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. only on al jazeera america > announcer: this is al jazeera. hello there. welcome to the newshour. i'm nick clark in doha. the top stories - thousands attend anti-houthi protests in yemen as the deadlock continues. iraq's prime minister hosts a summit aimed at bringing rival factions toots factions together live in madrid - a mission to replicate what is happening in greece. i'm andy gallagher in miami
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florida. we are not at the sundance film festival but we will highlight three individual film-makers from here whose stories have made it to the silver screen we begin in yemen where there are protests in several cities against houthi rebels. looking at the pictures in the south. there are rallies in other areas. houthis used live ammunition to break up demonstrations in the capital. adding to the turmoil in yemen are soldiers who threatened to block a major highway leading to a strait. this is a crucial shipping rain in the red sea. the threat made after houthi fighters shot and killed an army commander and two guards in al hudaydah.
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jamal, tell us about the protests, and what is happening there? >> well several protests taking place across the country. essentially those demonstrating in the streets of yemen are demonstrating against a coup or a takeover of the capital by the houthi rebels. they are demanding that the power grab conducted by the movement berescinded and the president that was forced to resign be reinstated and the government put back in its position. they are angry that the rebels essentially run riots across the north and demand thinks be reversed. this comes as the different attempts to find a different solution takes place, but little in the way of how productive they have been. tell us more about that.
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we've had this meeting, but boycotted by others. >> yes. the ousted president saleh. forced from office by the uprising of the so-called arab spring. his party, who essentially have been in cahoots with the houthi rebels in an attempt to take power forcibly. they in one part continued the dialogue brokered by the special envoy. the others have started to boycott it one after the other. first the news of the southerners. those bearing in mind for long parts they are calling for cessation from the government. they have their own dissatisfaction. they boy got because there's no point taking part in the negotiation that are taking
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place at giant because the houthis control the capital, the airport, the ministries the presidential palace by force. after that the other parties the islamist party, the leftist party here and others started to boycott, claiming there was nothing that was going to come out of the talks unless the houthis agreed to reverse how things were prior, which means setting an even playing field, where people come in not feeling they are forced to accept one thing or another, because they are held at ransom by a forceable takeover the political aspect of this doesn't seem like it's advancing soon even though the special envoy is finding it difficult to see where the hope is coming from. >> that is the view from aiden. >> let's look at the main political players in yemen. houthis emerged as a powerful group in yemen.
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they are part of a sec controlling the capital sanaa in september. the general people's congress is founded by saleh, and ruled yemen for more than 30 years. the isla party is a major group. nobel peace prize winner is a member of the party. then there's a southern movement demanding independence in southern yemen. the group says southerners have been marginalized politically and economically. >> three deporters of the southern movement have been killed after protesters fired. the former yemeni ambassador and advisor says the southern movement is not considered as partners in the formation of a federal state. >> this was in the north, forces of corruption and former guards don't want to proceed towards a
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new state demography. and the summary of your report obviously showed it has proven to us that it's only violence and violence pays back for them. so now the only way for us in the south is to take our - you know our way towards reforming our state and letting these people who are trying to force themselves by violence understand that they cannot force their will on us in the south, nor in the most of the region of the north. >> at least 10 people have been killed in a series of bombings in baghdad. 24 people have been wounded. explosions targeted a market repair shops and an army patrol. when iraq's prime minister is hosting is security summit he urged unity among them to fight the islamic state.
