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suarez. suarez. thailand warns of an alarming level of asylum seekers as it hosts a regional commence on the migrant crisis in south-east asia hello, welcome to al jazeera live from doha. program elizabeth puranam, also ahead... >> it will fall to me it to take responsibility a defiant sepp blatter addresses the court bombs explode in baghdad
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killing 10, and captured at 15, spending a decade in guantanamo and more time behind bars in canada. thailand is hosting a regional meeting to discuss the south-east asian migrant crisis representatives from 17 nations are attending, including bangladesh. we go to scott heidler, live in bangkok in a moment. first gerald tan explains where myanmar myanmar's rohingya are at the center of the crisis. >> reporter: the rohingya are a distinct western muslim group living in the western state, bordering bangladesh. myanmar does not rorgz the rohingya and considers the 1.1 million as immigrants. government policy denied them
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citizenship, land rights and restrict their movements. their blight claim to light in 2012. economic hardship has driven many rohingya to seek refuge in malaysia. 130,000 people have undertaken a journey across the bay of bengal. the rohingya gathered in boats. and cox's bizarre fell into the hands. once they reach southern thailand they are held at ransom. they are transported by land to malaysia in response to a crackdown by the thai government they began abandoning the re at sea. thailand. malaysia and indonesia sparked
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outrage by turning away the boats from the waters. leaving thousands of rohingya trapped with little food for water. malaysia and indonesia are offering to provide temporary shelter, but the meeting and bangkok is finding a coordinated and permanent solution. let's go to our correspondent in bangkok. scott heidler is live for us. what is expected from the meeting? >> first and foremost in the top agenda it as the meeting gets under way is providing help to those still out on the scene. those vulnerable migrants in the boat. that is first and foremost the agenda and they are working to coordinate that. there's 17 nations here, three observer nation the united states being one of them. iowa international office of the united nations. they are focussed on that.
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number two is to stop and these are longer term issues to stop the illegal trafficking and the last is tackle the root causes. to underline political sensitivities of this rohingya is a word not uttered by the myanmar government. they don't recognise them and that's why it was delicate getting them to the meeting table. to work in the humanitarian effort. that will be the challenge moving forward. in the opening address, they said that they won't be a long term solution to this if there was finger pointing alluding to the fact that they don't believe they are at the root cause of all the problems with the migrants and the boats. interesting question of root causes there, the problem is not going to go away until the root causes are addressed. is it promising then that myanmar, where many of the migrants are from as we discussed, is taking the meeting, given the usual stance
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which, as you mentioned, is one of not even using the word rohingya. and yet they are at the meeting today. >> yes. and it was - i spoke with an official with the thai foreign ministry, and they are the hosts for the meeting and announced it weeks ago. he said to me outside of again, the gaenda item number one, providing help and assistance to those in danger that almost two other its - this is the first step going down that path and when you have one participant. one nation directly involved in the situation, not even using the same terminology that is a long path to go down as the thai official told me it's one step down that path. >> scott heidler monitoring that meeting on the crisis in south-east asia. >> thank you very much malaysian officials continue to exhume the bodies at graves found near the border with
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thailand. they are expected to be of trafficked migrants. rob mcbride has more. >> reporter: leading up to the trafficker's camp in this area this remote jungle trail is seeing increasing amounts of activity. in the morning, police and forensic units go up taking stores and white body bags. the investigation is stepped up. they are coming back with more bodies each day. the top of the hill becomes a crime scene at the center of an international investigation. >> let's move on to the other big story of the day. f.i.f.a. boss sepp blatter is refusing to resign. he says he is not responsible for the corruption scandal seeing seven arrested on wednesday. and the majority of 209 national associations voting in the presidential election continues to back blatter for a fifth term.
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laurence lee reports. >> reporter: if you've been on the moon since tuesday night you'd assume the opening ceremony of the f.i.f.a. conference in zurich, there was nothing wrong. everywhere looking relaxed. not even sepp blatter could admit everything was fine. >> actions of those individuals bring shame and demand change and action from us all. we, or i, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. if people want to do wrong they will also try to hide it. >> reporter: sepp blatter's refusal to step down has come in
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the face of unprecedented criticism from many quarters. this was the u.e.f.a. delegation from europe arriving for an early meeting demanding that sepp blatter go. their candidate. prince ali from jordan will stand for president. but it's not known if he can get enough votes in support in places like africa and asia. >> look at the democracy of the most numbers and they say we have to stay we stay. i think you already lost thousands regulars. >> with a separate inquiry into corruption in 2018 and 2022 world cup bids, this process sought to link the alleged corruption of f.i.f.a. with a lack of rights for workers in qatar, which has come under heavy scrutiny over the number of people who died in construction sites. >> f.i.f.a. is corrupting care.
