>> ...proudest moment in my life.. >> honor delayed a soledad o'brien special report only on al jazeera america >> welcome to another news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes, occurred issue fighters make gains in syria as they capture a key town close to isil's main stronghold. >> the death toll in pakistan's heatwave rises, more than 400 people have now died in the southern province. >> european leaders hopeful of a
deal on a agreeing bailout within this week. >> how long is too long to spend on line? we report on japan's growing digital addiction. >> we begin in syria where kurdish fighters have made gains against islamic state of iraq and the levant seizing a syrian town forcing isil to completely withdraw. it is the last major residential area north of raqqa which is isil's biggest stronghold. the kurds have driven isil fighters out of a base north of raqqa city. they were backed by u.s. airstrikes. the brigade 93 base is important because it links raqqa to other isil outposts in the provinces of aleppo to the west and
hasakah to the east. >> they discovered a tunnel used by islamic state of iraq and the levant on the border. it's not yet clear when they used it to smuggle in people or materials. the latest discovery was after they took this border post in the nearby town. now that the fighting is over, hundreds of families returned. turkish authorities reopened the border for the residents and its surrounding areas but despite kurdish forces pushing back islamic state of iraq and the levant. there are concerns over their advances. syrian's main opposition group accuse the kurds of driving out sunni tribesman. rights groups were blocked from entering. >> we were asked to communicate
with the y.p.g. forces but they refused to allow fact finding members of the committee to enter. >> fighters deny discrimination and abuse. they say checkpoints are for security. >> we share the administration of the town with all as this country is for all. y.p.g. is for arabs before it is for the kurds. >> the gains are alarming turkey, accusing forces of ethnic cleansing. >> if the kurdish forces make gains in raqqa, you'll find the americans and europeans investing more sources, in particular president erdogan is saying they are helping the kurds in the area. this has become a major security concern inside turkey.
>> kurdish fighters have advanced to the outskirts. the y.p.g. have taken villages in raqqa province from isil control while opposition fighters are consolidating their gains in the nearby idlib province. as people return to where isil used to carry out public executions, there are lingering concerns of ethnic biases, they go back home, hoping the worst is over. >> who are the men and women who make up the y.p.g. armed group? the people's protection units or y.p.g. once autonomous rule of the kurdish northeast region of syria which they defended since the war began in 2011 is closely linked to the p.k.k. fighting for independence from turkey. the yazidi people were helped by y.p.g. units but the y.p.g. has
been accused of ethnic cleansing in areas it has liberated from isil. a turkey analyst at the think tank in london joins us now live. they had help from american airstrikes but what makes the y.p.g. such a competent fighting force? >> the y.p.g. or the people's protection unit is a syrian-kurdish group closely affiliated to the p.k.k. it is a hardenedened guerilla force fighting the turkish army and army in iraq. it is effective cohesive with a lot of military experience and is able now to take a lot of land from the islamic state with the help of the u.s. air campaign. >> what are we to make of accusations of ethnic cleansing
in the areas that it's liberated? >> we have to keep into perspective that turkey is extremely unhappy with the establishment abautonomous kurdish zone in northern syria. there's a fear in turkey and in the upper echelons of the turkish government that autonomous zone will fuel kurdish demands in turkey itself for a state or perhaps for more autonomy. that is causing enormous concerns among turkish policy makers. >> y.p.g. success makes the turkish government nervous. >> extremely nervous. turkey has to deal with the kurdistan regional government in northern iraq, now turkey's witnessing the emerge jens of an autonomous kurdish zone on the
border with air i can't. there's growing turkish nationalism within turkey itself. putting all of this together, and there's a fear now in turkey that especially the turkish government that this will fuel kurdish -- the demands for autonomy and if not independence among its kurds in turkey itself. we have to keep in mind that 80% of the kurdish population is kurdish. >> does it have the strength, the y.p.g. to launch an offensive for raqqa the de facto capitol for isil? >> i think that it has the military wherewithal as well as the experience to fight islamic state. i suspect that its campaign will become more and more challenging as it expands further given its limited numbers of syria kurdish fighters and also the fact is that as it goes deeper and
deeper into syria, there is a more mixed population and a more hostile environment for its military advance. >> good to talk to you many thanks indeed, turkey analyst from london. >> u.s. investigators accused both sides of the syrian conflict of targets civilians. investigators say the government has dropped barrel bombs on aleppo nearly every day this year. the military as well as rebel groups have seized cities depriving people of food and medicine. >> a u.s. air strike in iraq killed a man linked to the 2012 attack on the u.s. diplomatic compound in benghazi in libya. he was an isil fighter. the pentagon says that he was killed in a strike on mosul in iraq last week. the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed in that 2012 attack.
