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gy meets humanity... only on al jazeera america . >> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, welcome to the newshour i'm jane dutton live from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes - jordan refuses i.s.i.l. demand to free an iraqi prisoner until it gets proof that one of its pilots is still alive. i.s.i.l. makes it on the list of the world's top challenges. we speak to human rights watch for more of that almost a year after mh370, malaysia airlines flight disappeared, the crash has been
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ruled an accident. plus... >> i'm in aberdeen where thousands of jobs depends on the oil industry and where the current low oil prices are raising concerns about the future. we begin with breaking news out of mexico. there has been a gas explosion at a children's hospital in mexico city. officials say one person is dead and 54 injured. many of them children. we are looking at the latest pictures coming from there. it's a massive explosion. let's bring in adam raney, on the line from mexico city tijuana. what happened? >> a gas truck filling up tanks, it looks like at a cafeteria at this maternity and children's hospital exploded and nearly
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collapsed most of the hospital. there's reports following the local government chief, of two confirmed deaths. dozens injured, many with burns. they are rushed to other hnts in the area. this is western -- other hospitals in the area. this is western mexico city. people are wondering if some of the people they knew in the hospital that have been evacuated, and we may expect the death toll to go up. what we know is there's two confirmed deaths. people volunteered at the site carrying buckets of water putting out some of the fires that you see there. this could get worse throughout the day. at the moment you have the emergency workers, the mayor, local chief of government also trying to keep abreast of the situation, keeping us informed. >> what you know is at least two have been killed many injured.
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we are looking at the latest pictures. a rescue mission not that easy. no idea how many are trapped under the rubble. you can see fire and gas burning from the explosion at a children's hospital now for the latest developments on negotiations to free two hostages held by the islamic state of iraq and levant. jordan says it will not go ahead with a prisoner swap with i.s.i.l. unless the group guarantees that a jordanian hostage is alive. i.s.i.l. released a recording threatening to dill a jordanian -- kill a jordanian pilot if a woman on death row is not released. gerald tan with the latest. >> reporter: under immense pressure jordan's government is in the middle of a 3-way hostage swap with i.s.i.l. at the center is one of its citizens moaz al-kasasbeh, an
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aircraft pilot captured by i.s.i.l. after his aircraft crashed. his life depend on this prisoner on death row in jordan. sajida al-rishawi is one of four attackers involved in a 2005 bombing which killed 57 people in ayman, and i.s.i.l. which some call daesch in arabic wants her freed. >> jordan is willing to exchange sajida al-rishawi with the jordanian pilot moaz al-kasasbeh. at this point we want to emphasise that we have asked for a proof of life from daesch and we have not received anything as of yet. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. says it's willing to exchange sajida al-rishawi for that of another person it is holding, japanese freelance journalist kenji goto jogo. earlier on thursday it released an audio recording saying the
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jordanian pilot would be killed unless sajida al-rishawi is freed. al jazeera can't independently verify the message. the japanese government is involved in a flurry of diplomacy after one of its nationals was killed this week. it has an envoy in ayman. >> translation: as ordered by the foreign minister we continue to collect analyse and share information. we and the government are working as one for kenji goto jogo's release. >> reporter: japan wants its citizen released so does jordan and is willing to free sajida al-rishawi to get its pilot back. i.s.i.l. has not indicated that it would release the jordanian pilot, leaving both governments in tense talks with an unpredictable group. let's cross to andrew sim simmonds in the town where the pilot is from. where does all of this leave the deal the handover?
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>> well we are no further on. the information minister highlighted the fact that they want proof that moaz al-kasasbeh is alive. that their pilot is paramount to their negotiations. the japanese are working in the interests of their citizen kenji goto jogo. it's a really awkward desperate situation, and, of course the sun is going down here as it is on the turkish border with syria. big tension. there was a sombre atmosphere in this area which is an area where the pilot comes from. he comes from a family of influential tribe, and there is a lot of consternation really reawakened here about jordan's role in the conflict and with i.s.i.l. at war effectively
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with jordan there is a lot of feeling now that it is a war that a lot of people don't want. and a feeling that this pilot does have to come home safety. >> thank you for that. al jazeera gained access to the syrian border town of kobane, which has been the center of fierce fighting between kurdish forces and i.s.i.l. after four months of battles, the kurds managed to push i.s.i.l. out. as reported the town has been devastated and kurdish forces face a task of finding and clearing unexploded mines. >> four month of battles left kobane in ruins, it was fierce fighting street-by-street house by house. here in the north, there's not one building that was not destroyed. some burnt out. many reduced to a file of rubble. kurdish fighters looked tired.
