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welcome to the news hour. our top stories. a rare murder charge in israel for an attack on a palestinian family in the occupied west bank. syria's starving city. we get a look inside the city under siege by government forces. outrage at saudi arabia's execution of a shia dissident as high ran warns of repercussions. the case of the missing publishers in hong kong, who
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specialise in books banned by beijing. we begin in israel where prosecutors have charged two jewish citizens in connection with an arson attack in the occupied west bank. one is an adult on who has been charged with murder and the other is a minor who is being charged with being an accessory to murder. this is all that is left of the home which was attacked with molotov cocktails burning it to the ground. the mother, father and baby boy were killed. the only survivor was a four-year-old. he is badly burnt and is still recovering. charles ztratford is at the ruins of the ruins of the home. give us a sense of what the atmosphere is like there. >> reporter: yes. you're right.
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i'm in effectively the bedroom where that attack happened last july. this is where the family were. they were in this room. as you can see, there's a lot of personal belongings here still that belong to the family. even the program here that was used for ally, the 18 month old baby who died in that attack. just to the left here we're told is where his cot was. there's a lot of graffiti on the walls, as you see, calling for justice. belongings also, the mother who we hear was a maths teacher. there's exercise books on the floor here. it's a very, obviously, sat and strange atmosphere in this village on the day that we hear of these murder charges. we have been speaking to the family here and they describe what witnesses said happened.
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they say it happened around 2.10. the family were asleep in this room. the window behind he was smashed and molotov cocktails were thrown in. we're told that the father grabbed his son, who you referred to who is still being treated for his burns in hospital, and made a bee line for the door. his wife grabbed a blanket thinking that ally, the baby was inside the blanket. both the parents were on fire, we've been told. they ran outside and this statement according to the father who passed away in hospital a number of days later, he said that there were two masked men outside. they basically pushed him back into the house, which was burning, closed the door and the two parents fell to the ground and the two men were seen to
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escape and be running from the scene. we also hear that the israeli military or the israeli police arrived on the scene about an hour after that attack and took some statements. they came back a few days later and took cctv footage that had been taken by the cctv cameras in the village for that investigation to start. as i say, the atmosphere in the village on this day, very somber and, obviously, big questions as to whether full justice is going to be served in this case thanks for that rather tragic, very tragic account of events there in duma back in july. human rights groups say there's a culture of impunity in israel that allows such attacks as these on palestinians. there was a surge of settlor violence against palestinians in 2015. attacks have doubled in the last five years.
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a major study by israeli rights groups, over 10 years found 92% of cases end without any charges. the latest israeli army figures say that allegations in misconduct end without any action. the director of research at the israeli rights group. she says police are failing to investigate attacks >> if the police would have done its job and really investigate into these cases, these kind of incidents can be prevented. their most ground for closure is that they cannot find who did the act. offender unknown is the official reason. the other one is lack of evidence. when we look into the investigation files and we're trying to figure out what the police have done and haven't done, we can see that many very simple and basic act of
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investigations are not being done or being done in a very bad way or manner joining us now from tel aviv is benefit heartman from the jerusalem post. what do you make of these allegations that police are failing to do their job properly when it comes to investigating violence against palestinians? >> i think whatever allegations or whatever defense the police would want to make, the proof is going to be in the results. so somebody can say whatever they want. the police can or their supporters or detractors, but it will be proved by the number of convictions, the number of cases that are closed. if we look at violence against palestinians, these are carried out by a small group of hard-core extremists, they're hard to prosecutor and investigate, hard to find informants, a lot of things that are required to build indictments.
