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>> welcome to today's news attacks, iran warns the kingdom will pay a high price, an attack on an indian air base near the pakistani border just days after the president as visit.
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plus. [ music ] >> the caribbean nation where music powers have a free run. >> saudi arabia has executed 47 people on terrorism charges including a prominent shia cleric as well as an al-qaeda preacher. >> these are some of the 47 men executed in saudi arabia. they have been convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks targeting civilians and security forces. they included this man, a prominent shia cleric, who was a central figure during shia protests in saudi arabia, which intensified in 2011. also among them was a leading al-qaeda preacher. human rights has criticized the
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executions, but saudi arabia said that they had a fair trial. >> there is no difference between what a person does regardless of his ethnic origin or affiliation or what he believes. we deal with facts and criminal intent. >> last year a man sentenced to death for is he edition, disobedience and bearing arms. he did not deny the charges against him but said he never carried weapons or call for violence. saudi arabia is stamping out terrorism after a suicide-bom suicide-bombing in august. many of the others such as al-qaeda preacher have been linked to attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, and said to be carried out al-qaeda-link. >> it has been made sure that they know the difference.
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if it is threatening the cool fly they will take care of the terrorism. >> in october iran warned saudi arabia of dire consequences if the cleric was killed. they said that the saudis will pay a high price. >> iran will definitely try to ignite a soft spot in the region particularly in kuwait and saudi arabia. >> following these executions may be on the way. 2200 cases are still to be had in saudi arabia courts. >> shia muslims in saudi arabia have taken to the streets to condemn the execution. thousands of demonstrators ral rallied.
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they called for shia regions to be reunited with bahrain. a middle east analyst, saying that threats will have limited impact. >> a good deal of huffing and puffing, and unfortunately i think the iranians have said in the past that they will retaliate for the execution. but i doubt very much if this will be taken out of proportion. i think that the terrorist convictions will stand. these came about last november, and everyone expected executions. perhaps the timing was not right, but nevertheless they carried out what they promised they would do, and the regional repercussions will be for the next news cycle, not more than that. >> saudi arabia is among the world's prolific executors, and
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it is third behind iran and china. there was a big jump in 2015 when the kingdom executed 157 people the highest level in two decades according to rights groups. we have our guest, good to have you on al jazeera, there are various human rights groups who say that this case was flawed. first i want your reaction to these executions by saudi arabia in 2015. >> unfortunately, we were not surprised because the authorities warned they intended to carry out these executions last november. we were waiting when it would take place, and unfortunately, it did today. with regards to the case, he was
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tried in secret sessions without his lawyer. >> me say the convictions against him were based on facts. >> well, the evidence they presented at trial were largely a series of sermons that he had given. sowing discord and inciting sectarian strife which are not recognizable crimes. >> 46 other people were executed today, adam, and the majority of them sunnies. saudi arabia said this is part of their war against pressure. therpressure-- pressure--war against terror. there is pressure on the government to deal with terror. how do you deal with that?
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>> obviously saudi arabia needs to be able to deal with its terrorism problem, and to correctly try if necessary jail people involved in terrorism-related crimes. however, the firing squads are not the problem. saudi arabia is very serious about ending unrest and terrorism, it should look within and reform it's justice systems and ensure fair trials and make sure that the saudis believe there is justice in saudi arabia. and also with regard to the shia province, executing mimr al-nimr, this could lead to violence and instability. saudi arabia was aiming for instability by these executions. unfortunately, it may have done the opposite. >> adam, one last question for you. we talked about the number of executions increasing especially last year. we saw 157 people put to death,
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a big increase from 2014. do you expect these numbers to go up in 2016 we're seeing 47 executions. are we going to see more of these executions? >> well, that's difficult to say. the numbers have been high since august of 2014. that's when we saw the initial jump, i don't have any reason to suspect things will slow down. and in fact,, the saudi authorities say they're capable of mass executions, the largest mass execution since 1980. unfortunately, yes, we could be seeing more in the coming weeks and months. >> thank you for your thoughts. thank you for joining us. adam is with human rights watch. now saudi-led coalition fighting houthi rebels in yemen agreed upon a peace talks in geneva has month but the truce was violated. talks are due to resume in two weeks. in other world news isil
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attacks in ramadi have killed 15 members of iraq's counterterrorism forces and local tribesmen fighting with them. the government said on monday that it had taken the city back from isil. >> the iraqi army has been celebrating their victory in retaking ramadi. but it looks like that their fight isn't over nearly a week after the government claimed control of the city center. there were attacks on isil and various army positions around the city. one of the fighters say that they're still battling the army in the center of ramadi. these pictures appear to show the anbar police headquarters in the center of the city. there was a suicide attack and intense shelling on iraqi forces
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near the government compound in the any. and isil are still in control of buildings nearby. >> there might be some surprises on the ground in the use of suicide attacks but it does not mean that they're gaining territory or changing the balance of power. the only thing that it changes is the number of victims, which is increasing. >> there were another ten suicide-bombers in attacks north of the city destroying army vehicles and taking control of the division headquarters. the army has made big advances in and around ramadi in recent weeks. that progress helped them free 100 families who had been trapped by the fighting. isil fighters are also accused of using people as human shields. >> may god punish them. they shot people in the head who refused to go with them. the bodies are still there. you can go see them.