>> a heatwave in pakistan has killed more than 400 people. in karachi the temperature has reached 45 degrees celsius. the government called on the military to help with the crisis. we have this report. >> southern pakistan is sweltering. three days of high temperatures have caused widespread heat stroke. in karachi hospitals are treating hundreds of patients for heat related ailments, including dehydration and exhaustion. >> her blood pressure shot up because of the intense heat. the stroke has affected her hand and leg. >> most of the victims have been the elderly. this is the muslim fasting month of ramadan and many people in pakistan abstain from food and water during daylight hours.
in this city used to power cuts, many criticizes the government for a power loss. >> i'm greatly worried that i have no water and power in my home. i have trying to find ice. i finally got very little ice after trying hard. >> the government is responsible for this whole crise. the houses are deprived of power. there's no ice available on the market. the heat is unbearable. elderly are dying in the heat. >> the army and paramilitary ranges have set up heat stroke treatment centers around karachi, while schools and public offices are closed until temperatures cool down. many are now hoping for relief from the clouds, with rain predicted in the coming days. al jazeera. >> euro zone leaders say a debt deal with greece could be reached within days, discuss ago proposal put forward by foreign minister alexis tsipras. athens has to repay $1.8 billion
by the end of the month to the i.m.f. or default on debt. the proposal includes new taxes on the wealthy and the end of early retirement. we have the latest from athens. >> if greece accepts the proposals, it will have to extract another $3 billion from an already heavily taxed economy this year and roughly $5.5 billion next year. that's over and above budget predictions. that's because rather than growing as predicted, this year, the economy is again shrinking to the tune of half to three quarters of a point of g.d.p., which means tax revenues are smaller than they would have been because total economic turnover is smaller than it would have been. that presents difficulties to the tsipras government. they were elected promising no more austerity measures but now have been presented with increased taxation, increased pension contributions and possibly more spending cuts,
which we will have to see along the way should they become necessary. this means that syriza will come back to be athens with a plan they may in the be able to sell to the party members particularly the hard left which has drawn a red line against tax extraction or more austerity in any form. syriza may have to apply to the opposition conservatives and socialists to get this plan passed. if they are split down the middle in parliament, can mr. tsipras remain in the prime minister's seat? it's going to be a politically tense time. there will be another battle here in greece in order to get measures passed. >> al jazeera journalist ahmed mansour thanked those who campaigned for his release.
he spent two days in police custody. he was arrested in berlin airport at the request of the egyptian government. >> i extend all thanks to the german attorney general who refused to succumb to all political and diplomatic pressures. i also thank the honorable and honest german judges, who proved the german judiciary is transparent and flopless. before you and all honest journalists, i vow to remain steadfast to the ethics of free journalism. >> barnaby phillips joins us from london.
>>le allegations date back to the years immediately after the rwanda genocide of 1994. he was a senior commander at that stage. he is accused of having taken part organized a series of retaliatory massacres against the majority huto population. he is accused of a crime in 1997 when three spanish aid workers were murdered in northern rwanda. it is alleged because they knew too much about the r.p.f.'s involvement in massacres of hutu villagers, and he is said to have been involved in the decision to kill those spanish aid workers. it is a charge which the government denies furiously and it is that giving a different version of events around what happened in 1994 and its immediate aftermath.
it also puts the british government here in london in an awkward position. it has close ties with the president and while may have misgivings about human rights abuses in rwanda, gives aid to that country and it has been impressed by the progress since the mid 1990's. the extradition hearing is due to take place monday. >> cars of banned from the streets and people told to stay indoors in chile. we'll have more from santiago later in this news hour. >> indian islanders with a bid to return to their homeland. >> the race for the games in 2020.
