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♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour with me peter in doha, coming up, afghans in a desperate situation as a european border fence after being told they cannot pass. with no let up in the fighting there are serious doubts that a plan for a partial truce in syria can become a reality. india students standoff, the crisis continues after university campus and some have made an offer to end it.
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and the real life super hero story that is running for an oscar. i'll be here with the day's sport including manchester united are through to the quarter finals of the english f achl cup and putting pressure on the manager louis van howe. ♪ afghan refugees remain stranded this hour at bashed wire fences at greece, macedonia border after being blocked from crossing and restrictions of afghans entering territory and allowing people from syria and iraq to cross over as one part of a crisis that shows no sign of slowing, the international organization for migration has just announced that 100,000 refugees and migrants have already arrived on european shores this year. well they are covering the story from both sides and we are in
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greece and standing by for us in kabul to explain the latest factors pushing afghans to push for a better life abroad, life to both of our correspondents in a moment first the report to bring us up to speed with tensions along the border. >> reporter: first peaceful protests raising their national flag and calling for the border to stay open. but frustration was high among afghan nationals and many had been here for several days pleading to get into macedonia. only syrian and iraqis with allowed to continue their journey. some took desperate measures only to be sent back into greece. afghans have become the latest victims of tougher border controls imposed over the weekend by the balkin states and the move comes after austria is restricting the number of
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migrants streaming through the country and 600 afghan refugees are stranded in macedonia border with serbia but those waiting here say they have been forced to take drastic action. the afghans first blocked the refugee crossing point and tore through the fence and are on the railroad tracks hoping this would put enough pressure for the borders to open again. and travel companions set up their tents and will plan to stay here as long as it takes. >> our aim is not just to open this gate, our aim is to open all borders we are facing. >> reporter: officials say they are using diplomatic channels to urge macedonia to reconsider the decision, in the meantime no one is going through so resilient as ever to the twists and turns of a life of a refugee they are ready for a long wait. >> live now to a police called
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polycastro in greece and what are the living conditions like for these people? >> reporter: well i'm here as you see at the reception center, this is a transit camp for those heading towards the border and looks like any other refugee camp with tents and not very far from here there are some facilities because we are on the outskirts or near a petrol station and a coffee shop and refugees can go there and more than living conditions it's really what is the mood here not only among the afghans, just behind me there on the two buses there are afghans who are not allowed off the bus simply because authorities are afraid they will walk towards the border which is about 20 kilometers from here, you have anxiety among the syrians and iraqis and they are on the go and on the move and hurry and also worry that maybe the borders will close for them so certainly a lot of anxiety among all these people and also a lot
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of tension between the afghans and the other groups moving especially the afghans and iraqis and say it's racist and why have they been singled out, they are refugees, we are refugees and there is a war in their country and a war this our country. >> do the refugees stand a chance of being processed at all do we think? >> reporter: well, at the moment it doesn't seem so. i mean, this all comes after a meeting of the western balkin states plus austria that happened over the weekend which there was a decision that the borders need to be new regulation and need to be new controls and if you read the statement issued after that meeting it particularly says that people coming from war-torn countries and between brackets, iraq and syria and doesn't mention afghans at all will be able to continue if they prove they were not living in a third
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country before that and that is very difficult for the afghans to understand also because they are not giving the full information at the moment. they are simply told to disclose, we will see, wait, we have seen some being bussed now back to athens and i have to tell you this is all having a domino effect all along the balkin route and when we used to see the images of people streaming north now you have images of people coming south or being blocked at different borders and as we understand it there is about 5,000 refugees now in athens and among them a large group of afghans but all of them are now blocked in athens because simply here it's very busy and we are about 20 kilometers away from the border and if you drive down to the border you will see group of people walking on the move trying to get there as quick as possible even though no one is going through at the moment. >> thank you very much. that is the picture on the greece-macedonia border and we
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will track it down the balkin route and live now to kabul and correspondent here and by and large we have been told for more than a few years that afghanistan is a success story and yet people are still in desperate need of leaving afghanistan, why is that? >> yeah, i think afghans are just like most people around the world when they want to build a life they look for two things they want security and they want and economy that is stable and it's showing progress in a nutshell, that has not happened here in afghanistan and that is why you continue to see the afghans leave this country at a time when many people were hoping that would change, more afghans would stay. if you look at 2014 when you saw most u.s. and international forces leave afghanistan international organization and aid groups left with them, a lot of afghans depended on these
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organizations for work, they depended on ngos and aid groups to boost the afghan economy that simply has not happened, unemployment still a very serious problem here and you look at the security situation, resent report shows that in 2015 there were more civilians killed in afghanistan than any time in 2001 when u.s. and international forces occupied afghanistan. in the past four days according to a senior afghan military official you have afghan troops pulling out of two critical districts in southern afghanistan, all of these are indications of the security situation is deteriorating, when you talk to afghans you understand when they say, when they send their kids to school they want to feel safe and they want to feel that their children have a future with dignity and when that is not the case they take desperate measures and they take risks and they leave the country and we see the very sad results in places like greece peter.