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>> retaking ramadi is the first big victory since 2015. but it seems that the army is battling for control both for the city center and wider area and remain under threat from boobie traps and bombs left by isil fighters. caroline malone, al jazeera. >> early morning attack on air force base in india has left four gunmen and three soldiers dead after a gun battle that lasted several hours. heavily fortified facilities is located near the border of pakistan on the highway linking the area to kashmir. the air base is home to some of india's russian-made fighter jets and helicopters. here are our reports. >> the confrontation began around 3:30 a.m. when several men dressed in military uniform
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arrived carrying guns and explosives. soldiers confronted the gunmen inside. after a gun battle that lasted several hours all four gunmen were killed. security forces began searching for more members of the group. the area was already on alert after a senior police officer was briefly abducted earlier this week. >> after a police officer's car was hijack's yesterday, and today's attack, a red alert has been issued. we've barricaded the roads and we're checking vehicles. >> the area is no stranger to attacks. strategically located between pakistan and indian-administered kashmir. in july last year three men armed with guns and grenades were killed after they stormed the police station. in this latest attack indian officials believe that the gunmen are members of a known armed group. the indian government response is cautious and firm.
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>> pakistan is our neighbor and we want peaceful relations not just for pakistan but all our neighbors. we want peace, and we'll get a fitting response from india. >> security agencies have been on alert for attacks since india's prime minister made a surprise christmas day visit to his counterpart in pakistan, which was seen as a huge diplomatic overture. analysts say pakistan must take responsibility for the attacks. >> they cannot abdicate and say that these are forces which are not under our control. meaning, no state can abdicate from actions of its own citizens whether they are non-state or otherwise. >> talks between indian and pakistani officials are expected later this month. scheduled talks have been called off following previous attacks. there is no word yet if that will happen in this case. al jazeera, new delhi.