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it was difficult at the beginning. the air strikes helped us fighters stood their ground. air strikes wouldn't have been enough. the presence was key. apart from the fighters there's barely anyone. there used to be 200,000 living here. >> civilians will not be able to return soon. there's no infrastructure. this for example, is what is left of the hospital. the main priority for the fighters at this point is to clear the town of the mines and booby traps that the i.s.i.l. fighters may have left behind. they will have to comb the town for unexploded ordinance rusting underground. there's a sense of victory among the fighters patrolling the streets. on monday the kurdish people's protection unit claimed victory after recapturing the town. officials are cautious about the victory, fighting and air
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strikes are ongoing all about kobane. >> it hasn't finished yet. still threat by the terrorists because they are controlling almost the whole countryside. they will try to bomb sell and attack again. we still have more than 380 under the control of i.s.i.s. the second stage is resisting for, you know kobane. >> kobane's recapture is a blow against i.s.i.l. the black flag replaced by the colours. it will take more battles until the threat of i.s.i.l. is gone. >> syrian opposition activists are accusing the government of four air strikes that killed 14 people activists say dozens of
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others were injured in the strikes, targetting a market and residential areas. iraq's government is investigating a massacre. iraqi troops and shia militia rounded up men during the search for i.s.i.l. and shot them. diarmy is a microcos im of iraq and a microcos im of all that is feared could happen as militia and other forces fight alongside the iraqi government forces against i.s.i.l. in the village, survivors tell us after days of fighting iraqi security forces primarily the army move through the town reading from a list of displaced
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people. there they took away the men, after marching them for a kilometre. they took away some of those men and shot them behind a wall. a survivor tells us that he saw 13 members, 13 of his neighbours laying dead including school teachers and shop owners. the united nations pointed out that it's the responsibility of the iraqi government to maintain control of all the forces under his command. he stood before parliament saying it was too son to tell what happened. he promised that there would be changes at the interior ministry. other villages say that they have received warning letters are saying that the same thing could happen to them and more people sunni families from the villages are on the move looking for safety. >> the conflict in syria and iraq are some of the top challenges according to human
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rights watch. human rights violation by governments aggravate many of the crisis. it says sectarian policies by syria and iraq's government are partially to blame for the rise of i.s.i.l. and points to international indifference. human rights watch highlights abuses in syria, accusing bashar al-assad's forces of deliberately attacking civilians in opposition-held areas. it says that the nigerian army responded to the threat of boko haram. by rounding up hundreds of men and boys suspected of supporting the group detaining, abusing and killing them. kenneth roth joins me from beirut. good to have you with us. interesting reading the report and how much blame you apportion to groups like i.s.i.l. and governments. talk me through that.