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let's speak to jane arraf live in baghdad. jane what is the latest with these talks and and what what is han happening. >> these talks come at a crucial time and a crucial last few days we had world that there is yet another death of a senior peshmerga commander on the battlefield near kirkuk. this one, we are told is a major general, who was killed by a sniper in clashes - fierce clashes over the last few days near a community not far from kirkuk. this is the second senior peshmerga, kurdish commander to be killed within the past two days. previously a lower ranking general was killed in the clashes. that is why it was so important
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for a body to address the incident saying that basically any security forces acting not within the law, a reference many felt to an alleged massacre in diyala province would be criminal. he called for national unity. >> translation: we need to be unified to put on end to i.s.i.l. we could put an end to i.s.i.l. through applying government reforms. we have to be determined to defeat i.s.i.l. if we do this we'll defeat the enemy sooner than we think. >> he was talking about the need for reconciliation but there was disillusionment, wasn't there? >> there is perhaps, a sense of disillusionment about the fact that people are not generally working together to defeat i.s.i.l. when you look across
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the country and the fight against i.s.i.l. there are so many different elements it's not just the air strikes or getting tanks or fighter jets. in the west in anbar, where i.s.i.l. took over a large part of the province i.s.i.l. has been creeping in. they sent a tank ever full of explosives killing a top chef there. in parts of the country, kirkuk which we talked about, diyala where shia militias are said to be responsible for the massacre of unarmed gunmen it is making it harder. instead of focussing attention, the province regions, groups are focussing on fighting each other. it does not help what turns out to be a complicated and long-running fight. >> thank you very much. jane arraf there in baghdad. >> well the u.s. military says that chemical weapons expert from i.s.i.l. died in an air
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strike. u.s. central command said he was killed near mosul on january the 24th saying it was a chemical weapons engineer under the rule of saddam hussein. he joined al qaeda in iraq in 2005 across the border in syria people from the town of kobane are starting to return to their homes. the town and its infrastructure have been devastated by four month of fighting. kurdish forces succeeded in pushing i.s.i.l. out. the battle to rebuild is only just beginning. >> reporter: it's only been a few days since the street of kobane went quiet. four days of combat have taken their toll. >> translation: i was terrified. i will never forget the moments until i die. we lived near the front lines. food and water was scarce.
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there was no trusty. children were scared. >> reporter: it's been months since this woman and her children have been able to walk around town. she has not stayed in kobane moving as the fighting spread from one area to the next. this is the first time he sees his family home. >> they will destroy people's lives, before there were people traffic. they fled to turkey lebanon and iraq. all gone. it's sad. >> it's a war that cost the islamic state of iraq and levant. an estimated 1,000 fighters tied here. this is the body of a turkish national returned to his family. the military treatment brought a new-found pride among kurds. everyone here says it's not over. the hospital has been destroyed. the basement of a building has been turned into a field hospital. here you feel the battle is
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ongoing around kobane. i.s.i.l. controls hundreds of surrounding villages. kurdish fighters are trying to push them back. the wounding keep on arriving. there's no water. doctors lack equipment and medical supplies. they have had to adapt under pressure. >> translation: in a real hospital a doctor has what he needs. here we have to forget about it and work in a primitive way. we don't have the means to work properly a lot of people i knew my nephew and uncle - they died in my arms. i couldn't save them. >> the battle of kobane brought fighters from different places. fighters from the free syrian army joined in. this woman escaped a stronghold of i.s.i.l. >> youth from kobane came to defend us. what happened in rafa. i had to help here. many of us died. some carried out suicide attacks. others were cut to piece, images
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i will never forget. very painful, but they give you the motivation. >> it has become a base for the kurds. from here they prepare for the battles again japan's government is finding the difficult to secure the release of a japanese hostage held by i.s.i.l. a government spokesman made the comment after meetings with shinzo abe and the foreign minister. they are in jordan to net the release of journalist kenji goto jogo captured. the jordanian pilot bernard cazeneuve is being held captive. >> the group of hamas in cairo designated a brigade a terrorist organization. the egyptian government accused the fighters of launching attacks in the sinai peninsula.
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>> al jazeera demands the release of three journalists imprisoned for 399 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were wrongly accused of colluding with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. egyptian president abdul fatah al-sisi has said he would like to see the case resolved. ahead of a 400th day in prison peter greste wrote a letter saying: more to come in the newshour - including - boko haram - nigerians arrive in neighbouring chad to escape the violence.