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>> there is loots more ahead on the news hour. senegal tightens it's borders making life more difficult for people who depend on the crossing. plus quality education that will take effect on january 1st. we have special report from nigeria. and liverpool's manager begin begins 2016 with a flop. jo has the details next in sports. >> first, two rival afghan taliban factions have agreed to a cease-fire. they follow news that the former leader had died. this over the new leadership disrupted talks peace talks with the afghan government in july. the two sides exchanged prisoners as part of the deal but they have not committed to a permanent truce. joining us now is abandoning medicine rasheed,--ahmed rasheed. thank you for your time. there are no details yet of this
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news. but first do you think that the infighting that we've seen within the taliban after the death of omar will stop after this deal, or is it still continuing? >> well, it's difficult to say. it has been a very complicated month. after the election of monsour to replace omar, he was approved by a number of factions within the taliban, but the most important faction a leading taliban who was killed recently, and in support of monsour having killed him. last month there was bitter fighting between the two sides. more than 100 taliban on both sides were killed. and eventually monsour himself was subject to a an
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assassination attempt, which has wounded him very severely. now that these attacks have come, i think it could be very important because pakistan has a big interest in trying to bring the two sides together because pakistan has promised that it will push the taliban into talks with the kabul government. >> do you think that this deal will make peace talks possible? >> well, certainly. i mean, there is a meeting of the four stake holders, in ten day's time in islamabad, and once they come together and agree on some type of framework presumably they'll convey that to the taliban, and the taliban will hopefully then come to the table with the kabul government. >> okay, despite the infighting that we mentioned, divisions within the taliban, the afghan
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taliban has been causing very big problems for the afghan forces, we've seen daring attacks in recent weeks, including in kabul, what does this mean as far as the strength? how much more difficult will it be now for the afghan government forces now that you have these two groups coming together? >> well, you know, i think it will continue to be very difficult because first of all we have seen the taliban fighting through the winter months. normally they take a break when it is too cold. this year they fought in many different areas, including, as you said, kabul. they have attacked kandahar and some of the major cities, and they've tried to take territory. this fighting will continue. even if talks are going to be held in the next month or so, or maybe a bit longer, the taliban want to be in a very strong position. and much of the speculation would be, in fact, they want to take an entire province or they
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want to even take a major city so that they can talk to kabul from a degree of strength. >> very interesting to talk to you. thank you for your insight. author of taliban descent into chaos. thank you for your time. now taiwan's presidential candidates say that the island needs to stop living in fear of confrontation with china. the relationship with china was a major focus of the debate. beijing views taiwan as a break-away province. >> taiwanese people need a government that is on their side so they can live without fear of confrontation. they need a government that can help them to solve their problems. in the past eight years people have lost their faith in government. they also lott their trust in politicians. >> here i am appealing to the people of taiwan.
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don't vent your anger by voting . >> if i'm elected president of the republic of china, i will be able to bring the people of taiwan out of the shadows that give them hope once again. >> let's take a closer look at the candidates now. a member of the ruling party. he's the mayor of the taipei city and supports the outgoing president's policy. wen is a progress progressive candidate. if elected she'll become taiwan's first female president and vows to remain the status quo between taiwan and china. the final candidate is the people's party, he contested t the 2000 presidential election and founded his own party.
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highways strong connection with the beijing economist leaders. we have been watching the debate from beijing. >> well, the reason why i think there is so much interest in these elections, the sixth since taiwan became a democracy 20 years ago is that for the first time in a presidential election a woman is declared a frontrunner. 59 years old, single, and leader of the independence-leaning progressive party, which is why china is watching these elections so closely. if she wins she'll become taiwan's first female president as well as the first female president in a chinese society. she said she wants good relations with china but worries that taiwan is becoming too economically dependent on beijing. one of her rivals said she's becoming an isolationist and taking taiwan down a road of uncertainty, but most
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commentators believe that she won saturday's debate. opinion polls give her a commanding lead over her two main rival candidates, but 25% of voters also remain undecided, which means that the election could still be a very close one. >> a suicide-bomber has killed three people in somalia's capital. the attacker targeted a presidential palace in mogadishu used by journalists. al-shabab has attacked the same restaurant in the past. investigators in france are investigating an attack at a mosque. soldiers guarding the mosque shot a man driving a car after he rammed them. one civilian was also slightly injured. france remains on high alert after the killing of 130 across paris in november. sin gallon is on high alert
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following a deadly attack in neighboring mali. the president is tightening security at the border, and he wants border controls reinstated in all west african countries. we have reports from the senegal-mali border. >> along sin gallon's 500 border with mali there are only two roads linking the countries. this one is used by truck drivers carrying goods from the port destined for the capital. migrants trying to reach europe travel through here, too. security agencies fear the route is also used by armed groups planning attacks in the region. we can't show you the border post because the guards mounting it don't want us to film. they fear it will compromise their safety. such is the level of their concern. it's a long wait to cross the border. security controls are tighter. some have been here for hours. others have been waiting for days to get into mali.
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>> i take this road all the time. now there are so many checks this is slowing down our business. i've never seen anything like this. >> increased security checks from introduced after an attack on the radisson hotel in the capital in november. 22 people died when gunmen stormed the hotel. prompting senegalese president to suggest reinstating border controls throughout west africa. he's also proposing authorities say the measures are justified so they can identify individuals more easily to prevent suicide attacks. the suggested measures have not made it to parliament yet but they are also a source of heated debate. they say that these measures are necessary because the threat of attacks on senegal are real.