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when governments are facing challenges there's a tendency for the governments to say human rights that's a luxury for less trying teems. we'll take a pure security approach. what we found in country after country is that tendency to sideline human rights is a disaster for security policy. if you take nigeria, it was precisely the nigerian military's indiscriminate destruction of homes that turned off the local population whose support was needed to effectively fight boko haram. if you look at iraq a few years ago the sunni tribes had joined together to fight al qaeda in iraq. the predecessor of i.s.i.l. today, because of the atrocities committed, the principle tool used by the former maliki
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government. the tribes felt that they were safer under i.s.i.l. if you can imagine, than they would be under baghdad. >> you wonder how they deal with root causes that give rise to the groups if you can't stop governments from committing the atrocities. >> taking the case of syria, there's a large-scale military effort under way to turn back i.s.i.l. but the west is basically ignoring bashar al-assad's barrel bombing of civilians, which is the main thing killing syrians. if you go to the syrians on the ground. whose help the west is looking to. they say you are going to focus on i.s.i.l.'s atrocity not asaad's, the refusal to address the barrel bombs, they are so indiscriminate that they can't
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be used on the front lines. so stopping the barrel bombs does not change the balance of power between bashar al-assad and i.s.i.l. but it stops the main thing killing syrian civilians. >> it stops a political resolution. as we were talking we can see that the focus seems to have moved dramatically on him in order to focus on groups like i.s.i.l. >> bashar al-assad is happy having the choice between him and i.s.i.l. it's important to get beyond that false dichotomy and look at the principles involved. the top priority should be sparing syrian civilians from being slaughtered. we are seeing too much of this by i.s.i.l. and bashar al-assad. if that is the focus of western efforts, it bay be possible to
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develop that. >> good talking to you u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon said the threat imposed will top talks. he'll ask leader to try to find solution to end violence in nigeria. the group, boko haram, increased attacks ahead of the election. 10,000 people have died at the hands of boko haram in the past five years, the nigeria government defended its military after an amnesty international annual report said troops didn't help hundreds attacked by boko haram. thousands of people fled the nearby town after boko haram killed hundreds of people there and accuses the military of failing to respond to requests to send reinforcements and advanced warnings of a boko
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haram attack. the armed group took control of that town on sunday. let's go live to our correspondent live in abuja. i should imagine the nigeria government has not been too happy hearing these allegations. what are they saying about it? >> that's right. they say the allegations are inaccurate unfair misleading and unverifiable. and that they don't verify their stories, that's what the government is saying. the premise of the ammesty report are two things. one is defense headquarters in abuja, that boko haram was building up and planning an attack. apparently the soldiers according to amnesty asked for reinforcements and the requests repeated were ignored by defense headquarters. the second premise is that local
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residents say boko haram warned them actual came door to door telling them they were planning to attack a village, positions guarding the military. what the military are saying is that this would be a departure in the way boko haram operate. boko haram do not go door to door. telling villages that they'll attack the military. the fact that amnesty are not naming the sources is what is awing the nigerian authorities to dismiss the report as nonsense. staying with the security there must be concern about what will
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happen. >> that's right, it's a difficult issue and a sensitive issue. there's no question that boko haram caused havoc and killed thousands. we know this. what the electoral authority is saying is that they are going to attempt to conduct the election in the three states that have been affected by boko haram. you must remember that there are 36 states in nigeria, three seeing the worst violence and that has not been in all the local government areas as they are called of the states it's specific areas in those states. the electoral authorities intend to go ahead, but admit it will be difficult. the european union said they will not go to the north-east because of the security situation. the question is does the fact that people will not be able to vote potentially if there is violence. if there is chaos, to what
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extent does that affect the credibility of the election. many people including the electoral authorities. they are concerned about the potential that people will be disenfranchised because of insecurity or failure to show up and conduct a poll it will not impinge on the outcome of the race. >> thank you much more to come on this newshour including an inquest into the sydney cafe siege reveals what happens to the victims as police moved in coming up in sport - two teams wait on a draw to decide their quarterfinals fate at the african cup of nations. israel says it has received a message from the u.n. peacekeeping force that hezbollah is not interested in an escalation of violence.
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two israeli soldiers and a spanish u.n. peacekeeper were killed in an exchange of fire. the attack happened in the shebaa farms area close to the israeli lebanese border. nicole johnson is on the blue line between israel and lebanon. >> from this position we are a couple of hundred meters away from the shebaa farms area. it's beyond the fence. you can see it in the distance. the attack happened below an israeli army post. the information that we have is that hezbollah fighters continued to fire at that point for about half an hour until their men got out of the way. here though it's been calm but still somewhat sense. there has been israeli drones in the sky, and investigators from the lebanese army arrived to hold a meeting and investigate the death of a uni fill
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peace-keeper killed in cross-border fire. politically in lebanon. local politicians and beirut have been strongly emphasising this attack took place, emphasising that it wasn't in contravention to the united nations revolution 17-01, marking the end of the war between hezbollah and israel. friday we'll look ahead for a large rally inside beirut. this is the first time we'll hear from hezbollah's leader and people will be looking to see if this is the end of hostilities or whether there'll be more operations coming up. >> a mystery that dogged us for a year. malaysia civil aviation declared the disappearance of malaysia airlines mh370 an accident.