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plus talks to resolve the conflict in ukraine are called off after more civilians are killed in the separatist held east. golden night for australian football as they are crowned champions of asia for the first time. african union leaders are meeting for the final day of their summit in the ethiopian capital. a string of violence dominated the talks. katherine sawyer has the latest. >> reporter: the heads of state are expected to issue a declaration on the major issue, that have been the subject of this summit. and they are considering a proposal by the african union, for a regional force by boko haram. the council called for 7,500 troops from nigeria, cameroon
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chad. high on the agenda is a conflict and the pace of peace talks starting in january last year. sudan's president, and rebel leader have been holding direct talks to move forward. the peace talks. still a lot of contention on sharing, but a lot of pressure on the two. the au threatened sanctions. the ebola epidemic ravaging poor countries in the continent has been on the agenda. something else that is worth noticing is the push to find alternative sources of funding. this organization depends on others many areas of state unwilling to commit resources, making it difficult for work to be done or responding to situations arise. the australian army says it
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killed more than 120 fighters during a confrontation. a convoy of soldiers and military were sent in from chad to cameroon to deal with a threat chad is struggling to cope with the influx of refugees. an attack in the nearby town earlier this month forced thousands to leave their homes and across the boarder. >> we have this report from chad's capital. >> reporter: on the shores the crisis formed by boko haram is laid bear beyond nigeria's borders. these are some victims of the group driven from the villagers in the north-east. this camp in western chad is their home. the camps here are quickly filling up as hundreds of refugees crossed the border daily. >> translation: we have received a massive in flux of refugees
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into chad. more than 11,000 people are out during this period. the majority are civilians. >> the refugees include members of pro-government militia. this is one of them. >> they kill our people. they attack them. the military - nigerian military are not here to fight boko haram. they run away. >> reporter: the needs of the refugee are imminent. some aid agencies provide food and shelter. others like the red cross are helping people to track down missing relatives. >> translation: my husband brought us here and returned home. his brother was killed by boko haram, and he had to check on the family. their village was attacked
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again. i don't know if he's dead or alive aid workers warned of a crisis in the making with a potential to destabilize the region. international tension is riveted not on the refugees but how to put a stop to boko haram's campaign of bloodshed the new greek government says it will not continue with strict austerity measures put in place by e.u. members. the government is refusing to negotiate bailout terms with the so-called troika a body overseeing the debt. an international group says greece must honour their obligations. >> i realise the greek people have gone through a lot over the past few years and endured tough measures. a lot of progress is made
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putting greece back on track and it is in my mind important not a lose the progress. >> thousands of supporters of the spanish far left are rallying in madrid. the movement is hoping to repeat the success of a party which won the elections in greece. the spanish party wants to end austerity measures imposed by international creditors, and jacky rowland speaks to us from madrid. as you predicted. they turned out in some numbers, jacky. >> yes, absolutely. this is one of the biggest rallies that we have seen in the center of madrid in recent years. this has been billed as a rally for political change but is fast turning into a show of strength by the party. anyway. talking a bit more about what is happening, i am joined by javier.
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he is a computer software engineer. you are 32 years old. until recently you were one of 50% of spanish young people unemployed. you were telling me you had go to extreme lengths to find a job. >> yes, pretty much a chance to get a good job as a software engineer is not as much as somewhere else. i'm happy to go to britain, and i'm happy there. >> you had to go to another country to find a job. you have come from london to take part in the march. >> correct. london is the perfect place for me though develop my career. i'm here because we are right in the history, a page of spanish history, i want is to be arabic. >> what do you think of them and their message. they are capturing the public mood of protest. do you think they have a serious policy to offer people.
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>> it's true so many argue about the policies. they have a chance to commit a mistake. we don't want the same people to commit a speak. >> how convinced are you that the leaders are actually serious people who could actually govern spain rather than make speeches and attract this kind of protest sentiment. >> one of the main difference is there are people in the government that never worked in the private sector and they are stopping their career to take it into politics. >> javier an example of a spaniard desperate to find work that he had to leave the country. he is one of many people who finds this message an appealing alternative to the traditional parties in spain. >> back to you.
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>> thank you. that is a picture in madrid as the rally is ongoing. thank you. >> to ukraine where battles between the army and pro-russian separatists killed 15. three civilians died in fighting overnight. rebels leaders are ready for peace talks but say separatists in donetsk and luhansk are refusing to take part. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: many of these fighters never held a gun until a few months ago. most of them love in a town close by which we are not naming for security reasons. some have known each other all their lives. we are close to a downtown and a group of men are about to surround this city about to go out to the front line. >> men, women and children are
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dying in this conflict on both sides. these men explain why they refuse to lay down their weapons. >> we are fighting for our mother land. the australian military is destroying our land. we don't need the government. we need to say they are home. >> reporter: they say they'll never give up territorial gains made against the military. >> translation: no one is retreating or moving from positions. i will defend our lamb. >> reporter: efforts at maintaining a truce means little. they say they sacrificed too much what they describe as a homeland. historically closer to russia than ukraine. >> the truce talks are useless. they wanted to smash the conflict. they would lead our land. >> artillery army close by.