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the police made several arrests including the imam of this mosque and religious school. he has accused of having links with boko haram, a claim mosque worshipers strongly deny. they accuse the government of attempting to destroy islam. the state idolized values like secularism and republican laws. they're making a by mistake. as muslims we do not accept this law of the state. we only accept the rule of god. >> senegal has prevented any attacks and the government said it will take whatever steps necessary to protect its citizens. even if it causes inconvenience for some. al jazeera. >> barack obama has made a new push for gun control in his first weekly address of the new year. the u.s. president described the issue of unfinished business. the guns used in recent mass shootings in san in san
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bernardino were used legally. they have announced a new package of proposals. >> we know we can't stop every act of violence but what if we try to stop one. what if congress did anything to protect our kids from gun violence. a few months ago i directed my team at the white house to look into any new actions i can take to help reduce gun violence, and on monday i'll meet with our attorney general loretta lynch to discuss our options because i get too many letters from parents and teachers and kids to sit around and do nothing. i get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time that these tragedies happen. to guarantee that we protect the rights to bear arms and keep a few irresponsible few from inflicts harm. >> new licenses can be obtained
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by 21-year-olds if they pass background checks. critics are concerned that it promotes freedom. >> to leave the house and i don't have to worry about hiding anything. i have quick access to my firearm if i need it. >> i stopped at several places on may way here today, and people seem informed and okay with it. >> in yemen fighting continues in the country and has intensified in taiz. gerald tan reports. [ gunfire ] >> no let up in fighting. yemen's pro government forces backed by saudi-led coalition intend to strengthen their grips on taiz. they'rthe daily violence has
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left civilians helpless. many have run out of food. and the u.n.'s world food program says it is unable to reach those in need. the battle lines across yemen continue to shift as both sides try to hold onto and expand their territory. here in the province members of the popular resistence fighting to restore the internationally recognized president of abd rabbuh mansur hadi welcomed a victory. they managed to drive out houthi and fighters, after escaping months ago residents are slowly returning. >> the markets are now open and public servants are being restored. >> yet the threat of new attacks are stopping many yemenis from going home. some prefer to remain in camps in the desert. here children are deprived of classroom lessons, but at least
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it's safer. >> i want to go back to home to return to school to study, but many farms have dried up and many schools have been destroyed. >> since the houthies over ran the city of sanaa in 2014 life has been disrupted in every way. so many have lost homes, livelihoods, and a stable means of finding food. yemen was already one of the world's poorest nations before this conflict began. war has made things worse. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> coming up after the break al jazeera looks at where the refugee crisis is taking european politics in 2016. plus, some of the lowest-paid workers in the united states receive a new year's present, and in sport, the cricket team promises more fight.
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shia muslims in eastern saudi arabia have protested against the execution of a leading shia cleric along with 46 other men. the saudi interior ministry said that they weren't convicted of plotting and carrying out terrorist attacks. an indian air force base near pakistan has been attacked after prime minister narendra modi visited. and two afghan taliban factions agreed on a prisoner exchange. they split after the announcement of the death of the leader omar. now afghan is trying to escape the fighting to make up the second largest group of refugees in europe. but refugee advocates say that the afghan crisis is in danger of being over shadowed. >> the crisis is--has been going on for over three decades now.