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you don't have enough people getting convicted and getting sent to jail. you're always going to have - that will lead credence to the claim that they're not doing enough. that doesn't mean it's not a priority to the police. for one thing, they fully understand the ability these events have to lead to violence. after the murders there a - that was when this wave of stabbing attacks and palestinian terrorism started. not long after that things had a big role as well, but the police know fully well that acts of violence by settlors or other israeli violence can spark violence and can really inflame things. their main concern all politics aside, everything else aside, is to lower the flames. they do certainly care. the problem is they haven't proven enough success in actually prosecuting these people why haven't they? sorry, why is it so difficult
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for them to do the investigations? >> looking at this one in particular, we don't know to what sthent have forensic evidence, but you have a triple murder arson in the west bank with little, if any, d.n.a. or finger principalities. the guys wore gloves and the house burns down. five months you have an indictment. that's a good result. you have motivated individuals who are close-knit, who don't talk, many are pinors, they're not going to testify under questioning. there's very rarely witnesses for these things. cctv footage is lacking, forensic stuff. you have a lack of that information. there is not the network among informants. in palestinians terror
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organizations, they have a great deal of informants, a great deal of wire taps, all types of intelligence, operations going on. also the methods they use are more severe when it comes to palestinian suspects in terms of the pressure that they use in the interrogations, on their families, home demolitions, paying informants to say something about their cousin and work permits. there's a whole tool box that the security services can use to get intelligence and evidence in cases against palestinian earn formants. they're not willing to use these same tools against jewish suspects because a lot of the stuff isn't relevant, it is not going to apply. you're not going to tempt a 16-year-old to testify to the police we can get you a work permit in israel or his cousin can get entry into israel to get treatment. a lot that they use on
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palestinians doesn't work on the israelis one more question i want to get in here. when we approached the family for reaction, they didn't even know that anyone had actually been charged. al jazeera had to tell them. why do you think the family wasn't kept in the loop there? >> i don't know why they wouldn't have been updated. i would think in a high profile murder case the authorities would want to update the family. just about any case, especially high profile one that involves the internal security service, there is a real hush hush about everything that they do and it's clouded in secrecy. gag orders, media bans. media bans that are arbitrary because people know what is going on, but that's not a reason not to keep them informed. they should have known what was
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happening great to get your point of view. thanks very much i.s.i.l. has killed more than 50 iraqi soldiers in three separate attacks. 23 soldiers tides near fallujah a day after i.s.i.l. gained control of a bridge. a video shows barracks being bombed near the crossing. meanwhile six suicide bombers attack where at least 13 soldiers died. there was another attack in haddisa which killed 18 people. our correspondent live for us in baghdad. three different attacks. it is a massive hit for iraqi forces, isn't it. >> reporter: absolutely. there were three major bold attacks this morning, early morning, in three different areas by i.s.i.l. that big one is at a military base north of the capital.
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after midnight at 2 o'clock six sued suiciders were wearing suicide vests. three of them were killed in a fire exchange between iraqi forces and those people. three of them, according to the governor, they succeeded to reach inside the base and blew themselves up. it was said at least 13 people killed and ten injured from the security forces in this event. i.s.i.l. acclaimed responsibility in a statement put on its website and it said seven suiciders launched this operation and not six. in another place there were two big majors, one in fallujah to the west of ramadi in which
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dozens of i.s.i.l. fighters attacked. one of the military base of iraqi army. the sixth division of iraqi army. the clashes happened and this attack started with three car bombs, with three suicide car bombs according to source from the city. popular mobilization forces were killed in this attack. another one happened in a town almost 100 kilometers to the west of ramadi. this attack started this morning at around 7 o'clock this morning. dozens of i.s.i.l. fighters attacked the area from different directions. some were fighting and some stopped and some going on according to the security force around the city. at least 20 people have been killed in this operation. some sources tunaing about a
