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this is al jazeera hello. welcome to the al jazeera news hour in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes. tunisia's prime minister holds an emergency cabinet meeting as protests spread over growing unemployment. claims of russian air strikes in syria of killing and injuring civilians. the grim fallout of zika, the
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mosquito-born virus. >> reporter: i'm with all the sports. the action at the australian open. play was suspended on the main arena as the coach of star collapsed in the stands first the tunisia prime minister is holding an emergency cabinet meeting to talk about this week's wave of protests by the unemployed. he cut short a visit to france on thursday. a nightly curfew has been in place across the country since friday. we go live to our correspondent who is in tunis capital. tell us about this emergency cabinet meeting. >> reporter: the meeting is underway and topping the agenda
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is how to contain discontent and diffuse tension. we think that the government is going to come out saying or taking some concrete steps about how to contain and find thousands of jobs over the country. he said in his speech that when he took over he found about 700,000 tunisians without jobs and with the constraints of the budget he may not be able to offer jobs to all those people. it is a very delicate task for the government. this is a government that comes against the backdrop of elections that were held about a year and three months ago which was seen as a turning point in the history of tunisia. during those elections the government pledged to change the life of the tunisians for the better. those pledges are seen by the majority of tunisians as broken
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promises. a curfew may not be the only way to solve tunisia's deep-rooted problems as you will see in this report. >> reporter: they expected their lives to be better by now and blamed the government for the fact they're not. it has been five years since protests forced the president to leave tunisia after 23 years in power, starting what became known as the arab spring. tunisia still has some of the same problems that created the revolution, issues like unemployment and poverty. the president has urged the country to respect the nationwide curfew that has been put in place following a wave of protests across the country. in an address to the nation, he acknowledged the high unemployment rate as a factor for the protests, but he also
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said foreign groups were deliberately destabilizing tunisia. >> translation: we have more than 700,000 unemployed, among them 300,000 youth who have qualifications and cannot find a job. they are being targeted by outside forces, i.s.i.l. and others. >> reporter: the protests started after the death of this young man on saturday. he was electrocuted after climbing a transmission tower in a protest over missing out a government job. the prime minister has cut short a trip to europe to deal with the unrest. he says the situation is under control and that the government mass started to implement-- has started to implement a job creation program. >> translation: the situation is calming down. it is an economic prognosis r problem. it's people looking for work. we have a practice to try to
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resolve this - program to try and resolve this, but we don't have a magic wand to solve all issues in one go. >> reporter: slow economic growth has left many disappointed what's your sense of this movement of discontent, this protest. is it likely to spread still further, get larger? >> reporter: it will if the demands of the people hasn't been met. the problem that we face here in tunisia is basically the need to balance an economy which has been declining over the last few years and the growing demands of people for more social development programs. i was talking to senior economy experts and people from the world bank and they have been saying that for tunisia to be able to solve its problems, it has to generate more money from
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tourism industry. but the tourism industry has been hit hard by attacks against tourists in the past. the economy has to maintain a level of growth at 5% to generate revenue. they're expecting the growth to be below 1%. there's a huge problem. it's going to be extremely difficult for tunisia to call for more foreign direct investments into the country because of the ongoing instability. it's a very delicate task facing the government. on the one hand they need cash, on the other hand more people are asking for employment. a very delicate balancing act for the government in the coming days to strike thank you for that. there's a push youngedway by the-- underway by the u.s. for a
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resolution over syria. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is meeting goufl leaders in saudi arabia and the-- gulf leaders in the saudi arabia. biden is also holding talks in istanbul. he was in germany on friday talking about the conflict. >> reporter: the pressure may not have shown as she welcomed her turkish counterpart but she is treading a lonely path at the moment. as they held talks in berlin focusing on immigration and fighting terrorism, the chancellor rejected the idea of closing europe's borders. >> translation: we have once again heard about terrible numbers of people dying in the seas between turkey and the e.u., children as well. we just cannot allow the illegal traffickers to rule here and that people endanger their lives. people earn money when they
