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lottery. thank you for joining us. stay tuned for news live from london, keep it here. >> this is al jazeera. >> hello i'm barbara serra, this is the newshour live from london. coming up np in the next 60 minutes. pakistan to launch a paramilitary crack down after the lahor bombing, 29 children were among the 70 killed. and this as thousands rally again in support of pakistan's blasphemy laws. also coming up belgian police release cmentctv footage.
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after a man is discharged fro fm being charged with the attacks gln the praises keep on coming, arguably one of the greatest innings ever seen at a t-20 world cup. fest. >> hello, thank you for joifng us. pakistan is to launch a special military crack down in punjab province after a suicide targeted christians, killing 70 people. most of the dead were women and children and many were muslim. prime minister nawaz sharif has vowed to avenge the dead, giving
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extraordinary powers to conduct raids. be angry at the execution of a security guard, who killed punjab's governor because he had criticized the country's blasphemy laws. we're going to have more on that shortly, first though have jerald tan reports on the aftermath of the easter attacks. >> reporter: lahor in the wake of sunday's sue side attack sharif traveled to the city and visited the victims in hospital. from the leader came this warning. >> translator: i have a good idea of what these terrorists are sending to make these innocent peoplesoft targets. my brothers and sisters i promise that every ounce of blood that was lost will be accounted for. >> reporter: pakistan is in mourning. funerals are being held for dead, many women and children. hundreds more were injured some
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critically. witnesses have been recount being the moment of the explosion stand chaotic aftermath. >> i was standing there near, while the blast went off. we saw a pool of blood and people lying everywhere. there is no proper security arrangement here. >> easter sunday the bomber had used a crude explosive, full of ball bearings for maximum impact. a splinter group from the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility. >> the message is no part of pakistan is safe from the be taliban. the softest of the soft targets are the minorities because they have very little to protect them. >> reporter: arresting dozens of suspects, unfortunately, attacks like this are not
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unusual in pakistan. lahor and the larger province of punjab have so far escaped be this terrorism. jerald tan, al jazeera. >> al jazeera's kamal hyder sent us this update. >> confronted in at least two problems, one in islamabad and one in lahor, the prime minister of pakistan addressed his nation in what appears to be a prerecorded message in that he said that terrorists no matter where they may be will be sought and that the cancer of terrorism will be removed from pakistan. he also spoke about the military successes along the border areas in north and south waziristan, saying the military had achieved
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success however there are some pockets of problems across the country and that had to be tackled. the prime minister also speaking about the attacks in ankara and brussels, saying this was a problem that was now happening in other countries as well. but he said that no one would be able to stop the part of progress that pakistan had taken and that he was confident that he would overcome and the nation would overcome the difficulties. also in a message to the protesters who were staging a sit in outside parliament, he said there would be no compromise and that they would not be allowed to play with the emotions of innocent people, saying that the government's restraint could not be seen as a sign of weakness. >> well, the target of the attack at lahor was seen to be christians celebrating easter.
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pope francis addressed large crowds in the square of the vatican. >> translator: easter was bloodied by a horrific attack, that targeted women and children gathered in the public park to enjoy the joy of the easter holidays. i wish to express my closeness to all those affects affected by be the vile and senseless crime. i appeal to civil authorities and all sectors of that nation to make every effort to restore security and serenity to that population and in particular the most vulnerable religious minorities. >> for more now on pakistan's paramilitary crack down we're joined by constitutional lawyer saad rasool. thank you for joining us. focusing on the military crack
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down that's been announced, do you have any concerns about its legality? >> thank you barbara. first of all, this is a long time coming. it was expected that a military presence was going to be taking place over pakistan. but the infiltration of some of the militant elements in the central provinces particularly in punjab was an issue that had been highlighted in the die as pra for diasporafor a while. the prime minister just a few hours ago only two hours ago, delivered a speech and there have been reports trickling if that paramilitary force he and some military under the military command have been given extraordinary powers in terms of arresting and trying these