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death toll-- talk about a death toll. so far it is difficult to know whether it is 20 or more than 20. inside ramadi the fighting is still going on for almost three weeks. iraqi security forces are trying to make some progress inside the city to reach the town of ramadi. iraqi security forces made some progress but it was slow because of the many mines which were planted by i.s.i.l. fighters many thanks for filling us in on those details. syria's opposition is trying to agree on who should be part of upcoming direct talks with the as assad government. president bashar al-assad will be allowed to participate in the negotiations, but he must leave power after a six-week
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negotiation period and preconditionss must be met to stop government attacks, allow aid into opposition areas and facilitate the return of millions of refugees. the war in syria is causing small towns to the lebanese border to run out of food and medicine. a recent prisoner swap was meant to end a siege by pro government forces. you may find some footage in this report disturbing. >> reporter: the people of this area were promised help. it hasn't come. shops are empty or closed. on the streets dejection and despair. >> translation: we've only got water. how come there isn't any food in in the end we were eating starch. everything has gone. >> translation: no-one is allowed to leave here. up to 40,000 people have no food. the situation is extremely bad to the extent that some people have eaten cat. >> reporter: in the middle of a winter chill children are
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reduced to scraps or picking weeds from a roadside in a desperate attempt to fill tiny place. bullets or bombs didn't kill these victims. they starved to death. humanitarian aid was part of a prisoner swap deal in december. dozen of fighters and their families were transported out of the town to lebanon headed for turkey. in exchange herzegovina and shia fighters were given passage out of small towns in northern syria. north-west of damascus and close to the lebanese border has been the focus of intense fighting. the rebels lost control of most of the towns to the syrian army. many residents believe pro-government forces are still blocking supplies. >> translation: we've dealt with 150 cases of unconsciousness. people were unconscious because of malnutrition. they hadn't been getting enough
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food for a number of days. >> reporter: medical staff are struggling to help a rising number of syrians suffering from malnutrition. what sound there is on the streets come mainly from children playing or people trying to salvage what they can from remnants of the battles. residents had hoped the prisoner swap deal would get them the help they desperately needed. many are now wondering if it will ever arrive plenty more still to come here on this news hour, including still not over gun battles resume as an indian air force base on the pakistani border. the daily commute becomes an obstacle course. while riding on two wheels is the best option in m anila. plus a car ploughs into the crowd in argentina. those details coming up in sport.
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already tense relations between regional rebels saudi arabia and iran has struck a new low. 40 people have been arrested in tehran after demonstrators set fire to the saw deembassy. they were angry at the execution of nimr al-nimr and faris al-zahrani. the executions were condemned. devine vengeance for the saw depoliticians. >> reporter: the killing of a circular who urged for good and against evil, who enjoyed religious ambitions. the killing of such a person is really a crime. it is a huge crime and it is a wrong deed because in blood will trouble them without a doubt. i have no doubt about it. policy makers executed them. the saudi government decision makers should not estimate that this blood will trouble them. it will torment them nimr al-nimr was a clear you
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can and prominent figure in protests in saudi arabia which intensified in early 2011. a court sentenced. he said he never carried weapons nor called for violence. the saudis deny accusation that the execution was political. they say it was based on facts and followed judicial process. >> translation: the judiciary is objective and we deal objectively with the cases on merit. 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. once we have the criminal intent and the actual act, then if the person is convicted the judgment would be in accordance with the case and that would be based on the evidence and what has been proved by the evidence there have been protests in
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saudi arabia's eastern province with people taking to the streets in the town of alam ere. it was where he led the anti-government protests. people in pakistan have had protests as well. demonstrations were also held in bahrain and the united kingdom. both saudi arabia and iran are amongst the most prolific ex-cuters. 700 people were put to death by iran for drug offences. over the whole of last year 150. china beats them. rights groups believe as many as 3,000 people are put to death there every year. a middle east analyst and columnist with the gulf news.