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>> thank you. meanwhile near the french city of cali thousands of migrants and refugees face eviction from a camp known as the jungle and french officials have given until tuesday to leave their makeshift home and up to a thousand people could be forced to move to nearby shipping containers and many don't want to move and hope for a legal intervention. turning our at tension now to another major factor in the refugee crisis, the on going conflict in syria and latest pause in fighting should begin on saturday but the opposition's main negotiating body is resisting that and say the al-qaeda linked group al-nusra must be part of the deal if there is hope of stopping the violence and fighting continues on several fronts in and rounds the city of aleppo and pictures of rebels fighting kurdish ypg forces in the city and james base explains the doubts surrounding the proposed ceasefire. >> reporter: for almost five years the death toll has
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mounted, everyday there has been blood shed and atrocities. now the latest attempt to end all that, this document released jointly by the u.s. and russia, the two countries have been working on plans for a lull in the violence since a meeting in munich earlier this month. russian foreign minister sergei fedorov had wanted a ceasefire for march the first and u.s. secretary of state john kerry argued that would allow russia more time for bombing to change the situation on the ground but ever since that meeting there has been delay and so in the end russia has got its way. >> translator: russia will work with damascus, the legitimate government of syria, we expect the united states will do the same with its allies and group supported by them. >> reporter: the deal done by the u.s. and russia calls on all the warring syrian parties with the exception of i.s.i.l. and the al-nusra front which are both on the u.n. security council's terrorism list to
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commit to a cessation of hostilities by this friday midday damascus time, 12 hours later that cessation is supposed to start on saturday. diplomates tell me that if it holds there is the possibility that peace talks which collapsed in geneva last month could resume within seven days. the spokesman for the u.n. secretary-general welcomed the news of the announcement of the cessation of hostilities but everyone is well aware how hard it will be to make it actually happen. >> the secretary-general strongly urges the parties to abide by the terms of this agreement, much work now lies ahead to ensure the implementation of the international community, the international support group and the syrian parties must remain stead fast in their resolve. >> added complication came from damascus and a statement saying president assad wanted elections for his rubber stamp parliament in april.
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given everything that has happened in syria it's not a great deal of optimism about the proposed cessation of hostilities particularly as many observers fear there will be an increase in violence with the warring sides trying to make gains in the days before it is due to start. james base, al jazeera, at the united nations. live now to the turkey-syria border and al jazeera's correspondent omar and so we have this stance now very much a clear line in the sand from the riyadh group and the hnc. >> reporter: yes, absolutely. they are not really optimistic about this whole deal and they think that the russians on the one hand and their allies within syria, the syria regime will take advantage of it and are not really sincere and didn't make a number of remarks and i remember for the last i think over the last three days they called on
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when the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his counterpart were talking about the possibility of a truce or cessation of hostility the opposition called on the u.s. and russia to include al-nusra front and now the opposition really thinks the regime wants to take advantage about this tru tru truce. >> translator: our main concern in opposition is both russia and regime are not serious about their commitment to the cessation of facilities. including i.s.i.l. and al-nusra can be just deployed by the regime and allies to keep slaughtering civilians and trying to finish off the real syrian opposition and al-nusra in disagreement is another excuse to continue the destructions of our cities and why we need real guarantees by the international community that all the parties will be truly committed to the ceasefire.