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fighters take us to a scoop in town, hit by two grad rockets. the people we spoke to in the presence of the fighters say they support the separatist's cause. >> translation: my kids are ukranian. i was born in russia. my youngest sop is a separatist -- son is a separatist fighter. i want to tell the goat petro porashenko, if you want people living in basements, you've got it now. we are the victors. >> in the hospital we find a 13-year-old, one of a thousands injured or killed on both sides of the conflict. >> we ran into the basement and the shell hit the entrance of the building. pieces of shrapnel injured my hand. i was shouting for my mother. >> reporter: back at the base the men start their tanks. a move out to fight and defend
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what they describe as a homeland and a political right. it's that time of the programme where we check out the weather. rob is here with news of a winter storm in the u.s. >> they don't stop. if we look at the satellite. it's a massive cloud here over new mexico arizona. in fact it's stowed. this is new mexico here. giving it a few sent meters. this is the start of it. it fell more heavily than that. that is the start of it. it doesn't look like a store. the cloud is not doing much. it will meet its maker, in words. >> there is the cold air stuck over the canadian prairies. in is it stuff from the gulf. if this happens in the summer you get loads of tornadoes, loads of snow. there's consequences. coming across the plain states we have the start of it happening.
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this is later on saturday of course a few hours behind in the u.s. take it beyond the 24 hours, and the cold meets the moisture. a whole lot across wisconsin, ohio and beyond. 24 hours. looking at the temperature, winnepeg 21, toronto minus 4. that is enough of a contrast. go 24 hours beyond that when it goes up the east coast, the atlantic coast. minus 40 in toronto, chicago and winnepeg. eventually this will wiped up and produce gales once again for new brunswick, as it is now. >> still to come on the newshour... >> i stand with you... >> calling for clemency. an australian campaign for two death roe inmates in indonesia gains urgency as their death looms. plus - devastation by devotion. a mission to save india's river,
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revered by millions sports in a little bit. we tell you why serena williams still dominates women's tennis. details coming up in about 20 minutes. pa
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hello, again. you are watching the al jazeera newshour. there has been protests against the houthi rebels. demonstrators demand the fighters withdraw from the capital and the government be reinstated
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iraq's prime minister haider al-abadi is hosting a summit. the main goal is to unit factions against i.s.i.l. supporters of the far left party are rallying in madrid. the spanish movement wants to end austerity measures imposed by the international committee legal options are running out for two australian citizens on death row in indonesia. the men are among a group of drug smugglers that could face the firing squad. it has fuelled a campaign for clemency in australia. >> reporter: in a sydney warehouse actors are rehearsing a person play. >> i'm sorry. i'm sorry. >> reporter: bondi dreaming is the story of prisoners on death row in bali. life so break they fanticise about fantasy lives.
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the play parallels a real-life story of two australians. 10 years ago they were arrested in bali. appeals have been exhausted. indonesia executed six others. chan and sumatran could be next. for the actors who have visited them, time is running out. >> we are doing what we can. our thing is art. i'm an akhtar. i'm trying to do my best. >> the play aims to raise money and awareness at this late stage. this play was performed back in 2008. back then there was hope for the characters. that hope is now all but extinguished. the play has an urgency it hasn't had before. in australia there's a frenzy of
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campaigning. >> we stand for mercy. >> families have gone on television to plea. >> they are good kids. everyone makes a mistake. they did something stupid. they don't deserve to die. >> chan and sumatran have reformed in prison. he has become an artist. >> australia prime minister called for clemency. similar calls from the british and dutch were ignored and australia government has not said publicly relations will be damaged if the executions go ahead. the president is resolute. >> he has to ask if australia takes strong measures because of executions. if a product won't be exported we should face the consequences.