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militant suspects. pakistan has over the past four or five years a problem with militancy. two years ago, be the of be pacn connection with civilian police forces, extensive authority, now whether this action is being conducted as part of those exercised ours is yet to be seen. one of the other issues which is being discussed right now and may be a constitutional issue that comes forth in the days to come is whether the military itself gets involved. if that is the case and the operation is not limited just to paramilitary forces and the seven forces, if the military is directly involved then that has
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to be done within a special feature envisioned in the constitution. that is that the federal government has the authority under very extenuating circumstances to call military aid in the force of civil power and whether that is it, we'll have to see. >> i guess you know things will become clearer in the coming days and weeks in which one hopes we'll get clarification. getting a balance between the civil and the military. i'm thinking specifically of the searching of homes and the raids. do we have any clarity or precedence as it comes from evere from that, as to exactly who will be going in to people's homes to conduct these raids? >> exactly. the act passed in 2014 gives extensive powers to military and
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civilian agencies, to search people's homes homes and take people into custody so long as they have credible information that the individual is expected to be involved in terrorist activity and carrying out the activity. >> forgive me for interrupting but you mentioned that these issues have been in play for two years, southern city of karachi, and what we have seen in the past two years would you say that there have been question marks over this as well? >> there is a question mark in terms of the granting of such instead of powers violates people's rights or not. what is interesting however is that after the pesc peshawar at, ction some of those suspects have also been handing as a
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result of military trials. the real question would not just be about who goes into the homes and apprehends these people. the real question will be if somebody is apprehended on charges of terror whether the civilian courts would try those defendants or whether the civilian courts would. >> speaking to us from l ahor, thank you so much for sharing your views with it. >> thank you barbara. >> pakistani army has tried to gain control of thousands of protesters flooding the streets of islamabad, staining a sit-in near parliament. imran khan error reports. >> thousands came to islamabad
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celebrating the life, outspoken plorks be salmon sasir. his support of her case angered some in pakistan, kadre was executed for that crime on february 29th of this year. since then pakistan answer hard line religion parties have rallied in his spouts and spoanl out against the government and those they say are against islam. >> translator: people from within your ranks will kill you. your body, will protect about you, no one is safe, the people will not spare even the prime minister, god has put hope in their hearts. >> reporter: the protestors have brought the never islam isd to a standstill. some of the protesters have
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included groups that show open sympathy for the taliban. goes to show you how angry that they were. take a look at the damage around you. the demands of the protesters are clear. they want cadre to be are declared a national hero and for the pakistani woman to be rearrested and executed. they want others on blasphemy charges be released. ffnltimiran khan, pakistan. experts think they have caught one of the sin low be sia
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cartel. let's go to iraq . the parliament has directed, prominent cleric muqtada al-sadr, occurreddish say i kur. >> muqtada al-sadr promising a new era. >> translator: my beloved followers who live in luxury, forget about the poor and insist there's no sign of corruption.
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but i insist otherwise. >> reporter: across the city sadr followers have been waiting for his word to storm the green zone. the pair caided neighborhood where students live and work. but still sees the spotlight. >> translator: i am the representative of the people by the grace of god. i will sit in inside the green disoarch anzone and use it insin zone. >> and his followers obeyed. iraqi military officials led satr through the concrete barriers to a tent. an iraqi army general in charge of green zone security kissed his hand. sadr says he will leave only when there's a new cabinet. prime minister haider al-abadi
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says he's trying but needs a few days to get his cabinet members to agree on new names. that's when his m ufti soldiers, militia played a leading role in iraq's sectarian war. but sadr disbanded the mufti army. now he says he speaks for all iraqis. mostly sadr followers they carry only the be iraqi flag. people here want what they think people in the green zone have, a share of iraq's oil wells. protesters are intent ton dismantling the barriers they think are keeping them.
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>> we have a lot of widows orphans the poor and unemployed. people have university degrees but they are working as laborers. >> reporter: sadr has tapped into a deep vein of anger against corrupt officials blamed at driving the country into ruin. they say for 13 years they have had nothing but promises, now demanding the government to deliver. jane arraf, al jazeera, baghdad. >> a campaign to retake the country's second largest city was launched earlier this week. iraqi ground forces are being backed up by u.s. is backed coalition fighters. and experts are assessing the damage that i.s.i.l. did to the world heritage site in palmyra.