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really do not have the best interests of these human beings in their minds. that's why we have to make sure that this illegal immigration is changed into legal immigration. >> reporter: on friday a reminder of the risks people are still taking to reach europe. despite scenes like this on the greek island of lesbos, some of chan lor's closest allies are warning of times to set on refugees. in december the e.u. agreed a 3 billion dollar funds to help turkey integrate syrian refugees. merkel's government say oba ma has offered to contribute. even if new money is forthcoming, some experts warn it might not make a huge difference. >> it has to do with the refugee flows themselves. they're not all syrians, we have significant proportion of afghans, iraqis, iranians, kurds. obviously the stay in turkey is
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not attractive to them. they will continue to want to move towards europe. >> reporter: the talks here in berlin is a sign of just how much the chancellor needs turkey's help, but it's not certain if ankara has the means or will to deliver. before friday's meeting, the turkish prime minister warned the e.u. wouldn't be enough-- money wouldn't be enough. >> translation: they have declared a number of plans and i will put them into action. we're determined to make refugees e'lives easier. we've passed legislation to allow refugeess to work in turkey. ahead of next month's e.u. summit the chancellor has already worried many european colleagues. whatever help turkey can bring, the calls will get tougher home and abroad and are getting louder all the time
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there you see the saudi foreign minister. he is in riyadh, the saudi capital, at a meeting between sau saudi foreign minister and g.c.c. and john kerry. >> translation: syria, yemen, the peace process and our efforts to finds, brainstorm new ideas for citizens. we also address the role of iran and the intervention. we have also discussed the latest developments with regards to the implementation of the summit. our joint meeting with mr kerry has been happened, was based on transparency, veracity, openness. we have had converging viewpoints. now i leave the floor to u.s. secretary of state, mr john
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kerr kerry. >> thank you very much. good morning everybody. i'm honoured to be here again, one of many visits and i'm particularly appreciative to his majesty's welcome and i'm looking forward to seeing him shortly. i'm very thankful to my counterpart and long of time friends for his hosting this meeting here today and making arrangements on short notice for us to be able to discuss some very important issues. i would have to say to you that really today was one of the most constructive conversations that we have had in the time and there is a real meeting of the minds about the agenda that we
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face and the urgency in some of that agenda. we were able to discuss a great deal in a short span of time. there are further discussions that will take place over the course of the day as i meet with his majesty, also with the deputy crown prince, minister of defense, and also with the members of the negotiating committee that came together here in riyadh and specifically with its leadership and with dr hijab. i think that the first thing that we agreed on today overwhelmingly is the importance of the partnership between the united states and the g.c.c. and we remain as committed to the
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success and continued engagement of that partnership. in fact, we agreed today very quickly on meeting again very soon and repeatedly because we all view this as a moment with a number of opportunities and choices that face us. the events of the last weeks really underscore how fast events are moving and how active and prepared we have to be on a lot of different fronts simultaneously. in yemen we face the houthi insurgency and the ongoing threat that is posed by al-qaeda, threats to the kingdom of saudi arabia, and we have made it clear that we stands with our friends in-- we stand with our friends is saudi arabia. we have formed a coalition of more than 65 countries that are taking on d.a.e.s.h. and we're working with our iraqi partners
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in order to develop a more kwluf and professional military-- exclusive and professional military force to prepare the local population to be able to take back anvar province. i met yesterday with the prime minister abadi. we talked about the campaign ahead in the wake of their successful retaking of ramadi, and good things are happening. people are coming together. the armed forces are gaining confidence and i am convinced that over the next months we will deliver significant and critical setbacks to d.a.e.s.h., not just in iraq but also in syria. we also discussed the implementation of the joint comprehensive plan of action with respect to the agreement on iran and i think it was reiterated that while concerns had been expressed throughout this process, we understand
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that, there is support for this agreement for its full implementation and that eliminating a nuclear weapon from the region is a critical strategic priority for all of us. now, we remain concerned, as i have said in many different forma, and i have said today, the united states are concerned about activities that iran is engaged in, in other countries, and we are, obviously - we have expressed our concern about support for other groups like hezbollah or support for ballistic missiles and the president has, obviously, responded to those concerns, but we also talked about the
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follow-up process for the g.c.c. meetings that started a campaign and then i followed on in doha and then we had here today, and we have a specific process in place to continue to focus on the priorities that came out of that process. one of the things we did today, which i think is really important, is we set up a clarity for how to proceed forward in the initial steps of the negotiations on syria, and we are confident that with good initiative in the next day or so those talks can get going and that the u.n. representative special envoy will be convening people in an appropriate matter for the proximity talks that