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the civil aviation chief says 239 op border presumed dead clearing the way for families to file compensation claims. mh370 disappeared in march last year while flying from kuala lumpur to beijing. the search for the debris is a priority. we have more from kuala lumpur. >> periodic statements have been made by the civil aviation authority of malaysia today on thursday is no different. we were expecting a technical statement to be made by the caa, an update on what they knew about the technical information that they managed to gather from the search scenario. this unprecedented statement made by the caa, really did come out of the blue stating that the malaysian government and the caa agree that the flight mh370,
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with 239 passengers on board. passengers and crew is officially missing. it leaves the door open for negotiations between the airline and the families who have lost their loved ones to start. compensation deals will be negotiated on a case by case scenario but it allows the families to be able to gain a death certificate or the paperwork allowing them to get a death certificate in their countries to progress with their lives, for the moment the families in malaysia have been silent. they have been quiet about what has gone on. some not wanting to admit that their loved ones are dead. we await their reaction. however, malaysia airlines and the government say the search continues for the plane - 18,000 square kilometres of indian ocean have been searched at a depth of 6,000 meters. authorities are saying they will
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not give up the search to find the missing malaysia airlines plane meanwhile investigators looking into the fatal crash of airasia flight 8501 say the co-pilot was at the controls when it went down in december. indonesia's national safety data center says the pilot asked to increase altitudes to avoid clouds and it went into a fast climb and stalled before crashing into the java sea. the aircraft was travelling from surabaya to singapore. all 162 on board were killed. the bodies of 42 of the 44 filipino police men killed in battles with rebels in the south arrived in manila were received by top government and officials at the air base. the officers will be given state
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honours still ahead - the united nations children's fund launches a record appeal to help millions of children suffering because of conflict. and in sport, after three losses in the australian open final, andy murray gets another shot at it. details later.
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let's take a look at the top stories on al jazeera. in mexico city a gas explosion at a maternity and children's hospital left two people dead and dozens injured. the hospital partially collapsed after a gas tanker truck blew up outside. many of those injured are young children and infants. jordan says it will not go ahead with a prisoner swap with i.s.i.l. unless the group guarantees that a jordanian hostage is alive. i.s.i.l. released an audio recording threatening to kill a
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pilot its holding unless an iraqi woman on death row is not released malaysia airline chief declared the flight mh370 an accident. clearing the way for families to file compensation claims. the airplane disappeared flying from kuala lumpur to beijing. factions in yemen appear close to reaching a deal allowing the framework to form a unity government. it's been a week since the cabinet resigned. violence continued across the country. 14 houthis have been killed in attacks in central b ark da province nine were killed when an al qaeda force stormed a house. members of a shia group were meeting in the building at the
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time. my correspondent joins me hashem ahelbarra, he's been covering the event. what do you know about the deal? >> most of those involved in the negotiations agreed to form a presidential council which will lead yemen until elections are held. they haven't finalised who will be represented, the presidential council, which will replace the president who resigned. then they'll form a national unity government within the coming days. for them it is crucial, there are three factions pushing for the deal. former president who remains powerful. houthis gained momentum over the last few weeks, and the sunnis representing 65% of the yemenis. it sounds good on paper, talk us through the difficulties you laid out there what the
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different desires are. >> it's been a long time getting to this point and when there's an obvious -- obvious tur there has been a -- overture, it's been set back. >> houthis made it clear they want more of a say in the government because they are now the most organised military organization, and control an area stretching from the north to the south of the capital. on the other hand they want to state a comeback and would like to have the son lee yemeni. the sunni party represents the sunni majority and it says it endorses a power-sharing deal but some of its demands contradicts the demands of the houthis. they consider the party enemy number one. it remains to be seen whether this is a wedding of convenience