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now that it's been recaptured by syrian forces backed by russian air strikes. these are the first images of the ancient ruins from palmyra where i.s.i.l. has been in control for a year. the damage isn't as bad as many had feared. well it's be a different story outside. a number of start facts were smashed before the arm grouped fled the area. the antiquities are thousands of years ago old and most redate the time. robert carter explains why i.s.i.l. destroyed certain monuments but left others intact. >> they've been very selective in what they've chosen to destroy so they've chosen most notable elements which represent something they wish to destroy
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ideologically. while at the same time they are trying to create as much shock as possible. so by choosing these very be prominent monday poouments, they have in a sense the other monuments having played their points, the other monuments are less of a priority for them to destroy. be they use themselves for their own prop canada. it queant ideologically became y imperative to destroy it. through the deliberate selling of antiquities, illegal in international law as well as national law as well, this would not be such an issue if there weren't people there buying these things. so in my opinion, people who are
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buying illegal antiquities should be prevented from doing so prosecuted if need be because these people are funding an extremely bloody war, and the insurgency that we see in syria and iraq at the moment. >> meanwhile, the u.n. is pushing for more aid to be delivered in besieged areas in syria while the cessation of hostilities continues. fest. >> bareya is one o an isolated area. just before the truce started last month people who stayed behind have lived under this.
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and this. leaving behind a town in ruins and largely destroyed. >> civilians took a break, bombarding has stopped. the regime used everything on us. barrels, rockets, everything. >> nothing watt speerd, many mosques were hit or damaged. at this catholic church there is no easter mass this year. the worshipers have gone. but around 8500 people remain in this rebel-hemmed town. they have been stuck here since 2012. and now they are hungry and desperate. the world food program says people were forced to eat grass, families endured days without a meal. taking care of his plajts. he may be forced to eat them.
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>> the bleeding has stopped. we didn't get any aid. each minute passes we lose time in besieged areas and my children are mosing their childhood. >> reporter: it is said conditions in barea are catastrophic. >> there is shortage of everything, food, medicine, milk, forcing them into submission using these tactics. >> reporter: the syrian oings also accuses the government of using starvation as a weapon of submission. unrestricted access to about half a million syrians in besieged areas thrug darei a, the understand says preventing aid is a violation of international law. back the darea, life under siege is hard but it goes on even without food, medicine or milk.
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be omar al saleh, al jazeera. >> over the weekend, dozens have be decide. have state run 5300 armed curds insistence kurt stan workers party, soldiers police officers and village guards have been killed. most of the casualties have taken place in turkey's largely kurdish southeast region. last tuesday's bombings in brussels police are asking for help identifying another suspect, released the security video from brussels airport. the man with the hat has been seen with the two attackers who were blown up. it comes as four more people
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have died in hospital in brussels, bringing the total number of victims from last tuesday's bombings to 35, not including the attackers. jacky rowland has been following events in brussels. >> reporter: the latest development in this investigation is that a suspect who had been flamed only as faycal c has now been released. he had previously on saturday been chanched with participation in activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murders and attemptterrorist murders. investigators say although there are clues that led to his arrest, those clues have now not been confirmed as the investigation evolved so he has now been released which leaves again the big question of who is that third man in the cctv image from the airport? two men who blew themselves up they were the bombers, third man in the image wearing a light jacket and odark hat.