>> there's more can't recovery over the confederate flag in the united states. dylann roof posted pictures on line posing with the flag. del walters reports from charleston. >> it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. [ cheers and applause ] >> surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and federal officials, south carolina governor joined the growing chorus of calls to move the confederate flag. >> for good and for bad, whether it is on the statehouse grounds or in a museum, the flag will always be a part of the soil of south carolina. this is a moment in which we can say that that flag, while an
integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. the governor's comments came hours after religious and political leaders called for action. >> the time has come to remove this symbol of hate and division from our state capitol. >> south carolina's use of the confederate flag became an issue once again, after pictures emerged showing accused church gunman dylann roof waving confederate banners. dozens gathered to call for the flag to be taken down. some spray painted the words black lives matter on a confederate monument in charleston. in 2000, charleston mayor led a march to columbia, calling for the flag to be removed from the top of the capitol dome. the protest led to a compromise moving the flag to its current
location at a nearby monument to confederate soldiers. any changes required two thirds majority. there are a growing number of lawmakers in favor of removing the flag. >> some say removing the flag is only the start and that there is more work to be done. >> it will not solve the racial divide in south carolina. we need a positive discourse on the problems that continue to plague our state. >> walmart removed all items promoting the confederate flag, saying it doesn't want its products to offend anyone. retail chain sears will also remove confederate flags sold on its website.
the confederate flag was created by confederate armies from the southern united for the american civil war 150 years ago the first shot of that civil war were fired in south carolina. it was the first of 11 states to rebel against the united states in defense of slavery. the south lost the war and since then, the confederate flag has been used as a symbol of southern independence, pride and heritage but many people see that flag as a shameful symbol of slavery hate and a divided u.s. the flag's often used for example by modern white supremacist groups. the executive director of the u.s. human rights network explains why many people want to see the confederate flag removed. >> the flag, the confederate flag is a symbol of hate. it's a symbol of racism, of white supremacy and a symbol of terror and so for
african-americans, for people of color, and quite frankly for people who believe in racial equality and human rights, it's a shame that we're still flying this flag. this is a flag used by white supremacist groups and that symbolizes a past that the united states should be moving away from. it symbolizes slavery in the united states and continues to be used by hate groups, by extremist racist groups to put forth an idea of white supremacy. >> police searching for two escaped convicts in new york state say they may have tunneled out using tools smuggled into the prison in frozen hamburger meat. they escaped earlier this month. more than 800 law enforcement officials have been involved in
the search. an official is on administrative leave as part of the investigation into the men's escape. >> 18 people died of cholera in south sudan. 171 cases are confirmed which began in crowded united nations basis in the capital. it's now spread in the city. tens of thousands of people south shelter in those u.n. camps in the 18 months of civil war there. >> china is angered by japan's involvement in nato patrols in disputed areas in the south china sea. the philippines is carrying out military exercises with the u.s. and japan on an island not far from the disputed islands. the maritime standoff comes as senior officials in china and the u.s. hold diplomatic talks in washington. >> the vice chairman of south korea samsung group apologized for failing to do enough to stop the spread of mers. around half of the 175 mers cases in south korea have been
traced to the samsung medical center in seoul. >> our samsung medical center was unable to stop the mers infection, and it spread and caused too much suffering and concern to the public. i bow my head in apology. >> a thick blanket of smog over chile's capital is meant as a declaration for environmental emergency. half the cars are off the roads to ease pollution the worst to hit the city in decades. >> it looks just like what it is, a thick cloud of soot suspended in the air. the capitol santiago is in a valley and its dryest june in 40 years plus poor air circulation has driven levels to their highest level. >> it impact the respiratory system, can provoke heart problems and lung cancer.