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a whether it could pave the way to elect a new president thank you the united nations children's fund launched an appeal for donations, asking for $3.1 billion to help children around the world suffering because of the conflicts. last year. it collected around half of the $2 billion. that meant it had to cut some of its programs. ashram is the director of programs at u.n.i.c.e.f. she returned from syria, where she visited homs and hamas. welcome. thank you for joining us. why are you asking for money, where is it going to go? what are the needs? >> u.n.i.c.e.f. appealed for $3.1 billion to reach 61 million children in 71 countries, we increased our request by a
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billion, largely to deal with children who are impacted by the crisis. in syria as well as the ebola outbreak. >> 9 million to request, and in syria and surrounding countries, and the other 500 million is to support the outbreak of ebola in all three ebola countries. u.n.i.c.e.f. increased its requirements. children have seen so much terror and some are so young. what truck me of the devastation is the shattering of buildings and children fleeing living in shelters with their family. there's a need to rebuild the
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schools and get children back in schools. part of the challenge is we have seen malnutrition and we are focussing on immunization polio and measles, as well as providing packages of services to women and children in primary health care services and nutrition. for the first time in a long time we are seeing malnourished children in syria growing, and the need for support for those children to address further deterioration of the united nation. >> hearing this and what children are suffering, countries with money, they seem to be reluctant to cough up. i know that oil will be used as an excuse now. how do you get the money. why is it hard to get it from countries? >> i think parts of our challenge is there is a fatigue,
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but i think we have to change the narrative in a way. we have to see that the investment in children now is an investment in the future stability and peace of these countries, that's why we focus on education, 20% of our appeal is for education, and 9% is for protection. we have also focussed on building the cells of adolescence and youth because otherwise none of these countries, even if there is a peaceful negotiation and solution will have the skill sets to build back and re-establish peace. for me it's the trauma of today, of children fleeing violence and conflict, who need health care services for survival but the generation of tomorrow that if we don't invest we are going to end up with a group of people who have nothing - have known nothing better than picking up a gun as the only means of power and solution.
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>> i hope you get what you want. thank you for your time. >> details emerging about how two hostages died in a gun attack in a cafe in the australian city of city. a lawyer assisting the core owner told the inquest one was killed by fragments of a police bullet and the other point blank by the gunman. andrew thomas with the details. >> reporter: it was a dramatic end to a siege lasting more than 16 hours. in a few minutes three people a hostage taker and two hostages were dead. on thursday an inquest began into how and why they died. >> we'll do all within our power to undertake a comprehensive investigation that is rigorous independent and searching. it will strive to establish what happened why it happened and whether it could be prevented or
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responded to. >> reporter: the siege began in the morning. man haron monis pulled a gun on staff. police surrounded the coffee shop. part of the city was in lock down. >> rarely has horrifying event happened so publicly. >> reporter: even as the first flowers were laid police began to investigate. 40 officers have been working on it. they will be questions, press at the scene and hostages. the coroner was able to say how the gunman and two hostages died. >> tori johnson was killed by the gunman made to kneel and shot in the head. as police stormed the cafe they fired 32 shots. man haron monis was hit 13 teems and decide a hostage katrina dawson was hit. >> ms dawson was struck by six fragments of a police bullet or
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bullets that ricochetted from hard surfaces into her body. i will not detail the damage done to ms dawson other than to say one fragment struck a major blood vessel. she lost consciousness and died shortly afterwards. >> today the cafe is boarded up. the floors that covered the square have been cleared away. >> the memories are here. >> reporter: the event will be looked at. every fragment of bullet will be catered for. man haron monis faced further charges, why was he on bail. were the police actions appropriate? what was the role of media and social media, and how somehow the event be categorized - was it terrorism? a drop in oil prices around the world may be good news for consumers, they are hitting the industry hard.
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the cost of crude stands at around $49 a barrel. a 60% slide since last summer affecting big companies. shell says it's capping the no of spending by $15 billion to plug profits. b.p. announced plans to cut thousands of jobs and suspend some of its projects. the north sea headquarters is in aberdeen. nadine has been speaking to people there. >> on the eastern coast of scotland. aberdeen's a success story thanks to oil and gas. >> 30,000 work in the industry it's thought 10 times as many are employed in related sector. bp followed shell announcing job cuts. it focus attention on the impact of low oil prices. >> this part of aberdeen is a fishing village, a time where jobs were provided to the workforce.