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belgian media speculated maybe he was faycal c but bearing in mind the release of the man uncharged, there is a big question about who is that man the third image. belgian police are keen to speak to. we have learned that three others have been charged, arrested during a number of raids on sunday. we aren't given any details though about whether they have particularly been charged if relation to the attacks here in brussels a week ago or whether they've been charged in relation to some other unspecified activities. >> cuba's retired leader fidel castro has written a long letter highly critical of u.s. president barack obama tolling his visit to havana last week. rejecting obama's offers of help fi die-disem croaflfidel castrot
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need america's direction for help. he didn't meet obama last week. go to mexico right now where people have arrested the man alleged to be the main money launderer for the jailed drug lord joaquin guzman also known as cheap. el chapo. let's go live now to mexico city where adam rainey is standing by for us. what more can you tell us about alvarez? >> alvarez supposedly sat on top of the money laundering and it's a pretty sophisticated network, according to officials here. he is still a relatively young
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man, 34 years old. so if investigators are right that means from the time this man was 24 years old he was helping the most powerful international criminal organization launder billions of dollars over these years. now some will be looking further into his background to see if this is one of many or if this man may be irreplaceable. that's doubtful though because as we have seen in the past the sinaloa cartel is usually able to replace them quite easily. >> is there anything that his capture tells us about el chapo, anything more? >> it tells us if this all turns out to be true that chapo who sometimes is a seemingly simple person as he was profiled in this recent rolling stone article by sean penn, despite that simplicity from a rural small town background, to run
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this sophisticated background, and we are heard from the prison el chapo is being held now, he recently read don quick oath a d he is no longer allowed congress gall visits. he escaped with the help of very high level authorities an allegation by his daughter. all we know about el chapo guzman. >> tell us how big a problem money lawn terg is in mexico. >> reporter: well this person juan manuel alvarez is a typical arrest for mexico. this kind of belies the
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complicated sophisticated network of money laundering here. right now in the u.s., for example, families of u.s. citizens who have been murdered by drug cartels are suing london based hsbc bank, the only reason these cartels can be so powerful, is because these banks are laundering money. they are blaming the various, the highest grossing bank in europe right now. and hsbc is of course fighting that lawsuit vigorously that is despite the fact that the u.s. government fined hsbc over $1.9 billion in 2012. estimates more than $30 billion of illicit funds leaves mexico every year. that could be the third highest grossing country after u.s. and russia. not just by the cartels themselves, they have
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cooperation at the very highest levels of the global financial system. >> yes truly international network. adam rainey with the latest from mexico city, adam thank you. still to come this hour: calls for somalia's government to do more to help soldiers injured fighting al shabaab. plus: >> i'm wayne hay reporting from the first dam to be constructed on the lower mekong river. government says has to happen to boost the economy. >> golf world's number 1 jason day puts away the season's first major.
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>> ...and on the streets. >> there's been another teenager shot and killed by the police. >> a fault lines special investigation. >> there's a general distrust of this prosecutor. >> this is a target you can't get rid of. >> the untold story of what's really going on in ferguson. >> they were so angry, because it could've been them. >> one hour special, only on al jazeera america. >> welcome back, a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. pakistan, tracking down those responsible for sunday's suicide blast which killed be 70 people most of those women and
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children. iraq's parliament has extended a deadline for the prime minister to be reveal a be be cabinet reshuffle. last tuesday's attacks in brussels, death toll rises to 35. refugees and migrants stopped at greece's be you macedonian border still refuse to go to government run shelters. people in idomeni camp have been protesting, calling for eu countries to reopen their borders to let them in. scuffles as police stopped them again from traveling north into macedonia. around 600 people have moved from those makeshift campletiono government shelters but as zeina khodr reports, 50,000 people trapped next to the macedonian
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border. >> reporter: they've spent weeks in tents close to greece's border with macedonia where life has been a struggle. now waiting to be housed in one of the government accommodation centers. >> translator: the conditions were bad in i.d.omeni especially for my children and my father is blind. we might as welcome here. >> reporter: the greek government is starting to turn empty army bases into relocation centers. refugees are worried, this new found comfort could become permanent. be. >> translator: we don't know our fate. we are ready to apply to the relocation effort, but nobody answers. i wish they would come here and start processing our papers. >> it is a concern of all those
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here. none have a plan to stay here. people were worried they would be locked upper or deported. now they know that's not the case. persuading people that the migrant trail was not reopening, greece was left alone to deal with the crisis. >> conditions that are needed to host all the refugees. the fences are not solutions. the closed border not a solution. this is not the europe that we like, europe that we know. greece is in front, and hosting all this problem. this is a european problem and europe must solve this problem in cooperation. >> reporter: refugees now have to wait. this family from the syrian city of homs is still scared to
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reveal their identities. they can't go back. >> translator: for us the reconciliation agreements don't change anything. the pressure we faced from the regime is the same. they continue to search homes and make arbitrary arrests. >> reporter: many others also say they have no other choice but to leave their countries. some 50,000 people are stuck in greece after the borders closed and before the eu's deal with turkey to take back refugees went into effect. at least a quarter of them live out in the open close to the border. so far 600 people have given up waiting for border to open and since it is likely to be a long wait the government's priority is to give them some sense of normality. zeina khodr, al jazeera, northern greece. 9 prisoners have been swapped for over 100 yemeni
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prisoners. peace talks are scheduled for 18th. somalia's government has come under criticism from its soldiers injured fighting al shabaab. many are struggling to foot medical costs and say they have abandoned by authorities. hamsa mohammed reports from the capital mogadishu. >> reporter: this is the image that spal yah's governmen smam s to you see. hidden away from the public, these are the soldiers that have been fighting against the armed group. they are struggling to make ends meet. no longer able to fight. these soldiers say they have been abandoned. >> translator: i was wounded by al shabaab in 2010.
