural disaster. if something similar were to happen again, are you confident that enough has been invested in disaster protection and
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prevention and management to be able to avoid a loss of life on this scale? >> a lot was invested in early-warning system, the indian ocean tsunami early warning system is there. there is much understanding amongst the players, organizations like ours, how to react, how to manage an event like this. we are better prepared now, but i don't think we can be completely 100% prepared. look at what happened in japan two or three years ago, the most technological country in the world. >> well, it was very good to get your thoughts on this. five people have been injured in a suspected arson
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attack on a mosque in the swedish town. up to 20 people were attending prayers in a residential building, which serves as a mosque when the fire broke out on christmas day. police are investigating. communist albania was once one of the most isolated countries in the world, now it's trying to build a functional justice system. many in the mountainous north are caught between the law and a fierce code of honor. >> reporter: these children were born into captivity. they are not allowed to leave the house except to change address. they do this at night, every few months. they have never been to school, but they know strangers are trying to kill them and their parents. >> translator: my children's hearts are like hearts of rabbits. they are always afraid. they are watching over me. they never ask for anything, not clothes, presents, not even cell
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phone. also they ask is to be free to walk outside. >> reporter: he is involved in a glood feud. 22 years ago this brother killed another man in a land dispute and escaped to america. under traditional albanian law, he is now the male responsible for the blood that was spilled. for hundreds of years the rule held precedence. the spilling of blood, it says, can only be avenged by blood. no reconciliation is necessary, sno financial settlement is responsible. even the authorities cannot help him. >> translator: i am afraid of the albanian state much more than my pursuers. i have written several letters, they send the police and a social worker to my house, and say stop asking for help.
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you are in a blood feud. this is how you are going to die. they nearly escaped two years by driving to sweden. it is a problem faced by some 600 families in blood feuds here. >> translator: albania is under pressure from the european union to build a proper state, and is afraid to confess that it cannot protect its own. it's a crime at the expense of the families that are hunted down. it specifically states that women and children should never been harmed. a group called the lizard squad says it is behind a hack which took millions of gamers
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off line. the networks were disrupted on christmas day. some of the problems are continuing. kim vinnell has the latest. >> reporter: for millions of gamers this christmas was an anxious affair. having readied themselves for some serious holiday screen time. many found while trying to connect to play online, they hit a wall. sony's play station, and microsoft xbox live network, both apparently the target of a cyber attack. a group of hackers say they are the ones to blame. a quick scroll of their twitter page shows them revelling in the attention. the attack comes at a sensitive time with movie goers across the u.s. lining up for the release of the interview, a comedy about a plot to kill north korea's heard, kim jung un. ♪
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sony initially said it was going to delay the release after an unprecedented hacking attack. the u.s. blamed north korea which denied responsibility. china is now urging to take the film's release lightly. >> translator: we hope that they can exercise constraint and appropriately deal with the issue. we realize the film has caused some problems. china has expressed its position several times. >> reporter: security experts say there's now more cyber attacks, and that the attitudes of cyber criminals are changing. they say hackers are becoming bolder, spurred on by a sense of immunity, hidden behind computers across the globe. governments, corporations, and increasingly consumers are becoming their victims. i'm joined now by eddie
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williams in brussels, he's a cyber security specialist. online hack attacks be prevented? >> well, it's very difficult. if you really target a company or an organization, you always can circumvent a lot of security measures. so it's very difficult to -- to block it completely, even if you are aware that it is going to happen, and that's what happened yesterday with sony and the xbox. >> how is it that large multinational companies like sony and microsoft, which can potentially invest millions in the kind of software to protect themselves from these kinds of attacks have been targeted in this way? they made it easy for the hackers perhaps. >> i don't think they made it easy, because they have protection measures in place. it just -- you know, hackers are