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he joins us live from beirut. we have seen some protests and strong words. do you think this is the extent of the fallout? >> it is the extent of the fallout, although i am not surprised by the reaction simply because this is such an emotional situation, but let's face facts. i think that the saudis have gone through the process, the judiciary has spoken. these individuals that were executed a couple of days ago were tried for terrorism, found guilty and executed. of course, the iranians are objecting to this and say the saudis will have devine wrath coming down on them. this is huffing and puffing, retrospect rock. i think things will come down in a few days and they will have no choice but to forge ahead and
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find language to avoid sectarian warfare throughout the region why do you think saudi arabia went after the shia cleric in the first place knowing that it would provoke upset? >> this particular individual has been accused not just of sedition. some people have said, he was only calling for reforms and government change, but there is some evidence that the government presumably presented to a court whereby he has encouraged use of violence and when he was arrested apparently he opened fire on the soldiers and the policemen that went to arrest him. that is in the city where he comes from, and let us not forget that there were several soldiers that were burned to death under the encouragement that this particular cleric has engaged in. his use of very offensive
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language, very violent language has created aborigine awe road accident around him that somehow his-- an aura around him that somehow allows it to be said around him, but we cannot pass judgment on that statement. it is the court that has to speak and the court apparently has spoken thank you for that. he is expected to be condemning this execution. do you think he going to provoke a reaction on the streets? >> obviously, the sympathy asunni-- sympathy a-sunni tension is high. i think he will go ahead and speak openly about the fact that he considers this execution to be a political assassination, but it really is not. i think that hezbollah have no
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interest in encouraging sectarianism. events will be get other events. sectarian war fare will be get sectarian warfare. i think people should low the courts to speak and accept the verdicts. these are the legal limits that exist in the environment great to speak to you. thank you for joining us. a gun fight has resumed at an indian air force base near the pakistani border. it is believed one gunman is still in the base. seven indian soldiers and six gunmen have died in the fighting. there are investigations in relation to whether necessity had ties to pakistan. this attack has been going on a
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long time. it is pretty significant. >> it took everyone by surprise. everyone yesterday was declaring that the operation was over, officials were patting themselves on the back, saying the army and military did a great job in containing and killing the four gunmen, but then just today in the afternoon fresh gun fire was heard. there was some confusion. some officials saying it was part of the search operation and then only a few hours ago did they confirm that, yes, there are still at least one gunman inside the base area which security forces are currently engaged with. how this happened, if these were part of the original group that attacked the base yesterday or if they're part of a new group, that still hasn't been confirmed by anyone yet at this point a lot of questions over who the attackers are. fingers are pointing to pakistan as it comes off the back of the prime minister's visit to its neighbour.
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>> reporter: that's true. even since yesterday many armed groups who routinely say they're going to target areas of india have gotten the blame so far. after today - yesterday there was a lot of conciliatory talk. the home minister said they want to have good relations with everybody, including pakistan, but they will defend themselves. hard liners have come out today some blaming the government for the attacks, some saying was military of india accuses helping groups inside india. nothing has been confirmed, but india has always said that they take these armed assaults from groups in pakistan as being parliament of the government's responsibility are. ever since that, prime minister narenda modi to the country, it
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says they have ramp up the security thanks very much for the update from you. going to the weather now. how are those dreadful floods in south america. it still look wet. >> reporter: that's right. we have el nino with us. it is the strongest, so the effects will be worst. south america is one of those places where we've seen rain after rain after rain. this is of concordia. you can see the river there which forms the border has overflowed its banks. it is across many parts of the town there. this is the river causing problems. over the past 24 hours or so the rains have eased here it doesn't look like the flooding in concordia is going to get worse. however, that's not to say that the rains everywhere are going
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to get better. you can seep there's plenty of white. they're areas of cloud cloud. what will happen over the next couple of days is a low pressure develop over the lower north of argentina. that will reinvigorate the wet worth. so today is not bad for the flooded region. but then we will start to see the wet weather again. the worst of it will be around concordia there. i think there we will get away not too badly, but instead it's going to be towards the north-west. the northern parts of argentina, that's where we're expecting some of the worst of the weather on monday. on tuesday as well. so there could well be more flooding here thanks very much. still to come here on al jazeera, trying to reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs. the people of south africa want their land back. plus.