>> for the first time in 16 years, authorities were forced to declare an environmental emergency. 40% of vehicles were banned from circulating. 90% of heavy industry was forced to shut down, using firewood for heating was forbidden and people told not to exercise outdoors. >> i am having a hard time breathing. >> high levels of smog are common in santiago, especially during the southern hemisphere's winter months. the timing of this emergency could not have been more in opportune. chile is hosting the copa america, one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world and poor air quality is a concern for the quarter final
match, due to be held wednesday. >> you cannot see the stunning view of the andes mountains, on a clear day providing a picture postcard frame of the city. another thing missing are clouds, which would indicate that desperately-needed rain is on its way. >> the air quality is not improving. we need rain. >> there's no telling how long this emergency will last. al jazeera, santiago. >> the meme was telling me that is caused by an in version due to high pressure. he is here now to explain another equally nasty form of weather about to hit the united states. >> a rather more violent form. this is mostly used to hurricanes or tornadoes as violent news. this is called did called derecho.
it means straight head in spanish. they are accompanied by thunderstorms, but often cells that may run along a frontal system. you end up as often in the northern plains states a line of and winds. that big disk produced this front, behind it, the winds are northwesterly. this kept going developing new thunderstorms in its path. you can still draw the same line six hours later and it kept going towards the great lakes and ohio. if you get this weather you'll get damage. you'll see some rather deep base of thunderstorms. given that winds can gust to hurricane force and you've got thunderstorms, you've got damage like trees down, for example. it kept going overnight. that was the position not long
ago. some of that was cleaved ohio, just a bit of dramatic photography to leave you with. >> indian ocean islanders forced into exile decades ago is appealing to britons top court in a long running campaign to return home. they are forced to leave the islands 50 years ago to make way for a military base. almost a decade ago, it was ruled they could return. that was overturned and they've been fighting that ever since. we have this report. >> their legal battle's lasted 20 years but they refuse to lose hope. the compare island population lives in exile. the campaigners are confident of overturning a decision seven years ago that they did not have the right to return home.
>> at monday's supreme court hearing in london, lawyers rejected the idea that returning would create a marine protection area. britain removed 2,000 people from the archipelago in the indian ocean, including the main island, leased to the united states to build an air base. they were taken more than 1500 kilometers away. some still live there in poverty, but the largest community now lives here in the town in southern england.
>> we had the anniversary of the magna carta and it didn't apply to us at all. i believe it's high time that this country do the moral thing and that moral thing is to return them back to their country. >> supporters say they could easily make a living if they returned at bare base or in tourism. >> there have been many twists and turns in their legal fight to go back home. it could be a long time before they get an answer. >> violence and claims of racism in bangladesh 20 years after a peace agreement there. >> i'm among encampments of migrants leaving far behind them countries like iraq, syria
the last major residential area north of isil's biggest stronghold. >> a heatwave in pakistan has killed more than 600 people in karachi. the temperature has tipped 45 degrees celsius. >> euro zone leaders moving closer toward a debt deal with greece, discuss ago budget proposal submitted by athens. the greek government has to pay $1.8 billion by the end of this month. if a deal is reached this week and it's been pretty nail biting as to whether they are going to do it or not, is that it, is the drama over? >> no, this is a deal so that the european union lends the money that the greek has to pay back. it's literally a case of
borrowing from peter to pay peter. you'll be headed back in with exactly the same conversation. >> exactly the same? there's an added jeopardy here in that in this latest crisis, it seems many greeks have withdrawn their money from greek banks, fearing that the country was going to leave the euro. are greek banks solvent is what i'm trying to say here. >> well, grease itself is not solvent, you can't get out of a problem of being insolvents by being lent more money. they want to reschedule their debts and start all over again. the entire country is effectively bankrupt. the greeks are withdrawing money from their accounts. that means the money is staying in euros. it is staying in greece. it hasn't left the country. >> unless greeks can be
persuaded to take catch out from under their mattresses and put them back in the banks greek banks remain in a bad state. >> they are. the private sector borrowing too much money before the crise. the problem with greece is the reduction has continued non-stop courtesy of austerity and people have been dragging money out of their accounts for the last six years. that's why greece has continued to go down while america recovered. the europeans are refusing to admit they've failed. they told the greeks when they forced this program on them that they would recover. the g.d.p. has fallen 25%.