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we don't want this to be another trap where the real opposition will fall into and risk all what we have accomplished for the sake of the syrian people. >> reporter: omar when they try to conflat the building blocks of hostilities the is it fair to say doesn't matter if you are russians or syrians or the hnc the wild card here is al-nusra because few people can talk to them and nobody can actually control them? >> reporter: absolutely. they pretty much control themselves because in the past the syrian, the war in syria has been ongoing for the last five years and every time there is any possibility of talk or peace talks rather you get groups, powerful groups say we are not committed and al-nusra especially made such remarks in the past and i remember that very clearly. now what happens is that there are some regular countries that are backing different groups who
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are close to al-nusra maybe through those groups they will try and affect al-nusra and i don't know if that will happen, i don't know what the results might be but you have also another problem peter excluding al-nusra is one thing but also if the russians and the syrian regime would just now according to the news agency in syria saying that the government accepted the hostility provided the armed groups try and not make any gains and now you have a situation where the russians perhaps and also the syria regime will pick and choose who is a terrorist group and who is not and there is a loophole in all that with conservative rebel groups fighting the syrian regime inside syria who are allied to al-nusra could be angry about this if they get targeted of course. >> omar thanks for that. still to come here on the news hour for you from al jazeera global oil industries is gathering in texas to cut the cost of plummeting oil prices
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and to find ways to turn it all around plus we look at whether a new tax on plastic bags will help reduce waste piling up on indonesia streets and in the sports news the l.a. clippers take down the phoenix suns again, action from the nba in about 30 minutes. ♪ now the egyptian military saying the sentencing of a four-year-old boy to life in prison for murder is a mistake, the 16-year-old should have been sentenced instead and the child was convicted with 115 others in connection with protests of muslim brotherhood supporters in 2014, the boy's father spent four months in jail for refusing to hand him over. israeli army demolished the home of two palestinians in the occupied west bank and killed five people in attacks in the west bank in israel last year,
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more than 160 palestinians and 28 israelis have been killed in a wave of violence that began in october. in india two students accused of sedation say they are ready to give themselves up to a court if their safety is guaranteed and they are among a group of five students facing charges who held themselves up in the university in new deli. the police have not been allowed in to arrest them. the president of the student union is already in police custody. the government alleges the student chanted anti-india slogans as an event on campus condemning the execution of a separatist. thousands have taken to the streets in new deli in solidarity with the students and demonstrating against cast based injustice and protesters many students accused them on cracking down on decent and we have more now from that march.
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>> reporter: these protesters have come from across the country marching against the suicide death of a student who killed himself in january because he said he was facing discrimination and that sparked debate throughout the entire country and accusation of discrimination against other untouchable students on other campuses. the passion of this crowd are also being taken by issue in new deli and six students charged with sedation for making remarks at a protest earlier this month and many people here in the crowd feel that this is just part of the government's plan to crack down on freedom of speech and on decent and this is why they have come out in droves to march but politicians also are not missing out on the action here and several of them have joined the marches and will be making speeches later and today is the first day of the opening session of ionia's parliament many opposition parties have told the government they will only allow bills to be passed if
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the issue brought up by this crowd is heard. >> okay let's focus in on another aspect of the story there that we have just been reporting out of india to do specifically with the farming community to give them another title being used today the job farming cast and we have this update on that story from new deli. >> reporter: the chief minister says they are trying to create a new category of affirmative action that will give the jobs more access to government jobs and university quotas. now he had visited the heart of the protest and he was heckled showing a deep miss trust of the government. now the protesters say they have been promised this many times before and, in fact, have been promised reservation status by previous governments and each time it has been sparse by the supreme court and the chief minister has been support mondayed to deli where talks will go to a national level where there could be higher discussions of what kind of concessions they can give to the
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job community. where we have seen some of the worst violence building, and cars torched and stores looted and they stay indoors in case it fires up again and dismantled and train services resumed and thousands of troops on the ground trying to maintain calm in many of the areas where the protests have been. now the affects of the protests are being felt in the capitol, new deli relies on them for most of the water supply, 50% of its water comes from one particular canal, that canal has been damaged by the protesters while the government said they are doing everything they can to try and stop a water crisis they are warning there will be water shortages and will take at least two weeks for supplies to return to normal in the city. >> returning to the occupied west bank where palestinian teachers are protesting on the streets of ramallah for unpaid