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very -- they have a lot of techniques they are going to use, or can use, and you don't know where the attack is always coming from, so that's part of the problem. so it's very difficult to defend you against it. however, we see an increase of a lot of [ inaudible ] going up for circumventing and preventing against these kind of attacks. not only from big organizations or big companies, like sony, or microsoft, but we also see a lot of change going on at -- at governments, at -- at countries, where -- well, a lot of people seems to be create -- or having fear for being attacked by, well, somebody. >> how then do you effectively protect yourself if you don't know who the enemy is? how do you characterize online attacks. a distinction could be made to
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attacks on companies or governments or could the attackers target both? what motivates them? >> what motivates them is very -- well, i have a -- several possibilities of course, we have of course, cyber criminals who are going -- well, just going behind the money. that's one thing. but it's not only the cyber criminals, it's also activists in -- in this case for sony and xbox, they are possibly [ inaudible ] some kind of hacking group. it's some kind of activist group. they want to show you something. in this case it's very difficult to say what they want to show, actually, while actually they show that there are problems of course security related to these company. that's definitely true. but there are also other kinds of motives, of course there is some spyware maybe created by a lot of governments, maybe at
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this moment as well. that's also what we saw over here in brussels with -- with rejen, a governmental state created kind of malware. so we see a lot of motives coming from a lot of groups these days, and that seems to be increasing in -- in every way, and that is getting more of a problem. it's not that it's -- you know, a combination of things that it's becoming a problem. it's the combination that it is growing, and we have a lot of increasement of a lot of problems, and that seems to be the problem with a lot of companies, and countries. >> eddie williams in brussels. thank you. in jordan one thing hasn't changed over many decades, and that's government sensorship of books. >> reporter: not every book is
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welcome in jordan whether printed locally or imported the government has long censored and banned books it deems problematic. since the beginning of the year, at least 52 books were banned by the government. eight of which were published by this man. >> if you could -- criticize the peace process or criticize anything that the royal family, or, you know, the prime minister or something, they -- they -- they don't read this. >> reporter: one of the recently banned books at this publishing house is this book. authorities took him and his publishers to court over the novel, but weren't able to stop tens of thousands of people from reading it online. it talks about the 1986 university protests which ended with security forces killing three students.
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>> translator: the old generation kept quiet about this incident for more than 28 years. my book unearthed buried history, and that irritated authorities. sometimes the truth hurts. >> reporter: certain books about the palestinian israeli conflict that put jordan on the wrong side of history are also sensitive. up until 2007 no one could read a book before the government read it and made sure it contained no material that violates the law. but that year the law was amended to stop the prior review of books, and although this meant an improvement in freedom of expression, publishers say books can still be banned if they deal with issues the government considers sensitive. the press and publications department ignored our request for statistics. but a researcher says the
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government bans between 50 and 100 books a year. >> the authorities don't like to document this. if you ask, they will actually say no books are banned in jordan. >> reporter: no matter how often the censorship issue will be raised, it looks like jordan will continue to control what people can and can't read. security forces from india and bangladesh have started a four-day meeting. they have been trying to settle a long-returning border dispute. an agreement would end decades of uncertainty for those left on the wrong side of the border. families belonging to india's minority sikh community
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were remembered. 3,000 people were killed in what is now considered india's bloodiest riot in modern times. still ahead -- >> number 23, lebron james. >> that's right lebron james returns to miami for the first time since returning to the cleveland cavaliers. raul will have all of the details for us in a moment. ♪
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♪ welcome back.