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it is difficult. ♪ ♪ reach out and touch somebody ...♪ >> reporter: thursday there was a vigil and concert. it's unlikely that australians can save two of their own. >> the government in the philippines and rebels from the moro islamist front promise to work on a roadmap for piece. both are working on an agreement that will see the fighters from the separatist group lay down their arms nine babies who survived a gas explosion at a mexican maternity hospital are undergoing dna, it was levelled when a leaking hose triggered a blast. the truck's driver and two
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assistants have been arrested. adam raney has more from the capital city. >> reporter: the clean-up is in full swing at the hospital in mexico city. the blast destroyed most of the building. cleaning crews are taking down most of what is left standed. the president and his wife visited many in hospital showing support and solidarity those injured in the explosion. some in mexico are criticising the president for having a different reaction to this disaster to the reaction to the students missing in september. he has never visited the student's holes or the schools that they studied, showing the president has different priorities. these people deserve his support, but also people killed by drug gangs. you have people showing solidarity and support. but the president's reaction is
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having some in mexico question his motivation to give support for this disaster when he has not given the same support by his presence to that other one in the united states former massachusetts governor mitt romney says he will not make another attempt for the u.s. presidency. he was defeated by president obama in 2012. he is staying out of the race to make room for other contenders. >> there are concerns a u.s. president could offend china when he attends an event also attended by the dalai lama. china records him as a threat to sovereignty over tibet. the white house is trying to play down an appearance at a prayer breakfast it's 75 years since the first social security benefits were issued in the united states offering a financial life line to millions of americans. with the number of workers contributing to the system in decline, the future is under
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threat. from washington d.c. here is kimberley hackett. >> reporter: after working for their lives, this couple is retired. they mostly rely on social security to pay the living expenses. without her husband's help and government assistance... . >> i would be homeless. i would have to give up my home. >> reporter: she not alone. without social security benefits most female retirees in the u.s. would be poor. that's why social security was created. at the height of the great depression with so many jobless, the u.s. congress created social security to lift many out of poverty. president roosevelt signed it into law. >> today a hope of many years tanning is in large part fulfilled. >> the first check for $389
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today, was issued to ida may fuller. she had never married, had no children. social security was her only support until she died at age 100. for most the average runs $1,100 enough to cover living expenses. that life line that many depended on faces an uncertain future. >> when social security was created there was raufl 300,000 beneficiaries, collecting 1200 payments. contrast to today. there are more than 59 million americans cashing social security checks totalling 860 billion each year. unless the u.s. congress changes the programme, funds for disability payments will run out next year. by 2033 money for retirement checks will be dwindling. many advocate raising taxes on
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high income earners to cover the shortfall. >> there's a cut off. if you make nor tonne $118,500 you don't pay social security on the additional income. >> social security benefits are heavily by asked towards lower -- biased towards lower paid workers collecting more than they tribute, leading to a lack of political will to make changes to ensure social security is solvent. >> i don't feel optimistic about it being around for my children and grandchildren. >> whose retirement years may be less certain and secure. >> new zealand is the world's largest dairy exporter. farmers are facing a difficult year. not only are they struggling with hot, dry weather, but lower prices for milk and making it harder to earn a living. here is wayne hay. >> this is the heart of the
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new zealand dairy industry where the hills are usually lush and green. in the province here like most of the country, it's been a long, hot summer and the moisture in the soil is disappearing. forecasters say there's not much rain on the way. and dairy farmers are preparing extra feed. the dry may produce a positive. >> when there has been dry conditions production has dropped a lot, the market reacted by increasing the price. >> reporter: that is what the new zealand dairy industry wants to hear. it's the largest exporter in the world. because of increased supply and decreased demands, the price crashed. most diary farmers supply to fon tara a cooperative, reducing a pay out to farmers by 50% after a high of $6.49 a kilogram.
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there's a feeling among farmers that most can absorb one bad year but not two in a row. everyone is looking to the future to predict where the global dairy industry is it headed. those watching the market believes the reduction in price was more a correction and the industry will pick up. they belief the slump won't have too big an impact on the economy. >> we see the story of growing incomes in the developing countries like china, and other places as continuing. there's a soft patch for the sector. medium and long term we see growth. all the farmers can do is adjust to hefty pay cuts. >> this is a learning curve. we look at the expenses business model. we may have to make changes for the future. >> the good news is banks
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revised their forecast down because of try weather. a drop in supply should mean an increase in price. sport in a moment or two. >> we all have days like this. >> tiger woods recording the worst round of his 19-year professional career.