a huge partly of the burden is due to the failure that the european union imposed on greece. they have throughout been trying to resist the reality they have to reschedule the debts or write them off. they simply have to face reality. i'm despairing of the capability the european union has to admit they've made mistakes. >> disputed territory in bangladesh had a peace deal signed in 1997, but the area remains tense. many people still people oppressed. we have this report. >> for decades the people have been resisting occupation by the
bangladesh army and by increasing numbers of settlers. a simmering conflict continues to flare regularly. temples have been attacked. we spoke to victims. they would only meet in a safe house because they're too scared to be seen being interviewed in their homes. >> i could barely see. my eyes were full of tears. this is my father's and grand father's home up in flames. my life was burning in front of me. >> i was on the way to the riot site and settlers mobbed my car. the army just watched while the mob beat me up, me an elected official. >> the army denies it had any role in the riots. >> just near the other side of this border is the area in
myanmar. what's happening is ethnic minority are you'd of violence. >> the indigenous people attacked our farms. we staged a protest against this. >> the indigenous people here are terrorists. the world knows they've got illegal arms and use force to extort us and to attack us. >> people are prevented from talking freely to researchers. activists say they are in a
state of occupation. the problems here don't look like they'll be solved anytime soon. al jazeera bangladesh. >> the soviet government expressed shock as a proposal to build a 175-kilometer fence along its border to stop migrants. we have spoken to people at a serbian border town before they tried to cross into hungary. >> they've been on the road for weeks, crossed several countries, tired dehide traded, afraid of arrest and police violence. >> give me water please. >> hi, good morning. doctors without borders organization will provide medical -- >> the charity visits twice a week at the far end of the camp. the medic finds a woman who's suffered a miscarriage. many who left family behind in
war zones prefer not to be identified. >> where do you all come from? >> afghanistan. >> everyone's from afghanistan? >> all of us, these guys from the province, you know. >> everywhere we going, there are problems. >> police are asking you about mine? >> yes. >>ant police beat you up? >> yes strongly beat. in my whole body, i feel pain. >> where are you going? >> i'm going to austria. >> i move to belgium. >> belgium. >> london? >> london. >> they seldom stay more than a night or two in these little encampments. desperate people, incredibly courageous people resting before continuing a long journey leaving behind hem countries like afghanistan syria yemen iraq and not far ahead of them now, along a well worn path, the
hungarian border and the european union. >> they've been coming here exhausted and really tired and they really need help and medical care. >> a prosecutor fled afghanistan with his wife and two children. she needs medical attention. the children ask for sweets and chocolate. >> what do you tell them about the future? what do you tell them about the life they can expect in europe? >> i would like they have good future, because we leave country for them, because they should get education. >> another frequent visitor here is a hungarian priest, his van filled with donations of food and clothing. >> i've seen may be thousands of
people here, but this is just a fraction of the people crossing the border. many of them are not coming right here, just going directly, because the money, they have their ways, they have the smuggler system working. >> within hours most will have left on the road to what they hope is a better life. the only certainty is that many more will follow. >> police in mexico discovered the bodies of 10 people buried in graves near acapulco. the identifies of the three women and seven men are not known. the country has been plagued by violence that has killed 100,000 people since 2007. >> continuing our series of lawless in his in venezuela on monday we looked at police being killed by criminals, more than 100 so far this year. in a second report, lopez meets
gang members who blame corrupt police for the violence. >> the war against crime in venezuela is at best gridlocked. with more than 20,000 people being killed each year, the country has the second highest murder rate in the world. illegal weapons more suited to the military are found here, but to these criminal gangs the real culprit is a corrupt police force. >> this crime is being generated by the police. it's a pathetic situation. they only appear to terrorize you, extort you. we have had to create alternatives and that's when the war begins. >> what was until now a problem of street crime seems to have morphed into an unprecedented escalation of violence where police forces and armed bands are also now engaged in open confrontation if that one with no clear winner.