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reply rights have been neglected. i paid for hospital bill myself. doctors told me i needed to i be taken abroad for treatment but i can't afford that. >> i was not able to walk for more than a year, my wife left with the kids because i could not provide for them after i was injured. >> reporter: government troops have pushed al shabaab out of most towns and cities in the country but the armed group is still active. many of these soldiers come to work knowing they may not return home alive, most of them are the only breadwinners of their families. they say they know they may not receive their salary at the end of the month but these soldiers tell us they do it for the love of their country. no one knows the number of soldiers killed in the fight. many families say they have been left on their own. be. >> translator: no one even came to check if we had a family
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let alone send condolences. we would have bent sent a big financial compensation. because he was a smam somali sor no one cares. >> translator: it's rite we used to have financial issues before but now that's no longer the case. our government spends 50% of the budget on our security services. we are doing this to make sure all the needs of our troops are met. >> reporter: that might be a welcome news. hamzeen mohammed, al jazeera,
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mogadishu. petition was filed 28 years ago to challenge the religion's status. government authorities say that while islam will remain the official religion, equal rights for other religions are guaranteed by the constitution. but criticism for lawyers who filed the case, they say their clients weren't allowed into the court for the hearing. laos is said to become a net exporter of electricity, hoping to challenge the energy of the mighty mekong river. the billion dollar dam is ahead of schedule but conservationists are worried, about the environmental impact from the facility. al jazeera was given access to the site. >> in the remote part of laos preparation are underway to
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harness the mighty power of the river. the communist government wants to become the battery of southeast asia by exporting expg electricity. >> we want to develop hydro-power as fast as possibility but we will be respectful. >> sendment could be carried downstream. the developers of this project said they developed many adaptionatioadaptations. >> that also affects.fisheries, it really would change people's life in very fundamental ways
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and also irreplaceable ways. >> the mekong is also an important transport route, a 1 navigation route for be be ships to move through. a large reservoir isn't needed, but the upstream level has risen and people living upstream are grirch means to relocate. >> we had to jus use a small generator for electricity. >> the lao government believes hydroelectric power is vital to bring the country out of poverty. >> how do you mitigate? it acceptable and at the same time you have to maximize the
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benefit. >> started to generate electricity by the end of 2019. turning power of the mekong into money sooner than expected. wayne hay, al jazeera. a 15-year-old girl has escaped from an apartment in japan. she managed to get away after her attacker failed to lock the apartment. a 23-year-old man has been arrested. >> staying in japan, one of the biggest reforms to pacifist policies is coming the an end on tuesday. prompting mass rallies, new laws will allow the country's joarlss to fight overseas since whroort.
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whoort. with world war ii. >> the same article, that has band japan exercising its right of collective self defense for decades in the postwar period, all of a sudden, reaching the opposite conclusion. >> reporter: the new laws give a new interpretation to collective self defense allowing japan's soldiers a more robust role in peace keeping and troops from its ally the united states. opponents sphere that could draw
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japan into foreign wars. but prime minister abe says giving military a more assertive role is long overdue, especially since the nuclear tests in north korea, at the start of this year. >> the change in military environment in northeast asia, there's been an understanding among the japanese people for utility and effectiveness of this law. >> believing abe's goal was to change the constitution itself with renounces the path of militarism. but to do that his ruling coalition must win enough seats in upper house elections this summer. given what's at stake his opponents have promised a fight. >> if we succeed in depriving the ruling parties and its allies to -- from obtaining a two third majority this either of the two house he then that means that abe will not be able to move ahead with his
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revisionist agenda. >> japan's struggle to define its role in the world is far from over. rob mcbride, al jazeera, tokyo. >> still ahead, novak djokovic cruises into the lead. and most active volcanoes in alaska's aleutian islands erupts.