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>> north see oil exploration took off. it made aberdeen a prosperous city. >> some are wondering whether the prosperity could be at risk. >> i caught up with shona. she used to work in the oil and gas industry and her husband does as an engineer. she's confident it will be thriving when her son grows up. >> aberdeen is the center of ex-lens. if the offshore oil and gas is absent. there's always work coming from overseas. people here are so skilled in this city. work will come i am sure from far and wide. >> reporter: union official jake malloy warns the future of the industry could be in danger unless the government steps in with tax breaks. >> when oil prices were high government saw fit to increase taxes, slowly the oil price drops, we should have a fiscal
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regime to reflect that. it's sustaining jobs i will and a revenue stream from the country as a hole. >> aberdeen people like it's thriving. unemployment stands at 2% and the city center is full of businesses catering for people earning above average u.k. salaries. at the bar. they are not worried about the oil prices. i asked the assistant manager why. >> others say being an oil and gas industry. it's not 100% driven by oil. there's a lot of different industries within abbott teen it's not just 100% dedicated. if it doesn't rise confidence among investors and jobs could take a dip. >> to china, state media says 100,000 dairy farmers are leaving the industry. blamed on the global slump in
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dairy prices. it fell after a rise in milk production in australia and united states last year. adrian brown visited china, a hard hit area this is a naturaler with a lot on her mind. she decided to expand her diary farm and borrowed more than $300,000 dollars. there has been a turn around in her fortunes called by a slump in dairy prices. >> now i feel no one drinks milk any more. we can't sell it at all. diary farms have stopped buying. >> for jo the priority is reducing costs. like the high quality feed she imports from australia. two weeks ago she was forced to take drastic measures when she sold 100 of her 500 cows. 40 of them to a local abattoir.
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>> translation: each cow is like a child to me. every time one is sent to the slaughter house my heart is broken. i don't want to talk about it i'm so sad. >> reporter: but she does have one new customer a local garden center which buys at a heavily discounted rate at $0.05 a litre. the milk is mixed with water, making the plants more newt righteous and is a common irrigation technique in this part of china. >> now the price of milk is the same as water. it's so cheap. >> the falling price is blamed on a number of other factors, including over production by inexperienced farmers rushing into the world's fastest growing dairy markets. the global milk glut is part of the problem for farmers like jo. this is an industry beset with bad practices for which, in many
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case it only has itself to blame. 7 years ago six infants died and 30,000 others fell ill after drinking formula made from contaminated milk. that led to a surge in demand for foreign milk powder which continued, mainly because that imported powder is cheaper than locally produced milk. farms like this hardest hit. >> if the government an help and offer a subsidy, i think we can pass the difficult period. >> reporter: without government financial help it is unlikely to survive in the next part of our diary series we report from the u.k. where milk has become cheaper than water. we visit farm tors see what it means for -- farmers to see what
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it means for them. that's on friday here on al jazeera it's been four weeks since egypt's highest appeals court ordered a retrial for three al jazeera journalists. they have been in prison for 397 days. the court has not delivered a fully written judgment or set a date for a new trial. al jazeera demands the release of peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed, falsely accused of working with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. egyptian president abdul fatah al-sisi said he would like the case to be resolved. still ahead, as australia prepares for the final of the asian cup we look back at the football past and have that in a moment.
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china is to build a 3,000 high rail line connecting to south-east asia according to the china-railway workings it will be constructed in four stages from china to loose. it will continue to bangkok, where it will split, heading to thailand's southern and northern provinces. the bangkok line will continue to kuala lumpur. as we report even though the system needs an upgrade, many wonder who will benefit from it. thailand's rail industry is one of asia's oldest and is showing its age. the network received little
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funding with no major investment in more than half a century. >> it is so old. it's even. when the train moves, i'm afraid i will fall off. >> with a speed of 50 k/hr all the trains run late and at a loss. compare that to china's super high-speed fleet. in a couple of decades, the country has transformed its system to one of the most technologically advanced in the world, and is offering to do the same for south-east asia's quaking railways and the government agreed to start construction in thailand by the end of the year. >> the project is expected to cost around $12 billion. beijing and bangkok have yet to work out how it will be financed. the plan is to play 873km of new track, and 106 brand new shiny modern trains will be added to
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the current fleet. some are question the motives. existing trains and tracks in south-east asia are not compatible with the rail network. thailand will have two systems with one to connect to china. logistics and transport experts believe the new train network and the route is designed to benefit china. >> i think from a chinese perspective it makes sense for them to have a system put in the neighbouring countries. from an historical perspective. it was a different system. that enables the connectivity and support china, and access to resources. >> for this grandmother, who has been taking the train for 30 years to see her family any total to shorten her 16 hour journey is welcome.