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will be the first meeting in geneva to begin to lay down the process to try very hard to implement the geneva communication and have a transition that takes place according to the u.n. security council resolutions as well as the vienna communications of the syria international support groups. a word about that quickly. i won't announce a date, but we all agreed that immediately after the completion of the first round of the syria discussions, the international syrian support group will convene and that will be very shortly because we want to keep the process moving and put to full test the readiness and willingness of people to live up to the two communications and u.n. resolution and again the process of bringing the
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transition council, transition governing process of syria into a reality. i would just say that we remain deeply concerned that the violence of syria does not spill over its borders and steel the opportunities for the citizens of all of the countries of this region who want peace and stability and prosperity. we've also seen the gut-wrenching images from madaya where 40,000 people are in dire need of more food and medical attention, and we still see barrel bombs and air strikes destroying schools and hospitals indiscriminately, killing men, women and children, and so the urgency of ending this violence of syria was something very much on the minds of everybody here today. that is why we will approach the
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gene evidence talks with such seriousness of purpose and also with hopes. so i think that's really the heart of the discussions that we had today. we can answer any question, any more details that people may have, but let me just emphasize, i know that foreign minister shares with me, ap as do all the ministers here today, that none of us are under any illusions that obstacles don't still exist to try to seek a political settlement in syria. we know it's tough. if it were easy, it would have happened a long time ago. there are sharp divisions within the international community, especially about the future of bashar al-assad, but we are clear about that. we know that the war in syria
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cannot end. it's not that it will not end, it's not that people choose otherwise; it's that it cannot end because he is the magnet that attracts the violent terrorism and jihadis who will continue to come as long as he or his supporters insist that he is part of the long-term future. we know that's simply not possible. so we are going to respect the right of syrians to define and choose the future of syria, but we are going to do everything in our power as nations who are deeply kwlaktd by the consequence-- impacted by the consequence of syria to try and push this forward and help to act as constructive catalysts in trying to help the syrians to bring about the peace that they desire so much. so with that, i join with the
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foreign minister in being willing to welcome a couple of questions. i know we have a meeting at the palace with his majesty so we are constrained somewhat in time, but i will have questions. >> reporter: foreign minister, in the last week you've seen a series of actions that have involved u.s. and iran, release of sailors, prisoner swap and implementation. are you concerned that ties between the u.s. and iran can lead to a strategic alliance, and mr kerry, have you made progress in settling who will represent the opposition in the syrian peace talks? >> no. i don't see a coming together the way some people described
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it. iran remains the chief sponsor of terrorism. institutions are still designated terrorism organizations and officials are wanted for terrorism. with regards to the release of sailors and this is the issue that shouldn't have taken place in the first place. iran had no business taking people and putting guns to their heads and then showcasing those pictures around the world and then claiming to be a country that acts in normal ways. normal countries do not act like this, when sailors enter their waters. with regard to the exchange of visitors, i wouldn't call it an exchange of prisoners because every person released in the u.s., i understand, chose to remain in the u.s., which tells you what a great country iran is, that none of them wanted to go back to it. with regards to the implementation of the nuclear agreement, iran signed a deal. it must abide by the terms of the deal and there will be consequences if iran does not implement that deal.
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overall i think the united states is very aware of the danger that iran's mischief and behaviour and nefarious activities as i've described them in the region can do. the u.s. is working with its allies, in particular the g.c.c. countries, to find ways to push back on those activities. i don't believe the united states is understand any illusion as to what type of government iran is and so we work with our american friends in these areas in terms of exchange of information intelligence, in terms of training, in terms of ballistic missile defense, in terms of enhancing our defensive capabilities. we work with our american friends on trying to find a way to remove bashar al-assad from syria and move the country towards a better future. we will work with the u.s. on bringing stability and security in yemen, in which iran will have no role, and we work with our american friends on trying to bringing stability to libya