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welcome back environmentalists in india trying to save the yak una
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river. a waterway becoming a dump. we have reports on why the clean up efforts are not working. >> reporter: this person has come to the banks of the yam ana river to pay for the souls of her ancestors. it's a pilgrimage and every time she brings offerings of candles, candles and incense for a river considered holy by many. >> in hinduism we believe that she is our mother a mother giving birth to us and the river is the mother that raises us. she protects us from our problems and misseries. we get peace by coming to her. >> reporter: activists say the devotion is contributing to hazardous levels of pollution. the yamana is used to dump rubbish, sewerage and industrial
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waste. it is new considered dead in some parts, with no life able to survive in these waters. alarmed by the crisis the national green tribunal increased fines for people throwing waste. >> there are people who are boolish and don't want to follow the rules. for those people. we will find them. and others will be careful next time. >> reporter: over the years the government invested millions to clean up the river. it has not work the. a few kilometres downstream the major cause of pollution is obvious. this phone is evidence of untreated sewage flowing into the sewage every day. to clean up the yam una experts
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say it has to be diverted. >> very little comes backs to the riff. let's divert all of it away for some use or other. that needs to be done. >> environmentalists say the poor state of the river is affecting the rich ecology and the health of communities. around 60 million people depend on the river to survive. more than fines and funding, activists say what is need's a political will to say the yummana. >> now to the sport. >> thank you. tennis and world number one serena williams won her sixth australian open for her 19th grand slam. beating maria sharapova in straight sets. maria sharapova has never beaten serena williams in 11 years. the american broke early. maria sharapova struggled. coming back to break again and take the set 6-3.
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maria sharapova did show some resistance but the american came back stronger each time. racking up the match in a tie break. >> you know standing here with 19 championships is something i never thought would many you know. i wept on the court with just a ball and a racquet and a hope. and that's all i had. >> tiger woods has carded the worst round of his 19-year professional career. the phoenix opened with woods first pga tournament and his second round he produced an 11-over-par 82 including six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogeys. and the last spot out of a field of 132. 14-time champion reached much of last season after undergoing
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back surgery. >> it's golf. we have days like this. mine was in a public forum, in a public setting. we have days like this. we take the good with the bad. on bad days like this keep fighting because on the good days you have to fight as well. >> australia has bon the first major football title after defeating south korea in the final of the asian cup in front of a sell out crowd. the socceroos opening the scoring on the streak of half time. they were ready to celebrate until south korea ended the match. forcing extra time. as prevailed 2-1. james with the winning goal. the biggest prize after joining. and rated 100 in f.i.f.a.'s
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standings. >> live to ra hull in australia, sydney. why is this result significant for australia? >> well it will be hugely significant. number recently football in this country is regarded as a minority sport, a sport played by immigrants from greece italy and the ball kilometres per hour. this tournaments, as well as their success in previous world cups has pushed football to the spotlight, really and it rivals ryman's league ruinion and australian -- rugby league rugby union and australian rules. australian football attracted a new level of fans. over 650,000 people attended the tournament. the football federation australia estimated 550,000. so that's been well over
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estimations. it's been a successful tournament. added to that they go off and win in extra time managing to win it with the late goal. a wonderful outlet for asian football. >> is there a possibility australia won't get a chance to defend the title? >> it's an extraordinary situation. that could happen. a lot of the golf nations are worried about the dominance of australia within asian football. remember they had the asian club champions. the western city wanderers are club champions, as well as australia winning the asian cup. the gulf nations feeling australia is not giving back. and is getting a lot out of it. this tournament rubbished that. it's been a wonderful show. lots of goals and fans going through the turnstile. it's been a huge success, but the arab nations are powerful
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within the afc. the president is from bahrain and admitted that the question of australia membership could come up for a vote at the afc later this year. the idea of the asian champions kicked out of their own confederation is extraordinary. results tonight has been important for australia - not just on the pitch, but off it. >> thank you rahul for that the quarterfinals of the africa cup of nations kicks off on saturday. congo and democratic republic of congo are in a highly anticipated clash. d.r.c. are yet to win. three draws were enough for them to make it to the last eighth. congo, 61st in the world were group a winners, their coach reached the knock-full court the seventh time in eight attempts, with five different nations.