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a jewish man over murder on a palestinian home in the occupied west bank. three family members died in the attack in duma last july. i.s.i.l. has killed at least 50 soldiers in three attacks across iraq. that's according to military sources. half were killed near fallujah. there was a major attack elsewhere leaving 18 dead. 40 people have been arrested after demonstrators set fire to the saudi embassy. they were angry at the execution of nimr al-nimr and other men. a human chain has been formed to highlight the suffering in a besieged city in yemen. houthi fighters are fighting saudi-led forces for control of thies. united nations has been requested to help stop the
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issue. saudi-led coalition spokesman spoke to al jazeera just a short while ago. he was defending the coalition strikes in yemen and he says the united nations report in december that more than 100 tons of aid was delivered to thies in yemen was contradictory. >> it belonged to the united nations. they signed an agreement. they send the shipment to the ports and the airport, but necessity did not get on the ground. with this food and medicine, to give to the people. why did they not come down preventing people the medicine another book publisher in hong kong has mysteriously disappeared. he is the fifth executive to go missing recently all from the
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same organization. >> reporter: protesters out on the street demanding to know the fate of publisher lee bo. he is the fifth person from the same book publishing company to go missing in recent months. last seen in hong kong, his disappearance is the most troubling. >> the most scary thing is there's no news or proof on what happened to these five publishers, and even the central government and the hong kong government refuse to responsibility on the whereabouts these citizens are. >> reporter: the hong kong government says it is investigating. local media is reporting lee phoned his wife from across the border in mainland china on the night he disappeared after apparently being taken there against his will. lee told his wife that he was assisting in an investigation and then told her not to make a scene about his disappearance. she is also quoted saying that
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lee left behind his paperwork to get across the border leaving many to believe he was smuggled there. hong kong is a flushing business about china's ruling elite. the status agreed before the hand over from british colonial rule guarantees a free media. >> they should be a frayed. >> reporter: protesters took to the streets on sunday over what they see as an attack on academic free dpom. they believe it is all part of the same process to grind down hong kong's autonomy. >> the chinese authorities believe that the ability of the party regime is all important. containment of information is more important. certainly more and more chinese leaders came to believe that
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hong kong is less and less important. so china's organization effort. >> reporter: at the book store itself no signs of life. on display only the covers of books that for now are no longer on sale. messages of support. this one wishing the missing staff a safe return soon the first results of the presidential election in car are in. the former prime minister has taken a narrow lead. the vote is seen as crucial for stability after three years of violence between muslims and christians. the final results are expected later this week. the south african government has reopened its land claims and redistribution program. it is aimed at giving land back to the original owners. >> reporter: this man has been living in the settlement for
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more than 20 years. five years ago the local government demolished some of the homes saying they were built illegally, but the community living here is determined to stay. >> they want to remove us again because they see we are living in prime land. if you're going to move us, you're going to move us to our graveyard because we will fight and fight until the death because you moved my foreparents now you want to move us also. >> reporter: authorities say some houses are built on an area that was designated to stay empty as a firebreak. the community says this is their land. this is what is known as a colored community. a term given to people of mixed road accident race. people like barry say they want recognition as the first people of south africa. in district 6 a group of elders perform an ancient ceremony on what they say is ancestral land.
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this woman say the laws robbed her people of identity and heritage. >> both black and white settled on our ancestral land. so the beneficiaries of that, the stolen land, and that land today you saw aboriginal people don't own not 1% of the ancestral land in south africa. >> reporter: laws reserved more than 85% of the country's land for the minority white population. the government is carrying out land claims and redistribution process and has also identified heritage sites, historical landmarks and land orangely occupied by the people. the process is taking longer than expected. >> in our terms to address the land question, we are seeing that there should be equity and justice in the manner in which the land is allocated, but that will be done in a responsible
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manner when just and equitable payment will be made to those who own the land. >> reporter: almost 400,000 land claims and may pay out as much as 11 billion dollars in compensation. the only successful outcome will be the complete restoration of rights to the people throughout the country in the u.s. flooding is moving downstream on the mississippi river. the water is rising further south threatening the south of tennessee, loisiana and texas. this following flooding north. waters have receded in missouri, illinois and arkansaw. a city mayor was shot dead just under one day after being
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entered. >> reporter: gisela mota was sworn in as mayor of temixco city on friday and was dead on saturday. shot and killed at her home. detectives suspect at least nine people were involved in her murder. two of them were killed at the scene. police officers and soldiers chase and detained four others. >> translation: we p demand a full complete investigation by the state government to its final consequences. there are four people who were arrested. >> reporter: the state governor is suggesting drug cartels or organized crime gangs are to blame. she pledged to end corruption and promised to tackle crime head-on. >> translation: we firmly believe that they were interests that felt threatened by her opening speech yesterday. we don't want to discard any line of investigation. >> reporter: violent crime in
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the region is widespread. 10 kilometers from where the mayor was murder ed the most violent city based on the case of murder, rape, armed robbery and ex-tors. she took office on the same day as a massive operation was launched by federal and state officers. politics is becoming increasingly dangerous in mexico. four politicians were killed before elections last year. gisela mota's murder just 24 hours into her role is being seen as a new blow for politicians trying to tackle violent crime in mexico the new year has begun in el salvador as one of the murder capitals of the world. at least 29 people were murdered within hours of at thes tofts