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wages and a million students are out of school and we are live from there and why have they not been paid their wages? >> hi peter it's a very complex issue and one of the key issue is of low wages more than anything and palestinian authority of course is responsible for paying the salaries of the teachers and it has for many years now suffered from chronic financial difficulties and could explain some delays but the core of the issue here with these teachers is simply one of the palestinian authorities failing to make good on and agreement that was put into place in 2013. in fact, let me just give you a sense of the size of the crowd here. the crowd here is probably around 2000 teachers or so. there is around 20,000 teachers who have been on strike now for quite sometime and say the government has failed to deliver
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on pay raises and failed to deliver on promises of promotions and they have also promised to deliver salaries and salaries on time and it really is this issue that has been driving these protests now, these protests as we have been saying have been carrying on for sometime and has resulted in a million palestinian children not being able to go to class. >> the demonstration looks pretty good humored, are the teachers prepared to keep going with this? >> that is a pretty good observation and it has been a fairly upbeat crowd here. they have genuinely been very peaceful and indeed have been very sort of clear in that they are united together in saying that they are insistent that they will continue to keep protesting but in the background of all of this there is of course politics, politics can over shadow an awful lot here in the occupied west bank and
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accusations of the party of the president abas and hamas which is opposition to them has really been inflaming the street and inflaming the teachers and why we are seeing their refusal to accept the government's promise i should say of making good on those promises from around three years ago saying they will not only make good on the promises they make and increase salaries around 5% and the people we have been hearing from are saying that is just not enough. >> thanks a lot. fiji started receiving humanitarian aid following a cyclone that killed 29 and 8,000 others living in shelters and aid agencies are handing out vital supplies and andrew thomas now from there. >> reporter: the big issue in the aftermath of this cyclone is communication. the government simply doesn't have it with big parts of its own country. phone lines have been cut, air
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strips are blocked so they cannot fly in and all they can do is aerial surveys and doesn't tell you much from a big hike so boats are now leaving full of military people, full of logistic people, surveyors as well and should establish how many people are injured, if anyone has been killed in some outlying items and what supplies are needed most and the first two boats left on monday and further will follow on tuesday into wednesday and going to the outlying islands but it's a long, slow process to get a picture where help is needed most. on the main island where i stand infrastructure is getting backup and running and this building site is one of many but the north part of the island has been badly affected and thankfully not the big cities of mandy and both of them dodged the worst of the cyclone but the north is bad and it's the outlying islands where news is just beginning to filter through and what is known so far is not
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particularly good. >> stef joins us with the world weather and talking about range in the middle east. >> that is right and exciting when it ranges rains in the reali state and parts of the middle east and these pictures are from jordan and showing the damp and drizzling conditions we have been seeing there and a little further to the north in beirut we have been seeing pictures like this, very impressive pictures and very stormy there and pretty wild seas as well. over the next few days that system is going to head its way to the east and already you can see that circulation there over lebanon really and gradually edging its way eastward and ahead of it we have this area of cloud that just dangles all the way down through parts of the arab peninsula and winds are being drown up from the south and pretty warm in doha and seeing temperatures today of 27 or 28 degrees and it's rather
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blustery as well and then that system will edge its way eastward and likely to see thunderstorms tonight and also during wednesday and wednesday night as well. some of them could turn out to be a bit heavy but the heavy ones will be further north as we head up to iran and gradually all of that works its way away and barely anything left on thursday and never know it rained here and the temperatures back to around 26 or 27 peter. >> thanks very much, indonesia is the second plastic polluter after china and example of other countries by imposing a charge on plastic bags and we are there looking at why this initiative is needed just shoppers and shop keepers will they change their ways for the same of the environment? >> reporter: researchers have found that nearly 10 million plastic bags are being handed out to indonesia shoppers everyday and these plastic bags often fine their ways to places like this and clogging up
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indonesia waterways and polluting the seas, the river ways, the streets, the parks, the forest, 187.2 million tons of plastic waste is being produced in indonesia every year and makes it the second biggest polluter in the world after china. plastic waste has become a trap to marine life and tourism and also to people's health, to reduce the plastic waste they started the pilot project in nine cities where people have the plastic bags and 200 plastic bag which is 1-10th of a cent but a lot of resistance here in the shop. >> translator: i don't agree to the policy and i think they should give me a plastic bag every time i go shopping. >> reporter: that is why some stores are still reluctant to implement the policy and activists complain that plastic bags are far too cheap and won't stimulate people to bring their