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we're seeing a situation where there is a number of people who are now leaving the country. and i think the issue is that it is becoming a largely forgotten crisis. because of the huge emphasis and other areas, the situation in task is not seeing the same kind as it should. i think the conditions are continuing to be very difficult. the economic situation and security situation and there is a sense of hopelessness that we are seeing. i think particularly in 2015 the situation has been quiet challenging. so at this point there is very difficult scenario if you're talking about returns to the country. we're hearing of course it is a challenging journey. but because of the sense of hopelessness in the country the risk people are taking, they're going. and this will only continue to increase as we go into this year, 2016. >> well, more than a million
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people reached europe by sea in 2015. nearly 4,000 people were killed. and it's a crisis that has tested european unity. laurence lee has our report. >> when historians commit to paper the events of 2015 they won't be short of things to write about. the biggest mass movement of people since world war ii has seen thousands running away from the horrors of syria. many died in overcrowded terrifying crossings. the european union hold to itself whether these people are refugees at all let alone they should be helped to build new lives. increasingly newer members of the e.u. which argue that the refugees and migrants should be kept out to defend europe's christian it was successfully shouted down germany and sweden, which wanted europe to offer a lead of human rights. so as the year ended the best
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clue came with what 2016 might have in store. turkey suddenly being groomed for a quicker entry into the european union in turn for a plan to hold refugees inside it's borders before they go to greece. and then trying to convince african leaders to stem the flow of human traffic across the mediterranean. >> over time the situation has changed. we're now looking at a framework in which refugees are not only looking for immediate shelter but after two, three, four years in refugee camps they look pore their own lives and the lives of their children. so to open up these opportunities for education, schooling and occupations, working in turkey is an important element as well. >> yet, security experts are warning that blocking some routes will only lead to others
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opening. turkey can't police all of its areas, and it's lucrative for smalling gangs. not only will the e.u. plans not work, they're immoral. >> in turkey the refugees don't enjoy human rights at all. syrians enjoy some protection, but 80% of all syrian kids in turkey don't go to school. syrians are not allowed to work legally, and when we talk about people from iraq, afghanistan, iran, not allowed to get any protection in turkey. that would be a huge point of concern for us. >> of course, the paris attacks changed european thinking enormously. another one like it would make things even harder for the refugee. equally any sort of agreement between the west, russia and turkey on what to do about syria hardly looks likely.
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so as hard as 2015 was for all these people, there is every suggestion that 2016 could be even harder. laurence lee, al jazeera. >> hundreds of palestinians have marched in a funeral procession for the 17 bodies handed over by the israeli government. in all 23 bodies of palestinians killed after attacks on israeli shoulders and civilians were released on friday. palestinian families had held several protests in israel's refusal to hand over the remains. russia's ban on turkish goods continue after turkey shot down a russian fighter jet in november. what does this mean for especially citrus farmers. >> this farm in the southern turkish city, he grows a variety of fruits such as lemon, lime,
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and manderiness. a few months ago he grew more plants in the hope of doubling his profits. recently russia imposed economic sanctions against turkey for shooting down one of its fighter jets near the syrian border. now this farmer is worried about what this means for his business. >> sanctions will be harmful. we are hearing that citrus prices are declining because of russia banning our products. all those involved in this business feel the impact. >> this is the wholesale market. local produce from here is shipped all over the world. citrus is one of turkey's main exports a business worth almost $1 billion. and a third of these exports go to russia. it's the farmers who are unlikely to suffer because of the economic sanctions, and
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they're all worried that they may no longer be able to sell their goods if the political crisis with russia continues. they all say that the government has to take action or there will be big losses. >> the formerrers are under pressure to finish harvesting citrus fruits before it gets cold. the region produces 75% of turkey's citrus products. these are seasonal workers, mostly syrian and local villag villagers whose future is also uncertain. >> the situation is bad. it's not good. our daily wage is very little and we come here very early. 3:00 in the morning until the evening. most of us are in debt and life is very expensive. >> he was hoping to sell this year's harvest in iraq. but with instability at kurdish
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areas the border crossings have been closed. he's now looking for buyers in istanbul. >> it's not my job to find alternative markets. it's the governments or traders. fruits can't wait long in refrigerators. this product cannot wait forever, and we have commitments towards workers. >> the turkish government has promised to compensate those affected by the russian sanctions. adding that as we impose restrictions on russian goods. but until this dispute comes to an end citrus farmers will continue to worry about their future. al jazeera. southern turkey. >> millions ever low-wage workers in the u.s. will begin the new year with a pay rise. the increase in 14 states comes after two years of protest and the national debate of what is
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the minimum livable rate. >> living with his parents and relies on food assistance even though he has held down a full-time job at mcdonald's for three years. but his pay is going up, more than an hour an hour, to $10.50 thanks to a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage. >> basically, me and my workers, we got fed up, and organizers came to talk to me, and we said enough is enough, don't you think? i said yes. >> new york fast food workers backed by labor unions started a fight for $15 an hour two years ago. they walked off the job in protests. some were even arrested. others from home health workers to college professor joined the campaign highlighting the struggle of all low-wage earners. it convinced some areas to adopt
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$15 minimum wage. businesses argue that higher minimum wage will force them to cut jobs. >> mcdonald's is the world's largest hamburger fast food restaurant and one of the most recognizable corporate brand, they say that more than half of all fast foot workers require some form of public assistance to get by. >> what that candidate indicates is that tax payers are subsidizing the low-wage cost model. the low wage model of operating a business. >> injury real said he's happy to have more money to spend i in 2016. even though it will take two more years to reach $15 an hour. >> if you work a full-time job, you should have that wage, period.