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it too long sometimes it breaks down, we need a new system. >> reporter: high speed rail routes have been designed with trade in mind rather than passengers okay. let's get the sport. farah, what is going on. >> starting with football and the drawing of lots has been taking place to decide the last quarterfinalist at the african cup of nations. mali and guinea dead level in group 2 an three 1-1 draws in each group match the the draw held in the equatorial capital. one of the teams will progress. andrei richardson is live. do we now know which team will be in the quarterfinals? >> we do. it's guinea. rarely has there been excitement in a hotel lobby.
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the delegation emerging. hugging anyone it can get their hands on. it appears a member of the sports industry made the draw. two in a pot, one containing number two and three. he was lucky to choose the one with number two in it. that meant they go through to a quarterfinal. they are a country that deserves a bit of luck. one of the african cup of nations is it's been affected by the ebola virus and were unable to play home matches during qualifying in their own country, they had to play in a neutral venue, and the fact that european problems were reluctant to release their players. they deserve a bit of luck not something that is going down too well with mali. the people emerge from their delegation, saying there has to be another way to decide this. the confederation saying they are looking at ways to change
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this for 2017. they are some way short of coming up with a plan as to what to do if teams finish with identical records. one thing that guinea might look at - this happened a couple of times before once in 1972 when congo got through, they went on to win the african title. >> we'll leave it there for now, thank you. andy richard reporting live. the quarterfinal line-up has been decided. on saturday congo meet the democratic republic of congo followed by equatorial guinea against tunisia. sunday ghana takes on guinea and the ivory coast face algeria. saturday, australia plays south korea in the asian cup final. organizers the success will attract a new audience.
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in its eagerness to broaden the appeal is australia forgetting its history. this report from sydney. >> reporter: this is the face that the football federation of australia wants to promote to the world. a diverse fan base reflecting the multicultural image, showing it's part of football family. >> australia joined the football confederation in 2006. the fooling history goes back a lot further and has its roots with the european immigrants that settled in the country in the early to mid parts of the 20th century, many started football clubs line sydney united. formed by croatian immigrants sydney united is one of a number of clubs with links to community. former player and new manager joined in 1992 as a youth player. he said the club played a vital role in the lives of croatian immigrants like his father.
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>> it was an important club. football was the number one game into a lot of croatian immigrants played. that was attached to you know where they came from football had been the number one form in croatia, and yugoslavia as well. so they formed a club in 1958. and since then it became a community hot spot. >> how far, by the 1980s crowd violence was starting to increase as images like the riot between sydney olympic and sydney city fans tarnished the sport. there was a perception that there was creeks and macedonians fighting or croatians and serbs. that was the perception. at the end of the day there'll be an element or danger of violence i think. >> scenes like this prompted the football federation of australia to get rid of the clubs from the top level as the old national soccer league was done away with and relaunched as the a-league
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in 2005. with teams like sydney united forced to play in the lower tier. >> they set the clubs up. children and grandchildren are running the clubs. there's a process of assimilation if you like. the him is that we live in a multicultural society and it should be strong enough to deal with sydney croatia rather than sydney united. >> reporter: as australian football continues a drive to win over new fans the fear is that some old and famous clubs could be left behind. britain's andy murray overcame a superb starred by tomas berdych, to reach the finals of the australian open. the czech number 7 seed won the first on a tie break. murray raced through the second, closing out in four sets reaching his first grand slam since beating novak djokovic at wimbledon in 2013.
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andy murray meets novak djokovic or defending champion stanislaw wawrinka in the final. top ranked serena williams advances where she'll face maria sharapova. williams overcame compatriot madison keys in the semi. she was pushed by the big-serving teen. williams going for her 19th grand slam title came back to dominate closing out the. match 7-6 6-2. she has won all five of her previous australian open files maria sharapova had an easier time in her semifinal against ekaterina makarova fellow russian. the world number 2 beat the number 10 seed 6-2, 6-2 to make the australian open final for a fourth time. >> thank you for that. we have a bulletin coming up. stay with us. i'll see you then.
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