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own shopping bags and retailers are still resisting a higher price for the plastic back from 1-10 to 1-5 of a cent more needs to be done to cleanup the message local governments made progress and environmentists say a large awareness campaign is needed to change people's minds about how to treat their own waste. plenty more ground still to cover for you on the al jazeera news hour including these stories 500 million for two paintings and we will look at why the buyer paid so much and barcelona back to defend their champion's league title and the around and the 16 matches with fara in about an hour. ♪
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♪ top stories we are covering for you this news hour and hundreds of afghan refugees stranded at the greece-macedonia border with new macedonia laws blocking afghans from crossing and have a sit in on the greek side of the border. the syrian opposition border the high negotiations committee said it believes the government in damascus and russia are not serious about a ceasefire and adding to doubts about the ceasefire beginning and lasting between russia is due to come in effect in the early hours of saturday morning, in india two students accused of sedation are willing to give up if their safety is guaranteed and among five students held up in the university in new deli and the police have not been allowed into the university campus to arrest them.
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let's get more on syria and we have abraham a syrian political analyst based in damascus and mr. abraham what is the syrian government prepared to do to make sure that this ceasefire starts when it is supposed to start and that it lasts? >> i think a few minutes ago they read a statement from the foreign minister for foreign affairs that they announce that their exception to a ceasefire and i think they are preparing for a long ceasefire to remain and not so sure but the syrian government is sure with i.s.i.s. and other terroristic groups and everything is ready and in damascus we can make a decision in a few minutes if the problem is not there and the syrian government side it's on the
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other side and we hope as syrians that our own parties can be committed to the ceasefire agreement. >> okay so you are telling us now sir here on the news hour the syrian president is prepared to go with the ceasefire but you want in built in exemptions and wants to carry on the fight against al-nusra and carry on the fight against i.s.i.l. that does not sound particularly like and across the board ceasefire. >> yes, of course, yes ceasefire will not include al-nusra front or i.s.i.l. because those are terrorist organization and as you know in the agreement between president putin and president obama ceasefire both groups not included in the ceasefire agreement and fighting will come against i.s.i.l.,
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against al-nusra front and other terroristic groups but i think we will witness a real ceasefire in some areas and some places near damascus and maybe nearby idlib but the problem here which we must talk about it there is no real separation on the ground between the status of al-nusra front and other militant groups and there is a kind of interaction between al-nusra and others and meanwhile i.s.i.l. is celebrated and very easy to find i.s.i.s. alone but the problem is with al-nusra front and it lies more over everyday some militant groups are giving to al-nusra front and will make a change on the map on the ground with respect to the loyalty of al-nusra and alliance to the
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al-nusra front and think this will be the most critical problem which may face the implementation of ceasefire in syria. >> you are factually correct when you talk about the overlap, there is a revolving door policy when it comes to arms and personnel between some groups on the ground, when you talk about loyalty however are you utterly convinced that damascus will carry on having the 100% support of the russians particularly off set against the comments from the russian ambassador to the united nations just recently? >> yes. i have read the comments of the russian ambassador to the u.n. and two days after this commence and this is in russian and will go from russian leadership and is very much important thing to
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mention and two days after this that presidential spokesman spoke and said the comments are personal and it does not reflect the orientation of russian policy in respect to syria and i think this is enough, more over what i will tell you is resignations between syria and russia is very deep and they are both sides are working and collaborating second by second, hour by hour on the ground and no need to talk of the media like et cetera, et cetera and i think it's 24 hours, 7 days a week so i don't think it's personal and it is senseless with russian opposition and what
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we have here is putin is talking about the ceasefire and he renewed his deep commitment and spirit of syria and said he was talking about the syrian government and he use the phrase of syrian republic and syrian army and i think this reflects the real orientation of russia and means that russia did not change its opposition and it is still in the same position. >> i'm going to have to interrupt you sir for which i apologize and have many other stories we want to get to on the news hour and thank you for your time. >> lebanon's prime minister says he will visit golf states soon after saudi arabia cancelled 4 billion aid payment to the lebanese military and they will continue to keep out of regional conflicts and saudi arabia accuses lebanon of failing to back it in its on going dispute with regional rival iran.