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now canadian researchers are using video game technology to predict coastal erosion on prince edward island. but the results are quite serious. the island is losing dozens of kilometers each year. >> reporter: these people know coastal erosion too well. their home is now 25 meters off of this beach underwater. when they visit they remember what they lost to the surging sea. >> we sort of get used to it, i guess, the fact that it isn't here anymore. and it didn't just happen overnight. it grew on us gradually, and it's just one of those things you have to accept. >> reporter: it has some of canada's most sought after shore front property. but rising sea and storm surges are washing it away a little
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each year. >> you paid somewhere between $3.50 to maybe $7 a square foot, so now for every little square foot that drops off into the water, it's hurting the money belt. >> reporter: vital infrastructure is threatened too. this lighthouse will soon be moved inland by volunteers. sewage treatment plants, bridges, roads, and even wind turbines are menaced. these shorelines have been eroding for as long as the place existed. but a new computer program is showing what is happening. if it looks like a video game, that's because clive, as it's known, combines data on erosion in sea levels with game controllers. you swoop over the island to see vulnerable areas. as coastal people themselves were shown on a tour of the
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technology last summer. >> some people were brought to tears, actually from it. they are concerned about their own property. made them feel very anxious. and i was surprised as well that most people suggested that we were under playing the vulnerability, underplaying the risk. >> reporter: the government says people need to factor erosion into their plans, build their homes further back from the shower. as for climate change that's a global issue. far beyond what a small canadian jurisdiction could possibly deal with on its own. what emmett and barbara experienced is just a fact of life. let's get your sport now. >> thank you very much. football first chelsea has gone six points clearly briefly at the top of the table following a victory over west ham in the first game of the traditional boxing day game in england.
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after the break, dee august go scored his 13th goal of the season to give chelsea a rather routine 2-0 win. man city can close the gap back to 3 points if they beat west brom, they are doing pretty well so far. liverpool are playing burley. it's goalless there. manchester united leading newcastle. but the day ended arsenal taking on [ inaudible ]. >> we expect the darby, nothing to lose, to come and have a go at us, but we have to focus on our performances, and especially make sure that after christmas we take advantage of a schedule we have, and put the performances in. we have -- we have good opportunity over christmas to show what we are much better
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than people think we are. >> now it was an unhappy return for lebron james as he faced the heat in miami for the first time since rejoining the cavaliers in july. they lost 101-91 in florida as richard par reports. >> number 23, lebron james. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: a warm reception for the man that helped miami win two nba titles. >> it's cool. a lot of emotions, you know, come back, and, you know, i spent four years here with those guys, man, and some guys are still here, some guys are not here, you know, we put in a lot of hard work and dedication to do the best we could. >> reporter: lebron james rejoined the cavaliers in july, but it was dwyane wade who was the star in his return. miami guided wade into 24 of his 31 points in the first half.
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>> there's no other reason to say anything negative about lebron james here in miami. i'm glad your fans cheered him the way they did. >> reporter: a dunk by james put cleveland in front in the fourth quarter, but they lost it when he was penalized for hanging on to the him for too long. lebron's replacement at miami had a good night. the former chicago bull scored 25 points. james ended up with 30, but it wouldn't be enough. >> it's tough to play under these circumstances when you are so used to playing regular season games, and this is my first back home, my first home game. so it was very difficult. >> reporter: miami won, but they are still trying to recover from the loss of lebron. >> it has been a very, very
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tough season for this team so far, they have dealt with a lot of injuries as well. but fans will still stick around, there is a lot of other stuff to do down here. i think fans are still hurting from it. >> reporter: while miami paid tribute to james, his cleveland team still has a lot to do to claim the crown. international cricket returned to christ church on friday for the first time since the 2011 earthquake. the city's original international sports stadium was destroyed in the quake four years ago, that also killed nearly 200 people. the kiwis hosted sri lanka. they certainly made it a day to remember for the black cats. the century coming off of 74 deliveries. that's a record. the kiwis closing on 429-7.
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meanwhile in melbourne, captain steve smith once again proved to be the difference for australia against india. he is currently unbeaten on 72. it's the fourth time he has gotten past 50 in this series. 259-5. they lead the series 2-0. and dean scored 121 for south africa on day one of their test. 70th annual sydney to hobar race has begun. 117 teams left sydney harbor for the voyage. american newcomer took the lead, and they are due to arrive in hobart on sunday.
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that is your sport. >> raul thank you. that's all from the news hour, but we leave you now with p pib -- pictures of the indian tsunami that struck on this day ten years ago. ♪
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