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>> with antibiotics sometimes proven ineffective, scientists are, taking to caves from far betheet thbeneath the rocky mou. daniel lak reports. >> even a stream can't stop these intre intrepid explorers m investigating. >> antibiotic resistant superbugs. >> people are looking at these extreme environments now, especially underground. i'm still learning to find
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exactly what they're using these samples we're collecting for. >> the microbes are it in petri dishes, they are having a startling effect. >> about 100 or so bacteria that my student isolated and they show promising activity. so in a nutshell we have found a very good groups of cave bacteria that produce metabolites that kill especially multidrug resistant bacteria. >> it's been decades and the long exhaustive approval process means new bacteria from the cave may not be used on patients for many years to come but the growing prevalence of superbugs could just speed things up about. >> i believe we still need to widen our tool box.
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if you think bit as a tool box i marine, you know to have antibiotics as a tool box, we are running out of tools in this box right now. we need to fill this box. >> reporter: for nick, science is only part of the reasons he be ventures into the caves. >> we continue exploring and discovering things and we can even go back to the original caves we've been in numerous times and discover new species that nobody has noticed before. >> what lies beneath the surface of the earth? now scientists begin to share their exploration. what's found down there could be useful to the regulation of us. new forms of life, new possibilities buried underground but slowing coming to life.
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dlark, adaniel lak, al jazeera,e canadian rocky mountains. >> let's get the sport from robyn. >> 82 nonout, 51 balls almost sinsingle handedly. once was really struggling they were 49 for 3 after just eight overs. showed his team to a semi final meeting with the west in indice. indisease. indies. >> it is the selection of shorts and execution of shorts.
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so i feel it all was really good and really helps which take minimum risks when you can run fast. >> our two teams that won't be featuring in the semi finals wrapped up their time game, south africa, 14 the spare their win by eight wickets. teams across south africa are conceding their place at, early qualifying results zimbabwe four around winners against swaziland. are equatorial guinea and mali and sierra leone have just wrapped up a 1-0 win over ghana. in gabon next year. white qualifying in the 2013 are world cup on tuesday asian
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champions australia played jordan, in the final phase of asian qualifying next week. must win to ensure their progress under new coach harry redknapp, they will be full of confidence. jordan also spanned a surprise in earlier group game against iman. is he not out for revenge. >> revenge is best left to the moifts right now. this is re-- movies right now. qus progress our football and finish this group off strongly. i think we've got stronger as the qualification process has sort of developed and we want to finish it off tomorrow night. >> i had no idea at all about jordan, football, national team or how good they were or -- you know i.t. really was something i
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never looked at. so i arrived i was very open minded and i've been really, really surprised at the standard. it's much, much higher than i ever expected. so we're underdogs but we are underdogs with a real fighting chance. >> where winners will advance, top spot still up for grabs in group a as uae takes on, and home to syria who are also looking good to qualify as the top ranked runners up. something to play for uzbekistan leading the way, as they take on bahrain. ten days from the masters new world number 1 jason day will head into augusta in good form. he first had to beat the
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defending champion rory mcilroy. day hanging on for a one-up victory. 5 and 4 to become the champion for second time in three years. >> i'm going to keep working on the things that, you know, have caused me to win, and hopefully put on the green jacket. it is going to be tough, but to go there hopefully as number 1 and i'm definitely goods to embrace because it will be fun walking through those gates at number 1 in the world. >> novak djokovic, third round winner on monday, third round winner aiming to become only the second than after ann '08 agas .
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agassi. back to you barbara in london. >> thank you ronyn. u.s. are geological survey recorded tremors on the ground with pavlov volcano erupted. speaking of volcanoes, mexico's volcano has come to life. its last major eruption was 16 years ago where more than 40,000 people had to leave their homes. officials encourage locals to breathe through a moist towel. that plus other where stories on our website, do stay with us, taylor will be back with more news and thank
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only on al jazeera america. pakistan to launch a paramilitary crackdown after the lahore park bombing - 29 children among 70 killed. thousands rally again in support of pakistan's blasphemy laws. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, the first pictures emerge from inside palmyra since isil was driven out of the ancient city belgium police released cc tv