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as well as arriving at a peaceful settlement in the israeli conflict. these are all challenging, but the work that we're doing is all designed to bring about peace, security and stability in the region and much of that work involves pushing back iran's aggressive actions in the regioregion you didn't ask me this, but let me just say that president obama from the beginning made it clear that the nuclear negotiation was exclusively a nuclear negotiation and it was calculated to do one thing, principally, and that was to rid this region of the threat of a country having a nuclear weapon and sparking a nuclear arms race
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in the region. the president's goal was to deal with the nuclear exclusively, and some people criticized us, as i mentioned previously, for not including the negotiation about our folks who were held in iran, as part of it. the reason was we didn't want other issues to hold hostage one other issue or vice versa. so i think that strategy worked. now we have the ability to begin to work together to address the concerns that saudi arabia and other countries have, and that we have. i mean, hezbollah has 70/80,000 rockets. what do they need that for? it seems to me that - and much of it is supplied, obviously, across the border from iran through damascus. so these are concerns that we
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share which is why the arms component, the missile component, the human rights components, the state sponsor terror component are all part of the continued sanctions of the u.s. and the agreement. now, we would like to see those addressed. maybe in the context of this moment the opportunity will present itself. we don't know that yet. we would certainly join with the president's statement that hopefully this could be that kind of moment of change, and i know saudi arabia would love that. saudi arabia would welcome knowing that there is a possibility for that transition. so, obviously, that remains to be explored and determined. with respect to the negotiations, yes, we reached an understanding of how to begin this first round of negotiations
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and that is why the i.s.s. g will meet shortly thereafter in order to address any concerns that may or may not come up out of the first meeting in which we need to try to build some consensus, but mistura and the united nations know they're the ones issuing the invitation. we believe necessity have an understanding of the tensions and dynamics that exist, but we're quite confident that there is a way to invite the various interested stakeholders in a way that provides for cohesion and an ability to be able to move the process forward and if there are differences in that, that is precisely what the international syrian support group will
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discuss very soon thereafter so that we keep this process moving and put to test the legitimacy of the words of the two vienna communications and the united nations security council resolution that agree on the need for a transition governance process for a new constitution for elections and for a ceasefire. those are the goals. they haven't changed. we all remain committed to them. >> translation: you said that you understand the concerns of the g.c.c. about the situation between iran and the outcomes of the agreement. are you going to provide any
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assurances to the g.c.c. countries to spell out these concern concerns? >> well, we have memorandums of understanding and written agreements with almost every country in the g.c.c. with respect to our current relationships. we are basing in some countries, we have weapons transactions with almost all of them, we have training that takes place, very serious intelligence, community and military to military participation. so we have a very full existing security relationship, but we are working on - and there are additional parts of that, that are soon to be delivered. for instance, working on the missile defense system. we've currently had steps, we
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have working groups that are working on each of the sectors of our relationship and then in some cases some of it is reduced to writing and is included in a memorandum of understanding, or an agreement. in other cases we agree to do things and we do them, but let me assure everybody that the relationship between the united states and the g.c.c. nations is one that is built on mutual interest, on mu tul defense and i think there is no doubt whatsoever in the minds of the countries that make up the g.c.c.-- mutual-- that the u.s., as we have said many times, will stand with them against any external threat and defend, if necessary, together with them against those threats. >> thank you, everybody. that includes today we will leave john kerry and
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jabir in riyadh as they continue to address the media. following on from that meeting between mr kerry and g.c.c. foreign ministers, clearly this is about shoring up the relationship making sure that the world is clear that the americans are not compromising their relationship with the gulf state as a result, as a consequence, of the nuclear deal that was recently implemented with iran. listening to this is our correspondent in istanbul. we were saying earlier that there seemed to be a two-pronged approach. we have john kerry talking to g.c.c. and biden talking to the turkish prime minister. what elements of the complex conflict are they going to be