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one area where saudi and iran found common ground is around oil and riyadh is trying to stabilize it at a ten year low and the state of texas they will see what other solutions can be found and john is in houston. >> reporter: the storm clouds over houston are a fitting back drop for the brain trust here and the world oil leaders agree on one point there is no hope of a quick fix for oil prices and international energy agency had a forecast saying it won't return to the 80 barrel range until 2018. >> 2016 we will see the oil prices being weak but with 17 we are seeing this starting in the markets and 1718 the price.
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>> reporter: crude is 145 a barrel at the peak in 2008 to 30 leading to 300,000 layoffs worldwide and panic in the industry. >> dozens of companies on the brink of bankruptcy in the united states, these are little companies in shell country, you're looking at venezuela government at 180% inflation and 6% contraction in the economy and looking at companies like chevron that never posted a loss so we are in a historically bad moment in the oil industry. >> mexico's president say low prices hit the oil company hard. >> translator: like the other oil companies of the world it has the challenges driven by international low prices and have to overcome them through smart financial decisions and have to focus on cutting expenses and greater efficiencies and have to
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prioritize investments. >> reporter: houston lost 60,000 jobs since prices began to crash. the best that oil executives and leaders of oil producing countries can hope for now is a long-term plan to return oil prices from 30 a barrel range to something nearing 100 but forecasters predict that prices could fall further in the 20 dollar range and perfect form that caused it to plunge, a surge of oil on the market and strict production show no sign of ending soon, john with al jazeera, houston. it is of course election year in the u.s. and al jazeera is looking at the concerns of people far from the centers of power and lee county is in the southern state of arkansas one of the poorest places in the country and gabrielle alexander is there to bring out the election issues through the eyes of a rural working class community. >> welcome to lee county arkansas. we are going to be spending a
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lot of time here over the coming months telling the story of the u.s. election through the eyes of the people that live right here, lee county is in the far eastern part of the state and it borders the famous mississippi river. it couldn't be further away from the economic and political centers of power here in america and lee county is also one of the poorest places in the country as well. and you can really see it here in the town of marianna with population of less than 4,000 people but it's still the biggest town in lee county here on one of the main streets, shops and restaurants, their doors locked, many have gone out of business. we are also going to be looking at the sharp divide between the have and have-not, the few that have been lucky to make it here and the vast majority that have not. the per capita income is half the u.s. average and more than 50% of the population lives below the national poverty line. there is almost no industry left
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in lee county, factories have mostly closed up or moved away taking all the good jobs with them. unemployment that is what most people here say is problem number one and that is why we are here to talk to people from lee county, young and old, white and black to get their perspective on the challenges and frustrations they face today and their hopes for tomorrow. whether it be in the neighborhoods or in the schools lee county remains a very segregated place between whites and blacks, these are issues throughout the country not just here but in lee county people tell us they can't remember the last time a presidential candidate came here to hear their concerns. but we will be here throughout the election year to hear their voices and tell their stories. now to what is believed to be one of the largest art deals ever in the world of art have taken place in history a hedge
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fund billionaire paid $500 million for two paintings and this is the first work of art it's by jackson polock and called number 17a, it was sold for $200 million u.s. dollars and here is the other one. this one is called, there we go, called interchange by villian and it cost $300 million and let's get more on that and joining us from london director of art and niko do the paintings represent a good hedge fund investment if you will? >> i would say they do represent a good investment. i would say there is an appetite for trophy art and people look to works by polloch and william mckooning for stores of wealth and are good investments despite the price. >> auction houses we told for the last four or five years are not doing well but we get blips on the graph where the super