>> you only know who wins when the war is over. we're armed and we're organized and we're also tired of being executed. we're propped to do what we need to do to stop them from killing us the way they are massacring us. >> the weapons they claim to have would cause alarm in any country. these men are holding several handled grenades, semiautomatic and automatic weapons. they say that with this fire power, they would hold up the police for hours. education they say is the only way out. like most people, they, too want a country where their children cab live in peace. >> with the future of our children, with them studying, it is the only way we can assure the future we all want and that we didn't have in venezuela. our only future is that they drive the country forward and make it a good country. >> for crime experts the preferred solution is a mixture of police be combined with
consistent policies on crime prevention. >> the national government has a huge problem solution to have not stopped crime from ballooning. every year is worse than the previous one. >> it's hard to predict the success of any future measures. virginia lopez, al jazeera venezuela. >> in ghana herbal medicine is so popular that the world health organization believes 70% of people use it before going to see a professional, qualified doctor. medical practitioners say the industry needs better regulation.
>> she learned about the healing power of herbs from her grandfather, she is now in her 90s and passing her knowledge to her ground daughters. they run a herbal farm. they try to protect herbs with healing properties that are dialing out. >> we know what we are doing and we try helping people and they are doing well. people like to come to us. they will like to go see a doctor, it is a problem for them. >> the government is trying to work with traditional healers, many doctors recognize they contribute to a health system under pressure but say regulation is a problem. >> people just go to them and start curing people. even the dosage of the drugs that they use is something that i have a concern with. >> herbal medicine has grown into an industry.
consumers are bombarded with advertisements. the products that profess to cure a wide range of sicknesses with no science to back up the claim. >> you can find all kinds of herbal products along the roadside, and even processed and packaged, it's supposed to be registered and approved. often that's not the case. >> the government is warning people about the dangers of unregistered herbal medicine. some patients have few options especially when medical services are too far away and too costly. she's calling on the government to do more to integrate the different kinds of health care. al jazeera. >> just ahead on the news hour, japan's internet addicts hooked on line for 15 hours a day. >> secret hand shakes all around who's booked their place at the fifa women's world cup.
2012 olympics. if it wins, it will be exactly 100 years sips its last olympiad. rome hosted the games in 1960 and confirmed they'll run for 2024. the i.f.c. president has said that rome is a strong candidate. hamburg is put forward ahead of the capitol berlin. boston beat l.a., san francisco and washington d.c. first 5% of pole residents are against the games there. bad best indicated it would enter a bid after the city council supported its candidacy. the winner will be announced at a meeting in peru in 2017.