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they have given the world cup to a country with rampant slavery, and not made qatar commit to a time line for reform, it's all work, no action. you have to think if the event since wednesday are not enough to get the head of f.i.f.a. to step down voluntarily. perhaps nothing will. >> it's difficult to see what could happen unless sepp blatter resigns. assume that sepp blatter was reelected as president. it would be met with derision in the united states most of europe countries like australia, yet in other parts of the world - russia asia and africa his reputation seems undiminished. of course, the nuclear option is for countries like germany, france england and others to breakaway, signalling the end of f.i.f.a. and the world cup. in the end many argue that f.i.f.a. has no one to blame but
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themselves car bombs to hurt those in the iraqi capital baghdad killed 10 people. attacks appeared to be coordinated much the first bomb targeted the babylon hotel where government officials hold meetings, the second the sheraton syrian rebels captured a city in the north-western idlib province. it was the last government-held city bordering turkey providing access to president bashar al-assad's home province and the coast. a monitoring group says there was shelling and rocket fire before it was stormed. the government armoured vehicles were seen pulling out hospitals in india are struggling to treat victims of a heatwave claiming for than 1700 lives in a week. the highest number recorded in two decades. the southern states are the worst hit, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees celsius.
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>> reporter: funerals have been taking place across the southern indian states. >> translation: most of the people that died are daily workers, that do small jobs and have no financial security. the government needs to help them. >> andre pradesh has been hardest hit, the state government putting the death toll at more than 1,000. the meteorological deparment says temperatures have risen quickly and unexpectedly catching residents in the region by surprise. n.g.o.s and governments are trying to raise awareness. in some areas there are fears the public service announcements are a little too late. hundreds of millions are struggling in sweltering conditions.
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>> i had to cover up well when i'm in the shop. it's easy for some people with airconditioning in cars. i try to go out in the morning or the evening. >> the heat is great for my business. people are buying a lot more and drinking drinks like lemonade. >> here in the capital temperatures rose over 45 degrees celsius. frequent power cuts compounded the misery. the first rains are not expected to hit the southern indian state until next week, and it will be at least a month until the forecast improves in northern india coming up on the bulletin we are in war torn yemen. where going to school is not an option for most students. >> i'm katherine soy in western
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f.i.f.a. boss sepp blatter is refusing to resign despite the deepening crisis at football's governing body. they are not responsible for the corruption scandal which saw seven officials arrested on wednesday, and he has majority support to be re-elected for a fifth term on friday. >> car bombs in the iraqi capital killed 10 people. 30 others were injured. the attacks appear to be coordinated. several days have passed since the flash flood devastated the town of wemberley. seven have been killed. 12 others are missing. heidi zhou-castro has the latest on the search efforts. >> reporter: the ascertain continues for two families.
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this is what is left of a house where they were staying. the river rose. and the home was swept off its foundation. laura's sister said she called her saying the house was floating down the river. it was the last time the mother of two was heard from. recognising what happened with the weather, we know with we have accepted it. >> the father is so far the only known survivor and is expected to recover from a collapsed nun. >> he is devastated. he did everything he could. miles downstream in the next county the body was recovered tuesday, and a day later the
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body of a still unidentified boy was discovered on the riverbank. seven from the group are still missing. >> this effort is not over. we are 100% committed to finding laura, andrew lleyton, randy, will ralph and sue. >> that task falls on an army of civilian volunteers. the search and rescue team texas task force won, and 32 troops deployed to the area. >> how high are your hopes of finding any kind of life. >> we never want to give up hope. as the clock ticks search and rescuers are prepared to come across more bodies. >> we know if you find that you are give the family peace, and allowing them to have closure. >> to the war in yemen, where saudi-led coalition air strikes and ground clashes killed 40 houthi rebels and allies.
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residents were forced to flee homes as fighting continued and air raids pounded positions. the rebels strong hold in the north was hit by air strikes on thursday. well the fighting in yemen forced schools and colleges to close, and for the small number of students able to attend the changes of learning in a war zone are immense. victoria gatenby reports. >> english language teacher makes his way to class. he teaches at a school. since the war began, student numbers fell and working conditions are difficult. power cuts lack of fuel air strikes and bomb attacks face teachers. >> the situation worsened. many teachers are undergoing massive difficulties and handicaps which they are working to get over them. as we can see, the war has
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inflicted serious impact on the way teachers are teaching this is one of the students. she is taking english language classes but says studying in a war zone is not easy. >> we are like students. there's bombing and explosions everywhere. and it's like not having the clear mood to get new information. >> before the war, this classroom would have been packed with students. now there's only nine. the drop in numbers has meant a cut in teacher's pay, many say they are struggling to make ends meet. >> income of teachers fell so badly. teachers used to have more in a class. nowadays because of the low number of students fewer students are registering. few tapeser - a teacher may have a class.