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>> he vows to continue the fight until all workers reach that wage nationwide. >> the somali armed group al-shabagroupal-shabab has used donald trump as the focus of its recruitment video. they tell muslims living in the west to fear a wave of persecution and then cuts to trump at a rally in when calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states and said he would consider implementing a monito monitoring database system to keep track of them in the country. trump said he would be in favor of a veins program to monitor mosques across the united states where he said bad things are happening.
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some say trump is playing into the hands of armed groups. >> donald trump has now turned out to be the poster boy for the latest recruitment efforts to bring muslims around the world to support this jihadist cause. this is significant because it speaks to something that critics have been saying for a while this kind of far right extrem ist sympathying, this politics which does racialize politics and demonize a particular religious group falls directly into the strategies that jihadists are hoping to accelerate. they want to see more division between non-muslims and muslims. >> the new year has started with a resolution from the united nations aiming to improve the lives of millions of children. more than half of all kids who
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are not enrolled in school live in sub-saharan africa. >> this man struggles to keep his seven children in school because of strikes and facilities. he cannot afford private tutors so he makes time to help them with extra lessons and home work. that is taking a lot of his time and energy. >> i don't have the money to take them to a private school. i don't have the money. >> this woman sends her two children to the private school. for her it's a convenience. >> the school is taking care of my child. >> children like hers have access to better learning facilities as they grow up, something that private schools are providing as long as parents are willing to pay.
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>> many come to the first group before entering their primary section. they learn writing, reading in the basic school. >> the united nations wants to close this gap by insuring that children all over the world have access to quality child care and education. >> in the shortage of school facilities and investment, it will be difficult. in nigeria, there are more than 11 million kids out of school. >> most preschool education is run by private institutions in nigeria. the regional governments already struggling to pay teachers have little or no interest in running it. >> i really think that government should be doing less, not more. whatever the private sector can do the government should
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encourage them to do. >> which means that the children wilchildren of the rich will finance to have an edge over the poor, and the widening of the gap between the haves and the have nots. al jazeera, nigeria. >> coming in sports barcelona is on a mission to extend their lead in the spanish league. the latest right after the break.