>> beijing hosted the summer games in 2008. now it's doing its best to convince everyone it can hold a winter olympics. there's a month to go before the announcement of which city will host the 2022 winter games. beijing is in the running and hired a panel of snow experts to drive home assurances that good quality snow will be available for the skiing events, whether that's natural snow or man made. >> i'm definitely positive that beijing can host olympic games as you have very dry climate which is good for snow making. you have cold winter, which again is another factor for a very good snow making, and the quality of snow is also very good for preparation. >> one of the traditional powerhouse us of women's football having never failed to reach the semi finals of the
world cup once again the united states won. brought down inside the penalty area early in the second half, the keeper was sent off with a challenge. the captain missed from the penalty spot. moments later alex morgan made amends to give the americans the lead. u.s.a. were awarded a second penalty 13 minutes later. a 2-0 win they will now face china in the quarter final. >> it took 15 minutes for england to pick up their knockout stage victim we, beating norway 2-1 after coming from behind. they'll go through to play canada in the final eight. >> the netherlands take on japan tuesday in the final round of
16. the dutch are playing in their first ever women's world cup. they are playing for a trip to rio for next year's olympics. the japanese are well aware of that and know netherlands can pose a threat. >> there are no more south america teams left. teams from the middle east have never equal filed for the women's world cup. jordan nearly missed out. >> jordan's women's football team may only be a decade old but has become the strongest female team in the middle east. jordan is a socially and religiously conservative country and many believe football is not appropriate for females. >> i don't think it is going to change. there is always a group of
people that have a negative side of not encouraging women's teams. what keeps us going is our parents, friends, our passion for the game. >> the team credits the growth of women's football in jordan to the prince, the president of the country's football association and the former fifa vice president. playing football for eight years, she had to stop for a while before fifa lifted a ban on headscarves. >> his royal highness, the prince interceded fifa when several female players refused to wear a cap instead of a head scarf because that is against our religious practices, so we stopped playing. >> the country's making big strides in women's football and getting exposure and will be hosting a major world football event for female teams you should the age of 17 on october, 2016. >> the first world cup ever to be held in the middle east for
female footballers will kick off next year. these women hope the award of such a significant tournament will win the game more acceptance and recognition across the arab and muslim worlds. >> the football associations' goal is to make the sport more widespread for women. there are now 13 women football centers in every province across the country, as well as junior girls teams. >> we competed in the asian cup last year and almost qualified for fifa world cup. our success has made other arab countries interested in developing their women football teams. advertising campaigns hope to garner respect and admiration for the team and aim to encourage football loving females who are shy and fearful of society to join a football center. al jazeera amman. >> tom brady will launch his appeal against a four game ban.
he was punished for his role in the nfl's deflate gate scandal in which pats employees deflated footballs five months ago. an investigation found brady was generally aware of what was going on. he's denied any wrongdoing. >> that's the sport for now. >> more than a million japanese teenagers are thought to be addicted to the internet. the government has begun its first digital detox program to deem with the increasing problem. therapists say that japan has been slow to recognize the harmful effects of being constantly on line. rob mcbride reports from tokyo. >> at the newly opened internet cafe in tokyo, the individual booths are largely empty during the day. the manager tells us it's at night that the place comes alive.
when the customers come, they can exchange this capsule for one in a hotel down stairs never leaving the premises. that's if they can sleep. an inability to sleep is a symptom of internet addiction. this clinic is one of a handful in japan treating internet addicts. >> in the worst cases, kids drop out of school and are not able to catch up with curriculum. they are not able to sleep which needs to be tackled in addition to the addiction. >> tokyo's district on a busy weekend offers the latest devices for a gadget-obsessed generation. views here vary on what counts as too much on line time. >> if you use it too much, it's not good for you. i'm on line about 10 hours a day, which is ok.
i don't think it's wrong because it's just the way we live. >> as with any addiction, it seems part of the problem is failing to recognize it as a problem, but the government now estimates more than half a million teenagers may be addicted to the internet and in need of help. for some of the most extreme cases, the solution may be the tough love of complete digital detox. >> advertising their services on line, of course, are centers to treat addiction with complete internet fasting, leaving your device at the door can be a wrench. at the height of his addiction website editor would be on line up to 15 hours a day. his battle with digital dependency led him to write a book encouraging others to cherish off line time. >> even at weekends when you are meant to be resting, if you are connected on line, you are not really resting.
people need to take time away and disconnect. then you can nurture imagination and encourage face-to-face communication. >> advice from someone who has been there to a generation increasingly connected to the world and disconnected from the person next to them. rob mcbride, al jazeera, tokyo. >> a solar storm is thought to be the reason for a rare sight in australia. the aurora or southern lights similar to the northern hemisphere occurs when particles in the atmosphere are electrically charged by solar storms. with clear skies forecast, other parts of the australia, as well as new zealand are expected to witness the light show during the coming days. >> today's top stories straight here on al jazeera. thanks for watching the news hour. i'll seal you again.
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