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dealing with? >> reporter: on the top of the agenda in this meeting going on between turkey's prime minister and joe biden, top of the agenda is the border security between turkey and syria. there has been a particular problem. the u.s. is concerned that there's a 90 kilometer search of the border that still isn't as secure as the u.s. would like it to be. this is an area that over the years has been used that foreign fighters have been able to cross into syria from, that i.s.i.l. fight yefrs have been allowed to go back and father-- fighters. turkey has certainly increased security on that border, particularly in the last 6 months or so. it has built-in fences, put in concrete barriers, it has increased patrols along there, but it is still possible to smuggle people across. we understand that there might be more practical help from the
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u.s. government in increasing that border security. perhaps there will be equipment that allows, high tech equipment, that allows x-rays of the grounds to see if there are any tunnels, these balloons that can float over the border area that can keep an eye with surveillance equipment over the border. we're expecting border security to be on the top of the agenda. turkey certainly is aware and has become much more conscious of the facts that it needs to tighten that border security we have to leave it there. thank you very much. bernard smith our correspondent in istanbul will be keeping his eye across that meeting with the american vice president and the prime minister of turkey. meanwhile in syria itself, activists and medical sources say dozens of civilians have been killed by russian air strikes in i.s.i.l.-controlled areas, areas that include two
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villages in the east of the country and the u.k. based observe tree for um rights rights says at least 14 children among the dead. raqqa has also come under fire. at least 27 people, including women and children, are believed to have died there. russia has also been accused of targeting areas that are not under the control of i.s.i.l. and some activists are saying that at least eight civilians have been killed in air strikes on the town of zomada close to the border. >> reporter: russia says its air strikes are targeting what it and the syrian government call terrorists, but the pictures on the ground tell a different story. this is zonada in north-west syria. it is not an i.s.i.l. stronghold. it is mainly in eastern syria. instead this area is dominated by rebel groups that oppose bashar al-assad, a russian ally. volunteers search for survivors
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in the rubble of collapsed buildings. they're from a group called the syrian civil defense. it was formed two years ago and now has more than 3,000 volunteers. in the absence of a functioning state, these volunteers take the injured to hospital and clear the dead from the streets. they keep working despite russian bombs dropping around them. saudi arabia has criticise the the russian air strikes and demanded that moscow stop them. western governments, including the u.k. and the u.s., also questioned president putin's intentions. the russian government has dismissed those concerns as part of a propaganda war. it says i.s.i.l. positioned the targets along with other groups. it has added layers of confusion to an already complex civil war we're going to go back to another main story. that, of course, of the crisis
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ongoing in tunisia where a curfew has just been lifted for the daytime. we expect a night-time curfew to stay in place for a little while. there's an emergency cabinets meeting underway. the prime minister having returned suddenly from a trip to europe. we can now speak to the political comment isatotor who ask live for us in t eurekas nis. thank you for talking to us here at al jazeera. tell me about your assessment of the conditions in tunisia today. we've seen a lot of very angry people, we've seen some clashes, moderate clashes with law enforcements. what is the situation, would you say, right now? >> i think that what has been going on in tunisia since 2014 when the current government has been trying to - has pledged to
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help tunisians to find jobs. since election, little of those pledges have been fulfilled. some of the promises of the 2011 revolution in tunisia, that these young people were promised more jobs and opportunities, but also a better life. the situation has come out of control especially with what's going on. then the ruling party, fighting between two camps, the former secretary general and a camp that is supporting the president. that added fuel to the anger of young protesters how angry would you say people are and does this movement that we see moving to
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different parts of the country, how can that be sustained, will it be sustained is what i more want to find out. will this continue? >> i think it will continue if the government does not give concrete solutions to their problems. i know that the government does not have a magic wand to solve the solution in one go, but the fact that there is no communication between young people and the organization that represent them, especially the young unemployed graduates, and the government, in particular the industry of employment and training, unless there is this communication, there may be some short-term solution to the problems and to try and stop the anger of those young people. for the team being, the solution from the government that is
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presented it to impose curfew. the president last night, his speech about foreign elements trying to disturb tunisia and he accused i.s.i.l. and libya of formenting those violent clashes and trying to destabilize the country, these are legitimate demands for the people and trying to accuse foreign elements does not send a positive signal to young people who are not interested in any of those political gains. all they want is to have a descent life and to have the promises of the government as promised, the promise that need to be met thank you very much, indeed.