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beginning. the murder served surged 70% last year. it is estimated there were more than 6,000 mers, that's 16 people on average every day - murders. the united nations have begun the new year with sustainable development goals. leaders met to approve 17 targets to tack else global problems. the goals replace the goals which expired in 2015. governments will use the objectives to frame their agendas and policies over the next 15 years. one of these goals is to end deforestation by 2020. our correspondent reports now. >> reporter: nature in all its beaut. a century ago 80% of sri lanka was covered by forests. today it is less than 30%. even the largest and oldest
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nature reserve has suffered. over 1,000 hectares of forest adjoining the reserve have been cleared for housing in recent years, provoking a huge outcry from environmentalists. these pictures filmed by them show the extent of the deforestation. >> translation: the population is a problem. they don't understand that these must be protected. >> reporter: the outcry prompted the president's office to halt any further land being cleared for housing in the area. as the population grows and progresses forests like this and the animals in them face increasing threat. environmentalists say they must be protected to ensure their long-term survival. environmentalists say that land that been deforcested should be used for development rather than
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clearing remaining forests. >> translation: these species are already in the critically endangered category. if we take don't urgent action we may lose these. >> reporter: these two are among the animals under threat. environmentalists say the new government appears to be responding to their concerns. a presidential task force is coordinating a three-year environment protection plan which aims to reverse some of the damage and expand the country's cover. >> we are working to ensure we will have the addition of another five to six thousand hectares of reforestation the challenge is to stereo strike the right balance between, on the one hand, the need to free up land for development, and on the other the need to protect the environment, especially for
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wildlife species already on the verge of extinction still ahead here on the program, afghanistan stops as its football team defends their south asian cup title. all the latest coming up with jo in sport
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of all cities around the world that suffer from traffic congestion, m anilla is considered amongst the worst. leaders say they're committed to
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tackling the bottom. that can't come soon enough for long-suffering commuters. >> reporter: this man has been cycling to work for almost four years. it is a daily obstacle course. >> i save around three hours to four hours. i save on gas and parking fees and the time that i saved i just spend it with my family. >> reporter: it is not the safest or most comfortable way to travel, with you it is better than the alternative. carmageddon, a reference to dooms day when is exactly what it feels like to be stuck in the traffic. on a bad day driving along this 24 kilometer thoroughfare could take up to four hours. sales the motor vehicles continue to rise however. the problem one study found costs the country some 53
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million dollars a day. inadequate infrastructure is seen as a down side risk to economic growth. urban planner says metro m anilla is an urban laboratory on how not coup it. with the average office workinger spending an average of one thousand hours a year in traffic. >> our cities are vehicle oriented whereas the rest of the world have other ways. >> reporter: thousands took to the streets to call on leaders to make cycling part of a long-term solution to transportation problems and pollution. m anilla does have existing cycling lanes as well as a bike sharing scheme. the government knows it is the not foaf. philippines took a framework to make the entire apec region more bike friendly >> people are saying why would
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the philippines push such a thing. your own country. i guess it is precisely that. countries like the philippines who is lacking in inclusive mobility would learn from other countries who have done it. >> reporter: another study says it could take 50 more years and billions of dollars of investments to break the grid lock. until then, commuters who swear by the merits of pedaling on two wheels hope many others will follow suit all the sport now. >> reporter: thank you. at least 10 spectators have been injured at a rally in argentina when a car drove into a crowd. it happened during the starting order. the mini cooper was being driven by the first chinese woman to
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compete in the historic race. organisers say the injured were taken to hospital, but haven't provided details of their injuries. afghans are right now gathered around tv sets across the country as their football teams aims to defend its south asian cup title. the team are taking on india who are the most successful in the series. it is nil nil and it is coming up to half-time. live from kabul, what is the mood there? how do they feel about the final and what are the chances? >> reporter: it is joy. despite the cold weather and security threats, many afghans came out to see their team playing football with india outside in the big screen. if you go to every corner of the capital you could see afghan
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colorful balloons and people walking around. it seems like football is the one thing that makes afghan united. >> reporter: it certainly looks like there's a party atmosphere there on the streets of kabul, but there has been warnings from the government for fans not to celebrate too hard if the team wins. why is that? >> reporter: in 2013 when afghan win the same match, there was some celebrations, begun fire here, which had many casualties. so afghan security forces want to avoid a similar incident. that's why necessity want afghan not to celebrate-- they want afghan not to celebrate with guns stay safe. the latest from that match still nil nil and it is half-time. struggling english champions
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chelsea are taking on crystal palace. they sit 16th in the table and are looking for victory to the long climb up. arsenal are at the top after beating newcastle one nil on saturday. the goal helped arsenal towards a two-point advantage over leicester city in the standings. manchester united entered their eight match with their win over swan sea city. p madrid have moved ahead of barcelona after beating levante. they set a spanish record of 180 goals in 2015 but drew a blank in espanol in the cattaln derby.