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wealthy go out and spend an astonishing amount of money. >> absolutely and it's not unprecedented, what a lot of people don't realize is that david who sold the two works actually made a purchase of both of $320 million in total in 2006 and this type of transaction has taken place before but it's indicative of only the very upp upper schlon of the market and doesn't reflect the climate and health of contemporary modern art. >> 90 and 91 the thing to buy in london globalized by elizabeth and if you had enough money and it wasn't that expend shun and you are smiling but it went up and up and up and that was a good investment so if you talk about jackson polloch you will get your money back if you choose to sell in the future. >> yes you will and it's interesting you should talk about the early 90s because that
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is when the work was purchased at a discount by david geffin. originally when i say the work i'm referring to the dekooning piece and sold in 89 for $20 million which at the time was an auction record and then it collapsed in terms of price in the early 90s and it was then purchased by geffin and resold so there is definitely divits in the nine figure. >> when they sit down in a padded room someplace with security dotted around their homes because presumably that is what they have and they sit down there and look at this one particular painting do they get the same pleasure from that as something that you and i would buy that would cost some $150 u.s. dollars? >> i think so. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. these people want to have trophy works and want iconic works of american modernism and that is what floats their boat and if
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they are able to afford it and that is what tickles their fancy that is by all means that is something they should have the privilege to enjoy and have the right to enjoy and that they have earned. >> those people in a position that are lucky enough to have those resources to spend a staggering amount of money on one piece of art is that good not so much for the art world, not so much for the action houses is that good for artists per se? >> ultimately it depends on the work but most of the works that are selling in that range except for richter or koons are usually by deceased artists and the artists who were just mentioned who are already at that level don't necessarily need the money so it's not necessarily good for them but over all i would say it has little affect on the average artist or emerging artist on the
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current generation of makers who in many ways struggle to survive and may see it with a degree of animosity because that money could be given to fund their works or to help support their practice and instead it has gone towards and iconic master piece, two iconic master pieces in this case. >> we have to leave there and thanks for coming on. >> thanks for having me. go to the oscars and the obvious glammar there is talk about ebola because of a documentary that many people believe will do well at the awards will go forward for and award and phil from los angeles. >> reporter: 11,000 people were killed by ebola. the list took hold across west africa just over two years ago, there is still no cure. guinea, sierra leone and liberia
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was hit by what is described as an epidemic and los angeles is a ward away from the horror which we saw in 2013 and beyond but believe it or not there is actually a link between liberia because of a film is on the top of award ceremonies and could very well take an oscar in a few days time. >> translator: this is it, body team 12, the tale of the red cross workers who collected dead bodies as that outbreak took hold and up for best documentary at sunday's award and this is the site of the oscars without celebrity, this is real life and death as raw as it comes. >> everyday i would fear the worst, could i be next and that anxiety played on my head during this production and so i got a small glimmer of what it was like for the teams day in and day out and the level of anxiety
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is tense and body team 12 is a tribute. >> reporter: it tells the story of a nurse ostricized by her community and went to help in a place where few others dare and there is hope here too. >> liberia as a country had gone through a brutal civil war not long ago and wasn't much to fight for in liberia and a shell of a nation and the brave people were fighting for their nation and fighting for their families and ultimately fighting for the rest of us the whole world. >> reporter: the film one one award and best documentary at last year's tribeca filling festival and it's essential that tales like these are shared. >> it's a super hero story of bravery and real people that did something at a time of world history when the whole world was afraid and if we had not captured the moment the people would not be remembered for the brave work they did. >> it's officially over and without the people how much longer would that have taken and
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how many more victims could have died. >> what did we do to help liber liberia. >> reporter: phil with al jazeera, los angeles. >> reporter: still to come on the news hour sports news with fara. i'm andy richardson in ru wanda and finding out if the futbol is happy or sand and end of bladder reign as they set for the president. ♪
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time for sports news and here is fara. >> peter thank you so much and manchester united ended three