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the world economic meeting in switzerland has been over shadowed by the refugee crisis in europe. our correspondent is there and he has asked the prime minister of norway what her country thinks should be done to solve the problem. >> the answer to this is not how we deal with this in europe. the answer is to get some kind of peace agreement in syria, but also to do what we now have called for together with the britain and germany, that is to have a large - there is a large done nor conference and it is trying to find hope for those in the region who are internally displaced or in the neighboring countries, and i'm hopeful we have more funding from the aid situations but also new ways for refugees to, in fact, sustain in the countries with jobs and other opportunities. >> reporter: more acutely,
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though, for example, the dutch prime minister said we've got six to eight weeks to sort this out because the weather will get better, the influx of migrants will begin again. do you have any hope that europe can find some sort of united voice in six to eight weeks when they haven't found it before? >> i believe that the decisions made in december, hot spots in greece andity lee, all the framework that was done there, also the relocation program that was done, which we have volunteered to take part in, if they manage to get the borders to function, i think we have that type of status, but they have to put it in place. that's the difficulty. if it's not in place, i think we will have internal border control between different european countries. like the zcandanavian country which has the free movement of people. we had a passport union long
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before consciencing again was-- zchengen was created. >> reporter: you heard what the prime minister is saying. it echos so many leaders saying time is of the essence. there isn't much time left to sort out the border problems, the schengen zone meanwhile hundred garry's-- hungary's prime minister has directed a fence be built in order to stem the flow of refugees. >> translation: it is not enough to moan about greece not protecting its borders. the border which has a line of defense, there will be big trouble from what is happening today to the u.s. where a court is considering an order to stop so-called teacher sick-outs that
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have closed dozens of schools in the city of detroit. teachers have been calling in sick as part of a protest over what they say are unhealthy conditions. there are fears that the dispute could end in a strike. our correspondent reports. >> reporter: in detroit this is where young minds are formed. a crumbling mass of mouldy floors, falling ceiling tiles and rodents. it's not safe. it's not a school that you would want your children to be educated in. >> reporter: many detroit schools are so run down the head of the city teachers union tells us teachers might have to call a strike, a violation of state law >> yoom not above of walking out of here if it's what is right for kids >> reporter: so there could be a strike eventually? >> there could be eventually. i'm not going to lime about it. right now i just don't feel it is the time >> reporter: even though there's a michigan law against it >> an unjust law is no law at all.
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>> reporter: necessity have launched a series of sick-outs forcing school close down. when school managers ask for a restraining order to stop the sick-outs, a just on thursday said no. teachers say they will go on >> we are teachers period who teach in detroit and love our kids and because of that we are disrespected and we are tired. >> reporter: it is a confrontation rich with politics. the system in this city is run by emergency manager darnell early, appointed by rick snyder. >> i hope that snyder hope he gets on it. i can guarantee you that offices don't look like these kids did do >> reporter: the emergency manager says schools here are broke. necessity could be insolvent by april >> unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot that you can offer when you're in a financial situation like we are. i get their concerns. i understand that.
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work stoppages are not the answer >> reporter: most families who can leave have fled, some to experimental charter schools, some to the suburbs. enrollment at traditional schools has plunged from 150,000 in 200 on 0 to 47,000 now. on the outside this doesn't look that bad, a bit worn, missing tiles and rust on the roof, but it's on the inside where the problems really lie. it was a sight detroit mayor saw for the first time this week. >> certainly they're very suburbing things we saw here today >> reporter: suburbing conditions and a standoff with no end in sight. -- disturking conditions-- disturbing conditions another top aseed false fall-- falls coming up in sport. n sport.
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it is time for the sports news. >> reporter: thank you so much. a 400th career win. the in the third round of the australian open. the 2014 champion was rarely tested by his opponent. in less than two hours he closed out the match in straight sets. he faces a canadian in the fourth round. on court right now, the world no.2 is spacing sousa. he went down in the second set, but he came back to win the
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third. they're in the fourth now. murray is leading four two. some nervous scenes as andy murray's father-in-law collapsed. he is also the coach of another. he is said to be conscious and talking. the world's number three is the latest; eed to fall. she was seen as a total contender lost in straight sets. 21 female seeds have fallen. two time champion will be face. the 14th seed was impressive in her third round. she was six one six one is in just 56 minutes. the man in charge of world
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athletics has admitted to al jazeera that the organization has made mistakes when it comes to doping and corruption within the sport. speaking to him that he insists athletics can regain its credibility. >> reporter: it has been a rocky few months for this man. the former two time olympic champion has to deal with the suspension of russia for the state sponsored doping program and arrested of another on corruption charges. ahead of the asian indoor athletics championship, i spoke to him about what he plans to do to clean up his sport. do you have any idea when you became i.a.a.f. president back in august of the storm that was about to break? >> well, as i've said, we were conscience on the council around