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>> we put, this is something that i like to do. we live our families at home because we want to come here to make money for them. so i would like people to buy our products. [ knocking on door ] >> 2015 was not a year for fireworks in mexico. due to lack of work her boss told her to stay home twice. nowhere is the down turn in buying of fireworks is felt
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more. these handcrafted fireworks are big business. 85% of fireworks in mexico were made here. business owners won't give precise figures about their earnings out of fear of being targeted by criminals. a colleague was kidnapped. they are equipped to give are the exact reasons for the drop in sales. >> mexican economies are one of the reasons people are not buying fireworks. there are high demands for the products but no one has any money. >> business owners blame competition from cheaper chine chinese-made products. many nations have banned celebrations like this. but no one doubts that fireworks will continue to be an indispensable of celebrations in mexico. >> i am happy to see this that i
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cover in paper. >> in the fireworks capital of mexico this tradition has sustained generation after generations of family. she said that her 17-year-old son is now working in the business. al jazeera, mexico. >> time to catch up on sport. here is jo. >> thank you. barcelona pulling away from atletico madrid. barca have taken on espanyol, and they sit on 38 points with atletico. a win here will give barca a three-point cushion. it's halftime in the fixture and it's still goalless. they'll play later on saturday. west ham has 2016 off to a winning start moving up to fifth in the table with a win over liverpool. they took the lead in just a
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tent minute of the game before andy carol scored with the header down his former team. west ham beat liverpool 2-0, and the fourth loss in charge, they're down to eight. taking on newcastle, second place left to city just behind arsenal in goal difference. they're hosting bournemouth. only one goal to tell but. sunderland leads aston villa, 1-0, and manchester city will play watford in the late game. england's cricketers are batting themselves into a strong position in the second test against south africa after losing a couple of quick wickets in the final section. south africas bowlers continue, and stoke has been o on the
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counterattack and england 306-5. west indy's cricketers hope that the new year will end their disastrous run on tour in australia. they're looking to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash. their lost last week was an eighth test defeat out of ten matches in 2015. >> we haven't been our best so far. basically we will be a lot more disciplined. it will feel adequate for that. >> they came out and played more up tempo last week. and they fought quite hard. i'm sure they're going to do the same this week, and i know they're working extremely hard this week to get them up for
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every challenge, and i think they're going to come harder again this week and we'll do our best to beat them. >> turkey has held one of its mos most prestigious it was. montreal policy the party of the hosts. the goal came after 74 seconds and they win on to win 5-s the largest victory in the event's history. >> we didn't want to just participate in the winter classic, we wanted to win. it was important for the standing. they were right behind us. >> we just had a tough night. i think we played one of our worse game at the worst time.
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it just seemed one of those nights where we couldn't get anything going. we have more from robin adams later. >> now to south america where the sounds of many different cultures help to create unique music. as virginia lopez has been hearing an outdated copyright law is hindering an artist. ♪ >> the sound of widely acclaimed singer recently won top honors at a calypso competition but neither the writer or the singer is reaping the benefit. a copyright law is preventing artists in guyana from profiting from their efforts. >> without an enabling environment it becomes difficult for creativity for your artist to blossom.
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>> the laws on the books are resulted in a perfect breeding ground for piracy. piracy is so rampant here that roving kiosks like these blast pirated music. >> it is part of the problem. if you had to choose, and there was a right and wrong, i think most people would want to go for the right. but in this system it's the norm. >> it's a situation that is set to prevent local talent from emerging. an original cd cost five times more than a copy of a world renown artist. in a market this small this means they stand no chance of succeeding in their own country. but bootleggers are not the only one to blame for guyana's music malaise. a finger is pointed at its politic politicians. >> they'll be stopped at the doors of parliament, or stopped
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at the doors of the political directorate. [singing] >> and that state of affairs leaves musicians feeling very discouraged. >> i do feel that sometimes we should be better off, being performers for so long, getting the recognition, people hold you at a high place, yet you don't get the money that you deserve for the work that you do. >> elsewhere in the caribbean, a simple change in the copyright law here means that the same could happen as in guyana. al jazeera, georgetown, guyana. >> with that we end this news hour from doha. thank you very much for watching. my colleague felicity barr is live from our news center next.
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>> elderly americans addicted to painkillers prescribed by doctors. >> have you ever thought about going off of your painkiller dosage? >> no. i don't know if i'd have the courage to stop it. >> but is it leading to abuse more than it's helping. >> he would prescribe what he felt was appropriate... the result, she died. >> faultlines checks into rehab to investigate who's responsible for the hidden epidemic. >> i was just doin' what the doctor's told me to do. >> at 9:30 - "america tonight" - top investigative reporting, uncovering new perspectives. >> everything that's happening here is illegal. >> then at 10:00 - it's "reports from around the world". >> let's take a closer look. >> antonio mora gives you a global view. >> this is a human rights crisis. >> and at 11:00 - "news wrap-up". clear... concise... complete.
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>> furious protests in saudi arabia as it executes 47 people who it says are terrorists. among them a leading shia cleric. >> iran has led the international condemnation of the executions warning saudi arabia will pay a heavy price. hello there, i'm felicity barr, and this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, india on alert as fighters kill two soldiers of an air base at the border of pakistan, and celebrating too soon the iraqi army

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