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at the top of the table, they have a game in the hand. madrid are two points back in third. they play on sunday. they have won six of their last seven games but pressure remains on the manager, on and off the field. he placed questions about a player who was stopped by police on friday after driving at 200 km/h on the way to training. >> translation: this is a private issue. he is a good kid. he is serious. he has given us an explanation. i have nothing else to say. i insist this is a private issue and that's it. >> reporter: english cricketer ben stokes has hit the second fastest double century in history and the quickest ever by an match. it came off 163 balls.
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the record is 155 balls. stokes was out for 259 after smashing 30 4z and 11 6s. england declared. south africa are 44 for 1. more troubles for west indies in australia. 85 was made and then wickets tumbled. they lose four for 55 runs. the west indies closing the day on 207 for six. in the nbastef curry made his return after injury but placed just 14 minutes before going off hurt again. the warriors picked up their 34th win at home, 111 to 103. there was trouble. og m ao lost his cool at the referee who hadn't given a foul. the fish rejected him from the game and he had to be hauled
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away by the coaching staff. despite leaving his team shorthanded, they beat 95 to 85. 2015 was nadal's worst season in a decade. he struggled with injury and failed to win a grand slam but the former world no.1 has started the year in the best possible way. he won in abu dhabi. currently ranked 5th in the world, he won in straight sets. most sports fans will do anything to rally behind their teams. in the u.s. it means hard work for buffalo bill. hundreds have turned out to shovel snow so the game could go ahead. that is all the sport for now thanks very much. solar and wind energy are growing in popularity as
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alternatives to fossil fuels. attention is also turning to harnessing the ocean tides. our correspondent reports from canada. >> reporter: can the planet biggest tides be used to generate power? that's what they're exploring here on the shores at the narrow west point. 14 billion metric tons of water, more than the combined flow of all the rivers moves through this passage each day. >> it is essentially taking a wind turbine and putting it under war in a high flow environment. >> reporter: in partnership with government and the local power company acres european firm is building a 15 metre wiped turbine with plans to submerge it later this year. a similar device failed in 2009 when a unit broke down hours after it was put in the water. this is different this time the company says
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>> we learned that we have to have details of the site and the site characteristics in terms of currents and turbine location and this is really where we have learned from past experience, and this is why we are here today back again. >> reporter: it is low t darks e and i'm standing quite literally on the bottom of the ocean. every day twice a day the waters surge in here and turn this mud flap into a bay that can be 12 or more metres deep. north america's first title project is just across the bay. the generating station has been producing small amounts of power since 1984. the undersea turbines are i a much larger scale. fishermen say the turbines will damage migrating fish. it is only clean energy if you ignore the fundamental premise
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that these things kill fish. turbines kill fish. there is not a vacuum up there. there are fish living there traversing the area. >> reporter: even scientist paz whose project laid out the project, say there's a long way to go before the seabed is covered by turbines. >> there is a lot of challenges. the initial cost of the electricity that is generated will be high. we also have this question of what impact it will have on the environment. >> reporter: balancing that impact against the costs from emergency from fossil fuels will be crucial. must they be left alone to ebb and flow as they've always done? do stay with us here on al jazeera. i will be right back with another full bulletin of news for you. for you.
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