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>> with peace talks delayed the fighting conditions and education of students is disrupted. she is one of the luckier ones. for other students in yemen, going to school or college is no longer an option and will not be until the war ends. >> security in and around nigeria's capital has been tightened for the inauguration of muhammadu buhari as president. he'll be sworn in on friday as nearly 30 years since ruling as a military dictator in the 1980s. he went on to lose four times in presidential bids before winning in march. we have this report. >> reporter: rehearsal is underway, but, look, i - yes. in eagle square in abuja for the inauguration of the new president. u.s. secretary of state john kerry will be attending, along with leaders from across africa. >> after the celebrations he says he'll get to work.
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he has got major problems to deal with. economists say the country is really m almost broke because of the falling price of oil. nigeria relies on money from oil exports for income. and corruption cost the country billions in lost revenues. muhammadu buhari promised to end it and improve security. >> there's a lot of expectation from nigerians. nigeria has seen a huge decline. in terms of its infrastructural condition. but also in terms of processes and in terms of the way government has been run. huge levels of corruption infrastructure dwindling revenues. >> but the first problem he may have to deal with is the massive fuel shortage that is bringing nigeria to a stand still. hundreds of flights have been cancelled. banks and factories had to close. the fuel crisis is linked to
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corruption in the oil sector. there'll be a range of approaches to take in order to deal with corrupt practices. one is those whose hands have been found in the cookie jar would have to pay the price. purely in the face of the rule of law. two, if you take nigeria's resources you'd have to find a way to return it. >> there has been a huge improvement in the fight against boko haram in the north-east. when security is less of a concern for the people. a million have been displaced like these beam. muhammadu buhari will have to work hard to get them resettled. muhammadu buhari supporters say he's incorruptible and highly disciplined and will be able to deliver the changes promised advisors to the new president say the first thing he'll do is take stock and tell the people in a nation-wide address what he intends to do to solve nigeria's problems.
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now, the youngest person ever to be held at the military prison in guantanamo bay has been talking about his experience and his hopes for the future. omar was alleged to have thrown a grenade at u.s. troops in afghanistan, killing a soldiers. he was interviewed for a documentary in canada where he lives. rowed has the special -- rowed has the -- rourd has this report. >> this photo was all that people knew about. he is 28 years old, out of guantanamo under house arrest in canada and learning to move beyond what he says was 10 dramatic years into american
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custody. >> it is the first time that he has spoken publicly about his time in detention. he'd been under a gag order until they ordered release on bail. he imagines people has for experience such sass whether he is angry and why he was captured in the first place. >> for the first few years in guantanamo i was all over the place emotionally, and idea logically. i was a mess. i would act like them around a bunch of people talking like them. and do everything they were doing, and they'd move me to a different place and i'd adapt to the neighbourhood. he talked about how he ended up at guantanamo and whether he threw a grenade that killed a u.s. army medic during a raid on
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a house where he was living. he was working as a translator from al qaeda operatives under orders from his father. >> no one claims to have seen me throw a grenade, yet a soldiers testified that i was under debris, and it couldn't have been me. i held to halt that may be my memories were not true. >> reporter: he is waging legal battles. the canadian government considers him a terrorist and wants him in prison. he is suing the government to clear his nape and the canadian government for allowing him to be tortured as a child. whatever the outcome. he is focused. >> for the longest time all i'd tell to everyone is i wished that i could get out of prison and be the next on the street who no one knows, and nobody gives a second.
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rosalind jordan, al jazeera, washington. demonstrators clashed with police in chile as educational perform continues. students are demanding free education and better pay and perks for staff, and are accusing police of using excessive force at a protest last week. an iconic lighthouse in massachusetts is being moved over concerns it could fall off a cliff because of erosion. they stood watch for 160 years. the move will cost $3 million, paid for through donations as well as state and federal funding. >> to kenya where grandmothers in a village where they are going back to school. many looking after children whose parents die of h.i.v. and aids. they are keen to learn huh to read and right.
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>> reporter: today's lesson at the kindergarten in western kenya. the children are orphans. most of their parents died from h.i.v. aids. a few classrooms away a special group of students. mothers left behind to take care of the orphans. they may be old and frail with wisdom that can never be taught in a classroom. they decided to get back to class and study arithmetic writing and reading. the oldest of the lot at 96 proudly shows me how she can write to 10. it was tiresome. i have to keep coming to get smart and see how i can mep my grandchildren. here they think about the
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importance of education. most of them know that the benefits of education, so they would ask their children to work at school. after class some of the ladies made their way home to wait for grandchildren that are still in school. >> this is where she lives with her six grandchildren. taking care of them is a struggle. she is now able to monitor their progress at school. so she's ready when they return. their parents died seven years ago and she is the soul provider. >> translation: what pains me most is the fact they rely on me i'm growing old and not able to take care of them as well as i would like to. >> she and the others operate a small business. here hands that have weakened after decades of hard work have the energy to prepare small
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