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games out a win to steal a place in the quarter finals and resent setbacks in the league have piled on the pressure on manager louis van howe and were having a fifth tie here and chris scored the opener before wan had two just before half time. and in the second half they wrapped up 3-nil and united will face west ham in the next round. >> everybody shall say it's against the town at manchester united as to the win but we have seen very difficult results and not always the top team is winning so i think we have done it fantastically. >> barcelona continue the defense of their champion league title and take on english premier league later on tuesday and the holders go in the game
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in hot form and have won nine of the last ten in laligua and the sixth champion title and looking to win the competition for the first time and heading in the match having been knocked out at the stage five times in a row. >> we are just not perfect and no team is perfect and they are not far from barcelona i must say but we have to use every moment in the game where we can -- where we have a chance to score. >> translator: we've got to be superior to arsenal to beat them. they are very strong, very powerful and difficult, we will try and dominate place, they have a lot of quality players. >> last season's runners up and they are also in action and italian champions host munich on currently on a great run and won
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nine of the last ten league games and also lead their domestic league and looking to be european champions and what is the final season in charge. lawyers say they have made an official request for the court of arbitration for sports to suspend fifa presidential election after hussein one of five presidential delegates and this was rejected by fifa and meanwhile two other candidates met up in south africa and tokyo hosted the infamous robin island prison where he was held at a political prisoner along nelson mandela during apartheid and he is an outsider in the fifa race and has a realistic shot at winning the voice and need
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african votes if he is to take charge of the global game and andy richardson is from ruwanda and why they are a key role in deciding who becomes fifa president. >> reporter: africa is not just home to some of the world passion fans it's where fifa presidential elections can be won or lost. almost a quarter of world futbol209 member associations are in the continent and every country gets a vote, something sepp blatter was very aware of and when his predecessor came to power in 1974 he did so on the back of african votes, he made sure the continent got more world cup places and greater fifa investment here and blatter went further and brought the world cup to africa and over saw the contribution of hundreds of millions of dollars of fifa cash in africa member associations.
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in ruwanda included funds to build this community training center and now run by a local charity it offers free access to sports and education. >> for the kids who have been hopeless now with the center they know that tomorrow is their future and in africa where we have centers like this it's the gift from fifa. >> reporter: ruwanda national team also train at a facility funded by fifa and no surprises that this country's futbol association is not looking for radical association from the new president. >> he did a lot for africa and, ruwanda and it's not the same level we had, it's a long time and a few years ago and we hope the new one we follow the relationship between africa and
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fifa. >> reporter: blatters long-term ally and candidates and abraham is promising just that and the confederation of african futbol named him the preferred candidate and doesn't mean all the continent countries will back him and his rivals are supported by the governing body by european futbol which has been critical of blatter and trying to win votes in africa he is more diplomatic. first of all i have to recognize and i do that very openly the huge work and benefits that mr. blatter has brought in particular as well to africa along with the work-up and development programs and i think these development programs need not to be maintained but increased. >> with this presidential race almost over africa is again posed to supply a match winning
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role. nba the golden state warriors blue a 23 point lead and camp back and beat the hawks 102-92 and l.a. the clippers handed the suns the 12 loss if array and jj scored a game high 22 points and chris paul had 16 points and 14 assists and l.a. beat phoenix 124-84 for the fifth time in a row. three weeks after winning the australia open world number one djokovic is in action and won the first round match of the dubai championship answer he was taking on toby the four time dubai champion and had no problem with the spanish opponent and beating him in straight sets 6-1-6-2 and all the sport for now and peter back to you. >> talk to you later and more news on the website and i'm back in a couple minutes with 30 minutes of al jazeera world news see you then. ♪
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