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>> we have arrived at this level not by chance. it's the beginning of a good performance. surely we want to test the new step. we know it will be difficult. we are ready. the later match, hosts equatorial guinea take on champions. they are the lowest ranked team in the tournament. >> we know this country is euphoric. they qualified. it will be a hell of a job. that's life. it's a hell of a job. you know the circumstances, the moment of the game. >> equatorial guinea were given two months notice to host the event after morocco's withdrawal. tournaments have been played in
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small parts of the country. residents home more than a new stadium will be left behind when it finishes. >> reporter: petrohas been deploying his barbecuing style in the mark. he has a degree in logistics, and works as a warehouse manager. recently he said shifts have been hard to come by. he like many in his small town is hoping the africa coup of nations will bring more than football to this remote part of equatorial guinea. >> the project to develop will start off. the government says all the big companies are coming. the cup finishes on the 8th and then it begins. >> huge oil reserves were discovered? equatorial guinea and since has become africa's third-largest oil producer behind angola and nigeria. little of the wealth produced
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has made it beyond the ruling elite. the united nations estimating half the population do not have access to clean drinking water and 10% of children die before the age of five the president has been in office since 1979. his image and influence are everywhere. human rights watch says the boom has been used to entrench and enrich his position at the expense of the people. when there is the political will public projects can be done. take the football stadium. weeks ago this venue was overgrown and half built, until spanish expertise and grass were called upon. >> translation: we thought it was mission impossible. the biggest problem was bringing live grass from spain. we flew in four boeing 747s full of equipment or each pitch. it was a hugest. >> reporter: game days saw the locals cashing in on rare
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passing trade. in this market we couldn't find dissenting voices about the decision to spend millions on the stadium. >> translation: i want to thank god and our president for going what they do. we are happy to be hosting the cup. >> a football tournament is not what pederro or the majority of people need but for now it's all they have. >> reporter: bayern munich lost their first meaningful game in the bunsize leagua in two years. the defeats have come after they wrapped up the title, but returned from the winner. receiving a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of their opponent. closing the gap on the leaders to 8 points. >> that's it from me. >> thank you, see you later all right, the u.s. city of miami may not be regarded as a
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film making capital, but the reputation could be about to change. three movies made in the city selected at the sundance film festival. andy gallagher took the stories to a global audience. >> reporter: they are making more than popcorn in miami. across the city film-makers are editing, writing and planning the next local festival to showcase their work. films like "pap ae machete" a hatian farmer. it was produced by local film-makers, saying the city is founding a reputation. we are seeing independent miami stories authentic to the neighbourhoods told and respected on a world stage. that is exciting. >> reporter: in miami it's a big neighbourhood renegotiating a
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diverse population. >> do you want to put it out there. >> the writer originally from barbados said making films here is an opportunity to undo stereotypes of the region. >> there's more there than what we see in movies and television. so much richer deeper more nuanced. so this is everything to me. >> movie reel: i feel great about this i really do. >> reporter: in all three made in miami movies selected to play at sundance a small but important step for film-makers. miami is not about to take over from new york. it's come a long way. more importantly the story is told on the silver screen reflecting a unique and diverse community. that is significant. >> the beautiful thing about independent film making ...
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>> reporter: for those that help to fund and encourage film-makers, this year's sundance is seen as a turning point. >> we have local film-makers telling local stories to the local community, but they resonate worldwide. >> reporter: from sundance it's likely the films will reach a global audience putting the film-makers and miami on the map now then freezing weather in north america has given an intrepid ice climate a unique triumph. he took one hour to become the first man to scale the frozen face of niagra falls. near frozen laying along the border between canada and the united states. sub zero textures meaning a sector is sollied. -- solid. more coming up in a couple
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of minutes. bye for now. for now. >> an america tonight investigation >> somebody could come in and take our home away from us >> it was a law that helped condo developments stay afloat >> we would have to sell and have to leave our unit >> now, this law is being used to take peoples homes >> there's nobody helping us... >> honest people, losing hope... >> i didn't fight vietnam so that someone could take my property away from me >> hard sell an america tonight investigation only on al jazeera america intrepid ice climate a unique more coming up in a couple n a couple
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>> thousands in yemen as a political deadlock continues. >> hello i'm nick clark in doha. bridging the political divide, iraq's prime minister host a summit aimed to bring rival factions together. thousands of people rally in spain calling for an end in austerity measures. plus. >> i'm reporting from new zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, where farmers are being hit hard by