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the specific issue of escalating problem in russia, and questions were asked. >> reporter: you say questions were asked. you've also said in previous interviews that maybe you and the organization, the i.a.a.f., didn't follow-up those questions maybe more vigorously. is that a failure on the part of the i.a.a.f. and you personally? >> there have clearly been failures. i don't think anybody would be sitting in my position without saying that. we should have known or been in a better position to know firstly whether those conversations had taken place and what the outcome was. >> reporter: in terms of your plans for athletics, you spoke about them in your campaign for the presidency, people still talk about the win you had. it was a remarkable 11 days i think it was in august 1981 where the world record was broken three times >> three times in about nine days >> reporter: certainly in the u.k. and me growing it up was
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the front and back pages for all the right reasons. can athletics get back to that? >> yes. it has to. despite the challenge of the dark days we're facing at the moment, the overwhelming challenge we face is to get more young people involved and excited in our sport. that means being creative about the way we deliver it, the product that is athletics. we need to get the big name athletes racing against each other and that may mean looking at other issues. we do need those athletes to be out there satisfying the demand that there is for track and field. >> reporter: as for minimum, the wider public will demand that he doesn't shy away from the tough decisions needed to reform his sport and whether he and i.a.a.f. insider for the best part of 13 years is the man best placed to do that, well, that remains to be seen manchester city will be
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against arsenal when they travel. it is one of eight games being played on saturday. liverpool face norwich. leicester hopes stokes, manchester uted southhampton. one of the unlikely stars this season in the english premier league has been watt forward - watford scorer to score 13 goals to be the third highest scorer in the lead. his journey to the top has had plenty of hurdles. >> reporter: the january freeze here prevented premier league stars from having their more thanking training session. it didn't bother this man, the man who came in from the cold. before reaching england he left nigeria for norway at 18. for some african team mates the move was too much of a culture shock >> the cold there is, you get 10
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metre snows like this. it's not easy, but in life, when you walk out and prepare for it, you can achieve it. for me my own sane is impossible. it's nothing. >> reporter: child hood football where he grew up was far more dangerous than here. his mother helped get him to a new life. >> my mom and my sister, they are crying and praying for me. my mom told me this is what you have wanted, this is what you have worked for. you will be striving to be a professional player to play outside this country, and this is opportunity for you to do that. >> reporter: after moving to italy, he left a club to get playing time at spanish team. his goals there meant two successive promotions before a move to england and watford.
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he shot them to proposal ocean and now he has flourished at the highest league. >> reporter: it is one of the most popular leagues here. this season has been like no other like the major clubs are being so regularly beaten by the likes of leicester and others, including watford. >> reporter: with his huge contribution, no wonder they are desperate to hold on to him. whether or not his future is with watford he will take it in his stride. >> reporter: i believe in myself. i keep working out. i know that the future is bright. >> reporter: his faith in self-belief made him achieve his goals enough to top of the goal scoring charts that's all your sport for now. it's now back to you thank you for that.
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it's international arts week in singapore. the newly opened art gallery is showcasing works from around the world. >> reporter: you can't walk anywhere in singapore without bumping into a work of art, some recognizable, some not. the national gallery is the focal point for the international art week it. it used to be the supreme court of singapore and city hall. here the old meets the new. >> i think the buildings is beautiful and it's a very lovely space to be in. >> reporter: the merger of the two sites created a large area of art space adding new life to the chief justice's chambers has been one of the many challenges. there were many issues to be resolved by the project director and her team. >> these buildings were office buildings and not designed in any shape or form for an art
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gallery. so the consideration that we had to look through were things like foundation, the floor loading, bringing it up to modern day codes and standards in terms of air conditioning, lighting and it cabling. >> reporter: the whole event is spread across the island and it's not just established names showing their work here. local artists are also featured in some very unusual locations. inside the shipping containers, visitors can see and meet singapore's emerging talent. this man is a fine arts graduate and his contemporary observations of society show how old and modern techniques can tell the same story. >> so from my work i really am not here to say what is right or wrong, but really to set a reminder for people to watch their mouth before they speak, to watch their action before they do anything.
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>> reporter: it's a start for in man. he hopes to join british artists such as damien hurst and his cutting edge tribute to singapore. names such as his are raising the parole file of this festival. >> it is still emerging art here. it is not possible to compare it with other areas. the world is moving towards asia. all these new emerging are centred for contemporary art. >> reporter: there's something for everyone and there is definitely debate about what they like artistically and what they don't do stay with us here at al jazeera. i will have another bulletin of news when we will find out about the zika virus and why women are
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being urged not to get pregnant. the studio. >> what led me to animal rights activism, is every animal wants to avoid pain and avoid suffering. >> and the future of the music industry. >> maybe i shouldn't admit this but i don't really buy music anymore.
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john kerry says he is confident that talks to end the fighting in syria will take place next week as planned. also to come in the program tunisia's prime minister holds an emergency cabinets meeting as protests spread over growing unemployment. the grim fallout of zika the mosquito-born virus. >> reporter: i'm in south africa i'm going to show you what a love bank i


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